It’s been all about the water-based sports at day 3 of the Olympics today, but that’s not to say that other exciting sports haven’t been happening too, we’ll just get on to them a bit later.
So what’s with all the swimming excitement? Well Hannah Miley has got through to the semi-final of the women’s 200m individual medley. She qualified for the second-round in tenth overall, but the real story of the day surrounds the lady who finished first.
China’s Ye Shiwen took to the top spot in the heats with a time of 2:08.90, at just 16-years-old she is making headlines at London 2012 having already won gold for the 400m individual medley.
Hannah Miley admitted to the BBC that she will probably need to go under two minutes and 10 seconds to reach the finals of the event. She managed a time of 2:12.27 in her first heat, finishing fourth in the race and 10th in the overall standings.
Now, from in the water to on the water, Team GB’s rowers have been doing a fantastic job, with Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins smashing the Olympic record by five seconds to book their place in the double sculls final.
The pair are unbeaten since 2010 and are favourites to take gold in the final.
Also in rowing, the British men’s four eased through to the semi-finals after winning their heat by over a length. They are tipped to meet Australia in the finals, the teams are bitter rivals and often go head-to-head in a battle termed as ‘the Ashes of rowing’.
The British men’s also rowed at blistering pace to secure their passage to the finals of the event, which will take place on Wednesday July 1, 10:30am.
The old adage of Team GB only doing well at sports that either involve sitting or lying down seems to be coming true once again!
What’s happening elsewhere?
Well, Irish broadcaster Ella McSweeney tweeted a fantastic picture of the Queen before her helicopter dive at the Opening Ceremony. You can see it below:
The seat debate has raged on, the press did a good job of juxtaposing Sebastian Coe’s claim that they were packed to the rafters with photos of empty seats at high profile Olympic events.
Locog have bounced back though, they put 3000 seats back into the pot for sale, all of which have now been sold.
The organisers of the games have also assured angry football fans that the problems with card payments at Wembley have been resolved and that transactions should work as normal in future matches.
A number of people took to Twitter to complain about the length of queues at bars and food stands at the match between Team GB and UA Emirates yesterday.
Shelle Ettelson (@ShelleEtte):
"Poor decision to only have #Visa as payment. #Olympic Fans go hungry. Always carry some cash."
Catherine Wilson (@basslady):
"Had to queue over half an hour at catering stands that just had no food. Very disappointing"
The big news this afternoon then is that Tom Daley will take to the 10m diving platform at 3pm with his partner Pete Waterfield. They will bid to take a medal against a field of strong competitors.
18-year-old weightlifter Zoe Smith will compete in the women’s 58kg category this afternoon, she has played down her hopes of a medal in the past, but remains a poster girl for youth sport development in Britain.
(Update) Zoe has broken the women's 58kg category record with an incredible lift of 121kg, she is looking in good form, finishing second in Group B. Unfortunately though, Group A are up next and they have some strong lifters.