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Hampshire Olympians in action
1:54pm Monday 30th July 2012 in News
This live event has finished
- Ben Ainslie finishes 6th and 11th in his Finn class races
- Pete Waterfield and Tom Daley come 4th in the synchro diving
- Rowers James Foad and Melanie Wilson through to Finals
- Sailor Ben Rhodes was 12th in the 49ers
- Team GB Men's hickey start at 7pm with Rob Moore v Argentina
Before we shut down today's blog, you can find the full report of how our sailors got on in Weymouth today here :
Don't forget to watch the men's hockey at 7pm to see Hampshire's Rob Moore in action.
Soz every1 we gave it a good go! Thanks for all ur support it's been amazing, hope we do better in the individual! #gutted— @PeterWaterfield 30 July 2012
Meanwhile, in the Star Class another close finish sees British duo Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson finish third in the third race.
"Miss one dive and you're gone. It's the way the sport goes. Sometimes it goes in your favour, sometimes it goes against you"- @TomDaley1994— @TeamGB 30 July 2012
After that result, Ben Ainslie is tied in third with three others, behind Christensen in first and Lobert in second.
Ainslie crosses the race in 11th, with his displeasure clearly visible.
The race race was won by Sweden, followed by France and Slovenia.
They turn at the fourth mark - Ainslie is struggling and is well off the pace and has dropped back to 12th.
Ainslie goes out left on his own. He's now up to eighth, some 98m behind the French leader.
In the Star race, Percy and Simpson have been making good progress and are making life difficult for the Brazilians.
Spanish sailor Truillo has capsized and suffered a broken rudder. He's currently in the water trying to get it re-attached. He was leading.
Not sure I like the Nothe being called 'Ben's Nevis'. Surely there are better names? #PAOlympics— @SimonPeach 30 July 2012
In Weymouth, Christensen has worked his way up the field and is now in fifth. Ainslie is still languishing outside the top 10.
However, with the boats taking different directions it is hard to say exactly how accurate that measurement is.
We now have a full report of the heartbreaking fourth place for Pete Waterfield and Tom Daley in the synchro.
You can find it here .
Ainslie round mark 1 in 14th now heading downwind, come on Ben, more noise on the #Nothe #sailing #sailforgold— @BritishSailing 30 July 2012
A great image of the final dive by Pete Waterfield and Tom Daley.
Ainslie still struggling in Weymouth. He's in 13th, a long way behind the Finnish leader as they sail across the wind. Hopefully he'll be able to make up some of the distance when they turn into the downwind leg.
On the plus side, Christensen is back in 21st after his earlier penalty.
Pete Waterfield speaking after the synchro competition:
"The fourth dive I don't know why, I just kicked a bit high. In this competition you cannot make mistakes.
"Our last two dives were brilliant but it was just not enough."
#Diving @TomDaley1994 and @PeterWaterfield finish in 4th place with a total of 454.65 in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform. We are proud.— @TeamGB 30 July 2012
Finnish sailor Nirkko is leading the pack in the Finn class. Ainslie in 14th, taking up a central position as they close on the mark.
That's it. China win the gold, Mexico grab the silver, and USA take the bronze. It's heartbreak for Waterfield and Daley, who were really hurt by that dive in the fourth round. They still receive a rousing ovation from the partisan home crowd in London, though.
A fine final dive for Waterfield and Daley. Their back 2.5 somersault with 2.5 twists nets them 91.80, but that is not good enough for a medal. It looks like they will finish in fourth position.
And that's 91.20 for Mexico, who are out of reach for the GB pair. They need a final dive of over 100 to get a medal.
USA, who already hold a six point lead over GB, produce a sublime final dive, scoring 95.04. That might be it for Waterfield and Daley's medal hopes now.
Danish sailor Hogh-Christensen has a penalty to contend with after colliding with a start boat. Surely a boost to Ainslie's medal hopes.
Back in Weymouth, Ben Ainslie is back in action in the fourth Finn class race. He is currently in 14th.
The Chinese pair of Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang look to have sewn up the gold medal. 99.36 for their back 2.5 somersault with 2.5 twists. Something unbelievable will be needed to beat them now.
Going into the final round:
The synchronisation looked good, but both divers seemed a little off on entry. Not a bad score from the judges, but 87.69 leaves them with plenty of work to do to get a medal.
USA hit a reverse 3.5 somersault with tuck for a score of 85.14. Mexico follow that up with a 92.07. Waterfield and Daley badly need a good dive in this round.
China's execution a bit off on their back 3.5 somersault in the pike position, but still a score of 92.88. Looking increasingly like they will be picking up the gold here.
And that has put Waterfield and Daley down to fourth at the end of round 4. China lead, followed by the daring Mexicans and USA.
Not what the GB pair would have been hoping for at all. They missed that one badly, and that could cost them. 71.28 is the score. Some serious catching up to be done on the leaders now.
Waterfield and Daley now up with a reverse 3.5 somersault with tuck...
Mexico try something that's never been seen before - an inward 4.5 somersault with a 4.1 difficulty. They looked pretty nervous it has to be said. But a pretty impressive effort. By no means perfect, but a score of 95.94 gets them right into the shake up.
#Diving Round three saw the back 3 1/4 Somersault give @TeamGB a total score of 203.88. On behalf of everyone at HQ... THIS IS AMAZING!— @TeamGB 30 July 2012
China keeping the pressure up. A reverse 3.5 somersault (3.3 difficulty), and there's not much out of sync there. That's 93.06 for that one, as the judges award a string of 9.0 and 9.5s.
A decent sized crowd has formed at The Saints pub in Millbrook - Pete's local - to cheer on the local diver.
Live picture from the Aquatics Centre
So, after round 3, here's how it stands:
I don't know about the noise in the aquatics centre, the noise is deafening here!! #London2012— @shellyfounts 30 July 2012
And what a fantastic effort that was! The crowd goes wild, as the dynamic duo reclaim first place with a score of 91.08.
Waterfield and Daley will attempt a back 3.5 somersault with their third dive.
The Chinese throw down a bit of a marker, scoring 89.28 on a back 2.5 somersault with 1.5 twist. USA, who began this round in third, score 82.56 for their inward 3.5 somersault.
Pete Waterfield's youngest son is backing his dad:
Get ready to rumble http://t.co/qiFyzKvd— @shellyfounts 30 July 2012
After round two, Waterfield and Daley top the standings. A great start, but still early days. The degree of difficulty starts to increase now, as we move into the optional dives.
And that's another very strong dive, for another score of 56.40. That moves them just clear of the Chinese pair at the head of the field.
Strong dives all round so far, as Waterfield and Daley reappear for their second effort.
#Diving Amazing 9.5 scores for @TomDaley1994 and @PeterWaterfield puts them in joint first place on the Pike dive. Good start...— @TeamGB 30 July 2012
The opening round of dives is over. Waterfield and Daley are tied at the top with China. USA are lying in third. Another round of 2.0 degree of difficulty dives to go now.
Pete Waterfield looks streamline like a new born fish— @Billie_T 30 July 2012
Huge cheers for the pair as they appear. And they nail their inward dive to tie with China at the top of the standings on 56.40.
Ben Ainslie comes home in sixth position, with his nemesis from yesterday, Hogh-Christensen in second. However, it was only the third race out of 10, so still plenty of opportunity for Ainslie to make up the difference.
Waterfield and Daley on the platform now for their first effort.
Dan Slater crosses the finish line to win the third Finn class race.
Ainslie still in sixth, with NZ's Slater still leading the pack and Hogh-Christensen is building on yesterday's success in second.
Gold medal favourites China immediately move to the top of the pile with an impressive forward dive.
The Russian duo get proceedings underway, with a solid opening backward dive.
Thanks for all the good lucks! Won't be on here till after now.— @PeterWaterfield 30 July 2012
After the toughest year of my life, today is the day! I just want to thank everyone for all their support no matter what the outcome x— @TomDaley1994 30 July 2012
Ainslie starts the final leg, and needs to make ground on Hogh-Christensen in second to stay in touch for the hunt for a medal.
Just a few minutes away from the start of the men's 10m synchro diving final now. Pete Waterfield and Tom Daley will dive seventh in the opening round.
Ainslie still in sixth. Currently ahead of him are:
TV presenter, former England striker and crisp salesman Gary Lineker tweeted this last night about Southampton's Pete Waterfield:
At the pool to record opening for tonight's show and saw @TomDaley1994 and Pete Waterfield practising. WOW! http://t.co/zQUVwB8R— @GaryLineker 29 July 2012
Ainslie currently in sixth on the upwind leg, Hogh-Christensen in fourth, and Slater still out in front.
Still heading upwind in the #Finn fleet, Slater (NZL) leading. Ainslie(GBR) in the top 5 #sailforgold #sailing— @BritishSailing 30 July 2012
The party is underway just 20mins until it starts the garden is full and the camera crew are here #London2012— @shellyfounts 30 July 2012
Ben Ainslie has cut the gap to Dan Slater down to 24m and is now in fourth.
Ainslie is 92m behind New Zealander Dan Slater in the lead, back in fifth position, but the Lymington man chose the opposite side of the course, so expect that to change at some point.
Come on dad @PeterWaterfield we're cheering u on http://t.co/M4DxzGcx— @shellyfounts 30 July 2012
Back to Weymouth, and Ainslie has gone right at the second mark.
Away from sailing, we're now just 30 minutes from the beginning of the men's platform synchro final in the Aquatic Centre at the Olympic Park in London.
Ainslie hit the first mark in fifth place as the fleet now heads back on the down-wind leg.
Ainslie passes Hogh-Christensen to take fourth, as he now bears down on the leaders.
Ainslie is coming through the centre now and is closing on the Dane Hogh-Christensen, who beat him twice yesterday.
The Danish sailor is currently fourth, with Netherlands, Finland and Croatia ahead of him.
Awesome start for Zach Railey at the pin end of the Line! Race 3 for Finn class (first of today) is underway. @zachsail— @USSailingTeam 30 July 2012
Ainslie has switched from the left to the right of the course, as he strives to make up ground and fight his way out of the second row.
Currently, the USA's Zach Railey is in the led, with the Dutch and New Zealand competitors hot on his heels.
RT @BritishSailing: #Finn Ainslie is heading upwind on the left side of the course, currently in 5th #sailing #sailforgold— @RYA_news 30 July 2012
Anslie is 14m behind the leader, Greece, in fifth place, after a couple of minutes.
And the Finn class race three is underway, with Ben Ainslie struggling to keep up with the American competitor, but it's far too early to be getting worried.
The Finn class is all set to go any second now...
Ben Ainslie out on the water earlier.
Another Southampton sailor, Ben Rhodes was in action earlier in the 49ers. He finsihed 12th, as seen by Southampton reporter Simon Peach:
The 49ers are in. Interested to hear Morrison & Rhodes' thoughts #PAOlympics http://t.co/0Uz1SnjI— @SimonPeach 30 July 2012
Ainslie is competing in the Finn class - the race has been postponed slightly for a change to the course to be made by the officials.
Meanwhile, thousands of people have made themselves comfortable on the Dorset shore to get the best view of the action.
In a short period, Lymington sailor and Olympic champion Ben Ainslie will be taking to the waters off the coast of Weymouth.
Earlier on today, rowers James Foad and Melanie Wilson made it through to the finals.
To find out more, read the story here .
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