London 2012 is in full swing and yesterday’s @TeamGB successes in swimming and cycling saw a mass of celebration across Twitter. Fellow athletes, fans and celebrities tweeted their congratulations to medal winners Rebecca Adlington (@BeckAdlington) and Lizzie Armitstead (@L_ArmiTstead).
And the action continued with another big day today for @TeamGB hopefuls. Once again Twitter is the only place to head to get closer than ever before to the blood, sweat, tears and celebrations:
First off, Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) and Peter Waterfield (@PeterWaterfield) had the nation on tenterhooks this afternoon as they competed in the men’s 10m sychronised diving. After a tough year, Daley tweeted his fans ahead of the contest:
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
However, it was not to be and medal hopes were dashed as they came in fourth place. Within hours, the pair shared their disappointment with fans via Twitter:
#gutted so sorry everyone but we tried our best and you can’t afford to miss a dive at this standard…bring on individual!
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
Up next today is British gymnast Louis Smith (@louissmith1989) who is competing in the GB men’s team gymnastics event. He tweeted this picture of the team arriving at the arena this afternoon:
Just arrived at north Greenwich arena ready for team finals oooooooosh twitter.com/louissmith1989…
One Mum responded with a touching message of support:
louissmith1989 good luck, my little boy goes to gymnastics and you’re his hero, go Team GB xxx— Laura Hopwood ( @suziehopps) July 30, 2012
Let’s hope he can follow the success of @TeamGB swimmer Rebecca Adlington (@BeckAdlington) who won bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle last night. She thanked her Twitter followers for their support live on BBC1 with this message, which was retweeted over 4,500 times:
Ahhhhhhhh bronze medal!!! Can’t believe it! SOOO happy its unreal! The crowd was incredible! THANK YOU to everyone, your support is amazing!
Becky’s back on Thursday for the 800m heats, so don’t forget to tune in and find out if she can make it a double medal haul.
So many people deserve a slice! twitter.com/L_ArmiTstead/s…
It touched the heart of marathon runner @paulajradcliffe, who was left devastated yesterday as she learned she would not be able to participate in the Games due to injury. It was Amiststead’s victory that prompted this touching tweet:
First time I smiled today was watching @L_Armitstead claim silver in the womens road race - well done!
Cycling and swimming aside, last night’s win for Shauna Mullin (@shuvolleygb) and Zara Dampney (@Zara_Dampney) in the beach volleyball heats was a popualr topic on Twitter yesterday. The teams compete in Westminster’s Horse Guards Parade, round the corner from Downing Street. MP @WilliamJHague can’t see the action from his office, but shared this fab aerial picture from the Metropolitan Police Helicopter @MPSinthesky with his followers today:
Aside from medal hopes, have you ever wondered what TeamGB athletes get up to on their day off? Well, Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) gave us this sneak peak into the cycling team’s downtime today:
The best sporting action in the world is available at the push of a button but the boys are watching Jeremy Kyle!!!! twitter.com/chrishoy/statu…
Finally, a new British Olympic record was set today by 18-year-old Zoe Smith (@ZoePabloSmith) in the 58kg weightlifting contest. In order to qualify for the 58kg weight group, she had to shed around 3kg. On competition day, however, the rules don’t apply, which left Zoe free to eat what ever she fancied for the first time in weeks:
Tomorrow on Twitter here’s who to look out for: