Misery for Idowu, Wiggins and Ennis party with Stone Roses

Aug 7, 2012

Olympic diary: Some athletes let their hair down, but others tear it out


TRIPLE-JUMPER Phillips Idowu failed to make it into the final of the Olympic triple jump competition this morning when he finished down in 14th place in qualifying. His final leap of 16m 53cm was just 4cm short of the distance he needed to make it into the top 12. The Hackney-born jumper was dogged by rumours about his fitness before the competition and chose not to train with the rest of Team GB.

Idowu was not the only Olympic icon to endure misery on Tuesday morning. Former hurdles champion Liu Xiang, who was the face of the Games in Beijing four years ago, suffered another catastrophe as he crashed into the first barrier in his 110m hurdles heat. Liu was the gold medalist at Athens in 2004 and was tipped for glory four years later in front of his home crowd, only to pull up with an Achilles injury after just a few yards.

No-one could accuse Usain Bolt of not knowing how to celebrate. The Jamaican sprinter, who coasted into the 200m semi finals on Tuesday morning, tweeted a picture of himself alongside three members of the Swedish handball team just a few hours after he took the gold on Sunday night. The lucky ladies were named as Gabriella Kain, Isabelle Gullden and Jamina Roberts. They have had a rather less successful time than Bolt in London, losing all five of their matches.

It's not just Usain Bolt who has been enjoying himself. Athletes whose competitions have ended have been out on the tiles, with the Chinawhite nightclub in central London proving to be a favourite destination. But some of Team GB's most successful athletes, including Jessica Ennis and Bradley Wiggins, were guests of honour at a Stone Roses gig at Village Underground in London last night also attended by Jimmy Page and Paul Weller. Other members of Team GB were also invited.

Jonny and Alistair Brownlee are in action in the men's triathlon with a finish expected after 1pm. There could be yet more gold for Team GB in the velodrome this afternoon as Chris Hoy goes for gold in the men's keirin, Victoria Pendleton competes in the women's individual sprint and Laura Trott finishes the women's omnium. At the stadium Robbie Grabarz will hope for success in the high jump and there is the men's 1500m final.

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