PM mocks French over Team GB Olympic cycling success

Aug 9, 2012

Olympic diary: Cameron says we're driving the French 'mad', flying ants invade Olympic park

DAVID CAMERON poked fun at the French today over their Olympic performances. He acknowledged that Team GB's success in the Olympic Velodrome had caused consternation on the other side of the Channel. "We've got a system that seems to be delivering. It's driving the French mad," he told BBC Radio 2.. He harked back to Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France win and mused that they found Union Jacks on the Champs Elysees "a bit hard to take".

British athletes failed to make an impression in yesterday's events at the Olympic Park, but the wildlife certainly did as swarms of flying ants descended on east London. Although they did not disrtupt any of the events fans could be seen swatting the insects away, and even BBC anchor John Inverdale remarked on the phenomenon.

The traditional antipodean barbecue went badly wrong at New Zealand house in Kings Cross last night, as hundreds of kiwi fans watched the Games on giant screens. Several gas canisters connected to the eight-grill barbecue apparently blew up causing a large fire that caused extensive damage to the special BBQ area, according to The Daily Telegraph. Firefighters brought the blaze under control, but suggested it was a miracle no-one was hurt.

German discus champion Robert Harting has had an Olympics to remember. After winning gold on Monday the 6ft 7in thrower ripped off his shirt and delighted the crowd by jumping the barriers set up for the women's 100m hurdles on his lap of honour. But things went wrong later on after the 20 stone champion celebrated on the German cruise ship moored at Docklands. On his way back to the Olympic Village he realised he had lost his accreditation and had to sleep on the floor after security stopped him at the door.

The big draw this evening is without doubt the men's 200m final starring Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. The race begins at 8.55pm and will finish a shade over 19 seconds later. Long-distance swimmer Keri-Anne Payne will hope to win gold for Team GB in the open-water swim, the winner should cross the finish line some time before 2pm. Flyweight Nicola Adams fights for gold in the women's boxing at 4.30pm and Team GB men's hockey team take on Netherlands in their semi-final this evening.

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