IT has been one of the busiest days of the Olympic Games so far for our local athletes, and, by far the most successful.
True there has been no medals just yet but I’m pretty sure one is just around the corner.
For one thing Jessica Ennis came strolling into a press conference yesterday and the mood of the hardened hacks from the nationals immediately lit up.
She seemed in excellent spirits, focused and clearly benefiting from the training camps she’s been on in Portugal.
Jess’s moment will come on Friday when the track and field programme gets underway properly.
So, why was yesterday a good day?
For one thing there was Amy Oliver demonstrating her huge potential at Lord’s as she beat former world No1 Deepika Kumari of India.
Amy, who is originally from Swinton but now lives at Bolton-upon-Dearne, claims it was the best win of her career. I don’t think anyone can argue with that.
Then in the diving pool there was adopted Sheffielder Nick Robinson-Baker putting in the performance of a lifetime to finish fifth in a very strong field alongside 3m synchro partner Chris Mears.
In the pool Joe Roebuck had the best day of his Games as he made the men’s 200m medley semi-finals. And Becky Turner and Ellie Faulkner were two parts of the four strong women’s 200m relay team that made the final.
Great performances from all.
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