OLYMPIC DIARY: Even the best feel pressure

Dejected: Victoria Pendleton
Dejected: Victoria Pendleton
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THE small margins between success failure were perfectly displayed in the Velodrome yesterday.

The two giants of British sprint cycling, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, had dramatically different days as Hoy won his fifth gold medal while Pendleton was left to rue a momentary lapse in concentration that saw her and teammate Jess Varnish disqualified.

For someone as accomplised as Pendleton, herself an Olympic champion in Beijing, to make such a basic error of passing Varnish before her alloted mark shows the kind of pressure that our leading athletes are under.

That aside, the atmosphere inside the superb velodrome was amazing. It’s the first gold medal for Team GB that I have seen.

Today is Jess Ennis’s first day of competition in the Olympic Stadium. It will be interesting to see how she copes with the pressure.

My bet is that she’ll be fine.

There was something of a gold rush for Team GB yesterday Team GB doubled their gold medals tally to four in quick succession yesterday afternoon.

The men’s canoe double crew of Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won gold - closely followed by David Florence and Richard Hounslow in second to grab the silver medal - and moments later Peter Wilson took the gold medal in the double trap shooting.

Let’s hope it continues as we approach the second half of these Games. Are we really nearly at the halfway point already?

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