The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 31 July 2012


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Smith lauds team's 'unbelievable' gymnastic bronze

Louis Smith spoke of his delight after Britain's men celebrated winning an Olympic bronze in the gymnastics team final at the North Greenwich Arena last night. Britain originally won silver before a Japanese appeal, with Japan disputing the scoring of the final discipline after Kohei Uchimura, pictured, fell off the pommel. The protest was accepted and Japan moved back into second place behind China, the event's winners. The result meant Louis Smith, Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock and Dan Purvis took the first Olympic medal for a GB men's gymnastics team since a bronze in 1912. Smith, an individual bronze medallist in the pommel in Beijing, enthused: "To get a medal was just unbelievable. A different feeling from Beijing. On the pommel you are on your own. To go from piece to piece here, to have the crowd erupting. To be captain of these boys. I have been working with them for 10 years. I've spent my life with these guys. To get a medal at London 2012 is just the icing on the cake."

Daley laments dive that cost a medal

Tom Daley rued a costly error after finishing fourth with Pete Waterfield in the synchronised 10m platform. "It was just our fourth dive," said Daley after China's Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang won gold. "Miss one dive like that and you're gone."

Grainger thrilled to break record

Kath Grainger was delighted after breaking the Olympic record with Anna Watkins in the women's double sculls to win the first heat and go straight through to Friday's final. "That had to be one of the best days I've experienced in rowing," said Grainger. MORE

Tancock finishes fifth in backstroke

Liam Tancock came fifth in the men's 100m backstroke final, representing another failure to transform his dominance over 50m into the backstroke, as Matt Grevers won in a record Olympic time. Robbie Renwick came sixth in the 200m freestyle final. MORE

Emotional Smith breaks record

An emotional Zoe Smith finished in 11th position at ExCeL but broke the British clean and jerk record in the women's 58kg event, lifting 121kg. "I feel like such a div," said Smith, 18, who was in tears yesterday. "My coach says, 'Never cry on TV'". MORE

Man City player bonuses revealed

The end-of-season win bonus package paid to Manchester City's squad for capturing the Premier League was £6.2m, i can reveal. But the players received nothing for their failed Champions League campaign. MORE

Ferdinand charged over Twitter post

Rio Ferdinand has been charged over a comment on Twitter which referred to Chelsea's Ashley Cole as a "choc ice". "The FA has charged Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct in relation to comments posted on Twitter," a statement read. MORE

Florence hopes to flourish in slalom

David Florence is aware of the narrow margins ahead of today's canoe slalom. "There's a huge amount of subtleties," he said. "Tiny little boat leans and boat edging and also the exact direction you're pulling your paddle in." MORE

GB well-placed to medal in eventing

Britain are medal contenders in the three-day eventing, placed second behind defending champions Germany. Today there are two rounds of jumping, the first to decide the team medals and the second the individual medals.  MORE

James Lawton

Tom Daley's days of promise, the lionisation of a boy with a jaunty smile and a fine level of talent, seemed on the point of glorious fulfilment. He had gold at his fingertips. MORE