Three golds and three silvers for Team GB in a day of glory


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Team GB won a flurry of medals today, taking gold and silver in the men’s canoe slalom, gold in men’s double trap shooting and a gold for Chris Hoy and co in the men's team sprint.

Team GB also managed silver in the men’s lightweight fours rowing, silver in the women’s -78kg judo and a third silver for David Florence and Richard Hounslow in the canoe slalom.

The canoeists Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie won gold in a time of 106.41 seconds, followed by Richard Hounslow and David Florence who registered a time of 106.77 seconds to claim silver.

Meanwhile 25-year-old shooting star Peter Wilson bagged a gold medal in the men's double trap, leading from start to finish at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Gemma Gibbons added to the medal haul, claiming a silver after losing to USA’ Kayla Harrison in the women’s -78kg judo final.

And earlier this morning the men’s lightweight four crew of Richard and Peter Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley were involved in a thrilling sprint for the line.

The team were just pipped to the line by South Africa, edging 2008 champions Denmark into bronze.

Stott and Baillie and Hounslow and Florence’s canoe success meant despair for three-time Olympic champions, twin brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia, who took bronze.

As Hounslow and Florence were last to run in the final, that guaranteed Britain a gold medal. The only question concerned whether they could beat their compatriots' time.

They made the perfect start and were ahead at the first split, but coming out of the last gate they could not stay ahead of Baillie and Stott and lost out on gold by 0.36 seconds.

After two disappointing days at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, where Britain had failed to reach the individual finals, there were scenes of joy as the victorious team jumped in the water to celebrate.

In the shooting event Peter Wilson, who already holds the double trap world record, was three points ahead going into this afternoon's final after three qualifying rounds in the morning.

And in a tense final shoot-out Wilson missed five shots, including a double as he closed in on gold.

But his opponents could not take advantage and the Briton eventually finished two clear of Sweden's Hakan Dahlby with a total score of 188 out of 200 shots fired.

Judo medallist Gibbons, 25, had earlier burst into tears as she qualified for the judo final beating Audrey Tcheumeo of France at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands.

The University of East London Masters student thrilled the home crowd as she battled past Yahima Ramirez of Portugal, Mongolia's Lkhamdegd Purevjargal, the seventh seed, and then beat Dutchwoman Marhinde Verkerk in her quarter-final.