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Queen at Olympics as granddaughter Zara Philips goes for gold

31st July 2012
Posted by Gateway 97.8

Great Britain’s women’s volleyball team have won their first ever game at the Olympics. They beat African champions Algeria in 5 sets at Earls Court. Team GB’s next match in Pool A is against Italy tomorrow.

It’s the turn of Britain’s women’s gymnastics team to try and make history at the Olympics today. The men won their first medal in the team event in 100 years yesterday taking a bronze. Beth Tweddle leads the women’s squad this afternoon. Elsewhere, the British equestrianism team are well-placed heading into their final day. Canoeist David Florence goes in the slalom.

There are rumours the Queen will be at the Olympics today as her granddaughter Zara Philips goes for gold. Philips is part of the British equestrianism team. They’re second heading into the final day of competition – which starts in the next hour. The women’s gymnastics team go in their final this afternoon. American superstar Michael Phelps is back in the pool for the 200 metres butterfly tonight.

A 17-year-old has been arrested after malicious tweets were sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley. Dorset Police says the teenager was held at a guesthouse in Weymouth hours after Daley received the messages on Twitter. He has been detained on suspicion of malicious communications. The Team GB diver received the messages after failing to win a medal in yesterday’s synchronised 10 metre platform diving.

After missing out on a medal and coming fourth in the 10-metre synchronised platform with teammate Pete Waterfield – Daley received a message saying he had let his dad down. Rob Daley died of brain cancer a year ago.

A senior figure in the Olympic Games has warned against “irresponsible” and “destructive” judgement of the Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen. It’s after a leading coach described her world-record breaking race as “disturbing”. Duncan Goodhew, Olympic Village Deputy Mayor, won gold in swimming at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He says competitors are innocent until proven guilty and there are always “incredible improvements” in performance at large sporting events.