Aldama misses out
Triple jumper can only finish fifth in London
Last Updated: 05/08/12 11:17pm
Yamile Aldama: Frustrated at missing out on a medal in the triple jump
Briton Yamile Aldama missed out on a medal in the women's triple jump on Sunday night.
Aldama, dubbed a 'plastic Brit' in some quarters as she has previously represented both Cuba and Sudan, went into the event as a decent medal chance having won the world indoor title earlier in the year.
However, the 39-year-old's best effort of 14.48m was 31cm short of a medal and Aldama finished in fifth place.
The gold went to Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan, courtesy of a season's best of 14.98m.
Rypakova took the lead in the third round and was never headed, with Colombia's Catherine Ibarguen claiming silver by just one centimetre with a leap of 14.80m in the final round. Ukraine's Olha Saladuha took bronze.
In the men's 3,000m steeplechase, Ezekiel Kemboi added Olympic gold to his world title as Kenya continued their domination of the event.
Defending champion Brimin Kipruto was tripped with just 700m remaining and crashed to the track.
Kipruto jumped straight back up and sprinted to get back into the pack, but the damage was done.
Kemboi burst clear with around 300m to go and never caught.
France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad took silver and Kenya's Abel Mutai the bronze, while the unfortunate Kipruto had to settle for fifth.
The men's hammer gold went to Hungary's Krisztian Pars, his third-round throw of 80.59m proving decisive.
Slovenia's Primoz Kozmus (79.36) took silver with 2004 winner Koji Murofushi, the reigning world champion, of Japan taking bronze with 78.71.
Briton Alex Smith did well to reach the final and finished 12th with a best effort of 72.87.
In Sunday's qualifying events, Briton Robbie Grabarz justified his status as a serious medal contender by leading the qualifiers into Tuesday's high jump final.
The 24-year-old produced first-time clearances at 2.21m, 2.26m and 2.29m to ease through.
World champion Jesse Williams, world number one Ivan Ukhov and defending Olympic champion Andrey Silnov also qualified for what promises to be a high-quality final.
On the track, Londoner Perri Shakes-Drayton powered into the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles in the Olympic Stadium she can see from the end of her street.
Shakes-Drayton, who was born and raised in Bow, won the final heat in convincing fashion in 54.62 seconds to prove that her personal best at Crystal Palace last month was no fluke.
The 23-year-old ran 53.77 at the London Grand Prix to clock the joint second fastest time in the world this year behind Russia's Natalya Antyukh, who was the fastest qualifier for the semis in 53.90.
Team-mate Eilidh Child had earlier made hard work of a seemingly straightforward heat made even easier by two of her competitors crashing to the track, the 25-year-old Scot eventually finishing third in 56.14.
GB will not be represented in the men's 1,500m final after both Ross Murray and Andy Baddeley failed to progress from the semis.
Murray finished 10th in his race in three minutes 44.92 seconds, while Baddeley was eighth in the faster second race, effectively missing out by one place as his time of 3:36.03 would otherwise have been good enough to make it had he finished seventh.
There was also disappointment for the Brits in the men's 400m as Martyn Rooney, Nigel Levine and Conrad Williams all bowed out in the semi-finals.
None managed to go under 45 seconds which, as it turned out, they needed to do to go through to the final.