Best of Day Three

The third day of the London Olympics was full of the twin imposters, triumph and disaster. Check out our choice of the best moments and share your thoughts on Monday's highlights...

By Graeme Mair - Twitter: @gmair 1.   Last Updated: 31/07/12 2:28am

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Worth the wait

A century had passed since Great Britain's men last won a medal in the team gymnastics competition but the quintet of Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham and Kristian Thomas ended that drought in style.

For a brief moment it even appeared they had done enough for silver behind China, only for a Japan to be upgraded from fourth to second after winning their appeal against one of their pommel horse scores.

That decision dropped Britain down to third - and Ukraine out of the medals - still a fine effort in front of a crowd that included the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry from a team that came 11th at last year's world championships.

"If someone had said at the start of the day that we would finish third behind China and Japan at the Olympic Games and beat Ukraine, Russia, Germany and America I don't think any of us would have believed you to be honest," said Oldham.

Smith added: "We set out to come top six, top five pushing it. For me it was easy to sit back after the pommel horse routine and have a little look at what was going on. These guys are unbelievable."

Agnel delight

France continued their superb form in the pool as Yannick Agnel followed up last night's victory in the 4x100 metres relay with a virtuoso swim to take his second gold in the 200m freestyle.

Agnel shredded a star-studded field, maintaining his pace throughout the four lengths for a time of one minute 43.14 seconds, just outside the world record.

His closest rivals, South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan and Sun Yang of China, shared silver almost two seconds adrift.

Reigning world champion Ryan Lochte, who was overhauled by Agnel on the final leg of previous night's relay, trailed home fourth.

"He is a great racer, there is no doubt about it," said Lochte. "He's quick, he showed it last night and again tonight. He did good."

Teenage kicks

While Tom Daley's bid for a medal in the synchro diving fell just short, it was a golden day for another Plymouth-based teenager.

Ruta Meilutyte, a 15-year-old Lithuanian who is coached by Jon Rudd at Plymouth Leander, stormed to victory in the 100 metres breaststroke.

She led from start to finish to touch in one minute 05.47 seconds, holding off a fast-finishing American Rebecca Soni.

The teenager has made her home in Britain after arriving with her father three years ago to allow the swimming prodigy to train for the Olympics.

She is a student at Plymouth College in Devon, the school also attended by Daley.

Assistant headteacher Sarah Dunn said: "We are almost in tears, it was such an achievement."

Generation next

British youngsters Heather Watson and Laura Robson kept home hopes alive in the women's singles competition.

Robson was a 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 winner against Czech Lucie Safarova, a player ranked 70 places above her, while Watson saw off Spain's Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-2 6-2.

With veterans Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong both going out in the first round, the British tennis torch appears to have been passed down to the next generation during these Olympics.

And over at the weightlifting at the ExCel, we got another glimpse of the future in the small but powerful form of Zoe Smith.

Greenwich-born Smith marked her Olympic debut with a British record in the clean and jerk.

The 18-year-old followed up her 90kg effort in the snatch with a 121kg lift in the clean and jerk. Her 211kg total was a personal best and enough for 12th place.

Protest foiled

South Korean fencer Shin A Lam refused to leave the piste after being denied a place in the final of the women's epee in agonising fashion.

Defending champion Britta Heidemann of Germany claimed victory over Lam with a last-gasp hit after the clock had been reset from zero to one second.

Shin broke down in tears and remained on the piste for over an hour before the jury rejected her appeal before finally being persuaded to leave.

Her actions evoked memories of fellow Korean Byun Jong-il's sit-down strike during the boxing in Seoul in 1988.

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