Rio 2016: Day three review – Daley and Goodfellow, farmer Ling bag bronze medals

Now with an Olympic bronze to go with the flat they already share together – everything is rather neatly synchronised for Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow.

The duo were always considered a medal chance, particularly after their silver medal at the recent European Championships in London.

And they became the first British pair to win a 10m synchronised diving medal at the Olympics since Leon Taylor and Peter Waterfield in Athens 12 years ago.

It was not the most flawless competition, they dropped to fifth after one poor dive, but they held their nerve to deliver when it mattered in a tense finish.

The wait to find out the final result was agonising, Daley bundling his friend into the water as members of the British team – one of the most tight-knit at the Games – lost control backstage.

Ed Ling proved that third time lucky isn’t just a cliché as he won bronze in the men’s trap after falling short of the medals on his two previous Olympic appearances in Athens and London.

A silver medal at last year’s World Championships in Grenada had filled the 33-year-old with hope that age and experience could be decisive in the heat of Rio.

And despite fulfilling his potential after years of hard work he won’t be hanging around – Ling is flying back to his farm in Somerset to oversee the harvest on Wednesday.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning remain on course to defend their Olympic title after reaching the women’s pair semi-finals.

The men’s four also produced a dominant display in their heat, while the men’s and women’s eights and the men’s quadruple sculls all reached their respective finals.

Over at the Whitewater Stadium David Florence and Richard Hounslow needed just one run to book their place in the C2 semi-final, as did Fiona Pennie in the women’s K1 event.

Several other members of Team GB however fell agonisingly short of a medal in what was some of the best drama of these Games so far.

The men’s artistic gymnasts finished fourth in the team event having been among the medals with two of the six rotations remaining.

A dominant parallel bars display from China bumped the British team down to fourth with just the pommel horse – one of GB’s strongest pieces – left to go.

And although a fall from Louis Smith all but ended hopes of a medal, the immense quality Japan, Russia and China produced earlier in the competition left the squad with too much to do.

Elsewhere, the women’s hockey team made it two wins from two with a routine 3-0 win over India.

But the women’s rugby sevens side didn’t fare so well in their quest for a medal as they were beaten 33-10 in their bronze medal match with Canada.

And in the pool James Guy missed out on a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle final by 0.20seconds as China’s Sun Yang won from South African Chad le Clos and USA’s Conor Dwyer.

Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson both suffered second-round singles exits in the tennis, the latter also losing alongside Johanna Konta in the women’s doubles.

Konta herself made it through to round three of the women’s singles with a straight sets win over France’s Caroline Garcia.

Paul Drinkhall bowed out of the men’s table tennis singles despite a spirited fightback in his fourth-round tie against Belarusian Vladimir Samsonov while Joshua Kelly was the only GB boxer to progress with three of his teammates suffering defeats.

And William Fox-Pitt’s hopes of a medal in Rio were dealt a huge blow after a difficult cross-country phase left him lying 22nd heading into the show-jumping phase.

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