There was great news for Team GB this evening when 16 year-old Hannah Fitton scooped her third bronze medal of the Games.
Hannah surged through the field in the 200m Freestyle event to land third place and add another medal to the two she won for GB earlier this week.
Hannah’s bronze collection is now 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley but her third success needed a slice of luck.
Team GB Swimming Manager Vincent Dickson explained:
“Hannah made a mistake in her morning heat, which meant she was only able to finish ninth in the list of qualifiers.
“However, a withdrawal meant that she moved up into eighth place and in the race itself she came in from absolutely nowhere to grab the bronze.”
“In doing that, she broke the British record by three seconds!”
GB had three representatives in the Women’s Hammer Final at Taipei Stadium this evening but it was Joanne Davisonwho gained a place on the podium.
Joanne, a gold medallist at the 2005 Games had to settle for a bronze this time with 47.06 metre. Gold was taken with a huge throw (60.27) from the Norwegian newcomer Trude Raad.
Team GB Women will have to aim for a repeat of their Melbourne bronze medal after losing their semi final 2-1 to holders USA.
Two quick USA moves saw GB 2-0 down at the interval but the second half was a different story as the British team had the better of the play.
USA were restricted to one meaningful shot on goal and substitute Catherine Eyley won a free kick on the right with less than five minutes to go.
Eyley got up to cross into the box, where captain Esther Maycock powered home a header.
The game was on but despite the best efforts of Eyley and a tireless Camilla Willis, the holders held onto reach the final, where they will play Germany who stormed back from 3-0 down to beat Russia, 4-3.
Team Manager George McGowan was frustrated afterwards: “USA had four days’ rest (because of a smaller group) – we only had one day. We were very close”.
GB will be hoping for revenge on Russia after losing 6-2 to them in their final group game earlier this week.
Team GB’s two pairings moved through to the next round of the Mixed Doubles event as the day was closing here in Taipei.
Carl Sadler and Andrea Hardwick were composed as they beat their French opponents in two sets.
At the same time on a nearby court, new pairing Xander Hurley and Kirstie Allen had to pull out all the stops to beat their Indian challengers in a tough last set.
Earlier, it had been the Battle of Britain when Dominic Caswell took on the might of Rajeev Bagga in the Men’s Singles.
Bagga swiftly moved on with his aim of a sixth straight title but he won’t be joined by Hurley who lost against Muller of Switzerland.
Caswell and Hurley regrouped in the afternoon to make it through in the Men’s Doubles but Hardwick and Allen went out of the Women’s event in a morning match.
Team GB were in doubles action this evening, with Andrew Calloway and Nicholas Gilmour playing an Italian pairing. Calloway and Gilmour took a game from the opposition but 1-4 was the final score.
It’s the big final for Tennis tomorrow when Anthony Sinclair and Catherine Graham bid to wrest the Mixed Doubles crown from Gianpaolo Damiani and Barbara Oddone, who have held the title since 1989.
In football, GB Men face Denmark at 9.30am local time as they continue their bid to claim 9th place.
There’s more Freestyle challenges for swimming’s Hannah Fitton – this time it’s the short (50m) and the long (800m) events. Heats start in the morning at the Hsinchu pool.