Olympics In The East: Day 5
1 August 2012, 15:49
Lots of athletes from Suffolk and Norfolk are in action in the Olympics today.
In the cycling, Norwich's Emma Pooley finished sixth in the London 2012 women's Olympic time-trial at Hampton Court.
The 29-year-old world champion in 2010 and silver medallist in Beijing, finished the 29-kilometre route in 38 minutes 37 seconds as Kristin Armstrong of the United States defended her title.
A tearful Pooley said: "I'm just a bit disappointed. I shouldn't have got my hopes up."
Armstrong is a 38-year-old mother and won through a dominant display, beating world champion Judith Arndt of Germany by 15 seconds.
Asked if she took inspiration from Armstrong's performance, with the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro in mind, Pooley said: "To have babies or something?
I'm not really thinking about four years ahead at the moment. I don't know anything about the Rio Olympics.
Kristin Armstrong is an absolutely fantastic rider, so I'm not hugely surprised that she's won.
I've actually never beaten her in a time-trial.''
Elsewhere, Norwich windsurfer Nick Dempsey has moved into the RS:X Men's medal positions.
Dempsey ended his day with a fifth and his first race win of the regatta.
The Athens 2004 bronze medallist, who sat fourth overnight after opening day scores of fifth and seventh, has moved up a place, 12 points behind early leader Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED).
Dempsey said: "I didn't know I had won [the last race] until I got ashore about half an hour later. It was so close on the line, I was like 'Oh, ah, well, that was close'. I even had a chat with him [the Greek sailor] coming in and he said he didn't know. Those photo finishes are always good, I'm just glad it was the right way around.
It was pretty difficult [today] so it was nice to come out with a nice couple of solid races. It's the first four races of the Olympic Games and there are a few people who have already come unstuck and that's their Games over. It's just about being in it, ready to turn it on in the second half of the week."
The RS:X Men (race five and six) are scheduled to resume at 4pm tomorrow (Thursday 2 August) on the Portland Harbour course.
The Olympic Sailing Regatta runs from Sunday 29 July - Saturday 11 August. The RS:X Men's medal race is scheduled for Tuesday 7 August (1pm).
This afternoon, Ipswich's Harry Martin will be playing for Team GB against South Africa.
His former teacher from Ipswich school Will Stansbury is telling Heart they are all really proud of him and George Pinner who is the Team GB reserve goal keeper for hockey and who also went to the school:
Suffolk's Louise Jukes is due to take part in handball for Team GB against Brazil.
She was giving funding by the Suffolk Sportsaid Foundation who help and support future athletes in the county.
Adam Baker is a Suffolk project manager for London 2012 and is telling Heart Louise is a great role model: