British women take three medals in opening weekend of Olympics
British women are making waves, quite literally, at the Olympic Games after a weekend of success in Beijing.
Saturday saw cyclist Nicole Cook (below) launch Britain’s Olympic medal wins when she took victory in the women’s road race. Cooke braved torrential rain during the 78.5-mile race, which began in the Chinese capital and ended at the Great Wall.
After a gruelling three hours, 32 minutes and 24 seconds on her bike, an ecstatic Cooke exclaimed: ‘We did it, it was perfect. It’s a dream come true.’
Meanwhile, this morning two more female British hopefuls shone in the pool. Rebecca Adlington (below left) made a thrilling surge in the women’s 400m freestyle, to take a gold medal.
The 19-year-old from Mansfield, overtook America’s favourite, Katie Hoff, in the closing stages of the race and in so doing, became Britain’s first female Olympic swimming champion for 48 years.
There was more cause for celebration, however, as Britain took third position in the same race. GB team-mate, Jo Jackson, joined Adlington on the podium to receive her bronze medal.
An ecstatic Adlington said: ‘We are both so happy to have two British girls on the podium…I don’t think either of us expected it and especially a gold and a bronze, it’s absolutely amazing.’