Is it ever worth trying to lose a game so that you can get a better position in the draw for the next round?
Clearly these women badminton players (two pairs from South Korea and one pair each from China and Indonesia) thought so at some brief, misguided moment on Tuesday; they now face a disciplinary hearing. We’ll be bringing you updates on this story as we get them throughout the day.
In the meantime, here are a few highlights from today’s schedule:
Rowing – The Team GB women’s pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are hot favourites for a gold this morning, reports Ben Fenton. The UK men’s eight team are also tipped to win a medal, although they have to contend with a dominating German crew.
Swimming – After Michael Phelps’ record-breaking performance last night, attention will be back on the pool for the Men’s 100m freestyle final at 20.17.
Cycling - Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, fresh from taking first and second place in the Tour de France, compete in the men’s time trial at 14.15.
Football – GB will play Uruguay in Cardiff, with Ryan Giggs as captain (Simon Kuper wrote for today’s FT on the the vexed concept of ‘Britishness’ and Giggs’ refusal to sing God Save the Queen).
And here are a few top reads for you to limber up with this morning:
- What does it feel like to be an Olympic timekeeper? Vanessa Kortekaas interviews Peter Hürzeler
- France failed in its bid to host the Olympics, but so far it’s doing better than us in medals, as President François Hollande has been only too happy to point out
- Mother Jones points out that while you’d never guess it today, Mitt Romney happened to throw one of the most gay-friendly Olympics in history…
- Buzzfeed Sports tells the story of the South Korean fencer who refused to leave the floor, through images, gifs and video, creating a vivid re-enactment of an emotional moment. Web 2.0 journalism at its best.
- Finally, the BBC has come up with a very enjoyable online calculator: simply provide your height and weight to find out which Olympian your body type is closest to.