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SPORTS
30 Jul 2012
LONDON 2012: PRAISE FOR TEAM GB FIRST MEDALLISTS

Residents of the home towns of Team GB's first London 2012 medallists have hailed their wins as a "massive achievement" and "an inspiration".

Otley cyclist Lizzie Armitstead won silver and Mansfield swimmer Rebecca Adlington bronze on Sunday.

Meanwhile, commuters are being warned of possible delays on Monday: the Games' first full working day.

And organisers say security has not been compromised by the loss of a set of security keys for Wembley Stadium.

The keys were being used by police officers during searches of the stadium ahead of the Games last week.

A London 2012 official said the locks had been changed and security "had not been compromised in any way".

BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw says it is an embarrassing blunder that may have been the fault of the police.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said that key areas of the venue were immediately secured and detectives went to the scene to ascertain if there was any "evidence of criminal offences".

"There's none at this time," she said.

Meanwhile, long queues for food and drink at the stadium were reported on Sunday, after people attending the Olympic football were told they could not pay by card.

Spectator Nick Bacon tweeted: "Was very unimpressed by Wembley Stadium. Ran out of food, couldn't use cards at the tills and lack of information given to punters."

Visa - the only card accepted for the Olympics - said the decision to accept cash only was made by the stadium's management. Locog said it was working with Wembley to try to fix the problem "as soon as possible".
'A fine example'

Armitstead, 23, from Otley near Leeds, West Yorkshire, was beaten to the gold at the end of the 140-kilometre race by Holland's Marianne Vos in a sprint finish on The Mall on Sunday.

She later tweeted a picture of her silver medal saying: "To my friends and family who travelled from Otley, you deserve a piece of the medal! I have so many thank yous to make!"

Otley displayed Olympic flags along its High Street.

Resident Ian Stephens said Armitstead's medal win meant "a terrific amount" to the town. "Lizzie is very important, she has done well to get a medal today," he said.

Peter Middlebrooke of Otley Cycle Club said: "You never think an Olympic medallist will come from your town."

He added: "As a club, and I'm sure as a town, we'll recognise this massive achievement somehow."

Friends and well-wishers of swimmer Rebecca Adlington gathered at a leisure centre in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, to watch her compete in the 400m freestyle in London.

Former coach Ian Negus said the 23-year-old's third place set her up well for the 800m, which will begin with heats on Thursday.

Adlington had set "a fine example" to the team at her former club, Sherwood, he said.

Swimmer Owen Ottaway, aged 11, said he would like to take part in the Olympics one day "just like her". "She inspires me and makes me think if she can do it so can I," he said.

Adlington tweeted that she was so happy that it was "unreal".

"I know so many people wanted me to get the gold and sorry about that, but I tried my absolute hardest, I'm so pleased with that."

There will be transport restrictions around 10 sports venues in London on the first working day of the Olympic games on Monday.

Organisers anticipate one million extra visitors in London to make some three million journeys on public transport - on top of the city's daily staple 12m public transport journeys.

Those intending to travel in the city are warned to leave extra time for their journeys and plan ahead by using the Games' dedicated transport advice website.

In other Olympic developments:

    Commuters have been advised to avoid London Bridge station as thousands head to south-east London for the equestrian cross country at Greenwich Park, London
    2012 chairman Lord Coe insisted Olympics venues were "stuffed" with sports fans, after a row about empty seats erupted on Saturday.
    Andy Murray claimed his first Olympic singles victory, beating Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-3
    Ben Ainslie opened his quest for a fourth Olympic gold medal with a second place finish in the opening race in the sailing at Weymouth Bay
    Honduras's 1-0 victory over Spain in the football put the world champions out of the Games
    Team GB's men's football team scored a 3-1 victory against the United Arab Emirates including a goal from skipper Ryan Giggs

Source: bbc.co.uk

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