29 July 2012 13:25 ET
Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has won Team GB’s first London 2012 medal, taking silver in the women’s road race.
Later, swimmer Rebecca Adlington will aim to win gold in the final of the 400m freestyle.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe insisted Olympics venues were “stuffed” with sports fans, after a row about empty seats on Saturday.
However, on Sunday empty seats could be seen at several sports, including basketball, volleyball and tennis.
Armitstead, 23, from Otley near Leeds, 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.
She said: “I’m really, really happy. Maybe later I’ll start thinking about that gold, but I’m happy with silver at the moment.”
In other Olympic developments:
- Paula Radcliffe has withdrawn from the marathon due to injury
- Commuters have been advised to avoid London Bridge station on Monday as thousands head to south-east London for the equestrian cross country at Greenwich Park
- Police say 16 people have been arrested over ticket touting at the Olympics during the past two days
- Three people have been charged after 182 were held following a Critical Mass cycle ride near the Olympic Park on Friday
Mansfield-born Adlington began her defence of the two gold medals she won in Beijing in the 400m freestyle heats on Sunday morning.
Ahead of the final, expected at about 20:18 BST, she wrote on Twitter that she was “not expecting anything” from the race, adding “all I can do is my best”.
Lord Coe spoke out as the row mounted over unfilled seats in several Olympic venues.
At some venues, seats in the accredited “Olympic family” areas – reserved for groups including officials, sports federations, athletes, journalists and sponsors – have remained empty.
“I don’t think you will be seeing this as an issue, long-term through the Games,” Lord Coe told a press conference.
Organisers would fill some of the empty seats with servicemen and women, as well as local students and teachers, he said.
And they would sell more tickets – as they did with about 1,000 tickets on the London 2012 website on Saturday night.
He said a system had been introduced which was similar to the one used at Wimbledon, where people coming out of the stadium handed on their tickets so the seats could be made available to others.
Locog said it would examine options to upgrade the tickets of members of the public and move them into accredited areas.
Tickets are also given to sponsors and, on Sunday, Visa, British Airways and Lloyds TSB all said they had given the majority of their ticket allocations to customers through competitions and promotions.
Lord Coe added that sponsors “were turning up,” adding that they would not be naming and shaming those who did not.
On Sunday, empty seats were seen at venues including basketball at the Olympic Park, where troops filled the gaps, tennis at Wimbledon and volleyball at Earl’s Court.
Around 100 seats at the gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena were also given to troops.
But many other venues were full including boxing, judo and fencing at ExCel, badminton at Wembley Arena and shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
American Paul Fondie, who now lives in Kew, west London, said he was frustrated by the number of empty seats at the men’s gymnastics at the O2 on Saturday.
He said he and his wife had not been able to take their six-year-old son because they could not get an extra ticket.
“It tainted my experience of the Olympics – it was our moment to come under the microscope and show that London can do it well.”A term used by organisers to describe the group of accredited people deemed to be critical to the success of the Games.
What is the Olympic family?
According to Locog, this includes:
- Athletes and their entourage of trainers and officials
- National Olympic Committees (NOC)
- Olympic workforces, including accredited volunteers
- The media
- International Federations (IF)officials:
- International Olympic Committee
- Marketing Partners, including corporate sponsors and guests
Andy Murray has claimed his first Olympic singles victory, beating Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-3.
And Briton 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.
British teams have been competing in basketball, handball, hockey, volleyball, water polo and the football on Sunday.
Lizzie Armitstead was born on December 18th, 1988 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Armitstead
December 18th, 1988
12 + 18 +2+0+1+1 = 34 = her personal year (from December 18th, 2011 to December 17th, 2012) = Cyclist. Women’s road race.
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