Toulson and Couch edged out in diving final in Rio

Britain's Lois Toulson and Tonia Couch after competing in the women's synchronized 10m-meter platform diving final in Rio.
Britain's Lois Toulson and Tonia Couch after competing in the women's synchronized 10m-meter platform diving final in Rio.
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City of Leeds diver Lois Toulson and her partner Tonia Couch finished fifth in the synchronised 10m platform at Rio 2016 last night – as China took gold for the fifth successive Olympics.

Couch and Toulson, from Huddersfield, were in contention for bronze but came up 16.74 points short of third-placed Canada. Malaysia claimed silver and North Korea finished above GB in fourth.

William Fox-Pitt bemoaned a lack of luck after Great Britain’s eventers failed to win an Olympic team medal for the first time since the Atlanta Games 20 years ago.

The British quartet of Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell, Kitty King and Gemma Tattersall responded to Monday’s collective cross-country misery that destroyed medal hopes by delivering strong showjumping displays.

“With a bit more luck, we would have been up there. We just didn’t have that luck with us,” said Fox-Pitt.

In the tennis, Andy Murray put his doubles disappointment behind him to move safely through to the third round of the singles with victory over Juan Monaco.

Argentinian Monaco, ranked 107, appeared to hold few fears for Murray and so it proved as the world number two prevailed 6-3 6-1 after only 69 minutes. Johanna Konta eased past France’s Garcia 6-2 6-3 to reach the third round.

At the rowing, there was disappointment for London 2012 gold medallist Katherine Copeland and Charlotte Taylor.

The lightweight women’s double sculls pair missed out on the main final after finishing third place in the repechage.

But Jonathan Walton and John Collins became the latest British rowing finalists after holding onto third in their men’s double sculls semi-final.

There was bad news in the lightweight men’s four, though, as the British crew failed to make the final. A top-three finish was required to progress, but Peter Chambers, Jono Clegg, Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley agonisingly crossed the line in fourth.

Geraint Thomas will compete in today’s Olympic time trial after a crash-strewn road race led to a spate of withdrawals.

Thomas will join Chris Froome, one of the favourites for the event, after Britain initially qualified only one rider, Team GB announced.

Australia bound: Team England boxer Natasha Gale. (Picture: Andrew Roe)

Natasha Gale handed her shot at Commonwealth Games medal glory in Australia