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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teen arrested for Twitter threats aimed at Olympics diver (USA TODAY)

LONDON – The list of Twitter transgressions about the Olympics turned criminal Tuesday when police arrested a 17-year-old boy for allegedly making malicious comments following a frenetic exchange of rants against British diver Tom Daley after he fell short of medaling.

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Dorset police confirmed that the teenager was arrested at about 2 a.m. Tuesday at a guesthouse in Weymouth, England, and was charged with suspicion of malicious communications.
The arrest comes after two Olympic athletes were expelled from the Games for their inappropriate use of Twitter.
An early morning post by Twitter user @Rileyy_69 said he was "going to the police station now to sort this. I will be back."
That post capped heated exchanges with other users and Daley Monday night after the diver failed to medal.
In a series of posts, @Rileyy_69 called Daley "overhyped'' and said the diver "let us all down. Rather support a tramp.''
As others came to Daley's defense, @Rileyy_69 posted another message, saying "I hold a gun license for shooting birds and I'm gonna shoot yours as well.''
Daley's father died of brain cancer a year ago and the 18-year-old Olympian had hoped to win a medal "for myself and my dad." But he finished fourth on Monday, out of medal contention, in the 10-meter synchronized platform competition with teammate Pete Waterfield.
After, Daley tweeted a message complaining about some of the tweets sent to him by "idiots."
He cited one tweet that read: "You let your dad down i hope you know that."
He said the nasty tweet about his father came in after he had been "giving it my all" in the bid for a medal.
In Britain, tweeting messages considered menacing, offensive or indecent can lead to prosecution.
Police said the man was detained at a bed and breakfast in the southwestern coastal town in the early hours of the morning, and is currently helping police with their inquiries.
The man who made the tweet also apologized in subsequent tweets for any offense had had caused Daley.



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Pretty in Pink!
Das gilt ja eigentlich eher für schöne Damen in knalligen Kleidern. Doch seit den Olympischen Spielen in London nicht mehr!
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Vor allem in Wimbledon, wo das olympische Tennis-Turnier stattfindet. Hier fällt auf, dass alles, was vorher grün war, mit einem Mal in neon-pink erstrahlt. Einzige Ausnahme: Der Rasen.
Auch beim Hockey sind große Teile des Spielfelds in der Signal-Farbe gehalten, in vielen anderen Arenen dominiert der gewöhnungsbedürftige Barbie-Ton ebenfalls. Doch damit nicht genug: Viele Sportlerinnen tragen auch noch gleichfarbige Bikinis, Badekappen oder Trikots - und sogar die Medaillen hängen an pinken Bändern.
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Olympics swimming: GB's Ellen Gandy in 200m butterfly exit (BBC)

Ellen Gandy
31 July 2012Last updated at 10:38 GMT

World championship silver medallist Ellen Gandy was a surprise casualty in the 200m butterfly heats, but British team-mate Jemma Lowe did progress.
Gandy was considered a serious medal contender, but after a strong opening 150m faded on the last length.
Lowe's time of two minutes 7.64 seconds was the third quickest in the heats and she will return for the semi-finals.
GB's Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis [200m breaststroke] and the men's 4x200m freestyle relay team progressed.
Gandy, 20, who trains in Australia, has struggled pacing her races in the past and would have won gold at last year's worlds in Shanghai but for tiring heavily in the final few metres.
"You can't doubt her commitment as she went off very quick," said Olympic gold medallist and BBC commentator Adrian Moorhouse.
"She was one of our medal contenders, but has had a nightmare. That was a good swim from Jemma Lowe, though, and we have got one in there with a chance."
Lowe was pleased with her performance in what was her first swim of the Games after she failed to qualify for the 100m butterfly.
"That's the best morning swim I have ever done and I am so happy," she told BBC Sport.
"The crowd was amazing. It kept me going and thinking positive."
While Gandy's podium prospects evaporated, Jamieson (2:08.98) and Willis (2:09.33) raised hopes that they could be in the mix for medals with the second and third quickest times in the 200m breastroke heats.
"It's easy to swim when you have some confidence," said Jamieson after setting a new British record.
"I think I have another gear so I am looking forward to the semi-finals."
Willis added: "The heat's were very quick so I had to do everything to make it. I just want to go out tonight, do my best and get into the final."
In the men's 100m freestyle heats, Great Britain's only entrant, Adam Brown, failed to reach the next phase.
The United States-based swimmer, who was surprisingly left out of the 4x100m freestyle relay, produced a sluggish 49.20, which put him four places outside of a semi-final berth.
The morning's session was concluded with the men's 4x200m freestyle relay and the British team of David Carry, Ross Davenport, Rob Bale and Robbie Renwick fought their way into the final with the fifth quickest time of 7:10.70.

Olympics hockey: Injury rules out GB captain Kate Walsh (BBC)

Kate Walsh
31 July 2012Last updated at 10:15 GMT

Great Britain captain Kate Walsh will not play against South Korea on Tuesday after having a plate fitted to her fractured jaw.
Walsh was hit with a stick during Sunday's 4-0 win over Japan and underwent surgery on Monday.
The 32-year-old may be able to play on, but no decision has yet been made on her ongoing participation in the Games.
Her place at the Games will be reviewed after she is released from hospital.
Team-mate Helen Richardson also picked up an injury during the game when she was struck in the knee by the ball.
Earlier this year, Walsh was part of the GB side beaten 1-0 by Argentina in the final of the Champions Trophy and her vast experience makes her a vital component of the team.
She has 288 caps, having made her debut in 1999, and has skippered the side for nine years.
She is a double winner of the Hockey Writers' Club UK Player of the Year award, and in 2007 was named Great Britain Hockey Athlete of the Year.
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Tom Daley Twitter abuse: Boy arrested in Weymouth (BBC)

Tom Daley and Pete WaterfieldDaley and Waterfield came fourth in the event

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A teenager has been arrested by police investigating abuse of Team GB diver Tom Daley on Twitter.
After coming fourth in the men's synchronised 10m platform diving event on Monday, the 18-year-old from Plymouth received a message telling him he had let down his father, Rob.
Rob Daley died in May 2011 from brain cancer.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications.
Dorset Police said they acted after being contacted by a member of the public at about 22:30 BST on Monday.
A spokesman was unable to confirm whether the arrest was specifically over the tweets to Daley or subsequent Twitter conversations with other users.
Daley responded to the tweet by posting: "After giving it my get idiot's sending me this..."
The user later posted a tweet apologising for the comment.

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He said: "I'm sorry mate i just wanted you to win cause its the olympics I'm just annoyed we didn't win I'm sorry tom accept my apology."
He later added: "please i don't want to be hated I'm just sorry you didn't win i was rooting for you pal to do britain all proud just so upset."
After Daley sent the tweet on to his followers, he received a flood of supportive messages.
Daley's diving partner Pete Waterfield tweeted: "For all the haters out there, come do what we do then have ur say."
Open water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne also posted: "Ignore the idiots! Not worth it."
Another Twitter user, @sherricramer, posted: "You did your dad so proud! Never give up."
Tom Daley with his father RobertTom Daley with his father Robert at an awards ceremony in 2008
Deputy mayor of the Olympic Village, Duncan Goodhew, a swimming gold and bronze medallist at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, described the behaviour of the offending Twitter user as "appalling".
"I suppose that social media in one sense is fantastic, but turned the wrong way round it is very, very personal and it destroys people's lives.
"So I think people should be much more careful about what they say."
Rob Daley, who was instrumental in helping his son become one of the world's top divers, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2006.
He had 80% of a fist-sized tumour removed that year and had been in remission until a routine health check in 2010 discovered a tumour had returned.
Speaking before the Olympics, Daley said his father had given him the inspiration to compete in the Games.
He told the BBC: "I'm doing it for myself and my dad. It was both our dreams from a very young age.
"I always wanted to do it and Dad was so supportive of everything."

Olympic gymnastics: Louis Smith hails 'beautiful day' for his sport (BBC)

30 July 2012Last updated at 23:33 GMT

Louis Smith believes gymnastics in Great Britain can enter a new era after GB's men won Olympic team bronze.
Smith and his team-mates picked up the first British men's team medal in a century, four years after he won pommel horse bronze at the Beijing Games.
"British gymnastics has been growing and growing," said Smith. "Now everyone will be more motivated than ever.
"This means so much and we've still got finals left. It's a beautiful day for the sport and for British gymnastics."
Though Britain were denied silver following an appeal from eventual runners-up Japan, the team insisted their bronze medals - unprecedented for GB in modern gymnastics - would have a huge impact on the sport's future.


"There are people all over this arena who have been part of a 40-year legacy building up to this.
"To think a British team is in contention with Japan and Russia - that cannot be put into perspective. Those are nations GB could not even look at a decade ago, and now they are fighting with them.
"Nine years ago, Britain's men were 23rd in the world. Now they are the Olympic bronze medallists."
Smith added: "The beauty about what we've got is that this team isn't just a one-hit wonder.
"Two of these guys [Sam Oldham and Max Whitlock] are 19 years old, not even at their peak yet, with Rio 2016 coming up.
"The juniors we've got coming up - we've been junior European champions for the last six years - there's so much depth."
In an Olympic Games notable so far for a comparative dearth of British medals up against expectations in some quarters, gymnastics has provided positive headlines and a real success story.
"Really, the road started six years ago," explained Eddie van Hoof, the technical director of the men's programme.
"There was a real depth of gymnasts over that period and also of coaching staff. We've been a very tight bunch for the last six years.
"We created belief. The belief came when Louis got the first medal in Beijing, that really set us on the right road and it's an amazing result. A lot of hard work well-rewarded."
Former GB gymnast Craig Heap, watching the final for BBC Radio 5 live, believes this team bronze medal will have a far greater positive impact on his sport than even Smith's breakthrough bronze in 2008.
"It transforms gymnastics in this country," said Heap, who won two Commonwealth team titles with England at Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Manchester in 2002, in the infancy of the GB team's development.
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"It makes Louis's achievement from four years ago look quite insignificant. It proves we've got the depth of a team now.
"There'll be kids all over the country thinking, 'I don't have to be as good as Louis, we can do it as a team or as individuals.' These guys have proved that with heart, determination and the right crowd, everything is achievable."
Kristian Thomas, the unheralded engine room of the British team alongside Dan Purvis for several years, seized his chance to carve his name into the London Olympics with a series of superb routines which, time and again, kept Britain in the reckoning for a medal.
His vault, high bar and floor routines all delivered significant scores - a breathtaking 16.550 in the case of the vault - and ultimately propelled Britain past Ukraine, who finished fourth on 271.526 points to Britain's 271.711.
"It was a fantastic feeling, drilling my feet into the ground and knowing, 'Right, we're onto a good day here,'" said Thomas, 23, of his all-important vault midway through the final.
"Our results over the past few years just seem to have got better and better. We're starting to get a bit more recognition from the outside world and it's what we need.
"The more people that get involved, it can only do British gymnastics good. Hopefully this can put gymnastics right at the front with all the other sports, and show the rest of the nation and the world we're a force to be reckoned with. Long may it continue."