Gymnast Tomás González claims fourth place, no medal for triathlete Barbara Riveros.
Tomás González took Chile to within touching distance of its first medal at London 2012 on Sunday. The gymnast just missed out on a bronze after a respectable performance in the men’s floor exercise final.
González competes in the men’s final of his strongest event, the vault, on Monday. The final represents Chile’s last remaining hope for a medal as Barbara Riveros underperformed in the women’s triathlon on Saturday, finishing in a disappointing 16th place.
For González even to be in Sunday’s final was an achievement. The greatest Chilean gymnast of all time surprised himself with such a high finish, after an error in his routine.
Riveros was not so lucky. A terrible start in the swim saw her fall to 37th place, and the Chilean struggled again on the bike. Riveros, who won a world title last year, produced an incredible fightback in the run and tore past many competitors, though all that effort could only afford her an underwhelming 16th place finish.
González takes to the vault at 10:41 a.m. Monday.
By Angus McNeice (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Copyright 2012- The Santiago Times
British born, Angus grew up in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. He studied English at Stanford University, and graduated in 2007 before going on to work as a political speechwriter in the UK Parliament. He completed post graduate study in journalism at the London School of Journalism in 2011 and moved to Chile in March 2012 because he'd never been to South America. Angus supports the Aston Villa football club and claims he "bleeds claret and blue.”