Mixed start to London 2012 Games for Olympians

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Two of Aylesbury Vale’s Olympians bowed out of Games over the weekend leaving Team GB women’s striker Ellen White, Sri Lankan marathon runner Anuradha Cooray and rower Andrew Troggs-Hodge as the only remaining local athletes involved.

Maxwell swimmer Craig Gibbons failed to upset the odds on Sunday morning as they failed to get past the heats of the 4x100m freestyle.

Gibbons was racing alongside Thame Swimming Club patron and former Lord Williams’s School pupil Simon Burnett.

And it was Burnett who led GB off with multiple Bucks Herald Sports Personality award winner Gibbons bringing them home.

However, GB’s time of 3mins 17.08secs was more than three seconds slower than eventual champions France, who went on to beat the likes of USA and Australia on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, in the judo, RAF Halton gunner Lewis Keeble – who only had an outside chance of featuring given that he was called into the Team GB squad as a reserve – will not be fighting after the man he was playing understudy to, Colin Oates, finished outside the medals.

Oates eventually finished equal seventh in the -66kg category after losing in the quarter-finals.

Things had looked promising for the Oates/Keeble camp, after the former won his first two bouts.

But Oates lost on a golden score to eventual champion Lasha Shavdatuashvili, and then saw his hopes of a consolation bronze medal disappear when he was beaten in a repechage fight against South Korea’s Jun-Ho Cho.

Aylesbury-born rower Triggs-Hodge, who now lives in Oxford, was due to start the defence of his Olympic gold medal at Dorney Lake on Monday as the heats for the men’s coxless four got under way.

He and his crew are one of the biggest medal hopes as Team GB aims to surpass the six medals won in Beijing in 2008, making Britain the best performing rowing nation.