Keri-Anne Payne competed in today's gruelling open water marathon
By Sky Sports News Journalists Orla Chennaoui and Lia Hervey
She once told us she could swim forever… and Keri-Anne Payne proved that today after competing in the gruelling Olympic open water 10km marathon.
Our Team GB swimmer came fourth, narrowly missing out on a medal – an amazing result in what is arguably one of the hardest events of the Games.
But if the event today was enduring, spare a thought for Keri-Anne during her training. She’s been stung from head to toe by jellyfish, swam in shark-filled waters and saw a floating dead dog at the Beijing Olympics. She had to eat so much bread and pasta to get through today’s swim that she could have put on kilos in days.
Now the race is over, Keri-Anne will be concentrating on another huge event in her life – her wedding next May. What with Victoria Pendleton getting married next year as well, it seems the church bells will be ringing galore after the Games. (Don’t talk to us about post-Olympics. What are we all going to do without it?!)
Laura Trott an boyfriend Jason Kenny
And talking of Olympic love, double Olympic medallist Laura Trott has admitted today that she’s been dating fellow Champion cyclist Jason Kenny. She was caught on camera sharing an intimate moment at last night’s beach volleyball and decided to come clean on Twitter. "So yes it’s out there. Me and @JasonKenny107 are dating. Been a little while now just didn’t want the distraction before the games", she tweeted.
If there’s ever proof of how important sport is and how it can enhance someone’s life, Team GB’s Sarah Stevenson is an example. After a tough year where she lost both her parents within months of each other to cancer, she channelled her grief into her sport and became world champion in taekwondo. Her fighting has helped her focus herself through an incredibly hard time and now she wants Olympic gold for her parents. Whatever the result, you can guarantee an emotional performance from Sarah. One to watch tomorrow.
Sarah Stevenson is a huge inspiration
And as the Games hit the final lap there has been a marathon of partying. London nightclub Chinawhite seems to be the place to dance the night away. Every inch of the club has athletes draped over each other and, we hear that whenever the club owners spot a medallist they send a champagne sparkler over.
Those looking for a more sedate celebration have been sipping champagne at the incredibly luxurious Omega House in Soho Square. Out and about we’ve spotted gymnast Louis Smith, long jumper Greg Rutherford and the female cyclists. But the gold medal for partying has to go to the swimmers. As for Sunday – everyone’s looking for the coolest wrap party. We’ll bring you ALL the gossip!