London Olympics diary: Quirky moments around the Games

The Olympic Games is all about very serious sport but there are plenty asides and anecdotes as well.

Here's what we've found so far on day three.

Now where did I put my glasses?

Image caption Should have kept hold of them Lizzie

If you come across a pair of Oakley sunglasses somewhere along the route of the women's cycling road race, could you let Surrey Police know?

They might belong to silver medal winner Lizzie Armitstead, who's lost them and would like them back before Wednesday's time trial at Hampton Court Palace.

News of the missing glasses came in a tweet from @SurreyPolice.

"Lost: 1 pair lucky Oakley Sunglasses. Owner: @L_ArmiTstead. Pls hand in. She'd like them back for #TimeTrials on Weds."

My empty life as an Olympic seat

It was only a matter of time, wasn't it?

As the debate continues about the spaces at Olympic venues, up pops an @OlympicSeat account on Twitter.

Its first pronouncement was simply: *sigh* followed up a short time later by: "I'm so depressed" and "I feel so empty".

Later, the utterances became more profound: "Seven years I've been waiting for this moment, seven long years and for what?"

Will the story have a happy ending with an emotional meeting of bum on seat? Stay tuned folks.

Movie helps archery hit the target

The Reuters news agency is reporting that archery has been made cool again, thanks to the sci-fi movie The Hunger Games.

The film's teenage heroine is an expert with bow and arrow in hand as she competes in a life-and-death battle.

Brady Ellison, whose American team lost a nail-biting Olympic final to Italy, said: ""One of the great things about the Olympics is that it brings a lot of the smaller sports into the limelight every four years.

"It's a lot more popular right now. Let's hope it stays that way."

Games Lane turn-off

Image caption David Cameron gets ahead of the Games by taking the Tube

Three days into the Olympics and London's mayor said they were pleased with how the city's transport network was coping so far and that they had been able to open some of the controversial Games Lanes to the public.

Boris Johnson said: "Actually, we've been able to turn off a lot of the Games Lanes because so many people are going by public transport."

Among those choosing to ditch the car was Prime Minister David Cameron who jumped on the Tube to reach the Olympic Park where he took in a number of sports at different venues.

After watching Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield come fourth in the diving at the Aquatics Centre he said: "Tom's a brilliant young man, incredibly dedicated and it's brilliant watching him".

Mr Johnson also revealed that the International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge, had used the Docklands Light Railway as he travelled around the capital on Monday.

Oar and out

New Zealand's hopes of qualifying for the final of the women's quadruple sculls at Eton Dorney were dashed when an oar broke with about 400m remaining in the repechage race.

The Kiwis were third at the time - with four boats going through - when Fiona Bourke was left stranded on Dorney Lake. They finished last, 30 seconds behind winner Australia.

Bourke looked distraught as her boat crawled past the finishing line.

Something doesn't add up

Image caption Khalil El-Maoui - now you see him, then you don't

Tunisia may have missed out on its first medal at the London Olympics because of bad arithmetic.

Weightlifter Khalil El-Maoui was in second place in the men's 56kg competition after the snatch but didn't show up on the platform for the second lift, the clean and jerk.

Afterward, he blamed his coach for submitting an entry weight that was 10kg too high.

"It was a mistake," El-Maoui said. "I should have started lifting at 148kg but my coach entered 158kg by mistake."

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