Great Britain endured a mixed third day at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games despite adding two more medals to their tally in Brazil. Shooter Ed Ling and pair of Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow in the men's 10m synchronised platform both claimed bronze but it was otherwise a day of missed opportunities for Team GB.
Ling was the first to add to the swimming medals of Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin, when he won the bronze medal play-off against David Kostelecky. The Taunton farmer overcame Egypt's Ahmed Kamar in a semi-final shoot-off to reach the medal contest, where he connected with 13 of his 15 shots in the 10m trap.
It was also a tale of laser-life precision for the diving pair of Daley and Goodfellow, who grabbed bronze with a dramatic final dive to finish ahead of the teams from Germany and Mexico. GB had been in fifth with two dives remaining by the newly-formed duo kept their nerve to claim a fourth medal of the Games.
But the double success was overset by a string of disappointing displays which worked a significant setback in Britain's attempts to match the medal target of 48 set by UK Sport before the Games. The body had invested £350m into elite sport since London 2012 and will be eager for a return on their investment.
The men's gymnastics team agonisingly missed out on a medal following a thrilling competition at the Olympic Arena. GB were in fourth position heading into their favoured piece of apparatus - pommel horse - but Louis Smith fell off during his routine which cost the team a tilt at matching their bronze medal from four years ago.
Britain's women rugby sevens team were meanwhile unable to mark the sport's debut in the Olympics by finishing on the podium after losing to Canada in the bronze medal match. Joe Lydon's team had earlier been thumped by New Zealand in the semi-final after going down to five players and were unable to rouse themselves for a second attempt to win a medal.
James Guy was unable to add an Olympic medal to his 200m freestyle world title, after finishing outside of the medals once again. The 20-year-old was set for a place on the podium after three lengths but was unable to hang on - eventually finishing fourth - as controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang took gold ahead of South Africa's Chad le Clos.
Another possible medal for GB all-but slipped away on day two of the eventing competition as round one leader William Fox-Pitt suffered a huge time penalty and slipped to 21st ahead of the final show-jumping phase on Tuesday (9 August). The silver medallist from London 2012 was placed in an induced coma 10 months ago but with Britain also seventh in the team standings is unlikely to mark his return by going one better four years later.
British boxing suffered a sobering day after three fighters were sent spiralling out on day three. Former McDonalds worker Lawrence Okolie was defeated by world number two Erislandy Savon, while Anthony Fowler - brother of former Liverpool footballer Robbie - crashed out at the hands of Zharibek Alimkhanuly in the middleweight class.
Earlier in the day, Joahnys Argilagos defeated Galal Yafai. There was some success for Britain however as Joshua Kelly slalomed through the big-hitting Walid Mohamed by a unanimous decision to reach the last 16.
Similarly in the tennis competition it was another subdued day as Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson were knocked out of the singles draws. Edmund went an early break up by lost in straight sets to Taro Daniel of Japan, before Heather Watson was beaten by 15th seed Elina Svitolina.
Johanna Konta did reach round three with a routine win over Caroline Garcia. But she couldn't repeat the success in the women's doubles as she and partner Watson were knocked out by Chinese Taipei's Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan.
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning belatedly got their Olympic pairs title defence underway after the entire schedule on day two was postponed due to high winds. The duo, unbeaten since 2011, won their heat to reach the semi-final but not without alarm as they were pushed to the line by the team from Denmark.
Additionally, three British boats booked their place in finals later in the week. The men's and women's eight, as well as the men's quadruple sculls, all cruised through their heats and are all strong medal contenders on the water at the Lagoa Stadium.