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Cycling: Elizabeth Armitstead claims Britain’s first medal

The host nation is officially on the board.

Amid a typically-British morning downpour, Elizabeth Armitstead took silver in the women’s road race to give Britain its first medal at the London Games.

(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands out-sprinted Armitstead on the final stretch, denying the hosts the first opportunity to hear “God Save the Queen” with one of their own atop the podium.

“It’s the most special thing I have ever experienced, it was absolutely amazing,” Armiststead told The Guardian after the race. “I didn’t even feel my legs, it was just so special.”

Armitstead’s medal could be one of many for Britain, which grabbed 14 cycling medals in Beijing – eight of them gold.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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