After all that frustration, here, at last, was some release.
So the old question when a team win silver – does it represent success or failure? The British team came an honourable second to Germany as the eventing competition drew to a close under dark, oppressive skies at Greenwich, beating New Zealand into third place.
As Michael Phelps stood poised on the edge of Olympic history and his 19th medal, he wanted to leave nothing to chance.
Team GB officials have urged the public and the media not to panic over their lack of gold medals by suggesting things will change on Wednesday.
After the disappointment of the men's event, Britain's cyclists delivered the first home medal of the Games when Lizzie Armitstead finished second to the undisputed No1 of women's cycling, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands in the women's road race.