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13 Photos Of The First Classically British Rain Of The Olympics

This is a surprise to absolutely no-one.

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Quintessentially British afternoon showers made their Olympic debut today — well, official debut that is, as it also rained on Friday afternoon while folks lined up for the Opening Ceremony. Today's rain stopped play at Wimbledon temporarily, and left spectators at other events — including beach volleyball, cycling, archery, and dressage — breaking out their cheap plastic ponchos and Union Jack umbrellas. Of course they were prepared, this is England.

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At the women's team archery quarter-finals.
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At the women's team archery quarter-finals.

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At the women's beach volleyball preliminaries.
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At the women's beach volleyball preliminaries.

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That's a lot of empty seats at today's equestrian events.
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That's a lot of empty seats at today's equestrian events.

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And a lot of empty seats at Wimbledon for the afternoon's tennis matches also — even at centre court (pictured), where rain delayed play.
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And a lot of empty seats at Wimbledon for the afternoon's tennis matches also — even at centre court (pictured), where rain delayed play.

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This meant the court's rain covers got dragged out... as usual.
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This meant the court's rain covers got dragged out... as usual.

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True patriotism even in the face of inclement weather.
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True patriotism even in the face of inclement weather.

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