London 2012 Olympics: Day One, evening session as it happened

GB lose on Olympic debut in handball and to Australia in women's basketball, after Chinese swimmers and Ryan Lochte light up the pool.

29 July 2012 Last updated at 00:57

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As it happened

  1. 0053: 

    Remarkable. An epic of a volleyball game, clocking in at well over two hours, and Brazil have done it. They've done for me as well, that is it for Day One at the Olympic Games.

    Day Two could/might/hopefully/please will see Great Britain's first taste of the medal action. Want to know who to watch out for? Have a read of our must-see moments guide, and join us back here from 08:00 BST where Chris Bevan and Mike Henson will be in place to steer you through the action.

    Many thanks for your company, it's been a pleasure. Over and out.

  2. 0051: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    That's it! Brazil beat Turkey in five sets. 25-18 23-25 25-19 25-27 15-12

  3. 0051: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Oh, deft stuff from Fernanda Rodrigues as she places a shot just over the net to steer Brazil to within two of victory.

  4. 0048: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Esra Gumus nails a thumping drive on to the line. It's in, and Turkey move to within two points at 11-9 down.

  5. 0044: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    It's 9-6 to Brazil as they edge towards a finale.

  6. 0039: 

    This game is ticking toward the two-hour mark. Tiredness is creeping in, and that's just in our office. An errant Turkish smash into the net hands Brazil a 5-2 lead.

  7. 0033: 

    So it's a fifth set. I didn't foresee this at the start of the day, consider this last 35 minutes and counting as bonus live text commentary. More bang for your buck.

    The good news is my colleague Aimee Lewis is adamant that they only play to 15 points in the fifth set. Game on...

  8. 0032: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Magnificent stuff at Earls Court. Turkey drag themselves back to level at 22-22 against the defending champions and some spectators start to nervously look at their watches. Not me, of course, even though the last bus leaves at 0100BST. Match point Brazil...they squander it. Set point Turkey... they squander it, but grab a second set point to take the match into a decider. Nail. Biting.

  9. 0031: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Both sides are exchanging set point. Does nobody want to go home?

  10. 0027: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    My word, Turkey have not given up on this one. They level it up at 22-22. We could be here a while longer yet.

  11. 0025: 

    We're with you Pete. If you were wondering, which you are, the players wearing the different coloured shirts from their team-mates are the designated 'libero' who are defensive players not allowed over the halfway line. I was first introduced to the word libero by a console football game of the mid 1990s. A ball-playing, flamboyant centre half a la Franco Baresi. As an Englishman brought up on the likes of Mark Wright and Neil Ruddock I didn't really know what they were supposed to be.

  12.  

    Press Office Pete on Twitter: "00:21: I'm watching Brazil play Turkey at volleyball LIVE. "Dedication... that's what you need." Roy Castle was right."

  13. 0017: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Brazil are closing in on victory in their opening Pool B match as they lead Turkey 17-10 in the fourth set.

  14. 0012: 
    BASKETBALL

    You would say that was a comfortable enough win for Australia in the end, it leaves just the volleyball between Turkey and Brazil still standing. A marathon of sport is inside the stadium and wobbling towards the finishing line.

  15. 0007: 
    BASKETBALL

    Australia beat Great Britain 74-58.

  16. 0002: 
    BASKETBALL

    With two minutes remaining, Australia lead Great Britain 72-57. It's in the bag for the Aussies.

  17. 2358: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Brazil are back on song. Turkey did eke out a three-point lead in the third set but Brazil are reigning champs for a reason and move to within one set of victory after securing the third set 25-19. Looks, and sounds, like a hefty number of people have decided to stick with this match until the end.

  18.   
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport reporter at the basketball arena

    "Frustrations spill over as Australia's Lauren Jackson and Britain's Julie Page have some stern, stern words with each other. Was that a deliberate elbow by Jackson driven into the cheek of Page? GB some way behind now in the opening minutes of the fourth. They haven't given up the fight yet, though."

  19. 2352: 

    And then there were two. We now just have basketball and volleyball live for you. After nearly 16 hours of live action the end is in sight.

  20. 2348: 
    Live now, Horse Guards ParadeKEY MOMENT

    Here's the superb match-winning rally as Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh win their beach volleyball match. (Desktop site only)

  21. 2343: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Turkey fans jumping in the stands and waving their nation's flag as their team take a 10-8 lead against Olympic champions Brazil in the women's volleyball. The Turkish ladies playing without fear and Brazil have already used their two team time outs in the third set.

  22. 2343: 
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    But bang! That's why they are two-time Olympic champions. Quick as a flash, and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh pick up victory in straight sets, with a 21-18 21-19 win over Nat Cook and Tamsin Hinchley.

  23. 2338: 
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    Nat Cook spikes one right into the corner to put Australia 17-16 up in the second set. It's high-quality stuff all the way.

  24.  

    British gymnast Louis Smith breaks self-imposed Twitter ban: "On the way back from the competition, 3 apparatus finals, team final and 2 all-round finals.. So proud to be a part of this team."

  25. 2335: 
    BASKETBALL

    Natalie Stafford is sporting a monster of a shiner on her left eye, but she sinks two free-throws to bring Great Britain over the 40-point mark. Australia are always able to respond it seems though, and just maintain that lead at around the 10-point mark.

  26. 2331: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Totally understandable why Mr Peston is getting a little excited about the volleyball. Brazil and Turkey were toe-to-toe at 23-all before the Turkish ladies broke free to level the match at one set-all. High fives all around.

  27. 2327: 

    Great Britain have reduced the deficit to nine points midway through the third quarter. They need a big effort now though.

  28. 2320:  
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport reporter at the basketball arena

    "Australia go in at the interval 39-26 up and to be honest I don't think they've yet hit cruise control. For all their fight and heart, Britain's failure to find the basket is killing their game. Australia's captain Lauren Jackson, competing in her fourth Games, is enjoying herself out there, leading the scoring with 15 points and two rebounds."

  29. 2308: 
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are going for their third straight Olympic gold, with May-Treanor back to full fitness after an 18-month spell on the sidelines thanks to an Achilles injury picked up during the US version of Strictly Come Dancing. Ouch.

    Keeping up with Brucie is not as easy as you'd think.

  30. 2308: 
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    There's a high-quality clash going on in the women's beach volleyball, where American pair Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are playing Australians Nat Cook and Tamsin Hinchley. You won't be surprised to hear that neither pair have gone for the full bikini. London at 11pm is not exactly beach conditions.

  31. 2259: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    Over in Earls Court, Brazil's women have clinched the first set 25-18 against Olympic debutants Turkey. The 2011 world silver medallists are looking good before a sizeable crowd.

  32.  

    Charlie Morgan on Twitter, clearly watching BBC One: "Michael Johnson has just shredded John McEnroe for failing to win a French Open. Fantastic television"

  33.   
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport reporter at the basketball arena

    "Australia have taken this group game against Britain by the scruff of the neck and given it a good shake. They're 25-11 up early in the second quarter and are showing their Olympic medal potential. Britain haven't scored a basket since mid-way through the opener - they need to find another gear."

  34.   
    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player

    "Without Australia looking like they're getting into a full rhythm they are extending their lead again. There's a real temptation to get into a running game with Australia. But GB don't necessarily have that in their repertoire for a full game."

  35. 2251: 

    I can help you out there Robert.

    After receiving the ball, players can pass, dribble (similar to a basketball dribble), or shoot the ball.

    After receiving the ball, players can take up to three steps without dribbling. If players dribble, they may take an additional three steps.

    Players that stop dribbling have three seconds to pass or shoot. They may take three additional steps during this time.

    Easier to understand than the financial crisis.

  36.  

    BBC business editor Robert Peston on Twitter: "Is it compulsory to bounce ball in handball? Anyone know?"

  37. 2249: 
    BASKETBALL

    Australia have kicked through the gears now and open up a 27-11 lead over Great Britain. Five minutes until half-time.

  38. 2249:  
    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player

    "They [Great Britain] have some talent, they have physicality, but what they can't do is score consistently enough."

  39. 2246: 
    HANDBALL

    Defending women's Olympic champions Norway have been beaten by France 24-23 thanks to a magnificent performance by Amandine Leynaud between the sticks and five goals from Paule Baudouin. Alexandra Lacrabere was sent from the court in the final second but Norway's Kristine Lunde-Borgersen could not take advantage with the final throw and it's an opening defeat for the favourites.

  40.   
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport reporter at the basketball arena

    "Pulsating opening quarter in the women's basketball. World number two Australia might be leading in this group match but at times they looked rattled by Britain's heart and tenacity. Every GB shot, pass and steal is cheered on by the supporters."

  41. 2240: 
    HANDBALL

    Chants of "Allez les bleus" reverberate around the Copper Box as France attempt to hold on against favourites Norway. If France win this one then they have goalkeeper Amadine Leynaud to thank as she has made a couple of excellent saves. It's 24-22 to France with two minutes remaining...

  42. 2239: 
    BASKETBALL

    Great Britain trail Australia 16-11 at the start of the second quarter. Some physical treatment being dished out by both sides.

  43. 2239: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Greg Pycroft on Twitter: "There is something insane about a rally in table tennis, but it works."

    Row Lo on Twitter: "I'm really enjoying women's basketball!! #BBC2012 come on gb!!!!"

  44. 2235: 
    HANDBALL

    Great Britain women's handball coach Jesper Holmris after his team's 31-19 defeat by Montenegro at the Copper Box:

    "Ten minutes before the end I was really pleased with our performance but then they scored lots of fast breaks. I think it was possible to lose by only seven or eight goals, but we let it slip away in the end.

    "We have played some of the best teams in the world over the last couple of years and it was a good performance. But it's obvious for everyone that we don't have the same physique as them and we ran out of steam."

  45.  

    BBC Olympics correspondent James Pearce: "Rows of empty seats at venues today + now London 2012 have put lots more tickets for sale online. Probably coincidence but it's late to sell.

    "You can go to London 2012 site now to buy tickets for athletics, swimming, tennis, basketball, hockey and much more."

  46. 2229: 
    FENCING

    A great quote from women's individual foil champion Elisa Di Francisca, who beat Arianna Errigo 12-11 in extra time of an all-Italian final.

    "This is very emotional for me," Di Francisca said. "Normally, I play more like a tiger, but in the final I calmed down."

  47. 2224: 
    HANDBALL

    Reigning Olympic champions and favourites for the women's title Norway have a bit of work to do if they are to beat Pool B rivals France, although they are slowly but surely closing the gap. Les Bleus currently leading 21-18 after 14 minutes of the second half.

  48. 2223: 

    We are down to just five live events now - women's basketball, boxing, women's handball, men's beach volleyball and women's table tennis. Drink it all in, you'll miss them when they've gone...

  49.   
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport reporter at the basketball arena

    "Sounds like everyone in here is a British supporter. God Save the Queen boomed from the stands. The GB women have a considerably steep hill to climb here so will be grateful of the array of Union Jacks waving in the crowd. Australia have finished women's runners up in the last three Games and have already beaten their British rivals in a friendly this month."

  50.  

    Britain's tennis player Anne Keothavong on Twitter: "It was a great match and I'm so grateful to those of you who support me. Proud to represent #TeamGB. Red, white and blue. #loveit"

  51. 2215: 
    BASKETBALL

    Great Britain, meanwhile, are ranked 49th in the world and face a huge challenge here. And we're off!

  52. 2213: 
    BASKETBALL

    Australia have taken silver in women's basketball at the last three Olympics, and are joint second in the world with Russia. Always the bridesmaids, and never the brides.

    That could change this year, although the United States are unbeaten in the Olympics since 1992. Unreal record.

  53. 2210: 

    It's national anthem time over at the basketball arena, where Australia are about to take on Great Britain's women. Can we end the day on a high?

  54.  
    Matt Baker, Gymnastics commentator

    On Great Britain's men qualifying for the gymnastics team final in third: "Britain got a bronze in the team final 100 years ago but gymnastics was very different then, it involved rope climbing and swinging things around your head."

  55.  

    John Fitzgerald on Twitter: "Very upsetting to watch basketball on TV and see all the empty seats. Would love to be there!"

  56.   
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport

    "British gymnasts don't beat China at the Olympics, qualifying or no qualifying. That goes for the women, let alone the men, a side of the sport where Britain has had barely any success in generations.

    "Louis Smith won bronze at Beijing 2008 after Beth Tweddle hauled Britain out of the international gutter, and between those efforts and a behind-the-scenes revolution, British Gymnastics has become a consistent international force. Today's result bears that out.

    "The five-man GB team know it will not be like this in the final; that China will not be so sloppy, that a team medal remains incredibly near the top end of expectations. But then, third place in qualifying was beyond the top end of expectations. And it was almost even better than that."

  57. 2207: 
    TENNIS

    The order of play for Sunday's tennis has been revealed and Britain's Andy Murray will be second on Centre Court against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, while British women's number one Heather Watson is second on Court 18, with fellow Brit Laura Robson second on Court 14. Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha kick off their quest for doubles gold on Court 16 at around 17:30 BST.

  58. 2155: 
    HANDBALL

    Goal! France score with the last attack of the half to extend their lead to 17-12 at the break over reigning Olympic champions Norway in a repeat of the World Championship final in Brazil last December. The Norwegians won that one 32-24.

  59. 2154: 
    ATHLETICS

    Paula Radcliffe is still hoping to run in the marathon, but her fitness is a concern.

    A spokeswoman for UK Athletics said: "No decision has been taken (on her fitness).

    "The team are continuing to work with Paula and monitor her. As we said on Wednesday it's 50/50 whether she will compete."

  60. 2151: 
    BOXING

    One man who is not disheartened by Britain's lack of medals is former boxing world champion Amir Khan.

    He told BBC Sport: "I'm sure we'll come back strong. We've got home advantage and the medals will start rolling in."

    Khan, who won silver at Athens 2004, added: "If I had known London was going to get the Olympics in 2012 I may have stayed amateur."

  61. 2151: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Those inspirational tracksuits did the trick for Russia in the end - they leapfrogged Great Britain into second place in the qualifying table, with United States holding on to top spot. Superb performance from GB.

  62. 2145: 
    BASKETBALL

    In the women's competition, France have beaten Brazil 73-58 after a storming final quarter. The two sides are in the same group as Great Britain - who face Australia next up.

  63. 2142: 
    GYMNASTICS

    The Russian gymnasts' tracksuits are simply sensational. I'm getting flashbacks of a Peter Schmeichel-style shellsuit I once owned in the early 1990s. All looking good for GB's men still.

  64.  

    GB swimmer Liam Tancock on Twitter: "Big thanks to everyone for all your support! Its great to see the whole nation cheering Team GB! Together we are stronger! FAST Swimming :-)"

  65.  

    Zac Morris on Twitter: "it's amazing how much technique & control the gymnasts have on the apparatus! Great to watch!"

  66. 2137: 
    HANDBALL

    France lead Norway 10-8 after 20 minutes of their women's clash in the Copper Box. The two sides met in the final in Beijing, with the Scandinavians bagging gold.

  67. 2135: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kevin Parker on Twitter: "Some amazing rallies in the beach volleyball! Looks a class atmosphere and location."

    Tim O'Neill on Twitter: "I have now been watching sport for over 12 hours solid...my eyes feel like they've competed in every event I've watched :)"

  68. 2128: 
    GYMNASTICS

    After five rotations of men's qualifying, Great Britain remain firmly in second place overall, only behind the United States. Great Britain have never even made a final in the modern sport, so this is quite some effort. Monday's final is shaping up to be one to watch for sure.

  69. 2125: 
    BOXING

    Britain's Luke Campbell now knows who he will be fighting first having been given a bye into the second round - Jahyn Vittorio Parrinello of Italy, who beat Namibia's Jonas Matheus 18-7.

  70.  

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter: "A tearful Hannah Miley joined us in the mixed-zone, appologising if she disappointed anyone by not winning a medal. Hannah you did us proud!"

  71. 2120: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Ah, Tom Macpherson effortlessly steers us onto the gymnastics. Team GB's men are through to the team final but are still waiting to find out where they will qualify.

  72.  

    Tom Macpherson on Twitter: "A horse, a couple of bars and a vault. Doesn't get much better than this. Just wish I knew how the scoring worked."

  73. 2116: 
    FOOTBALL

    North Korea's ladies are having an Olympic tournament to forget.

    Fresh from their flag situation the other day, they are currently 3-0 down to France in their latest game at Hampden Park.

  74. 2106: 
    BBC COVERAGE

    The live action is not over for the night. Still to come is some more handballtastic action as Norway take on France in a repeat of the Beijing final - you knew that already though didn't you? 21:15 throw-off for that one.

    Also coming up is a basketball version of the Ashes, as GB's women line up against the Aussies. That tips off at 22:15.

    Don't forget you can watch these, and anything else that moves on the Olympic Park and beyond, using our flash new video player (desktop site only). Try it out, you'll love it.

  75.  

    Jo Aitken on Twitter: "How hard can it be to fine people/orgs for 'VIP no shows' at these events the public would give their eye tooth for those seats"

  76.   
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport

    Visited three sports at the ExCel Arena today - boxing, fencing and table tennis - and they've all been pretty much packed out. Regardless of reports of empty seats at other venues, I think that's pretty impressive.

  77. 2106: 

    It was a good win for Hope Powell's women, who sealed their passage to the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Cameroon earlier on.

  78.  

    Marc Stanley on Twitter: "Ladies GB football team showing the men the way with yet another decent performance."

  79.  

    BBC Radio 5's Sports News and Olympics correspondent Gordon Farquhar: "Locog will investigate empty seats in their end of day review. Could be this is accredited area, ie athletes, officials and media no shows"

    "Locog have said they'll name and shame sponsors who don't fill their seats. Olympic family, athlete no shows much harder to tie down"

  80. 2058: 
    TEAM GB

    So Great Britain end Day One of the London 2012 Games as they started it - without a medal. You just wait though, we didn't bag a medal on the opening day of the last Games either - and they turned out fairly well in the end...

  81. 2058: 
    HANDBALL

    Team GB's women ran out of steam in the second half and eventually lose 31-19 to Montenegro. Still a historic moment though, that was our Olympic debut in the sport. The teams line up for a synchronised high-five.

  82. 2054: 
    TENNIS- Robson & Watson defeated

    Laura Robson and Heather Watson end what has been a disappointing day on the SW19 turf for Britain. The young Brits lost 1-6 6-4 6-3 in the first round of the women's doubles to the more experienced Germans, Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki. There's always the singles, or Rio...

  83. 2053: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Australia - (Women's 4x100m freestyle relay)

    Australia take gold in an Olympic record, Netherlands grab silver with the US third and Britain fifth.

  84. 2049: 
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    It's victory for Brazilians Ricardo and Pedro Cunha as they pick up a straight-sets win over Norway's Martin Spinnangr and Tarjei Skarlund. Does a fourth Olympic medal in his fourth games await Ricardo?

  85. 2045: 
    HANDBALL

    With 10 minutes to go in the Copper Box, it's not looking good for Great Britain, who trail by 10 now to Montenegro. A good effort though - a high percentage of people going to watch it will want to have a game when they leave. I did.

  86. 2042: 

    We'll get Danny Boyle onto it Leo. We could have some more sci-fi based sports next time. Maybe a bit of Matrix-style gymnastics, or an ET-inspired BMX race?

  87.  

    Leo Wilkinson on Twitter: "I love the Tron style fencing. The lighting is amazing. Just have some rave music in the background next time"

  88. 2036: 
    ROAD CYCLING

    Reigning Olympic time trial cycling champion Fabian Cancellara fears he may have to pull out of the Games after crashing during the men's road race.

    The Swiss slammed hard into a barrier after badly negotiating a right-hand bend and injured his shoulder.

    He said on Twitter: "Have no words left. The tears are stronger then the pain. Now we are waiting in the polyclinic in the athletes' village for the X-ray."

    So that could be good news for Bradley Wiggins then.

  89.  

    BBC Radio 5's Sports News and Olympics correspondent Gordon Farquhar "No sign of home field advantage tipping GB's way today. Shows how hard fought Olympic medals are. There are no easy ones..."

  90. 2033: 
    TABLE TENNIS

    Great Britain's Joanna Parker and Paul Drinkhall both won their first-round singles matches on the opening day of table tennis action at the ExCel Arena.

    Parker, Britain's only representative in the women's singles, beat Brazil's Caroline Kumahara 4-0 to book a second-round clash with world number 47 Kristin Silbereisen.

    Drinkhall, Britain's only competitor in the men's singles, beat Kuwait's Ibrahem Al-Hasan, also in straight games, and plays Zi Yang of Singapore next.

  91. 2031: 
    TENNIS

    What's happened to British tennis? Was it not only a month ago that everything looked rosy over in SW19 thanks to Andy Murray's progress to the Wimbledon final and Jonny Marray's triumph in the men's doubles? Ok, maybe the flowers in the garden weren't in full bloom... Anyway, Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins are out after a 7-5 6-3 first round defeat by France's Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet.

  92. 2030: 
    MEDAL TABLE

    Italy's good day is being made to look slightly worse by this storming show from China in the pool. They have now four golds, and six overall, to take the lead at the top of the standings. Where they will probably stay for the next 16 days...

    There is only one more medal to come today, and it will be in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay. Great Britain's women are in the final, in lane eight. Go on girls.

  93.  

    GB footballer Jill Scott on Twitter: "Thanks for the messages! Great team performance! 3-0 v Cameroon! Next game Brazil at Wembley!"

    Scott's team-mate Alex Scott: "Oh yeahhhhhhhh, 3-0 what a day!! On to the olympic village and Wembley we go. Tuesday is going to be a very special day!!"

  94. 2029: 
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    It looks like our boy from Brazil Ricardo will be able to chalk up another win soon. He and partner Pedro Cunha won the first set against Norwegians Martin Spinnangr and Tarjei Skarlund and are up in the second as well.

    That boy sure plays a mean beachball.

  95. 2025: 
    TENNIS

    Laura Robson and Heather Watson are regarded as the future of British tennis and the pair are performing well against German duo Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki. The match on Wimbledon's Court 12 is with serve in the deciding set after the Germans bounced back in the second set, following a storming 6-1 first set from the Brits.

  96. 2022: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Ye Shiwen, CHN (Women's 400m individual medley)

    China's Ye Shiwen destroys the field and breaks the world record in style.

  97. 2019: 

    Italy have had a storming day then. That is their second gold of the day following their dramatic win in the men's team archery, and they have bagged five medals overall, which is more than anyone else.

    They have won with swords and bows and arrows. Don't mess with the Italians.

  98. 2016: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Elisa Di Francisca, ITA (Women's individual foil)

    Elisa Di Francisca takes fencing gold after beating her compatriot Arianna Errigo in the final.

  99. 2013: 
    FENCING

    The women's fencing individual foil final has gone to a sudden-death style battle - not literally, but you get my drift - after the two Italians were locked at 11-11 at the end of the third period.

    The set by the way looks like something out of Tron, all black with flashes of red and green. Another good effort from the organisers.

  100. 2009: 

    The handball is where it's at Claire.

  101. 2009: 
    BBC News reporter Claire Heald:

    "A full evening session of sport is still ongoing, but outside, people who have been here all day on the first day are drifting home.

    Their long shadows are tapping out of the park ahead of them.

    Overall, they've had a wonderful time, it was far more organised than they expected, lots of people were there to to help them out, they expected to be stuck in security but were not, and some learned a lot about sports they'd never seen before. Especially handball."

  102. 2005: 
    FENCING

    Never upset an Italian woman with a sword.

    Sensible advice in general to be honest, but it's a point being proven further today. The Italians are on for a clean sweep of the medals in the women's individual foil. We've already seen Valentina Vezzali take the bronze, and her compatriots Arianna Errigo and Elisa Di Francisca are currently battling out for the gold.

  103. 2003: 
    HANDBALL

    At the Handball at the charmingly named Copper Box arena, they also play Queen & David Bowie's 'Under Pressure' when someone is waiting to take a penalty.

    We should get that in the Premier League asap. A fine touch.

  104. 2002: 
    HANDBALL

    Team GB's women are staying in this, as they trail Montenegro 17-11 in the second half. As I found out watching Korea v Spain earlier on though, the goals can come thick and fast.

  105. 2001: 

    China have now arrived at the top table of another sport then. An Olympic record for your man Sun Yang in the process.

  106. 1958: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Sun Yang, CHN (400m freestyle)

    Sun Yang wins China's first-ever Olympic gold medal for a male swimmer. And he does it in fantastic style.

  107. 1957: 
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    The beach volleyball graphic tends to grab your attention - but stay with me when I tell you I'm talking about the male version for a moment.

    The most decorated Olympian in the sport's history is due on court at Horse Guards Parade at 20:00 BST. His name is Ricardo and he prances on the sand. The Brazilian has won a gold, silver and a bronze in the last three Games. Class act.

  108. 1951: 
    OLYMPIC RECORD- Dana Vollmer (100m fly)

    Dana Vollmer takes her second Olympic record of the day in the pool with a time of 56.36secs.

  109. 1947: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Valentina Vezzali, ITA (Women's individual foil)

    Valentina Vezzali picks up the bronze medal after beating Hyun Hee Nam of Korea 13-12. Vezzali was looking for a fourth consecutive gold medal, a feat which would have put her in Steve Redgrave territory as an absolute legend, but it wasn't to be.

  110.  

    Former British Olympic medallist Steve Parry on Twitter: "There is a new king of the pool!!! Never thought I'd see Phelps finish 4th at the Games."

  111. 1944: 
    HANDBALL

    GB's women are 11-5 down in their historic handball match - but they've got time to turn it around. Bit rusty on hanball? I was too until I popped in this morning. I can confirm it's a fantastic watch, like watching Barcelona play 5-a-side, only more brutal. It's high-paced, intricate stuff, with some crunching hits for good measure.

  112. 1941: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So Michael Phelps is off the pace then - but what about Team GB today? No medals as yet, but let's not despair. It's still been a hugely entertaining day hasn't it? Let me know your own personal highlights by pinging me a Tweet using the hashtag #BBC2012. Go on.

  113. 1937: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Ryan Lochte, USA (400m individual medley)

    Super swimmer Ryan Lochte takes his fourth Olympic gold medal as Michael Phelps misses out on a medal.

  114. 1936: 

    Team GB cyclist David Millar on Bradley Wiggins's chances of winning the road time trial: "I think he will, He's in such incredible form and spirits. I think he can wrap that up."

  115. 1935:  
    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On BBC One: "The British team were a victim of their own success. The same tactics worked at the World Championships [where Cavendish won gold] last year and then in the Tour de France Cavendish battered them on the Champs Elysees in Paris. There were eight riders helping in Copenhagen last year, just four today and while four people can influence a race, they cannot control it.

    "The problem is nobody wanted to ride against Cavendish on the Mall because they knew they would come second. The team did everything they could, other riders did not contribute to the race and they missed out too. Andre Greipel is the second best sprinter in the world but he and his German team sat back."

  116. 1934: 

    Of course we had disappointment in the road cycling earlier, as Mark Cavendish's hopes of gold faded away. Here's what former Olympic champion Chris Boardman made of it all...

  117. 1930: 
    HANDBALL

    It's also a big night for one of our more minority sports - handball - as GB's women take on Montenegro right now. It's the first ever appearance for Great Britain's handballers at an Olympic Games. Get watching. Unfortunately we're 3-0 down after three minutes...

  118. 1927: 
    SWIMMING

    It's a big night of action in the pool this evening, with Hannah Miley going for gold in the women's 400m individual medley final and the big boys Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte duking it out. But while I'll let you know of all the medals, Ollie 'the knowledge' Williams is your man to follow for full swimming chat in his own aquatic live text. Why not read both at once?

  119. 1921: 

    Evening all, and welcome to the evening session of day one of this marvellous Olympic Games.

    If we're being totally honest, things haven't gone quite to plan for Team GB so far have they? But there's still time for that to all change.

    If you've missed any of the day's action so far, allow me to steer you towards the morning session and the evening session of our day's already huge live text output. There's nothing missing from that lot. Honest.

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  1. Archery 4 Events First Event: 27th July
  2. Athletics 47 Events First Event: 3rd August
  3. Badminton 5 Events First Event: 28th July
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  5. Beach Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  6. Boxing 13 Events First Event: 28th July
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  8. Canoe - Sprint 12 Events First Event: 6th August
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  10. Cycling - Mountain Bike 2 Events First Event: 11th August
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  15. Fencing 10 Events First Event: 28th July
  16. Football 2 Events First Event: 25th July
  17. Gymnastics - Artistic 16 Events First Event: 28th July
  18. Gymnastics - Rhythmic 2 Events First Event: 9th August
  19. Gymnastics - Trampoline 2 Events First Event: 3rd August
  20. Handball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
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  22. Judo 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  23. Modern Pentathlon 2 Events First Event: 11th August
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  28. Synchronised Swimming 2 Events First Event: 5th August
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  30. Taekwondo 8 Events First Event: 8th August
  31. Tennis 5 Events First Event: 28th July
  32. Triathlon 2 Events First Event: 4th August
  33. Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  34. Water-polo 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  35. Weightlifting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  36. Wrestling 18 Events First Event: 5th August

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