London 2012 Olympics: Day one afternoon as it happened

Mark Cavendish misses out on road race cycling medal, Roger Federer is in action and GB women's footballers face Cameroon.

28 July 2012 Last updated at 21:45

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  1. 1920: 

    And with news of British tennis woe it's time for me to conclude my stint in the hot seat and put you in the direction of my colleague Tom Rostance who will guide you through the evening's Olympic shenanigans. However, if splish splash sploshing in the pool is your thing then why not join Ollie Williams who is getting rather excited at the prospect of a British gold at the aquatics centre.

  2. 1917: 
    TENNIS- Defeat for Britain's Anne Keothavong

    The former British number one outplayed Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in the first set but eventually succumbed to a 4-6 6-3 6-2 first-round defeat by the world number eight.

  3. 1914:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    After the disappointment of Mark Cavendish failing to attain a medal in the Olympic road race, this afternoon's Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley could potentially become Great Britain's first medallist of the London 2012 Games.

    400m individual medley specialist Miley claimed an impressive silver medal at last year's World Championships in Shanghai but will face a tough battle against the likes of world champion Elizabeth Beisel from the United States and China's 16-year-old Ye Shiwen who were both three seconds quicker in this morning's heats.


    Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara, who crashed out of today's road race, on Twitter: "Have no words left.The tears are stronger then the pain. Now we are waiting in the policlinic in the athlete's village for the X-ray."

  5. 1907: 
    TENNIS- Murray brothers knocked out

    Britain's Andy and Jamie Murray fall at the first hurdle after a 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 defeat by Austria's Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya in the first round of the men's doubles. "Jamie Murray's serve wasn't able to dominate. Melzer and Peya broke him three times in the final set," said former British number one Tim Henman in the commentary box.

  6. 1904: 

    A beautiful summer's evening in Wimbledon... but the Murray brothers could be in trouble. Melzer and Peya broke back immediately and although a hold to love from Andy Murray eased the pressure, Jamie Murray needs to hold his serve to stay in the match. I bring you bad news on Centre (I'm sorry) as Caroline Wozniacki could have struck a fatal blow in the final set, breaking Anne Keothavong for a 3-1 lead.

  7. 1858:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at women's football in Cardiff

    It has not been a perfect afternoon for GB as central defender Ifeoma Dieke was earlier stretchered off but Kim Little has put the icing on the cake of a very good performance with a crisp strike. GB are now 3-0 up and Cameroon look a very beaten side.

  8. 1856: 

    World number one Roger Federer after his first round victory over Colombia's Alejandro Falla: "I don't solely play for myself. When I play I do play for Switzerland and I do try to be a good ambassador, as I travel for eight months of the year, but it is different having the Swiss cross on your jersey and you do feel the pressure. It's not something that we're used to, everybody talking about it on the street in Switzerland. It only comes every four years so it's unusual and I feel that too. It's a huge deal [to win gold], it would be a massive highlight of my life."

  9. 1853:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    Just over 30 minutes now until we find out who will win the first duel in the pool between 14-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps and world champion Ryan Lochte in the 400m individual medley final (19:30 BST).

    Phelps only scraped into this evening's final and is in an outside lane, whilst Lochte coasted through as the third fastest. Both will be expected to go much quicker tonight - but could 17-year-old Japanese record holder Kosuke Hagino, quickest in the heats, gate crash the podium party?

  10. 1852: 

    A couple of spectators were shuffling uneasily in their seats as the Murray brothers squandered their break advantage to allow Melzer and Peya to level in the deciding set, but a fabulous forehand winner from Andy Murray helps the Britons break again and the world number four celebrates edging 4-3 ahead with a wild roar. "Murray! Murray! Murray!" is the chant of choice on Court Two. A short walk away on Centre former world number one Caroline Wozniacki wrapped up the second set 6-3 against Britain's Anne Keothavong so that match is in a decider, while big-hitting Czech Petra Kvitova progresses to the second round after a 6-4 5-7 6-4 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine.


    From Steve in Bolton, via text on 81111: "I hope Bradley Wiggins hasn't sacrificed his own gold medal chances by working so hard for the team. Nobody helped team GB and Millar should have called the ball a lot sooner."

    Karen in Newcastle, via text on 81111: "Re Rob, the Lonely Brit (see 1645) - I'm sure by the time track cycling and rowing finals come around your daughters will be feeling a bit more British!"

  12. 1839: 

    Italy are the latest victors on a busy day in the women's volleyball at Earls Court, beating Dominican Republic 3-1 in the preliminary round. The next match is at 20:00 BST and sees the favourites United States take on Korea. USA have never won gold in the Olympics at women's volleyball. Is this their year?

  13. 1837: 

    Court Two at Wimbledon is jam-packed, a number of patrons wearing shades to keep at bay the glare of the dipping sun. The orb is causing the Murray brothers little concern, though, as they are a break up in the deciding set against Melzer and Peya, Over on Centre Anne Keothavong has been broken by Caroline Wozniacki, who looks resplendent in a scarlet dress, and the Dane is serving for the second set.

  14. 1834:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at women's football in Cardiff

    "GB continue to make most of the running against the Indomitable Lionesses, with Anita Asante seeing a header cleared off the line. However, there is lots of room for improvement on the chanting front. 'GB' clap, clap, clap leaves a lot to be desired."

  15. 1832: 
    Liz Mynott, BBC Sport summariserARCHERY

    The USA team really wanted that gold but they just weren't good enough on the day. The Italian team's depth of experience really pulled them through when they needed it. To have shot that 10 under that pressure, Michele Frangilli is going to be the hero of the Italian team.

  16. 1828:  
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the Basketball Arena

    It took them a while, but the world's best women's basketball team - United States - eventually overcame Croatia in their Group A opener 81-56. Croatia refused to lie down and just take a beating from the four-time Olympic champions and pushed the US all the way, but the Americans showed their star quality in an inspired fourth quarter.

  17. 1826: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Archery, ITA (Men's team event)

    Italy hit a 10 with their final arrow to defeat USA 219-218 at Lord's in the final of the men's team event.

  18. 1823: 

    In leafy west London the patriotic crowd are being stirred into a frenzy by the Murray brothers. Tim Henman is in the commentary box and says he has not experienced an atmosphere of the like since he saw Bjorn Again in concert. (I made that last bit up, by the way. I don't want to get into trouble with Mr Henman.) Jamie and Andy's match against Melzer and Peya is in a decider after the Austrians pocketed the second set tie-break 7-6 (8-6).

  19. 1817: 

    Good news for our friends west of the Atlantic as United States are guaranteed their first medal of the Games in the team archery final. The question is: will it be gold? At the moment it looks like silver as Italy hold a slender 110-106 lead after the second end.

  20. 1813: 

    Over at Horse Guard's Parade where every middle aged man's favourite sport is being played, it's going to form in the women's beach volleyball as world number one duo Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva stroll to the first set against Mauritians Natacha Rigobert and Lo Li Yuk in just 14 minutes, taking it 21-5. It's plain sailing in set two as well as the Brazilians wrap up a straight-sets win.


    British cyclist Mark Cavendish on Twitter: "4 heroes in @bradwiggins, @millarmind, @chrisfroome & @IStannard. Rode, with the weight of a nation, until exhaustion. So proud."

    "Also, very proud to be British today. The support along the whole 250km was beyond belief. Absolutely incredible. Thank you to everyone."

    Cavendish's team-mate David Millar on Twitter: "We did what we'd planned. Cav had the legs to go with the attacks on the last climb but trusted our ability to bring it home. Gutted."

    "On the bright side it was the most amazing feeling in the world carrying the weight of a nation. Feel terrible we didn't deliver."

  22. 1803: 

    Union flags proudly being waved on Centre Court where former British number one Anne Keothavong has secured the first set 6-4 against Rory McIlroy's lady friend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is doing her bit for the Czech Republic after winning the first set 6-4 against Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko. Anyone want to know how the Murray siblings are getting on? Thought you would. They have nudged 6-5 ahead in the second set and are a game away from victory.

  23. 1758: 

    Britain's Elena Baltacha on her 6-3 6-3 victory over Hungary's Agnes Szavay: "It's a very good start, I'm very delighted with that. I think for a first-round match I'm very happy with how I played. I'm chuffed to be in the second round now.

    "I was quite nervous before the match. I think once I put my GB gear on, it relaxed me more because I've been looking forward to this for such a long time. I thought, 'I've got an amazing opportunity'. That kind of relaxed me a bit more. Once I started going on court, seeing all the home support, them getting right behind me, that got me more confident and more relaxed. So it was lovely."

  24. 1755: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Archery, KOR (Men's team event)

    South Korea defeat Mexico 224-219 at Lord's to win the bronze medal match.

  25. 1753:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at women's football in Cardiff

    "GB 2-0 up - a great through ball, superbly timed run, awesome backheel and crisp first-time finish. No wonder the GB women's team decided to strut their stuff in celebration of Jill Scott extending their lead. All too easy and GB are heading into the last eight with a group game to spare."

  26. 1752: 

    That's two gold medals in the bag for China after four-time world champion Mingjuan musters the strength of a hundred bears to lift a combined total of 205kg. Mingjuan was a controversial choice as she was selected ahead of Tian Yuan, who won gold at China's national women's weightlifting championships but the selectors' faith has been rewarded. The bronze, by the way, went to Chun Hwa Ryang of North Korea.

  27. 1747: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Wang Mingjuan, CHN (Women's 48kg wightlifting)

    China's Wang Mingjuan pips Japan's Hiromi Miyake to win weightlifting gold.

  28. 1743: 

    Great Britain go 2-0 up against Cameroon, with Jill Scott doubling their advantage.

  29. 1741:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at women's football in Cardiff

    "A deep free-kick, some awful defending and one of the finest far-stick finishes from one yard that you will ever see by skipper Casey Stoney has GB sailing towards a quarter-final berth here in Cardiff. A big thumbs-up from coach Hope Powell."

  30. 1739: 
    Live now, Millennium StadiumKEY MOMENT

    Team GB take the lead against Cameroon thanks to captain Casey Stoney.

  31. 1739: 

    Surprising news from Britain's Elena Baltacha, who had taping on her shins during a first-round victory over Agnes Szavay. The 28-year-old has revealed she will undergo surgery on her right - and possibly left - ankle after the Olympics, which is likely to end her season, and the former British number one admits she might not return to professional tennis after her recovery is complete.

  32. 1734: 

    I bring you excellent news, if you're a fan of all things British gymnastics. Whoops and hollers here in the office (sort of) as Britain's men are now sure, mathematically, of their place in the Olympic team gymnastics final.

    In the second of today's three qualifying sessions the United States moved ahead as expected - but, after a below-par display from a supposedly strong Japanese team, Britain can no longer be knocked out of the top eight and will compete in Monday's final.

    Louis Smith remains top of the pommel horse qualification standings, with his earlier score of 15.800.

  33. 1732: 

    Italy will play the USA in the final of the men's team event after beating Mexico 217-215 in their semi-final. The bronze-medal match between Mexico and South Korea is starting now and will precede the fina

  34. 1728: 

    Andy Murray does like to create a bit of drama on SW19's hallowed turf. The Wimbledon finalist and his brother Jamie - who had been leading 4-1 in the first set against Austrian duo Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya - looked to be in danger as they faced three break points but, with the help of the patriotic crowd, Dunblane's finest held and have clinched the first set 7-5.

  35. 1724:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at women's football in Cardiff

    "Pre-match huddles done and dusted, and GB v Cameroon is underway. Chants of 'GB' can be heard. It is not packed by any means inside the Millennium Stadium but the people here are doing their best to make some noise. The green, red and yellow Cameroon kit looks as striking as always. The African side will be looking for a vast improvement after Brazil hammered them 5-0 the other day."

  36. 1723: 

    Britain's first ever male beach volleyballers are currently in action, and John Garcia Thompson and Steve Grotowski have lost the first set 21-19 to Canada's Josh Binstock and Martin Reader.

    The Canadians are currently 7-2 up in the second set on Horse Guards Parade.

    Women's world number ones Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva of Brazil are in action at 17:30.

  37. 1715: 

    Team GB's women are back in action in Cardiff, as they face Cameroon. Kick-off is at 17:15, and the action is live on BBC Three and online right now.


    Alan Short on Twitter: "@AnthonyOgogo Well done! Whole of Great Britain with you. Going to be a great year for Brit Boxing #Epic"

    Richard Church on Twitter: "@MarkCavendish and the GB team are the best in the world but can't drag 100 cyclists around 250km and win as well. Good effort GB!"

  39. 1713: 

    It's been a solid start for Great Britain on day one of the dressage phase of the eventing competition. Veteran Mary King and her gelding Imperial Cavalier lie third with 40.90 penalty points, behind the German duo of Ingrid Klimke (39.30) and Dirk Schrade (39.80).

    Nicola Wilson was the only other Brit to take to the Greenwich Park arena today, and she is 16th on 51.70.

    Tina Cook, a bronze individual winner in Beijing, William Fox-Pitt and Zara Phillips all ride on Sunday.

  40. 1710:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing event at ExCel Arena

    Anthony Ogogo has overcome many obstacles just to get to London, including shoulder surgery that very nearly derailed his Olympic dreams. And he only recently revealed that his mum, Teresa, suffered a brain haemorrhage six weeks ago. "I can't wait to ring her up and tell her," said Ogogo after his first-round victory over Junior Castillo Martinez, before revealing his sister also went into labour today. "It's been a great day for the family," he added.

  41. 1709: 
    TENNIS- Roger Federer progresses to second round

    Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer grabs his fifth match point as Alejandro Falla's backhand drifts into the tramlines, allowing the Swiss to complete a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win in one hour and 48 minutes. The 30-year-old celebrates with a roar and clenches his fist in delight and why not as he's still on course for a Wimbledon and Olympic double.

  42. 1706: 

    Former US gold medal-winning gymnast Dominique Moceanu on Twitter: "Hearty congratulations to the British men's gymnastics team for a fine showing in Subdivision 1. I anxiously await Beth Tweddle :)"

  43. 1703: 

    Defending champions South Korea are beaten 224-219 in the semi-final of the men's team event by the United States of America. America will play either Mexico or Italy in the final for gold.

  44. 1700: 

    Wimbledon champion Serena Williams after her 6-3 6-1 first-round victory over Serbia's Jelena Jankovic: "I was a little nervous in the first set. But once I got relaxed, I played a little better. I actually think I played solid. I felt the ball well. I missed a few shots, but at least I was going forward.

    "I think the grass is a wee bit slippery. But you've just got to deal with it, so I'll make sure I'm really stretched out before I go out for my next round, get ready to slip and slide, whatever it takes.

    "It's pretty cool being an Olympian. It's a great feeling. For me, being a tennis player is my dream. But being an Olympian is something I never dreamed up. Growing up, you see people like Michael Johnson, Dominique Dawes, people that do so great at the Olympics. Tennis isn't the premiere Olympic sport but it's cool to be a part of such great athletes."

  45. 1656:  
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the Basketball Arena

    "A treat for stats fans. The USA women's basketball team have not lost an Olympic match since Barcelona 1992. Surely then the question on most fans lips is not will they win their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal in London but by how many points? They have just tipped-off against Croatia in their opening Group A game in front of a lively, vocal crowd."

  46. 1651: 

    "He's playing out of his mind," says John Lloyd in the commentary box of Roger Federer's opponent Alejandro Falla. The Columbian was on the ropes but is now gambolling on the baseline like a prized fighter after bringing the third set back on serve. If the Wimbledon champion had done his homework on Falla then he'd know the 28-year-old supports Atletico Nacional and likes hip hop and rap.

  47. 1648: 

    Over at Wimbledon, Andy Murray has just started his first-round match in the men's doubles, where he is playing alongside brother Jamie. The Murray brothers are 1-0 up in the first set over Austrian duo Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya. You can watch that match now on the BBC Sport interactive video player.

  48. 1645: 

    Rob, the lonely Brit, via text on 81111: "My Brazilian wife and daughter Celina and Ana are both crying with happiness for Menezes gold for Brazil in the judo. They are flying their Brazilian flag out of the window. I keep trying to tell my five-year-old daughter she is British and she rejects that fact. This does not help."

  49. 1641: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Judo - Felipe Kitadai, Bra (Men's -60kg)

    Brazil's Felipe Kitadai sees off Elio Verde from Italy to take a bronze medal.

  50. 1640: 

    Roger Federer loses the second set of his opening match to Colombia's Alejandro Falla. Falla saved three match points on his own serve to take the second set, but the Swiss has an early break in the third and final set.

  51. 1638:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at women's football in Cardiff

    "Team news for Great Britain ahead of their match against Cameroon - they are unchanged from the side that defeated New Zealand here on Wednesday. They'll line up 4-2-3-1, with Kelly Smith up front. They were great in places the other day but need to improve their finishing."

  52. 1636: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Arsen Galstyan, RUS (Men's -60kg)

    The Russian beats Japan's Hiroaki Hiraoka with an ippon for a surprise victory.

  53. 1633: 

    More from Mark Cavendish on BBC Radio 5 live: "There was a group of 22 who got away and we couldn't pull them back. The four guys who ran all day couldn't do it. The Germans came a bit too late and the other teams seemed to be more content that they wouldn't win as long as we didn't win. That's kind of how it goes.

    "I can be proud of how the lads rode today. I'm proud of my country as there was incredible support. The guys are sat there, they are spent. They have got nothing left in the tank. It's incredible to see that. To see what they gave for the cause."

  54. 1632: 

    Mark Cavendish on BBC Radio 5 live: "We rode the exact race we wanted to ride. We wanted to control it and we wanted the group at a minute. We expected teams to come and chase at the end with us. We controlled it with four guys for 250 km and we couldn't do more. We are human beings.

  55. 1630: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Sarah Menezes , BRA, (Women's -48kg)

    Brazil's two-time junior world champion Sarah Menezes adds gold to her medal collection.

  56. 1628: 

    In the swimming, South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan has been reinstated in tonight's 400m freestyle final.

    Park appealed against his earlier disqualification in the heats, believed to be for leaving his block early. Canada's Ryan Cochrane loses his place in the final as a result. Park is the defending champion.

  57. 1621: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Judo - Rishod Sobirov, Uzb (Men's -60kg)

    Top seed Rishod Sobirov beats France's Sofiane Milous in the bronze medal contest. The reigning world champion now has a collection of a pair of bronze medals, following his third place finish in Beijing four years ago. Bit of a surprise the world number one wasn't in the final but favourites don't always triumph. Fact.

  58. 1618: 

    A very good afternoon to you. Chris Bevan has gone to sit in a darkened room for an hour or so as he can't quite come to terms with Mark Cavendish's failure to secure Britain's first gold of the Games. The scene was set for a golden afternoon... the Manxman had Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, but it wasn't to be. Plenty more golds in the, er, sea.

  59. 1616: 

    Right, it's time for me to bid you farewell and leave you in the hands of Aimee Lewis for the next few hours. Be nice to her, and see you all again on Sunday. Cheerio for now.

  60. 1608: 

    British tennis player Elena Baltacha is through to the second round of the Olympic women's singles with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Agnes Szavay of Hungary.

    Baltacha will next play 11th seed and former world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

  61. 1607: 

    Australia's Mick Rogers, a team-mate of Mark Cavendish at Team Sky, talking on BBC Radio 5 live about Cav missing out on a tilt at gold: "We knew that Cav is the quickest sprinter and he is also in a very strong team. We tried to put a few in them in the early break and Stuart O'Grady was there.

    "Cavendish is a great athlete. He is the world's fastest man. I've known him for years. He came into this race as the favourite, that is the way the Olympics is. Credit to him, his team gave it the best. They rode strong and took the race by the horns. They really took responsibility for it but that's cycling."

  62. 1606:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at women's football in Cardiff

    "The match between Brazil and New Zealand hasn't quite gone as flat as a house party of GB cycling fans watching the men's road race but considering the quality of players on show it is definitely lacking a little drama. The biggest crowd reaction of the second half followed a naughty tackle by NZ's Hannah Wilkinson. Boos all round."


    Director of London 2012 at the BBC Roger Mosey on Twitter: "On road cycling, the BBC team shares the frustration about lack of graphics/info from the organisers."

  64. 1602: 

    There has been a bit of a scare in the Judo, when Hungarian fighter Eva Csernoviczki was strangled unconscious. Csernoviczki was trying to resist a strangle in her 48kg quarter-final against Belgium's Charline van Snick - the eventual bronze medalist - when she passed out, collapsing to the mat.

    The referee immediately stopped the bout and awarded it to Van Snick, while Csernoviczki's arm started shaking before she regained consciousness. She received medical assistance but quickly recovered and was able to leave the mat without assistance.

  65. 1559: 

    Britain's Joanna Parker after beating Brazil's Caroline Kumahara in the first-round: "You prepare for these things, but there is no way of preparing for something quite like that. I was quite nervous at the beginning but after winning the first game I felt more comfortable.

    "The crowd were just unbelievable - I wasn't expecting that at all. In table tennis, you don't usually get that many people in the crowd. I'm just speechless; I can't find the words to describe how it felt. I've never had the crowd on my side like that before."

  66. 1556: 

    Rob Hayles talking to BBC Radio 5 live about Mark Cavendish's failed bid for a gold medal in the men's road race: "Mark did look dejected there at the finish line for sure. One thing he can be proud of is that Great Britain went into this race with a plan. They stuck to that plan. They rode so well and they were such a small percentage off but a miss is a miss unfortunately.

    "The point where Fabian Cancellara took off just going off the top of Box Hill climbon that last lap is the point where the race changed. In hindsight, that was the time when they should have followed those wheels."

  67. 1553: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Jin Jong-Oh, Kor (Men's 10m air pistol)

    South Korea's Jin Jong-Oh wins men's 10m air pistol Olympic gold.

  68. 1552: 

    Fabian Cancellera did not feature in that exciting finish, instead he limped over the line with a blooded elbow from his crash into the hoardings. You can see how the Swiss came to grief on the BBC's rewindable interactive video player.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "That was an amazing finish [to the men's road race]. Vinokourov can't believe it. He's almost retired in the last two years so what a way to finish off his career with an Olympic gold. Mark Cavendish is a disappointed man but the peloton blew it there by leaving all the work to the British team."

  70. 1549: 

    A thrilling finish to an exciting race. Huge disappointment for Britain's Mark Cavendish, who did not figure at the finish despite a great effort by his British team-mates but it is a gold medal for Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov, silver for Colombia's Rigoberto Uran and bronze for Norway's Alexander Kristoff.

  71. 1546: 
    JUDO- Charline van Snick, BEL (Women's -48kg)

    Charline van Snick of Belgium has won bronze in the women's -48 kg competition with victory over Argentina's Paula Pareto. Romania's Alina Dumitru and Brazil's Sarah Menezes contest the gold medal match at 1600 BST.

  72. 1546: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Alexandre Vinokourov, Kaz (Men's cycling road race)
  73. 1546: 

    It is going to work too. Rigoberto Uran was looking behind him and he reacted too late...

  74. 1546: 

    After a spot of cat and mouse, it is Alexandre Vinokourov who goes for the line...

  75. 1545: 

    Just 1km to go for the leaders. Who will be first to make a move down The Mall?

  76. 1544: 

    Less than 2km to go and I don't think Uran and Vinokourov are going to be caught now. They are going to have a one-vs-one sprint for gold and silver.

    Back in the peloton, the British team have given up the chase. No medals of any colour for them.

  77. 1543: 

    Britain's Mark Cavendish is not going to figure here. Vinokourov of Kazakhstan and Uran of Colombia keep increasing the gap on the other escapees and Cav and the rest of the peloton are even further back.

  78. 1541: 

    The Colombian rider with Alexander Vinokourov is actually Rigoberto Uran. At the moment it appears that the race for gold is between this duo.

  79. 1538: 

    Alexander Vinokourov and Colombian rider Sergio Luis Henao Montoya have jumped clear off the front bunch and have opened up a gap of about seven seconds. Less than 7km to go now.

  80. 1538:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Ben Ainslie crosses the line first in the Finn practice race but, to be fair, most hadn't bothered to stick around to the finish. The Briton then seemed to be in discussion with a marshal boat, but there's no clue at this stage what about."

  81. 1538: 

    Elena Baltacha has won the first set of her match against Hungary's Agnes Szavay 6-3 in 26 minutes. The British number four is level at 1-1 in the second.

  82. 1537: 

    Olympic organisers are investigating why hundreds of seats were empty for a swimming session at the Aquatic Centre, in east London, on Saturday morning.

  83. 1536:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing event at ExCel Arena

    "It wasn't always pretty, but the GB boxing team is off to a winning start through Anthony Ogogo, the middleweight winning his opener against Junior Castillo Martinez of the Dominican Republic 13-6."

  84. 1536: 

    Roger Federer has begun his match against Alejandro Falla on Centre Court. Federer lost the first two sets of his first round match againt the Columbian at Wimbledon in 2010. No such problems yet for the Swiss with the match going It is going with serve at 3-2 in the opener.

  85. 1535: 

    The gap is apparently 56 seconds, which means Mark Cavendish has got no chance of catching the leaders this close to the finish. There will be no bunch sprint and no British gold medal.

  86. 1532: 

    Fabian Cancellara is clutching his arm and is in a lot of pain. His race is over, but there are still three Spaniards, Philippe Gilbert and Stuart O'Grady ahead of him on the road.

    We are not getting any information on the time gap between the leaders and Mark Cavendish back in the peloton, with just 10km to go.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Bradley Wiggins is on the front of the chasing bunch again but this will not be doing his hopes of winning the time trial on Wednesday any good. If Mark Cavendish wins this road race from here he will owe Wiggins one very large beer."


    Great Britain hockey player Alastair Wilson: "On the bus to training, following the cycling road race on twitter. Wish I was watching it. Come on Cav!"

  89. 1530: 

    Amazing. It was Switzerland's big favourite Fabian Cancellara who crashed. I don't think he took anyone else down with him but he has a big cut on his elbow.

  90. 1527: 

    This race isn't over yet, though. The leaders have just misjudged a corner and half a dozen have crashed out.

  91. 1525: 

    The riders are back in Richmond Park and there has been an attack in the front bunch from Norway's Lars Petter Nordhaug. It didn't last long though.

  92. 1524: 

    The bronze medals are being decided in the women's -48kg category, where Paula Pareto has beaten Mongolia's Urantsetseg Munkhbat in their repechage contest and Eva Csernoviczki has overcome Wu Shuegen. They progress to clashes with Charline van Snick and Tomoko Fukumi respectively.

  93. 1524: 

    Spain and Switzerland, who both have multiple men in the front group, are still powering away at the front of the race. Stuart O'Grady of Australia is up there too.

    We are inside the 20km mark and the gap back to the British riders is coming down... slowly. It is now 50 seconds. It needs to come down a lot faster than that.

  94. 1522:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing event at Eton Dorney

    "There was an electric atmosphere down at Eton Dorney today and while the grandstands now stand empty, as staff scurry around clearing the up in preparation for tomorrow, they were rammed to bursting point during the racing. The venue received the thumbs up from spectators, too, with most I spoke to praising the transport, security system and facilities. Let's hope it stays that way."

  95. 1521:  
    Matt Slater, BBC Sport following the men's road race on The Mall

    "The calm of an hour ago has been shattered by the sheer quality of the riders in that leading group. With some truly stellar names in that 32-strong vanguard, Team GB has been unable to put a dent in their lead of a minute. This was always the danger. Nobody else wanted a sprint."

  96. 1519: 

    That gap to the 30-odd escapees has come down to 55 seconds, with 22km left, but it is still a huge ask for the British riders to bring this race together for Mark Cavendish now. They have had hardly any help from the other nations and that effort is going to tell.

  97. 1517: 

    If this race, combined with Bradley Wiggins' win over the Channel in the Tour de France, doesn't inspire you to head out on the road then nothing will. Take a look at BBC Sport's event guide for more on how you can get involved in what is fast becoming one of the staples of our sporting summer diet.

  98. 1516: 

    The road race went past Buckingham Palace at the start and will finish in the Mall shortly. That gave the photographers the chance to take some stunning photos - and there are plenty more from all the events.

  99. 1515: 

    This doesn't look good for Britain's gold medal hopes. Chris Froome has run out of steam, so Mark Cavendish has just three men to help him in the run-in to the finish line with just 25km to go. The gap is up to over a minute.

    Up the road, Switzerland's Michael Schar is driving hard. He will be looking to deliver his team-mate Fabian Cancellara to the line but there are plenty of other strong riders involved.

  100. 1514: 

    Ian Stannard is working like a Trojan for Britain at the top of the peloton but the gap to the escapees is still 55 seconds and they are going to have to do something special and very soon to start reducing the deficit.

    We have not been given the names of all the men at the front of the race but, as well as Fabian Cancellara and those three Spanish riders, Austalian veteran Stuart O'Grady and Belgium's Philippe Gilbert are up there.

  101. 1511:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at women's football in Cardiff

    "Brazil, playing in their away strip, are creating the bulk of the chances but so far Erika, Maurine, Ester, Bruna, Francielle, Cristiane, Marta and co have been unable to find the back of the New Zealand net. The Football Fearns lost to GB in their opener and are playing with the desperation of a team determined to keep alive their Olympic dream."

  102. 1510: 

    British number four Elena Baltacha is being shaded underneath a brolly at the first changeover of her match against Hungary's Agnes Szavay on Court Four. Baltacha has already pocketed a break of serve and leads 2-1.

  103. 1510: 

    A trio of Spanish riders are still motoring at the front of the big breakaway bunch. They have let the British riders work hard all day, and are pushing hard now. What have Bradley Wiggins and Co got left in the tank to close down this gap?

  104. 1509: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald out in the Olympic Park: "It's not just the roads of Surrey and London that have attracted spectators. People have filled the green at the live site in the middle of the Olympic Park to watch coverage on the big screen.

    "It is packed. People are spread out on handy sponsors' seating mats that are being given out. Some are cycling fans, some day park access ticket holders and some who have finished their morning session of sport and stayed to savour the atmosphere.

    "Mandy Creber brought Eliza, 8, and Delphy, 5, to see Michael Phelps and Hannah Miley swim this morning. Now they're waiting to see if Team GB can bring home Britain's first gold."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Team GB need to get on top of the break of 24 riders as quickly as possible. They have to bring it back now. The Germans need to commit and help the British team otherwise they won't be there at the finish for Andre Greipel. Let's hope the British riders have calculated this right. It's going to be a nail-biting last 45 minutes."

  106. 1507: 

    BBC Sport tennis analyst Tracy Austin on Serena Williams' first-round win: "Terrific first round performance for Serena. She served well and I was impressed with her return of serve. She was full of confidence, and why not? She loves this court. She is right on target and has already sent a message to the rest of her opponents. It was total domination."

  107. 1505: 

    This is a very big escape group, and there are more than 20 riders in it. Dangerous? Yes, especially since they have a lead of one minute with 34km to go, and Fabian Cancellara is among the escapees.

    Germany have come to the front to help the British out, and they need some assistance in closing down this breakaway group.

  108. 1502: 

    London Mayor Boris Johnson says suggestions that the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was left-wing are "nonsense". The event, he says, left him with "hot tears of patriotic pride from the beginning".

  109. 1502: 

    Serena Williams has completed a 6-3 6-1 win over Jelena Jankovic on Wimbledon's Centre Court. The American will play either New Zealand's Marina Erakovic or Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak next in the singles second round.

  110. 1502: 

    Barcelona 1992 Olympic Judo silver medallist Ray Stevens, talking to BBC Radio 5 live about Great Britain's performances today: "It was disappointing with the two lightweights going out today, but we still have a couple of hopes such as Euan Burton. But Judo is so unpredictable that anything can happen."


    Rob Payne on Twitter: "Camped out in South Kensington waiting for @teamgb Can't wait to see the boys sprinting by! #bbc2012 @bbcsport"

    Carl Dent on Twitter: Also impressed with the @BBCSport website, so easy to catch up on what uve missed #happydays Go @TeamGB

  112. 1459: 

    Those attacks have already started and Spain have got three men in a group of about 20 riders that has jumped 26 seconds clear of the peloton and reeled in Philippe Gilbert.

    This is another challenge for the British team to meet, with less than 40km of mostly downhill or flat racing to go, but they are still rolling along nicely at the head of the peloton after five hours in the saddle.

  113. 1458: 

    It is not just the USA men's team that qualify for the 'dream' tag. Their female counterparts have won gold at the last four Games and will attempt to extend a run of 33 straight victories against Croatia around 1645 BST this afternoon.

    Also in Group A are Turkey and Angola and the Turks have taken a 26-10 lead in their opening match in the Basketball Arena.

  114. 1452:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing event at ExCel Arena

    "Ireland's John Joe Nevin gives by far the classiest display of the day so far, comprehensively outclassing his Danish opponent and running out a 21-6 winner. In case anyone can feel those eyelids drooping, I'll wake you up before Ogogo... he's the first middleweight on at 1500 BST... "

  115. 1452: 

    Veteran GB rider Mary King, 51, goes into second place of the 25 competitors so far with a score of 40.90 aboard Imperial Cavalier on day one of the dressage phase. Nicola Wilson (51.70) is 11th on Opposition Buzz, with the British team currently ranked second overall. German Dirk Schrade leads with 39.80.

  116. 1451: 

    This is where things stand in the men's road race, and it is still looking pretty good for Mark Cavendish.

    There are still 20 riders between the British riders and Philippe Gilbert but I don't think they are paying much attention to them. They have all just crested Box Hill for the last time, with the Belgian about one minute and 20 seconds ahead. There is less than 50km of racing to go, and there are sure to be further attacks but, in about an hour's time, the peloton should hit The Mall for what looks more and more like will be a bunch sprint to the finish, where Cav will be the big favourite.


    James Foord on Twitter: "With these riders breaking I don't know how the Brits aren't panicking, I'm having kittens!"

    Fisharoo on Twitter: "I'm still not as optimistic as the commentators on Cav being delivered on the Mall. I want to believe them though"

    Ben Eustice on Twitter: "Have never watched road cycling before. It's strangely exciting."

  118. 1445: 

    Over in the Copper Box, Brazil and Croatia have got their match under way with the Europeans leading 4-3 after 13 minutes of the first half. Both teams are in Great Britain's preliminary round group, along with Russia, who beat Angola earlier today. GB take on Montenegro at 1930 BST tonight in their first match. The top four from the group will qualify for the quarter-finals.

  119. 1442: 

    The riders are on the last ascent of Box Hill now, with Philippe Gilbert still on his own up front. It is now or never for anyone else looking to spring away from the front of the peloton, which is still being controlled by Bradley Wiggins & Co.

  120. 1438: 

    Great work by Belgium's Philippe Gilbert, who not only caught the first breakaway bunch but is now off the front of the race and has opened up a 35 second advantage. He has got an awful long way to go back to the centre of London on his own, though... about 55km.

    Behind him, the remainder of the escapees are about to get swept up by the British-led peloton. This race has been bubbling under for a while but now it is coming to the boil.

  121. 1435: 

    Britain's Joanna Parker is about to open her campaign in the women's singles tournament. She will take on Brazil's Caroline Kumahara for a place in the second round and the chance to take on Germany's Kristin Silbereisen.


    Great Britain swimmer Michael Jamieson, who reached the 100m breaststroke semis: "Great start from the team this am, crowd were amazing! Apologies for the fist pumps lol I know it's just heats, I was a bit excitable! :)"

  123. 1433:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football in Cardiff

    "The match between Brazil and New Zealand has started, with the former looking to build on their 5-0 demolition of Cameroon in their opening fixture. Hope Powell's GB side take on Cameroon later knowing a victory could secure a quarter-final place.

    "It is not exactly packed inside the Millennium Stadium but the sun is shining and the horns are sounding. The mood is very carnival."

  124. 1432: 

    BBC Sport's John Bennett at Lord's "A South Korean journo tells me 20 million will be watching the archery back home. Their men's team haven't lost Gold since 2000."

  125. 1430: 

    Great Britain defender James Tomkins on visiting the Olympic Village and speaking to fellow athletes: "You see a lot of athletes crowding around some players, like Kobe Bryant. I saw Novak Djokovic the other day and Roger Federer is a massive hero of mine and it will be great to meet him. We could play some Scrabble."

  126. 1429: 

    Great Britain women's basketball guard Rose Anderson following the Queen's visit to the Olympic Village: "She was absolutely brilliant. I was completely in awe. What a great thing for her to come through the Village, meet the athletes and see where we are living.

  127. 1428:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing event at Eton Dorney

    "A good day's work for the British rowers down at a sun-soaked Eton Dorney, with six crews progressing to the next round and two needing to contest the repechage. Women's pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning grabbed the headlines with an Olympic best, but the men's lightweight four showed they have golden potential - as do men's eight. It's all looking rather good after day one."

  128. 1428: 

    If Mark Cavendish does win gold, his Austrian Team Sky team-mate Bernhard Eisel will deserve almost as much credit for the medal as his British comrades. Eisel has no chance of winning this race himself, but he is working hard to help the British contingent with no other nations getting involved. It's great to see.

  129. 1427: 

    Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has an early break of serve against Serbian former world number one Jelena Jankovic in the women's singles. The American, who is being watched by American First Lady Michelle Obama from the players' box, leads 5-2 in the opening set.

  130. 1425:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing event at ExCel Arena

    "Watching the early boxing bouts really brings into sharp relief the agony of the Olympics - four years of blood, sweat and tears and 'woosh', you're gone in nine minutes and on the plane home."

  131. 1422: 

    The British riders continue to set a blistering pace and the peloton are now within 45 seconds of the 11 escapees. More riders are attacking them on the way up Box Hill, but Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, David Millar, Ian Stannard... and Mark Cavendish, of course, are sticking to their tempo.

  132. 1416:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing event at ExCel Arena

    "Pleased to report that the ExCel Arena is rammed out for the boxing and it's pretty buzzing, too. That's the thing about British audiences, they usually know at least something about the sport they're watching."

  133. 1415:  
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    Talking about how the men's road race is shaping up: "An Australian journalist just collared me and said 'this race is going exactly how you guys want it to go isn't it?'"

  134. 1414:  
    Matt Slater, BBC Sport following the men's road race on The Mall

    "Four hours in at the men's road race and Mark Cavendish's train is purring along beautifully. Remember last year's display at the World Championships? You know, the one GB could not recreate with only five riders? Well, they are recreating it. The original break is now just 90 seconds clear, and the dangerous Vicenzo Nibali, Philippe Gilbert and Sylvain Chavanel are stuck in no man's land. The odds on a bunch sprint here in two hours are climbing with each passing minute."

  135. 1411: 

    So far, this has been a stunning effort by the British team, who have stuck to their plan throughout this men's road race and, helped by some phenomenal home support on the roadside, seem to have things under their control.

    They were six minutes adrift of the first breakaway bunch when they hit Box Hill for the first time but, at the last timecheck at the 168km mark, are only one minute and 22 seconds adrift. As things stand, we are heading towards a bunch finish on The Mall at around 16:00 BST... which is exactly what Mark Cavendish wants.

  136. 1406: 

    Chelsea and Great Britain striker Daniel Sturridge on the opening ceremony: "We were there in the stadium and we watched a bit on television beforehand. It was a great experience - a once-in-a-lifetime thing."

    On the importance of the game against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday: "It's a big game but we are used to it. There were always going to be nerves in the first game but we will go about our business and do what we do best."

  137. 1400: 

    Two more ascents of Box Hill to go. The second breakaway group is about to get hoovered up, so Belgium's Philippe Gilbert has tried to jump off the front and make up ground to the front riders on his own. So far, it looks like he is failing.

    Team GB, led by Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins are still working supremely hard at the front of the peloton and the gap to the first group of escapees continues to come down. With about 80km to go, they are one-and-a-half minutes adrift.

  138. 1356:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing event at ExCel Arena

    "Joseph Diaz Jr of the United States has the honour of winning the first bout of the 2012 Olympic boxing tournament, beating Ukrainian Pavlo Ishchenko 19-9 in the bantamweight division."

  139. 1356:  
    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "If [Team GB] pull this off it will be one of the most extraordinary things I've seen in cycling and I was saying that a lot during the Tour de France as well."

  140. 1354: 

    One of the most dramatic moments of the morning session was Michael Phelps coming within a whisker of failing to qualify for the 400m individual medley title which he has won at the last two Games. You can watch the video on the BBC Sport website now, complete with commentators' speedy maths to confirm the American's narrow escape.


    British gymnast Louis Smith: "A brief moment back on Twitter to say a massive thank you to every1 who's has helped me and my team get through this day love your support x"

  142. 1352: 

    Jordan Duckitt, one of the youngsters who lit the Olympic cauldron, told BBC Radio 5 live: "Some of the other seven had their mums and dads there but I had no one as my parents had jetted off on holiday and I couldn't tell anyone about it. I just kept it to myself as I didn't want it leaked out anywhere.

    "I'm still living off the adrenaline now. I've been nervous all week but as soon as Steve passed me the torch and we started jogging the nerves went.

    "It went so quick, the noise from the crowd went straight through you. You could feel the emotion in the stadium and I couldn't sleep after because of the adrenaline, it was such a privilege."

  143. 1349: 

    If this 250km race does come down to a bunch sprint on The Mall, Mark Cavendish's main rivals are likely to be Germany's Andre Greipel (aka 'The Gorilla') and Slovakian sensation Peter Sagan ('The Terminator'), who both racked up three stage wins on the Tour. Sagan, who also collected the Tour's green jersey as winner of the points category, is the stronger all-round rider and as a former world junior mountain bike champion will not have been too bothered about repeatedly climbing Box Hill.

    Other names to look out for are Australian sprinter Matt Goss, who will be helped to the line by 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, Wiggins' Team Sky team-mate Michael Rogers, and Olympic veteran Stuart O'Grady, who is appearing at his sixth Olympics, and was part of the original breakway bunch.

  144. 1347: 

    That potential upset is now an actual upset. Steve Darcis of Belgium beats Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a former Wimbledon finalist, 6-4 6-4 in the first round of the Olympic men's singles at Wimbledon.

    Berdych was a potential quarter-final opponent - and seen as a possible stumbling block - for Britain's Andy Murray. Not any more, he isn't.

    Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Serbia's Ana Ivanovic are through, with Serena Williams of the United States next up on Centre Court against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.

    Later on Saturday, Roger Federer, Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha play singles. Andy Murray and Jamie Murray,Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, and Heather Watson and Laura Robson are in doubles action.

  145. 1343: 

    This is good news for Mark Cavendish... very good news.

    His British team-mates have been working hard as they continue their circuits of Box Hill and, at the 152km mark, they had brought down the gap to the first 11 escapees to less than two minutes. The second breakaway bunch is now only a few seconds clear and looks set to be reeled in by the peloton any moment now.

  146. 1341:  
    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analystROWING

    Talking about Alan Campbell's performance in his first heat: "I'm pleased with the way he rowed, he went out with some determination and his time was good. The single sculls is always quite difficult as there are four rounds to get through. It's a very good starter and he showed he is back to his best but there are still two or three very fast guys out there."

  147. 1341: 

    Louis Smith, speaking after making qualification for the pommel horse final all but certain, as Britain's men put in their finest Olympic performance in generations:

    "It's been an emotional four years, there's been a lot of pressure since Beijing to perform at this Olympics. There was a lot riding on it, I couldn't help thinking about the future, providing for my family, the expectation.

    "I said 'Come on' to myself twice in my pommel horse routine, I've never done that before. It's hard to explain what I felt when I landed that routine. It came close in Beijing, but this time - I've never experienced anything like it in my life, it was the best feeling in the world."

  148. 1338: 

    Great Britain's women are in action later, looking to follow up their win over New Zealand when they face Cameroon in Cardiff at 17:15 BST, but the first of today's six matches is under way.

    Women's world champions Japan are being held to a goalless draw by Sweden in Coventry in their Group F encounter, with about 15 minutes left. Both sides won their opening matches of the tournament, beating Canada and South Africa respectively.

  149. 1336: 

    That possible upset in the men's singles I mentioned earlier is now looking a lot more likely because Belgium's Steve Darcis is serving for the match against sixth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

    Berdych, a finalist at Wimbledon in 2010, is a potential quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray.

  150. 1336: 

    With just over 100km of the men's road race to go, things are starting to take shape. There are 11 men in the splinter group, chasing the front group of 11 riders.

    Britain and Germany, who have the two most-fancied sprinters in Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel, are the only two nations without a man in either breakway bunch. They are about four minutes behind the leaders and they have a lot of work to do to bring this race back together before they get back to The Mall at around 16:00 BST.

  151. 1331: 

    James Cracknell, talking to BBC Radio 5 Live about Britain's performances so far on the first day of the rowing: "The men's lightweight four were very impressive, to do it from a length behind to finish a length in front was very impressive, the men's double also raced well and the only disappointing performance came in the women's quad. They were silver medallists in Beijing but they will do very well to do anything here though.

    "The men's eight have got the speed in their pocket but they have to use it and need to dig it out at the right time. Every regatta they have appeared in over the past year has been like a Clint Eastwood film, 'the Good, the Bad and the Ugly' and today was the ugly."

  152. 1328:  
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the Basketball Arena

    "More than 7,600 fans clapped, cheered and gasped as Canada almost caused a Group B upset against women's European basketball champions Russia. With Canadian flags dotted around the arena, the team led Russia until the third quarter before Russia fought back to win 58-53.

    "Great Britain's women would have taken a keen interest in the game as both teams are in their group. Good news ladies - Russia, it seems, can be rattled despite sitting at number two in the world rankings. GB open their first ever Olympic campaign at 2215 BST against three-time Games silver medallists Australia."

  153. 1327: 

    Where are we? Well, at the 137km mark the front 11 riders were three-and-a-half minutes clear of the splinter group containing Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, Lars Boom of the Netherlands and Belgium's Philippe Gilbert.

    The British riders remain at the front of the peloton, which is another 23 seconds further back. The pace is definitely increasing, though.

  154. 1324:  
    Matt Slater, BBC Sport following the men's road race on The Mall

    "Permission for lip to wobble, sir? Letting a dozen relatively unfancied riders get an early six-minute lead was one thing, remaining calm while Italy's Vicenzo Nibali drags two dangerous Belgians & a Dutchman away is another. Nibali came third at the Tour de France and has unfinished business with British dreams of glory. Time to get a wiggle on, boys."

  155. 1323:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "The only negative to take from this morning's session was the number of empty seats. Whilst the spectator areas high in the stands were packed to capacity, I'd estimate that there were several hundred lower down (in the higher price bracket) which were not filled.

    "It did not harm the atmosphere which at times - particularly around the British performances - was deafening, but after such strong criticisms of Delhi in the early days of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the organisers of these Olympics clearly still have some work to do."

  156. 1323: 

    Chinese second seeds Xue Chen and Zhang Xi slip to defeat in their opening Pool B match against Russia at Horse Guards Parade, going down 18-21 21-14 16-14 to Anastasia Vasina and Anna Vozakova.

  157. 1323:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing event at Eton Dorney

    "Britain's Alan Campbell eased his way into this Olympic rowing regatta with a comfortable victory in the men's single sculls heats. The Northern Irishman went out hard in the first 500m but then eased off the gas for the remaining 1,500m and was rarely troubled as he sealed his place in the quarter-finals."

  158. 1322: 

    BBC News' Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Lunchtime on the Olympic Park and changeover is under way as morning sessions finish and people are allowed in to explore, and shop, before their sport starts.

    "Karen Gibson and Peter Ford are here to watch the Basketball, team USA headlining their afternoon.

    "To get tickets they had to buy a hotel package, and have swapped Essex for South West London this weekend.

    "They have got their small picnic of sandwiches and crisps past security restrictions.

    "And they have butterflies to finally be here."

  159. 1322: 

    It is attack after attack at the front of the peloton right now, and the British team has some big decisions to make.

    The front 11 riders have just gone through the 137km timecheck of this 250km race and it will be interesting to see their advantage over the next group, containing Vincenzo Nibali and Philippe Gilbert, as well as Mark Cavendish & Co back at the front of the main bunch.


    Tom Richardson at Wembley Arena texts: "Great day so far watching Susan Egelstaff dominate in the Badminton! And even Prince Charles has come to cheer her on!"

    Guy Ryckaert texts: "Along roadside on boxhill within inches of cyclists. Wonderful atmosphere. Great to see Belgian in breakaway."

    Sam, aged 15 texts: "Watching the cycle road race in Leatherhead, huge crowds, proud to be British."

  161. 1319: 

    Our first handball result of the Games at the Copper Box. Russia's women saw off a spirited Angola side to register a 30-27 victory.

  162. 1319: 

    Nicola Wilson has got Great Britain's bid for an eventing team medal off to a solid start at Greenwich Park.

    Wilson and Opposition Buzz, renowned as one of the world's leading cross-country combinations, held their own during the early stages in the dressage phase.

    Their score of 51.70 penalties put them in fourth place after 10 starters.

  163. 1315: 

    Belgium's Kim Clijsters is through to the second round of the women's singles after beating Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-4 in 61 minutes. She is joined by Serbia's Ana Ivanovic who saw off America's Christina McHale 6-4 7-5.

    We have had a winner in the men's singles too. Germany's Phillipp Petzschner made the most of a, er, lackustre display by Slovakia's Lukas Lacko to win 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.

  164. 1313: 

    Plenty going on at the moment too, obviously, British number one Susan Egelstaff has beaten Slovakia's Maja Tvrdy 21-15 21-10. She will play Japan's Sayaka Sato next in qualifying Group H. You can catch more of the action from Wembley Arena on the interactive video player now.

  165. 1310: 

    Plenty to digest, as you would expect on the first day of the greatest sporting event on this planet. Some of the headlines from earlier today include a new Olympic record from Great Britain's women's pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the rowing, American Michael Phelps scraping through to the final of the 400m individual medley in the swimming and China's Yi Siling winning the first gold of the Games in the women's 10 air rifle.

  166. 1306: 

    The British team have been playing it cool at the front of the peloton, but with a couple of breakaway groups now ahead of them on the road, Bradley Wiggins has dropped back to the team car to discuss tactics. He is picking up some water bottles while he is there too.

    No need to panic just yet, mind. There are still four laps of the Box Hill circuit, and more than 120km of racing, to go and the British riders are about five minutes behind the front bunch of 11 men, with dangermen like Italy's Vincenzo Nibali and Belgian Philippe Gilbert also ahead of them in a second group of escapees.

  167. 1303: 

    Welcome to the afternoon session of the first day of the London 2012 Olympics. You can check back on how the morning's action unfolded, and what the rest of the world made of last night's opening ceremony, on our morning session 'as it happened' page. But get back here sharpish, especially if you are fan of cycling or potential British gold medals, because things are just starting to get interesting in the men's road race...

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  5. Beach Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  6. Boxing 13 Events First Event: 28th July
  7. Canoe - Slalom 4 Events First Event: 29th July
  8. Canoe - Sprint 12 Events First Event: 6th August
  9. Cycling - BMX 2 Events First Event: 8th August
  10. Cycling - Mountain Bike 2 Events First Event: 11th August
  11. Cycling - Road 4 Events First Event: 28th July
  12. Cycling - Track 10 Events First Event: 2nd August
  13. Diving 8 Events First Event: 29th July
  14. Equestrian 6 Events First Event: 28th July
  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
  21. Hockey 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  22. Judo 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  23. Modern Pentathlon 2 Events First Event: 11th August
  24. Rowing 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  25. Sailing 10 Events First Event: 29th July
  26. Shooting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  27. Swimming 34 Events First Event: 28th July
  28. Synchronised Swimming 2 Events First Event: 5th August
  29. Table Tennis 4 Events First Event: 28th July
  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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