London 2012 Olympics: Day Two morning session as it happened

Rebecca Adlington qualifies eighth fastest for Sunday's final, GB's rowers impress and GB women go for road race gold.

29 July 2012 Last updated at 17:20

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  1. 1305: 

    Time for our daily live text switchover. Head over to a fresh and clean new text commentary to take in the best of Day Two's afternoon. Ready? Go!

  2. 1300: 

    Another attack, this time from Dutch rider Eleonora van Dijk, as the race passes through Walton, in what is likely to be a tactical move to help her team leader Marianne Vos later on.

    A few riders are trying to get across, including Nicole Cooke who is keeping tabs on things for the British team.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the Beach Volleyball

    "It's bucketing down now at Horse Guards Parade and many of the spectators have run for cover. But the women's pairs from the Netherlands and Spain are still battling it out in their bikinis out there on court. It will start to look like mud-wrestling soon!"

  4. 1254: 

    It wasn't quite "Eric the Eel" of Sydney Games fame - but it wasn't far off when Djibo Issaka, a 35-year-old from Niger, took to the water at the rowing event.

    He only learnt how to row three months ago but was given a wildcard to the London Olympics "to strengthen the principle of universal representation."

    Issaka won the hearts of GB rowing fans at Eton Dorney as he struggled to the finishing line in his men's single skulls repechage. He eventually crosses the line, to massive applause, a full minute and 39 seconds after Lithuanian winner Mindaugs Griskonis. You can watch it on the BBC Sport website (UK users).

    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, 11-time Paralympic champion and BBC pundit

    Talking about the empty seats at Olympic stadia on BBC Radio 5 live: "Unfortunately there is no test they could do before the event as to who from the accredited personnel is going to go and watch the events. It's now up to the organisers to make sure that the tickets are used. The athletes have to focus on what they have to do and then they can go and watch other sports when either they are knocked out or their event is over."

  6. 1251: 

    About 110km, and three hours of racing to go in the women's road race, with the 166 riders all together and heading out towards Box Hill, where two 15.9km circuits await them.

    Who are the main threats to Lizzie Armitstead and Nicole Cooke in the race for gold? Take your pick: Marianne Vos of the Netherlands is the pre-race favourite, and has a strong team behind her, while Germany's hopes are led by the veteran time-trial specialist Judith Arndt. Sweden's Emma Johnson, who won silver behind Cooke in Beijing, is also seen as a big threat as she tries to go one better this time.

  7. 1246: 

    More cycling news now, but this has got nothing to do with the women's road race...

    The number of people held after a cycle ride near the Olympic Park on Friday night has risen to 182, the Met Police has said.

    Scuffles broke out between police and cyclists in the monthly Critical Mass ride on the day of the Olympics opening ceremony. Police said those arrested were held over breaching section 12 of the Public Order Act and cyclists ignored warnings about Games Lanes restrictions.

  8. 1244: 

    Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina has been provisionally banned from the London Games for a positive drugs test, the International Olympic Committee has announced.

    Galiulina provided a urine sample on July 25 that tested positive for the prohibited substance furosemide - a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent or for weight loss.


    Britain's Rebecca Adlington, after finishing eighth in the women's 400m freestyle heats: "It felt faster. You just don't know. Being in the first heat I had no option, I just had to go for it."

  10. 1243: 

    Great Britain's Colin Oates said before the Games that a medal would take 'something special', but he thought that he had the ability to do so. He is now just two wins away from the -66kg final after his surprise win over Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar. His quarter-final against Georgia's Lasha Shavdatutuashvili is coming up shortly on the BBC Sport intervative video player. Get involved via the desktop version of this website.

  11. 1240: 

    The rain is coming down pretty hard now and it is making things tricky for the riders in the peloton - an Estonian just came off her bike and took someone else with her. It is important that Britain's Lizzie Armitstead, Nicole Cooke, Lucy Martin and Emma Pooley stay out of trouble.

  12. 1234: 

    The covers are on every court bar Centre Court at Wimbledon, where that roof is again coming in handy.

    I think the rain has hit pretty much every outdoor Olympic event so far today, and the wet roads will make things tricky for the cyclists in the women's road race when they return to central London later this afternoon... just ask Fabian Cancellara how tricky some of those bends are even when the tarmac is dry.


    Des on Twitter: "Interesting that the Team GB cycling women are not going with just one plan, will be looking to also get into any breaks."

    Alex Munro on Twitter: "Good to see Great British spirit alive and well - slamming down here in Pyrford and still a crowd 40mins before the cycle race arrives."

    TomO on Twitter: "Feel really sorry for Celine Goberville who lost the gold when she lost her nerve in the 10m Rifle. Glad she got silver."

    Gail Emms, Olympic silver medallist and badminton pundit

    After seeing Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier get knocked out of the Olympics: "We have funding, we have great facilities, we have great coaches so we should be expecting medals. That's why we have elite sports set up with the National Lottery because we want to get medals.

    "We have players that are playing full time, training every single day to be world champions and Olympic champions so it's not surprising we expect medals. It's just about whether they can do it or not."

  15. 1230: 

    Brazil's Clemilda Fernandes Silva has been sucked back in by the peloton so the riders are all back together as they continue to make their way out of London. Lizzie Armitstead is near the front of the pack and looking very comfortable.

  16. 1225: 

    Back in Sydney 12 years ago an American quartet turned up at the Games and said they would smash the Australian opposition like guitars in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay. When Ian Thorpe brought home the host nation ahead of the United States in the final, he and his team-mates celebrated by thrashing away at some air guitars. Touche.

    There is something similar brewing out in the London water. James Magnusson has just anchored home the Australian team ahead of their Americans in the heats and appeared to have a little verbal dig at his rivals after doing so. The final is 2100 BST tonight. Book your place in front of the telly.

  17. 1222: 

    A few punctures already in the early stages of this women's road race... with Britain's Emma Pooley among the victims. If you are going to get a flat, it is much better at the start of the race than near the end, but I hope the phantom tack flinger who struck during this year's Tour de France is not in London for the weekend.

    Chris Boardman, 1992 Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    Final answers from Twitter Q&A (thanks for your questions):

    Q. What are the chances for the British women in the road race? (@BatizLazo)

    A. Nicole Cooke and Lizzie Armistead are probably boosted by the fact they are not considered favourites. Lizzie's sprint has been strong so far this year. Nicole has had a quiet year, but she is a passionate fighter. The challenge for the British team is to manage their resources. I understand the plan is for Nicole to cover early breaks and be aggressive and if it comes down to the spint, there will be the support of Lizzie.

    Q. Who are your favourites for the women's race apart from the Brits? (@EltonPritchard)

    A. Dutch rider Marianne Vos is the bookies' favourite, but for me the strongest contender is Giorgia Bronzini. She will be backed brilliantly by Italy, who have a superb national team. I think Bronzini and Vos are the two main contenders.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Play starts under the Centre Court roof, with women's second seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland taking on Germany's Julia Goerges. The stands are filling up nicely but, again, many of the Olympic Family seats are currently unoccupied. The covers have been taken off Court One, but the outside courts remain draped in tarpaulin as the dark clouds linger."


    You have been sending in your suggestions for a name for the spectators' area for the Olympic sailing events at Weymouth. Keep them coming in on Twitter by using #bbc2012

    James Hamer on Twitter: "Was thinking they mound should be called Ainslie Ascent? Or Ben's Bank?"

    Adam Lang on Twitter: "How about Ben's Bluff?"

    Karen Marshall on Twitter: "How about Ainslie Acre for the 'bump'?"

  21. 1216: 

    I knew we wouldn't have to wait long for our first gold medal of the day. China's fifth gold medal of these Games sees Guo Wenjun retain her Olympic women's 10m air pistol shooting title at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

    Celine Goberville of France took the silver after a shoot-off with Olena Kostevych of the Ukraine, who wins the bronze.

  22. 1215: 

    A good Great Britain news story is emerging, sweaty off the judo mat. Norfolk's Colin Oates is through to the quarter-final of the men's -66kg class after an unexpected win over 2009 world champion and Athens bronze medallist Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar of Mongolia.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "The British women's team are not the out-and-out favourites and that will work in their favour. The men's team were hindered by that tag yesterday and it cost them. I don't think what happened to the men's team will affect the women, the men were just a victim of their own success in the Tour de France. The women's team have more than one option to influence a breakaway and will have more chances because of that.

    "Everybody believed the British men's team would win it after the run of success they had coming into it. I still can't work out what they did wrong. I'm struggling to work out what the 'Plan B' people are talking about could have been, as I still don't think it would have been plausible to run an individual race."

  24. 1211: 

    Two bits of news for you from the women's road race: Firstly the sun has come out, and there has also been an early solo attack from Brazil's Clemilda Fernandes Silva. The riders are still on their way out of west London so she has a long, long way to stay away on her own.

    GOLD MEDAL- Guo Wenjun, CHN (Women's 10m air pistol)

    China's Guo Wenjun retains her Olympic women's 10m air pistol shooting title ahead of Celine Goberville of France.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the Beach Volleyball

    "Brazilian number one seeds Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego survive a heavy shower and a major scare to beat Austrian 44th-ranked pair Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst 17-21, 21-17, 16-14 in their men's Pool A match."


    Fabian Cancellara, who crashed into a spectator barrier in the men's race on Saturday, on Twitter: "Hope the women's race have a lot of crowd too, please to the spectators make at least two steps back. We risked our lives a lot yesterday."

  28. 1208: 

    Good afternoon, I trust the Olympics are treating you well? Remember, there can never be too much sport. I won't spend too long saying hello because there are still 14 gold medals to be won today but please give this page a manual refresh so you know who is speaking to you.

  29. 1207: 

    Chris Bevan has been chomping to get his hands on the controls of the live text. I can hold him off no longer. All yours Chris.


    Six time world champion Mark Foster on Rebecca Adlington:"It was always going to be a tough field and it was going to be hard job for her to make the final. She did look comfortable in the heat and didn't push herself too much but she can get on now and do her own thing in the final."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "It's actually hurting my ears" says colleague Ollie Williams after the incredible roar from the crowd who greet Rebecca Adlington as she prepares for her London Olympic debut.

    They cheered even louder as she took victory in the third of five heats, but it was a very nervous wait whilst the other swimmers finished in the following two races.

    Adlington can certainly go quicker and looked to have eased off in the final stages with no athletes pushing her, but with over two seconds separating the double Olympic champion from quickest qualifier Camille Muffat it will need something very special from her if she is to attain GB's first medal in the pool at these Games.

  32. 1204: 

    More news from Eton Dorney, where Britain's women's eight must compete in the repechage after finishing third in their heat, a massive nine seconds behind winners the United States.

    The US have not lost a race for six years, so beating them was always going to be a big ask.

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live about the women's road race: "The way we should approach it is that our women's team is very strong, they will be involved certainly in animating the race. There is a chance of winning the race but there is no definitive favourite in the GB team.

    "They will play their part when attacks take place and wil be at the front. In the women's race there are 66 starters and there are a lot of those who you would not expect to feature at the end so it is more manageable than the men's. But we'll know the winner at 15:45 BST this afternoon."

  34. 1202: 

    The women's road race is under way, and it is good to see another big turnout by fans in to see them off in central London.

    The 166 riders are due to finish back on The Mall at around 16:00 BST, although they have set off at a cracking pace so it could be a little bit sooner.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Should Ben Ainslie win gold in Weymouth he will tie Denmark's Paul Elvstrom on four Olympic sailing golds but will become the most decorated Olympic sailor ever with his silver in Atlanta making it five in all.

    Just a reminder of how it all works, there are 10 races for all classes - except the 49er, which has 15, and the women's match-racing which has a round-robin before knockout stages - with the worst result from the opening series to be discarded. Points are scored by position, so first gives one point, second two etc. Positions in the final medal race, for the top 10 boats after the opening series, count for double. In his first two races at the last two Games, Ainslie began with a 10th and 1st in Beijing and a ninth and a disqualification (given 26th) in Athens.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Wimbledon wouldn't be the same without a spot of rain, but this is more than a spot - it's absolutely chucking it down! One minute everyone's reaching for the sunblock, the next their ponchos and brollies. The grey skies above suggest a frustrating day ahead… Centre Court roof at the ready."

  37. 1200: 

    She did not win her Beijing gold as favourite and Rebecca Adlington won't go into the final of the 400m freestyle at 2015 BST tonight as the likeliest to win either. An outside lane and all to do for the 25-year-old.

    Chris Boardman, Q&A with 1992 Olympic cycling gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    Here's more from the Twitter Q&A:

    Q. What's the best tactics a team can use for Mark Cavendish in the future. The world against Cav's team will never work? (@f1paddockpixie)

    A. You can't rely solely on Cav. In a world championship team, you have eight riders, rather than four. If you have one person, that no-one wants to arrive with, because he is the best sprinter, it makes it very difficult to win but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. There were 33 guys in that breakaway. They were the ones who got it right, and said we are going to use you as a decoy and ride our own race.

    Q. Where do you think Cavendish's future lies? He could move from Team Sky but where would he fit in? (@XerxesCFox)

    A. If Cav does switch teams, and we have seen in the press he potentially has [team principal] Dave Brailsford's blessing to do so, winning stages is where he wants to be. There are several teams who are options. For that team to benefit from having bought what will be a very expensive rider, they will need almost the entire team at his disposal to capitalise on their investment. They can rest assured they will get their money's worth if they do that.

    Q. Will Bradley Wiggins' efforts in the road race affect him for Wednesday's time trial? (@TheGoodR3verend)

    A. I was surprised before the race there was talk about Bradley saving himself for the time trial. He very magnanimously rode incredibly hard for Mark Cavendish. Yes, there will be some fatigue, some fall-out which will be carried to Wednesday but it will be the same for all the main opposition.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport following the cycling on The Mall

    "Very different atmosphere on The Mall today for the women's road race compared to yesterday's pre-men's road race euphoria... it's raining, for a start.

    "But a dampening of mood and expectations would be no bad thing. Team GB might boast a women's team that is almost as dream-like as the men's squad, but this race will be just as unpredictable and difficult to control."


    Mark Foster speaking on BBC One after Rebecca Adlington reached the 400m freestyle final in a heat time of 4:05.75: "It was always going to be a tough field and it was going to be hard job for her to make the final. She did look comfortable in the heat and didn't push herself too much but she can get on now and do her own thing in the final."

  41. 1157: 
    Adlington through to 400m freestyle final

    Phew... Adlington sneaks through by the skin of her teeth as Camile Muffat, Allison Schmitt, Lauren Boyle and Lotte Friis all go quicker than her in the last race. Fortunately Spain's Melania Costa Schmid touches in 4.06.75 and Adlington is still alive in the event.

  42. 1153: 

    Coralie Balmy clocks the fifth fastest time of the year to win heat four in 4:03.56 with Brittany MacLean and Federica Pellegrini both beating Becky Adlington's time in second and third. Nervous times now as five people going faster than Adlington in the last heat would knock her out at the semi-final stage.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Ben Ainslie kicks off his campaign for a fourth gold medal at 12:00 BST on the Nothe course in front of the ticketed spectator area. A huge, and I mean huge, Union jack is flying proudly from a yacht moored just off the sailing centre. Just to let the other nations know where they are. A bit like the "Welcome to Anfield" sign at Liverpool.

  44. 1145: 

    Italian world champion Federica Pellegrini is the world record holder in the 400m freestyle and glories in the maginificent nickname of the Lioness of Verona. She is in the next heat.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "With 64-player singles draws and only 16 seeds, each day of the Olympic tennis event will feature top players and intriguing match-ups. Today Britain's Andy Murray has a first-round meeting with world number 26 Stanislas Wawrinka, a doubles gold medallist in Beijing four years ago, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka begin their campaigns, as do Heather Watson and Laura Robson, with Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha hoping to become the only British pair to reach round two of the doubles."

  46. 1144: 

    We all know what happened to Mark Cavendish & co on Saturday, but can Britain's women do any better when they tackle a shorter version of the same route this afternoon?

    The 66 riders in the women's race start at 12:00 BST on The Mall, and finish in the same place four hours later after 140km (or 87 mile) of racing which sees them go around the Box Hill circuit twice.

    Britain have the maximum four riders in their team: Lizzie Armitstead, Nicole Cooke, Lucy Martin and Emma Pooley.

    Olympic swimming bronze medallist and BBC pundit Steve Parry on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Rebecca Adlington's time is not going to be way clear of the opposition. The look on her face was that she could go faster, and she was maybe too comfortable."

  48. 1144: 

    Jo Jackson also faded over the last length. Unlike team-mate Adlington though, she could not really afford to. The Beijing bronze medallist finishes seventh in 4.11.50.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    Speaking on BBC One after Rebecca Adlington finishes first in her 400m freestyle heat in a time of 4:05.75: "Her race plan was to get out and get out there fast. Adlington swam like the Olympic champion that she is, she dominated the race proving that she's at the top of her game. It was a very good swim and I think she's left something in the tank for later."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the Beach Volleyball

    "Hang on, this isn't beach weather. A collective gasp and rapid donning of cagoules at Horse Guards Parade as rain starts to fall on the arena during a men's group game between Brazil and Austria. We're playing on though - this is very much an all-weather sport I'm told."

  51. 1141: 

    Adlington eases off the leg kick over the final two lengths as she eases home to win in a time of 4.05.75.

  52. 1139: 

    Adlington was on the edge of world record pace in the early stages. She has slipped back off that a bit, but is still a clear body length clear of the rest at halfway.

  53. 1138: 

    Rebecca Adlington climbs aboard her blocks in lane four. Team-mate Jo Jackson is on her inside in lane two. Boom. Rocket start from Adlington who turns at the first 50m half a second ahead of the rest.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Feverish activity down at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. The boat park is full of sailors getting ready for their first races - Finn, Star and women's match-racing - or other classes going out for practice races. Sunny with breeze from the west-south-west - blowing 14-16 knots, gusting 18-13 knots with a chance of an intermittent shower."

    Live now, Aquatics ArenaKEY MOMENT

    You remember Eric the Eel from Sydney? Jennet Saryyeva of Turkmenistan finishes a minute and 18 seconds behind the rest in her 400m freestyle heat.


    Lee Holden on Twitter: "Not been a great morning thus far for Team GB, let's hope it all picks up shortly!"

    Ryan Welch on Twitter: "Trying & failing to buy Olympics tickets shown on the London 2012 site - so frustrated! Can see so many empty seats on TV!"

  57. 1133: 

    More on the empty seats debate from BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar: "Locog says the empty seats are mostly in the accredited area for Olympic family. It says public and sponsors are coming out in droves.

    Lord Coe said: "It's rather early to make a judgement on this. It's not unfamiliar in the early rounds. I don't think this will be an issue long term. We've put the military, students and teachers in the empty seats."

  58. 1132: 

    Good news from Excel where Colin Oates has beaten Australia's Ivo Dos Santos. He will face 2009 world champion, world number three and bronze medallist from Beijing Khashbaater Tsagaanbaatar in the next round. Unfortunately team-mate Sophie Cox has come a cropper in her bout against Beijing silver medallist An Kum-ae.

  59. 1126: 

    A superb performance from Britain's defending champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, who have had so many problems in recent weeks.

    They held off a late challenge by New Zealand and are into the semi-finals of the lightweight men's double sculls, punching the air in celebration after crossing the line.


    Lisa Mitchell texts: "At Eton Dorney. Great support for Niger beginner Isaaka. This year's Eric the Eel?"

    Darrell Chainey texts: "Loads of empty delegate seats at the fencing. Can't believe we're stuck in a corner and can hardly see. Two kids not happy. £135 on category B tickets; a complete rip off."

    Robert in Norfolk texts: "A mention deserved for Colin Oates' great judo win. Bring on round of 16 and an unpronouncable opponent!!!"

  61. 1122: 

    Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter have made a solid start to their lightweight double sculls heat - the British pair led New Zealand at 1,000m and are stretching away in the second half of the race.

    The first two finishers go into the semi-finals and the rest into the repechage.

    Steve Parry, Olympic swimming bronze medallist and BBC pundit

    "Becky Adlington's in phenomenal form and she is hot favourite in the 800m. She wasn't expected to win in Beijing four years ago but she did and she's looking fantastic. If anyone can do it Becky can. A medal from the pool today will set them up for the rest of the week."

  63. 1124: 

    Next in the pool is the Midlands Mauler, the Mermaid of Mansfield, Miss Rebecca Adlington. Great Britain's defending 400m freestyle champion goes in heat three.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "The All England Club is a hive of activity ahead of the second day of the Olympic tennis event. When the gates opened at 0930 BST, spectators hurriedly moved into position on Henman Hill and the unticketed courts.

    "This is Wimbledon, but not as we know. Pink decoration, pop music, coloured kits and a drink formerly known as Pimm's. Talking of the hill, a huge stage has been erected at the foot of it - the Pet Shop Boys entertained there on Saturday, who will it be today?"

  65. 1121: 

    Great Britain's 50m specialist Liam Tancock has world champion Camille Lacourt for company through the last 25m of his 100m backstroke heat. Maybe the distance tells a little as he is eventually edged out by the Frenchman who wins in 53.51 seconds. Tancock's time of 53.86 is enough to make tonight's semi-finals though as he qualifies eighth fastest. Team-mate Chris Walker-Hebborn is out however after finishing thid in 54.78 in his heat.


    Oliver Williams on Twitter: "Why aren't they moving everyone down to the empty expensive seats if the corporates can't be bothered to turn up?"

    Helly on Twitter: "I might need to stock up on remote control batteries: so many channels to choose from."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Have to feel for GB's Kate Haywood, that was an absolute shocker of a swim in the 100m breastroke. Tonsillitis ruled her out of the 2004 Olympics in Athens and she was 11th four years ago in Beijing but hoped training out in Australia alongside 2008 Olympic champion Leisel Jones would improve her performances - it really has not worked out."

  68. 1118: 

    Britain's Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are on the start line for their heat of the lightweight men's double sculls. New Zealand are expected to give them a run for their money here...

  69. 1117: 

    Britain's men battled to the very end but they have lost their first Olympic volleyball match, going down to Bulgaria in straight sets with a 25-18, 25-20, 26-24 defeat.

    Unlucky, lads. Team GB's next Pool A match is against Australia, at 2000 BST on Tuesday. Earls Court should be quite lively for that one - not sure who the home team will be?

  70. 1112: 

    Over in the Basketball Arena, Brazil and Australia men's teams are lining up for the pre-match national anthems ahead of their Group B match. Anthems? Before the action? Is this an American thing? Still the Brazilian tune is a good little ditty. You can catch the match on our interactive video player on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    Speaking after 16-year-old Siobhan-Marie O'Connor made her Olympic debut in the pool, finishing sixth in a tough 100m breaststroke heat in a time of 01:08.32: "I've been looking forward to seeing her swim all week, she is a really big talent for the future. She's performed well and that's a good time."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "We've got thunder, lightning and persistent rain down at Eton Dorney as the uncovered grandstands become horribly exposed. The conditions didn't stop British pair Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland, though. They looked immense in the women's double sculls, leading out hard and then controlling the race from the front. We've got another real medal hope on our hands here."

  73. 1102: 

    Shock outside Lithuanian medal hope ahoy! There isn't often you get to write that, but 15-year-old Ruta Meilutye fully justifies it as she romps home more than a second faster than Beijing silver medallist Leisel Jones in a decidedly rapid 1.05.56 in her 100m breaststroke heat. Defending Olympic champion Rebecca Soni can't beat that mark either in the final heat clocking 1.05.75. Meilutyte trains in Plymouth as well, can we claim a bit of that reflected glory? I think we can.

  74. 1059: 

    The next British rowers in action at Eton Dorney are defending champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, who go in heat two of the lightweight men's double sculls at 11:20 BST.

    Purchase and Hunter are also world champions but they have been struggling for fitness and form in recent months, so now would be a good time for everything to come together. France, New Zealand and Denmark are considered their biggest threats, and the NZ pair are in the same heat.


    Team GB swimmer Gemma Spofforth, who has squeezed through into the 100m backstroke semi-finals: "Lots to improve on for tonight. Got a lane and living in the moment. Thanks so much to everyone for their support- means the world." You can follow Gemma on Twitter.

    James Cracknell, Two-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    After Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland reached the semi-final of the lightweight women's double scull in a time of 6:56.97: "They are in contention for a medal and that race was something else. They have to weigh in two hours before the race so that means the results are less predictable and anything can happen."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "It was an impressive swim from British record holder Robbie Renwick to secure his place in tonight's 200m freestyle semi-finals. His time of 1:46:86 was four places ahead of Germany's European champion Paul Biedermann, who after yesterday's surprise 400m elimination still looks some way off his best - clearly the partisan British crowd isn't doing him any favours so far this week!"

    Chris Boardman, Q&A with 1992 Olympic cycling gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    Chris answers your questions sent in via Twitter on Saturday's men's road's race which saw GB's Mark Cavendish finish out of the medals and Sunday's women's race where Nicole Cooke and Lizzie Armitstead chase medals (1200 BST).

    Q. Do you agree with Cav's assessment that Aussie negativity ultimately ruined GB's chances of gold? (@stevetervet)

    A. Not really. It wasn't so much a passive-aggressive approach by the rest of the peloton but they had confidence in what the British team would do. Australia did have someone in the breakaway group and Germany didn't. Germany have the second best sprinter in the world [Andre Greipel] and their contribution to controlling the race was meagre. They lost the race themselves and Britain went down with the ship.

    Q. What different tactic could GB have used to secure a better finish? (coach8n15)

    A. With a team of four, you can influence a race but you can't control it. The British team didn't actually do anything wrong. They implemented the only plan they had but they just didn't have enough people. The limited team size makes a difference. Others used the GB guys as a distraction and said we're going to run our own race and it worked.

  79. 1050: 

    Britain's James Honeybone, the 21-year-old world number 93 from Truro, bows out in the men's individual sabre in the opening round of 64, beaten 15-9 by Valery Pryiemka of Belarus.

  80. 1049: 

    Zara Phillips on BBC Radio 5 live after competing in the eventing event at Greenwich Park: "There were a couple of mistakes, and I would have liked a slightly lower score but I need to think about tomorrow now and go on from there. It's an amazing crowd and it's great to be able to have it London and have people come and support you. We have to do the best job we can for the team and I'm disappointed with the couple of mistakes we made but hopefully we can improve on that tomorrow. I was really pleased with how he coped with it all."

  81. 1048: 

    Nobody is catching Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland, who are a length clear at the finish line and coast into the semi-finals of the lightweight women's doubles sculls. Denmark edged out a tiring New Zealand team for second place.

    It's raining at Eton Dorney but it doesn't seem to have dampened the enthusiam of the crowd, who enjoyed cheering the British duo home.

  82. 1047: 

    American Ryan Lochte's domestic rivalry with Michael Phelps might have to go on the backburner for a while. There is a new rival in town with Phelps having dropped the 200m freestyle from his schedule. Fresh from winning the 400m freestyle last night, China's Sun Yang clocks 1.46.24 to qualify fastest and set down a marker for tonight's semi-finals with Lochte second fastest in 1.46.45. GB's Robbie Renwick was sixth fastest.

  83. 1043: 

    Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland are still looking smooth as they reach the halfway mark in their heat of the lightweight women's double sculls and, after 1,000m, they have nosed ahead.

    The first two finishers go straight into the semi-finals and the rest go into into the repechage - things are looking good for the British pair at the moment.

  84. 1042: 

    Britain's Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland are in lane six and on the start line for the lightweight women's double sculls... and their heat has just started, to loud cheers from the Eton Dorney crowd.

    Hosking and Copeland were in second place after 500m, with the New Zealand duo in first.

  85. 1039: 

    Great Britain's Robbie Renwick beats Germany's Paul Bidermann to the touch to take second in heat four of the 200m freestyle behind Russia's Danila Izotov in a time of 1.46.86. That should be good enough to take him into the semi-finals. And any day you beat a German known as 'Supermann' in his home nation is a good morning in the office. They don't dish out the nicknames lightly over there. Renwick's team-mate Ieuan Lloyd was sixth in 1.48.52 and is heading out.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Gemma Spofforth, who was fourth in Beijing four years ago will need to step it up if she's to progress any further after a difficult 12 months where she nearly quit the sport. The Florida-based swimmer is a long way from her best."

  87. 1030: 

    It's still very noisy at Earls Court, where the home fans are trying their best to get behind the British volleyball team in their first ever Olympics match, but Bulgaria's big blockers at the net are still well on top.

    They have just helped their side take the second set 25-20 and open up a 2-0 lead. Only one more set needed for Bulgaria now, as they look to get off to a winning start in Pool A.

  88. 1028: 
    SWIMMING- Spofforth and Davies into semi-finals

    Back at the Aquatics Centre, where Great Britain's Georgia Davies and Gemma Spofforth are safely through to tonight's 100m backstroke semi-final at 1950 BST. Davies actually outqualified her team-mate with a time of 59.92 seconds behind Australia's Emily Seebohm. Action coming thick and fast in the pool now.

  89. 1026: 

    Tracey Crouch Conservative MP, speaking to BBC Sport on the number of empty seats at events: "I was very disappointed because I had tried to get tickets for the gymnastics and wasn't successful and then seeing all the empty seats is very frustrating. I think sponsors should be made accountable - if they don't use them then they should be recycled. There are millions of sport enthusiasts out there who want these seats and they could be put to better use."


    Paul Smith on Twitter: "Shocking there are empty seats at the Olympic events. Guess that's what you get for having over-priced tickets."

    Jack Blackburn on Twitter: "Such a shame for our archers. They just fell away. The Russians meanwhile were as cool as a Siberian winter."

  91. 1024: 

    Good to see Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh doing their bit to fill up any empty seats at Greenwich Park. Their presence might have something to do with Zara Phillips saddling up High Kingdom in the dressage. Phillips made a bit of a rocky start, missing the first change in the canter section, but she pulls it together and a host of nines pop up on the scoreboard after her final salute to take her to 46.10. She places eighth with 40 of the 74 riders to have completed the dressage phase. Hubbie Mike Tindall looks pretty chuffed with that.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "The pick of today's races sees Britain's Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter begin their men's lightweight double sculls campaign. The Olympic champions looked relaxed in the pre-event GB press conference late last week with Hunter saying they had learnt from their mistakes during the World Cup season, where they finished last in two of the three events. We'll find out at 1120 BST."

  93. 1022: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald has spoken to British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan about the empty seats. He told her: "We want to see every seat filled. We owe it to the British team and the British sports fans the length and breadth of the country who want to come and back Team GB.

    "We welcome that Jeremy Hunt has taken responsibility and will form a team with Locog and Seb Coe to solve this and we're keen there's an early solution."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Good start to the day for Great Britain as both Georgia Davies (sixth quickest) and Gemma Spofforth (12th) qualify for tonight's 100m backstroke semi-finals.

    "Spofforth, who was fourth in Beijing four years ago will need to step it up though if she's to progress any further as after a difficult 12 months where she nearly quit the sport, the Florida-based swimmer is a long way from her best."

  95. 1016: 

    After Seebohm's pyrotechnics in the previous heat, Great Britain's 2009 world champion Gemma Spofforth is fourth in her own race in 60.05, behind winning Russian Anastasia Zuerva in 59.88. She is in for a nervous wait with only the fastest 16 to qualify for the semi-finals.

  96. 1012: 

    They led for most of the match, but Britain's women's team are out, after a 215-208 defeat by Russia.

    Russia took a one-point lead for the first time going into the last three arrows and their trio ended with a score of 28/30, leaving GB needing maximum points to tie. It didn't happen, and the British team dream was over when Naomi Folkard only managed a four.

    Russia go into this afternoon's quarter-finals, where they will face Chinese Taipei. Folkard, Amy Oliver and Alison Williamson can focus on the individual event, which starts on Monday.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "These Games will represent Gemma Spofforth's final races before retirement and, after a difficult few years, the Florida-based swimmer, who was fourth in Beijing, will be hoping to go out on a high.

    "The big draw today though is Rebecca Adlington who was a surprise gold medallist in the 400m freestyle four years ago in China. Whilst she has gone on to secure European and Commonwealth titles, she has not won a 400m race at a global level since Beijing.

    "Adlington's time of 4:02:35 is the second quickest in the world this year, but is almost a second off that recorded by France's Camille Muffat. The USA's Allison Schmitt will also post a serious threat, but the favourite for gold is Italian Federica Pellegrini, who since a disastrous 400m freestyle race in China - where she finished outside the medals - has since claimed two world championships."

  98. 1006: 

    The swimming heats have just got under way at the Aquatics Centre this morning with the women's 100m backstroke. Great Britain's world record holder Gemma Spofforth coming up in the fifth of the qualifying races, with Georgia Davies in the one before.

  99. 1006: 

    Only six more arrows left for Great Britain's women's team at Lord's and they are now all-square against Russia, with the score 159-159.

    Naomi Folkard has just scored another 10, but Amy Oliver could only score six before Alison Williamson hit a nine to level the scores. This last end is going to be tight and tense...

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "Empty seats? What empty seats? That may well have been the case at the gymnastics and tennis venues but there's no such problem down at Eton Dorney. The stands are at bursting point for the second day running with spectators also jostling for position in the standing areas further up the lake."

  101. 1001: 

    The British team is getting fantastic support from the home fans at Lord's, and they are still ahead in their elimination match... but only just.

    At the halfway mark, after 12 arrows apiece, Britain' lead Russia 106-105 after Alison Williamson scored a perfect 10 with the last arrow. That made up for a seven by Naomi Folkard and an eight for Amy Oliver.

    The losers will still have the individual event to look forward to, while the winners meet Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals this afternoon. I'm not sure anyone is going to stop South Korea, though, because they are going for a seventh straight gold medal in this event.


    Owen Phillips on Twitter: "At Olympic rowing at Eton Dorney. Ludicrously early start to get here but wonderful, friendly atmosphere. Impressive organisation."

    Clare Houghton on Twitter: "Good luck this morning in the pool to @BeckAdlington and @LiamTancock and of course all the other Team GB swimmers."

    Kevin McGuire on Twitter: "The beach volleyball looks SO fun. I cannot believe that's London, or even the UK. It looks like it's abroad!"

  103. 0959: 

    A serve drifts long from Jason Haldane and the first set slips away 25-18 for Great Britain against Bulgaria. A creditable opening from the hosts though against a nation with far more established infrastructure and history in the sport.

    The substitutions in volleyball are done by the players involved swapping a little numbered paddle like they are bidding at Christie's by the way. Very dignified.

  104. 0955: 

    Britain have edged ahead after the first end of six arrows at Lord's, leading Russia 54-50 after Amy Oliver, Naomi Folkard and Alison Williamson all scored nine in the second round.

    We are only a quarter of the way through this elimination match, though, so still a long way to go.

  105. 0952: 

    Great Britain's men's eight rower Greg Searle, who won gold in the coxed pairs at Barcelona 20 years ago, on BBC Radio 5 live: "I feel pretty good, the atmosphere is great and it's great everyone is shouting our names. I'm one of eight and we're a team and we depend on each other and that will be the ethos for the rest of the races we compete in at London 2012. We have to trust everyone in the boat in order to win and we have a big race tomorrow that we hope we will win."

    The GB men's eight will compete in the repechage on Tuesday.

  106. 0951: 

    A clutch of repechage rounds have got the rowing under way this morning and the Australian world champions David Crayshaw and Scott Brennan have redeemed themselves in the men's double sculls to make the semi-finals. The first Britons in action this morning are Sophie Hoskings and Kat Copeland who go in the heats of the women's double sculls at 1040 BST.

  107. 0950: 

    Here come the British women's archery team at Lord's, with Naomi Folkard, Amy Oliver and Alison Williamson walking out for their elimination match with Russia to loud applause.

    Williamson, 40, is competing in her sixth Olympics, equalling the record by a British woman.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the Beach Volleyball

    "This just gets better and better. During breaks in play, volunteers rake the sandy court to a blast of Benny Hill music, before a 'technical time-out' is the cue for a conga from the aforementioned bikini babes and bermuda blokes."


    Owen in Newcastle: "Woo Go Rebecca! We need you to kick off Team GB's medal chances! Best of luck!"

    Daniel in Essex: "Empty corporate seats in venues? We should insist on the companies' logos being on each seat. They won't like the adverse publicity of their name on display on an empty place."

    Joe Gibney in Essex: 'Are you ready for some hot archery action?' Not normally heard being announced at Lord's Cricket Ground."

  110. 0943: 

    Joanna Parker is battered into submission by a stylish Kristin Silbereisen out at ExCel. The German recovered from the loss of the third game to advance to the third round and a meeting with 13th seed Viktoria Pavlovich. Parker will have to make do with offering some support to boyfiriend Paul Drinkhall who takes on Yang Zi at 1330 BST.

  111. 0940: 

    I bring bad news. Britain's outside medal hopes, Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, are out of the mixed doubles after losing 11-21 21-17 21-14 in just over an hour to German pair Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels, with Fuchs celebrating by throwing himself to the floor and screaming loudly in delight.

    That is the British pair's second defeat in two matches in Group A and they can no longer qualify for the knock-out stage, no matter how they do in their final match against China.

    "I am absolutely devastated for them," says Gail Emms on the BBC. "I know how hard they have worked and how proud they were to be here."

  112. 0937: 

    Plenty of a'hollering and a'whooping at Earls Court as Great Britain, playing in the Olympics for the first time, take a 3-2 lead in the opening set of their match against Bulgaria. They could do with an opening vcictory in this one to christen their campaign with tougher tests against Australia, Italy, Poland and Argentina to come.

  113. 0932: 

    A reminder that Great Britain's women's archery team are in action at 0950 BST at Lord's in their elimination match against Russia. The winners meet Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals this afternoon.

    That means Naomi Folkard is up against her nemesis Ksenia Perova, who has won their last six individual meetings, including the final of the European championships in May. This would definitely be a good time for her to get one ova Perova...

  114. 0928: 

    More trouble for the British mixed doubles pair in their must-win group match at Wembley Arena.

    Chris Adcock is struggling with his backhand, while German pair Birgit Michels and Michael Fuchs have lifted their game in this deciding set and the British duo have not led once. At the mid-set interval, Germany lead 11-7 after an overhead winner by Michels at the net.

    "Adcock and Imogen Bankiers are better movers around the court but they are just static at the moment," says Gail Emms on the BBC. "They need to vary their attack because it is very predictable."

  115. 0927: 

    Mark Adams, International Olympic Committee director of communications, speaking to BBC Sport on the number of empty seats at events: "We should say that no-one wants to see empty seats. We are working on it. A whole range of people from the sport itself from journalists, athletes and sponsors use those seats. It's important to remember it's the first day of London 2012 and in the scheme of things it's a small teething problem. We will deal with it and we are dealing with it.

    "We have to allow a small area of tickets as the federation obviously needs some officials in there, so we need flexibility and unfortunately that means sometimes there are empty seats. Jacques Rogge is involved too. We've had a few meetings this morning and we're working very closely with the organising committee to solve any problems."

  116. 0925: 

    Joanna Parker won her first match 4-0 against Brazil's Caroline Kumahara yesterday but she is facing a touger test against German world number 47 Kristin Silbereisen over at ExCel. The Briton lost the opening two games, but has just bagged the third to halve the arrears. A wipe of the table with the towel and Parker is chomping at the bit at the start of the fourth.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Beautiful Sunday morning here in the Olympic Park and it's certainly raised the temperature a little here at the pool.

    "The spectators are gradually filtering into the venue ahead of a 1000 BST start and whilst there were no British medals yesterday, the GB supporting section will certainly be hoping the likes of Rebecca Adlington (400m freestyle) and Liam Tancock (100m backstroke) can demonstrate their potential in today's heats."

  118. 0918: 

    Remember, if Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier lose, they are OUT of the mixed doubles. Things are still not going so well...

    The crowd at Wembley Arena tried to lift them and they did fight back in that second set, saving two set points at 20-15, but Bankier made a mistake at the net on the next point and the Germans wrapped it up 21-17 to level the match and take it to a decider.

    "It was all about Birgit Michels in that second set," says Gail Emms on the BBC. "The British pair let her grow in confidence and she was controlling the rallies by the end of it."

  119. 0917: 

    Italy and Russia's ladies are duelling it out on the sand at the moment. If Sam has sold it to you well enough, and I suspect he has for some, then you can catch it on on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the Beach Volleyball

    "From bearskins to bikinis in the blink of an eye at the beach volleyball competition at Horse Guards Parade. The warm-up acts consist of a brass band of the Queen's Guards playing Gold by Spandau Ballet followed by a dance troupe of scantily-clad maidens and blokes in bermuda shorts. And all a well-hit smash from David Cameron's back garden."

  121. 0910: 

    John Derbyshire, RYA's performance director and racing manager told BBC Sport: "Ben Ainslie will just be focused now on what he wants to do and that is to prove himself race after race. He'll just be going through his normal routines, that won't change just because it is the Olympics. We have medal hopes in all of the 10 races, uncertainty is the defining outcome of any sport, but we're pretty confident we'll deliver four but we can't say who those four are."

  122. 0908: 

    There was a bit of gloom hanging around the British fans yesterday after Mark Cavendish could not repeat the sprint to victory down the Mall that he produced in the test event in August.

    But those watching the gymnastics were treated to the sight of a British team overcoming the world's best as the men's team qualified ahead of the usually all-conquering Chinese. Louis Smith's superb performance on the pommel horse was a big part of it and Team GB chief Andy Hunt was suitably impressed.

    "It was verging on perfect. The pressure is huge, but we go into today and we are not concerned what happened yesterday as everyone will give their best. Most of our athletes can deal with the pressure," he said.

  123. 0905:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "It's another beautiful morning at Eton Dorney on day two of the Olympic rowing regatta with the lake awash with crews from all around the globe, gently warming up ahead of the day's racing.

    "Intriguingly, we've got a bit of a tailwind so there's every chance we could see yet more Olympic and world bests broken today. We'll be under starter's orders at 0930 BST. Let's get it on."

  124. 0904: 

    Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier have to be careful here. They lost their opening match to a Russian pair on Saturday after taking the first set and have made a few mistakes so far in their second set here, trailing 11-6 at the interval.

    "Chris and Imogen like a fast pace in the mixed doubles, which is how they took the first set," says Gail Emms on the BBC. "The German pair have slowed things down so they have to be a bit more patient now."

    Allison Curbishley, BBC athletics commentator

    On BBC Radio 5 live: "I too read Paula Radcliffe's tweet. She is hurt by the Daily Mail's reaction. I think she is going through a battle at the moment, this would be her fifth Olympics but I would put what she did in Berlin as one of her top three performances. I agree with Paula it should be her who says it's not going to happen, if that is the case. She has had problems but she won't put herself on the starting line if she doesn't think that she can do a good job."

  126. 0900: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "For people who failed to get tickets, it is galling to see empty seats at Olympic venues. Games organisers wanted to avoid this and Locog chair Seb Coe has previously threatened to name and shame those companies or people who fail to turn up.

    Arriving to watch swimming events at the Aquatic Centre on Sunday, spectators said it was a "real shame" to see sections empty. Glyn Richards said: "It's a shame, I like the idea that if sponsors can't fill the seats they re-issue tickets."

    His wife Emma, a full time coach with Swim Bournemouth said: "For the athletes as well it's nice to have packed seats, especially for a home nation."

  127. 0859: 

    Sunshine and showers right across the country says the BBC weather guru and you can see what he means with the radar map behind him speckled with blue flecks of rain.

    It looks like you are going to get wet if you are heading to either the tennis at Wimbledon or the canoe slalom at Lee Valley, and there might not be much respite at the Olympic Park itself.

  128. 0855: 

    Good news for the British pair in their group match at Wembley Arena. A few wicked smashes by Chris Adcock and some nippy net play by Imogen Bankier takes them to 20-10, and 10 set points.

    Germany save the first one when a stretching Adcock backhand drifts wide... but Adcock makes no mistake with a powerful overhead winner to take the first set 21-11 in this must-win best-of-three set encounter.

    Shirley Robertson, Two-time Olympic sailing champion & BBC Sport pundit in Weymouth

    "There's huge expectation, we've been the top nation in sailing for the past two Olympics. But Ben Ainslie is very modest - I saw him racing yesterday in a practice race and he was very good and comfortably at the front of the pack. He seemed very relaxed. He is the most competitive man I have ever met and he thrives on pressure and can pull out some extraordinary performances, hopefully he'll do that later today. He's got two races starting at 12 and we have our version of 'Murray Mount' here in Weymouth, perhaps we should call it 'Ben's Bump'."

  130. 0851: 

    While Rebecca Adlington could have successfully defended her swimming title in twelve hours time with the final at 2015 BST this evening, Ben Ainslie is in for the long haul in the sailing. His first two races in the Finn class are today at 1200 BST and 1340 BST, but the medal race is not until 5 August.

    Sharron Davies, Olympic swimming silver medallist and BBC pundit

    "Rebecca Adlington seems really happy, she's in a good place and is in really good shape. The 400m when she won it in Beijing was a surprise but the French have a good girl here too she'll have to be wary of. We don't want to heap too much pressure on her though. She's in great shape for the 800m and I would put my money on her here for the 800m. I think the fact she had six months to enjoy Beijing, she's now come back and she's one tough lady and will give everything she's got."

    Adlington goes in the fourth of five heats, with her friend and GB team-mate Jo Jackson in the same race at around 1140 BST this morning. The fastest eight into the final.

  132. 0845: 

    What do Sunday's papers make of the action on the first day of the Games then? They had plenty to get their teeth into...

    'A superstar is born' shouts the front page of The Sunday Times, in tribute to Ryan Lochte's stunning performance in the 400m individual medley in the pool on Saturday night, while inside they tackle GB's lack of gold medals so far with the headline 'Looking for a British hero'.

    Lochte's rival Michael Phelps makes the front page of The Observer after finishing fourth in the same race, accompanied by the caption 'That sinking feeling'.

    The Sunday Express goes with cyclist Mark Cavendish's failed bid to win road racing gold for Britain, splashing 'I gave it all I could' on their back page, while The Sunday Telegraph tackles the same subject with the headline 'False Start'.

    The Sunday Mirror also focuses on Cav's disappointment, highlighting race-winner Alexander Vinokourov's past doping offences, while The Mail on Sunday looks at another Briton to miss out on a medal, swimmer Hannah Miley.

    Let's hope they have an excuse to break out the bunting a bit more tomorrow...

  133. 0843: 

    Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier have made a decent start against their very vocal German opponents, leading 11-5 at the interval in the first set. "The British pair's movement and agility is far superior," says BBC co-commentator Gail Emms.

  134. 0839: 

    In the hockey there is a bit of a Trans-Tasman dust-up to get us started where New Zealand's women lead Australia 1-0 with nine minutes gone. Great Britain begin their Games against Japan at 1900 BST.

    You can watch all the action from around every Olympc venue on BBC Sport's interactive video player, accessible on the desktop version of this very website. Try it, it's great. I just learned that Australia's hockey ladies are 'the Hockeyroos' for instance.

  135. 0835: 

    Muscles are stretched, slack and ready to rumble at Wembley Arena and at the Riverbank Arena. Great Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, silver medallists in last year's badminton world championships, suffered a surprise defeat in their opening match and so must beat Germany's Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels if they are too make it out of the group stages. They are knocking up at the net right now.

  136. 0829: 

    Andy Hunt, Chef de Mission of the British Olympic Association, on Paula Radcliffe: "Paula Radcliffe is in right now, there is nothing to say that she is out. You never know in sport and she is trying to achieve fitness to compete. But right now she is in the team."

  137. 0825: 

    If you prefer to take in the state of play in the Olympics via some snazzy graphics, then can I point you the way of the rather excellent Games So Far page on the BBC Sport pages? Turns out that Uzbekistan are punching as far above their weight as anyone else as we enter Day Two. Who knew?


    Also this morning, BBC expert and former Olympic champion Chris Boardman is on hand to answer your questions about Olympic cycling. You can ask him anything you want, whether it be what went wrong for Britain's men in Saturday's men's road race, or the prospects for Britain's women when they tackle Box Hill later today. Send your questions on Twitter by 0930 BST with the hashtag #BBC2012


    You can follow Paula's lead and get in touch with the live today via the Twittersphere on #bbc2012 or via text on 81111 from UK mobiles. Let's hear your thoughts on who might be the athlete who strikes gold first for the host nation and starts an unseemly rush of British athletes towards the top step of the podium.


    Paula Radcliffe reacting to the Mail on Sunday's report that she is out of the women's marathon at London 2012, on Twitter: "Hurt by the Daily Mail & whoever thinks they know my situation, before I even do final test run. Not looking good, but it is my heartbreaking news to break!"

  141. 0810: 

    There have been plenty of tears and hurt in Paula Radcliffe's five previous attempts to land Olympic gold over the marathon. Unfortunately it looks like we could be set for some more, this time before the race has even begun.

  142. 0808: 

    Rebecca Adlington came home from Beijing four years ago with two golds in her hand luggage and will start the defence of her 400m freestyle title at around 1140 BST when the heats get under way.

    Out on the water at Weymouth, compatriot Ben Ainslie begins his bid for a record-equalling fourth sailing gold medal in the Finn class.

    Elsewhere Great Britain's road racing women will attempt to improve on the men's result with Lizzie Armitstead likely to be spearheading their push for gold with defending champion Nicole Cooke at her side. That begins at 1200 BST.

    While Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier face a must-win badminton clash against German combo Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels early doors at 0830 BST.

    Plenty more action later today as well as Great Britain's men's basketball team pull on their plimsolls to take on Russia later at 2000 BST, the women's gymnastics team attempt to follow the men's lead in qualifying for the team final, Andy Murray gets his tennis campaign going around the mid-afternoon and Zara Phillips makes her first outing in the equestrian events in Greenwich Park.


  143. 0804: 

    Despite American Ryan Lochte's emphatic win in the 400m individual medley showdown with compatriot Michael Phelps, it was a new generation of stars from the East which lit up the Aquatics Centre last night.

    China's 16-year-old Ye Shiwen stormed home in a world record time to take gold in the women's equivalent, while Sun Yang claimed the country's first ever gold in the male competition in the 400m freestyle.

    Four hundred metres freestyle you say? Well, it turns out that Great Britain have a lady from Mansfield who can shift a bit in that style.

  144. 0800: 

    You can just imagine the reaction in Beijing: 'Nice opening ceremony, but excuse us while we just concentrate on continuing to quietly take over the world.'

    As Great Britain's Mark Cavendish was left fuming over what he saw as negative tactics from the rest of the field that put the kibosh on his bid for road racing gold, China raked in a third of the the golds on offer on the opening day.

    The comeback starts here though. I promise. Welcome to Day Two of London 2012.

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  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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