London 2012 Olympics: Day Two afternoon as it happened

Lizzie Armitstead wins road race cycling silver, Andy Murray beats Stanislas Wawrinka and Beth Tweddle stars in GB's gymnastics team.

29 July 2012 Last updated at 19:06

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  1. 1901: 

    What better way for me to hand over to my colleague Tom Rostance than after a fabulous British victory in the women's beach volleyball. There's also a spot of swimming at the Aquatics Centre to keep you entertained this evening. Ollie Williams is your man to guide you through the action in the pool, where Rebecca Adlington will compete in the 400m freestyle final.

  2. 1855: 
    BEACH VOLLEYBALL- Britain's women beat Canada

    The crowd are on their feet, union flags are proudly being waved and Shauna Mullin lets out a guttural roar after she and her partner, Zara Dampney, who are ranked 44th in the world, beat Canada 2-1 in their Pool F encounter. The duo came from behind to produce a nerve-jangling victory, with a 15-13 win in the third set proving decisive. Phew.

  3. 1850: 

    Oh my word, the crowd at Horse Guards Parade have been whipped into a frenzy as British duo Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney lead Canada 12-11 in the deciding set of the women's. "The Canadians are rattled in this cauldron of an atmosphere at Horse Guards Parade," says commentator Matt Chilton.

  4. 1848: 

    There could be a shock on the cards over at SW19 as Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has lost the first set 7-6 (7-5) against Thomaz Bellucci. Even though France's Tsonga made just just five unforced errors and produced a sizzling 12 winners from that usually fearsome racquet of his he could not prevent the 24-year-old Brazilian from clinching the tie-break.

  5. 1843: 

    There's a week until athletics' showmen step on the blocks for the men's 100m but the pre-bout chatter has already begun with two former Olympic champions tipping Yohan 'the beast' Blake to pip defending champion Usain Bolt to gold. "It's hard to come back and do it again," says five-time world champion Maurice Greene while former 400m hurdle Olympic champion Edwin Moses also predicted a Blake win. "I'm not sure the cards are in Bolt's favour, so I'm going for Blake," Moses says. "Bolt ran some very good times last year, but he's not at same level as years previous. He's had to regroup, start from zero and work way back up."

  6. 1839:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    Senegal closing in on a crucial victory that would give them four points from two games. Uruguay would have three, thanks to their opening-fixture win over UAE. That means the South American side are far from assured of qualifying from Group A and will be going all out against GB when they meet in Cardiff on Wednesday. If I was Stuart Pearce, I'd be looking to make sure that my team defeat the UAE in today's second game at Wembley.

  7. 1837: 

    BBC pundit Robbie Savage, who I'm not even on nodding terms with, has left the office for the studio ahead of Ryan Giggs and co's clash against UAE in just over an hour or so, but not before he filled the room with the appetising aroma of chips. I now feel that my three bean salad is a slightly inadequate supper. Nevertheless, I digress, over in Westminster, Great Britain's women have levelled by winning the second set against Canada and we're into a deciding final set.

  8. 1834: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park:

    "The weather is not playing ball at Olympic Park as people are arriving for evening sports sessions. The park as a whole feels busier now the open-air Riverbank Arena has opened for hockey but the crowd faces an evening in the rain.

    People are undeterred - even when a family of five is sheltering children under insubstantial young trees outside a food tent. They say "It's fine," and "We're having a lovely time."

    It's not just the adults wearing Union Flag all-in-ones that tell you they're British."

  9. 1829: 

    Former international archer Liz Mynott on BBC Radio 5 live after South Korea's gold in the women's team archery: "That was such a close match. One point between them and their nerves really held there in the held. Well done. It is a fantastic moment for South Korea and the crowd really responded to them throughout, cheering them on."

  10. 1826: 

    Neither the shades nor the scarlet bikinis are helping Great Britain's women at the moment as Shauna Mulin and Zara Dempsey lose the first set of their beach volleyball clash against the Canadians at Horse Guards Parade.

  11. 1824: 

    South Korea's trio of Ki Bo Bae, Lee Sung Jin and Choi Hyeonju triumphantly do a lap of honour, raising their arms in the air before a cheering crowd, after a 210-209 victory over China. Incredibly, South Korea have won all seven team titles since the event was first introduced to the Olympics back in 1988. The team apparently include bungee jumping and platform diving as part of their training routine, which is one way of conquering fear, I suppose.

  12. 1820: 
    GOLD MEDAL- South Korea (Women's team archery)

    A nine with the final arrow secures gold for South Korea against China.

  13. 1818: 

    News just in is that Team GB women will be without defender Ifeoma Dieke for the rest of the Olympics after damaging her cruciate knee ligaments. The Scottish defender was stretchered off during Saturday's 3-0 victory over Cameroon in Cardiff, which saw GB progress to the quarter-finals.

    Chelsea defender Dunia Susi will be called up from her standby role, provided she receives the necessary clearance from the IOC.


    Andrew Barrett on Twitter: "The archery gold medal match is so tense and thrilling between China and Korea"

  15. 1815: 

    The drizzle has stopped at Lord's and there are six arrows left to decide whether it will be South Korea or China who will secure gold in the women's team final. It's tense but the atmosphere doesn't seem to be affecting either team as they continue to display Robin Hood-style accuracy with the bow. South Korea currently have a two-point advantage...


    British slalom canoeist Richard Hounslow on Twitter: "Amazing support here at Lee Valley! @David_Florence & I made it interesting for everyone, but we're through to the semi finals! @TeamGB"

  17. 1810:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at Wembley

    "After a first-half that had everything - goals, goal-line clearances, a red card, lots of booing of Luis Suarez, rain, sunshine and a rattling of the woodwork - Uruguay have it all to do if they are to recover from 2-0 down against Senegal at Wembley. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez was in his seat super early before the resumption of play. El Maestro, as he is known, obviously didn't mince his words at the break."

  18. 1808: 

    That's the beauty of the Olympics, Peter (see below). Sports which only come into our consciousness every four years captivate and enthral us. We become 'experts' on rhythmic gymnastics and handball, we promise to keep an eye out on the progress of, say, Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa in the equestrian or Zulfiya Chinshanlo in the weightlifting but, sadly, very few of us do and ultimately our interest slips away for another four years. Talking about captivating the audience... At Horse Guards parade British pair Shauna Mulin and Zara Dempsey are courageously wearing bikinis. In this weather!

  19. 1805: 

    Down at Horse Guards parade, British pair Shauna Mullin and Zara Dempsey have started their beach volleyball match against Canadians Annie Martin and Marie-Andree Lessard.

    You can watch the match live on our interactive video player (desktop site only).


    Peter Crook on Twitter: "I've really enjoyed the #archery at the #Olympics, a sport I thought I'd never be the slightest bit interested in"

  21. 1759:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport following the canoe slalom at Lee Valley

    "The heavens have opened at the Lee Valley, but seeing as we're talking canoe slalom, I don't think the canoeists will be that bothered. The good news is that Britain's Richard Hounslow has made it through to the semi-finals of the men's K1, clocking the 11th-best time. Hannes Aigner of Germany was fastest overall. Hounslow will return tomorrow alongside David Florence, who also qualified in the men's C1, to compete in the C2 double."

  22. 1755: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Japan beat Russia in women's team archery

    The menacing clouds which have been lingering over Lord's all afternoon can do little to halt Japan's progress as the women's team push Russia into fourth thanks to a total of 209, and just as the beaming Japanese ladies - Kaori Kawanaka, Miki Kanie and Ren Hayakawa - depart brollies mushroom around the arena. A few patrons using bin liners as makeshift shelter.

  23. 1752: 

    Lizzie Armitstead put Team GB on the medal table earlier this afternoon with her dash for silver in the women's road race. and the Brit has received praise from high office. Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson said: "This is a top result for Lizzie Armitstead and a brilliant first medal for Team GB. Following on from last week's win in the Tour De France this marks another great moment for British cycling." It does, Hugh, you're right.

  24. 1749: 

    Richie Woodhall told BBC Sport: "Amateur boxing is all about hitting and not getting hit and Fred Evans is great at that. He's a great counter boxer and is a star born here in Freddie Evans? That was a fantastic introductory bout from Evans, it was really good stuff."

  25. 1746: 
    TENNIS- Sharapova through to second round

    French Open champion Maria Sharapova in a rush to watch the basketball tonight perhaps as she completes a 6-2 6-0 victory over Shahar Peer in one hour and five minutes.

  26. 1744:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    "It is a solid eat my words job as that man Moussa Konate heads home a corner to make it 2-0 Senegal - his third goal at the Olympics. The forward is 19 and plays for Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Israel. Wembley is not a million miles away from being full already. The GB v UAE match starts at 19:45 BST."

  27. 1742: 

    Over in Wimbledon there's only one match being played and that's because the roof has been dragged across Centre Court. What used to happen before the roof? Oh, yeah, Cliff Richard... Russia's Maria Sharapova cantering towards the second round as she's 6-2 4-0 up against Israel's Shahar Peer.

  28. 1737:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at Wembley

    "Luis Suarez is galloping towards goal, the crowd are booing, he is surging, he clips the ball beyond Abdoulaye Ba, who brings the Uruguay striker down and promptly sees red. La Celeste came from behind to win their last game and I sense the direction of traffic is going to be flowing in one direction from now on.

    "But not before Senegal make it 2-0 against the run of play. It's that man Moussa Konate again with a header from a corner."

  29. 1736:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Britain's defending Star champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson scored a second in their second race after a disappointing 11th in their opener to sit fifth after day one in Weymouth. The long-time friends were narrowly beaten by arch-rivals Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, silver medallists four years ago, in race two. The Brazilians came fourth in the first race to lead the regatta by three points from Irish pair Peter O'Leary and David Burrows, who scored a second and a sixth. "

  30. 1732: 

    Andy Murray on the expectation on Team GB: "I think everybody needs to be realistic about what to expect. Obviously a lot of money has gone into the Games but we are a small country in comparison to China, the USA and stuff. The last Olympics went fantastic. There is extra pressure on the athletes and I think maybe a lot of people thought just because we have the home support, that means we are going to do much better and that's not always the case because with home support comes a bit of pressure as well. It's tough. I'm sure we'll have a very good Olympics, we've got a great team and hope we can do the country proud."

  31. 1731: 

    British number one Andy Murray after his 6-3 6-3 first-round triumph over Stanislas Wawrinka: "It's a slightly different crowd to Wimbledon. It's just weird - there are so many colours, there is a lot of noise with the music and stuff when you come out that you don't get at Wimbledon, which is slightly different. The support was great.

    "I was disappointed with the way I played in Beijing. I didn't understand what the Olympics meant to me, it was my first time there and I was so excited to be there. I went to the Opening Ceremony and I was trying to watch other sports because I had never experienced it before and maybe didn't focus as hard on myself and my event. That's what I have done differently this time. I know how much that loss hurt me and I wanted to come here best prepared as I could be and today was a good start."

  32. 1726: 

    British gymnast Beth Tweddle on reaching the team final: "It was amazing, the last few weeks have been really hard because the pressure has been on us. You want to go into it thinking that there's no pressure on you but I would have walked out here disappointed if I had not gone clean and when I landed I thought 'thank God for that'.

    "It was the best feeling in the world, I can't even put it into words, I just don't know what to say and I have never been short for words."

  33. 1723:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport, at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "Beth Tweddle produced one of the best routines of her life to top qualifying for the uneven bars after three of five sessions at the Olympic gymnastics. The 27-year-old, at her last Games for GB, scored a mammoth 16.133, far ahead of any rivals who have performed so far. Tweddle, three times a world champion, still lacks an Olympic medal.

    Rebecca Tunney, the youngest Briton at the Olympics at 15, made an assured debut and should qualify with ease for Thursday's all-around final."

  34. 1721:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at Wembley

    "He scored against GB and now he has found the net against Uruguay. Yep, Moussa Konate's finish from all of one yard has given Senegal a deserved early lead at Wembley after Martin Campana palmed a flying header from Cheikhou Kouyate into his path. The fullish Wembley crowd seem to be favouring the African team, who look pretty striking in their yellow and green strip."

  35. 1720: 

    Chinshanlo, already a star back home, received a phone call from the Kazakhstan president after she won the world championship in Paris last November so I'm not quite sure what the plans are in her homeland after that magnificent effort. A parade? Freedom of the capital Astana? By the way, some distance behind in silver with a combined total of 219kg was Chinese Taipei's Hsu Shu-ching while Cristina Iovu of Moldova claimed the bronze.

  36. 1715: 

    Deafening roars from the spectators at the ExCel as 19-year-old Zulfiya Chinshanlo lifts 131kg as if she merely has two boxes of feathers perched at the end of the bar. Incredible. Chinshanlo, a double world champion by the time she was 18, is greeted by Lord Coe as she steps off the podium. Did he know that was going to happen? The teenager attempted a 135kg but couldn't quite manage it. World record in the clean and jerk with an Olympic record and gold medal for a combined total of 226kg.

  37. 1705: 
    WORLD RECORD- Zulfiya Chinshanlo Kaz (women's 53kg, weightlifting)
    Allison Curbishley, BBC athletics commentator

    Speaking about the news that Paula Radcliffe has been forced to pull out of London 2012: "It's a really sad moment not just for Paula and her family but for everyone looking forward to lining the streets of London. Paula's problems and injuries have been well documented over the last 10-12 years but we have got to shout from the rooftops about what she has achieved. Out of the top five times for a marathon she has run four of them.

    "We need to celebrate what she has done for distance running. You walk a tightrope when you are an elite athlete but to do the marathon your body is pushed to the ultimate limit. You feel for her, I have spoken to her and I know how hard that decision was that she had to give up on her dream."

  39. 1703:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Ben Ainslie is pleased with his "solid" start after scoring two second places behind Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen in the first two races on the opening day of the Olympic regatta in Weymouth. Ainslie has put himself under pressure on the opening day in past Games, with a ninth and a disqualification (scored as 26th) in Athens and 10th and first in Beijing.

    "Compared with my last Olympics it's nice to get two solid starts," he said. "It's obviously been a huge build-up and a lot of expectation so to actually just get out here and get racing, it's nice. It's a good start but there is a long way to go. I've just got to keep plugging away."


    Jenny on 81111: "At the gymnastics. Trying to calm down after Beth's [Tweddle's] fantastic performance on bars. Still lots of empty seats despite army men filling up. Frustrating."

    Lewis by text: "Sat next to Bulgaria's volleyball man Vladimir Nikolov in Cafe Nero - the guy looks like he could kill me with his thumb..."

  41. 1700: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Lizzie Armitstead (Women's cycling road race)

    Watch as Lizzie Armitstead collects her silver medal on the - Great Britain's first medal of the games.

  42. 1655:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at ExCel Arena

    "Welshman Freddie Evans wins his welterweight opener against Algeria's Ilyas Abbadi 18-10. The reigning European champion was too slick and too compact for his opponent, although he's got a tough draw next - number four seed Egidijus Kavaliauskas lies in wait. Then again, Evans - the world number two, but not seeded - should win it."

  43. 1653: 

    As you'd perhaps expect the boys from Brazil have come from a goal behind to beat Belarus 3-1 at Old Trafford, with Oscar wrapping up the win with a superb goal in stoppage-time. Chelsea's new boy ran onto a Neymar flick to drive into the top corner. Superb goal.

  44. 1651:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    "The heavy rain has ceased, for now, and there are enough fans inside Wembley ahead of the Group A tie between Uruguay and Senegal at 17:00 BST to ensure a good atmosphere. Later GB return to action against UAE and a full house of 88,000 is expected. Stuart Pearce's team were far from convincing against Senegal during Thursday's 1-1 draw and desperately need a win to really get up and running."

  45. 1647: 

    David Florence speaking after securing his place in the men's canoe C1 class: "It's really up and down out there, even the previous Olympic champion found it tough. I just focused on the best performance I could and that's all I could do. The support was incredible, what a buzz I have never experienced anything like that it was superb." Florence is back in action on Monday.

  46. 1646:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport following the canoe slalom at Eton Dorney

    There was relief all around at Lee Valley as British world number one David Florence battled into the semi-finals of the C1 men's single canoe slalom on his final run. The world number one made several errors on his first run to finish 13th, but kept his cool to seal the fifth fastest time on his second as the top 12 progressed.

  47. 1645: 
    Live now, Old TraffordKEY MOMENT

    Brazilian superstar Neymar puts the South Americans 2-1 ahead against Belarus with a stunning free-kick.

  48. 1644: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Lasha Shavdatuashvili GEO, (Men's -66kg, judo)

    Lasha Shavadatuashvili waves the Georgian flag in the air after beating Hungary's Miklos Ungvari.

  49. 1640:  
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport

    Over at the Basketball Arena, the USA made their first appearance on court and really turned on the style. They demolished France 98-71 in their Group A tie, with NBA star Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder racking up a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Even First Lady Michelle Obama, who watched the game live inside the arena, congratulated the American team as they walked off court.

  50. 1638:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at ExCel Arena

    I almost feel bad about saying this, seeing as there appear to so many empty seats elsewhere, but there isn't a seat to be had in the boxing arena, and the same goes for every sport I've seen at the ExCel Arena. The message? Be a fan of men and women fighting - or playing table tennis - the bigwigs must be a little bit squeamish... magnificent reception for Freddie Evans, it's going mental in here! That said, no need for the boos - not on in amateur boxing...


    GB marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, who has been forced to withdraw from the Games because of injury, on Twitter: "First time I smiled today was watching @L_Armitstead claim silver in the womens road race - well done!"


    Alex Wyatt on Twitter: "Shame Paula Radcliffe has to withdraw from the #Olympics. She's achieved huge honours in her career! Sad she can't attempt her dream"

  53. 1636: 

    While it's a joyous afternoon for Lizzie Armistead (Robbie Savage and Mark Foster, among others, were captivated by the sprint finish), Britain's greatest marathon runner Paula Radcliffe's disappointment at being forced to withdraw from the marathon is palpable. "However hard today is, finally closing the door on that dream, at least I can know that I truly have tried absolutely everything," she says. "As desperate as I was to be part of the amazing experience of the London Olympics, I don't want to be there below my best."

  54. 1634: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Kum Ae An PRK (women's -52kg, Judo)

    North Korean Kum Ae An wins gold by beating Yanet Bermay of Cuba with a Yuko golden score.

  55. 1631: 

    As expected, the United States cruise to victory over France, with the NBA all-stars clocking up a 98-71 win. Kevin Durant top scores with 22 points, with Kobe Bryant chipping in 10 for good measure.

  56. 1630: 

    It was only an hour ago an Olympic volunteer bid me a good afternoon and told me to "enjoy the sunshine" so I'm not sure what's happened to the elements over in west London, but Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha's match against Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Gronefeld in the women's doubles first round has been cancelled because of rain. The British duo will now play the Germans on Monday.

  57. 1627: 

    Former British number one Tim Henman on Andy Murray's first round win over Stanislas Wawrinka: "It was a very good performance by Andy Murray. The 6-3 6-3 scoreline looks very one sided but for large periods of the match it was closer than that. He will be very happy with his performance though and be pleased to be back winning on Centre Court."

  58. 1625: 
    Murray beats Wawrinka

    Even with Wimbledon champion and compatriot Roger Federer watching from the players' box, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka can do little to thwart Britain's Andy Murray from progressing to the second round of the men's singles. The Wimbledon finalist delighted the patriotic crowd on Centre Court with a 6-3 6-3 win over the 29th seed.

  59. 1622: 

    Chris by text: "Walking down Wembley way and the atmosphere is electric! Hoping for a better result than when I last came to Wembley and saw Bolton get beat 5-0 by Stoke."

    Richard by text: "@centre court watching Murray. Must be 1-2000 empty seats. Shame - it's all that is letting London down so far."

    Aaron by text: "So mesmerised by watching the handball I think I may have to try it out."

  60. 1619: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Cho-Jun Ho (Men's -66kg judo)

    A tearful Cho-Jun Ho drops to his knees to celebrate winning bronze for South Korea in the men's -66kg. Last year's world championship bronze medallist beat Spain's Sugoi Uriarte. The final will be happening shortly...

  61. 1616: 

    Even though the road race is over there are still a heap of gold medals to fight, jostle and snatch for, from team gold in the women's archery (1801-1826 BST) to the men's sabre individual (1910-1930) and, of course, there are four swimming finals (1930-2101), one of which will feature Mansfield missile Rebecca Adlington. The Olympic champion will start in an outside lane in the 400m freestyle after sneaking through to the final by her fingertips, but don't lose hope, folks. Great Britain's men open their basketball campaign against Russia (2000) while Stuart Pearce's boys head to Wembley to face UAE. And there is always gymnastics, handball, hockey, beach volleyball, boxing… I could go on.

  62. 1614:  
    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player watching USA vs France

    "The USA is scoring explosively and France are failing to score. But what must be slightly frightening if you're a player about to play France, is that if they do connect with their threes, they're a devastating team - even if they make a third of their three-point shots."

    USA lead France 82-57 with 6:41 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

  63. 1612:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at ExCel Arena

    Welshman Fred Evans is up in 20 minutes or so, the reigning European champion's first bout is against Algeria's Ilyas Abbadi. The 21-year-old is the world number two - European champion, makes sense, right? - but is not seeded. If Franz Kafka had been around today, he would have written books about governing bodies...

  64. 1610: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Masashi Ebinuma, JPN (Men's -66kg judo)

    Speaking of judo terminology, Masashi Ebinuma of Japan takes bronze in the men's -66kg category, beating Pawel Zagrodnik by O-goshi.

  65. 1609: 

    While China's Wu Minxia and He Zi won the women's 3m springboard synchronised diving - with Wu Minxia securing her place in Olympic history with a hat-trick of springboard synchro titles - British duo Becky Gallantree and Alicia Blagg, 15, had to be content with seventh place in the eight-team final, a couple of errors dropping them down from fourth after the first two rounds.

  66. 1603: 

    Team GB's men are in football action later this evening, but elsewhere the competition is in full swing. Brazil were behind early on to Belarus but have levelled through AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, and that one is 1-1 at the break. Mexico are also in action, where Giovani Dos Santos - still technically a Tottenham player - has put them 1-0 up over Gabon.

  67. 1601: 

    British cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford on Lizzie Armitstead's silver medal: "She rode the perfect race and, just in the end, she didn't quite have the legs to finish. She was so strong and it was a magic performance. She deserves it though because she has worked so hard and I am delighted for her.

    "We wanted to start off well yesterday in the men's race and it didn't work out but we bounced back today which was just what we wanted. Lizzie took a risk and it paid off so credit to her.

    "I don't think anyone can begrudge Vos winning, they did it in torrential rain and really tough circumstances so credit to all of them."

  68. 1559: 

    A very good afternoon to you. The greatest show on earth is in its second day and after watching over 25 hours of live sport I trust you now know your ippons from your wasa-aris, and have told your nearest neighbour at least twice that an archer's arrow swooshes through the air at a nifty 140 miles per hour. Don't move. Plump those cushions, make sure you're sitting comfortably on the sofa - or chaise longue - because, in the words of Karen Carpenter, we've only just begun - and Great Britain has a first medal in the bag!

  69. 1556: 

    I think Britain's first medal of the London Olympics is the perfect time to hand you over to Aimee Lewis for the next few hours. Hopefully she can bring home a couple more before the day is done, and I will see you all again on Monday. Cheerio for now.

  70. 1553: 

    Marianne Vos was the hot favourite pre-race by the way, and it was a superb effort by Lizzie Armitstead to push her all the way for gold, especially because we saw during the race how unpredictable road racing can be - what with flooded roads, a raft of punctures and torrential rain.

  71. 1552: 

    Marianne Vos of the Netherlands on beating Lizzie Armitstead to win a gold medal in the road race: "Lizzie did a really good job on the break and did a really good sprint but I am just so happy to win. After Beijing this is what I wanted for four years and now it has happened it's incredible."

  72. 1550: 

    Nicole Cooke, who won gold in the road race at the Beijing Olympics and was part of the British team today, on seeing Lizzie Armitstead win silver: "It feels great, we came in here with a serious chance and we did it. Lizzie did a fantastic ride, we were there backing her up but she didn't need it because she was superb."

  73. 1549: 
    GOLD MEDAL- China (women's 3m synchro diving)
  74. 1546: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Priscilla Gneto, FRA (Women's -52kg judo)

    Priscilla Gneto sees off Ilse Heylen from Belgium to take the second bronze up for grabs in the women's -52kg judo.

  75. 1545: 

    Britain's Paula Radcliffe, who has been forced to pull out of Sunday's marathon, admits the thought of making amends for her previous two Olympics at London 2012 was what kept her motivated through the "tough times".

    "Through a lot of tough times it has kept me fighting, motivated and focused," Radcliffe said. "That is why it hurts so much to finally admit to myself that it isn't going to happen.

    "My sport is a beautiful sport, it gives so much fun and enjoyment, I believe it helps me to be a better person, and I have been very fortunate to experience some great success and have so many beautiful and happy memories.

    "However, the downside is that it can break your heart and spirit many times over when your body is simply unable to match what your heart and brain want it to do."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport following the canoe slalom at Eton Dorney

    "The Brits are under pressure at Lee Valley after the first runs in the heats. David Florence lies outside the semi-final qualification spots in 13th in the C1 men's canoe single event while Richard Hounslow is on the bubble in equal-14th in the K1 men's kayak with only the top 15 progressing. There's still one run to go, though, with the best time of the two heats used to determine the results."

  77. 1544: 

    Lizzie Armitstead speaking after securing silver - Britain's first medal of the 2012 Olympics - in a thrilling sprint on The Mall: "It's just really strange. I am a bit shocked. Emma Pooley did exactly what was asked on Box Hill, I am so glad I committed to that race. I am so happy. I should have just tried to jump her [Vos] earlier but I just went with it and am so happy it came off. Marianne Vos was the one to watch and I knew that before the race, I played my tactics and thankfully it came off."

    Talking about the crowd who cheered her on: "It's the most special thing I have ever experienced, it was absolutely amazing. I didn't even feel my legs, it was just so special."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at ExCel Arena

    "British judo player Colin Oates missed out on a medal in the -66kg category after losing his repechage bout to Jun-Ho Cho of South Korea. Oates, the only British judoka so far to progress beyond the first round, lost by two yukos to the world number eight."

  79. 1540: 

    With First Lady Michelle Obama looking on, the USA team are doing their best to secure an invite to the White House after these Games. The reigning champions are leading France 52-36 at the interval inside the Basketball Arena and look comfortably in the driving seat. Kevin Durant is leading the scoreboard with a game-high 15 points.

  80. 1540: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Rosalba Forciniti, ITA (Women's -52 kg judo)

    Italian Rosalba Forciniti takes the first of two bronzes in the women's -52kg category, beating Marie Muller from Luxembourg.

  81. 1540: 

    UK Athletics have released a statement on world record holder Paula Radcliffe's withdrawal from the marathon. "Radcliffe has been suffering with a foot problem and after a fitness test on Sunday it was concluded that she would not be able to race competitively to the best of her abilities," it read.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser watching the women's road race

    "That was fantastic. Marianne Vos has wanted that result for so long. Lizzie Armistead has done everything right and rode a superb race but in the end she just didn't have the speed to take gold."

  83. 1537: 

    It was almost gold but a silver medal for Lizzie Armitstead is still a fantastic effort in the women's road race, and it is also Britain's first medal of these London Games. She gave everything in the final 100m or so but did not quite have the strength to beat Marianne Vos to the line. Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya took bronze.

  84. 1536: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Marianne Vos, Ned (women's road race)

    Dutch rider Marianne Vos beats Britain's Lizzie Armitstead in a sprint for the line in the women's road race.

  85. 1536: 

    Armitstead goes for the line... but Vos is too strong.

  86. 1535: 

    Armitstead is still waiting... and the rain is still pouring down as they enter The Mall.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "The sound of rain falling on the Centre Court roof is finally drowned out by cheers as Britain's Andy Murray wins the opening set of his first-round match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. That's one more set than he managed on his only previous appearance in the Olympic men's singles."

  88. 1534: 

    Lizzie Armitstead is sitting on Marianne Vos's wheel as they enter the last 1km. Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya is still at the front.

  89. 1533: 

    The front three are starting to think about the sprint... Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya is the first to attack, and she is quickly reeled in.

  90. 1532: 

    While the nation holds its breath and hopes for a first British gold medal of these Olympics in the women's cycling road race, there is sad news for Paula Radcliffe who has been ruled out of the women's marathon on Sunday because of "medical reasons".

    The 38-year-old has been struggling since a foot injury flared up three weeks ago. We'll give you more information on that story when we get it.

  91. 1531: 

    If you have just joined us, your timing is impeccable. Britain's Lizzie Armitstead, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands and Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya are about to contest a sprint for gold, silver and bronze. Just 3.5km to go and the peloton are still 40 seconds back.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the diving at the Aquatics Centre

    "Looking across at the spectator area on the other side of the Aquatics Centre there are certainly fewer empty ones than in the morning sessions for the first two days of the swimming. There are still small pockets where people have not attended - I imagine that's just a tad frustrating for the fans who are higher in the stands looking down at the action with their binoculars."

  93. 1528: 

    We saw some cat and mouse tactics at the finish when Alexander Vinokourov won the men's race on Saturday and more of the same is likely in a few moments time when these three riders hit The Mall.

    Until then, they need to keep working hard and working together because the gap is now coming down... to 38 seconds, with 6km to go.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport, at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "Beth Tweddle makes her first appearance at London 2012, in women's gymnastics qualifying, and it's like flipping a switch: the arena is straight back to life and clapping along as she performs a floor routine to a specially commissioned recording of Live And Let Die. Her score, 14.433, puts her third for the time being - the top eight will reach the floor final and there'll be a long wait until late tonight to know her fate for sure."

  95. 1524: 

    We are inside the last 7.5km now and this gap is not coming down. Who is going to win this race if it does come down to a three-way sprint for gold? Lizzie Armitstead is a fast finisher, but so is Marianne Vos. I'm not sure about Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya.

    BBC Sport Presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Come on Liz Armitstead, win us our first medal. Brilliant effort in the cycling."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "2004 Olympic synchronised 10m platform silver medallist Leon Taylor, who's covering the diving for BBC TV, tells me that diving is such a precise sport that any emotional reaction to the crowd's presence can have a big impact on your performance.

    "15-year-old Alicia Blagg, who's the youngest Team GB diver in the squad, appears to be coping well though - Solid opening with an inward and then forward dives alongside Rebecca Gallantree which puts them in fourth place after opening two rounds, with three to follow."


    Seats have been left empty at the Olympic Games despite high demand when tickets were sold through a public ballot. Some are becoming available to buy or take up. Find out why and how to get them via a Q&A on the BBC News website.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Ben Ainslie scores a second consecutive second behind Denmark's Jonas Hogh-christensen in the Finn class on a sunny, breezy afternoon in Weymouth. Britain's defending champions in the Star class, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, finish 11th in their first race. Their big rivals Brazil, who were second in 2008, came fourth behind France, Ireland and Greece."

  100. 1517: 

    Lizzie Armitstead is yelling at Marianne Vos of the Netherlands and Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya to keep working hard. They are inside the last 13km now and the gap is 50 seconds. The three medals should be between these three riders now, if they keep this tempo up.

    Behind them, several riders in the chase group have narrowly avoided crashing at the same corner where Fabian Cancellara tasted tarmac in the men's race on Saturday. The weather is still absolutely filthy by the way.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Controversy on Centre Court and we're only a game in. Andy Murray drops the first point and complains to umpire Lars Graff that a scoreboard is distracting him when serving to the deuce court [to the left]. It's flickering on and off during rallies and seemingly contributes to him losing a second point. Murray is far from happy but manages to get his nose in front. Meanwhile, Roger Federer is in the crowd supporting Swiss team-mate Wawrinka."."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport following the canoe slalom at Eton Dorney

    "Britain's Richard Hounslow is in equal-5th after his first run in the heats of the K1 men's kayak competition, with 10 athletes still to go. The world number 43 will complete his second run at 17:21 BST with the top 15 progressing to the semi-finals at the Lee Valley White Water Centre."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser watching the women's road race

    "Normally they would have a race radio during the majority of the races in the season but they are not being fed any information, much to the frustration of the front three and Armistead in particular. They are unaware of how big the gap is but we can tell them that it is now getting bigger."

  104. 1512: 

    Defending champion Nicole Cooke is in the chase group as we approach what is going to be a thrilling finish to this women's road race, but understandably not doing any work at the front.

    The rain is absolutely hammering down in Richmond Park... and the front three riders including Cooke's team-mate Lizzie Armitstead are now 40 seconds clear. This is an amazing effort that looks like bringing her a medal - but will it be a British gold?

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the diving at the Aquatics Centre

    "As a host nation Great Britain was given a guaranteed place in each of the synchronised diving finals and without that Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg would not be here at the Games.

    "They finished 15th at the world championships last year, so in all honesty anything other than eighth, (last) place would be a huge achievement.

    "The Chinese dominate the sport of diving completing a clean-sweep of the medals at last year's Worlds in Shanghai and it's difficult to look beyond their pairing of Wu Minxia and He Zi today."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport, at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "The youngest member of Britain's 2012 Olympic team has made her debut. At women's gymnastics qualifying inside the North Greenwich Arena, 15-year-old Rebecca Tunney produced a confident and error-free routine on the beam, getting a warm reception from her home crowd and hugs from her team-mates.

    "But Hannah Whelan fell on the beam earlier and that was, overall, a nervy start for Britain. The US, by contrast, looked superb on vault."

  107. 1510: 

    Britain's Lizzie Armitstead, Dutch rider Marianne Vos and Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya are inside the last 19km now, and fast approaching Richmond Park. Armitstead just pointed at her wrist - there are no race radios in use today and she does not know how much of a lead they have... it is still hovering around 30 seconds.

  108. 1508: 

    American time-trial specialist Kristin Armstrong takes over at the front of the chase group, which is down to 20 riders. The US and German teams are giving everything they have got but the gap to the front three is still around 30 seconds.

  109. 1506: 

    Colin Oates is finally outgunned as South Korea's Jun-Ho Cho delivers two Yuko that prove enough to take him through to the bronze medal match at the Briton's expense.

  110. 1503: 

    Lizzie Armitstead can definitely smell a medal now. She ups the tempo, and Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya is having to battle hard to stay with her and Marianne Vos. The gap back to the peloton is getting bigger, despite Germany's best efforts.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport, following the cycling on The Mall

    "Lizzie Armitstead is in a three-woman lead group, more than 20 seconds clear and 20km from the line. I repeat, Lizzie Armitstead....breathe, stay calm. Could be a first British medal here, but what colour? Dutch superstar Marianne Vos is in the group too, sensible money on her but why be sensible? Come on Lizzie!!!"

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "All set for the start of the first diving session of the London 2012 Olympics and representing Great Britain this afternoon are Rebecca Gallantree and 15-year-old Alica Blagg in the women's synchronised 3m springboard final.

    "There are eight pairs, who will each dive five times and after that those with the highest score (probably China), will be crowned the Olympic champions."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser watching the women's road raceROAD CYCLING

    "We don't know what has happened with Shelly Olds, we didn't see the incident, but looking at the fact she is riding on different tyres I would think it has something to do with a puncture. What is interesting now is that the front group are now all guaranteed a medal, which is a huge incentive."

  114. 1459: 

    That lead group of four riders is now down to three, because American rider Shelly Olds is back in the peloton. That just leaves Britain's Lizzie Armitstead, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands and Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya.

    Three riders to fight out for three medals - if these riders stay away, of course. They are 26 seconds clear of the chase group, led by Italy and Germany, with 27km to go.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at the North Greenwich ArenaGymnastics scene-setter

    "Britain's male gymnasts were arguably the hosts' biggest achievers on the Games' opening day. Can the women match them in their qualifying session? It'll be tough. Beth Tweddle goes in her final Olympic Games while 15-year-old Rebecca Tunney, the youngest Briton in any Olympic sport this summer, also takes part alongside Hannah Whelan, Jennifer Pinches and Imogen Cairns. The all-conquering United States team are in action at the same time - live now."

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Back on Centre Court for the first time since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Andy Murray enters to a rousing ovation, the waving of Union flags and a melody of pop songs. As against Federer, Murray is playing a Swiss under the roof, but this time it's Stanislas Wawrinka, a player he leads 6-4 in the career head-to-head. Four years ago in Beijing the Scot was stunned by 77th-ranked Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan in round one - he'll be desperate to avoid a repeat this time round."

    You can watch how the British number one gets on on the interactive video player on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website.

  117. 1452: 

    Kim Rhode made American Olympic history by winning the women's skeet and becoming the first United States athlete to win medals at five consecutive Olympic Games.

    The 33-year-old set a new Olympic record in qualifying, with 74 hits out of 75, and went on to equal her own world record with a perfect 25 in the final for a total of 99 in front of a packed shotgun range at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

    China's Wei Ning won silver and Danka Bartekova of Slovakia won bronze after a shoot-off.


    Erin HK Royle on Twitter: "I don't know if we're in Manchester or Brazil! The atmosphere at Old Trafford is amazing."

    Russell Lloyd Smith on Twitter: "Have been watching weightlifting, water polo and now loving the handball... Come on Tunisia!!!"

    JT on Twitter: "So frustrating!!! I applied for this afternoon's basketball session in the original ballot and now there's empty seats!"


    BBC Sport's John Bennett on Twitter: "Looking forward to watching Uruguay's Gaston Ramirez at Wembley. Strongly linked with #LFC. Wonder if Brendan Rodgers will be in the crowd?"

    John really is looking forward to Uruguay v Senegal. It doesn't kick off until 1700 BST. Egypt have drawn 1-1 with New Zealand already today. Just under way is Mexico v Gabon which is still scoreless in Coventry. Elsewhere Brazil play Belarus at 1500 BST with Great Britain taking on the United Arab Emirates at 1945 BST.

  120. 1450: 

    The rain is falling and the chase is on as the riders head back towards London and Britain are looking good for a podium place, at least.

    That attack by Lizzie Armitstead, her Dutch rival Marianne Vos and American rider Shelly Olds paid dividends because, with 35km to go, they are in a lead group of four riders that has a gap of 21 seconds on the peloton.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at ExCel Arena

    "Just when I thought fencing was the new rock and roll, it turns out judo is - packed to the rafters as we wait for Britain's Colin Oates in the -66kg repechage.

    "He would need to win one bout before fighting a losing semi-finalist for a bronze medal. Like boxing, two bronze medals are awarded at each weight. Got that? No-one said rock and roll was easy to understand... "

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport, following the cycling on The Mall

    "What a race! If the men's event was everybody versus Team GB, this is everybody for themselves. The powerful Dutch team launched attack after attack on the approach to the Box Hill circuit, but the Brits have taken up the baton now, with Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead in blistering form.

    "Too blistering, it seems, for team-mate and defending champion Nicole Cooke. The Welsh star has been left gasping by pace at the front of the peloton, as has young British talent Lucy Martin.

    "So Team GB are right in it, but they appear to have only two riders left with the legs to win today. Dutch star Marianne Vos and the Americans look very good, though."

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Julia Goerges of Germany upsets second seed Agnieszka Radwanska - Poland's flag bearer at the opening ceremony - with a 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 victory in the first round of the women's singles. Next up on Centre Court is Britain's Andy Murray against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland."

  124. 1441: 

    Ben Ainslie's second race in the Finn class is under way. Ainslie is in second chasing Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen over the first leg . The Dane won the first race of the day as well and Ainslie willl want to keep a cap on the 2009 Gold Cup winner's ambitions for gold.

  125. 1436: 

    With 44km to go, we have a real race on our hands. Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya has opened up a 25-second lead on the race leaders, and Britain's Emma Pooley is trying to bridge the gap, helped by a United States rider.

    Pre-race favourite Marianne Vos has also launched an attack, in a group of four riders including Lizzie Armitstead, that is hot on Pooley's heels and the rest of the riders are spread all over the roads.

  126. 1431: 

    You are not going to like this. The United States are popping the ball around the court as they warm up for their basketball opener against France. There is only a couple of minutes until tip-off and unless there is late influx of fans, this much-anticipated match is going to get under way with a fair few empty seats in the stands.

  127. 1429: 

    Speaking after a second straight loss in the group stage which ruined hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals, Britain's mixed doubles badminton player Chris Adcock said: "Devastated. This is the Olympic Games. We have lost two definitely winnable games. "We have lost the first two and I don't know if we can progress now. We want to give the crowd what they want and hopefully give them a win. But we are up against a great pair next.

    On Tuesday, Adcock and playing partner Imogen Bankier play China's top seeds and reigning world champions Zhang Nang and Zhao Yunlei in their final Group A tie at 15:20 BST.

  128. 1426: 

    There has been a really nasty crash at the back of the 30-strong bunch of lead riders in the women's road race, with Kristin Armstrong coming off and being ridden into by South Korea's Ah Reum Na.

    Armstrong is back on her bike but lost a bit of time. Britain's Emma Pooley and Nicole Cooke - who has regained contact - were in the vicinity but managed to avoid a collision.

    There are less than 50km left of the 140km race, which is now heading back up to the top of Box Hill.

  129. 1424: 

    It was a difficult start for Britain's David Florence in his first run in the heats at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. The world number one slalom canoeist struggled with the uphill gates and picked up four penalty points on his way to the 13th fastest time. Only the top 12 progress to the semi-finals, but Florence can still qualify if he has a good second run at 1635 BST.

  130. 1418: 

    Marianne Vos has now launched her own attack and, although she was not able to escape, the bad news for Britain is that defending Olympic champion Nicole Cooke has been dropped by the lead riders.

    That leaves Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead as the British representatives at the front of the race. Cooke and Lucy Martin need to try to get back in touch before the race starts back up Box Hill for the second and final time.

  131. 1417: 

    Britain's Paul Drinkhall has beaten world number 54 Yang Zi 4-1 in the second round at ExCel. He will face German eighth seed Dimitri Ovtcharov in the next round.

  132. 1413: 

    Lots happening on the Box Hill circuit, where Britain's Emma Pooley has attacked off the front and caused a right kerfuffle behind her as the peloton responded.

    Pooley's team-mate Lizzie Armitstead has come across to join her on the wheel of pre-race favourite Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, who had to react. Behind her, another Dutch rider Loes Gunnewijk got a taste of tarmac when she skidded off after taking a tight downhill corner too quickly.


    British swimmer Liam Tancock: "Good swim this morning in the 100m backstroke. I'm through to tonight's semi-final :-) Thanks for all your support! You're the best! :-)"


    Defending 400m freestyle Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington speaking after she qualified for the final: "Just sneaked into tonight's final in eighth place! Not expecting anything tonight, all I can do is my best :-) Thank you for all the support x."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator watching the women's road race

    "I think Nicole Cooke will be looking to put the pressure on as and when she can. She loves a tough race and she'll be enjoying this. If you get caught at the back it's not quite as much as a problem as it was for the men on Saturday."

  136. 1405: 

    There is a big dollop of stateside razzmatazz on the Olympic Park this afternoon with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and the rest of the United States basketball team, taking on fellow NBA superstar Tony Parker's France at 1430 BST.

    Elsewhere Colin Oates's battle for judo bronze begins with a bout against South Korea's Jun-Ho Cho at 1435 BST. If he wins that one, he will face off against one of the defeated semi-finalists for one of two medals.

    You want something to get your teeth into right now though? Try canoe slalom where Britain's Beijing silver medallist David Florence goes last in the first run at Lee Valley.

    You can join the 1.1m BBC Sport users who used the BBC Sport interactive video player (desktop version only) yesterday to get across that one. In total, there were 3.3m video plays on the BBC website on Saturday.

  137. 1403: 

    Britain's Lucy Martin has been dropped from the back of the peloton as the riders snake their way up Box Hill for the first time. She is not the only one, because a high tempo is being set at the front of the pack.

    Lizzie Armitstead, Nicole Cooke and Emma Pooley are all still in touch but a lot of women are struggling.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport, at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "Britain's male gymnasts were arguably the hosts' biggest achievers on the Games' opening day. Can the women match them in their qualifying session? It'll be tough.

    "Beth Tweddle goes in her final Olympic Games while 15-year-old Rebecca Tunney, the youngest Briton in any Olympic sport this summer, also takes part alongside Hannah Whelan, Jennifer Pinches and Imogen Cairns. The all-conquering United States team are in action at the same time - live from 1445 BST."

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "The sun is out and all courts have been uncovered. World number two Novak Djokovic v Fabio Fognini of Italy will be first up on Court One. Radwanska and Goerges are into a deciding set under the roof on Centre, and Andy Murray v Stan Wawrinka follows."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Just missed a big rain shower from towering dark cumulus clouds. Mainly sunny but windy with a lumpy sea out here in Weymouth Bay. The first Star race has had a postponement while they reset the course because of the shifting breeze. The second Finn race will start soon after.

  141. 1356: 

    The riders are approaching the halfway mark of this 140km women's road race and things are still pretty cagey at the front of the peloton, with the British riders making sure they are in a good position as they approach the start of Box Hill circuit. In fact, as I write, Nicole Cooke has just surged to the front.

    Despite the decidedly dodgy weather, there are lots of fans on the roadside... and lots of umbrellas on show.

  142. 1351: 

    Britain's Victoria Pendleton, an Olympic and world champion on the track, on Mark Cavendish's defeat in Saturday's men's road race: "Mark is hugely talented and the team really feels for him. It's disappointing for him because there was so much pressure on him."

    On his comments about feeling like it was Britain against the world: "When you are achieving the way the cycling team is, it's hard for them not to be targeted. We are the ones to beat so, when you have success, it's something you have to expect."

  143. 1347: 

    There's only one thing missing from these Olympics so far - a shiny round thing hanging round the neck of a British competitor.

    Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belgium, North Korea - all of them have made their mark on the medal table while Great Britain remain languishing on the sporting equivalent of nul points. Check out the latest standings on the BBC Sport website and, if you are on the desktop version of the site, you can get all interactive to click through and find out all the athletes behind the numbers.

  144. 1342: 

    About 80km of the 140km race to go and, as the riders approach their first circuit (and climb) of Box Hill, the Dutch have attacked again. Eleonora van Dijk has been joined by France's Audrey Cordon, but they are being reeled back in.

    All of Britain's big hitters are up at the top of the peloton, which is in hot pursuit and about 50m behind the two front women.

  145. 1340: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Morning highlights

    Lots still to look forward to today, of course, but now it is time for a little round up of all things Olympic that have already happened today.

    Defending champion Rebecca Adlington made tonight's final of the 400m freestyle by the skin of her teeth as she qualified eighth fastest, Paula Radcliffe has admitted that her marathon bid may not even make the start line and defending champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter won their lightweight double sculls heat.

    And a choice cut of video for you as well. Niger rower Hammadou Djibo Issaka wins, if not the loudest, then certainly the longest, cheer of the morning at Eton Dorney as he makes his way over the line a full minute and 39 seconds after the winner in the men's single scull.


    Lauren McGuire on Twitter: "I love how the Olympics gets me excited about sports I have never shown interest in and thought I would hate."

    Francesca Ebel on Twitter: "Imagine the army you could build with these women weightlifters. They're so awesome."

    Sophie Elliott on Twitter: "Heavy rain, lightning, thunder and stormy skies in Reading. Heading for women's road race? Hope not for riders' sake!"

  147. 1334: 

    You guessed it - yet another crash at the back of the peloton, which is starting to splinter. Britain's Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley are safely at the front, and have just been joined by Nicole Cooke, who also avoided the danger. No sign of Lucy Martin but she was not one of the riders involved.

    The good news is that the rain has stopped... for now, anyway.

  148. 1332: 
    EQUESTRIAN- Eventing - Dressage

    Tina Cook is Britain's second rider currently in the individual top 10 during the eventing dressage phase after scoring 42.0 points to go eighth. With 16 of the 74 competitors left to go in the first of three disciplines, including GB's William Fox-Pitt, veteran Mary King was sixth. Zara Phillips was joint 16th, with Nicola Wilson tied at 29th. Leader Ingrid Klimke (39.30) has helped her country to provisional top position in the team event, ahead of Australia and GB.

  149. 1326: 

    There has been another big crash at the back of the peloton. These narrow roads and wet conditions are a recipe for disaster. Luckily, no British riders were involved but they have to be very careful as they approach Staple Hill. There are some steep descents as well as climbs to come.

    Sharron Davies, Olympic swimming silver medallist and BBC pundit

    Looking ahead to the Rebecca Adlington's 400m freestyle final at 2015 BST: "She has got to go into it and think how she went in to it last time. It worries me that she didn't speak to the media, I think you have got to treat this like any other race. Not put yourself in a bubble which increases pressure.

    "The pressure is on her more because of yesterday's results. If Mark Cavendish had won the road race or Hannah Miley had won then it would be different, but the pressure has increased even more on Rebecca to win the first medal."

  151. 1324: 

    Er, there are quite a lot of you reading this, aren't there? The BBC Sport website had a record-breaking audience of 7.8m global browsers (5.6m in the UK) for the first day of the London Olympics.

    If a British rider wins the women's road race today, I will buy each and every one of you a fizzy drink.*

    * Don't hold me to that.

  152. 1320: 

    As Rob Hayles says below, there have been at least 10 punctures already today, and let's hope they don't affect any of the big-hitters at a vital time of the race.

    Since my last update, the United States and Australia have tried to launch riders off the top of the race, and there has been a crash in the peloton with South Korea's Ah Reum Na skidding off on a tight corner. Stand by for some more thrills and spills before the race finishes back on The Mall at around 1600 BST.

  153. 1319: 

    A dazed-looking Colin Oates is pinned by Lasha Shavdatuashvili and despite his wiggling and squirming he can't get free before the 15-second count is complete. His Olympic dreams of gold are gone but that second-round win over Khashbaater Tsagaanbaater is a big feather in his judogi and a bronze medal is still within his reach. He will be part of a four-way scrape for one of two bronze medals.


    Pippa Wilson, who won gold in the Yngling sailing class in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing on BBC Radio 5 live: "Ben Ainslie has put in a solid performance in race one. That was exactly what he needed to get him into the race series." Chasing his fourth goal medal Ainslie finished second in the first race and will be in action again later on today.

  155. 1319:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Ben Ainslie, trying to win his fourth straight gold, finishes second in the opening race of the Finn class in the Olympic regatta on Weymouth Bay. Denmark's Jonas Hoegh-Christensen led at every mark to win with a big margin over Ainslie on a brisk Sunday afternoon.

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator watching the women's road race

    "I think punctures are going to play a big part today, far more than yesterday in the men's race because of the weather. Nicole Cooke is real fighter and she will love this weather, in fact she would prefer it even worse."

  157. 1315: 

    When it rains, it pours. There is a LOT of surface water on the roads for these riders to negotiate... they might need to swap their bikes for canoes if this continues.

    There have been further attacks, with Eleonora vsan Dijk trying and failing to get away again, but the peloton is all together at the moment.

  158. 1315: 

    Tight, cagey stuff between Colin Oates and his Georgian opponent. No score during regular time and we are into sudden-death golden score time.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "Those who doubted Britain's Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter following their disappointing performances in the World Cup series were firmly put in their place at Eton Dorney as the Olympic champions delivered arguably their best performance of the year in the men's lightweight doubles heats. Now the real challenge is to repeat that form in the semi-finals and final."

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Sporadic downpours have somewhat punctured the atmosphere here as all courts apart from Centre remain unplayable.

    "Under the roof, Germany's Julia Goerges unexpectedly takes the first set against second seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, runner-up in the women's singles at Wimbledon this year. Do we have a shock on our hands? Their match is followed by Andy Murray v Stanislas Wawrinka and then Maria Sharapova v Shahar Peer."

  161. 1310: 

    I knew the sun was never going to last but suddenly using a rain graphic is no longer enough. A big cheer has just gone up outside the Riverside Arena on Olympic Park to salute the first clap of thunder of these Games.

    The sky is looking ominous and some serious rain is starting to fall. I just hope the souvenir shops are well stocked for umbrellas...

  162. 1309: 

    Great Britain's Colin Oates's -66kg quarter-final against Lasha Shavdatuashvili is under way right now on the BBC Sport interactive video player (desktop site only). Get over there sharpish, grapple fans.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport, following the cycling on The Mall

    "Almost an hour in to the women's road race and it has all been very cagey so far. Hardly surprising, as this is a small but very talented field and nobody wants to make an early mistake, particularly on roads that are getting greasier as the British summer returns.

    "At least a quarter of the 66-strong field have solid claims, on paper anyway, to a serious shot at gold. Team GB have their hopes, too, of course, and defending champion Nicole Cooke has previous when it comes to rainy Olympic road races. Keep the faith."

  164. 1307: 

    Lots to look forward to in the next 10 hours or so too, of course, including 13 more gold medals. For now, though, we will concentrate on the women's road race, where the riders are approaching the first climb of the day at Staple Lane.

  165. 1305: 

    Welcome to the afternoon session of Day Two of London 2012. If you missed this morning's action, you can get over to this morning's live page to see more on how Rebecca Adlington scared us in the heats of the 400m freestyle, how Colin Oates thrilled us with a run to the judo quarters and Great Britain's rowers impressed once again on the waters of Eton Dorney.

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  1. Archery 4 Events First Event: 27th July
  2. Athletics 47 Events First Event: 3rd August
  3. Badminton 5 Events First Event: 28th July
  4. Basketball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  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
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  10. Cycling - Mountain Bike 2 Events First Event: 11th August
  11. Cycling - Road 4 Events First Event: 28th July
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  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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