London 2012 Olympics Day Three morning session as it happened

Zoe Smith competes in her weightlifting final after Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins set an Olympic rowing record.

31 July 2012 Last updated at 07:30

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  1. 1345: 
    FENCING- Lawrence knocked out

    European champion Simona Gherman proves too strong for Britain's Corinna Lawrence in the last 32 of the women's epee. The 22-year-old from Plymouth had beaten Chilean Caterin Bravo Aranguiz 15-12 in the first round, but lost 15-9 to a quality opponent ranked fourth in the world.

    After three days of action the crowd has yet to see a home fencer reach the last 16, but main medal hope Richard Kruse - 29 today - goes in the men's foil on Tuesday along with James Davis and Husayn Rosowsky.

  2. 1321: 

    There is just too much action for one text commentary. Time for our daily switchover to a brand new clean slate for the start of the afternoon's action. Join me on the other side right now.

  3. 1315: 

    The clean and jerk section of the women's 58kg Group B competition has just begun. Britain's Zoe Smith is going for an opening lift of 116kg so she will have a bit of a wait because plenty of her rivals are going for lower weights.

  4. 1310: 

    Italy have had plenty of success in the fencing so far at these Games but they have missed out on a shooting gold after Romania's Alin George Moldoveanu edged out world number one Niccolo Campriani in the men's 10m air rifle.

    Moldoveanu held his nerve with a final shot of 10.3 to hold off his rival, who finished just 0.6 points behind.

    Gagan Narang won bronze, to cheer up hundreds of Indian supporters who had packed into the the Royal Artillery Barracks hoping to see Abhinav Bindra defend his title. Bindra, however, could only finish 16th in qualifying.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Britain's defending Laser champion Paul Goodison finishes 10th in his first race way out in the waves of Weymouth Bay. Hot favourite Tom Slingsby of Australia comes second behind Guatemala.

  6. 1307: 

    Great Britain's athletics captain Dai Greene has called on his team-mates to take inspiration from an athlete who was ruled out of the Olympics through injury.

    A foot injury ruled Steph Twell, 22, who was world junior champion over 1500m in 2008, out of the Games.

    Greene, the world 400m hurdles champion, told athletes at their training camp in Portugal: "Use Steph's story to appreciate what you have and think about how she would give anything to be in your shoes when you get to the start line and use that to inspire you.

    "Set the bar high, don't be content with making the team. Don't look back in 10, 20 years and think you wish you'd done things differently. Aim for your own gold medal whatever that may be."

  7. 1303: 

    Britain's Zoe Smith might be a bit disappointed with her failure at 93kg but she is still in fourth place in Group B of the 58kg weightlifting after managing 90kg in the snatch. Ecuador's Maria Alexandra Escobar Guerrero is well clear in first place with an impressive effort of 103kg, that will have left the women in Group A a bit worried.

    Smith's favourite round, the clean and jerk, follows about 13:30 BST.

  8. 1259: 

    You all know about Paula Radcliffe and her latest Olympic anguish, right? Sad news for her, but an opportunity for Freya Murray, who has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about replacing Radcliffe in the marathon.

    "I knew that I was reserve since after the London marathon in April and then I found out officially yesterday so it's very exciting.

    "I'm not on Twitter but my fiance is so he showed me what she had written. I'm gutted for Paula and it's horrendous what she's had to go through in the last few weeks. But I'm really looking forward to the opportunity of taking her place."

  9. 1256: 

    Zoe Smith's German rival Christin Ulrich comes on before her and makes the 93kg with her third lift in the snatch.

    Can Smith, who is only 18, match her? No, not this time. She makes a better fist of it, and fights it all the way but almost topples into the judges after lifting it above her head. Even so, she will take a 90kg lift into the clean and jerk round... not bad at all.

  10. 1252: 

    Ah.. not this time. Zoe Smith has done this weight in training, but she cannot manage it on the biggest stage of all. She is off balance and aborts her lift before lifting it above knee-height. She will get another go at this though...

  11. 1251: 

    Zoe Smith is actually going for 93kg, which will be a new British record if she manages it... here she comes now.

  12. 1250: 

    How will Zoe Smith do? She only goes and nails it, showing no nerves and having no problems as she lifts 90kg.

    That was a great start and the crowd loved it - her next weight is 93kg, so we will be seeing her again very soon.

  13. 1248: 

    Here comes Britain's Zoe Smith... to a fantastic reception at Excel Arena. How will she fare in her first lift in the snatch?

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the weightlifting at Excel Arena

    "In case anybody was wondering what the heck is going on in the weightlifting, the gist is this: all lifters nominate their first weight and the lifts go in order of weight, not competitors, which is why you are seeing the same lifter lift consecutive weights and why the girl from the Solomon Islands is already done in the snatch, having failed at her second and third attempts. Got that? Didn't think so... "

  15. 1242: 

    Lots has been said about empty seats at Olympic venues so it is good to hear the president of British volleyball Richard Callicott talking onBBC Radio 5 live about getting big crowds at Horse Guard's Parade for the beach volleyball.

    Callicott said: "Seven years ago when London won the bid people across sport and even in the world of volleyball questioned whether we'd attract 15,000 for a session three times a day but they've been in these numbers since Sunday morning at

    "They're beginning to learn the culture of the sport: to be happy and have fun. Wimbledon is polite clapping and this is the antithesis of that. We want noise and colour and for this to be vibrant."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the weightlifting at Excel Arena

    "All set up for Britain's Zoe Smith in the weightlifting arena - born literally round the corner from the ExCel, the 18-year-old goes in Group B of the women's 58kg category. This being Group B, it means she doesn't have a chance of a medal - they'll be loading far more in Group A - and there have been suggestions she should have been bumped up to 63kg, where there are fewer lifters. But here she is, and loving every minute of it by the look of things."


    Pete, Cornwall, via text on 81111: "Boss caught me watching the Olympics and I thought I was in for an ear bashing. Instead he sits next to me for a good hour cheering on every British athlete! Go GB."

    Chris, Durham, via text on 81111: "Will be interesting to see who gets more medals for Britain the men or women. My money's on the women."

    Sha, Woking, via text on 81111: "After an amazing evening last night at the beach volleyball I am loving the updates on here while I am at work!"

  18. 1233: 

    Zoe Smith has gone for 90kg as her first lift, so it will be a little while until we see her. The first woman to lift, Jenly Tegu Wini of the Solomon Islands went for 65kg as her opener in the snatch but failed with two efforts at 69kg.

  19. 1228: 

    Speaking of Zoe Smith, her mother Niki has been talking about her daughter's Olympic preparations on BBC Radio 5 live. They might not be what you expect...

    "She's weighed in, so she's overcome the first hurdle," says Niki. "The venue looks amazing, with a 6,000 capacity. She will never have experienced anything like that before.

    "I saw her yesterday for the last time. We went shopping in Westfield, for underwear and jewellery! A bit of retail therapy."

  20. 1224: 

    Not long until Britain's Zoe Smith starts her bid for an unlikely medal in the 58kg weightlifting final, but there is plenty else happening at the moment.

    The sun is still shining at Horse Guard's Parade, which, if you squint at your screen, COULD be the Copacabana. It is the men who are on court for the beach volleyball at the moment, with Latvia leading South Africa by a set and 3-2.

    Over at the Basketball Arena, Turkey are beating the Czech Republic 40-37 in the third quarter of their women's pool match. That is already a lot closer than the men's match I watched last night, when Team GB were thumped by Russia.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the equestrian in Greenwich Park

    "Punters are flooding in to Greenwich Park for the cross-country stage of equestrian's eventing competition. They are vying for prime positions along the hilly 5.6km course featuring 28 obstacles, all with a theme related to British life. The first is a diamond-shaped hedge in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and all eyes will be on Zara Phillips and her Great Britain team-mates, who are currently sitting in the bronze medal position in the team event going into day two."


    Ally Cruchley on Twitter: "Security fast and friendly at Earls Court but venue is only 2/3 full at best! What is going on? Plus food very pricey."

    Alastair Ross on Twitter: It seems @bbcsport call the vantage point where crowds gather to watch Ben Ainslie "Ben's Bump". Surely that hill should be "Ben's Nevis"?

  23. 1215: 

    When I spoke to him a month ago, Swiss time trial specialist Fabian Cancellara underlined how his main goal was defending his Olympic title in that discipline, so perhaps we should not be surprised he will ride through the pain barrier on Wednesday to try to do exactly that.

    Cancellara crashed heavily while in contention for a medal in the men's road race on Saturday, injuring his shoulder but crucially avoiding fracturing his collarbone for the second time this year.

    The injury is still causing him problems but the Swiss Olympic Association have just announced that Cancellara will definitely take part in the 'race of truth', and if he is anywhere near his best, the man they call 'Spartacus' will be a serious threat to Britain's Bradley Wiggins in the battle for gold.


    Great Britain athlete Hannah England: "One week to go until I race at the Olympics...getting excited now! Loved watching @L_ArmiTstead and @BeckAdlington yesterday #girlpower!"


    Commander Christine Jones of the Metropolitan Police reveals on BBC Radio 5 live that, since the opening ceremony, 30 arrests have been made and 11 charges brought relating to incidents of ticket touting.

    "We need people to report to us if they are being offered tickets for sale at venues or if they are being approached by people offering tickets," she said. "It's just awful that people will seek these opportunities but I'm afraid that is human nature."

  26. 1209: 

    British marksman James Huckle misses out on a place in the Olympic final in the 10m air rifle. The 21-year-old from Harlow, was cheered on by the Duke of Kent among another sell-out crowd at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

    Huckle looked to have given himself a chance of a place in this afternoon's final with two perfect rounds of 100 - 10 bullseyes from 10 shots - but Huckle's final total of 593 out of 600 was not enough to secure a top-eight finish.

    Huckle, who goes again later in the week in the rifle 3 positions event, said: "You have to keep yourself disciplined and without a doubt I tried my best and I'll take a lot from it."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "It's all shaping up rather nicely after a successful day at Eton Dorney where the British women's double and quad made their finals while the men's four opened with victory in their heat to make the semi-finals. But despite smashing the previous Olympic best by nearly five seconds, Grainger insisted there was still 'plenty to work on' in the four days until the final as she bids to add a gold to her trio of silvers."

  28. 1208: 

    Will any of those golds be British? Erm, maybe.

    This afternoon, Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield have an outside chance of glory in the 10m synchronised platform diving final (at 15:00 BST), Zoe Smith is hoping to beat the odds and get on the podium in the 58kg weightlifting final from 12:30 onwards and Great Britain's men gymnasts are looking for more success after qualifying in third place for the team final, which starts at 16:30.

    Then, in the pool this evening, swimmers Gemma Spofforth and Liam Tancock have an outside chance of a medal in their 100m backstroke finals. Mind you, we said the same about Rebecca Adlington on Sunday night, and you know what happened to her... (or at least I hope you do)

  29. 1205: 

    Afternoon all. Give this page a manual refresh so you know who is speaking to you and we will crack on. There are 12 gold medals still to be won today, in diving, fencing, gymnastics, judo, shooting, swimming and weightlifting, and a whole heap of other stuff happening too. Well, it is the Olympics - what do you expect?

  30. 1204: 

    With the sun well over the yardarm, it is time for Chris Bevan to take the controls of this live text commentary. See you soon.

  31. 1201: 

    The men's 49ers are counting down to the start of their race out on the Weymouth water. The wind is looking pretty healthy as it strains some of the flags back on dry land behind the spectators. The field is coming together as the one-minute buzzer sounds. Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes ready to go for GB. Get over to the interactive video player on the desktop version of the website to watch coverage of that one.

  32. 1152: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Locog has checked its seating at all temporary venues after problems with some seats at Eton Dorney and the Riverbank Hockey Arena, says communications director Jackie Brock Doyle.

    The welding broke on one seat at Eton Dorney, and on a couple of other seats at the hockey, so Games organisers have checked all the seats provided by the contractor to temporary venues."

  33. 1151: 

    Not a lot of spare room on Court Two at Wimbledon where the United States' Andy Roddick and Slovakia's Martin Klizan are doing battle in their first round clash. All on serve at 3-2 Roddick. Just like at Wimbledon, play only gets going on Centre and Number One Court at 1200 BST. If you want to take in that match, and the odd marriage between the All England Club and London 2012's luminous branding, head on over to the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.


    Ruth in Stoke via text on 81111: "The fiasco over empty seats is absolutely outrageous, but entirely to be expected given the bizarre Locog method of distribution and the apparent need to appease corporate sponsorship."

    Andy in Milton Keynes via text on 81111: "My four year-old son has been inspired to take up what he calls 'gymelastics'. Quite appropriate, but maybe not for our living room."

  35. 1143: 

    He has had a great run just to get this far in the table tennis singles but Paul Drinkhall's Olympics are over. He has just lost 11-8 11-5 11-9 11-4 to Ukrainian-born German Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the third round, despite some magnificent support from the British fans at the Excel Arena.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at Weymouth

    "The 49ers are the fastest boats in the Olympic fleet - a two-man "skiff", very crash-and-bash sailing, likely to be thrills and spills.

    "Great Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes are looking to hit back after finishing ninth in Beijing having gone in as favourites. Most crews will tell you their friendship is the key to their success, but for this pair from Exmouth, who have known each other since they were 10, it almost cost them their place for 2012.

    "Only some home truths from a new coach about taking each other for granted got them back on track as they edged a tough selection battle. 'Our relationship had become more brotherly and we were getting niggly without realising it,' Morrison told me."

  37. 1134: 

    Great Britain women's manager Hope Powell says defender Ifeoma Dieke is devastated after being forced to withdraw from the Olympics with a serious knee injury sustained in Saturday's 3-0 win over Cameroon. The Scottish international is set to be replaced by England's Dunia Susi. "This is devastating news for Iffy, and for the rest of the team," said Powell.

  38. 1137: 

    The crowd are still giving everything they have got to lift Britain's Paul Drinkhall but he is now 3-0 down and on the brink of defeat to Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov in their third-round singles match.

    At 9-9 in the last game, Drinkhall had a glimmer of hope but disaster followed: he fired a forehand well long on the next point and then sent a serve long to lose it. "Those were two poor unforced errors at a critical stage," says BBC analyst Matthew Syed.


    Nick on text: "The atmosphere in Greenwich Park is amazing. The sun is shining, the cross country course looks fantastic with some really tricky jumps. An inspired choice of venue for what looks like being one of the best days of the Games."

  40. 1136: 

    After the intricacies of the dressage, today sees the eventing focus switch to the cross country. Great Britain is third in the team event at the moment with Mary King the top individual in 12th. The GB riders hare off around Greenwich Park in the following order: Nicola Wilson (1230), Mary King (1402), Zara Phillips (1506), Tina Cook (1610) and William Fox-Pitt (1714).

  41. 1131: 

    Hannah Miley on BBC One after qualifying for the 200m medley semi-finals: "Ye Shiwen is definitely the one to beat. I think no-one will get near her.

    "For me, to swim that time this early in the morning is good for me. I'm really happy I've got into the semis and the next step is to try to get into that final. I'm so much more relaxed and happy and I'm enjoying this amazing atmosphere. Anything can happen in the finals in these Olympic Games - I've just got to swim my own race."

  42. 1131: 

    British rower Kath Grainger, talking on BBC One after breaking the Olympic double sculls record with partner Anna Watkins, and cruising into the final: "I'm really pleased with our first event. I'm overwhelmed with the result.

    "You can hear the crowd but you feel it in your body, pulsing through you. We're very lucky to have this incredible support from around the country. It lifts you like nothing else.

    "The plan for the next four days is feet up... not! We've got an adrenaline high now and we're both aware we can enjoy it for the next few hours, but we need to bring it back down. We'll head back to training and a dull lifestyle to get everything in place for Friday."

  43. 1130: 

    Dimitrij Ovtcharov could not have a more awkward-looking service action if he tried, throwing the ball up high... then kneeling to table level and then producing a deft backhand flick just when you think he has got his limbs all tangled up and he is going to end up head-butting the table.

    Mind you, he is not alone on that score at the Excel Arena this week - there are some weird and wonderful styles out there - and it is definitely working for him here. Britain's Paul Drinkhall has just called a time-out midway through game three, trailing 11-8 11-5 7-4.

  44. 1130: 

    BBC Olympics correspondent Gordon Farquhar: "Locog says it has sold an extra 3,000 seats to events today after they were returned to them by sports federations. Locog says 1,000 of those seats were for gymnastics, returned by the international federation in the area set aside for the Olympic family. Locog says it is taking the issue of empty seats very seriously and will release tickets for sale "probably the night before, for events due to take place the following day."


    Sarah-Wilson Gavin on Twitter: "Absolutely loving the Olympics, can't fault @BBCSport for the coverage, here's to losing the next 2 weeks watching it!"

  46. 1128: 

    A second judo exit for Great Britain on Monday morning as Daniel Williams loses to 2008 bronze medallist Rasul Boqiev of Tajikistan after an ippon score ended the contest with 21 seconds left. Disappointed Williams, 23, left without speaking to reporters but his coach Luke Preston said: "Danny did everything right really and he just got caught when the guy got his chance, but that is judo."

  47. 1125: 

    If any sport is going to feature some old school chivalry you would expect it to be amid the swishing swords of the fencing. I say swords, the weapons are more like extendable car aerials. Anyway, Caterin Bravo Aranguiz admits that a hit that lit up Corinna Lawrence's buzzer was scored from off the piste. The Chilean goes down 15-12 in the end. Lawrence will fight the fancied Romanian Simona Gherman in the round of 32 at 1320 BST.

  48. 1124: 

    The table tennis has been going on at the Excel Arena all week, and Paul Drinkhall has won two matches just to get this far. Dimitrij Ovtcharov is one of the seeds who has been waiting patiently in the third round.

    The German has just wrapped up game two too, by 11-5, to open up a 2-0 lead. There was a bit of controversy with the score at 7-5, when Drinkhall stopped play because he thought a let had been called on a serve. It hadn't, and Ovtcharov did not look back.

  49. 1118: 
    ATHLETICS- Women's marathon

    Scot Freya Murray has been selected to replace Paul Radcliffe, after the world record holder pulled out with a foot injury. The 29-year-old was named as a reserve in April and has continued her preparation since then in case she was needed to run. "My thoughts go out to Paula, who has been extremely supportive towards me throughout this process. I knew there was a chance I would be competing which has helped," said Murray.

  50. 1118: 

    Simon Burnett has retired from swimming after the team he was part of failed to reach the final of the men's 4x100m freestyle relay on Sunday. The double Commonwealth Games gold medallist was competing in his third Olympics.

    "It would have been nicer to finish off my career with a better swim than I had," the 29-year-old told BBC Radio Oxford.

  51. 1116: 

    Table tennis is a lot about momentum and Dimitrij Ovtcharov has exactly that as he moves to 10-4, giving him six game points. Paul Drinkhall fights back, though, taking the next four points and forcing mistakes from his opponent.

    This is tense and the nervous German calls a time-out to rethink his tactics. "You are only allowed one time-out per match, so to take it so early shows Ovtcharov knows this is a pivotal moment," says Matthew Syed.

    It pays off for Ovtcharov, too. He despatches a fierce forehand winner to take the first game. Even so, Drinkhall has shown he is in this match.


    Andy in Cardiff on text: "My daughter who is three-and-a-half watched the judo and afterwards described it as 'where they try to pull each others pyjamas off'!"

  53. 1113: 

    Prime Minister David Cameron, who is chairing the daily Olympic security meeting, tells the BBC: "I've just come on the Tube myself to see what the traffic situation was like. It was not too bad - the Bakerloo line is going all right.

    "(There are) lots of challenges and we have to overcome them one by one."

  54. 1112: 

    Great Britain's Corinna Lawrence is jabbing and moving on the yellow piste against Chile's Caterin Braco Aranguiz in the indivdiual epee and she leads 9-5 at the end of the second period.

  55. 1111: 

    Britain's Paul Drinkhall has just got his third-round table tennis match with Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov under way, and he has got a lot of home fans supporting him at the Excel Arena.

    It is best of seven games, with the winner going through to the last 16. Drinkhall has made a decent start in the first game but currently trails 8-4. "If he can win a close game, his confidence will blossom," says BBC analyst Matthew Syed.

    Ollie Williams at the Aquatics Centre, BBC Sport

    "Ye Shiwen is some swimmer. If you saw her win 400m individual medley gold on Saturday, you may have noticed that she swam her final 50m in a faster split than Ryan Lochte swam his in the men's version of the same event. Ye is a 16-year-old woman. Lochte is the men's Olympic champion and he's 28 later this week. That's what Miley is up against."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "A controlled, measured and very comfortable victory of the British men's four of Pete Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge, Tom James and Alex Gregory. They were three seconds slower than their big rivals Australia but that won't bother them. This was just the start. Both Hodge and Reed wave to the crowd and chat amongst themselves as they cruise around to the warm down lake. Thursday's semi-finals await."

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    After seeing Great Britain's men's four comfortably winning their heat to reach the semi-finals: "It's what happens on Saturday in the final that is the important thing. We all know it's going to be nip-and-tuck between the Brits and the Aussies. I think Australia grabbing the Olympic record will ruffle our guys and it should help them.

    "I'm very happy with our team. Everything seems to be coming together at the right time and everyone seems very classy and relaxed."

  59. 1104: 
    SWIMMING- Miley through to the 200m medley semis

    China's Ye Shiwen cruises home in a winning time of 2.08.90 ahead of Kirsty Covenrty in second and Stephanie Rice. Great Britain's Hannah Miley is four hundredths behind Rice though and qualifies as the 10th fastest across the five heats with 2.12.27. Ye Shiwen is the one to beat though.


    Rowie Walsh on Twitter: "Exceptional British rowing, what a brilliant way to start my week."

  61. 1058: 

    Ye Shiwen is dominating the final heat, stamping her authority all over Stephanie Rice.

  62. 1058: 

    Yes, Great Britain were supremely comfortable, winning their heat of the men's four in five minutes 50.27 seconds. They were three seconds slower than Australia and their Olympic record but that doesn't really matter at this stage. The two crews will avoid each other in the semi-finals, and we are on course for a big showdown in the final. Bring it on...

    By the way, Romania and Belarus finished second and third in GB's heat, and also make it into the semis.

  63. 1057: 

    Great Britain's Sophie Allen finishes fifth in a time of 2:14.72 in the fourth heat of the 200m individual medley.

  64. 1056: 

    London Mayor Boris Johnson tells the BBC that more tickets will go on sale to the public in a bid to resolve the problem of empty seats at some events. He says organisers have taken the decision that they can afford to reduce the size of the areas that are reserved for officials and for the Olympic family.

  65. 1056: 

    Well, Romania, Belarus and Czech Republic are not going to catch Great Britain, who are coasting into the semi-final of the men's four. It will be interesting to see how their time compares to how the Australians went in heat one, but qualification is what matters.

  66. 1054: 

    Whatever Australia can do, Great Britain can do better? Maybe. This is a decent start by Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge in the men's four. They were more than a length clear after 500m and the gap had grown by the time they reached the halfway mark at 1,000m.

  67. 1052: 

    The women's 200m indivdual medley is a sharkpool of an event with plenty of big contenders. Australia Stephanie Rice is the defending champion and chalked up the quickest time since 2009 in winning her national trials. She beat compatriot Alicia Coutts in the process. China's Ye Shiwen, who won gold at the 400m individual medley at the weekend, is looking to wrest the crown from her though. Great Britain's Hannah Miley and Sophie Allen may struggle to stay with them.

  68. 1050: 

    Britain are up against Romania, Belarus and the Czech Republic in their heat of the men's four, which has just started. The first three make the semis...

  69. 1045: 

    You can see why Sir Steve fancies the Australians' chances so much. They blew everybody else off the water in their heat of the men's four, winning in some style.

    Germany and Canada join them as automatic qualifiers for the semifinals, the rest go into the repechage. Britain's crew goes next.

    Karen Pickering, BBC commentator and swimming world champion

    The last couple of your Twitter questions for Karen are answered:

    Q: Has Phelps's domination of Swimming now ended with Lochte's form? (Andrew Webb)

    A: "Yes. I think so. He's not as dominant as 2008 but he's still the greatest swimmer we've ever seen."

    Q: Can the British swim team be as successful as they were in Beijing? (Simon Fletcher)

    A: "Yes, they can be even more successful at these Games."

  71. 1045: 

    BBC television reporter Jason Mohammad has an Olympian task of his own to be getting on with today.

    His mission is to watch as many Team GB athletes in one day as possible. He reckons he can chalk up 50. You can follow his progress on Twitter at @jasonmbbc and we will bring you updates here.

  72. 1043: 

    Neither Tyler Clay or Michael Phelps can finish the job though as Dinko Jukic of Austria churns through the water to rise up from fourth at 150m to qualify fastest in 1:54.79. Clay second. Phelps finished third and was fifth fastest overall en route to the semi-finals at 2030 tonight. Still far, far from the dominating presence that he was in the pool in Beijing.

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

    "In the men's four, this is a dust-up in Dorney between Britain and Australia, who are too far clear of bronze. It will come down, I think to who, genuinely, isn't prepared to settle for second place and who feel the gold is rightfully theirs.

    "In rowing you would swap a thousand World Championships gold medals for one Olympic gold."

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    "We've won the gold three times running, and three of the guys in our four are reigning Olympic champions - that's why the men's four is the focus. But actually the Australians are the favourites, because they won the last major regatta.

    "The Aussies look technically better and they move their boat better. If conditions stay as they are then I fancy Australia, but if the wind turns around Great Britain are my tip."

    Australia go in the first heat, which has just started...

  75. 1039: 

    Certain countries 'own' certain Olympic events, don't they? I'm thinking South Korea in the women's archery, for example. Well, in rowing, Britain have made the men's four their territory after winning gold in the last three Games. No pressure on Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge then. They go in the second of two heats, at 10:50 BST.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Sunny-ish in Weymouth with a moderate breeze as another three classes join battle today. Paul Goodison begins the defence of his Laser title, 49er sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes look to make amends for a disappointing ninth in Beijing and fast-rising youngster Alison Young makes her Olympic debut in the Laser Radial. Ben Ainslie will look to build on his two second places from day one, while Britain's defending Star champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson will hope to improve on their fifth place overnight after an 11th and a second. Racing kicks off at 12:00 BST.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "The crowd were expecting big things from Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins and the British women's double scullers didn't disappoint. They had destroyed the field by half-distance and then set a brilliant Olympic best despite easing off in the final 500m.

    "The noise from the fans was deafening and the British pair duly acknowledged them, waving and clapping before congratulating each other with a firm handshake. The final awaits."

  78. 1039: 

    Kath Grainger and Anna Watkins' big rivals for double sculls gold, Australia's Kim Crow and Brooke Patley, have won heat two, and comfortably too, although they were four seconds slower than the British pair. Poland finished second.

    The strongly-fancied Germany boat was well off the pace in fourth place, and goes into the repechage.

  79. 1038: 

    Britain's Sarah Clark is out after she lost her first-round contest on golden score against France's Automne Pavia in the women's under-57kg event at ExCel. In the men's under-73kg, GB's Daniel Williams has a bye into the second round, where he faces 2008 bronze medallist Rasul Boqiev of Tajikistan.

  80. 1038: 

    Phelps turns 0.02 seconds ahead of team-mate Tyler Clary at 100m.

  81. 1037: 

    A rumbling roar greets the arrival of Michael Phelps at poolside. Australian Nick D'Arcy who beat him in a Grand Prix meeting last year is alongside him in this heat.

  82. 1035: 

    Joe Roebuck, who won the British trials in thie 200m butterfly touches in a creditable 1:58.99, but he is seventh in the third heat, a full two seconds behind winner Velimir Stjepanovic.

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    Reacting to Kath Grainger and Anna Watkins winning their doubles sculls heat and setting a new Olympic record: "They seem so relaxed. They are ready for this. That was the best I have ever seen them scull. They are favourites for this and they are looking a class above everybody else."

  84. 1029: 

    Yep, British rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins coast into the final, with a dominant performance in the double sculls. Glorious stuff. New Zealand were second, a long way back, and they also qualify. The rest? In the repechage.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the Excel Arena

    "No Brits in action in the boxing ring today - flyweight Andrew Selby received a first-round bye and GB did not qualify a light-heavy - but there are other home athletes playing, lifting and fencing all over the ExCel:

    Paul Drinkhall, Britain's only surviving player in the table-tennis singles, has a third-round clash against Germany's world number 12 Dimitrij Ovtcharov at 1100ish; Zoe Smith goes in the 58kg (Group B) weightlifting at 1230; we've got Corinna Lawrence in the women's epee; and Daniel Williams (73kg) and Sarah Clark (57kg) on the judo mats."

  86. 1027: 

    Just 500m to go in the double sculls and Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins are keeping up their fast tempo. From the look on Grainger's face, she is not going to take her foot off the gas - they want to make a statement of intent to their rivals.

    Karen Pickering, BBC commentator and world swimming champion

    Karen answers another batch of your Twitter questions:

    Q: Do certain types of pools/water/air temperatures suit certain swimmers? (Jon Coleman)

    A: "Not really. Some people are better at swimming outdoors than others, but generally a pool is a pool. It can affect time but not really favour different swimmers."

    Q: In your eyes who is the best male and female swimmer in the world at moment? (stu4rt)

    A: "I'd prefer to answer that one at the end of the week, but as it stands right now I would go for Ryan Lochte and Ye Shiwen."

  88. 1026: 

    Up next in the pool is the men's 200m butterfly. American Michael Phelps has wandered away from the gold-paved route he usually strolls along at Olympic Games, missing out on a medal at the men's 400m medley and only lining his pockets with silver as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay. This is the race he really relishes though. Joe Roebuck and Joe Pavoni go for Britain.

  89. 1025: 

    Clear water for Great Britain's girls at the halfway mark of the double sculls. New Zealand have fallen back and the rest are even further behind. This is not even going to be a contest.

  90. 1023: 

    Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins need to finish in the top two to go straight into the final of the double sculls and they have made a pretty good start. It is the British pair and the New Zealand crew who are ahead of the rest of the field after 500m... looking smooth as you like, with another 1,500m to go.

  91. 1023: 

    Locog says problems with paying for food and drink at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night have been resolved. It follows a glitch that meant spectators could only use cash and not Visa cards, the only credit or debit cards accepted at the Games.

    A spokeswoman says: "It was all up and running and rebooted by last night and everything is working now."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    Emptiest morning I've seen yet in the front rows of seats at the swimming - about a hundred or so are unfilled.

    Again, there's the caveat that these may well be delegation seats, in other words seats for officials, coaches and athletes, and not sponsor or public seats.

    But, with some fans up above me having to see around the curvature of the earth to watch the swimming, I could understand if they weren't impressed.

  93. 1021: 
    SWIMMING- McClatchey through to the semi-final

    Caitlin McClatchey's place in tonight's semi-finals (1930 BST) is confirmed with her time the seventh fastest of the heats. She might need to polish up her time if she is to make the final though. One minute 57 seconds something likely to be the standard required.

  94. 1021: 

    Here we go then. British gold medal hopefuls Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins are on the start line of their heat of the double sculls, with the sun glinting on the water in front of them. Beautiful scenes, which will be even better if they win.

    I think the crowd at Eton Dorney will be looking forward to this one... and, yes, they make a huge roar as the light flashes to green to signal the start of the race.

    Karen Pickering, BBC Sport commentator and world swimming champion

    Some more of your Twitter questions are being answered by Karen:

    Q: What do you think of Alia Atkinson's chances of getting a medal? (Sharonlovesart)

    A: "Tough, but if you've got a lane you've got a chance. She had a swim-off for the final so she's in lane eight, but as Becky Adlington showed, medals can be won from there."

    Q: What did the Aussies do wrong in the relay? (Robert Spolander)

    A: "They didn't swim fast enough, simple as that."

    Q: Why are all the swimmers in black rather than wearing team colours? (Sonia Jane)

    A: "Partly because some of the fabrics they use now can't be produced in colours and partly because of agreements between sponsors. So, for instance, Speedo aren't allowed to make the swimsuit in red, white and blue because Adidas, the Olympic sponsor, won't let them."

  96. 1017: 

    So where is the 28ft Olympic cauldron?

    We can finally tell you that it was moved overnight from the centre of the Olympic Stadium to perch at its southern end - the same spot where Bradley Wiggins rang a giant bell at the start of the opening ceremony. It's all part of making the venue ready for the start of the athletics on Friday, a process that will take a whopping 80 hours in total.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    Coming up later Hannah Miley, who missed out on a 400m medley medal on Saturday, knuckles back down for the 200m distance - in which she's seventh-fastest this year.

    Joe Roebuck and Roberto Pavoni are the British contingent in the men's 200m butterfly heats, which will be more notable for the last-heat clash between Michael Phelps and US team-mate Tyler Clary. The two had a much-publicised falling-out earlier in July over comments Clary made to the American media, implying the 14-time Olympic gold medallist had become lazy since Beijing. Phelps has said he'll let action do the talking rather than words, but some would say the former has been missing (by his standards) in London so far.

  98. 1016: 

    Massive cheers in the Aquatic Centre as Britain's Caitlin McClatchey surges through from fourth at the 150m mark to win the fourth 200m freestyle heat in a time of 1:58.03. Frenchwomen Camille Muffat, who won the 400m freestyle gold last night,is one of those left in her wake.

  99. 1012: 

    Missy Franklin led at halfway, but seemed to tire over the final length and was overhauled by Federica Pellegrini. Victory in 1.57.16 for the Italian. Becky Turner never really figured though. She finished sixth in 1.58.98.


    Vikesh on text: "I am at Eton Dorney for the rowing. Really excited to see Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins!"

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "All eyes will be on Britain's Katherine Grainger who is going for gold at the fourth attempt having picked up three silvers. The 36-year-old, who was out on the water early for a gentle row with crewmate Anna Watkins, has been keen to play down her favourite tag, but after the tears in Beijing anything but gold will be heart-breaking."

  102. 1010: 

    The next British rowers in action will be in the first heat of the women's double sculls at 1020 BST, in an event where Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins are the big favourites for gold.

    Grainger and Watkins are unbeaten in 21 races since teaming up together and just need a top-two finish to make the final, but I can't see them letting that winning run go if they can help it.

    Their biggest rivals are Australia's Kim Crow and Brooke Patley, who go in heat two.

  103. 1008: 

    Great Britain's Becky Turner is ready to go in the third heat of the women's 200m freestyle. She has the teenage sensation Missy Franklin in her race as well. The 17-year-old American picked up three golds in last year's world championships. Olympic and world champion Federica Pellegrini is also in the mix.

    Karen Pickering, BBC Sport commentator and former world swimming champion

    Karen is answering your questions, sent in via Twitter.

    Q: Why do the divers always shower AFTER doing their jump? (Jayne Murray)

    A: "They have hot showers and Jacuzzis to keep warm and keep their muscles warm. It's not about getting the chlorine off their skin."

    Q: If Lochte and Phelps had swapped positions in the relay, do you think USA could have beaten France? (Henry Penfold)

    A: "I don't think so. I think everyone swam as fast as they could so probably not. They were simply beaten by the better team on the day."

  105. 1005: 

    The swimming action for today has just got under way with the first heat of the 200m freestyle done and dusted. While we wait for the big guns and Britons to get on their blocks, let's catch up with Karen Pickering who has been fielding your tweeted questions on the life aquatic.

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

    Reacting to Great Britain winning the men's eight repechage at Eton Dorney: "What you have to do in a rep is win it and get the best lane in the final. Now they have put a chink in the armour of the Australians, the Canadians and the Dutch."

  107. 1001: 

    Who are the Olympic technology winners and losers so far?

    From cycling race data to Visa woes at Wembley, and NBC bafflement at Tim Berners-Lee, there have been several technology mishaps during the Games so far...

  108. 1000: 

    One Briton to keep an eye out for who is sneaking under the radar is Paul Drinkhall. He left home to train at the national academy at the age of 11 apparently and his hard work has been rewarded with progress to the third round over at ExCel. He plays Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany around 1100 today.

  109. 0957: 

    Qualification was never in doubt, but the win was. Greg Searle's Olympic dream is still very much alive, though, because the Britain's men's eight crew held off a fast finish by Canada to win their repechage and go into Wednesday's final in fine style.

    The Netherlands and Australia also qualify in third and fourth, joining the United States and Germany who were already through as heat winners.

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    Reacting to Great Britain's performance in the women's quadruple sculls: "They are good athletes. It's not physical work they have to do, it's being mentally strong. They haven't been performing since they've been in this unit. The team has accepted that, if they don't do well, it's not a surprise."

  111. 0954: 

    Canada are hitting back, and so are Australia. I think GB will hold on to win this one though...

  112. 0954: 

    This is pretty promising so far - GB are clear by two-thirds of a length at the halfway mark of this 2,000m men's eight repechage. Canada and Australia are second and third.


    Charlie on text: "No problems getting to the Olympic Park today. Northern and Jubilee lines a breeze, no queues at security, all too easy. And the sun is shining too! Bring on the action!"

    Mark Foster, Five-time Olympian and BBC analyst

    "Rebecca Adlington was absolutely fantastic last night - she was faster than she was in Beijing four years ago. On the outside lane she was out of the way, getting on and doing her own race. But remember - the 800m is her main event so to pick up the bronze in the 400m is just fantastic. Look at the smile on her face, and how many people win an Olympic medal at a home Games?

    "Today I'm looking forward to Hannah Miley in the 200m individual medly, plus Phelps goes in his favourite event, the 200m butterfly."

    Sharron Davies, Olympic swimming silver medallist and BBC pundit

    "Rebecca will be recovering today, having been very excited yesterday. I expect it was hard for her to get to sleep last night, with her medal just under her pillow!

    "She will have had to have done a drugs test and then the media yesterday, but they will have made sure there was a cut-off time for her. She now has to prepare for her main event, the 800m."

  116. 0952: 

    It is not often that a defending Olympic champion would be content with demotion to bronze four years later, but Rebecca Adlington outperformed expectations as she clawed her way to third in the 400m freestyle final last night after qualifying eighth fastest. No chance for her to celebrate that gutsy swim though as her focus switches to the 800m freestyle with heats on Thursday and the final on Friday.

  117. 0951: 

    A huge cheer from the crowd at Eton Dorney and we are green for go - the men's eight repechage is underway. Another tough task for the British crew here, with defending champions Canada in lane one.

  118. 0949: 

    Next up is the men's eight repechage, where 40-year-old Greg Searle will be hoping to keep alive his hopes of a second Olympic gold medal, 20 years after his first (with his brother Jonny in the coxed pairs) in Barcelona.

    You do remember the tears of cox Garry Herbert on the podium, right? Britain finished second behind world number one crew Germany in their heat, and need to finish in the first four to make the final.

  119. 0947: 

    What a race! And what a brilliant finish by the British boat in the women's quadruple sculls. They are into the final and I don't know why I ever doubted them.

    A superb finish sees the GB crew surge to third place, behind Australia and the United States, helped by a problem with the New Zealand boat. China were fourth.

  120. 0945: 

    The British crew are fighting back in the quadruple sculls... they are up to fourth after a mistake by New Zealand and are finishing fast. This is going to be tight.

  121. 0945: 

    Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Craig Heap on BBC Radio 5 live previewing the men's team final in the gymnastics which begins at 1630.

    "GB need to have the competition of their lives, which they did have in qualification. But they've got a great team spirit, their heads are up and they're enjoying their Olympics. If our guys hit like they did the other day there could be a few surprised faces in that North Greenwich Arena."

  122. 0943: 

    Britain's women took silver in the quadruple sculls in Beijing but things are not looking good for a medal here.

    The GB crew need to finish in the top four of the six boats in this repechage to make the final, but at the halfway mark they have slipped back to last place. Australia are leading the way at the moment.

    You can watch all the action from Eton Dorney on the interactive video player on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website.

  123. 0942: 

    Leon Taylor, Pete Waterfield's former diving partner, previews Waterfield and Tom Daley in today's men's synchronised 10m platform final at 1500 on BBC One: "The GB paring is a relatively new one, but the relationship is key. They've got the momentum coming into this. They're got to go all-out, maxing out on the degree of difficulty.

    "Every single dive counts. It's about consistency, so a slight mistake from one of the pair and it could be all over. But they can win a medal, though I'm not going to be drawn on what colour."


    Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson: "Paula Radcliffe if you do retire it's as one of the greatest athletes we have ever produced. The only thing you lacked in your armoury was luck."

    He doesn't pull any punches with his words old Daley, but that is a gem of a tribute. Radcliffe has withdrawn from Great Britain's team with a foot injury.

  125. 0939: 

    The British crew is on the start line of the women's quadruple sculls repechage, with Melanie Wilson, Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton and Debbie Flood poised and ready for action.

    The first four finishers from the six crews go into the final, and the United States, New Zealand and Australia are all expected to figure at the front of the race.

  126. 0936: 

    It can be a confusing old business keeping across what is happening in this sporting bonanza. May I suggest two stops to keep you across the best of the action: Day Three's must-see moments and Day Two's What you may have missed. A daily Britwatch piece will appear as the action the gets going throughout the day as well.

    We can't promise you a video of a man lifting three times his own body weight every day though. Standing ovation fully deserved Yun Chol Om.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "Public grandstands at Eton Dorney are full for third straight day, with standing areas packed, too. Getting to and into venue was a breeze despite this being first day of working week."

  128. 0931: 

    The tennis is another sport where players and fans alike will welcome these blue skies currently over London, after yesterday's downpours decimated the schedule.

    Britain's Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha are all in singles action today, and Baltacha and Anne Keothavong are playing doubles.

    Watson faces Spaniard Silvia Soler Espinosa second up on Court 17, Robson is second on Court 18 against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic and Baltacha meets former world number one Ana Ivanovic third on Court 18.

    Baltacha and Keothavong take on German pair Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Gronefeld last on Court 18, while Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are among the others in action.

  129. 0928: 

    Wimbledon's usually strictly controlled colour scheme of white playing kit and green stands with a dash of red strawberries has been blown apart by the neon riot of the London 2012 branding. Still the stream of the world's best players revolving around the courts of SW19 is still much the same as it was less than a month ago.

  130. 0927: 

    BBC News reporter Tim Muffett at London Bridge station - one of Monday's public transport hotspots - says the situation there is "not too bad". On a normal day, 200,000 people pass through the station - but 70,000 extra are expected today because of equestrian events at Greenwich Park in south-east London. Part of the station will be closed to departing passengers from 1800 BST until about 2200.

  131. 0926: 

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham got soaked when he went to watch the beach volleyball on Sunday, so today's competitors - and spectators - at Horse Guards Parade are no doubt relieved that the sun is shining today.

    They are still playing the Benny Hill theme tune before and after matches, though. All good fun but, as Sam says, "if the sport is trying to shake off its saucy image, it is going about it in a funny way".

    Anyway, play is under way and the Czech Republic look like they are on their way to victory against Mauritius in the first of today's women's preliminary matches.


    Rufy Rou on Twitter: "Day at basketball yesterday. Staff everywhere (military, games makers, kiosk & shop workers) were all efficient and friendly."

    Cormac Bourne on Twitter: "Easy journey to Stratford, well signposted, helpful staff, quick security, just leave plenty of time."

    Sam Garood on Twitter: "Went to Horseguards Parade yesterday. Transport was quick and easy. Security, being British, were ridiculously polite. Took no time at all."

    John Murray, BBC football commentator

    "The Great Britain team are beginning to gel, though there was an uncomfortable 15 minutes in the second half at Wembley last night.

    "Sturridge's goal is right up there with the best goals scored at Wembley since it reopened, and there were 85,000 people at the stadium last night. That is the single biggest attendance of the Games so far.

    "All five Welsh internationals in the squad started the match last night, and they're playing a big part in the team.

    "Great Britain are top of the group now and if they get a draw against Uruguay in Cardiff on Wednesday then they will be through to the quarter-finals."

  134. 0918: 

    Also slightly incongruous was the sight of Great Britain's football team tearing through the opposition en route to a 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates last night. Stuart Pearce's men had a bit of a ropey start with that friendly defeat by Brazil and a draw against Senegal in their opening group game, but the concept of a football version of rugby union's British and Irish Lions might just catch on if they keep this up.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "We've had the starter, now it's time for the main course as British three-time Olympic silver medallist Katherine Grainger and the men's four make their London 2012 debuts at Eton Dorney. The stands are rammed once more, the gloomy rain clouds of yesterday are nowhere to be seen and the venue is basking in beautiful sunshine."

  136. 0914: 

    The most incongruous thing I have seen yet at the Games was in the Basketball Arena last night.

    Minutes before tip-off in Argentina v Lithuania and the Eastern Europeans are in fine, well oiled voice, jeering the opposition and cheering their own team through the rafters. The pre-match big-screen entertainment to accompany this scene? Dame Helen Mirren waxing lyrical on how the Games sum up the essence of humanity of course...

  137. 0909: 

    The Basketball Arena was rocking to the sounds of the Village People and other novelty pop acts on Sunday night but neither the vocal crowd - nor the best efforts of NBA star Luol Deng - could stop Great Britain's men being outclassed in their opening match against Russia. There was still a party atmosphere, though.

    Today is the turn of Britain's women, who face Canada at 2000 BST, but the action is already under way with China holding a narrow lead over Croatia in the first quarter of their group match.


    Nick on text: "Why are we waiting? Huge queues at Greenwich Park to see the cross country but we are not being allowed in because of a power failure!"


    David Garghan on Twitter: "District line through Earls Court is fine! Better than usual actually got to work early....!"

    Reade Malone on Twitter: "Security seems fine just gone done a lap round the track and finished with a long jump."

    tazismad on Twitter: "If you get there really early it's really easy to get through.. Been at Excel since 7:15.. Will see what departure is like :S"

  140. 0908: 

    Today is the first day in which the armies of sports spectators and weekday commuters battle for position on London's transport network. Your tales are coming in from the frontline.

  141. 0906: 

    Hang on. The mystery of the missing Olympic flame appears to have been solved. The reason that it is not ablaze in the cauldron where we expected it to be is apparently because it is en route to another part of the Olympic Stadium.

    Jackie Brock-Doyle, director of communications for the London Olympics, has told reporters that it is heading to its new position in a lantern. A trail of kerosene from the old location to the new would have been the way to do it.

  142. 0900: 

    As a 20-year-old, Greg Searle featured in one of the iconic moments of British Olympic history. Stood on the top step of the podium with brother Johnny at the Barcelona Games after winning gold in the coxed pairs, his torso was the backdrop to cox Garry Herbert blubbing his heart out through the national anthem.

    Twenty years on and he is back at the oar handle in the men's eight. Great Britain must come in the top four of their repechage round at 0950 to give Searle any hope of another Olympic medal. One to look out for.

  143. 0859: 

    This morning, BBC commentator Karen Pickering, who competed in the pool at four consecutive Games, will answer your questions about Olympic swimming. Ask her anything you want - about Rebecca Adlington, Gemma Spofforth, Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps or anything else. Send your questions on Twitter by 0915 BST with the hashtag #bbc2012 and she will answer the best from 0945.

  144. 0849: 

    We also heard from Rebecca Adlington's mother and father, Kay and Steve on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Speaking after her daughter claimed bronze in Sunday's 400m freestyle, Kay Adlington said: "She was brilliant, but then we're slightly biased! Hopefully she can inspire people into the pool and into the swimming. She loves it.

    "Most of her training is geared towards to the 800, which is very different to the 400. Realistically, I don't think Becky expected to win but when she's in a race she'll give it her all and more.

    "When I saw her I told her she is a superstar. She is to me, as my daughter. I had to calm her boyfriend down - Harry - who was so emotional."


    Tony Hammond on Twitter: "Working while Olympics are on should be illegal. Missing the 24 channels of @BBCSport"

    Tony, not sure what your work situation is or how strict the IT department are, but if you get your eyes on a computer screen then the interactive video player can serve that torrent of sporting action to you right there on your wheelie chair.

  146. 0846: 

    Lizzie Armitstead, who won silver in Sunday's women road race, has been praised to the high heavens by her proud parents on BBC Radio 5 live.

    "It was tremendous. It was such a thrilling finish," said father John Armitstead. "Her life up to 15 was all about her education but then it's been 100% cycling. We're all pretty sporty and she's always really enjoyed sport. We're still buzzing!"

    Mum Carol Armitstead added: "We got to see her last night. It was brilliant, an opportunity to put our arms round her and tell her 'well done'. I've believed all along that she was a medal candidate. To come away with a silver is no bad thing."

  147. 0845: 

    Hmm. Perhaps the Olympic organisers have opted to put the flame back in one of those little lanterns which were used to escort it around the country. Not really in keeping with the whole spirit of the thing is it though?

  148. 0844: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "There are entrance gates as far as the eye can see at the Stratford end of Olympic Park. And queues to go through the bag and person check system are building up inside.

    Volunteers using loud hailers are telling people the further down they go, the quicker it will be. Swimming, basketball, handball and hockey fans are arriving for sessions. And the queues look sizeable but moving, steady progress through into the park.

    "We were expecting long delays and long security. We came from Hounslow and planned two and a half hours for our journey, but it took just an hour and a half," says Manraj Cheema, who has come to see hockey.


    BBC Radio 5 live presenter Rachel Burden: "I'm in the Olympic stadium, which is getting ready for the athletics. Looks magnificent but whither the Olympic flame? Cauldron is unlit."


    So, who are you most excited about seeing today? Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins in the rowing? Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield in the diving? Zoe Smith in the weightlifting? Get in touch with the live today via Twitter on #bbc2012 or via text on 81111 from UK mobiles.

  151. 0839: 

    It is a glorious morning on the Olympic Park and New Zealand and South Korea's men are getting first use of the sunny conditions out in the Hockey Centre.

    Not a lot of UV getting through to those in Wembley Arena where the shuttlecock is being hammered back and forth in the women's singles competition.

    The interactive video player on the desktop version of this website is where you want to be to keep across the goings on in those two events.

  152. 0829: 

    There is a Plymouth resident who has an outstanding chance of winning gold tonight. Unfortunately for Team GB it will be the Lituanian anthem cued up for the medal ceremony if Ruta Meilutyte touches first in the 100m breaststroke final at 2013 BST. The 15-year-old Plymouth College schoolgirl qualified quickest in the fourth fastest time in history, a scorching 1:05.21.

  153. 0823: 

    There are a couple of sporting giants rumbling around, looking to put disappointments behind them today as well. Fourteen-time gold medallist Michael Phelps trailed in fourth in the men's individual medley and will be hoping to make amends in the 200m butterfly event that he made his own. Heats from 1025, with the semis from 2030.

    Roger Federer, he of 17 Grand Slam titles, still needs an Olympic singles gold to set off his bulging trophy cabinet. His Royal Swissness takes on Julien Benneteau in the second round at Wimbledon sometime early afternoon.

  154. 0818: 

    No prizes for guessing which two women dominate the front and back pages of today's national newspapers... and, yes, Britain's first medallists of these Games have given the press plenty to shout about.

    "The show is on the road," shouts The Daily Telegraph and, elsewhere, cycling silver medalist Lizzie Armitstead and bronze-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington inspired a flurry of identical headlines.

    The Daily Star and The Sun both go with 'Lizzie's silver pedal' on their front pages, while The Daily Express and Daily Mail celebrate both achievements by using one of Adlington's celebratory quotes for a headline of 'Girl Power' on their backs.

    Many papers concentrate on Armitstead, who of course got Britain off the medal mark. The Times go for a regal reference with the more subtle 'Elizabeth the second' on their Olympic wraparound, the Daily Mirror bellow 'Silver lining' and The Independent exclaim 'The ride of her life'.

    A huge picture of a smiling Armitstead dominates the front page of The Guardian, with the caption 'No gold but plenty to cheer'. Hopefully somebody will put that first bit right soon...

  155. 0812: 

    What would the Olympics be without a little bit of politics getting all mixed up with the sport as well? There is a potentially touchy men's hockey match with Great Britain taking on against Argentina at 1900 BST.

    The Argentines filmed a little advert before setting off for the Games featuring them training on the Falkland Islands. The pay-off line? "To compete on English soil we train on Argentine soil." Ouch.

  156. 0809: 

    Elsewhere British defending champion Paul Goodison sets off in the Laser for the first time, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, one of GB's best bets for gold, are in double sculls heat at Eton Dorney, and Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha are in singles action in the tennis.

    In the team events GB women's basketball team play Canada at 2000 BST, with their handball counterparts playing Russia at 1430 BST. The volleyball and water polo ladies take on Algeria at 2200 BST and Russia at 1820 BST respectively.

  157. 0805: 

    There are 12 golds on offer today and although Great Britain are not favourites for any, they have decent shouts in several.

    Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield will attempt to break China's stranglehold on the diving events in the 10m synchronised platform final at 1500 BST.

    If Zoe Smith is to get onto the podium she will have to do it from Group B of the 58kg weightlifting final. In among the first to go, her Group A rivals will have the advantage of knowing her best lift before they get started, but gold has been won from there before.

    Great Britain's men gymnasts qualified third for the team final, a best-ever result for the sport. A repeat, or better, today would send that quintet, led by Louis Smith, into the stratosphere.

    In the pool this evening Gemma Spofforth and Liam Tancock have punchers' chances of knocking out the favourites in their 100m backstroke finals.

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    Morning all. They are starting to happen. With world champions Spain dropping out of the men's football and France trumping both the United States and Australia in the men's 4x100m final in the pool, those blindside surprises that raise eyebrows and scatter television schedules were a feature of yesterday's action.

    If Great Britain can catch that underdog mood then perhaps this time tomorrow there will something to replace the zero in the gold column of the hosts' medal tally.

    Welcome to Day Three of London 2012.

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36 Olympic Sports

304 Events

  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
  9. Cycling - BMX 2 Events First Event: 8th August
  10. Cycling - Mountain Bike 2 Events First Event: 11th August
  11. Cycling - Road 4 Events First Event: 28th July
  12. Cycling - Track 10 Events First Event: 2nd August
  13. Diving 8 Events First Event: 29th July
  14. Equestrian 6 Events First Event: 28th July
  15. Fencing 10 Events First Event: 28th July
  16. Football 2 Events First Event: 25th July
  17. Gymnastics - Artistic 16 Events First Event: 28th July
  18. Gymnastics - Rhythmic 2 Events First Event: 9th August
  19. Gymnastics - Trampoline 2 Events First Event: 3rd August
  20. Handball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  21. Hockey 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  22. Judo 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  23. Modern Pentathlon 2 Events First Event: 11th August
  24. Rowing 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  25. Sailing 10 Events First Event: 29th July
  26. Shooting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  27. Swimming 34 Events First Event: 28th July
  28. Synchronised Swimming 2 Events First Event: 5th August
  29. Table Tennis 4 Events First Event: 28th July
  30. Taekwondo 8 Events First Event: 8th August
  31. Tennis 5 Events First Event: 28th July
  32. Triathlon 2 Events First Event: 4th August
  33. Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  34. Water-polo 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  35. Weightlifting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  36. Wrestling 18 Events First Event: 5th August

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