London 2012 Olympics: Day Four morning session as it happened

Great Britain win equestrian team silver, Mary King and Tina Cook hope for individual eventing medals and David Florence goes in the canoeing.

31 July 2012 Last updated at 13:34

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  1. 1325: 

    Right, time for me to bid you farewell, and leave you in the capable hands of Mike Henson, who has already kicked off the afternoon session of Day Four. Hopefully he can deliver a first British medal too. Me? I'm off to join Boris Johnson at the beach volleyball... see you again on Wednesday.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport following the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "It's all going to plan for the GB rowing team as they qualified another three boats for a medal race. That's seven in total with six crews still to race their semi-finals. The lightweight four put in another storming finish to win their semi-final while Alan Campbell delivered his best performance of the season with a brilliant win in his men's single quarter-final. Next time the crowd return to Eton Dorney, medals will be up for grabs."


    Great Britain rower Zac Purchase: "Congrats to our @TeamGB @BEventing team! More medals!"

    Great Britain modern pentathlete Nick Woodbridge: "Nervous of steel Tina Cook!! Awesome job eventing team!"

  4. 1319: 

    Any of you want to take in some tennis? Andy Murray is due on Centre Court at Wimbledon any second now for his second-round match against Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

    The interactive video player on the desktop version of this website will be the best place to follow Murray's progress.


    Tony Lewis on Twitter: "Another Silver medal well done #TeamGB. Still awaiting a gold medal fingers crossed female divers can pull it off."

  6. 1312: 

    In the midst of all the excitement at Greenwich, I have some more British success on the lake at Eton Dorney to tell you about.

    Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend are into the final of the double sculls after finishing third in their semi-final. And the men's lightweight men's four, including brothers Peter and Richard Chambers also progressed to their final after winning their semi-final race.

  7. 1308: 

    Great Britain's equestrian rider Tina Cook on her individual hopes after helping to secure team silver in the showjumping round: "I got one time fault, which was frustrating as it dropped me an individual place. Miners Frolic has jumped a clear round and we have got a team silver, but I have got to do better and do another clear in the individual competition. It will not be difficult to refocus for the individual competition - we are very much on the button. But the team silver is brilliant for our sport."

  8. 1307: 

    The equestrian is over for the time being but there is of course plenty happening elsewhere. Like badmindon, for example. At Wembley Arena, Scotland's Susan Egelstaff is due on court to face Japan's number one Sayaka Sato in her final singles group match.

  9. 1302: 

    It's not just the athletes who have been entertaining the Olympic crowds, but also London mayor Boris Johnson, who has made a surprise appearance at the beach volleyball today. Tongue firmly in cheek, he commended the host nation's politeness in "showing great natural restraint" by not hoarding the medals more.

    I wouldn't have put it past Boris to have had a go on court himself... although I don't think many people would like to see him in a bikini?

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    GB Laser Radial sailor Alison Young gets second in first race of day, behind Ireland's Annalise Murphy, who has won all three so far. The 22-year-old Young, by the way, rides a unicycle to training and can ride it the 500ft to the top of Portland, with no gears.

    Ian Stark, Olympic silver medallist and BBC equestrian punditEQUESTRIAN

    On the exciting end to the team eventing: "It has been an exciting competition and there is more to come. It was so close at the end. We said that any one of the top seven could win gold and you can see by the results how close it was."

  12. 1259: 

    So, still no golds for Great Britain, but a second silver is nothing to sniff at, is it? At least one more equestrian medal could be on its way this afternoon too, because Mary King is third and Tina Cook fourth with only the showjumping round of the individual eventing left to go at 14:30.

  13. 1256: 

    Gasps in the arena as Tina Cook goes round the course, turn to loud cheers as she goes through Stonehenge Combination, the penultimate fence... and over the last too. She got a small time fault but still secures that equestrian silver for the British eventing team and boost her chance of a medal in the individual event too.

    Germany have gold, GB silver, and New Zealand take bronze.

    Live now, Greenwich ParkKEY MOMENT

    Great Britain win their second silver medal of London 2012 as Tina Cook seals second spot on the team eventing podium.

  15. 1254: 

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at the water polo competition: "Drama at the water polo competition where Spain think they have scored an equaliser in the final second of their group match against Croatia, but officials say the ball didn't cross the line. Replays on the big screen suggest it was in, the crowd boos, Spain are furious and some of their players refuse to get out of the pool. But their protest is in vain as the result stands and Croatia win 8-7."

  16. 1253: 
    SILVER MEDAL- Great Britain (equestrian team eventing)

    Tina Cook has a clear round in the last showjumping round to secure team eventing silver for Great Britain.

  17. 1252: 

    Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt DOES go clear - no fences, and no time faults. Work to do for Tina Cook to secure a GB medal, and she is next to go on Miners Frolic...

  18. 1249: 

    Sam in London via text on 81111: "The biggest problem with the online tickets issue is the time wasted. I can understand that if too many people want tickets that I may not be lucky, but it's the sitting up until 3 am trying and trying again with the website claiming they are available (but aren't) that is so frustrating. Shall I do it all again tonight and risk the sack at work for falling asleep at the desk?"

    Graeme in Chelmsford via text on 81111: "Maybe my logic is too simple, but if the higher priced tickets haven't sold in the time they've been on sale, then they're not going to sell. Put all the remaining tickets on sale at £20 each and those venues will be full in no time. I know plenty of people who are desperate to go, but can't afford the prices being asked."

  19. 1248: 

    Mark Todd got a time fault too, which is good news for GB's hopes of team eventing silver because it means Tina Cook will have a bit more breathing space on her round.

    Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt is next up. Any fences down for her, and Britain definitely have a bronze medal at least.

  20. 1247: 

    Here we go then. The battle begins for team eventing silver and bronze as Mark Todd of New Zealand enters the arena.

    They sit third at the moment - just 0.2 of a point behind Great Britain. Todd really needs to go clear to give NZ a chance... but he has already knocked down a fence.

  21. 1245: 

    Tenth seed Peter Joppich, all floppy blond fringe, uppercuts thin air to celebrate a 15-10 win over Great Britain's James Davis. Davis scrapped hard but the German just had a little too much craft and guile for him in the end. All three British fencers have now been eliminated.

  22. 1242: 

    We are down to the last six riders in the showjumping round of the team eventing. A medal is in sight for Great Britain, but what colour will it be?

  23. 1241: 

    Both British shooters, Richard Bricknell and Rory Wardlow, have missed out on the final of the men's skeet later today after finishing 12th and 16th respectively at the end of the qualifying round. A top-six finish was what was required to extend their campaign any further.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the canoe slalom at Lee Valley White Water Centre:

    "The organisers tempted fate this morning when they used the union jack on the gold medal post to practise the flag hoisting ceremony before booming out the British national anthem. GB's David Florence, the world number one and Beijing silver medallist, goes eighth in the semi-finals at 1351 BST. The top eight progress to the final which starts at 1506."

  25. 1239: 

    Ashley McKenzie is aiming to build on his performance after being knocked out in the first round of the men's -60kg judo category by eventual silver-medallist Hiroaki Hiraoka.

    The 23-year-old, from Willesden in London, told BBC London 94.9: "I did have a tough draw, but to be a champion you've got to beat the best. "I've got to carry on doing my hard work and hopefully I can take my dream on to Rio de Janeiro [in 2016]."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "GB's 49er pair Stevie Morrison & Ben Rhodes are on form with a third behind New Zealand and Australia in the first race in increasingly windy conditions in Weymouth. Nick Dempsey scores a fifth in his first race, while Ben Ainslie is in hot pursuit of that man, Jonas Hogh-Christensen."

  27. 1237: 

    Great Britain's brightest fencing hope, Richard Kruse, has just been snuffed out pretty emphatically on the green piste, going down 15-5 to the Russian Artur Akhmatkhuzin. However, James Davis is giving Germany's Peter Joppich a stiff test out on the red piste. He trails the four-time world champion by a single hit at 9-8.

  28. 1233: 

    This is how close it is in the race for silver and bronze medals in the team eventing. With one rider left to go, Great Britain are second, 0.2 of a mark ahead of third-placed New Zealand, with Sweden fourth, 11 points back.

    As BBC Sport's equestrian commentator Michael Tucker says, "make a cup of tea because the last three rounds are going to be nerve-racking".

  29. 1229: 

    Frustrated of Muswell Hill via text on 81111: "I've been trying to buy tickets from the website since yesterday. Website says tickets are are available but when you go through the process of reserving them, they no longer are, despite changing event and number of tickets. What's going on?!"

    Kingo via text on 81111: "Tickets are going on sale but no one mentions it is only the expensive seats which aren't priced for families, so not priced to inspire a generation!"

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport following the team eventing showjumping at Greenwich

    "It's now mathematically impossible for anyone to catch Germany, so they are certain to win Olympic team eventing gold even before their final rider has gone.

    "That's because each team's score is composed of the top three rounds from their five riders - you can drop the worst two. So even if Germany's last rider ploughed haplessly through every fence, they would simply take the best three from the four who've already gone, and nobody else can catch that score either.

    "It's down to Tina Cook, winner of both team and individual bronze for Britain in Beijing four years ago, to try to seal a silver medal for Britain this time."

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the judo at ExCel Arena

    So that is eight hopes down, six to go for the British judo team at the ExCel Arena. This morning's early defeats for Gemma Howell and Euan Burton have slightly taken the edge of the atmosphere in the North Arena 2, but the women's -63kg and men's -81kg are rattling along to their quarter-final stages.

  32. 1228: 

    Some interesting transport figures to digest from the first few days of these Games. Transport for London says tube peak passengers were actually up 5% and Docklands Light Railway passengers up 65% on Monday. It says the increase was spectators going to venues - with regular commuters appearing to have either changed routes, stayed away or changed times of travel. Perhaps more surprisingly traffic in Central London is down 20% compared with the same time last year.

  33. 1227: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: Attendance figures at the Games so far have been released by organisers Locog:

    - On Saturday, 856,000 people attended, 86% of capacity, including a "conservative" crowd estimate for the men's road race of 500,000

    - On Sunday, 900,000, 92%, including 300,000 for the women's race

    - On Monday, when there wasn't any cycling, 370,000 across all sports, or 88% per cent of capacity

    They are looking at a plan to have "print at home tickets" for those bought online from ongoing releases to negate the need for box office collection on site.

    Ian Stark, Olympic silver medallist and BBC equestrian punditEQUESTRIAN

    "That was a brilliant round by Michael and by the Germans. You have to give them credit. I am slightly gutted for the Brits, but they now have to hang on to that silver position."

  35. 1226: 

    So, the wait for a first British gold of these games goes on... but silver and bronze are still up for grabs in the team eventing. Great Britain and Sweden are fighting it out in second and third place at the moment, with New Zealand further back.

    Tina Cook, on Miners Frolic will be the final GB rider to go. She is fifth in the individual competition so has a chance of a medal there too.

  36. 1221: 

    If Germany's Michael Jung goes round clear now, or even with a single time fault, they win eventing team gold. It's his 30th birthday today, so what a way this would be to celebrate.

  37. 1220: 

    Gasps from the crowd as Imperial Cavalier brushes the top of a few fences but she is through the Stonehenge Combination... and over the last - that's a double clear!

    Great job, and just what Great Britain needed! No fences down and inside the time. The crowd that cheered her on are roaring her off, and Mary King gives them a delighted wave in return.

  38. 1218: 

    Here comes King, welcomed out on to the arena by the vocal crowd. She needs a clear round to keep GB in the silver medal position. How will she do?

  39. 1217: 

    Mary King, who is sixth in the individual competition, will be the next British rider to go in the eventing team showjumping, on Imperial Cavalier.

    King was part of the British teams that took silver and bronze at the 2004 and 2008 Games. That only leaves one medal she hasn't had round her neck, although team gold is looking a little more unlikely now.

  40. 1216: 

    Great Britain's two remaining fencers in the men's foil are about to appear on the piste. Richard Kruse, the world number 15, will fight Russian Artur Akhmatkhuzin, ranked 21st in the world, on the yellow piste, with James Davis facing one of the favourites for gold, Germany's four-time world champion Peter Joppich on the red track. You can watch how they get on on the interactive video player on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website.

  41. 1212: 

    The debate around seat allocation goes on with Games organisers Locog revealing attendance at events was below 90% on two of three days so far. It also says it put 3,800 extra unused "accredited" seats on sale on Monday night across 30 sessions and 15 sports.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    GB 49er sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes will be looking to improve on two 12ths from day one in their two races on the flat water of Portland Harbour. The pair were world champions going into Beijing, based on what Morrison terms a "freestyle" way of sailing.

    They came ninth, but after a period of introspection and experimenting with different outlooks and techniques they came through a tough GB selection battle for another crack at 2012. "We're older, wiser versions of those loose cannons while still being super professional," Morrison told me.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport following the eventing team showjumping at Greenwich

    "There are two riders left to go per nation and Britain look to be locked in battle with New Zealand for silver as the Germans pull ahead.

    "If all remaining riders had clear showjumping rounds from here, Germany would score 124.7 with Britain on 137.2 and New Zealand fractionally behind on 137.4.

    "That means Germany can afford to have three fences down in these last two rounds even if Britain go clear and still win gold. GB and New Zealand, by contrast, both know the tiniest mistake could hand the other nation a crucial advantage now."

  44. 1206: 

    In the midst of these updates from Rob Hodgetts, I should tell you that the sailing has started in Weymouth, as of now.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Britain's Bryony Shaw kicks off her 2012 windsurfing campaign out on the exposed waters of Weymouth Bay. You might remember Bryony from Beijing - she swore on live TV minutes after she had crossed the line to win bronze. She has vowed to keep her salty language to herself this time, but says "I'm an emotional person" so you can't rule it out.

    Shaw's preparations have been hampered by two bouts of a chronic chest infection in recent months which have hit her training. She says she was "designed" for the light-wind Beijing venue and has had to put on 5kg in muscle and upped her physical training programme for Weymouth. "I've transformed as a windsurfer," she says. Shaw also says the loss of windsurfing to the Olympic programme is "devastating" and has "put a downer on the Games".

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the Lee Valley White Water Centre

    "It's an overcast and damp start at Lee Valley as the first canoe slalom medal race draws ever closer. Britain's David Florence, the Beijing silver medallist, is the man of the moment.

    "The 29-year-old could be the man to win Britain's first gold medal of the Games later today, which might explain why the media centre is absolutely heaving. He's got a semi-final to get through first, though, with the action kicking off at 1330 BST."


    Becky Hart via text: "Golds will come! Still got Adlington in 800, Kerri in open water, Tweddle in uneven bars, Smith on pommel horse, Wiggins in tt, and track cycling/rowing finals haven't even started! Not to mention canoe, hockey and oh jess ennis on the track... Relax people our time will come!"


    Great Britain footballer Stephanie Houghton on Twitter: "Tonight we play Brazil @wembleystadium KO @ 7.45PM and LIVE on BBC3 expecting a big crowd! Tickets still available @ the stadium! #TeamGB"

  49. 1202: 

    Two of the most entertaining players in the game, gifted Frenchman Richard Gasquet and extrovert Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, have begun their second round encouter over on the lawns of Wimbledon. All going with serve at the moment with the scores locked together at 2-2 in the opening set.

    Another intriguing match-up, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Milos Raonic, gets the party started on one of the two show courts at 1200 BST.

    Later today there are a pair of British-Russian clashes in the women's singles when Laura Robson takes on Maria Sharapova and the host country's number one Heather Watson plays Maria Kirilenko. Robson lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to Sharapova at Wimbledon 2011 and today will be a good test of how far she has come since then.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Britain's Nick Dempsey also begins his Olympic quest for that elusive gold today after bronze in Athens and fourth in Beijing.

    "Dempsey, a long-time Weymouth resident, is competing in his fourth and probably final Games, unless he switches to kitesurfing. Earlier this week I asked him if he was getting a bit desperate, given wife Sarah Ayton has two golds. He played it with a straight bat, but there was more than a hint of last-chance saloon-ishness.

    "The pressure is always there whether it is your first Games or your last," he said. "It's easy to put yourself under a bit more pressure if you let yourself. Pressure is what you make it. Hopefully I won't feel it too much, but it's my last Games, it's important, and a home Games as well and the pinnacle of my career."

  51. 1158: 

    Beaten Briton Euan Burton admits his chances of ever winning an Olympic medal are probably over after he was knocked out of the -81kg competition, and he is contemplating retiring from his sport.

    "I don't know if it's the end of my competitive judo career but it's probably the end of my Olympic Games career," Burton said. "I wish I could have done a bit more for the people who have come down and watched and I know I could have done."

  52. 1158: 

    GB equestrian rider Zara Phillips on BBC One after her round: "I just had to get on with it [after the second fence went down]. Unfortunately that happens but he [her horse High Kingdom] jumps magnificently and he lost two shoes yesterday. I'm just disappointed for the team but I'm chuffed to bits for him. You want to get the team in the best position and, hopefully, Mary King and Tina Cook can jump good rounds. The whole week has been an amazing experience."

  53. 1151: 

    We have have just had a short break at Greenwich but the climax of the team showjumping - and the team eventing - is now under way. Germany still lead, and Britain remain in second place, with Sweden and New Zealand just behind. Tense times ahead.. guaranteed.

    The home fans are sure to get behind Britain's remaining riders, Mary King and Tina Cook, as they did when BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham checked out the atmosphere during Monday's cross-country round. "It had the feeling of a music festival for horse-lovers," says Sam. "Glastonbury meets Glorious Goodwood with champagne and seafood bars to counter-balance the burger vans and Portaloos."

  54. 1149: 

    Welshman Gareth Evans has finished eighth in Group B of the men's 69kg class with a best clean and jerk lift of 158kg, giving him a total of 288kgs. North Korea's Kim Mykong Hyok finishes top of the Group as, eyes popping, he hoists a 184kg dumbell over his head in the final discipline. Group A's lifters begin their attempts to overhaul his mark at 1900 BST.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Just got out the morning briefing in the Weymouth media centre. Heavy weather coming on Wednesday. A cold front will pass over about lunchtime bringing torrential rain and winds gusting up to 35 knots.

    Today's forecast is for 14-16 knot winds gusting 19-22 knots. Out in Weymouth Bay the waves will be up to one metre. It's a busy day on the water with eight of the 10 classes in action, beginning at 12:00 BST. Ben Ainslie in the Finn class and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star will be on the BBC.

    Ian Stark, Olympic silver medallist and BBC equestrian punditEQUESTRIAN

    "That was a very classy round from Germany. It was effortless and never a moment of panic."

  57. 1143: 

    Germany have increased their advantage in the gold medal position in the team eventing. Sandra Auffarth just went round with a double clear - no penalties and inside the time limit. Britain still lie in second.

  58. 1139: 

    Zara Phillips has finished her round, and got a time penalty as well as bringing down that early fence. Her total score of 53.10 penalties means she drops down the individual rankings and is a blow to Britain's team hopes of gold. Still time to change that, though.

  59. 1138: 

    Great Britain's Richard Brickell is in the midst of his final round skeet qualifying. He and team-mate Rory Wardlow are still in with a chance of registering the top-six finish that they need to make this afternoon's final.

  60. 1138: 

    Here comes Zara Phillips on High Kingdom... but not a great start for her, as she brings down the second fence.

  61. 1135: 

    Great Britain's interest in the women's archery is over after 2004 bronze medallist Alison Williamson, competing in a record-equalling sixth Olympics, was beaten 7-3 by Mongolia's Bishindee Urantungalag.

  62. 1135: 

    This is where it starts getting really interesting in the hunt for medals in the team show jumping, the final round of the team eventing. The best three scores from each country count towards their overall total and the riders out now are the ones expected to produce them.

    Mary King, Tina Cook, Zara Phillips are all to come for Britain, who are currently second overall, behind Germany and ahead of Sweden. Just one more rider to go before Phillips enters the arena.

  63. 1132: 

    GB equestrian rider Nicola Wilson on her performance in the team show jumping round: "I was so disappointed with the one fence down but he [her horse Opposition Buzz] has jumped so well. He has a unique way of jumping. All the [GB team's] horses are in fantastic order and shape. We hope all the other riders can jump clear. The whole atmosphere here has been amazing. I didn't notice so much today as I was so concentrated."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport

    "There were big questions asked before the Olympics about how the athletes would handle the home support and whilst it appears the Ellen Gandy couldn't rise to the occasion, Great Britain's Michael Jamieson and Alan Willis certainly could!

    "The crowd were the loudest I've heard them since Becky Adlington's 400m bronze on Sunday as the British pair progressed to the 200m breastroke semi-finals with the second and third quickest times.

    "British swimming's aim of six medals at these Games looked bleak after Gandy's elimination, but Jamieson and Willis 'could' be in with a shout of a podium finish."

  65. 1128: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "British Olympic Association chairman Lord Colin Moynihan has called on the IOC to build a "state of the art" multi-million pound platform for ticket sales, to avoid the empty seats problems of London and past Games and to ensure host city organising committees don't have to "reinvent the wheel" every four years.

    He also said the BOA was "comfortable" with where Team GB was in terms of medals, and people need to "be patient, we will see the golds come" as competition moves to UK medal-winning sports like rowing and track cycling.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport following the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "That was a sensational row from Britain's Alan Campbell in the men's single scull quarter-finals. The Northern Irishman's coach Bill Barry said before this race that his man was in a great place and rowing really well in training - and that performance proved it. His time was two seconds quicker than favourite Mahe Drysdale in the first heat. Looks like we have another real medal contender on our hands."

  67. 1127: 
    SWIMMING- GB qualify for men's 4x200m final

    Britain touch second in the second semi-final behind runaway leaders United States in a time of 7:10.70. That is good enough to earn them a place as the fifth-fastest quartet into tonight's final.

    Great Britain have Ieuan Lloyd to come back into their team as well, after he was rested this morning. Rather ominously, the United States were quickest despite Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte resting up back in the athletes' village. They may put out an entirely different team for the finals and are red-hot favourites on this form.


    Dan Rawlinson on Twitter: "What's happened to Australia's dominance in the swimming pool? They don't even seem to threaten anymore."

  69. 1126: 

    GB's equestrian rider William Fox-Pitt: "He's [my horse Lionheart] come out bouncing today. He was fantastic and it is great to finish on a good note. My score is there but, hopefully, it will not be needed. Watching is going to be more nervous now than competing now. The atmosphere in there is electric. You need to keep the horses concentrated."

  70. 1124: 

    A little cross-Channel political rivalry is emerging after French President Francois Hollande cheekily thanked David Cameron for "rolling out the red carpet" for French athletes to win Olympic medals. It was a dig at the UK prime minister's earlier words that he would roll out the red carpet for French businesses fleeing the 75% top rate of tax proposed by the Socialist president during his election campaign.

  71. 1124: 

    Great Britain's Husayn Rosowsky bowed out in the first round and needed treatment to a thigh injury after being beaten 15-8 by Tunisian Mohamed Samand. That leaves GB hopes resting on Richard Kruse and James-Andrew Davis, who received byes into the second round and are in action at lunchtime. Britain is seeking its first fencing medal since 1964.


    Sophie Fenelon on Twitter: "Loving Ian Thorpe being part of BBC. Has been my hero since day 1. Inspired me to swim in comps years ago. Love you Thorpedo!!"

    Rishi Persad, BBC presenter at eventing, Q&A

    Q. Who are the dangers in the individual event?

    A. There are a few near the top including German Michael Jung, who celebrates his 30th birthday today, and is the world and European champion, while New Zealand's Mark Todd won gold in 1984 and 1988. It's possible one of the Brirish riders could get a medal although it might be difficult to win gold. Tina Cook, Mary King, and Zara Phillips are in with a chance of making the first three.

    Q. Has Zara Phillips justified her selection?

    A. Without question. Anyone who says she was selected for some reason other than merit should be eating their words after the way she performed, in the dressage and especially the cross country on High Kingdom, a horse she herself has educated over a number of years and brought along gradually. They put in a tremendous performance

  74. 1120: 

    Wow. Turns out Alan Campbell finishes as fast as he starts. A dominant display by the British rower, who is into the semi-finals of the men's single sculls after an impressive win over his old German rival Marcel Hacker, who comes home second.

    The crowd at Eton Dorney enjoyed that, and so did Campbell by the looks of things.

  75. 1121: 

    Great Britain move up into third place as anchor Robbie Renwick goes off hard on the final leg of the second 4x200m freestyle relay. It looks like they will need something south of 7:11.00 to qualify for tonight's final.

  76. 1116: 

    So far, so good for Britain. Nicola Wilson flicked over the first fence but she went on to enjoy the rest of her round and her score of 55.70 penalty points keeping GB ticking over nicely in their bid for gold in the equestrian team eventing. Still a long way to go, though... let's not get carried away yet.

    The lower the scores, the better here, by the way... with the best three British scores count towards their team total.

  77. 1116: 

    France edge out Germany to take the first of the men's 4x200m semi-finals in a time of 7.09.18. David Carry will swim the first leg for a Great Britain in the second semi-final with China and Australia also inside him in a high-quality race. GB were sixth in last year's world championships.

  78. 1114: 

    Next up for Great Britain in the eventing team jumping final is Nicola Wilson, who performed brilliantly in the cross country round at Greenwich on Monday. More loud cheers greeted her appearance in the arena but, as she begins her round, you could hear a pin drop.

  79. 1112: 

    The semi-finals of the men's 4x200m freestyle relay is the final event in the pool this morning. France, surprise winners of the 100m version in a thrilling finish, have rested Yannick Agnel who anchored them home in that win for the first of the races. The United States, will go in the second semi, will be hoping for revenge for 4x100m defeat in tonight's final. It should make a fine finale to the evening's action at 2051.

  80. 1112: 

    Back at Eton Dorney, and Great Britain's Alan Campbell is on the start line for his men's single sculls quarter-final, waving to his fans on the crowd as his name is announced.

    The buzzer sounds, and his race is under way. Campbell likes to make a quick start, and he has done exactly that here.


    Great Britain swimmer Fran Halsall: "So I have swimming live on my laptop and equestrian on the beeb trying to keep up with both #olympicoverload"

  82. 1109: 

    BBC News is rounding up some of the quirky moments of the Games. Do you know why a Plymouth schoolgirl was uttering the Lithuanian phrase "Aciu, as myliu" in a BBC interview? Did you know that Sir Paul McCartney was paid £1 for performing at the opening ceremony? Or that Smurf Turf is the nickname for the hockey pitch? Plenty more of those will be appearing throughout the day.

  83. 1107: 

    The British crew are into the final of the women's eight after finishing fourth in their repechage, fading near the end of the race but still coming in well ahead of fifth-placed Germany.

    The Netherlands won in impressive style ahead of Romania and Australia, and they all join GB and the United States and Canada in the final.

  84. 1106: 

    The cheers have been ringing round Greenwich Park because William Fox-Pitt, on Lionheart, has got GB off to the perfect start in the team event. His score of 53.30 penalty points is the best so far.

    The lower the better here, by the way, with the best three scores counting towards their team total.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    On Andrew Willis winning the final heat of the 200m breaststroke: "That was the race of Willis's life. What a great performance in front of a home crowd."

  86. 1105: 

    Andrew Willis after making it into the 200m breaststroke semi-finals by winning his heat: "The heat's were very quick so I had to do everything to make it. I just want to go out tonight, do my best and get into the final."

  87. 1105: 

    Great Britain's Andrew Willis comes off the last wall leading defending champion Kosuke Kitajima in heat five. He has enough left in the tank to accomodate the expected surge from the Japanese as well and, as the pair of them go stroke-for-stroke over the final 25m, it is the Englishman who gets the final touch to win in 2.09.33. A broad grin from WIillis as he peels off his cap and that is a new English record to go with Andrew Jamieson's new British mark just minutes before. Jamieson and Willis are second and third fastest into the final.

  88. 1059: 

    The first of the British riders, William Fox-Pitt, is out to begin GB's bid for gold in the eventing team jumping.

  89. 1058: 

    Great Britain's Euan Burton has been knocked out of the men's -81kg competition by Canadian Antoine Valois-Fortier. He was beaten by an ippon in the first-round encounter.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    After watching Michael Jamieson in men's 200m breaststroke heat three: "He can't do much better than that can he? Morning swim and he gets up and breaks the British record."

  91. 1056: 

    Andy Hunt, chef de mission Team GB, on Tom Daley and the arrest of a 17-year-old over tweets towards the diver following his fourth place in the synchronised event on Monday.

    "We followed closely the tweets overnight." The tweets were "completely unfair, irresponsible and a threat." Hunt confirmed he had spoken to Daley. He says the athlete is "unaffected" and that the team "are ready for the next round of competition."

  92. 1056: 

    Make or break time for the British women's eight crew, who have just started their repechage. They are expected to make the final, and lie in fourth place after 500m. That would be enough to send them through.

  93. 1054: 

    Michael Jamieson after setting a British record in heat three of 200m breatstroke: "It's easy to swim when you have some confidence. It's so amazing to be here and I'm really happy with that. I think I have another gear so I am looking forward to tonight."

    The semi-finals of the men's 200m breaststroke are at 2020 BST. The fastest 16 from these heats will line up for those two races.

  94. 1053: 

    Next up is the men's 200m breaststroke, where Japan's Kosuke Kitajima is aiming to win the title for a third consecutive Olympics. The Japanese goes in the fifth and final heat. Great Britain's Michael Jamieson has just clocked the first British swimming record of the Games with a time of 2.08.98 though, taking him to second in the third heat behind Hungarian Daniel Gyurta.

  95. 1054: 

    This is going to go to the wire. Rory Warlow and Richard Brickell are about to start the final round of qualification for the men's skeet at Royal Artillery Barracks, and Warlow is currently seventh, one place outside the top-six finish he needs to make the final.

    Warlow is level on 95 points with an Italian and Czech Republic shooter, while Brickell is 11th with a score of 94 so far.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Great swim from Jemma Lowe who qualifies third quickest for the 200m butterfly semi-finals, but Ellen Gandy's elimination is a huge shock.

    "Gandy was thought of as a serious medal contender for Great Britain at these Games after claiming silver at last year's world championships in Shanghai.

    "On that day the 200m fly specialist got her pacing all wrong and narrowly missed gold. Again here she looked so strong for the first 150m, but had nothing left to give on the final length. Massive blow for her and British Swimming's chances of hitting their pre-Games target of six medals."

  97. 1046: 

    The British crew, who took bronze in last year's world championships, are next up on the lake at Eton Dorney in the women's eight repechage. Four out of the five boats will go into the final.

    Rishi Persad, BBC presenter at eventing, Q&A

    Q. What are GB's chances of medals?

    A. In the team event, they are in a great position, in second, six points behind Germany. As there are four penalty points if you knock down a fence, GB need two mistakes from the Germans and clear rounds themselves to take the lead. That's how finely balanced it is. But Sweden are just a penalty point behind Great Britain and New Zealand are three points back. It's very tight at the top.

    Q. Have they done better than expected?

    A. Not when you consider the quality of the team. William Fox-Pitt is number one in the world, Mary King was number one in the world last year, Zara Phillips is a former European and world champion, Tina Cook was a bronze medallist at Beijing in 2008 and Nicola Wilson is as good a pathfinder in the cross country stage as you could get.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    After watching Ellen Gandy go out in the heats of the 200m butterfly and Jemma Lowe reach the discipline's semi-finals: "I think she [Gandy] started to tire on the third 50m. You can't doubt her commitment as she went off very quick. She misses out which is a real shame. She was one of our medal contenders but has had a nightmare this morning I would say. That was a good swim from Jemma Lowe, though, and we have got one in there with a chance."

  100. 1044: 

    Jemma Lowe after making the semi-finals of the 200m butterfly: "You don't know how long I've been waiting to get in the pool and swim. That's the best morning swim I have ever done and I am so happy. The crowd was amazing. It kept me going and thinking positive."

  101. 1043: 
    SWIMMING- Gandy out of 200m butterfly in heats

    Ellen Gandy, thought to be one of Great Britain's main medal contenders today, has failed to even make the semi-finals of the 200m butterfly I'm afraid. She falls just outside the cut-off point at 17th fastest in this morning's heats. Consolation though in the shape of Jemma Lowe's performance. The Welshwomen, who has just this event to concentrate on at the Games, is through as third quickest in 2.07.64. American Kathleen Hersey is quickest in 2:06.41.

  102. 1037: 

    The eventing team jumping final is under way. A reminder that Britain have not won gold since 1972 but they are in with a chance of putting that right today.

    Mary King, Tina Cook, Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson and William Fox-Pitt have combined to take Britain into silver-medal position going into the final day, with Cook fifth and King sixth in the individual standings.

    The riders go out in reverse order of their scores so far so it will be a little while before we see the British in action.

  103. 1037: 

    British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan has been answering questions about the controversy surrounding Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen: "We know how on top of the game Wada [World Anti-Doping Agency] are. She's been through Wada's programme and she's clean. That's the end of the story. Ye Shiwen deserves recognition for her talent."

  104. 1037: 

    Nervous times ahead for Ellen Gandy as she tires over the final length of heat three of the 200m butterfly to finish fifth in a time 2.09.92. That places her 11th fastest overall so far, with one heat to go. The top 16 will make the semi-finals, so she can afford for five swimmers to trump her time in the last heat, but if a sixth dips below her mark, Gandy's Olympics are done.

  105. 1034: 

    Back to the ExCel now. Britain's Gareth Evans is in joint seventh place in Group B at the end of the snatch round of the men's 69kg weightlifting after managing a best of 130kg from his three lifts. He will be back on stage for the clean and jerk shortly, where he will start with 150kg.

  106. 1033: 

    Next up in the pool are the heats of the women's 200m butterfly where Great Britain's Ellen Gandy, eighth in the final of the 100m butterfly final earlier this week, has a decent shot at a medal. She is world silver medallist last year and was within a whisker of gold.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the archery at Lord's

    "Spare a thought for MCC chief executive Derek Brewer and head of cricket John Stephenson. They've been turfed out of their plush offices overlooking the Lord's outfield for the duration of the Olympics to make way for the archery anti-doping controls."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Adam Brown should have been well rested after the bizarre decision not to select him for the 4x100m relay heats - which GB were eliminated in, but it was slightly sluggish swim from the sprinter.

    "As the first British swimmer in action the crowd were right behind him, but he couldn't rise to the occasion and his 49.20 put him 20th overall and eliminates the US-based athlete from the event.

    "Brown will be back for the 50m later in the week - but can't help but feel a swim in the relay would have helped his case for a semi-final berth today."

  109. 1028: 

    Olympic athletes come in all shapes and sizes, from the lithe limbs of Japan's Asuka Teramoto to the gargantuan frame of China's Zhaoxu Zhang. But how do you measure up in comparison? See how your measure up to 2012's athletes by using an app on the BBC News website.

  110. 1027: 

    More bluff and double bluff than a game of high stakes poker as James Magnusson comes second in the final 100m freestyle heat with a time of 48.38 seconds, behind Dutchman Sebastiaan Verschuren.

    Turns out that 'the Rocket' is struggling to get off the launch pad as well. Australian James Roberts comes third in heat seven in a time of 48.93. Both are through to the semi-finals safely enough, along with Brazil's Cesar Cielo. The United States' Nathan Adrian qualifies fastest for the semis at 1930 tonight.

  111. 1027: 

    While the Olympics was hailed as the path to riches for the London tourism industry, early signs show this hasn't been quite the case. Hoteliers are reporting bookings are "very substantially down" compared with the same period last year. Provider JacTravel, which books more than 500,000 bed nights a year in London, says since last week room rates are back at normal levels - they were as much as 300% above this two months ago.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    After seeing Nathan Adrian of the United States win heat six of the 100m freestyle: "There is an interesting on hand position because a lot of coaches talk about keeping them closed or open. Nathan Adrian's were wide open there in winning his heat. I think it is a wide open race for the semi-finals."

  113. 1021:  
    Rishi Persad, BBC presenter at eventing, Q&A

    Q. How does the eventing finale work today?

    A. After the two days of dressage and the day of cross country, it's who makes the fewest mistakes that sets up the team and individual medals. On the final day, there are two rounds of showjumping.

    In the morning, all the riders whose horses have passed a vet's inspection will go between 10:30 and 13:10 BST, which decides the team gold, silver and bronze. The best (lowest) three scores from the team's five riders count so GB hope their three highest-ranked - Mary King, Tina Cook and Zara Phillips - put in a clear round to have the best chance of a gold medal.

    The top 25 riders go onto another showjumping round, starting at 14:30, which helps decide the individual medal. The winner is the individual with the lowest combined total of penalty points.

  114. 1017: 

    Naomi Folkard's Olympics are over. Mexico's Mariana Avitia took the next three sets to clinch a 7-1 victory and move into the last 16 of the women's individual archery competition.

    It's not the end of Britain's interest in this event, though. Folkard's team-mate Alison Williamson begins her first-round match against Bishindee Urantungalag of Mongolia at 10:57 BST.

  115. 1017: 

    American Nathan Adrian wins heat six of the 100m freestyle in 48.19, with Great Britain's Adam Brown seventh in 49.20. The big story is Brazilian world record holder Cesar Cielo though who trails in fifth in a sluggish 48.67.

  116. 1015: 

    Transport-wise there's trouble on the Central Line. Olympic-goers travelling to Stratford found services were ending at Liverpool Street due to a fire alert at Leyton. The section has now reopened, but severe delays continue.

  117. 1015: 

    Madeleine Whitlock tells BBC Three Counties Radio she was "so proud" to watch her son Max and the men's artistic gymnastic team win a bronze medal for Britain.

    "It was just fantastic to be there and be part of it," she says.

    Max will now turn his attention to the individual pommel horse final on Sunday.

  118. 1014: 

    Australia are supplying two of the main contenders for the men's 100m freestyle title. James 'The Missile' Magnusson is the world champion while his compatriot James 'The Rocket' Roberts posted a time of 47.63 seconds in their national trials. They like their nicknames pretty literal down under. Great Britain have Adam Brown in heat six.

  119. 1013:  
    Ian Thorpe, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    On Michael Phelps' attempts to make history later today: "Michael has won the last two Olympic 200m butterfly. He is in the final later and could become the first male swimmer to win in the same event in three Olympic Games.

    "We say it flippantly that he 'just' needs to win two more medals to become the most successful Olympian but it isn't that simple. I think he will do it. It's just a matter of when."

    If Phelps gets a medal of any colour in the 200m butterfly (19:49 BST), it will be his 18th in the Olympics and he will equal the record held by Larissa Latynina as the most decorated Olympian of all time. He could break the record in the 4x200m freestyle final (20:51 BST) if the US team qualifies.

  120. 1009: 

    Britain's Naomi Folkard is back out at Lord's, for her second-round individual match against Mexico's 10th seed Mariana Avitia, and they have just shared the first set, picking up a point apiece. The first to six points goes through to the last 16.

    Former international archer and BBC co-commentator Liz Mynott says "both of these archers are well matched", so this is going to be close. Folkard has got the benefit of some loud home support, though.

  121. 1007: 

    The swimming has started for the day over in the Aquatics Centre with an unseeded first heat in the 100m freestyle. Burundi's Beni Bertrand Binobagira has a qualifying time of a frankly ludicriously slow 3:39.00 on the official IOC sheets coming into the race. You could float 100m quicker than that. We think it was probably a typo as he comes in last, but with just over a minute on the clock.

  122. 1005: 

    Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans has just been on stage for the snatch round of the men's 69kg event. Like Zoe Smith on Monday, Evans is in Group B and is not a realistic contender for a medal, especially since he was 41st in the 2011 world championships.

    Evans managed to lift 125kg and 130kg, but failed at 133kg.


    Former Olympic judo silver medallist and BBC co-commentator Nicola Fairbrother: "Bitter disappointment for Gemma Howell. She must have thought she was in a position to do the leg grab [but wasn't]. In 2010 they brought in the new rules and the players have only had two years to adapt."

  124. 0958: 

    The men in suits are on the mat and this doesn't look good for Gemma Howell. The blazers are deep in discussion with the referee and she is eventually disqualified for an illegal legwrap. Gevrise Emane had not quite managed to get the hold across Howell's back that would have legitimised the move apparently. Head in hands for Howell.

  125. 0957: 

    There is actually a problem with the starting system on the lake at Eton Dorney, so I don't think the Czech Republic crew did false start. That infernal alarm keeps sounding, so they are considering going back to the traditional method of flags to start races, for now at least.


    Steve G via text: "Haven't seen any mention of the GB women's volleyball team victory over Algeria last night. Great drama, I was glued to the tv, bit tired at work today though."

    It was indeed a splendid win by the British women, who came from behind to beat the African champions for their first ever Olympic victory.

  127. 0953: 

    The rain has stopped at Eton Dorney, where the first race of the day is under way... or would have been if not for a false start by the Czech Republic crew in the women's double sculls repechage... triggering a deafening alarm to alert the umpire. No chance of them getting away with that.

    There is no British interest in the repechage events on the lake until the women's eight at 10:50 BST. Shortly afterwards, Alan Campbell goes in the quarter-finals of the single sculls at 11:00. Campbell was fifth at the 2008 Games, and took bronze at the 2011 world championships so will be confident of making progress there.

  128. 0952: 

    Great Britain's Gemma Howell receives a warning for being too passive. It doesn't put her behind in itself, but unless she ups her game it could be upgraded to give Gevrise Emane a Yuko - the smallest score in the sport.

  129. 0950: 

    Gemma Howell is getting a good grip of Gevrise Emane's lapels, but the Frenchwoman is looking dangerous on the counter, looking to throw the Shropshire girl as she lunges forward. Still scoreless.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at ExCel

    "Decent atmosphere building at ExCel for this morning's judo fare. North Arena 2 is two thirds full but a very cosmopolitan crowd is still coming in. Great reception for Britain's Gemma Howell, as she makes her way to mat two in -63kg category."

  131. 0944: 

    GB's Gemma Howell, 21, has performed well since stepping up a weight category to get involved in the -63kg mix. She won the Prague European Cup event in June, but will be up against it with France's Gevrise Emane, who moved down the way in 2009 to start fighting in the category. Just waiting for Canada's Antoine Valois-Foster and Azerbaijan's Elnur Mammadli to finish up their scrap before Howell can take the floor.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the archery at Lord's

    "You can almost hear the coughs and splutters of absent MCC members as Olympic archers walk out at Lord's to a blast of 'Moves Like Jagger'. At least Sir Mick's a cricket fan I suppose. It's a great start for Great Britain as Naomi Folkard comes back from 4-2 down to beat Russia's Kristina Timofeeva 6-4."

  133. 0941: 

    Former international archer Liz Mynott and BBC co-commentator on Naomi Folkard's first-round win: "Naomi and Kristina Timofeeva are both extremely talented. Naomi is so committed to her work. She must be shooting five hours a day. She will be so proud of the comeback. We are so proud of her."

  134. 0940: 

    Good news. Britain's Naomi Folkard is through to the second round of the women's individual archery after a narrow 6-4 victory over Russia's Kristina Timofeeva.

    Folkard fired a nine with her last arrow to seal her victory and will face Mexico's 10th seed Mariana Avitia or Iran's Zahra Dehghanabnavi next... just after 10:05 BST.

  135. 0936: 

    Not sure what challenges you are facing in your line of work this morning. A big presentation for the boss? A schedule of jobs that stretches the laws of physics? Spare a thought for Great Britain's Gemma Cowell who has a 0937 BST rendez-vous with French world champion Gevrise Emane on the judo mat at the Excel. Get across the action via the interactive video player on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website.

  136. 0934: 

    British tennis hope Laura Robson, who faces a tough old task when she takes on Maria Sharapova later on today, admits she has got a bit carried away with her latest hobby - swapping pin badges with people from other nations.

    She has amassed one of the biggest collections of the athletes village already and says: "I went a bit nuts with it yesterday during the rain delay. I got most of them when we were in the village, I got St Kitts & Nevis, Aruba, Guinea, so I'm trying to go for the slightly smaller countries as well as the larger ones.

    "I've actually run out of GB pins to give people, so I think Andy Murray is going to give me his, then I can get started again.

    "I have been promised a Swiss pin from Roger Federer. I asked him this morning and he said he is going to bring in his tomorrow. If you talk to him, tell him that he promised me one!"

    Will do, Laura. And, if any of you see Rog, make sure to ask him about his badges...


    Ethan from Southampton via text: "Lets also send support to Richard Kruse who starts individual foil at 10:30 BST! A fencing medal would be amazing. Go on Kruse! Flying the flag for British fencing!"

  138. 0928: 

    Over at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Great Britain's Rory Warlow and Richard Brickell were lying 17th and 22nd respectively overnight after three rounds of the skeet qualifying standings. They need to move up into the top six to make the final which begins at 14:00 BST this afternoon. The fourth and penultimate round of qualifying is under way now.


    Katarina Jayne on Twitter: "We're GREAT Britain, may not have the most medals, but we have the best sportsmanship, let the drugs testers do their job!"

    Victoria Welton on Twitter: "Massive support from me for equestrian Team GB today - go for GOLD!! :)"

  140. 0926: 

    Britain's Naomi Folkard has just started her first-round individual match against Kristina Timofeeva, who was part of the Russian team that knocked Britain out of the team event on Sunday.

  141. 0923: 

    The five GB riders have all passed the vet inspections for the team eventing final from 10:30 onwards. Four-time Olympic silver medallist Ian Stark says: "The horses came out of yesterday very well but you never know. They actually looked fantstic today. They looked like they were starting the competition. We could go away with a gold medal or with nothing, it is that close."


    Fox-Pitt Eventing at the equestrian team eventing final at Greenwich on Twitter: "Team GB fly through the trot up. Horses looking great. Opposition Buzz & Imperial Cavalier particularly bright!"


    Road race cycling silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead, who takes part in the time trial on Wednesday morning: "On our way to the tt course, shame it's raining for training, only like racing in it! Give us a cheer if you see us :)"

  144. 0920: 

    The wind was filling sails on a glorious day in Weymouth yesterday. Unfortunately it ended up being a bit of a deflating session for Great Britain's three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie.

    Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen seems to be reading the conditions better than Ainslie, who scored a sixth and 12th to slip 11 points off his rival in the overall standings after four race in the Finn class.

    Ainslie's compatriot Paul Goodison is also defending an Olympic title, but he ended the first day of competition in the Laser class in 17th.

    Better new for Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, who are aiming to add a London gold to their Beiing one in the Star class and climbed to first from fifth on Monday.

    All three are back in action today with Nick Dempsey also beginning his campaign in the RS:X windsurfing. Fourth in Beijing, this will be Dempsey final chance of getting on the Olympic podium in the category. It is being replaced by kiteboarding for Rio 2016.

  145. 0918: 

    I'm off to see Great Britain play Australia in the men's volleyball tonight (20:00 BST), in what should be a lively affair at Earl's Court. I'm not sure who will have the most fans there actually.

    There are a whole heap of other British teams in action today too, including the men's basketball team, who look to bounce back from their opening defeat against Russia when they face Brazil at 16:45 BST, and the women's football team, who are already in the quarter-finals and also face Brazilian opposition at 19:45.

    There is also GB men's handball versus Sweden (14:30) and GB men's water polo, against Serbia at 18:20.

  146. 0912: 

    Australian swimming legend and BBC analyst Ian Thorpe adds his view to the Ye Shiwen controversy: "How we should talk about it is that we should take away the nationality. If we had an athlete from Team GB who dropped three seconds we would say 'Wow'. I took five seconds off my time in the 400m freestyle from 15-16. We have to remember young swimmers can take off chunks of time others can't. We should wait. This is what I don't like in sport, when people are successful people say it is because of drugs."

  147. 0907: 

    If you have missed most of the first three days of the Olympics (er, where have you been?) or simply want reminding of what has happened, then your first stop for a comprehensive catch-up should be our round-up of 'London 2012: The Games So Far' - packed full of stats, essential info and video of a multitude of medal-winning moments.

    There is a handy reminder of the latest full medal standings elsewhere on the BBC website too. Yes, China are still on top, with nine golds. Britain are bubbling under in 20th place - no point in peaking too soon, is there?

  148. 0902: 

    There was high drama on the fencing piste last night as the epee semi-final between South Korea's Shin Lam and German Britta Heidemann ended in tears, protests and finally standing ovations.

    Where to start? The clock was controversially reset to one second to allow one more exchange with the scores locked at 5-5. Heidemann scored a decisive hit as the action restarted, sparking wild celebrations from her camp and furious remonstrations by her opponents.

    Fast-forward an hour and a tearful Shin, backlit with by Excel's neon, is all alone on the piste, staging a sit-in protest with tears still streaming down her face. She is finally led away to massive sympathetic applause.

    More emotion than a south American soap in two superb minutes of video on the BBC Sport website right now. Click away, you won't regret it.

  149. 0900: 

    If, like me, you sometimes struggle to keep up with the sheer amount of sporting action on your screen, then I have some useful pointers for you.

    'Day Four's must-see moments' will give you the lowdown on the action you cannot afford to miss, while 'Day Three's What you may have missed' will update you on exactly that. A daily 'Britwatch' piece will appear as the action the gets going throughout the day as well.

  150. 0856: 

    It hurts me just thinking about it but Great Britain women's hockey captain Kate Walsh is hoping the small matter of a broken jaw will not stop her from facing Korea in her side's group match this afternoon (16:00).

    The 32-year-old from Stockport, who was hit in the face by a stick during Sunday's win over Japan, had surgery on Monday when a plate was fitted to her jaw.

  151. 0852: 

    There are plenty of global sporting stars in action around London today too. The United States basketball team began their Group A campaign with a comfortable win over France. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the rest are back on court this evening at 2215 BST as they take on Tunisia. They may be the biggest draw in the tournament by a mile, but the 'Dream Team' have a far-from-faultless record in nailing down gold.

    The USSR famously upset the odds in the 1972 Games in Munich with a 51-50 final win over their Cold War rivals and Argentina overcame them in the semi-finals of the 2004 Games at Athens.

    Elsewhere French hopes will be pinned on their national number one Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the men's singles tennis tennis, while China's big baminton guns are in action with Chung Jae Sung and Lee Young Dae and Wang Xioli and Yu Yang, the nation's big hopes in the men's and women's doubles respectively, on court today.

  152. 0851: 

    The GB men's gymnastics team are the apple of the country's eye after their brilliant bronze on Monday. The quintet - Louis Smith, Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock and Dan Purvis - have been on BBC Breakfast.

    Thomas, who put in the performance of his life on the vault, said: "It was a lot of pressure on my routine but at the same time I was confident I could go through it. It was a case of controlling the nerves and letting the body take over really."

    Oldham says they are happy to deal with the extra attention: "It's been pretty hectic. We've been doing media stuff and didn't get back to our room untuil 01:30. The support has been great."

    But Smith also has the individual pommel final to prepare for: "We have to come down from cloud nine and not rest on our laurels. We have trained a long time and we want to show what we can do."

  153. 0847: 

    So, when and where will Britain's first gold medal come from? Are you confident about Britain's chances in the eventing... and will Michael Phelps get off the mark tonight? Get in touch with the live text commentary today via Twitter on #bbc2012 or via text on 81111 from UK mobiles.

  154. 0842: 

    Have you got an Olympics question for BBC presenter Rishi Persad, who's at today's Greenwich eventing finale? Ask anything from GB's medal chances to Zara Phillips, the crowds, or the Games in general. Send them on Twitter in via #bbc2012 before 09:15 BST and he will answer the best ones later this morning.

  155. 0837: 

    While I've been busy telling you what to look out for, the action is already under way on Day Four. The Netherlands are leading Japan 1-0 in the women's hockey and the opening badminton matches have just started too.

    Fill your boots on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website, which is where you can follow those two events.

  156. 0832: 

    I haven't finished yet because there are more British athletes to watch out for too. This is the Olympics you know.

    In the the judo, Gemma Howell (women's -63kg) faces 2011 world champion Gervrise Emane at 09:30 and Euan Burton (men's -81kg) is up against defending Olympic champion Elnur Mammadli of Azerbijian.

    Shooters Rory Warlow and Richard Brickell continue qualification in the men's skeet (09:00 onwards).

    There are a whole raft of swimmers in the pool, including Ellen Gandy, who goes in her heat of the women's 200m butterfly from 10:00.

    Gareth Evans goes in the men's 69kg weightlifting and, over at Wimbledon, Andy Murray, Laura Robson and Heather Watson continue their campaigns in the tennis singles.

  157. 0831: 

    Pippa Funnell on BBC Breakfast, talking about GB going for gold in the team eventing from 10:30 BST: "Zara Phillips was just fantastic yesterday and she really showed why she was selected. Zara and the rest of the team really did us proud. I don't think I've ever known it so close at the top but one thing you know is that our guys will deal with the pressure. They are so hungry for gold and they will do their best."

  158. 0826: 

    Lots of other Brits in action today, across 23 sports, with a total of 15 gold medals up for grabs.

    Naomi Folkard and Alison Williamson go in the women's individual archery competition (from 09:30).

    In badminton, Rajiv Ouseph and Susan Egelstaff are in singles action (13:00 onwards), and Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier will look to sign off in style with victory in their final group game (15:20) despite being unable to make the knockout stage of the mixed doubles competition.

    Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney look to follow up their opening victory in the beach volleyball when they play European champions Marta Menegatti and Greta Cicolari (17:30).

    And fencers Husayn Rosowsky, Richard Kruse and James Davis are all involved in the individual competition (starting at 10:30).

  159. 0822: 

    BBC's Beijing correspondent Martin Patience, speakingabout the controversy surrounding 16-year-old Ye Shiwen on Radio 5 live: "It's not going down very well here. It has ignited a firestorm on the equivalent of Twitter here. People here put it down to sour grapes. It's worth pointing out that she became an overnight sensation here and people here are supporting their golden girl."

    BBC swimming commentator Adrian Moorhouse on Radio 5 live: "First of all, Ye Shiwen is no overnight sensation as she won gold at the World Championships last year. I think it is sour grapes and it is quite insulting. A 15-year-old from Lithuania (Ruta Meilutyte) has won a gold medal in the breaststroke and because she trains here in Britain no-one has questioned her."

  160. 0818: 

    Ruta Meilutyte is not the only young swim sensation at these Games, of course. And the action in the pool has not been without controversy.

    Chinese gold medallist swimmer Ye Shiwen, 16, has denied taking drugs to enhance her performance, saying there was "no problem with doping".

    A US coach earlier said Ye's record-breaking performance in Saturday's 400m individual medley was "disturbing".

  161. 0814: 

    While we haven't a British winner yet, we HAVE had a home-based success. That counts, doesn't it? Er, what do you mean 'no'.

    It is still something to smile about, though, and a great story to boot. Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, 15, who took a stunning gold in the women's 100m breastroke on Monday night, goes to the same school as Tom Daley.

    That meant pupils of Plymouth College had something to cheer despite seeing Daley miss out on a medal. Deputy head Sarah Dunn said of Meilutyte's triumph: "We are almost in tears, it was such an achievement.

    "We knew she had great potential when she arrived here in Plymouth three years ago. Not only is she a fantastic athlete, but she is also a great scholar."

    Top marks all round then.

  162. 0810: 

    There were probably some hasty rewrites to the reports from last night's men's gymnastics after Great Britain were relegated from silver to bronze by a Japanese appeal. There was no need to change the headlines though.

    The Daily Mail goes with "Gymnastic Fantastic" across the back page, and its report hailing the "incredible theatre" that unfolded at Wembley Arena last night.

    The Daily Express opts for "Glory Boys" as its headline to mark the end of a century long wait for a team medal.

    The Sun is restless for greater things however. The front page is a mock-up of a Wanted poster, with a gold medal the target of their search. "Historic bronze for our gymnastics team but please can we have just one gold. Any sport. We're not bothered. As soon as possible. Please. COME ON TEAM GB!" it implores.

    The Independent make a musical reference with its "Everything but the gold" strapline, but it also reports on a poll that shows that public enthusiasm for the Games has climbed in the months leading up to their start. A poll shows that 50% of the public now deem the event worth their £9.3bn budget compared to 40% in March.

  163. 0807: 

    To be fair, if you had told me a week ago that Britain would have the same number of gold medals as Michael Phelps going into the fourth day of these Games, I would have settled for that. It's just a shame that number is a big fat zero, really.

    After missing out on gold in his first two attempts in the pool, the American legend goes for his first win at London 2012 in the 200m butterfly (the final is at 19:49).

    It won't be a disaster if he falls short, though. If he gets a medal of any colour, it will be his 18th in the Olympics and he will equal the record held by Larissa Latynina as the most decorated Olympian of all time.

  164. 0803: 

    Could British weather be the catalyst for a British success? The GB equestrian team certainly hope so. Mary King, Tina Cook, Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson and William Fox-Pitt have put Britain into silver-medal position going into the final day of the team event (which starts at 10:30 BST), with Cook fifth and King sixth in the individual standings.

    There are other decent prospects too. David Florence has to get through his semi-final first but, if he manages that, then he will go for gold in the canoe slalom final at 15:00.

    After seeing Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield go agonisingly close to a podium place, today is the turn of Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow to go for glory in the women's synchro 10m platform diving (from 15:00).

    And the women's gymnastics team are looking to emulate their male counterparts, who put in the performance of their life to win Britain's first Olympic medal in the team event since 1912. If Beth Tweddle & Co needed any inspiration for their final (at 16:30), they got it at the Greenwich Arena on Monday evening. That was stirring stuff.

  165. 0800: 

    Morning all. Grey drizzle, rather than bright sunshine, has greeted early arrivals at Olympic Park but we are not going to let the weather dampen our spirits, are we?

    Great Britain may have missed out on all of the 38 gold medals dished out so far at these Games but, as far as I'm concerned, that just means a new day means a new hope of a first home triumph.

    When it happens it will be well worth the wait. Welcome to Day Four of London 2012.

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  1. Archery 4 Events First Event: 27th July
  2. Athletics 47 Events First Event: 3rd August
  3. Badminton 5 Events First Event: 28th July
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  28. Synchronised Swimming 2 Events First Event: 5th August
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  30. Taekwondo 8 Events First Event: 8th August
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  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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