London 2012 Olympics: Day Five morning session as it happened

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning win Britain's first gold, the men's eight win bronze while GB's cyclists seek medals in the time trials.

1 August 2012 Last updated at 13:39

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  1. 1325: 

    I'm going to be keeping a close eye on the climax to this women's time trial but Mike Henson is taking charge of the live text commentary for the afternoon session of Day Five. I hope you enjoyed Britain's first gold medal of the 2012 Games as much as me, and I will see you all again on Thursday morning.

  2. 1322: 

    Britain's Emma Pooley has been knocked down to joint fourth place now that all the riders have gone through the first time check.

    The new leader is America's Kristin Armstrong, who clocked 13 minutes and 56 seconds. Linda Melanie Villumsen of New Zealand is second, (+1.51 sec), Clara Hughes of Canada (+8.89 sec) is third. German veteran Judith Arndt and Pooley are both 9.80 seconds slower than Armstrong.


    Tom inEvesham, via text: "Up until a few days ago no one knew we had an eight's rowing team, bronze is amazing, well done boys, gb is proud of all of you."

    Sophie in Lincs, via text: "Gutted for the Men's eight. I'm gutted for them as people rather than gutted for the medal table. You can tell they gave it everything they had and they did us proud!"

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the cycling time trial at Hampton Court

    And they're off, all of them. American star Kristin Armstrong, the two-time world and reigning Olympic champion, was the last to start and she is a pretty firm favourite for women's time trial gold at Hampton Court. But hold that thought, Britain's Emma Pooley has just clocked the fastest time at the first split. The crowds liked that. Can she go one better than her silver in Beijing? Come on Emma!

  5. 1312: 

    Britain's time trial specialist Emma Pooley comes through now, and is fastest at the 9km split by more than seven seconds. It's encouraging, but there are some fast women to come behind her.

  6. 1308: 

    Lizzie Armitstead has just gone through the first time check at 9.1km in third place. Olga Zabelinskaya, who took bronze in the road race, is still fastest, clocking 14 minutes and 13 seconds, which is 20 seconds faster than Armitstead.

  7. 1307: 

    There are time checks at the 9.1km and 20.4km points of the 25km women's time trial and I will give you news of Armitstead and Pooley's progress when I get it. All the riders are now out on the course.

    By the way, there are 40 riders taking part in the men's event, which starts at 14:15 BST. British riders Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome will cover a 40km route. Froome gets under way at 15:00 and Wiggins follows at 15:07.30.

  8. 1305: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Men's eight

    Great Britain's men's eight, including 1992 gold medallist Greg Searle, receive their bronze medals. They finished behind Germany and Canada in the final earlier today.

  9. 1303: 

    Breaking news from Wembley Arena: The eight Olympic doubles players charged by the Badminton World Federation for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" have been thrown out of the Games.

    South Korean third seeds Ha Jung-Eun and Kim Min-Jung, Indonesian pair Meiliana Juahari and Greysia Polii, plus China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and another South Korean duo Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na have all been disqualified.

  10. 1259: 

    Great Britain men's eight rower Matthew Langridge on winning a bronze medal: "I think obviously you feel that you failed, we went for the gold and when it doesn't come off you see it as a failure."

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

    On Team GB's men's eight winning bronze: "I can't say how much I'm proud of them for a brilliant moment. The fact is that here and now they wanted a gold medal but they've just come a little bit short. For a number of months, years they will struggle with this performance but it's the memories they have now for the future."

  12. 1258: 

    There goes Britain's Emma Pooley, a former time trial world champion who took silver in this event at Beijing in 2008. There are huge crowds at Hampton Court, where the 25 women riders also finish at the end of their 25km route.

  13. 1253: 

    Off she goes. Unlike Emma Pooley, who starts her bid in a few minutes, Lizzie Armitstead is not an out-and-out time trialist but she is in form and we saw on Sunday how strong she is.

  14. 1253: 

    Great Britain's Greg Searle on the disappointment of claiming bronze in the men's eight: "There are some good people here, I don't think we could have given more. We said we wanted to look in the mirror and say we've given it all and we did that.

    On taking the lead at 1000m: "I had an amazing rush of adrenaline and I thought this really could come true. The crowd was so amazing, so loud but we didn't have anything left and the Germans came back at the end."

  15. 1252: 

    Britain's Lizzie Armitstead is the next rider to go in the women's time trial, and the road race silver medallist is greeted by huge cheers as she moves to the top of the departure ramp at Hampton Court.

  16. 1250: 

    Like most of you, heptathlete Jessica Ennis was thrilled to see Britain win their first gold medal, saying: "It's great we've won our first gold medal, it will inspire the rest of the team to win more..."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the judo at the ExCeL

    "With the medal charge on elsewhere, it is left to me to relay the news that the GB judo team are not doing very well at the ExCel - 10 British judokas have competed now, seven of them haven't won a fight and none of the others have got close to the medals.

    "Winston Gordon and Sally Conway went out in the second round today and GB Judo chairman, Densign White, has questioned the team's commitment. I'm currently trying to contact former coach Patrick Roux for his thoughts... "

  18. 1247: 

    That bronze medal winning men's eight crew in full is James Foad, Ric Egington, Matt Langridge, Alex Partridge, Tom Ransley, Mo Sbihi, Greg Searle and Constantine Louloudis, with cox Phelan Hill. They look devastated to be honest. They shouldn't be.

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

    On Britain's bronze in the men's eight final: "They did everything that we wanted them to do. They took the lead after 1000m but the German's were brilliant. They were put under immense pressure and they came through it.

    "They put everything on the line for gold medal, they could have settled for silver. Yes, it's a bronze and they and we are disappointed with that, but they put everything on the line for the gold."

  20. 1244: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Now that Britain's medal chances are coming thick and fast, the big screens on the Park are coming into their own. Not only is the grass viewing area packed out with fans trying to catch rowing gold, but people stretch right back across the concourse that links the hockey and handball venues. It's rammed.

    Are more screens needed? "No, we can't see anything, but what an atmosphere," say those right at the back.

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

    On the disappointing finish for GB in the men's eight final: "I know how the GB crew will be feeling and they will be absolutely devastated. Alex Partridge did not row for the past four years to win bronze and Greg Searle did not come back for a bronze medal.

    "The only consolation I can have is that they threw everything in for gold. They were ahead and they can go back and look in the mirror and think they didn't settle for silver."

  22. 1242: 

    That's us done at Eton Dorney for the day, but Great Britain's first gold, swiftly followed by their third bronze and sixth medal overall at the Games, puts Team GB up to 14th in the Olympic medal table - with one gold, two silvers and three bronzes in total.

    Women are currently leading the way for GB, with the only male medallists so far in team events. Gold: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (rowing). Silver: Lizzie Armitstead (cycling), team eventing. Bronze: Rebecca Adlington (swimmming), men's team (gymnastics), men's eight (rowing)

  23. 1239: 

    Wow. For a moment there I thought we were going to see more British rowing gold - they took the lead briefly at the 500m mark... but the GB men's eight ran out of steam in the final stages.

    That means 40-year-old Greg Searle has a bronze medal to go with the gold he won in Barcelona in 1992, but it was still a superb effort.

  24. 1236: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Germany (Rowing men's eight)

    Germany win the men's eight rowing ahead of Canada who take silver and Great Britain with bronze.

  25. 1235: 

    Germany are pulling clear for gold, but Britain are battling hard for silver, with the crowd roaring them on. Canada are closing in. This is going to be very tight...

  26. 1233: 

    It's neck and neck as we head into the final 500m but Germany have responded and Canada are going strongly too.

  27. 1233: 

    What a race this is turning into. GB close the gap on Germany and were only 0.4 of a second behind Germany at the 1,000m mark.

  28. 1230: 

    You might get some more rowing inspiration in the next few moments too. The men's eight final is under way at Eton Dorney and Britain are right in the medal mix here.

    Hot-favourites Germany lead by a quarter of a length after 500m, but the GB boat is second and defending champions Canada are third.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at cycling's road race at Hampton Court Palace

    "Agoraphobics, stay away. The crowds at the barriers of the time-trial course are five-deep around Hampton Court Palace, and the vast majority of them are here to scream "Go Wiggo" loud and proud."

    The women's time trial has just begun with Brazil's Clemida Fernandes Silva rolling down the ramp. Great Britain's road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead starts her run at 1252.


    mandayates77 on Twitter: "Congratulations Helen and Heather!!! Fabulous have made a nation proud!!!!"

    tippy tappy on Twitter: "Nice to finally hear the national athem on @BBCSport #London2012 Well done Helen Glover and Heather Stanning."

  31. 1230: 

    So, are you feeling inspired by watching Heather Stanning and Helen Glover row to gold? If you want to give rowing a go then find out how to get involved in the sport with the BBC Sport guide.


    Matt sat by the road in Cobham, via text: "After hearing about the rowing gold, the atmosphere down in Cobham on the time trial course is really building. Come on team GB"

    Sam in Bolton, via text: "Bring on the avalanche, Wiggins and Froome 1st and 3rd in the TT, silver in men's 8, bronze in women's cycling, before a couple more in the evening session."

    Rick Marshall on the train to Cardiff, via text: "Sat on the train travelling to Cardiff for tonight's football with loads of Team GB fans. Everyone around me smiling at the news from the rowing."

  33. 1226: 

    Heather Stanning and Helen Glover turn to milk the applause and punch the air before being given gold. There might be some tears when the anthem starts...

  34. 1226: 

    Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is back in action on Centre Court in SW19 playing her third-round match against Beijing bronze medallist Vera Zvonereva. Williams has broken the Russian's serve in the very first game and has a 2-1 lead with the balls heading back up her end once again.

  35. 1225: 

    Heather Stanning and Helen Glover receive their gold medals, Great Britain's first of the 2012 Olympic Games. It's national anthem time!

  36. 1223: 

    We've waited four-and-a-bit days for this but any second now there will be British competitors with gold medals dangling around their necks. Rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover are about to receive their gold medals.

  37. 1221: 

    Half a million people attended events on Tuesday - around 85% capacity, Lord Coe has revealed. Three million spectators have been to watch the Games so far - 270,000 are through the ticket share scheme, where tickets purchased by hospitality partners are distributed to children. A whopping 38m people have visited the London 2012 website and there have been one billion page views. It is currently the world's most visited sports site.

  38. 1219: 

    There could be another GB rowing medal to celebrate at Eton Dorney soon, though. The men's eight final is at 12:30 BST and the British crew is in with a shout of a medal, although it will take a superhuman effort to beat Germany, who have not lost in this race for three years.

  39. 1217: 

    Great Britain finished a long way back in sixth place in the women's quadruple sculls final. "It is very disappointing considering the quality in that crew," says Sir Steve Redgrave. "They have gone poorly all season and I have no idea why."

  40. 1216: 

    The GB boat of Melanie Wilson, Beth Rodford, Frances Houghton and Debbie Flood are going to be out of the medals here. They are down in sixth place of the women's quadruple sculls with 1,500m gone, after making a poor start. Ukraine are heading for gold, with Germany and the United States fighting it out for silver and bronze.


    Jonty in Eton Dorney, via text: "The atmosphere here at Eton Dorney is just incredible! Scenes of pure jubilation! Bring on many more Golds!"

    Chris B trying not to get caught sneaking a peek at my desk in London, via text: "Gold at last and, hopefully, the catalyst for an avalanche of GB success. Get that medal table to the right of the text feed updated pronto!"

  42. 1211: 

    The women's quadruple sculls final is under way at Eton Dorney, and there is British interest in this race too. It's not going so well, however. The GB boat was well down on the first four boats after the first 500m.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Britain's women went through to the 4x200m freestyle final in lane one, which could help them, having qualified seventh. Hungary are the ones to miss out after the second semi, by the narrowest of margins: two-hundredths of a second.

    "Australia qualify fastest in 7:49.44 with the United States second in 7:50.75. The debate now is whether Britain can improve their 7:54.31 by putting Rebecca Adlington into the line-up for the 2104 BST final, the night before her 800m freestyle heats.

    "Mark Foster, in the BBC studio, reckons Adlington would be a boost to the team and that the impact on her 800m would be minimal. British officials are expected to confirm the four-woman line-up soon."

  44. 1210: 

    The Olympic Games organisers have said more tickets will be available for athletics events, but that they do not know yet how many more seats. Locog chief executive Paul Deighton said: "We will clarify that over the next 48 hours… all the tickets will be available online". Around 9,000 extra seats will be available for other events, as a result of the reallocation seats, previously accredited to the Olympic Family.


    Great Britain kayaker Louise Sawers: "Team GB first gold!! Congrats Helen Glover and Heather Stanning! Got goosebumps in the last 500m hearing that home crowd!"

    Great Britain gymnast Louis Smith: "Just watched GB win gold oooooooosh haha medical room was buzzingg."

    Great Britain rower Zac Purchase: "Really looking forwards2hearing the National Anthem & seeing those medals... The whole team has just been so inspired by2great girls!"

  46. 1210: 

    Gold medal winning women's pair rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover have been speaking to BBC One... and, yes, they are still wearing beaming smiles all over their faces!

    Stanning, a Royal Artillery officer, said: "I want to collapse I'm so overjoyed - I'm probably talking rubbish now. We've got out ahead throughout the season and we wanted to do that today, and not give anything back. Helen was telling me to keep on going. Thanks for all the support from the troops in Afghanistan, I'm so proud to be associated with you."

    Glover, who was told that commentators saw her smile with 250m to go, added: "I don't even remember smiling as I never ever thought we've got it. If I can do it, take the chance, in not just rowing, but anything."

  47. 1210: 

    Official statement from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson: "Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's historic triumph will be celebrated throughout the country. It is an outstanding achievement and I am sure it will spur on all our athletes in the medal stakes. It is fantastic - go Team GB."

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

    On Glover and Stanning's gold medal: "The first rowing final ends with Great Britain's first gold. Don't panic, the rowers are here!

    "They dominated their heat, they repeated that and stepped it up again. They had a good start and all season they have been showing they've got a strong middle part of the race. We're up and running."

    We certainly are!

  49. 1205: 

    I doubt many of the 30,000 strong crowd at Eton Dorney noticed because they were jumping around so much but, behind Great Britain's gold medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, Australia took silver and New Zealand collected bronze in the women's pair.

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

    On Glover and Stanning's gold medal: "It is huge history. I've been saying for months these girls are going to win but they did it in a style I didn't expect. For British rowng and women's rowing that is just fantastic."

  51. 1159: 

    Heather Stanning and Helen Glover have not stopped smiling since they crossed the finish line - although I think it took a moment or two for the magnitude of their achievement to sink in. Then they started waving, to the delirious crowd, to the volunteers at Eton Dorney and also to their rowing coaches. A few more celebrations to come too, I suspect.


    BBC Sport pundit Daniel Topolski on BBC One: "This is tears in the eyes stuff. They've come through a fantastic two years, what a triumph for them! They will be household names, and it is fantastic they have done this with such grace."

  53. 1158: 

    The wait is over! Britain are off the mark for 2012, and we have seen a bit more history too because Heather Stanning and Helen Glover are Britain's first women rowers to win gold.

  54. 1157: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, GB (Women's pair)
  55. 1157: 

    The gap is up to four lengths for Helen Glover and Heather Stanning with 250m to go. They are going to win gold for Great Britain in style.

  56. 1156: 

    And still they keep driving on. The crowd are roaring the GB pair on and they are not going to be caught now. They are five seconds clear at the 1,500 mark and the gold is surely in the bag now.

  57. 1154: 

    Glover and Stanning are looking smooth and still dominating this race. At the halfway mark they are extending their lead. They are just 1,000m away from becoming the first British women to win Olympic gold and from winning the first British gold medal of the 2012 Games.

  58. 1152: 

    This is stunning stuff. After 500m, Glover and Stanning are more than a length clear. 1,500m to go and the GB pair are in front and have clear water between them and the rest of the field.

  59. 1150: 

    And they are under way. In seven minutes or so, Great Britain could have a first gold medal of these Olympic Games so don't go anywhere. Glover and Stanning have gone out quickly, as have the German crew.

  60. 1149: 

    Here we go. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are at the start line of the women's pair final. Their main rivals are likely to be Australia, New Zealand and defending champions Romania.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Not a bad morning so far for Britain in the pool. James Goddard looked good having had to wait five days to perform for the first time - he's one of GB's stronger hopes for a medal, in the men's 200m medley, where he finished fourth at last year's World Championships.

    "Goddard sounded relaxed and confident in the build-up to the Games - at the British team's pre-Games press conference in the Olympic Park, he was all smiles and looking forward to trying to pick off a medal. He acknowledges that life with Phelps and Lochte in his event is pretty difficult, but Laszlo Cseh could be a target for Goddard if he reaches the final, despite the Hungarian qualifying fastest from these heats."

  62. 1147: 

    Sir Steve Redgrave says he is "calm and relaxed" about Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's gold medal prospects in the final of the women's pair because he knows Glover and Stanning are feeling the same way.

    Me? I'm terrified and shaking like a leaf. How are you lot feeling?

  63. 1146: 

    If they do triumph at Eton Dorney today, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will become the first British women to win Olympic rowing gold. Not bad when you consider Glover didn't step into a boat until 2008, which is also when Stanning was embarking on a career in the army.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "I'm out at the 49er start in Portland Harbour. The grey sky and seas are lit up by the colourful national flags on the huge downwind sails on these boats. GB's looks very James Bond.

    "Exmouth sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes took an impromptu swim yesterday when they capsized, but Morrison said afterwards: 'You can't win a sailing event by panicking.' In their favour, hot favourites Australia also went in, though they had built up such a lead they recovered to still finish fourth. 'It shows there is a lot of tension. Mistakes are going to be made,' added Morrison."

  65. 1144: 

    The start of play at Wimbledon has been delayed by, would you believe it, rain. Roger Federer is amongst those waiting in the locker room. His match against Denis Istomin is due to get under way on one of the show courts at 1200.


    John from Halifax, via text: "Come on Lizzie Armistead get a gold, on Yorkshire Day too!"

    Rob in Newcastle, via text: "I don't believe they will but I hope they disqualify the badminton teams who tried to lose, against sporting ideal and the olympic spirit."

    The Radleys, via text: "Watching the womens handball in the Copper Box - amazing agility, amazing atmosphere."

  67. 1142: 

    Jo Jackson holds off a Japanese charge to anchor home Great Britain in fourth place in 7:54.31 in the 4x200m freestyle relay semi-final. Defending champions Australia win in 7:49.44 with Canada second and a French team featuring 400m freestyle gold medallist Camille Muffat third.

    United States, Germany, China and Italy all go in the second semi-final. The eight fastest teams to make tonight's final.


    little mafutu on Twitter: "The fantastic TV coverage is turning me into a couch potato! #ironic"

  69. 1141: 

    Right then, there is less than 10 minutes to go until rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning go for gold for Britain in the final of the women's pair (at 11:50 BST).

    I know you don't want to miss GB's first gold medal of the 2012 Games so make sure you stay across that race on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  70. 1139: 

    Games organisers Locog will not be refunding badminton tickets following teams allegedly underperforming at yesterday's round Locog chairman Sebastian Coe said the situation was "depressing - who wants to sit through something like that?". He added that he thought the action was unacceptable.

  71. 1139: 

    Alan Campbell is safely into the final of the single sculls. He was caught and passed by former world champion Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic, who is one of his best friends and oldest rivals, and he eased down in the final stages of the race because he knew he was safely in the first three finishers.

    Britain last won an Olympic medal in the single sculls in 1928 but Campbell might just change that in Friday's final. Incidentally, he is the 10th British boat into a final at these Games - a sensational performance so far... now we just want some medals.

  72. 1136: 

    The women's 4x200m freestyle relay is the final race in the pool this morning. Two semi-finals with Great Britain's quartet of Caitlin McClatchey, Rebecca Turner, Eleanor Faulkner and Jo Jackson lining up in lane six of the first semi. They are up in fourth as Jackson turns for the final 50m...

  73. 1132: 

    She had one of the best wins of her life when she beat the world number one earlier on today but Amy Oliver is now out of the women's archery after losing 7-1 to Ika Yuliana Rochmawati of Indonesia in the second round, ending Great Britain's interest in the women's competition.

    In the men's individual event, Alan Wills takes on Aussie Taylor Worth in the first round at 15:00.


    Gold medal contender Ryan Lochte talking to BBC Three after his men's 200m individual medley and backstroke heats: "All I wanted to do was just get a lane for tonight. This double is going to be brutal, I've done the training, so I'll be all right."

    Great Britain's James Goddard: "When I came fourth at the World Championships I made the choice to concentrate on this event. I wanted to put all my eggs into one basket as it will be my last Olympics. It's been a long wait to get started, so it's good to get in and race in front of a home crowd."

  75. 1132: 

    Ryan Lochte is a busy, busy boy. He wins the fifth heat of the 200m medley in 1.58.03 to qualify second fastest behind Laszlo Cseh and a very tough double with the 200m backstroke is still looking very possible for the 27-year-old. The semi-finals are tonight at 2043 and 1951 respectively, with less than half an hour between the finals on Thursday evening. Both James Goddard and Joe Roebuck are into tonight's semis as sixth and 15th fastest respectively.

  76. 1132: 

    Alan Campbell tends to go off very fast in the single sculls and he has done just that again today. His semi-final has just started and he has opened up a length on the rest of the field in the first 500m. Another 1,500m to go...

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "What a start we've had at Eton Dorney as Britain's men's quadruple scull crew reach an Olympic final for the first time ever. Then the crowd go bonkers as British men's pair George Nash and Will Satch win their semi-final by a length.

    "Remarkable considering they only formed a pairing this season. Just 30 minutes to go until gold medal hopefuls Glover and Stanning take to the water. Knees are wobbling, feet jigging around, goosebumps forming. The tension is unbearable."


    Great Britain 400m runner Martyn Rooney: "It is with a heavy heart that I must bid twitter adieu for the time being, it's about to get very real for me as I head for the village..."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "It's a rest day in Weymouth for Ben Ainslie's Finn class and also for the Star of regatta leaders Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson. So the focus will be on whether Paul Goodison can refocus after his back injury and climb up from 12th, how 49er pair Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes respond to yesterday's capsize (they're also 12th), and if Alison Young can edge closer to the unbeaten Irishwoman Annalise Murphy.

    "Young is fourth & had two seconds yesterday. Then there are the windsurfers Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw, who had solid if unspectacular opening days, while Lucy Macgregor's match-racing crew continue their round-robin. A big front is set to pass over about 2pm bringing heavy rain and 20-25 knot gusts."

  80. 1127:  
    James Cracknell, Two-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport analyst

    On seeing George Nash and Will Satch reach the men's pair final: "The Brits looked fresh, they looked in control and so I would think they are now in a pressure position because they'll go into the final with second place a real possibility."

  81. 1126: 

    We are only halfway through the qualification round for the women's 25m pistol at the Royal Artillery Barracks but Britain's Gorgs Geikie has got work to do to make the final.

    Geikie sits 34th out of 39 after scoring 284 from her 30 precision shots. She has 30 rapid-fire shots to go, but only the top eight make it through.

  82. 1125: 

    Michael Phelps gets off a little sluggishly in the fourth heat of the men's 200m medley and is down in fifth off the first turn, but is up on the rest coming into the final 25m. Kosuke Hagino has kept plenty in the tank over the first half of the race and gets his fingertips to the wall just in front of the American to win in 1:58.22. Phelps is two thousandsth off that.

  83. 1120: 

    Hungarian Laszlo Cseh wins heat three of the 200m individual medley with James Goddard second in 1.58.56 and fellow Briton Joe Roebuck in fourth in 2.00.04. Chad le Clos was third in 1.59.45. Goddard should be safe for a semi-final spot, Roebuck's mark may have a few more bullets to dodge if it is to survive the next two races though.

  84. 1119: 

    Men's quad sculls rower Charles Cousins on making the final at Eton Dorney: "There was a nice strong headwind and British teams always do well in those conditions. We had a solid rhythm and we were really moving at the halfway position when we were confident we could qualify for the final."

  85. 1118: 

    Superb stuff by GB's young duo George Nash and Will Satch, who have powered into the final of the men's pair, holding off a late rally by the French crew to win their semi-final in style. Australia were the other boat to go straight into the final.

    Nash and Satch were roared home by the crowd at Eton Dorney and looked exhausted but happy at the finish line. "They certainly surprised me with their dominance," says Sir Steve Redgrave afterward. "In my wildest dreams I never thought they would win that semi-final."

  86. 1115: 

    You are never too far from a Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte duel at these Games. Next up in the pool is the latest installment: the heats of the 200m individual medley. Lochte is in heat five, Phelps, still looking for his first individual gold of London 2012, is in race four. Great Britain's Joe Roebuck and James Goddard go in three with South African Chad le Clos who won the 200m butterfly last night.

  87. 1112: 

    You (hopefully!) already know that there is wall-to-wall coverage of the London Games on this website but you might not be aware of what has been going on over at BBC Radio 5 live too. Here are some highlights for you:

    Alison Mitchell and former GB gymnast Craig Heap's gymnastics video blog, where they pick the ones to watch for the individual medals; Carl Lewis: "The Americans will dominate all the sprints": and GB swimmer Jemma Lowe's sharp reaction to news of Michael Phelps' 200m

    You can find more from Radio 5 Live on their Olympic Best Bits section.


    Stacey Tadd talking on BBC Three after she finished sixth in her women's 200m backstroke heat: "It was a decent heat swim, I didn't do a personal best, I was just off it a bit. The days were dragging waiting to get started, so I am glad it is finally here. I loved it and the crowd were amazing."


    USA swimmer Rebecca Soni talking to BBC Three after she led the field in the 200m breaststroke heats: "I felt good about my race two days ago, and I thought I did the best I could. I was excited to get one in in the 200m, I am happy. I feel like the 100m and 200m are so different, it is either one or the other for me, and I definitely prefer the 200m."

  90. 1109: 
    SWIMMING- Tadd out of 200m breaststroke

    Great Britain's Stacey Tadd has missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the women's 200m breaststroke by a slender 0.27 seconds. The gold seems to be American defending champion Rebecca Soni's to lose however after she romped home in 2:21.40. Soni was edged out by Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte in the 100m final remember...

  91. 1105: 

    There's a standing ovation from the home crowd watching the individual women's archery competition at Lord's as Great Britain's Amy Oliver pulls off a huge upset to beat world number one Deepika Kumari of India.

    Oliver, who is the last GB archer left in the event and only qualified 57th of 64 women in the ranking round, beat her teenage opponent 6-2. Good arrows!

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Good news from Weymouth. GB sailing boss Stephen Park says Paul Goodison has been patched up overnight and is ok to race after he had severe back pain yesterday. Goodison was in tears after racing but intense physio on his disc has put him in a more positive frame of mind. Park says they won't really know how much it will affect him until he gets out there. The wind forecast is slightly lighter than predicted with gusts only up to 20-25 knots, rather than the 35 previously mentioned, which should help Goodison."

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

    On seeing a GB quad sculls boat make an Olympic final for the first time: "They were in a tough semi-final. They were up against the world champions and the world record holders and they knew they'd have to beat one of those teams to get to the final. They had to go into it with the view that this was their race and they did that."

  94. 1100: 

    You would think everyone in the GB tennis team would be happy to see that Great Britain's Andy Murray and Laura Robson got a wildcard entry into the mixed doubles competition. You would be wrong. Heather Watson, Britain's number one women's player lest we forget, thinks that she should have been in with a shout.

    "I thought I might have deserved a spot in the mixed because of my ranking, because of how well I've been doing, especially winning a title last week," said Watson.

    "I mean... whatever... I'm just upset that I didn't get picked, but there's not much I can do."

  95. 1100: 

    South African 400m runner Oscar Pistorius has been responding to Michael Johnson's concerns that his prosthetic leg might give him an advantage in able-bodied races.

    "I know Michael Johnson quite well and him and I have chatted many times," he said. "I have a lot of respect for him. I am restricted to use the prosthetic leg that I have.

    "One day they might be able to develop a prosthetic leg that could give you an advantage... but at the moment the prosthetic we are using is not an advantage and I am happy with that."

  96. 1059: 

    Time to bring you up to speed with the latest happenings at Eton Dorney, ahead of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's bid for gold in the women's pair final at 11:50 BST.

    The British boat is safely through to the final of the men's quadruple fours. Stephen Rowbotham, Charles Cousins, Tom Solesbury and Matthew Wells finished third in their semi-final, behind Croatia and Australia but well ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.

    Next to go for GB will be George Nash and Will Satch, a new combo in the men's pair. Their semi-final is at 11:20, before Alan Campbell looks to pick up where he left off with a super-strong showing yesterday when he goes in his semi-final of the single sculls at 11:30.

  97. 1054: 

    A nice little line from South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius who has had a chat with compatriot Chad le Clos who won the 200m butterfly last night.

    "I saw him in lift on the way here to this press conference. I got to hold the medal and look at it. He has not taken it off since yesterday, he slept with it on his neck," said Pistorius.

    I can well believe it, judging by Le Clos' reaction to his win.

    The women's 200m breatstroke, featuring Britain's Stacey Tadd in heat four and Olympic and world champion Rebecca Soni in heat five, is next up in the pool.

  98. 1052: 

    Winston Gordon's Olympics are over. He has just been beaten by Kirill Denisov in his last-16 match of the -90kg category. It was a frustrating fight for the Londoner, because Denisov got the early score and then looked to back off and avoid Gordon whenever possible. Gordon gives a final wave to the crowd, who give him the send off he deserves.

    Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst Ian Thorpe on BBC Three:

    "It is a tough field in the swimming, and we have seen so far that everyone is performing, not just the people we expected to be strong. It is the same for Ryan Lochte, but I think he will perform fantastically in the 200m backstroke. He will come out really well for tomorrow night's final. You can be sneaky in the backstroke as you can see the scoreboard in the race and decide your pace."

  100. 1048: 

    More British success in the judo, where Sally Conway has beaten Chad's Carine Ngarlemdana and will take on two-time Olympic champion Edith Bosch of the Netherlands in the last 16 of the women's -70kg category. Sounds good to me.

    By the way, you can watch Winston Gordon's last 16 match LIVE now on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

    BBC Sport swimming commentator Andy Jameson on BBC Three:

    "My goodness me, when Ryan Lochte turned it on there that was mightily impressive. Zhang Fenglin is a talent to watch, but Lochte played around a bit on that one."

  102. 1047: 

    Ryan Lochte is the second fastest man into the 100m backstroke semi-finals behind his countryman Tyler Clary in a time of 1:56.36. Lochte was coasting over the final 10m, he looked as casual as if he was lazing on a lilo. Japan's Ryosuke Irie, who clocked the fastest time in the world this year with a time of 1:54.03 in his national trials may be the main threat to the Americans' dominance. He won the fifth heat in 1:56.81.

  103. 1041: 

    It's another star-studded day at Wimbledon as the Olympic tennis event reaches the singles third-round stage. Just look at some of these names...

    Britain's Andy Murray plays Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus third on Centre Court, where play starts at 12:00 BST with Serena Williams of the United States against Russian Vera Zvonareva.

    Serbia's Novak Djokovic faces Lleyton Hewitt of Australia second on Centre, while Swiss world number one Roger Federer opens the action on Court One against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

    Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the women's top seed, and Russia's Maria Sharapova also feature, while Murray and Laura Robson team up in the mixed doubles first round against Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek last on Court 18.

    Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit Adrian Moorhouse on BBC Three:

    "It was slightly disappointing from the Brits as they finished well down the field in their 200m backstroke heat. Marco Loughran wasn't too far outside his personal best, but Chris Walker-Hebborn was about 2.5secs from his."

  105. 1037: 

    American world bronze medallist Tyler Clary wins the third heat of the 200m backstroke in 1.56.24, but we have seen the end of Britons in this one I fear. Michael Loughran comes home seventh in 1.58.72 with team-mate Chris Walker-Hebborn the only person behind him in 1.59.00. Walker-Hebborn's time is almost two seconds slower than he swam in winning the national championships in June.

  106. 1036: 

    BBC London's transport correspondent Tom Edwards just posted on Twitter that there's a stark contrast in passenger numbers at Kings Cross compared to its sister station St Pancras. High speed Javelin trains are running from St Pancras straight to Stratford station for Olympic passengers.

  107. 1032: 

    Britain's Jack Oliver, who studies Classics at Leeds University when he is not covering himself in chalk, grunting, groaning and lifting massive weights, has been on the mat at the ExCeL this morning in Group B of the men's 77kg event.

    Oliver is fourth at the end of the snatch round, after lifting 140kg and he will be back on stage for the clean and jerk shortly.

    The 21-year-old is not in the mix for medals, because they will be decided when the lifters in Group A compete this afternoon.

  108. 1028: 

    The British qualifiers for the women's 100m freestyle semi-finals have been talking to Sharron Davies on BBC One:

    Fran Halsall: "I've been relaxing with my feet up for the last few days just trying to take my mind off things. My auntie has come over from Australia and it was great to see her."

    Amy Smith: "It is harder to hear the crowd during the 100m freestyle itself, but when you are coming out for the heats it is amazing to get that support."

    Five-time Olympian and BBC analyst Mark Foster talking to BBC One about Fran Halsall's 100m freestyle heat:

    "Fran will have to get a little bit under 54 seconds for the next round. Some swimmers get more fatigued and more tired as the competition goes on, so that is a great result for Fran as she paced herself."

    Ian Thorpe, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    "It was good to see the British girls getting through and it looks good for them reaching the final. In swimming, we talk about rivalry and sometimes I think is it? We are competitive but it's not so much about beating a person but putting on a performance."

  111. 1025: 

    Australia's Melanie Schlanger, who quit swimming in 2010 but returned after recovering from a bout of glanduar fever, goes quickest in the final 100m freestyle heat winning in 53.50. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, the fastest in the world this year is third with American teen sensation Missy Franklin fourth.

    Men's 200m backstroke heats, featuring Britain's Chris Walker-Hebborn and Marco Loughran, are up next.

  112. 1021: 

    Do you want the start times for Britain's Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead in the women's time trial too? Thought so...

    Armitstead, who won silver in Sunday's road race, is ninth-last to depart Hampton Court at 12:52.30 BST. Pooley, who is a more realistic hope of a GB medal in this discipline, goes at 12:57.

    Kristin Armstrong of the United States is favourite for gold, but German veteran Judith Arndt and road race gold medallist Marianne Vos are expected to push her all the way (not literally, that would be a bit odd).

  113. 1021: 
    SWIMMING- Halsall and Smith into 100m freestyle semis

    Usually there is a nervous wait before the final heats for the British swimmers. Not for Fran Halsall or Amy Smith. Halsall finishes second behind Bahamas' Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace in the penultimate heat but her time of 54.02 and the 54.37 of Amy Smith back in fifth is good enough to put them in the top eight of those to have gone so far. There are another eight to go in the last, but even if they all go faster the Brits are safely amongst the 16 to compete in tonight's semi-finals at 1940.

  114. 1015: 

    Former Olympic judo silver medallist and BBC co-commentator Nicola Fairbrother on Winston Gordon's victory: "He went out there and took the fight to the Canadian. Brilliant judo. He is so explosive when he goes in for the attack. What an ippon."

  115. 1014: 

    I bring good news from the judo, where Winston Gordon has clinched a somewhat unexpected win in the men's -90kg category, beating Canada's Alexandre Emond by ippon. The Londoner is into the last 16.

  116. 1013: 

    Right then, I've got the start list for the men's time trial in front of me.

    The first British rider to go is Chris Froome, who is seventh-last to depart at 15:00 BST. The last three riders go in this order: Tony Martin (15:06), Bradley Wiggins (15:07.30) and Fabian Cancellara (15:09). I am getting goosebumps at the mere thought of their battle for gold.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "Racing is well under way at Eton Dorney with a series of semi-finals and finals for those who didn't quite make the medal races.

    "Still, the crowd are getting involved and the so-called 'wall of noise' which rowers have talked about this week is already starting to build. Before today's big finals, we've got British interest in the men's quad, men's pair and men's single semi-finals as they bid to make it 10 finals out of 10 for British boats."

  118. 1012: 

    Ruta Meilutyte, the Plymouth-based Lithuanian 15-year-old who won the 100m breaststroke in thrilling style on Monday, is a little slower in the freestyle it turns out. She touches in 56.33 seconds and is fourth in heat four.

    Great Britain's Fran Halsall and Amy Smith go in heat six alongside defending Olympic champion Bretta Steffen of Germany.

    Two-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit James Cracknell talking about Greg Searle's return on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The reality is that once you stop being full-time, you do not really know what you were moaning at when you were an athlete. Greg's return of one Olympic and one World Championships gold is not good enough for a man of his ability, and he can be a massive asset physically and psychologically to the team."

  120. 1007: 

    Did you know that yesterday was the first day of the Games not to feature a world record? Or that more than one in five of the Olympic medallists so far are yet to celebrate their 21st birthday? You would if you had been over to our London 2012 in numbers page. There are plenty more pub debate nuggets to be mined from the fancy graphics... and some essential video viewing too.

  121. 1008: 

    Comoros (a collection of four major islands in the Indian Ocean since you ask) sent just three athletes to London 2012. One of them, Ayouba Ali Shame, has just finished last in the first race of the day in the pool - a heat of the women's 100m freestyle.

    Plenty better-known names still to come in the Aquatics Centre, and you can see them all on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.


    Edd in Kidderminster, via text: "Come on Team GB! This will be a golden Wednesday!! Productivity in the office this afternoon will drop when Wiggins gets on his bike later!! Got a good feeling!!!"

  123. 1001: 

    Glover and Stanning are not the only GB medal hopes at Eton Dorney, though. Greg Searle, who won gold in Barcelona 20 years ago, is part of the men's eight crew that will try to end Germany's three-year dominance in that event at 12:30 BST.

    Searle is now 40 and says he does feel his age sometimes - especially when his crewmates call him 'Old Greg' - but feels he has much chance of getting gold here as he did in 1992.

    GB are in the women's quadruple sculls final too, at 12:10, but a medal there is a much bigger ask. Could the crowd at Eton Dorney inspire something special?

  124. 0959: 

    BBC News are collecting off-beat and fun Olympic moments. Today you can catch up with Bert Le Clos. His son won the 200m butterfly gold AND beat Michael Phelps on Tuesday. And boy was he proud...

  125. 0956: 

    I'm told there is a bit of confusion about when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are actually going for gold in the women's pair final... but I can confirm their final is at 11:50 BST NOT 10:10 BST (which is when the B final takes place).

    You don't want to miss Britain's first gold medal* of these Games, do you? So remember you won't miss a thing if you stay across the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

    * Yes, I know. Tempting fate again. When will I learn?

  126. 0951: 

    So, can Wiggo win gold this afternoon? Olympic gold medallist and BBC analyst Chris Boardman, thinks he can.

    "After the month he's had, with the Tour de France and the Olympic road race, he's tired. But I'd say he's still odds-on to win. I've been speaking to (GB cycling performance director) Dave Brailsford and he told me Bradley laid it down for Cavendish in the road race, which was very magnanimous of him.

    "They wanted to commit to Cav, which could sacrifice his medal possibility here, but I think he's certainly very capable of winning and the course, which is rolling at best, will certainly suit Bradley."

  127. 0949: 

    Back to the cycling now, and a quick look at who might be Bradley Wiggins' biggest rival for time trial gold this afternoon.

    Current world champion Tony Martin of Germany will definitely figure but it is uncertain what shape Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara - the defending champion and a four time world champ - is in after crashing out of Saturday's men's road race and injuring his shoulder.

    Cancellara, AKA 'Spartacus' will race but he tweeted last night: "Bed time. Tomorrow big last day on the Olympics for me. Pain pain pain but this will be just for the TT. #fullgas "

  128. 0945: 

    Train services in the capital are getting back to normal following problems at London Bridge and Cannon Street. Services on the Underground are still suspended between Earls Court and Richmond following a signal failure at Turnham Green. Transport for London says Tube passenger numbers on Monday were up 7.5% compared to a normal working day.


    Neville in Slough, via text: "Massive shouts of good luck to my cousin Sally Conway in the women's -70kg Judo today. Secretly watching the live feed whilst on a training course today."

    Chris, via text: "I was in London last weekend and enjoyed the atmosphere to the extent that I've spent the week planning a return trip and picking up tickets for the Paralympics later this month. Already looking forward to some Judo, table tennis, sitting volleyball and athletics."

    David, via text: "Players and judges take an oath to compete and judge fairly. These [badminton] players have broken the math and should be dismissed."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Great Britain's Marco Loughran and Chris Walker-Hebborn are together in men's 200m backstroke heat three with Ryan Lochte in heat four, before Lochte goes in the men's 200m medley heats, where he's been kept apart from US team-mate, rival and best-Olympian-ever Michael Phelps. Joe Roebuck and James Goddard are in medley heat three for Britain.

    "Stacey Tadd goes in heat five of the women's 200m breaststroke before the heats for the women's 4x200m freestyle relay round off the morning. The GB quartet have Australia for company in heat one, the US face China in heat two."

  131. 0943: 

    There is yet more sport going on now because the fencing is under way at ExCeL If you haven't caught any yet, it is definitely worth a look-in just for the staging. Only the Las Vegas main drag has more neon.

    Epee world champion Paolo Pizzo is in action at 10:30 BST. The Italian was forced to give up the sport as a 13-year-old after being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour. He returned to the sport five years ago and now, aged 29, is among the favourites to replace countryman Matteo Tagliariol as Olympic champion. It will be one of the stories of these Games if he manages it.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Fran Halsall is fourth-fastest in the world this year in her signature 100m freestyle event, and GB team-mate Amy Smith isn't too far behind, so Britain will have high hopes for the pair in this morning's heats - particularly following on from the strong performances of Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis in Tuesday's 200m breaststroke.

    "Halsall and Smith both go in heat six just after 10:00 BST."

  133. 0937: 

    Britain's handballers have not had much luck over at the Copper Box so far at these Games, which is hardly surprising when you consider most of the GB men's and women's teams only started playing the sport six years ago.

    But BBC Sport's Ben Dirs still enjoyed watching Britain's men take on Sweden last night, even though they were completely crushed.

    It's a fast and furious - and exciting sport to watch but Ben says: "As for the poor old goalie, it is difficult to think of a more thankless role in sport - a fox? But only if you consider hunting a sport - to the extent that I started out thinking we could have saved on lottery money and stuck a scarecrow between the sticks instead."

    The women's team, who have had two heavy defeats to Montenegro and Russia so far, take on Brazil at 16:15 BST.

    Ian Thorpe, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    "It was an extraordinary night of swimming last night. What was extraordinary was Michael Phelps. He would have been disappointed after the 200m butterfly but he was very gracious. He went on to the 4x200m relay and the United States dominated. He is quite funny. He is what you see. He is that laid back guy who jokes around. He is also quite quiet. Be worried about those who are calm and relaxed, because as soon as he gets out there he turns it on."

  135. 0930: 

    Play is under way at Wembley Arena too. There will be none of the alleged 'go-slow' that affected the final group games in the women's doubles last night in this morning's badminton action. We are into the knock-out stages with the last 16 of the women's singles under way.

    As mentioned earlier, Indonesia's Meiliana Juahari and Greysia Polii, China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na and Ha Jung-Eun and Kim Min-Jung, have been charged by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) with "not using one's best efforts to win a match" last night.

    A formal BWF hearing into the case is due to be heard later today at Wembley.

    All four duos are due back on court at 17:02 BST for their quarter-final matches. It might be worth keeping an eye on the reception they get via the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  136. 0925: 

    The beach volleyball has also started, with China taking on Greece, but what else is coming up? Lots. With plenty of other Brits in action too.

    At Lee Valley, Richard Hounslow goes in the semi-final of the kayak (K1) at 13:42 BST, hoping to make this afternoon's final.

    Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears go in the final of the 3m synchronised springboard final (15:00). That can be a risky business by the sounds of things - Mears is back diving again after being given a less than 5% chance of survival in 2009 after rupturing his spleen during a dive.

    And two of Britain's female fencers are back on the green piste in the sabre individual event. Louise Bond-Williams faces Italy's Vassiliki Vougiouka at 14:10, which is also when Sophie Williams takes on another Italian, the world number six Irene Vecchi.


    Ryan Gough on Twitter: "Jesse Owens is without doubt the greatest Olympian ever. It's about more than just medal count."

  138. 0921: 

    A bit more from Britain's five-time Olympic rowing gold medalist Steve Redgrave on Heather Stanning and Helen Glover's preparations and prospects: "We spoke to them a couple of days ago and they are so laid back. They are just taking everything in their stride. I hate to say it, but I can't see anything other than them winning."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "It's a bright but chilly start to the morning at Eton Dorney with the media centre positively buzzing and grandstands already half full in anticipation of what lies in wait. When Britain's Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, who set an Olympic best in the heats, take to the start line at 11:50 BST, they sit less than seven minutes away from celebrity status. Victory will bring Britain's first gold medal of the Games and the first for a British female rower ever. The pressure is well and truly on."

  140. 0916: 

    It is our men who are in action today in the beach volleyball, with Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson needing to beat their Norwegian opponents (at 17:30 BST) to make the last 16.

    And GB's women volleyballers have been faring rather better than their male counterparts, enjoying an epic win over Algeria in the early hours of Tuesday morning in their last outing. That was their first ever Olympic win and they will hope to repeat it against Italy today (16:45)

  141. 0912: 

    I mixed with some Olympic big-wigs yesterday, joining* Boris Johnson at the beach volleyball at Horseguards Parade and then sitting** with Lord Coe for the 'volleyball ashes' between Great Britain's men's team and Australia at Earls Court.

    There was a slightly different vibe at each event but sadly I didn't witness any British winners - Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin lost 2-0 to an Italian duo on the sand and the Aussies smashed GB 3-0 in the indoor event. A cracking atmosphere at both, mind.

    * Boris left just before I got there.

    ** Lord Coe was two rows in front of me.

  142. 0909: 

    Former GB gymnast and Commonwealth goal medalist Craig Heap, reflecting on Britain's historic bronze in the men's team event: "Our gymnasts have been absolutely fantastic. It takes somethng like the Olympic Games at home to show how much work they put in. This progress is not a flash in the pan, it is something that is really building. I hate to say it but the juniors in the men's are better than the seniors at the moment."

  143. 0908: 

    Cycling pundit and former team-mate of Bradley Wiggins, Michael Hutchinson, talking about Wiggo's prospects: "The time trial is a more predictable event. You would have to expect Bradley Wiggins to win it but after Saturday [in the team road race] you know things don't always work out that way. The time trial is pure effort. Each rider is unassisted and there are no team tactics. It is pure racing."

  144. 0907: 

    Great Britain's last woman standing in the individual archery event, Amy Oliver, is facing teenage world number one Deepika Kumari of India today at Lord's (at 10:57 BST). A tough draw no doubt, but you couldn't get a much more British venue than Lord's to put her at her ease.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham has been having a nose round to see how the headquarters of Marylebone Cricket Club is accomodating the bow and arrow brigade and the accompanying London 2012 hoopla.

    "A Coca-Cola-branded fridge was positioned uneasily in front of legendary batsmen Sir Donald Bradman and WG Grace," he notes. Kind of sums it up really.

  145. 0904: 

    One of the highlights of Day Four was the silver medal secured by the British eventing team. They have been on the BBC Breakfast sofa chatting about it.

    Mary King: "I've been very fortunate to win a bronze and silver so the gold has eluded me and what better incentive to carry on."

    William Fox-Pitt: "Wouldn't it be great to carry on but it depends on the horses, us and how good the others get."

    Zara Phillips: "I was pretty disappointed after my showjumping round. I made a mistake. I was annoyed with myself as you want to do the best for your team."

    "I've not had a word with my gran [the Queen] yet as I've been so busy with the media."

    Nicola Wilson: "We carry a stop watch and measure our way around the cross country course but we couldn't hear them as the crowd were so loud so we had to keep looking down. The support was fantastic."

    Tina Cook on having royalty as part of their team: "To be honest, she is one of us and we have a real laugh and banter. It doesn't make any difference to us at all."

  146. 0901: 

    There are 23 Olympic sports taking place today, so I don't blame you if you are struggling to keep up with everything.

    I can help, though. The first place to look is 'Day Five's must-see moments' will give you the lowdown on the action you cannot afford to miss, while 'Day Four'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.

    When you decide what you want to watch, the best place to do it is the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website. It's all singing AND all dancing so check it out now.

  147. 0857: 

    So you know all about the controversy surrounding badminton badness/madness and Michael Phelps adding even more ballast to his hand luggage, but, as ever with the Olympics, there are a few more tasty titbits that may have escaped your attention on Day Four.

    Arsenal Ladies' Steph Houghton scored her third goal in as many games as Great Britain beat Brazil 1-0 in front of the biggest crowd ever for a women's football match in this country - 70,584.

    A father's pride is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Witness Bert le Clos, the father of South African 200m butterfly winner Chad, talking the BBC's Clare Balding through his son's medal ceremony. Look out for Michael Phelps explaining to Le Clos junior where he has to go to pick up his gong as well. He knows his way around a podium that man.

    A last-minute goalline controversy, complete with a staged sit-in and mutinous crowd, hardly blipped on most people's radar yesterday. Time to get across the dramatic end to Croatia v Spain in the men's water polo.

    South Korean fencer Shin A Lam reluctantly left the fencing piste following a similarly questionable late call in the women's epee semi-final earlier this week. The International Fencing Association has awarded her a "special medal". As she points out, it is rather less special than an Olympic one would have been.

  148. 0852: 
    OLYMPIC CATCH-UP- Badminton drama

    There are winners like Phelps but there are also lots of losers at these Olympics too, although not too many competitors set out to be beaten.

    That's the allegation aimed at eight badminton doubles players, who have been charged by the Badminton World Federation for "not using one's best efforts to win a match".

    All four pairs had already qualified for the last eight, and they have been accused of wanting to lose, by deliberately serving into the net and making other errors, in an attempt to get a more favourable draw in the knockout stage. The crowd at Wembley Arena didn't like it much, to put it lightly.


    So, is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time?

    Ralph Laing on Twitter: "Perhaps, could Usain Bolt be?"

    Andrew Embling on Twitter: "Difficult to compare different eras and different events, but he is certainly the greatest Olympian in the pool."

    Chris Harris on Twitter: "Michael is the most medalled Olympian. There is no doubt in my mind he is the greatest of all time, thus far."

  150. 0844: 

    They like an early start in the hockey, and the men's pool match between Spain and Australia is already up and running. Australia have just scored to lead 2-0 and there is currently a bit of an early-morning argument going on - Spain want a video replay because they think the ball went out of play before the ball went in the net, and the South Korean umpire is telling them they can't have one because they didn't ask in time.

    He ends up shoving the angry player away... would be nice to see a few football referees do that.

  151. 0840: 

    Five-time Olympic rowing gold medallist Steve Redgrave is confident of seeing British success at Eton Dorney, starting today: "I think we are going to win seven medals over the next four days and it could even be better than that. We are almost guaranteed four golds and if everything goes extremely well it could be five.

    "Waiting around those last two or three hours before a race is hell. When you are out in the boat you are in your zone and it is sheer hell for those watching.

    "The atmosphere has been wonderful here. Every crew that comes off the water says they are great. With 1,000m to go, there is a wall of noise. If our crews need an extra person in their boat, there are a few thousand of them here."

  152. 0838: 

    GB rowing team performance director David Tanner, on the prospects of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning winning gold in the women's pair final: "It's good because people are expecting a lot from them. They will take the pressure in a good way. They have been a great pair. They will be in their own bubble in the water today and we are optimistic and we are proud to carry the flag for Team GB [in terms of winning our first gold].

    "The men's eight have as tough call. The Germans have been unbeaten for four years. That is going to be a hard one but we will be in there fighting."

  153. 0834: 

    We know how the Olympic men's road race ended up, despite GB's best efforts to control the race, but surely the time trial is a lot more straightforward? The fastest man wins the 'race of truth' against the clock without worrying about tactics.

    Yes... and no. The weather could have a big part to play in where the gold medal ends up, with rain forecast in south west London around midday. That could have a bigger impact on the women's race, but Wiggo, Froome and co will want the roads to be dry if possible. Otherwise, the chances of (literally) slipping up increase.

    Olympic weather forecaster Nina Ridge says the outlook is the same across the Olympic Park and the rest of London too. "We should start the day with some sunshine but there is always the chance of a few showers," Ridge says. To be honest, I'm just glad to see 'sunshine' being mentioned at all.

  154. 0829: 

    There is definitely a positive mood in today's newspapers, though. And one thing unites red-top rivals the Sun and the Daily Mirror this morning: Bradley Wiggins's sideburns.

    Both newspapers have dedicated their front pages to cut-out-and-wear copies of the Tour de France winner's mod mutton chops. They manage to come up with different headlines though. The Sun splashes with "Going for Wiggogold", the Mirror raises them with "Here Wiggo!".

    Over at the more wordy end of the news stands, there is also a consensus on what deserves to go front and centre. Unsurprisingly it is not replica facial hair.

    The Times leads with coverage of Michael Phelps's record-breaking 19th Olympic medal. "The swimmer they call the Baltimore Bullet raised his status to become the undisputed greatest of them all," reads the front page.

    The Guardian goes with exactly the same headline: "The greatest Olympian". Donald McCrae describes the fact that Phelps achieved his landmark with defeat in his siganture event as "a conclusion that defined the exhilaration and pathos of sport".

  155. 0826: 

    I don't want you to be expecting too much from today, but there are actually a couple of other British medal prospects too.

    In the pool, Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis qualified for the final of the men's 200m breaststroke (19:30 BST) in impressive style.

    And, following Britain's brilliant gymnastics Dan Purvis is hoping for a podium place in the individual all-around event, which starts at 16:30. Purvis qualified in fifth place, while team-mate Kristian Thomas made it through in 10th place.

  156. 0821: 

    It is the roads near Hampton Court and the lake at Eton Dorney that the eyes of Britain will be focusing on from around midday onwards, but one of the wonders of the Olympics is that what seems like a relatively low-key part of the day on these shores will be gripping a whole nation somewhere on the globe.

    The man who has been single-handedly draining Switzerland's Sports Personality of the Year contest of any dregs of tension for more than a decade, Roger Federer, is first on court at Wimbledon this morning when he takes on Russia's Denis Istomin.

    Erislandy Savon, the nephew of the legendary Cuban heavyweight Felix Savon, will attempt to maintain a national and family tradition of boxing gold when he takes on Great Britain's Anthony Joshua in the final bout of the evening at ExCeL.

    Brazil will be watching for more than the novelty factor of a load of sand being in the middle of London when their world number one women's beach volleyball pairing of Larissa and Juliana play their final group match in Pool A at 15:30 BST.

  157. 0816: 

    There are 20 gold medals to be won today, across 11 sports... so how confident are you that Britain's, erm, gold rush will begin in the next few hours? Will the first one come in a boat or on a bike? And is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian ever? Get in touch with the live text commentary today via Twitter on #bbc2012 or via text on 81111 from UK mobiles.

  158. 0812: 

    Now, Bradley Wiggins has already made one bit history this year by becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, but will he win the first British gold medal of these Games too?

    Not if GB's rowers can help it, he won't. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are nailed on* favourites to win the women's pair final at 11:50 BST, and the GB women's quadruple scull crew (12:10) and men's eight crew (12:30) are also gunning for a podium place.

    * Yes, I know I'm tempting fate but they are unbeaten in 22 races over the last two years.

  159. 0808: 

    Speaking of serial medal collectors, Bradley Wiggins is no slouch either.

    The Tour de France winner, who rang in these Games last Friday night, will overhaul Steve Redgrave as Britain's most decorated Olympian of all time if he wins a medal of any description in today's time trial.

    Wiggins, 32, currently has three golds, one silver and two bronze medals stretching back to a team pursuit bronze won in the velodrome in Sydney in 2000, although you have to admit Redgrave's five golds at consecutive Games from 1984-2000 (plus a bronze in 1988) is an achievement that is hard to beat.

    Chris Froome and David Millar will also hope to make the medals in the men's race (at 14:15 BST), while Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead are contenders in the women's event (12:30). I'll give you their individual start times when I get them.

  160. 0804: 

    Mind you, overhauling Michael Phelps's overall Olympic tally might take Britain's boys and girls a little longer.

    The 27-year-old American, who is competing at his third Games, clinched his 18th and 19th medals in the pool on Tuesday night, including a victory for the United States in the 4x200m freestyle relay that took his total of gold medals to a staggering 15.

    He's now the most decorated Olympian in history, overtaking Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina's 18 medals, and he's not quite finished yet - he has got three more races in London before he retires - but is he the greatest? That's a whole different argument.

  161. 0800: 

    Morning all, and welcome to Day Five of London 2012. Apologies for reminding everyone that we still await Britain's first gold of these Games, but worry not - our rowers and cyclists are on a mission to put that right today.

    Team GB will not be challenging China for Olympic supremacy just yet but, with a bit of luck, they could move above Michael Phelps in the 2012 medal table by the close of play tonight. Right now, I'd settle for that...

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