London 2012 Olympics: Day Six morning session as it happened

GB's lightweight rowing four win silver, Rebecca Adlington impresses and Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton start their campaigns.

2 August 2012 Last updated at 13:20

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  1. 1307: 

    I'm about to pass the text commentary torch on to Sam Sheringham who is going to guide you through the afternoon. He has a brand new page on which to do so, so head over to afternoon session page and get stuck in.

  2. 1303: 

    Andy Murray is now a set and a break to the good against Spain's Nicolas Almagro on Centre Court.

    His opponent has received treatment for a right shoulder injury and during the medical time-out a Mexican wave swept Court One with even Kate and William joining in in the posh seats.

    This will almost certainly be done and dusted very soon.

  3. 1258: 

    Sophie Hosking on BBC One on winning their lightweight double sculls semi-final with Katherine Copeland: "We talk a lot about calm intensity. We have to have the utmost desire to move our boat but stay calm and stay in our bubble, staying fully committed to what we're doing. Inner confidence is growing by the day. The semi-final is always the most pressured because everyone wants to make the Olympic final. Now we have a day to compose ourselves."

  4. 1258: 

    With 11 riders, having strutted their stuff in the sandbox, Great Britain's Carl Hester leads the way in the first day of the dressage Grand Prix. Team-mate Laura Bechtolsheimer goes at 1511, with Charlotte Dujardin and Richard Davison, who is not part of the British team, in action tomorrow.

  5. 1254: 

    Mark Hunter on BBC One after winning his lightweight double scull semi-final with Zac Purchase: "We will raise our game for the final. Today wasn't our best row but it was quite challenging and we had to win the race to get a good lane in the final. I am confident. We've had two good races together, beaten two great crews and put ourselves in a really good position for Saturday."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Ben Ainslie makes aggressive start to the first race of the day to get the preferred left side and now leads the Finn fleet downwind. Hogh-Christensen was 8th, but on a charge & up to 4th. But then the Dane goes over, a capsize. Drama."

    You can get across the drama via the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of the website.

  7. 1251: 

    Gemma Gibbons is in with a chance of landing Great Britain's first Olympic judo medal since 2000 after making the semi-finals of the under-78kg division.

    Roared on by the home crowd at ExCeL, the Greenwich fighter has won three fights to set up a clash against France's Audrey Tcheumeo (1420 BST), the 2011 world champion who beat her in a World Cup final in Bucharest two months ago.

    Britain's last judo medal came from Kate Howey, who claimed silver at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, but GB have never won a gold.

  8. 1250: 
    TENNIS- Murray wins first set v Almagro

    Andy Murray is closing in on an Olympic singles medal shot after taking the first set of his quarter-final against Nicolas Almagro 6-4 in 34 minutes. Nine aces, three unforced errors, 16 winners, a first-serve percentage of 83% and a second-serve percentage of 100%.

    Almagro appears to be complaining of a shoulder problem and his body language is poor. Here comes the trainer…

    As Almagro takes a medical time-out, a Mexican wave sweeps around Court One - even Kate and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are joining in.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "GB sailing boss Stephen Park says he is 'feeling pretty good' with how things are progressing in Weymouth. 'I'll still stick where I started - I'm fairly confident we're going to deliver four medals, that's our target here. And we've still got plenty of opportunities to win more than that, so at this stage I'm actually feeling pretty good.

    'It is a long regatta, it's about making sure you're consistent. One of the things we've always been confident about is if you get enough races the talent will flow to the top'."

  10. 1248: 

    Great Britain rower Will Satch's stepfather Martin Unsworth tells BBC One about parenting an Olympic star: "You're a very privileged, underpaid taxi driver. We suffer for their art. You have to get them up and run them round places. Plus we paid his school fees and he slept through most of his lessons, but now he's in the Olympics so it's all been worth it!"

  11. 1247: 

    Chris Bartley had to be helped off the pontoon in the wake of the men's lightweight four final. He, and the rest of his crew, look like they have overcome the initial disappointment of being edged out though. Broad Cheshire Cat grins and full-arm waves to famiy in the crowd.

  12. 1244: 

    Peter Chambers on BBC Radio 5 live reacts to winning silver in the men's lightweight four: "We are gutted. We were unlucky to get a silver with those conditions. We're delighted with silver but we wanted to get gold.

    "Fair play to the South Africans, they won that fair and square. They still are Olympic medals and as a team we can't ask for much more."


    Kevin in Solihull on 81111 on text: "After lots of attempts I finally got two tickets for basketball on Sunday. So thrilled. I guess you just to be lucky!"

    Richard, going hoarse at ExCeL, on 81111 on text: "Great atmosphere at the judo. Explosion of noise when Gemma Gibbons won in the last second. No idea what's going on but it's brilliant. Love the Mongolian fighter, he just suffocated a Frenchman."

  14. 1243: 

    Great Britain's men's lightweight four are presented with their silver medals. South Africa receive gold with Denmark on the bottom step of the podium.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Ben Ainslie makes an aggressive start to get the preferred left side and now leads the Finn fleet downwind. Hogh-Christensen was eighth, but on a charge and up to fourth. But then the Dane goes over, a capsize. Drama.

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

    That was what we thought would happen. For Great Britain it was very tough. I thought the Americans were fantastic. They have been the outstanding crew over the last four years. Our girls will be disappointed.

  17. 1239: 

    Great Britain's eight edge out Australia for fifth place but the fourth-placed Romanians prove just beyond their grasp. That race quickly became two separate ones with the medals being contested at the front and pride up for grabs behind.

    GOLD MEDAL- United States (Women's eight)

    Undefeated in the last four years, the United States women's eight successfully defend Olympic gold. Canada are second with Netherlands third.

  19. 1235: 

    Great Britain are still down in sixth in the women's eight. They are contesting fourth at best. The USA look to have it tied up.

  20. 1234: 

    The United States still piling on the pressure on the rest of the field and have opened up a lead of 2.3 seconds at 1000m. Canada and Netherlands are in second and third.

    Andrew Cotter, BBC Sport commentator

    Andy Murray is carrying the hopes of Great Britain's tennis fans. He came through a tough match against Marcos Baghdatis yesterday, losing the first set and seeming uncomfortable, but he improved throughout. Nicolas Almagro, his opponent, is a clay court specialist but could trouble Andy Murray. He's got a fighter's chance and hasn't dropped a set yet in these Olympics.

  22. 1232: 

    A superb start from Andy Murray on Court One in his quarter-final meeting with Nicolas Almagro in the Olympic singles. The Scot breaks his Spanish opponent's serve early on and moves into a 4-2 lead in the first set.

    Over one Centre Court, top seed Victoria Azarenka is a break to the good against Angelique Kerber.

  23. 1232: 

    Five hundred metres gone and the favourites United States are leading by a third of a length. Britain are back in sixth.

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

    The Americans are firm favourites in this. They are dominant. Here and now I can't see anybody but America winning this. But everything else is up for grabs and hopefully our girls can pull something together.

  25. 1230: 

    Next up is the final of the women's eight. Great Britain go in lane six. That could be a major hinderance with the cross winds giving those in the middle lanes a big advantage.

  26. 1229: 

    That was the first South African rowing gold in this or any other Olympics.

  27. 1229: 

    Richard Chambers' wife Abby reacts on BBC One to her husband's silver medal: "It was an agonising race to watch. Silver is absolutely brilliant and I'm so glad they're taking that home. I'm a bit teary!"

  28. 1228: 

    Rob Williams reacts on BBC One to winning his silver in the lightweight four: "We wanted to win. We have to be happy to get a medal at our home Olympics. It's a shame we didn't win but what can you do? It's a shame."

  29. 1227: 

    Both Chambers brothers have their brows furrowed into deep painful creases as they conduct their post-race interviews. It isn't just the physical pain either I fear. "Mixed emotions," they admit of their silver.

  30. 1227: 

    Richard Chambers reacts on BBC One to his silver in the lightweight men's four: "That was really, really brutal. We were just fighting, fighting through the whole thing to get ourselves back into contention. We struggled to keep with the pace of the other crews in the first quarter of the race but we dug our heels in and fought really hard."

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

    An absolutely fantastic race. I must say there is quite a strong cross-wind. All the crews in lane six, five an four are affected. You always felt Great Britain could do it. It's all about pacing it and getting it right and 100m out it was still all up for grabs. Australia, who were always in it, have got nothing at all. It was a series of great rows in all the boats.

  32. 1223: 

    Right down to the final five strokes the make-up of the podium was in doubt. Down to the very last stroke, gold was still juggling between South Africa and Great Britain. The South Africans manged to dig their blades in faster and deeper to thrust the bow over the line just in front.

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

    That was a great row. Britain and South Africa timed it well. Denmark laid their cards out. The Brits stayed psychologically strong and didn't let the lane affect them and came within a foot of winning.


    That result gives Britain their fourth silver medal of the Games, adding to ones from Lizzie Armitstead, the equestrian team and Michael Jamieson. GB are still 11th in the medal table.

  35. 1215: 

    With 500m to go Britain's lightweight four are third, a flat second away from Denmark. Australia in second. Hold on to your hats, here we go...

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

    We can win gold in this race. The wind conditions are swinging around and it's important they don't let it bother them. It's not in the direction the Danes would want it either. What our boys do have is a cracking middle part of the race. Then it's going to come down for a scrap to the finish.

  37. 1214: 

    With 1000m down Britain's four have moved up into the bronze medal position. Still Denmark out in front but their lead has been shaved down. Australia still in second.

  38. 1212: 

    Denmark go out hard and open up a half a length lead on the rest. They are heaving hard and have a lead of 1.2 seconds on Australia at 500m. Great Britain are down in fifth, keeping some in reserve and slipping into a steady rhythm.

  39. 1209: 

    Fantastic cheers as Great Britain appear on the big screens in lane three, not a lot of love for their rivals Denmark in trap four though.

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

    "This Great Britain lightweight men's four has such confidence in what they're doing. They looked so relaxed in their semi-final, knowing they could squeeze more power on. That confidence will flow them through and, I think, take them through to crossing that line in first. But every boat is in with a shout, and being in the middle of the draw is probably the best place to be."

  41. 1205: 

    Next up on the water at Eton Dorney is the men's lightweight four final with the British quartet of Peter and Richard Chambers, Chris Bartley and Rob Williams who have won both their heat and the semi-final. Denmark and Australia could disappoint the home fans hoping for another gold medal. It starts in five.

  42. 1207: 

    Britain's Andy Murray walks out on Court One at Wimbledon to a ear-splitting ovation. Beat Nicolas Almagro of Spain and the Scot is guaranteed a shot at an Olympic tennis medal.

  43. 1205: 

    Great Britain's men's judo competitor Colin Oates on BBC Radio 5 live on his compatriot Gemma Gibbons' win: "To be honest Gemma has done phenomenally to be in the semi-final. She has beaten some quality opponents to get there.

    "She was being a bit more drained in the contest as she is giving weight away, but she pulled out something magical to get that winning move."

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst on the double sculls final

    As we said, any of those six boats could've won. GB were a little isolated out on the side. With doubles, it's all about being smooth and being connected with your boat, and for New Zealand it was all about brute strength. They had not idea where they were then they looked up and realised they'd won the gold medal.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre

    Well that was quite a morning of swimming action! Rebecca Adlington looking in great shape in the 800m heats and her duel with Denmark's Lotte Friis has the potential to be a true 'moment' of the Games.

    Olympic 200m butterfly champion Chad Le Clos and Michael Phelps also look set for another fantastic duel after posting the quickest times in the 100m heats.

    Much more is expected of European champion Lizzie Simmonds though in tonight's 200m backstroke semi-finals. Two minutes 10.37 is almost three seconds off her time at the British trials.

  46. 1204: 

    The Kiwi pair haul their lactic-loaded bodies out of the boat and crawl their way up the jetty towards the podium. A hint of a smile in amongst the grimaces though. They made up three places and nearly two and a half seconds to snatch victory in the final 500m.]

    Lucas and Townsend could not stay with that sort of pace, but they were always hampered by that inside

    GOLD MEDAL- Joseph Sullivan & Nathan Cohen NZL (Men's double sculls)

    Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen of New Zealand surge through to win the men's double sculls final ahead of Italy and Slovenia. Britain finish fifth.

  48. 1156: 

    With 500m to go Britain are still in with a sniff of bronze. Italy, Slovenia and New Zealand are all ahead of them though.

  49. 1154: 

    At halfway Britain's Townsend and Lucas have slipped back to third, two and a half seconds behind Slovenia who are pushing the early pace.

  50. 1153: 

    Missy Franklin wins the last heat in 2:07.54, with Stephanie Proud of Great Britain fourth in 2:10.01. And the news is good for the host nation with both Proud and Lizzie Simmonds making it through to the semi-finals, which start at 19:53 this evening.

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

    Our men's sculling team are showing a lot of promise. Most of the time at major championships they've fallen short, so now they've had a rejig. It all seems to be coming together here, and I think they can get a medal. They showed no promise in the World Cup races but they showed a lot of promise in these semi-finals.

    In this finals field any of the six could win and any of the six could come last. Anybody could do anything, and I can't call it.

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

    Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend have got every tool in their locker, they just haven't got the experience that the Slovenian's do but they have a chance and if they're in it at the halfway stage they have a good chance.

  53. 1152: 

    Great Britain in lane one jump out into the lead in the first 100m of the double sculls final, attempting to negate a tricky crosswind. Slovenia nudge ahead of them by the 500m mark, but GB are looking strong in second. Plenty of water to cover still though...

  54. 1149: 

    Back to Eton Dorney, where we have the men's double sculls final featuring Great Britain's Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend up next. They are in their first season in the event and despite a promising first season, featuring a fourth place in the Munich World Cup, a medal would be a big ask. New Zealand and Australia are expected to contest gold.

  55. 1147: 

    Lizzie Simmonds starts quickly but fades in the final 50m to finish fourth in 2:10.37. She is in 10th place overall, with one heat remaining. The fastest 16 get through to tonight's semi-finals so hold onto your hats.

  56. 1146: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Shifting 10s of thousands of tickets every day, says Locog. "Hang in there, be patient, persevere," says Comms director Jackie Brock-Doyle. #bbc2012"

    "On empty seats, she says 80% of accredited seats were filled yesterday, a very different situation from early on. #bbc2012"

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Starting today in Weymouth Bay from 1200 BST are the men's 470 pair of Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, serious contenders for some Olympic jewellery, though the Aussies are hot favourites. GB 49er duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes will look to build on their decent form and nudge into a medal spot.

    They are fifth, three points off third, but there is a big bunch around them and things change fast in that class. Windsurfers Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw and the women's match-racing team of Lucy Macgregor are also in action, while the Lasers and Laser Radials have a day off.


    Great Britain's 400m hurdler Dai Greene on Twitter: "Fulfilling my captain duties today at the warm up track. A foreign athlete asked me to take a picture of her with Jessica Ennis."

    GB's 100m sprinter Adam Gemili on Twitter: "Last couple of tweets till after my 100m, thanks you all so much for the support you have given me. It means so much."

  59. 1143: 

    BBC Sport judo commentator Nick Mullins on Gemma Gibbons' win: "That is, by a considerable distance, the biggest moment for British judo at these Games. They don't lack ambition, they don't lack heart, they know what it takes to succeed at the Olympics. Gemma Gibbons has just beaten one of the world's best in her own manor, and she's into the Olympic quarter-finals."

  60. 1143: 

    The first day of the dressage competition has begun at Greenwich with Great Britain's first rider Carl Hester up soon on Uthopia. As I never tire of pointing out you can catch that on the BBC Sport interactive video player. A picture paints a thousand words apparently, so I would get over there rather than stay here, if you want the full details of what is going down in equine matters.

  61. 1139: 

    The women's 200m backstroke heats are underway now in the pool, with Lizzie Simmonds set to swim for Britain in heat four and Florida-based Brit Stephanie Proud in heat five, up against US golden girl Missy Franklin and Olympic champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe.

  62. 1136: 

    More good news from the judo mat where Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons has scored two yuko to the one of Mongolia's Lkhamdegd Purevjargal to progress through to the last eight.

    The Londoner, who won the British Open earlier this year, will face the Netherlands' 2009 world champion Marhinde Verkerk in the quarter-finals.

    That is due on the floor at around 1150 BST. You can catch that and the rest of her last-eight rivals on the BBC Sport interactive video player.

  63. 1131: 

    In the last men's 100m butterfly heat, Michael Phelps turns in last before getting his over-sized arms motoring to win. More dismay for Team GB as Anthony James comes last, nearly a second behind the seventh placed finisher. South Africa's Chad Le Clos, the 200m champion, qualifies fastest for the final.

  64. 1127: 

    Rebecca Adlington on her biggest rival Lotte Friis: "Lotte is so lovely. We've been racing each other since the European juniors in 2004. One year I win, the next year she wins. I'm going to give it my all in the final, it's all about who can get that finish.

    "During the next 36 hours, I'll have gentle swims. I'll come back tonight and support the guys, then rest up tomorrow. It's all about tomorrow night."

    Robbie Savage, BBC Olympic football punditTWITTER Q&A

    A final batch of #savagesays questions answered:

    Q: Who do you think will go further - GB's men or women's football team? (Lizzie Stokes)

    A: "I think the men will set up a semi-final against Brazil but then Brazil will knock them out. I reckon the women's side will get to the final, so there's your answer."

    Q: If the men's team win a gold medal, would expect to see them defend it at the Rio 2016 Olympics? (Olly)

    A: "Yes, of course. Football in Brazil is huge, so what an experience it would be for our young boys to go over there, and possibly play in the Maracana. Even if they get to the semi-finals here in London, I feel it's been a success and they should go and play in Rio. It's a football-loving country. It will be great."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "Britain's Mark Hunter looked exhausted after that men's lightweight semi-final alongside Zac Purchase as the Olympic champions had to work harder than they would have hoped to win that.

    "Still, that's two wins out of two here at Eton Dorney which is incredible considering they finished last in their last two World Cup finals. The pair are big occasion performers because, as Hunter said earlier this week, they 'hate to lose'. Have they got enough left for the final, though? Tune in on Saturday to find out."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Heading out into a grey Weymouth Bay to see how Ben Ainslie responds to the very large gauntlet laid down by Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen.

    "In the first instance Ben will just be trying to win the race," said team boss Stephen "Sparky" Park. "Unless an opportunity presents itself that makes it easy to take a pop, but certainly he's going to have to start thinking about Jonas after the next race."

    Also out in the Bay are Star class leaders Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson. Percy is going for a third gold and if he succeeds and Ainslie fails in his quest, the pair will be tied on Olympic golds.

  68. 1126: 

    Rebecca Adlington: "It's so bizarre not knowing what time you're doing when racing in the 800m. I was ahead in the 400m, but scraped through - I wasn't taking any chances in the 800m.

    "You can hear the loud crowd, although obviously I can't make out what they saying. It's the first time I've raced in front of such a big crowd as this."

  69. 1125: 

    Something of a thrashing for the British women in the quarter-finals of the team foil as they are beaten 42-14 by world champions Italy. If those Italian swords were real, they would have left the British girls with more holes in them than a kitchen colander.

  70. 1124: 

    Michael Rock is second after the first 50m but fades badly on the second length of the pool and comes seventh. Evgeny Korotyshin wins in 51.84, with McGill second.

  71. 1123: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Friday and Saturday will be the busiest days on the Olympic Park. From 10.30 -5pm on Saturday and Sunday, Westfield will only be open to accredited and sponsored ticket holders.

    "Also 3,500 seats were put on sale yesterday, says Games organisers Locog, and 2,267 dope tests have been carried out so far, says the International Olympic Committee."

  72. 1122: 

    We are into the men's 100m butterfly heats now, with Michael Rock about to go in lane six for Great Britain in the first of the seeded heats up against Tyler McGill of the US.

  73. 1116: 

    We're into the business end of things at Wimbledon and today's order of play reads like a who's who of world tennis, with semi-final places at stake.

    The Centre Court action starts with top seed Victoria Azarenka against Angelique Kerber and they are followed by Novak Djokovic v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    World number one Roger Federer meets John Isner third on Centre before Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters face off.

    Britain's Andy Murray is first up on Court One at 1200 BST - weather permitting - and returns to the arena later on to play his mixed doubles first-round match with Laura Robson again Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek.

    Serena Williams faces Caroline Wozniacki, while Petra Kvitova and Juan Martin del Potro also feature.

  74. 1114: 

    A stat thrown at me by our man Lawrence Barrretto down at Eton Dorney suggests that head coach Jurgen Grobler's carefully planned programme is bearing fruit. That win for Hunter and Purchase means that all 13 British boats have made it through to their finals.

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst on Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter's semi-final win:

    "If you're at the top end of a semi-final you need to use the least amount of energy as you can, especially with the final coming up. I think they had to push hard against New Zealand in the heats and they were reasonably comfortable in the middle part of the race, not so much at the end. But they crossed the line first and that's all that matters and they are in the middle lane for the final now which is key. The Olympic medal they want to retain looks a definite possibility."

  76. 1114: 

    It's a procession in the pool for Rebecca Adlington as she wins in 8:21.78. Lauren Boyle is second, some four seconds behind Adlington, who qualifies fastest for the final, 11 hundredths of a second ahead of her archrival Lotte Friis. Order the takeaway now, you are staying in tomorrow night for what could be Britain's first 2012 swimming gold.

  77. 1110: 
    ROWING- Hunter & Purchase win lightweight double scull semi

    Grimaces from Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter as they pass through the line to take victory in a time of 6.36.62 and book their place in the final.

    The French pushed them hard over the final quarter, but the British pair had an answer to every question thrown at them. Has head coach Jurgen Grobler pulled off his trick of getting the British crews to the boil at just the right time once again?

  78. 1109: 

    Adlington is absolutely bossing this race with a healthy lead over Lauren Boyle of the USA at the 500m stage. It's only a heat but the crowd are going nuts.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre

    "For all of the talk about British swimmers struggling to hit personal best times this week, China's Xin Xin hugely underperformed in the fourth heat.

    "Fifth quickest in the world this year with a time of 8 minutes and 22 seconds, but she finished over 18 seconds off that pace! But what can Adlington do?"

  80. 1106: 

    Hunter and Purchase's lead over the French is up to 1.1 seconds as they pass through 1500m. The French are preparing a charge though...

  81. 1105: 

    GB's Purchase and Hunter stretch out a little and lead by half a second at the halfway mark from the French pair in the second men's lightweight double scull semi. Shouts from the towpath are increasing in decibels.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre

    "That was a strange swim from Britain's Ellie Faulkner. The 19-year-old set a new personal best of 8 minutes 27.11 seconds at the trials in March, but finished over 11 seconds off that today.

    "Would be very interesting to hear from British Swimming as to why they think so many of their athletes are struggling to get anywhere near their best times in the Aquatics Centre this week.

    "Michael Jamieson's 200m breastroke silver and Rebecca Adlington's 400m freestyle bronze aside, there are very few excelling in front of this home crowd so far this week."

  83. 1103: 

    Denmark's Lotte Friis, Adlington's biggest rival for gold tomorrow night, wins heat four of the 800m freestyle in 8:21.89, with Boglarka Kapas of Hungary and Andreina Pinto Perez of Venezuela joint-second on the same time of 8:26.43. Can you imagine a swim-off in the 800m freestyle? A massive roar for Becky A. Here we go...

  84. 1103: 

    It is all very tight at the 500m mark with Purchase and Hunter third behind the leading Cubans but only just over a second covering the first four crews.

  85. 1059: 

    Purchase and Hunter have limped through in sixth-place in the final two World Cup meetings of the season. They vowed to get their nose up to the grindstone in the immediate run-up to the Games to try and make amends.

    We'll see what effect that boot camp had in the semi-final next. Denmark, New Zealand and Germany went through in the first semi. France's Stany Delayre and Jeremie Azou are alongside Hunter and Purchase in the second race.


    GB footballer Tom Cleverley on Twitter: "Can never sleep well after games! 3 games in 6 days and hopefully 3 more to come. All about ice baths, massage, and good food today."

    GB 110m hurdler Andy Turner on Twitter: "Packing my bags, flying back to London this afternoon. It's Olympic time!!"

  87. 1059: 

    Time to wake up and marvel at one of Great Britain's stars of the Games as Rebecca Adlington competes in the heats of the 800m freestyle.

  88. 1056: 

    Britain's world number two Peter Wilson has a great chance of reaching the final after missing just two shots to lie in a four-way tie for the lead on 48 points going into the second round.

    The 25-year-old from Dorset is looking to win GB's first shooting medal since Richard Faulds topped the podium in Sydney 12 years ago and received a boost with big rival Josh Richmond of the USA down in ninth place after missing six shots.

    Richard Faulds, in his fifth Olympics for GB, was in 21st place on 39. The top six after the second qualifying round will go through to this afternoon's final.

  89. 1055: 

    China, Denmark and Australia's pairings join Great Britain's Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland in the final of the women's lightweight double sculls on Saturday. The Chinese duo looked like they could be the main threat to the British and Greek pairs with a useful showing.

    Next up are the semi-finals of the men's lightweight single sculls featuring Britain's defending Olympic champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter. The odds on them adding another gold to their collections has lengthened over the course of this season though.

  90. 1053: 

    Disappointment for 19-year-old Ellie Faulkner as she trails home sixth in heat three of the women's 800m freestyle, won by 15-year-old Katie Ledecky of the USA in 8:23.84.

  91. 1048: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Update on the whereabouts of triple jumper Phillips Idowu after GB athletics chief Charles van Commenee said he had "no idea" where he was.

    The British Olympic Association's Andy Hunt says: "I do know where Phillips Idowu is. He's improving his fitness and nothing's changed."

    He said an update could be expected soon on when Phillips is coming into the 'Games environment'."

  92. 1049: 

    Great Britain's women are taking on Italy in the quarter-finals of the women's team foil over at ExCeL. You can watch it over on the interactive video player on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website. You might be best to get over there sharpish if you want to catch it. The Italians have not missed a world final since Beijing 2008 and our girls are a bit cream-crackered after their efforts earlier this morning against Egypt. Italy 8-2 up as I type.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre

    "Time for the crowd to wake up with Britain's Ellie Faulkner in action in the third heat of the 800m. LMFAO's "sexy and I know it", (which will forever be associated with Tom Daley and the GB divers after their training camp video went viral earlier in the year), is blasted over the speakers and it's a huge welcome for the GB teenager."


    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park on Twitter: "Recommendations to honours committee will come from British Olympic Association for athletes and back room staff after Olympics, Lord Moynihan says."

    "Any member of the public can nominate a person for honours Moynihan says. #knighthoodforwiggo?"

  95. 1043:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Olympic football punditTWITTER Q&A

    Robbie is still responding to your #savagesays questions on Olympic footy:

    Q: World Cup with Wales finishing second, losing on penalties, or Olympics with Team GB winning gold and you scoring the winning pen? (Josh Sidnell)

    A: "If it was winning the World Cup with Wales or gold with Team GB, I would chose the World Cup with Wales, no question about that at all. Wales is my country and a World Cup is the pinnacle of a footballer's career. The Olympics as a football tournament is special, it's a one-off occasion, but it's not the pinnacle."

    Q: What's the key to Team GB's success in the Olympic football? (Daniel Healey)

    "The key is being a team. Britain had no real preparation. They've only played together a handful of times, so every game they play is about being a team and forming partnerships. Togetherness is vital."

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst on Hosking and Copeland's semi-final win:

    "It was unbelievable, in the terms that Greece who came second were dominating last year. Our girls stuck to their tactics, looked relax and cool and came through and they've put themselves in a great position to look for a gold medal."

  97. 1042: 

    The first heat of the women's 800m freestyle is won by Samantha Arevalo of Ecuador in 8mins 49.21, and the second by Julia Hassler of Liechtenstein in 8:35:18. Over to you Ellie Faulkner, swimming in lane three for Great Britain in the third heat.

  98. 1041: 

    Britain's Gemma Gibbons has beaten Portugal's Yahima Ramirez by Ippon - an excellent start as Ramirez is no slouch. However, it gets even tougher from here in the women's -78kg category. Mongolia's world number seven Lkhamdegd Purevjargal, who's a challenge to pronounce let alone defeat, stands in her way next.

  99. 1040: 
    ROWING- GB win lightweight double sculls semi

    Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland were not in the first rank of rowing medal contenders coming into the Games. A win by more than three seconds over world champions Greece is some way to shove your way to prominence.

    A tremendous last 500m takes them well clear and they look like that is eaxctly what they expected with low-key congratulations exchanged over the finishline.

  100. 1036: 

    Great Britain are shovelling the water backwards at a terrific rate and have closed to within two tenths of a second of leaders Greece in the third 500m. The crowd are lapping it up, the volume increasing as they approach the grandstands.

  101. 1034: 

    After 500m of the women's lightweight double scull semi-final Greece lead from Germany with the United States in third and GB back in fourth, 2.4 seconds off the leaders.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at Eton Dorney

    "A huge roar from the crowd as the British men's four rowed through the Australians in the final 250m to take victory in their semi-final but you can't help but think the Aussies had taken their foot off the gas from almost 500m out. The British boys looked expressionless, though, chatting among themselves as if that was a breeze. No one wants to give anything away."

  103. 1032: 

    Next up on the water is the lightweight women's double sculls semi-final featuring Great Britain's Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking.

    They have got a tough draw with world champions Greece and a strong German outfit also in their race. Same deal as the men's four and all the other races: first three into the final.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre

    Adlington's time of eight minutes 18.54 seconds at the British trials in March is the quickest time recorded this year, but 16-year-old US swimmer Katy Ledecky stunned the world with a swim just over second outside of that in the US equivalent.

  105. 1028: 

    Ellie Faulkner will swim in heat three of the 800m freestyle after setting a personal best at the British trials. Adlington goes in the fifth and final heat a shade before 11:00.


    Clare, via text: "Went to hockey on Tuesday. Fabulous experience. We should be very un British and be EXTREMELY proud of the way these games are being run. Everyone helpful, efficient and clearly enjoying themselves."

    Ricard, via text: "Team GB to be 5th in the table by the end of today with 6 Golds."

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

    "Both Britain and Australia's crews were trying hard, but the Australians did look more relaxed in doing it. I'd still put Great Britain as joint favourites, I wouldn't split them at all."

  108. 1028: 

    It is the top three from each semi-final through to Saturday's final of the men's four. So who will join Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands in the next stage?

    Well, it is the United States, Greece and Germany who fill the top three slots in the second semi-final. They don't look like they have been keeping anything hidden up their sleeves though. A straight slug-out between Britain and Australia on Saturday to look forward to.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming in the Aquatics Centre

    "'Absolutely splash and dash' screams the heavily American in-house commentator as Brazil's defending champion Olympic Cesar Cielo qualifies for the 50m freestyle semi-finals with a powerful 21.80.

    "There was a great reception for Britain's Adam Brown, the first home athlete in action this morning, but he could not match his time at the Olympic trials and he won't go any further after finishing 20th overall.

    "Next up it's the women's 800m freestyle with Rebecca Adlington and teenager Ellie Faulkner."

  110. 1025: 

    Great Britain have faced a struggle to get victories on the board in the fencing, but the women's foil team get off to a winning start against Egypt, coming through 45-34.

    There's just one problem. Every other team in this event had a bye, and the battle-weary British now have to face world number one side Italy, who will be fresh as daisies. In 10 minutes' time.

  111. 1020: 

    Britain's James Austin lost his first-round contest against Japan's third seed Takamasa Anai in the men's under-100kgs at ExCeL.

    Anai picked up a shido warning for passivity, only for the Briton to then get the same penalty midway through the five-minute contest. Anai, world champion in 2010, moved ahead when Austin was warned again, with another shido penalty handing the Japan fighter a wazari score and the victory.

    Gemma Gibbons is the next hopeful, and will take to the Tatami shortly in the under-78kg against 2011 European bronze medallist Yahima Ramirez of Portugal.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Olympic football punditTWITTER Q&A

    More of your #savagesays questions answered:

    Q: Would England have done better had their players gained Olympic exposure as youngsters? (James Restall)

    A: "Possibly. Look at Lionel Messi; he played at the Olympics for Argentina. Look at the Brazilian team; the likes of Neymar are gaining valuable experience at an international tournament. At a young age you need these experiences. It can only help."

    Q: Aside from the football, what other Olympic sports have you enjoyed watching the most so far? (Daniel Bent)

    A: "I've enjoyed the swimming and, of course, the beach volleyball. Most of all I'm looking forward to the 100m and 200m sprints - Yohan Blake v Usain Bolt. My favourite moment so far has to be the women's rowing pair yesterday. It was Britain's first gold medal and I met them when they came into the studio - two lovely people."

  113. 1020: 
    ROWING- GB beat Australia in men's four semi

    Great Britain crank up the stroke rate as Peter Reed calls for more effort from the two seat and they claw back the Australian boat to win their semi-final in 5:58.26 by half a length. The Netherlands are third, Italy fourth. A well-judged burst from the Brits, but not sure how much Australia were contesting it over the final 100m.

  114. 1019: 

    Ronald Schoeman of South Africa wins heat seven of the 50m freestyle in 21.92 seconds with Aussie James Magnussen keeping plenty in the tank as he comes in fourth. In the final heat, world record horder Cesar Cielo wins in 21.80 to reach the semi-finals followed by his compatriot Bruno Fratus. Just six swimmers broke the 22-second mark in all eight heats. The semi-finals take place tonight at 19.30.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Olympic football punditTWITTER Q&A

    Robbie is answering questions you have sent in on Twitter using the hashtag #savagesays:

    Q: Do you think a successful unified Team GB at London 2012 could raise the question of a unified team for Fifa and Uefa tournaments? (Maitiu)

    A: "No, not at all. The Olympics is the Olympics. When you're playing for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or England, that's your country. It would never happen and I don't think the players would want it to.

    "It would give less players the opportunity to play international football. There are no Scotland or Northern Ireland players in the Great Britain squad as it is. Those players players wouldn't get international exposure because they wouldn't be good enough to play for the GB team. It would be a pointless exercise."

  116. 1015: 

    Great Britain trail Australia by 1.2 seconds, almost a length, as the boats pass through the 1500m mark. The home crew look like they are brewing something for the last quarter though...

  117. 1013: 

    Adam Brown of Great Britain finishes seventh in his heat in the 50m freestyle. That's his competition over I'm afraid.

  118. 1012: 

    After 500m it is the Australians who have a half-second lead over Great Britain in the men's four. Looking loose-limbed and easy in their seats...

  119. 1009: 

    Over at Eton Dorney, the first men's four semi-final is fast approaching. Often seen as the Britain's flagship boat, Great Britain have a fight on their hands if they are to win gold for the fourth Games running. The Australian quartet are determined to snap the winning run and won the final World Cup event before the Games in Munich.

    The two crews go alongside each other in lanes three and four with the chance to land a psychological blow ahead of the final. Big cheer for the Aussies as they are announced, but a far bigger one for the Brits. A minute to the off.

  120. 1005: 

    Christain Nassif from the Central African Republic wins the first 50m heat in a shade over 28 seconds. That's a full eight seconds off world record pace so I think you probably gather that these early guys are not going to be troubling the podium. The big guns go in the later heats, with Aussie James Magnussen in Heat 7 and world champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil in heat eight.

  121. 1001: 

    The stage is set for the heats of the men's 50m freestyle. These are the Usain Bolts of the pool remember. We start off with the unseeded heats, and just three swimmers in the first one.

  122. 1001: 

    Should the British trio make it through to the quarter-finals of the fencing they will face top seeds Italy. Tough lines.

  123. 0958: 

    Great Britain's women are in the midst of a sword-swishing foil team last-16 clash against Egypt. Two big wins for Natalia Sheppard have helped GB to a healthy 32-20 lead with Sophie Troiano on the piste at the moment. Watch the closing stages on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.


    Charlie Warner on Twitter: "Never thought I would get into gymnastic as much as I was on Wednesday with the men's silver-that-never-was! Absolutely remarkable!"

    Huw Foster on Twitter: "I've decided to dip into fencing today. No idea what's going on, but I'm enjoying the fact that they look like Dr Who villains."

    Fred on Twitter: "On my way to see the twin canoe semi-final! Feeling very Olympic."

  125. 0950: 

    A decent start from GB's Peter Wilson in the first round of the double trap qualification. He is joint first with Italy's Francesco D'Aniello with a perfect score of 20 out of 20 so far in the opening round, Richard Faulds is down the field a little with a hit rate a shade above 80%. Three rounds of 25 doubles to decide who is going into this afternoon's final.

  126. 0946: 

    A team from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is in London to learn lessons from ticketing problems at the Olympics. Chief executive David Grevemberg tells BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "We're looking to have full stadia, we're looking to have an accessible and inclusive Games and we're also looking to meet our ticketing revenue."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "If you were going to attain tickets to any of the morning sessions at the London 2012 Games then today should have been fairly high on the priority list!

    "The men's 50m free heats are always an explosive affair, but for British fans how will a certain Rebecca Adlington fair in her first defence of the 800m freestyle Olympic crown she won four years ago?

    "Michael Rock and Anthony James will rival the most successful Olympian of all-time Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly, whilst Lizzie Simmonds and Steph Proud go in the 200m backstroke - it should be an exciting morning of racing!"

  128. 0941: 

    Enough idle chit-chat, tell me about the medal table, I hear you ask. Well then, this time yesterday Great Britain were well and truly languishing in 21st place, but this morning they find themselves in 11th, with nine medals in total. Time to crack the top ten? You bet it is. Where do you think Team GB will rank by the end of today? Send us your thoughts on Twitter via #bbc2012 or text us at 81111 (UK).

  129. 0936: 

    No sign yet of Russian president Vladimir Putin at ExCel where he is due to take in some of today's judo action. I'm sure he is tying his arrival around Great Britain's James Austin and Gemma Gibbons' appearances on the mat.

    Austin, a bronze medallist in a World Cup event in Liverpool, takes on 2010 world champion Takamasa Anai around 0958 BST in the -100kg category with Londoner Gibbons fighting Cuban-born Portuguese Yahima Ramirez at about 1032.

  130. 0932: 

    Team GB's glory, Suarez's sorrow. That's quite a popular combination in some quarters. Relive last night's 1-0 victory over Uruguary in Cardiff in Paul Fletcher's entertaining post-match piece.

  131. 0929: 

    Turns out their is plenty of competition within the British dressage team even before the rest of the world turned up on these shores. BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury has had a bit of a chinwag with them and found them positively bubbling for London 2012.

  132. 0928: 

    Bradley Wiggins has called for new laws to make cyclists wear helmets after a man died in a crash with an Olympic bus. It's not known whether the man who died was wearing a helmet but Wiggins said: "London is a busy city…I think we have to help ourselves sometimes." The bus driver - a man in his mid 60s - has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

  133. 0926: 

    Alastair, via text: "Came down to Olympic Park on Monday, atmosphere was awesome. Can't begin to think how great atmosphere is now after yesterday's success. Can we get the Olympics for 52 weeks of the year?"

    Jane, via text: "What about our dressage team. We have current world record holder Charlotte Dujardin competing tomorrow and Carl Hester today both being members of the first ever European gold medal team.. Come on BBC get behind these guys and be very proud!!!"

    Bang on Jane. Day One of the dressage begins at 1100 BST. Hester is seventh to go on Uthopia, Laura Bechtolsheimer is 24th on Mistral Hojris, Richard Davis, riding as an individual is 33rd and Dujardin is 44th on Valegro.


    Dave Perkins on Twitter: "According to your Olympic Athlete Body Match calculator, I'm built like @chrishoy! Sadly, I've got the wrong sort of spare tyre."

    James Marsh on Twitter: "Sir Steve Redgrave sporting 'Wiggo' sideburns on BBC Sport this morning, quality!"

    Deb on Twitter: "Watching GB in fencing on laptop & beach volleyball on tv... so much fun!"

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "There's an extra bounce in everyone's step at Eton Dorney this morning as spectators, volunteers and media alike continue to talk proudly about Heather Stanning and Helen Glover's supreme row to Britain's first gold yesterday. Hopefully that success can inspire the GB men's double sculls, men's lightweight four and women's eight in their finals on what is so far a bright and pleasant morning."

  136. 0919: 

    Did you know that fencing was namechecked by writers from Homer to Shakespeare and is one of just four sports to have featured at every modern Olympics? You do now. You can watch the women's team foil competition now on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website and find out more about the sport, and why it's good for you, via our event guide.

  137. 0918: 

    The next stop after the top slot on the podium for Great Britain's medal winners is the BBC Olympic Breakfast studio sofa. Heather Stanning and Helen Glover have been cosying up to Sian Williams and Chris Hollins this morning.

    Stanning is a captain in the Royal Artillery and has confirmed she is intending to spend more time on that role than on the water despite her success.

    "It's the support we've had that's made it happen. The army gave me two-and-half years off, so it's back to work for me in September," she said.

    Glover adds: "It's important we get on, but we're different. I'm messy, she's organised. I'm emotional, she's solid as a rock."

  138. 0914: 

    Did anyone see British super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua beating Cuba's Erislandy Savon last night? I thought he was pretty handy. Much more importantly, former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has seen a fighter with "a lot of raw talent, great power and a lot of potential."

  139. 0907: 

    After Wiggins and Armitstead, the next of Britain's medallists could already be in action today with Peter Wilson and Richard Faulds getting their qualification under way in the double trap.

    Wilson lost his funding in 2008, but linked up with Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, the 2004 champion, who has coached him to a world record and into the top two ranking spots.

    Faulds will be aiming to repeat the gold in the event 12 years ago in Sydney.

  140. 0903: 

    Lizzie Armitstead, women's road race silver medallist on BBC Breakfast: "It's a strange feeling. London 2012 was announced the same year I started cycling. To get past that point and have [won a] medal - all tension has gone. Regarding the race, with 3km to go I sat on the break at the back. I didn't want to pull out early and get a jump on Marianne Vos [eventual gold medallist], but perhaps I paid too much respect to her."

  141. 0901: 

    Can't get enough of Wiggo? Still trying to wash off felt-tipped sideburns in time for work? I know how you feel. Read Matt Slater's take on everyone's new-found hero.

  142. 0859: 

    The sun is just spreading its warmth across the golden sands of Horse Guards Parade where the men's beach volleyball preliminaries continue. Pool E leaders Netherlands take on Latvia in the first match. They may have to dodge a few showers though before they are done. The weather forecast looks a little dicey with some showers lurking around...

  143. 0856: 

    Jessica Ennis - remember her? I know we've all gone a bit gaga for rowing and cycling this week but there's a little sport called athletics that will be making its first appearance of the Games at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, when Ennis kicks off her heptathlon campaign. Can Team GB's athletes improve on their medal haul of seven from last year's world championships? Former stars of track and field Steve Cram, Denise Lewis and Jonathan Edwards have their say.

  144. 0855: 

    The track cycling gets under way at 16:00 BST with the men's and women's team sprint finals. Great Britain will once again seek to dominate in the velodrome and inspire a new generation of young talent to take up the sport.

    Here's BBC Sport cycling commentator Hugh Porter's guide to what to expect over the next few days: "It is incredible to see the speed the athletes reach on the steep banking in the velodrome. For Team GB, Sir Chris Hoy is out to win more gold medals. A young British star who should win the hearts of the crowd is Laura Trott. She is a very gutsy endurance rider and could win two gold medals.

    "It will be intriguing to watch the next episode of the battle between Victoria Pendleton and Australian Anna Meares, while Frenchman Gregory Bauge will present a massive challenge to the British men in the sprint events."

  145. 0854: 

    Lynn McCafferty, Great Britain women's handball captain on BBC Olympic Breakfast: "When I was at school they taught a range of other sports. It's hard to pinpoint why handball is not popular. We've not got the same facilities and access to funding as other sports do - we do need full-sized halls and court-time."

    Admittedly from a bit of a low base, it has a surge of popularity amongst my colleagues.

  146. 0852: 

    You know there is something Olympic in the air, when football is playing second fiddle to cycling. Last night Bradley Wiggins diverted the whole direction of the half-time chat on Great Britain and Uruguay's men's game with his appearance in the BBC Three studio.

    So which sport has sneaked up and grabbed you by the gut over this opening week? There have been rave reviews from everyone emerging from the handball in the Copper Box, perhaps that has floated your boat?

    Get in touch via Twitter on hashtag #bbc2012 or on mobile on 81111.

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

    "Britain's best hopes for a medal in the rowing today is in the lightweight men's four. They've been in dominant form, but that event is really tight. We've also got a chance in the men's double scuills - I wouldn't be surprised if they won it or finished sixth. The last final is the women''s eight, but I don't think they'll get a medal in that."

  148. 0843: 

    Ike Lochte, United States swimmer Ryan Lochte's mother: "I love watching Ryan swim, even if he swam underwater. Watching him compete is awful though. Ryan has put in so much work. I'm so proud he was able to perform in the 400m individual medley final [in which he won gold]. Swimming mums share things. I don't ever want to leave swimming. Today are his two signature swims - one he won last time [200m backstroke] and the other he has the world record in [200m IM]."

    It could be a big day for the Lochte clan in the Aquatics Centre this evening. Individual 200m medley final at 2015, half an hour after their boy goes in the 200m backstroke final.

  149. 0837: 

    While we all punch in our height and weight digits to see which Olympian we measure up to on the BBC body match calculator, British sprinter Adam Gemili appears to have been put through an alternative version that gives him an alter ego as a ordinary member of the public. The 18-year-old's Olympic accreditation features a photo that definitely isn't him.

  150. 0834: 

    Great Britain's Peter Wilson, who will go for a medal in the double trap shooting on his Olympic debut, has been looking ahead to today's competition at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

    He said: "I'm very happy. I shot really steadily in training, it's a good platform to build on. I've been trying to work on my mental attitude, keeping everything positive and strong. I'm here to win gold. I'm not here to win silver or come last, I'm here to come first. I'll do everything in my power to win it."

  151. 0834: 

    The first action of the day is in the Riverbank Arena where South Korea are taking on Japan in Pool A of the women's hockey. You can catch up with how that is going, and just about everything else that moves on the Olympic Park and beyond, on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  152. 0829: 

    Russian President Vladimir Putin probably fancies himself as a bit judoka as a former St Petersburg champion in the sport. He will be heading down to the ExCeL to take it in a bit of the grapple action on his first trip to Britain for seven years.

  153. 0825: 

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a Michael Phelps? Or perhaps you are more of a Victoria Pendleton? Well according to this brilliant Olympic Athlete Body Match calculator, my colleague Sam Sheringham is Elena Baltacha and Frank Keogh is Rebecca Adlington. Have a go yourself and let us know the outcome.

  154. 0823: 

    Just to boost the optimism levels still further, take a look at how Great Britain are doing at London 2012 compared to the same point at Beijing four years ago on BBC Sport's Roll of Honour. We are ahead of schedule people.

  155. 0818: 

    The newspapers are revelling in the day the Olympics came alive for the host nation. Not surprisingly giant pictures of Bradley Wiggins and rowing golden girls Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are dominating the front pages.

    The Daily Star features a picture of Wiggo sitting on a throne outside Hampton Court with the headline "King of the Road". while the Daily Mirror screams "Gold Rush", and the Guardian chooses to go with the single word "Phew!" to reflect Great Britain's relief at finally getting amongst the golds. The Sun calls Wiggins' historic triumph in his home Games "The greatest moment in British Olympic history."

    There's plenty of praise as well for swimmer Michael Jamieson, who was only beaten into silver in the 200m breaststroke by a world record from Hungary's Daniel Gyurta. The Daily Mail describe Britain's new prince of the pool as "Mr Quicksilver."

  156. 0817: 

    The first of the main Team GB medal contenders to organise your day around is the men's lightweight four rowing crew, featuring Coleraine brothers Richard and Peter Chambers, who are on the water at Eton Dorney at 1210 BST. They were winners of their heat and semi-final and are gunning for world champions Australia.

    Peter Wilson and Richard Faulds go in the double trap shooting and are the best chance of British gold at the Royal Artillery Barracks at the Games. Qualification from 0900 BST with the final at 1500 BST.

    Around tea-time we should hopefully see track cyclists Victoria Pendelton and Jess Varnish in women's team sprint final at 1801 BST as the pine-fresh velodrome gets its first airing of the Games. The power-packed trio of Jason Kenny, Sir Chris Hoy and Philip Hindes launch themselves at team sprint gold at 1818 as long as evrything goes to plan in qualifying.

    That is all before swimmer Fran Halsall goes in the women's 100m freestyle final at 2037...


    Things are hotting up at Wimbledon where Novak Djokovic will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second match on Centre Court.

    Over at Horse Guards Parade, beach volleyball world champions Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti of Brazil and America's defending Olympic champions Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser are in action in the final round of group matches.

    It's another big night in the swimming pool and the rivalry between American greats Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will continue in the men's 200m individual medley final at 20:15.

  158. 0800: 

    At ease everyone.

    This time yesterday the big fat zero hanging in the gold medal column of Great Britain, was looking like it might be a tough bubble to burst.

    Worthy editorials on the state of the sporting nation were being lined up by the newspapers, parliamentary questions were not far away. Then Helen Glover and Heather Stanning tore the opposition to ribbons in the women's pair, Bradley Wiggins throttled the life out of the men's time trial and suddenly there were two gold medals to quench the thirst.

    Welcome to the start of Day Six of London 2012 Games where there could be more Britons planting the Union flag on the top step of the podium.

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  28. Synchronised Swimming 2 Events First Event: 5th August
  29. Table Tennis 4 Events First Event: 28th July
  30. Taekwondo 8 Events First Event: 8th August
  31. Tennis 5 Events First Event: 28th July
  32. Triathlon 2 Events First Event: 4th August
  33. Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  34. Water-polo 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  35. Weightlifting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  36. Wrestling 18 Events First Event: 5th August

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