London 2012 Olympics: Day Seven morning session as it happened

Three rowing medals for Great Britain including gold for GB's Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, while Jessica Ennis runs world best 100m hurdles in the heptathlon.

3 August 2012 Last updated at 13:41

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  1. 1320: 

    Over to my colleague Sam Sheringham now to take you through the afternoon action all around the Olympics. He is hammering the latest scores into the brand new afternoon session commentary page. Get yourself over there toute suite. Merci beaucoup.

  2. 1317: 

    Jessica Ennis's rival Tatyana Chernova attempts to get the crowd to add their rhythmic claps to her run-up in her final attempt at 1.83m in the heptathlon high jump. They politely join in, but I reckon a fair few will be mighty pleased to see the bar tumble. Her mark of 1.80m is 7cm off he personal best. Now is the time for Jessica Ennis to put a second big dent in her rival. She fails in her first attempt at 1.86m.

  3. 1311: 

    Jenny Campbell, mother of Britain's bronze medal winning rower Alan, tells the BBC: "I told the crowd he could do this and he's done it. I just screamed the whole way, I was willing him on. I always thought he had it in him. He's not the tallest but it was a gutsy, gutsy performance."

  4. 1311: 

    Away from the thrills of the home medal rush this morning, there are a couple of international Olympic stories worth having a look at.

    After Eddie the Eagle and Eric the Eel, may we introduce Issaka the Otter. The Niger rower, who trained for the Olympics in a fishing boat, has captured hearts despite finishing dead last in the men's singles sculls.

    Meanwhile on dry land, there was a watery end to the Olympics for Qatar's first female athlete Noor Al-Malki. The 17-year-old burst into tears after pulling up 20m into her historic run in the 100m heats with an injury.

  5. 1308: 

    Tatyana Chernova might be reaching her maximum over in the heptathlon high jump. She has faltered twice at 1.83m, giving the bar a fair old clout on her second attempt. Her personal best in the event is 1.87m. No such problems for Katerina Johnson-Thompson who follows Jessica Ennis over at first try.

  6. 1302: 

    Next up on the track is the first round of the men's 3000m steeplechase. Kenya's twice-world champion Ezekiel Kemboi is in the third heat along with Great Britain's Stuart Stokes.

  7. 1258: 

    Britain's Alan Campbell on winning bronze in the men's single sculls: "I'm really pleased it is another medal for Britain. I'm just so sore, I'm so tired. It was disappointing to come away from the last Olympics with nothing. I'm proud and I'm pleased for the crowd. They really lifted me. Knowing almost 100 per cent of the shouts were for me, I knew it was now or never to secure a medal."

  8. 1258: 

    After being held up for a brief while at 1.80m, Jessica Ennis has flown over the 1.83m mark at the first try in the high jump. Normal service restored.

  9. 1255: 

    Over in the cage in the centre of the Olympic Stadium, Britain's Alex Smith has twirled for the third and final time in the men's hammer qualifying round. His best of 74.71 has left him in 10th with only half of the field having gone. It is looking unlikely that he will still be hanging around in the top 12 to make the final once Group B's athletes have thrown.


    Lucy Harling on Twitter: "Awww tearing up for women's double skulls :( well deserved #TeamGB @bbcsport"

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

    On Britain's Alan Campbell clinching bronze in the final of the men's single sculls: "He really had to fight hard for that bronze. But I would really feel the crowd lifted Alan in the last 400m. It is one final triumph for Mahe Drysdale. He has wanted that for so long."

  12. 1241: 

    Drysdale's triumph completes a tremendous morning for New Zealand, with two rowing golds. He slides out of his boat, onto the jetty and collapses onto his back with his hands over his face. Campbell is also on his back. Don't let anyone ever doubt how hard these guys push themselves.

  13. 1241: 

    Jessica Ennis brushes the bar with her back on her second attempt at 1.80m in the heptathlon high jump, but it stays in place and she keeps moving on up in the competition. Russian rival Tatyana Chernova also clears that height after failing on her first attempt.

  14. 1239:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at the tennis at WimbledonTENNIS

    "Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro are under way in the opening men's singles semi-final on Centre Court. Going with serve in the first set."

  15. 1237: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Alan Campbell GBR (Men's single sculls)

    Campbell was pushed all the way by Sweden's Lassi Karonen, but he seemed to draw extra reserves of strength from the crowd as he won the bronze medal by half a length.

  16. 1238: 

    On the track world champion Amantle Montsho, beaten by Christine Ohuruogu in this season's London Grand Prix, has won her 400m heat in 50.40. American Sanya Richards-Ross follows suit in a time of 51.78 in her race while Team GB's Lee McConnell is safely through to tomorrow's semi-finals with a third-place finish in heat five.

  17. 1234: 

    Synek Ondrej of the Czech Republic leads at the halfway mark, with Campbell in fourth.

  18. 1233: 

    Slight bit of trouble up mill over in the high jump section of the women's heptathlon where Jessica Ennis has failed with her first attempt at 1.80m. Some consolation in that Tatyana Chernova has also found it a stretch too far, but 1.80m should be well within Ennis's range. Two more attempts to get it right.

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

    On women's double sculls gold winners Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins: "I never had a doubt. With 750m there was only going to be one winner. That is the story of the British medals so far at these Games."

    WORLD RECORD- Sergei Martynov BEL, (Men's 50m rifle prone)

    Sergie Martynov's winning score of 705.5 points in the men's 50m rifle prone is a new world reecord.

  21. 1230: 

    One more final to go at Eton Dorney this morning and it features Great Britain's Alan Campbell in the men's single sculls. He's in lane three. Go Al.


    Great Britain tennis player Laura Robson: "Another gold in the women's rowing for @TeamGB, fantastic! Well done Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins!"

  23. 1228: 

    A quick word for Anna Watkins, a 29-year-old who won bronze in the double sculls in Beijing four years ago after struggling with glandular fever, before teaming up with Grainger to win gold at the past two World Championships. Now she has an Olympic gold to add to the collection.


    GB women's double sculls gold medallist Katherine Grainger: "It was worth the wait. Steve Redgrave promised me there would be tears of joy this time and they are. For both of us we knew we had the goods to perform and it was about delivering."

    Grainger's partner Anna Watkins: "I can't believe it. I've tried to keep my mind away from this moment. It was just another race but it was the right one."

  26. 1224: 

    That victory for Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger has put Great Britain up to fourth in the medal table, although France and Germany are within striking distance.


    Rowing commentator Matthew Pinsent: "Gold. It's done. Tears."


    Gold medallist Katherine Grainger's mother Liz Grainger: "She hasn't ruled out Rio you know. Huge, huge pride in Katherine. Huge relief and release but mainly pride."

    Her father Peter: "We went into Beijing really hoping that would be the gold medal and it wasn't. Until the finishing line I wasn't going to bank on anything."

  29. 1222: 

    What a moment for Katherine Graigner, Britain's most successful female rower of all time. She gets out of her boat and receives the warmest of hugs from Sir Steve Redgrave. The 36-year-old finally has a gold medal to add to her three silvers.

  30. 1220: 

    News from the velodrome now. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and world cycling's governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) both say Britain's gold medal in Thursday's men's team sprint will stand despite Team GB's lead-off man Philip Hindes admitting he deliberately crashed to force a restart after making a slow start to their heat.

    British Cycling later claimed German-born Hindes' comments were "lost in translation".

    Asked if the IOC would be looking at the result, its spokesman Mark Adams said: "At present there are no plans to do so. Our view is that people were not deprived of a contest." A spokesperson for the UCI added: "We do not have any reason to question the result of the race."

  31. 1218: 

    Both British rowers lift their arms aloft before Grainger leans back and is enveloped in her partner's arms. That was an absolutely barnstorming performance. It never looked in any doubt. Eton Dorney has erupted.

    Michael Johnson, Four-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    On Christine Ohuruogu finishing second in her 400m heat: "The first 350m, fine. But the last 50m - that's what worries me about Christine. She was very much in control of the race and very relaxed for the first 200m. But she just shut down far too early. You don't want to do that because you want a good lane draw the next day."

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium

    "Roars again as Ennis goes clear at 1.77m. Great to see Christine Ohuruogu comfortable in qualifying automatically from her 400m heat - a year ago, when she was disqualifed in the first round at the Worlds and then finished last in the Diamond League meet at Crystal Palace, there were genuine fears she was finished, Grew up within jogging distance of this stadium too."

  34. 1216: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Grainger & Watkins, GBR (Women's double sculls)

    Joy oh joy, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins win gold for Great Britain.

  35. 1214: 

    Grainger and Watkins - this is your time, this is your moment, this is your hour. The lead is more than a length now. This is supersonic stuff and there are people jumping up and down in BBC HQ.

  36. 1213: 

    It's a two-boat race already with Great Britain about two thirds of a length clear of Australia at the halfway mark. Time for a quick intake of breath.

  37. 1212: 

    Great Britain's Shana Cox finds herself with a battle on her hands to make the top-three finish that will guarantee her place in the semi-finals of the 400m. She does the business though, thanks in part to the crowd's roared warnings, to hold off Aliann Pompey of Guyana and claim her place with a time of 52.01.

  38. 1211: 

    Great start for the GB pair with Watkins and Grainger surging into the lead. The Australians look the only boat capable of matching them at this early stage.

  39. 1210: 

    Britain's Amy Smith has won her three-way swim-off to make it through to the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle, along with Fran Halsall.

  40. 1211: 

    Great Britain's Karina Bryant looked to be heading out of the women's +78kg judo with 20 seconds left, but suddenly she finds the move she needs and delivers a crushing waza-ari to her Kazakh opponent. She's into the semi-finals, a second superb run for a British judoka in two days after Gemma Gibbons' silver medal yesterday.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium

    "Whilst her competitors catch their breath - some knelt down, some bent over with hands on knees as they gasp for air - Christine Ohuruogu makes a quick exit through the media mixed zone, declining to do any interviews."

  42. 1208: 

    Defending American Olympic 400m hurdles champion Angelo Taylor on easing through his heat in a time of 49.29 tells the BBC: "It was a pretty good run. I wanted to go out and take command of the race. I have my own way of getting through the rounds and it was an easy day for me."

  43. 1208: 

    Britain's Jack Green on making the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles says: "It was a bit of a messy race and I forgot how quick this track is. The nerves were fine. I woke up quite nervous but once I was out there I loved it."

  44. 1208: 

    Somalia's Mohamed Farah stumbled in in 1:20.48 in that first heat of the women's 400m. That was 27 seconds off the fifth-placed Kazak.

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

    "New Zealand have been oustanding. Will and George were going over the buoys but what a fantastic performance and a brilliant bronze medal. That was one that we didn't expect."

  46. 1208: 

    Men's pair bronze medallist Will Satch: "It feels really good. I can't really believe it. Six months ago I didn't even think I would be coming here as a spare, I don't know about George. We tried to keep it simple, raw and basic."

  47. 1207: 

    Here comes the big one then - Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins in the women's double sculls final. There will not be a dry eye in the house if Grainger can end her gold medal wait after three silvers. Their biggest threats will come from the Australian and Kiwi boats on either side.

  48. 1206: 
    ATHLETICS- Christine Ohuruogu through to 400m semi-finals

    Christine Ohuruogu leads into the final 20m but eases off to comes home second in 50.80. United States' Francena McCorony pips her in 50.78.

  49. 1205: 

    Men's pair bronze medallist George Nash's mother: "I'm very proud and quite relieved that it is all over. I thought they could win a medal and confident they could get a bronze."

  50. 1202: 

    Next up on the track is a lady who is something of the forgotten woman of British track and field: Christine Ohuruogu. The only athletics gold winner in Beijing, she has spent much of the last years struggling with injury. She, rather inexplicably, false-started in the heats of the World Championships last year. She is away safely in the first heat of the 400m....


    New Zealand 1500m athlete Nick Willis: "45 entrants, 3 races over 5 days, 3 medals of which one is GOLD! Lets get this thing started #london2012 @nzolympics"

  52. 1201: 

    To a cacophony of noise at the Aquatics Centre, Great Britain's men win their 4x100m medley heat, beating the Australians to qualify for the final. "Extraordinary," says BBC commentator Andy Jameson. "I don't think I've heard noise like it."

  53. 1200: 

    Katherine Grainger will be going for gold in the women's double sculls final at 12:10 BST. Grainger has been a silver medallist three times and Cath Bishop was her partner at Athens in 2004. She says: "Katherine is a real racer. She's also a really calm racer. She loves saving her best for a day like today. She will retain her sense of humour before a race. She will do her usual pattern."


    Stephie Price on Twitter: "@BBCSport @FIH_Hockey so many empty seats this morning at #riverbankarena i'm checking every night for hockey tickets so this is #frustrating"

  55. 1157: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Nash & Satch GBR (Men's rowing pair)

    Fantastic stuff from George Nash and William Satch, who only came together as a pair earlier this year. They will be a pair worth watching in the build up to Rio 2016.

  56. 1157: 

    Defending American Olympic champion Angelo Taylor wins the fourth men's 400m hurdles heat in a time of 49.29, but the crowd save their vocal cords for Great Britain's Jack Green's surge through to take second in the last heat in 49.49. Green, 20, is the eighth fastest man in the world this year and may well be Greene's successor in year's to come in the event.

    Confirmation over the public address, just before theY break out the Smiths' Charmless Man, that Rhys Williams is also into the semi-finals as a fastest loser.

  57. 1155: 

    The New Zelanders Murray and Bond are in their own race now, a good four lengths ahead of the rest. The camera keeps having to cut back to show the others. It's a fight for second place, and Great Britain are edging it with 1500m gone.

  58. 1153: 

    The Kiwis are up front now, hardly making a splash as they propel their boat through the water. The French are second at the halfway mark, with Great Britain in thr bronze medal position.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics punditATHLETICS

    On Dai Greene's success in the 400m hurdles heats: "It was always going to be difficult in lane one but Dai is the world champion for a reason. He negotiated the hurdles very well and kept his focus all the way. He ran his own race and was rewarded with an easy win."

  60. 1152: 

    French duo Chardin and Mortelette make a very fast start with the Kiwis in hot pursuit. The GB boys are sitting nicely in third, a fraction ahead of the Australians as the best of the rest as we pass through the 500m mark of this 200m race.

  61. 1151: 

    Great Britain's Katerina Johnson-Thompson has gone clear in her first high jump attempt in the heptathlon, clearing 1.71m. Down in the B Group of athletes Louise Hazel is cradling her head in her hands as he dislodges the bar at 1.59m for a third time to end her involvement.

    Jess Ennis whips off her tracksuit bottoms in the dug-out as she prepares for her first crack. Her PB is a steepling 1.95m and she crashlands on the mat with plenty to spare. "It feels alright. Should I skip the next?" she asks someone off camera.

  62. 1151: 

    In the women's 4x100m medley at the Aquatics Centre, Great Britain have qualified for the final, finishing fifth in a fast heat, sixth fastest overall in a time of 3:59.37


    Britain's Rhy Williams on finishing fifth in his heat of the 400m hurdles: "I was hoping to finish first or second - not fifth. Hopefully I've done enough to get through. Tomorrow is a later start so hopefully the legs will be a bit quicker."

  64. 1148: 

    GB pair Andrew Hodge and Pete Reed were beaten 13 times in a row by Kiwis Bond and Murray and eventually moved into the four to give Britain a better chance of gold. Expect a procession.

  65. 1144: 

    Disappointment for the GB men's quadruple sculls but they were an outside bet in all honesty. The next race, the men's pair final, features Kiwi powerhouses Eric Murray and Hamish Bond. These two were among our 10 nailed on certainties for gold before the Olympics. Competing for GB are George Nash and Will Snatch, who are inexperienced but after producing a commanding performance in the semi-finals are now considered genuine medal contenders.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium

    "Anyone have a sound level meter handy? The noise within this packed Olympic Stadium when a Briton competes is thunderous. And these are just the opening rounds. Someone needs to measure the sound in this place, I bet it breaks some sort of record."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "It's poncho time down at Eton Dorney as the gloomy clouds which have hung around all morning have decided to deposit some light rain just in time for the finals. This should favour the British boats as they're used to these conditions."

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium

    "Job done in typically controlled fashion by GB team captain Dai Greene - through to Saturday's semi-finals with easy win in third heat. The noise in here ceaseless for the entire lap. Just imagine the finals..."

  69. 1141: 

    The skinny frame of Javier Culson settles into the blocks before blasting off in heat four of the 400m hurdles. His rangy stride gobbles up the yards as he strolls home in 48.33 with Kerron Clement alongside him in second. A little quicker than Dai Greene but you can't read much into these leisurely stretch-outs.

    Cuba's Omar Cisneros is third. Britain's Rhys Williams is down in fifth. He will need to be one of the six fastest losers to make the next stage.


    Brock at Lord's, via text: "Archery has got to be one of the cruellest sports in the Olympics! Poor Larry, crowd much more quiet now. Hope for some better luck in the rowing!"

    Saitchy in London, via text: "Sunny Friday for GB. Can our heroes push us into gold double figures? Grainger and Watkins, Becky Adlington, Men's Team Pursuit, Vicky Pendleton....any others? Come on GB!"

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    On Dan Fogg's second place in the 1500m heat: "There are eight swimmers are to get faster than that but they're not all on best form. It would be such a shame if he came ninth after those efforts."

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

    On GB men's quad sculls finishing fifth in the final: "You have to lay it on the line and they have. You can't complain about that."

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentatorATHLETICS

    On Dai Greene's comfortable heat win in the 400m hurdles: "He burst out of the blocks as though to say 'I'm ready'. He looked smooth, calm and relaxed. That's a good start. 48.98 is job done. The team captain led by example. The roars didn't drop one decibel until he crossed the finishing line."

  74. 1137: 

    British swimmer David Davies admits his career may be coming to an end after he failed to make the 1500m final: "I think that is probably is my last race. I would have liked to have gone out on a better note but swimming in your home country, having been in three Olympics, won two medals, a Commonwealth Games I would have taken it if you told me when I was a little 12-year-old boy starting out."

  75. 1135: 

    Germany lead by a half a length at the 1500m mark, Great Britain have it alll to do over the final quarter down in fifth.

  76. 1133: 

    Karina Bryant is through to the last eight of the +78kg, beating Lucija Polavder of Slovakia with a yuko throw. She went ahead and fended off some late aggression to seal her place.

  77. 1133: 
    ATHLETICS- Dai Greene into 400m hurdles semi-finals

    Great Britain's Dai Greene is safely round, easing home in 48.98 to win his heat and book his place in the semi-finals.

  78. 1132: 

    Great Britain are in the bronze medal position after 500m with the German boat in the lead and Croatia in second.

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

    On the men's quad sculls final: "The GB crew haven't had a very good season but there are some talented guys in that boat. They could surprise a couple of boats here and get a medal."

  80. 1130: 

    We are still waiting for the first marks to be set in the high jump section of the women's heptathlon. Dai Greene has a 1000-yard stare on as he prepares for the start of his heat. Hurdles always present a risk whatever the opposition.

  81. 1130: 

    Now then, time for businees. Four rowing races at Eton Dorney in the next hour. Four gold medals at stake and British interest in all of them.

    First up, it's the men's quadruple sculls final with Stephen Rowbotham, Charles Cousins, Tom Solesbury and Matt Wells going for Britain. Here we go...

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    On Fran Halsall's win in her 50m freestyle heat: "Halsall really doing well this morning. A good finish, trying to take the best out of what is her last chance in an individual event."


    Fran Halsall on her 50m freestyle heat win and looking ahead to the final: "Hopefully I will get a better start tonight. That's my fastest morning swim I've ever done. I've only ever gone faster in the trials here, if I get down to that I will be really happy. It's going to be close but no worries, it's going to be good. I'm excited."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing at Weymouth

    "In the Laser class, defending champion Paul Goodison resumes after a rest day needing a charge to get his quest for a second Olympic gold back on track. A bad start to the regatta, and then a bad back means Goodison lies sixth, a long way adrift of bronze with four more races plus the medal race to come."

  85. 1127: 

    Dai Greene goes in heat three of the 400m hurdles with Javier Culson in heat four with Olympic silver medallist Kerron Clemont and Britain's Rhys Williams.

    Angelo Taylor is in the fifth heat with Britain's Jack Green in heat six along with former Olympic champion Felix Sanchez.


    GB pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale: "Omg I wanna watch the athletics but it's making me nervous!!!!!! Eeeeeee"

  87. 1124: 

    GB swimmer Dan Fogg, who came second in his heat for the 1500m: "I am really happy to do that in the morning. Being the first ones out we had to set a marker down. We will see what the others do.

    "It is really hard having to wait all week but It is inspiring to see others, seeing Michael [Jamieson] win silver, it has given me so much energy that I didn't think I had."

  88. 1123: 

    Back at the ExCel and Royal Marine Chris Sherrington is out after the elimination round of 16. He took Russian Alexander Mikhaylin, the current European Champion and three-time world gold medallist, to three minutes of golden score but the Russian managed to record a leg sweep Yuko.

  89. 1122:  
    Michael Johnson, Four-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport punditATHLETICS

    On 400m hurdles: "Javier Culson has been so consistent this season. I think the biggest thing for Dai Greene will be that he ran his personal best and still lost. But Dai won't be intimidated. We're talking about those two guys but it could be Angelo Taylor."

  90. 1120: 

    World and Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is the next of the British big guns up on track.

    He has struggled to overhaul Puerto Rican gold favourite Javier Culson this season and has traded verbal jousts with defending champion Angelo Taylor of the United States.

    But the Welshman has the sort of cool-headed approach that counts for so much in the spotlight.

  91. 1118: 

    David Davies, the 2004 bronze medallist, comes seventh in the heats of the 1500m freestyle. Could that be the end of a brilliant career?

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport

    "The sun's out for another big day in Weymouth. They are all big days, of course, but this one's bigger.

    "Ben Ainslie in the Finn and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star have their final two races before Sunday's double points-scoring medal race. Ainslie trails Jonas Hogh-Christensen by three points, and will be looking to edge ahead by the end of the day.

    "Percy and Simpson lead by nine and could, first of all, seal a medal today, but also take a giant stride towards securing gold. They are chased by Brazil and Sweden and the top three could virtually decide the podium nations, if not the order, by tonight."

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at the tennis at Wimbledon

    "It's semi-finals day at the Olympic tennis event, Wimbledon is filling up nicely and the sight of sunshine is almost as exciting as the stellar line-up awaiting us.

    All eyes are on Britain's Andy Murray as he takes on Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the third match on Centre Court. Depending on the result, Murray will play for gold or silver on Sunday.

    To whet the appetite, Swiss world number one Roger Federer faces 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the opening semi-final at 12:00 BST, and then Belarusian top seed Victoria Azarenka meets Wimbledon champion Serena Williams of the United States.

    Second on Court One is a battle of the Russians as Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenka go head-to-head, and last on the same arena is Murray and Laura Robson against Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur in the mixed doubles quarter-finals."

  94. 1113: 

    Next up for Jessica Ennis is the high jump, another of the events were she can put further distance between herself and her rivals after going 17 points clear of Canada' Jessica Zelinka on 1178 points in second.

    Tatyana Chernova ran 13.48 seconds behind Ennis, a fair bit off her best of 13.32 seconds.

  95. 1111: 

    Australian Olympic rower Joshua Booth, who finished sixth in the men's eight, is to apologise to shop owners and pay £1,400 for repairs after an alcohol related incident on Thursday, according to the Australian deputy chief. Booth was detained by UK police in Egham near London.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "The focus down at Eton Dorney is all on one woman - Britain's Katherine Grainger who competes with Anna Watkins in the women's double scull final at 1210 BST. The 36-year-old suffered heartbreak in Beijing when, as joint-favourite, she was pipped for gold by China and subsequently cried uncontrollably on the rostrum. This time she arrives unbeaten in 22 races. Are the stars finally set to align?"

  97. 1108: 

    Among the 80,000-crowd at the Olympic Stadium are the following four sat alongside each other: Prime Minister David Cameron, 1992 400m gold medal winner Sally Gunnell, the Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton), 1968 400m gold winner David Hemery. Kate and Mr Hemery are chatting away like old pals.

  98. 1107: 

    Great Britain's Carl Myerscough on failing to make the shot put final: "It's a massive disappointment. I felt great out there. I've probably never felt better. I probably tried too hard and I just didn't catch any throw. The adrenaline was enormous. I just didn't relax enough and it just didn't click."

  99. 1106: 

    China's Li Xuerui secured an all-China final in the women's badminton singles by defeating second-seeded compatriot Wang Xin 22-20 21-18 at the London Olympic Games on Friday.

    Li will meet top seed Wang Yihan, who earlier defeated India's Saina Nehwal 21-13 21-13. The final will be played on Saturday.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium

    "London 2012 marks the first time Qatar have had a female athlete at the Olympics.

    Noor Al-Malki took her place on the start-line of the women's 100m preliminary in the vast Olympic Stadium but that's where the story ended unfortunately.

    "The 17-year-old sprinter, who is one of four female Qatar athletes at these Games, failed to make the finish line, pulling up after about 20m."

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium

    "Phenomenal hurdling from Jess Ennis and a phenomenal response from the 80,000-strong partisan crowd to match. While all had hoped for a strong start in one of Ennis's best events, no-one had dared dream that she might knock a quarter of a second off her personal best.

    "The pressure on her must have been immense - those of us watching in the stands felt anxious enough - but she delivered fantastically. She leads main rival Tatyana Chernova by almost double the number of points their previous personal bests suggested."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the handball at the Copper Box

    "No dice for Great Britain's women. They lose 31-25 to Angola and that defeat probably means they won't get to register an Olympic victory.

    "They've got a game against Croatia in two days' time, but the Croats are considered a better outfit than Angola and will be scrapping to make it through their group, which - after four defeats from four - is now well beyond Britain.

    "But the team put up a great fight for their home crowd and went down fighting, which is the role they knew they would be playing at these Olympic Games. If the end result is that some of the kids in this audience thought, 'Hang on, this looks worth playing,' then it's probably job done for GB Handball."


    Great Britain 400m runner Richard Buck: "Wow @J_Ennis was amazing there."

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

    On lane changes in the rowing because of the wind at Eton Dorney: "From lane one to lane six you are probably talking about a length difference [because of the wind] so that is why they have moved them around. It's how you approach it mentally that is crucial. It you feel like you have got a disadvantage you will row slower."

    Paul Dickenson, BBC athletics commentator in the Olympic Stadium

    "There is a real buzz around the stadium. I'm not sure I have ever seen a stadium so full for the start of a programme."

  106. 1101: 

    An encouraging start for Jessica Ennis and Yamile Aldama then, but British team-mate Carl Myerscough has been eliminated with his best throw of 18.95m placing him 29th in the shot put qualifying, well outside the top 12 required. American Reese Hoffa finishes top of the standings with an effort of 21.36m.

  107. 1101: 

    More ear-piercing screams in the Aquatics Centre as Daniel Fogg comes second to Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri in the second heat of the men's 1500m freestyle. That should book him a place in the final.

  108. 1059:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming at the Aquatics Centre

    "Confirmation that Great Britain's Amy Smith will take part in a swim-off against Iceland's Sarah Bateman and the USA's Kara Lynn Joyce.

    It'll take place at 12:05 BST, which is after Smith is due to take part in the 100m leg of the 4x100m relay - so a very tough session for the 25-year old!"

  109. 1058: 

    Great Britain lose 31-25 to Angola in the Copper Box, their fourth straight defeat of the tournament in Group A.

  110. 1056:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "We're back under way at Eton Dorney after a 30-minute delay. Fisa, the sport's governing body, decided to re-allocate lanes for the B finals and medal races because of a strong crosswind. The crews who qualified fastest have been moved from lane four and three to five and six which are more sheltered. Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins go for gold in the women's double sculls at 1210 from lane five with Australian rivals Brooke Pratley and Kim Crow in lane six."

  111. 1056: 

    GB triple jumper Yamile Aldama reached the final with her first jump in qualifying: "This is my fifth Olympics and I've never expereinced a crowd like this in the qualifying round. Normally, it's not like this."


    Great Britain javelin thrower Goldie Sayers: "I told Jess to show off a bit but that was just incredible!!"

  113. 1054: 

    Great Britain's Yamile Aldama, winner of the world indoor title earlier this year, has made very short work of qualifying for the final of the women's triple jump with an opening leap of 14.45m. A top-12 finish or a leap of 14.40m is enough to qualify for the final.

  114. 1052: 

    History has been made at the ExCeL this morning as the first female athlete from Saudi Arabia has competed in the Olympics. Wojdan Shahrkhani took part in the women's +78kg judo event. Shahrkhani had found herself in the spotlight before she took to the mat as judo officials had banned her from wearing a traditional headscarf for safety reasons. A compromise was reached and she wore a tight-fitting black cap in her bout with Puerto Rica's Melissa Mojica. It may have been an historic moment but it was all too brief, as Shahrkhani was defeated inside 90 seconds.

  115. 1051:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming at the Aquatics Centre

    "Drama. The officials are still discussing the scenario but it looks as though we are heading towards a three-way swim-off in the women's 50m freestyle.

    Great Britain's Amy Smith recorded the same time (25.28) as USA's Kara Lynn Joyce and Iceland's Sarah Blake Bateman, but only one of the swimmers will be able to progress to the semi-finals in the evening.

    This could be very tough for Smith who is due to also race in the 4x100m freestyle relay heats at the end of this morning's session."

  116. 1048: 

    We're into the last five minutes in the Copper Box and GB women are trailing Angola 31-20 in Group A.

    Denise Lewis, Former heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport analyst

    "That was incredible. Talk about pressure. I'm blown away by that time. we've always known she has more to give in the hurdles and what a day to show the world what she is capable of and a great start."

  118. 1044: 

    It's slow-going in the pool for the heats in the men's 1500m freestyle, especially for Adaveeshaiah of India, who finishes a good 30 seconds behind the rest in the first heat to huge cheers from the crowd in the Aquatics Centre. Daniel Fogg is going for Team GB in heat two.

  119. 1042: 

    BBC Radio 5 Live's Eleanor Oldroyd: "Just seen first ever Saudi woman to compete at Olympic Games. Wojdan Shaherkani beaten within two mins but triumph for women's sport."

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Jess drove out the blocks. She has a real understanding of this event. It was an incredible performance. She was strong, aggressive and fast. She was deliberate in her movements and that is what happens when you get all those elements right and sets her up beautifully."

  121. 1040: 
    ATHLETICS- Jessica Ennis runs 12.54 seconds in 100m hurdles

    Scratch that, Jess Ennis absolutely demolished her best. Her time is revised south to 12.54. No multi-eventer has ever gone faster in the 100m hurdles and it is an improvement of more than 0.2 seconds on her personal best of 12.79. That is worth 1195 points and is a dream start to her campaign.

  122. 1037: 

    Team GB are doing their utmost to stay in touch with Angola in the Copper Box as a fine goal from Holley Lam-Moores makes it 19-24.

  123. 1035: 

    Jess Ennis destroys the field. Her 12.58 is the fastest 100m hurdles time ever by a heptathlete and a British record.

  124. 1035: 

    Polite applause for Tatyana Chernova but the Union Jack flags are bouncing for Jess Ennis as she is announced to univeral delirium. Ennis looks serious and focused as she crouchs for the start.

  125. 1033: 

    It is not going too brilliantly for Britain's Carl Myerscough in the men's shot-put qualifying out in the middle. His best effort from his first two throws is 18.95m.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Katarina Johnson-Thompson has a massive future. We thought Jessica Ennis was great as a junior but Johnson-Thompson is exceptional and is only going to get better and better."

  127. 1031: 

    Ukraine's Lyudmyla Yosypenko wins in a new personal best time of 13.25 as Katarina Johnson-Thompson equals her own personal best with a time of 13.48. Jess Ennis is prowling at the other end of the straight as the barriers are reset.

  128. 1030:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the swimming at the Aquatics CentreSWIMMING

    "I've also been handed the line-up for the women's 4x100m medley team and should Great Britain fail to make it through to the final this will be Gemma Spofforth's last completive swim before retirement.

    "Spofforth with take on the backstroke leg, with 16-year-old Siobhan-Marie O'Connor on breastroke, Jemma Lowe replacing the out-of-form Ellen Gandy and Amy Smith takes the freestyle leg while Fran Halsall focuses in 50m semi-finals in the evening session."

  129. 1029: 

    Fran Halsall, after winning her heat in the 50m freestyle: "Hopefully I will get a better start tonight. That's the fastest morning swim I've ever done. I've only ever gone faster in the trials here, if I get down to that I will be really happy.

    "This is it now, right I'm on it. Splash and dash. It's going to be close, no worries, it's going to be good. I'm excited.

    "It has gone so quickly [the week]. It's crazy. It has been a roller coaster of emotion. I'm so glad I get to swim here on the last day. It has been amazing. To be able to walk out here you feel like a superstar."

  130. 1026: 

    British teenager Katerina Johnson-Thompson has had the tag of the 'new Jess Ennis' hung around her neck ever since she beat Ennis' junior hepthalon record in May. She is next up in lane nine of the third 100m hurdles heat.

  131. 1025: 

    We're six minutes into the second half at the Copper Box and Great Britain are trailing Angola 18-13. Team GB are looking for their first win of the competition.

  132. 1023: 

    After Gemma Gibbons' silver success in the -78kg judo, the +78kg is under way and good news for Britain as Karina Bryant beats Algeria's Sonia Asselah with an ippon. She's through to the last 16.

  133. 1021: 

    It's too noisy out there and the starter makes them wait while the crowd noise subsides. Fran Halsall keeps her compusure and produces an electric swim to win her heat in 24.61 seconds. Amy Smith comes seventh, so that will almost definitely be that for her.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Louise Hazel slightly just faded and I think she will be a little disappointed in that. It is early morning so sometimes it can be difficult for different athletes. She got great support and I hope that inspired here and didn't put her off."

  135. 1022: 

    Massive roars from the crowd as Commonwealth heptathlon champion Louise Hazel prepares to become the first British athlete to hit the London 2012 track in anger. She gives a cheeky double wave to the camera before putting in a decent time of 13.48 in fourth behind the Ukraine's Hanna Melnychenko.

  136. 1018: 

    Alsahammar wins in 24.77 with the Campbell sisters either side. Bronte gets the touch in second seven hundredths of a second ahead of her older sister Cate. Cue the screams - here come Fran Halsall and her team-mate Amy Smith.


    South African 400m runner Oscar Pistorius on Twitter: "As the Track and Field starts today @London2012, I wish all my fellow @Team_SA_2012 the maddest, insane efforts and best memories!"

  138. 1018: 

    Jessica Ennis, who has a best of 12.79 over the barriers, beat both Dobrynska and Tatayan Chernova in the final big multi-event competition before the Games with a new British record of 6906 points at Gotzis.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "That was an excellent start by Nataliya Dobrynska in the hurdles of the heptathlon. All her opponents will be watching her very carefully. She is a power athlete so the second day will be very strong for her. She is determined to hang on to this Olympic title."

  140. 1016: 

    Ukraine's Natallia Dobrynska, who beat Jessica Ennis in the world indoors penathlon in Istanbul earlier this year wins the second 100m hurdles heat in a time of 13.57 seconds. Not shabby, but Ennis will be aiming well beneath that.

  141. 1016: 

    Sarah Blake Bateman of Iceland wins heat seven in 25.28. Now for the big guns with sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell going for Australia and Therese Alshammar going for Sweden in heat eight.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the handball at the Copper Box

    "The Copper Box is a great little venue - intimate and intimidating if you're a player, with good sightlines, that becomes a cauldron of noise when a boisterous British crowd is packed in, which is exactly the case right now.

    "Britain's women are trailing Angola 14-10 at the break, in what they know may well be the greatest and only real chance for a GB handball team to win a game at the Olympics. The fans in here are doing everything in their power to push Britain, who have beaten Angola before, back towards parity.

    "I can't believe more than a fraction of the British support had ever even seen the sport before this morning, but it's just not an issue. It's fast, exciting, easy to follow and generating a gripping morning's viewing."

  143. 1007: 

    The brilliantly-named O'Reilly Clashing from Antigua wins the third heat in 30.01 seconds. Ten heats in total with the fastest 16 progressing to the semi-finals.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Four years ago at the Beijing Olympics the team were very young but now they have gone through their processes and won competitions. It is a home Olympics and time to deliver."


    Chris Day on Twitter: Yay, the moment I've been waiting for all Olympics...GO JESSICA ENNIS!

    Oliver Jefferson on Twitter: "Now I remember why I became a teacher, school holidays that fit round the Olympics. Loving the BBC coverage on 20 plus channels @BBCSport"

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

    "Line-up for the men's 4x100m medley relay has just been confirmed: Backstroke - Liam Tancock, breastroke - Craig Benson, butterfly - Michael Rock, freestyle - Adam Brown. They'll be in lane one and will face Italy, who have recorded the quickest time in the world this year. Although don't read too much into that - not many nations have competed together with their strongest line-ups since last year's World Championships."

  147. 1004: 

    Team GB are 14-8 down in the handball now. We'll keep you posted on their second-half comeback. But now to the Aquatics Centre where the women's 50m freestyle heats are under way. It's the usual unseeded heats at the moment, but the big hitters will be out soon, with world champion Therese Alshammar of Sweden in heat eight and GB medal hope Fran Halsall in nine.

  148. 1003: 

    Jessica Ennis' 100m hurdles heat is at 1029 BST when she will line up alongside Tatyana Chernova, the Russian who beat her in the world championships in Daegu last year.

    Ennis needs a big lead at the end of today to be in control of things heading into tomorrow's final three events. Her personal bests in today's events are all better than Chernova's. Tomorrow, the situation is reversed.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the athletics at the Olympic Stadium

    "The sun has picked the ideal time to smile as the first day of the athletics competition gets under way. Britain's big gold medal hope Jessica Ennis has arrived on the track to warm up for the first of her seven events, the 100m hurdles. This is a very strong event for the British heptathlon record holder and the ideal way to get a morale-boosting head-start on her competitors."

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "This is a fantastic venue. Already the noise in here this morning has been phenomenal. Like all the sports, we are hoping that our athletes rise to the occassion and win lots of medals. I think they will."

  151. 0957: 

    The athletics stadium looks pretty full from the bird's eye view that I have on proceedings. A few rows of seats looking a little gappy but those who are already there are making a fair bit of racket as the big screen plays out a montage of the big moments from around the Games so far. The cauldron is blazing away. We are almost there. Men's shot put qualifying, including Britain's Carl Myerscough, is the first event to go at 1000 BST.

  152. 0949: 

    Team GB are paying the price for indiscipline in the Copper Box as three penalties from Angloa's Isabel Guialo extends their lead to 10-5 after 17 minutes.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "The sun has decided to join the party on the penultimate day of the rowing regatta at Eton Dorney. We've got a series of finals for those who didn't make the medal races up, including Hamadou Djibo Issaka, who has caused quite a stir at these Games, to get us going.

    "The Nigerien, who only took up rowing three months ago, is one of the Olympic wildcards and has just received the biggest cheers of the week as he battled across the line over 90 seconds behind the winner in the men's single F final."

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

    "Unbelievably we're approaching the end of Olympic swimming at London 2012 - with the last morning of heat swims. So time is running low for British swimming to attain their target of six medals at the Games (they have two so far).

    "Rebecca Adlington will be back for the 800m final tonight, but this morning Fran Halsall, who was sixth but agonisingly close to a medal in the 100m freestyle last night, returns for the 50m freestyle heats.

    "David Davies, who won bronze in Athens and then open water silver in Beijing, is also in action alongside Daniel Fogg in the 1500m freestyle, while Great Britain also have men's and women's teams in the 4x100m medley relay heats."

  155. 0946:  
    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    On three-time silver medallist Katherine Grainger aiming for a gold in the women's double sculls rowing final at 1210 BST: "This could be the moment for the British team. A fantastic story of all these silvers, six-times world champion but is this going to be the day. They are both two outstanding athletes. It's how you cope with that pressure that makes the difference and what makes the Olympics so special."

  156. 0945: 

    The drama of Gemma Gibbons's run to a silver medal yesterday was witnessed by David Cameron and Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday.

    I'm presuming that news of the cracking entertainment on offer has spread through the geo-political bigwigs and we can expect to see Ban Ki-Moon in the posh seats for the start of Britons Katrina Bryant and Christopher Sherrington's campaigns at approximately 1033 and 1019. The action has just begun over at Wembley Arena.

  157. 0943:  
    Denise Lewis, Former heptathlon gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "Where do we start on what to look forward to. The breadth of events where we could do well now is so much more compared to Beijing. High jumper Robbie Grabarz has a great opportunity to get a medal. Phillips Idowu and Charles van Commenee is one of those things where their personalities just clash. Phillips likes to do things his own way. Charles is very headstrong, sets high standard and expects the athletes to fall in line. We have to be careful it doesn't overshadow everthing else in the Olympic stadium."

  158. 0941: 

    Team GB are closing the gap on Angola as they look to record their first Olympic handball victory. A sweeping move from end to end culminates in a fine goal for Holly Lam-Moores to reduce the deficit to one at 5-4.

  159. 0937: 

    David Florence and Richard Hounslow claimed silver behind Baillie and Stott for a GB one-two.

    Florence says: "It is incredible for the sport. The guys that have won the last two Olympics, we are the only two crews to have beaten them. You have to do it on the day and it was great to be part of the team."

    Hounslow adds: "We knew what time they had done. We had a good run. If we were going to finish second behind anyone it would have been these guys."

  160. 0936: 

    Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won GB's first canoe gold ever with their win in the C2 class. They've been talking about the experience on the BBC Breakfast sofa:

    Stott, asked if he has slept, says: "Not at all. I got to bed at three and woke up at six. All those memories were coming through and there was not a wink of sleep to be had."

    Baillie seems to have got some kip: "I was pretty tried. It hasn't sunk in and it was pretty bizarre."


    GB track cyclist Jess Varnish: "Oh and as if my day wasn't bad enough yesterday... I dropped my phone down the toilet! #badtimes"

    Varnish and Victoria Pendleton were relegated out of the medal race yesterday evening after an illegal overtake.

  162. 0935: 

    Team GB get off to a bad start in the Copper Box as African champions Angola take an early 2-0 lead. But captain Lynn McCafferty pulls a goal back with a clever dummy and finish.


    BBC swimming commentator Mark Foster: "Morning. Another dry day on London!! #britishsummer."

    It is looking 'largely dry' according to the BBC Weather experts. We would have snapped your hand off for that a month ago wouldn't we?

  164. 0929: 

    "The Central Line, which serves the Olympic Park in Stratford, has resumed after being part-suspended earlier. But the line is still experiencing severe delays, TFL says. Meanwhile, recorded messages played at Tube stations of London Mayor Boris Johnson - which warned of delays in the run-up to the Games - have now stopped, as planned. Tube announcements have started encouraging travellers to visit attractions across London, including shops and restaurants."

  165. 0927: 

    Talking of things Chinese, two-time gold medal winner Ye Shiwen has given an interview to Chinese state-run CCTV in which she agreed that doping allegations against her are motivated by sour grapes.

    "We have never questioned when other countries' athletes have won medals, so why should I come under suspicion?" she said.

  166. 0923: 

    The semi-finals of the women's singles are under way in Wembley Arena. China's Yihan Wang is up against India's Sania Nehwal in the first of the last-four match-ups and, after taking the first game 21-13, is on course for a meeting with one of her compatriots, either Xuerui Li or Wang Xin, in the final.

  167. 0921: 

    Former international archer Liz Mynott and BBC co-commentator: "That was fantastic shooting by Mohamad. To shoot the 10 in front of this crowd in this atmosphere excellent. Larry will be disappointed but he should be proud of the game he brought to Lord's today."

  168. 0920: 

    Larry Godfrey: "I woke up this morning feeling good. I did my best and if it was meant to be it was meant to be. All the archers here are of a great standard. This is the best arena I have ever shot in. It's a great atmosphere. I took it down to one arrow and he smashed it didn't he?"

  169. 0916: 

    One arrow to decide your Olympic dream? Godfrey scores a nine, but Mohamad is ice cool as he fires one right into the centre of the board. Godfrey's Olympics are over and so are Team GB's hopes in the archery.

  170. 0914: 

    It wasn't just the Weymouth waters that were a little bit salty yesterday as Ben Ainslie, chasing his fourth gold medal, closed the gap on leader Jonas Hogh-Cristensen in the Finn class.

    Hogh-Christensen claimed Ainslie made contact with one of the buoys as he rounded on another mark of yesterday's second leg. To say Ainslie disagrees would be understatement.

    "They made a big mistake because I'm angry and you don't want me angry," he says in his post-race interview.

    Take a look ten minutes into the BBC's sailing day six video round-up, there is a bit of tiger in Ainslie's eye. He is back in action in the ninth and tenth races of the competition around midday.

  171. 0913: 

    Mohamad has found his range now as he drills his first two arrows right into the centre of the target. But an eight with his third opens the door to Godfrey. The Briton releases a wayward final arrow to concede the set. It's 5-5, which means we'll have a one-arrow shoot-off. It's a bit early in the morning for all this pressure isn't it?

  172. 0910: 

    Godfrey is a model of consistency, once again racking up 28 points from his three arrows. Mohamad can't match him and Godfrey leads 5-3.

  173. 0908: 

    Godfrey opens up with a 10 and follows with two nines. Mohamad's first shot is right on the line of eight and nine and requires careful measuring. It's an eight so Godfrey takes the set to tie the match at 3-3.


    G in Essex, via text: "It's Friday, the sun is out, and it's all going on at London 2012. I sense it's not going to be the most productive day in the office!!! Still can't get any flipping tickets though!!!"

  175. 0905: 

    A fine set of three from Larry Godrey as he follows two nines with a 10, but his Malaysian opponent once again nails his final shot to draw the set. He leads Godfrey 3-1.

  176. 0902: 

    A bad start for Godfrey as he follows two nines with a seven. His opponent Khairul Anuar Mohamad hammers home a 10 to win the first two points. The winner is the first to six, with two points available each set.


    Jon Hardy on Twitter: "@chrishoy @BBCSport: I'm looking forward to/hoping for a further bio update after the keirin!"

    James on Twitter: "Hopefully a couple more Golds for #TeamGB today - one in the Men's Team Pursuit and #RebeccaAdlington in the 800m freestyle."

    Steph Court on Twitter: "There's too many events on that I want to watch today! Thank goodness @BBCSport has such an amazing live feed #noworkbeingdonetoday"

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "I can see Dai Greene is the man of the moment. He has been sneaking himself back into good shape and that is what you need to do.

    "He has been beaten by his main rival Javier Coulson three times but he has been getting closer and closer. With home advantage that could make the difference."

    World champion Dai Greene begins his 400m hurdles campaign at 1129 BST.

  179. 0900: 

    Out comes Larry Godfrey to a huge roar at Lord's. Looks a real character this fella, with his bleached blonde hair and sunglasses. Brutal sport this, it'll all be over in about five minutes. Come on Lazza...

  180. 0858: 

    Before the Games, BBC Sport picked out 10 international stars who were as good as nailed-on for gold. One of them was Teddy Riner, an absolute man mountain of a French judoka. He's won five world titles at the age of 23 and is desperate to add an Olympic gold. Follow his progress from 0930 on our interactive video player.

  181. 0855: 

    The first action of the day has already begun in the Riverbank Arena where Australia have a 1-0 lead over Argentina in the men's hockey. Both these teams are in Group A alongside Great Britain, with the Aussies top and the Argentines at the foot of the table.

    GB, who play Pakistan at 1630 BST today, are currently second in the six-team pool. The top two will progress to the semi-finals.

  182. 0850:  
    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    Denise Lewis won gold at the Sydney Olympics for GB in the heptathlon. She has been talking about Jessica Ennis.

    "She is going to be just fine. She's had a great training camp and everyone is saying she is in great shape," says Lewis.

    "It's going to be tough but you just wait for the roar when her name is called. She was bitterly disappointed at missing the Beijing Games four years ago. I think she will just absorb all that is good about the games."

    The mere mention of Denise's name is more than enough excuse to link to the supreme BBC online game Denise Lewis Heptathlon. If you squint a bit you can bring it all bang up to date by making that collection of pixels look like Jess Ennis.

  183. 0847: 

    The Olympic Park is bracing itself for its busiest day yet with more than 200,000 people expected to flood through the gates. With athletics, swimming and cycling all taking place on the same day, London transport systems face a huge test and already there are problems. The Central Line, which serves the Olympic Park in Stratford, is suspended from Liverpool Street to Leytonstone following a signal failure at Bethnal Green.

  184. 0846: 

    GB's Jessica Ennis starts her quest for gold in the heptathlon today and double-gold Olympic medalist Dame Kelly Holmes has been talking about the pressure that Sheffield's finest will find herself under.

    "It is Jessica's first Olympic Games. For Beijing she had a broken foot so for her this is a big moment," said Holmes.

    "She has been the face of these Olympics coming through so, of course, that is added pressure and she will want nothing more than to win the gold medal.

    "As an athlete with that much profile there is that balance that she wants it for herself but she knows everyone else is expecting from her. That's what she has to try to handle."

  185. 0841: 

    The women's handball team have a great chance to register a first-ever British Olympic victory in the sport when they take on African champions Angola in the Handball Arena at 0930 BST. Captain Lynn McCafferty's team beat them 22-20 in the Olympic test event last year.

    UK users can watch that and all the rest of today's action from around the venues, on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  186. 0835: 

    The front and back pages of the national newspapers are once again draped head to toe in images of Team GB's medal heroes.

    "Tears of Hoy" is the headline on the Daily Mirror alongside a picture of five-time cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy. The Daily Telegraph calls the Scotsman "His Royal Hoyness" while the Daily Star salutes "Golden Boy Hoy".

    The daily souvenir poster sleeve of The Times is dedicated to an action of of victorious canoe slalom pair Etienne Stott and Tim Baillee tearing through the rapids at Lee Valley.

    And, after a day on which Team GB landed six medals, The Sun warns their rivals that "you ain't seen nothing yet".

  187. 0834: 

    It's the final day of the archery at Lord's with the men's individual event set to be decided. Britain's sole survivor Larry Godfrey is first up at 0900, but he faces a devilishly difficult match against Malaysia's Asian champion Khairul Anuar Mohamad, the world number five.

    If Godfrey wins, he'll be through to the quarter-finals, which take place at 1400, with the semis and final hot on their heels.

  188. 0832: 

    There's lots of great feature content on the BBC Sport website this fine Friday morning:

    Ben Dirs was down at the ExCeL to see how Gemma Gibbons tranformed the fortunes of British judo at London 2012.

    Aimee Lewis explains how a Dubai prince helped sharp-shooter Peter Wilson on the road to gold.

    Ex-Olympic champion Chris Boardman on why Great Britain's track cyclists can expect more gold medals at London 2012.

    "From their lowest ebb as write-offs with broken bones in the shadow of their team-mates, Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott have ridden a wave to Olympic stardom..." Ollie Williams on canoe kings Etienne Stott and Tim Baillee.

    And Rob Hodgetts rides the Weymouth waves with British sailing star Ben Ainslie.

  189. 0828: 

    After winning her semi-final, Gibbons looked up to the sky and mouthed the words: "I love you mum." She has being explaining the sentiment behind that gesture.

    "My mum died eight years ago and she did absolutely everything for me. She took me to training all the time, went to every competition with me and was my biggest supporter," he told BBC Olympic Breakfast.

    "I don't get the opportunity to say thank you so it was my way of doing that.

    On her silver medal: "I'm not quite sure how I did it. I just had the best day of my life. I always thought I was capable of something like this. With the home support it just all clicked together."

  190. 0826: 

    Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons won silver in the -78kg women's judo category. She has been chatting on the BBC Breakfast sofa:

    "It was pretty emotional - getting through to the Olympic final, being guaranteed a medal and the chance to go for gold. An amazing moment."

  191. 0822: 

    You say you want the rest of the world's best sportspeople on show for your entertainment? Well there are plenty of international superstars in action today as the athletics gets going.

    Russian Tatyana Chernova, the world champion, and Ukrainian Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska will be eager to spoil Jess Ennis's party in the heptathlon.

    Over at Wimbledon from 1200 BST, Roger Federer will take on Juan Martin Del Potro for a place in the final against Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic.

    At Lord's, South Korea's legally blind archery phenomenon Im Dong Hyun will look to earn his first individual Olympic medal to add to his two team golds, with the action starting at 0900 BST.

    And in the pool, 20-time Olympic medallist Michael Phelps will be out for revenge on South African Chad Le Clos in the 100m butterfly final at 1938.


    2000 heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis (@RealDeniseLewis) will be answering your Twitter questions on athletics soon. Send them in via #bbc2012 and we'll select the best.


    Fran Halsall on Twitter: "Time to wake up smell the coffee and get one length of the baths done."

  194. 0815: 

    Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington defends her 800m freestyle title in the pool this evening at 1945 BST, while Fran Halsall begins her 50m freestyle campaign in the heats from 1000 BST.

    Over at Wimbledon, Andy Murray is third on Centre Court in his men's semi-final against Novak Djokovic while the GB women's football team play Canada in the last eight in Coventry at 1930 BST.

    And, as Teresa says in her tweet below, Great Britain's dressage team will complete the Grand Prix stage of their competition with a healthy lead on the opposition.

    The take-home message, as they say in the corporate world, is that there is a heck of a lot going on.


    Robin McClure on Twitter: "These Olympics are quickly becoming the 'legacy and legends' Olympics. Bradley, Hoy and a host more potentials."

    Tim Meggs on Twitter: "Have to give credit where due, BBC's #2012LondonOlympics coverage online and on TV is exceptionally good. Well done."

    Teresa Roccia on Twitter: "Not forgetting our awesome dressage team....I was disappointed they did not get a mention yesterday...they are leading!"

  196. 0809: 

    It may well be out on the water at Eton Dorney that the first British gold medal of the day and the sixth of the Games arrives.

    Katherine Grainger, a three-time silver medalist in the Olympics, has a great chance to finally go one better when she rows with Anna Watkins in the women's double scull final at 1210 BST. George Nash and Will Satch are in the men's pair final at 1150 BST with Alan Campbell in the singles sculls final at 1230.

  197. 0804: 

    The Olympic Stadium is open for business for the first time in the Games and some for Team GB's biggest names are amongst the first in the queue.

    Jessica Ennis, perhaps the face of the Games for Great Britain, gets her heptathlon campaign under way in the 100m hurdles from 1005 BST, with world champion Dai Greene in 400m hurdles action from 1115 BST and the only Team GB track and field athlete to win gold in Beijing, Christine Ohuruogu, in 400m heats from midday.

    The velodrome made its debut yesterday and delivered a day of drama, disappointment and sweet victory for Great Britain.

    We'll have plenty of the first and last of those please, as Victoria Pendleton gets stuck into the Keirin at 1600 and Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell and Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh go in the team pursuit at 1618 and 1656 respectively.

  198. 0800: 

    "Just had a philosphical moment. Are we actually getting sport now? Understanding it's value and positive effects? Finally? I hope so."

    I'm not sure that television presenters are allowed to go so deep when on air, but Andrew Castle nailed it for me with his musings on Twitter last night.

    As Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons landed her place in the final of yesterday's judo with an emphatic late Ippon, breaking down in tears and pointing to the heavens to dedicate the win to her late mother, it felt like London 2012 shifted a gear.

    Brace yourself, because with the first day of athletics action upon us and drama aplenty in the pool and velodrome, it looks like today is the day the Games heads into overdrive.

    Welcome to Day Seven of London 2012.

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

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