London 2012 Olympics: Day Five afternoon session as it happened

Bradley Wiggins wins cycling gold and Chris Froome bronze after rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning secure Britain's first gold.

1 August 2012 Last updated at 18:59

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  1. 1856: 

    Gold for Japan then, and that neatly concludes this afternoon session from the Olympic Park.

    Tom Rostance is the man to take you through to the close of play, while I'll be donning my swimming cap again to bring you all the latest from the aquatics centre.

    See you in a bit.

  2. 1854: 

    BBC gymnastics pundit Christine Still: "What a super three gymnasts, each with different strengths. Wonderful to see Uchimura on the top of the pile, where he deserves to be. He had to come back strong and he showed what a champion he is, didn't he?"

  3. 1854: 

    Spain have ended their football competition in more abject disappointment, with a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford which means that they haven't scored in any of their three group games.

    A woeful showing from the World and European champions.

  4. 1851: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Kohei Uchimura, JPN (Men's all-around gymnastics)

    Kohei Uchimura takes gold for Japan after a sublime display at the North Greenwich Arena, with Marcel Nguyen of Germany taking silver.

  5. 1846: 

    Some more news filtering through from Wimbledon, and it may be bad news for those of you who have tickets for the day as the mixed doubles first round between Andy Murray and Laura Robson of Britain and Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek has been postponed for the day.

    It will now be played on Thursday. Don't shoot the messenger...

  6. 1845: 

    BBC gymnastics pundit Christine Still: "Even when the chips were down and it hadn't gone right, the Great Britain guys don't throw the towel in. They fight on, seeing the day out by performing their best work."

  7. 1841: 

    Chris Froome reacts to winning bronze in today's time trial on BBC Radio 5 live: "I wasn't quite sure what to expect today, but that was really mindblowing out there. The crowd were amazing, all shouting and cheering for us. Even after three weeks in the Tour de France today was quite phenomenal in comparison.

    "I knew I was still in good form from the Tour. This really suits Bradley well and I was here hoping to sneak into the medals table. That's exactly what's happened. From my point of view I'm chuffed to bits with that."

  8. 1840: 

    There will be new Olympic champions in the men's doubles as reigning champs Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka were booted out of the competition 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 by Israel's Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram. I know, it came as a shock to me too.

  9. 1838: 

    Hats off to Kristian Thomas, who concludes his all-around final with a superb routine on the horizontal bar.

    He'll be left to rue that sole error on the vault but all in all it's still a great performance

  10. 1836: 

    With 15 minutes left of their Olympic football campaign, Spain are still yet to find the net. A truly remarkable turn of events. It's 0-0 at Old Trafford against Morocco

  11. 1835: 

    More from Bradley Wiggins on BBC One after his gold medal in the time trial: "To win Olympic gold in your home city in the velodrome would have been incredible, but to do it round the streets where we are is phenomenal.

    "To do this in this setting, in front of that castle, is so British. Absolutely incredible."

    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player

    "It's disappointing again for the GB team because they've done so much well. But it's not enough to do 80% or 90% of things right at this level.

    "Consistency must flow until the last whistle."

  13. 1833: 

    It's a third straight defeat for Britain's female ballers, although they did make a real fist of their tussle with Russia in the Basketball Arena, closing to within six points in the final minutes of the 67-61 defeat.

  14. 1829: 

    Chris in Southport on 81111 on text: "Phenomenal day today. It's lit up the Games our two golds and two bronzes. Gutted for the boys in the men's eight, they put everything into the race and came as Gary Herbert would say 'oh so close'. Congratulations to Glover, Stanning and Wiggins."

    Elizabeth in Holmfirth on 81111 on text: "Congrats to all of team GB whether they have won medals or not. To get this far means huge effort. Also big thanks to the guy who arranged the national anthems. Brilliant job. Ours sounds much more uplifting than usual."

  15. 1827: 

    Paul Goodison defied back pain to keep the defence of his Olympic Laser title alive but admits his gold medal hopes are slipping away in Weymouth. The 34-year-old was in tears on Tuesday because of a back injury that threatened to end his Games, but was able to take to the water again after intense physio.

    The Briton scored a fourth and a ninth to climb from 12th to sixth but is still well adrift of the top three in points.

    "I'm not focusing on those guys at the minute, I've got my own personal battles to fight," said Goodison. "The biggest is to get firing on all cylinders. Until that happens I'm not going to win."

  16. 1825:  
    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "Andy's medal hopes are alive and he wants one, but you've got to love Marcos Baghdatis. He played his part all right. It's rock and roll on Centre Court, just like it was at Wimbledon."

  17. 1823: 

    While Andy Murray celebrates in one corner of London, there's despair for Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson in the heart of the capital as Great Britain's beach volleyball pair slide to another defeat. This time it's against Norwegians Martin Spinnangr and Tarjei Viken Skarlund, who clinch a comfortable 22-20 21-13.

  18. 1819: 

    A manic roar from Andy Murray as he celebrates reaching the quarter-finals following a 4-6 6-1 6-4 victory over Marcos Baghdatis. I think he wouldn't mind a gold medal around his neck. The Brit points to the London sky, just as he did after reaching the Wimbledon final last month, and throws a couple of wrist bands into an appreciative crowd before trotting off to whistles and cheers. A good day at the office.

  19. 1816: 

    If Venus Williams is to win a record fourth Olympic gold medal, it will have to be in doubles after the American was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) by seventh seed Angelique Kerber in a close tussle. Wimbledon semi-finalist Kerber will next face top seed Victoria Azarenka.

  20. 1813: 

    BBC Sport volleyball pundit Jo Healy: "I was devastated for Great Britain after losing the first set. They had it in the bag. Having said that I think GB will feel positive about it. There are so many good things they can take out of that. After that, and as it stands, Great Britain are still going through to the quarter-finals."

  21. 1809: 

    The match started full of promise, but has ended in a straight-sets defeat for Great Britain's women in their volleyball clash with Italy at Earls Court. They were beaten 27-25, 25-12, 25-12 but there's no shame in losing to the World Cup winners, I suppose.

  22. 1807:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics

    "How quickly things can change in gymnastics.

    "Kristian Thomas and Dan Purvis were both slowly building up their chances of a medal in the men's all-around final after three strong, confident routines.

    "But first Thomas stumbled back attempting an intensely difficult vault - one which, had he executed it cleanly, would really have boosted his medal hopes - and then Purvis fell at the start of his parallel bars routine. Medals for either now look unlikely at very best.

    "Thomas made the right decision to go for broke with that vault. If it had come off, it might've opened the door for a medal. Nothing less than the best would have done. But it always carried the risk of an error, and that's what happened."

  23. 1806: 

    In the all-around final, Briton Daniel Purvis also loses a mark as he falters on the parallel bars. A top-10 finish is still on the cards for both Purvis and his GB team-mate Kristian Thomas, to go with their bronze in the team event.


    BBC Sport's Leon Mann on Twitter: "Zara Phillips and the rest of the silver medal equestrianism team just arrived at gymnastics. Nice to see them cheering others on."

  25. 1802: 

    Great Britain's beach volleyball pair Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson have still not won a set at London 2012. However, they are getting closer. In their third match of the competition, they have pushed Norwegians Martin Spinnangr and Tarjei Viken Skarlund all the way before going down 22-20 in the opening set. Watch all the action on our interactive video player

  26. 1800:  
    Guy Mowbray, BBC football commentator

    "It's pouring with Manchester rain. Goalless between Morocco and Spain and I think that's just about right. It's been a good match, though chances have been few-and-far between. Morocco need to win and they need positive news from the Japan v Honduras game in Coventry. And this rain's getting ever more heavy..."

  27. 1758: 

    Tim Henman asked earlier whether Andy Murray could take control of the deciding set against Baghdatis and the answer is a resounding yes! [adds exclamation mark to denote Murray's dominance] The Scot has broken his opponent to take a 4-2 lead and with a patriotic crowd urging him towards the finishing line a British victory seems on the cards.

  28. 1755: 

    BBC gymnastics pundit Christine Still on BBC One: "It's an absolutely go-for-broke vault for Kristian Thomas. He had to go for it and lift, but he just squeezed in too hard. He will be so disappointed with himself. What a shame."

  29. 1754: 

    Groans rumble around the old Millennium Dome and Kristian Thomas winces after the Brit makes his first mistake of the Games, miscalculating his landing off the vault. The Brit stumbles backwards onto the mat and that will be an expensive mistake of the muscular Brit.

  30. 1751: 

    It's half-time at Old Trafford and World and European Champions Spain are yet to score in the Olympic competition. Extraordinary! The Spaniards are already out after losing to Japan and Honduras and they go into the break against Morocco with the score at 0-0.

  31. 1749:  
    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player

    "Great Britain are doing specific things very well, like getting hands in the passing lanes. They're putting far more pressure on the ball and they're doing things better. Now, offensively, they need to ensure they stay in their discipline, not just shooting the ball from the outside but getting interior shots."

  32. 1748: 

    It's not going as well as it was for Great Britain's women in their volleyball clash with Italy at Earls Court. In fact, you could say it's gone quite badly. After pushing the World Cup champions all the way in the first set, they have been outclassed in the second, losing 25-12. Oh, well, there's always next time..

  33. 1746:  
    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "This match today has really been all about momentum. In the first set Murray looked flat and lost his serve in the first game. You felt like Baghdatis was the one who was dictating play with Murray doing the running. But in the second set it was a role reversal with Murray in control. Who can take command in this third set?"

  34. 1744: 

    Hold it, Kristian, hold it! Mr Kristian Thomas is chugging along nicely for Great Britain in the all-around final. He nails his dismount on the rings to score 14.633 which puts him into seventh overall, with team-mate Dan Purvis now up to fifth overall. Splendid!

  35. 1742: 

    Look away now if you had hopes of British success at the Basketball Arena. I'm sorry to inform you that the British gals are falling out of contention as Russia haved eased into a 39-27 lead at the break. It's not over until the fat lady sings her tune, though, eh.


    Daruwalla in Hampton Hill on 81111 on text: "I was at Hampton Court 300m before the finish line on the roadside. The atmosphere when Wiggo and Froome came by was absolutely electric, especially when result was confirmed on the big screen! What a day, I'll never forget it! Congrats Wiggins and Froome!"

    Naomi in London on 81111 on text: "I was in the Aquatic Centre last night and watched our British boys qualify for the men's 200m breaststroke final - still hoarse from screaming so loudly. (Frankly, it was more exciting than Phelps's 19th medal!) Will be dashing home to watch the final tonight - really hope they get the medals they deserve after their performance so far!"

  37. 1738: 

    The good ship Andy Murray has stopped creaking and is hopefully, if you're a Team GB supporter of course, ready to set sail into the quarter-finals. The Scot is on song and the crowd are singing a tuneful "Let's go Andy!" after he wraps up the second set 6-1. Four double faults from the Baghdatis serve proving costly for the Cypriot during that encounter.

  38. 1735:  
    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport pundit at the hockey

    "Great Britain hadn't shown any intensity at all until they went a goal down. It's not the end of the world and GB will take great encouragement from the way they played in the last three minutes."

  39. 1733:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport

    "So far, Kristian Thomas's awe-inspiring London Olympics continues.

    "This is a man who, for years, has been the quiet, anonymous workhorse of the British men's gymnastics team. Always solid, rarely spectacular like a Louis Smith.

    "Now, when it matters most, he's pulling off the gymnastics of his life - first to help Britain to team bronze, and now he's put in two unflustered, high-ranking routines in this individual all-around final.

    "A medal is still a very long shot here, but it's noticeable that several leading contenders like American duo John Orozco and Danell Leyva have already made major errors. Each one of those opens the door a little wider for Thomas (and Dan Purvis, who's still just about in the reckoning). Consistency is now vital in the remaining four events tonight."

  40. 1732: 

    A bit of a shock at the Riverbank Arena for Britain's male hockey players against South Africa, who were walloped 6-0 by Australia on Monday. The Brits win a penalty corner with 18 seconds remaining as they look for a winner... but Ashley Jackson is denied by a flying save from Erasmus Pieterse.

    It ends Great Britain 2-2 South Africa.

  41. 1730: 

    The crowd in full voice on Centre Court, some are even on their feet, as Andy Murray breaks Baghdatis and a rasping ace nudges the Scot 4-1 ahead in the second set against the world number 44. The darling of Dunblane gambolling on the baseline and is chomping at the bit to face the Cypriot's bullets.

  42. 1726: 

    BBC gymnastics pundit Christine Still on BBC One: "Well done Kristian Thomas. The pommel is not his favourite piece but he did it so well. You could see the strain the horse put on his wrists. He's no tiny gymnast; he's got a lot of length to have to move around but he went for broke and looks absolutely thrilled."

  43. 1725: 

    Drama at the hockey where South Africa edge 2-1 ahead late on through a fine low drive from Andrew Cronje.

    GB then break up the other end and score an equaliser with three minutes remaining - there is a lengthy delay as the officials study a video replay before deciding that the goal can stand.

    GB 2-2 South Africa.

  44. 1725: 

    Kristian Thomas takes to the pommel horse and pulls off a tricky routine on what is not regarded to be his best piece of apparatus. He scores 14.566 to put him in sixth overall - for now...

  45. 1724: 

    It's turning into a bit of a thriller in the volleyball at Earls Court, where Great Britain's women are giving World Cup champions Italy a real run for their money. However, for all their gutsy play, they have lost the first set 27-25. You can watch all the action live on our interactive video player.

  46. 1721: 

    Following on from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic's efforts yesterday, records continue to tumble at Wimbledon. Two Olympic tennis men's doubles records were set in the second-round match between Czech fifth seeds Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek, and Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares of Brazil.

    Melo and Soares won 1-6 6-4 24-22 in four hours and 21 minutes - the longest three-set men's doubles match in terms of number of games (63) in Olympic tennis history, while the third set (46 games) is also the longest men's doubles set in Olympic history.

  47. 1719: 

    Great Britain's beach volleyball pair Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson play their last pool match against Norway's Martin Spinnangr and Tarjei Viken Skarlund at 17:30 BST. Having lost their first two matches without winning a set, the Brits need a victory - and a miracle - to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16.

  48. 1718:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    "It is a few hours before GB take on Uruguay in their crunch Group A match in the men's football competition. Mexico are currently playing Switzerland and what has struck me already is how easily a lot of the players are losing their footing. Wouldn't like a untimely slip to prove decisive later."

  49. 1717:  
    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Murray has got to be the dictator. Baghdatis has played this match very much on his own terms. He's dominating the points and, though he hasn't won them all, he's playing the way he wants to play. Baghdatis is the proactive one and Murray is reactive. If it carries on like this then Baghdatis, the world number 44, has got a real chance of causing an upset."


    Ana Jessett on Twitter: "Huge respect for the #ArtisticGymnastics boys and girls. So much strength and power, unbelievable

    Dave Wood on Twitter: "It's nice how all the gymnasts congratulate each other. Top sportsmanship."

  51. 1714: 

    Just eight minutes left in the hockey, where South Africa have equalised against Great Britain.

    It's 1-1 at the Riverbank Arena.

  52. 1710: 

    British gymnastics is on a high after the bronze in the team event the other day, and Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis are both in action in the individual all-around gymnastics final. Thomas currently has the highest score on the floor while Purvis is placed in 12th overall after two pieces of apparatus.

  53. 1708:  
    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport pundit at the hockey

    "All the excitement in the crowd needs to be forgotten now. Both teams need a win for different reasons. South Africa were rather hammered in their previous game against Australia. That's an understatement. Great Britain really want to keep their momentum going after a great result in their first game. They are looking to capitalise on that and get another three points in this tournament."

  54. 1706: 

    Despite the best efforts of a rambunctious crowd on the famous lawns of Wimbledon, Andy Murray loses the first set to Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 after 46 minutes of play. The Cypriot hit eight winners compared with Murray's five during the opening set and 100% of his second serves hit the target.

  55. 1703: 

    BBC Sport gymnastics pundit Mitch Fenner on BBC One: "Dan Purvis swings beautifully. His strength work is coming along nicely. His routines are very well put together and he swings like a dream on the rings. He knows where to put them and he is very skilled on his swing technique. Well done, Daniel."

  56. 1700: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Rim Jong Sim, PRK (Women's -69kg weightlifting)

    A third weightlifting gold for North Korea as a combined total of 261kg secures gold for Rim Jong Sim.

  57. 1658: 

    Team GB are in action everywhere we look across the Olympic Park at the moment - over at the Basketball Arena our ladies are taking on Russia and are currently 12-2 ahead in the first quarter.

  58. 1656: 

    Bradley Wiggins speaking on BBC One: "It was phenomenal, the noise was amazing. I don't think my sporting career will ever top this now. What a month it's been. I have won the Tour de France and now the time trial in London at the Olympic Games. That's it. It will never, never get better than that. Incredible. It had to be gold today or nothing. What's the point of seven medals if they're not the right colour? The main number in that is gold number four. So I have got to carry on to Rio now and make it five. Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Chris Hoy is very special."

  59. 1655: 

    Andy Murray is playing with the sun on his back over on Centre Court, but the sunshine isn't helping the Brit who has fallen a break behind to one of Cyprus' most famous exports, Marocs Baghdatis. The 27-year-old right-hander leads 5-3 in the first set and, with Murray serving to stay in the first set, hush descends upon Centre Court.

  60. 1651:  
    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "The crowd is so different on this court than it is at Wimbledon. Far more raucous. It's a sense of celebration as this Olympic men's event really hots up as the medals loom into view. Baghdatis is not an easy man for Murray play."

  61. 1648:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics

    "Vast embarrassment for the announcer at the men's gymnastics. He arrives at the name of Kim Soo-myun when announcing the competitors to the crowd, then suddenly realises it says "KOR" next to the name.

    "But which KOR is the right KOR?

    "Recalling the chaos caused when the wrong flag was shown in the Olympic football, instead of guessing, the announcer pauses, for a good 20 or so awkward seconds, to frantically check which Korea is the one in question.

    "Eventually, to cheers and applause from an all-too-knowing crowd, Kim Soo-myun is correctly introduced as belonging to the Republic of Korea (or South Korea, as it's known)."

  62. 1646: 

    Great Britain's women's volleyball team are about to get under way against Italy at Earls Court. The Brits have won one and lost one so far in the competition, but Italy are second in the standings with a 100% record. However, the hosts know a victory will give them a good chance of making the next round. You can watch the action on this very website.

  63. 1644: 

    Plenty of sports to entertain you from your armchair, office or bus seat, this is the Olympics afterall. Let me briefly tell you what to look out for. Ryan Giggs and his fellow footballers kick off against Uruguay at 1945 tonight, while Kristian Thomas and Dan Purvis will be aiming to summersault, tumble and straddle their way into medal contention in the men's individual all-around final which has just started and is expected to finish at 1857 (that's the time on the schedule. Gymnasts are nothing if not precise).

    Over at the colourful Riverbank Arena, Britain's male hockey players take on South Africa, the lowest ranked team in the tournament (1600-1730), while Brits Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson will give those over in Westminster reason aplenty to have a beach party as they tussle with Norway at 1730 in the beach volleyball. There are also Brits in action basketball, women's volleyball, water polo, tennis and boxing. Excuse me a minute while I catch my breath.

    JUDO- Dae-Nam Song, KOR (Men's -90kg)

    South Korea's Dae-Nam Song beats Cuba's Asley Gonzalez with a golden score to clinch judo gold.

  65. 1642: 

    Hopefully other Brits will experience the joy of standing on an Olympic rostrum over the next few hours and days with Michael Jamieson, who set a British record in the pool last night, the great hope in the Aquatics Centre this evening when he competes in the 200m breaststroke final (1930). Don't forget you can send us your thoughts on Golden Wednesday by either tweeting using the hashtag #bbc2012 or texting 81111. Would be nice to hear from you, it always is.

  66. 1640: 

    China's Li Xiaoxia, runner-up in last year's World Championship and World Cup, takes revenge on compatriot Ding Ning for those defeats with a 4-1 win in the London 2012 final.

  67. 1639: 

    BBC athletics pundit Christine Still on BBC One: "Very impressive from Great Britain's Thomas Kristian. He's done a lot of media work and two great competitions already, but he just looks as fresh as can be. And if anything his landings look a little more secure. As clean as can be. It looked like he was in autodrive, like he went with the flow."

  68. 1638:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport

    "For the first time at the Olympic gymnastics, I can pick out empty seats up in the £20 gods alongside the rows of them down in the lower tiers.

    However, let that not discourage you. This evening is going to be a tremendous competition - the men's all-around individual final, featuring British duo Kristian Thomas and Dan Purvis, fresh from their superb team bronze medal efforts on Monday.

    In all likelihood, the rest of the field is too tough for either of them to get a medal tonight. American duo Danell Leyva and John Orozco are up against Germany's Fabian Hambuchen and Russia's David Belyavskiy as the leading contenders for medals, but all of them will struggle if treble world champion Kohei Uchimura nails his six routines. A win for Uchimura tonight and he'll become the undisputed greatest-ever male gymnast in my book."

  69. 1637: 

    Good things come to those who wait and oh how we've patiently waited over these last five days. As Big Ben chimed midnight last night Team GB languished 21st in the medal table, behind Lithuania and Georgia, but two rowers and two cyclists have catapulted Britain up the table and whipped a nation into mild frenzy and you can expect their faces to adorn the nation's stamps by tomorrow afternoon. Thank you Heather Stanning, Helen Glover, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

  70. 1635: 

    London Mayor Boris Johnson said yesterday that Britain was showing "great natural restraint and politeness" in not stockpiling Olympic medals. Well, the hosts just got serious, they've started to hoard gold medals. Good afternoon to you, I hope Golden Wednesday is treating you well.

  71. 1632: 

    Aimee Lewis is going to jump into the live text hot seat and to take you through the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening now. Bye for now.

  72. 1630: 

    Beijing road race gold medallist Nicole Cook on the men's time trial: "The men's time trial had everything. There was the drama at the start and the tension then went through the roof when there was the chance of Brad and Chris being in the top three. When it happened it was incredible."


    Harry in London, via text: "Team GB adopting the rather apt 'London buses' technique with regard to gold medals in these games then.. wait around a while for one, then two come at once.. Great stuff!"

    Sam in Bolton, via text: "And here we go, the day GB sparked at the home olympics. A couple more medals to collect in the pool tonight i suspect."

  74. 1629: 

    With three minutes to go in the contest, France's Lucie Decosse looked to have her German tied up in a decisive hold. Kerstin Thiele slips free with one second remaining, but Decosse is not made to regret her lack of ruthlessness. The men's -90kg final between Cuba's Asley Gonzalez and South Korea's Dae-Nam Song is next up.

  75. 1629: 

    The Badminton World Federation rejects an appeal from South Korea over the explusion of two pairs from the London 2012 mixed doubles competition. Indonesia withdrew an appeal against their disqualification.

    GOLD MEDAL- Lucie Decosse, FRA (Women's -70kg)

    France's Lucie Decosse beats Germany's Kerstein Thiele to win judo gold.

  77. 1624: 

    Andy Murray is on court at Wimbledon but it's not started well, as Marco Baghdatis breaks his serve in the very first game to go 1-0 up in the first set.

  78. 1624: 

    Brazil have been untroubled by New Zealand in St James' Park where first-half goals from Danilo and Leandro Damiao, added to a 52nd minute strike from Tottenham's Sandro, completed a 3-0 victory for the Samba boys, maintaining their unbeaten record in Group C. In the other Group C match being played this afternoon, Egypt were comfortable 3-1 winners over Belarus.

  79. 1620: 

    Sean Yates, a coach of Bradley Wiggins, reacts to the Briton's Olympic gold medal on BBC Radio 5 live: "Brad has had a fantastic year and is unbeaten in time trails. It was continuation of a theme. Today Bradley delivered that gold medal. At the end he won by quite some distance. He's a fantastic althlete, with seven medals won at Olympics. He's moving on up and we've not seen the best of him yet."


    Phil Gordon on Twitter: "surely arise Sir Bradley Wiggins!! Fantastic athlete, Tour De France, Olympic Gold in 10 days"

    Einfal Group on Twitter: "Tour De France Winner, #Olympic Gold medalist #London2012, Sports Personality of the year? Knighthood?"

    Dale on Twitter: "Go WIGGGOOOO another gold get in. Go #teamgb also a big well done to Chris Froome grabbing Bronze"


    Rory in Salisbury, via text: "A gold medal is going to really go well with bradley's yellow jersey. #brightoutfit. Lets go wiggo!"

    Kate in Cardiff, via text: "Well done Sir Wiggo and a woop woop for Froome too."

  82. 1619: 

    Goal time at the Riverbank as Ashley Jackson dispatches a penalty corner into the top corner in emphatic style to put GB 1-0 up over South Africa.

    You just don't save those. Brilliant strike.

  83. 1619: 

    The bronze medals have been decided in the men's -90kg category with Japan's Masashi Nishiyama and Greece's Illias Iliadis winning their respective contests.

  84. 1615: 

    Here's the final standings in the men's time trial, then, with Chris Froome showing again what a special talent he is by joining Bradley Wiggins on the podium, just like he did when he finished runner up to Wiggo in the Tour de France. Throw in Lizzie Armitstead's road race silver and that means Britain's men and women cyclists have won a medal of each colour and three in total from four races on the road. The action in the velodrome starts on Thursday, incidentally. Bring it on.

    Gold: Bradley Wiggins (GB) 50min 39.54sec

    Silver: Tony Martin (Ger) +42sec

    Bronze: Chris Froome (GB) +1min 08.33sec

  85. 1611: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Kim Jangmi, KOR (Women's 25m pistol)

    South Korea's Kim Jangmi has won gold in the women's 25m pistol with a score of 792.4, just one point clear of China's Chen Ying after a thrilling final.

  86. 1611: 

    Second seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia beats Australia's Lleyton Hewitt 4-6 7-5 6-1 to reach the Olympic singles quarter-finals.

    Next up on Centre Court, British number one Andy Murray plays Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

    Murray and Laura Robson play their mixed doubles first round in the last match on Court 18.

  87. 1611: 

    Swansea's Natasha Perdue, who has followed in her father's footsteps by competing at an Olympics, finishes fourth in the B group of the women's 69kg weightlifting after a back injury and leg spasm ruined her hopes of lifting more than a combined total of 205kg.

    "It meant the world to me to do that and obviously I couldn't help but think about my father and what he achieved in two Olympics," said the 37-year-old, whose dad Terry finished 10th at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics in the same sport.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Chris Froome's bronze medal: "I'm sure he will get his day. A rider of that quality will get his opportunity but not this year, this year belongs to Bradley Wiggins."

  89. 1610: 

    All eyes are on Wiggo at the moment - but not at the Riverbank Arena where a packed out crowd are watching GB's men take on South Africa.

    The match has just begun, and it is goalless at the minute.

  90. 1607: 

    Wiggo was quickly back on his bike, mind, heading back down the road in search of his wife Cath and his family. They have just been reunited too.

    Back at the finish line, the 2008 time trial winner Fabian Cancellara is experiencing the other side of life as an Olympian. He is still down on the ground and getting treatment on that shoulder. He is completely spent.

  91. 1609: 

    There are bronze medals for Columbia's Yuri Alvear and the Netherlands' Edith Bosch in the women's -70 kg class. The gold medal match will be between France's Lucie Decosse and Germany's Kerstin Thiele.

  92. 1607: 

    Tour de France winner and now Olympic time trial champion. Bradley Wiggins has also just become Britain's most decorated Olympian of all time - that was his fourth gold, to go with a silver and two bronzes - but his first on the road, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave's total of six.

    Surely it will not be long until he hears the words 'Arise Sir Brad'? Surely?

  93. 1606: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "In the background behind the live screen showing the time trial you can see the Olympic velodrome. It opens tomorrow for the track cycling but this afternoon, the GB men's team pursuit squad have been training in front of empty seats.

    "I bet they could hear that yelling from the crowd here supporting Bradley Wiggins. The roar was immense. Everybody up on their feet. 'It's absolutely amazing, he's a credit to our country and he inspires all these young people here,' says Luke Ambler, 17, hugging his brother Tom, 14."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "I didn't think anyone was going to touch Bradley Wiggins today. His sporting performances this year have been unprecedented. The greatest British cyclist of all time, I have no qualms about saying that. One of the top British sportsmen, also."

  95. 1602: 

    At last Bradley Wiggins can smile because that gold medal will soon be round his neck. Fabian Cancellara comes home outside the medals and collapses clutching his injured shoulder. Britain have won gold in the men's time trial, and bronze too thanks to Chris Froome. Germany's Tony Martin takes silver.

  96. 1601: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Bradley Wiggins GB (Road Cycling - Time trial)
  97. 1600: 

    Tony Martin is home, holding his advantage over Chris Froome. Now, here comes Bradley Wiggins, turning towards the finish line... what will the clock say? It's good news... great news in fact. he is more than 40 seconds faster than Martin, and is the fastest man home.

    That just leaves Fabian Cancellara to arrive, but he was more than a minute slower at the last time check. Barring something incredible, gold is in Wiggo's grasp.

    GOLD MEDAL- Luo Yutong & Qin Kai CHN (3m synchronised springboard)
  99. 1557: 

    Wiggo has less than 1km to go, roared onwards towards gold through a narrow corridor between the fans.

  100. 1555: 

    Strange scenes at the finish line. Michael Rogers is sitting in one of those ridiculous golden thrones, while Chris Froome rides off with a bag on his back, looking like he is about to start his commute home.

    Still out on the road, Tony Martin is about to catch Taylor Phinney as they approach the line. All eyes on his time now...

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Chris Froome's time of 51 minutes 41.87 seconds: "An average speed of nearly 51km/h, that's incredibly fast on these London roads. That really is a strong time. Only Wiggins and Martin should beat that today."

  102. 1554: 

    Singapore's Tianwei Feng has won bronze in the women's single table tennis with a 4-0 win over Kasumi Ishikawa. The final between Chinese team-mates Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia is under way on the BBC Sport interactive video player right now.

  103. 1551: 

    Britain's Chris Froome is round the final corner, and powers for the line. He comes home more than a minute faster than Michael Rogers and is the fastest man home at the moment. He is almost certain to have won a medal, but which colour?

  104. 1550: 

    Great Britain's Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears' high-tariff final dive is a little scratchy round the edges and the 87.78 it earns is not going to be good enough to put them in the medal spots.

  105. 1549: 

    Australia's Michael Rogers is about to take over as the race leader at the finish line. He is the quickest man home but, behind him on the road, the big hitters who are contesting the medals are approaching the final section of the course. It is going to take something really special from Tony Martin to deny Bradley Wiggins gold now.


    Rich in Sheffield, via text: "Textbook TT from Wiggo, start steady & pick up pace throughout. Chris Froome looking great, still time to overtake Martin for a Team GB 1-2!"

    Sam in Cornwall, via text: "Shouldn't there be a national holiday whenever Wiggins is racing? There may as well be, not much work being done here! Come on Wiggo!!"

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On what Bradley Wiggins needs to do to stay ahead: "He will already know he just has to keep on top of it. That's the thing about the time trial, once you get ahead it's all about aerobic ability. He is getting time checks all the time and he knows he doesn't have to push anything. Bradley Wiggins knows he is on course for the gold medal."

  108. 1546: 

    The Badminton World Federation is expected to announce its decision at 16:15 BST on the appeal by two South Korean pairs and the Indonesian team against their disqualification from the women's doubles. The competition's quarter-finals are still scheduled to start at 17:00.

    GOLD MEDAL- Daniele Molmenti, ITA (K1 canoe slalom)

    Italian Daniele Molmenti wins gold in the men's K1 Kayak canoe slalom. Great Britain's Richard Hounslow went out in the semi-finals.

  110. 1545: 

    Keep calm ladies and gentlemen but here's where we stand after the 29.9km time check... the total distance of the time trial is 44km. Defending champion Fabian Cancellara is fading fast and it looks like we will have two Brits on the podium.

    1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) 34 minutes and 43 seconds

    2. Tony Martin (Ger) +22.10 seconds

    3. Chris Froome (GB) +41.38 seconds

    4. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) +1min.19.46 seconds

  111. 1544: 

    Bear in mind if you're using the roads around Surrey, many are closed for the time trial currently ongoing. Some roads could be closed until 19:30 BST. Keep across the BBC website for the latest travel news.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Bradley Wiggins' 22-second lead after the third split: "He has got that lead but it's certainly not a comfortable buffer. He knows he cannot afford any mistakes now in the last split."

  113. 1543: 

    Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker, along with the rest of the field are cranking up the difficulty through the fifth round. The British pair register a score of 84.66 to remain in fifth, but China's leaders Luo Yutong and Qin Kai are just blurs as they rev up the rotations to score 104.88 on their effort.

  114. 1543: 

    Germany's Tony Martin is still going strong - he is 19 seconds faster than Chris Froome at the mark and strengthening his grip on second place.

    Again, we wait for Wiggo... and he is still on course for the gold medal, in fact he is extending his lead - it is up to 22 seconds over Martin now.

  115. 1539: 

    Here's confirmation of the fastest men after 18.4km. There are two Brits in the top three and our next time check comes after 29.9km... the total distance of the time trial is 44km. Are you getting nervous yet?

    1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) 23 minutes and 45 seconds

    2. Tony Martin (Ger) +11.23 seconds

    3. Chris Froome (GB) +23.58 seconds

    4. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) +30.83 seconds


    Matt, via text: "Come onnnnnn Wiggo!!!!! At work but keeping the bbc text open, work is defo on the back burner right now!"

    James in Coventry, via text: "Sitting in a teacher training seminar: lots of ipads and laptops covertly on the TT. Allez Wiggo!"

    Andrew from London in a confused office following the race, via text: "Do the riders get to know their splits along the route?"

    Yes they do Andrew.

  117. 1534: 

    Kate Walsh, captain of Britain's women's hockey team, has this been discharged from hospital and returned to the Olympic Village following a successful operation on her fractured jaw, sustained during Great Britain's 4-0 victory over Japan on Sunday.

    No timescale will be placed on any possible return to action. Britain face Belgium on Thursday having won both of their first two fixtures.


    GB cyclist David Millar on Twitter: "OH YES. Wiggo is totally in control."

  119. 1534: 

    Now then, here comes Fabian Cancellara to that time check... how is he doing?

    Not great. Not great at all. He's well adrift, down in fourth place... more than 30 seconds slower than Bradley Wiggins. It is going to be hard - almost impossible even - for him to make that up. Wiggo and Chris Froome are first and third at the moment, with Tony Martin between them.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Bradley Wiggins going into lead after 18.4km split: "We did say that his experiences that he learned from last year in the Tour of Spain where he went off too quick, means he doesn't start too quickly. It's only about the final time. He has the courage and experience to start steady and pace himself."

    Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator Rob Hayles on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "You really do have to judge it well, as if you go out too hard and you start to die off, you will drop off so fast at the back-end of this race. It is something the British riders do so well. You have to ride within that narrow envelope of not blowing up, and not finishing with something left to give."


    Fiona Finch on Twitter: "grateful to be off work recovering from a brutal dental appointment. no guilt in being on the couch watching Wiggo and Froome"

    Lee Watkins on Twitter: "Go #wiggo go.....oh and froome!! @TeamGB #ourgreatestteam"

    Matthew Webb on Twitter: "Sat in work watching the Olympics. Somethings in life are more important #dedicated"

  123. 1531: 

    Wiggo's turn to hit the 18.4km mark... what is the news?

    It's good. He clocks 11.23 seconds faster than Tony Martin and is the quickest man so far. Just Fabian Cancellara to come at the first time check.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    British windsurfer Nick Dempsey had what he described as a "better day at the office" after scoring a fifth and a first in the day's two races on the "Nothe" course close to Weymouth.

    Dempsey edged into third after four races, but is still well adrift of leader Dorian van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands.

    "I'm definitely sailing fast, I just need to start turning it up a little bit," said Dempsey. "We're in the harbour for the next six races and that's where I think I'll be most comfortable."

    "He's very punchy," he added of van Rijsselberghe. "It's him, it's his personality, he's a fantastic sailor but we have different strategies and execute them differently and often he'll win, win , win and then something will happen. It's not how I sail."

  125. 1530: 

    Here comes Tony Martin to the 18km marker... and the German has gone 12.8 seconds faster than Chris Froome.

    Meanwhile, poor old Luis Leon Sanchez has lost even more time because of a puncture - it really isn't his day, is it?

  126. 1524: 

    The final of the women's 25m pistol is getting under way, and South Korea's Kim Jangmi is the one to beat. The 19-year-old enjoyed an astonishing World Cup debut at the London Olympic venue in April by setting a world record of 796.9 points and she set a new Olympic record of 591 in qualifying. Britain does not have a representative in the eight-strong final after Georgina Geikie failed to qualify.

  127. 1528: 

    Nick Robinson-Baker gives a double thumbs-up as he climbs out of the pool in the wake of his third dive with partner Chris Mears in the 3m synchronised springboard. They are rewarded with a rather modest 77.22 by the judges.

    Their total of 181.62 is rapidly disappearing into the rearview mirror for Chinese leaders Luo Yutong and Qin Kai who have leapt on to 194.28. The Mexican pair of Yahel Castillo Huerta and Julian Sanchez Gallegos are the closest challengers on 191.70.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On the huge crowds along the route: "What a fantastic experience to have to ride on British roads with that many Union flags being waved in front of you."


    GB wheelchair tennis player Liam O'Reilly on Twitter: "Lleyton Hewitt playing one of the matches of his life on centre court. Novak doesn't know what to do. Come on Lleyton"

  130. 1523: 

    Roger Federer beats Denis Istomin 7-5 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals, while Kim Clijsters books her place in the last eight with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic.

  131. 1525: 

    Wiggo has really found his rhythm now, pushing out those long graceful strokes of the pedals as chaos rules around him - the flag-waving crowd that lines the road has not thinned out.

    Ahead of him, Britain's Chris Froome is fastest through the 18km split so far, 24 seconds quicker than his Team Sky team-mate Michael Rogers.


    Nick in Wilmslow, via text: "C'mon Wiggo. Paint the road red white and blue!"

    Jon Brooks in ExCel Arena, via text: "Noooo! Amazing tickets for the women's table tennis finals...but for some reason they're not showing Wiggo & Froomedog in between points!"

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCeL

    "Irish bantamweight John Joe Nevin gives another very classy display in beating Kanat Abutalipov of Kazakhstan 15-10, the Mullingar man into the third round. Not sure I've seen a slicker boxer yet at this year's Olympics, Luke Campbell beware, although they can only meet in the final. Next up for Nevin is Valdez Fierro of Mexico, who had a fine win over fourth seed Anvar Yunusov."


    Michael Heyburn on Twitter: "Can you encourage a Mexican wave along the bike course for when Wiggo rides?"

    I would love to see that. Absolutely love it.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Bradley Wiggins being five seconds off the leader after the first split: "Wiggins has started too fast before and he has learned you have to be more careful. We will get a better idea of where he is at when we get to 18km."

  136. 1519: 

    All the riders have now gone through 7.3km mark and it is German world champion Tony Martin who is fastest so far. Bradley Wiggins is five seconds slower, followed by Fabian Cancellara who is another half a second further back.

    Then come Taylor Phinney and Chris Froome, nine and 10 seconds slower than Martin.

  137. 1519: 

    Half-time in the Group C match between Brazil and New Zealand in men's football with the South Americans 2-0 to the good. Plenty of Premier League interest among the Samba boys' ranks with Manchester United target Lucas Moura amongst those in action.

  138. 1515: 

    There are huge crowds lining the streets for this time trial, soaking up the sunshine as the riders whizz by.

    There are official time checks at 18.4km and 29.9km for the men but other splits down the course. American prospect Taylor Phinney is the fastest through the first of them, at 7.3km, and he is a full second fastest than Chris Froome. How will Wiggo and Cancellara fare?


    Stephen Rush in Zakynthos, via text: "Just dragged the family down to the bar to watch the TT. 6-year-old son Joel came up with this (to the tune of "Summer Holiday"): 'We're going down to see our Bradley, We're going down to see Chris Froome, we think they'll win a medal, Now let's see if they do'."

  140. 1513: 

    Tanzynia on Twitter: "I'm a lady Director sat in a Project meeting wearing gold Bradley sideburns and no one is fazed. Luv the Olympics!"

    Jenny-Jean Paul on Idowu saga: "This is turning into a farce. We need Kofi Annann to knock a few heads together."

  141. 1512: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Huge whoop for Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins here at the big screen in the Olympic Park as they each roll down the ramp for the time trial. And even bigger cries when a message flashes up on screen that the tele box will go into standby if someone doesn't press a button.

    Luckily, they do.

    "We're rooting for Wiggins," says Vicky Sainsbury, here with her husband and daughter. And Froome? "Oh yes, he can come second."

    We'll see....

  142. 1510: 

    The last rider has left the start ramp of the men's time trial. Defending champion Fabian Cancellara, aka 'Spartacus' is riding today despite being nursing a shoulder injury sustained in a nasty crash during Saturday's road race.

    Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator Rob Hayles on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It is absolutely gorgeous weather, and Bradley Wiggins looked so good there. He is in the best shape of his life. We will find out if he is good enough to take his fourth Olympic gold medal in an hour."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Bradley Wiggins setting off: "What an opportunity for Wiggins. A Londoner at heart, and even though he lives in the north west now, he considers these roads as home and a once in a lifetime opportunity. There is massive pressure on him today with the thousands of fans lining the streets but if anyone can deal with pressure it is Bradley Wiggins."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    GB 49er sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes climbed from 12th to fifth after scoring fourth and a second in Portland Harbour in Wednesday's two races. They trail the pace-setting Australians by 23 points but the bunch around them is tight.

    "Our results were a lot better today, although I don't think we necessarily sailed any better than yesterday but we didn't have that big mistake," said Morrison, who wore a snorkel and mask before the start in honour of his capsize yesterday.

    "We knew we were sailing well and we're good enough to do that, it's just a case of continuing to do that.

    "We don't tend to look at results too much now. It's about lowering our average results. We're very much endurance athletes [laughs], we're here until next Wednesday so you've kind of got to stay mentally tough."

  146. 1508: 

    Here goes Wiggo! The man with the most famous sideburns in Britain has begun his bid for gold in the men's time trial.

    Ahead of him lies a 44km route, that heads out to Esher towards the M25 before looping around at Cobham, taking in the Bessborough and Knight reservoirs, and a second diversion towards Strawberry Hill just before he crosses the line, back where he began at Hampton Court.

  147. 1507: 

    The DLR (Docklands Light Railway) is currently part suspended between Canary Wharf and Westferry while engineers fix a broken signal at Canary Wharf.

  148. 1507: 

    Nick Robinson-Baker, with a massive Olympic rings tattoo on the right half of his torso, and partner Chris Mears have registered a score of 52.20 with their first dive. Looked to a solid execution of a relatively straightforward opening effort. Emphasis on relatively there. They are down in fourth after five pairs' opening efforts.

  149. 1504: 

    Disaster for Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez, who was in with a chance of a podium place in the men's road race. His chain broke as he came down the start ramp and he lost at least 25 seconds as he changed bikes.

  150. 1502: 

    The final of the men's synchronised 3m springboard is just getting under way over at the Aquatics Centre. Great Britain's Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker are the third combination to walk the plank.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Chris Froome's chances of winning a medal in the men's time trial: "Chris Froome would have been happier if this was a hillier course, his form is such though that you couldn't rule him out of anything."

  152. 1501: 

    This is where the men's time trial starts to get interesting. Britain's Chris Froome has just rolled off the start ramp, and he can definitely figure in the medal shake up here. Bradley Wiggins gets started in around six minutes time.

    Slovenian rider Janez Brakovic is the fastest man at the 18.4km split so far, just ahead of New Zealand's Jack Bauer.

  153. 1500: 

    The number of vehicles using London's streets has fallen by 17% since the Games began, according to Games organisers Locog. Record numbers of travellers have been using the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to get to Olympic venues. Locog chief executive Paul Deighton said passenger numbers on that route alone are up by 65%. Locog is predicting that Friday and Saturday will be the two busiest days of the Games, and is urging spectators to continue to "plan ahead" to get to events on time.

  154. 1500: 

    Bradley Wiggins speaking in an interview with BBC One: "This is something I always come back to every four years [the Olympics] because it's not every year you don't miss it. Every four years I get a bit older and a bit more successful. I'm looking forward to getting out there and winning my fourth gold.

    "Someone told me the other day that I'm undefeated in time trials this year so that's a good statistic to bring in.

    "Everyone brings their best and you have to be at your best, I think I am at my best - I've won the Tour de France, I must be."

    Are we all ready?

  155. 1457: 

    World number one Roger Federer of Switzerland edges to first set of his third-round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 7-5 on Court One at Wimbledon. But second seed Novak Djokovic is in trouble - the Serb has dropped the opening set against Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt on Centre Court.

  156. 1454: 

    Just as in Saturday's road race, a few of Bradley Wiggins' Team Sky team-mates are involved in today's time trial, including Norwegian prospect Edvald Boasson-Hagen, who was one of those to help him get through the mountain stages of the Tour de France.

    Australia's Michael Rogers, booed by fans from his country during the Tour because he was helping Wiggo against his compatriot and defending champion Cadel Evans, is just about to get started too. Rogers is a three-time world time trial champion and should be a contender for the top 10 today.

  157. 1450: 

    As we approach the business end of the men's time trial, now would be a good time to cast your eyes over the main threats to the Bradley Wiggins' chances of adding a gold medal to his yellow jersey.

    Chris Boardman, a man who knows the taste of Olympic gold, has cast his eye over Fabian Cancellera, Tony Martin and compatriot Chris Froome's chances.

  158. 1447: 

    Britain's Tour de France winner and prospective Olympic time trial gold medallist Bradley Wiggins has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live about handling pressure of being expected to perform. As you might expect, it doesn't really seem to bother him.

    "It's not a matter of life or death out there. As long as you do everything right and don't cut corners, you should be able to enjoy the racing and people won't shoot you when you fail.

    "I don't do pressure, it almost destroyed me when I was young and winning Olympic golds."

  159. 1443: 

    London's Mayor Boris Johnson has been left hanging after he got stuck on a zip wire at an Olympic event in Victoria Park, London. Mr Johnson ground to a halt about 20 metres (65ft) from the end of the 320m (1,050ft) long line. Carrying two Union Jack flags and a blue hard hat, the mayor was rescued after around five minutes suspended in mid-air. See pictures of the dangling mayor via the BBC's Peter Hunt.


    Great Britain volleyball player Peter Bakare: "Row, row, row your boat, aggressively down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Gold is no longer a dream. @teamgb"

  161. 1443: 

    BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar has been across the latest in the case of the four badminton pairs disqualified from the women's doubles. The Indonesian and two Korean teams disqualified have appealed the Badminton World Federation's decision. The BWF say an outcome in to those appeals is expected within the hour.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "There's mixed feelings down at Eton Dorney as organisers clear up the now empty grandstands ready for Thursday's action. There was the epic high of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning winning Britain's first gold of the Games, but that was tapered somewhat when the men's eight came within a sniff of gold before burning out and claiming bronze. All in all, an encouraging start with a potential three more medals tomorrow."

  163. 1438: 

    The good news for the riders in the men's time trial is that the skies are brightening and the roads are drying up, following the showers that hit Hampton Court around midday. Jack Bauer (no, not THAT Jack Bauer) is the latest rider to depart. Not long until the big guns get going.

  164. 1437: 

    Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson says he supports the move to disqualify the eight badminton players from the women's doubles. He said: "If you look at the spirit, if you look at the ethos of the Olympics, if you look at the sort of money that people pay to come and watch the world's best athletes in the world's foremost sporting competition, they really don't want to see that sort of behaviour."

  165. 1435: 

    Coming up at 1500 BST is the final of the men's synchronised 3m platform. Britons Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker are unlikely to break China's dominance on the Aquatic Centre's high boards, but full marks to Mears for even making it to the Games.

    He was given less than 5% chance of surviving after he ruptured his spleen while performing a dive in Sydney in January 2009. He must have nerves of titanium to be able to get up there again and start flipping and twisting in the face of that oncoming juggernaut of water.

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

    "Well, that was a bit of a disappointment, only a bit, though. Kristin Armstrong was a deserving winner of the women's time trial, the American is now a double Olympic and world champion. Not bad for a mum of almost 39.

    "OK, we had hoped to see a medal for Team GB's Emma Pooley - she was runner-up to Armstrong in Beijing - but this course just wasn't hard enough for her. Shake it off, Team GB, we are half an hour from a repeat of last month's smash hit, the Chris Froome-Bradley Wiggins double act. Allez lads."


    Matt in Brough, via text: "Would love to see Froomy get a medal. Would be just reward for his efforts to help Wiggo win Le Tour!"

  168. 1426: 

    A snap of Heather Stanning's school yearbook has made an appearance on Twitter. It seems her classmates were pretty shrewd judges of character. She is listed as the '1st Olyipic gold winner'. Better judges of characters than spellers certainly.

    Wonder if fellow pupil 'Crowy' lived up to his Prince Charming tag?

  169. 1422: 

    Great Britain's Richard Hounslow, speaking after his exit in the kayak semi-finals:

    "I'm obviously very disappointed. I didn't realise I hit the gate but even without that penalty I don't think I would have got through.

    "It just feels like an opportunity missed. I haven't been performing as well as I can. I'm gutted really."

    And on going into the canoe double semi-finals on Thursday: "The whole doubling up I do with David is great if you don't do well in the other. David and I have putting everything in over the last four years, we haven't done well individually but we still have C2 and I have to get my head ready for tomorrow."


    Paul in Gloucester, via text:"Re Gold letterbox in every town - could bankrupt the country if the hockey, football, handball, volleyball, water polo and basketball squads win - be worth it though."

    I think the Royal Mail have covered themselves by making them more high-street catalogue shop than Hatton Gardens. Hope so for their sake.

  171. 1415: 

    The first rider in the men's time trial is on the road. Morocco's Mouhcine Lahsaini will be followed by the 36 other riders at 90-second intervals.

  172. 1414: 

    Great Britain's Richard Hounslow is eliminated from the kayak semi-final as Spaniard Samuel Hernanz's solid run pushes him out of the top 10. Hounslow and David Florence, who failed to make the C1 final, will go in the canoe double semi-finals on Thursday.


    Great Britain hockey player Ashley Jackson: "We will bring the entertainment, you bring the noise....see you at the riverbank just before 4!"

    After winning their opening game in Group A against Argentina, Great Britain take on South Africa, the lowest-ranked team in the group and 6-0 losers to Australia on Monday, at 1600 BST today. Currently in action in the Riverbank Arena are New Zealand and India who are level at 1-1.

  174. 1405: 

    Beijing Olympic road race gold medallist Nicole Cook looks ahead to the men's time trial: "Wiggins is the favourite, he can't wait to get out. He has a serious chance to get gold. But Chris Froome can get a medal also, it's going to be a good race."

  175. 1402: 

    It is going to be very tight if Great Britain's Richard Houslow is to make it into the final of the K1 kayak. With four men left to go, Hounslow is in eighth place. He is relying on canoeing snookers now.

  176. 1401: 

    A devastated Emma Pooley after her sixth-fastest finish in the time trial, over a course that did not suit her technical or climbing ability: "You always have to push your hardest and I did. I don't think I could have gone any faster. In time trial you can't affect anyone else. I'm really disappointed but if someone else is faster than you, you can't do anything.

    "I was really pleased to help Lizzie in the road race. I just wish we could have gone up Box Hill in the time trial."

  177. 1400: 

    Just a reminder that the men's time trial gets going over a slightly longer 44km course from 14:15 BST onwards, with the 37 riders starting and finishing in Hampton Court.

    Britain's Chris Froome sets off at 15:00, with Bradley Wiggins starting shortly afterwards at 15:07.30. Defending champion Fabian Cancellara, competing despite injuring his shoulder when he crashed in the road race on Saturday, is last to depart at 15:09.

    Cancellara and German world champion Tony Martin are likely to be Wiggins' main rivals for gold, but Froome is also a contender for the podium. If Wiggins gets a medal of any description, he will surpass Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain's most decorated Olympian.

  178. 1358: 

    You can find out which towns will be the lucky recipients of one of the Royal Mails glittery postboxes and the rest of the story behind Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's historic gold in the BBC Sport website's feature piece on the pair.

  179. 1357: 

    Phillips Idowu has compromised his Olympic medal hopes, says GB athletics head coach Charles van Commenee. Van Commenee revealed that triple jumper Idowu has not seen or spoken to his coach Aston Moore for a fortnight.

    He said: "I find it bizarre. Aston finds it bizarre. We have to deal with the situation as it is presented to us.

    "First he has to show up, and we don't know when he is going to show up. When he shows up, where he sleeps, we have no idea."

  180. 1351: 

    A special stamp to celebrate rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning's gold medal will be available from lunchtime on Thursday, the Royal Mail has said.

    I believe they are also planning to put a gold letterbox in the hometown of every British gold medal winner. If that is not enough incentive, I don't know what is...

  181. 1350: 

    So, no medals for Britain in the women's time trial. Defending champion Kristin Armstrong dominated from start to finish, with the American going through every time check in first place and clocking 37 minutes 34.82 seconds for the 29km course.

    Germany's Judith Arndt was 15.47 seconds slower as she took silver, with Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya following up her bronze in the road race with a surprise third, another seven seconds back.

    The flat course did not play to Britain's Emma Pooley's strengths and she finished sixth-fastest, more than 40 seconds behind Zabelinskaya. Her team-mate Lizzie Armitstead, who took road race silver on Sunday, finished 10th.


    Mike in Windsor, via text: "Couldn't agree more with the BWF's decision to throw out those eight players. Well done for making such a powerful statement. An absolute farce yesterday."

    Simon in Canterbury, via text: "Glad to see that the authorities have acted strongly over the badminton fiasco. Can't believe how blatant the players were in losing points. Now come on team GB, let's have some cycling gold this afternoon."

  183. 1348: 

    Lizzie Armitstead after her time trial effort: "It didn't feel like a lap of honour [after her earlier road race silver], the whole thing was just painful. It is something I need to improve on if I want to compete in it. I'm disappointed for Emma [Pooley] after all the work she put in and helped me in the road race."

  184. 1348: 

    Richard Hounslow is in fourth place after his run in the men's Kayak K1 semi-final. The Brit will now have to wait to see if he makes the 10 of 15 kayakers who will contest the final.

  185. 1348: 

    The World Badminton Federation has disqualified four of the eight teams in the quarter-finals of the women's doubles badminton after accusing them of "not using one's best efforts to win"

    The case for the defence has not risen much above the level of infant school sadly.

    Speaking before the verdict, Korea's coach Sung Han-kook said: "The Chinese started this. They did it first."

    As it was all motivated by an attempt to gain a favourable draw in the knockout stages, they could have argued that they were just doing their best to win gold within the format of the competition and that at least some of the fault lies with the organisers.

    Anyway, all eight players will be able to carry on playing singles and mixed doubles and are entitled to appeal.

  186. 1343: 

    Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated British rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning after their gold medal. "First of all I want to say how delighted I am about Helen and Heather's gold medal in the rowing. An absolutely fantastic effort. So fantastic news. Well done to them, a great success," he said.

  187. 1342: 

    Germany's Judith Arndt is home and has just displaced Olga Zabelinskaya from her golden throne. She shouldn't get too comfortable, though, because Kristin Armstrong is on the home straight...

  188. 1341: 

    Serena Williams of the United States thrashes Russia's Vera Zvonareva 6-1 6-0 in 51 minutes to reach the Olympic singles quarter-finals.

    On Court One, Swiss world number one Roger Federer and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin are going with serve, while on Court 18 Kim Clijsters of Belgium is a break up on Serbian Ana Ivanovic.

    Britain's Andy Murray plays Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus after the match between Novak Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt on Centre Court, with Murray partnering Laura Robson in the mixed doubles last on Court 18.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Emma Pooley's effort: "That was a solid ride on what is not a great course for Emma. She gave it everything she had. She is a very slight rider who is suited to going up hills and this is a very flat course."

  190. 1340: 

    Britain's Emma Pooley is OUT of the women's time trial medals. Remarkably, Olga Zabelinskaya is still sitting in her golden throne at the finish line. Linda Melanie Villumsen of New Zealand and Clara Hughes are second and third. Germany's Judith Arndt and America's Kristin Armstrong are the only medal contenders left out on the course.

  191. 1337: 

    Over in the awkwardly-named Lee Valley White Water Centre the semi-finals of the men's Kayak (K1) have just begun with Japan's Kazuki Yazawa setting the opening standard with a score of 99.99. Great Britain's Richard Hounslow is fifth up. Ten of the 15 kayakers will make the final at 1515. You can watch it live on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website. Which is also a little awkwardly named.

  192. 1336: 

    Here comes Emma Pooley, pedalling hard for the finish line, but she is not going to displace Olga Zabelinskaya from her golden throne. Pooley goes over the line, second at the moment, but more than 40 seconds slower than the Russian... who is now sitting on the stage on her own.

  193. 1334: 

    At the second time check, America's Kristin Armstong is still fastest, almost four seconds quicker than Linda Melanie Villumsen of New Zealand. Germany's Judith Arndt is third and Britain's Emma Pooley is sixth - more than 20 seconds adrift of a bronze medal place.

    This course is flat and technically unchallenging, it doesn't suit Pooley to be brutally honest.

  194. 1330: 

    Good news just in from Weymouth where Nick Dempsey has just won the fourth race of the London 2012 RS-X windsurf class. That cuts down Dorian van Rijsselberghe's lead over the Briton to 12 points.

  195. 1330: 

    The fastest rider back at the finish line of the women's time trial at Hampton Court is still Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya, who took bronze in the road race. She is sitting in some sort of bizarre golden throne at the finish line and looking a bit embarrassed, to be fair.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    GB 49er sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes showing good "bouncebackability" with a solid fourth in the first race of the day behind France, Australia and New Zealand in a grey, gusty Portland Harbour after their capsize in yesterday's second race. Out in the more exposed Weymouth Bay, British windsurfer Nick Dempsey scored a fifth in his opener as Dutch rival Dorian van Rijsselberghe nabbed a third straight win.

  197. 1326: 

    Great Britain's men's eight briefly looked like they might follow up Glover and Stanning's gold with one of their own.

    They had the wind up the Germans with 500m to go but they were the ones left blowing over the last quarter as they clung desperately on for bronze.

  198. 1316: 

    There were proper full-blooded cheers in the BBC Sport office as Heather Stanning and Helen Glover crossed the line to land Great Britain's first gold medal of the Games earlier today.

    A few of my colleagues were so desperate for that first gold that they were prematurely celebrating as the graphic that superimposes a line across the field at 1500m appeared. Full marks for enthuiasm though.

  199. 1314: 

    Well, what a morning. Breathless stuff as rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover carved apart the field with the precision of a brain surgeon and the power of a prop forward to win gold in the women's pair and the men's eight flirted with something similar before being shunted back for a still-impressive bronze.

    Away from the rowing at Eton Dorney, the four women's doubles pairs accused of deliberately playing badly last night were disqualified.

    Glory, intrigue and mystery and the complex calculations of the men's and women's time trials have just begun...

    This morning's as it happened page is the best place to catch up on all that. For a truly authentic as it happened experience, take five and a half hours to scroll your way through the page.

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