London 2012 Olympics: Day Six afternoon session as it happened

Britain win gold and silver in canoe slalom, Peter Wilson takes shooting gold, Gemma Gibbons judo silver, while Sir Chris Hoy and the GB sprint team take gold.

2 August 2012 Last updated at 19:25

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  1. 1904: 

    Well, well well, what a few hours of action that was. Sensational stuff.

    I'm off for a much needed brew and maybe even a HobNob, while Jess Creighton steps up to the plate to guide you through the swimming.

    Make sure you follow her evening page right here on the website, she's up and running now. Nice one.

  2. 1903: 

    Simon Brotherton on BBC Radio 5 live: "They are raising the roof for Sir Chris Hoy. Every single seat is taken here, everyone is on their feet, everyone is cheering and flags are being waved as people show their support."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator at the Velodrome

    On the victory at the Velodrome: "I think the post match reaction from the riders and the staff was one of ecstasy not relief because this gold was not nailed on at all - it was fantastic."

  4. 1900: 

    Also, our women have just kicked off in the hockey against Belgium. Sport everywhere you look...

  5. 1900: 

    Beijing Olympic gold medallist and BBC pundit Jamie Staff: "I want to cry. It is bloody awesome. They all stepped it up, I'm just so happy."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the aquatics centre

    "It should be a fascinating night of action in the pool tonight.

    "Starting with the British swimmers; 2010 European champion Fran Halsall was the fourth quickest qualifier for the 100m freestyle final and is expected to be in the mix for medals.

    "Look out also for James Goddard. The double Commonwealth Champion elected to drop the 200m backstroke event as from his programme in order to focus on the 200m individual medley (IM) as both races fall in the same session.

    "29-year-old Goddard predicted that even against Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte he stood a better chance of a medal in the IM, but will tonight prove him right? I have my concerns..."

  7. 1859: 

    What a first session in the Velodrome. Magnificent.

    But now we switch focus on to the aquatics centre...

    Hugh Porter, BBC cycling commentator

    "I don't believe what I'm seeing here. They're going quicker and quicker and quicker. That is the fifth gold medal won by Sir Chris Hoy in the Olympics and he equals Sir Steve Redgrave's record."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator at the Velodrome

    On Britain's gold in the Men's team sprint: "A standing ovation for the team, that was incredible. Philip Hindes took that out so well and really set the team up."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "What an exciting final and for me it was all about young Philip Hindes. He had to do the ride of his life there, and all three of them are on the form of their life. All the team can be rightly proud of themselves, a fantastic job all round."

  11. 1856: 

    That's five gold medals now for Sir Chris Hoy - he's set for a fight with Bradley Wiggins now in that age-old 'greatest Olympian' debate.

    Superb, superb stuff.

  12. 1854: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Great Britain (Men's team sprint)

    Great Britain lead from the off to destroy France and win the men's team sprint.

  13. 1854: 

    Smashed - an emphatic win for Great Britain!

  14. 1852: 

    The main event is here then - GB v France for gold in the men's team sprint.

    A chance for Sir Chris Hoy to bag his fifth Olympic gold medal. Amazing.


    GB judo's Euan Burton, the boyfriend of Gemma Gibbons, on Twitter: "Congratulations to @Judo_Kayla She and @gemma_gibbons were #warriors of the highest calibre. I'm so proud of my girl, what an amazing fight."

  16. 1851: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Germany (Men's team sprint)

    Germany post a staggeringly quick first lap and hold on to seal bronze in the men's team sprint, denying the Australians a medal.

  17. 1849: 

    Right, we're finally back in action out on the track, it's Germany v Australia for the bronze medal in the men's team sprint. Get it on.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the Velodrome

    "It is the worst journalistic cliche to say there have been remarkable scenes at the London Velodrome this evening. But it's true!

    "Olympic records, world records, world records by Brits, a British faller, a British disqualification, and then a Chinese disqualification to hand a gold medal they thought they had just won to Germany.

    "It's been breathless. A real blow for Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish in the women's team sprint, then, but the British men's pursuit team picked everybody up by smashing their own world record to qualify for Friday's first round. And then Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Phil Hindes set another world record to reach the final of the men's team sprint. That is imminent. It will be immense."

  19. 1842: 

    I found out what the delay was for - one of the Chinese cyclists stormed off after being told she wouldn't get a gold, but they've tracked her down and now she is being given her silver medal.

    Germany can't believe their luck.

  20. 1840: 

    Water Polo can be a cruel mistress, and our boys are getting a right shoeing from the United States at the minute.

    America lead 7-0 in the second quarter.


    Mark Winchester on Twitter: "This track cycling is farcical @BBCSport Why don't they just toss a coin. Embarrassing, and what a let down for the crowd who've paid top $"

    Matt Askham on Twitter: "Team sprint cycling what a farce, two fastest teams don't win @BBCSport #someoneishavingalaugh"

    Adam Kenworthy on Twitter: "Olympics is about who is the best. China and gb both beat world record while here. Clearly Germany arent the best. Fix it. Re-race"

  22. 1836: 

    All this delay is holding up Sir Chris Hoy and co who were due to take on France in their team sprint final. It is coming up though, don't go away...

  23. 1835:  
    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "There is no right of appeal. Once they make a decision, they won't go backwards. They did say at the worlds they would be very strict on the rules and the British team and Chinese team fell foul of it."

  24. 1835: 

    Beijing gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit Jamie Staff on China's relegation: "That's not the way you want to win it. But how China made that mistake I don't know. There are so many things going through your mind when you come through the corner. It was a big mistake."

  25. 1833: 

    This is a farce to be honest.

    BBC Sport reporter Jill Douglas was in the process of speaking to the Germans when the news came through and was able to tell them the good news. You have to feel sorry for China though - and Great Britain earlier on.

  26. 1830: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Germany (Women's Team Sprint)

    Germany end up with the gold medal in the women's team sprint after China are relegated for an irregular changeover.

  27. 1828: 
    Breaking News

    China are relegated for the same offence as Great Britain earlier on - so Germany are now gold medallists.

  28. 1827: 

    Britain's Andy Murray and Laura Robson lead Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek by a set and a break in their Olympic mixed doubles first-round match on Court One at Wimbledon.

    Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova of Russia takes the first set 6-2 against Belgium's Kim Clijsters in the single quarter-finals.

  29. 1826: 

    We are in danger of descending into farce here, with the Chinese cyclists celebrating and already doing media interviews while talk of another investigation into a changeover taking place a few yards away.

    Germany may win this gold medal by default at this rate.

  30. 1823: 

    BBC Sport pundit Christine Still on Gabrielle Douglas's gold medal: "You have to say that over the four pieces she was the most consistent gymnast. We saw brilliance from Komova on some pieces but Douglas absolutely held it together. Komova was more impressive than at the world championships, and she will be back stronger."

  31. 1820: 
    GOLD MEDAL- China (Women's team sprint cycling)

    China hold off a strong effort from Germany to win gold in the women's team sprint at the Velodrome.

  32. 1819: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Gabrielle Douglas, USA (Women's all-around gymnastics)

    American gymnast Gabrielle Douglas has won gold in the women's individual all-around competition, the 16-year-old finishing ahead of Russia's Viktoria Komova.

  33. 1816: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Australia (Women's team sprint cycling)

    Easy for Australia as they cruise past Ukraine to take the bronze.

  34. 1816: 

    BBC Radio 1 sports reporter Simon Mundie in the velodrome: "Unbelievably hot and humid in here, commentary teams are dripping with sweat. The noise when the men's 4,000m pursuit team broke that world record, as Mark Cavendish predicted, was deafening."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "What a time for Philip Hindes to do a personal best, I could see in the first three pedal strokes that it was a different man. It was a blistering start. We haven't just got two men on form now, we've got three. If they can do that in the final then nobody is going to touch that, not even the French."

  36. 1813: 
    Medal alert

    Stunning, stunning ride as Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy cruise into the final against France. Gold or silver guaranteed there then.

  37. 1812: 
    WORLD RECORD- Great Britain (Men's team sprint cycling)

    Great Britain's men smash another world record, clocking the fastest time in the men's sprint in a time of 42.747 seconds.

  38. 1811: 

    France see off New Zealand fairly easily then, and now it's GB v Japan...

  39. 1808: 

    Here come France who could be our biggest challengers for the gold medal. Check out lead-out man Gregory Bauge - an absolute beast.


    Manda in Doncaster, via text: "Oh no! Poor Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton. I am at work and can't believe what I am reading on BBC live text. Well done to all the medal winners today. You are all awesome and you make me incredibly proud to be British. C'mon Team GB. We love you all."

  41. 1804: 

    Away from the track there's still plenty of action going on of course, with GB's male Water Polo players on in 15 minutes or so against the might of the United States.

    Don't forget that you can watch live streams of all the sports, all the time using our interactive video player.

  42. 1802: 

    There's no hold up at the Velodrome, as the men's team sprint begin their quarter-finals.

    GB qualified the fastest so go in the final heat against Japan. DON'T GET DISQUALIFIED!

  43. 1801: 

    World champion cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Mark Cavendish on the men's team pursuit world record: "It was incredible. It was so smooth. They stayed so smooth and consistently kept plugging away and the world record came. I think they have got more to come. They have three rides at the Olympic Games, so they have to keep a little bit back but I think they will give more."


    Ian Lowe on Twitter: "cyclists world record just amazing! Come on GB! Legacy has to be a certain in cycling!"

    Alex Halpin on Twitter: "Britain's cyclists just smashed it!!!! #WorldRecord @TeamGB @BBCSport Well Done Boys!!"

    Zakariya Gray on Twitter: "well done to Team GB, they are the fastest going for gold team of London 2012"

  45. 1800: 

    Australia are the final team to qualify for the men's team pursuit, but they don't trouble that scorching pace set by Great Britain.

    So next up for the flying four is the first round at 16:18 BST tomorow, with the final at 17:59 BST.

    Needless to say you will stay across the lot right here.

  46. 1758: 

    You may have missed the results from the dressage earlier, where Britain's Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer gave Great Britain a strong start in their quest for a first Olympic dressage medal.

    Hester scored 77.22% on Utopia and Bechtolsheimer 76.83% on Mistral Hojris to go first and second at the end of the first day of the team grand prix.

    Top stuff.

  47. 1755: 

    British number one Andy Murray, after his quarter-final win over Spain's Nicolas Almagro earlier today: "We get to watch a lot of the Olympics on the TV, and we saw cycling and rowing starting to pick up the medal count yesterday and the team is doing well, so hopefully I can add to that.

    "The pressure and the atmosphere is different for the Olympics, but once I'm on court, I'm trying to play the way I played at Wimbledon. If you try and change, it generally doesn't work out that well."

    No time to rest for the British number one. He's up in the first-round of the mixed doubles alongside Laura Robson against Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Radeck Stepanek on Court One.

    Meanwhile over on Centre Court, Maria Sharapova of Russia and Belgium's Kim Clijsters have just started in the last of all the singles quarter-final matches. The winner plays Maria Kirilenko of Russia on Friday.

  48. 1754: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Velodrome: "The atmosphere was flat in the velodrome, but not anymore. That awesome ride by the men's pursuit team had everyone on their feet as they realised the world record was on… and the place went absolutely crazy when they smashed it.

    "If it wasn't so warm in here, I would have goosebumps. That was a special ride, and the crowd definitely played their part."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCel Centre

    "As usual, there is mass confusion surrounding the boxing - there was a rumour sweeping the press centre that there had been a miscount on countback, meaning the Ukrainian had beaten Anthony Ogogo 53-52, rather than a 52-52 draw. Having wrestled with the vagaries of the scoring system, and spoken to the GB press man, we now think he's probably alright because the numbers we are working from are not the same numbers they use for countback. Got that?"

  50. 1752: 

    It's lively and vocal in the Copper Box despite a third straight defeat for Britain's men. The home side goes down 32-21 to Argentina, leaving it all to do in their remaining two games. They were some positives, though. Britain showed great spirit and looked like staging an unlikely fight back in the dying minutes but they left it too late.

  51. 1752:  
    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "This was a massive gamble with the length of the turns. They really wanted to go out there and break a world record and they've done that."

  52. 1751:  
    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator at the Velodrome

    "To break the world record on the track on your own, it is far, far superior to anything we've seen in team pursuit because the teams will always go quicker when there is another team on the track."

  53. 1750: 

    Cav said they would smash it and he knows his cycling onions. That was a superb ride from the GB men's team, they have laid down a marker there for sure. A great way to lift morale after the disqualification for Varnish & Pendleton.

  54. 1747: 
    WORLD RECORD- Great Britain (Men's team pursuit cycling)

    The Great Britain men's team pursuit team break the world record in a time of three minutes 52.499 seconds.

  55. 1746: 

    ...and two seconds ahead of Denmark at the halfway point.

  56. 1745: 

    The men's team pursuiters are well inside world record pace after 1km...

  57. 1743: 

    The British men's team pursuit are out on the track now getting ready for their attack. If it's not a world record then quite frankly I'll be disappointed after that build-up from Cav.

    Kate & Wills are in the crowd - they got very lucky in that ballot didn't they?

  58. 1741: 

    Steady on Cav...

  59. 1741: 

    World champion cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Mark Cavendish on the men's team pursuit hopes: "I'm not just expecting a win, I'm expecting them to smash it. They've got the best team in the world. They're on form, I know they are. They will break world records."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics

    "In the women's individual all-around final, Britain's Hannah Whelan fails to land feet-first from her vault - according to the judges - and scores a zero as a result. Horrible for her and a battle now on to avoid finishing last, let alone any higher."

  61. 1734: 

    World champion cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Mark Cavendish on the disqualification of Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton: "It's the Olympic Games, it's the biggest thing and to spend four years getting ready for it only to lose in a fraction of a second is gut wrenching."


    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Velodrome: "It has all gone a little bit flat at the velodrome since the crowd learned Pendleton and Varnish are out. Before the announcement that the British duo had been disqualified was made, Dave Brailsford was arguing for a long time with officials below me in the centre of the track and his body language betrayed that all was not well.

    "Lots of GB coaches have been peering intently at their TV screens since then, but there can be no appeal and the decision will stand."

  63. 1731: 

    Tour de France fans may have been wondering where Team Sky's Geraint Thomas was during this year's win for Bradley Wiggins.

    Well he wasn't injured, he has just been getting prepared for the team pursuit alongside Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh. They are up on track soon and are strong contenders for a gold medal. I said it.

  64. 1729: 

    Beijing Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit Jamie Staff on the disqualification of Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton: "You get carried away in the moment. You have to have perspective, you're travelling 50mph and coming out a corner. It's very hard to see the markers on the floor.

    "Sometimes it can be hard to control but having said that this is the Olympic Games and you expect perfection. I feel for Jess at the moment. This was her only event, and it's another four years which is a long time to wait."

  65. 1724: 

    Great Britain's handballers appear to be heading for their third straight defeat. After a 44-15 loss to France and a 41-19 reverse to Sweden, they are currently 26-14 down to Argentina with less than quarter-of-an-hour left.

    I popped into the Copper Box earlier by the way to check out the so-called 'greatest Handball team' of all time in France. Some unbelievable skills on display. It's my new 19th-favourite sport.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics

    "As it all kicks off elsewhere on the Olympic Park, the gymnasts of the United States and Russia are locked in an epic contest of their own in the women's individual all-around final.

    "This was always going to be a ding-dong clash between two Americans, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, and Russian duo Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina.

    "So far, Raisman's suffered a little from a poor bars routine but her team-mate Douglas leads on 31.699 at the halfway stage. The Russians are very, very close behind.

    "Britain's Hannah Whelan is 16th and Rebecca Tunney 21st in a final where the GB team had no realistic medal hopes."

  67. 1727: 

    Victoria Pendleton reacts to her disqualification from the women's team sprint: "I'm desperately disappointed for Jess Varnish because she has done an incredible job in getting this far.

    "Her team sprint today was the best of her life so far. I've no doubt she will be back in Rio and absolutely smashing it. I'm sorry for disappointing all the people that have come to support us and perhaps not offering the ride that we would have done. I'm really sorry."

  68. 1722: 

    Victoria Pendleton on what went wrong.

    "We have never had an illegal change, so we weren't really thinking about it. It's just one of those things that happened. We were probably just a bit too eager and excited for a ride.

    "Now and again rubbish things happen and this is one of those days. The only positives I can take is that I know I am in really good form because that was the fastest second lap I have done. I just need to get my head down and concentrate on the races to come."


    Tom Marandola on Twitter: "Just like baton changes in running sprint relays. I assume the video is conclusive and there is no room for discretion??"

    Jonathan Edwards on Twitter: "Someone read the by-laws, the sub sections, the fine print, can we not appeal, re-race, start again? Blame the bike?!"

    Malise Hulme on Twitter: "Vic and Jess - we still love you, well done on an ace time!"

  70. 1720: 

    Confirmation that Germany will now take on China for gold in the women's team sprint, while Australia will battle Ukraine for bronze.

    Cruel luck - but rules are rules.

  71. 1717: 

    Victoria Pendleton is on BBC One explaining what went wrong for her and Jess Varnish in that team sprint changeover.

    She's just been denied a chance to ride for a gold medal. Gutted is an understatement.

  72. 1717:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Jonas Hogh-Christensen responds to Ben Ainslie's allegations he was "ganged up" on when two sailors claimed he hit a mark - which Ainslie denies - forcing him to do a penalty turn. Ainslie gestured provocatively to the Dane after crossing the line after race two in Weymouth.

    "Ganging up is quite an allegation," said the Dane, whose lead over Ainslie is now down to three points. "If I saw him hit it and the other guy saw him hit it that might suggest he hit it. What Ben said is between him and me."

  73. 1717: 

    Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons reflects on her silver medal in the 78kg judo competition: "It doesn't really seem real at the minute but amazing. The crowd were absolutely amazing. I wish I could have got the gold for them but unfortunately it wasn't to be."

  74. 1716: 

    Asked how he's going to celebrate after winning gold in the double trap, Britain's Peter Wilson responds: "I'm going to get very, very drunk and probably do something silly." Sweden's silver medallists Hakan Dahlby asks if it'll be a free bar at the pub where Wilson used to work at back in 2009 and the 25-year-old says he hopes so.

    "I'd love to set up a business around shooting," says Wilson of his future plans. "You don't get paid a huge amount of money, as fortunate as I am to get funding. I would like to try to support myself and base that around shooting."

  75. 1714: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Velodrome: "The announcement that Britain have been disqualified from the gold medal race brings loud boos from the crowd at a packed London Velodrome.

    "Desperate disappointment for Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish, who had looked in supreme form and almost blew the roof off 'The Pringle' when they broke that world record in the heats."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator at the Velodrome

    "I believe it was Victoria Pendleton taking over too early. There are two points on the straight, and like athletics where you have to hand over the baton, you have to change over within a certain place on the track.

    "Vicky must not take over before a certain point or after a certain point and they have changed over outside the allocated area on the track."

  77. 1712: 

    Disastrous news from the Velodrome.

  78. 1710: 
    Breaking Cycling News

    Britain's Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish have been relegated in the women's team sprint and will not contest a medal ride, officials have confirmed.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "I was watching the change and Vicky was coming through pretty fast. They are not allowed to overtake. They're trying to make it fair for everyone, the rules are the rules."

  80. 1706: 

    Following her judo heroics earlier, Britain's silver medal winner Gemma Gibbons has received praise from the University of East London, where she is studying for a masters degree. High Performance Sports Manager Elizabeth Egan said: "Both the staff and students are absolutely thrilled that Gemma has won the silver medal. Her inclusion in the final was far more than we ever expected, so today marks a fantastic day for British Judo".

  81. 1659: 

    So that should see GB go up against China in the final - but hang on, there could be bad news on the horizon. There's some sort of discussion about GB being disqualified for changing over in the wrong part of the track.

    I'll bring you any confirmation when we get it...

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "I think that world record goes down to Gong. The fantastic start she put together. We did say China were the dark horses. It's just a fantastic pairing."

  83. 1657: 
    WORLD RECORD- China (Women's team sprint cycling)

    It's another world record for China, as they blitz the track again to qualify for the final in 32.422 seconds.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "It was just over 35 minutes since the women's last ride but that was just about advancing in the competition. World records are nice to have but that was all about getting into the final."

  85. 1656: 

    Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator Rob Hayles on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm pretty sure they is more in the tank, especially Jess Varnish. She just missed a tenth of a second at the start of the gate. It was a great lay off to Vicky Pendleton and a great ride. This is the start Vicky needed. Physically, she is in great shape but it's all about her mental attitude and this is the medicine she needed. What a fantastic start."

  86. 1652: 

    No worries at all for Team GB as Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton cruise past Ukraine to win in a time of 32.567.

    Just four tenths of a second slower than their earlier race, and a comfortable win. Nice one girls.

  87. 1651: 

    Here comes Pendleton & Varnish then. Time to deliver...

  88. 1648: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Zhang Jike, CHN (men's table tennis singles)

    China's World champion Zhang Jike jumps in the air and kisses the podium as he celebrates his 4-1 victory over teammate Wang Hao.

  89. 1647: 

    There's no time to catch your breath at the Velodrome as the next round of the women's team sprint kicks off.

    Great Britain are off in heat three and it's now a knockout - they race against Ukraine.

  90. 1646: 

    The men's single's final is up and running and it's an all Chinese affair. No surprises there. World champion Zhang Jike is 3-1 up in sets against teammate Wang Hao.

  91. 1646: 

    That was the fourth-fastest time ever in the men's team sprint. I've been marvelling at the Olympic Park for the last week or so since landing, but now I can also tell you that as well as looking very nice, this Velodrome is a very, very fast track for our cyclists.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "That was incredible. To watch them have problems, my heart was in my mouth watching that. Philip Hindes delivered again at the biggest event of his life and he brought the other two into this race. They will be so pleased with that."


    Matt in Birmingham, via text: "In honour of Gemma Gibbons's wonderful silver, we as a family have declared the carpet a judo mat for the day. Maybe not gold, silver and bronze, but pride definitely at stake."

  94. 1644: 

    Get in! Germany make a lighting start but Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy then power through to win in a time of 43.065.

    Superb sprinting, and that has qualified Great Britain as the fastest of all eight teams to make it through.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "It looked to me like a failure of steering. Something has gone wrong. They will definitely get a restart here. They will find out what the problem was. Philip Hindes snapped out of the gate very quickly."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "Everything looks ok and then I think he's pulled a wheel over. If he has they may not get a re-start. If it's a mechanical issue then they will get a re-start. Something has broken on the bike, I'm pretty sure."

  97. 1641: 

    There's a bit of a delay here as we reset everything in the Velodrome for Great Britain to restart that heat. You're not missing anything - but here we go...

  98. 1640: 

    Many thanks to Sam Sheringham there as I take the reins. That hour was pure, sporting gold in every sense of the world.

    When you are sat in an office with half of the BBC's flagship TV presenters and everyone is cheering each successful shot by a clay-pigeon shooter, you know the Olympics have landed.

  99. 1638: 

    What has happened here? Lead-off man Philip Hindes has some sort of issue with his bike as he sets off and slides down the banking - but fear not for Team GB will be allowed to restart.

    It's a dodgy start for Hindes though against his native Germany.

  100. 1636: 

    GB need a time quicker than 44.654 to qualify for the next round of the men's team sprint. The atmosphere is deafening as the teams line up.

  101. 1635: 

    Mental, mad, manic, but utterly thrilling. That's the Olympics for you. I've enjoyed every minute of my afternoon stint on the text commentary, but I'm going to sign off and leave you in the capable hands of Tom Rostance and Jess Creighton for the cycling, swimming and plenty more besides.

  102. 1635: 

    France pip Australia to win their heat in a time of 43.097.

    That is rapid.


    World champion cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Mark Cavendish on GB's women's team: "Jess had a great start but it wasn't the fastest but for Pendleton to be able to bring it like that shows the detail that goes into it, she really brought it back."

  104. 1633: 

    Australia's Jessica Fox, 18, takes the silver and Maialen Chourraut of Spain the bronze.

  105. 1632: 

    One more heat to go before the Brits take on Germany then. Remember, they don't have to win their heat, as the fastest eight teams go through overall.

    Russia have set the pace so far, with Australia and France up next. Expect these two to be fast.

  106. 1631: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Emilie Fer FRA (women's K1 kayak)

    Emilie Fer of France wins her first Olympic gold medal in the women's K1 kayak final at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Ben Ainslie says the Danish and Dutch sailors ganged up on him, saying he hit a mark when he says he didn't in race two. Ainslie took a penalty turn as a precaution but his chest thumping gesture afterwards showed his feelings.

    'They made me angry, they don't want to do that' said Ainslie, who revealed he was inspired by watching GB's rowers & Bradley Wiggins winning gold yesterday. 'It was inspirational. I thought, if they can do it so can I.' Dane Hogh-Christensen said afterwards he definitely saw Ainslie hit the mark. It's getting spicy in Weymouth...


    Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser Chris Boardman on BBC TV: "That was a fantastic ride by Jess Varnish to get that under way with Victoria Pendleton. That was the most important start she has ever done and she delivered. It was fantastic, they couldn't have hoped for more. You can see there in one lap of the track of Victoria Pendleton. She has certainly come here in good shape."

  109. 1624: 

    Beijing gold medallist Jamie Staff on Great Britain's chances of medals in the velodrome: "Great Britain have a few secrets up their sleeves so we're hoping they go out there and pull it off."

  110. 1623: 

    Vladimir Putin is on his feet as Russia claim judo gold. Then he descends onto the canvas to celebrate with the victor Tagir Khaibulaev.

  111. 1623: 

    Richard Hounslow after winning silver in the canoe slalom, behind British team-mates Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie: "We lost it on the final paddle to the line to be honest but at least we get to stand on the podium and hear the British national anthem."

  112. 1619: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Tagir Khaibulaev RUS (men's -100kg judo)

    Tagir Khaibulaev beats Tuvshinbayar of Mongolia by Ippon to win gold in the men's -100kg.

  113. 1618: 

    Reaction from Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott after winning gold in the canoe slalom at Lee Valley:

    Etienne Stott: "I would have been happy to get fourth, but to win is just mad. The run we had, I was hoping it might be good enough for a medal, the quality is so high and the sport is hard to be consistent. It's is brilliant."

    Tim Baillie: "It is weird. It doesn't seem like that is happening. It's unreal. We did feel the pressure. For me I felt we needed something to go right today, we needed boats in the final and there is nothing taken for granted."

  114. 1616: 

    So China qualify quickest for the next round of the women's team sprint, with GB second and Australia surprisingly fourth.

    Excellent ride for Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish.

    Now it's the men's team sprint, who have three riders each. GB's Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy go against Germany in the fifth and final heat.

  115. 1614: 
    WORLD RECORD- China (Women's team sprint cycling)

    GB's record lasts a matter of minutes as China set a new record of 32.447 seconds in the women's team sprint cycling.

  116. 1614: 

    Kayla Harrison leaps into the crowd to embrace her loved-ones and there's a hug between the two protagonists as well. David Bowie's "Heroes" sounds over the speakers - cracking song choice.

  117. 1612: 
    WORLD RECORD- Great Britain (Women's team sprint cycling)

    Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish set a new world record in their heat of the women's team sprint, a time of 32.526 seconds.


    BBC Sport pundit Nicola Fairbrother on Gemma Gibson's judo 78kg silver medal: "I think it is safe to say she deserves that silver, what a silver medal. She has earned that no doubt. You come so close to that gold though and you just wish it was a little bit more."

  119. 1612: 
    SILVER MEDAL- Gemma Gibbons GBR (women's -78kg judo)

    Incredible achievement for Gibbons as she wins Great Britain's first Olympic judo medal since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

  120. 1612: 

    Jess Varnish leads out the GB pair for the first lap before peeling off and allowing Victoria Pendleton to hit her stride against the Aussies.

    Pendleton is behind at the end of the first lap but steams through as GB clock a time of 32.526 to set a new World Record!


    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks: "Peter Wilson stands head and shoulders above the rest at the top of the podium. The 25-year-old looks at his prize, puffs his cheeks before raising his arms aloft and pointing to his supporters. The crowd try their best to keep up to speed during the national anthem but don't quite manage it. It matters little though, the Union Jack flag is still proudly fluttering in the breeze and Wilson still has gold around his neck."


    There are 10 teams competing in these preliminary rounds of the women's team sprint, with the top eight on time going through to the next round.

    So a defeat for Team GB's Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish in their race will not necessarily signal an exit.

  123. 1608: 

    David Cameron and Vladimir Putin watch on from the stands as we enter the final minute. Another yuko for Harrison. Gibbons needs to make something happen soon.

  124. 1606: 

    Another yuko for Harrison puts her 2-0 in front with two minutes remaining of the fight for gold. Gemma Gibbons' coach Kate Howey is furious - she doesn't think that should have counted and the chair umpire agrees. We're back to 1-0.


    Claire on Twitter: "Waah! Shooting gold medalist Peter Wilson shouting 'DAD' after his @BBCSport interview like the ending of Railway Children"

    Danielle Birks on Twitter: "Such a lovely moment seeing Peter Wilson so excited to see his dad! Watching the judo now, fingers crossed it's another gold!"

    Glenn Barker on Twitter: "The cyclists will be spurred on by the medal rush today best of luck to both sprint teams #goldmedalwinner"

    Send your tweets to #bbc2012


    Venezuela win the first heat of the women's team sprint in a time of 34.320 seconds - they are credited with an Olympic record but don't forget this is a brand new event.

    GB go in heat four.

  127. 1603: 
    JUDO- Gibbons trails in final

    A bad start for Gibbons as Harrison notches the first point of the bout with a yuko.


    The cycling action is about to begin in the Velodrome - with the Women's team sprint making its Olympic debut.

    Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish go in heat four for Great Britain against arch rivals Australians Anna Meares and Kaarle McCullouch.

    You can watch all the action on the interactive video player.

  129. 1603: 

    Peter Wilson on his gold medal in the double trap: "It meant a huge amount. It was really difficult to put it into words. You watch these guys talking afterwards when they win medals and saying it is hard to put it into words, and it really is.

    "What a feeling, what a rush. What a feeling, I just don't know what to say."

  130. 1601: 

    There's no respite, people. Here's come Gemma Gibbons and Kayla Harrison for the final of the women's -78kg. We're off.

    BRONZE MEDAL- Dimitri Peters, GER (Men's -100kg)

    Germany's Dimitri Peters beats Uzbekistan's Ramziddin Sayidov to win the first bronze in the -100kg category before Netherlands' Henk Grol overcomes South Korea's Hee-Tae Hwang to pick up the second.


    Mingo in Kent, via text: "I canoe they would do it....!!!!! Brilliant stuff!! Loving the olympics! Go team gb!!"

    Polly S, via text: "Here's hoping Royal Mail ordered plenty of gold paint!!! Wow! Well done Team GB!"

    Nigel in Milton Keynes, via text: "I always knew the lousy summer we have had would be of some use. The extra training that the canoe slalom guys got while canoeing to the co-op really helped"

  133. 1559: 

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks: "Big kiss on the lips from Wilson for his girlfriend, Michelle. Cameramen and photographers surrounding the Brit and the spectators are on their feet trying to catch a glimpse of Britain's latest gold medallist. Wilson departs his stage, "Peeeeeter" shout a cluster of supporters in the top corner of the grandstand and the 25-year-old responds with a bellowing laugh and a thumps up. A perfect conclusion to a perfect afternoon at Woolwich."

  134. 1554: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Audrey Tcheumeo, FRA (Women's -78kg judo)

    Audrey Tcheumeo recovers from her defeat to Briton Gemma Gibbons to take the second bronze on offer by beating Abigel Joo by Ko-soto-gari.

  135. 1557: 

    Great Britain's Zara Dempsey and Shauna Mullin waste three set point against the Russian pair of Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgeniya Uklolova before eventually folding 25-23. A gruelling way to go.

  136. 1551: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Mayra Aguiar, BRA (Women's -78kg Judo)

    Top seed Mayra Aguiar of Brazil secures bronze in Gemma Gibbons judo category by beating Marhinde Verkerk by Ko-soto-gari.


    DJ Flo on Twitter: "Well what can I say......not a lot on Twitter!! But what an hour for Team GB!!! Two golds & a silver!!! Fantastic!!"

    Robson Smith on Twitter: "What a crazy hour for GB, two golds, one silver and potentially another gold in the Judo"

    Tim Connolly on Twitter: "medals coming from all angles come on team GB. Gemma your time is next!"

  138. 1551: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Vasily Mosin, RUS (Double trap)

    Russia's Vasily Mosin, for so long Peter Wilson's main rival in the final round, wins his double trap shoot-off with Kuwait's Fehaid Aldeehani to take bronze in the men's double trap.

  139. 1548: 

    Britain's Andy Murray will play Novak Djokovic in the Olympic singles semi-finals on Friday after the Serb beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-1 7-5.


    GB tennis player Jamie Murray on Twitter: "Unbelievable! Gold and Silver for #teamgb in Mens Canoe Slalom pairs! GB are rocking! Crowd going nuts! This is the Olympics!"

  141. 1546: 

    If the Olympics came alive for Great Britain yesterday, they well and truly caught fire today. And don't forget Gemma Gibbons, who will be going for gold in the judo arena within the next half an hour, not to mention Pendleton and Hoy, plus swimmer Fran Halsall this evening. Take a quick breath while you can.

  142. 1546: 

    Andy on 81111 on text: "Watching the shooting final on my iPad and frantically hitting refresh on the live text on my phone for the canoeing! Found out about two British golds in the space of a second! What a moment! Three of us all cheering at work, good job the shop is empty!"

    Jabu in London on 81111 on text: "With gold AND silver in the canoe double it seems we'll have our kayak and eat it!"

    Anon on 81111 on text: "OMG! How exciting can it be waiting for your phone page to refresh! Sitting in a waiting area of Southampton General Hospital whilst my daughter undergoes an operation.... I don't know whether to cry tears of joy or....... Blow it YESSSSS!"


    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks: "Even grown men in the press area are nearly shedding a few salty tears after Peter Wilson's amazing two-shot victory. Sweden's Hakan Dahlby is delighted with silver, stepping onto the range and waving his shot gun in the air (safely, of course). Tears, smiles... all part of the Olympics..."

  144. 1542: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Mariana Avitia, MEX (Women's individual archery)

    And another medal in a mad half hour, as Mariana Avitia beats American Khatuna Lorig to bronze in the archery at Lord's.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the Velodrome

    "Nice atmosphere building in the London Velodrome for this afternoon's track cycling. Perfect for orchids. No real need for those battery-powered pants, I would have thought, but I am sure they are just part of British Cycling's plans to mess with the other teams' heads. Women's Team Sprint qualifying is first up at 1600: Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish going for Team GB. No sign of Bradley Wiggins yet. Or BBC commentator Mark Cavendish. They must be leaving it late."

  146. 1541: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Dimitrij Ovtcharov, GER (Men's singles table tennis)

    There are some other countries competing today it seems, as German Dimitrij Ovtcharov beats Cy Chuang to take bronze in the men's table tennis.

  147. 1543: 
    That's incredible!

    Those golds move Great Britain up to fifth in the medal table ahead of Germany, Italy and North Korea. GB on the charge... with the track cycling competition about to get under way too.


    BBC Sport canoe slalom pundit Helen Reeves on David Florence and Richard Hounslow's silver medal in the final of the men's canoe double (C2): "What a fantastic performance. I don't think they can believe it. The whole of the team have gone absolutely wild. Fantastic."

  149. 1541: 

    BBC Sport's David Oates on BBC One on Peter Wilson's gold medal: "He held his nerve brilliantly and the crowd rise to salute this 25-year-old from Dorset. He's a giant of a man and you almost feel at time he could reach out and touch the traps."

  150. 1540: 

    Beautiful scenes at Lee Valley where all four medal-winning British canoeists are in the water arm in arm celebrating. And just five minutes later Peter Wilson delivers in the shooting. What a day, what an Olympics....

  151. 1540: 

    Two golds in a matter of five minutes for Team GB. Peter Wilson salutes the crowd and there is a bit of moisture in the eyes that have been focused on those orange discs for most of today. Hakan Dahlby of Sweden has silver with Vasily Mosin involved in a shoot-off with Fehaid Aldeehani for bronze.


    BBC Sport canoe slalom pundit Helen Reeves on David Florence and Richard Hounslow in the final of the men's canoe double (C2): "Great Britain have never before won an Olympic gold in this event before. I am almost speechless. Two medals. We always knew with two boats in this final that the odds were good, but the odds have proven to be very, very good."

  153. 1537: 
    SILVER MEDAL- David Florence & Richard Hounslow GBR (Men's canoe double)

    Florence and Hounslow power through the gates but finish 0.36 seconds outside the time of their fellow Brits.

  154. 1535: 

    Four shots to go and Peter Wilson has a two point lead on Sweden's Hakan Dahlby. Here we go...

  155. 1535: 
  156. 1534: 

    Trouble for Peter Wilson as he plunges himself back into the hot stuff as he misses both clays to pile the pressure onto himself with a double miss in the 21st set of targets. His lead is down to two. But then Vasily Mosin's obliges with a miss of his own to extend the Briton's lead back up to three. Six shots to go.

  157. 1532: 
    CANOE SLALOM- Britain guaranteed gold

    This is amazing! The Hochschorner brothers have never been beaten in an Olympic final, but they have now! Baillie and Stott are going to win at least a silver medal here and Britain will win the gold whatever happens with David Florence and Richard Hounslow going last. Here we go....

  158. 1532: 

    Britain's Anthony Ogogo on his victory on a judge's decision following countback (the contest ended 18-18): "This is my time. It was such a tough fight. The bad luck I've had with the draw and the disruptions before, I was due a bit of luck.

    "I have been on the other end so many times, I deserve that. "I will sleep like a baby tonight."

  159. 1530: 
    CANOE SLALOM- Britain guaranteed a medal

    Here come the French Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche - and they are ahead of the Brits at the first split time - but there's a huge cheer as they hammer into a gate to incur a two-second time penalty. They are behind the Brits' time which means Baillie and Stott are guaranteed a medal.

  160. 1529: 
    SHOOTING- Wilson stretches his lead

    Peter Wilson's lead stretches up to 178-174 on the back of a Vasily Mosin mistake. This is very nearly a done deal. Twelve shots to go.

  161. 1528: 

    Serbian second seed Novak Djokovic wins the first set of his quarter-final against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, but 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic drops the opener of her last-eight match against Russia's Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (7-3).

  162. 1527: 

    Three down now and still the Brits lead as Piotr Szczepanski and Marcin Pochwala of Poland cannot beat their time. If the next pair cannot improve on the Brits' effort, Team GB are guaranteed a medal.

  163. 1526: 
    SHOOTING- Wilson extends lead

    Now it is Vasily Mosin's turn to stumble. He misses a clay in successive rounds and Peter Wilson's lead is back up to three at 174-171. The Briton can almost taste the gold. Sixteen shots to go and he only need to hit 14 of them. He'll like those odds.


    BBC Sport canoe slalom pundit Helen Reeves on Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott in the final of the men's canoe double (C2): "They looked very solid. They wanted to maintain their speed and composure. They certainly set out a marker for the five boats to follow. They'll be pleased with that and they're out in a good run. They picked up their speed in the middle section of the course."

  165. 1525: 
    CANOE SLALOM- British pair lead the final

    Two down and still the British pair Baillee and Stott lead as Japanese duo Minghai Hu and Junrong Shu finish more than three seconds adrift. David Florence and Richard Hounslow will be out last for Team GB.

  166. 1523: 

    An orange clay flies into the netting intact as Peter Wilson's attempt misses in the 13th shot. Vasily Mosin is now within one score of the Briton and is cheekily attempting to win the crowd round to his side. That might be more difficult than overhaulling Wilson. Twenty shots to go. Tick-tock, bang-boom.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks

    "It's become a little tense on the sunkissed shooting range as Peter Wilson misses three targets and sees his lead reduced to one. His miss draws cheers from the Russian supporters, much to the dismay of the Wilson fans - who are in the majority. It's between Russia's Vasily Mosin and Wilson at the moment and the Russian is breathing down the Brit's neck. Gulp."

  168. 1521: 
    CANOE SLALOM- GB duo post good time

    This sport requires huge upper-body strength as the two paddlers manoeuvre themselves upstream through the gates. It's a brilliant run from Baillie and Stott as they post a time of 106.41 in the final.


    Rob in the ExCel on 81111 on text: "Just saw Anthony Ogogo beat the number one Ukranian seed in the men's 75kg last 16. They were tied on points and I still don't know what rule let the Brit through, but the crowd went mad!"

    Darren in Tonbridge on 81111 on text: "Just watched Gemma Gibbons go through to the final. Only problem was I'm watching on iPlayer and forgot, and when I jumped up shouting I was actually at work in a full office... Oooops :-)"

    Ian on 81111 on text: "Watching the shooting and wondering why the Swedish entrant is dressed like a giant Thunderbirds puppet? Come on GB."

  170. 1519: 

    Great Britain's Peter Wilson's lead over Russia's Vasily Mosin is down from three to two as he misses for the second time in the final round. The pressure is growing with another 14 doubles to come. Sweaty palms all round.

  171. 1517: 

    It's an electric atmosphere for the final of the men's canoe double at Lee Valley, with two British pairs among the six competitors. GB pair Tim Baillie and Etienne Scott are the first to go...

  172. 1509: 

    Now then, let's catch up with ourselves. It's all going on out there. Peter Wilson has started his bid for gold in the shooting, canoe double pairs David Florence and Richard Hounslow and Tim Baillie and Etienne Scott will start their final at 15:18 and beach volleyball pair Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney start their must-win meeting with the Russians at 15:30.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    GB sailors also dominate the opening day of the men's 470 class on 'Thunderous Thursday' in Weymouth with Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell bagging second and first to lead.

  174. 1508: 

    Anastasia Uspenskaya of the BBC's Russian Service: "Russian president - and judo black belt - Vladimir Putin has arrived at the ExCel Arena to watch the Olympic judo competition. But the British crowd were so engaged with Britain's Gemma Gibbons semi-final win in the women's 78kg contest that Putin and British prime minister David Cameron slipped into their seats largely unnoticed. The presence of Putin and Cameron was then announced in French and English to a normal reception, a round of applause."

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks

    "A hush descends upon the Barracks and two puffs of purple dust indicates that Peter Wilson, resembling Postman Pat in his red baseball cap and navy uniform, has hit is first two targets. I probably don't need to tell you that his efforts were greeted with partisan cheers."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport following the canoe slalom at Lee Valley:

    "There was an audible groan from the crowd when Britain's Lizzie Neave hit that first gate early in her kayak K1 semi-final. The 25-year-old ex-world and European champion looked nervous on the start line and failed to rediscover the form which saw her qualify second fastest for the semis, hitting two more gates. Neave dropped her head in disbelief on seeing her time, but it just goes to show how unpredictable this event is."

  177. 1505: 

    That win carries Anthony Ogogo through to the quarter-finals where he will face either Irishman Darren O'Neil or Germany's Stefan Hartel at 2130 BST on Monday. With that result under his belt, Ogogo is carrying all the momentum into the last eight though. Model good looks and a home Games to launch his profile, you can almost hear the professional promoters' abacuses at work already...

  178. 1505: 

    By the way Gemma Gibbons will be fighting American Kayla Harrison, who disposed of top-seeded Brazilian Mayra Aguia, in the final at 16:00 BST and you will be able to watch it on our interactive video player.


    BBC Sport canoe slalom pundit Helen Reeves on Lizzie Neave failing to make it into the women's kayak (K1) semi-final: "She took a few hard hits. She needed to stay under control but she went into a bit of a frenzy. She needed to nail it but mistakes cost her a finals place. How disappointing. You can see that she's gutted."


    Stephen Lewis on Twitter: "Well done Gemma Gibbons brilliant... And she looks up and thanks her mum. Lovely."

    Jan Cameron on Twitter: "Oh my word, watched all three off Gemma's fights. World class. Inspirational. Brilliant. Her determination unreal."

    Dean Holden on Twitter: "Another tear-jerking moment, well done Gemma Gibbons."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Ben Ainslie gives a masterclass in downwind sailing to make up 70m to pip Dane Hogh-Christensen for third in race two. Ainslie won the first race of the day and is now three points back with two races on Friday and Sunday's medal race to come. 'That was a pivotal day,' says BBC Sport pundit and former Olympic champion Shirley Robertson. 'It was crucial if he is going to stand on top of the podium on Sunday.'


    Opta Sports on Twitter: "Gemma Gibbons can become the first-ever Brit to win an Olympic gold medal in judo. They have seven silvers so far. Battler."

  183. 1501: 

    An emotional Lizzie Neave after going out of the women's kayak semi: "I'm devastated. It was fairly solid but I hit three gates and it just wasn't enough to reach the final. I didn't change, I stuck to what I was going to do but it was just a shame. It's been an amazing experience and I will be back in four years time."

    Richie Woodhall, Olympic bronze medallist and boxing commentator

    That is the upset of this tournament so far. He did that for his mother, who was poorly coming into this tournament. He's beaten the world champion. Anthony Ogogo, I'm proud of you son. Well done. How exciting was that?

  185. 1500: 

    A massive result from British middleweight Anthony Ogogo who beats world champion and world number Ievgen Khytrov on in an absolute ding-donging battle at the ExCeL.

    The Ukranian wins the final round 8-7 to level the scores at 18-18, but the Lowestoft fighter wins on countback. Ogogo drops to his knees in delight as the decision is announced.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks

    "I don't need to tell you," starts the jolly MC "that these guys have been practising for this moment for years and not only do they want to hear you but they want to see you too so get waving those flags!" An obliging lot, the double trap fans, as that's exactly what they do. Team GB shooting members perched in the front row of the grandstand to watch their man Peter Wilson. A few rows of empty seats, but a sizeable crowd and a hoard of snappers, pointing their lenses in Wilson's direction.

  187. 1455: 

    Realising she had won and bursting into tears as she knelt on the matt, Gemma Gibbons looked to the sky and whispered: "I love you, mum." It was her mother Jeanette who first took her to a judo class when she was six-years-old. She passed away in 2004 from leukaemia.

  188. 1454: 

    Back to Lee Valley where Great Britain's Lizzie Neave is OUT of the canoe slalom after finishing in 11th place. She hit three gates on the way down and looks absolutely devastated having qualified second fastest from the heats.

  189. 1453: 

    Serena Williams of the United States takes the first set against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-0 in 28 minutes on Court One.

    Over on Centre Court, Novak Djokovic leads Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by a break. The winner plays Britain's Andy Murray in the last four.


    BBC Sport judo analyst Colin Oates on BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't believe it! Phenomenal! She's got a big throw in her but I've never seen her produce what she's done today. She is over the moon."

  191. 1450: 

    Gemma Gibbons wins by Ippon to reach the Olympic final!!! It's a brilliant move by the Briton deep into over-time and she's overcome with emotion at the end of the bout.

  192. 1447: 

    BBC Sport judo analyst Colin Oates on BBC Radio 5 live: "Gemma's had a tough road and has worked particularly hard. She's been showing for a few years she has this sort of performance in her, to go for an Olympic medal. She's done really well."

  193. 1446: 

    Both Gibbons and Tcheumeo are looking pretty weary when suddenly Gibbons flips her French opponent onto the mat with the final attack of normal time. Tcheumeo just about manages to ensure she lands on her stomach though and we are heading into three minutes of golden score to separate the pair.


    Johnny on 81111 on text: "Shocked at how much I've got into this Olympics. Not stopped watching it and checking this page. Fingers crossed for some more medals for Team GB and some great performances today."

  195. 1445: 

    Top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wins through to the Olympic singles semi-finals with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Angelique Kerber of Germany. She will face Serena Williams or Caroline Wozniacki for a place in the final.


    BBC Sport pundit Nicola Fairbrother on Gemma Gibbons' match with Audrey Tcheumeo in the judo semi-final: "Gemma will know that Tcheumeo will fade as this contest goes on so she will put all her efforts into it as it goes into the later stages."

  197. 1442: 

    Gemma Gibbons' team-mates are screaming their encouragement from the sidelines. Gibbons is more than holding her own and Tcheumeo is not showing such aggression. The referee might be thinking about a passivity warning.

  198. 1440: 

    Gemma Gibbons's coach Kate Howey - the last British judo Olympic medallist in Sydney in 2000 - is screaming instructions at her protege from the sidelines. It's still 0-0 halfway through the contest.

  199. 1439: 

    Tcheumeo gets the first decent attack in, but Gemma Gibbons keeps her at bay and neutralises the threat. Both players tumble off the yellow and into the red out-of-play area.

  200. 1437: 
    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks

    A menacing dark cloud dumps its load over Woolwich and it sounds as if a thousand horses are cantering across the tented roof above me. There's quite a hubbub around the Barracks, and the atmosphere is apparently livelier than it has been all week. Could that be something to do with the gold everyone's anticipating for Dorset's Peter Wilson? The 25-year-old has a three-shot lead heading into the final and in just under two hours Team GB could be adding another gold to its Olympic tally.


    Mark Cavendish, speaking to Sky Sports News about Great Britain's chances in track cycling, which gets under way later today: "It is a fast velodrome, it is incredibly designed. Great Britain, with it being a home Games, will step it up and every other country will see that and have to step it up too. We won't just see fast times, we will see some world records I am sure.

    "Chris Hoy can't get three golds unfortunately this time, he is not in the events that will allow him to do so, but we can smash it. We have already smashed it on the road. That didn't happen in Beijing and we can just add to that on track and mountain bikes and BMX. It is super exciting."

  202. 1436: 

    Here we go then, judo o'clock. Gemma Gibbons against Audrey Tcheumeo of France in the semi-finals of the women's -78kg category. If she wins she will be guaranteed gold or silver. Come on Gem...


    BBC Sport judo analyst Colin Oates on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's going to be tight again. Gemma's strong in the grip but it's going to be a close contest out there today."

  204. 1436: 

    American Kayla Harrison is through to the -78kg final with a win over Brazil's Mayra Aguiar. Next up on the mat is Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons who takes on third seed Audrey Tcheumeo for the chance to join her there. Bellowing noise from the crowd as the Londoner is introduced over the public address...

  205. 1445: 

    BBC Sport boxing commentator Darren Fletcher on BBC Radio 5 live: "Anthony Ogogo, the Great Britain middleweight, is against the world number one in that category, Ievgen Khytrov, from Ukraine.

    "It's a difficult fight for the 23-year-old from Lowestoft. But he has said that the better the opponent the better he boxes. I expect him to rise to the occasion but if he is to defeat Khytrov that's exactly what he will have to do.

    "If Ogogo beats Khytrov he is a genuine middleweight gold medal contender."

  206. 1431: 

    One of the players involved in the badminton match-fixing scandal at London 2012 has reportedly quit the sport. Yu Yang, who was one of eight players disqualified yesterday for deliberately trying to lose matches on Tuesday night, reportedly made her announcement via a verified account on Chinese social media site Weibo. "This is my last game. Farewell Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton," she posted.

  207. 1427: 

    Four competitors have raced in the semi-finals of the women's kayak so far, and Hannah Craig of Ireland is currently in second place. To my untrained eye, it's a tough-looking course at Lee Valley, with plenty of white water lashing away at the competitors' boats. Still a little while until Britain's Lizzie Neave hits the waves as the 14th of 15 competitors.

  208. 1435: 

    Ever wondered how the whole winning a medal thing started at the Olympic Games? Sports historian Philip Barker tells BBC Radio 5 live: "The first time we had proper gold, silver and bronze was actually in 1908 in the first London Games. You didn't just get a medal in those days - if you won the marathon you got a huge great big trophy. The same with rowers, who got a statuette.

    "In 2004 Greece introduced a medal design of Nike, the goddess of victory, which we still have today."


    Lynne Reilly on Twitter: "Well Done @gemma_gibbons. I couldn't take my eyes off that match but lunch break over so going to miss semi!..Good Luck u can do it!"

    Niel Bassom on Twitter: "Congratulations to Gemma Gibbons just seen her last two fights & she's outclassing her opponents."

    Naomi Bloxham on Twitter: "Think I've watched more rowing in the past few days than in my whole life."

  210. 1417: 

    We're getting very close to Gemma Gibbons' date with destiny in the judo and a reminder that you can watch the fight on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  211. 1433: 

    David Florence on BBC One on reaching the men's canoe double (C2) final: "We're really pleased to get through but we're staying focused. We just had to put in a good run for us. It wasn't perfect by any means but we pushed on and we're looking to do the same again."

  212. 1413: 

    The latest from the judo arena from Anastasia Uspenskaya of the BBC's Russian Service: "This is the third time that I've been to the ExCeL venue but today the security measures are much tighter. There are traffic police parked at the entrance. Russian president Vladimir Putin is expected here shortly."

  213. 1410: 

    Laura Robson tweets a picture of an "RF" Roger Federer pin with the message: "Have managed to get my hands on the crowd jewel of all pins. Pumped."


    Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish compete together in the women's team sprint at 16:00 BST, and father Jim Varnish tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I'll be in the velodrome, popping my head in. It's an incredible team effort from the pair of them. They've both got their own pressures, though Jess is just in the one event.

    "Jess has to stick some power out in that first lap and then Vicky has the second lap to bring it home.

    "The Australians are going in as favourites so they have all the pressure. Jess and Vicky are in a great position to get the crowd on their side and smash out those two laps."

  215. 1404: 

    Tremendous work from the two GB men's duos then in the canoe slalom. Now it's over to Lizzie Neave in the women's kayak event. She was superb in the heats, qualifying second fastest behind Maialen Chourraut of Spain. Neave goes at 14:51 and Chourraut at 14:54.


    Karl Greenwood on Twitter: "Another great win for @andy_murray in the tennis. Would love to see him win Gold after getting so close at Wimbledon this year."

    Prof Patrick McGhee: "Huge support for giantkiller Gemma Gibbons at University of East London as she lines up for u78kg judo semi."

    Glen presley on Twitter: "Excellent performance by Peter Wilson in the Double Trap Qualifying GO GB in the Final we want GOLD!"

  217. 1402: 

    BBC Sport canoe slalom pundit Helen Reeves on Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott in the men's canoe double (C2) semi-final: "They looked smooth, working the way together. It looked good and they paddled hard. The demonstrated such maturity when they made a mistake, finding themselves going backwards. Mistakes happen in this sport and it's all about how you keep your cool, get back momentum and keep your run going."

  218. 1355: 

    From canoeing to judo (that's how we roll at the Olympics) and a reminder that Gemma Gibbons is competing in the semi-finals of the women's -78kg category at about 14:20. French world number two Audrey Tcheumeo, who beat Gibbons in the final of the World Cup in Bucharest two months ago, will be her opponent a the ExCeL.

  219. 1351: 

    Tim Baillie and Etienne Scott join David Florence and Richard Hounslow in the final of the men's canoe double with a fine slalom through the narrow gates at Lee Valley.

  220. 1350: 

    Talking of Wiggins's sideboards... Sir Steve Redgrave was sporting a pair of stick-on sideburns in tribute to Britain's most decorated Olympian before the start of the day's rowing competition. The five-time Olympic champion then grimaces as he rips off the masking-tape mutton chops...

  221. 1348: 

    Find out about Bradley Wiggins's drunken tweet, his hairdresser's view on Wiggo's famous sideburns ("they've gone a bit wild"), Mitt Romney's wife's horse in the dressage and Australian actor Adam Garcia's tips to the GB synchro swim team. All this and more in BBC News' round-up of some of the quirkier stories coming out of the Games.

  222. 1348: 

    It's a big day in the archery at Lord's with the individual women's quarter-finals at 14:00 and the gold medal match scheduled for 15:37.

  223. 1346: 

    BBC Sport canoe slalom pundit Helen Reeves on David Florence and Richard Hounslow in the men's canoe double (C2) semi-final: "The pair kept it tidy and tight around the poles. They were tight in the spin. It was a superb performance and they worked hard together. Their lines were precise and they just seemed to know exactly where they were heading that boat."

  224. 1342: 

    David Florence and Richard Hounslow hurtle down the Lee Valley course to take the lead in the canoe slalom, biting a huge 3.29 seconds off the time set by Czech duo Jaroslav Volf and Ondrej Stepanek.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "A stunning double first for Great Britain's 49ers Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes who climb to 2nd, 11 points behind hot favourites Australia, who scored a 10th and a sixth. Seven more races, plus the medal to come.

    "Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, Morrison and Rhodes' compatriots in the Star, also win their first race in Weymouth Bay. There is much cheering of the Polish team on the media boat as they edge out GB's arch rivals Brazil for 2nd."

  226. 1336: 

    Heather Stanning on BBC Radio 5 live after winning gold in the women's pair on Wednesday: "The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind. We are overwhelmed with how much interest there and how everyone is behind us.

    "I didn't really think about our race last night, just the last few strokes and everything else. It has been amazing. I hope this feeling lasts for some time."

  227. 1334: 

    The last time Ukraine's star lightweight Vasyl Lomachenko tasted defeat at World Championship or Olympic level was way back in November 2007. The 24-year-old reigning world and Olympic champion puts that mammoth winning run on the line against the Dominican Republic's Wellington Arias Romero in the first match up at ExCeL today.

    After an impressive showing in his opening bout, Britain's Anthony Ogogo takes on another Ukrainian world champion, Ievgen khytrov at 1430 BST in the middleweight category.

    The fists are about to fly on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.


    Steve in Warwick on 81111 on text: "Decided Monday lunchtime that I wanted to see the Olympics, logged on all day trying to get tickets for the Olympic arena, then just before bed logged on and there were hundreds of tickets and managed to get prime tickets for the athletics on Saturday night. Couldn't believe my luck..."

    Elliott from Bristol on 81111 on text: "Sailing Team GB are on it today! Ben has started his comeback."

  229. 1333: 

    The sun is blazing down at the stunning Lee Valley course where the semi-finals of the men's canoe double are up and running.

  230. 1329: 

    Things are getting serious in the beach volleyball down at Horse Guards Parade, or as serious as you can get in a sport that features Benny Hill music during time-outs. British women's pair Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney play their decisive pool match against Russia's Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgeniya Ukolova at 15:30.

  231. 1328: 

    BBC Radio 1's Simon Mundie at the big screen in Olympic Park: "Packed here with fans securing their spots for the start of the track cycling later, many unaware Sir Chris Hoy unable to defend his sprint title because of rule changes. 'Ridiculous' one of the more repeatable reactions when we explained why."

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport at the tennis at Wimbledon

    "On this form I don't think anyone can stop Andy Murray going for gold. This was fantastic. He is going for gold and with that freedom he is pulling out his real tennis ability."

  233. 1323: 

    Sir Bobby Charlton says his scepticism about women's football has been confounded by the Olympics action, which has seen Great Britain make the quarter-finals.

    The former Manchester United striker, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, said: "I have been watching women's games on television and I have had to remind myself I am not watching the men. And I mean that as a compliment.

    "They pass, they tackle, they head and they're organised. I have to admit I was sceptical about the women's game. That was a mistake. I should never have underestimated them the way I did. Women's football used to be ridiculed but not any more."

  234. 1320: 

    Now then, how's your canoe slalom knowledge? Time to brush up, because Great Britain duo David Florence and Richard Hounslow are going in the semi-finals of the canoe double at Lee Valley at 13:39. Tim Baillie and Etienne Scott are seventh at 13:48, with the fastest six pairs going through to the final.

  235. 1319: 

    Great Britain's Peter Wilson is on target for a gold medal in the men's double trap as he leads by three shots going into the final at 1500 BST.

    The 25-year-old from Dorset, who is the world record holder and world number two, topped the qualifying stages with a score of 143 out of 150 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

    With 50 clays left to shoot, the three-shot advantage could be crucial in the six-man final. Wilson scored 48, 48 and 47 in qualifying.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Victoria Pendleton's performances have varied quite a bit. During the February's Track World Cup, Pendleton and Jess Varnish broke the world record in the team sprint and won the event. I think the Germans are the favourite pairing. Jess is coming on leaps and bounds. She'll have to be the best she has ever been. If she is, the pair can take gold."

  237. 1315: 

    No pressure for Russian judoka Tagir Khaibulaev who is expected to contest his 100kg semi-final in front of the Russian president Vladimir Putin later today. Who knows, maybe Putin will have some handy tips to shout out from the sidelines as he's a black belt in judo and karate as well as an honoury president of the International Judo Federation.

    What with Putin due to loom over the judo later, another 'global power' Rupert Murdoch has also been getting into the Olympic spirit. This via his Twitter account this morning: "London in best shape ever. All overboard about the Olympics, brilliantly organized by Zeb Coe and Boris Johnson."

    Do you reckon he was getting muddled up with Zebedee from the Magic Roundabout? He later apologised and calls "Zeb" Sebastian.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing at Weymouth

    "Ben Ainslie wins the first race of the day in big waves out in Weymouth Bay & pumps his fist up and down delight. He looks back to see Hogh-Christensen finish a long way back in eighth. Ainslie makes up 6 points on the Dane. The gap is down to four points. Game on."

  239. 1313: 

    Britain's Andy Murray beats Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4 6-1 in less than an hour to reach the Olympic singles semi-finals, where he will play Novak Djokovic or Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.

    If Murray wins that match, he will contest the gold medal on Sunday. If he loses it, he will contest the bronze medal on Sunday.

  240. 1312: 

    This afternoon's action in the velodrome starts at 16:00 BST when Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish compete in the heats of the women's team sprint. They will be followed by Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny in the men's team sprint. And if you don't know your omnium from your keirin we've produced a handy guide to put you right.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport

    "These have been difficult times for British judo - a tumultuous build-up to these Games, with major internal upheaval amid worries about underperformance, has culminated in Euan Burton's tear-streaked interview on national television, apologising to the world.

    "Today, things are looking up. Gemma Gibbons has already worked wonders to reach the semi-finals of her women's -78kg category, winning three contests en-route, and she's set to fight at 14:21 BST. Standing between her and the final is French world number two Audrey Tcheumeo, who beat Gibbons in the final of the World Cup in Bucharest two months ago. It'll be tough to get past Tcheumeo but it's not impossible."

  242. 1302: 

    That was the past, this is the present and there's literally licorice all-sorts going on this afternoon. There's British interest in the beach volleyball, canoe slalom, judo and shooting, and we'll tell you more about the names in the frame in a moment. But first, let's just take a deep breath and announce the names of Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy. Later on this afternoon Britain's most celebrated sprint cyclists will be looking to bring home the bacon in their home Olympic Games.

  243. 1300: 

    Good afternoon all. Sam Sheringham reporting for Olympic Games duty on day six of this London funfest. The action is bubbling up nicely, largely thanks to Great Britain's men's lightweight four, who came within a whisker of winning the host nation's third gold medal of the Games but had to settle for silver.

    Over in the pool the (surely soon-to-be) Dame Becky Adlington began the defence of her 800m Olympic crown by qualifying quickest for Friday's final before Elizabeth Simmonds and Stephanie Proud stormed into the semifinals of the 200m backstroke.

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