London 2012 Olympics: Day Seven afternoon session as it happened

Great Britain's men's pursuit team and Victoria Pendleton both win gold in the Velodrome, after GB win three more rowing medals and a bronze for Karina Bryant in judo.

4 August 2012 Last updated at 08:29

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  1. 1916: 

    Another fine showing in the Velodrome for Great Britain then - and the medal rush continues as we have action from the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium still to come.

    And Andy Murray's semi-final at Wimbledon. And Hope Powell's ladies in quarter-final action. And fencing, weightlifting, you name it...

    Understandably I'm going to need a bit of help, so come and join me and Aimee Lewis in the evening session for all the latest. See you there now.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "I was really surprised to see Meares get swamped. Pendleton's jump to the front was incredible. Shuang Guo came back at the end but Pendleton held her off. She has got a gold medal to finish her career off, what a way to go out. The sprint is now a bonus for her, she has got what she wants."

  3. 1910: 

    Behind the marvellous Victoria Pendleton, Shuang Guo took the silver, with Wai Sze Lee from Hong Kong taking bronze as Anna Meares found herself boxed in on the last lap and was nowhere.

  4. 1908: 

    Bradley Wiggins, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "To go out in front of these crowds and produce a performance like that in the team pursuit final was phenomenal. Geraint Thomas is like a brother to me. To watch him on the podium... I'm so happy for him. I would love to have been out there tonight. I'm jealous in a way, but I'm sitting her as winner of the Tour de France and the Olympic time trial gold medallist, which I can't get my head around."

  5. 1908: 

    Tour de France winner and time trial champion Bradley Wiggins, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "Vicky rises to the occasion. She pulls it out when she needs to. To pull out a performance like that in what isn't her strongest event is phenomenal."

    Hugh Porter, BBC cycling commentator

    "That was genius from Pendleton."

  7. 1906: 

    That's Victoria Pendleton's second gold medal after she won the sprint in Beijing, and Britain's third gold of the day. Brilliant.

  8. 1906: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Victoria Pendleton (Women's keirin)

    Gold for Great Britain as Victoria Pendleton storms around the outside to hold off her rivals and win the women's keirin.

  9. 1905: 

    Anna Meares takes the lead...

  10. 1903: 

    Victoria Pendleton has parked herself in third spot behind the moped as the laps tick down. A major sprint finish is coming up...

  11. 1902: 

    The final is away...

  12. 1901: 

    Right, this definitely is the women's keirin final now.

    I'll give you a 100%, cast-iron guarantee on that. Victoria Pendleton goes for gold.

    Jamie Staff, Olympic gold medallist and BBC cycling pundit

    "I have spoken to the coaches and they have said Pendleton is in the right place. She is eager to get out there and win this medal."

  14. 1856: 

    We're off in the keirin...

    ...but it's only the 'second final' to decide who finishes between 7th and 12th overall.

    My mistake...

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

    "Olympic Park a true delight today - sunshine, smiling crowds, rumours of British medals rippling through the crowds and a lovely look of I-can't-believe-I'm-here on everyone's faces. Jess Ennis, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Lou Hazel at the far end of the track, loosening up for the shot put. Big night ahead - shot beginning at 19:00, 200m at 20:45. Also straight final of women's 10,000m and men's shot final. Happiest days."

  16. 1855: 

    Have faith Mike!

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "The keirin is not Victoria Pendleton's strongest event. She has been world champion in it once, but she's been sprint champion six times, and she's got a couple of team sprint titles too."

  18. 1853: 

    Brazil are out of the women's football after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Japan.

    Japan will play France in the last four, with USA waiting in the other semi for either GB or Canada.

    I'll keep you across all the goings-on in that one, fear not.


    Simon in Lincs, via text: "With gb's performance with bikes and boats can we campaign for pedalo event in rio?"

    Adrian in London, via text: "The cycling brings tears to my eyes - so proud to be British. CMON!"

  20. 1851: 

    Over at Wimbledon, Andy Murray looked to be wobbling but the Scot comes out on top of a ding-dong at the net and it's with serve on Centre Court, with Murray 3-2 ahead. "GB! GB!" cry the crowd before one sole voice shouts: "C'mon Andy!" as Novak Djokovic prepares to serve.

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "Every rider and every athlete is different in terms of the way they prepare for an event. A lot of the riders tend to use music to relax. We have our own music to get into the zone. I used to laugh and joke quite a lot before races. I used that as a coping strategy, which went down well with most of the riders. Vicky Pendleton is certainly someone who will be left alone as she prepares."

  22. 1850: 

    That women's keirin final is way behind schedule, but it is on its way. Chance for more British glory there with Vicky Pendleton.

  23. 1848: 

    Geraint Thomas had to miss out on seeing Rihanna - a truly devastating blow.

    But now he's got one of those massive Olympic gold medals around his neck I reckon he'll agree it was all worthwhile.

  24. 1847: 

    Great Britain's Geraint Thomas on the men's team pursuit gold medal: "In November we were in the track at 7.30 in the morning, they stopped us going to a Rihanna concert in November. They have been on our backs since then. It has been full on. To finish it off it is amazing. I was ill last week and it was tough mentally to get back to where I was but without these boys I couldn't have done it."

  25. 1846: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Great Britain (Men's team pursuit)

    Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh receive their gold medals for the men's team pursuit from the crown prince of Denmark.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football in Coventry

    "The GB team have have just emerged from the tunnel to a huge roar from the crowd at the City of Coventry Stadium. There is one change to Hope Powell's team for their quarter-final tie against Canada and it is a big one. Star striker Kelly Smith makes way for Ellen White.

    "Smith came into this tournament after only just recovering from a broken leg and has yet to score at the Games. She also took a bit of a battering against Brazil the other night at Wembley."

  27. 1842: 

    NBA star Kobe Bryant has had a pleasant day around London town.

    After nipping down to Wimbledon to catch some of Roger Federer's match earlier, he is now parked in the Velodrome to watch Victoria Pendleton in action.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the Olympic stadium

    "Fans are beginning to file back into the Olympic Stadium for this evening's athletics session, where Sheffield star Jess Ennis will continue her bid for Olympic heptathlon gold.

    "After flying over the hurdles this morning and performing solidly in the high jump, first up for the British record holder tonight is the shot put at 19:00 BST. Followed by the 200m at 21:13, where Ennis is running in the fifth heat."

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "I think Andy Murray is playing well enough to win this match against Novak Djokovic. It's an incredibly difficult and competitive era and it's an incredibly difficult task he faces. But I don't think Andy would want it any differently. These opponents have made him a better player, and he's made them better players."

  30. 1840: 

    Great Britain's Peter Kennaugh after his gold medal success in the team pursuit: "It is amazing. It is a team event but we have to take our hats off to Ed Clancy and Steven Burke, they rode amazing."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the aquatics centre

    "It's the penultimate night of Olympic swimming action at London 2012 and the big question is whether Rebecca Adlington can retain her 800m freestyle crown.

    "She qualified quickest for the final but Denmark's Lotte Friis who was the runner up at last year's world championships is expected to push her very hard! Becky goes at 19:45 BST.

    "Elizabeth Simmonds is in the 200m backstroke final whilst Michael Phelps will be looking for Olympic medal 21 (and his 17th gold) in the 100m butterfly."


    Mike Lewis on Twitter: "Our cyclists are just kings & queens of the world. We are AWESOME. Yet another gold & yet another WR. @TeamGB #cycling"

    Martin Worgan on Twitter: "Took a while to get going but medals coming thick and fast. Feel really patriotic! GREAT Britain #olympics2012"

    Mairtin Walton on Twitter: "BRILLIANT!! just broke the news to a coachload of people on the way back to manchester... no-one can contain their sheer elation!!"

  33. 1837: 

    I almost don't know where to look at the minute.

    We've still got Victoria Pendleton's keirin final to come, Andy Murray is on court at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic, and the swimming and athletics are just about to resume.

    Sporting nirvana.


    World champion cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Mark Cavendish on the men's team pursuit: "That was incredible, the noise in here was the most incredible thing I have ever heard. I had goosebumps. The lads looked on fire."

  35. 1836: 

    Japan look like ending Brazil's hopes in the women's competition, as they take a 2-0 lead late on in Cardiff.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "There is not a lot more you can ask. A world record and gold medal in the final and in London. They rejigged their tactics after the first heat, Ed Clancy and Burke were super strong, they were given longer turns and Geraint Thomas was given the opportunity to bury it."


    dibdibdobs on Twitter: "I'm now more than a little in love with William and Harry"

    Michelle Daltry on Twitter: "amazing interview with Wills and Harry who genuinely know their stuff. Great tv"

    Eleanor Willetts on Twitter: "Prince William and Prince Harry really come across as two genuinely great guys! Fantastic ambassadors for Great Britain."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "Geraint Thomas has been handed a flag by his girlfriend. Well, I assume it's his girlfriend, because he's just given her a great big kiss."

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "That was the greatest team pursuit ride that anyone has ever come up with."

  40. 1834: 

    Superb, superb riding from the British four, and in front of one of their own in Bradley Wiggins as well. British cycling is on an all-time high.

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "That race was always going to be epic and my word, didn't they deliver. What a race! Australia have been beaten by the best team in the world. That team is Great Britain."

  42. 1832: 
    WORLD RECORD- Great Britain (Men's team pursuit)

    Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke set a new team pursuit record of three minutes, 51.659 seconds.

  43. 1832: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Great Britain (Men's team pursuit)

    Great Britain smash Australia to take gold in the men's team pursuit in a new world record time.

  44. 1831: 

    Britain streaking away...

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "This is nip-and-tuck. This is the epic battle it was always going to be."

  46. 1829: 

    Great Britain are in a rhythm now, opening up a six-tenths gap after 2km.

  47. 1828: 

    Great Britain are three tenths of a second ahead of Australia after 1km.

  48. 1828: 

    Another ear-shattering roar greets the British male pursuiters as they take on Australia for the gold medal at the velodrome.

    Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steve Burke are less than four minutes away from another Olympic medal...

  49. 1826: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- New Zealand (Men's team pursuit)

    New Zealand streak away from Russia to easily take the bronze medal in a time of three minutes 55.952 seconds.

  50. 1825: 

    Prince Harry jokes that the performance of his grandmother - The Queen - in the Olympic Games opening ceremony was so good that she has been offered a role in the next James Bond film. As for the ensuing action, Prince William says: "The most emotional moment for me so far was watching Zara [Phillips, his cousiin] winning her [equestrian team silver] medal because of the personal connection." But he adds that he has revelled in the "massive performances of some of the un-sung stars like the canoe slalom guys" [Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie winning gold, David Florence and Richard Hounslow silver] as well as seeing Sir Chris Hoy win his fifth Olympics gold in the Velodrome last night as part of the team sprint trio. "The atmosphere was electric," adds Wills.

  51. 1824: 

    "An explosion of noise," is how Andrew Castle describes Andy Murray's entrace on Centre Court. The British number one plays Novak Djokovic for a place in the final against Roger Federer and both are limbering up as I type.

  52. 1824: 

    Prince Harry speaking on BBC One about his meeting with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt: "Best of luck to him. He's a fantastic example to everyone who wants to do track events. He's a wonderful example for his nation, for the world."

  53. 1822: 

    It's New Zealand v Russia for bronze in the men's team pursuit, and New Zealand take an early lead...

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football in Coventry

    "The GB women's football team take on Canada in Coventry tonight knowing that victory will take them through to the last four and guarantee them a shot at a medal. However, Canada are certainly no pushovers and BBC commentator Guy Mowbray is predicting a very tight game, although he reckons the home team will just about shade it."

  55. 1820: 

    Prince William speaking on BBC One about his cousin Zara Phillips's equestrian silver medal: "It was fantastic. Emotionally I got completely carried away. To be there when she got her medal and had done so well. I had goosebumps at the back of my neck and I got far too carried away."

  56. 1819: 

    Juan Martin Del Potro after his semi-final defeat by Roger Federer: "It is tough to speak now, I feel sad, but Roger made a fantastic match, he is a good winner. When you lose you can't see the good things. I'm very sad at the moment. I just hope I will be better before my mixed doubles match.

    "It's not an easy situation, someone always has to win these matches and today it was him. In other big matches it has been my turn, such as the US Open (2009), but this time it was his."

  57. 1818: 

    Serena Williams, the reigning Wimbledon champion, will play Russia's Maria Sharapova, the reigning French Open champion, in the women's final on Saturday for Olympic gold.


    Olly Driver on Twitter: "My Olympic dream is to ride the little motorized scooter at the start of the Keirin races in the velodrome"

    Karen MacKeller on Twitter: "Wills & Harry on @BBCSport Olympics Coverage ... love it!! Brilliant banter from Kate & them getting involved in the Mexican Waves #toplads"

    Sam Smith, BBC tennis commentator

    "Simply brilliant from Serena Williams. What a performance. In just 63 minutes, it was a demolition job on the world number one Victoria Azarenka. It was quite breathtaking at times. Williams was pretty much unplayable. She can hardly have played too many better matches."

  60. 1815: 

    Victoria Azarenka wriggles free from four match points but she is unable to prevent Serena Williams serving out the match with an ace for a comprehensive 6-1 6-1 victory in 63 minutes. She walks towards the net to shake hands with the world number one before waving at the crowd. "Unplayable," is how Sam Smith describes Williams's performance.

  61. 1814: 

    World champion cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Mark Cavendish on the rivalry of Victoria Pendleton and Anna Meares: "It should be a great final, they are incredible athletes who have been on top for 10 years. There have been others coming up but Meares and Pendleton are always on top, especially in the Olympics."

  62. 1812: 

    You may have seen Princes Harry and William at many an Olympic event over the last week and they are live on the BBC One sofa with Sue Barker now.

    Have a watch.

  63. 1810: 

    So looking good for all our cyclists so far this evening.

    Next up as far as we are concerned is the final of the men's team pursuit, which should be starting in around 10 minutes or so.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Victoria Pendleton's keirin semi: "That was quite a ride and not too dissimilar to Anna Meares. She wasn't going to let herself get boxed in. There was a lot of confidence in that ride."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "Incredible ride by Vicky. She took the lead at the bell, accelerated down the back straight and as soon as she hit the banking on the bend, I saw her hips go and she gave it that final kick."

  66. 1806: 

    By the way, if you missed BBC Sport's superb documentary on Victoria Pendleton which ran just before the start of these Games, track it down on the iplayer.

    A real insight inside the mind of an athlete performing on the edge.

  67. 1806: 

    Victoria Pendleton storms into the lead with a lap to go and easily wins to book her place in the final and set up another duel with Anna Meares.

    She is looking very good out here.

  68. 1804: 

    The moped pulls off, and now we are racing. Victoria Pendleton well placed early on...


    Steve Kinrade on Twitter: "The Velodrome must be THE most hottest Olympic ticket at the moment. Awesome."

    Noelle Lowry on Twitter: "watching velodrome action on TV, giving me goosebumps, proud to watch the GB team! So professional!"

  70. 1801: 

    Victoria Pendleton is away in her keirin semi final. The top three go through remember.

    Jamie Staff, Olympic gold medallist and BBC cycling pundit

    On Victoria Pendleton's upcoming keirin heat: "Vicky has a slightly easier heat but at this point we are in the Olympics so everyone is going to be pretty good. She has dusted herself off after yesterday though, and my pick would be her in that heat."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "Anna Meares is looking good. And that was the harder heat too on paper."

  73. 1759: 

    Anna Meares easily wins that semi to book her place in the final. Over to you Victoria Pendleton.

  74. 1758: 

    The guy who rides that derny moped has a cracking job doesn't he?

    For our info, the motorbike crosses the start line at a pace of 30km/h (25km/h in the women's race) and achieves a maximum speed of 50km/h (45km/h in the women's race), with the riders pacing behind.

    They say motorbike, it's definitely a moped. If you turned up on that at a bikers' event, you'd be laughed out.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Great Britain's women's team pursuit: "What a place to set the world record at the Olympic Games. They did say they were going to ignore everyone else and that they were going to go out on world record pace and they did just that."

  76. 1755: 

    Straight into the women's keirin then, and we have two heats of six, with the top three in each semi going through into the final.

    Anna Meares of Australia is up in the first semi-final which is off now, with Vicky Pendleton off next.

  77. 1754: 


    Whatever the GB men can do, the women can do better. Superb ride again and further proof that the architects of this magnificent velodrome have built a super-quick track.

    Bradley Wiggins enjoyed that one.

  78. 1752: 
    WORLD RECORD- Great Britain (Women's team pursuit)

    Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell set a new world record of three minutes 15.669 seconds in qualifying for the women's team pursuit.

  79. 1751: 

    GB 1.467 seconds ahead after 2km.

  80. 1750: 

    GB are flying - already 0.907 seconds ahead after 1km and inside world record pace.

    They are on course to emulate the men's team here. Superb.

  81. 1749: 

    And now it's the turn of British trio Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell on the track.

    They have the USA team in their sights, who set the fastest time of 3:19.406.

  82. 1747: 

    New Zealand are the last team out before Great Britain in the women's team pursuit, and they look good through the first 2km, setting a searing pace, before it all implodes and they end up posting a time of 3:20.421 - just fourth place.

  83. 1741: 

    Much busier at the Olympic Park today with the athletics getting under way. The Association of Train Operating Companies says additional trains will be put on first thing on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday to help with the extra numbers. Apparently train companies will provide two million extra seats this weekend as the Olympics builds up to its busiest phase.

  84. 1739: 

    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic had better start warming up if Serena Williams continues at this pace. The Wimbledon champion is making world number one Victoria Azarenka look like a novice, hitting eight aces and 16 winners on her way to securing the first set 6-1 in 27 minutes.

  85. 1738: 

    We're already running nearly an hour late at Earls Court, but Great Britain's women are jut about to start their match against the Dominican Republic now.

    Watch the match live on the interactive video player.

  86. 1737: 

    As I thought, these Olympic records are going down like chocolate digestives on our desk, as the USA lower the best time to 3:19.406.

    GB need to go big here, and I'm sure they will.

  87. 1732: 

    Canada have set the bar in the women's team pursuit, as they clock an Olympic record time of 3:19.816.

    We've seen already that this track is very quick so expect that to go at some point.

    USA are up now, followed by Australia, New Zealand and then Great Britain.

  88. 1731: 

    Serena Williams's racquet is on fire. The American has ratcheted five aces already and has raced to a 4-1 lead over world number one Victoria Azarenka in the women's semi-final.

  89. 1730: 

    There could be a shock on the cards in Cardiff, where Japan have taken the lead against Brazil thanks to Yuki Ogimi, who broke the offside trap to slot home.

  90. 1726: 

    Ashley Jackson smacks another penalty corner into the roof of the net - his second of the afternoon - to put Great Britain 4-0 up over Pakistan, only for a quick response from Sohail Abbas.

    It's finished Britain 4-1 Pakistan.

  91. 1723: 

    World champion cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Mark Cavendish on Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova testing positive for testosterone: "It is frustrating. Our sport has been dragged through a lot, really dragged through the mud. It is always in the spotlight. Our sport has put in so much money and effort, and a few individuals just don't care and it's not fair on the rest of us. It really winds me up. It's really disappointing."


    GB cyclist Lizzie Armitstead on Twitter: "Sat down for a second and now I can't move, I am so tired! The race was the easy bit! Have to move to shout for GB at velodrome! #feedme"


    Mark Cavendish on Twitter: "The temperature is increasing to "cooking" here in the Velodrome. If anybody is watching on BBC, I apologise for my shiny, sweaty head!"

  94. 1714: 

    The third women's quarter-final between Japan and Brazil is under way, where there's no score as yet.

    Don't forget Hope Powell's GB girls are in action against Canada later on, with a place against the US at stake.

  95. 1712: 

    Mark W on Twitter: "18:18 on @bbcsport for one of the best events the #olymics2012 has to offer. #TeamGB v Aus 4000m #teampursuit Brits peddling for Gold"

    Alan Peppin on Twitter: "another weightlifting gold for Kazakhstan, what do they feed them over there?"

  96. 1712: 

    If you missed it earlier, Karina Bryant took bronze for GB with a fine win in the women's judo, and the Londoner is targeting another shot at Rio in four years' time.

    She said: "You know I'm not sure this will definitely be my last Games. I really felt I had unfinished business. I've had an amazing career and now I have this medal. This is my fourth Olympic Games but I've really enjoyed it. I don't want to focus on what happens after this. I won't rule out Rio just yet.

    "Although I had lottery funding, I've really struggled financially. It's been hard. My car kept breaking down. I had a really battered up Golf. My mum helped me financially - she lives in Australia but she's always supported me. Then a lovely couple, Roger and Heather, also came in and helped me out."

    If Roger and Heather are reading, give me a call...

  97. 1706: 

    Ashley Jackson fires home from a penalty corner - his speciality - to give Great Britain's men a 3-0 lead over Pakistan in the sunshine of the Riverbank Arena.

  98. 1705: 

    Reigning Wimbledon women's champion Serena Williams can finally leave the locker room and trot out onto Centre Court to face world number one Victoria Azarenka in the second semi-final. The American opts to serve first against the pride of Belarus, who is not only sporting a fetching green bandana to match her dress, but white leggings too.

  99. 1704: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Velodrome: "I'm getting used to hearing the Velodrome's wave of sound bringing Britain's riders home, and it worked a treat for the British men in the first round of the team pursuit just now.

    "Their gold medal showdown with their old rivals Australia will bring the house down or blow the roof off - your choice, but it will definitely be noisy in here. Loudest roar of the day so far, though, has gone to Victoria Pendleton as she pipped her great Australian rival Anna Meares to the line in her heat of the keirin. Stand by for another huge GB-Aussie clash in the qualifying round of the women's team pursuit, as their coach Gary Sutton is the brother of GB head coach Shane."

  100. 1700: 
    Breaking News

    Cycling's governing body, the UCI, has confirmed that Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova has tested positive for testosterone and been sent home from the Games.

  101. 1658: 

    Out on the track, it's time for the women's team pursuiters to qualify.

    GB trio Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell go last of the 10 teams, with the top eight times securing a place in tomorrow's heats.

    GB have won the last two world titles...

  102. 1658: 

    The 30-year-old Roger Federer is now guaranteed his first Olympic singles medal and will face either Britain's Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final.

    Murray plays Djokovic in the second semi-final later this evening, while the British number one is also scheduled to play his mixed doubles quarter-final with Laura Robson against Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur.

  103. 1656: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Svetlana Podobedova, KAZ (Women's -75kg weightlifting)

    Svetlana Podobedova of Kazakhstan wins Olympic weightlifting gold in the women's 75-kg division with a lift of 291kg.

    John Lloyd, BBC tennis commentator

    "It was a staggering performance from both players. It was a great match - one of the best three-set matches I've ever seen. It really was first class from the moment the players stepped on court. You could see how much it meant to both players. Once again, the master Federer showed that when it comes down to it, there's never been anyone like him on the crunch points."

  105. 1656: 

    Roger Federer kisses the Swiss flag on his shirt as he ends the longest tennis match in Olympic history with a sublime backhand down the line. The Wimbledon champion then raises his arms aloft after reaching the men's final with a 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 19-17 win over a now tearful Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina.

  106. 1653: 

    World champion cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Mark Cavendish on Great Britain's team pursuit: "They only needed to do enough to get through. To be able to save every bit of energy is massively important. All they had to do was enough to qualify and they've done it. That ride was technically sound."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Great Britain's team pursuit ride against Denmark: "It was a fantastic start from Ed. It is so important to get them off to a quick start. The opening km is critical. Steve Burke is the pick-up man and lifts it even further, then it's up to the other two."

  108. 1648: 

    Next out on track are the repechages of the women's keirin, with GB going for gold in the men's pursuit at around 18:12 BST.

  109. 1646: 

    British pair Rebecca Gallantree and Hannah Starling are through to the next round of the women's 3m springboard after finishing 16th & 17th in today's preliminaries.

    China dominated again, with Minxia Wu and Zi He taking the top two scores.

  110. 1646: 

    Three break points for Federer... and he takes his third. Del Potro lifts his t-shirt over his head as he trudges towards his chair for the changeover. The Wimbledon champion is serving for the match.

  111. 1645: 

    Superb stuff again from the GB men, and it will be New Zealand v Russia for the bronze.

  112. 1644: 

    Great Britain win their heat in the men's team pursuit in a time of three minutes 52.743 to book a final against Australia later on this evening.

  113. 1643: 

    The sound of a baby crying rings around Centre Court, but the child's tears do not prevent Roger Federer from whipping an ace down the middle to level at 17-17 with Del Potro.

    "If you've got a baby who is crying you've just got to take the baby out," says John Lloyd in the BBC commentary box. Baby or no baby, the longest tennis match in Olympic history continues..

  114. 1642: 

    GB are a second slower than their own world record through the 2km point but still well ahead - save your legs for the final lads.

  115. 1641: 

    Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh are away and take an early lead over Denmark.

    They only have to win this race to make the final, and are well ahead already.

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    On the men's team pursuit: "We used to have a saying that you are only an inch from disaster. For me it is the most beautuiful event on the track. I would say that, of course."

  117. 1638: 

    Australia win the third heat in the men's team pursuit in a time of three minutes 54.317 to make it into the final.

    Will GB join them in a moment? They clocked nearly two seconds faster than that yesterday, and here they come against Denmark.

  118. 1634: 

    Jonty Clark makes it 2-0 for Great Britain against Pakistan at the Riverbank Arena and the home nation look like ending the day at least second in their group with two games remaining.

  119. 1633: 

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis on the Judo: "The ExCel is awash with the colours of the tricolour. The 6ft 8in behemoth Teddy Riner, undefeated in the last two years, has surely cemented his place as one of his sport's all-time greats by securing the only medal which was missing from his cabinet - Olympic gold.

    "The Frenchman, one of the most popular sportsmen in his homeland, kisses his coach's golden shoes, then kisses a cameraman before heading towards the sidelines to high five the crowd."

  120. 1632: 

    A strange line coming out of the athletics stadium where hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan, who won the silver medal in Athens, has been sent home after he tested positive on a retest of a sample from 2004.

    Belarussian team spokemsan Oleg Grinko said: "We have received a letter from the international athletics federation that we should take out Ivan Tsikhan for doping from 2004 in Athens."

    Not sure why it's taken eight years to get that sorted, but there you go.

  121. 1631: 

    Canada have just completed a 79-73 win over Brazil in the women's basketball and that means that they, Australia, Russia and France have qualified from Group B and GB's women now cannot make the quarter-finals of the tournament, even if they win their last two games. The first of those games is against France tonight at 20:00 BST.

  122. 1629: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Teddy Riner, Fra (Men's +100kg judo)

    Five-time world judo champion Teddy Riner salutes the crowd after beating Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin to gold.


    Mark Cavendish on Victoria Pendleton's victory in the opening heat of the women's keirin: "She was incredible. It looked like she had been swamped and it would have been easy to lose your rag. But she stayed on the wheel of Meares. It is the first time these two have come up at this meet and it was very impressive from Victoria. Mentally wise, she will just have the edge."

  124. 1624: 

    There's a scare for Federer as Delpo opens up a 30-15 lead but the Swiss fights back to lead 40-30. Delpo takes it to deuce but the spin on Feddy's second serves is too good for Delpo and it's 15-15. This is now officially the longest match in Olympic singles history as we approach the four hour mark.

  125. 1624: 

    As expected, reigning Olympic champions USA book their place in the last four of the women's competition with a comfortable 2-0 win over New Zealand.

  126. 1622: 

    When GB's pursuiters take to the track, a win over Denmark will put them into the final and a guaranteed medal.

    If they lose, the remaining six teams are ranked according to their times from the first round, with the best two teams competing for bronze.

    Got that?

  127. 1621: 

    Team GB Performance Director for boxing Rob McCracken on Fred Evans' win over Egidijus Kavaliauskas: "Fred was fantastic.

    "That was the last amateur boxer that Fred lost to, it rankled with him and he wanted to put it right. It was a great performance in front of a fantastic crowd, and he beat a top-notch opponent. It's fantastic for Fred and it gives the team a massive lift."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Victoria Pendleton's comfortable victory in the opening heat of the women's keirin: "That was an extremely confident ride by Victoria. She did not panic and won comfortably ahead of Anna Meares. She was impressive, very calm."

  129. 1619: 

    The GB mens team pursuiters are up next, in the fourth and final heat against Denmark.

    They smashed a world record yesterday in qualifying and could go even quicker yet. We could see something special here.

    First up it's Spain's four against Colombia.

  130. 1619: 

    Russia's Maria Sharapova beats compatriot Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-3 to reach the Olympic women's singles final.

  131. 1619: 

    Federer takes the attack to Delpo and earns himself three break points. Amazingly, Delpo saves all three of them and wins the next two points to take the game. The Argentine leads 15-14.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport on the trampolining

    "Dong Dong is the world number one and already has two world titles to his name, so victory here is of little surprise.

    "There were no British qualifiers for the men's event, but Kat Driscoll - who led the world rankings for much of 2011 - competes for Britain in the women's event on Saturday. Again, the Chinese will form her biggest rivals, with Canada also a strong nation."

  133. 1616: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Idalys Ortiz, CUB (Women's +78kg judo)

    Idalys Ortiz wins Cuba's first judo gold of the Games, pushing Japan's Mika Sugimoto into silver.

  134. 1616: 
    TRAMPOLINING- Dong Dong, CHN (Men's trampoline)

    Dong Dong delivers in a ding-dong trampoline decider at the North Greenwich Arena as his score of 62.990 comfortably took him past Russia's Dmitry Ushakov for the win.

  135. 1615: 

    Great Britain make an excellent start in their third group match against Pakistan, James Tindall scoring after four minutes as the home nation look to add to the win and the draw they have managed so far.

  136. 1613: 

    Victoria Pendleton will be back in the second round of the keirin at around quarter to six, after the repechages.

    That's a provisional time though as last night we were running way behind schedule.

    GOLD MEDAL- Oh Jin Hyek KOR (Men's individual)

    Dan Welsh on Twitter: "feel soooooo PROUD watching all Team GB in all sports. The pride, passion thats what makes Great Britain"

    Haider Abbas on Twitter: "This tennis set has gone on so long Del Potro's beard has increased in length"

  139. 1612: 
    GOLD MEDAL- China (Mixed doubles)

    China's Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei claim mixed doubles badminton gold with victory over their compatriots Xu Chen and Ma Jin.

  140. 1612: 

    Not even a sniff of a break point for either player out there on Centre Court as Delpo and Fed exchange service games to take the score to 14-14 in the final set.

  141. 1612: 

    Into the final of the men's individual class final now at Lord's. In the absence of his countryman and world record-holder Im Dong-Hyun who was knocked out in the last eight, world silver medallist Oh Jin Hyek will be hoping he can bring the gold back to South Korea. Japan's Takahuru Furukawa stands in his way.

  142. 1611: 

    Storming stuff from Victoria Pendleton.

    Last going into the last lap, she clunks into top gear to motor past the field and win that heat, with Anna Meares going through into the semi-finals in second behind her.

  143. 1610: 

    Anna Meares strikes early as the derny bike peels off. Pendleton with work to do...

  144. 1603: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Rafael Silva, BRA (Men's +100kg judo)

    Rafael Silva, who tops the scales at a gargantuan 155kg, wins Brazil's fourth judo medal with victory over South Korea's Kim Sung-Min.

  145. 1608: 

    Deafening noise greets Vicky Pendleton out on the track. She's got her race face on as she takes station behind the lead-out derny bike.

  146. 1606: 

    Germany's Kristina Vogel wins the first heat of the women's keirin, but here comes the big one as far as we are concerned.

    Here comes Victoria Pendleton...

  147. 1606: 

    The Fed Express is delivering his serves with fantastic timing and rhythm as he wraps up another game with a backhand volley winner to level at 13-13. This match has been going on for three hours and 41 minutes now.


    Earlier we asked Sydney heptathlon gold medallist and TV pundit Denise Lewis (@RealDeniseLewis) to answer you Twitter questions.

    Joe Short: "Denise, was there anywhere in the world you didn't like to compete?"

    Denise Lewis: "Not really. Being able to travel & see the world for free is a gift. But I've stayed in some awful hotels in my time. Russia immediately springs to mind but this was back in the early 90s."

    Simon Doyle: "Denise, do you think women will ever compete (or want to compete) in an Olympic decathlon rather than a heptathlon?"

    Denise Lewis: "Austra Skujyte the Lithuanian heptathlete & Beijing silver medallist holds the world record for the decathlon for women so they already do it. I'm not sure it will ever make it into the Olympic programme. The scheduling is very tough. To have four lots of pole vault events would take up a substantial amount of time which would make it difficult on the timetable."

    Rachel Hack: "What do you think about the recent talk re Phillips Idowu? Will he take part and what are his chances now?"

    Denise Lewis: "Phillips is training again and I know he's doing everything he can to make sure he'll be here (at the Olympic Stadium). It's his hometown, his back yard, he wants to be here. But we have to wait and see, him competing is probably 50/50 at this stage."

    Alex: "Who is Ennis's biggest threat in the heptathlon?"

    Denise Lewis: "Austra Skujyte. She must be drawing inspiration from Ruta Meilutyte the young swimmer who won 100m breaststroke gold recently. That was a great medal for Lithuania. It's a small country and I'm sure the morale in the team must be high from that gold medal. Skujyte is looking good (after two events) and has a huge shot put to follow. Natallia Dobrynska is still a danger woman. I'm not very impressed with Tatyana Chernova."

  149. 1605: 

    China's Dan Lin is through to the men's badminton final after beating South Korea's Hyun Il Lee 21-12 21-10. Lin will play Malaysia's Chong Wei Lee, who earlier beat Long Chen of China in straight sets.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCel

    "Incredibly cagey opening round between Fred Evans and his Lithuanian opponent, almost painful to watch as the two counter-punchers set traps that were never set off. But Evans really poured it on in the final round to win 11-7, and you have to say that was very well-deserved. He's our third man into the quarter-finals."


    LTP from South Wales, via text: "We wait 12 years for a judo medal and then two come at once. Well done Karina! Flying the flag for British judo."

    Paul from Bolton, via text: "Today's forecast for Britain - sunny with medal showers through the day; Today's forecast for Australia - sunny with ..... ermmm... well we'll just leave it at that, shall we?"

    Sean from Llanelli, via text: "Just had a brilliant day at Eton Dorney. Would like to thank Team GB for inspiring my two kids."

  152. 1604: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Xiaoxiang Dai CHN (Men's individual)

    China's Xiaoxiang Dai lands his golden arrow plumb in the middle of the 10 circle to take the sudden-death shoot-out and secure his place on the archery podium after Rick van der Ven strays towards the red on his target.

  153. 1603: 

    So the keirin is under way then and for those of you who have never seen it, it involves following an old man on a strange moped-style device for several laps before breaking ranks and sprinting for the line.

    It's better than it sounds.

  154. 1601: 

    There has hardly been an unforced error in the entire match on Centre Court today as Del Potro takes a 13-12 lead. The winner faces Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic remember.

  155. 1602: 

    Glorious string-twangingly slow video replays over at Lord's as the bronze medal match between the Netherlands' Rick van der Ven and China's Xiaoxing Dai heads into a sudden-death shoot-off with the fifth set ending with the score locked together at 5-5.

  156. 1602: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Andreas Toelzer, GER (men's +100kg judo)

    Andreas Toelzer punches the air as he wins bronze for Germany in the battle of the heavyweights, outfoxing Ihar Makarau of Belarus with an ippon.

  157. 1601: 

    There he is, the coolest man to ever throw a leg over a bicycle, Lord Bradley of Wigginshire in the sell-out crowd for this session. What a man. What a few months he's had.

  158. 1600: 

    It's women's keirin up first for fans in the Velodrome, who could be set for another thriller.

    Victoria Pendleton will be out to make up for her disappointment in the team sprint last night - where she was disqualified - and is in the second heat against her nemesis Anna Meares of Australia.

    The top two go through to the semis, there could be fireworks...

  159. 1559: 

    Cheers Sam.

    It's official, I've been diagnosed with Olympic fever after I found myself at the brink of tears watching a Scottish woman winning a rowing race this morning. Madness.

    Anyway the sport doesn't stop for a second so join me if you will as we avert our gaze to the splendid velodrome.

  160. 1558: 

    Right, my time is up. The man to my left, Tom Rostance, is champing at the bit to bring you all the action from the Velodrome, with the expectation of some more GB medals. Have a great evening.

  161. 1557: 

    The ice man Federer holds serve once again for 12-12 in the decider. What a match...

  162. 1556: 

    Just time to give you the water polo latest. Spain beat Hungary 13-11 in the women's competition to finish top of Group A, while current World Cup champions USA finish second. Australia currently lead Russia 7-5 with the winners set to top Group B.

  163. 1554: 

    Roger Federer goes long with a forehand and is once again having to serve to stay in the match. Del Potro leads 12-11. Is this going to be another Isner-Mahut?

  164. 1553: 

    In the second women's football quarter-final, USA still lead New Zealand 1-0 after 65 minutes thanks to Abby Wambach's first half goal.

  165. 1549: 

    Federer holds to love for 11-11 against Del Potro. This is becoming a test of stamina and nerve now. On we go...

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the Velodrome

    "We're T minus 15 from the start of today's track cycling and it is not nearly hot enough in the London Velodrome. I'm not even sweating yet. Similar story to yesterday: two golds at stake, the men's team pursuit and women's keirin, and a qualifying session, women's team pursuit.

    "Like yesterday, I'm predicting British success, Ashes angles and confusing commissaires. As I type, I can see GB coaches Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton bending the ear of the chief commissaire, track cycling for referee, about some finer point of the rulebook or another. Women's keirin up first at 1600, GB's Victoria Pendleton v Aussie Anna Meares in second heat. Game on."

  167. 1546: 

    Del Potro holds serve to take an 11-10 lead over Roger Federer in the decider at Wimbledon.

    Richie Woodhall, Olympic bronze medallist and boxing commentator

    On Fred Evans reaching the Olympic men's welterweight quarter-finals: "What an excellent final round by Fred. I'm really pleased for the kid. He had to be a bit busier as the match continued but he was patient. It was well deserved."

  169. 1541: 

    I thought I'd seen it all. Incredibly, Juan Martin Del Potro breaks Roger Federer to love to level the deciding set at 10-10.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCel

    The crowd is "massively important" and it is "about time" British fighters had home advantage, says GB Boxing performance director Rob McCracken.

    "When you're in the furthest reaches of the east and you're battling home fighters, the support is always with the home fighters, and so it should be," he said.

    "It helps spur the boxers on, but at the same time the judges will only press the button when you're landing shots."


    Fred Evans beats Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the last 16 of the men's welterweight after a fine final round.

    He wins on points, by 11 to seven, and is into the quarter-finals. Classic stuff.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Ben Ainslie can clinch his fourth Olympic gold medal if he beats Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen in Sunday's Finn class medal race.

    "The Briton needs only to finish ahead of the Dane, and no worse than seventh if Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma wins the finale, to become the most decorated Olympic sailor ever.

    "Ainslie trails leader Hogh-Christensen by two points, with the medal-race finishing positions counting for double.

    "In the event of a tie, the medal-race head-to-head then comes into play. Ben Ainslie can clinch his fourth Olympic gold medal if he beats Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen in Sunday's Finn class medal race."

  173. 1536: 

    BBC Sport's Eleanor Oldroyd on 5 live: "Karina Bryant has given so much to her judo career, she's put her life on hold. It's a moment of pure, raw emotion.

    "British judo in the middle of this week seemed to be in the doldrums after Euan Burton was beaten on Tuesday, everybody felt this was not going to be a good week for British judo, the post-mortems were starting. In the last two days it has been turned on its head."

  174. 1536: 

    Massive moment on Centre Court as Roger Federer breaks Juan Martin Del Potro's serve for the first time in the match to take a 10-9 lead in the deciding set. The Swiss world number one will now serve for a place in the Olympic final.

  175. 1538: 

    South Korea's Jin Hyek Oh has overcome China's Xiaoxing Dai and a swirling wind around the Lord's stands to book his place in the men's individual final against Takaharu Furukawa of Japan.

    Oh claimed victory 9-8 in a sudden-death shoot-off after the match finished 5-5 all in regulation time.

  176. 1536: 

    Freddie Evans is locked at 5-5 going into the final round of his fight against Egidijus Kavaliauskas at the ExCel. This will be a close one...

  177. 1535: 

    Bryant had never really come close to a medal before, reaching the round of 16 in 2000 and 2008 and the quarter-finals in 2004.


    Nicola Fairbrother, BBC Sport judo commentator and former world champion, on Karina Bryant's bronze medal: "She deserves this medal more than anyone. She has come through the disappointment of the last Games and produced a really gutsy performance. Kindzerska is a dangerous fighter, but Karina came into the match in form and produced a brilliant counter. She fought so well and waited her moment."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCel

    GB Boxing performance director Rob McCracken has warned it is too early to be getting carried away by his fighters' displays so far at the Olympics.

    Only one British male has lost so far - lightweight Josh Taylor was beaten on Thursday - meaning six remain on course for medals.

    "We're really pleased with what we've done, but the Olympics is about winning medals, and it's going to become harder and harder," said McCracken.


    A Becker-esque moment on Centre Court as Juan Martin del Potro, at 8-8 and 0-30 in the deciding set against Roger Federer, dives at full-stretch to meet a backhand volley that lands on the baseline. The spectators rise to acclaim the giant Argentine, who hurts his hip in the process but grinds through to hold serve. It's 9-8 to Del Potro and neither man looks ready to budge.

  181. 1530: 

    Tears are rolling down the cheeks of Kindzerska, while Bryant is a picture of elation and she waves at the crowd. She has been a real stalwart of the sport and finally has an Olympic medal to show for her long career. British judo medals are like London buses. Gemma Gibbons yesterday and now Karina Bryant to end 12 years of hurt.

  182. 1528: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Bryant GBR (women's +78kg judo)

    Brilliant from Bryant as she concludes the contest and seals the bronze medal with a second waza-ari.

  183. 1524: 

    Terrible start for Bryant as she's rolled over and goes behind to a waza-ari in the first minute. But she counters brilliantly to score a waza-ari of her own and level.

  184. 1523: 

    Back to the ExCel where Karina Bryant is just starting her bronze medal match against Iryna Kindzerska of Ukraine.

  185. 1520:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCel

    "Welterweight Fred Evans is on soon, he's got the fourth seed from Lithuania, Egidijus Kavaliauskas - try writing that after eight pints. The boxing, mercifully, has been controversy-free - so far. I may regret writing that - stand by for my report on how the flyweight from Moldova got disqualified for not calling the referee 'Sir'."


    In the second quarter-final in the women's competition up in Newcastle, defending champions the USA lead New Zealand 1-0 at half-time.

    The goal came from Abby Wambach midway through the half - her 143rd goal for the States. Sign her up.

  187. 1517: 

    Now that's what you call a golden arrow. Japan's Takaharu Furukawa fires a 10 in the shoot-off to beat Rick van der Ven of the Netherlands and seal a place in the gold medal match at Lord's.

  188. 1515: 

    Looking ahead to this evening, the GB women's football team take on Canada in the quarter-finals at 19:30, the women's basketball team meet France at 20:00 and in the ExCel, Andrew Selby takes on Ilyas Suleimenov in the boxing.

  189. 1514: 

    The first men's semi-final is turning into an epic. It is now 7-7 between Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro at Wimbledon. Who will blink first?

  190. 1510: 

    Down at the ExCel, European champion Freddie Evans is due to start his fight against Egidijus Kavaliauskas at 15:15.

    You can watch his fight, and everything else live, on our interactive video player.

  191. 1512: 

    Lots to look forward to for Team GB followers this afternoon. In the boxing, Freddie Evans fights against Egidijus Kavaliauskas (1515). The men's hockey team take on Pakistan at 16:00. The women's volleyball team meet the Dominican Republic (1645) and the women's water polo side take on Italy at 18:20.

  192. 1507: 

    Roger Federer wins his third service game in a row to love to level at 6-6 against Juan Martin Del Potro. No tie-breaks in the final set remember.

  193. 1505: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Leuris Pupo, CUB (Men's 25m rapid-fire pistol)

    Cuban Leuris Pupo scoops gold in the men's rapid-fire pistol shooting as he leads from the off to beat Indian Vijay Kumar by 34 points to 30.


    Michael at Greenwich, via text: "Charlotte Dujardin in the dressage - what a star - looked so much better than everyone else. 20,000 people here trying to make more noise than the velodrome."

    Rob from Hampshire, via text: "I am a football and cricket fan but the effort, dedication and passion shown by these athletes over the past week has blown me away and is inspirational. We have been hooked to the TV every evening. What an exciting weekend and week to look forward to. Come on GB."

  195. 1504: 

    On Court One, Maria Sharapova wins the first set 6-2 against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko in the opening women's singles semi-final. Over on Centre, Roger Federer takes a 30-0 lead as he serves to stay in the match.

  196. 1505:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Fascinating times in Weymouth. Ben Ainslie has a big lead, but seems to slow, pondering whether to wait for Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen, to sail him down fleet. Ainslie needs boats between himself and the Dane so one option would be to go back and delay the Dane, let others through and then nip off. Looks like Ainslie has opted to stay clear and hope Dutch sailor gets in front of Dane."

  197. 1503: 

    Over at the aquatics centre British pair Hannah Starling and Rebecca Gallantree are going in the women's individual 3m springboard preliminary rounds.

    After the first dive, Gallantree is in equal 13th spot, with team-mate Starling a place back in equal 15th.

  198. 1458: 

    Eleanor Oldroyd on 5 live: "Karina Bryant has been one of the most dedicated members of the squad. She spent time in Japan to train before the Olympics because she has had to go to other countries for opponents in her own class and weight category

    "Sugimoto looked so pumped up and determined to win this. For Japan, this is their sport, the sport they invented. So far at this Olympics they have won one gold, two silver and three bronze and that is not good enough in Japanese terms. You've got to get gold, so Sugimoto will be going all-out for the gold medal."

  199. 1502: 

    Roger Federer holds to love to make it 5-5 before Del Potro does the same to lead 6-5. These are tense, tense moments for both players.

  200. 1458: 

    Dai Xiaoxiang of China beats Kim Bubmin of South Korea to reach the semi-finals of the men's archery.

  201. 1455: 

    Roger Federer is serving to stay in the Olympic singles. The 17-time Grand Slam champion has not managed to break the Juan Martin del Potro serve all day.


    BBC News' Claire Heald is out and about on the Olympic Park: "From the top of the Orbit Tower it's clear to see how the Olympic Park is coping with hosting 200,000 visitors on the first day of athletics at the stadium.

    Everywhere, it looks busy, with tiny bodies walking around 86m below. They're on the move and in places it's rammed.

    You can see the pinch points. The vast concourses and areas outside venues that are emptying out after a session of sport. Organisers predicted it would be busy from 10:30 to 17:00 BST. It is."


    Fiona from Abergavenny, via text: "Another brilliant dressage test by Charlotte Dujardin. We are now first, third and fourth. Could it be gold? Fingers crossed."

  204. 1452: 

    Charlotte Dujardin has set an Olympic record for Great Britain at the dressage, scoring 83.663, which is well clear of any other score to date (everyone else has scored in the 70s or lower).

    There are two dressage gold medals up for grabs - a team title and an individual one - split into two parts for the team event and three for the individual. Today is the first phase of both, so Dujardin's score counts towards each of them.

    After this, the same riders all compete again on Tuesday, 7 August in phase two, and the combined scores of each three-rider team will decide the team medals. Then, the top riders go through to a third individual performance on Thursday, 9 August.

    So the medals are some way off yet but, with British riders in first, third and fourth with only a handful of major rivals left to go - including Dutch star Adelinde Cornelissen - things are looking good for GB.


    Nicola Fairbrother, BBC Sport judo commentator and former world champion, on Karina Bryant's semi-final performance: "She has got a bronze match coming up and has to keep focused. Sugimoto was very stylish. Karina did a good job controlling the grips and didn't allow her opponent to move a lot."

  206. 1445: 

    Nip and tuck at Wimbledon where Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro are locked at 3-3 in the deciding set of their men's semi-final. The winner will take on Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic.

  207. 1442: 

    The semi-final line-up for the men's individual is being shaken down and sorted out over at Lord's. The Netherlands' Rick van der Ven and Takaharu Furukawa of Japan are through already and will take each other on in the last four.

    South Korea's Jin Hyek Oh has just joined them with a 7-1 victory over the defending champion Viktor Ruban. China's Xiaoxiang Dai and Bubmin Kim of South Korea are next to take to the outfield. You can catch it all on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  208. 1439: 

    A late yuko from Sugimoto is enough to win the bout and time runs out for Bryant to mount a fightback. She will face a playoff for a bronze medal, while Sugimoto goes head to head with Ortiz of Cuba for the gold.

  209. 1438: 

    Karina Bryant is given a passivity warning as we go into the last minunte of this heavyweight semi-final. That means she will need to go on the attack here.

  210. 1435: 

    It's an untidy affair at the moment and Bryant does well to evade the deadly right foot of the Japanese. At the halfway stage, there's no score.

  211. 1432: 

    Let's get it on. A huge task ahead of Karina Bryant as she takes on the number two seed from Japan. And we're off....

  212. 1433: 

    Great Britain's Ben Ainslie leads around the first mark in the 10th and penultimate race of the Finn class with Jonas Hogh-Christensen, the overall leader down in fourth. If the positions were to stay the same all the way through to the finishline, Ainslie would take a one-point lead into the medal race on Sunday.

  213. 1431: 

    Cuba's Idalys Ortiz, her hair dyed red, white and blue in the colours of her national flag, pulls off a major upset to beat Wen Tong of China 1-0 to reach the heavyweight final at the ExCel. Her opponent will be either GB's Karina Bryant or Mika Sugimoto of Japan.

  214. 1426: 

    With Jessica Ennis 25 points clear in the heptathlon standings, we round off the first athletics session on London 2012 with another piece of good news.

    British hammer thrower Alex Smith has scraped his way into the final with a throw of 74.71m enough to make the 11th of 12 qualifying spots his own. Hungarian Krisztian Pars leads the way with a throw of 79.37m.

  215. 1425: 

    "The opening women's singles semi-final is about to start on Court One and it's an all-Russian affair as Maria Sharapova faces Maria Kirilenko.

    "There is no men's singles match for the crowd on that court, but Andy Murray and Laura Robson are scheduled to play their mixed doubles quarter-final there later on. The British duo face Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur."

  216. 1424: 

    We're still waiting for Karina Bryant's judo semi-final. She'll face the winner of the bout currently taking place between Cuba's Idalys Ortiz and Wen Tong of China. They are tied at 0-0 at the midway point.

  217. 1414:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "The Duchess of Gloucester, honorary president of the Lawn Tennis Association, is at Wimbledon today. Also visiting today are two Olympians: Frankie Fredericks, the Namibian sprinter who won two silver medals at Barcelona 1992 and another two at Atlanta 1996, and Lindsey Vonn, the American who won gold in the women's downhill skiing and bronze in the women's Super-G at Vancouver 2010."

  218. 1420: 

    We are into the quarter-finals of the men's archery event at Lord's, with the gold medal set to be decided in the next hour and a half. The first quarter has gone the way of Japan with Takaharu Furukawa beating Khairul Anuar Mohamad of Malaysia 6-2. Just so you know.

    Denise Lewis, Former Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete and BBC Sport analyst

    "Heptathletes set their benchmark by their personal bests. Jess is right, she'll be using her performance in the meeting at Gotzis in May to see where she is and she can be happy so far."

    Ennis ran 12.81 seconds in the 100m hurdles and jumped 1.85m in the high jump in Austria, compared to 12.54 seconds and 1.86m today.

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

    "An effort of 1.86m for Jess Ennis in the high jump means that she will lead the Olympic heptathlon after two events. Hyleas Fountain looks dangerous just 25 points down in second, but the fact she failed at 1.89m was something of a relief for British supporters after she had managed first-time clearances on all her other heights.

    "Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson, 19, produces brilliantly in the biggest competition of her life with a new PB of 1.89m."

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Federer, who has never won an Olympic singles medal roars with delight as most of Centre Court leap around in celebration. Incredible scenes."

  222. 1410: 

    Lithuania's Austra Skujyte fails on her third attempt at 1.95m and that brings the morning's heptathlon action to an end.

  223. 1406: 

    Big cheers among the legions of Roger Federer fans at Wimbledon as the Swiss world number one serves an ace to win the second set tie-break 7-5 and square the match at one set apiece.


    Will Murray in Bristol, via text: "How are we meant to work with all this British medal action? So proud to be British. Look at how many sports we have won medals in. Come on Karina Bryant in the judo. We are all behind you."

  225. 1405: 

    The Prime Minister, David Cameron, watched Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins rowing victory with other athletes at the Great Britain team headquarters in Stratford and he paid tribute to their success.

    "It was emphatic and an absolutely brilliant performance by Katherine and Anna - a privilege to watch it here at GB House and another gold medal - we're really doing some good stuff here."

  226. 1404: 

    Britain's Jessica Ennis talking to the BBC about her heptathlon record 12.54 seconds in the 100m hurdles: "I was literally speechless crossing the line, I couldn't believe it was that time. I still cannot believe I ran that time. Stepping into the stadium, the crowd really lifted me and got me that great time."

  227. 1403: 

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson has a quick chat with her coach as she prepares for her second attempt at 1.92m in the heptathlon high jump. "Lean back and put your knee through the roof" was his advice, with a couple of mild expletives deleted.

    Unfortunately it doesn't quite do the trick. She fails with her third attempt as well, but wins long generous applause from the crowd. Only Lithuania's Austra Skujyte remains in the competition, shooting for 1.96m.

  228. 1401: 

    Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro are into a tie-break in the second set of their semi-final at Wimbledon. The Argentine won the first set 6-3.

  229. 1357: 

    A spectator has been arrested by police investigating allegations that an Australian cyclist's family was abused at the Velodrome on Thursday night.

    Kaarle McCulloch's mother Karen and step-father Ken Bates were reportedly insulted during a dramatic evening which saw Team GB win gold.

    Three people were later frogmarched from the venue by stewards, one of whom was arrested.

    A Locog spokesman said: "We won't tolerate abusive behaviour in our venues."

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    On Jessica Ennis failing to clear 1.89m in the heptathlon high jump competition: "I think Jess wold have desperately wanted 1.89. It's been an inconsistent event for her in the last year or so. But Jess is where she wants to be, she's in the frame. There's still a long way to go."

  231. 1357: 

    Out on the track, Great Britain's Stuart Stokes has finished 12th in the first round of the men's 300m steeplechase. He won't be going any further in the competition. France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad qualifies fastest in a time of 8:16.23.

  232. 1354: 

    The whistle goes at Hampden Park and France are through to the semi-finals of the football competition, where they will face either Brazil or Japan. Georges and Renard scored the goals for the French after Fischer had given Sweden the lead. And the two French goalscorers are now dancing a jig in the middle of a circle formed by their team-mates. Lovely, lovely stuff.

  233. 1353: 

    Great Britain's Jessica Ennis hops in frustration as she fails to clear 1.89m at her third and final attempt. She is hopping with frustration, but has a philosophical smile on it. She has jumped higher than both Natalliya Dobyrnska and Tatyana Chernova and that will have to do.

    Team-mate Katarina Johnson-Thompson really is one heck of a prospect though. She goes one better than her celebrated team-mate, clearing the bar with some to spare in a new personal best. She moves on up with only Lithuania's Austra Skujyte and Belarus' Yana Maksimava for company.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCel

    "Russian flyweight Misha Aloian gets the action under way in the boxing arena at the ExCel, the world champion, who beat Welshman Andrew Selby by a single point in in the final in Baku last year, producing a solid display to beat Algeria's Samir Brahimi. Selby fights this evening, his fellow Welshman Fred Evans is last on this afternoon in the welterweight division."

  235. 1349: 

    Roger Federer saves a break point that would have given Juan Martin Del Potro the chance to serve for the match. The Swiss goes on to take the game and now leads 5-4 in the second set after losing the first set 6-3.

  236. 1348: 

    They are into the last minute in the first women's quarter-final at Hampden with France still leading Sweden 2-1.

  237. 1347: 

    There are only six athletes left in the heptathlon high jump competition. Jessica Ennis has failed in her first attempt at 1.89 but is within a whisker being the first one over on her second punt at it. The bar wobbles and drops, but that was close. One more try for Ennis now...

  238. 1340: 

    There's a gold medal at stake in badminton this afternoon, the mixed doubles starting at 15:00 BST and I can tell you who which country will win it - China. It's Zhang Nan Zhao Yunlei against Xu Chen and Ma Jin, ranked one and two in the world, in action at Wembley area.

  239. 1340: 

    So what do we know about Karina Bryant, who takes on Japan number two seed Mika Sugimoto in the semi-finals of the women's +78kg this afternoon? The Surrey heavyweight has won six world championship medals and is a four-time European champion. The 33-year-old missed six months last year with a neck injury but a month-long training camp in Japan at the start of 2012 has put her in good shape for London 2012.

  240. 1339:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    "Things are not going to plan for Swiss world number one Roger Federer in his Olympic men's singles semi-final against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

    "Federer lost the first set 6-3 and there are more gasps from the Centre Court crowd as he faces a break point in game five of the second.

    "The 30-year-old scrapes through for 3-2 but Del Potro levels at 3-3 and Federer's unforced error count is more than double his opponent's."

  241. 1333: 

    Jessica Ennis watches British team-mate Katerina Johnson-Thompson soar over 1.86m at her second attempt and something seems clicks. Ennis duly bounds up and bounces clear at her third attempt at the height. A massive smile creases across her face as she celebrates. Now to go higher still Jess...


    Rob in Oxford, via text: "Looking at the medal table, GB have medals in nine different sports - that's one more than the US and only one behind China! Truly an all-round team."

    Ian in Chichester, via text: "One more gold and we go third. Is it possible today? Adlington and cycling might just do it."

    Ben in Swadlincote, via text: "Team GB are doing us proud. Lets keep this going."

  243. 1333: 

    They are into the last 20 minutes of the first women's quarter-final at Hampden Park and France are leading Sweden 2-1. In the other quarter-finals, USA meet New Zealand (14:30), Brazil face Japan (17:00) and Great Britain take on Canada (19:30).

  244. 1329: 

    The tennis at Wimbledon is getting very interesting indeed with Juan Martin Del Potro threatening a big upset after winning the first set against Roger Federer, who leads 3-2 on serve in the second. Following them, the first women's semi-final will feature Victoria Azarenka against Serena Williams before Andy Murray takes on Novak Djokovic in the other men's semi.

  245. 1328: 

    Tiny fractions. That is what it could all come down to in the women's heptathlon. Jessica Ennis looks for all the world like she has cleared 1.86m in the high jump. But he has brushed the bar with her backside and as she rolls back up off the mat, the bar belatedly slithers off its pegs. The crowds' roars mutate into groans. She has one more attempt left to clear this height.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Ben Ainslie works hard on the final downwind leg to make up places to finish 6th in race 9. Was neck and neck with Hogh-Christensen around final mark but the Dane ends just ahead in 5th. The gap edges to four points with one race today plus Sunday's medal race to come."

  247. 1324: 

    Lots to look forward to this afternoon then. Can Karina Bryant emulate Gemma Gibbons and reach a judo final at London 2012? That's coming up at 14:20. Over at Lord's, we're reaching the business end of the archery competition, with the men's quarter-finals at 1400, building up to the gold medal match at about 15:40. Then it's back to the Velodrome for some more thrills on wheels as Victoria Pendleton (16:00) starts her bid in the keirin and Great Britain's men (16:43) compete in the first round of the team pursuit.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "What a remarkable day at Eton Dorney with Great Britain winning three medals to bring the rowing total to six. That's equals the total won in Beijing and there's still three finals which British interest to look forward to on Saturday.

    "The crowd went absolutely ballistic as Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins rowed into the stadium section and then proudly sung the national anthem in unison as the British duo sealed their place in history. The announcer wished the crowd a safe trip home but they're going nowhere as they wait for Grainger and Watkins to row past on their warm down lap."

  249. 1321: 

    Wow, what a morning session that was! Three more medals won in the rowing, including gold for Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins in the women's double sculls final.

    In athletics, Jessica Ennis got off to an unbelievable start to her heptathlon medal bid, running a heptathlon world best 12:54 seconds in the 100m hurdles, a time which would have won her gold in Beijing in the individual event.

    In judo, Great Britain's Karina Bryant is through to the semi-finals in the +78kg, facing Japan number two seed Mika Sugimoto at 14:20 BST for a shot at the gold.

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