London 2012 Olympics: Day Six evening session as it happened

Michael Phelps claims a 20th Olympics medal, and 16th gold, to beat Ryan Lochte in the 200m individual medley, and USA's basketballers set a new Olympics points record.

3 August 2012 Last updated at 00:25

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  1. 0015: 

    Germany's 15-21 21-19 15-13 victory over the Czech Republic in the men's beach volleyball means it's time for me to bid you farewell and bring day six to a close. Thank you for your contributions and don't forget to join my colleagues Mike Henson and Chris Bevan in under eight hours' time for more Olympic action featuring, among others, Britain's Jessica Ennis and Dai Greene, who will begin their quest for track glory. That's all I'm saying.

  2. 0011: 

    If you want to relive a golden day where we witnessed Sir Chris Hoy winning a fifth Olympic gold and the man with fins for feet, Michael Phelps, capturing his 20th Olympic medal then tune into BBC One where Ollie Foster is talking to Times journalist and former table tennis player Matthew Syed.

  3. 0005: 

    Sir Chris Hoy on Twitter: "What a day! Can't do it justice in 140 characters how it felt to win in front of the home crowd. A day I'll remember for the rest of my life."

  4. 0003: 

    The chimes of Big Ben indicate it's midnight and bedtime for most but, under the floodlights, on Horse Guards Parade Germany's Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik are slowly turning the screw against Premysl Kubala and Petr Benes of the Czech Republic. It's nerve jangling stuff as the Germans lead 9-6 in the deciding third set.

  5. 0000:  
    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball playerBASKETBALL

    On USA beating Nigeria by an astonishing 156-73: "There were some guys who genuinely needed an opportunity to score and they've certainly done that. My disappointment is that Nigeria didn't make it harder for the United States. They are going to have to get over this quickly because they have got games coming up. It's going to be a very difficult post-game conversation with their coach."

  6. 2359: 

    It's a relatively early night at Earls Court thanks to Britain's straight sets defeat by Italy. The Brits lost 25-19 25-16 25-20 and men's search for a first volleyball victory at London 2012 continues...

  7. 2355: 

    And it's all over at the Basketball Arena where the bedraggled Nigerians are shaking hands with the NBA superstars after a colossal 156-73 victory for the mighty Americans. It's the highest score in Olympic history, and Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook were the greediest members of Team USA, gobbling up 37 and 21 points respectively.

  8. 2350: 

    Queen's 'We Will Rock You' blares out from the DJ's ghetto blaster moments after USA go 139-68 ahead against Nigeria and there's more than five minutes still to go. I make that an Olympic record score.

    USA notched 133 points against China in 1996 and twice hit 127 points at Barcelona in 1992, but they are flying into a different stratosphere now, surpassing Brazil's haul against Egypt in 1988.

  9. 2345: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Dirs on Twitter: "Six days in, one British boxer down, nine remain. Don't forget about them, they will bear gifts of precious metal in the end."

  10. 2342: 

    A day after winning Olympic rowing bronze as part of the men's eight, 40-year-old Greg Searle tells the BBC: "I'm able to look at my wife in the eye and say the last three years were worth it. It's 20 years to the day since I won gold in Barcelona, but I feel immense pride at picking up a medal at my home Olympics."

  11. 2338: 

    The volleyball match at Earls Court is unravelling like a cheap piece of fabric for Britain's men who are two sets down to Italy and have fallen 6-5 behind in the third set against a team which finished a disappointing 11th at the World League.

  12. 2334: 

    If you want to know which British athlete will run, throw or jump to glory over the next week then take a peek at our pundits' pick, which features Steve Cram, Denise Lewis and Jonathan Edwards. Mr Cram's choice of the Brits to watch in the field are discuss thrower Lawrence Okoye and pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale.

    "One of the things [head coach Charles] van Commenee has talked about is new athletes coming through to build towards the Rio Games and Okoye and Bleasdale, both British record holders, are prime examples," says Cram.

  13. 2329: 

    The Dream Team have hit a century of points against Nigeria and if it was a boxing match then the Nigerians would surely have thrown in the towel by now. Carmelo Anthony has scored a whopping 37 points to help the Americans to a 103-56 lead with three minutes of the third quarter left.

  14. 2326: 

    Difficult to find the right tone or words to follow Gemma Gibbons's interview. If you want to watch the moment the Briton won surprise silver in the judo, losing the -78kg final to American Kayla Harrison, then you can do so on this very website.

  15. 2322: 

    Gemma Gibbons, Great Britain's first Olympic judo medallist for 12 years, talks about her mother, who passed away in 2004 after suffering from leukaemia: "She died eight years ago and she was my biggest supporter. She took me everywhere. I obviously want to say thank you to her but I can't."

  16. 2318: 

    Simon Clarke on Twitter: "The USA are amazing, no one else even comes close #dreamteam #awesomeshow #definitegold"

    Spencer Thorpe on Twitter: "Just give them the gold now #masterclass would have loved to see Jordan as one of there over aged players."

  17. 2316: 

    Britain's Jessica Ennis makes her first appearance of the Games tomorrow. I probably don't need to tell you she'll be competing in the heptathlon and starting with one of her strongest event, the women's 100m hurdles, at around 1029. She has been drawn in lane eight and also competing in her heat will be Tatyana Chernova (lane six), America's Hyleas Fountain (lane nine) and Canada's Jessica Zelinka (lane two). The latter two both have better personal bests than the Sheffield athlete.

  18. 2310: 

    I think some of the US players must have a train to catch - they are absolutely flying against Nigeria. They've ratcheted up 78 points in the first half to lead 78-45 and are on course to post the highest total so far at this Olympics, which was the 110 points they plundered against Tunisia the other night.

  19. 2306: 

    A bottom or two being patted at Earls Court, and I thought that sort of behaviour was reserved for Horse Guards Parade. If you were hoping to read a heart-warming tale about the British underdog doggedly battling its way to glory against the Italians then it's probably best you look away. The Brits have fallen a set behind, although they have whipped the crowd into a mild frenzy by taking a 5-3 lead in the second.

  20. 2301: 

    Paddy in London, via text: "This is a multi-fronted British assault on world sport - cycling, rowing, football, sailing, tennis, boxing, gymnastics, canoeing..... Awesome!"

    Nicola in Warwickshire, via text: "A day off from volunteering at the ExCel and have been able to keep up with the medal fest... Keep going GB."

    Kim in Southampton, via text: "Where does Chris Hoy go from a knighthood? Prime Minister?"

  21. 2259: 

    Yes, Mike on Twitter is right, the athletics starts tomorrow and some would say, although not me because I love all Olympic sports equally, that track and field is the blue riband sport of the Games. World champion Dai Greene is in action in the men's 400m hurdles (Heat three at around 11:15 BST). The jamboree gets under way at 10:00 with the men's shot put qualification, featuring Britain's Carl Myerscough. Don't be late for it, they're big boys and you don't want to make them angry.

  22. 2253: 

    Paul Davies on Twitter: "Relief. After a big dinner, bottle of wine & a few brandies, redid my Olympic body match @BBCSport. Came out as @chrishoy, will stop checking now."

    Mike Liptrot on Twitter: "Anyone else buzzin that tomorrow, we move to the Olympic Stadium to watch the first of the Athletics.... CANNOT WAIT!! @TeamGB"

  23. 2252: 

    Dave Brailsford, performance director of British Cycling, on the disqualification of Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish from the final of the women's team sprint tells the BBC: "It was a big disappointment, but there are no arguments from us. It's a tough decision, but for Vicky there's a lot of positives. She was so quick on that second lap."

  24. 2249: 

    It's a nightly routine over at Earls Court for us now, as the late game gets away behind schedule. They're toying with us. GB's men are in action against Italy, and I'm afraid to say the Italians have the edge at the moment, leading 18-12 in the opening set.

  25. 2248: 

    The unexpected treat of a beach volleyball match at Horse Guards Parade didn't last long. Britons Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin have packed up their sunglasses after losing 21-15 21-12 to Austrian pair Stefanie and Doris Schwaiger. Those in Downing Street might get some sleep afterall, although there are two men's 'lucky losers' matches remaining, the first between Canada and Italy.

  26. 2242: 

    GB basketball player Kyle Johnson on Twitter: "Big Shout out to all the GB fans tonight... Tough pill to swallow, but we will be back Saturday..."

  27. 2242: 

    Sports minister Hugh Robertson was at the Riverbank Arena earlier to watch Great Britain's women beat Belgium 3-0.

    Robertson - who was a keen hockey player in his youth - has been hoovering up the GB medals over the last few days and has his own particular reason for hoping to see plenty more.

    "I'm on a bet with my Australian counterpart," he said. "My forfeit if we lose is to dribble a hockey ball around the island on which Australia House is situated on the Strand, in an Australian hockey strip. I'd rather not have to do that, much as I love hockey.

    "The Australian minister, Kate Lundy, who's lovely, is confident enough about it to have delivered me the Australian hockey strip, and a stick, and a ball, all of which are sitting in my flat. She's a rower. If she loses she has to row the course at Eton Dorney in a Team GB rowing shirt."

    The current standings see GB in fifth place, and Australia down in 16th. Get those oars ready Kate...


    BBC Sport's Ben Dirs on Twitter: "Every night, Evander Holyfield sits up in the stands all alone. Someone say hello, he looks a little bit sad."

  29. 2237: 

    Wow! The Dream Team (are they still called the Dream Team?) have started at a blistering pace. LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant contributing 14 points to his team's 35-15 lead over Nigeria. There's still two minutes remaining of the first quarter.

  30. 2235: 

    Sir Chris Hoy, on Britain's men's sprint cycling team smashing their own world record to beat France to gold, tells the BBC: "It's a cliché but it is still sinking in. I've had some amazing experiences in my career but that tops the lot. I have to pinch myself. I came here for the opening ceremony and I was fighting the tears back then. I found myself fighting them back again on the podium. It's so emotional and the home crowd have made a difference."

  31. 2234: 

    I think Prime Minister David Cameron is going to have trouble sleeping tonight as the patrons at Horse Guards Parade are even rowdier than usual, although the PM is probably challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin to a tussle on the judo mat as I type. (That last bit about the judo is obviously a lie, I do not want to start an international dispute.) Moving quickly on... Britain's ladies have lost the first set against Austria and are 15-9 behind in the second set.

  32. 2229: 

    The bigs guns have departed Earls Court which means Ben Pipes and his men, currently still courtside in their tracksuits, are ready to kick-off, or smash off (I have no idea what the correct term is) against Italy. The Brits, who are ranked below Netherlands Antilles and Tonga, are outsiders in Group A. One minute until they start.

  33. 2225: 

    Zac Morris on Twitter: "Watching the Beach Volleyball on tv & wishing I was there! Atmosphere sounds amazing, come on Dampney & Mullin!"

    Sarah Luke on Twitter: "They played to the very end too. Such a shame. Well played boys! #Basketball"

    Matt Stoodley on Twitter: "Think it would be fair to say I am making the most of @BBCSport's Olympics coverage #squareeyes"

  34. 2223: 

    So excited was I after Team GB's close encounter against Spain at the Basketball Arena, that I got the score of the volleyball match between Brazil and the United States a smidgeon wrong [inserts smiley face]. It's all over at Earls Court with defending champions USA beating the world champions 23-25 27-25 25-19 25-17.

  35. 2221: 

    It's time for the NBA All Stars to add a sprinkling of stardust on the evening. USA have sung the Star-Spangled Banner and are limbering up to shoot some hoops against Nigeria. I'm far from a basketball expert but I'm guessing the Americans are favourites for this one...

  36. 2217: 

    Gemma Gibbons, Great Britain's first Olympic judo medallist for 12 years, on her immediate future: "In the next couple of weeks I will just try and enjoy it. Then I'm making the move up to Scotland to live with my boyfriend Euan and start a new course at Edinburgh University."

  37. 2214: 

    Michael Phelps after winning his 20th Olympic medal by beating Ryan Lochte in the men's 200m individual medley:

    "Somebody told me that with 25m left I was under world record pace so it's kind of a little frustrating not to get that but to win a gold medal I think is something pretty special and something that I'm pretty happy for.

    "I said to him [Ryan Lochte] that this is the last 200m of the meet and our last 200m together and we were kind of joking around laughing about it and Ryan has been probably one of the toughest competitors I've ever swum against and I think we're seeing a lot more competitors coming up.

    "Chad [Le Clos] is going to be someone who's able to swim multiple events in multiple distances and someone who's going to be very fun to watch over the next few years and see how everything goes."


    Ben Graham on Twitter: "Is this the night when 10 million Brits end up tuned in to beach volleyball, live from outside the Queen's gaff?

    James Allen on Twitter: "Gemma Gibbons is an amazing person!! Such and emotional moment!! So proud!!"

  39. 2205: 

    Defending champions the USA have gone 22-16 ahead in the fourth set. So pleased was one of team members, he punched the net in jubilation. Steady.

  40. 2158: 

    GB fencing's "Great effort from the @TeamGB basketball team against the world number 2 team. What a game!!!"

  41. 2157: 

    They thought it was all over - it's not quite yet...

    British pair Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney were defeated in straight sets by Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgeniya Ukolova this afternoon, but thanks to the vagaries of the competition they are back in a 'lucky losers' match against the Schwaiger sisters from Austria. A win will send them through, and they'll be in action within the next few minutes...

  42. 2155: 

    The hooter has been blown over at the Basketball Arena and even though Luol Deng hit a three pointer with two seconds remaining, it wasn't enough to beat the second best team in the world. Britain's giants look a little glum after an agonising 79-78 defeat before what is apparently a capacity crowd.

  43. 2152: 

    Amidst the excitement at the Basketball Arena I've been neglecting the volleyball where Brazil and USA are in a ding dong, with the Americans dragging themselves back into contention after going a set behind. It's currently 10-9 to the Stars and Stripes in the fourth set.

  44. 2150: 

    Fiona in London, via text: "Men's volleyball, Brazil v USA at Earl's Court is turning into an epic. Brazilian fans are raising the roof off the place. It's as if we're at the World Cup! Brilliant."

    Helen in Wales, via text: "Well done our boys and girls you have competed with dignity and professionalism. I am proud to be British."

  45. 2149: 

    There's 20 seconds remaining at the Basketball Arena. Some Spanish fans, in red and yellow court jester hats, are bouncing in the stands. They think they've got it won. Spain are leading 75-72.

  46. 2147: 

    There's a bit of football team news to tell you about. Team GB coach Stuart Pearce has revealed GB skipper Ryan Giggs - who missed his team's win over Uruguay after complaining of a tight hamstring - is fit for selection ahead of the Brits' quarter-final tie against South Korea.

    "Ryan Giggs is fit and available," said the former England left-back. "He trained on Thursday morning with the rest of the players who were not involved against Uruguay. He is up for selection like everybody else."

  47. 2143: 

    Luol Deng and co are on a roll. They're doing their best to give the host nation's basketball fans reason to cheer and with a minute remaining they've clawed their way back to within two points of the Spaniards! It's 71-69. Don't cower, be strong.

  48. 2140: 

    Tanya on Twitter: "my 8yr old out on his bike today pretending to be @bradwiggins Brilliant!! #2012legacy"

    Lauren Burke on Twitter: "Phelps' mum must be awesome! Dinner with Ian Thorpe last night and a hiya from the President! #whatalady"

    Steve Tervet on Twitter: "Been up all night in Australia watching @TeamGB win medals. Going to hit the wall later but definitely worth it."

  49. 2139: 

    Hungary may have won the last three Olympic water polo tournaments, but they've not got off to the best start this time around. After edging a 17-15 win over Romania today, the defending champions are fifth in Group B with only Great Britain below them.

    However, they can always rely on the confidence of Zoltán Szécsi, who came out with this gem of a quote.

    "They picked me for a doping test," he said. "They simply cannot believe that such a great body can be built without any banned stuff."

  50. 2137: 

    Talking about basketball, it isn't looking good for Britain's bulking ballers. They've got five minutes to whip up some magic against Spain, they're currently 64-60 behind. "GB! GB! GB! holler their supporters. Everyone's doing their best to urge them towards victory.


  52. 2135: 

    Great Britain's Peter Wilson is a giant of a man - standing at a basketballing-height of 6ft 6in. He's walking 10ft tall tonight [sorry]. He has been chatting about how he held his nerve in the double trap final, despite missing two shots when there were merely four rounds remaining.

    "I try not to put too much emphasis on it. I tried to pretend it was just a normal final," he said. "I just tried to enjoy the moment, if you can't enjoy this moment then what can you enjoy?"

  53. 2130:  
    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On Mo Farah's chances of clinching gold in the 10,000m on Saturday: "Mo has been waiting for this. It's his moment and he is more than ready for this. He is actually not staying in the village, he's staying nearby. His preparations have been quiet but nailed on. This place will come alive on Saturday night."

  54. 2126: 

    Team GB's quarter-final clash with South Korea is looming and coach Stuart Pearce believes his opponents' strong team ethic is the biggest danger facing Ryan Giggs and co when they meet at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday evening.

    "South Korea are really strong as a team collectively and they are very well organised. We picked up their friendly matches coming into the tournament and we have scouted every game at the Olympics," said Pearce.

    "We watched their last game and we will collate what the players need to know. We know it will be tough but it is a match we are relishing."

  55. 2123: 

    Peter Wilson's dad, Charles, was a proud man at the Royal Artillery Barracks this afternoon. He's been telling Gary Lineker on BBC One about his feelings after his son won gold in the double trap: "It was absolute torture up until he won. It is a thrill to see it. Especially in his first Olympics and then go into the final with a small advantage, lose it and then win it back. I'm absolutely thrilled. Not just for him but for all the people who shoot in GB. What he has done is lit a light for all of us."

  56. 2120: 

    Good evening! After the excitement of this afternoon the evening is winding down to a leisurely pace, but that doesn't mean the sporting action has come to a halt. Oh no no no no. Britain's male basketballers are trying their best to bounce back against Spain, they're currently losing 54-45 with three minutes of the third quarter remaining, and, as you should know by now, we'll have volleyball to amuse us through the final hours of day six.

  57. 2117: 

    With day six's swimming complete, allow me to hand over to my esteemed colleague Aimee Lewis who will guide you through the rest of the day's goings-on. No golds in the pool for Britain tonight, but worry not, there's plenty of time for that.


    Michael Phelps reveals to the BBC who helped inspire him to his 20th Olympic medal: "The President of the United States called me yesterday. It was pretty cool. Someone called me up and asked me to hold as they had the President waiting to speak to me. He told me that everyone is supporting me. It was very special and he said to say hi to my mum!"

  59. 2111: 

    Everyone's favourite South African swimmer Chad Le Clos wins his 100m butterfly semi-final in 51.42 to make tomorrow's final. That'll be a great match-up with the awesome Phelps.

  60. 2105: 

    Just 20 minutes after winning a gold medal in the 200m individual medley, Michael Phelps has just won his 100m butterfly semi-final heat in 50.86. Is he human?

    Steve Parry, Olympic swimming bronze medallist and BBC pundit

    On Fran Halsall's performance and Team GB in the pool so far: "It's the first time this week I've had a lump in my throat. I used to mentor Fran, I know what it means to her and she has tears in her eyes. We've had a period of not being able to get people into finals and now it's a case of turning finals into medals. It's all about learning how to win."

  62. 2058: 

    Michael Phelps stands atop the podium, gold medal around his neck, hand on his heart, as the American anthem booms through the Aquatics Centre. He's posing for photos with his rivals but he's got to be quick - he's up in the 100m butterfly semi-final in minutes.

    Karen Pickering, Former world swimming champion and BBC pundit

    On Fran Halsall's sixth-place finish in the women's 100m freestyle: "She looked good at 50, she took the race on. It was looking good and generally you can rely on Fran to finish strong. Her British record would have done enough to win gold in that. The other girls came back at her very strong. Such an exciting race, but not the result we wanted."

  64. 2055: 

    GB women's hockey captain Kate Walsh will undergo a fitness test tomorrow, following her release from hospital. Walsh is recovering from surgery to correct a broken jaw. Coach Danny Kerry told the BBC: "I have no doubt Kate will play again in this tournament, it is simply a question of when. I don't yet know if she will play against China or the Netherlands."

  65. 2054: 

    At the end of the second quarter, or half-time if you so wish, Britain trail Spain 37-29 in their Group B encounter. Joe Freeland is Team GB's top scorer with 12, while NBA star Luol Deng has added seven to the team's total.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCel

    "Lightweight Josh Taylor is the first British boxer to bite the dust at London 2012, beaten by former world and European champion Domenico Valentino.

    "No shame, though, for the Scot, he gave a very good account of himself - one down, still nine to go, Rob McCracken's boys and girls won't go away that easily..."


    Fran Halsall on finishing sixth in the final of the women's 100m freestyle: "I just didn't have it today. I can't change it now unfortunately, I gave it my best shot. But the time just wasn't there. At least I've still got 50m to come. I feel a bit better about 50 right now than the 100m."

    Richie Woodhall, Olympic bronze medallist and boxing commentator

    On Great British boxer Josh Taylor's 15-10 defeat by Italian Domenico Valentino: "Valentino is a clever man. As he lands shots, he steps backwards to thwart the counter attack. Josh has only lost by five points to one of the world's number ones. Josh had a good win over the Brazilian Concecaio in the last round so Josh should be proud, he has had a good Olympics."

  69. 2048: 

    Bad news for Scottish fighter Josh Taylor as he is dumped out of the Olympics, with Italian Domenico Valentino clocking a 15-10 win.

  70. 2047: 

    It was a tight race but Fran Halsall has to settle for sixth place. The favourite Ranomi Kromowidjojo touched in first in 53.00s ahead of Aliaksandra Herasimenia and Yi Tang.

  71. 2046: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED (Women's 100m freestyle)

    Ranomi Kromowidjojo edges out Aliaksandra Herasimenia to take 100m freestyle gold. British swimmer Fran Halsall comes home sixth.

    Steve Parry, Olympic swimming bronze medallist and BBC pundit

    On Michael Phelps' gold in the 200m individual medley: "Unbelievable achievement by Michael Phelps. It didn't look like it would be possible earlier in the week. I think he was lucky that Ryan Lochte did the 200m backstroke. That sounds harsh, but I think it is true. It would have been horrendous if the greatest Olympian had gone out without an individual gold medal. I think he will get another gold tomorrow night."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Slightly unconventional post-race routine by Michael Phelps who instead of heading down the tunnel to the awaiting press jumps into the diving pool and starts doing a few lengths.

    "Clearly must be more convenient than the official swim-down / warm-up pool and who would dare argue with the now 20-time Olympic medallist?

    "He does have an important 100m butterfly semi-final up just before 21:00 BST mind."

  74. 2041: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Italy (Women's team fencing)

    Gold for Italy as Valentina Vezzali, Elisa Di Francisca and Ilaria Salvatori beat the Russian trio Inna Deriglazova, Larisa Korobeynikova and Aida Shanaeva 45-31.


    Steve on Twitter: "Somebody needs to tell @MichaelPhelps to update his Twitter. It still says 14 Olympic Medals. #20 #Phelps #London2012"

    Alex Lovatt on Twitter: "Got the shivers and hairs on my neck stood up watching Gemma Gibbons route to the final! Well done Gemma!"

    Adam Robins on Twitter: "a priviledge watchin history 2day. Team GB are lifting the entire nation at a difficult time. Magic memories!"


    Carl in Wokingham, via text: "Brilliant and memorable day. Hopefully more to come from Rebecca."

    Chris in West Hampstead, via text: "Massive congrats to Andy Murray/Laura Robson on an impressive 1st round doubles win. Robson did very well to hold her nerve, and another masterclass from Murray. Shame Wimbledon was only 3/4 full though."

    James in South Wales, via text: "Last August, I was ashamed to be British due to the London riots. Fast forward a year and I have never ever been so proud to be British. Watching Team GB is pure inspiration and shows what an amazing country we are."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the aquatics centre

    "Hugely contrasting emotions between the victories of US team-mates Michael Phelps and Rebecca Soni tonight.

    "Whilst the women's 200m breaststroke champion was a picture of excitement and joy, for Phelps there was a look of relief - like a weight had been lifted.

    "He may have become the most successful Olympian of all time on Tuesday, but after finishing fourth in the 400m individual medley and then second in the 200m butterfly, there has been much talk about his demise as an athlete since Beijing - this will have proved a point."


    Fran Halsall imminent in the pool for the 100m freestyle final. The Briton was fourth-fastest in qualifying but is up against the formidable Missy Franklin.


    GB rower Zac Purchase on Twitter: "Phelps with a great swim so close to the world record! 20th Olympic medal, the guy is a machine! Wish rowing had sprint distances!!"

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    On Michael Phelps winning three consecutive golds in the 200m mens's individual medley: "That was a fantastic swim, that's a big gold medal for Michael. This was a race he looked so determined to win. He committed everything he had. To get three gold medals - no one has done that before. Unbelievable."

  81. 2031: 

    And Phelps is back in the pool. The diving pool. He's racing again in about 15 minutes so he's cooling down and warming-up in front of the Aquatics Centre crowd for the 100m butterfly semi-final at 20:46 BST.

  82. 2029: 

    Lizzie Simmonds on finishing fifth in her semi-final heat of the 200m women's backstroke: "I'm a bit disappointed but it's a lot better than this morning. I would like to have done better but it's still a decent swim. It's all about experience. It would be very good to sneak in tomorrow night but we'll have to see."

  83. 2027: 

    Team GB Gold-medal winner Etienne Stott on winning the two- man canoe slalom with Tim Baillie tells BBC Sport: "Saying it's unbelievable 100 times won't do it justice. It's a massive thing for our sport and hopefully it will help Team GB. It's a scary thing what we have done today."

  84. 2026: 

    That's his 20th Olympic medal. Michael Phelps wins the 200m individual medley to secure his first individual medal of London 2012. Classy. Ryan Lochte grabs silver. Britain's James Goddard seventh.

  85. 2025: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Michael Phelps, USA (Men's 200m Individual medley)

    Michael Phelps wins his 20th Olympic medal with a dominant swim to beat compatriot Ryan Lochte in the men's 200m individual medley.

  86. 2024: 

    Phelps just inside world record pace at 100m, leading the field...

  87. 2023: 

    Crista Cullen scores from a penalty corner to make it 3-0 to Great Britain moments before the whistle, sending the decibel level soaring at the Riverbank Arena. That's three wins out of three for GB's women, with China next up on Saturday.

  88. 2021: 

    Britain's James Goddard also in this 200m individual medley final alongside Phelps and Lochte. Huge test for Goddard from lane one. They're on their starting blocks...

  89. 2020: 

    Phelps has won three medals in London so far: one gold - in the 4x200m freestyle relay - and two silvers, in the 200m butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay. Is this is his chance to add one more individual Olympic gold medal - which would be a 16th - to his collection?

  90. 2019: 

    We have a man in the boxing action shortly as well, with Josh Taylor fighting Italian Domenico Valentino in the lightweight category. Can he follow his team-mates through into the next round?

  91. 2017: 

    Get yourselves comfy, those swimming greats I mentioned to you earlier (1924), are next up in the pool - Michael Phelps vs Ryan Lochte in the 200m individual medley final. But will Lochte be tired from the bronze he just won in the 200m backstroke?

  92. 2015: 

    Italy's Valentina Vezzali looks like winning her sixth Olympic gold medal in Thursday's women's team foil final.

    Vezzali and team-mates Elisa Di Francisca and Arianna Errigo are well in control against Russia with two contests remaining

    It follows the clean sweep by the Italians of the medals in last Saturday's individual event where Di Francisca beat Errigo to gold, with Vezzali taking bronze.


    Tim Odell on Twitter: "all this about greatest Olympian, easy peasy 3 for gold, 2 for silver, 1 for bronze puts Steve, bradders and Sir Chris all square"

    Edd Ward on Twitter: "Listening to the crowd sing the national anthem like that brings a tear to my eye (and Chris Hoy!) Amazing. #OurGreatestTeam"

    Steph Jensen on Twitter: "Really enjoyed all the sports today - so proud of Peter Wilson - who knew shooting was so exciting?! #teamGB"

  94. 2010: 

    Lizzie Simmonds on finishing fifth in her semi-final heat of the 200m women's backstroke: "I'm a bit disappointed but it's a lot better than this morning. I would like to have done better but it's still a decent swim. It's all about experience. It would be very good to sneak in tomorrow night but we'll have to see."

  95. 2007: 

    Swimming sensation Missy Franklin wins the second 200m backstroke semi-final in 2:06.84 ahead of Kirsty Coventry (2:08.32). It looks as though Briton Lizzie Simmonds will make it through to tomorrow's final...


    Jason Kenny speaking about the men's team sprint gold: "It was something that we really thought about [being safe on the changeovers]. We just kept everything really tight and just went through the motions. It was incredible. I cannot believe how quick we have gone round today. Philip flew around and we just tried to keep up on him."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the aquatics centre

    "I think most of us expected Ryan Lochte to come away with the 200m backstroke title, but he just hasn't had his usual swagger and style since winning the 400m individual medley on the opening night of competition.

    "He's back for the 200m individual medley [IM] final at 20:19, so there's no time to mull over that bronze medal.

    "James Goddard opted to drop the 200m backstroke earlier so he would be fresh for the 200m IM - will that give him an advantage? I think Michael Phelps will be feeling pretty confident right now."

  98. 2003: 

    GB's basketballers have not had the best of Olympics so far, and the men face another tough test in the Basketball Arena right now as they come up against Spain.

    You can watch the match live on the interactive video player.

  99. 2001: 

    Elizabeth Beisel (USA) wins the first 200m backstroke semi-final ahead of Meagen Nay of Australia. Britain's Lizzie Simmonds in fifth. We'll have to wait to see if she makes tomorrow night's final.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "Lochte is not super human after all! That will have shaken him. It has shaken Clary, he can't believe it. Clary was behind after 100 but I thought Lochte looked tired on the last turn. If Michael Phelps is watching that in the ready room he might just think 'that's interesting'."

  101. 2000: 

    Lizzie Simmonds third after 150m. Needs a big kick now...

  102. 1958: 

    Lizzie Simmonds is up now in the 200m backstroke semi-final. The entire Aquatics Centre is behind you Lizzie...


    GB swimmer Liam Tancock on Twitter: "Amazing!!!! @TeamGB now have 15 Medals! 5x GOLD, 6x SILVER and 4x BRONZE Loving it! :-)"

  104. 1957: 

    Laura Bartlett makes it 2-0 for Great Britain against Belgium with a clever reverse-stick finish, and the home nation look well on course for their third straight win in the group.

  105. 1956: 

    That was Lochte's 10th Olympics medal, but not the colour he wanted. He now has five golds, two silvers and three bronzes from the last three Games.

  106. 1955: 

    Tyler Clary wins 200m backstroke gold ahead of Lochte. No, really. The final 20m were incredibly, incredibly close, but Lochte could only manage third behind Japan's Ryosuke Irie.

  107. 1953: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Tyler Clary, USA (Men's 200m backstroke)

    Tyler Clary causes a huge shock by beating compatriot Ryan Lochte - who gets bronze - in the men's 200m backstroke.


    Rebecca Soni on her gold medal in the women's 200m breastroke: "I wasn't thinking about anything like that [defending her title from Beijing]. I kept it out of my mind. I can't believe it, I am so excited. That was for my coach Tom because he told me I was going to go 2.19 when I was in high school. He believed in me more than any other coach. As a young kid he was someone I looked up to."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "What a special performance that was by America's Rebecca Soni. Her American supporters go wild in the stands, the Britons rise in appreciation and Soni herself is going crazy in the pool.

    "The 25-year-old becomes the first woman to retain an Olympic title won in Beijing here in London and does it in super-style with a stunning 2 minutes and 19.59 seconds - that's two world records on two nights.

    "She's just about justified wearing the florescent pink suit with that swim!"

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "We have never seen that before. The first woman under two minutes 20 seconds. Second and third both went 2.20s too. This is just stunning, a wonderful swim. That was fantastic swimming from all of them. Because the rest of the field were so close, I wasn't sure Soni was swimming well but she was. You have to give credit to Suzuki also, she was brilliant."

  111. 1951: 

    Great swim by American Rebecca Soni who defends her 200m Olympic breaststroke title and becomes the first woman to break the two-minute, 20-second barrier. The Aquatics Centre enjoyed that. Ryan Lochte up next.

  112. 1949: 
    WORLD RECORD- Rebecca Soni, USA (Women's 200m breaststroke)

    Rebecca Soni betters her own World Record in the 200m breaststroke, clocking a time of two minutes 19.59 seconds.

  113. 1945: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Rebecca Soni, USA (Women's 200m breaststroke)

    Sir Chris Hoy reflects on claiming his fifth gold medal in the men's team sprint: "It was overwhelming. We knew it was possible to do this, it is not out of the blue. It is easier said than done though. We just timed it perfectly. We had an excellent training camp and everything went well.

    "The thing I was worried about were the three rides at the end were so close. I dug deeper than I have ever done before. I didn't want to let the boys down. The crowd have been phenomenal. You can't overstate how big this is to do it [win his sixth medal] here. We enjoyed winning this in front of the crowd and gave it our all."


    They're lining up for the women's 200m breaststroke final now. No Britons, but keep an eye on American Rebecca Soni who reclaimed the world record in last night's semi-final.

  116. 1942: 

    Great Britain's Water Poloists staged a bit of a fightback, but it's still defeat in the pool as USA win 13-7.

  117. 1940: 

    Goal-time at the Riverbank Arena - which may resemble a river soon as the rain comes lashing down - and Ashleigh Ball has put Great Britain's women 1-0 up over Belgium.

  118. 1938: 

    Bruno Fratus of Brazil wins the second semi-final of the men's 50m freestyle 21.63, ahead of Trinidad's George Richard Bovell (21.77).


    GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington on Twitter: "Yes SOOOO happy for @chrishoy 5th gold medal!!! Unbelievable athlete + person!! Absolute legend! #OurGreatestTeam"


    Great Britain's Peter Wilson speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live discussing his gold in the double trap: "It was as if my body gave up. I had nothing more in me to give. I think there has been a huge amount of pressure for every GB athlete here. I have loved every minute but with that comes pressure but I've enjoyed it."

  121. 1934: 

    In the first action of the night in the pool, the USA's Cullen Jones tied for first with Brazil's Cesar Cielo in the men's 50m freestyle semi-final, 21.54s. Fast.

  122. 1928: 

    BBC news reporter Claire Heald at the Velodrome:

    "Was that a tear Sir Chris wiped away there?

    "The crowd are staying to watch the team have their photos taken and to clap along to Bowie's 'Heroes' which is blasting out.

    "Hoy, Hindes and Kenny are acknowledging the support they got from the sea of British cycling fans here. Feels like moments like this were perhaps what was on the architect's pad when they sketched out this stadium?"

  123. 1932: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- South Korea (Women's team foil fencing)

    It's another medal on the piste for South Korea as they take home bronze in the women's team event, beating France 45-32.


    After a day like this, we all need to let off some steam and while chewing over Team GB's successes down the pub tonight is the ideal tonic, you can also pose a few questions to Denise Lewis. Quality.

    The lovely Denise will be answering your questions from Twitter tomorrow morning at 09:00 BST.

    Fire your questions in using the hashtag #bbc2012.

  125. 1929: 

    Also in the pool, look out for Britain's Fran Halsall in the 100m freestyle just after 20:30 BST. She's up against woman-of-the-moment Missy Franklin and it looks set to be great contest.

  126. 1924: 

    The day is not over yet, oh no. Soon, the Aquatics Centre will play host to two of swimming's greats, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, as they continue their duel for supremacy. Lochte goes in the 200m backstroke final at 19:46 BST before US teammate Phelps joins in the fun in the 200m individual medley final at 20:15 BST. Britain's James Goddard will also be in that one. Game on.

  127. 1919: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Great Britain (Men's team sprint)

    It's a momentous occasion for Sir Chris Hoy and his team-mates as they are awarded their gold medals at the Velodrome by Princess Anne.


    Michael Campbell on Twitter: "Yes! Congratulations to the Men's Team Sprint! Well done lads! #TeamGB"

    Mark on Twitter: "brilliant win for the cycling team GB....congratulations Sir Chris Hoy"

    Fiona Shaw on Twitter: "It's a #goldrush !!!"

  129. 1917: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Velodrome: "They need a new roof on the London Velodrome after that spectacular ride to gold in world record time by Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the team sprint final.

    "It was this event that got things rocking and rolling for GB on the Beijing Track on the first day in the velodrome at the 2008 Games and I reckon they have done the same here. Momentum is everything. It's extra special for Hoy because it is his fifth Olympic gold, and he stayed out for some extra laps of the track on his own to rightly milk the applause. Most people here still haven't sat down - I am typing standing up. Deep breaths people, because the medal ceremony is coming right up."

  130. 1914: 

    Did I miss anything? If I did, catch up with everything that has happened today by reading the live text commentary of the morning session, followed by the live text from this afternoon.

    They're both brilliant.

  131. 1912: 

    And after all that, the medal table makes for pretty healthy viewing. Well, if you're British. We were languishing in the lower echelons of Olympic success before today, but no more. Britain have leaped to fifth in the table behind France.

  132. 1907: 

    And that's not all. Another, yes another, gold for Sir Chris Hoy in the men's team sprint. Alongside Jason Kenny and Phil Hindes, Hoy bagged his fifth Olympic gold medal in world record time.

  133. 1904: 

    There was no time to catch our breath as Gemma Gibbons secured Britain's first Olympic judo medal for 12 years, losing her -78kg final bout against America's Kayla Harrison to secure silver. It was emotional stuff from Londoner Gibbons.

  134. 1900: 

    Good evening. What a day it's been for British Olympians, eh? No less than three gold and three silver medals have been won by the hosts today. I know, I know, I almost don't believe it either. It kicked off this morning in splendid fashion with the men's lightweight four winning a silver in the rowing at Eton Dorney lake. Then, remarkably, Britain won three medals in the space of five minutes: Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott triumphed in the canoe slalom, with fellow Britons David Florence and Richard Hounslow in second. Peter Wilson followed it up with double trap gold in the shooting.

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