London 2012 Olympics: Day Seven evening session as it happened

Jessica Ennis leads the heptathlon, Rebecca Adlington has to settle for swimming bronze while Andy Murray reaches the Olympic tennis final.

4 August 2012 Last updated at 00:00

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  1. 2357: 

    Our live text transmission is coming to a close, but don't forget you can watch Olympic Sportsday at 00:10 on BBC One and on this website. If you join our colleagues Mike Henson and Chris Bevan in the morning then they will guide you through Jessica Ennis' fifth heptathlon event (the long jump) at around 10:05, while Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking will be bidding for gold in the women's lightweight double sculls at 11:50. And what if I were to tell you Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will be strutting at the blocks in the men's 100m heats. Thought that would get your attention. Good night!

  2. 2351: 

    BBC Sport basketball commentator Mike Carlson: "The Czech Republic got off to a great start, hung on for a while and then found the USA running away from them in the second half. Still, it was not the best performance from the USA. The Czech Republic can take some positives away from this game. When you look at the statistics the shots were even but the USA got more free throws and made less mistakes."

  3. 2349: 

    Game over at the Basketball Arena where USA have beaten the Czech Republic 88-61. The American ladies were a tad to strong towards the end, but the defending champions were far below their best.

  4. 2342: 

    If we've learnt anything over the last seven days then it's that the Olympics isn't only for the lithe, toned and fleet of foot because as 34-stone judoka Ricardo Blas Jr proves, guile and strength will at least get you to the last 16 of the men's Olympic heavyweight competition.


    Rebecca Adlington on Twitter: "Can't believe I can say I've been in four Olympic finals and got four medals. Got to look back and be proud but obviously a little bit upset tonight!"

  6. 2334: 

    Former Olympic medallist Iwan Thomas, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I think this is the strongest British team we have seen for years. We are not talking about one or two who can get medals, we are talking about over 10 who can. Britain is strong across all disciplines and there are some real superstars."

  7. 2332: 

    The United States have hit the 70-point mark and now lead the Czech Republic 70-47 after the third quarter. The Czechs, who are ranked fourth in the world, have been unable to maintain the early pressure they put on the defending champions.

  8. 2326: 

    Heard the one about how a chocolate bar cost someone a gold medal? Head over to the weightlifting where Poland's Adrian Edward Zielinski emerged triumphant by virtue of just 130 grams in bodyweight in the men's 85kg.

    Zielinski and Russia's Apti Aukhadov both lifted 385kg so gold was decided by the pre-event weigh-in, with Zielinski marginally lighter on the scales (84.62kg to 84.75kg).

    Gold medal winner Zielinski replied: "I ate a whole breakfast, boiled eggs and a little bit of porridge, and then for lunch I just had a small portion of chicken."

    Replying to the same question, Aukhadov answered: "I started my morning with muesli, nuts - that was my breakfast. For lunch I ate a hot chicken broth, then I ate a small piece of fish and I had my tea with a chocolate bar, that's it."

    Bet it wasn't a Wispa Gold...

  9. 2319: 

    Striker Kelly Smith is hoping more girls will be inspired to take up football, despite Team GB missing out on an Olympic medal following their quarter-final defeat by Canada tonight.

    She said: "We didn't accomplish what we set out to. We've broken these records, inspired a lot of people which is absolutely great. Hopefully the game will move on to another level and we will get more people to come and watch us play but we didn't get a medal. We fell short. The girls are all hurting."

  10. 2314: 

    The score on the doors at the Basketball Arena after the second quarter is USA 48, the Czech Republic 38. The Americans haven't lost a game at an Olympics since Barcelona and they're on course to extend their unbeaten record here.

  11. 2312: 

    It's all over in the volleyball as Italy win in Pool A, tonking Algeria in straight sets, 25-11 25-12 25-17.

  12. 2307: 

    Rebecca Adlington on her future plans - if she retires from swimming.

    "I would definitely love to go into commentating, especially in swimming," she said.

    "It's what I love and what I know so much about.

    "I have always wanted to do Strictly Come Dancing. I would be terrible and I can't dance but I love the fact that you get to dress up and be girlie.

    "People think women in sport aren't girlie, but I love doing my nails and my hair and putting on a dress."

  13. 2305: 

    Former Olympic silver medallist Iwan Thomas believes the Olympic Stadium could witness plenty of historic moments, including a new world record in the men's 100m. "It is a very fast track, with the sort of times going this evening," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "I can't wait to see Usain Bolt because I think he can run 9.4. The track is that quick."

  14. 2304: 

    Rebecca Adlington on BBC One after winning bronze in the 800m freestyle: "I don't think the [expectation] held me back, it's just something I was so not used to. I was an unknown swimmer before Beijing and, for me, I never wanted the fame, that's not why I got involved in swimming. Most people retire after wining two golds so for me to have carried on swimming is completely different."

  15. 2255: 

    USA looked to be in trouble but have eked a 48-36 lead against the Czech Republic with a smidgeon over two minutes remaining. Ahead of the Games two-time gold medallist Diana Taurasi said the USA ladies were "on the road to respect" as they do not believe they receive the plaudits they deserve for winning four gold medals on the trot.

  16. 2255: 

    The Schwaiger sisters from Austria, who had to come through one of the 'lucky loser' games, are into the last eight of the women's beach volleyball tournament after a three-set win over Russians Anastasia Vasina and Anna Vozakova.

  17. 2251: 

    Former middle-distance and long-distance runner David Moorcroft, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "We are seeing a whole new set of athletes coming through who could produce the goods tomorrow - Greg Rutherford could easily get a medal. Things have really transformed over the last 10 to 15 years. Lottery funding has been really important. I have been part of Olympics when Sir Steve Redgrave's medal was the only gold medal we won. But it has really transformed and there is now a real belief that we can win medals."

  18. 2249: 

    Jo Pavey and Julia Bleasdale achieved personal bests as they finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 10,000m.

    "We are both so pleased. We are great mates and to both get a PB at a home Olympics, we are just thrilled," Pavey told BBC Two.

    Bleasdale added: "It was absolutely amazing out there, a fantastic atmosphere. It got a bit difficult when the field started to pull away but it was just fantastic to be out there."

  19. 2246: 

    Michael Phelps has also had a word of warning for his team-mates targeting a world record in the 4x100m relay on Saturday.

    He said: "I was sitting there with Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers earlier today and we were joking around. We were talking about the relay and he was like 'this record could be kind fun', 49.7, and I was like 'I ain't going 49.7 seconds tomorrow buddy.' Sorry to bust your bubble, I'm not going that fast.'"

  20. 2244: 

    Michael Phelps won his 21st Olympic medal earlier this evening, and the great man will retire from the sport tomorrow after taking part in the 4x100m medley relay.

    He has backed South African Chad le Clos to carry the sport forward over the next few years.

    "I'm leaving at a good time," Phelps said. "The sport is going to be fun to watch, I'm excited to see it from the outside more than anything and see what these guys continue to do to change the sport.

    "It's going to be fun to watch Chad and see what he does for the next four years. It's been very fun to race him a couple times and sort of get to know him."

  21. 2241: 

    The USA's female ballers have been as dominant as their male counterparts, but they're struggling for fluidity tonight and trail the Czech Republic 26-24 after the first quarter.

  22. 2238: 

    Team GB track cyclist Peter Kennaugh is unsure quite what to expect when he returns to his native Isle of Man, after becoming the first Manxman in 100 years to win gold.

    "The support has been incredible," he told BBC One. "Tonight was just absolutely amazing. I saw a tweet that mine is the first medal in 100 years, apparently they have painted a post box gold. I am so proud to be from there and to be able to do them proud."

  23. 2229: 

    Team GB coach Hope Powell, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live following the 2-0 defeat to Canada: "Were we at our best? Probably not but I can't fault the effort. Sometimes it just isn't your day and today it was not our day. It is unfair to take anything away from Canada. What can I say, they won and we didn't and they go through."

  24. 2229: 

    Canada coach John Herdman, who is from Newcastle, is hoping Britain will get behind his side despite them knocking Team GB out tonight.

    The Englishman told BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't want to knock Team GB out being British but these girls have a dream to be on the podium and I am a part of that. I am proud of what we have achieved tonight and hopefully we can win a medal. Hopefully the British fans can get behind the Geordie who is leading Canada."

  25. 2223:  
    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium

    I just bumped into Jessica Ennis's coach Toni Minichiello on an Olympic Stadium stairway. Usually talkative and full of life when I've met him, on this occasion he looked more exhausted than Jess!

    "But after Jess's performances today it's no wonder - he must be all cheered out. I asked him if he was happy with Jess's day one standing and all he could manage was a breathless "yes." I hope he'll be ok to do it all again tomorrow."

  26. 2221: 

    That's all the action you're going to get from the Olympic Stadium this evening, I'm afraid, but there will be more tomorrow when Jessica Ennis hopes to maintain her dominance in the heptathlon. If she does then gold will be hers. Mo Farah will also be gunning for gold in the men's 10,000m at 21:15. There's plenty more sport going on around the grounds, though, with volleyball, beach volleyball and hockey to entertain us for the next couple of hours.

  27. 2218:  
    Darren Campbell, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "The thing that you cannot prepare yourself for is when you walk into that arena and hear that crowd. I felt drained just feeling nervous for Jess Ennis. She knew the noise would all be for her, but I don't honestly believe she realised it would be quite like that. Nothing will give the other athletes more pleasure than spoiling the Jess Ennis party, so no-one is going to give up the gold medal to her. She has fantastic speed but the problem now is catching that rhythm on the long jump. When a track is as quick as this for an event like the long jump you have to take a bit of speed off."

  28. 2218:  
    Katharine Merry, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "It is like you could not script it better, you would not want any other athlete than Jessica Ennis to kick things off in the athletics for Great Britain. She came out and delivered two outstanding performances on the track. She will be emotionally drained, as well as physically as she has never done it like that on the first day. That first event tomorrow of the three she has is vital. This gold is for the taking and she is in the prime position for it."

  29. 2214:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "And then there were none - American men, at least. Welterweight Errol Spence bites the dust, beaten by India's Krishan Vikas, and US men's amateur boxing lies in a heap on the canvas. Three women to come, but Evander has seen more than enough - and when I stuck a dictaphone under his nose, he thought Spence had won..."

  30. 2212: 

    In amongst all the drama we have missed an upset in the beach volleyball, with reigning champions Todd 'The Professor' Rogers and Phil 'The Beast' Dalhausser of the USA losing their last-16 match to Italians Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai.

  31. 2211:  
    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "Ethiopia has every reason to celebrate. She becomes the seventh athlete from the country to win three individual gold medals. It was a fantastic performance, a brilliant run. You know what? She might have another in a few days time. This is the great Tirunesh Dibaba."

  32. 2208: 

    A sterling effort by British duo Jo Pavey (30:53.20) and Julia Bleasdale (30:55.63) who finished seventh and eighth respectively, running personal best times for the 10,000m.


    Unicorns_can_fly on Twitter: "Got to be the greatest race I have ever watched #10,000m"

    Hazel Anne Crockett on Twitter: "You'd never believe she just won. Not even worked up a sweat :)"

    Claret Ted on Twitter: "The noise in the stadium is absolutely fantastic. British are best sports fans ever #ourgreatestteam"

  34. 2205: 

    It's always astonishing how long-distance runners manage a lap of honour after their races, but they always do and Dibaba is no exception. Sauntering around the track, waving to an overjoyed crowd with the Ethiopian flag draped around her tiny frame. Kenya's Sally Kipyego trailed in silver with compatriot and world champion Vivian Cheruiyot third.

  35. 2202: 

    Dibaba now has three Olympic gold medals in her cabinet and the Ethiopian had enough time to glance at the giant screen in the stadium to look at where her rivals were. They were way behind, chasing the 27-year-old's shadow as she wins gold with a season's best 30:20.75. A remarkable effort.

  36. 2200: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Tirunesh Dibaba, ETH (Women's 10,000m)

    The defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba retains her title with a 62-second final lap breaking her rivals.

  37. 2200: 

    The bell rings and Dibaba has sprinted away from her rivals. As quick as a flash she's opened up a 70m lead!

  38. 2158: 

    Sally Kipyego overtakes Kidane and she now leads. Thunderous noise reverberating around the stadium, the crowd urging the runners on with 1,000m remaining. It's a four-way battle for the medals with Dibaba on Kipyego's shoulder and Cheruiyot in third. "It will come down to the big kick," says Steve Cram.


    Roger Trobridge on Twitter: "Cycling success = wide youth assessment + selection + training + coaching + science. Use for all sports inc athletics and swimming"

    Sarah on Twitter: "GB Dressage team still in lead after day 2, looking good for the final! Please give us a mention!"

    Andrew Ralston on Twitter: "Bert Le Clos for overseas sports personality of the year!"

  40. 2154: 

    Kidane has opted to go for it and has opened up a sizeable lead between her and Vivian Cheruiyot. A 68sec lap from the Ethiopian causing the damage. There are five laps remaining...

  41. 2152: 

    Britain's Greg Rutherford is already looking ahead to his long jump final tomorrow: "I'll be going into the final pretty confident. It was probably one of the best jumps of my life. It's what I came here to do and it's nice to be jumping far. I came here to win it, I said that from the start. After today's performance I think I can jump much further. My body feels good and I have the best team I could want around me.

    "Tonight, I will go and see my therapist, he'll check my body and make sure everything is still in the right place. It's not easy what we do out there and often bits of your body go all over the place! He'll try and fix me and make sure I'm OK. Then I'll go home, I'll eat something and go to bed to get ready for tomorrow."

  42. 2152:  
    Jim Neilly, BBC boxing commentator

    "Andrew Selby's corner are probably just as relieved as they are pleased. It was perhaps a bit too close for comfort but a four-point difference and Andrew Selby is the winner."

  43. 2151: 

    Drama, absolute drama at the Basketball Arena.

    Great Britain miss a free-throw with 10 seconds left and the scores tied at 77-77, France break clear and Celine Dumerc nails a three-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining.

    GB then hit a three-pointer of their own as they restart - but the buzzer has gone and France win 80-77.

    Amazing finish.


    GB judo's bronze medal-winning Karina Bryant on Twitter: "I did it. I got that elusive medal. I'm so happy right now - on cloud 9. thank you so much to all my support team @LukePreston_CJC @BigFraz90"

  45. 2148: 

    The 10,000m runners have passed the halfway stage and after 5200m Kenya's Sally Kipyego is leading a throng of around 15 runners, which includes Britain's Jo Pavey. They've stepped on the accelerator, running the last lap in 71 seconds.

  46. 2144:  
    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer

    "Brilliant personal best start to the day from Jess Ennis, brilliant personal best finish. She will go into the second day of comp with a lead of 184 over Austra Skujyte, 255 over Jesica Zelinka and 309 over world champion Tatyana Chernova in ninth. Reigning Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska 323 points adrift in 10th. Chernova has a very strong last three events, but Ennis's lead is roughly twice as big as the one she held at this stage a year ago in Daegu. All set up beautifully for Saturday's crescendo."

  47. 2139: 

    A season's best throw of 21.89m from the the bearded giant Majewski means he becomes the first man to retain the shot put Olympic title, and the first man to win gold at the Olympic Stadium. Well done, sir! He runs towards his supporters, but luckily doesn't collide with the 10,000m runners. Bronze was won by America's Reese Hoffa (21.23m).

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "Nervous start from GB flyweight Andrew Selby but his confidence grew as the second round went on and the Barry man with the lightning fists was good value for his 19-15 win - the British boys aren't fluking most of these wins, try as they might the rest of the world just can't beat them.

    "Saying that, the Polish judge tried - he gave the last round to the Kazakhstan boxer 8-3! No need for that..."

  49. 2139: 

    A great performance from Great Britain sees them come within seconds of a famous win over France, but they tie 67-67 and now go into an extra period.

  50. 2137: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Tomasz Majewski, POL (Men's shot put)

    The defending champion retains his title, with Germany's David Strol settling for silver.

  51. 2137: 

    Britain's Andy Murray and Laura Robson are first on Centre Court at 12:00 BST against Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur in the quarter-finals of the Olympic mixed doubles.

    If they win, their semi-final will be against Germany's Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki in the last match on Court One.

    The women's singles final between Serena Williams of the United States and Russia's Maria Sharapova will take place not before 14:00 BST on Centre Court, followed by the men's doubles final between American twins Bob and Mike Bryan and Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra.

    The women's singles and men's doubles bronze medal matches take place on Court One from 12:00.

  52. 2136: 

    Andrew Selby picks up a two-point penalty in the final round for not facing his opponent but he rallies with a late left hand to secure a 19-15 win and make the last eight of the flyweights.

  53. 2134: 

    England international and BBC pundit Sue Smith: "Maybe they gave their all against Brazil and maybe it's hard for them to pick themselves up again, but it is a quarter-final and as a player you do pick yourself up. I think Canada were too good for us and I don't know why. It just was not our day. It is so disappointing and I am absolutely gutted."

  54. 2131: 

    Confirmation that joint British record holders Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson have qualified for Saturday's long jump final. And there will be a new Olympic champion after 2008 gold medallist Irving Saladino received a red flag on all three of his attempts. Error.

  55. 2130: 

    Andrew Selby commands that second round to extend his lead to 12-8. Surely he's through to the last eight here...

  56. 2129: 

    The women's 10,000m is about to get underway and there are two Britons at the starting line up, Julia Bleasdale and Jo Pavey. The pair to look out for, though, are Vivian Cheruiyot, who last tasted defeat two years ago, and Ethiopia's defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba. A big wave to the crowd from Dibaba.

  57. 2126: 

    Former Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis, speaking to BBC One: "My heart is back where it is supposed to be. That is perfect, just what Jessica Ennis needed, it was really tense. These girls are very tired but they have run brilliantly. The track is quick but Jess knew what she had to do and she did it great."

  58. 2126: 

    What a reception for Andrew Selby at the ExCel - it's like a world title fight down there, and he takes the first round 6-5.

  59. 2124: 

    Four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson, speaking to BBC One: "Tomorrow there are two events Jess is a little inconsistent in and one she is pretty good in. It is a little scary, I am a little concerned for tomorrow."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "It's time for Andrew Selby at the ExCel Arena, the flyweight from Barry up against Ilyas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan... Selby's first fight, he received a bye into the second round, so he may take time to shake the tightness off.."

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football in Coventry

    "Nobody could accuse GB of not giving it their all but dreams of an Olympic medal are over for the women's football team. They lacked the cutting edge of their Canadian opponents, who won 2-0 and will now face the USA in Manchester on Monday. There are still medal hopes in the football competition - as the men's side face South Korea in their quarter-final tie on Saturday."

  62. 2121: 

    Last night we were treated to a thriller in the Basketball Arena as GB's men came within a point of a draw with Spain, and now our women are at it as well.

    They trail France 53-50 halfway through the final quarter. Unfortunately, they are already out of the competition.

  63. 2121: 

    Katarina Johnson Thompson, who is 14th in the heptathlon standings, speaking to BBC One: "I am just so happy to be a part of this competition alongside Jessica Ennis. I am happy to be here and loving every second of it."

  64. 2119: 

    Jess Ennis, speaking to BBC One: "I am so tired but that was a great race. I am so pleased to end the day with that. I am made up to have run a PB. I am still in shock about the hurdles. Bit up and down but all solid performances and a personal best is brilliant. Tomorrow I will have to have a really strong day and make sure I have really solid performances. I have a good score under my belt but more work to do tomorrow."

  65. 2119: 
    FULL-TIME- Great Britain 0-2 Canada

    The Olympic dream is over for Hope Powell's girls as they crash out to Canada in Coventry. Over to the men.

  66. 2116: 

    A personal best from Jessica Ennis in the 200m, the Brit crossing the line at exactly the same time as her Dutch rival. A thumbs up from Ennis to the cameras as she resumes her place at the top of the overall standings with 4158 points after four events. It's looking good.

  67. 2116: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Costello: "It is the fastest 200m time of Ennis's career and she has regained the lead after four events. That is her best-ever score on the first day and Jessica Ennis is heading for gold. The crowd are in raptures, imagine what it will be like this time tomorrow evening."

  68. 2114: 

    Jessica Ennis sprints out of the blocks at breakneck speed and closes in on leader Dafne Schippers to dip home in a fabulous 22.83 seconds.

  69. 2112: 

    Flashbulbs light up the Olympic Stadium as Jessica Ennis is announced to the crowd ahead of her 200m heptathlon race. The Briton gulps in some London air, hopefully that won't be to her detriment. What has she got in the bag. Seconds until we find out.

  70. 2110: 

    Boxing fans, make your way to the TV where Welsh fighter Andrew Selby is about to take on Ilyas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan in the flyweight category.

    You can watch the fight on our interactive video player.

  71. 2108: 

    Ooh, was this a penalty for Great Britain at Coventry? It looks like it to me as Eni Aluko is sent sprawling by a sliding tackle from Rhian Willkinson.

    But the referee is having none of it and GB remain 2-0 down with nine minutes left.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "United States amateur boxing has been in meltdown for quite some time now but it is now officially just a small blob on the canvas: flyweight Raushee Warren has been beaten, meaning welterweight Errol Spence is their sole survivor - and he goes later tonight.

    "Ireland flyweight Michael Conlan coasts into the quarters with a 19-8 win over Duke Micah. Irish amateur boxing, on the other end, is in pretty rude health."

  73. 2101: 

    British heptathlete Louise Hazel is 36th in the overall standings but redeemed herself by finishing first in her 200m race in a season's best 24.48. She told Phil Jones on BBC One: "It is always nice to go out and beat the reigning Olympic champion so I will take that. I wanted to show that I am a fighter and I can come back from setbacks. It is the Olympic Games, you always want to do well here.

    "Everyone's turning up and producing great performances, you just can't tell who is going to be in form. It's still all to play for and Jess [Ennis] definitely has a good medal hope, especially gold."

  74. 2059: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Adrian Edward Zielinski, POL (Men's 85kg weightlifting)

    Poland's Adrian Edward Zielinski takes the 85kg weightlifting title, lifting a total of 385kg.

  75. 2056: 

    It's looking promising for British long jumpers Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson who are currently third and fourth respectively in the standings and have qualified for Saturday's long jump final. Rutherford's best leap is 8.08m with Tomlinson - who shares the British long jump record with his compatriot - two centimetres behind.

  76. 2055: 

    Bert Le Clos, father of 100m butterfly silver medallist Chad, has become one of the most colourful characters of London 2012, and he has been telling BBC One what he thinks of Britain.

    He said: "The Brits are the best. They are the best supporters. I have been around the world and never seen supporters like this. They are brilliant.

    "Even the people who talk to you in the streets. A woman asked to have a photo with me and I said the 'baby is gonna cry at my big fat face.' She said the baby wouldn't but as soon as I held the baby, it cried."

    Chad's dad, you legend.

  77. 2054: 

    Best chance of the night for Great Britain as Jill Scott gets on the end of a strong run down the right from Fara Williams, but she can't keep her header down.

    There are now just 20 minutes remaining for Hope Powell's side.

  78. 2050: 

    Jessica Ennis will be hoping to leap back to the top of the heptathlon standings with a fine performance in the 200m. The 26-year-old, currently second after three events, runs in the fifth heat from lane seven, alongside Tatyana Chernova.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football in Coventry

    "The crowd are desperate for GB to score but there has not really been much sign that Hope Powell's team are likely to find the net twice and thus level the scores. The GB players look a little tired and too many promising moves are breaking down far too easily. It is as though the players are on different wavelengths."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the aquatics centre

    "When the Aquatics Centre crowd roared for Rebecca Adlington as she first took to the poolside tonight, I thought we might hear a louder roar in a few minutes' time.

    "And we did, but not the golden one most fans in here were expectantly preparing. Was it any the quieter for Adlington stepping up to bronze-medal position on the podium? Of course not.

    "Adlington is known for keeping her head down pre-race and avoiding much of a glimpse of the spectators, but on the podium she raised her head, swallowed a lengthy view of this gaping, curved auditorium, and then began wiping the tears away. The ovation as she collected her medal will tell her she can keep that head high, too."

  81. 2047: 

    Final piece of swimming action from the pool tonight, where Briton Fran Halsall came third in her 50m freestyle semi to book a place in the final.

    Halsall clocked a time of 24.63 seconds, with 100m champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo the fastest overall as she looks for her second gold of the Games.

  82. 2044: 

    Two Brits are attempting to reach the men's 1500m final and both have progressed beyond the first round. Phew. Ross Murray (3:36.74) finished fourth in the first heat, with Olympic and world champion Asbel Kiprop third in 3:36.59. Thirty-year-old Andrew Baddeley was sixth in Heat Two, trotting home in 3:40.34. The semi-finals will take place on Sunday.

  83. 2041: 

    Melissa Tancredi goes close to a third for Canada as Team GB are caught on the break. Hope Powell's side need a goal soon if they are to turn this one around, and maybe there will be a role for Kelly Smith from the bench in the final 35 minutes.

    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "The tears flow again for Murray on Centre Court. Take a bow, lad. Awesome stuff."


    Will, via text: "That's what Djokovic gets for not giving me his cap on the opening day of the tournament when he was walking off court after a practice session. Karma!"

    Robbie, via text: "Murray's mint!"


    Ryan Snook on Twitter: "Murray you little Gem! Loving TeamGB!"

    Andy Carroll on Twitter: "You beauty! Such a great response after Wimbledon! Federer v Murray part II."

    Ross Meredith Burton on Twitter: "If you didn't see that tennis match you have to watch the highlights. Unbelievable!!"

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "People questioned how Andy Murray would respond after the Wimbledon final. He's responded in the best possible way."

  88. 2036: 

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Jonathan Overend: "It is a chaotic atmosphere on centre court, with union jack flags waving all round. Andy Murray is struggling to take it all in. There are tears of joy from Murray. Wild celebrations. It means so much to him. In the context of his career this may go down as his greatest achievement."

  89. 2035: 
    FOOTBALL- Great Britain 0-2 Canada

    Hope Powell's side are back under way in Coventry, and they have it all to do if they are to keep their Olympic dream alive.

  90. 2035: 

    In a blink of an eye Andy Murray has three break points against Novak Djokovic... and the Brit is through to the Olympic final after the Serb nets an attempted volley! A 7-5 7-5 win for the Scot. He will face Roger Federer, the man who caused the British number one to burst into tears after beating him in last month's Wimbledon final. What a battle for gold that will be on Sunday.

  91. 2024: 

    Former Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis, speaking on BBC One about Jess Ennis' gold medal chances: "I would prefer to see Jess leading overnight. I think she needs that sort of buffer, she may not [lead] and that is the danger. The long jump for me is the competition that will set this competition alight and we will see more tomorrow."

  92. 2023: 

    At ease. Novak Djokovic, as you'd probably expect of a man who saved four match points against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals of the French Open this year, nervelessly holds serve to ensure the second set against Andy Murray remains on serve at 5-5.


    GB swimmer Elizabeth Simmonds, who came fourth in the women's 200m backstroke final, on Twitter: "ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all!

    "Thank you so so much to everyone there tonight, you were incredible... Never experienced anything like it! Love to all!"

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football in Coventry

    "Canada on top at the break and on the balance of play I have no real issue with the scoreline. Canada started in determined fashion, were strong and athletic, and show no signs of releasing their stranglehold on this tie."

  95. 2019: 
    HALF-TIME- Great Britain 0-2 Canada
  96. 2018: 

    A damp squib of an evening so far for Team GB but, fear not, Andy Murray could be about to put a spring in everyone's step as Novak Djokovic is serving to stay in the match... It's with serve at 5-4 in the second set.

  97. 2018: 

    Rebecca Adlington says she is proud to get a bronze, and well she should be.

    I don't think anyone saw that swim from teenager Katie Ledecky coming, but the 15-year-old was inside world record pace for all but the last 40m of that race.

    She is a deserving winner.


    Rebecca Adlington, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I knew not to write anybody off for this race. But I think maybe the pressure got to me. I'm normally pretty strong on the back 50, but I didn't have anything left. I gave it absolutely everything. Everyone expected me to win tonight. I've had to take myself off Twitter the past day because it's so hard with all the pressure. But I hope I've not disappointed anyone."

  99. 2014: 

    It's not been a good evening for Britain's female sprinters as both Anyika Onoura and Abi Oyepitan both failed to qualify from the first round of the women's 100m heats. Liverpool's Onuora dipped home in fifth in a time of 11.41 seconds in the second heat, while Oyepitan was also fifth in the third heat, clocking 11.22 secs. Gold medal hopeful Carmelita Jeter was the quickest qualifier in 10.83 secs.

  100. 2014: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Florent Manaudou, FRA (Men's 50m freestyle)

    Another shock in the pool as Florent Manaudou takes the 50m freestyle in his first ever senior final, beating Cullen Jones into silver.

  101. 2012: 

    Here we go in the men's 50m...


    Rebecca Adlington on her bronze medal in the 800m freestyle: "It's one of those things that the 800m was my event. The pressure and everything, the expectation has been a battle going into this meeting.

    "I would have liked the time to have been quicker, I'm not going to lie. I don't know what happened, obviously everything has caught up with me. I gave it absolutely everything."

    Ian Thorpe, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    "I think we all feel a little deflated after watching that, we wanted to see a gold medal, especially in this pool. Katie Ledecky was the unpredictable factor and I think that speed up front could have shocked Rebecca."

    Karen Pickering, Former world swimming champion and BBC pundit

    "It was astonishing to watch that swim from Katie Ledecky. I would really liken her to Janet Evans, the American Olympic gold medallist of 1988 and 1992. Every time you saw her swim, you thought that she couldn't keep going with her arms going round like that. That was much more than I expected here. But then nothing has gone as I expected in the swimming this week. I feel like I know nothing about swimming any more!"

  105. 2007: 

    The last final of the night in the pool is on the way, and it's the shortest of all - the men's 50m freestyle.

    Blink and you'll miss them.


    Jason O Hanlon on Twitter: "@BeckAdlington was a very gracious athlete with her comments on Ledecky. The 15yr old kept an astonishing lead from the 2nd length"

    David Hyde on Twitter: "I never expected. Hats off @BeckAdlinton. @BBCSport Becky you did not let any one down. Be happy :-)"

    Steve Blundell on Twitter: "Right, need to get to work in the bathroom - more #DIY to do. But, too much great sport on! #Olympics"

  107. 2006: 

    Another British track and field medal hope is Greg Rutherford and the Milton Keynes long jumper has a good look at his first effort of 8.08m before gesticulating to his coach to ask where he needs to improve. In case you were wondering, fellow British long jumper Chris Tomlinson is in the second group of competitors and has yet to jump.


    800m freestyle champion Katie Ledecky, speaking to BBC One: "I just wanted to go out controlled. I have set some good short and long term goals and put in some hard training and it has paid off incredibly. This crowd was incredible for Rebecca Adlington so I just tried to calm myself, I was actually a lot less nervous than I thought I'd be."

    Steve Parry, Olympic swimming bronze medallist and BBC pundit

    On the women's 800m freestyle: "I'm a bit shell-shocked. I didn't think Belmonte was a threat and I didn't think Ledecky was a threat. It just goes to show how you can never predict what's going to happen with kids, because they can drop their times like there's no tomorrow. That's what happened with Ian Thorpe about 15 years ago, and that's what's happened here."

  110. 2002: 
    GOLD MEDAL- South Korea (Men's team sabre fencing)

    Yet another gold medal for South Korea in the fencing as they beat Romania 45-26 to win the team competition.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football in Coventry

    "It would be fair to say that the crowd in Coventry are feeling a little stunned right now. Christine Sinclair's free-kick has put Canada 2-0 in front - and came at a time when GB had started to look little dangerous for the first time in the match. Dark clouds over the stadium right now, appropriately enough."

  112. 1959: 
    GOAL- Great Britain 0-2 Canada (Christine Sinclair )

    More bad news for British sportswomen as Christine Sinclair curls in a fine free-kick to put Canada in control of the quarter-final clash in Coventry.

  113. 1957: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Rebecca Adlington, GB (Women's 800m freestyle)

    It's the second bronze medal of the Games for Rebecca Adlington as she is blown away by a phenomenal swim by American teenager Katie Ledecky.

  114. 1957: 

    Jessica Ennis puts her tracksuit top on and leaves the field looking a little glum after finishing ninth overall in the shot put with a best throw of 14.28m. That means the Sheffield lass slips to second overall in the heptathlon with a score of 3062. Ennis is still ahead of Natallia Dobrynska and Tatyana Chernova, with the latter some way behind on the leaderboard with 2836 points.

  115. 1956: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Katie Ledecky, USA (Women's 800m freestyle)

    What a swim from 15-year-old Katie Ledecky as she wins the 800m freestyle, with Rebecca Adlington taking bronze.

    Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimming gold medallist and BBC pundit

    "I'm afraid the dream might be over guys. Becky is now scrapping for silver."

  117. 1955: 

    This is an extraordinary swim from Katie Ledecky, she's still out ahead at 650m.

    She was born in 1997! That's just ridiculous.

  118. 1953: 

    15-year-old Katie Ledecky continues to move clear at the halfway mark of the 800m freestyle. Has she gone out too hard?

  119. 1952: 

    Andy Murray's ability to control his emotions has improved vastly in recent times, but after miscuing a backhand to concede a break point in game three of the second set, he smashes his racquet to the turf in disgust.

    Some of the Centre Court crowd are visibly taken aback, others loving it, but it seems to have a positive effect on the British number one as he wins the next three points to move into a 7-5 2-1 lead.

  120. 1951: 

    American teenager Katie Ledecky has gone out like a train, and is way ahead of world record pace at 300m. Adlington is in second place.

  121. 1948:  
    Karen Pickering, Former world swimming champion and BBC pundit

    "Becky Adlington went head to head with Lotte Friis at the World Championships last year. Becky came out on top, and that will have irked Friis."

  122. 1948: 

    Rebecca Adlington is away - 16 lengths of the pool between her and more Olympic glory...

  123. 1947:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football in Coventry

    "Jonelle Filigno's excellent first-time strike from 14 yards to slot home a corner is the first goal the GB women's football team have conceded. Canada have been the better team - strong, determined and dominant so far. The crowd are trying to lift the GB team but they are second best right now."

  124. 1946: 

    Jessica Ennis turns around and runs her fingers through her hair after a disappointing third attempt of 13.02m in the shot put. One of her rivals for gold, Natallia Dobrynska of the Ukraine, threw a whopping 15.05m with her third throw. Tatyana Chernova's best throw of the evening so far is 14.17m so it's hotting up out on the field.

  125. 1945: 

    Now it's Adlington o'clock, as Rebecca Adlington comes out to try and defend her 800m freestyle title.

  126. 1944: 
    GOAL- Great Britain 0-1 Canada (Jonelle Filigno)

    Bad news for Hope Powell and her ladies as Jonelle Filigno puts Canada ahead with a neat near-post finish.

  127. 1943: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Michael Phelps, USA (Men's 100m butterfly)

    Michael Phelps claims his 21st Olympic medal in style, he was only seventh at 50m but put in a stormer of a second length to pip Chad le Clos to gold.

  128. 1941: 

    Michael Phelps is out of the blocks a bit sluggishly, with Milorad Cavic leading at the end of the first leg.

  129. 1940:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport

    "A few areas of empty seats here and there at the City of Coventry Stadium but the ground is largely full and, obviously, most of the fans are right behind the home team. Canada have made a decent start and I think the crowd can sense that. It is going to be a tense evening."

  130. 1939:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport

    "Lizzie Simmonds couldn't have thrown much more at that swim. She qualified for the final seventh-fastest but went out like a train in the 200m backstroke final. She still had a medal shot after three lengths but couldn't hold on in the final 50m.

    "Meanwhile, Missy Franklin of the United States is laying the foundations of a Phelps-like career. The 17-year-old cruised to a world record and gold in 2:04.06 - her second individual title at London 2012. Three more Olympics left in her, at a push. Plenty of time."

  131. 1939: 

    Next up is the men's 100m butterfly - this is another of Michael Phelps's best events.

    He is aiming for his third straight Olympic gold at this race, but he has Chad le Clos to contend with. We like Chad - and his dad.

  132. 1937: 
    WORLD RECORD- Missy Franklin, USA (Women's 200m backstroke)

    It's a new world record for Missy Franklin, as she wins the women's 200m backstroke in two minutes 4.06 seconds.

  133. 1936:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport

    "Murray is playing some of the finest tennis of his career, and receiving some of the best support of his career. The Centre Court crowd are cheering every point he wins like he's won the match, rocking the famous old stadium to chants of "GB! GB!" and "Murray! Murray!".

    "At the start of the second set, one man yells "We love you Andy!" and receives a huge cheer from his fellow spectators. Win this set and he'll play for the singles gold medal on Sunday."

  134. 1936: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Missy Franklin, USA (Women's 200m backstroke)

    Missy Franklin, 17, wipes half a second off the world record in the women's 200m backstroke on her way to gold. Lizzie Simmonds of Britain is in fourth.

  135. 1935: 

    Missy Franklin is flying now though, leading the 200m backstroke by miles and chasing a world record...

  136. 1934: 

    Jessica Ennis is steadily improving, throwing 14.28m with her second attempt at the shot to move to fourth overall in Group B. World champion Tatyana Chernova's best attempt so far is 13.56m.

  137. 1934: 

    Lizzie Simmonds gets a stormer of a start in the 200m backstroke, and she turns after 50m in second place behind Missy Franklin.

  138. 1933:  
    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "I'd say Victoria Pendleton is the greatest track sprinter of all time."


    Chris Mistry in Coventry, via text: "Never seen so many Union Jacks. Incredible atmosphere at City of Coventry. Crowd expects. GB expects. Come on girls!!"

  140. 1932: 
    KICK-OFF- Great Britain v Canada

    Game on in Coventry where Hope Powell's women are looking to book a place against USA in the semi-finals.

  141. 1930: 

    First final of the night in the swimming then, as Lizzie Simmonds goes for Britain. The favourite though is American teenager Missy Franklin.

  142. 1930:  
    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "It was a brilliant set of tennis from Murray. But he needs to put that behind him because you know there's going to be a reaction from Djokovic. He's going to take more risks."

  143. 1929: 

    Victoria Pendleton on her gold medal success in the keirin: "I can barely believe it right now. I think Jan [van Eijden] will have something to say about my tactics but he told me not to look for their race, when it's your moment just go. I really wanted to show what I could do and it worked out well."

  144. 1928:  
    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport

    "Heartbreaker for Djokovic. But the Centre Court stands are rocking and rolling. Was Andy Murray broken by that Wimbledon final defeat? You've got to be kidding."

  145. 1928: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Italy (Men's team sabre fencing)

    A medal to bring you up to speed with as Italy take bronze in the men's team fencing, out-pointing Russia by 45 to 40.

  146. 1927: 

    Union flags are waving in every corner of the capital, especially so at Wimbledon where Andy Murray has just won the first set 7-5 against five-time major winner Novak Djokovic. A stentorian roar from the Scot before he headed back to his chair. By the way, Murray's mixed doubles quarter-final match with Laura Robson against Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur has been cancelled for the day.


    Maria Thompson on Twitter: "Good win Victoria, We are all proud of you!! Well deserved gold medal!!! Woooohoo"

    Becky Hart on Twitter: "QUEEN VICTORIA oh my days #truegrit perfect response to yesterday, #TeamGB rule the velodrome again!"

    Christopher Moore on Twitter: "Well Done Vicky Pendleton and all our medalists today @teamgb @BbcSport Keep up the good work Jess Ennis & Katrina J-T"

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the aquatics centre

    "Golds rolling in at the velodrome, it's 2008 all over again. And if that's the case, then Rebecca Adlington's about to win a sensational 800m freestyle in the Olympic pool.

    "Four years ago, Adlington romped home in a world record and sealed household-name status. Now, fame has become pressure and jubilation is expectation. The defending champion is supposed to win - she qualified fastest from her heats and this is well-known as her favoured event - but of course, it's never that simple.

    "The prime candidate standing in her way is Denmark's Lotte Friis, whose qualifying time was so fractionally behind Adlington's (0.11 secs) that the gap may as well not exist as far as the race is concerned. American 15-year-old Katie Ledecky is an outside bet. It'll be tight."

  149. 1923: 

    It's been another superb day for Great Britain at these 2012 Games in London, and it would come as no surprise if you have missed anything.

    So why not have a good old catch up of our live text commentaries from the morning session, and the afternoon session which has just concluded.

  150. 1921: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Victoria Pendleton, GB (Women's keirin cycling)

    Emotional scenes at the Velodrome as Victoria Pendleton receives her gold medal after a stunning win in the keirin.

  151. 1919: 

    There were worries that Jessica Ennis, the anointed 'face of the Games', might wobble under the burden heaped upon her slender shoulders, but this morning the Sheffield lass seemed to be inspired by the 80,000 throng of supporters who cheered her across the finishing line and over the bar. Five more events and gold will be hers. Easy. The Briton leads the heptathlon going into this evening's shot put and she's just thrown a decent 13.85m with her first attempt before what looks like a jam-packed Olympic Stadium.

  152. 1916: 

    Good evening to you! Another day and it's more British golds… Bored yet? I thought not, and just as well as the host nation's success over the last couple of days has hopefully just been an appetiser before the help yourself buffet we're anticipating over the next few hours and days. There could be more golds before the evening's out.

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