London 2012 Olympics: Day Eight morning session as it happened

Great Britain's rowers win two golds and a silver medal, Jessica Ennis moves closer to gold and Usain Bolt wins his 100m heat in 10.09 seconds.

4 August 2012 Last updated at 18:51

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    Great Britain pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale: "Yeyyyy Olympics Finalist boooooom. :) so happy! Felt amazing bring on the final :)) crowds was amazing"


    Sam Wainwright on Twitter: "Anyone who thinks Bolt won't medal in 100m has lost it! He didn't lose breath in his heat when the other guys worked up a sweat!"

    Margaret Wallis on Twitter: "The British love all sport men's and women's PLEASE don't go back to football monoculture after london2012!"

    Bridget Ford on Twitter: "So Proud to be British! Well Done to all our medalist whatever colour!"

  3. 1444: 
    ATHLETICS- Bleasdale through to pole vault final

    I don't think we ever gave you confirmation of Holly Bleasdale's safe passage into the pole vault final after clearing 4.55m.

    Sadly, her team-mate Kate Dennison was undergoing a scan on a wrist injury after a nasty fall during qualifying.

    Dennison went out at 4.40m, the former British record holder crashing to the track on her final attempt after appearing to twist her ankle as she went to plant her pole.

  4. 1438: 

    Just joining us? Where have you been? Here are a few video clips that should get you in the picture.

    Check out the reaction of rowers Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking after winning the lightweight women's double sculls final.

    Or the incredible photo finish in the women's triathlon this morning.

    Here's Jessica Ennis closing in on heptathlon gold after excellent performances in the long jump and javelin.

    Usain Bolt? If you insist. Here he is stumbling slightly, but recovering to win his 100m heat in 10.09 seconds.

  5. 1425: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Saina Nehwal IND (women's singles badminton)

    India's Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal in the Olympic women's badminton singles after China's Wang Xin retired hurt with a knee injury. Wang had been leading 21-18 1-0 when she conceded the match. It was India's first Olympic badminton gold medal.

  6. 1414: 

    We're moving on, and so should you. Plenty more to come on day eight of the London 2012 Olympics, including cycling, swimming and athletics finals and GB women's hockey team taking on China at 1600. You can follow it all with us right now.

  7. 1406: 
    ATHLETICS- Ennis leads heptathlon

    The heptathlon javelin competition is over, with Ennis posting the 10th longest throw. Lithuania's Austra Skujta has closed the gap slightly in the overall standings but this really is all but in the bag for Ennis with just tonight's 800m to come.

    Ennis has 5,971 points, Skujte is second on 5,783 points, Lyudmyla Yospenko third on 5,701 and Tatyana Chernova has dropped to sixth. Katarina Johnson-Thompson is 16th and Louise Hazel is 30th.

  8. 1402: 
    ENNIS THROWS 47.49m

    Jess Ennis's final throw in the javelin is a lifetime best of 47.49m, smashing her previous personal best of 47.11m.

  9. 1357: 

    Jess Ennis's second throw in the javelin is 45.99m, slightly behind her first effort. Tatyana Chernova's best is 46.29, nowhere near enough to overhaul Jess in the gold medal position.

  10. 1351: 

    Britain's Charlotte Kerwood failed to make the final of the women's trap shooting. The 26-year-old from Sussex was in the crowd at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Thursday to watch Peter Wilson win gold in the double trap.

    But she was unable to emulate her team-mate with a poor second-round score of 19 from 25 shots ultimately costing her.

    Kerwood eventually finished with a three-round score of 64, while Italy's Jessica Rossi led the way with a perfect 75. Lord Coe watched the qualifying round with new Olympic champion Wilson.

  11. 1341: 
    TENNIS- Murray and Robson reach semi-finals

    Britain's Andy Murray and Laura Robson beat Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur of Australia 6-3 3-6 10-8 in an hour and 20 minutes to reach the Olympic mixed doubles semi-finals.

    They will play Germany's Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki in the last match on Court One later on Saturday for a place in the final.

    Next up on Centre Court, Serena Williams of the United States takes on Russia's Maria Sharapova in the women's final. In the bronze medal match, Belarusian top seed Victoria Azarenka leads Russia's Maria Kirilenko by a set.


    Suzanne Bicker on Twitter: "Absolutely furious at empty seats in Wimbledon. Team GB on Centre Court on a Saturday. Applied 4 tckts got nothing. Where r they?"

    Andrew Scattergood on Twitter: "China population: 1.34bn, USA population 314m, GB population 60m. Never been as proud to be British @TeamGB @BBCSport"

    Robbie Plumb on Twitter: "The amount of pressure that's been on Jessica Ennis this year has been insane. Best British Olympian 2012 @BBCSport #personalityoftheyear"

  13. 1329: 

    Let's just recap on an intriguing first round of the men's 100m. Ryan Bailey of the US was the fastest in a time of 9.88 seconds, with his compatriots Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay also winning their heats. Usain Bolt stumbled briefly but recovered to post 10.09, five hundredths of a second slower than Asafa Powell. World champion Yohan Blake won heat six in a time of 10 seconds flat.

    All three British athletes reached the semi-finals. James Dasaolu was third in his heat in 10.13, Adam Gemili was second to Powell in 10.11, and Dwain Chambers won the last heat in a pulsating 10.02.

    The semi-finals take place at 1945 on Sunday, with the final at 2150 the same day.


    Kim Collins, who missed the 100m heats, indicated on Twitter he had been disciplined after visiting his wife: "Even men in prison get their wives to visit." A St Kitts and Nevis team spokesman said he broke team rules by leaving the athletes' village.

  15. 1336: 
    ATHLETICS- Ennis throws javelin close to PB

    Heptathlon leader Jessica Ennis opens her javelin campaign with a brilliant throw of 46.61m, a fantastic effort very close to her personal best of 47.11m. This really is almost in the bag for Jess!

  16. 1331: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: Some more figures on ticket sales at the Olympics:

    There were 562,000 spectators on Friday - venues were 89% full

    820 Olympic Park only tickets yesterday, the number was down because of the start of athletics.

    There were 221,000 spectators on the Park yesterday - that's above the 200,000 ball-park figure that was initially given

    More than 1m have come to the Olympic Park so far

    At the Games, including the cycling road races, there have been 4.4m spectators

    51,000 tickets sold (online) yesterday

  17. 1328: 

    Britain's Dwain Chambers after winning his 100m heat in 10.02 seconds: "You don't understand how nervous I was. I am glad to get through the heat, the roar of the crowd was amazing. It inspired me and I can see how much of an impact it has having on people like Jess.

    "You can train all year but ultimately, you have to run fast at the championships and I have been taking it step-by-step to get here. I am really happy to be here. It is a fast track and I need to get through the rounds."

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer in the Olympic Stadium

    "Jess Ennis is out in the stadium for her javelin pool, loosening up within warming-distance of the Olympic cauldron. The crowd have just spotted her - if the noise during her previous events is repeated, expect the javelin to be carried away on a wave of roars."

  19. 1325: 

    Jess Ennis fans, in case you were wondering, the javelin competition for the main contenders in the women's heptathlon has not yet started, but we believe it is imminent.

  20. 1324: 

    Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur win the second set against Britain's Andy Murray and Laura Robson in the mixed doubles quarter-finals. It's one set apiece and that's means they go to a champions' tie-break - first to 10 wins.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "It was very good performance from Dwain Chambers, he worked hard all the way through it. He took the foot off the gas in the last couple of metres but he propelled his body all the way through. When he looks back at this, he will think it was a great race from him."

  22. 1322: 

    Chambers's previous season's best was 10.25 seconds, so whatever you think of him, that is an incredible improvement from the Briton. Jimmy Vicaut of France is second and Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago third.

  23. 1321: 

    Paul Goodison began the day in 12th place overall in the defence of his men's laser Olympic title and has lost further ground to Australian leader Tom Slingsby in the first race of the day.

    The Briton finished ninth in Weymouth harbour, but Slingsby chalked up his third win of the series to move 11 points clear at the top of the standings.

  24. 1321: 
    ATHLETICS- Chambers wins heat in 10.02 seconds

    With the wind behind him Dwain Chambers absolutely flies over the line from lane eight to win in 10.02 seconds, the fastest time by a British sprinter this year. St Kitts & Nevis favourite Kim Collins did not start the race after he reportedly breached team rules by staying outside the Olympic village.

    OLYMPIC RECORD- Jamie Lynn Gray USA (Women's rifle three positions)

    Gold medallist American Jamie Lynn Gray claimed a new Olympic record in both the qualification and final qualification with a score of 691.9 for the women's rifle three positions.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Yohan Blake is in great shape, there are no two ways about it. He has arrived here soaking up the atmosphere. He is a completely different runner to Bolt but both techniques are very effective."

    GOLD MEDAL- Jamie Lynn Gray USA (Women's rifle three positions)

    Jamie Lynn Gray has claimed Olympic gold in the women's 50m rifle three positions final. Ivana Maksimovic of Serbia was 4.4 points behind for the silver medal while Czech Republic's Adela Sykorova took bronze.

  28. 1312: 
    ATHLETICS- Blake wins heat in 10.00 secs

    World champion Yohan Blake looks in complete control as he wins his heat in 10 seconds flat. Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian gets an amazing start but finishes third, with Ryota Yamagata of Japan pipping him for second.


    British triple jumper Phillips Idowu has countered suggestions his whereabouts are unknown and said he plans to arrive in the Olympic Village on Sunday.

    In a statement via his Twitter account, he said: "I'm in London where I have been for the last few weeks, finalising my prep and receiving therapy. My coach knew about this and it has not been a secret. I have to give notification of my whereabouts everyday for doping purposes, so impossible to completely disappear. The appropriate people can contact me with ease."

    Idowu has not competed in two months and confusion has surrounded his fitness during the build-up to the Games.

  30. 1309: 

    Great Britain were always up against it in their final Group A match against 2012 World League winners Poland and they have suffered their fourth consecutive 3-0 whitewash, going down 25-16 25-19 25-18. Great Britain have one more match left in their Olympic campaign against Argentina on Monday.


    Adam Gemili after coming second behind Asafa Powell in his heat: "To come to the Olympics and to walk inside the stadium with the cheer is unbelievable for me. Things are happening quickly this year, but I have worked hard. I only started in athletics in January and the results are showing now.

    "You have to respect Asafa Powell, but you can't respect your opponents too much. He is just another guy. I executed a good race and I am happy with that."

  32. 1306: 

    Holly Bleasdale is one of seven athletes to clear 4.55m in the pole vault to a huge roar from the home crowd.

    A certain Yohan Blake competes in the next 100m heat by the way.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "It was a bullet-like start from Adam Gemili. He shows he is not frightened of being in this company. He took everybody apart, apart from Asafa Powell. He got a good advantage over his rivals then kept going, concentrating on himself and working all the way."

  34. 1304: 
    ATHLETICS- Powell wins heat in 10.04, Gemili second

    Adam Gemili gets off to a brilliant start in heat five, is overtaken by Jamaica's Asafa Powell, but holds on for a superb second place to book his place in the semi-finals. Powell's time is 10.04 secs, Gemili's is 10.11.


    Rocky on Twitter: "Usain Bolt eases to the win! He was definitely holding back!"

    Tina Morris on Twitter: "100m Bolt looks so at ease looking at others whilst running so excited to see what he can do next!"

    Edward Ditchfield on Twitter: "May be a bit of a shock prediction but I don't think Bolt is going to medal in the 100m - he doesn't look like the Bolt of old"

    Michael Johnson, Four-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "The first thing that stood out was a different Usain Bolt. Not too much of the antics, looking more serious and we shall see how it transpires in the final. He never really ran in the race, there was no drive. He is extremely relaxed and a lot more to come from him. I wonder if he is trying to cover something up, we have not learnt much from this but we will in the next. He is in good position to defend his title though."

    MEDAL CEREMONY- Men's lightweight double scull

    Mark Hunter gives his men's lightweight double scull silver medal a kiss as he is presented with it on the shores of Eton Dorney. He throws an arms around crew-mate Zac Purchase as they brace themselves for the Danish national anthem with a smile.

  38. 1259: 

    Usain Bolt after winning his heat in 10.09 secs: "I expected the reception in London and I was looking forward to it. I stumbled at the start but I'm glad it happened now and not in the final."

  39. 1256: 
    ATHLETICS- Bolt wins heat in 10.09 secs

    Usain Bolt gets off to a very slow start, eases ahead of the field and jogs over the line first in 10.09 seconds. Afterwards, he admits he stumbled a bit at the start, but he looks happy enough. "I'm glad it happened today," he says. Daniel Bailey of Antigua & Barbuda comes second in 10.12 and James Dasaolu of Great Britain is third in 10.13, a season's best, to take their places in the semi-finals.

  40. 1255: 

    The small print on that women's singles sculls final is that Fie Udby Erichsen of Denmark takes silver ahead of Australia's Kim Crow who has also won silver in the double scull as well.

    That is the final rowing final of the Olympic regatta. The three medals today brings Britain's rowing medal haul to nine with four golds, two silvers and three bronze medals, making this regatta the team's most successful in the modern era.

  41. 1254: 

    The crowd almost raise the roof as Usain Bolt's name is announced. The runners are under starters orders...

  42. 1251: 
    ATHLETICS- Bolt in 100m heats

    The fastest man who has ever lived is adjusting his starting blocks. Usain St. Leo Bolt it is very good to see you.

  43. 1249: 
    ATHLETICS- Bailey (USA) wins 100m heat in 9.88

    Ryan Bailey of the USA storms to victory in heat three of the men's 100m in 9.88 seconds. This track is so fast I think we are going to see world records smashed all over the shop. Ben Meite of Ivory Coast and Justyn Warner of Canada are second and third respectively.

  44. 1248: 

    The last final of the day on the water at Eton Dorney is the women's single scull. Belarus' Ekaterina Karsten, who has won medals at each of the last five Olympics, goes in lane one with world champion Mirka Knapkova in lane four.

  45. 1246: 

    Britain's Andy Murray and Laura Robson win the first set of their mixed doubles quarter-final against Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur 6-3 in 32 minutes on Centre Court.

    The winners will play Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki of Germany in the last match on Court One.

  46. 1248: 

    Justin Gatlin after winning his heat in 9.97 seconds: "The performance was good. The track is super-fast. I just want to go out there and focus on my lane and give the spectators something to see."

  47. 1244: 

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson, GB's 19-year-old heptathlete, sends out a great javelin throw to 38.37m, very close to her personal best. Louise Hazel absolutely nails her last throw, sparking a huge cheer from the crowd as she fires a lifetime best of 47.38m.


    Neil Lafferty on Twitter: "Amazing race! Well done the Danes! Well done Hunter and Purchase! Great performance! #teamgb"

    Sally Grew on Twitter: "GB should have pushed harder then gave it away in last few seconds. Shame, still a silver though #TeamGB"

    Paul Walsh on Twitter: "Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter were really unlucky to get silver but they should be proud of how well they have done"

  49. 1243: 

    Katherine Copeland won the lightweight women's double sculls gold and her mother said: "She's absolutely fantastic and we are so proud of her. I've been telling everyone my daughter is in the Olympics and now I am going to tell them she has won a gold medal."

  50. 1243: 

    The GB lightweight double sculls after winning silver and missing out on gold:

    Mark Hunter: "We gave everything. We tried everything. We wanted to win so badly and sorry to everyone who we have let down."

    Zac Purchase: "There was a problem with the seat at the start. It just came apart. It didn't have a bearing on our race. I just wish we had been a little bit quicker."

  51. 1242: 

    A bitter, bitter contrast. Mark Hunter is helped out of his scull by Sir Steve Redgrave. Both he and Zac Purchase are in absolute emotional tatters, repeatedly apologising that, having exhausted themselves out on the water, they are only the second best in the world. Sir Steve puts an arm around them both and I think that is a gesture from the whole nation.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "The crowd love to see these performances. Tyson Gay looked good, and Justin Gatlin looked superb too. He took the lead quite early and just kept on going. The top athletes are not playing any games, they are just working through."

  53. 1241: 
    ATHLETICS- Gatlin wins 100m heat in 9.97

    Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, produces an electric sprint to win his heat by a distance in 9.97 seconds. He burst out of the blocks and just kept going. Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas is second and Rondel Sorrillo of Trinidad third.

  54. 1239: 

    Katherine Copeland is in tears as God Save the Queen echoes around the grandstands. David Bowie's Heroes follows to start the waterworks for Sophie Hosking.

    MEDAL CEREMONY- Women's lightweight double sculls

    Hunter and Purchase are probably even less keen to head back to dry land as Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland pick up their gold medals from the women's equivalent class.

  56. 1236: 

    Holly Bleasdale clears 4.50m at the first attempt in the pole vault as she bids to qualify for the final.

  57. 1233: 
    ATHLETICS- Gay wins heat in 10.08

    Wow. The 2007 world champion Tyson Gay wins his 100m heat in 10.08 seconds into a headwind. He was easing up at the end as well. Richard Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago is second and Gerald Phiri of Zambia is third. Those three go through.

    ROWING- Great Britain win silver in lightweight men's double sculls

    Denmark forged on and eventually cracked Purchase and Hunter in the final few hundred metres as the pressure cranked up beyond a level the British pair could withstand. Zac Purchase is flat out on the back of the boat. He and Hunter are still out in the water coming to terms with the loss of their Olympic title despite the officials' attempts to lure them back to the bank.


    Mark Galloway on Twitter: "I think Purchase & Hunter are a bit lucky there. Can you imagine Usain Bolt asking for another start as his laces were undone."

  60. 1230: 

    This is the men's 100m. This is London. This is the Olympics. The first heat features Tyson Gay, runner-up in the US championships. Let's get it on.

  61. 1232: 

    Eilish McColgan who finishes ninth in heat three of the 3,000m steeplechase: "I am disappointed with today time-wise. I would have liked to have ran quicker. It wasn't in the legs, I felt it was quick at the start and I struggled to keep up with the pace. I didn't have the initial burst but it is my first Games and I am very excited to have been here."

  62. 1227: 

    So close, so close. GB and Denmark neck and neck...

  63. 1226: 

    The boats reach the packed tow-path and the noise goes up a notch. Britain are under pressure from the Danes who have gone up to 38 strokes a minute. The GB lead is up to a second though as we go through 1500m. Denmark are pushing ...

  64. 1225: 

    Zac Purchase puffs out his cheeks as the lactic starts to seep into the muscles. The timing is not as tight as it could be and Britain's advantage over the Danes is down to 0.6 seconds as they go through 1000m.


    Rich Thomas on Twitter: "Put 4 Brits in a boat... Unbeatable. #teamgb"

    Dave Worley ‏on Twitter: "Kat Copeland looking totally confused and then screaming 'WE WON THE OLYMPICS!!!' is the moment of the games so far for me!"

    Tim Bevans on Twitter: "3rd place in the medals table!! Great result @TeamGB so proud to be British"

  66. 1223: 

    Hunter and Purchase has gone out quickly and lead by half a length as the boat slips through the first 500m a second quicker than the second-placed Danes.

  67. 1221: 

    Hiwot Ayalew of Ethiopia wins heat three of the women's 3,000m steeplechase, with Eilish McColgan some way back in ninth. McColgan and Barbara Parker both fail to qualify so there will not be a British woman in the final.

  68. 1221: 

    We are under way cleanly in the restarted men's lightweight double sculls final.

  69. 1221: 

    It's the penultimate day of the Olympic tennis event and this is where the medals are won and lost.

    Serena Williams of the United States plays Russia's Maria Sharapova in the women's singles final on Centre Court at 1400 BST, followed by American twins Bob and Mike Bryan against Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the men's doubles final.

    The women's singles bronze medal match is first on Court One - Belarusian top seed Victoria Azarenka against Russia's Maria Kirilenko - and that's followed by the men's doubles bronze match between Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau of France and David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez from Spain.

    British interest comes in the first match on Centre as Andy Murray and Laura Robson play Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur in the mixed doubles quarter-finals. Win that and they play their semi last on Court One against Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

    STARTING SOON- Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in 100m heats

    Not long now until the moment many of you have been waiting for. Usain Bolt will run for Jamaica in heat four of the men's 100m at 1254, his comptriot Yohan Blake is in heat six at about 1310 and Britain's Adam Gemili in heat five at 1302. The first heat is at 1230 and features Tyson Gay of the USA.

  71. 1220: 

    Matthew Pinsent: "The news is that the wheel of the bow seat came off. It was inside 100m. The British boat have been allowed to fix it and can race in the final which will begin again at 1221 BST."

  72. 1218: 

    While this little hold-up continues back at the start of the course, the men's four are on something of a victory paddle in front of the finishline grandstand, lapping up the applause.

  73. 1217: 

    Zac Purchase is handed a screwdriver from the bank and is carrying out a few running repairs to his seat. The umpire's decision is still not clear, but it looks as if Hunter and Purchase believe that they will be allowed back in the race judging by their hurried DIY.

  74. 1215: 

    Eilish McColgan, the daughter of 1988 Olympic silver medallist Liz, is well off the pace in the third heat of the women's 3,000m steeplechase.

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    "It's looks like something has broken on the GB lightweight men's double sculls boat. They were waving a seat around but the crucial part is whether it was in the first 100m. If it wasn't broken then make sure it is broken. The umpire will now make a decision on whether they can still race."

  76. 1212: 
    ROWING- Lightweight sculls final stopped

    Drama at the start of the men's lightweight double sculls final. Zac Purchase's seat breaks underneath him and the British boat comes to a complete stop. The race has been halted but whether Hunter and Purchase get included in a restart is dependent on whether that mechanical fault was within the first 100m. Replays being studied right now.

  77. 1210: 
    ROWING- Men's lightweight double sculls final

    Despite their status as the reigning world and Olympic final, Hunter and Purchase's form has been patchy this season at best. Denmark are the main threat.


    Mitch in Newcastle, via text: "GB have been outstanding thus far. When you look at the countries above us in the medal table and compare populations, we are way better."

  79. 1207: 
    STARTING SOON - ROWING- Men's lightweight double sculls final

    Two out of two then for Great Britain this morning. Can Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter make it three from three in the men's lightweight double sculls final next. The last strains of the national anthem from the men's four's medal cermony are just dying away as they settle in their boat.

  80. 1205: 

    Great Britain's Jen McIntosh failed to reach the final of the women's 50m rifle three positions. The 21-year-old Scot scored 570 from a possible 600 points in the event where competitors shoot prone, kneeling and standing. Her total over six rounds left her down in 42nd place out of 46.

    "The conditions weren't too easy but I should be able to cope with that by now," she said. "It's pretty tense out on the range with some high scores.

    "But I enjoyed it, I really enjoy shooting. I'm kind of glad that it's done now - I felt like I performed well overall and did everything I could and that's all I can ask."

    Qualifying for the final was led by America's Jamie Lynn Gray with a score of 592, just two points outside the world record.

  81. 1207: 

    Stephanie Reilly of Ireland fades badly to finish ninth in heat two of the women's steeplechase, won by Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia.

    Holly Bleasdale clears 4.40m in the women's pole vault. Then disaster for Kate Dennison as she appears to twist her ankle badly when planting the pole. More on that as we get it.

    James Cracknell, Two-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    On the lightweight women's double sculls gold winners: "You beauties! This is fantastic, not just for Team GB but for the two women involved. They have over-performed and over-delivered. Good on you, girls."

  83. 1205: 

    The GB women's lightweight double sculls gold winners:

    Kat Copeland: "I can't believe this is real. We've just won the Olympics. I've been trying all week not to think about it because it has been making me cry."

    Sophie Hosking: "It's something we have been working on for so long and there are so many people we have to thank."

  84. 1205: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Men's four

    That victory for Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland takes Britain up to third in the medal table, behind China and the United States. Meanwhile the golds are being handed out to the men's four.

  85. 1201: 
    ROWING- Great Britain win women's lightweight double scull

    Katherine Copeland looks aghast as she crosses the line. Sophie Hosking turns to confirm to her team-mate that she is Olympic champion. There are tears as they reach the shore and begin their post-race interview.

  86. 1156: 

    This looks like it is in the bag. The GB boat is a length clear with 20 strokes left.

  87. 1156: 

    Hosking and Copeland are brewing up a sprint. They have nosed ahead of the Greeks and have a sizeable lead of 1.7 seconds as they pile on the pace through 1500m.

  88. 1154: 

    Great Britain have started their assault on the leading Greek boat. They overhaul the Chinese with ease and are just a third of a second off the world champion leaders at the halfway point. Every chance of putting the heat under the Greece boat here.

  89. 1152: 

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson has moved up from 14th to 12th place in the heptathlon after her 6.19m leap in the long jump.

  90. 1152: 

    Very tight in the first quarter of the women's double scull, with Greece in lane four getting their bow in front of the rest. Great Britain's Hosking and Copeland are 0.9 seconds down, in third behind China in second at 500m.


    Barbara Parker who finishes in sixth place in the 3,000m steeplechase: "I wanted to be top four but someone trod on my foot and now it is bleeding. I tried my best and that is all I can do. I am not sure I can make the final with that. If I can just make the final, I will be OK. I have been in amazing shape and just giving the steeplechase one last go before moving up to the 5,000m."

    James Cracknell, Two-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    On the men's four winning gold: "That was brilliant because the team never had a clear-cut margin. The Australians were always there, snapping and biting away at them like a little terrier but that was a stonking performance.

    "They have had to withstand pressure from the Aussies all season, not just in this race, and they have dealt with it."

  93. 1150: 
    ROWING- Double sculls final

    Next up on the water are the women's double sculls. Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland hoping to follow the lead of the British men's four.

  94. 1149: 

    Four-time Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington on Helen Jenkins coming fifth: "You really never know what an athlete has to contend with coming into an event. Her form has been good but she's been carrying an injury so she did very well to stay in contention until the third lap.

    "It was a tremendous performance, a gutsy performance. It definitely affects you mentally when you go into a race and you are not in peak condition so that shows great determination. I'm sure this won't be the last we'll see of Helen Jenkins."

  95. 1148: 

    The men's four on winning gold:

    Alex Gregory: "It was just simple. It didn't feel real. We just did the race and I was just counting strokes. I didn't look across but I was aware we were in front."

    Pete Reed: "You run through everything about the race but don't think about afterwards. The hours we do and the pain and it is all worth it at the end."

    Tom James: "I was trying to focus on our boat. When we got off the start and found our rhythm it felt good. It started raining and I thought this is what we do every winter when we train with the rain coming down. I can't describe what the atmosphere is like. It's magic, epic and emotional.

    Andy Triggs Hodge: "What I felt down there was impeccable rowing. It was our masterpiece. Four years we have worked on that."

  96. 1147: 

    Tom James describes the moment as 'magical', 'emotional' and 'phenomenal'. Andy Triggs-Hodge says has been 'blessed' to have 'the best rowers that Britain has' as his team-mates. Massive men and massively articulate, graceful and gracious in their post-race interview.

  97. 1147: 

    GB's Barbara Parker finishes sixth in the first heat of the women's 3,000m steeplechase in 9mins 32 secs. The first four in each heat plus the three fastest losers go through to the final.

  98. 1145: 

    Britain's Nick Skelton enjoyed a clear round in Saturday's opening round at Greenwich Park.

    Riding Big Star, the 54-year-old went round in 80.14 seconds. The competition is continuing, but Skelton is the man to beat from the early rounds.

    "He jumped great," said Skelton. "He'll have to get used to the crowd and the roaring; the atmosphere has been like this for the dressage so I knew what I was going to get but it's great, the public are unbelievable."

  99. 1144: 

    John Inverdale on BBC One describes it as an 'Andrew Flintoff-Brett Lee moment' and he is spot on. The British crew commiserate with the beaten Australian four. It is a lot easier to be magnanimous with gold in the back pocket I guess.

  100. 1142: 

    Great Britain's men end up losing 34-17 to Tunisia in their fourth and penultimate Group A clash. Given their infancy as a handballing nation, it is no surprise that Team GB have had such a hard time of it but the team have played their part in bringing handball to an unsuspecting British public.

  101. 1144: 
    ATHLETICS- Ennis extends heptathon lead

    So, it is all looking very rosy indeed for Britain's Jessica Ennis. After five of seven events in the heptathlon, she has 5,159 points. Lithuania's Austra Skujte is second on 4,901 and world champion Tatyana Chernova is third with 4,869. Defending champion Nataliya Dobrynska is 33rd after a disastrous performance in the long jump.

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    "They were smooth and powerful and all the elements came together. It was close all the way down. The Aussies had to do something in the middle but they didn't make anything up. They didn't make any impact and it was a fantastic race by the GB men's four."

  103. 1142: 

    The Australian boat look absolutely shattered by that result. Drew Ginn in their boat was going for his fourth Olympic gold. He will have to settle for silver. A team hug for the British boys as they climb out onto the pontoon and private words of congratulations exchanged between that band of brothers.

    Michael Johnson, Four-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "Jessica Ennis was probably the best prepared athlete coming into the Games with her face plastered everywhere. She has a very even demeanour and that means she can focus and block everything out. The mental preparation and the ability to focus makes her a great person."

  105. 1139: 

    Andy Triggs Hodge in the stroke seat asks the crowd for more acclaim and they duly oblige with even more decibels. Australia won the final World Cup regatta of the season before the Games, but they never really looked like they could overhaul the British boat when it had got ahead. The United States were third.

    GOLD MEDAL- Great Britain (Men's four)

    Great Britain win the men's rowing four ahead of Australia to clinch Team GB's ninth gold medal of the London 2012 Games.

  107. 1136: 

    I'll give you the full heptathlon standings after the long jump in a minute, but next up on the track is heat one of the women's 3,000m steeplechase with Barbara Parker competing for Great Britain.

    Denise Lewis, Former Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit

    "It was great to see Jess thanking the crowd. The crowd have lifted her and elevated her to get her best performances. It's an enormous cauldron of expectation and she has delivered. It says a lot about her character. She can handle the pressure. When you have good people around you, it exudes confidence and stability."

  109. 1135: 

    Great Britain half a length clear 200m out.

  110. 1135: 

    Australia push on and are asking more of the GB crew. So far Great Britain have all the answers. The lead is still at 0.6 seconds at 1500m. The rest of the field are nowhere. It is one on one.

    ATHLETICS- Men's 100m

    No pressure on British sprinter James Dasaolu - he is in the lane next to Olympic champion Usain Bolt in the first round of the men's 100m (12:54 BST). The Brit's personal best is half a second slower than the Jamaican. Fellow GB runner Adam Gemili faces opponents including Asafa Powell (13:02).

    Bolt's big rival Yohan Blake runs at 13:10, while Britain's Dwain Chambers is in the final heat (13:18).

  112. 1134: 

    Great Britain's men's four looking smooth and relaxed as they put their backs into it a little more. Long powerful strokes double the lead to 0.6 seconds as they pass through 1000m ahead of Australia. The crowd noise is rumbling towards them from the grandstands.

  113. 1132: 

    With 500m down it is neck and neck between Great Britain and Australia as the two boats pull away from the rest of the field in the men's four final. GB have a lead of 0.3 seconds as they pass through the timing mark.

  114. 1141: 

    Depending 400m champion LaShawn Merritt: "I have spent countless hours of treatment, from around 8am to 10pm. I hurt myself in the last race in Monaco but I thought I could get through. I am still young, have a long career ahead of me but there was no reason to push it today. I need to rest now and get ready for the world championships next year."

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "The beat was reverberating around the stadium, her heart will have been pounding and it has produced and improvement from Ennis. The moment is getting closer for her."

  116. 1130: 
    ATHLETICS- Ennis jumps 6.48m

    Ennis follows up with a huge leap of 6.48m. It's more than 1,000 points for the Briton in the event. This is sensational. Ennis is ON COURSE FOR GOLD!!!

    Sir Steve Redgrave, Five-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport analyst

    "Head and heart I think the men's four final is going to be a victory for our boys. It is going to be tough but I think we have just got a little bit more power than Australia. They will have to dig deep."

  118. 1130: 

    Massive roars for Great Britain as they are announced in lane six of the men's four final. This is it. Deep breath.

  119. 1129: 

    Matthew Pinsent on the GB men's four before they race in the final: "They will be thinking of pouring four years of training into this next six minute race. You might be talking to one another, saying how much you rely and respect each other. My stomach is churning and you have got to keep it together at this stage."

  120. 1129: 
    ATHLETICS- Defending heptathlon champion Dobrynska stuggles

    Another huge moment in the Olympic Stadium as Nataliya Dobrynska slows up and registers a token 3.70m.

  121. 1128: 

    Also on the water this afternoon are defending Olympic champions Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase in the double sculls final at 1210 and the impressive Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking in the women's version at 1150.

  122. 1127: 
    ATHLETICS- Rooney through to 400m semi-finals

    Martyn Rooney is a little slow out of the blocks but soon finds his stride, charges round the bend and finishes second behind the other Belgian Borlee brother Kevin. Borlee's time is 45.14, with Rooney second in 45.36.

  123. 1125: 

    It is grey, overcast and murky at Eton Dorney. It might be that Britain's rowers can brighten up the scene with a few golden rays of their own over the next couple of hours though. First up is the glamour class of men's rowing, the men's four. Great Britain and Australia set to go blade to blade. We get under way at 1130 in that little ripper. Coverage on the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  124. 1124: 

    Britain's Conrad Williams after finishing third in heat six of the 400m: "It was good, I was so glad to be out there and I have waited years for this moment. I was calm, I stuck to my game plan and came through. The crowd deliver, I have to thank them for that."

    Michael Johnson, Four-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "I am not surprised with LaShawn Merritt going out. I was hearing the injury was worse than first thought. He would have known coming into this that it was risky. It is disappointing because he was the defending champion and now it opens the door for a lot of people."

  126. 1123: 

    Tragedy for defending champion Lashawn Merritt of the USA as he starts his 400m heat but pulls up early and limps off the course. He suffered an Achilles injury in Monaco earlier this year and it looks like it has come back to haunt him. Conrad Williams of Great Britain comes third with a time 46.12. Steven Solomon of Australia wins the heat in 45.18. Martyn Rooney next.

  127. 1119: 

    No upsets in the men's sprint round of 16 as yet with the higher seeded riders all seeing off the underdogs, in their one-on-one, softly-softly-catchy-monkey, duels around the track. Gregory Bauge, Shane Perkins and Robert Forstemann, all threats to Great Britain's Jason Kenny, are safely through.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon in Hyde Park

    "That was the most incredible finish you could ever hope to see in an Olympic triathlon.

    "Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden, after a 1500m swim, 43km bike ride and 10km run, were separated by a few milliseconds as they crossed the line in Hyde Park. They had to go to a photo finish and even that needed considerable squinting before Spirig could be declared the winner.

    "Helen Jenkins was composed and pragmatic about finishing fifth, explaining a knee injury had limited her run training and left her without enough to stay with the leaders on the run. But she wasn't making excuses, she put everything into the race and came up short.

    "Lucy Hall did everything asked of her on her Olympic debut as a domestique to Jenkins. She now has four years to improve her own running and maybe get herself back on an Olympic start line as the main contender for Rio 2016. She's a bright prospect."

  129. 1114: 

    Great Britain's Helen Jenkins on BBC One after finishing fifth in the women's triathlon: "After San Diego I had a problem with my knee and since then it's been a battle to get here really, it hasn't gone away.

    "I've been training through a lot of pain for 10 weeks. We've had a lot of tears, a lot of emotion going on, but I've had a great team around me and we were confident I'd still be close to it.

    "Unfortunately today I wasn't 100% there on the run. I could focus on my swim and bike, and get that ready, but I didn't have enough today. If the race had been a few months ago, I would've been alright."

  130. 1114: 

    GB 400m runner Nigel Levine: "It was all right. I just had to make sure I qualified and now it's on to tomorrow. The crowd is fantastic and I just had to try to not get into it too much so I could concentrate on what I needed to do."

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "The tension is starting to build as we come to the end of the morning's B finals at Eton Dorney. A burst of heavy rain has left the crowd drenched, but that doesn't seem to have dampened their enthusiasm. They're cheering every race, even though there's no British interest until 1130 BST when the medal races get under way. Should Britain win medals in all three finals, this will be the nation's most successful Olympic regatta ever."

  132. 1113: 

    Ennis's leap of 6.40m is enough to place her second in the heptathlon long jump after two rounds, with Chernova winning on 6.54m. One more jump for Jess but a nod from Denise Lewis confirms this is looking really, really good for the Briton.

  133. 1112: 

    Cheered on by the home crowd, Great Britain's Nigel Levine qualified for the 400m semi-finals after finishing third in his first round heat. Levine led in the home straight before being overhauled and clocked 45.58 seconds behind heat winner Chris Brown of the Bahamas (45.40).


    Lee Wilson on Twitter: "Oscar Pistorius should NOT NOT be in the Olympics. It's unfair playing field. He has too much advantage."

    Rob Bone on Twitter: "@BBCSport Just saw @OscarPistorius 400m heat and interview, what an inspiration to all. Also seems a true gentleman too. #proudolympicmoment."

    GOLD MEDAL- Nicola Spirig, SUI, (Women's triathlon)
    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer in the Olympic Stadium

    "That 6.40m from Jess Ennis in the second round of the long jump was a huge, huge moment in her quest for Olympic gold. I've been sitting with her coaching team (and Mum) and all were concerned about this event. To be conceding just 13 points to rival Tatyana Chernova in the long jump is close to the best case scenario - it would mean the Briton carries a lead of 296 points over the Russian going into the penultimate event, the javelin. Chernova's javelin is excellent, but Ennis has been working hard with Mick Hill and her coaching team are confident she can get out over 44m."

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "That's the first time I have really seen a smile from Jess in the competition. Her belief is growing."

  138. 1106: 

    Britain's world junior heptathlon record holder Katarina Johnson Thompson jumps 6.19m. Johnson Thompson is also the world junior long jump champion. Winning an individual long jump title is an incredible feat for the 19-year-old multi-eventer and should help to propel her up the standings.

    Denise Lewis, Former Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit

    "Jess was absolutely under pressure. She doesn't tend to wear her shirt on her sleeve, although she did look anxious in the warm-up. But her reaction [after the 6.40m jump] seems to tell me that she thinks she has got that medal in the bag."

  140. 1103: 
    TRIATHLON- Photo finish for gold medal

    An extraordinary finish in the women's triathlon. Pure sporting drama as Swiss Nicola Spirig and Sweden's Lisa Norden go toe-to-toe right down the finishing straight. Both crash through the tape together. The human eye can't separate them. Neither can the timing system that give them both the same finishing time. It is going to a photo and the early indications are that Spirig have edged it. Britain's Helen Jenkins comes home fifth.

  141. 1102: 
    ATHLETICS- Ennis Jumps 6.40m

    A massive cheer as Ennis gets it spot on and jumps 6.40m in the second round of the heptathlon long jump. When she sees the distance, she punches the air and smiles from ear to ear. A massive moment and that could be a huge step towards gold.

  142. 1058: 

    Chernova leaps into the London sky and celebrates as she lands well beyond the 6m line. It's a very impressive 6.54m. Dobrynska leaps next and it's another foul from the Olympic heptathlon champion. She only has one jump left.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon at Hyde Park

    "Helen Jenkins has been left behind! Densham, Spirig, Norden and Groff have gone away at the front and Jenkins' medal hopes are fading fast. She put so much in but it's going to be heartbreak in Hyde Park."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Inside 12 seconds, that is quite incredible from Ed Clancy. He was accelerating when he hit the line so I think we can safely say he is in good shape for this competition."

  145. 1058: 

    Jason Kenny is listed all alone on the the men's sprint first round having earned a bye in the round of 16 after qualifying quickest. He can put his feet up for a bit.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon in Hyde Park

    "Helen Jenkins has been left behind! Four have gone away at the front and Jenkins' medal hopes are fading fast. She put so much in but it's going to be heartbreak in Hyde Park."

  147. 1055: 
    TRACK CYCLING- Clancy leads omnium standings

    Glenn O'Shea misjudges the banking and, failing to make full use of the slope to slingshot him round, can only manage a time of 13.222 seconds. It is good enough for third but not to disturb Ed Clancy at the top of the standings. Clancy leads after the first of six omnium disciplines.

  148. 1054: 
    ATHLETICS- Borlee wins 400m heat

    Jonathan Borlee of Belgium wins heat three of the men's 400m in a new national record of 44.43. Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic is second and Pavel Trenikhin of Russia third, edging out the Jamaican Dane Hyatt. British hope Martyn Rooney runs in heat seven at about 1123.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon in Hyde Park

    "There goes the bell and there's one 2.5km lap remaining of the Olympic triathlon remaining. Five women are in it, Britain's Helen Jenkins chief among them. Somehow, Sarah Groff of the US has managed to claw her way back up to the lead group, which is quite staggering. Any of the five could win. It couldn't be more dramatic."

  150. 1053: 
    TRACK CYCLING- Clancy fastest in omnium time trial

    Great Britain's Ed Clancy churns out an enormous 12.556 second time to go top of the standings in the omnium. Just Glenn O'Shea to go...

  151. 1050: 

    Latest update from GB men's match against Tunisia - it's 30-16 to Tunisia after 24 minutes of the second half. Looking tough now for Dragan Djukic's team to record their first win of the Games but it's not for a lack of effort and judging by the noise in the Copper Box, the fans are loving it.

  152. 1051: 
    EQUESTRIAN- Jumping

    A good start for Great Britain in the jumping first qualifier as Nick Skelton puts in a clear round on Big Star.

  153. 1051: 

    New Zealand's Shane Archibold stops the clock on 13.112 seconds to take top stop in the omnium's time trial. Ed Clancy circling the top of the track as he prepares for his attempt...

    Denise Lewis, Former Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit

    "As we said the long jump was going to be pivotal in this heptathlon for Jessica Ennis. She is running well but her timing at the board wasn't great. She is chopping her stride."

  155. 1050: 

    Yosypenko of Ukraine, currently fourth in the heptathlon, jumps 6.31m with her second effort. A reminder that Ennis jumped 5.95m first time round, 56cm behind her personal best.

  156. 1048: 

    Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen leads the omnium field ahead of France's Bryan Coquard with the final four riders, including Ed Clancy still to have a crack at their 250m time trial lap.

    Michael Johnson, Four-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "Since I've got here I've been asked about Usain Bolt and Oscar Pistorius so there is huge interest in Oscar. Purely from an analysis standpoint, he is starting to get into shape at just the right time so it could be very interesting in the next two rounds to see how far he can get."


    Oscar Pistorius: "In the blocks I didn't know whether to cry or be happy but then thought I had a job to do. It was an amazing experience. This crowd is amazing. I've run so many times in the UK and this crowd is like a second home to me."

  159. 1039: 
    ATHLETICS- Kirani James wins 400m heat

    World champion Kirani James from Grenada stretches his long legs to win the second heat of the men's 400m in 45.23. He made that look very easy indeed, slowing up well before the line. Ramon Miller of the Bahamas and Independent Athlete Liemarvin Bonevacia are the other qualifiers.

  160. 1045: 

    Four-time Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington: "Helen Jenkins is in an absolutely great position. I expected her to push early on [in the run] and that's exactly what she has done.

    "She hasn't got the strongest kick and she's in good company with some strong competitors. She has come out fast but she hasn't managed to put a gap between herself and the others at this stage.

    "A sprint finish won't suit her but she will have prepared for that possibility and planned for it in her training."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon in Hyde Park

    "Halfway through the running finale of the women's triathlon and it's building to one of the most pulsating finishes in the sport's reasonably brief Olympic history.

    "Britain hasn't had a winner since triathlon was introduced at Sydney 2000, but Helen Jenkins is one of just five women at the front with 5km to go.

    "Jenkins went into the Beijing 2008 Olympics as the world champion and finished 21st. Now, she's in her home Olympics as the world champion again and it's between her, Erin Densham, Nicola Spirig, Lisa Norden and Andrea Hewitt. All five are among the very best in the sport. It'll be a great finish."

  162. 1041: 

    Ed Clancy is the Great Britain rider in the omnium field and he himself admits that finishing top of the standings at the end of six risky disciplines is a bit of a lottery. He has won a world and European title, though, so I'd like his method for picking my six lucky numbers on a Saturday.

    He goes second from last among the 18 riders just before Australia's Glenn O'Shea who is favourite for gold.

  163. 1038: 

    Oscar Pistorius reaches the semi-finals of the 400m, finishing second in his heat behind 18-year-old Lugueline Santos of the Dominican Republic. Santos runs 45.04 and Pistorius 45.44, with the third qualifier Maksim Dyldin of Russia.

  164. 1037: 

    Next up on the Velodrome's pine boards is the 250m time trial of the men's omnium. Bear with me, the omnium, new for London 2012, is a bit of a complex one. The 250m time trial is the first of the omnium's six events with one point awarded for first, two for second and so on in each of the disciplines. Tot up the totals at the end and your winner is the man on the lowest total.

  165. 1036: 

    Events coming thick and fast now. The first heat in the men's 400m features a certain Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics.

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "Jessica Ennis looked like she slowed down to me just to keep her jump safe. She will be looking to improve on that."

  167. 1034: 
    ATHLETICS- Jessica Ennis jumps 5.95m

    Not a great start for our golden girl. She stutters a bit before the take-off board and lands a marker of 5.95m. She heads straight over for a chat with her coach Tony Minichiello to analyse what went wrong. Two more jumps for Jess, who has a personal best of 6.51m.

    Denise Lewis, Former Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit

    "You have to remember these girls have got heavy legs. We are just going to be looking to Jess being solid and safe. I feel Jess can produce a good jump."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon at Hyde Park

    "Helen Jenkins is in as good a position as she could be at this point.

    "Jenkins has come through the transition from the bike to the run and she's at the leading edge of a big group - the British duo of Jenkins and Lucy Hall couldn't get away on their own but that was always unlikely.

    "The bike ride was controlled and relatively uneventful towards the end, so it's all about how fast Jenkins can now run. Hall's job is over. In 10km we'll know if Jenkins can win the Olympic title."

  170. 1031: 

    Dobrynska starts with a horrible effort, realising she's got her run-up all wrong and carrying on through the pit. Only three jumps each, so that puts the pressure on her second effort. Here comes Jess...

  171. 1030:  
    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Jason Kenny made that look easy, hardly got out of the saddle, carrying lots of speed on the banking and technically it was perfect."

  172. 1030: 

    Frenchman Gregory Bauge cannot match that. The world champion is more than 0.2 of a second off Kenny's record with a time of 9.952 seconds. It means that Kenny is afforded a bye through the round of 16 that gets under way at 1101 and more importantly lands a sizeable psychological blow on his main rival.

  173. 1029: 
    STARTING SOON- Athletics

    Four-time Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed 'Blade Runner', will make history at 1035 as the first double amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympic Games. Ahead of the 400m first round, he has rejected suggestions his prostethic leg will give him an advantage over able-bodied athletes.

    "Any improvements since I've started haven't been from any aid or any changes made technically, they've been from hard training and other sacrifices," said the 25-year-old South African.

    "What I believe in is the fairness of sport and at the moment the prosthetic leg we are using is deemed to be not providing an advantage. I'm pretty happy using that."

  174. 1028: 

    Heat four of the men's 100m preliminary round is won by Gerard Kobeane of Burkina Faso in a relatively rapid 10.42. The other qualifier is Fabrice Coiffic of Mauritius. Round one, with the likes of Bolt, Blake, Gay, Gatlin, Powell and Gemili, starts at 1230 across the BBC.

    Tatyana Chernova in the heptathlon long jump. A huge take-off, pumping legs and she takes the lead with a superb 6.44m.

    OLYMPIC RECORD- Jason Kenny, GBR (Men's sprint)

    Great Britain's Jason Kenny sets a new Olympic track cycling record for the men's sprint, beating Sir Chris Hoy's Beijing mark with a time of 9.713 seconds. in qualifying at the velodrome.

  176. 1023: 

    Jason Kenny goes top in 9.713 seconds.

  177. 1022: 

    Another camera shot, another superstar, as we watch pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva going through her warm-ups. The two-time Olympic champion will be the 14th to go in the competition, which has just started.

  178. 1023: 

    Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang, the silver medallist behind France's Gregory Bauge in 2009 and the poor fella who had a sizeable chuck of the track in Manchester removed from his leg after a crash in 2011, has clocked 10.226 seconds and lies seventh. Spain's Hodei Mazquiaran has had another shot at it after that saddle malfunction. Australia's Shane Perkins has just become the first rider to dip under 10 seconds to lead the standings, German Robert Fostemann, huge of thigh, is second. Jason Kenny of GB up next...

  179. 1021: 

    There's a slight delay in the long jump while the judges check the landing board just to make sure there's no danger for the athletes. Canada's Jessica Zelinka, currently in third place overall, starts with a modest 5.85m.

  180. 1018: 

    The third heat of the men's 100m is won by Aymard Yeo from Central African Republic, who pulls up and holds his hamstring after running 10.55 secs. The second spot goes to Foo Ee Yeo from Singapore.

  181. 1015: 

    The aforementioned Timi Garstang from the Marshall Islands (population 68,000) lives up to billing in the second heat of the 100m, trailing home a distant last in 12.81 seconds! The winner is Jurgen Themen of Surinam in 10.55, who qualifies for the first round along with Fernando Lumain of Indonesia.

    Meanwhile in the heptathlon long jump, Lousie Hazel opens up with a leap of 5.45m.

  182. 1012: 

    Spain's Hodei Mazquiaran Uria has clocked a disappointing 11.794 seconds for his lap, which puts him more than a second down on the next rider in last after eight men have gone.

    It should be tempered by the fact that he saddle fell off halfway through though.

  183. 1008: 

    Ear-piercing screams as Jess Ennis's name is announced in the line-up for the women's heptathlon long jump (under way now). We've had a glimpse of Holly Bleasdale too, who will be competing for Team GB in the pole vault this morning.

    Cut across the arena and there are Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, headphones on, strutting around, soaking it up before their 100m heats from 1230.

    Oh, and there's Oscar Pistorius, lying on his back stretching ahead of his 400m campaign at 1035.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the real deal.

  184. 1005: 

    Great Britain's Jason Kenny, shirt hanging open, is sitting up against some railings in the centre of the track as he awaits the start of his sprint qualifying. He is the penultimate rider to go with France's world champion Gregory Bauge the last on track.

    The timings from this round, a 200m flying-start lap, are used to determine the 16 riders' seedings for the cat-and-mouse knockout stages that begin at 1101.

  185. 1003: 

    Arturo Rojas from Bolivia wins the first men's 100m preliminary heat in 10.62, with Congo's Devilert Ardene Kimbebe second in 10.68 and Holder Da Silva from Guinea-Bissau third in 10.69.

  186. 0959: 

    We've just seen our first images of Jess Ennis going through her warm-up routines in the long jump lane. But before that, it's the first preliminary heat of the men's 100m on the very track where Usain Bolt will begin his bid for gold at 12:30.

  187. 0959: 

    A quick update from the handball at the Copper Box where Great Britain appear to be heading for another defeat. They trail Tunisia 12-4 after 23 minutes.


    Dr Andy Hershon on Twitter: "So.. These girls are gonna run miles after cycling for miles? My legs would be jelly.. Very impressive"


    Neil, Jill, Jemma & Ben, via text: "Cheering on Lucy, Helen & Vicky at the Triathlon - difficult to know exactly what's going on - lots of multi-coloured swimsuits flashing past on bikes - but great atmos - go Team GB!!!"

    Daddy Daycare in Essex, via text: "Wife is at work, kids are entertaining themselves, and there's a whole list of chores which, to be honest, aren't going to get done! Mr Bolt is undoubtedly a talented man, but to me there's no contest - Team GB all the way on Super Saturday!!"

    James, via text: "Ridiculously excited about todays action. Reckon we could pick up 6 golds and preparing myself for an emotional rollercoaster!"

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon at Hyde Park

    "There's one corner of the Hyde Park bike course which is particularly greasy - we've seen several crashes there this morning and a few more fortunate escapes. I've had reports from various people down by that corner that you can see something on the road, possibly residual diesel but obviously there is no way to nip out and check, that's causing a slick and bringing unfortunate riders down.

    "We'd never normally see the number of crashes and mechanical issues that have featured in this triathlon so far."

  191. 0955: 

    Four-time Ironman champion and BBC Sport analyst Chrissie Wellington: "The chase pack of cyclists have caught the front pack of the swim. A lot of the medal contenders are in the front pack.

    "This will favour the strong cyclists and they are talking to each other to get things going. Lucy Hall will try to shelter GB colleague Helen Jenkins. It is interesting to see how many crashes we have seen. It is not a surprise because of the technical course and the damp conditions. The athletes will have to be acuteLy aware of their bike handling. Helen is in a very good position at the moment."

  192. 0954: 

    The Velodrome has been the the stage for some brilliant sporting theatre so far in the Games. It has been a mix of last night of the Proms and a high-tech laboratory as cycling chief David Brailsford's meticulous, scientific preparation has proved perfectly judged amid bobbing Union Jacks and raucous cheers.

    It is a lot more low-key scene this morning as the crowd trickle into the venue. That won't last long. Jason Kenny, preferred to Chris Hoy in the sprint, will attempt to justify Brailsford's brave pick in qualifying from 1000 BST.

  193. 0952: 

    There are about 10 minutes to go until the action starts in the Olympic Stadium and I'm looking forward to seeing Timi Garstang from the Pacific nation of Marshall Islands in action. Timi, who reportedly only competed in his first track event this summer, will be competing in heat two of the 100m preliminary rounds from 1000. His personal best time? A positively pedestrian 12.56 seconds. Bolt beware.

  194. 0951: 

    Spectators are being urged to plan their travel in advance, with some 200,000 fans expected at the Olympic Park and the streets of London busy with huge crowds following the triathlon.

    Train companies are running huge amounts of extra seats from first thing in the morning until the early hours the next day to get spectators to venues.

    Access to Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, which is next to the Olympic Park, will be restricted until 1730 BST on Saturday to those with a Games ticket, staff or those using hospitality venues, to minimise congestion.

    The Get Ahead of the Games website has all the latest information.

  195. 0948: 

    GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington came away from London 2012 with two bronze medals after two golds in Beijing four years ago. Is she going to continue?

    "I'm going to do a charity bike ride in October in Africa so I hope Bradley [Wiggins] and Chris [Hoy] can give me some tips and help me out!

    "I'm not going to think about the pool. I need a good break mentally and physically. Be a bit normal and see how I feel. Once I come back from the bike ride I'll see what shape I am in, how I feel and whether I want to carry on or not."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon at Hyde Park

    "This is what the British team want to see happening - the chase group gets back with the leaders, Lucy Hall finds Helen Jenkins, and now it's Hall's job to pilot Jenkins through the remaining kilometres of this bike ride then let the world champion set off alone for the finish line on the run.

    "Hall has dedicated herself to swim and bike training for the preceding months, purely to help Jenkins win this race, so the 20-year-old - the youngest triathlete in the race - won't feature once we get to the run. She has to burn herself out for Jenkins here."

  197. 0943: 

    It is actually looking anything but easy out in a damp Central London. Poland's Maria Czesnik is the latest to find her bike sliding out from underneath her as she tackles a corner in front of Buck House.

    There might be a little grease on the surface because she is not the first to fall there and, even allowing for the morning rain, these athletes don't usually misjudge the traction on offer from their narrow bicycle tyres.

  198. 0938: 

    Chill out handball fans, your daily fix has arrived. It's Tunisia and Great Britain in Group A of the men's competition, something of a basement battle between two sides who have lost three out of three. You can watch the match right now on our interactive video player.

  199. 0935: 

    So what is next for the triathletes on their multi-discipline tour of central London? Just a leisurely 43km roll around landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park corner, then it is off the bikes and on with the trainers as they set off on a four-lap 10km loop of the Serpentine on foot. Easy when you put it like that isn't it? You can read more about triathlon on the BBC Sport event guides online.


    Mr Surgeon, via text: "Sitting in clinic sneaking a look at the website between patients! Jessica Ennis the big draw this morning, never mind Bolt for now."

    Anon, via text: "What an atmosphere at stadium. Amazing. So lucky to be here. No waiting at all to get in then queued for an hour for a coffee but who cares. Come on Jess!!!!"

  201. 0934: 

    So it's long jump and javelin for Jess Ennis this morning, two of her more inconsistent disciplines.

    Ennis equalled her personal long jump best of 6.51m in Gotzis in May. However, in successive meetings in June she endured seven fouls and two run-throughs, prompting a hasty revision of her technique. In her final competitive meeting before the Olympics, at Loughborough, she nailed five of her six take-offs - although her best was a modest 6.21m.

    Ennis has always found the javelin a challenge, but after working intensively with Mick Hill over the winter on changes to her run-up, she threw a personal best of 47.11m in Gotzis.

  202. 0930: 

    After emerging from the depths of the Serpentine and leading the field out onto the ramp leading up to their cycling steeds, there is a stroke of luck for Great Britain's Lucy Hall. The leading group that she is part of thinned from seven to five riders by a crash that sends two riders sprawling on the Constitiution Hill tarmac. Brazil's Pamella Oliveira is understandably wincing as she clibs back into the saddle.

  203. 0928: 

    Katherine Grainger, who went into the Games with three silver medals from the last three Olympics, finally got the gold medal she craved in the women's double sculls final on Friday.

    So how does she feel this morning? "Very happy. Very content," she told BBC Breakfast Olympics. "Relaxed, and I probably haven't felt like this for a long time."

    Anna Watkins was Grainger's partner and adds: "I woke up very early and wondered if it was real. I checked under the pillow that the medal was still there. We can let the tension go now."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon at Hyde Park

    "Lucy Hall comes out of the swim first for Great Britain - she's in the team for her ridiculously fast swim, but she's also in the team to help Helen Jenkins win, so now she needs to set about doing that.

    "Jenkins came out in 10th place, a minute behind Hall and off the lead group of seven. Hall's job will be to act as a disruptive influence on that lead group, slowing them up as much as she can, allowing Jenkins to catch them.

    "Vicky Holland is also right in the mix having come out with the main pack in 15th."

  205. 0922: 

    Four-time Ironman champion and BBC Sport analyst Chrissie Wellington on BBC One: "Lucy Hall was brought into the team as a domestique so her role was to actually work for Helen Jenkins.

    "We expected her to lead the swim and go out fast but what we would have hoped is that Helen would have gone with her and been in that first pack to be at an advantage on the bike. But I can't see Helen in the leading pack."

  206. 0922: 

    There was a bit of a debate in the office this morning as to what was the bigger draw for you good users of the BBC Sport website this morning. Was it Usain Bolt, all lightning times laced with a double shot of charisma, starting his 100m campaign or the prospect of Jessica Ennis leading off a clutch of Great British gold medal prospects?

    So, let us know what has got your heart a' pumping on a day dubbed 'Super Saturday' by our colleagues in BBC News. You can get in touch with us via the hashtag #bbc2012 on Twitter or the text on 81111.


    GB rhythmic gymnast Georgina Cassar: "Good luck @driscoll86 competing at the Olympics today for trampolining, go out there and #SMASHIT @TeamGB"

  208. 0916: 

    Plenty of action already under way this Saturday morning and available for your perusal on our interactive video player. If basketball is your thing, you can watch Tunisia taking on France in the men's preliminaries.

    If beach volleyball rocks your world, Russian pair Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgeniya Ukolova are taking on China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi.

    The first badminton men's doubles semi-final is up and running at Wembley Arena with world champions from China Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng taking on Commonwealth champions Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia.

    And Australia are taking on South Africa in the women's hockey competition. Have a good one.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the rowing at Eton Dorney

    "A short, sharp rain shower has just soaked Eton Dorney, but bizarrely the sun is now fighting its way through. I think it's going to be one of those days on the eighth and final day of the Olympic rowing regatta.

    "We've got four finals coming up from 1130 BST - three with British interest - but the persistent wind, which made for challenging conditions yesterday, has returned. As a result, the sport's governing body has re-allocated the lanes again to ensure the fastest qualifiers are not disadvantaged by having a bad lane. All three British boats have been moved to lane six."


    Dan and Joy, via text on 81111: "Hyde Park is packed to cheer on Helen Jenkins. Not that warm for a swim though!"

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon at Hyde Park

    "There were clusters of swans all over the Serpentine - the lake (well, large pond) in the middle of Hyde Park which doubles as the triathlon swim course - up until this morning.

    "Organisers have come up with a cunning plan to shift them for the race. They've placed food parcels in strategic locations well outside the course and lured the swans away for Saturday brunch while the female triathletes compete."

  212. 0905: 

    The buzzer sounds and Britain's Helen Jenkins, Vicky Holland and Lucy Hall have launched themselves into the grey waters of the Serpentine. It is the usual mad trash of anonymous limbs at first but the field has spread out a little bit. Hall is out the front amongst the leaders. You can watch the action from Hyde Park on the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  213. 0904: 

    Four-time world ironman women's champion Chrissie Wellington on Helen Jenkins: "Triathlon is a phenomenally demanding event.

    "Fortunately, GB has got really high medal hopes in the men's and women's. Helen is our shining star. She has shown a great ability to cope under high pressure and she is a double world champion who has shown great form coming into the Olympics."

  214. 0903: 

    I don't think I'm exaggerating to suggest this is the biggest day of Jessica Ennis's young life, the day she has been working towards since London was announced as the venue for the 2012 Olympics in 2005.

    Ennis goes into the final three heptathlon events leading world champion Tatyana Chernova, expected to be her biggest rival, by 309 points and reigning Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska by 323.

    Chernova is notoriously strong in the second day's long jump, javelin and 800m, but Ennis's lead is double that of the one the Russian wiped out on the final day in the Daegu World Championships last summer.

    It is also the 26-year-old's best first day score by 34 points, and is 45 points up on her total at the same stage when she set her British record in Gotzis earlier this summer.

  215. 0901: 

    After Great Britain's Peter Wilson's success in turning orange clays to purple dust and a gold medal in the double trap on Thursday, their are more of his compatriots in action on the range today. Charlotte Kerwood is the three-time world champion but may struggle to make the final of the women's trap. Jen McIntosh may be the stronger of our two contenders at the Royal Artillery today. Both their qualifying rounds have just got going.


    British Shooting on Twitter: "Our Trap girl Charlotte Kerwood steps up today, along with Jennifer McIntosh in the rifle. A couple a real medal chances?"

    Great Britain shooting gold medallist Peter Wilson: "Stumbled back into the Olympic Village this morning! An incredible night - one that I'll *NEVER* forget..."


    Weightlifter Zoe Smith, who last week broke the British clean and jerk record in the women's 58kg event, will be interviewed on BBC Three this morning. Please fire in your questions for her on Twitter via the hastag #bbcthree2012 .

    Denise Lewis, Former Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit

    On how Jessica Ennis and the female heptathletes will be feeling this morning: "You are very tired. You end the first day with a speed endurance event so your hamstrings are sore and you are mentally fatigued.

    "The girls start at 1000 BST this morning so you are constantly trying to tell yourself that you are sharp and that you feel good. You know that everyone else is in the same situation. The warm up is very important this morning."

  219. 0851: 

    Not sure how much it will matter for the triathletes when they are swimming 1500m in the murky Thames, but it might be good for the spectators to know that the weather at Hyde Park, and at the rest of the Olympic venues, should be pretty dry today.


    Great Britain triathlete Alistair Brownlee: "Good luck girls. She who dares, wins."

    Great Britain triathlete Jonathan Brownlee: "Good luck to the Team GB triathlon girls today. Go @VixHolland, @heljinx and @Lucy_Tri"

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the triathlon at Hyde Park

    "Overnight rain makes the going good to firm for the thousands of spectators flooding into both the free and ticketed areas of the park. Expectant faces throng the course for as far as the eye can see as the TV helicopter buzzes overhead.

    "This already has the atmosphere, scale and all-pervading moistness of a rock festival.

    "The headline act is Helen Jenkins, the Welsh world champion, who has been given youngster Lucy Hall as her domestique - in other words, a bodyguard-slash-servant designed to help Jenkins through the 1500m swim and 40km bike ride.

    "Hall should be spent after that, leaving Jenkins on her own for the run home. Watch out for Australia's Emma Moffatt and Switzerland's Nicola Spirig, among a host of rivals who could get in Jenkins' way."

    Denise Lewis, Former Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit

    "I'm very confident about Jessica Ennis. At this stage I think Jess has done enough. I do think the long jump [of today's three events] is the most worrying. The rest for her now is to keep it together. She doesn't need any miracle personal best's. She just needs to keep it steady."

  223. 0841: 

    There's some cracking video content on the site this morning too, with the return of South African swimming dad Bert Le Clos a personal favourite.

    Sue Barker welcomed some very special guests to the BBC Olympic Park studio when Princes William and Harry popped in for a chat.

    In case you missed it yesterday, try this one for size. Here's 34st judoka Ricardo Blas Jr throwing his weight around at the ExCeL arena against heavyweights half his size.

    And don't forget you won't miss a minute of today's action on our internet video player.

  224. 0841: 

    Britain's Karina Bryant won her first medal in four Olympics when she won a bronze in the +78kg category on Friday. She has also been following the well-worn path from the podium to the BBC Breakfast sofa.

    "It was amazing," she said of her victory.

    "The crowd were phenomenal all day. I've never experienced anything like it. I've been in some big stadiums but knowing that everybody was behind you really picked you up.

    "After the Athens and Beijing Games I thought was it ever going to happen but, with the Olympics being in London, it just kept me going. I've never really lost that belief that I could reach my potential. I knew my potential could get me a medal and I just never gave in and gave it everything over the last four years.

    "Rio is definitely in the back of my mind now and if my body allows me I could compete."

  225. 0838: 

    GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington, 23, won a bronze in that race and has been reflecting on her failure to defend the title she won in Beijing four years ago.

    "I definitely feel much better this morning. Everybody's support has been incredible. Last night there was a bit of disappointment. The crowd were unbelievable when I got up on that podium when they chanted my name. It's something I will never forget," she told BBC Olympic Breakfast.

    "I think when you are younger, especially in swimming, it does bode well. It's such a tough sport and there is so much work. I've noticed in the last couple of years I can't do as much as I used to. For them [the youngsters] they have so much energy. I can't do the work I used to when I was 16 or 17. When you are young as well you don't have any fear."

  226. 0836: 

    Second up, American 15-year-old Katie Ledecky tore the women's 800m freestyle field apart in the Aquatics Centre. Leading from the front, you kept expecting her to tire. She never did. More than two seconds was the winning margin.

  227. 0830: 

    Plenty of meaty stories to sink your nashers into today:

    It was another hugely successful night in the Velodrome for Britain's cyclists as they made it three golds from four events. BBC Sport's Matt Slater analyses how four years of hard work is helping the team rescale the heights of Beijing 2008.

    Meanwhile keirin gold medallist Victoria Pendleton says she wants to "smash" the individual sprint event at the Olympics and sign off with a gold medal in her final race.

    Andy Murray is optimistic that he can turn the tables on Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in tomorrow's men's singles final.

    And swimmer Rebecca Adlington admits pressure was a factor in her losing her 800m title in the pool.

  228. 0829: 

    In addition to golds for Victoria Pendleton's in the keirin and her British team-mates' success in the team pursuit, there were a couple of corking performances from ladies on the track and in the pool that are worth having a look at if you missed them last night.

    Firstly Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba's astounding turn of speed over the final lap that left her rivals' tongues unravelled to the floor in surprise as she won the 10,000m title. She covered the distance between 500m and 100m from home in 60 seconds. Rapid.

  229. 0823: 

    Today's national papers are celebrating the tremendous performances of Great Britain's women on day seven of the Olympics. Rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins receive plenty of column inches after their double sculls gold and cyclist Victoria Pendleton's smiling face features on most of the front pages following her keirin success. The Daily Mail calls it Ladies' Day, while The Daily Star hails Girl Power.

    The Daily Mirror hails Pendleton, stating: "Only one Queen Vic was the toast of London's East End last night - and she wasn't in Albert Square."

    The Times does its best to ease the weight on Jessica Ennis's shoulders as she bids for heptathlon gold, declaring that she carries the hopes of a nation on her shoulders.

    The Sun celebrates Britain's cyclists and their capacity to "Pedal to the Medals", while The Guardian features a stunning photo of Britain's men's pursuit team hurtling round the velodrome track en route to gold and a new world record.

  230. 0818: 

    Leaving Mr Bolt to one side for a moment, much as that would irritate the special one, there are plenty more global gold-getters strutting their stuff today.

    Yelena Isinbayeva is targeting her third straight Olympic title in the pole vault from 1020 BST and South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius will start his 400m campaign in the heats from 1035.

    Over at Horse Guards Parade in the beach volleyball, the British interest is over, but double Olympic champions Misty-May Treanor and Kerri Walsh from the US will take on Dutch European champions Marleen van Lersel and Sanne Keizer in the last 16 (2100).

    And at Wimbledon, there's a sizzler of a women's final in prospect with Wimbledon champion Serena Williams taking on Maria Sharapova of Russia at about 1400.

  231. 0814: 

    There are a host of other Brits in action as the men's handball team attempt to wrestle a first win off Tunisia at 0930 in the Copper Box, Jen McIntosh and Charlotte Kerwood get blasting in the 50m rifle three positions and trap competitions down on the range, the equestrian boys, including Nick Skelton climb aboard for the individual qualifier and the men's volleyball team take on Poland at 1130.

  232. 0811: 

    Over on that zippy athletics track, Jessica Ennis book-eneded her first day of heptathlon competition with personal bests in the 100m hurdles and 200m. She carries a chunky lead into the second day, but is likely to come under pressure as she attempts to withstand her rivals' attempts to claw her back over her weaker final three events. The long jump begins at 1005 and the javelin starts at 1255 before this evening's concluding 800m.

  233. 0806: 

    A dip in the Serpentine is a bracing way to start the day for Helen Jenkins. Great Britain's reigning triathlon world champion begins her bid for Olympic gold at 0900 in Hyde Park.

    Team GB has decent shouts of not just any medal, but one of a golden hue in the three out of the four rowing finals at Eton Dorney this morning. The men's four will be attempting to retain their title for the fourth Games running for Britain, before Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking and Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase go in the double sculls.

    Over at the Velodrome the action gets under way at 1000 with Jason Kenny in sprint qualifying action and Ed Clancy looking to carry the domineering form he showed in the team pursuit into the omnium.

  234. 0800: 

    He has been all around London 2012 in adverts, documentaries and media conferences, but today is the day that Usain Bolt steps out of the billboards, off the screen and onto the track.

    The Jamaican was the focal point of Beijing Games four years ago and all eyes will be on him once again when he starts his Olympic 100m defence at 1230.

    Never mind the morning's headliner though. Before Bolt has even had his first chicken nugget of the morning, there are a clutch of Brits in action. And they are far from mere warm-up acts.

    Welcome to Day Eight of London 2012.

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