London 2012 Olympics: Day Nine morning session as it happened

The women's marathon is under way while Ben Ainslie and Andy Murray go for gold later, plus reaction from an extraordinary night for Britain.

5 August 2012 Last updated at 13:21

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  1. 1307: 

    We'll leave the morning session live text commentary on that cliffhanger to ensure that you hop over to the afternoon's page which has blossomed into life with good news for Britons on the high seas. See you there.

  2. 1303: 

    On Centre Court at the All England Club, Serena Williams and sister Venus are serving for the first set of the women's doubles final against Czech duo Andrea Hlavackov and Lucie Hradecka with a 5-4 lead.

  3. 1259: 

    The second round of qualification is done and dusted out at the Royal Artillery Barracks where Great Britain's Edward Ling is in 18th with scores of 23 and 24. The top eight after five rounds will make it into the afternoon's final.

    Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram on BBC One:

    "It will be a shock when the leaders look over their shoulders that it is not another Ethiopian, but the Russian, Tatyana Arkhipova, who is with the leading pack."

  5. 1253: 

    Hang on a minute. We have a gatecrasher to this little all-African party. Russia's Tatyana Petrova has clawed her way back to the leaders. It looks like it is a 'one-in one-out' on the door though. Kenyan world champion Edna Kiplagat is in reverse and will surely struggle to resurrect any hopes of gold as the leaders trot away from her.

  6. 1248: 

    Mary Keitany, the Kenyan who has won the London marathon for the past two years, has got a whiff of the finishing post around 30km or 18.6 miles in old money. She piles on the pace and the leading group is crumbling. Keitany has four others for company: compatriots Priscah Jeptoo and Edna Kiplagat and the Ethiopian pair of Tiki Gelana and Mare Dibaba. The medals look like they will be fought over within that little group now.

  7. 1242: 

    South Korean Jin Jong Oh is about to begin his bid for a second gold out at the Royal Artillery Barracks where the men's 50 pistol final is about to get under way. The 32-year-old won the 10m air pistol last Saturday.

    Sadly Japanese world champion Tomoyuki Matsuda is not part of the final. He survived the tsunami that hit his country in March 2011, swimming for his life when the hotel he was staying in was flooded. He did not enjoys the "strong lights" at the test event at the Royal Artillery Barracks in April though and has struggled again to adapt to the conditions once again. He finished 11th in qualifying, well outside the top-eight finish he required to get into this afternoon's shoot-out.

  8. 1239: 

    Great Britain's Mara Yamauchi on BBC One speaking about her withdrawal from the women's marathon: "I had a heel bruise that I thought I was able to run on and manage. I was confident I could give it a go, but on the second corner it started hurting. I did my best, and it is not good to drop out in your home Games. I didn't want my Olympic journey to end like this. I thought about withdrawing beforehand, and I had much higher hopes, but sadly it wasn't to be."

  9. 1235: 

    Television viewing figures for Team GB's glorious Saturday have been revealed: 16.3 million for Jessica Ennis' 800m, 17.1m for Mo Farah - the highest figure of the Games so far - and 15.6m for Greg Rutherford. Some 9.2m watched the women's team pursuit earlier in the day and the peak for the rowing finals came with the 5.7m for Copeland and Hosking's gold medal.


    Sean Tyler on Twitter: "Take swimming out of the equation and Team GB would be above the US in the medals table. And hopefully more to come."

    Darren Hawken on Twitter: "I have two broken legs, but even I was walking on air after Super Saturday, especially pleased to see Mo Farah win the 10,000m."

  11. 1229: 

    Great Britain are in good shape in the team jumping qualifier at Greenwich Park as Ben Maher, on Tripple X, follows up Nick Skelton's clear round with one of his own to join him at the top of the individual leaderboard.

    You can watch the qualifying on the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of this very website.

  12. 1225:  
    Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram on BBC One:

    "All of a sudden, this leading group of between 15-20 are putting some space between themselves and the rest. The pace is really on now. I don't think there is anyone in that chase group who can now affect the final result."

  13. 1224: 

    Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, who became the first athlete to win the Chicago marathon three years in a row in October, has come to a hobbling stop in the women's marathon. It looks like she has pulled a hamstring. It is still Italy's Valeria Straneo and China's Zhu Xiaolin dragging the rest of the field behind them. Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba and Kenya's Mary Keitany are amongst the leading group.

  14. 1218: 

    China won the World Team Championships last year without losing a single match and they have steamrollered their way into the last four of the men's team competition with a 3-0 win over Singapore.

    Germany, who were the beaten by the Chinese in the final in Beijing and at the World Team Championship, will be their opposition if they beat Austria later today.

  15. 1211: 

    Great Britain's Edward Ling has just got his second round under way in the qualification for the men's trap. He scored an opening-round 23. Croatia's Giovanni Cernogoraz has just completed his second perfect round and leads the standings with a score of 50 out of 50.

  16. 1209: 

    Mo Farah runs around an empty Olympic stadium, mini Minis knock over distance markers and the New Zealand press have a field day over being above Australia in the medal table. Yes, it's BBC News's quirky stories from the Games.


    Michael Hamlet on Twitter: "These Olympic Games have made me become addicted to cycling. I just never realised racing bikes cost so much!"

    Alex Fryer on Twitter: "Never in a million years thought I'd say this, but think I'd choose having the #Olympics2012 over the World Cup. Loved every minute."

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    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at the tennis at Wimbledon

    "Umbrellas are at full mast as rain continues to fall at the All England Club. The Centre Roof is shut and the air acclimatisation process complete, so we're all set for a 1200 BST start. First up, American sisters Serena and Venus Williams play Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in the women's doubles final.

    "They're followed on court by Britain's Andy Murray and Swiss world number one Roger Federer in the eagerly-anticipated men's singles final, and Murray returns after a short break to partner Laura Robson against Belarusian pair Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in the mixed doubles final.

    Weather-permitting, Court One will host the men's singles bronze medal match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina at 1200 BST."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing at Weymouth

    "GB sailing boss Stephen Park says we can expect a 'conservative' race from Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson in the Star class. 'They've got an eight-point lead so as long as they are close to the Swedes and particularly the Brazilians they should come away with the gold medal, so they will be trying to keep their nose clean.'

    "Park said the pair, plus Ben Ainslie, spent yesterday studying their notes on the medal-race course, discussing tactics, checking equipment, getting physio and resting. A paying crowd of about 5,000 is expected on the shore in the grounds of Nothe Fort in Weymouth. ''The crowd have been fantastic and the support for our sport has been impressive,' said Park."

  20. 1154: 

    The rain has let up as the women's marathon runners head through the 14km marker. Italy's Valeria Straneo is setting the pace with a solid bunch of around 30 runners, including in her immediate slipstream. Britain's Freya Murray and Claire Hallissey have been spat out of the back of that leading group but they are being urged on all around the course. Mara Yamauchi dropped out after the 5km mark.


    Stewart, on the way to Greco Roman Wrestling, via text: "It's time to start a campaign for an extra bank holiday to celebrate the Great British success?"

    Matt in Sale, via text: "A generation inspired. The records have been tumbling in our house this morning: 6.4 seconds in the 'running to the TV and back'; a distance of 5 floorboards in the long jump; and a massive 12 floorboards in the 'throwing the favourite teddy across the room' event."

    Jason in Edgware, via text: "Took my wife to the athletics last night - her first ever sporting event. I can't take her to another event ever as it can only be a disappointment in comparison."

  22. 1148: 

    That flying lap by Victoria Pendleton was so quick it had statisticians everywhere in a flap. Turns out it was 'just' an Olympic record as we first reported, and not a world's best time.

    Pendleton clocked 10.724 seconds to break her own Olympic best time of 10.963 set in Beijing in 2008, but according to the official London 2012 website, Germany's Miriam Welte rode a 10.643 in Colorado in June.

  23. 1147: 

    Brollies are up but the rain is failing to dampen the boisterous enthusiasm of the home crowd at Greenwich Park where Great Britain's Nick Skelton puts in an impressive clear round on Big Star in the team jumping qualifying round. You can watch the action on BBC Sport's interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at the tennis at Wimbledon

    "Exactly four weeks ago, Britain took a collective deep breath as Andy Murray stepped out on Centre Court against Roger Federer attempting to win the biggest title of his career. Today, the nation and their number one tennis player will do the same - only desperate for the opposite result.

    Beaten by the great Swiss in his maiden Wimbledon final, Murray will look to rewrite the script when they contest the Olympic singles gold medal at 14:00 BST.

    Before that we've got the women's doubles final at 12:00, and later in the day Murray and Laura Robson go for gold in the mixed doubles against Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

    It could be another glorious day for the host nation, but the rain that has arrived at the All England Club may have a bearing on proceedings. Although Centre Court is fortunate to have a roof if needed, when it was closed halfway through the Wimbledon final, Federer blew Murray away."


    Aurelien Bunga on Twitter: "Awesome stuff from GB fencing v Italy. Fencing looks fun, might give it a go."

    Simon Carroll on Twitter: "Isn't London looking absolutely fantastic for the marathon - even in the pouring rain? Congrats to organisers.

  26. 1146: 
    BRONZE MEDAL - BADMINTON- Chung & Lee KOR (Men's doubles)

    South Korea's Jae Sung Chung and Yong Dae Lee have beaten the Malaysian pair of Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan to take bronze in the men's doubles.

    Next up on court at Wembley Arena is the men's single gold medal match in which Olympic, world and Asian champion Lin Dan meets his great Malaysian rival Lee Chong Wei just as he did in Beijing four years ago. That contest gets going at 1300 BST.

  27. 1139: 

    BBC Sport fencing commentator Graham Bell: "Hats off to the GB fencing team. They pushed Italy all the way. They can hold their heads up high."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the fencing at ExCeL

    "Just when the greatest moment in British fencing history looked like it might hove into view, Italy rally and take the contest 45-40.

    "An anti-climax for the thousands of home fans who were on their feet and chanting for those final points, but that battle really set the pulse racing. If Britain had to go out of this tournament, that was the way to do it.

    "That gives British Fencing something to believe in for the four years to Rio - if this can be that close against the world number one, then there's hope yet."

    Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram on Mara Yamauchi's withdrawal from the marathon:

    "That is really bad luck for her, like Paula Radcliffe. The fact is, though, you cannot run 26 miles with an injury."

  30. 1137: 
    ATHLETICS - MARATHON- Mara Yamauchi stops with apparent injury

    Just five kilometres in and Great Britain's Mara Yamauchi has come to a halt with an apparent injury. She is in tears in the rain as the leaders surge on remorselessly and leave her behind.

  31. 1134: 

    Wow! It's not a world record (as initially reported) but another Olympic record bites the dust. That scintillating time by Victoria Pendleton is, unsurprisingly, enough to give her top seeding in the first round of the individual sprint.

    She was faster than her great rival, Australia's Anna Meares, by 0.081 seconds and waves to the crowd as she warms down in the middle of the track - job done, again. Pendleton will be back in action from 1600 BST today, with the second round following at 1735.

  32. 1132: 

    The men's foil team quarter-final has the ExCeL rocking, both up and down in excitement and back and forth with nervous tension. Great Britain are 42-39 down to the world champions Italy deep into the ninth bout. Just a shade under two minutes of fighting time remains.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Victoria Pendleton is replicating what she has done in training. We saw that speed in the team sprint, even though she was disqualified, and she has produced it again there. She will be delighted with that time."

  34. 1129: 

    Great Britain's Edward Ling, a former world junior champion, has completed his first round of qualification in the men's trap. A couple of errors gave him a score of 23 from 25 clays.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the London Velodrome

    "We're minutes away from the next assault on my hearing, Victoria Pendleton's 200m "flying start" time trial. Sounds complicated, but it's actually quite straightforward for track cycling. They roll around a few times and then go flat out to record a time that decides their seedings for the individual sprint competition.

    "Jason Kenny set an Olympic record in the men's event yesterday. What can Queen Vic do? The men's omnium, by the way, is shaping up to be a classic. Britain's Ed Clancy is tied for second with two events remaining this evening. A fifth velodrome gold for Team GB?"

  36. 1122: 

    The women's sprint qualifiers are under way, with Britain's Victoria Pendleton the fifth-last rider to go (any minute now).

    Nobody gets knocked out in this round - it is all about seedings for the first round - something Greece's Zafeirios Volikakis was apparently unaware of on Saturday. He went home after finishing 17th in the men's event with the slowest time.

  37. 1121: 

    Great Britain pull level at 32-32 with Italy's Valerio Aspromonte getting decidedly hot under the mask, under pressure from Laurence Halsted. Lots of Latin gesticulating to the officials and his own coaching staff. The first team to 45 points is the winner or whoever is leading after the end of the ninth bout.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    On Ed Clancy's chances in the omnium: "It's going to be all about that scratch race. At the World Championships at Melbourne in April that was won by a breakaway and Lasse Norman Hansen and Glenn O'Shea were both in that so Clancy is going to have to watch for that."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the fencing at ExCeL

    "That last round didn't go to plan for Richard Kruse, the deficit has widened to four when ideally he'd have snuck Britain back into the lead. The pressure is on now to stop Italy running away with this."

    Great Britain trail 30-26. Laurence Halsted on the piste for the hosts.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing at Weymouth

    "A very distinct buzz about the Olympic sailing venue as everyone gears up for the first medal races. Packed morning briefing to outline the schedule, boat movements, sailor movements, timings of mixed-zone press opportunities, medal ceremonies, news conferences.

    "It's a tightly run ship. Time, tide and Olympic medal races wait for no man. Breeze is 10-12 knots from a new direction, the south east. Sunny. Star medal race kicks off at 1300 BST, set to finish about 1345. Finn final starts 1400. I will be back with more from the water. Stand by to cast off."

  41. 1113: 

    There has been a bit of controversy over the decision to stage the marathon in Central London rather than the streets of the East End. Whatever the rights and wrongs, the women's field are getting the benefit of a tour of all the landmarks with healthy crowds lining the route. They have just been over Westminster Bridge, prompting commentator Brendan Foster to quote William Wordsworth's poem Upon Westminister Bridge.

    Took the words right out of my mouth he did.

  42. 1110: 

    The standings are tight as you like in the men's omnium now that four of the six disciplines are done.

    Ed Clancy did indeed finish second-fastest in the 4km individual pursuit, behind Dane Lasse Norman Hansen. Australia's Glenn O'Shea was third.

    That means, overall, things look like this.

    1. Glenn O'Shea (Aus) 17pts

    =2. Ed Clancy (GB) 19 pts

    =2. Norman (Den) 19 pts

    4. Elia Viviani (Ita) 20 pts

    5. Bryan Coquard (Fra) 22 pts

  43. 1105: 

    There are nine fights between the two teams to decide the men's foil result so we are approaching halfway through the match with Husayn Rosowsky on the piste against Andrea Baldini in the fifth. The Italians lead 24-22, but they are sweating on this more than they will have expected.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the fencing at ExCeL

    "James Davis goes literally off-piste and swept through his Italian rival, never mind defensive strategies, hopping around ExCeL in delight. Young Husayn Rosowsky now needs to step up for GB. It'll be a famous, famous moment for British fencing if they get past the Italians. There's a long way to go yet but you need to savour this atmosphere."

  45. 1058: 

    James Davis departs the piste having given Great Britain a 20-19 lead after the fourth bout and, boy, is he excited.

  46. 1057: 

    An Omnium update for you. Britain's Ed Clancy comes home with the second-best time so far in the individual pursuit, clocking four minutes 20.674 seconds for the 16-lap 4km race. Only Danish rider Lasse Norman Hansen has gone faster, with three riders still to go... New Zealand's Shane Archbold got a puncture at his first attempt, so will get another go.

    In case you are wondering what the omnium is, it is cycling equivalent of the heptathlon or decathlon - a six-discipline event fought out over two days. The events still to come are the 15km scratch race at 1701 BST and then the 1km time-trial at 1816.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the fencing at ExCeL

    "There are some tasty-looking looking exchanges going on between the British and Italian fencers bathed in ExCeL's blue light as they battle for a semi-final place.

    "Valerio Aspromonte, for Italy, rips off his mask and glares at Richard Kruse as the two almost end up entwined again following a whirlwind of swords. Aspromonte shakes his head and shrugs at the judges. Kruse doesn't move an inch, the Union flag on his mask giving him the look of a Doctor Who baddie in waiting.

    "The British are giving the Italians a tougher time of this than they bargained for, but Italy have the slight edge and it may be a matter of time. Spirited stuff, though."

  48. 1055: 

    The rain is still coming down in central London where the women's marathon is due to begin at 1100 BST. Plenty of people have come prepared on the Mall with suitably patriotic Union Jack brollies shielding themselves from British summer's finest. Mara Yamauchi, Claire Hallissey and, Paula Radcliffe's replacement Freya Murray are all set to go for Great Britain. If they are within striking range of Kenya's Mary Keitany, a two-time winner in the capital, by the final time they pass down the Mall they will have done well.

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On the day after the night before when GB claimed three athletics gold medals: "Even after the event you couldn't stop talking about it. I bumped into Boris Johnson, Lord Coe and lots of athletics fans afterwards and everyone was so euphoric you just couldn't express it in words. It was like one big party. I have woken up this morning feeling like I have a bit of a hangover but it's a great feeling to have."

  50. 1048: 

    It's Ed Clancy time in the omnium - a huge roar from the London Velodrome - you probably heard it if you had your windows open - greets the British rider on the start line of the 4km individual pursuit. It looks like he is going to be cheered round every lap too and, in the early stages he is the fastest man so far.


    Simon Hammond on Twitter: "My seven-year-old cried herself to sleep. She was so happy she couldn't believe how good we were, best night of her life she said!"

    Anthony Hacking on Twitter: "Last night was a proud day to be British, shows we are no good at football though."

  52. 1045: 

    Hang on a cotton pickin'.... Great Britain lead top seeds Italy 9-8 in the team foil quarter-finals. Ollie Williams, who is down there for BBC Sport, claimed that a British victory over the top seeds was as likely as London mayor Boris Johnson ditching politics for a bid to compete in Rio 2016. Everyone over to the BBC Sport live stream from ExCel now!

  53. 1040: 
    BRONZE MEDAL - BADMINTON- Long Chen, CHN (Men's singles)

    China's Long Chen has won badminton bronze with a 21-12 15-21 21-15 win over South Korea's Hyun Il Lee at ExCeL in the men's singles. His countryman Dan Lin takes on Malaysia's Chong Wei Lee in the final around 1300.


    The BBC One Olympics sofa has been getting a pounding with GB gold medallists this morning. Next up are the men's coxless four. Will they carry on?

    Alex Gregory: "I think I have got a few more years in me."

    Andy Hodge: "Never say never, we'll see."

    Tom James: "I don't know. I think that's a pretty awesome race to finish on if I do finish. Never say never but you are not going to beat that."

    Pete Reed: "I'm keen. I love it. I love my sport and training. It is all worth it. I've got my employer the Royal Navy [ to think about]. I have got to have a good honest conversation with them but I hope I have made them proud and hope we can carry on."


    Derri Shepherd on Twitter: "So impressed with the characters and calibre of our British rowers."

    Robbo on Twitter: "Come on Team GB let's keep smashing some world records and keep the gold rush coming."

  56. 1033: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald following the marathon: "Rain absolutely pouring down on the Mall and in St James' Park now. Thunder, lightning cracking overhead. People are scrambling for tree cover by the side of the route and putting up brollies where minutes ago they were sitting reading the papers about last night's victories and preparing to cheer.

    "So the Gods aren't happy? Perhaps like the crowds here they want more Olympic gold."

    Half an hour until the off in the marathon.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the fencing at ExCeL

    "To give Britain versus Italy in the men's foil team event some context, a GB win would be the fencing equivalent of zipwiring being introduced as an Olympic sport for Rio 2016 and Boris Johnson resigning to go into full-time training.

    "Possible, but improbable.

    "Italy, along with France, consider this sport their own and win all manner of titles. They won't be anticipating too much trouble from the British, but this is one last roll of the dice for GB before fencing's Olympics comes to a close. What can the hosts conjure up?"

    The teams are just on their way out to the pistes now on the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  58. 1025: 

    I mentioned it earlier, but video of BBC pundits Colin Jackson, Michael Johnson and Denise Lewis's reactions as Mo Farah came down the home straight last night is up on the BBC Sport website for your viewing pleasure. And it really is a pleasure.

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the London Velodrome

    "Good morning from London 2012's loudest venue. It's official, the volume in the London Velodrome has been recorded at 114 decibels. Or it could have been 140 decibels. I didn't quite catch the announcement, my ears have been ringing for days.

    "We're watching the fourth event of track cycling's homage to Jess Ennis, the omnium, and Britain's Ed Clancy is tidily placed in fourth place overall. He likes this event, the 4km individual pursuit, so should move up before this evening's last two events. And then from 1100 BST we've got Victoria Pendleton in qualifying for her last ever event, the women's sprint. I will not be at all surprised if we get at least an Olympic record. I will have my ear plugs in."

  60. 1022: 

    The admirable women's rowers of Katherine Grainger, Anna Watkins, Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking have been re-living their successes on the BBC One Olympics sofa and some of the montages of their success are causing a few tears.

  61. 1017: 

    Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking won the women's lightweight double sculls on Saturday.

    Copeland tells BBC One: "It still doesn't really feel real. It's feels more real this morning waking up and having a clear head because yesterday we were running around a lot."

    Sophie Hosking adds: "It almost feel like we are going to wake up and find it's dream. We are just going to try to soak it up and live in the moment."

    Kathrine Grainger finally got a gold after three Olympic silvers when she won the women's double sculls with Anna Watkins.

    Grainger says: "We always knew in the last few weeks and months that the potential was there for the women to hit a gold rush. But it was always about performing in front of the home crowd, the expectation and whether we could live up to it. We have got so close to it and this time we have struck oil."


    Jen Mosley on Twitter: "Olympics 2012 - the gift that just keeps on giving. Can we have one every year?"

    Formby FC fan club on Twitter: "You know it's been a historic day in British sport when a penalty defeat in the football goes unnoticed."

  63. 1016: 

    Helen Glover added that the pressure on her and Heather Stanning to convert their status as pre-race favourite into gold was the great unmentionable in the build-up to their women's pair final.

    "It was the elephant in the room. Our coach Robin Williams didn't mention it and we didn't mention it to each other but we were both very aware that we hadn't won a gold," she added.

    "We never thought we would be in that position so we put it to the back of our minds."

  64. 1014: 

    Until she removed her helmet after her lap of honour to celebrate gold in the women's team pursuit on Saturday, many of you might have been unaware that British cyclist Joanna Rowsell is bald.

    Rowsell, 23, has lived with the hair loss condition alopecia since childhood - so it was appropriate that her victory fell on International Alopecia Day, which seeks to raise awareness of the condition.

    She said: "I thought 'wow, that's a bit spooky that our Olympic final is the same day'.

    "I hope I can be an inspiration to other girls with the condition."

  65. 1012: 

    Joy unconfined at BBC website towers after we get namechecked by Helen Glover, one half of the gold-winning GB women's pair, on BBC One.

    "I was looking at the BBC sport website the day before and I accidentally clicked on a link and my face popped up and the piece asked: 'When are we going to win our first gold?' and I wished I hadn't seen it," she said.

    Thanks Helen, the fiver is in the post.

  66. 1009: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald following the women's marathon (starts at 1100 BST): "'It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life,' Nina Simone is singing over the speaker system on the Mall. People here for the women's marathon are bleary-eyed but feeling good after last night's success across town in the stadium.

    "Many here are 'Freebie Olympics' specialists. They've seen Bradley Wiggins win time trial gold, watched the men's and women's cycle road races and are back for more after the triathlon yesterday.

    "Their only disappointment is the absence of an unfit Paula Radcliffe but union flags are ready outside Buckingham Palace and they say they will "go ballistic" for whoever first comes round the bend."

  67. 1004: 

    The action is under way at the London Velodrome, where Ed Clancy - part of Britain's victorious team pursuit squad on Friday - is about to continue his bid to make it five British golds out of six track events when he goes in the 4km individual pursuit, which is the fourth event of six in the omnium.

    That event will be finished today, with Clancy sitting in fourth place after day one. His fifth place in the elimination race was one of the most exciting things I have seen on the track in the last few days, which is saying something considering how much home success there has been.

    Another gold medallist, Victoria Pendleton, is also back in action this morning in qualifying for the individual sprint, as she looks to follow up her keirin triumph in her last event before retiring.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the fencing at ExCeL

    "Great Britain's men have beaten Egypt 45-33 in their men's team foil last-16 clash. Now, the Britons have half an hour to take a breather before facing the Italians, who have had the morning off till now."

  69. 1000: 

    After the first ever British golds in women's rowing arrived earlier this week, there will be another female first out at ExCeL this afternoon, when Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall lace up and climb between the ropes from 1430. They will be among the first women's boxers ever to compete in Olympics. BBC Sport's Ben Dirs has been taking a closer look at Team GB's three history makers.


    Ian Davies on Twitter: "#foureighttwelve - a day when ordinary people achieved extraordinary things that will inspire a generation!"

    Adam Tilley on Twitter: "What have you done today to make you feel PROUD? Team GB are making me very very proud."

  71. 0952: 

    There is no Paula Radcliffe in the woman's marathon this morning after she was forced to withdraw from the Games with a foot injury. Mara Yamauchi,though, has a bit of pedigree round the streets of the capital. She was second in the London marathon in 2009 and finshed sixth over the 26 miles of the Beijing course four years ago. One to keep an eye on today.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the fencing at ExCeL

    "All going to plan for Britain in the men's team foil fencing versus Egypt. They have a comfortable lead, but this isn't the one that will worry them. If they win here, in no time at all they have to focus again and fight top seeds Italy, which will be far tougher."

  73. 0939: 

    If you have somehow forgotten how many British gold medallists there were on Saturday, then just glance at the front page of any Sunday newspaper in the newsagents this morning.

    "Six of the very best," shouts The Sunday Times which, like every other front page, is dominated by a huge picture of Jess Ennis ahead of our other golden girls and boys.

    "The Six Pack," yells The Sun, while the Daily Star Sunday goes for 'Joy of Six'. The Observer settles for 'Simply Amazing' and The Sunday Telegraph sums up Saturday's events with 'Sensational'.

    It is Ennis who makes most of the headlines, though. The Sunday Express leads with 'Jess the best', which The Mail on Sunday extends to 'Jess the best day ever'. The Sunday Mirror follows a similar theme with 'Yes, yes, Jess!'

    Not every paper is caught up with the gold medal fever sweeping the nation, however. The People do have a big image of Ennis on the front, but their front page story is about Anthea Turner's marriage split.

  74. 0937: 

    Lord Coe on the problems between GB athletics chief Charles Van Commenee and triple jumper Phillips Idowu: "I am a fully paid-up member of the Charles van Commenee fan club, I really wanted him to get involved in British athletics.

    "Phillips (Idowu) is a really nice, likeable lad, he's a quirky character and he could still win his event but the build-up has not been great.

    "In front of a home crowd, anything and everything is possible. The American two will be the two to beat but he has a chance."

    The triple jump qualifying is on Tuesday morning, with the final taking place on Thursday evening.


    Greg Hill on Twitter: "I had one of the best days of my life yesterday at the Olympic Stadium."

    Sophia on Twitter: "Look, I wasn't CRYING yesterday, I just had something in my eyes. Yes, both eyes. Yes, nine or ten times. Honest."

  76. 0936: 

    We are into bout five out on the fencing piste and Great Britain have a five-point lead over Egypt with the score at 25-18 in their round of 16 team foil match. James Davis is currently swishing the sword for the host nation. There has been a bit of a delay for a technical fault, but we are back under way. A quarter-final against top seeds Italy from 1030 BST will be next for Britain if they win.


    Ken on Twitter: "Apparently if you mix enough red, white and blue you get GOLD! Who knew?"

    Chris Hackley on Twitter: "Last night the hairs stood up on the back of my neck listening to Mo Farah's last lap on 5Live - I'm re-living it on tv now."

  78. 0931: 
    That's a record

    Yesterday's six gold medals is Britain's greatest single-day tally at the Games since 1908.

    The record is eight on 11 July 1908 at the London Games. Important to remember that there were only 22 competing nations and the sports involved included water motorsports. I think the class of 2012 wins.


    Rob in Sussex, via text: "I'm a diehard football fan but last night's athletics was the best sporting event I have ever seen, think I love Jess!"

    Susan in Glasgow, via text: "My highlight of yesterday was seeing the 3 gold medal-winning athletes excelling in what they have trained to do with such composure and confidence. They kept it together despite all the pressure and the sight of them winning in front of the home crowd was absolutely AMAZING! Here's to some more today."

  80. 0924: 

    Joe (see tweet below), I can't do you a per capita medal table, but can I direct you towards the Games So Far page on the BBC Sport website which has some interesting stats on the strength of each nation's performance relative to their team size. China and the United States are still out in front, but then a cheeky Romanian outfit have sneaked in to pip us to third with 14% of their team picking up new neckwear so far. GB are on 11%.

  81. 0923: 

    Lord Coe, chairman of Games organisers Locog and two-time 1500m gold medallist, tells Radio 5 live's Sportsweek: "I think back to a year ago, when I was presenting Jess with her medal in Daegu at the world championships. It was a silver medal and she will have known that was a disappointing return for her.

    "But the road to London began that day and maybe that disappointment was a blessing in disguise. At that medal ceremony everything about Jess started focusing on London, every muscle in her body started preparing for it.

    "She stuck with the same system, the same people and the same coaching set-up and that really paid dividends. She maintained her routine and trusted the people around her - sometimes that can be the difference between crossing the line and not.

    "This is just the beginning of it for her. She was a household name anyway but it will be a different planet for her now. She will be able to take her grandchildren to that stadium and show them where it happened."


    Danii Mills on Twitter: "Now in tears watching the @mo_farah highlights! Wish I didn't have to work and could just watch the Olympics!"

    Jon Finnigan on Twitter: "Can we see a medals per capita table? Not only would we be ahead of USA and China, it would emphasise Team GB's brilliance so far!"

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    On Andy Murray aiming for more GB golds in the men's tennis final against Roger Federer (not before 1400 BST) as well as the mixed doubles final:

    "It's the toughest task in tennis right now to beat the Wimbledon champion and world number one but he can beat Roger. In the Wimbledon final he definitely had opportunities. The way Andy is playing and with the crowd support, he could cause an upset.

    "From Federer's point of view, he played a four-and-a-half hour match against Juan Martin del Potro to win 19-17 in the third set so he will be feeling a little bit sore.

    "Andy knows that he has got a busy day but he is phenomenal shape and he is going to give his best in both matches."

  84. 0915: 

    They have just shown the last two laps of Mo Farah's race last night on BBC One. Watching the gap between him and the chasing mob slowly, steadily crank up is a beautiful thing. The reaction of BBC pundits Denise Lewis, Michael Johnson and Colin Jackson was almost as thrilling as the race. I think Lewis single-handedly breached legal noise levels as he came down the home straight. And considering there was an American in second, Johnson seems mighty happy to see Farah home.

  85. 0909: 

    As well as Great Britain's fencers, we are go on Day Nine's action in the Riverbank Arena where New Zealand are taking on Japan, at Wembley Arena in the men's singles bronze medal match between China's Long Chen and South Korea's Hyun Il Lee and in the basketball where France's women are playing Russia's.

    The interactive video player on the desktop version of the BBC Sport website is the place to keep across any or, bandwidth allowing, all of those.

    A nice video montage of yesterday's British golds though? With a Eurythmics soundtrack? Maybe the live action can wait a few minutes...

  86. 0908: 

    Britain's long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford on BBC Olympic Breakfast "I was very confident. The way I jumped in qualifying I was behind the board and still close to everybody else.

    "I thought if I can get on the board and a decent performance that I could blow their minds. All of a sudden you kick them back a bit and they couldn't respond.

    "The crowd were absolutely fantastic. Every jump when I was on the runway the crowd got progressively louder. To have 80,000 people behind you, it was the lift I needed to win.

    "Everything was going through my head and I couldn't sleep. This is what I have wanted my entire life. All of a sudden it has happened and you don't know how to react. I don't have the medal yet and when I do maybe it will start to sink in."

  87. 0903: 

    The GB women's team pursuit trio of Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott won gold. King and Rowsell have also been on the BBC Breakfast sofa, while Trott prepares for the omnium.

    Rowsell says: "It gives a great boost to the team when someone else wins a gold medal. It spurs us on to continue that gold rush. I don't think we are ever going to be able to top this, gold in front of a home support which was incredible."

    Dani King: "We just come together as one. We are so close on and off the bike and it just comes together. I feel proud to be a part of the team. The support we get is incredible and we have got so many people to thank for this medal."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the fencing at ExCeL

    "This is it, then. The last chance for Britain's fencers to join the party starting in the other Olympic venues.

    "For some sports, like judo, London 2012 has brought the ideal reward after years of struggle: an Olympic medal. Much like judo, fencing has endured internal upheaval on the way to a home Olympics, but light at the end of the tunnel is yet to emerge.

    "The final day of Olympic fencing in ExCeL features Britain's men's foil team, who were the best bet for a medal at the start of the Games and are now the last men standing.

    "They face Egypt at 0900 BST for a place in the last eight, where they'll face top seeds Italy if they win. Getting through those two encounters intact will be incredibly difficult, but that's the only way anyone British is coming away from the London Olympics with a fencing medal."

  89. 0859: 

    Jessica Ennis had the added pressure of being the face of the Games.

    She has been telling BBC Olympic Breakfast, how she dealt with that: "I honestly don't know," she says.

    "A lot of it has been down to the people around me. It has been hard, I'm not going to lie. It has been a lot of pressure and there were times during those two days when I was worried something would go wrong. I would have been devastated but now it is a massive relief.

    "Everyone expected me to win and it was so much pressure. I am just relieved that I have got the medal now."

  90. 0857: 

    Great Britain's Zoe Smith set a new British record earlier in the Games to get a few Twitter critics to pipe down.

    She will be fielding your questions on BBC Three today via the world's micro-blogging site of choice. Bung them her way using the hashtag #bbcthree2012.


    Kevin Westaway on Twitter: "Another full day of couch Olympics ahead - I better pace myself."

    Antony Hopker on Twitter: "Can't someone persuade Jessica Ennis that 2 golds is better than 1 and she should go in the hurdles too? Once in a lifetime chance."

  92. 0850: 

    I don't think we will get tired of hearing from heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis as we revel in last night's glory.

    "I'm still so excited," she tells BBC Olympic Breakfast. "I'm tired because I've only had a couple of hours of sleep. I still can't believe it has happened.

    "At the end, I had pain just from the 800m itself but no injuries which was a great way to go into the last event. I just wanted to give it everything and it was a nice feeling to cross the line first.

    "I think I just wanted to run sensibly because I knew that I had a good buffer. When it came down to it I knew it was my last event and I just wanted to give it everything.

    "The crowd is like nothing I've ever experienced. It was unbelievable in there. As soon as I walked out for the first event in the hurdles the crowd were so loud it just gave me goose bumps and made me want to raise my game that little bit more."


    Denise Lewis, heptathlon gold medallist from 2000 and BBC pundit: "Not surprised Jess isn't doing hurdles. These next few days & weeks are dreamlike and she needs to capture every second. #whatafeeling"

  94. 0848: 

    With success coming from all angles, you might want to get across the cv of Perri Shakes-Drayton ahead of this evening as well.

    Like Christine Ohuruogu, she is an East End girl and on her last appearance before the Games she plucked a blistering 53.78 out of her pocket to beat European Champion Irina Davydova and Jamaican Kaliese Spencer in the 400m hurdles.

    She lines up in the fifth heat of the 400m hurdles alongside Olympic champion Melanie Walker at 1932 BST.

  95. 0840: 

    As well as Jessica Ennis popping into the BBC television studios, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has just arrived for a bit of a 5 live chat with Garry Richardson. "The greatest night in athletics history? Yes or no? Yes or no?," says Coe, imitating Richardson's tigerish interviewing style, as he arrives. Seb is as bouncy as near-namesake Zebedee this morning. Fair enough as well.


    Rory Stanbridge on Twitter: "Most commonly used phrase: 'Proud to be British.' Let's not forget that in two months when the euphoria of the Games has gone."

    Hugo Legh on Twitter: "Let's make it a fourth golden day in a row. C'mon Murray/Robson, Ainslie, Percy/Simpson & Ohuruogu. Realistic chance of 5 more?"

  97. 0833: 

    So will GB's golden girl Jessica Ennis run in the individual 100m hurdles after winning the heptathlon?

    She tells BBC Olympic Breakfast: "Right now I want to just to enjoy this moment for as long as I can. I want to spend some time with my family and then just have a bit of a break. It has been such a long build up and stressful. I am looking forward to relaxing.

    "I did think about it, especially after my performance in the hurdles [in the heptathlon]. I did seriously contemplate it but for me it was just about the heptathlon but I think my body just needs to rest a little bit now. I'm more than happy coming away with this medal."

  98. 0832: 

    There has not been as much talk about the Wall of Sound since Phil Spector left the studio. The fans played a starring supporting role last night and in the velodrome kept it particularly buzzing as Laura King, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King swept to team pursuit gold and a third successive world record.

    Over there this morning, Ed Clancy keeps his omnium campaign going in the 4km individual pursuit at 1000 while Victoria Pendleton starts her bid for a second gold of the Games in sprint qualifying at 1058.

  99. 0829: 

    But what do each of our golden boys and girls have to say?

    Heptathlon champion Jess Ennis hopes the triple British athletics triumph can "inspire a generation".

    Mo Farah is still trying to get his head around his 10,000m triumph, saying: "I've never experienced anything like this - it will never get any better than this, this is the best moment of my life.

    And long jumper Greg Rutherford was also in dreamland, adding: "This is what I have dreamed of my whole life and to do it in London is just incredible, I might wake up in a minute."

    At the velodrome, team pursuiter Joanna Rowsell hailed the home support for inspiring their win in world record time, saying: "The crowd was absolutely fantastic and they really pushed us on through the last kilometre."

    The victorious rowers were pinching themselves too. Katherine Copeland, part of the lightweight double sculls duo, said: "I can't believe this is real and we just won" while Andy Triggs Hodge saluted his coxless four crewmates, saying: "It took four years to make that. These guys are absolutely phenomenal. It was just impeccable rowing."

  100. 0827: 

    So, where do we start when we look back at Saturday's events, other than by peeling ourselves off the ceiling?

    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce, who was at the Olympic Stadium, describes the collective effort of six golds across three sports as a moment that "truly belonged to Britain - a collective grin of national pleasure, a domino-chain of sporting success that had you clapping and cheering new heroes like you'd loved them all their lives."


    Richard Aldridge on Twitter: "Wedding festivities meant I missed yesterday's action but I just shed a tear to the highlights on BBC News."

    They had better have been your own wedding festivities Richard. And even then...

    Those who did catch the action, what was your personal highlight of yesterday? So many to choose from. Let me know on #bbc2012 or on mobiles via a text to 81111. Lovely stuff.

  102. 0822: 

    David Tanner, GB Rowing team performance director, on the squad winning nine medals from 13 boats:

    "No nation has beaten six medals for a long time. We knew we could but we didn't count our chickens too early. We've got an outstanding squad. Every boat, all 13 of them, got to the 'A' class final. We were always going to have that good chance and we took them."

    GB rowing team women's and lightweights coach Paul Thomson:

    "There's no secret, there is just a lot of hard work. We knew we had some really fast crews out there and it was going to be how they handled the Olympic environment. They prepared themselves exceptionally well and to have a breakthrough with three women's gold medals is outstanding and a credit to the athletes involved."

  103. 0818: 

    GB's double Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport pundit Shirley Robertson on the prospect of two sailing gold medals today:

    "It's a day when the heavyweights race. First up is Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson. They have just got on with it and have built up a small cushion. They could finish fourth and still win. That is up at 1300.

    "Then it is Ben Ainslie up against the great Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen. There is a fair amount of tension between the two and I think it will get more heated today. Essentially, they are on the same points and it is a who beats who. But Ben will also have to keep and eye on Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma. This is where Ben excels."

  104. 0815: 

    Mo Farah admitted last night that the sight of a victorious Jessica Ennis draped in the Union Jack spurred him on as he stepped out for the start of the 10,000m on the track.

    We'll see if that spirit can spur Christine Ohuruogu, Britain's only defending Olympic athletics champion, to reatin her 400m crown at 2110.

    Over at Wimbledon Andy Murray goes for two golds in one day as he faces Roger Federer, the man who shattered his SW19 dream a month ago, in the singles final at some time after 1400 BST before teaming up with Laura Robson in the mixed doubles final. Two more silvers are already guaranteed there.

    On the water in Weymouth Ben Ainslie in the Finn medal race at 1400, while Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson could well have retained their Star crown by the time he gets going.

  105. 0806: 
    That's incredible!

    Still stumbling about in a bit of a daze, emotions all over the place, after last night's action? Well, I'm not sure if it will cure things, but a bit of Bolt is what you are going to get today.

    The world's fastest man had seemed a racing cert for the 100m a couple of years back, but suddenly even the easy-going Usain might be starting to feel the pinch of a pressure with young pretender Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin, returned from exile, plus Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell looking to rain on his parade.

    The semi-finals of the Games' most spectacular event are at 1945 BST with the final at 2150 BST.

  106. 0802: 
    That's a record

    Welcome to Day Nine of London 2012, but I hope you don't mind doing a bit of basking in the glory of number Eight before we crack on with all of that.

    An astonishing six (SIX, 6, VI, sechs) golds (yep, the full 24-carat top-step variety) were still there on Team GB's day-eight medal count when I woke up this morning with a hoarse voice and a head buzzing with images of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and the rest.

    The use of music in the Olympic Stadium has come in for a bit of stick during the Games but when the speakers were blaring out Dizzee Rascal's 'Bonkers' in the wake of Ennis' 800m win it was suddenly kind of apt.

  107. 0800: 

    Should I just cut and paste yesterday's live text commentaries in here and we'll do it all again?

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