London 2012 Olympics: Day 11 morning session as it happened

Alistair Brownlee wins triathlon gold - Britain's 19th of the Games - and Nick Dempsey takes windsurfing silver, but Phillips Idowu fails to qualify for the triple jump final.

7 August 2012 Last updated at 14:20

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  1.  
    TRIATHLON

    More from triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee: "I was relieved to finish, you usually are in a triathlon as you are quite tired at the end! The Olympics is not like any other race, I was so excited to start and I was like a kid at Christmas when I woke up this morning.

    "I am massively proud of Johnny. I knew he had a penalty and I was telling him to not worry about it and calm down. I took the first lap of the run really hard to try and help Johnny. I have never have been a fan of these penalties, I think it is ruining the sport. Johnny didn't even know what he had done until we looked up on the screen.

    "Johnny is fine, triathlon is a tough sport and we have both been in that position. He was probably right on the edge at the end as is usual."

  2. 1409: 

    It is time to make our daily switch to a new live text commentary, where there is plenty of excitement building over the prospect of further British dominance in the velodrome. Get off there sharpish.

  3. 1404: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Over in the North Greenwich Arena, the final of the men's parallel bars is about to get under way. Japan's Yusuke Tanaka came top in qualifying with China's 2010 world champion Feng Zhe also in action.

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

  4. 1359: 
    TRIATHLON

    Triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee: "It feels a bit underwhelming because Johnny has collapsed, but, no, it is fantastic. The race was unbelievable and the crowds were amazing. My ears are still ringing from all that noise.

    "I am massively proud. The pressure was stacked up and so many things put to bed today.

    "To get two British brothers on the podium, you could not ask for more and with Stuart Hayes we really were a team of three. Today we had a plan and we executed it really well."

  5.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Great Britain's 470 women Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark finish fifth in their first race on Tuesday, the seventh of their opening 10 race series. They trail New Zealand by three points with the Dutch team two points back in third."

  6. 1356: 
    TRIATHLON

    The triathlon medal ceremony is delayed as Johnny Brownlee is seen being taken away by medics in a wheelchair, showing just how much the triathlon takes it's toll on athletes physically.

    "He didn't look to be in great difficulty. It may have had something to do with the fact that he stopped and served that penalty, so that made have played a part. These guys are red lining it for two hours, so I am not surprised some need medical attention afterwards," says British triathlete Chrissie Wellington.

  7.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Dave, via text: "Wow! What a triathlon by all three Great Britain athletes. I am a casual runner currently experiencing some Achilles problems. The way Alistair Brownlee came back from his own achilles injury, both mentally and physically, has stopped me from feeling too sorry for myself. I'm planning my aqua treadmill already! Well done Alistair, Jonathan and Stuart!"

    Liv, via text: "What a great result in the Triathlon. The boys from Leeds have done us proud, hopefully this will turn around people's perception of our region after that loser from Leeds threw a bottle at Bolt On Saturday. Well done everyone x"

  8. 1356: 
    SAILING

    The women's windsurfing medal race is up next. Where as Nick Dempsey could paly it fairly safe and end up on the podium, team-mate Byony Shaw will have to chance her arm if she is to get into the top three.

    She 11 points off joint second-placed Lee-El Korzits and Tuuli Petaja and Shaw will need to finish fifth or better and then hope that other finish down the field. It is a 1400 BST start.

  9.  

    Great Britain's lightweight double sculls silver medallist Mark Hunter on Twitter: "An amazing cheer from the crowd on #parklive when @AliBrownleetriand @jonny_brownlee crossed the finish line. Awesome work lads!"

  10. 1349: 
    TRIATHLON

    British triathlete and current Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington after Alistair Brownlee, who missed much of the early season with an Achilles injury, wins gold: "It is incredibly impressive. Not only would it have been physically difficult to train but mentally he will have been riddled with self doubt. It is never easy struggling with an injury and that is what makes this victory all the more impressive. He even had a pool installed so he could aqua jog and do some of his training in the water."

  11. 1348: 
    BRITISH SUCCESS

    That silver from windsurfer Nick Dempsey takes us within sight of a Team GB landmark.

    With four medals in boxing now guaranteed, and a silver for Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell in the 470 class at worst still to come, Great Britain are now certain to win at least 48 Olympic medals.

    That will surpass the tally from Beijing 2008 and reach UK Sport's minimum target.

    In reality it will be a major surprise if Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott do not lob a bit more metal on the pile this afternoon, before Thursday's men's 470 medal race.

  12.  

    Four-time Olympic champion Matthew Pinsent on Twitter: "Jonny's in bits. Might delay ceremony. Ice and medic being applied."

  13. 1343: 
    SAILING

    There is a banner unfurled by some spectators. It reads Windsurfing for Rio 2016. The sport is off the Olympic roster for the next Games and is being replaced by kiteboarding.

  14. 1340: 
    SAILING

    Windsurfing silver medallist Nick Dempsey: "It's been a pretty difficult four years but I always believed I could come here and do well and just massively relieved more than anything.

    "It's been really tough, especially with the Dutchman having such a good start, it was tough coming to terms with the fact I was racing for second and hoping he'd make a mistake and he didn't so I was very quickly only ever going to be second.

    "But I was desperate to finish second because third would have been a disaster. I'm just massively happy and glad I could do it for the people that have helped me."

  15. 1338: 
    SAILING- Silver for Dempsey

    Nick Dempsey directs the boat driver giving him a lift back to shore to drop him off close to the fans up on the hills up above the bay. The windsurfer plunges into the sea, swims a short distance, scrambles up the sea break and sorts through the wellwishers to find his young son. The little 'un stares at his dad in wide-eyed awe.

  16.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "GB windsurfer Nick Dempsey bags Olympic silver to go with the Mistral bronze he won in Athens.

    "Dempsey, who missed out on a medal in the final few 100m in Beijing, went into the medal race needing to finish in the top six to hold off Germany's Toni Wilhelm in bronze and came third to secure his gong.

    "Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge had already secured gold but Wilhelm lost out to Poland for bronze in the final race."

  17. 1333: 
    TRIATHLON

    Team GB triathlete Vicky Holland: "This is the big one, this is the one every triathlete wants to win. Alistair has been so dominant in the sport since the last Olympics."

  18.   
    Matt Chilton, BBC triathlon commentator

    "What a race and what a day for Alistair Brownlee. A few tears of joy from him when he realised what he has done. Alistair Brownlee is on top of the world."

  19.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Sal, via text: "Get those boys a drink! Awesome athletes every GB triathlete! My hands hurt from clapping you all the way round. Stunning performance."

    Mitch, via text: "The moment the Brownlee brothers become household names, truly fantastic to walk over the line like that after such a draining race."

  20. 1331: 
    SAILING- Dempsey wins silver

    Nick Dempsey is aboard a rigid inflatable boat, waving to the crowds on the sea wall, as he and his windsurfing board are giving a lift back to the shore. Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynskli has snatched bronze from Germany's Toni Wilhelm.

  21.  

    Women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe: "Big congrats the Brownlee bros!"

    Olympic open-water swimmer Keri-anne Payne: "HUGE well done to the Brownlee brothers @alibrownleetri Gold and @jonny_brownlee Bronze in the triathlon!! What a brilliant performance!"

  22. 1329: 
    TRIATHLON

    British triathlete and current Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington after Alistair Brownlee wins gold: "It is absolutely phenomenal. Alistair has now won everything there is to win in triathlon. It was just the most phenomenal performance. He showed you can work incredibly hard in the swim, push it on then bike and still go on to do an incredible run. This means everything to British triathlon. It is the fast growing sport in this country at the moment and the crowds today are testament to that. It will have lifted the Brownlees to achieve success."

  23. 1328: 
    SILVER MEDAL- Nick Dempsey GBR (Mens RS:X Windsurfing)

    Nick Dempsey is across the line to keep that promise to his three-old son Thomas and bring a medal back to their Dorset home.

  24.  
    GOLD MEDAL- Dorian van Rijsselberghe NED (Men's RS:X Windsurfing)
  25. 1325: 
    TRIATHLON

    Stewart Hayes, speaking after finishing 37th and operating as a pace-setter for the Brownlees in the triathlon: "It's not me, it's the two Brownlees. I did my best to help them and it worked. Team tactics help but those guys are amazing.

    "I've been training with them for the last month and I couldn't imagine anyone beating them. It was a great race.

    "It's a great moment for British triathlon. We've got it right for once. It's taken us three times but now we know what we're doing. The crowd was amazing."

  26. 1323: 
    TRIATHLON

    Triathlon commentator Steve Trew: "What an advert for Great Britain triathlon. It has been a long time coming. We come to London and take the gold medal with Alistair Brownlee."

  27.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "British windsurfer Nick Dempsey flying in third heading to the penultimate mark, needing only a top-six to secure his silver medal. Closest rival Toni Wilhelm of Germany is towards the back of the fleet so Dempsey is looking good."

  28. 1322: 
    MEDAL TABLE

    That is Great Britain's 19th gold medal of the Games, equalling the record for the modern era set in Beijing four years ago. Their best ever was 56 at the 1908 London Games, but things were a little different back then.

  29. 1321: 
    HOCKEY

    After a 3-3 draw with Great Britain last time out, Australia's place in the men's hockey was at threat this morning when a defeat against Pakistan would send them crashing out. No worries, they are safely through with a whopping 7-0 win.

  30.   
    Matt Chilton, BBC triathlon commentator

    "That was effectively a lap of honour for Alistair Brownlee. He has the Union Jack across his shoulders. Great Britain's 19th gold medal goes to Alistair Brownlee. There will be both of the brilliant Brownlee brothers on the podium as Jonathan does enough to hold on to bronze."

  31. 1318: 
    TRIATHLON

    What a man, what a hero and what a way to finish too. Alistair Brownlee accepts a Union flag from the crowd and, tears gathering in his eyes, slows right down and walks slowly across the finish line.

  32.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "British 470 sailors Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell secured at least a silver medal with a third place behind big rivals Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page in race nine of 10 in the opening series.

    "The Britons trail Australia by three points with 31 points back to the Argentines with one race and the medal race to come. Expect Brit v Aussie fireworks in those two, certainly the medal race."

  33. 1315: 
    SAILING

    Germany's Toni Wilhelm, 11 points behind Nick Dempsey in the battle for windsurfing silver, looks as if he is more concerned with cementing his place on the bottom step of the podium rather than attacking the Briton. Wilhelm is down in eighth with Dempsey up in second.

  34.   
    Matt Chilton, BBC commentator

    "What a race Alistair has had. The triathlon requires the skills of Michael Phelps and Bradley Wiggins all bundled up with a bit of Mo Farah."

  35. 1315: 
    TRIATHLON

    This is thrilling, inspiring, all those things. Alistair Brownlee is on the home straight and Jonny Brownlee is doing all he can in a bid to catch Gomez.

  36.  

    Mark Dannell on Twitter: "Alistair Brownlee is a machine. inspired me to take up triathlon even before the Olympics. Hope to complete my first next year!"

  37. 1312: 
    Brownlee on course for gold

    Just 1km to go now and Alistair Brownlee is a good 20 metres clear. Great Britain's 19th gold of the Games is on its way...

  38. 1312: 
    TRIATHLON

    Triathlon commentator Steve Trew: "The gap from third to fourth is not much at all. We saw how much Johnny Brownlee was suffering at the beginning of lap three, it will have broken his rhythm going into the penalty box. Although at the moment gold and silver looks sorted, everything is to play for with the bronze. It is not all over by any means."

  39.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Nick Dempsey, who needs only a top-six finish in his windsurfing medal race to defend his silver-medal position, gets a good start and is around the first windward mark in third. But we've seen how shifty this "Nothe" medal-race course is and nothing is assured until the end. Dempsey was second going into the medal race in China but ended fourth. His demeanour all week has suggested he is not going to make the same mistake again. Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge is on a lap of honour, having already secured gold.

  40.  

    Domenico Augustus on Twitter: "King of the Olympics if he wins with Ennis his Queen...Yorkshire bred the two...So proud!"

  41. 1311: 
    TRIATHLON

    Alistair Brownlee is right on course for gold at the moment having opened up a five second gap on Javier Gomez going on to the final 2.5km lap. And if anything, that gap is getting bigger...

  42. 1310: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Singapore (Women's team table tennis)

    Singapore have secured bronze with a 3-0 win over South Korea at ExCeL. The final between China and Japan is due to begin at 1530 today.

  43. 1309: 
    TRIATHLON

    Jonny Brownlee is bearing right now and heading for the penalty box. He stands still, takes a quick breather and waits for the clock to tick down 15 seconds before running off again, still in third place ahead of French duo David Hauss and Laurent Vidal.

  44.  
    GET INVOLVED

    James, via text: "Not sure whether having to stop for 15 seconds is better or worse than having 15 seconds added on to your finishing time. If I was Jonny I might consider taking the 15 second penalty a metre short of the line! Put everything he's got into it and just stand there and wait...and hope!"

    S, via text: "Pacing watching these brothers working together! Come on boys we are all with you. Can't stand it. God knows how their mum feels!"

    Alistair, via text: "Jonny should run all the way. Stop at the finish line for 15 seconds then walk over. He helps his brother then and keeps his momentum going to give himself the best chance of a medal."

  45. 1306: 
    SAILING

    Nick Dempsey is third around the first mark with the Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberghe, who only needs to finish to guarantee gold, in the lead. All on course for the top-six finish that would ensure silver for Dempsey.

  46.  

    Fournier on Twitter: "I think the Brownlees are head and shoulders Britain's greatest sportsmen at the moment."

  47. 1306: 
    TRIATHLON

    I am genuinely in awe of these guys. What a sport, what a supreme level of fitness it must require to run 10km after a 1500m swin and 37km cycle. Alistair Brownlee is making a move now to shake off Gomez and there's a bit of a gap emerging now. Jonny hasn't lost sight of the leaders yet.

  48.  

    James Curtis on Twitter: "Surely it would make the triathlon in the true spirit of London if they were using Boris Bikes??"

  49.  

    Great Britain cyclist Mark Cavendish: "Watching the Olympic Triathlon. Amazing how tactically different the bike leg is from an actual cycle race. Brownlee Brothers look strong."

  50.  
    TRIATHLON

    Triathlon commentator Steve Trew: "You could not write a novel about this could you? I wonder if Alistair and Jonny both feel they could outsprint Gomez, would there be the possibility of Alistair slowing the pace down to let his brother get back up? You don't know with these two, they have so often finished one and two, there is such a gap now on the rest so even when Jonny serves that penalty he will still be coming out in bronze medal position."

  51. 1304: 
    TRIATHLON

    Alistair Brownlee kicks ahead and Javier Gomez goes with him, but Jonny Brownlee is left behind. He's six seconds back now and he hasn't even served his time penalty yet.

  52. 1304: 
    SAILING

    Great Britain's Nick Dempsey needs to finish in the top six to tie down the silver medal in the medal race of the men's windsurfing. He has just got off to a corker of a start out in Weymouth harbour.

    Just in case Team GB's Olympians did not have enough pressure on themselves, Dempsey reveals in a pre-race interview that he has promised his young son that he would bring home a medal for him.

    You can see if Dempsey Junior is going to get his promised present on the BBC Sport interactive video player.

  53. 1259: 
    TRIATHLON

    The trio of leaders - the Brownlees and Gomez - are now 20 seconds ahead of the chasing pack. When will Jonny serve his penalty? I would think sooner rather than later to give him time to catch the leaders again.

  54. 1303: 
    TRIATHLON

    Triathlete Vicky Holland, speaking to BBC One: "It doesn't always happen in the Olympic Games but those are the three favourites so it is good to see them leading the way. Johnny has the penalty to serve but he is firmly in medal contention, it just depends on what colour with a bit of luck."

  55.  

    Chris, Lowestoft, via text on 81111: "Waiting for someone to say what the black square things on the seats in Olympic Stadium are - tv screens? -tissue holders?- sponsors message boards?"

    I believe they were part of the lighting effects in the Opening Ceremony. Presumably they will do something similar in the Closing Ceremony as well...

  56.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Pete, via text: "As a Weymouth Town fan I remember Darren Campbell playing for us for a season. No one could catch him, but he wasn't the best on the ball..... Hopefully Usain is better."

  57.   
    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    On Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang crashing out of the hurdles: "The same as in Beijing for Liu, how can one athlete be so unfortunate? Crashing to the floor like that. The Achilles tendon takes so much load and he wasn't able to do a thing about."

  58. 1254: 
    TRIATHLON

    Word reaches me that Jonny Brownlee will have to stop at some point on this run and serve out his 15 second time penalty. What a horrible decision to have to make. Still Alistair sets the pace, with Gomez second and Jonny third. The gap to the chasing pack, which includes all three French athletes, is growing by the second.

  59.   
    Michael Johnson, Four-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "With Phillips Idowu, he was very diplomatic in his interview and very forthcoming. That is one side of Phillips we would like to see more of. I know he felt he had to do it his way to be ready for this, but I think it got to a point where it turned so negative and if he gave a little bit of what he gave in his interview just now it would have been a better situation."

  60.   
    Darren Campbell, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator Darren Campbell about Phillips Idowu: "The part where no-one knew where he was that is ridiculous because you have to fill out a drugs whereabouts form.

    "So for two hours every day, everyone involved in the sport knew where he was. It was just convenient to come out and say 'we don't know where he is'. Phillips has never come out at any point and actually said anything.

    "To say that Phillips doesn't want to compete on this big stage is ludicrous."

  61. 1252: 
    TRIATHLON

    We've only just started the running secation of the triathlon but already the three best triathletes in the world - the Brownlees and Javier Gomez - are nine seconds ahead of the rest.

    Just seen a brilliant overhead shot of Hyde Park, with thousands lining the Serpentine and thousands more watching on big screens. Love it.

  62.   
    Nigel Adderley, BBC water polo commentator

    Australia v USA was predicted to be the 'Dream Final' in women's water polo but the Americans' didn't win their group so the sport's bitterest rivals meet in the semis today (1530).

    USA have never failed to medal in this event but have never won gold either. Hungary meet Great Britain's conquerers Spain in the other semi-final tonight.

    GB will hope to win their first match under the inflatable plastic roof against Russia in the play-off for the minor places. Swim-off is at 1820.

  63. 1249: 
    TRIATHLON

    Here we go then, bikes down, helmets off and the frontrunners are off on their 10km run. Alistair Brownlee hits the front, with his brother Jonny in hot pursuit. But remember Jonny has incurred a 15-second penalty, so he needs to win by a distance to claim gold.

  64.  

    Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Just heard Usain Bolt confirm he'd like to meet Sir Alex and play for MUFC. Premier League defenders tremble in their predators. Can you imagine?"

  65. 1248: 
    ATHLETICS

    The Netherlands' European champion Churandy Martina, who has broken 19 seconds for the first time this season, won that final 200m heat in a time of 20.58 seconds. Japan's Kei Takase and Canada's Jared Connaughton are in second and third.

  66. 1248: 
    ATHLETICS

    James Ellington, speaking to BBC1 after failing to make the 200m semi-finals: "I don't know what to say, that was the slowest race I have done all year. I felt good in warm up but I had no gas left. I have no injury problems, training has been going well in Portugal, I am just gutted. There are people like Danny Talbot in good shape and I feel like I have taken someone's place and let the team down. I rise to occasions and I thought I would have a PB, I have not got a clue what is going on."

  67. 1244: 
    TRIATHLON

    The lead group are on their last lap of Hyde Park now and it is still very bunched at the front of the course. Russian dangerman Alexander Bryukhankov is right up there on the shoulders of the Brownlees. The chasing pack is about one minute behind.

  68. 1245:  
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "James Ellington will be bitterly disappointed with that. He has been running well in the season and thoroughly deserved his place in the team, so you can imagine how frustrated he must be. You don't want to produce that type of performance at the Olympic Games."

  69. 1244: 
    ATHLETICS- James Ellington out of the 200m

    James Ellington is well down the field, finishing in sixth, and he will not be amongst those competing in the semi-finals tomorrow night. He is slumped on the track, staring vacantly back down the lanes trying to work out where that race went wrong for him.

  70. 1241: 
    ATHLETICS

    American three-time world championship medallist Wallace Spearmon is safely through to the 200m semi-finals after trotting in second behind Ecuador's Alex Quinonez and in front of Shinji Takahira of Japan in heat five.

    Great Britain's James Ellington, who funded his training by putting himself up for bids on an internet auction site, goes next in the sixth.

  71. 1237: 
    TRIATHLON

    Alistair Brownlee is on the charge and the crowd are loving it. He's caught quite quickly by the pack but he may well just be trying to sap the legs of his biggest rivals.

  72.   
    Darren Campbell, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    Speaking about Phillips Idowu, who earlier failed to qualify for the triple jump final: "It is easy to go it was all about Phillips Idowu and not Team GB, but you have to ask the question, who brought his injury into the media eye in the first place?

    "As an athlete, the last thing you want to do is tell your opposition you have a problem. You give yourself the best chance to get back on track and perform at your best. You are not going to go to everybody and say you are not fit. Why would you do that?"

  73. 1235: 
    ATHLETICS

    Phillips Idowu, failed to qualify for the final stages of the triple jump earlier today and has told BBC Radio 5 live that he receives no funding from UK Athletics.

    "I am not lottery funded. I have not been lottery funded for at least three years. I pay for my own medical, I pay for my own physio and I will pay for my own surgery," he said.

    "There is no association between me and UKAA, if you can find a form that I have signed that says I received money from UKAA then hold me accountable but over the last three years I have been out there and won world titles, world silver medals, Olympic silver medals and I have done that out of my own pocket."

  74. 1233: 
    TRIATHLON

    Britain's Stuart Hayes hits the front to set the pace for the Brownlees, with Jonny tucked in his slipstream. There are still about 20 riders in this lead group at the moment as they complete the sixth lap of Hyde Park.

  75. 1231: 
    ATHLETICS

    Usain Bolt, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "Rio Ferdinand has tweeted me and says he will hook me up for a trial so I am looking forward to that. I went to Old Trafford once, we didn't talk extensively about me coming there, but Rio is going to set the meeting up and I will talk to Sir Alex Ferguson."

    Is this really happening? I remember seeing Darren Campbell in a celebrities against legends game. Speed isn't everything.

  76. 1228: 
    ATHLETICS

    Even Jamaica's third-choice 200m runner is a cut above. Warren Weir puts in a bit more effort in than Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake and stops the digital figures whirring round at 20.29 seconds - faster than both his team-mates or anyone else so far - to win the fifth heat.

    Antoine Adams of St Kitts and Nevis and Kamil Krynski of Poland are in second and third and will join him in the semi-finals.

  77. 1225: 
    DIVING

    Chris Mears after his surprise qualification for tonight's individual 3m springboard final: "That was the best performance of my life in front of a home crowd. I nailed it when it mattered and now I'm an Olympic finalist I can say. I can't quite believe it.

    And on his tricky front 4.5 somersault routine which sealed his place: "At the end of the day it's in there to do its job. It's make or break and today it's make, which I'm pretty glad about because otherwise I may have looked like an idiot if I flopped it, but it went to plan and it pushed me right up."

  78.  

    Matthew, Cumbria, via text on 81111: "In reply to Paul from London, it's not about what you give to athletics or any sport. It's about being the best for your country. If it was all about doing good for sport Beckham would have been on Team GB football."

  79. 1225: 
    TRIATHLON

    What does Jonny Brownlee do now then? Does he try to make a solo break at some stage? Beating anyone by 15 seconds will be tricky, but beating his brother by that margin could be impossible. Swiss rider Sven Riederer and Kris Gemmell of New Zealand attempt to go clear at the front but are immediately swallowed up by the rest of the lead group of about 20 riders.

  80.  

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand: "@usainbolt u are jogging the 200m, this isn't fare! We'll put you upfront, just run behind defences + scholes will find you but #CanYouFinish"

  81. 1221: 
    ATHLETICS

    Yohan Blake after winning his heat to reach the semi-finals of the 200m: "My foot's cold but I'm good and healthy. I give credit to my coach because the 100m and winning my first Olympic medal taught me a lot and I'm feeling confident every day.

    "Like Usain Bolt, I love the 200m too. It's my better event because I have more speed endurance."

  82. 1220: 
    TRIATHLON- Brownlee incurs 15-second penalty

    Commentator Graham Bell on BBC One confirms that Jonny Brownlee has incurred a 15-second penalty for mounting his bike too early.

    The rule is that you have to have one foot on the floor after crossing the line before you mount your bike.

  83. 1220: 
    ATHLETICS

    A bit of a grimace from Yohan Blake as he motors down after the line. He explains to BBC Sport's Phil Jones in his post-race interview that it was because his foot was cold. My PE teacher always prescribed more running rather than less to cure such complaints.

  84. 1217: 
    ATHLETICS

    Yohan Blake, a compact Billy Whizz type build compared to the rangier Usain Bolt, slows to walking pace as he crosses the line first in a time of 20.38 seconds.

    Brazil's Bruno de Barros and Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure fill the two other automatic qualifying spots. Three fastest losers will also make it through to the semi-finals.

  85.  

    Paul, London, via text 81111: "The listeners criticising Idowu are ill-informed and an embarrassment. After what he has contributed to UK athletics he deserved a chance to jump even if he was 10% fit, like Daley Thompson in 88. He didn't steal anyone else's place!"

  86. 1214: 
    ATHLETICS

    Next up in the 200m is Yohan 'the Beast' Blake. The Jamaican, second behind Bolt in the 100m final on Sunday, has the fastest time of the year - a 19.80 in beating Bolt in their national trials on 1 July.

  87. 1214: 
    TRIATHLON

    Great Britain's Stuart Hayes has hit the front now, working as a domestique to try to set this up for the Brownlees, who are sitting in behind their compatriot in second and third place.

    But what's this? Oh no. We're hearing that Jonny Brownlee may incur a 15-second penalty for mounting his bike too early. More on that as we get it.

  88. 1211: 
    ATHLETICS

    Christian Malcolm after finishing second in his 200m heat to reach the semi-finals: "I don't like the early mornings but it's good to get the first one out of the way. Nerve-wracking but I have to get ready for the semi-finals tomorrow now.

    "The nerves are always there, it's the hunger and desire I've got for the sport. Training has gone well and I feel I've got a much quicker time than I've run this morning in my legs."

  89. 1210: 
    ATHLETICS- Christian Malcolm into the 200m semis

    Great Britain's Christian Malcolm has safely wedged himself in the top three in the fourth heat of the men's 200m, cranking those 33-year-old legs into action to finish second in 20.59 seconds. The Welshman is second behind American Maurice Mitchell in 20.54.

  90.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Nick Dempsey is less than an hour away from his windsurfing medal race (1300 BST). The Briton is in silver (with no chance of gold) but 11 points clear of Germany's Toni Wilhelm in bronze. Wilhelm suggested in the boat park this morning he won't be going after Dempsey. He says he wants to end on the podium and will be trying to defend bronze. We'll see.

    "Top windsurfing coach and BBC commentator Simon Bornhoft says Dempsey will just sail a "safe" race. "It won't be a match-race," Bornhoft told me. "Nick won't sit on the German. There's too much risk. If he goes for the German, he could also mess himself up and let the Pole past both of them. So he's better off sailing his own race and trying to get in the top six.

    "He will go for a reasonable start, a safe start, no risks. That's what he has probably learnt the most from Beijing - he knows he's got the talent, he knows he's got the skill, he doesn't need to do it in style, he's just got to be safe and protect that silver."

  91. 1209: 
    TRIATHLON

    The leading group of five riders has been chased down by the pack now, but the Brownlees are doing their best to launch a fresh breakaway of their own.

  92.  

    Graham, Leominster, via text on 81111: "It just proves that you can go out partying with a bunch of Swedes and still run a blistering time in the 200. Sorry it proves Usain Bolt can, us mere mortals probably not."

  93. 1204: 
    TRIATHLON

    The lead in this triathlon is a bit of a movable feast at the moment, but the good news for GB fans is that both the Brownlees are right up there as they complete lap after lap of Hyde Park. Gavin Noble of Ireland is at the head of the chasing pack, which is only nine seconds behind.

  94. 1203: 
    ATHLETICS

    Christophe Lemaitre, the world bronze medallist, has a race plan that is almost the opposite of Bolt's in the second 200m heat. After a steady, if unspectacular first half of the race, the Frenchman purrs along the home straight to leave the rest of the competition trailing and win in 20.34 seconds.

    South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana is second with Canada's Aaron Brown in third.

  95.   
    Helen Reeves, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC canoeing pundit

    On GB's Rachel Cawthorn: "What a performance. We said she was going to step it up with each performance and she did. To come in second with the final on Thursday, she will be very pleased with that. It was a solid performance. She is an excellent competitor. Off the water she can come across as timid but when she gets on the water she is one focused athlete."

  96.  
    Cawthorn through to kayak final

    Rachel Cawthorn finishes second in her semi-final to reach the final of the women's kayak singles.

  97. 1201: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    GB women's kayak double (K2) Abi Edmonds and Louisa Sawers finish seventh in the first semi-final and fail to make the 'A' final on Thursday.

  98. 1159: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at the Olympic Stadium: "I think it actually took Usain Bolt less than two strides to overtake Mauritania's Jidou El Moctar in winning that opening 200m heat in style - but credit to El Moctar who set a personal best of 22.94 seconds as he came home in last place.

    "Christian Malcolm is due off in heat three, while Yohan Blake is in heat four."

  99.  

    Paul via text on 81111: "What nonsense to say Idowu shouldn't have been allowed to compete. After the medals he has won for this country, the dedication he has shown over many years, he deserved the chance to appear in our home Olympic Games. To suggest otherwise is a disgrace."

  100. 1157: 
    ATHLETICS- Idowu out of triple jump

    Phillips Idowu also discussed his injury problems in detail, revealing he needs an operation:

    "I'm guessing I will need surgery at the end of this season. I'll call it a day and wrap up the season. I wanted to battle for gold but now I'll go home and reassess and go home and try not to be down about my performance.

    "It's over and there's nothing I can do. The crowd have been great I'm upset that I let them down. All year I've been tagged as a medal favourite and I haven't got the chance to go out there and do it.

    "I'm not sure what. I had a problem with my right leg and I can't say specifically."

  101. 1157: 
    ATHLETICS- Idowu out of triple jump

    Phillips Idowu on his performance in failing to reach the final of the men's triple jump: "I felt OK. I managed to get out and see my physio before today's competition so went in pain free and felt that I could have possibly qualified automatically.

    "I knew I would be rusty because it's been a while, conditions were difficult because of the wind and I knew that would be a factor, but that wasn't me out there today. I've competed for 12 years and I can't remember a time I've performed that badly."

  102. 1156: 
    TRIATHLON

    Losts of jostling for position at the front of the triathlon course as a group of five cyclists opens up a gap ahead of the rest. The Brownlees are in there along with Javier Gomez, Richard Varga and Italy's Alessandro Fabian.

  103.   
    Michael Johnson, Four-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "Bolt will have been a little bit more anxious about the 100m. Now he has won that, set a new Olympic record, silenced the doubters, he is just having fun with this. He knows Blake is the only real challenger. He doesn't have to worry as much, losing his 200m crown would not be as bad as losing the 100m."

  104.   
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Is Usain Bolt able to run slow? It was a stroll in the park. It was so easy."

  105. 1154: 
    ATHLETICS- Idowu out of triple jump

    Phillips Idowu added: "To be honest I have been lucky over the last four or five years and have competed at my best at the championships and being able to do that I've been able to come away with at least silver.

    "I'm not at my best and I was hoping I would still produce something but it wasn't to be."

  106.   
    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "That was one of the most mature interviews I have heard from Phillips. Sometimes the press can blow these things out of proportion into bigger things than they actually are."

  107. 1153: 
    ATHLETICS- Idowu out of triple jump

    Phillips Idowu on the uncertainty about his preparation and not joining the team's training camp in Portugal: "I had been travelling from Birmingham to London to see my coach. After withdrawing from Crystal Palace I was back up in Birmingham and had a problem in my hip going down to my knee.

    "I started a couple of training sessions in Birmingham and had to pull up in a running session. I made the decision to come back down to London and with the work over that week thought it was better to stay in the UK. Warming up and training I had to make sure someone was there to work with me.

    "I had some great sprint and technical sessions but a full approach is a different kettle of fish. The timing wasn't there. The hop and step was there but I just couldn't get my final phase."

  108. 1152: 
    ATHLETICS- Usain Bolt wins 200m heat in 20.39 seconds

    Usain Bolt cheecks over both shoulders as he slows to a gallop in the final 50m. No danger on either side and he comes home first in 20.39 seconds in the first 200m heat.

  109. 1150: 
    TRIATHLON

    Javier Varga of Slovakia jumps out of the water first after completing the swimming leg in 16:56 seconds. Spain's Javier Gomez is second with Jonny Brownlee fourth and his brother Alistair sixth. South Africa's Richard Murray is more than one minute back in 43rd.

    A frantic rush to remove wetsuits and don cycling helmets ensues and the cycling leg is underway.

  110. 1148: 
    ATHLETICS

    It is time for Usian Bolt. He is preening like a peacock as he prepares for the start of the 200m heats.

  111. 1148: 
    ATHLETICS

    American 110m hurdles runner Aries Merritt said Liu Xiang, who crashed out after hitting the first barrier, had appeared to be fit before the heats.

    "I spoke to him before the competition and he was well," he said. "It's a shame it happened to Liu. I don't think anything was wrong before the race. He looked OK. You make a mistake, you're out of the game. It's all about making the least amount of mistakes."

  112. 1145: 
    ATHLETICS

    Phillips Idowu has pulled on his tracksuit top and is getting consoled by his family in the stands. He is now heading over to the media zone to face some tricky questions on a bizarre build-up to the Games and a strained relationship with the athletics bosses in Team GB.

  113.  

    Tommy Morrisroe on Twitter: "Good luck to @AliBrownleetri - everyone who knows him from Leeds Uni will be wishing him a great race!!"

    Paul on Twitter: "Phillips Idowu poor performance both on and off the track!"

  114. 1143: 
    TRIATHLON

    I'm loving the way the Brownlee brothers are sticking together, working as a pair to keep in touch with leader Richard Varga in this swimming leg. They have been known to cross the line together, but I doubt they will be doing that today if an Olympic medal is on the line.

  115.   
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the diving at the Aquatics Centre

    "Incredible noise in the Aquatics Centre as it is confirmed that Great Britain's Chris Mears has defied all of the odds and the form-book to qualify for his first individual 3m springboard Olympic final.

    "Mears, 19, was fifth alongside Nick Robinson-Baker in the 3m synchro event last week, but only scraped into the semi-finals of the individual competition in 18th.

    "What a performance by the teenager who was only third at the British Olympic trials back in June."

  116. 1141: 
    ATHLETICS- Bolt due to run in 200m heats

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance in the Olympic Stadium: "Excitement levels here are building for the arrival of the fastest man in the world, with early chat in the press areas that Bolt could - could - break the 19-second barrier in the final here. That really would be extraordinary.

    "Spare a thought for Mauritania's Jidou El Moctar, who runs in the first heat of the men's 200m at 11:50 BST. His personal best is 23.16 seconds, and he will be two lanes outside the great Usain Bolt - whose world record is almost four seconds quicker. He could be overtaken inside two strides."

  117. 1140: 
    STARTING SOON

    Usain Bolt has insisted that there would be no partying in the wake of his 100m win on Sunday. He was as good as his word. He immediately sought out the Swedish ladies handball team to find out if there was anything he could learn from their five straight defeats in the group stages.

    We will see if he picked up anything up from that little brainstorming session in the 200m heats that get under way at 1150 BST.

  118. 1140: 
    ATHLETICS

    Julia Bleasdale on reaching the final of the 5000m

    "We recovered as well as we could from the 10,000. The first heat was very fast and I knew I had to be in the mix and look out for any moves and treat it like a final.

    "I'm just enjoying the experience and the crowd are fantastic. I'm sure the last 200m was louder than the 10,000m."

  119. 1140: 
    ATHLETICS- Bleasdale and Pavey into 5000m final

    Julia Bleasdale is safely in amongst the top five qualifiers from the women's 5000m with a personal best in the 500m of 15:02.00 in the second heat to make Friday's final. Team-mate Jo Pavey clocks a 15:02.84 down in seventh and will be on the list for another big night in the Olympic Stadium. Bad news for the third Briton, Barbara Parker who has not made the final though.

  120. 1139: 
    TRIATHLON

    Richard Varga of Slovakia is leading the triathlon with Spain's Javier Gomez, Jonny and Alistair Brownlee also among the front-runners. A reminder that the 1500m swim will be followed by a 37km cycle ride and a 10km run.

  121. 1134: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium: "Confusion for spectators at the Olympic Stadium as the announcer calls Phillips Idowu in seventh place after his final jump.

    "However that is only in Group A - and with two Groups jumping, Idowu is actually in 14th overall and will miss the final. A grimace appears on the Londoner's face as the measurement came in - his Olympics are over just 24 hours after he arrived."

  122.   
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the diving at the Aquatics Centre

    "Incredible final dive by Great Britain's Chris Mears in the 3m springboard semi-final. He nails the front 4.5 somersault - the most difficult dive in his routine. He scores 91.20, his highest score by some way, to total 461 and after climbing up to 11th in the previous round I cannot see how his rivals are going to catch him.

    "Reaching the final would be a fantastic achievement for Mears, who heading into the Olympics has consistently been ranked behind British champion Jack Laugher.

    "The crowd are going crazy - one of the most deafening roars I've heard all week when Mears landed that one."

  123. 1133: 
    TRIATHLON STARTS

    The 56 competitors in the men's triathlon have all dived into the Serpentine and begun the 1500m swimming leg of the three-part event.

  124. 1127: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Kazunari Watanabe of Japan wins the second repechage heat, with Hersony Canelon of Venezuela second. Shane Perkins of Australia snatches the third qualfying place on the line from Kamil's Kuczynski of Poland.

    We're also hearing that Zhang Miao of China has been relegated for an indiscretion in the first repechage, meaning Nicholas Phillip of Trinidad & Tobago gets through to the semis at 1634 and 1639.

  125.   
    Katharine Merry, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On Phillips Idowu's failure to make the triple jump final: "What a horrible, horrible number 16.53m is. He was 3cm short but would have had a nervous wait even if he had gone further to see if he was in that top 12. He was rusty, the shape he was in just wasn't good enough. He still gets a ripple of applause from the GB crowd."

  126. 1127: 
    ATHLETICS- Phillips Idowu out of the triple jump

    Phillips Idowu has slipped down to 14th in the standings so needs to improve on his 16.47m to get the top-12 finish and into the final. He does improve, but it isn't enough. A leap of 16.53m fails to shunt him up into the top dozen and Idowu pulls off his headband in disgust as he walks away from the pit.

  127.   
    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer at the men's triathlon in Hyde Park

    "Great atmosphere around the Serpentine as the minutes tick away until the start of the Olympic triathlon. Just seen Ali and Jonny Brownlee - plenty of smiles. You should never have really nailed-on favourites in endurance events like this, but there has been a simple rule in triathlon over the past two years: if one Brownlee doesn't win, the other one will. Word of caution: Olympic triathlons have never been won by favourites. Jan Frodeno, shock winner in Beijing, has barely won a race since."

  128. 1123: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Christos Volikakis of Greece, Spain's Juan Peralta Gascon and China's Zhang Miao qualify for the keirin semi-finals from the first repechage heat.

  129. 1120: 
    STARTING SOON

    Brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee go for gold in the men's triathlon at Hyde Park at 1130. Watch it on our interactive video player.

  130.   
    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    On Phillips Idowu's second effort in the triple jump: "One of the telling signs is that he's not going to touch whatever part of the body is injured. The reception he is getting from the crowd must really be helping him."

  131. 1115: 
    ATHLETICS

    A personal best for Great Britain's Barbara Parker in the 5,000m as she registers 15 minutes 12.81 seconds in the first heat. That places her ninth, outside the top five qualifiers, but with a very skinny chance of getting through to the final as one of five fastest losers.

  132. 1115: 
    TRACK CYCLING- Trott slips to second in omnium

    Sarah Hammer is just to strong for Laura Trott and the American snatches the overall lead by one point from the 20-year-old Brit with two rounds of the omnium to go. The 10km scratch race takes place at 1607 and the 500m time-trial at 1653.

  133.   
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the diving at the Aquatics Centre

    "Four rounds gone in the 3m springboard semi-final and Mexico's Yahel Castillo Huerta leads the standings, with defending Olympic and world champion of China He Chong 4.5 points back in second.

    "He Chong usually peaks towards the end of the session though and the GB supporters are hoping Chris Mears can do the same.

    "Mears has been just outside the top 12 place he needs to reach the final throughout the semis and is 14th at present - but he has his two most important routines ahead 'Come on Chris' scream the crowd!"

  134.  

    Wotsits18 Watson on Twitter: "SuperSaturday #Ennis #Rutherford #Farah & TerribleTuesday.? #Pozzi #Sayers #Idowu or can the Eastender KO the demons.?"

  135.  

    Lawrie, Newton-le-Willows, via text on 81111: "Can you tell Phillips Idowu his headband is not quite on straight, it's a bit to the right. I know the tiny details matter, (see Dave Brailsford) so this is important!"

  136. 1111: 
    ATHLETICS- Idowu no-jump

    Phillips Idowu's toes press down the plasticine at the front of the take-off board as he canters in for his second attempt in qualifying. A no-jump and he ploughs through the sand regardless. Idowu is currently 11th in the standings with his first effort of 16.47m.

    That would take him through to the final but it a very gettable target for those outside the top 12 at the moment.

  137. 1110: 
    TRACK CYCLING- Trott in omnium pursuit

    Time now for the final heat in the 3km individual pursuit in the women's omnium. Can GB's Laura Trott beat USA's Sarah Hammer and retain her overall lead?

  138. 1109: 
    TRIATHLON

    People are talking about the Brownlee triathlon one-two as if it's a done deal. But here's one man who could rain on their parade.

    Russia's Alexander Bryukhankov has yet to win a world series race but he was the only one within touching distance of Alistair Brownlee at last year's Hyde Park race, which was run in abysmal weather. Bryukhankov leads this year's world series standings.

    Spains Javier Gomez and South Africa's Richard Murray could also poop the party.

  139.   
    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    On Phillips Idowu's first attempt in triple jump qualifying: "I'm surprised he looks as good as he does. He's been training for years so the movement looks OK but he hasn't had the opportunity to put together the run-up and the phases. In the take-off and the phases is where he's probably struggling the most."

  140. 1107: 
    ATHLETICS

    They don't really do Twitter in China. They have Sina Weibo instead for their micro-blogging needs. Right now their servers will be being tested to the maximum. A television presenter wept as she announced his withdrawal from the Beijing Games. There will be more tears out East after that fall in heat six.

  141.   
    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the cycling at the Velodrome

    "Good morning from the Velodrome, where I strongly suspect events of truly historic proportions will unfold later this evening. So far today already, the unruly mob in this place have roared themselves silly whilst watching Sir Chris Hoy amble into the second round of the keirin, if it is possible to amble on a bike at 43mph, and we are now minutes away from Laura Trott's ride in the individual pursuit round of the omnium.

    "Trott, the overnight leader, could become a double World and Olympic champion later on. Not bad for a 20-year-old Essex girl. And what an entree that would be for Hoy's bid at a sixth Olympic gold and Victoria Pendleton's for a third. These are special times for GB cycling and it is a privilege to witness them."

  142. 1101: 
    ATHLETICS

    The post-event interview with Goldie Sayers was a tough watch. She struggles manfully with her emotions as she explains her elbow problems and thanks those who have helped patch her up and get her too the startline. Just as she finishes though the tears overwhelm her and she breaks down sobbing.

  143. 1058: 
    ATHLETICS

    Goldie Sayers on her failure to qualify for the final of the women's javelin: "I'm sure people have criticised me for competing injured. I did one throwing session a few days ago and that went well. But I caught a nerve in warm-up and couldn't feel my hand.

    "I couldn't flight the javelin but physically in the best shape of my life. I tore my elbow at Palace having just thrown 66m and feeling in fantastic shape in the worst conditions.

    "The irony is in 15 years I have never once hurt my elbow and I'm devastated but I had to give it a go and I couldn't not compete in a home Olympics. I felt fantastic but my elbow just let me down.

    "I'm proud to have been able to compete. It was just not meant to be but I made the decision in Portugal to not make an emotional decision but I know I can throw 70m and I will carry on to Rio. It's just gutting not to be in the final in front of a home crowd. Hopefully I can do the country proud in Rio."

  144. 1058: 
    ATHLETICS

    Great Britain's Holly Bleasdale on BBC Radio 5 live on finishing sixth in the women's pole vault and getting engaged the same night: "It was the best evening of my life! I was really happy with coming sixth. I didn't realise at the time where I had come. My boyfriend took me down a little down canal which was very pretty then got down on one knee and proposed. It was so pretty. I said yes obviously!

    "It was a total surprise" People thought I would get a medal, I just wanted top six. It was the end to a reallty good day. When will we get married? We need a quiet year when there is no Olympics or World Championships, maybe in two years' time!"

  145. 1056: 
    ATHLETICS

    Andy Turner on qualifying for the 110m hurdles semi-finals: "It felt relatively easy. I was petrified. I haven't had the best year, I've been struggling for form but training has gone well for two weeks. Now I've got that out of the way I feel I can get my legs turning over and there's more to come.

    "I've medalled in every final I've been in, some by luck, but a medal is a medal and I can use my experience and pull out of a better race in the semi-final because I've got to run a lot quicker.

    "I know full well how painful Achilles problems are and what (Liu Xiang) has gone through in the last four years and for this to happen is devastating and I really feel for him because he's the greater hurdler ever."

  146. 1056: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium: "More Olympic heartache for Liu Xiang in the 110m hurdles - and the Chinese athlete chooses to hop the whole length of the home straight on one leg to kiss the final hurdle before being embraced by Briton Andy Turner - who brought up the loudest cheer of the morning with his win."

    Liu Xiang, with the weight of 1.3 billion of his countrymen's expectation on him, withdrew from the heats of the Beijing Games because of an Achilles problem.

  147. 1055: 
    TRIATHLON

    Four-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington discusses the Brownlee brothers on BBC One: "They've stated they're going to be aggressive and they have total disdain for conservative tactics. From the gun they will be going for that gold medal.

    "They benefit from training with each other and they will have developed a tactic to maximise their chances of winning gold and silver and Stuart Hayes will help them get into the position to fight for gold and silver.

    "They're both phenomenal athletes and have shown incredible pedigree over the last few years. Alistair's injury woes are behind him and he would have to be my favourite.

    "They're head and shoulders above the rest and we'll see the other teams trying to break the others early on, some breakaways no the bike when people get a nice cushion going into the run because if there is a group going into the run and the Brownlees are there I wouldn't bet against them getting gold and silver."

  148.  

    New Zealand 1500m runner Nick Willis: "Race day! absolutely blown away by everyone's support. will leave nothing on the track tonight and rep the black singlet with pride."

  149.   
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the diving at the Aquatics Centre

    "We've reached the halfway stage in the men's individual 3m springboard semi-finals and Great Britain's Chris Mears is just outside of the top 12 position he needs for the final. His 220 points has him in 15th with three dives remaining.

    "The divers can mix up their routines though, so whilst Mears has his more difficult (and potentially higher scoring) dives to come, others will have less opportunity to score in the latter half of the competition - so that 'could' work in his favour…"

  150. 1054: 
    ATHLETICS

    Phillips Idowu looks like he is lacking his usual spring-heeled bounce. His triple jump attempt is a rhythmless 16.47m. He needs a 17.10m jump or to finish in the top 12 to progress to the final.

  151. 1051: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at the Olympics Stadium: "The usually flamboyant Phillips Idowu looks stony-faced this morning as he settles into some fairly clumsy looking warm-up routines.

    "His hair is as black as the East London sky and Jonathan Edwards, sat just behind me, winces somewhat as he watches Idowu's laboured take-off on the track. Can he make it through?"

  152.   
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    On Liu Xiang falling and Andrew Turner winning heat six in the 110m hurdles: "We know Liu Xiang has been suffering with his Achilles. He had to push hard and when you have to reach for the first barrier and you've got a stress injury like an Achilles it can cause you hell and he couldn't even take off.

    "Andy qualified and qualified well by taking the victory. He knew at the beginning of this race he would be up against it, people all around him had run faster than him. He kept a really cool head when all that action was going on around him. He kept focused on what he had to do."

  153. 1050: 
    ATHLETICS- Turner wins heat

    Andy Turner takes advantage of Liu's fall to speed clear and claim victory in the sixth heat of the 110m hurdles.

  154. 1048: 
    ATHLETICS

    Liu Xiang has fallen in the sixth heat, crashing into the first hurdle. The former Olympic champion limps away from the track, his Achilles clearly at fault.

  155. 1046: 
    ATHLETICS

    Phillips Idowu has been stalking round the edge on the sandpit as he prepares for his triple jump qualifier to start. Usain Bolt, whose 200m heats are at 1150 BST, is wrapped up in a beanie hat and track jacket and wreathed in smiles as he wanders around behind the scenes.

  156.   
    Helen Reeves, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC canoeing pundit

    On GB women's kayak double (K2) Abi Edmonds and Louisa Sawers just sneaking into the semi-finals from 1151 BST: "It was a very tight race. We will expect them to build from run to run. They actually haven't paddled much together. They were quite a late combination. They are all the time building on their performance and building strength."

  157. 1043: 
    ATHLETICS

    Great Britain's Lawrence Clarke after his qualification for the semi-finals of the 110m hurdles:"I wasn't nervous this morning but when I looked out of the call room I didn't know how to control myself. I sat in the blocks and tried to keep it a clean race. I wasn't thinking about anyone around me, I was focused and I'm just so glad to be through.

    My dream is to make the Olympic final and hopefully 13.3 will do it and I've just got to run my best in every race."

  158. 1043: 
    ATHLETICS

    Aries Merritt, the fastest 110m hurdler in the world this year, skims his way across the top of the barriers as he clocks a time of 13.07 seconds - a little off his 2012-leading 12.93. The American is swinging that trail leg free and easy and looks in particularly fine form. Tomorrow night's final could be a cracker.

  159. 1040: 
    ATHLETICS

    So, no place for Goldie Sayers in tomorrow evening's javelin final. Czech thrower Barbora Spotakova leads the field at the moment on 66.19m.

  160. 1038: 
    SPRINT CANOEING

    Phew! GB duo Abi Edmonds and Louisa Sawers - a late call-up for the event - snatch a place in the semi-finals of the women's kayak doubles by three hundredths of a second ahead of Cuba.

  161. 1038: 
    ATHLETICS

    No dice for Sayers as she registers a third successive no-throw. That elbow is clearly giving her plenty of grief.

  162. 1037: 
    ATHLETICS

    Goldie Sayers is about to throw for the final time in javelin qualifying...

  163. 1036: 
    TRIATHLON

    Less than one hour until Brownlee o'clock. But who are these lads from Sheffield who are in the mix for a triathlon one-two this morning? BBC Sport profiles the incredible Brownlee brothers.

  164. 1036: 
    ATHLETICS

    World-record holder Dayron Roubles, Liu Xiang's great Cuban rival, has eased to victory in the fourth heat of the 110m hurdles in 13.33 seconds - the same time resgistered by Jason Richardson in heat two. Jeff Porter, the American husband of British hurdler Tiffany Porter, slots in to third spot in a time of 13.53.

  165.  

    Great Britain heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson: ":(( hope both Goldie and Pozzi are ok. Sending them my best wishes xx"

  166. 1032: 
    ATHLETICS

    Andrew Pozzi on his withdrawal with a hamstring problem: "The last month has been a nightmare. I tore my hamstring at Crystal Palace and haven't been able to get it sorted. It's just not gone.

    "I always knew and feel so privileged to be here and that's the first time I've been out of the blocks since Crystal Palace and I just tried to give it a go but it hasn't come off.

    "It's all I've been waiting and training so hard for, the aim and what makes the hard work worth it and to leave like that is heart-breaking."

  167.   
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    On Andrew Pozzi pulling up in heat three of the 110m hurdles: "He's had a difficult preparation but it is the Olympics and everyone will want to give themselves a try. As soon as he pushed out of the blocks he was grimacing."

  168. 1030: 
    CANOE SPRINT- Cawthorn wins heat

    Britain's Rachel Cawthorn makes a storming start before losing ground to the Australian Alana Nicholls. Cawthorn digs deep, makes another charge from the halfway stage and clings on to pip Nicholls by half a length.

  169. 1031: 
    ATHLETICS

    Great Britain's Andy Pozzi, fourth in the world junior championships in March, tore his hamstring at Crystal Palace earlier this season. He has not been in the starting blocks since and when he puts the muscle to the test in the third heat of the 110m hurdle it lets him down. The 20-year-old pulls up abruptly in front of the second flight.

  170.   
    Helen Reeves, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC canoeing pundit

    On GB's Rachel Cawthorn in the women's kayak single (K1): "She has been coming back to form following a rough year when she was ill. She will want to demonstrate she is back. She will look to build and build in this Olympics. It will show in the semi-finals who is in form and who is lacking it."

    There are 25 in the heats and 24 make it through to the semi-finals from 11:30 BST.

  171.   
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    On Lawrence Clarke's qualification for the 110m hurdles semi-finals: "Lawrence came through nicely, a very competent piece of hurdling because this was a really tough heat, first thing in the morning. He's improved a lot this year. He knew he had to race well."

  172.  

    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford: "Top man @lawrence_clarke well done!"

  173. 1027: 
    ATHLETICS

    Goldie Sayers has just slipped into the last-chance saloon. The Briton's face is a picture of pain as her second attempt in javelin qualifying nosedives down around the 40m mark and she trails through the line to register a no-throw. Lawrence Okoye did it in the men's discus yesterday on his last throw, can Goldie Sayers pull a place in the final out of the fire?

  174.  
    SPRINT CANOEING- Cawthorn in kayak heats

    Back to Eton Dorney, where Britain's Rachel Cawthorn is about to compete in the heats of the women's kayak single 500m. Strange heats these - six competitors in each and all six go through to the semi-finals. Where's the tension I ask you?

  175. 1022: 
    ATHLETICS- Clarke into 110m hurdles semis

    You have to deliver the goods when you are rocking a combination of a red all-in-one catsuit with shoulder-length dreadlocks. American Jason Richardson does with a winning time of 13.33 seconds in the second heat of the 110m hurdles.

    Great Britain's Lawrence Clarke is neat and tidy over the barriers as he crosses in second in a time of 13.42 seconds. More than good enough to book his place in Wednesday evening's semi-finals.

  176. 1019: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    The third heat goes the way of France in the shape of 32-year-old Mickael Bourgain. Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia nabs the other automatic qualifying spot for the keirin semi-finals.

  177. 1014: 
    ATHLETICS

    The first heat of the men's 110m hurdles has been won by Russia's Sergey Shubenkov out in lane nine. Next up in heat two are the American world champion Jason Richardson and Britain's Lawrence Clarke. The top three from each race qualify for the semi-finals with the six fastest others joining them.

  178. 1014: 
    STARTING SOON

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at the Olympic Stadium: "Phillips Idowu will have three attempts to make the automatic qualifying distance of 17.10m when the triple jump competition begins in just over half an hour. Idowu has jumped 17.31m this season, but just how sharp will he be? An expectant stadium waits to find out."

  179. 1013: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Germany's Max Levy outsprints the rest to win the second heat of the keirin, with Teun Mulder of the Netherlands getting the second automatic semi-final place. Shane Perkins, the 2011 world champion from Australia, can only manage fifth, but he'll have another chance in the repechages (1119-1131).

  180. 1010: 
    ATHLETICS

    Phillps Idowu is in the building.The Great Britain triple jumper is looking confident and relaxed as he arrives at the Olympic Stadium.

  181. 1009: 
    ATHLETICS

    Great Britain's Goldie Sayers stumbles across the line with a grimace as she registers a no-throw on her first attempt in javelin qualifying. One of her elbows has a fair bit of that stretchy tape across it. She has two more throws to get in the top 12 or lob her dart out over 62m. Either would earn her a place in the final.

  182. 1006: 
    TRACK CYCLING- Hoy wins keirin heat

    Sir Chris Hoy puts on the after-burners with two laps to go and absolutely destroys his rivals, leaving all but one member of the field trailing in his wake. New Zealander Simon van Velthooven manages to hang on to Hoy's coat-tails but has to settle for second place behind the flying Scot. They are both through to the semi-finals (1634-1644).

  183.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "BBC sailing reporter Rob Walker has been out and about early to interview windsurfer Nick Dempsey's wife Sarah Ayton, the two-time Olympic gold medallist.

    "Ayton says Dempsey, who moved out of the family house to concentrate on his training recently, is a different athlete to the one who came fourth in Beijing - totally focused, and geared soley towards Olympic success.

    "Ayton, who knows a thing or two, says the ideal position going into a medal race is to know you're guaranteed a medal. He's not quite there but it's the next best thing, she says. The Pole would have to win and he'd have to finish last for him to miss out on a medal."

  184.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    Talking about Sir Chris Hoy's prospects in the keirin: "The biggest problem is reputation because he's shown everyone how good he is at the moment and they'll be looking at him to do the work.

    "The World Championships was a fantastic race because he showed it was never over and he was at the back and never stopped looking for the opportunity.

    "We've had indications from the coaches that he's doing personal bests in training and after the career he's had that's something.

    "He's very statesmanlike and sets a fantastic example in work ethic and a physical standard for them and he's the benchmark in training as well. Your benchmark is the best in the world all the time and that's got to push you on. It's been a long and illustrious career."

  185.   
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage at Greenwich

    "There could be no better place to win Britain's historic 20th gold medal of the London Olympic Games - Greenwich Park's open-air amphitheatre, looking out across the capital's skyline to seven million expectant Londoners and beyond.

    "But hold your horses, dressage fans. For one thing, we really should stop treating the Brownlees as guaranteed triathlon champions. One or the other of them. Even though they are. And secondly, there are no guarantees at all down here in the pristinely raked sandpit we call an Olympic dressage arena.

    "Great Britain's trio of Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Bechtolsheimer lead the team event after one of two days, but the Dutch and Germans might yet have something to say about that. The main protagonists won't appear till this afternoon, so you have time to savour the morning's action before letting panic slowly, inexorably set in."

  186. 1003: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Six competitors in this opening heat of the kierin and here comes the man on the funny little motorised "Derny" bike to set the pace.

  187. 1003: 
    ATHLETICS

    The spectators in the Olympic Stadium give their vocal cords their first serious workout of the day as they cheer Goldie Sayers through the rafters. A slightly overwhelmed wave from the javelin thrower in response.

    Sayers was fourth in Beijing four years ago, but set a new personal best of 66.17m at the London Grand Prix in July. A repeat of that performance would put her well in the medal mix.

  188. 1000: 
    LONDON TRAFFIC

    Transport for London has warned of traffic congestion in central London, with thousands of people expected at the men's triathlon which is an open event and has two outstanding British medal hopes. The event, which takes place around Hyde Park, gets under way at 1130 and is expected to finish around 1330.

  189. 0959: 
    Hoy begins bid for sixth gold

    To the Velodrome where Sir Chris Hoy is about to start his quest for a GB record SIXTH Olympic gold medal. He races in the first heat of the men's keirin at 1000. Stick with us for all the latest or watch it live on our interactive video player.

  190. 0958: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Frenchman Gregory Bauge hi-jacked the press conference after his sprint defeat to Great Britain's Jason Kenny yesterday to try and get to the bottom of what is behind Britain's dominance of the track cycling.

    World champion Bauge peppered Kenny with questions about how his preparation and training. I'm not sure that he left satisfied with the answers he got.

    Maybe Bauge caught Britain's head coach David Brailsford on BBC Breakfast this morning dealing with his compatriots' conspiracy theories.

    "They had come up with the conclusion that we've got special wheels and I basically told them that they're round. It was in L'Equipe that the British are riding round wheels," said Brailsford.

    "Looking ahead, I just want more of the same. I feel young, healthy and fit and we've got great talent coming through the system. We just want to keep cycling booming and look at how we increase participation."

  191.  
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at the Olympic Stadium: "Blue? Red? Green? or Gold? There is almost as much anticipation over which colour hair Phillips Idowu will turn up with today as there is speculation over his form and fitness. The maverick triple-jumper has not competed since June and only arrived in the Olympic village on Monday. What shape is he in? Who knows? But 80,000 people are looking forward to finding out when qualification begins at 10:45 BST."

  192. 0952: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    Canoe slalom gold medallist Etienne Stott on BBC One: "People say we are floating on a cloud and it's getting higher and higher. Having my picture on a stamp is nice! In a lot of photos I'm pulling awful faces but this time it's just about all right!"

  193. 0951: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    It's men's canoe doubles time now, the one where the oarsmen kneel down and frantically hack away at the water. The German pair win the first heat in dominant fashion. Australia's poor Olympics continues as their young pair trails in last.

  194. 0949: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport summariser Denise Lewis on Phillips Idowu's build-up:

    "I've been in a similar situation at Sydney when I wasn't fit and it's clear he has been carrying a severe injury. The key is how fit he was running up to the injury. It's not impossible, miracles do happen, but the mental toughness that Phillips has will have to come into play because physically he isn't great.

    "This is about qualification. It's not inconceivable that he would get through with far less than 17.10. He's proven himself at championships. He's the man for the big occasion, this is his home and he wants to be here."

    Phillips Idowu goes in the triple jump qualifiers at 1045 BST.

  195.  

    Christian Whiteside on Twitter: "Check-out the demise of Russian medals compared to what they achieved in previous Olympics!"

    smeopnez on twitter: "Broke 30kph average speed for the first time on my cyclo-commute this morning. Inspiring? #london2012"

  196. 0947: 
    ATHLETICS

    A fair bit of cloud cover over the Olympic Stadium. If this was 1900, then then Great Britain's swing bowlers would be relishing getting out there in pursuit of cricketing gold.

    Sadly that was the gentle game's only appearance at an Olympics so Goldie Sayers will be attempting to keep it straight and true as she launches the javelin out towards the back fence in the women's qualfying rounds at 1000 BST. First up, on the track is the men's 110m hurdles ten minutes later.

  197. 0942: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    Hungary hold off a strong late challenge from the Czech Republic to secure the only automatic place in the final of the men's kayak four. Australia are some way back in third.

  198. 0941: 
    GET INVOLVED

    It's one of the most iconic sights of the Olympic Games - 100m champion and world record holder Usain Bolt celebrating with his trademark lightning bolt celebration.

    BBC Sport reporter Frank Keogh caught a picture of London police officers recreating it near the Olympic Park.

    Now we want your lightning bolt pictures from home, work, with family or friends. Tweet them using #bbcbolt, email yourpics@bbc.co.uk with BBC Bolt in the subject field, or text 61124.

  199. 0940: 
    ATHLETICS

    Last night started with disappointment for Britain's Holly Bleasdale who dropped out at 4.55m in the pole vault final, well short of her British record of 4.87m, to finish joint sixth.

    It improved markedly though when her boyfriend Paul Bradshaw produced an Olympic ring of his own and proposed later on in the evening. She said yes to sign the lad up on a long-term deal.

  200. 0934: 
    CANOE SPRINT HEATS

    Enough chit-chat, how about some live action? Why not splash down with the men's kayak fours, who are competing in the heats at Eton Dorney, live now on our interactive video player. Slovakia have just pipped Germany to first place in the opener. No Brits involved I'm afraid.

  201. 0931: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    Nick Skelton looks back on last night's showjumping gold: "After all the Olympics I've been to, to do it in London was incredible.

    "Last night around Greenwich it was unbelievable and the crowds stayed all night. I've never experienced anything like it, it was brilliant. I was quicker on the podium than Usain Bolt out of the blocks. I wasn't going to miss that chance!"

  202. 0929: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    After the Great British public spent yesterday becoming experts in the show jumping jump-offs, it is time to get cramming on dressage. The British team of Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Bechtolsheimer are currently leading the team competition that will be concluded today.

    They get going at 1100 BST. Just enough time to tuck into the BBC Sport equestrian guide.

  203. 0922: 

    Britain's showjumping heroes are on the BBC Breakfast sofa this morning, which reminds me to flag out our feature on Nick Skelton and Peter Charles, the two fifty-somethings who overcame career-threatening injuries to win Olympic gold.

    We've also got the fascinating tale of Lopez Lomong, a former 'Lost Boy' child refugee from South Sudan who will run in the 5,000m for the United States on Wednesday.

  204.  

    Laura, Manchester, via text on 81111: "I really would love Phillips to come out this morning and get the qualifying distance in one jump. No fuss, no drama, just jump and go. He's a class athlete, one of our true stars. He may have a different way if doing things, but if that brings a gold medal, then it will be worth it."

  205. 0921: 

    No need to finish your Olympics fix with your commute. As well as this live text commentary there is the bogglingly comprehensive interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

    You can catch up with how the Netherlands' men are getting on against South Korea in the hockey in the day's first bit of action, before every other spit and cough from the Olympic Park shuffles onto the screen throughout the day.

  206.  

    sarah john on Twitter: "The Olympics has a fab effect the gym was buzzing yesterday! Team GB if you dont inspire people to move their butts nothing will!"

    Jeff's Dad on Twitter: @BBCSport I'm in a hot & full train carriage & everyone is smiling reading the sports pages. It's weird. Unnatural. #London2012 can't end!

  207. 0914: 
    BRITISH SUCCESS

    Talent, punishing training regimes, pride in a home games and fervent support have of course played a key part in Britain's dazzling success.

    But money has played a crucial role in turning Britain into an Olympic powerhouse.

    BBC News' business reporter Richard Anderson has been looking at how National Lottery and government funding has helped propel Team GB up the medal table.

  208. 0913: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Beth Tweddle's mum, Ann, on BBC Radio 5 live: "We keep scrapbooks, Beth's up to number 85 and I suspect there's going to be quite a few more over the next few weeks!"

  209. 0913: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Tweddle looks back on yesterday's bronze medal in the uneven bars on BBC Olympic Breakfast:

    "Everyone knowing yesterday that it was my last shot at it there was pressure but most of it came from myself.

    "I made the decision to put that difficult dismount in and I said at the beginning of the year that we had to put that risk factor in. It worked in qualification and we made the decision to stick with that routine.

    "Last night the first thing people were saying was that apart from that step it could have been gold but I just wanted a medal to take home. It would have been amazing to take gold but I'm just as happy with bronze."

  210. 0912: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Beth Tweddle tells BBC Olympic Breakfast about her plans for the future after winning bronze:

    "It's going to be difficult. In the next few months I will take some chill time, see family and friends and go on holiday but I will carry on training. I've done gymnastics since I was seven so, mentally and physically, it would be hard to stop."

    Asked if she has given up competition, she added: "I think so, haven't made any decisions yet and that's why my coaches have said to carry on training for a bit. My heart might be in it and it might not. It's not just going to the gym, it's 30 hours a week with your body in pain and I don't want to make any decisions on the spur of the moment."

  211. 0912: 
    GYMNASTICS

    They've been rattling through the guests on the BBC Breakfast sofa, next up is Beth Tweddle, who won bronze on the uneven bars yesterday.

  212. 0909: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Finally, Brailsford got on to what could be an emotional day in the velodrome:

    "There are three more medals available today and we're ready for all of them so hopefully we'll have a few more.

    "This could be Vicky [Pendleton's] last competition [in the women's sprint] so it could be a sad day but she's fought so hard in the last two or three years to bring herself to this level again so she needs a special mention.

    "Laura [Trott's] a bundle of energy [in the omnium] and the other end of the spectrum from Chris [Hoy, who goes in the kierin] and Vicky. She's a bundle of energy, she's got contagious enthusiasm, makes it look simple and she's a brilliant rider."

  213. 0908: 
    ATHLETICS

    I'm sure you were all over the athletics like a rash last night, but just in case you weren't, you missed history in the men's 400m final as Grenada's Kirani James won his country's first ever Olympic gold.

    The 19-year-old ran in 43.94 seconds, prompting BBC pundit Michael Johnson to admit the youngster is capable of breaking his world record of 43.18 secs.

  214. 0907: 
    CYCLING

    Brailsford has also been expanding on the idea of 'marginal gains':

    "The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of an improved it by 1% and put it back together again you will get a significant increase.

    "There's fitness and conditioning but there are other things that might seem on the periphery like sleeping in the right position, having the same pillow when you are going away and training in different places, hygiene.

    "Do you really know how to clean your hands? Without leaving bits between your fingers? If you do things like that properly, you'll get ill a little bit less. They're tiny things but if you clump them all together it makes a big difference."

  215. 0905: 
    CYCLING

    British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford has been telling BBC Olympic Breakfast about the hard work behind Great Britain's success:

    "You've got to have great riders with talent and commitment. You need both, and then it's all about good coaching. We start by analysing the demands of the event we want to win and then prioritise, because you know you can't win absolutely everything, and work back to where we are today, create a plan and execute it.

    "It was an ambitious project to start. Team Sky and Britain had never won the Tour de France. We wanted to win it in five years and managed to it in two and a half. With the Olympics as well, it's been a big challenge but I'm an orchestra conductor, we've got fantastic cellists, violinists and drummers and we've got fantastic coaches."

  216.  

    Women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe: "Feeling a big medal morning for @alibrownleetri and @jonny_brownlee"

  217. 0903: 
    PAPER REVIEW

    Great Britain's gold medal-winning showjumpers dominate the front pages of today's newspapers with the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian saluting "Golden Oldies" Nick Skelton and Peter Charles after they helped deliver the nation's first showjumping gold in 60 years.

    The Daily Mail and the Sun link the equestrian success with Jason Kenny's sprint cycling gold with the headlines "Blazing Saddles" and "Riding High".

    And the Independent asks whether Great Britain can convert its stunning London 2012 success into a legacy for sport as grassroots level.

  218. 0902: 

    Iranian weightlifters aren't the only attraction at the ExCeL today. The eyes of Asia will be on the women's team table tennis competition with Korea and Singapore scrapping it out for the bronze at 1100 before China and Japan compete for the gold at 1530.

    And it's the last day of competition in the Greco-Roman wrestling with the 96kg and 66kg finals taking place this evening.

  219. 0902: 

    It has not been all British joy at these Games however. The florists who have been putting together the bouquets given to the medal-winners have said that the 'scary' sight of their creations being flung into the crowd has dampened some of the fun.

    I imagine the champagne makers of France feel similarly at the end of every Grand Prix.

  220. 0858: 
    INTERNATIONAL ONES TO WATCH

    Away from the Olympic Stadium, the beach volleyball competition at Horse Guards Parade is coming to a head with the women's and men's semi-finals tonight. USA's double Olympic champions Misty-May Treanor and Kerri Walsh take on Beijing bronze medallists Xue Chen and Zhang Xi in the opener at 1700.

    The men's football is also down to the last four and fans at Old Trafford will have a chance to savour the sublime skills of Brazil forward Neymar as he looks to inspire Brazil past GB conquerers South Korea at 1945.

    And over at the ExCeL, one of the most dominant forces in any Olympic sport will be going for gold as Iran's back-to-back world champion Behdad Salimikordasiabi competes in the men's super-heavyweight weightlifting final.

  221. 0855: 
    INTERNATIONAL ONES TO WATCH

    All 80,000 pairs of eyes in the Olympic Stadium will once again be trained on Usain Bolt when Jamaica's 100m champion begins his quest for 200m gold in the heats at 1150.

    Before that, China's Liu Xiang will look to atone for his Beijing disappointment when the men's 110m hurdles heats get underway at 1010.

    Australia's Sally Pearson remains the red hot favourite for women's 100m hurdles gold despite a shock defeat in the London Grand Prix on the eve of the Olympics. She competes in the semi-finals from 1915 with the final scheduled for 2100.

    The finale to tonight's athletics is the men's 1500m which will not feature a single British competitor. In their absence Kenya's Asbel Kiprop is aiming to emulate Seb Coe by winning back to back Olympic titles.

  222. 0854: 

    Good news for those suffering Australians. You still don't quite have to scroll down the page to find yourselves on the BBC medal table.

    It is a heck of a long way up to the lofty heights of North Korea, Kazakhstan and Belarus before you even get started on Team GB, though.

  223. 0850: 
    UNSUNG HEROES

    The underwater cameraman in the water polo pool, the sand raker at the beach volleyball, the Derny bike rider in the velodrome and the court mopper at the volleyball. These are some of the vital but unsung jobs that help make the Games tick over successfully.

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald has been meeting some of the unsung heroes without whom the show wouldn't go on.

  224.  

    Ben London, via text on 81111: "Huge double standards from the IOC. Some athletes sent home for not trying whilst the entire Australian team are allowed to stay!"

  225. 0846: 
    ATHLETICS

    Former Olympic triple jump champion and current world record holder Jonathan Edwards on Phillips Idowu's approach and not speaking to his coach or Charles van Commenee:

    "It is really difficult to fathom but he will have close confidants and he's not going to be on his own. He's an experienced athlete and he knows what it takes to get ready and he's decided this is the best way.

    "He's from around here and he wants to win gold and he doesn't believe he's making his chances any less. If he doesn't do well here there might be a bit of an inquiry. There might be an inquiry anyway!"

  226. 0843: 
    TEAM GB ONES TO WATCH

    Out on the water in Weymouth the various classes and categories are bringing their regattas to a close, and Britons are in with a chance of ruling at least some of the waves.

    Whoever wins the windsurfing gold after the medal race at 1300 BST today may well still be the reigning Olympic windsurfing champion when they are picking up their pension. The sport is leaving the Olympic programme after London 2012 to be replaced by kiteboarding. Britain's Nick Dempsey might need to deploy some Wacky Races-style tactics to deny Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge gold, but is looking good for at least a silver.

    In the 470 class, Dempsey's team-mates Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell are just one point of legendary Australian Malcolm Page in the standings ahead of races nine and ten.

  227. 0830: 
    TEAM GB ONES TO WATCH

    Later in the day at the Olympic Stadium, British fans will get a taste of what West Ham or Leyton Orient supporters may have to get used to as they try and work out the nuances of what is going on in the middle of the track.

    European champion Robbie Grabarz is in the men's high jump final from 1900 BST while Lawrence Okoye, who qualified fourth, will fire up his considerable biceps for the discus final at 1945.

  228. 0825: 
    ATHLETICS

    Former Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards speaking about Philiips Idowu on BBC Olympic Breakfast:

    "He's done it his own way and he's always done that. He's a bit of a maverick and privately UK athletics are as mad as anything but he's one of our best medal hopes and it is hard to win medals despite what happened on Saturday. He's one of those that really can win.

    "He's always had his own physios and that's not abnormal at all. We don't know the extent of the injury. He's clearly been keeping something back and it's just a question of how serious it is. 17.10m is not a huge jump but there's no place to hide in the triple jump and he's got to put it out there."

  229. 0821: 
    TEAM GB ONES TO WATCH

    London 2012's very own Lord Lucan, Phillips Idowu, clocked into the athletes' village yesterday after being accused of going AWOL by the British athletics chief Charles van Commenee.

    The triple jump silver medallist in Beijing has been hampered by a leg injury in the build-up to the Games, so it is not just which hair dye he has chosen that is keeping people guessing ahead of qualifying at 1045 BST.

  230.  

    Vicky Kent, via text on 81111: "Reading this morning it seems that there is going to be a repeat of the 'ganging up' that we saw in the men's road race in the triathlon today! How can this be allowed? Come on TEAM GB WE'LL SHOW 'EM."

  231. 0812: 
    TEAM GB ONES TO WATCH

    Sir Chris Hoy has more gold than Mr T. Even with his oak-like neck he'll be straining to support all his neckwear though, if he is successful today in his keirin defence.

    He is gunning for his second gold of the Games and a British record sixth of his career today. The first round is at 1000 BST and the finals from 1752.

    A victory for Hoy could cap a bumper hour in the velodrome for Great Britain with the concluding race for omnium leader Laura Trott at 1653 and the women's sprint finals, that Victoria Pendleton will very much hope to be part of, at 1813.

  232. 0803: 

    All brothers squabble. Whose turn is it in goal? Who's next on the games console? Who's getting the top bunk?

    The Brownlee brothers, Jonny and Alistair, take it to a new level this morning as they plunge into the Serpentine at Hyde Park to find out which of them is going to pick up triathlon Olympic gold. OK, there might be a few other athletes in there attempting to complicate matters as well. The geese will be scurrying for cover at 1130 BST.

  233. 0800: 

    Great Britain won only (only!) two gold medals yesterday. But just when the rest of the world thought it was safe to get back in the Olympics, Team GB have another batch of contenders bent on pillaging more of the shiny stuff.

    Welcome to Day 11 of London 2012.

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London 2012 Tweets

36 Olympic Sports

304 Events

  1. Archery 4 Events First Event: 27th July
  2. Athletics 47 Events First Event: 3rd August
  3. Badminton 5 Events First Event: 28th July
  4. Basketball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  5. Beach Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  6. Boxing 13 Events First Event: 28th July
  7. Canoe - Slalom 4 Events First Event: 29th July
  8. Canoe - Sprint 12 Events First Event: 6th August
  9. Cycling - BMX 2 Events First Event: 8th August
  10. Cycling - Mountain Bike 2 Events First Event: 11th August
  11. Cycling - Road 4 Events First Event: 28th July
  12. Cycling - Track 10 Events First Event: 2nd August
  13. Diving 8 Events First Event: 29th July
  14. Equestrian 6 Events First Event: 28th July
  15. Fencing 10 Events First Event: 28th July
  16. Football 2 Events First Event: 25th July
  17. Gymnastics - Artistic 16 Events First Event: 28th July
  18. Gymnastics - Rhythmic 2 Events First Event: 9th August
  19. Gymnastics - Trampoline 2 Events First Event: 3rd August
  20. Handball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  21. Hockey 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  22. Judo 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  23. Modern Pentathlon 2 Events First Event: 11th August
  24. Rowing 14 Events First Event: 28th July
  25. Sailing 10 Events First Event: 29th July
  26. Shooting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  27. Swimming 34 Events First Event: 28th July
  28. Synchronised Swimming 2 Events First Event: 5th August
  29. Table Tennis 4 Events First Event: 28th July
  30. Taekwondo 8 Events First Event: 8th August
  31. Tennis 5 Events First Event: 28th July
  32. Triathlon 2 Events First Event: 4th August
  33. Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  34. Water-polo 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  35. Weightlifting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  36. Wrestling 18 Events First Event: 5th August

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