London 2012 Olympics: Day 12 afternoon session

Great Britain's sailors guarantee another medal, Nicola Adams secures a boxing finals place but Nick Skelton and Scott Brash miss out on showjumping medals.

8 August 2012 Last updated at 19:16

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  1. 1905: 

    That's it for our live text commentary of the afternoon session. But we're not going anywhere, and neither are you. Join us for the action-packed evening session. It's a must.

  2. 1856: 

    It's a beautiful evening in the Olympic Park as we prepare for a night of fast and furious competition in the Olympic Stadium. The world's best javelin throwers have headed out to begin their warm up ahead of their first qualifying round with Norway's Andreas Thorkildsen, who has won gold at the last two Olympics, the favourite. That event will kick off our evening programme at 19:05 BST before the men's 110m hurdle semi-finals get going 10 minutes later.

  3. 1851: 

    Sweden hold a narrow 11-9 lead over European champions Denmark at half-time in their quarter-final at the Basketball Arena. You can watch the second half live on our interactive video player.

  4. 1844: 

    Great Britain's Nicola Adams is focused on winning gold in the women's flyweight boxing after beating five-time world champion Mary Kom of India in the semi-finals.

    "I want that gold. Words can't express how much I want that gold," she told BBC Radio 5 live. "Nobody will remember the three silver medals I got in the World Championships if I get that gold. To get gold for Great Britain would mean the world to me."

  5. 1837: 

    World cycling boss Pat McQuaid tells BBC Radio 5 live that he will lobby the International Olympic Committee [IOC] to add more cycling to the Olympic programme.

    "Team GB have shown the link between road success and track success, and bringing good road cyclists onto the track," he said. "I want the IOC to expand the track programme and add an extra endurance event, one for men and one for women."

  6. 1834: 

    Johnny in London via text on 81111: "Love the hockey shoot-outs. There is less luck and more skill involved. 100% it should be introduced in football. There are more options for both the attacker and the defender."

    Ash via text on 81111: "Watching the BMX, amazing speed! Keep expecting to see a USA rider with ET strapped to the front of his bike!"

    Alex in Surrey via text on 81111: "Off to play volleyball for the first time at my local club. Generation inspired."

  7. 1830: 

    But perhaps the most intriguing race of all will be the women's 200m (21:00 BST) which features three Olympic champions across three different distances. Veronica Campbell-Brown is the defending champion, but she'll face big competition from fellow Jamaican Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce, who defended her 100m title on Saturday, and Sanya Richards-Ross who won gold in the 400m. Throw American Allyson Felix, twice an Olympic silver medallist and three-time world champion over the distance, into the mix and this is shaping up to be an absolute humdinger...

  8. 1826: 

    European champions Spain remain on course to at least match their silver in Beijing after overcoming a dogged French side 66-59 to reach the men's semi-finals, where they will play Russia. Later on Wednesday, Brazil v Argentina followed by the United States v Australia.

  9. 1825: 

    On top of all of that, the world's fastest man Usain Bolt will head out to stretch his legs in the 200m semi-finals along with rivals Yohan Blake, France's world bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre and American three-time world medallist Wallace Spearman.

  10. 1820: 

    We're just 45 minutes away from what could be another belter of an evening in the Olympic Stadium. Britain's Shara Proctor is our sole medal hope when the Anguilla-born 23-year-old goes in the long jump final but we've got plenty in semi-final action, including Andy Turner in the 110m hurdles, world silver medallists past and present Lisa Dobriskey and Hannah England in the 1500m and veteran Christian Malcolm in the 200m.

  11. 1816: 

    We're under way in the third men's handball quarter-final between Sweden and Denmark in the Basketball Arena. It's 5-5 after 15 minutes of the first half.

  12. 1800: 

    Time for the evening session and time to switch your TVs from BBC One to BBC Two. Sue Barker ready and waiting for you. A cracking night of Olympic sport awaits.

  13. 1755: 

    GB Basketball will wait before appointing a new coach after the resignation of Chris Finch. GB basketball says it will submit a new plan for funding and await the decision on that, expected in December 2012, before signing a deal with a coach. Last time, basketball received £8.5m from UK sport.

  14. 1751: 

    Alex via text on 81111: "My school isn't private and isn't a sports college. We struggle with facilities and the like, but the talent is exceptional. We regularly beat specialised sports schools in rugby and football and we also have many national champions at gymnastics and fencing. So it's not all about the teachers and facilities - you need to find the talent first."

    Deb in Gloucester via text on 81111: "I can't believe that, in a country where obesity is becoming a major health issue, the government isn't already funding PE teachers? How ridiculous. As well as show-jumper, triathlete and professional cyclist, do I now need to add politician to the list of things to achieve before I die?"

    Stephen in Dorset via text on 81111: "Dedicated primary school sports teachers are not needed. There are plenty of sports coaches around that can work alongside schools. All that is needed is a sensible way too get them into school, without wasting money on the administration."


    Adham Sharara, president of the International Table Tennis Federation, on how South Korea, who took silver in the men's team competition, develop their talent: "South Korea do it a bit differently because each company has a table tennis team. South Korea have consistently been in the top three or four over the last 20 years and that's because big companies will recruit top coaches. A player will leave high school or university and then go on to play at their place of work. They've got a job and they can play as well, and if they're very good they are allowed to play more than they work!"

  16. 1750: 

    Robbie Grabarz is aiming for gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio after sharing third place in the high jump competition at London 2012.

    The 24-year-old from St Neots added a bronze to Britain's medal tally by clearing 2.29 metres.

    He tells BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I can't tell you how much I want more of it. It's fantastic. Looking at a performance like that, all you can do is dream of the gold in Rio."


    Former Great Britain table tennis player and BBC Sport pundit Matthew Syed: "It has been a complete monopolisation of the top of the podium from China in the table tennis at the ExCel. Most people would have predicted that in advance but they have had to execute and every single member of the Chinese team has done that with breathtaking efficiency."

  18. 1749: 

    It was a relatively straightforward victory for defending champions China in the men's team competition as Ma Long and Zhang Jike won their singles matches with a 3-1 scoreline before Zhang teamed up with Wang Hao to thrash Oh Sangeun and Ryu Seungmin 3-0 in the doubles. That gave them an unassailable lead in the best-of-five match final, leaving South Korea to pick up the silver.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "All may yet not be lost for the GB women's match-racing crew. They went down 3-2 to Russia but have put in a protest, saying in the photo finish in race four - which Russia won to level 2-2 - their spinnaker was over the line first. Watch this space."

  20. 1748: 

    Italy pull off the unthinkable at Earls Court, beating defending Olympic champions USA 3-0 in the indoor volleyball men's quarter-finals.

  21. 1748: 

    Back at the North Greenwich Arena, France lead Spain 53-51 in a desperately tight men's quarter-final going into the fourth quarter.


    Former England and Great Britain hockey international Mel Clewlow on the Netherlands beating New Zealand on penalties at the Riverbank Arena: "From the first whistle to the penalty competition it was a fantastic match. It is so difficult to defend your title, but the Dutch have given themselves the best possible chance. But they know they were in a dogfight today."

  23. 1743: 

    Glen Naylor on Twitter: "The new Hockey shoot-outs are awesome to watch. Maybe football could learn something from them?"

    Robert Dallenger on Twitter: "That's exactly how football penalty shoot outs should be. 10 seconds from the halfway line. #hockey #olympics"

  24. 1743: 

    Defending champions the Netherlands beat New Zealand 3-1 to reach the London 2012 women's hockey final. That shoot-out format has never previously been used in a major international tournament - it was little confusing but the Dutch aren't complaining.

    Hoog's team-mates sprint over to celebrate with her, then the coaches arrive, and now they're all jumping up and down in a huddle. The Black Sticks of New Zealand look distraught.

    Netherlands will play Great Britain or Argentina in the final. Those two meet at 2000 BST. Clear your plans for the night.

  25. 1738: 

    Netherlands: Ellen Hoog... scores with reverse stick (3-1)

  26. 1737: 

    New Zealand: Anita Punt... saved (1-2)

  27. 1736: 

    Netherlands: Margot van Geffen... saved (2-1)

  28. 1735: 

    New Zealand: Gemma Flynn... saved (1-2)

  29. 1734: 

    Netherlands: Eva de Goede... smashes home (2-1)

  30. 1734: 

    New Zealand: Stacey Michelsen... scores (1-1)

  31. 1733: 

    Netherlands: Maartje Paumen... saved

  32. 1732: 

    New Zealand: Kayla Sharland... saved

  33. 1730: 

    Netherlands: Naomi van As... scores

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the hockey at the Riverbank Arena

    "The Netherlands and New Zealand still can't be separated so the first women's hockey semi-final will go to a penalty shoot-out - the first in Olympic hockey history. Five players from each side will take on the goalkeeper one-on-one from the 23m line with eight seconds to score."

  35. 1727: 

    Who fancies a shoot-out? Oh go on then. Coaches busy compiling their lists, players busy psyching themselves up.

  36. 1725: 

    Adham Sharara, president of the International Table Tennis Federation, on China's success in the sport: "Table tennis is a tradition and it's been one of their top sports for a long time. They have the pyramid system, selecting the very best for specialised table tennis schools. They have really good technique and a good coaching system so when the top four or five are selected to go to the Olympics they are way ahead of the others. When Chinese players play around the world they are always the best."

  38. 1723: 

    Netherlands captain Maartje Paumen may have scored two penalty corners to keep her side in this semi-final against New Zealand, but she's missed a further three. The latest comes as she puts a drag flick narrowly wide. Massive opportunity missed. It's 2-2 and we're a couple of minutes away from penalties. Tune in.

  39. 1721: 

    Australia's torrid Olympic Games continue as their men's water polo team bit the dust in their quarter-final against Serbia. Australia, who have won just five gold medals in these Games so far, scraped through to the last eight with two wins from five. But Serbia - nicknamed the Dolphins - were a step up in class and beat them 11-8 to keep their hopes of a second successive medal - to add to their bronze from Beijing - alive.

  40. 1719: 

    Russell via text on 81111: "John Major has just said the most inspiring thing to come out of this wonderful experience. Give everyone a fair chance."

    Sally from Yorkshire via text on 81111: "Why should lottery funds be used as a substitute for state provision? It is the Government who should be funding sports teachers in state funded schools, not funds which are meant to be used for charitable purposes?"

  41. 1718: 

    Serbia's men beat Australia 11-8 to reach the semi-finals, where they will face the winner of the next match between Italy and Hungary. Montenegro are already through and await the winner of this evening's match between the United States and Croatia.

  42. 1716: 

    Half-time of sudden death extra time between Netherlands and New Zealand in the opening women's semi-final. The score remains 2-2. Tension.

  43. 1715: 

    The BBL team Milton Keynes Lions are to move into the Copper Box Arena in London's Olympic Park and be rebranded as the London Lions.

  44. 1715: 

    China have moved to within one game of victory in the men's team gold medal fixture against Korea. The defending Olympic champions saw Ma Long beat Ryu Seungmin 3-1 in the first singles before Zhang Jike beat Joo Saehyuk by the same score-line to give them a 2-0 lead in the best of five-game final.

    Zhang has returned to the table for China along with Wang Hao to take on Oh Sangeun and Ryu Seungmin in the doubles. Korea, who won bronze in 2008 and at this year's World Championships, have it all to do, though, as they trail by a game already.

    You can watch that game on our interactive video player.

  45. 1713: 

    European champions and Beijing Games silver medallists Spain have a fight on their hands at the North Greenwich Arena as they trail France 37-34 at half-time in their men's quarter-final.

  46. 1712: 

    Huge support for the Dutch inside the Riverbank Arena. Easily spotted in their orange colours, they're making a right old racket. The Black Sticks of New Zealand still look like they fancy their chances of springing a surprise, though. They're a few minutes into the first half of sudden death extra time.

  47. 1709: 

    European champions and Beijing Games silver medallists Spain have a fight on their hands at the North Greenwich Arena as they trail France 37-34 at half-time in their men's quarter-final.

  48. 1707: 

    Seven-and-a-half minutes each way. Here we go...

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the hockey at the Riverbank Arena

    "Riveting at the Riverbank. The Netherlands and New Zealand can't be separated after 70 minutes, so we will go into a 15 minute golden goal period of extra-time. The Dutch have stayed out on the pitch, in a huddle, plotting tactics. The Kiwis are in the dugout, taking on drinks, recharging batteries. Are we set for dreaded penalties to decide the Olympic finalist?"

  50. 1706: 

    The opening women's semi-final between defending champions the Netherlands and New Zealand finishes 2-2.


    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX Track: "It is all about 'inspiring a generation' isn't it? Well, there is no doubt about which class the BMX Track got their eye on. While the polish and professionalism of the velodrome has hogged the cycling limelight, its punky teenage upstart made a confident London 2012 debut.

    "Relentless tunes, comperes with more energy than isotonic, a criss-crossing kamikaze course and the kids in the crowd loved it all. Generation X take your Choppers and aim them for the horizon, this isn't your scene."


    Former Prime Minister John Major tells BBC Radio 5 live that he regrets that Lottery money has not been used to fund dedicated sports teachers in state schools: "I believe that every child has the right to a physical education as well as an academic education, but over the last 40 years that has fallen away. One of the things that I bitterly regret that I wasn't able to do as Prime Minister was to utilise money to put a full-time sports teacher in every secondary school and in each cluster of primary schools."


    GB match-racing helm Lucy Macgregor, on losing their quarter-final to Russia: "I let the others down there at the end, it's gutting. It feels like a massive missed opportunity but we really raised our game in the quarter-finals and we will be proud of this in the days to come."

    Crew Annie Lush adds: "Unfortunately in match racing it's win or lose. I can't believe we've lost. We felt like we sailed well the last few days, we dominated areas we wanted to dominate. I can't believe it didn't go right at the end."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "GB's match-racing crew of Lucy Macgregor, Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush lose in their deciding quarter-final match against Russia.

    "The British resumed 1-1 today and quickly went 2-1 up. They were leading within 100 yards of the line in the fourth match before Russia outmanoeuvred them to win on the line.

    "In the final match, Britain overtook Russia on the upwind leg to lead around the final mark but a spinnaker set and jibe cost them pace as Russia opted for a simple spinnaker set and kept their boat speed to slip past.

    "GB were unable to get close enough to affect the Russians' air, as they had done to Britain in the last two races, and the Britons cut dejected figures at the finish."

  55. 1653: 

    Defending Olympic champions USA are in a spot of bother over at Earls Court as they trail Italy by a set in their men's indoor volleyball best-of-five sets quarter-final match.

    The Americans, who won World League silver in June, suffered just one defeat on their way to topping the group. In contrast, Italy sneaked through in the fourth and final qualifying spot.

    You can watch the action on our interactive video player.

  56. 1658: 

    New Zealand's Katie Glynn is back on the pitch after receiving that bash to the head. Sporting Terry a Butch-style bandages and all. Warrior.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the hockey at the Riverbank Arena

    "The New Zealand lead doesn't last long in this semi-final. The Netherlands, defending champions don't forget, win a penalty corner when a successful challenge reveals the ball touched a Kiwi foot inside the area and captain Maartje Paumen once again delivers the finish to make it 2-2."


    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX Track: "Liam Phillips, recently recovered from a broken collarbone, looks fully mended with his 12th place in the BMX time trial ensuring he should dodge a difficult starting gate draw for Thursday's quarter-finals.

    "He was just 0.022 seconds off Latvian defending champion Maris Strombergs and that is not a bad place to be."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Into five-minute pre-start sequence for the Great Britain v Russia match-racing decider. Boats sparring, eyeing each other up, dancing, ducking, diving. Great Britain in good shape here, Lucy chasing hard," says two-time Olympic champion Shirley Robertson."

  60. 1644: 

    Maartje Paumen scores her second penalty corner of the game to give the Netherlands another equaliser in their women's hockey semi-final against New Zealand. Defending champs back on song.

  61. 1640: 

    Great Britain's Shanaze Reade opens her campaign for BMX gold with a solid ride as she qualifies fifth fastest in the opening time trial, while Liam Phillips was 12th fastest.

    The men's competition resumes with quarter-finals on Thursday with the women's competition proceeding to semi-finals the day after.


    Jeremy from Cheltenham,via text on 81111: "How could Yelena Isinbayeva tell whether or not the Brits are into the Olympics? She spent most of her time in the stadium snuggled away under her duvet."

    Paul from Edinburgh, via text on 81111: "According to my online translation app, Yelena Isinbeyeva is Russian for 'I really don't know what I'm talking about'. Perhaps she's ever-so-slightly miffed at only managing a bronze medal the other night?"

    Sandy from Leicestershire, via text on 81111: "Isinbayeva has not noticed how few people are about. We are all at home glued to the sofa!"

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the hockey at the Riverbank Arena

    "Is the shock back on? New Zealand go 2-1 up with 20 minutes to play in their women's hockey semi-final against the Netherlands as Krystal Forgesson rounds off a sweeping move with a powerful finish inside the keeper's near post.

    "Just before the goal, New Zealand's Katie Glynn suffered a nasty head wound after being struck by a wayward Dutch stick. She looked dazed as she was helped from the field."

  64. 1628: 

    There's more misery for Spain over at the Water Polo Arena as they crash to a 11-9 defeat to Montenegro in the men's quarter-finals. The loss follows their handball team's narrow defeat to world champions France over at the Basketball Arena earlier today.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Russia pip Great Britain right on the line to take the match-racing quarter-final into a decider at 2-2 in the best-of five series. Lucy Macgregor's British crew were in front and in control down much of the final run but Russia managed to catch up and then used the right-of-way rules just short of the line to force Britain to bear away and gain vital inches to slip over the line first."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the hockey at the Riverbank Arena

    "We're all square at 1-1 in the Riverbank Arena at half-time in the first women's semi-final between the Netherlands and New Zealand. Moments before the break, the Dutch won a penalty corner after a mazy run from Linewij Welten. What ensued was a routine they've clearly worked on in training as the ball was flicked around at pace to captain Maartje Paumen, who lifted the ball expertly into the net to equalise. It's her 122nd goal in her 150th international appearance."

  67. 1616: 

    There are Spanish tears in the Basketball Arena and the men in red shirts are on their knees after world champions France sneak through to the semi-finals. A score in the dying seconds secured a 23-22 victory for the reigning champions, who will meet either Croatia or Tunisia in the last four.


    Britain's Nick Skelton, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It was unlucky. The horse jumped great, he touched one fence all week, today was the wrong day to do it.

    "Everyone thought the horse would win - I did as well. I feel sorry for all the people who came today expecting him to win. But it wasn't to be."

    "He [Big Star] is nine so will be 13 then [in Rio 2016]. There's time to have another go."


    Pippa Funnell, multi Olympic medallist and BBC equestrian pundit on Cian O'Connor clipping the final fence in the jump-off: "He went for it and he will kick himself when he sees the replay. He had the time to just slow up a little bit as he jumped that last fence but he did not know that when he was going round."

  70. 1610: 

    Steve Guerdat was the only rider to post two clear rounds as he claimed gold. Dutchman Gerco Schroder won the silver after winning a jump-off to leave Ireland's Cian O'Connor the bronze - his country's first medal of the Games.

    Britain's hopes of winning individual gold for the first time ended when Nick Skelton, riding Big Star, picked up four faults for knocking down a fence and finished tied for fifth.


    Tony Bainbridge on Twitter: "#olympics #showjumping Nick Skelton new hips, neck & back ready for'll be like sending a Terminator!"

    Liz Stephens on Twitter: "If all faults all competition counted Nick would have won wouldn't he? Best horse all competition!"

  72. 1605: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Steve Guerdat, SUI (individual showjumping)

    Switzerland's Steve Guerdat has won gold in the individual jumping competition.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Potential clincher under way in women's match racing as GB's Lucy Macgregor and co lead Russia with one lap left. The Britons lead 2-1 in the best-of-five series and are close to booking a semi-final spot."


    Paul Kirkland on Twitter: "Isinbayeva not got over not getting another gold then! London is buzzing like I have never seen before."

    Allister Webb on Twitter: "So @BBCSport are reporting Yelena Isinbayeva as claiming the British people aren't interested in the Olympics #couldhavefooledme"

    Jack Hamshaw on Twitter: "Did Isinbayeva conveniently not see that a reported 1million people watched the cycling road race?"

  75. 1603: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX Track: "This is a bit familiar. Team GB's Liam Phillips is seventh down the ramp in the men's time trial and and all eyes are on the clock as he crosses the line. Just as they have so often in the next-door velodrome, the digital screens rearrange to show a Briton top of the standings. The congratulatory cheer from the grandstands is so reminiscent of the ones that have greeted the track cyclists' efforts you can almost smell the pine."

  76. 1602: 

    It was close, but Russia are through to the semi-finals after an 83-74 victory over Lithuania. The Russians will await the victors of the match between France and Spain which starts at 1615 so there's just enough time to put the kettle on and munch on a digestive (of the chocolate variety, of course).


    Pippa Funnell, multi Olympic medallist and BBC equestrian pundit: "I'm absolutely shattered, gutted. The whole nation will be gutted for Nick. We all knew how hungry he was. That horse has jumped clear all the way through and just touched it on the way down. Whether nerves took over I don't know. He really didn't deserve it. He will live with that forever, coming so close."


    Great Britain's Nick Skelton, speaking to BBC One after missing out on a medal in the individual showjumping: "Here we go again. He [his horse Big Star] jumped great, he had his eye on it but it was one of those things. He has not hit one all week so it was the worse time to hit one. I have to keep going. What can you do? He is still a great horse."

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter at the showjumping

    "The crowd were very excited after the treble and the announcer came on the PA to say 'shh'. I am not saying that is the reason why [Nick Skelton put a fence down] but it is just such a tense sport to watch. I am desperately disappointed for Nick because I know how much he believed in this horse. He will probably blame himself. It went wrong in Athens for Nick and I feel so bad it has gone wrong for him here, but the team gold is a huge highlight."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "The wait continues for a British individual showjumping gold medallist. It has never happened, and Nick Skelton came so close, but he'll have to satisfy himself with Monday's team Olympic title.

    "However, Ireland's Cian O'Connor is into a jump-off with the Netherlands' Gerco Schroder for silver, eight years - as we mentioned earlier - after losing his Athens gold medal when horse Waterford Crystal tested positive for prohibitive substances."

  81. 1554: 

    No, he can't. Britain's Nick Skelton survived a scare early on when he skimmed the first fence of the double and made it through the treble unscathed. But moments later he's not so lucky, putting down a fence to pick up four penalty points to knock him out of contention for the medals.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "Tremendous ovation for Britain's Nick Skelton. If he goes clear, he gets a medal. Can he force a second jump-off for gold in three days?"

  83. 1550: 

    BBC Sport equestrian commentator Andy Austin on Britain's Scott Brash: "He has done brilliantly at the Olympics this time and we will see him again. He went for the six strides but didn't quite get away with it. You sometimes need a bit of luck but not on this occasion. He is such a perfectionist."

  84. 1549: 

    There's an audible groan at Greenwich Park as Scott Brash puts a fence down midway through his round to end his hopes of winning gold. That just leaves 54-year-old Nick Skelton with a chance of winning individual gold for Britain.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the hockey at Riverbank Arena

    "Now then, have we got a huge upset on the cards? New Zealand take the lead after seven minutes of their women's semi-final against defending champions the Netherlands from a well-worked penalty corner. Stacey Michelsen's delivery is teed up for captain Kayla Sharland, whose low shot bobbles into the net. Plenty of pressure from the Dutch since the goal but Kiwi keeper Bianca Russell has so far proved up to the task."


    Rob, via text: "Isinbeyeva is crazy! I run a hotel, it's the only thing people talk about.. Olympics all day, guests and staff! People are so impressed and happy. I'm as proud as I have ever been to be British!!!"

    Sarah, via text: "Am seething at Yelena Isinbayeva's comments! I am currently on the train home after spending four glorious days in London watching athletics, weightlifting, women's football and taekwondo. London was absolutely buzzing everywhere; at the venues, on the transport network and in the bars, cafes and restaurants! Never before have I experienced athletics being roared on in a pub as if it were a football match. Ms Isinbayeva must be walking around with her eyes closed!"

    Andy, via text: "Isinbeyeva absolutely right. Several hundred thousand people lining the streets of London and Surrey for the cycling and similar numbers turning out for triathlon and marathon confirms nobody outside Olympic Park is at all interested."

    Tweet us via #bbc2012 or text us on 81111

  87. 1545: 

    Ireland's Cian O'Connor, who was stripped of Olympic gold in Athens after his horse tested positive for prohibited substances, moves into a tie for the lead after picking up one time fault for going over the 80-second time limit by 0.2 seconds.

  88. 1544: 

    France's handball coach Claude Onesta is an animated man on the sidelines and is wildly gesticulating to his team during a time out. Thirteen minutes of the second half have elapsed and it's all square at 17-17 (both have attempted 35 shots each too). Marvellous.

  89. 1542: 

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator John Hunt at Greenwich Park: "We're looking for perfection in 80 seconds from the remaining riders. It's the biggest 80 seconds of their lives."

  90. 1541: 

    Britain's Ben Maher, who finished with eight penalty faults in individual showjumping competition: "I don't know what went wrong, it seems to have been one of those days. Triple X is normally a great combination jumper. It has just not happened today but it is great I get to watch Nick Skelton and Scott Brash now. It is a good course and fingers crossed they will get the job done."

  91. 1540: 

    Roy, via text: "What planet is Isinbayeva on? I know she normally jumps high but did she land on the moon with no other inhabitants. Maybe she has retired to become a cosmanaught."

    Jon, via text: "Yelena's comments are ridiculous. I am only 31 but certainly have not experienced a time when there was such a fantastic "feel good" factor not only in and around London, but throughout the whole country. I can only assume that Yelena is not familiar with the British slightly more reserved way of both embracing and celebrating the games. What I am really trying to say is..... Congratulations on your 10 gold medals."

    Hattie, via text: "Is Yelena Isinbaeva nuts? The Olympics is the talk of the office, we're all watching the BBC live text feeds, and the papers are full of coverage. A colleague went to London last weekend just to soak up the atmosphere, she said it was so amazing, she's going back this weekend. Sour grapes for our position in the medal table maybe?"

    Tweet us via #bbc2012 or text us on 81111

  92. 1537: 

    BBC table tennis commentator Ian Marshall on the men's team gold medal match between China and South Korea: "It's very difficult to see South Korea beating China. The only thing is that this is an Olympic final and nerves could come into play. The problem is that if the Chinese players get a few points ahead they grow in confidence and steam ahead."

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

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "The Netherlands' Gerco Schroder goes clear in his final jumping round, meaning he finishes with just one time fault from today's two rounds.

    "What that means for Britain's Nick Skelton and Scott Brash, still to go, is they can't afford to have a single fence down now or they'll miss out on gold. They'll realistically need to go double-clear - no fences down, no time faults - to stand a chance of winning the title."

  94. 1535: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX at the BMX Track: "Shanaze Reade looked decent, if not devastating, as she finishes fifth fastest in the time trial that decides her seeding for Friday's semi-finals. Australian Caroline Buchanan, who beat Reade to gold in the world championship time trial, registered the fastest time, but Reade will hope that her fast start and aggression can more than compensate for any slight lack of speed when the field comes together for the elimination stages.

    "Spare a thought for American Brooke Crane who was spat over the handlebars through the final rhythm section of the course. She speared head first into the dirt, but, after a short pause, collected her scrambled senses to walk gingerly away from the scene."

  95. 1534: 

    It's finally poised over at North Greenwich Arena as Russia, who won all of their group games after from against the USA, and Lithuania enter the final five minutes of their men's basketball quarter-final with the former leading 64-58. You can follow the conclusion of this match on our interactive video player.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "GB match-racing crew Lucy and Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush beat Russia to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five quarter-final. The British were taken aback by the huge crowds earlier this week but appear more comfortable now and controlled Russia throughout that match to close in on a semi-final spot. 'Very, very impressed with what I've seen today,' says double gold medallist Shirley Robertson."

  97. 1532: 

    Brazil are through to the semi-finals of the men's volleyball competition after beating Argentina 25-19 25-17 25-20. The Brazilians will play either USA or Italy in the last four. That quarter-final tie starts at 1600 today.

    Ed Leigh, BBC Sport BMX commentator

    "Shanaze Reade opted to go for gold in 2008. It was a gold or bust decision. Rather than go for silver or bronze she went all out for gold and ended up crashing and burning. It was a decision she says she does not regret but there is a lot of pressure on her now here in London. She is fit, she has had no injuries this year and she has the power. The big question though is how she will respond to the pressure when racing."

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter at the showjumping

    "Ben Maher, who just finished his round, will go back to his British team-mates and feed any information he will have gained, but you can see the disappointment in his face after those four faults and I feel desperately sorry for him that he will not go away with an individual medal, but a team gold is not bad at all."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the hockey at the Riverbank Arena

    "A nice moment before the start of the first women's hockey semi-final as Netherlands captain Maartje Paumen is presented with a bouquet of flowers for reaching 150 caps. Some going seeing as she's only 26. She's also scored 121 goals in that time, but is yet to notch at London 2012."

  101. 1527: 

    Cor blimey. Danger lurks on the BMX track. America's Brooke Crain, at full throttle, hurtles into a large bump and is unable to complete the course. Hopefully the American isn't badly hurt, but there will undoubtedly be a few bruised ribs. World Cup champion Magalie Pottier is the final rider to be released and finishes in 39.778 seconds for a seventh-placed seeding. Britain's Shanaze Reade is ranked fifth with Australia's Caroline Buchanan topping the charts.

  102. 1525: 

    It's all gone wrong for Brtain's Ben Maher in the individual competition at Greenwich Park as he puts down a fence on his final round - his second of the day - to end hopes of a medal to add to his gold in the team event. Fellow Brits Nick Skelton and Scott Brash still have a shot at gold and will be out in around 20 minutes or so.


    Sheffield Uni Hockey on Twitter: "Good luck to GBR hockey women tonight! @BBCSport @GBHockey2012 #inspireageneration"

  104. 1519: 

    Olympic and world champions France improved as the first half of their quarter-final match against Spain progressed. But the Spaniards still have their noses in front and lead 12-9 at the break.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at the hockey at the Riverbank Arena

    "It's hockey in glorious Technicolor at the Riverbank Arena with the blue and pink playing area and bright yellow practice balls contrasting sharply with the sea of orange shirts in the stands.

    "Yes, the Dutch fans have turned out in force to cheer on reigning champions the Netherlands as they take on underdogs New Zealand in the first of the women's semi-finals. The Kiwis are in the semi-finals for the first time and they are up against a side who have reached the last four for the fifth time in a row and came through their group with a 100% record.

    "If we're level at full-time we'll go into a 15-minute golden goal period, and if it's still all square after that it will be penalties. The winners of this one will face either Argentina or Great Britain, who play tonight at 20:00 in the second semi-final."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCeL

    "In the middleweight division, Claressa Shields keeps American hopes of a gold medal alive with a convincing 29-15 victory over Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan, who upset Britain's Savannah Marshall in the previous round.

    The United States brought a team of 12 to London but none of their men won a medal, for the first time in Olympic history. The 17-year-old Shields is the youngest boxer in the tournament and will be favourite to beat Russia's Nadezda Torlopova in the final."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Britain's match-racing crew of Lucy Macgregor, Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush get a decent start and are controlling Russia on the first leg of their best-of-five quarter-final against Russia. The crews are locked 1-1 after the first two races on Tuesday."


    Andi on Twitter: "Wow that BMX was fast & exciting!"

    Ed Leigh, BBC Sport BMX commentator

    After Shanaze Reade goes round in 39.368 seconds in her BMX seeding run: "She got a really good start, really powered down that straight. The crowd has been fantastic here, just as it has been in the velodrome and I am sure she will have used that to help her."

  110. 1512: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX Track: "Shanaze Reade is roared all the way along the course, with a brief pause for the tunnel section when a worried silence descends until she safely reappears into view. There is considerably less concern about her beating the other two riders to have tackled the course. Reade takes the lead with a time 2.384 seconds faster than the best so far. Rather more muted clapping from the grandstands as New Zealand's Sarah Walker promptly nicks the leads off the hometown favourite."

  111. 1511: 

    Great Britain's Saskia Clark, who is guaranteed a medal in women's 470: "We had a pretty tough race earlier but came back with a really good second race. We just wanted to make sure we went into the medal race tomorrow with a chance. My dream was to go an Olympics and maybe become a medallist but to be guaranteed of a medal and have a chance of a gold one is absolutely awesome."

  112. 1510: 

    Great Britain's Hannah Mills, who is guaranteed a medal in women's 470: "We have had a really good week. Some things have not gone our way but it is swings and roundabouts and we are now level points. It is awesome. To have done this with Saskia Clark is great. The racing has been stressful but we have had a laugh."

  113. 1509: 

    Britain's Shanaze Reade goes for Britain' in the BMX cycling. You can watch the action on BBC Three or on our interactive video player.

  114. 1509: 

    What I am about to type could potentially be great news for the country's schoolchildren. British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt hopes children will be allowed to skip a few lessons to join the athletes' parade in London, from Mansion House to Buckingham Palace, on 10 September. No guarantees the day's timetable will be scrapped, though.

  115. 1504: 

    BBC Sport sailing commentator Richard Simmonds, speaking after Great Britain's women's 470 crew Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark assured themselves a medal: "They are fighting for a colour, but they are sure of a medal. As things quieten down around other Olympic venues there is a potential that eyes could now be on the waters around Weymouth. A great race and Great Britain will be in the fight for medals. It will be a combination of relief and huge satisfaction for Hannah and Saskia."

    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player

    On the quarter-final match between Russia and Lithuania, where Russia lead 32-27 at half time: "The second was a much better shooting quarter for Lithuania than the first. A big improvement there and that must be worrying for Russia because of their inability to stop the simple plays and their inability to stop the pick and roll particularly."

  117. 1459: 

    Ireland's Cian O'Connor, stripped of Olympic gold at Athens 2004 after horse Waterford Crystal tested positive for prohibitive substances but back at London 2012 on Blue Loyd:

    "I can't believe it, I'm absolutely delighted. We have jumped fantastically well and I hope we can keep it going.

    "I was called up last [to the Irish showjumping team] and it has all turned out good. I was on standby [but] there's a lot of jumping in this horse and that's as good as we've jumped all week. We will try to do one more clear."

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter

    Speaking ahead of the climax to the individual showjumping competition at Greenwich Park: "There are so many excited people here but there are also a lot of nerves, but Nick Skelton is not nervous. He will ride into this arena last of all and he will know exactly what he needs to do. He has a horse that he knows can jump anything. We have two riders here though, in Nick and Scott Brash, and both have the absolute belief that they have horses good enough to win gold here."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "GB's Scott Brash will be third-last to go in this final but the crowd here will be holding their breath for the last rider out: Nick Skelton, the 54-year-old whose part in the team win saw him finally claim an Olympic gold medal after four decades at the top of the sport.

    "One of the jumps here is designed to resemble a London bus - maybe, after the longest wait, two will come at once for Skelton."

  120. 1458: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX track: "So this is how it works today in the BMX time trial: each rider in the competition takes a solo run down the course against the clock to decide their seeding. Those with the fastest time are installed as the top seeds and get the best starting gates when the riders line up alongside each other in the elimination races later this week.

    "But how do they work out the running order for the time trial you may well ask? Surely Great Britain's Shanaze Reade is at a disadvantage going third, with 13 riders following her and knowing the mark she has set? Well, that is decided by their standing in the rankings calculated by the UCI, the world cycling body. Reade's injury-interrupted season has seen her slip down the ladder, hence her starting third."

  121. 1456: 

    Some interesting comments from Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, which some you may wish to respond to...

    Isinbayeva has told Russian TV that the people of Britain are not interested in the Olympic Games, saying: "If you leave the premises of the Olympic village, you get an impression that nothing is happening.

    "Many people do not understand what the Olympic Games are and whether they are held in their city. There is no feeling of jubilation there," she said. "Every Russian will know that the [Winter] Olympic Games are held in Sochi [in 2014]. The show will be sold out," Isinbayeva said.

    What do you think? Are you feeling jubliant? Tweet us using the hashtag #2012 or text us on 8111.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "We're just a few minutes from the second round of the individual showjumping finals and, within an hour, we'll know if Nick Skelton or Scott Brash can add a second gold medal to the team title they won earlier in the week.

    "They are two of the six best-placed riders going into this concluding session, all of whom both went clear and inside the time in round one earlier this afternoon.

    "Among the six is Cian O'Connor, the Irish rider who won his country's only gold medal of the Athens 2004 Olympics, only to be subsequently disqualified when the horse he rode to the title, Waterford Crystal, tested positive for prohibited substances. He's back with Blue Loyd this time and in the reckoning for gold."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "British women's 470 crew Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have guaranteed themselves an Olympic medal after an eighth and a second in their final two opening-series races to go into Friday's medal race tied for the lead with New Zealand. The Kiwis had a second and an 18th, which now becomes their discard, and it will be a straight fight for gold. Only a disqualification for GB and a win for the Netherlands can deny them either gold or silver. 'It's unbelievable,' said Clark. 'Like loads of kids, when I was 10 my dream was to go to the Olympics and be a medallist. To have that and have a chance of a gold one is awesome'."

  124. 1450: 

    Move over rowing and cycling because it's all about handball this afternoon. The second quarter-final has begun and Olympic champions France are in a spot of bother, trailing 6-2 to Spain after 17 minutes of the first half. "Allez les bleus" demand the French fans of their team, but the world champions aren't listening as they've missed 10 shots at goal and haven't scored for 10 minutes.

  125. 1446: 

    Great Britain team manager Rob Hoekstra, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, about Nick Skelton and Scott Brash's hopes of gold in the individual showjumping: "They are very big jumps at this course. We have had a look around it to see where we can make a bit of time. Plan the routine. You wouldn't see these jumps at anywhere else in the Olympics Games. I am really hoping it will go to a jump off and if it does then I am confident either of Nick Skelton and Scott Brash could do well."


    Mario Presi on Twitter: "Looking forward to watch my sport..BMX racing will take centre stage at the 2012 Olympic games... Go Liam, Go Shanaze :-)"


    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX Track: "The riders' training runs are an mix of frantic knee-pumping pedalling, interspersed with serene soaring leaps off the lumps and bumps. Watching you can get a little bit blase about the aerobatics, as competitor after competitor flies through the air. There is no danger of those actually taking part taking their skills for granted though.

    "After the test event last August, Shanaze Reade was one of several riders to voice concerns that the innovative course, which features an underpass that allows the women's run to cross the men's, could be dangerous if the wind gets up.

    "It has since been tweaked, with the final design signed off just days ago, but a few subtly placed stretchers and medical kits are a reminder of the sport's unavoidable dangers."

  128. 1436: 

    There's been a change of scene for the basketball players as they've been shuffled from the Basketball Arena to the North Greenwich Arena. The morning news presenters in the capital warned of travel chaos in Greenwich because of their arrival, but there seems to be a few vacant seats around the arena at the moment as Russia take on Lithuania for a place in the semi-finals. The Russians are leading 27-23 with a smidgeon over two minutes of the second quarter remaining.

  129. 1432: 

    Today's sporting action features sports as diverse as BMX racing, Greco-Roman wrestling and taekwondo. But what else is going on in the world of Olympics?

    BBC News is rounding up some of the Games' quirkier stories: the Australian minister who must row a length of Eton Dorney after losing a gold medal bet, British decathlete Daniel Awde being a Hollywood super-hero stunt double and canoeist Rachel Cawthorn performing headstands before races. Not in her canoe, I hope...


    Irish jockey Ruby Walsh: "Katie Taylor is just magic to watch. Fantastic result. Roll on tomorrow."


    Maura, via text: "Katie Taylor is transforming boxing here. For men and women! What a hero for Ireland, and women everywhere!"

    Peter, via text: "The women boxers are awesome! To my mind they are technically superior to the men."

  132. 1424: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX track: "BMX is not traditionally an endurance event, but if a pumping dance soundtrack that lines up and mercilessly butchers Lionel Richie, the Beatles and Nirvana continues it may be the last rider left able to stand the backing music who takes gold.

    "Today is the time trial phase that will decide the competitiors' seedings for their elimination races on Thursday and Friday. The ladies get going at 15:00 BST with Shanaze Reade third to go. The gents follow at 15:40 with Britain's Liam Phillips seventh in the running order."

  133. 1421: 

    Ireland's Katie Taylor, speaking to BBC One after securing her place in the women's lightweight boxing final: "It is incredible. This is a dream come true for me. To be boxing in front of so many Irish fans, it is better than I thought it could be. I feel like I am in heaven right now, it is amazing.

    "It is going to be a 50-50 fight in the final, the pressure is always going to be on both boxers as we are both boxing for gold. I have to go back, refocus for tomorrow and I would love to bring gold back for my country."

    Ron McIntosh, BBC boxing commentator

    On Katie Taylor's following at her fights at ExCeL: "The atmosphere being generated is quite remarkable. Katie Taylor is such a revered figure in Ireland. Special dispensation has been given in Ireland for staff to watch this fight. She gives thanks after securing her place in the gold medal bout. The world number one, the four-time world championship gold medallist has underlined her status as overwhelming favourite for Olympic gold with another masterful display in the boxing ring. Katie Taylor, absolutely superb."


    Scott Smith on Twitter: "Some tremendous boxing. Well done to introduce women's events into Olympics."

    Steph Williams on Twitter: "Good luck to Nicola, she's making the whole of Britain proud!!"

    Judi Norfield on Twitter: "We can all see how much Nicola Adams wants that gold medal...the desire is shining in her eyes. #london2012"

  136. 1414: 

    Not much doubt about that decision either. Ireland's Katie Taylor is into the final of the women's lightweight category, with a 17-9 win. I think the crowd might have enjoyed that... she will now fight for gold against Adriana Araujo of Brazil or Russia's Sofya Ochigava.


    Graeme, via text: "That's the first female boxing match I've watched and I'm gutted I haven't seen it before now. Nicola Adams looked incredible out there and thoroughly deserves her place at the Olympics. I certainly won't be missing that final... go Nicola!"

  138. 1410: 

    The velodrome is meant to be the loudest (not to mention the hottest) Olympic venue in London... but the ExCeL mut be pushing it close. Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva does not have many fans in there by the sound of things.... Ireland's Katie Taylor leads 7-3 after two of the four rounds.

  139. 1407: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX at the BMX Track: "With less than an hour to go until the first rider descends the eight-metre starting ramp, the volunteers are hard at work on the course, snipping stray blades of grass and watering down the dust.

    "It is all looking as perfect as a Teletubbies set and they can more than afford to take a moment off their duties to watch Shanaze Reade, Team GB kit gleaming, as she takes a little trial run down the course.

    "It is not traditionally an endurance event, but if a pumping dance soundtrack that lines up and mercilessly butchers Lionel Ritchie, the Beatles and Nirvana continues it may be the last rider left able stand the backing music who takes gold.

    "Today is the time trial phase that will decide the competitiors' seedings for Friday's elimination races. The ladies get going at 1500 BST with Reade third to go. The gents follow at 1540 BST with Reade's compatriot Liam Phillips seventh in the running order."

  140. 1407: 

    Nicola Adams, speaking to BBC One after securing her place in the women's fly final: "I am so happy to be here participating. I am in the final now and all I want to do is make my mum and my family and friends proud. I think I have done that today by getting into the final. I beat Mary Kom in the world championships to qualify but this time I was not taking any chances. You have to be special to be a five-time world champion and I think that shows my class again by beating her to get to the final.

    "I massively want that gold, words can't express how much I want it. No-one will remember the three silvers I got in the worlds if I get that gold. It will mean everything to me."

  141. 1406: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the BMX Track: "With less than an hour to go until the first BMX rider descends the eight-metre starting ramp, the volunteers are hard at work on the course, snipping stray blades of grass and watering down the dust.

    "It is all looking as perfect as a Teletubbies set and they can more than afford to take a moment off their duties to watch Shanaze Reade, Team GB kit gleaming, as she takes a little trial run down the course."

    Steve Bunce, BBC boxing pundit

    On Nicola Adams: "She is going to be going for gold against a double world champion. We talk about Victoria Pendleton being a great sportswoman. Well, this woman has been at the highest level and tomorrow we get to find out if she can take the gold."

  143. 1403: 

    And I thought Nicola Adams got a good reception. Katie Taylor brings the house down as she makes her way to the ring...

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "Leeds flyweight Nicola Adams is the first British woman ever to reach an Olympic boxing final, beating five-time world champion Mary Kom of India 11-6. Classy stuff from Adams, the result was never in doubt. She faces three-time world champion Ren Cancan of China, who beat Adams in the 2010 and 2012 World Championships finals. Prepare for your faces to be taken off - Katie Taylor of Ireland up next... "

    Lennox Lewis, Former world heavyweight champion and BBC pundit

    On Nicola Adams: "Let me tell you, with the footwork in the last round she knew she had it won. She didn't have to take any risks and was scoring with the jab. She did well. She looks terrific, I really love the footwork and I know it is crowd pleasing as well and you know she is relaxed out there."

  146. 1401: 

    There goes the bell. Nicola Adams wins her semi-final against India's Mary Kom and is guaranteed at least silver in the women's fly category. She dances with glee and points proudly at her GB badge and the Olympic rings on her vest when the decision is announced. The crowd roar their approval too. We will see her in the final.

  147. 1358: 

    Nathan Outteridge, who won gold with Iain Jensen for Australia in the men's 49er class: "It was amazing. This has been one of our best weeks so far and it was great it happened at the Olympics. It is great for the sport of sailing in Australia and hopefully it puts us in good shape for the next Olympics. We will enjoy the moment but we will be back to work pretty soon."

    Lennox Lewis, Former world heavyweight champion and BBC pundit

    On British boxer Nicola Adams: "The way she started that third round was great, she came out and used her speed and took advantage of when her opponent was off balance so she did well in that round. She is boxing cleverly and knows how to get the points early and coast the rest of the round."

  149. 1357: 

    India's Mary Kom is struggling to find a way into this fight, which is good news for Nicola Adams, who is keeping it simple and now leads 8-4 with one round of her semi-final to go. If she holds on to take this one, she will meet three-time world champion Ren Cancan - who beat Adams in the final of the Worlds in 2010 and 2012 - in the women's fly (51kg) final.

  150. 1354: 

    Nicola Adams has extended her lead at the end of the second round, and is now 5-2 up. She is staying out of trouble and landing her punches, using her advantage in height and reach to good effect.


    South Africa Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius: "Really starting to look forward to tomorrow mornings 400m relay. Boys are looking good, looks like I'm up on the 3rd leg."

  152. 1351: 

    British sailor Stevie Morrison, after missing out on a bronze medal in the men's 49er class: "It is just the nature of sailing. We felt we had not particularly done ourselves justice on this particular course. It is pretty gutting but it is done now and we have to move on."

  153. 1351: 

    A decent start for Nicola Adams, who takes the first round of her semi-final 3-1 against India's Mary Kom. Adams looks composed and confident so far, staying clear of Kom's lunges and picking her off a couple of times. The crowd seem pleased too - cries of 'GB, GB' continue to ring out around the arena.

  154. 1346: 

    Huge cheers in the packed ExCeL arena as Britain's Nicola Adams makes her way towards the ring. The reigning European champion and three-time world silver medallist will meet China's Ren Cancan in the gold medal final if she wins this bout. Lose, and she will get bronze.


    Germany tennis player Sabine Lisicki: "They are only showing women's wrestling from the Olympics on TV here. It's so brutal..."

  156. 1344: 

    British sailor Ben Rhodes, after missing out on a bronze medal in the men's 49er class: "It was always going to be tricky. We came out with the aim of sailing a good race today and we felt we did a reasonable job, but didn't quite get the hand we wanted, but we felt we did a reasonable job. Ultimately this event was lost for us earlier. You never know, maybe we will come and try again."

  157. 1342: 

    Wednesday's morning session is behind us. So, what did you miss apart from some frenetic paddling in the kayaking finals?

    There were no British gold medals - or any silver or bronze for that matter - but the good news is that 10,000m champion Mo Farah has made it into the final of the 5,000m too. There was some bad news, though, for Britain's Daniel Awde, who was forced to pull out of the decathlon with a knee injury and Cuba's Lazaro Borges snapped his pole in two places. More pole fault than pole vault, that.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "Ben Maher has one fence down for Britain but Nick Skelton joins GB team-mate Scott Brash in going clear and inside the time limit. That's excellent news for Britain, it means two of the hosts' riders are among only six to have no penalties at all going into one, last round of jumping to decide the medals. Just one rider remains in this first round.

    "Scores will carry over so Maher may struggle to get on the podium with his four penalties for that fence, but Brash and Skelton could not be better-placed to challenge for their second gold medals of the week."

  159. 1340: 

    Actually, Team GB might well make it 23 triumphs at London 2012 today.

    Fresh from their team success in the showjumping, Britain's Scott Brash, Ben Maher and Nick Skelton are in action in the individual final. Nick Skelton has just jumped a clear round which is great news. Earlier, Ben Maher had one fence down.

    There is more to look out for too, starting at the ExCeL in around five minutes or so...

    Boxer Nicola Adams, who is guaranteed at least a bronze medal in the 51kg division, fights India's Mary Kom at 13:45 for a place in the gold medal match.

    Shanaze Reade will be whizzing round the BMX track at Olympic Park as she begins her bid for gold in the seeding run at 15:00.

    And, at 20:00,GB's women's hockey team will take on Beijing silver medallists Argentina in the semi-finals. The other semi-final, between Netherlands and New Zealand is at 1530.

  160. 1336: 

    Welcome to the afternoon session of day 12 of the Olympic Games. There are 11 gold medals still up for grabs today in athletics, beach volleyball, equestrian, table tennis, taekwondo and wrestling. Great Britain must be due another one soon, surely... ?

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  1. Archery 4 Events First Event: 27th July
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  3. Badminton 5 Events First Event: 28th July
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