London 2012 Olympics: Day Eight afternoon session as it happened

Great Britain's women's team pursuit cyclists win gold in the Velodrome and Andy Murray reaches his second Olympic final, after GB's rowers win two golds and a silver.

4 August 2012 Last updated at 18:52

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  2. 1839: 

    What an afternoon, what a day, what an Olympics!

    Medals everywhere you look for Great Britain, and hopefully (cross those fingers) we should have at least one more gold to come in the Olympic Stadium this evening - and possibly more.

    You'll be wanting to join us over in a new page for the evening session won't you? Just call us Lamacq and Whiley. See you in a minute.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Just had a chat with top windsurfing coach and BBC commentator Simon Bornhoft about Nick Dempsey, who climbed into second with a second and third today. He's tied with the German but the pair are still a long way behind Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge.

    "Here's what Simon says: "Nick is sailing very well, he's got the board speed. He's in a tricky spot because he has to cover the German and the Pole as well as think about trying to catch Dorian van Rijsselberge. Nick was frustrated but I think deep down he will be pleased, it was quite a pivotal day. He's in a very good position for silver. So far there has been enough wind to get out of trouble, you can take a flier and go for risky starts and still come back but in non-planing conditions - like it is set to be - you can't do that, so there is still that chance for Nick that Dorian might mess up. But I'd be very surprised if Dorian didn't win gold."

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football in Cardiff

    "With the roof shut, the atmosphere inside the Millennium Stadium should be absolutely amazing for GB's match against South Korea. There has been a fair amount of rain in Cardiff today so, with the pitch in less than perfect condition, the decision to close the roof makes sense. Plenty of fans are in the ground already ahead of the 19:30 BST kick-off and expectation levels are high."

  5. 1827: 

    China win gold and bronze in the men's 20km walk, with Chen Ding winning the race. Erick Barrondo of Guatemala came second and Wang Zhen took third. 2008 Olympic champion Valeriy Borchin collapsed just minutes away from the line and had to receive medical treatment.

  6. 1821: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Chen Ding, CHN (Men's 20km walk)

    China's Chen Ding strolls away from the field to take gold in the men's 20km walk.

  7. 1819: 

    Reaction from the gold-medal winning women's pursuit team.

    Jo Rowsell on BBC1: "I could tell we'd done it by the cheer of the crowd."

    Dani King on BBC1: "We're like sisters and I can't believe we've done it!"

    Laura Trott on BBC1: "It's mad, I can't believe it, it's been my dream since I was eight, we've gone and done it. I don't think we expected it."


    Tom Young on Twitter: "Delighted for @andy_murray. Through to two Olympic finals in two days. Congratulations to him and @LauraRobson5! #2012LondonOlympics"

    Sandy Fleming on Twitter: "We only have one post box in Dunblane to paint Gold! #teamgb #andymurray"

  9. 1818:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Racing done for the day in Weymouth with mixed success for Britain. Windsurfer Nick Dempsey climbed into a share of second with Germany, still a long way behind leader Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands with two races plus the medal race. GB's men and women 470 sailors both slipped back into second after six and four races of their respective regattas. Laser Radial sailor Alison Young is fifth going into her medal race but with no realistic chance of a metalwork, and windsurfer Bryony Shaw is seventh with three races left. The women's match-racing squad of sisters Lucy and Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush squeezed into the last-eight knockout stage despite two defeats on Saturday. Attention now switches to Sunday when Ben Ainslie and Star duo Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson go for gold."

  10. 1816: 

    Quick update from Newcastle, where it's now Brazil 3-2 Honduras.

    Da Silva Leandro Damiao has bagged his second of the game to put Brazil back in front against the 10 men of Honduras. A cracking game...


    Jordan James on Twitter: "Nothing short of amazing. The GB Women's Pursuit team are unstoppable. Six races, six world records & now a gold medal. Excellent"

    Emma Atkinson on Twitter: "Awesome quote from @Chris_Boardman about GB cyclists 'if they go any faster they're gonna need parachutes to slow them down!'"

    Daniel Boulton on Twitter: "Sensational ride from the women's team pursuit...another world record. Congrats Team GB, you deserve the rewards"

  12. 1814: 

    Britain's Andy Murray after reaching the mixed doubles final with Laura Robson: "I told her to take her time, and when we won the point to go up 8-6 I said some words she's probably not heard before! It was an emotional end to the match, but she served great and gave the chance to take control of the net, which is what we needed to do.

    "It's been different to what I normally do, but I've enjoyed the whole event and tomorrow is pretty much the perfect end to the tournament for me, and I'll try to win both."

  13. 1813: 

    It's only Paul McCartney - everyone wants a piece of British cycling at the minute, and why not. It's raining golds in the Velodrome.

    The GB girls almost lapped the Americans there - pure dominance.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "If these cyclists go any faster they are going to need parachutes to slow them down."

  15. 1810: 
    WORLD RECORD- Great Britain (Women's team pursuit)

    The GB women's team pursuiters break the world record for their sixth ride in a row, clocking a time of three minutes 14.051 seconds.

  16. 1809: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Great Britain (Women's team pursuit)
  17. 1807: 

    GB now over two seconds ahead - this is gold medal number 11 coming up...

  18. 1806: 

    Great British trio of Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell again set off at a flying pace, they lead the USA by 0.780 seconds after 1km.

  19. 1805: 

    Here come the girls, it's team pursuit time...

  20. 1804: 

    Andy Murray speaking to Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5 live after his win in the mixed doubles:

    "There were some nerves there but we played really good stuff, we deserved to win that match, and I'm really happy we did. If it had gone the other way it would have been a really disappointing end to the day."

  21. 1804: 

    China's Chen Ding, in his first major championship, is now leading the pack in the men's 20km walk as the second athlete pays for the price for a burst of pace. Frenchman Moulinet is now way off the pace as things are changing very fast in the race for gold. Wang Zhen and Valeriy Borchin are not far away as the pack really begins to splinter, with around 20 minutes still to go.

  22. 1803: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Canada (Women's team pursuit)

    A cracking race sees Australia and Canada swapping the lead throughout, but it's Canada who take bronze in a time of three minutes 17.915 - a tenth ahead of the Australians.

  23. 1801: 

    Canada and Australia are out on track going for the bronze in the women's team pursuit...

  24. 1800: 

    Remember the points race in the men's omnium? Well the overall standings after two of six events are in now, and British rider Ed Clancy is now in fifth, with Dane Lasse Hansen taking the overall lead.

  25. 1757: 

    It's medal time for Great Britain in the women's team pursuit soon - the race for fifth and sixth is currently under way between New Zealand and the Netherlands, then it will be the race for bronze between Australia and Canada - and then it's the final.

    Great Britain v USA.

  26. 1755: 

    Five athletes have now been shown red paddles in the 20km walk as tiredness begins to affect the technique of the competitors. Three red paddles have to be shown before an athlete is disqualified and it has to be from three different judges.

    Frenchman Bertrand Moulinet has made a surprise move and shot clear of the rest of the pack.


    Simon, Leeds via text on 81111: "Those who celebrate that we're 'punching above our weight' in these Olympics need to remember GB have the largest team at these Games."

    Wildy from Hull at the Olympic Park, via text: "Murray and Robson in the final of the mixed doubles, Ennis destroying the heptathlon, world records falling left right and centre from the British cycling team, ANOTHER gold in the rowing and a good old British atmosphere all round London. What. A. Tournament."

    Jane, Herts, via text: "Two screens of action in my sitting-room and the fab live text to tell me everything else!"

  28. 1754: 

    As we mentioned earlier, sprinter Kim Collins was on BBC Radio 5 live earlier to talk about his expulsion from the St Kitts and Nevis team.

    You can listen to the full interview now on the BBC 5 live website.

  29. 1751: 

    Senegal were knocked out of the men's football earlier by Mexico, but not before they left their mark - literally.

    Check out this outrageous challenge from Pape Souare on Hector Herrera. How this was not a red card, I do not know. Horrendous.

  30. 1748: 

    Laura Robson and Andy Murray will play either Belarusian pair Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi or American duo Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan. That match has yet to get underway.

  31. 1747: 

    You felt that going down to 10 men may be fatal for Honduras, and sure enough Brazil have equalised through Da Silva Leandro Damiao - who has looked a bit handy in this tournament.

    Brazil 1-1 Honduras at half-time.


    Lee Casey on Twitter: "I just got overexcited and almost fell off the bed watching Murray and Robson go through to the final! #teamGB #lovingthegames"

  33. 1743: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Bob and Mike Bryan, USA (Men's doubles tennis)

    The Bryan brothers win their first Olympic gold medal with a 6-4 7-6 (7-2) victory over second seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra of France.

  34. 1743: 

    Could Suzuki be left to rue his electric start in the men's 20km walk? He has now been overtaken by a whole host of athletes and is not even part of the leading pack. Perhaps unsurprisingly the Chinese duo of Zhen Wang and Chen Ding are leading the pack at the halfway stage, while reigning Olympic champion Valeriy Borchin is pushing them all the way.


    Millie Emsley on Twitter: "YAAAAAAAAAY @laurarobson5 and @andy_murray Fantastic match, amazing, incredible. @TeamGB"

    Siwan Thomas on Twitter: "Whoop whoop murray and robson...2 more medals guaranteed, make them gold guys #london2012"

  36. 1742: 

    Ed Clancy finishes 11th in the points race, and has moved down the standings somewhat in the overall omnium. I'll bring you a confirmed place when the computer works it all out. It's a bit advanced all this.

  37. 1740: 

    It was lots of fun, Virginia, lots of fun. What a day tomorrow could be for Andy Murray as he competes in two Olympic finals. He will leave SW19 with, at worst, two silver medals, or - wait for it - he could wake up on Monday morning as double Olympic champion.

  38. 1737: 

    BBC tennis commentator, Virginia Wade: "What a treat to watch mixed doubles like that. How much fun was that?"

  39. 1735: 

    Andy Murray's mum and dad, Judy and William, are on their feet, applauding their son and his mixed doubles partner Laura Robson after an exhilarating 6-1 6-7 (7-9) (10-7) victory over Sabine Lisickie and Christopher Kas in the semi-finals. "GB! GB! GB!" chant the fans as their heroes depart the court.

  40. 1735: 
    RED CARD- Wilmer Crisanto (Honduras)

    That's all you need when you are leading Brazil - Wilmer Crisanto has been sent off with an hour still to play.

  41. 1733: 

    Laura Robson is the coolest cucumber in town! Sabine Lisickie hits a forehand long and the British pair are through to the mixed doubles final. Deep breaths...

  42. 1732: 

    It's first to 10 points in the mixed doubles and Andy Murray and Laura Robson have eked out an 8-7 advantage over their German rivals. Hold onto your hats, everyone, they're two points away from reaching the final!

  43. 1732: 

    Yusuke Suzuki is currently going at a lifetime best pace in the 20km walk and the rest of the field is now beginning to break up. With just a quarter of the race gone he is leading by seven seconds but Robert Heffernan of Ireland is now in second place.


    Graeme, Edinburgh via text on 81111: "In the gods at St James Park, wonderful atmosphere being created by Brazil fans. Even if they are one down to the mighty Honduras!"

    Rachael from Burton, at Wembley, via text: "The Mexico v Senegal game has been great. Good match, great crowd, a really fun spirit in the air. There were even some chants of 'GB, GB' for some reason!"

    Gav, Leeds, via text: "So much for olympics inspiring health and fitness. My gym is deserted! Do they not realise they show all sports simultaneously here? And the cricket!""

  45. 1731: 

    Half an hour gone in Newcastle, and Honduras still lead Brazil 1-0. Remarkable.

    The winner of tonight's Great Britain v South Korea clash in Cardiff will play the winner of that one in the last four. I'm saying nothing more...

  46. 1726: 

    Great Britain finally make the breakthrough with a penalty corner strike from Crista Cullen but with a minute left it's too late and China hold on for a 2-1 victory.

    The British players look distraught, knowing a point today would have taken them into the semi-finals. They now face Olympic champions the Netherlands in their final group game on Sunday.

  47. 1726: 

    British rider Ed Clancy wins two sprints in a row in the omnium, and that has boosted him up the rankings a tad.

    Roger Kluge still heads the way.

  48. 1723: 

    BBC tennis commentator, Virginia Wade: "What magnificent tennis! It has everything - speed, reactions, power and the influence of the crowd."

  49. 1721: 

    It's now a familiar chant on the prime patch of real estate in SW19, "GB! GB! GB!" holler the patriotic crowd as they encourage Andy Murray and Laura Robson on in the tie-break. Andy Murray, though, hits a simple volley long - throws his racquet onto the lawn in disgust - and then nets a return, and we're into a decider - a champions tie-break!

  50. 1722: 

    Belarusian hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan and Moroccan track athlete Amine Laalou have been charged with doping offences and provisionally suspended, athletics' world governing body the IAAF have confirmed.

  51. 1721: 

    Roger Kluge leads the points race with 31 points after 60 laps - but I did see Briton Ed Clancy sneak in a few points on that last sprint.

    The omnium riders aren't done after this marathon either, with the so-called 'devil race' on later this evening and three more events tomorrow.

    A grueller.

  52. 1716: 
    20KM WALK

    Japan's Yusuke Suzuki is looking like a man on a mission in the men's 20k walk, he has already opened up a quite a lead and is going at a very fast pace early on.

  53. 1715: 

    Chinese duo Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao leave the court in tears after their 21-10 25-23 victory over Japan's Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa. The Chinese pair battled back from a second-set deficit, eventually crossing the finishing line with their fourth match point. Some wonderful rallies in that final, the longest being 50 strokes. And did you know 13 shuttles were used in that final? I have no idea whether that's an extraordinarily large amount of shuttles, or a ridiculously low amount or just plain average.

  54. 1715: 
    FOOTBALL- Brazil 0-1 Honduras

    Hang on a sec - hang on a sec!

    This is extraordinary as Honduras take a lead over Brazil thanks to Mario Martinez's superbly improvised volley.

  55. 1712: 

    Ed Clancy led the Omnium after the first of six events, the 'flying lap' this morning, but he has yet to score in the points race so far.

    Fear not, for there are 86 laps still to go...

  56. 1710: 

    GB gold medal-winning rower Katherine Copeland on Twitter: "Thank you so much for all the messages, they're making me cry again! Such a whirlwind so sorry I can't reply to them all, one thing I would like to say though is I can't thank enough @JarrisHarris... Without you this would never have happened- you did this x"

  57. 1709: 
    GOLD MEDAL- China (Women's doubles badminton)

    Japan saved three match points but eventually crumbled as Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao win gold with a straight sets win.

  58. 1707: 
    FULL-TIME- Mexico 4-2 Senegal (AET)

    Mexico join Japan in the last four of the men's football - will Great Britain join them? You can find out across the BBC at 19:30 this evening when Stuart Pearce's side take on South Korea.

    The third quarter-final sees Brazil take on Honduras in Newcastle, that has just kicked off and is goalless after six minutes or so.

  59. 1707: 

    Andy Murray and Laura Robson seemed to be playing tennis on a street named easy, but they've been broken back in the mixed doubles by Sabine Lisicki and Chrisopher Cas and Robson must now hold serve to force the second set into a tie-break.


    Cyclist Mark Cavendish on BBC1: "Jason Kenny was absolutely brilliant. It would have been a tough choice for the selectors to pick him over Sir Chris Hoy but he's shown he's the perfect choice for another British gold medal."

  61. 1704: 

    China's women make it 2-0 against Great Britain from another penalty corner and the home side's faultless group campaign is about to get more interesting than they had wished.

  62. 1702: 

    Next up is the points race in the men's omnium.

    The riders will take part in a 120-lap race - a total of 30km - and can pick up points in the sprints which are held every 10 laps.

    There are also points available if you lap the field, and you lose points if you are lapped. Got that?

    If you're still confused, why not have a read of our cycling guide.

    British rider Ed Clancy, who won gold in the team pursuit, is involved and the race is away.


    BBC tennis commentator, Virginia Wade: "Andy is streaming winners off every single shot. He is as high as a kite. He's seeing everything so quickly. He's so quick on his reactions."

  64. 1655: 

    Andy Murray and Laura Robson do know how to entertain a crowd. The British duo have just broken German pair Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki and are serving for a 5-2 lead in the second set. High fives aplenty from the Brits on Court One and a dazzling array of sunglasses in Union shades on display amongst the fans, too.

  65. 1654: 

    A shock at the Riverbank Arena as China's women score only their second goal of the tournament through a penalty corner to go 1-0 up against Great Britain early in the second half.

  66. 1654: 

    Mexico are crusing into the semi-finals as Hector Herrera takes advantage of another horrowshow at the back for Senegal to put his side 4-2 up in extra-time at Wembley.

  67. 1651: 

    World sprint champion Gregory Bauge of France is through comfortably enough, but there's a scalp for Trinidadian sprinter Nijsane Phillip as he beats Germany's Robert Forstermann to progress.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football in Cardiff

    "Saturday afternoon shoppers are having to share St Mary Street in Cardiff with football fans, a large number of whom are sporting union jack flags and soaking up the atmosphere ahead of GB's quarter-final tie against South Korea. GB's hopes in the football competition rest with the men after the women's team were knocked out by Canada on Friday."


    Clare in Vietnam, via text on 81111: "Vietnamese tv showing mainly the badminton and table tennis so relying on the BBC to keep me up to date with the track cycling and athletics."

    Carey from Wilts, via text: "What an incredible Super Saturday for Team GB...and we're not finished yet! Come Andy and Laura in the mixed doubles and the athletes in the stadium tonight."

    Emma Jones from Edinburgh, via text: "I'm at the Mexico vs Senegal game with my fiancé Ben and the atmosphere inside wembley is incredible!! Mexico are on fire!!"

  70. 1648: 

    Great Britain's female hockey players have a 100% record in Pool A so far and they just need to avoid defeat against China today to qualify for the semi-finals. Sounds pretty straightforward: win or draw. Peasy. But China did reach the final in Beijing four years ago. The second half has just got under way after a goalless first 35 minutes.

  71. 1642: 

    Mexico have gone 3-2 up in extra-time at Wembley, with Spurs man Giovani dos Santos taking advantage of some woeful defending from Senegal.

    There are two minutes left of the first period of extra-time.

  72. 1640:  
    Matt Slater, BBC Sport

    "Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Team GB have just set another world record at the velodrome. This time it's the women's team pursuit trio, and that is the fifth world record they have set in their last five competitive rides. How low can they go? They race the US for gold later, Australia and Canada will go for bronze."


    Rob Anderson on Twitter: "Another #WorldRecord for @TeamGB women cyclists - Stunning, simply stunning #BBC2012 #London2012"

    Andy on Twitter: "Yet another world record for #TeamGB cyclists. Surely Dave Brailsford deserves a knighthood?"

    Dominic Daly on Twitter: "@laurarobson5 and @andy_murray are such a good pair! They've really gelled together over the last few matches! #London2012"

  74. 1639: 

    Jason Kenny easily qualifies for the quarter-finals of the men's sprint as he disposes of South African Bernard Esterhuizen without even reaching top gear.

  75. 1638:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    Huge contrast in emotions between the British pair Hannah Starling and Rebecca Gallantree in their post-competition interviews.

    Seventeen-year-old Starling was delighted despite missing out on the individual 3m springboard final by 0.75 points: "I didn't even think I'd make the semi-final yesterday and yes I was close to the final, but it's my first Olympics so I'm really happy with my performance."

    Beijing Olympian Gallantree by contrast was tearful after finishing last in the semi-finals and admitted that, at 27, she wants to take time out from the sport before making a decision about Rio 2016.

    "Sport can be tough some times," said Gallantree. "I gave it everything I had but unfortunately it didn't go my way."

  76. 1636: 

    Jason Kenny is now in action in the men's sprint - he's up against Bernard Esterhuizen...

    Mark Bright, BBC football analyst at Wembley

    "Mexico play some lovely stuff and remind me of Spain in a way, but they need to get back to playing the way they did in the first 15 minutes, when they were creating opportunities against Senegal. They need to be ruthless in front of goal. There has been a relaxed way of playing about them and they have not had a lot of drive."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "I can tell you in that ride it did test them. They did not panic though. They had the courage to completely change the gameplan."

  79. 1635: 

    The GB women have now broken the team pursuit world record in each of their last five competitive rides.

    Sensational and you have to make them cast-iron favourites to bring home gold in 90 minutes or so. Superb stuff.

  80. 1633: 

    BBC Tennis commentator Virginia Wade: "In the mixed the idea is to pick on the female, but they're not getting any joy picking on Laura."

  81. 1633: 
    WORLD RECORD- Great Britain (Women's team pursuit)

    Great Britain qualify for the women's team pursuit final to face the USA in a world record time of three minutes 14.682 seconds.

  82. 1632: 

    Hello Andy Murray, you hoarder of Wimbledon finals. The Brit and his mixed doubles partner Laura Robson are on course for the final after winning the first set against Germany's Christopher Kas and Sabine Lisicki 6-1 in merely 20 minutes. If you were to pick a fruit to best describe the reaction of the Court One crowd after that first set then it would be a banana. The supporters are going bananas.

  83. 1631: 

    GB are well in control here, nearly two seconds up after 2km...

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "The women pursuiters are just making a habit of this - every time they go out they find a little bit more."

  85. 1630: 

    British trio Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell go out hard against Canada, and are already 0.2 seconds up on Canada after 500m...

  86. 1628: 

    Wow! Australia's women pursuiters go out quick, they are inside that world record pace set by Great Britain yesterday right up until the last 750m or so, but it is USA who come through to win in a national record time of three minutes 16.853 seconds.

    Can Great Britain join them in the final?

    We'll find out in three minutes or so...

  87. 1625: 

    Serena Williams after defeating Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win gold in the women's singles: "I didn't think I would be this happy. Oh my gosh, I got the gold. Wow. I've never played better. Playing against someone like Maria you have to be at your best. I knew that, so it was like I had nothing to lose.

    "I never expected gold in singles. I was so happy with my doubles golds [in Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008]. I thought 'if my career's over I have my gold medal and now I have everything'.

    "I have singles, doubles, actually everything there is to win in tennis. Where do I go from here?"

  88. 1625: 
    EXTRA-TIME- Mexico 2-2 Senegal

    Extra-time at Wembley, where Mexico and Senegal are locked at two apiece in the second men's quarter-final.

  89. 1624: 

    USA are up against Australia in the third heat of the women's team pursuit - the winner of this race will be through to the final...


    Claire & Martin via text on 81111: "Having a wonderful day in London watching the sports with all nationalities in the bars by the Thames. We are so proud to be British, a small country but we box above our weight on the Olympic stage! Love it! Come on Andy Murray, would love to see you in two finals tomorrow!!"

    Chris Spilsted, Penymynydd, Flintshire, via text: "Congratulations to the whole GB rowing team, they were wonderful, when you cried, I cried, so emotional, I'm so proud to be British."

    ZK, via text: "At Reading station waiting for train to Cardiff for the football. Should be a good game, can't wait!"

  91. 1621: 

    A remarkable story has emerged from the Olympic Stadium this morning, as Kim Collins - 100m world champion in 2003 and bronze medal winner behind Yohan Blake just last year - has been booted out of the St Kitts and Nevis team for spending the night with his wife in a hotel.

    His own wife, I should add...

    Anyway the 36-year-old is far from happy about the decision.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: "It ends on a really sad note. I should have been allowed to run. I don't see what is the big deal, I am a grown man, I'm just about to become a grandfather.

    "I did not come to London to watch the Olympic 100m final on TV. I could not get into the village, my accreditation was cancelled. I am not walking away, I was pushed out."

  92. 1621: 

    Oof! That was close. Appreciative applause for the Lithuanians after they push the Dream Team until the final seconds, eventually succumbing 99-94. Twenty-three turnovers proving costly for the Europeans. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony carried their team over the line, scoring 20 points each and USA now go above France in Group A.

  93. 1618: 

    GB women go in heat four of the women's team pursuit, they are up against Canada.

    Win that and they are in the final and guaranteed at least a silver medal.


    Douglas Beattie on Twitter: "Jessica ennis....about to enter the realms of superstardom. brilliant stuff. how many millions watching tonight? just wow!!"

    Lilaeth on Twitter: "Kate Walsh - if she's not a role model, I don't know who is!"

    Martin Leigh Jones on Twitter: "#London2012 Changed the mindset of a nation it's OK to want to be winners !!!"

  95. 1616: 

    Great Britain's women pursuit team are in first round action following these sprint repechages.

    The GB girls - don't forget - broke the world record in qualifying yesterday and hope to emulate the British men's four by winning gold.

    The final should be on about 18:00 this evening. The cycling has been running late every evening so far though...

  96. 1611: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes of the men's quarter-final at Wembley, and it's a cracker.

    Mexico and Senegal are locked at 2-2 after Ibrahima Balde nets a late equaliser for Senegal.

    Don't forget that Stuart Pearce's GB men are in action against South Korea later for a place in the last four, with Brazil up against Honduras next.

  97. 1610: 

    The Dream Team are having a bit of a nightmare at the Basketball Arena. LeBron James and co have not been able to shake off Lithuania and lead by a slender four-point margin. They're currently 92-88 ahead with four minutes remaining. Crowd reduced to a stunned silence.

  98. 1606: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Rosannagh Maclennan, CAN (Women's trampolining)

    Rosannagh Maclennan takes gold in the trampolining final from Chinese pair Huang Shanshan and He Wenna.


    Jack Patel on Twitter: "Shame we can't see Kenny v Hoy battle in the sprint because of rule changes, like Lochte v Phelps in swimming."

    Fi Harasyn on Twitter: "Amazing. 3rd in the table. The unsung heroes of sport don't need to earn £££s per week to excel. #proud"


    Great Britain Olympic gold medallist Kate Copeland: "Can't believe it!!! The crowd did it all in the last 500 so thanks for shouting you were amazing! And to all my friends back home COME ON!!"

  101. 1603: 

    The afternoon session of the cycling is under way, but we are just in the repechage stage of the men's sprint at the minute.

    This is for men who are still looking to qualify for the next round. No such worries for Brit Jason Kenny - who set an Olympic record this morning.

  102. 1559: 

    Great Britain's Hannah Starling came agonisingly close to reaching the individual 3m springboard final, but missed out by 0.75 points.

    The 17-year-old scored 313.95 to finish in 13th, when a top 12 place was needed.

    Team-mate Rebecca Gallantree impressed en-route to the semi-finals, but poor routines in the third and fourth rounds ended her challenge.

    China's three-time Olympic gold medallist Minxia Wu led the standings ahead of Italy's Tania Cagnotto.

  103. 1558: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- France (Men's doubles tennis)

    Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet win the men's doubles bronze medal with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 victory over David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez of Spain.


    Four-time Olympic rowing champion Matthew Pinsent: "Thirteen boats raced for GBR this week. G,G,G,G,S,S,B,B,B,5,5,5,6 the result. GBRowing produces its best when it matters most. #proud"

  105. 1556: 

    Afternoon all, hope you are all well? We've just hot-footed it over from a marvellous morning in the Olympic Stadium and now it's all about the cycling - for the next few hours at least. The golds have been coming thick and fast and we could have more for Team GB coming up.

    Watch this space


    Robert Yates on Twitter: "Wow Serena was dominant there 6-0, 6-1 in just over an hour, career golden slam #amazing"

    Billo on Twitter: "Serena Williams has completely thrashed Sharapova this afternoon. What a performance. All four slams & now #olympics gold."

    Ed Coe on Twitter: "Sharapova doesn't deserve a silver medal from that display - she should have to play Azarenka in a silver/bronze playoff. Dreadful."


    Time for the daily live text changeover as we hand over the reins to Tom Rostance and Aimee Lewis to see you through this afternoon's cycling and the evening's swimming and athletics action. Team GB are in hockey and football action too, so you won't get bored, I promise. All the best.

    WORLD RECORD- Jessica Rossi ITA (women's double trap)

    Jessica Rossi's winning score of 99 in the double trap, beat the previous world record of 96. The 20-year-old missed just one of her 100 shots.

  109. 1551: 

    GB women's captain Kate Walsh is named in the starting line-up and is due to play against China in their penultimate pool match today ( She is warming up with the rest of the squad and is wearing a protective mask. Walsh underwent surgery last Sunday to fit a titanium plate, after fracturing her jaw against Japan.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the trampolining at North Greenwich Arena

    "A tearful Kat Driscoll on finishing ninth and missing Olympic trampoline final: "I'm proud of my routines. I feel like I should have been in the final - you hope you've done enough and you just have to sit and watch, and see what comes from it.

    "To compete in front of that crowd was an absolute honour. They were great, it felt good to know we had the most support in there. I'm never going to get that back again, that was a fantastic thing to have been a part of.

    "That was the highest finish we've had at the Olympics for a woman, it's just so disappointing to be so close to the final, a tenth away. To finish ninth, when the top eight made the final, is a horrible position to be in."

  111. 1544: 

    Over in the Basketball Arena, the United States have a bit of a battle on their hand. The 'Dream Team' lead by just three points, 66-63 in the third quarter against Lithuania. Can Kobe Bryant and the rest negotiate their way out of this little bit of bother? Probably. You can watch it on the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Big cheeky grin from GB's Hannah Starling who's barely able to contain her joy every time the crowd cheer to greet her arrival.

    "She's responding to it well and in search of a top-12 finish to reach the final, is now 14th with one dive remaining.

    "Rebecca Gallantree is smiling too, but it's a little more forced after a very poor dive in the fourth of five rounds effectively ends her hopes of progressing."

  113. 1535: 
    BADMINTON- Women's final latest

    It's an absolutely nail-biting finish to the women's badminton final at Wembley Arena. Wang Yihan and Li Xuerui of China are tied at 17-17 in the final set.

  114. 1526: 

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Annabel Croft on Serena Williams winning the women's singles gold medal: "That was an absolutely breath-taking performance, I've never seen power and athleticism brought together in one tennis match like that. She absolutely thrashed Maria Sharapova. Incredible."

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport

    "France's Suzanne Lenglen dropped only four games in five matches in winning the 1920 women's singles gold medal in Antwerp.

    "The most one-sided women's final was also in 1920, when Lenglen overcame Dorothy Holman (GBR) 6-3 6-0.

    "There have been five 6-0 6-0 whitewash matches in women's singles in Olympic history, most recently at Athens 2004 (Venus Williams d. Maja Matevzic).

    "Serena Williams's most one-sided Olympic victory was her 6-1 6-0 win over Vera Zvonareva (RUS) in the third round at this year's Olympic Tennis Event."

  116. 1522: 

    Don't forget the weightlifters - Peter Kirkbride, from Hurlford, just outside Kilmarnock, goes in Group B of the men's 94kg at 1530. No medals to be won by the Briton, but he brings immense pride to his community: "We have not had a lot of good news over the last few years, or the most reasons to celebrate," said Morean Hamilton, the landlady of his local pub. "But it is a very close-knit community, and when there is something of note people come together."

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

    "Third round of dives now complete in the women's individual 3m springboard and after two poorly executed routines GB's Rebecca Gallantree has slipped down to the bottom of the standings in 18th.

    However, team-mate Hannah Starling is still in with a shout of a top 12 finish and her 186.45 points has her currently in 14th."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the trampolining at North Greenwich Arena

    "Flat isn't a word associated with a trampoline final, but this one will be all the quieter for the departure of Britain's Kat Driscoll, who finishes an agonising one place outside the top eight. She was knocked out by the last competitor in qualifying, American Savannah Vinsant.

    "The rest of the final is going with form, led by world and Olympic champion He Wenna with Chinese team-mate Huang Shanshan just behind her."

  119. 1522: 

    Williams finishes off Sharapova with an ace and lets out a scream of delight. Then she jumps up and down and waves to her mum and sister Venus. She looks absolutely thrillied to bits and is now dancing a little jig on the court much to Venus's delight. Sharapova is long gone, a complete no-show from the Russian today.

  120. 1519: 

    Day eight, or "Super Saturday" as it's been dubbed by some. A veritable feast of sport - and lots of asides too. BBC News website is rounding up the quirky stories surrounding the Games.

  121. 1519: 

    The Serena Williams serve finally comes under pressure as Maria Sharapova finally engineers a couple of break points. But both are saved as the American holds serve and then breaks against for 6-0 5-1. She'll now serve for the gold medal.

  122. 1518: 

    Don't forget this page is yours just as much as it is ours. Get in touch with all your thoughts on this spectacular Saturday. What have been your favourite Olympic moments so far? What are you most looking forward to? What did you make of Usain BolT and that amazing 9.88 second sprint from Ryan Bailey? Get in touch via text to 81111 (UK) or Twitter to #bbc2012.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCeL

    "I perhaps should have said, Belfast light-flyweight Paddy Barnes is through to the quarter-finals after the Beijing bronze medallist won his opener against Thomas Essomba of Cameroon. Firebrand Barnes was the wee man who held aloft a sign at the opening ceremony which read: Open For Sponsors, followed by his Twitter address. Cheeky, very cheeky. He fights India's Devendro Singh Laishram next."


    John in Leytonstone via text: "Didn't get to see the action at the Velodrome (a.k.a the Saddle?) as I was watching the Triathlon this morning but just watched the replays. Kenny and Clancy in formidable form. Isn't it about time we started mentioning Dave Brailsford's name when it comes to the new year honours?"

  125. 1514: 

    Watching Sir Steve Redgrave helping an exhausted Mark Hunter to his feet after Hunter won silver in the men's lightweight double sculls should move even the most hardened of men to tears. Fabulous commentary from John Inverdale too as a shattered Hunter tries to convey his emotions to the BBC.

  126. 1513: 
    BADMINTON- Women's final latest

    Wang Yihan saves two match points before levelling her women's singles final against Li Xuerui at one set apiece.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "With restricted difficulty 'compulsory' dives completed Great Britain's Hannah Starling is 12th with Rebecca Gallantree 15th.

    "The complexity of their routines now increases and each diver has three key dives to secure a top 12 finish and a place in the next round.

    "Huge cheering for the GB women each time they approach the springboard - they'll need much more of that to help their Olympic cause."

  128. 1508: 

    Team GB rower Zac Purchase reflects on his silver medal

    "When you put together the best race you can, you can only look back on it and think that we did what we could. We have had a really tough season, there were times when people thought we would not make it here, we were put down for not even medalling. We haven't achieved what we wanted to, but I hope that in a few years' time we will be able to look back on the fact that we raced in front of a really great crowd at London 2012."

  129. 1505: 

    There's a big roar at Wimbledon as Maria Sharapova finally wins a game to avoid the double donut against Serena Williams in the women's final.

  130. 1505: 

    Former world number one Tracy Austin: "Sharapova would like to get at least one game on the scoreline. You do not want to lose love-love on centre court, but you can't emphasise enough how well Serena Williams is playing. I have never seen her be this dominant."

  131. 1504: 

    Great Britain's Kat Driscoll has clocked the second-highest score of anyone to have gone so far in the second routine. She is up into third with another seven women still to go. It is going to be tight as to whether she make the top eight required to book her self into the final at 1526 BST.

  132. 1501: 
    TENNIS- Women's final latest

    It is an absolute walk in the park for Serena Williams at Wimbledon. She now leads Maria Sharapova 6-0 3-0 in the Olympic final.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Sad news for GB's defending Laser champion Paul Goodison, who finishes eighth in race 10 and so goes into the medal race in sixth position, 27 points off bronze and therefore unable to get among the metalwork.

    "Goodison has been hampered by a back injury he picked up just before race two on Monday and has been unable to perform at 100%, particularly on the physical upwind legs. He says it has affected his decision-making too."

  134. 1459: 

    We're right into the meaty part of the women's badminton singles final between two competitors from China. And rising star Li Xuerui has the edge over Wang Yihan after winning the first set at Wembley arena. It is currently 13-13 in the second set.

  135. 1458: 

    So what to expect from this afternoon's action. Well, in addition to the women's team pursuit team aiming to ape their male counterparts gold-winning performance from last night, Ed Clancy and Jason Kenny are in velodrome action in the omnium and individual sprint respectively.

    The GB hockey girls take on China at 1600 BST with anything more than a defeat sending them through to the last four.

    The men's football team meet South Korea in their quarter-final in Cardiff at 1930 BST.

    While Andy Murray is due back on court this evening in as he and Laura Robson take on German duo Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas in their second mixed doubles match of the day, having beaten Australians Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt

    If we look a little further ahead to this evening's action then you can start licking your lips for a medal tilt from Mo Farah at 10,000m at 2115 BST, plus Jessica Ennis of course.

  136. 1452: 

    Wimbledon champion Serena Williams looks set to capture her second All England Club title in the space of a few weeks... the fourth seed from the USA snaps up the first set of her Olympic women's singles final against Russian third seed Maria Sharapova 6-0 in 30 minutes.

  137. 1449: 
    ATHLETICS- Bleasdale through to pole vault final

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

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

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

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the diving in the Aquatics Centre

    "Under way in the women's individual 3m springboard semi-finals, where after impressive performances in the prelims Great Britain is represented by both Rebecca Gallantree and Hannah Starling.

    "The pair only squeezed into the top 18 yesterday to secure their place and they need a top 12 finish to reach the final.

    "After the first round of dives Gallantree and Starling are joint 14th with two other divers."

  139. 1448: 

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

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

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

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

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

  140. 1447: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Saina Nehwal IND (women's singles badminton)

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

  141. 1446: 

    In the women's singles final, Maria Sharapova of Russia is enduring a torrid time of it against American Serena Williams. The French Open champion trails 5-0 in the first set with just 25 minutes on the Centre Court clock, and Williams is pressing hard for another break of serve. Ruthless, utterly ruthless.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the trampoling at the North Greenwich Arena

    "Kat Driscoll lives in Washington, Tyne and Wear, where she shares training sessions with a host of lively, gregarious young trampolinists - all of whom near-worship her as both an Olympian and a mother-hen figure.

    "The 26-year-old just appeared on the big screen inside the North Greenwich (O2) Arena after her first of two qualifying routines, and gave a nervous wave. She's getting support and attention today that trampolinists simply don't get to experience at the average event. And there are Geordie voices ringing out around the arena, here to see their star perform.

    "Her first qualifying routine won't place her that high up but the second, more difficult routine - coming up shortly - allows her to cut loose a bit more and will decide whether she makes it into the final later today."

  143. 1437: 

    Kat Driscoll's first routine has given her plenty to do if she is to get in amongst the eight qualifiers for the final. The Briton is down in ninth with still another four competitors to bounce. There is a second routine for Driscoll to pull herself back into the upper reaches. Chinese favourite He Wenna is out in front at the moment with a score of 48.860.

  144. 1431: 

    Former British athlete and Olympic medallist Darren Campbell on Jessica Ennis

    "The crowd will either drive you to amazing feats, or you will crumble. What Jessica Ennis has shown over two days so far is that she isn't going to crumble. She will use that when she needs, but she'll do it on her own when she has to."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "I've been chatting to reknowned windsurfing coach and BBC commentator Simon Bornhoft about Bryony Shaw, who sits seventh with a seventh and fifth today.

    He says she suffered compared to the lighter sailors who can get the board on the plane earlier.

    'She is 5kg heavier than she was in Beijing, a deliberate strategy for the stronger winds here, but when it was more marginal like today, she was not quite as potent,' he said.

    'It was impressive how quickly the Israeli got planing compared to everyone else. To win by 250-odd metres in an RS:X race is quite unheard of.'"

  146. 1425: 

    There are some slightly more popular Americans due on court in the Basketball Arena in just a few minutes. The USA men's 'Dream Team' will take on the world championships bronze medallist Lithuania.

  147. 1424: 

    We're under way in the women's singles final between Serena Williams of the United States and Russia's Maria Sharapova. But not without an early controversy as Williams heads for a bathroom break after the warm-up and then sits in her seat while Sharapova waits on the baseline ready to return serve, drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd.

    The 14-time Grand Slam champion responds with a love service hold and then a break to love on Sharapova's opening service game. Take that.

    You can catch what should be an entertaining women's final on the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  148. 1423: 

    Usain Bolt after winning his 100m heat in 10.09 seconds: "I am feeling good, my legs are feeling good so I am happy. I am training well so I feel like I'm back. My start was good, I am only focused on the semi-finals tomorrow."

  149. 1420: 

    Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee sprinter to run at an Olympic Games, said he was overwhelmed by the crowd's backing after making the 400m semi-finals.

    "I was so nervous this morning. Thanks to everyone for showing their support. I didn't know whether to cry. I had a mixture of emotions. It was the most amazing experience, the crowd was amazing," said the South African.

    "I've run so much in the UK it feels like my second home."

  150. 1417: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Victoria Azarenka BLR (Women's singles)

    World number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beats Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4 in an hour and 28 minutes to win the Olympic women's singles bronze medal.

  151. 1416: 
    ATHLETICS- Heptathlon

    So it sounds like tonight's 800m will be a decent warm-up for Jessica Ennis's victory lap then. That is quite enough tempting of the fates. Let's give you news of a medal over in the tennis...

  152. 1414: 

    Jessica Ennis, who leads the heptathlon event with the 800m remaining: "It has been a brilliant day. I was really anxious after having just a good day yesterday and I am made up to make those performance in the long jump and javelin.

    "I am so nervous but it helps having the crowd. There is a lot of pressure but it is with people wanting you to do well. I am not even thinking about the gold medal until I cross the line."

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "A little further on the javelin means Jessica Ennis can run a little slower in the 800m, but that will not be on her mind right now. She is in the best position possible and maybe she could not even have dreamt of the lead she will have going into the final event. It could not have gone better today. A very good long jump and personal best in the javelin. It is a lead she will not relinquish in the 800m. This crowd will go bananas tonight."

  154. 1413: 

    Jessica Ennis's final javelin throw, a lifetime best of 47.49m, smashed her previous PB of 47.11m. I haven't done the maths, but the sum total is that even a below-par 800m will be enough to secure her gold in the final event at 2035 tonight.

    It would be a major shock if it was anyone else other than the Sheffield girl on the top step of the podium.

  155. 1411: 
    ATHLETICS- Ennis leads heptathlon

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

    Ennis has 5971 points, Skujte is second on 5,783 points, Lyudmyla Yospenko third on 5,701 and Tatyana Chernova has dropped to sixth. Katarina Johnson-Thompson is 16th and Louise Hazel is 30th.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the trampolining at the North Greenwich Arena

    "Kat Driscoll is the only British representation in the women's Olympic trampoline, which starts at 14:00 BST inside the North Greenwich Arena.

    After journalists feasted on headlines with the victory of Dong Dong in yesterday's men's event, few would bet against his female colleagues on the Chinese team completing a double in this one. He Wenna is the defending Olympic and world champion so will start the favourite here, but also keep an eye out for Canadian duo Rosie MacLennan and Karen Cockburn.

    Driscoll was the world number one in the sport last year so she has a medal shot, but keep in mind that the Chinese entered fewer events in 2011 which affected their world ranking. Driscoll will have to be at her very best to get on the podium."

  157. 1405: 

    Kat Driscoll may be able to beat her team-mates to gold glory. The Briton's qualification round for the final of the trampolining has just begun over in the North Greenwich Arena.

  158. 1559: 

    There is a decent chance that there will be another big gold bit of neckwear clinking its way back to the British section of the athletes' village this evening when the British women's team pursuit cyclists attempt to duplicate the success of their male counterparts in the Velodrome. They will start their bid to follow up their world title with an Olympic gold in the first round at 1611 BST with the final at 1803 BST.

  159. 1351: 

    Team GB are accumulating gold faster than Scrooge McDuck. Two more were added to the growing mound of medal bounty by the rowers as Great Britain's men's four and the women's lightweight double scull duo of Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland won their finals.

    Over in the athletics, the pundits and number crunchers have pencilled in the coronation of Jessica Ennis as the first British athletics winner after she aced her long jump this morning.

    All very enjoyable and you can read about how it all that on this morning's live page

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