London 2012 Olympics: Day 10 evening session as it happened

Dai Greene misses a medal in the men's 400m hurdles final as Felix Sanchez takes gold, while GB boxers Anthony Ogogo and Anthony Joshua win to guarantee medals.

7 August 2012 Last updated at 00:28

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  1. 0012: 

    But that's it from us here in the Olympic Park for another night. It's been as marvellous as ever.

    Make sure you clock in with the morning crew who will kick you back off at 08:00 BST. Lovely stuff.

  2. 0011: 

    One final thing before you get off to bed - have a read of the ever-growing Team GB roll of honour.

    It could get longer yet...


    TRIATHLON (11:30-13:45): Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

    Triathlon's wonder brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have dominated their sport in recent years and finished first and second, by some distance, in the recent World Cup event in Switzerland.


    TRACK CYCLING (16:00-18:30): Sir Chris Hoy, men's keirin; Victoria Pendleton, women's individual sprint

    The final night of action at the velodrome could be an emotional affair as it will be the last time track cycling's biggest stars, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, compete together for Great Britain. Hoy will attempt to win the sixth gold medal of his stellar career in the keirin (heats - 10:00; final - 17:57), while Pendleton goes for a third gold in the individual sprint (semis - 16:00; final - 17:26) before retiring. German Kristina Vogel, China's Guo Shuang and perennial rival Anna Meares of Australia stand in her way.


    ATHLETICS (19:00-21:06): Robbie Grabarz, men's high jump

    Among the finalists at the Olympic Stadium, Grabarz has every chance of battling for a medal in the high jump, while fellow Briton Tiffany Porter goes in the 100m hurdles semis (19:15) along with the brilliant Australian Sally Pearson. Usain Bolt will begin his charge for the sprint double in the morning (11:50) with the heats of the 200m, while Britain's Phillips Idowu will hope to overcome his fitness worries to qualify (10:45) for the triple jump final.

  6. 0005: 

    Well that's about it for another day on the Olympic Park - all that's left now is to give you a quick scan of the highlights coming up tomorrow.

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    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player

    Argentina will take away from this a lot of good things from the first half but a lot of basic, fundamental mistakes from the second. In that third quarter USA piled it on, and it was tough for the Argentines.

  8. 0002: 

    The Dream Team come through a sticky start to record a comprehensive 126-97 victory over Argentina in the final match of the group stages. The Americans will face Australia in the quarter-finals, while Argentina play Brazil.

    Lennox Lewis, Former world heavyweight champion and BBC pundit

    The Chinese opponent had a lot more experience, but Joshua came out, wasn't scared of the experience and hit him! That's his best performance of the Games so far. He threw his right hand, he did not expect that damage that it did but he saw the results of it.

  10. 2354: 

    Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan on BBC One on Anthony Joshua's win: "In every fight he has had he's getting more comfortable. I really think he has a very good chance of getting a gold medal. He boxed really well and put Zhang down in the second round, and he won by a wide margin. We have a great, strong Team GB boxing team."

  11. 2352: 

    Anthony Joshua on BBC One after he guaranteed himself an Olympic bronze medal: "That's a good win, and we'll have some positive energy. Let's get behind our boxers as we keep pushing on for the medals."

    Richie Woodhall, Olympic bronze medallist and boxing commentator

    "Good performance, Anthony Joshua. It was a much better performance than his first contest. Joshua wins a guaranteed bronze medal, well deserved."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCeL

    "Make that four British boxers to have guaranteed medals, super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua doing a demolition job on Beijing silver medallist Zhilei Zhang, knocking him down in the second with a chopping right and taking the fight 15-11. Joshua looked loose as a goose, couldn't miss with his left hook, and he faces 6ft 9in giant Ivan Dychko next."

  14. 2348: 

    That's a guaranteed bronze medal for Anthony Joshua, and he looks in good nick to deliver even more.

  15. 2348: 

    Anthony Joshua is into the semi-finals of the men's super heavyweight competition after beating Zhilei Zhang of China 15-11 on points.

  16. 2345: 

    The Dream Team have been released from their shackles and have passed the century mark against Argentina. The Americans lead 107-79 with eight minutes of the final quarter left.

  17. 2343: 

    Zhilei Zhang comes out swinging in the final round but Anthony Joshua stays out of trouble in the opening stages.

  18. 2342: 

    Older men can smash. Dutch duo Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil, at the grand ages of 35 and 39 respectively, come back from behind in the second set to reach the semi-finals with a 21-16 21-28 victory over Italian whippersnappers Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo.

  19. 2342: 

    Anthony Joshua leads 11-7 after that second round, but Zhang was wobbling in the final seconds there. One more round to go.

  20. 2341: 

    Anthony Joshua puts Zhilei Zhang on the canvas! Cracking shot.

  21. 2338: 

    Anthony Joshua takes the opening round of his super heavyweight fight with Zhilei Zhang 3-1.

    Richie Woodhall, Olympic bronze medallist and boxing commentator

    "Zhang can punch, but Joshua should have the measure of his opponent. His right hand is going to be crucial, as will his jabs. He must move, setting off punches behind his jab and seeking to establish a gap of points between him and his opponent."

  23. 2337: 

    Anthony Joshua allows himself a smile as he lands a solid left on his Chinese opponent in the opening minutes.

  24. 2336: 

    Gold and green flags are maniacally being waved around Earls Court after Brazil beat Germany 25-21 25-22 25-19. A commanding performance by the top seeds against the world number 10 team. The Germans, though, still progress to the quarter-finals and will next play Bulgaria, while Brazil face Argentina in the last eight.

  25. 2335: 

    Joshua only took boxing up at the age of 18 and now, aged 22, he can win a medal in his hometown.

  26. 2334: 

    Remember, Anthony Joshua will secure a bronze with a win tonight. He has three rounds to make that happen.

  27. 2333: 

    This is more like it - "We will rock you" accompanies Anthony Joshua and Zhilei Zhang to the ring.

    You can watch the final fight of the night live on our interactive video player.

  28. 2330: 

    The USA have found their shooting, er, hands? And are now 85-68 to the good in the third quarter against Argentina.


    Danny Sinclair on Twitter: "@BBCSport Just left Old Trafford. Gutted beyond belief when USA scored. Amazing game of football with a cruel cruel ending"

    Kevin Lyon on Twitter: "Have to say women's football puts the male version to shame. They make their male counterparts look like a bunch of wimps!"

    Lisa Morgan on Twitter: "Classic @clarebalding1 to Scott Brash 'what does your gold medal mean to you' Reply: 'I hope it improves my chances with women' #BBC2012"

  30. 2321: 

    Four-time Olympic champion Sir Matthew Pinsent was down watching the hockey tonight and in bullish form as he predicted that Team GB will end the Games in third place in the medal table.

    He said: "Australia are having a shocker. Australia and Russia, which I thought we would be fighting with to get on the medal table, they are far back at the moment. I can't see Australia getting back.

    "Russia will come strong in the last few days but they're not going to make up, what is it, 12 golds? It's great, I think we've got third, which is amazing.

    "I didn't think we could go better than Beijing, but we have."

  31. 2320:  
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport

    "Well, that has to go down as one of the worst fights of the tournament so far, defending champion Roberto Cammarelle just pipping Moroccan spoiler Mohammad Arjaoui 12-11. Arjaoui's tactics consisted of chucking a haymaker and collapsing in a heap on the Italian's chest. Thing is, it almost worked, Cammarelle only won because of a two-point penalty for holding..."

  32. 2317: 

    Anthony Joshua's fight is running a bit late, as the third quarter-final is just about to start and Joshua goes in the final one of the night.

    These fighters are coming out to the ring to "Let me entertain you" by Robbie Williams - not the most intimidating soundtrack to a brawl between two men weighing over 91kg each.

  33. 2315: 

    Anthony Ogogo won through to the last four in the middleweight category earlier on, and he will take on Esquiva Falcao Florentino of Brazil in the last four.

    The Brazilian has been watching Rocky IV as he warned Ogogo:

    "I have not come here for bronze. I have come here for gold.

    "I told my dad when I left home that I would take home a medal. I will bring him that medal.

    "I know it will be a very hard fight for me because my adversary will be English. I will watch what he does best and try to break him."

  34. 2306: 

    USA lead at the break - but only just - as the Dream Team hold a 60-59 advantage over Argentina at half-time.

  35. 2305: 

    Brazil looked to be in trouble after falling three points behind to Germany in the second set but the top seeds hit back and are now two sets ahead in the final match of the group stages. Plenty of flag waving by the jubilant Brazilians in the crowd.

  36. 2304: 

    Great Britain's Olympic showjumper Scott Brash says on BBC One how he hopes his gold medal will change his life: "I really hope this win improves my pulling power with women, if I'm honest! That's about it..."

    Brash by name...

  37. 2301: 

    Great Britain's Olympic showjumping gold medallist Nick Skelton on BBC One: "This is huge for me, at this stage of my career. It's probably the best thing that could ever have happen to me. For it to have happened in London is just the greatest feeling. I couldn't have done it on my own - I needed my three guys with me.

    "It's absolutely amazing, after I've had two cartilage operations, a shoulder replacement, a hip replacement, a broken neck... now I expect I've got to have a back replacement!"

  38. 2301: 

    Don't forget that Anthony Joshua's fight with Zhilei Zhang is due to start at 23:15 BST.

    He won the world championship silver medal last year, and a win tonight will secure at least a bronze.

    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player

    "This is good-quality basketball, though I don't think we've seen either team going at their best. But there's a lot of smart basketball out there."


    Bolton and Team GB striker Marvin Sordell on Twitter: "Watching the basketball now. Argentina just got loads of Messi's running around just weaving through people."

    Team GB defender Anita Asante on Twitter: "What a GAME I cannot believe what I have just watched! But both teams fought to the end. Proud of my buddies on both teams! #2012olympics"

    Team GB 400m hurdler Eilidh Child on Twitter: "Thank you to everyone for the lovely message. Always knew the final would be a tough task but would of liked to have run faster! Xx"

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCeL

    "I've just been told that the decibel level of 114 for the Natasha Jonas-Katie Taylor clash this afternoon was the highest of the Games so far, surpassing the cycling finals at the velodrome the other night.

    "For the uninitiated, 114 decibels is just shy of a thunderclap, 20 decibels less than the roar of a jet engine and 50 decibels less than Steve Bunce."

  42. 2241: 

    A frantic final game of the group stages in the women's event sees Argentina secure a semi-final place with a 0-0 draw against Australia. The Aussies had to win and played the closing minutes with no goalkeeper as they brought on an 11th outfield player, while the Argentines were down to 10 players.

    The Champions Trophy winners held on though, and they will face Great Britain in the last four on Wednesday. The Netherlands play New Zealand in the other semi-final.


    Josh from Nottingham on 81111 on text: "Words can't describe how bad I feel for Canada after that brilliant performance against the Americans. Gutted."

    The Aitkens from Aberdeen on 81111 on text: "Our first day at Olympics today, having been saving and planning since we won them. Surpassed all expectations with a great game at Wembley."

    Ben in Surrey on 81111 on text: "Can you explain why a boxer is guaranteed a medal merely by getting into the semi-finals? What about fourth place?"

    Because, Ben, just like in Greco-Roman wrestling and judo, boxing has two bronze medallists as well as a silver and gold.

  44. 2237: 

    Yelena Isinbayeva lost the pole vault title she had held since Athens eight years ago tonight, but she was happy enough with winning bronze and hinted that she may now not retire as she had planned.

    The Russian said: "I am really happy. It is like a gold medal for me.

    "I think this bronze tells me 'Yelena, don't quit', as I planned to quit after London.

    "I don't know about Moscow (2013 World Championships), of course I will be there anyway.

    "I'd like some rest but for now I don't know anything. I am just glad the Olympics are finished as it was so stressful."

    John Amaechi, Former NBA basketball player

    "With an average age of 30, especially playing against a USA team with an average age of 26, this Argentina team is on its last legs.

    "Certainly, in basketball years they are an elderly statesman team, but they won't be intimidated by the status of America."

  46. 2230: 

    Down at the Basketball Arena, the USA are 24-21 up on Argentina in the first quarter.

  47. 2230: 

    So that win by Kirani James in the 400m means we've got a new country on the medal table tonight, with Grenada slotting in to joint 37th place with Venezuela.

    Great Britain remain in third spot and have increased their haul to 40 medals in total - just seven shy of the Beijing haul.

    China stay top with 64, including 31 golds, while the USA have 29 golds in their 63 medals.

  48. 2218: 

    Former England under-21 international and BBC Sport football pundit Lucy Ward: "You feel for Canada but what a great winning header. What a cruel finish. I thought penalties would be cruel but that's even crueller. You just can't beat this USA team. It was the killer blow right at the end. It's soul-destroying for Canada but absolutely brilliant for the United States."

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football

    "You want footballing drama? There are 120 minutes on the clock when Alex Morgan scores the header that takes the US into the final, where they will face Japan on Thursday. An epic. Canada 3-4 USA. Harsh, very harsh, on Canada. What. A. Game. Of. Football."

  50. 2216: 

    The USA keep up their record of reaching every Olympic final since the sport was admitted. This will be five out of five.

  51. 2215: 

    Dramatic scenes! A steaming header from Alex Morgan deep into the last minute of extra time has secured America's place in the Olympic final.

    United States 4-3 Canada (AET)

  52. 2212: 

    As the USA women's team head towards a penalty shoot-out in the football, the men's Dream Team of basketballers are about to begin their final group game against Argentina.

    The USA broke an Olympic record in their third match - thumping Nigeria 156-73. Ouch.

  53. 2208: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton has not been so lucky after all because the Brit has lost her spot in the 400m hurdles final. Shakes-Drayton had taken Denisa Rosolova's place after the Czech athlete was disqualified for a trailing leg infringement, but she has been reinstated after appealing the decision, meaning the Londoner misses out.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football

    "The spectre of penalties is starting to loom large. It remains Canada 3-3 USA, with about 10 minutes until the end of extra-time. Both teams have tired considerably, although the US look slightly stronger. This semi-final tie has been a great advert for women's football. Just boss."

    Lennox Lewis, Former world heavyweight champion and BBC pundit

    "Anthony Ogogo has got to be feeling good. It was a lot of work in there. It's step by step - three fights down, now the next one."

  56. 2158: 

    It is a classic at Old Trafford, where Canada and the United States are locked at 3-3 in extra-time. Could we be set for penalties?


    Malcolm Harvey on Twitter: "So I had been fed up of Olympics-mania about 3 months ago, but the last week has won me back over. Awesome. #BBC2012"

    Richard Berry on Twitter: "#Kirani James, took pistorius' number in the semi. Congratulated every member of the race before celebrating. Touch of class #bbc2012"

    Lee Symes on Twitter: "Watching the end of the Woman's football #Can vs #USA, looks like it has been a very good game. #BBC2012 #London2012"

    Richie Woodhall, Olympic bronze medallist and boxing commentator

    "Ogogo is a true champion. Congratulations, Anthony. Terrific."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCeL

    "That's three GB boxers with medals as Anthony Ogogo wins his middleweight quarter-final against Germany's Stefan Hartel. Great stuff from the Lowestoft man, fighting behind his high guard and landing in flurries throughout the three rounds.

    "That's Ogogo, Nicola Adams and Luke Campbell into the semis - Britain's best post-War haul was five in 1956, when Dick McTaggart and the recently departed Terry Spinks struck gold."

  60. 2151: 

    It's a guaranteed bronze medal for Britain's Anthony Ogogo as he out-points Stefan Hartel 15-10 to move into the semi-finals of the men's middleweight competition.

  61. 2149: 

    Four years on and Jennifer Suhr goes one better to become Olympic champion in the pole vault. Yarisley Silva broke Cuba's national record with a 4.75m effort, but it wasn't enough to snatch gold from the American. Russia's Elena Isibayeva - 2004 and 2008 Olympic champion and world record holder - could only clear 4.70m for bronze.

  62. 2146: 

    Anthony Ogogo leads 10-6 after two rounds and is looking good.

  63. 2145: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Jennifer Suhr, USA (Women's pole vault)

    Beijing silver medallist Jennifer Suhr claims pole vault gold with a 4.75m clearance.

  64. 2142: 

    Anthony Ogogo leads Stefan Hartel 5-2 at the end of the first round.

  65. 2142: 

    Kirani James not only breaks Grenada's national record while adding the Olympic title to the gold he won at last year's world championships, but the teenager also becomes the first non-American to complete one lap in under 44 seconds.

    Richie Woodhall, Olympic bronze medallist and boxing commentator

    "This is going to be a tough opponent for Anthony Ogogo. He's got to stay focused. His coach will have given him sound instructions. He needs to box to his potential and find the gaps in this German. Good luck to him. He's got the talent."

  67. 2138: 

    Anthony Ogogo's fight is a go go...

  68. 2138: 

    Kirani James on securing gold in the 400m: "The whole place [Grenada] is probably going crazy right now, I can't believe it."

    On Michael Johnson's comments that he can break his world record: "He just says I am on the right track but you still have to work hard to make sure you achieve because there is a lot of talent out there."


    Caroline from Leicester on 81111 on text: "I thought it was going to be difficult to want anyone else to win but Felix Sanchez's reaction to his national anthem made me want to give him all the medals in the world! That's what the Olympics is all about."

    Andrew on 81111 on text: "Met Kelly Holmes on Sunday evening in the Stadium. What a wonderful lady. Makes you proud to be British."

    D in London on 81111 on text: "Just had a look at the medal table. Russia are catching us fast!"

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the ExCeL

    "One fight away from Anthony Ogogo's quarter-final match against Germany's Stefan Hartel - the British middleweight is never in a bad fight, his last one was as tense as they come, and tonight's could be another cracker. Last on is London super-heavy Anthony Joshua, he's got China's Beijing silver medallist Zhilei Zhang. And Zhang can bang."

  71. 2136: 

    World champion Kirani James gains ground on Chris Brown before the bend and the 19-year-old seems to extend his long legs to comfortably finish ahead of his rivals, breaking Grenada's national record in the process. Dominican Republic's teenager Luguelin Santos (44.46) secures silver, while Trinidad and Tobago's Lalonde Gordon (44.52) took bronze.

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

    On James' 400m victory: "He was in control all the way. Under 44 seconds for the first time in his career, we figured he would do it eventually and he did it just at the right time. It will be great for him going home to Grenada with a gold medal and I am sure they will be very very proud of him. He can go much faster than this, no doubt about it, because his technique is not that great. I am sure he will have my world record [43.18] in his sights. He is tremendously talented and has many years to learn about this event. He is already very mature and I would expect him to continue to improve."

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On the 400m final: "Kirani James has taken his nation's first ever gold medal. Total total dominance. Earlier in the season there were some doubts as to whether he was as good as last year - well he's even better."

  74. 2131: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Kirani James, GRN (Men's 400m final)

    Teenager Kirani James wins a first Olympic gold for Grenada with a personal best of 43.94 seconds.


    Enough of the emotion. 'On your marks' says the starter for the the men's 400m finalists...

  76. 2129: 

    Shock in the women's pole vault as Yelena Isinbayeva fails at 4.70 metres and will have to settle for the bronze.

  77. 2127: 

    Olympic champion Felix Sanchez is inconsolable on the podium. The 400m hurdles gold medallist was crying before he stepped atop of the rostrum, the tears continued to flow during the anthem and once the music stopped he sobbed, holding his head in his hands.

  78. 2125: 

    The wonderfully-named Wambach has just missed an open goal as well. USA 3-3 Canada going into the final five.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football

    "Abby Wambach levels for the US from the penalty spot after a dodgy handball decision against Lauren Sesselmann. This women's semi-final is now 3-3 and officially bonkers. As the American journalist to my life observed, that penalty was a ridiculous call. Quite, Sir."

  80. 2123: 

    And the sight of Redmond on TV means it must be time for the men's 400m finals. World champion Kirani James of Grenada qualified second fastest with a season's best time of 44.59, a hundredth of a second behind Trinidad and Tobago's Lalonde Gordon. You'll be seeing double, too, as the Borlee twins from Belgium, Jonathan and Kevin, are also competing.

  81. 2121: 

    Derek Redmond's moment from 1992 is on TV right now. It gets me every time...

  82. 2117: 

    Olympic silver medallist Habiba Ghribi made history in the 3000m steeplechase by becoming the first woman from Tunisia to win an Olympic medal in athletics and the 28-year-old broke the national record, too, with a time of 9:08.37. Sofia Assefa (9:09.84) won bronze for Ethiopia.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football

    "This women's semi-final between Canada and the US is turning into a real ding-dong battle, with three goals in six second-half minutes. Canada briefly went 2-1 in front through a cracking header from Christine Sinclair. Then Megan Rapinoe struck her second of the game with a thunderous strike that went in off the post to level at 2-2. But wait, what's this, another Sinclair header to bring up her hat-trick. It is 3-2 at Old Trafford."

  84. 2115: 

    Five athletes were in contention before the final lap but Russia's Zaripova nudged further ahead after the water jump and sprinted clear of her rivals after the final hurdle to claim gold with the third fastest time in history.

  85. 2115: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Yuliya Zaripova, RUS (Women's 3000m steeplechase)

    World champion Yuliya Zaripova led from start to finish and wins gold in 9:06.73.

  86. 2111: 

    Three laps left in the women's 3000m steelplechase and Russia's Yuliya Zaripova leads, with a trio of Ethiopians on her shoulder.

  87. 2111: 

    Two British boxers can secure medals in the boxing ring in the next few hours.

    First, middleweight Anthony Ogogo is up against Germany's Stefan Hartel at 21:30, before Anthony Joshua has his super heavyweight brawl with Zhilei Zhang at 23:15.

    Both boxers will win a place in the semi-finals and at least a bronze medal with a win.

  88. 2109: 

    For some British track fans the women's 3000m steeplechase final will feel a bit like after the Lord Mayor's show, but for Tunisians this is showpiece event of the evening. They are hoping world championship silver medallist Habibia Ghribi can become the first Tunisian woman to win an Olympic athletics medal.

  89. 2108: 

    British pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale on BBC Radio 5 live: "I am really disappointed, but to come top eight in my first Olympic final is pretty good. I felt I could have done so much better as I did not handle the wind very well. I am really privileged to have competed in front of a crowd like this. I think I was lacking experience, as when the other girls come to a competition they know what to expect, and I don't. Hopefully, by Rio, I will be at the top of my game."

  90. 2107: 

    Holly Bleasdale may be out, but the women's pole vault final continues with three athletes locked at 4.70m.

    Jennifer Suhr and Yarisley Silva are joined by Yelena Isinbayeva - who won this title in Athens and Beijing.

  91. 2101: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Mijain Lopez, CUB (Men's 120kg Greco-Roman wrestling)

    Cuba's Mijain Lopez has won gold in the men's 120kg Greco-Roman wrestling, beating Heiki Nabi from Estonia 3-0 in the final.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football

    "Ouch, Christine Sinclair and Lauren Sesselmann won't want to see this again, as they both fail to get anything on a corner from the US's Megan Rapinoe. They are both at the near post, close to the goal-line, but somehow the ball eludes them both. Yep, a goal direct from a corner, and all Canada's gutsy defending is undone in one moment. Scores now locked at 1-1."


    Joe Wyatt on Twitter: "At least @DaiGreene can take solace in the fact that the human race hasn't advanced in the 400m hurdles since Athens 8 years ago. #BBC2012"

    Ian Robbins on Twitter: "You don't get many 2nd chances but I really think Perri-Shakes Drayton could make the most of hers #TeamGB #London2012 #BBC2012"

    Susie Jones on Twitter: "#DaiGreene is 4th in the world! It's about what he has achieved not what he didn't. Fantastic effort #BBC2012 @BBCSport"

  94. 2056:  
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Dai Greene will be bitterly disappointed that he hasn't got a medal but I can tell you it was a very, very fast final. We know that Dai has suffered from injury problems which has hampered his preparations and I can't help thinking that maybe this race came two weeks too early for him."

  95. 2056: 

    Dai Greene after finishing fourth in the men's 400m hurdles: "I felt a bit tired, a couple of days ago I had a shock and I am surprised I managed as fast I did. I gave it everything I had but was just too tired and narrowly missed out.

    "It certainly affected my build-up. I couldn't start where I wanted. I ran a PB a couple of weeks ago, but I think I was lacking some endurance and I was found wanting a little bit. I know me and Culson were miles ahead in the rankings but the guys really pulled something out."

  96. 2053: 

    This will be of no consolation to Dai Greene, but the Welshman ran 47.84 in Paris a month ago today - and that would have been enough to have won silver tonight.

  97. 2052: 

    A season's best time of 47.63 from the Dominican Republic's Sanchez in what was a pacy final, while Tinsley ran a personal best 47.91. Greene sits on the track, staring ahead before jumping back to his feet to wave to the crowd. The Brit was four tenths of a second off his personal best.

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On the men's 400m hurdles final: "Eight years ago Felix Sanchez shouted to the world and he is back! Eight years ago he won the medal in 47.63 and now in 2012 he has won the gold in 47.63.

    "If that's not karma I don't know what is."

    Triple Olympic medallist & BBC Sport pundit Kriss Akabusi on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think that Dai went out too quick. He went hell-for-leather for the first hurdle and I did not think he needed to do that. He needed to kick off the second bend. Sanchez was not involved in any nonsense and came home first. Dai will be unhappy with himself as he knew he could have been among the medals. You know when you have it inside of you. Sanchez is a guy who has come in quietly like a stealth bomber."

  100. 2048: 

    Britain's Dai Greene was over 10m behind Culson and Sanchez before the bend. The world champion dragged himself closer to his rivals on the home straight, but Sanchez extended his lead to finish ahead of America's Michael Tinsley in second and Puerto Rico's Javier Culson in third. Greene was fourth in 48.24.

  101. 2046: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Felix Sanchez, (Men's 400m hurdles)

    The 2004 Olympic champion Felix Sanchez gallops through the line to win gold in 47.63 seconds.

  102. 2046: 

    Dai Greene's personal best is 47.84 secs, two-hundredths of a second outside the British record Kriss Akabusi set when winning Olympic bronze in Barcelona in 1992. Twenty years on, can Greene go one - or two - better?

  103. 2046: 

    World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene is introduced by the stadium announcer and the supporters respond with a thunderous noise. The Welshman takes a deep breath, his rival Javier Culson - in a fetching white bandana - crosses his chest. They've stepped into the blocks...

  104. 2043: 

    It's Perri Shakes-Drayton's lucky day as she makes the 400m hurdles final after the Czech Republic's Denisa Rosolova is disqualified. Ukraine's Hanna Titimets was also given the red card by the judges.

    There were high-pitch screams from Muizat Ajoke Odumosu at the finishing line, though, as she broke the national record with a 54.40 time to qualify in top spot from the final semi-final. Britain's Eilidh Child finished fifth in 56.03, one place behind the 2008 Olympic champion Melaine Walker who also failed to qualify for the final.

  105. 2039: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Men's 100m

    Usain Bolt cemented his place in Olympics folklore by winning the 100m in 9.63 seconds last night. Watch as he receives his gold medal.

  106. 2031: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton on her third-place finish: "The hurdling went well but I was running a bit blind. I will just have to wait and see what happens in the next one. I ran slower than I did yesterday so I am disappointed but we'll wait and see. I am expecting the worse though. I said from the start I have to get to the final."

  107. 2029:  
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "I wish this race was was a little bit faster. I think it would be better for Perri Shakes-Drayton if it was a faster time. We will have to wait now and see. She set herself up nicely. She never gave up, knowing that she needed the fastest losing spot."

  108. 2028: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton will hope to reach the final as a fastest loser after the Briton finishes 10m behind automatic qualifiers Lashina Demus (54.08) and Kaliese Spencer (54.20). The Londoner's time of 55.19 is currently enough to see her through to the final, but there's one race remaining.

  109. 2025: 

    The Netherlands hold on for a deserved 2-1 win over Great Britain at the Riverbank Arena and the closing stages fell a bit flat as both sides seemed to accept there are bigger battles to come. The Dutch top the group, GB are second and await the outcome of the next match between Australia and Argentina to learn their semi-final opponents.

    Jonathan Edwards, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics presenter

    On Holly Bleasdale's exit from the pole vault: "It was a whisker away, similar to her previous attempt. I just felt her last few strides lacked a little bit of commitment. She is a real talent and will be devastated now but she will win a lot of medals. It's how you respond to this that defines you as an athlete."

  111. 2024: 

    The raucous support of 80,000 fans can do many things to an athlete, but they can't make Holly Bleasdale fly. The British record holder brushes the pole at 4.55m and it tumbles to the ground. Bleasdale fights back the tears because she will not win a medal at London 2012.

  112. 2023: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Oleksiy Torokhtiy, UKR (Men's -105kg weightlifting)

    Oleksiy Torokhtiy lifts 412kg to take gold from Navab Nasirshelal, who was just one kg back.

  113. 2020: 

    GB divers Chris Mears and Jack Laugher are struggling at the halfway point of the individual 3m preliminaries.

    Seeking a top-18 finish, Mears, who was fifth alongside Nick Robinson-Baker in the synchro event, is currently 21st, whilst team-mate Laugher is 26th.

    The pair each have three more routines to put themselves back into contention for Tuesday morning's semi-finals.

  114. 2018: 

    Italy's reigning 50km walk champion Alex Schwazer will not be defending his title at London 2012 after he admitted doping.

  115. 2017: 

    Holly Bleasdale fails with her second attempt at 4.55m and, according to Denise Lewis, the young Brit looks distressed. The 20-year-old was nowhere near clearing the height, but while Bleasdale contemplates what readjustments need to be made the women's 400m hurdles semi-finals are about to start on the track...

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football

    "The US might have started this game strongly but Canada lead after skipper Christine Sinclair scored a goal any footballer would be happy to call their own. She collects a pass from Melissa Tancredi, skips inside Kelley O'Hara and slots the ball beyond the superbly named Hope Solo. If my maths are correct, that was her 141st goal for Canada. Crazy."

  117. 2014: 

    Nadzeya Ostapchuk caused an upset by seizing gold ahead of world and Olympic champion Valerie Adams, who had to settle for silver after a 20.70m throw. Russia's Evgeniia Kolodko threw a personal best 20.48 to win bronze.

  118. 2013: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Alan Khugaev, RUS (Men's 84kg Greco-Roman wrestling)

    Russia's Alan Khugaev has won gold in the -84kg Greco-Roman wrestling, beating Karam Ebrahim of Egypt 3-0.

  119. 2009: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Nadzeya Ostapchuk, BLR (Women's shot put)

    Nadzeya Ostapchuk beats world and Olympic champion Valerie Adams with a throw of 21.36m.

  120. 2006: 

    Defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown on BBC One after finishing third in her 200m heat: "It's the first round, the objective is always to advance and I achieved that tonight. To have a chance of winning a third consecutive 200m title is a great situation to be in. I am not going to let the situation overwhelm me, I aim to get to the final and take it from there."

  121. 2006: 

    Kitty van Male makes it 2-1 to the Netherlands after sustained pressure on the British 'D' and Great Britain look like finishing second in Group A. The following match between Argentina and Australia would then decide their semi-final opponents.

    Nigel Adderley, BBC water polo commentator

    "Great Britain's men ended their Olympic journey with a 13-4 defeat to Montenegro which ensured they finish their campaign with five successive defeats.

    "Captain Craig Figes completed the scoring with a superb goal in what was his final international appearance. GB always knew they were in for a tough time against all four of the semi-finalists from Beijing and the players Figes leaves behind will be hoping there is sufficient funding in place to allow them to make a realistic attempt to qualify in 2016."

  123. 2004: 

    Double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price wins her 200m heat in a time of 22.7 seconds and, significantly, Evelyn dos Santos of Brazil is fourth in a time of 23.07 and takes a fastest loser spot.

    That means that British runner Anyika Onuora is out.

  124. 2004: 

    There probably isn't a more crushing sound than that of 80,000 people groaning in unison. The pole vault is ratcheted up by 10cm and it's a tad too high for Holly Bleasdale who is nowhere near succeeding at 4.55m. She does, however, have two more attempts at the height.

  125. 2000: 

    Bit of an update for you on Algerian runner Taoufik Makhloufi. You may remember he was thrown out of the Games earlier today for not trying hard enough in his 800m heat. Makhloufi had already qualified for tomorrow night's 1500m final by winning his semi-final, but only ran the first 200m of his 800m heat before stepping off the track. An initial IAAF statement considered he "had not provided a bona fide effort". But the Algerian federation said Makhloufi had a knee problem, and after reviewing medical evidence, Olympic organisers have revoked the disqualification. All clear? Anyway, bottom line, he'll be in the 1500m final on Tuesday, at 2115 BST, and looks a decent medal bet.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport

    "British Basketball has finally recorded a win at the London Olympics. At the fifth (well, 10th if you include the women's team) time of asking. The men's side powered past China 90-58 but immediately after, head coach of seven years Chris Finch announced he was quitting his role

    He said: "That is going to be my last game here but the focus should be on my guys. The challenge was to build something. I never really thought that I would be here after seven years.

    "I laugh when people say we were given our spot here because it sure didn't feel like it when we were trying to get up through Division B. We really achieved something here."

  127. 1958: 

    GB coach Chris Finch has left his role after seven years.

  128. 1958: 

    Olympic 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross on BBC One after winning her 200m heat: "I've not had much time to take it all in. I didn't get to bed until 2am, then I couldn't sleep I was so excited! I'm on another mission, I'm taking it seriously and am going to give it my best. I can't even go on Twitter, it's totally blown up on there! In the 200m I can run freely and I'll give it all I've got."


    Andy McNab on Twitter: "Well done Holly Bleasdale - good vault under the pressure of a final attempt. #bbc2012"

    PMLEGEND on Twitter: "If Veronica Campbell Brown gets another medal she will be greatest in womens history. #London2012 #Olympics #BBC2012 #Athletics"

    Ems on Twitter: "We are totally on Target to smash our predicted medals! Woop team gb! #bbc2012 #bbcolympics"

  130. 1956: 

    The Netherlands level at 1-1 against Great Britain with a clever penalty corner that sees the ball directed to Naomi van As on the left to steer home. As things stand, the Dutch will win the group.

  131. 1953:  
    Katharine Merry, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "That is a potential medal winning jump."

  132. 1952:  
    Paul Dickenson, BBC athletics commentator

    "In the end, that was a confident vault. The competition is under way for Bleasdale. Let's hope she goes from strength to strength."

  133. 1947: 

    Phew! Watching Holly Bleasdale's attempt to clear 4.45m with her final go is quite a strenuous pastime. The Briton starts her run-up but then stops in her tracks. The nervous-looking Preston lass turns around to start again, composes herself and then sails over the pole. She wipes her brow and 80,000 sigh in relief.

  134. 1943: 

    Abiodun Oyepitan on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I knew I had to execute my own race. I'll do well in the semi-final."

  135. 1943: 

    Abiodun Oyepitan on BBC One: "I could feel Sherone Simpson on my right but I knew I had second place. I eased up a bit but it was fine. I was rushing my drive phase, that is something I will work on for the semi-final."

  136. 1943: 

    The 32-year-old Abiodun Oyepitan sees 100m silver medallist Carmelita Jeter open up a sizeable lead ahead of her, but the Brit does not panic and cruises home in second spot to qualify with a time of 22.92. Jamaica's Sherone Simpson is the third to qualify from that third heat.

  137. 1939:  
    Steve Backley, Triple Olympic javelin medallist and BBC pundit

    "She didn't look very close to that I have to say. I'm trying to work out what's going on. Clearly lots of athletes are struggling and Holly Bleasdale has put herself under a lot of pressure."

  138. 1939: 

    Holly Bleasdale's stomach grazes the pole and gravity does its job. The British record holder, whose outdoor best is 4.71m, fails with her second attempt at 4.45m and she places her hands over her mouth, realising the pressure has cranked up a notch.


    Margaret Adeoye on BBC One: "I don't know what to say. I didn't want to disappoint the crowd. I wanted to execute for them. Linford Christie (coach) just said to me 'run fast.' That was it!"

  140. 1933: 

    Britain's Margaret Adeoye puffs out her cheeks and canters across the line to qualify for the women's 200m semi-finals with a personal best 22.94. It's the first time the Brit, who finished behind Murielle Ahoure (22.55) and Aleksandra Fedriva (22.61), has run under 23 seconds. Team-mate Anyika Onuora (23.23) will have to wait to see if she goes through as fastest qualifier after finishing fourth in the second heat.

  141. 1932: 

    After being under pressure for much of the first half-hour, Great Britain's women take the lead against the Netherlands with a sharp Crista Cullen penalty corner. A victory would see GB top the group and face surprise semi-finalists New Zealand in the last four.

  142. 1929: 

    GB's Chris Mears and Jack Laugher make a 'steady' start to the individual 3m preliminaries and are in 19th and 24th places respectively after the opening round of dives.

    The pair need to finish within the top 18 if they are to reach the semi-finals which are on Tuesday morning.

  143. 1926:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the women's football

    "Canada take on the USA at Old Trafford for the right to play Japan in the women's football final on Thursday.

    "Canada have not defeated the US since 2001 but coach John Herdman claims to have opened that particular Pandora's Box with his players. Herdman is a Geordie and just about the nearest thing GB have left to representation in the football competition."

  144. 1923: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Omid Noroozi, IRN (Men's 60kg Greco-Roman wrestling)

    Iran's Omid Noroozi has won gold in the -60kg Greco-Roman wrestling, beating Revaz Lashkhi 3-0.

  145. 1920: 

    Here's how the athletics schedule looks for this evening: Women's pole vault final (1900-2139); women's shot put final (1915-2015); women's 200m round one (1920-2001); women's 400m hurdles semi-finals (2015-2031); men's 400m hurdles final (2045-2046); women's 3000m steeplechase final (2105-2115) and men's 400m final (2130-2131).

  146. 1917:  
    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer at the Olympic Park

    "No let-up after two huge nights of track and field. Dai Greene goes for 400m hurdles gold at 2045 BST, his lane draw of three better than it could have been after his nervous qualification from Saturday's semi. He will have to run the race of his life and then some to add Olympic gold to his world title, but Kris Akabusi's British record - now 20 years old - could be under threat, and if that comes his way, so too could a place on the podium."

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  148. 1915: 

    Holly Bleasdale speaking on BBC Radio 5 live about the prospect of facing two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva in the women's pole vault final: "At the minute she is phenomenal. She has far more experience than I have at this stage.

    "The first time I competed against her was this year. I was so nervous. When I was a youngster she was the one I idolised. It's kind of daunting. You sometimes get star-struck a bit. It's really nice competing with her, it means you're up there with her."

  149. 1913:  
    Steve Backley, Triple Olympic javelin medallist and BBC pundit

    "Holly Bleasdale has had a quiet season up until now, but she was fantastic indoors. She is one of the great stories of the GB team. Four years ago she didn't know what a pole vault was, now she is jumping for a medal. She is a product of the legacy of the Beijing Olympics and if she can get a medal she will inspire others in the same way."

  150. 1911: 

    Team GB captain Greene will go toe-to-toe with this year's leading 400m hurdler Javier Culson and 2004 Olympic champion Felix Sanchez at 2045 tonight, but before the boys strut around the oval track, Holly Bleasdale will attempt to win Britain's fifth track and field medal of the Games. The 20-year-old from Preston is competing in the pole vault (1900-2015).

  151. 1907: 

    Does the phrase "we are having a jump-off" mean anything to you? If not, you've clearly missed out on some of the most dramatic scenes seen so far at this Olympic Games.

    I won't spoil the ending for you (but it involves a medal) - so do yourself a favour and catch up with our live text commentaries from both this morning...

    and this afternoon.

  152. 1906:  
    Steve Backley, Triple Olympic javelin medallist and BBC pundit

    "I think the challenge for Dai is that in qualification he was in the outside lane and ran blind. I think he got a bit of a fright and might just admit to himself he got in a panic. The key now is it's all in front of him this time and something feels really good about that."

    Darren Campbell, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "Dai Greene has to view this as a new day. Forget what has happened in the past. He is in lane three, and it could have been worse. The key is he's still in the raffle."

  154. 1904: 

    The world champion gasped for oxygen and held his head in his hands, unable to fathom how or why he finished fourth in his semi-final on Saturday. "Gutted" was all the Welshman could mutter immediately after that race, but he sneaked through to tonight's final as one of the fastest losers and now it's do or Dai for the Swansea harrier.

  155. 1900: 

    Super-sized images of Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis have adorned England's capital for months; on buses, around the Underground and on giant advertising boards. But in a corner of west Wales there is only one face which welcomes you as you walk through the town's market or enter the town's drinkeries and that is David Greene's.

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