London 2012 Olympics: Day 11 afternoon session

Sir Chris Hoy (keirin) and Laura Trott (omnium) win cycling golds as Victoria Pendleton has to settle for sprint silver, after GB's dressage team and triathlete Alistair Brownlee also win gold.

7 August 2012 Last updated at 19:07

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  1. 1858: 

    That's it for the afternoon session, time to sink our teeth into the evening. You can follow every single moment of the action through our live text commentary and rather fancy video player. Enjoy.

  2. 1849: 

    We're just 15 minutes away from what should be another cracking evening session in the Olympics Stadium. British hopes rest with Robbie Grabarz in the high jump final and Lawrence Okoye in the discus final. Team GB are also represented in the women's 100m hurdles semis, men's 800m semis, women's 200m semis and women's long jump qualifying.

  3. 1843: 

    GB bronze medal-winning triathlete Jonny Brownlee on Twitter: "Wow! What a triathlon today. Great support and great race. I am so happy with my olympic bronze medal!! #teamgb"

  4. 1842:  
    Mike Ingham, BBC chief football correspondent at Wembley

    "Mexico have turned it around. Japan had scored first but Mexico equalised and now they have taken the lead. Oribe Peralta nicked the ball and quick as a flash shot into the top corner of the Japanese net. Mexico lead 2-1."

  5. 1839: 

    Back to Wembley, where Mexico have come from behind to lead Japan 2-1 thanks to an absolute belter from Oribe Peralta. The celebration wasn't bad either.

  6. 1838: 

    Sir Chris Hoy and five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave share a moment as they embrace each other, legend to legend, with Prince Harry applauding the triumph from the stands. Following his success today, Hoy is now Britain's most successful Olympian ever.

  7. 1833: 

    The men's 96kg Greco-Roman event is getting exciting. Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia wins his repechage against Turkey's Cenk Ildem to set up a 1930 BST bronze medal fight against Cuba's Yunior Estrada Falcon. The second bronze match will pit Belarusian Tsimafei Dzeinichenka against Jimmy Lindberg after the Swede overwhelmed Shalva Gadabadza of Azerbijan in his repechage.

    The final at 1948 pits Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei of Iran against Russia's Rustam Totrov. AC Slater would be proud.


    GB cyclist David Millar on Twitter: "@chrishoy is amazing."

  9. 1832: 

    We've got four medals to dish out for the men's sprint as Dutchman Teun Mulder and Simon van Velthooven of New Zealand could not be separated as they crossed the line and have therefore both been given a bronze medal.

    Maximilian Levy of Germany gets his silver medal before Sir Chris Hoy bows his head for the sixth time to receive gold. As the anthem beams out around the Velodrome, Hoy is overcome with emotion, the tears falling and the bottom lip quivering.


    World road race champion Mark Cavendish speaking on BBC One: "As an ambassador for the sport Sir Chris Hoy is number one - he's an amazing guy. He's got two more years in the sport ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (in 2014) so it's not goodbye to him just yet."

  11. 1824: 

    Another momentous Olympic Games in the velodrome for Great Britain as they match the gold medal total of seven which they achieved in Beijing.

    The cycling team won a medal in every event - GB also won a silver and a bronze - apart from the Team Sprint where Victoria Pendleton was disqualified. A quite remarkable achievement.


    Former GB triple jump Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards on Twitter: "British cycling sets the performance benchmark for every other sport, no compromises #respect."

    GB swimmer Liam Tancock on Twitter: "Wow! What a hero! Congratulations @chrishoy GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD GOLD! #BOOM :-)"

    GB presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "If every sport won the same % of golds as the cycling team then #TeamGB would have 140 by the end of today."


    Shane Sutton, head coach of Team GB's track cycling squad, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "We have seen a legend, not just in the sport but as a person. The magnitude of the win is unbelievable. Chris pulled victory from the jaws of defeat there. He found something that no other athlete in this sport has been able to find.

    "We have just witnessed something in our sport that was the equivalent of Usain Bolt in his sport and it is a great shame we will not see him at another Olympics."


    Sir Chris Hoy speaking on BBC One: "I'm in shock, you try and compose yourself but it's surreal. I wanted to win gold in front of my home crowd. I saw everyone stepping up to the plate and thankfully it worked out for me too.

    "The keirin is a lottery and you never take anything for granted in it. I can't describe the feelings I have at the moment. This is enough for me, this is the perfect end to my Olympic career.

    "I can't put into words what it means to me. It's one of the greatest feelings I have ever had. I'm 99.9% sure I won't be competing in Rio - how can you top this? Glasgow is another question, as that would be the dream ending for me."

  15. 1815: 

    Horse Guards Parade is our next destination, and a quick check on the second women's semi-final between USA and China. Beijing bronze medallists Xue Chen and Zhang Xi lead double Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor (what a name) and Kerri Walsh 16-15 after 15 minutes of the first set. Do we have an upset on our hands?

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "That was a courageous ride by Sir Chris Hoy, he was passed by the German on the back straight but he held his line and didn't take his foot off the gas until the end. With everything happening around you, you have to be confident to be able to push to the line like he did and he deserves all the accolades he's about to get.

    "Will he ride in another Olympic games? Surely not, but after tonight I wouldn't put anything past him. It's special to win one gold medal but to win so many is an extra special thing."


    GayleJones on Twitter: "Wow was screaming at the tv the whole way through. What a ride! What an athlete. Go team GB!"

    Nicola Horner on Twitter: "Come on! Need to "Hoy"st that flag and gold medal up again! For the last time! #OurGreatestTeam"

    Jack McConnell on Twitter: "Congratulations @chrishoy, simply the best ever. So proud of all you have done these past 10 years and more. #cycling @TeamGB"

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "Sir Chris Hoy is being hoisted aloft by his colleagues in the British team and he will be feeling on top of the world. He is certainly on the summit of British cycling history."

  19. 1812: 

    Stick the record books in the shredder because Sir Chris Hoy has just re-written them again with a powerful, gritty ride to victory. The Briton took the lead with two laps to go and never looked back.

    He punches the air as he crosses the line and then cruises round the track with a Union jack flag fluttering in his wake. The Briton blows kisses to the crowd and then rolls back to the finish where his team have formed a guard of honour to celebrate his record achievement.

    Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Olympic champion, has a nice ring to it wouldn't you agree?

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "What a moment in British Olympic history. A record sixth gold medal. Get on your feet for the might of British cycling. Sir Chris Hoy did it the hard way, he got in front, they came back at him, but he powered to victory.

    "Even by his own standards, that was extraordinary. That 'I will not be beaten' streak came to the fore. That is what the great Olympic champions are made of, when it looks like they are on the ropes they find that knockout punch and Hoy found his knockout punch."

  21. 1808: 

    Into the second half of the third women's quarter-final between Russia and South Korea in the Copper Box. The Koreans lead 18-17, with the winner going on the face Norway in the semis.

  22. 1805: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Sir Chris Hoy, GBR (men's keirin)
  23. 1802: 

    We're away in the men's keirin. Sir Chris Hoy slots into third place in the field of six as they follow the moped around and gradually build up speed. You can watch it live on our interactive video player.

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "Are we asking too much? I hope not. Chris needs to take control and stay out of trouble. Some of the riders here like to stick their elbows in and Chris needs to use that top end speed to take control and get in front."

  25. 1800: 

    Back to the track action and we've got the B final of the men's keirin to decide places seventh down to 12th. That's just a starter to the evening's final event of the track, though. Sir Chris Hoy goes in the medal race as he bids to become the first British Olympian to win six gold medals. Will it be a golden end to what has been a remarkable six days for Britain in the velodrome?

  26. 1759:  
    Nigel Adderley, BBC Sport in the Water Polo Arena

    "USA will go for gold in the women's water polo after overcoming Australia 11-9 in an extraordinary semi-final. The Americans seemed to have initially won the match but the referees gave Australia a penalty with ONE second remaining after spending several minutes consulting with the Fina technical committee on the sidelines. Ashley Southern, 19, kept her nerve to score amid chaotic scenes but USA regained their composure to get the only goals in extra time. They'll play either Hungary or Spain in the final on Thursday."

  27. 1758: 

    Victoria Pendleton speaking to BBC One: "I'm just so relieved and I'm overwhelmed with emotion. I would have loved to have won In my final race. I'm glad that it's all done and I can move on.

    "I'm glad that it was me and Anna Meares in the final, it was the way it should have been. She was a fantastic competitor. But I'm very glad that that's the last time I will be doing that.

    "I can't believe that twice in one competition that I've been disqualified and relegated, it's unheard of. I really tried in that last race though and I can't believe it's all over."

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "Fantastic ride by Anna Meares she knew exactly what she wanted to do. She made sure she got Vicky out in front of her then got her on the final straight. There was no coming back from that for Pendleton."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "There was no disputing that race, Anna Meares was just the better sprinter there. We have to hand it to her, it was a great race but it's disappointing for Victoria Pendleton. I don't think Anna Meares thought she could win judging by the look on her face at the end, she looks surprised."

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "It was a sad sight to see Victoria so upset and a sad way for her to go out. She is bitterly, bitterly disappointed. She should be proud of what she has achieved as a cyclist because she has won two gold medals at the Olympic Games to go with the silver, as well as nine World Championships. What you see is what you get with her, she is not afraid to lay her emotions bare, but she is also as tough as nails despite all appearances to the contrary."

  31. 1755: 

    Emotional scenes at the Velodrome as Victoria Pendleton, who is retiring after the Games, does a farewell lap of honour before breaking down in tears. Meanwhile, up at the top of the banking, Anna Meares is sobbing, too, as she embraces her friends and family. The Australian looks genuinely shocked to have beaten Pendleton and taken the gold medal - the first for her nation on the track during these Games.

  32. 1753: 

    Raisman's floor gold follows her bronze on the beam. The American scores 15.600 to claim the title as Romania's Catalina Ponor takes silver (15.200) and Russian Aliya Mustafina bronze (14.900).

    Defending champion Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania, the last gymnast to compete, missed out after a fall on her last tumbling combination to finish in last place.

  33. 1748: 

    Guo Shuang of China beats Germany's Kristina Vogel to win the bronze medal in the women's sprint. Now attention turns to the second heat of the best-of-three gold medal race between Victoria Pendleton and Anna Meares...

  34. 1743: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Alexandra Raisman, USA (women's floor exercise)

    Al after defending champion Sandra Izbasa falls on her last tumble.


    Kirsten Parslow on Twitter: "What a joke! As if Meares got away with using her elbows forcing Pendleton to swerve! #outrage"

    Sam Phillips on Twitter: "I think that the sprinting line thing is ridiculously harsh. Meares was causing more danger to VP with her elbows"

    Alex Duncan on Twitter: "She clearly did. All viewers saw that...and tried to claim Meares was at fault. Two left though. #gopendleton"

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "What happened was as they raced out of the banking coming into the finishing straight there was that nearly coming together we spoke about. In that moment, Pendleton came outside the sprinter's line. You are not allowed to come out of it when you are at the front. It is hard to tell what came first though, the leaning in of Anna Meares, or the coming out of Victoria Pendleton."

    Jamie Staff, Olympic gold medallist and BBC cycling pundit

    "It was just a combination of Anna Meares going down and Victoria Pendleton going up and you have a slight collision. It's just about gaining your balance again. Victoria just left that sprinter's line and raised her elbow slightly, that was it."

  38. 1741: 

    Britain's Laura Trott is applauded by Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton as she receives her gold medal before wrapping her arms around Sarah Hammer, the silver medallist, and Annette Edmondson, who took bronze, the obligatory snap on the rostrum. That's certainly one for the Trott family album.

  39. 1740: 

    Let's whiz over to Earls Court, where Brazil are drawing 11-11 with Russia in the quarter-finals. Russia were unstoppable in the group stage while Brazil scraped through, but they look fairly evenly matched tonight.

  40. 1735: 

    Victoria Pendleton has been relegated from the first heat of the best-of-three final. Replays show that Pendleton crossed the red line, which marks out the sprinter's lane, once the final sprint had begun - and therefore broke the rules. As a result, Anna Meares is handed victory meaning Pendleton must win the final two races to take gold.

  41. 1735: 

    Victoria Pendleton and Anna Meares were banging elbows as they came around the final corner, but Pendleton - on the inside line - managed to snatch victory as Australia's Meares lunged too early.

  42. 1734: 

    We have an equaliser in the Mexico v Japan men's semi-final at Wembley, Marco Fabian nodding home from close range following a corner. That's the first goal Japan have conceded at this Olympics

  43. 1731: 

    A huge roar in the Velodrome as Victoria Pendleton beats Anna Meares by one thousandth of a second to win the first race in the best of three final.

    Rob Hayles, Double Olympic medallist and BBC cycling commentator

    "When Sarah Hammer came out at the start she was trying so hard. Maybe too hard? I don't know but for Trotty, oh my word, what a win. She did not make it look easy but I can't believe that."

  45. 1730: 

    Danielle Smith on Twitter: "We are storming it away in the cycling. Whata pocket rocket #Gold #LauraTrott"

    Alex le Metais on Twitter: "#Indoorcycling is now British property. Surely. #TEAMGB"

    Nick O on Twitter: "She's not the only one in tears.... amazing"

  46. 1730: 

    Britain's Laura Trott speaking to BBC One: "I can't believe this has happened to me. I came into today not feeling as good as yesterday and to finish off with that last 500m is unbelievable. I'm peaking at the right time and it's all thanks to the coaches really and the support of the crowd. I'm so happy I can't thank people enough really."

  47. 1729:  
    Mike Ingham, BBC chief football correspondent at Wembley

    "The Japanese men's team are on the way to emulating the women's because they are leading here. They have scored one of the goals of the tournament through one of the players of the tournament - Yuki Otsu. I don't think if Mexico had three players in goal, they would have saved it."

  48. 1729: 

    A truly remarkable ride from Laura Trott, who has a stomach condition which causes her to throw up after racing. The 20-year-old, who won world gold in the event last year, soaked up the pressure and now has two gold medals around her neck having won gold in the Team Pursuit last week.

  49. 1728: 

    We're under way in the opening men's semi-final between Mexico and Japan at Wembley. In fact, we've already had a goal - and what a goal it was. Borussia Monchengladbach's Yuki Otsu ends a neat passing move by firing into the top corner from 22 yards. WOW.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Laura Trott was the favourite for this race. A double gold medallist at this age is incredible and I think she has a massive future ahead of her. She is a popular winner. She has no problems with pressure at all."

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "When Victoria Pendleton retires, a new star has to come to the fore. That star is Laura Trott. What drama, how close, but Laura Trott delivered. Now, with a Union flag behind her, Laura Trott tries to breathe deeply and take in the moment, and what a moment it is."

  52. 1723: 

    It's a phenomenal ride from Laura Trott who blitzes the two laps of the Velodrome track to win Britain's 21st gold medal of the Games. The 20-year-old posted the fastest time of the time trial, while Sarah Hammer who was leading previously could only manage fourth, before gliding over to the top of the track to bury herself among her friends and family.

  53. 1720:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the wind-surfing at Weymouth

    "Britain's match-racing crew level their quarter-final at 1-1 against Russia after fending off an aggressive attack on the final run to the finish. Lucy Macgregor's crew were in trouble when they got their huge spinnaker tangled as Russia snapped at their heels, but they kept their composure to keep their nose in front. Game on."

  54. 1719: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Laura Trott, GBR (women's omnium)
  55. 1718: 

    Britain's Laura Trott climbs aboard the bike which she hopes is about to catapult her to a second gold of the Games. If she wins and her rival Sarah Hammer finishes fourth, gold will be hers. The buzzer sounds and they're away...

  56. 1717: 
    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the table tennis at ExCeL

    "Foot stamping erupts around the arena as China close in on victory and, with a sense of inevitability building among fans and journalists, the Chinese retain their title as women's team table tennis champions after 3-0 victory over Japan. Still, a first Olympic table tennis medal for the Japanese."

  57. 1714: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Yue Guo and Xiaoxia Li, CHN, (women's team table tennis)
  58. 1714: 
    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the VelodromeTRACK CYCLING

    "Have I mentioned how loud it is in the velodrome? And how hot? Right, well here's some new stuff. Laura Trott's final ride in the omnium, the 500m TT, is now only minutes away.

    "She is currently in second place, two points behind American Sarah Hammer, which means if Trott wins this event and Hammer comes fourth, the 20-year-old Brit takes the gold. If Trott wins and Hammer comes second, it's Hammer time.

    "Where it will get really interesting is if Trott finishes two places ahead of her rival. Then it comes down to the cumulative time on the flying lap, the individual pursuit and the 500m. As things stand, Hammer is 0.681 quicker, but Trott could get that back over 500m. It will be close. Very close."

    Jamie Staff, Olympic gold medallist and BBC cycling pundit

    "They just cannot catch Sir Chris Hoy, it was a simple effort in that last heat, he didn't have to try too hard so he will remain fresh. No shocks for him, and everything has gone according to plan so far."

  60. 1713: 

    It's all building up rather nicely at the Velodrome with Britain's world champion Laura Trott around 10 minutes away from her shot at her second gold of the Games - and the nation's 21st - when she goes in heat nine of the women's omnium time trial.

    Victoria Pendleton will then target a similar golden double when she meets arch rival Anna Meares in the women's sprint before Sir Chris Hoy bids to become the most successful British Olympian ever by winning a record sixth gold when he goes in the men's keirin.

    Could we get another British treble to follow Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford's historic achievement on the track?

  61. 1710:  
    Pippa Funnell, Multi Olympic medallist and BBC equestrian pundit

    "You become friends with many of your rivals and it's hard to become rivals when it's competitions like the Olympics. Everyone appreciates the relationship between equine and human in dressage. You have to thank the backroom guys and the owners too, we can't do anything without them. It's a special moment to witness GB win gold."

  62. 1710:  
    Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, BBC Sport equestrian commentator

    After Great Britain won team dressage gold: "It is such a special moment for the sport, they've come from zero to hero and to win a gold in London is beyond their wildest dreams."

  63. 1709: 

    Duncan Wheatley on Twitter: "Can't we shoe horn about 20 more cycling races into the olympics.. We are unbeatable!!"

    Deborah Edwards on Twitter: "The French cycling team are accusing Team GB of having "magic wheels" smacks of POOR LOSERS"

    Kevin Hopcroft on Twitter: "My wife reckons the guy on the motorised bike in the keirin looks like Mary Poppins!"

  64. 1709: 

    The crowd at the North Greenwich Arena sit in captivated silence and the women's floor exercise gathers pace, Alexandra Raisman of the United States currently leading the way with a score of 15.600 points.

  65. 1707: 

    Dani King, women's team pursuit gold medallist, speaks to BBC One about her best friend Laura Trott: "She is amazing, she's kept her head throughout and she's in a great position now to win gold. All she can do is her best, the rest is out of her control. I'd be so proud of her if she won and I'll be sending her all my strength from the stands."

  66. 1700: 

    The final event of the omnium - the time trial - is under way at the Velodrome. British world champion Laura Trott, who is second in the overall standings, goes in the last of nine heats along with leader American Sarah Hammer. According to BBC Sport analyst Chris Boardman, the Briton needs to finish at least three places ahead of Hammer to take her second gold of these Games.

  67. 1659: 

    GB silver medal-winning windsurfer Nick Dempsey on Twitter: "Wow... Can't quite believe it. A Silver Medal.. Thank you all so much for your amazing messages and support. It's been amazing."

  68. 1658: 

    We're into the business end of things on the basketball court. USA are already through the last four of the women's event after beating neighbours Canada 91-48 in the opening quarter-final earlier today.

    Vying for the right to meet them in the semis, Australia and China are in action as we speak. We're not going to give you a score because it's changing every few seconds and the lead keeps changing hand. In other words, they're neck-and-neck in the second quarter.

    The third semi-final pairs Turkey and Russia at 2000 BST, with France meeting the Czech Republic at 2215.

  69. 1655: 

    Maximilian Levy wins the second men's keirin semi-final to progress to tonight's final alongside Simon van Velthooven and Shane Perkins. They'll meet Sir Chris Hoy - who will be going for a British record sixth gold medal - Azizulhasni Awang and Teun Mulder. You can watch that at 1757 BST.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the table tennis at ExCeL

    "When world number one, world champion and Olympic silver medallist Ning Ding is announced as China's next player, the toughness of the task facing Japan becomes all the more evident. A comfortable 3-0 win for China who are now a match away from retaining their team gold."


    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at the cycling at the Velodrome: "Britain's track cycling battle with Australia (aka 'The Ashes on Wheels') has been a bit one sided so far (to say the least) but Anna Meares will hope to change all that later today - her showdown with her fierce rival and Britain's finest Victoria Pendleton is now on in what will be a much-anticipated individual sprint final.

    "Pendleton beat Meares in her own backyard in the World Championships in Melbourne earlier this year - can the Aussie get her revenge in London? There is unlikely to be too much love lost between the two on the track when we find out.

  72. 1649: 

    Sam Sheringham departs, David Ornstein arrives, Lawrence Barretto remains. We're here for the duration, folks, so get comfy. Another vintage evening awaits...

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Sir Chris Hoy was in control the whole of the way. He just waited to go to work and then he accelerated, opening up into the finishing straight. No one could touch him."

  74. 1645: 

    Sir Chris Hoy wins the first semi-final to progress to the final of the men's keirin with a tremendous blast of pace. The defending Olympic champion hit the front with two laps to go and then held off the chasing pack, even pulling away as he accelerated for the line. Marvellous stuff.

    Jamie Staff, Olympic gold medallist and BBC cycling pundit

    "I think it's going to be pretty straightforward for Chris, as long as he doesn't get caught up in any drama, and keeps himself out of trouble."

  76. 1640: 

    Juan Gascon Peralta of Spain hits the deck at the start of the men's keirin semi-final - which features Britain's Sir Chris Hoy - when his pedal appears to snap off. It's all fixed now and after an obligatory track inspection to ensure there's no damage, we're back up and running.


    Former England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "The Gold Medal that all of my girls wanted most. My eldest promises me that she will win an Olympic Gold at Dressage in 12 years!!!"

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the wind-surfing at Weymouth

    "Britain's match-racing crew of Lucy and Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush are in action in their second race in the best-of-five quarter-final against Russia (1-0 down). Into the pre-start dial-up, where the two boats dance and dive around each other, trying to use the rules of racing to force a penalty and manufacture a good position to hit the start line."

    Simon Brotherton, BBC Sport cycling commentator

    "You don't win nine World Championships without being a good champion. With all the self doubt Victoria Pendleton has revealed recently, don't doubt for one moment that she's a hardened character when it comes to wanting that gold."

  80. 1635: 

    It's a repeat of the Beijing women's sprint final as Anna Meares leaves it late to fire past Guo Shuang of China and win the second of three races to progress to the final.

    So it's Pendleton v Meares. This is going to get tasty. We've got a best of three again, with the first race starting at 1726 BST.


    batgirl on Twitter: "Fabulous team gb equestrian team 1 silver and now 2 golds! Brilliant brilliant"

    Livvi Pack on Twitter: "GOLLDDDD!! proud to be British and proud to be a horse rider! @BBCSport @britishdressage"

    Elaine on Twitter: "loving that GB's current medal tally for gold then silver reads 20,12. And then another 12 at the end for bronze!"

  82. 1633: 

    Carl Hester, Great Britain team dressage on winning gold: "It's a combination of so many years of dreaming about it and it finally happening. Those girls are cool customers and Charlotte is unbelievable for the amount of time she's been riding.

    "The horse is also unbelievable, you can see he's the best horse in the world. We've finally won it and I said to Charlotte on the way here, I have a little saying for her, some people wish it will happen, some people think it will happen and you are going to make it happen.

    "That's the sort of thing I can say to her. It would frighten a lot of people but she just takes it goes in there and rips through her test like a professional of 20 years would.

  83. 1631: 

    Victoria Pendleton reaches the women's sprint final with another devastating burst of acceleration on the final straight to beat Kristina Vogel of Germany. Will it be her second gold of the Games? Watch it on BBC One or this very website at 1726 BST.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage in Greenwich

    "Carl Hester will get his gold postbox on Sark, in the Channel Islands, where he grew up. Even though the one postbox on the island isn't owned by the Royal Mail, who are the ones behind the gold postboxes throughout the mainland, local operator Guernsey Post has promised to get involved.

    "And now the cheers in Greenwich Park - with the competition complete, the podium is being put in place and Britain's Olympic champions will be crowned shortly."

  85. 1629: 

    Epke Zonderland stuns the crowd at the North Greenwich Arena with an electric performance on the horizontal bar to win gold.

    The 26-year-old Dutchman pulls off the most difficult release combination - a Cassina to Kovacs to Kolman - in a spectacular performance to score 16.533 and claim his first Olympic title.

    Defending champion Zou Kai of China produces a near-perfect routine with a huge difficulty tariff but can only finish in bronze medal position as Germany's Fabian Hambuchen takes silver.

  86. 1627: 

    It was a good fightback from Laura Trott who was fifth coming into the final bend before a final burst of speed saw her steal third and limit the loss of points to rival Sarah Hammer. It'll all come down to the final two-lap time trial now - which takes place at 1653 BST - with Hammer leading Trott by two points and Annette Edmondson a further five back.

  87. 1625: 

    It's a thrilling finish to the scratch race, the fifth round of the omnium with Australia's Annette Edmondson edging across the line first ahead of American Sarah Hammer and Britain's Laura Trott.

  88. 1622: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Epke Zonderland, NED (Men's Horizontal Bar)

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at the cycling at the Velodrome: "Pendleton has just started the final session of racing of her career, greeted by a thunderous roar when she stepped out on to the track before winning the first race of her best of three sprint semi-final. Stand by for it to get even louder later on, especially if she comes up against her old sparring partner Anna Meares of Australia in the final.

  90. 1621: 

    The field is bunched up in the omnium's scratch race with 10 laps to go. Britain's Laura Trott is right in the mix at the front of the bunch but her rival Sarah Hammer, who is one point ahead of Trott in the standings, is tracking her all the way.

  91. 1620: 
    TABLE TENNIS- Women's team final

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at China v Japan at ExCeL: "One man in the far corner of the arena starts chanting "Li Xiaoxia" and thousands follow his lead. Chinese fans certainly in the majority at a full to the brim ExCeL. Her Japanese opponent Al Fukuhara is as big as Beckham in her homeland and a big star in China too. According to a Japanese journalist I've been chatting to the Chinese want Fukuhara - hailed as a table tennis genius aged three - to marry a "nice Chinese boy". The 23-year-old's genius couldn't outwit Olympic champ Li, who wins the opening match 3-1.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage at Greenwich Park

    "Utterly surreal atmosphere at the dressage now. You'd expect pandemonium with that 20th gold in the bag, but there are two competitors left and - because the sport requires complete quiet during routines - everyone is sitting on their hands.

    "Give it 15 minutes and there will be the biggest party you can imagine here, for the biggest result in this sport's history in the UK. Charlotte Dujardin's score has been revised up to 83.286 meaning GB didn't just win this, they stormed to gold."


    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at the cycling at the Velodrome: "We are packed to the rafters in the velodrome, ready to witness history in the making as two cycling legends prepare to ride off into the Olympic sunset.

    "If things follow the script, the legendary Victoria 'Queen Vic' Pendleton and Sir Chris 'The Knight Rider' Hoy will both take gold for Britain tonight, along with the new kid on the podium, Laura Trott. Too good to be true? Not after what we have seen in here in the past week."

  94. 1617: 

    So Team GB have now exceeded the 19 gold medals they won in Beijing and recorded their highest haul since the 1908 Games in London.

    If you want to read more about the dressage triumph, work your way through Ollie Williams's full report.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser

    "Laura Trott can't let anyone get too far ahead of her. She knows what she must do to get gold and she's keen to attack. She has to save her energy but if she can get in a move, the others will be on the back foot in the final sprint."

  96. 1613: 

    Next up at the Velodrome is the fifth round of the omnium - the scratch race - which features Britain's Laura Trott. We've got 10km - 40 laps of the track - with Trott needing to keep up with American Sarah Hammer to ensure she remains in contention for the gold.


    Becky Hart on Twitter: "GOLD in the dressage, again the horses deliver, can we please see where the horses would be in the medal table? Just below Yorks?"

    Sana on Twitter: "We are most definitely 'great' Britain"

    Denis O'Brien on Twitter: "The island of Sark's only postbox will now be a gold one! That is SO cool!"

  98. 1612: 
    EQUESTRIAN- GB win dressage gold

    Just 24 hours after the showjumping triumph, Britain have won another historic gold, their first ever in the team dressage competition. There are tears and hugs wherever you look.

    The Danes and the Dutch are still to ride but they can't catch Britain. This one is in the bag.

  99. 1609: 

    Australia's Anna Meares, Victoria Pendleton's big rival for gold, takes victory in the first of three races in the other women's sprint semi-final. The Beijing silver medallist pushed the Chinese rider Guo Shuang right up to the top of the track on the penultimate lap before diving down the inside and peddling clear.


    British cyclist Mark Cavendish, speaking to BBC One: "I know Victoria Pendleton is stopping after this, Chris Hoy we don't know but he has been dominant for so long now. They have had incredible careers and have done so much for the sport of cycling, they have been great ambassadors for British cycling and British sportspeople and they are great patrons for the London Games."

  101. 1604: 

    Victoria Pendleton injects a burst of speed on the back straight to race clear of Kristina Vogel of Germany to take victory in the first race of three as they battle for a place in the women's sprint final.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the synchronised swimming

    "Huge chant of approval for the British pair Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici who complete their freestyle routine with a score of 89.170, which when added to their total from yesterday's 'technical' display gives them 177.270 and temporarily third place.

    "However, the Chinese and Spanish duet pairs have since gone ahead and with World champions Russia still to come, as well as a few other strong nations, realistically GB are looking at finishing around ninth."

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter

    "Charlotte Dujardin is only young and is riding in her first Olympic Games. Her horse has everything. It takes six or seven years to train a horse to Olympic level and Valegro is just 10 years old, so has got there quickly."

  104. 1601: 
    EQUESTRIAN- Dressage final latest

    So we've got a British rider with a German name and a German rider with an English-named horse. Farcical. Anyway, here comes the French-named Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro. A decent round and the gold is in the bag.

  105. 1557: 
    EQUESTRIAN- Dressage final latest

    Crunch time in the dressage and it looks like it's between Britain and Germany for gold. Hang on, is this a joke? German rider Helen Langehanenberg has just completed a round on a horse called Damon Hill. I kid you not.


    British cyclist Mark Cavendish, speaking to BBC One about Sir Chris Hoy: "He never takes anything for granted. He is always on it and always pushing. London 2012 was always going to be big for any athlete and especially for Chris at his age there are not many things after it."

  107. 1555: 

    The second of three British medal hopes during tonight's action is Laura Trott. The 20-year-old is competing in the omnium - a two-day event which features six separate disciplines - and currently lies in silver medal position behind American Sarah Hammer with two events to go. Can the world champion add an Olympic title to her growing collection? Tune in at 1607 BST for the scratch race - followed by the time trial at 1653 BST to find out.


    Doug, via text: "London commuters making eye contact with Olympic tourists and even talking to them! Amazing what gold medals can achieve."

    Nia, via text: "Just have to say how inspired I am by TeamGB over the last few days. Which to try first - dressage or triathlon?!"

    Anna, via text: "Great to be letting the rest of the world know that Team GB are a force to be reckoned with! Proud doesn't begin to describe it. London 2012 will be remembered forever!"

  109. 1551: 

    Just joining us? Where have you been? Here's a chance to catch up on how the Brits have been getting on today. And why not check out the medal table as we await what looks like being Britain's 20th gold medal in the team dressage.

  110. 1547: 
    STARTING SOON- Track cycling

    We've got a little under 15 minutes to go until the action at the Velodrome gets going with the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott flying the flag for Britain.

    Pendleton is first up when she goes in the best-of-three race semi-finals of the women's sprint from 1600. The defending champion, who will be looking for her second gold medal having triumphed in keirin, is up against Kristina Vogel of Germany.

  111. 1545: 

    BBC basketball commentator Mike Carlson: "The USA advance to play the winners of Australia against China. That means USA and Australia will not meet in the final as they have done in the three previous Olympic Games. Canada were just undone by the exceptional athleticism of the United States, personified by Angel McCoughtry."

  112. 1543: 
    US through to semi-finals

    Confirmation of an old-fashioned drubbing in the basketball arena as the United States women beat Canada 91-48 to reach the semi-final.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the synchronised swimming

    "Time for the British pair of Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall - rapturous reception for the girls, who finished ninth in qualifying. Federici and Randall (no relation to former Nottinghamshire and England batsman Derek, or at least I don't think she is) are performing to the Chemical Brothers in their free routine, apparently, although I don't remember throwing shapes to this number in Fabric back in the day. They like it, the fans like it, they're third in the free so far."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage at Greenwich Park

    "One rider left to go for Great Britain: Charlotte Dujardin, who set an Olympic record last week with Valegro and is easily the in-form British rider.

    "Laura Bechtolsheimer just outscored Germany rival Kristina Sprehe for GB and, right now, this could not be going better for the host nation. They're so close. All it'll take is a score in the high 70s from Dujardin, and she's capable of low 80s at her best.

    "Helen Langehanenberg will be the last German to go, just before Dujardin, so she'll know before she competes what she has to do."

  115. 1537: 

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at the women's team final at ExCeL: "I somehow find myself in a lift with the Singapore women's table tennis team. They are ecstatic after winning bronze in the team event and top the afternoon with a rendition of happy birthday for one of the players and to celebrate Singapore's national holiday, which is on Thursday.

    "Some electro music being played to the beat of a ping pong hitting the table. I can't decide whether it's clever or something which, if it continues for another 60 seconds at this ever-increasing pace, will drive everyone in the arena crazy. Light low, women's final between reigning champs China and underdogs Japan will kick off in next few minutes."

  116. 1536: 

    Drama at North Greenwich Arena as American Alexandra Raisman, who finished fourth in the women's beam final, has her inquiry over her difficulty rating accepted, promoting her to bronze medal position. But where there's joy, there's also heartbreak with Romania's Cataline Ponor pushed out of the medals.


    Jan, via text: "Wow, what a successful Olympic Games so far. Venues, officials, games makers and spectators have been brilliant, weather has been good and Team GB medals across the board. All I'm worried about now is POD ! or Post Olympic Depression. What on earth will we do next Monday !!! Aha - there is of course the Paralympics to look forward to."

  118. 1532: 

    Laura Bechtolsheimer scores 77.873% on Mistral Hojris to keep Britain in front of Germany and in the gold medal position with one rider to come in the Olympic team dressage.

  119. 1528: 

    Glum faces among the Canadians at the Basketball Arena, where the USA lead 85-40 deep into the final quarter of their quarter-final.


    Rachel, via text: "People from the Bailiwick of Guernsey are incredibly proud of our athletes [Carl Hester, Lee Merrien, Heather Watson]. Look at the campaign of support to get Lee selected for Team GB when he was first Brit home in the London marathon - let there be no doubt that we wouldn't settle for anything other than a gloriously shiny gold letter box on Sark should Carl win! Go Sark, Go Guernsey, Go GB!"

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage at Greenwich Park

    "Big error from Germany's Kristina Sprehe on Desperados only a minute or two into their routine. That could be desperate indeed for Germany's title hopes - it temporarily drops her score well down.

    "The eventual score, 76.206, is not disastrous but if Laura Bechtolsheimer scores more than that now - and she should - then Britain will have a commanding advantage with one round remaining."

  122. 1521: 

    Signs of some imminent rain at Greenwich Park as Laura Bechtolsheimer trots out on Mistral Hojris in a bid to cement Great Britain in gold medal position in the Team Grand Prix Special.

  123. 1519: 

    Gabrielle Douglas, 17, who won gold in the all-around competition, couldn't repeat the trick in the women's beam final, losing her balance mid-routine to lie sixth overall. Deng Linlin of China is currently sitting in gold medal position, one gymnast still to go. You can watch the action on our interactive video player.

  124. 1517: 

    Retired double gold medallist Steve Williams has praised Great Britain's rowing team for doing the country proud at the London Olympics.

    "It's our best Olympics ever. We're top of the (rowing) medals table - the guys and girls did their bit for Team GB," the Ipswich Town fitness consultant told BBC Radio Suffolk.

    "Everyone's talking about inspiring a generation and I think it will."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the synchronised swimming

    "First impressions of the synchronised swimming? It's a bit like dressage. Except with two ladies instead of horses. And under water. I salute their indefatigability but I'd rather see two women having a punch-up. But that's just me."


    David, via text: "Nations that have achieved 20 medals or more in a post-war games. USA, USSR/Russia, China, Germany/E Germany and, er, Romania. On the brink of being part of a very exclusive club."

  127. 1510: 

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "We are now neck and neck with where we were in Beijing and if things go well tonight then we will have the best medal tally since 1908. This is an incredible day for Great Britain. I am receiving congratulations from people all over the planet who are staggered by what we are putting on. It is very good for the city of London and the whole country."

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the synchronised swimming

    "I haven't heard enough about synchronised swimming at the Olympics!" I hear you cry, well this afternoon you'll be getting your fill.

    "Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici are Great Britain's first duet to reach the Olympic final in 20 years (Barcelona '92) and are targeting a top-five finish in London.

    "They qualified in ninth but were disappointed with their performance."

  129. 1504: 

    As we await further developments in the dressage and gymnastics, I'll take the chance to remind you of what's coming up later on.

    This afternoon's main course will be dished up in the Velodrome where Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton will both be going for their second gold medals of the Games.

    Pendleton appears in the women's sprint semi-finals at 1627 and Hoy in the men's keirin semis at 1634. The finals will follow later on, with Laura Trott's bid for omnium gold sandwiched in between.

  130. 1504: 

    Team GB gymnast Jenny Pinches, speaking to BBC One: "There is a lot of tough competition in this beam final. Russia, USA and China are all very strong.

    "You don't think about what could go wrong, you think about things going right. You can do the most difficult routine, but you have to be confident that you can do them well otherwise take them out, do easier skills and perform them better."

  131. 1502: 

    The women's individual gymnastics events continue with the women's beam final under way at North Greenwich Arena.

    While there's no British interest here, expect a real battle for gold between reigning world champion Sui Lu, who was the best qualifier, and all-around gold medallist Gabrielle Douglas who goes sixth out of eight finalists.

    You can watch the action live on our interactive video player.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage at Greenwich Park

    "Having spoken to Guernsey Post about whether they're rustling up some gold paint in case of a Sark-based Carl Hester Olympic title, they say: 'Watch this space'."

  133. 1458: 

    Over to the women's basketball competition, where the USA are giving Canada a real hiding in the quarter-finals. They lead 45-23 in the third quarter. You can watch the match live on our interactive video player.

  134. 1457: 

    Sports minister Hugh Robertson has told BBC Sport's Tim Franks that his bet with Australian counterpart Kate Lundy that Britain will end up higher than Australia in the medal table is due to be settled just before the Paralympics with her donning GB team gear and rowing the 2,000m course at Eton Dorney.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage at Greenwich Park

    "Not to jump the gun but, should Carl Hester and team win Olympic gold, there is a question mark over whether he'll get a gold postbox in his home town like all other British Olympic champions.

    "Hester is from Sark, in the Channel Islands, which only has one postbox. Unlike all those on the mainland, it's operated independently by Guernsey Post rather than the Royal Mail, so it's up to Guernsey Post what happens to it.

    "If they can't find any pots of gold paint lying around, Hester might have to settle for a gold postbox in his current home of Gloucestershire. But first, he'll have to sit and watch Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Bechtolsheimer, in whose hands Britain's Olympic fate now lies."

  136. 1454: 

    GB are still on top in the dressage team final after the first of three riders from each team has performed, with just the Netherlands still to come.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the synchronised swimming

    "It is difficult to imagine two more contrasting sports than boxing and synchronised swimming - although I've seen a fair bit of synchronised boxing in the hostelries of Essex - but here I am, making my aquatics centre debut for the 'duets'.

    "The Israeli pair have plumped for the theme from 'Flubber' for their free routine, while the Canadians have gone for the remix of 'Din Daa Daa' for their technical. What? That's what's happening."


    Nick, via text: "Great watching the Triathlon medal ceremony and great seeing two brothers standing together on the top step. We know what picture is going to adorn the Brownlee's parents' mantlepiece!"


    Pippa Funnell, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It is a picture of elegance and he has put in a really accurate test. The horses are looking at the cameras, something is spooking them but luckily Carl's is looking very relaxed."

    Clare Balding, BBC Sport presenter

    "Carl has really set a marker there. He is on a horse that weighs over 100 stone but it is picking up its feet as if it is as light as a feather. The judges are looking for that X Factor here where horse and rider come in and say 'look at me'. That was a really good test and will make the British team feel very confident. We are in a very good position thanks to that start from Carl."

  141. 1446: 

    So it's first blood to Team GB in the dressage and, with two riders to come, they are in prime position to win the country's 20th gold medal of the Games.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage at Greenwich Park

    "Carl Hester comes safely through 'spooky corner' down there on the left, and that was a tremendous routine.

    "The rolling scores we're given showed him up in the 80s for the first few minutes - anything over 80 being truly exceptional in the sport - and while they dipped later, the final score is given as 80.540%. That is a big, big mark and it's around 3% clear of the first German rider to go, Dorothee Schneider.

    "That brings Britain just a fraction closer to their first-ever team dressage Olympic title and the crowd, who have to remain dead quiet throughout the routine itself, explode into life. Carl Hester has delivered."

  143. 1441: 

    British Triathlon's Olympic performance manager Malcom Brown on Alistair Brownlee's gold medal and Jonny's bronze: "It was a fantastic occasion for Al and Johnny and British triathlon. The boys were fantastic. Things like this can never go to plan but we had the insurance of Stuart Hayes to help on the bike and his contribution was fantastic. There were not too many surprises apart from Johnny getting the penalty for the first time I can remember, that changed the whole scenario.

    "It was a fantastic effort by Johnny. It is his first Olympics and to achieve bronze in first Olympics is fantastic. He showed a great deal of intelligence to choose when to use that penalty. He had to be very careful when he took it, we were giving information to him as best we could as to where others were, but it was his judgement call in the end and he showed great judgement."

  144. 1438: 

    Carl Hester is out on his horse Uthopia for the dressage event of Olympic equestrian. Great Britain have never won an Olympic medal in the discipline.

    Former GB eventer Pippa Funnell told BBC Radio 5 live: "We are seeing the top guys in the world here. It is all about giving little signals to the horses. We have to really work on our balance on the horse, moving very slightly to the side can stress the horse."

  145. 1435: 

    More from Britain's Bryony Shaw who finished seventh in the RS:X Windsurfing: "I put my best and I'm gutted to not come away with a medal. It's been a tough year and I'm not as physically fit as I'd like to be. My forearms gave up on that race and it just hasn't been the best series for me.

    "It's been a great four years. A great journey. It's not all heartache that I've not won a medal. Windsurfing is a great life and I've got that and my friends and family to go back to."

  146. 1434: 

    Britain's Bryony Shaw had only an outside chance of a medal going into the last race and despite a fourth, could only finish seventh overall.

    "It's not to be a medal this time, and I'm gutted but it's been a great journey," said Shaw, who won bronze in Beijing.

  147. 1435: 

    But what else is going on in the world of all things Olympics? Today's diary includes a great picture of Bradley Wiggins meeting singer Paul Weller, Usain Bolt talking up his chances of getting a trial with Manchester United and yet more animals being named after gold medallists - this time it's a golden duckling called Jessica.

  148. 1431: 

    The windsurfing silver has gone to Finland's Tuuli Petaja with Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka in bronze medal spot. The handful of Finns up on the hill are bouncing and singing.

  149. 1429: 

    The results are being totted up to decide the exact places but, however they do they maths, it is not going to result in a medal of Great Britain's Bryony Shaw. Her fifth place finish in the medal race is not going to be enough. She is putting a brave face on it but she needs a comforting hug of Jill Douglas as she completes her post-race interview.


    Nick Dempsey had another reason to be happy with winning silver in windsurfing earlier today. The 31-year-old is married to Sarah Ayton, who won Olympic gold in 2004 and 2008.

    "She shouts about it all the time," Dempsey joked to BBC Radio 5 live. "She loves her two gold medals compared to my measly bronze, but I've got a silver now so at least I stand a bit of a chance."

  151. 1426: 

    We're getting very close to gold medal time in the men's parrallel bars final at North Greenwich Arena. The current leader is China's Feng Zhe, with Germany's Marcel Nguyen in second place.

    GOLD MEDAL- Marina Alabau Neira ESP (Women's RS:X windsurfing)

    Jen, via text: "FANTASTIC result for the Brownlee brothers but let's not forget Stuart Hayes contribution too, a guy who did his best to help his team mates deserves a mention!"

    Mike, via text: "Just ran down to watch the triathlon on my lunch break. I am now back at my desk, very sweaty but totally stoked! What an awesome performance by the lads!"

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage in Greenwich

    "One of the biggest barriers to GB's dressage team winning gold here could be if the horses get spooked by something in the crowd.

    "So far, one particular corner of the arena - the bottom-left as you look at it on TV - is proving tricky for the early afternoon competitors.

    "There are a few photographers and a cameraman down there, hidden behind a token sprinkling of foliage, but those aren't the only camera positions so it's hard to work out exactly what's causing the issue.

    "Britain's three riders need to make sure their horses stay focused, otherwise every small mistake is a deduction that could move the team down the leaderboard."

  155. 1421: 

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

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

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

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the wind-surfing at Weymouth

    "Britain's Bryony Shaw around third mark in second behind Ukraine but other sailors around her in the standings are doing ok too, which means Shaw may still just miss out on a medal. Shaw began the medal race in 7th, Ukraine 6th. The maths keeps changing to hard to say exactly the position overall but Shaw will need other results to help her."

  157. 1415: 

    With four medals in boxing now guaranteed, and a silver in sailing (470) at worst still to come, Great Britain are now certain to win at least 48 Olympic medals, surpassing the tally from Beijing 2008 and reaching UK Sport's minimum target. The medal table certainly makes for good reading.

    You can get in touch with us about the team's success via #bbc2012 on Twitter or 81111 on text.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the dressage at Greenwich Park

    "Job done Alistair Brownlee. Now for the main course: dressage.

    "This could be home to Britain's historic 20th gold medal, the best haul since London 1908, and that's a sentence you'd have been carried away for typing just a few years ago. Yes, Britain has equestrian heritage, but never before has there been a dressage team worth talking about in the same breath as Olympic gold.

    "Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin have changed that. They won the European title last year and, as the leaders heading into this final day of the team event, they are now the favourites to win here in Greenwich Park, though Germany will mount a stern challenge.

    "We've just seen Richard Davison go for GB - he's only in the individual event and not part of the team, so his score of 70.524 isn't involved in the gold medal-reckoning later. Hester is the first of the three in the team to compete, at 14:30 BST."

  159. 1411: 

    In the sailing Weymouth, Britain's Nick Dempsey put his Beijing torment behind him to clinch silver in the Olympic RS:X windsurfing class.

    Dempsey was second going into the medal race in China before finishing fourth but he made no mistake in Weymouth.

    With gold already secured by Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge, Dempsey defended his second place as Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynski took bronze.

  160. 1410: 

    Earlier on, we asked you to send in pictures of yourselves doing Usain Bolt's trademark lightning bolt. There have been some absolute crackers as you'll see in our gallery. Thanks so much for all your entries.

  161. 1408: 
    ATHLETICS- Morning highlights

    There was plenty of drama in the Olympic Stadium this morning too and you can relive it all with our live text commentary.

    Phillips Idowu fail and 110m hurdler Andrew Pozzi and javelin star Goldie Sayers going out of their events.

    Meanwhile, Usain Bolt began his bid to complete the sprint double at the London Olympics by cruising into the 200m semi-finals in a time of 20.39 seconds.

    The 25-year-old Jamaican was joined by countrymen Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, with America's Wallace Spearmon, France's Christophe Lemaitre and Briton Christian Malcolm also through.

  162. 1403: 

    Good afternoon. And so the gold rush goes on with Alistair Brownlee winning the triathlon for Great Britain in fabulous style in Hyde Park this morning.

    The question is: who is going to win Great Britain's 20th gold medal and beat the modern record of 19 set in Beijing four years ago?

    There are high hopes for the equestrian trio of Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardian who are set to finish at about 1545.

    But if they don't do it, surely Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton or Laura Trott will in the Velodrome. Stand by for another helter-skelter afternoon on day 11 of London 2012.

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  33. Volleyball 2 Events First Event: 28th July
  34. Water-polo 2 Events First Event: 29th July
  35. Weightlifting 15 Events First Event: 28th July
  36. Wrestling 18 Events First Event: 5th August

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How every Team GB athlete performed on the final day of the 2012 Olympics in London.

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With expert analysis, rules, history, ones to watch and an explanation of just why it is good for you, BBC Sport provides guides to each Olympic sport and how to get involved if you want to try them out.

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