London 2012 Olympics: Day 12 evening session

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake cruise into the 200m final, Shara Proctor misses out on a long jump medal and GB's women hockey players lose 2-1 to Argentina in the semi-finals.

9 August 2012 Last updated at 00:08

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    So that's it from us here in the Olympic Park. Sadly, there were no medals for Britain for the first time since day one but there's always tomorrow and we'll be back at 08:00 BST to guide you through it. Until then, we bid you goodnight.

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    The night ends with USA running riot against Australia at the North Greenwich Arena, slam dunks wherever you look. Final score: 119-86. The red-hot favourites march on to a semi-final against Argentina.

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    We're into the final quarter at the North Greenwich Arena, with USA leading Australia 96-78 - Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony scoring 18 and 15 points respectively so far. USA on course for a semi-final meeting with 2004 champions Argentina on Saturday. The other semi pits Spain against Russia.

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    Third seed Adilbek Niyazymbetov is into the semi-finals of the men's light heavy 81kg division after defeating Ehsan Rousbahani Ehsan. The Kazakistani will face Oleksandr Gvozdyk after the Ukrainian beat Abdelhafid Benchabla.

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    The women's beach volleyball triumph for Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings means the American pair end their Olympic careers having never lost a match at this level and dropped only one set. Remarkable.

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    Australia hanging in there against the Dream Team but you get the feeling the favourites could step it up at any point. They currently lead 77-66 with a couple of minutes left in the third quarter.

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    Britain's boxing team have lodged a protest over Tom Stalker's light-welterweight quarter-final defeat by Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg of Mongolia.

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    Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino of Brazil has beaten Cuba's number one seed Julio Cesar la Cruz in the men's light heavy 81kg division quarter-finals to set up a last four bout against Egor Mekhontcev after the Russian beat Elshod Rasulov of Uzbekistan.

  9. 2312: 

    It's all over at the Basketball Arena as Croatia beat Tunisia 25-22 in the men's handball quarter-finals to make it six wins out six at London 2012. That record will come under immense pressure when they take on defending champions France in the semi-finals. Hungary face Sweden in the other last four encounter.

  10. 2308: 

    The star-studded USA boys continue to stretch their advantage against Australia in the men's basketball quarter-finals at the North Greenwich Arena. They finish the second quarter with a 56-42 lead, Deron Williams and Kevin Durant dominating proceedings.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "GB performance director Rob McCracken is incandescent at that Tom Stalker decision, the boxer himself "inconsolable" and not talking to the press and I'm hearing an appeal is 'very, very likely'..."

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    There's just no stopping this handball competition, surely the sport that features most often at these Games? It's happening again tonight and in the last men's quarter-final, Croatia lead Tunisia 24-22. They've won five out of five matches so far, the Croatians. Looks like they're about to make it six in six.

  13. 2257: 

    Nick Skelton on BBC One after failing to win a medal in the individual jumping: "I had every confidence in Big Star. I had more nerves on Monday. Today I had all the confidence in him. He is a fantastic horse and I didn't think he'd have one down. If I could do it again I probably wouldn't do anything different. He is the youngest horse here at the Games, but the crowd didn't wind him up at all."

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    Bulgaria beat Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the indoor volleyball tournament. They will take on Russia in the last four while Brazil face Italy, who knocked out defending champions USA.

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    Gary Hallam on Twitter: "It pains me to say but an awful performance by #TeamGB the Argentines deserved to win , did we even have a shot on goal #"

    Becky Strong on Twitter: "What a valiant effort from GB girls hockey, such a shame as they played so well. You did us proud! #ourgreatestteam"

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    Great Britain hockey player Emily Maguire on BBC One following her team's 2-1 semi-final defeat to Argentina: "We ran ourselves into the ground to go for that win. We knew what we had to do and we worked so hard for 70 minutes. It just wasn't quite there."

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    USA make a strong start against Australia in the fourth and final men's basketball quarter-final at the North Greenwich Arena. The Americans lead 26-19 at the end of the first quarter, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook the top scorers.

    Lennox Lewis, Former world heavyweight champion and BBC pundit

    "I felt Tom Stalker really pulled it out in the end, you could tell he really wanted it. I was counting the punches and thought he won the last round big.

    "I know how he's feeling right now, disappointment, the fight could've gone another way. There can only be one winner in the ring and this is what happens."

  20. 2234: 

    Up to 700 people have been evacuated from New Zealand's Olympics hospitality house after a fire. Emergency services attended Kiwi House near King's Cross in central London at about 1920 BST, after a gas canister being used for a barbecue exploded.

    Hundreds of New Zealanders who have come to London for the Games had gathered for a party before the blaze started. Two fire engines and 10 firefighters attended the scene.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at ExCeL

    "What a final round, one of the best of the Olympic tournament so far, but it's not enough for Tom Stalker as Uranchimeg of Mongolia pips him 23-22. Not sure Stalker or the GB team can have too many complaints about that - it was paper-thin, but on reflection I think the Mongolian deserved to nick it. So, that's five medals in all for the Great Britain boxing team, not bad for a squad of 10."

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    Liverpool's Tom Stalker loses his men's light-welterweight quarter-final against Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg of Mongolia 23-22. Boos ring out around ExCel and the Briton looks utterly heartbroken.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Just discovered why GB's Monique Gladding underperformed today - she discovered she had a prolapsed disc in her next last week.

    "Gladding, who last year nearly died after striking her head on the concrete platform during a dive in Russia, tells me it was 'touch and go' as to whether she competed today and had to come through a fitness test.

    "'If it [the prolapsed disc] burst through to my spinal cord it could have done anything from my shoulders below being paralysed,' she says. 'I've been in tears literally throughout the last week, but I couldn't have given any more.'"

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    Sian in London on 81111 on text: "No medals yet today, but still a wonderful effort by all in Team GB. And tomorrow is another day! Very proud of them all."

    Seb on 81111 on text: "Used to train with Lawrence Clarke. So proud of him, what an achievement!"

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    Amir Khan at ringside on BBC Two: "Tom Stalker is the only GB fighter left who is not guaranteed a medal. The crowd here want to see him win this to claim at least a bronze. Stalker is under a lot of pressure here as the team captain, but he looks great."

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    Slow start from Britain's Tom Stalker in his men's light-welterweight quarter-final against Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg. After two rounds the Mongolian leads 14-13, so Stalker trails by a point going into the final round. Three minutes to win it.

    Richie Woodhall, Olympic bronze medallist and boxing commentator

    "It won't be easy for Stalker. His opponent is very experienced with a good work rate. Tom must rise to the occasion and savour this atmosphere, and he should be OK."

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    "I'm very proud of what we did tonight," says Team GB women's hockey coach Danny Kerry after his side's defeat by Argentina. "I thought we were the dominant side in the second half, we pretty much outplayed them.

    "The reason for not winning was the half-chances, not converting the opportunity, but I couldn't have asked any more from the girls. I felt Argentina were really just defending, not offering much other than that, but they did that well."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "Liverpool's Tom Stalker is on at about 2215, bidding to match Great Britain's best haul in an Olympic boxing ring since Antwerp in 1920. Although, I should add, there was no light-welterweight division in 1920 (although there was a featherweight one) and there were certainly no women, perish the thought..."

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    Brazil, who are appearing in their first Olympics since 1996, have lost 82-77 to Argentina in the men's basketball quarter-finals at North Greenwich Arena.

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    Maxim Mikhaylov scored 13 points to help Russia beat Poland in the men's volleyball quarter-finals.


    GB 110m hurdler Lawrence Clarke on Twitter: "What just happened?!? I can't believe I came 4th in the Olympic Games!!! Thanks so much for the support! I love you London!"

    Lennox Lewis, Former world heavyweight champion and BBC pundit

    "Tom Stalker has a tough fight ahead of him. He has to get settled early. In his previous fight he tried really hard to knock the other guy out, but this time he's going to stick to his boxing, moving around the ring and getting that jab going."

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    We've got one more Brit in action tonight with Tom Stalker taking on Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg of Mongolia in the men's light welterweight 64kg quarter-finals at ExCel at around 22:00 BST.

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    Croatia have maintained their 100% record at London 2012 with a comprehensive 8-2 win over the USA in the men's water polo quarter-finals.

    Mel Clewlow, Former GB hockey international and BBC Sport analyst

    "Great Britain will be so disappointed. In this situation, if you can come off the pitch knowing that you gave absolutely everything and you just weren't good enough then you can take some kind of comfort in that. 2-0 down against the number two team in the world? It's a tough ask to come back and win it.

    "GB gave it absolutely everything in the second half but they just weren't getting it into the Argentine circle and causing problems."

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    GOLD MEDAL- Brittney Reese, USA (women's long jump)

    American Brittney Reese wins gold in the long jump, with Elena Sokolova taking the silver and Janay Deloach the bronze.


    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at Horse Guards Parade: "Huge outburst of emotion from Misty May-Treanor as she seals her third straight Olympic Gold in beach volleyball. What a way to bring up the end of your career. She embraces several American supporters at the front of a packed stadium at Horse Guards Parade."

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    We're onto the men's decathlon 400m now on the track to finish off the action in the Olympic Stadium. We've got four heats to get through, but there'll be no Brit in action after Daniel Awde pulled out of the event with a knee injury. Ashton Eaton leads the way in the standings, 161 points clear of fellow American Trey Hardee.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Shocking result for GB diving tonight with both British record holder Stacie Powell and Monique Gladding well below their best and failing to qualify for the semi-finals.

    "They finish in 19th and 20th positions so are the first two reserves, but will both be bitterly disappointed with their performances.

    "At 26, Powell may have another Games in her, but for Gladding, 31, the oldest competitor in the competition, this is not how she would have liked it to end."


    Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix on BBC One: "This has been a long time coming. I am overjoyed. It was just about getting it done, and I never gave up."


    Britain's Shara Proctor on BBC One on failing to win a medal in the women's long-jump: "Today wasn't my day. I was struggling on the runway, to be honest. I just couldn't get it right. I came and tried my best, though I can't say I'm satisfied. Tonight just wasn't my game. Good luck to all the other ladies. I lost focus, and after my first couple of jumps I got frustrated. I guess that was my biggest problem."


    Olympic 110m hurdles champion Aries Merritt on BBC One: "I'm happy with the win. I trained for this, very intensely. I do some ridiculous things. I was trying to treat this as much like a practice session as possible, where I have no pressure. I tried to relieve all pressure. The gold means everything - this is a dream come true."

    Colin Jackson, 1988 Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics pundit

    "Fantastic performance from Lawrence Clarke. He will be very happy with that fourth place. Anything above the semi-final is a bonus. Fourth place for him is like a gold medal. He was aggressive. A really great performance from him, happy to battle with the top names in the world. 2012 has been very good for him indeed."

    Nigel Adderley, BBC water polo commentator

    "For the first time since 1996 there'll be a different nation on top of the podium as Hungary's domination of men's Olympic water polo comes to an end. They are beaten 11-9 by Italy in the quarter-finals, ending their hopes of a fourth successive title. The Italians will now play favourites Serbia while Montenegro will face Croatia after the humiliate USA 8-2 in a suprisingly one-sided match."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey in the Riverbank Arena

    "The better team won but GB certainly threw everything at it in the closing stages, and they will still play for only the second Olympic medal in GB women's hockey history. The bronze medal match against New Zealand is on Friday afternoon."

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    Tears of joy for Argentina, tears of despair for Great Britain. The home nation are beaten 2-1 as Argentina go on to face defending champions the Netherlands in the women's hockey final.


    Andy Mullan on Twitter: "Must be sooo proud of #LauraWeightman. A PB & qualifies for the final. You can't do any more than that! Superb @TeamGB"

    Unicorns_can_fly on Twitter: "Fourth by Clarke in 110m hurdles - amazing!"

    NadiaM on Twitter: "Cracking run by Aries Merritt! Rocketing through at 12.94secs! Well done #TeamUSA #london2012,"

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCeL

    "Belfast light-flyweight Paddy Barnes makes it four guaranteed medals for Ireland with a classy 23-18 win over India's Devendro Laishram, who was no slouch. Barnes joins John Joe Nevin and Michael Conlan in the semis, while Katie Taylor looks nailed on for gold in the women's competition. Paddy fights three-time world champ and defending Olympic champion Zou Shiming in the last four."


    Lawrence Clarke on BBC One having finished fourth in the men's 110m hurdles final: "I can't believe I've come fourth in an Olympic Games! I clashed arms with a South African, so maybe I could also have got a PB. I treated the semi as the final. I'm really pleased with this - the crowd was absolutely amazing. The last four years have been amazing. I just can't believe it."

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    It's was always going to be gold for Aries Merritt following a blistering start and mighty first phase as he attacked the hurdles. Fellow American Jason Richardson took the silver, Jamaica's Hansle Parchment the bronze while defending champion Dayron Robles pulled up injured. Britain's Lawrence Clarke finished a remarkable fourth with a huge dip on the line. This could be the start of a big future for the 22-year-old.


    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at Horse Guards Parade: "Nip-and tuck stuff down here in the best all-American beach volleyball encounter since Maverick battled Iceman in Top Gun. Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh-Jennings are pushed all the way in a high class first set by Jenny Kessy & April Ross, but it is the double defending champions who prevail 21-16."

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCeL

    "We are into the light-flyweight quarters and I have to say I thought that was an iffy one to kick off with, three-time world champion Zou Shiming beating Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakhstan 13-10. Hmmm... Here's Paddy Barnes of Belfast, looking to become the first Irish boxer to win successive Olympic medals. Tom Stalker of Liverpool up at 10ish."

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    Helen Richardson crosses for Alex Danson to launch herself forward and prod home with the reverse stick. Five-and-a-half minutes to score a second and force extra time. Argentina 2-1 Great Britain.

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    GOLD MEDAL- Aries Merritt, USA (men's 110m hurdles)
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey in the Riverbank Arena

    "Great Britain are huffing and puffing, creating a bit more than in the first half, but Helen Richardson misses the first clear-cut chance of the match and the Argentine press next door sigh in unified relief. GB need a bit of magic..."

  57. 2114: 

    There's a huge roar for Lawrence Clarke, who is a distant relation of none other than former US president Theodore Roosevelt, as he prepares for the big race of his life. Can the Briton shock us all and get a medal? It's a big ask...


    Darren Campbell on the women's 200m final on BBC Radio 5 live: "We felt that if Felix could repeat the bend she produced in the semi in this final, it was going to be difficult for the rest to catch her. Fraser-Pryce did everything she could, but the gap was too big and my surprise was Jeter in third. Felix totally deserves this Olympic gold medal."

  59. 2111: 

    There's just time for a quick breather before the 110m hurdles final which BBC Sport pundit Michael Johnson thinks will be between Americans Aries Merritt, who holds the world leading time, and world champion Jason Richardson.

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    Helen Richardson has space, time and a clear sight of goal but scuffs her shot wide and, with 15 minutes left, that could be a killer blow. Argentina lead Great Britain 2-0. It's live on BBC Three and 5 live Olympics extra.

  61. 2107: 

    It was the women this morning, it's the men tonight. ExCeL is hosting 12 bouts tonight, the most note-worthy for Britain being Tom Stalker v Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg of Mongolia in the light welterweight quarter-finals. Their fight is scheduled to start at 2200 BST. Don't miss it.

  62. 2104: 
    GOLD MEDAL - Kaori Icho, JPN (women's -63kg wrestling)

    Japan's Kaori Icho has won her third successive Olympic women's freestyle gold in the women's -63kg wrestling, with China's Ruixue Jing taking the silver.

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

    "That was very impressive from Allyson Felix. She was able to hold off the fast-closing Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter who took silver and bronze. That is the first time she's ever won the Olympic gold medal in this event, though she's been world champion a few times.

    "That was a great race with some great athletic talent. Felix, with her long stride, is a great sprinter with very nice technique. She could not be matched today."

  64. 2102: 

    It's a dominant win for Allyson Felix, who finally turns silver into gold in the 200m. The American has won silver in the last two Olympics, but ran an incredible bend to burst onto the home straight with a big lead and accelerated to victory. That's her first individual Olympic gold medal.

  65. 2101: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Allyson Felix, USA (women's 200m)
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics CentreDIVING

    "Worst fears confirmed following penultimate round of dives… Stacie Powell is 30 points away from reaching the semi-finals, so she's effectively out with one dive remaining.

    "Team-mate Monique Gladding is 10 points shy in 20th (seeking a top 18 finish), but it'll be tough for her to make up those places.

    "It could be a very bad night for British diving at this rate."

  67. 2059: 

    It's medal time again, with the women's 200m final. We've got three Olympic gold medallists in defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, who is going for a record third gold medal on the track, Olympic 100m champion Shelley-Anne Fraser-Pryce and Olympic 400m champions Sanya Richards-Ross. Could we be in for a world record time?

  68. 2057: 

    Great Britain make a positive start to the second half of their women's semi-final against Argentina, earning an early penalty corner, but Crista Cullen's shot is well saved. They've got about 25 minutes to turn this around. The score is still 2-0 to Argentina.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "This British team of athletes have now come to expect success. They all train well and Shara Proctor came into this competition with high hopes. But she has had run-up issues. Maybe she was thinking about the outcome of the competition before finishing the job. That's a shame, because she had the ability to get to the final."

  70. 2054: 

    It's all over for Britain's Shara Proctor who is knocked out of the long jump final after the first three jumps. The 22-year-old set a British record of 6.93m in the trials and then nailed 6.83m on her first attempt in qualifying for the final. But she failed to replicate that form when it mattered, with a best of 6.55m leaving her outside the top eight automatic qualifying places going into the final three jumps.

  71. 2052: 

    Natalya Antyukh went out hard at the start and had a sizeable lead coming out of the final bend, but though world champion Lashinda Demus found some speed on the home straight as Antyukh began to fade, it was not enough to steal gold. Zuzana Hejnova of Czech Republic took bronze.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "Stacie Powell's 48 points for her inward 3.5 somersault routine is just not good enough to reach an Olympic semi-final - particularly when she scored just 29.70 in the previous round.

    "She's going to need some big favours from fellow divers and an incredible final routine.

    "Team-mate Monique Gladding, who was looking strong in 14th, just dropped her fourth of five routines and 39.15 is now putting her place in the next round in threat."

  73. 2048: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Natalya Antyukh, RUS (women's 400m hurdles)
  74. 2048: 

    End of the second quarter in the men's quarter-final between neighbours Brazil and Argentina, the Argentines leading 46-40.

    Containing NBA stalwarts like Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili, Argentina were crowned Americas champions in 2011 with victory over tonight's opponents in the final.

    The Brazilians are appearing in their first Olympics since 1996 and are coached by Argentina's s Ruben Magnano, who led the country of his birth to gold at the 2004 Games in Athens.

  75. 2046: 

    It's our first medal race of the night, but sadly there's no British interest after Perri Shakes-Drayton missed out on qualifying for the 400m hurdles final. World champion Lashinda Demus has had a tough season and will face competition from Natalya Antukh and Zuzana Hejnova, who were the two fastest qualifers.

  76. 2044: 

    World champion Britney Reese is leading the way in the long jump final after a leap of 7.12m puts her way out in front. Britain's Shara Proctor needs to improve by 58cm to bump the American off top spot.

    Mel Clewlow, Former GB hockey international and BBC Sport analyst

    "This is not the start that Great Britain wanted in this game. Things haven't gone GB's way in this half, there's no question about it. Argentina haven't had to save a shot. They need to come out and be calm and look to win penalty corners."

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Usain Bolt's stats add up. His demeanour, everything about him, exudes confidence and presence and that must be intimidating for everyone else. They're looking for a chink in his armour but they just have to hear him speak and he sounds ready."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey in the Riverbank Arena

    "Disaster for GB as Argentina spring forward on the break and Carla Rebecchi scrambles it home. Prolonged protests from the British players to no avail and the boos ring out. Classic stuff from Argentina, who have limited GB to one half-chance in 35 minutes and look dangerous on the break. A mountain to climb for the home side now."

  80. 2038: 

    Group B of the men's javelin competition is up and running in the Olympic Stadium with Britain's Meryvn Luckwell 21st of 22 throwers to go. If he can repeat his season's best of 82.15m, it would be enough for automatic qualification.

  81. 2037: 

    In the words of Barry Davies, it started poorly and it go worse. At half-time, it's Argentina 2-0 Great Britain. One half to save their Olympics campaign.

  82. 2035: 

    Guest of honour at the Riverbank Stadium tonight is the Duchess of Cambridge. Unfortunately, not even her presence has been able to inspire the British women. Carla Rebecchi nudges Argentina into a 2-0 lead following some poor defending. GB think the ball has gone out of play, but their protests fall on deaf ears.


    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at Horse Guards Parade: "The final of the women's beach volleyball is just half an hour away, with Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor aiming to win their third straight gold medal. The pair have only lost one set - never mind a match - in all three Olympics so far. Can they be stopped? Fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy will hope so. The 10,439 crowd don't really care to be honest - they're having a superb time regardless. Any chance of getting Wimbledon to move here?"


    Great Britain's Christian Malcolm on BBC One having missed out on the 200m final: "I fancied my chances. I'm disappointed. In my last Olympics games it would have been nice to make the final, but it wasn't to be. It's one of those things. I'm getting older and it's not getting any easier. This atmosphere is amazing, and now it's onto the relay."

  85. 2032: 

    Attention turns to the sandpit as Shara Proctor takes to the runway for her second attempt. It's better than her first jump, but it won't count because stepped past the board. The Briton is eighth at the moment with only the top eight progressing to the final three jumps of the competition.

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

    "Christian Malcolm actually ran very well, considering. It was a good turn but he didn't make a good transition on the straight. That's what cost him because he could have got another tenth which would have got him in the final."

  87. 2029: 

    Michael Mathieu delays proceedings by false starting, but once they get going again, it's a stunning run from Churandy Martina to take victory, sprinting past Warren Weir from Jamaica in the closing 20m. Both progress to the final but despite a strong run from Christian Malcolm, who had a good bend and finished third, it's not quite enough to qualify as a fastest loser.

  88. 2029:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics CentreDIVING

    "A score of 72 from in her third routine helps Stacie Powell climb from 25th to 21st and is now only seven points short of a semi-final berth. She can't afford any mistakes in the final two rounds, though.

    "Veteran Monique Gladding, 17 years older than the youngest competitor (14-year-old Suji Kim from Korea), is looking good for the semis with 194.80 points, which puts her in 14th place.

    "China's defending champion Ruolin Chen leads the standings with two rounds remaining."

  89. 2028: 

    Two down, one to go. Veteran British sprinter Christian Malcolm has work to do if he's to qualify for the final. Malcolm faces competition from Jamaica's Warren Weir and Dutchman Churandy Martina who have both run under 20 seconds this year.

  90. 2026: 

    It remains Argentina 1-0 Great Britain, but plenty of time left. This crowd is as loud as any heard in the Riverbank Arena, with a trumpeter belting out renditions of "Rule Britannia" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" and the fans chanting "Team GB! Team GB".


    Jamaica's Usain Bolt on reaching the 200m final: "It's all about going through as easy as possible. That was the aim and it went pretty well, so I'm happy. I'm ready, this is my favourite event and I'm looking forward to it. People always doubt the champion but I know what I can do and I don't doubt myself."

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

    "I believe there is a lot more to come from Usain Bolt. I don't think he ran the bend or the home stretch that hard - he was very relaxed. He got a very good start from the blocks and was extremely relaxed for over 100m. Bolt knows he will have a little bit more work to do against Blake in the final but I don't think he feels much pressure from anyone."

  93. 2022: 

    That was ridiculously easy for Usain Bolt and worryingly for his rivals, the Jamaican had a blistering start, something which he has struggled with since his disqualification for a false start at last year's World Championships, powering away through the bend before easing off.

  94. 2021:  
    Mel Clewlow, Former GB hockey international and BBC Sport analyst

    "This is set up to be an absolutely fantastic semi-final, and to hear the stadium belting out the national anthem was just unbelievable."

  95. 2021: 

    Less than two minutes into the second quarter, Miho Boskovic scores with an extra player shot to make it Croatia 3-0 USA. The Croatians look to be heading for a semi-final against Montenegro, who overcame Spain 11-9.

  96. 2018: 

    Usain Bolt wins the second semi-final in 20.18, 0.17 seconds slower than his training partner Yohan Blake. That said, Bolt basically stopped running as he exited the bend, jogging his way down the final 100m as the rest of the field struggled to keep up.

  97. 2018: 

    There's an almighty roar in the Olympic Stadium which can only mean one thing - Usain Bolt is ready to race...

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "If ever there was a lesson to anyone to keep going to the line Laura Weightman showed it. She did fantastically well. Laura is a great athlete and works so hard. Two women in the 1500m final is fantastic. Lisa Dobriskey was cruising down that home stretch. She has a great chance in the final."

  99. 2017: 

    The long jump final is also under way in the Olympic Stadium, with Shara Proctor flying the flag for Britain. The Anguilla-born athlete needed just one leap to qualify for the final, jumping 6.83m which was only 12cm short of her British record. She can't quite repeat the trick on her first jump in the final, but she hit the board well on her way to a solid 6.55m.

  100. 2016: 

    Men's quarter-final number number four in the Water Polo Arena. Croatia v USA. The former were the only team to finish the group stage with a 100% record, while the latter took silver four years ago. Goals from Damir Buric and Samir Barac give Croatia a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.


    Yohan Blake on BBC One on reaching the 200m final: "I've been working really hard on the 200m. I just needed to execute well in the final. Usain Bolt is my good friend and it's going to be interesting!"

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

    "Yohan Blake was really, really quick around the bend. Now he's really pumping. He's extremely relaxed. It was a little risky from Blake to shut it down that hard on the finish. It's risky in terms of injury as well, but an impressive race from Blake. We always knew it would be very easy for him in this semi-final."

  103. 2011: 

    It's a stroll in the park for Yohan Blake who eases up with 20m to go to take victory. It turns out to be pretty close between the top three, though, with Blake slipping into neutral as Wallace Spearman and Christophe Lemaitre hit top gear.

    The trio are separated by 0.02 seconds, but Blake hangs on for victory with Spearman taking the second automatic qualifying spot. Frenchman Lemaitre must wait to find out if he can qualify as a fasteest loser.

  104. 2009: 

    Time for things to step up a notch now as the world's fastest men take to the track for the 200m semi-finals. Jamaica's Yohan Blake - the second quickest man in the world - goes in lane four with world bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre in lane six and three-time world medallist Wallace Spearman in lane seven. Three world class athletes, only two automatic qualifying spots. This is about to get tasty.

    You can watch the action on our interactive video player.

  105. 2007: 

    Noel Barrionuevo slams home a penalty corner to put Argentina 1-0 up against Great Britain after five minutes. Hammer blow. It's live on BBC Three and BBC Radio 5 live Olympics extra.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport in the Olympic Stadium

    "Lisa Dobriskey bounds through the interview area a bundle of smiles and energy. She says she will have a chat with her coach ahead of the 1500m final to prepare tactics. I don't think I've seen many athletes more genuinely excited and satisfied by their achievement."


    Laura Weightman on BBC One after qualifying for the 1500m final: "I dipped on the line and I hoped it was close. It's a PB in front of this crowd. We hit the bell and I was in a good place, and I kept going. It's just a dream to be in an Olympics in my home country. PB? Olympic final? What more could I want? What an awesome day."

  108. 2004: 

    The computer says yes for Laura Weightman who is given seventh place in a personal best time of 4:02.99. That dip was enough to get her into her first Olympic final. Super scenes.

  109. 2004: 

    Tune into BBC Three for the second women's hockey semi-final between the mighty Great Britain and Argentina. Cracking atmosphere inside the Riverbank Arena tonight. At stake is a meeting with defending champions the Netherlands.

  110. 2001: 

    No Ethiopian woman has ever won a medal in this event, but that could be about to change as Abeba Aregawi looks in tip top shape on her way to victory in the second 1500m semi-final. Britain's Laura Weightman dips at the line in a photo finish for seventh. We'll have to wait and see whether her time is quick enough to qualify for the final.

  111. 2001: 

    Ian via text on 81111: "Generation inspired. Went for a 13 mile bike ride today including a pub lunch. On the way back did some real-ale-fuelled sprints like omnium points race."

    Stuart from Southampton via text on 81111: "Re the jump off for bronze in the high jump. If there was a 3rd place tie in heptathlon would you expect them all to complete the 7 events to get the medal winner? Same for a dead heat in the 200/400m?"

  112. 1958: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva, BRA (women's beach volleyball)

    Brazilian pair Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva lose the first set but take the bronze with a 11-21 21-19 15-12 victory over Chen Xue and Xi Zhang of China.


    Great Britain's Lisa Dobriskey, who has qualified for the women's 1500m final: "I was so nervous about this race. I just wanted to make an Olympic final. I thought it would be a slow race because there are no real front runners, so I was prepared for that. It was a bit of a scrap at the end but that seems to have been the case in a lot of the qualifying rounds and I am just happy to be through."

  114. 1957: 

    Britain's Laura Weightman faces the biggest race of her life as she goes in the second 1500m semi-final which features seven athletes who have gone faster than her this year.

  115. 1956: 

    We're 25 minutes into the men's volleyball quarter-final between Russia and Poland at Ears Court, the Russians leading 25-17. The winner plays Bulgaria or Germany in the semis, which those two meeting at 2130 BST.

  116. 1953: 

    This may make your eyes water… with the men's basketball quarter-final slipping away from France in the fourth quarter, Nicolas Batum deliberately punches Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro in, erm, an area that might cause him significant pain.

  117. 1952: 

    Lisa Dobriskey looked immense in that final sprint, easing off as they approached the line to finish fourth, comfortably inside the top five automatic qualifying spots.

    It's not such good news for Hannah England, though. The world silver medallist, who missed a chunk of training early in the season, looked to have a burst of pace on the final bend before going backwards on the home straight and finishing ninth. Turkey's European champion Asli Cakir Apltekin, eased to victory.

  118. 1949: 

    Lisa Dobriskey has positioned herself perfectly at the front of the field at the bell, but Hannah England is stuck at the back of the pack. She'll have an awful lot to do in the final 200m...

  119. 1948: 

    BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster says the whispers in the British camp are that Lisa Dobriskey is absolutely flying in training. He adds that the last time he heard something like that, they were referring to Kelly Holmes - and we all know how that ended in Athens 2004...

  120. 1946: 

    We're away in the first of two 1500m semi-finals, with Hannah England and Lisa Dobriskey slotting in at the back of the pack as they settle into a steady pace...

  121. 1946: 

    Back at Horse Guards Parade, they're into a deciding set in the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match. China's Xi Zhang and Chen Xue lost the opener 22-11 against Brazilians Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca, but they've edged the second 21-19.


    Tom Marandola on Twitter: "Congratulations to Lawrence Clarke. Fantastic achievement making an #olympicfinal."

    Lucy Dean on Twitter: "Please tell Andy Turner he has let no one down!!! Still faster than most of us :)"

    Jeff on Twitter: "Loving the #Olympics2012 and getting behind #TeamGB"

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport in the Olympic Stadium

    "Britain's Andy Turner took a seat to watch that third and final 110m hurdle heat and it made for painful viewing. No spot in the Olympic final. He rushed through the interview area, visibly disappointed, and had one choice word to sum up his performance when I asked. I couldn't possibly repeat it, this is for a family audience."

  124. 1940:  
    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "GB's Stacie Powell and Monique Gladding both attained a solid 67.20 points from their first-round dives and were joint 12th, but a horror back 3.5 somersault from Powell scores her just 29.70.

    "You know it's bad when not even the British crowd clap at the end of the routine.

    "There's a long way to go still (three more rounds), but that has seriously hit Powell's bid to attain a top-18 finish for a place in Thursday's semi-finals."

  125. 1939: 

    Next up on the track is the women's 1500m semi-finals which feature Britain's Hannah England, who won silver at last year's World Championships, Lisa Dobriskey, who finished an agonising fourth in Beijing, and Laura Weightman, who is making her Olympic debut.


    Great Britain 800m runner Andrew Osagie on Twitter: "You've let nobody down @andyturner110h! Medal in every final while fighting constant injury!"


    Great Britain's Andy Turner on BBC One on finishing fourth in his 110m hurdles semi-final, and failing to make the final: "I had a rubbish start which let me down. Once I got going it was OK but the start was absolutely shocking. I feel like I have let myself, my coach and everybody down. I felt relaxed, ready to race and I really believed that I could make that final.

    "I have had a rubbish season from start to finish. Indoors I have been rubbish, outdoors I have done nothing. I was a hundredth off my season's best in the race, but that was a time I would have done jogging last year."

  128. 1935: 

    Super scenes. Lawrence Clarke has made the Olympic 110m hurdles final, which takes place at 21:15 BST, on his debut. The Briton is the second of two fastest losers and ensures Britain will have a presence in the final after his more experienced team-mate Andy Turner missed the cut.

  129. 1930: 

    Aries Merritt might have designs on the 110m hurdles title but defending Olympic champion Dayron Robles shows that he won't make it easy by winning the third semi-final with a confident run. That was certainly the slowest of the three, though, which means Britain's Lawrence Clarke might have sneaked into the final as a fastest qualifier. Let's wait and see...


    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance at Horse Guards Parade: "The promise of Brazilians on the beach has got everyone excited in Westminster and even reignited the summer weather.

    "The smell of sausages and lager lingers in the air - it's like T20 finals day down here. I can't be alone in wishing this beach volleyball arena was a permanent fixture.

    "On the sand, the Chinese pair have taken the first set but more importantly, the Horse Parade dancers are putting on a stormer."

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport chief sports writer in the Olympic Stadium

    "Warm sunny skies over the cauldron this evening for another red-hot night of Olympic track and field action. Three British women race for a place in the 1500m final, Shara Proctor takes aim for a long jump medal, Usain Bolt blurs in the 200m semis, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce attempts to win her second sprint gold of the Games and Aries Merritt aims to dethrone Dayron Robles in the 110m hurdles final. That enough to get you going?"


    Great Britain's Lawrence Clarke on his personal best of 13.31 in the 110m hurdles semi-final: "I tried to produce the fastest race of my life, and I am praying that I was the fastest loser. My aim all year was to make the semi-final - this is my final really. Anything more than this will be a bonus, but if I go through…I really wanted a personal best, and hopefully that will get me through."

  133. 1926: 

    It's a horrible start for Andy Turner who crawls out of the blocks and then clobbers the second hurdle to put him on the back foot. The Briton can't recover and trails home fourth to end his hopes of reaching the final. There are no such problems for Aries Merritt, though, as the American crosses the line first, oozing with confidence.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport at the Aquatics Centre

    "26 athletes, 18 qualifying positions, five dives each = one very long division session. It's the women's blue riband event and Great Britain have two competitors: astro-physics PhD student Stacie Powell and Monique Gladding, the oldest competitor in the field.

    "Both progressed to the semi-finals at the test event in February and I would expect them to do likewise today."

  135. 1921: 

    That's a encouraging start to the evening. Now we just need Britain's Andy Turner, who won his heat and is looking for an Olympic medal to complete his set of major medals, to follow suit. American Aries Merritt, who holds the world leading time, is his main rival but let's not forget there are two automatic qualifying spots available.

  136. 1920: 

    Let's gallop over to Horse Guards Parade for the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match. It pits China's Xi Zhang and Chen Xue, who won bronze in Beijing four years ago, against reigning world champions Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca of Brazil. Those two have won everything apart from an Olympic medal. They're into the second set at, at the time of writing, China lead 5-4.

  137. 1916: 

    American world champion Jason Richardson eases to victory, easing off the gas with 10m to go but it's a remarkable race from Lawrence Clarke who nails a personal best of 13.31 seconds. The 22-year-old exploded out of the blocks and though he faded in the final 20m to finish third, out of the automatic qualifying spots, he has every chance of progressing as a fastest loser.

  138. 1912: 

    We've got British interest straight away with Lawrence Clarke in action in lane four. The 22-year-old needs to finish in the top two to ensure automatic qualification. On paper, he's the fifth fastest of eight runners.

  139. 1908: 

    BBC Sport's John Inverdale is in position on the BBC One balcony along with Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis and four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson as we prepare for the evening's first event - the 110m hurdles semi-finals.

  140. 1905: 

    The sun is shining, the stadium is packed and the first athletes are out on track stretching out those muscles. What a perfect night for a spot of athletics, eh? Let's get it on, folks.

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