London 2012 Olympics: Day 13 evening session

Usain Bolt wins 200m gold to complete a stunning sprint double, Jade Jones wins GB's 25th gold medal, in taekwondo, and David Rudisha sets a new world record to win 800m gold.

10 August 2012 Last updated at 01:12

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    That is your lot from Day 13 of London 2012. There are only three of them left, where does the time go? I hope you will be able join us tomorrow from 0800 BST. Thanks and goodnight.

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    Plenty more medals up for grabs on Friday, and nobody will be more desperate to add their name to Britain's roll of honour than taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson. It's been a traumatic 18 months for the world champion and winning Olympic gold would be one of the stories of the Games.

    The wider population will also get their first look at Lutalo Muhammad, who was controversial selected for the taekwondo team ahead of world number one Aaron Cook.

    Those two will hope to be in action all day, but BMX hope Shanaze Reade will see her Olympic dreams decided between 1500-1645 BST. Fellow Briton Liam Phillips is in BMX semi-final action around the same time.

    Luke Patience, Stuart Bithell, Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills bid for sailing success, while Lisa Dobriskey and Laura Weightman run the 1500m final in the evening. Over at ExCeL, a whole host of British boxers gear up for semi-finals bouts.

    The star-studded United States men's basketball side play Argentina in the men's basketball semi-finals and Great Britain eye women's hockey bronze against New Zealand.

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    At least one part of Great Britain could claim a little part of Usain Bolt's victory as their own.

    Birmingham, where the Jamaican Olympic team had based it's pre-Games training camp, featured heavily in the post victory hat-tips from Bolt and team-mates Yohan Blake and Warren Weir.

    "They were extremely great to us and showed us a lot of love, thank you guys," said Bolt.

    "You guys helped us to come out and do our best."

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    Day 13 was something of a Ladies Day at the Olympics for Team GB and the dress code monitors at Ascot will have been pleased to see that both Nicola Adams and Jade Jones were sporting suitable headwear as they clinched the hosts' two golds of the day.

    Jones won Great Britain's first taekwondo gold with a 6-4 win against Hou Yuzhuo in the women's -57kg class while Adams also put one over the Chinese, beating Ren Cancan 16-7 in the women's flyweight boxing final.

    Those two wins shored up Great Britain and Northern Ireland's hold on third place in the medal table, taking Team GB's gold tally up to 25.

    Over in the Olympic Stadium, it was a landmark day for Jamaica and Usain Bolt, as the venue's ringmaster led home compatriots Yohan Blake and Warren Weir in a national one-two-three in the 200m.


    Jade Jones, women's -57kg taekwondo champion, on BBC One: "I sang the national anthem and it was the best moment of my whole life. Amazing.

    "I've seen this medal on pictures and seen other people get them, and to finally have one round my neck... I still don't believe it. It's just crazy. Taekwondo is such a low-key sport that hopefully this will boost the profile.

    "I will take a bit of time off first, get mentally sorted, then bring on Rio!"

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    The -57kg category competitors are remarkably chummy for a set of women who have been trying to kick each other's heads off all afternoon.

    Great Britain's Jade Jones invites both silver medallist Hou Youzhuo and the bronze medallist Tseng Li-Cheng and Marlene Harnois up to the top of the podium for a group photo.

    It tends to be the way though. If you are in a sport where you can legitimately lose some teeth, you think twice before you get offended and start a posturing row.

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    London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis on BBC One: "I'm still just really emotional. All the pressure is off my shoulders and I have my medal and I can just enjoy it. I've got a permanent smile on and my jaw is aching. It's a brilliant feeling.

    "On that final straight in the 800m I was a little bit behind two other girls, and I knew this was my final moment and I gave it everything. I wanted to cross the line first and give everyone the victory.

    "This year I'm now going to have a rest. But next year it's the World Championships for us in Moscow. I definitely feel I want to carry on with the heptathlon and see if I can get closer to the 7000 points mark. But when my body starts to ache I'd really like to give the hurdles a go."

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    The ExCeL lights dim and under the cover of semi-darkness the venue's stagehands bring on the podium. Jade Jones' medal presentation is not far off and the crowd are all staying rooted to their seats. No bolting to miss the transport rush from anyone.

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    Two-time Olympic champion Daley Thompson on BBC One: "Usain Bolt always said he wanted to be a legend, and in order to do that he had to do the double double. I guess the legend continues. He's still quite easily the best and he could be for as long as he wants. I suspect he is going to lack a little bit of motivation, because he likes doing the other things. In the last few years our sport would have sunk without a trace without him. We all owe him a debt of gratitude, because he's bringing the people in."

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    The women's basketball final will pit defending champions USA against France on Friday after the French overwhelm Russia 81-65 at the North Greenwich Arena. Edwige Lawson-Wade scores a game-high 18 points to help seal her team's place in the showpiece.

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    The final of the men's -68kg category, between Turkey's Servat Tazeul and Iran's Mohammad Bagheri Motamed, is now up on the mat. Tazegul leads 5-3 heading into the final round.

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    Paul Green, coach of Jade Jones, on BBC Two: "I'm so proud of her! I don't tell her that enough. The work this girl has put in over the last six months has been ridiculous. Every other day she's in tears, but she always delivered under pressure. She's still got things to build on, which is what is so exciting. She can be more explosive and can work on her left side."

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    Jade Jones, women's -57kg taekwondo champion, on BBC Two: "It still doesn't feel real, it feels crazy. I've dreamt about this for ages, and the crowd have just been amazing. This can't be beaten.

    "My coach is a legend and without him I wouldn't have been anywhere near where I am today. When I came out I just wanted to go on and win.

    "To be the first ever British taekwondo athlete to win Olympic gold is amazing. To win Olympic gold is special, but to perform in front of all my friends and family is just amazing."

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    Jade Jones sets off on a lap of ExCeL with a Welsh flag in one hand, a Union Jack in the other and a wide grin in the middle. Somewhere in the cheering crowd is Aaron Cook apparently. A penny for those thoughts...

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    Joe Lally on Twitter: "Congratulations jade jones, incredible stuff !! @bbcsport #taekwondo"

    Christopher York on Twitter: "Essentially British women are just super hard... @TeamGB #jadejones"

    Jon Hannah on Twitter: "I had no idea before the olympics that my favourite three moments would come from Taekwondo, gymnastics and rowing. Odd but cool"

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    Matt from Birmingham on 81111 on text: "I have never been so proud to have been from Birmingham. Big up Blake, Big up Bolt, Big up Weir!"

    Ray in Wembley on 81111 on text: "A round of boos when Blatter was announced in the presentation party. No World Cup for us, but the women's football was much more entertaining than anything I saw last season. Well done USA!"

    Andy in Greenhithe on 81111 on text: "I'm fairly sure that at 9-1 down in the hockey the ref shouted "next goal wins"...!"

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    Jade Jones wins gold. She slings her helmet into the crowd in celebration and relief. She had to tie up her Chinese opponent in the final 10 seconds, but the head kick that could have pulled Hou Yozhuo never arrives. 6-4 to Jones.

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    Jade Jones keeps Hou Yozhuo at bay with a high kick. Another torso hit and it is 3-0 Jones, a warning for Yozhuo and it is 4-0. Just a minute left...

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    Jade Jones has her eyes locked on Hou Yozhuo's feet, trying to spot any tells that will tip her off on what the Chinese is planning. Another warning for Youzhuo puts Jones 1-0, a blow to Youzhuo's torso doubles the lead. The second round comes to an end. Two minutes away from gold for the girl from Flint.

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    Defending champion USA battled to a 86-73 victory over Australia in the opening women's basketball semi-final, but who will they meet in Saturday's 2100 BST gold medal match? Well, either France or Russia. They're on court at the North Greenwich Arena as we speak and, in the fourth quarter, France lead 65-56.

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    Nothing much on offer there for either fighter as defences dominate. Hou Yozhuo picks up a warning for being a bit too passive, but the first round ends with the scoreboard still showing two zeroes. Something of the Laura Trott's about Jones as well. A good omen I reckon.

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    Jade Jones is announced to roars from the come crowd. She slips in her gumshield and climbs the steps up to the platform on which her gold medal destiny will be decided.

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    GOLD MEDAL - Julius Brink & Jonas Reckermann (GER)

    Germany win gold in men's beach volleyball, Julius Brink & Jonas Reckermann beating Brazilian pair Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego 23-21, 16-21, 16-14 in the final.

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    Jade Jones, 19, won gold at the Youth Olympics two years ago and she has every chance of upgrading that to the bona-fide adult version against China Hou Youzhuo in the final of the women's 57kg class.

    Jones lost to Youzhuo in the final of the world championships last year but took revenge in the German Open earlier this year.

    The ExCeL is jumping along to a bit of Queen's We Will Rock You. They are salivating for this one.

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    GOLD MEDAL- Ashton Eaton, USA (Men's Decathlon)

    A on with a total of 8,869 points. His compatriot Trey Hardee takes silver with 8,671 and Cuba's Leonel Suarez (8,523).


    Barry Middleton, captain of Great Britain, on BBC One following his side's 9-2 drubbing against the Netherlands: "We're pretty embarrassed and we let a few people down. We didn't turn up, none of us today. They did everything better than us. I can't explain why.

    "I've never seen anything like that from us. We just didn't work hard enough and didn't do enough on the ball. They are a good side but we made them look very good. That was a freak scoreline. When they get ahead like that they play brilliant hockey and they're a bit special.

    "I think we owe it to some people to turn up in the bronze medal game against Australia."

    Barry Davies, BBC hockey commentator on GB 2-9 Netherlands

    "A brilliant performance by the Dutch. Absolutely outstanding, and their biggest ever victory over Great Britain. GB were really taken apart, but to their credit they battled. It's an extraordinary scoreline that no-one would have anticipated, and there are no words of consolation."


    Gold medal-winning boxer Nicola Adams on BBC One: "I didn't realise it was such a fantastic fight until I watched it back! I was just drawing all the crowds energy in an using it to my advantage. I didn't actually realise how many points up I was - my coaches were telling me I was only a couple of points up. That helped me keep it tight and focused - it was a good gameplan. I had her number today and it was my time, and I wanted to get that gold medal for Great Britain. This is like a fairytale for me."

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    Rohullah Nikpah, who won Afghanistan's first-ever Olympic medal in Beijing when he took bronze, is in tears in the middle of the mat.

    Next up on that stage is another Briton, Jade Jones, and this time it is for gold.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football at Wembley

    "It is medal time at Wembley (could take a while). The atmosphere has been great tonight, so friendly and inclusive. However, the boos came out in force when Fifa president Sepp Blatter was introduced to the crowd before the medal ceremony."

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    No dice for Martin Stamper. His kick connected with nothing more than thin air and despite a furious flurry of kicks from the Briton in the last two seconds, Rohullah Nikpah keeps out of trouble to win 5-3 and take bronze.

    Nigel Adderley, BBC water polo commentator

    "US tears of joy and relief at the water polo arena as their women finally win gold after two silvers and a bronze in previous Olympics. Teenager Maggie Steffans, who deferred a place at Stanford University to play in London, is their star with five goals in the 8-5 win against Spain. Australia win bronze despite gifting Hungary a equalliser in the final second of their play-off. As players high-fived on the bench, goalkeeper Alicia McCormack failed to spot Barbara Bujka swimming underwater towards her and she stole the ball from her hand and scrambled it over the line. They still recovered to win in extra time though."

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    Drama. Two seconds left. Martin Stamper believes he has landed a shot to the head. The judges had not spotted it but Stamper sends it the video review...

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    Martin Stamper hits the floor with a thud, no damage on the scoreboard, but he has to take a moment to catch his breath. 22 seconds left...

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    Nikpah edges 4-2 ahead and Stamper will need to pull something out of the bag soon as the clock ticks down. 30 seconds left...


    Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell on Twitter: "Congratulations to @usainbolt for Gold, @yohanblake for Silver and@warren_weir for Bronze in the Men's 200m. RT for Team Jamaica!"

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    An extravagant spin into a back kick from Martin Stamper misses the mark and Rohullah Nikpah is more effecient as he lands one clean on Stamper's jaw to pull himself 3-1 ahead.

    Stamper nicks a point back just before the bell sounds for the end of the second round with kick to the body.

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    First point to Martin Stamper with a straightforward push kick to the body of Rohullah Nikpah. Stamper is looking cool and controlled, happy to allow Nikpah to make the early running. No reward for the Afghan's efforts as the first round comes to an end with Stamper leading 1-0.

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    Rohullah Nikpah is straight on the attack, head-hunting with a high kick which skims past Martin Stamper's nose. Still 0-0 on the scorecards.

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    Marlene Harnois of France and Li-Cheug Tseng of Chinese Taipei have won bronze medals in the -57kg categor.

    Now for Great Britian's Martin Stamper to see if he can do the same in the men's -68kg category against Afghanistan's Rohullah Nikpah. The Liverpudlian is on his way to the mat...

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    The crowd at Wembley Stadium has set a record for attendance at a women's Olympic football match. The public address man has announced, and I have no reason to doubt him, that 80,203 took in the United States' win, beating the 76,481 who watched them clinch gold with a 2-1 victory over China at Atlanta 1996.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football at Wembley

    "All over rover - and it is the US who have won, defeating Japan 2-1 to win their fourth gold in women's football. Fair play to the States, who played with guts and courage to hold on to their advantage.

    "You've got to feel for Japan though. It takes two teams to contest a great final and they really went for it. Attractive to watch and unlucky to lose."

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    Yohan Blake on BBC One: "I just want to big up Birmingham and London. You guys have been great. Birmingham people, you guys took care of us and we have to give you all the respect, Birmingham..."

    Usain Bolt, interrupting: "Oh yeah, Birmingham people! When we had camp they were extremely great to us. They showed us a lot of love and thank you, guys. You guys helped us to come out here and do our best."

    Warren Weir, interrupting: "Shout out Birmingham!"

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

    "Final score: Netherlands 9-2 GB. With the Dutch bearing down on goal with 20 seconds left, GB keeper James Fair prevents a cruel 10th. Britain play Australia for bronze on Saturday, before the Dutch play Germany for gold. Should be a cracker, they were brilliant tonight."

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football at Wembley

    "Japan have the goal that their endeavours merit, Yuki Ogimi tapping home from close range after a brief period of chaos in the US six-yard box. It is 2-1 to the States now and this final is very much alive and kicking."

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    Robert Moore slides in to poke home a goal for Great Britain and make it 9-2 against the Netherlands. The home fans take the chance to get stuck into their counterparts with a good-natured chorus of 'You're not singing any more' followed by "10-9, we're going to win 10-9!".

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    Tracy in Milton Keynes on 81111 on text: "That was Boltilicous!"

    Joe from Hampton on 81111 on text: "Green, yellow and black dominate the track!"

    Paresh on the train back to Leeds on 81111 on text: "Lovin' Bolt and co but hating the hockey..."

    MEN'S 200M FINAL

    Jamaican sprinter Warren Weir on BBC One after winning bronze in the 200m final: "It's a great honour to come here to do that and give people what they wanted. The love in London is very, very good. One love, Jamaica."

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

    "The Dutch go 9-1 up, hat-trick for Roderick Weusthof. GB have the chance to cut the deficit to, er, seven but Ashley Jackson cannot convert a penalty corner. Oh well."

    MEN'S 200M FINAL

    Usain Bolt, winner of the 200m, on BBC One: "This is what I wanted and I got it. I'm very proud of myself. After a rough season I came out here and did it. I thought the world record was possible. I guess I wasn't fit enough. I was fast but I could feel the strain in my back a little bit, so I just tried to keep my form. For me it was hard, but I'm really dedicated to my work and I knew what London meant to me. I gave it my best. I didn't get a world record but I really tried hard to get one in the 200."

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    Jamie Shaw on Twitter: "I reckon Bolt should get that sub 9.5 100m and sub 19.20 next year and then retire as a living LEGEND!!"

    Dougal Burrowes on Twitter: "In 4 years time Blake will beat bolt in either the 100metres or the 200metres! Bring on the apprentice!"

    Lauren Clarke on Twitter: "Absolutely brilliant football being played at Wembley tonight! Both teams worthy of Gold. #USAvJapan #womensfootball."

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    GOLD MEDAL- Christian Taylor, USA (Men's Triple Jump)

    Reigning world champion Christian Taylor wins Olympic triple jump gold with a jump of 17.81m. Fellow American Will Claye takes silver (17.62) and Fabrizio Donato bronze (17.48).

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    It is tighter than a pair of shunken speedoes out in the final of the men's beach volleyball. Brazil's Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego are level at 16-16 in the first set with Germany's Jonas Reckerman and Julius Brink.

    Just how many beaches are there in Germany?

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    MEN'S 200M FINAL

    The Jamaican celebrations are in full swing. Bolt has kissed the track, hugged thousands of spectators, performed a set of press-ups, borrowed a camera from the crowd and, of course, dusted off the lightning bolt pose. A true sporting legend, up there with the very best of them.

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    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at Earls Court: "Brazil reach the women's volleyball final in quick-sharp time after a 25-18 25-15 25-18 victory over Japan. They're more than happy to remain on the court, though, to savour victory and a standing ovation from their loyal followers."

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    MEN'S 200M FINAL

    For a change, Bolt got off to a sensational start. He had a clear lead within a few strides and destroyed his rivals round the bend. There was a point in the final 100m when it looked like Blake was fighting back, but Bolt turned on the after-burners before easing off as he crossed the line. He was already looking at the clock before he got there, but unfortunately there was no world record this time.

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport pundit

    "The Dutch players have got smiles on their faces because they know they are playing in the final in two days' time. Holland can't believe this scoreline either. Their two forwards are shaking their heads in disbelief at the moment."

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    Great Britain are being torn to shreads out at the Riverbank Arena. As I start typing that sentence it was 7-1 to the Netherlands. As if to prove my point, it is now 8-1. I'll leave it there before I have to start racking up double figures. Less hockey, more butchery out there at the moment.

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

    "Billy Bakker gets his second after the Dutch break free from some Great Britain pressure, 5-1. Dutch legend Teun de Nooijer, 6-1. Floris Evers, 7-1. Let's hope everyone is watching Bolt."

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    MEN'S 200M FINAL

    The 19.32 run by Bolt equals the time set by Michael Johnson in winning gold at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. It was a world record at the time but is now only the joint-fourth fastest time in history.

    Fastest 200m of all-time: 1 Bolt 19.19 (2009), 2 Blake 19.26 (2011), 3 Bolt 19.30 (2008), 4 Bolt 19.32 (2012), Johnson 19.32 (1996), 6 Bolt 19.40 (2011)

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    Luke Johnson on Twitter: "Jamaica 1 2 3!!! Jeeeezzzzz! Roll on the 4x100m @BBCSport #London2012 #Olympics2012"

    Georgina Steed on Twitter: "WOW.....Bolt......Blake......Weir. What else can I say!!"

    Farooq Akhi Marshall on Twitter: "Paint the #London2012 #Olymics2012 park yellow green and Black! WOW!"

    Darren Campbell, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "He had passed Weir after 30 metres and Weir ran a very fast time but Usain Bolt destroyed the field on the bend. I am just so impressed by Yohan Blake - in any other era he would be Olympic champion. He's not got the height of Bolt but he has got a huge heart."

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

    "Blake found after the start that Bolt was already gone. He displayed some speed endurance that I haven't seen before. He looked at the clock, realised that he was not on world record pace and decided to celebrate a little bit early!"

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    MEN'S 200M FINAL

    Bolt wins in a season's best time of 19.32 seconds, with compatriot Yohan Blake taking silver - as he did in the 100m - in 19.44. Warren Weir completes the all-Jamaican podium with a 19.84.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football at Wembley

    "You've got to feel for Japan. They press and press and press but just cannot find the equaliser that they deserve.

    "And then they back off and back off and the next thing you know Carli Lloyd has her second goal, whacking the ball into the corner of the net from 20 yards. Tough now for Japan, who trail the USA 2-0."

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport pundit

    "The Netherlands are just lethal at corners. At the moment the Dutch are winning the little one-on-one battles in midfield, and that's why they've got the balance of power. They still look in control of this."

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

    "Great Britain start the second half 4-1 down after some total hockey earns Billy Bakker a brilliant goal before the break, and two penalty corners go begging for GB early on. They came back from 3-0 down against Australia in the group so, you know..."

    Darren Campbell, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "Legend, legend, legend. It's cemented. It was over in 10 seconds because Usain Bolt's start was absolutely amazing, Blake pushed him all the way but it is the Usain Bolt show!"

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "Gold all the way! Blake takes the silver. Bolt is unique, and he has no equal. He is just incomparable in the world of sprinting. He is the only man ever to have defended the Olympic 200m title, and that is just the latest statistic in what is becoming a long, long list of superlative appearances from Usain Bolt."

    GOLD MEDAL- Usain Bolt, JAM (Men's 200m Sprint)

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins gold in the men's 200m to become the first man to complete the sprint double at back-to-back Olympics.

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    Bolt gives the 80,000 fans inside the Olympic Stadium and hundreds of millions around the world a salute... well, a royal wave. Here we go...

    Darren Campbell, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "I am just feeling the atmosphere in this stadium. I think we are going to witness something amazing. We could see under 19 seconds. We wonder if it's possible but it's Usain Bolt and anything is possible."

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "It's going to be interesting, this 200m final. I can't wait. I'm going to try and stay in my seat... but I can't promise!"

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

    On Usain Bolt: "He can do it, there's not doubt about it. Bolt has said he doesn't train as hard as Yohan Blake and training comes in a lot more in the 200m than the 100m so the athlete who trains harder may have the advantage. The lane draw is also important, Bolt is in lane seven and Blake is in lane four so Blake can see everything that is going on in front of him. You can't bet against Bolt though, he is the best there has ever been."

    GOLD MEDAL- Ruolin Chen CHN (Women's 10m platform)

    China's Ruolin Chen beats Australia's Brittany Broben and Malaysia's Pandelela Pamg to win her country's sixth diving medal of London 2012.

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    MEN'S 200M FINAL

    Is takes a confident man to joke with a volunteer on the track just moments before one of the most important races of his life. Then again, that man is Usain Bolt - the fastest man ever to have set foot on this planet. Yohan Blake, Wallace Spearmon and Christophe Lemaitre among those looking to knock Bolt off his perch. Can any of them do it? We're about to find out.

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    MEN'S 200M FINAL

    Time for the big one. The men's 200m final. The race ought to bring the civilised world to a standstill. We watch, they run. Eight young men going hell for leather in search of one of the most coveted titles in sport. Even Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley are in the stands. It must be important.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football at Wembley

    "Japan have hit the post three times here at Wembley, although admittedly one of them almost produced an own goal. At times they have sliced open the States with wonderful attacking play.

    "The States have strength on their side - and an early goal. This is developing into a fascinating final. Into the second half - still 1-0 to the US."

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

    "What a brilliant goal - total hockey. The Netherlands rip Great Britain to shreds and Billy Bakker slots it home from close range for 4-1. This is revenge for Euro 96 and the dressage. Half-time."

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    Hungary scored a goal in the final second of normal time in their bronze medal match against Australia to bring some premature celebrations to an end on the poolside and tie the match 11-11.

    They could not deny the 2008 Olympic champions at least a place on the podium this time around though. Gemma Beardsworth scored twice in extra time as Australia eventually prevailed 13-11.

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    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the volleyball semi-final at Earls CourtVOLLEYBALL

    "Brazil and Japan supporters combining to create a carnival atmosphere; there's the thumping of tambourines, dancing and lots of chanting. Even some of the Brazilian squad players join in with the clapping to Queen's 'We Will Rock You'.

    "Yellow and green the dominant colours both on and off the court. The Samba girls are 2-0 ahead and are a set away from the final. The players take a break ahead of the third set and are replaced on the court by six street dancers. It's a bit like Britain's Got Talent with volleyball as an added extra."

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    William from Alton on 81111 on text: "The build-up for Rudisha made me expect something great... Sublime! A tear to my eye, what a great run. We've heard of him now!"

    Matt in Brough on 81111 on text: "What a run from Rudisha. And Amos with Botswana's first ever Olympic medal!"

    Dan in Wembley on 81111 on text: "The atmosphere here is incredible! 85,000 here at Wembley says that women's football belongs here."


    Lawrence Clarke on BBC One, who finished fourth in Wednesday's 110m hurdles final: "It's been very surreal. The last 24 hours have been a real rollercoaster of emotions. In the race I clattered arms with the South African next to me, but I beat the 2009 world champion in the dip at the end!"

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    Christian Taylor leaps a season's best 17.81 on attempt number four to move top of the charts in the men's triple jump final. Fellow American Will Claye sits second on 17.62, with Italy's Fabrizio Donato in bronze position with a best jump of 17.48.

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    American runner Manteo Mitchell Manteo Mitchell reveals he ran the last 200m of the Olympic men's 4x400m relay heats with a broken left leg.

    Mitchell ran the lead-off leg for the United States quartet, who went through to Friday's final as the second fastest team despite Mitchell's injury.

    "As soon as I took the first step past the 200m mark, I felt it break." Manteo told the USA Track and Field website. "I didn't want to let the three guys or the team down, so I just ran on it."

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    Jamaica make a right hash of their changeovers... one of which looks perilously close to taking place outside the box. They get away with it to qualify in second behind Ukraine for the final, but they'd better get their act together or the USA will destroy them.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey at the Riverbank ArenaGOAL

    "Star striker Ashley Jackson fires home Great Britain's first penalty corner of the night to make it 2-1 to the Netherlands, but straight back down the other end Mink van der Weerden slots from a set-piece for 3-1. Probably best to avoid giving penalty corners away."

    BRONZE MEDAL- Plavins & Smedins LAT (Men's beach volleyball)

    Latvia's Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins beat the Netherlands duo of Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil to win their country's first medal of London 2012.

    MEN'S 800M FINAL

    Gold medallist David Rudisha on BBC One: "Wow! I'm very happy. This is the moment I have been waiting for for a very long time. To come here and to break the world record is something unbelievable.

    "I was well-prepared and I had no doubt about winning. Today the weather was beautiful and I decided just to go for it.

    "Lord Coe is a very good friend of mine and earlier, in February, he took me round this stadium. That was good for me. I wanted to come here and make him proud."

  90. 2027: 

    This American team are something else. They begin their women's 4x100m relay campaign by winning the opening heat in 41.65 seconds, which is marginally outside East Germany's Olympic record of 41.60 seconds set at the Moscow Games of 1980. It's the fourth fastest time in history and lays a marker down to Jamaica, who go in the second heat.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football at Wembley

    "Japan might have six players in their side that are 5ft 4in or less (nobody in the US side is less than 5ft 5in) but they are swift of mind and fleet of foot. They still trail 1-0 but they have hit the woodwork twice now and Hope Solo's goal is leading something of a charmed life."

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport pundit

    "The problem with this British defence now is that they're wondering if this is slipping away, already. That's what they've got to fight against. The Dutch have come out and have played the best hockey they've done so far in this tournament. They really mean it, and when they are like this they're a difficult side to handle."

  93. 2020: 

    Great Britain are going to have to up their game sharpish if they are to revive the possibility of a replay of their legendary 1988 Olympics final against the Germans.

    They did however come back from three goals adrift to draw 3-3 against the world number one Australians in the group stages.

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

    "Netherlands 2-0 and it's Roderick again. Great Britain fail to take advantage after a Dutch penalty corner goes wrong, allowing them back into the 'D' for Weusthof to sweep it home."

  95. 2019: 
    MEN'S 800M FINAL

    Stat of the day: Andrew Osagie's time of 1:43.77 is a world record for the eighth-placed finisher in an Olympic 800m final. According to one of our athletics statisticians...

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "David Rudisha's was just such an incredible race to witness. To run the way he has done here and in a time like that is just sensational, incredible. What he can go and do now is inspire a whole new generation of young Rudishas who want to have this opportunity to shine on the global stage. It's fantastic."

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

    "Great Britain got away with a couple of loose passes at the back but given a penalty corner, the Netherlands make no mistake to make it 1-0. Roderick Weusthof sends a screamer into the roof of the net, cue orange pandemonium."

    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "That was a fantastic run by David Rudisha. The pride of the Maasai wins the Olympic Games in a world record time. What a brilliant runner. He's the athlete that everyone admires. He's trained by an Irish priest and managed by an Australian and lives in Germany. He's the pride of the stadium here."

    MEN'S 800M FINAL

    Great Britain runner Andrew Osagie on finishing eighth in the 800m final: "Those kind of times would get a medal in any other championships, but David is on such good form. It was an honour to be in that race. I've run in the final of a home Olympics and I've run a PB, but I've finished last! Mixed emotions.

    "But this has given me such confidence. I ran quicker than I ever have through 600m, but on the day I wasn't quick enough."

  100. 2006: 
    MEN'S 800M FINAL

    We're not having anyone criticise Andrew Osagie for finishing last. Why? Because he's run a personal best time of 1:43.77. That smashes his previous best of 1:44.48. Cracking effort from the Harlow 24-year-old, who has a bright future.

    Silver goes to Nijel Amos of Botswana - two laps of the track in 1:41.73 at the age of 18 is superb - and bronze to Kenyan 17-year-old Timothy Kitum in a personal-best 1:42.52.

    By the way, Amos's time is exactly the same as the world record held by Seb Coe between 1981 and 1997. Not that's saying something about the quality of that race.

  101. 2011: 

    Valentin Verga is threaded through the Great Britain defence, but goalkeeper James Fair is sharply off his line to block the Netherlands forward's attempt to square the ball to a well-positioned team-mate. The Dutch are building pressure.

  102. 2006:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football at Wembley

    "The US look strong, powerful and determined - and they now have a 1-0 lead after Carli Lloyd converted Alex Morgan's cross to head her team in front.

    "Japan have yet to really get going, giving the ball away cheaply all the time."

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "Simply unbelievable! That's the greatest ever 800m race anyone has ever run, or that I have ever seen. What a privilege to be here. He was all on his own! How do you put that into words?

    "David Rudisha is the Olympic champion. He talked a lot about putting on a show in these Olympics.

    "All eight men have either un a season's best or a personal best, including Andrew Osagie. What a race. Incredible."

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

    "Lots of Dutch in for Great Britain v Netherlands, doubtless thirsting for dressage revenge. Their boys are favourites for the second semi-final but GB are unpredictable, sometimes in a good way.

    A Dutch reporter told me his nation's side are 'technically much better but mentally weak, they won't like the big home crowd'."

    The action is about to get under way in that one. If you don't know now, I don't know how to break this to you, but that and every other bit of Olympic action is available on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  105. 2001: 
    MEN'S 800M FINAL

    These boys are stupidly quick. Rudisha destroying the field.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport in the Olympic Stadium

    "Lynsey Sharp is understandably gutted about that race. She's sitting with her head in her lap and her shoulders slumped. She looks to be still fighting back tears as she walks slowly through the media area, eyes moist and red."

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

    On David Rudisha: "He is almost two seconds faster this year than anyone else in the field. He is not the type of athlete to make a mess of this tactically too so it would take something amazing for him not to win this race."

  108. 1953: 
    MEN'S 800M FINAL

    As a boy, he studied Seb Coe. Tonight, Seb Coe will study him. David Rudisha goes for gold in the men's 800m and it will take some stopping the incredible Kenyan.

    When Rudisha broke the world record in 2010, 50 cows were slaughtered in his honour - and his native Maasai tribe will want cause to celebrate again tonight.

    The world champion has not been beaten since September 2011, when Ethiopian teenager Mohammed Aman caused an upset. Aman was fastest qualifier in the semi-finals. Keep an eye out.

    Britain's Andrew Osagie was runner-up behind Rudisha in his semi-final and qualified sixth fastest overall. A top-six finish here would be a superb achievement for the 24-year-old from Harlow.

  109. 1956: 

    The United States have started brightly and they have landed the first punch in the women's final.

    Alex Morgan's first touch in the box is a little heavy but she is afforded space by a flat-footed Japan defence to wrap her foot around a cross to the back post where Carli Lloyd is lurking to sweep home a volley. United States lead Japan 1-0.

    Jessica Creighton, BBC Sport at the athletics in the Olympic Stadium

    "Lynsey Sharpe is understandably gutted about that race. She's sitting with her head in her lap and her shoulders slumped. She looks to be still fighting back tears as she walks slowly through the media area, eyes moist and red."

  111. 1950: 

    A good day for Russia in the women's 800m as Mariya Savinova wins heat three to join compatriots Ekaterina Poistogov and Elena Arzhakova in the final. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi crosses the line in second.

  112. 1951: 

    The pre-gold medal match pleasantries are over and United States' striker Alex Morgan is not messing about. She nicks the ball off a Japanese defender with just two minutes on the clock and warms the palms of goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto with a sharp shot from a tightening angle.

  113. 1948: 

    To the far side of the Olympic Stadium (or near side depending on where you're sat), and the men's triple jump. No Phillips Idowu - he failed to qualify - but world champion and top qualifier Christian Taylor features, as does fellow American and long jump bronze medallist Will Claye. The boy Claye, 21, currently leads the way with an effort of 17.54m.

  114. 1947: 

    There is a humdinger of a bronze medal match in progress over at Horse Guards Parade where Janis Smedins and Martins Plavins of Latvia and Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil of the Netherlands have shared the first two sets, each finishing 21-19. The decider is under way on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On Caster Semenya: "That was an impressive performance, she hasn't shown much form in recent times and today she gave herself a bit to do. But then she started to move quickly and the way she produced this finish was excellent. That was her best time of the season and she was very impressive."

  116. 1941: 

    American runner Manteo Mitchell has revealed he ran the last 200m of the Olympic men's 4x400m relay heats earlier today with a broken left leg.

    "As soon as I took the first step past the 200m mark, I felt it break." he said.

    "I didn't want to let the three guys or the team down, so I just ran on it."

    Hard as nails and tough as teak, take a bow Mr Mitchell.

  117. 1941: 

    The second women's 800m semi-final goes the way of South Africa's Caster Semenya, with Russian Elena Arzhakova second.

  118. 1937: 

    Norway's women's side have seen off South Korea 31-25 to make their way into Saturday's final.

    Spain will face off against Montenegro in the semi-final for the chance to join them there. They get their mits on the ball from 2030 BST.

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "That first round was something Lynsey was able to enjoy but what I think she might be disappointed with not being able to run her personal best."


    A tearful Lynsey Sharp after finishing seventh in the 800m semi-final: "I just got in a really bad position in the back straight on the second lap, there was a wall in front of me and it wasn't a clever run. I didn't execute it properly. I am in great shape but I didn't go my way today, I know I am in PB shape but it didn't happen."

  121. 1936: 

    It's seventh place for an exhausted-looking Lynsey Sharp as Kenya's Pamela Jelimo wins the opening women's 800m semi-final to qualify alongside second-place Ekaterina Poistogova of Russia.

  122. 1933: 

    When asked how they would be celebrating Dujardin said: "We have a boat on the Thames and we are going to party, party, party. We can let our hair down, relax and enjoy ourselves."

  123. 1933: 

    Laura Bechtolsheimer, who won bronze in the dressage: "Our feet haven't touched the ground yet, it's been an immense couple of weeks for British dressage. It does take a long time for a partnership to develop and for us to be able to get them doing the fancy moves. It's been a lot of hard work."

  124. 1932: 

    Charlotte Dujardin on her dressage gold: "I didn't really get nervous, it was my last performance and I just wanted to go out and there and perform. We get to choose what we want to ride to but we have to check that it suites the horses, sometimes if it's too basey it can upset the horses so we have to make sure they are happy with it.

    "I am very lucky to have my families support. Financially it was hard for us to do it but after my mum's mum died we got a horse and it all started then."

    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On Lynsey Sharp in the 800m: "She is an ambitious young lady who ran with a lot of dominance in her heats. It's a big chance and a huge opportunity for her but it will also be very tough."

  126. 1930: 

    Lynsey Sharp is off and running in the opening women's 800m semi-final. The Scot finished second in her heat and will do incredible well to repeat that result here...

  127. 1930:  
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the football at Wembley

    "People are steadily making their way into Wembley now and an Olympic final record crowd of more than 80,000 is expected.

    "Expect the US to be slightly more direct than the precise and pass, pass,pass focused Japanese. The scorers of all four goals in last year's World Cup final are playing tonight. In goal for the US is the brilliantly named Hope Solo. Almost Star Wars."

  128. 1925: 

    A quick reminder that Team GB have already won a couple of gold medals today. The afternoon session brought equestrian gold for Charlotte Dujardin and a historic boxing gold for Nicola Adams.

  129. 1924: 

    So, we're not exactly envisaging a British medal rush inside the 80,000-seater bowl tonight. But fear not, people of the nation. All you have to do is look away from that particular venue and over to ExCeL, where Jade Jones fights for taekwondo gold at 2215 and Martin Stamper bids for bronze at 2145. It's also a monumental evening at the Riverbank Arena as Team GB face Netherlands for a place in the men's hockey final.


    BBC Sport's Tom Rostance in the Olympic Stadium: "What chance of Andrew Osagie beating the great Rudisha and taking gold for GB in the men's 800m final? On paper, Osagie has more chance of scooping the £148m Euromillions jackpot tomorrow night.

    "Rudisha is the real deal - he's run six of the 10 fastest times ever over this distance and his world record of 1:41.01 is a whopping 3.47 seconds quicker than Osagie's personal best.

    "But the man from Enfield was impressive in finishing second behind Rudisha in his semi-final and could - could - be in with a shout of a medal. Best get yourself one of those lottery tickets though Andrew..."

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

    "This would already be a top-notch night of Olympics athletics even without You-Know-U. We've got the peerless (and nailed on) David Rudisha in the 800m, world champion Christian Taylor in the triple jump final, the women's javelin final, the semis of the women's 800m with GB's Lynsey Sharp and the heats of the 4x100. And then, of course, comes the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen. Will he break the Olympic record, his own world record, even 19 secs? It should all be impossible, but that's Bolt."

  132. 1909: 

    But don't go thinking that's the only dish in our oven...

  133. 1900: 

    Everyone talked about the men's 100m final being the most eagerly-anticipated race in recent memory. But we all knew who was going to win that one. With the three fastest times in history to his name, Usain Bolt was always going to boss it.

    But tonight is different. Over 200m, Bolt only has the first and third-fastest times in history. Splitting the two is a time set by his training partner Yohan Blake. He dominated the great man over this distance at the Jamaican trials - could lightning strike twice?

    Bolt aims to become the first man to do the double double, winning the 100m and 200m at back-to-back Olympics. But Blake fully intends to gatecrash his pal's party. BRING. IT. ON.

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