London 2012 Olympics: Day 15 afternoon session

Mexico shock Brazil 2-1 to win the men's football gold medal match and Australia beat Britain's men 3-1 to take hockey bronze.

11 August 2012 Last updated at 18:48

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As it happened

  1. 1838: 

    The gold rush is just about to start on what promises to be a very busy evening.

    We've drawn lots for a random horse each and will ride our wild steeds across to a brand new page for tonight's live text commentary.

    See you there shortly.

  2. 1836: 

    Beijing gold medallist Olga Kaniskina had led for the majority of the race but was overhauled by 20-year-old Lashmanova in the closing stages. Kaniskina has to settle for silver despite setting a season's best time of 1:25.09. China's Shenjie Qieyang (1:25.16) completes the top three.

  3. 1831: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Elena Lashmanova, RUS (Women's 20k walk)

    Elena Lashmanova beats compatriot and Olympic champion Olga Kaniskina to the gold in a world record time of 1:25.02.

  4. 1831: 

    We are just 15 minutes away from the final event in the men's modern pentathlon. Leader David Svoboda will start but Chinese Zhongrong Cao will be just a second behind him. Thrilling stuff.

  5. 1829: 
    HANDBALL- Bronze medal latest: South Korea 24-24 Spain

    Choi Im Jeong scores a penalty to tie the scores with 50 seconds remaining. Some fans watch through the lattice of their fingers, others clap along to Queen's 'We Will Rock You' (which has been played 505,998 times (approximately) during these Games). Hyobi Jo thinks she's scored the winner for South Korea, but referee won't allow the goal so we're into extra-time. What a game. What a sport.

  6. 1824: 
    HANDBALL- Bronze medal latest: South Korea 23-24 Spain

    An energetic fist pump from a Spaniard in the crowd as his compatriots inch ahead with a smidgeon over a minute remaining. Spain, though, have missed two penalties on the trot and the fat lady hasn't warbled her tune yet. The hand gestures of the Spanish coach during the time out suggests he's demanding calm from his players.

  7. 1813: 

    Defending champion Olga Kaniskina remains on course to win gold in the women's 20km walk and become the greatest female walker of her generation. She leads by 24 seconds with four kilometres to go and looks set to break her own Olympic record. The Russian is currently lapping other members of the field on what is a balmy summer's evening in the Big Smoke.

  8. 1811: 

    Australia are streaking away toward a bronze medal here. It's 52-39 in the third quarter, with Russia sinking without a trace.

  9. 1805: 

    Former Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe has vowed to keep the Games going by offering free swimming tips at a pool in London on Sunday.

    The BBC Olympic sports commentator tweeted: "I want to see the legacy for myself and jump start things before I leave.

    "From 9am tomorrow (Sunday) I will be at Tooting Bec Lido in London. I will give swimming tips to those who ask and do some signings.

    "Remember it is limited capacity so first come first serve and only people serious about swimming, whatever age or standard allowed!! Lets keep the Games going!"

    Don't all rush at once now...

  10. 1804: 
    HANDBALL- Bronze medal latest: South Korea 19-21 Spain

    Foul play! Left-back Francisca Alberto trudges off the court after receiving a two-minute suspension. The Spaniard isn't happy and neither are her team-mates after conceding a penalty. It's still too close to call after 14 minutes of the second half.


    Jamie Prince on Twitter: "Don't know what I'm more excited for the 5000m final or the 4x100m final!"

    Tom Pinder on Twitter: "If we do finish third overall in the medals table, do we get one massive bronze?"

  12. 1753: 

    Heather Fell on BBC Radio 5 live at Greenwich Park:

    "It's not impossible for our boys to get in the shake up. With the shooting to come it is still all to play for. Maybe they can't win the gold but there is still a long way to go and we are not out of it."

  13. 1753: 

    In the final event, the competitors have to run to a shooting range, hit five targets from 10m, then run 1000m and repeat the whole thing twice.

    They start - in true Gladiators style - with the overall leader after four events going out first and then the following pack chase behind, depending on how far they are off the lead. A four-point deficit equates to a one-second handicap.

    Where's John Anderson and his whistle? Briton Nick Woodbridge will start 16 seconds behind the bronze-medal placed athlete. A gap I am told he is well capable of making up.

    The run-shoot will begin at 18:45 BST.

  14. 1753: 

    If you thought walking was child's play then think again as Britain's Johanna Jackson has been disqualified from the women's 20k race for putting a foot out of place. Jackson had completed 8km before being ejected. Russia's Olga Kaniskina remains ahead of the pack after 12km and is extending her lead over China's Hong Liu in second.

  15. 1748: 

    Right, the crazy showjumping is over for the day and this bizarre event is coming to a climax.

    The final event for the athletes sees them take on a combined run and shoot in Greenwich Park.

  16. 1745: 

    Australia are in control of the women's bronze medal match at the North Greenwich Arena, taking a 38-30 lead over Russia into the half-time break.

    Nailed-on favourites the United States take on France in the gold medal match later on this evening.

  17. 1740: 
    HANDBALL- Bronze medal latest: South Korea 13-13 Spain

    Oof! It's a seesaw of a match at the Basketball Arena. First Spain led, then it was South Korea, then Spain regained the lead and now it's all square at half-time. Close. Even stevens. Level pegging. Describe it whichever way you want - it's set up for a humdinger of a second half.

  18. 1732: 

    If there's ever a sight to warm the cockles and raise a smile then it's the Olympic walkers. Thousands of fans have lined the streets of the capital to watch the women's 20km walk. The Olympians' faces are the epitome of concentration, and understandably so because one wrong step and they're out. They've just waddled beyond the 6km point and Russia's Olga Kaniskina is currently leading.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "A quite spectacular outing for Vangelis on the tannoy as the medals are presented at Wembley. It must be seared into the minds of the Brazil players by now, who will have horrific flashbacks if they hear it again. No such issues for the Mexico boys, who have just brought home their nation's first gold in London."

  20. 1722: 
    HANDBALL- Bronze medal latest: South Korea 10-6 Spain

    The South Korean coach plonks his tactics board on the floor and moves the circular green and blue magnets all over the white board. Hopefully his players understood his directions because I didn't, but then again I don't speak Korean. Whatever Kang Jae Won said seems to have done the trick as South Korea extend their lead over the Spaniards.

  21. 1716: 
    HANDBALL- Bronze medal latest: South Korea 7-5 Spain

    South Korea come from behind to lead Spain 7-5 after 16 minutes at the Basketball Arena. It's a close encounter between the 2008 bronze medallists - who were beaten by reigning Olympic champions Norway in the semi-finals - and Spain.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "Brace yourself for the longest ever medal ceremony. Brazil do not look too taken by the idea of it all. Perhaps they are thinking about Sunday's headlines."

  23. 1712: 

    The women's bronze medal match has tipped off, with Russia taking a narrow 12-11 lead early on.

  24. 1712: 

    The women's 20km walk has just got under way. Defending champion Olga Kaniskina has won gold at every major event over the last five years, while Jo Jackson competes for GB.

  25. 1709: 

    Briton Sam Weale manages to stay on his horse - which is a start - and he manages a good round of just 24 penalty points.

    Let's see where that leaves him in the overall standings.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "Olympic men's football doesn't matter? Tell that to the celebrating Mexico players, who have perhaps pulled off the most famous win in their nation's footballing history. Or Brazil's Neymar, who slumped to the turf at the final whistle and did not get up, even when several of his team-mates went over to him. Or Rafael and Juan, squaring up to each other close to the end. Doesn't matter? Don't think so."

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport hockey pundit

    "That was the turning point of the game - Australia forcing that penalty corner on the turnover and scoring from it. They then had three referrals, all won, to get another penalty corner and goal. That really did sink the British team."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey bronze medal match at the Riverbank Arena

    "Bronze for Australia and they were the better side, as befits their number one status. No huge celebrations from the Aussies, who expected to be playing for gold. That will be Germany and the Netherlands tonight. GB matched their ranking of fourth and get a great reception, star man Ashley Jackson in tears at the end."

  29. 1658: 

    The men in red sink to their knees as the final whistle blows. A deserved victory for Australia who were the dominant team in the second half. Ashley Jackson is currently being consoled by a team-mate while the Aussies do a lap of honour. Plenty of Union flags still being waved, though.


    Wes Donze on Twitter: "After all the Brazil hype they were poor - Mexico well deserved the win."


    Great Britain football player Marvin Sordell: "Mexico win olympic gold!! I wonder how many people saw that coming?"

    Robbie Savage, BBC football analyst

    "Mexico deserve it, Brazil were arrogant and sloppy. They just thought they could turn up and win. It was a shocking performance from Brazil. They started poorly and continued in that vein."

    Mark Bright, BBC football analyst

    "No one predicted that. I didn't think Mexico would win let alone be as convincing as that. Full credit to Mexico, they fully deserve their victory."

  34. 1657: 

    I told you earlier that this could be chaos - South Korea's Hwang Woojin has the first horse-based catastrophe in the modern pentathlon.

    It's fair to say he and horse Shearwater Oscar didn't bond in their 20-minute warm-up. Watch the clip on the interactive video player on the desktop version of the website.

  35. 1656: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Australia (Men's hockey)

    Goals by Simon Orchard, Jamie Dwyer and Kieran Govers secure a 3-1 win for a dominant Australia against Great Britain.

  36. 1654: 

    One minute remains at the Riverbank and the men in red are surging forward in numbers. Goalkeeper James Fair has been replaced by Jonty Clarke as Britain go in search of two goals and the brass band is doing its bit to encourage their boys, playing Tony Christie's 'Is this the way to Amarillo'.

  37. 1651: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Mexico (Men's football)

    Mexico take a famous gold medal with a 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley.

  38. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Brazil 1-2 Mexico
  39. 1650: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final latest: Brazil 1-2 Mexico

    Oh Oscar!

    The new Chelsea signing has a golden chance to equalise in stoppage time but he heads over from five yards out.

  40. 1648: 
    GOAL- Men's final latest: Brazil (Hulk. 90 mins) 1-2 Mexico

    Hello! Hulk sets us up for a barnstorming finish, running on to a long ball and slamming the ball between goalkeeper Jose Corona's legs. Too little, too late?

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey bronze medal match at the Riverbank Arena

    "Kieran Govers paddles it home from a yard out and Australia look home and hosed, but hockey matches can be wildly unpredictable and hope remains for GB. Aussies still looking the more likely though."

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport hockey pundit

    "Australia just put so much pressure on you that the cracks start to show. GB need to get a goal back very quickly or that bronze medal is not going to happen. GB are going to have to throw an extra man up front and that is going to cause trouble at the back."

  43. 1645: 
    HOCKEY- Men's bronze medal latest: GB 1-3 Australia

    Jamie Dwyer turns from scorer to provider as his shot bounces off goalkeeper James Fair and into the path of Kieran Govers. The 24-year-old celebrates by pointing his lethal stick towards the bench and unless Britain can stop creaking like an old ship then the bronze medals will dangling around the necks of the men in green and gold.

  44. 1643: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-2 Mexico

    Manchester United right-back Rafael gives the ball away cheaply again and then has to foul his man to bring him down. Centre-half Juan squares up to his team-mate as he quite rightly asks him what on earth he was thinking of there.

    Rafael is instantly subbed and sarcastically applauds Juan as he leaves the pitch. Sir Alex Ferguson will not like that attitude one bit.

  45. 1640: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Spain (Women's Elliott match racing class)

    Spain, skippered by Tamara Echegoyen, take gold in the women's match racing class, beating Australia 3-2 in the final.

  46. 1639: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-2 Mexico

    With nine minutes left, this looks like gold medal time for the Mexicans. Brazil have just not turned up bar that 10-minute spell either side of half time.

    Mark Lawrenson, Football analyst

    "I'm pretty sure none of the Brazilian players moved when that ball was played in. They were all looking at each other, it was a great ball in and a great header, but poor defending."

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport hockey pundit

    "A great stop initially by Great Britain keeper James Fair from the penalty corner but Jamie Dwyer gets the touch to put it in. A messy corner."

  49. 1631: 
    HOCKEY- Bronze medal latest: GB 1-2 AUSTRALIA

    Jamie Dwyer, his country's top scorer, adds another goal to his tally after pouncing on a loose ball from a penalty corner. The Aussie clenches his fist and does a mini hop to celebrate. The green and golds are in the ascendancy and have been camped in opposition territory.

  50. 1632: 
    GOAL- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-2 Mexico (Oribe Peralta, 75 mins)

    Bang. The goal has been coming, and the defending from Brazil is again woeful.

    A free-kick is swung over from the right, Oribe Peralta is completely unmarked and runs on to plant a powerful header into the bottom corner for his second of the game.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "You can almost sense that Mexico are starting to think they can hang on and, given how shoddy Brazil are at the back, even nick another goal. Brazil have scored three goals in every game they have played so far in the Olympics but have been reduced to shooting from distance right now."

  52. 1629: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Mexico should be out of sight now. Marco Fabian heads over from a corner with the Brazilian defence all over the shop.

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport hockey pundit

    "Australia are definitely a bit scrappy at the moment which means the GB team are playing well and putting them under pressure. There is a bit of fear out there as Australia will not want to go away with nothing. They will be worried about their coach but also the response and amount of money spent on them."

  54. 1627: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Mexico are now back in the swing of things and goalscorer Oribe Peralta sweeps home a lovely cross from the right - but he's offside.

    With 20 minutes left, it looks like Brazil may miss out on gold yet again.


    British taekwondo star Aaron Cook, who missed out on Olympic selection: "Congratulations on your medals @jadejonestkd @LutaloMuhammad"


    Great Britain track cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy: "Many congrats to Ben Ainslie, thoroughly deserved! RT "@TeamGB: Ainslie to carry the flag … #ourgreatestteam"

  57. 1626: 
    HOCKEY- Bronze medal latest: GB 1-1 Australia

    The umpire reaches for his pockets and then holds aloft the yellow card. Off trudges Alastair Wilson for five minutes after a professional foul.

    Mark Lawrenson, Football analyst

    "I just wonder if that miss might be the turning point in this game. Defensively Brazil will always give you a chance. Case in point."

  59. 1623: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    It's been all Brazil but Mexico come within a lick of paint of doubling their lead. It's more shocking defending as well to allow Marco Fabian in on goal, he skips around the goalkeeper but the ball runs away from him. The striker has to improvise a flick on goal and it crashes against the bar.

    So close.

  60. 1621: 

    Team GB's women's match-racing squad have been confirmed as seventh-place finishers.

    The trio of Annie Lush and sisters Kate and Lucy MacGregor were due to race for the fifth to eighth places, but the opening rounds which were due to take place on Thursday had to be cancelled because of light winds.

    The final standings were decided by their finishing positions in the round-robin stage before the knockout stages.

  61. 1617: 

    Britain's Dominic King finished last in the men's 50km walk but was in jubilant mood as he made his way down the finishing straight on The Mall high-fiving fans.

    King's finishing time was four hours 15 minutes and five seconds, more than 39 minutes behind the winner, Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin, who took gold and set a new Olympic record of 3:35.59.

    "My priority was always to finish and the second priority was to get a personal best," he said.

    "I didn't do too bad, it was my third fastest time ever and I had to get an eight-minute personal best just to qualify so medals were never going to be in the equation, but I feel like I got my own medal just by getting the biggest cheer of the day."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey bronze medal match at the Riverbank Arena

    "After surviving huge pressure GB escape to the other end, earn a corner and Ashley Jackson sets up Iain Lewers. Suddenly the crowd are up and Jackson is really showing what he can do. This will not end 1-1."

  63. 1617: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Neymar is back in action, sporting a plug of tissue in his bleeding nose. He then has a good chance as the ball runs to him in the area but he fires it wildly over the top. It's all Brazil now though with half an hour remaining.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "Neymar is like a magnet, attracting the Mexicans like iron filings. He is becoming an increasingly influential presence, but I cannot help but think that Mexico are inviting trouble, Brazilian trouble, by conceding territory and showing a complete lack of ambition."

  65. 1613: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Evgeniya Kanaeva, RUS (Rhythmic gymnastics)

    Russia's Evgeniya Kanaeva scoops gold in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition.

  66. 1612: 

    Crunch. Neymar goes up for a header and is met by the elbow of Mexican goalkeeper Jose Corona as he makes the punch clear. Anthony Joshua would be pleased with a contact like that.

    The striker is helped to his feet and I think he'll be able to carry on.

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport hockey pundit

    "Incredibly for the amount of pressure the GB defence had to soak up, they only shipped one goal. Then that one run from Harry Martin caused trouble and helped us level."

  68. 1608: 

    The crowd begin their countdown "5-4-3-2-1" and, as if by magic, the hooter then blows to signal half-time at the Riverbank Arena. It's tighter than a pair of lycra shorts at the moment with Australia and Britain locked at 1-1. The Aussies seemed to have the better of the opening periods until Britain fought their way back thanks to a bulldozing run from Martin.

  69. 1606: 

    Australia skipper Olivia Price responds well to falling out of her boat in race three to win race four in style and take the final of the women's Elliott 6m into a deciding race. It's 2-2 and the gold medal will be decided in the next 30 minutes.

  70. 1606: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Brazil have certainly had a rocket at half-time. Hulk hits a free-kick into a defender before Neymar rifles a rising drive just over the bar in the opening moments of the second period.

    Much better.

  71. 1603: 
    KICK-OFF- Men's final latest: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    The second half is off...

    BBC football analyst Garth Crooks at Wembley

    "If you do not punish teams, they come back at you. What I have seen here is Neymar and Oscar are trying to force the ball into the box. In the second half, Brazil will crank it up a bit, but they will still give you a chance at the back, so I am excited to see what happens."

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "Fifa boss Sepp Blatter (Joseph S Blatter to his mates) is in the crowd and will probably be presenting the medals later. When he did that after the women's final on Thursday he was booed by the crowd. Out come Brazil - they need to step it up if Blatter is to put gold around their necks later."

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport hockey pundit

    "Harry Martin is only 19 but that was a strong run. It forced the error from the Aussies [to give away the penalty corner]. The Aussies were expecting the big one but Ashley Jackson cleverly played it to Iain Lewers and he's a relieved man to get that one in. It was a tight angle and there was not that much space."

  75. 1600: 

    Teenager Harry Martin forces the Australians to concede a penalty corner and a nicely worked routine allows the diving Iain Lewers to score from an acute angle. The crowd are now in full voice.


    Great Britain athlete Eilish McColgan: "Really doesn't want to leave London in two days time... I'm relocating.. Haha"

    Great Britain women's hockey captain Kate Walsh: "Right then Twitter family let's get behind our men's hockey team and will them to that bronze medal they deserve #believe"

  77. 1557: 

    The riding section of the modern pentathlon is just about to start. I advise you to have a quick watch of this as the riders have to draw lots to find out which horse they get to ride.

    They have never seen this horse before. After 20 minutes of familiarisation with the beast the athletes then have to take to the arena and do some showjumping. Chaos can ensue. And it often does.

    You can watch the showjumping live on the interactive video player.

    BBC football analyst Mark Bright

    "I think it is the worst Brazil have played. There is no cohesion, they are not playing quick enough or winning the midfield battle. Neymar has barely had a kick. Mexico have taken the game by the scruff of the neck."

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport hockey pundit

    "It's a good strike from Simon Orchard but I think keeper James Fair will be disappointed with that as he had a hand and a glove on it. He would expect to stop that nine times out of 10. But a goal crafted from the hard work of the Australia forwards."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey bronze medal match at the Riverbank Arena

    "It was nip and tick for the first quarter until Simon Orchard finds space in the D and smashes it home. The chants of 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!" drown out the brass band. Briefly."

  81. 1548: 

    Barry Middleton takes a lovely looping pass from Ashley Jackson in his stride, but the captain can't quite test goalkeeper Nathan Burgers. Within minutes Australia work their way to the other end of the pitch and the deadly Simon Orchard strikes to put the Australians 1-0 ahead after 15 minutes.

    BBC Football analyst Mark Lawrenson at Wembley

    "The Brazil manager has a lot of work to do at half-time. Sometimes, you are loathe to criticise them due to their individual talent, but as a team, they have been severely lacking."

  83. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Mexico take a narrow lead into the break thanks to Oribe Peralta's strike in the first minute at Wembley.

  84. 1545: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Hulk has made a big difference to Brazil. He runs at his man before spreading the ball out wide, and when the cross comes in he gets on the end of it but his header is easily saved. The Porto man has kick-started the Brazilian challenge here though.

    BBC football commentator Jonathan Pearce at Wembley

    "There is just a feeling Brazil are kicking into gear now. They cannot afford to start like this in their games on home soil at the World Cup in two years."

  86. 1542: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Brazil have come to life and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo should equalise but slashes his shot wide from 15 yards. Suddenly the South Americans look their selves.

    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport hockey pundit

    "Great Britain are looking much better than they were the other night. They seem to be thinking a better game. They are matching Australia at the moment which is better for the crowd and me!"

  88. 1540: 

    Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Olympics after failing a drugs test, the International Olympic Committee has announced. The 23-year-old finished eighth in the second heat of the first round of the women's 400m hurdles.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "Making a change just after the half-hour mark tells you everything you need to know about how this game is going for Brazil, who still trail 1-0. Coach Mano Menezes is starting to cut a very frustrated figure on the touchline, particularly with the persistent fouling that is breaking up the flow of the match. I'd suggest he wants to see a few players enter the notebook of referee Mark Clattenburg."

  90. 1539: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Ooh what a strike! Hulk, who has just come on, takes aim from 30 yards for Brazil and the ball flies all over the place in the air. Mexican goalkeeper Jose Corona adjusts himself well to get across and keep it out. Brazil suddenly look a threat.

  91. 1537:  
    Shirley Robertson, Two-time Olympic sailing champion and BBC Sport pundit

    On Australia's Olivia Price falling in the water: "She has to get her head together, take a deep breath and start getting into their routine and start again. One thing this Australian team has had is momentum throughout this competition and I hope that that incident won't stop that run. It could well do."

  92. 1537:  
    Sean Kerly, Olympic gold medallist & BBC Sport pundit

    "What GB have got to do is restore their reputation and pride because it was a hammering [in the semi-final]. Whatever way you paint it - 9-2 is massive. They won't be feeling great about that and this is their opportunity to put that right. This is also the opportunity to get an Olympic medal which doesn't happen very often."

  93. 1536: 
    FOOTBALL- Men's final: Brazil 0-1 Mexico

    Mexico are still on top here and left-back Carlos Salcido - once of Fulham - drills just wide from 25 yards.

  94. 1534: 

    Injured GB player Simon Mantell on BBC Three: "There's no doubt it would have been so disappointing for the guys after the semi but having said that they have still got a huge opportunity to win a bronze.

    "We have had some brilliant results against Australia in the last 18 months so I think it will be a good game."

  95. 1533: 

    Brazil have made a really lethargic start and the coach Mano Menezes has seen enough. He sends on powerful striker Hulk for Alex Sandro. A wise move in my book as the Brazilians still trail 1-0 to Mexico with half an hour gone.


    Ross Broadway on Twitter: "Neymar is naive. Judging from this, how on earth did the great man Pele come to say he's better than Messi? #deluded"

    Laksh on Twitter: "Great tournament ending at the home of football. Even better hosts."

    Jan Callow on Twitter: "Thrilled to have watched Brazil with my grandsons at Old Trafford - a cheap way to see that stadium and some great players!!"

  97. 1531: 

    British Swimming performance director Michael Scott has confirmed he will lead a review of the team's performance at London 2012.

    UK Sport set a target of five to seven medals for the swimmers, but the team could only deliver three - two bronzes for Rebecca Adlington in the 400 and 800m freestyle events, and a silver for Michael Jamieson in the 200m breaststroke.

    The result means British Swimming now faces a cut to its funding.

    "Following our collective disappointment at not meeting our high expectations at these Olympic Games, we will be undertaking a thorough performance de-brief," said Scott.


    Samson Lubinsha on Twitter: "The Brazil team real need improvement, bring the samba back as without it in the next World Cup they will get nothing."

  99. 1528: 

    There is no time for niceties on the water. This is a gold medal match and Spain were not about to hang around while Australia fished their stricken sailor out of the sea. Probably just as well because the Spaniards had a couple of issues with their spinnaker on the final downwind leg but they sorted them out to win by around 300m. Spain lead the best-of-five match final 2-1.

  100. 1527: 

    Neymar has had a torrid start. He pings a 40-yard ball miles out of play and then looks hopefully at the pitch. The grass was not to blame for that one son. Brazil have gone a bit pre-season friendly here.

    Football analyst Mark Lawrenson at Wembley

    "Neymar has given the ball away on five or six occasions already. When you are 1-0 down, that does not help matters."

  102. 1526:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at the hockey bronze medal match at Riverbank Arena

    "It might look idyllic but it's blowing a gale at the Riverbank Arena as the teams line up. A good start always helps, obviously, but after their semi-final disaster and going 3-0 down in the group match with Australia, it's more important than ever for GB's men today."

  103. 1524: 

    Last chance for you to send in your Olympic Twitter questions for Chris Boardman, Jonathan Edwards and Steve Parry. They will be answering them later this afternoon. Please use #bbcpundits. Fire away!

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "The odd chant of 'Mexico, Mexico' drifts down to the pitch from the stands at Wembley. It is perhaps worth remembering that Mexico defeated Brazil 2-0 when they last met in a friendly earlier in the summer and have won three of their last five matches against the side they currently lead thanks to Oribe Peralta's early strike. Not seen much of Neymar so far."

  105. 1523: 

    Sailor Ben Ainslie on being chosen as Team GB's flag bearer at the London 2012 closing ceremony on Sunday: "It's a really proud moment for me and for sailing to have such an involvement at the end of what's been such an amazing Games for the whole country.

    "There have been so many people involved in making these Games so special, so I think one thing you'd say on behalf of all the athletes is thanks so much to everyone involved - all the volunteers, and the whole nation for getting behind the team.

    "It's been our best ever performance at the Olympics, and I think a lot of that comes down to having so much fantastic home support."

  106. 1521: 

    High drama in the third race of the women's Elliott 6m gold medal contest as one of the Australian sailors slides off the back of the boat into the sea. Australia were on the downwind leg and overtaking the Spanish boat at the time but got caught on the wrong side of a wave and almost rolled over. Spain are taking full advantage.

  107. 1521: 

    Chelsea's new boy Oscar gets on the end of the first flowing move by Brazil, but his shot is tame and straight at Jose Corona in the Mexico goal. Better from the boys in Brazil.

  108. 1519: 

    Britain's hockey players have hopefully dusted themselves down and recovered from their humiliating 9-2 defeat by the Netherlands. In 10 minutes the men will contest for bronze against Australia at the colourful Riverbank Arena. The players are limbering up and the spectators, hopefully with sun cream at hand, are slowly making their way towards their seats.

  109. 1518: 

    It appears that Oribe Peralta's strike may just be the quickest goal in Olympic history. I'll let you know if that is confirmed. Sadly, it's been the only effort on goal in the opening 20 minutes.

    Football analyst Mark Lawrenson

    "I think Rafael is one of those where you know he is a good player, he has proved it in big games for Manchester United, but he always gives you a chance if you are a forward."

  111. 1512: 

    We've seen nothing from the prodigiously talented Brazilian frontline as yet.

    A reminder that as well as AC Milan's Pato and Porto's Hulk, Brazil also have Lucas on the bench - not the David Batty-a-like who plays for Liverpool, but the forward who is reportedly joining PSG for north of £35m.

    Not a bad bench. GB did have Marvin Sordell though, let's not forget...

  112. 1506: 

    Brazil still a bit stunned by that shocker of a start as Mexico continue to press. A reminder of what's to come as well as 13 League Cup ties kick-off across the country.

    This must be the most subdued start to the Football season in years. Anyone keeping up to speed with the Olympics from the stands of Gresty Road?

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "No doubt about it, Wembley was stunned when Mexico scored through Oribe Peralta inside the first minute. Brazil full-back Rafael, whose sloppy pass played its part in the goal, buried his head in his shirt. He could have almost been booked for that."

  114. 1503: 

    Australia draw level with Spain after winning the second race in the best-of-five match for gold in the women's Elliott 6m class. The Aussies reached the final mark first and sped away on the final downwind leg to win by some distance.

    "That was a great race for the Australians," says BBC Sport's Shirley Robertson. "They came out firing on all cylinders and they might be young but they don't show any sign of nerves."

    Race three is coming up in the next 10 minutes or so.

    Football analyst Mark Lawrenson on Mexico's shock lead in the Olympics final

    "Brazil are guilty of overplaying there. Peralta was left in acres of space after the ball got pinched. It was a lovely finish. He managed to curl the ball away from the goalkeeper at the near post."

  116. 1500: 
    GOAL- Brazil 0-1 Mexico (Oribe Peralta, 1 min)

    Dear oh dear what a start! Manchester United right-back Rafael is caught in possession inside 30-odd seconds, the ball is pushed forward to striker Oribe Peralta and the number nine curls in from the edge of the box. Extraordinary start.

  117. 1500: 
    KICK-OFF- Brazil v Mexico (15:00 BST)

    We are under way at Wembley. This should be a cracker.


    Paul Durham on Twitter: "Keep celebrating EVERY #TeamGB medal #BBC2012 !!! How often do we get this sort of opportunity to enjoy success?"

    Janet Raeburn on Twitter: "Not sure what I'll do when olympics are over... getting used to arranging my life around olympic schedule. Fantastic coverage by."

    Steeler Bull 63 on Twitter: "@ainslieben top choice. Top bloke. Starts with torch finishes with flag, medal in the middle."

  119. 1454: 

    The Mexico and Brazil players emerge from the tunnel at a sunny Wembley, and it's time for the national anthems. The start of the gold medal match is a mere moments away.

    Send us your thoughts on the match via Twitter using #bbc2012 or text us on 81111 (UK mobiles).

  120. 1449: 
    LINE-UPS- Brazil v Mexico (15:00 BST)

    Brazil: Gabriel, Da Silva, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo, Oscar, Romulo, Sandro, Alex Sandro, Neymar, Leandro Damiao. Subs: Neto, Lucas, Hulk, Bruno Uvini, Danilo, Ganso, Alexandre Pato.

    Mexico: Corona, Israel Jimenez, Mier, Reyes, Chavez, Aquino, Enriquez, Salcido, Fabian, Herrera, Peralta. Subs: Rodriguez, Cortes, Giovani, Raul Jimenez, Vidrio, Ponce, Araujo.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

    BBC football analyst Garth Crooks at Wembley

    On the men's football final between Brazil and Mexico: "I have been outside in Wembley Way and the atmosphere is amazing. The Mexicans are the only people who think they can win the gold medal. Brazil played a pyramid shape against South Korea, and that forced the Koreans to go down the sides. It will be interesting how that works out today."

  122. 1447: 

    The rhythmic gymnastics individual all-round final continues, and after two rounds (hoop and ball), Russia's defending champion Evgeniya Kaneva still leads, ahead of compatriot Daria Dmitrieva. Next up? Clubs, of course.


    From Chris in Matlock, via text: "Me and the girlfriend have just booked our induction for our first ever gym membership. We're certainly feeling inspired! Come on GB!"

    From James in Port Talbot, via text: "I'm an Arsenal fan but in all honestly I couldn't care less that the season starts next weekend, Team GB are the only team I want to watch right now and all these footballers need to wake up and realise that they are no longer the idols to children they think they are."

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "Wembley filling up now, no doubt buoyed by the prospect of watching Mark Clattenburg officiate in the final. Brazil have Hulk and Alexandre Pato on the bench today. No shortage of options then. One bloke sat close to me is wearing a jumper. I dread to think what the average temperature must be where he is from."


    Tim texts: "Anyone worried that the Russians might nab our third spot in the medal table? They're coming up hard on the rails."

    Neil at Wembley texts: "Atmosphere at Wembley is amazing. If this Brazil crowd is anything to go by then Rio will be one hell of a party... (But obviously not as good as London)."

    Oliver Abbott in Stockport texts: "Got home from my university year abroad in Paris just before the Olympics started, and I couldn't have wished for a more perfect homecoming present. I have watched, lived, breathed and loved every single minute! I will be bereft on Monday morning!"

  126. 1434: 

    News just in: Sailor Ben Ainslie will be Team GB's flag bearer at the London 2012 closing ceremony on Sunday.

    Ainslie's gold in the Finn class at these Olympics was his fourth gold at four successive Games, and the fifth consecutive Olympics where he has secured a medal. He is the most-decorated sailor in Olympic history.

    The 35-year-old said: "It's a really proud moment for me and for sailing to have such an involvement at the end of what's been such an amazing Games for the whole country."

  127. 1429: 

    According to BBC Sport's Shirley Robertson, who is out on the water off the south coast, Russia protested in the Elliott 6m because they felt Finland made a false start in that fourth race - being over the start line when the starting gun was fired. "It was a last-ditch attempt by the Russians to stop Finland winning the bronze," she says. It didn't work.

  128. 1427: 

    Cue celebrations on the Finland boat. The Russian protests have been heard in the Elliott 6m class and, after lengthy negotiations, race officials have waved them away. Finland win bronze.

    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "Out come Brazil to warm up, much to the delight of the crowd already inside Wembley. I think it would be fair to say they are a rather popular outfit.

    "They are unchanged from the side that defeated South Korea last time out, Leandro Damiao will lead the line with Neymar and Oscar buzzing all over the place. Mexico make one enforced change from their semi-final, with injured Spurs forward Giovani Dos Santos replaced by Hector Herrera."


    Olympic beach volleyball player Shauna Mullin on Twitter: "Zara [Dampney] and I will be taking some time off, no more competitions this year. Time to take some time with our friends and family."

  131. 1421: 

    It is the turn of the big lads out on the wrestling mat. The men's 120kg class, that is over 18 stone in old money, has got under way. Turkey's Taha Akgul and Russia's Bilyal Makhov are getting up close and personal at the moment in the qualifying round.


    Ian Cogwell on Twitter: "Olympic legacy already - children racing 4x40m individual medley against each other in holiday pool!"

    David on Twitter: "I hope the boxers and Mo can deliver gold as the Russians are catching us @TeamGB"


    Sweden's appeal for the women's triathlon to be declared a dead heat has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

    They wanted silver medallist Lisa Norden to be upgraded to gold but Cas say the photo-finish ruling was a "field of play" decision by International Triathlon Union race officials and cannot be challenged.

    After the photo was studied, Nicola Spirig of Switzerland was deemed to have broken the tape first.

  134. 1414: 

    Great Britain's Nick Woodbridge is eighth and team-mate Sam Weale 14th after the first two stages - fencing and swimming - of the modern pentathlon. Cao Zhongrong, of China, leads with three events to go. Next up is the riding at Greenwich Park from 1520 BST.

  135. 1412: 

    Great Britain's Annie Last speaking on BBC One after she finished eighth in the women's mountain bike race: "I wanted to get a good start to make sure I got a clear run. I did not smash myself and have to pay for it, it is what I wanted to do.

    "Towards the end of the race I started to slip back a bit and I came today wanting to get the best out of myself and that is what I did. There is so much to think about, you see the wheels in front of you and try to race them, but you must focus on yourself.

    "Julie Bresset is an amazing rider, but the rest of the field are a lot older than me. I still have a long way to go and I am looking forward to moving upwards in the next few years."

  136. 1411: 

    Spain and Australia have got their gold match under way in the Elliott 6m class and it is the Europeans who take the early lead in their best-of-five series, catching the bigger waves on the downwind section to take a 1-0 lead.

    This is will be the final Olympic medal in the class for the foreseeable as the event is being replaced at Rio 2016 by mixed catamaran class.

  137. 1407: 

    Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Chris Boardman on the women's mountain bike race: "Julie Bresset did not put a foot wrong. She has moved up from the junior ranks into the big league, and she has won the gold medal. Annie Last has a lot to be proud of. She has ridden with the best in the world and we will be hearing a lot more about her."

  138. 1405: 

    Julie Bresset waves and blows kisses to the crowd as she nears the line, and has time to grab a Tricolour as she coasts down the hill and round the last corner, waving it as she crosses the line.

    Around a minute later, veteran Beijing winner Sabine Spitz takes silver, which is not bad work for a 40-year-old, and Georgia Gould of the United States takes bronze behind the German.

    Huge cheers greet Britain's Annie Last as she nears the finish, swinging into the finishing straight to come eighth. She is 19 years younger than Spitz.

  139. 1404: 

    Finland win the fourth race in their bronze medal match with Russia in the women's Elliott to take an unassailable 3-1 lead. However, the Russians wave their protest flag as they cross the line - they were given a penalty flag during that race but they refused to complete the penalty turn. More to come on this one.

  140. 1402: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Finland (Elliott 6m)

    The Finnish pair of Silija Lehtinen and Silija Kanerva win their country's second medal of London 2012 with a 3-1 win over Russia in the Petite final of the Elliott 6m class in Weymouth.

  141. 1401: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Julie Bresset, FRA (mountain bike women's cross country)
    Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport at the men's football final at Wembley

    "Brazil coach Mano Menezes claimed on Friday that if he was scripting the plot of a film that ended with his team victorious, he could think of no finer venue than Wembley.

    "Of course, there is speculation that failure to seal Brazil's first gold in Olympic football today could cost him his job. All eyes will doubtless be on Neymar, the Santos forward with sport's most bizarre headband but, perhaps, the most dazzling feet."

    Brazil v Mexico kicks off at 1500 BST.

  143. 1355: 

    Some serious hula action on the floor at Wembley Arena where the all-around individual final has got under way with the hoop on the first rotation. Poland's Joanna Mitrosz gripped and ripped the ring to get it to spin back a good five metres to her as she held a improbable pose with one leg jutting towards the ceiling. Extraordinary stuff.

    Now Ganna Rizatdinova has just hit the floor with some heavy Whitesnake-style guitars backing her routine.

    Reigning Olympic champion Evgeniya Kanaeva of Russia is the favourite for this one, get over to the interactive video player to catch the latest.

  144. 1354: 

    France's Julie Bresset is still going strong, still out on her own and still has gold in the bag, with just half a lap to go. There is a right old battle for silver going on behind her, though, with Germany's Sabine Spitz in charge at the moment. Georgia Gould is not giving up but the gap between second and third is getting bigger.

  145. 1349: 

    France's Julie Bresset is heading for mountain bike gold. She is on her sixth and final lap and is 57 seconds clear of Germany's Sabine Spitz, who is in second place, with Georgia Gould of the United States third and right on her wheel.

    Russia's Irina Kalentieva is fourth, 25 seconds off the medals. Britain's Annie Last continues to drop back and is now seventh.


    Tom Daley on Twitter: "Nap time before the finals! China seem unstoppable at the moment! But anything can happen! See you on the other side!"

    Tom's 10m final starts at 2030 BST, so plenty of time to chill out.

  147. 1344: 

    Great Britian's Sam Weale leads the swimming standings after three of five heats in the second stage of the modern pentathlon at the Aquatics Centre. He has recorded a time of 2:03.40 for his 200m freestyle swim. That is 30 seconds off Yannick Agnel's winning time in the 200m freestyle proper.

    The pentathletes are seeded to get quicker as the heats go on so don't expect Weale's mark to last through to the end of the session though. Great Britain's Nick Woodbridge goes in the fifth and final heat.

  148. 1341: 

    BBC Sport commentator Ed Leigh on the mountain-bike course at Hadleigh Farm: "Your ability to concentrate as you get more dehydrated gets harder and harder. That is a real challlenge as you go through the technical sections in the final laps."

  149. 1340: 

    We are four-and-a-half laps into this six lap race and France's Julie Bresset has a 40-second lead over Germany Sabine Spitz. Eight seconds back is Georgia Gould of the United States in the bronze medal position, holding a 20-second advantage over Russia's Irina Kalentieva. We have about 20 minutes of racing left - I think the medals will be between those four now, and Bresset is looking very good for gold.

  150. 1337: 

    Things are spreading out a lot as these riders tire - there has been a big gap of 30+ seconds from leader Julie Bresset to Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould for a while now, but Spitz is now moving away from Gould too.

    And Annie Last is losing her race for fourth, because Irina Kalentieva is about 30 seconds ahead and looking to catch the riders in front of her. In fact, Last is down in sixth because Esther Suss of Switzerland has just gone past her too. World champion Catharine Prendel of Canada blew up (not literally) a while ago and is way back.

  151. 1336: 

    When asked by a reporter if he needed to do any coaching given he had such a talented team, US men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski quipped: "Absolutely none. I'm out every night with my family, drunk as a skunk. Wait till you see me tonight. I'll get in at six and you all are invited to come out with me."

    I'm holding him to that.

    You can read more about this and other quirky stories in BBC News' London 2012 diary.

  152. 1335: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Japan (Women's volleyball)

    Japan have won their first volleyball medal since 1984 with a 3-0 win over South Korea in the bronze-medal match at Earls Court. Soari Sakoda top-scored with 23 points as her side ran out 25-22 26-24 25-21 winners.

  153. 1333: 

    Finland move 2-1 up in the race for the bronze medal of the women's Elliott after replicating their victory in the opening match. Russia led round the final mark but the Finnish boat caught more wind in their spinnaker to sweep past their opponents on the final leg.

  154. 1331: 

    France's Julie Bresset is still pushing those pedals and still out in front as she completes her fourth of the six laps at Hadleigh Farm, with defending champion Sabine Spitz of Germany and Georgia Gould of the United States working hard in her wake but not making up any ground at the moment - they are more than 30 seconds back.

    Britain's Annie Last is in a race for fourth with Irina Kalentieva of Russia, nearly a minute behind Bresset. These riders have been out on the course for more than an hour now, and have about 30 minutes of racing left. I get the feeling this blazing sun is not helping any of them too much.

  155. 1329: 

    As we type the thrills and spills of the women's mountain biking are coming to a conclusion over at Hadleigh Farm and the modern pentathletes are continuing their madcap tour of the Olympic venues with a spot of swimming in the Aquatics Centre.

    All that will be wrapped up before an action-packed evening in which Great Britain's Mo Farah trains his sights on the 5,000 final and a second gold medal, the Jamaican 4x100m relay team blast off in the final event on the track and Luke Campbell goes for gold in the final of the men's bantamweight tournament.

    UK users can get across live shiny video of all of that and more on the interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  156. 1328: 

    Gold medal winning cyclist and BBC Sport pundit Chris Boardman on Annie Last's progress in the mountain bike race: "She is at the half-way stage and is starting to slip back further now. It really is a race of attrition and leader Julie Bresset has ridden a brutal first half of the race."

  157. 1322: 

    There was plenty to get excited about this morning. Great Britain's Ed McKeever led from start to finish to win gold in the canoe sprint men's kayak single before Liam Heath and Jon Schofield followed up with a bronze in the men's kayak K2 200m final to keep the Team GB total ticking over.

    There is also growing optimism around the chances of Tom Daley making the podium as he eased through the gears and qualified fourth for the final of the men's 10m platform tonight.

    You can read about how it all unfolded on this morning's 'as it happened' page.

  158. 1320: 

    Afternoon all and welcome to the afternoon of the penultimate day of the London 2012. Don't get despondent about the looming closing ceremony though, drink up these giddy Games while you still can.

    There is a plenty of intoxicating action to come this afternoon to keep you merry.

    Brazil may have five World Cups to their name but men's football gold has so far elluded them. Neymar and his band of twinkled-toed youngsters get a chance to put that right in the final of the London 2012 tournament against Mexico at 1500 BST.

    Poor Ian Thorpe was told last night on the BBC coverage that, if Australia wouldn't mind awfully, Great Britain would like them to pose more of a challenge in the medal table to keep it interesting.

    The Australian men's hockey team won't need any encouragement when they take on a Great Britain team that drew 3-3 with them in the group stages in the bronze-medal match at 1530 BST.

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