London 2012 Olympics: Day Nine afternoon session

Andy Murray wins tennis gold and silver, sailor Ben Ainslie seals his fourth Olympic title, gymnasts Louis Smith and Max Whitlock win medals and Ed Clancy claims a cycling bronze.

5 August 2012 Last updated at 19:05

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  1. 1901: 

    Right then, we may have just missed out on two gold medals in a matter of minutes there, but there's no need to get too down about things.

    It's only the men's 100m final coming up! Among other things.

    It's so action-packed that we are going to start a new live page - join us there right now if you will...

  2. 1859: 

    Obviously athletics will take centre-stage for the rest of the evening, but for hockey fans out there we have got a belter just about to start as Great Britain face Australia.

    The Aussies are widely regarded to be the best team in the world just now, but they're not having the best Olympics are they? Keep across that one on the interactive video player.

  3. 1854: 

    BBC Radio 5 live tennis summariser Annabel Croft:

    "Andy will be disappointed and will feel he could have done more in the latter stages of the match, and Laura will be disappointed with the double faults towards the end of the match, but this will still go down as a great day for British tennis."


    Dominic Daly on Twitter: "@andy_murray and @laurarobson5 have nothing to be disappointed about. What a brilliant effort by the both of them! Very proud!"

    Gary Garside on Twitter: "Unlucky Muzza & Robbo, great effort. 2 tennis Olympic medals though, superb contribution! #TeamGB #London2012"

    Tom Higginson on Twitter: "@laurarobson5 such a gracious silver medalist! A fantastic achievement, keep smiling! #TeamGB"

  5. 1852: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Greg Rutherford, GB (Men's long jump)

    The athletics is about to start this evening, but first it is time for Milton Keynes's favourite son Greg Rutherford to receive his gold medal for the long jump.

  6. 1851: 

    Andy Murray and Laura Robson save two match points but are unable to prevent doubles specialist Max Mirnyi from serving out for the title. The pair from Belarus clamber towards their family and friends a la Murray earlier this afternoon. Murray, alas, is not a double Olympic champion but a gold and silver is a nice addition to the trophy collection.

  7. 1846: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Victoria Azarenka & Max Mirnyi, BLR (Mixed doubles tennis)

    It's silver for Andy Murray and Laura Robson as top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi win gold after a Champions tie-break.

  8. 1846: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Ed Clancy, GB (Men's omnium)

    A gutsy ride from Ed Clancy as he secures a bronze medal to go with the gold he won in the team pursuit a few nights ago.

  9. 1845: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Lasse Hansen, DEN (Men's Omnium cycling)

    Danish rider Lasse Norman Hansen wins gold in the men's omnium, with British rider Ed Clancy taking bronze.

  10. 1844: 

    Lasse Hansen - who crashed in the scratch race less than an hour ago remember - is going for gold here. He wins the final heat in a time of one minute 2.314 seconds and that should be enough for gold.

  11. 1841: 

    Heat eight of nine sees Bryan Coquard from France finish in a time of one minute 3.087. That could have secured him a medal.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser at the Velodrome

    "Ed is getting a standing ovation for that performance, that time was stunning."

  13. 1839: 

    Ed Clancy sets a new fastest time in the 1km time trial, lapping in a time of one minute .981 seconds.

    Stunning effort from the Huddersfield man. He has done all he can. He has to wait now for the others to finish and see where he ends up. Superb.

  14. 1836: 

    Ed Clancy is away...

  15. 1836: 

    Over at Wimbledon, Andy Murray and Laura Robson are preparing for a championship tie-break in the mixed doubles after Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi win the second set 6-3. Best to 10 points. Whose nerves will withstand the pressure?

  16. 1836: 

    Shane Archbold sets the fastes time so far, in a time of one minute 3.290 seconds.

    Next up is our man Ed Clancy...

  17. 1831: 

    Ed Clancy should be out on track in about seven or eight minutes. Ish.

    He's alread won two gold medals in the team pursuit, both this week and four years ago in Beijing, and he was world champion in the omnium in 2010.

    His pedigree is not in question. Can he pull this off?

  18. 1828: 

    Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi are a game away from winning the second set against Andy Murray and Laura Robson. The pair from Belarus lead 5-2 and Murray is currently whispering something to Robson during the changeover before the young Brit serves. You can join our colleague Sam Sheringham for game-by-game coverage of that match

  19. 1824: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Kirilenko & Petrova, RUS (Women's doubles tennis)

    Russian pair Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova beat Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond 4-6 6-4 6-1.

  20. 1820: 

    Here are the overall standings prior to the omnium time trial:

    Lasse Hansen, DEN 25 points

    Elia Viviani, ITA 25 points

    Bryan Coquard, FRA 25 points

    Roger Kluge, GER 28 points

    Edward Clancy, GB 29 points

  21. 1818: 

    The riders in the omnium time trial will go out in pairs, with Ed Clancy going up against world champion Glenn O'Shea in the seventh heat of nine.

    The fastest rider of all will receive one point, the second will get two, and so on.

    The rider with the least number of points after all six races wins the gold medal. Easy.


    Marcus Smith on Twitter: "Amazing no longer seems adequate to describe the performances of #TeamGB at #london2012"

    Clara on Twitter: "Team GB are doing their country proud! The supporters are not just the ones with tickets. People shouting at tv screens to!"


    GB heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis on Twitter: "What an amazing reception at Hyde Park! The crowd was unbelievable!! Busy day but so much fun!"

  24. 1809: 

    Ed Clancy is out on track shortly for the final event in the Omnium - it's the 1km time trial which is a bit of a speciality of his.

    He is down in fifth place in the overall standings though so even a win might not be enough for him to take a medal. He will have to rely on those above him not having a good race.

    Annabel Croft, BBC Radio 5 live tennis summariser

    "I thought Laura Robson would feel a bit intimidated about playing against one of the biggest names in the women's game but she is not and is also relishing facing one of the biggest servers in the men's game."

  26. 1807: 

    Andy Murray is one set away from his second gold medal in a matter of hours. Ridiculous.

    You can read Sam Sheringham's live text commentary on his and Laura Robson's mixed doubles final right now.

  27. 1806: 

    Zhou sternly salutes the crowd. Everyone celebrates winning gold and breaking the world and Olympic record differently, I suppose. The 24-year-old's 187kg effort is now an Olympic record in the clean and jerk, while her combined total of 333kg is a world record. Silver medallist Tatiana Kashirina is sitting on a chair, inconsolable. She broke the snatch world record with a 151kg lift but it still wasn't enough. Armenia's Hripsime Khurshudyan won bronze.

    Nigel Adderley, BBC water polo commentator

    "A real wobble for Australia in the women's water polo. They came from behind to take a dramatic penalty shoot-out win after drawing 16-16 with China in the quarter-finals. Great Britain play Spain at 20:20 BST."

  29. 1800: 

    I'm hearing that the GB women's handball team, who lost 37-14 to Croatia in their final match of the Games, have just interrupted an interview halfway through to meet Kate Middleton.

    Which is fair enough I suppose...

  30. 1800: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Lulu Zhou, CHN (Women's +75kg weightlifting)

    The 24-year-old becomes Olympic champion with a world record combined total of 333kg.

  31. 1754: 

    Louis Smith won silver on the pommel horse earlier to add to the bronze medal he won at Beijing 2008.

    There, his score tied with that of Croatia's Filip Ude and Smith came off worse, missing out on silver.

    Four years later, with Smith the favourite for Olympic gold and the last to compete in the North Greenwich Arena, the same happened again. This time, arch-rival Krisztian Berki took the spoils.

    "It was tough. It's happened twice now, at two Olympic Games, being bumped down," the 23-year-old told BBC Sport.

    "I guess I'm used to it now. But to come second against one of the best pommel-horse workers the world has ever seen? I'm a happy guy."


    GB cyclist Lizzie Armitstead on Twitter: "Think their should be a silver medal winners only club, me and Roger Federer can be president and secretary! GB incredible again + again!"

    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the Velodrome

    "Mixed fortunes for Britain's track cyclists in last half an hour. Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton look in great shape for the podium, and very possibly the top step. Team-mate Ed Clancy, however, is looking at a place on the lower steps in the men's omnium. With only one event to go, the 1km time trial, he really needs a win to move up from his current fifth place.

    "He should do that, but it is unlikely to be enough to get him past Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen for the gold. No shame in that at all, any medal would go nicely with the two team pursuit golds he has already won."

  34. 1749: 

    Judy Murray on how improved composure helped Andy in the men's final against Roger Federer: "This week in particular he has been very focused and very composed and I think that is the key to being able to consistently play great tennis.

    "Not panicking is what Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are very good at now. Andy is maturing all the time but there has been a big difference in his composure, particularly this weekend.

    "When he is composed can play consistently great tennis far more and that is what you need to do in the Slams, you need to be on it all the time. Hopefully he will have realised that and be able to take it with him for the rest of his career."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser at the Velodrome

    "Wow, that was a massively confident performance from Victoria. I couldn't believe how long she waited until she started the sprint. That was as confident as I have seen her ride. She showed massive acceleration."


    Dominic Daly on Twitter: "@andy_murray and @laurarobson5 have done so well to reach the final. Hopefully Murray's win earlier will spur them to another gold!"

    Sue McMullen on Twitter: "Lovely moment when a small boy asked Andy not for an autograph but a hug."

    Michael Mitchell on Twitter: "As good as Ennis and Murray and other GB athletes have been in London, Wiggins having the best year all round-TdF and others #SPOTY"

  37. 1748: 

    The draw is out for the semi-finals of the men's sprint, and Jason Kenny will take on Njisane Phillip from Trinidad & Tobago tomorrow for a place in the final.

    World champion Gregory Bauge is in the other semi and those two could well be battling it out for gold. They look a class above the rest of the field.

    That semi-final is scheduled to start at 16:00 BST.

  38. 1746: 

    Judy Murray on witnessing her son Andy become Olympic champion: "It was incredible to be able to watch that, especially at Wimbledon and at the home Olympics. It was phenomenal, the whole thing.

    "When he came up [to the box], he had seen some other players when he was small winning Wimbledon and climbing up into the crowd to celebrate with their families. I was a little bit concerned when he started walking along part of the wall and I thought 'yep it would be just the thing wouldn't it? Get your gold and break your neck'."

  39. 1742: 

    It's all too easy for Victoria Pendleton. She wins that race with supreme ease.

    She has the ability to kill off her opponents in the matter of four or five turns of the pedals, with a turn of pace reminiscent of a young Michael Owen. Blindingly quick.

  40. 1741: 

    A fabulous start for Robson and Murray as they break their opponents in the first game of the match. Mirnyi's serve as rusty as an old tin can during that opener. "I didn't expect that," says commentator John Lloyd.

  41. 1739: 

    Pendleton is up against Willy Kanis of the Netherlands here for a place in the quarter-finals.

  42. 1738: 

    Victoria Pendleton is back out on track in the women's sprint. She's off...

  43. 1738: 

    Those tricky overall standings for the omnium are in - and Ed Clancy is down to fifth overall with the 1km time trial to go.

    He's got a bit of work to do...

  44. 1737: 

    Talking of Murray... the British number one and his mixed doubles partner Laura Robson have warmed up and the final is under way! Top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus are serving first.

  45. 1732: 

    Andy Murray on how the crowd and gold medal-winning performances from fellow Brits helped him win gold: "The support's been amazing but one more match to go. They've been unbelievable. Not just here but at all the events.

    "I watched the athletics last night, it was just amazing. The way Mo Farah [in the 10,000m] won, I mean I do 400m repetitions in my training and when I'm completely fresh I can run it in 57 seconds and his last lap after 9600m was 53 seconds.

    "It's just unbelievable fitness and it gave me a boost. The momentum the team has had the last couple of days, I didn't expect that."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser at the Velodrome

    "That was a fantastic time from Jason Kenny, ridden around the bottom of the track. He's pleased with that, he salutes the crowd and he is through after two straight wins."

  47. 1729: 

    World champion Gregory Bauge also qualified easily to join Jason Kenny in the last four of the men's sprint. Those semi-finals will take place on Monday, as will the final.

  48. 1728: 

    The British pair of Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall finished the technical qualification routine in ninth place overall, with a score of 88.100.

    There is a free routine to follow on Monday, and the top 12 pairs overall will go through to Tuesday's final.

  49. 1727: 

    Andy Murray after beating Roger Federer 6-2 6-1 6-4 in the Olympic final: "It's definitely easier winning the final than losing. It was quite tough conditions, quite windy, but I did well. That's number one for me. The biggest win of my life. This week's been absolutely incredible so far, I've had a lot of fun. I felt so fresh on the court today. I didn't feel nervous really at all apart from at the beginning of the match."


    Tom Perry on Twitter: "@bradwiggins, @J_Ennis or @andy_murray for @BBCSport Personality of the Year? Or just give them all itunes vouchers and call it a draw?"

    Laura Smith on Twitter: "This is amazing!! Three screens in our front room and I don't know which one to watch. So many amazing achievements! GB GB GB GB!!"

    Daniel Symes on Twitter: "Team GB on top form, looks like this is going to be a historic games for GB in more ways than one! #GoTeamGB"

  51. 1723: 

    Jason Kenny streaks clear to beat Azizulhasni Awang with ease to win 2-0 and move into the semi-finals. He looks in fantastic form.

  52. 1721: 

    Olympic men's singles champion Andy Murray (sounds good, eh) was expected to trot onto Centre Court alongside Laura Robson at 1715 for the mixed doubles final. No sign of the Brits yet, though, nor their opponents Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi. We hope they haven't started popping the champagne already. You can join our colleague Sam Sheringham for entertaining game-by-game coverage of that gold medal decider.

  53. 1720: 

    The second race of each heat in the men's sprint is due out on track next. So Jason Kenny can book his place in the semi-finals if he wins this one.

  54. 1718: 

    Zachary Bell wins the scratch race in the men's Omnium, with Ed Clancy coming home in 10th. We'll see what that does the overall standings going into the final 1km time trial in just a minute.

    Nick Hope, BBC Sport

    "Tough first half for Great Britain's women's handball team. A certain Kate Middleton has just arrived though (in the crowd I should clarify, rather than as a second half substitute) and as if the atmosphere wasn't electric enough already - the 'box that rocks' is certainly living up to its billing!"

  56. 1714: 

    We are into the last 10 laps in the scratch race and it looks like we are heading for a bunch sprint.

  57. 1711: 

    Team GB's female handballers have yet to win a game in Group A and there's a strong possibility the ladies will leave London having lost all their matches as they trail table toppers Croatia 20-7 in the second half. The Duchess of Cambridge has hot-footed it from the gymnastics to the Copper Box. Public transport must be super fast for these Games.

  58. 1710: 

    Ed Clancy is on the back foot a bit here as a breakaway group lap the rest of the field. There's still just under half of the race to go though so we are not into panic stations just yet.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser at the Velodrome

    "It's all very strategic but I think this is the most important event in this Omnium competition."


    Lynsey Holden on Twitter: "best games EVER amazing victories from across the board #TeamGB"

    Tommy on Twitter: "I can't remember the last tv programme that I watched that wasn't the Olympics! Absolutely hooked! #London2012"

    Andy Parkinson on Twitter: "3rd in the table is truly amazing, is there any realistic chance we could catch the USA up? Not that I'm greedy ;-)"

  61. 1706: 

    Crash in the scratch race! Lasse Hansen, who is level on points with Ed Clancy going into the race, hits the deck as he clips the back wheel of Clancy.

    He can rejoin the race without penalty but that was a lucky escape for both riders. Hansen is OK to carry on, but he has burned right through his top across his left-hand side. That will smart in the morning.

  62. 1700: 

    What's the scratch race? I hear you ask.

    Easy. It's a straight race over 60 laps, which is 15km, and the first over the line wins. Doesn't get simpler than that. They are off.

  63. 1658: 

    Right, the men's omnium is back on track, it's the fifth event out of six and we have the scratch race.

    Glenn O'Shea leads the overall standings, but British rider Ed Clancy is in second, just two points behind. Medal hopes are high.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medallist and BBC Sport summariser at the Velodrome

    "That was a great ride and great bike handling from Jason Kenny. He showed good acceleration and was very confident. The skill of these riders mean they never take the pressure off even when it looks like they are going to get hit."


    GB tennis player Anne Keothavong on Twitter: "Brilliant performance from Andy Murray! Go and get another Gold in the mixed doubles now!"

  66. 1655: 

    Miss the GB pair of Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici in the synchro swimming while Murray and co were bagging medals left, right and centre? Fear not for you can catch up now on our interactive video player on the desktop version of the website.

    The crowd - who have spent the last week watching Phelps, Franklin and Le Clos smashing the place up - loved it. Absolutely loved it.

  67. 1653: 
    WORLD RECORD- Tatiana Kashirina, RUS (Women's +75 weightlifting)

    Russia's Tatiana Kashirina breaks the world record with a 151kg lift in the snatch.

  68. 1644: 

    It's getting hard to keep count I know, but Great Britain are now up to 34 medals and sit proudly in third place in the medal table.

    Australia, for those of you asking, are down in 21st place. They have bagged 20 medals, but have only one gold to their names. Dear oh dear...


    GB gymnast Jennifer Pinches on Twitter: "WOW TWO medals for GB! Fantastic. Bronze for Max! Silver for Louis! #PROUD!!!"


    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce: "World: can we play you every week?"

  71. 1641: 

    Olympic silver medallist Roger Federer after his straight sets defeat by Andy Murray: "He was better, much better than I was today but I'm happy with silver. I had a very emotional tournament. Maybe I was emotionally drained but, nevertheless, I didn't think I played too badly, but things didn't go my way. It's unfortunate, but still a great day for me. Andy looked like he was never doubting himself and he was able to come through this time around. He's had a wonderful career already and I'm happy for him."

  72. 1640: 

    French world champion Gregory Bauge is likely to be the main rival to Jason Kenny's chances in the men's sprint and he flies past German Robert Forstermann to go one nil up in their clash.

  73. 1638: 

    The men's sprint is decided over the best of three races in each round so that win put Jason Kenny 1-0 up over his opponent.

    Tim Henman, Olympic silver medallist and BBC Sport tennis pundit

    "It's bizarre seeing a podium up on Centre Court of Wimbledon and Andy being up there. He seems to be in a bit of shock but hopefully he can get over it because he has to play again this afternoon."

  75. 1636: 

    More from Mitch Fenner on the gymnastics:

    "That was an unbelievable final. What a performance from Krisztian Berki, he showed his class and his focus.

    "You have to take your hat off to Berki, he did not buckle under pressure, what a gymnast he is. He is worth gold and a worthy winner. He is the European, world and now Olympic champion."

  76. 1636: 

    Andy Murray wraps himself in a giant union flag and walks around Centre Court, stopping to pose for pictures with his fellow Olympic medallists Del Potro and Federer. It seems every single patron on Centre Court is on his or her feet, applauding the Scot's magical performance.

  77. 1636: 

    Jason Kenny gets blocked in by the Malaysian but the man from Bolton finds severe speed to motor past on the outside and he is able to ease off over the line. He lapped that at 69km an hour. Rapid.

  78. 1633: 

    Right - Brits back on the track - it's Jason Kenny in the men's sprint. Don't forget he was selected for this ahead of Sir Chris Hoy so he really has to deliver.

    We are at the quarter-final stage, and Kenny is up against Azizulhasni Awang. Here he comes...

  79. 1633:  
    Andrew Castle, BBC Sport tennis commentator

    "All the doubters who said he can't do it. Nonsense. There's no room for self-doubt. After this victory there could be so much more to come, but that's for another day, he must revel in this and enjoy it."


    Tyson Fazackerley on Twitter: "This opens the door for Murray to get a Slam win in the future #Slam"

    Janet H on Twitter: "Congratulations to Andy Murray on winning the gold in men's singles tennis for Great Britain! A major victory!!"

    Laura on Twitter: "Andy Murray you smashed that. @TeamGB @sportscotland #proudtobebritish"

  81. 1631: 

    Whoops and whistles for Roger Federer as he steps onto the podium to receive the runners-up prize, but the reception the world number one receives is dwarfed by the ear-splitting noise for Andy Murray as he steps on the rostrum as Olympic champion. The Brit puffs out his cheeks, composes himself before singing along to the national anthem. Marvellous.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "Russia's Elena Savelyeva didn't seem that bothered about being the first woman to win an Olympic boxing match: "It's a normal thing in Russia, there is no discrimination against female boxers. There was no pressure," she said after beating North Korea's Kim Hye Song.

    "India's Mary Kom, a legend of women's boxing, was slightly more effusive: "I have been boxing for 12 years, I have been trying to play in the Olympic Games," said the mother of two after her win over Karolina Michalczuk of Poland. "Today is very emotional, my twins' birthday, and I can't celebrate with them. But I am fighting in the ring and winning, that will be a gift for them."

  83. 1629:  
    Matt Slater, BBC Sport at the Velodrome

    "Good afternoon from the greenhouse, temperature and volume rising here at the London Velodrome as we rattle through the first round of the women's sprint.

    "Queen Vic" Pendleton powered past a Russian teenager in the first heat, Australian rival Anna Meares and Chinese challenger Guo Shuang also mullered their opponents. We're about 15 minutes away from GB sprint hope Jason Kenny's quarter-final against Azizulhasni Awang, who is probably best known for taking a chunk out of Manchester's velodrome last year.

    "The chunk ended up skewered through his calf muscle. After Kenny, it's Ed Clancy time in the omnium scratch race. He is in joint second place with two events to go. The scratch race will most probably decide where the medals go and it is impossible to call."

  84. 1626: 

    So close to a historic gold for Louis Smith - here's some gymnastics reaction from BBC pundits and presenters:

    Mitch Fenner on BBC Sport: "Louis was under huge amounts of pressure and he had to deliver the goods. In fairness to him he increased the difficulty and to get the same score as the Olympic champion is just fantastic."

    "We've come so far in the sport. We are now the strongest team in the world on the pommel horse. I cannot believe it. This is terrific for British gymnastics."

    "Louis did his very best and there should be no disappointment from him. That was a magnificent performance, he tried his best and that is all you can do," says Christine Still.

    "Max is a huge prospect for the future, not just on the horse but on other apparatus and he is going to be our star in four years' time."

  85. 1627:  
    John McEnroe, BBC Sport

    "It's the first time in a long time where [Roger Federer] looked his age and he didn't know what to do. [Novak] Djokovic won Australia, [Rafael] Nadal won the French, Roger won Wimbledon and Andy won the Olympics so it's wide open for the US Open. I can't believe he won that easily."


    Mark Mawdsley on Twitter: "I'm desperately needing sleep as working nights but how can you sleep when Team GB are on fire at every venue again? Awesome!"

    John McG on Twitter: "#TeamGB I just woke up from a dream. Ennis won. Rutherford won. Farah won. Ainslie won. Murray won. Def dream. Back to sleep."

    Paula Fairbairn on Twitter: "I think #Olymics2012 on @BBCSport has been the tonic that our country had needed. Well done to all our amazing athletes!"

  87. 1622:  
    Tim Henman, Olympic silver medallist and BBC Sport tennis pundit

    "Absolutely amazing. Everyone's been talking about whether the roof was going to be closed, who was going to be favourite. I had Federer as slight favourite, but to come out and play the greatest player in our sport and win in under two hours is just unbelievable. There's so much momentum on the British team and Andy has taken advantage of that. It's the best performance I've seen in a big match from him."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "When scores are level in gymnastics, the mark awarded for execution - as opposed to difficulty, which is the other half - is counted first to break the tie.

    "Berki had a difficulty score of 6.9 and an execution score of 9.166, to Smith's higher difficulty of 7.0 but lower execution of 9.066."

  89. 1621: 
    MEDAL CEREMONY- Louis Smith & Max Whitlock, GB (Men's Pommel Horse)

    No messing at the North Greenwich Arena as gymnasts Louis Smith and Max Whitlock receive their silver & bronze medals.


    Sean on Twitter: "We love you Murray, we do! What a match! #London2012 #TeamGB #Tennis"

    Jenny Woods on Twitter: "16 Golds #teamGB Excellent!"

    Nicola Kirsty Scott on Twitter: "Queue the tears. Fantastic by @andy_murray. Gold medal well deserved. #teamGB"

  91. 1619: 

    There are tears in Andy Murray's eyes but this time they are tears of joy. And he's off, clambering his way into players' box to hug his girlfriend Kim, his coaches, and lastly his mother. Roger Federer, meanwhile trudges off the court a beaten man.

  92. 1617: 

    What a few minutes for Great Britain - I'm getting used to saying that - as we scoop a medal of each colour in tennis and gymastics. Superb.

  93. 1614: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Andy Murray, GB (Men's singles tennis)

    Andy Murray wins gold in the men's tennis final after beating Roger Federer 6-2 6-1 6-4 at Wimbledon.

  94. 1613: 
  95. 1608: 

    Louis Smith twists and turns, silence at the arena before they rise to their feet after his dismount. A standing ovation from the Duchess of Cambridge. A routine as flawless as his hair.

  96. 1608:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "We've just seen two stunning pommel horse performances, back-to-back.

    "Max Whitlock coped superbly with his home crowd to score 15.600 and that might just earn the 19-year-old a medal in his Olympic debut.

    "Then Krisztian Berki, the man we expect to challenge Smith for Olympic gold, laid down the biggest marker he could: a routine of 16.066. Smith will need everything in his locker to beat that.

    "If Smith does win now, it'll be the ultimate victory. He cannot hold anything back, he'll have to throw the most difficult moves into his routine and execute them near-perfectly to beat that score."

  97. 1607: 

    Russia's David Belyavskiy is deducted a few points by the eagle-eyed judges for a couple of obvious errors and his 14.733 score means Max Whitlock is guaranteed an Olympic medal! He's currently in silver position.

  98. 1607: 

    Victoria Pendleton's arch nemesis Anna Meares of Australia is in the second heat - and she too qualifies with ease.

  99. 1604: 

    Victoria Pendleton cruises past Ekaterina Gnidenko to win her heat at an absolute canter. She makes it look so, so easy and she is into the last eight.

  100. 1604: 

    Follow that, Louis, says Hungary's Krisztian Berki after a display which earns the double world champion 16.066 points (6.9 difficulty), the highest of the afternoon so far. Chants from the Hungarian fans in the crowd. It's hotting up in north Greenwich.

  101. 1602: 

    Great Britain's showjumpers remain firmly on course for a first Olympic medal since 1984 after Nick Skelton and Ben Maher inspired an impressive team performance at Greenwich Park.

    Skelton, Maher and Scott Brash also comfortably made the latest individual competition qualifying cut, with a further reduction tomorrow taking a field of 35 into Wednesday's final.

    Team medals will be decided tomorrow, and Britain lie equal second overnight with Switzerland, Sweden and Holland on four faults, three penalties behind surprise leaders Saudi Arabia.

    "The crowd was unbelievable again today, and it certainly won't be their fault if we don't win," said Skelton, who is in his sixth Olympics at the age of 54.

  102. 1601: 

    The Pendolino gets a rousing reception as she lines up on the start line for this sprint. She has looked in superb form all week and posted an Olympic record this morning - lapping at 67km an hour. Lightning.

    Here we go...

  103. 1601: 

    The BBC Sport commentators were mightily impressed by Max Whitlock's routine in the pommel horse:

    Christine Still: "What a super-cool guy Max Whitlock is. He always handles the pressure, and more. That time, he gave us something special."

    Matt Baker: "What a performance from the 19-year-old. That was first class."

  104. 1600: 

    Dazzling routine from Max Whitlock and the crowd erupts after the Briton dismounts. The judges are impressed and award him 15.600, which moves Whitlock into first place. Applause from watching team-mate Kristian Thomas and the Dutchess of Cambridge. Keep calm, though, one the favourite Krisztian Berki is next

  105. 1559: 

    As Murray and Smith wow the crowds elsewhere across London, it's over to our cyclists in the Velodrome.

    Victoria Pendleton is in action imminently, as she races Ekaterina Gnidenko in the last 16 of the women's sprint...

  106. 1557: 

    At the pommel horse final, Italy's Alberto Busnair punches the air after going into the lead with a 15.400 score. Only Cyril Tommasone and Hungary's Vid Hidvegi, who was a medal chance, have gone before the Italian though. The latter scored a disappointing 14.300. Just a reminder, the gymnasts only have one chance to impress the judges.

  107. 1552: 

    BBC pundit Christine Still: "There is a lot of opposition for Louis Smith, and we have already seen how very unpredicatable the gymnastics can be at this Olympics. I am sure that France's Cyril Tommasone is going to lay down a great marker at the start."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing at Weymouth

    NZ's Dan Slater, who was second to keep Postma away from challenging Ainslie: "Sailing against Ben has been an absolute pleasure. He's got to go down as the greatest sailor in the world."

  109. 1551:  
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing at Weymouth

    Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma, after seeing a medal slip through his fingers in the Finn medal race: "Before this week I would have taken bronze, out there I could have won gold. I'm pretty disappointed. I have tears in my eyes and on my face."

  110. 1551: 

    Bevo has legged it across the Olympic Park to make it to the velodrome in time - we'll be across all the action from there shortly.

    The highlights are Jason Kenny going in the quarter-finals of the men's sprint, while the men's Omnium gold is decided after 18:00 BST, with Ed Clancy in the medal mix.

  111. 1548: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Velodrome: "Huge cheers in the velodrome. Nothing new there. But it's not another GB track cycling gold medal/world record this time... it's just been announced that Andy Murray is two sets up."

  112. 1548:  
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "Louis Smith walks out into the arena and takes in the inevitable, incredible burst of applause. You'll notice he has a great, big pair of gloves on - to keep his hands, which are absolutely vital to any pommel horse routine, warm while he waits for the other seven to compete. It's not that warm in here so the gloves are doing a useful job."

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "Not since PE class in 1993 have I stared so apprehensively at a pommel horse.

    "Louis Smith will be the last gymnast to go in this eight-man final. By that point, he will know what he has to do - and he can then choose which of two routines to do, the tougher one or the easier one.

    "Watch for his start score - 6.9 is the 'easier' one (I use that term loosely), the harder one could be a 7.1 or 7.2.

    "France's Cyril Tommasone is the first to go and he was second-best in qualifying so must be watched closely. The same applies to Krisztian Berki, the Hungarian star never yet beaten by Smith in a major final, yet still very beatable if Smith finds the right routine.

    "Max Whitlock is an outside medal shot for Britain too. He will be fourth to compete and has the difficulty in his routine to get on the podium."

  114. 1542: 

    Louis Smith's final has started - he goes last.

    You can watch it live on our interactive video player.

    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCel

    "That was a pretty classy display by Natasha Jonas, who is the first British female boxer to win a fight at the Olympics. Underwood had a point to prove, having been beaten by the Scouser at the test event last November, but once she went behind, Jonas found it all too easy to pick her off on the counter. Alas, Jonas faces Ireland's Katie Taylor next - Taylor is a four-time world champion and double-hard."

  116. 1538: 
    ONE TO WATCH- Louis Smith

    Louis Smith is going for Great Britain's first ever gold medal in gymnastics. He took bronze in Beijing and was in superb form in the team final. He goes in the pommel horse final which is about to start.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing at Weymouth

    "Huge cheers ring out as Ben Ainslie arrives back on the slipway. He is greeted by an army of team-mates, press, watching marshals and members of the military. He takes his time packing up his boat and chatting before starting the long round of media duties in the mixed zone."

  118. 1536: 

    Not only is it 100m final day, not only are Great Britain currently mining a deep seam of medal gold for all they are worth, but today is day that Greco-Roman wrestling crash lands into the Olympics.

    We are at the quarter-final stage of the men's 74kg category at the moment where Armenia Arsen Julfalayan of Armenia has just beaten Aliaksandr Kikiniou of Belarus 3-0.

    The most frightening fellow on display so far has been the Azerbaijan coach who looks like a the world's most effective nightclub doorman. An absolute brute of a man.


    Matt Everett on Twitter: "Might help Federer if he actually turned up. Come on Murray!"

    Charlie Watson on Twitter: "Murray is giving Federer nothing. This is fantastic tennis."

    Mike M on Twitter: "Hopping between tennis and gymnastics. The veritable buffet on offer continues. I need another telly!"

  120. 1535: 
    BRONZE MEDAL- Juan Martin Del Potro, ARG (Men's singles tennis)

    It's a rare Olympic medal for Argentina as Juan Martin Del Potro sees off Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon to secure a bronze medal.

    Don't forget that Andy Murray currently leads the final against Roger Federer and you can read a separate live text commentary on that match on our website.

  121. 1529: 

    BBC Sport pundit Christine Still: "That was the biggest surprise, as everyone thought McKayla Maroney would walk the vault competition. Her fall left the door open, and no-one was more experienced than Sandra Izbasa to walk through it. I feel a bit for Maroney, but she just tightened at the end."

  122. 1528: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Sandra Raluca Izbasa, ROM (Women's vault)

    Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbaza takes gold in the vault final with a score of 15.191, with America's McKayla Maroney in silver.

  123. 1525: 

    We've got another sport under way at these Games - the synchronised swimming is go.

    British duo Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici are due to be the 20th pair to compete in this afternoon's technical qualifiers, with light entertainment legend Michael Crawford lending his voice to their routine. Quality.

    The ones to beat are Russia, with Natalia Ischenko known as 'Michael Phelps in a skirt.'

    A nickname which doesn't do anyone any favours to be honest.

    The swimmers are marked on the height of their movements and the strength needed among other things...

  124. 1523: 

    Over at Wembley Arena, it is first blood to Chinese world champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng who have taken the first game against Denmark's Mathias Cae and Carsten Mogensen 21-16 in the men's doubles final. China's Lin Dan won men's singles final a matter of hours ago. They are good at this badders malarky out East.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "We're entering the final stretch now before Louis Smith takes to the hot-pink field of play inside the North Greenwich Arena and competes for gymnastics gold on the pommel horse.

    "If, like most top athletes, he keeps his preparation for the Olympic final exactly the same as his build-up to any other event, then he'll be off somewhere in the depths of this arena, listening to reggae. Always the same. Reggae before routine."

  126. 1517: 

    If you can dodge a would probably still struggle to dodge a vicious spike from Lynne Beattie which thuds into her Japanese opponents' stomach and puts Great Britain within five points at 23-18 in the first set. It is not enough though. Japan end up taking the opener 25-19.


    Mark Dewhurst on Twitter: "So proud to be British, come on Team GB - awesome performance by the whole team."

    Alan Green on Twitter: "Four big screens at Hyde Park, but everyone's watching the Murray match. Huge crowd here."

  128. 1515: 

    Fans of the Matrix should catch the rest of this women's vault final - as we seem to using the same 'bullet-time' style cameras for the replays.

    Keanu Reeves would nail this final.

  129. 1506: 

    Advantage Murray over at Wimbledon. It looks like that blue Great Britain T-shirt might be the colour that suits the British number one. He has carried off the first set 6-2 against Roger Federer in the final of the men's singles. I would say that we have seen this before, but the Scot has just broken to love for a 2-0 lead in the second. There is a dedicated live text commentary for all things SW19 over the way with my colleague Sam Sheringham over the way..

  130. 1505: 

    Tears at the gymnastics as Canadian Elsabeth Black gets her vault all wrong and lands head first in the mat.

    She tries again but pulls up before the springboard with an injured ankle. The crowd still give her a huge ovation though.

  131. 1500: 

    Four-time ABA champion and BBC Sport pundit Lucy O'Connor: "Underwood gave it her absolute all, and what a classy boxer. She kept the pressure on Jonas, but on this occasion, Jonas kept her head and showed the greater experience between them. This is a statement to the world. She enjoyed her success, and this told the world that they need to beat her to get through to the final."

  132. 1459: 

    Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah wrapped in a union flag and backlit by a gazillion camera flashes? Well, it would have been nice but that photo does not exist. Instead we have something better, a baby with Bradley Wiggins sideburns. He is the star of a collection of photos of your own Olympic moments.


    Michael Vinegrad on Twitter: "They just announced Ben Ainslie's gold medal on the tannoy in Kings Cross train station. Massive cheers and clapping. Awesome."

    Any other similar experiences to this? Tweet us via #bbc2012 or text us on 81111.

  134. 1455: 

    Liverpool's Natasha Jonas wins through to the quarter-finals of the women's lightweight boxing with a commanding 21-13 win over Queen Underwood of the United States.

  135. 1451: 

    It's looking good for Natasha Jonas as she opens up a 13-9 lead at the end of the third round of four.

  136. 1450: 

    London 2012 Olympic champion Ben Ainslie adds: "I learnt to sail for fun so it's been a long road but I have had a lot of support over the years and I am just so glad to have done it. It's been incredibly hard - there's a huge amount of pressure to perform at a home Games, it's been the hardest couple of weeks of my life but you just have to get on with the job.

    "You can never say never but I don't think I can sail one of these again, it's killing my body so I don't think you will see me in Rio.

    "But it's the best way to bow out at a home Olympics."

  137. 1449: 

    Doesn't sound like Ben Ainslie intends to sail on to a fifth gold in four years' time...

  138. 1448: 

    Four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie on BBC TV: "It's times like this you are supposed to come out with something clever but I can't think of anything. I am speechless. I am just so glad for everyone who has supported me over the last four years. It has been an amazing Olympics.

    "After six races I was in a bit of trouble, thankfully I turned things round and got it right when it counted. This was one of the hardest courses I have raced on and i don't want to do anything like that again."

  139. 1448: 

    Natasha Jonas lands a crunching right-hand at the start of the second round, but Queen Underwood counters well.

    Jonas then puts her rival on the canvas - briefly - and takes the round to lead 7-6 overall.

  140. 1445: 

    Four-time ABA champion and BBC pundit Lucy O'Connor: "Natasha Jonas made history as the first British female boxer to qualify for the Olympics, and now she has truly made histroy here as the first British female boxer to step into an Olympic ring. These two boxers know each other well, and met at the Olympic test event, where Natasha won."

  141. 1444: 

    Queen Underwood comes out slugging and leads Natasha Jonas 4-3 at the end of the first of four rounds.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "We know how much the British like a five-time Olympic gold medallist - Zou Kai has hit that mark for China with victory in the men's gymnastics floor final, and he's only 24 years old. He won three in Beijing, that's his second here in London, and he has one more final left to come on the high bar on Tuesday.

    "Twenty-four is approaching veteran status by the standards of gymnastics, and successfully defending titles is considered very tricky because gymnastics has such a high turnover rate with younger competitors often preferred."

  143. 1442: 

    Great Britain's hopes of progressing to the last eight of the women's competition were dashed by the Dominican Republic's win over Algeria this morning.

    They have just pride to play for as they continue their search for a second victory in the competition against Japan at Earls Court today. The GB ladies have lost their last three matches after a historic opening victory against Algeria. That gets going at 1445 BST.

  144. 1440: 

    Natasha Jonas gets a rock star's welcome as she comes out to the ring at the ExCeL. She is up against Quanitta Underwood from the USA. Let's get this on...


    Manney on Twitter: "Yes! Well done Ben Ainslie, another gold!"

    Chris Coleman on Twitter: "Well done Ben Ainslie, awesome race. I had no idea what was going on but very exciting."

    Nick Mehta on Twitter: "On train heading out of Dorset. Will miss my wife this week. But first dibs on the remote for the week!"

  146. 1436: 

    So, Britain's Ben Ainslie is now officially the most-decorated Olympic sailor ever. He punches the air in celebration, although he will have to be careful not to be too animated otherwise he might fall in. Back on dry land, half of Weymouth is going crazy in celebration.

    Shirley Robertson, Two-time Olympic sailing champion & BBC Sport pundit

    On Ben Ainslie's gold medal: "What a week it has been. 10 races and a real battle. He knew what he had to do, he had to stay ahead of Denmark and he did it. Four gold medals for Ben Ainslie, what a star he is."

  148. 1433: 
  149. 1431: 

    We are still on for a tense finish in the sailing. Ben Ainslie is round the fifth mark in eighth place, and still ahead of Jonas Hogh-Christensen. But Ainslie has to be careful not to to be too distracted with that battle because Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma is moving up the places too. This is a critical moment because if Postma finishes first in this race, Ainslie needs to be in the top seven to beat him to gold. Postma is now second.

  150. 1431: 

    Freya Murray, a late replacement for injured Paula Radcliffe, was the best placed Briton in the marathon as she finished in 44th place.

    "It was a brilliant experience and, hopefully, a stepping stone to Glasgow 2014 [Commonwealth Games] and Rio 2016 [Olympics]," she said.

    "I just had to keep fit and when I got the call last Sunday I was devastated for Paula but excited. I feel I have justified my selection."

  151. 1430: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Lin Dan, CHN (Men's badminton)

    Lin Dan of China takes gold in the men's singles badminton after beating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 15-21 21-10 21-19.

  152. 1426: 
    That's a record

    A record 719,000 people turned out to watch Olympic events on Saturday - 92% of London 2012's capacity - according to Games organisers Locog. So far, a total of about 5.1 million spectators have watched the Games, including more than one million visitors to the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

    Shirley Robertson, Two-time Olympic sailing champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "It's never simple on this course. The wind has got a lot lighter and the sailors are just taking things easy. It's all very very different to how it was before. That's why Ben has changed sides on the race course."

  154. 1424: 

    If things stay as they are on this final circuit, Ben Ainslie will take Finn gold. Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen is trying everything he can, trying for a different part of the course in search of more wind... but Ainslie is cool, calm and in control of this race and follows him across.

  155. 1423: 

    History in the making everywhere you look at these Games, and Natasha Jonas is about to become the first British woman to fight at an Olympics.

    Her lightweight fight against Quanitta 'Queen' Underwood is due to start at 14:30 BST and you can watch the action live right here on our interactive video player.

  156. 1417: 

    I think we might be in for another close finish here. Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma appears to be out of the race for Finn gold but there is not much between Britain's Ben Ainslie and Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen.

  157. 1414: 

    A huge roar on the headland as Britain's Ben Ainslie rounds the third mark, still on course for Finn gold. Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen is still on his tail, though.


    James Eaton on Twitter: "Tennis or sailing? Which one should I watch? Andy or Ben?"

    Simon Simcox on Twitter: "Worried that, after last night, it will be 'silver sunday' today."

  159. 1411: 

    Ben Ainslie is in gold medal position at the second mark, up to third-place in this Finn medal race and catching the French boat in front of him. He is flying... and his Danish rival is back in the pack.

  160. 1411: 

    It's a big day for Andy Murray and you can follow a designated live text commentary from Sam Sheringham on Murray's quest for gold against the great Roger Federer right here on our website.

    Tune in.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at the tennis at Wimbledon

    "The Centre Court roof is opening for the start of Andy Murray's men's singles final against Roger Federer. It was also open for the start of their Wimbledon final on 8 July and the natural conditions seemed to suit Murray far better. The Scot dominated the first set and much of the second, even though Federer edged it to level the match. After the roof was closed in game three of the third set, Federer wrapped up a comfortable victory.

    "Here come the players to a rapturous ovation, pop music and sunshine…"

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "Those members of the audience who are here to see Louis Smith's bid for pommel horse gold will need to bite their nails for an hour and a half or so yet. First up, the men's floor final followed by the women's vault final.

    "Kohei Uchimura, who added Olympic all-around gold to his three world titles earlier this week - he's not bad, is Kohei - competes first on the floor and sets an impressive mark of 15.800 for the other seven to hit. In the market for his third medal and second title of London 2012."

  163. 1406: 

    Jonas Hogh-Christensen got off to a good start but Ainslie left him to look for more wind on the right-hand side of the course. It's worked too. Ainslie is fifth, three places ahead of the Dane.

    There's a lot going on in this battle of the bay, though. Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma is in front of Ainslie and, if he wins, Ainslie needs to finish in the top seven to take gold.

  164. 1406: 

    By royal appointment - rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who won Great Britain's first gold of London 2012 with victory in the women's coxless pairs, have been given a tour of Buckingham Palace. Palace workers said they cried when the duo won gold.

  165. 1403: 

    Canadian show jumper Tiffany Foster has been disqualified from the Olympic team jumping event because of inflammation in one of the forelegs of her horse Victor, leaving Canada with a team of three.

    Foster, who is making her Olympic debut, was in tears as team captain Eric Lamaze and Chef d'equipe Terrence Millar escorted her back to the international team tent.

    The Canadian team will now have only three members in contention in the final, which means all scores count. Other four-member teams are permitted to drop their weakest score.

  166. 1400: 

    Ben Ainslie and his Danish rival Jonas Hogh-Christensen are having a game of hide and seek behind the start boat, with Ainslie trying to get on to Christensen's tail... they are waiting for the klaxon... and here we go!

  167. 1359:  
    Gail Emms, Olympic silver medallist and badminton pundit

    "Lin Dan has bounced back, tying the match after winning the game 21-10. Lin Dan was very stubborn and made him work. He pushed Lee Chong Wei to the utter limit and broke him, broke his spirit. He couldn't form anything and he made a dozen unforced errors.

    "The tables have turned. This third game is going to be about heart, determination, everything. This is a high quality match. It will be down to who can be physically and mentally strong."

  168. 1358: 
  169. 1357: 

    China's Lin Dan has levelled up the men's singles final, taking the second game 21-10 against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei. It is a repeat of the final from Beijing which Lin won in a straightforward couple of games. The decider is under way on the BBC Sport interactive video player on the desktop version of this website.

  170. 1354: 

    British sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have been talking to BBC One after they took silver in the Star class, missing out on gold to Sweden by one place in the medal race.

    Percy: "It feels cruel, sometimes. It was ridiculous conditions at the end. We feel a little robbed, but that is the way it goes."

    Simpson: "You are never 100% confident. We didn't get it right and can't blame anyone but ourselves. We had a great regatta overall, and we are really frustrated. We tried our hardest, but it wasn't to be."

  171. 1352: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Jin Jong-Oh, KOR (Men's 50m pistol)

    Jin Jong-Oh wins the men's 50m pistol shooting gold medal in a South Korean one-two with Choi Young-Rae taking silver and China's Wang Zhiwei earning bronze.


    Jo Frazer-Wise on Twitter: "I do wish that our Olympians would stop apologising for silver or bronze! It's still an amazing achievement!"

    Theresa Hart on Twitter: "Feel for the sailing pair, they did so well they should be proud. Go Ben for the next race."

    BBC boxing commentator Ron McIntosh after the first ever female boxing bout at the Olympics:

    "In this contest between these two familiar rivals, the Russian prevailed again by 12-9. The Olympic boxing ring has been the birthplace for so many legends, and it has a new, fresh chapter as women competed for the first time."

  174. 1350: 

    So, over to Ben Ainslie to supply Britain's first sailing gold of these Games.

    His gold medal race in the Finn class is coming up at 14:00 BST. If Ainslie finishes ahead of Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen, or no worse than seventh if Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma wins the finale, then he will top the podium and become the most-decorated sailor in Olympic history.

  175. 1347: 

    Another set of women's pioneers, Serena and Venus Williams, are within a point of defending their doubles title, leading Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4 5-4 and serving for the match. The Americans are being held up at deuce, but it might not be long...

  176. 1342: 
    BOXING- Olympic history made

    A historic moment at ExCeL as Russian Elena Savelyeva and North Korea's Hye Song Kim engage in the first women's boxing match at the Games. Savelyeva looks like becoming the first woman to win a boxing match at the Games as she takes a 9-6 lead into the fourth and final round.

    Shirley Robertson, Two-time Olympic sailing champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "The Swedish team didn't know they had won gold, they had to go ask one of the camera boats to ask their result. Fredrik Loof has been going to the Olympic games since 1992, he's won two bronzes but never stood on top of the podium. Great elation for them, but huge disappointment for the British team."


    Paddy Emmerson on Twitter: "A silver medal is a fantastic result but can't help thinking Percy & Simpson will feel they let the gold slip away."

  179. 1340: 
    Sailing - British duo win silver

    Agony for British sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, who had led the Star class all week and only needed a top-six finish to take gold after seeing Sweden cross the line first. They were fifth with less than 100m to go and Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen had to ask the camera boat if they had triumphed overall - they had. Britain take silver, and Brazil finish in bronze.

    Gail Emms, Olympic silver medallist and badminton pundit

    "Lee Chong Wei has taken the first game 21-15 in his men's singles badminton final against Lin Dan. It's still only a first game but I really think Lee Chong Wei needed that if he was going to stand a chance in this match.

    "That game was all about Lin Dan's mistakes and unforced errors - he made double that Lee Chong Wei did, which is unusual. For Lee Chong Wei, this allows him now to play his own game and it's looking good for him."

  181. 1337: 
  182. 1335: 

    Ethiopia's Tiki Gelena is up and jogging once again as she goes and embraces her supporters. She is wrapped up in her national flag, a much better look than one of those big rolls of Bacofoil that you see amateurs finishers sporting.

    Great Britain's Freya Murray is through the finish in 44th in a time of 2:32.14. Claire Hallissey is still out somewhere on the course while Mara Yamauchi pulled out around 5km through injury.

  183. 1332: 

    The last 100m were disastrous for Great Britain. Sweden have finished first and Britain have been given a provisional seventh place. Nothing has been confirmed, but that would only be enough for silver for GB.


    Tristan on Twitter: "Is it true that if Yorkshire was a country they would be 7th in the medal table?"

    Adrian Yeo on Twitter: "I only watched the last 15 minutes of the women's marathon and I am exhausted."

  185. 1332: 

    Sweden lead the way in the sixth and final leg of the Star class medal race. Britain are in the pack behind them, in fourth at the moment. Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson need to finish in the top six to secure gold. Brazil are eighth and have a lot of work to do.

    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the gymnastics at North Greenwich Arena

    "Louis Smith has waited his whole life for this moment. Four years ago, as a 19-year-old, Smith became the first British gymnast in a century to win an individual Olympic medal.

    "Now, he can become the first British gymnast to ever win an Olympic gold. Ever-ever.

    "None of this we-got-silver-in-rope-climbing-in-1924 chat, there has never been a British Olympic gold medallist in gymnastics. Louis Smith, today, is the favourite in the pommel horse final.

    "He is the last of the eight gymnasts to compete in the last final of the day, which starts at 15:45 BST. He will know exactly what he has to do to win."

  187. 1330:  
    Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram on Tiki Gelana's victory:

    "The crowd in the Mall roared the Ethiopian home. She showed in Rotterdam she could run a fast time, and this time she did it on the Olympic stage. The pre-race favourite Mary Keitany was almost jogging at the end as her dream of winning the Olympics was taken away by Tiki Gelana."

  188. 1329: 

    Gelana breaks the tape and takes a well-earned rest as she slumps down on the tarmac to watch Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo come in second with Russia's Tatyana Arkhipova Petrova third. Mary Keitany is fourth. That is Ethiopia's first woman's marathon medal since Fatuma Roba won gold in Atlanta in 1996.

  189. 1326: 

    We are all set for a close finish in this Star class medal race. Great Britain, Sweden and Brazil are in a three-way battle for gold.

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at the tennis at Wimbledon

    American sisters Serena and Venus Williams win the opening set of the women's doubles semi-final against Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova 6-4 in 53 minutes under the Centre Court roof.

    Serena and Venus are aiming to become the first players, male or female, to secure four Olympic gold medals having both won one in singles and two in doubles.

    Elsewhere, rain has stopped play in the men's singles bronze medal match on Court One, with Serbia's Novak Djokovic leading Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 3-2 in the first set.

    Shirley Robertson, Two-time Olympic sailing champion & BBC Sport pundit

    "I wonder whether Andrew Simpson is doing the arithmetic on board to work out whether they're in the gold medal position. It's going to be touch and go here right until the end."

  192. 1323: 

    Good news from Weymouth. Brazil have lost places at the third mark in this medal race in the Star class and are now eighth - as long as Britain stay in front they will finish ahead of them overall, and they are sitting in fifth spot after some excellent work by Iain Percy.

    They need to keep an eye on Sweden too, though, if they finish first, the GB boat needs to be in the top six or better to get gold. The Swedes are second right now.

  193. 1323: 

    Tiki Gelana presses on and Priscah Jeptoo grimaces as he rattles around the gearbox and cannot find the required change of pace to stay with her. It is Gelana surely from here for marathon gold.

  194. 1322: 

    It looks like pre-race marathon favourite Mary Keitany has folded her hand first. A gap of 25m has opened up between her and the leaders. Next to go is Russian Tatyan Arkhipova Petrova a minute later. It will be a two-way scrap between Priscah Jeptoo and Tiki Gelana for gold.

  195. 1319:  
    Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator Brendan Foster on BBC One:

    "You like to get the marathon finished before it becomes a sprint, but I cannot see that happening today."

  196. 1319: 

    Two kilometres to go in the marathon and the crowds are four or five deep as the leading group make their way along the Embankment. It looks like the supporters are going to be rewarded for getting out of bed on a Sunday with a grandstand finish.

  197. 1317:  
    Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator Brendan Foster on BBC One:

    "None of the four athletes at the front will know who has a fast sprint finish, as none of them have seen each other go for it at the end before."

  198. 1317: 

    Russia's Tatyana Arkhipova Petrova looks like the pace at the front of the leading group is starting to get the lactic biting. Someone is going to lose out on a medal and the odds look shorter on her missing out than any of Tiki Gelana, Mary Keitany or Priscah Jeptoo.

  199. 1315: 

    Katherine Grainger winning her first rowing gold medal is one of the highlights of the Games so far. The emotional Olympic champion has been speaking to BBC Sport's Mishal Husain about her relief at finally achieving Olympic gold after three consecutive silver medals. Grainger, 36, said the support of the British public helped her and team-mate Anna Watkins to victory, but remains coy on whether or not she will retire from rowing or compete in Rio 2016.

  200. 1313: 

    The British duo of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are still going well and are fourth at the second mark, one place ahead of the Brazilians. It is looking good for Percy and Simpson at the moment.

    If you're feeling inspired by Britain's soon to be spectacular sailing succcesses*, and/or want to know the rules and regulations affecting Ben Ainslie & co, then check out our event guide to find out how to get involved yourself.

    * Hopefully

  201. 1311: 

    Alongside Mary Keitany, winner of the London marathon in the last two years, is compatriot and world silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo along with Russia's Tatyana Petrova and Rotterdam winning Ethiopian Tiki Gelana. Four kilometres to go and they are still brushing elbows they are so closely packed.


    Stuart Brailey on Twitter: "Still no sleep - back to work in 2 hours for the whole night! Can't stop watching Olympics #sleepisforwimps."

    Natasha Baker on Twitter: "Whilst watching the women's marathon, I'm eating a Boston cream doughnut. I'll never be a true athlete."

    David Ornstein, BBC Sport at Wimbledon

    American sisters Serena and Venus Williams win the opening set of the women's doubles semi-final against Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova 6-4 in 53 minutes under the Centre Court roof.

    Serena and Venus are aiming to become the first players, male or female, to secure four Olympic gold medals having both won one in singles and two in doubles.

    Elsewhere, rain has stopped play in the men's singles bronze medal match on Court One, with Serbia's Novak Djokovic leading Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 3-2 in the first set.

    Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator Brendan Foster on BBC One:

    On the women's marathon: "We are all waiting for something to happen. Will the Russian move? Is Kenya's Mary Keitany going to stretch out? There is not that far to go now."

  205. 1305: 

    News from Weymouth, where Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson's gold medal race in the Star class is now under way. They have made a good start too, and crucially are ahead of their Brazilian rivals for gold, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada.

  206. 1259: 

    Plenty to look forward to this evening, too, when we get to find out the small matter of who is the fastest man in the world.

    The semi-finals of the men's 100m final are at 19:45 BST, with the final at 21:50... will we see Usain Bolt's trademark lightning celebration at the end of it all, or will Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay or Asafa Powell, erm, steal his thunder? Blink and you will miss it.

    And, after Saturday's sensational Team GB treble in track and field, there is a chance of yet another British athletic gold medal too. Christine Ohuruogu will defend her 400m crown at 21:10.

  207. 1255: 

    Yes, Sunday's morning session is behind us. What's coming up? Lots, with Great Britain going for gold in tennis, gymnastics and sailing and cycling.

    On court, Andy Murray is chasing glory on two fronts, on his own (not before 14:00 BST) and with Laura Robson in the mixed doubles (after he's finished his singles final against Roger Federer), while Louis Smith goes in the men's pommel horse final (15:40), sailor Ben Ainslie looks to wrap up his fourth Olympic gold by finishing ahead of Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen in the Finn medal race (14:00) and track cyclist Ed Clancy goes for his second gold of these Games in the men's multi-discipline omnium (his final event at 18:15).

    But it is in a boat where we will begin. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson look to defend their Olympic Star title. The pair lead Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada by eight points, with Sweden four points further adrift, going into their medal race... which is due to start at 13:00.

  208. 1250: 

    Hello, welcome to the afternoon session of day nine of the Olympics. If you are in the market for more British medals, you have come to the right place...

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