London 2012 Olympics: Day 10 morning session as it happened

Britain's Lawrence Okoye reaches the discus final, while the women's 1500m trio advance to their semi-finals and sprint canoeist Tim Brabants reaches his final.

6 August 2012 Last updated at 13:47

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    We are jumping across to a fresh live text commentary slate for the live text commentary on this afternoon's sessions. Join us on the other side right now.

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    That is your lot in terms of action from the Olympic Stadium this morning.

    There has been history made over at ExCeL where Japan are guaranteed their first ever table tennis medal after Ai Fukuhara, Kasumi Ishikawa and Sayaka Hirano qualified for the final of the women's team final with a 3-0 win over Sinagpore

    They will face China in Tuesday's final after they dispatched Singapore by the same scoreline.


    Liam in Hereford, via text on 81111: "Some people cannot be satisfied. We're in 3rd place in the medal table. In 2000 and 2004 we were 10th. We are making massive progress, we've even won gymnastics medals! Be proud!"

    Smithy from Kent, via text on 81111: "I think we have to remain realistic, what Team GB have achieved at a home Olympics so far is incredible, we're not in the same league in some events but what we have done is something to be mighty proud of. To be nestled behind the athlete conveyor belts that are Team USA and the Chinese is awesome."

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    Team GB's canoeing performance director John Anderson, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It's the first of six days and it's all green lights for Team GB so far. The job today was to progress and we have done that. All the boats we were aiming for have qualified. Tim Brabants finished fourth in his semi-final, but he was in lane one and the strong crosswind meant he was competing in choppier waters. When you look at the margin between him and the winner, which was under two seconds, I was happy. I hope he can step up and perform in the final."

  5. 1249: 

    Holly Bleasdale, who will compete in the women's pole vault final from 19:00 BST, tells BBC Sport: "When I watched the Beijing Olympics, I didn't know what pole vault was - now I am in the final. Because I am still young, I want to enjoy the experience. I want to get into the top six, and anything above that would be a bonus. To be wearing the Team GB kit, I am so proud and privileged. It means the world to me to compete in front of my home crowd."

    Also in action this evening in the Olympic Stadium are Great Britain athletics team captain Dai Greene in the final of the 400m hurdles and Perri Shakes-Drayton in the semi-finals of the women's event.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    In the women's Laser Radial class (starting at 1300 BST) the top four are within one point of each other. They are Lijia Xu of China (33 points), Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands (33), Annalise Murphy of Ireland (34) and Evi van Acker of Belgium (34). Britain's Alison Young is fifth but 20 points adrift - to have any chance of a medal she would need some disqualifications, which is unlikely.

    Also on the water from 1500 BST, British 49er duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes are third with two races of the opening 15-race series left. In the men's 470, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, in second, look to keep the pressure on Australia.

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

    "After that monster throw, Lawrence Okoye sat in his seat, head bowed, no doubt daring to dream about how far he can go in his first Olympic discus final.

    "Eventually, Okoye walked over to the stands where his coach was sat to a rapturous applause from the home crowd.

    "The British record holder qualified in fourth with 65.28m but that's a way of his best of 68.24m. A medal is a long shot. But if he can come close to his best, it's definitely possible."

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    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis: "Go on Lawrence!! Brilliant throw!!!"

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    Sad times by the way for Ethiopia's world indoor champion Genezebe Dibaba who limped in tenth in the third 1500m heat. She has one of the fastest times in the world this year, but will not get a chance to strut her stuff again in the Olympic Stadium. She is helped away off the track in a wheelchair, clutching her hamstring.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Lawrence Okoye has bags of talent and to produce something like that to reach the final is tremendous."

    Paul Dickenson, BBC athletics commentator

    "Well done Lawrence Okoye, what a fantastic effort. All of a sudden, he has put himself into the frame to be a medallist. He had a shocking start this morning, but he came good eventually and is into the final."

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    ATHLETICS- Lawrence Okoye through to discus final

    Lawrence Okoye whips round the throwing circle with the fleet-footed agility of Michael Flatley and the discus responds to his sharp footwork as it flies out to 65.28m - a distance that guarantees his place in the final tomorrow evening. Okoye roars his approval and coach John Hillier is on his feet in the stands.

    Okoye's effort is the fourth-best this morning. Team-mate Abdul Buhari can't follow him into the final though with his best of 60.08m short of the 65m plus required.


    Road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead on Twitter: "The latest culprits to spell my name wrong, the GB house wall of athletes, I corrected it so all is forgiven."

  14. 1230: 

    Dicky in Chester, via text on 81111: "I think we should start a new campaign called 'Hug an Aussie'. After their dire performance to date - finishing second to the Poms - they don't even have cricket to fall back on. Go on, find your nearest Antipodean cousin, give them a big hug and tell them not to worry as it's the taking part that matters. They will thank you for it."

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    Australia will review the performance of its swimming team after being left without an individual gold medallist for the first time since the 1976 Montreal Games.

    "We must do everything possible to get Australian swimming back on top," said Swimming Australia president David Urquhart.

  16. 1228: 

    Laura Weightman, who qualified for the 1500m semi-finals, tells BBC Sport: "I am really pleased to get in the top six. The crowd were unbelievable. When my name got announced it was a great feeling. They helped me through the race, the crowd in the last 200m got me over the line."

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Paul Goodison and Tom Slingsby have just passed through the mixed zone ahead of the Laser medal race at 1400 BST. Goodison is relaxed, knowing there is nothing to race for but pride and says he is suprised to have made the medal race given the state of his back.

    "Slingsby said he didn't sleep much last night, knowing what is at stake today and the fact that the course near the Weymouth shore can throw up some unpredictable results as we saw in the Finn and Star finals. Slingsby said he watched those from the ticketed area near Nothe Fort to get an idea of the conditions and says he is not taking anything - especially his 14-point lead - for granted."

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    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "That was a brilliant race by Laura Weightman, she picked them off one by one and kept going. She will get accolades for that run and she should enjoy it. Steve Cram is her coach and he is delighted. This is her first Games, and it certainly won't be her last."

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    ATHLETICS- Laura Weightman through to 1500m semis

    Great Britain's Laura Weightman scrapes through to the semi-final of the 1500m with a shrewd run that carries her home in the sixth and final qualifying spot of the third and final heat.

    She was down in eighth with around 200m to go, but Weightman picked off the two ladies ahead of her with dead-eyed accuracy.

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    Robin in Aberdeen, via text on 81111: "To Peter from Maidstone at 1135; Seriously? Either that was said with a vast amount of your tongue firmly lodged in a cheek or your expectations have become massively blurred by the excellent Team GB performances of the last 72 hours. Not everyone of our athletes can deliver a medal but they sure as hell will be trying... At least give them credit for that!"

    Barry in Poole, via text on 81111: "The worry for Team GB athletics is the failure to get into finals. With the notable exception of our stalwarts, who may not be competing in four years, our athletes are well down on the world best and second best. As with the swimming, the coaching setup in this country needs an overhaul."

    Steve in Reading, via text on 81111: "We are only great at sitting down - rowing, sailing, cycling all sports you sit down in. Even the long jump is just running to sit down!"

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    Lisa Dobriskey, who won her 1500m semi-final in impressive fashion, tells BBC Sport: "It was unbelievable racing in that atmosphere, and I needed to bury some demons. I am really pleased, it has given me the confidence to deal with a slow race. I had been doubting my speed and kick. I was terrified it wouldn't go my way, but I feel so much better to have dealt with that. I am really pleased."

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    Lawrence Okoye gets the big build-up from the public address announcer as he prepares for his first throw in discus qualifying. He promptly nearly decapitates a pair of photographers as his throw skews out of his hand. It is outside the permitted angle and is racked up as a foul on the scoreboard. Okoye looks accusingly at his chalk-dusted palms.

    Whatever went wrong is sorted by the time he climbs into the circle for a second time and launches the little blighter out to 63.00m. That is good enough for a share of 13th. He will need to nudge it out a little further though with his last attempt - only the top 12 go into tomorrow evening's final.

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    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Seb Coe, chairman of Games organisers Locog, has been talking about whether he'd correctly predicted Usain Bolt's 100m victory last night.

    He said: "I never thought he'd lose that race, he knew too much. The difference between winning and losing at an Olympic Games is the way you control yourself, that guy just knows how to close the deal.

    "He showed them last night that is the essential and crucial asset, to control it before the race. He does it better than anyone I know."

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    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "It sounds like an Olympic final here, the crowd have really taken to Lisa Dobriskey. I watched her during the race, she was looking good, looking for an easy way through, and the crowd in the finishing straight helped her. The good news is she is confident again, she is on her way to the Olympic 1500m semi-final. To have that run under her belt will stand her in good stead."

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    ATHLETICS- Dobriskey into 1500m semi-finals

    Lisa Dobriskey, who ran her fastest time in almost two years in July, looks like she has timed her Olympic preparations to perfection.

    A really commanding run from her as as she strides down the home straight to pip Morocco's Siham Hilali in a time of 4:13.33. The crowd were bellowing their encouragement all the way along the last 100m.

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    Jess Walker, Rachel Cawthorn, Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers take fourth place in the K4 kayak 500m semi-finals. The British quartet finish behind Poland, Belarus and Russia but their time of 1:31.550 puts them into the final at 1044 BST on Wednesday.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    Britain's defending Laser champion Paul Goodison and the champions-elect Tom Slingsby & Pavlos Kontides are all rigging up side-by-side in a sunny boat park here on Portland. Goodison's challenge was scuppered by a bad back, leaving five-time world champ Slingsby and Kontides to fight it out. Slingsby was favourite for Beijing but ended 22nd. Kontides will be winning Cyprus's first ever Olympic medal, in any sport, if he does it.


    Women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe: "Nice run @hannengland so well deserved after how hard you fought back this year. X"

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    Great Britain's Lisa Dobriskey, fourth in the final of Beijing four years ago, will attempt to join Hannah England in the 1500m semi-finals in the next heat on track.

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    Hannah England, who is returning from a freak injury after being spiked earlier in the season, on qualifying for the 1500m semi-finals: "I'm so, so happy and very relieved. Making the semi-final was about all the cross-training and the coaching. I can't believe I managed to run like that and it will set me up for the next round."

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    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "I was very impressed with Hannah England and delighted that the world championship silver medallist is in the semi-final of the 1500m. That was tough. I always get nervous when athletes try the inside route. She looked comfortable and there was a bit of pace on the home straight as she finished in fifth place."

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    From BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "It was 'poetic justice' that the person who threw a bottle on to the track before the 100m final was sat near to a Dutch judoka in the Olympic Stadium last night, says Games chairman Seb Coe.

    "Throwing a bottle on to the field of play is unacceptable not just at an Olympic Games, at any sports venue," said Coe. "The guy was removed, anyone who does that in future will be removed.

    "It was poetic justice that they did that sitting next to a judo player. I think the expression is 'Ippon'."'

  33. 1158: 
    ATHLETICS- Hannah England qualifies for 1500m semis

    Hannah England is safely home in fifth to qualify for the semi-finals of the 1500m. She was walking a bit of a tightrope on the inside line, risking being boxed in by the rest in a race that featiured a bit of push and shove, but she gets the space to stretch her legs in the final 150m. Ethiopia's Abeba Aregawi wins in 4:04.55, Russia's Tatyana Tomashova is second.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Greenwich Park for the equestrian team showjumping final:

    "Greenwich Park is filling up ahead of the final day of the team showjumping competition and hopes are high that Great Britain can end their 28-year wait for an Olympic medal. Their quartet of Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles sit equal second, three penalties behind surprise leaders Saudi Arabia, with the action set to start at 1400 BST.

    "Designer Bob Ellis's course features miniature reproductions of London landmarks such as Nelson's Column and Tower Bridge and I'm going to get a chance to walk it later with some fellow journos and snappers. I just hope they don't ask us to saddle up and take it on. Some of the fences are taller than I am!"

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    Russia's Tatyana Tomoshova, back from a ban for tampering with urine samples, leads at the bell in the first women's 1500m heat. Hannah England is well placed on the inside.


    Great Britain hockey player Ashleigh Ball ahead of game v Netherlands: "Feeling the home support today!! Mood is good after a team priming session in the gym. Huge game tonight 7pm #TeamGB"

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    Now on track is the first round of the women's 1500m. Great Britain's Hannah England won world silver in Daegu last year, but has struggled to rediscover that form this season. She was a distant 11th in the London Grand Prix in July. Still, she is all smiles as the camera pans across the athletes faces pre-gun.

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    Great Britain's Abdul Buhari has slung the discus out to 54.20 in his first throw in discus qualifying. That is almost 10 metres down on the leading effort so far.

    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "After Ben Ainslie's heroics and the silver from Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson the sailing regatta moves into the second week with medal-race day in the Laser class. Sadly, today, there are unlikely to be any British gongs.

    In the men's Laser, defending champion Paul Goodison is sixth and is racing for pride after struggling with a bad back this week. Australia's Tom Slingsby, the five-time world champion, leads by 14 points from Cyprus's Pavlos Kontides and it's between those two. But Sweden's Rasmus Myrgren in third is just one point ahead of Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic."

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    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the canoe sprint at Eton Dorney:

    "Britain's Tim Brabants was a relieved man after sneaking into Wednesday's final by taking the final automatic qualifying spot in his K1 1000m semi-final. The reigning Olympic champion, who has struggled with illness and rivalry while facing competition for his place in the team from Paul Wycherley, said he was 'not quite in Beijing shape' but insisted he felt good and come finals day "anything can happen".

  41. 1145: 

    Australia are languishing at 24th in the Olympic medal table with only one gold, as hosts Great Britain sit proudly in third with rivals New Zealand 14th. But the Aussies are hopeful of another victory through sailor Tom Slingsby on Monday, while favourite Sally Pearson was the fastest qualifier in the women's 100m hurdles.

    Deputy chief de mission Kitty Chiller said: "To catch GB now, I don't like to use the words 'nigh-on impossible' but it's going to be extremely difficult. New Zealand, we don't want to suffer jokes for the next three years and 50 weeks until Rio, so hopefully we can overcome them. They've had a fantastic start.

    "It's easy to count medals on the medal tally; it's easiest to count gold medals - yeah, we're in 24th place. In the overall standings, we're equal eighth, which a lot of people forget and don't mention."

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    The United States' Duane Solomon takes the final 800m heat, strolling through in 1:46.05 with Robert Lathouwers of the Netherlands and Andre Olivier of South Africa also qualifying.

    Russia's Yuriy Borzakovskiy, the European champion, is through as one of the fastest losers after finishing fifth in that speedy fourth heat.

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    Ethiopia's Mohammed Aman is one of the few men to have slayed David Rudisha over two laps of the track, beating the Kenyan by seven hundredths of a second in Milan in September when he was aged just 17. Aman, now 18, wins his 800m heat in 1.47.34 with not one of his carefully coiffeured hairs out of place.

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    Peter from Maidstone, via text on 81111: "After a great start it looks like British Athletics is slipping into its usual poor performance."

    Darryl from Rochester, via text on 81111: "As Team GB are great at cycling and boating, I am starting a campaign to have pedalo recognised as an olympic sport. Guaranteed medals! Whos with me?"

    Mart, via text on 81111: "Being a competitive dad I learned that getting an egg with the same curvature profile as the spoon was the tactics for victory for my 6 year old."

    Bit harsh that Peter, we were celebrating Chrstine Ohuruogu's silver about 14 hours ago...

  45. 1130: 

    Great Britain's Michael Rimmer after failing to qualify for the 800m: "I'm shocked. Shocked. I just wanted to make sure I got in the top three to qualify for the semi-finals. I was confident taking it on but my legs didnt have a change of gears. In Portugal at the training camp I was PBing every session. I'm confused."

  46. 1130: 

    It's game over for Richard Jefferies as he finishes eighth and last in the second 1000m canoe single (C1) semi-final, almost a minute behind first-place Mathieu Goubel of France. He was never likely to challenge over this distance and will now turn his attention to the 200m heats on Friday morning.

    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On Michael Rimmer: "Sadly that's the end of his Olympic competition. It's disappointing to see him in fifth place and he will take no further part. We've got one athlete for the semi-final and it's not Michael Rimmer."

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    ATHLETICS- Rimmer out of 800m

    Michael Rimmer is leading with 250m to go, before he is overtaken by Egypt's Hamada Mohamed. Even then he looks well-placed in the top three down the home straight, but the Briton is ambushed as Sajad Moradi and Masato Yokota surge through. Rimmer finishes fifth and, with a slow time for the first lap, his campaign is over.

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    Tim Brabants on reaching the final of K1 kayak 1000m: "Unfortunately I drew the outside lane one and I knew I'd have my work cut out because of the way the wind blows across the lake but the crowd gave me a lift. It was a tight race and I'm pleased I made the final. I'm not in Beijing shape but you've got to be in the final to compete for gold. Any guy could win, they are all such good athletes. I feel good, anything could happen in the final."

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    A massed finish in the fourth 800m heat with six runners in shot as the United States' Nick Symmonds wins in 1:49.91. Russia's European champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy, who won the event in Athens, faces a nervous wait to see if he will make the semi-finals after coming home fifth.

    Great Britain's Michael Rimmer is up next in heat five - he is third quickest on paper. Unfortunately races are not run on paper...


    Great Britain swimmer Lizzie Simmonds: "Can you imagine if they had an egg and spoon race at the Olympics.. True test of speed, power and balance #justsaying"

  52. 1114: 

    Former British kayaker and BBC Sport summariser Helen Reeves on defending Olympic champion Tim Brabants's qualification for the final: "He's had a tough two years. He came back after 18 months out of the sport to win silver at the World Championship in 2010 but he was struck by injury and needed an operation and has been trying to make a steady comback since. He will be really pleased to come out and nail the semi-final and be in Wednesday's final."

  53. 1114: 

    It's a women's Group B basement battle between USA and South Africa at the Riverbank Arena. South Africa are bottom of the pile with zero points from their four matches, but they've opened up a 3-0 lead over the fifth-place Americans.

  54. 1111: 

    Abubaker Kaki leads at the bell and punches his way through the back straight to win his 800m heat in 1:45.51. Gareth Warburton can't quite keep in touch with those around him though and is cut adrift by the front four in the final 50m. He finishes fifth and, with another two athletes from previous heats having already run faster, his campaign is over.

  55. 1109: 
    CANOE SPRINT- Brabants into final

    Britain's defending Olympic champion Tim Brabants sneaks into the K1 kayak 1000m final after finishing fourth in his semi. The Dr's hopes of winning gold again look slim, but he will be pleased to be in with a medal shot on Wednesday.

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    One through then in the 800m, with another two Britons still to run. Gareth Warburton is next up and may find it tough going in a heat that includes world silver medallist Abubaker Kaki.

  57. 1106: 

    Andrew Osagie after qualifying from his 800m heat: "I was relaxed and felt comfortable. Was outside qualifying until the last couple of metres but I didnt panic. I'm renowned for being rubbish in heats but I'm sure I'll be fine tomorrow evening. We're trying to match the crowd with our performances."

  58. 1105:  
    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "What a pleasure to watch the world record holder David Rudisha in action. It was a little bit close for comfort for Britain's Andrew Osagie but he nudges third place. If I'd been his coach I'd have been a little nervous. He timed it brilliantly, if you look at it with hindsight."

  59. 1103: 

    David Rudisha stretches out and leaves the chasing pack choking on his dust to win in 1:45.90. Andrew Osagie leaves it very, very late but gets third place, the last qualifying spot, on the nod ahead of Sudan's Ismail Ahmed Ismail of Sudan.

  60. 1059: 

    David Rusdisha has barely broken sweat as trundles through the bell in the lead in his 800m heat, with Britain's Andrew Osagie in fourth.

  61. 1058:  
    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the canoe sprint at Eton Dorney:

    "The British quartet of Jess Walker, Rachel Cawthorn, Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers get the biggest cheer of the day as they finish a strong second in K4 kayak 500m heats, less than a length behind world champions Hungary. The Brits must now wait to see if their time is quick enough to make the final automatically. If not, they will contest the semi-final which takes place later this morning."

  62. 1057: 

    Quickly over to the Basketball Arena, where Australia come from behind to upset men's Group B leaders Russia 82-80.

    Paddy Mills lands a three-pointer with the last shot of the match, sending the crowd and his team-mates wild. He made two out of nine three-pointers before that and hadn't made any in the second half.

    Australia finish the group stage with a 3-2 record - winning their last three games after early loses to Brazil and Spain - to book a quarter-final against the USA.

  63. 1057: 

    Botswana teenager Nijel Amos has improved his personal best by four seconds this season and is the world junior champion. He looks very tidy as he trots through to win the first 800m heat in 1:45.90. Up next is the imperious world record-holder David Rudisha of Kenya, with Great Britain's Andrew Osagie, who has trimmed three quarters of a second of his best this season, in the same heat.

  64. 1052: 

    It is all over for Brett Morse in the men's discus. He fouls on his third and final throw in qualifying and his previous throw of 58.18 is not going to pass muster. Lawrence Okoye and Abdul Buhari will attempt to put things right for Great Britain in the second group of throwers.

  65. 1048:  
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics punditATHLETICS

    On Brigitte Foster-Hylton not qualifying for the semi-final: "She's been in great shape. She was looking very comfortable but she caught that barrier with her hamstring on her lead leg and then dragged it over with the trail. She knows she has no chance of getting the momentum back and qualifying and you can see the frustration. Absolute devastation."

  66. 1047: 

    Brigitte Foster-Hylton is the fastest women in the world this year after Sally Pearson and she is devastated at the end of the race, screaming her frustration up to the track gods. Short of some Merlene Ottey-style longevity, the 37-year-old will not get another chance to compete at the Olympics.

  67. 1043: 

    United States' Lolo Jones wins the sixth and final 100m hurdles heat in 12.68 seconds, but the big story is behind her where Brigette Foster-Hylton of Jamaica comes in last after smacking the fifth hurdle.

  68. 1041: 

    Great Britain's Brett Morse has registered for the first time on the scoreboard in the discus qualifying. His effort of 58.18 puts him in at 14th on the hit parade and is still some way short of his best of more than 66m. He will need more as well with only the top 12 from each group to qualify for the final. One more throw for Morse.

  69. 1040: 

    Australia's Sally Pearson on her first-round run: "I was quite nervous and I'm glad it's over. I can go back and fix my body for tomorrow now. There's no more work to do. This is it. Tomorrow is another day at the office and I'll see what I can do."

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Sally Pearson demonstrated why she's been the world leader for last two years. She is a great technician, her head doesn't move at all. When you're as good as Sally Pearson you can relax off the final hurdle all the way to the line. Beautiful hurdling."

  71. 1037: 

    Sally Pearson's lower half is a blur of scissor-kicking and sprinting as she zips through the finish line in a time of 12.57, leaving the opposition trailing a full flight behind.

    Still not quite as fast as Jessica Ennis's time in the hepathlon, but there looked like there might be a bit in reserve for the Australian.


    Great Britain sprinter Adam Gemili: "You guys are amazing. Thank you all so much for your supportive tweets. Really had the best time of my life. Now let's just smash this relay."

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    Australia's Sally Pearson is the world champion and fastest person here. On this fast track I'm wondering how close she can get to the world record.

    The world record is 12.21 seconds and was set by Bulgaria's Yordanka Donkova in 1988.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Yanit is a real quality hurdler, aggressive over the barriers, drives into the hurdles well. But Dawn looked comfortable and there was a little glance [at the finish line] over to say, I'm the Olympic champion and I'm here."

  75. 1031: 

    Turkey's Nevin Yanit, twice European champion, clocks 12.70 as she takes the fourth heat ahead of defending Olympic champion Dawn Harper. Both are safely through to the semis.

    Just for reference, Jessica Ennis's time of 12.54 seconds in the heptathlon hurdles on Friday would have comfortably won all of these heats so far.

    Sally Pearson is up next in heat five.

  76. 1026: 

    The United States' Kellie Wells wins the third 100m hurdles heat in a time of 12.69. The American claps her hands in delight as she motors down after the line and she is certainly pretty cheery in her post-race interview, brushing off the fact that the timings screens have wrongly left her off the list of finishers.

    Wells beat Australia's Sally Pearson in the London Grand Prix. The Aussies have had a pretty miserable time of it so far at London 2012 with just the one gold on the medal table. If Wells rumbles Pearson again in tomorrow's final, that is one of their bankers gone.

  77. 1025: 

    Another packed schedule today, but there's still time to take a peak at the masses of feature content we have on the site this morning. First up, a piece by Tom Fordyce on Usain Bolt - "Bolt does not just make the impossible real; he can make it almost mundane."

    Andy Murray thrashed Roger Federer to win tennis singles gold on Sunday, but how did he do it and can this inspire his to finally end the wait for a first Grand Slam title? Matts Wilander, Tim Henman and Annabel Croft give David Ornstein their views.

    Britain's cyclists looks set to whitewash rivals Australia in the London Velodrome - Chris Bevan speaks to sporting director Dave Brailsford and takes a closer look at the team's success.

    "Certain individuals are marked out for greatness - and four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie is one of them," writes Rob Hodgetts at Weymouth after the 35-year won his fourth Olympic sailing medal.

    Loads and loads and loads of great video for you to watch as well. Enjoy.

  78. 1020: 

    Richard Jefferies finishes fifth in his 1000m canoe single (C1) heat at Eton Dorney, meaning he's through to the semi-finals later this morning. BBC commentator Andrew Cotter suggests that's as far as he'll be going, and the 42.648 seconds separating him from Romania's Losif Chirila in first place suggests as much.

  79. 1019: 

    Briton Brett Morse's toes stray over the edge of the circle and the red flag pops up to rule his opening discus throw a foul. His attempt flopped down just short of the 60m line anyway. Not a great start for Morse, fellow Britons Abdul Buhari and Lawrence Okoye still to come...

  80. 1017: 

    After much concern about Phillips Idowu's participation, we can confirm the triple jumper has arrived at the athletes village. A British Olympic Association spokeswoman said: "He's set to compete. All is good." He will be in action in qualifying at 10:45 BST on Tuesday.

  81. 1015: 

    Tiffany Porter on qualifying for the 100m hurdles semi-final: "I haven't raced since Crystal Palace where I had bit of [an injury] scare. I'm good, I'm fine and looking forward to a semi-final. I was really nervous. I'm glad it's over and I can move on to the next round.

  82. 1014: 

    An audience of 20 million people watched Usain Bolt win gold in the men's 100m final.

    Overnight ratings showed 19.4m tuned in to BBC One to see the race, with another 600,000 watching via the red button service.

    Andy Murray's victory over Roger Federer in the men's singles final was watched by 10.7m people.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    On Tiffany Porter's qualification from the first heat of round one of the 100m hurdles: "She knew she was in the top three and that's all she needed to worry about. She seems to have arrived very well indeed. I think she'll be happy with that.

  84. 1012: 
    ATHLETICS- Tiffany Porter through to 100m hurdles semis

    Tiffany Porter was just ahead at half way, looking slick and swift over the barriers. She is edged out by Belarus's Alina Talay and Canada's Jessica Zelinka on the line, but third place and a time of 12.79 is good enough to ensure her place in the semis.

  85. 1007: 

    Un-oh. We have had a disqualification. Not Porter you will be pleased to hear. Mali's Rahamatou Drame is the one shown the red card.

  86. 1005: 

    The first action on the track is the 100m hurdles heats and, after Jessica Ennis confirmed that she would be basking in her hepathlon gold rather than try her hand at the individual event, all eyes are on Britain's Tiffany Porter in the first heat.

  87. 1002: 

    Ann Tweddle, mother of British gymnast Beth, on BBC One: "If she doesn't get it [the gold medal], she said she's got three World and six European titles. She really does not care what colour medal it is. As long as she comes away feeling she's done her best we'll be happy. I just want her to be happy."

    Too right, well done.

  88. 1000: 

    Bustling full house? Check. Flame still blazing away? Check. Slightly silly remote control cars for retrieving hammers and discuses in place? Check.

    It is time for the first action of the day in the Olympic Stadium. The men's discus is the early draw in the field events. Great Britain's Laurence Okoye will be one of the men frisbeeing those heavy discs out towards the horizon.

    He was a kind of schoolboy Jonah Lomu who was on the books of London Irish before he turned his hand to discus. Once he is done in this little bit of summer activity, it is off to Oxford to study Law. Quite the polymath.

  89. 0954: 

    Germany's Max Hoff qualifies for the K1 1000m semi-finals as he shadows Denmark's Rene Poulson over the line in the third and final heat. Those semi-finals are due to begin at 1058 today.


    Tony_180 on Twitter: "@BBCSport my son this week learnt himself to ride his bike un aided for the first time this week on the back of watching the #Olympics2012"

  91. 0952: 

    Usain Bolt is a two-time 100m champion at the age of 25 and is odds-on to double up with the 200m crown on Thursday just as he did in Beijing. With Rio and even the 2020 Games within his range, where will Usain Bolt end up standing in relation to other legendary Olympians?

    You can let me know on #bbc2012 or via UK mobiles with a text on 81111.

  92. 0943: 

    The main, and perhaps only, threat to Van Koeverden in the men's K1 1000m is Germany's Max Hoff. Originally a white-water paddler, he finished fifth in the final of Beijing but has since earned back-to back world titles. He goes in heat three.

  93. 0938: 

    Former British kayaker and BBC Sport summariser Helen Reeves on defending Olympic champion Tim Brabants's performance: "Once he knew he was in the top five to qualify for the semi-final in around an hour and a half, he will have been looking to conserve as much energy as possible."

  94. 0937: 
    CANOE SPRINT- Tim Brabants into semi-finals

    Tim Brabants safely negotiates his way into the K1 1,000m semi-finals, easing off as he glides home in the fifth and final qualifying spot. Adam van Koeverden slapped down the gauntlet with that showing though, tearing through the field. The rest of the field looked like they needed an out board motor to keep pace.

  95. 0933: 

    Van Koeverden streaks out to a four-second lead by the 750m. Brabants is leading the distant chasers, in second place, four seconds off the leader.

  96. 0932: 

    Brabants is back in third at the 250m mark, Canada's Van Koeverden leads by a sizeable chunk of water. His advantage is up over a second.

  97. 0930: 

    'One minute to the start' booms a sergeant major voice over the public address system. Brabants poised in lane three, and they are away in a surge of spray, arms windmilling round.

    Lawrence Barretto, BBC Sport at the canoe sprints at Eton Dorney

    "The sun is beginning to poke through as Tim Brabants prepares to lead the British charge on day one of the canoe sprint Olympic event. The reigning Olympic champion returned to his day job as a doctor after Beijing before deciding to have one last crack at glory.

    "He goes at 0930 BST in front of grandstands which are already two-thirds full."


    Great Britain track cycling gold medallist Joanna Rowsell: "Huge congrats to @Ed_Clancy for a bronze medal in the omnium yesterday! Looking forward to watching @LauraTrott31 race today :D"

  100. 0924: 

    Thoughts now turn to a cloudy Eton Dorney where Tim Brabants is preparing for his kayak single (K1) 1000m heat. His main rival, Adam van Koeverden, goes alongside him. Van Koeverden's local mayor was so impressed by his silver at the last Olympics that Water Street near his canoe club was renamed Adam van Koeverden Street in his honour.

    It looks a little gloomy up above, it could get pretty wet later this afternoon for team jumping shake-down at Greenwich according to the BBC Weather experts. Warmer through the rest of the week though.

  101. 0920: 

    Believe it or not, there are some column inches dedicated to someone other than Bolt. In fact, the Sun only features a small picture of him on their front page as Andy Murray takes precedence: "Games, set and match - Wimbo gold for Murray".

    The Times runs a back-page photo of Murray leaping with delight, accompanied by the caption "Murray gets jump on Federer for gold". The Daily Telegraph afford the Scot a double-page spread: "Magic Murray makes major breakthrough".

    More than a few mentions for sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie, too, with the Daily Mail writing "King of the waves: 'Sir Ben' wins gold to become greatest Olympic sailor."

  102. 0916: 

    Four-time Olympic champion Olga Korbutt on Beth Tweddle's chances of winning gold, on BBC Olympic Breakfast: "She has a big opportunity to win bars. Anything can happen in the Olympic Games and home soil helps. I know Beth will do it on the bars."

  103. 0915: 

    Louis Smith, talking about Beth Tweddle's chances of winning gold in the uneven bars on BBC Olympic Breakfast: "Beth's a cool cat - she's getting on a bit in terms of gymnastic years but I've every confidence she'll do the business. If she goes for her routine she'll get the gold medal."

  104. 0914: 

    Thoughts as ever turn to where the next bit of precious metal can be unearthed for Team GB. Louis Smith, fresh from coming within a whisker of pommel horse gold, has backed team-mate Beth Tweddle to go one better when she lanches herself into her uneven bars routine from 1450 BST.

  105. 0913: 

    Britain's Olympic tennis singles gold medallist Andy Murray on BBC Olympic Breakfast: "When I've had tough losses in the past I've struggled for a couple of months but this is the best way to bounce back. I wanted to try and win another gold [in the mixed doubles]. Laura [Robson] played well all tournament. The way she handled everything for her age and limited experience was unbeliveable. I hope it will stand her in good stead for her career. This is biggest title of my career. I've got the US Open in three weeks so I need to get myself ready and hope that can be the first one [Grand Slam victory].

  106. 0912: 

    British cyclist Ed Clancy, who won gold in the team pursuit, talking about his bronze in the omnium, on BBC Olympic Breakfast: "The omnium is the Jess Ennis on wheels, the heptathlon of cycling. The team pursuit gold and world record was what I wanted on Friday night but then to get up on Saturday morning and clamber over a bunch of drunk team-mates, getting my stuff together [to go race in the omnium] was tough."

  107. 0911: 

    There were plenty of British medallists on Day Nine of course and they have been queuing up to take their turn on the BBC Olympic Breakfast sofa. There have been so many of them, they will have to install a conveyor belt into that bit of furniture to get through them all pretty soon...

  108. 0910: 

    Britain's Olympic tennis mixed doubles silver medallist Laura Robson on BBC Olympic Breakfast: "I just thought I was playing doubles with Heather Watson [at the Olympics] and then I got a call to say I'd been put in singles and then got entered in the mixed doubles [on a wildcard with Andy Murray]. It's been a phenomenal week. I'm disappointed not to get gold but I am 18 and I have an Olympic medal. It's been a phenomenal week. We didn't practise at all because we both had singles games and it was a busy week. We just didn't have time."

  109. 0907: 

    Whether gazing at the front or back pages of Monday's national newspapers, you'll be greeted by images of one man and one man only. "I'm still No.1" screams the Daily Telegraph, "Bolt shows he is fastest man alive he blows away rivals in 100m".

    The Guardian keeps it simple the the headline "9.63 breathtaking seconds" and, inside, takes a look at "A golden weekend for Team GB".

    "Simply the best" reads the Independent with a photo of the Jamaican performing his lightning bolt celebration. "Usain Bolt proves he is world fastest man with brilliant defence of his 100m crown".

    The Daily Express says "Usain Bolts home", the Daily Mirror"Lightning Bolt strikes twices" and the Times "Still the fastest man alive".

  110. 0907: 

    National allegiances were just blown away by the Bolt phenomenon.

    As BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce says in his summing up of last night's action, "the same rules do not apply for Usain Bolt".

  111. 0900: 

    So, a lot of talk about ones to watch. Usain Bolt is one that no one needs telling about. The man doesn't ask for your attention, he just demands it every waking moment.

    After the usual pre-race clowning, the 25-year-old took flight to win the 100m in 9.63 second last nights, the reaction of BBC television pundits Colin Jackson, Michael Johnson and Denise Lewis was remarkably similar to that of the Jamaican commentators somewhere alongside them.

  112. 0850: 

    Away from track and field, keep a look-out world champion Adam van Koeverden of Canada in the canoe sprint heats from 1930 and Australian cyclist Anna Meares in the women's sprint from 1643.

    In the Aquatics Centre, the men's 3m springboard preliminaries from 1900 feature China's He Chong and Qin Kai, while gymnast Chen Yibing looks to defend his men's rings title from 1400.

    And lest we forget the Greco-Roman wrestling, with Cuba's Mijain Lopez hoping to retain his 120kg gold medal at ExCel from 1330.

  113. 0846: 

    British eyes may be trained on home hopes, but there are also lots of top international names in action today. Nowhere more so than the Olympic Stadium, where world champion Sally Pearson runs in heat five of the 100m hurdles opening round at 1033 BST.

    Ten days into the Games and Australia find themselves 24th in the medal table with only one gold medal... Pearson is under pressure to delivery, especially after suffering only her second defeat in three years at the recent London Grand Prix.

    Other stars to look out for include Kenya's David Rudisha in the 800m first round at 1058 and fellow world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia in the pole vault final from 1900.

  114. 0842: 

    You should keep an eye on Holly Bleasdale in the final of the women's pole vault final as well.

    The Briton is fourth on the all-time list of pole vault marks, and although she faces the formidable Russia Yelena Isinbayeva in the final from 1900 tonight, her way to gold has been partially cleared with world champion Fabiana Murer coming a cropper in qualifier.

  115. 0838: 

    In the velodrome, one of the most eagerly-awaited clashes of the Games comes to the boil with Bolton's Jason Kenny on course to lock handlebars with Frenchman Gregory Bauge in the men's sprint final at 1743. Victoria Pendleton will attempt to book her place in the gold-medal run of the women's competition with the quarter-finals getting under way at 1643.

    Out on the water in Weymouth, there is a chance for Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell to strengthen their grip on silver medal position in the 470 class when the seventh race of the series begins at 1200.

    Unfortunately it looks as if the Laser Radial and men's Laser medal will be dished out today without the accompaniment of God Save the Queen. Alison Young and Paul Goodison are well down in both of those classes ahead of the medal races.

  116. 0830: 

    Great Britain's riders are well placed to add a team jumping medal to the team eventing silver they picked up earlier in the Games.

    They are lying joint second with the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland behind Saudi Arabia in the standings heading into the second and final round of competition at 1400 today.

    A medal in this one would end a 28-year wait for an Olympic jumping podium finish.


    Andrew Osagie on Twitter: "So the years old question.. 'Are you going to be in the Olympics?' Yes at 10:58am today! Everything to gain nothing to lose the #OsagieBoom"

    Osagie goes in the heats of the 800m at 1050.

  118. 0822: 

    On the track this evening, world champion Dai Greene will have to improve on his showing in the 400m hurdles semi-finals that left him dependent on a fastest-loser slot when he goes in the final at 2045.

    If you want a cheering thought then, unsurprisingly, Kriss Akabusi is your man. He has just been on BBC Olympic breakfast reminding Sian Williams and Chris Hollins that today is the 20-year anniversary of him setting a British record in the 400m hurdles final in Barcelona 1992. That mark still stands...

    Greene's team-mate Perri Shakes-Drayton is in the semi-finals of the woman's event at 2015.

  119. 0813: 

    Great Britain's medal haul stands at a chunky total of 37 as we chug through the halfway point of the Games and there are plenty of contenders hoping to add to that tally today.

    Beth Tweddle, the 27-year-old matriarch of a youthful GB gymnastics squad, goes in the uneven bars final at 1450. She has twice been world champion in that discipline and will be hoping to make up for finishing fourth in Beijing.

  120. 0808: 

    Brabants won Olympic gold in Beijing in the kayak single class of the canoe sprint, putting Pocahontas to shame with a display of furious paddling.

    He has been struggling for a bit of form since and had to come through a best-of-three paddle-off against Paul Wycherley to ensure his place in Team GB.

    He begins title his defence this morning at Eton Dorney at 0900, drawn in heat one alongside reigning world champion Adam van Koeverden of Canada.

  121. 0800: 

    Morning all and welcome to Day Ten of the greatest show on earth. The headline act did not disappoint last night as Usain Bolt romped to gold in the 100m. Had the British weather continued as it had in the early summer though, then Britain would have had a sprinter of their own who could have beaten the Jamaican.

    This morning is all about Doctor Tim Brabants.

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