London 2012 Olympics: Day 12 morning session as it happened

Olympic 10,000m champion Mo Farah works hard to reach the 5,000m final, Lynsey Sharp advances in the 800m but Tim Brabants finishes last in his canoe sprint final.

8 August 2012 Last updated at 13:53

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  1. 1344: 
    HANDING OVER TEXT COMMENTARY

    Time to round off the morning session. Sadly we couldn't wind things up with a British medal in the sailing, but fear not, there are plenty of medal chances to break the GB day 12 duck this afternoon.

    Nicola Adams is just starting her flyweight semi-final at the ExCeL, the GB equestrian boys are looking good in the individual showjumping, which resumes at 1455 and Shanaze Reade starts her gold bid on the BMX track at 1500.

    You can follow live text commentary of all that and more right now.

  2. 1348: 
    SAILING

    BBC Sport sailing commentator Richard Simmonds: "The Olympic Games is all about extremes of emotion. Australia, celebrating as dreams come true. They will bask in glory. Relief for Denmark, but for the British sailors less noise as they reflect on the agony for the second Olympic Games, looking at that podium. Incredible support and at one point, bronze was looking a reality."

  3.   
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "Ben Maher has one fence down for Britain but Nick Skelton joins GB team-mate Scott Brash in going clear and inside the time limit. That's excellent news for Britain, it means two of the hosts' riders are among only six to have no penalties at all going into one, last round of jumping to decide the medals. Just one rider remains in this first round.

    Scores will carry over so Maher may struggle to get on the podium with his four penalties for that fence, but Brash and Skelton could not be better placed to challenge for their second gold medals of the week."

  4.   
    Pippa Funnell, Multi Olympic medallist and BBC equestrian pundit

    "That was the most brilliant round from Nick Skelton. He is like a rubber ball this horse. He can do everything. Nick's flair is amazing. He rides like he is in his youth."

  5.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Cruel fate for GB 49er duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes. They slip to fifth in the medal race to miss out on a chance for bronze and finish fifth overall.

    "Austria win the medal race but look back to see NZ, who have already bagged silver, and then Denmark cross the line. That third gave the Danes, third overnight, the bronze medal, with Austria fourth. Australia were fourth in the medal race but gold was already theirs."

  6. 1334: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    A great round by Britain's Nick Skelton on Big Star, in the individual showjumping final. No fences down and inside the time allowed which is great news for his gold medal hopes.

  7. 1333: 
    SAILING

    New Zealand take the silver and Denmark the bronze, with Austria fourth and GB duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes finishing fifth.

  8. 1332: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen AUS (Men's 49er class)
  9. 1330: 
    ATHLETICS

    Despite failing to qualify for Thursday night's final of the triple jump, Phillips Idowu has remained in the athletes' village to support his team-mates and enjoy the remainder of the London Olympics.

    His agent Jonathan Marks said: "Being a local boy, he wanted more than anything to compete at these Olympics and gave it everything to try to be here. Whilst it's too soon to talk about the future, there's no question of him not continuing his competitive career."

  10.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Big loss for the GB 49er on the second upwind leg, as they round third mark third behind Austria and NZ. But the Kiwis, who have already secured silver, slip in front going downwind. Austria are still leading the scrap for bronze but Denmark are in fifth and trying to get past Australia - if so, they will nab bronze instead."

  11.   
    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, 11-time Paralympic champion and BBC pundit

    "Winning gold is an amazing feeling. There is joy, relief and a range of emotions. What the public don't see is that afterwards you get chucked into a room with a bottle of water and a banana and you wait and wait before going out for the medal ceremony.

    "What I am really proud of this time, though, is that all of our medallists have sung the national anthem and that is great to see."

  12.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Big loss for the GB 49er on the second upwind leg, as they round the third mark in third place behind Austria and NZ. But the Kiwis, who have already secured silver, slip in front going downwind. Austria are still leading the scrap for bronze but Denmark are in fifth and trying to get past Australia - if so, they will nab bronze instead."

  13. 1322: 
    HOCKEY

    Great Britain's men and women's hockey teams have both reached the semi-finals at London 2012. The women are in action tonight, facing Argentina at 20:00 and the men take on the Netherlands tomorrow night. We've been speaking to GB 1988 gold medal winner Sean Kerly and BBC Sport's Mel Clewlow to size up their chances of success.

  14.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "The British 49er has tacked off to the left side of the course. Austria are covering them, just trying to keep themselves between the Brits and the top mark. This is the bronze-medal scrap and Austria are in control at the moment..."

  15.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Alan, via text: "Best Golds So Far - Mo Farah 10k, unbelievable he hit the front early, no way could he hang on, GB athletes over the years fade and get caught but not this year, he didn't and he won. First person to beat The Cube and 10k gold in the same year, what a man!!"

    Lee, via text: "Best Gold Medal performance? Ben Ainslie in the penultimate race, dropping back from 200 metres ahead to interfere with the Danes wind, knocking him to third from second, thereby putting victory in Ben's control, rather than his - pure genius. Wiggo's a shoe-in for SPOTY."

    Steve, via text: "Best moment? During Laura Trott's interview on last night's round-up when her face just lit up at Chris Boardman's 'you could equal Sir Chris Hoy, and you already have two'. You just know the dream is alive."

  16. 1316: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis in the Olympic Stadium: "Sir Patrick Stewart is trackside again and tells us he's going to be filming in Israel soon. You learn about all sorts at the athletics. The American announcer fights for supremacy with the dance music which is blaring from the public address system and just about manages to introduce the decathletes. Not sure the crowd have realised yet there's no Daniel Awde."

  17.   
    Ben Dirs, BBC Sport at the boxing at ExCeL

    Leeds flyweight Nicola Adams fights Indian legend Mary Kom in her semi-final at approximately 1345 BST. Adams beat Kom, a five-weight world champion at a lower weight, to qualify for London. Straight after, it's Irish phenomenon Katie Taylor, who did a number on Liverpool's Natasha Jonas in the previous. Taylor is fast becoming THE story of the Olympic boxing tournament.

  18.  
    SAILING

    BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington, commentating on the Olympic men's skiff 49er race: "It is really close. Australia have gold, New Zealand have silver already. Great Britain are fourth overall at the moment but there is still a very long way to go. They are making inroads on that bronze medal race."

  19.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Britain's 49er crew Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes slip around the first mark in second behind Austria - if it stays like this, the Austrians will grab bronze on countback as they will both finish on equal points. GB, then, must get past the Austrians."

  20. 1309: 
    HANDBALL

    Delirium at the handball. Hungary beat Iceland 34-33 in extra-time to reach the semi-finals and send the Beijing silver medallists crashing out.

    Iceland missed a penalty in the last few minutes of normal time that would have won the match.

  21.   
    Shirley Robertson, Two-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport pundit

    On Great Britain going for bronze in the Olympic men's skiff 49er medal race: "Some of the competitors are falling away and the British, at the moment, are flying. It is a great sight."

  22.  
    GET INVOLVED- Best golds so far

    Herbie, via text: "Andy Murray's gold was magnificent. Came on the back of Super Saturday and it was like a golden tidal wave had got under him and carried him to victory. Very emotional, Andy continues to warm the hearts of a nation."

    Keri, via text: "Best gold medal so far: Women's Team Pursuit. Total domination of the event and a string of world records by a very young team."

    Rich, via text: "Mo Farah for best gold medal, not just that though, I'd back him for Sports Personality of the Year after all not only did he win gold he also became the only man to beat the cube, the boy just keeps on achieving!!!"

  23.   
    Darren Campbell, Double Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "I have competed in three Olympics and worked in Beijing. When people were saying they didn't want it here I knew how special the Games are and once it starts it is very difficult not to get gripped. I was lucky enough to see the opening ceremony live and then I went home and watched the Olympics on television like I did as a kid. What has struck me the most is how the public has got involved and that for me is why it has been a success. It is difficult for athletes not to perform if they know they have the whole nation behind them."

  24. 1304: 

    A postbox that was painted gold in heptathlete Jessica Ennis's home city of Sheffield, to celebrate her Olympic triumph, has been vandalised. The graffiti was scrawled on the postbox in Barkers Pool in the city centre. A new layer of gold has been applied by a Royal Mail employee.

  25.   
    Pippa Funnell, Multi Olympic medallist and BBC equestrian pundit

    "Scott Brash really did come up with the goods over the last three days in the team competition. The horse looked a little bit green but has grown in confidence as the competition has gone on. He really coped with the pressure just now and this horse operated. What a fantastic, miraculous round."

  26.   
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "Scott Brash came mightily close to the water jump in the middle of that round but he goes clear with no time faults to book his place in this afternoon's showjumping climax.

    "One of four clear rounds we've had in this final so far, with just over a dozen riders still to go - include Nick Skelton and Ben Maher for GB."

  27. 1301: 
    ATHLETICS- GB's Awde out of decathlon

    Desperate news for GB decathlete Daniel Awde as a knee injury forces him to pull out of the competition. He suffered the injury during the long jump competition and is forced to pull out after two events.

  28. 1257: 
    HANDBALL

    BBC Sport handball commentator Paul Bray: "Nerves of steel are required here in this final period of extra time. If they cannot be separated after this it will go to penalties and if it does, it is going to be close. It is all to do, all over again."

  29.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Into last 10 minutes before start of the 49er medal race. The Aussies and Kiwis have wrapped up gold and silver but six crews are in a scrap for bronze, including GB's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes. The pair were favourites for Beijing but finished ninth - in Morrison's words they took a 'kicking' and took a long time to recover. But they picked themselves up, launched another campaign, and came through a tough selection battle to make London 2012.

    "They say they are older, wiser and came into this with the mindset of trying to be 'the best Stevie and Ben can be' rather than trying to emulate other sailors. 'It's about the medal, but it's not about the medal,' says Morrison. New coach Paul Brotherton is, in Morrison's words, a 'blunt Mancunian', and has helped focus their campaign."

  30.   
    Shirley Robertson, Two-time Olympic champion & BBC Sport sailing pundit

    "Today, we have a medal race. Gold and silver have already been won in the 49er class but there is a six-way battle for that bronze and in that battle is the British duo of Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison. Four years ago they went to Beijing but came back empty-handed and today they are hoping to change that story."

  31.  

    Olympic canoe slalom medal-winner David Florence: "Just had the entire Olympic Athletics Stadium sing me Happy Birthday. Thank you all!"

  32.  
    EQUESTRIAN

    Denis O'Brien on Twitter: "Here we go for another chance of a sitting down medal. Come on the show jumpers."

    Emma Trickle on Twitter: "I'm curious: are the equestrian events the only ones where men and women compete against each other with no distinction?"

  33. 1249: 
    HANDBALL

    Hold on, there's a handball thriller on the go. Iceland and Hungary has finished 30-30 after extra-time. Guess what that means? More extra-time. You can watch it right now on the interactive video player.

  34. 1244: 
    ATHLETICS

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium: "Is there a more graceful sight in athletics than a hammer thrower at full flight? Throughout the morning they've been in a cage, turning with the speed and dexterity of a ballerina while attempting to chuck a ball and chain whopping distances. Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk topped qualifying with 75.68m, while Sophie Hitchon broke the British record with a fine 71.98m attempt."

  35. 1243: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Jade Faulkner, who is part of the GB rhythmic gymnastic team, says they will prove they are worthy of a Games place. They initially missed out on qualification having missed the target mark required to compete at London 2012 but won an appeal. "We need to show everyone we deserve our place, that we didn't get the place just through winning through court," the 18-year-old told BBC Wiltshire.

  36.  
    ATHLETICS

    Saudi Arabia athlete Sarah Attar, who has Saudi Arabian and American dual nationality, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It is such an honour to be representing Saudi Arabia. Hopefully this can make such a huge difference. It was such a unique opportunity [to represent Saudi Arabia], they invited me and welcomed me and to make that first step for women is just the most amazing feeling ever."

  37.   
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "Scott Brash will be up in about 10 minutes for Great Britain in the showjumping, riding Hello Sanctos.

    "The horse was bought for a reported £2m at the end of last year, the money coming from the magnates who built up the Carpetright and DFS chains. Brash went on a scouting mission to Ukraine to try it out, decided after 45 minutes that this was the one, and got Hello Sanctos signed up.

    "At a time when Britain also lost a few top horses to leading foreign nations, this was an important acquisition for the GB team.

    "The £2m for Hello Sanctos has already paid off once, in the team final. Can Brash double the reward now?"

  38. 1238: 
    ATHLETICS- Hitchon and Lewis reach finals

    A double dose of good news for Team GB.

    Sophie Hitchon qualifies for the women's hammer final after finishing 10th in qualifying with a British record throw of 71.98m.

    Steve Lewis reaches the pole vault final after clearing 5.50m. He wasn't asked to vault any higher because he was already amongst the top 12.

    Both finals will take place on Friday night.

  39. 1228: 
    GET INVOLVED

    We have put together a cracking video of all 22 British golds so far and here are a some more of your selections for the best of the bunch:

    Frances Ferguson on Twitter: "Favourite Gold Medal moment so far: BBC News - Relief for mum as Sir Chris Hoy takes sixth Olympic gold."

    Hannah Tomlinson on Twitter: "Favourite gold medal so far is Victoria Pendleton's given the problems in her other two events. Deserved to finish with at least one!"

    Luke Harrison on Twitter: "The triathlon was definitely the best gold so far. Gripping. Thank goodness for Team GB, this summer of sport could have been as damp as the weather."

    Get in touch via Twitter on #bbc2012 or text us at 81111 (UK).

  40.   
    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "I think if Lynsey Sharp gets a good draw, she might have a good chance in the semi-finals. The overall standard is not what it has been."

  41.   
    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "The timing is of little consequence and the crowd is responding superbly to this effort from Sarah Attar. That is a step forward for women's athletics."

  42. 1226: 
    ATHLETICS

    The last heat also featured Sarah Attar, the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in athletics in Olympic history. She finished last in 2:44.95 but that's not really the point. A historic moment in the London Olympic Stadium.

  43. 1224: 
    ATHLETICS

    Jepkosgei Busienei of Kenya wins the last heat of the women's 800m in 2 mins 01.04 secs. Ekaterina Poistogova of Russia and Colombia's Rosibel Garcia are the other automatic qualifiers for the semi-final.

  44. 1220: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis in the Olympic Park: "A decathlete's work is never done. Daniel Awde hobbles from the track after a below par performance in the long jump but, if fit, the Brit must return in just under an hour for the shot put. His best throw of 13.67m is some distance behind the rest of the pack so even if he were at full fitness the 24-year-old would struggle to match his competitors in this event. The top shot putter is Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakstan with a PB of 16.95m."

  45. 1218: 
    ATHLETICS

    Britain's Daniel Awde was 15th and last in the A group of the decathlon long jump with that leap of 6.83m. That sees him drop from seventh to 19th overall after two events, with the shot put next up in around an hour... I just hope that knee injury he suffered is not serious. Ashton Eaton of the United States leads the way at the moment.

  46.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "Sunshine and tension at the Olympic sailing venue in Portland as the 49er crews rig their boats in the pit lane ready for the medal race in which six boats are vying for bronze (starts at 1300 BST).

    "The Aussies and Kiwis are relaxed, knowing gold and silver is already theirs, but for the others, the next few hours are potentially career-defining. With race faces on as they troop through the mixed zone, Britons Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes say they will be 'dealt a hand of cards' in what will be a 'very unpredictable race' but are 'really excited'.

    "The Danes are 'nervous and excited'; the Finns are 'not too stressed' and will 'keep it simple'; the French are just 'going for the win'; the Portuguese say they have a 'mathematical chance'; and the experienced Austrians say they have 'learned it's never over until it's over'. Going to be a nail-biter."

  47.  

    Olivia from Manchester, via text: "Best gold medal - the FIRST gold medal of course! Heather Stanning and Helen Glover produced the first gold for British women rowers since the Olympics began and have been a true inspiration to ALL women becoming Olympic Champions from being a PE teacher and an Army Officer. OARsome."

  48. 1216: 
    ATHLETICS

    Former world champion Caster Semenya, after reaching the 800m semi-finals: "It was a tactical race. I wanted the race to be a fast one.

    "I have to run a sub-two (minutes) race to be a contender."

  49. 1215: 
    ATHLETICS- Women's 800m heats

    It's a very slow start to the fifth 800m heat, but there's a sprint to the line with Natalia Lupu of Ukraine winning by a whisker from Russia's Elena Arzhakova. Cherono Koech of Kenya just pips Maryna Arzamasava of Belarus for third.

  50.   
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "It was an interesting decision by Charles van Commenee to select Lynsey but it seems to be paying off right now. Lynsey has vast experience around her, her mother and father were international athletes, so she can tap into them as a resource. She is in a luxurious position and she is carrying that forward and she looked very comfortable out there. Lynsey did a good job."

  51. 1213: 
    ATHLETICS

    Great Britain's Lynsey Sharp, after qualifying for the 800m semi-finals: "I came to watch a couple of nights ago to get used to the crowd but I don't think anything can prepare you for it. I had this ringing in my ear because the crowd was so loud but it was good because it made me forget everything else.

    "I just tried to concentrate on my race. I am in great shape. I have to thank my coach. He has prepared me so well and I have really grown as an athlete."

  52. 1210: 
    ATHLETICS

    A bit more detail on Roman Sebrle, who has pulled out of the Olympic decathlon with a heel injury. The Czech athlete was bottom in the standings after the opening 100m and withdrew during the warm-up for the long jump.

    Sebrle, 37, was the oldest decathlete ever to compete in the Olympics and was competing at his fourth Games. He was bidding to become the third man to win the decathlon title twice after Bob Mathias (US, 1948 and 1952) and Daley Thompson (GB, 1980, 1984).

  53.   
    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "I am delighted to see Lynsey Sharp in these Olympic Games. She would have been nervous but she really acquitted herself very well. I thought that was an impressive performance. She must have been nervous about the other runners. The Olympic champion was not going to be beaten today, but Lynsey looked comfortable and every bit at home on the Olympic stage. She can look forward with some confidence to the semi-finals."

  54. 1208: 
    ATHLETICS

    British pole vaulter Steve Lewis, who cleared 5.50m at the first attempt in qualifying, has decided to skip the 5.60m mark and might wait until the bar is at 5.70m before returning to the competition.

    That's the mark he needs to clear to make the final. Lewis has a personal best of 5.82m by the way.

  55.   
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "Argentina's Jose Maria Larocca is first off in the Olympic showjumping final, which comprises two rounds and will come to a head around 15:30 BST onwards. Twenty penalties for Larocca - the favourites will, of course, be looking to go clear.

    "Scott Brash is the first Briton in action as the 23rd rider to go, so if you're waiting patiently to flag-wave at your TV, it'll be the back end of the hour before you need to pay attention.

    "Ben Maher and Nick Skelton will be among the last out on the course in this first round."

  56. 1205: 
    ATHLETICS- Lynsey Sharp through to 800m semi-finals

    Pamelo Jelimo wins in 2:00.56, with Great Britain's Lynsey Sharp running a great race to finish second ahead of Eleni Filandra of Greece. Yuliya Krevsun of Ukraine pulls off the track half way through the race with an injury.

  57.   
    Paul Dickenson, BBC athletics commentator

    "Daniel Awde was well behind the board on that occasion, so he suffered in terms of distance. He has a big niggle by the looks of it with that left knee, so will have to see how that is."

  58. 1201: 
    ATHLETICS

    Stand by for European silver medallist Lynsey Sharp, who is under starter's orders in the fourth heat of the 800m. The race also features defending champion Pamela Jelimo of Kenya.

  59. 1202: 
    ATHLETICS

    Britain's Daniel Awde is on the runway now. What will he do on his final chance to record a distance in the long jump - play safe, or go for broke and try for a big one to keep up his impressive start to this decathlon?

    It's the former - he is well behind the board this time, 26cm in fact, so he gets a white flag... well, when he eventually clambers out anyway, because he has hurt his knee in the process.

    Awde records a modest 6.83m, but his left knee is definitely more of a concern at the moment. He could be in trouble here.

  60. 1159: 
    ATHLETICS- Women's 800m heats

    The third heat of the 800m features only five athletes after three of them pull out before the start.

    Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi wins it in a time of 2:07.57, with Jessica Smith of Canada and Bahrain's Genzeb Shumi also qualifying. Amy Atkinson from Guam trails in fifth, aka last, in a personal best time of 2:18.53.

  61. 1159: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Anyone doping here may think they have got away with it, but we will catch them," says International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams.

    He said samples were kept for eight years. The first five finishers, and two randomly-selected athletes are tested after each event.

    "Will we ever win the war? No we won't win the war, but we are winning the battle," he said.

  62. 1152: 
    ATHLETICS

    If Daniel Awde needs some inspiration before his final attempt in the long jump, he could do a lot worse than checking out the BBC website to watch a classic clip of how Daley Thompson triumphed in the decathlon at the LA Games in 1984.

    Thompson not only struck Olympic gold, he had a hit ZX Spectrum computer game named after him too. What more of an incentive does Awde need?

  63.  

    From Michael Keigwin, should he really be revealing this? via text: "I'll be at the stadium tomorrow to watch Bolt's 200m. I'll also be proposing to my lovely girl friend and ex-sprinter & captain of Uganda's athletics team (Dr Veronica Wabukawo). I'm definitely more nervous than Bolt!"

  64.  

    Luke Johnson on Twitter: "That 800m was so sad then (see 1150). WELL DONE Merve Aydin on finishing though! #Olympics2012"

  65.   
    Ollie Williams, BBC Sport at the showjumping at Greenwich Park

    "Goldwich Park, they call it down here in Greenwich.

    "Alright, they don't. But they might do at this rate. Showjumping team gold, then dressage team gold, and now the chance for a third title in three days in the individual showjumping final.

    "British trio Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Scott Brash all have an excellent chance in this final, all being in blistering form coming into it and riding high on the buzz of team gold, secured in dramatic fashion in Monday's jump-off against the Netherlands.

    "Peter Charles, the hero of the hour that day for GB, isn't in this individual final. The three Britons who do compete will be watchful of Dutch pair Maikel van der Vleuten and Marc Houtzager, who led qualifying alongside Skelton, with a strong Saudi Arabian contingent also set to challenge. This is Saudi Arabia's lone realistic shot at a London 2012 gold medal."

  66. 1150: 
    ATHLETICS- Women's 800m heats

    Mariya Savinova, the world champion from Russia, kicks in the home straight to win the second heat of the women's 800m. Alice Schmidt of the USA is second and Tintu Luka of India's makes a late dash to snaffle the final qualifying place.

    Merve Aydin of Turkey pulls up early on with an injury, but hobbles her way round the course a la Derek Redmond. Tears are streaming down her face as she crosses the line. Devastating.

  67.   
    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "Semenya ran quite well there, but the winner, Montano of the United States, this is how not to run an 800m race, set off go quite quickly then slow down, that's a silly tactic because it makes you more tired than you need to be. The women's 800m is more about judgement than setting a pace."

  68. 1141: 
    ATHLETICS- Decathlon latest

    Daniel Awde is struggling in the decathlon long jump. He has over-stepped and fouled with both of his first two jumps. He will have one more chance to score points in this round of the 10-discipline event.

  69. 1139: 
    ATHLETICS

    Alysia Johnson Montano of the United States sets off like a train in the first heat of the women's 800m and holds on to take first place, with Caster Semenya holding off the rest of the field to finish second ahead of Halima Hachlaf of the Marshall Islands.

  70.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in WeymouthSAILING

    "In the women's match-racing class, Britain's crew of Lucy Macgregor, Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush resume their best-of-five quarter-final battle at 1400 BST with Russia locked at 1-1. And GB 470 pair Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are into their last two races of the opening 10-race series. They are in second, four points behind New Zealand with the Netherlands breathing down their necks."

  71. 1134: 
    ATHLETICS- 800m heats

    Time for the heats of the women's 800m, with Caster Semenya in the first one and GB's Lynsey Sharp running in the fourth at 1202.

  72. 1133: 
    ATHLETICS

    Nick McCormick after missing out on a place in the 5,000m final: "I did everything I possibly could, disappointed I missed out by two spots but it was a brilliant occasion, I loved the crowd, they were absolutely fantastic. I gave it everything but I have come a long way from where I was two years ago, just disappointed not to make the final, I think I could have done, it was a very scrappy race I just didn't have enough today but I gave it everything, I've got no regrets."

  73. 1129: 
    ATHLETICS

    Commonwealth silver medallist Steve Lewis opens his account in the men's pole vault with an impressive clearance at 5.50m. The best 12 will reach the final, with a vault of 5.70m guaranteeing progress.

  74.   
    Brendan Foster, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "That was a tough one for Nick McCormick. I thought he ran OK but there were too many in front of you Nick. He's been through a tough time and hopefully his Olympic career can progress from here."

  75. 1127: 
    ATHLETICS- Sebrle quits decathlon competition

    Sad news from the decathlon as former Olympic champion Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic withdraws from the competition after struggling badly in the 100m.

  76.  

    From Kim in Southampton, via text: "Best Gold? 1st Sea Lord Ben Ainslie. Four successive gold medals, & only one shot at gold at each Olympic Games."

  77. 1120: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Thus far through the Games, 624 medals have been won, by 73 countries. Two hundred medals have been awarded, or 66% of those available.

    There have been 99 Olympic Records and 38 world records.

    Nine sports have finished now, and some venues are being reconfigured."

  78. 1124: 

    What's happening at the moment then? Well, apart from the athletics and handball, (where Iceland have fought back and now lead 9-8) there is not too much else going on around Olympic Park, although a women's hockey classification match between South Korea and Germany (the battle for 7th and 8th) gets under way at the Riverbank Arena at 1130 BST.

    Things are a little bit busier at the ExCeL. The men's team table tennis bronze medal match between Germany and Hong Kong has just started, and the preliminary rounds of the -49kg women's and -58kg men's taekwondo continue for the rest of the morning.

    You can watch any of the above sports on our interactive video player now.

  79. 1123: 
    ATHLETICS- Gebremeskel wins 5,000m heat

    The second heat in the men's 5,000m is won by Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel, with the next four athletes, including Bernard Lagat of the US, crossing the line together.

    Great Britain's Nick McCormick is 12th in 13:25.70 - that won't be good enough to reach the final.

  80. 1120: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis in the Olympic Stadium: "Sun cream being dolloped on a few red noses and some journalists have popped open their brollies to protect their bonces from the piercing sun. Wenlock the mascot is bouncing and clapping the 5,000m runners as they endlessly gallop around the track. Mo Farah is watching the second heat from the sidelines."

  81. 1119: 
    GET INVOLED

    From Gazza in Exeter, via text: "Favourite moment: Ennis gets caught by the pack in the 800m, then re-takes the lead to storm to gold. Crowd goes absolutely postal, which fires Rutherford's blood and he makes the biggest jump of the Games! That moment when he saw the distance of 8.31M - Shivers down my spine!"

  82. 1118: 
    BBC COVERAGE

    The highest television peak of Day 11 was for the women's 100m hurdles final when 12.1m tuned in to BBC One to watch Sally Pearson win gold for Australia at 2100 BST.

    The final night at the Velodrome saw more gold medals for Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott along with silver for Victoria Pendleton. A peak of 10.1m at 1830 BST tuned in to see the action.

    The Brownlee brothers picked up a gold and bronze in the men's triathlon, with a peak of 5.6m watching it on the BBC at 1315 BST

    A peak audience of 4.4m tuned in to see Team GB win team dressage gold at 1605 BST.

  83. 1118: 
    STARTING SOON- Caster Semenya runs in 800m heats

    It was three years ago that the 18-year-old Caster Semenya became a global household name when her triumph in the World Championship women's 800m prompted a wave of speculation over her gender.

    The South African was suspended for 11 months by the IAAF while her gender was investigated, but returned to win silver in the 2011 World Championship. Now she's competing in her first Olympics, with 800m and 1500m gold in her sights. She runs in the first heat of the 800m today at 1135.

  84.  

    Matt Christian on Twitter: "Big fan of @Mo_Farah Humble, real and inspiring... all round top bloke! @BBCSport"

  85.  
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at the Olympic Stadium: "The already raucous fans ratcheted their support up a few hundred decibels as Mo Farah strode down the home straight. Ear plugs recommended at times like these. He was the third to cross the line, good enough to qualify for Saturday's 5,000m final, and reason enough for the Brit to raise his arms into an 'M' shape for his trademark celebration."

  86. 1108: 
    ATHLETICS

    Mo Farah after qualifying for the 5,000m by finishing third: "It was pretty difficult, I was a bit tired, it took a bit more out of me than I was expecting but I'm really happy with where I am now, and I've got a couple of days off. I kept getting caught, there was a lot of pushing and shoving going on, that's what happens in the heats, hopefully it will settle down in the final."

  87. 1106: 
    ATHLETICS

    Sophie Hitchon is delighted with her British record performance in the women's hammer and is currently in fifth place. But there is another pool of athletes set to compete and only the top 12 will get the final. Fingers crossed.

  88.   
    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    "Mo had to work hard there and that burst of speed was not what he wanted I'm sure, even for Olympic champions 12-and-a-half laps can still be hard work. I think Mo is going to have to be at absolutely at his best to win gold though. When he gets to the final he'll want to be controlling it rather than reacting to it."

  89. 1105: 
    HANDBALL

    BBC Sports News correspondent Tim Franks at the handball (now being played at the Basketball Arena rather than Copper Box): "I'm among the Icelandic fans for the men's handball quarter-final versus Hungary. Huge game. Mad atmosphere.

    "Iceland were on fire in group stage. When they won silver in Beijing, it was biggest moment in nation's sporting history, according to their president. Could they win gold here? Already, viewing figures back home are 80% of the population."

    All those Iceland fans won't be too happy at the moment... Hungary have made a stunning start and lead 4-1 in the first quarter.

  90. 1105: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "Olympic founder Pierre de Coubertin's idea of 'it's not the winning but the taking part is very much in the past,' says British Olympic Association head Colin Moynihan. He said the focus is not just getting an athlete on to the podium, it is to win.

    "He said what matters is that the BOA and British sport is supporting athletes to do their best. It doesn't matter where we come in the medals table, as long as they are doing their best.

    "The BOA also outlined plans for the victory parade which will see up to 800 Olympic and Paralympic athletes parade from the City's Mansion House to the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. It takes place the day after the Paralymics ends, on September 10."

  91.   
    Rob Hodgetts, BBC Sport at the sailing in Weymouth

    "It's a grey old, drizzly start to the day here in Weymouth, but set to clear up later. Light winds, too - so far racing set to go ahead as planned with the 49er medal race at 13:00 BST. Gold and silver have already been snaffled by Australia and New Zealand respectively, but GB's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes have a shot at bronze.

    "The Exmouth duo, who were ninth in Beijing, are fifth, six points off the third place of Denmark with Finland one back in fourth. GB would need to finish three places ahead of both of those two, and also keep at least France and Austria behind them to secure some Olympic ironmongery. Not easy, but they've had two wins and three other top threes this week, and as we saw in the Star class, the Brits led by eight points going into the medal race and finished with silver."

  92. 1103: 
    ATHLETICS

    Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan wins the first 5,000m heat in 13:25.23, with Kenyan athlete Isiah Koech in second. The final, with Mo Farah going for a second Olympic gold, takes place on Saturday evening.

  93. 1059: 
    ATHLETICS- Farah reaches 5,000m final

    Farah is made to work very hard for it in a very quick last lap but manages to haul himself into third place on the home straight to reach the final.

  94.  

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at the Olympic Stadium: "The cheers and the clapping follow Mo Farah around the stadium like a Mexican wave. Based on this season's times the Brit, running with shades on, is fourth fastest in the field. Comfortable."

  95. 1057: 
    ATHLETICS

    Three laps to go in the 5,000m first heat and Mo Farah is starting to make his move. He was a little bunched but he's moved out wide now and is cruising into the front five.

  96. 1051: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    The British quartet of Rachel Cawthorn, Jessica Walker, Louisa Sawers and Angela Hannah gave it a good go but they were never really in the hunt for medal in the canoe sprint women's 500m kayak four final, finishing fifth in the end. Belarus led until the final 100m, but it was Hungary who triumphed on the line to end their 20-year wait for a gold medal in this event. Silver medallists Germany had won it in every Olympics since then... until today.

  97. 1055: 
    ATHLETICS- Hitchon breaks British hammer record

    Sophie Hitchon screams with delight after her third throw in the hammer competition and punches the air with both arms. It's 71.98m, breaking her own British record and storming into fifth place! That gives her a great chance of getting into the final.

  98. 1049: 
    ATHLETICS

    Farah gets himself snug and comfy in fourth place, with Kenya's Isiah Kiplangat Koech setting the pace early on alongside Yuki Sato of Japan.

  99.  
    ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at the Olympic Stadium: "Loudest cheers of the morning are saved for, yep, you guessed it - the Olympic champion Mo Farah. He's announced as 'London 2012 10,000m gold medallist' and the fans love that. Thumbs up from Farah before he sets off."

  100. 1047: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    Belarus are leading the way at the halfway mark of the women's kayak four, but here come Hungary. Britain are out of the medals at the moment.

  101.   
    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "It does not get greater than this and you feed off that, it really pumped him up and he delivered a personal best in the 100m. With someone like Daniel Awde there is no expectation, he is here to do his best and he is relaxed."

  102. 1044: 
    ATHLETICS- Mo Farah in 5,000m heats

    Mo Farah ambles out onto the track looking the epitome of cool in some blue and white wraparound shades. The top five from each 5,000m heat and the next five fastest runners progress to the final. Let's be honest he should walk this.

  103. 1044: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    A huge roar ripples down the lake at Eton Dorney. Why? The British boat has just been announced to the crowd ahead of the women's kayak four 500m final, which is about to get under way. Here we go...

  104. 1041: 
    ATHLETICS- Pole vault

    Drama in the pole vault as Cuban athlete Lazaro Borges's pole snaps in two places. He falls head first onto the canvas, but gets up unscathed. I think he's fine, but that could have been very nasty indeed.

  105.   
    Steve Cram, Olympic silver medallist and BBC athletics commentator

    On Daniel Awde winning heat four of the decathlon 100m: "What a start for the young man that will be worth 926 points, cracking effort, I think he really worked off the crowd, that introduction, you could see what it meant to him. I like seeing athletes who respond to the occasion."

  106.  

    From Colin in West Lancashire, via text: "Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, the first British rider ever to do so in 100 years, one of the hardest sporting events ever, unlike our other athletes, he came straight from that and got his gold, take nothing away from the legends that are Jess Ennis and Sir Chris but if Wiggo doesn't get Sports Personality of the Year it will be a travesty."

  107. 1037: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    Not much for the home fans at Eton Dorney to celebrate so far this morning, but that could change very soon...

    Coming up at 1044 BST is the women's kayak four 500m final, where the British quartet of Rachel Cawthorn, Jessica Walker, Louisa Sawers and Angela Hannah have a chance of snatching a medal. They finished fourth at last year's world championships.

  108. 1036: 
    ATHLETICS- Awde runs personal best

    It's a flying start for Daniel Awde in the 100m decathlon. He's fastest out of the blocks, powers through the middle phase, and storms home first in 10.71, a lifetime best. Brilliant from the Brit, greeted by a huge roar from the home fans.

  109. 1035: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    Another fast finish in the kayaking, but again it only brings silver as a reward. This time it is Portguese pair Fernando Pimenta and Emanuel Silva who almost catch Hungary's Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny on the line.

    Germany's Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle, the defending champions, had to settle for bronze this time.

  110. 1034: 
    ATHLETICS

    There's a huge roar and plenty of flag-waving as Daniel Awde's name is announced in the start list for the fourth heat of the men's 100m. The 24-year-old has a PB of 10.85 seconds.

  111.   
    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Ashton Eaton comes with a big reputation, he follows some iconic and great decathletes, he seemed to get a little bit tight [in the 100m]. Most try to get near to their personal bests, but he wasn't too far off."

  112. 1031: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "British Olympic Association chief Colin Moynihan has called for the Olympic volunteers to be nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year team award at the ceremony later this year.

    He says the volunteers, like those who support children and young people in sport every weekend, have been "amazing".

  113.  

    Great Britain badminton player Imogen Bankier: "At the athletics stadium this morning watching... sitting right under the Olympic Flame! Stating the obvious but it's roasting!!! #amazing"

  114. 1028: 
    Eaton sets 100m decathlon record

    Whoosh... World record holder Ashton Eaton wins heat three of the 100m in a decidedly rapid 10.35 seconds, the fastest ever Olympic decathlon time. He'll gobble up 1,011 points for that but it's actually 0.14 seconds below his personal best.

  115.   
    Paul Dickenson, BBC athletics commentator

    "Derek Miles didn't really get started in this pole vault competition at all, 5.20m is a very lowly height for the American to have gone out on."

  116. 1024: 
    ATHLETICS

    Scottish runner Lynsey Sharp is Britain's only entry in the women's 800m, and goes at 1202 BST in heat four of the first round.

    Sharp was selected despite not having the top 'A' qualifying standard which four other athletes had, but has been told by athletics boss Charles van Commenee she is under no extra pressure.

    "Charles called me a week after selection, said there was no pressure on me and said 'We want you to use this, make the most of it and we have faith in you'," said the 22-year-old European silver medallist.

  117.  
    GET INVOLVED

    From Gareth in Edgware, via text: "Favourite moment - the look on Katherine Copeland's face as she said to Sophie Hosking 'we've won the Olympics.'"

    From Chris in London, via text: "Best gold has to be Katherine Grainger & Anna Watkins. Seeing Katherine get her gold at last after 3 successive silvers was truly moving."

    From Alex in Staffs, via text: "Laura Trott's sheer speed was sensational last night, and she's beautiful! The whole Team GB cycling team have been a joy to watch."

  118. 1022: 
    ATHLETICS

    Sophie Hitchon, the British record holder starts with a modest effort of 67.21m in the women's hammer qualifying.

    The second 100m heat in the men's decathlon is won by Jangy Addy of Liberia in 10.89 seconds, with the 37-year-old Czech legend Roman Sebrle well off the pace in 11.54.

  119.  

    Great Britain's track cycling two-time gold medallist Laura Trott: "So I've had a million texts and phone calls so I'll do one massive thanks here! I couldn't have done it without each and everyone of you x"

  120.  

    From David at Eton Dorney, via text: "Sorry for Tim Brabants this morning - he was well beaten. Was at Wembley last night where thousands of us missed the start of the second half to watch Chris Hoy win gold on the screens in the stadium. Wembley went mad - truly awesome!"

  121. 1020: 
    ATHLETICS- Women's hammer

    The women's hammer hurling is under way with Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, Tatyana Lyseko of Russia and Cuba's Yipsi Moreno clearing the qualifying mark of 73m with their first throw. Britain's Sophie Hitchon is up soon.

  122. 1016: 
    ATHLETICS

    Heat two of the decathlon 100m features former Olympic champion and world record holder Roman Sebrle from the Czech Republic and Leonel Suarez of Cuba, the Beijing bronze medallist.

  123. 1012: 
    ATHLETICS

    The winner of the first 100m heat is Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan in 10.91 seconds. Karpov snaffled the bronze medal in Athens eight years ago as I'm sure you remember. Britain's Daniel Awde goes in heat four.

  124.  

    From Olly, via text: "Sir Chris Hoy is the ultimate sportsman. Hours of pain and dominates his sport in a team and individual basis + inspiration behind the dominant Team GB on track and road. Surely he's the Sports Personality, Greatest (current) Olympian."

    From Andy in Coventry, via text: "This year's SPOTY is going to be impossible to call! As long last we have some truly worthy candidates!"

  125. 1010: 
    ATHLETICS

    The first group of competitors are limbering up for the first heat in the first event of the men's decathlon: the 100m dash.

  126. 1008: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    A fast finish by Spain's David Cal is not enough for him to catch Germany's Sebastian Brendel in a thrilling canoe single 1,000m final. Cal was looking to become the first Spanish athlete in any sport to win five gold medals but he has to settle for a silver this time.

    Canada's Mark Oldershaw takes bronze with Beijing champion, Attila Vajda of Hungary, finishing sixth.

    Britain's Richard Jefferies competed in the B final, finishing seventh.

  127.  
    GET INVOLVED

    We have put together a cracking video of all 22 British golds so far and here are a few more of your choices for the best of the bunch:

    Anghard B-W on Twitter: "How could anyone top Katherine Grainger? A just reward for 12+ years of stoic optimism & hard work. What a wonderful woman."

    Mrs Lawrence on Twitter: "The best gold has to be in the team show jumping - especially after the tense jump-off. What a finish!"

    Anthony Russell on Twitter: "Medals are great but I am also proud of our water polo, handball, basketball and volleyball teams. They all did us proud on less funding."

    Get in touch via Twitter on #bbc2012 or text us at 81111 (UK).

  128. 1002: 
  129.  

    From Dan in Woking, via text: "Definitely Mo Farah's 10,000 win. The noise and the way the whole crowd was jumping up and down on that last lap was incredible! Having said that, all of the medals have been memorable and have filled me with pride."

    Let us know your favourite GB gold medal so far via hashtag #bbc2012 on Twitter or 81111 via text (UK).

  130. 0958: 
    ATHLETICS

    BBC One are getting us right in the mood for Mo Farah's reappearance with a replay of his stunning 10,000m triumph from Saturday night. He hit the front with a lap to go and simply didn't let up. And then his heavily-pregnant wife and daughter came on to celebrate with him... Great scenes. Mo goes again in the first 5,000m first round race at 1045.

  131. 0957: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    Britain's defending champion Tim Brabants after finishing last in the canoe sprint kayak final: "I was pretty much outclassed in that race. I feel bad, there was lots of British support, I was hoping I was going to get there.

    "This morning I felt good, I felt like I could be Olympic champion again, so I'm sorry. It's been a fantastic build-up to these Games seeing how well we've done, Sir Chris Hoy motivates me so much, I wanted to add another medal.

    "I felt like I wasn't in it from the start but there were better athletes on the day. I'm not done yet, you can't go out with an eighth place at the Olympics."

  132.  

    From Tom in London, via text: "Best achievement definitely Jess Ennis. Huge pressure on her coming into the Olympics, but she managed to get three PBs, a British record in the hurdles and a British record for overall heptathlon score. Truly inspirational."

  133. 0954: 
    STARTING SOON- Athletics

    The first athletics events in the Olympics stadium this morning are the qualifying rounds of the women's hammer and the men's pole vault.

    In the hammer, Sophie Hitchon has extended her own British record three times this season to 71.61m, but that's still down on the qualifying distance for the Olympic final of 73m.

    In the pole vault, GB's Steve Lewis broke the 14-year-old British pole vault record in July, clearing 5.82m in Poland. At least the top 12 will reach the final, or anyone who passes 5.70m.

  134. 0950: 
    CELEB SPOT!

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis at the Olympic Stadium: "Actor Sir Patrick Stewart is holding court trackside at the Olympic Stadium. Spectators have been granted a Q&A session with the Star Trek actor. On Mo Farah's gold in the 10,000, Stewart says: 'I was watching it on television with a bottle of wine and cheering myself hoarse. It was extraordinary - what a race.' Farah is in action again today, in the first round of the men's 5,000m at 1045."

  135.  

    BBC's Nick Parrott on Twitter: "Favourite GB gold medal so far? Alistair Brownlee's Bolt-esq victory celebration showboating along the last 200m of the triathlon! #BBC2012"

    Stefan Brellisford on Twitter: "Being able to walk in from work and watch @chrishoy smash the keirin and win his gold medal has been THE GB gold of the olympics #bbc2012"

  136.  

    From James, via text: "Too difficult to pick a favourite moment so far but if Farah can double up and win the 5,000m that will be a truly special moment and one I'll never forget."

  137.   
    Helen Reeves, Olympic bronze medallist and BBC canoeing pundit

    "What a well executed race from Eirik Veras Larsen, he is renowned for coming through later in the race but he came through a bit quicker than I expected him to. An exceptionally controlled performance, he put all that experience from the previous 10-15 years behind him."

  138. 0944: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    It didn't happen for Britain's Tim Brabants, who ended up finishing eighth in the kayak final, about eight seconds behind gold medallist Eirik Veras Larsen. Canada's Adam van Koeverden takes silver and Germany's Max Hoff gets the bronze.

  139. 0942: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Eirik Veras Larsen, NOR (Canoe Sprint kayak)
  140. 0941: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    The gold medal is going to be between Adam van Koeverden of Canada and Norway's Eirik Veras Larsen, who has closed the gap. Just 250m to go and it is Veras Larsen who is nosing ahead...

  141. 0940: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    Canada's Adam van Koeverden has started like a train - or maybe that should be a paddle steamer. He is well ahead after 500m. Britain's Tim Brabants is fifth and has a fight on his hands to get among the medals.

  142. 0937: 
    CANOE SPRINT

    So, can Tim Brabants rediscover his Beijing form at Eton Dorney? We will find out in a few minutes when he defends his kayak crown, and you can follow live coverage of his final now.

  143. 0937: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    More from team dressage gold medallist Carl Hester on BBC One: "We're not used to riding under those sort of audiences. What happens when you ride a horse into a stadium like that you get a very different feeling, the atmosphere can create tension and there is something else to deal with. The first event requires the horse to be still but with lots of cheering and clapping you try telling your horse to stand still with all that going on!"

  144. 0936: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    GB's team dressage gold medallist Carl Hester, from the Channel Islands, on the thought of golden post box in Sark: "I think there's only one post box in Sark, I think it's very old and very rusty so I hope they are very excited to have a new gold one! There are only about 600 people there, I'll have to write a letter now so it gets used!"

  145. 0934: 
    GET INVOLVED

    As you have (hopefully!) noticed in the last days, weeks and months, this is a golden age of British Cycling on the track and on the road.

    But where do you rank the many magic moments of Sir Chris Hoy in comparison to Bradley Wiggins, who has a Tour de France triumph to go with his own haul victories in the Olympic velodrome. And where does world champion Mark Cavendish figure in your thinking?

    Who is Britain's greatest cyclist? Let us know via Twitter using the hashtag #bbc2012 or via UK mobiles with a text on 81111. Make sure you put your names on those texts, though.

  146. 0932: 
    GET INVOLVED

    We have put together a cracking video of all 22 British golds so far and here are a few of your choices for the best of the bunch:

    Mike Lawson on Twitter: "Best gold was undoubtedly Andy Murray. To dispose of Federer as if he was a junior player was remarkable. Brought tears to my eyes. "

    Matthew Strudwick on Twitter: "Laura Trott - just the enthusiasm and sheer joy on her face... Plus, I'm a sucker for a pretty lady."

    Chris Simmonds on Twitter: "Hard to pinpoint a highest achievement as all are great, but Ben Ainslie getting another gold. He has to be consistent over 11 races!"

    Get in touch via Twitter on #bbc2012 or text us at 81111 (UK).

  147. 0930: 
    TEAM SPORTS

    The team sports are hotting up as we begin to enter the end Games, if you catch my drift. Today sees the men's quarter-finals in basketball, volleyball, water polo and handball. There's no British interst in any of them I'm afraid.

  148.  
    GET INVOLVED

    From Joe in Glasgow, via text: "As a proud Scot it has to be Andy Murray, not just the gold but the way he blew Federer off the court! Of course Sir Chris is a close second."

  149. 0927: 
    CELEB SPOT!

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald in the Olympic Park: "It looks like the biggest crowd yet has gathered outside the BBC studio in the centre of Olympic Park to watch Sir Chris Hoy be interviewed on the balcony. Everyone's looking up with their cameras poised. The crowd shouts "medal, medal" as he waves and shows them the gold. "He's an utter legend," says Dan Lammin, from Bournemouth, who has waited to see him. He cycles "Badly. I fell off the other week," he says, showing off the scar from his stitches.

  150. 0926: 
    READING BRIEF

    There is plenty to get your teeth into elsewhere on the BBC website too. Matt Slater looks at how marginal gains are behind Britsh Cycling's massive success in track cycling, and Tom Fordyce studies what makes Australia's 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson so special.

    On a less serious note, Ben Dirs takes a sideways look at synchronised swimming and wonders whether Strictly Sub-Aqua should be in the Olympics ahead of squash or is, er, strictly even a sport at all.

  151. 0925: 
    WATCHING BRIEF

    Oh dear, I've got a lump in my throat watching a replay of the moment Sir Steve Redgrave congratulated Sir Chris Hoy. Two knights of the realm, 11 gold medals between them, Bowie's Heroes playing in the background....

    Oh and have you seen this one? Chris Hoy's mum and dad celebrating their son's latest triumph. I think you could probably say the boy done good.

  152. 0920: 
    FAVOURITE GB GOLD

    I'm going to weigh in here and put my vote in for Alistair Brownlee as my favourite GB gold. I watched every moment of his one hour, 46 minute swim, cycle and run through Hyde Park yesterday with my jaw steadily dropping closer to the desk. As for the way he crossed the line - slowing to a walk with tears in his eyes - it got me, it really did. Read chief sports writer Tom Fordyce's comprehensive feature on the making of the Brownlee brothers.

  153. 0918: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Harry Cunningham on Twitter: "Best achievement has to be the Brownlees or Jess Ennis. Being good at one thing is impressive, but being good at several is amazing."

    Luke Gardener on Twitter: "Most exciting gold medals: Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all winning gold in the space of an hour. It was remarkable!"

    Segrave1308 on Twitter: "Best gold so far is the women's team pursuit - world records and ending in a gold."

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

  154.  

    From Vicki in Kent, via text: "The gold medal that stands out is the dressage. An incredible sport that requires years of training for both horse and rider, and one of the ultimate demonstrations of horse and rider working together. And TeamGB won it for the first time ever in London! Definitely a highlight!"

  155. 0914: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Tuesday signalled the end of an Olympic era for superstar cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, with the latter having now retired from the sport, but what legacy have they left behind?

    BBC Sport analyst and Barcelona gold medallist Chris Boardman, who himself has now left his role as head of research and development with British Cycling says: "I am a great believer of the adage that success breeds success. Chris and Vicky set a benchmark that showed everybody else it was possible."

    Geraint Thomas, part of GB's triumphant team pursuit quartet in Beijing and London, added: "They have put British cycling on the map. You can have best coaches, best staff and best structure in the world but if you don't have the athletes then you have got nothing."

  156.  

    Christopher Taylor about Sir Chris Hoy, on Twitter: "What a legend! A true champ as he recognises everyone around him! He values his team and support #legend"

  157.  

    From Milton, via text: "The golds in the velodrome have been the most exciting for me not just because of the success but the way they make it look so easy at 71kmh."

  158. 0910: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Laura Trott tells BBC Breakfast about her pledge she made to her sister about buying her a car if she won two golds: "She's on a budget, there'll be no Ferraris I'm telling you!"

  159. 0908: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Double gold medallist Laura Trott told BBC Breakfast how health problems caused her to give up trampolining and are still present today: "I kept passing out mid-air, which is obviously pretty dangerous! They told me I had to quit so I stuck to cycling. I was sick after the Individual Pursuit yesterday but I'm so used to it that it doesn't bother me."

  160. 0906: 
    OLYMPIC PAPER ROUND

    An emotional Sir Chris Hoy - or Six Chris Hoy as the Daily Record describes him - is the image of choice on the front page of today's newspapers as they lap up Britain's latest haul of golds.

    Britain's most successful Olympian makes most of the headlines too, with the Daily Telegraph shouting 'Tears of Hoy', the Daily Star yelling 'The Hoy of Six', The Times opting for 'Flag bearer' on their wraparound and the Daily Mirror following a similar theme with 'Our pride and Hoy'.

    The papers also note that these are Britain's most successful Games for 104 years, with The Sun shouting 'United Blingdom' over a graphic of all our gold medal winners, and the Daily Express plumping for '22 carat gold' in reference to the number of GB triumphs.

    The Daily Mail, meanwhile, tackle both issues with the same headline 'The Greatest'.

    Only The Independent dares to be different, using a Dire Straits reference to accompany a celebratory picture of triathlon gold and bronze medal winners Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee with 'Brothers in Arms'.

  161. 0904: 
    TAEKWONDO

    The first sport on today's Olympic menu is taekwondo, making a belated appearance at London 2012, and you can watch the opening bouts in the women's -49kg preliminary round on our interactive video player.

    There's no British interest until tomorrow when world silver-medallist Jade Jones takes on Serbia's Dragana Gladovic and Martin Stamper fights Erick Osornio Nunez of Mexico

    World Champion Sarah Stevenson begins on Friday against the young American Paige McPherson. And Lutalo Muhammad competes against Farkhod Negmatov of Tajikistan, who won a bronze medal at the Asian qualification tournament for London 2012.

  162.  

    Great Britain road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead: "Good luck @ShanazeReade you can do it!! Enjoy the crowd x"

  163. 0858: 
    ATHLETICS

    Come 1000 BST this morning, our main focus will be on the athletics at the Olympic Stadium, and come 1045 a man you may have heard of will be returning to the track where he won gold on Saturday night.

    Yes folks, Mr Mo Farah will no doubt receive a rapturous reception when he begins his quest for double-gold in the first round of the 5,000m.

    There's also the women's hammer qualifying event, involving former ballet dancer Sophie Hitchon, who featured in one of our pre-Games features.

    The men's pole vault is also taking place, as well as the first three events in the men's decathlon, with Daniel Awde competing for the hosts.

  164. 0858: 
    TRACK CYCLING

    Sir Chris Hoy on BBC Olympic Breakfast: "It's been the most incredible time, and to cap my Olympic career off with two gold medals, I could not have dreamt of anything better.

    "You're never sure until you cross the line, I caught a glimpse of my coach going wild and I knew I had to go with everything. For a split second, I thought it was all over, but I kept on going.

    "You are not aware of the pain as the adrenaline carries you through.

    "It is well documented that Vicki Pendleton has a rollercoaster of emotions, which is not to say I have not, but personally I keep going as I love the sport and feel privileged to do so. There have been hard moments, but for me, it was sheer elation when I crossed the line.

    "I was trying my best to hold it all together, it is very hard to explain what it is like to be on an Olympic podium. So many thoughts go through your head, and I remember being in Sydney in 2000 with a silver medal. I never imagined I could go on for four games and win six gold medals."

  165. 0854: 
    BOXING

    Frenchman Alexis Vastine was denied victory and a place in the men's welterweight semi-finals after narrowly losing to top-seeded Taras Shelestyuk of Ukraine at the ExCeL Arena.

    Vastine, who was also denied a win in the Beijing semi-final four years ago, was furious at the decision, lashed out in rage, then staged a sit in. All captured on live TV.

  166. 0846: 
    GYMNASTICS

    Epke Zonderland stunned the crowd at the North Greenwich Arena with an electric performance on the horizontal bar to win gold on Tuesday.

    The 26-year-old Dutchman pulls off the most difficult release combination - a Cassina to Kovacs to Kolman - in a spectacular performance to score 16.533 and claim his first Olympic title. If you haven't seen it on the BBC Sport website, it's definitely worth checking out again (UK users only).

  167. 0843: 
    INTERNATIONAL ONES TO WATCH

    British eyes might be focused on home hopes and their chances of adding to the Team GB tally on the medal table but there are plenty of top names from around the world to look out for this morning.

    At the Olympic Stadum, South Africa's former world champion Caster Semenya goes in the heats of the women's 800m (11:35 BST) while Australia's 2008 gold medallist Steve Hooker is in action in the qualifying round of the men's pole vault and Cuba's Leonel Suarez begins the defence of his decathlon title at 10:10.

    Elsewhere, China's World and Olympic women's Taekwondo champion Wi Jingu of China features in the first bout of the day at ExCeL, while world number two Yang Shu Chan of Chinese Taipei, who was banned in 2010 for wearing extra sensors on her socks, is also in action.

  168. 0841: 
    BRITISH GOLD RUSH

    It's hard to believe that this time last week we were still wondering where Great Britain's first gold medal would come from after a stuttering start to the Games.

    Then rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning delivered the goods at Eton Dorney, and the rest as they say....

    We have put together a cracking video of all 22 British golds so far and how they were won, so have a watch and then let us know your favourite. Which achievement ranks the highest in your opinion? Which golden moment stands out for you?

    Get in touch via Twitter on #bbc2012 or text us at 81111 (UK).

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    From Mark, via text: "I was in America last weekend and, when they show the medals table, they count the total of all colours (perhaps because, at that time) they had more than China! Russia kept coming up at 3rd so they'll be getting a shock now!

  170.  

    Jon Poore on Twitter: "I was thinking @chrishoy v @bradwiggins in omnium contest to win BBC sports personality of the year. Imagine the viewing figures!"

  171. 0833: 
    GB ONES TO WATCH

    Nicola Adams is guaranteed a boxing medal but what colour will it be? She fights India's Mary Kom at 1345 for a place in the gold medal match.

    The snazzy BMX track here at Olympic Park will be put to use for the first time when Shanaze Reade goes for Britain in the seeding run at 1500. Reade was hotly tipped for gold four years ago but crashed out on the final corner.

    And at 2000, GB women's hockey team will take on Beijing silver medallists Argentina in the semi-finals. The other semi-final, between Netherlands and New Zealand is at 1530.

  172. 0830: 
    TRIATHLON

    Jonny Brownlee on BBC Olympic Breakfast about his triathlon bronze medal: "It's strange competing against Alistair on the world stage. He's my brother, we compete at everything but we are more competitive on stuff like Monopoly and table tennis and badminton than triathlon. We kind of realise that when it comes to triathlon we can use each other on the world stage, and in some of the bike legs we can push each other on. And in training we can use each other, too, it's a massive advantage."

  173.  

    Jonny Knight on Twitter: "Starting a petition to have @chrishoy made a Lord. What a inspiration and role model. Sir Chris I thank you."

  174. 0825: 
    TRIATHLON

    Alistair Brownlee on BBC Olympic Breakfast talking about his triathlon gold medal: "We've only seen our parents for five minutes [since winning] we've been that busy, but they were very happy and very proud. I think they were more nervous than us to be honest and it was just a relief to get it out of the way and we were both safe and well and we both got a medal. They were delighted."

  175. 0822: 
    WINDSURFING

    Windsurfing silver medallist Nick Dempsey on BBC Breakfast: "I'm good, slightly hungover but good. Massive relief, very happy, but the overwhelming thing was relief. At the beginning of the day you worry about messing up and it all going wrong but all you really want to do is not mess up and succeed."

  176. 0820: 
    BRITISH SUCCESS

    In case you need reminding, the gold rush continued yesterday with four more GB triumphs to add to the tally.

    Alistair Brownlee kicked it off with an astonishing performance in the triathlon and there's one statistic I never tire of hearing. His time for the final 10km run, after swimming 1500m and cycling 37km, was only a minute and a half slower than Mo Farah's gold-medal winning run.

    Then came the Dressage team and their historic Greenwich Park gold, ending Germany's 28-year grip on the Olympic title.

    And it was all rounded off in the Velodrome (where else?) where Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott both won their second gold medals of the London Games to cap a fantastic Games for Britain's cyclists.

  177. 0810: 
    GB ONES TO WATCH

    Great Britain's first shot at a medal arrives at 0938 when Tim Brabants looks to defend his title in the men's kayak singles at Eton Dorney. The man I like to call the Doc (he's a medical doctor when he's not paddling a boat very fast) is something of an outsider to repeat his Beijing glory having only sneaked into the final by four hundredths of a second.

    Perhaps Great Britain's best chance of gold number 23 will arrive in the individual showjumping, where Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Scott Brash will be looking to land the host nation's third equestrian gold in as many days at Greenwich Park.

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    Still trying to get your head around it? Baffled by brilliance of it all? Don't worry, you are not alone.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, as you wake up this Wednesday morning, Great Britain's Olympic team are sitting pretty in third place in the medal table with a staggering 22 gold medals, just eight fewer than the U S of A. They have won 48 medals in total, matching the minimum target set by UK Sport with five days to spare.

    Is there more to come? You'd better believe it.

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