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Last Updated: Monday August 18 2008 15:49 GMT

Team GB high in medals table

Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield

Britain is riding high in the Olympic medal table and on course to have its most successful Games for 80 years.

With six days left in Beijing, Team GB has already won more gold medals than it did during the entire Games in 2004.

On Monday, sailors Joe Glanfield and Nick Rogers added to Great Britain's impressive medal tally with a silver in the men's 470 class.

And Phillips Idowu has booked his place in the triple jump final after jumping a whopping 17.44 metres.

Louis Smith
But there was disappointment for Beth Tweddle, who had been hoping to become the first British woman gymnast to win an Olympic medal for 100 years.

She came incredibly close in the uneven bars, but missed out by just 0.025 points.


Elsewhere, Jamaican Usain Bolt is into the semi-finals of the 200 metres.

He smashed the world record for the 100 metres on Saturday and that wasn't even his favourite event.

Liu Xiang
Liu Xiang
But there was bad news for China's Olympic superstar Liu Xiang, who shocked the crowd when he pulled up, clutching his foot.

The defending 110m hurdles champion had been suffering with a hamstring injury in the build-up to the Games and pulled up just in front of the first hurdle after a false start.

Liu's injury was greeted by disbelief from crowd of 91,000 inside the Stadium, many of whom left as their hero exited down the tunnel.