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Olympics day one as it happened

LIVE TEXT COMMENTARY (all times BST)

By Caroline Cheese

1537: Time to go I'm afraid. If you're in the UK, you can continue to watch the action via the live stream. If not, our results service and reports should keep you in the know. Day two action begins at 2330 BST later, Sarah Holt will return for night owl duty. Thank you and good night. Er, good morning. Afternoon?

1530: The action is drawing to a close in Beijing - as am I. Only for today, mind. Still bits and bobs going on, including equestrian, basketball and beach volleyball.

1525: Britain's Louis Smith will be back at the National Indoor Stadium on Sunday 17 August for the pommel horse final. Daniel Keatings - if it is confirmed he has qualified for the all-around final - goes again on Thursday.

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1521: But wait! Daniel Keatings may have missed out on pommel horse glory but he looks like he has sneaked into the individual all-around final in 24th place. Complicated old business this gymnastics malarkey. Hope you're keeping up - not sure I am.

1518: Qualifiers for the men's team gymnastics: China, Japan, Russia, Korea, Germany, USA, France and Romania. The hosts will be confident of another gold in the final on Tuesday.

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1513: But Louis Smith does qualify with the fifth highest score of the day on the pommel horse. The last competitor who could have denied Daniel Keatings a place, does. He is down in 10th. Some emotional music at the gymnastics hall - I hope Keatings isn't listening.

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1509: Oh no, I fear Daniel Keatings' pommel horse dreams are over. Belarus's Aleksandr Tsarevich matches the Brit's score from earlier but with a better team score than the Brits, Tsarevich moves above Keatings. I think that's right anyway.

1503: No British interest in the team gymnastics by the way, but Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings are hopeful of making the individual final in the pommel horse. We should find out later if they have...

1459: China may have successfully got their planned gold rush under way today - but it's not all been plain sailing. Rower Zhang Liang didn't turn up for the single scull because he thought he was in another heat and then was automatically disqualified from the doubles. "This shows we still have some problems in team organization," said China's rowing boss Wei Di.

1454: And after five rotations in the men's team gymnastics qualifying, China are miles out in front ahead of the US, Korea and Germany.

1445: Tracey Hallam takes centre stage on the live stream (UK users only remember). The badminton fan sitting to my left reckons the last point is an absolute classic. And if it's muscly men in leotards that float your boat, why not check out live men's team qualifying in the gymnastics?

1438: China and Canada draw 1-1 in the women's football, with both sides missing a chance to take control of Group E. Brazil top Group F on goal difference after a 2-1 win over North Korea. Norway beat New Zealand 1-0 to seal their place in the quarter-finals.

1433: "Double badders glory for Britain, which I witnessed by accident. Andrew Smith & Tracey Hallam, nice work."
BBC Sport's Matt Slater, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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1429: Drama at the boxing where Samoan light-heavyweight Farani Tavui takes a massive blow to the head from Croatia's Marijo Sivolija-Jelica. He wobbles for a few seconds before finally going over and has to be stretchered out of the arena. Looks like he'll be OK though.

1423: If you missed Britain's Andrew Smith in badminton action earlier, it's now available on the BBC stream (UK users only). Cool.

1417: James DeGale is one of Britain's success stories from day one after winning his opening bout in boxing's middleweight category. "We're all gutted for Frankie Gavin," he said, referring to his team-mate's failure to make the 60kg weight. "But this is the greatest show on earth, it's time to focus on the rest of us." Nice.
Matt Slater blogs from the boxing

1412: Don't go away though. Still plenty going on, including boxing, beach volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, equestrian, football and my own favourite, handball.

1405: And that's it from the swimming. It'll be an early start for any Brits wanting to catch the finals - which begin at 0300 BST tomorrow morning. Michael Phelps goes for gold one of a possible eight, while British hopes lie with Hannah Miley in the women's 400m individual medley.

1401: Back at the swimming, the USA qualify fastest for the women's 4x100m freestyle final. Great Britain sneak - and I mean sneak - through in eighth.

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1358: Brilliant stuff from Tracey Hallam, taking on a partisan crowd at the badminton as well as Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin and winning 21-15 21-17 in the first round.

1356: No time to relax, we're onto the women's 4x100m freestyle heats. China win the first heat - sparking huge celebrations at the Water Cube. Great Britain beat the national record by 1.4 seconds - but that's only enough for fourth. Incredible.

1354: "I don't know what went wrong. I came up for my first stroke and two guys were way ahead. I've got another opportunity tomorrow morning to prove I can be in that final, but it's going to be tough."
GB swimmer Chris Cook

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1351: "Before today, only six men in history had raced under 60 seconds in the 100m breaststroke. Five men managed it in today's heats alone."
BBC Sport commentator

1346: France's Hugues Duboscq wins the final heat in 59.67. World record holder Brendan Hansen can only finish fourth in a frighteningly quick heat. Kris Gilchrist fails to make the semis in 61.3secs. Not his best event though. Chris Cook survives the cut.

1346: Kosuke Kitajima wins heat two in 59.52secs, with Chris Cook fourth in 60.7secs. Cook is 10th fastest overall with one heat remaining as he looks to make the semi-finals.

1344: Yikes. Fabulous swim from Norwegian Alex Dale Oen in the opening heat, setting an Olympic record with 59.41secs - not far off the world record of 59.13secs.

1340: And the reason why I'm watching Magical Moorhouse? Why, it's because we're about to enjoy the 100m breaststroke heats. Kris Gilchrist and Chris Cook go for Britain, Brendan Hansen and Kosuke Kitajima the men to watch.

1337: Just getting a bit teary-eyed as I watch archive footage of breaststroke superstar Adrian Moorhouse snatching gold in 1988 - Britain's last swimming gold medal. Meanwhile, it's half-time in the women's football: Canada 1-1 China , Brazil 2-0 N Korea, New Zealand 0-1 Norway.

1332: I don't think I've mentioned handball yet today. A shocking state of affairs. Let's set that straight immediately: Norway - one of the favourites - beat China 30-23 in a group game.

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1331: Britain's Andrew Smith comes through the first round at the badminton. He beats the Czech Rep's Petr Koukal by two sets to one and is through to the last 32.

1329: "I've just got to go and give myself a huge kick up the backside, focus, and in the final make sure I bring it back even more than I did."
Britain's Hannah Miley, who qualifies eighth fastest for the final

1325: American teenager Elizabeth Biesel is the fastest qualifier in that women's 400m individual medley, but it looks like it will be between American Katie Hoff and Aussie Steph Rice for the gold. Kirsty Coventry is also in the final, along with Hannah Miley.

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1322:Smiley Miley time. Hannah Miley finishes second behind American Katie Hoff in a time of 4:34.63. The Brit will race in tomorrow's final at 0339 BST - set your alarms then.

Someone has won gold
1319: GOLD USA (women's individual sabre)
Mariel Zagunis successfully defends her Olympic title with victory over fellow American Sada Jacobson. Becca Ward makes it an American clean sweep by taking bronze.

1318: Women's football update... North Korea's goalkeeper Myong Hui Jon's poor control from a back pass left Brazil's Daniela with the easiest of finishes to give her side the lead on 15 minutes. The lead was doubled seven minutes later when Marta capped a flowing Brazilian move by stealing in front of the on-rushing Jon before swivelling to fire home.

1315: American Katie Hoff goes in the final heat of the women's 400m individual medley - as does Britain's Hannah Miley. Kirsty Coventry is sweating on a final place after that last heat.

1312: Aussie Stephanie Rice goes under world record pace for much of heat four before easing off. She wins, with Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry only third. China's Li Luanxu - who is only 14 - gets the crowd on their feet with a fast finish to pip Coventry for second.

1306: Good swim from 15-year-old American Elizabeth Beisel, who wins heat three of the women's 400m individual medley on her Olympic debut. Britain's Keri-Anne Payne a creditable fifth.

1304: Still medals to be won and lost on day one. Reigning Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis will take on Sada Jacobson in an all-American women's sabre final - that's fencing I think. Becca Ward could make it a USA 1-2-3 if she wins her bronze match against Russian Sofiya Velikaya.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1301: "We'd just watched the 18-year-old Chinese rider Alex Hua Tian when a protest began. There were two protesters, carried out by security people who descended from all areas. I'm told one was a gent known in the area as "Long Hair", apparently a Che Guevara fan, who will, we are told, 'protest about anything'. He certainly shattered the mellow atmosphere here in Hong Kong this evening."
BBC Radio 5 Live's John Murray at the Shatin equestrian arena

1258: Brazil's Joanna Maranhao wins the first heat of the women's 400m individual medley - and goodness, she's absolutely delighted about that, punching the air like she's just taken the gold. The fastest three heats go last so she'll have to wait and see if she makes the final.

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1252: "How about a mention for Irish girl Chloe Noelle Magee who just won a match against an Estonian in badminton."
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1251: "I'm just so disappointed. I put in all I had, but seventh wasn't what I came here for. I got well ahead in the fight, but I felt my legs tire, which was a reflection of how I felt all day."
British judoka Craig Fallon, who lost his repechage final earlier

1249: The action is fast and furious in the pool. Women's 400m individual medley heats next, with Hannah Miley and Keri-Anne Payne going for Britain. American Katie Hoff and Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry are the ones to watch.

1246: More women's football under way... Canada v China, Brazil v N Korea, New Zealand v Norway.

1245: "It's always disappointing not to make the final but to get a British record in these conditions, I'm pretty happy about that."
Britain's David Carry

1243: Grant Hackett just about snatches victory in his 400m freestyle heat from American Peter Vanderkaay. Britain's David Carry sets a British record with a time of 3:47.17 - but it's not enough to make the final.

BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
1240: "Just spotted former 100m Olympic champion Maurice Greene watching the swimming at the Cube. Respect."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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1237: "Re 1227: I'm a Kiwi living in South Korea - and the yells and cheers from every building just now were incredible."
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1237: American medal hope Larsen Jensen wins his 400m freestyle heat in 3:43.10. Aussie legend Grant Hackett up next in the final heat, along with Brit David Carry.

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1232: "How about a mention for my fellow Singaporean, Tao Li? She won her 100m butterfly heat in 57.77 - a new national record."
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Someone has won gold
1227: GOLD South Korea (men's 60kg judo)
Choi Minho wins South Korea's first gold of the Games with victory over Austrian Ludwig Paischer - the man who ended Craig Fallon's gold medal hopes. Bronze for Uzbekistan's Rishod Sobirov and Ruben Houkes of the Netherlands.

1225: Unbelievably, the Olympics is not the only show in town today. No siree. Paul Fletcher is on hand to guide you through the opening day of the Championship season, while Mark Mitchener is watching England try to save face in the cricket. Go and have a look why don't you. Be back in a minute though, the pool action is hotting up.
Live text - England v South Africa

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1217: Time for another quick bit of British good news. Louis Smith leads the way in pommel horse qualifying over at the gymnastics. But before you crack open the champagne, only about a third of the competitors have performed. Fellow Brit Daniel Keatings lies third.

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1211: In a quick heat won by France's Aurore Mongel, Jemma Lowe finishes fourth, with Fran Halsall fifth. Lowe is through to the semi-finals, Halsall just misses out.

1210: We're into the final heat of the women's 100m butterfly, with Brits Fran Halsall and Jemma Lowe both in the water.

1207: Consolation for Japan's Ryoko Tani who takes bronze with victory over Liudmila Bogdanova for a record fifth Olympic judo medal.

1205: Women's football results: USA 1-0 Japan, Germany 1-0 Nigeria, Sweden 1-0 Argentina.

BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
1204: "Symbolic moment - just seen my first Brit crash out of the Olympics. If it's any consolation, Thomas Haffield, I wish I could swim like you.
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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Someone has won gold
1201: GOLD Romania (Women's 48kg judo)
Alina Dumirtu follows up her stunning win over Japan's Ryoko Tani with victory over Cuba's Yanet Bermoy in the final. Tani had not lost in a major competition since 1996. 1996!!

1200: "Ryan Lochte is just chilling down here. All he needs is a margarita and a sunbed to look any more relaxed than he is. He doesn't look fazed by Phelps."
Former Olympic swimmer Steve Parry at the Water Cube

1158: Michael Phelps' main rival in the final will be fellow American Ryan Lochte, who won heat three in 4:10.33. Britain's Euan Dale came sixth in that race. Both Britons go out - but valuable experience gained.

1154: Michael Phelps gets his potentially history-making Olympics under way with an effortless victory in his 400m individual race. He posts an Olympic record time of 4:07.82 - and hardly looks out of breath. One down, 16 races to go.

1151: Michael Phelps is in the water...

1147: Women's football latest: USA 1-0 Japan, Germany 1-0 Nigeria, Sweden 1-0 Argentina. Nice symmetry there. I like it. There are three groups of four, the top two in each go through to the quarter-finals along with the two best third-placed teams.
Olympic football competition draw

1143: Hungarian Lasszlo Cseh - who is in with a shot of a medal - wins heat two. Britain's Thomas Haffield trails in seventh in a time of 04:16.07. The fastest eight from all the heats go through to the final. Haffield won't be one of them.

1139: Time to spark up the swimming live stream, fellow UK users. The second heat of the men's 400m individual medley is under way - featuring Britain's Thomas Haffield.

1137: Britain's male archers qualify fifth for their team event - Simon Terry ranked seventh, Alan Wills 21st and Larry Godfrey 34th. South Korea and Ukraine top the team rankings. "That's OK, it's fine," says our resident archery expert, none too convincingly.

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1134: "Re 1125: I don't know much about judo but I am gutted."
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I very much share that sentiment... but that comment is exactly why I love the Olympics.

BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
1132: "In the 'Cube waiting for our first sighting of the Phelpmeister. What a pool. Mind you, when you're used to Putney Leisure Centre..."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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1131: Women's football latest: Sweden 1-0 Argentina, Nilla Fischer with the goal.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1125: "Fallon started to find his form but he's been hit by a sucker punch."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Sonia McLaughlan at the judo

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1125: The dream dies for Craig Fallon. He is leading by a minor score - until Gal Yekutiel comes up with ippon. Heartbreak for Fallon, who had high hopes of a medal four years ago but suffered a similar fate.

1123: The end of that last bout means it's Fallon time at the judo... he's up against Gal Yekutiel of Israel.

1120: A massive shock at the Science and Technology University Gymnasium where Japan's all-conquering Ryoko Tani... is conquered by Alina Dumitru of Romania. Tani was going for a record third judo gold, but will now get bronze at best. Dumitru will face Cuba's Yanet Bermoy in the final.

1116: "I think we've got about eight good medal chances in the British swimming team, and if you convert 50% you're doing well. So if Britain go away with four medals, they'll be happy."
Former Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering, at the Water Cube

1110: Heads up, Craig Fallon fans. The evening session of the judo is up and running so not long to go until the Brit is back in action. He'll be in the repechage final - and if he wins, he'll fight for bronze. Live streaming is available if you're in the UK.

1104: Plenty of British interest in the swimming - coming up in less than half an hour. Hannah Miley is probably the best hope for a medal. She goes in the 400m individual medley heats, with the final tomorrow. She turned 19 yesterday - and what a party they threw for her at the Bird's Nest Stadium.

1056: It's half-time in the women's football. The scores look like this: USA 1-0 Japan, Sweden 0-0 Argentina, Nigeria 0-0 Germany.

1054: "It was a very difficult first race. I got a lead then unfortunately the wind shut off. It wasn't really what I envisaged. Luckily, I turned things round in the second race. All in all, it could have been worse."
British Finn sailor Ben Ainslie (He finished 10th and first in his first two races)

1048: Tom (see last entry) should get to the Water Cube in time for the start of the evening's swimming action. That begins in 45 minutes at 1130 BST. American superman Michael Phelps goes in the 400m individual medley heats, while Aussie Grant Hackett is in 400m freestyle qualifying.

BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
1044: "I'm the only spectator at the archery. It's a relaxed vibe but not fiery enough at the mo. Time to get down to the Water Cube."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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1041: Back we go to the rowing where Great Britain step up the pace with 100m remaining to take victory in their heat, by a length from Italy, with the USA third. Sticky mid-section, say our BBC television team, but a comfortable finish in the end. Not bad for a first effort from the new crew.

1038: USA take the lead against Japan with a screamer from Carli Lloyd after 26 minutes. That prompted a genuine gasp of wonder from our women's football reporter. The Americans are looking to get back on track after their shock 2-0 loss to Norway in their first match.

1035: Samuel Sanchez's winning time for the men's road race was six hours 23 minutes and 49 seconds - and they still managed a sprint finish. Incroyable. Meanwhile, over at the rowing, Britain's men's four are under way in their heat. This is their first competitive race as a four.

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1032: "Re 1028: Never expected Sanchez to win that! Schleck didn't have enough left, Rogers was spent and Cancellara didn't quite have enough to get through. Was expecting Rebellin to win, but Sanchez looks delighted. Schleck's furious at missing out on the medals."
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1030: "Times aren't the be and and end all. We didn't have our Game A race but what we did was good enough for today."
GB rower Matthew Wells

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1028: GB men's rowing double Stephen Rowbotham and Matthew Wells win their heat from Estonia to book a place in Wednesday's semi final. They're two seconds slower than Kiwis Nathan Cohen and Rob Waddell were in the previous heat but they won't be too bothered about that.

Someone has won gold
1025: GOLD Spain (men's road race)
Samuel Sanchez wins a gripping sprint finish to take Spain's first ever gold in this event. Italian Davide Rebellin takes silver with fast finisher Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland snatching bronze.

1021: "Hi Cheese, are there any Brits left in the men's road race. Cheers."
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Hi James, yes, one, his name is Ben Swift. He's not going to win though. Thrilling finish - Sanchez, Schleck, Rebellin, Rogers, Kolobnev, Cancellara all in the mixer.

1017: Women's football is under way. USA and Japan are goalless after 15 minutes. The other games going on right now are: Sweden v Argentina and Nigeria v Germany.

1013: "We knew it was a really tough heat. We haven't raced for seven weeks - that's a good wake-up call. If we want to get into that final we're going to have to fight like hell."
Elise Laverick, one half of Britain's women's double crew

1010: The men's road race is building to an exciting finish. We now have a scrap for gold between Samuel Sanchez, Andy Schleck and Davide Rebellin. Michael Rogers and Alexandr Kolobnev are in the chasing group not far behind. Eight miles to go.

1009: Panic stations for Julie in Nuneaton (via text on 81111), who can't find the judo on her television. Relax and have a cup of tea, Julie. It's finished until the evening session I think. That begins at 1100 BST.

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1004: "Oi Cheese! Has Valverde dropped out (of the men's road race)?"
Anon via text on 81111
Oi, Anon! No.

0959: A disappointing showing from British rowing medal hopes Elise Laverick and Anna Bebington in the women's doubles as they finish well back in third behind world champions China and the Czech Republic. Repechage needed if they are to reach the final.

0953: We're getting to the business end of the road race now. Austria's Christian Pfannberger puts on a burst and is out all on his own, 30 seconds ahead of the dwindling field with just one lap of the circuit left, that's 14.7 miles to you and me. Spain's 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador drops out.

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0950: "Re 0935: 100 doesn't mean one hundred, it means 1 waza-ari, 0 yukos and 0 kokas. More correctly it should read 1-0-0."
Jonathan, incurable pedant, London, via text on 81111
I wouldn't call that pedantry to be fair. I'd call that very helpful information. One hundred sounds a lot better though no?
Guide to judo (which I should probably watch)

0942: More from the men's road race where we have about 23 miles left to race. Marcus Ljungqvist of Sweden, Colombia's Rigoberto Uran and Belgium's Johan Vansummeren catch the leading duo. The break does not last long though as Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and his Spanish team-mates lead a charge by the chasing pack which soon swallows the leaders up.

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0940: British judoka Craig Fallon completes victory over Kim Kyong by waza-ari, that's half-ippon to you and me. Two more wins and bronze will be his. Tense times. Israel's Gal Yekutiel up next for the Brit.

0935: Britain's judo bronze medal hope Craig Fallon is in superb form against North Korea's Kim Kyong Jin. A half-ippon means he's 100 points up already.

0933: Confused about the sailing? I know I am. Medals are decided over 11 races. After five races, the worst result is dropped - which means Ben Ainslie's 10th from his opening Finn race could be binned. You get one point for first, two for second etc and the sailor with the lowest amount of points wins. Sorted?

0929: Back to the rowing, Britain's Tom Solesbury and Robin Bourne-Taylor will have to go through the repechage if they're to get to the final after finishing fourth in their pairs heat. Aussie favourites Drew Ginn and Duncan Free win with ease from South Africa.

0925: More from the women's basketball... Spain come back from 11 points down after three quarters against China but can't quite get it done and lose 67-64 to the hosts. Lan Bian is China's hero with 15 points.

0921: Still four gold medals at stake today: in the men's cycling road race, women's individual sabre (fencing) and the men's 60kg and women's 48kg judo. Looks like the cycling will provide the next medals...

0919: Still at the sailing, British crew Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson follow up their second place in the opening Yngling race with a third next time out. Solid start from the Brits, who are among the gold medal favourites.

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0915: Double Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie bounces back from his 10th place in the first race to win the second Finn race of the day over at the sailing. Hurrah.

0911: "Re 0902: Come on Craig. We're behind you all the way."
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0908: Britain's Louisa Reeve and Olivia Whitlam come third in their heat of the women's rowing pairs and will get another race in the repechage. They only qualified for the Olympics a month ago so just being there is a bonus. Ahh.

0908: Drama in the men's road race. Reigning Olympic champion Paolo Bettini has a puncture and the Italian calls for the team car to come up so he can have a wheel change. He gets going again but is not happy and he has to drop back again so a techie can lean out of the car to look at the gears. Britain now has only one representative - Ben Swift - after Roger Hammond and Steve Cummings drop out. Germany's Stefan Schumacher look like he has had enough too. The leading duo of Kuschynski and Pidgornyy are being pegged back after a spurt from the chasing group and the gap is just 48 seconds. There is 37m to go.

0905: According to our BBC commentary team, British judoka Craig Fallon is well used to dealing with cuts. He's got very bony eyebrows apparently. So there we are.

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0902: And Craig Fallon completes a comfortable victory in the 60kg judo. One down, three to go if the Brit is going to salvage a bronze. Plenty of claret from that cut above his eye though. Work to be done for the medical team.

0857: Britain's Craig Fallon - sporting a cut above his eye - is back on the mat at the judo and leading 11-0 against Younes Ahamdi from Morocco.

0856: "Re 0839: Alan Campbell was awesome, the knee seemed to have no effect at all."
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0854: "On way to the archery. Bring on the magic arrows."
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0852: How about an archery update then. In the qualifying round - which determines seedings for the next round - Britain's Alison Williamson came seventh, just ahead of compatriot Naomi Folkard. Charlotte Burgess was 40th. Those results mean the British team were second - and they'll go for gold tomorrow. South Korea bossed the qualifying though, with Sung-Hyun Park first ahead of team-mates Ok-Hee Yun and Hyun-Jung Joo.

0848: The 60kg judo repechage is under way so Britain's Craig Fallon should be back in action shortly. In the meantime, ever wondered what it's like inside the Athletes' Village? Wonder no more, as BBC presenter Jake Humphrey has been taking a tour...
Jake Humphrey's blog

0842: "The knee's all right. I got into a nice race, got one under the belt. Two months ago I was in hospital waking up with a very sore knee so I'm more than pleased with that."
Britain's single sculler Alan Campbell

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0839: Brilliantly-timed charge from Britain's Alan Campbell in his single scull heat, upping the pace over the last 100m to beat Aussie Peter Hardcastle by a length. Victory means he gets a decent draw in the quarter-final.

0835: Back to the men's road race. Germany's Jens Voigt and Canada's Ryder Hesjedal are part of a chasing pack which is now one minute, 25 seconds behind Kuschynski and Pidgornyy. There's woe for Britain as we've just had confirmation that Manx rider Jonny Bellis dropped out a bit earlier. Roger Hammond, Steve Cummings and Ben Swift are still involved though.

0833: "Re 0732: The batons they bang together are called thundersticks. They love them at the Tour de France!"
Jen, Edinburgh, via text on 81111
Well done Jen. Glad we cleared that one up.

Someone has won gold
0829: GOLD China (men's 10m air pistol)
There's gold number two for the hosts as Pang Wei takes the glory ahead of Jin Jong-oh of South Korea and Kim Jong-su of North Korea.

0826: British single sculler Alan Campbell is in action shortly. He tells BBC Sport he has had to have his knee pretty much rebuilt after an infection which started in his tooth spread to his leg. He was on crutches eight weeks ago.

0822: There is some movement in the road race. Aleksandr Kuschynski of Belarus and Ukrainian Ruslan Pidgornyy have broken away from the leading group and are out on their own. The gap is around 34 seconds. There is around 56 miles to go, for these boys that means another two hours in the saddle.

BBC Radio 5 Live
0820: "Don't worry about Ben Ainslie, traditionally he always has a bad first day at the Olympics. He might have taken a penalty, we're trying to find out. By the way, the British Yngling boat recovered brilliantly to finish second overall - at one point they were last."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Juliette Ferrington watching the sailing in Qingdao

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0819: Finally. Some good news for Team GB as Austrian Ludwig Paischer reaches the semi-finals of the men's 60kg judo. That means Craig Fallon will go into the repechage and could yet win a bronze.

0815: The races are coming thick and fast at the Shunyi Olympic Park, venue for the rowing. The single scull heats are under way. British eyes are on Alan Campbell, who spent Christmas Day running around with sandbags and sawing logs, such is his dedication to winning gold.
Campbell's Beijing quest

BBC Radio 5 Live
0812: "So far in the dressage stage of the three-day eventing, both British riders to have gone have left the arena disappointed. William Fox-Pitt is 11th, Daisy Dick 13th, with the British team sixth overall and 'miles away' from gold according to Fox-Pitt."
BBC Radio 5 Live's John Murray in Hong Kong

0810: "Craig Fallon faces an anxious wait to see if he can fight for a bronze in the judo. His fate now lies with the Austrian who won their second-round match. If the Austrian reaches the semis then Fallon can fight on in the repechage. If not, it's all over."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Sonia McLaughlan

0810: "I've got the team off to a good start and they should be buzzing now. We were all a bit down after what happened to Frankie (Gavin)."
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It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0800: This is not a great start for Britain in these Olympics, it has to be said. Over at the sailing, Ben Ainslie - hot favourite for gold in the Finn - can only manage 10th in his opening race. He'll get a chance to better that in the second race later today.

0751: BBC Sport's resident hoops fan Rob brings news from the Wukesong Stadium (he's not actually there I hasten to add, he's two desks away from me in Shepherd's Bush)... China hit the first nine points of their women's pool game against Spain, but Elisa Aguilar led the fightback and China lead just 18-15 at the end of the first quarter.

0747: Latvia's Raivis Belohvosciks pulls out of the men's road race. He was part of the leading group but something was obviously bothering him and he decides to call it a day at the feeding station. Maybe he was just hungry?

0746: James 'Hammersmith Hammer' Degale is up against American Shawn Estrada next in the middleweight boxing. That'll be on Saturday.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0740: Woe, woe, woe. Craig Fallon never really got going there and he loses 2-1 to Austrian Ludwig Paischer. The Brit goes into the repechage and the best he can do now is bronze. I feel depressed.

0739: Crikey, judokas don't hang about do they? Craig Fallon, who I have been boldly tipping for gold all week, is back in action already against Austria's Ludwig Paischer. It's a repeat of the 2005 world final which Fallon won. Paischer leads 1-0.

0732: Five loops to go in the men's road race we reckon. The roadside crowd - which is quite sizeable by the way - have all been given silver batons to bang together to make some noiiiiise. What do you call them? Noise batons?! Help me out here.

BBC Sport's Matt Slater
0724: "At the boxing, listened to Wedding Present's Take Me on the way, so pumped up I may jump in the ring."
BBC Sport's Matt Slater, Twittering on our Olympics blog
More from Matt on the blog

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0720: Let's crack open a Brit up graphic shall we? Hammersmith's James Degale wins his opening middleweight bout against Mohamed Hikal of Egypt 13-4. Degale is nicknamed 'Chunky'. So there.

0713: Good work Holty. Holty? Ah, she's asleep already, bless her. The action on my television has flicked from judo to badminton - this must be the Olympics then. Hurrah.

By Sarah Holt

0707: I have good news. The legendary Caroline Cheese is waiting in the wings to take over the live as I prepare to very much sink into an unconscious state. She will have splendid updates on the rowing, boxing, sailing, gymnastics, judo and the conclusion of the men's road race, which are all continuing in Beijing.

0656: The cyclists are heading into the greenery of the mountains. But long-time road race co-leader Gallardo of Bolivia has been swallowed up by the chasing pack which no longer includes Britain's Jonny Bellis - still, at least he had the racing nous to go with the breakaway which looks likely to produce the winner.

0653: Craig Fallon is tipped to get Britain's medal haul rolling on day one in Beijing. He's got through the first judo bout but his next one could be a much tougher prospect. He's up against Austria's Ludwig Paischer, who dispatched opponent Younes Ahamdi in one minute 17 seconds.

0645: I don't believe we've touched on the fencing yet in Beijing. Well America's defending Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis is through to the women's sabre semi-finals as is Athens bronze medallist Sada Jacobson. But China's silver medallist from four years ago, Xue Tan is out, losing to Russian Sofiya Velikaya. I think it's fair to say it's been a mixed day for the hosts so far.

0640: Oooh the cyclists have disappeared into a tunnel but none of them have lights fixed to their handlebars to help guide their way. Chile's Almonacid is now out of his own as fellow pace-setter Gallardo starts to flag, but the 26-strong chasing group are looking handily placed as the road race route takes in the Great Wall of China.

0633: And now to the cycling where we have some first news to report on the British riders in the field. Johnny Bellis from the Isle of Man, at 19 the youngest man in the road race field, is in the group that has raced away from the main peloton.

0630: Hoops head honcho Rob D has more on the women's basketball. Exciting times in the second game of the day. New Zealand were tied 71-71 against Mali with 78 seconds left. Up stepped Kate McMeeken - her three-pointer helped the Ferns escape to a 76-72 win. Angela Marino hit 19 points for New Zealand.

0627: Things are hotting up at the judo. Britain's Craig Fallon wins his first bout against Monaco's Hann Siccardi by ippon.

0622: Ben Ainslie is going to have to wait to start his bid for a third Olympic gold medal. The reason? There's not enough wind at Qingdao, the sailing venue on the Yellow Sea and 342 miles from Beijing. The Briton has to sit tight for another hour in the hope that a breeze starts a-blowing.

0615: Back at the volleyball, the Australians see off the Russians in a thrilling see-saw match, taking the third set 15-12.

0608: Things are going from bad to worse for Croatian tennis player Ivan Ljubicic. The former world number three, who's now slipped to 51 in the world rankings, has pulled out of the Olympics with a mystery injury. He's being replaced by Devon Mullings of the Bahamas. Scot Andy Murray is in action in the first round on Sunday against Taipei's Lu Yen-Hsun.

0601: Things are looking distinctly misty in the road race. In an office straw poll on whether it's fog or not, the votes say it's just hot and steamy. It certainly looks pretty sticky out there as the leaders have unzipped the front of their shirts. Meanwhile, Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre of Spain is part of a large group that has broken away from the peloton and is hot on the trail of leaders Garrido and Almonacid with the mountains looming large ahead.

0558: And don't think I've forgotten the bikini-clad athletes giving it their all in the volleyball. Australia and Russia are in a real battle in the first women's beach volleyball match to go to a third set. The Australians strolled to a 21-8 first set win, but the Russians have clawed back into the match, taking the second set and setting up a nail-biter in the third...

0555: Fancy some more basketball chat? I can deliver. There's all to play for in the women's match between Mali and New Zealand. Mali came from nine points down at half-time to take a three-point lead over New Zealand but the Ferns have responded and lead 60-54 after three quarters.

0545: The judo action has also begun in Beijing and Olympic champion Ryoko Tani of Japan saw off China's Wu Shugen in the first round of the women's 48kg category. British hopes lie with Craig Fallon in the men's 60kg.

0545: It's early days in qualifying for the men's gymnastics competition. The teams are rotating apparatus again. I do love a bit of gymnastics - oops though perhaps Switzerland's Claudio Capelli might not agree after ungraciously crashing his behind to the mat in the floor routine. After two rotations, the USA lead from Spain and Italy.

0537: "Just watched the Chinese number one win the weightlifting. Tell you what...I would have no worries letting her carry the shopping bags from the car. I would probably even get an extra crate of lager!"
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0532: How are those cyclists getting along? With just under 180km to go, including some tough hilly stretches, Gallardo and Almonacid still have a lead of around 15 minutes over the chasing pack, with the South American duo's average speed touching 40kph.

0530: Rob D has some more from his hoops watch. Lisa Wallbutton hit nine points for New Zealand in the second quarter - she has 11 at half-time as the Tall Ferns lead Mali 42-33.

0528: Lest we forget the women's handball is in full swing at the Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium. Big favourites here are Russia and Norway. So far France have beaten Angola 32-21 and Hungary saw off Sweden 30-24.

0523: Let's have a bit more on China's first gold medal. Chen Xiexia flexed her muscles to lift 95kg in the snatch and an Olympic record 117kg in the clean and jerk on her way to gold - and she looked such a wee lifter too. I now feel a total weed for struggling with a couple of bags of shopping this afternoon. Oh.

0517: What's happening in the gymnastics? Hmmm I think 100Sport10 on 606 can help us out here: "Israel get on decently with the vault. Next up is Great Britain. Daniel Keatings does a very powerful vault. Scores 15.625!"
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0510: Just a very quick break for me as Saj and his canary yellow jumper retreat from the live. Thanks Saj! Whilst sampling my dinner, I spied IOC president Jacques Rogge presenting the first gold medallist in China - Czech shooter Katerina Emmons - with her prize. She looked very pleased too.

0502: Gold medal alert: Chen Xiexia wins the first medal for the host nation China - in the women's 48kg weightlifting. Turkey's Sibel Ozkan wins the silver and Chen Wei-Ling of Taiwan takes the bronze

0500: Men's gymnastics: For all you British flik-flak fans Daniel Keatings and Louis Smith are out to do some damage in the men's competition. Hoepfully, they won't damage themselves.

0459: Women's individual sabre (round of 32): Sada Jacobson (USA) 15-11 Mailyn Gonzalez Pozo (Cub)

0456: Women's individual sabre (round of 32): Azza Besbes (Tun) 15-11 Leonore Perrus (Fra). Well done Besbes.

0454: For those interested in the temperature at the equestrian arena, the BBC's Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes in Hong Kong tells us it is 84F (29C) with 74% humidity. New Zealand's Mark Todd said he was drowning in his sweat. Nice thought.

0447: Sarah Holt's gone for a little break - well earned. So you're in the capable hands of Saj Chowdhury (I'm doing the third-person thing). Are you kids enjoying it so far?
0447: Women's beach volleyball: China beat Switzerland in the women's beach volleyball, 2-0. The Chinese gave an ever-increasing crowd something to cheer about with a 21-12, 21-18 win.

0445: Cycling update: A Czech rider holds on to the side of his team car. Is that allowed?

0432: Cycling update: Horacio Gallardo of Bolivia and Chile's Patrick Almonacid stage an early breakaway, but there's a long way to go on a demanding, hilly course.

0430: "C'mon Craig Fallon. Gold in the judo today I reckon. Enjoying the beach volleyball. Be great in 2012 when the kitschest of Olympic sports is held in Horseguards Parade!"
Phil in London via text

0423: A return to the muted volleyball arena finds the lovely Dutch pair beat the Swiss duo 2-0 in the first men's pool match. Hang on a minute though, this'll get the crowd on their feet as the Chinese women have taken the first set at a canter in their match against the Swiss women.

0420: Right then, back to the badminton. The first women's singles match has been completed with Spain's Yoana Martinez beating Erin Carroll of Australia 2-0 (21-9 21-16). Names to look out for are China's Xie Xingfang, Lu Lan, Zhang Ning, Malaysia's Wong Mew Choo and Dane Tine Rasmussen.

0416: This road race is becoming quite distracting. I think the reason I'm glued to it is because it's a good opportunity to see some of Beijing's scenery outside the Olympic venues. In a minute I'll stop being such a tourist and update you on some live action. Oooh lovely trees.

0410: As the cyclists peddle past the imposing spread of Tiananmen Square blue skies emerge above the pack. The next sight for the riders is the portrait of Chairman Mao near the Forbidden City.

0404: Meanwhile, it could be the Tour de France all over again as the men's road race begins and the cyclists begin to wend their way through the streets of Beijing. BBC's analyst Gary Sutton says: "I think it's going to be a day for the Tour de France riders."

0400: Well, I'm excited by the first gold medal in Beijing. It's a disappointing result for home fans though as China's defending champion Du Li, well, she didn't defend her title. She didn't even get amongst the medals either, as Russian Lioubov Galkina collects silver and Croatia's Snjezana Pejcic takes bronze.

0355: First GOLD in Beijing goes to Katerina Emmons of the Czech public in the women's 10m air rifle competition.
0348: Some bizarre chants are echoing round Yongdingmen Gate where the start of the men's cycling road race is just minutes away. Don't expect a result any time soon though because the men in lycra have got 148.5 miles to pedal through.

0340: "Here in Oz and hearing about their brilliant swimmers non-stop, I marked their card about our cyclists and boxers - in particular one Frankie Gavin. Not the best start "
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I hate to tell you Etienne123 but the Australians have started day one pretty strongly. Australia have just finished off the job against Belarus in the women's basketball, winning 83-64. Next up, the Tall Ferns of New Zealand take on Mali.
0335:The first gold medal in Athens four years ago was won by China's Du Li in the 10m air rifle final. It's gonna be the first medal decided in Beijing too.
0330: Back to the shooting range, where the line-up for the women's air rifle final has been decided. Czech Katerina Emmons set a new Olympic record and equalled the world record score of 400 in qualifying. She won bronze four years ago in Athens but can she replicate her form in Beijing? It's not long until we find out with the final due to start soon.

0325: Another flurry of activity in Beijing as the women's 48kg weightlifting and the badminton get under way. No Brits in the weightlifting but Andrew Smith and Tracey Hallam are contesting the badminton singles. It could be pretty tricky to win a medal with the shuttlecock and racquet though as China are strong favourites in most events.
0315: Now then Aliah via text you were asking what's in it for us girls when it came to volleyball. I can tell you what - two Dutch men v two Swiss men in the opening men's match. They do seem to wear more than the women but it'll do for starters.

0310: More news from the volleyball. Norway have beaten Belgium 2-0 in the opening women's beach pool game.
0305: Let's hear from William Fox-Pitt himself. "It wasn't what I expected and it is a little disappointing. He (Parkmore Ed) was bit lit up and I had to keep him under control. Yesterday's disruption didn't help and I think the authorities made more of an issue of it than necessary."
Fox-Pitt's horse came under intense scrutiny before being allowed to ride in Beijing. You can read more about it in the Olympics blog.
Read Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes's blog
0300: It's the halfway point in the dressage on day one. Australian husband and wife duo Lucinda and Clayton Fredericks lead the standings with American Gina Miles in third. It was a reasonable first day for the British pair of Daisy Dick and Williams Fox-Pitt scoring in the 50s. Fox-Pitt is ranked 11th. You can see the conclusion of day one's events in Hong Kong at around 1215 UK time.

0250: Rob D is back with a b-ball update from Beijing (I'm trying to build up his part in the hope he gets the teas in). He reports that it's half-time in the opening women's basketball match and Australia are coasting it so far, 44-28 against Belarus. Penny Taylor is leading the way with 11 points for the Opals.
0249: Dressage tends to be a bit of a sedate affair and officials in Hong Kong made sure it stayed that way after evicting two pro-Tibet protestors. The pair had smuggled a Tibetan flag into the venue, and were accused of breaking rules which require silence from fans when the horses are strutting their stuff.
0246: Let's pop back to Beijing and to Chaoyang Park, where a Mexican wave fails to get off the ground because of a lack of spectators. Norway have taken the first set 24-22 in their preliminary against Belgium. In case you wondered how volleyball was decided, it's the best of three sets with the first pair to 21 points taking the set.
0240: Hmmm. A bit disappointing for Fox-Pitt, who retains a poker face throughout his dressage round. The Brit scores 50.20 - good enough for 10th spot approaching the halfway stage of the competition.
0233: The handsome William Fox-Pitt emerges at the dressage arena for Great Britain. Not a great start for him and Parkmore Ed, who gets spooked going into the gate.
0230: Australia lead Belarus 19-12 at the end of the first quarter in the opening women's basketball pool game. Australia's Opals, tipped as gold medal contenders, hit an 11-0 streak in the first quarter after trailing 6-5. And that mini report comes courtesy of Sport HQ's resident hoops expert Rob D.
0228: If you want multi-events then you are about to start getting them. Right now in the Far East we have equestrian dressage, women's shooting, women's volleyball, basketball and handball under way - and it's only day one.

0226: Here's some words from BBC equestrian expert Clare Balding: "It's only early here in Hong Kong and we can already feel the humidity rising and it's going to be very stamina sapping over the next few days. The absence of Zara Phillips has certainly weakened the interest in the eventing schedule but it shouldn't weaken Britain's medal hopes."

0220: Australian Lucinda Fredericks douses her horse Headley Britannia with a bottle of water after a beautiful round of dressage. It's so precise in fact that it's good enough for Lucinda to overtake her husband Clayton at the top of the standings with a score of 30.40.

0215: Things are hotting up now in Hong Kong. American Gina Miles puts in a lovely display in partnership with Irish-bred McKinlaugh and she scores 39.60 to move into second place - sadly displacing my pal Frank Ostholt.

0211: The doors of the 606 club are now open, which means you can give me as much Olympic chat as you like and it would be much appreciated given the diminishing quality of chat here at Sport HQ. I blame the volleyball.
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0204: Britain's Damien Searle looks delighted to be be refereeing at the women's beach volleyball as Belgium take an early lead. Don't worry, my assistant Saj has got his beady eyes all over that so we'll keep you posted on the action from the sandpit.

0158: The volleyball is being held in Beijing's Chaoyang Park. If you don't fancy watching scantily-clad women from Belgium and Norway in the first match then the park also features a roller coaster, flower gardens and cycles and boats to hire. Hmmm maybe that's why there aren't many people in the stands.
0152: Wake up boys! The beach volleyball preliminaries are about to begin. Some of my colleagues here are starting to come round to the idea that maybe there is a point to staying up all night after all...
0145: While the shooting gets under way, things are going smoothly in the dressage in Hong Kong, where a soft rock guitar solo heralds the second break in proceedings. Just before the break, my near namesake Frank Ostholt of Germany moves up to second with a neat score of 44.30.

0138: Let's hope none of the shooters have got a headache after the razzamatazz of the opening ceremony. It's 0830ish in Beijing and the women's entrants for the 10m air rifle have just begun qualifying over at the Shooting Range Hall.

0123: "So is this teams' event or individual or both? Does this relate to overall eventing where they do the jumping and cross country etc? Thanks."
Pete via text in London
Well Pete, this particular dressage competition is the first part of the eventing programme as you mentioned. The individual dressage medals will be decided next week.

0110: BBC equestrian expert Clare Balding has been spotted at the Beas River arena. If you want to read more about the eventing then Clare's blog is a good place to start.
Read Balding's blog

0102: The conditions in Hong Kong are much drier than in previous days but it looks like my fears about jodhpurs and humidity might have come to pass. Here's what Mark Todd had to say after his ride on Gandalf:
"I was warned about the heat and humidity but they didn't tell me I was going to nearly drown."

0055: "I don't really understand this dressage thing at all, but what the hell! It's the Olympics. Woo! Low scores = good?"
Matt via text
Yep, low scores are what you want in dressage. The judges are stood at five different points around the arena to score the competitors and each rider then receives a final percentage score.

0050: And the marks for Dick and Spring Along are... 51.70. That's very respectable for her first Olympic appearance. Here's what former Olympian Ian Stark has to say.
"Spring Along was very naughty at the Badminton Horse Trials this year and showing two fingers to the judges is his attitude. But Daisy did a good job there and the British team will be happy with that."
BBC analyst Ian Stark

0045: Daisy Dick and Spring Along open the British charge in the eventing dressage. Dick was only called up to the team because of injuries to Zara Phillips and Lucy Wiegersma's horses. Spring Along is described as "a naughty pony" by BBC analyst Ian Stark and he does seem to be misbehaving a little bit.

0037: One of the highlights on day one is the men's cycling road race, which starts at 0400. Watch out for the Spanish team featuring Tour de France winners Carlos Sastre and Alberto Contador and triple world champion Oscar Freire - tough to beat. Don't expect much from the Brits though as Team GB's best road racers will be in action on the track.

0031: As things stand, Australian Clayton Fredericks has set the benchmark in the dressage, notching up 37.00 points on Ben Along Time. He's followed by Amy Tyron and then returning veteran Mark Todd.

0027: There's a little break in the dressage now and then Britain's Daisy Dick will be on her way out of the stables.

0022: OK weather update. Hong Kong is expecting sunshine to reign over the equestrian events with temperatures up at 30C while there are sunshine and showers forecast for Beijing and temperatures of 32C. Just call me Michael Fish.

0018: "Can't believe how hot it looks out there. What time is it in China?"
Alex aka Metty via text
It's coming up to 0718, and I'll try and find some information on temperatures for you. As a former horsewoman, I really wouldn't fancy pulling on a pair of jodhpurs and riding jacket in humid conditions.

0010: Now then, there are quite a few British athletes to watch out for on day one across most events. In the finals, Craig Fallon is going for gold in the under 60kg judo event while cyclists Jonny Bellis, Steve Cummings, Roger Hammond and Ben Swift take part in the men's road race. Don't worry, we'll keep you up-to-date with Team GB's movements.

0005: American Amy Tyron goes to the top of the dressage rankings with a score of 46.50.

0000: Italian Vittoria Panizzon, whose mother is Scottish, is one of the youngest riders in the dressage aged 24 and she scores a respectable 50.60

2355: "I'm here until 6am. Can't wait! Love these kind of early sports. Can you tell us which of the Brits are competing?"
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At-a-glance medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 China 51 21 28 100
2 USA 36 38 36 110
3 Russia 23 21 28 72
4 Great Britain 19 13 15 47
5 Germany 16 10 15 41
6 Australia 14 15 17 46
7 South Korea 13 10 8 31
8 Japan 9 6 10 25
9 Italy 8 10 10 28
10 France 7 16 17 40

see also
Medals - Saturday 9 August
09 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Olympics photos day one
09 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Team GB photos - day one
09 Aug 08 |  Olympics


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