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Olympics day two as it happened

By Caroline Cheese

1657: The Redeem Team's bid for basketball glory is off to the best possible start as the US see off the hosts 101-70. Yao Ming looks pained. And that's it from me today. Be back from about 0100 BST tomorrow for Daley, more Phelps, archery, equestrian and so much more.

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1652: "Last set of dancers were much more like it. In fact, I think two of them were cheering Lithuania on earlier today. The game is pretty much up here for China. When Yao is on the floor it's almost a contest, when he's not it's Globetrotters time."
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1649: "So you have LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer, Dwight Howard and Jason Kidd on the court then bring on Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and Tayshaun Prince... the USA coach has an easy life eh?"
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1646: Yao Ming gets a huge ovation from the crowd as he comes off - and with a little over four minutes left, that suggests his evening is finished. USA 89-54 China.

BBC Sport's Matt Slater
1643: "The end of the third quarter here, which can mean only one thing, there is one more quarter to go. Oh, and the appearance of the "Beijing Dream Dancers" in red and black trouser suits with matching fans. Dancing was fine but I can't help thinking they're missing the point a bit."
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1637: One quarter remains in the basketball where the US lead China 74-48. It seems Yao Ming cannot perform miracles.

1635: Also tomorrow, Britain's men's archery team will look to succeed where the women failed. The arrows action kicks off at 0450 BST, with the final at 1020 BST.
Olympics day three preview

BBC Sport's Matt Slater
1629: "Half-time entertainment... We had some dancers dressed as dragons, some dragons dressed as dancers (only kidding, they were very nice) and then five blokes mopped the floor. The Americans appear to have given up shooting from outside, it's all dunks and lay-ups. High percentage stuff."
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1624: Here's Ronaldinho after his two goals helped Brazil beat New Zealand 5-0 and seal qualification for the last eight: "It's a special day. Because of everything that has happened, because of my performance, because we qualified." The midfielder was too emotional to say any more, according to the Brazil federation.

1619: The cheerleaders are cleared away and we're up and running in the third quarter of China v USA, the Americans leading 53-39.

1617: Set your alarm for 0426 BST if you want to see Michael Phelps go for his second gold in the 4x100m freestyle final. He won his first earlier today with a world record in the 400m individual medley - his least favourite event. The man's not human.
Phelps claims first Beijing gold

1607: The action is drawing to a close in Beijing so it's time to start thinking about tomorrow when we'll get our first glimpse of 14-year-old diving wonderkid Tom Daley, competing in the 10m synchronised with Blake Aldridge at 0730 BST. Daley's mentor and 2004 silver medallist Leon Taylor reckons if Daley's going to get a medal, it's more likely to come tomorrow.
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1600: Half-time in the basketball and USA lead China 49-37. Expect news from BBC Sport's Matt Slater (see 1552) on the form of the cheerleaders.

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1558: "Notice that the USA start running away with the game when Jason Kidd comes back on. He's just got such incredible vision on the court, runs the game without getting the points. The Cesc Fabregas of basketball... except slightly older!"
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1552: "Took me a bit but I've spotted him - Dubya is wearing a blue shirt, chin in hand. Nice pattern to the game. China hit two three-pointers, the US get three fast breaks that end in show-reel dunks. The crowd love it."
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1552: George Dubya is out of his seat as LeBron James' sensational dunk puts the USA 43-32 up against China in the basketball. The Americans have clicked effortlessly into top gear.

1545: "It was a really hard finish... so many emotions. Years and years of emotions coming out. There's so much that goes into an Olympic Games, there have been so many people who have helped me - 14 years worth of people who have shared a part in this journey to get here. "
Gold medallist Nicole Cooke speaking to BBC Sport
Cooke grabs first GB gold medal

1540: The Americans seem to be enjoying themselves in Yao Ming's absence as Dwyane Wade's fancy reverse dunk puts the Redeem Team 21-19 up. Not surprisingly, China's coach responds by restoring Yao to the line-up.


1537: Yao Ming is taking a break on the bench, with USA leading China 20-19 in the second quarter.

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1533: "Major upset in the men's handball tourney, the Danish European champions only tied with Egypt, whom they thrashed during the pre-Olympics warm-up games in June."
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1529: Great Britain lose 5-1 to Germany in their opening match of Pool B in the women's hockey. Games against Australia, Japan, New Zealand and USA still to come.

1526: Slam dunk from Dwyane Wade and suddenly the USA are 16-11 up.

1525: China make the better start in the basketball - a Group B clash - as they move into an 11-9 lead over the US. The USA - nicknamed the 'Redeem Team' as they look to make up for three defeats at the last Olympics - are looking scratchy.

1522: One to file under 'Olympic funnies': Olympic beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh lost her wedding ring while in action earlier. Volunteers found it with the help of metal detectors. "I feel honoured to have found Kerri Walsh's wedding ring," said volunteer Song Zhendong.

1517: What a start from Yao Ming, scoring a three-pointer to get China off to a blockbuster start against the US. Huge roar from the crowd.

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1515: "Does anyone else ever think they are a jinx when watching sport? I turned on the hockey at 1-1. I'm turning off now to test my theory. Please keep me updated. I also watched the archery. Sorry team GB."
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1513: US president George Bush - who watched Michael Phelps win his first gold in the pool earlier - is now at the Wukesong Stadium for the big basketball clash between USA and China. Not long to go until tip-off.

1508: Sighs of relief all round as Beth Tweddle does indeed reach the uneven bars final at the gymnastics. The top eight qualify, she is eighth. Meanwhile, Britain go 4-1 down in the hockey.

BBC Sport's Matt Slater
1506: "Right, that's more than enough nibbles, time for the main course. And here it comes. Crowd goes wild for China... and then even wilder for the US, who proceed to put on an impromptu slam dunk contest. Yao Ming gets a huge ovation every time he bounces the ball. No heads of state yet."
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1503: Oddly, the atrocious weather at the Olympic Green Hockey Field doesn't seem to be helping the Brits. They now trail 3-1 against the defending Olympic champions.

1500: The hockey is under way in the second half, with Britain trailing Germany 2-1.
Crista Cullen's guide to the short corner

1453: Croatia complete a 97-82 win over Australia in the basketball. That means we are but 20 minutes away from China v USA. Huge.

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1445: I am the bearer of good news and bad from the gymnastics. Great Britain finish ninth in the team standings - just one place from qualification for the final. Becky Downie is 24th in the individual all-around, taking the last qualification spot for that final. We think Beth Tweddle is through to the uneven bars final - confirmation to follow.

1443: Italy's win means they're through to the last eight, along with Argentina and Brazil.

1439: Done and dusted in the men's football for the day and some eye-opening results from the late games: Serbia 2-4 Ivory Coast, Netherlands 2-2 United States, China 0-2 Belgium, Italy 3-0 South Korea.

1437: Half-time at the hockey and defending Olympic champions Germany lead 2-1 against Great Britain. Uphill task for the Brits.

1432: Curses. I spoke too soon. Germany are back in front with a few minutes remaining in the first half.

1430: I was about to tell you that Britain were trailing in their women's hockey match against Germany but they're not anymore. Crista Cullen steps up to slot in a short corner and it's 1-1.

1426: It's all gone pear-shaped for the hosts in the men's football. China, who could only draw 1-1 with New Zealand in their first game, are down to nine men and trail 2-0 against Belgium.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1420: Britain's Gail Emms and Donna Kellogg go out of the women's badminton doubles in the first round, beaten 21-19 21-13 by China's third seeds Zhang Jiewen and Wei Yili - the world number two pair. No shame in that.

1413: What a turnaround in the men's football. Sub Jose Altidore - who has only just come on - puts the USA 2-1 over Holland.

Someone has won gold
1409: Matteo Tagliariol claims Italy's first gold of the Games with a 15-9 victory over France's Fabrice Jeannet. Spain's Jose Luis Abajo takes the bronze ahead of Hungary's Gabor Boczko.

1407: GOLD Italy (men's individual epee)

1404: That's the swimming done for the day... Britain's first-round women's hockey match against Germany is under way (and available on the live stream for UK users).

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1402: But there's bad news for the Brits at the badminton as Gail Emms and Donna Kellogg drop the first game 21-19 against the Chinese pair. Emms and Kellogg are the underdogs there though and were unlucky to lose a tight first set.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1359: Over at the pool, BBC Sport commentator Andy Jameson witnesses what he describes as the "best British relay performance I have ever seen". Britain's 4x100m freestyle four slice five seconds - yes, five - off the national record as they finish fourth in their heat to qualify for the final.

1357: In the badminton, British pair Gail Emms and Donna Kellogg are up against China's Zhang Yawen & Wei Yili - the third seeds. The Brits are holding their own in the first game.

BBC Sport's Matt Slater
1355: "Almost half-time in the Australia v Croatia basketball game and the Aussies are getting spanked. I think it might be time to bring on the inflatable kangaroo they've got by their bench. Currently watching the best half-time show I've seen since Southend's Blue Belles took on the Hammerettes in a pre-season clash."
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1352: Incredible scenes at the pool where the United States' reserve team break the 4x100m freestyle world record with a time of 3:12.23, touching just ahead of Australia who also beat the old mark. The US are likely to change most, if not all, of their swimmers for the final.

Someone has won gold
1351: Long Qingquan takes China's sixth gold medal of the Games with victory in the men's 56kg weightlifting.

1348: WORLD RECORD USA (4x100m freestyle)

1348: GOLD China (men's 56kg weightlifting)

1347: Federica Pellegrini qualifies quickest for the final - on Monday 11 August - with Rebecca Adlington second. Joanne Jackson is fourth fastest. Defending champion Laure Manaudou of France just sneaks in in eighth.

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1342: Italian Federica Pellegrini swims the first 300m of the final women's 400m freestyle heat under world record pace - and she is chased all the way by Britain's Rebecca Adlington. Pellegrini just hangs on to win by five one-hundredths of a second from Adlington, who sets a new British and Commonwealth record.

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1336: American Katie Hoff breaks the Olympic record in the women's 400m freestyle heats but she is pushed all the way by Britain's Joanne Jackson - who slices a second and a half off her personal best.

1335: Half-time in the men's football: Serbia 1-2 Ivory Coast, Netherlands 1-0 United States, China 0-1 Belgium, Italy 2-0 South Korea

1330: "I feel basically that I let the other two down, that I should have pulled my weight more and I didn't. It's really frustrating when you are that close to a medal you are almost touching it."
Archer Alison Williamson after GB miss out on bronze in the team event

1325: If I've said it once, I've said it... well, I may have only said it once actually. It's raining at the tennis so please stop texting in. Roger Federer and the Murray brothers will have to come back tomorrow as play has been suspended for the day.

1322: Men's footie latest...Liverpool's Ryan Babel reacts first to a knock-down to put the Netherlands 1-0 up against the United States in their Group B clash. Elsewhere: China 0-1 Belgium, Serbia 1-2 Ivory Coast, Italy 2-0 South Korea.

1315: "Two terrific body shots from Bradley Saunders, and this is just the kind of start the British team needed after the setback with Frankie Gavin."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mike Costello at the boxing

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1312: Bradley Saunders wastes no time in his opening light welterweight bout, stopping Ghana's Kotey Samuel Neequaye in the first round.

1311: How about a spot of fencing then? Italian Matteo Tagliariol will face France's Fabrice Jeannet in the gold medal play-off for the men's epee individual. But there's been a blow for the hosts: Chinese favourite Weng Lei went out in the round of 32.

1309: Boxing up next for the Brits as light welterweight Bradley Saunders faces Kotey Samuel Neequaye.

1307: "I just did my swim and I got a second swim, so I'm delighted with that. I was watching Liam Tancock and thinking 'God, he's quite far ahead there', and hopefully he'll be better in the morning."
GB swimmer Gregor Tait, who made the 100m backstroke semi-finals

1306: Women's hockey result: Argentina 2-2 USA.

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1303: A very excitable Liam Tancock goes under world record pace for the first 50m of his 100m backstroke heat. He eventually finishes third in his heat won by American Aaron Peirsol. The Brit qualifies for the semis sixth fastest, Gregor Tait also goes through.

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1301: A fine win for Britain's Tracey Hallam. A 21-18 21-13 victory puts her into the last 16 of the women's singles badminton.

1258: Men's football latest... Ivory Coast 1-0 Serbia, Belgium 1-0 China, Holland 0-0 USA, Italy 0-0 South Korea

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1253: Men's 100m backstroke heats in the pool now. World record holder Aaron Peirsol is the man to watch, while Britain's Liam Tancock is an outside medal hope here.

1249: The second lot of men's football matches are up and away. Holland v USA (which is available to watch for UK users), Serbia v Ivory Coast, Italy v South Korea and China v Belgium.

1245: Aussie Leisel Jones wins the final heat of the women's 100m breatstroke in an Olympic record time. Rising Russian star Yulia Ekimova smashes the European record by a second behind her. Brits Kirsty Balfour and Kate Haywood are both through to the semis.

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1243: Good news from the badminton as Tracey Hallam takes the first game against Kristina Ludikova of the Czech Republic 21-18.

1241: Women's hockey result: Australia 5-4 South Korea. South Korea were 4-1 up at half-time - what happened?

1240: Bad news fellas. Top seed and world number two Ana Ivanovic has pulled out of the tennis with an unspecified injury. Nightmare for Serbia. World number one Jelena Jankovic is already a big doubt.

1234: "Re 1220: A fortune-telling nun? If she had a crime-fighting animal as a sidekick then a TV series of some sort would be in order."
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1232: Britain's Tracey Hallam is on court in the badminton. Technology gremlins means it's not on the multi-sport player thingy but you can watch it if you're a UK user...
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Someone has won gold
1228: Hats off to Masato Uchishiba, whose win in the 66kg judo is Japan's first gold of these Games. Silver goes to France's Benjamin Darbelet, bronze to Pak Chol-min of North Korea and Yordanis Arencibia of Cuba.

1226: GOLD Japan (men's 66kg judo)

1223: Michael Phelps has been beaten! But only in the men's 200m freestyle heats. Still, that's something for Switzerland's Dominik Meichtry to tell the grandchildren. Ross Davenport is sixth and will qualify for the semis, fellow Brit Robbie Renwick just misses out.

1220: More on gold medal-winning Thai weightlifter Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon. We are told the reason she has a long name is that a fortune-telling nun advised the 24-year-old last year to change her name from Chanpim Kantatian to improve her luck. Good call, fortune-telling nun.

1215: Onto the 200m freestyle heats in the pool and guess who's back? Yup, Michael Phelps, fresh from winning the first of a possible eight gold, goes in heat eight - alongside Britain's Ross Davenport.

1213: Now then, UK users, if you've been following this page for a while on the website, you might not have noticed Great Britain make their glorious entrance onto the medals table. Click refresh right now and feel a burst of pride as they magically appear in seventh after Nicole Cooke's brilliant win in the women's road race earlier.

1211: Chinese superstar Xie Xingfang will be hogging the limelight at this afternoon's badminton, so nobody in the arena will be watching the four GB players in their various ties. Will that take the pressure off? Britons in action are Gail Emms and Donna Kellogg in the women's doubles, Tracey Hallam in the women's singles, and Andrew Smith in the men's singles.

Someone has won gold
1207: Gold number five for the hosts comes in the judo hall as Xian Dongmei retains her 52kg crown with victory over An Kum Ae of North Korea.

1205: GOLD China (52kg judo)

1202: Just for the tennis fans though, here's Nikolay 'Eeyore' Davydenko after his earlier win over Ernests Gulbis: "I'm happy to win and but I didn't enjoy playing in these tough conditions. If I don't play tennis for a few days I don't care really. I don't know how many days I can hold the racket just feeling so tired playing tennis."

1159: Anon wants to know what happened to Roger Federer in the tennis. The great man is still kicking his heels. It's raining and it seems unlikely we'll see any more play today.

1158: Gordon in Oxford wants to know what happened to the rowing heats because his mate is coxing the GB men's eight. Thunderstorms over the lake means they've been held over until tomorrow - not sure what time yet.

1156: Full-time in the first four men's football matches of the day. Ronaldinho scores twice as Brazil smash five past New Zealand and seal qualification for the quarter-finals. Elsewhere: Nigeria 2-1 Japan, Cameroon 1-0 Honduras, Argentina 1-0 Australia.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1153: The Olympic record goes three times in three heats in the women's 100m backstroke, Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry beating American Natalie Coughlin in the last one. Britain's Gemma Spofforth touches in third behind that pair and joins Lizzie Simmonds in the semis.

1149: If you don't know who (see last entry), hosts China - led by NBA superstar Yao Ming - meet the USA at 1515 BST in a much-anticipated hoops clash.

BBC Sport's Matt Slater
1147: "Take a bow, Linas Kleiza. 'Lithunia's Charles Barkley' has just nailed a three-pointer with two seconds left to seal a 79-75 victory over Argentina. And with that the Games' best fans leave the building. That's two games of hoops down for me, one to go before you know who."
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1144: Back in the pool, the heats of the women's 100m backstroke are go, go, go, American Natalie Coughlin the hot favourite.

1142: Sarah from Gloucestershire texts on 81111 to ask what's going on in the women's hockey. "Do they have to wear bikinis to get your attention?" she enquires. Er, that would probably do a job for my male colleagues but not for me I'm afraid. Anyway the scores on the doors: Japan 2-1 New Zealand, China 3-0 Spain. Britain play Germany at 1400 BST.

Someone has won gold
1137: Overwhelming favourites South Korea ignore the whistling of the fiercely partisan home crowd to take gold in the women's team archery, thrashing China by nine points. France, of course, take bronze after their win over Britain.

1136: GOLD South Korea (women's team archery)

1135: "I was a bit nervous, but you have to be able to deal with the pressure. It was all new for me today, but my coach Terry sat me down and helped me get things clear in my head."
GB welterweight boxer Billy Joe Saunders, who beat Turkey's Adem Kilicci earlier

1131: "It's going bananas at the archery final between China and South Korea."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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1127: Swimming will be back under way shortly. No finals, just heats, which means plenty of Brits to look out for, including medal hope Rebecca Adlington, as well as more from that man Michael Phelps.

1126: Incidentally, UK users, if you do want to watch an archery masterclass from Korea on the live stream, it's under the tennis icon. Don't ask me why, I am merely the messenger.

1123: "Nicole Cooke had dominated women's road cycling for a long time and I am glad she is going to get the recognition she deserves from the British public now!"
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Report: Cooke grabs first GB gold medal

1120: If that bronze medal play-off whetted your archery appetite, the final is now under way, featuring Korea, the Tiger Woods of women's archery, against hosts China.

1117: At the football, Brazil are now 3-0 up thanks to a Ronaldinho goal and in cruise control against New Zealand. Nigeria lead Japan 1-0.

BBC Sport's Matt Slater
1113: "Cracking game of basketball on over here! Just to be on the safe side, I got to the basketball venue six hours early. Thankfully, the games before the China-US showdown have kept me thoroughly entertained. I'm 20 yards away from 200 Lithuanians going loopy (how loud will it be when the locals get going later?), they lead defending champs Argentina by seven with nine minutes to play. Nice work, Nicole, by the way."
BBC Sport's Matt Slater at the Wukesong Stadium
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1112: A beaming Nicole Cooke steps onto the top step of the podium to receive gold for Great Britain. Stunning backdrop too as the national anthem rings out and the Union Jack makes its way to the top of the pole.

1108: Back to the good news, here's newly-crowned Olympic road race champion Nicole Cooke: "We did it, it was perfect. It's a dream come true. I want to thank all the people who have been there from the start. I have worked so hard, I am so happy."

A Briton has failed to win a bronze
1107: Oh. Great Britain miss out on bronze in the women's team archery by two tiny little points, as France snatch victory.

1105: "It was funny, I came in the room and the Mrs had the cycling on. I complained but ended up jumping around and screaming. Fantastic excitement, Loved it."
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1102: With six arrows remaining, France lead by one point from Great Britain in the bronze medal play-off. I don't feel good. Alison Williamson - who won't be happy with her two sevens - nervously wraps herself in a jacket.

1059: Men's footie half-time scores... Argentina 0-0 Australia, Cameroon 0-0 Honduras, Brazil 2-0 New Zealand, Japan 0-0 Nigeria.

1058: Nicole Cooke's brilliant gold in the women's road race means Great Britain have shot onto the medal table in seventh. In the archery, France now lead GB 98-97 at the halfway point. I can't watch, far too tense.

1055: "This is what the Olympics is all about. Haven't a clue about the tactics etc, all I know is that with about 500m left, Nicole Cooke seemed to have dropped off the pace and then seconds later was in the lead. Great tension and drama, superb to watch and cheer on!"
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1053: With nine of the 24 arrows gone, France have pulled themselves back and are all square against Britain.

1052: A quick blast of Shania Twain's I'm Gonna Getcha Good breaks the tension at the archery. I can think of better songs with which to break tension.

1049: And after six of 24 arrows, Britain lead France 48-46 in the bronze medal play-off.

1048: "Congrats to Nicole Cooke, despite the horrid weather. She has repaid my faith for getting up early on a Sunday morning!"
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1047: Archery is under way... All square after three arrows between France and GB.

1045: Men's footie... Brazil have taken a two goal lead in their Group C match against New Zealand. Despite winning the World Cup five times the South Americans are still yet to win gold at the Olympics. Goals from Manchester United's Anderson and AC Milan's Alexandre Pato moving Brazil closer to a second victory in Beijing.

1041: As The Beatles' Yesterday rings out at the road race finish - an odd choice of music - I can tell you that Sweden's Emma Johansson won the silver and Tatiana Guderzo of Italy the bronze. Cooke won the 200th gold medal in Great Britain's history. Let's hope the archery team were watching. The Brits are up against France in the bronze medal play-off in five minutes.

1038: There you go. Show us a bit of rain and the Brits come good. The celebrations are well under way at Juyongguan, Cooke hugging her British team-mates and performance director Dave Brailsford. Britain were expected to dominate the track cycling - but this is an unexpected bonus.

A Briton has won a gold
1033: Tears from Nicole Cooke as she celebrates gold - the first for Great Britain at these Games and the first ever for GB in the women's road race. Fabulous scenes. I've got a lump in my throat. The 25-year-old won a thrilling sprint finish.

1031: NICOLE COOKE WINS GOLD FOR GREAT BRITAIN

1029: Group of five - including Britain's Nicole Cooke - have a 15-second lead in the women's road race with 1km (a minute or so) remaining. Excitement building...


BBC Radio 5 Live
1028: "Brazil are 1-0 up against New Zealand in the men's football. Manchester United player Anderson took advantage of a mix-up in the defence in the fourth minute. It's goalless between Argentina and Australia. Mascherano and Messi are in the Argentina side, and Ronaldinho's playing for Brazil."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Matt Williams watching the Olympic football


1026: Building to a dramatic finish in the women's road race, Britain's Nicole Cooke currently fourth but it's very tight.

1022: More weather chat... The rowing has been suspended for the day.

1016: Whoah... China's Meng Lang slides off the road and into a ditch as the weather takes its toll in the women's road race. France's 49-year-old superwoman Jeannie Longo - in her seventh Olympics - hits the front, with Britain's Nicole Cooke is fourth...

1009: Today will probably be the only day during these Olympics I'm quite pleased to be in Shepherd's Bush. Here's more from brave BBC Sport blogger Tom Fordyce at the archery: "GB fans will have to keep waiting for our first medal of the Games. There's no way we're starting at 1010 BST. It's like the apocalypse here. Everyone has been given enormous plastic ponchos, looking like extras from Lord of the Rings."


BBC Radio 5 Live
1008: "We're going to have to hire a submarine to get out of this place. The court is completely under water. The scoreboard says, very optimistically, 'no play before 1800', which is 1100 BST. I'd be amazed if we have any more play today."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Jonathan Overend at the tennis

1005: If you're a fan of Biblical rain, also worth checking out the women's road race where it continues to hammer down as they start the second and final circuit. As the climb begins, Britain's Emma Pooley decides to make a lone charge in a bid to catch leader Russian Natalie Boyarskaya. Italy's Tatiana Guderzo soon joins Pooley and with 21km to go, they swallow up Boyarskaya. However, the breakaway does not last long and the peloton reduce the gap.

1004: "Re 0935: The problem with all these anonymous texters is they have no bottle. All this taking part that counts rubbish. Don't see Aussies happy with not giving their name."
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Someone has won gold
0958: Glory for the fabulously-named Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon at the weightlifting. The 24-year-old replaces compatriot Udomporn Polsak as Olympic champion. Yoon Jin-hee of South Korea wins silver and Belarussian Nastassia Novikava bronze.

0958: GOLD Thailand (women's 53kg weightlifting)


0957: If you're a UK user, check out the archery stream for some extreeeeme weather man! Poor Tom (see last entry). You won't be surprised to learn that Britain's bronze medal play-off against France has been delayed until 1010 BST - at least.

BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
0954: "It's gone mental down here. With Britain's bronze medal match against France only five minutes away, the biggest storm I've ever seen. Rain is coming in sideways in bucket-sized lumps and everyone is trying to hide under desks as the lightning crashes down overhead."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at the archery
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0951: "The British girls are in a good position and are riding to plan. Everyone is all together and it is all to play for. It does not really matter how it pans out. We have good climbers and a good finisher in Nicole Cooke."
Great Britain cycling coach Shane Sutton on BBC Interactive

BBC Sport
0950: British rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave is impressed by the performance of the women's quad. "It looks like they've got a little bit more in hand, which is good to see," he tells BBC Sport.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0946: Get that Brit up graphic out! Kath Grainger's women's quad win their rowing heat by just under a length from Germany to reach the final next Sunday. They were two seconds slower than China were in the other heat - but the hosts were under no pressure at all.
Fran Houghton's BBC blog

0944: Movement in the women's road race. As the riders start the first climb, Russian Natalie Boyarskaya puts on the gas and is now leading the peloton by around one minute. There is a bit of concern as Boyarskaya fails to get directions from officials at a fork in the road but thankfully for her she takes the right route. She shakes her head in frustration. Fear not British fans, Britain's Emma Pooley is at the front of the chasing pack while Nicole Cooke and Sharon Laws are also in the hunt. It's still raining. Heavily.


0939: Britain's women's quad, lead by Kath Grainger, are sitting on the start line at the rowing heats. The GB crew are hoping to win a first gold in women's rowing but Germany's Kathrin Boron - going for her fifth Olympic gold - might have something to say about that. "I know who I'm cheering for," says five-times gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave on the BBC. Four in the heat - including GB and Germany - but only one goes through for sure.

0935: "Problem with British sport is there is no bottle. All this taking part that counts rubbish. Don't see the Aussies happy with coming third like we are."
Anon via text on 81111

BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
0933: "Hard luck for the British trio. In a hugely intimidating atmosphere at the archery field, with thunder rumbling overhead and the wind gusting all over the place, the Chinese trio were simply too strong. The stands are packed, half with South Korean fans, half with China fans. The way it's going, Britain will be facing France in the bronze medal match."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at the archery
More from Tom on the blog

0931: Serena Williams' match with Olga Govortsova of Belarus, already delayed for two hours by rain, is hit by a second rain break. The American leads 6-3 2-1 as the rain hammers down at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre.

0929: Heads up for the footie fans... In half an hour's time, we have Argentina/Leo Messi v Australia, Brazil/Ronaldinho v New Zealand, Nigeria v Japan and Cameroon v Honduras.

0927: Hoops! Easy win for Spain in the end over Greece - 81-66 with Rudy Fernandez scoring 16 points.


0926: Drama in the women's road race. Korean Sungeun Gu loses her line and comes right across the peloton, taking around six riders with her. They all get going pretty quickly but Gu ends up in the concrete ditch which runs down the side of the road. Ouch. After a bit of a delay, she dusts herself down and rejoins the race. The riders have reached the start of the gruelling and hilly circuit. There is around 45 km to go.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0924: Wipe away those tears though, British fans. At the sailing, Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison top the 49er standings after three races. Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson continue to lead the Yngling class after four races. Ben Ainslie is second in the Finn after four races. A good day two all round then.

A Briton has failed to win a gold
0919: A battling effort from the British team of Alison Williamson, Charlotte Burgess and Naomi Folkard but China are too strong. The hosts move into the women's team archery final after winning by six points. GB move into the bronze medal play-off - almost certainly against France - at around 1000 BST we reckon.

0915: Well if Britain are going to go for gold, it'll be a ruddy Olympic-sized miracle. China are bossing things in the women's team archery semi-final. They lead by nine with six arrows left. The Brits look shell-shocked.

0912: Let's take a break from the unbearable tension of the archery shall we... A heartwarming aftermath has emerged to one of the earlier events. Russian and Georgian shooting medal winners embraced and appealed for peace as they shared an Olympic podium for the first time since conflict broke out between their countries.
Olympic shooters appeal for peace

0910: After two of the four ends in the women's team archery semi-final, China lead Great Britain 105-103. Remember folks, if Britain can pull this back, GB are guaranteed their first medal of the Games.

0909: Quick update from the rowing... Men's lightweight four Richard Chambers, James Lindsay Fynn, Paul Mattick and James Clarke look better than they have all year, just half a length behind China in their heat and clear of Australia. First three go through to the semi.


BBC Radio 5 Live
0906: "We've just spoken to Niemeyer (see 0851 entry)- he says he pulled out of the singles because he has a sore elbow, and he wants to compete in the doubles tonight. So he will play against the Murrays but he won't be fully fit."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Jonathan Overend at the tennis


0901: China win the first of four ends in the women's team archery semi-final 55-53. Very tough task for the Brits here. The crowd is inevitably going crazy.

0901: Tense times... The women's team archery semi-final between Great Britain and China is under way and Naomi Folkard gets the GB challenge off to the perfect start with a 10.

0858: amateurMark over on 606 wants to know what a repechage is. It's basically another chance for those competitors who narrowly fail to make the next round. The French word literally means 'rescue'. They don't call this public service broadcasting for nothing. If only life had a repechage eh?

BBC Radio 5 Live
0851: "We're investigating whether there's been a stroke of good fortune for Andy and Jamie Murray. They were due to face Daniel Nestor and Frederic Niemeyer, from Canada, in the doubles, but Niemeyer retired from the singles competition a few minutes ago. If he pulls out of the doubles there will be a last-minute entry to replace the pair, which has to be good news for the Murrays, who did have a difficult draw."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Jonathan Overend at the tennis

0847: The weather continues to play havoc... the tennis has been halted again.

0846: Still no movers in the women's road race as yet, hardly a surprise really considering they have the mountains up ahead. There are crowds of people lining the route, chanting and waving very large Chinese flags. Quite a lot of them are huddled under umbrellas as the weather has gone all rubbish. It's absolutely tipping down.

Someone has won gold
0843: David Kostelecky takes the honours in the men's trap shooting - winning his country's second gold medal of this Games and ninth in their history. Italy's Giovanni Pellielo takes silver, with the bronze yet to be decided.

0837: GOLD Czech Republic (Men's trap shooting)

0835: Couple of dates for your diary if you're a British fan. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are in rowing semi-final action on Thursday, while boxing welterweight Billy Joe Saunders fights Cuban Carlos Banteaux Suarez on Sunday.

0833: "There is a long way to go in the women's road race and at the moment, everyone is playing the game. They are all thinking 'let's get to the circuit and go from there'."
Great Britain cycling coach Shane Sutton on BBC Interactive

BBC Radio 5 Live
0831: "If you look at the pedigree of the opponent - a world championship bronze medallist - that's the way to judge the measure of Billy Joe Saunders' performance. Saunders has been criticised for not starting well enough, early enough, but he's learned very quickly and seems determined to make his mark."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mike Costello at the boxing

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0828: And the good news keeps coming for Team GB as Billy Joe Saunders posts a comprehensive 14-3 win over Turkey's Adem Kilicci in boxing's welterweight category.

0828: Britain's Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter cruise to a comfortable win in their heat, clear water between their lightweight double scull and Greece - who were world silver medallists last year.

Someone has won gold
0825: Defending world and Olympic champions Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia rule supreme in the synchronised women's 3m springboard diving to deliver a fourth gold medal for the hosts.

0824: GOLD China (women's synchronised 3m springboard)

0821: Billy Joe Saunders leads 6-1 after two of the four rounds of his first-round welterweight bout. Meanwhile, Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter - Britain's best hope for rowing gold - are on the water in the lightweight double sculls.

BBC Radio 5 Live
0815: "Qualifying at the gymnastics is over for the moment. Beth Tweddle is seventh on the floor with two more sessions to come, so it looks unlikely she'll qualify, although things look slightly better in the bars. In the all-around though, Becky Downie lies 14th, the top 24 go through and she has the best chance."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Alison Mitchell, watching the gymnastics

0815: Hoops now... Spain keep their noses in front of Greece and lead 35-29 at half time in what could be the best match of the first day of the men's tournament.


0813: Time to get the Union Jacks waving... gold medal hopeful Billy Joe Saunders is up next at the boxing, fighting Turkey's Adem Kilicci in the welterweight competition.

0811: "We're not seeing too much of Nicole Cooke at the moment, and that's pretty good news. She's tucked in the middle of the field, freewheeling along."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Simon Brotherton, watching the women's road race

0809: First action of the day at the Shunyi rowing lake and Great Britain's lightweight double scull of Hester Goodsell and Helen Casey - a late selection - impress, coming third behind Germany and Canada. It's not enough for a direct place in the semi so they will race a repechage.

0800: Becky Downie is the leading Brit in the individual all-round standings at the gymnastics. She's 14th after four rotations. I think the top 24 qualify.

0756: Back to the gymnastics and the score on the floor for Britain's Beth Tweddle is 14.950, putting her seventh. GB lie fifth in team qualifying, which is not bad at all.

0753: The rain has finally abated at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre, allowing James Blake to post the first victory of the men's singles. Blake beat Aussie Chris Guccione 6-3 7-6. Andy and Jamie Murray should be in doubles action later, weather permitting.

0749: "Ireland light-welterweight Johnny Joyce has got a medal chance but he's up against a decent opener in Gyula Kate. Bradley Saunders is boxing in the evening session today, and he too is a medal contender."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mike Costello at the boxing

0744: Rhodes and Morrison had to change the name of their boat just before their competition because it contained a word which might have caused offence. It is now called Little Miss Pipedream, a song by The Wombats. It was named after a song by the Kooks, which I won't mention here in case sensitive eyes are reading.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0741: British pair Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison move up the leaderboard in the 49er class, posting a third in their second race after a fourth in their first. They're now second, with one race remaining today.

0736: Plenty of smiles among the frontrunners of the women's road race. That might not last long. Apparently there are high winds and rain in the hills.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0730: Solid start from Ben Ainslie in today's Finn action over in the sailing at Qingdao. A fourth place in race three puts him second overall. One more race today.

0726: Not much to report in the women's road race. No one has yet been brave enough to make the break from the bunch. Still 110.6 km to go. It should finish around 1030 BST.

0721: "Beth Tweddle's score of 15.65 puts her fourth in the bars at the moment, the top eight go through. You would have thought that would be enough for Beth, but she did look a bit disappointed and lost some shape on the one-handed pirouette."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Alison Mitchell, watching the gymnastics

0717: Tweddle hit the bar with one of her feet during her routine, costing her vital points. The 23-year-old is the 2006 world champion on the bars but has been suffering from an ankle injury.

0711: Sarah Holt has left the building, shortly after spilling a cold cup of tea all over this desk. Cheers Holty! Meanwhile, Britain's Beth Tweddle has taken her turn on the uneven bars, scoring 15.630.

By Sarah Holt

0703: The women's road race is go, go, go. Welsh rider Nicole Cooke is leading Britain's charge.

0659: Back to the sailing. Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison made a solid start in the 49er class, finishing in fourth place. The British crew were 15 seconds behind the Spanish sailors who crossed the mark ahead of the Danish duo and the Italians.

0650: How about some hockey? Well, China's women's team have made a winning start to their quest for a first Olympic hockey medal as they beat Spain 3-0 in their opening pool match. Four more matches still to come today, including the defending champions against Britain.

0643: What a start for Britain in the gymnastics. Becky Downie scores 15.050 in the vault and the look on her America rival's face says it all.

0639: If you want more sport, we've got it. The boxing has begun in Beijing with the men's light welterweight bout between China's Qiong Maimaitituerson and Russian Gennady Kovalev. Britain's Billy Joe Saunders takes on Turkey's Adem Kilicci around 0800 BST.

0632: "Olympic coverage in Indonesia is depressing."
BritinIndonesia on 606
But it's sunny in Indonesia right? I believe both Britain and Beijing are struggling with unseasonal showers.

0629: Spangly, sparkling costumes from the US gymnasts as they take their turn to qualify for the women's events. Great Britain, Japan and Italy are also in this group and Britain will start on the vault.

0626: After a rain delay the tennis competition officially begins in Beijing. Always lovely to see some big names coming out to represent their countries as part of an Olympic team. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are turning out for Switzerland and Spain respectively. But right now American world number eight James Blake leads Chris Guccione of Australia 4-3 in the first set, which is going on serve.

0618: More basketball: A thrashing for Angola at the hands of Germany 95-66. Next up, a repeat of the 2006 World Championship final: Greece v Spain.

0612: Let's say hello to Qingdao where the sailing is under way. It's already anchors away in the 49er races and later Britain's Ben Ainslie continues his quest for a third Olympic gold in the Finn class. Britain's Yngling crew of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson resume and they lead from the front.

0602: "Re: 0535: Sleep is overrated, like low fat yoghurt and Pete Doherty's music."
Bertie Wooster still going strong on 606

0557: Over at the badminton at the Beijing University of Technology, there was a close shave for China's defending champion Zhang Ning. She was forced to come back from a set down to see off Thailand's Salakjit Ponsana 21-23 21-17 21-7 to reach the third round. Zhang will next face South Korea's Jun Jae-youn, who posted a 21-12, 21-14 win over Chloe Magee of Ireland.

0549: Ah-ha just as I suspected, earlier reports about China being out of the gymnastics was false, a big lie in fact. China's women lead Romania by a massive 10 points after four rotations in team qualifying. Great Britain are due to start their qualifying at around 0630.

0547: A little update on the women's team archery. Great Britain face China in the semi-finals at 0900 but if they lose that match then they face Korea or France for the bronze medal.

0543: Back to the basketball. Germany are getting away from Angola - they lead 80-54 after three quarters, with 24 points from Chris Kaman and 23 from Dirk Nowitzki.

Get involved on 606
0535: "I can't decide if I should sleep or not. Anyone want to make a decision for me?"
TheFuturesBright on 606

0535: As lunchtime looms in Beijing, the action is in full flow. Badminton, fencing, gymnastics, judo, basketball, handball, waterpolo and weightlifting are all busily being contested.

0531: The athletics may not be starting until Friday 15 August but that's no reason not to have a bit of track and field news now. Greece's Katerina Thanou is out of the Games because the International Olympic Committee has refused to give her accreditation. The sprinter missed the 2004 after she missed a third drugs test in a year. You can read the full story here:

Someone has won gold
0525: More celebrations from the home crowd as some sharp shooting from Guo Wenjun sees her collect gold in the women's 10m air pistol final. Russia's Natalia Paderina takes silver with bronze going to Georgia's Nino Salukvadze.

0524: GOLD CHINA IN WOMEN'S 10M AIR PISTOL GUO WENJUN

0523: The dressage seems like the dim and distant past now after all of today's excitement but let's just reflect on the day. Great Britain lie in fourth place overall behind Australia, Germany and the USA ahead of Monday's cross-country. Mary King's performance on Call Again Cavalier saw her finish as the best of the Brits in ninth, with Tina Cook 13th, Sharon Hunt 18th, William Fox-Pitt in 34th and Daisy Dick 37th.

0516: Thanks for holding the fort Saj-ittarius. OK, so the next medal to be decided on day two comes in the women's 10m air pistol final. As things stand, China are poised to capture the Olympic gold thanks to Guo Wenjun.

0509: Britain's women's archers will face China at about 0900 BST in the semi-finals.

0459: Hello, Saj again. Here is a rundown of events to look out for:

Cycling - women's road race
Women's 3m synchro diving
Women's archery team final
The Murray brothers in the tennis
US v China in the basketball (it's more than just a sporting contest).


0455: "Alison Williamson used to teach at a school down the road from me in Shropshire."
picto27 on 606
Now that's a teacher.

0454: Briton Jessica Sylvester told BBC Sport she was happy with her team after they came seventh in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay final. "It's amazing to be with these three girls - it's nice to be in my first Olympics final," she said.

0450: Basketball - Germany lead Angola 25-21 at the end of the first quarter in the second of today's men's pool games.

0449: Great Britain's women's archery team have made it to the semi-finals. Well done.

0447: Hello again. Another cameo from me, Saj Chowdhury, while Holty goes off on a break.

0444: So that wraps up the action at the Water Cube for now. The swimming finals are always exciting and Beijing really lived up to that as the first of the swimming medals were roared on with plenty of exuberance - and under the watchful eye of US president George Bush. You can read more here:

Someone has won gold
0437: Lots and lots of smiles from the Dutch quartet as they celebrate taking the 4x100m freestyle relay title. The quartet set a new Olympic record of 3:33.76 in the process. United States claimed silver with defending champions Australia settling for bronze. Britain finished down in seventh after an electric start.

0435: GOLD NETHERLANDS IN THE WOMEN'S 4X100M RELAY

0434: After the third leg, the Netherlands have opened up a 0.71-second lead over the Americans with the Australia team finding their form at last in third.

0433: Germany still lead ahead of the Netherlands and the Americans with the Brits in fourth.

0432: Germany lead at the turn ahead of Britain, who were led off by Fran Halsall, with the Americans in third.

0430: The final swimming event at the packed out Water Cube is the women's 4x100m freestyle relay. So the finalists are Canada, France, United States, who have a 41-year-old amongst the quartet, China - the fastest qualifiers for the final - Germany, Netherlands, Australia and last but not least, Great Britain.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0423: Back at the Water Cube the men's 100m semi-finals are done and dusted. Japan's Kosuke Kitajima wins the first semi before Norway's Alexander Dale Oen sets an Olympic record - and almost nicks the world record too - as he leads home the second. But there's disappointment for Britain's Chris Cook as he fails to go through. He tells BBC Sport: "I'm hideously disappointed with that."

0415: The women's gymnastics event has also begun in Beijing where the women are attempting to qualify for their respective finals. Great Britain have a decent team with Beth Tweddle, Becky Downie, Marissa King, Hannah Whelan, Rebecca Wing and Imogen Cairns competing. There are reports that China, one of the favourites for the gold medal, failed to qualify for the women's gymnastics team final on Wednesday. That can't be right can it?

0410: Lest we forget the Olympics is a multi-sport event, it's time to check in with the men's handball. Defending champions Croatia came through a close match with Spain, eventually seeing them off 31-29 in their Group A match. France take on Brazil later while Poland face China.

Get involved on 606
0408: "It was great to see Michael Phelps being pushed, even though it seemed like he was in a race of his own at the end."
Pottiella on 606

0406: They're still going in the volleyball though despite the showers. The fans braving the weather had their spirits lifted when the Chinese men beat Austria 2-0 to loud cheers all round.

0402: While damp conditions are required in the swimming events, they're not necessarily so helpful elsewhere. Organisers of the tennis tournament have announced a delay to the opening matches as rain continues to fall in Beijing.

Someone has won gold
0356: A competitive women's 400m individual medley final is won by Australia's Stephanie Rice. And there's another world r



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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
Schedule - Sunday 10 August
12 Jul 08 |  Olympics
Medals - Sunday 10 August
10 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Phelps claims first Beijing gold
10 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Park secures 400m freestyle gold
10 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Aussies take charge in dressage
10 Aug 08 |  Equestrian
Rice sees off Hoff for shock gold
10 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Olympics day one as it happened
09 Aug 08 |  Live action


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