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Olympics day three as it happened


By Ben Dirs

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1657: Three match points for the Murrays... the Canadians save one... and two... but the Murrays convert the third and advance to the second round, to the obvious delight of some blonde horsey type in the front row. A 4-6 6-3 6-4 win for Jamie and Andy and that's a good recovery by Andy after his shock defeat in the singles earlier today. And there's your Brit Up arrow... there have been a lot of those today... thanks for the chat, I'll see you tomorrow morning, UK time.

1651: I was just about to write that Jamie Murray has served out for the match and the day ends as it should, with a little 'Brit Up' arrow. But he didn't... Jamie has been broken... 5-4 to the Brits...

1645: The Brothers Murray are 5-2 up in their third set now, they should have this wrapped up in a few minutes...

1635: Davo (see below), to be honest, you might be right, but I think a lot of the players in the American team are still part of MLB organisations, if not currently playing in the MLB, and so are therefore professional. The Murray brothers have surged into a 4-1 lead in the third set of their match against the Canadian duo Nestor and Niemeyer. Not much else happening in Beijing, it's almost midnight. I've just been told baseball won't be at the London Olympics, apparently it's going to be replaced by ultimate frisbee.

"What about baseball? The MLB players are still playing for the World Series, where as most of the players at the Games are college players."
Davo via text on 81111

1618: Andy and Jamie Murray have fought back in their doubles match against Nestor and Niemeyer of Canada. They dropped the first set 6-4 but grabbed the second 6-3.

1604: Good point Tomo. I think boxing is the anomoly here - I can't think of any other sport in which amateurs compete in the Olympics where there is a professional class that exists above them. There is a story up about the Tom Daley-Blake Aldridge spat - and a blog! Stick that in your shuttlecock and smoke it.

"Further to pottiella's question - why is it that professional tennis players, footballers et al can compete in the Olympics, but not professional boxers?"
Tomo via text on 81111

1556: I was just musing on the point pottiella (see below), I don't really have a definitive answer. I just think that a sport like badminton looks so much more at home because the Olympics is the very peak of that sport, while in tennis the Olympics seem to be a slightly inconvenient add-on to the season. Frankly, I think it's crazy that a sport like squash isn't in the Olympics but tennis is. The Murray brothers are 2-2 in the second set against Nestor and Niemeyer of Canada.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1545: This is turning into a very bad day for Andy Murray. Him and his brother have just lost the first set to their Canadian opponents 6-4. Not much chat between the British pair, Michael Parkinson and Emu had more chemistry than this.

"Why does badminton belong in the Olympics and not tennis? Because tennis has a huge high-profile tour of its own? Doesn't football and basketball (in a lesser multi-national way) in the same sense? Why are they fine to be in the Olympics? I'm just curious what definition a sport has to have to be worthy of a place in the Olympics?"
pottiella on 606

1536: The Dutch have thumped South Africa 5-0 in the men's hockey... GB beat Pakistan for the first time in the Olympics earlier today, coasting to a 4-2 win. Spain defeated Belgium 4-2.

1528: The Murray brothers are currently 3-4 in their first set against Nestor and Niemeyer of Canada, it's going with serve at the moment. Can't help feeling that this sport doesn't really belong at the Olympics, and the Chinese appear to agree with me - it's 10.30pm in Beijing and they all must be out on the smash, it's like an echo chamber in the tennis arena.

"Spinal Tap did play at an airforce base but the sparse audience was at the amusement park when they played a jazz set after Nigel had walked out. They were second on the bill to a puppet show."
Rob, Chelmsford via text on 81111

"From The Fencing Site: 'The fifteenth century brought the beginnings of modern fencing. Spain had the first true fencers, and the first two fencing manuals were published there in 1471 and 1474, but swordplay guilds such as the Marxbruder from Germany began springing up all across Europe.'"
gabriel959 on 606

1516: World and European featherweight champion Albert Selimov of Russia has been eliminated in the first round by Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko. Selimov was regarded as the favourite to succeed compatriot Alexey Tishchenko, the 2004 champion who has moved to lightweight.

1510: A magnificent story brewing in diving - Blake Aldridge has had a pop at Tom Daley, his 14-year-old partner in the men's 10m synchro. The British duo finished eighth and last in the final, and Aldridge said afterwards: "I didn't blow anything and so I can go home happy with my performance. Unfortunately it's a partnership, you both have to be on top of your game. I wasn't on top of my game but Tom was nowhere near the top of his." Ooooh, hark at her.

1500: Andy Murray didn't have much of a break after his defeat in the first round of the men's singles - he's out on court with brother Jamie for Great Britain's doubles match against Canada's Daniel Nestor and Frederic Niemeyer. The tennis arena is very sparsely populated, it reminds me of the time Spinal Tap played a United States Air Force base.

1454: United States' women have completed the double over China in basketball, defeating the hosts 108-63. Spain defeated New Zealand 85-62 and the Czech Republic savaged Mali 81-47. Patty Schnyder of Switzerland has beaten Jill Craybas of America 6-3 6-2 in the women's singles first round. Defending men's doubles champions Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu fell at the first hurdle, going down 7-6 6-4 to Russia's Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny.

1445: Indeed Sharon, why can't they just be New Zealand? The ruddy show-offs. Rainer Schuettler of Germany, who made the semi-finals at Wimbledon, has beaten Kei Nishikori of Japan in the first round of the men's singles. In badminton, defending champion Taufik Hidayat has crashed out of the men's singles second round, apparently still suffering the effects of dengue fever. The Indonesian went down to Wong Choong Hann of Malaysia in straight sets. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were watching apparently, which didn't really surprise me all that much to be honest.

"Yes it is the Black Sticks. Why can't they just be New Zealand?"
Sharon via text on 81111

1434: Gabriel (see below), that sounds like the most made up fact since someone told me Japanese people don't sneeze. US track legend Michael Johnson is backing Jamaica's Usain Bolt to claim a sprint double: "The 100m has the potential to be one of the greatest in the history of the race and one of the greatest events of the Games. Usain Bolt has run some incredible times. Just because of what he has done this year he has to be the favorite."

"Another fact for you: fencing is the only sport in the Olympics invented by the Spanish."
gabriel1959 on 606

1430: Belgium defender Vincent Kompany is to defy his club Hamburg and stay with the Olympic team instead of preparing for the Bundesliga, the Belgian federation has announced. Kompany is the first player at the Games to move against a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last week, which said that clubs have a right to call their stars back from China. The fans are gonna love you sunshine.

1423: Maria Valentina Vezzali has now claimed three straight golds in the women's foil and six Olympic medals since 1996, including five golds. It all seems to be winding up in Beijing now, not a great deal still going on to be honest.

1419: Australia got off to a flying start in the men's hockey today, thumping Canada 6-1. Britain rumbled Pakistan 4-2, the Kiwis (or whatever it is the hockey team calls itself - please tell me it's not the ruddy Black Sticks...) beat South Korea 3-1 and Germany beat China 4-1.

Someone has won gold
1410: Here's one for all you fencing fans out there - Italy's Maria Valentina Vezzali has won gold in the women's individual foil. South Korea's Nam Hyun-hee won the silver and Margherita Granbassi of Italy the bronze. The Italians have won plenty of medals so far, they always seem to punch above their weight. Here's a fencing fact for you: Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of New Wave Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden, was once ranked 7th in Great Britain in the men's foil discipline. According to Wikipedia, Dickinson was also expelled from public school Oundle for urinating in the headmaster's dinner, but you didn't need to know that.

1406: GOLD - Italy, women's individual foil

1400: Old Andy's getting a right royal roasting, anyone would think he'd headbutted the Queen. China keeping the medals table ticking over, they've got nine golds now compared to the United States' three. Roger Federer's racked up his second victory of the day, teaming up with fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka to beat Bolelli and Seppi of Italy in the men's doubles first round.

1358: "Olympics, oh for the days of the dedicated amateur. Murray didn't look like he cared. What a shame, but then I guess competing purely for a medal means nothing compared to large wads of cash. Hang your head Mr Murray."
Nick via text on 81111

Wimbledon women's semi-finalist Zheng Jie carried Chinese tennis hopes into the second round of the women's singles with an upset win over 11th seed Agnes Szavay of Hungary. Zheng, who created history last month by becoming the first Chinese player to reach the last four of a Grand Slam, beat Szavay 4-6 6-3 7-5.

1347: "I can't believe the hysteria over Andy Murray's defeat. In Grand Slams, top 20 players lose to 60-100 ranked players all the time. Murray played OK - his opponent played fantastic."
LKeet6 on 606

Someone has won gold
1341: China's Zhang Xiangxiang wins gold in the men's 62kg weightlifting. Colombia's Diego Salazar won the silver and Triyatno of Indonesia took bronze.

1339: GOLD - China, men's 62kg weightlifting

1337: British windsurfer Nick Dempsey - one of our hopes for a medal, if you didn't already know - is in ninth place after two races in Qingdao. In the women's 470 category, Britain's Saskia Clark and Christina Bassadone also in ninth after two races. A bit of work to do there then.

1331: "Why did Andy Murray bother to go to the Olympics? We would have shown more honour by sending a good enthusiastic youngster. What a waste of space."
kremlinko on 606

Andy is getting a bit of a pasting from you lot on 606 after his defeat. Do you think he will make amends in the doubles?

1325: Fencing legend Maria Valentina Vezzali is still on course to become the first Italian to win gold at three different Olympics. She is into the final of the individual foil after beating her compatriot Margherita Granbassi 12-3 and will meet Nam Hyunhee of South Korea in the final.

1319: "Let's hope Andy Murray can redeem himself in the doubles with his brother Jamie. And let's hope his brother can look on the bright side of life and cheer up his miserable sibling! Perhaps the Murray family should eat more hummus?"
Martinio via text on 81111

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1312: Some news of our badminton players, and Tracey Hallam has been knocked out in the third round of the women's singles by Xu Huaiwen of Germany. I've got Azerbaijani weightlifters and Hungarian water polo players coming out of my ears, and I don't even know the rules of water polo... or weightlifting... I'm going for a break...

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1309: Hannah Miley wins her heat in an impressive 2:11.72 - she qualifies fourth fastest for the semi-finals, and team-mate Kerry-Anne Payne is also through in 15th. Team GB are whipping up a bit of a storm in the pool.

1303: Hannah Miley is in heat five of the women's 200m individual medley, we'll have news of her progress in just a moment. A huge row erupts in the office over whether Lu Yen-Hsu, the chap that stuffed Andy Murray, is from Taiwan or Chinese Taipei. I don't think I've been involved in a duller conversation since my brother told me he once found 10p on the bus.

1259: Natalie Golda scored four goals as the US women's water polo team overcame a shaky start to beat China 12-11 in preliminary play, which is nice.

1250: Kerry-Anne Payne is under way in heat three of the women's individual medley - and she finishes in seventh. But it was a seeded heat, so her time of 2:12.78 may get her through to the semis. The latest medals table shows China way out ahead with eight golds, three silvers and two bronzes, South Korea are second with four golds and three silvers, and the United States are third with three golds, four silvers and five bronzes. Britain are currently eighth with two golds and a bronze.

1245: Azerbaijan's Elnur Mammadli has struck gold in the men's 73kg judo on Monday. South Korea's Wang Cichun won the silver and Leandro Guilheiro of Brazil and Rasul Boqiev of Tajikistan won bronze medals.

1243: GOLD - Azerbaijan, men's 73kg judo

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1236: Here's Michael Phelps, and he smashes the Olympic record in his 200m butterfly heat - 1:53.70. He looked like he was doing a few laps down at Tooting Bec lido. Michael Rock of Great Britain does qualify for the semis in ninth place - some swim that, and the whole British team appear electrified by Rebecca Adlington's gold earlier today.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1233: Joanne Jackson, who claimed bronze this morning in the women's 400m freestyle, has completed an impressive day's swimming by qualifying for the semi-finals of the 200m freestyle. She joins Caitlin McClatchey, who qualified in third fastest (1:56.97).

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1227: Michael Rock of Britain goes in the heats of the men's 200m butterfly, and he'll have to set a big life-time best to advance to the semis... and he's done just that, shaving 1.5 seconds off his personal best, just missing Stephen Parry's British record by 0.03secs. That time of 1:55.55 should be good enough to make the semis.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1222: Andy Murray goes down 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to Taiwan's world number 77 Lu Yen-Hsu. Inspirational stuff from the Taiwanese, pretty lame from Murray to be honest.

1218: Andy Murray is serving to stay in the match against Lu Yen-Hsu of Taiwan. If he goes out he'll get one hell of a roasting, I fear - I've seen mad aunts at Christmas playing Cluedo with more intensity than this. AND HE'S A GONNER! MURRAY'S OUT IN STRAIGHT SETS!

Someone has won gold
1215: Italy's Giulia Quintavalle took Olympic gold in the women's 57kg judo category. Deborah Gravenstijn of the Netherlands won the silver and China's Zu Yan and Brazil's Ketleyn Quadros won bronzes. Bit of a shock result apparently.

1212: GOLD - Italy, women's 57kg judo

1211: "Frankly I am speechless... not at Andy Murray's poor performance but at Matthew Slater's disgraceful comment about hummus! (see 1134) I know I am not alone in my love for this delightful sandwich filling. I have just eaten my hummus sandwich in defiance!"
A very distraught hummus lover via text on 81111

1208: Pellegrini made a right nause-up of this morning's 400m freestyle final, which was won by Britain's Rebecca Adlington. Pellegrini finished fifth.

1203: Federica Pellegrini of Italy has smashed the granny out of the women's 200m freestyle world record in the heats. Pellegrini clocked one minute, 55.45 seconds to beat the previous world record of 1:55.52 set by Laure Manaudou of France at the world championships in Melbourne in March 2007.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1153: Over to the Water Cube and the heats of the women's 200m freestyle - Britain's Caitlin McClatchey qualifies from heat five in second, behind Sara Isakovic of Slovenia. That's a new British record. British kayaker Campbell Walsh has qualified for the semi-finals of the men's K1 slalom in ninth, fellow Brit David Florence qualifies for the semis of the men's C1 slalom in third.

1146: Andy Murray really being made to dig deep by his Taiwanese opponent - he breaks back in the second set to make it 2-1 and is now up to his neck in a marathon service game. Murray also appears to have tweaked something in his leg, but he manages to come through eventually and make it 2-2. Still, Murray's body language not great. He looks like he's playing the ultra-keen, slightly rubbish kid at school and doesn't want to look as though he's trying too hard, just in case he ends up losing.

1141: Russia's Alexey Tishchenko could become the first boxer in 28 years to win Olympic boxing gold in two different weight classes. The 24-year-old won the featherweight title in Athens but has since moved to lightweight and outpointed Tunisia's Saifeddine Njemaoui 10-2 on Monday. Only two boxers have done what Tishchenko is aiming for since World War II: Cuba's Angel Herrera, (featherweight '76, lightweight '80) and Hungarian great Laszlo Papp (middleweight '48, light-middleweight '52 and '56).

1134: India's Sania Mirza has pulled out of her first round clash with Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic. Mirza, who was sidelined for three months earlier this year after surgery on her wrist, was 6-1 2-1 down when she retired hurt. Matt Slater is watching Murray in Beijing, and he's pretty spot on with his description of the young Scot. He doesn't seem to be enjoying the Olympic experience much, he looks like he's just been told his dog's been run over. However, he's broken back in the second set.

BBC Sport's Matt Slater
"Murray is playing like a drain at the tennis, which is apt as it's about to start tipping down. Both he and his mother look about as pleased to be here as I was when I returned to base last night to find the only food available was hummus in pitta bread. Did somebody mention the fact it's the US Open in a fortnight?"
BBC Sport's Matthew Slater at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre

1131: "I'm sure Murray will try to fight back, but looking on the positive side, if he does go out then an early loss will help his US Open chances. Would be a big blow to GB in this tournament though, so come on Andy!!"
Rafa fan on 606

1130: Almost had a heart attack there, it looked for a moment as though Andy Murray had quit at 2-0 down in the second set. It turns out however that we've got a spot of rain and Murray wants the court mopped. Players are still on court, but the Scot, who came into this event in sizzling form, is playing a man inspired in Taiwan's world number 77 Lu Yen-Hsu.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1120: Andy Murray's only gone and lost the first set! Some controversy in the tie-break, with Lu Yen-Hsu challenging on set point, Hawkeye breaking down, and the umpire having to get on the blower to confirm a Murray double-fault. Murray looks hot, bothered and a little bit down in the dumps. Or as a friend of mine just emailed me to say, "like a ruddy toddler, sulking...". He's going to have to lift his game or he's toast, and judging by the humidity in the Olympic Green Tennis Centre, very soggy toast.

1112: A colleague has just presented me with a truly breathtaking picture in a newspaper of the Spanish basketball team all making 'slit-eyed' gestures in an advert for a courier company. Remarkable scenes. Did not one person present think to himself at any stage, "hang on a second, this doesn't seem quite right to me..."?

1101: Andy Murray has got a real tussle on his hands in the first round of the men's singles tennis - it turns out this Lu Yen-Hsu chap from Taiwan is a handy little player and he's taken the first set to 6-6.

"There are three strong crews who will be racing on Saturday - the Chinese, the Kiwis and the Czechs. We will have to take them down one at a time. We are going to have to raise our game again to get past just one of them. But we have beaten the Czechs already this season so that gives us confidence."
Great Britain's Anna Bebington after qualifying for the final the women's double sculls

Someone has won gold
1056: South Korea have won gold in the men's team archery competition, matching the feat of its women on Sunday. Italy finished second, while China finished third.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1054: Fantastic performance by Britain's Elise Laverick and Anna Bebington in the repechage of the women's doubles sculls - they hunt down the experienced German duo and qualify in first for the final on Friday. That's a big boost after a poor showing on Saturday.

1050: GOLD South Korea - archery, men's team competition

1048: This is all very hectic: Andy Murray just broke back before serving for the set and being broken back again. That's in the first set of his first round match against Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsu, in case anyone was wondering... oh, and that's tennis...

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1042: Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsu has broken back against Andy Murray in the first set of their first round match. The score is currently 3-2 Murray. In the repechage of the men's pairs, Britain's Robin Bourne-Taylor and Tom Solesbury faded after a strong start, finishing in fourth and failing to advance.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1030: That's a fine run from Scot David Florence in the C1 canoe slalom: he's in third after his second heat and through to the semi-finals in some style. Slovakia's Michal Martikan went through in first place, although the slates are wiped clean before tomorrow's semis. That's some facility they've got in Shunyi, basically a set of rapids encased in a stadium. John Inverdale just chatting with two Iraqi rowers - they represent half of Iraq's Olympic team.

Someone has won gold
1025: China's Chen Yanqing has won gold in the women's 58kg weightlifting. I believe that's the host country's sixth gold. Marina Shainova of Russia won silver, O Jong Ae O of North Korea won bronze.

1024: GOLD China - weightlifting, women's 58kg

1019: News from the boxing ring, where Russia's Alexey Tischenko and Cuba's Yordenis Ugas, who would have been Frankie Gavin's biggest rivals in the lightweight category, have both advanced to the second round. Britain have no interest in the featherweight category. Campbell Walsh has finished 14th after the first heat of the K1, disappointing for the 2004 silver medallist. Fellow Scot David Florence has his second heat in the C1 in just a moment...

1014: Andy Murray holds serve to take a 1-0 lead in the first set of his first round men's singles match against Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsu. The Scotsman's in a hot streak, Yen-Hsu should get a scorching.

1010: British caneoist Campbell Walsh - silver medallist in 2004 - is in action in the K1 heats. He has a disappointing first run, collecting two penalty points, and is ninth so far. Only the top 15 after two runs go through.

1005: Andy Murray is on court for his first round singles match against Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan. Yen-Hsun may not be a household name in tennis, but he's the world number 77, so by no means a mug.

1003: "Well done to the British men's eight. They looked smokingly fast in their delayed heat. Not a single commentator pitched them for a medal chance, why's that?"
Anon via text on 81111

"We obviously didn't dive very well, as you could probably tell. It was disappointing but it was a great experience. I really enjoyed myself and had so much fun out there. That is all you can ask for getting the experience of it. We put 100% effort into every dive we did we just didn't pull it off."
Fourteen-year-old British diver Tom Daley, who finished eighth with Blake Aldridge in the men's 10m synchro

George Bush
0956: Someone was on 606 earlier complaining that Rebecca Adlington and Jo Jackson were holding the Union Jack upside down after winning gold and bronze in the women's 400m freestyle. At least they're just swimmers - George Dubya's the leader of the free world and he doesn't know the Stars and Stripes from his elbow.

0950: A disappointing day in the 49er class for Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes of Britain - they slipped from first to ninth after a poor set of results. Bryony Shaw, winner of last year's Olympic test event in Qingdao, is third in the RS:X women's category after posting a fourth and third in the first two races in her category. The British windsurfer has seven points, five back of China's Yin Jian, who won the opening two races.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0945: Britain's five-time Finn world champion Ben Ainslie leads America's Zach Railey after six races. The 31-year-old, chasing his third gold medal, began the day five points adrift of Railey but finished one point ahead. The British trio of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson are back on top of the yngling class after another pair of solid performances. The reigning two-time world champions have yet to win a race in the regatta but maintained their run of consistent results by finishing fourth in race five and second in race six. The have 15 points after six races, three ahead of the Netherlands, who had a first and fifth today.

0936: Some tragic news just in: weightlifting legend Anatoly Khrapaty of Kazakhstan, a gold medallist at the 1988 Olympics, has died in a motorcycle accident. He was only 45.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0931: Britain's Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson have dropped to second in the women's yngling standings in Qingdao. The British sailing trio finished fourth in race five and are now level on 13 points with leaders the Netherlands.

0922: "Well done to Rebecca Adlington and Jo Jackson for winning gold and bronze, just a shame they have their photo taken with our flag held upside down. Come on Team GB, teach everyone how to fly the Union Jack."
tawny21 on 606

0920: The tennis results are dropping thick and fast. Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic - Tipsy to his mates - has beaten Spain's David Ferrer 7-6 (10-8) 6-2.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0917: Britain's Alan Campbell is through to the semi-finals of the men's single sculls. He finishes second in his quarter-final to Germany's Marcel Hacker. A good, nuggety performance from the man from Coleraine. European champions Russia got themselves out of gaol by scoring the last seven points of their match against South Korea to sneak a win, 77-72. Ilona Korstin and Tatiana Shegoleva hit 13 points each for Russia.

0914: A bit more chat on Finland's Satu Makela-Nummela, who won gold in the women's trap shooting earlier on today. She did it in style, apparently, hitting 21 targets in the finals to set an Olympic record. Slovakia's Zuzana Stefecekova took silver and Corey Cogdell of the United States beat four other women in a shoot-off for bronze.

0910: France's Gael Monfils is also through his first round match of the men's tennis competition. He has beaten Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-4 3-6 6-3. Northern Ireland's Alan Campbell is in action in the men's single sculls. He had all sorts of trouble with a dodgy tooth in the lead-up and very nearly missed the Games.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0906: British sailing great Ben Ainslie is cruising at the moment in the Finn class - he's just claimed his fourth win in five races. He has seven points, Zach Railey of the United States is in second with 11 and Frenchman Guillaume Florent is in third with 20 points. Ainslie is hunting his third straight gold in Beijing.

0900: Big news from the women's handball tournament: France have rumbled Kazakhstan 21-18. Britain's David Florence has just finished his first run in the heats of the men's canoe single. He is seventh with a time of 89.47 seconds - Michal Martikan of Slovakia is leading the way so far with 85.13 secs.

0854: Today is a big day for Italian fencer Valentina Maria Vezzali, who is competing in the women's individual foil and is trying to become the first Italian to win gold in three Olympics. She is doing well too - into the semi-finals now after a crushing 15-3 win over Hungary's Edina Knapek.

0850: An update from the yachting and the 49er standings after six races - Great Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes are ninth with 41 points. Australian pair Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin are leading at the moment with 13 points. Bad news for New Zealand's men's football team. They only have a slim chance of making the quarter-finals anyway (they must beat Belgium and hope other results go their way) but they must do it without Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen who has returned to Ewood Park because he was only released by Rovers for the first two games.

0845: America's world 100m champion Tyson Gay says he was stunned by basketball superstar Kobe Bryant asking him how his hamstring injury was healing. "I was so excited that I rang my mother and said 'Kobe asked me about my leg!'"

0842: Good news from the rowing where Great Britain's men's eight have stormed into the final with an emphatic win in their heat - they finished well clear of reigning Olympic champions the United States. Meanwhile, Finland's Satu Makela-Nummela has taken gold in women's trap shooting.

0839: Australian Jessicah Schipper won a bronze in the women's 100m butterfly earlier on today but her bid was almost scuppered by a dodgy zip on her hi-tech Speedo Lazer Racer suit. It broke just before the race and she had to make a very quick change: "They aren't the easiest things to get into," Schipper said, which is a bit of an understatement. The BBC's own Tom Fordyce, who described putting one on as like getting into a snake's sleeping-bag when he tried it out last week, will probably sympathise.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
Someone has won gold
0835: Not a great last dive from Daley and Aldridge and it looks like they'll finish in eighth. China botch their last dive, but the Russians need perfection to snatch gold and they can't manage it. China grab gold, Germany take silver, Russia take bronze and Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge finish in eighth. Well done lads, your time will come in 2012.

0824: The Russians makes a dog's dinner of their fifth dive in the men's 10m synchro but hang on to the silver medal going into the final round. The Germans now in third, China have this wrapped up. The Russians eye each other accusingly in the shower afterwards, as if one of them has left their locker key at the bottom of the pool.

0823: "Morning Ben, Tom and Blake are not quite getting it right unfortunately, millimetres in it, but they are millimetres the wrong way at the moment."
ooozzie on 606

0821: Women's hoops: South Korea came back to within a point of European champions Russia in the second quarter and they go in at half-time just 35-37 down.

0818: News from Shunyi Rowing Park where Great Britain's women's eight finished second behind world champions the United States in their heat. Only the winners qualify automatically so the British crew, who were bronze medallists at the world championships, will need to come through tomorrow's repechage round to seal a place in the final. Daley and Aldridge don't quite nail their entry with their fifth dive in the men's 10m synchro final.

0814: It looks like China have got the gold in the bag in the men's 10m synchro, they're well ahead of the Russian pair, with the Americans in third. Daley and Aldridge down in seventh after four of six dives.

0808: Daley and Aldridge score 75.24 with their fourth dive, which means they climb above Cuba into seventh place. Over at the tennis, world number one (well, until Rafael Nadal takes over on 18 August) Roger Federer kicks off his bid for a gold medal with a win, and a good one too, over Dmitry Tursunov. The Swiss beats the Russian 6-4 6-2.

0805: Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge are eighth after three rounds in the men's 10m synchro final. They've got 176.16 overall, the Germans are in the bronze medal position on 193.5. Plenty of work to do for the British pair.

0801: Of course, this morning was supposed to be the time that lightweight Frankie Gavin dazzled for Team GB in the boxing ring, but he's got his feet up in Birmingham having failed to make weight. Britain don't have anyone in action today, no-one qualified in the featherweight category.

0758: In women's basketball, South Korea, who shocked Brazil in game one, are finding Russia a little tougher to deal with. They trail 15-24 at the end of the first quarter.

0754: Hello! Sarah has gone home now, and I'm now on shift for the rest of the day. God I love the Olympics. Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge are currently tussling for bronze in the men's 10m synchro final, and they're into the optional dives. Their first optional dive, and fourth overall, is perfect synchro-wise but they don't enter together - 72.96 for 176.16. The Germans show how it should be done, nailing their next dive for 86.70 and 193.50 overall.

By Sarah Holt

0747: The diving is coming thick and first, no sooner is one round over then we're onto the next. Daley and Aldridge are slightly out of sync on their second attempt. This time they score 50.40.

0742: OK then after the first round of dives, British duo Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge are joint third behind the Chinese and Russian pairs. There are five more dives left to go.

0738: Over at the tennis, Roger Federer has taken the first set against Dmitry Tursunov 6-4.

0735: First sight of the British duo Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge. The pair decide to go for a somersault and pike combination and score 52.80. Daley waves to the camera on his way to the cool down pool/jacuzzi. Still a long way to go.

0732: Shall we go diving then? OK then to the Water Cube where Australian pair Matthew Helm and Robert Newbery pop down from the platform and earn 52.80 points. I think that's pretty decent.

0727: "Re. 0701 Federer is good news for gentlemen of discerning taste too. Lovely legs."
Pete via text

0725: It's almost time to swap teams here at Sport HQ. Before that happens, let's run down what is still to come in Beijing. The men's 10m platform synchronised diving final begins shortly as the red-hot action at the Water Cube continues. There are also finals in the women's fencing, judo and weightlifting. Also on the menu is more women's basketball, the men's archery semi-finals, sailing, swimming, tennis, rowing and the start of the canoeing. Doesn't look bad for a Monday morning does it?

0715: The boxing's been pretty good so far don't you think? The competition continues today with the featherweight and lightweight preliminaries although there are is no British involvement in either. Li Yang of China gets things under way with a 12-4 victory over Brazil's Robson Conceicao much to the delight of the home crowd.

0708: "I'm sitting up at 3am in Nova Scotia waiting for the diving"
Mr_Reading on 606

0701: Quick work from Serena Williams who moves into the second round of the tennis with a 6-3 6-1 over Olga Govortsova. Good news tennis fans (and ladies of discerning taste), Roger Federer is next up against his occasionalpractice partner Dmitry Trusunov of Russia. Could be tricky.

0655: Oooh about 35 minutes away from Tom Daley's Olympic debut. He'll be watched by 12 members of his family who have made the trip to Beijing to see the young diver in action. "I'm extremely proud. Everyone's coming up and saying how level-headed he is. It's going to be very emotional just watching him in action," dad Rob told BBC Five Live.

0644: First look at the windsurfing in Qingdao. The first two races are taking place and by the looks of things, the wind has picked up and the surfers are fairly nipping along. Britain's Bryony Shaw has hopes of a medal after winning last year's Test event at the Olympic venue. She finishes fourth in the first race which is a pretty solid start.

0634: "There's a Chinese woman in the 57kg judo who looks just like a Chinese Grace Jones, complete with the flattop. It's an absolutely terrifying vision."
Hamsteroffury on 606
Hamster, as someone who had a mild panic attack at a Grace Jones concert recently, I share your fear. The judo finals begin at 1100.

0629: American Serena Williams looks a bit down in the dumps as she prepares to resume her opening match against Belarussian Olga Govortsova. The fourth seed was leading 6-3 2-1 before a thunder storm interrupted on Sunday. Maybe it's Serena's outfit that has got her down. The usually super glam tennis pro looks a bit like a milkmaid in her blue trimmed white USA dress. Not that I've ever seen a milkmaid mind.

0621: Lest we forget the women's trap final is also taking place on Monday. Slovakia's Zuzana Stefecekova led qualifying with 70 points, the same score as Finland's Satu Makela-Nummela. But there was no place in the final for Britain's Charlotte Kerwood, who finished down in 16th. At 21 Kerwood was the youngest competitor and says she is now focusing on London 2012.

0615: How could we get this far through the live without mentioning Britain's diving sensation Tom Daley? That's Tom Daley and he's coming up at 0730 in the men's synchronised 10m platform contest. The 14-year-old partners Croydon's Blake Aldridge and despite his growing fame in China Daley says: "I can't wait, I just want to go out and have fun." If you want to read more on Tom, Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor has more.

0607: Things are nicely back on track for soon-to-be-crowned world number one Rafael Nadal. After losing the second set to Italian Potito Starace, the Spanish star takes the third set 6-2. He looks pretty relieved with that as he soaks up rapturous applause from the crowd. Britain's Andy Murray is in action later on Monday. He plays Lu Yen-Hsun in the singles and then teams up with brother Jamie to face Canada's Daniel Nestor and Frederic Niemeyer.

0600: More basketball. The Czech Republic, beaten by the US team in their opening game, got their first win with an 81-47 demolition of Mali. Hana Machova hit 16 points.

0559: Touche Saj. Which reminds me, fencing. Bad news for Britain's Martina Emanuel. The Milan-born 23-year-old lost to American Erinn Smart 15-7. Hmmm wasn't really worth the forced pun eh?

0548: China's defending Olympic champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen have been ousted from the women's doubles badminton competition by Japan's underdogs Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna.

0545: Women's basketball - Mali have recovered from their terrible start against the Czech Republic and even won the second quarter 18-15, but they still trail 38-22 at half-time.

0541: Here's the latest update in the US v China medal battle - China have collected six golds while the US have three. But the US have more medals in total - 11 - while the Chinese have won nine.

0536: "The ongoing feed on the BBC with the magnificent Sarah Holt is keeping me going this afternoon here in humid Japan."
HamsterofFury on 606
Hi Hamster, Saj typing this. I'll pass your words of approval on to Miss.Holt.

0533: By the way India's gold in the 10m air rifle was their first ever individual gold at the Olympics. Take a bow Abhinav Bindra.

0530: Yup, still Saj here. This story has tickled me and it's heartwarming at the same time. A 97-year-old grandmother has travelled 1,491 miles by tricyle to watch the Chinese badminton team. Her grandson did the pedalling. Nice lad.


0525: Hello Saj again, Sarah's off on a break. Italy's Potito Starace took the second set to level in his match against Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal. Shock on the cards?

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0523: "Come on Team GB gold and bronze in the pool, third in the equestrian and a win in the hockey. Brilliant start to the day."
John in Newcastle via text
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0519: Things are not exactly going according to plan for Britain's archers. The men's team of Simon Terry, Laurence Godfrey and Alan Wills failed to reach the quarter-finals after losing 214-210 to China.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0512: Time to catch up with the equestrian frolics in Hong Kong. Great Britain lie in the bronze medal position in the eventing after the cross-country with the show jumping still to come on Tuesday. William Fox-Pitt rode fastest for Team GB on Parkmore Ed with a time of eight minutes and 24 seconds. Sharon Hunt had a disappointing ride after Tankers Town refused a fence and she scored a poor 91.10 in penalties. Mary King pulled things back for Britain on Call Again Cavalier, scoring 56.10. King is the best-placed of the Britons in the individual standings as she lies fifth.

0458: If I had my way, we might well be glued to the tennis as Wimbledon and four-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal wins his first set against Italy's Potito Starace.

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0453: It's about time we caught up with what else is happening out there in Olympic world. Great Britain's men have just got their hockey campaign off to a flying start as they defeat three-time champions Pakistan 4-2 in their opening match. Much to the delight of a patriotic fan decked out in ginger wig and tartan viking hat. Bizarre.

0450: Wow what an exciting morning at the Water Cube. If this commentary isn't enough for you then you can read more:

0436: What an astonishing finish to the men's 4x100m freestyle! France looked odds-on favourites for gold but American Jason Lezak surged through the final few metres to take gold for the US. The result means Michael Phelps, who swam a blistering first leg, stays on track for a record eight Olympic golds. And did I mention a world record? Ahh the US broke that too with a time of 3:12.87. Great Britain's quartet finished eighth in a new Britain record. Australia took the bronze.


0430: France take the lead after 300m.

0429: America lead at the halfway mark thanks to a super-hot first leg from Phelps. But watch out for the Australian and French swimmers.

0428: Now back to the pool, the men's 4x100m freestyle and one Michael Phelps is at it again with the American quartet.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0427: Great Britain capture gold and bronze in the women's 400m freestyle final. A brilliant tactical race pays off for Mansfield's Rebecca Adlington as she comes from nowhere in the final few metres to take gold on her Olympic Games debut. The 19-year-old wins Britain's first female swimming gold for 48 years. American Katie Hoff who was leading the race had to settle for silver with Jo Jackson claiming a super bronze to cap a brilliant Brit performance.


0421: Katie Hoff still leads after 300m but Jo Jackson is third.

0420: A bit of a cagey race so far as American Katie Hoff leads at the 200m mark. The British duo are well placed but probably need to make a move if they are to get in the medals.

0419: There are two Britons in the final; Rebecca Adlington and Joanne Jackson. Laure Manaudou of France leads through the first 100m.

0417: It's time for another final at the pool, it's the women's 400m freestyle.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0412: Maybe this will cheer up the British camp; Devon's Liam Tancock makes the final of the men's 100m backstroke but team-mate Gregor Tait misses out. Australia's Hayden Stoeckel sets an Olympic record of 52.97 seconds although he will face fierce competition from American Aaron Peirsol.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0410: Ahh, that's it for British participation in the men's badminton singles event. Portsmouth's Andrew Smith fights back in the third set but eventually succumbs to German Marc Zwiebler 16-21 21-13 21-17.

0400: Are Britain really rubbish FloridaGer? The team do have a gold thanks to Nicole Cooke and I reckon more are surely to come. That's me jumping off the fence for just a little prediction. Anyway, how about that women's basketball? Spain have handed New Zealand an 82-65 thrashing - Isabel Sanchez led the senoritas with 19 points while Jillian Harmon led all scorers with 22 for New Zealand.

0358: "How come GB are always rubbish in the Olympics?"
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0357: Britain's only men's singles player in the badminton, Andrew Smith, is in a bit of trouble in his second round match against German Marc Zwiebler. He's trailing in the deciding set.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0351: Brit Jon Hammond's quest for an Olympic medal in the 10m air rifle is over as he fails to reach the final after finishing 29th in a field of 51. Only the top eight go through.

0350: Over in the hockey it's good news for Great Britain as the men's team are 2-0 up against Pakistan in their first group match.

0346: Fancy changing things up a bit? How about a handball result? France have beaten Kazakhstan 21-18 in the women's handball Group A match. Coming up later Angola take on Norway, who have just won their first medal of the games thanks to swimmer Alexander Dale Oen, before China face Romania.

0342: Blink and you really do miss it at the Water Cube. The women's 100m breaststroke final line-up is sorted out after the semis. Australian Leisel Jones dominates proceedings in 1:05.80 but there's no place for British duo Kirsty Balfour and Kate Haywood.

Someone has won gold
0337: Kosuke Kitajima produces a sensational swim breaking the world record on his way to 100m breaststroke gold. The Japan swimmer clocks a new time of 58.91 seconds. The BBC commentator is aghast saying he didn't think anyone would go below 59 secs in this event. Alexander Dale Oen of Norway takes silver while France's Hugues Duboscq claims bronze.


Someone has won gold
0331: World champion Libby Trickett, nee Lenton, adds the Olympic gold medal to her vast collection. She pulls clear of the 100m fly field to win in 56.73 seconds with Christine Magnuson second for the US and Australia's Jessicah Schipper third. Britain's Jemma Lowe finishes sixth in her first Olympic final.


0323: It's all go in the pool where the men's 200m freestyle semi-finals are done and done. American Michael Phelps made hard work of qualifying as he finished third in his semi - could this event be his Achilles heel in his hunt for eight golds? Britain's Robbie Renwick is delighted as he goes into the final despite finishing seventh in his semi but compatriot Ross Davenport is out.

0315: A little hockey update. Germany have beaten China 4-1 in the opening men's match. Great Britain take on Pakistan next.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0312: Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry storms into the 100m backstroke final with a new world record of 58.77 seconds. Britain's Gemma Spofforth, who is based in Florida, finished third in the first semi-final in 59.79 and that's enough to go through as the fifth fastest qualifier.

0306: Quick, quick off to the swimming pool! American Michael Phelps is coming up soon but first it's the women's 100m backstroke semi-finals.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0303: Tina Cook has a good clean round on Miners Frolic and clocks 8:41.87 to score 57.4. That mark moves her up to sixth place overall. Fox-Pitt has been shunted down to ninth overall with Mary King and Sharon Hunt still to come.

0300: Tina Cook is the third British rider out on the cross-country course in Hong Kong, where light rain has forced most spectators to get their brollies out. Cook is well bred for competing at the top level of equine sport. Her dad is Grand National-winning trainer Josh Gifford, who famously won the Aintree marathon in 1981 with Aldaniti, ridden by Bob Champion. Tina's mother Althea is in Beijing, while Josh is watching at home in Findon, west Sussex.

0249: It's half-time in the women's basketball and Spain are in charge against New Zealand at the moment - 40-27 with Isabel Sanchez having scored 11 points. Over at the hockey, Germany are 4-1 up in the closing stages of the match against China.

0247: We shall be leaving the lovely horses soon to turn our attention to the drama soon to be played out at the Water Cube. Liam Tancock, who is the world-record holder in 50m backstroke, goes in the men's 100m backstroke semi-final at 0359 BST. Did you know Tancock's personal website features a section called 'Tancock's Kitchen' dedicated to his favourite recipes?

0246: Briton Jon Hammond is currently 40th midway through his 10m air rifle qualification. Fair to say, a medal might be a bit beyond him at this stage.

0244: A little bit of athletics news for British fans. Long jumper Chris Tomlinson will face a fitness test later on Monday. The 26-year-old suffered a torn calf muscle at the London Grand Prix just before the Games but is said to be recovering well.

0239: Dramatic scenes in Hong Kong. Home hope, the Eton-educated Alex Hua Tian falls off his mount Chico at an easy jump. Soon afterwards, key New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson's ride Lord Killinghurst gets tangled up at the penultimate pagoda fences and hurls Nicholson over his neck and onto the ground. That's game over for both riders.

0232: Let's check in on the women's basketball. Alba Torrens has hit seven first-quarter points as Spain have made a great start against New Zealand, 18-7. Elsewhere, Germany, bronze medallists four years ago, have taken a 2-1 lead against hosts China in the hockey.

0229: Ah-ha Phil. Yes indeed, both Jo Jackson and Rebecca Adlington go in the women's 400m freestyle at 0417. Adlington has a great chance of winning a medal but unfortunately for the 19-year-old Mansfield swimmer her parents will be watching from home having been the victims of an Olympic tickets scan.

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0224: "Do we have two women in a swim final today? I seem to remember two qualifying in second and fourth yesterday. Or are they just through to the semis?"
Phil via text

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0219: William Fox-Pitt completes a superb round for Britain with Parkmore Ed. He gets round in 8:24.39 - one of the fastest rides so far - to score 60.20. That moves him up from 34th to fifth. Good stuff.

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0215: Hello, there's already plenty of debate on 606, where the doors are now open. As ever Saj is poised to answer your questions.

0210: Back in Beijing, qualifying for the men's 10m air rifle is under way with Scot Jon Hammond aiming to be on target for Great Britain. In the opening men's hockey match China and Germany are locked at 1-1.

0208: Australia's Lucinda Fredericks sports a wide grin as she crosses the line in 9:07.66 with a penalty score of 57.6. That score moves her up to third overall while her husband still leads the competition. At the opposite end of the course, William Fox-Pitt gets riding for Team GB.

0200: Always one of my favourite times is 0200 because it signals the start of the basketball, volleyball and handball competitions in Beijing. Yay, go sports ending in, um, ball.

0157: Australia's Lucinda Fredericks, who leads the eventing after the dressage, takes to the course in Hong Kong with her spry little mare Headley Britannia.

0153: While a lot of British attention is focused on the Water Cube it's also worth mentioning that Team GB has a very good chance in the women's trap shooting, where double Commonwealth champion Charlotte Kerwood will be gunning for a medal. Qualifying starts at 0200.

0151: If you're fed up with the Phelps watch then how about a Ross watch? Belper's Ross Davenport is also going in the men's 200m freestyle semi-final and the men's 4x100m freestyle final. He admitted he had a poor 2007, but now claims he's back to his best.

0145: OK, let's take a breather after the nail-biting tension of the equestrian events in Hong Kong. I really do get scared about riders falling off. Back in Beijing all eyes will be focused on the Water Cube where Michael Phelps has a chance to make it two. The American is chasing a record eight golds at the Games and claimed 400m individual medley gold on Sunday.

Today he will be relying on team-mates to help him achieve his target as they compete in the final of the men's 4x100m freestyle relay at 0423 BST. Phelps will also appear in the semi-finals of the men's 200m freestyle.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0141: It's a clear round for Daisy Dick and Spring Along. After a nervy wobble over the pagoda combination of fences, the Briton gets round in 8:42.89 and collects 68.9 penalties. The main thing is that she will be able to pass on vital information on the course for her British team-mates. The way things work in the team event is that the best three out of five scores from the cross-country will be taken into consideration.

0132: Australia's Clayton Frederick, whose wife Lucinda leads the competition after the dressage, sets a decent time of 8:40.86 and collects 53.40 penalties to jump into the lead. He finishes his run just as Britain's Daisy Dick begins her ride on Spring Along.

0128: Mark Todd has a word in Clare Balding's ear and tells the BBC's equestrian expert that he'll be surprised if anyone gets around the course within the eight-minute time limit.

0123: Eek what did I say about being careful over those fences? Amy Tryon lets her horse Poggio II get away from her and she tumbles forward and onto the ground. The fall means she's out of the competition and that could be bad news for the American team's hopes.

0117: Mark Todd completes the course to set the benchmark for the field. The New Zealander finishes in nine minutes 06.72 seconds which appears to be a bit pedestrian and costs him 76.6 penalties. But Todd is only the first rider so we shall see.

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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
Adlington snatches swimming gold
11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Kitajima takes breaststroke gold
11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Phelps wins second gold in relay
11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Trickett wins 100m butterfly gold
11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Olympics day three preview
10 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Schedule - Monday 11 August
12 Jul 08 |  Olympics
Medals - Monday 11 August
11 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Olympics day two as it happened
10 Aug 08 |  Live action


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