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Olympics day six as it happened


By Caroline Cheese

1537: It's not been a great day for GB has it? Still, we'll always have Redgrave/Inverdale (0959 BST, folks)... See you tomorrow then.

1536: A reminder that if you are in the UK and want to make sure you don't miss the big Olympic events of the day on BBC television, you can text the word ALERTS to 81008, and you will receive a couple of texts per day, for free, telling you to stick your telly on (or watch this website) because it's about to start. Nice.
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1530: Time to start wrapping it up methinks. UK users, you can continue to follow the action on the multi-player thing. International users, check the results. Tomorrow is massive as the cycling and athletics starts, plus a load of swimming, rowing and sailing. Britain go for gold in the men's team sprint at the Laoshan Velodrome.

1526: Next up for the British women's hockey team: Japan on Saturday, US on Monday. Easy. The top two in each of the two pools go through to the semis.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1523: Yeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss! Super sticks from the Brits as they beat New Zealand 2-1 and that gives their hopes of a semi-final place in the women's hockey a big boost.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1520: The news we were all dreading. There will be no medal for GB in the dressage. Still, Emma Hindle will definitely go in the individual next week, so it's not all bad news.

1513: Serena's defeat leaves Venus to carry the flag for the Williams... I mean, the US in the women's singles. She's 4-2 up against China's Li Na.

1511: Serena Williams is out of the Olympics! She's gone out in the quarter-finals 3-6 6-4 6-3 to Elena Dementieva. What a day in the tennis.

1505: Here's Michael Phelps after coming through his 100m butterfly heat and 200m individual medley semi-final: "It was a bit more relaxing today, so I can't complain." Interesting idea of relaxing. Incidentally, Seb Coe reckons Daley Thompson is the greatest Olympian.
Olympic blog: Just who is the greatest?

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1504: Get in there! Crista Cullen finishes off a lovely penalty corner move to put Great Britain 2-1 up over New Zealand in the women's hockey. 17 minutes remaining in the second half.

1503: More from the dressage. Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris scored 65.917% which was enough to put Britain third in the team standings BUT Isabell Werth is still to perform for Germany, the gold medal favourites. "It was one of those days," says Bechtolsheimer. "He (Mistral Hojris) offered me everything but I didn't hold it together." It certainly has been one of those days...

1457: Today's men's hoops results: Germany 59-72 Spain, Angola 68-85 China, US 92-69 Greece, Lithuania 86-79 Russia, Australia 106-68 Iran.

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1454: "A colleague of mine has surprised himself by getting excited watching the dressage. 'Never seen a horse dance before,' he cried! BBC bringing new sports into the lives of ordinary folk..."
Phil, at work, Nottingham, via text on 81111

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1446: "How poor was Fed today? I honestly can't see him winning the US Open now. If he doesn't win it, I think he needs to get back to basics, and hire a coach, else he won't achieve his dream of winning more than 14 majors."
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1438: I might cancel work for today. Thunder in Shepherds' Bush. Controversy in the hockey. Britain think they have a 2-1 lead on the stroke of half-time but it is ruled out in debateable fashion for a sweep hit. GB 1-1 New Zealand.

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1434: "You never printed my last text about Archery but when does our hope for Olympic BMX start? Can we expect a medal?"
Scott, still bored in Knutsford, via text on 81111
BMX qualifying starts on Wednesday, the final a day later. Shanaze Reade is the overwhelming favourite in the women's. Kaboom.

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1431: These are dark days indeed. The Brits are now 1-0 down in the women's hockey and seem certain to miss out on a team dressage medal. Laura Bechtolsheimer, on Mistral Hojris, started well and had good marks for her extended trot but she struggled after that. Or so I'm told.

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1428: "It is a very scrappy, very tense showing from both sides, with New Zealand and Britain aware a win would give them a great shot at a semi-final place. If Britain can settle first, this is here for the taking for them."
Sean Kerly on BBC Sport at the women's hockey, where it's still GB 0-0 NZ

1425: I've just been reminded that Federer is still in the doubles with good old Stan Wawrinka. Their quarter-final against India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes match is due to be played today.

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1423: "Shame to see Saunders go out there, a mixture of bad boxing and bad scoring. He wasn't planting his feet enough and was just launching his whole body into the punches. He hit with more scoring punches than the judges gave him credit for but he fought a messy fight and didn't look good. Looked to be trying to rush the job from the first bell instead of taking his time and picking his opponent off."
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1420: Roger Federer's dismal season continues as he loses 6-4 7-6 to James Blake in the tennis quarter-finals, the first time in nine matches he has lost to the American. Federer will lose his world number ranking on Monday and a week later will begin the defence of the only Grand Slam title he still holds at the US Open.


1417: "I beat him seven months ago quite easily. I didn't study him as much I should have. He obviously studied me. I was thinking too far ahead in the competition."
Bradley Saunders after losing to Alexis Vastine

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1414: Bradley Saunders has gone. Brave effort in the last round but the damage was done in the first three. What an utterly miserable day in Britain's proud sporting history this is turning out to be. Down to 0959 BST everyone.

1412: Into the last round and Bradley Saunders needs a miracle. He's 10-3 down.

1411: "The scoring is atrocious, a complete farce, this is the Olympics, the scoring should be correct or at least as correct as possible."
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1407: What is going on today? Bradley Saunders is 7-3 down after two rounds against France's Alexis Vastine. "The French have done their homework. They're sitting back and waiting for Saunders to come to them," says the BBC's summariser Richie Woodhall.

1405: Tense times over at the tennis where King Rog is doing no more than hanging on. Already a set down against James Blake, it's now 5-5 in the second.

1403: Alexis Vastine has a 3-2 lead over Bradley Saunders after the first round. The 22-year-old looks pretty calm though.

1402: Oof. Bit of wrestling there as Saunders throws Vastine to the floor. Not a great start from the Brit.

1358: Stockton-on-Tees' finest Bradley Saunders is on his way to the ring for his boxing light-welterweight clash with Frenchman Alexis Vastine.

1352: Apparently, horses don't have to be the same nationality as the riders (see 1346). Most horses are "Dutch or German warmbloods". So there we are.

1349: Alert, alert. Bradley Saunders is up next in the boxing in about 10 minutes I estimate. GB are up against New Zealand in the women's hockey in 10 minutes.

1346: "Do the horses have to be the same nationality as the riders?"
Anon via text on 81111
Brilliant question. No idea

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1341: All hail the British swimmers, who are keeping the nation's spirits up today. Lizzie Simmonds wins her 200m backstroke heat in a new British record time of 2:08.66 to qualify for Friday's semis. Gemma Spofforth sneaks in with the 16th fastest time.

1341: Just to clear something up, I'm not going to eat an archery hat, after my bold claim that there would be no tennis (see 1116). I would, but I'm allergic. Sorry to disappoint the many people who have texted in to enquire.

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1337: It's not all good news in the pool, unfortunately, as Britons Michael Rock and Todd Cooper finish fourth and fifth respectively in heat six of the 100m butterfly heats, meaning they miss out on Friday's semi-final.

1336: Roger Federer now a set and a break down against James Blake, who came into this match having won only one set in 22 against the world number one.

1333: "I've taken four seconds off my PB after taking six or seven off already just to make the Olympics and if you said to me a year ago I was going to be in an Olympic final I would have been like, whatever."
Cassie Patten sums up her feelings after making the 800m freestyle final

1327: "I've had a quiet couple of days preparing for these races and now I'm definitely looking forward to Saturday. Hopefully it'll be really good for me."
Rebecca Adlington after breaking the Olympic record in her 800m freestyle heat

1326: Shock on the cards at the tennis, although not such a shock anymore it has to be said. Roger Federer loses the first set against James Blake 6-4. Federer leads the head-to-head with Blake 8-0.

1324: Amid all the badders drama, I neglected to tell you about that judo gold medal. Tuvshinbayar Naidan's win in the 100kg category is Mongolia's first ever gold medal. Askhat Zhitkeyev of Kazakhstan has to settle for silver, Azerbaijan's Movlud Miraliyev and Henk Grol of the Netherlands taking the bronzes.

1320: According to my equestrian-loving colleague, there won't be any individual medals in the dressage today but there are qualification place up for grabs for Tuesday's Grand Prix Special - which is freestyle to music. I kid you not.

1320: News from the dressage over in Hong Kong... Great Britain slip out of the medal positions as defending champions Germany take the initiative in the team competition after a strong performance from the second member of their three-man team Nadine Capellmann.

1316: "It's gutting because I know we can play better. I'm so proud of myself and of us as a team, it's just a shame we couldn't provide that dream ending to my career. I'm so emotional, I'm really going to cry now."
Badminton star Gail Emms, shortly before she did in fact break down in tears

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1313: Finally, some good news. Cassie Patten finishes third in her 800m freestyle heat and she joins Becky Adlington in Saturday's final.

1311: There's only so much I can take. Gail Emms is in tears as she is interviewed by Matthew Pinsent about her career. You big bully, Pinsent!

1309: Gloom and doom. Sigh. Let's scroll down to 0959 and have another look at Redgrave and Inverdale shall we?

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1306: Heartbreak. Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson lose 21-19 21-12 to South Korean pair Lee Hyo Jung and Lee Yong Dae. The Brits were outplayed really and there will be no repeat of their 2004 heroics. That was Emms's last professional match - she retires after the Games.

Gold medal
1304: Ukraine take gold by the slimmest of margins in the women's team sabre, beating China 45-44. The United States take the bronze.

1302: Drama at the badminton as Lee Hyo Jung takes a nasty tumble over the net judge. She's fine though and she and Lee Yong Dae lead 14-11 in this second game.

1301: GOLD - Ukraine (women's team sabre)

Tom Fordyce
1252: "Come on bus. Get busy in the special Olympic lanes and take us over to the Workers' Gymnasium in time for some Saunders slugging!"
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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1252: Emms/Robertson don't like being frontrunners do they? They battle back from 8-4 to 8-8 in this second game. Now, how about taking the lead? They have! It's 9-8.

1252: Panic on the text about the dressage. Second feed down, UK users. Britain's Laura Bechtolsheimer on Mistral Hojris goes out 12th at 1409 BST. Great Britain lie second in the team standings, with Emma Hindle second in the individual, but there are still five gold medallists to come from the Netherlands and Germany with strong challengers also from Denmark and the USA. Sorted.

1248: GOLD - Mongolia (men's 100kg judo)

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1245: I'm going to have to eat an archery hat (see 1116 BST), it looks like the tennis is about to get under way. R-Fed is on court against James Blake. At the badminton, Robertson/Emms save four game points... but they can't do anything about the fifth and Lee/Lee take the first game.

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1245: Terrific stuff from Rebecca Adlington, who wins her 800m freestyle heat by miles in an Olympic record 8:18.06, the second fastest time in history. A welcome boost for Team GB on a rather miserable day it has to be said. The 800m final is on Saturday at 0300 BST. Cassie Patten in the next heat.

1240: Rebecca Adlington leads her 800m freestyle heat at the halfway stage and is under world record pace.

Gold medal
1238: Mijain Lopez wins Cuba's first gold of these Games, beating Russian Khasan Baroev 3-1 in the men's 120kg final. Bad day for Russia, who usually dominate in the wrestling ring.

1237: Superb defensive play from the South Koreans (apparently). They're 11-9 up over Emms and Robertson. No problem for our heroes though. They'll be back.

1235: GOLD - Cuba (120kg Greco-Roman wrestling)

1233: Romania's Alina Pottek wins the first seeded heat of the 800m freestyle in a time of 8:19.70 - which is 0.01 seconds outside of the Olympic record. Rebecca Adlington goes in the next one.

1229: The great thing about the Emms/Robertson pairing is that there really is something for everyone... if you know what I mean. It's 3-3 in the first game. Ooh, look, Princess Anne is watching.

1226: A text from the mysterious J sums up what we're all feeling I think: "I'm desperate to get lunch but don't want to miss the badminton (having not watched badminton once in the last 4 years)." The Koreans serve first.

1222: Right, drop everything. Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson are warming up against South Korean pair Lee Hyo Jung and Lee Yong Dae ahead of their badminton quarter-final.

Gold medal
1221: Yang Xiuli wins China's 22nd gold medal of these Games with victory over Cuban Yalennis Castillo by a contentious judges' decision. Bronzes for Jeong Gyeong Mi of South Korea and Frenchwoman Stephanie Possamai.

1218: GOLD - China (women's 78kg judo)

1217: Calm down folks, there'll be a badminton delay as this men's singles finishes. South Korean Lee Hyunil leads Bao Chunlai of China by a game to love and 18-9 in the second.

1214: "Walking with the flag at the opening ceremony was possibly the Olympic medal for me I've always missed and it was an amazing honour. So, even though I wanted to do better here, it has been a great Games experience it really has."
GB swimmer Mark Foster after failing to qualify for the 50m freestyle semis

1211: Someone just asked what a slingshot is in badminton. I reckon it's when you catch the shuttle on your bat and flick it back over. I am only guessing though. I'm sure there are some badders fans out there who will correct me. Only four minutes to go until Emms/Robertson take to the court...

1209: "Am devastated that Mark is out, he truly is a silver fox!"
Anon via text on 81111

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1204: Nooooooooo. Mark Foster finishes sixth in his 50m freestyle heat and in the space of 22.35 seconds, the 38-year-old's Olympics are over.

1201: Bit of a rumpus in the men's badminton singles. The umpire calls a 'slingshot' mid point and awards the point to South Korea's Lee Hyunil. However, the referee appears from the sidelines and overrules the umpire after an appeal from the Chinese number three seed. It's fair to say the Koreans are not very happy. To top it all, the umpire has lost track of who's serving and what the score is! It's actually now 15-15 in the first game, but the South Korean had been leading - madness!

1159: Bad news for the fabulously-named Ben Wildman-Tobriner. The American is third in his 50m freestyle heat so he'll have to wait and see if he makes the semis.

1156: The Olympic record has already gone in the 50m freestyle heats and we haven't even got to the quick ones yet. Brazil's Cesar Cielo Filho holds the mark with 21.47 seconds - but I don't think he'll hold it for long.

Gold medal
1146: After that shock win for Italy's Andrea Minguzzi earlier, Russia are back on track in the wrestling as Aslambek Khustov overwhelms Mirko Englich of Germany in the 96kg category.

1146: GOLD - Russia (96kg Greco-Roman wrestling)

1146: China's men's beach volleyball pair Wu Penggen and Xu 'Tiny' Linyin beat Spain 2-0 earlier today. "The ball was so wet and heavy it was hard to lob it over Tiny's head. He got everything," moaned Spain's Pablo Herrera. Xu is 6ft 6ins tall.

1140: They do actually appear to be mopping up the water at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre which suggests it might have stopped raining.

1133: Lithuania take control of Group A in the basketball with a narrow 86-79 win over fierce rivals Russia. Swimming imminent. Or swimmingent.

1133: Drama at the wrestling. Swede Ara Abrahamian chucked his bronze medal into the ring as he walked off the podium in protest at what his coach described as "political" judging. He lost to eventual gold-medallist Andrea Minguzzi in the semis and had to be restrained as he went over to remonstrate with the judges.

1129: "Re 1054: those hats are fantastic, my archer friend says. She wears it to keep the light/rain off her face but it still has a floppy rim so the wire of the bow doesn't get interfered with while taking a shot. I think they should wear more exciting ones than white."
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1127: "Was stuck at Rotterdam airport yesterday and ended up watching men's beach volleyball. It did not hold my attention in quite the same way as the women's competition. Not sure exactly why."
Steve, Essex, via text on 81111

1123: Don't think I've mentioned Michael Phelps yet today. Shocking. IOC chief Jacques Rogge has described him as "the icon of the Games". If Phelps declared himself a nation, he would be eighth in the medal table. Only a few minutes until the swimming resumes, with Phelps going in the 100m butterfly heats.

1116: If there is any play at the tennis today, I will eat an archery hat. Still raining. All square at the basketball, Lithuania and Russia locked at 73-73 in the fourth quarter.

1109: I sense a bit of doom and gloom around after a barren day for Team GB so far, slipping down to 10th in the medals table. No problemo. Super Saturday is but two days away, quickly followed by, er, Splendid Sunday. London 2012 chief Seb Coe says to expect an "extraordinary weekend".
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Gold medal
1104: Bit of a turn-up there. South Korea are the dominant force in archery and have won every gold going so far but China's Zhang Juan-Juan upsets the applecart with victory over Park Sung-Hyun Park in the women's individual final. Incredible scenes at the Olympic Green Archery Field as the home crowd celebrate.

1101: GOLD - China (women's individual archery)

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1054: "Anyone watching the archery? I'm fascinated by the gear, especially the hats. Are they obligatory? It all looks like the international ice cream vendors' convention."
Neil, Herts, via text on 81111

1052: Calm down, beach volleyball fans. Here's the result you've been waiting for: Brazil 2-0 Greece.

Gold medal
1050: Italy are making strides up the medal table today. After victory for Chiara Cainero in the skeet shooting earlier, Andrea Minguzzi wins his country's sixth gold medal of the Games with a win in the 84kg category of the Greco-Roman wrestling. Minguzzi, who sensationally upset Russian Aleksei Mishin in the quarters, beat Zoltan Fodor of Hungary in the final. Bronze for Turkey's Nazmi Avluca.

1042: GOLD - Italy (84kg Greco-Roman wrestling)

1040: Cripes. News just in. The parents of David Florence - Britain's canoeing Olympic silver medallist - were apparently struck by lightning while visiting the Great Wall Of China. They were examined by the British team's medical team but were not seriously injured.

1034: Still a lot of rain everywhere - but never mind, less than an hour and 45 until badminton o'clock. Bradley Saunders in the boxing from 1200 BST, Mark Foster swims very, very fast at 1157 BST and dressage excitement from 1215 BST.

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1028: "Re 0959: That picture of Redgrave makes all this rain worth it over here in Beijing! Hilarious."
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1024: A last-gasp three-pointer from Lithuania puts them 41-38 up over Russia after two quarters in the basketball. It's a nail-biter. My colleague tells me he's just "keeping an eye" on the beach volleyball highlights, which is extremely good of him.

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1020: "Re 0959: Is it just me or do Redgrave and Inverdale look like the Pet Shop Boys in their pac-a-macs?"
James in Reading via text on 81111

1017: Big love for the crew working at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre. They tell me there'll be no play before 1100 BST. The way this is going, we'll have a new Olympic event: underwater tennis. Hang on. That sounds brilliant. Up for it Rog?

1010: Archers. They're no softies are they? The women's individual event is back under way despite the rain. China's Zhang Juan Juan prompts a huge roar from the crowd as she breaks the Olympic record in beating Yun Ok-Hee of South Korea. Fifth feed down, UK users.

1007: I tell you what, this basketball is pretty exciting. Russia lead Lithuania 24-23 after the first quarter - which ends with a blast of Europe's Final Countdown. Air guitars all round.

1003: When bad things happen in the world, I'm going to look at that picture of Sir Steve and John Inverdale. Makes me chuckle every time.

Sir Steve Redgrave and John Inverdale
0959: Rain. It's not all bad is it? Without it, we wouldn't have had the sight of five-times Olympic gold medallist and general all-round hero Sir Steve Redgrave in an ill-fitting pac-a-mac. A Games highlight I would say.
Video - Sir Steve gets a soaking

0954: "Would I be right in guessing that the Cheesester's interest in the badminton isn't purely patriotic?"
Graham, London, via text on 81111
Have no idea what you're suggesting Graham. Unless you're suggesting that I think Nathan Robertson is an absolute dish.

0948: If you're in the UK and feeling starved of live action, the basketball is on the fourth feed down on the multi-player. Meanwhile, all sailing is cancelled for the day.

Tom Fordyce
0945: "At Peking University Gym watching table-tennis played at the speed of light. Super match in progress - a real ping-pong ding-dong."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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0940: "My wife asked why the BBC keeps referring to the Yngling girls? She thought that was their name and they must be twins, triplets etc. Bless. I'm waiting for her to ask about the Coxless Four brothers."
Jertz, Claygate, via text on 81111

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0937: "Re 0926: It's the cats & dogs falling that the canoeists can't cope with..."
Jon via text on 81111

0937: Hooray! Some live action. Lithuania and Russia take to the court at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium for their basketball Group A clash. High-five!

0932: Apparently you can canoe in the rain - but not in potentially life-threatening lightning. It's enough to make you feel quite smug about being in Shepherds Bush. It's sunny here you know.

0930: "Re 0904: Pinky, nah won't be out til 2014."
Knuckles, Isle of Wight, via text on 81111

0926: Yet more weather woe. There will be no more canoeing today. I'm baffled. Surely if you're battling your way through those torrid rapids, you're not going to be bothered by a shower or two?

0923: Just for Neil (see 0916), I can tell you we're definitely planning to have a men's volleyball team in 2012. Skipper Ben Pipes has been telling us all about it.
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0920: Update for the people texting in who clearly had a lie-in this morning... Rowing is off for the day as are the Finn and Yngling races in the sailing. Canoeing and tennis is delayed.

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0916: "Morning Caroline. Given the weather conditions, time for reflection. Is there any reason why GB don't do weightlifting or wrestling? And do we have plans to compete in 2012? And what about the balls!? You know... hand, soft, volley, beach etc etc."
Neil, Herts, via text on 81111

0914: News from the Olympic Green Tennis Centre where Rog 'n' Raf should both be in action today. "It's raining the proverbial cats and dogs," says a well-placed source. No play before 1000 BST. Boo.

0910: HongKongers over on 606 wants to know what Brit action to look out for later. Badminton, badminton, badminton. Emms/Robertson back on court at 1215 BST. Elsewhere, GB go for gold in the team dressage. Mark Foster in the 50m freestyle heats from 1157 BST, Rebecca Adlington in the 800m freestyle heats from 1232 BST. Hockey ladies are up against New Zealand at 1400 BST.

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0904: "I wish I'd been nicer to 'Knuckles' Johnson at school. His gargantuan fists dragged along the floor and his torso was three times longer than his legs. He would have wooped Phelps every time. I could have managed him. If you're out there Knuckles, how about 2012?"
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0902: Over to the boxing, Ireland's Kenny Egan is through to the last eight in the light-heavyweight division, comprehensively beating Turkey's Bahram Muzaffer 10-2. Egan could face Britain's Tony Jeffries in the semis.

0856: "It was an OK performance. I've been waiting around all week and I think the nerves got to me a little bit. But I'm up and running now and I hope to improve in the next fight and get the win I need to guarantee me a medal."
Britain's Tony Jeffries after scraping through his light-heavyweight bout

Gold medal
0849: Congratulations Chiara Cainero, who clinches skeet glory for Italy after a dramatic shoot-off with Kim Rhode of the USA and German Christine Brinker. The three women all finish on a total of 93 but Cainero hits both of her shots in the shoot-off while Rhode and Brinker miss one apiece and Rhode then edges Brinker out in a further shoot-off.

0849: GOLD - Italy (women's skeet shooting)

0846: I'm wondering if they should have foregone a few fireworks at the opening ceremony and built a roof over Beijing instead. Basically, anything outdoors is cancelled or delayed as the rain hammers down. Expect to hear a lot more than you anticipated about judo.

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0842: "I've just arrived at work, miserable, turned on the BBC coverage of the rowing and saw Sir Steve in that outrageous rain mac. It's cheered me up no end!"
Philip, London, via text on 81111

0840: Can I just go back to bed? The canoeing is postponed now.

0838: Much hilarity here as BBC Sport cross to the rowing where Sir Steve Redgave is wrapped in a flimsy white waterproof. He's a five-time Olympic gold medallist, for heavens sake. Mind you, his sidekick John Inverdale has faired much worse with a baby blue number. Anyway, they bring news that today's action on the lake is cancelled. Honestly, it's only a bit of rain... well, a lot of rain.

0834: News from the sailing at Qingdao where blue and white flags are raised to indicate that there will be no Finn or Yngling races today, so Ben Ainslie and the 'three blondes in a boat' will have an unexpected break. The reason? No wind.

0831: Britain's judo team targeted two medals at these Olympics, after winning none in Athens. They now have only Karina Bryant left to fight in women's +78kg category - which begins tomorrow.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0827: The doom continues for Britain's judokas as Michelle Rogers loses to Germany's European champion Heide Wollert by chui in the repechage.

0821: Britain's Michelle Rogers is on the mat at the judo, up against a German opponent - don't know who, I'll be honest - in the repechage. It's koka apiece at the moment.

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0817: "oioi cheese! how are you? what are your tips to watch today? will be at work so won't have sound!"
Martin, Corby, via text on 81111
Martin, you need to drop everything at 1215 BST and watch Robertson/Emms in the badminton. Massive.

0814: Just watching a bit of canoeing. From what I've heard from the experts over the last couple of days, it seems keeping your boat dry is the key. Right. Anyway, looks like the German pair are in charge in the C2 event. No Brits.

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0811: "I wonder why Michael Phelps does not compete in 100m freestyle? Surely the 100m freestyle is the single most important event and most coveted gold medal?"
Xu via text on 81111
I don't know. Maybe he's just lazy...

0809: And reaction to Tony Jeffries' scrappy win in the light-heavyweight category. Here's Jeffries' dad: "First one out of the way now - I don't care how he won it, he's won a bout at the Olympic Games. I'm ecstatic and now we're off for a little drinkypoos down the road!"

0805: Billy-Joe Saunders was a gold medal hope in the welterweight boxing but he went out earlier today... He sounds quite chipper though. "I tried to do whatever I could, but it wasn't enough. I'm four years ahead of schedule here - I could do with more experience, I know that, at 18 - but I'm pleased enough with my performance and it should stand me in good stead for 2012."

0803: With the way this is going, I might have to dig out those weather graphics from Wimbledon. Today's rowing action has been delayed by an hour and 20 minutes because of a thunderstorm. It now kicks off at 0830 BST. Quiet day on the British front over on the Shunyi lake - although interest in the women's lightweight double, men's lightweight double and men's lightweight four.

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0759: "That was close. Jeffries is going to have to raise his game if he's to go further. That Colombian didn't look very good, yet pushed Jeffries all the way. Not sure about the quality of judging though."
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0755: One more bout to look forward to for the Brit fight fans and that's light-welterweight Bradley Saunders at about 1345 BST.

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0754: A "messy contest" according to our BBC team at the Workers' Gymnasium. Eleider Alvarez draws level at 5-5 in the fourth round but Tony Jeffries squeezes through on countback. Jeffries' favourite food is KFC apparently. Probably why he's a light-heavyweight.

0746: Eleider Alvarez is coming back into this light-heavyweight contest and Tony Jeffries now has a 4-3 lead after three.

0741: There goes Ash, abuse ringing in his ears - well deserved abuse, thanks to a frankly ludicrous jacket/t-shirt combination. Happy days as I slide into my seat - Tony Jeffries is already 2-0 over his Colombian opponent.

By Mark Ashenden

0735: And these are quite literally my final words. Thanks for all your comments. Over to Caroline Cheese. You're in safe hands. And that too is official.

0734: "This day really has gone from bad to worse. I just tried to fill up my water bottle at work and used the wrong tap. Poured scolding hot water on my thumb. Wonder if that's as much pain as our boxers are in right now. It hurts a lot"
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0733: "Such an average day so far for GB. Perhaps even the sight of a pretty girl waving a British flag in Beijing will probably be worth a British upwards arrow in the live feed."
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0731: Weather update: "It's raining cats and dogs again out here with rumbles of thunder - BBC swimming expert Karen Pickering is sheltering under a brolly outside and reporter Eleanor Oldroyd has just walked in rather sodden."
BBC Sport's Claire Stocks in Beijing

0728: A quick round-up because my time is nearly done. Mixed day for GB. But a magic morning of top sport and the entertainment doesn't end there folks. GB's opening ceremony flag-bearer Mark Foster goes in the 50m freestyle heats at 1133 BST.
GB's Bradley Saunders fights Alexis Vastine of France from 1200 BST.
Badminton pair Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson play again after their sensational comeback on Tuesday and face Hyojung Lee and Yongdae Lee of Korea at 1215 BST.
Meanwhile, in the tennis, world numbers one and two Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play from 0900.

0723: GB boxing alert. Tony Jeffries in action in seven minutes.

0715: There's a semi-smile on the face of GB's judo team. GB's Michelle Rogers lost earlier to Korea's Jeong Gyeongmi, but the Brit makes it through to the repechage.

Gold medal
0708: GOLD: More glory for China. Du Li wins the women's 50m rifle three positions.

0705: "That was unlucky for Billy Joe Saunders. The Cuban was just too good unfortunately"
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What does anybody else think of British hopes in the boxing ring?

0702: Next British boxer up is light-heavyweight Tony Jeffries. I'm told he's a massive Sunderland fan. He fights at 0730.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0701: Ding ding. That's it for GB's welterweight Billy JS. He loses 13-6 to Cuba's Carlos Banteaux.

0657: End of third round. BJ Saunders is 9-5 down. He's got it all to do. Time to wind it up.

0654: Boxing update. GB's Billy Joe Saunders is 5-4 down after the second round. He's hanging in there.

0652: GB's Daniel Keatings finishes in 20th place in the all-around gymnastics. Bring on 2012 Danny boy - you did well sir.

0645: Boxing fans, fans of sport, fans of life, fans...I call on you. GB's Billy Joe Saunders fights Cuba's Carlos Banteaux in a few minutes. Get that video stream, or the TV, or the wireless, or your website, or your mobile phone fully cranked up. NOW.

0643: "Just like to say thanks for the updates, stopping me and my friend from going crazy in work. It a lovely day in brisbane, Australia and we're stuck in an office thanks again"
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0638: The Chinese crowd have gone mad as Yang Wei finishes with 94.575 points in the all-around gymnastics, nearly three points ahead of Japan's Kohei Uchimura. Benoit Caranobe of France wins bronze.

0636: "What's coming up," I hear you medal-hungry Brits ask. Billy Joe Saunders fights Carlos Banteaux Suarez at 0645 BST in the men's welterweight and then Tony Jeffries takes on Eleider Alvarez in the light-heavyweight at 0730. Let's get ready to rumble.

Gold medal
GOLD China's Yang Wei wins the all-around gymnastics gold.

0626: GB judoka Michelle Rogers loses to Korea's Jeong Gyeongmi by a koka.

0620: GB's Michelle Rogers is up in a bit in the judo. Boy, do the Brits need some smiles in the judo camp.

0616: "I didn't shoot my best, I allowed my nerves to affect me more than I had hoped. I pulled it back for the last two ends and felt a lot stronger. If I had started like that then I'd be happy. I felt like giving up, but I kept fighting back."
GB archer Naomi Folkard after losing in the quarters

0613: Here's a strange one. In the pool, they had to have a swim-off in the men's 200m backstroke semi-finals. Russian Arkady Vyatchanin beat Germany's Helge Meeuw by three seconds.

0609: Keatings puts in a good one on the pommel horse. He's back up to 17th place.

0606: Still in the men's volleyball in Pool B, Germany are leading Egypt by two sets.

0604: Brazil edge Russia out of the first set in their men's volleyball Pool B match and things are all square in the second.

0603: GB's Daniel Keatings is doing his thing on the pommel horse. C'mon Danny.

0601: "I went to Qingdao once. It was definitely windy when I was there. In fact, the first day I was there it rained so I bought an umbrella, then the wind came and destroyed my umbrella. I was a little sad, it was a nice umbrella"
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Tempted to call you a brolly wally. I can't. Any other brolly anecdotes out there? I left one in a cinema once. Not a great story is it.

0558: "Can't believe the big man Cousins lost...bang goes today's medal shot for GB. We're going to end up taking the kiwi mantle as chokers at this rate..."
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0554: If you're a fan of table tennis, I can tell you Poland have beaten Germany 3-1 in Group C and Korea destroyed Australia 3-0 in Group D.

0551: "Mark If you get a chance, is it possible to find out the times of the boxers Billy Joe Saunders, Bradley Saunders and Tony Jefferies. All 2nd round fights, Tony Jefferies got a bye in the 1st"
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BJ Saunders at 0645 BST, Jeffries on at 0730 and B Saunders at 1345. Anything else? How many sugars in your tea?

0549: With one discipline to go in the all-around gymnastics, China's Yang Wei has a big lead. The spectators are going to lift the roof off if he grabs gold. GB's Daniel Keatings is probably starting to think of London 2012.

0546: "If you want fact attack here's a few for you on Sarah Winckless from the GB women's rowing eight. She can neck a pint in about 5 seconds, she's 6ft 4in and a half, she beat ALL the male gladiators (the old ones - wolf etc) in a rowing contest back in 1996-97 and was offered a place on the show. She went to Cambridge as one of the best discus throwers in the country and ditched it for rowing"
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The gauntlet has clearly been laid down. When did anybody last see a gauntlet?

0543: Apologies to all judo fans. The judoka from Georgia who has just beaten GB's Peter Cousins is called Levan Zhorzholiani.

0541: Sailing update. Still no wind in Qingdao. Not even the flags are moving apparently. Who's up for a wind dance?

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0540: GB's Peter Cousins is OUT. He loses to the Georgian judoka.

0535 Remember GB's Elena Little in the skeet shooting? Seems like that one's been going on for ages. She's lying 12th and needs to make the top six to progress.

0534: Oh my lordy. It's gone to a golden score in the judo for GB's Peter Cousins. This is bloomin' exciting. Bit like golden goals in football, but no goal or ball.

0531: "Why are we getting so crestfallen about our lack of medals. Britain are so far ahead of the rest of the world in track cycling that I'm expecting at least 6 gold medals there alone not to mention Shaneze Read in the BMX. We look good for at least 2 rowing golds and 2 sailing golds already so make that 14 golds. We also have the athletics, Rebecca Adlington plus maybe 1 or 2 others I forgot, I'm looking at least 15 golds !!!"
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0529: Fact-attack number two today. Judoka Michelle Rogers went to the same school as Ryan Giggs. Who'd have thought eh.

0524: Wake up everybody. It's judo time. GB's Peter Cousins contests the men's 100kg competition, with team-mate Michelle Rogers competing in the women's 78kg competition.

0520: Back to the gymnastics. GB's Daniel Keatings lies in 20th place after the high bar. The favourite, China's Yang Wei now leads after a triple twist in the fourth event. The boy must be dizzy after that.

0519: Where's the wind when you want it? Well there's none of it at Qingdao and the start of the sailing is delayed. More details when I get them.

0515: In the men's basketball group A, Australia lead Iran 61-32 after two quarters.

0511: Korea's Sung-Hyun Park scores 115 (in 12 arrows) in the archery quarters - it's an Olympic record.

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0507: "Matchsticks needed to keep me awake now…been at work since 10pm and I'm ready for my bed. Setting my alarm for the badminton though…Miss Emms will wake me up alright…"
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0504: "Have we forgotten good ol' Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon. Surely a winner."
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It could be facing a play-off with Prince Octopus Dzanie.

0500: Hanbin He and Yang Yu lead China past Poland in the second badminton mixed doubles quarter-final. Crazy scenes at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium as the Chinese pair sneak through 22-20, 23-21 against Nadiezda Kostiuczyk and Robert Mateusiak.

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0458: Second 10 in a row for Naomi Folkard in the archery. She was asleep in her first six arrows and then she turns it on. But it's not enough. She loses 106-97 to her Japanese opponent.

0454: Folkard's first 10. Too late though I reckon. She needs a miracle.

0452: Archery. I am loving this sport. GB's Naomi Folkard is firing her arrows in the quarters. Not looking good for the Brit though. 52-43 down. She's looking a bit nervous.

0449: In the men's all-around gymnastics, GB's Daniel Keatings slips out of the top three.

0446: In the women's team sabre fencing, Ukraine beat Russia 45-34, China beat Poland 45-25, France beat Canada 45-22 and the US beat South Africa 45-8.

0442: British eyes will turn to the archery at 0448 BST as Naomi Folkard takes on Japan's Nami Hayakawa . Then at 0518 BST British medal hope Peter Cousins competes in the men's 100 kg judo. How fired up am I? Excited? Oh yeh. Keep those comments coming in.

Gold medal

0439: "Never mind about the French overtaking us, wait for the rowing finals and the cycling, with a few other boating events and we'll leave them in our wake..."
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0437: "Fantastic start for Keating this morning, worth getting up at daft o'clock to watch the gymnastics feed!"
Sarah in Carlisle via text on 81111

0436: Spain have moved top of Pool B in the men's basketball after beating Germany 72-59.

0432: Last action in the pool. It's the women's 4x200m freestyle relay final. Halfway stage and the French, Australia and China are flying.

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0431: "There was a Ghanaian boxer on yesterday called Prince Octopus Dzanie. That's got to win hasn't it?"
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I'm not handing out medals just yet on this one, but that's a cracker.

0428: "If we're talking crazy Olympic names surely you need to look no further than team GB's own Daisy Dick?"
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0425: GB's Daniel Keatings lies third in the men's all-around gymnastics.

0423: "I've made the Olympic final again and I'm really excited. I've taken one step at a time and I can look forward to the final now. I'm so happy that I'm there."
James Goddard on BBC One

0421: "If I make the final, I make the final. I'm just loving the experience out here. The first section was always going to be my strongest, I had to use the backstroke to my advantage."
Liam Tancock on BBC One

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
James Goddard has ripped through the water and made the final of the 200m individual medley. American Ryan Lochte wins the second semi. Liam Tancock also qualifies.

0416: "Mark (or anyone else), do you know where our shooter Elena Little finished up?"
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After a great start from Elena Little in the skeet shooting, the Russian-born Brit has slipped back a little.

0413: In the 200m IM, Tancock's fourth. He was leading for a while there. Any bets on who won that one? Mmmmm Michael Phelps.

0408: Liam Tancock takes on that swimmer Phelps. Bring it on. Just a semi this one remember.

0407: Who likes their gymnastics? The men's all round has just got going. Check out the video stream.

0404: How good is the swimming? Very good I say. Just to say, GB's Liam Tancock's in action in the 200m individual medley semi-finals shortly.

0402: "Zut alors! How big are Bernard's shoulders!! That gold puts France above GB in the medals table"
Craig in north Wales via text on 81111

BBC Radio 5 Live
0401: "You have to produce the goods when it matters on the biggest stage. Alain has done that but Eamon is looking dumbfounded and dumbstruck. This is more than four years' work. He'll be thinking I've had every minute of every day to prepare for this and I haven't won it."
Former GB Olympic swimmer Steve Parry on BBC Radio 5 Live

0400: Back to the men's 100m freestyle. Alain 'the bus' Bernard won gold. Australian Eamon Sullivan got silver and there was an interesting tie for bronze between Brazil's Cesar Cielo Filho and American Jason Lezak.

0356: Women's 200m breaststroke semis in action now.

0355: France's Alain Bernard steps out the pool and he's happy! He's just won the 100m freestyle. And his shoulders are as wide as a bus. Official.

Gold medal

0351: Back to the 200m butterfly. Gold to China's Liu Zige. Silver to China's Jiao Liuyang. Bronze to Australia's Jessicah Schipper

0348: Now it's the men's 100m freestyle final. Quite a big race I've been told.

0347: Unbelievable. Sensational. Magical. It's a China one-two in the women's 200m butterfly and the crowd go bonkers.

Gold medal

0343: Who likes their Mistys? After Misty May in the beach volleyball earlier, now we've got Misty Hyman in the women's 200m butterfly final.

0338: And relax......That pool action happens quickly. Quick update on the hockey. China 0-1 Netherlands in the women's group A to put Netherlands top of the group.

0333: "I'm pleased with that - the whole aim was to get in the final and that's what I've done. I'm getting to the point where it doesn't matter that much, I'm just enjoying myself. If I swim like that, anything can happen."
Gregor Tait - he's just made the final of the 200m backstroke.

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0332: American Ryan Lochte wins the second semi of the 200m backstroke. Tait just misses out on a PB and is in the final for the second Olympics running.

0329: GB's Gregor Tait needed a lifetime best to make the final of the men's 200m backstroke......he gets fourth and qualifies. Get in there.

0326: Aaron Peirsol won the first semi of the 200m backstroke.

0324: GB's Gregor Tait goes in the 200m backstroke semis. NOW.

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0322: "If we are looking to rearrange the whole olympic schedule. This is how I would do it: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Pro Boxing, Amateur Boxing, Road + Track Cycling, Canoe + Kayak Slalom, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, 5 a side Football, Golf, Artistic Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Rugby 7s, Sailing, Shooting, Squash, Triathlon, Table Tennis, Twenty20 Cricket, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Water Polo"
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0320: "I was trying to get the 200 in my system from last night and it's all to play for now. As long as I can get in and give a good performance anything can happen. I've gone 53 high three times now so hopefully I'll go 53 low tomorrow."
Fran Halsall happy with her progress in the 100m freestyle.

0318: Holland's Marleen Veldhuis wins the second 100m freestyle semi. Libby Trickett qualifies, following the disqualification of Jiaying Pang.

0315: In the women's 100m freestyle Fran Halsall finishes fourth and is in the final. Get in there gal.

0314: GB's Fran Halsall next up in the second semi.

0311: In the women's 100m freestyle, US swimmer Natalie Coughlin wins the first semi-final.

0309: Australia's Brenton Rickard got silver in the 200m breaststroke. France's Hugues Duboscq got bronze.

0307: It's a new Olympic record for Japan's Kosuke Kitajima who gets gold in the men's 200m breaststroke.

Gold medal

0259: "I would really like to see Twenty20 cricket and rugby 7s in London 2012 - anyone think it's a possibility or am I just being hopeful? "
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0256: Get your goggles on. Swimming very soon. First up is the men's 200m breaststroke final. The debate over Britain's girls missing out in the heats of the 4x200m relay yesterday rumbles on.

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0255: "I was glued to the three-day eventing this year - never normally like that but this year I was fixed!
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0251: Men's badminton singles gets going very shortly. Good time to tell you that GB's Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson play their quarters at 1415 later on. Might have to stay up for that one.

0246: "Israeli swimmer Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or leaps to mind. Not that you'll see him win anything because he's a male swimmer who isn't Michael Phelps"
Neil in Folkestone via text on 81111

0244: "Good luck to Alex and everybody else in the UK waiting on results. I got mine last week as we get them a week early in Scotland. Passed them all. All that effort really pays. Much like the effort our Olympians put into their sports" (See 0233)
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0242: That's a shame. I was just getting into that. The US beat Norway 21-12 21-15 in the beach volleyball. Beach volleyball is one of those Olympic sports you really get into when you start watching. Bit like the archery as well. Any sports taking you by surprise?

0235: GB's skeet shooter Elena Little is currently in fourth place.

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0233: "The beach volleyball is providing the entertainment I need for tonight as I anxiously await my A level results tomorrow! Any others out there making the most of this sleepless night?"
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Stay cool Alex. Anybody else awaiting exam results? I remember my A-Levels... Just.

0229: "There's a German gymnast whose name is similar to Hamburger - always makes me hungry…"
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0224: "I probably should go to bed at some stage having been up since 10 yesterday morning! But hey, the Olympics is now upon us, when is first Brit out?"
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Keep up the good work Headsy. This shooter Elena is in action - see below. Then three Brits slip into their swimming outfits and go from 0310 BST.

0221: Fact-attack. Shooter Elena Little is 36, she's a world record holder and was born in Russia.

0216: GB's Elena Little is in action in the skeet shooting and making her Olympic debut.

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0212: The US are flying in the sand in the beach volleyball after taking an early lead against Norway. Cracking sport this one. Bit of showbiz here with American player Misty May married to Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor.
Misty May eh - anybody else got some crazy Olympic names for us? Why not text us on 81111 or jump into 606.

0205: "Does anyone have the order of play for Thursday's tennis? I want to know when Rafa is on!"
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We have the answers, oh yes.

0159: Morning everybody. First up is a dabble of beach volleyball. Nice. 17 golds are available today. Great Britain's Daniel Keatings struts his stuff in the all-around gymnastics final from 0400 BST. Three Brits go in the swimming heats from 0300 and Michael Phelps is in action again later - alas, only in the heats. GB's Naomi Folkard wiggles her archery arrows at 0448. That's enough for now. Loads on, basically, and we want your thoughts. Even the small ones. 606 kicks off in about 12 seconds and if you want to text, then it's 81111.
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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 - Thursday 14 August
12 Jul 08 |  Olympics
Medals - Thursday 14 August
14 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Results - Thursday 14 August
14 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Olympics day six preview
13 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Bernard wins 100m freestyle gold
14 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Du wins shooting gold with record
14 Aug 08 |  Shooting
Briton Folkard loses in last 16
14 Aug 08 |  Archery
Australia's women win relay gold
14 Aug 08 |  Swimming
China's Liu takes 200m fly gold
14 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Kitajima wins double Olympic gold
14 Aug 08 |  Swimming
British swimmers book final spots
14 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Olympics day five as it happened
13 Aug 08 |  Live action
Team GB's roll of honour
13 Aug 08 |  Olympics

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