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Olympics day seven as it happened

LIVE TEXT COMMENTARY (all times BST)

By Caroline Cheese

1649: I really must go now, before my eyes begin to bleed and my fingers wear down to raw knuckle. What a fabulous day it's been. Great Britain quite simply tore up the velodrome, winning the men's team sprint and setting up all sorts of other medal chances. Two guaranteed medals in the sailing too. The action continues in Beijing, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic locked at 2-2 in the deciding set of their tennis semi-final. That's live on the multi-player, or if you're an international user, keep checking the results. Ta ta.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1646: Nick Skelton is in confident mood following the first round of individual qualifying in the team jumping competition, claiming Britain "have a good chance of getting a medal, absolutely. It is certainly not beyond us." He and Ben Maher enjoyed clear rounds with just one time penalty, leaving the pair in joint 14th place overall, Tim Stockdale removed one fence to pick up four penalty points, placing him joint 30th, while veteran John Whitaker incurred one jump penalty and one time penalty for five penalty points overall, leaving him joint 39th.

1644: Good one Ed (see below), seamlessly moving us onto tomorrow's action. Tomorrow, which is of course Super Saturday. Up early I'm afraid for Becky Adlington in the 800m freestyle at 0313 BST, then keep an eye on the sailing from 0600 BST for possible gold medals from Ben Ainslie and the Yngling crew, rowing from 1010 BST with the men's four and men's double sculls looking for gold, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy go for cycling gold from 1155 BST and finally Kelly Sotherton targets a medal in the 800m - the final event of the heptathlon - at 1445 BST.

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1637: "I had an eating competition on Christmas Day two years ago with Pete Reed, one of the men's coxless four. We both consumed more than 1 stone of food ."
Ed, London, looking forward to his fellow fatty winning a gold tomorrow

1634: Bit of controversy here from Kate Reed, who came 23rd in that 10,000m. She tells BBC Sport: "I've been having troubles with my fitness and pain in my calf - at one point I had my flight home booked - but I was all set to race and then last night the team booked a time trial for me to test my fitness! I don't understand why they made me do it, I'm new to international athletics so I just gritted my teeth and got on with it, but it took so much out of me and today there was nothing in my legs."

1632: "It's very tough and it's easy to feel like I've made a fool of myself. I feel so disappointed, even though I ran a personal best, but it was just such a blistering pace. I've probably got to learn a bit, I wasn't ready for that. I'm disappointed, but what can you do? I'm going to have think about what I do now, really."
Jo Pavey

1632: Jo Pavey finished a creditable 12th in that blistering 10,000m, with fellow Brit Kate Reed 23rd.

1631: "It's a good experience for me but I wasn't so happy with my competition. I'm a starter so sometimes it goes well and sometimes it goes bad. Today was bad. I have much more to come in the future. I'm empty (when it comes to the heptathlon), I'm done."
Carolina Kluft after failing to qualify for the triple jump final

1627: Swedish superstar Carolina Kluft fails to qualify for the triple jump final after a leap of 13.97m leaves her only 12th in her pool. The 2004 heptathlon champion will hope for a lot, lot better in the long jump.

1622: Britain's Jo Pavey was lapped by the leaders on the final lap but she looks to have set a new personal best.

Gold medal
1618: Brilliant. World champion Tirunesh Dibaba bides her time before overtaking Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse and sprinting home in a new Olympic record time of 29:54.68 - the second fastest women's 10,000m of all time. Brave run from Abeylegesse to claim silver with American Shalane Flanagan claiming bronze.

1617: GOLD Ethiopia, Tirunesh Dibaba (women's 10,000m)

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1614: "Re 1605: That's better than what I have to cope with. My dad is constantly telling me how his 100m time would have got him into the women's final."
Anon via text on 81111

1610: With five laps to go, Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey leads the women's 10,000m but defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba - who's got a fast finish in her - is waiting to pounce. Those two are clear.

1608: Yes I know. Tennis. Nadal leads Djokovic 6-4 0-3.

1605: Right, back to the action. "Keep going Jo Pavey. Nice socks," says Shaun on text. Well, she's keeping going in her knee-length white socks but she's well down the field. Elvan Abeylegesse, Lorna Kiplagat, Tirunesh Dibaba all in the mixer.

1605: So many tenuous links coming in I can't keep up. Worthy of a book. My dad once told me he came close to qualifying for the Olympics in sailing. I imagine that story has been subject to exaggeration over the years though. Bless him.

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1600: "Can I just say the show jumping is going well with a great debut from Ben Maher so that should hopefully be some more sitting down medals for GB."
Beth from London, via text on 81111

1559: Lornah Kiplagat, running for Holland, is setting a punishing pace in this 10,000m but Jo Pavey is clinging onto the bunch.

1555: The women's 10,000m is under way at the Bird's Nest. It's coming up for 11pm in Beijing so hopefully the heat will have eased. Britain have Jo Pavey and Kate Reed in the field. Ethiopia's defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba is among the favourites.

Tom Fordyce
1553: "Just done an hour on the bus to get over to The Nest in time to watch Pavey in the 10,000m. Hardly Devonian conditions, but she's nails."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, Twittering on our Olympics blog
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1547: "Tenuous links: In 2004 I was stuck on Evia Island near Athens after missing the day's only ferry. Nathan Robertson's parents gave my friends and I a lift into Athens. Two-hour drive with four of us cramped in the back. Very nice of them and they wouldn't let us pay for petrol."
Aussie in London, via text on 81111

1542: Massive shock in the men's 400m hurdles heats as defending Olympic champion Feliz Sanchez fails to qualify for the semi-finals.

Gold medal
1538: China's Du Jing and Yu Yang delight the home crowd with a consummate display in beating South Korea duo Lee Hyojung and Lee Kyungwon 21-15 21-13 in the final of the badminton women's doubles. China have now won gold in the women's doubles for the fourth straight Olympics, while Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen add bronze to the home haul after seeing off Japan's Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna 21-17 21-10.

1536: In light of the success of yesterday's Redgrave/Inverdale/ill-fitting pac-a-macs incident in cheering everyone up on a gloomy day for British fortunes, I did have a back-up today in case it all went pear-shaped in Beijing. It doesn't look like I'm going to need it, but just in case you are in the remaining 3% of the population yet to see it, may I recommend you head to a popular video-sharing website, tap in the words 'mcclaren twente arsenal' and prepare for laughter-induced bellyache. I almost miss him. Almost.

Gold medal
1531: So, Pole Tomasz Majewski wins the shot put gold - the first medal of the track and field competition - with a throw of 21.51m to beat American Christian Cantwell and Andrei Miknevich of Belarus into second and third respectively. American Adam Nelson, silver medallist in the past two Olympic Games, was eliminated after three foul throws.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1528: Great Britain wrap up a 2-0 win over South Africa in Pool A of the men's hockey, the goals from James Tindall and Matt Daly. Next up Canada on Sunday. "A good win, but could do better," says British hockey legend Sean Kerly.

1523: Back to the tenuous links to Olympic competitors, just had a text from a C Shaw in London who says she is British windsurfer Bryony Shaw's sister. It's good, but it's not nearly tenuous enough. Good to hear from you though 'C', and tell Bryony we're backing her all the way.

1520: Great Britain take control of the Pool A men's hockey clash against South Africa, Matt Daly with an easy tap-in. Three minutes remaining.

1520: GOLD - China (women's doubles badminton)

1519: GOLD - Poland (men's shot put)

1513: What is Carolina Kluft like? She opts out of defending her Olympic heptathlon title because she hasn't got the motivation, and then enters the long jump as well as the triple jump - which isn't even a heptathlon event. Superwoman she is. It's triple jump qualifying at the moment ahead of the women's 10,000m final featuring Jo Pavey and Kate Reed.

1506: After yesterday's late, late finish in the tennis because of the rain, I imagine the crew at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre were hoping for an early night. Think again. Swedish pair Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson lead France's Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra 17-16 in the final set.

1505: American James Blake - not a man known for his temper - is absolutely seething about Fernando Gonzalez's behaviour in their semi-final (see 1500). "Playing in the Olympics, in what's supposed to be considered a gentleman's sport, that's a time to call it on yourself. Fernando looked me square in the eye and didn't call it. If it had happened the other way, I never would have finished the match because my father would have pulled me off the court."

1502: Back to the action, Nadal and Djokovic are on court in their tennis semi-final as Great Britain continue to hang onto their 1-0 lead over South Africa in the men's hockey.

1500: Turns out there was a bit of a rumpus in the tennis earlier. In a gripping third set, a shot by James Blake clipped Fernando Gonzalez's racquet before flying out. The umpire didn't hear it and Chilean Gonzalez said... absolutely nothing.
Video - tennis controversy

1450: At the end of day one and after four events in the heptathlon, Kelly Sotherton lies third on 3938 points. American Hyleas Fountain is out in front on 4060, with Nataliia Dobrynska (3996) in silver medal position. Sotherton still has her strongest event to come - the long jump - and also her weakest - the javelin.

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1450: "I used to ride against William Fox-Pitt in my early teens and regularly kicked his butt. I now have serious hip trouble."
Simon, Oxfordshire, via text on 81111

1447: Dinara Safina claims a nail-biting 6-2 5-7 6-3 win over world number one Jelena Jankovic to book a semi-final against China's Li Na. Rafael Nadal takes on Novak Djokovic next at the tennis.

Gold medal
1443: Almost forgot to tell you. China's Tong Wen took a dramatic late win in the women's +78kg judo to beat defending champion Maki Tsukada of Japan to gold. Tong snatched victory with 15 seconds remaining in the final judo event of the Games.

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1442: "I worked behind the bar at Surbiton Hockey Club last year. Good memory of James Tindall walking into the clubhouse covered in blood, having just taken a stick to the forehead, and nonchalantly asking 'if it was possible to call an ambulance'. Brilliant."
Del, Hinchley Wood, via text on 81111

1440: Half-time in the sticks and Britain's men maintain their 1-0 lead over South Africa.

1439: "I'm so disappointed. I'm really gutted. I'm in much better shape that that. I'm disappointed with the whole day. Maybe it's because it's my first heptathlon of the year. It's solid and only my shot was really poor, but overall it was just average. I wanted to win that 200m and run under 23 seconds because that's what I've been doing in training."
British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton after day one

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1433: Kelly Sotherton finishes second behind the super-fast Hyleas Fountain in her 200m heat in the heptathlon in a personal best time of 23.39 seconds. Good effort. Standings to follow.

1432: "Re 1153: We used to play against hockey goalscorer James Tindall (see 1421) at school. He cried once when we beat them."
Al in London, via text on 81111

1430: "Re 1153: Another tenuous link to athletes. I used to do a paper round and delivered The Sun to Tom Daley's parents."
Peter, Saltash, via text on 81111

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1425: Discus thrower Philippa Roles fails to advance to the final. Her best throw of 57.44m is well below the qualifying standard and she finishes 16th in her group of 19. That effort is below her season's best of 61.41m.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1425: Britain's men's 100m medley relay team follow the girls' example by qualifying for the final. They are fifth fastest. The final is on Sunday at 0300 BST.

1423: Apologies to David Davies. He qualifies fifth fastest for the 1500m freestyle final.

1421: Great Britain take a 1-0 lead over South Africa in the men's hockey. James Tindall runs onto a loose ball on the edge of the 'D' and nonchalantly chips it over the advancing keeper.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1418: But the good news is that Paul Goodison leads the Laser standings alongside Rasmus Myrgren after winning the fourth race, while Athens bronze medallist Nick Dempsey moved into medal contention by winning race five in the RS:X men's windsurfing race to move up to third overall. Two classes were in action for the first time in Qingdao, with Leigh McMillan finishing sixth in the opening Tornado race and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson placing seventh in the Star.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1416: What about the sailing? Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Penny Clark dropped from fifth to 10th in the Laser Radial standings after finishing well off the pace in 22nd, while Bryony Shaw had a disastrous outing in the women's RS:X race, earning a disqualification for crossing the start line too early to stay in fifth place overall with 24 points. Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield dropped from third to fourth in the men's 470 after finishing 20th in race seven.

1410: Hectic times. Great Britain men's hockey pool match against South Africa is under way. In the tennis, Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina are into a decider in the women's quarter-finals.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1409: I'm suffering from a lack of swimming info. Ruddy athletics. They think they own the place. I think Britain have qualified for the women's 4x100m medley relay final after finishing second in their heat. Hurrah! In fact, I think they've qualified second quickest overall. The final is on Sunday at 0300 BST.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1404: Well, I don't know. You run a personal best - and a new British record to boot - and waddya get? Nothing, nada, rien. Helen Clitheroe can put her feet up. She will not be running in the final of the 3000m steeplchase. Barbara Parker is also out.

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1359: "Is it true that if you only include medals for events undertaken sitting on your backside that Great Britain will end up topping the medal table?"
Anon via text on 81111

1357: "I knew it'd take a PB to even think about getting in the final and I'll be biting my nails to see if I've made it now. I was so excited before the race and I saw my husband waving his flag in the crowd at the start which I thought was a good omen. You can't ask for any more than a personal best at the Olympics can you?"
Steeplechaser Helen Clitheroe

1349: Top effort from Helen Clitheroe, who finishes sixth in her 3000m steeplechase heat, putting in a lung-busting sprint at the end. She obliterates her own British record in the process. She'll have to wait and see if she makes the final.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1346: Phew. David Davies does indeed make the 1500m freestyle final with the fifth fastest time. Let's hope he's left something in the tank for Sunday's final - which is at 0306 BST. Richard Charlesworth misses out after finishing seventh in Davies' heat. Aussie Grant Hackett posts a new Olympic record of 14:38.92 as he qualifies quickest.

1343: GOLD - China (men's 85kg weightlifting)

1342: "To win the gold as part of this team makes it all the more special. The French have been so dominant in recent years, so it's the stuff of dreams to beat them to gold. I think I did the best last three laps of my life tonight - but there's plenty left in the tank for the Keirin tomorrow, don't worry!"
Chris Hoy, part of Britain's victorious sprint team

1339: Lots of you worried about David Davies in the 1500m freestyle heats at the Water Cube. Me too. I can tell you he finished third in his heat in a time of 14:46.11. Did he make the final? I don't know. Someone is investigating...

1334: "Are the thighs on our cyclists real? Great to see that flag flying high. Well done lads."
Anon via text on 81111

1333: Aaah. Just watching Britain's men's sprint team collect their gold medals. Heroes.

1332: "Re 1321: Why so hard on Kelly Sotherton? She's only 63 points off the lead and any woman who can throw a shot put 17.29m is probably not ideally built for the 200m."
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1328: "Last year, Usain Bolt's start was a bit of an Achilles heel, but now his start, his turnover, his pace - it's all perfect. I thought Asafa Powell looked very good in his race, which will give him confidence, but I still don't think he can beat Bolt. Tyson Gay, meanwhile, has to be a worried, worried man - he does not look sharp at all. It all points to a Bolt win in the final tomorrow."
Michael Johnson on the 100m

Gold medal
1325: It's a crushing win for France in the men's team epee fencing. They beat Poland 45-29. Cripes. Italy take the bronze. That means France move above Great Britain in the all-important medal table.

1321: After three events, Kelly Sotherton stays fifth in the heptathlon with 2898 points. Nataliia Dobrynska of the Ukraine moves up an incredible nine places from 10th to first after her record-breaking shot put throw. Her points tally: 3052 points.

1319: GOLD - France (men's team epee fencing)

1318: Following fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell jogs to victory in his heat in 10.02secs. Easy.

1316: "How much is left in the engine? A lot."
Usain Bolt

1315: "I knew I had to run at least a PB to get through - such is my luck that I was in such a tough quarter-final. I'm just gutted, absolutely gutted."
Britain's Craig Pickering after failing to reach the 100m semis

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1313: After an average high jump, Kelly Sotherton can only manage a best throw of 13.87m in the shot put, way off her personal best. "Looks like gold has gone," says BBC analyst Jonathan Edwards. Still 200m to come today.

1311: Usain Bolt strolls - and I mean strolls - to victory in heat four of the 100m second round in a time of 9.92secs. Britain's Craig Pickering is fifth in a season's best 10.18secs.

1310: "There were four other good sprinters in that race so I knew I needed a good start and then I could see what I could do. I've been working on my first 30 and it all came together at the right time."
Britain's Tyrone Edgar after qualifying for the 100m semis

1307: Nataliia Dobrynska of the Ukraine breaks the world record for heptathlon shot put with a massive throw of 17.29m. She was 10th after the first two events but she'll move up the leaderboard with that.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1303: Heat three of the 100m is won by Marc Burns of Trinidad ahead of Kim Collins and Britain's Tyrone Edgar who squeezes into the semi-finals in third place.

1257: World champion Tyson Gay is rusty. He is second in that heat in 10.09secs, behind Trinidad's Richard Thompson who won in 9.99secs. The American has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

1255: Brazil are through to the semi-finals of the women's football after a 2-1 win over Norway. Goals from Daniela and their star player Marta.

1254: "I didn't do myself justice and I didn't do my country justice. I felt good pre-race, I wasn't nervous, I just don't know what happened. I don't know what to say. I have to go back to the drawing board, I guess…"
British 100m sprinter Simeon Williamson

1252: In the 1500m, Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi is the fastest qualifier, only just failing to beat the Olympic record with a blistering 3:32.89.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1250: Onto the second round of the 100m and Britain's Simeon Williamson looks very unlikely to go further after finishing fourth. Top three go through, with only one fastest loser.

Gold medal
1246: Japan collect their fourth gold medal at the judo as Satoshi Ishii defeats Uzbekhistan's Abdullo Tangriev in the men's +100kg final. Bronzes for Cuba's Oscar Brayson and Teddy Riner of France.

1242: Good old Winner Wesson has just texted in to suggest BMX-ing as an Olympic sport. Ha ha ha h... oh look, it already is one. And Britain have the favourite for the women's event in Shanaze Reade.
Brits to watch: Shanaze Reade

1240: Kelly Sotherton - looking to make up ground on the leaders in the heptathlon - throws 13.87m in the shot put. With a personal best of 14.66m, she'll be hoping for better in the next round.

1238: GOLD - Japan (men's +100kg judo)

1237: "That's bang on, I'm happy with that. I was happy enough being at the back for the first 800m and then I felt so strong coming through at the end, it was pretty much plain sailing. I'm just excited to get started and now I can push on from here."
Andy Baddeley after his 1500m heat

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1236: It's good and bad news in the 1500m heats at the athletics. Britain's Andy Baddeley advances to the next round after finishing third in his heat, but Tom Lancashire fades in the final lap of his heat and finishes seventh.

1232: Just for your information, the women's football match between the US and Canada has been suspended because of yet another thunderstorm in Beijing. US lead 1-0 at half-time.

1231: Happy, happy days as Great Britain move up to ninth with that gold medal - two golds behind Australia. Interesting...

1227: The evening's athletics is under way with shot put in the heptathlon and the 1500m heats.

Gold medal
1226: Over in the judo, China's Tong Wen comes through with a big throw in the closing seconds to defeat Japan's Maki Tsukada to secure gold in the women's +78kg category, while Slovenia's Lucijia Polavder defeats South Korea's Kim Na-young by a point to win bronze.

1225: That's the cycling all done for today. Shame. I was quite enjoying that. It returns tomorrow - Super Saturday - when Bradley Wiggins goes for gold at 1155 BST, Chris Hoy in the men's Keirin at 1220 BST. Providing they qualify for their respective finals. Ha, ha, what am I saying? Of course they'll qualify.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1220: Briton Fran Halsall picks up the baton from the cyclists over at the pool, finishing third fastest in her heat - eighth fastest overall - to reach the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle at Beijing's Water Cube.

1217: Jason Kenny unzips his top to show off his ample chest as the sprint boys pose for the photos on the track. We'll let him off. Chris Hoy resists the temptation to reveal his tree-trunk thighs. The Real McHoy has a real chance of three golds at these Games.

1215: "Woo! Well done lads! Gold! Always believe in your wheels..."
Stu, Blackpool, via text on 81111

Gold medal boost for GB
1211: Never in doubt was it? A phenomenal display from the British team of Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy as they begin the expected track cycling gold rush for Team GB by cruising past France in the men's team sprint. The team are off to find their families in the crowd as the celebrations begin.

1211: GREAT BRITAIN WIN GOLD IN MEN'S TEAM SPRINT

1208: GOLD - China (women's +78kg judo)

1208: Germany deny Australia the bronze by one-hundredths of a second in the men's team sprint at the velodrome. GB v France next. Hold onto your hats.

1206: Incredible. What is it about Fernando Gonzalez and the Olympics? He took bronze in singles at Athens and gold in doubles with Nicolas Massu, who won the singles. Gonzo, after saving three match points, is into the final with victory over James Blake. He'll play Nadal or Djokovic.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1204: Rebecca Romero hears the gun in 3:28.641, just two-tenths of a second slower than fellow Brit Wendy Houvenaghal. They are the two quickest qualifiers for the first round of the women's individual pursuit. It couldn't be gold and silver could it? Could it?

1201: And at the tennis, Fernando Gonzalez breaks for a 10-9 lead over James Blake in the decider.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1159: Britain really are tearing up the velodrome today. Wendy Houvenaghal posts a lifetime best and new British record of 3:28.443 in the individual pursuit. Rebecca Romero will try to beat it next...

1156: Ahead of the final of the men's team sprint, we've got qualifying for the women's individual pursuit at the velodrome. Rebecca Romero up later but first for GB, it's Wendy Houvenaghal.

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1153: "Re 1141: While we are on tenuous links to athletes. I used to sit next to Sarah Ayton (Yngling crew) at college. She left to concentrate on sailing."
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1150: Lordy, cracking men's semi-final going on in the tennis. They're into the deciding third set and James Blake leads Fernando Gonzalez 9-8, on serve.

1150: dannytheref on 606 points out I missed the swimming off my schedule (see 1136). What was I thinking? Gold medal hope David Davies goes in the 1500m freestyle heats at 1235 BST, plus heats of women's 50m freestyle (Fran Halsall) and the men's and women's medley relay.

1141: "Perfect end to the working week! Fridays are supposed to be wind down time. Not sure the heart will survive!"
Jo and Bex, Worcester, via text on 81111

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1141: "I work with a guy who used to beat Jamie Staff in various BMX duels in their younger days! He said he is over-rated! Come on GB!"
Winner Wesson, Bristol, via text on 81111
Just as well our Jamie's on a track bike then

1136: Shall we re-think our viewing schedule? Coming up... GB go for gold at the velodrome shortly after 1200 BST, Kelly Sotherton in the shot put (1200 BST) and 200m (1515 BST), men's 100m second round featuring Powell, Bolt, Gay and Brits Williamson, Edgar and Pickering (1245 BST), GB in the men's hockey v South Africa (1400 BST), Jo Pavey in the 10,000m final (1545 BST). Done.

1133: "It was a good day for us today, guaranteeing ourselves a medal, but we're all about the gold, that's what we've always wanted. It all comes down to us and the Netherlands - it's matchplay sailing - this is what we've been training for and we're confident we can do all we need to tomorrow to get that gold. Bring it on."
Pippa Wilson, one of Britain's Yngling sailing crew

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1131: "Anyone else struggling to concentrate on work at the moment? What a cracking day after yesterday's disappointments. Bring on the medals!"
Anon via text on 81111

1129: Back to the cycling, Bradley Wiggins may be through to the first round of the individual pursuit but Aussies Brad McGee - silver medallist in Athens - and Brett Lancaster are out.

Gold medal
1127: Ukraine's Viktor Ruban fires a perfect 10 on his final arrow to snatch gold in the men's individual archery, beating South Korean Park Kyung-Mo 113-112 in the final. Russian Bair Badenov claims the bronze with a 115-110 win over top-seeded Juan Rene Serrano of Mexico in the third-place play-off.

1126: How about that then? Three medals guaranteed for Great Britain this very fine morning. Ben Ainslie and the Yngling girls in the sailing and the men's team sprint boys over at the velodrome. Tremendous.

1124: "GOLD GOLD GOLD we want GOLD!!!!"
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British silver medal boost
1116: The British team cruise to the fastest time of the first round with 43.034 seconds. They will ride for the men's team sprint gold medal against France just after 1200 BST. Germany v Australia for the bronze.

1116: BRITAIN GUARANTEED AT LEAST SILVER IN MEN'S TEAM SPRINT

1116: France bring it home in their heat in 43.655 seconds, ahead of Malaysia. That's the fastest time so far and they're in the final. Britain up next against the US.

1113: We're up and away in the first round of the men's team sprint at the velodrome. The winners of each heat will go through - either to the final or the bronze medal ride-off depending on the time.

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1113: "WOW it looked like WIGGINS had WINGS in that race - he was absolutely flying. GET IN THERE, well done that man and the whole GB cycling set-up, you are doing yourselves and us proud!!!"
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1110: Take a bow, Tianwei Feng. Her 3-1 victory in a tense final rubber at the women's team table tennis means Singapore are now guaranteed their first Olympic medal since 1960 and only the second of their history. They'll play China or Hong Kong in the final.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1108: Fantastic. Bradley Wiggins smashes his own Olympic record as he qualifies fastest for the next round of the individual pursuit in a time of 4:15.031 - the fifth fastest of all time.

1107: BRADLEY WIGGINS BREAKS INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT OLYMPIC RECORD

1104: Wiggins is on the track and looking awesome. They're a bit behind schedule at the velodrome. The next round of the men's team sprint was due to start at 1045 BST. It follows this individual pursuit qualifying, which is into the last heat.

1101: Oooh, how embarrassing. Chris in London texts in to point out that Venus and Serena Williams actually won their doubles match. I misread that. Sorreee.

1100: GOLD - Ukraine (men's individual archery)

1058: Individual pursuit still going at the cycling with Bradley Wiggins on the track next.
Blog - How Wiggins will ride the perfect pursuit

1054: Rare good news for Roger Federer at the tennis as he and Stan Wawrinka reach the semis of the men's doubles. The bad news is they face top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan next. Venus and Serena Williams, both knocked out of the singles yesterday, win their doubles 7-5 6-2 against Japan's Ayumi Morita and Ai Sugiyama.

1051: The whole of Singapore will be on the edge of their seats. Tianwei Feng leads 2-0 in the deciding set of the women's team table tennis against South Korea. She needs one more game to ensure her country wins its first medal since 1960.

Bronze medal boost for Britain
1045: Apologies folks, I must admit I'm living in a land of sailing confusion. Britain's Yngling crew are sure of at least bronze - but fifth place in race eight is a bit disappointing and they have a battle on their hands to make it gold. They've scrapped a couple of races because of the weather yesterday and they'll go straight into the medal race tomorrow, with Britain holding a slender one-point lead.

1045: BRITAIN'S YNGLING CREW GUARANTEED AT LEAST BRONZE IN SAILING

1042: Not long to go until we see Britain's men's sprint team back in action at the cycling. Jamie Staff set the fastest opening leg in history as Britain shattered the world record earlier today.

1035: We think Britain's Yngling crew of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson may also have just guaranteed themselves silver in the sailing. Just awaiting confirmation of that. Like Ben Ainslie though, it'll be a huge shock if they don't end up with the gold.

Gold medal
1031: Cao Lei's win in the women's 75kg category makes it a remarkable seven golds for China in the weightlifting. The two-time world champ broke three Olympic records on her way to victory. Alla Vazhenina of Kazakhstan won a tense battle for silver with Russian lifter Nadezda Evstyukhina.

1027: GOLD - China (women's 75kg weightlifting)

1026: "I got told yesterday I'd be riding this. It was a bit of a shock but I just got on with it really."
Steven Burke after his stunning Olympic debut

1023: Onto individual pursuit qualifying at the cycling, with gold medal favourite Bradley Wiggins up later. First though, Steven Burke sets a new lifetime best in 4:22.260, slicing a whopping nine seconds off his previous best. Yes, I know, nine. Astonishing.

1020: Yet more drama at the table tennis where South Korea's Dang Ye Seo beats Singapore's Yue Gu Wang to take the women's team semi-final into a deciding fifth rubber. Tense. Park Mi-Young for South Korea will face Singapore's Tianwei Feng.

Gold medal
1015: What a day for Slovakia at the Shunyi Olympic Park where Elena Kaliska picks up their second gold medal with victory in the women's K1 (single kayak) final. Australia's Jacqueline Lawrence with the silver ahead of Austria's Violetta Oblinger Peters.

1012: Don't know about you but I'm absolutely buzzing after that fabulous five minutes for Team GB. The British men's sprint team go again in the cycling at 1045 BST. The two quickest go into the final at 1145 BST. Superstar sailor Ben Ainslie has another race to come today when he will hope to consolidate first place in the Finn.

1006: GOLD - Slovakia (women's kayak single)

1001: France - who were favourites for gold in the men's team sprint - complete qualification with a time of 43.541 seconds. That's more than half a second slower than the Brits. Top eight into the next round at 1045 BST. I cannot flipping wait.

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It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0958: Britain's team of Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy smash the world record in qualifying for the men's team sprint final in a quite phenomenal time of 42.95 seconds. Marker very much laid down.

0957: BRITAIN BREAK WORLD RECORD IN MEN'S TEAM SPRINT CYCLING

British silver medal boost
0956: Britain's Ben Ainslie finishes second in the eighth Finn race over at the sailing and he will win silver at worst. With two races remaining, he will have high hopes of making it gold though.

0954: BRITAIN'S BEN AINSLIE GUARANTEED SILVER

0954: Mayhem at the sailing in Qingdao where yesterday's cancellations means the Star and Tornado classes actually cross mid-race. Crikey. No pile-up though.

0949: All sorts of drama at the velodrome as now Japan fail to finish qualifying in the men's team sprint, but they'll get another go because one of their riders snapped a chain.

0943: British pair Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson pass mark one in race one in the Star sailing class in fourth place and well positioned, with Sweden leading ahead of Poland and Portugal. Briton Ben Ainslie lies second in the Finn class past the third mark in his race, with Spain leading. Crucially, the three-time Olympic medallist's closest rival Zach Railey is in 19th place, meaning Ainslie could extend his lead at the top of the leaderboard going into race nine - the penultimate race ahead of Saturday's medal race.

0938: "It's time for a bit of relaxation and preparation for the last 2000m of the season - and also the fastest 2000m of the season."
Mark Hunter after he and Zac Purchase reached the lightweight double rowing final

Gold medal
0938: So gold in the C2 (canoe doubles) goes to Slovakian brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner, with Czechs Jaroslav Volf and Ondrej Stepanek second, and Mikhail Kuznetsov and Dmitry Larionov of Russia third.

0936: Over at the table tennis, Singapore win their doubles match in the women's team event to give them a 2-1 lead over South Korea. One win in the remaining two singles matches will guarantee Singapore their first Olympic medal since 1960 and only their second in history.

0931: What a start in the cycling. Poland are first out in qualifying in the men's team sprint and one of their riders goes sliding off the track after catching his team-mate's wheel. Dream over for Poland.

0925: GOLD - Slovakia (Men's canoe double)

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0925: And the good news keeps coming. At the rowing, Britain's lightweight four of Richard Chambers, James Lindsay Fynn, Paul Mattick and James Clarke come third in their semi, behind Olympic champions Denmark and France. That takes the total number of GB crews in finals to a magic 10.

0925: Ben Ainslie leads race eight in the Finn class as the sailing resumes at Qingdao.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0923: Rebecca Gallantree finishes 25th of the 30 competitors in qualifying for the women's 3m springboard diving. Only 18 go through to the final.

0916: Over at the rowing, China - one of the favourites for gold - are eliminated in the semi-finals of the men's lightweight four. GB go next.

0913: The tennis should be be under way with Federer's conqueror James Blake up against Chile's Fernando Gonzalez. That is followed by Safina v Jankovic, Nadal v Djokovic and a whole lot of doubles.

0909: Sailing update... Ben Ainslie is out on the water in the Finn class, but there will be no 49er action today because they share the same course as the windsurfers so they can't compete at the same time. So another day off for British crew Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes.

0904: Cuba's Yordenis Ugas, who would have been a big threat for Frankie Gavin if the British lightweight didn't have his feet up back in Brum having not made weight, cruises past Italy's Domenico Valentino in the second round of the boxing competition. Little bit depressing watching that to be honest.

0900: Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter - one of the British rowing team's best hopes for gold - go in the lightweight double sculls final at 0930 BST on Sunday. Definitely worth getting up for.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0857: Bit of history on the rowing lake as Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter ease through their lightweight double sculls semi to become the first Brits ever to reach an 'A' final in that event.

0853: After making a hash of the first two match points, Kim Kyung Ah takes the deciding fifth game with a rasping forehand. Top ping pong. That makes it 1-1 between Singapore and South Korea in the Davis Cup-style team competition. They're playing for a place in the final and a guaranteed medal.

0848: Our BBC commentator reckons this is the best table tennis match we've seen at these Games. South Korea's Kim Kyung Ah has match points against Singapore's Li Jia Wei...

0848: "We went into it thinking if we did our absolute best we migth be able to do it. Obviously we didn't put it together and we're really upset."
Hester Goodsell after GB's women's lightweight double fails to reach the final

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0843: Hester Goodsell and Helen Casey miss out on a place in the women's lightweight double sculls final as they finish fifth in their semi. Netherlands win it in a close one over Finland.

0836: The table tennis has gone to a deciding fifth game. Incredible atmosphere at the Peking University Gymnasium.

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0836: "Re 0827: I don't think Cuba's victory over USA in baseball is as big a deal as the Chinese victory. Cuba have fielded a team of top-level pros, whereas USA have the best minor league players and future prospects. It's like the German national football side beating England U-21s."
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0836: If you're a UK user, I urge you to click on the table tennis feed. It's mesmerising stuff - and now I know what a massive game this is in Singapore, I can't take my eyes off it. Singapore leading South Korea 2-1 in the best-of-five match.

0831: After yesterday's thunderstorms, more drama at the rowing where we have a slight delay as a bit of weed is removed from one of the women's lightweight doubles. What next?! BBC presenters Sir Steve Redgrave and John Inverdale begin their broadcast in those fabulous pac-a-macs which kept us all entertained yesterday, but they're just joshing - bright sunshine at the lake. Hurray!
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0830: "Re 0809: The table tennis you are watching... this is a very, very big game for Singapore; if they win this match, they are guaranteed a medal - Singapore's first for 40 years. I'm currently living here and the whole country has stopped to watch it! Brilliant!"
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0827: What on earth is going on in the baseball today? Cuba have beaten the USA 5-4, after China upset Taiwan 8-7.

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0817: "I've stayed up all night glued to the Olympics. My eyes are hurting and I have a stomach ache from too much caffeine. Worth it? Tell u after the cycling."
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It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0817: Britain's hopes of a medal in the judo are finally extinguished with confirmation that Karina Bryant will not enter the 78kg repechage after her conqueror lost in the next round. It's been a dismal games for Britain's judokas.

0809: I'm just watching a gripping match in the women's team table tennis. Quite incredible spins they're producing, something sadly lacking from my own ping-pong forays in my mate's garage back in the day.

0806: Encouraging signs from the sailing at Qingdao as the boats hit the water. Tornado races up first I think...

0756: Goodness, seismic shock in the baseball as China claim their first ever Olympics victory with an 8-7 win over rivals Taiwan. Hou Fenglian was the hosts' hero as he scored three runs with a line drive to seal glory.

0752: Bit of a lull in the action in Beijing. Let's formulate a schedule for later shall we? Rowing semi-finals from 0830 BST, cycling from 0930 BST with GB in with a chance of gold, swimming from 1133 BST (including gold medal hope David Davies in the 1500m freestyle heats), Sotherton in the shot put at 1200 BST and 200m at 1515 BST, 100m second round at 1245 BST, and the women's 10,000m final (Jo Pavey, Kate Reed) at 1545 BST.

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0747: Bad news from the Water Cube in the women's 3m springboard qualifying as Britain's Rebecca Gallantree makes an awful mess of one of her dives - almost belly-flopping into the pool by all accounts.

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0742: "Re 0731: I think a silver is more likely in the men's team sprint. They'll have to be on fire to beat the French!"
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0736: So after two events, Kelly Sotherton lies a rather disappointing fifth in the heptathlon. She'll be back at the Bird's Nest later for the shot put (1200 BST) and 200m (1515 BST). American Hyleas Fountain leads the way.

0731: I see British fortunes didn't turn around overnight. Never mind. That will all change come 0930 BST when Britain begin their golden campaign in the cycling men's team sprint. You mark my words.

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0725: It may have been a medal-less day for the Brits in Beijing so far but here's a prize for every single one of you...it's Caroline Cheese.

0721: "There seemed to be a complete lack of positive attacking judo from our judoka this olympics. There is obviously a place for counter fighting and of course grip fighting but looking back most of the great champions beat their opponent to the throw."
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0718: Before I leave you to Miss Cheese I'd like to know what you're looking forward to over the weekend. It's a massive two days in Beijing and I know you're all as excited as I am.

0716: The badminton men's doubles final line-up is complete and Kido & Setiawan (Indonesia) will meet Fu & Cai (China).

0715: There are over 30 medals to be won on day eight, tomorrow, and one of them sees Michael Phelps go for his seventh gold medal of the Games. Apparently Phelps has a picture of Mark Spitz winning his record seventh gold medal at Munich 1972 and written on the picture is the word "impossible". A motivating factor if ever I heard one.

0710: "I am hoping for 8 gold on day eight. Super Saturday. The sailing could seal those today, but the point being we could have 10 golds by Saturday evening."
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It's been quite some day so far but the fun is only just getting started. My wonderful colleague Caroline Cheese is going to guide you through proceedings and she'll be in position shortly.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0701: Another Brit bites the dust. And what a disappointing week it has been for the judo team. Karina Bryant has been beaten in her opening contest of the women's +78kg to Vanessa Zambotti. Bryant enters to repechage in a bid to claim bronze. The judo team has been heavily invested in and they have simply failed to deliver.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0700: A British gold medal in the team pursuit looks a better bet with the news that Brett Lancaster, a key rider for defending champions Australia, has had to pull out on the eve of competition.

The Australians say Lancaster's late, late withdrawal is due to fatigue from the Tour de France which finished on 27 July. "It's disappointing," said Australia's track endurance coach Ian McKenzie. "I regard him as one of the best team pursuiters in the world."

0655: Fountain fails with her final attempt at 1.92m in the high jump but has firmed up top spot in the heptathlon standings with a lifetime best jump of 1.89m. Wheeler falls at the same point but jumps from 18th to fourth overall and Britain's Kelly Sotherton falls only one place from fourth to fifth. The second Brit, Julie Hollman, is currently in 24th place.

0653: Back in the heptathlon high jump, Hyleas Fountain misses her first two attempts at 1.92m. The American and Kylie Wheeler are the last two heptathletes remaining in the event.

BBC Radio 5 Live
0651: I regret to inform you that the sailing has yet again been postponed. There is a real lack of wind down at Qingdao and there is a chance we might not see any action for a second day running.

" The wind is just not getting down to the surface," Stephen Park, Team GB's sailing team manager, told BBC Radio 5 Live. "We've got between 0-3mph of wind in every direction. We would expect to get some sailing on later on, between 3-4pm (0800 BST - 0900 BST).

"The problem is the Finn and Yngling have a time limit and we might not be able to get them out in time. That would mean Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pipper Wilson in the Yngling and Ben Ainslie in the Finn going into Saturday's finals in first place."

BBC Sport
0641: "Fountain didn't just scrape over with her first attempt at 1.89m, she cleared is with some ease," BBC commentator Paul Dickinson. Blonska misses her attempt at the same height.

0637: British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton throws her bag to the floor in disgust after failing with her final attempt at 1.86m. Sotherton knows her closest rivals have cleared it and that she is now losing a little ground on them. Hyleas Fountain consolidates her position at the top of the standings by flying over 1.89m.

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0635: "I hope our sailors and cyclists can keep their nerve. The Judokas and archery guys just seem to have bottled it."
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0634: China are guaranteed gold in the Olympic women's badminton tournament when World number one Xie Xingfang takes on Olympic defending champion Zhang Ning.

0630: America's Hyleas Fountain looks like something of a surprise in the heptathlon. She sailed over 1.86m at the first attempt and is really setting the pace following her fastest time in the 100m hurdles. Blonska has literally just gone over the same height and moved ahead of Sotherton in the standings. But Sotherton has missed her first two attempts and only has one more to go.

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0626: "Does anyone know how Karina Bryant is getting on in the judo?"
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0620: At the third attempt, heptathlete Sotherton clears 1.83m. Terrific stuff. There was a real air of confidence and authority about that. Nice one, Kelly.

0615: Mixed news from the heptathlon high jump. Julie Hollman has bowed out at 1.77m after missing three jumps at 1.80m. Kelly Sotherton is still in the running but has missed her opening attempted at 1.83m, and by some distance.

0612: "Not to sound like too much of a Negative Norman, but I'm beginning to feel like I've been hoodwinked by the BOA into thinking this was going to be an awesome games for Team GB. Looks to me like business as usual..."
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0606: Over to the National Indoor Stadium and Nastia Liukin of the United States wins the women's all-around gymnastics title ahead of compatriot Shawn Johnson, with China's Yang Yilin taking bronze. Liukin's father was a double gold medallist for the Soviet Union 20 years ago. Britain's Becky Downie finished a creditable joint-11th. Well done, young lady.

0605: "Mr Ornstein - you gotta put up sotherton's PBs so we know what she's aiming for."
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On the way DrKazza, on the way.

0600 BST: It is easy to see why Sotherton is so eager for gold in Beijing. She has been denied first place by the great Swede Carolina Kluft at event after even and, in Kluft's absence, this is her big chance. Russia's Tatyana Chernova and Blonska are set to be her closest rivals in what should be an enthralling battle.

0555: Following bronze medallist Kim Jong-su's positive drugs test (see 0454), the revised men's 10m air pistol overall results are as follows: 1. Pang Wei (China) 688.2 points, 2. Jin Jong-oh (South Korea) 684.5, 3. Jason Turner (United States) 682.0 SO

0553: Defending champion Zhang Ning guarantees China a gold medal in women's singles badminton on Friday by beating Maria Kristin Yulianti of Indonesia 2-0 in the semi-finals.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0552: Kelly Sotherton keeps pace with her rivals by clearing 1.80m. She doesn't look quite for comfortable this time but this is one of her favourite events and her good day continues.

0550: The heptathlon high jump is still going and both Hyleas Fountain, who posted the fastest time in the 100m hurdles, and Lyudmila Blonska look in particularly good form. The Ukrainian Blonska served a two-year ban after testing positive for steroids in 2003 and, if she was British, she would not be in Beijing, as Dwain Chambers knows all too well.

0541: The men's hockey is around and about the half-way stage in the group phase and the Netherlands, the Athens silver medallists, have gone top of Pool B after beating Canada 4-2. Reigning champions Australia lie second but have a game in hand. GB play South Africa at 1400 BST, needing a victory to keep alive their hopes of qualification.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0539: Kelly Sotherton's progress in the heptathlon continues. The 31-year-old cleared 1.77m at the first attempt and things are looking good.

0536: "What's going on in the table tennis" I hear you ask. Well, the United States beat Romania 3-1 and Japan defeated Austria 3-0 on for both teams remain in the running for a bronze medal in women's team table tennis.

0726: "I can't wait for the cycling to start and hopefully the medals it will bring with it, but I can't help but worry. All we can do is disappoint with so much expectation on the cyclists shoulders."
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BBC Radio 5 Live
0531: In the shooting, Jon Hammond finished a really disappointing 34th in the men's 50m rifle prone. Alan Wills, meanwhile, has just been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live and he was far from complementary of the Team GB archery coach. Wills claimed the coach stifled his personality and that had damaged his performance no end. The archers have failed miserably and there could be some serious fall out from this.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0516: Just as I suggested Becky Downie was down and out in the women's all around, the British gymnast absolutely nails the parallel bars, her favourite discipline. Downie rockets from 17th to fourth, although the big guns are yet to go.

0517: The Associated Press is reporting that Vietnam's Thi Ngan Thuong Do has failed a doping test. The gymnast finished in 82nd and last place in the women's floor exercises.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0516: Over in the national indoor stadium, meanwhile, Britain's Becky Downie is slipping quite far down the field in the women's all around gymnastics but she is one of many Team GB competitors gaining vital confidence and experience ahead of London



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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 - Friday 15 August
14 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Medals - Friday 15 August
11 Jul 08 |  Olympics
Results - Friday 15 August
22 Jul 08 |  Olympics
Olympics day six as it happened
14 Aug 08 |  Live action
Olympics day seven preview
14 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Team GB's roll of honour
13 Aug 08 |  Olympics


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