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Olympics day nine as it happened


By Ben Dirs

1630: Right ladies and gents, it's time to get out of here. Thanks for reading and getting involved, it's been pretty special. As for tomorrow, who knows or dares to dream? Peace and love and I'll see you tomorrow morning. Oi, any chance of a day off?

1623: Not sure Anthony (see below), although apparently he couldn't even put his own shoes on, so it must be bad. Right, Wonderful Weekend, as I like to call it, is almost at an end. Seventeen medals was the final GB tally, which is pretty extraordinary. Great Britain are up to third in the medals table, behind only China and the United States. Strewth.

"One of the British horses has been pulled out with a bad back? The team manager said the equine physio had looked at him. How do you know a horse has a bad back? And how does the physio keep him on the massage table?"
Anthony Walton, South Wales via text on 81111

1622: Britain's show jumping team sit fourth after the first round but there is concern over John Whitaker's mount, Peppermill, who did not jump because of a stiff back. The team are hopeful he will be fit for tomorrow's final which starts at 1215 BST.

1621: In the men's hockey, Australia and the Netherlands drew 2-2 in the battle of the unbeaten big boys. After GB's 1-1 draw with Canada, Britain only have an outside chance of progressing. They'd have to have a big win over the Aussies on Tuesday and hope for a big Netherlands loss to Pakistan.

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1619: GOLD Cameroon's Francoise Mbango wins triple jump gold after jumping 15.39m - a new Olympic record. World champion Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia, the reigning Olympic long jump champion, was second with 15.32m. Greece's Hrysopiyi Devetzi jumped 15.23m for bronze.

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It's good news for GB at the Olympics
It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1616: Bekele's new Olympic record is 27:01.17. Two-time champion Haile Gebrselassie tried to go with his team-mates to make it a one-two-three, but he just didn't have the legs of old. Great news from the men's high-jump: we've got three into the final, Germaine Mason, Tom Parsons and Martyn Bernard. Three up arrows? Oh yes...

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1612: Ethiopia have done it again, the Kenyans have no answer: Kenenisa Bekele claims gold, with team-mate Sileshi Sihine in second. New Olympic record for the defending champion, and that looked pretty easy for him to be honest. Kenya's Micah Kogo finishes in third.

1610: We're down to three Kenyans, three Ethiopians and an Eritrean with one lap to go and Bekele attacks at the bell...

1611: Three laps to go, and the leading group is down to seven - Bekele still leads and Kidane Tadesse of Eritrea and two-time champion Gebrselassie is still there too.

1608: A group of 10 have moved away from the rest - it includes three Kenyans, three Ethiopians and Kidane Tadesse of Eritrea, who is trying to drop a few runners off the back by injecting some extra pace. He doesn't succeed however, and Bekele takes over at the front - he's looking mean.

1603: Masai of Kenya's had enough of all this fannying about and hits the front. But he doesn't last long before Gebrselassie takes over.. and here's Mathathi of Kenya taking it on... things getting stretched now with eight laps to go in the men's 10000m final.

1600: Ah, the Great Haul of China - here's a rundown of all SEVENTEEN Team GB medals from a thrilling Olympic weekend.

1557: The pre-race game-plan of the Eritreans hasn't really worked, they've dropped down to 69-second laps and they're coming up to the 5000m point. Body art update: GB's bronze medallist Louis Smith rewarded himself recently with a tattoo which says 'What I deserve'. Smith's eyeing up some more work after his efforts on Sunday. He says: "I think all the work I've done has paid off. I'm going to get the Olympic rings next but I'm not sure where I'm going to put those."

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1555: "'Saw Sharron Davies presenting the swimming the other day, she don't look a day over 25. Just lovely.' Quoting one of a group of men sat behind me watching cricket at the County Ground in Taunton."
Ellen via text on 81111

1553: "It's cool, there's a breeze - it's perfect conditions for a 10000m race."
BBC's Steve Cram sees the start of the 10,000m

1545: It's time for the men's 10000m final and we've got 39 men in the field. The always smiling Haile Gebrselassie, probably the greatest distance runner of all time, is in the field and he's chasing his third gold. Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia won in Athens four years ago, and he's also racing tonight. It's the two Eritreans setting a hard pace, and they're probably going to sacrifice themselves to give compatriot Kidane Tadesse a chance of going for gold. He became the first man in a long time to beat Bekele in the World Cross Country Champs last year.

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1542: "I'm very excited. I've talked to my mum every day since I've been here. Banana dumpling has produced the top three."
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser after winning the 100m

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1540: Here's a spot of show jumping - Great Britain are currently third after three of their rounds, with John Whitaker still to go. GB have 16 points, Sweden are in second with 13 and Swtizerland are in first with 12.

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1535: "That was absolutely unreal. I've lived my childhood dream. I'm shocked and really really happy. I took my dad's advice - he told me to run, run, run. It's been a fantastic year for me and now I just want to bring it home in 2012."
GB's Jeanette Kwakye after getting sixth place in the 100m final

1530: Fraser's time was actually 10.78, while fellow Jamaicans Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart have been given joint second with 10.98. Lauryn Williams of America was fourth, Muna Lee of America was fifth, Kwakye sixth, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas seventh and Torri Edwards of America eighth.

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1527: That's the first time there's ever been a clean-sweep in the final of the women's 100m and Great Britain's Jeanette Kwakye had a good race, running 11.14, but finished back in sixth. Great effort to make the final though, she should be very proud of herself.


1523: Muna Lee is the American 100m champion, but it's Fraser who looks the more relaxed on the line. Almost, dare I say it, as relaxed as compatriot Usain Bolt yesterday. No Jamaican has ever won this title, as in the men's final before Bolt's triumph yesterday. Kwakye is GB's first finalist for 24 years.

1520: It's almost time for the women's 100m final - Jeanette Kwakye goes for Team GB out in lane nine. Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica is the favourite, Kwakye the only European to make the final.

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"I'm not sure that it's fair to count 1908. Our three tug of war medals are undoubtedly impressive, however in rackets we were the only country that actually competed making us strong favourites to take the medal."
Sam via text on 81111

1517: "That heat was stacked. You name anybody who'd be in the shout for a medal and they were there. That was my final. And now I'm there. This is what it's all about - Great Britain and an Olympic final."
GB's Andy Baddeley after qualifying for the 1500m final

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"We are immensely proud of what they have achieved so far, and inspired by their performance. Our Olympians' talent and dedication represent the very best of Britain, and we look forward to another great week of British sporting success."
Would you believe it? Prime Minister Gordon Brown gets in on the act

1514: And there you were wondering what had happened to the women's beach volleyball. Patience I tell you. Latest quarter-final results:
Renata Ribeiro/Talita (Brazil) beat Tamsin Barnett/Natalie Cook (Australia) 24-22 21-14
Xue Chen/Zhang Xi (China) beat Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs (U.S.) 21-17 21-13
Tian Jia/Wang Jie (China) beat Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger (Austria) 21-12 21-12
Kerri Walsh/Misty May-Treanor (U.S.) beat Ana Paula/Larissa (Brazil) 21-18 21-15

1513: Baddeley finished third in that semi, clocking 3:37.47 behind Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain (3:37.11) and Mehdi Baala of France. Augustine Choge of Kenya and Nicholas Willis of New Zealand also qualified.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
"We are immensely proud of what they have achieved so far, and inspired by their performance. Our Olympians' talent and dedication represent the very best of Britain, and we look forward to another great week of British sporting success."
Would you believe it? Prime Minister Gordon Brown gets in on the act

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1508: That's a tremendous run from Andy Baddeley, well done my son! He got himself boxed on the final lap, but found a hole and punched his way through. Rashid Ramzi cranked it up round the final bend and Baddeley was able to go with him, holding his nerve down the home straight and finishing in second or third to make the 1500m final.

1506: Things are hotting up in the women's triple jump. Cameroon's Francoise Mbango Etone flies over 15m, and then Greece's Hrysopiyi Devetzi jumps a massive 15.23m. Jonathan Edwards is getting uncontrollable in the commentary box.

1500: The first men's 1500m semi-final has been run and it's Asbel Kiprop of Kenya who brings them home in 3:37.04, Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco is second, Spain's Juan Carlos Higuero is third, Christian Obrist of Germany is fourth and Belal Ali of Bahrain qualifies in fifth. Andy Baddeley of the Workers' Republic of Team GB is in the next heat, and he's got a stinker.

1458: China's Guo Jingjing is now the most decorated female diver with her sixth career medal after winning the 3m springboard final. Russia's Julia Pakhalina won silver and China's Wu Minxia got bronze.

Gold medal
GOLD China's Guo Jingjing wins the women's three-metre platform diving gold.

1450: Bit of boxing: Thai Manus Boonjumnong beat Kazakhstan's Serik Sapiyev to stay on course for successive Olympic titles in the light-welterweight category. The boxer rose to fame after Athens when, according to media reports, he squandered $600,000 worth of bonuses on women, gambling and drinking, prompting his pregnant wife to leave him. Here's America's heavyweight hope Deontay Wilder in action against Mohammed Arjaoui of Morocco. The winner fights for a medal, and America could do with that, they've had a calamitous tournament.

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"I'm a little confused. The BBC TV coverage keeps telling me that 15 gold medals is our all-time best at any Olympics, but the IOC website tells me that we won 56 golds at the 1908 games in London, and 15 in the 1920 games in Antwerp. Am I going mad?"
Doug, Surbiton via text on 81111

Gold medal
1447: GOLD China's Lin Dan wins gold in the men's singles badminton after beating Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei.

1446: Lijie Miao's 21 points took China to victory over the Czech Republic 79-63 in women's basketball. The quarter-final line-up is USA v South Korea, China v Belarus, Russia v Spain and world champions Australia v Czech Republic.

Event info goes here.1444: It's the first time the women's steeplechase has been run at the Olympics and Russia's Gulnara Galkina-Samitova become the first woman to run under nine minutes with a time of 8:58.81. Kenya's Eunice Jepkorir just pips Russia's Ekaterina Volkova to the silver medal.

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1440: H? Is that the chap from Steps? The women's 3000m steeplechase is approaching its climax and the world record holder looks in pretty good nick out front - Galkina-Samitova looks like she's going to romp this...

"I've got a big girlie crush on Dirsy!"
H, London via text on 81111

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GOLD South Korea's Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung win gold in the badminton mixed doubles by beating top seeds Nova Widianto and Liliyana of Indonesia (conquerors of GB's Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson) in straight sets.

1434: It's the final of the women's 3000m steeplechase, they're on the track now. Meanwhile, I have discovered that Great Britain are yet to go in the show-jumping - they're in the third session which starts at 1440 BST.

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1432: "This is the greatest weekend in British Olympic history. We haven't delivered at this level of consistency across some of the sports which I would call the formula one sports for many, many generations."
BOA chairman Lord Moynihan on BBC World News

1425: "It's more than my best dreams so I want to enjoy the moment. I know how difficult it is to win these things, especially here. Winning here for me is unbelievable."
Rafa Nadal after winning gold

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1422: "I'm really disappointed because I thought I could do it again. I'm going to take a day to recover and then come back for the relay."
Nicola Sanders after struggling in the 400m heats.

1424: Sorry about that Rab, I'd just got so used to putting in uppy Union Jacks, that was all. A few texts in asking me to update you on the show jumping: I'll have a rummage around and see if I can pull out a plum for you.

"Ben, why does Lee McConnell getting knocked out of the 400m warrant an uppy Union Jack?"
Yours, Rab C Nesbitt via text on 81111

1420:"I'm feeling really great. I'm happy to win the heat and happy to go under 50."
Sanya Richards is the fastest 400m qualifier in 49.90s

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1416: Nicola Sanders goes out of her heat - she can only finish in fourth and is not quick enough to nab a fastest loser spot. She's had a tough, injury-filled season and just didn't have it in the tank down the home straight. Yulia Gushchina of Russia wins the heat in 50.48, Amantle Montsho of Botswana is second and Rosemarie Whyte of Jamaica grabs a fastest loser spot.

1415: Following the bronze from Louis Smith, here's a few gymnastics facts for GB. Britain's gymnasts have won Olympic Games medals on three previous occasions.
- Walter Tysal picked up a silver in the individual all-around.
- the men's team picked up bronze in Stockholm.
- in Amsterdam the GB women won team bronze.

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1411: Lee McConnell runs 52.11, slower than in her first round heat, and she goes out. Sanya Richards of America looks smooth as she wins the heat in 49.90 ahead of Russia's Anastasiya Kapachinskaya. Jamaica's Novlene Williams, bronze medallist in Athens, is out.

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"This was a very smart run on her part. It wasn't a great start. She didn't panic but she knows she's a strong athlete. Great job."
Michael Johnson on BBC One

1405: Apologies to Lee McConnell - the Scot goes in heat two, Nicola Sanders of High Wycombe goes in heat three. Yes Citizen Paul (see below), you're right, I use the term 'Team GB' because I don't want to offend ethnic minorities, nothing to do with the fact that Team GB is easier to write at speed than Graet Britian. Has anyone seen my beret?

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1404: "I can't believe it. I'm speechless. My training's been going awesome. I finished my routine and I just wanted to collapse. I've never felt like this before."
Louis Smith after winning gymnastics bronze

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1402: To the Bird's Nest, where Usain Bolt is being presented with his gold medal. He doesn't quite do a Daley and whistle his national anthem, but still looks like he couldn't give a monkey's. And here's Christine Ohuruogu, the world champion, in the first women's 400m semi-final, and that's a marked improvement on her first round effort - she looks very comfortable and surges through to the final in first place. Nicola Sanders goes in a moment.

1355: "I have worked out why you continue to use the horrendous term 'Team GB': it's politically incorrect to use the word 'Great' as it's seen as offensive to many minority ethnic groups, at least according to the trendy left-wing socialists who run the BBC."
Paul, Cheshire via text on 81111

1353: Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China have knocked Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh out of the Olympic beach volleyball quarter-finals, ending the chances of an all-American final. Earlier, Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor advanced to the final four with a straight-sets victory over Brazilians Ana Paula and Larissa.

1348: In women's basketball, China lead the Czech Republic 41-25 at half-time with the aid of 12 points from Lijie Miao. Both teams have already qualified but, crucially, the winner of this game avoids World champs Australia in the quarter-finals. To those of you still upset that we didn't show Rafa being presented with his medal, I can only apologise. I can only imagine that the TV editors decided there was more value in screening live action than a medal cermony.

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1337: Stud is absolutely convinced Great Britain have won bronze in the 49er class and keeps on texting me to upbraid me for not telling the rest of you. Yes, Stud, you're right, Britain won bronze (...they didn't, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes came ninth). News from Andrew Cotter who's at the weightlifting: "Kazakhstan's first gold medal of the Games goes to 20-year-old Ilya Ilin in the men's 94kg category, lifting a total of 406kg. Kazakhstan's athletes were on a promise of $250,000 for a gold medal. Happy Happy Ilya."

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GOLD in the hammer: Slovenia's Primoz Kozmus grabs gold with a throw of 82.02m. Belarus thrower Vadim Devyatovskiy gets silver, and team-mate Ivan Tsikhan wins bronze with 81.51m. We think that is Slovenia's first ever Olympic track and field medal.

1334: 100m hurdles update: Sorry folks - here's the qualifiers: Josephine Nnkiruka Onyia (Spain), Susanna Kallur (Sweden), Nevin Yanit (Turkey), Aurelia Trywianska (Poland), Vonnette Dixon (Jamaica), Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (Canada), Damu Cherry (U.S.), Carolin Nytra (Germany), Delloreen Ennis-London (Jamaica), Sally McLellan (Australia), Sarah Claxton (Britain), Lolo Jones (U.S.), Anay Tejeda (Cuba), Reina Flor Okori (France), Brigitte Foster-Hylton (Jamaica), Dawn Harper (US)

1328: Jamaica's Melaine Walker wins heat three of the women's 400m hurdles, with America's Queen Quedith Harrison just squeaking through in fourth. Walker's technique was all over the shop, and replays reveal the lace on her left spike was undone.

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1324: "I'm really pleased to be here. I know it's only round one but I'm thankful I'm on the team. I've been in no man's land for a few weeks."
GB's Tasha Danvers after a magic effort in the 400m hurdles

1322: "How can you not show Rafa Nadal getting his gold medal? Disgusting," texts a very angry man. Erm, it's on the red button now.

1318: "That was amazing. There was no other option for me today but to get into that final and I've done it. I knew I had it in me to get to the final and it has been my little secret target for the season and I'm absolutely chuffed that I did it."
GB's Jeanette Kwakye, who was 0.01s outside her 100m PB

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1317: We can't rest on our laurels I'm afraid - it's over to the Bird's Nest for the women's 400m hurdles heats. Tasha Danvers of Great Britain is in heat two and she's delivered a blistering performance - she goes off strong, is technically sound and just when it looks as though she might be reeled back in, she stays strong and crosses in a very respectable time indeed.

1311: Louis Smith, only 19-years-old, is the first Briton for 100 years to win an individual gymnastics medal on the pommel. China's Xiao Qin takes gold, the Croatian just pipped him for the silver. Tremendous stuff from the Peterborough gymnast.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1302: It's Ben Ainslie picking up his third Olympic gold in Qingdao. You know what, God Save the Queen is growing on me. And it just keeps getting better and better and better: Louis Smith puts in a stormer on the pommel and lies in silver position. He's guaranteed a medal, and no British gymnast has ever won one before.

1300: Back to the men's fencing sabre team competition. Gold won by France (Nicolas Lopez, Julien Pillet, Boris Sanson), silver won by the US (Tim Morehouse, Jason Rogers, Keeth Smart, James Williams) and bronze goes to Italy (Aldo Montano, Diego Occhiuzzi, Giampiero Pastore, Luigi Tarantino).

1255: "I've definitely got more to come because that race was quite messy and I hit two of the hurdles so I know I can do better in the semi-final."
Sarah Claxton after making the 100m hurdles semi-finals

1256: Great performance that by Kwakye - she finishes third in her heat behind Kerron Stewart of Jamaica, who clocked a fairly modest 11.15 seconds, Torri Edwards of America, who had a stinker, and ahead of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas. Now she's there, who knows or dares to dream? Three Jamaicans, three Americans, a Brit and a Bahamian in the final, which is at roughly 1525 BST.

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1254: GOLD for the boy Nadal. Rafa beats Chile's Fernando Gonzalez 6-3 7-6 6-3 to win gold for Spain. And what a run by Kwakye! She comes exploding out of the blocks and holds it together to qualify for the final. When was the last time a British woman made the final of the 100m?

1250: Nadal is serving to become men's singles tennis champion, at the same time as Britain's Jeanette Kwakye prepares to go in the semis of the women's 100m.

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1247: Hello! me again, and it's straight into the women's 100m semis... and it's two Jamaicans and two Americans through to the final: Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamacia wins it in 11.00, Muna Lee of America is second, Lauryn Williams of America is third and Sherone Simpson of Jamaica is fourth.

1242: Belarus hammer thrower Vadim Devyatovskiy whacks in a 81.61m throw. Talk about grunting.

1237: How's Nadal getting on? I hear you cry. Well I'll tell you. He's 4-2 up in the third set and two sets up. Those Spanish flags (can these be waved upside down?) will be waggling in about 11 minutes I reckon.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
Women's 100m hurdles update: One of the hurdlers (name to come in a bit) clatters the first hurdle and Sarah Claxton makes the next round. Get in there.

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1229: GOLD North Korea's Hong Un Jong wins women's gymnastics vault gold.

1228: HAMMER-TIME. The men's hammer final is under way and Slovenia's Primoz Kozmus hurls 79.47m. That's a good throw I'm told.

1224: One more 100m hurdles heat left and Sarah Claxton has still got her nose in the next round.

1222: TENNIS UPDATE: Nadal is two sets up and 2-1. Just keeping it interesting for us wasn't he? He's sniffing gold.

1218: Right calm down. Dirsy's cheesy baguette is all over my keyboard and my typing is all over the place. Normality resumes.

1217: Claxton's home in 12.97s. She'll have to wait to see.

1214: After all the GB medals earlier, what can the British athletes do? Sarah Claxton is up in the next 100m hurdles heats. She's got it all to do.

1211: Athletics is under way. It's the women's 100m hurdles heats. Spain's Josephine Nnkiruka Onyia and Sweden's Susanna Kallur qualify from the opener.

1208: Zou Kai FACT (Chinese winner of the men's gymnastics floor exercise): After the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008, Zou initially lost contact with his family who were living in Luzhou and was eager to return home to find his parents. They contacted him before he left and he continued his training.

1200: Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, like so many before him, wilts having flown too close to the sun, blowing two second set points before Rafa Nadal whips a forehand winner down the line to save. Off for a sanger now! Mark Ashenden it is replacing me.

"This is just brilliant, I keep refreshing the medal table. First time in 22 years of watching the Summer Games that I've seen us above Germany - GERMANY! These guys used to kill us. What a team performance!"
Graham via text on 81111

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1155: Sensational stuff from Ed Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins in the first round of the men's team pursuit - they smash the world record to smithereens and they'll face Denmark in the final tomorrow - looks like yet another gold for GB in the velodrome. It's New Zealand versus Australia for the bronze.


1152: Great Britain chase Russia down and they're inside world record pace with 500m to go... they lose Wiggins, but that shouldn't make a difference...

1151: Here's the first round proper of the men's team pursuit, and it's Bradley Wiggins and Co in action for Britain. They've got the Russians, and they're already 1.4 seconds after 1km, and they're inside world record pace.

1148: Gymnastics coming up: it's the women's vault final starting in a few minutes, and then it's time to get your upside down Union Jack out as GB's Louis Smith goes for gold in the men's pommel from 1229 BST. He's pretty handy and looked mustard in qualifying.

1144: Drama in the 49er! Denmark's Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen face an anxious wait to see if they can hang on to Olympic 49er gold after a medal race of high theatre. The Danes are subject to a protest by the race committee after borrowing the Croatian team's boat to sail after their own mast broke on the way to the start. I know nothing about sailing, but that doesn't seem right to me.

1138: On the telly, Clare Balding says you can email the BBC with your designs for a 'Michael Phelps' flag. If he was a country, he'd be sixth in the medals table, just behind Japan. The address is If Michael Phelps was a country, what would its capital be I wonder? His left small toenail would be the equivalent of Staines.

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1135: It's going with serve in the second set of the men's tennis final - Rafa Nadal took the first set 6-3 against Chile's Fernando Gonzalez. Confirmation of the men's floor final results: Zou Kai of China took gold, Gervasio Deferr of Spain took silver and Russia's Anton Golotsutskov got the bronze.

1132: In hoops, Brazil finished off their group matches with a win - 68-53 over Belarus with Kelly Santos hitting 14 points - but it's the Belarussians who make the quarter-finals - finishing third in their pool behind Australia and Russia. Brazil are heading to the airport.

1127: It's class warfare on the Olympic live! If you are to believe the Daily Mail, the only thing the working classes are good at is stabbing one another. Maybe we could make that a demonstration sport in 2012? Gymnastics, and we've got the men's floor final happening, and it's another gold for China, Zou Kai doing the business for the hosts.

"To James Jones (see below), perhaps the working-classes should start trying a bit harder at boxing, running, and whatever else they are good at."
Alex Cross via text on 81111

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1119: More gold for China in the women's freestyle wrestling. Jiao Wang wins the -72kg category, beating Bulgaria's Stanka Zlateva. Japan's Kyoko Hamaguchi and Poland's Agnieszka Wieszczek share bronze. James Jones - curl up into a ball and cover your miserable little face, you're getting a kicking.

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"James Jones (see below) is such a damp squib. Every country makes the most of its advantages. The Kenyan and Ethiopian runners live at altitude but that doesn't make their distance medals worth any less. The Slovakians won all the canoe white water golds, it is their national sport. Same with many disciplines. Every medal is worth its weight in gold."
Menna via text on 81111

1118: Please Adrian, tell me you're not really bothered that people have been holding the British flag upside down. Next there will be people writing in to lament the fact that the women in the equestrian events no longer ride side-saddle. I'm off for a quick two minutes break... no I'm not, I've got some wrestling to tell you about, and another gold for China...

"Why are we seeing so many upside down Union Flags? Look in the velodrome crowd and even Rebecca Adlington's sister in an interview on the BBC. Doe n't anyone know how to fly our flag?"
Adrian, Bishops Stortford, via text on 81111

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"Can't help noticing the success to date has come from the posh sports. Track cycling is very much a minority sport and only the countries that can afford to pump in millions will feature in the future. But hey, we will all be sucked up into the euphoria and watch the golden boys and girls make a small fortune. Just like students they should now be able to pay back their grants!"
James Jones via text on 81111

1107: Rafa Nadal takes the first set of the men's singles final against Chile's Fernando Gonzalez 6-3. "Actually, I have found Anon's comments throughout the Olympics to be inappropriate," texts in Jack from Teddington, which made me giggle.

1101: From the sublime to the ridiculous: here's two Black Country boys acting the goat in the Olympic boxing ring. Chubby chap Adrian Chiles in the blue corner, former Olympic bronze medallist and super-middleweight world champion Richie Woodhall in the red. Meanwhile, back in the real world, we've got action in the light-welterweight quarters today, the welterweight quarters and the heavyweight quarters - alas, no Brits in action.

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"We have been mentally rehearsing for this for the last two days. We knew if we went out there and did it well, we'd have a chance of winning."
Yngling sailor Sarah Ayton on GB's gold

1055: We've got Nick Skelton, Tim Stockdale and Ben Maher going for Britain in the show jumping from 1440 BST. Skelton is riding a horse called Russel, which begs a very obvious question: is it dignified to give an animal a human name? Track and field kicks off at roughly 1200 - the big ones Great Britain-wise are the women's 400m semi-finals, with Christine Ohuruogu in semi-final one and Nicola Sanders in semi-final three.

"There are more nip-and-tuck affairs here than at the Porn Oscars. That men's eight race was another cracker. You can't really begrudge the Canadians, can you? Nice bunch. So that's 2-2-2 for us here, which makes Shunyi a British lake. Hurrah!"
BBC Sport's Matt Slater in Beijing

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1048: "That was another heartstopper. Well done Canada! I told you earlier they were on the one was to deny them today. Sorry chaps, see you in London..."
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1045: Back at the velodrome, reigning world champion Victoria Pendleton coasts through her first race in the women's sprint. She made it look as if her Japanese opponent was giving someone a backy.

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"It's sad that we have people like Anon (see below) posting messages on here. The quad girls have every right to look disappointed, the gold was the pinnacle for them! Too many times we have seen Brits settle for second best but it's refreshing to see such passion."
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1036: Boom boom. Just a reminder that the athletics gets going at 1200 BST. It's the women's 100m heats, the hammer final, women's steeplechase, GB's Adam Baddeley in the 1500m semis, and the men's 10,000m final. Rafa Nadal is out on court with Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, and he's shot into an early 2-0 lead in the first set of the men's tennis final.

British silver medal boost
1035: The British crew grit their teeth and it's a dogfight for the silver medal with the United States... Canada are coming under immense pressure... but the Canadians hold on, Great Britain take second, the United States take third. Great finish that, and just for a few moments there it looked like GB might snatch the gold on the line. Sterling effort however from the Brits, and that was some effort to hold off defending champions America.

1034: Here come the United States, moving alongside Great Britain, but no-one's going to catch Canada... or are they? Canada appear to have hit a wall... no they haven't, they're holding firm out ahead...

1033: As expected, Canada go off fast, but the Brits don't give them too much rope. Still, the Canadians look immense out front and they're ahead at the 500m mark - and that usually means they'll win it.

1031: The men's eight crews are on the start line. Sir Steve Redgrave has got a beef with the Canadian crew - they've been the form crew over the last two years and they've been swaggering a bit too much for Redders' liking. The Brits are big gold medal hopes in this one.

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1026: "I knew it was in me. A week ago it wasn't. Gold medals don't come easy. When I was crossing the line I had to check it was me."
Rebecca Romero after winning gold in the individual pursuit.

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"Well done Sir Steve - puts down his microphone and hugs and talks in a huddle with the quad girls. Much better than another unnecessary interview. Well done Sir Steve and well done the quad girls!"
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"Sad the women's quad could not show some grace at the medal ceremony. For God's sake, they embarrassed themselves after the race, as did the BBC commentaters who played to it. They won silver and were beaten by a better crew. Enjoy it."
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Gold medal
Gold medal
1020: Japan's five-time world champion Kaori Icho has retained her women's wrestling 63kg, Spain take gold in sailing, in the 49er class. Dame Mary Peters, of course, won gold in 1972, not 1976 as I said below.

Gold medal
1016: GOLD The US win gold in the women's rowing eights, ahead of the Netherlands in second and Romania in third. Great Britain's crew, ravaged by illness on the morning of the race, finish well back in fifth.

Gold medal boost for GB
British silver medal boost
1015: Rebecca Romero takes gold in the final of the women's pursuit, ahead of team-mate Wendy Houvenaghel - gold and silver for Britain and Romero becomes the first Brit to win medals in two different sports.

1013: World champion Romero has gone out like a bullet and she's well up on Houvenaghel after 2250m - 2.7 seconds in fact...

1011: They're under way in the final of the women's eight, where GB's depleted team have only an outside chance of a medal. I'll keep you posted, but here's Romero v Houvenaghel in the final of the women's pursuit. If Houvenaghel wins this, she becomes Northern Ireland's first Olympic champion since Dame Mary Peters in 1976.

1008: I'm watching the bronze medal race in the women's pursuit, and we'll have Romero v Houvenaghel in just a moment. At the same time, I'm keeping half an eye on the final of the women's eight.

1002: TABLE TENNIS update: South Korea claim bronze in the women's table tennis after seeing off Japan 3-0.

0959: Rebecca Romero of Carshalton has already made history at this Olympics - she's the first Brit to win medals in two different sports. She claimed silver in women's quad sculls rowing in Athens and is going for gold against fellow Brit Wendy Houvenaghel, who's liquid smooth on a bike.

BBC Sport
0958: "We all believed we could do it. We just let it slip away at the end. We gave 100% but we just didn't get it right."
Katherine Grainger on another silver in the women's quad sculls

0954: Back to the velodrome now and if you're fans of Tom and Jerry, you'll like the men's sprint - Scottish legend Chris Hoy wins his first race with ease and Jason Kenny follows him through. Peachy.

0951: John Inverdale has the unenviable task of interviewing GB's women's quad sculls silver medallists. Not easy, not really sure what to say about that, the devastation hung thick in the air. For GB fans, we've got more medals coming up at 1005 - it's a shoot-out between Rebecca Romero and Wendy Houvenaghel in the final of the women's pursuit.

BBC Sport
0951: "I'm speechless. It felt like this medal race would never come. It's three years of hard work and I'm a very happy man. Strong winds and rain today but it's what I was hoping for."
Ben Ainslie on his third Olympic gold

BBC Sport
"The British girls were looking good, relaxed and in control, but China were fantastic. One silver medal is a great achievement but if you keep getting them, it must be devastating."
Sir Steve Redgrave on Katherine Grainger's medal haul

Gold medal
0947: Elena Dementieva has beaten fellow Russian Dinara Safina 3-6 7-5 6-3 to win the women's singles tennis gold medal.

0945: Not such high hopes for Great Britain in the final of the women's eight. Natasha Howard and Alison Knowles have both pulled out of the race because of illness. Alice Freeman and Louisa Reeve, who raced in the women's pair final yesterday, have been drafted in - both are experienced in the eight, having been members of the crew last year, but the late disruption to the boat's engine room is still considerable.

0943: "This place, the rowing lake, has gone utterly bongo! Hard lines for Kit Grainger and Co, it looked nailed on at 1500m, but that was a superb finish by the Chinese. Hats off and all that."
BBC Sport's Matt Slater in Beijing

0940: Devastation for Katherine Grainger, that's her third Olympic silver. But don't get too down ladies and gents, we've still got medal hopes in rowing's Blue Riband event, the men's eights, which is coming up at 1030 BST.

British silver medal boost
0937: China deny Great Britain, huge disappoinment for Annie Vernon, Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Katherine Grainger, who take silver in the final of the women's quad sculls. Choker for Great Britain, there were real expectations that they could win the first gold for British women rowers at the Olympics. But that was some row by the Chinese - they timed their run to perfection and that's the hosts' first ever rowing gold.

0936: China nipping at GB's toes, but the British foursome respond... Grainger claimed silver in Athens, it would shatter her not to win gold this time out... the Chinese are coming, GB can't shake them off...

0934: GB go off like a train in the final of the women's quad sculls, but China reel them in to within a second at the halfway mark... this isn't going to be plain-sailing...

0930: Great Britain's heavily-tipped foursome of Annie Vernon, Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Katherine Grainger are off in the final of the women's quad sculls. They're after GB's first ever gold in a women's Olympic regatta.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
It's good news for GB at the Olympics
It's good news for GB at the Olympics
It's good news for GB at the Olympics
It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0926: God Save the Queen once again down at the Shinyu rowing lake as Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are given their gold medals, and there's Ben Ainslie flying the Union Jack on the choppy waters of Qingdao - and there's a shot of the medals table. Third. Weird. When was the last time that happened? 1908? You think I'm joking... I'm so excited, I'm going to put five GB 'up' arrows in. No-one minds do they?

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0923: "It's great to be British! Brilliant weekend for the watery and wheelie sports. Excellent results in the pool, the rowing, the cycling and the sailing. But we do need to sort out our track and field."
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Gold medal boost for GB
0920: BEN AINSLIE TAKES GOLD FOR GREAT BRITAIN! The Finn class sailing legend soars over the line in incredibly choppy waterS, winning the medal race by some distance, with US rival Zach Railey trailing far behind. It's Ainslie's third Olympic gold, and he made that look easy. Even more remarkable, that medal catapults Great Britain up to third in the medals table. Odd.

Gold medal
0917: Disappointment for Great Britain in the final of the men's lightweight four, they come home in fifth. They are the reigning world champions, but they couldn't live with the pace there, the Danish pair made that brutal. Poland came through fast for second and Canada took bronze.

BBC Sport
0916: "That was amazing. I want to see that flag go up. That's all I've ever wanted to see since I've started rowing. It's the most amazing thing I've ever done."
Mark Hunter on winning the lightweight double sculls

0915: GB looking good and they've just pushed through Canada into third, but Denmark are absolutely marmalising the field, they're way out ahead. GB still third with 500m left, but it's a real dogfight back there, with Canada, Poland and France also in the mix...

0910: Elena Dementieva has taken the second set of the women's singles final against fellow Russian Dinara Safina 7-5 to take it to a decider. And here go the British lads in the final of the men's lightweight four - Richard Chambers, James Lindsay Fynn, Paul Mattick and James Clarke in the boat.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0909: There's the BBC's Rob Walker riding some choppy waves in Qingdao - it looks very dramatic out there, as if the skies are about to fall into the water. But Ben Ainslie is ripping it up in the Finn medal race - he's not mucking about this time and has decided he's going to take gold in style, hitting the front and probably staying there. Another gold on its way for Great Britain...

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0903: "That puts us above the Aussies!! Kylie Minogue, Dame Edna Everage, John Howard, Crocodile Dundee, Ricky Ponting.... Can you hear me Ricky Ponting. Your boys are taking one hell of a beating!!!!"
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0901: Mark Hunter has lost his legs and hit the deck! But he's soon up again and manages a funny face for the cameras as he's dragged towards John Inverdale for some post-race tittle-tattle. Hunter looks and sounds more like an old sea dog who's had one too many than a man who's just won an Olympic title.

0900: "Another great day in store today me thinks. One gold on the board already. Pity about Paula, but then she was really up against it from the start. Gold for Ainslie today I think, and some more medals from the Veledrome will be nice!"
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Gold medal boost for GB
0858: Magnificent row from Purchase and Hunter and that's a first lightweight Olympic medal of any kind for Great Britain. Greece, who were coming hard but unable to take a bite out of the GB lead, finished second, Denmark finished third. That's Great Britain's fourth medal in the regatta, and their second gold.


0856: It's Great Britain all the way, they're at 44 strokes a minute at the moment, and the Greeks are unable to put a dent in the lead...

0855: Great Britain, looking for their first lightweight Olympic medal, have stretched their lead... but the Greeks are coming...

0853: GB take over the lead at about the 600m point and they're looking solky smooth at the moment, although Greece are looking good outside them... the Finn class medal race is finally under way and Ben Ainslie gets the start he wants, watching American Zach Railey get blocked in - as long as Railey's in trouble, Ainslie is guaranteed gold.

0850: This is the first time a British boat has reached a lightweight Olympic final and Purchase and Hunter are unbeaten in 2008. They're a foot down on leaders Italy a quarter of the way through...

0847: Ben Ainslie under way in a couple of minutes in the final of the Finn class sailing. It's been a frustrating couple of days for the two-time Olympic champion, but the weather has abated and he should bring home another gold for Britain. Right, back to Shunyi, where Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are about to kick off the final of the men's lightweight sculls. GB in lane number three, alongside Greece in lane number four.

0842: That victory in the women's lightweight sculls final by Kirsten van der Kolk and Marit van Eupen represented Holland's first medal at the Olympic regatta. In addition, that was Finland's first medal on the water and Canada's second.

Gold medal
0835: The Netherlands win the women's lightweight double sculls, ahead of Finland and Canada. The Chinese boat again failing to match expectations, they've obviously still got a lot to learn at the very highest level. Lots of texts from people who are very annoyed that we are yet to update the medals table after victory in the Yngling sailing event. One - I think it's automated or something. Two - haven't you got better things to do on a Sunday morning? Go and make yourself a boiled egg.

0833: "Can we just decide as a nation to win the most medals at London in 2012? Being the best at the Olympics would be a lot more fun than being the best at moaning about the weather."
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0831: Vera Zvonareva of Russia has broken Chinese hearts, defeating Li Na 6-0 7-5 to claim the bronze medal in the women's singles competition.

0823: Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are unbeaten this year, but that will count for nothing if they can't do the damage today. I appear to have made a quite splendid ricket, as Ron Atkinson liked to say: the clown who wrote up all the times for me told me the women's final started at 0900. In fact, they've already started and Dinara Safina, playing fellow Russian Elena Dementieva, took the first set 6-3 and it's going with serve in the second. Sorry about that... BIRCHY, YOU'VE MADE ME LOOK LIKE A PROPER FLAPJACK!

0820: The Finn medal race, where Ben Ainslie will battle US rival Zach Railey for gold, now has an estimated start time of 0850 BST following another frustrating morning for the sailors. The race was due to begin at 0700 BST but was twice delayed - once when the wind changed and once when visibility worsened. The driving rain in Qingdao has now eased up slightly, giving Ainslie one more shot at the third Olympic gold of his career. Monday is the last possible day on which the Finn medal race can be run. If it isn't sailed then, medals are awarded according to the current standings, which would mean Ainslie earns gold.

0815: It's the women's singles tennis final at 0900 BST - Dinara Safina faces compatriot Elena Dementieva, followed by Spain's Rafael Nadal versus Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in the men's singles final. Nicolas Massu, of course, won gold for Chile four years ago, so Gonzalez will be trying to keep it in the family.

0809: Hello you, and thank you Pranav. Right, what have we got coming up? Ben Ainslie is still waiting to go in the Finn medal race - it looks seriously grotty over in Qingdao. But we will definitely have the men's lightweight double sculls final at 0850 BST - Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are going for gold for GB.

By Pranav Soneji

0756: An umbrella holding up Ben Dirs has just entered the office. The umbrella promises wit, scarcasm, cutting-edge journalism, as well as free tea for all who read its work. I'm outta here, hopefully will catch up with you all tomorrow.

0753: "I only came in 10 minutes ago, but many people were watching the marathon in my restaurant in Mexico. Did every TV station show Paula running off to take a pee? Here they replayed it five times in slow really did nothing for the appetites of my diners!"
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0751: "Nelson would not have been impressed with the girls in the yngling. They flew the Union Flag upside down, that's not victory, its help! Well done ladies!"
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0749: While the rain royally annoys Ben Ainslie, it gives me the opportunity to give you a rundown of Great Britain's medal hopes when the rowing starts at 0830. We have the men's lightweight double sculls at 0850, with Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter in lane three. The men's lightweight fours - Richard Chambers, James Lindsay Fynn, Paul Mattick and James Clarke - go in lane one at 0910. The women's quad sculls go at 0930, the heavily tipped foursome of Annie Vernon, Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton and Katherine Grainger are in lane three at 0930. The women's eight starts at 1010 with team GB in lane one before the men's eights final at 1030.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0740: More good news from the waterfront as Paul Goodison has moved into first position in the laser after finishing fourth in the sixth race. There is another race still to go today but it's looking very promising for our hopes there.

0739: Organisers are still working out what the wind is playing at in Qingdao, so the Finn sailors do a few circuits in torrential rain, probably wondering why they bothered to get up this morning. The boats are all being towed back to shore so there'll be no medal race for the time being, owing to a lack of visibility in Qingdao. The forecast suggests the rain will stop eventually - but will Ainslie have to wait another day, until Monday, to try for his third Olympic gold?

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0733: Nick Dempsey finishes 17th in the seventh race of the men's windsurfing and slips down to fourth position in the rankings. It's tight at the top though and still plenty of time for him to climb back into medal contention.

0730: Just having a few issues with the medals table. Apparently the Aussie techie in charge says there's nothing wrong with it. A roomful of Brits don't quite agree. We're on the case.

0723: "Excellent to see a Brit in the ladies tennis final...even if it is the umpire."
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0721: Five minutes until the start of the Finn class. It is seriously lashing it down in Qingdao right now. Oh hang on, we've had another postponment flag. Seriously, Captain Ahab wouldn't stand a chance in this.

0720: Heartbreak for Matt Emmons of the US, who made a stunning mistake on the final round of the rifle shooting to hand gold to Qiu Jian of China. He held a significant lead but let a medal slip through his grasp and dropped to fourth. Four years ago Emmons also had a big lead in the same event, only to shoot at the wrong target on his final effort and end up with no medal at all.

0718: China's Wang Jiao rolls into the women's 72kg freestyle wrestling final after beating five-time world champion Kyoko Hamaguchi of Japan. Just don't leave the toilet seat up when they're about, otherwise you're toast.

0712: I'm thinking about all you 50m rifle 3 positions fans out there. Gold went to China's Qiu Jian, while Yuriy Sukhorukov of the Ukraine took silver, with Slovakia's Rajmond Debevec nabbing bronze.

0706: "Team GB is so totally dominant in the cycling that surely it's time to stop using the French word "velodrome" to describe the arena, and use an English word instead? I suggest "bike shed."
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0703: Ben Ainslie's wait for gold goes on as the final race is once more delayed because of a change of wind direction.

0659: "Take the golds won by Phelps away and USA have won the same number of golds as GB (including the one guaranteed gold in cycling today). In a few hours we will have 3 more, one in sailing and 2 in rowing. That is ignoring cycling where we don't lose!."
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0652: The three blondes on a boat have just been talking to BBC TV. They were a bit excited - to say the least. Here's what they had to say:

"I'm lost for words - it's absolutely brilliant. Amazing."
Sarah Webb

"It's been brilliant and just highlights what our campaign is all about - pure perfection. With 2012 being on the doorstep is definitely on the agenda - I hope so."
Sarah Ayton

"Gold has been the dream but it has not sunk in yet - it's pretty awesome. We've known since day one you can expect anything out here. It makes it tough but that's the strength we have as a team."
Pippa Wilson

Gold medal

0651: We're about 10 minutes away from potential gold number two with 2004 Finn class champion Ben Ainslie in action. The 31-year-old is within sniffing distance of defending his title, his main contender is American Zach Railey. By the way, GB are now level with Australia on eight golds. And with gold number nine effectively in the bag courtesy of the women's cycling individual pursuit final via Rebcca Romero or Wendy Houvenaghel, the Aussies are running for the dunnies.

0646: "I actually said we had nine chances of gold and would probably get five, but the rest of the world has stepped back and we've stepped up. Chris Hoy is being called "Hoycules" in the camp. There is a different philosophy about them."
Chris Boardman talking about Britain's cycling dominance on BBC Sport

0644: Sarah Ayton is due to get married to Nick Dempsey and whoever wins gold gets to keep their surname. Start browsing for new personalised towels Nick, looks like you'll be NA from now on.

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0639: "Morning Pranav. Just been woken up by the sound of my cat being sick. Twice. No chance of sleep after that, so time for some stormy Yngling."
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Yngle away Anon, yngle away. Yngle bells, yngle bells, yngle all the way, oh what fun, it is to win, on the high seas China?

0636: Gold number eight is delightfully dished up by a jubilant Yngling team, with Ayton and Webb adding another shiny piece of precious medal to add to their endeavours from Athens four years ago, alongside 21-year-old Pippa Wilson. Their exploits also sees Great Britain surge into fifth in the medals table. Yes, you read correctly. Fifth. And yes, we're into the second week of competiti

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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
Olympics - day nine photos
17 Aug 08 |  Olympics
GB Yngling women breeze to gold
17 Aug 08 |  Sailing
Phelps wins historic eighth gold
17 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Tearful Radcliffe looks to 2012
17 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Tomescu wins as Radcliffe toils
17 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Mellouli claims 1500m swim gold
17 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Steffen holds off veteran Torres
17 Aug 08 |  Swimming

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