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By Ben Dirs

1608: Scotland's Commonwealth Games velodrome in Glasgow is to be named after triple Olympic cycling gold-medallist Chris Hoy, which is lovely. Right, I really have to wind this up. Not much sport still going on - thanks for the chat over the last few days, it's all been quite incredible. Caroline Cheese is steering the Good Ship Olympic Live Text Commentary Day 12 from tomorrow morning at around 0800 BST. Sorry, before I go, here's the final result of the 1500m: Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi in first with 3:32.94, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya second in 3:33.11 and New Zealand's Nicholas Willis earning a surprise bronze. GB's Andy Baddeley was ninth.

"I'll be honest, a medal was always my goal coming into these Games and I was really pleased to make the final. However, the semi took a lot out of me and even though I was in a decent position, some pretty bad spiking halfway round hurt me a bit and when I tried to push on with the leaders I just couldn't. Still, no regrets, no excuses, I did all I could. I'm disappointed to finish so far down the field, especially after doing so well in the heats, but this is motivation for me and I'll go away, work hard, and come back fitter and stronger next time."
Team GB's Andy Baddeley after the final of the men's 1500m

1607: Sergio Aguero (2) and Juan Roman Riquelme get the goals as Argentina beat Brazil 3-0 in their football semi-final, Brazil ending the match with nine men after Leiva Lucas and Augusto Thiago Neves both see red for professional fouls.

1605: Tajikistan's Dzhakhon Kurbanov has been disqualified for biting Kazakh Yerkebulan Shynaliyev in their light-heavyweight quarter-final bout in the boxing. Kurbanov, regarded as one of the favourites for the title after ousting world champion Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan in his first bout, was trailing 12-6 when he sunk his teeth into his opponent with 17 seconds left in the third round. I wonder what Kazakhs taste like? Probably chicken.

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"As an Irishman am so happy Ireland secured our first medal today in boxing, but I also have to say how great Team GB are - they have made this Olympics fantastic to watch. I've shed tears of joy at some amazing performances and am proud to have you as our neighbours. Well done GB and good luck for 2012."
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Gold medal
1556: Baddeley goes wide and gets himself into contention at the bell... and it all goes berserk from there, Rashid Ramzi stepping on the gas from 300m out, Kenya's Asbel Kiprop going with him, but the Bahrain runner holding on for the gold. Baddeley finishes well back, he just couldn't live with that pace.

1552: It's anybody's final this, Baddeley's chance to restore some pride in British middle distance running. Argentina have beaten Brazil 3-0 in the semi-finals of the men's footy - two men given an early bath for Brazil. More on that in a minute. Baddeley still in the running with two to go.

Gold medal
1550: Estonian Gerd Kanter throws a monster 68.82m to win gold in the men's discus final, Poland's Piotr Malachowski (67.82) and Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania (67.79) taking silver and bronze respectively.

1546: OHURUOGU HOLDS FIRM ON THE PODIUM! Spunky lady! It's now the turn of Andy Baddeley of Team GB in the final of the men's 1500m - he looked smooth in the first two rounds, I think he's an outside chance of a medal. Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain is after that country's first gold medal in track and field - he looked very handy in qualifying for this final.

1545: Christine Ohuruogu is presented with her gold medal by Sebastian Coe and here comes God Save the Queen - bring on the waterworks - or can she hold firm?

"This is so ridiculously good from the Brits. The question is how on earth are the 2012 athletes going to live up to this showing?"
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BBC Sport
"There is a really blinding atmosphere inside the ground and it's a cracking game. Argentina scored two quick goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half but Brazil hit the post twice - once through a Ronaldinho free-kick and a goal from the rebound was disallowed. It is basically Ronaldinho v Messi and you can't get a seat in the press area. I am standing in front of a commentary box but have a great view right on halfway. The atmosphere is as good as it was for Bolt's 100m final. "
BBC Sport's Matt Slater at the Beijing Workers' Stadium

Gold medal
1532: The final of the women's 100m hurdles - and it's drama all the way! Lolo Jones, the red hot favourite from the United States, hits the penultimate hurdle with her leading foot, stumbles and allows compatriot Dawn Harper to storm through and take gold. Sarah Claxton of Great Britain finishes eighth, Sally McLennan of Australia takes silver, Priscilla Lopez-Schliep of Canada takes bronze. Jones finishes in fifth.

Gold medal
1530: China continue to rack 'em up - He Chong makes it 43 gold medals in total for the host nation as he wins the men's 3m springboard diving. Remarkable stuff.

1529: USA are through to the women's basketball semi-finals - with ease. They rinsed South Korea 104-60 with Sylvia Fowles scoring 26 points and now face Russia or Spain in the last four.

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"Christine's performance is the best of the Games for me. Sailing, rowing and cycling are all very well, but that was sporting perfection."
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1522: Christine Ohuruogu is the first Brit to win the women's 400m at the Olympics, and it's turned into a great night for Team GB in the Bird's Nest. Here's Germaine Mason receiving his silver medal - he was Britain's surprise package in the high jump.

1520: Anky van Grunsvan of the Netherlands wins gold in the Equestrian dressage for the third successive Olympics, with Atlanta 1996 champion Isabell Werth of Germany taking silver and Werth's compatriot Heikke Kemmer bronze. Britain's Emma Hindle finished in seventh.

Gold medal boost for GB
1515: Rolex timing by the world - and now Olympic - champion. Sanya Richards of the United States went off like the clappers and the Brit was nowhere after 300m. It looked like Richards all the way going into the straight, but it was if someone dropped an invisible wall in front of the American with around 70m to go and Christine Ohuruogu kept coming, finishing in 49.62 seconds. That was very, very ballsy by the Londoner. Richards, legs jingle-jangling, took the bronze, Shericka Williams took the silver.


1512: The athletes are introduced to the crowd and the runners are on their marks. On the B of the Bang, Christine, and keep on trucking...

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"If Devonish has 'been ill and not done the training' why is he out there? British Athletics is being rightly exposed by other sports in Beijing."
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1508: Right, no mucking about, it's the final of the women's 400m - Great Britain's world champion Christine Ohuruogu against the woman many consider to be the world number one, Sanya Richards of the United States. But there are six other women who would be quite happy to crash the party.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1503: Martyn Rooney's first 200m is OK, but he leaves himself an awful lot of work to do down the home straight... but he doesn't panic and that's a fabulous finish, Rooney surging through the field and just nicking second place. Quick heat, LaShawn Merritt of the United States winning it in 44.12. Rooney clocks 44.60, Sweden's Johan Wissman goes through as a fastest loser.

1500: Martyn Rooney of Thornton Heath is in lane five of his semi-final - and they're off...

"I'm extremely disappointed with how I ran that race. I didn't get myself in the mix early enough, I didn't do what I should've done, and had I run the race in the right manner I'd have gone through. I'm disgusted with myself."
GB's Andrew Steele after failing to make the final of the 400m

1458: A late Eddie Ockenden strike denies Great Britain what would have been a fine win against Australia in the men's hockey, the match ending 3-3. Britain fail to make it through the group stage - there just weren't enough performances to match the one they put in today.

1454: Andrew Steele goes in the second semi-final of the men's 400m. It would be an amazing feat to make it through to the final... frustrating for Steele, he looked very tight and finished in last. France's Leslie Djhone wins the heat in 44.79, David Neville of the United States is second. Team-mate Martyn Rooney goes in semi-final three.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1450: In the individual dressage grand prix freestyle final, Sydney 2000 gold medallist Isabel Werth of Germany scores 75.200% to move into first position and push Britain's Emma Hindle out of medal contention.

"Of course I'm bitterly disappointed. I don't want to make excuses, but I've not had the chance to do any proper training for this, I've been ill and I've had to cut back on a lot. Today was rubbish. I just hope they put me in the relay and, if they do, I'll be out to make amends, don't worry about that."
GB's Marlon Devonish after failing to reach the final of the men's 200m

1446: More athletics and it's the men's 400m semi-finals - Jeremy Wariner of the United States strolls to victory in the first with a time of 44.15 seconds. Christopher Brown of the Bahamas is through in second.

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"Well done Jaffa, the whole of Sunderland is behind you mate. Guaranteed bronze, make it gold mate!"
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1440: Tony Jeffries of Sunderland will fight Dublin's Kenny Egan for a place in the final of the light-heavyweight competition. Egan outclassed Brazil's Washington Silva 8-0. The 26-year-old Egan, an eight-time Irish champion, is a formidable opponent.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1435: Bolt strolls the second 100m of his semi-final like a man running for a bus but not wanting to make it look like he's running too fast in case he misses it and looks stupid. If you know what I mean. The time 20.09, still no-one really knows whether he's capable of beating Michael Johnson's 200m world record or not. Shawn Crawford, the defending champion, finishes second, Wallace Spearmon third and Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis fourth. Marlon Devonish finishes seventh.

1433: Here's Usain Bolt in the second semi-final. He's got Britain's Marlon Devonish and Wallace Spearmon of the United States up against him. Usain makes the sign of the cross and points to the sky - he's ready to fly.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1429: Christian Malcolm qualifies for the men's 200m final by finishing fourth in his heat, just edging out Paul Hession of Ireland. The man from Newport getting better as the meet goes on. Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles coasted in in first in 20.11 seconds, Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe finishes second, Walter Dix of the United States is third, but he didn't look great.

1427: No rest - here's the men's 200m semi-finals, including Christian Malcolm of Great Britain.

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"Good work Germaine. How did he manage that? Was it him who nicked that pole vault yesterday?"
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BBC Sport
"Matthias Steiner's victory for Germany in the men's super-heavyweight weightlifting was perhaps the most emotional of the Games. His wife had planned to come with him to Beijing but was killed in a car accident last year. Steiner was holding a photo of her as he stood on the podium."
BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter in Beijing

1422: What looked like turning into a poor boxing tournament for Team GB could quite easily turn into a very good one - skipper David Price is already through to the semis of the super-heavyweight category, Jeffries has now followed him at light-heavy, and middleweight James DeGale fights tomorrow to make it three guaranteed medals. I'm just gutted Frankie Gavin's withdrawal robbed me of my chance to say "GET IN THERE FRANK!"

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1420: Szello gets a standing count and Jeffries coasts the last minute of the fight, keeping his guard nice and high and tight, to seal a very comfortable victory - GUARANTEED BRONZE FOR LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT TONY JEFFRIES!

1417: Jeffries boxing like a dream, and looking especially relaxed on the back foot. He hurts Szello with a straight left down the pipe and follows up with a sturdy right hand. The Hungarian was hurt by that, and Jeffries leads 9-2 at the end of the round. Jeffires of course a light-heavyweight - big David Price is our super-heavyweight hope. Forgive me, I can barely see the screen at this stage of the day.

1414: Cracking double-hook from Jeffries and Szello is being taken to school by Jeffries - it's 5-1 after two rounds. Win this, and the man with a burger van back in Sunderland has one foot in the semis.

1413: China's Lu Chunlong wins the gold medal in the men's trampoline competition, edging Canada's Jason Burdett into second and compatriot Dong Dong (seriously) into third.

1411: In the hockey, Barry Middleton taps home from a couple of yards out to put Great Britain 1-0 up against Australia on the stroke of half time. Just seven more goals needed for the Brits now and we go through… does anyone know if Emma Hindle's horse Lancet brought a roll of lino with him?

1410: Jeffries of Sunderland didn't look great in his last fight, but he looks more relaxed in the opening stages of his clash with Imre Szello of Hungary and nabs the first round 2-1.

British silver medal boost
1404: Where most people were expecting Britain's first athletics medal to come from Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m later today, Germaine Mason has stolen in unexpectedly and taken the glory. Russia's Andrey Silnov wins gold with a clearance of 2.36. But we can't dwell on Mason's success I'm afraid, it's off to the Workers' Gymnasium for Tony Jeffries' quarter-final bout in the light-heavyweight category.


It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1359: GUARANTEED BRONZE FOR GB'S GERMAINE MASON IN THE MEN'S HIGH JUMP! Defending champion Stefan Holm of Sweden fails 2.34 and his exit means Mason has bronze, but he could well take silver. Yaroslav Rybakov fails with his second attempt. One more failure, and it's silver for Mason.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1355: All eyes on China's Dongpeng Shi in the first heat of the men's 110m hurdles - no Liu Xiang of course. And Shi is through in third, David Payne of the United States wins the heat. But that's not great by Britain's Andy Turner - he finishes well down in heat two and his Olympics is over.

1349: Germaine Mason fails his first attempt at 2.36 - that would have been a PB, but he was nowhere near it to be honest. The second round of the men's 110m hurdles is under way - GB have got Andy Turner in heat two and Allan Scott in heat three. Defending champion Holm of Sweden fails at 2.36 - if he fails again, Mason will have a medal. Yaroslav Rybakov also fails with his first atempt, but Russia's Andrey Silnov is easily over first time.

1342: That dressage score from Emma Hindle was the highest by a Brit in the history of the Olympics. "If you cant say anything intelligent or supportive about dressage Ben Dir please keep your mouth shut," says Anon via text on 81111. Here's an amusing article in the Sydney Morning Herald about GB's Olympic successes.

1338: Russia's Andrey Silnov and Yaroslav Rybakov and Britain's Germaine Mason are the only three athletes to have cleared 2.34m in the high jump. Mason lies in silver spot. Raul-Roland Spank of Germany, Jaroslav Baba of Czech Republic and Sweden's Stefan Holm have failed at that height. This would be a Brucie Bonus.

1335: Hockey: Great Britain started their final pool match against Australia at 1330 BST - but they need to win by a minimum of 8-0 to pip the Aussies to a semi-final place. We've got more chance of seeing one of the horses breakdancing in the dressage final.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1334: We've got a great development for Britain down at the Bird's Nest - Germaine Mason has cleared 2.34 and it looks suspiciously like he's going to grab an unexpected medal. I'll find out the details and update you in a minute.

1332: That gold in the men's gymnastics horizontal bar for China's Zou Kai was his second individual goal of the Games, with Jonathan Horton of the United States and Fabian Hambuechen of Germany second and third respectively.

1330: GOLD: The race for top European nation is hotting up, with Germany's Matthias Steiner taking gold in the men's +105kg weightlifting. That takes their gold tally up to 11, four behind Britain.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1328: GOD I LOVE DRESSAGE! Emma Hindle goes into gold medal position on her mount Lancet! However, we've got the cream of the crop to come, and the British woman will be beaten.

1325: Over to Hong Kong - and the dressage! And there's no other way of putting this - there is a British horse dancing to the Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive. It's Emma Hindle and Lancet, and apparently it was pretty good. Still, if I was one of the best squash players in the world, I'd be crying into my jam sandwiches having just watched that.

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1318: Hello! And big up the ever yooful Sam Lyon - thanks for filling in Blood. Here's the heats of the 5000m for women - no Jo Pavey, she never recovered from that gruelling 10000m last week.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1316: Mixed fortunes from the Brits in the men's high jump, with Tom Parsons out of the competition after failing to get over 2.29m, but Germaine Mason clearing 2.32m to keep his medal hopes alive.

1313: Emily Freeman, 12th fastest in qualifying for Wednesday's women's 200m semi-finals, tells BBC Sport: "It was OK. Probably worked a bit too hard on the bend, that's down to nerves I suppose, but I pulled it round on the straight. I'm off to have a good sleep and then I'll see what I can do tomorrow."

Gold medal
1308: Yet another gold for China as Zou Kai takes top honours in the men's gymnastics horizontal bar.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1306: And the hits just keep on coming... Emily Freeman finishes third in the last of the women's 200m heats in a time of 22.95sec to qualify for Wednesday's semi-finals.

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"How ironic of you to take a swipe at the "blooming yoof of today" having just begun your live text commentary with "y'alright peeps!". How old are you?"
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1254: All three Brits - Germaine Mason, Tom Parsons and Martyn Bernard - clear 2.25m in the men's high jump. Bootiful. Meanwhile, Men's Sprint champion Chris Hoy tells BBC Sport: "It's the most unbelievable feeling. All the tension, all the self doubt, evaporated as I crossed the line - and to do it alongside someone like Jason Kenny, a super talent for the future, makes it even more special." The Scot then goes off to have a well earned weep on the podium. Let it out lad, let it out.

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"Actually lol'd @ 1235: "Bird's Eye stadium." Fish fingers for all the athletes?"
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Dirsy assures me it was a deliberate 'mistake'. And "lol'd"? Blooming yoof of today, I don't know...

1246: Y'alright peeps! What a morning huh? Not sure I'll get anywhere near matching those highs over the next half hour or so, but rest assured I'll do my best to keep you abreast of all the action from the evening's athletics. There's also a bit of dressage coming up, with GB's Emma Hindle hopeful of riding Lancet into contention... happy happy joy joy.

1243: On yer bike, Anon. Right, I'm hungry - Sam Lyon will take you to the track and field, because I'm off to sandwich.

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"Is Norman Tebbit the real hero of Britains Olympic cycling?"
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1241: Superb from Paddy Barnes and that's a medal for Ireland, their first of the Games. At least a bronze for the wee man.

BBC Sport
"Three golds? In less than a week? They shall bow down before His Royal Hoyness."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Beijing

1235: The men's high jump final is under way at the Bird's Eye stadium. Britain's Tom Parsons has managed to get away with wearing a pair of Aston Villa socks instead of the official British kit. Naughty. Performance director Dave Collins will have him running round Beijing in his pants if he's not careful. Martyn Bernard and Germaine Mason also go over the bar for Team GB.

1233: To the Workers' Gymnasium, where Ireland's Paddy Barnes is up against Lukasz Maszczyk of Poland in the light-flyweight category. The Belfast lad is only 5ft 3in, but he's also a human whirlwind. He's 7-5 up after two rounds.

BBC Sport
"Not sure if Tony Blair was entirely sure what the Madison was all about but he was out of his seat for the sprints. I'm all out of superlatives for the Hoy Wonder and Penders... and bravo to Jason Kenny for giving Hoy his closest race of the competition."
BBC Sport's Matt Slater at the Laoshan velodrome

"Another amazing day for Great Britain in the velodrome. Does anyone else think that our ridiculously high fuel prices have anything to do with why we're now so brilliant on a bike?"
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Gold medal
1227: Gold for the United States as Shawn Johnson, silver medallist in the all-round, wins the women's balance beam event ahead of compatriot Nastia Liukin, China's Cheng Fei taking bronze.

1227: Britain's synchronised swimmers are packing away their waterproof mascara after failing to reach Wednesday's duet final. But teenagers Jenna Randall and Oliva Allison can feel very proud of themselves in their first Olympic Games. They finished in 14th place overall with the top 12 pairs going into the synchro showdown. The Russian pair lead the contest closely followed Spain and Japan. By the way, someone was asking why men don't do synchro. Well the news is that men do compete in the UK, it's just not on the international calendar yet.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1225: A bit of bad news I'm afraid: British runner Jo Pavey has withdrawn from the women's 5000m with fatigue ahead of her second round heat, reports BBC Radio 5 Live.

Gold medal
British silver medal boost
1219: There is something brutal about Scotland's Chris Hoy - the way the front wheel almost lifts off the timbers as he begins to shovel extra coal, tongue clenched between his teeth, and the way he gobbles up his opponent down the home straight. Bolton's Kenny had no chance there, that looked like man against boy. That's Hoy's fourth Olympic gold overall, and he's the first Brit to win gold in that event. The 32-year-old also becomes the first Brit since Henry Taylor in 1908 to win three golds at the same Olympics. From the pic on the telly, Taylor would appear to have been a human cannonball or a circus strongman, but he was in fact a swimmer.


1217: The second race in the men's sprint final and Kenny goes out ahead, stalked by Christopher Hoy...

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1213: All credit to Victoria Pendleton, that performance from the Bedfordshire lass was welldy medal. Here's the second race in the men's sprint bronze medal encounter... and Germany's Max Levy pips France's Mickael Bourgain to take it to a rubber.

Gold medal boost for GB
1207: Just to recap: PENDLETON TAKES GOLD FOR GREAT BRITAIN IN THE WOMEN'S SPRINT FINAL! Meares looks over her right shoulder but has absolutely no answer as Pendleton screams past and the Aussie is already sitting up with 50m to go. Savage, that's GB's seventh gold in cycling. "She makes a mean sponge cake," screams BBC commentator Hugh Porter. I've no idea...


1204: Australia's Anna Meares leads Victoria Pendleton out in the second race of the women's sprint final...

1202: In the women's sprint bronze medal race, Guo Shuang takes China's first ever cycling medal, winning the second race against Willy Kanis with some ease. In fact, the 21-year-old from Inner Mongolia becomes the first Asian woman to medal in cycling.

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1158: Will Victoria Pendleton medal in the final of the women's sprint? Will Chris Hoy medal? Will Jason Kenny medal? Of course they will! They're both going to ruddy medal - the second race of the final is coming up! We've got some classification races first however. There's the maniacal Rob Walker interviewing Paul Goodison - who took gold earlier in Sailing's Laser class - and he's so excited, he's very nearly assaulting him.

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"Will people stop using the word 'medal' as a verb? It's extremely annoying."
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1152: The Australian Opals have completed their anticipated thrashing of the Czech Republic Pebbles, 79-46 with Lauren Jackson scoring 17 points and Belinda Snell 15. Australia now meet China in the semis.

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"Got to wonder, really, if we shouldn't have brought Rob Hayles after all. He and Cav would've been pretty potent in the Madison. Live and learn."
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1148: Silly bleeders as usual at the start of the men's sprint before Kenny catches Hoy by surprise... Hoy is made to work, but he muscles his way back into contention and just pips his team-mate on the line. Hoy leads the final 1-0, but it's best of three.

1147: Time for Chris Hoy v Jason Kenny - BBC commentator Hugh Porter has seen these two race only once, and it was 2-1 to Hoy. Hoy, Scotland's greatest ever Olympian, is aiming to win his fourth gold in four different events. Something like a phenomenon.

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"I feel sorry for Cav - dropping out of the Tour to be fresh for the Olympics, only to race with someone who looked spent. Something to bear in mind for 2012?"
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Gold medal
1143: Russia's world champion Maviet Batirov wins his second straight Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medal as he beats Ukraine's Vasyl Fedoryshyn in the 60kg final over two rounds. Bronze medals go to Kenichi Yumoto of Japan and Iran's Seyedmorad Mohammadi.

Gold medal
1142: Li Xiaopeng continues a stunning Games for the host nation as he takes gold in the parallel bars, beating South Korea's Yoo Won-chul into second, with Anton Fokin of Uzbekistan taking bronze.

1139: Pendleton risks a long one! And Meares is unable to make contact with the rear wheel of the Brit at any stage - it's 1-0 to the Bedfordshire flyer, one more win would clinch gold. Time for the first race in the men's sprint final - it's all GB, it's Chris Hoy of Scotland v Jason Kenny of England.

1138: Here's the final of the women's sprint - GB's Victoria Pendleton against Anna Meares of Australia.

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"This is the problem with success - you come to expect it. Hard not to be disappointed with the Madison result, which is ridiculous since the cyclists have done so well. Something tells me Wiggins will be a little jealous if Chris Hoy gets a third gold in the sprint."
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1135: Here's the bronze medal races - and Guo Shuang takes the first against Dutchwoman Willy Kanis with some ease.

BBC Sport
"Shame. They never really got into that Madison. Wiggo look spent, to be honest, and Cav had words before the end. Can't win 'em all, though. And well done to Juan Esteban Curuchet, one half of the winning Argentina team...he's 43. Time for the sprints, time for more medals."
BBC Sport's Matt Slater at the Laoshan Velodrome

1132: But first it's Victoria Pendleton in the final of the women's sprint - up against Australia's Anna Meares. Austalia are yet to win a medal at the velodrome, Meares will be seriously pumped.

1129: GB just too closely marked in that final, the other teams were all over them like a cheap suit throughout. And Wiggins looks shattered when he gets off his bike, he's shovelled plenty of coal in Beijing. A shot of Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny on their warm-up bikes - no chatting, this is strictly business. The final of the men's sprint is at 1135.

Gold medal
1127: Into the last 10 laps, and it's all going off in the Madison. If this was 'Madison - The Musical', Michael Ball would be snogging the face off Elaine Page at the moment... AND IT'S GOLD FOR ARGENTINA! They escaped early on and managed to sustain it. France win the final sprint, but Spain pick up two points to nick silver and Russia take the bronze. Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish finished equal eighth - one event too many for the Wiggler.

1120: Sixteen laps to go, and the British pair are down in eighth after sprint nine - doesn't look like we'll medal in this one...

1117: GB attack with 30 laps to go! Cavendish rockets through the field... but Wiggins looks spent and is unable to keep the attack going. Cavendish looking fresh, Wiggins, unsurprisingly, looking very fatigued.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1116: Bit of disappointment over in the canoeing as British duo Anna Hemmings and Jessica Walker fail to make the semi-finals of the double K2 500m after finishing last in their heat in a time of one minute 47.435 seconds.

1113: If you're watching this and thinking GB are stuffed, do not fear too much - Wiggler and Cavendish left it late at the World Championships and ended up winning. They made their move about 20 laps out. That said, they haven't really been in this yet yet, but still 36 laps to go.

BBC Sport
"It was ludicrously easy for Team GB in the sprint semis earlier on but this Madison is going to be an awesome scrap for medals. Cav and Wiggo are down the field at the moment but every move they make is leapt on. They're ganging up on us! By the by, if you ever get the chance to see a Madison race I urge you to drop everything and go see it. Top sporting action."
BBC Sport's Matt Slater at the Laoshan Velodrome

1107: Jonesy (see below), I see Michael Ball in the Cavendish role and Darren Day as Wiggins. The Brits need to buck up here, however, or Lloyd Webber's 'Madison - The Musical' is going to end up being a load of old rubbish - Argentina and Russia are a lap ahead, Germany are in third with 15 points, GB are in 10th with four points. Plenty of laps to go however.

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"I think the only thing that could make the Madison madder would be to give the participants swords."
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"The Madison will probably become a West End stage show - as long as Lloyd Webber doesn't have the final choice of riders, or music..."
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1100: Brenda Villa scored a stunning last-minute goal as the United States beat arch-rivals Australia 9-8 in the women's waterpolo semi-final to set up a final clash against the Netherlands, who beat Hungary 8-7 in the other semi-final. Did I already tell you that?

"Would you watch cycling if we took you to a continental six day race? Beer, chips and insane Europeans with Europop and rock for six nights. Ghent is supposed to be the best of them. There's even one in London next year (maybe a little light on Europeans though)."
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1055: Hoops: half-time in the second women's quarter-final and it's plain sailing so far for Australia against the Czech Republic. Lauren Jackson has 11 points and eight rebounds as the Opals lead 38-17. 'The Opals?' Have a day off Australia...

1050: After three sprints, Argentina and Italy have stolen a lap on the rest of the field, but Argentina lead because Italy haven't scored points. Belgium are third... strike that, Italy have lost a lap! Who invented this sport? Jackson Pollock?

"Too good at cycling? Do Australia worry about being too good at cricket? Or do New Zealand worry about being too good at rugby? Ridiculous!"
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"What's going on at the velodrome? Looks like something out of Ben Hur."
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1044: Mark Cavendish is aiming to become the first person from the Isle of Man to win an Olympic medal of any colour - we think. GB seventh at the moment in the Madison, Wiggins nicking a point in sprint two.

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1040: Henry Cejudo of the United States wins Olympic gold in the men's 55kg freestyle wrestling. Japan's Tomohiro Matsunaga won the silver. Besik Kudukhov of Russia and Bulgaria's Radoslav Velikov won bronze medals.

1037: Denmark win the first of 10 sprints - there's a sprint every 20 laps, 200 laps overall. Alex Rasmussen showing a clean pair of heels to the field there, that was some pace.

1030: It's almost time for the Madison - Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish going for Team GB. The last British athlete to win three golds at a single Olympics is thought to be swimmer Henry Taylor at the 1908 London event, and a win would give Wiggins his fourth gold overall, and seventh medal overall. They're off... Are Great Britain too good at cycling? The BBC's James Munro investigates.

1025: Sensational action at the velodrome! Guo Shuang appears to nudge Anna Meares before springing off, opening up a lead... and Meares is beaten by a sausage on the line! BUT NO! The judges are very strict on any contact nowadays and the Chinese woman is relegated soon after and Victoria Pendleton will face an Australian in the final. Good sport this.. probably won't watch it for another four years though...

1022: Drama in the second semi-final of the women's sprint - China's Guo Shuang takes a tumble before the sprinting gets under way and grazes up her right thigh. But she's OK to go again... this is the rubber, the winner faces Victoria Pendleton at 1125.

1016: Victoria Pendleton goes in the women's sprint final at 1125 BST, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny go head-to-head in the men's sprint final at 1135 BST. But before that, we've got double gold medal winner Bradley 'Wiggler' Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, who won four stages at this year's Tour de France, in the final of the Madison - the duck-billed platypus of the sporting world. That's at 1030, and it has to be seen to be believed.

1015: By the by, earlier in the men's K1 500m heats, Adam van Koeverden - Canada's flag bearer at the opening ceremony and defending Olympic champion - set a new world record of 1 minute 35.554 seconds and advanced straight to Saturday's final.

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1010: Jason Kenny smokes his German opponent to set up another all-British final - it's all getting a little bit silly this. Kenny looks over his right shoulder waiting for Max Levy to make his move and then slips through the gears (metaphorically, of course...) to leave Levy floundering in his wake. At least two silvers and a gold coming up at the velodrome. You know what I'm going to do? Put loads of Union Jack uppy arrows on the page for no apparent reason.

1008: Lucy Wainwright recovers from a bit of a dodgy start to come home third in her K1 500m canoe heat to make Thursday's semi-finals - they get going at 0920 BST in two days' time.

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1005: Here's Chris Hoy in his second semi-final race against France's Mickael Borgain... and there's only one word for that: annihilation. Hoy took it out from the front and the Frenchman simply disintegrated in Hoy's jet stream. Another certain silver for GB on the track, and Jason Kenny of Bolton will want to join him in the final.

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"Great to see the cyclists doing so well, but why do they insist on wearing their cycling shoes when collecting medals?"
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1000: There's the lunatic grinning mooey of former PM Tony Blair down at the Velodrome, and here's Guo Shuang and Anna Meares in the other semi-final of the women's sprint. Real Tom and Jerry stuff, before Guo pulls away... but the Australian catches the Chinese woman napping and holds on to take it to a third race. That's good for Penders, she only had to race twice. You know what? I'm putting in a Union Jack 'uppy' arrow for that.

"Kenny and Hoy should try for a dead heat in the final. That way we'd get two golds in the medal table."
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0957: Awesome from Pendleton - she appears to look the wrong way as Kanis snakes behind her, but the Dutchwoman has not got the pace to get away and Pendleton reels her in and pips her on the line. Another certain silver, the final is at 1125 BST.

0954: Here's Victoria Pendleton in the second race of her sprint semi-final...

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0947: Great ride from Jason Kenny, staying high on the banking before dropping down, getting on the German's wheel at the bend and sweeping past his German opponent on the line. This British team are ludicrously good, you just don't expect them to be beaten in any race at the moment.

0945: Here's Jason Kenny of Bolton looking to set up an all-British final, he's up against Max Levy of Germany...

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0940: Chris Hoy is under way against Bourgain of France in the men's sprint semi-final... AND HE'S ABSOLUTELY RUINED HIM! This semi-final was expected to be close, but the Scot made that look pretty easy. Hoy was travelling at 70kph there, he almost sucked the basket off Bourgain's bike as he flew past.

0937: Sorry, forgot to put the link in below, it's in now. That's a very slippery performance from China's Shuang Guo in the first race of the other semi-final. Bit of cat and mouse again, before Guo takes Australia's Anna Meares by surprise and beats her to the line by some distance. Meares clearly wound up there by Guo's stop-start tactics.

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0933: BOSH! LIQUID CYCLING FROM PENDLETON! Bit of cat and mouse at the start, Kanis tries to get away, but Pendleton rams down the accelerator, climbs past the Dutchwoman on the bend and finishes well clear. That looked pretty comfortable for the Bedfordshire woman. But don't crack open the Tizer just yet, it's best of three.

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"The women's beach volleyball comes on. The text commentary stops. Coincidence. I think not."
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0930: Over to the velodrome - Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton is up against Willy Kanis of the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the women's sprint. Hang on a minute, is that right? At least the East German women gave themselves ladies names. And they're off...

0916: Some serioualy crazy kayaking going on on the red button: can someone explain how they don't just end up going round in circles. Oh, and here's a link to a pre-Olympics story about an Australian cyclist saying his team are desperate to beat 'the Poms'. Beach volleyball on BBC One - this happened early doors, China's Tian Jia and Wang Jie beat compatriots Xue Chen and Zhang Xi 22-24 29-27 15-8 in the second semi-final. They set up a final with American world champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. The best part about that was Stuart Storey's commentary - it sounds like he's been in China since the Cultural Revolution.

"Anyone thinking we might be top European nation should look at the Germans in the flatwater canoeing: five teams qualified first."
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0911: Hoops: The first of the women's quarter-finals is over and China have made the semis - beating Belarus 77-62. Lijie Miao hit 28 points for the Chinese, while Belarus' top scorer was Tatjana Troina with 15. Next up is the Czech Republic taking on world champions Australia.

0905: From the ridiculous to the ridiculous: I just turned over to BBC Two to see England prop Matt Stevens drinking juice through a rugby sock on some modern version of Why Don't You? Odd. The last day in the velodrome today, and it should be gold for Victoria Pendleton and Chris Hoy in the sprints, although Jason Kenny might have something to say about that. Stotfold's Pendleton goes against the Netherlands' Willy Kanis in her semi-final at 0930, Hoy is up against Mickael Bourgain of France immediately afterwards, before Kenny goes against Max Levy of Germany.

0900: Anyone seen this Steve Parry video on the site: genius. The 2004 bronze medallist goes for a stroll in Tiananmen Square and everyone thinks he's Michael Phelps! "I'm Steve Parry... from Great Britain..." Can you imagine what would happen if Michael Phelps did actually turn up? He wouldn't be a country for long, he'd be a group of very large islands.

0850: Over to Qingdao, where Paul Goodison, winner of the men's laser, has just received his gold medal. He gets a big smacker off his mum, and so he should, he's a ruddy hero. That's three golds and a silver so far in sailing, Britannia rules the waves. "The Aussies never mind gloating when they beat us. What goes around comes around," says David via text. In response, I'd say that as the less-populous nation by quite some distance, we should forgive them for getting a bit punchy when they beat us at anything. As for our reaction when we beat them, Freddie Flintoff had it bang on in my opinion. Although maybe he should have also patted Brett Lee on the head.

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"Everyone is very excited by us beating the Aussies but surely the greater achievement is that we are ahead of Russia, a genuine Olympic super power, and we are in line to become top European nation. Remarkable when you think we were 36th in Atlanta 12 years ago."
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0842: Tim Brabants of GB clocks 1:36 to win his heat and advance safely to the semi-finals of the 500m kayak. The man from Walton-on-Thames is the current world and European champion in the 1000m and won bronze at 1000m in Sydney in 2000.

0838: Here's Tim Brabants of Great Britain in the heats of the men's 500m kayak - he looked strong in the 1000m heats yesterday, he should storm through again today... he blasts off the start and is second after 100m...

0836: The medals table has been updated. I can't say I like all this gloating and Aussie-baiting, I've got to be honest. It's like receiving your exam results at school, getting all As and waving them in the face of the thick kid who eats worms. Not very edifying. "Hockey games haven't started with a bully off for years, we now start with a push back!" screams Lucy via text. Oh, the irony Tim Haveron Jones (see below), it is you who is drowning in a torrent of spittle.

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"How many more gold medals can we realistically expect to win in these Games? And what is the main reason for such a haul? Spinach?"
Chris, Bath via text on 81111

0825: News reaches me (that sounds slightly exotic - the bloke opposite me in the office actually just sidled up and told me) that the winner of the women's laser, America's Anna Tunnicliffe, was born in Doncaster and spent the first 12 years of her life on these isles. Make that 13˝ golds! NO WAIT... MAKE THAT 14! Stephanie Brown Trafton, winner of the women's discus, was born of British parents and holds dual British citizenship! Anyone else?

"Re 0802, I think you'll find that hockey games 'bully off' rather than 'kick off'. Brace yourself for a torrent of abuse from the sticks-and-shinpads brigade!"
Tim Haveron Jones via text on 81111

0819: If you non-cycling folk thought the points race was weird, wait until you see the Madison. It was dreamed up at Madison Square Garden, and in 1897 the New York Times said of the event: "An athletic contest in which participants 'go queer' in their heads, and strain their powers until their faces become hideous with the tortures that rack them, is not sport. It is brutality." We've got a slightly more up-to-date interpretation on our website, have a look.

0815: MORE?! Sorry, you can't have any more, sailing's been called off for the day... you greedy tykes... Although, of course, it's not just about Brits: plenty of other action, including water polo, weightlifting, and the final of the men's gymnastics. Oh yes, and the semi-finals of the men's football: Nigeria face Belgium at 1100, reigning champions Argentina face old rivals Brazil at 1400. Five-time world champions Brazil have never won an Olympic title.

0802: Horse-wise, GB's Emma Hindle on Lancet goes in the dressage at 0130 - she's ninth after her first run. And in hockey, Britain's men face arch rivals Australia in a game that kicks off at 1330. GB need to batter the Aussies and hope the Pakistan batter the Netherlands to have a chance of a medal. That's probably not going to happen.

0755: Still more British interest: in canoeing, GB's Tim Brabants goes in the heats of the 500m kayak at 0840. He looked very impressive in winning his 1000m heat yesterday and is a potential double gold-medal winner. Lucy Wainwright goes in the heats of the women's 500m kayak at 0950, and Jessica Walker and Anna Hemmings go in the heats of the women's 500m double kayak at 1050.

0752: YOU WANT MORE?! All right, I'll give you more! Sunderland light-heavyweight Tony Jeffries boxes for a medal at 1401. He's up against Hungary's Imre Szello, who was fifth at last year's World Championships. However, Jeffries beat him 12-11 in the European Union Championships in June, despite being hampered by a heavy nosebleed.

0747: Also in athletics: the final of the women's 400m is at 1510: world champion Christine Ohuruogu goes in lane four and the Brit's main rival is expected to be American Sanya Richards. The final of the women's 100m hurdles is at 1510: GB's Sarah Claxton is in that. And Andy Baddeley is in the final of the 1500m final at 1550. For what it's worth, he's my outside tip for a track and field medal, he looked pretty comfortable in the first two rounds.

0744: Hello! Hope I find you all well. What's happening today? Already one gold in the sailing, but we've also got: cycling (see entry at 0723), where we've got three gold medal chances; athletics, where we've got three men (Germaine Mason, Tom Parsons and Martyn Bernard) in the men's high jump final at 1200 BST, the men's 200m semi-finals at 1425, in which Britain's Christian Malcolm and Marlon Devonish go, as well as Jamaica's 100m sensation Usain Bolt and the men's 400m semis 1445, which feature GB's Andrew Steele and Martyn Rooney.

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0728: Alas, I must leave you know in the safe hands of Benjamin Dirs, who'll guide you through another sizzling day in Beijing. I just hope I don't fall asleep in front of the box, dribbling into my half-eaten muesli. Adios team.

0723: The Laoshan Velodrome will be kicking into gear at 0930 where double gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins and four-time 2008 Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish ride in the men's Madison at 1030, while world champion Victoria Pendleton is in action in the women's sprint final. And to cap that all off, we could be set for an all-British men's sprint final between Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy if the early morning heats go to plan at 1135.

0709: Nick Dempsey has edged a step closer to adding to Britain's impressive sailing medal collection. He finished fifth in the 10th race in the men's windsurfing and is now just one point behind France's Julien Bontemps. It's also good news for Bryony Shaw as she moves into the medal positions after finishing second in race 10 in the women's windsurfing. She's now lying in third and only three points behind Italy's Alessandra Sensini in second. It's all good in Qingdao right now.

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0704: "The tactics that Goodison employed are perfectly legitimate, it's the perogative of someone getting himself a lead in the early races. The Swede knew what Goodison would try and do, it was up to him to prevent it...."
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0701: Paul Goodison has just been hauled out of the water by six jubilant team-mates and hoisted to dry ground. The BBC's sailing reporter Rob Walker looks like he's about to explode through sheer enthusiasm.

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0658: "Who'd have thought reading live text about a sailing boat race would be exciting stuff! I need to get out more. Still, it's another Brit gold. Yay! Nice one! Well done that lad."
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0650: "With conditions so tricky there was only one way to ensure I got gold and that's what I did (race tactics). You come to every Olympics to do your best and I'm on top of the table. I can't wait to give my mum a big hug. It just feels unbelievable. It's going to take a while to sink in but wow. With London just around the corner it's hard to think it's all over. It's a massive opportunity to represent Britain at home."
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0645: Goodison's gold follows Ben Ainslie's success in the Laser class at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Understandably, the lad is chuffed as cheese to win, although his performance in the final race ensured nearest rival Rasmus Myrgren finished outside the medals.

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0644: "Sharon Davies, pre "Shark Suit", got me interested in swimming...does that count!"
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0643: So there it is, Paul Goodison crosses the finishing line second last to secure Britain's 13th gold medal in Beijing and their third at Qingdao.

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0636: Staying on the water - a second protest by Spanish 49er silver medallists Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez against the gold medal awarded to Denmark's Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen has been rejected. Denmark took gold after an extraordinary medal race in which Warrer and Ibsen sailed in a boat borrowed from the Croatian team.

0633: For the record, the New Zealand boat is in front at mark 3, with Slovenia in second. But it looks like neither can do anything to deny Goodison Britain's third sailing gold. It's all looking good in Qingdao...

0630: A word on Germany's Jan Frodeno, who won the triathlon earlier this morning. Apparently he only took up the sport because he fancied a girl that did it. Have you ever got involved in a sport to attract the romantic attentions of anyone?

0627: One potential worry for Paul Goodison is the state of the wind, or more precisely the lack of it. Should the wind completely die, race organisers can call off the race and order another within a certain time limit.

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0621: At mark 1, Paul Goodison is second last - but that's a good thing because Rasmus Myrgren is in last and needs to make up loads of time to get anywhere near the Rotherham sailor.

0614: Goodison is at the back of the race, keeping his beady eye on his nearest rival for gold, Rasmus Myrgren of Sweden, to ensure he cannot do anything to take gold out of British hands. We've got about another 25 minutes before the end of the race.

0610: OK, I've got to admit I'm not au fait with me sailing, but I can tell you Goodison has made a starboard tack. And the hooter sounds to signal the start of the race.

0604: Goodison and the rest of the Laser class contenders are out on the water - and the hooter sounds for the five-minute warning for the start of the race.

0555: Over in Qingdao at the sailing venue, we're greeted by an array of Brits manically waving Union Jacks - and there looks to be plenty of wind on the coast today. We see gold medal hope Paul Goodison playing around with his sails, the lad looks calm and serene, which is more than can be said for his compatriots in the stands.

0549: Apologies all, I've been watching the beach volleyball on BBC1, only to realise it's not actually live. Turns out top seeds Tian Jia and Wang will face the USA after a 22-24, 29-27, 15-8 win. Be gentle with the abuse...

0541: The opening bassline of "Seven Nation Army" belts out as top seeds Tian Jia and Wang are on the verge of elimination from the women's beach volleyball semi-final against compatriots Xue and Zhang Xi. We've got a right rivetting second set with the score at 25-25.

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0534: Our man at the triathlon, Tom Fordyce, has been hearing from the triathletes. Here's what they had to say:

"I got to 7km on the run and there was nothing left. I've got to find a way of getting 12 places better in time for London," said Alistair Brownlee.

"I just didn't do it on the swim," added Will Clarke. "I wasn't fast enough so I had to do too much on the bike and that meant I came to the run tired. I have to go back and do lots of work on my swimming."

Both Clarke and Brownlee added that all five of Britain's triathletes had eaten the same and felt fine, when asked about Tim Don and Holly Avil's stomach problems.

0525: Over at the Water Cube, China's He Chong leads the men's 3m springboard semi-final with 547.25 points, while Canada's Alexandre Despatie - silver medallist in Athens in 2004 - is second with 518.75 points.

0521: Brazil make a dominant start in the second women's volleyball quarter-final, taking the first set 25-12 against Japan.

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0515: "Wow what a finish. Without a doubt the best men's triathlon I've watched at almost five in the morning."
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0514: Time to start getting excited about Great Britain's 13th potential gold medal as Paul Goodison sails in the Laser class at 0600 in Qingdao. He has an 18-point lead over his nearest rival, Rasmus Myrgren of Sweden, and is guaranteed at least a bronze.

0508: "Those tri-athletes make me cry every time. Amazing effort. Great result for GB too - if only there was a team medal..."
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0505: Over on 606 there has been plenty of chat about the battle between Team GB and Australia in the medal table. Australia's Olympic Committee President John Coates has waded in, saying: "Their (GB's) new-found cockiness has got some substance to it. They may well beat us this time but let's use that as the incentive to get the planning right for our high performance and our attack on London 2012."

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0457: Cuba booked their berth in the semi-finals of the women's volleyball competitions with a closer-than-it-looks 26-24 25-19 26-24 win over Serbia.

0453: Britain Alistair Brownlee, so strong in the first half of the run, crosses the line in 12th, with team-mate Will Clarke two places further behind.

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Just where did Jan Frodeno come from? Whitfield looked certain to add to his 2000 gold medal, only to see the lanky German burn past him like he's running the 100m. Whitfield is resigned to his fate, but a silver is not too bad. New Zealand's Bevan Docherty takes the bronze medal.

0448: With 400m to go, Canada's Simon Whitfield makes a burst from nowhere and is kicking away from the rest of the field.

0447: As the leaders reach the bell, Alistair Brownlee has dropped down to seventh place, 12 seconds behind and his challenge for a medal looks to be fading rapidly. Will Clarke comes through in 14th place and is 39 seconds behind the leaders - New Zealand's Bevan Docherty, Javier Gomez and Jan Frodeno of Germany. Looks like we're set for an enthralling sprint finish...

0443: Chinese star Liu Xiang has been speaking for the first time about his dramatic exit on Monday. The gold medal hope apologised to his fans for pulling out of the 110m hurdles, but said the pain from his injured foot was "unbearable".

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0441: Alistair Brownlee, so strong in the first 5kms of the run, is now starting to struggle. You can see a nasty little grimace as he watches Javier Gomez, Ivan Rana and 2000 Olympic champion Simon Whitfield open up a decent-sized gap.

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0435: "I've just spoken to a BOA press officer who says Tim Don was vomiting all day and night on Thursday and Friday. He couldn't even hold liquid down but he wanted to race anyway. Organisers have tried to pull him out as he is so far back, but he's determined to carry on. Hollie Avil, who pulled out during the bike stage of the women's event, also had a stomach bug so maybe it is connected. Apparently all the athletes have eaten the same thing. Meanwhile, Brownlee is in bronze position and looking extremely good in his favourite part of the event."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce

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0432: Bit of reaction chat from our field ladies in the Bird's Nest with BBC Sport's Phil Jones. Jade Johnson: "I like to leave things to the last minute. I don't know what my problem is! I'm mad it took me three rounds." Goldie Sayers: "Job done. I'm pleased. I've got the feel for the track and I'm looking forward to the final."

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0430: "Alistair Brownlee runs like Eric Liddell from Chariots of Fire! GO BOY! Looks damn good if you ask me."
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0427: Alistair Brownlee is now in third place and has now closed down the gap between breakaway duo Dirk Bockel and Belgium's Axel Zeebroek and the chasing pack, which includes world champion Javier Gomez and Spanish compatriot Ivan Rana at the 3km mark of the 10km run.

0423: Quick dip back at the Bird's Nest - the long jump qualifying is led by American Brittney Reese (6.87m) while defending champion Tatiana Lebedeva and the former heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft are also through.

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0421: Luxemburg's Dirk Bockel reaches the running transition stage in first place, with Britain's Alistair Brownlee looking good in fourth at the top of the chasing pack. With the heat and humidity destined to have some sort of influence in this final leg, we could be in for a thoroughly entertaining finish.

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0414: "Jamaica famously took gold, silver and bronze in the women's 100m. Why are they showing as having no bronze medals in the column in your full medal table?"
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Phil - The Jamaicans finishing second and third tied so were awarded silvers each. When that happens, no bronze medal is awarded.

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0411: Top throw from Goldie Sayers, who soars into Thursday's final with a 62.99m effort in the second round, beating the automatic qualifying mark of 61.50m. Wallop.

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0409: "Brownlee and Clarke flew by me as they start their final lap on the bike. Both are looking comfortable in the middle of the main pack. Nobody seems concerned about the three-man breakaway, their lead was about 30 seconds but none of the big boys are involved so it looks like it will come down to a shoot-out on the run. Tim Don has just gone past me and he is labouring about four-and-a-half minutes down and on his own. He has a long and lonely ride ahead of him."
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0408: Jade Johnson hits the long jump board and measures 6.61m, still 14cm short of the automatic qualifying mark. However, only one jumper has actually exceeded that distance and the sand-shy Johnson surges up into 11th place, which means she has qualifed for the 12-woman final. An up arrow all the way methinks. Never in doubt.

0401: We have a breakaway trio with a 33-second lead in the triathlon. There's plenty of chat going on between the riders, with Mexico's Francisco Serrano receiving more than his fair share of words.

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0358: Britain's Tim Don, who is way off the pace, has some sort of virus which has knocked him sideways during the cycling leg.

0350: Alistair Brownlee is eight seconds adrift of leader Matt Reed after lap three of the cycling stage in 21st place. Still in contention.

0345: Briton Goldie Sayers makes her bow in the women's javelin, but her first throw of 60.79m is short of the automatic qualifying mark of 61.50m.

0345: Defending Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica eases to victory in the fifth heat of the 200m winning in 23.04 ahead of Kadiatou Camara of Mali, while Nataliia Pygyda of Ukraine wins the final heat in 22.91secs with Jamaica's Sherone Simpson in second (22.94secs).

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0342: "A nightmare for Tim Don. He is not in the leading group of 40 and he has dropped off the chasing pack and is almost two minutes behind. He is now riding on his own and his Olympic dream seems over. The 20-year-old Alistair Brownlee is looking good and is right at the front after a fantastic swim, while Will Clarke is in the second group about a minute back."
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0340: Jade Johnson - famously allergic to sand - leaps a disappointing 6.15m with her second attempt of the day in the long jump, which means she really will need to pull an almighty final effort to reach Friday's final.

0336: The US are talking tough in the beach volleyball after their semi-final win over Brazil. "We're not done yet," said Kerri Walsh. "We want to get out there and kick butt against the Chinese on their home soil." Brazil's Renata Ribeiro says the US will be good as their word in the final, after coming off second best in that semi-final. "It is so difficult to win against them like this," said Ribeiro. "They are perfect. Nobody is going to beat them."

0332: I sometimes feel sorry for bog-standard indoor volleyball, very much the no-nonsense sport compared to its showboating, showpony cousins on the beach. We currently have Cuba taking on Serbia in the women's quarter-finals at the Capital Indoor Stadium, with the Caribbean islanders taking the first set.

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0329: "There were no worries for the three Brits on the swim leg. As they reach the pontoon they are looking well placed. It is blazing hot still and the bike leg, with that brutal hill, will be particularly punishing."
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0328: "Look out for Alistair Brownlee in the Tri. Last time I saw him he was kicking my a*se at the Ilkley triathlon. Considering he was still wearing armbands and stabilisers it was a fearsome performance. Future champ."
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0326: Britain's Emily Freeman finishes second in her 200m heat behind Rogaya Al-Gassra of Bahrain to reach the next round in the 200m. Al-Gassra wins in 22.81secs with Freeman clocking 22.95secs. Meanwhile, Jade Johnson leaps 6.33m with her first effort in the first round of the women's long jump, 42cm short of the required 6.75m mark. Former hepthatlon champion Carolina Kluft hits 6.70m with her first jump of the day.

0323: American Muna Lee wins the second 200m heat in 22.70secs but her performance isn't as smooth as Allyson Felix's.

0321: In the first pool of the javelin competition, the world champion Barbara Spotakova of the Czech Republic tops qualifying with 67.69m. Britain's Goldie Sayers will be going shortly in the second pool and will probably need to manage about 60m to qualify. The qualifying mark is 61.50m.

0319: At the transition stage of the triathlon, Shane Reed of N>ew Zealand currently heads the field, with France's Frederic Belaubre in second place. Alistair Brownlee is the best-placed Briton in 11th.

0316: As if Spain didn't have enough to celebrate this summer, they also have 2008 world champion Javier Gomez in action here in Beijing. The 25-year-old is one of the favourites here.

0311: Briton Will Clarke is currently third in the swim and looking good. Hunter Kemper of the USA is currently in the lead, while New Zealand's Shane Reed is second. Interesting chat about his brother Matt, who is competing for the USA. The elder Reed brother recently gained US citizenship after marrying an American. He has also competed for Australia too, having moved to the country in his younger days.

0305: Bit of chat about Alistair Brownlee competing in the men's triathlon. The 20-year-old was studying medicine at Cambridge before jacking that in to concentrate on his full-time triathlon career. The Leeds lad came up trumps as under-23 champion at the world championships last year.

0302: Meanwhile, back in the Bird's Nest, world 200m champion and 2004 silver medallist Allyson Felix of the USA easily wins her heat in a time of 23.02secs.

0300: We're off and there's an almighty bundle as the 56 competitors bustle for any sort of early advantage in the water.

0259: We're heading over to the Ming Tomb Reservoir for the men's triathlon, where Tim Don, Alistair Brownlee and Will Clarke compete for Britain. Don is the 2006 world champion, while Will Clarke finished fifth in last year's worlds. Brownlee, the youngest of the trio at 20, recently finished third in a World Cup event in Madrid.

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0250: "An open question for everyone (even you Pranav): Do you think that due to the success we've had with the bikes and in water sports, that more money from the lottery fund should go towards these sports as we are more likely to pick up medals in them than track and field?."
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Morning GBRK, I see your reasoning, but I think individual sports go through peaks and troughs. Cycling is reaping the benefits of a talented crop of riders competing right now, but it wasn't too long ago when we had the likes of Linford Christie, Sally Gunnell, Jonathan Edwards, Kelly Holmes etc winning medals on the track, so I think it would a short-sighted knee-jerk reaction if funding was funnelled towards more successful sports. Anyone else agree?
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0245: Brazil's Talita fires a serve into the net, handing the American duo their place in the final with a 21-12 21-14 victory. They will face Chinese opponents because Tian Jia and Wang play compatriots Xue and Zhang Xi in the second semi.

0236: The Brazilians call a timeout with the score 16-12 to the Americans in the second set. They are going to have to dig something out to rescue this one.

0232: Plenty of early debate on 606 about the merits of beach volleyball at the Olympics. I'm just wondering whether it will be compulsory to wear these outfits in London in 2012. If the weather is anything like it has been in the last week, you wouldn't catch me outside in my skimpies.

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0224: "Let's hope we have a Tremendous Tuesday and make it our best medal haul ever. All of Team GB should be proud of what we've achieved at these Games so far."
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0221: A spanking spike from Kerri Walsh secures the first set for the Americans in the beach volleyball, 21-12. They are looking invincible, with Walsh dominant at the net.

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0217: "Watching the beach volleyball. That's funny. It says "Bra" on the front of the Brazilians top bit. Why does it not say "pants" on the bottom bit?"
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0215: "There is still an hour to go before the start of the triathlon, which is being held at a fantastic location. Team GB has three competitors and a decent shout at a medal, but the heat is already a problem. I just spotted GB hope Will Clarke checking the pressure on his bike tyres. His family are all over here to support him and gave out a big cheer as he pedalled slowly past."
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0213: So you're a multi-million dollar global basketball icon and you've got a morning free from training - where do you go? So Kobe Bryant heads down to Chaoyang Park to see Walsh and May-Treanor dish out a right battering in the first set of the women's beach volleyball. I wonder if he's doing the "stir the caulderon" dance to Mousse T and Tom Jones' "Sexbomb", which is currently blaring out during the time out. Probably not.

0203: But it's over to Chaoyang Park and the women's beach volleyball semi-finals. First up we have defending champions the USA up against Brazil. The American duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh currently sport a 67-match unbeaten run, but are strangely seeded second. You do the math.

0201: At the Bird's Nest this morning we have the women's javelin qualifiying round (0200 - Goldie Sayers competes for GB), the women's long jump qualification round (0240 - GB's Jade Johnson in action) and the first round of the women's 200m heats (0300 - Emily Freeman goes for GB in heat four at 0321).

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0154: OK, I have to admit, the first stretch of Tremendous Tuesday isn't exactly box office, but there is British interest in the men's triathlon, which starts at 0300 at the Ming Tomb Reservoir. Running/swimming/cycling in the event are Alistair Brownlee, Will Clarke and Tim Don. The latter is the son of former Premier League referee Phillip Don. Wallop. The poodle-haired 2006 world champion - who doesn't look too dissimilar to England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom - has fought tooth and nail to ensure he is competing at these Games after he was banned from Olympic selection for missing three drugs tests in 18 months.

0152: And unto the 11th day, the Greek God of sporting virtue said: "Let there be another sackful of serious bling for the Brits at the velodrome. And while we're at it, make sure that Paul Goodison fella in that teensy boat earns his booty too, along with that lovely Christina Ohuruogu lass."

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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
Hoy clinches historic third gold
19 Aug 08 |  Cycling
British women book final berths
19 Aug 08 |  Athletics
GB Olympians continue gold rush
19 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Frodeno claims gold as Brits fade
19 Aug 08 |  Triathlon

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