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By Caroline Cheese

1555: Right, it's handover time. Oddly though, there is no sign of David Beckham, Leona Lewis or a London bus. But that's it from me, Dirsy will take you through the final two days in Beijing - which probably means it will rain golds, all of which can only be a good thing. Thanks for your hard work with the texts and 606 chat. See ya.

1549: With the athletics over for the day, it's time to start winding it up I'm afraid. Tomorrow's British-based highlights include: Sarah Stevenson in the taekwondo from 0200 BST, Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield attempt to qualify for the 10m platform diving final from 0300 BST, Tim Brabants targets another gold in the K1 500m (0830 BST)and Lucy Wainwright goes in the women's equivalent (0920 BST) at the canoeing and James DeGale fights for gold at the boxing at 1346 BST. In athletics, it's Lisa Dobriskey in the 1500m final at 1250 BST and then the women's 4x400m final at 1340 BST.

Gold medal
1543: Australian Steve Hooker does indeed vault 5.90m to clinch gold, forcing Yevgeniy Lukyanenko of Russia to settle for silver. Ukraine's Denys Yurchenko managed 5.70m before he had to pull out with an injury but that was still enough for bronze.

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1540: "Hooker. First Aussie male to win Gold in Athletics for 40 years. Long time between drinks."
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1538: "Re 1523: Timo, only because the cheetahs are rubbish with the baton. Bit like us really!"
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1536: "Never thought I'd say it, but WELL DONE Australia! Gold in the pole vault kept Russia from taking our third place on the medal table!"
Gary, London, via text on 81111

1530: GOLD Australia (Steve Hooker, men's pole vault)

1529: "It's a great feeling. I was really excited to go out there and give Usain his third world record."
Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell

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1523: "Wow. Jamaica were 50m ahead of anyone else! If they were racing a team of cheetahs they'd have still won!"
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1518: Usain Bolt performs a ropey forward roll as the Jamaican team complete their lap of honour. Just as well he's good at running, because he'd never win a medal for gymnastics. Asafa Powell is in stitches.

1514: Jamaica's new world record beats the Americans' previous mark, set in 1992, by three-tenths of a second. How about that? Usain Bolt wins three golds, breaks three world records. He actually is Superman.

Gold medal
1511: I agree with Steve Cram: "What more can you say?" Usain Bolt gallops round the bend on the third leg and after a safe changeover, Asafa Powell speeds to the line as Jamaica win gold in a new world record of 37.10 seconds. Bolt tears down the track after Powell and actually finishes in front of the Netherlands. Silver for Trinidad and bronze for Japan.

1511: JAMAICA WIN MEN'S 4x100m RELAY GOLD IN NEW WORLD RECORD

Gold medal
1510: Bryan Clay of the United States clinches gold in the decathlon ahead of Andrei Krauchnka of Belarus and Leonel Suarezthe of Cuba. Clay, who took silver in Athens in 2004, is a runaway winner in Beijing, recording the biggest winning margin - 240 points - since 1972. Britain's Daniel Awde climbs one place in the overall standings after the final event, the 1500m, to finish 21st in his first Olympics.

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1508: "My five-year-old daughter Charlotte is drawing pictures of Usain Bolt while she waits for the relay. Who needs Cbeebies?"
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1507: It's the men's 4x100m relay final now. Let mayhem commence...

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1504: "Re 1426: Tony Jeffries still serves the best burgers in Sunderland. Wearside loves you son!"
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1502: Spain are through to the Olympic men's basketball final after coming back to beat Lithuania 91-86 in a thrilling semi-final. Pau Gasol had 19 points for Spain and Rudy Fernandez added 18. It's Spain's second ever Olympic final - the last time they made it was 1984. You've got to feel a little sorry for Lithuania - they're playing for bronze for the fifth time in a row.

1501: GOLD - USA (Bryan Clay, decathlon)

Bronze medal boost for Britain
1457: David Price is rocked by a massive left hand from Roberto Cammarelle and the referee has seen enough. Price doesn't protest too much to be honest. The Liverpudlian will have to settle for bronze. The Italian was much too good.

Gold medal
1454: The Netherlands take gold in the women's hockey. Goals by Naomi van As and Maartje Goderie give them a 2-0 win over hosts China in the final. Argentina took bronze.

1454: Now I understand why Roberto Cammarelle is the reigning world champion. Ominous first round. David Price has to take a count but he bounces back - showing signs of improvement at the end of the round. He trails 5-0.

1454: An upset in the men's handball. Apparently. Iceland have beaten Spain 36-30 in their semi-final and progress to the gold-medal match against tournament favourites France. Crikey.

1453: No rest for the wicked. It's super-heavyweight David Price in the ring next. He's up against Italy's Roberto Cammarelle - the reigning world champion.

1452: GOLD - Netherlands (women's hockey)

1450: Britain's Daniel Awde is still 22nd overall after nine events of the decathlon. He finished 19th in the javelin with a mark of 53.18m and now has 6,866 points. With just the 1500m to go, Bryan Clay of the United States remains the runaway leader with 8,269 points.

1449: "Re 1420: That's Belgium's first medal! I realise we only got there because others messed up, but I don't care, it was still a great run."
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1445: "Re 1433: What's up with these baton changeovers, it's like England missing football penalties!"
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1443: More sticks, this time from BBC Sport's Claire Stocks: "It's all going off at the Hockey Stadium where China are playing Netherlands in the women's final. The place is packed to the rafters with orange-clad Dutch and red-clad Chinese cheering against each other wildly and banging thundersticks. Holland a 2-0 lead. Missed the start of the second half as a Dutchman in front of me in the queue for refreshments ordered 35 beers. Respect."

1442: Argentina have beaten Germany 3-1 to claim women's hockey bronze - they had Diego Maradona in the stands to cheer them on too.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1437: Sterling work from the Brits there. Pete Waterfield - an outside medal chance - qualifies in fourth for tomorrow's semi-finals of the men's 10m platform diving. Tom Daley eases through in 12th. China's Luxin Zhou is the frontrunner after scoring a massive 99.00 with one of his dives.

Gold medal
1436: China make it a clean sweep of the table tennis women's singles medals as Zhang Yining wins gold - her fourth - after beating Wang Nan 8-11 13-11 11-8 11-8 11-3 in the final. Guo Yue beat Singapore's Li Jia Wei to take bronze.

1433: "We messed up. I called for her (Emily Freeman's) hand, I was off balance trying to put the baton in her hand, I said 'stop Emily', it happened so fast."
Britain's Montell Douglas after the team drop the baton in the women's 4x100m final

1432: The men's 4x100m relay final - featuring Usain Bolt going for his third gold with Jamaica - is coming up at 1510 BST by the way.

1431: Latest from the men's basketball semi-final and Lithuania still have their noses in front against Spain, 66-62 after three quarters. Simas Jasaitis leads all scorers with 17 points for Lithuania so far.

1430: Let's not be too downcast about that bronze medal for Tony Jeffries. The bronze column in the Brits' medal tally was starting to look a bit pathetic. Russia, though, need only one more gold to overtake GB into third.

1427: GOLD - China (women's singles table tennis)

Bronze medal boost for Britain
1426: It's a bronze medal for British boxer Tony Jeffries in the light heavyweight class. He was outclassed by Ireland's Kenny Egan in their semi-final and, despite a brief rally at the start of the final round, the man from Sunderland ended up being beaten 10-3.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1423: Ireland's Kenny Egan is well on top against Tony Jeffries, and it looks as though the British boxer is going to have to settle for light heavyweight bronze. Egan is 8-1 up and almost out of sight heading into the final round - the Irish fans at ringside are making a bit of a racket too.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1421: Tony Jeffries is caught by a couple of hooks in round two - one to the body and one to the head. More clever boxing by Kenny Egan sees him open up a 4-1 lead.

Gold medal
1420: Absolute mayhem in the women's 4x100m relay. Let me try to make sense of it. Favourites Jamaica, as well as Great Britain, drop the baton on the second to third leg. That leaves a stunned but delighted Russia to take the gold ahead of Belgium and Nigeria.

1417: Britain's Tony Jeffries has made a cagey start to his light heavyweight semi-final with Ireland's Kenny Egan. They are level on one point apiece after the first round.

1416: RUSSIA WIN WOMEN'S 4x100m RELAY

1412: Tony Jeffries is next up in the light-heavyweight boxing semi-finals at the Workers' Gymnasium. He is up against Ireland's Kenny Egan.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1409: With one dive remaining in the men's 10m platform prelims, Pete Waterfield is sitting pretty in third, with Tom Daley sitting almost as pretty in 11th. They only have to finish in the top 18 to qualify for the semi-finals.

1405: Awful lot of texts asking why the medal table hasn't been updated. It has been - but it doesn't do so magically in front of your very eyes like the text. Press refresh. Go on. See what happens.

1403: GOLD - Ethiopia (Tirunesh Dibaba, women's 5000m)

1402: Another medal for Brazil, this time in men's football. They have beaten Belgium 3-0 in the bronze-medal match at Shanghai Stadium with Manchester City striker Jo scoring twice after Diego grabbed the opener. Nigeria play Argentina for the gold medal on Saturday.

1401: Hoops now... Half-time in the first men's semi-final and Lithuania narrowly lead world champions Spain 42-40.

Gold medal
1359: So Brazil's Maurren Higa Maggi wins the women's long jump with a first-round leap of 7.04m. Silver for Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia, bronze for Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria. Britain's Jade Johnson places seventh with a best of 6.64m, but Carolina Kluft fares even worse. The Swedish superstar is eliminated after the first three rounds and finishes down in ninth.

Gold medal
1355: Iran's Hadi Saei beats Italian Mauro Sarmientoto win the men's -80kg final to lift the second Olympic taekwondo gold medal of his career. Bronzes for four-time world champion Steven Lopez of the US and China's Zhu Guo... as we know only too well.

1352: GOLD - Brazil (Higa Maggi, women's long jump)

1350: Look, I'm going to come clean. I don't know when the diving is going to be on the telly/internet stream. I can only apologise. It's all I can do. Did I tell you Great Britain won their 18th gold earlier today? Everyone feel better now? Good...

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1346: Good stuff from our boys over at the Water Cube. Pete Waterfield lies third, Tom Daley 12th. Two dives remaining. The top 18 return tomorrow for the semi-finals when 18 will become 12 for the final later the same day. Must apologise for using the phrase 'our boys'. Went a bit tabloid.

1341: GOLD - Iran (men's -80kg taekwondo)

1338: The athletics continues with the women's 5000m up next on the track followed by the women's 4x100m relay final. Away from the Bird's Nest, boxing, boxing, boxing. And diving. Tony Jeffries (1401 BST) and David Price (1446 BST). Daley 'n' Waterfield continue splashing about.

1334: OK, so apparently some people do like to see showboating. Even in a semi-final? When you haven't even won anything? To fill you in, Martyn Rooney held out his arms as if to say 'where's everyone else?' as he crossed the line in that 4x400m relay heat. Nothing major.

1331: The qualifiers for the men's 4x400m relay final tomorrow: Great Britain, who are quickest, Bahamas, USA, Jamaica, Russia, Belgium, Australia and Poland.

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1328: "What the hell was Rooney doing with the baton at the end there? Sorry, but we are no Usain Bolt of the relay. Get a grip."
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It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1326: Martyn Rooney can afford to relax on the final leg of the men's 4x400m relay semi after team-mates Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin and Michael Bingham put him in a strong position. Their time is under three minutes. Jamaica and Bahamas take second and third. Bit of show-boating from Roo at the finish - and no one likes to see that.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
1324: "I have never seen scoring like it in my life. In any other match I would have won by about five points but the judges were not putting anything up. I knew the crowd would be behind him but I didn't think the scoring would be that bad. To be so close to a medal is absolutely gutting. But I've got to go back and do more training and in four years' time I will be on that first-place podium."
A tearful Aaron Cook is inconsolable after missing out on a bronze medal in the 80kg taekwondo

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1322: "I had some luck - you have to for five events to go so well. The crowd helped so much and it has been a great day. For two Brits to finish in the top seven in our first Olympics shows how strong we are."
Britain's Heather Fell celebrates her silver medal in the modern pentathlon. Katy Livingston finished seventh.

1320: The men's 4x400m relay heats are on the track now. The USA, Russia and Belgium qualify from the first. Britain go next.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1318: Diving update... Pete Waterfield is fourth in the 10m platform prelims after three of six dives. Tom Daley scores an impressive 86.40 with his third effort and is now 13th. Top 18 go into the semis.

1315: Jade Johnson's having a bit of a strop after her first three jumps in the long jump final. She uses some fruity language when discussing her series with coach John Herbert. She lies in seventh place with a best jump of 6.64m but should have three more jumps though. By the way the leader in this event, Brazil's Maurren Higa Maggi, was cleared by the Brazil's authorities of a doping offence because they upheld her claim that the positive test was caused by a hair removal cream.

British silver medal boost
1313: Lena Schoneborn is just too far ahead in the end and she clinches modern pentathlon gold for Germany. But Heather Fell allows herself a wave to her support camp as she comes into the final straight, silver in the bag. Fast-finishing Ukrainian Victoria Tereshuck picks up the bronze.

1310: HEATHER FELL WINS SILVER IN MODERN PENTATHLON

1308: With 1000m remaining, Heather Fell has closed the gap on Schoneborn to 11 seconds. Victoria Tereshuck - who started sixth - is tearing through the field. Watch out Heather.

1305: Just to fill you in. It's a staggered start in the modern pentathlon run depending on how well/badly you've done in the previous four events. Behind Heather Fell is France's world champion Amelie Caze and some very quick runners. Looks like the German has wrapped up gold though.

1301: DROP EVERYTHING! The modern pentathlon 3000m run is under way. Heather Fell lies second and it's a massive ask to catch up with the leader - but more to the point, there are some decent athletes behind her. Cross everything.

1257: The full list of qualifiers for tomorrow's women's 4x400m relay final: USA, Jamaica, Belarus, Nigeria, Russia, Cuba, GB, Germany.

Bronze medal
1255: Grrrrr... So near and yet so far for Britain's Aaron Cook. He misses out on a bronze in the men's 80kg taekwondo after being beaten 4-1 by China's Zhu Guo. Tough, tough luck for the 17-year-old after a fantastic effort to get this far - he is distraught at losing out on a medal.

1253: "The judging in Cook's fight is abysmal. I'm quite frankly appalled."
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1252: Taekwondo... Aaron Cook is having a frustrating time so far - he cannot get a point off the judges whatever he tries and has actually been deducted a point for two minor offences. Zhu Guo picks up another point so he leads by 2 to -1.

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1251: "I was just told to qualify so I was taking it easy but I didn't see the German."
Christine Ohuruogo after the 4x400m relay semi

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1250: All going swimmingly for Pete Waterfield at the Water Cube. The Brit lies third after two dives with the top 18 to qualify for the semi-finals of the 10m platform diving. Tom Daley is still 23rd but it's a better second dive - scoring 72.00.

1248: Britain's Aaron Cook is up against a partisan crowd in the Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium as he goes for bronze in taekwondo - the Chinese fans want their man Zhu Guo to get the medal. Cook is 1-0 down after round one.

1248: Manchester City striker Jo scores to give Brazil a 2-0 half-time lead against Belgium in the bronze medal play-off at the men's football.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1243: Christine Ohuruogo is strolling down the final straight. BEHIND YOU CHRISTINE! The German is sprinting down the inside and is all set to overtake when Britain's 400m gold medallist suddenly realises what's going on. A sudden last-minute burst saves the day. Phew. Britain qualify with Russia and Cuba.

1243: And Aaron Cook begins his fight for taekwondo bronze...

1241: Heptathlete Kelly Sotherton runs the second leg for GB and hands over just in the lead from Russia. Top three go through to the final, plus two fastest losers.

1238: GB in this women's 4x400m relay semi...

1234: Over to the sandpit for the final of the women's long jump and Jade Johnson's leap of 6.51m puts her fifth after round one. Solid start.

1229: At the men's football bronze medal play-off, a dominant Brazil take a 27th-minute lead over Belgium through Diego.

1225: After the first round of dives in the men's 10m platform prelims, Pete Waterfield is equal sixth, with Tom Daley 23rd. Russian Gleb Galperin leads the way. The top 18 will go through.

1222: Hmmmm. Tom Daley's first dive in the 10m platform diving prelims scores 68.00, which is pretty average. The 14-year-old's dives are not as difficult as his rivals - because of his age - so he has to make up for that with perfect execution, which is exactly what he did when he won the European title earlier this year.

1218: BBC Sport's man at the modern pentathlon Matt Pinsent confirms that Heather Fell will have to make up 19 seconds on leader Lena Schoneborn in the final event, the 3000m run at 1300 BST. Katy Livingston is in ninth overall, a minute behind. Schoneborn means 'born beautiful' in German. I don't know what she looks like so I can't confirm whether she lives up to her name.

1207: UK viewers, I'm told the diving will be on from 1300 BST. Until then, I'll try to keep you up to speed. Young Thomas Daley goes 23rd of the 30 competitors. The top 18 go through to tomorrow's semi-finals.

1203: The diving is under way and Pete Waterfield - who won synchro silver with Leon Taylor in 2004 - posts a pretty impressive 81.00 with his first effort in the 10m platform prelims.
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1201: Britain's Aaron Cook will face China's Zhu Guo in his bronze medal fight in the 80kg taekwondo. Zhu beat Nepal's Deepak Bista in the repechage and will take on the 17-year-old from Dorchester at about 1245 BST. Cook was inspired to take up taekwondo by the kids' TV show the Power Rangers.

1157: The modern pentathlon show jumping seems to be still going on which is why we don't have the official results. Latest guesstimate - Heather Fell will start her run 19 seconds behind the leader.

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1153: "Modern pentathlon team manager Dominic Mahony is my brother-in-law. Go, girls, go! Here's wishing you all the very best of British luck, bravehearts. Give it your all in the race, and run like the wind! So proud of all Team GB but of course Dom most of all - he led British Girls to gold and bronze in Sydney and bronze in Athens, what an amazing Olympics. Good luck!"
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1152: "Just got back from watching British decathlete Daniel Awde - he was magnificent in the pole vault - and he took the time to autograph my five-year-old son's ticket which made his day."
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Awde, who is in 22nd place overall with two events of the decathlon left, is in the first group to go in the javelin, which kicks off at 1200 BST.

1148: No wonder the British economy is struggling. Everyone's busy watching the modern pentathlon. The run - which is 3000m - starts at 1300 BST. Shall we see if we can concentrate on the diving and athletics until then?

1145: And also... A reminder that if you are in the UK and want to make sure you don't miss the big Olympic events of the day on BBC television, you can text the word ALERTS to 81008, and you will receive a couple of texts per day, for free, telling you to stick your telly on (or watch this website) because it's about to start!

1141: Now since it is quiet, I can tell you of a change to your viewing schedule on BBC1 and, for fancy TV owners, BBC HD later. And what a change. Instead of some dull old war film (probably), you can watch a re-run of the whole of the opening ceremony!! Starts at 2320 BST - ends on Monday sometime.

1134: I haven't nodded off. We've hit a mini-lull after the thrills and spills of the modern pentathlon show jumping. I'm awaiting official results of that. The run is at 1300 BST - perfect lunchtime entertainment.

1126: "Can we not persuade the IOC to drop running from the end of the modern pentathlon and replace it with cycling, rowing or sailing?"
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1119: "Come on Heather! Run like the wind girl! Never thought I would be this excited about modern pentathlon!"
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1116: Aaron Cook's coach Nelson Miller is none too happy. The taekwondo tyro lost his semi-final bout against Mauro Sarmiento right on the bell. "I'm not happy because from my point of view it was after the bell. The referee didn't want to make the call. It was pointless to have a discussion with them. The referee made a mistake but that was the best performance ever by Aaron Cook. I'm not disappointed."

1113: The all-important run in the modern pentathlon starts at 1300 BST. Before that though, we'll take in some diving with Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield going for Britain in the individual 10m platform prelims from 1200 BST.

1109: Oh no. My shaky modern pentathlon knowledge has tripped me up once again. It seems Heather Fell might have to make up about 20 seconds on leader Lena Schoneborn in the run.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1105: Britain's Aaron Cook will not face former Olympic champion Steven Lopez in his bronze medal fight. Instead, it'll be China's Zhu Guo or Nepal's Deepak Bista - at about 1245 BST.

1055: Terrific ride from Katy Livingston. Only one fence falls, the second best performance so far, and she moves up to ninth overall as it stands. She's probably too far behind to challenge the top three though.

1055: "Re 1049: I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Lena has run sub 10:30 before. Come on Fell! PB needed!"
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1055: BREAKING NEWS... Lyudmila Blonska is stripped of her heptathlon silver medal after testing positive for a banned steroid. She is also kicked out of the long jump final. American Hyleas Fountain will now move up to silver medal position in the heptathlon, with Russia's Tatiana Chernova taking the bronze. Britain's Kelly Sotherton moves up to fourth.

Gold medal
1052: What a day for Belarus at the Shunyi Lake. After C2 1000m glory earlier, they snatch victory in the K4 1000m ahead of Slovakia. Germany have to settle for bronze.

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1049: "Aaron Cook is only 17 and bidding for a bronze medal in the Olympics - it doesn't get much bigger than that. It's a huge achievement and I hope when the disappointment of missing gold or silver fades, he can realise that. He should feel very proud."
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1049: "Is Fell any good at running?" says GL on the text - speaking for a nation. She's got a personal best of 10 minutes 33 seconds. It sounds good to me.

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1044: "Gutted by the taekwondo - the Italian didn't initiate a single attack in the whole bout."
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1044: Modern pentathlon leader Lena Schoneborn produces a stunning effort in the show jumping, only one fence down. We reckon that gives her a nine-second head start over second-placed Heather Fell in the running.

1041: "That's terrible luck for Cook. What a shame."
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Gold medal blow for GB
1038: Agony at the taekwondo. With the last kick of the fight, Italian Mauro Sarmiento connects and takes a 6-5 lead over 17-year-old Brit Aaron Cook. Cook sinks to his knees, he's absolutely devastated. Pick yourself up, lad, you've got a bronze medal to fight for.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1035: Worthy of a 'Brit up' arrow. Heather Fell knocks down just the two fences and that's the second best ride so far. She's now in gold medal position - but the leader is up next on the course.

1035: Here comes Heather Fell at the modern pentathlon show jumping. Steady now, Heather. Aaron Cook is level with Mauro Sarmiento at 3-3 in round two at the taekwondo.

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1034: "Belarus are shocking the Germans in the multi-paddler canoeing events. Just two golds from six finals today is NOT what they were expecting."
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1031: Taekwondo... young Aaron is about to Cook up a storm in the -80kg category. The fella he's up against - Mauro Sarmiento - beat the world champion and one of the sport's legends Steven Lopez in the last round.

1029: GOLD - Belarus (canoeing, men's K4 1,000m)

Gold medal
1027: Germany's climb up the medal table is halted - temporarily I suspect - as Belarus pair Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich beat Christian Gille and Thomasz Wylenzek to gold. Bronze for Hungary.

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1023: "I think I get the modern pentathlon. Its basically the same as Gladiators. A load of ridiculous games with the run being the eliminator at the end. I hope we win it."
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1020: GOLD - Belarus (canoeing, C2 1000m)

1018: So far the fences are staying intact at the modern pentathlon show jumping. There have been plenty of refusals though - which prompts gales of laughter from a packed crowd hoping for more of yesterday's mayhem, no doubt.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
1012: Good news from the decathlon where Britain's Daniel Awde has bounced back from a disappointing showing in the discus - where he threw just 37.12m - with a personal best in the pole vault of 4.90m. That lifts him seven places in the overall standings to 22nd with 6,230 points. With just the javelin and the 1500m to go, Brian Clay of the United States is still way out in front in first place with 7,365 points.

1008: Confused by modern pentathlon? Here's Sir Matt to put you in the picture: "Heather Fell goes at 1035 BST, followed by the current leader Lena Schoneborn from Germany. In time terms Heather (second overall) is 12 seconds adrift of Schoneborn. They all accrue points as they go but the results as they've gone through the day are also expressed in time behind the leader. The run is handicapped at the end to make it first across the line wins - but that's for later. Katy Livingston goes at 1059 BST. She is a minute behind the German. Stadium filling nicely, sun retreating gently over the stand behind us."

1003: Now, a recommendation for you. If you missed show jumping mayhem yesterday, the video on this very website should put you in the picture (UK users, anyway).
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It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0957: Lee McConnell won't run in Britain's 4x400m relay team after being diagnosed with a quad muscle tear. Big blow that. I think I heard a whisper that Kelly Sotherton would be running in the heats later.

Gold medal
0953: And there we were fretting about the Russians... Germany add another gold to their tally as Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle win the men's K2 1000m ahead of Denmark and Italy. I bet Tim Brabants could have won that on his own. I make that 14 golds for Germany now - and they boss canoeing so there's probably more to come from the Shunyi Lake.

0950: "I enjoyed it, I had a game plan and picked him off. I got two or three up and I knew it would be hard for him."
Britain's Aaron Cook, just 17, after his win over Venezuela's Carlos Vasquez Carvajal in the quarter-finals of the 80kg taekwondo. He fights Italy's Mauro Sarmiento next.

0947: Panic not, UK users, the modern pentathlon will be on the live stream but it doesn't start until 1000 BST. Apparently, they have dropped six horses who 'under-performed' yesterday. This seems harsh - looked like the riders were more at fault to me. Pinsent says: "According to the press notes Lele (Heather Fell's ride) is a brown eight-year-old gelding who's described as lazy. Every other horse on the list is either 'normal' or 'hot'."

0944: GOLD - Germany (canoeing, men's K2 1,000m)

Gold medal
0942: Good news for Germany, bad news for Britain's medal (table) heads. The Germans triumph in the women's 500m kayak four. One of their crew posed for Playboy this month. Cheeky. And look! Another bronze for Australia! Silver for Hungary.

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0938: "Re 0916: For our girls, that horse lottery must be like winning the scented drawer liners in the village fete tombola."
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0932: GOLD - Germany (canoeing, women's K4 500m)

0929: I still have no pictures from the modern pentathlon so, not for the first time in my sport viewing career, I find myself pinning my hopes on Matthew Pinsent - although I never thought it would be in show jumping. Here's Sir Matt anyway: "Apparently Egypt's Aya Medany, third overall, can't ride for toffee but that's scant comfort for British fans with the randomness of that draw."

0924: Taekwondo now... Aaron Cook will fight again in his semi-final from 1030 BST. Win and he fights for gold, lose and he'll have a shot at bronze. I think.

0921: News just in. Australia have admitted defeat. Or is this some sort of mind game? "I think in gold medals you're probably uncatchable at this stage," Australia's Acting High Commissioner Frances Adamson tells BBC Radio 4. "In terms of the overall medal count, we may still have some hope. I think at this stage we'd certainly want to congratulate Britain's wonderful athletes for an amazing performance."

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0919: "Katy Livingston's horse will be Jingjing, who finished 19th yesterday. Let's hope our girls get more out of these two than their male riders did yesterday. Apparently there was some shocking riding going on."
Matthew Pinsent at the modern pentathlon

0916: I told you it was going too well. Britain's Heather Fell picks Lele in the horse lottery at the modern pentathlon. Lele and his/her rider finished 17th and 21st in the men's show jumping yesterday. Horse lottery. Another phrase I didn't expect ever to need.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0912: Everything's going too well. Britain's Aaron Cook wins his taekwondo quarter-final against Carlos Vasquez Carvajal of Venezuela 6-2. Not sure what that all means. Bear with me.

0907: Sir Matthew Pinsent was so taken by yesterday's comedy capers in the modern pentathlon show jumping that he's headed to watch the women in action at the Olympic Sports Centre Stadium today. Apparently, the horse draw - in which competitors find out if they will ride prize mare, Shetland pony or donkey - has just happened. Britain's Heather Fell lies second heading into the riding - which means it's time to start taking this event seriously.

0903: I'm on tear-watch... Moist eyes from Tim Brabants but no blubbing. In all the excitement I don't think I told you who won silver and bronze. It was Eirik Veraas Larsen of Norway and Aussie Ken Wallace. Ah, that's nice isn't it? Australia have got a bronze. Seriously, will stop this now. It's childish.

0900: There he goes! Tim Brabants hops up to collects his gold medal. The world and Olympic champion. Sounds good doesn't it? Does Great Britain own Shunyi Lake now? I think so...

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0859: "Go Tim! We bumped into him a few weeks back at the Royal Canoe Club following a teachers' end of term river expedition. My previously cocky mate came out of the showers with a tear in his eye having stood next to that physique..."
Andy W in Streatham via text on 81111

0857: Time for Tim Brabants to start limbering up. He'll have to make the big step up to the top of the podium in a minute.

Gold medal
0854: Attila Vajda - a big brute of a man, if you don't mind me saying - paddles his way to glory in the men's C1 1000m. Madonna's Material Girl is the song choice for his celebrations. Odd. Spain's David Cal picks up the silver, bronze for Canada's Thomas Hall.

0850: GOLD - Hungary (Canoeing, C1 1000m)

0849: And let's hear no more talk of a Cheese gold jinx. Nicole Cooke, the cycling sprint team, and now Tim Brabants will all tell you it simply doesn't exist. Well, they would if they'd be following the live text commentary but they've probably been quite busy. Anyway...

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
0846: "It's an incredible feeling to be Olympic champion - it's been a long time coming. It was a fantastic race, probably the most enjoyable race I have ever had and I am really pleased, not just for me but for my coach, friends and family who have given me so much support."
British kayaker Tim Brabants after winning gold in the men's K1 1000m

0843: Tim 'The Bullet' Brabants starts the celebrations at the canoeing, accompanied by Oasis's Rock 'n' Roll Star. Good choice. Brabants, by the way, goes for a second gold in the K1 500m tomorrow. That's not his favourite event, but the Bullet won't worry about that. He's on fire.

0839: "I am in an Olympic final - the dream is coming true. Darren is horrible to fight, he has so much raw strength, but I got through it because my training was spot on."
James DeGale after securing boxing silver

0838: Medal table obsessives will be pleased to know that moves Great Britain two golds ahead of the Russians. The main thing, though, is Britain are now seven ahead of the Aussies. I'm joking, Aussies. Just joking. Let us enjoy while it lasts OK?

Gold medal boost for GB
0835: You beauty. You little beauty. Tim Brabants absolutely ruled that race, went out quick and saw it home, leading from start to finish. That is Great Britain's first ever canoeing gold - and GB's 18th gold of these fabulous Games. Yeeeeeeeesssssssss.

0833: GOLD - TIM BRABANTS WINS!!!!!!!!!!!

0831: Tim Brabants out front but Canadian Adam van Koeverden is right there with him.

0830: And off they go...

0828: No time to celebrate James DeGale's boxing glory... we're going canoeing. Or kayaking to be exact. Tim Brabants is a definite medal contender in this K1 1000m final...

0825: "James 'DeGOLD' is coming..."
Anon via text on 81111

British silver medal boost
0821: James DeGale will fight for middleweight gold on Sunday after outboxing Darren Sutherland for a comprehensive 10-3 win. Bit of showboating in the final round as he looks to dance his way out of trouble - and he gets a smack in the mouth from Sutherland for his trouble - but a superb win for Chunky nonetheless.

0818: James DeGale gets caught at the end of round three and it's now 8-2 but Darren Sutherland probably needs a knock-out to take this semi-final. "Don't switch off," urges GB coach Terry Edwards.

BBC Sport
0817: "He's boxing superbly well - especially on the back foot."
BBC Sport analyst Richie Woodhall as DeGale takes an 8-1 lead over Sutherland

0814: James DeGale connects with a late uppercut to take a 3-1 lead. The Brit's looking good tactically against Darren Sutherland. The winner will fight for middleweight gold on Saturday..

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0810: I love the modern pentathlon. Love it. Britain's Heather Fell lies second overall after the swim, with riding and running to go. Katy Livingston is 15th. Germany's Lena Schoneborn leads the way. Round one of the boxing ends a point apiece.

0807: Here we are then. James DeGale and Darren Sutherland - not the best of mates by all accounts - make their way to the ring. Sutherland leads the head-to-head 4-1.

0804: Sport hurts. France's Alexis Vastine is sobbing his heart out after losing his light welterweight boxing semi-final to Felix Dias of the Dominican Republic. No time for sympathy: DeGale v Sutherland up next.

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0800: "Re 0426: To save months of detailed investigation, simply ask the Chinese gymnasts to quickly say what year they were born."
Anon via text on 81111
Well, it works for nightclub bouncers...

0754: Unbelievable scenes at the Capital Indoor Stadium where the USA come through an epic men's volleyball semi-final against Russia, clinching it in the fifth set. They'll play Italy or Brazil for the gold medal.

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0751: "If he beats Sutherland, I think James DeGale can go on to win the gold. The lads have shown great mental strength to get through and let's hope they can do even better than bronzes."
BBC Five Live pundit Richie Woodhall, boxing bronze medallist at the 1988 Seoul Olympics

0748: Here's the plan for today then: James DeGale fights at 0800 BST, Tim Brabants kayaks for gold at 0830 BST, Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield dive at 1200 BST, the modern pentathlon reaches its thrilling conclusion at 1300 BST, Tony Jeffries fights at 1401 BST, David Price fights at 1446 BST. And then there's a whole lot of Bird's Nest action starting at 1220 BST.

0739: Heads up fight fans, middleweight James 'Chunky' DeGale is up against Ireland's Darren Sutherland at 0800 BST in the first of three boxing semi-finals featuring Brits today.
Olympics blog - It's Chunky time

0733: Morning all. What time does It's A Knockout (also known as modern pentathlon show jumping) start then? Why isn't Stuart Hall in Beijing? So many questions...

By Ollie Williams

0726: Time for me to leave you for the day. All the Bird's Nest action, and Tom Daley's individual diving debut at the Games, will be brought to you by Caroline Cheese.

0716: Earlier I told you Gordon Brown had reached Beijing. I can now reveal that he's watching the modern pentathlon. He, too, has clearly heard about the comedy show jumping.

0714: The Bird's Nest swings back into life from 1200 BST. Today's finals are: the women's long jump, men's pole vault, women's 5000m, women's 4x100m, decathlon, and men's 4x100m. Want to know who to keep tabs on to see if Britain can stay above Russia in the medals? Check out the full list of Friday's Brits and Russians on 606.

0709: Live text lovely Caroline Cheese is in the building and insists I am now the British medal jinx, having failed to deliver a Shanaze Reade gold. She'll be in charge by the time Tim Brabants goes in the kayaking at 0830 BST - Godspeed, Tim.

0703: And congratulations to the six million of you who suggested women's shot put as the sport where beards are now prohibited. You may have guessed from this that sporting action in Beijing is at a premium right now.

0701: For those of you now wondering how to express themselves in facial foliage while pursuing an amateur boxing career, you can, I am told, have a pencil-line moustache. But that's your limit.

0659: Richard in Godmanchester (see 0651) probably has to get to work so without further ado, the answer to his question is boxing - according to our office know-it-all. There are various reasons why... possibly to do with judging. If a boxing expert gets through the door in the next half an hour, I'll get a solid answer.

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0653: "Heather Fell? I thought Shanaze fell."
bobsingapore on 606

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0651: "I have an Olympics-related quiz from work and one of the questions is: 'In which sport would you not be allowed to compete with a beard?' Any ideas?"
Richard in Godmanchester via text on 81111

We reckon we have the answer here, but anyone want to guess for the next five or ten minutes?

0648: South Korea will be in the Olympic baseball final - the last Olympic baseball final, for that matter, since it's being dropped after Beijing. They beat Japan 6-2.

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0647: "Without taking anything away from Tom Daley, why should a 14-year-old be allowed to compete in one event, when there are controversies regarding 16-year-olds in gymnastics?"
mexito on 606

0643: "Speaking of comedy horses," says a colleague, "what does everyone think of Bernie Clifton in Beijing?" Ambassador for Britain? Or unfunny man sat atop a giant, cuddly ostrich? (If you've not seen footage of Bernie Clifton in Beijing, or don't know who Bernie Clifton is, keep it that way.)

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0638: And Devonians continue to impress at the Games. Heather Fell, who used to work as a barmaid near Tavistock to pay for her training, will now officially go into modern pentathlon's swimming event in third, on the same score as Anastasia Samusevich, from Belarus. The real threat will come from Egypt's world number two, Aya Medany, who's in silver just now and is also a decent swimmer. German's Lena Schoneborn is leading but can be expected to lose a bit of ground - or pool - in the swim. Two events after this, including more comedy horse action. (I like modern pentathlon but the show jumping is very difficult to take seriously.)

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0635: "Look out for little Tom Daley in the diving later. Get us a gold for Devon me lover!"
oggieboy on 606
The Westcountry massive has been out in force today. Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield (a man who has had practically no media attention thanks to his 14-year-old team-mate) are in action at 1200 BST.

0631: The Shanaze Reade post-mortem (not literally, despite her three crashes this week) continues. I wonder what would have happened had she taken out the eventual gold medallist, Anne-Caroline Chausson, on that final corner? Chausson was very lucky to stay upright when Reade's bike made contact. Somehow I doubt the BMX rule book would have given Chausson much to shout about, and she'd have missed gold too, despite Reade clearly being at fault. And if I'd been Chausson at that point, a broken hand would have been the least of Shanaze's worries.

0627: If you're in the UK you have the chance to watch a bit of baseball via the video console on this site or your red button. South Korea are leading Japan 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth in the first semi-final. Huge game later - the US against Cuba at 1100 BST.

0623: Continuing the Gold War, remember that Britain's Heather Fell is fourth (or joint third, depending on how you look at it) after two events in the modern pentathlon. We now know that puts her a couple of places ahead of Russia's Tatiana Mouratova, but by a narrow 24-point margin.

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0620: "Ukrainian super-heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov has pulled out of his semi-final bout because of an elbow injury. Chinese Zhang Zhilei will move to the final by walkover and meet the winner of the other semi-final between Britain's David Price and Italian Roberto Cammarelle."
cornetg on 606
Very good spot - I've just double checked and you're correct. So we now know who David Price will face if he can win his semi.

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0617: "The sand sticks to men's bodies in beach volleyball because of the body figure. Men are all muscles and hair while the women are curvy. Also the skin type matters as most men have rough skin compared to women. Plus it rained yesterday in Beijing so the sand was wet, meaning the lift wasn't there for the sand to stick."
ars_shabby on 606
I have no idea if that's correct, but it sounds convincing enough to me. Case closed. (See 0514.)

0612: With no medal at all from the BMX, Britain's third place in the medal table becomes increasingly vulnerable. A reminder that you can find details of every British and Russian athlete going for Friday's gold medals over on 606.

0609: The US are leading their men's indoor volleyball semi-final 1-0 against Russia, but trail 5-4 in the second set.

0605: If you are just joining us for the action from Beijing, I urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to watch Shanaze Reade's race from earlier this morning. She fell at the final bend in the most dramatic 30 seconds of action I have seen in a long time. It is not to be missed. The video is available on our site if you're in the UK.

0600: Also on the go right now - pole vault at the decathlon, table tennis, indoor volleyball, precious little else. The taekwondo has just ended for the morning, it'll be back at 0800 BST if you want to follow Aaron Cook's progress. There's boxing coming up soon too, although the first British action isn't until 0800 BST, when James DeGale faces Darren John Sutherland in their middleweight semi-final.

It's good news for GB at the Olympics
0557: Our man at the modern pentathlon, Andrew Cotter, has given me the latest on the British duo. Heather Fell is well-placed in fourth after the fencing, with Katy Livingston in 20th place. Certainly good news for Fell with arguably her strongest event, the swim, up next. She should be in a very healthy position going into the show jumping - and if you saw Thursday's pentathlon show jumping for the men, you'll know it pays not to rely on the horses for any favours.

0550: Normally, at about this hour, I'd be getting all excited about the sailing. Sadly there isn't any, since all the classes have now finished, so Britain's guaranteed gold-per-day ration of either sailing or cycling has now totally disappeared. Rob Walker is probably sat, alone, wet and shivering, in a dinghy off the Qingdao coast, wondering where everybody has gone.

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0545: "Pardon our ignorance, but why is one player on each of the Volleyball teams wearing a different colour strip?"
Nicky and Andy in Taunton via text on 81111

My replacement in a couple of hours' time, Caroline Cheese, answered this one the other day. To quote the lady herself: "That player is the libero, the defensive player responsible for digging up shots and setting up counter-attacks." Not sure why that warrants a different shirt, mind you.

0542: You're a major footwear manufacturer with an incredibly lucrative sponsorship deal involving Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang. Liu pulls out of his main event, expected to be watched by the entire Chinese nation and most of the rest of the world, moments before it is due to begin. That's a problem. The solution? These words, next to Liu's face, in full page adverts across the globe: "Love competition. Love risking your pride. Love winning it back. Love giving it everything you've got. Love the glory. Love the pain. Love sport even when it breaks your heart."

I want one of those with Shanaze on it, and the line: "Love sport even when it breaks your hand."

0537: Back at the Bird's Nest, the decathlon rumbles on. GB's Daniel Awde didn't make a huge impact in the discus, placing 28th out of the 29 competitors who actually managed a throw. Bryan Clay, the US man who has led this event practically since the start, has widened his lead after that mammoth discus effort. (See 0351.)

0533: The indoor volleyball players, all warming up by bouncing balls and trying out their serves, look like schoolchildren about to play dodgeball. Ever play that? Lob that in with BMX and the open water swimming and we've got triathlon for the new millennium.

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0530: Australia wrap up a 2-0 win over Britain to confirm the below. Not a hugely satisfying tournament for British hockey but given both the women and men technically outperformed their world rankings, some would say it's progress.

0528: Now it's 2-0 in the hockey, Australia coasting to fifth place with a minute left - Britain will take sixth.

0526: Time for a point of view from Down Under - thanks, PomSyd74 on 606, for the following link...

0523: Protests about goals are in vogue. The South Korean women's handball team have had their protest about a last-gasp Norwegian goal, which sent Korea out of the competition, dismissed. The Koreans staged a sit-in protest after the match, insisting Norway captain Gro Hammerseng had scored after the final whistle.

0521: Much consternation at the hockey. Australia's women appear to take a 2-0 lead over Great Britain with a goal that looked very much as though it hit an Australian foot on the way in. Replay after replay is proving pretty conclusive about this... and the goal is now ruled out. Still 1-0.

0517: More info on 17-year-old GB taekwondo hopeful Aaron Cook who, in the absence of a BMX gold, moves unexpectedly up the list of British priorities this fine Friday.

Aaron had his mum, his girlfriend and Princess Anne, no less, watching his crushing 7-0 win over Marshall Islands opponent Anju Jason earlier. Next he'll face Venezuela's Carlos Carvajal Vasquez - when I know a time I'll pass it on.

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0514: "Interestingly sand does stick to the men's bodies whereas it didn't stick to the women last night! Anyone have any answers?"
Chris1215tine on 606
This subject continues to intrigue a worryingly large number of people, both by text and on 606. I have no idea what the answer is - does anybody know anything about the mechanics of sand in beach volleyball?

0512: A final, superb block from Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser is enough to hand the American duo beach volleyball gold over Brazil.

Gold medal
0511: GOLD - US WIN MEN'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL

0508: A British penalty corner attempt goes just wide so the Aussies still hold a 1-0 lead in the hockey.

0507: Shanaze Reade is having an x-ray on a suspected broken hand.

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0505: "Your 'GB vs the Russians' article doesn't mention the boxing. Have we any golden moments possible in the square ring?"
Mike via text on 81111

The reason for that is there are no boxing finals on Friday (the article only covers Friday's medals... oh the suspense when we get to the weekend!). James DeGale and Tony Jeffries have semi-finals and can win through to their finals, but they cannot earn gold, which is what the article deals with. I will, of course, happily include them in the weekend edition if they win...

It's bad news for GB at the Olympics
0500: Answer - no, they don't. Britain's goal is ruled out and Australia are still 1-0 up. I have no idea why that goal has not been given. I think it's to do with whether Mel Clewlow's shot was in fact a shot or not. Bizarre.

0459: Mel Clewlow scuffs her initial shot but Sarah Thomas makes no mistake, clatters the ball into the net, and Britain's hockey players level it up at 1-1. Or do they? It's gone to the video ref...

0457: As a bit of a canoeing fan, I'm inclined to respond to paolacarla on 606, who has reprimanded me for my slack canoeing terminology.

Yes, there is a difference between canoeing and kayaking. But in my experience, people at the very top of the sport happily refer to their discipline as either, and frequently just call it "paddling". Tim Brabants is, however, if you're being pedantic, a K1 competitor - which means one person per kayak (a kayak being a boat in which you sit down, equipped with a paddle where you use both ends).

0451: A reminder that if you are in the UK and want to make sure you don't miss Friday's big Olympic moments, text the word ALERTS to 81008. If you do that, you'll get a couple of texts per day, for free, telling you when the day's top events are about to start. Could be vital as GB and Russia trade medal opportunities in the scrap for third place. (Even being in a fight for third place with Russia is quite an achievement



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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 14 photos
22 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Olympics day 14 preview
21 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Reade crashes out of BMX medals
22 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Brabants powers into canoe final
18 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
Brits to watch: Katy Livingston
04 Aug 08 |  Olympics
GB & US both out of sprint relay
21 Aug 08 |  Athletics


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