London 2012 Daily round up
30th July 2012
Last modified on August 23rd, 2021
Each morning during the Olympic Games on PlanetSKI we bring you a summary of how things are from Team GB. How we have done and what is coming up during the day. In the avalanche of information we hope you find it interesting and useful.
Day Sixteen…Sundat August 12th
MAGIC MO-MENTS AS FARAH DEDICATES HIS TWIN GOLDS TO HIS TWIN BABIES
Gold: 28, Silver: 15, Bronze 19
MAGIC Mo Farah led the way on the penultimate day of the London 2012 Olympics, adding 5,000-metre Gold to his 10,000-metre gong as Team GB continued to send shockwaves through the medal table.
And while Farah secured GB’s 27th Gold in the Olympic Stadium, bantamweight boxing ace Luke Campbell was preparing for an ultimately successful Gold medal bout against Ireland’s John Joe Nevin which took the tally to 28 Gold medals.
Earlier in the day, kayak king Ed McKeever had powered his way to Gold in the K1 200 metres at Eton Dorney, and Liam Heath and Jon Schofield took bronze in the kayak double just 30 minutes later.
The Games may be coming to a close, but Team GB shows no sign of letting up in its assault on the medal table.
Magic Mo-ments in 5,000 Metres
It had shades of Dame Kelly Holmes’ twin victories at the Athens Olympics, and Mo Farah’s face as he crossed the line bore all the same hallmarks of a heroic, historic performance.
Determined to lead from the front, Farah held off an international onslaught of 5,000-metre talent as he gave it his all in a final charge for the line in a packed Olympic Stadium.
And having secured 5,000-metre Gold to add to the 10,000-metre Gold he won seven days previously, Farah, said: “It’s a dream! Two Gold medals – who would’ve thought that?
“And my twins are coming. They could arrive any day and the doctors told us they could arrive any time in the next 12 days. It’s amazing!
“The crowd made an unbelievable noise. I’d just like to thank everyone who has supported me all my career, all my coaches down the years who have contributed to this win.”
Frantic BBC backroom staff were left re-arranging the studio furniture as pundits performed their now trademark on-air theatrics, but in Farah’s case you couldn’t blame them.
There was not a soul in the stadium who wasn’t willing him on to a victory which he claimed in 13:41.66, just 0.32sec ahead of his nearest rival, Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, while Kenyan Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa took third.
Kayak king McKeever powers to Gold
Ed McKeever stormed to victory in the men’s 200-metre kayak final at Eton Dorney on Saturday, taking the Gold medal ahead of Spain’s Saul Craviotto Rivero.
McKeever, 28 and from Bath, led from the start and finished in a time of 36.246 seconds, clinching GB’s second canoe sprint Gold medal.
“I’m so happy,” he said afterwards. “I’m so happy to do it front of a home crowd. I was like a kid at Christmas this morning waiting to open his presents. I get to open those presents soon.
“A hard wind made the race a bit longer. I wanted to focus on the first three strokes, I wanted to nail them and hopefully the rest sorted itself out which it did.”
Campbell takes another boxing Gold
Hull bantamweight Luke Campbell captured Team GB’s second boxing Gold of London 2012 as he defeated Ireland’s John Joe Nevin 14-11 in a pulsating final at the ExCeL Arena on Saturday.
Campbell, 24, became the first British bantamweight to win Gold since 1908 and emulated Nicola Adams’s success with a gutsy performance in the first Olympic final between British and Irish boxers.
“I’m lost for words, very emotional,” said Campbell. “It’s something I’ve worked for all my life. I can’t believe it.
“Nevin’s a top fighter, it was a very difficult fight, very technical. It was just about outwitting each other.
“I had to be on my game to win and thankfully I was. I can’t believe it. I’m very proud to be from Hull and I really appreciate all the support both there and here in London.”
Campbell had met Nevin twice before and the highly-rated duo held a win each while the Irish boxer showed his quality in this tournament by defeating reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada in the semi-final.
Daley dives his way to Bronze
Tom Daley delighted a raucous Aquatics Centre tonight as he dived his way to Bronze in the men’s 10-metre individual platform.
The relief throughout the centre after Daley’s and the Plymouth-born diver’s joy was infectious, and as the final scores went up Daley and his team flipped into the diving pool.
“I gave it my best shot, I gave it absolutely everything,” said Daley, who was allowed to re-take his first dive after camera flashes put him off.
“The retaken dive is one down side to having a home crowd,” he said. “I can’t wait to see my family and have a massive bundle! To be honest I was very nervous. I went in to it with a do-or-die mentality.”
Men’s marathon efforts
Team GB have never won Gold at an Olympic marathon, but the men will have their chance to change that today.
Scott Overall and Lee Merrien are Team GBs best hopes to end the drought. Merrien was the first Briton to cross the line at this year’s London Marathon while Overall, who was selling shoes a year ago, finished eighth at the New York marathon.
Boxing clever with Joshua and Evans
Both Anthony Joshua and Freddie Evans have the chance to boost Team GB’s Gold medal tally today.
Joshua faces Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the super heavy weight category, while Evans is up against Serik Sapiyev of Kazakstan in the welterweight bought.
A very modern pentathlon
Team GB’s female modern pentathletes are in the hunt for medals on the final day of Olympic competition.
Mhairi Spence is reigning world champion, while Samantha Murray claimed bronze in the same race, and the pair will be looking to carry their form into London 2012.
Killeen keen on MTB success
Liam Killeen is in the mix to add to Team GB’s cycling haul of 12 medals today as he competes in the men’s mountain bike. Killeen will be hoping that he can improve on his seventh place from Beijing 2008.
Team GBs athletes competing today (Sunday)
- SUN 12 – 08:00 – MP – Modern Pentahlon – Women’s Fencing – Copper Box – MURRAY Samantha, SPENCE Mhairi
- SUN 12 – 11:00 – AT – Men’s Marathon – The Mall – MERRIEN Lee, OVERALL Scott
- SUN 12 – 12:35 – MP – Modern Pentahlon – Women’s Swimming – Aquatics Centre – MURRAY Samantha, SPENCE Mhairi
- SUN 12 – 13:30 – CM – Mountain Bike – Men’s Cross-country – Hadleigh Farm – KILLEEN Liam
- SUN 12 – 14:15 – BX – Men’s Welter (69kg) Final Bout – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – EVANS Freddie GBR VS SAPIYEV Serik KAZ
- SUN 12 – 14:35 – MP – Modern Pentathlon – Women’s Riding – Greenwich Park – MURRAY Samantha, SPENCE Mhairi
- SUN 12 – 15:15 – BX – Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) Final Bout – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – CAMMARELLE Roberto ITA VS JOSHUA Anthony GBR
- SUN 12 – 18:00 – MP – Modern Pentathlon – Women’s Combined – Greenwich Park – MURRAY Samantha, SPENCE Mhairi
Day Fifteen…Saturday August 11th
FIVE MORE MEDALS FOR TEAM GB AND THE SAILORS LEAD THE WAY
Gold: 25 Silver: 15 Bronze: 17
It was dubbed Fab Friday and although there was no addition to Team GB’s glittering tally of 25 Gold Medals, the combined total continued to rack up.
Friday produced FIVE more medals for Team GB and the sailors led the way with both men and women claiming Silver (see picture, above) in the 470 class and Bronze medals coming from the women’s hockey team – a first Olympic hockey medal since 1992 – and Anthony Ogogo’s brave campaign in the boxing.
There was a further Bronze bonus late last night when Lutalo Muhammad came through a two-fight taekwondo repechage to claim the medal in the -80kg division.
A Regatta to Remember for London 2012
It was a day to savour for Team GB’s 470 sailors as both male and female squads claimed Silvers at Weymouth and Portland yesterday.
First came the men’s event and, after a day’s delay due to the fact that the wind did not blow on Thursday, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell needed to finish two places ahead of Australia. They set out strongly and moved into the Gold medal position as they approached the first mark.
But their rivals proved too fast in light winds as Patience and Bithell had to settle for fourth in the final medal race, with the Australians finishing two places ahead in second.
Despite their initial disappointment with the final standings, the British pair were overjoyed with their performance in what was an Olympic debut for the pair.
“It’s just so good to get Silver. It’s been three or four years of hard work together and 15 years in our heads and we’re on the Olympic podium.
“It’s not Gold but we’re young boys and there’s plenty of time. Stuart’s a legend and we’re happy boys. What a week!” said Skipper Patience.
Then came Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, the pair needed to finish ahead of the New Zealand duo whom they were tied on points.
They too looked to be on course to secure Gold, but the variable wind on the notoriously tricky Nothe course did for them and they slipped down to finish ninth, while the New Zealand crew streaked to victory.
“We had the Kiwis on the start line and then we let them go to the right and we were wedged in with a few boats and couldn’t follow them out there,” said Clark.
“Then when the wind dropped we knew the Gold medal was gone. But Hannah’s a legend, when we started sailing together 18 months ago we put everything in and we weren’t even thinking about medals.”
It ends what has been another successful regatta for Team GB, claiming five medals throughout the competition with one Gold and four Silvers.
Kate Walsh and Co make sure of Bronze
Team GB women’s hockey team ensured they did not leave London 2012 empty handed after they beat New Zealand 3-1 yesterday to win Bronze.
A packed and raucous Riverbank Arena crowd was treated to a commanding performance from Danny Kerry’s side, who ensured they finished on a high to win Great Britain’s first Olympic hockey medal since 1992 and only their second ever.
Captain Kate Walsh recovered from a broken jaw earlier in the tournament to captain her side to the first British Olympic hockey medal in 20 years.
“It has been a whirlwind two weeks,” she said. “The semi-final result to Argentina was pretty devastating and that hurt a lot, but we know each other so well and I just knew that come today we’d be ready and we’d be on it.”
“It was a bit of a strange game, it was one of those ones that when you’re playing it you’re concentrating every second, but I was also able to take a little step back now and again and think that this is good, we’re playing well,” she said.
“As soon as I got injured I thought that was my tournament over because I could feel my teeth over the other side of my mouth! But once I woke up, the surgeon was so confident that there was no stopping me and I wanted to get back out on the pitch with the team.”
“We all had this unwavering confidence that we were going to get something from this tournament, and once we couldn’t get Gold we made sure we were going to get Bronze,” she added.
Head coach Danny Kerry said he learnt a lot from the team’s performance at Beijing 2008, where they finished sixth, and that he was pleased with the way his team had performed at London 2012.
“I’m content. That was seven and a half years of work that went into this afternoon,” he said. “You always hear medal winners saying they just kept going or just kept coming back, and you’ve seen that here with Kate (Walsh) and the rest of the team.
“After the semi-final we were obviously disappointed but I knew we’d be good to go and that comes from a lot of hard work.”
Ogogo goes home with Bronze
Anthony Ogogo had to settle for Bronze as he lost out to Brazilian Florentino Falcao at the ExCeL arena yesterday.
Ogogo’s 16-9 loss cost him a place in the middleweight final, leaving the British boxer with Bronze.
And the middleweight admitted that he was “devastated” and “sad” but was determined to remain “humble and gracious”.
In time, he said, he will come appreciate his Broze and accepted he was beaten by the better fighter on the day.
“It was a tough fight,” he said. “I gave it my best and I have still got a Bronze medal. It has taken a lot out of me but I can’t use that as an excuse. He is a good fighter and I didn’t turn up.”
Lutalo Muhammad’s Medal delight
Lutalo Muhammad went a long way to justifying his hotly-debated inclusion in the taekwondo team by winning bronze in the -80kg division.
He had lost in the quarter-finals on Friday afternoon and apologised for not delivering the performance he wanted but grabbed his second chance a few hours later. Lutalo bravely prevailed in both repechage contests to delight ExCeL Arena crowd and take the Bronze.
Just a Mo… Farah for the double
Mo Farah will look to add the 5,000-metre title to his 10,000-metre Gold medal today as he competes in the final.
Farah eased his way into the finals with a third place finish in his heat and will be hoping he can match his performances on Super Saturday.
Campbell goes for Gold
Luke Campbell will fight to claim Olympic Gold today at the ExCeL arena against Ireland’s John Nevine.
The all-British Isles affair will decide who wins the title of Bantam weight Olympic champion, and Campbell will be hoping he can claim Team GB’s second boxing Gold medal and the first one to be won by a man in the ring.
Men set to match the Aussies
Team GB’s men’s hockey team will have to put the disappointment of their mauling at the hands of the Netherlands as they face Australia in the Bronze medal match at the Riverbank Arena today.
The men recorded a 3-3 draw against Australia in their group stage match, and will want to go one better to secure a medal at London 2012.
They will be looking to match the performances of their female counterparts who beat New Zealand to Bronze yesterday.
Daley’s in at the deep end today
Tom Daley will look to add an Olympic medal to his Commonwealth Games and European Championship Golds as he competes in the 10 metre Individual Platform.
Daley qualified well, ending in 15th place last night, and will look to better his performance in his pursuit for Team GB’s first diving medal since Athens 2004.
His synchronised diving partner Peter Waterfield could not make it as he ended the preliminary round outside the top 18 qualification spots for today’s semi-final and final.
McKeever on the march
Ed McKeever looked in imperious form as he paddled into the finals today by winning his semi-final heat at Dorney Lake.
The world champion is expected to be pushing for a medal in the canoe sprint, and McKeever qualified fastest for the final in a time of 35.619 seconds.
Team GB athletes in action today:
- SAT 11 – 09:00 – AT – Men’s 50km Race Walk – The Mall – KING Dominic
- SAT 11 – 09:37 – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 200m Men Final A – Eton Dorney – MCKEEVER Ed
- SAT 11 – 10:00 – DV – Men’s 10m Platform Semifinal – Aquatics Centre – DALEY Thomas
- SAT 11 – 10:21 – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 200m Women Final A – Eton Dorney – WALKER Jess
- SAT 11 – 10:48 – CF – Kayak Double (K2) 200m Men Final A – Eton Dorney – HEATH Liam, SCHOFIELD Jon
- SAT 11 – 12.00 onwards – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Finals – Weymouth – Nothe – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
- SAT 11 – 12.30 – CM – Women’s Cross-country – Hadleigh Farm – LAST Annie
- SAT 11 – 13:20 – MP – Modern Pentathlon – Men’s Swimming – Aquatics Centre – WOODBRIDGE Nick, WEALE Sam
- SAT 11 – 15:20 – MP – Modern Pentathlon – Men’s Riding – Greenwich Park – WOODBRIDGE Nick, WEALE Sam
- SAT 11 – 15:30 – HO – Men’s Bronze Medal Match M37 – Riverbank Arena – Main Pitch – AUSTRALIA VS GBR
- SAT 11 – 17:00 – AT – Women’s 20km Race Walk – The Mall – JACKSON Johanna
- SAT 11 – 19:30 – AT – Men’s 5000m Final – Olympic Stadium – FARAH Mohamed
- SAT 11 – 18:45 – MP – Modern Pentathlon – Men’s Combined – Greenwich Park – WOODBRIDGE Nick, WEALE Sam
- SAT 11 – 20:25 – AT – Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final – Olympic Stadium – GBR
- SAT 11 – 20:30 – if progress – DV – Men’s 10m Platform Final – Aquatics Centre – DALEY Thomas
- SAT 11 – 20:45 – BX – Men’s Bantam (56kg) Final Bout – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – NEVIN John Joe IRL VS CAMPBELL Luke GBR
Day Fourteen…Friday, August 10th
TEENAGE RAMPAGE AS TAEKWONDO ACE JADE BATTLES TO TEAM GB’S 25TH GOLD
Gold: 25 Silver: 13 Bronze: 14
Team GB continued to carve their way into history as, after a day without medals on Wednesday, the squad were back harvesting Golds in yet another record-breaking day of London 2012.
First came Charlotte Dujardin in the individual dressage, the first female rider to win two Olympic Gold medals for Team GB with a score of 90.089, while Laura Bechtolsheimer claimed Bronze.
And as the crowds erupted at Greenwich Park, Nicola Adams boxed her way into Olympic history as the first female boxing Olympic Gold medallist, beating long-time rival Ren Cancan of China.
And the day ended on a high when 19-year-old Jade Jones (pictured) overcame two-time world champion Yuzhuo Houin from China 6-4 to claim Team GB’s 25th Gold medal of the Games.
It has been said before during the London games, but once again it’s ‘Girl Power’ that claims the medal glory for Team GB.
Gold… and Jade jumps for joy
Teenaged taekwondo sensation Jade Jones launched her headgear into the air as she celebrated clinching Team GB’s 25th Gold of the Games last night.
Diminiutive 19-year-old Jones, from Flint in North Wales, overcame two-time world champion Yuzhuo Houin 6-4 in a dramatic final, sparking jubilant scenes at the ExCeL Centre.
“Before I came out I thought ‘I’m not letting her beat me here in front of the home crowd’. To be the first athlete to win Olympic gold is amazing,” she said before racing around the arena waving the flags of Britain and Wales with pride.
Her victory makes her one of Britain’s youngest Gold medallists of all time.
Dujardin dances to dressage Gold
It had already been a fantastic Olympics for Team GB’s equestrian squad, but the individual dressage created more history at Greenwich Park on Thursday.
Charlotte Dujardin was the last to perform, and her score of 90.089 was enough to topple the Netherlands’ Adeline Cornellison from the top spot and claim her second Gold medal of the competition.
And she was quick to praise the part played by her mount, Valegro: “It’s unbelievable, I’m very emotional. He felt very tired but he still gave me everything. I can’t believe it was only last January that we did our first Grand Prix together and now we have two Olympic Gold medals!”
Dujardin, 27, performed to movie themes such as the Great Escape and Live and Let Die and is now the first British woman to win two equestrian Gold medals at a single Olympiad.
“It’s been amazing since I got the phone call to say I’d made the team. Not many people get this chance and to come here with such a fantastic horse like Valegro and win doesn’t feel real,” she said.
The Enfield-born rider did not find herself alone on the podium, however, with her team-mate Laura Bechtolsheimer secured Bronze with a score of 84.339.
It ends what has been a record-breaking Games for the equestrian team: it is the first time that a Team GB squad has won medals in all three of the disciplines in the sport.
Adams enters boxing history
Team GB’s Nicola Adams flashed a winning smile as she became the first Olympic champion in women’s boxing, defeating China’s Ren Cancan in style at the ExCeL Arena.
History-making Adams, a current world Silver medallist, won the thrilling encounter 16-7 and even found time to demonstrate her version of the Ali shuffle at the conclusion of round four.
The much-admired Adams, who cites fellow Olympic Gold medallists Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali among her heroes, was roared to glory by a partisan crowd chanting her name.
Her victory gave Team GB their first flyweight boxing medal since the late Terry Spinks won gold in Melbourne 1956 as part of a five-medal haul and their 2012 crop have ensured this is their most successful Games since that Olympiad.
“I still can’t believe I’ve done it,” she said. “It’s literally like a dream come true. I’ve been dreaming about it since I was five years old and I’m so proud to have won a medal for Great Britain.
“During the fight all I could think about was getting points on the board. I couldn’t control my nerves.
“Now I’m going to go and show off my medal to all my family and friends and I’m eventually going back to Leeds.”
Fab Friday means medals at Weymouth
Team GB are guaranteed two more medals today on what has been dubbed “Fab Friday” at Weymouth and Portland.
The men’s 470 was postponed yesterday due to the lack of winds, meaning that both 470 classes will be settled on the same day and Team GB are guaranteed at least Silver in them both. The men’s race is scheduled to begin at noon, with the women’s following shortly after at 1pm.
Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell are four points behind the New Zealand pair, while Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills go into their race level on points with Australia.
Boxing boys’ time to shine
Team GB will continue their march to more Gold medals today as four male boxers have the chance to book places in an Olympic final.
All four fighters are guaranteed at least a Bronze medal but they will be looking to replicate the performances of Nicola Adams and bring home Gold.
Luke Campbell fights in the men’s Bantamweight, while Anthony Ogogo goes in the men’s middleweight and Freddie Evans is in the men’s welterweight.
Anthony Joshua also has a shot at a place in the final as he fights in the men’s super heavyweight later this evening.
Stevenson aiming to better Beijing Bronze
Sarah Stevenson is already Britain’s most successful taekwondo athlete after securing Bronze in Beijing, but she will be looking to add to her titles when she competes in the women’s middleweight at the ExCeL arena today.
Despite suffering a serious cruciate ligament injury in February, the Doncaster-born athlete comes into the fight as World Champion and a key medal hopeful for Team GB.
This will be Stevenson’s fourth Games, and she can draw inspiration from her teammate Jade Jones’ scintillating medal-winning performance earlier in the women’s lightweight division.
Diving’s golden boy Tom Daley is back in action at the Aquatics Centre in the men’s 10-metre platform event today.
Daley will be looking to put the disappointment of the synchronised dives behind him as he hunts down his first Olympic medal. He will compete against his partner Pete Waterfield in the event.
Team GB athletes in action today (Friday)
- FRI 10 – 09:37 – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 200m Men Heat 2 – Eton Dorney – MCKEEVER Ed
- FRI 10 – 09:58 – CF – Canoe Single (C1) 200m Men Heat 2 – Eton Dorney – JEFFERIES Richard
- FRI 10 – 10:26 – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 200m Women Heat 2 – Eton Dorney – WALKER Jess
- FRI 10 – 10:30 – TK – Women -67kg Preliminary Round – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – MCPHERSON Paige USA VS STEVENSON Sarah GBR
- FRI 10 – 10:45 – TK – Men -80kg Preliminary Round – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – NEGMATOV Farkhod TJK VS MUHAMMAD Lutalo GBR
- FRI 10 – 10:54 – CF – Kayak Double (K2) 200m Men Heat 2 – Eton Dorney – HEATH Liam, SCHOFIELD Jon
- FRI 10 – 11:16 – if progress – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 200m Men Semifinal – Eton Dorney – MCKEEVER Ed
- FRI 10 – 11:30 – if progress – CF – Canoe Single (C1) 200m Men Semifinal – Eton Dorney – JEFFERIES Richard
- FRI 10 – 11:51 – if progress – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 200m Women Semifinal – Eton Dorney – WALKER Jess
- FRI 10 – 12:00 – GR – Individual All-Around Qual. – Rotation 3 – Wembley Arena – JONES Francesca
- FRI 10 – 12:00 – SW – Men’s 10km Marathon – Hyde Park – FOGG Daniel
- FRI 10 – 12:12 – if progress – CF – Kayak Double (K2) 200m Men Semifinals – Eton Dorney – HEATH Liam, SCHOFIELD Jon
- FRI 10 – 13:00 – SA – 470 Women Medal Race – Weymouth – Nothe – MILLS Hannah, CLARK Saskia
- FRI 10 – 13:18 – GR – Individual All-Around Qual. – Rotation 4 – Wembley Arena – JONES Francesca
- FRI 10 – 14:15 – BX – Men’s Bantam (56kg) Semifinal 2 – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – CAMPBELL Luke GBR VS SHIMIZU Satoshi JPN
- FRI 10 – 14:50 – GR – Group All-Around Qual. – Rotation 2 – Wembley Arena – GBR
- FRI 10 – 15:00 – CB – Women’s BMX SF Run 1 – BMX Track – READE Shanaze
- FRI 10 – 15:00 – BX – Men’s Middle (75kg) Semifinal 1 – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – OGOGO A GBR VS FALCAO Florentino BRA
- FRI 10 – 15:00 – if progress (onwards) – TK – Women -67kg Quarterfinals – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – STEVENSON Sarah
- FRI 10 – 15:08 – CB – Men’s BMX SF Run 1 – BMX Track – PHILLIPS Liam
- FRI 10 – 15:15 – if progress (onwards) – TK – Men -80kg Quarterfinals – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – MUHAMMAD Lutalo
- FRI 10 – 15:30 – Ho – Women’s Bronze Medal Match W37 – Riverbank Arena – Main Pitch – NEW ZEALAND VS GREAT BRITAIN
- FRI 10 – 15:30 – CB – Women’s BMX SF Run 2 – BMX Track – READE Shanaze
- FRI 10 – 15:38 – CB – Men’s BMX SF Run 2 – BMX Track – PHILLIPS Liam
- FRI 10 – 16:00 – CB – Women’s BMX SF Run 3 – BMX Track – READE Shanaze
- FRI 10 – 16:08 – CB – Men’s BMX SF Run 3 – BMX Track – PHILLIPS Liam
- FRI 10 – 16:30 – if progress – CB – Women’s BMX Final – BMX Track – READE Shanaze
- FRI 10 – 16:40 – if progress – CB – Men’s BMX Final – BMX Track – PHILLIPS Liam
- FRI 10 – 17:00 – if progress (onwards) – TK – Women -67kg Semifinals – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – STEVENSON Sarah
- FRI 10 – 17:15 – if progress (onwards) – TK – Men -80kg Semifinals – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – MUHAMMAD Lutalo
- FRI 10 – 19:00 – AT – Men’s Pole Vault Final – Olympic Stadium – LEWIS Steven
- FRI 10 – 19:00 – DV – Men’s 10m Platform Preliminary – Aquatics Centre – DALEY Thomas, WATERFIELD Peter
- FRI 10 – 19:21 – AT – Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 – Heat 2 – Olympic Stadium – GBR
- FRI 10 – 19:35 – AT – Women’s Hammer Throw Final – Olympic Stadium – HITCHON Sophie
- FRI 10 – 19:45 – AT – Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 – Heat 1 – Olympic Stadium – GBR
- FRI 10 – 20:00 – if progress (onwards) – TK – Women -67kg Repechage – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – STEVENSON Sarah
- FRI 10 – 20:05 – AT – Women’s 5000m Final – Olympic Stadium – BLEASDALE Julia, PAVEY Joanne
- FRI 10 – 20:15 – if progress (onwards) – TK – Men -80kg Repechage – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – MUHAMMAD Lutalo
- FRI 10 – 20:55 – AT – Women’s 1500m Final – Olympic Stadium – DOBRISKEY Lisa, WEIGHTMAN Laura
- FRI 10 – 21:00 – if progress (onwards) – TK – Women -67kg Bronze Medal Finals – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – STEVENSON Sarah
- FRI 10 – 21:15 – if progress (onwards) – TK – Men -80kg Bronze Medal Finals – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – MUHAMMAD Lutalo
- FRI 10 – 21:20 – if progress – AT – Men’s 4 x 400m Relay Final – Olympic Stadium – GBR
- FRI 10 – 21:30 – BX – Men’s Welter (69kg) Semifinal 1 – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – SHELESTYUK Taras UKR VS EVANS Freddie GBR
- FRI 10 – 22:15 – if progress – TK – Women -67kg Gold Medal Final – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – STEVENSON Sarah
- FRI 10 – 22:30 – if progress – TK – Men -80kg Gold Medal Final – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – MUHAMMAD Lutalo
- FRI 10 – 22:45 – BX – Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) Semifinal 2 – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – DYCHKO Ivan Kaz VS JOSHUA Anthony GBR
Day Thirteen…Thursday, August 9th
BOXING CLEVER: NICOLA ADAMS ALL SET TO MAKE OLYMPIC HISTORY IN LONDON
Gold: 22 Silver: 13 Bronze 13
Nicola Adams will make history when she becomes Team GB’s first female boxer to win an Olympic medal today in the Olympic final at the ExCeL Arena.
The flyweight bout will be the first women’s Olympic final and so trailblazer Adams, 29 and based in Leeds, could become the first Olympic champion in women’s boxing.
Adams fights her long-time Chinese rival Ren Cancan, who defeated her in the 2008 and 2010 world championship final, today (Thursday) at 16:30. Nicola knows she must force the upper hand this time if she is to claim Gold.
Cancan is a three-time world champion and former Asian Games winner and will have support in numbers but Adams will have the host nation behind her and is full of confidence as she prepares for the most important fight of her career.
“I am so happy to be here participating. I am in the final now and all I want to do is make my mum and my family and friends proud,” said a beaming Adams.
“I think I have done that by getting into the final. I massively want that Gold, words can’t express how much I want it. No-one will remember the three silvers I got in the worlds if I get that Gold. It will mean everything to me.”
Plain sailing for the 470s
For Team GB’s 470 squads it has been a regatta to remember, both the men and women are already guaranteed Silver medals heading into the final medal races today and tomorrow.
Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills secured their medal yesterday in fine fashion as they put in a dominant race to finish in second level on points with New Zealand, who were top of the standings at the beginning of the day.
The duo now need to beat their Kiwi rivals in the double points medal race on Friday to claim sailing’s second Gold of the Games.
While Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell begin their bid to bag Olympic Gold today as they look to overthrow a four point gap opened up by their Australian rivals.
The Brits will need to finish three boats clear if they are to win Gold, but have the assurance of Silver heading into the race.
Coming up today…
Beijing silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne will be aiming to go one better when she takes to the Serpentine in Hyde Park for the 10km open water swimming final today (Thursday).
Payne, 24 and based in Manchester, was the 2011 World Champion over the same distance – a performance which made her the first athlete to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
And over at the ExCeL Centre, the first British taekwondo fighters are in action.
World Championship silver medallist Jade Jones is first on the court at 10.30am against Serbian Dragana Gladovic in the -57kg class, while she is followed shortly after by -68kg athlete Martin Stamper, who takes on Nunez Osornio of Mexico at 10.45am.
And after their team dressage victory, Team GB’s equestrian athletes will be hoping to secure another win in the individual dressage grand prix freestyle at Greenwich Park.
With three medals already to their name, the equestrian team will be hoping to add further to their tally with Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester in action.
And after missing out on medals in Wednesday’s finals, Team GB’s canoe sprint athletes will be hoping for better in Thursday’s events with Rachel Cawthorn competing in the final of the Kayak single (K1) 500 metres.
And at the Olympic Stadium, Andrew Osagie will be going for glory in the final of the men’s 800 metres at 8pm.
Team GB athletes in action today (Thursday)THU 09 – 10:00 – DV – Women’s 10m Platform Semi final – Aquatics Centre – POWELL Stacie, GLADDING Monique (RESERVE POSITIONS)
- THU 09 – 10:15 – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women Final A – Eton Dorney – CAWTHORN Rachel
- THU 09 – 10:30 – TK – Taekwondo – Women -57kg Preliminary Round – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – GLADOVIC Dragana SRB VS JONES Jade GBR
- THU 09 – 10:35 – CF – Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women Final B – Eton Dorney – EDMONDS Abigail, SAWERS Louisa
- THU 09 – 10:45 – TK – Men -68kg Preliminary Round – ExCeL – South Arena 1 – OSORNIO NUNEZ Erick MEX VS STAMPER Martin GBR
- THU 09 – 11:35 – AT – Men’s 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 – Heat 1 – Olympic Stadium – BUCK Richard, LENNON-FORD Luke, LEVINE Nigel, ROONEY Martyn, TOBIN Robert, WILLIAMS Conrad
- THU 09 – 12:00 – SW – Women’s 10km Marathon – Hyde Park – PAYNE Keri-Anne
- THU 09 – 12:00 – GR – Individual All-Around Qual. – Rotation 1 – Wembley Arena – GBR
- THU 09 – 12:00 – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Knockout 5-8 (Race 1) Match 2 – Weymouth – Harbour – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
- THU 09 – 12:30 – EQ – Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle – Greenwich Park – BECHTOLSHEIMER Laura, DUJARDIN Charlotte, HESTER Carl
- THU 09 – 12:30 – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Knockout 5-8 (Race 2) Match 2 – Weymouth – Harbour – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
- THU 09 – 13:00 – SA – 470 Men Medal Race – Weymouth – Nothe – BITHELL Stuart, PATIENCE Luke
- THU 09 – 13:00 – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Knockout 5-8 (Race 3) Match 2 – Weymouth – Harbour – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
- THU 09 – 13:18 – GR – Gymnastics – Rhythmic, Individual All-Around Qual. Rotation 2 – Wembley Arena – GBR
- THU 09 – 13:30 – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Knockout 5-8 (Race 4) Match 2 – Weymouth – Harbour – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
- THU 09 – 14:00 – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Knockout 5-8 (Race 5) Match 2 – Weymouth – Harbour – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
- THU 09 – Followed by – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Finals – Weymouth – Harbour – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
- THU 09 – 14:30 – WP – Water Polo – Women’s Classification 7th-8th Place – Water Polo Arena – ITALY VS GREAT BRITAIN
- THU 09 – 14:50 – GR – Gymnastics – Rhythmic, Group All-Around Qual. – Rotation 1 – Wembley Arena – GBR
- THU 09 – 15:00 – SY – Teams Technical Routine – Aquatics Centre – GBR
- THU 09 – 15:27 – CB – Men’s BMX QF Run 2 – BMX Track – PHILLIPS Liam
- THU 09 – 16:30 – BX – Women’s Fly (51kg) Final Bout – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – ADAMS Nicola
- THU 09 – 19:30 – AT – Women’s 800m Semi final 1 – Olympic Stadium – SHARP Lynsey
- THU 09 – 20:00 – AT – Men’s 800m Final – Olympic Stadium – OSAGIE Andrew
• THU 09 – 20:00 – HO – Men’s Semi final 2 Match M34 – Riverbank Arena – Main Pitch – NETHERLANDS VS GREAT BRITAIN
Day Twelve…Wednesday, August 8th
SIMPLY THE BEST: TEAM GB ECLIPSE BEIJING MEDAL HAUL … AND MORE TO COME
Gold: 22 Silver: 13 Bronze:13
Team GB have become the most successful British Olympic team for 104 years after eclipsing the Beijing Gold standard of 19 titles and delivering on the promise of Our Greatest Team.
Not only that, high jumper Robbie Grabbarz’s bronze medal last night took Team GB beyond the total medal haul in Beijing of 47. Team GB are now on 48 medals.
Eight medals were claimed yesterday (Tuesday), four of them glorious Gold. And it was a day when records fell by the hour and Team GB once again cemented third place in the medal table.
Laura Trott ended a stunning Olympic debut by claiming a Gold for the second time, this one in the omnium, while Sir Chris Hoy (pictured above) secured his place in sporting folklore as he claimed his sixth Olympic Gold medal with victory in the keirin. He is now Britain’s all-time greatest Olympian.
Earlier in the day, there was more glory for the Eventing team as they achieved Team GB’s first Olympic Dressage Gold at Greenwich in dominant fashion over Germany.
The Brownlee brothers claimed Great Britain’s first Triathlon medals. Alistair came out on top in the sibling battle as he strolled over the line for Gold, with his brother Jonathan bagging a Bronze.
Elsewhere, Nick Dempsey sailed home to Silver in the men’s RS-X while Victoria Pendleton ended a glittering career on the track as she rode away with a Silver medal in the women’s sprint.
And then came that late, unexpected bonus as Grabarz splendidly claimed Bronze in the high jump courtesy of a count back to claim the athletics squad’s fifth medal.
Cycling’s golden squad pedals into history
It was another glittering day for Team GB’s track cycling squad as Laura Trott and Chris Hoy stormed to two more Golds in the Olympic Velodrome last night.
Laura Trott was the first to claim Gold in the women’s omnium, securing her second Gold of London 2012. Despite lying 2 points clear of American Sarah Hammer heading into the final event, the 500 metre time trial, she posted a blistering time of 35.110 to win the event, while Hammer could only muster a time of 35.900.
The result sealed Gold for Trott by a single point, and the Harlow born cyclist is a double Gold medallist at the age of 21.
“I can’t believe this has happened to me,” said Trott. “I was losing my head a little bit between the events because they weren’t going the way I wanted them to, so I am so happy.”
But the old guard was not to be outdone; Sir Chris Hoy made history as he won his sixth Gold of his Olympic career and became the most successful Olympian ever.
The keirin is Hoy’s event, and he was not going to concede defeat in a home Olympic Games. Despite a late charge from Maximilian Levy, the Scot motored toanother Gold as the velodrome crowd stood and applauded its hero.
“I’m in shock, you try and compose yourself but it’s surreal,” said Hoy. “I wanted to win gold in front of my home crowd. I saw everyone stepping up to the plate and thankfully it worked out for me too.”
The crowd also saw another Great Briton bow out in style, Victoria Pendleton could not quite muster another Golden performance but Pendleton added Silver to what has been a sparkling career after she was defeated by Anna Mears in the women’s sprint.
First Dressage title ever as Team GB eclipses Beijing
Team GB won their first team dressage Gold in Olympic history at Greenwich as Britain surpassed their Beijing haul of 19 Golds.
It happened 24 hours after the show jumpers claimed a first team gold in 60 years and today was another iconic one for the Equestrian squad. Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer claimed the country’s first Olympic dressage medal since this discipline was introduced to the Games exactly a century ago.
Team GB were favourites at the outset but Germany posed a real threat and Britain were only 0.5 per cent ahead at the half-way stage. Then good rides by Hester and Bechtolsheimer gave Dujardin a platform to go for glory. But she needed to be as near to foot-perfect as possible in this equine ballet.
Dujardin, just 27, is the world record holder but needed to keep her nerve and she duly delivered a new Olympic record – 83.286 per cent – to claim the Gold medal.
Hester, a veteran of four Olympics, said: “Charlotte is amazing. She doesn’t feel the pressure, she just wants to get stuck in and get going. Me, I’m a wreck. I woke up at 1.30 last night and couldn’t get back to sleep with the worry!”
Triathlon: It’s a family thing for the Brownlees
Team GB triathlete Alistair Brownlee realised his lifelong dream as he won the men’s triathlon to become Olympic champion with younger brother Jonathan winning Bronze at Hyde Park.
Reigning world champion Alistair, 24, was favourite to take the Olympic title in the 55-man field after overcoming an Achilles injury and the brothers’ bid was aided by British Triathlon using Stuart Hayes, 33, as a domestique.
Alistair said: “It feels a bit underwhelming because Johnny has collapsed, but, no, really, it is fantastic. The race was unbelievable and the crowds were amazing. My ears are still ringing from all that noise.
“I am massively proud. The pressure was stacked up and so many things have been put to bed today.
“To get two British brothers on the podium, you could not ask for more and with Stuart Hayes we really were a team of three. Today we had a plan and we executed it really well.”
Robert Grabarz Bronze
There was a late bonus last night for Team GB as Robert Grabarz was awarded Bronze in the men’s high jump at the Olympic Stadium.
Enfield born Grabarz claimed his medal courtesy of countback, having comfortably cleared 2.29 metres on his first attempt before failing at 2.33m and shared the medal with two others.
Brabants goes for glory at Dorney
Tim Brabants is in action at Dorney Lake today as Team GB look to light up the venue once again, this time in the Kayak 100 metre sprint.
The reigning Olympic champion qualified for the final in fourth but will be looking to find his way onto the podium. Meanwhile, the women’s kayak four also have a chance for a medal as they compete for Gold from lane one.
Women in the hunt for medals
Team GB’s women’s hockey team will face off against Argentina in the semi-finals in their bid for a Gold medal.
Despite losing their final group game, Team GB have produced some fine hockey throughout the group stages and will take in much confidence heading into the game at the Riverbank arena.
Morrison and Rhodes target more Sailing success
Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes begin the double points medal race six points behind the medal places as they line up in fifth at Weymouth.
The duo have had a very inconsistent regatta so far, but will be looking to produce their finest performance and work their way on to the podium.
Adams can make the final
Nicola Adams is already guaranteed a boxing medal in the women’s 51kg fly, but will be pushing for the best colour possible and to be the first British boxer to make an Olympic final in London 2012.
The number two seed will face Chungneijang Hmangte (India) in the semi finals at 13:45 today.
It’s Farah at the double
Mo Farah is back on the track today in the 5,000 metres and will look to add that title to his Olympic medal haul.
Farah was the first British long distance runner to win Gold at an Olympics, and two would give the Somalian born runner an even more impressieve entry into the history books.
Team GB athletes in action today (Wednesday)
· WED 08 – 09:30 – EQ – Jumping 2nd Horse Inspection – Greenwich Park – BRASH Scott, CHARLES Peter, MAHER Ben, SKELTON Nick
· WED 08 – 09:38 – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 1000m Men Final A – Eton Dorney – BRABANTS Tim
· WED 08 – 09:48 – CF – Canoe Single (C1) 1000m Men Final B – Eton Dorney – JEFFERIES Richard
· WED 08 – 10:00 – AT – Men’s Pole Vault Qual. Round – Group A – Olympic Stadium – LEWIS Steven
· WED 08 – 10:00 – AT – Women’s Hammer Throw Qual. Rnd – Group A – Olympic Stadium – HITCHON Sophie
· WED 08 – 10:34 – AT – Men’s Decathlon 100m – Heat 4 – Olympic Stadium – AWDE Daniel
· WED 08 – 10:44 – CF – Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women Final A – Eton Dorney – CAWTHORN Rachel, HANNAH Angela, SAWERS Louisa, WALKER Jess
· WED 08 – 10:45 – AT – Men’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 1 – Olympic Stadium – FARAH Mohamed
· WED 08 – 11:06 – AT – Men’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 2 – Olympic Stadium – MCCORMICK Nick
· WED 08 – 11:10 – AT – Men’s Decathlon Long Jump – Group A – Olympic Stadium – AWDE Daniel
· WED 08 – 12:00 – SA – 470 Women Race 09 – Weymouth – Harbour – CLARK Saskia, MILLS Hannah
· WED 08 – 12:00 – EQ – Jumping Individual Final Round A – Greenwich Park – BRASH Scott, CHARLES Peter, MAHER Ben, SKELTON Nick
· WED 08 – 12:02 – AT – Women’s 800m Round 1 – Heat 4 – Olympic Stadium – SHARP Lynsey
· WED 08 – 13:00 – SA – 49er Men Medal Race – Weymouth – Nothe – MORRISON Stevie, RHODES Ben
· WED 08 – 13:10 – AT – Men’s Decathlon Shot Put – Group B – Olympic Stadium – AWDE Daniel
· WED 08 – Followed by – SA – 470 Women Race 10 – Weymouth – Harbour – CLARK Saskia, MILLS Hannah
· WED 08 – 13:45 – BX – Women’s Fly (51kg) Semifinal 2 – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – HMANGTE Cmk VS ADAMS N
· WED 08 – 14:55 – EQ – Jumping Individual Final Round B – Greenwich Park – BRASH Scott, CHARLES Peter, MAHER Ben, SKELTON Nick
· WED 08 – 15:00 – CB – Women’s BMX Seeding Run – BMX Track – READE Shanaze
· WED 08 – 15:40 – CB – Men’s BMX Seeding Run – BMX Track – PHILLIPS Liam
· WED 08 – Followed by – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Knockout QF 4 Match 3 – Weymouth – Nothe – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
· WED 08 – Followed by – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Knockout QF 4 Match 4 – Weymouth – Nothe – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
· WED 08 – Followed by – SA – Elliott 6m WMR Knockout QF 4 Match 5 – Weymouth – Nothe – LUSH Annie, MACGREGOR Kate, MACGREGOR Lucy
· WED 08 – 18:00 – AT – Men’s Decathlon High Jump – Group B – Olympic Stadium – AWDE Daniel
· WED 08 – 19:00 – DV – Women’s 10m Platform Preliminary – Aquatics Centre – GLADDING Monique, POWELL Stacie
· WED 08 – 19:15 – AT – Men’s 110m Hurdles Semifinal 1 – Olympic Stadium – CLARKE Lawrence
· WED 08 – 19:23 – AT – Men’s 110m Hurdles Semifinal 2 – Olympic Stadium – TURNER Andrew
· WED 08 – 19:45 – AT – Women’s 1500m Semifinal 1 – Olympic Stadium – DOBRISKEY Lisa, ENGLAND Hannah
· WED 08 – 19:56 – AT – Women’s 1500m Semifinal 2 – Olympic Stadium – WEIGHTMAN Laura
· WED 08 – 20:00 – HO – Women’s Semifinal 2 Match W34 – Riverbank Arena – Main Pitch – ARGENTINA VS GREAT BRITAIN
· WED 08 – 20:05 – AT – Women’s Long Jump Final – Olympic Stadium – PROCTOR Shara
· WED 08 – 20:26 – AT – Men’s 200m Semifinal 3 – Olympic Stadium – MALCOLM Christian
· WED 08 – 20.30 onwards – BX – Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Quarterfinal 3 – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – STALKER T VS URANCHIMEG Me
· WED 08 – 20:35 – AT – Men’s Javelin Throw Qual. Rnd – Group B – Olympic Stadium – LUCKWELL Mervyn
· WED 08 – 21:15 – AT – Men’s 110m Hurdles Final – Olympic Stadium – CLARKE Lawrence, TURNER Andrew
· WED 08 – 21:54 – AT – Men’s Decathlon 400m – Heat 4 – Olympic Stadium – AWDE Daniel
Day Eleven…Tuesday, August 7th
HISTORIC SHOWJUMPERS HELP TEAM GB GALLOP UP THE OLYMPIC MEDALS TABLE
Gold: 18 Silver: 11 Bronze 11
THE medals just keep flowing for Team GB, and Day Ten of the London 2012 Olympics saw the equestrian showjumpers secure their first Gold medal for 60 years at Greenwich Park.
GB kept their nerve through a jump-off with the Netherlands after the scores had been tied after the final round, sparking jubilation among the packed stands.
Just before the equestrian elation, gymnast Beth Tweddle got GB’s Monday medal exploits off to a flying start when she secured Bronze in the uneven bars.
And the afternoon saw team sprint Gold medallist Jason Kenny add the individual Gold to his tally, a medal which took GB to 40 gongs so far in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
That number is just seven short of their total for the Beijing Games four years ago, and with six days of competition still to come it is surely a matter of when, not if, they will break that target.
No horsing around for GB equestrian team
Team GB’s showjumpers won their first Olympic Gold medal since 1952 in dramatic style, winning a jump-off at Greenwich Park on Monday.
The quartet of Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles were tied with the Netherlands after the normal competition, but kept their nerve in a jump-off to take victory in front of a jubilant 23,000 capacity crowd.
Attending his sixth Olympic Games in London, Skelton, at 54, is one of Britain’s oldest Gold medal winners of all time. He said: “It has taken me 54 years. It is unbelievable and what a place to do it. I have got a wonderful horse and it’s a dream come true.”
Maher praised his horse, adding: “He [Tripple X] felt the best he’s jumped over the last two days. He was finding it all quite easy and I was having to hold him back.
“It was always a long distance to fence 10 and I thought it was going to make it easy but I ended up a bit of a way off. It was unfortunate, but my horse was fantastic and one down isn’t a bad round.
And Brash was also quick to herald his mount, Sanctos. “He was amazing today,” he said. “He didn’t fault and he’s just got better and better; he has been amazing.
“Being here has been fantastic, the crowd are unbelievable and I don’t think I’ll ever experience anything like this again. It really has been the best day of my life.”
King Kenny seals individual sprint Gold
Jason Kenny, the man picked before Sir Chris Hoy, came through as the fastest man on two wheels in the track as he walked away with sprint Gold after defeating Gregory Bauge yesterday.
Hoy’s shoes were big ones to fill, the Scot was reigning world champion. But Kenny showed blistering pace to add the Gold to his team sprint medal he won on Thursday, making him a triple Gold medallist at the tender age of 24.
The first leg in the best-of-three contest saw Kenny sitting high on the ramp, starting off at a super-slow pace before the Brit ripped through Bauge’s moves to grab a the first sprint, leaving the Frenchman needing to strike in the second.
This time Kenny started lower, in the safety of the red and black tramlines. It was win or nothing for Bauge and Kenny simply had the pace and power to match anything his opponent threw at him.
“It occurred to me that if Chris [Hoy] had been in my shoes there was no way he would have lost. It is just a shame we couldn’t have had two of us in there,” admitted Kenny.
The Brit had not previously beaten Bauge in the sprint in a major competition, but his leg speed and tactics were too much for ‘Le Automotion’ this time.
Bronze medal for Tweddle
Beth Tweddle clinched bronze in the uneven bars at the North Greenwich Arena on Monday, becoming the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in an individual gymnastics competition.
The 27-year-old Tweddle scored 15.916, behind leader Aliya Mustafina of Russia in 16.133 and China’s He Kexin in second with 15.933.
Tweddle’s Olympic medal serves a fitting end to a 12-year international career which includes a host of world and European medals.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to win the Bronze medal, there was one point today I thought I’d end in fourth like in Beijing, so I’m really happy. This was the one medal missing from my collection; this is the one I really wanted. I tried to keep calm and do what I do best and the crowd were amazing, as soon as I walked into the arena it was incredible.
“I had a step on my dismount but at the end of the day I had to go for the difficult dismount to challenge for a medal. To be honest I could say ‘what if’ but I’m not disappointed in the slightest. Any medal, any colour is what I always said I wanted, so I’m extremely happy.”
Boxing clever for Team GB
Team GB’s boxing squad surpassed their Beijing medal haul as Anthony Ogogo and Anthony Joshua became the latest fighters to guarantee a medal at the ExCeL Arena on Monday night.
Great Yarmouth middleweight Anthony Ogogo guaranteed a medal with a 15-10 quarter-final win over German Stefan Hartel.
Ogogo started brightly and utilised his strength and high work rate to establish an advantage which Hartel couldn’t recover from.
Super heavyweight Anthony Joshua dispatched China’s Beijing silver medallist Zhang Zhilei 15-11 in a powerful quarter-final display to take GB’s medal tally to four which is already one greater than Beijing.
The losing semi-finalists automatically secure bronze medals while the winners of course go on to compete for silver and gold.
Leeds flyweight Nicola Adams guaranteed herself at least a bronze medal with a quarter-final win earlier in the day after Hull bantamweight Luke Campbell achieved the same feat on Sunday.
Team GB have record haul in their sights
Team GB will look to continue their dominance in the Olympic Velodrome, and will be pushing to secure three more Gold medals today and better their Gold rush in Beijing 2008.
Sir Chris Hoy will compete in the keirin, an event which he has dominated throughout his career and is expected to dominate again.
Victoria Pendleton has looked in scintillating form throughout London 2012 as she breezed into the women’s sprint semi-finals, and Laura Trott is in the hunt for omnium Gold as she leads the field going into the final events today.
Brownlee Brothers in the mix
First and second respectively in the World Championships last year, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee will swim, cycle and run for Olympic medals in Hyde Park today.
The sibling rivalry made for a superb spectacle in the worlds, and the crowds will be hoping that they can claim the same colours.
Dempsey and Shaw to board the medal boat
Team GB’s Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw are in the hunt for medals in the RS-X as both enter their double points medal races at Weymouth and Portland today.
Nick Dempsey is lying second and, despite first place being out of his grasp, he requires a strong race to hold onto his Silver medal position. Shaw is seventh, just 11 points from third place.
Athletics boys can increase the tally
With the medal haul growing ever bigger, Team GB’s athletics squad won’t want to be left behind.
And in Lawrence Okoye in the discus and Robbie Grabarz in the high jump they have two more candidates who can find their way onto the podium and add to athletics’ medal tally.
Dressage team could dance to a medal
Team GB’s dressage squad will look to match the historic performances of their showjumping compatriots today.
The team goes into the final lying first after qualifying and looked in fine form throughout the competition.
Team GB’s athletes in action today (Tuesday)
- TUE 07 – 10:00 – EQ – Dressage Individual Grand Prix Special – Greenwich Park – BECHTOLSHEIMER Laura, DAVISON Richard, DUJARDIN Charlotte, HESTER Carl
- TUE 07 – 10:00 – EQ – Dressage Team Grand Prix Special – Greenwich Park – BECHTOLSHEIMER Laura, DAVISON Richard, DUJARDIN Charlotte, HESTER Carl
- TUE 07 – 10:00 – CT – Men’s Keirin First Round – Velodrome – HOY Chris
- TUE 07 – 10:00 – AT – Women’s Javelin Throw Qual. Rnd -Group A – Olympic Stadium – SAYERS Goldie
- TUE 07 – 10:00 – DV – Men’s 3m Springboard Semi Final – Aquatics Centre – MEARS Chris
- TUE 07 – 10:17 – AT – Men’s 110m Hurdles Round 1 – Heat 2 – Olympic Stadium – CLARKE Lawrence
- TUE 07 – 10:19 – CT – Women’s Omnium 3km Individual Pursuit – Velodrome – TROTT Laura
- TUE 07 – 10:24 – AT – Men’s 110m Hurdles Round 1 – Heat 3 – Olympic Stadium – POZZI Andrew
- TUE 07 – 10:28 – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women Heat 4 – Eton Dorney – CAWTHORN Rachel
- TUE 07 – 10:35 – CF – Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women Heat 1 – Eton Dorney – EDMONDS Abigail, SAWERS Louisa
- TUE 07 – 10:45 – AT – Men’s 110m Hurdles Round 1 – Heat 6 – Olympic Stadium – TURNER Andrew
- TUE 07 – 10:45 – AT – Men’s Triple Jump Qual. Round – Group A – Olympic Stadium – IDOWU Phillips
- TUE 07 – 10:55 – AT – Women’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 1 – Olympic Stadium – PARKER Barbara
- TUE 07 – 11.30 onwards – if progress – CF – Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women Semifinals – Eton Dorney – CAWTHORN Rachel
- TUE 07 – 11.51 onwards – if progress – CF – Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women Semifinals – Eton Dorney – EDMONDS Abigail, SAWERS Louisa
- TUE 07 – 11:19 – AT – Women’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 2 – Olympic Stadium – BLEASDALE Julia, PAVEY Joanne
- TUE 07 – 11:19 – if progress – CT – Men’s Keirin First Round Repechages – Velodrome – HOY Chris
- TUE 07 – 11:30 – TR – Triathlon Men’s Final – Hyde Park – BROWNLEE Alistair, BROWNLEE Jonathan, HAYES Stuart
- TUE 07 – 12:00 – SA – 470 Men Race 09 – Weymouth – Harbour – BITHELL Stuart, PATIENCE Luke
- TUE 07 – 12:05 – SA – 470 Women Race 07 – Weymouth – Harbour – CLARK Saskia, MILLS Hannah
- TUE 07 – 12:06 – AT – Men’s 200m Round 1 – Heat 3 – Olympic Stadium – MALCOLM Christian
- TUE 07 – 12:38 – AT – Men’s 200m Round 1 – Heat 7 – Olympic Stadium – ELLINGTON James
- TUE 07 – 13:00 – SA – RS:X Men Medal Race – Weymouth – Nothe – DEMPSEY Nick
- TUE 07 – 13:30 – SA – 470 Men Race 10 – Weymouth – Harbour – BITHELL Stuart, PATIENCE Luke
- TUE 07 – 13:40 – SA – 470 Women Race 08 – Weymouth – Harbour – CLARK Saskia, MILLS Hannah
- TUE 07 – 14:00 – SA – RS:X Women Medal Race – Weymouth – Nothe – SHAW Bryony
- TUE 07 – 15:00 – SY – Synchronised Swimming – Women’s Duets, Qualification – Aquatics Centre – FEDERICHI Olivia, RANDALL Jenna
- TUE 07 – 15:30 – SA – Women’s Elliott 6m WMR Knockout Quarterfinals – Weymouth – LUSH, Annie, MACGREGOR, Kate AND MACGREGOR, Lucy
- TUE 07 – 15:37 – GA – Men’s Horizontal Bar Final – North Greenwich Arena – THOMAS Kristian, OLDHAM Sam
- TUE 07 – 16:00 – if progress – CT – Women’s Sprint Semifinals – Race 1 – Velodrome – PENDLETON Victoria
- TUE 07 – 16:07 – CT – Women’s Omnium 10km Scratch Race – Velodrome – TROTT Laura
- TUE 07 – 16:27 – if progress – CT – Women’s Sprint Semifinals – Race 2 – Velodrome – PENDLETON Victoria
- TUE 07 – 16:30 – SA – Women’s Elliott 6m WMR Knockout Quarterfinals – Weymouth – LUSH, Annie, MACGREGOR, Kate AND MACGREGOR, Lucy
- TUE 07 – 16:34 – if progress – CT – Men’s Keirin Second Round – Velodrome – HOY Chris
- TUE 07 – 16:44 – if progress – CT – Women’s Sprint Semifinals – Race 3 – Velodrome – PENDLETON Victoria
- TUE 07 – 16:53 – CT – Women’s Omnium 500m Time Trial – Velodrome – TROTT Laura
- TUE 07 – 17:26 – if progress – CT – Women’s Sprint Finals – Race 1 – Velodrome – PENDLETON Victoria
- TUE 07 – 17:48 – if progress – CT – Women’s Sprint Finals – Race 2 – Velodrome – PENDLETON Victoria
- TUE 07 – 17:57 – if progress – CT – Men’s Keirin Finals – Velodrome – HOY Chris
- TUE 07 – 18:20 – WP – Water Polo – Women’s Semifinal 5th-8th – Water Polo Arena – RUSSIA VS GREAT BRITAIN
- TUE 07 – 18:23 – if progress – CT – Women’s Sprint Finals – Race 3 – Velodrome – PENDLETON Victoria
- TUE 07 – 19:00 – AT – Men’s High Jump Final – Olympic Stadium – GRABARZ Robert
- TUE 07 – 19:00 – HO – Hockey – Men’s Pool MA Match M29 – Riverbank Arena – Main Pitch – SPAIN VS GREAT BRITAIN
- TUE 07 – 19:00 – AT – Men’s High Jump Final – Olympic Stadium – GRABARZ Robert
- TUE 07 – 19:00 if progress – DV – Men’s 3m Springboard Final – Aquatics Centre – MEARS Chris
- TUE 07 – 19:05 – AT – Women’s Long Jump Qual. Round – Group A – Olympic Stadium – PROCTOR Shara
- TUE 07 – 19:23 – AT – Women’s 100m Hurdles Semifinal 2 – Olympic Stadium – PORTER Tiffany
- TUE 07 – 19:45 – AT – Men’s Discus Throw Final – Olympic Stadium – OKOYE Lawrence
- TUE 07 – 20:04 – AT – Men’s 800m Semifinal 2 – Olympic Stadium – OSAGIE Andrew
- TUE 07 – 20:25 – AT – Women’s 200m Semifinal 1 – Olympic Stadium – ADEOYE Margaret
- TUE 07 – 20:41 – AT – Women’s 200m Semifinal 3 – Olympic Stadium – OYEPITAN Abiodun
- TUE 07 – 21:00 – if progress – AT – Women’s 100m Hurdles Final – Olympic Stadium – PORTER Tiffany
- TUE 07 – 21:15 – BX – Men’s Fly (52kg) Quarterfinal 4 – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – RAMIREZ Carrazanar VS SELBY Andrew
- TUE 07 – 21:45 – BX – Men’s Welter (69kg) Quarterfinal 2 – ExCeL – South Arena 2 – CLAYTON Custio VS EVANS Freddie
Day Ten…Monday, August 6th
Murray and Ainslie lead the way as Team GB stay third in medal table
Gold: 16. Silver 11. Bronze 10
Andy Murray smashed his way to singles Gold at Wimbledon on Sun