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- Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Dwain Chambers all win their heats in the 100m.
- Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin win golds in their respectice 4×100 Medley finals at the Aquatics Centre.
- Tori Pena fails to progress in the pole vault while Stephanie Reilly finishes ninth in her 3,000m Steeplechase heat but does not make the next stage. Joanne Cuddihy finishes fifth in ther Women’s 400m semi-final.
- Aileen Morrison has a spill in the cycling section of her Triathlon bid. She finishes up in 43rd.
- Paddy Barnes wins his Last 16 bout against Thomas Essomba and will fight for a bronze medal, at least, on Wednesday evening.
- Annalise Murphy finishes third in her first of two Laser Radial races. A seventh place finish in Race 10 puts her joint third in the overall standings.
- Sanita Puspure won her race to finish in 13th place of the women’s single sculls.
- Oscar Pistorius has qualified for the 400m semi-finals. The South African amputee ran a time of 45.44.
- Team GB’s footballers lost out 5-4 to South Korea in a penalty-shoot-out.
9.02 – First up though is the uber-tough women’s triathlon in Hyde Park. Derry’s Aileen Morrison is in the field. If you’re by a TV watch out for her wearing number 28.
They’ve just plonked into the water — bang on schedule – to get the race on underway. While they’re at it, you can catch up with an interview we did with Aileen in May, after she claimed a podium finish in the ITU World Series in Madrid.
9.21 – Attention, madames et monsieurs!
Do you know this family? A nice bunch they are, complete with Dad’s shirt matching the kids’ hair – in case they get lost presumably.
Well, that plan worked a treat. But they did lose their camera. Some good soul has found it and posted this pic of them in hope of returning it safely. Ah, the Olympic spirit.
9.48 – We’ve seen plenty of thigh-on-asphalt action as five or six cyclists hit the road, hard.
Gavin Noble knows what that feels like, he’ll get his turn on Tuesday.
Morrison managed to navigate through the wreckage safely. She’s down in 42nd position, over two minutes off the lead.
10.27 – Transition number two – next up, a 10km run – is coming up in the triathlon. Morrison will need a seamless change to make it into the top 20.
10.31 – Sanita Puspure is in rowing action at the minute, and doing very, very well at it. She leading her Single Sculls race by a full eight seconds at present.
Meanwhile, in the stadium, Tori Pena is in pole-vault action and there is the small matter of the Men’s 100m heats.
10.35 – Here’s Oscar Pistorius on track for his 400m heat. Legend.
10.52 – World 400m Champion Kirani James with the quote of the day, so far. After cruising through his heat in 45.23 seconds he told the BBC:
“It’s all about going out there and conserving energy.”
In Eton Dorney, Sanita Puspure has indeed won her C final, placing her in 13th overall. The top two group will soon take to the water to decide the medals.
11.00 – Ireland’s own Tori Pena has hit the crash mat from her pole-vault three times now, but she has also clipped the bar on the way each time. Her Olympic Games are over after being unable to clear the opening height of 4.10 m.
11.07 – Aileen Morrison is on her way to the finish line in the triathlon… but well behind Lisa Norden and Nicola Spirig of Switzerland who cross the line together. Spirig will be awarded the gold, Erin Densham has claimed bronze.
Back in the stadium, Jessica Ennis has once again managed to whip the crowd into a frenzy. The Sheffield heptathlete made it to 6.4 m on her long jump. Pressure? What pressure?
11.24 – LaShawn Merrit, defending Olympic 400m champion, is out of this year’s games. His Achilles problem clearly never healed sufficiently to race, he was slow out of the blocks and pulled up after a slow 150 metres.
Afterwards he told the BBC: He’s gone through “countless hours of treatment” to get to the start line.
Adding, “I’m still young and I’ve got a long career ahead of me – I’ll be ready for the World Championships next year.”
11.35 – The BBC commentators are beside themselves. In one sentence they managed to say both ‘You can almost hang the gold medal round [Jessica Ennis'] neck” and, “but let’s not count our chickens.”
Chickens, ducks, geese; there isn’t a fowl in London that isn’t accounted for. Ennis is on her way, jumping 6.48 just moments after the defending champion Nataliya Dobrynska meekly bowed out by jogging over the sand.
11.50 – Now that the 400m heats are done, Brian Gregan is at home watching Conrad Williams running 46.12 to qualify at LaShawn Merrit’s expense and wondering what might have been if the OCI had sent B standards.
11.56 – Our own Stephanie Reilly is on the start line for her 3,000 metre steeplechase. Alongside her is a Turkish athlete with an unfortunate surname.
Come on. Allow us one childish giggle a day.
12.02 – Steph Reilly still battling away, but has fallen behind of the leading pack of six. Seventh as the bell rings for the final lap.
12.08 – Reilly comes in ninth place in a time of 9:44.77 – that won’t be enough to qualify her for the final.
The javelin portion of the heptathlon is next on the field.
12.26 – As the third heat of the steeplechase comes to an end with Eilish McColgan trailing in behind Hiwot Ayalew, Yulia Zaripova and Mercy Njoroge; 13 heptathletes have thrown the javelin. Estonia’s Grit Sadeiko currently leads the way with 44.12 metres.
But wait… stop everything! There are some male 100m sprinters in the midst of their warm up. On first glance we can see eye-brow enthusiast Tyson Gay. he’ll be in the blocks in the first of the 100m heats which begins in around five minutes time.
12.41 – Here comes (bad boy) Justin Gatlin in heat two and he romps home in 9.97. Derrick Atkins is second with Trinidad’s Rondel Sorrillo taking the third automatic qualifying space.
If it’s only Usain Bolt you’re interested in, he’ll go in heat four. Then Powell, then Blake. Yes.
12.48 – We’re being told – and by that, I mean loads of people are saying it on Twitter – that no man has ever ran a sub-10-second Olympic preliminary heat.
Justin Gatlin – two years after completing a four-year ban – is the first to do it. But Ryan Bailey goes one better, 9.88 in heat three.
This track is fast.
12.52 – here comes another Bailey. This time it’s Daniel from Antigua. But nobody in the Olympic Stadium is watching him. All eyes are on lane seven where Usain Bolt is taking off his tracksuit and (eventually) his woolly hat.
They’re in the blocks.
12.57 – Bolt mouths ‘number one, baby’ before getting down to business.
He takes the lead after 50 metres and slows to finish upright in 10.09 as Daniel Bailey and Britain’s James Dasaolu dip for second and third.
13.01 – Awe seems to be the overwhelming reaction as Bolt canters his way across the line. Here’s The Guardian’s Barry Glendenning.
13.05 – Asafa Powell follows up his countryman by wining heat five in 10.04 just ahead of Britain’s Adam Gemili and Churandy Martina.
13.09 – Down in Weymouth, Annalise Murphy is in fifth place after one mark of race nine. Crucially, the Belgian (grrr, those Belgians!) leader Evi van Acker is down in 16th meaning Murphy is back in the projected overall lead.
13.25 – Oh look, it’s Team GB’s Dwain Chambers. My, he’s fast. 10.02 seconds and first place in heat seven. Jimmy Vicaut of France and Trinidad’s Kevin Bledman come in second and third.
That’s all of the 100m action for now. The semi-finals will take place at 19.45 tomorrow evening. Just two hours before the final.
13.46 – Patrick McCarry taking over from Sean for the next while. Cheers for all for feedback this morning – we got through that Olympic Breakfast together!
First bit of news for you is that Andy Murray and Laura Robson are through to the mixed doubles semi-finals after they beat Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur of Australia. It was 10-8 to the GB tennis players in the final set.
14.15 – Barnes is tagging Thomas Essomba at will. He unloads about 16 shots in the first 10 seconds of the round then pauses midway through to get his shorts pulled up, nice and snug, by Billy Walsh.
The Belfast boxer keeps ducking down into the man from Cameroon’s midriff to disrupt him. He checks out of Round 2 with another flurry of blows. He now leads 11-7 with a round to go.
14.40 – Annalise Murphy is third after Mark 1 of her tenth race – the last before the double-points medal race on Monday. Her close rival – Evi van Acker of Belgium is just three seconds behind.
Time to fill you in on some other goings on at London 2012 – Usain Bolt has won his Men’s 100m heat in a time of 10.09. Victoria Azarenka wins tennis bronze for Belarus. Maria Sharapova is getting her final underway against Serena Williams.
Here is what Jessica Ennis told BBC after she extended her lead, albeit slightly, in the hepatathlon:
It has been a brilliant day. I was really anxious after having just a good day yesterday and I am made up to make those performance in the long jump and javelin.
I am so nervous but it helps having the crowd. There is a lot of pressure but it is with people wanting you to do well. I am not even thinking about the gold medal until I cross the line.
14.48 – Paddy Barnes’ quarter-final bout will be on Wednesday evening at 8.45pm. He will fight Laishram from India, who beat his Mongolian opponent 16-11.
15.27 – Serena Williams wins Women’s Tennis Gold! She destroys Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. Dancing a jig and jumping all over Centre Court as the crowd acclaims a great champion.
16.00 – Martyn Irvine is in action in the Men’s Ominium at around 4.54pm (points race). The elimination race follows and the individual pursuit, scratch race and time trial are on Sunday.
In the Men’s Basketball, LeBron James is exerting his considerable influence but the Group A game is still tight. 80-75 in the fourth quarter.
In the Women’s Trap, Italian shooter Jessica Rossi takes home the Gold. She defeats Zuzana Stefecekova, Delphine Reau and Alessandra Perilli, all of whom finished with 93 points (six points behind Rossi’s finals record). In the shoof-off, Stefecekova wins silver and bronze goes to Reau.
16.17 – LBJ is take the twizzlers now. He has just reeled off seven points in quick succession, one sweet dunk and another fantastic three-pointer. He eventually finishes with 20 points for the match and the USA win 99-94.
Nothing but net. (eurovisionsports.tv)
A photo of that amazing Women’s Triathlon finish from earlier. Switzerland’s Nicola Spririg crosses the line just ahead Lisa Norden of Sweden. (©INPHO/Photosport Andrew Cornaga)
16.29 – Kim Collins, the former World 100m Champion, has been booted off the St Kitts and Nevis team for spending the night with his wife in a hotel. Here is what he has told BBC Radio Five Live:
It ends on a really sad note. I should have been allowed to run. I don’t see what is the big deal, I am a grown man, I’m just about to become a grandfather. I did not come to London to watch the Olympic 100m final on TV. I could not get into the village, my accreditation was cancelled. I am not walking away, I was pushed out.
16.32 – Paddy Barnes is on RTE talking about getting photos with Usain Bolt and Novak Djokovic, tweeting from the ring and getting into the last eight. He also sipped out of a water bottle with his Twitter handle emblazoned on it. Classic P Barnes!
(Credit: RTE Player)
16.46 – Cian O’Connor, with a clear round (joint first), and Billy Twomey, with four penalties, have both advanced to the next stage of the Individual Jumping at Greenwich Park. 15 riders did not make the cut. he action and adventure continues tomorrow from 11am.
16.59 – Two national records were set on the track at Olympic Park earlier today – Jonathan Borlee of Belgium got home in 44.43 while Pavel Maslak set a new Czech Republic record in a time of 44.91. Both men qualified for the semi-finals, as did Oscar Pistorius who got a season’s best of 45.44.
17.04 – Martyn Irvine is ready to set off in the Omnium 30km points race. Rob Heffernan is about to get his strut on – the 20km Walk is off and walking. 1:17.16 is the fastest PB (Vladimr Kanaykin of Russia) in the competing field. Heffernan’s best time ever is 1:19.22.
17.08 – 12 sprint over 120 laps of the Velodrome track for Irvine and co. Eloy Teruel Rovira of Spain takes the first but Irvine gets three points for Sprint 2. Joint third but early doors.
17.21 – Kate Walsh, captain of Team GB’s women’s hockey team, is back playing, three days after getting a plate installed in her broken jaw. Sterling effort but she can not stop her team from falling behind 2-0 to China after two penalty corners.
Irvine picks up another two points and 20 ‘lap points’ pushing him up to 25 overall and fourth position.
17.31 – Rob Heffernan, who is down to compete in the 50km Walk next Saturday, is hanging on in there. He is third, only seven seconds behind Yusuke Suzuki of Japan, with seven kilometres gone. Irvine is in joint fifth with 22 laps to go of the Omnium points race.
17.39 – Martyn Irvine finishes in joint fifth in the Omnium points race. He got another 20 ‘lap points’ in the closing stages to boost his final total to 47. Fine performance.
Heffernan is hanging on in fourth in the 2okm Walk but it has yet to break up. 10 seconds separate the Top 35.
18.31 – Rob Heffernan finishes ninth in the Men’s 20km Walk. He finishes with a season’s best time of 1:20:18. He was 53 seconds away from a bronze medal. Ding Chen of China wins Gold and Erick Barrondo gets silver. Zhen Wang gets bronze.
Heffernan was the third best European. Great effort from the Corkman.
18.44 – Great Britain’s women won the Team Pursuit Gold afterJoanna Roswell, Dani King and Laura Trott broke the world record to defeat the USA.
18.51 – Martyn Irvine was eliminated fourth in the Elimination Race in the Omnium. That will damage his medal prospects.
19.03 – Action starting to heat up at Olympic Park. Men’s 400m Hurdles semi-finals and Felix Sanchez romps the first. Dai Greene of GB is fourth. May not make it to the final as he only clocked 48.19.
19.17 – Javier Culson of Puerto Rico wins semi-final number two in a time of 47.93 and Angelo Taylor of USA is second.
Here is the starting line-up for Team GB’s match against South Korea:
Butland, Taylor, Richards, Caulker, Bertrand, Cleverley, Allen, Bellamy, Ramsey, Sinclair, Sturridge.
No captain Ryan Giggs in the first XI.
19.44 – The Men’s 1500m Freestyle is away at the Aquatics Centre. Yang Sun leads after two lengths. He put in the best qualifying time. GB hopes come in the form of Daniel Fogg.
Shell-Ann Fraser Pryce and Carmelita Jeter have won their respective Women’s 100m semi-finals.
20.00 – Gold! What a performance by Yang Sun who annihilates the world record – touching the wall at 14:31.02 in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle. Ryan Cochrane of Canada comes in second, eight seconds back, and Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia gets the bronze.
20.08 – Joanne Cuddihy finishes fifth in her semi-final. She finished strongly but it may not be enough to advance.
20.26 – The focus is on Olympic Park tonight but the swimmers are not finished amazing us yet. The USA win Gold in the Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay with Allison Schmitt leading her team home in a World Record time of 3:52.05. Australia were second and Japan third.
That is five London 2012 medals for Allison Schmitt.
20.30 – It is all going off in the Men’s Football at Millennium Stadium – GB are 1-1 with South Korea but Jack Butland has pulled off some fine saves. Aaron Ramsey has scored one penalty for the home side and missed a second effort.
Joanne Cuddihy trails Sanya Richards Ross of the USA. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)
20.45 – Guess what? More Gold for Michael Phelps and Team USA. Nathan Adrian puts in a huge leg of the relay for his team after Phelps got his team the advantage. Japan get silver and it is bronze for Australia.
Medal number 22 for Michael Phelps. He can retire in peace and will win many Mr T dress-up competitions over the decades to come. Well done sir. He can expect another call from President Obama.
21.07 – Rutherford jumps longer again. 8.31m – could be another Gold for GB.
22.00 – Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce retains her title and wins Women’s 100m Gold! She holds off the charging Carmelita Jeter and collapses to the track, overcome with joy. A nice mote to sign off on. Stay with us for Olympic Village – your wrap of all things gold and amazing on Day Eight. Laters.