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22.25: But that's all from me after another fantastic day at the London 2012 Olympics. Do come back tomorrow morning from more at the Games.

A quick round up of today's highlights:

Ben Ainslie took gold in the sailing men's finn, Max Whitlock and Louis Smith did well to get bronze and silver in the pommel horse final and Andy Murray's marvellous victory over Roger Federer was one of the highlights of the Games, let alone the day.

But of course, it will be the incredible Bolt who everybody will remember. The fastest man on the planet.

His Twitter bio reads: 'The most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen'.

Who are we to argue?

22.17: Great Britain's women are just starting against Brazil in the basketball. They are 5-2 down.

22.13: That was stunning. I don't think many Brits would rank tonight above last night's heroics, but it seems churlish to choose between them.

22.11: Quickly! Take a photo of the athletics medal table - we are top! Three golds and a silver. Jamaica are in second.

22.10: And Blake takes his silver medal with grace:

'Usain knows what it takes, he is a world beater and he is the fastest man in the world. But I got a silver medal in my first Olympic games and a lot of that is down to Usain and our coach.'

22.09: More from Bolt:

'I was happy. When I did the first round. I was slightly worried about my start - I was worried about a false start so I sat in my blocks a bit. People can talk. I tell you people it's all about business for me, and I brought it. When it comes down to business, I know what to do. The crowd were wonderful. I could feel that energy. I feel extremely good and happy.'

22.06: Remember, that's not the end of Bolt in London. He'll be back for the 200m and the 4x100m relay.

Elsewhere in the stadium, Christine Ohuruogu is picking up her medal for the women's 400m.

22.04: Full results:

1 Usain Bolt (Jam) 9.63secs (OR)
2 Yohan Blake (Jam) 9.75 (PB)
3 Justin Gatlin (USA) 9.79 (PB)
4 Tyson Gay (USA) 9.80 (SB)
5 Ryan Bailey (USA) 9.88 (PB)
6 Churandy Martina (Ned) 9.94
7 Richard Thompson (Tri) 9.98
8 Asafa Powell (Jam) 11.99

Powell's time is the result of an injury - he pulled up 20m from the end.

22.02: Bolt on his start: 'I don't think it's the best reaction in the world.'

22.01: Now Bolt is having some fun out there on the track, with a golden mascot in his hands. He's talking to his compatriot, silver-winner Blake.

22.00: It was just after halfway that Bolt really turned it on and shot past his rivals to take the lead.

21.59: Bolt becomes only the third person to retain the 100m title. His trademark celebration made an appearance, of course.

21.55: Gatlin got off to a fantastic start but Bolt turns on the heat and won the race in style. He powered to victory and set a new Olympic record... what a superstar. How did we ever doubt him?




21.50: Slight delay from the specified starting time... the next post will confirm the winner's identity, barring a false start... HERE THEY GO....!

21.48: Will we see a new world record today? Will the fastest man in the world at the moment still be the fastest man in two minutes time?

The best that's ever lived: Usain Bolt claimed gold again

The best that's ever lived: Usain Bolt claimed gold again

21.45: China won the 3m springboard diving gold and silver. Zi He took the latter, Minxia Wu the former. A record sixth medal for her.

But now it's time to concentrate on the 100m.

21.42: Eight minutes to go. The tension is rising. Bolt looks so calm warming up out there on the track.

21.37: Gold in the steeplechase went to Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya, with his compatriot Abel Kiprop Mutai in bronze. France took silver thanks to Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad.

21.33: Here's the 100m lane draw. Remember the race starts at 21.50.

2 Richard Thompson (TRI)
3 Asafa Powell (JAM)
4 Tyson Gay (USA)
5 Yohan Blake (JAM)
6 Justin Gatlin (USA)
7 Usain Bolt (JAM)
8 Ryan Bailey (USA)
9 Churandy Martina (NED)

21.31: Team GB's water polo girls went down 9-7 to Spain in the quarter-final. A great effort from the team.

21.26: That Team GB men's hockey result from earlier was really superb. Australia are the world's top ranked sides and to come back from 3-0 down is astonishing. The atmosphere in the arena was great as well. Hockey player Jonathan Clarke said:

'I think as a nation we are fighters and having that crowd definitely helps. We took it one step at a time and pulled our way back into the game. My goal was put in by them, but they all count.'

21.25: The 3,000m men's steeplechase final is underway.

21.21: Campbell wins his bout! A 16-15 thriller. He is guaranteed at least bronze.

Silver service: Christine Ohuruogu came second with a lung-busting finish

Silver service: Christine Ohuruogu came second with a lung-busting finish

21.19: Here are the times: Richards-Ross 49.55, Ohuruogu 49.70, Trotter 49.75.

21.15: A great finish from Ohuruogu. If only she had started sprinting a tad earlier she may have got gold there. But 'ifs' are just 'ifs' and she will be proud of her medal.

21.11: Christine Ohuruogu gets silver in the women's 400m final.

USA's Sanya Richards-Ross gets gold. Dee Dee Trotter gets bronze for the USA.

21.10: They're off!

21.09: The ladies are in their lanes and will be off in a sec.

21.08: Meanwhile high jumper Grabarz successfully completes 2.29m. That's the best so far.

Top form: Robert Grabarz is going strong

Top form: Robert Grabarz is going strong

21.06: Bantamweight GB boxer Luke Campbell is ready to go against Detelin Dalakliev.

21.05: The women's 400m final is coming up in five minutes.

21.00: Luguelin Santos won and Kevin Borlee makes it into the final too. It will be the first time twin brothers have reached the final - as Jonathan Borlee makes it through as a lucky loser.

20.58: Rooney finished fairly low down. Outside 45 seconds and he won't be impressed with his own time.

20.57: Elsewhere, Aldama misses out on a medal in the triple jump. She did OK but was up against some tough competitors.

20.56: Rooney is ready to race in the third semi-final.

20.53: Confirmation - Levine sixth and Pistorius eighth.

20.52: Neither Levine or Pistorius were that close.

20.50: Borlay is making great ground... Kirani James (Grenada) and Chris Brown (Bahamas) qualify. 44.59 for James.

20.49: Set.... go!

20.48: Pistorius and Co are ready to go.

20.45: Lalonde Gordon (PB 44.58) and Demetrius Pinder (44.94) came first and second respectively. Williams' time was 45.53. Third was Steven Solomon with 44.97, who could still qualify if that's one of the top two fastest losing times.

20.43: Well... Williams looked to be doing well but ran out of steam and ended up coming last.

20.42: The top two go through automatically. We're ready to go.... and they're off!

Blow out: Conrad Williams did not progress

Blow out: Conrad Williams did not progress

20.40: Nigel Levine from Britain competes in the second, with South African marvel Oscar Pistorius running as well. Britain's Martyn Rooney will be in the third.

20.38: There will be three semi finals. Conrad Williams from GB will take to the track in the first of them.

20.37: The men's 400m semis are on the way in a few minutes.

20.36: Qualifiers from the 1500m semi-final two were Abdalaati Iguider in 3.33.99, followed by Silas Kiplagat, Nocholas Willis, Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba, Matthew Centrowitz.

The two lucky losers also came from this leg of the semis, Ilham Tanui Ozbilen and Belal Mansoor Ali.

20.32: European champion Robbie Grabarz doing well in the high jump for Britain. He easily clears 2.26m to make it two jumps in two.

Spring kings: Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas, Adam Gemili of Great Britain and Yohan Blake of Jamaica

Spring kings: Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas, Adam Gemili of Great Britain and Yohan Blake of Jamaica

20.30: Aldama ready for her fourth jump. Gets the crowd for her with some clapping. But she loses it on the jump after a good hop and step. 14.32m her score.

20.29: It looks like Baddeley finished around 8th in that race - no GB runner in the final of the 1500m.

20.28: Super news in the men's hockey - we drew 3-3 with Australia in the end.

20.27: Andrew Baddeley is racing for Britain in this group.

20.26: The second semi-final is off. Makhlouif, Kiprop, Gebremedhin, Manzano and Ingebrigtesen all qualified from the first race. The top time was 3.42.92. Murray posted 3.44.92 and finished 10th.

20.19: Super from Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi to win the race. Kiprop fell short. Murray fell back and finished away from the top.

20.18: Murray is doing nicely. It's a tight pack, they're starting to speed up. The Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop leads the way.

20.16: Ross Murray is running for Great Britain. The race is underway.

20.14: Next up are the men's 1500m semi finals.

20.10: Read the full report from the men's 100m semi-finals here.

20.07: Great Britain have scored two goals in the hockey since we last checked... and Australia have scored one. So with 15m gone in the second half, it's 3-2 to the men from Down Under.

20.05: So the eight runners for the final are: Bailey, Blake, Bolt, Gatlin, Gay, Martina, Powell, Thompson. Seven of the 10 hit times under 10s - Thompson in 10.02 was slowest. It's clear, if you ever doubted it, the final will be explosive.

In it to win it: Usain Bolt recorded a good time in the semi final

In it to win it: Usain Bolt recorded a good time in the semi final

20.03: Gemili won't reach the final with a time of 10.06, but a great race from him. 9.85 from Blake. 9.90 from Gay.

20.02: Blake took it, Gay second. Gemili makes it third.

20.01: The athletes are on the blocks...

20.00: Just seven racing here, Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands pulled out.

This is the biggest moment of Adam Gemili's life, but with Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay in action, it will be very difficult to make waves.

19.56: Chambers: 'I'm gutted that I didn't make the final but we can't have it all.

To feel the roar of the atmosphere... money can't buy that.'

19.55: A great race from Dwain Chambers, but he won't qualify for the final, coming fourth with 10.05. Bolt 9.87s. He sauntered over the line. 9.96 from Bailey.

19.54: Good stuff from Bolt! He's first with Ryan Bailey in second.

19.53: They're ready to go...

19.52: Bolt is in lane 4... one down from GB's Dwain Chambers in 5. The Jamaican is looking cocky as he plays up to the crowd. Ryan Bailey is in with a chance here too, the American performed superbly in the heats.

19.50: Bolt has stripped off his hoody and is ready for action.

19.49: Next up... Yamile Aldama competing for Britain in the women's triple jump final. 14.10m - not her best.

That'll do: Justin Gatlin (second right) posted a great time

That'll do: Justin Gatlin (second right) posted a great time

19.46: First was Gatlin - 9.82s. Great stuff. Churandy Martina 9.91s. Great stuff, they both qualify. Powell 9.94s. He could still go through as one of the two fastest losers.

19.45: We're ready to go...

19.44: This is the first of three semis and as well as the American Gatlin, Jamaica's Asafa Powell will compete. James Dasaolu represents Great Britain.

19.39: The 100m semis are on the way. Justin Gatlin will be in the first of them.

19.36: We're all looking forward to Christine Ohuruogu attempt to defend her 400m gold medal won in Beijing, when the women's final starts at 21.10.

The east of London is home for her and she can count on superb support from the packed Olympic Stadium.

19.35: Rik has returned and will see you through for the rest of the evening. Stick with him for the men's hammer final, the women's 400m final, the men's 3000m steeplechase final, the 3m springboard diving final, the hockey and of course the 100m semi finals and the final. It promises to be another great night of sport.

19.33: Shakes-Drayton qualifies for the semi-final by winning her heat with ease. She looked good and will definitely be one to watch over the next day or two.

19.30: Perri Shakes-Drayton is in the starting blocks for her 400m hurdles heat. She is looking to follow in the footsteps of Sally Gunnell who won gold for Great Britain in Barcelona 20 years ago.

19.24: A medal to tell you about and it is good news for Iran's Hamid Soryan who has won gold in the -55kg Greco-Roman wrestling after beating Azerbaijan's Rovshan Bayramov in the final.

19.18 The USA's Lashinda Demus eased to victory in her heat of the 400m hurdles.

19.16: Over at the Riverbank and Great Britain's men have not got off to the best of starts, they are 2-0 down to Australia in the opening stages of this Pool A match.

19.13: Brit watch in the 400m hurdles, we have medal hope Perri Shakes-Drayton running in the fifth heat.

19.10: The swimming may have ended at the Aquatics Centre, but there is plenty of diving still to take place over the next week. Tonight we have the women's 3m springboard final, where China's Minxis Wu is the clear favourite to land a sixth Olympic title. There are no Brits in the final after Hannah Starling failed to qualify from the semi-final.

19.05: On the track now we have the heats of the women's 400m hurdles, Great Britain's Eildh Child qualified in third after the first heat. Not the quickest of time but all that matters is that she is in the semi-final.

19.02: The big event tonight is obviously the 100m final where Usain Bolt defends the title he won in Beijing.

19.01: Rik has gone for a break, so I, James Andrew, will be in the hotseat for a few minutes.

18.55: In five minutes the men's hockey match - Great Britain v Australia will begin.

18.52: Murray and Robson lost 10-8 in the play-off for the silver medal. Despite not getting gold, Robson said this has been the best week of her life.

Dream come true: Greg Rutherford celebrates on the podium after being presented with his long jump gold medal

Dream come true: Greg Rutherford celebrates on the podium after being presented with his long jump gold medal

18.46: Great Britain win SILVER in the mixed doubles tennis

18.46: Nailbiting at Wimbledon... but Azarenka and Mirnyi take it on the tie break.

18.45: Ed Clancy wins BRONZE in the men's omnium cycling

18.44: It looks like Clancy will take bronze in the omnium. Hansen will take gold.

18.43: Viviani leads Hansen in the final heat. Murray and Robson are 8-6 down in the tie break.

18.41: Great rides by the pair. Coquard 1:03.078 and Kluge 1:03.144.

18.40: It's 5-5 in the champions tie break at Wimbledon.

18.39: Coquard and Kluge are off now.

18.38: What a race by Clancy! 1.00.981. The fastest time by a mile.

18.37: Good start by Clancy. He's being roared on... one lap to go.

18.36: Clancy comes out, along with current world champion O'Shea. He's ready to go.

18.35: It's nearly Clancy's time to go. 1.03.290 is the quickest time so far, from New Zealand's Archibald.

18.33: Murray and Robson have lost the second set 6-3 and the mixed doubles final will be settled in a champions play-off. That's a 10-point tie breaker.

18.27: Russian duo Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova have beaten USA pair Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the women's doubles tennis bronze medal final.

18.20: Murray and Robson have gone on a downward swing in the second set of the tennis, trailing 4-1. The omnium time trial has started, but it's going in reverse order from the leaderboard. Clancy will be in heat seven.

18.18: We're still waiting for the omnium to begin, as the women's sprint 1/8 repechages are concluding.

18.14: The omnium 1k time trial will soon be underway. Clancy is not guaranteed gold by any means if he wins - he also needs his rivals at the top to finish a little way back from the front. This is a specialty of Clancy's so his does have a good chance of a medal.

18.07: Clancy is gearing up for the race of his life in the 1k time trial. Murray and Robson won the first set but are 1-0 down in the second.

17.57: It's 5-1 to Murray and Robson in the first set, with Azarenka serving.

Hope: Ed Clancy could get a medal in the men's omnium but gold will be tough

Hope: Ed Clancy could get a medal in the men's omnium but gold will be tough

17.51: Other important events to keep an eye on tonight are the men's 100m semi-finals at 19.45, Great Britain v Australia in the men's hockey at 19.00 and the women's water polo quarter-final between us and Spain at 20.20.

17.49: Murray and Robson are in good form and have just moved 4-0 up in the first set of the tennis mixed doubles final.

17.46: On a big day of action, it's easy to miss things. Here's a quick run-down of the key gold medals available today and what sort of time the action in each event should start.

As you know, the tennis mixed doubles are already underway.

The men's omnium 1k time trial will produce a gold medal winner - it begins at 18.16.

The women's 3m springboard diving final starts at 19.00.

The women's triple jump final starts at 19.35.

The men's hammer throw final is at 20.20.

The women's 400m final at 21.00

The men's 3,000m steeplechaise final at 21.25.

And, the big one, the men's 100m final at 21.50.

17.41: The six-time world champion soared past Kanis with ease there to make it through, with a time of 11.840. It's hard to believe she's really going to retire after this Games.

17.37: Pendleton is on the track and about to  start her sprint race 1/8 race. Her opponent is Dutch rider Willy Kanis.

17.33: Murray on his earlier triumph:

'(It was) the biggest win of my life. This week's been absolutely incredible so far, I've had a lot of fun. I felt so fresh on the court today. I didn't feel nervous really at all apart from at the beginning of the match.'

17.30: Murray and Robson are out for their doubles final. Could Murray get two golds in one day? Azarenka and Miryni will have something to say about that.

Leading: Victoria Pendleton (right) easily beat Ekaterina Gnidenko (left)

Leading: Victoria Pendleton (right) easily beat Ekaterina Gnidenko (left)

17.28: Lasse Hansen (Den), Elia Viviani (Ita) and Bryan Coquard (Fra) are joint top on 25 points each. Roger Kluge (Ger) follows on 28, with Ed Clancy on 29. Sixth is Glenn O'Shea (Aus) on 31.

17.24: Get ready for the omnium standings with just one race to go, at 18.10 tonight.

17.23: The Brit wins with a time of 10.03 and he's through to the quarter-finals. He bravely took the inside fairly early, Awang cut towards him but Kenny did not panic and instead drove on, eventually taking the race at a canter.

17.22: Kenny is tracking his opponent again and they move around the track fairly slowly.

17.19: The track is being inspected, with Kenny's sprint race nearly ready to go.

17.18: Still waiting for the official confirmations but as soon as they're in I'll let you know the overall standings.

17.16: Final lap in the omnium... Canada's Bell won the race and picks up only 1 point (the cyclist with the least number of points overall wins). Clancy came 10th and picks up 10 points.

17.13: Kenny will compete in the second race against Awang at 17.21.

17.11: 18 laps to go in the scratch race. Hansen has recovered superbly from his crash to make up for that error.

17.08: Louis Smith on his gold-winning gymnastics rival Berki:

'We're good friends. We are great rivals, but we are good friends. If I was going to be beat by anyone apart from Max (Whitlock), then Krisztian Berki is that guy. He will go down as one of the greatest pommel horse riders ever, and the fact that I came second to him is something I'm proud of.'

17.06: Croatia are 19-7 up on Great Britain in the women's handball.

17.05: Disaster for Denmark's Lasse Hansen as he clips Clancy's back wheel and he tumbles to the floor. He's going to rejoin the race. 

17.03: The rules for the scratch race are very simple indeed. First rider to complete all 60 laps is the winner. There are 46 remaining.

17.01: The Brit is second in the table - behind Glenn O'Shea - although this race is not his favoured event - Ed's a sprinter.

16.59: Ed Clancy is sitting pretty in the men's omnium standings. He has a very good chance of a medal. The 15k scratch race is underway.

16.56: Russia's Tatiana Kashirinia, competing in the 75kg + weightlifting category, has broken a world record with a 151kg lift in the snatch. Astonishing.

16.52: Plenty more excitement to come today at the Velodrome is the men's omnium 15km scratch race, the women's sprint round 1/8 and the men's omnium 1km time-trial.

16.48: In the men's sprint cycling, progress is decided out of a 'best of three'. So Kenny will face Awang at least once more before he progresses. 

16.43: After his defeat, Federer said:

'He (Murray) was better, much better than I was today but I'm happy with silver. I had a very emotional tournament. Maybe I was emotionally drained but, nevertheless, I didn't think I played too badly, but things didn't go my way.

It's unfortunate, but still a great day for me. Andy looked like he was never doubting himself and he was able to come through this time around. He's had a wonderful career already and I'm happy for him.'

Golden boy: Andy Murray won gold by beating Roger Federer

Golden boy: Andy Murray won gold by beating Roger Federer

16.38: Croatia are beating us 12-5 in the women's handball after 22 minutes.

16.35: Kenny takes his sprint against Awang, but he left it late to surge past his man.

16.34: Murray sung the national anthem as he collected his medal.

Kenny is off in the sprinting.

16.32: Jason Kenny is getting ready to go against Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia in the men's cycling sprint.

16.29: Remember, Murray will be back out later with Laura Robson for the mixed doubles final, Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus their opponents.

16.25: This Olympics victory bodes well for Andy Murray at the US open. Although he dispatched Federer today, nobody can say the Swiss star wasn't trying. Out comes Murray for his medal now, along with Federer and Del Potro, who is here to get his bronze.

Medal men: Max Whitlock (left) and Louis Smith (right) with their spoils

Medal men: Max Whitlock (left) and Louis Smith (right) with their spoils

16.22: Anna Meares of Australia also made it through the sprint cycling last 16. She is a fierce rival of Pendleton's.

16.20: Murray left the court to go and give his girlfriend Kim and mum Judy a huge hug. They are both delighted.

16.17: An incredible few minutes here. Disappointment for Smith as he finishes LEVEL with Berki in the pommel horse final, but loses out on gold because of a lower execution score.

Delight for Whitlock who did superbly to get bronze.

And Murray... well... what a performance. He won 6-4 in what proved to be the final set.

16.15: Andy Murray wins GOLD in the tennis men's singles final

16.14: Murray is serving for GOLD.

16.10: Louis Smith wins SILVER in men's pommel horse final.

Max Whitlock wins bronze.

16.08: Federer and Murray take another game each which puts the score in the third set at 5-3 to Murray.

16.05: Hi everybody. Victoria Pendleton has beaten her Russian opponent Ekaterina Gnidenko in the sprint cycling. The rules are simple - it's a straight one-off race. Pendleton was expected to win this with Gnidenko recording the slowest time in the time trial speed. Pendleton surged past her Russian opponent. Easy does it.

16.02: As Andy Murray closes in on victory at 4-2 in the third I will pass you over to Rik Sharma who, with Victoria Pendleton back at the Velodrome, will hope to make it sweet 16 for Britain as far as gold medals are concerned.

15.59: From Sportsmail's Alex Kay:

Max Whitlock the first of the two Brits up in this pommel horse final.

Louis Smith is of course the other.

15.56: Murray isn't on tip-toes anymore - he is on the home straight towards an Olympic gold medal. The Brit has broken Federer to lead 3-2.

15.53: A more even third set on Centre Court, but that's more to do with Federer finally playing something close to his talent rather than Murray easing up. The Brit still looks in good shape at 2-2.

15.50: From Infostrada 2012:

For the first time in #badminton history at the Olympic Games, one NOC (#China) won every gold medal.

15.47: It's a clean sweep for China as Yun Cai and Haifeng Fui defeat Denamrk's Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe in the Badminton men's doubles 21-16 21-15.

15.44: Murray takes the second set 6-1 and if he stands on his tip-toes he can see the Olympic gold medal. Federer to his credit has come back from two sets down many times before though - so it's not over just yet.

15.42: Elsewhere Juan Martin del Potro has won Argentina's first medal of the games by defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-5 6-4 in the bronze medal match of the men's tennis singles.

15.40: From Infostrada 2012:

Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbasa won gold in the Women's Vault. This was her country's 300th medal in Olympic Games history.

Full support: British fans packed into Wimbledon to cheer on Andy Murray

Full support: British fans packed into Wimbledon to cheer on Andy Murray

15.37: ...okay it was 57 minutes. Federer though is now 0-30 on Murray's serve. Nerves for me.

15.36: BREAKING NEWS: Roger Federer wins a game in tennis to make it 5-1 to Murray. That is his first in over an hour.

15.33: The Murray machine rolls on as he wins his tenth consecutive game to take a 5-0 lead. This set is done and dusted - I'm starting to think the same for the match too judging by how one sided it is.

15.30: The racing may be done in the Aquatics Centre but we are not done with the swimming just yet.

Getting underway is the synchronised swimming. The women's duets are up with Britain's Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici featuring later on in the technical qualifying routine.

15.26: I haven't seen Federer get destroyed like this in...well...years. Murray breaks AGAIN in deuce to move 4-0 ahead and surely be on course to take the second set. Don't forget unlike the previous rounds this is a best of five encounter...who put that rule in?!

15.22: Murray crucially holds to 3-0 after Federer wasted more break points than I can count on one hand.

I am convinced this is finally the Scot's day. It's been 45 minutes since Federer won a game.

15.19: Our women's volleyball team are also in action, but are a set down and 8-5 behind in the second. You want some good news?

History maker: Natasha Jonas (left) became the first British female boxer to win at the Olympics

History maker: Natasha Jonas (left) became the first British female boxer to win at the Olympics

15.16: Britain's fencers are in action again, with the men's team foil currently leading Russia 12-10.

15.11: Fantastic stuff from Jonas, who makes history to become the first British female boxer to win after defeating Quanitta Underwood of the United States 21-13.

She now faces four-time world champion Katie Taylor in the quarter-finals - the Irish star is also the top seed in the Light (60kg) division.

15.06: From Infostrada 2012:

Women's vault: Oksana Chusovitina (GER) is competing in her 6th #Olympics, a joint record in Gym – artistic with Jordan Yovtchev (BUL).

15.03: Whatever Andy Murray is on I want some as he effectively performs a triple break to move into a 2-0 lead at the start of the second set. Federer has a face like thunder.

15.00: Kai Zou has won gold for China in the Men's Floor Exercise ahead of Japan's Kohei Uchimura and Russia's Denis Ablyazin.

14.55: Federer is well and truly rattled. Murray breaks the world No. 1 to takes the first set 6-2.

Of course he did that in the Wimbledon final last month too but the British No. 1 looks much more in control here.

14.52: Edward Ling continues to improve in the men's shooting trap, finishing the third round (and the day) with a perfect 25 that leaves him in 15th with an overall score of 72:

'It's too early to start feeling confident. In shooting anything can happen right until the last target, so it's full concentration right to the end.

'In the first round the nerves were all there but I got that out of my system and I'm loving it. I'm all ready for tomorrow (when he will shoot the last two qualification rounds).'

King of the waves: Ben Ainslie celebrates after claiming gold for Britain in the sailing finn

King of the waves: Ben Ainslie celebrates after claiming gold for Britain in the sailing finn

14.49: From Sportsmail's Laura Williamson:

Here she comes. Natasha Jonas makes a little bit of history as Britain's first female boxer at an Olympic Games.

14.45: Advantage Murray! Andy breaks Federer to lead the first set 4-2. What a few minutes this has been for Great Britain.

14.40: It was just as tense as the star regatta! Ainslie finished a lowly ninth but in doing so he eliminated the threat of Hogh-Christensen who finished behind the now greatest ever Olympic sailor.

Postma was set to take gold for Holland in the closing moments but rather than move up to second he slipped to fifth and lost out on the medals altogether.


14.30: We are with serve on Centre Court as Murray leads 2-1.

14.28: From Infostrada 2012:

Lin Dan (CHN) is the first #badminton player to win the Olympic men's singles title twice.

Lee Chong Wei loses second straight Olympic #badminton final to Lin Dan, but he becomes #Malaysia's first Olympic Games multi-medallist.

Andy MurrayGoing for gold: Andy Murray returns a shot against Roger Federer in the tennis men's singles final

Going for gold: Andy Murray returns a shot against Roger Federer in the tennis men's singles final

14.25: Very tense in the Finn. Ainslie is eighth with Hogh-Christensen in tenth. It's ever so close though - nothing is decided yet.

14.22: Dan Lin of China has beaten Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia 15-21 21-10 21-19 to win the Badminton Men's Singles gold medal.

14.18: The players are out on Centre Court (it's full of spectators now) as Murray prepares to serve to Federer. Unlike the previous rounds it's five sets so it could be Wimbledon all over again in this gold medal match...minus the white kits.

14.13: Boost for Big Ben. Ainslie made a poor start but the three-time gold medallist has recovered and is up into third. Hogh-Christensen is way down in ninth.

14.11: History has been made this afternoon as women's boxing has made its Olympic debut.

Russia's Elena Savelyeva has defeated Hye Song Kim in the women's fly (51kg) 12-9.

In control: Ben Ainslie kept Jonas Hogh-Christensen behind for the majority of the medal regatta

In control: Ben Ainslie kept Jonas Hogh-Christensen behind for the majority of the medal regatta

14.06: A boost for Murray and we haven't even warmed up on Centre Court. Mike Dickson explains:

The roof is opening at Wimbledon, that really evens things up for Murray as Fed's game is low margin. Elements can now interfere.

14.01: Ben gets his gold medal charge underway - his best course to it is to finish two places in front of Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark but he must watch out fir Holland too.

We saw in the star class how badly you can suffer if you take your eye off the whole picture.

13.56: Jin Jong Oh wins the Men's 50m Pistol Shooting gold medal. Choi Young-Rae makes it a South Korea one-two with China's Wang Zhiwei earning bronze.

13.51: From Infostrada 2012:

Serena Williams wins double Olympic gold (singles, doubles) as sister #Venus did in 2000. They both set #tennis record with 4th gold.

13.48: From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson:

Williams sisters win doubles gold, so promptish start for Murray. Sun out - big call now on whether to open roof.

13.46: Venus Williams and Serena Williams take gold in the Tennis Women's Doubles after defeating Czech pair Hradecka and Hlavackov 6-4 6-4

Disappointment: Great Britain's Iain Percy (right) and Andrew Simpson had to settle for silver in the men's star

Disappointment: Great Britain's Iain Percy (right) and Andrew Simpson had to settle for silver in the men's star

13.41: A big effort from the British lads but that's one big disappointment on the waves. Don't forget though Ben Ainslie also goes for gold on the hour in the Finn.

13.36: That is a big shock. Swedish pair Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen can hardly believe it as they come from a distant third overall to take gold in the men's star.

They win the race with Britain finishing eighth. Brazil, who finished seventh, take the bronze.


13.30: Britain have defeated France 45-29 in the fencing men's team foil and they will now face Russia at 3pm after they saw off China 45-40.

13.27: Percy and Simpson are now down to seventh. It's still good news that Brazil are behind in ninth but a new worry threatens with race leaders Sweden who can still snatch what did seem an improbable gold before the race.

In the bag: Tiki Gelana wins the women's marathon for Ethiopia

In the bag: Tiki Gelana wins the women's marathon for Ethiopia

13.23: Tiki Gelana wins the Women's Marathon for Ethiopia in a time of 2:23.07 to set a new Olympic record. Jeptoo takes silver for Kenya with Russian, Petrova following shortly after to finish with a bronze.

13.21: And now down to two as Gelana sets off, it may as well be one  though as Jeptoo struggles to hold on.

13.20: We are down to three as race favourite Keitany drops off. Petrova still hangs on to Gelana and Jeptoo though.

13.29: Two kilometres to go and it's STILL those four leading. Who is going to blink first and lead a final charge?

13.17: The bad news for Percy and Simpson in the sailing star is they are down in fifth. The good news is that Brazil are directly behind them - just where they want them to be if they want to win gold again.

13.14: Still the four lead the marathon but you get the impression Petrova is struggling to keep up with the African trio. Crucially though she's still with them.

13.10: Meanwhile it's advantage USA in the women's tennis doubles final. The Williams sisters take the first set 6-4 against the Czech pair of Hradecka and Hlavackov.

13.05: Still the gang of four lead the marathon in the closing stages. It's Petrova from Russia, Tiki Gelana from Ethiopia and Kenyan duo Keitany and Priscah Jeptoo with six kilometres to go.

Flawless: Nick Skelton of Great Britain was penalty free on Big Star during the jumping in the equestrian

Flawless: Nick Skelton of Great Britain was penalty free on Big Star during the jumping in the equestrian

13.00: Time for a fencing update. It's in fact France who Britain face in the men's team foil repechage (NOT USA, sorry about that) and after six bouts of nine, the hosts lead 31-22.

12.57: Second and third big shock of the marathon. The sun is out and the Russian of Tatyana Petrova has caught the leading three Kenyans and now a sole Ethiopian. Mare Dibaba has dropped off the pace.

12.53: Coming up is the start of the medal race at Weymouth in the men's star, where Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson will attempt to defend their Olympic title and keep Brazil at arm's length.

They only need to finish fourth or keep three boats between them and the South Americans.

12.48: A better round from Edward Ling sees him score 24 out of 25 in the men's trap shooting to take him on to 47 overall. That's three points off the lead and two points off a targeted top six spot. The Brit is down in 19th in a competitive qualifying round.

12.43: Scott Brash is also through to the next round of the jumping on Hello Sanctos, but his eight penalty points see Britain drop behind new leaders Saudi Arabia after one round in the team event.

Peter Charles on Vindicat to come for the hosts.

12.40: There is a gang of five leading the marathon containing exclusively athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia. Keitany still leading the pace.

12.37: From Infostrada 2012:

South Africa lose 4-5 to PAK and are first to lose a men's hockey match at #Olympics despite scoring 4 goals since ARG-MAS 4-6 in 1992.

On the charge: Competitors run in front of the Palace of Westminster in the women's marathon

On the charge: Competitors run in front of the Palace of Westminster in the women's marathon

12.33: Yamauchi has confirmed to the BBC that an injury she carried into the marathon flared up at the start of the race:

'I ran with a bruise on my heel which I thought I could manage, but I started to feel it on the second corner and sadly I couldn't go on.'

12.28: The leading pack is thinning out by the kilometre. Sadly there are no Brits in it as Mary Jepkosgei Keitany ups the pace again.

12.23: Strong start for the Williams sisters, who break in the opening game and hold to move into a 2-0 lead on Centre Court.

12.18: Big shame for Shobukhova. She has not raced a marathon this year and has pulled up at the halfway mark clutching her hamstring and in tears.

Her brain told her the Olympics were possible but sadly her body has disagreed.

12.15: First big shock in the marathon and no the sunshine has not come out.

Straneo's burst of pace has claimed a big scalp as Liliya Shobukhova of Russia has fallen nearly half-a-minute off the pace.

She was one of the favourites coming into this.

12.10: Straneo has bolted...well led a breakaway in the marathon. A few have followed her as the tactics begin.

Talking tactics: Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova (L) and Lucie Hradecka plan their next move during the women's doubles gold medal match against the Williams sisters

Talking tactics: Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova (L) and Lucie Hradecka plan their next move during the women's doubles gold medal match against the Williams sisters

12.06: The roof is indeed on at a puzzlingly sparse Centre Court (tickets impossible to get for me anyway) with the final of the women's doubles set to get underway.

Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka will battle the American sisters of Venus and Serena Williams.

12.01: Straneo still leads the pack at the 15km mark. Murray remains off the leading runners but has maintained the gap at 10 seconds. This marathon yet to have an injection of pace though.

11.56: Two out of two for the Brits in the jumping. Ben Maher also produces a faultless round on Tripple X to join his compatriot as the third qualified entrant for the next round.

11.52: Time for me to back-track. In fairness at the time Pendleton was confirmed to have set a new world record but stats reveal it's 'just' an Olympic record.

Germany's Miriam Welte set the world record only in June at a time of 10.643.

11.49: Still no breakaway in the marathon as we approach 15km and Trafalgar Square. Valeria Straneo setting the pace.

Murray is around 10 seconds behind the leading pack.

11.45: We are in the early stages of the equestrian at Greenwich Park where the jumping events are underway.

Still many riders to come but Nick Skelton has come through with no penalties and will be through to round two. On Big Star he is the only rider to do so far out of 17 and that will help Britain in the team standings too.

11.41: Another medal update for you as Chung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae of South Korea have defeated Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 23-21 21-10 to take the bronze medal in the badminton men's doubles.

Golden girl: Britain's Victoria Pendleton set an Olympic record in the women's sprint during qualifying

Golden girl: Britain's Victoria Pendleton set an Olympic record in the women's sprint during qualifying

Golden girl: Britain's Victoria Pendleton set an Olympic record in the women's sprint during qualifying

11.37: More sad news from the ExCeL but it is a glorious failure from Britain who took Italy all the way in the team foil.

The world champions were heavy favourites but they progressed to the semi-finals narrowly to win 45-40. Britain now face USA in a repechage.

11.32: Sad news for the Brits in the marathon, Yamauchi has pulled up with an injury and our best hope of gold has gone with it.

11.27: Special, even by Queen Victoria's standard!. Pendleton has just smashed Australia's Anna Mears world record by riding to a time of 10.724....good start then.

11.22: Britain are taking Italy all the way in the fencing Team Foil.

With two bouts remaining Italy lead 35-32, but James Davis now takes on the world No. 1 in Andrea Cassara.

11.18: Two Americans lead the marathon in Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher but it's a big leading pack out the front so not much should be read into the race at the moment - except that it is absolutely chucking it down with rain.

Typical British weather: Rain lashed down at the start of the women's marathon

Typical British weather: Rain lashed down at the start of the women's marathon

11.15: It's straight back to the velodrome in a minute or two where Victoria Pendleton starts the defence of her Olympic title in the women's sprint.

No winners today though as it's the start of qualifying.

11.12: From Infostrada 2012:

Edna Kiplagat (KEN) can become 2nd woman to win the Olympic Marathon as reigning world champion after Rosa Mota (POR) in 1988.

11.09: Great conditions at the marathon...not for us of course but for the runners as rain continues to fall.

11.05: It's all to play for at the completion of the 4km in the men's omnium.

Clancy takes second and that puts him in the same position overall, two points behind O'Shea and level with Norman.

11.02: It's still all umbrellas at The Mall as the athletes all start their stop watches on the line with the women's marathon underway.

Freya Murray, Mara Yamauchi and Claire Hallissey compete for Britain but sadly there is no Paula Radcliffe who has been replaced by the former due to injury.

11.01: What a performance from Britain in the fencing. They are really talking it to the Italians. At the start of the fifth bout it's 20-20. Very even contest.

Focused: Ed Clancy rode to second place in the men's 4km for Britain

Focused: Ed Clancy rode to second place in the men's 4km for Britain

10.56: From Infostrada 2012:

Great Britain have seven gold medals more halfway than at same juncture four years ago.

10.51: Fantastic ride from Clancy, who only just misses out on the fastest time with a 4:20.853 to go second. One more heat to come.

10.47: Huge roar at the velodrome as Clancy gets underway in his pursuit of an omnium medal.

10.42: It's almost time for Clancy at the velodrome. He is up next with the Dane of Lasse Norman Hansen setting the fastest time at 4:20.674 so far.

10.37: Andrea Baldini defeats Davis 3-1 in the first bout but Kruse races ahead in the second bout to lead Valerio Aspromonte 5-2. That puts Britain ahead overall.

10.34: James Davis hasn't had much time between the two fencing bouts but he did recap on the win against Egypt:

'We are very pleased with that victory. But the job is now just starting. There is a lot of pressure with Italy coming up. We are just going to enjoy our fencing and do our very best against them (Italy).'

10.32: It's not just Wimbledon where the rain is falling. The women's marathon starts at The Mall in around 30 minutes and you're very much a sitting duck there if you don't have an umbrella.

Ecstasy: China's Chen Long celebrates after winning bronze in the men's singles badminton

Ecstasy: China's Chen Long celebrates after winning bronze in the men's singles badminton

10.29: The disco is over at the ExCeL, as the British and Italian fencers make their way out to a loud reception.

10.24: China have taken bronze in the badminton men's singles, after Long Chen defeated Hyun Lee of South Korea 21-12 15-21 21-15.

10.19: Fantastic now Blue Monday has come on! But back to the action...

Ling has finished his first round in the trap but it's good and bad news.

The good news is he scored a very respectable 23 out of 25. The bad news is nearly everyone has matched him so far. Only sharpshooters allowed at these Games and I'm not talking wrestling submission moves.

10.14: The action has gone quiet at the ExCeL arena - especially as far as the fencing is concerned.

Pistes are beautifully lit up in luminous red and blue though, with the PA speaker blasting out some smashing 80s classics in the otherwise dark arena.

Duran Duran and the Buggles rewinding us back nearly 30 years there.

Luck of the Irish: Martyn Irvine competes in the men's omnium 4km at the Velodrome

Luck of the Irish: Martyn Irvine competes in the men's omnium 4km at the Velodrome

10.11: Seeing as we started the day on hockey I at least will bring you the result from Belgium and New Zealand.

It's not good for either side as the 1-1 draw means they are both out of the tournament.

10.06: The men's omnium is up and running at the Velodrome with Britain's Ed Clancy is still on course for a medal later on.

First up is the 4km individual pursuit where Clancy goes off in the eighth and penultimate heat when he takes on Australia's Glenn O'Shea.

10.01: Still no sign of Edward Ling in the Trap, but he goes in a second bout of qualifiers.

He is going to have to find his A game though, a very strong first round saw 10 competitors fire at least 24 out of 25.

There are five rounds though so there may be slight room for error with only six progressing to the final.

9.56: Kruse loses the bout 6-5 but Great Britain win the war 45-33. They will now face the heavily fancied Italians in around 30 minutes' time in a quarter-final.

9.52: Alaaeldin Abouelkassem is really going for it though and has Richard Kruse on the backfoot. I'm suddenly a bit worried as the lead goes down to 10.

9.48: Britain look safely through to the quarter-finals of the men's foil. The lead is 40-27 going into the final bout on the piste, where Egypt must score 13 points in three minutes.

That's like trying to score three goals in injury time of a football match.

9.43: From Sportsmail's Mike Dickson:

It's currently raining in Wimbledon (you guessed it). Fed will be happier about this than Murray - roof on standby.

9.38: Scrap the comeback. Britain have hit a purple patch with three bouts left, now leading 32-19. This one looks over as a contest - bring on the Italians!

9.33: It's not over yet in the fencing, Egypt have stopped the rot in the sixth bout as the lead has only increased by one. Britain's lead at 26-19 though is still a comfortable one.

9.28: Yesterday was a historic day for Team GB but we also witnessed the end of an era.

Michael Phelps signed off his career on top of the swimming world by claiming his 18th gold medal in the 4x100m relay.

It's the Games where the American became the greatest Olympian of all time with 22 medals in total.

On top: Britain's James Davis (right) faces off against Egypt's Tarek Ayad in the fencing team foil

On top: Britain's James Davis (right) faces off against Egypt's Tarek Ayad in the fencing team foil

9.23: Britain are on top in the foil, leading Egypt 18-12 in the fourth bout of nine. We are a bit behind there after a doctor had to attend to one of the Egyptian fencers who picked up an injury on his leg.

9.19: So the third and fourth? Why it's Andy Murray of course!

In a rematch of the Wimbledon final last month, Roger Federer takes on the Brit in the gold medal match of the men's singles. Is revenge on the cards for Muzza?

If not, the Scot has a chance of redemption in the mixed doubles final on Centre Court straight after when he teams up with Laura Robson to face Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

9.14: An hour later sees Ben Ainslie try and claim a fourth gold medal in the Finn - but he has a tough job on his hands.

The Brit trails leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen by two points meaning the Dane only needs to finish second in the final race to claim gold. Nervy times ahead.

9.09: Four big shouts for a British gold medal for the first part of today. The first comes at 1pm when Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson attempt to become Olympic champions when they sail in the star class - an event they have dominated so far.

9.04: Ennis was riding high after claiming gold last night but she has ruled out running in the 100m hurdles, despite setting a time on Friday that matched the winning run in the final at Beijing.

She told the BBC: 'Right now I'm just going to enjoy this moment for as long as I possibly can, spend some time with my family and then have a break and relax.

'It's being a long build-up and it's been stressful.

'I did think about it (entering the 100m hurdles) especially when I ran a personal best in the hurdles.

'But for me it was just about the heptathlon. I'm more than happy with that and I think I just need to rest now.'

Well earned I say.

Kicking up a storm: Belgium's Xavier Reckinger plays a ball against New Zealand during the men's hockey

Kicking up a storm: Belgium's Xavier Reckinger plays a ball against New Zealand during the men's hockey

8.58: Also on the hour, qualifying for the men's trap final at the Royal Artillery Barracks gets underway with Britain's Edward Ling in action.

8.55: Coming up by the way is some more Brits in action. In the fencing at the ExCel, it's the men's team foil.

Britain meet Egypt in the last 16 with the winner set to face Italy who have a bye to the quarter-finals.

It's the exact same draw the British women had - but they were stopped in their tracks by the top seeded Italians who went on to claim gold.

8.50: And in the middle of a night where Britain won three gold medals for the first time in one athletics session, Greg Rutherford took the long jump to success.

Just seeing him being interviewed afterwards showed what it meant to him. His excitement pretty much summed up the happy mood of the nation.

8.45: If Ennis got the night going with an expected gold then Mo Farah had us biting our nails in the 10,000m.

I have to admit I was worried by the size of the leading pack on the last lap, but Farah took the bull by the horns to lead the final 400m and claim gold. Magic moment.

8.40: In total Britain won six gold medals yesterday and that includes Jessica Ennis, the poster girl, the golden girl, the face of London 2012.

Not only did she win the heptathlon to become Olympic champion on home soil, she destroyed the field in doing so. It was truly a star performance.

8.35: Hockey gets us underway as usual this morning with the men's tournament. It's New Zealand v Belgium but in truth neither looks like progressing from the group. It's win or bust though for both.

8.30: From Sportsmail's Alex Kay:

Park is already buzzing this morning. Hundreds of people everywhere. And every single one of them is smiling.

8.25: So, the morning after the night before. Never mind it being the greatest night in British athletics.

Yesterday's drama inside the Olympic Stadium was one of the greatest moments in British sporting history.

It will take a lot to better it today, but history is yet again set to be made (we hope).

On for the double: Andy Murray is on course to win two gold medals at Wimbledon

On for the double: Andy Murray is on course to win two gold medals at Wimbledon