LiveLondon 2012 Olympics live coverage: Day 14

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It has been a day of highs and lows for British athletes at Day 14 of London 2012.

Especially for Walthamstow's Lutalo Muhammad, who started the day gunning for gold until elimination at the quarter final stage reignited the row over his selection ahead of world number one Aaron Cook.

But, after being handed the chance of some sort of redemption in the repechage, he powered past Arman Yeremyan to land a precious bronze.

There was a bronze for the women’s hockey team – who exorcised their semi-final demons to beat New Zealand.

GB sailed to silver in both the men’s and women’s 470 medal race, and Former Kingston University student Ed McKeever, the ‘Usain Bolt of the water’, will go for gold in the 200m kayak final tomorrow. There was also a brave swim from Dan Fogg in the open water race.

We have guaranteed a couple of silver medals at the absolute minimum in the boxing ring tomorrow.

But it was a case of so near but yet so far for our athletes on the track and field.

Bromley runner Conrad Williams and his 4x400m relay team-mates were inches away from a medal in a thrilling final tonight but - like England in a penalty shoot-out - baton woes once again hit our 4x100m relay racers, who were disqualified after finishing second in their heat.

Steven Lewis and Sophie Hitchon finished sixth and 12th in the pole vault and hammer throwing finals respectively.

It was disappointment on the BMX track for hotly tipped Shanaze Reade and heartbreak for Liam Phillips, who fell off his bike when he was still in the medal hunt.

And, as we bring our coverage from Day 14 of London 2012 to close, the Games’ poster boy Tom Daley squeaked through into the 10m platform final.

But Walthamstow’s Pete Waterfield plummeted into diving disarray after bombing out of the competition in the first round...See you tomorrow for more Olympic drama!



Tom Daley has just kept his place in the top 18 with his final dive but it's bad news for Walthamstow's Pete Waterfield.

The crowd were screaming as Daley took to the platform.

This time he hit us with a reverse somersault with a tuck and he got it pretty much bang on. His place tomorrow was assured with a 84.15 mark, though in truth it looked lke the pressure got to him tonight.

Waterfield, though, couldn't pull off an unlikely comeback. His entry was way off when he needed perfection. Just 70.20 for him.

In contrast, world champion Bo Qiu had an absolutely storming evening, finishing well ahead in first place.


In the diving, Daley is down to 16th after a really poor effort late into the night at the Aquatics Centre. His score of 39.60 gets a gasp from the crowd.

And Waterfield's is only slightly better with a terrible entry into the water. He might be out of it here. Down to 23rd.



He set out for gold and has been the centre of the selection storm - but Walthamstow's Lutalo Muhammad has just landed a bronze medal after a stunning victory in the 3rd place match of the -80kg taekwondo! Well done sir!

That's 56 medals for Team GB now.



Now, can Lutalo Muhammad  send British fans home happy with a bronze in the evening session - he's winning 4-1 at the moment!


So close for Team GB ! They finish fourth in a thrilling 4x400m relay final. Bahamas take gold ahead of the USA.


If you're at home watching the Games, time to choose wisely.

Because there could be two medals for Team GB in a matter of minutes - Team GB's team of Conrad Williams, Jack Green, David Greene and Martyn Rooney are now taking their marks for the 4x400m relay final.

And Lutalo Muhammad is now on the mat in the taekwondo repechage!


Team GB’s men’s 4x100m relay team have been disqualified after the final changeover between Danny Talbot and Adam Gemili took place outside of the designated box. Click here for more.



Young Tom Daley survived a nervy take off for his tuck dive but finished well and gets 83.25. He's looking good for the next round.

Waterfield is the man we have to worry about here and his fourth jump was still a little wobbly.

A back three and a half somersault with tuck looked like it was  going wrong towards the end but he pulled it back for 77.55. He's now nine points off the pace.

Just two dives left now to secure a place in the top 18 and that semi-final.


Lutalo Muhammad will fight Arman Yeremyan for bronze in about 10mins!


But after a slow-paced, messy race, the Brit girls finish off the pace as Turkey's Cakir holds off her Bahrain's Jamal to win gold.


Pole vaulter Steve Lewis ' medal charge is over, he has finished joint fifth but he can be proud of his Olympic performance.


Here we go in the women's 1,500m final. Britain has two athletes in contention, Lisa Dobriskey and Laura Weightman .


The Americans have just set a new world record of 40.82secs in the women's 4x100m final - that's how to win a gold medal!



Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield really hadn't been  on point so far tonight while others are raising the bar with some complex dives, particularly the Mexicans.

But Daley's third attempt, launched from a handstand, was miles better - a 89.25 score from the judges and much more up to his high standards.

Waterfield also raised his game with a forward four and a half that was almost perfect getting 94.35. Perhaps a comeback is on from him?

Cuban Jose Antonio Guerra scored the first perfect ten of the competition In that round.

We're now halfway through the preliminaries. Daley is in 9th now with Waterfield making up ground at 23rd.


The women of Team GB’s 4x400m relay team safely made it through to the Olympic final with minimal fuss tonight. Click here for more.


Wow, from dispair to a bronze? Lutalo Muhammad has to dig deep in the final round but holds on to beat Yousef Karami 11-7 in the -80kg taekwondo repechage.

The Walthamstow man will now battle for bronze later tonight.


GB's Steven Lewis sitting in equal third place in the pole vault after nailing 5.75m. Should we start dreaming of medal? We've had a long jump champion, so why not?


Meseret Defar wins the 5,000m with Jo Pavey finishing seventh and Julia Bleasdale in eighth.


Youngster Sophie Hitchon  has had a great games, she broke her own British record by throwing the hammer 71.98m to reach the final, but she has finished 12th. Good effort.

She would have had to shatter her previous best to win gold as Tatyana Lysenko of Russia has just thrown an new Olympic record, flinging the hammer 77.56m - the ninth longest in history.



Our lads needed to pull off some better dives on their second attempt but they haven't really managed it.

Daley, who gets ridiculous numbers of cheers that probably don't relieve the pressure on him, jumped backwards with an inward three and a half somersault. Again his entry wasn't too clean and he bags a 78.40.

Waterfield, who had a very low-scoring first effort, tried the same dive as Daley but it went horribly wrong, overdoing the somersault and messing up his entry. Just 40 for him.

That puts Daley in 15th and Waterfield back in 31st out of 32. There's still some way to go here but it's not looking great for Waterfield.


Joanne Pavey & Julia Bleasdale now about to set off in the women's 5,000m final.


And Team GB has been disqualified because the hand-over wasn't completed in time on the last leg - and we finished second...Oh what might have been...Again.


And here comes the men's 4x100m relay heats - with Christian Malcom, Dwain Chambers, Daniel Talbot and footballer-turned-runner Adam Gemili representing Team GB.


Reporter Mark Chandler is at the Aquatics Centre:

Don't forget that Walthamtow's Pete Waterfield and schoolgirl's favourite Tom Daley are diving tonight at the Aquatic Centre.

Their aim is to reach tomorrow's 10m platform final tomorrow and, hopefully, put the disappointment of their synchronised event behind them.

With his first dive, Daley has just pulled off a two and a half backwards somersaults with two and a half twists. But his entry was slightly askew and he was marked just 73.80.

Waterfield, on last, dived an arm stand back triple somersault but his was also untidy, and he received 66 from the judges,putting him way down.
Only the top 18 will go through to the semi-final.


Other news to bring you, Lutalo Muhammad has been given something of a reprieve in the taekwondo.

Walthamstow's athlete was dumped out of the main event by Spain’s Nicolas Garcia Hemme at the quarter-final stage.

But he will compete in the repechage as he targets a Bronze, with two wins enough to secure a medal.


The Duchess of Cambridge joined in a standing ovation as the British women's hockey team won a bronze medal. Click here for more.


And Great Britain are in to the 4x400m final once again after a third place finish in the semi-final. Good work girls!


And up first is the women's 4x400m relay, with Team GB's quartet of Shanna Cox, Lee McConnell, Eilidh Child and, of course, Christine Ohuruogu in lane eight hoping to gain a place in tomorrow's final.


There's something for everyone tonight - sprinting, middle-distance running, the pole vault, the hammer, boxing and diving - and they all have British involvement!


That hockey bronze was Team GB's 55th of these Games - and there will be more to come in the boxing, with guaranteed silvers at a minimum.


Ashleigh Ball revealed the pain of missing out on a shot at gold still hurt the Team GB hockey squad but described it as a “fantastic” feeling to have secured a bronze medal this afternoon.

The Teddington competitor helped the host nation produce an exemplary performance at the Riverbank Arena today as they eased past New Zealand 3-1 to ensure they will be on the podium later tonight.

With the Duchess of Cambridge cheering on from the stands, goals from Alex Danson, Crista Cullen and Sarah Thomas were enough to give Great Britain victory.

It was a result which went some way to relieving the pain of their loss to Argentina in the semi finals two days ago, and Ball spoke of the squad’s joy at securing bronze.

“It feels fantastic. It is just unbelievable. Coming from the disappointment of not realising our dream of gold, this match was everything,” she explained.

“I think we earned the win, we earned the bronze medal and we will celebrate the bronze medal. We are very happy with a bronze medal.”

Defeat to Argentina was an emotional moment for the squad as they had set their sights firmly on gold at London 2012.

And Ball added that a third-place finish will help alleviate the pain that still remains from missing out on tonight’s final.

She continued: “To be honest, it is the kind of thing where you have to put it on hold. It is devastating that it was a one-shot at home Olympic gold medal. It will haunt us – this is not what we came for.

“Although it makes it much easier to deal with as we are Olympic medallists, it will take some time.

“As a group of players and individually, there has not been anything I have ever wanted as much as that gold medal. That evening was awful.

“We had to all individually deal with it in a way where it allowed us the next day to concentrate on making sure we still won a medal and didn’t come away in fourth. That would have been unthinkable.”


Welcome back to the evening session of Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games - before we crack on, let us reflect on a hockey bronze.


Now there is a bit of a lull in proceedings - after all the excitement of the BMX, sailing, boxing and hockey in the afternoon session - we are going to take a break.

But be sure to join us later when the attention switches to the Olympic Stadium for the men's 4x400m final and 4x100m relay heats, plus the men's pole vault final and women's hammer throw.

We'll also be checking back at the Excel Arena for the boxing. See you soon.


LOCOG has said that more tickets could be released on Sunday for the closing ceremony.

Organisers say they will not know how many of limited number leftover as contingency can be released until after all the necessary equipment has been moved into the Olympic stadium.

However, there are no plans to reduce the price of those tickets still on sale.


My abacus tells me that hockey bronze was Team GB's 55th medal of the London Games - with more to come...





Matt Bass:

It’s all over here at the Riverbank Arena and Team GB have another bronze medal courtesy of the women’s hockey team.

And it’s thoroughly deserved after a hugely impressive display against New Zealand. It was tears of hurt and heartbreak two days ago here when they were narrowly beaten by Argentina to miss out on the gold medal match. But right now, it is only tears of joy and ecstasy.

They will be on the podium later and what a performance it was!

Well done Team GB girls!


Another medal for Team GB - this time brone in the women's hockey!



Another penalty corner and it’s another goal! Only this time it’s gone the other way.

New Zealand have pulled one back with Stacy Michelsen getting the decisive touch on a penalty corner move. It looks to have come too late though with only a minute left on the clock.


Get the champagne ready - because Team GB's women's hockey team is five minutes away from a bronze medal...


Three second-half goals looked to have secured Team GB third place in the competition and that all-important bronze medal. They now lead 3-0 with five minutes to play.

It was a penalty corner again that did the damage. Cullen again fired in on goal but this time Sarah Thomas got the crucial touch.

The Riverbank Arena was a scene of heartbreak just two days ago when the goals lost out in their semi final. I think we’ll be seeing a completely different emotion here shortly.



As predicted, the scoring wasn’t over here at the Riverbank Arena but it’s a case of smiles all round!

Team GB’s fourth penalty corner of the contest has yielded their second goal, doubling their advantage over the blacksticks. Crista Cullen has come close on a number of occasions but she made no mistake this time and it is her who extends the lead.

And how does a British crowd celebrate I hear you ask? Why with a Mexican Wave of course!

Less than ten minutes to play here and the hosts lead 2-0.


Liam Phillips has also missed out on an Olympic medal after he was clipped and fell off his BMX. He was in third place at the time - so unlucky.



It’s a really exciting contest at the Riverbank Arena and you get the impression we’ve got more goals to come.

Team GB survived a penalty corner (despite a referral to the video referee) with some gritty, brave and determined defending and came close to doubling their advantage immediately on the counter-attack.

The hosts have had another penalty corner of their own but some poor control on the ball saw it come to nothing.

As for the band – they’re still keeping the crowd in tune.


Daredevil Shanaze Reade 's Olympic misery has continued after she finished sixth in the BMX final - four years after a fall on the last jump cost her gold in Beijing. Cruel.



Five minutes into the second half and Team GB have the goal they deserved in the first half. They have the upper hand now, leading the way 1-0.

A long ball over the top caught the New Zealand defence off guard and Alex Danson was able to cross but with the ball hitting a defending foot, a penalty corner was awarded.

It was Britain’s third of the game but this time they made it count, with Danson herself getting the decisive touch on the shot to deflect the ball beyond the helpless Kayla Sharland.

The moment sparked rapturous cheers from all corners of the Riverbank Arena. Now let’s just hope they can maintain their advantage!



Back underway here at the Riverbank arena. Team GB just need to add the missing goal to their game.

However, it’s New Zealand providing the first moment of excitement here. A ball across the D beat Laura Unsworth to find Katie Glynn who was able to redirect the ball towards goal.

Keeper Elizabeth Storry looked to get the faintest of touches which saw it on to the post.

It’s been a nervous restart for Team GB. The Kiwis look resurgent. Britain starting to get on the ball now and would do well to keep possession and settle the game down a bit.

Play at their own pace and not allow New Zealand to dictate.


Just to recap, former Kingston University student Ed McKeever could be Great Britain’s final gold medal winner in this summer’s Olympic Games.

The 'Usain Bolt of the water' will be competing in the men’s 200 metre kayak final tomorrow after securing his place earlier today with a record time of 35.087 seconds.

The 28-year-old trainee accountant clinched his place at London 2012 when he won the single kayak 200 metre final at the sprint regatta at the National Water Sports Centre, in Nottingham, in April.

Mc Keever studied accounting and finance at Kingston University and has enrolled to study for another part-time accounting course.


Liam Phillips follows hot on the heels of his team-mate Shanaze Reade to book his place in the men's final of the BMX event - could Britain nail two more cycling medals!?



Team GB survived a scare just before the break but it remains goalless here as the girls head for the half-time interval.

New Zealand had been second best throughout but were awarded a penalty corner with less than 20 seconds left on the clock but Emily Naylor’s low strike fell wide of the post.

The latest offering from the band is the theme tune from the TV show ‘The A Team’.

So far our girls are very much ‘The A Team’ but they are yet to find the goal their attacking play merits.

Helen Richardson was desperately close with a second penalty corner – so near to opening the scoring was she in fact that half the crowd believed it had gone in and were up on their feet in celebration.

New Zealand have started to show more going forward with Krystal Forgesson shooting narrowly wide but that and their late penalty corner are as close as they have come.


Daniel Fogg said he was pleased with a fifth place finish in today's Serpentine swimming.

He said: “I made a really good start, I was riding on Lurz’s feet and then I backed off. 

“I assumed there was a breakaway at some point and I had no idea what position I was in. It was case of catching the person in front of me and then putting the hammer down for the line.

“I’m really happy with fifth, it’s probably higher than I thought I could do. “


Britain's Shanaze Reade is still very much in the hunt for gold after qualifying for the women's BMX final.


Reporter Mark Chandler has prepared an 'idiots guide' to the Modern Pentathlon, which will be the final medal handed out at London 2012.

Click here to read it.


Good effort by Walthamstow's Lutalo Muhammad  but he has been dumped out of the men's -80kg taekwondo competition by Spain's Nicolas Garcia.

I guess the selection debate will raise its head once again now...



An ever-present feature of the hockey crowd at the Riverbank Arena has been the band, forever asking if this is indeed “The Way to Amarillo” as well as declaring “Rule Britannia”.

The small brass ensemble might want to rephrase the lyrics to something along the lines of “Is this the Way to a Bronze Medal?”.

Teddington’s Ashleigh Ball has seen plenty of the action so far in a game in which Team GB are thus far enjoying the better of. Helen Richardson came close to opening the scoring from a penalty corner but Kayla Sharland between the sticks saved well for New Zealand.

The scoreline doesn’t quite read Rule Britannia just yet however. It’s still 0-0 with 15 minutes played.


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And Liam Phillips finishes third in the second ride - he's still in good shape to qualify for the final.


For a round-up of Day 14 so far, including all the details of Team GB's medal additions, click here.



Shanaze Reade has all but seccured her place in the BMX final after winning ride two of the semi-final.


Reporter Matthew Bass has taken his position for the women's hockey bronze play-off between Team GB and New Zealand...

It’s another gloriously sunny day here in the Riverbank Arena and the stands are once again packed out.

And there are one or two famous onlookers here today. Dame Kelly Holmes is watching on with Kate Middleton also lending her support to Team GB.

The bronze medal will be decided today and the British girls would love to be the recipients. But New Zealand will be going all out to ensure victory themselves for what would be their first ever Olympic hockey medal.

It looks set to be a thrilling encounter! Can Team GB put their semi final disappointment behind them? It’s time to find out. We are underway!


It will be a bronze medal for Team GB's Anthony Ogogo who was soundly beaten by Brazilian Esquiva Falcao Florentino in the middleweight semi-final. No shame in bronze, though.


That bronze medal playoff in the women's hockey gets underway at 3.30pm.


Equally good start for Liam Phillips in the BMX...Anthony Ogogo now in the ring at the Excel Arena.




Good start for Shanaze Reade in the first run of the BMX semi-final - second place.


Dan Fogg brought the curtain down on his Olympic campaign with a fifth place finish in the 10km open water event.

Click here for more.



That means another silver or gold for GB, with the team's medal tally currently standing at 25 gold. 15 silver and 14 bronze.


Britain's Luke Campbell sets up a mouthwatering fight with Ireland's John Joe Nevin in Sunday's bantamweight final after easing past Japanese fighter Shimizu.


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Blackheath Fencing Club based at Blackheath High School for Girls, says that enquiries have gone 'through the roof' since the start of the Olympics.

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Olympic champion and Haringey Community Police Club fighter Nicola Adams  has admitted the scale of what she achieved yesterday was still sinking in...

Click here to read the full interview.



A brave effort by Dan Fogg , who has finished fifth with a fantastic swim in a highly talented pool (pardon the pun) of swimmers in the 10km open water event.


Day 14 is about to heat up - Team GB has already won two silvers today in the sailing but the BMX semi-finals are about to begin and Team GB's boxers, inspired by Nicola Adams, are about to battle for medals at the Excel Arena!


This is such a great photo. Take a bow Sir Chris...





It has been a see-saw battle but New Zealand take the gold in the 470 medal race in Weymouth. Team GB's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark  will have to settle for solid silver.


It's not looking promising for Team GB in the 470 medal race - the Kiwis are cruising and, if it stays the same, New Zealand will win gold.


The women's 470 medal race is now up and running and if Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark can finish ahead of the New Zealand boat, they will win gold.


Fantastic crowds lining the banks of the Serpentine once again, with the majority cheering on Dan Fogg  who has slipped back into the pack from second.


And here's Walthamstow athlete Lutalo Muhammad 's reaction to his earlier heat win in the taekwondo.

He said: "I am just glad to get through, it all came together in the end. The atmosphere is fantastic, and I feel a lot better now I have got my first fight out of the way.

"All the build-up did not matter, it is like any other tournament, and I feel a lot better off now I am through."


Olympic organisers have insisted that the reopening of parts of Greenwich Park following the equestrian events are not behind schedule.

Claims have been made by councillors and campaigners that LOCOG has broken promises on the reopening.
Asked about it today,  LOCOG director of communications Jackie Brock-Doyle, insisted: “We’re sticking to the plan as we always did.

“Big chunks of Greenwich have been opened.”

She went on: “We’ll remove all of our overlay [after the modern pentathlon] very quickly and we’re on schedule.”

The closure of the park for Olympic events was extremely controversial but the venue has proved to be one of the highlights of the Games.


And the Aussies have won the 470 medal race - Team GB has a 14th silver medal.


(Slightly) disappointing news from Weymouth - Team GB have been hit with a penalty and are in fourth position. They have to beat Australia, who are ahead of them, to have a hope of gold. But silver will still be an excellent result!


LOCOG chairman and running legend Seb Coe has said that Kenyan runner David Rudisha has been the Games standout performer, following his world-record breaking 800m final last night

After the race, Rudisha said he had wanted to make his friend Coe proud.

Coe said this morning: "I'm very proud that David ran the way he did. I thought it was an extraordinary piece of racing."

He added: "That would be the standout performance of these Games."

Coe also branded Usain Bolt a "titan" of the sport, backing the sprinter's own opinion of himself by saying: "Usain Bolt is clearly a legend."


Dan Fogg is currently second but it is very early stages yet...


That postponed 470 medal race is finally underway - with Team GB guaranteed at least a silver. And Chingford's Dan Fogg is in the water for the open water swim!


Jess Walker has made the final of the of the K1 200 metres at Eton Dorney! 



If you're a Spice Girls fan, best dust off that Union Jack dress and get excited as rumours they are set to reform for the Olympic closing ceremony are gathering pace.

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There are still minor delays on the Victoria Line after a 'person under a train' earlier. Good service elsewhere.


Usain Bolt, sorry, Ed McKeever has just powered across the Dorney Lake to assure a place in the final of the men's kayak single 200m.


By the way, if you're wondering why it's a little slow on the London 2012 front, that would be because there are currently no events going on in the Olympic Park! 

But Chingford's Dan Fogg is preparing for that marathon 10km open water race in the Serpentine.



Britain's Liam Heath and Jon Schofield through to the next round of the men's 200m kayak double.



Londoner Lutalo Muhammad has just booked his place in the quarter-finals of the men's 80kg taekwondo.


What major event would be complete without a photo of Keith 'Cheggers' Chegwin, I hear you cry? Well reporter Mark Chandler has delivered the goods...

A Greenwich B&B which grew a topiary horse for the Olympics has had a visit from showbiz royalty.

Thankfully, Keith Chegwin avoided a Lady Godiva moment and kept his clothes on for the visit to the Number 16, St Alfege Passage.

The horse, named after cross-country course designer Sue Benson, is being used to raise cash for the Alzheimer's Society.

To donate, visit or text BENS78 to 70070.

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They are the unsung heroes of these Olympics but a Sutton schoolboy has landed one of the the best volunteer roles at London 2012.

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Beijing medalist Sarah Stevenson - who lost both her parents last year - has sadly, all but, missed out on a medal in the 67kg taekwondo. Heartbreak.

She must hope American Paige McPherson, who comfortably beat her 5-1, goes on to reach the final for her to get a shot at bronze.


It was a night of disappointment for Ben Hawes of Wimbledon Hockey Club as Great Britain were thrashed 9-2 by Holland in the Olympic hockey semi-final.

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Severe delays on the Victoria Line, which is part suspended, between Kings Cross and Seven Sisters.

Transport for London reporting this is due to a 'person under a train'.

Tickets are being accepted on London Buses and Greater Anglia services via any route.

There's a good service on all other line.


Back to the action, Britain's Ed McKeever - dubbed the 'Usain Bolt of the water' - has won his heat in the men's 200m K1 single.


The British Olympic Assocation has just released a statement to confirm it is "ready and willing" to work closer to the government to secure a strong sports legacy from London 2012 and an "Olympification of competitive school sport".

The BOA will also continue to run the educational programme ‘Get Set’ launched by the London 2012 Organising Committee before the Games.

BOA chairman Colin Moynihan said: "These Games are delivering sporting heroes and heroines who are inspiring a generation.

"We must all work together to ensure that inspiration becomes participation. We look forward to further discussions with Government to achieve these goals.”

What are your thoughts on competitve sports in schools? Leave your comments below or tweet us using #LondonersGames.


Click here for the full story on PM David Cameron's views on London 2012, sport in schools and the government's sporting plans for the future.


Now she has had a taste for it, Marlow rower Katherine Grainger might not want to give up the Games just yet and she hasn't ruled out Rio.

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The Prime Minister David Cameron has just been talking to BBC 5Live about the legacy of London 2012 and the government's plans for sport in the UK once the show is over.

He said: "One of the first decisions we made as a government was to continue the funding for elite athletes. With school sport, we are spending £1bn in the next four years.

"If it was just about money and spending targets, we would not have a problem, we are also raising ambition and encouraging competitive sport in school.

"Everyone would accept there has been problem with competitive sport in this country, and there still is a problem.

"Two hours of activity a week is not enough, in too many cases that is being met by things you and I would not consider as sport.

"I will be making an announcement this week especially about backing Olympians. I say it is right to spend tens of millions of pounds on a select group of individual athletes as they inspire people across the country."


Conrad Williams believes Team GB’s 4x400m relay team are capable of a quicker time when they return to the Olympic Stadium for the final tonight.

Williams ran the second leg as the quartet advanced from their heat this morning in a time of 3.00.38, narrowly being beaten into second place by Trinidad & Tobago on the line.

The Bromley runner was joined in the line-up by Nigel Levine, Jack Green and Martyn Rooney who eased up on the final leg with their progression assured.

The second heat saw the Bahamas and the United States run quicker times but Williams feels Britain have it in them to improve their time tomorrow night and claim a medal.

He explained: “We had a good draw and we basically ran away with it. Rooney did what he had to do to get us through.

“It wasn’t the fastest time we have ever run as you can see with 3.00, but we have got 2.59 in us. We are definitely going to have to break three minutes to get on the medal rostrum.”

He added: “We can do it. Rooney eased up knowing we were through but that was the main thing – we had to get through first.

“But as you can see in the second semi final they were pretty much flat out. Most of their guys have been running all week while we have had three day’s rest.

"We are under a little bit of pressure and it is still going to be tough to make the medals.     We are not counting our eggs before they hatch.”


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There are minor delays between Stonebridge Park and Harrow & Wealdstone on the Bakerloo line this morning. This is due to a signal fault.

Transport for London is reporting a good service on all other lines.


Weather - Another sunny day forecast for London.


Records tumbled and the history books were torn up and rewritten yesterday but fear not, as Day 14 could also be paved with gold once again for Team GB...

If you stayed up to watch it, you'll know Jade Jones won Britain’s 25 gold medal in the taekwondo last night and world champion Sarah Stevenson enters the fray today – as does Latalo Muhammed who will be desperate to prove his selection over Aaron Cook was justified.

On the bikes, Liam Phillips and Shanaze Reade will be racing for a final spot and then, hopefully, for gold in the high-octane BMX event.

Yesterday’s postponed men’s 470 medal race featuring Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell will go ahead today, weather permitted - The duo trail Australia by four points.

The women’s medal race will follow that with Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark currently in second.

Get ready for more medal excitement in the ring, as Britain’s male boxers look to emulate Nicola Adams with four fighters looking to secure at least a silver medal.

GB’s women will be looking to put their semi-final misery behind them and claim bronze in the hockey third-place play-off.

Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield are back on the diving board today in individual competition and later today Britain’s 4x400m team  will be going for gold in the Olympic Stadium!

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2:28pm Fri 10 Aug 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Anyone seen the AWOL Cameroons?
Anyone seen the AWOL Cameroons? Michael Pantlin
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