London 2012 Olympics Day 15
9:58am Saturday 11th August 2012 in News
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British Home Secretary Theresa May and LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe meet Mounted Police Officer Sergeant Darren Duffy in the Olympic Park today.
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Old Loughtonians' Harry Martin is taking positives from his London 2012 Olympic Games experience despite narrowly missing out on a medal in the hockey - click here for the full interview.
Impress your mates down the pub with Team GB's indispensable Did-You-Know Guide to the London Games.
TRAVEL: Men’s Olympic Marathon event is taking place from 11:00 - 13:30 on roads in central London tomorrow.
There will be many bus diversions and The Mall, the City and Embankment areas are expected to be busy.
There will be road closures and restrictions along the race route which will be put in place from 3am and will reopen when it is safe to do so.
RT @Olympics: Evgeniya Kanaeva of RUS gets gold for Individual All-Around #RhythmicGymnastics, retaining her title from Beijing 2008! http://t.co/emhprhgI— @khalidqatash 11 August 2012
Ben Ainslie, who became the greatest sailor of all time last week, winning four consecutive golds, will be Team GB's flag bearer at tomorrow night's closing ceremony.
He said: "It’s a really proud moment for me and for sailing to have such an involvement at the end of what’s been such an amazing Games for the whole country.
“There have been so many people involved in making these Games so special, so I think one thing you’d say on behalf of all the athletes is thanks so much to everyone involved – all the volunteers, and the whole nation for getting behind the team.
“It’s been our best-ever performance at the Olympics, and I think a lot of that comes down to having so much fantastic home support.”
Walthamstow's Lutalo Muhammad reflects on London Olympic bronze medal achievement - Click her for the full report.
British Transport Police Chief Constable Andy Trotter has praised his force for their work over the last fortnight, saying: “The policing of the rail and tube network has gone extremely well throughout the Olympic Games.
"The Olympic spirit has extended to millions of people using the network, with passengers remaining relaxed and cheerful, even during busy peak times.
"The transport network has remained peaceful with our officers dealing with only a handful of minor incidents.
“We have had tremendous support from the officers from 17 other forces and the huge numbers of rail staff and volunteers who have helped with the queuing and the celebratory mood.
“There is of course one more day to go and we hope the enormous amount of goodwill and hard work continues.”
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After today’s victory in the 200m kayak final Ed McKeever said: "I'm so happy - I feel relief. It sounds stupid but it's not elation - more relief and I'm so happy to do it front of a home crowd.#
"I was like a kid at Christmas this morning waiting to open his presents. I get to open those presents soon.
"A hard wind made the race a bit longer. I wanted to focus on the first three strokes, I wanted to nail them and hopefully the rest sorted itself out which it did."
With no current plans regarding his future, McKeever said: "I haven't made any long-term plans. I'm 28, so it could go either way. I'm just so happy I could contribute to the medal table.”
The fencing finished in the modern pentathlon with an Olympic record.
Czech David Svoboda won 26 of his 35 bouts with the eplee, securing 1025 pentathlon points.
Nick Woodbridge for Great Britain finds himself in joint 13th position in the table with fellow countryman Sam Weale following 17 wins and 808 points for them both.
That translates to a 54 second penalty in the final combined running and shooting round.
The swimming is due to take place at 1.20pm, with the athletes arriving in Greenwich Park for the horse riding just before 4pm.
Meanwhile, Great Britain’s Georgina Harland, who won bronze in Athen eight years ago, has branded Greenwich Park an “incredible” venue.
She said: “All the equestrian guys have said that they couldn’t have wanted a better venue.
“Being down there yesterday with the modern pentathlon guys for their training - it was a beautiful day but that scene that’s been set is amazing.”
Disappointment for Team GB after they missed out on a bronze medal to Australia in the men's hockey.
Here's my view of the action: #LondonersGames http://t.co/yweKWC6P— @Matt_Bass 11 August 2012
Olympics closing ceremony will be a "sprint finish" - click here to find out more.
FACT FILE: There were 325,000 people at Olympic venues yesterday, bringing total spectator numbers to 7.7m so far. Of those a massive 2.4m have watched the events at the Olympic Park.
11:14am Sat 11 Aug 12
Roy Stockdill says
What a fantastic Olympics these have been for Britain !!! Before they began I never imagined for a moment that we would equal our medal-winning exploits in Beijing four years ago, but we have not only equalled them but trumped them! How proud I feel to see Team GB standing overall third in the medals table, behind only two giant nations like China and America and streets ahead of our European rivals and traditionally strong Olympic nations like Australia.
Twenty-six gold medals, plus many other silvers and bronzes and across a wide field of different sports, is an amazing achievement and a tribute to all our athletes, coaches and backroom workers who have expended so much time, energy and determination (and, yes, money too) into making us a nation of WINNERS once more. How much greater are our brilliant athletes like little Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, and our fantastic cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton and the new star Laura Trott (from Harrow, I believe), than the grossly over-paid, grossly under-achieving yobs of footballers who can barely spell their own names?
The most remarkable thing about these Olympics has been to see how regional factions have come together to celebrate sporting glory as Team GB. Scotland can rightly be proud of its successes, as can my own beloved Yorkshire (indeed, tables have been published to show that if Yorkshire had been competing as a separate country we would stand 11th in the medals list, ahead of Australia!). Yet all have competed under the banner of the Union Jack for BRITAIN.
Let's hope that the lasting legacy of these Games will be that sporting pride in Britain's achievements leads to a resurgence of competitive sport in our schools, so that we will continue to dominate in future Olympics and that future generations of our children will not degenerate into obese, couch-potato morons!
Olympic organisers say around 1,000 more tickets for the closing ceremony could be released tomorrow morning.
Prices will range according to where they are situated but precise numbers will not be known until the stadium has been converted.
Another gold for Team GB as former Kingston University student Ed Mckeever claims the top spot in the men's single Kayak 200m.
Unfortunately Royal Canoe Club member Jess Walker was unable to add to the medal count after finishing seventh in the women's kayak single 200m final.
The modern pentathlon is well underway at the Copper Box ahead of its appearance in Greenwich later this afternoon.
Like a scene from a martial arts movie, all 36 contestants must fight each other in the fencing.
After that, they'll have a swim, go for a horse ride, shoot a laser and run several times up a steep hill. Is this the greatest sport ever?
Olympics reporter Mark Chandler met up with the chief executive of the Royal Parks in Stratford today. Click here to read what she had to say about Greenwich and Richmond.
Crowds showing support for the canoe sprint event from the grandstand at Eton Dorney yesterday.
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Walthamstow's Pete Waterfield has admitted nerves got the better of him as he failed to qualify in the 10m platform diving last night.
Teen dream Tom Daley squeaked into the top 18 during the preliminaries to make it into today's semi-final but Waterfield's scores were only good enough for 23rd place.
He said: “I felt really good, and then I stood on the board and these nerves came, and you don't get time to get used to them then. Unfortunately, a bit of a bad day for me.
"I'm going to keep going on, but my body's screaming at me a little bit. I might just stick to doing the synchro on its own and leave the individual, but we'll see what happens."
It looks set to be a sunny end to the London 2012 Olympics. Let us know what have been your highs and lows of the Games in the comment box below or via Twitter using #LondonersGames.
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