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11:52 GMT, 10 August 2012
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12.51: Daniel Fogg seems lost in the pack at the Serpentine. Difficult to spot him amidst the sea of caps and black swimsuits.
He started very well, but has dropped back after initially keeping touch with Oussama Mellouli.
He'll struggle to better Payne's fourth placed finish at this rate.
12.45: Bithell was full of praise for the Australian crew, and said: 'We tried it. We got the better of them at the start and managed to sneak ahead but we were kind of hoping the fleet would be there to hold them up.
'They sailed a fantastic race, we tried to attack them when we could but they held their nerve and they're worthy champions.'
12.42: The women will be bidding for their gold come 13.00 in the 470 class sailing.
They are level on points with New Zealand pair Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, and have to finish ahead of them if they are to snatch the gold.
The fans on the shores of the water will hopefully scream them home for another gold.
12.35: Back to the Serpentine and the men are barely approaching the half-way point of the race.
It'll be tiring stuff out there, and – needless to say – that water is deathly cold.
There's a large pack forming with no real breakaway group like in the women's race yesterday.
Canada's Richard Weinberger leads.
12.33: Australia kept a cool head their. Really accomplished stuff as Patience and Bithell threw everything at Belcher and Page.
Argentina finish third in the race to sneak a bronze medal.
12.29: It's over in the 470 class sailing at Weymouth. Australia take the gold, as Great Britain are forced to take silver.
12.25: Meanwhile at Weymouth, it's getting less and less likely for the GB duo to take gold. The Australians are out in front still, and Patience and Bithell have just incurred a penalty for using their body weight to pump the sail too much. Seemed harsh to me, but the gold seems to be slipping through their fingers.
Close but no cigar: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell missed out on gold in the 470 class sailing
GB in fourth and Australia in second as it stands in the race.
12.23: Schofield and Heath qualify in the K2 200m semi-finals at Eton Dorney – they'll be in tomorrow's finals.
But it's the Russians who steal the show. Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko set a new Olympic record. Unbelievable run!
12.21: Patience and Bithell are trying to put the clappers on the Australians' wind to slow them down. But they need someone else to wedge between them to knock Page and Belcher off the top off the leaderboard on points.
12.18: We're on the last lap now at Weymouth and they are still behind the Australians with Croatia out in front.
In they get: The men dive into the Serpentine at the beginning of the 10k open water marathon
GB need to overtake both boats and hope the Croats stay in second and the Australians take third or worse to win the gold medal.
12.15: Weymouth again. The Australians look very quick, and have taken control of the race with the Britons just behind them. With around 20 minutes to go, they'll have to overtake them to have a chance of taking the gold.
12.12: There's one last race including Brits at Dorney Lake.
Jon Schofield and Liam Heath, World Championship silver medallists, are hoping to make it into the final of the K2 200m.
Hopefully they can make it three out of four at Dorney Lake.
12.10: Now back to Weymouth it's all a bit tense really. Team GB could win the race and still not take the gold medal because Australia are ahead on points.
They are, however, in the lead, and appear to be going for this hell for leather. Hopefully the margin will be great enough to get them on the highest point of that podium.
12.08: Jess Walker has qualified in second place in the K1 200m women's kayaking. A brilliant final 75m get her into the final with ease. Excellent performance.
12.02: There's a light breeze at Weymouth, and it's the British team who have the initiative. I think this one is going to run pretty close, and could even provide us with Team GB's 26th gold medal.
12.00: Meanwhile Daniel Fogg and the other 10km marathon swimmers are in the Serpentine. It's all go in the water!
11.59: And it's on! Both boats head out to the right side of the course, and Team GB got the better start so far.
11.57: Patience and Bithell are going for gold, there's no doubt about that, but it is the Australians' medal to lose.
We'll see if they can take on Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page.
For clarity, worst case scenario for Team GB's duo are guaranteed silver. But they won't be satisfied with that…
11.51: Next comes the sailing at 12.00 as Patience and Bithell try to turn gold into silver. Similarly the women's pair Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are trying to improve on their guaranteed silver at 13.00.
11.49: Jefferies is new to the sport, and he was racing against the big boys there.
A brilliant heat in the opening stages, and perhaps too much, too young in the semi.
A medal prospect for Rio methinks, if preparations and development go to plan.
11.45: Richard Jefferies misses out on the final. He finishes in sixth place as Yuri Cheban romps to victory in the heat.
A good experience all the same for Jefferies I'm sure.
11.43: Jefferies is in the water, and he's off!
Liam Phillips will be in action today in the BMX racing
11.41: Tough semi coming up for Jefferies. He'll be in lane seven and he has the likes of Sebastian Brendel to keep up with in the race.
Fingers crossed now everyone!
11.36: We're out of the kayaks for now and back in the canoes at Dorney Lake.
Ivan Shtyl takes the win in the first one in emphatic style. Angola's Nelson Henriques struggles again.
First he has his habitual lane problems at the start, and then he finishes emphatically in last.
He's like Eric the Eel but on the water rather than in it.
Richard Jefferies is up next…
11.31: Ed McKeever seemed pretty happy with how things have gone so far for him in the kayaking.
He said: 'It has been good. I have been on a good training camp, and I am looking forward to the final tomorrow.
'It has been really frustrating watching everyone else from Great Britain going out there and winning medals. Hopefully, I will have more to come for tomorrow.'
11.25: Daniel Fogg will be hoping to do what Keri-Anne Payne failed to yesterday. Take a place on the podium in the 10km marathon at Hyde Park.
But the swimmer will have a tough job of it. As he's not amongst the medal favourites. Stranger things have happened of course…
He's in the Serpentine at midday.
11.23: McKeever smashes it in his semi-final. Warning shot successfully fired. De Jonge and Craviotto set a marker in their race, and McKeever was slightly slower than the Canadian's time.
The final is going to be unbelievably close. Lets' hope McKeever has saved up enough to take the gold.
So he managed the third quickest time in all of the semi-finals. Let's bag another medal in tomorrow's final then, Ed!
11.22: McKeever is off in his heat! He's away quickly…
11.16: Saul Craviotto qualifies first in the K1 200m, and Canada's Mark de Jonge is in second.
These two look like tough opponents for McKeever if he reaches the final.
11.15: The first semi-final of the K1 kayaks are about to get underway. McKeever will be keeping a close eye on this lot, as they could stand in the way of his gold medal.
11.09: Jess Walker will be back just before midday in her semi-final, and Ed McKeever is out at 11.20. This is where it gets a little serious, as the competition is tougher and the athletes will be going at it hard to secure a favourable lane in the finals.
Through you go: Jess Walker finished in fourth in the qualifying for the K1 200m
11.04: Lutalo Muhammad said after his first round victory in the under-80kgs 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.'
11.02: And Schofield and Heath take second in their heat to the Belarusian duo Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu in the 200m kayak double.
11.00: Lutalo Muhammad takes his bout in the final round. He wins 7-1 after a couple of headshots and is in the quarter-final.
10.58: Up next in the water are Liam Heath and Jon Schofield in the men's kayak double.
That said, the Russia duo of Yuri Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko – who set a fearsome Olympic best in their heat.
Just about: Lutalo Muhammad (right) makes the quarter-final in the under-80kgs taekwondo
10.55: Back at Eton Dorney, Jess Walker finished fourth in her heat in the K1 200m kayaking. The semi-finals are at 11.51, and Spain's Teresa Portela Rivas, a world champion in 2002 and 2005, will be one to watch. She nailed the heat, winning by half a length.
10.50: And as I type, Muhammad is out. He's taking on Farkhod Negmatov of Tajikstan. Hopefully he can lift the mood in the ExCel after a defeat for Stevenson. 0-0 after round one.
10.48: With a tear in her eye, she said afterwards: 'I am not a quitter and I would never have quit… I have no regrets.
'I am not going to quit… I am going to keep going and have another go hopefully.'
She also said: 'My mum and dad would have wanted me to be here, and they would have been proud.'
Really gracious after a comprehensive defeat by the American.
10.44: That's it! Stevenson bows out in a shock defeat to Paige McPherson. 5-1.
Really disappointing for Stevenson after all she's been trhough. Admirable effort, but McPherson's defence was impregnable.
She could fight for a bronze medal if McPherson makes it all the way to the final. But that will be a big ask given that there's a few tough competitors in the latter stages.
10.41: Another shot to the head for McPherson… her coach has appealed it and the score stays at 5-1. Close one.
10.40: Stevenson is back out with two minutes to go. She needs to pull it back to keep the Olympic dream alive.
Out she went: Sarah Stevenson lost to Paige McPherson in the preliminary round of the taekwondo
10.37: The standard is pretty high, and the crowd are stunned as Stevenson is 5-1 down. McPherson is no slouch. Another round to go, and a lot of work to do.
She's two minutes away from bowing out here.
10.35: Not the best start as Stevenson takes a head-shot straight away from the American. 0-3. The end of round one.
10.31: That roar from the crowd can only mean one thing, Sarah Stevenson is heading to the mat at the ExCel. She's facing Paige McPherson of the USA. Bring it on!
10.30: Sarah Stevenson is about to compete. She's coming off the back of a really tough year after the loss of both her parents in 2011.
She's going for gold in honour of her mother and father, and we're all behind her.
She won the first ever British Olympic medal in taekwondo back in Beijing with a bronze. Let's hope she can go one (or two) better.
10.25: Aaron Cook has spoken of his pain at being overlooked for selection for the Olympics instead of Lutalo Muhammad.
He told the BBC: 'I am really looking forward to Rio 2016 and all my training will be based around that. Hopefully, the four years will fly by.
'There is nothing more I want to do than win a gold medal for my country.
'It does not mean I will re-join the Great Britain academy though. I have showed I am doing the right thing for me, and I need to keep doing that.
'I still feel the same; I should have been there fighting. I was in pieces this morning thinking I should have been competing today.'
10.20: Was great to see David Rudisha of Kenya take gold and break his own world record last night at Olympic Park.
Such an unsung hero considering how exciting a race the 800m has always been, and just how good Rudisha is at it!
10.17: We're back in the kayaks in a moment at Eton Dorney after the canoeing. Jess Walker is up in the second heat for Team GB in the women's K1 200m.
10.14: In terms of the taekwondo, the first preliminary rounds are underway, but we're yet to see either of the Team GB competitors. Stevenson will be out imminently though I'm told.
10.11: Lutalo Muhammad said he received hate mail after his selection for the Games. Really shocking to see, especially considering he didn't select himself AND the young man is a strong medal contender.
More medal hopes: Team GB's Luke Campbell hopes to guarantee himself at least a silver medal later in his boxing semi-final
Good for him that he just wants to get on that podium for Great Britain.
He told the BBC: 'A lot of the stuff that I received I don't want to even repeat, it was quite hurtful.'
'A lot of people didn't appreciate that I've had a good Europeans and all I've tried to do is perform to the best of my ability.
'When people start sending you hate mail and calling you names I think it's quite childish, but I'm trying to forget about that and focus on London 2012 and getting on the top of the podium.'
10.05: So Jefferies is through to the semi-finals. But a surprise exit is world and European champion Valentin Demyanenko of Azerbaijan. It can't hurt the young Briton's medal chances, but there's still a lot of canoeists in there who are looking unbelievably strong.
10.02: So Daley and Pete Waterfield missed out in the synchro diving, but can the 18-year-old triumph in the individual event
He's got stiff competition with the Chinese and Russia's Ilya Zakharov. A tough field to say the least.
10.00: Jefferies finishes in third place behind Russian Ivan Shtyl and Germany's Sebastian Brendel.
Not a bad race from the Brit, but these guys will take some beating in the latter stages.
09.59: Oops. Proceedings have been held up as Nelson Henriques winds up in the wrong lane. He awkwardly paddles into the correct one and we're off.
09.55: Back at the lake now. Richard Jefferies is in his canoe (different from a kayak in that you kneel (rather than sit) and you have a single-ended paddle (rather than double)).
He's taking part in the C1 200m in a moment, and should qualify to the semi-finals.
The women's under-67kgs is already underway, with Sarah Stevenson competing shortly
09.50: A lot of pressure on Muhammad in the taekwondo here. Cook is an outstanding fighter, and would be a medal contender without doubt.
Also the selectors will be feeling the heat ahead of this one.
First up, it's Sarah Stevenson – she'll be hitting the mat in around 10 minutes.
09.45: Spain's Saul Craviotto has won the most recent heat, but again, most qualify in these preliminary stages.
It is another great day out there on the lake.
09.44: The kayaking athletes look in exceptional shape. They are so top-heavy in lieu of their remarkable upper body power.
The races are over in seconds, and it's quite a sight to see one man powering a small boat that quickly with just one paddle!
09.40: A weather update from Eton Dorney… and it's better news. The wind is up, AND it's sunny!
Patience and Bithell are definitely on the podium no matter what in their race. It's just whether they can better the silver they've already secured.
09.37: McKeever powers into the lead ahead of Marko Novakovic of Serbia.
Barely busting a gut, but there are more races to come this morning – including the vital semi-final, where a good race will give him a preferable lane in the finals.
09.33: McKeever is up in a few moments. He's a quick starter, and the best in the world at the K1 200m. Watch this space folks.
Raw power: Tim Hornsby hit the water in the canoe sprint K1 200m
Usain Bolt of the lake Ed McKeever hit Dorney Lake in his bid to win the gold
Although it is a display of power, McKeever is a tad slighter than the other competitors… Whatever works!
09.31: The first heat is easily won by Canadian Mark de Jonge. Immense upper body strength powers him through to the semi-finals.
But qualification isn't too tough here. You have to finish in around last place (depending on time) to fail to qualify.
09.30: But first on the water is the men's K1 200m heats. No GB representatives but this is a real showing of brute force.
09.24: Ed McKeever is a real medal hope for Team GB. Labelled the 'Usain Bolt on the water,' he's one to keep an eye on today as he hits Dorney Lake at 09.37. He has finished on the podium in every international event he has competed in a kayak since 2010.
09.19: Shanaze Reade crashed out at the previous Olympics in Beijing after a win-or-bust move backfired and she crashed out in the final.
The BMX racer scuppered a medal there, but she's a real hope for Britain this year. Older and wiser can't hurt can it
09.15: Among the GB hopefuls are Ed McKeever who starts his bid for gold in the men's kayak, when he goes in his heat at 09.37, Richard Jefferies (men's canoe single), Jess Walker (women's canoe single) and Liam Heath and Jon Schofield (men's kayak double) are also on the water.
There's no medals to be won at Dorney Lake just yet though…
09.11: As well as the taekwondo Eton Dorney has some action again with more canoe sprints.
Singles and doubles are in the offing, and Team GB have a few people scattered in there that could feature in the semi-finals later today.
09.06: Nicola Adams has said she wants to be back at the next Games in Rio.
Not satisfied with being the first ever Olympic champion – she wants double gold!
09.02: Like yesterday, the taekwondo athletes – should they progress – will have a couple of hours off before their quarter-final bouts at around 15.00.
In action: Lutalo Muhammad (left) is representing Team GB in the taekwondo under-80kgs
Pretty gruelling schedule for all involved really. Four fights in a day against world class opposition. Muhammad and Stevenson will really have to earn this medal if they are to get one.
08.57: So after smashing the 19 golds earned at Beijing, how many do you think we can rack up by the end of the London Games.
What's so special about this year Are the home crowd carrying our athletes over the line, or are our training programmes better than ever.
Tweet or email to let me know your views.
08.50: We're just ten minutes away from the taekwondo preliminaries, and Jade Jones' triumph yesterday will surely have spurred Lutalo Muhammad and Sarah Stevenson on.
Mind you, these competitors are pretty nifty too.
It'll also be interesting to see if Aaron Cook will be there. The world No 1 and European champion was at the ExCel yesterday, but he has vowed to stay away today…
08.45: We've also got representatives in another final this evening. It's the men's 4x400m relay final at Olympic Park.
Martin Rooney, Jack Green and Co will have to pull out a personal best and a half to beat the likes of the USA and the Jamaicans, but it is one of the great Games spectacles regardless of who takes it.
08.40: And I almost forgot. Team GB's women take on New Zealand in the bronze medal hockey match after their deflating defeat to Argentina.
Really hoping they pick up the third place, they've been fantastic throughout.
08.37: So I've gone 37 minutes without talking about the big one… the 200m final.
Unbelievable scenes last night which saw a one, two and three of Jamaican runners.
Bolt winning was hardly a surprise, neither was his sidekick and consistent runner-up Yohan Blake. But it was great to see the young Warren Weir coming in third.
I'm sure the Jamaicans – whoever is selected – will be pretty confident in the relays…
08.30: And to iron out that bit of international bias, we'll drop in some international news.
The millionaire NBA players assemble again to represent the USA as they face Argentina in the semi-finals tonight.
They'll be out for revenge though, as the South Americans beat them in Athens on their way to a surprising gold medal.
08.25: A couple of other unmissables today. It's the women's 1500m final, and Team GB boast the presence of two athletes in the medal race.
Laura Weightman, coached by Steve Cram, and Lisa Dobriskey have a chance of another gold. They'll be on track at 20.55.
It's the final day of BMX circuit racing and Shanaze Reade will be looking to progress through her semi-final.
Liam Phillips earned his spot in the men's semis yesterday in a day of heats which looked like it had come straight from the Whacky Races cartoon. Definitely one to watch.
Both semis are after 15.00, and the medal races take place later today at gone 16.30.
08.20: There's a couple more medals to be won on the water, with Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell going for gold in the men's 470 sailing, and Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills in the women's medal race.
Patience and Blithell's race was postponed yesterday due to a lack of wind! Must have been an agonising wait, but hopefully they can snatch gold from the Australian duo.
Bid for gold: Shanaze Reade will be riding today, hoping to reach the final of the women's BMX racing
08.15: There's even more taekwondo too. Sarah Stevenson is in action in the women's under-67kgs. So too is Lutalo Muhammad in the under-80kgs.
Muhammad's selection of course was enshrouded in controversy after world No 1 Aaron Cook was overlooked in his place… No pressure the, Lutalo.
The preliminaries kick off at 09.00.
08.10: We've also got everyone's favourite diver, Tom Daley. He'll be taking part in the 10m diving preliminaries at 19.00 ahead of Saturday's final.
Hopefully he'll be in with a shout at a gold or silver, but he has to qualify first…
08.05: After Nicola Adams became the first woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal yesterday, the men are back in action in a bid to rack up even more medals.
Four Team GB fighters are in action in the semi-finals of the men's boxing. If they win their bout, they can guarantee silver for Britain.
Bantamweight Luke Campbell faces Japan's Satoshi Shimizu (14:00), welterweight Fred Evans is up against Ukraine's Taras Shelestyuk (21:30), middleweight Anthony Ogogo takes on Esquiva Falcao Florentino of Brazil (15:00), and super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua meets Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan (22:30).
08.00: Good morning one and all. We've got an action-packed day ahead as we embark upon day 14 of the London Games.
Last night saw Team GB's 25th gold as Jade Jones won the under-58kgs taekwondo.
We're hoping for EVEN more today though…
Going solo: Britain's Tom Daley will start his quest for Olympic gold in the men's 10m platform diving