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London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley aiming for Rio peak

Bronze boy Daley aiming even higher with Rio Olympics in his sights

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10:14 GMT, 12 August 2012

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Tom Daley has set his sights on Olympic glory in Rio de Janeiro after securing bronze in the 10 metre diving on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old led the field going into the final dive but was overtaken by eventual champion David Boudia of the USA and China's Qiu Bo.

But far from being disappointed, Daley was overjoyed by his achievement, which came after he failed to finish on the podium in the 10m synchro with Pete Waterfield.

Achievement: Tom Daley earned his bronze medal on Saturday night

Achievement: Tom Daley earned his bronze medal on Saturday night

'I'm over the moon with the way it all went,' he told Radio 5 Live. 'To finally have something to show for all the hard work, dedication and sacrifices I've had to make – it feels so good to have a medal right now.

'It was an amazing moment after all the things I've been through. All the hard work and all the things I've done… along with my dad. I wish he was there to see it but I know he'd be proud of what I've done.'

And Daley, who only qualified through the preliminary round in 15th place, believes his best is yet to come.

'Most people peak in diving at about 22, that's just in time for the Rio Olympics so that'll hopefully be my performance peak,' he said. 'I've got four more years, it's about building strength, building consistency and getting even better.'

Aims: The youngster wants to do even better in Rio

Aims: The youngster wants to do even better in Rio

Daley mid-dive

Daley dedicated his first Olympic medal to his late father Robert after a dramatic and controversial final.

While American David Boudia snatched
gold from the Qiu Bo, the swell of emotion inside the Aquatics Centre
centred on home-favourite Daley.

The 18-year-old had led going into the final dive, with Boudia and Qiu deadlocked just 0.15 points behind.

Daley managed a single score of 10 for his final back dive, but when Boudia and then Qiu both nailed more difficult leaps he was relegated to third.

The Plymouth diver hardly cared though as he jumped into the pool, with his team-mates and coaches, to celebrate a success overwhelming for his family tragedy.

Daley was at the bedside of his father at their family home in Plymouth last May when he lost his long battle with brain cancer aged 40.

Robert Daley had been a constant at poolside during his son's career and had pledged to battle the disease for long enough to see him compete in London.

Celebration: Daley and his coaches made a splash after the event

Celebration: Daley and his coaches made a splash after the event

'I dedicate this medal one for my dad,' he said.

'After losing my dad and all the tough times – it's about time my family had some good news.

'It's really tough not having him here, but I'm so happy for the fact that all the hard work we put in together, all the ups and downs, I know if he was here he'd be very proud.

'I wish he was here to be honest, but I know he's not. To make up for it all my family and friends are here.

'All the lessons in life he's taught me. It's been tough but I've come out the other side and have something to show for it.

'Although it's a bronze medal for me it's a gold medal.

'It's a symbol of all the effort I've had to put in. All the pressure that I've had on me going into this competition has been overwhelming to say the least.'

London 2012 Olympics: LIVE – final day including LeBron James

LIVE: Olympics – follow all the action on the final day as it happens

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07:25 GMT, 12 August 2012

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8.15: The big stories just keep coming at the Olympics. Mo Farah topped the race of his life last Saturday by repeating the trick yesterday evening to win gold in the 5000m.

As the sporting action inside the Olympic Stadium came to a close, the 29-year-old made British sporting history.

8.10: And give this event a chance. I found it slow going yesterday but the suspense built as it progressed.

After the fencing is 200m swimming and even some horse riding.

But the drama comes at the end of the day when the combined events of shooting and running crown the champion.

At these Games, the women's event will be the last gold medal – so keep an eye on it.

8.05: And the early birds are already out in the modern pentathlon.

The fencing has begun at the Copper Box, where Britain has representation in Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray.

Just to clear a few things up there are 36 competitors in all, with each one facing each other in a round robin format.

Each fencing bout is one minute long and the first to score a hit wins. If neither score a hit then both pentathletes lose the bout.

8:00: So sadly here we are, the last day of London 2012 and the final act of what has been a highly successful Olympic Games.

I admit I had my doubts, but these Games have gone far and beyond my expectations.

But now is not the time for reflection – we still have loads of action to get through before London 2012 really ends – and there may be a couple more British medals too…

Plunge: Tom Daley celebrates his bronze

Plunge: Tom Daley celebrates his bronze

London Olympics 2012: Sergey Kirdyapkin wins 50km walk

Russia's Kirdyapkin romps to 50km walk glory in Olympic record time

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12:22 GMT, 11 August 2012

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Russia’s Sergey Kirdyapkin took gold in the 50-kilometre walk in an Olympic record time.

The former world champion finished in three hours, 35 minutes and 59 seconds, almost a minute clear of Australia’s Jared Tallent, who took silver for the second Games in succession, with China’s Si Tianfeng claiming bronze.

Ireland’s Robert Heffernan was fourth in a national record of 3hrs 37mins 54secs, just holding off Russia’s Igor Erokhin on the line as both athletes were given the same time.

To the victor, the spoils: Sergey Kirdyapkin crsses the line on The Mall

To the victor, the spoils: Sergey Kirdyapkin crsses the line on The Mall

Si looked on course for victory when he wiped out a 20-second deficit and went clear of the field at the 35km mark, but when he faded Kirdyapkin took over at the front and was never in danger of being caught.

Italy’s Alex Schwazer was unable to defend his title after being excluded from the Games following a doping violation.

London 2012 Olympics: Wrestling chief blasts Team GB

They absolutely sucked… and you can write that down! Wrestling chief blasts Team GB

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British Wrestling stood by their policy of foreign imports despite a withering attack from the president of the sport's international governing body.

More criticism was aimed at British Wrestling this week after Britain's sole wrestler at the Olympics – Ukraine-born Olga Butkevych – crashed out of the -55kg freestyle in the first round.

The organisation were already under fire for failing to fill their quota of three athletes, and for going back on their vow that foreign imports, who came to Britain as sparring partners five years ago, would not be allowed to wrestle for Team GB.

End of the road: Olga Butkevych (red) crashed out in the first round

End of the road: Olga Butkevych (red) crashed out in the first round

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And the organisation were hit by fresh criticism from Raphael Martinetti, president of Fidiration Internationale des Luttes Associies (FILA) yesterday evening.

'The British team actually managed to do nothing,' Martinetti told a press conference.

'Three places were awarded to Great Britain but they decided to keep only one.

'Who is to blame Great Britain Someone else the federation I am not sure, but what I can tell you is that they absolutely sucked, and you can write that down.'

Going down: The Ukraine-born Brit failed to make it beyond the opening round

Going down: The Ukraine-born Brit failed to make it beyond the opening round

British Wrestling defended their policy after the attack.

'The policy of bringing training partners to Britain was to raise standards,' the body's chief executive Colin Nicholson said.

The British Olympic Association ruled in May that Leon Rattigan and Oleksandr Madyarchyk were not good enough to wrestle for Team GB despite the fact they only missed their qualification target by one and two places respectively.

Nicholson believes the pair should have been allowed to compete in London.

'FILA is not used to having host nation places returned to it. that was the result of a BOA policy, a policy of returning host nation places where the agreed selection criteria hasn't been met,' he added.

'There is no doubt that British Wrestling was able to field three credible athletes at the Olympics.

'The other two athletes (Rattigan and Madyarchyk) have both beaten other wrestlers who are participating in the Olympic Games in previous competitions.'

London 2012 Olympics: Aaron Cook says he should have been fighting for gold

Cook: I was in pieces… It should have been me fighting for gold

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Even on the day that Sarah Stevenson failed in her attempt to honour the passing of both her parents last year by winning an Olympic medal, the world of British taekwondo was still all about the man who isn’t at the Games.

Friday should have been Aaron Cook’s day representing Great Britain as the European champion and world No 1 in the men’s -80kg category.

Instead, it was Lutalo Muhammad, the man whom GB Taekwondo chose ahead of him in a selection process that could be described as anything from murky to sinisterly unfair, who took to the mat just after 10.45am inside the ExCeL Arena.

Looking to the future: Aaron Cook still wants his shot an Olympic glory in 2016

Looking to the future: Aaron Cook still wants his shot an Olympic glory in 2016

Half an hour earlier, just before a
broken Stevenson lost to America’s Paige McPherson to stun a British
crowd which had dared to dream of a happy ending to her tale of
heartbreak, there was Cook pouring his heart out in an interview on
BBC Radio 5 Live.

When Muhammad came back for his
quarter-final in late afternoon, Cook (right) was preparing to speak to
the media again, at an informal press conference in central London.

What he knew then was that Muhammad would not win gold, having lost 7-3 to Spain’s Nicolas Garcia Hemme.

Making his case: Lutalo Muhammad made a very bright start to his own campaign in London

Making his case: Lutalo Muhammad made a very bright start to his own campaign in London

Making his case: Lutalo Muhammad made a very bright start to his own campaign in London

Making his case: Lutalo Muhammad made a very bright start to his own campaign in London

Would Cook have done better It is
impossible to know but just as impossible not to share the
21-year-old’s sense of injustice at being overlooked when he is ranked
the best fighter in the world in his weight category.

Choosing to sabotage the Olympic
moments of a lifetime for Stevenson and especially Muhammad, however,
was not the wisest of public-relations decisions and will only harden GB
Taekwondo’s stance against him.

Fall out: Cook knows he isn't on the christmas card list of those at British Taekwondo

Fall out: Cook knows he isn't on the christmas card list of those at British Taekwondo

Cook said: ‘When I watched the
Tajikistan fighter come out — that should have been my first match — I
was in pieces. I should have been fighting there. This is the biggest
competition of anyone’s life and to have it in London, it’s never going
to happen again.

‘I am 21 years old, I’m world No 1, I have beaten 10 of the people who are there.

‘I can guarantee you that whoever wins gold I would have beaten in the past year.’

Muhammad, who won a bronze medal through the repechage after Garcia Hemme
made the final, refused to enter the controversy. That was left to his
coach Joseph Salim. He said: ‘I think it affected all of us. Was it
enough of a distraction to affect his performance today Maybe. But it’s
difficult to say if Aaron would have done better.’

We will also never know what
Stevenson would have done had she not endured losing both of her parents
to cancer within three months of each other in 2011.

What was clear to see in her 5-1
defeat by McPherson was that the clear-sighted passion which inspired
her to World Championship gold in May last year with her mum and dad
fighting terminal illness back home is no longer there. Grief appears to
have sapped her desire and to be competing in London at all was a
remarkable achievement for the 29-year-old from Doncaster. Stevenson
said:

‘I didn’t win what I wanted to win but I just wanted to wake up tomorrow and have no regrets and I don’t think I will have any.

Disappointment: Sarah Stevenson went out in the first round

Disappointment: Sarah Stevenson went out in the first round

Out she goes: Paige McPherson beat Stevenson

Out she goes: Paige McPherson beat Stevenson

‘The girl’s a good fighter but
whether this would have been the same outcome 18 months ago, maybe not. I
wouldn’t have had to have a mental fight every day for the last 18
months. I would have been able to focus on taekwondo, but there are
more important things.

‘My mum and dad would have wanted me to be here and they would have been proud.

‘I would have been forgiven for sitting and crying in a corner but I am not a quitter.’

London 2012 Olympics: Diving: Tom Daley hoping to beat Qiu Bo

Tom must breach the Great Wall: China's Bo stands in the way of Daley's bid for diving glory after scraping through qualifiers

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You wouldn't blame Tom Daley if, before he headed to the Aquatics Centre on Saturday for the semi-final and final of the 10m platform, he took a few minutes to relax, close his eyes and remind himself that the impossible is possible.

He could recall the 2009 World Diving Championships in Rome, for example. Going into the sixth and final dive, a then 15-year-old Daley trailed Chinese pair Qiu Bo and Zhou Luxin.

But then the unthinkable happened – the Chinese cracked, Luxin slightly off with his timing and Bo's entry so bad that he was given 79 points by the judges, 21 fewer than Daley.

In with a shout Tom Daley will compete in the 10m platform diving semi-final and final on Saturday

In with a shout Tom Daley will compete in the 10m platform diving semi-final and final on Saturday

The teenager from Plymouth became world champion. Now he needs hot favourite Bo to buckle under the pressure again in the 10m platform.

'If you hold your nerve and dive well and consistently then you are going to do well,' says Daley, whose preliminary round was last night.

'If you start worrying about what anyone else is doing and you start looking at other people, watching them, seeing what they are doing, then that is when it can start going wrong.

'Different divers handle pressure in different ways. I quite like pressure and it gives me that extra adrenaline and will to do it, but then the Chinese have been known not to do so well under pressure.

'The problem is that they are normally so far ahead by the time it gets pressurised. If you keep on their tail then that is when they start feeling pressure, like Rome 2009.

'On the last dive I scored 10s and Bo dived after me and didn't do his dive very well.

Good enough Daley will need to beat the impressive Qiu Bo if he is to take the gold

Good enough Daley will need to beat the impressive Qiu Bo if he is to take the gold

Good enough Daley will need to beat the impressive Qiu Bo if he is to take the gold

'But you just don't know. All divers feel pressure. I feel pressure, the Germans feel pressure, the Americans.'

Daley's form suggests he should be able to put Bo – who, at 19, is a year older than the Englishman – under pressure.

In the four FINA World Series meetings this year, the Plymouth teenager has finished second three times and first once.

Bo beat Daley in two of the four at which he turned up but this is the Olympics and the pressure will be on, especially as China have won six of the seven diving gold medals so far.

Being world and junior Olympic champion and the winner of the test event earlier this year only adds to the expectation.

Even staying close to Bo and claiming a medal would be deemed a great achievement when you consider their different training regimes, something Daley addressed earlier this year.

And that is before you take into consideration Daley's agony at losing his father, Rob, to a brain tumour last year.

'Qiu is like a robot,' said Daley. 'I train five hours a day, six days a week, which is a lot.

Man to beat: 19-yearr-old Bo is technically outstanding, and Daley knows he must be top of his game if he is to beat him

Man to beat: 19-yearr-old Bo is technically outstanding, and Daley knows he must be top of his game if he is to beat him

Man to beat: 19-yearr-old Bo is technically outstanding, and Daley knows he must be top of his game if he is to beat him

He has been the past few months, though, and will have struggled to do anything else since last week's agonising fourth-place finish in the synchro event with Pete Waterfield.

He is armed with an improved front four-and-a-half-somersault dive, the hardest there is and one he hopes will put him on the podium.

'The crucial thing is the front four-and-ahalf,' he added. 'That's No 4 for me in my routine, but for some others it is No 2 or No 3. I am going to keep the dive order I've been doing all year.

'I am not gong to change it going into the Olympics as it is the first time I have done it. For me it is about going in there making sure I do three solid dives before the four-and-a-half and then the four-and-a-half is the icing on the cake.

'I am aiming to get over 100 points on it as there aren't many divers that can do it. I've gone over 100 points on it four or five times this year but, if I get above 90, that makes it worth using.

It's not all about China: Matthew Mitchum of Australia is also standing in Daley's way

It's not all about China: Matthew Mitchum of Australia is also standing in Daley's way

'This year is the first year I have been comfortable with all my dives in competition.'

He will have to dive better than he did last night if he is to achieve that. After five of his six dives in the preliminary round, he was languishing in 16th place with only the top 18 qualifying for today's sem-final.

Another man standing between Daley and a medal is the current Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham.

The Australian deserved huge praise for keeping the Chinese off the top of the podium in the event at their home Games in Beijing four years ago but he has struggled since.

Injuries have meant he has not made as much impact on the diving circuit as he would have wanted since 2008.

He is certainly determined to be noticed, though, criticising Daley for doing too much media work earlier this year, scaling the giant Olympic rings outside the Athletes' Village a few days before the Games and promising to dive naked off the 10m board if he successfully defends his title.

Daley's ever-increasing teenage fan base will be hoping he makes the same promise.

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley into 10m semi-final after nervous show

Daley leaves it to his last dive to battle into 10m platform semi-final after show of nerves

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Tom Daley survived a major scare as he left it until his final dive to nervously progress past the first round of the men's 10-metre platform.

The 18-year-old former world champion produced one of the worst displays of his decorated young career before narrowly sneaking through to Saturday morning's 18-man semi-final.

Veteran team-mate Pete Waterfield was not so lucky, as he too under-performed in his fourth Olympics, to bow out in 23rd.

Time to think: Tom Daley in the shower after the third dive of the preliminary round

Time to think: Tom Daley in the shower after the third dive of the preliminary round

Last-gasp: Daley left it until his final dive to secure his passage into the 10m platform semi-final

Last-gasp: Daley left it until his final dive to secure his passage into the 10m platform semi-final

Daley was left on the cusp of a shock
exit when drew scores as low as three for a disastrous penultimate back
three-and-a-half somersault – the dive that cost him and Waterfield a
medal in the synchro last week.

With
the 17,500 home fans inside the Aquatics Centre left stunned he held
his nerve to grab 8.5s for his final reverse three-and-a-half
somersaults and edge through.

China's
Qiu Bo, who snatched away Daley's world title 12 months ago,
immediately stamped his authority on the competition qualifying in first
place with 563.70 points.

Game over: Pete Waterfield will not dive in the semi-final after crashing out on Friday evening

Game over: Pete Waterfield will not dive in the semi-final after crashing out on Friday evening

Crowd pleasers: Daley and Waterfield had plenty of backing in the Aquatics Centre

Crowd pleasers: Daley and Waterfield had plenty of backing in the Aquatics Centre

Daley had arrived at these Olympics in career-best form after producing a personal best 565.05 in his last international competition before the Olympics in May.

That had raised expectation that Daley, one of the British poster boys for these Olympics, could test Qiu for gold.

Instead he was left scrambling just to make it into Saturday's action as he lurked just two places above the cut-off heading into the final round.

Daley's nerves were immediately evident when he uncharacteristically over-rotated on his opening back two-and-a-half somersaults with two-and-a-half twists to leave him right on the cut-off mark.

He then appeared to respond to the danger with scores of 8.5 for his next inward three-and-a-half somersault – his easiest dive – before nailing a handstand.

That elevated Daley safely back into the top-10 at half-way but when he bombed his penultimate leap he dropped dangerously to 16th.

That left a now nervous home crowd holding their breath as he leapt for his final dive, before they roared as one as scores of 8.5 saw him through, albeit in 15th.

Waterfield, who was raised in nearby Walthamstow, saw his hopes of progressing jeopardised by a horror opening that left him second last after two rounds.

After missing his armstand Waterfield's second inward three-and-a-half somersault threw water everywhere on entry to attract fours.

The veteran proved his fighting qualities with nines for his hardest forward four-and-a-half somersaults before winning eights for a back three-and-a-half somersault – the dive that left him apologising to Daley last week.

But just as he got in touch with the top-18 he missed his penultimate dive to crash out of contention.

London 2012 Olympics: Charlott Dujardin coming to terms with gold triumph

Dujardin keeping her feet on the ground as she comes to terms with double GB gold

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British equestrian's golden girl Charlotte Dujardin was today coming to terms with the 'surreal' feeling of being a double Olympic champion.

Dujardin, 27, has joined Kelly Holmes, Rebecca Adlington and Laura Trott in an exclusive club of British female athletes to win two Olympic titles at one Games.

Enfield-born Dujardin dominated London 2012's equestrian programme, winning team and individual dressage gold, but there was little sign of her new-found superstardom affecting her today.

Triumphant: Charlotte Dujardin shows off her gold medal after the individual dressage

Triumphant: Charlotte Dujardin shows off her gold medal after the individual dressage

The immediate plan is for a short holiday on the Isle of Sark with her trainer and British team-mate Carl Hester, who has invited 60 friends to visit his birthplace.

And while lucrative sponsorship offers and endorsements are now likely to come rolling in, Dujardin does not plan on drastically changing her life.

'It's a bit of a surreal feeling. I think it will probably take a few weeks for it all to sink in,' she said, after celebrating her Olympic triumphs on board a Thames riverboat last night.

'Carl has arranged, I think, for 60 people to go to Sark, so it's going to be great to just have four days of chill-out and relaxing.

'This has all been the most unbelievable experience. From the moment I got here until the day I leave London, it has just been incredible.

'We haven't had to worry about anything, and it has just enabled us to enjoy it so, so much.

Masterclass: Dujardin took the gold medal with the final ride at the event at the North Greenwich Arena

Masterclass: Dujardin took the gold medal with the final ride at the event at the North Greenwich Arena

Masterclass: Dujardin took the gold medal with the final ride at the event at the North Greenwich Arena

'I've had such a fantastic opportunity to be able to have a horse like Valegro to ride at my first Olympics, a trainer like Carl and a team as great as we've had. It has made it very special.'

It is widely expected that Valegro, co-owned by Hester and Roly Luard, will be sold post-Games, with Hester's Uthopia that is in the hands of former Irish Olympic eventer Sasha Stewart.

'As far as I know, none of the horses have been sold,' Dujardin added. 'They are both going home now and having a well-deserved holiday.

'I don't own the horse. Carl and Roly Luard own Valegro and Sasha Stewart owns Uthopia. That is between them. I can't comment on that.

'If anything did happen, it's a very sad story, but you have to kind of deal with it.

'The great thing is that I love doing what I do and producing more horses, and we have some great young horses at home in Gloucestershire and we will just look forward, train those and start again.

'I am still going to base myself with Carl – I have no intention of leaving there. We've got another string of horses, we work together as a team and hope we have some more good horses for Rio in 2016.'

Dujardin, Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer not only won team gold, but Bechtolsheimer added individual bronze, while there was also Olympic team gold for Britain's showjumpers and the eventing team won silver.

On their feet: The home crowd went wild when Dujardin took the gold

On their feet: The home crowd went wild when Dujardin took the gold

Humbled: Dujardin was overjoyed to have landed her second Olympic gold medal

Humbled: Dujardin was overjoyed to have landed her second Olympic gold medal

It meant Britain collected more Olympic equestrian medals that at any other Games, and they topped the medal table above fierce rivals Germany and Holland.

'It couldn't have gone better for British equestrian. Hopefully, we've inspired lots of people,' Bechtolsheimer said.

'We have had so many messages from people who would not normally watch dressage saying they are humming Charlotte's freestyle to music routine and thinking how cool it was to watch horses do all these funky moves to music.

'Hopefully, we will generate a lot more interest in our sport.

'The majority of people who ride in this country ride as a hobby and at grassroots level, and the more of that we can encourage the better.'

Team GB equestrian leader Will Connell paid tribute to the horse owners across all three disciplines who contributed so much to Britain's success at Greenwich Park.

'We've got these top horses to London and won a bucketful of medals,' he said.

'And the owners deserve a medal around their necks as well for targeting London like the riders and staff have done.

'The journey has been a great team effort. The horses have been here, they've performed, and the results are in the history books.'

London 2012 Olympics: Luke Campbell reaches bantamweight final

Campbell faces Nevin battle for gold after easing past Shimizu in semis

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Luke Campbell will look to follow Nicola Adams' lead and book a second Olympic boxing gold medal for Great Britain on Saturday after easing through his bantamweight semi-final against Japan's Satoshi Shimizu 20-11.

The 24-year-old Hull man has improved with every fight in the competition and he eased away from his awkward opponent to set up a bout with old foe John Joe Nevin of Ireland for the gold medal on Saturday.

One win away: Luke Campbell (left) will fight for the gold medal after beating Satoshi Shimizu

One win away: Luke Campbell (left) will fight for the gold medal after beating Satoshi Shimizu

Shimizu could count himself a little fortunate to reach the semi-finals at all, having been adjudged the loser in a farcical second round clash with Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov which was subsequently overturned on appeal.

The 26-year-old had made the most of his second chance, reaching the medal rounds with a close win over Algeria's Mohamed Ouadahi, but world silver medallist Campbell was strongly favoured to progress.

On the attack: Luke Campbell gets the better of his Japanese opponent

On the attack: Luke Campbell gets the better of his Japanese opponent

Campbell, who had started sluggishly in his opening win over Jahyn Parrinello, dispatched a straight left in the opening moments but it was immediately clear the gangly Shimizu was not going to prove a pushover.

Few other bantamweights tower over Campbell, and Shimizu used his extra reach to good effect behind a ramrod jab, making it hard for the Hull man to employ his usual counter-punching style to such winning effect.

defence: Luke Campbell tries to block the punches from Satoshi Shimizu

defence: Luke Campbell tries to block the punches from Satoshi Shimizu

A jolting left did hit home in the dying seconds of the opening round, giving the Hull man a solid 5-2 advantage, and Campbell was much improved in the second, finding his range to much better effect as he soared into an 11-6 lead.

And Campbell looked even more dominant in the last, landing shots from either hand with ease as Shimizu seemed to accept his fate, Campbell finishing in style with right hooks that jolted the Japanese fighter's head back.

London 2012 Olympics: Daniel Fogg fifth in 10km swim

Fogg fails in medal bid as British hope finishes fifth in open water swim

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Great Britain's poor Olympics in the water concluded with just three medals after Daniel Fogg finished fifth in the open water in the Serpentine.

The 10 kilometre race was won by Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli, who took bronze in the 1,500m freestyle in the pool last week, ahead of Germany's Thomas Lurz who took silver and bronze medallist Richard Weinberger of Canada.

High five: Daniel Fogg came home in fifth place after the mammoth swim in Hyde Park

High five: Daniel Fogg came home in fifth place after the mammoth swim in Hyde Park

The 24-year-old Fogg was 15th at last year's World Championships in the boiling water off Jinshan City Beach in Shanghai.

In Hyde Park, Fogg was third after the first lap but at one point dropped to joint 22nd.

Sixteenth at the end of the fifth lap, the Kevin Renshaw-trained swimmer hauled himself up to a highly-respectable fifth place.