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London 2012 Olympics modern pentathlon: Samantha Murray wins silver

Murray helps Team GB end Olympics smiling with modern pentathlon silver

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 12 August 2012

Samantha Murray delighted Team GB fans by claiming a silver medal in the women's modern pentathlon as the London Olympics drew to a close.

Murray was an outside shot to win in the discipline which involves fencing, swimming, showjumping and shooting and running in a combined event.

She was in fourth place before the combined event finale, but overhauled Yane Marques and Amelie Caze to finish second behind Laura Asadauskaite.

More to follow.

Delight: Samantha Murray ended up winning silver

Delight: Samantha Murray ended up winning silver

London Olympics 2012: BBC video highlights from day 12

Watch BBC video highlights from day 12 of the Olympics

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UPDATED:

08:30 GMT, 9 August 2012

After Super Saturday and Terrific Tuesday – where the nation rejoiced as Team GB landed medals of all colours by the bucketload – Wednesday at the Olympics was a quiet one.

Tim Brabants wasn't able to defend his K1 kayak crown – but credit to him for even making the final after a very tough past four years.

And there was agony for the Nick Skelton and Scott Brash whose hopes of gold in the individual showjumping failed to materialise in Greenwich.

However, the lack of medal celebrations are tempered by the fact that more will come the way of the hosts in the remaining four days of competition.

Nicola Adams is into boxing fly final, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark guaranteed a sailing medal and Shanaze Reade finished fifth in BMX qualifying. And Mo Farah came third in his 5,000 metre qualifier.

There's plenty yet to come!

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London 2012 Olympics: Clare Balding is BBC"s best presenter – Mark Alford"s Goggle Eyes

Mark Alford's Goggle Eyes: Balding leads the way when comes to BBC anchors

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UPDATED:

22:13 GMT, 8 August 2012

An emerging rule of these Games is that if Clare Balding’s anchoring an event, it must be important. Wednesday she brought her enthusiasm and knowledge to Greenwich for the showjumping. It’s between Clare and Gary Lineker for the Beeb’s best in show.

Magic moment

Pride of Yorkshire Nicola Adams, from Leeds, was interviewed after reaching today’s women’s flyweight boxing final. She melted hearts when she said: ‘All I want to do is make my mum proud.’

Fight star: Nicola Adams beat India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte

Fight star: Nicola Adams beat India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte

Thumbs up for…

STAYING WITH BACKMARKERS: The director at the athletics resisted the urge to cut away from the action after the winners crossed the line in the 800 metres heats. Viewers saw three uplifting stories as a result. First, tearful Merve Aydin from Turkey hobbled home more than a minute after the field. Then Palestinian Woroud Sawalha, in a white hijab, ran a personal best time. And finally, Sarah Attar, the first Saudi woman to compete in athletics at the Olympics (left), trailed home. Top television.

Thumbs down for…

TALKING NOT SHOWING: Matt Baker was waxing lyrical about Flying Dutchman Epke Zonderland, who took gold on the high bar with an outrageous routine. The footage has become an internet sensation but the main BBC1 feed failed to show it at any point throughout the day.

Gold: Epke Zonderland's routine became an internet sensation

Gold: Epke Zonderland's routine became an internet sensation

Corner cam

Boxing coverage has rightly been criticised for not carrying on-screen scores during bouts — it still rankles! But praise is due for the camera and microphone bringing us the cornermen’s briefings between rounds. Fascinating stuff.

The Pundits' podium

GOLD: Andy Austin, showjumping: Same course, lots of different horses — it’s a tough job making it sound exciting but Austin and main commentator Mike Tucker do just that. Flawless.

SILVER: Brendan Foster, athletics: As passionate as ever. ‘Mo Farah, Olympic champion. I just love saying it,’ said Foster. We love hearing it, keep up the good work.

BRONZE: Jamie Staff, BMX: Impressed at the Velodrome but his ‘woop that time’ cry was a low point at the BMX track.

Jolly hockey sticks

The best thing on TV The thrilling women’s hockey semi-final penalty shootout in which Holland beat New Zealand. Each player was given eight seconds to beat the goalkeeper. Look and learn, football, this was proper drama.

London 2012 Olympics: Nick Skelton in winning form

Skelton jumping for joy as he finishes Olympic preparation with more glory in France

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UPDATED:

12:10 GMT, 23 July 2012

British showjumper Nick Skelton has completed his preparations for London 2012 in winning fashion.

Skelton has enjoyed a blistering run of form this year, highlighted by several global grand prix triumphs.

And with the Olympic showjumping programme just 12 days away from starting, Warwickshire-based Skelton continued that victorious run at Chantilly in France.

Jumping for joy: Nick Skelton will be going for gold at London 2012

Jumping for joy: Nick Skelton will be going for gold at London 2012

The 54-year-old was not aboard his
London horse Big Star, but the equally-impressive Carlo came up trumps
in the Equidia Life Chantilly Grand Prix.

Skelton,
won a thrilling jump off, clocking 37.63 seconds to beat France's
Patrice Delaveau (Ornella Mail), while Ireland's Denis Lynch was third
aboard Lantinus 3.

'The
horse is really fast away from the jumps after he lands, and I am really
pleased with him,' said Skelton, who collected just over 11,000.

'This was my last class before the Olympics, and it is a really good result. I am looking forward to going to London.

'I have got a very good horse in Big Star. His heart is in the right place. I will just keep him in good shape.'

Skelton with team-mates Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles will be looking to take home a showjumping medal for Britain for the first time in 28 years.

This year's hosts won a team silver at Los Angeles in 1984 thanks to the combined efforts of John Whitaker, Michael Whitaker, Tim Grubb and Steven Smith.

The last Olympic individual medal was collected 12 years prior to Los Angeles, by Ann Moore and Psalm, but Skelton is a major contender for the individual showjumping title, which will be decided at Greenwich Park on August 8.

London 2012: Lord Coe – Stop Tweeting if you want to win medals

Stop Tweeting if you want to win medals, warns Lord Coe

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UPDATED:

18:40 GMT, 19 July 2012

Sebastian Coe has warned athletes who are keen Twitter fans they may be damaging their medal chances at the London Olympics.

The London 2012 chairman believes the more an athlete tweets, the less their medal chances.

Warning: Lord Coe

Warning: Lord Coe

Coe said: 'I have found quite a close correlation between the number of tweets at competitive times and the level of under-performance.

'I have found a direct correlation between the amount of activity an athlete enters into on social media and their ultimate performance when it really matters – but that's for them to figure out.'

Meanwhile, Great Britain showjumping chief Rob Hoekstra believes the FEI Nations Cup at Hickstead offers ideal preparation for London 2012.

'I think riding here is good practice before London,' Hoekstra said. 'The mood in the camp is fantastic, very positive.'

Michael Whitaker wins Aachen Grand Prix win

Whitaker puts doubt in selectors' minds with Aachen Grand Prix win

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UPDATED:

16:28 GMT, 8 July 2012

British showjumper Michael Whitaker produced a dominant performance to win the prestigious Aachen Grand Prix in Germany on Sunday.

Whitaker, 52, missed out on a place in Britain's four-strong team for the London Olympics despite a long career highlighted by him clinching 14 major championship medals.

Simply soaring: Whitaker and Gig Amai clear an obstacle

Simply soaring: Whitaker and Gig Amai clear an obstacle

The Nottinghamshire-based rider also helped secure Britain's last Olympic showjumping medal – a team silver at Los Angeles in 1984 – and he cruised to victory in a three-horse jump off on GIG Amai.

They clocked 49.73 seconds to claim an emphatic victory and collect a bumper winner's purse of just over 87,000.

Still got it: Whitaker proves age is no barrier

Still got it: Whitaker proves age is no barrier

German Thomas Voss, riding Carinjo 9, had to settle for second on 54.37, while his German compatriot Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum was third on Bella Donna.

Amai has had its share of injury troubles, which probably counted against it when British team chief Rob Hoekstra finalised his London quartet of Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles.

Aachen glory: Whitaker proved his point to Olympic selectors in no uncertain terms

Aachen glory: Whitaker proved his point to Olympic selectors in no uncertain terms

But Whitaker has never doubted Amai's ability.

The horse is a previous Olympia World Cup winner and today's triumph came among a world-class field of 39 combinations.

Hoekstra watched from the sidelines as Whitaker prevailed and it was a performance that sealed an impressive few days for British showjumpers at Aachen's World Equestrian Festival.

Flying high: The cream rose to the top... again

Flying high: The cream rose to the top… again

Skelton, eighth in the grand prix with Carlo, Brash and Guy Williams all won classes during the show, which is rated as arguably the highest profile on equestrian's global calendar.

Kiss for the winner: Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum congratulates Whitaker

Kiss for the winner: Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum congratulates Whitaker

Nick Skelton wins Warsteiner feature class

Skelton sparkles on Big Star in Aachen to continue fine run of form

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UPDATED:

19:00 GMT, 4 July 2012

British showjumper Nick Skelton continued his outstanding run of form by winning Wednesday’s Warsteiner feature class at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany.

Skelton produced a sparkling performance on his London 2012 horse Big Star to leave some of his fellow top European riders trailing.

Fine form: Skelton and Big Star clear an obstacle in Aachen

Fine form: Skelton and Big Star clear an obstacle in Aachen

Germany’s Christian Ahlmann set the pace on Taloubet Z, clocking 50.48 seconds to take top spot in a 12-horse jump off.

But Skelton, British No 1 and world No 5, cut more than half a second of Ahlmann’s time, going clear in 49.77secs, with Switzerland’s Janika Sprunger third.

The latest round of this season’s FEI Nations Cup takes centre-stage in Aachen tomorrow night, while some of the world’s top eventers – including British Olympian William Fox-Pitt – are in action on Friday and Saturday, before Sunday’s showjumping grand prix concludes the action.

London 2012 Olympics: Hiroshi Hokestu to compete aged 71

Oldest rider in town! 71-year-old Japanese dressage star secures Olympic place

The Olympics is for everybody, so we are told. And it seems that it most certainly the case with Hiroshi Hoketsu who has earned a place in London at the age of 71, 44 years after his first Games.

The Japanese dressage rider was the oldest competitor at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will most likely take the title again this summer, hailing the achievement as 'a miracle'.

Hoketsu, who is referred to as the 'hope of old men' in his homeland, secured his spot at the Games when he topped the individual rankings for Asia-Oceania on-board 15-year-old mare Whisper.

High hopes: Hoketsu Hiroshi will be 71 when he rides Whisper at the London Olympics, just as he did in Beijing four years ago

High hopes: Hoketsu Hiroshi will be 71 when he rides Whisper at the London Olympics, just as he did in Beijing four years ago

'To put it pompously, it was a miracle,' the rider, who turns 71 later this month, said. 'Last summer, I thought it would be impossible to make London, so it fills me with deep emotions.'

Hoketsu will ride Whisper in London, just as he did in Beijing four years ago. Then, he finished ninth in team dressage and 35th in individual dressage.

At 67 years and four months, he was the oldest athlete in any event and the oldest to appear for Japan in any Olympics. In 1964, Hoketsu came 40th in showjumping at the Tokyo Olympics.

London 2012 Olympics: John Whitaker hopeful despite Peppermill injury

Whitaker stays positive on London dream despite injury setback to Peppermill

John Whitaker has not given up hope of competing in a sixth Olympic Games next year despite his top horse Peppermill suffering another major injury setback.

Whitaker opened London Olympia”s showjumping programme by finishing second in the Horse Deals Christmas Pudding Stakes aboard Dazzle II.

And while 14-year-old Peppermill has little chance of featuring in the Olympics selection shake-up due to tendon trouble, Whitaker could still call on his talented second-string Argento.

In action: Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris at Olympia on Thursday

In action: Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris at Olympia on Thursday

“I don”t think there is any realistic chance of Peppermill being fit (for London),” said the 55-year-old Yorkshireman. “It is a tendon problem in the opposite leg to the one he injured last year. It is one of those things, and he is basically out for a year.

“If you had asked me this time last year about (Olympic selection for) Argento I would have definitely said no.

“He had a small injury, but he is fit and sound now. I am going to give him a chance, and we will have to see how he progresses.”

British showjumping chief Rob Hoekstra will select a four-strong team for London, and Whitaker faces stiff competition from the likes of Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Michael Whitaker, Robert Smith and Scott Brash.

Horse play: The London International Horse Show is underway in west London

Horse play: The London International Horse Show is underway in west London

Whitaker, though, showed his class as he ran Irish winner Dermott Lennon close during a 14-horse jump-off in front of a bumper afternoon audience at Olympia.

Former world champion Lennon and Loughview Lou-Lou clocked 31.82 seconds, with Whitaker second in a time of 33.13, Germany”s Marcus Ehning third (33.43) and American Laura Kraut fourth (34.17).

Whitaker added: “The horse is very competitive. She is always good, and you know you have got a chance with her.”

The Olympia action continues later tonight with the Christmas Speed Stakes, when Whitaker will be a among a 25-strong field on Casino, the horse he is aiming at Sunday”s Rolex World Cup qualifier.