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  • 10:06
    It's almost time for Derval O'Rourke to get her Olympic campaign under way in the heats of the 100 metres hurdles. She's in Heat 4, Lane 6
  • 10:07
    She has five women with quicker times this season alongside her, including the American Dawn Harper, and the European champion Nevin Yanit of Turkey. It won’t be easy, not by any means.
  • 10:10
    Hopefully O'Rourke can set a positive tone for what promises to be an exciting day for Irish sport with two other young ladies Katie Taylor and Annalise Murphy briefly bringing the country to a standstill from lunch-time on.
  • 10:13
    Jessica Ennis, the gold medal winner in the Heptathlon, didn't start in Heat 2 of the hurdles.
  • 10:15
    There were only six athletes in the starting line-up with three to qualify from the heat. They're pretty decent odds.
  • 10:16
    The Men's Discus qualifying is taking place at the same time. There are a few salad-dodgers taking part: all big, strong athletes.
  • 10:20
    All eyes now on Kellie Wells, the American 100 metres hurdles champion. Easy peasy in 12.70 for the woman who broke Sally Pearson's 31 race winning streak.
  • 10:21
    O'Rourke's Heat is up next.
  • 10:23
    Come on Derval!
  • 10:23
    Mc Go derv!
  • 10:25
    O’Rourke races out of lane six.
  • 10:26
    Here we go!
  • 10:28
    O’Rourke finishes fourth in a time of 12.91
  • 10:28
    Top three from each race qualify for the semis but O’Rourke should be safely through as one of the fastest qualifers.
  • 10:28
    Dan Derverler lacked the closing speed
  • 10:29
    O’Rourke was incredibly fast over the first 50m.
  • 10:30
    Eric i might have missed something, but why is Ennis not taking part in the races?
  • 10:30
    Ennis chose not to participate. After her gold medal exploits the emotion and occasion may have forced the Olympic heptathlon champion to withdraw. Entitled to a bit of a party I’d say.
  • 10:31
    The time of 12.91 that Derval O’Rourke has just run is her season’s best and she should progress to the semi-finals.
  • 10:33
    The top three from every race progress and then they have the six fastest runners up. With just two heats left O’Rourke is the fastest runner-up.
  • 10:36
    Here’s a list of Irish athletes in action today

    It’ll be two young women, Katie Taylor in the boxing and Annalise Murphy in sailing that will command most of the attention from an Irish perspective today. Taylor opens her Olympic campaign by fighting Britain’s Natasha Jonas – victory would guarantee her at least a bronze – while Murphy chases gold in the medal race at Weymouth.


    9am: Shooting
    Now in 25th place Derek Burnett goes on the second day of qualifying for the men’s trap. Burnett has lot of work to do with the top six shooters qualifying for this afternoon’s final.

    10.05am: 100m hurdles
    With only the first sure certain to progress, plus the six fastest losers, Derval O’Rourke will need to be on her A-game from the start: drawn in the fourth heat, in lane six, she has five women with quicker times this season alongside her, including the American Dawn Harper, and the European champion Nevin Yanit of Turkey. It won’t be easy, not by any means.

    Noon: Sailing
    Having had a day to regroup yesterday, Dublin sailors Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan embark on their final four races in need of a minor miracle to simply make the medal race. Languishing third from bottom in the overall standings, Owens and Flanigan will be hoping to climb the pecking order in today’s two races (noon and 1.15pm).
    1pm: Sailing
    Annalise Murphy goes into today’s medal race at Weymouth knowing a victory will guarantee her the gold medal. But with just one point separating the top four boats, and light winds forecast that may cause problems for the Dubliner, she could also come away empty-handed. The biggest race of Murphy’s young sailing career is on the water at 1pm.
    1.30pm: Boxing
    The long wait is finally over for Katie Taylor, the world number one just eight minutes away from a guaranteed medal when she takes on Britain’s Natasha Jonas in the quarter-finals of the women’s lightweight division. Jonas lost to Taylor 6-3 in Bulgaria last year but the Liverpool southpaw will have 90 per cent of the ExCel Arena behind her this afternoon.
    3pm: Sailing
    Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton still have it all to do if they are to make it through to the medal race. Even if they do make the top 10, the Irish 49ers are too far down the overall standings to challenge for a medal. The duo will have their last two preliminary races this afternoon (3pm and 3.45pm).
    2pm: Equestrian
    Cian O’Connor goes in the third round of the show jumping competition on Blue Loy having successfully come through qualifying. Billy Twomey failed to qualify for the last 46 but is on the reserves list for today.

  • 10:39
    O’Rourke has officially qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 100m hurdles.
  • 10:42
    Brigette Foster-Hylton, who was favourite to win the final Heat of the women’s 100m fails to qualify after hitting a hurdle early on in the race.
  • 10:44
    Derval O’Rourke qualifies for the semi-finals for the women’s 100m hurdles as the fastest woman who didn’t qualify by right.
  • 10:44
  • 10:46
    Foster-Hylton, the second fastest woman in the world this year is out of the women’s 100m hurdles. She is bawling. This will be remembered as the Olympics of tears.
  • 10:51
    It’s the men’s 800m now.
  • 10:56
    Economic Exile how long will Annalise's race last (I need to skive off work and find a pub showing it!)
  • 10:56
    Annalise Murphy is due to begin at 1pm. Be warned -  some of her races have been delayed. The race will last about an hour.
  • 10:57
    Derval O’Rourke has just been interviewed by RTE. She is one steely character.
  • 11:09
    Sylvia Anyone trying to follow in Belgium (like myself), this website will probably show Annalise's race, especially as the Belgian woman is up against her: http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozone. Commentary will be in Flemish, but better than nothing!
  • 11:11
    Sailing fans based in Belgium take note. One of our kind commenters has kindly offered a link that should allow you to watch Annalise Murphy in action later on. Commentary will be in Flemish. Luckily I’m fluent….it’s like Ulster Scots, right?
  • 11:11
    DannyinDublin re. EconomicExile 10.56 - trying to find a pub in London that is not showing yet more British athletes winning medals...go Annalise!
  • 11:12
    Derval O’Rourke is through to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m, Annalise Murphy is chasing a gold medal in the women’s laser radial and Katie Taylor is fighting for a medal later this afternoon – where would we be without our women?
  • 11:15
    Derval O’Rourke after her fourth placed finished in heat four of the women’s 100m.

    “I am pleased. The start was good, the middle was a tiny bit ropey. I lost concentration perhaps and the end, I still fought but I know there’s a lot more there so it’s all good.”

    O’Rourke went on to say

    “People have to remember that I’m pretty tough so whatever’s thrown at me I will be absolutely fine and I will fight back so for me, I’m just like ‘Bring it on.’”
  • 11:20
    Dan Isn't there a canoe sprinter canoe sprinting today?
  • 11:20
    Andrezej Jezierski is representing Ireland in the men’s canoe single (C1) 200m heats on Friday morning.
  • 11:26
    David Lekuta Rudisha, hot favourite for the men’s 800m title qualified from heat two in a comfortable time of 1.45.90.
    The Kenyan is coached by Irish man Colm O’Connell so we’re on for Rudisha!
  • 11:26
    Guest Legal RTÉ live feed anywhere in a Eurovision member state:http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/
  • 11:26
    DM George on RTE mistook a woman shot putter for a man!!
  • 11:28
    George, George, George…George Hamilton apparently has just mistaken a woman shot putter for a man. We’ll put that down to the long hours he’s working.
  • 11:32
    So Usain Bolt ran a pretty amazing 100m final last night. It’s fair to say almost everyone is a huge fan.
  • 11:35
  • 11:36
    DM YEP - sure he is an Irish Jamacian
  • 11:41
    In the men’s trap shooting Ireland’s Derek Burnett is currently ranked 27th out of 34 competitors. That’s after four rounds of shooting. He has a score of 93/100. Only six shooters make the final. The final qualifying round is this afternoon.
  • 11:43
    You may have heard that a drunken lout threw a bottle onto the track just before the men’s 100m final last night. You may not have heard what happened to him after he did it.
  • 11:47
    Belgium’s Edith Bosch, a judo bronze medallist was standing close by when a green plastic drink bottle was thrown from the stands behind the start line and let’s just say…she took action.

    She tweeted shortly after the incident

    “A drunken spectator threw a bottle onto the track! I HAVE BEATEN HIM... unbelievable.”
  • 11:55
  • 12:14
    Annalise Murphy’s medal race is just 45 minutes away. Anyone getting excited? Should we put a ban on the ‘g’ word (gold) until then? We don’t want to curse her…not that I’m superstitious, though I am currently finding this very difficult to type with all of my fingers crossed.
  • 12:14
    DM The CALM before a BIG storm I Believe
  • 12:21
    This is an excellent video of Francis ‘The Viper’ Higgins (of Hardy Bucks fame) commentating on Olympic sailing. Be warned – this is full of profanities so don’t click if you’re of a sensitive disposition.

    I think the beauty of it is that  before Annalise Murphy came to the fore, most of us probably had a similar commentary running in our heads when watching sailing. Tip of the hat to Kev for sending it my way.
    http://vimeo.com/46824253
  • 12:28
    In case you missed it – here is one of the most iconic images from the Olympics. South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius competed in the men’s 400m semi-final of day nine of the Olympics. He was the first double amputee to compete at the Olympic Games.
  • 12:28
    Oscar Pistorius - South Africa (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
    Oscar Pistorius - South Africa (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
  • 12:28
    Bryn Whats the weather like in Weymouth?
  • 12:29
    The weather in Weymouth http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2634202
  • 12:31
    Remember that in the Medal Race all points are doubled and the object of Olympic sailing is to finish with as few points as possible. Here’s the overall standings after 10 Races of the women’s laser radial.

    http://www.london2012.com/sailing/event/laser-radial-women/phase=saw103910/doc=summary.html
  • 12:35
    Here’s a pretty cool graphic from the good people at the New York Times which depicts how sprinters from history compare to Usain Bolt –check it out

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/05/sports/olympics/the-100-meter-dash-one-race-every-medalist-ever.html?smid=tw-share
  • 12:44
    HenryAus Arrived back to Sydney from Ireland Today, 27 hours, didn't sleep a wink, full day of work but I'm not going to bed, just spent $102 on my fox sports package, I'd spend the same again in time and money if our girls picked up a couple of medals...
  • 12:44
    Dedication’s what you need if you want to watch full Olympic coverage!
  • 12:45
    Fred Is it possible to see a video of the 100 metres anywhere?
  • 12:45
    I put a link up last night of the men’s 100m final but it got taken down pretty sharpish. They’re very protective of footage from the Olympics.
  • 12:45
    DublinerOnTour We've found somewhere in Thailand willing to show Katie's fight later but no joy for Annalise's race. Counting on you I.T. (no pressure)
  • 12:46
    Full coverage here of Annalise Murphy’s medal race coming up on the Irish Times live-blog.
  • 12:47
  • 12:49
    Derval O’Rourke – Olympic semi-finalist (INPHO/Dan Sheridan)
    Derval O’Rourke – Olympic semi-finalist (INPHO/Dan Sheridan)
  • 12:50
  • 12:50
    Dan BBC are suggesting the wind basically blowing like a sparrow fart.
  • 12:51
    There is coverage of the Olympics here -

    http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html
  • 12:51
    Eric send Tommy Bowe over to race bolt!
  • 12:52
    Come on Annalise!
  • 12:54
    Guest Annalise looking very relaxed - very exiting to have sailing live on TV for the first time. Come on Ireland.
  • 12:57
    DM Who was it that said it was Squeeky Bum Time?
  • 12:57
    Alex Ferguson once said ‘It’s squeaky bum time.’ I think we, as a nation, know what that means right now as we wait for Annalise Murphy to begin her
  • 13:00
    Derek Burnett has finished his fourth round in the Men’s Trap, scoring 23.
    That brings him to a tally of 93 out of 100. It leaves him in 26th place. Only six qualify for the final.
  • 13:00
    Come on Annalise!
  • 13:02
    Anthony Best of luck Annalise!
  • 13:04
    Brian in Singapore glued to IT live......go girl!
  • 13:04
    We need Annalise to finish above Evi Van Acker, Lijia Xu and Marit Bouwmeester.
  • 13:04
    Xu is out in front but it's all very close.
  • 13:04
    Noel Scanlon Tracking this online in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, good luck Annalise !!!
  • 13:05
    Irish people are sending good wishes to Annalise from all four corners of the globe.
  • 13:05
    James F. Go on Girl, bring it home! Gold all the way.
  • 13:06
    Here are live updates from the Olympic website but of course we’ll be keeping you updated here.
    http://www.london2012.com/sailing/event/laser-radial-women/phase=saw103101/index.html
  • 13:06
    Annalise is in first place!
  • 13:07
    Guest Best of luck Annalise from all in Melbourne!
  • 13:07
    Hilary I'm in Luxembourg. Taking a late lunch. Changed IP address on my lap top, now watching Annalise live. Cmon Annalise do us proud!
  • 13:07
    Joey Let's go sista!
  • 13:07
    Eric ugh, i feel sick watching this... its all so close!
  • 13:07
    Sylvia Best wishes to Annalise from Belgium!!!!
  • 13:07
    Peter Kavanagh Monitoring while at work in Sharjah, UAE - high anticipation....
  • 13:07
    Jane Best of Luck Annalise!!
  • 13:07
    Guest Allez Annalise! (Páraic in Paris).
  • 13:07
    Brendan keep us updated as no coverage of the sailing on tv in shanghai
  • 13:08
    Annalise leads after the first mark. She has a marginal lead over Xu of China. If she can sustain this, it’s gold! There’s a long way to go though.
  • 13:09
    Xu has been yellow flagged for an illegal body move which means she has had to do a penalty turn which will slow her up. Annalise can increase her lead now.
  • 13:10
    Annalise has dropped down to ninth place now.
  • 13:11
    That happened quickly. They’re so tightly bunched together.
  • 13:12
    Annalise opted to go right further inshore and missed a gust of wind that powered most of the field past her.
  • 13:13
    Annalise was very unlucky not to catch that squall of wind there
  • 13:13
    Guest AL went down inside of the run and ended up 9th rounding leward mark.
  • 13:14
    As Annalise is ahead of Van Acker she would still receive a bronze medal if the race ended like this.
  • 13:14
    Lijia Xu of China is looking comfortable.
  • 13:15
    Greenhog Bronze would be some achievement for her
  • 13:16
    It changes so quickly.
  • 13:16
    Annalise is up to second!
  • 13:17
    She did so well to sneak in at that mark ahead of the majority of the field.
  • 13:17
    Guest OMG - 2nd round = fantastic
  • 13:18
    Bouwmeester is in eighth and as long as Annalise can stay ahead of her she will definitely have a medal.
  • 13:18
    Jim Come on Annalise! You can do it!!!!!
  • 13:18
    Glued to the tv watching sailing. Who’d have thought it could happen only two weeks ago?
  • 13:19
    Lijia Xu of China is leading.
  • 13:19
    Annalise has dropped to fifth place.
  • 13:20
    Guest Watching in silent terror at my desk in Innsbruck, trying to pretend like I'm caring this much about work! Come on Annalise!
  • 13:20
    Around the fourth mark, Annalise is in fifth place. This is going to be an incredibly close finish. Can she get a medal?!
  • 13:21
    Guest COME ON ANNALISE!!!!
  • 13:22
    Van Acker, Bouwmeester and Xu are all ahead of Annalise at the minute which would place her in fourth place.
  • 13:23
    Annalise has to finish ahead of at least one of those three women to win a medal.
  • 13:24
    Van Acker and Murphy are almost level. This is nerve-wrecking.
  • 13:24
    Guest I cant watch :/
  • 13:24
    Watching this women’s laser radial through my fingers.
  • 13:25
  • 13:26
    We’re on the last upwind leg and Annalise has veered out right in the hope of picking up a decent gust of wind.
  • 13:26
    Annalise is ahead of Van Acker. If she can stay there she’ll take bronze.
  • 13:27
    Maria Come on Annalise! I can't pretend to understand sailing at all but it's all very exciting!!
  • 13:27
    Murphy is in fourth. Xu and Bouwmeester are ahead of her but as long as Murphy can stay ahead of Van Acker she’ll have a bronze.
  • 13:28
  • 13:29
    Annalise isn’t doing so well on the downwinds. Van Acker has overtaken her.
  • 13:30
    Xu is going to win gold. Bouwmeester will probably take silver. Van Acker is favourite for the bronze now.
  • 13:30
    Closing stages now and it looks like Annalise is going to finish fourth overall.
  • 13:31
    Annalise Murphy finishes fifth in the Medal Race, meaning she finishes fourth overall. Incredibly unlucky. Well done Annalise!
  • 13:31
    Guest No medal. So sorry for her. Tricky as hell race.
  • 13:31
    Pat Cannon She did great. I'd never have even watched sailing if it wasn't for her!
  • 13:32
    Annalise Murphy pushed so hard in the first half of the race but sailing downwind proved to be her downfall. Hard luck Annalise but you’ve made many Irish watch sailing and how many people can say that?
  • 13:32
    Guest Fair play to you Annalise. Unlucky.
  • 13:32
    Jason kelly Fair play - incredible effort
  • 13:32
    Guest She did us all proud.
  • 13:32
    Aiden Gutted for Annalise, amazing effort
  • 13:33
    Anthony Well done Annalise.
  • 13:33
    Brian gutted for her
  • 13:34
    You can see from all of the comments that everyone is incredibly supportive of Annalise Murphy who finishes fourth overall, tantalisingly outside the medal positions.
  • 13:34
    Padhraic New national hero
  • 13:35
    China’s Xu takes gold, Bouwmeester sails to silver and Edi Van Acker of Belgium will be delighted to take bronze.
  • 13:36
  • 13:37
    Damn you downwind!
  • 13:37
    Annalise is two years younger than all other competitors that sailed in the Medal Race. So so unlucky.
  • 13:38
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  • 13:42
    Guest AL did so well upwind. Come on Rio. Well done Annalise - you did great girl.
  • 13:43
    That’s perhaps the most agonising fourth-place finish I’ve known in my lifetime. Annalise Murphy excelled all week and deserved a medal. Hopefully she’ll get it in Rio!
  • 13:48
    Hopefully, we’ll have something more to shout about at around 2.30pm when Katie Taylor is scheduled to fight Britain’s Natasha Jonas in the women’s lightweight quarter-final.
  • 13:51
    Annalise Murphy  (Reuters/Pascal Lauener)
    Annalise Murphy (Reuters/Pascal Lauener)
  • 13:53
    HenryAus Prediction for Rio 1.annalise 2. Some whipper 20 year old from Cork 3 some whipper from Galway, Annalise you just created a monster you legend
  • 13:54
    Annalise Murphy may not have won a medal but she will certainly have inspired youngsters across the country to take up sailing, right?
  • 13:55
    Eric this is going to sound terrible, but the frustration after watching Annalise give it her all and be denied in a cruel race has made my appetite for watching Katie deliver some punishment all the sharper... COME ON KATIE!
  • 13:55
    It’s time to cheer on Katie Taylor!
  • 13:57
  • 13:58
    Greenhog Katie will definitely win gold---she is cream de la cream
  • 14:00
    Bernard Dunne’s only worry for Katie Taylor is that the judges have been kind to British boxers to date at these Olympics. Natasha Jonas is a Liverpudlian south paw but we’re just worrying unnecessarily, aren’t we? I need some reassurance right about now.
  • 14:01
    Oscar The crowds are building down at the big screen on Bray's sea front, Katie must be so focussed now. We are all right behind you Katie!
  • 14:02
  • 14:02
    Greenhog No boxing is the most technical sport of all--judges will be fair,, though the first bout is always the most difficult
  • 14:03
    Katie Taylor is definitely going to do it then!
  • 14:05
  • 14:06
    Cian O’Connor is up next at the individual jumping at the Equestrian event. He’s riding Blue Loyd.
  • 14:07
    Penalty for O’Connor after hitting a fence.
  • 14:08
    That’s three penalties for O’Connor.
  • 14:12
    12 penalties in total for Cian O’Connor. He has to finish in the top 35.
  • 14:13
    Annalise Murphy gave an emotional interview there on RTE. She can be very proud of herself.
  • 14:24
    An emotional Annalise Murphy spoke to RTE after the disappointment of her fourth place finish in the women’s laser radial. She said,

    “I had a brilliant week. My first two days of this event, nobody could beat me so I don’t think it gets much better than that. I’m only 22. All the girls are much older than me in the fleet. I’m going to work so hard for 2016 and hopefully I’ll be able to come good then.”

    And so say all of us.
  • 14:25
    Greenhog Yes Katie will do it she is reliable
  • 14:25
    Katie, Katie, Katie!!!
  • 14:27
  • 14:27
    Just to let you know, they’re running a few minutes behind schedule in the ExCel Arena but Katie Taylor will be fighting very soon.
  • 14:28
    Ant in Oz Go Katie!
  • 14:29
    You’ve seen the footage of Katie Taylor and Paddy Barnes sparring, haven’t you? Intense!
  • 14:29
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  • 14:33
    So we’ll be going to the men’s water polo for the next hour or so….
  • 14:34
    Just trying to re-create the NBC Olympic experience (they didn’t screen the men’s 100m final live last night).
  • 14:36
    Britain’s Natasha Jonas is Katie’s opponent. The Liverpudlian beat Quanitta Underwood in her previous bout.
  • 14:36
    Come on Katie!
  • 14:36
    Seán The drunken bottle thrower at the 100m final last night was lucky he only had the dutch judo girl sitting next to him.... it could have been Katie Taylor....
  • 14:37
    Katie entering the ring now.
  • 14:38
    Guest Im sick with excitement/nerves
  • 14:38
    Ding Ding – Round One is underway
  • 14:41
    Katie Taylor leads 5-2
  • 14:41
    Paraic I hope Katie is not as nervous as me!
  • 14:42
    Katie took a serious thump from Jonas’s left.
  • 14:44
    Round 2 – 5-5
  • 14:44
    Guest Its great to hear the immense Irish support singing her on!!
  • 14:44
    Taylor leads 10-7 after two rounds.
  • 14:44
    Helen Katie has some whallop, though! Amazing to watch! (And the Irish crowd are doing us proud!)
  • 14:44
    Here we go!
  • 14:45
    Jonas receives a count after a great right from Taylor
  • 14:46
    Guest How many rounds is there?
  • 14:46
    There are four rounds
  • 14:48
    Round 3 – 9-4
  • 14:48
    19-11 overall
  • 14:48
    Guest 4x2 No?
  • 14:48
    Of course, there are four 2 minute rounds.
  • 14:49
    Guest Rahoo!
  • 14:50
    A second count for Jonas. Katie almost floored her.
  • 14:50
    Dee Well done Katie you continue to fly the flag!
  • 14:50
    Katie Taylor will be in the semi-finals and we’re assured of another medal!
  • 14:51
    Katie Taylor wins on 26 - 15
    Round 1 – 5-2
    Round 2 – 5-5
    Round 3 – 9-4
    Round 4 - 7-4
  • 14:52
    Jim Awesome; so strong
  • 14:52
    guest WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO KATIE!!!
  • 14:52
    Guest In plaground parlance, that was a baitin' !
  • 14:52
    Katie Taylor didn’t lose one round.
  • 14:56
    That was an assured performance. Katie’s right hand broke the Jonas’s guard several times and the fact that the British woman had two counts speaks volumes about how hard Taylor hits.
  • 14:57
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  • 15:01
    Guest How are boxers guaranteed a medal by getting into the semis? Are there not still four up for contention?
  • 15:01
    The losing semi-finalists in boxing both get bronze medals.
  • 15:01
    Liam Chuck Norris is afraid of Katie Taylor.
  • 15:04
    It really was a fantastic fight. Jonas had plenty of firepower herself but she couldn’t handle Taylor’s speed, movement or power.
  • 15:06
    Katie Taylor - Olympic medallist (INPHO/Dan Sheridan )
    Katie Taylor - Olympic medallist (INPHO/Dan Sheridan )
  • 15:07
    A lot of people watching it on the RTE player online aren’t too happy. It appears to have crashed in the middle of the fight. Make sure you see the replays of that fight.
  • 15:08
    Ciaran Carraher Katie, will do us all proud....
  • 15:11
    Katie Taylor will be fighting Tajikstan’s Mavzuna Chorieva in the women’s lightweight semi-final on Wednesday at around 2pm.
  • 15:12
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  • 15:16
    Guest Well done Katie! Can't wait to see her punch her way into the Olympic final on Wednesday.
  • 15:21
    Steve Chorieva lists writing poems about her father as her hobbie... http://www.london2012.com/athlete/chorieva-mavzuna-1087068/
  • 15:33
    Katie Taylor on her successful quarter-final bout:

    "Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be Olympic Champion, that’s what I came here for. It’s unbelievable. The atmosphere was incredible today."

    Taylor continued:

    "I didn’t do what I was told in the second round. I was staying in there a bit too long and was getting caught with a backhand. I was happy that I stayed three points up after the second round so I just had to push her back in the third round and thankfully I had a good lead for the last round."
  • 15:35
    It’s true. Katie Taylor’s next opponent Mavzuna Chorieva enjoys writing poetry about her father. That’s…..normal…..
    http://www.london2012.com/athlete/chorieva-mavzuna-1087068/
  • 16:01
    So everyone else just about coming back down to Earth after Katie Taylor’s amazing 26-15 over Britain’s Natasha Jonas?
  • 16:01
    Eric i watched Sofya Ochigava beat Pritchard 22-4 on the other side of Katies weight category table. she looked pretty damn good...
  • 16:02
    Is Sofya Ochigava a potential opponent for Katie Taylor in the final of the women’s lightweight boxing? She won her quarter-final 22.4 this afternoon.
  • 16:04
  • 16:09
    Katie Taylor’s father and coach Peter Taylor

    "There’s no pressure. We’re boxing in the Olympic Games, you’re representing your country. All these people have come over here to support us. That’s not pressure, it’s a privilege. Being at the Olympics Games, boxing for your country is a privilege. People would give their right arm for this. That’s not pressure, this is enjoyment. Where else would you want to be?"
  • 16:13
    Eric I also watched the Brazilian Araujo v Morocco's Oubtil. the Brazilian won 16-12 , but really didn't look like she would stand a chance against the Russian. i think if Taylor does what we all hope in the Semi, then a Taylor v Ochigava final is inevitable. it could be a serious battle...
  • 16:17
  • 16:21
    The default position of Irish people in the opening seconds of Katie Taylor’s fight. coming up...
  • 16:21
    It's ok - you can look now. Katie won!
    It's ok - you can look now. Katie won!
  • 16:35
    Equestrian: Cian O’Connor has not made it through to the individual jumping final. The Irish rider was penalised for hitting three fences and it means that he is not among the top 35 riders who will progress.
  • 16:35
    O’Connor finished in joint 38th position.
  • 16:36
  • 16:40
    Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern have finished in 16th place in race 14 of the men’s 49er. They now lie in 11th position in the overall standings. The 15th race is later this afternoon which means the Irish pair will need a decent performance if they are to qualify for Wednesday’s Medal Race. Unfortunately, even if they qualify for that race they will not be in contention for any medals.
  • 16:48
    Welcome to the Thunderdome...I mean, Velodrome where the men’s semi-final sprint is happening.
  • 16:52
    Britain’s Jason Kenny is through to the final of the men’s sprint where he will race Gregory Bauge of France.
  • 16:53
    Victoria Pendleton is in the women’s sprint quarter-final now. She’ll race Olga Panarina from Belarus.
  • 16:54
    Pendleton easily wins the first run.
  • 16:58
    Great Britain have won another gold – this time in the team show jumping event.
  • 16:59
  • 17:01
    One of the British show jumpers who has just won a gold medal used to represent Ireland – Peter Charles, why have you deserted us?!
  • 17:04
    Australia’s Anna Meares also won her first run in the women’s quarter-final sprint at the Velodrome. The Australian is Pendleton’s main rival and it’s fair to say the two women aren’t on the best of terms.
  • 17:06
    It’s the Women’s Omnium now on the cycling track. It’s the points race. It all looks very Hunger Games-esque to me.
  • 17:10
  • 17:12
    The women’s points race in the omnium is 20km long. Riders score points for sprints which occur every 10 laps during the race, and for lapping the field. Yes, I’ve been on the Omnium competition format webpage.
  • 17:13
    DM Why do we not do better at the Horse related events????
  • 17:14
    The question has been posed – Why do we not do better at horse related events?
    I’m inclined to say that it's because we’re too preoccupied with making money from horseracing.
  • 17:15
  • 17:19
    Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern are currently in 20th place (out of 20) in Race 15 of the men’s 49er. If they stay there, they won’t qualify for the Medal Race.
  • 17:22
  • 17:31
    So an American Judoka has been sent home from the Olympics for testing positive for marijuana.

    Surely this is a defnite case of an athlete taking performance diminishing drugs?

    Delpopolo finished seventh in the 73kg judo event and claims to have eaten food which had been baked with marijuana before the Olympics – a fact that he was not aware of at the time of consumption.

    Depopolo said:

    “My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did
    not realise had been baked with marijuana before I left for the Olympic Games”
  • 17:41
    The frankly confusing points race in the women’s omnium has ended.

    The men’s sprint races are coming up. First up Australian Shane Perkins will face Nijshane Nicholas Phillip from Trinidad & Tobago with the winner taking the bronze medal.
  • 17:42
    Then Britain’s Jason Kenny will race Frenchman Greogry Bauge for the gold medal.
  • 17:44
    Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern have finished in 16th place in race 15 of the men’s 49er. It means that they finish 14th overall and will not therefore contest the Medal Race final on Wednesday.
  • 17:47
    Britain’s Kenny wins the first run. There’s an awful lot of tomfoolery in the build-up but the end of these sprint races are exhilarating.
  • 17:52
    Vicky Pendleton is comfortably through to the semi-final of the women’s sprint after a 2-0 victory over Olga Panarina of Belarus.
  • 17:54
    YOU’LL NEVER BEAT THE IRISH!!! Not at cheering anyway.

    The decibel level during Katie Taylor’s fight with Natasha Jonas this afternoon hit 113.7 – the highest recorded at London 2012 so far.

    An International Olympic Committee official said the noise surpassed the sound recorded during GB's win in the cycling finals at the Velodrome last week.

    There’ll be a lot of sore throats tomorrow.
  • 18:47
    So Katie Taylor’s win assured Ireland of another medal at these Olympics but for years women’s boxing was treated by boxing authorities with utter contempt.

    The British Board of Control maintained as recently as 15 years ago that that pre-menstrual tension made women too unstable to box.

    The fact that Katie Taylor was able to demonstrate such a high level of skill and agility in the ring today just shows how utterly contemptible those people were in their attempts to prevent women from competing in sporting events.
  • 18:50
    Britain’s Jason Kenny secured another gold for Britain at the Velodrome in case you missed it. He defeated France’s Gregory Bauge 2-0 in the men’s sprint final.
  • 18:53
    Britain’s Victoria Pendleton will race Germany’s Christina Vogel in the semi-final of the women’s sprint at the Velodrome tomorrow.

    In the other semi Pendleton’s arch-nemesis (has that phrase ever been used outside of superhero comics before?) Anna Meares will face China’s Shuang Guo for a place in the final.
  • 19:33
  • 19:52
    Greenhog We are able bodied and intelligent---we should perform better at equestrian, water related sports and the way Kildare,Donegal play Gaelic football olympic handball also
  • 19:58
    Jack we love you annalise from thailand.xxxx
  • 20:00
    Hi Carl O'Malley here, Ciaran Daly has been given the evening off, for once. I'm not sure how that Murphy tweeted ended because it's no longer linking to the facebook post, but Iyou get the gist.

    Great effort from Annalise today and, sure, there's always Rio.
  • 20:05
    john Well deserved break for Ciaran. Carl, you have big bunny slippers to fill....but I'm sure you're up to it.
  • 20:07
    Pffft, I give him all his jokes. He's just a really fast typer. That's all he has going for him. That, and his lovely skin.
  • 20:08
    The women's 200m heats have just been and gone. Pretty fast, I suppose. HERE'S how they went. American's Sany Richards-Ross was quickest.
  • 20:10
    Colin Jackson is giving a lecture on the 400m hurdles and lactic acid build-up on BBC. No better man, but does he have to talk to his audience like some Blue Peter presenter?

  • 20:15
    Holly Bleasdale is GB's great hope in the women's pole vault at the moment. There was some roar to help her over the bar at 4.45m but she's finding 4.55m a tougher nut to crack.
  • 20:18
    The women's 400m semi-finals are about to begin. Three races, two automatic qualifiers from each and two fastest losers.
  • 20:18
    Eric did you hear that Italy's Olympic 50km walk champion Alex Schwazer has been kicked out for doping?! the softest sport to try to cheat in? (apologies to all competitive walkers out there)
  • 20:19
    Thanks, Eric. It's a fair cop, it seems

    "I made a mistake. My career is finished," Schwazer, who took gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, told the Italian news agency Ansa."I wanted to be stronger for this Olympics, I made a mistake."

    Good news for Rob Heffernan
  • 20:24
    Natalya Antyukh of Russia and Czech Zuzana Hejnova are through to the 440m hurdles final.

    Second one is on now, Shakes-Drayton going for GB. Hope she can hold it together
  • 20:27
    Mmmmmm, maybe, she ran that on 55.19 seconds to come third, waaaaay behind winner Lashinda Demus (no relation to Shaka) and Jamaican Kaliese Spencer.
  • 20:33
    Nadzeya Ostapchuk is the latest person to 'medal' and will therefore 'podium' later this evening for her efforts in the 'shot put', an utterly pointless pursuit, but well done to her and Belarus for beating the world at hurling a giant steely 21.36 metres.
  • 20:37
    Holly Bleasdale is out of the pole vault for the hosts but the great Elena Isinbaeva is kicking ass and has cleared 4.65m along with the theatrically named Silke Spiegelburg of Germany.
  • 20:40
    The big man, Bolt, is back to receieve his bling. A monstrous roar from the 80,000 or so fans. No bottles thrown tonight, thankfully. He must be the coolest sportsman to have ever lived. Right?
  • 20:42
    DM Is Maith liom Elena Isinbaeva
  • 20:43
  • 20:45
    DM It is her SKill at the Vault!
  • 20:46
    I know, I poster up her stats. Did you not scroll down?
  • 20:49
    The men's 400m has just been won by Domincan Republic athlete Felix Sanchez, who beat Michael Tinsley of American into second and Puerto Rico's Javier Coulsen.

    Defending champion Angelo Taylor was fifth
  • 20:50
    Sanchez was first in Athens eight years ago. Gotta respect that commitment to the cause.
  • 20:52
    Guest Sanchez won it 8 years ago in the same time exactly 47.63
  • 20:52
    He won the worlds in 2001 !? Blimey, this guy has been around. 35 now too.
  • 20:54
    Did Sanchez win because his hurdling technique was better than anybody's? - Bill O'Herlihy.

    I reckon it played a part, Bill.
  • 21:00
  • 21:00
  • 21:04
    Bill has just had an Alan Cantwell moment when asking how come Kenyan women have never won the steeplechase when the men have dominated it? '

    'Hmmm? Answer me that, now'.

    Ahem, it was only introduced to the Olympics in Beijing
  • 21:08
    And they're off in the steeplechase, as Isinbaeva lines another vault up aaaaaaand, ooooooh, that didn't work. She had the height but came down on top of the bar almost.  Still, two more goes at 4.75m.
  • 21:09
    Eric ok, i know everyone makes a big deal about it and dont mean this in a sour grapes way, we would focus on irish athletes etc. but sanchez won the worlds in 2001 won 8 years ago in athens with the exact same time, he is 35 years old and all they can talk about is how Dai Greene did his best and could have won, because his PB is only 0.01 off the winning time and didnt have winter training etc. They didnt even attempt to interview Sanchez. i mean they do get ridiculous sometimes...
  • 21:10
    She'll have to shape up, though, because Jennifer Suhr has cleared it and Yarisley Silva from Cuba have just launched over it
  • 21:11
    I know what you mean, Eric, but if the shoe was on the other foot n'all that. RTE would be going to the beaten Irishman.
  • 21:11
    Guest Rudisha possibly one of the nicest athletes to watch - running perfection, and trained by an Irish man in Eten!
  • 21:12
  • 21:16
    Rudisha is, indeed, great to watch.

    The women steeplechasers have just been bested by the bestest steeplechaserer of them all, Yuliya Zaripova of Russia.

    A personal best of 9:06.72, meaning the Kenyan women will have to wait anotehr four years.
  • 21:19
    For those who don't know, Ken Egan got an awful slagging for wearing that jacket on RTE the other day. Someone suggested he robbed it from B*witched.

    'What are ya loike?'
    ^
    B*witched joke
  • 21:21
    HERE are the results from the women's steeplchase.

    I might slip off and do a bit of housekeeping elsewhere. Back in jiffy!
  • 21:25
    Richard Eric, didnt notice a lot of comment here talking about Xu Lijia after the sailing today, did RTE interview her?? If you dont like BBC dont watch it, its the British TV station, they can show what they and the people of Britain want
  • 21:26
    Though I don't care much for the tone of that post, Richard, it was a valid point nevertheless, so it scraped through. Skin of your teeth, young man.
  • 21:26
    Isinbaeva has one attempt left at 4.80m, and she's under pressure here.
  • 21:28
    Nope, it's third, at best, for the great Russian, who misses out on a third Olympic gold. She takes it well, though, and gives the crowd a cheery wave.
  • 21:29
    Guest Ohh..choked in the open net.
  • 21:31
    How DARE you. You take that back!

    Here's the men's 400m final. The big one.

  • 21:31
    Eric Well to be fair; I did point out before what I said that I understood it in the normal context and that we would do the same in a given race, but in that particular case, what Sanchez has achieved is something incredibly remarkable, yet little attention was paid to it whatsoever. that's all. I wasn't having a go at the for the sole reason of showing British athletes.
  • 21:32
    Pinder has gone out quick, but here comes James!
  • 21:32
    Where's Borlee?
  • 21:32
    Nowhere!

    It's James of Grenada, the world champion, who takes it with the best time of the season.
  • 21:33
    Fair enough, Eric. That's fine. At ease, gentlemen.
  • 21:38
    Great run there from James, a 19-year-old!! Grenada's first medal. Ever.

    Santos in second from the Dom Rep is also 19.

    Lalonde Gordon (23) of Trinidad and Tobago does well to take bronze.

    The Borlee boys finished fifth and sixth
  • 21:44
    Jen Suhr of the USA has won the pole vault with a leap of 4.75m. ahead of Silva and then Isinbaeva.

    Right, back to that housekeeping.
  • 21:48
    Big Victor Costello is sticking the boot into the pole vault coaches who did seem to have an inordinate amount of input to the actual attempts of the athletes. Can't have helped.
  • 21:54
    GB's Anthony Ogogo is guaranteed a bronze after winning his 75kg boxing quarter-final 15-10 against Germany's Stefan Hartel, the man who beat Darren O'Neill.
  • 21:59
    For those of you who haven't seen Taylor fight yet today, get to a tv now.  What a welcome for the Bray woman!!
  • 22:06
    Eric Ogogo was very impressive there. had figured Hartell would win based on previous form for both, but Ogogo looked like a finalist...
  • 22:07
    Didn't see it but agree on Hartel. Thought he looked a very tough opponent. Right decision?
  • 22:14
    Eric no. he was schooled by Ogogo in the latter half of the second and tried to throw it all into the fight in the last, but it was responded in kind. cant fault the decision.
  • 22:19
    I'll leave you with some very gracious quotes from Natasha Jonas "I'm not going to make any excuses, she (Taylor) is still the best, she comes out on top every time. There is nothing else I could do. I could have maybe thrown the kitchen sink at her, I could have maybe driven a bus into her."
  • 22:26
    Okay, that's it from me, folks. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. We'll be back tomorrow from 10-ish to take you through Day 11 of the Games.  In  the meantime, today's news can be found HERE. Reports from Keith Duggan, Ian O'Riordan and Johnny Watterson will be live later.

    Slán.