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  • 10:51
    Can you believe it’s already Day Eleven of Olympic action? Soon we’ll have to revert to ordinary life and the banal reality of watching mere mortals on our television screens. Gone will be the days of sitting for hours on end watching athletes in their prime push themselves to the limit while we criticise them from the couch. Thankfully though, that’s some time away yet and we’ve got a busy day of Olympic action ahead.

    Here are all of the Irish athletes in action today.

    Michael Conlan will be hoping to guarantee at least a third Irish bronze medal when he steps into the ring at the ExCel arena tonight (9.0) for his flyweight clash with France’s Nordine Ouballi. The Belfast boxer will be desperate to make it a hat-trick of victories over tonight’s opponent and join John Joe Nevin and Katie Taylor in the semi-finals.

    10.55am: Women’s 5,000m

    A brave, but ultimately humbling run in the 10,000m last Friday, where the European cross-country champion was lapped in the closing stages, Fionnuala Britton will be confident of advancing from the 5,000, heats this morning.

    There is no margin for error, however, with Britton drawn in Heat 1 where eight of her rivals have clocked faster times this year.

    11.50am : Men’s 200m

    If he hopes to share the Olympic stage with the world’s fastest man, Paul Hession will need to advance from today’s heats.

    Drawn in Heat 4 – 100m champion Usain Bolt runs in the first heat at the Olympic Stadium – Hession has the quality to progress, but the Galway flyer will need to be at his best.

    Noon: Sailing

    The medal race is now beyond Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan, meaning today’s final two heats in the mens 470 will bring the curtain down on their Olympic campaign. The Dublin sailors have not placed higher than 15th in this regatta and will hope to round off their time in Weymouth with improved results.

    Owens and Flanigan are on the water in Race 9 at midday with the final race at 1.15pm.

    11.30am: Triathlon

    After Saturday’s photo finish in the women’s event, it’s the men’s turn in Hyde Park this morning where the Limerick-based Fermanagh athlete Gavin Noble is among the 56-strong field.

    The 31-year-old from Enniskillen hasn’t had the smoothest of preparations with injuries taking their toll and is unlikely to trouble the frontrunners, where Britain’s Alistair Brownlee will be challenged by Javier Gómez Noya (Spain), Alexander Bryukhankov (Russia) and David Hauss (France).

    7.15pm: Women’s 100m hurdles

    Derval O’Rourke’s uncanny ability to bring her ‘A’ game to major championships saw her advance from the heats with her fastest time of the year. But a place in the final is too much to ask for, with O’Rourke’s race likely to be run in tonight’s semi-finals.

    9pm: Boxing

    Michael Conlan can become the third Irish boxer guaranteed a medal when he takes on French flyweight Nordine Ouballi in the ExCel Arena tonight.

    Conlan has beaten the Frenchman twice in recent times, once earlier this year in France and last year in the World Championships, and will be favourite to join John Joe Nevin and Katie Taylor in securing at least a bronze
  • 11:04
    It’s fair to say Liu Xiang of China probably won’t look back at these Olympic Games with fondness. Then again, Liu didn’t exactly shine at Beijing in 2008 after he had to withdraw shortly before his heat with a heel injury. After winning gold in Athens in 2004 he became a superstar in China but it’s fair to say he hasn’t enjoyed the greatest of times at the Olympics since then.

    But hopes in China were rekindled this year with expectations that the 28 year old could bring a medal back to his homeland in 2012. Those hopes have been extinguished this morning. Liu fell badly in the men’s 110m hurdles and hopped the length of the track before being eventually helped off by his fellow athletes.  Unlucky but ultimately he's an Olympic Liuser.
  • 11:08
    Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton is currently running in the women’s 5000m. She’s well back at the minute with two Japanese runners leading the way. Here’s hoping Fionnuala can put together a decent run.
  • 11:08
    There are nine laps to go in the women’s 5000m.
  • 11:10
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  • 11:14
    Fionnula Britton is in 10th place now.
  • 11:16
    Three laps left for Fionnuala Britton.
  • 11:17
    Britton up to ninth but the leading group are making a break. Can she keep up?
  • 11:19
    Fionnuala Britton finishes in 10th place in a time of 15:12.97 – that’s a personal best. Well done Fionnuala!
  • 11:20
    The melody may need work and the lyrics are questionable but this Katie Taylor song has its heart in the right place. The guy singing sounds like the kind of artist Leonard Cohen wishes he was. Nice 80s casio keyboard synth in the background too.
  • 11:21
  • 11:25
    The heat Fionnuala Britton just ran in was extremely quick so the Irish woman might have an outside chance of qualifying for Friday’s final. The five fastest from each of the two heats automatically qualify for the final but so too do the five fastest runners-up qualify. Fingers crossed.
  • 11:28
    Michael Don't you think cross country running should be an the Olympic sport. We're pretty good at it! if beach volley ball is an acceptable vairant of that sport then why not cross country...
  • 11:29
    Gavin Noble is next up for Ireland in the men’s triathlon. The 31 year old is from Enniskillen. Yet another Nordie. Where would you be without us?
  • 11:31
    Gavin Noble starts in the 27th position from the pontoon.
  • 11:32
    Here’s a map of the Triathlon course. Anyone else exhausted just looking at it?

  • 11:39
    It’s looking like Fionnuala Britton won’t make the women’s 5000m. The times in the second heat are going to be too quick.
  • 11:41
    We’re 900m into the triathlon swim.
  • 11:44
    Fionnuala Britton has not made the women’s 5000m final. That’s unlucky. Still it was a PB for Fionnuala so she has to be happy with her performance.
  • 11:48
    Gavin Noble is in 15th position after the swim in the triathlon. That’s a fantastic start for the Enniskillen man!
  • 11:50
    Usain Bolt time again! The men’s 200m is up next.
  • 11:50
    Bolt runs out of lane five in Heat 1 of the men’s 200m.
  • 11:51
    Bolt wins in a time of 20.39 and he slowed with 80m to go. Just another early morning jog for Usain.
  • 11:52
    Gavin Noble completed his swim in the triathlon in a time of 17:24
  • 11:54
    You’ve got to love/pity fundamentalist Christians in America.

    The American Family Association implements a strict policy to always replace the word ‘gay’ with ‘homosexual’ on the website of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow.

    The group's automated system for changing the forbidden word wound up publishing a story about a world-class sprinter named ‘Tyson Homosexual’ who qualified this week for the Beijing Olympics. Tyson Gay is offensive to Christian values apparently.

    OneNewsNow insist that the software glitch has now been corrected.
  • 11:58
    Neil It's fair to say that you overuse the phrase "it's fair to say".
  • 11:59
    It’s fair to say that I do use the phrase ‘it’s fair to say’ a lot. Can’t say fairer than that.
  • 12:01
    Ireland’s Paul Hession is up in Heat Four of the men’s 200m. He’s racing out of lane six. Olympic 100m silver medallist Yohan Blake is beside him in lane seven so no pressure Paul. Come on Hession!
  • 12:02
    Hession’s personal best is a time of 20.30 and his season’s best (so far we hope) is 20.54
  • 12:05
    The Tyson Gay/'Homosexual' story was from the Beijing Olympics. Still ridiculous.
  • 12:17
    Fionnuala Britton spoke about her 5000m heat. The Irish athlete ran a personal best but just missed out on a place in the final. She said:

    "These races aren’t about times, they’re about getting to finals and that was the aim. The aim was to get to the final no matter what it took, if it was a PB, if it was a slow time, it didn’t matter - the aim was to be there."
  • 12:17
    Gavin Noble is in the leading the men’s triathlon. Come on Gavin!
  • 12:19
    Paul Hession finished sixth in his Heat in a time of 20.69
  • 12:23
    Paul Hession will not progress to the men’s 200m semi-finals. Yohan Blake won heat four in a time of 20.38
  • 12:25
    Gavin Noble is in the leading pack in the men’s triathlon. The swim has been completed and we’re over half-way through the cycle.
  • 12:28
    John Kenny thinks the men’s triathlon is going to be much closer than the women’s triathlon. That’s the women's triathlon that required a photo finish? Ok John
  • 12:31
    Dan Are there any world class athletes coming through the Junior ranks at the moment. Trying hard is great and all but I want gold. Gold I tells you, GOLD!!! Where be my Gold! I want Gold! Yeah?
  • 12:31
    The question has been posed about whether we have any outstanding young athletes coming through that could potentially take gold in the future. I’d be more inclined to ask whether we have the infrastructure to nurture any raw talent?
  • 12:34
    Niall Infrastructure is non existent. With a few exceptions, most athletes who want to compete for Ireland at a top level have to go overseas to work, live and train
  • 12:35
    Ciara Mageean, a superb middle distance runner from Portaferry in County Down was compared to a young Sonia O’Sullivan a couple of years ago but she’s had a bad year with injuries.

  • 12:36
    Dan We'd surely have better infrastructure than Granada...infrastructure can make average athletes competitive. Talent plus good training makes greatness
  • 12:37
    Killers Not only the infrastructure but the funding for future athletes. Team GB made great use of National Lottery funding - why can't Ireland do the same? We've had seven years to prepare for an Olympics on our doorstep, have had amazing irish support at most events and yet apart from the boxers have massively underperformed. Very much a wasted opportunity
  • 12:38
    Alistair Brownlee has tried to pull away at the front of the men’s triathlon after the end of the sixth lap of cycling. Gavin Noble is still in the leading group.
  • 12:39
    Gavin Noble is in 14th place.
  • 12:42
  • 12:42
    Kie @Dan Kirani James the athlete from Grenada is training and living in the USA
  • 12:45
    In terms of the Irish infrastructure for sport – isn’t it easy to criticise it when the Olympics are on? Wouldn’t it be true that after the dust has settled on this Olympics people’s focus will almost inevitably revert back to the Premier League, The Heineken Cup and the GAA? Are we all to blame for not taking more of a collective interest? Genuine question.
  • 12:47
    Gavin Noble is in the lead group as they head for the run in the men's triathlon. He’s in the top 10.
  • 12:49
    Just a cautionary note – Running is not Gavin Noble’s forte but a finish in the top 20 would be a fantastic achievement for him in the men's triathlon. The Enniskillen man has done so well so far.
  • 12:49
    Catherine Go go Noble! 11th after the transition!
  • 12:50
    Ant in Oz According to some news today, Australia has spent about AU$170million this year on elite sports, most going to the Olympic programme. Another report mentioned AU$700 spent on the Olympic programme by Austrlia in the last four years and estimates that the UK has spent over AU$1.2 billion. Who knows what the Americans or Chinese spend.
  • 12:51
  • 12:54
    It’s official – Paul Hession has failed to qualify for the men’s 200m semi-finals. Only the top three of each heat along with the three fastest qualifiers make it through. Hession’s time of 20.69 was not enough.
  • 12:56
    Dan People want money to be spent on sports...and then when it is everyone will complain the country is bankrupt...
  • 12:56
    Seán Let's ask the IMF if we can spend 100 million on sports between now and the next olympics and see what kind of a response we get.
  • 12:57
    So the depressing consensus seems to be that we have to accept that we don’t have money to spend on sport.
  • 12:58
    Britain’s Brownlee brothers and Spain’s Javier Gomez have broken away from the rest of the field in the men’s triathlon.
  • 12:59
    Gavin Noble has dropped down to 21st place in the men’s triathlon.
  • 12:59
    Ginny Good man Gav!! Go for it lad
  • 13:00
    Ken H raises a fair point? How come Irish boxing has succeeded without major funding?
  • 13:05
    Paul Hession speaking after he finished Heat Four of the men’s 200m in a time of 20.69

    "I had a tough heat there but there’s no excuses. I should have run it in 20.5 but unfortunately it was 20.6. You get those days some days, don’t you?"
  • 13:05
    Daithi We're natural born fighters...
  • 13:07
    Alistair Brownlee leads from Javier Gomez of Spain in the men’s triathlon. Ireland’s Gavin Noble is currently in 19th place.
  • 13:07
    Kevin Mac There is more than just a question of money involved, it is in the structure of sport. Our national sport is GAA and it doesn't have an international dimension, however it is organised at every parish, school etc. That is how all sports should be equally organised. A developing athlete at primary school, is more likely to end up playing GAA than doing any other sport, we need to change that without blaming the GAA.
  • 13:07
    Simon Boxing requires far less funding as a boxing ring is like a football pitch - easy to get access to. Proper running tracks and pools are not. Also the coaching in Boxing is good in this country regardless to funding.
  • 13:09
    Some interesting points being made about why Ireland performs well in certain events and not in others.
  • 13:10
    Jonathan Brownlee took his 15 second time penalty (he began cycling too soon). Alistair Brownlee leads from Gomez of Spain. Jonathan Brownlee is still in the bronze medal position for Britain even with that stoppage.
  • 13:11
    Ken H I believe the bottom line is that the REALissue is not money, but you need enough people in the gene pool AND enough focus - most of the Olympic sports in Ireland are very much minority sports - money only works when the interest exists!
  • 13:12
    Noble still in the top 20th! Just!
  • 13:16
    Alistair Brownlee is going to take gold for Britain in the men’s triathlon. He has taken a Union Jack flag and wrapped it around his shoulders before crossing the line.
  • 13:19
    Come on Gavin Noble!
  • 13:20
    Gavin Noble finishes the men’s triathlon in 22nd place in a time of 1:49.47.
  • 13:20
    That was a fantastic performance from Noble!
  • 13:23
    Catherine Well done Gav! The triathlon's no joke!
  • 13:24
    Gavin Noble finished in 22nd place in the men’s triathlon. For a man who has struggled with injury over the last two years that really is a fantastic achievement.
  • 13:25
    Apologies, Gavin Noble actually finished in 23rd place.
  • 13:34
    The men’s triathlon results
    Gold – Alistair Brownlee 1:46.25
    Silver – Javier Gomez 1:46.36
    Bronze – Jonathan Brownlee 1:46.56
  • 13:37
    Paul Hession runs alongside Yohan Blake in heat four of the men’s 200m (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
    Paul Hession runs alongside Yohan Blake in heat four of the men’s 200m (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
  • 13:38
    Bernard That's another problem we have in Ireland thinking finishing 22nd or 23rd is a great achievement. No wonder we don't win more. It's just turn up and your great.
  • 13:39
    Isn’t it harsh to say that Gavin Noble’s 23rd place finish after being injured for a lot of the last two years is poor? Are you Roy Keane in disguise?
  • 13:42
    Paul Hession and Fionnuala Britton fail to progress from their heats of the 200m and 5000m respectively. http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0807/1224321674012.html
  • 13:42
    Seán Turning up, followed by the small matter of 1500m swimming, 37km cycling and 10km running.... I like to see irish athletes winning as much as anyone else here but let's not lose the run of ourselves... if an unfancied athlete who has been suffering from injury manages to keep up with the top guys for most of the distance then he deserves respect.
  • 13:43
    @Bernard That's 23rd in the world we're talking about.
  • 13:47
    Let’s not forget that Michael Conlan is boxing tonight in the hope of assuring Ireland of its third medal at these Games.
    The Belfast flyweight will fight France’s Nordine Ouballi in the quarter-final at the ExCel Arena tonight around 9pm.
  • 13:48
    ac The main reason were not excelling in athletics is were a small nation who are not genetically capable of running the 100metres in sub ten seconds or performing to the same standard as african athletes in the long distance running. We never win in the weightlifting either unlike our Eastern European counterparts which further suggests that it has a lot to do with genetics. Our expectancy level is ridiculously high for some unknown reason.
  • 13:48
    Simon @Bernard - If only the athletes who could win "turn up" then Yohann Blake would not have beaten Usain Bolt this season and Bolt would have been running on his own the other night. This attitude that we cannot celebrate someone like Annalise Murphy or Gavin Noble for rising above there expected finish is pure drivel. It's the will to do better that improves us and we should celebrate anyone who puts 100% effort into their event.
  • 13:50
    The Irish athletes at the Olympic Games have all made huge sacrifices to get there and are competing against the very best in the world.
  • 13:50
    Ewan I think it's a brilliant acheivement in one of the toughest events in the Olympics for an athlete who, 4 weeks ago, wasn't even sure he was going to be able to compete. Well done Gav!
  • 14:00
    An article written by Peter Hanlon in The Age in Melbourne has attracted condemnation due to the tone of the piece which was about Irish boxers in light of Katie Taylor’s victory yesterday.

    The article has been amended online after Noel White, Ambassador of Ireland to Australia wrote a letter to the Age. He said that it was “…disappointing then that the piece should lapse into lazy stereotyping. References to intoxication and to named drinks are inappropriate and beneath the standard that one expects of Fairfax Media.”

    Fairfax have consequently released this statement

    Fairfax Media apologises if any offence was caused by this article. This article has been amended from its original format.
  • 14:01
    Dan AC that is a very dangerous argument. It is a cultural thing. whereas Jamaican kids sprint in school and Eastern Europeans and Central Asians lift weights as national sports, we don't prioritise these things. that's why we are good at rugby, and the GAA soprts - sports our culture places emphasis on.
  • 14:01
    bob Ireland are probably going to leave these games with at least one gold and a two or three other medals. Given the resources available that's pretty good going.
  • 14:02
    Martn My blood boils when I see comments like Bernard’s, the question you should ask is how did the athlete perform in relation to the rank/time for their event, we have a very limited number of medal contenders because we don’t have enough of a pool of athletes across all sports (bar boxing) that can raise standards. This won’t change until you address the symptoms to this problem. (Facilities /talent recruitment etc) Olympic qualification doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, compare the national celebration/recognition to Gavin/Derval/Katie qualification to when our over hyped soccer team qualified.
  • 14:02
    The debate about the infrastructure needed to improve Irish sport continues.
  • 14:05
    It seems that Ireland is getting it from every angle this morning. In USA Today we’re described as, ‘a prideful, scuffling nation.’ They’ve been watching Far and Away too often methinks.

    Read the article in full here - http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/boxing/story/2012-08-06/katie-taylor-olympic-boxing-debut-celebrated-by-irish/56824608/1
  • 14:13
    This video of Liu Xiang of China’s 110m hurdle heat is pretty inspiring. He fell badly but got back out and hopped the length of the track before being helped off by his fellow athletes. He got a huge ovation for his efforts.

  • 14:13
    Dan Why shouldn't they describe us as that. HAve you not seen the glory piled on people who can down a pint. Legends I believee is the coloquial term. A little less naive righteousness and self awareness and maybe we'd be not have the problems we have today, sporting, socially, or politically
  • 14:16
    You could say that Irish race walker Rob Heffernan is happy that the favourite for the 50km, Italy’s Alex Schwazer has been caught doping

  • 14:16
    Padhraic "Back home on the emerald-green isle, pints of Guinness flowed freely, perhaps enough to replenish the Irish Sea. The "punters'' inside betting parlors wagered pounds as if they were bits of candy...." Typical top notch journalism from the Americans. Gotta love 'em!
  • 14:21
    In sailing, Ireland’s Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan finished 16th in race nine of the men’s 470. That left them in 25th place overall. In race 10 they are currently in seventh place. The Irish pair cannot qualify for Thursday’s Medal Race.
  • 14:23
    Simon A long time since anyone in Ireland wagered "Pounds" ... We've had the Punt and Euro since then.
  • 14:24
    Do you think we, as a nation, can be a bit precious about some things that we tend to celebrate ourselves sometimes - namely the drinking culture?
  • 14:31
    Make note: Woman-of-steel Derval O’Rourke runs in the women’s 100m hurdles semi-finals tonight at 7.15pm. Her time of 12.91 in heat four of the qualifiers was her season’s best. Here’s hoping she can give a good account of herself this evening.
  • 14:31
    Guest Ha,'the weight of a prideful, scuffling nation rested on her muscular shoulders' - what does that even mean? Hilarious.
  • 14:31
    Ciaran I would be have a lot more pride in Gavin Noble today, and all our athletes efforts at these games than our reputation regarding drink. Anyone who puts on a green jersey and does there best representing Ireland deserve to be celebrated.
  • 14:34
    One of our commenters (Conor) has pointed out that the LA Times is carrying a good piece about Katie Taylor so at least an entire country isn’t patronising us.
  • 14:42
    Did I just say that Derval O’Rourke was competing in the 100m hurling semi-finals? Yes, yes I did.
    Is she actually competing in the 100m hurdles semi-finals? Yes, yes she is.
    Would we like to be competing in hurling finals at the Olympics. Yes, yes, we would.
    Guaranteed gold!
  • 14:45
    Sylvia Wouldn't it be awful if we lost the Olympic hurling though?
  • 14:45
    I think if they introduced hurling at the Olympics and we didn’t win, we’d actually have cause for complaint.
  • 14:46
    Mad Iguana That "prideful, scuffling nation" comment looks like someone wrote "proud boxing nation", and then put it through a thesaurus to look clever.
  • 14:47
  • 14:49
    It’s been a while since this has been asked – but what’s been your favourite moment of the Olympics so far?
  • 14:49
    Emmet Would that not be the 110m hurdles?
  • 14:50
    Women run the 100m hurdles. Men run the 110m hurdles.
  • 14:50
    NoelD Do you know how many from NI have won medals (as part of GB & NI). I think there were 3 in the rowing ?.
  • 14:52
    Three men from the same town– Coleraine (who knew) - did indeed win rowing medals.

    Alan Campbell won bronze in the men’s single sculls final.

    Richard and Peter Chambers took silver as part of the lightweight men’s fours team.
  • 14:54
    One Northern Irish athlete who didn’t secure a medal at the London Games is Wendy Houvenaghel – she’s not too happy about it either. Read all about it here - http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0807/1224321649290.html
  • 14:59
    Guest Wendy Houvenaghel could have competed for Ireland and probably would have been selected. It is harder being a small fish in a big pond. What is she cribbing about?
  • 15:01
    Houvenaghel is already an Olympic silver medallist so she’s no slouch and she claims that she was promised she would feature as part of the women’s sprint team in at least one race. She didn’t. If she was told that, hasn’t she the right to be annoyed?
  • 15:01
    Pat Fair play to Coleraine.
  • 15:01
    Simon Fav moment was threefold ... Usain Bolt in the 100m final and Ellis in the Heptathlon 800m final event, but topping all of them was Katie's debut - astonishing speed in her hands!
  • 15:01
    Bryan Fav moment: When RTE panellist made the phone call on air!! ONLY ON RTE
  • 15:05
    The next video I’ll post has been suggested as one of the moments of the Olympic Games.
    Canoeist Hannah Craig's coaching team lodged an appeal and Manager Frank Dunne called RTE's analyst to ask his opinion. He was live on RTE but he took the call!
  • 15:05
  • 15:05
    Cat Paddy Barnes twitter account (paddyb_ireland)!!!
  • 15:10
    Ireland’s Scott Flanigan and Ger Owens have ended their regatta on a high by finishing in fifth place in race 10 of the men’s 470.
  • 15:11
    Barry Best moment - Dibaba in the 10,000m. Incredible to watch someone so in control and calm, you could watch her run like a metronome all day. So much style and such a perfect race. My memory from these games (and Katie!).
  • 15:11
    POD Best moment for me was the atmosphere at Katie's fight yesterday. Highest decibel registered at the games so far. Brilliant.
  • 15:14
    Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan’s fifth place finish in Race 10 of the men’s 470 means that they finish in 23rd position overall.
  • 15:14
    Barry Dibaba left me applauding in the middle of my front room!
  • 15:16
    We’re asking people for their favourite Olympic moments so far and the answers we’re receiving range from the sublime (Dibaba’s 10,000m victory, Katie Taylor’s fight, Jessica Ennis’s gold) to the ridiculous (RTE analyst answering a phone call live on air)
  • 15:21
    JJ best moment ... watching Phelps dominate at his last competition
  • 15:22
    Kevin While I'm on a huge congratulations to all the Irish athletes, medals or no. Annalise Murphy,
  • 15:24
    Ciaran Irish highlight so far was Annalise's bravery yesterday. She went for gold on that last stretch when she could have tracked the leaders and settled for the bronze.
  • 15:25
    Domhnall I was at Katie's fight yesterday so that wins hands down. Apart from that, Michael Phelps being asked by BBC did he ever think he could win that many medals and replying "Yes, I dreamt of being the greatest" - the Olympics are to make dreams come true, and Phelps made that happen for himself, an absolute hero
  • 15:25
    POD Lets not forget the fabolously entertaining and informative blog here. Was travelling on Saturday with no TV access. This here blog proved a lifesaver. 'Watching' sailing via a blog was never so exciting.
  • 15:25
    Hey POD, I’ll throw that money your way soon. Thanks
  • 15:25
    Ciaran Internation highlight has to go to Chad Le Clos's dad
  • 15:26
    Moments of the Olympics – Chad Le Clos’ father’s interview after his son had just beaten Michael Phelps to gold in the men’s 200m butterfly. Good suggestion Ciaran.
  • 15:27
  • 15:32
    Eric ive had many favourite parts of the Olympics; Annalise Murphy capturing a nations interest in a sport most had never heard of, Bolt coming out and reminding everyone not to doubt him, the opening etc. too many to put here... However, there have been quality bloopers. My favourite so far, after the N Koreans walking out to the S Korean flag was our own George Hamilton calling the female Hungarian shot putter a man
  • 15:32
    Steve D "Badminton. in my day that was a Protestant sport". Bill O'Herhily.
  • 15:34
    Some of people’s favourite moments revolve around the idiosyncratic remarks of Irish commentators and analysts. It wouldn’t be the same without them really.
  • 15:41
    In case you needed reminding that Usain Bolt is one class act, check out the link below – he stopped an interview with a Spanish television station during another nation’s national anthem. He resumed the interview as soon as the anthem stopped playing.

    I reiterate a point I made earlier in the week – anyone who does not like Bolt, does not like life.

  • 15:41
    Oscar Favourite moment? Jimmy MaGee's commentry during Katie's fight including such classics as: “she’s on the Dart platform on her way home to Bray with a medal” and “the bike is in neutral and free wheeling down the hill”. he's something else!
  • 15:41
    Glenn Phelps - 18 Golds, 22 medals - Sensational...Lochte put in his place....Also Mo Farah in the 10,000m was as impressive as Dibaba...and the Paddy Barnes interview.
  • 15:54
    Gerry I think Katie Taylor's father's comments following her fight yesterday about what it means to be in the Olympics were my highlight. For any of the begrudgers who think that just competing is not enough, that should be required reading.
  • 15:59
    The official Olympic medal table. Ireland will feature soon.
  • 16:01
    The women’s sprint semi-finals at the Velodrome anyone? Victoria Pendleton is up against Christina Vogel first.
  • 16:03
    Pendleton wins the first round of the semi-final.
  • 16:05
    By the end of today 200 gold medals will have been given out at the Olympics.
  • 16:05
    Anna Meares v Shuang Guo in the second semi-final of the women’s sprint at the Velodrome.
  • 16:09
    Anna Meares of Australia has won the first race of her semi-final. Just in case you don’t know, Meares and Pendleton do not like one another and it looks like they may meet in the final. There’s nothing like a grudge match to heighten expectation.
  • 16:11
    Ireland's Gavin Noble  finished 23rd in the men's triathlon
    Ireland's Gavin Noble finished 23rd in the men's triathlon
  • 16:11
    ac Dibabe sprinting the final 600 in the womens 10000metres..phenomenal stuff
  • 16:11
    Ken H @IT Agree about Usain Bolt - substance AND style - a very rare combination!
  • 16:19
    “Oh Feck!” - German diver Stephan Feck dives like a holiday maker after one too many, much to the delight of the crowd in the Aquatic Centre.

  • 16:24
  • 16:28
    Vicky Pendleton’s second race against Christina Vogel of Germany is on now.
  • 16:29
    Greenhog Hi any data on our boxer tonight?
  • 16:29
    A bit about Michael Conlan after his last victory http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0803/1224321427702.html
  • 16:31
    Vicky Pendleton is through to the final of the women’s sprint race after defeating Germany’s Christina Vogel 2-0 in the semi-final.
  • 16:33
    Anna Meares is racing against China’s Guo Shuang in the second race of their semi-final in the women’s sprint. Meares is already one race up.
  • 16:33
    Meares wins 2-0.
    That means it’s going to be Anna Meares v Victoria Pendleton in the women’s sprint final. This time, it’s personal!
  • 16:34
    Greenhog He seems a great young prospect---looks good---he will have no fear
  • 16:35
    Michael Conlan is certainly an exciting prospect. He may not have a lot of experience yet but where better to get it than at the Olympic Games?
  • 16:37
  • 16:37
    Greenhog Looking at medal table new zealand seem top of the log per capita medal wise---I think we should look more closely at their system
  • 16:37
    Richard I think its unfair to compare our medal tally to that of (say) Team GB, but look at New Zealand, 3 golds, 8 medals in all, smaller population, much further to travel, smaller economy, we should be aiming for more, ambition!
  • 16:38
    The men’s keirin up next. Chris Hoy races.
  • 16:40
    Juan Peralta Gascon crashes immediately after he brushed Nijane Nicholas Phillip’s (what a great name) wheels.
  • 16:46
    Predictably enough Chris Hoy makes it to the final.
  • 16:46
    The second heat of the men’s keirin now. Australia’s Shane Perkins will be favourite to win this.
  • 16:47
    Eric Hey, just a tip for everyone; watch Indian Mary Kom fighting Nicola Adams of Team GB in the Women's 51KG category Semi-Final at 13.45 tomorrow. Mary will be the first Indian to reach the boxing final in Olympic history, should she win. She really has a remarkable story, would kind of remind you of your auntie (if she was from Manipur) and is a complete animal in the ring. It's a pity she isn't in Katie's weight category as that would be a serious fight to behold. I'll be cheering for her tomorrow anyway. Go on Mary!
  • 16:52
    Perkins only finishes third in the second semi-final of the men’s keirin. Germany’s Maximillian Levy won it and Australia’s Simon Van Velthooven was second. All three are through to the final.
  • 16:53
    Here’s a little background reading on Mary Kom of India who is fighting Britain’s Nicola Adams in the semi-final of the women’s flyweight tomorrow afternoon. She has an interesting story – for years she hid her boxing talent from her family.

  • 16:55
  • 16:59
    Richard I suppose Yorkshire will be claiming Katie's medal too!
  • 17:01
  • 17:11
    Barry They should stick Boris out on one of the Boris bikes to lead out Hoys Keirin final!
  • 17:12
    Boris Johnston is such a quiet unassuming figure isn’t he? Has he been at the Olympics at all? I hadn’t noticed…
  • 17:16
    Stop…Hammertime! - America’s Sarah Hammer will face Britain’s Laura Trott in Heat Nine of the time trial in the women’s omnium event.

    Hammer leads by two points from Trott in the overall standings. Stick with us to see where the gold medal will go
  • 17:19
    Eric Surely it will go around someone's neck?
  • 17:19
    The women’s omnium will be decided in the next couple of miuntes. Hammer is favourite but can Trott smash the Hammer?
  • 17:20
    Trott wins gold for Britain! That was unbelievably quick. She needed to finish three places ahead of Hammer. Hammer finished fourth. Laura Trott is an Olympic gold medallist and she left it until the last race of a six race event to secure it.
  • 17:22
    Get your Trott puns in now…Laura Trott is the women’s Olympic omnium champion.
  • 17:24
  • 17:26
    The women’s sprint race to determine who will get the bronze has started. China v Germany. Guo Shuang v Vogel.
  • 17:27
    Guo Shuang wins the first race.
  • 17:28
    Pendleton v Meares – first race of the final! I make no bones about the fact that I am cheering for Vicky Pendleton.
  • 17:29
  • 17:30
    The helmets in the track cycling make it feel like Top Gun!
  • 17:32
    Pendleton takes it by one thousandth of a second! Wow! Can’t wait for Race Two
  • 17:35
    Pendleton strayed outside the race line but only because Anna Meares brushed into her with her elbow.
  • 17:36
    Pendleton has been relegated – she came out of her race line so Anna Meares wins the first race.
  • 17:41
    Professional sourpuss and one-time singer with the Smiths, Morrissey, has taken a pop at the Olympics describing them as “blustering jingoism.” It must be draining to be so negative all the time.

  • 17:41
    Eric and the drama continues! the cycling would be great if they introduced weapons like in road rash for the sega mega drive. hmm... i think i need to go outside for a run or something...
  • 17:42
    There is a definite gladiatorial atmosphere in the Velodrome. I’ll certainly be going to go to Ireland’s after the Olympics…oh wait…
  • 17:43
  • 17:46
    China’s Guo Shuang wins the bronze medal in the women’s sprint at the Velodrome.
    She defeated Germany’s Christina Vogel 2-0.
  • 17:48
    Race Two of the women’s final – Can Pendleton put the disappointment of losing the first race behind her?
  • 17:50
    Anna Meares wins. Pendleton has to settle for silver.
  • 17:52
    Anna Meares wins the women’s sprint final 2-0. A precious gold for Australia.
  • 17:52
    Victoria Pendleton is (somewhat predictably) bawling her eyes out.
  • 17:56
    And now the men’s keirin final – this is Chris Hoy’s to lose.
  • 17:56
    The minor final is up first.
  • 17:59
    Derval O’Rourke’s 100m hurdles semi-final is scheduled for 7.15pm. O’Rourke will be in lane three of Heat two of the semis. It’s a big ask but can Derval raise the level of her performance to reach the final?
  • 17:59
    Chris So then, a British women does indeed win two cycling golds at an Olympics. Laura Trott totally stealing Pendalton's thunder.
  • 18:00
    Phillip of Trinidad wins the minor final of the men’s keirin. He’s a popular winner.
  • 18:01
    One of our astute commenters has pointed out that many thought a British woman would win two golds in track cycling at these Games. Most people thought it would be Victoria Pendleton but instead it’s Laura Trott.
  • 18:02
    So can Chris Hoy take the gold in the men’s keirin? It’ll be a shock if he doesn’t?
  • 18:04
  • 18:05
    Hoy wins gold! That’s his sixth ever Olympic gold. He’s also got a silver to his name.
  • 18:09
    Men’s keirin final

    Gold – Chris Hoy  (GB)
    Silver – Maximillian Levy (Ger)
    Bronze – Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)
  • 18:09
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  • 18:14
    Good news for Holland’s Teun Mulder – he’ll also get a bronze medal because the photo finish between New Zealand’s Van Velthooven and the Dutchman could not conclusively determine who crossed the line first.
  • 18:15
    Brendan re 1804, it's outdoor, tarmac and 457m, not quite the same. Martyn Irvine went to Mallorca to find something he could train on for the Omnium.
  • 18:17
    Chris Hoy has become Britain’s most decorated Olympian. Bradley Wiggins had that crown for about a week.
  • 18:27
    DM Re Brendan - was it first built in 1804???
  • 18:28
    Chris Hoy in tears as he receives his sixth Olympic medal.
  • 18:31
  • 18:33
    DM Jeez you have to give to Team GB with regards to the Cycling - it is a fantastic management and execution performance - nothing they can control is left to chance. If team Ireland want to get ahead - there is the blueprint.
  • 18:35
    A serious amount of money has been pumped into British cycling. They’ve reaped the rewards at Beijing and now in London.
  • 18:40
    one-eyed-bridget does anyone really think the irish state will spend a euro investing in athletics like that? any success the irish achieve (medals or not) is due to the incredible perseverance of the athletes and DESPITE the irish state
  • 18:40
    I think we all know that there’s no state money to spend on athletics in Ireland.
  • 18:51
    There’s less than half an hour to go until Derval O’Rourke lines up in lane three of Heat 2 of the women’s 100m hurdles semi-final. Come on Derval!
  • 18:54
    Declan Service according to RTE we have two outdoor velodromes...mon dieu
  • 18:55
    Michael Conlan can become the third Irish boxer to be guaranteed a medal when he takes on French flyweight Nordine Ouballi in the ExCel Arena tonight. He fights at 9pm.
  • 19:01
  • 19:03
    Conlan has beaten the Frenchman twice in recent times, once earlier this year in France and last year in the World Championships, and will be favourite to join John Joe Nevin and Katie Taylor in securing at least a bronze
  • 19:05
  • 19:05
    Brazil play South Korea in the men’s football semi-final tonight.
  • 19:08
    The men’s +105kg weightlifting final just started if that’s your bag.
  • 19:12
    Mexico have beaten Japan 3-1 in the first men’s football semi-final
  • 19:13
    Come on Derval!
  • 19:14
    The first heat of the Women’s 100m hurdles is up next. Derval O’Rourke runs in heat two. There are three heats in total
  • 19:14
    The two fastest from each heat and the two fastest runners-up after that will go through to the final.
  • 19:16
    Reina-Flor Okori of France has been disqualified from Heat One of the women's 100m hurdles for a false start.
  • 19:17
    Take two
  • 19:17
    The Olympic champion Dawn Harper of the USA wins in a time of 12.46
  • 19:20
    Beate Schrotte of Austria goes through in second place in a time of 12.83. Only thousandths of seconds separate her from third placed Shermaine Williams of Jamaica.
    Alina Talay of Belarus was fourth, just one hundredth of a second further behind. Her time was 12.84
  • 19:20
    Derval O’Rourke up next in lane three. Come on Derval!
  • 19:22
    Derval O’Rourke got a huge cheer from the crowd in the Olympic stadium!
  • 19:24
    Derval O’Rourke finishes in fifth place after a fantastic first 50m
  • 19:25
    Derval O’Rourke’s time of 12.91 isn’t enough to take her through to the final.
  • 19:26
    O’Rourke ran the exact same time in the semi-final as she did in her heat.
  • 19:26
    DM She Did well - why is there not a 50 M sprint similar to the 50 m freestyle in Swimming????
  • 19:27
    Sally Pearson of Australia and Canada’s Jessica Zelinka are the automatic qualifers from heat two of the women’s 100m hurdles semi-final.
  • 19:28
  • 19:31
    Heat three of the women’s 100m hurdles now.
  • 19:34
    Ciaran M There is a 60m hurdles event in indoor championships which Derval was world champion in 2006.
  • 19:34
    Kellie Wells won the last heat of the women’s 100m semi-final.
  • 19:35
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  • 19:37
    “Well that was a good swim.” – Bill O’Herlihy’s assessment of Derval O’Rourke’s 100m hurdles semi-final performance.
  • 19:39
    Greenhog ORourke has some technique, pity no gas in last 50 metre
  • 19:40
    I’d hardly say Derval has no gas. It’ll be interesting to hear Derval’s assessment of her own performance. She can sometimes have a tendency to be harsh on herself.
  • 19:46
    The Eighth Zonder of the world - Ignore the Dutch commentary and behold Epke Zonderland, Holland’s 26-year-old gymnastic wonder on the horizontal bar.

    Zonder pulls off the most difficult release combination - a Cassina to Kovacs to Kolman - in a spectacular performance to score 16.533 and claim his first Olympic title.

  • 19:51
    Just over an hour before Michael Conlan’s fight against Nordine Ouballi in the ExCel Arena. Will it mean another medal for Ireland?
  • 19:53
    The men’s 800m semi-finals are up next.
  • 19:58
    Kaki of Sudan and Amos of Botswana automatically qualify for the final of the men’s 800m final on Thursday.
  • 19:59
    World champion Jesse Williams is out of the high jump final as is defending champion Andrey Silnov.
  • 20:01
  • 20:02
    Greenhog Getting ready to celebrate another medal--no sweat
  • 20:04
    Remember Gay Mitchell once said Dublin could host the Olympics? That was gas.
  • 20:07
    Rudisha wins heat two in total comfort. Jogging at the end.
  • 20:08
    Britain’s Andrew Osagie qualifies for the men’s 800m final by finishing in second place in heat two of the semis.
  • 20:11
    America’s Brittney Reese jumps 6.57m after two fouls in long jump qualifying. That should be enough to make it through to the final.
  • 20:13
    Holy high-jump Batman. Russia’s Ivan Ukhov has cleared 2.33m in the high jump.
  • 20:13
    Declan Service as it stand in medals "awarded"...it's Coleraine 3, ROI 0??
  • 20:19
    Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia has won the third heat of the men’s 800m in a time of 1:44.34
  • 20:21
  • 20:25
    You can find out who qualified for the women’s long jump final from this link. (Hint – the competitors with the Q beside their name are the ones who have made it – I know, I know, I am insufferable)
  • 20:38
    Derval O’Rourke after her run in the women’s 100m hurdles semi-final.

    "I’m a little bit disappointed. I feel like I was good enough to be in the final but it wasn’t meant to be and you just have to take it on the chin and move on I think."
  • 20:38
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  • 20:50
    Michael Conlan’s fight with Nordine Ouballi is just minutes away. A win guarantees Ireland a third medal. Come on Conlan!
  • 20:51
  • 20:55
  • 21:00
    This is the most tentative Mick Dowling, Kenny Egan and Bernard Dunne have been in the RTE studio before any Irish boxing bout so far at the Olympics.
  • 21:00
    Women’s 100m hurdles is being run shortly.
  • 21:02
  • 21:04
    Conlan has beaten the Frenchman twice in recent times and the results were 18-16 and 20-17 in the Belfast man’s favour.
  • 21:04
    Michael Conlan is making his way to the ring.
  • 21:06
    Dawn Harper takes silver and Kellie Wells takes bronze in the women’s 100m hurdles final.
  • 21:06
    Ding Ding – Round 1 begins.
  • 21:07
    Conlan throwing plenty of punches early on. Conlan is fighting southpaw to begin with. He can switch.
  • 21:08
    It’s very even. Ouballi is also throwing a lot of punches too.
  • 21:09
    Ouballi is very quick and very intense.
  • 21:10
    Round 1 – 5-5
  • 21:10
    Eric Oubali looking better than conlon in the second half of the first round
  • 21:10
    They’re even after the first round. I think Conlan will be happy enough with that.
  • 21:11
    Round Two begins
  • 21:11
    Ouballi is throwing punch after punch. Obviously all aren’t landing but Conlan is having to use evasive tactics.
  • 21:11
    Eric Conlon is the better fighter, but it looks like he is giving far too much to Oubali to work with. he needs to wake up and fight his own way, not how Oubali wants it.
  • 21:12
    Ouballi’s energy levels are amazing. Conlan needs the pace to slow so he can start picking punches.
  • 21:13
    30 seconds left of Round 2
  • 21:13
    Ouballi’s pace has slowed thankfully
  • 21:14
  • 21:14
    12-12 after two rounds
  • 21:14
    Come on Conlan!
  • 21:16
    Conlan is dictating more in the third.
  • 21:16
    This is very even and very tense.
  • 21:16
    This could go to a count back
  • 21:17
    Eric The ref is being very liberal with allowing Oubali punches that are really coming close to the back of Conlon's head. i thought he would have a few more warnings or a penalty by now
  • 21:17
    1 minute to go.
  • 21:18
    This is too tight to call. Fingers crossed for Conlan!
  • 21:19
    A fantastic fight. Both boxers were excellent.
  • 21:19
    Conlan should have taken it in that last round.
  • 21:19
    Conlan wins!
  • 21:19
  • 21:20
    Round 1 – 5-5
    Round 2 – 7-7
    Round 3 – 10-6
  • 21:20
    Darren Gwan Conlan
  • 21:20
    Ireland are now assured of a third medal!
  • 21:20
    Bajer He scored 10 points in that last round. That's great scoring.
  • 21:22
    That was a fantastic fight. So many punches thrown. Ultimately, Conlan boxed smart and picked his punches. The third round was an impressive showing. Ouballi couldn’t sustain the pace of the first two rounds and Conlan picked him off.
  • 21:22
    Emma Good man Conlan, what a fight!
  • 21:22
    Eric COME ON MICHAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!! well done to Oubali. closest match so far and possibly best boxing seen so far
  • 21:22
    Hilary Brilliant! I was watching the fight on French tv and the commentators were so cocky the whole way through and they wete sure France had won. C'mon Ireland.
  • 21:22
    Greenhog Great fight Conlon your a pearler!!!
  • 21:23
    Three is a magic number! (But let’s get more)
  • 21:23
  • 21:25
    Greenhog When is Barnsie boxing? Things heating up
  • 21:25
    Barnes fights tomorrow at 8.45pm
  • 21:26
    @decoservice another medal for Norn Iron...woo hoo
  • 21:26
    That was a thrilling fight. Thank God for boxing!
  • 21:27
    Henry Leperlier what a bunch of ignorant and clueless journalists on French TV saying that "since we are on British territory, the judges favored the Irish boxer Conlan."
  • 21:27
    billy Was watching too on FrogTV. Yer man couldn't believe we won. put it down to the home advantage!
  • 21:28
    Some sour grapes from those in French tv. That won’t make any fine wine.
  • 21:31
    Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi has won gold in the men’s 1500m. He was apparently injured. Leonel Manzano took silver for America while Addalaati Iguider of Morocco won bronze. The winning time was 3:34.08
  • 21:31
    Bajer I don't know what fight they were watching in France, but Conlan won that last round easily. Even Oubali knew it. He walked back to his corner dejected, while Conlan threw his hands in the air.
  • 21:31
    Domhnall If getting tickets was an Olympic sport, we'd be well up the medal table - all you can see at the athletics on the beeb is Irish flags and giant inflatable hammers!
  • 21:32
    The atmosphere was once again very serene in the ExCel Arena….you could hear a pin drop…and that, my friends, is sarcasm right there.
  • 21:35
    Men’s Flyweight quarter-final – Ramirez of Cuba is beating Britain’s Selby 12-7 after two rounds.
  • 21:36
  • 21:37
    Ramirez beats Selby 16-11 in the men’s flyweight quarter-final
  • 21:37
    bren the cuban looks very impressive.
  • 21:38
    Sally Pearson from the land of Oz broke the Olympic record with a time of 12.35 in the women’s 100m final tonight.
  • 21:41
    Michael Conlan will fight Cuba’s Robeisy Ramierz in the men’s flyweight semi-final on Friday night at 8.45pm
  • 21:45
    Taoufik Makhloufi, winner of the men’s 1500m ran a poor race in the 800m yesterday (he didn’t want to compete at that distance) and was then disqualified for effectively not trying before being reinstated. I’m sure he’s happy enough about that.
  • 21:46
    Eric Its hard to tell what to make of Remirez. Selby didn't test him at all. he didnt look like he was even trying to get past his guard. come on Conlon!
  • 21:46
    Dara Conlan will need to improve to be the Cuban
  • 21:51
  • 22:10
    Brazil are through to the men’s football final at the Olympics after beating South Korea 3-0 in the semis.
  • 22:19
    Conlan jumps for joy (Dan Sheridan/Inpho)
    Conlan jumps for joy (Dan Sheridan/Inpho)
  • 22:24
    Here are some quotes from Michael Conlan after his victory over France’s Nordine Ouballi in the men’s flyweight quarter-final at the ExCel Arena earlier tonight. It guarantees Ireland a third medal at the Olympic Games.

    “It was a very close fight and I knew it was always going to be,” said Conlan afterwards. “We talked about tactics and at the start it was a very slow start, I’m kinda famous for, but I’m glad I had a level round, I was lucky enough.

    “Next round I stepped it up a little bit and it was still level, Billy told me to go for it and I knew I had to and I dug deep. I’ve a sore head now. It was a hard fight, he hits hard, it was always going to be a tough fight."
  • 22:25
    After day 11 of Olympic action Ireland are now guaranteed at least three bronze medals thanks to a hard fought win for Michael Conlan over Nordine Ouballi of France in the men’s flyweight boxing quarter-final.

    Paddy Barnes will be hoping to add another bronze (at least) tomorrow night when he faces Devendro Singh Laishram of India in the men’s light flyweight quarter-final at the ExCel Arena. Before then we’ve got Katie Taylor’s semi-final lightweight bout against Tajikstan’s Mvazuna Chorieva to look forward to. Thank God for boxing!

    There’ll be plenty more action tomorrow and as all the most astute people know, only the very best nations peak in the second week of the Olympics. Now let's get behind all of our athletes. Come on Ireland! If you don’t come back here for more tomorrow consider yourself unpatriotic. Until tomorrow…