London 2012: Day One

London 2012: Day One

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  • 10:34
    So after all of the pomp and bombast of the opening ceremony (not to mention the acting debut of one Elizabeth Winsdor) the Olympic Games proper get underway. Of course pedants amongst you will be aware that some events began before the opening ceremony but that was only a minor sport called football. I’m Ciaran Daly and I’ll be manning the Olympic liveblog for the next two weeks.  If they were giving out live-blogging medals, I’d be aiming for gold. I just hope the Irish Times aren’t demanding urine tests.


    And so to the action - Ireland will compete in swimming, the road race, judo, fencing, shooting, weightlifting and archery today so there’s plenty to keep us occupied from the get-go. Yes, I did just write ‘from the get-go.’ It’s going to be that kind of blog. 
  • 10:39

    The bicycle road-race is underway and there are three Irish riders competing – Nicholas Roche, Dan Martin and David McCann. The circuit is a gruelling 250km long so let’s just say you’ve more than enough time for a cup of tea if you don’t want to miss the finish.

  • 10:41
    If you missed Laura Slattery’s liveblog of the Opening Ceremony then shame on you but I thought I’d re-cap just 10 seconds of the opening ceremony coverage from last night. The beauty of the Youtube clip is that it’s simply entitled – ‘Nazi Salute Guy – Olympics London 2012.’ Yes, the German athletes are being presented to the crowd and yes there is a guy (who we assume to be German) giving a Nazi-style salute and yes Camilla Parker Bowles and Boris Johnson appear to be giggling awkwardly about it in the background.
  • 10:41
  • 11:10
    So Kieran Behan is up shortly in gymnastics. It’d be one hell of an achievement for anyone to reach the Olympics but Behan is something of a medical marvel. 

    Kieran has had a tumour in his left thigh which brought with it severe nerve damage. He also suffered brain damage after a fall from a high bar 2.8 metres off the ground and on top of that he has broken arms, fingers and he ruptured ligaments in his left leg in 2009. Anyone else sore just thinking about all of that? Well, he’s now an Olympian. Hard not to be impressed.
  • 11:12
    Here we go!
  • 11:13
    Good opening here.
  • 11:14
    Behan falls on his final twist. That will be costly.
  • 11:16
    The scoring system appears to be down.
  • 11:16
    13.966  is Behan's score
  • 11:17
    He looks so disappointed in himself. I’m sure the last thing he wanted was a camera in his face. It all began so well.
  • 11:19
    They don’t play music for men when they’re on the floor. They do for women. This is sexist. Music can be manly – imagine competing to the sounds of AC/DC!
  • 11:24
    The great thing about the Olympics is that you become an expert in some sports that you only watch every four years. You’ll find yourself after 20 minutes of viewing saying things like, ‘Na, that tuck wasn’t clean.’
  • 11:25
    Kieran Behan won’t be making the final with his score of 13.966. He needed a score of 15+
  • 11:29
    There are betting allegations involving an Irish athlete at the Olympics. More details here - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0728/breaking6.html
  • 11:31
  • 11:32
    Michael Ryan of Ireland riding Ballylynch Adventure during the equestrian Eventing Individual Dressage Day 1 in the Greenwich Park during the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 28th, 2012. - Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
    Michael Ryan of Ireland riding Ballylynch Adventure during the equestrian Eventing Individual Dressage Day 1 in the Greenwich Park during the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 28th, 2012. - Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
  • 11:32
  • 11:38
    Lisa Kearney is up soon in the Judo. She is a fellow Nordie. Don’t mess with us. You’ll end up on the floor. You have been warned.
  • 11:45
    Conservative MP Aidan Burley called the opening ceremony ‘multicultural crap.’ This from a man who was sacked as a ministerial aide last year after he took part in a Nazi-themed stag party in France. Mitt Romney must love him for taking the attention away from #Romneyshambles
  • 11:48
    RTÉ are not showing the Judo. Bad form.

  • 11:49
    Heaven forbid that we’d have to wait 10 minutes to find out what the weather will be like tomorrow. I’m going to predict rain.
  • 11:50
    Lisa Kearney has been beaten.
  • 11:50
  • 11:55
    Lisa Kearney’s bout has been ignored so must be part of the wider Irish Olympic plan to undermine any northern competitor “No one mention Joanna Mills….”
  • 11:57
    Still no mention of Lisa Kearney on RTÉ.
  • 11:57
  • 12:01
    Barry Murphy up in lane 8.
  • 12:02
    He’s currently in 6th place at the turn
  • 12:02
    61.57 – finishing in last place of his heat
  • 12:03
    Disappointing. The second  50 metres proved difficult for Murphy.
  • 12:14
    So Barry Murphy couldn’t emulate our ‘greatest Olympian,’ Michelle Smith.
  • 12:15
    Barry Murphy still has the 50m freestyle to look forward to after the disappointment of the 100m breaststroke.
  • 12:19
    It wouldn’t be an Olympics without some failed drugs tests.
    Hysen Pulaku, Albanian weightlifter step forward. Pulaku has been banned from the Games after failing a drugs test. He tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol, the IOC said in a statement. His ban is immediate.
  • 12:19
    Brian B Full coverage of all events on the red button on BBC tv. Huge choice. Unfortunately no access online.
  • 12:20
    Nice heads up from Brian B there. Just thought that Ireland’s national broadcaster should have at least acknowledged Lisa Kearney’s judo bout.
  • 12:21
    Michael Phelps with an underwhelming performance there.
  • 12:23
    Phelps almost didn’t make the final. Repeat, Phelps almost didn’t make the final.
  • 12:25
    Was he holding a lot back there or is Phelps struggling?
  • 12:30
    And finally…..RTÉ are talking about Lisa Kearney
  • 12:30
    Lisa Kearney puts the squeeze on Wu Shugen.
    Lisa Kearney puts the squeeze on Wu Shugen.
  • 12:34
    The Kearney bout is on RTÉ now.
  • 12:35
    You can hear the Belfast brigade in the crowd loud and clear
  • 12:36
  • 12:36
    Newsflash: Judo looks very tiring.
  • 12:39
    It’s very tense and not very explosive.
  • 12:41
    Lisa Kearney looks like she should have been granted a Yuko score with 13 seconds left on the clock surely?
  • 12:41
    And she was eventually given it by the sideline judges
  • 12:42
    jonny Any Irish horses on drugs yet?
  • 12:43
    Not yet Jonny but as the Carpenters sang, we’ve only just begun
  • 12:43
    The Golden Score – For those au fait with football but not judo – it’s like golden golden. Next score wins it.
  • 12:45
    Lisa Kearney did so well to get back into the bout with precious little time remaining. Hard luck Lisa!
  • 12:50
    Dana Vollmer sets a new Olympic record of 56.25 in the 100m Butterfly.
  • 12:52
    What’s your favourite Olympic memory?
  • 12:54
    Austin Hey Ciaran.Hows about you get them to include proper handball in the Olympics and we could get Paul Brady to bring back the gold for Cavan and Ireland.Have u got that power?
  • 12:57
    I know a worthy campaign when I see one Austin. Let’s get a chant going -What do we want? Proper handball? When do we want it? Now….but given that everything has been organised already we’ll settle for Rio.

    Admittedly my chant needs work 
  • 13:01
  • 13:04
    Austin I'm making the placards as we speak!
  • 13:07
    There have been a couple of crashes in the road race. The second crash forced six people to retire from the race. Seems like there are some cyclopaths in the field. I know, I can’t believe I wrote that either.
  • 13:13
  • 13:13
    The net is closing in on an Irish Olympian surely?
  • 13:22
    Just over two and a half hours left on the road race. They’ve been cycling for three hours already. If they are taking performance enhancing drugs I don't blame them.
  • 13:28
    It’s been a somewhat disappointing start for some of our Olympians.

    •    Gymnast Kieran Behan registered a score of 13.966 on the floor. He realistically needed a score of 15+ to progress.
    •    Lisa Kearney was defeated in her Judo bout with China’s Wu Shugen. The Belfast woman was eliminated by a Golden Score – Judo’s equivalent of extra time.
    •    Barry Murphy finished in eighth place in his heat of the 100m breaststroke, posting a time 61.57
  • 13:32
    So it’s lane 6 for all those following Sanita Puspure’s progress in the women’s single skulls.
  • 13:33
    Puspure has been pushed down to third place now.
  • 13:33
    Twigg looks very comfortable in the lead.
  • 13:36
    Puspore comfortably in third
  • 13:36
    James How about some table tennis on RTE? It's sheer wizardry.
  • 13:37
    Emma Twigg is from New Zealand. I said she was from Australia. New Zealanders love that.
       
  • 13:38
    Puspore comfortably finishes in third
  • 13:40
  • 13:44
    Puspore easily qualifies for the Women’s Single Scull quarter finals with a time of 7:49.35.
  • 13:46
    Just so you know Sanita Puspure lists reading and knitting amongst her hobbies. She is so rock n’roll!
  • 13:46
    Austin Favourite olympic memory has to be Eric the Eel for me.What a legend.
  • 13:48
  • 13:49
    Behold Eric the Eel – what a great story that was!
  • 13:57
    The British cycling team who have designs on the gold medal in the cycling road race are in a chasing pack almost four minutes behind the leaders.
  • 13:57
    Conor No mention of Aoife Clark's very good 48.9 dressage score in the equestrian eventing yet?
  • 13:58
    You beat me to it there Conor. Very impressive stuff!
  • 14:02
    John Joe Nevin’s bantamweight bout against Denmark’s Dennis Ceylan is coming up soon.
  • 14:07
    John Joe Nevin is Mullingar’s finest. This is his second Olympics.
  • 14:07
    Why are we so good at boxing?
  • 14:15
    Austin Mullingar native he may be.But don't forget he boxes with Cavan club.
  • 14:15
    Says a proud Cavan man!
  • 14:20
    Kieran Behan breaks down when being interviewed about his Olympic dream. He was in a wheelchair at one point. He said, “I’m so thankful to be here. It’s a miracle, it really is.”

    It may not have happened for Kieran today but he’s a worthy Olympian.
  • 14:21
    EPG Why are we so good at boxing? They don't call us "the fencing Irish".
  • 14:21
    Touché EPG, touché!
  • 14:23
    Jake what time are the irish boxers on at today?
  • 14:23
    John Joe Nevin’s bout was meant to start at 14.15
  • 14:25
    Darren O’Neill is down to fight at 15.15
  • 14:25
    John Joe Nevin has plenty of support anyway!
  • 14:26
    We’re off!
  • 14:26
    Energetic start from Nevin
  • 14:28
    John Joe Nevin is very much in control in the first round. 30 seconds to go.
  • 14:28
    Declan 3 coleraine me won their heats in rowing??? worth a mention ?
  • 14:29
    Joe John Nevin leads 5-2 at the end of the first round.
  • 14:31
    Indeed Declan. Richard and Peter Chambers impressed in winning their lightweight fours in a time of 5:49.29

    Alan Campbell also won his single sculls heat.
  • 14:31
    Declan and all their surnames begin with C?
  • 14:31
    John Joe Nevin knows he has this.
  • 14:33
    The Excel Arena is full of Nevin supporters and they’re loving the display he’s putting on for them.
  • 14:34
    Declan Do you know why the name has been abbreviated to Team GB as opposed to Team GB and NI
  • 14:34
    Branding apparently.
  • 14:35
    Only a knockout can prevent Nevin from winning this.
  • 14:36
    Second round 8-2 to Nevin by the way
  • 14:36
    Declan Touch wood..............!
  • 14:37
    It’s over. John Joe has won. Let’s wait for the score.
  • 14:38
    The referee is holding the boxers hands like he doesn’t trust them to cross the road safely
  • 14:39
    He wins 21-6
  • 14:39
    Quite the margin.
  • 14:41
    A very accomplished display from Nevin. He was so comfortable throughout and his fluid style was a joy to watch.
  • 14:42
    Round 1:  5-2
    Round 2 : 8-2
    Round 3 : 8-2    
  • 14:54
    Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert leads the Cycling Road Race but the British team are placed exactly where they want to be. Still some way to go
  • 14:56
  • 14:57
    Wow, eat like a champion….if you can afford it, eh?
  • 15:02
    Kanat Abultalipov from Kazakhstan beats Wessam Slamana from Syria 15-7 and will be fighting John Joe Nevin next.
  • 15:04
    The lads in the RTE studio keep referring to Abultalipov as ‘The Kazak.’ I wonder could it possibly be because they can’t pronounce his name?
  • 15:07
    The chasing pack in the road race is now only one minute behind the leaders. Mark Cavendish can taste victory.  “The Red Coats are coming, the Red Coats are coming,” can be modernised to “Team GB is coming, Team GB is coming.”
  • 15:12
    Darren O’Neill was scheduled to fight Nigeria’s Muideen Akanji at 15.15 but the boxing has been running late all afternoon. Stay tuned!
  • 15:18
    Team GB are in trouble now apparently. The confidence that was present just 10 minutes ago has evaporated. There’s still an approximate gap of 58 between them and the leaders.
  • 15:20
    Australian Stuart O’Grady is very much in the mix for the road race. With that name we can surely claim at least half of any medal he wins?
  • 15:22
    Austin chris froome has run out of puff.looks like "le tour" has taken its toll.fair enough really.he needs a bigger dose
  • 15:22
    I don’t know what you could be referring to Austin…
  • 15:23
  • 15:24
    It appears that Team GB (Team GB is already incredibly nauseating) may have left it too late.
  • 15:25
  • 15:30
    Guest You might want to tone down your comments on team GB. They have a fantastic cycling team. As an Irish person living in GB your comments are 'nauseating'.
  • 15:30
    We have a fall and a number of riders down in the road race.
  • 15:31
    I’ve nothing but admiration for the athletes including the cyclists. I just meant the term ‘Team GB’ was nauseating. Like when Americans chant U-S-A, U-S-A!
  • 15:34
    Cancellara being out of contention might give Cavendish et al a glimmer of hope
  • 15:37
    ex pat in USA I am sure it is no more nauseating than "Ole Ole" or the endless fields of Athenry
  • 15:37
    Indeed.
  • 15:38
    Darren O’Neill’s bout is underway
  • 15:38
    Guest Any news on Irish equestrian team?
  • 15:38
    Yeah, I’ll bring you more on that after Darren O’Neill’s fight.
  • 15:40
    Certainly not as convincing as John Joe Nevin just yet
  • 15:41
    First round – O’Neill is ahead. Just 4-3
  • 15:42
    Muideen Akanji is a big guy!
  • 15:43
    O’Neill with a nice flurry of punches
  • 15:44
    O’Neill possibly beginning to find a few gaps.
  • 15:46
    O’Neill won 8-2 in Round 2
  • 15:48
    The cycling road race is over. Alexandr Vinokourov from Kazakhstan took the gold.
  • 15:48
    O’Neill firmly in control in Round 3
  • 15:49
    Declan no luck for uk cyclists 1. kazak, 2 cloumbia
  • 15:50
    Ding Ding! Job done. Darren O’Neill
  • 15:52
    It’s official. Darren O’Neill is through to the last 16. Scoring was 15-6
  • 15:53
    It was a tentative start but O’Neill took command in the second round and never looked troubled.
  • 15:55
    The Road Race - Alexandre ‘Vino’ Vinokourov wins the gold medal for Kazakhstan. Rigoberto Uran Uran takes the silver for Colombia.
  • 16:00
  • 16:15
    Earlier Aoife Clark was happy with her performance in the individual dressage event. She was on Master Crusoe Penalty points - 48.90 She is currently ranked 12th overall.

    Michael Ryan didn’t fare quite as well. He currently is ranked 27th. Penalty points - 60.20

    Joseph Murphy was on Electric Cruise and is currently in 20th place. Penalty points - 55.60
  • 16:21
    According to the official Olympics website here’s where the Irish cyclists finished
    54th - David McCann
    88th – Nicholas Roche
    89th – Daniel Martin
  • 16:31
    Ireland's David McCann in action during the 250km road race around Box Hill this afternoon. - Inpho
    Ireland's David McCann in action during the 250km road race around Box Hill this afternoon. - Inpho
  • 16:35
    jonny Have you a quick Irish round,up of,the day?
  • 16:36
    We sure have. Here you go.

    Only waiting on the dancing horses to complete the list.
  • 16:49
    jonny Fantastic cheers. How about a quick update from mullingar
  • 16:50
    Down 1-06 Tipperary 0-04 at halftime.

    Meath are seven points down to Laois with 10 minutes left.
  • 17:17
    Some of you may have noticed I took a break there but I’m hardcore so you can’t keep me away for long. To those that didn’t notice, I can only say how hurt I am.
  • 17:17
    rob everytime an american loses it makes me happy that i am watching the olympics.
  • 17:18
    Controversial Rob!
  • 17:25
    RTE are opting to show highlights of Britain’s football match against Senegal from Thursday night. It’s not as if there are any other events they could feature today. Oh wait…
  • 17:27
    What do people think about football at the Olympics? Isn’t the case that it’s fairly meaningless for the players? Gareth Bale pulled out of the GB squad through injury but scored for his club Spurs on the same night.
  • 17:28
    Golf is going to feature at Rio. Anyone else think this is wrong? Same go for tennis?
  • 17:31
    Beach volleyball has started. Perverts the world over rejoice! 
  • 17:45
    Just a recap of how the Irish performers are doing so far

    -Gymnast Kieran Behan registered a score of 13.966 on the floor. He realistically needed a score of 15+ to progress.
    -Lisa Kearney was defeated in her Judo bout with China’s Wu Shugen. The Belfast woman was eliminated by a Golden Score – Judo’s equivalent of extra time.
    - Barry Murphy finished in eighth place in his heat of the 100m breaststroke, posting a time 61.57
    -David McCann finished 55th, Nicholas Roche finished 89th and Daniel Martin 90th in the Bicycle Road Race
    -John Joe Nevin easily progressed to the last 16 of the Bantamweight division with a 21-6 victory over Denmark’s Denis Ceylan
    -Darren O’Neill was also victorious in his fight against Nigerian Muideen Akanji in the middleweight division. The score was 15-6 in O’Neill’s favour.
    - Sanita Puspure took third place in seven minutes 49.35 seconds in the women's single sculls rowing heats to claim a place in the quarter-finals.
    -In the Equestrian field Aoife Clark sits in 12th position while Joseph Murphy and Michael Ryan sit in 22nd and 30th place respectively.
  • 17:47
    dominic any score in tipp v down
  • 17:48
    You’re on the wrong blog Dominic. But saying as I’m such a nice guy – Full-time Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11. Now if we could somehow bring the GAA to the Olympics….guaranteed gold!
  • 17:54
    How many medals can Ireland realistically win? Thank God for boxing
  • 17:59
    Think you’ve had enough? There’ still tennis, gymnastics, archery, football and weight-lifting, equestrian events and beach volleyball going on.
  • 18:10
  • 18:13
    A picture can say a thousand words – or is that just lazy journalism? Kieran Behan fell on the floor earlier and he then fell off the horse later on in the day. Perhaps not the results he was hoping for but as he said himself, he’s had much worse days and he'll have better to come no doubt.
  • 18:19
    To say archery is a niche sport is not unfair.
  • 18:20
    Archery looks cool though and the Italians are rocking those fisherman hats.
  • 18:23
    The Italian archers win gold in the men’s archery team event. American had to settle for silver.
  • 18:26
    Peter Who is Kevin Behane? That's Kieran Behan in the photo.
  • 18:28
    Why Kevin is Kieran’s identical twin brother who also competes at Olympic level…..thanks for pointing that out. I’ll change it now Peter.
  • 18:28
    Jerome Savage Why is there no rugby?
  • 18:28
    Brian Why are RTE showing highlights in the middle of the day when there is lots of live sport on? Don't get me wrong, their coverage has been ok so far - apart from a miserable start last night when they debated the need for a Chef De Mission! Oh the misery.
  • 18:31
    True enough. If football is now an Olympic event, why not rugby? I’d be inclined to argue that football shouldn’t be an Olympic sport though. Am I wrong?
  • 18:32
    There have been some strange choices from RTE but it’s a tough job. BBC and their red button service have been getting a lot of praise.
  • 18:36
    So, it’s been a whole day and we haven’t had a picture of a long-haired, well toned beauty playing volleyball….I can wait no longer.
  • 18:37
    Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia celebrates during the Men's Beach Volleyball tournament.
    Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia celebrates during the Men's Beach Volleyball tournament.
  • 18:38
    Jerome Savage If archery, beach volleyball, pistol shooting and whatever other strange activities is there there is no reason rugby should not be there. Don't miss cricket but I do rugby !
  • 18:38
    Brian BBC red button is excellent. But RTE are better, in my opinion, in terms of commentary.
  • 18:40
    Definite tip of the hat to RTE – the coverage has been largely great so far bar a few minor complaints. I’m just the curmudgeonly type, that’s all.
  • 18:42
    Isn’t the point that those sports you mentioned only really get attention once every four years? Football and rugby get more than enough coverage without needing to be part of the Olympics surely?
  • 18:44
    Patrick Rugby is a recognized Olympic sport. Rugby 7s will debut at 2016 Summer games.
  • 18:45
    That’s us told. Rugby is an Olympic sport. Should it be is the question? Same applies to football, golf and tennis?
  • 18:45
    Sarah Stuck at work in Houston. Keeping an eye on blogs for updates. No BBC red button (how I miss that) or RTE commentary (ditto)...later I have to contend with exclusive US coverage and the Phelps/Lochte extravaganza. Sigh.
  • 18:48
    So Sarah you could almost say, ‘Houston, we have a problem…..with your coverage of the Olympics…’ you know, if you were to address an entire city. That was poor. Sorry. Good to have you onboard.
  • 18:48
    Jerome Savage I see your point but in fairness they don't get attention mainly because they are not so popular. These activities are ongoing but the media ain't interested but somehow they make their way in to the olympics ahead of rugby or even rock climbing!
  • 18:49
    Harry Have to agree - would prefer to see sports like soccer, tennis and golf, which all have plenty of coverage apready, kept out. Rugby 7's is still a minority sport in its own right.
  • 18:51
    Fair point Hazza.
  • 18:52
    Harry That said, women's golf, soccer etc still get very little media coverage & are still minority sports. Plenty of sports were men only at the games for too long, might be worth keeping the men out of the games in those sports.
  • 18:53
    You sexist pig Harry. How dare you exclude men? Men have had it so tough for centuries now.
  • 18:54
    David Agree that Football (at least Men's), Tennis and Golf shouldn't be in the Olympics. These professional players already have regular and very high-profile events in which to prove their abilities... Look at all the empty seats at Wimbledon today - goes to show how important the Olympics is to Tennis...
  • 18:55
    If you’ll allow me to mix two well known sayings David - you’re preaching to the converted
  • 18:56
    RTE are showing coverage of the US women’s basketball match against Croatia and the commentator is amazing. I’ve never heard someone so enthusiastic. To be fair Croatia are drawing with the Yanks!
  • 18:57
    Jerome Savage Folks -either the olympics is about sport or its not - looks like its moving in to leisure activities, what next, darts ?
  • 18:58
    Well, if darts was allowed at least I’d be able to say I have the body of an Olympian Let’s campaign for darts!
  • 18:59
    David Synchronised swimming can go. That's for sure. Anything that's judged on artistic merit isn't a sport.
  • 19:00
    But surely it takes a lot of physical conditioning to compete in synchronised swimming?
  • 19:04
    Jerome Savage I play a mean pinball! Lets hear it for pinball y'all?
  • 19:06
  • 19:07
    David "But surely it takes a lot of physical conditioning to compete in synchronised swimming?" - Yeah, but the same can be said for being a back-up dancer or a ballerina. Not a sport!
  • 19:08
    I’m nearly waiting for someone to say that the Olympics are officially accepting back-up dancing as an event in 2016.
  • 19:11
    Jerome Savage Well said David - it also takes a lot of conditioning for Riverdance - ain't no sport!
  • 19:11
    So anyone looking forward to the Phelps v Lochte showdown? We want Phelps to win, don’t we?
  • 19:14
    Phelps really struggled to qualify and his reaction in the water afterwards would have you believe that he wasn’t just swimming within himself.
  • 19:18
  • 19:23
    It’s being billed as the dual in the pool but is it definitely going to be Phelps or Lochte?
  • 19:24
    The lads in the RTE studio predict a Lochte victory.
  • 19:26
    Now is probably as good a time as any to recap on Irish performers today.

    -Gymnast Kieran Behan registered a score of 13.966 on the floor. He realistically needed a score of 15+ to progress.
    -Lisa Kearney was defeated in her Judo bout with China’s Wu Shugen. The Belfast woman was eliminated by a Golden Score – Judo’s equivalent of extra time.
    - Barry Murphy finished in eighth place in his heat of the 100m breaststroke, posting a time 61.57
    -David McCann finished 55th, Nicholas Roche finished 89th and Daniel Martin 90th in the Bicycle Road Race
    -John Joe Nevin easily progressed to the last 16 of the Bantamweight division with a 21-6 victory over Denmark’s Denis Ceylan
    -Darren O’Neill was also victorious in his fight against Nigerian Muideen Akanji in the middleweight division. The score was 15-6 in O’Neill’s favour.
    - Sanita Puspure took third place in seven minutes 49.35 seconds in the women's single sculls rowing heats to claim a place in the quarter-finals.
    -In the Equestrian field Aoife Clark sits in 12th position while Joseph Murphy and Michael Ryan sit in 22nd and 30th place respectively.
  • 19:30
    Rory McIlroy will be happy. Caroline Wozniacki has safely negotiated her way into the next round of the tennis.
  • 19:32
    Luca Marin trying to bring the Mark Spitz moustache back
  • 19:33
    We’re nearly ready to go. Behold the dual in the pool!
  • 19:33
    400 metres individual medley is off.
  • 19:34
    Lochte leads. Phelps is close by in second.
  • 19:35
    Lochte is pulling away here
  • 19:36
    Ryan Lochte is absolutely blowing the rest of the field away!
  • 19:36
    Phelps isn’t in the medals as it is
  • 19:38
    Phelps finishes fourth
  • 19:38
    Ryan Lochte was swimming at world record pace there but just missed out on it in the end. A highly impressive performance nonetheless.
  • 19:41
    Ryan Lochte was one cool character in the post-swim interview.
  • 19:43
    Brazil’s Pereira second, Hagino of Japan (who is only 17) took the bronze
  • 19:44
    Sjostrum wins the women’s 100m butterfly
  • 19:45
  • 19:46
    That video arrived courtesy of the Guardian’s Hadley Freeman. Ryan Lochte – you’ve got yourself one new fan
  • 19:49
    Vollmer comfortably wins the second women’s 100m butterfly semi-final
  • 19:53
    400m men’s freestyle final coming at ya!
  • 19:53
    I don’t understand swimmers walking out to the pool wearing headphones. Electronics and waters are not a good combination.
  • 19:56
    South Korea’s Park leads from China’s Sun. That sounds like it shouldn’t make sense but if you know swimming then you’ll know it’s a perfectly legitimate sentence.
  • 19:56
    They’re in line to break the world record as it is
  • 19:58
    BBC commentator shouting, “Come on Sun!”
  • 19:59
    Sun becomes the first Chinese man to win gold in a swimming pool. He’s celebrating in the pool and why wouldn’t he?
  • 19:59
    He may not have broken the world record but he did break the Olympic record and more importantly, he’s got the gold he wanted.
  • 20:01
    3.40.14 was Sun’s time. South Korea’s Park finished second and American Vanderkaay took the bronze.
  • 20:02
  • 20:03
    So want to get your Sun puns in now? Here Comes the Sun immediately springs to mind.
  • 20:06
    Ryan Lochte is going to be presented with his gold medal
  • 20:07
    Depressing to think that 17 year old Hagino has already achieved more in his life with his bronze than I ever will during the entire duration of my life.
  • 20:09
    Lochte receives a warm ovation when he receives his gold medal. Surely it won’t be his last.
  • 20:09
    The American national anthem’s a good ‘un all the same
  • 20:10
    That was America’s first gold medal by the way. Ryan Lochte will be a hero back home.
  • 20:16
    Next up is the Women’s Individual 400m medley. This should be interesting.
  • 20:17
  • 20:22
    China’s Ye wins gold and breaks the World Record. Her last leg was so impressive.
  • 20:23
    Ye Shiwen - 4:28.43 - World Record Holder
  • 20:24
    She’s 16 by the by. 16!!!
  • 20:25
    Ye Shiwen - Gold
    Beisel - Silver
    Xuanxu - bronze
  • 20:28
  • 20:30
    Phelps has said, “It was just a crappy race.” At least he’s not trying to sell excuses.
  • 20:33
  • 20:35
    Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima is vying to win the 100m and 200m double for the third time at the Olympics.
  • 20:37
    The jackets the Japanese swimmers are sporting are very cool.
  • 20:41
    It may not be an Olympic sport yet but the draw for the All-Ireland football finals has been made.

    Cork v Kildare
    Dublin v Laois
    Donegal v Kerry
    Mayo v Down
  • 20:43
    Kitajima only finished fourth in his semi-final. He may not make the final.
  • 20:45
    America’s Christian Sprenger wins his heat of the men’s 100m breaststroke.
  • 20:46
    Kitajima makes the final then.
  • 20:49
    So we have Australia, USA, China, Denmark and Great Britain in the Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final.
  • 20:50
    The Dutch are also competing and leading.
  • 20:51
    America lead from Australia and China
  • 20:52
    Britain move into third
  • 20:52
    It’s head to head between the Ozzies and the Yanks. This is fantastic
  • 20:53
    Gold for Australia, Silver for Holland and Bronze for America
  • 20:55
  • 21:15
    And at that,the first day’s sporting coverage of the London 2012 Games draws to a close but rest assured (or alternatively be perturbed) that I shall return.
    Ireland’s boxers have given us reason to be optimistic and Kieran Behan has shown us that you don’t have to be a gold medallist to have true Olympic spirit.
    Ireland certainly has reason to be proud of their Olympians and hopefully there’ll be more to come over the next two weeks.
    We’ve also learned that Michael Phelps is so 2008. Ryan Lochte is so hot right now. Lochte.
    There’ll be new heroes uncovered of course and there’ll be plenty more sporting action tomorrow. Of course there’ll also be the customary snide comments about athletes from a man (me) who gets dizzy just thinking about exercise.
    I bid you all good night and may your dreams be Olympian in nature.