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  • 10:53
    Britain’s Jessica Ennis has just broken a couple of records in one race. She has set a new World Record in the 110m hurdles of the women’s heptathlon in a time of 12.54. It’s also a new British record for the women’s 110m – bear in mind Ennis competes in seven events and for her to run faster than athletes who focus solely on the 110m hurdles is an amazing feat.
  • 10:54
    The Olympic Stadium looks A-maz-ing! The atmosphere isn’t half bad either.
  • 11:00
    So last night Britain won the men’s team sprint event at the Velodrome. Initially 19 year old German-born Philip Hindes appeared to tell the BBC that he deliberately crashed after a poor start in the heats but it was later explained that his words had been ‘lost in translation.’ Quite.   You can get the full story here

    http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0803/1224321383218.html
  • 11:04
    Sally Gunnell has really moved up in the world - David Cameron to her right and Kate Middleton to her left – she did well out of the ticket lottery.
  • 11:12
    We all have a talent of some sort. For most of the competitors at the Olympics it’s usually their athleticism or gift for their particular event. But Australia’s Matthew Mitcham, Olympic gold medallist in the men’s 10m platform diving at Beijing isn’t content with just being a supreme diver. Here he is covering Beyoncé’s Single Ladies on his ukulele. Some of you may have wondered how the athletes spend their free time. Well, now you know what Mitcham gets up to.
  • 11:12
  • 11:15
    Some guys have all the luck eh? Well, some girls don’t. After being relegated from the women’s sprint team event at the Velodrome last night Britain’s Jessica Varnish’s day only got worse…
  • 11:19
    The International Olympic Committee says Hindes’ fall "did not deprive anyone of a contest" and Union Cycliste Internationale does not see any reason to question the result. You can breathe easy again Philip Hindes.
  • 11:24
  • 11:26
    Darren O’Neill bowed out of the Olympics yesterday after he was beaten 19-12 by Germany’s Stefan Haertel in his middleweight bout. O’Neill conducted himself superbly, as always and afterwards thanked everyone for their support via Twitter. It’s just as well he’s a school teacher because he’s definitely down with the kids in terms of his text lingo.
  • 11:26
  • 11:34
  • 11:39
    There are two Irish boxers in action later on tonight.

    It’s the first chance we’ll get to see Michael Conlan, the youngest member of the boxing team when he takes on Ghana’s Duke Akeuth Micah in the last 16. The 21 year old Belfast man should have enough to progress.

    We’ve already seen Adam Nolan in action at the ExCel arena. The Wexford man defeated Ecuador’s Carlos Sanchez Estachio 14-8 in his first fight but a sterner test awaits him tonight when he takes on Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy, ranked 14th in the world, in the welterweight division.

    Will it be two victories, one victory or two losses? We’re hoping for two victories but what say you?
  • 11:46
    Coleraine rower Alan Campbell, representing Britain, is chasing a medal in the men’s single sculls rowing race around 12.30. Good luck Alan!
  • 11:51
    Rowing: The final of the men’s pair has just begun. Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, the New Zealanders are favourites but can Britain’s George Nash and William Satch take a silver medal?
  • 11:52
    Colm 12.21 is the record for the 100m Hurdles, men compete over 110. 12.54 is a great time (although it is her specialist event) but it's the Heptathlon WR, not the outright record.
  • 11:54
    Jessica Ennis broke the world record for the 100m hurdles for the heptathlon in a time of 12.54 – The record for the 100m hurdles is 12.21. That’s one hell of a performance from Ennis really though. Tip of that to Colm for the clarification.
  • 11:55
    Murray and Bond are miles ahead as predicted in the men’s pair. Britain are in second with 500m to go.
  • 11:57
    New Zealand take gold, France take silver and Britain take bronze in the men’s pair
  • 11:59
    Joanne Cuddihy is up soon in the 400m. She’s in lane four for her heat but has Britain’s Christine Ohuruogo and America’s Francena McCorory for company.
  • 12:01
    Come on Joanne!
  • 12:01
    Cuddihy needs to finish in the top three.
  • 12:02
    And she’s off!
  • 12:03
    Cuddihy finishes fourth.
  • 12:03
    She was very quick over the first 200m but slowed in the last 100m.
  • 12:05
    Third would have guaranteed Cuddihy’s progress but she’ll have to wait to see if she qualifies as one of the fastest runners-up.
  • 12:05
    Sakari of Kenya took third in the final 50m.
  • 12:06
    Joanne Cuddihy’s time for the 400m was 52.09
  • 12:09
    McCorory from the USA won it in a time of 50.78. Britain’s Ohuruogo was second. Sakari, the Kenyan who beat Joanne Cuddihy to third ran a season’s best time of 51.85
  • 12:11
    Joanne Cuddihy’s time of 52.09 was half a second slower than her season’s best.
  • 12:14
    There are seven heats in total for the Women’s 400m. Joanne Cuddihy has to be one of the three fastest losers (that’s harsh – we’ll say qualifiers) to progress.
  • 12:19
    It’s lashing at the Olympic stadium. Should slow the times down. Good news for Joanne Cuddihy. She remains one of the fastest qualifiers.
  • 12:22
    Britain’s Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins have won another gold medal for Britain. This time, it’s in the women’s double sculls at Eton Dorney.
  • 12:24
    Grainger has won silver at the three previous Olympics and now has finally got her hands on a gold at her home Olympics. Not a bad day for Katherine Grainger.
  • 12:28
    Just a reminder after three heats, Joanne Cuddihy who finished fourth in heat one of the women’s 400m remains the fastest loser after three heats.
  • 12:30
    Coleraine’s Alan Campbell is racing for Britain in the single sculls final at Eton Dorney now. As one Nordie to another, I say good luck to you Alan!
  • 12:34
    Half-way through the men’s single sculls final Coleraine’s Alan Campbell is in third.
  • 12:34
  • 12:35
    Paddy go on Adam.....listening to it on 5Live.....great analysis from Pinsent
  • 12:35
    That’s quite the statistic. Every British cyclist who competed at the Velodrome yesterday set a new world record.
  • 12:37
    Alan Campbell takes bronze for Britain!
  • 12:42
    Drysdale won gold for New Zealand in the men’s single sculls by the way.
    Synek of the Czech Republic took silver but most importanty Alan Campbell of Coleraine finished in the bronze medal position.
  • 12:48
    George Hamilton has been talking about the “bell end of the stadium” already this morning.
    *Adopts He-man struggling voice* -Must...not….make...juvenile…comment…
  • 12:49
    Good news - Joanne Cuddihy looks like she’s going to progress.
  • 12:50
    Joanne Cuddihy has made it through as the second-fastest runner up.
  • 12:53
    Regina George just won heat seven of the women’s 400m. Anyone who has seen Mean Girls (I don’t want any abuse – it’s great) will be wary of that name.
  • 12:54
    Joanne Cuddihy is in the women’s 400m semi-final. She finished fourth in Heat One with a time of 52.09. The top three in each heat qualified automatically but Joanne progressed as the second fastest runner-up.
  • 12:58
    Joanne Cuddihy – Olympic semi-finalist (Inpho)
    Joanne Cuddihy – Olympic semi-finalist (Inpho)
  • 12:59
    Joanne Cuddihy has admitted that she was ‘sick with nerves’ before her race. Not literally sick but it’s fair to say she was nervous.
  • 13:02
    Peter O’Leary and David Burrows are in 14th place in race nine of the men’s star race. A medal now looks beyond them.
  • 13:06
    According to the official Olympic website it appears that Joanne Cuddihy was in fact the fastest of the runners-up to qualify for the women’s 400m semi-final.
  • 13:08
    James Espey is currently 27th in race seven of the men’s laser event. Before today Espey was ranked 39th in the overall standings.
  • 13:12
    James Espey finished in 27th place in race seven of the men’s laser. He remains 39th in the overall standings.
  • 13:14
    You know that thing that high-jumpers do where they try to get the crowd clapping before they attempt a jump? Well, I do that in the pub when I’m finishing a pint at the end of the night. I usually clear the bar too.
  • 13:20
    Conor That joke is brutal! But I appreciate the effort.
  • 13:22
    I aim to please. As well as keeping you updated with all of the latest Olympic news I will be throwing in a few dubious puns and lamentable gags along the way. Feel free to contribute – the more cringe-worthy the better.
  • 13:25
    It’s worth remembering that Ireland’s Anna Merveldt will be keeping a keen eye on the individual dressage today. Her score yesterday of 69.772 on Coryolano placed her 14th out of the 25 riders who were in action yesterday.

    In order to qualify for the Special Grand Prix Merveldt has to finish in the top 11 of the riders who haven’t already qualified in the team event, and last night eight of the riders above her had qualified for the team event. There are 25 more riders competing today. It’s a waiting game for Anna Merveldt today. Cross your fingers...
  • 13:33
    German rower Nadja Drygalla left the Olympic village on Friday following reports that her boyfriend was a far-right extremist. She hadn already completed her participation at the Olympics. Her 'private environment' was quoted as the reason for her departure. Indeed.
  • 13:34
    Jessica Ennis clears 186 in the high jump. Give her the gold medal now.
  • 13:36
  • 13:40
    Scott Flanigan and Ger Owens finished in 24th place in race three of the men’s 470. They are also in 24th place in the overall standings.
  • 13:48
    Here is German born Philip Hindes clarifying that he didn’t in fact fall off his bike on purpose because he got off to a bad start in the men’s sprint team event at the Velodrome. It was all just a big misunderstanding. Now I see. I know I’m convinced.
  • 13:48
  • 13:49
    Dan If I squint, am I allowed to accidentally on purpose confuse Algerian and any other good athletes as Irish ones?
  • 13:50
    Ireland wear green. Algeria wear green. When Algeria win, you officially have permission to chant, ‘Come on you boys/girls/women (calling women girls has been a bone of contention) in green’
  • 13:51
    Deeds Can't believe Jessica Ennis can jump that high what with all that extra weight that UK Athletics chief said she was carrying.
  • 13:56
    In May a ‘high-ranking person’ in British Athletics said that Jessica Ennis was carrying too much weight. How absolutely ridiculous. Ennis has already broken a world record today so it just goes to show – it is possible to climb into the upper echelons of an association without having any idea what you are talking about.
  • 14:00
    Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro is one set up on Roger Federer. Not only that, the second set has gone to a tie-breaker. What better time to join the action.
  • 14:01
  • 14:04
    Julie Specifically took lunch at this time to see the Laser Radial coverage and I can't even tell if it's started yet
  • 14:04
    noel Enough about Jessica Ennia, any update on Annalise?
  • 14:04
    Race seven of the women’s laser radial has yet to get underway. Ireland’s Annalise Murphy who leads the overall standings will be sailing there.
  • 14:05
    It’s 4-4 in the second set tie-break between Federer and Del Potro. Federer needs to win this to take it to a third set. This is the first semi-final. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are in the second semi.
  • 14:08
    Race seven of the women’s laser radial will get underway in about a minute’s time.
  • 14:09
    Guest Fair play to Annalise for tweeting at the start line, glad to see she's focused!
  • 14:10
    For those who don’t already know Annalise Murphy’s brother is tweeting from her account when she’s out on the water. If you want to follow it’s @Annalise_Murphy
  • 14:11
    Federer won the tie break and takes the second set 7-6. You’d have to fancy him to go on and win the third now.
  • 14:13
    Jim top pro athletes in the Olympics just don't cut it...the Olympics should only be for sports people who regard the Olympics as the pinnacle of their career...golfers, footballers and tennis players most certainly do not...out i say!
  • 14:14
    Are we all in agreement – top professional sports such as football, tennis and golf have no part at the Olympics? I’d certainly agree with that.
  • 14:14
    Pepe_le_Pooh What's the weather like for Annalise? Apparently a windy day suits her - which she didn't get on Wednesday...
  • 14:16
    It certainly seems that Annalise fares better in windy conditions. Let’s hope it’s blowing up a gale over in Weymouth.
  • 14:16
    Annalise Murphy is in second position.
  • 14:19
    Annalise Murphy is in the lead.
  • 14:19
    jim its 15 knots and 215 degrees wind direction versus 13 knots and 185 degress wind direction the last day....but whether that makes much of a difference you'll have to ask gerry kelly
  • 14:28
    Em I agree about the football, golf tennis etc.
  • 14:28
    Economic Exile if Olympic Gold isn't the pinnacle of success, there's no point in having it in the games. Tennis, soccer, golf, rugby etc. have no place in the games; the cheapen it.
  • 14:28
    Economic Exile If winning Olympic Gold isn't the pinnacle of the sport, including those sports cheapens and dilutes the games. Tennis, golf, rugby, association football shouldn't be in there. I think the 23 age cap in football (and the amateur rule in boxing) help but I'd prefer a leaner and purer games.
  • 14:30
    Annalise is down to second place. China’s Lijia Xu leads.
  • 14:30
    Julie Rugby is not an olympic sport
  • 14:31
    Rugby 7s will be an Olympic sport in Rio.
  • 14:31
    Austin Is this her first race today?
  • 14:31
    This is Annalise Murphy’s first race today. It’s her seventh overall.
  • 14:34
    Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern finished 14th in race nine of the men’s 49er. They’re 11th in the overall standings.
  • 14:34
    Guest Rugby 7s are planned
  • 14:34
    garrett boxing isn't a sport
  • 14:35
    Oooh contentious. One of our commenters has contended that boxing isn’t a sport. Has someone been reading John Waters’ article on trolling this morning?
  • 14:35
    Eric you're not a sport
  • 14:37
    A fine response to the ‘boxing isn’t a sport’ remark. “You’re not a sport,” says Eric. This is what is known as intelligent debate.
  • 14:37
    Sheila Hows Annalise doing?
  • 14:37
    Annalise Murphy is second in race seven of the women’s laser radial.
  • 14:38
    MickGuyver Putting John Waters in the ring with a boxer would be sporting and entertaining viewing
  • 14:38
    Em what about artistic gymnastics, I'd classify that as dancing
  • 14:38
    Rachel Good start from Annalise. I see that Van Ecker, her closest competitors is down in 14th, so that is good news. Annalise still 2nd in this race, 1st overall. The Dutch competitor is 6th in this, 3rd overall.
  • 14:39
    Dara That comment on boxing is moronic and disrespectful to the men and women who have laced up the gloves for Ireland and achieved so much.
  • 14:39
    I think we can agree that boxing is a sport. Anyone trying to suggest otherwise is surely looking for a reaction?
  • 14:40
  • 14:41
    Belgium’s Evia Van Ecker (Annalise’s nearest rival in the overall standing) is currently in 13th place in race seven.
  • 14:41
    niamhey who are Analise's main rivals? where are they in the race
  • 14:42
    Marit Bouwmesster is in fifth place in race seven of the women’s laser radial. Alison Young of Britain is fourth.
  • 14:42
    pat I think some professional sports are valid in the olympics - i think what matters is how important the olympics ranks in that sport - eg. i don't really think any of the footballers would rank an olympic medal above euros or world cup or even permiership etc - whereas for some sports it is the sporting pinnacle and lifetime goal eg athletics, swimming. It does seem that the tennis players value it reasonably highly though
  • 14:43
    Dara Trolling is not a sport
  • 14:44
    Trolling is not a sport is perhaps the best comment of all in terms of the debate about which sports should feature at the Olympics.
  • 14:44
    Luke Olympic boxing has given us some of the most memorable moments and some of the worlds greatest athletes. What could be more in the Olympic spirit than two boxers taking each other on in a test of speed, power, agility and courage. You sir are a fool
  • 14:44
    Tony Also, for an amateur boxer, the Olympics is the highlight of their career. These people competing have had plenty of chances to turn pro, but most wait until after the Olympics, so they'll have a chance of winning a medal for their country. Look at Paddy Barnes for example, he won a bronze in 2008, could have turned pro there and then, but is still here in London, competing again as he wants to win gold. If that does not show you what this means to athletes in those sports, I dont know what does. (I agree about the soccer though).
  • 14:46
    Annalise Murphy remains in second place in race seven of the women’s laser radial.
  • 14:49
    I think it’s fair to say that football and tennis to a lesser extent (ask Andy Murray whether he’d rather win Olympic gold or Wimbledon) aren’t massive events at the Olympics.
  • 14:51
  • 14:52
    froinky whats the gap to second place?
  • 14:54
    Annalise Murphy is approximately seven seconds behind Xu who leads. Annalise is nearly 20 seconds ahead of Sari Multala of Finland in third.
  • 14:54
    jim 7 seconds...its no coincidence that she gained most on the leg where the wind picked up to 13knts from 12knts for the previous 3 legs....or is it?
  • 14:59
    It’s 5-5 in the deciding set between Federer and Del Potro.
  • 14:59
    MickGuyver I agree about the football and Tennis (although Andy Murray would be happy to win ANYTHING!!) But my comment about professionalism and relevance of the Olympics to the sport is the Basketball. The various Dream Teams are among the highest paid/lauded "athletes" in the world but the Olympics is the only outlet for those players to take on the world. Ask the 2004 Dream Team what losing out meant to them !
  • 14:59
    Paudie Since new sports are getting added to the games (women's boxing, rugby) How often do sports get dropped?
  • 15:00
    Interesting question – new sports get added to the Olympics all the time it seems. How often do they get dropped?
  • 15:00
    Rachel Van Ecker up to 10th, but the Beowmeester, the Dutch sailor, is down to 7th. Xu who is leading is 4th in the standings overall.
  • 15:00
    Rachel Scratch that, Beowmeester back up to 5th, looks like it's very close further down the pack
  • 15:00
    lor Micheal Lester had me very excited for a sec saying it was race 9 of the laser radial!
  • 15:01
    Rest assured Annalise Murphy is competing in race seven of the women’s laser radial. She is holding on to second place.
  • 15:01
    froinky they were considering dropping fencing after the last games...
  • 15:02
    Em poetry used to be a sport- dropped in the 1940s apparently
  • 15:03
    I’d say it was more likely that poetry featured at the Olympics. We can’t go calling it a sport. Seamus Heaney would be our Usain Bolt!
  • 15:04
    Schlanger Squash has been waiting for years for an Olympic spot but was totes done out of it by Rugger 7's this year.
  • 15:05
    froinky jack b yeats won a silver medal in the olympics...
  • 15:05
    Steven +1 for pub crawling !
  • 15:05
    pat I remember modern pentathlon was in danger of being dropped.
  • 15:05
    Jackson The last time the Olympics were in London (in 1948), Ireland won a bronze medal... in art. Letitia Hamilton’s “Meath Hunt Point-to-Point Races” got bronze in the Oil & Watercolours category of the Painting & Graphic Art competition. Apparently all the artistic medals were invalidated not long afterwards, once the IOC had come to their senses.
  • 15:05
    seona baseball, softball, cricket, lacrosse, golf, croquet, water motorsports....
  • 15:05
    Paudie I don't understand fencing at all. Or Judo. Saw it described as "the one where the pull off each other's pyjamas".
  • 15:07
    We’ve really opened up a can of worms asking about sports that feature or that had previously featured or that should feature in future about the Olympics. I say we should push for hurling.
  • 15:08
    Annalise Murphy still holding on to second place. This would be a fantastic result.
  • 15:09
  • 15:10
    RTE Newsreader Bryan Dobson seems to know his onions when it comes to sailing.
  • 15:10
    Brian Second!
  • 15:12
    In all seriousness, isn’t it great that the performance of a single athlete – in this case Annalise Murphy – can create genuine interest amongst the masses for a sport that usually goes under the radar?
  • 15:13
    Annalise Murphy extends her overall lead by taking second place in race seven of the women’s laser radial.
  • 15:13
    Overall standings to follow shortly.
  • 15:13
    seona Good woman!
  • 15:14
    jim we're a sports addicted nation...remember the cricket world cup in 07...we will go after anything and i mean that in a positive way!
  • 15:15
    Belgium’s Evi Van Ecker finished in eighth place, Britain’s Alison Young in sixth and the Netherland’s Marit Bouwmeester in fourth in race seven of the women’s laser radial.
  • 15:15
    paddy fair play to her
  • 15:15
    Eric come on Annalise! what a legend...
  • 15:15
    Em well done Annalise!
  • 15:17
    There’s a lot of love out there for Annalise Murphy and why wouldn’t there be? She’s first in the overall standings with just three more races to go before the Medal Race
  • 15:18
    Economic Exile Excellent showing for Annalise! Another brilliant result.
  • 15:18
    Annalise Murphy’s overall lead is eight points. Belgium’s Evi Van Ecker remains in second place.
  • 15:19
    Hopefully the link below will show you a table of the overall standings in the Women’s laser radial
    http://www.london2012.com/sailing/event/laser-radial-women/phase=saw103907/doc=summary.html
  • 15:22
    Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern have finished seventh in Race 10 of the men’s 49er which puts them 10th in the overall standings.
  • 15:22
    garrett what does the medal race entail?
  • 15:23
    The top 10 placed sailors go through to the Medal Race and points are doubled. Bear in mind you’re trying to score as few points as possible.
  • 15:24
  • 15:25
    POD I must admit a week ago I had never heard of Annalise Murphy or Laser Radial for that matter. Now I feel like an expert. Go girl, keep 'er lit.
  • 15:25
    jim 3 top 15 finishes will probably easily see her through to the medal race - but would imagine she is aiming higher than that now.
  • 15:26
    So Annalise Murphy’s Medal Race will be televised if she makes it that far. She’s in a great position to do that now.
  • 15:27
    Charlie If Annaleise is 19 point ahead going into the medal race, it wont matter where she finishes.....
  • 15:31
    MickGuyver This tennis is looking lively - 9 - 8 in final set ! Who said it doesn't mean much to them ?? :-)
  • 15:33
    The tennis really is gripping now. Del Potro leads 9-8 in the final set. No one’s saying that the Olympics doesn’t matter to the players. I’d just imagine they’d rather win the Australian Open, The French Open, Wimbledon or the US Open.
  • 15:36
    What do you reckon is the most exciting sport to watch at the Olympics?
  • 15:37
    Federer has his eighth break point in his match with Del Potro. He hasn’t broken him once this match.
  • 15:38
    Federer has broken Del Potro. He leads 10-9 in the final set. Federer to servce for the match.
  • 15:41
    Some interesting answers to the question posed about which is the most interesting event to watch. Naturally the 100m was mentioned, dressage was (cynically I assume) suggested and the track cycling was also mooted. Personally, I think the atmosphere in the Velodrome looks pretty amazing and it’s a great spectacle.
  • 15:42
    Liam Most exciting sport? I don't imagine it's sailing (as much as we all might be screaming at our tellies on Monday afternoon)
  • 15:42
    Brendan 5th place in the next race would guarantee Annalise Murphy a spot in the medal race, even if she failed to finish both of her races tomorrow. (Net 33 points from first seven races, plus 5 for 5th, take the hit of the full 42 for DNF, discard the other = 80. Current 11th place sailor has 77, even if she wins the last three races, +3 points, lose out on countback for wins). Obviously, Annalise would prefer to finish all her remaining races towards the front of the fleet and carry a lead into the Medal Race.
  • 15:42
    Dan An average position of 3rd is required for Annelise to guarantee gold in the next 4 races but that is assuming that the woman in 2nd wins the next 4 also (including medal race). In other words, more of the same and she has a great chance...not sure my maths needed to tell me that...
  • 15:43
    We’ve had a couple of mathematicians (I can only assume) on who have been kind enough to offer different permutations for Annalise Murphy in the women’s laser radial.
  • 15:44
    POD In terms of most gripping, I have been hooked by the canoe slalom. The unpredictability is fantastic while the strength required is Olympian.
  • 15:44
    edholmes I watched the JUDO AT excel ,took the soup and waved a Union Jack it was awesome
  • 15:46
    I think we’re all in agreement that just being at most events would definitely be a worthwhile experience.
  • 15:49
    Annalise Murphy’s second race of the day, (race eight) is underway for all you new-found (and hardcore) sailing fans.
  • 15:49
    The tennis is crazy now. It’s 11-11 in the final set. Absorbing stuff.
  • 15:52
    Annalise Murphy (onEdition)
    Annalise Murphy (onEdition)
  • 15:53
    Annalise Murphy is in 13th place in race eight of the women’s laser radial. Ominously, Belgium’s Evi Van Ecker is in the lead.
  • 15:54
    Sylvia Come on Annalise!!!!!
  • 15:56
    In case you haven’t heard, Joanne Cuddihy reached the semi-finals of the women’s 400m this morning. You can get all the details here - http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0803/1224321406099.html
  • 15:57
    Tennis update – Federer and Del Potro are tied at 12 games each in the final set at Wimbledon
  • 15:58
    Annalise has moved up to 12th position in race eight. Scheidt of Lithuania now leads from Belgium’s Van Ecker in second.
  • 16:01
    POD Dong Dong wins gold for China in the mens Trampoline. Another great name from London 2012!
  • 16:05
    There have been some cracking names at the Olympics, perhaps non moreso than this one - http://www.london2012.com/athlete/hooker-destinee-1134789/events/
  • 16:05
    Annalise Murphy is 8th in race eight now.
  • 16:11
    Annalise Murphy has dropped back to ninth place.
  • 16:13
    Guest How does the scoring go in the final , does she carry over from the previous races.
  • 16:14
    The scoring in the sailing events is cumulative but the Medal Race sees only the top 10 placed athletes compete after 10 races. In the Medal Race all points are doubled.
  • 16:15
    Federer and Del Potro are still playing. It’s 14-14 in the final set.
  • 16:16
    Paddy You add up all the points from your best 9 out of 10 races (so you ignore your worst race). Then Mondays race scores double points and these are added to your previous best 9. Whoever has the lowest number of points wins (1st = 1pt, 2nd = 2pts etc)
  • 16:16
    Tony theres a rower called Sjoerd Hamburger from the Netherlands too. And Joel and Amanda Redhead from Grenada who are track athletes.
  • 16:17
    Annalise Murphy moves up to seventh in race eight of the women’s laser radial.
  • 16:19
  • 16:20
    Del Potro leads 14-15 in the final set of the men’s singles semi-final at Wimbledon.
  • 16:25
    Annalise Murphy is in ninth place.
  • 16:32
    Annalise Murphy is now 10th in race eight of the women’s laser radial
  • 16:33
    16-16 in the Federer v Del Potro match. Is it too early to call it a saga?
  • 16:37
    If the women’s laser radial stays as it is, then Belgium’s Evi Van Acker will take the overall lead after race eight.
  • 16:38
    Annalise Murphy finishes in 10th place in race eight.  That means Murphy slips to second in the overall standings
  • 16:40
    Russia’s Maria Sharapova is through to the final of the women’s singles tennis at Wimbledon. She beat compatriot Maria Kirilenko  6-2, 6-3.
    Sharapova will play either Victoria Azarenka or Serena Williams in the final.
  • 16:41
    Federer and Del Potro are playing in the longest tennis match in Olympic history. It’s 17 games all in the final set.  I would have given up a long time ago. This is why I am not an athlete.
  • 16:44
    Roger Federer breaks Del Potro again in game 35 of the final set. He’s serving for the match.
  • 16:45
    Belgium’s Evi Van Ecker leads the women’s laser radial by one point. Ireland’s Annalise Murphy is in second place with 24 points.
  • 16:47
    The overall standings in the Women’s laser radial after eight races. It’s tight at the top.
    http://www.london2012.com/sailing/event/laser-radial-women/phase=saw103908/doc=summary.html
  • 16:49
    Federer has match point. Can he take it?
  • 16:50
    Ok, so Federer missed his first match point. He’s bound to take his second, right?
  • 16:52
    Game, set, match. Roger Federer wins the longest tennis match in Olympic history to reach the men’s singles final. He beat Juan Martin Del Potro, 3-6, 7-6, 19-17.
  • 17:00
    Spot the odd one out - womens' keirin (Tim Ireland/PA Wire)
    Spot the odd one out - womens' keirin (Tim Ireland/PA Wire)
  • 17:04
    I’m off to grab some power bars and isotonic drinks to keep my Olympic (live-blogging) dreams alive. Stay where you are – there’s plenty more action on the way this evening.
  • 18:19
    Annalilse Murphy dropped to second in the overall standings after races seven and eight in the women’s laser radial. She trails Belgium’s Evi Van Ecker by a solitary point. Initially Murphy extended her lead over van Acker when finishing second to China’s Lijia Xu in the race seven.
    But the Belgian battled it out with Sari Multala of Finland in the next race and took first by eight seconds to move to 23 points overall and into the slenderest of leads over Murphy, who finished 10th.

    Ireland’s David Burrows and Peter O’Leary qualified in for the Medal Race in ninth position of the men’s star. They were11th in race nine and seventh in race 10 giving them a total of 75 points which means they cannot get a medal in the men’s star.

    Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern finished 14th seventh and 15th in races 9, 10 and 11 this afternoon. It places them 11th overall. They have four races to make up ground before the Medal Race.

    James Espey had an indifferent day in the men’s laser. He finished in 28th and 27th in races seven and eight leaving him in 38th place in the overall standings.

    In the men’s 470 Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan could only muster24th and25th places finishes in races three and four meaning they lie 25th in the overall standings.
  • 18:22
    Ireland’s Joanne Cuddihy qualified for the women’s 400m this morning by finishing as the fastest runner-up (the first three in each race automatically qualified for the semis) with a time of 52.09 seconds. For the full story read more here - http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0803/1224321406099.html
  • 18:28
    Ireland’s only representative in the individual dressage, Anna Marveldt failed to qualify for the Special Grand Prix. Her score yesterday of 69.772 on Coryolano placed her 14th out of the 25 riders.
     
    However there were 25 more riders in action today and Marveldt was disposed. In order to progress Merveldt had to finish in the top 11 of the riders who haven’t already qualified in the team event.
  • 18:28
    And so to the Velodrome
  • 18:35
    Britain have broken yet another World Record at the velodrome. This time it’s the men team pursuit and it’s gold for Great Britain. The winning time? 3:51.659
  • 18:49
    So who’s looking forward to seeing a Rebel in action tonight?
  • 18:49
     Ciarán Ó Lionáird  (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
    Ciarán Ó Lionáird (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
  • 18:50
    If there is such a thing as a “soft” draw in the three heats of the men’s 1,500m then Ciarán Ó Lionáird might consider himself lucky to have received it, avoiding most of the big medal favourites. But with only the first six going through (plus the six fastest qualifiers), he’ll still need to produce a strong tactical race. The Achilles tendon injury that curtailed his training since the spring means his season’s best of 3:50.12 ranks him slowest of the 14 men in the heat, but if he gets close to his lifetime best of 3:34.46 he could make the semi-finals.
  • 18:52
    Victoria Pendleton v Anna Meares in the women’s Keirin – grudge match!
  • 18:58
  • 19:03
  • 19:03
    Pendleton v Meares is on!!!
  • 19:05
    Ryan Lochte - going for gold in more ways than one in the pool. He admitted today that he pees in the pool and did so warming up for the Olympics. Ugh!
  • 19:05
    Three laps to go.
  • 19:06
    Pendleton takes the gold!
  • 19:07
  • 19:08
    Vicky Pendleton really took off in the last two laps and the rest of the field just couldn’t keep up.
  • 19:09
    Anna Meares finished outside the medals.
  • 19:19
    You can find the full Olympics medal table here
  • 19:22
    Pat McQuaid, the President of the Union Cycliste Internationale is the only Irish man to have had his hands on any medals in London so far. He’s handing out the medals for the women’s keirin at the velodrome.
  • 19:23
    Victoria Pendleton is crying. If you watched the BBC documentary on her a few weeks ago that will not come as any surprise to you.
  • 19:26
    Andy Murray takes the first set (7-5) in the second men’s semi-final against Novak Djokovic
  • 19:31
    Serena Williams won the second women’s semi-final in straight sets. She beat Belarussia’s Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2. She will now face Maria Sharapova in the final.
  • 19:36
    Guest Falls in love with the inappropriate person, beats the hell out of the rest of the world, cries on the podeum...it is nice to now that some heros are human.
  • 19:41
    Vicky Pendleton -an emotional and very human athlete. Most importantly of all she is a fantastic cyclist.
  • 19:42
    Michael Phelps has won the 100m butterfly final, beating Chad Le Clos who defeated Phelps in the 200m fly final. Another gold for Phelps. Where does this guy get off?!
  • 19:44
  • 19:44
    Gold number 17 for Phelps. Is that all? Pathetic really.
  • 19:45
    The Olympics stadium is absolutely packed to the rafters and it looks amazing.
  • 19:48
    Missy Franklin bagged herself another gold - this time in the women’s 200m backstroke. Not enough for you? Ok, well she broke the world record too. 2:04.06 was her time.
  • 19:48
    Rebecca Adlington is up in the women’s 800m freestyle final.
  • 19:50
    I can’t watch the discus without thinking about just how bad I would be at it. Dangerous too.
  • 19:51
  • 19:54
    Half-way through the women’s 800m freestyle final and an American 15 year Katie Ledecky from America is leading and she’s swimming at world record pace.
  • 19:55
    Ledecky leads from Adlington. Then it’s Friis.
  • 19:55
    Ledecky is leading by a mile with 100m to go.
  • 19:58
    Ros And she's only 15!
  • 19:58
    Katie Ledecky wins it easily. Belmonte-Garcia takes silver for Spain. Rebecca Adlington has to settle for bronze. It was an exceptional swim from the 15 year old American.
  • 20:00
  • 20:09
    Now everybody chant! – Track and Field, Track and Field, Track and Field! (Repeat to fade)
  • 20:13
    Men’s 50m freestyle in the pool
  • 20:13
    Manadou from France wins the splash-fest
  • 20:15
    Manadou wins the gold with a time of 21.34
    Jones from American takes silver
    Cielo from Brazil only takes bronze
  • 20:17
    Andy Murray is serving for the match against Novac Djokovic!
  • 20:19
    The Olympic stadium - average eh? (REUTERS/Pool )
    The Olympic stadium - average eh? (REUTERS/Pool )
  • 20:23
    Why do they give athletes flowers on the podium? Completely unnecessary but totally macho all the same.
  • 20:24
    Ó’Lionáird is up now in the 1500m. Come on Ciarán (what a lovely first name he has).
  • 20:25
    Phelps has just thrown his flowers to a little girl in the crowd. I suppose it is worth giving the athletes flowers after all.
  • 20:27
    Heat 3 in the men’s 1500m up next.
  • 20:28
    We need a top six finish from Ó’Lionáird to be assured of progress. The top six fastest runners-up also qualify.
  • 20:30
    Ó’Lionáird well down the pecking order at the bell. Needs a big lap
  • 20:31
    200m from home Ó’Lionáird began to fade badly.
  • 20:31
    Ó’Lionáird comes home in 13th place. That won’t be enough to take him through.
  • 20:32
    New Zealand’s Willis wins Heat Three of the men’s 1500m
  • 20:32
  • 20:33
    Ó’Lionáird of course has been plagued with injuries in the build-up to the Olympics.
  • 20:36
    So Ciarán Ó’Lionáird will not progress but there’s no time to dwell on that. Michael Conlan, the youngest member of Ireland’s boxing team, takes on Ghana’s Duke Akeuth Micah in the last 16 of the flyweight division. Come on Michael!
  • 20:37
    Ó’Lionáird’s time was 3:48.35 which was actually a season’s best.
  • 20:45
    Michael Conlan is the hot favourite according to the RTE panel.
  • 20:47
    This is Michael Conlan’s first Olympics. He should look nervous. He doesn’t. Come on Conlan!
  • 20:48
    Duke Micah is one pretty cool name though
  • 20:48
    Conlan got quite the ovation at the ExCel Arena.
  • 20:48
    Ding Ding – Round 1 has begun
  • 20:52
    Round 1 – Conlan is three ahead
  • 20:53
    Round Two underway
  • 20:54
    Conlan lured Duke in and hit him with a lovely right.
  • 20:56
    Conlan wins the second round 7-3
  • 20:56
    Conlan now leads 12-5 overall. He’s firmly in control here.
  • 20:58
    Conlan is superb and ducking out of the line of punches and hitting on the counter.
  • 20:58
    It’s a controlled performance. Lovely right hand from Conlan
  • 20:59
    Conlan just needs to keep his defence up.
  • 21:00
    giles-y awesome!!! Go on Conlan ya boy!! Why can't we run or jump or swim like we box?
  • 21:00
    Michael Conlan will be through to the quarter-finals after that.
  • 21:01
    Conlan was always in control.
  • 21:01
    19-8 is the final scoring.
  • 21:02
    Round 1 – 5-2
    Round 2 – 7-3
    Ruond 3 – 7-3
  • 21:02
    Dominant.
  • 21:03
  • 21:04
    Conlan’s footwork was excellent.
  • 21:10
    Here’s a pretty good interview with Coleraine’s Alan Campbell in the immediate aftermath of his exertions in the single men’s scull where he claimed bronze for Britain. It’s pretty fair to say he’s tired. He had to be helped to the podium by Steve Redgrave. It gives some indication as to the level of dedication it takes to be an Olympic medallist.
  • 21:11
  • 21:12
    Stephen Despite the understandable blanket Team GB coverage by the BBC I've managed to follow all of Ireland's athlete's thanks to this blog - great work!
  • 21:14
    We aim to please. Covering the Irish athletes at the Olympics is a must. Luckily you don’t have too much longer to wait for our next Olympian.
    Fionnuala Britton is running in the 10,000m at 9.25pm.
  • 21:15
    Also worth remembering Adam Nolan will take on Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy, ranked 14th in the world, in the welterweight division at around 9.45pm.
  • 21:15
    giles-y I second Stephen's comments, though I am dealing with the even more monolithic NBC and team U.S.A. Fantastic service by Irish Times for all of us that are flung far and wide.
  • 21:17
    Dave Ryan i second those comments from Stephen, living in the uk its hard not to get caught up in the efforts of the GB team but the IT team have done a great job on this Blog keep me in touch with the Irish. Your also the funniest writer for thr IT's i know
  • 21:17
    Nice to know the blog is keeping those in Planet USA and other far flung places across the world (the UK and beyond) up to date. Plenty more action tonight so stick with us and by all means chip in with your comments.
  • 21:19
    Naturally any opinions that differ from mine will be placed in my own special folder that I have labelled the ‘lunacy corner.’
  • 21:20
    There is no hiding the challenge facing Fionnuala Britton here as she lines up against two of the best women distance runners of all time in Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Vivian Cheruiyot from Kenya, who will almost certainly decide the gold medal between them. Britton’s lifetime best of 31:29.22, ranking her 17th fastest of the 22 starters, can be improved and possibly get her inside the top 12.
  • 21:21
    Ciarán Ó’Lionáird is very emotional in the wake of his poor 1500m showing. He is dismissing his career as an athlete completely. Talking about finding something else do with his life.
  • 21:23
    “I’m getting away from it – I’ve had enough” – Ciarán Ó’Lionáird. That was really hard to watch. You’ve got to feel for a guy who clearly feels so conflicted.
  • 21:23
    Conor Halpin Sitting in the Olympic Park watching on big screen but relying on your updates!
  • 21:24
    Sitting in the Olympic Stadium and you’re reading this blog. I practically feel like I’m there too.
  • 21:24
    giles-y Ah ciaran! We are an existential people! Remember Harrington after the first British open - talking about quitting had things not come around eventually.
  • 21:25
    That was very much a heat-of-the moment interview in the wake of a disappointing performance from Ciarán Ó’Lionáird. He needs time to regroup.
  • 21:25
    Guest Seamus Cattaneo..Well done Conlan...Medal methinks!!!
  • 21:27
    Michael Conlan was certainly impressive in his victory over Ghana’s Duke Akeuth Micah in his flyweight bout. 19-12 was the winning margin.
  • 21:28
    Let’s turn our attention to Fionnuala Britton who runs in the 10,000m final. Come on Fionnuala!
  • 21:29
    I imagine if Fionnuala somehow wins a medal Team GB will be claiming it – her surname is Britton after all.
  • 21:31
    Fionnuala Britton is in seventh position. Early days of course.
  • 21:32
  • 21:36
    Fionnuala Britton is in fourth position.
  • 21:41
    It’s just the 25 laps of the track in the 10,000m at a speed that most people sprint. Sure, it’s a walk in the park really.
  • 21:41
    Fionnuala Britton just falling back a few places now.
  • 21:42
    15 laps to go and Fionnuala Britton is in ninth position.
  • 21:45
    Fionnuala Britton has dropped to 13th now
  • 21:47
    Remember Ireland’s Adam Nolan is in the ring in a few minutes. He’ll be fighting Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy, ranked 14th in the world, in the welterweight division.
  • 21:49
  • 21:52
    Fionnuala Britton is a long way behind now.
  • 21:55
    Adam Nolan takes his place in the red corner!
  • 21:56
    Come on Nolan!
  • 21:57
    Zamkovoy is on the offensive
  • 21:58
    Nolan with what looked like a nice right hand but the referee said that it was with the inside of the glove.
  • 21:58
    dara Come on Nolan!!
  • 21:59
    Round 1 – Nolan trails 3-2
  • 22:00
    Tentative round. Nolan did alright. Maybe needs to be more offensive in the second round.
  • 22:01
    A nice flurry of punches from Nolan. This is close.
  • 22:02
    Nolan needs to keep his ‘Garda’ up
  • 22:03
    That’s the end of the second round.
  • 22:04
    After two rounds Zamkovoy leads 9-6
  • 22:04
    Nolan needs a huge third round.
  • 22:05
    Good pressure from Nolan. Come on Adam!
  • 22:06
    The middle of the third round has become scrappy.
  • 22:07
    30 seconds left in Round Three.
  • 22:08
    The fight is over. Zamkovoy took that. Good effort from Adam Nolan.
  • 22:09
    Zamkovoy wins 18-9. Adam Nolan bows out.
  • 22:11
    First round -3-2
    Second round – 9-6
    Third round – 6-1
  • 22:13
    Apologies the scoring was as follows
    3-2/6-4/9-3
  • 22:14
    By the way Fionnuala Britton finished in 15th place in the women’s 10,000m in a time of 31:46.71
  • 22:16
    Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba won gold in the Women’s 10,000m with a season’s best run of 30:20.75.
    Kenya’s Kipyego and Cheruiyot took silver and bronze
  • 22:18
    Adam Nolan did his best but Zamkovoy had a lot of quality.
  • 22:22
    giles-y What is the current state of play with our boxers? How many have we left out of a total of how many?
  • 22:25
    We brought six Irish boxers to the Olympics. Darren O’Neill and Adam Nolan are now out.

    Paddy Barnes is in action tomorrow while John Joe Nevin and Michael Conlan are progressing nicely and of course we still have a certain Katie Taylor yet to box. You may have heard of her.
  • 22:27
    It’s fair to say Ciarán Ó’Lionáird is feeling quite conflicted about his performance tonight.
  • 22:33
    The seventh day of Olympics action is over on the live-blog. Seven Days! I feel like Craig David, except instead of meeting girls, taking them for drinks, making love and chilling, I’ve just been live-blogging.

    Needless to say it’s been real again today so keep it real tomorrow (that’s the way the cool kids are speaking these days) by checking back in on the irishtimes.com live-blog again tomorrow. Oh and if you don’t get tomorrow’s paper for all the best analysis and reaction to today’s action then there’ll be trouble. You’ll have me (or someone more imposing possibly) to answer to. Anyway, that’s it for today. Until tomorrow….