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  • 11:06
    Day Eight has been dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ with 25 gold medals up for grabs. The Irish are in action yet again and I'll have a full list of the Irish competitors up in a few minutes.
  • 11:08
    What a fantastic finish we’ve just witnessed in the women’s triathlon.  All three medallists basically fell over the line.
    Nicola Spirig from Switzerland and Lisa Norden crossed the line at the same time. It was a photo finish but Nicola Spirig has been awarded the gold medal while Lisa Norden has to settle for silver.
  • 11:09
    Australia’s Erin Densham took the bronze medal in the women’s triathlon.
  • 11:12
    Ireland’s Aileen Morrison finished 43rd  in the women’s triathlon in a time of 2:08:16. The Derry woman fell off her bike on lap one of the cycle.
  • 11:13
  • 11:15
    Unfortunately, Tori Pena who is representing Ireland in the Pole Vault has failed in all three of her attempts at the entry height of 4.10m and she bows out.
  • 11:16
    There has been yet another boxing controversy and by now you probably know what it relates to – yep, the scoring.

    Boxing’s world governing body AIBA has upheld a second appeal in the Olympic boxing tournament and reinstated American welterweight Errol Spence at the expense of India’s Krishan Vikas.

    To widespread disbelief, Vikas was awarded a 13-11 verdict on Friday despite being dominated by Spence in the closing rounds.

    You can read the full story here -
    http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/other/2012/0804/1224321463575.html
  • 11:19
    There was better news for Ireland in rowing where Sanita Puspure won the C final of the women’s single sculls in a time of 7:59.77, nearly eight seconds ahead of Micheen Thornycroft of Zimbabwe.
  • 11:31
    Aileen Morrison  (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne )
    Aileen Morrison (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne )
  • 11:35
    Britain are leading the men’s fours olmypic rowing final from Australia. In the closing stages now. This is tight.
  • 11:36
    Britain have won gold in the men’s fours final. Australia take silver.
  • 11:39
    Sad news this morning – a true great of Irish sports writing has passed away this morning. Con Houlihan has died.
  • 11:39
    Austin Con Houlihan RIP
  • 11:39
  • 11:44
    Here’s a list of all of the Irish competitors in action today.

    From 10.30am: Equestrian

    Cian O’Connor and Billy Twomey start the individual showjumping competition, which runs until next Wednesday.

    11.35am: 3000m steeplechase

    Drawn in the second of three heats, and with only the top four in each heat plus the three fastest losers going through to the final, Stephanie Reilly will almost certainly have to improve her best of 9:42.91 to have any chance.

    Noon: Sailing

    Annalise Murphy goes in to the final two fleet races (12.05pm and 1.20pm) with the chance of a medal tantalisingly close. Lying in second place overall, just one point behind Belgium’s Evi van Acker, she looks good for a high placing before Monday’s medal race.

    In the 470, Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan’s tough times continue. They lie 25th overall but will hope to pull themselves up the field at 2pm and 3.15pm.

    James Espey finishes off his Olympics in the Laser with his final two races at noon and 1.15pm. In 36th place overall, unfortunately he has no chance of making the medal race.

    2pm: Boxing

    Making his London debut Paddy Barnes takes on Thomas Essomba of Cameroon in the last 16. The 24-year-old, who also fought at the 2008 Games, had a 13-10 win over a Moroccan opponent in the first round but Ireland’s bronze medal winner should have enough to reach the quarter-finals.

    5pm: Men’s 20km walk final

    The 50km next Saturday is his main focus but the competitive Cork athlete Rob Heffernan won’t be for off the leaders either on the 20km circuit around The Mall.

    8.05pm: Women’s 400m semi-finals

    After a somewhat lucky escape in the heats to qualify as a fastest loser, Joanne Cuddihy is drawn in lane two, and must hold off the challenge of the likes of Christine Ohuruogu and Sanya Richards-Ross to make the final, with only the top two, and the two fastest losers, progressing.
  • 11:50
    Sanita Puspure - C Final winner (Inpho)
    Sanita Puspure - C Final winner (Inpho)
  • 11:54
    Stephanie Reilly is off in the steeplechase.
  • 11:55
    DM When I was much younger, I read Con (evening Press) on the way home from work on the bus, general sporting reports, they were always fantastic and many times I actually Laughed out Loud (embarassing) at his descriptions of the sporting plays of the day and the way he could relate these to and give you a clear pen picture of common everyday events. A GENIUS ...... Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
  • 11:56
    Stephanie Reilly is currently in seventh place.
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  • 12:04
    Britain have taken another gold at Eton Dorney in the rowing. This time Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking win gold in the women’s lightweight double sculls.
    Kat Copeland was pretty funny in her post-race interview. She said,
    “I know this isn’t the Oscars but can I just say thank to my mum and dad?.” 
  • 12:04
    Mannix I'll never forget his Evening Press column, specifically the one in which he reported Shergar's Derby win.
  • 12:06
    Many tributes are pouring in for Con Houlihan who sadly passed away this morning.
  • 12:09
    Stephanie Reilly finished in ninth in Heat 2 of the women’s 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:44.77, nearly two seconds slower than her personal best of 9:42.91
  • 12:15
    Has anyone seen ‘Lost in Translation?’

    There was some confusion over German-born British cyclist Philip Hindes’ apparent admission that he fell off his bike on purpose after a bad start. It was later dismissed as having been lost in translation – Hindes didn’t in fact fall on purpose. That’d never happen. Ever.
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  • 12:18
    Stephanie Reilly’s ninth place finish was less than two seconds off her personal best. A good run. She finished in ninth place.
  • 12:23
    Emmet You can see Chris Hoy's awkward smile I've cheered for Pendleton, Ennis, Grainger and Wiggins. I do not have a British bias, but this and the fact that Agogo got the judge's decision in the boxing qf against the Ukrainian have been 2 of the most dissapoointing aspects of the Olympics if you ask me!
  • 12:25
  • 12:30
    Heat One of the men’s 100m. Oh yeah, it’s on!!!
  • 12:31
    Tyson Gay wins Heat 1 in 10.08
  • 12:34
    So, the women’s triathlon finish was thrilling and incredibly close. Swiss woman Nicola Spirig was eventually awarded the gold and Lisa Norden of Sweden (who posted the same time as Spirig) had to settle for silver. What do you think?
  • 12:40
    Triathlon photo finish
    Triathlon photo finish
  • 12:42
    Austin a dead heat. so they should have a playoff of some sort.maybe a game of keep-uppy or just get them to do the Wipeout course
  • 12:43
    Anyone looking forward to seeing a young man by the name of Usain Bolt?
  • 12:44
  • 12:45
    Dara What time is Paddy Barnes fighting today?
  • 12:46
    Paddy Barnes will be in the ring at 2pm
  • 12:46
    lor My hubby and I have been debating this since the finish. So hard to tell. one has feet first, other has head first but since it was the chest that counted it is so difficult to tell! i think it should be a double gold. Maybe there is a market for push up sports bras for potential situations like this...
  • 12:47
    DM LOR ------- LOL
  • 12:47
    The women’s triathlon was so close that they should just give them both gold medals.
  • 12:49
    America’s Ryan Bailey just ran a 9.88 in the men’s 100m. Wow! This is going to be an amazing 100m final.
  • 12:49
    Bajer Looks like Annalise is safe and that Young has been black flagged
  • 12:49
  • 12:54
    Usain in the membrane, Usain in the brain! Bolt is in lane seven.
  • 12:55
    The television cameras appear to be focussing on just one athlete in this heat of the men’s 100m final.
  • 12:55
    Bolt wins it in 10.08 and he was strolling.
  • 12:57
    Bolt looked like he was going for a jog there
  • 12:59
    The next two heats of the men’s 100m have two more Jamaicans. First up in Heat 5 is Asafa Powell and then Yohan Blake races in Heat 6. Jamaica can fairly produce the sprinters eh?
  • 13:00
    Marie I think if they can give two bronze medals in the boxing they should give two golds for the triathlon. It is too close to separate with both girls being awarded the same time over two hours. Phenomenal finish
  • 13:03
    Asafa Powell is a dude!
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  • 13:04
    Powell wins Heat 5 in 10.04. Britain’s Adam Gemili finishes second in 10.11
  • 13:05
    Annalise Murphy is fifth in race nine of the women’s laser radial. More importantly she’s ahead of her closest rivals in the overall standings.
  • 13:07
    Austin powell out of his lane there.will he be dq
  • 13:07
    Asafa Powell looked like he might have just strayed out of his lane at the tail end of his race. He had it sewn up of course. It’d be terrible if he was disqualified.
  • 13:10
    Yohan Blake is running in Heat 6 of the men’s 100m now.
  • 13:10
    Dan It's only a DQ if he impedes which he didn't
  • 13:10
    Asafa Powell – safe it seems, even if he strayed into another lane at the end of his race.
  • 13:10
    Emmet If you look at Powell in the replay, he was looking right for last 35 metres or so of his race, not sure why? shouldn't be DQ'd though, because it effected nobody/nothing else
  • 13:11
    Blake wins it in 10 seconds flat.
  • 13:12
  • 13:13
    Annalise Murphy is in sixth place now in race 9 of the women’s laser radial.
  • 13:17
    Britain’s Dwayne 'don’t mention the ban' Chambers is racing in the final heat of the men’s 100m.
  • 13:20
    Dwain Chambers wins it in a time of 10.02. The Olympic Stadium gave him a good cheer when he was introduced.
  • 13:32
    Bajer Annalise up to 2nd
  • 13:32
  • 13:35
    Bolt - the only way is up (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach )
    Bolt - the only way is up (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach )
  • 13:35
    Leslie NY Go Annalise, Please keep us posted
  • 13:35
  • 13:36
    Annalise Murphy is down to third.
  • 13:37
  • 13:42
    Oscar Pistorious has made history today by being the first double amputee to compete at the Olympic Games. The South African finished in second place in the opening heat of the 400m in a time of 45.44sec to qualify for the semi-finals.
  • 13:44
    Annalise Murphy has finished in third place in race nine of the women’s laser radial!
  • 13:45
    Leslie NY Well done Annalise.
  • 13:46
    Guest Stuck away in Asia, erratic updates all week. What does this mean for annalise?
  • 13:46
    Annalise Murphy regains the lead in the overall standards. She leads Belgium’s Evi Van Acker and Lijia Xu by four points.
  • 13:47
    Paddy Barnes is fighting in around 10 minutes.
  • 13:50
  • 13:55
    Make some noise for Paddy Barnes. Or alternatively just follow his progress here. Actually, don’t make noise. You’ll look odd shouting at a screen.
  • 13:55
    DM Have seen Annalise Murphy interviewed a few times over the last week. She seems to really have her feet on the ground and she is a CREDIT to her family and her Country. Fingers Crossed for you young lady......
  • 13:55
    Annalise Murphy has showed real composure in every way this week.
  • 14:00
    Kenny Egan has just told everyone about a great one-liner that Paddy Barnes hit him with.
    “If I had 10 kilos on me Kenny I'd bust you."
  • 14:05
    Paddy Barnes has got personality but he’s also one serious boxer. Thomas Essomba from Cameroon is his opponent. Come on Paddy!
  • 14:07
    Ding ding - Round 1
  • 14:07
    Paddy Barnes can’t be accused of letting his guard down often.
  • 14:08
    According to Jimmy Magee has produced ‘an abundance of small men’ over the years. That it has Jimmy, that it has.
  • 14:10
    Round 1 – Barnes leads 5-3
  • 14:11
  • 14:12
    Paddy Barnes’ protector has slipped and is readjusted by his corner – Jimmy Magee “You better say nothing, it could be misconstrued.”
  • 14:12
    Hilary Can you tell us what time is Annalise Murphy's next race starting at. The schedule says 13.40.
  • 14:13
    Annalise Murphy should be out for race 10 in a few minutes
  • 14:14
    Some nice counters from Barnes.
  • 14:15
    Round 2 –Barnes took that round 6-4
  • 14:15
  • 14:17
    This is a controlled third round from Paddy Barnes.
  • 14:19
    Paddy Barnes will have won that one.
  • 14:20
    Barnes wins 15-10
  • 14:20
    Round 1 – 5-3
    Round 2 – 6-4
    Round 3 – 4-3
    Total - Barnes wins 15-10
  • 14:20
    Anthony Well done Paddy and Go Annalise! Thanks for the blog. I'm back to Oz after some time in Ireland. Won't see or hear much about the Irish competitors here, so great to see some live updates.
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  • 14:24
    Maybe Paddy had his phone down his shorts that time. Can’t do without his twitter.
  • 14:26
    Eric haha, legendary from Barnes. I love our fighters...
  • 14:26
    Serena Williams is already a break up on Maria Sharapova in the first set of the women’s singles final at Wimbledon.
  • 14:29
    Equestrian: Cian O'Connor jumps clear, Billy Twomey had four faults earlier. O'Connor joint first with 30 others after one round
  • 14:33
    Paddy Barnes will know who he’s fighting next after one more round. There’s an upset on the cards. India’s Devendro Singh Laishram is beating the number four seed Serdamba Purevdorj from Mongolia.
  • 14:35
    Annalise Murphy is in third place in Race 10 of the women’s laser radial.
  • 14:36
    Van Acker is in fourth. Xu leads.
  • 14:36
    Eric Come on Annalise! still edge of my seat. im late for lunch, but dont care. She's brilliant!
  • 14:37
  • 14:38
    Paddy Barnes will fight India’s Devendro Singh Laishram in the quarter-finals of the men’s light flyweight division on Wednesday at 8.45pm
  • 14:40
    The top five in the overall standings of the women’s laser radial make up the top five in race 10.
  • 14:43
    Annalise is currently in third place which would keep her in the overall lead. Just.
  • 14:46
    Bouwmeester and Xu are first and second in race 10 of the women’s laser radial. There’s a bit of distance between the leading pair and Annalise in third.
  • 14:46
    Hilary I know nothing about sailing but my heart is in my mouth. C'mon Annalise. Hope she increases her advantage for Monday's race!
  • 14:51
    Annalise Murphy is down to fifth.
  • 15:01
    Annalise Murphy is still in fifth place in the women’s laser radial.
  • 15:06
    Serena Williams is 3-1 up in the second set at the Women’s singles tennis final. Williams won the first set 6-0. Impressive.
  • 15:06
    Eric Does anybody else think of Dr. Evil and say "frickin' 'Laser' Radial"?... no?... anyone?
  • 15:07
    Annalise Murphy is still fifth in race ten of the women’s “frickin’” laser radial.
  • 15:11
    Annalise Murphy has dropped to seventh now in Race 10
  • 15:13
    Ian Millar, known as Captain Canada, made his 10th Olympic appearance today in the equestrian. His fist games were Munich 1972! Facts.
  • 15:14
    Annalise Murphy is seventh in Race 10 which would put her down to third in the overall standings.
  • 15:15
  • 15:16
    I’m actually proud of myself that I haven’t used any medal/meddle puns yet. That’ll change soon no doubt.
  • 15:16
  • 15:17
    Kenny Egan was sporting (never has verb been more perfect for a sentence) a questionable denim jacket on RTE today.
  • 15:19
    Annalise is seventh at the minute in the women’s laser radial. It’s all very close out there.
  • 15:22
    Seventh place finish for Annalise Murphy in Race 10.
  • 15:25
    Annalise is third in the overall standings as she heads for the Medal Race (where points are doubled) on Monday. She is just one point behind Marit Bouwmeester from Holland and China’s Lijia Xu who both have 33 points.
  • 15:33
    I’m not just some live-blogging machine you know. I’m a real human with real feelings and real needs. Right now, that need is food. So I’m going to leave you in the much more capable hands of Carl O’Malley as I refuel. I’ll be over on the GAA live-blog when I get back (you can take boy out of county down and all that). As Arnold Schwarzenegger said, I’ll be Governor of California….no, wait, I’ll be back.
  • 15:45
    Hi. I'll open, in that time honoured journalistic fashion, with somebody else's work. Props to British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili who was upstaged on the Tube in London by Venezuelan gold medalist fencer Ruben Limardo.
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    He's just like real people!!
  • 15:57
    The Guardian are running with an interesting yarn about Lithuanian fan/knuckle dragger being fined 2,500 English clams this week after he admitted "racially aggravated behaviour" (Nazi gestures and monkey chants to you and me) at a basketball match against Nigeria.

    The Lithuanian's have been told by the International Basketball Federation that anymore of that nonsese will not be tolerated.

    "We are absolutely against any of this and we have indicated to the Lithuanian delegation that it would be better for them if they were to communicate with their fans," an IBF secretary general Patrick Baumann said today.

    "We are absolutely against any of this and we have indicated to the Lithuanian delegation that it would be better for them if they were to communicate with their fans," he said.

    "If it happens, it is going to have other consequences beyond the London Games," Baumann said. "This is about respecting their opponents, it is about respecting the Games, the Olympic values, and it is a celebration of friendship between people from all over the world."
  • 15:57
    Pat Cannon How come the liveblog says that Annalise is 3rd overall, but the Irish Times website states that she came third in the last race and is now in first position overall?
  • 15:59
    That, Pat, would be down to the immediacy of this here blog-a-ma-jig and the comparitively slow publishing time of the editorial content management system. However, if you click HERE, you will find said story has been updated.
  • 16:08
    Pat Cannon Thanks. I realised shortly after I posted it, that I'm an idiot.
  • 16:09
    Really, it's not you, it's us.
  • 16:10
    Back to the sailing and Ger Owen and Scott Flanigan improved on previous results today byt finishing 15th in the 470. It did little for them, though, and they remained 24th of 27 with another race to go today.
  • 16:13
    James Espey has completed race 10 of the men's Laser and finished 36th after a 35th place finished today.
  • 16:13
    Hilary Do you know if any tv channels will be showing the medal race for the women's laser radial on Monday?
  • 16:14
    I think it's very unlikely RTE will turn down the chance to show an event we actually have a chance of winning a medal in.
  • 16:18
    In fact, RTE have already confirmed they will show Murphy's medal race.
  • 16:23
    News of the Britons now!

    It seems nothing can stop heroic home hope Jessica Ennis's unstoppable march to gold in the heptathlon.  After six events she leads the way and stands on 5971 points, 188 points ahead of her nearest rival Austra Skujyte of Lithuania.

    "Today's been a brilliant day," said Ennis. "I was really anxious today having had such a good day yesterday and not knowing if the long jump and events like that were going to go the way I wanted them to."

    "But I was made up to have thos two performances today. I was so nervous but it does help having this crowd."

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  • 16:48
    The men's pursuit is now on in the Velodrome. I'm not sure I understand it, really. It looks like some sort strange of mating ritual, where one rider flirts with the other, looking over his shoulder while wiggling his arse, before screaming 'chase me, chase me'.

    I'm sure that's not what it is, though. Can anyone explain?
  • 16:55
    Rob Herffernan is about to get underway in the 20km walk - another event tin which booty shaking is a pre-requisite. He stands as a good chance as anyone, really, and we'll keep an eye on his progress, with Ian O'Riordan due to file some copy later.
  • 16:59
    Serena Williams, by the way, has blitzed poor oul Maria Sharapova's  to take gold. 62 minutes, it took her.
  • 17:05
    In the basketball, the USA have beaten Lithuania 99-94 after LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony saw them over the line, just.
  • 17:07
  • 17:14
    That Yusuke Suzuki has some engine, he's opened the gap between himself, Heffernan and the gaggle of walkers behind him to a full 20 yards.
  • 17:18
    I know this is a serious sport but the chasing pack does look like a determined horde of pensioners who have just seen the doors of the Arnott's Xmas sale opened before them. That Le Creuset casserole dish won't last long at that price.
  • 17:24
    Back at the Velodrome, Martyn Irvine of Newtonards is taking part in the Omnium. He's fifth after seven sprints (25 points).
  • 17:26
    20 of those points came for lapping the field.
  • 17:27
    In the walking, Heffernan is third, seven seconds down on Suzuki.
  • 17:30
    Michael Phelps, who hangs up his ample flippers this evening, after the 4x100m medley relay, is coming to terms with things on Twitter by quoting noted philosopher and thinker ... Dr Seuss.

    "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
  • 17:33
    Irvine has dropped back to fifth now. According to the BBC they've "still got the elimination race to come, in which a rider gets taken out after every lap".

    Crikey, that's a bit harsh. Top level sport, eh?
  • 17:37
    That's it in the omnium. Irvine's core coming up.
  • 17:40
    After 12 sprints in the 30km points race, the second event of the omnium, Irvine is ninth overall. He came sixth in the PR with 40 points. Four more events to go
  • 17:41
    The 'elimination race' is the only other event today.
  • 17:46
    Heffernan was 12th through the 10km marker, a whole five seconds behind the the two Chinese joint-leaders. Turns out Suzuki was a smokescreen, he's dropped back to 37th, around 40 seconds of Wang and Chen.
  • 17:47
  • 17:49
    Heffernan back in the mix in fifth now.  Frenchman Bertrand Moulinet has taken up the walking.
  • 17:51
    The good people at 101greatgoals have the goals from Mexico's 4-2 win over Senegal
  • 17:56
    Thousands of people have turned up at The Mall to cheer on the walkers. I wonder how many will waddle home, timing themselves and sneering at the normal, primitive bipeds they leave in their dust.
  • 17:58
    Heffernan has dropped off the pace a little. He prefers the 50km walk, by the way, so this is basically a sprint for him. Still, he's hanging in there.
  • 17:59
    Chen and Wang, a formidable double-act from China, have moved to the front again.
  • 18:06
    Much like Wang and Chen have done to the field, I gave you a bit of a bum steer on Irvine there. He is, in fact, seventh, not ninth, in the omnium after 46 in the points race.

    Blame BBC. Or anyone but me.
  • 18:07
    The elimination race will start at 6.35pm.
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  • 18:13
    Chen has brought them into the last lap of the 20km walk. A child prodigy at walking, apparently, he walked out of the delivery room. Was tying his laces at two months. You can't teach that.
  • 18:16
    In an extraordinary display of hubris, Chen is high-fiving the crowd with 2km to go.
  • 18:19
    Defending champion Valeriy Borchin of Russia has collapsed into the barriers. Exhausted.
  • 18:20
    That's it. Heffernan ninth in the 20km walk. One minute 32 seconds behind.
  • 18:35
    Paddy Barnes has been lamenting the trappings of fame in the Olympic village.

    "I've been walking around the village getting chased by all these athletes. (Usain) Bolt, (Asafa) Powell and Tyson Gay chasing me for autographs and pictures. I had to stop giving them."
  • 18:39
    Martyn Irvine is back on track for the elimination race. Basically who ever is last at the end of every other lap gets 'taken out'. It's pure drama, I'm told. So, here we go.
  • 18:44
    So far the Dutch rider, the Spaniard, the Chilean and the Hong Kong rider have gone. Irvine has dodged the bullet once again.
  • 18:44
    No he hasn't. He's gone.
  • 18:46
    This is great stuff, actually. It's got the discipline and skill of elite sport, coupled with the giddy excitemtent of a full-blooded game of bulldog's charge.
  • 18:48
    You can watch it HERE if you want
  • 18:50
    Irvine went out fourth, rather than fifth. The Hong Kong rider got a reprieve for some reason.
  • 19:21
    Felix Sanchez of  the Dominican Rep was quickest in the 400m hurdles semi-finals. Times and results HERE
  • 19:22
    And HERE is Ian O'Riordan's report from the 20k walk. Heffernan set a season's best.
  • 19:47
  • 20:05
    The women's 100m semi-finals have taken place. Carmelita Jeter was quickest.
  • 20:06
    And Joanne Cuddihy is off in the 400m semi-finals.
  • 20:07
    And she has run a great race to finish 5th. She won't qualify for the final but that was a great effort from the Kilkenny woman.
  • 20:09
    Cuddihy ran a creditable 51.88 seconds, .45 outside her personal best.

    America's Sanya Richards-Ross won the race ahead of Britain's Christine Ohurougu. They are guaranteed a place in the final.
  • 20:37
    HERE are the women's 400m results in full. Waiting for quotes from Joanne. Hopefully we'll get some.
  • 20:46
    And there it is! Another gold for Michael Phelps in the 4x100m relay, his last ever race. That's 18 golds for the Baltimore bullet. 22 Olympic medals in total. BORING!!
  • 20:58
    Now, don't say we don't deliver, or RTE don't deliver, rather. Here's Joanne.

    "It was always going to be a massively outside shot to get into the final. We talked about game plan and how to run it. Yesterday I was especially down after my race because when you die in the last 30 (metres), it just leaves you with that feeling that you've died!"

    "The plan today was to use the stagger to my advantage, to really control the first 200 and it's hard to do that in these circumstances because you have to be quite strong minded, not to just want to go. But I was determined to finish strong and the idea was that other people in the race would be speculating, would be putting all their cards on the table early, because it was an Olympic semi-final and that maybe, just maybe,  they would start to die like I did yesterday and that I could claw back into it.

    "Now unfortunately I left myself too much to do and they didn't die as much as hoped. Overall, obviously, I'd have liked to come away with a much faster time but like i said, it was a plan, I did the best I could, and I think it was the right plan to try and get into the final, but obviously it didn't quite work.

    The time was "groundbreaking", she said, but after the fear of missing out on qualification after her first heat yesterday, Cuddihy was happy to have had another chance to take in the atmosphere.

    "It's an exciting thing to be a part  of. The noise is just phenomenal. Especially, yesterday I had already mentally dealt with going out, so it was just such a thrill to realise that I was wrong and I got a chance to experience it all again. Because otherwise it feels like it's all over before it began."
  • 20:59
    Jessican Ennis is on the track for heptathlon 800m, her last event before being crowned Olympic champion.
  • 21:00
    And she's headed out in front from the gun.
  • 21:01
    The roar in the stadium is load even on d'telly. This will be some reception.
  • 21:01
    Schwarzkopgf has nipped into the lead before the last bend. Has she a kick?
  • 21:03
    She sure does! She blew them cookies in the last 100m and the waterworks have begun.  An amazing achievement, really. Utterly dominant.
  • 21:16
    The men's 10,000m is about to start. Ethiopia's Bekele v Somalia's Mo Farah
  • 21:17
    Bekele's younger brother Tariku is in this race as well. One's bad enough. Poor Mo.
  • 21:19
  • 21:26
    And Britain have another gold. Greg Rutherford has taken the top gong in the long jump. Them across the water have really found their mojo. 8.31 metres was his best to beat Mitchell Watt of Australia and Will Claye of the US of A.
  • 21:31
    Cuddihy, Heffernan, Murphy and rest of the Irish can be found HERE.
  • 21:38
    8 laps to go in the 10,000m now. All the major playas are still there. Two Kenyans out in fron but the Bekeles and Farah are in touch.
  • 21:43
    Farah has moved into the lead and looks completely at ease leading them around with four laps to go.
  • 21:45
    This looks like it's going to some finish. Two laps to go. Farah has Bekele junior and Kenyan Masai for company.
  • 21:45
    There's teh bell. Farah has kicked but they are chasing him down.
  • 21:50
    And another gold for Britain. A race that cannot be done just by the medium of a text-based commentary tool.

    He sprinted the last lap and he was tracked by Bekele jnr and snr, but he kicked again, he had more, and tore down the home stretch.

    And, what's more, as the two Ethiopians were being left behind, Farah's American training partner Galen Rupp zips past them too.
  • 21:50
    Mick 10000 probably the most exiting race of the games so far!
  • 21:51
    Fantastic, Mick. That was sensational.
  • 22:00
    And to round it off the women's 100m Olympic champion is Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce. It takes you longer to say her name than it did for her to retain her title. The Jamaican won in 10.75 seconds ahead of Carmelita Jeter of the States and her compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown
  • 22:02
    George Hamilton uses the obscure Franki Valli reference he's been planning all evening.

    'Oh, what a night'
  • 22:02
    Paul What a night of athletics!.....who could have thought it could be so exciting. Well done GB.
  • 23:17
    Well, that's it from me. A round-up of all the major stories from a magical day of athletics can be found HERE.

    Thanks for joining us. We'll be back again tomorrow, when the Irish interest begins with trap shooter Derek Burnett.

    SUNDAY

    9am: Trap shooting

    Going in his fourth Olympic Games, Derek Burnett will be hoping to improve on his best ever finish of seventh place in Athens. Disappointed by his 29th place in Beijing, the Athlone shooter qualified for London thanks to a bronze medal at this year’s European Championships and has an outside chance of a medal here if his aim holds true.

    From 10am: Track Cycling

    Martyn Irvine goes in the final pair of events in the omnium, the pursuit and scratch race.

    11am: Women’s marathon

    With 119 women entered to run, the challenge facing the Irish is evident by the fact that Irish champion Linda Byrne is ranked 97th, Ava Hutchinson is ranked 92nd, Catriona Jennings is ranked 95th. Sixty of the starters have bettered the 2:30 barrier; none of the Irish have.

    From 1pm: Sailing

    Disqualification in Thursday’s race seven dealt a virtual death blow to the medal chances of Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star. They have qualified for the medal race in ninth place but lying 45 points behind third place Sweden it’s mathematically impossible for them to take a medal in what has been a good regatta for them.

    In the 49er, Ireland’s pair of Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern slipped back in yesterday’s three races and now lie in 11th overall. They’ll hope to pull themselves back into the top 10 today with good performances at noon and 12.45.

    8.45pm: Boxing

    With the prospect of a medal tantalisingly close, John Joe Nevin goes toe to toe with Oscar Valdez in a bantamweight quarter-final. The Mexican qualified for the last Games at the age of 17 and became the first boxer from his country to take a medal at the world championships, taking a bronze in 2009. Nevin has looked comfortable in these games so far but will have his work cut out for him to make the semi-finals.