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  • 11:17
    So after ‘Super Saturday’ when 25 gold medals were up for grabs (did Britain win them all?) we take it that little bit easier on Sunday where there’s just the 23 gold medals at stake – they’re getting lazy if you ask me.

    There’s the small matter of the men’s 100m semi-finals and final tonight where Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and America’s Ryan Bailie are all vying to create their own little bit of Olympic history.

    Once again the Irish are in action and we’re hoping that boxer John Joe Nevin can progress from the quarter-finals of his bantamweight division to assure Ireland of its first medal at the London Games. If the Mullingar man can overcome Mexican Oscar Valdez Fierro tonight at 8.45pm at the ExCel Arena he will be guaranteed a bronze medal at the very least.

    You can see the full list of Irish competitors in action today below

    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.
  • 11:18
    Just an updated in the trap shooting – It has been a great start for Derek Burnett. The Longford man was in provisional third place after the first round of five.
  • 11:19
    Paddy Barnes may have progressed to the light flyweight quarter-finals by defeating Thomas Essomba of Cameroon 15-10 in his last 16 bout at the ExCel Arena yesterday but arguably he faced his toughest opponent in the aftermath of the fight – RTE’s Marty Morrissey.

    Barnes proved himself to be as quick-witted outside the ring as he is fleet footed in it.

    He lures Marty in first with a Scooby Doo joke before explaining that he’s been dodging celebrities all week who have been chasing his autograph – apparently Usain Bolt wasn’t fast enough to catch him. As if that wasn’t enough Paddy Barnes did his best to get a few more followers on Twitter by advertising his username on the container he was drinking from. If Paddy can move as quickly as he talks then he’ll be unstoppable this week.
  • 11:19
  • 11:21
    Here’s a slightly clearer video of that Paddy Barnes interview with Marty Morrissey –
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xsmnb9_paddybarnesinterview_webcam
  • 11:22
    The women’s marathon has begun. Perfect marathon conditions out there in that it’s lashing rain. Remember, Ireland has three athletes competing - Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson and Catriona Jennings. We’ll keep you updated with their progress.
  • 11:26
    Linda Byrne is the best placed of Irish marathon runner at the minute – she’s in 86th  position, Ava Hutchinson is in 89th while Caitriona Jennings is further back in 107th but remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

    There is a large group of runners at the front with America’s Shalene Flanagan (who surely is of Irish descent) among them.
  • 11:35
    Britain really did perform superbly yesterday. Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all won gold for Britain in the Olympic Stadium. Three gold medals in one hour. Not bad, eh?

    You could say the BBC analysts were happy when they knew Mo Farah was going to complete a remarkable night for Team GB.
  • 11:47
  • 11:48
    In the Men's Trap shooting, Derek Burnett got 23/25 in Round two of five. He is currently 20th out of 34 competitors- six shooters have perfect scores.
  • 11:54
    In equestrian action Cian O'Connor had eight faults in the round two qualifier at the showjumping. He is currently in joint sixth place
  • 12:00
    Ireland’s Linda Byrne is 85th while Ava Hutchinson is 86th after nearly an hour’s running in the women’s marathon. Caitriona Jennings is just slightly further back in 110th place. No one runner has been able to break away from the leading pack but Japan’s Yoshimi Ozaki and Risa Shigetomo were the leading pair after 15km.
  • 12:08
    So 204 countries are competing at this Olympic Games – only 52 have won medals. It’s just a matter of time before Ireland joins that elite list surely?
  • 12:22
    So if you live in a country that is land locked and is effectively 80% desert it’s unlikely that you’re ever going to make it to Olympics as a rower, right? Wrong.

    Niger’s Hamadou Djibo Issaka competed in the men’s singles sculls at Eton Dorney after Niger was granted a wildcard for the event. Despite finishing last in his heat, nearly two minutes slower than the winning mark set later on Friday by New Zealand's gold medallist Mahe Drysdale he received a huge ovation from an appreciative crowd.

    The 35 year old gardener only began rowing three months ago and trained in Egypt and Tunisia and now plans to compete in the Olympics again in four years time in Rio.

    Issaka was frank about his performance in the boat. He said, “I have no technique, I only rely on power.” More power to him I say.
     
    We had ‘Eric the Eel’ in Sydney and now we have ‘Issaka the Otter’ in London. You’ve just got to love these kinds of stories 
  • 12:23
  • 12:40
    A group of five athletes have broken clear of the chasing pack in the women’s marathon. Mary Jepkosgei Keitany, Mare Dibaba, Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat, Tiki Gelana and Priscah Jeptoo have pulled away from the rest of the field. There’s around eight miles left to run.
  • 12:41
    Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson and Caitriona Jennings are well down the field.
  • 12:44
    It’s an Olympic of firsts in many respects and we’ve just had the first female slamdunk in Olympic history. Elizabeth Cambage of Australia, take a bow. 

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xslcim_asdasd_shortfilms?search_algo=2
  • 12:47
    Ireland’s Peter O’Leary and David Burrows will compete in the men’s star medal race at around 1pm. They currently lie in ninth position and even though the points are doubled in the final race of the event, they cannot finish amongst the medals.
  • 13:06
    An Olympic medal even in an individual event is often the work of a team of coaches and mentors. Well, one American athlete has the best coach in the business apparently – God!

    Yes, 29 year old marathon runner Ryan Hall adheres to a rigorous programme of ‘faith based coaching.’ Hall finished 10th in the men’s marathon at the Beijing Games four years ago and runs again in the men’s event next Sunday. So much for keeping holy the Sabbath eh?
  • 13:06
  • 13:06
    Ollie m. pick Do you think nevin has it in him to take the fight tonight, our will will it be like the euros, ireland are just glad to be competing?
  • 13:13
    I think John Joe Nevin has a great chance of progressing tonight. His Mexican opponent Oscar Valdez will definitely have more class than anyone he has faced so far but Nevin is certainly not just there to make up the numbers.
  • 13:13
    Eric ´Thank you God for training me and helping me win an almost meaningless race, abstractly speaking´, Ryan Hall said, as around the globe people continued dying and killing each other for ridiculously trivial reasons.
  • 13:15
    Ryan Hall, American marathon runner believes in ‘faith based coaching.’ Good God.
  • 13:17
    The women’s marathon is reaching its concluding stages. There are four runners in contention. Russia’s Petrova, Ethiopa’s Gelana and two Kenyans, Keitany and Jeptoo are all in with a shout of gold. For one of those women, the heartbreak of a fourth placed finish awaits.
  • 13:19
    Peter O’Leary and David Burrows are currently in 10th place in the men’s star.
  • 13:20
    God To all the people being massacred in Syria, to all the people starving in Africa - Sorry I couldn't help you, I was too busy coaching some american guy to run in the Olympics.....
  • 13:20
    Ollie m. pick Did you think god has an interest in the olympics? Surely he wouldn't be too happy people competing in a sunday otherwise
  • 13:20
    I think it’s fair to say that we’re all fairly cynical about Ryan Hall’s ‘faith based’ coaching for the men’s Olympic marathon.
  • 13:21
    The women’s marathon is concluding.
  • 13:22
    It’s looking like Tiki Gelana is going to take gold for Ethiopia.
  • 13:24
    Tiki Gelana is the Olympic women’s marathon champion!
  • 13:25
    Priscah Jeptoo takes silver for Kenya and Russia’s Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova runs a personal best to claim bronze.
  • 13:26
    Gelana’s winning time was 2:23.07
  • 13:26
    We’ll give you the times of the three Irish women when they finish.
  • 13:31
    O’Leary and Burrows are up to ninth place in the Medal Race of the men’s star.
  • 13:39
    Ava Hutchinson has finished in 68th place in the women’s marathon in a time of 2:37:17
  • 13:41
    Linda Byrne was the best placed of the Irish runners in the women’s marathon. She finished in 66th place in a time of 2:37.13
  • 13:42
    Peter O’Leary and David Burrows finished 10th in the Medal Race which means they finish 10th in the overall standings of the men’s star too.
  • 14:33
    Andy Murray and Roger Federer offer a reprise of their recent Wimbledon final, which the Swiss player won, but this time there is a gold medal at stake. It's currently 2-2 in the first set.
  • 14:39
    Derek Burnett in his fourth Olympics is in 25th place after round three of the Trap Shooting. He will have to go some to equal his best ever finish of seventh place in Athens. We'd like to point out that this is a completely different kind of Trap Shooting to the broadsides suffered by the Republic of Ireland Giovanni Trapattoni in some areas of the media after the team's disappointing showing at Euro 2012. 
  • 14:47
    Andy Murray has broken the Fed serve in the sixth game of the match to lead 4-2 in the first set. The roar that greeted the Murray break suggests the partisan home supporters smell another gold medal
  • 14:50

    Martyn Irvine's hopes of a medal in the men's omnium faded at the Velodrome when he finished the 4km individual pursuit in a time of 4:32.948 for an overall total of 44 points with two events remaining.

    Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen was quickest and in a time of 4:20.674 at the Velodrome in London, but Australia's Glenn O'Shea leads on 17 points, with Britain's Edward Clancy and Hansen level on 19.

    In the women's marathon, Linda Byrne ran two hours 37 minutes and 13 seconds to finish 66th, three seconds ahead of Ava Hutchinson in 68th. Catriona Jennings was last of the finishers in a time of 3:22:11.

    Tiki Gelana became the second Ethiopian woman to win marathon gold when she held off Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo to win a soggy race that started and finished in torrential rain.

    Gelana clocked 2:23.07 to finish five seconds ahead of Jeptoo who was unable to reel in her African rival in the finishing straight on The Mall. Russian Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova won bronze in 2:23:29

  • 14:53
    BBC tennis commentator Andrew Castle is offering Murray some advice in a kind of pleading, jingoistic way. Not sure Murray can hear him from the commentary box. Oh he probably can now as Castle explodes in a kind of verbal orgasim to highlight another winner. The Scot leads 5-2, fending off a deuce game on his serve.
  • 14:56
    Murray takes the first set 6-2 with a second break of the Federer serve. Castle gets a chance to pick up all the superlatives he's dropped during the change over; dust them down and get ready to throw them out in the second set.
  • 14:59
    Katie Taylor will fight Britain's Natasha Jonas tomorrow (2.30). Jonas beat America's Queen Underwood 21-13 this afternoon and her reward is a tilt at the Bray girl..
  • 15:03
    Underwood won the first round 4-3 but lost the next three including the last two by double scores (6-3 and 8-4).
  • 15:06
    Jonas is from Liverpool. She's five foot eight, used to play for Liverpool Ladies soccer team, had trials for the England U-18 soccer team and her nickname is 'Tasha.
  • 15:08
    Taylor and Jonas obviously have a great deal in common with their sporting proficiency. Taylor played soccer for the Republic of Ireland Ladies team before giving it up to concentrate on her boxing.
  • 15:11
    Natasha Jonas was a Gold medallist at the EU Championship in 2011 and 2009. She has won the ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England) Championship four times (2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007) and won the GB Championship in 2010.

    Right that's enough background on Katie's opponent for the moment.
  • 15:13
    Murray has broken Federer again to lead 2-0 in the second set and Castle is waxing lyrical. He's beside himself with joy and general happiness.
  • 15:18
    Castle: "He (Federer) was like a puppet on a string during that rally." It's getting a little nauseating listening to the partiality in commentary. Murray has saved three break points on his serve.

    Anyone remember the 20 minute game on the Murray serve during the recent Wimbledon. The Scot led 40-0, had four game points but Federer broke on his sixth break point and went on to win the match.
  • 15:22
    Forget that analogy. Murray's just held. Castle is shrieking: "Gutsy Boy." The BBC commentator doesn't want to tempt fate but then goes and gives fate a smack across the chops. You'll be surprised to learn that he thinks it's Murray's match to lose. Now he's suggesting that the Scot could win two gold medals today because he is playing with Laura Robson in the Mixed Doubles final later on. Murray, a set up, 3-0 in the second and playing the better tennis against a strangely subdued Federer.
  • 15:26
    Not wishing to sound like Andrew Castle, which means I'm about to, but should Katie Taylor win her fight against Natasha Jonas then she would probably face an old foe in China's Cheng Dong who beat Mihaela Lacatus (Romania) 10-5.
  • 15:29
    Murray's broken Federer again to lead 4-0 in the second set. The Swiss master 's tennis bears no relation to the levels he broached in winning Wimbledon. Murray has played very well though and thoroughly deserves his sizeable advantage.
  • 15:31
    Murray wins his 10th game in a row to lead 5-0 in the second set.
  • 15:42
    Cian O'Connor, riding Blue Lloyd 12, has qualified for the third round of the Individual Show Jumping in London. He had eight faults during his round today but that was good enough to get him through in a tie for 31st place. He'll have to make the top 35 riders after the next round. The the top 20 riders will then jump twice in the final.

    Ireland's other representative Billy Twomey (Tinka's Serenade) bowed out after amassing 12 faults today.
  • 15:44
    Andy Murray has won the second set 6-1 and now leads by two sets to love (6-3, 6-1) in this best of five set final.
  • 15:53
    China’s Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng have won badminton men’s doubles gold with a 21-16 21-15 win over Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.
  • 15:57
    Murray has broken the Federer serve to lead 3-2 in the third set. Time to pass around the valium in the BBC commentary box. Baring a complete meltdown this match should be done and dusted in the next 20 minutes.
  • 16:06
    Federer was 15-40 down on serve but produces a fleeting glimpse of his true quality to win the game. It's still going to be cosmetic because Murray leads 4-3 with that earlier break and two sets to love.
  • 16:09
    Murray holds for 5-3. He's won 16 straight points in succession on his serve. That's winning his four service games to love in old money.
  • 16:17
    Andy Murray is the London Olympics 2012 Gold medal winner for tennis beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in a surprisingly one sided final.
  • 16:23
    Having closed out the match with an ace, the Scot sank to his knees, got up, shook hands with Federer, closed his eyes, clenched his fists and pointed skywards. He then climbed up to hug his entourage. Nothing cliched about that. There are quite a few of them so I think the guy selling ice creams is going to have to wait his turn at the end of the line.

    Murray was a deserving winner. Many will wonder at Federer's insipid performance on the day. The seven time Wimbledon champion, who is about to turn 31, has never won a singles gold medal at the Olympics - he did win the doubles - but was completely out of sorts.
  • 16:24
    Murray has a chance to win a second gold medal later this afternoon when partnering Laura Robson in the Mixed Doubles Final.
  • 16:36
    Thomas, I now fully understand what you meant about the sailing commentary having listened to the acclamation of Ben Ainslie's historic fourth Olympic Gold Medal. A fantastic achievement once you tune out the guff. Just waiting for a soundbite or two from Admiral Nelson or Sir Francis Drake.
  • 16:55
  • 17:03
    Back to Katie Taylor for a moment. She has fought Natasha Jonas before, beating the Liverpool fighter 6-3 at the Strandja Memorial Tournament last year.
  • 17:07
    Irish cyclist Martyn Irvine briefly led for three laps in his final race but was quickly hauled in. There are still 36 laps to go.
  • 17:13
  • 17:21
    Ireland's Martyn Irvine finishes eighth in Cycling's 15 kilometre Scratch Race on the track.
  • 17:26
    Jim OLeary What's wrong with Brits, commentators or otherwise, getting excited about Brits winning, in Britain? Your sniping is starting to sound sour. Concentrate on shouting for the Irish girls and boys.
  • 17:37
    Irvine's final placing has been amended to ninth and he is in 13th place in the overall standings
  • 18:02
    Andy Murray is on course for a second gold medal of the day in the Mixed Doubles final. Partnering Laura Robson, the GB pairing lead Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka 5-2 in the first set.
  • 18:04
    Robson concedes just a single point on her serve to close out the set 6-2.
  • 18:04
    Joe Please keep going with the sour sniping, it's a lovely antidote to both the BBC commentary and our girls & boys doing rather poorly.
  • 18:05
    Mexican wave at Wimbledon.
  • 18:22
    Irvine about to go in the one kilometre time trial in the track cycling.
  • 18:25
    Irvine's up against the oldest man in the event at 37 years old, Argentine Walter Perez.
  • 18:28
    Irvine wins his little personal duel in 1.04.558. He's the fastest so far but there are still six more races to come. It's all about the fastest time overall for the kilometre.
  • 18:30
    Irvine's time has just been beaten by the two riders in the next race. Five more heats to go.
  • 18:40
    Mirnyi and Azarenka have won the second set 6-3 against Murray and Robson and it's 3-3 in the Champions' tie-break
  • 18:50
    Andy Murray and Laura Robson have been beaten in the Mixed Doubles final by Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the Champions Tie-break. So after winning a gold medal in the Men's Singles earlier in the day at Wimbledon, Murray has to settle for a silver this time.
  • 18:52
    Ireland's Irvine has finished 13th overall in the track cycling; he was 11th in the final discipline the one kilometre time trial.
  • 19:23
    Maeve I agree with Jim. We just make ourselves look like parochial bad sports by sneering from the sidelines. If being sour to deflect from our own lack of success is the answer, then we all need to get out a bit more! Come on the Irish!
  • 19:25
    Carl O'Malley here, and I'm conflicted now as to how to present you with the news that Andy Murray been beaten in the mixed doubles final. Two versions perhaps?
  • 19:32
    Great British hero Andy Murray has bolstered Team GB’s considerable medal haul with silver in the mixed doubles after fatigue clearly got the better of him following his heroic effort to win gold against that awful Swiss egotist Roger Federer.

    Or

    Andy Murray failed to add to his gold medal from earlier after Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka refused to roll over like Roger Federer did earlier in the day and instead beat the Briton and his inexperienced team-mate Laura Robson, whom he undoubtedly let down with his greedy pursuit of personal accolades earlier in the day.

    You decide...

  • 19:33
    Eric Was following the tennis on the BBC. Andy Murray of Britain did really well to hammer Federer in straight sets, but Scotland´s Andy Murray blew it in the mixed doubles final. too bad.
  • 19:33
    DM I dont know where I am today, made a mistake and went to Croke Park, I was an Olympics expert last night now I have no idea whats going on.......you have to be very dedicated to be an olympian.........
  • 19:45
    100m men’s semi-finals
  • 19:46
    Justin Gatlin runs the quickest time so far – 9.82 seconds.
  • 19:51
    Usain Bolt is up next. Can he possibly go faster than Gatlin?
  • 19:52
    Of course the main draw is Dwain Chamber…ahem…
  • 19:52
  • 19:53
    Lane number four is the one to look out for. Bolt – alert!
  • 19:54
    9.87 for Bolt and he eased up 40m from home.
  • 19:55
    Usain Bolt is a Tipperary fan!
  • 19:56
  • 19:56
    DM BOLT wow WOW wow
  • 19:57
    Dwain Chambers on Usain Bolt –“The kid’s got talent.” Really?! No way.
  • 19:58
  • 20:00
  • 20:00
  • 20:01
    Yohan Blake now!
  • 20:02
    Blake records a time of 9.85. He slowed up in the last 10 metres
  • 20:05
    “I’m fast baby, all day every day.” – Usain Bolt.
    Anyone who doesn’t like him is no friend of mine.
  • 20:07
  • 20:10
    DM I now predict Mr Bolt (soon to be Sir Bolt) in a new World Record...........
  • 20:11
    Seven of the eight finalists for the men’s 100m ran sub 10 seconds in the semis. Anyone else salivating about what we've got in store for us at 9.50pm?
  • 20:12
  • 20:14
    Reminder! John Joe Nevin goes toe to toe with Oscar Valdez in a bantamweight quarter-final at 8.45pm
  • 20:22
    DM SAL A Vat ING and Exc sit ED
  • 20:23
    Joseph Browne Well at 9.50pm I think we will be going sub 9.50!!!! Based on what I've seen and sure hope it happens. Bolt, Gatlin, Blake, Gay in that order!
  • 20:25
    By the way, have you all heard ‘Survival’ – the official anthem of the Olympic games written and performed by Muse?
  • 20:28
    It’s safe to assume British journalist David Stubbs is not a fan of the song. He had this to say:

    “…truly a monstrous, hubristic, Wagnerian folly, a deliberate parody, I suspect, of the Laibach/Queen/Spandau Ballet/Leni Riefenstahl school of aesthetics. Makes winning Olympic Gold seem not like the an apex of wholesome human achievement but a monstrous, Faustian endeavour at the expense of your soul and by crushing the bones of your enemies beneath your heel as you ascend the dark mountain to futile and fleeting glory.”
  • 20:29
  • 20:31
    David 5 minute version is better!
  • 20:32
    So apparently the five minute version of the Muse official anthem is better. So says David. I’ll take your word for it. I’m afraid I’m not a fan.
  • 20:33
    Is John Joe Nevin going to do it? (Hint – I don’t want to hear any negativity)
  • 20:37
    lor well then... absolutely! of course he is! Seriously though, it's gonna be a good one...
  • 20:37
    DM tá do cinnte
  • 20:38
    Come on John Joe!
  • 20:38
    17 year old Irish swimmer Sycerika McMahon just tweeted this. Nice hashtag Sycerika, I’m sure Dwain will appreciate it.

    @sycerika Can I just say that Chaimbers spoke to me in the food line.....he was extremely nice....is it wrong that I now want him to do well?! #drugs
  • 20:39
  • 20:43
    Billy Walsh has compared John Joe Nevin’s fight with Oscar Valdez to a bullfight where the Mexican is the bull and Nevin the matador. Olé!
  • 20:46
    Mick Dowling, Kenny Egan and Bernard Dunne are convinced that John Joe is the better fighter here and will win. Having said that they’ve tipped every Irish fighter so far. Here’s hoping they’re right!
  • 20:47
    John Joe Nevin is on his way to the ring!
  • 20:48
    Ding Ding – Round 1
  • 20:49
    Already a promising start. Nevin is hopping about the ring, picking punches.
  • 20:50
    Valdez is definitely trying to keep Nevin as close to the ropes as possible.
  • 20:50
    Nevin needs to keep moving
  • 20:50
    Lovely right hand into the face of Valdez
  • 20:51
    Round 1 – 5-5
  • 20:52
    I’m incredibly nervous. Hold me….or punch me….or alternatively just let John Joe knock him down.
  • 20:53
    Greenhog There will be fierce guinness is we win this elusive medal
  • 20:54
    This is incredibly close. Come on John Joe!
  • 20:55
    Valdez keeps dropping his head low.
  • 20:56
    Nevin leads by three, 7-4 that round. Come on John Joe!
  • 20:57
    Nevin’s shot selection in this last round has been pretty great so far.
  • 20:58
    If anything, I think this is Nevin’s best round!
  • 20:59
    John Joe knocked down!
  • 20:59
    Both boxers exhausted!
  • 21:00
    It’s over. A nervous wait but hopefully John Joe’s done enough…
  • 21:01
    John Joe Nevin Nevin wins 19-13!
  • 21:01
    Round 1 – 5-5
    Round 2 - 7-4
    Round 3 – 7-4
  • 21:02
    John Joe Nevin is assured of a bronze medal! Well done John Joe!!!
  • 21:02
    Greenhog Congrats JJ Keep up the great work---go for Gold!!!
  • 21:02
    David Great win!!! There's the first medal for Ireland. Well done John Joe!!!
  • 21:04
    Nevin was slicker. His movement was excellent and his counter punching was impressive. He did more boxing. Valdez threw more punches but didn’t have the composure Nevin had.
  • 21:05
    David I've done a bit of boxing and it's bloody tough. Don't blame both boxers for being exhausted!
  • 21:05
    I think both boxers had every right to be exhausted – I was exhausted just watching. They must be shattered.
  • 21:05
    Guest Go John Joe go - go for gold you will do it
  • 21:06
    Patrick Kelly go for it John Joe, you'll win gold
  • 21:06
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  • 21:06
    I think it’s fair to say that John Joe Nevin is one popular man!
  • 21:07
    Did someone say ‘Goldrush?’
  • 21:10
    The punch to the body that put John Joe down was incredibly powerful. The fact that he was able to get up and move after it was frankly unbelievable!
  • 21:10
    Stephen YES! Come'on John Joe, go for the gold, do it for all of Ireland!
  • 21:10
    Dara Now we just need Annalise and Katie to do the business for Ireland tomorrow and we should have a few more medals in the bag! But what a fight by Nevin... incredible speed and movement. Whats more, the composure and maturity he showed in the last 40 secs when he was wounded was incredible.
  • 21:10
    Patrick Kelly Saw Natasha Jonas today in the excel, crowd very loud , American was not happy with the scoring, Irish crowd there tomorrow need to be loud,,,, but we know Katie has the skill and the power!!!!!!!!!! GO KATIE
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    Eric he really looked smooth. i dont know about that scoring in the first round... the cuban looked pretty fast on his feet against the brazilian though... it will be an epic fight.
  • 21:16
    Nevin was so technically sound in that fight. Hopefully he can give World champions Lazaro Alvarez Estrada of a Cuba one hell of a fight in the semi-final.
  • 21:18
    Shelley Following John Joe from New York City. Fantastic result! Well done John Joe. Willing you on from across the pond for the gold!
  • 21:19
    After the joy of John Joe Nevin’s fight (and in safe in the knowledge Ireland will have their first medal of the London Games) we still have the men’s 100m final to look forward to tonight.
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  • 21:20
    DJB just watched the fight in Mexico, finally something to brag about at work!
  • 21:20
    Watching the fight in Mexico and now you have something to brag about DJB? Brag you shall, brag you shall.
  • 21:22
    Frankly, I pity countries that can’t make it onto the medal table - we can afford to be slightly smug now.
  • 21:28
    Now that the euphoria of Ireland’s first guaranteed medal has subsided slight (only ever so slightly) let’s get to thinking about the men’s 100m final. Is anyone going to spoil Bolt’s/the world’s party?
  • 21:28
    I don’t think a lot of people just how dangerous Usain Bolt can be and yes I mean dangerous.
  • 21:29
  • 21:30
    Eric no way. its a new WR from Bolt tonight. he looked like he was in serious shape in the Semi
  • 21:31
    Gatlin and Blake are the serious threats to Bolt but we definitely haven’t seen the best of Bolt yet. He has been holding so much in reserve. I’d love to see him smash the world record tonight.
  • 21:42
    Austin have a sneaky fiver on Gatlin at 20-1
  • 21:43
    Having a punt on Gatlin? Boo!!!
  • 21:43
    Bolt! Bolt! Bolt!
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  • 21:48
    Lane Four – Yohan Blake, Lane Five – Justin Gatlin, Lane Six – Usain Bolt

    Wow!
  • 21:49
    Eric jamaica v america, featuring two other dudes.
  • 21:51
    We’re getting close now. Come on Bolt!
  • 21:52
    Bolt takes it!!!! 9.64 seconds. New Olympic record
  • 21:53
    He was behind Gatlin at 50m but powered home in the last 50m! Where are we drinking?!!
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  • 21:54
    That’s the second fastest time ever!
  • 21:56
    Bolt is such a fantastic character and confirms his status as the greatest sprinter of all time.
  • 21:57
    He wasn’t slowing down in that final anyway. He won with a bit to spare in the end.
  • 21:58
  • 22:01
    The official standings for the men’s 100m final http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-100m/phase=atm001100/index.html
  • 22:03
    Apparently in warmer weather Bolt is capable of running it in 9.5 seconds. So say ‘experts’ on Twitter.
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  • 22:12
    There are reports that NBC didn’t show the 100m final. Show Jumping instead. In light of that, I don’t think we should have any further complaints about RTE.
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  • 22:19
    Dave Sure, that Bolt lad is good, but he's no John Joe Nevin!
  • 22:19
    Graham Shameful for NBC, Gatlin ran a great race, took the bronze..I would love to know the reasoning behind that decision....
  • 22:20
    Joe John Nevin’s interview with Marty Morrissey has just been screened on RTE. What a fantastic individual, pride of a nation tonight!
  • 22:20
    I find it hard to fathom the reason why NBC didn’t screen the men’s 100m live.
  • 22:33
    Mary OConnor My brother in the States tells me (a) there is a time delay on relaying the Olympics on TV there and (b) it is so broken up with ads that it is better to record it and watch it later! I didn't tell him the result of the mens' 100m!!
  • 22:34
    What a day of action! Ireland are now guaranteed their first medal of these games after John Joe Nevin defeated Mexico’s Oscar Valdez in his quarter-final bantam weight bout on a score of 19-13. Nevin will now face World champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada of Cuba in the semis.

    Usain Bolt then successfully defended his Olympic title in the 100m by winning in a time of 9.63 ahead of his compatriot Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin.

    There are more medal hopes for Ireland tomorrow as Katie Taylor fights Natasha Jonas in the women’s lightweight quarter-finals at 2.30pm.

    Not only that - Annalise Murphy is still in the hunt for a gold medal in the women’s laser radial Medal Race tomorrow.

    If that’s not enough to entice you back here tomorrow then all I can say is that I have your family and won’t release them until I know you’ve logged back on to irishtimes.com tomorrow morning. Until then…