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  • 11:10
    Andrzej Jezierski finished in second place in heat one of the men’s canoe single (C1) 200m this morning in a time of 41.404 to comfortably make it through to the semi-final heats which begin at 11.30pm.

    The Polish-born 32 year old received Irish citizenship this year and elected to represent his adopted country.

    There was a shock in the water this morning when the current world and European champion and gold medal favourite Valentin Demyanenko finished last and was eliminated.

    Jerzierski was the seventh fastest across all heats this morning and a similar performance in the semi-final heats could be enough to assure him of a place in the Olympic final.
  • 11:16
    Want to know what it was like in the ExCel Arena yesterday when Katie Taylor struck gold? Do yourself a favour and read Miriam Lord’s piece from today’s Irish Times.

  • 11:23
    One Irish sports star praises another. Padraig Harrington, like the rest of us, is very impressed by Katie Taylor.

  • 11:28
    So Ireland celebrated gold yesterday but really, outside of Ireland, who cares? Well, the New York Times, that’s who.

    ‘Katie Taylor, Pride of Ireland’ is the Old Gray Lady’s take on the incredible Bray woman’s victory yesterday. Hard to disagree.
  • 11:28
    Ronan I see in the sprint canoeing that 24 of the 25 got through to the semi. All except the World Champion. Did they gang up on him!? http://www.london2012.com/canoe-sprint/event/canoe-single-200m-men/phase=cfm212900/index.html
  • 11:31
    Andrzej Jezierski finished in second place in heat one of the men’s canoe single (C1) 200m this morning in a time of 41.404 to comfortably make it through to the semi-final heats which begin at 11.30pm.

    The current world and European champion and gold medal favourite Valentin Demyanenko finished last and was eliminated. It’s an individual race so Demyanenko can’t really blame anyone but himself.
  • 11:32
    Usain Bolt is a living legend. That’s according to Usain Bolt. Well, he is right.
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  • 11:36
    Irish is an emotional language. Don’t believe me? Listen to Seán Bán Breathnach’s commentary of Katie Taylor’s victory yesterday.
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  • 11:37
    Andrzej Jezierski is up now. Can he make the Olympic final Stay tuned!
  • 11:37
    Jezierski is in lane four. Come on Andrzej!
  • 11:38
    Domhnall Come on Jezzer! (I'm pretty sure that's what we'd call him if he was in school here)
  • 11:39
    Jezierski finishes fourth. Unfortunately that won’t be enough to take him through to the final.
  • 11:39
    Andzrej Jezierski’s time was 42.012 which means he’ll compete in the B final.
  • 11:44
    Ivan Shtyl’ won heat two for Russia. Alfonso Benavidez Lopes de Ayala of Spain finished in second and Lubomir Hagara of Slovakia finished in third. The Russian and the Spaniard are in the final. Hagara may make it too as the two quickest third place finishes from three heats will qualify.
  • 11:44
    Barry From the shores of lake Mamry to the edge of Innicarra, nobody but Jezzer can paddle any harder.....Jezz-errrr Jezz-errrrr.
  • 11:45
    Niamh Whats the difference between final A and B? I take it there's not an opportunity to medal in final B?
  • 11:45
    Jezierski’s time would have been good enough to finish in third place in heat one of the semi-finals. Unlucky Andzrej!
  • 11:45
    Jezierski will now compete in the B final. Unfortunately, there are no medals up for grabs there.
  • 11:46
    Dan I don't want to be a party pooper but surely it's a soft J
  • 11:47
    Consider the party pooped! Jezierski just misses out on a place in the A Final of the men’s single (C1) 200m and will now compete in the B Final.
  • 11:47
    Barry Winning the B-final is like an A in pass maths.
  • 11:48
    Winning the B final isn’t really like getting an A in pass Maths. It’s more like being the ninth best canoeist over 200m in the world.
  • 11:51
    Katie Taylor arrives with her dad Peter, Pat Hickey and Michael Ring to the "Irish House" at the Big Chill in London. If you don’t like the sound of drunken cheering, maybe give this one a miss. Katie explains that yesterday’s achievement was a dream come true for her.
  • 11:54
    Andzrej Jezierki will compete in the men’s single canoe (C1) 200m B final tomorrow morning.
  • 12:04
    God-given talent – It’s not hard to tell that Katie Taylor is religious. She tends to thank and praise God in all of her post match interviews. Well, she’s not alone in believing that faith plays a part in success. Usain Bolt does too.
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    Johnny Watterson was in the ExCel Arena for The Irish Times yesterday. Read all about it here - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0810/1224321895500.html
  • 12:08
    Liz Right, finding this canoe thing very confusing. It says the top 4 from each of the semis goes through to the A final on the official Olympic site. Does that not mean Jezierki is in final A....?
  • 12:11
    Andzrej Jezierski failed to make the A final in the men’s single (C1) 200m after finishing fourth in heat two of the semi-final.

    The top two paddlers from each of the three semi-final heats automatically make the A Final.

    Then the two fastest third placed finishes from the three heats make it through – ie one of the paddlers who finished third (the slowest) did not make the A final.
  • 12:18
    This video of Bray yesterday put together by TinyArk is pretty great.
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  • 12:22
    What about this – earlier this morning Paddy Barnes’ own father still didn’t have a ticket to watch his son fight in the ExCel Arena this afternoon. Here’s hoping Paddy senior gets sorted.
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    Of course some people are lucky enough to get tickets for major sporting events.
  • 12:26
  • 12:30
    Usain Bolt - quick as a flash (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )
    Usain Bolt - quick as a flash (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )
  • 12:30
    Usain Bolt has retained his 100m and 200m Olympic titles. You could say he’s quick as a flash especially given that his celebrations entailed borrowing a photographer’s camera on the track and taking a few snaps.
  • 12:31
  • 12:34
    You can actually see some of the photos Usain Bolt took with that camera here. Let’s just say, I think Usain should stick to running.
  • 12:36
    Barry I'm astonished at the lack of press coverage of David Rushidas doulb eof Gold and WR last night, bolt took the headlines as he is a word Star, and Obviously Katie is the biggest story outside of the track...but...to break 1.41, with such style, and be as humble as he is, he is the epitome of a champion. What a run.
  • 12:46
    There’s no doubt about it. David Rudisha’s amazing victory and new world record in the men’s 800m final (he ran a time of 1.40.91) received less coverage worldwide because of Usain Bolt’s superstardom and here because of Katie Taylor’s amazing victory yesterday. Rudisha's win really was an amazing achievement and let’s not forget he was trained by an Irishman, Brother Colm O'Connell.
  • 12:47
    j. Bray video brilliant...also agree with barry about lack of coverage regarding Rushida
  • 12:48
    Ian O’Riordan wrote a piece about Rudisha and Brother Colm O’Connell – read it here
  • 12:48
    Guest What time are the boxers on today
  • 12:50
    1.30pm Boxing
    Beaten 15-0 by China’s Shiming Zou when they met at the same stage of the Olympic competition four years ago, Paddy Barnes joked on Wednesday night that simply scoring a point would give him his golden moment. But the Belfast fighter has much loftier ambitions than that, although he will have to be at his absolute best against the reigning Olympic and world champion.
    2pm Boxing
    John Joe Nevin has gone one better than Beijing 2008 already by winning a bronze medal but things get tricky from here on in, starting with his bout this afternoon against Cuban world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada.
    The former featherweight has also won the Pan-American Games and Strandja Memorial since dropping down to the 54kg division.
    Nevertheless, world number four Nevin’s not short of confidence or medals either, and will be fired up to face the classy top seed.
    8.45pm Boxing
    Another Cuban stands between Ireland and a silver medal. Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana (18) beat home favourite and world number one Andrew Selby in his third fight to advance this far and Belfast man Michael Conlan will need all the street smarts he showed against Nordine Oubaali plus a bit extra to guarantee himself a place in the final. Ramirez Carrazana’s style might suit the 20-year-old a little better in a fight where he can showcase his undoubted skill.
  • 12:54
    Katie Taylor was a gracious winner yesterday. Sofya Ochigava was a bit of a sore loser.

    “As usual they tried their best to let the Irish win,” said the silver medallist (that felt good - calling her a silver medallist).

    You can get the full details on the Russian running her mouth off here -

  • 13:04
    Kate C'mon Paddy!!!!!!
  • 13:06
    Paddy Barnes is fighting China’s Shiming Zou at 1.30pm in the men’s light flyweight semi-final bout.
  • 13:07
    Zou defeated Barnes 15-0 at this very stage four years ago in Beijing.
  • 13:12
    Paddy Barnes fights Shiming Zou at 1.30pm. But on Twitter he’s already taken on Piers Morgan and won.
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  • 13:14
    Zou is 30 years old. Paddy Barnes is five years his junior. Can the Belfast man make Zou look like an old man?
  • 13:16
    I’ve posted this before but it’s worth posting again. Paddy Barnes and Katie Taylor sparring. Intense.
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  • 13:16
    lor good to see paddy is in fighting form!
  • 13:20
    Paddy Barnes is up against it but can he make it to the final?
  • 13:23
    Liz NBC in the U.S. did a beautiful piece on David Rushida and Brother Colm O'Connell last night during their prime time coverage of the Olympics. Spent quite a bit of time showing St. Patrick's and highlighting the many great athletes that have emerged from Brother O'Connell's training programme.
  • 13:23
    DublinerOnTour For a man about to fight for a gold, Paddy Barnes is in great form. Loving his tweets. Game on Paddy, game on
  • 13:24
    BB Come on Paddy revenge time !
  • 13:27
    There are big screens outside City Hall in Belfast which will be showing the Paddy Barnes fight.
  • 13:27
    DM Nobody Gives Paddy a Chance - then again there was no chance of Getting a ticket for the Boxing and 8,000 Irish managed it yesterday!!!! COME on Paddy
  • 13:30
    Paddy Barnes beat Thomas Essomba from Cameroon 15-10 in the last 16 before defeating India’s Devendro Singh Laishram in the quarter-final on a score of 23-18
  • 13:30
    Paddy Barnes is the first Irish boxer to win medals at two different Olympic Games.
  • 13:31
    Ding ding – Round 1
  • 13:32
    Zou has a massive reach advantage over Barnes.
  • 13:32
    A nice combination from Barnes. It’s not going to be 15-0 anyway!
  • 13:33
    Zou landed a few hefty lefts.
  • 13:34
    Round 1 – Barnes trails 8-5
  • 13:35
    Paddy Barnes is putting up a tremendous effort but Zou landed a few big punches. Come on Paddy!
  • 13:35
    Barnes threw Zou across the ring after the Chinese man was holding on to him.
  • 13:36
    Zou is a great counter-puncher.
  • 13:37
    Barnes is very much on the offensive “racing after him like a dog after a rabbit” according to Jimmy Magee.
  • 13:37
    lor paddy has fire in the belly alright!
  • 13:39
    Round 2 -3-3
  • 13:39
    benny He's like Scrappy-Doo
  • 13:39
    Zou was constantly on the back foot. Barnes got frustrated and resorted to a Judo move by throwing him on the ring floor.
  • 13:40
    Last round. Paddy needs to attack!
  • 13:41
    A flurry of punches thrown by Barnes. The last round is amazing!a
  • 13:42
    One minute left.
  • 13:42
    Zou is seriously rattled. But will it be enough? He trails by three
  • 13:43
    That was an amazing effort. It’s going to be tight. I’d say Barnes won round three by a point or two which will mean that he may have lost by a point or two overall.
  • 13:44
    lor AMAZING work paddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 13:45
  • 13:45
    Barnes loses on a count back! So so so unlucky!
  • 13:45
    Austin if it goes to countback theres only one winner.but he might be a point or two short
  • 13:45
    Round 1 –5-8
    Round 2 -3-3
    Round 3 – 7-4
  • 13:46
    Surely Barnes threw more punches?!!
  • 13:46
    DM Proud
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    Emma nooooooooooo
  • 13:46
    lor heartbreak
  • 13:47
    It was 15-15 after three rounds.
  • 13:48
    Bronze for Barnes!
  • 13:48
    Me gutted for him amazing effort
  • 13:48
    Guest Good on ya Paddy. It was so close but you are a hero.
  • 13:48
    Emma G Great fight from Paddy, he had him running around the ring, but not to be
  • 13:49
    45-44 on countback! So so close
  • 13:50
    Magnanimous in defeat – Paddy Barnes wishes Zou all the best for the final.

    “He’s so elusive. He’s got so much ring-confidence.”
  • 13:51
    Arthur Well done Paddy, did Belfast proud
  • 13:53
    A count-back is basically how many times all of the judges score the fight (only the three of the five judges – whose scores are closest are counted for three rounds).
  • 13:53
    kev very generous in defeat barnes...really sportsman.
  • 13:53
    Me dignity in defeat so unlucky paddy you did us all proud
  • 13:53
    BB what a fight ...well done paddy , it could have gone either way in the end ...big difference between him and yesterdays Russian for humility...she could learn a thing or 2
  • 13:54
    The fight was superb. Barnes admitted afterwards that he lost the fight in the first round. He did his very best to rescue you it especially in the third.
  • 13:55
    Zou was very controlled in the first round and picked his punches but there was no doubt about it – Barnes had him rattled in the last.
  • 13:56
    Barnes was beaten by Zou 15-0 in Beijing. From that to 15-15 just four years later –wow! That gives you some indication as to how much Paddy Barnes has improved as a boxer.
  • 13:56
    j. Magnificent Paddy....so unlucky......Zou is relieved i'd say.....
  • 13:58
    Paddy Barnes has so much respect for Zou - he heaped praise on his Chinese opponent after their bout.
  • 13:59
    John Joe time!
  • 13:59
    Hilary Well done Paddy. An Olympic bronze medal is a magnificent achievement.
  • 14:02
    Paddy Barnes is keeping his chin up! (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
    Paddy Barnes is keeping his chin up! (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
  • 14:04
    Nervous Nellie Doing shifts here with one of the lads to watch the fights! I got the last one so I'll be glued to this for John Joe, keep the updates coming!! Best of luck John Joe!!!
  • 14:04
    Kate Go for it John Joe!!!!
  • 14:04
    John Joe Nevin is fighting Cuban world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada. No pressure John Joe.
  • 14:05
    John Joe Nevin is making his way to the ring!
  • 14:06
    Ding Ding – Round 1
  • 14:07
    Great right hand from Nevin!
  • 14:08
    Nice combo from John Joe. I have him ahead but I would say that.
  • 14:09
    Nevin has landed a few big punches.
  • 14:09
    Round 1 – 5-3 Nevin leads
  • 14:10
    He deserves to be in the lead. He was on the offensive. His right hand has been his most effective weapon.
  • 14:11
    A promising start to the second round for Nevin!
  • 14:13
    Nevin leaves himself open a lot but I still think he’s winning round two.
  • 14:13
    Alvarez landed a couple of decent lefts.
  • 14:14
    Really nice left from Nevin!
  • 14:14
    Round 2 – 7-6 to Nevin
  • 14:14
    Nevin leads by three going into the final round. 12-9 is the score.
  • 14:16
    The Cuban is attacking more but Nevin is doing excellently in picking punches off.
  • 14:16
    Learo Take her home JJ!
  • 14:17
    Both men have landed big punches. Alvarez wobbled a bit I thought.
  • 14:17
    liam agar come on neven
  • 14:18
    A bit of showboating from Nevin punished with a jab to the face.
  • 14:18
    It’s over. That should be enough for the Olympic final!
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    A nervous wait nonetheless
  • 14:19
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    Nevin wins! 19-14
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    Learo ???????? go on Nevin boi!
  • 14:19
    liam agar did we win ?
  • 14:20
    Round 1 – 5-3
    Round 2 – 7-6
    Round 3 – 7-5
  • 14:22
    John Joe Nevin will box for an Olympic gold medal tomorrow night at 8.45pm
  • 14:22
    Kate Wuhoo!!! U beaut you John Joe!!!
  • 14:22
    liam agar sweeeet
  • 14:22
    Learo C'moooooon! ???? king Nevin
  • 14:22
    Guest go on john joe. we are cleaning up in london :)
  • 14:22
    Mick Total respect for our brilliant boxing team !!
  • 14:25
    John Joe Nevin will fight either Britain’s Luke Campbell or Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu in the Olympic bantamweight final
  • 14:26
    John Joe Nevin has said that Kenneth Egan is a hero of his but that he’s hoping to go one better than his hero to claim Olympic gold.
  • 14:27
    John Joe Nevin gave it a bit of the Mullingar shuffle in the third round.
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  • 14:31
    HenryAus So so so EASY for John Joe....Hammer-Time!! How many straight rights did he score with??looks like an GBR v IRE Final!!!
  • 14:31
    Ant in Oz Well done Paddy. You've done us proud.
  • 14:31
    Ant in Oz John Joe you legend!
  • 14:34
    We’ve had two amazing boxing performances from Irish athletes this afternoon. Paddy Barnes can consider himself very unlucky not to have made the final after a count-back. There was no luck needed for John Joe Nevin to secure his passage to the bantamweight final. A comprehensive 19-14 win over the World champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada means he’s boxing for gold tomorrow night.
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    DM Gold For John Joe - He can beat Campbell
  • 14:38
    John Joe Nevin will fight Britain’s Luke Campbell in the bantamweight Olympic final tomorrow night at 8.45pm
  • 14:41
    Barry There will be lads doing the Mullingar shuffle outside supermacs from Shligo to Mullingar tonight......or according to IOC sponsorship rules that should read McDonalds...
  • 14:45
    Nevin’s above - John Joe wins –(REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)
    Nevin’s above - John Joe wins –(REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)
  • 14:46
    HenryAus Can't believe the count back was 45-44, I was jumping round the room I was so sure Paddy had thrown more scoring punches....anybody agree?
  • 14:47
    I certainly thought Paddy Barnes had thrown more boxes but it’s worth bearing in mind that only punches that land are counted. The 45-44 count-back score shows just how agonisingly close it was.
  • 14:50
    Well at least Britain’s Luke Campbell isn’t pulling a Ochegava by saying anything disparaging before his final with John Joe Nevin tomorrow.

    Campbell spoke in glowing terms about the Mullingar man. He said, "Top fighter, it's going to be a great final.”
  • 14:50
    bmc You can see the scoring for the judges on the london2012 website, he was edged in rounds 1 and 2.
  • 14:50
    bmc But seriously Paddy Barnes, going toe-to-toe with the world number one, they guy that beat him in 2008, and pulling out a 15-15 count-back, top performance, I think he'll be proud of that when he looks back, I know we are proud already
  • 14:51
    John Joe Nevin is through to the Olympic bantamweight final. Read more about it here
  • 14:51
    HenryAus Do punches to the body score?
  • 14:52
    Punches to the body score in boxing and they can leave your opponent feeling more punctured that a punch to the head.
  • 15:02
    Barry Fidel Castro, Cigars, Buena vista social club, Ivan Pedroso, Reinaldo Arenas, Andy Garcia, Salsa dancing classes, Bacardi, vida Guerrera, the rhumba......your boy took one hell of a beating, one hell of a beating!
  • 15:02
    Glen Malure Campbell is a sportsman, should be a great evening.
  • 15:03
    Guess who’s top of the table in terms of boxing medals? (Tip of the hat to Noel for that)
  • 15:14
    Can Michael Conlan become the third Irish boxer to make an Olympic final? He’s in action against Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez in the Olympic lightweight semi-final tonight at 8.45pm
  • 15:16
    The Thai Tims have recorded a Katie Taylor song –to the tune of the Irish rover! Check it out
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    John Joe Nevin beat Luke Campbell 13-2 in 2009!
  • 15:29
    HenryAus What the hell was that video?!!!......WTF!!
  • 15:29
    j. The Thai Tims........ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT..........WHO ARE THESE GUYS?
  • 15:33
    The Thai Tims are a group of Thai school children with special needs who are educated by the Good Child Foundation. The became famous when they posted Celtic songs on the internet. The kids were even take over to Celtic Park earlier this year. Paul Lennon, who was born in Ireland, works with the charity and has used his love of Celtic to help the children through music.
  • 15:37
    Britain’s Anthony Ogogo was well beaten in the men’s middleweight semi-final by Brazil’s Esquiva Falcao Florentino on a score-line of 16-
  • 15:37
    BHM The current Irish medal count (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze) is exactly the same as our historic haul at Melbourne '56.
  • 15:38
    Week Two of the Olympics has been pretty much amazing for Ireland.
  • 15:47
    So Usain Bolt isn’t too happy with Carl Lewis. The Jamaican legend said that he has lost all respect for Lewis after the American appeared to suggest that the drug testing programme in Jamaica is less rigorous than in other countries.

    Bolt said, “Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him. The things he says about other track athletes is really downgrading other athletes.”

    Bolt added, “I think he is looking for attention because no one really talks much about him. I've lost all respect for him. It's really upsetting for me.”

    I demand a sprint-off!
  • 15:47
    Austin Mark my words.we're gonna win 6 medals.Olive Loughnane and/or Rob Heffernan will do the business in their walks
  • 15:48
    Walshe in Somerset Brilliant video - love the Father Ted font to the words. But... for something that's been dead a good 5 years, that Celtic tiger in the background is looking strangely healthy!
  • 15:56
    Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli won the men’s 10km swim in a time of 1:49.55.1
    Germany’s Thomas Lurz took the silver medal with a time of 1:49.58.5
    Richard Weinberger of Canada won the bronze with 1:50:00.3
  • 16:10
    Want to know why Usain Bolt is not best pleased with Carl Lewis? Read this.
  • 16:11
    The Thai Tims are a big hit with our readers!
  • 16:19
    Queen4 Just love those kids.Any chance we could fly them over for the homecoming??
  • 16:20
    Sepp Blatter may be Head of FIFA but he’s not too popular down Wembley way. Listen to him get booed by the crowd at the Women’s Olympic football final.
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    The booing happens around the 3 minute 10 second mark when his name is announced.
  • 16:30
    Remember the women’s triathlon last Saturday? Nicola Spirig of Switzerland was awarded the gold medal while Sweden’s Lisa Norden had to settle for silver after a fairly inconclusive photo finish. It very much looked like a dead heat. Both women posted a time of 1:59.48.00 Well, Sweden are appealing the decision to Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • 16:31
    Women's triathlon finish - Can you tell who won? (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)
    Women's triathlon finish - Can you tell who won? (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)
  • 16:36
    Does this mean we can appeal the Paddy Barnes decision at CAS?
    Please note, I’m not serious. Paddy had the good grace to accept defeat, despite the miniscule margins involved.
  • 16:42
    There can be little doubt that boxing has been the jewel in Ireland’s crown at the London Games but can we win gold in golf in Rio?
  • 16:51
    Austin any idea how the golf will work
  • 16:52
    Apparently the proposed Olympic competition for both men and women is a 72-hole individual stroke play tournament, and the player with the lowest score wins the gold medal. In case of a tie for either first, second or third place, a three-hole playoff will determine the medal winner.
  • 16:55
    All eyes were on Katie Taylor yesterday - 1.1 million viewers watched the Bray woman win Olympic Gold on RTÉ Television yesterday.
  • 17:02
    Colin Farrell has invited Katie Taylor to the Dublin premiere of Total Recall. Nice touch. Give that man a medal… no, not that one…
  • 17:04
    Paddy From BBC Sports Correspondent Ben Dirs: "Complete and utter delirium at ExCeL as Katie Taylor pulls the last two rounds out of the bag to win the lightweight crown. I've been to Rugby World Cup finals, I've been to Wimbledon finals, I've seen Great Britain win three gold medals in 45 minutes at the Olympic Stadium - but I have never heard a noise like that."
  • 17:19
    Remember, Ireland’s women’s 4 x 400m runners are in action tonight at 7.10. Just don’t mention Joanna Mills…

    Only three of the 16 teams competing in the two heats of the 4x400m relay this evening have gone slower than Ireland this year, so there doesn’t appear to be much hope of a final place for the quartet taking to the track tonight. Joanne Cuddihy, Marian Heffernan, Michelle Carey and Claire Bergin are the likely four in Heat 2, in which the USA, Britain, Russia and the Czech Republic will feature prominently. A national record would be a welcome return for Ireland, though you can never rule out some relay mayhem.
  • 17:19
    Synchronised swimming – Railing against Health & Safety standards (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
    Synchronised swimming – Railing against Health & Safety standards (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
  • 17:20
    Jim Regards to the Carl Lewis - Usain Bolt comments; aren't all victorious athletes tested by an independent body? How can he have a ground to hint at such things?
  • 17:24
    The Carl Lewis/Usain Bolt feud (I realise that seems like an extreme word to use but it adds drama, don't you think?) is a strange one. I don’t think anyone is in doubt that Bolt is simply the greatest sprinter of all time and is loved and adored by the world because of his attitude. Is anyone else detecting sour grapes on Lewis’s part? USA are no longer the world power in sprinting. Get over it!
  • 17:39
    James Is Jessie Barr not running in the Relay?
  • 17:40
    Jessie Barr is likely to miss out tonight on a place on the women's 4 x 400m relay team.
  • 17:43
    Em I completely agree with you on the Carl Lewis thing, there seems to be a large element of "look at me, look at me" from Lewis, reminds me of a certain Russian boxer... what's her name again....
  • 17:45
    Watching the synchronised swimming it’s hard not to be impressed by their unbelievable collective and individual strength. I mean, if aliens landed during it, they'd extremely confused but it looks incredibly difficult.
  • 17:47
    DM Can you help re the Synchronised swimming - My wife wonders if you know where they get the Make Up from, she says it seems to stay on well even underwater and she thinks it would be great for our climate.
  • 17:50
    I’ve really tried to learn as much about the Olympics as I can but I think finding out where the women get their make-up that doesn’t run in the water for synchronised swimming is a step too far even for me!

    If the synchronised swimmers were really committed though they would just get tattoos of their make-up on their face.
  • 17:55
    Niamh Check out Dany Sanz makeup online - this is exactly what your wife needs!
  • 17:55
    MickGuyver Google would answer your question re the makeup - (saddo here actually looked it up) http://www.makeupforever.com/360-pro/aquatic-ballet.html,9,3,0,0,13
  • 17:55
    Niamh Apparnetly, the chlorine in the water burns off hair if you spend enough time in the water, so synchronised swimmers have to draw on their eyebrows alot....ow.
  • 17:56
    So it seems you need some serious dedication if you want to be a synchronised swimmer and that’s before you even get working on your routine!
  • 17:58
    Niamh It's ok Mick - you're not the only saddo who looked stuff up. Never thought about it before - aren't we all the wiser now!!! (I foresee a discarding of umbrellas and a rush on Dany Sanz makeup across the island...)
  • 18:02
    So now that you all know where to get the unremovable make-up required for it, I expect an Irish synchronised swimming team to take gold in Rio!
  • 18:02
    MickGuyver makeup isn't really my thing Niamh - But I think I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and blame chlorine in the pool for my hair loss #recognisesanopportunity
  • 18:04
    DM Niamh + Mick - Thanks a Lot (not) She is now ordering this stuff online - it will cost me a fortune.........
  • 18:04
    Niamh we'll be riverdancing like water babies in Rio. Those nose pincer things though would put anyone off. (and Mick, I'm down with whatever excuse you want to use...)
  • 18:06
    I’m watching wrestling. When is Hulk Hogan up?
  • 18:08
    By the way Russia won the women’s team event in the synchronised swimming but you probably could have guessed that. Their winning score was 197.030. China took silver and Spain finished third.
  • 18:08
    Niamh DM, why not try some sort of marketing ploy? Like, tell them you're the manager of the first - and potentially-gold-winning-at-Rio - Irish-water-dancing extravanganza....you know, you need a sponsor, blah blah. Could keep your wife in makeup for decades...
  • 18:08
    DM Bye the way - I would be good at Synchronised swimming - exactly why are MEN not allowed in??? - We should get Katie Taylor on the case....
  • 18:10
    Men don’t compete in synchronised swimming at the Olympics because it would probably be unfair for Michael Phelps to win even more medals in the pool. I'd say he's a natural.
  • 18:11
    John in Boston We just need to translate River Dance to the pool and we'll be GOLDEN!
  • 18:12
    Wrestling seems very technical and very sore. Imagine these guys with steel chairs.
  • 18:17
    Niamh Re synchro swimming in Ireland, check out Dublin Synchro and Synchro Ireland. Who knew?
  • 18:19
  • 18:31
    MickGuyver Time to go. Thanks for all the bloggng during the games. Have a great weekend everyone
  • 18:31
    DM The Media in this Country has been much too negative over the past few years. Irish People need a challenge to get them going. Lets look at the Challenge of getting 8,000 people into the Boxing Arena to see Katie yesterday, It was an impossibility, the tickets were issued by lottery with the British getting first call. But as soon as the schedule was announced and it was know that the Final would be on on Tuesday 9th August, the Irish took up the impossible challenge and beat the system in boxing parlance by 15 – 0 (score borrowed from Paddy Barnes). Don’t treat the Irish like eejits – give them a Challenge and we can change OUR WORLD.
  • 18:33
    The Irish have packed out the Excel Arena when the boxing has been on. It’ll be tougher for Irish fans to get tickets to John Joe’s fight tomorrow given that Britain’s Luke Campbell is his opponent.
  • 18:33
  • 18:43
    We’re just half an hour away from the women’s 4 x 400m relay. Ireland are racing from Lane Two in Heat Two.
  • 18:49
    Every athlete gets a number at the Olympics. Alfredo Arevalo, from Guatemala was 2012 but unfortunately for him he didn’t get to wear it. Arevalo was a reserve in the men's marathon, but didn't get to run. Not such a lucky number after all then!
  • 18:52
    Here’s an article on Olympic oddities – it takes into account everything from blue tongues to hats for horses
  • 19:03
  • 19:06
    Something that was said to me today  - remember the opening few days of the Olympics when there was a bit of a furore over empty seats? You have to hand it to the organisers, they got on top of that pretty sharpish. The staging of the Olympics has been almost flawless actually.
  • 19:09
    Can Michael Conlan make it a third Olympic boxing final for Ireland in 2012?
  • 19:15
    It’s the women’s 4 x 400m relay up next!
  • 19:16
    Heat one is up first. Jamaica will be the favourites here.
  • 19:17
    They’re racing for a place in tomorrow’s final.
  • 19:18
    The first three in the two heats automatically go through to the final. The next two fastest teams outside the top three in each heat will also go through.
  • 19:20
    Ireland are up next. Jessie Barr does in fact race for Ireland.
  • 19:21
    Heffernan, Joanne Cuddihy, Barr and Carey make up the Irish team.
  • 19:21
    Come on Ireland!
  • 19:23
    Joanne Cuddihy is running the second leg. Ireland are in sixth place
  • 19:24
    Cuddihy was very good. Jessie Barr is up in leg three.
  • 19:24
    Domhnall come on girls, make them eat dust!
  • 19:24
    Ireland are in fifth place.
  • 19:25
    Michelle Carey takes Ireland home in sixth place.
  • 19:26
    Ireland will not progress to the final. Good effort from all involved. Joanne Cuddihy was probably our strongest runner in the women’s  4 x 400m relay.
  • 19:27
    Ireland’s time was 3.30.55 which was a season’s best.  Well done to all four women!
  • 19:29
    America win, Russia are second and Great Britain were the automatic  qualifiers from heat two of the women’s 4 x400m relay.
  • 19:36
    Domhnall You can't ask for more than that, great to see green out there competing with the best in front of 80,000. Maith sibh!
  • 19:36
    Marian Heffernan ran out first, Joanne Cuddihy took the second leg, Jessie Barr was the penultimate runner and Michelle Carey took Ireland home.
  • 19:37
  • 19:43
    The men’s 4 x 100m relay heats are coming up next. Asafa Powell is injured so won’t race as part of the team. They’re also resting Usain Bolt for the semi-final. Yohan Blake does run though. They should still qualify comfortably.
  • 19:46
    Jamaica won by some distance. 37.39 is the time – that’s the fastest time in the world this year. That’s without Usain Bolt or Asafa Powell.
  • 19:48
    Britain and Canada qualify for the final in second and third place from heat one.
  • 19:50
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  • 19:54
    Heat Two of the men’s 4 x 100m coming up next. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! are sure to qualify.
  • 19:54
    Guest GB will be DQ'd
  • 19:54
    DublinerOnTour How hard is it to pass a baton? Pretty hard if you're GB. Expect GB to be DQ'ed
  • 19:54
    DublinerOnTour Per last, 3rd to 4th changeover for team GB occurred outside second yellow line plus 4th runner crossed into Canadian lane
  • 19:55
    It’s all about the States v Jamaica in tomrrow’s final.
  • 19:57
    America, Japan and Trinidad& Tobago were the first three home in heat two of the men’s 4 x 100m
  • 19:58
    In case you missed it Britain were disqualified from heat one for an illegal handover in the men’s 4 x 100m relay.a
  • 19:59
  • 20:02
    The Irish women’s 4 x400m relay team were faster than Turkey, Poland and Germany.
  • 20:04
    The women’s 5000m next. Dibaba of Ethiopa is hoping to complete a double – She already won the 10,000m in London.

    She completed the double in Beijing four years ago so if she wins this, she’ll have completed a double double.
  • 20:04
    Domhnall Not to mention the other 180 countries that didn't qualify! No medals, but still did us proud
  • 20:07
    Britain’s Jo Pavey leads early on in the women’s 5000m but don’t expect her to stay there.
  • 20:12
    Jo Pavey (who is 38) is second now but all the favourites are happy hanging back just for now in the women’s 5000m.
  • 20:15
  • 20:16
    Dibaba has decided to step up the pace a bit now. She’s up into second place now.
  • 20:17
    I’d say I’ve just about run 5000m cumulatively in the last year.
  • 20:18
    Dibaba leads with two laps to go.
  • 20:19
    Last lap. This will be interesting. Can Dibaba do it?
  • 20:21
    Well an Ethiopan has won the women’s 5000m but it’s not Dibaba. It’s Defar who wins it.
  • 20:21
    DM Conlon 8/1 to win Gold - Looks like good odds to me ?
  • 20:21
    DM JJN 4/6 Fav to win gold
  • 20:24
    Meseret Defar wins gold for Ethiopia in the women’s 5000m in a time of 15:04.25
  • 20:25
    Dibaba actually dropped down to third position after fading in the final 200m.
  • 20:26
    Cheruiyot of Kenya came through for silver in a time of 15:04.73
  • 20:27
    Defar won the women’s 5000m in Athens in 2004
  • 20:28
  • 20:40
    Let’s hope Michael Conlan is jumping for joy in about 20 minutes time! (Julien Behal/PA Wire)
    Let’s hope Michael Conlan is jumping for joy in about 20 minutes time! (Julien Behal/PA Wire)
  • 20:42
    Michael Conlan fight’s Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana in the men’s flyweight semi-final.
  • 20:42
  • 20:44
    Michael Conlan can switch between orthodox and southpaw and the lads in the RTE studio think that this could be vital to Conlan’s chances of making the final.
  • 20:47
    Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough blasts out as Conlan makes his way to the ring. Moonwalk to victory Michael!
  • 20:49
    Ding Ding – Round 1
  • 20:49
    Come on Conlan!
  • 20:50
    One of Conlan’s strengths is his ability to dodge out of punches.
  • 20:50
    Tentative start by both boxers.
  • 20:51
    Conlan having the best of the early stages. He’s probing a bit more.
  • 20:52
    Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana landed a flurry of punches.
  • 20:52
    Conlan trails by three
  • 20:53
    Round 1 –  3-6
  • 20:53
    Big round needed from Conlan
  • 20:54
    The Cuban’s defence is excellent and his counter-punching is a wonder to behold. His hands are so quick.
  • 20:56
    Conlan trails by four with one round to go
  • 20:57
    Round 2 – 3-4
  • 20:58
    Realistically Conlan needs to put the Cuban down
  • 20:59
    Conlan receives a count after turning his back on his opponent
  • 21:00
    Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana is one classy boxer
  • 21:00
    Conlan was outboxed and it’s safe to say he’ll have to settle for a bronze medal.
  • 21:01
    Conlan loses on a score-line of 20-10
  • 21:01
    Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana is only 18!
  • 21:02
    Round 1 –  3-6
    Round 2 – 3-4
    Round 3 – 4-10
  • 21:02
  • 21:03
    Tough fight for Conlan. He was well beaten but his opponent was a serious boxer.
  • 21:04
    The majority of Conlan’s punches didn’t score.  Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana was much more efficient. He hit harder too. A bronze for Conlan. Well  done Michael!
  • 21:04
    John in Boston that standing 8 was strange...it looked like conlon thought a break was called and walked away but the cuban chased after him and buried him in punches....very confusing.....wouldn't have made a difference though
  • 21:05
    I think Conlan’s concentration dropped when he turned his back on the Cuban. Thought it was clear enough that a break hadn’t been called.
  • 21:05
    Rosser You did all we could ask for Michael, well proud of what you have achieved
  • 21:05
    Hilary Let's not forget that Michael Conlan has won a bronze medal, that's a fantastic achievement.
  • 21:06
    Conlan has been excellent at the Olympics. I just think that Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana is a special fighter.
  • 21:07
  • 21:17
    Hilary Jaysus, that Cuban guy is only 18! He's going to have a fantastic boxing future ahead of him.
  • 21:19
    Michael Conlan spoke after his semi-final defeat to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana. He said:

    "He was just the better man on the day and he was on form today. He threw some good shots and was catching me clean. I wasn’t coming back with counters. I’m really devastated but I got a medal in the bag and I’m happy with that too."

    "It’s a big learning experience and it just shows me where I’m at, getting to the Olympic semi-final in my second year of National boxing. I didn’t box at junior. It’s been good for me and it’s been a great experience. Tonight I was beat by a better man. He was just a bit too sharp for me tonight. I suppose as well I’ve had two hard fights and that was the third hard one. I’m proud of myself and I’m just happy with where I got."

    "He had a great defence and I didn’t expect it to be as tight. My defence wasn’t as good. I wish I could’ve got gold but (that’s) easier said than done."
  • 21:22
    America set a new world record of 40.82 in the women’s 4 x 100m relay to win gold!
  • 21:22
    Glen Malure Well done Michael great Olympics.
  • 21:24
    Jamaica set a new national record to finish second in a time of 41.41
    The Ukraine set a new national record too to take bronze. Their time was 42.04
  • 21:27
  • 21:28
    It was a Turkish one-two in the women’s 1500m. Asli Cakir Alptekin took gold in a time of 4:10.23

    Gamze Bulut took silver with a time of 4:10.40

    Mayam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain took bronze in a time of 4:10.74
  • 21:28
    Hilary Has Carl Lewis said anything about the USA smashing the world record in the womens 4x100m. I'd say if Jamaica won with that time he'd be shouting from the rooftops about drugs.
  • 21:32
    DM The Technology is Fantastic - it says WR 4 x 100 as she hits the line youcan see it in the same frame - you can see her pointing it out - special
  • 21:32
  • 21:37
    The Bahamas have won the 4 x 400m gold medal with a time of 2:56.72 which is a new national records.

    America, who have won this event in the last seven Olympics could only take silver with a time of 2:57.05 which is a season’s best for them.

    Trinidad & Tobago took the bronze ahead of Britain in fourth with a time of 2:59.40
  • 21:39
  • 21:45
    Day 14 has brought with it two more medals for Ireland. Better than that though John Joe Nevin has assured Ireland of a silver medal at the very least after he won his semi-final bantamweight bout with reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada on a score-line of 19-14. He will fight Britain’s Luke Campbell at 8.45pm in tomorrow night’s final

    The Belfast boys Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan both had to settle for bronze medals. Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana demonstrated his class by convincingly beating Conlan in the men’s Olympic flyweight semi-final on a score-line of 20-10.

    Paddy Barnes can consider himself a little more unlucky. After tying 15-15 after three rounds China’s Zou Shiming won the bout on a count-back on a score-line of 45-44.

    Two more medals with another guaranteed tomorrow. Not a bad day’s work. At this stage if you don’t come back here again for more tomorrow, I’ll think there’s something wrong. Until tomorrow…