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The Olympic flame watching over the stadium, day 12 is almost done.
Almost three-quarters over, the Olympics. 16 gold medals awarded
today, but the sport continues and the Olympic city. Men's basketball
quarter-final, USA against We've had another fabulous day and
we have a fabulous line-up on the Denise Lewis is the Olympic
Johnson by yards! Johnson wins his second gold medal and the world
record has gone! Denys and Michael are back, surviving the pace?
on! It is a marathon not a sprint. A sprint marathon. A great
conversation we were having about whether Michael had actually tasted
lactic acid in his mouth. He trained that hard. Denise was
horrified. I felt it in plenty of paces. I didn't need to taste it.
We had this conversation with Laura Trott. Not often, that is what
bothered me. Because of the brilliance of my coach. We've got
loads to come from these two. This is how we will spend the next 80
Hot to trot, could GD continue their gold medal horseplay? -- GB.
The sprinters were in action on the track. The women's 200 and the
men's 110-metre hurdles. The night- time is the right time for beach
volleyball. We've got the women's final. Boxer Nicola Adams was
aiming for a place in the flyweight final. We got her fight later. And
it is X-rated stuff. We have the start of the BMX competition and it
is not for the faint-hearted. Underdog of the day as well coming
up. Let's start with horse power of the purest kind. It has already
been a games to remember in the Team GB. Today was the individual
jumping and Great Britain had high hopes. Michael Vaughan has the
At the start of the Olympic Games, no one expected to march from Great
Britain's equestrian team, but already they have delivered two
gold medals and a silver and they are expecting more in the
individual Cho -- showjumping. I'm excited, I may even considering
buying a horse! It looks a damn What is going to happen today?
think the most talented horse, the most adaptable horse, the one that
has jumped the cleanest is Nick Herbert -- Nick Skelton's course.
He said it was like being a kid again. I can do anything with this
horse. I think we can win an individual gold. I think Ben Maher
is capable as well. Cian O'Connor were the first clean round. Irish
What a round. A clear round for Steve Guerdat. Absolutely
brilliant! This man is magic. Another clear round. Brilliant ride.
Clear round number five. British crowd holding their breath,
he got a bit forward. We should see Ben Maher in the second round.
the one fault, ranked tenth out of 34 riders. Still in with a chance.
Nick Skelton. One left to become the clear round... He has done it!
Yes! Clear round! Big star still hasn't had a fence over this week.
The elimination round has been completed and all three of the GB
team boss Dyldin. And Carver court has been changed for the final
round. We are now down to 25 riders jumping for gold. He has got it all
wrong! It is no individual for Britain's Ben Maher. Just one
mistake and that is his chances of any kind of metal gone. He has had
a nightmare. Gerco Schroder is on a score of one. He has certainly
given himself a chance. Gillian O'Connor... -- Cian O'Connor. He
joins Gerco Schroder on a score of one. He has jumped the first double
clear in the individual. Brilliantly ridden all the way by
Steve Guerdat. No penalties for him, perfect with his time. Scott Brash.
Desperately unlucky. Just the one down. Out of 20 riders, he is in
5th position. No medal for him. last man to jump in the showjumping
discipline of London 2012 is Nick Skelton. You will see this man dig
There it goes. He ends up in 5th place out of 22. The first fence
his horse has knocked down all week and it was right there. Look at the
ovation he is getting. That is just a dance shame. Here we go again.
heard the PA telling people to be quiet. I never heard it. One of
those things. He jumped great. I don't know. It is one of those
things. He hadn't touched a jump all week. The worst time to hear
one. But like I say, I've been there before. Same thing again. Rio
will keep going. Her the drama has unfinished. GB might not be able to
get a medal, but Ireland can. Can Ireland get the silver medal in a
jump-off? What an afternoon and it is not finished. Jump-off for
silver and bronze. Gerco Schroder are going for an individual medal
for the Netherlands. Off great effort! There's only one thing
clear know, can do now and that is go for it. -- Je Cian O'Connor.
Just going wide enough to make sure. He has galloped over... This looks
like a silver medal for Ireland. is down! He gave it everything. But
it is bronze for Ireland. Silver for the Dutchman, Gerco Schroder.
It is gold for Steve Gyurta for Switzerland. My day at the show
jumping has come to an end. No joy for GB today, there Mughal rush
comes to an end, but delight for Ireland who trot up for the bronze.
-- medal rush. Another fabulous day at Greenwich.
Nick Skelton, team gold medal winner in the showjumping, 5th
individual -- 5th in the individual today. The gold medal is sitting
proudly. You were desperately disappointed today and it felt like
it could be your day. When you were approaching the final round, did
your horse feel relaxed and comfortable? At yes. I had every
confidence in him. When you're at that level, you get a little bit of
nerves, but I had more nerves on Monday because I had other people
not to let down. Today I had every confidence in him and he has been
jumping great all week. He is a fantastic horse. I didn't think he
would have one down. Just before he knocked the fence down, he looked
slightly more uncomfortable. You said you felt him pulling a bit.
did. When I jumped out of the combination, I knew the time was
pretty tight. You don't want to have a time fault otherwise you end
up in the jump-off for the other medals. I thought maybe I might be
medals. I thought maybe I might be a little bit slow. He just took his
eye off it and he fell in the eye off it and he fell in the
corner. I say it was unlucky, but if I did it again, I probably would
not do a lot different. What about what Clare Balding said afterwards?
Apparently the announcer told the crowd to be quiet. I don't think it
affected him. He is the youngest horse at the Games. The reception
we got when we went in was unbelievable, I've never heard
anything like it. The crowd were ecstatic. It didn't wind him up.
You never hear anything when you're riding. The one thing I did hear
all the time was the cameras, the shutters on the cameras. They are
really noisy. You've said a lot what a special horse this is. He
can do anything. What makes him so special and when did you first get
a feeling this would be the horse of a lifetime? We bought him as a
five-year-old and he had a power. There's nothing he can't jump.
However big or wide, he has got the scope to jump anything. He is very,
very intelligent. He always eyes up defences himself. If you are a
little bit long body, he can compensate for that. It gives you
great confidence when you ride a horse like that. We decided that
not enough tribute has been paid to the horses in the team events.
We're going to pay tribute ourself. It is the only event where you
don't have to rely on yourself. You can have an animal. We have
discussed this before, how difficult it is to control are
being that you can't talk to. We were all wondering last year --
night what differences has made being at home, when you haven't had
to transport the horses around the world. The success has been
incredible, has it made a difference? I think so. People said
to me before the Games there must be added pressure being on your
home ground and I don't think so. That has been a big asset. The
crowd have been unbelievable. They've really got behind
everything. For the whole sport, athletics, everything in the
Olympics, the crowds have been magnificent. Not everybody can take
that pressure and soak it up and use it positively. Some people we
expected more of wilt under that pressure. We were talking about it
earlier in terms of an event where it is not just you, it is also the
horse. How do you get a horse to not feel pressure? Can a horse
sense it is a big event? Can you sense when a horse is a little bit
tight or feeling pressure? You can, but you generate the pressure
through you to the horse. If you are nervous or a bit tense, that
generates through your body to the horse. With a horse, you don't know
when they feel a little bit off. You have a general idea, but it
might be one-off day. When there's just last, we are to blame. We have
seen you at so many Olympic Games and enjoy due over the years. We
thought we would take a trip down memory lane. This is Apollo in 1988.
When you looked back at the campaign's you have been through,
all of the injuries you have picked up as well, it has been a
magnificent career. I've been very, very lucky. I've had a great career.
I've had some great horses. It is good to look back on these games
from years ago, how the sport has changed and how over fences have
changed and the horses have changed. I think for horses have got better.
Nowadays it is very intense and very technical. You are not the man
you used to be, you have a new hip. There might be another operation on
the horizon? Yes, I have another one. Is that the time you take
stock and decide whether you have another Olympic cam ain in you?
I have another one. I was walk out the venue and I saw Ian who is 65.
I walked past him and he said... know it is dressage but the
Japanese rider there. There is hope! You two, get on your horse,
you need to get on your horse. See you in Rio, perhaps. Are you going
for Rio? For sure he will only be 13, Big Star. Any way Ian Millar
said looks like we have to keep going lad. Big Star has a big star
and I am glad you have that gold medal. I know you would have loved
another one, but it was fantastic watching you and the team so thank
you for all the pleasure you given us. Let us take in some athletics
and another great night in the stadium. First up the women's 200
metre final T fastest woman in the world and the battle between
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce using her 100 metre speed out of blocks.
Crown has ran a good bend. She has a slight advantage. Felix easing
away. Here she come, speed an endurance. Jeter is powering away.
Veronica Campbell-Brown wins it. Gold and silver has been won by the
same athletes in the last Olympics. Veronica Campbell-Brown, Felix
Felix. It's the American's destiny to take gold this time or can
is underaway and Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce got off to a good start. But
Veronica Campbell-Brown running down. And Allyson Felix, really
striding down the home straight. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce going for a
unique double here. But it is Allyson Felix all the way, Shelly-
Ann Fraser-Pryce gets the silver. And Carmelita Jeter gets a bronze.
Wow. I thought the Jamaicans were going to come back to Allyson Felix.
going to come back to Allyson Felix. A cracking time, 21.88 seconds.
There was such determination on your face, you weren't going lose
this one. I was just about to get it done. I wanted to execute and
never give it up. When do you think it is sink in? Some time tonight,
maybe. Congratulations. Allyson Felix, two silvers in the last two
Olympic Games. Getting her gold. I wonder, how much, what has changed
for her, how much is technique? How can you work on, what can you work
on in a cycle to improve? What she has done is nothing dramatic, she
has been a fantastic athlete. You remember in between the silver she
is has won this event, she has won the gold at the World Championships,
competing against the same people. It has been her and Veronica
Campbell-Brown. She has taken gold and all of the wham ships and
between there Allyson Felix has taken gold, so it is just the small
things and small details that you can, you know, work on, so it could
be anything from work on her start, she was, she doubled in the 400 and
the 2 hundred. That strength played into things this year. Do you think
the big difference? Not necessarily a big difference. It could be not
anything in training, it could be execute the race better next time.
Those are the things that make the difference that the level.
keeping the mental appetite there as well.. Yes, be she came off a
great US trials. She left those girls in her wake. Carmelita Jeter,
there was daylight between both of them. That builds kfrbgsd and like
Michael say, the ability to execute your race, time and time again,
work on it, tweak it and confidence. I mean she is such a beautiful
runner. It is almost faultless, Michael might correct me, but from
my eyes I can see she... Anything Michael that you would tweak?? Not
at all. Her first pilgrimages was town 4. So she has worked out the
little flaw, there are little things she would see, I would
guarantee she would say I should have done this and those are the
kinds of things that got to her this level. What make hers unique
is the fact she is a 100 metre as well. She made the team and ran in
the 100 and got fourth, and she can move up to 400. She tried to double
last year, 2 hundred, 400 unsuccessfully but won medals. It
is what has had her running fantastic times. It was the means 2
hundred metres semi-final, Usain Bolt looks to repeat his Beijing
double. He has tough competition. Yohan Blake and Christophe Lemaitre.
The semi-finals are mouth-watering. Yohan Blake is in lane four.
Christophe Lemaitre, the best Europe can offer here, from France.
Speerm the best the US has to offer Speerm the best the US has to offer
in seven. -- Wallace Spearmon. Away safely. Blake not the best start I
have seen him get. It is OK. Christophe Lemaitre going round the
bend well. Spearmon, Christophe Lemaitre is going to get into this.
Blake away. Spearmon, in second, and here comes the Frenchman, is he
going to run the American down? I don't think he has enough time.
Blake almost stops. Goodness me, that was risky. That will go in the
record books as one of the closest semi-finals in Olympic history. 2
hundredth of a second between first and third. The second semi-final of
the 200 metres. This one features before he put them into the set
position. The young South African is going well and Usain Bolt just
has a little look inside him. A glance outside. Usain Bolt wins it.
Jobodwana in second. From that run, question gather there is a lot more
to come. The same -- Usain Bolt wins it. Jont wanna, a new lifetime
wins it. Jont wanna, a new lifetime -- Jobodwana, a new lifetime best..
I did pretty well, so I am happy. This is my favourite vent. I know
This is my favourite vent. I know what I can do so I never doubt
myself. The last of the semi-finals, top two to go through. A cracking
start. Takes half a yard out of the Jamaican and finds Mitchell the
American up on him as well. Christian has to really work here,
Mitchell. Christian Malcolm in the middle. Christian running out of
gas a bit. It is going to be the two we thought. Christian Malcolm
gets third. Winning time 20.17. 20.51 won't be quick enough to
advance into the final. I think it is between the big men, Blake, Bolt.
Spearmon and Christophe Lemaitre Spearmon and Christophe Lemaitre
fighting for bronze. It was an impressive series of semi-finals.
Let us look at Yohan Blake bs first. What did you see from him tonight.
He is very relaxed in the round as I thought he would be, got a very
good start. He ran the bend accidentally, but, I mean in terms
of speed he didn't have to push very hard, and still came off as
you see with a couple of metres on everyone else. He can relax, he
will turn it on. This race gave him a lot of confidence. Running as
fast as he did, shutting down with about 40, 50 meeters to go. He
didn't have to shut down that hard. But, you know, he has got, what we
didn't see there whizz interview after, which was very interesting:.
He said he thinks the result might be different the one hundred.
don't think so. Well, it is hard to think so when he is competing
against Usain Bolt. Let us remind ourselves how it is hard to think
so. He looks so relax and easy. looks relaxed in a different way.
He will shut it down, he is slowing down, and so he takes a look over
to the left, another look over, now, I mean he is jogging at this point,
I mean, and look, look at Bolt and everyone behind. Look how hard they
are working. It is embarrassing.! But, you know, that is how good he
is, so, I think, the interesting thing here, with this semi-final,
is that, you know, Blake is in a great position, because he doesn't,
he doesn't have to win gold to be successful. And he feels that, you
know this is a, they will have a better chance and Bolt he is saying
that is not going to happen. If I am going to let one go it is not
going to be this one. They will battle for the gold. You run the
200 in the heptathlon. Is it the bend the main thing you have to
master, once you have your speed sorted? I wasn't great at 200, but
you know, what it is, you need to start well, you need to be driving
yourt blocks and holding your form on the bend. I think the key I have
learned, the transition from that bend, into the straight, that you
can't afford to be deaccelerating, you have to maintain the
acceleration round the curve, and there is a slight adjustment in
technique at that point. And that is when you can see one metre, two
metre, really unfold, if you don't get that right. Who is better at
that, Blake or Bolt? Bolt is better. He has been better. Blake hasn't
run a lot of 2 hundreds, and I haven't seen him run a lot but he
has run fast when he has. You know, but that is, that is the keep key
for some people. If you get it right you sling shot yourself off
that curve and make up some ground there, if you get it wrong it goes
horribly bad. Bolt never gets its wrong. When you have incredible
speed it demeernt, you can get it wrong and it will be the same, it
is going to be a fast time. We are looking forward to it. It was the
men's 110 hurdles. Lawrence Clark was in lane two. A defending
champion Dayron Robles was in five champion Dayron Robles was in five
and Aries Merritt. The 110 metre hurdle. And a very good start from
Dayron Robles. He just had a lead. But here komedmvingsr rit. He is
forging ahead. Merit is going away. Richardson is in second and it is
going to be Parchment. Gold for Merritt. 12.94. That is the mark of
a man who knew all he had to do was to bring his best form at the right
time and he did it again. It's a shame to see the champion go out
like that and Clarke did get fourth. It was close on the line. Well done
Lawrence Clark, that is a real coming of age. I can't believe I
came fourth in the Olympic Games. I came fourth in the Olympic Games. I
didn't expect to make the final. The South African was a big Guy. He
looks like a American football. was a dream come true. The crowd
was amazing. The USA hasn't had a gold medal since 1996. So to have
the gold is a bless, it is phenomenal. A phenomenal
performance by you. Well done. Thank you. USA having a good night
tonight on the track. A very good night. With Carmelita Jeter,
Allyson Felix, and then, the hurdles two medals there, gold and
silver. Those are the Guys, Merritt and Richards,, they have been
incredible so year. And Jason Richards came into this with a lot
of confidence, being the World Champion but Merritt has been
consistently running 12.9 all over the place, so good performance from
those Guys. Good to bring that to the US. And tweeted after his
disappointment saying he was sorry, rubbish season from start to finish.
He is desperately disappointed but Lawrence Clark, what a race, what a
run, what a prospect. Indeed. He has a great start, and what he knew,
is that all the pressure was off, he has done himself justice, you
know, getting into this final, but he was there battling it out
holding his form. Tidy race and drove for the line. You know, we
saw say in championships anything can happen. It is about taking your
opportunity whence they arise and he did that tonight. It was a great
run. He has a great training squad, under the guidance of Malcolm
Arnold who coaches Andrew Pozzi, Jack Green, Dai Greene, and so that
squad has gelled and they push each other on. It is that competition in
the training environment and I think it is producing these kind of
times. Well it was the women's 4 attack card, but so is Lashinda
Demus, who has stormed early. The two of them are taking it to the
field. Kaliese Spencer on the arts side has also started quickly. --
250. Antyukh, this strong, tall Russian. Demos has to try to hang
onto her. Antyukh is clear. Demos comes off the last hurdle the
better. Antyukh wins the gold! A great rest, but gold goes to Russia.
A very, very good bronze for Zuzana Hejnova. A quick race, USA just
missing out. Yes, Lashinda Demus will be very disappointed at her
execution. She went out really hard, but it is always tough having your
main competitor behind you. Antyukh was two lanes behind. It was almost
as if she said, I want to make sure I'm not going up too hard. That
causes you to tighten up and it looks like she made quite a few
adjustments in that race. That was a lot of adjustments. I want to
talk about the prospects for Jessica Ennis, possibly going into
the hurdles as an individual event. Colin Jackson said to me that he
has been trying to persuade her for a long time that she is obviously
good at the 100m hurdles, but he thinks 400m hurdles with her
endurance abilities. Do you disagree? I will put my neck on the
line. I don't think she would enjoy 400m hurdles as much as she would
relish the opportunity to concentrate on the 100. She could
have easily finish third the other night in the women's hurdles race.
I think she has so much untapped potential in that event. But she is
not finished with heptathlon yet. That 7,000 points... It is tough on
the body. Has she got another Olympics in her? I don't know about
that. It doesn't get better than what she has done in London. Maybe
the Commonwealth. Absolutely. She would love a Commonwealth gold
title. Don't you think she would certainly want to go with hurdles
in the Commonwealth? She could do both. Why would she want and win a
gold medal at heptathlon in the Commonwealth? I don't think she has
won. She wants the full set. didn't run in Delhi in 2010. She
finished bronze in 2006. OK. She should go to the Commonwealth them.
Discussing her future! She might have a say herself. She is coming
on tomorrow night. This is what we decided. She is on tomorrow so we
will ask her. Basketball is still going on, the men's quarter-final
between the USA and Australia. That is available on the red button and
online. More athletics later, but now we're going to concentrate on
Approaching the boxing room -- ring is the woman widely regarded as the
best boxer in the world. Katie Taylor. Car mafia hour, cometh the
woman, Shanaze Reade. -- cometh the hour. Representing Great Britain is
Nicola Adams. Very, very nice work. Katie Taylor... Nicola Adams points
proudly to the lie and above the Olympic rings. Here come the girls,
women's boxing and Shanaze Reade later, but first it is beach
volleyball and it has been a massive hit with the crowds.
Brilliant entertainment and in the midst of that, great Olympic sport.
Tonight was the women's final and the double defending champions
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh- Jennings are aiming to make it
three in a row. They were up against fellow Americans April Ross
and Jennifer Kessy and it was a mouth-watering match up at the
fabulous Horse Guards Parade. In the highly contested opening
exchanges, the double golden girls found their form and won the First
Sec 21-16. We will join it in the An all-American final. It will be
gold and silver for the USA. At the moment, the favourites for the gold
medal of the defending champions. They lead 1-0. It will be Casey and
Ross to surf after the technical time-out. Kerri Walsh-Jennings has
Walsh and May are two points clear. April Ross, Jennifer Kessy. Behind
Encouraging signs from Casey and Two in front again, keeping it
simple. Sticking to the game plan. Eight points away from their third
A bit of a soft point for May and Walsh. She picked up the attempted
dig first and played that into the Nothing they could do about that.
Jennifer Kessy almost piled into our cameraman. The gap is three
again. It is beginning to get a little desperate for Jennifer Kessy
They are playing in their first Olympics. They need some unforced
errors from their opponents. And some windows of their own like that.
That is a good way to close the gap to two. That is the shot from our
hot-air balloon. Anchored in St That is the scoreline. 13-15. Ross
to serve from the Downing Street The gap is now a single point. Will
the red Americans take a time out? No. They are staying put at the
moment. Encouragement for the rust Well, April Ross, absolutely have
to book may be in trouble. Mr by a That is an ace! 17-14. The London
Olympics beach volleyball title is getting closer for Ms de Mai and
Kerry Walsh. They need four 0.4 Walsh then sit behind Jennifer
Kessy. -- friends bit. A wonderful disguised hit. A great pick up from
misty May. Walsh sending them scurrying towards the bench and
they have continued along that path. Jennifer Kessy and Ross have taken
a time-out. It is getting close for This could be the final stage of
the gold medal match in the Olympic beach volleyball tournament at
Horse Guards Parade. It is going to be an American gold and silver. At
the moment, May and Walsh, the defending champions, lead the way.
A missed served from Kerri Walsh- Jennings. A gift for Ross and
Jennifer Kessy. Can they build on this? They need a couple of big
serves, they need more unforced They don't need that. Wonderful
control. Nerves of steel. Two It is blocked! Match. Has arrived.
After 35 minutes of play. -- match point has arrived. The champions in
2004, the gold medallists in Beijing in 2008, surely about to
become the champions of London in 2012. Jennifer Kessy gives a little
bit of breathing space to her and Ross. Walsh is waiting. The second
The service long! They have done it again. Three times the Olympic
beach volleyball champions. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-
An incredible three Olympic titles in a row. The United States, a
magnificent achievement, totally dominant in their sport. Michael,
even though you're slightly miffed that it should be allowed that
there would be two US teams in the final... Two American teams, see
how objective I am? Would you guys do that? I was really happy to see
misty. I was with her the other day and she was talking about how much
she wanted this one. Three in a row and that his history-making.
They've been incredible together, unbeatable. Did she mention playing
at Horse Guards Parade and what it was like? She said it was a great
atmosphere, they've got a DJ, music, it is a call at the fair. Neither
of you have got down there. Kind of busy. If you were -- if you
were to have an ideal partner, who would it be? Denise! You two, a
good-looking duo. From a fitness point of view, you could be quite a
I don't know about the bikini top on Michael! OK, time for more
boxing action from our remaining girls. Now there is only one,
Nicola Adams, who is flying the flag in the flyweight semi-finals.
Adams was taking on the Indian boxing icon. She suffered defeat to
Nicola this year. Adams started well. She took the first two rounds,
3-1 and 2-1. She had a 5-2 lead. We Both ready for work round number
three. It is scheduled for four two minutes rounds. Adams takes
Adams is really using her advantage in height and reach. Her opponent
is often at a considerable size disadvantage near the flyweight
division, but in her opening two bout she is used speed to
tremendous effect. She gets caught bay left-right combination and is
pinned to the ropes by Adams who is scoring with the left and right
hand. Thvingsfrpblgts is fantastic. She is landing with stronger and
stronger shots now as she grows in confidence. Catching her on the
ropes. Forcing her to dive in. It She switchs to the southpaw stance.
She boxes out of either stance. She does switch feet on a regular basis
causing further confusion to her opponent who will have seen it
before, but giving her a different look. She will have seen it before,
but she won't have had the problems with very many boxers in the past.
She seems a bit baffled. She has to change her tactics now. She needs
to push forwards towards Adam, put her back to the ropes. With one
round of boxing to go, Nicola Adams has extend her advantage to four.
It stands at eight points to four The winner will progress through to
And it is Adams who has been in complete control throughout this
contest, against the iconic Indian boxer. A five time World
Championship gold list but she has struggled to cope with the speed
and movement and superior size that Nicola possesses. Adams is
continuing to exert her authority, scoring with straight shots, simple
botioning, that is all you need, just simple boxing, she was caught
but Adams, attacks with combinations. A round of up a
applause from the crowd.. Good left-right and Nicola Adams cannot
afford to switch off. Concentration is going to be crucial in this
final 40 seconds of the bout. She is being encouraged by the crowd.
The referee is allowing them to work away on the inside. Adams did
well to get out of the clinch. Sneeds to be careful not to become
lackadaisical. Good left hand. Adams was struck on the back of the
head. It is an illegal blow. But it is also an infringement to turn
your back on your opponent. -- Adams scores with a jab, is moment
grace a place in the gold medal A brief glimpse of the Ali shuffle
from Adam, but that is in recognition she has done enough to
book her place in the Olympic gold medal bout, here at London 2012.
And even though her opponent competed in spirited fashion, one
suspects she hasn't done enough to overturn a significant advantage in
favour of Adams. Ladies and gentlemen, the winner by a score of
11 points to six, in the blue corner, representing Great Britain,
Nicola Adams. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Nicola Adams points proudly to the
Lion above the Olympic rings on her left breast as sh moves into the
gold medal bout in the women's 51 kilogram flyweight final. Raise I
am in the final now. All I want do is make my mum proud, the fans, my
friends and family, and I think I have done that today by getting in
have done that today by getting in the final. Your opponent is a
lighter flyweight, you weren't going to take her lightly were you?
I wasn't taking any chances. I didn't want to take her lightly.
You have to be special to be a five time World Champion but that shows
my class today, on beating her again, and straight into the final.
Having picked up three world Silver Medal, how motivated are you to
make that silver a gold? Nobody will remember the three Silver
Medals I got in the world if I get that gold. To get that for Great
Britain, that would mean the world to me. She has a killer smile,
hasn't she. She fight Ren Cancan tomorrow. She beat Nicola. Can it
be third time lucky? If anyone can, Nicola condition. -- can. Sorry. It
is late. If I was pronouncing it properly it would be different.
That was good. Are you patronising me? No, I wouldn't try I We were
chatting about women's sports and I think boxing has been a huge
success, and all the commentators have been impressed with the
standard. We were talking about 1984 the first winner of the
marathon, the first time it was in the Olympics, and you were saying
walking a late inclusion. Yes. Steeplechase. Triple jump only came
in, I think, in the early 90s, so, some sports are still in its
infancy, and there is so much more potential, and I just, I love
Nicola, I think he is a credit to her sport. The discipline, you can
see obvious skill, which is the first thing they question, have
women got the skill factor to compete. I just think it is
brilliant to see what she is doing. I think the question is usually,
not so much, to some degree where skill, but are people going to find
it entertaining, that is the big question. Do people care enough to
watch. Absolutely. In America women's boxing has been anticipated,
and it has been phenomenally successful from I understand. It is
very quick. I am hoping to get to the final. If I can, please give me
some time off. All of Ireland are absolutely elated with the success
of lightweight datey Taylor. She is up next. The four time World
Champion, knocked out Great Britain's Natasha Jonas. Natasha
said she threw eeeverything at her but The Kitchen sink. Taylor won
the first round 3-1. The second 4-2. She found herself ahead. We are
going to join this at the start of the third. It is Ron and Lucy on
More support from the crowd as we move into this third two minute
round. Kaith Tay -- Katie Taylor of Ireland wearing the red. The four
time World Championship medallist, leading by a score line of 7 points
to three after two completed rounds. Her opponent 19. Sole women
representative on her country's team. As is Katie Taylor for
Ireland. Cheers of "Ireland, Taylor's opponent just being warned.
Of it. Kate Tay Taylor who is coached by her father Peter, as she
good success once more. He was a light heavyweight champion of
island in the 80s. That is another Taylor takes good shots in reply
from her opponent. Her opponent said her father wanted a son and so
she was brought up as a son. She has an immense talent for it. 19
years of age and she is competing in the semi-final. The referee is
not happy. The crowd love it. At the end of that Third Round, the
crowd stand and wave their -- raise their volume level again, but it's
a 13 point to 6 advantage in favour of the number one seed Katie Taylor.
We move into the final, fourth two minute round in this women's 60
Look at the change in tactics being employed by Taylor's opponent. She
knows she faces a significant deficit. She is doing her utmost to
close and try to overturn it. She takes a beautiful right hand, but
she spent three weeks in Cardiff as part of the governing bodies road
to London programme. One of 44 qualified boxers competing here who
benefited from the expertise in coaching, medical back up and
nutrition provided at the training centre in Cardiff. Colin Jones ran
the first one before the qualification stages of the World
Championships. A good exchange takes play and the final road to
London camp was head once again in Cardiff and conducted by the US
former Olympic coach Tom Corta. Anything to try and take Katie
Taylor's mind off the job. Look how focused she have mains. A bit late
for that showmanship now. She is a hatful of points down. She needs to
concentrate more on the tactics. Katie is too professional and
experienced to be falling for these games. The atmosphere that is
generated by these fans is remarkable. Katie Taylor, such a
revered figure in Ireland. She was the flag bear forethe team at the
opening ceremony and reports in Ireland suggest that employers are
making special arrangement for staff so they can watch this very
bout that is taking place in the middle of the afternoon here in
London, special dispensation being given to staff to watch Katie
Taylor book her place in the gold medal bout after another master you
feel performance, she know shaes done enough. She blows a kiss to
all her fans who are encircling her here at this wonderful theatre for
boxing. A spirited effort by her opponent but Taylor's experience,
her strength, speed shone through in that bout. Ladies and gentlemen,
the winner by a score of 17 points to 9 in the red corner representing
to 9 in the red corner representing Ireland Katie Taylor. Katie Taylor
gives thanks at having secured a place in the gold medal bout in the
women's 60 kilogram lightweight bout and look at the reception she
is receiving. Thvingsfrpblgts is a dream come true for me to be boxing
in the Olympics. There are so many Irish people here. It is better
than I thought it could be. Now I have made the final, boxing for a
gold, I feel like I am in heaven. It is amazing. You bagged a silver
medal but the job is only half done, isn't it. Yes, I have to go back
and refocus for tomorrow. I would love to bring a gold medal home for
my country and all these people who came to support me, it is an
amazing feeling. Fantastic win for her. And her opponent tomorrow will
It should be quite a fight. Quite a day for Ireland. We talk about
pressure and expectation, they are going to give people time off from
work tomorrow to watch this fight. There is not going to be a Dubliner
Olympics. I wouldn't think so! It is unlikely. But if you like. But
for Ireland, this is massive pressure on Katie. That will be a
tremendous amount of pressure. They love their boxing. Good luck to her.
It will be tough. It depends on the athlete, it might give her
confidence, it depends how she handles it. Talking about the
inclusion of boxing in the programme, if you're a naughty
world champion and boxing wasn't on the Olympic programme, -- boxing
world champion. You would feel aggrieved. At the Luke Hartley, you
want to compete at the highest level. F -- absolutely. If you know
there's a chance to compete at the Olympics, why wouldn't you take it?
By large how the Irish idolise their champions. It is something to
really admire. Will you be backing the Dublin bid? More boxing later
with Britain's Tom Stalker. Cycling now and BMX cyclist Shanaze Reade
went to Beijing as the overwhelming favourite only to crash
spectacularly in the final. She is a silver medallist from the 2012
world time-trial, looking to put to To win the Olympic Games is
everything to me. I want to be Reade in the silver medal position.
She has crashed! Beijing made me part of what I am. I have a
fantastic support team around me. My coach has pulled me back from
the bottom from the Olympics. I was in a bad place. It is about getting
the right people around you to bring you out of that situation.
That has been the biggest key of how I have got over Beijing and
learned from it. Beijing was a stop off along the way to the London
Olympics. Now London is here, it just feels right. Some other
athletes might be feeling the pressure, but I'm really excited to
represent my country. I think it is a really good course. It suits
everyone. It has a little bit of everything, technical and speed. It
will be great racing. He you've got to be so relaxed and so calm at the
start. If you are not, things go wrong. You have to be wanting to
get out there in front, but at the same time be as calm as possible.
It can be hard, especially in the final and everybody is lined up.
You have to learn to control your mind. For a long time, I didn't
think I was capable of being Olympic champion. It was a dream. I
thought I am a fast BMX rider, but I don't know if I can put it
together. Now I think about it quite a few times a day. Even if I
am watching TV, especially with so much sport at the moment, I relate
to the Olympic champions. I think I can definitely do this and I
believe I can be Olympic champion. Today she started her journey to
retention as the women and men retention as the women and men
began with the seeding runs. -- redemption. The BMX track, one of
the most stunning venues of the 2012 Games. Cometh the hour, cometh
the woman, Shanaze Reade. She has come out with absolute confidence.
She just let the back wheel dropped nicely, floating across the double.
She used that cascade in the middle of the rhythm section really nicely,
created a lot of speed. First rider to go under 40, very nice work.
Sarah Walker from New Zealand has a broken collarbone. A looking very
smooth and confident. 38.64. Caroline Buchanan from Australia.
She is so powerful. Athletic ability, confidence, strength, very,
very smooth. She takes first place. Two tenth of the second, but she
did not look like she really got Bad crash. The back wheel caught
the step up. Not a pleasant feeling. Good to see him get up and walk
away. Liam Phillips of the UK is a fantastic time trial rider. Low and
fast. Looking very good in the rhythm section. The crowd going
nuts. Smashes it! 38.719 for Liam Phillips.
Phillips. Shanaze Reade has won world titles
on the track, she went to Beijing as our great hope on the BMX. Would
you be delighted if she could get some kind of Olympic medal and some
sort of closure? Yes. I was at the track when she crashed out in
Beijing and I could not believe what I was seeing. Not once but
twice. Yes, it would be fantastic if she won here. I was talking to
David Brailsford earlier and he was saying she gets very nervous. She
gets very uptight. She has been through the coarse and maybe that
will calm her down. She is such a good girl, a sweet girl. She gets
very nervous. Last week she was really, really nervous about the
Olympics. But she is in a good place right now. I think things
will go really well for her. I certainly hope so. Gerat Britain's
women were in action tonight in the hockey semi-final against Argentina.
But sadly they will not be contesting the final against the
Netherlands. They were beaten 2-1. There was not enough time to get an
equaliser after pulling one back five minutes from time.
Heartbreaking for the girls. The scenes when the final whistle blew
and they knew their big chance was over were just devastating. They
can be very proud, though. They have played very, very well and
they will face New Zealand on Friday for the bronze. Let's go
back to the track and the women's 1,500m semi-final. Lisa Dobriskey
has made it through. It was a good run. She ran really well. She put
herself in the right position throughout the race. A very
experienced championship performer. She knew what she had to do and
delivered the goods. A great race from her, she looked comfortable.
We have got high hopes for her in the final. Hannah England did not
make it. It has been tough for her. She was in great shape earlier in
the year, but had a freak accident where a spike went through her
Achilles. She has not been able to get sharp for the Olympics. That is
unfortunate. Paul Laura Weightman, who is coached by our very own
Steve Cram, he sat out of the commentary. She had a spectacular
finish to what he said last night that this is what they wanted, a
semi-final, but they got a bit more. He has been in this position
numerous times. He could give her the best advice on how to tackle
this race. She ran through the line, one of his final words was make
sure you get through the line. He was so nervous. He then had a
chat with her. It was wonderful to see his joy as a coach. I chatted
with him last night, about how we got involved with coaching her, he
did not want to commit to being a coach, and ended up quite enjoying
the experience. She is such an independent athlete. She trains on
her own, she gets on with the sessions he gives her. She listens.
That is what -- one of the key elements. It is fantastic. You
think, where could she go? I just think she shows a lot of grit and
determination. Clearly ability as well. In abundance. Is it making
you want to but a duck you represent athletes, you don't coach.
I came into the representation business by accident, I was helping
out a friend, Jeremy Warner. I picked up a couple of others, but
it is tough. Coaching is tough, managing athletes is tough. It is
really difficult. People think it is automatic and natural, but it's
not. My Mo Farah was in action again
this morning. Two heats in the 5,000m. He was lapping up a
fantastic reception he got in the stadium. He did exactly what he had
to do. The reception want -- when he was announced as Olympic
he was announced as Olympic champion, it was immense. It was a
good race, it wasn't easy, but he qualified comfortably, which was
always the objective. He had a tough 10,000m race. The emotional
roller-coaster you have to go through before the race and
especially afterwards, to then refocus, regroup and get yourself
refocus, regroup and get yourself in a position where you can deliver
further 5,000m. Britney Rhys won the long jump, Shara Proctor did
not have the best day. -- Brittney Reese. She doesn't get enough
credit. She came in here as overwhelming favourite and won it
by far. Phenomenal long jumper. Clefts have enough of track-and-
field for now. It is the inspiration for tonight's you know
All right, hands up, it is a cliche, it is Hannah time for the hammer.
Today looked we salute Sophie Hitchon, who qualified for Friday's
hammer final with a P D of 71.98. - - personal best. She is a former
ballet dancer and said she was dancing for joy after this. Well
done and good luck. We have to do better with underdogs. We did
really well at the beginning with people going out of their lanes.
You don't have to be crawl! It is time for more boxing and the return
of the magnificent seven. The seven is down to fight. Tonight Tom
Stalker was in quarter-final action and a win away from a guaranteed
medal. His opponent was from Mongolia. He fancied his chances.
Mongolia. He fancied his chances. The first two rounds were very
tight, both boxers trading punches and looking impressive. In the
first round, the judges could not split them, it was 6-6. But in the
second round, it was 87 in the Mongolians favour. In the second
If ever a captain's performance was needed, it will have to come from
the man in red. The British team captain, Tom Stalker, a single
point behind the vastly experienced man in blue from Mongolia. His
The Mongolian is leading by a single point. Those southpaws have
cancelled each other out. Not a bad The Mongolian has a granite chin.
Better from Tom Stalker. He may have levelled it. How close is this
going to be? Stalker can't afford to take anything by chance, he has
to win the last round. He has to find two extra points from
somewhere to get into the semi- final. Better from Stalker!
Important that he keeps his Digard knife and high. Go on the front
foot and push your man back. He is trying to counterpunch.
counterpunches with great effect. We thought he won the last round,
but he lost it 8-7. 6-6 in the first round. He is maybe easing
ahead. The Mongolian is standing That was a lovely shot. That was a
good punch. She couldn'ter punching well. He must then step on the gas
and dudge that attack, and score again. Stalker retreats almost to
his own corner. Hands up. Here he comes. Everything Stalker throws
they cheer him to the rafters. Will those those impress the judges, I
think he has turned this round. There is not much in it. Into the
last minute. Is it going to be another bronze in boxing for
Britain here in London, courtesy of the Liverpool Stalker and he is
working his man hard. I think he is turning this round. The pressure is
telling now. The strength of Stalker. It is coming through. That
one-two. That is what he has to do. Keep it going. Create the room and
space. Lovely work from Stalker. Last 30 seconds. Uranchimeg is
tiring. Caught staubg we are a decent shot. I think Stalker has
done enough. -- Stalker. How will the ringside see it. Four men and a
woman. Better by Stalker. A good exchange. Needs another couple of
insurance points. What a bat this will has been. Two of the oldest
men in the stkrition. Stalker is 28. Uranchimeg is 30. Stalker coming
forward. Has he turned it round? We think he has. Uranchimeg moves. No
time for a shot. Has Stalker done enough? How close is this going to
be. Really close fight. A point either way, but Stalker did enough
there, to win that contest. It is very close. I wouldn't be surprised
if it a point either way. Stalker did enough for me in that last
round to win it. The winner by a score of 23-22 in the blue
corner,... Oh, he has lost it. 23- 22, it has gone to the veteran
Mongolian, in his third Olympic Games, and Thomas Stalker can't
believe it. He is distraught. He is going out of the arena in double
quick time. He will be very disappointed because he is the
British team captain. You haven't let anybody down, you gave it
everything you had. This fellow got the decision it could so easily
have gone either way. We understand an appeal has been launched. We
an appeal has been launched. We will hear more about that tomorrow.
Better news for Irish light flyweight Paddy Barnes, he will
fight Zou. What we normally do is put faces on the board. You will
notice there aren't any. On the way we will look at the medal table.
Britain were the perfect hosts. They allowed the others to enjoy
themselves today. No medals today. Third place and China and the USA
continuing to hold top spot. So we have a nice relaxed medal period
here. That is the face we are hoping will be one of the faces we
get tomorrow. Keri-Anne Payne is going in the open swim, of course,
and we did wiant any golds in the pool, so all our hopes on her. She
got silver in Beijing, remember, so Guys, thank you. Good day for USA
Michael. We will be generous. you. That is it for today,
Wednesday is almost over. A good day for Nicola Adams, she is