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The Olympic flame burns brightly in the stadium, as the second day of

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the 30th Olympiad enters its final hours. And yet the live action

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continues. There is basketball right now on BBC Three. Boxing,

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beach volleyball and volleyball are all still going on. Tonight's show

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is packed full of action. On my sofa this evening are two very

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I am delighted to welcome five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe, and

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nine-times Olympic champion Carl Lewis. Great to have you guys here.

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You have hot-footed it over from the basketball. Yes, I was watching

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the game, it was a pretty good game. Could it are wondering how it ended.

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We will let you know. And Ian Thorpe, you're putting in a big

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shift today. I lost my past, and I cannot get out. Tonight, on the

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show, we have got all of this... The women hit the road today, with

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defending champion Nicole Cooke amongst the hopefuls. Beijing's

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Golden girl, Rebecca Adlington, was defending her title in the Women's

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400m Freestyle. Life is a beach, for some at least, here in London.

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We will be catching up with the beach volleyball, a month other

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things. We will start with the cycling. It was the men who started

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and finished on the Mall yesterday. Today, it is the turn of the women,

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themselves facing a long day. Nicole Cooke got our first gold in

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Beijing in this race. Matthew Pinsent has the story. Yesterday,

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in the men's road race, Britain expected. Perhaps too much. The

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gold rush that was meant to begin with a Mark Cavendish victory down

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the Mall never materialised, as Team GB were derailed. But today,

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there was a chance for British cycling to put that behind them, as

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the women took to the roads. Beijing gold-medallist Nicole Cooke

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was joined on the team by Emma Pooley, Lucy Martin and the inform

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Lizzie Armitstead. Reports that a? And Cook might not be the best of

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friends seemed off the mark before the race. But there was even more

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pressure to open Team GB's medal account following yesterday's

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events. Not at all, we have done our preparation, and we are ready.

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Everybody wants a medal, and hopefully we can do it.

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HUGH PORTER: And they start the Olympic road race. They are getting

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stuck into it straightaway. Here's the first attack, it looks like the

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Ryder from Brazil going away. Emma Pooley, how she got a problem?

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think she has got a puncture. were no early breakaways today, as

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the peloton set a good pace. Nobody was prepared to make the decisive

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was prepared to make the decisive burst to the front. It was far from

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easy going. Heavy rain, crashes, punctures and other obstacles made

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conditions tough. Even so, the riders began to take risks.

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HUGH PORTER: We have got an attack, and it is the rider from Holland,

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Vandyke, having a go. CHRIS BOARDMAN: Well, this race

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seems to be getting animated now. Italy are in trouble as well. The

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world champion is having to change a wheel. The world champion, and

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one of the big favourites, has got some work to do. The British team

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had managed to steer clear of trouble so far. The aggressive

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approach was paying off, so far. HUGH PORTER: We can see another GB

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Jersey coming up behind her, and it is Lizzie Armitstead. So, a brace

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of riders from Great Britain are just showing that they are in

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really good form, and anything that the course offers, they can handle

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it. Nicole Cooke, the defending champion, has come right through

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them here, to the sharp end of the contest. So, it is Cooke right at

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the front. Look at the crowd, absolutely astonishing. There are

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thousands here! It is Pooley that is attacking now, she is the one

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that's trying to keep this strung out. Vos is having a go, clearly

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the best woman sprinter on the Zabelinskaya made good her escape,

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but Lizzie Armitstead managed to bridge the gap with two others.

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They were heading back towards the They were heading back towards the

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capital. Just to confirm that leading group, it is Olga

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Zabelinskaya, Lizzie Armitstead, Shelly Olds of the USA, and then

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the hot favourite, Marianne Vos, of the Netherlands. We have lost a

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rider, and it looks like Shelly Olds has gone, she has lost contact.

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The gap is now 40 seconds. If that is the case, I don't think these

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three are going to get caught. the closing stages, it is touch and

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go. It is a nail-biter. And then there were three. Lizzie

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Armitstead and Marianne Vos seemed the most likely of the trio. Lizzie

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Armitstead is gesticulating, saying, come on! About 12 minutes remaining

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in this Olympic road race. And we have a British rider who are poised,

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possibly, to take a gold medal. Each of the trio were guaranteed a

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medal. The only question was, which colour? They made their final

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sprint towards the finish line. On the Mall, it is still Zabelinskaya

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at the front. Boss is leading this out! Can Lizzie Armitstead

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challenge? Both riders looking for the line! Boss takes gold, and

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Lizzie Armitstead takes silver. Many congratulations, how does it

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feel to come up the Mall like that? It is a wall of noise, then it is

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just a sprint to the line. Lizzie did a really good job. It was a

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good sprint. I am really happy. Lizzie, huge congratulations, such

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a thrill for everybody to see you taking the silver medal - how good

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does it feel? I don't know, it is just really strange. I don't know,

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I am a bit shocked. An awesome performance from your teammates as

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well, early on in the race. Yes, Emma Pooley did exactly as was

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asked on Box Hill. I committed to that break. I wasn't sure whether I

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should go with it, I should have just jumped her earlier, but never

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mind. You could see that she was focused and determined, there was

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no way she was going to let that gap open up. To finish second

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behind Marianne Vos is incredible. Marianne Vos deserves it, but we're

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so proud of Lizzie, the way she has stuck in there.

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So, it may have come a day later than many had expected, but a

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cyclist succeeded in delivering the first British medal. Lizzie

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Armitstead proved once again that, as in 2008, the women's road race

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seems to be a very British speciality. I am delighted to say

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that Team GB performance director Dave Brailsford has also joined us.

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It was a better day today, the plan was executed perfectly? Yes, it was

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a fantastic day. It really was. Lizzie showed absolute

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determination. She took the initiative, it was a big gamble,

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there was an hour's worth of racing to go when she made that move, and

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it was all-or-nothing after that. But she committed, and what a

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brilliant, gutsy ride. She still berated herself, thinking she could

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have jumped Marianne Vos on the Mall. Marianne Vos is a worthy

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champion, she has been a dominant force for a while now. She deserved

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the gold medal. Sometimes you lose gold or you win silver, but today,

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Lizzie definitely won the silver. She showed incredible competitive

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spirit. She is a really interesting product of your talent

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identification. She was spotted in a school playground in Otley, if I

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am not mistaken. How do you know when you see a kid like that that

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they could do this? Well, we did some tests, we went round schools,

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but really, the acid test is whether somebody wants it or not.

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It is the drive inside them, do they really want it? If that is

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there, you can work on the rest, and Lizzie has always had that.

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Very hungry, very determined, absolutely professional. It was a

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team effort - Emma Pooley did fantastic work as well. Yes, she

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did a brilliant job. Emma Pooley kept attacking, which forced the

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other competitors to keep chasing her down because they knew she was

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a threat. Then just when Vos attacked, Lizzie went with her, and

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they did not see them again. Yesterday was the complete opposite,

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wasn't it? We were desperately hoping that the chasing pack would

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not catch up today, but yesterday was the opposite. An American

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commentators said the only way Team GB were going to win yesterday

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would have been if they had not one the Tour de France. Because

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basically, everybody wants to beat you. Was there anything you could

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have done differently? I don't think so. The only way we could

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have won that race, or the best chance, was to try to get it to be

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a sprint finish for Mark Cavendish, and that is what the guys tried to

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do, to control the race. It was a big ask. When they got to the top

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of the final climb only a minute behind the breakaway group, we

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thought it was game on, but it was not to be, it did not come back. We

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saw that again today, the breakaway group did not come back. So if we

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went back and started again tomorrow, we would use the same

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tactics and see whether it worked. No regrets. How are Bradley

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Wiggins' legs? They went really deep yesterday, they gave it their

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all, Chris Froome as well. But I think they will be fine. They have

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just got back from the Tour de France. They have got a couple of

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days to take it easy now. They will be giving it everything on

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Wednesday. You both know what it is like to go into a major tournament

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in your home country - the expectation of a nation is on you,

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so you can appreciate, everyone wants to beat you? Yes, basically,

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you have to be a moving target, that is what I always thought. I

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always told people that my competitors were excellent, so I

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was always trying to be excellent. When the race was over, I would go

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back and evaluate it. So, when your competitors get to you, you're

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already in the next place. It is a different kind of pressure, I

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imagine. If we're talking about the expectations of their home Olympic

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Games, it is significant. It is the heightened anticipation of what the

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nation wants. When you look at the competitors that you're up against,

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the world continues to move forward. This is why the Olympic Games

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continues to be relevant, that we are pushing the limits of human

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performance. As a coach, is it almost a different challenge for

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you, this Olympic Games, because it might be said that you over

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achieved in Beijing, and you had massive target coming into this

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While we have done a lot of Olympic Games in the past and been

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successful, none of us in Team GB has had a home games and

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experienced what we are experiencing now. It is special and

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very different. It has given us all a boost. We now want to thrive off

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the back of that. We will take the challenge on and support the riders

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to be the best they can be. And hopefully, bring back some great

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performances. We saw tonight in the pool, the support Rebecca Adlington

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had was incredible. Having done a home games, what is it a golden

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nugget of advice you could give? I had two at times, Los Angeles and

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Atlanta. I thought it was great to embrace it. Walking down the street,

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someone was always saying good luck. There was no language barrier. It

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is tough with the weight of expectation, but if you can embrace

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it and say while, what a wonderful opportunity, you can enjoy it.

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you enjoy it? I was the opposite. There are contrasting opinions here.

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For me, going through all of this when people were saying to me

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"can't wait to see you win an Olympic gold medal", I don't know

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what to say. I was like, thanks, I am just trying to do my grocery

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shopping here. There was a point when I was nervous before my first

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Olympic final, the 400 freestyle. It was the first race for Australia

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to win a gold medal. I am usually really cool, calm and collected.

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And then, when the crowd roared, I just couldn't believe it. In that

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instant, I was like, OK, I am ready to race. And I could use that

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energy. Then there is more than one way to skin a cat. It just took him

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longer to figure it out. You had two goes at it. We will do the

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which is the more difficult sport debate soon. Thank you for that

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fantastic in sight. Dave, thank you for coming in. Please pass on our

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best to the team. We hope to have you back, talking

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about more goals later. On Wednesday, Bradley Wiggins, Emma

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Pooley and Chris Frome are going in the time-trials. Now, we herald the

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return of Team GB's golden girl from Beijing. Adlington is a gold

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medallist! Great Britain have won a gold in the swimming pool! Are I am

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standing up to salute Great Britain's new heroine of the

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Olympic Games, Rebecca Adlington. Two gold medals. Rebecca Adlington,

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you are absolutely brilliant. Double gold medallist Rebecca

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Adlington was the star attraction in the pool tonight. She was going

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for gold and glory and aiming to defend the 400m freestyle title she

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won in China four years ago. Earlier in the day, Chemmy

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qualified 8th fastest for the final and lined up in lane eight as a

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result, a tough place from which to defend an Olympic title. One of her

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main rivals was in lane one, Federica Pellegrini of Italy. The

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French swimmer qualified in lane Centre in London for the start of

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the women's 400m freestyle final. Got off very fast indeed, slightly

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scarily, Camille Muffat of France. She has been working on her pacing

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all year. I expected Schmitt to lead out the charge in lane five,

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but Moffatt has been the fastest by about two seconds this year. Muffat

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has been practising to come back very strongly. We did not expect

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her to start out the strongest, so I think she has been waiting all

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year for this moment. There could be a couple of for a friend --

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French swimmers on the podium. Schmitt is doing what we thought

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she would do. This is a dominant swim from Muffat. I can't see

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anything else happening here. It is an interesting way to do it,

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because if she has a strong back end, why go so fast at the start?

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Also, Allison Schmitt... Becky is in lane eight. She looks OK at the

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moment. She is maybe in third, 4th or 5th. But the two in the centre

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are very fast indeed. Pellegrini is also very good in the back end. She

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is lying in third place. Her world record of was the slowest first 200

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and a very fast second 200. These girls are going to beyond that time.

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Becky is down the bottom. Decent place, the bronze medal at the

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moment is up for grabs. These two front swimmers may have gone a bit

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too quick. We saw it in 2008 in Beijing, when one swimmer went much

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too fast in the third 100. If you go too early, that can be what

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happens. Becky is still looking good. Becky Adlington is not out of

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it. Muffat is leading in the centre. Schmitt second. And Becky Adlington

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is moving up slowly. Schmitt is not giving in. She is training with

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Phelps' coach. Very strong, tough swimmer. Muffat stretching out,

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very casual stroke. The second part of this 400 is absolutely awesome.

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It is between these two are now. Adlington in a good a third place.

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80 metres to go in the final of the women's 400m freestyle. Leading at

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the moment is Camille Muffat of France. But coming back very

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strongly, Allison Schmitt. Adlington is down at the bottom,

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starting to move into the bronze medal position. It was not far-off

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this position that she won the gold four years ago. Come on, Becky

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Adlington! About 40 metres to go. Camille Muffat of France is leading,

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Allison Schmitt second and Becky Adlington in the bronze-medal

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position. Come on, Becky! This is not over. Muffat of France has led

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from the start, but Schmitt is still coming. It is going to be so

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close for the last 50m. Schmitt will just get the silver. Dr Muffat,

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silver at Schmitt and a fantastic bronze medal for Becky Adlington.

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Isn't that marvellous for the 800 as well? Well done, Becky Adlington,

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from lane eight. Excellent, I am really pleased. Look at those guys

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in her home town, supporting Becky. Really good. We did not expect her

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to defend the title. All year, Muffat's name was on the gold medal,

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and she swam a master forest. Adlington could probably not see

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the rest of the swimmers so much. She showed a lot of grit and

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determination. That bodes well for the 800. It was an easy win for

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Muffat, Andy! Very impressive swim. Camille Muffat of France. Great

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swim for Becky, though. Adlington Becky, there is relief there, isn't

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there? So much! It was so overwhelming, the crowd. 12 years

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of hard work went into that. It was hard. It is always the 400 that

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feels tougher for me. I am so pleased. They were so far ahead. I

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did not know where I was coming. I am so glad I got a medal at their

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home games. Not many can say that. Wonderful cheer for Becky Adlington.

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There are her parents. She came in as defending champion and swam

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faster than she did in Beijing four years ago. And she has added a

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bronze medal to those two golds. She gets a kiss from the Prince.

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Standing ovation from the majority of the crowd.

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Fitting that she should be the first Brit on the podium at their

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Aquatics Centre. Hopefully, she will go higher later in the week. A

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brave, gutsy and emotional swim. This was a great swim. The key put

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herself on the line from the beginning of that race. There are

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different strategies she could have put in place to get the result, and

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this was the one that was the most painful, so hats off to her. She

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swam a brilliant race. Everyone should be really proud of their key

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to secure a that bronze medal, because a lot of people were

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starting to doubt whether we would pick up medals here. It looks

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fantastic for their 800. When she said, that really hurt, you said, I

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know what she means. We all know what that means. That is what you

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feel when you first cross the line. But after you reflect on it at, you

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say wow, it was worth it. A she swam faster than four years ago,

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when she got her gold medal. It shows you how the sport moves on

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and evolves. Do you think if she had been in lane four or five, it

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would have made a difference? feel as though it was perfect for

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Becky in lane eight. It meant she needed a strategy for how she was

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going to perform. She did not get caught up in the wash of the French

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woman and the American. They went out really fast, and Becky would

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have been sitting right at their feet and getting a lot of waves off

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them. Talking of the expectation of a nation when you come back from

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four years ago, at that time she was not expected to get a double

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gold medal haul. That relief, you could almost see that in the post-

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race interview. No question, but the most impressive part was that

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she improved on her time. She really did step up. The other

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ladies perform well, but she did exactly what she was supposed to do.

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Is it possible to describe the pain you are in when you are hurting so

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badly? I remember. It was really difficult. It is a numbing pain.

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There is a part of you wear your mind is telling your body to stop,

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and your heart is saying to go, and it is this battle between your

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thought process and how you are feeling. It is the same when you go

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bungee-jumping. You walk to the edge, and everything tells you you

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are going to die, step back. This is how your body responds. This is

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how you feel. It is painful that you have to force your way through

:27:45.:27:55.

it. Do you kind of enjoy it, the pain? Do you have to? I feel like

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you do. It is funny, but when you look back on your career, you don't

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talk about the easy races, you look at the hard ones. Remember that

:28:05.:28:12.

tough day, that tough finish? That is what stands out to you. This is

:28:12.:28:19.

why you train hard. When I heard myself in training, on race day, I

:28:19.:28:24.

am prepared and I know what that pain feels like. I have been

:28:24.:28:30.

through it and got past it. And you are still doing it. Do you miss it?

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You know what? Might time came, and that was it. No more pain. We will

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talk about your time later. I could fill your motion there. About pain?

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Yeah. I was feeling you're paying. Thank you for that in sight.

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Well, the Olympic Park where we are now, the sport is continuing. The

:28:54.:29:04.
:29:04.:29:14.

crowds are milling behind and The beach volleyball is one of the

:29:14.:29:24.
:29:24.:29:26.

hottest tickets in town. Beauty, power and graced - could do GB

:29:26.:29:34.

women's gymnastics team follow what was achieved yesterday? And our

:29:35.:29:41.

boxers aiming to get through their first fights. But it is now time to

:29:41.:29:51.
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catch up with one of Britain's greatest ever Olympians. Yes,

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three-time gold-medallist Ben Ainslie began his bid for a number

:29:57.:30:00.

four today, as the sailing competition started. Shortly, we

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will be going live to Shirley Robertson. But before that, here's

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Rob Walker with all the news of the day from Weymouth. There has been

:30:09.:30:13.

such huge expectation ahead of the start of this Olympic regatta.

:30:13.:30:20.

Great Britain have three returning defending champions - Ben Ainslie,

:30:20.:30:28.

Iain Percy and Simpson. We can give you an indication, it is almost

:30:28.:30:32.

sold out every single day here. There is a big screen for all the

:30:32.:30:36.

supporters to view the action, and to give the men a big cheer when

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they come round the mark. And we have got 50 square kilometres, that

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is the size of the field of play for these British Olympic sailors.

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It has been a fascinating start to what we hope will be a fabulous

:30:47.:30:55.

fortnight. This was one of the most eagerly-awaited campaigns in the

:30:55.:31:00.

history of Olympic regattas. After all the attention, Ben Ainslie must

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have been relieved to return to a familiar setting, on familiar

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waters. A sluggish start saw him outside the top 10 at the first

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mark, but showing all his experience, he settled into the

:31:16.:31:22.

race, his trademark downwind speed propelling him to second place.

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Britain's traditional slow starter had reversed the trend of previous

:31:26.:31:29.

had reversed the trend of previous Games. In the second race, it was a

:31:29.:31:34.

chance to consolidate. But today, we were watching two men with

:31:34.:31:39.

composure. Jonas Hogh-Christensen had the audacity to be Ben Ainslie

:31:39.:31:44.

in the second race, just as he had done in the first. It is far too

:31:44.:31:49.

early to talk about a two-horse race, but these two men are at the

:31:49.:31:54.

very peak of their powers. The next instalment will be fascinating.

:31:54.:31:58.

Britain's other defending champions today were Iain Percy and Andrew

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Simpson. But the Star class attracts big names and reputations,

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and the wind and waves can prove tricky mistress for even the most

:32:07.:32:15.

experienced. These two lifelong friends have been here before, and

:32:15.:32:18.

they found their form. The battle with the Brazilians went all the

:32:18.:32:24.

way to the line. Second place, a great end to a tough day. Well, it

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has been a pretty good first day for the British sailors, Ben

:32:29.:32:33.

Ainslie, Iain Percy and Bart Simpson. But there is an awful long

:32:33.:32:37.

way to go in this Olympic regatta. Our first medal races do not start

:32:37.:32:42.

for another week. Shirley Robertson was on the water all day long, she

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is on dry land now - good evening, conditions there looked absolutely

:32:47.:32:54.

conditions there looked absolutely fantastic? It was a fantastic day,

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we had wind and sun, and the crowds came out. You could hear them

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cheering for Ben Ainslie. It was an absolutely fantastic day. With me

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now, I have got the coach for the Finn class. What was it like when

:33:12.:33:18.

Ben was going around those marks? It was fantastic. There was Union

:33:18.:33:22.

flags everywhere, the whole area was packed with people. Every time

:33:22.:33:27.

Ben got close, the crowd went mad, the commentators were screaming, it

:33:27.:33:32.

was fantastic. He does not always make the best start in the Olympics,

:33:32.:33:37.

I cannot comment on the endings! But two second places today, he

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will be happy with that. Yes, he really showed his intentions today.

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As you said, historically, he does not make the best starts. But he

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will be really happy. It is the start of quite a long regatta.

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that first race, he went around the top mark in 11th, but ended up

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third at the bottom mark, what a great move. Just explain what magic

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he has got. I'm sure the spectators know as well as I do, but it is

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years of sailing, and the physical effort that he puts into it. All

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those training programmes, and also sailing with a bunch of training

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partners who are second to none. You can take some of that credit.

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You train those training partners, and we have got such quality in

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this country, haven't we? Absolutely. We had a training group

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of five guys in Weymouth for the last six weeks, and that group

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included three world champions. The other guys are fighting for medals

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in the top 10 in the world themselves. But in the Olympics in

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sailing, only one person does, which is a shame. But Ben is doing

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us proud. Thanks for that. There is lots more action tomorrow,

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including two more races for Ben Ainslie.

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Thank you very much. The live sport goes on now, and you can watch it

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right now on the red button, or on the website. We have just seen one

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of our Olympic legends, in Ben Ainslie. This man here was all

:35:22.:35:29.

right as well. COMMENTATOR: This great man has

:35:29.:35:33.

accumulated more gold medals in World Championships and Olympic

:35:33.:35:38.

championships than anyone else in history. Carl Lewis, on his way to

:35:38.:35:45.

four gold medals, and that's number one! What a jump! It is another

:35:45.:35:51.

superb jump for Carl Lewis. Lewis is flying. The last few moments in

:35:51.:35:57.

the Olympic Stadium have really been electric. The big man has the

:35:57.:36:03.

baton! He is so elegant on the runway, and he has nailed one! Oh,

:36:03.:36:13.
:36:13.:36:17.

yes! And look at Carl Lewis go! Carl Lewis has taken them home

:36:17.:36:21.

tuition. Great memories for us, it must be fantastic for you to look

:36:21.:36:27.

back at that. Yes, it was a wonderful time. I look at it more

:36:27.:36:30.

than just the performances, because I had wonderful teammates, my

:36:30.:36:36.

family were there, my parents were coaches, my brothers and sisters,

:36:36.:36:41.

so I regard it as a great time in my life. It is easy to put it into

:36:41.:36:44.

perspective, and say, that was then, because it was such a wonderful

:36:44.:36:52.

time. I loved to train, to compete, to practise, and I loved the meets.

:36:52.:36:56.

What do you make of the effort we are putting in so far? I love the

:36:56.:37:00.

Olympics, because it is one of the few events where everything stops,

:37:00.:37:04.

people want to be a part of it. Where can you get so many people

:37:04.:37:08.

that want to volunteer to be a part of history in their own community?

:37:08.:37:12.

I have been around London here. They talk about the traffic, but

:37:12.:37:17.

the bottom line, the energy of the people, everyone is smiling. They

:37:17.:37:22.

are just proud to have the Games. This Olympic Park is amazing. The

:37:22.:37:25.

fact that you could put these stadiums here, and bring everyone

:37:25.:37:31.

here from all over the world, it is a great time, I am proud to be a

:37:31.:37:41.
:37:41.:37:42.

part of my eighth Olympics. Can you two actually get around? If it

:37:42.:37:51.

rained a bit, I might be able to swim. I have a buggy, I am one of

:37:52.:37:57.

the spoiled ones. But it seems to be just as slow as walking! But it

:37:57.:38:02.

is a nice hassle. It really is. Because everybody is in the Olympic

:38:02.:38:07.

spirit, it is great. We are at a sporting event. You see athletes,

:38:07.:38:13.

and you expect people to come up as fans and want photographs. I

:38:13.:38:16.

remember being in my first Olympics and wanting to take photographs

:38:16.:38:21.

with every one as well. And of course, the 100m, the event that

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everybody looks forward to. It has been really building, with Yohan

:38:27.:38:30.

Blake and Usain Bolt. When Usain Bolt came out in the Opening

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Ceremony, it was one of the biggest cheers of the evening. He has got

:38:34.:38:37.

his huge reputation, and it is building towards a really good

:38:37.:38:42.

final, with that extra spice? it is going to be an amazing final.

:38:43.:38:48.

What is interesting is that he is trying to become the first --

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second person to do it, but also, Gatland has the chance do the same

:38:54.:39:03.

thing. I think it is going to be an interesting race. Look how cool it

:39:03.:39:07.

is tonight, that change is the dynamic. I think it is going to be

:39:07.:39:10.

an interesting race, and there will be some surprises. Everything else

:39:10.:39:14.

that is going on, do you look forward to the athletics more than

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anything else? What I love about the Olympics is that it is 32

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sports, and every single time I come to an Olympics, I Pick two new

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sports. This year, it is BMX and fencing. So, I do not get to the

:39:31.:39:34.

track too much. When I was competing, I could not go to any

:39:34.:39:41.

other sport, in four Olympics. you been down to the ExCeL? I am

:39:41.:39:46.

going this weekend, I just got tickets. I am going to go. This is

:39:46.:39:50.

the first time I can see every other sport. I respect these

:39:50.:39:57.

athletes so much. A I love the back stories. We think about our sports,

:39:57.:40:02.

but they have the same stories in every other sport. Of course, one

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of the big stories from the pool is this great big American rivalry

:40:06.:40:11.

between Phelps and Lochte. We had the first instalment of that

:40:11.:40:14.

yesterday - have you seen it building in the American press?

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big time. Michael is just a tremendous athlete, but what is

:40:20.:40:24.

interesting is that they are very similar in age, and they have been

:40:24.:40:28.

around a while. So it is a challenge. We can sit here and say

:40:29.:40:33.

that the challenge is to keep your mind focused in the Olympics, but I

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think Michael woke up this morning saying, either, you have got to be

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kidding me, or, I will see you later. And I would say, probably

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the second. Because he is that kind of champagne. We have all had those

:40:48.:40:53.

kind of races. Thank goodness people forget them. But I think the

:40:53.:40:56.

rivalry and will be tremendous for the rest of the Games. It is a

:40:56.:41:02.

different kind of pressure, coming in as a champion. I think this is

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one of the things which is unique about sport, the willingness to be

:41:07.:41:14.

able to give up your Mantel, or to be able to maintain it, retain the

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title. I think Michael Phelps, coming out here, he is swimming in

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multiple events, and I think we saw his reaction to what he did the

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night before last, we saw that reaction this evening, when he came

:41:32.:41:39.

into that 4x100m relay, he had a fantastic swim. And I think he is

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on track now. He will swim will, so will Lochte. But at the end of the

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day, these to are rivals. But at the end of the meet, we are all

:41:52.:42:01.

friends. Do you need a nemesis? don't think so. I had teammates,

:42:01.:42:06.

Leroy Burrell was my teammate for many years. It see these people

:42:06.:42:13.

were teammates. I think you find that strength in them. It is not

:42:13.:42:18.

really a rival, or a nemesis, it is a competitor. I think they look at

:42:18.:42:22.

each other as competitors, more than rivals. Usain Bolt has said

:42:22.:42:30.

the same thing about Blake. It is very different. You go out to

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compete, with your game face on, and then you walk off. I was asked

:42:35.:42:41.

earlier about the swimming, do you actually see each other, and do you

:42:41.:42:45.

know where you are in terms of the position? When you turn your head,

:42:45.:42:50.

you can see people. It is the only turn that you can see them. Some

:42:50.:42:54.

swimmers only breathe on one side, which means that someone can slip

:42:54.:42:57.

past on the other side. But sometimes you do not want to see

:42:57.:43:03.

other people, you just want to focus. And it is one of those

:43:03.:43:07.

things, you can feed off your competitors or you can focus on

:43:07.:43:13.

yourself, and make this your own space. You did not eyeball your

:43:13.:43:20.

opposition, did you? What's interesting, the surroundings are

:43:20.:43:25.

there, but I was trying not to be affected by them. Thank you so much,

:43:25.:43:31.

guys. Right now, we're going to Horse Guards Parade, for some beach

:43:31.:43:35.

volleyball. Last night we saw Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

:43:35.:43:42.

Tonight, their male character ports took to the court. -- their male

:43:42.:43:49.

counterparts. We are joining this one with the USA having won the

:43:49.:43:59.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 57 seconds

:43:59.:44:57.

first set. Ed Leigh is the lessen the options, but Shiratori

:44:57.:45:07.
:45:07.:45:07.

went for the lob. And it was placed perfectly. Rogers receives and then

:45:07.:45:15.

goes to the net. A wonderful big from Shiratori. A sa he just

:45:15.:45:25.
:45:25.:46:02.

couldn't get the jump to make again. Then you see the second

:46:02.:46:12.
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and a real treat for the crowd here. A definite statement of intent for

:46:22.:46:31.

any of the other teams watching. Phil Dalhausser, those huge arms

:46:31.:46:36.

again working in the Americans' favour. A great point for the

:46:36.:46:43.

Japanese. They went hard, and their determination paid off. The never-

:46:43.:46:53.
:46:53.:47:06.

say-die attitude is Quay in Phil Dalhausser gets back. The

:47:06.:47:13.

crowd are bowing here. The ball comes on to the net. I am not sure

:47:13.:47:23.
:47:23.:47:50.

there, having the time to take your eye off the ball. Look at where

:47:51.:48:00.
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your defence are, and then choose your shot. It is a rare talent.

:48:01.:48:05.

Phil Dalhausser got the block, but it deflected out of the path of

:48:05.:48:15.
:48:15.:48:15.

Rogers. So the Japanese are not going quietly into this dark night.

:48:16.:48:25.
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They are putting up a good fight here. Unforced error on the serve.

:48:26.:48:36.
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Not what they need. Phil Dalhausser has done so much damage. Plenty of

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 57 seconds

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involvement by the crowd here. And using a sideways motion on that

:50:02.:50:12.
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served to get a lot of spin on it. reaction dig from Shiratori. But

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that is it. The final point for the Americans, and a very convincing

:50:32.:50:42.
:50:42.:50:42.

victory for the duo of Dalhausser Earlier today, the British women's

:50:42.:50:46.

pair of Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin had a great win against

:50:46.:50:53.

Canada's Annie Martin and Marie- Andree Lessard in their opening

:50:54.:50:58.

preliminary. They lost the first set, but came back to win 2-1. Well

:50:58.:51:01.

done, girls. Archery in London is being staged

:51:01.:51:07.

at Lord's. Yesterday was the men's team event. It was the turn of the

:51:07.:51:10.

ladies today. Who knows that they knew better than former England

:51:10.:51:15.

cricket captain Michael Vaughan? It is not cricket, but he is willing

:51:15.:51:25.
:51:25.:51:27.

You can feel it, you can sense it. There is nothing quite like the

:51:27.:51:32.

buzz and anticipation at the start of a day's play at Lord's.

:51:32.:51:41.

# I don't like cricket. For the next two weeks, Lords is

:51:41.:51:45.

home of the archery. The crowds are going nuts. Cricket doesn't get

:51:45.:51:50.

this kind of noise. GB went forth in Beijing. Can they go one better

:51:50.:52:00.
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here and get into the medal slot? Russian Federation 50, Great

:52:06.:52:16.
:52:16.:52:22.

A really close game, Alison Williamson with a 10 in the second

:52:22.:52:32.
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set. It is going to be tight. will be disappointed with that shot.

:52:33.:52:40.

It is her sixth Olympics, her first being back in 1992. What an

:52:40.:52:50.
:52:50.:52:55.

experience. After three sets, both teams are level. Six arrows left.

:52:55.:53:02.

Naomi Folkard with a four. It is all over. Britain cannot win.

:53:02.:53:06.

disappointment for the crowd here. The GB team have done the same as

:53:06.:53:11.

the men's team yesterday. Out at the first hurdle. Such an expectant

:53:11.:53:17.

crowd, but I guess that is the nature of the halfway stage. The

:53:17.:53:21.

Russians were neck-and-neck at that time, but they did better in the

:53:21.:53:24.

last three sets. Great disappointment for the crowd.

:53:24.:53:28.

Do northern Agnew, you have been here a few days. How has it been?

:53:28.:53:33.

loved it. I came here with some trepidation. I have been coming

:53:33.:53:38.

here a long time now. I first played here in 1976. It is

:53:38.:53:44.

fantastic. To be M archer and to shoot in front of those 5000 people

:53:44.:53:48.

was wonderful. I did see the groundsman out there in his shorts

:53:48.:53:51.

this morning, looking worried, because they are shooting straight

:53:51.:53:57.

over the pitch. It looks fine. It is different. Credit to the MCC for

:53:57.:54:04.

having done it. It looks fabulous. It has been a great event. That

:54:04.:54:09.

Givet joining us, Alison Williamson. What happened this morning? We had

:54:09.:54:13.

a match against the Russians. The Russians shot very well, and

:54:13.:54:18.

unfortunately, we lost. Was there any reason why? We did not score

:54:18.:54:24.

enough points! I am wearing this hat for a reason. Can you teach me

:54:24.:54:30.

how to fire a few? This is your shooting line. So you have one foot

:54:30.:54:39.

over the side. Clever, arrows, armed guard. Put your thumb and

:54:39.:54:46.

finger out of the way. Pull the string back, keep pulling, now let

:54:46.:54:56.
:54:56.:54:59.

go. That is a nine! That is all right, isn't it?

:54:59.:55:05.

It is the final, Korea versus China. Korea have all the support, and

:55:05.:55:09.

they are attempting to make it seven gold medals. They have six

:55:09.:55:19.
:55:19.:55:26.

already. Can they make it seven on the trot? It is a nine! And Korea

:55:26.:55:32.

have done it again. Korea take the gold medal. No surprises there,

:55:32.:55:36.

they were favourites from the start. I have rarely had my eyes opened

:55:36.:55:39.

today. Lord's has never seen anything like it. A three-hour

:55:39.:55:44.

lunch break, they play are made in the rain. It is not cricket, but I

:55:44.:55:50.

like it. I think he had a good day. It is a

:55:50.:55:55.

sport you definitely need to hold your nerve. You have not been to it

:55:55.:56:00.

yet? You do two new sports every day. May be in Rio. I Alison

:56:00.:56:05.

Williams from the GB team, it was her sixth Olympics, incredible

:56:05.:56:10.

longevity. She has obviously got the bug and can't put it down, but

:56:10.:56:16.

Olympic dream. I always tell people, retire when you are ready. You know

:56:16.:56:21.

when you are ready. Sometimes you want to come back, and that is fine.

:56:21.:56:26.

Just make sure you are ready when you finally stopped. I knew I was

:56:26.:56:34.

ready when I stopped swimming. I never thought I was won again. And

:56:34.:56:39.

in a moment's time, I just went, you know what? This is probably the

:56:39.:56:46.

last opportunity are will have in my life where I can do this. I was

:56:46.:56:53.

at a different stage in my life and in a different had space. I really

:56:53.:56:58.

wanted this back in my life, which was great. I have loved being back

:56:58.:57:05.

in the sport. Where do you want it to go? Commonwealth Games? I could

:57:05.:57:14.

not say when I stopped that I loved being in my sport. My targets are a

:57:14.:57:22.

long way away. We are working in 12 month blocks. And then we might see

:57:22.:57:28.

you in Glasgow. But you will not commit now, I understand. I think

:57:28.:57:34.

he said yes. There are a couple of Olympians I would like to draw your

:57:34.:57:41.

attention to. A Ian Millar is doing his tenth. He is an equestrian.

:57:41.:57:47.

Under Japanese equestrian team member Hiroshi Hoketsu is 71 years

:57:47.:57:53.

old. He is the oldest and Olympian and debut in 1964. I hope they have

:57:53.:58:03.
:58:03.:58:05.

new horses! So you never know, that bug might keep biting. Imagine

:58:05.:58:15.
:58:15.:58:16.

pulling your shorts on... Keep going as long as you can. Talking

:58:16.:58:22.

of carrying on, back in the bill tonight, Japan's Kosuke Kitajima

:58:22.:58:25.

was attempting to become the first man to win gold in a swimming event

:58:25.:58:31.

at three consecutive Olympics. It is the 100m breaststroke final.

:58:31.:58:35.

Kitajima made the final as 6th fastest, so he lined up in lane

:58:35.:58:38.

seven, but Cameron van der Burgh from South Africa qualified fastest

:58:38.:58:48.
:58:48.:58:54.

breaststroke. There is a lot of noise around the pool, but a good,

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clean start. Kitajima in seven does not normally get the fastest 50m.

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Look at the world record holder going so fast down this first 25.

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He was nearly a second ahead of Kitajima in the semis. He did a few

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fly kicks as he entered the water, which is not allowed, actually. But

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the judges won't have picked that up, you can only see it on the

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camera. Kitajima is in the black cap closest to us, struggling with

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the pace. He is going out very well. Cameron van der Burgh is in very

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good shape indeed. They are starting to come back. The

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Australian retired from the 200m because he had had enough. Cameron

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van der Burgh from South Africa in lane four gets the gold. I think

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the silver has gone to Sprenger of. Amazing. He went out so fast and

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hung on. He held back a bit from his semi-final. It was a great swim.

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Some pretty excited people behind Van der Burgh wins the gold, for

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South Africa. So, another world record. I love

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the conservation -- conversation which has just taken place here.

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Carl Lewis said, is it a first pool? And the reply was, there is

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no such thing. And Carl Lewis said, there is no such thing as a fast

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track, either. There are so many variables, but they are all the

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same, and the same company makes them for each venue, usually. The

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atmosphere can be different, I have to admit that. Kitajima did not

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make it to another gold. You do that by not realising it until you

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get to the fourth. I took it one the Olympics at a time. The third

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time around, my friend had just set the world record, so I was trying

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to win the gold medal back. Each time, I was distracted, until I got

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to Atlanta, and they said, this could be the fourth in a row..

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did not put you off, obviously. didn't, it was amazing to go back

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to Atlanta. Honestly, if it was not in Atlanta, I might not have gone

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to the Olympics. It made that much of a difference for me, to be at

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home. I had been around the Olympics for so long, the first

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ceremony, I was in it, the last one, I was in the show. It was such a

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long time! I knew that being the oldest person there, but I was in

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everyone's head. Once it happened, everyone just freaked out. Amazing

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achievement. Let's taking the final of the women's 100m butterfly now.

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Let's handover to Andrew Jameson final of the women's macro 100m

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Butterfly. The world champion on the 100m Freestyle goes in lane

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three. Lane two, the American, is a finish that was! Vollmer Has done

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it, with a terrible finish as well! It is the second women's world

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record here. The 400 medley went, and now, to 100 Fly. It was a

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wonderful swim from Vollmer. The world record-holder finished fourth,

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Ellen Gandy finished eighth. It was a very consistent swim. The yes, I

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would have liked to have gone faster, but it is a great to be a

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part of this. part of this.

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It looks such a beautiful stroke when it is done properly, but it is

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brutal, isn't it? Not really. It is a struggle to become quite good at

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it, and there's two speeds in Butterfly, slow and fast, and there

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is nothing in between. Slow hurts more than fast, so you want to get

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to fast as quickly as you can. It is all about efficiency, it is very

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rhythmical. You want to sit really high on top of the water. If you

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start to drop your hips, you then have to pull yourself out each

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stroke. The freestylers course is quick. The final race that we have

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not seen yet tonight is the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay. Australia

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and USA were renewing their old rivalries. But everybody knew that

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France could be dangerous, the silver-medallists from Beijing. He

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is the fastest 100m Freestyle swimmer in the world, from

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Australia. Australia was looking for a lead here, we were expecting

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half a body length here, going into half a body length here, going into

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the next leg. And it did not materialise? It didn't. James

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actually comes in in second place. This was unexpected. This was the

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unexpected start which upset the order that we had, and it gave the

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French and the Americans the opportunity to start dictating the

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race. Disappointing for Australia? Australia had huge expectations for

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Australia had huge expectations for this one, and Australians will be

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very disappointed. Great scenes at the end, the French

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were magnificent. They were, and they were really unlucky not to win

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this one in Beijing. The French team was good. It was also the

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start of the diving programme today. You do not need to understand every

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nuance of the sport to appreciate that timing, grace and precision

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are everything. COMMENTATOR: Five dives completed

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by eight different pairings from around the world. It would be safe

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to say that the gold-medal favourites, by quite some way, are

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the Chinese. But anything can happen, it is a straight final,

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every single one of the five dives counts. Alesha blag and Rebecca

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Gallantree, going for Great Britain. That might let them down, letting

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go of the shape just a bit too early. It is a shame, because the

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synchronisation was good. Tom Daley, showing you with his expression,

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what I am telling you with my words. Now, Wu Minxia and He Zi. Pick the

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bones out of that one! My goodness me. That's got nines written all

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over it for me. That is the dive of over it for me. That is the dive of

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the contest thus far. Now, the dive. The Chinese, looking to get a

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clean sweep, as they did last year. I would say that's one gold in the

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bag. They have done it! I think that's going to be the US on the

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podium. I did not predict that one. The Canadians' final dive of this

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competition. They have just got into third place, and put the

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Italians down to fourth. Third gold medal in the 3m springboard, with

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different partners, for Wu. China, the dominant force in world diving.

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There are eight golds to be won in total, and China have won 24 of the

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last 32. Tomorrow, the men's 10m platforms starts, which means the

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:09:41.:10:00.

We will see if Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield can rise to the occasion.

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They are diving at 3 o'clock tomorrow. They are certainly no

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underdogs, but this lot are. This was the athlete from Tony Denis Ten,

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in the women's 400m Freestyle. -- he was at it again, in the single

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scull.# because of a technicality, and an disqualification, he can at

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least say that he was not last. Is this a peculiarly British thing,

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the love of the underdog? What's that music? That's Benny Hill, the

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Americans love Benny Hill, don't they? We loved Benny Hill,

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absolutely. And now, some more headline makers from today. Stuart

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Pearce... Stuart Pearce's Team GB were in action again, getting their

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first victory of the competition, beating United Arab Emirates. Great

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Britain's women got off to a flying start in their opening hockey match,

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beating Japan by a four goals. Eventing, and Zara Phillips was in

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action on the second day of the dressage. The team are currently

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lying in third. It is is the highest placed Briton at the moment.

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Paula Radcliffe confirm today she will not be competing in the

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Marathon, due to injury. So, the world Marathon record holder looks

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like ending her glorious career like ending her glorious career

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without an Olympic medal. The volleyball is still going on at

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Earls court, and the beach volleyball is also still going on,

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long into the night. The volleyball, down at Horse Guards Parade, looks

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absolutely spectacular. Great Britain's men's gymnasts were

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magnificent yesterday, qualifying in third place. Today, it was the

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:12:57.:13:14.

It is quite nerve-racking starting out on this first piece. Oh, and

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out on this first piece. Oh, and that very unfortunate. It is

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important that she finishes off strongly. It is a new dismount for

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 57 seconds

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She will get the crowd right behind judge, I dare you to take something

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 57 seconds

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away. Here is the youngest member combination. Winds up for the big

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dismount. It is there! What about that? The double world champion has

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the chance now to go for Olympic Well done to GB's women, joining

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the men in the team final. Can we doff our caps also to the German

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gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, who qualified for the vault final today

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at the age of 37, which is about 58 in gymnastic years! Her story has

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more to it. In 1992, she won gold with the Soviet Union team in

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Barcelona. A few years later, she married and had a son called

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Alisher. He contracted leukaemia in 2002, so she accepted an offer to

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train and earn money in Germany to raise money to help treat her

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little boy, which is how she ended up competing for Germany are all

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those Olympics ago. 37 years old and to be competing in the Olympic

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Games at as a gymnast, that is a different level. And it was over

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for me at 35. It is the human spirit, that is what it is down to.

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She waited until she was ready. It is a wonderful story for anyone to

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know. She had to divert herself for a while, but she was not finished

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yet. And it was the love of her child that led her to get treatment.

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This is the extraordinary part, that the motivation was for the

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child. We see the performances at the Olympics, but we also see

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humanity. This is why we celebrate. These are the stories which give

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the yay Olympics that unique spirit. Time now for this.

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This is the magnificent seven men fighting here in London for Team GB.

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Anthony Ogogo went through yesterday. Today, welterweight Fred

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Evans was first in action. He was up against Airbus a baddie of

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Algeria. We join the back at the Britain in the red. ILEA so badly

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boxed in last year's world championships. He lost to a

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Georgian -- Ilyas Abbadi. With that one-two combination, Evans has

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finished on the right hook. Make it a three Punch combo, right, left,

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right. He lands a one-two, but he stays there as he is breaking away

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and gets caught now and again. think the Algerian corner have said

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to their man, this British boxer is a counter-puncher, so let him come

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to you. He is not taking all the steps forward that he did in the

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opening round. He is waiting for Evans to come to him, which changes

:19:20.:19:27.

the dynamic of the contest. A bit wild from Evans. He has got to hold

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it together now. When the draw was made, I was quite pleased. But this

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Algerian is a decent boxer. So Evans has to find their way. Lovely

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shot by Evans. Well-timed punch. Come on, Aref. I did not agree with

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that. It is the second time there has been an admonition. It is just

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a caution, don't do it again. If he does, he could find himself in

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trouble. I have not seen a warning so far in any of the other contests.

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Good defence by Evans. Watertight stuff from the Welshman. He is a

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counter-puncher, Sophie has to trigger off his opponent. Maybe a

:20:21.:20:27.

little fainter to make the opponent lead, and then go back at him with

:20:27.:20:37.
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a fast, crisp, sharp counters. Another close round. Ilyas Abbadi

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had his moments. Evans is slipping back into old ways and waiting a

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little too long. They have tried to correct this in Team GB. Lovely

:20:54.:21:04.
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shot there by Evans. But he took a What a good contest this has been.

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What a good start to his Olympic boxing career by a Freddie Evans,

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mud but there is still a lot of work for him to do. It is by no

:21:22.:21:29.

means in the back. He is a teasing, saying come forward, let me have a

:21:29.:21:37.

crack at you. Another good round by Evans. He has opened up a five

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point gap. Some of his work was better and more accurate. Freddie

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Evans is three minutes away from earning himself a place at the

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second round of the Olympic boxing tournament. It is a very

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competitive division, the welterweight division. The world No.

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2, the reigning European champion, the twin pride of Welsh boxing at

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the moment. He is less than three minutes away now from taking a step

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further towards an Olympic medal that many have been tipped to win.

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Just got to tighten up a bit as he is moving away. That is better with

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the tight guard, but as he is throwing punches, he is a bit open.

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He does not get back to be on guard position. This fellow, Ilyas Abbadi,

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is really working overtime. He has a problem with his club, it seems.

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It was the gumshield that has come out. That is an old trick. If you

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do lose your gumshield and the referee reckons you spat it out

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deliberately, you can get penalised. The discipline in London 2012 has

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been fantastic. More importantly, Freddie Evans is doing just enough

:23:23.:23:32.

to win this. Lovely combination again. What a solid right hand from

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Evans. He is loving this. He has just got to get his timing right as

:23:38.:23:45.

his opponent comes in, and then pick him up as he comes forward.

:23:45.:23:55.
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Good footwork by Evans. Lovely change of tactic. Great screw shot

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from Evans. Just found the right angle. He whipped the elbow

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underneath the guard. Evans was 12- 7 up at the start of this round.

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Took a decent shot to the midriff. Evans has just got to get the

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timing right now. The Algerian is piling on the pressure. He has

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upped the tempo a bit because he knows he is behind. We will see

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more of Ilyas Abbadi, the youngest member of the very good Algerian

:24:45.:24:55.
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squad. 19 years old. Good footwork by Evans. He is keeping himself out

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of trouble, losing with confidence. That is what amateur boxing is

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about - hit, and don't get hit. Lovely footwork, moving out of the

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way of his opponent. Just teasing, trying to draw the lid. I think

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Evans thinks he is winning. crowd know he is winning. What a

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great start by Freddie Evans. the white corner, representing

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Great Britain, Freddie Evans! Congratulations. How do you feel?

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For feeling good. I am always a bit rusty in my first fight competition.

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Next time, hopefully you will see me step up. Was it tougher than you

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thought it would be? Not really. I Next up is - Taylor from Scotland.

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The lightweight Commonwealth silver medallist this evening faced Robson

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Conceicao from Brazil in his first- Britain in Bloom. His boxing out of

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the southpaw stance with a 1 point lead after the first round of

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boxing against Robson Conceicao, wearing red. There is a furious

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exchange in that red corner. Robson Conceicao was warned for punching

:26:46.:26:53.

incorrectly with the wrong part of the club. You have got to get close

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to this man. This may suit Taylor. He has just got to stay nice and

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tight after he has delivered his blows and get those hands back to

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the guard position. Scored with a good left hand to the mid-section

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of the Brazilian. But the compliment was returned. These two

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men are really waging war in the trenches and trading body shots.

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Beautiful combination from Josh Taylor, came forward with a

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combination of hooks to put Robson Conceicao on the back foot. Nice

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stuff from Taylor. He works with a straight left to the body. The

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right hook is probably his favourite shot. It is delivered

:27:44.:27:50.

with a lot of speed and power. Finishes on a right hook. That is

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not a bad combination to throw at this Brazilian. Three-time national

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champion at three different weights, Robson Conceicao. Hugely

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experienced at 23 years of age. Again, beautiful, tight guard being

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demonstrated by Taylor. That has been one of the hallmarks of his

:28:17.:28:24.

boxing. He has an almost watertight defence. He demonstrated that when

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we first saw him in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi two

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years ago. He keeps getting caught with the odd shot downstairs,

:28:31.:28:36.

though. Taylor keeps going back to the ropes. He is moving well, but

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he has to stay in the spaces of the ring and keep off the ropes,

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because that is a bad position to be in. But he is not boxing too

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badly. Just get the timing right and bring the Brazilian on to his

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punches, that is what he has to concentrate on. Taylor is up on his

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toes. Good footwork to get himself out of the way. Terrific boxing.

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Good use of the hands and terrific use of the legs and feet to stay

:29:15.:29:25.
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demonstrated by Taylor. Yes, it is nice, neat boxing by Taylor. That's

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a great round for Taylor. Just got to hold it together now for the

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last round. GABBY LOGAN: Well, that impressive

:29:40.:29:44.

second-round put Joshua Taylor fully in control. He ran out the

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winner against a highly rated opponent. So, great victories for

:29:48.:29:53.

our boxers today. As the day comes to an end, that is the scene at

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Olympic Park. The cry Aids -- the crowds are filing out. This is how

:30:01.:30:11.
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the medal table looks. Great Britain getting off the mark today,

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in 16th place at the moment. We will be moving up, I'm sure. Don't

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forget, coming up in just a few moments time, Olympic Sportsday.

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Right, I have been wanting to do this, but obviously we had not won

:30:28.:30:33.

any medals until today. We have got a little prop which we have had

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specially commissioned, which is just next door. Guys, would you

:30:37.:30:44.

come with me, and put the faces on, so that we can build it up? You

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both look slightly scared. Do not worry, I will explain all. The guys

:30:49.:30:58.

are happy about the fact that -- unhappy about the fact that they

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cannot see the Olympic torch, but it is going to get moved! I know

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that is the one gripe that you have got. Now, do you see what I was

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talking about? Obviously, we have not done this before. You can stand

:31:11.:31:19.

up on the stage. I am guessing this is the gold. This is the silver,

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and this is the bronze. So, we will go in reverse order. Would you like

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to do the bronze? I will do the bronze. Congratulations. Rebecca

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Adlington, bronze medal for her today. Congratulations. And Lizzie

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Armitstead, with the silver medal, she is going to go up here. I like

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that position, because that says optimism and to me, it says you

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think we're going to get more medals. We are 16th in the table at

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medals. We are 16th in the table at the moment. The gold medals will

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come. We have that slight paranoia that we have not got our gold yet.

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It will come. Rebecca Adlington, that was an encouraging performance

:32:11.:32:19.

today. I could say with confidence that Rebecca is definitely up there.

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On the track, if you had to name one Brit, who would it be?

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Christine, although... Really? Although, one of the Americans is a

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great friend of mine, so that could be a really interesting race.

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Wonderful having two legends with us tonight. That's it for today, as

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In the company of star guests from the world of sport and beyond, Gabby Logan looks at the stories and personalities that have made the headlines on day two, which saw 14 gold medals being awarded. Plus some of the action still taking place in basketball, beach volleyball and boxing.


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