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hours. I am. There is plenty to it P All right. Let me tell you what
we have this morning. Will the glorious British summer of cycling
continue? Manx man Cavendish is on the road assisted by his dream team.
Updates are coming. Here on BBC One we will concentrate on rowing and
swimming. Northern Ireland single sculler Alan Campbell in action at
dornyi. First we are going to the pool to see if Scotland's smiley
Hannah Miley will cruise through, making sure and saving energy are
her priorities. Right away, we are heading straight to the mall,
because I am sure you have been following the road race, six hours
stretching before them. 250 kilometres. It is Mark Cavendish
and his dream team who are trying to Ford their way to the frond
front. I understand tany, there has been some eventualitys in that one
what is the situation?. It has been a bit slow for the first half hour,
but we have a break away of 12. The gap has been hovering round four-
and-a-half minutes. It up it is up to four or five. There are 12 good
riders. An hour-and-a-half in, they are actually, Dave Miller is moving
up and down the pack. The rest of the group, to find out who is going
to make a move. Team GB are looking comfortable. They are letting the
race carry on and see what is happening. O that is a significant
move, I wonder if the guys can claw him back. As Mark Cavendish said,
he has got a wonderful team behind him, trying to fashion his way to
the front, and be in the running for that big sprint finish later on.
Should be round about 4.00 we understand. We are dotting round
all over the place here on this opening day, of the Olympic Games,
we are heading to the pool now. It's the 400 metres individual
medley. Hannah Miley could be the first British medallist. She has
her heats. It's the event in which Sharron Davies won silver in Moscow
1980. What is the latest. It is interesting. Watching the other
sports and thinking about cycling and British rowing, how important
momentum is, Dennis Pursley, the coach was talking about momentum
the other day and saying when you try and build it in a team of
individuals as the swimming is, they have to care about each other
for it to work. Now the British swimmers have been going very well.
How much will that feed into Hannah's psyche as she stands on
the blocks? Very much so. They have been together for the last two or
three weeks so they know how each other, all of the others have been
training. I know you don't do the same programmes but when you see
your mates standing on the block and having good swims it makes a
Miley goes in four. That red hat. Steph Rice of Australia closer to
us there in that yellow hat. Very good butterfly swimmer. This is the
weakest leg for Hannah. We expect her to go in a bit behind. She is
in the centre. Even though she is a very good 200 fly swimmer.
saves her energy on the fly. She is 2.5 second down on the American
pleased to see her working this one. Rice, as you said earlier, has had
real shocking shoulder injuries, Steph Rice. Turns in second place,
but for about three years she has been so off it. Unfortly, it is sad
in lots of ways to have that injury plague you. It is nice to see her
coming back. Hannah Miley is on her British record pace. She went 62.77.
She has 3 100ths of a second behind. She is coming back well. They have
a very clear tactic team. They don't work too hard on the fly and
look it is starting to pay off already. And always gives us the
Colly wobbles but it is working so far. I am usually a lot more
nervous at this point, because she normally a couple more seconds down.
She is moving slightly into the lead. The Japanese swimmer is
moving into second. Hannah has a strong breaststroke. This is God.
In is very good. Imagine the white cap in three will start to pull on
Hannah. Look over. Hannah turning to come back a bit. Miley is going
well, and these two really looking strong. Steph Rice at the moment
doesn't look that great in that yellow hat. She has had some
shoulder trouble. This not looking too good for Rice, the Olympic
champion. The defending champion and the world record holder with
150 to go. Three lengths left. Miley putting that kick in, I think
she went early. Miley looking to working a bit harder. Looking at
pacing her stroke rate. You can see the two on the right hand of the
shot. I think Miley is doing one and half strokes to the other
swimmer's one. Hannah will dig in. Well, one clear job to do here and
that is to make the final. At the moment, Hannah Miley looking good.
First the turn with two lents to go. 100 freestyle left. The American
turns first. Hannah Miley looking good in second and Steph Rice in
that yellow hat of Australia has a very very big job to do to catch
them up. She could do it. She is a great freestyler but she has a lot
of work to do. I think Miley is listening to the crowd, because the
crowd noticing that she is digging in. Noticing that she wants to win
this heat and is really raising their tempo, the noise, Rice is
coming back. She was two seconds down. You can see 1.49. So she is
trying to battle to get that place. But Miley is not going to want to
lose this one. I don't think she will. Great swimming. Great for the
crowd to see. It sends a shiver down my spine. Rice is doing well
to hang in. She may overtake the the American. She may well catch up
Hannah Miley. Miley looks like she is going to take this one. She does.
Massive cheer from the crowd. Wonderful. 4. 34. So barring
anything miraculous in last heat I think both will be through. 4.36
for the American. Good solid heat swim for Hannah Miley. That is
impressive: She put herself in a good position. She used more energy
on that one. Nice the see. I think played a bit with that pacing, on
the backstroke. I think they are doing that not for this heat. I
think they are doing that because it's a tactic that will beat Beisel.
You can see that yellow cap holding on straight away. A big sign
somebody has given everything. Rice, I don't think se has much more. So
Miley, one to go, a good swim. The is third fastest with one heat to
go. So she is going to make the final, I am pretty sure of that.
Steph Rice, will go in fourth fastest with one heat to go. So she
should make it. The the final heat of the 4 hundred medley and Biesel
was the fastest in the world. She is in lane four and Aimee Willmott
for Great Britain. What a great opportunity to make an Olympic
fantastic backstroker as well is in lane four. Aimee Willmott of Great
Britain, the 19-year-old from Middlesbrough is in lane two.
no wrais Aimee in is not complete without mentioned her dad Stuart.
It is great to see Aimee coming through and dare I say eclipseing
her father's achievements. Good turn there. Looking good so far,
good first 50. Needs to let it flow. In the red hat up to the top. Very
close indeed. I mean she is maybe fifth or sixth. It is close. So a
long, long way to go. Two lengths fly then two back then two breast
then freestyle. She does usually make a move, again, some of the
swimmers have stronger strokes than others, Willmott has a decent
backstroke. I am expecting Biesel to make a move. This is unusual for
her to be, not having made a move on the fly and back. Biesel, the
World Championships was 2.5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field
after the fly and back. Willmott two from the top on that shot. She
is working hard, head moving. Coming nicely into contention. Look
at that. Biesel making the move and Aimee Willmott. They will turn
first and second maybe. Willmott in third. Live, China. Half a second
down. -- Li. Biesel came second to Missy Franklin. Holding on well is
Aimee Willmott. That is not the prettiest stroke I have seen on
backstroke but it is effective. She will turn third or fourth at this
Willmott in the third, Great Britain, and looking pretty good,
too. Now she needs to hang on in there. She has a chance of making
this one. She has got to swim a lifetime best but, if she does, she
challenge to Hannah Miley's aspirations of a gold medal. I
think we can be confident, to a degree, of her chances of getting
on a podium this evening. The world champion, a threat as always. She
a pretty breaststroke, but effective. Gets a head a bit early.
I don't want to criticise somebody who the world champion and very
good. Still going well in the red hat is Aimee Willmott. It she could
have finished third in this heat, she will make a final. She is
currently in 4th. She has some serious work to do in this last 100
metres, but she is going well. Elizabeth Basel from the USA put it
this is impressive from the world champion. Second, Li from China.
Aimee Willmott has to go very hard. to up with your confidence for the
evening. I'm looking forward to tonight and I think Hannah Miley,
she will know exactly what it's going to take. And what she has to
do to get the gold medal tonight. She is working hard, as well, here.
The second fastest swimmer may be? I think she will go second fastest.
from China and Aimee Willmott experience for in 19-year-old.
Hannah Miley will be in lane seven in the final. She qualified 6th.
She will have Li from China next to her. Beisel, The fastest qualifiers.
qualifiers for the final. Here we A bit concerning when you see the
times like that because although Hannah Miley won her heat, and is
the first British swimmer to win at the Olympic Games, it is a hot
final tonight. She is going to be up against it. Very much so. With
the 400 metres individual medley, the top eight go through to this
evening. You want to be in the race. The nice thing for her, she can be
on the outside, do her own thing. Stefanie rice is one of the
favourite as well on the outside. In the middle, that they would will
be doing her own thing. There should be a lightweight and
heavyweight for that. She is tiny. His only 5 ft 5. When they did the
photograph, she was the smallest at the end. You think, how can you be
so good at this event when you are tiny? All of her strokes are so
technically beautiful. If you watch her, there is no strength involved,
it is caressing the water all the time. She's also a lovely person to
watch. The let's get her reaction -- a beautiful tactical race.
last 100, tends to be the way. Tonight I got to go in and race.
There is that noise when you come out and it's just unbelievable. Yes,
I felt really happy with that. This is my fastest heat swim in
Barcelona. I've got to see what these guys do in the next heat,
because I know it's very fast. I got to see what I can do for the
final and fingers crossed by make it. What's the last thing of father
since June before we send you off down to the simple. He says he
loves me. It's nice to have up before the race. I'm up slumming
for my family and for him. Yes, it's great. Good luck for tonight.
She is tiny but as a great energy. The 6th fastest after winning that
he this morning. The whole of Scotland will be cheering her on. I
was down there for the trials a few months ago and obviously you are
being bought the test events yourself but has only a quarter
full them. What they like with a full house? The cheap seats at the
top are absolutely packed and unconcerned because there are
blocks of seats empty over my shoulder there. And also on their
side, these are competitive its -- families down there. Be this
evening, every seed will be packed. Some people this morning will be
feeling the effects of a late-night last night. Hazel, you're amazing
because you can wake up early and present. Some of us can't. I
suspect that's why there could be some people missing this morning.
Hannah Miley clearly heard the noise pulls it David Carry, a great
Scottish,, made his first individual final at his third
Olympics at the age of 30, and there was no doubt he was spurred
on by the noise and by Keri-Anne Payne, is the answer is, doing this
to him. -- his fiancee. He could see them doing this. They were just
waving at him. When you're doing distance races, you're not
concentrating on anything. It makes a difference, knowing that these
people are cheering for you. When 17,000 people are chairing former -
- cheering for you, normally you can't tear it, but you do here.
curved roof, the design of it, it is beautiful. I hope it continues
to inspire the swimmers. Hannah Miley, David Carry and Fran Halsall,
as well. We hope for a medal tonight, but we hope. Get in there.
I was down there and from the outside, a lot of these venues are
getting nicknames already. The marshmallow, the Pringle for the
Vella drome. The Copper Box for the Handball Arena. -- a Velodrome. The
Aquatics Centre looks like a huge blue whale and the Natural History
Museum. It's absolutely magnificent. You have got to go right to the
front of it and look into its mouth and you will see what I mean, later
on. Anyway, 20 years of hard work to get to the Olympic Games and
that's what Mark Foster did over a number of Games. He's not competing
this time but if you worry morning person, the sacrifice is in
swimming are enormous. Sharron Davies knows what it's like in that
event, the war hundred metres individual medley. This is her
I always liked the water. My dad talks about a memory of me I don't
remember. I was so young. He said as a three-year-old, I literally
threw myself in and he had to sprint from where he was at the
other end of the pool to get me out. She always loved the waterfalls are
always. In Plymouth, there's lots of beaches and places to go. And
she loved the water, always put up my teacher was Bill Clements, who I
stayed in touch with until very recently before he passed away.
coach got sick and there was nobody to take over. My father did not
coach me until I was about 10. The only way I could good early-morning
swimming was the open swimming pool, so the local authority said, OK,
you can come in and open the pool and turn the lights on. We did that.
I remember as having to swim up and down the pool when people were
swarming wits, so we had to dodge We had to swim on Christmas Day.
It's a discipline sport. You have to do it every morning and do it.
And that's the thing a lot of children don't want to be doing.
There were times I wished my mother could have stepped in and calmed my
dad down and made him pull back a little bit, because he was so hard.
I don't think, as a family, we had a holiday. Every single penny of
spare money was spent on swimming. By the time I was champion at 15,
that's when the pressure and expectation came, particularly
before the Moscow Olympic Games. cheered her on, pushing her all the
way in a race. Then the phone went from everywhere. It's a marvellous
feeling because you feel all the effort and money and time was worth
it. The feeling I had when I touched the ball was achievement
and excitement but also relief I'd actually delivered, but all this
hard work and sacrifice was worth it. Swimming in the Olympics in
particular shape to I Am. I feel like I belong there, it's my space.
If anything goes wrong in my life, If you would like to get involved
: Sharron Davies is with us now. A very moving story. I was talking to
you this morning and we were talking about the impact your
parents had made in your success. Was it worth it? Absolutely. You
stand on the side of the poll and of course it's worth it. When are
you are training at 5am in the middle of winter, it is tough, but
this is what it's all about, inspiring a whole generation. You
want results. You met Petra Schneider, who beat you from East
Germany on that day. Clearly, she was part of rape team for East
Germany. What were your feelings and emotions when you met in the
intervening years? She was not well so the drugs had given her
fertility issues, heart problems and she has to take tablets for the
rest of her life, so I don't have a personal issue with her. I
sometimes get upset with the IOC because they are two victims,
myself. And people whose lives would have been different had they
been Olympic champions but I would not change anything. Hannah Miley
qualified in the same position I did, six, so it's a good omen and I
love everything crossed for a later. Absolutely, we are looking forward
to so much more and to the men's 100 metres breaststroke. The
champion has going for a third unprecedented gold in that. It will
be against a backdrop of great excitement and also a great sadness
at the death earlier in the year of Alexander Dale Owen from Norway,
the champion. He was only 26 years old. According to everybody around
him, he was absolutely fine, he trained that morning, went into the
showers, and never reappeared. He collapsed in the bathroom and a
cardiac arrest. He won the World Championships in the aftermath of
politically the horrible Norway shootings, and he had is incredibly
high profile and was very important. He was a controlled and calm
character. A massive shock. It sent shockwaves around the swimming
world. Lots of swimmers to altitude training and when you think how
hard athletes in general, let alone Summers, train, and how much
pressure, you have got to think your heart is a muscle so it's a
wonder we don't blow up more often. It was a huge shock and nobody saw
it happening. I suppose sometimes things break. It is a sad moment, a
huge loss. Desperately sad and it leaves a hole in this event
although the Japanese champion, he's a huge star. He is known as
the Frog King. He is the David Beckham of Japan, if you like, and
he will go into this race I would say as favourite. Craig Benson
coming up first, the Scottish record holder, only 18 years old,
but is delaying his 18th birthday celebration until after the Games.
His first Olympics and he surprised himself by winning the World Youth
the 100 metres brebg stroke. In the red hat of Great Britain, it is
Craig Benson, he has the world record holder in three, Rickard.
Hansen has been a world record holder in five and the World
Champion is on the bottom. Look at Van der Burgh. Down, 0.3 of a
second. Under the world record. 26 .7. I couldn't do that with three
shredded wheat! Do you see his stroke tying up. The arms get
shorter. He has to go long. He has to keep on going long. The rest of
the field catching him. Benson doing really well. But in lane six
you have Hansen the come back kid from the States. Swimming very well.
Look at that. Really fast swims. I can tell you, before I tell you the
time of the winner, Craig Benson has gone 60.04 and he is fourth. He
will make the semifinal I bet. The semifinal 60.04. Craig Benson,
60.048. A great swim at the trials to qualify. Red Cap. Look, great
finish. Straight in the wall. Good skills for somebody of his age. He
Excellent swimming. So the second of the seeded heats, we have
Michael Jamieson in lane seven. Fastest qualifier is the Italian.
He is a big brute of a man. He will do the same as we just saw there
from van ber burg. The Italian is the one to watch for me. He is in
form. Should mention Great Britain's swimmer who hurt a
shoulder. Silva of Brazil in five. He is not using it. He is powerful
but slowed his voke down. That is good to see. He is not making the
mistake of Van der Burgh. I will keep an eye on him. But the Italian
in that dangerous place. Schneider is nice. Lane three from New
Zealand. Didn't even make the final at the World Championships.
Schneider has a lower stroke rate, stroke technique an the rest of
them. Down in seven Jamieson. Slow first 50. The crowd are getting
behind him, having a great second 50. Jamieson going very well. If he
can get the finish here he has got it. Very close indeed. Schneider
gets it 59.7. Jamieson has come third. This is a brilliant swim.
Stunning, Jamieson punching the air at the end of that race. Great swim
from both the Brit, so Benson goes 60.04 and Jamieson has gone 59.
Something, he was third in that way and so, they are both through. Tay
are both through to the semifinal. I say pretty comfortably as well
and Silva, the big Brazilian only went 60.38. I am not sure she going
to make the final. Jaily son come back in 31.5. It is all about
making the semi-s. So look at that. We have five guys -- Jamieson. Five
guys under 60 seconds. What a heat, Michael Jamieson 59.8. So, last
heat. Men's 100m breaststroke. Here is the emperor. Kitajima. Will he
become the first man to do gold medal in three consecutive Olympic
Games.? Utterly brilliant. Good luck Kitajima San. So all eyes on
the double, double Olympic champion in lane four, Kitajima of Japan.
The other Japanese swimmer is pushing Kitajima at the trials all
the way, you can't understate is achievements of Kitajima. Not only
is he going for his third straight gold in his third Olympics he is
going for doubles. Spenger turning first. Kitajima a wonderful turn.
He trains in the States now. Changes training routine and coach
in the last three years. Sprenger is having a good swim. Sprenger
holding on pretty well. Coming back is Kitajima in four. This the will
be tight. It may be Sprenger. Kitajima I think. Sprenger gets it.
59.62. Kitajima 59.63. Then there is a 59.68. Flipping heck! That is
a good swim from spenger. -- Sprenger. He has a jerky stroke.
The two Japanese in ten ser -- in the centre. He comes up very high.
Yes, it's a good stroke. It is a bit like flying. The hip movement
is port. If you watch people in the vertical plain the hips move up and
down. Sprenger does enough to make semi-s as we know. Benson I think
will have made it. We are check through some of the times. That is
the result of the heat though. Sprenger wins the last heat. At.62.
Kitajima 1 one hundredth behind. Very fast indeed. So the great news
for Great Britain is that both of our guys, I think are through to
the semifinal what a stunning swim. Jamieson wasn't meant to be in the
race, a late entry. Another swimmer hurt his shoulder. He is in ninth
fastest with 59.89 Benson is 13th into the final. It took a 60.57
Adrian to make the final. That makes you a breaststroke expert. A
The voice of Adrian Moorhouse who won gold in 1988 alongside Andy
Jameson commentating. It is working, the momentum. Craig Benson and
Michael Jamieson they are swimming out of their skins. They will go
back to massage table, the other swimmers are there waiting and
getting ready they will get excited and think I can't wait to get out
there if they get to a bad start and they are "It is my turn soon.
"To make it through to the semifinals, it wasn't expected on
paper, but both in a good place. You could give Craig Benson, he has
a chance of making the final. 13th. Michael Jamieson in ninth.
Between the two of them off in 2 of a second. They should make it
through to the final and have a lane, have a chance. Craig Benson
stopped by with Sharron Davies. Craig, congratulations, Scottish
record, first time you get in the water. Yes, tried to control the
first 50, try and catch up with Rickard on the second, because he
was next to me. Hopefully it is good enough to get through. Is that
the arrogance of youth knowing you have that in the tank to come back
with? Not really. I know some of the guys are fast at 50. I wanted
to keep up with them and overtake them on the second 50. It is good.
Semifinal hopefully. I should step up and hopefully break the minute
for the first time. The swimmers as a team took the group decision they
would not go to the opening seller anyand they said performance comes
first. It's a very professional, tight outfit, and that sounds like
I am talking about their clothes, I am not. It seems to be working.
does. It is one of the things we say, if you are in the first two
days don't go. You are standing round and waiting round a long time.
The team, because it is one team, if one is not going, we are all not
going.. 24 of them, it is their first Olympics. They are sticking
in there together. Those two guy, both came in best times from Benson
and Jamieson. Let us hear from Jamie son because he spoke to
Sharon. That was happier. Craig gets to hold the record for just
over a minute. Yes, Craig had a great swim there. I think it is so
special to be here this week, and, you know, I have been thinking the
last few week, whatever happens this week, this is, you know, there
is no excuse, if you can't raise your game in front of this
atmosphere, I don't think you will do. I have been feeling really good
the last couple of weeks, the running has been great. I have had
a good block. I have been relaxed, and I think that has helped me.
acknowledge the crowd when you finished. Are you aware of them
shouting. They were raising the roof?. Definitely. I could hear
them in the last 25. I was just, trying to hold my stroke together,
but you know, it is such a special at moss fee, I can't believe the
the reaction we have had. Messages on Twitter and things like that.
Even has helped. Thanks to even who is here. Hopefully they will make
more noise tonight. Any special messages to Dan at home? I said I
was going to try and find something extra, because attend of the day, I
am in this event by default. I was so gutted for him. He is a good lad.
He has had a hard time with injuries. I feel like I have a
responsibility to raise my game, step it up, hopefully squeeze into
the final. See you later. Cheers. Michael Jamieson talking about
qualifying for the semifinal. He was making reference to how he made
the team. Daniel was meant to be in this event but had a shoulder
injurery Jamieson was the next best. He is in, he has done a best time
and making the semifinal. We will see if they can built build on that.
With some of the events you see tactical swimming from guys like
Michael Phelps who are swimming a number of vents. They try and save
themselves. They can, they can put, save a bit of energy for the finals.
What we nearly saw and have seen it Laszlo Cseh and Michael Phelps,
playing cat and mouths, both thinking we are going to make it
through comfortably, all of a sudden Michael Phelps makes it
through and Cseh is out. That would have been one of the medallists and
he is not in the final. That was extraordinary. The other one not in
his final is the defending champion Park of Korea. He is still
appealing. We think it was a false start. It is very strange for
anyone, especially the middle distance events. In the '50s it can
happen. That was a shocker. I think he will appeal it. Park will be in
the final I am sure. We will find out. Mark and I will be back this
evening for the finals and semifinals. If you are one of the
26.9 million people who staid up very late to watch the opening
ceremony, good morning. It is the afternoon but good morning to you.
If you have missed some of the opening races in the pool and
indeed elsewhere, these are the had That burst of two potential
showdowns between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte is on but Michael
Phelps just scraped through as the 8th fastest qualifier. Fran Halsall
and Ellen Gandy eased into the semi-finals after finishing second
in their respective heats. Yang cruises through. Park was qualified
-- disqualified but the peeling that. Hannah Miley will have to
step up the pace in the qualifying after qualifying 6th fastest.
Remember, hearing Mark Cavendish saying many years ago when he was a
child, an aspiring cyclists, he saw David Miller come to the Isle of
Man and he persuaded him to have a go at professional level. David
Miller is one of his back men these days. It's ironic how these things
happen, isn't it? A lot would Bradley Wiggins and Ian Stannard,
there was plenty action earlier on. What is the latest down there?
latest is the breakaway is still looking very strong. They are
working very efficiently together. There's a gap of about five-and-a-
half minutes. And they're getting help from Germany. Specifically
from Tony Martin who is helping it just enough. Andre Greipel does not
want to give up too much because Mark Cavendish is such a great
sprinter. It looks like Great Britain are trying to close that
gap. It's now over to the and 14 seconds behind the leading
British rider amongst the group. This group formed after about 20
kilometres and built a lead of almost six minutes at one point,
but it is coming back slowly. 5.1 for now. A lot of the chasing, its
conductor on the front of the field by the Great Britain team. Germany
has started to get involved a little bit here. They look and
after the interests of their sprinter, Andre Greipel. The race
is over two hours old and they on the second ascent of Box Hill, so
there's a long way to go. Great Britain need to be vigilant because
didn't want to let this group go person contributing. Germany are
playing a clever game but that lead is about five minutes with some
hours of racing to go. The British team will be happy with that. They
are expending an awful lot of firepower. That's not going to
leave them anybody to help Mark Cavendish out, so they could do
with more help from Germany. There are some mind Games going on.
in the main peloton, some rides are keeping their legs fresh. Tom
Boonen, I have not seen him at all. I haven't seen Gilbert from Belgium.
Are there is a long way to go but We will be back around that 250
kilometre cycle route to check on the progress of Great Britain in
that huge peloton later. A huge percentage of Great Britain's gold
medals have come in seats, sports or rather, where you sit down. This
is rowing obviously with William such and George Nash going in the
heats of the men's pair so let's go George and William for Great
Britain go in Laina number four. Looking to be something very
special here. This is the third heat, three to progress to the
semi-final. The expectation is that Great Britain would do that. Their
expectation was that they would win this. They are under starter's
Down at Eton Dorney. This is heat 3. Every time the announcer calls
about Team GB, the crowd cheers. No one is more deserving than these
two. The new men's coxless pair for 2012 in lane at number four. Greece,
brothers, in lane one, Germany in two, Italy in three and the UK in
the lane number four. A good start, though, from the UK. Crease are the
fastest here -- Greece. They were third in Lucerne and 4th at the
World Championships. The Italians are very experienced. Third in the
world championships. Great Britain are probably the third best crew
here on the evidence of Lucerne. They did not go to Munich. There
was a tinge to George Nash's back forcibly did not want to test it in
the race so he stayed at home and did some training. They have hired
a good six weeks training. They are here now in a position where,
really, they have got to get into that third place to qualify
directly for the semi-finals but they are up against people similar
in speed to the run. -- have their own. A great first 500 from Britain,
going through in second place. Germany in third. This is Italy.
Sorry, this is Greece. This will give the UK an enormous amount of
confidence, as a going to the second phase. In the small boat,
it's about kicking him, consolidating the first 500 and
allowing the confidence to build. For these guys, they will enjoy the
moment here. I tipped them as an outside chance of a medal but has
no reason why they can't do that. Writing on the shoulders of the
brothers from Greece in lane number one. These guys were for the silver
medallists, 4th in the world championships last year. It's a
great benchmark for the British pair. Don't discount Italy. They
have a great second half. And lots and lots of experience, but they
are getting on in years. They've been around for quite a long time
but they are just beginning to push up past Germany. You have young
lads in this British pairing. Under 23. Medalists. Rowing with great
maturity, very long, heads up. Very nicely alongside Greece. One thing,
though, that the UK have above all others in this race, there is
absolutely no fear. They will take this heat by the scruff of its neck.
Great Britain just behind Greece. Going through the 100 metres, 1,000,
I should say. We are in for a treat in the second 1,000 metres. They
are 22 years old, the UK team, and what a great combination. They have
come out as a new combination this to take it on and that's what we
are seeing here. No fear from Great Britain. Excellent stuff. They
pushed through, past Greece. Greece have a higher number of strokes per
minute, more upright, a slightly shorter stroke. The British are
reaching for the full, taking longer strokes and using power to
push the boat to wait. Their boat speed is a little bit better.
Italians, the white boat, separating Great Britain from
Greece. Don't discount number three here. This is a sensational race
developing as we head towards the the last 500 metres. 1,500 down,
and the British crew had the confidence in the world. The crowd
are responding. Three-quarters of a length on that Greece. Now, guys,
this is all about building confidence. George and William,
under 23, a combination here, they are taking on the world. Half a
length clear of Greece, Italy pushing hard. They could well get
past agrees, as well. He is smiling, thinking, we are here. At fantastic
attack from Italy. Within 250 metres of the finish, they will not
get stopped now. Good growing from them. Coming up to 250, 25 strokes
and the British have responded again. Are the Italians are coming
hard but the British hold on. This will be a fantastic confidence
booster. The Italians on the right. Certainly, Nash has responded. Up
they go. 200 metres to go. A final sprint, now, by Team GB. A
sensational he too. They will know that they have got more in their
bag. They leave the Italians to road past the Greeks. They have
less than 50 metres to go. A sensational opening to the 2012
Olympic campaign. And the crowd are going mad. And they know they are
on the road to glory here. A fabulous start from a boat which
was definitely an underdog a across all of the media. They knew more
and knew better. 22 years of age. They have done themselves proud
today. And what a confidence booster. They must not leave their
best performance as that performance on the water. They have
got to calm down, relax, they got the bronze medal at the world
championships last year. It's put them into a chance for a medal. If
they can just repeat that, fantastic job, but they have got to
calm down, think very hard about lifting their game a little bit
more in the semi-finals. A lot of looking around, looking for the
line. Where is it, help us! It just shows you how hard they were
looking and a joy across George and William's faces. But to win that,
at that age, 22 years of age, fantastic. There is confirmation
that they have got one heeds three, and are through to the semi-finals,
It be a hugely impressive start to the regatta at Eton Dorney. They
had come from nowhere in the last 12 months and they will be thrilled.
Very much so. They have a very good potential. We've always known that.
I would have been pleased if they made a final place. Now, they could
dream about winning a medal. They had broken the Olympic record by
3.5 seconds. Unfortunate, the Kiwis have broken up by 12 seconds.
Murray, the scourge of the Team GB row was, who were lost to on 14
consecutive occasions and drove them back into the coxless four,
they broke the Olympic record and the world record, and, to put it
into feet and inches, 12 seconds is how far? It's normally about three
seconds per length, so Fawbert lengths. Kyran Bracken was held by
Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave. That has gone by a very long way --
the record. James was bragging about it a couple of days ago and
now it's gone, so don't brag about it because they go very quickly.
Are they just about the definitive roles, the Kiwis? I wouldn't say so.
They look quite ought to meet. They are an odd shape. -- order to me.
They are not a classic tactical group but they do something to make
the boat goes very very fast. It almost broke the world record in
not very good conditions at last year's world champions. These are
very very fast conditions to prepare. A lot of birds are
breaking Olympic records but to smash the world record like that is
very impressive. OK, it's almost like having a road race here. I'm
sure you are watching this and we have a complete peloton of cyclists
on the other side of the water with people generally cheering everybody
on it. One of the races you must is the men's quad. This what happened
silver medallists. Switzerland in lane two. Always well-supported at
these regattas. Great Britain have a chance to qualify directly for
the semi-final by finishing in the top three. Ukraine will be in a
plane for. -- lane four. Germany here are the class crew. The silver
medallists last year. This is an event that they do always excel at.
Stephen Rowbotham in the men's quad. An Olympic bronze medallist from
Beijing. Heat three of the men's quadruple
sculls. Great Britain in lane number three, charging out. Matthew
Wells leading the British quad out of the starting area. Only three of
these boats will qualify for the German boat. They have got a length
almost on Switzerland. They have such power. They sit low in the
boat and just drive at their legs down. The blade tips going into the
water as they drive off. They now second at all three World Cup
regattas. Great Britain were seven in the first two World Cup regattas
and came 4th in Munich. We would expect Ukraine to fall back, we
would hope that Great Britain move on. I would expect to see Great
Britain move on in the second half of the race. Look how far Germany
have gone out in front. That is the measure. They have been second to
Croatia up all the way through the year. But Great Britain it now
beginning to push through. It is early stages. Jeremy going
through at the halfway mark and they have absolutely crushed the
competition. The British group now British Quadruple Scull. Look at
the space that Germany have opened up. This is power rowing but also
very relaxed. Power and accuracy. That means that their boat just
travels well. And they just keep moving their boat. That is very
classy. Great Britain have moved into second place. That would be
quite creditable for them. But they are quite a long way back from
Germany. This is sensational. It is
incredible what Germany are doing. Great Britain safely in second
place. The fight now on between Switzerland and Ukraine were the
third qualification spot for the semi-final. Are we looking at the
Olympic champions in this event? Still a big contrast between
Germany and Great Britain. I think the German crew could well-matched
Croatia in the final. The quadruple scull project led by coach Mark
Banks. They have definitely moved on again from the last time they
were out in Munich when they finished 4th. It is a credible
start. They need to keep that long. Germany have got this under control.
It will be second now for Great Britain. And Ukraine getting the
third qualification spot. A job well done. And Ukraine over in
third position. Switzerland going towards the River shares.
Sensational from the Germans, and a very good start by the British.
Germany is certainly going to be a Challenge for Croatia in the final.
For Great Britain I thought that was a pretty good performance. The
second half was really good. Great to get that race out of the way.
They have qualified for the semi- final, in the hunt for a final
place. And they're not far off the chance of a medal.
The object of the Olympic Games in his project is just to do
everything to get to the finals. That is all they need to focus on.
Then it really does open up. In the Quadruple Scull there is a number
of very good chords. -- quads. How was the first London 20 top
experience for you? It was nerve- racking. We got off to a good start.
And after the first couple of strokes we just got going.
This morning we realised just how much it helps having the crowd
behind you. It was incredible. Everyone out there having picnics.
This is extraordinary, the crowd. It is phenomenal. It definitely
does help. Even from 100 metres, everyone is shouting for you. And
towards the end of the race I was not even able to here what Robbie
was saying. I loved every minute of it. What about the race itself?
had a pretty good race, we just wanted to focus on our own boat.
And we did a good enough job to come away with a win. Steve, you're
impressed? I was impressed. Their last performance in Munich looked
really good. But there is a lot that can go wrong. But to see that
performance, it was really good. I hate to say it, but I think you
have put your selves favourite to win this thing.
In terms of the build up, all the media stuff and all the hype. And
I'm sure if you watched events in the stadium last night. When you
will cut this morning, did you think that the time has come?
of me is just going, it is just around rowing race. And the other
part of it, there are so many people are shouting for you. It is
humbling, it is incredible. This is the moment, so we need to seize it.
We just have to not mess anything up and just bring it out.
talking of people looking forward to next week, Sam Townsend and Bill
Lucas had a pretty impressive row in the double sculls.
A everyone is talking about the atmosphere. How was it for you?
was incredible. We got into the last 600 metres and you just hit by
a wall of noise. The pain just disappears and you feel like you're
invincible. It is just the most incredible thing I have ever
experienced. You were not invincible because she came second.
But you must have been encouraged by that? Was spent quite a long
time trying to work on the finish of the race. That was a step in the
right direction to date with the finish. Just a little scrubby in
the last couple of hundred metres. But we will work on that throat the
week. It certainly did not feel like a physical thing, it was more
technical. But today was incredible. And that is all thanks to those
people watching today. I hope it is the same on Tuesday. And you're now
an Olympian! So at least that it is out of the way. It is a big
believer up into this and it is very much getting the first one
under your belt. And to come out and show that we're in the ball
park and have a good platform to work from, that is great. When you
woke up this morning did you think, this is it, what I have done all
this work for? A little bit. We had that chat last night. It is the
culmination of a lot of hard work. We both started roughly 10 years
ago in this sport. You have to get up and show what you can do on a
day like today. The first race came down with Helen and heather and we
just wanted to come down and see what was going on. You could just
hear it all the way back over there. hear it all the way back over there.
It sent a tingle down the spine. A common theme is emerging from all
around the Olympic Park, that home advantage does appear to be
counting for the moment. We heard from the chambered brothers from
Northern Ireland and also from Northern Ireland is Alan Campbell.
He will be in the single sculls. He got to Beijing but only just and he
has unfinished business in his boat. He has. The men's single sculls, it
is alone the world and you have to do a lot of training on your own.
If things are not going well, and Alan has had injury and illness,
you can get quite down. But he is quite resilient? He is very
resilient. He had a lot of problems for years ago and to come back and
get to the Games was remarkable. He has got a medal at every World
Championship in between. But he has not had a great season. But he is
that type of guy, you just do not know, he could produce something
special. Hopefully we can say in a few minutes' time that he is back
on track. That is a final bit of action from a British perspective
here at Eton Dorney on the first We have 9th defence at Eton Dorney.
In the swimming pool we have the women's freestyle relay. They
always raise the roof in any aquatic centre at any Olympic Games.
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Let's see how Great Britain's leading at the moment. This is a
very good swims so far. She is ahead of Team USA. This is a
fantastic start. She has been around a little bit. She has got a
lot to prove. She has got some good experience. Came out of the blocks
flying. Lane five is China. First was Belarus, right at the bottom.
Great Britain in 5th position. Still going well at the bottom is
the team from Belarus. Now it is Jessica Lloyd. I want to see that
takeover from China again, she was very close. Jessica Lloyd still in
the hunt at the top. I would suggest we get for Scotland Iffat
not least higher. All in a line, a really difficult to choose. Very
close again from the American team that time. USA his first, then
Japan. Third is Sweden. We need a good leg from Caitlin McClatchey.
But there have been some tight takeovers so far. USA a saving all
their big guns in the final, but they could get disqualified. It is
just like a baton in track and field races. The Americans are very
good at it. This is the only swimmer for Natalie Coughlin. Great
Britain is still in a 5th position. We have got to get at least 4th. A
fast second semi-final still to come. Second, third, 4th and 5th
are all in a line. Rebecca Turner is 20 during the Olympic Games. She
is going to have people a lifetime best out. Just second, third or 4th.
Come on, Rebecca Turner. Great Britain has finished equal 4th. I
have never seen a swim off in a relay. I wonder if we will see one
here. I hope not. First, USA, second was China, third was Japan
and 4th was Great Britain equal with Sweden. 6th was the Russian
Federation. How close was that? think that first Chinese takeover
was legal. Their feet cannot take it off the block. I think they will
get away with that one. Touching by the skin of their toes! We have
left Fran Halsall to come into the freestyle relay. Holland in the
centre in lane four. Holland are resting their best swimmer just
like Britain did with Fran Halsall. It will be interesting to see how
it works for them. This is the first time these print women have
had a shot to set a time and scare each other. It is an important
marker for some of the swimmers. In fact, individual world records have
been set from a starting position in a relay before. That was not
Second just about in lane four. Frederica Pellegrini is down in
lane seven. The Australians look really strong. Really working for
it. I wonder if they have been told if you swim fast enough in the
heats, a couple of you will get through to the finals, but not all
of pupils stock the a could be swimming for their individual
places in the final. It is going to be one of the great ones this
evening. Australia, Holland, America, they will all be really
hot tonight. A Australia lead with one leg to go. Holland are second,
but in a bit of a precarious position. But really close for
third and 4th. Great Britain must be watching this and thinking have
Excuse me, 3.3 8.21. I think we are in equal 7th. They can relax a
little bit. It would have been draining to do a swim off at the
end of the seats. -- At the end of their heats. Look at that, it was
beautiful. Every single opportunity you have been training you practice
for detail and your coaches are right! Australia won that second
heat by a full body length. And full body length these days for
women is 1.4 seconds. If they jump into celebrate, they are
disqualified. The crowd has just been told about the finalists. I
think you will have been able to tell from that massive roar from
the crowd. I can tell you that Great Britain have made the final,
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More action from the first morning of the rowing at Eton Dorney and the swimming at the Aquatics Centre. Plus progress reports on the men's cycling road race as it snakes its way through the Surrey countryside.
British hopefuls include world swimming silver medallist Hannah Miley in the heats of the 400m individual medley, and world bronze medallist Alan Campbell in the men's single sculls.
Rowing: 11.30 Men's quadruple sculls heats 12.00 Men's pair heats 12.30 Men's single sculls heats
Rowing commentators: Garry Herbert Dan Topolski
Swimming: 11.17 Women's 400m individual medley heats 11.52 Men's 100m breaststroke heats 12.16 Women's 4x100m freestyle relay heats
Swimming commentators: Andy Jameson Adrian Moorhouse Sharron Davies.