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the beach volleyball. That is the call of duty. I was calling my wife


saying I was going over to watch the final of the beach volleyball.


I hope she gave you short shrift. We have been waiting four years for


these Olympics to start and now there is just four Bay's lead for


our athletes. It has been incredible with 22 gold medals, 13


silver medals and 13 bronze medals. This morning all the top will be


about whether our open waters were met mermaid can add to that medal


haul. -- hour open waters were met Come on. All the British swimmers


are doubts in Hyde Park to cheer her on, including her room-mate


Becky Adlington and her fiance. We are going to be live from the


Serpentine throughout the morning to keep you up-to-date with her


progress. It is all about girl power to date. At 4:30pm Nicola


Adams will be fighting for gold in the first ever women's boxing final.


Women are now competing in every single spot that men do, but it has


not always been a level playing field.


When the modern Olympic Games were revived in 1896, women were


perfectly welcome as spectators. At the turn of the century, British


women still had no automatic right to inherit property, no right to


divorce on the grounds of adultery and no right to vote. But on the


playing-fields of Victorian England the game was on and the gold was


equality. There were schools like Rodin, Cheltenham Ladies' College,


the North London Collegiate, they wanted to play Games like their


brothers. The girls played hockey, cricket and lacrosse and introduced


Games to the curriculum. They contributed to young women taking


part in the Olympic Games to date. As these girls became at women in


the 1890s they formed societies like the Ladies' Golf Union and the


Hockey Association of Scotland. Women were playing sport in public.


The corset was being loosened. In the Paris Games of 1900 for the


very first time they had a chance to shine. Admittedly only 2% of the


entrants were women and they were only allowed to compete in golf and


tennis, but the point was made. Women were beginning to make more


demands in the political arena. The last bastion was to be accepted in


the world of sport. They were not going to be invited in, so they had


to push their way forward. progressive trickle of Paris showed


little sign of becoming a flood. In say Louie in 19 oh for just six


women competed and it wasn't until 1912 and a female swimming events


were introduced. It would take a seismic event to rock the sporting


establishment and the world at large. The eruption of World War in


1914 proved a catalyst for social change. In England millions of


women were drafted into the workforce. From the Civil Service


to agriculture and even ship building. In a state of emergency


women had earned a new roll in society and sport was at the heart


of the action. Between 1918 and 1939 more than 150 women's football


teams were formed in Britain, some attracting massive support. They


were watched by thousands of people on Football Association grounds.


Women were doing athletics and swimming and all sports. Things had


changed irrevocably. There was no way back after that. But the


participation of women at the Olympics was still a rarity. Just


65 of the 2626 competitors in the post or Antwerp Games where women.


The Olympic movement has been forced to change, in the 20s in


particular. Women were looking for emancipation across the board, but


the Olympic movement was not quite ready for it. Less than a month


after British women finally gain voting equality, the 1928 Amsterdam


Olympic Games began featuring for the very first time five women's


athletics disciplines. His 16 year- old won the 100m to become the


first female Olympic track champion. Meanwhile, the 800m final got under


way in the heat of the Dutch summer. The focus of many was elsewhere.


The Daily Mail said there were sobbing girls, all the women


collapsed. It was a terrible sight. That is not troop. This was the


testimony of one finalist, American Florence McDonald. In the race we


did OK. But this collapsing business was a lot of nonsense.


Sport was controlled by men and men in certain parts of society and the


reaction to seeing women out in the sporting arena was, this is not


ladylike. It was much more about that then it was about worrying


about the health of the ladies, that was a red herring. The IOC


decreed women should not run such distances and were banned from


competing beyond 200m until the Rome Olympics of 1960. The Olympics


superstars of the 1930s were lauded for their physicality and treatment,


rather than their novelty and the Americans were setting the pace.


There was a double gold medallist, an imperious presence on the track.


The first woman to swim the 100m freestyle in under one minute, and


the Supreme Helen Stephens, never beaten over any sprint distance.


Then in 1939 the world went dark again. The second world war not


only changed the course of history, but also the cause of women's lives.


In emergency they had led the way and post-war they wanted to


maintain a sense of responsibility. In 1948 a 38 year-old mother of two


came to embody that ethos. Fanny black as coal and had spent the


Second World War in Nazi-occupied Holland breaking six track world


records. But her arrival at the London Games had a mixed response.


She was criticised and receive letters say she should not leave


her children. She had a hard time in being accepted. The critics soon


revised their views as the so- called Flying housewife stormed to


gold in four of the nine women's events. And there was one last


surprise. When her third child was born in 1949 it became clear that


Fanny had competed in London, now pregnant. 1940s austerity gave way


to 1950s prosperity and things were changing for Western women. In


America 35% of adult females were in employment by 1956 and that was


also the year of the first ever Australian Olympics. They


celebrated the free-spirited Dawn Fraser. I spoke my mind and I do


not do anything that I do not want to do. The working-class Fraser


proved that sport could be for all. Governing bodies, institutions,


management, that was different. Men still dominated the idea see who


would not have a female member until 1981 and there was a lost


generation of sports women. Diane lead there was a great example of


how women missed out on being a Olympians as a result of the 1928


ban. She was the first women in the world to run under five minutes for


the mile. She did that at the same time as Roger Bannister breaking


the four-minute mile, and yet he has heard of her? By the 1960s


times were changing. It was not just about sex, drugs and rock and


roll, this was the era of demonstration, of civil unrest and


of women's lib. The advent of the contraceptive Pill meant that women


could control their own fertility and therefore their own destiny. As


feminism a forged forward, so too did British sportswoman on the


Olympic stage. First it was a teenage Corporation clerk from


Huddersfield. I was 19 and 16 days when I went there. To me it was a


bit of a dream. I never thought about winning. But I never thought


about losing, I just wanted to do my best. Her best was good enough


for gold and the world record. I came back Huddersfield had a


civic reception for me. There were ladies crying. I could not believe


how much it meant to other people. You do not realise it at the time


when you are breaking down these barriers, but as you look back you


realise we were doing something right at the time. She was not the


only focus in 1960. A fellow Yorkshire woman took silver in the


100m and a bronze in the 200m. To Tokyo in 1964 for the press she was


the plucky outsider to claim the first athletics gold medal ever won


by a British woman, Ann Packer. It she was the media's and a dog story,


Mary Rand represented a different obsession. She was the perfect


combination of power and beauty and became the first woman to leap over


22 feet. A beautiful jump. It is the first 22 fighter ever by a


woman. She was the ideal subject for the burgeoning tabloid


newspapers. When she found a celebrity admirer in 1965, her pop


culture credentials were complete. I understand Mick Jagger was asked


if he could take someone on a date and he would he take? He said meat.


Then you see black and white footage of the Sixties and you


think, I was part of that. These golden girls were genuine pioneers


for a female athletes and they had a huge profile driving TV audiences


and newspaper circulation and they were also popular. Anita lawns


Berra became the first woman to be voted sportswoman personality Of


the Year in 1962. There was a growing appetite for women's sport,


but the battle now was to be taken seriously. In this battle ground


there was no greater Warrior and Billie-Jean King. She had already


won 10 Grand Slam singles titles won in 1973 she took on former


Wimbledon champion in the so-called Battle of the sexes. 50 million


people saw her win the battle. It connected women's sport to women's


rights and sport was affecting society it. I wanted to change


people's attitudes were back match. I wanted us never to look back


after that. I wanted girls to believe in themselves. As for the


golden girl generation, Mary Peters She was a big part of the team. You


did not think of her as a woman, she was a great athlete.


Montreal in 1976, women's handball, rowing and basketball were added to


the Olympic programme, and a woman achieved the impossible -


perfection. There it is, ten! Olympic history for Nadia Comaneci.


By the 1980s, women were reading the news and they were the news.


The dramas of the female players on the Olympic stage were just as


compelling. The rivalry of Fatima Whitbread and Tessa Sanderson. The


acrimony of Zola Budd and Mary Decker. And the incredible exploits


of Florence Griffith join us. After nearly a century of Olympic


competition, this was also the decade that finally delivered the


holy grail for female athletes, the marathon. By then, you already had


great marathon runners. It was not as though they could argue that


standard was not very good. It was very, very good. No 90,000 people


greeted the victory in Los Angeles, a win that was nearly 100 years in


the making. By the 1990s, sport was big business. Advertising,


sponsorship, marketing or meant that your body was your brand, and


for women in particular, that meant that what it looked like was just


as important as what it could do. Women and women in sport are judged


on how they look. It is not right. We only have to look at the


magazine covers to see what type of women make it on the front cover.


We are happy to have your on somewhere on page 108, but that


body image is not quite fra from cover. 90 nature foresaw the first


woman from an Islamic nation win an Olympic medal. This is a gold from


Morocco. Since then, there has been slow evolution, rather than rapid


revolution. The inclusion of female athletes from Saudi Arabia, Brunei


and Qatar for the first time in London is a positive step. But


several Muslim countries still repressed sporting participation


for women at home. The inclusion of women's boxing in London offers


parity, in sporting terms, with men. It has been a long road to Olympic


equality. 42% of competitors in Beijing were women. London is


hoping for the magic 50. By have already seen athletics change in my


lifetime. And I am now seeing the opportunities that are available


for women, if they choose to go down that route, if they choose a


life in sport. And that is a great thing. We men have made great


strides in society, particularly in the Olympic Games, but there is


still a long way to go, particularly as coaches and on the


governing bodies and the international federations. These


are the places where women have to appear, so that they can make much


more progress. By the end of these games, the chances are that the


British medal haul will have been dominated by women. And what will


matter to them is and not their gender or their parents, but purely


quality of their performance. And that is a positive and powerful


message not just two women in the pool, on the track or in the saddle,


but two women in every environment. What a remarkable piece that was.


Clare is at the water's edge at the Serpentine, so we can talk about


this more. I am sure lots of younger viewers especially,


watching that piece, will be surprised at what you were saying.


For me, on a global scale, the moment of this Games was Sarah


Akhtar, when she was running down the final 100m in the 800m heats.


We have talked about a legacy of these games for British sport, but


what do you think this does for the youngsters in Saudi Arabia that we


have been watching her run-down that final straight? De point I was


making in that feature was that sport is not in isolation from the


rest of life. It is part of a wider movement. It played its part in the


early 20th century and is playing its part now in the early 21st


century, when you have a broad range of women doing so many


different sports and being seen out here being allowed to be determined


and competitive and being allowed to sweat. Sarah Akhtar, that was a


huge step forward, and I hope it makes a real difference to the


education of women in the Middle East and their access to sports


facilities. And that is just the beginning. I hope we see, through


the Olympic movement, things changing over the next decades.


my cultural perspective, the men to be getting behind the women and


cheering them on and go the extra distance, you only have to think


back to Katherine Grainger and her story of trying and trying to get


that gold and how everybody was willing every ounce of energy for


her to get that gold. For me, Katherine Grainger is the


inspiration of these Olympic Games. I know it is disingenuous to pick


just one, but by inspiration, I mean, what are you touched by that


you feel you can emulate in your own walk of life? That message of


if at first you don't succeed, try and try again and eventually you


will succeed. Katherine Grainger is so still and strong. I love the


energy around her. She is such a positive force in that team. The


rest of the British athletes look up to her and the fact that she


does not ever get to down when things are going wrong. You know


how broken she was inside, but she turns back into positive energy and


wins the race. She is almost so serene and gracious in victory. For


me, she would be my nomination for carrying the flag and the closing


ceremony. Many deserve to be nominated, but her determination to


overcome any sense of failure was incredible. I talked to him thought


about this, and his attitude to failure was interesting. He said,


you have to be unafraid to fail. Know what failure is, but don't be


afraid of it. It is a strong message for all of us. When you


look at the British rowing team on the women's side, they had three


golds, nothing had a goal before. It would seem unheard-of, looking


at the races we have watched. Nicola Adams, this is an incredible


story. She is now into the boxing final, the first women's boxing


final. What were your thoughts when you heard that women's boxing would


be included? I were so thrilled in terms of equality. If you object to


women's boxing, you have to object to men's boxing as well. If you


don't like the idea of people are hitting each other, you have to be


equal in your dislike of it. But I think even people who were a little


unsure of women's boxing have watched it and been impressed at


the accuracy and technique. Ireland are going mad for Katie Taylor. She


is the biggest star in their Olympic team, and they expect her


to win gold in boxing. They are embracing it. I have met people who


are already beginning to tell me about her. I am going to the


women's boxing tonight and an excited to see what it is like.


age is no barrier. Mary King is a perfect example. Women have been


competing against men for some years in the equestrian, and are


arguably better riders. Absolutely. If you look across the years at the


iconic figures in equestrian sport, Lucinda Green, Mary King, 51 and a


mother at two. She came back from a broken neck. If anybody has ever


said to lurk, you shouldn't be doing this, she has politely said,


I think you will find I should and I can. She was part of the silver


when in the Olympic team and is set on competing in Rio in four years'


time. It is lovely to see the range. I go back to the point about


inspiration. You need to see people who are like you. For women over 50,


Mary King is the one they looked too. They can say, if she can do it,


I can. I am for anybody with any kind of stomach problems or born


with a collapsed lung, you would look at Laura Trott for inspiration.


What a story she has. Amazing. During her interviews afterwards,


she said, I have just got used to the fact that I've thrown up all


the time. I just get on with it. If you do have health problems or you


have something that is considered by others to be distasteful, you


just get on with it. You throw up in public and get on with it. That


is what she does, and she is amazing. It is her success that we


celebrate. And Jess Ennis, the biggest star of all, the face of


London 2012. With all of that attention around her, to perform


the way she did from the word go, to set personal bests, to break


Olympic records, she has performed stunningly well and is a mental and


physical example to everyone. said at the start, I am sure lots


of younger viewers will be thinking, why have women not always been


involved? It is a good point. Keri- Anne Payne will be going off the


pontoon behind Clare in about five minutes. When the Beijing silver


medallist was asked if she was bothered about what lurks beneath


the waters of Hyde Park, her reply was "it is nothing compared to the


dead dogs of China or the jellyfish off Melbourne". But maybe she


should keep an ear out for a ticking crocodile, because the 28


acre lake is the setting for J M Barrie's prequel to Peter Pan's


adventures in Never Land. Keri-Anne Payne will certainly be hoping for


a fairy-tale ending to her Olympic dream.


It is all about who is best on the day, who makes the right choices at


the right time. People can tell me a million times that I have the


gold medal. I don't. I wish it was as easy as that. I have to make


sure I am still on that pontoon, about to dive in, and I am happy


with the training and preparation I have done. I know I am going to


give it all I have got. And it is gold to Keri-Anne Payne of Great


Britain. Last season took more out of me than I realised. I sound


young and 24, but I have been doing this since I was 12. That is 12


years of distance training on my body, and it took its toll on me


last season. I had a few niggles and a back injury, which took a


while to get over. Then I had a kidney infection after trials. But


what gets me over that is having the great support I have got. For


me, open water, it has been incredible how much it has grown


over the last four years. If I can just say I have inspired one or two


people to get into water and try it out, get a family to get involved


And Keri-Anne is going to take silver! What a race that was.


expecting the unexpected. Nobody seems to like to lead, so it always


falls on me, which suits me. On the day, I will probably have to focus


on what I need to do. I will just soak up the atmosphere and the


cheering. I know most of it will be for me, hopefully, if there are


lots of Union Jacks, and do my best. Well, the Brownlee brothers had


success in the Serpentine as their first leg of their gold and bronze


triathlon. But this event is a bit longer. 10 kilometres. In old money,


it is six miles and 376 yards. Clare is at a pontoon with Beijing


behind us as Keri-Anne Payne gets a huge roar from the crowd. The


British supporters are all around Hyde Park. We have the perfect


David Davies has just set, I have got goose bumps. It is amazing. The


crowd went mental. There are Union Jacks everywhere. The sun is


boiling today. I can't believe I am in the UK. It is great to be


involved. The air are 25 swimmers. Keri-Anne was drawn 15, meaning she


starts in the middle of the pack. It is a lottery at the start. You


get a designated place on the pontoon, where your number is. Even


though it is 10k, she can go out quick and get to the front of the


pack. That is where you have got to be, so you are in nice, clean water.


Then you get into the race. long now till they dive into the


waters of the Serpentine. It will take around two hours to complete


this swim. mashed right in the centre, dear me.


I would not like to be at the back. Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain


has a very clear tactic. With 600 metres to the first boy, she is


going for it. Absolutely. Her tactic is to get out to the front,


to take the race. She will have certain periods in the race where


she will try to break away. She said in her interview, expect the


unexpected. For more, and what you think is happening from the pre-


through the competitors with you. Another point about the conditions,


it is flat, still, calm. The only waves are coming from the boats


behind. What is interesting is it will favour pool swimmers. Just


seeing Risztov. A very good reputation. Or, at a very bad


reputation of getting yellow card us. You're not allowed to impede


swimmers. She was very close to Keri-Anne. Very important, this


first buoy. Look at that, Keri-Anne, leading on the righthand side.


Going with her, Risztov of Hungary. And, on the left-hand side,


interesting. It is a narrow course, so they won't be too far away from


each other. In that group, it is hard to see. They all have white


hats. What will be interesting, staying at the hips of your


competitor, of the swimmer who is leading, it is a better place than


being behind them, the drafting idea, holding the water, to the


slightly the right or left. He might notice some swimmers getting


into that position. Risztov was in that position but she has moved up


with Keri-Anne Payne. In that the rest of the pack, we will try to


on to Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain. This is a very normal


tactic. It is, to go out as hard as you can. She will try to push that


first 500m, then settle into a comfortable pace. She has gone off


very quickly, a little bit of clear water, I am surprised at that.


quite interesting, this is her tactic. I am surprised that Risztov


is going with her. There aren't many breakaways. That is the start


again, a replay. All doing pretty good dives. Keri-Anne looked very


good. A beautiful dive. Swimming Paul style. -- pool style. We have


been talking with the coaches, about the turn tactics. If you go


into return, in a big group, because of the fact you have to


turn sharply, someone in the group but on the side, can lose out an


awful lot. What will happen is, the Leeds


swimmer will get as tight as they can to the buoy. At the top of the


picture, they are starting to make a move. There is a lead in. If you


see that purport enough to bring -- purple inner tubing. A lead-in buoy.


If the first goes in, what usually happens is, the others, if they are


in a bunch, they have to go single FA because it is easier to get


around it rather than do a wide angle. So then a line-up more going


into the buoy. You can have a five swimmers in about six metres. Keri-


Anne, this is where she will make a move. She knows that the field


world string out a bit. If she kicks in with a burst of energy,


she can leave some people behind, a big tactic on the turn, to make the


most of it to leave the field. And it seems to have worked. We will


have to look with our binoculars. I think it is Keri-Anne to the left.


Risztov for Hungary. Keri-Anne having a little luck. Look at the


turn again. Risztov going in first, but Keri-Anne gaining two metres.


Those swimmers are in a line behind her. Elbows everywhere. Stringing


out. That is not just turn tactics, but


also a swimming speed. Keri-Anne's tactics, 500m, get out there and


make sure you were in the league, she does like the clear water. --


in the lead. Then, find an even pace. Then, she tends to pick it up


and keep applying pressure, every 1,000m, keep on applying the


pressure. So when she gets to the finish, she has lost as many people


as possible. She does have a good sprint finish, but hopefully there


aren't that many people to race into that sprint finish.


STUDIO: Keri-Anne Payne has the Olympics foremost in her mind, but


in September she gets married. Behind the scenes, this must be


added? It is difficult. A funny feeling. When I competed on the


first day of the Olympics, I was so confident and in control that I


would swim well. Stepping out, was such an exciting feeling. But here,


it is completely uncontrolled, really emotional. Thinking about


all of the wrong things, all of the psychology lessons are out of the


window now! Yes, I now know what my parents had to go through, watching


me. When did you last speak to Keri-Anne? Five I spoke to her last


night. And I got a text this morning, saying, remember your


suncream! She is looking after meet all of the time. It shows me she is


happy and confident. This is the environment she revels in, that


happy, family atmosphere, the sun shining, almost like she is naked


back in South Africa. The support here, the crowds will be unreal.


will almost be like a Mexican wave with people cheering. That is one


of the things she thought about in her preparation, not to get over-


excited. Just to keep their tour calm -- keep it all calm. She has


had such a great team, to help her know where all of the blind spots


are, where it would be sunny. Fingers crossed, everything is in


place. It takes one elbow or fist to his throat it off course. When


you say, thinking about the wrong things, that's the sort of things,


that somebody could damage her chance? There are so many variables,


we don't know what will happen. She is the one who will be focused, her


mind on the job, she will let me worry about that. I hope you can


enjoy it and she swims as well as she can. A really hope she wins.


This is an iconic venue, an amazing atmosphere, the weather is perfect.


I hope this is a shot in the arm for open water swimming. It is so


family-friendly. That is what Keri- Anne is most interested in,


creating that excitement around Anne, leading at the moment. You


could just see Gorman of Australia, in third place. At 26, she is not


bad at all. World Championships last year, she was 13th.


Commonwealth bronze medal. She will have a decent sprint at the end.


She has excellent coaches. And she anyone has done anything untoward.


You have a yellow card. You can have a straight red card. Two


yellow card so make a red card. It is up to the referee to decide


whether you have done something wrong. Going over the top of


somebody is clearly not allowed. Somebody got a straight red card


for dunking somebody. Somebody got a red card because their coach


through a water bottle at a summer. They are allowed up to five metres


long poles. On the end of that, you can put a drink, all sorts of stuff.


David, you have been in his position, and try to get stuff out


of those things, how easy is it? Many people are stopping on the


first lap. On the next few laps, it may be interesting where a couple


of summers come in at the same time, getting a drink, carbohydrates. You


have to do it very quickly, you try to flip on your back. Positions do


change around the feeding pontoon. It can be carnage at times. Going


back to that swimmer. What happened, you can just see it. It was in a


cup! What happened... They have to go around the right side of that


buoy. A coach hold the poll out, the swimmer missed it, he was


clearly annoyed, he pulled the poll in, through a water bottle, hit


another summer. And she was given a red card, because of her coach.


The referee will blow a whistle really allowed, he puts the number


on to the board, until you acknowledge the red or yellow card.


Risztov has had quite a few yellow people in the stands, then about


the same as a we are getting. They have gone behind the trees from the


commentary position. My binoculars on not much use at the moment.


About six swimmers are trying to get onto their heels. It is a bit


like cycling in the road race, the breakaway situation is the same.


You do not want to be left behind. Keri-Anne's turn, she will be


waiting to make another jump. Melissa Gorman, the Australian


there. It is not a very sharp turn, it is quite gentle. They will go


right around this one, so they probably won't go three deep.


I am getting the same as you at the moment. But what Adrian saying


about the race being compact. Going into the last turn, if you are


taking it is wide you are taking it sharp. I think Keri-Anne got a


round that one OK, but the longer the race stays like this the more


instances that there will be when they turn. The Serpentine in Hyde


Park is six laps, so they will be turning a lot so there could


potentially be a lot of incidents. She came out of that one OK. They


will be completing the first lap soon. I don't think Keri-Anne likes


to be amongst it. One of her tactics is to go out and get ahead


of them. So being in it is an uncomfortable position for her to


be in. I imagine she will try to get out of the pack and swim to the


left and right of it. We will have to see how it goes, it is a long


race. Just over two hours. We're just on Neely 18 minutes. Plenty of


time for this to pan out. They will be swearing at a pace. -- swimming.


I think Keri-Anne will be assessing this. She is at the top of your


picture with Melissa Gorman. The judges or keep an eye on it.


Melissa Gorman is losing track a bit. It is a bit murky in the


Serpentine, but apparently the water is a little bit fresh.


Melissa Gorman is a little bit off. She is not sticking with a rhythm.


They are coming in front of the stands, it is the first time they


have been round to this point again. They are just checking, for the


rest of a laps it will be easier. To the left there will be a bridge


coming up. They swim underneath that. They have transponders in


their wrists. Underneath the bridge there are chips in both wrists,


just in case which ever on goes over first. And that stops the


clock and they will get a split time. Angela Maurer is in the pack


as well. The leading group closest to us, Angela Gorman -- Melissa


Gorman of Australia, Keri-Anne Payne and also Hayley Anderson.


Marianna Lymperta, I am surprised she is so far back. She did get the


bronze in the World Championships. Martina Grimaldi is down the pack


as well. Stringing out a little bit more. It looks like it is Melissa


Gorman who has taken a bit of a lead. To the left of your shot, is


the American, Hayley Anderson. They are now trying to fight for


positions. Melissa Gorman it really has gone. Keri-Anne Payne still out


on her own. A lot of splash. That is a better picture. You have


Melissa Gorman leading and making a move. Melissa Gorman is a good


swimming pool summer, so she will be tough to beat. The first 20


minutes in this women's 10 kilometre open-water. Keri-Anne


Payne has started well. Leading from Australia is Melissa Gorman.


Then there is even a staff of hungry. Keri-Anne Payne has started


An hour and 40 minutes of swimming still to go. People behind us are


enjoying the Sunshine in the Olympic Park. The crowds are


pouring out of the Olympic Stadium. Earlier they had good reason to


cheer. Good news for Great Britain 4x4 relay team as they brought the


batten safely home to qualify for tomorrow's final. Martyn Rooney


anchored them as they finish second in their heat behind Trinidad &


Tobago stop a season's best of three minutes and 38 seconds. There


is more medal hopes. Every day, seriously we are in with a good


chance at Greenwich Park. Lizzie Greenwood used can give us news on


the individual Grand Prix freestyle. This is dressage. We understand


this is done to music? So it is quite quirky? This is what the


dressage fans have been waiting for. It is what dressage fans across the


world loved to see. Dressage to music, the top 18 riders from the


team competition including all three of Great Britain's gold


medalists. They have around six minutes to impress the judges. It


is also artistic impression. They can do their own routine and to


their own music. I know you like your ice-skating and it is a like


the free programme in ice-skating. That they can do whatever they want


to do. Instead of having taught all and Dean, we have Charlotte


Dujardin. She is favourite for individual jury -- glory.


Tuesday they got the first ever team gold in the dressage. Who are


the main competitors in this one? Quite a few, but 26 riders who


could try to wrestle the gold medal out of Charlotte's hands. But I


think she will do it. If not it could be one of the Dutch riders.


She is the world number one and is very good at dressage to music. And


of course, there is always a German threat. She has a horse called


Damon Hill. You can't also ruled out the triple Olympic gold-


medallist, and an 18-year-old horse. If they do not beat Charlotte, you


have Carl Hester, Charlotte's Mensa and trainer who Co owns her horse.


And Laura Bechtolsheimer, he will be riding her horse, it Mistral


Hojris. I do know there is some public knowledge Laura will be


riding to the Lion King and Carl Hester has a range of music brought


together a very patriotic theme. The Escape to victory. Apparently


big Ben chimes as they do their changes. And I think when Charlotte


goes down the sense a line though mock be a dry eye in the house. It


all starts at 12:30pm. You can see all of that on the red button, but


now we will hand back to Andrew Jameson and Adrian Moorhouse at the


Serpentine in hard-packed ASH Hyde Park. We understand there has been


back up. I don't know if it is a good idea to go and then allow the


others to catch up. We talk about Keri-Anne in the blue cap, making a


decent moves. She has a navigational radar. It is something


that is built in. This win in legs without goggles on. -- legs.


had to know where she was. David Davis had some issues and we will


have to hear what he says about that at some time. He had his


goggles blacked-out been training so he could swim blind, so to speak.


On the left, Keri-Anne Payne back in front. Why as Melissa Gorman


done that? She used a lot of energy to break the field. It did not look


as though they had caused her up, but it look like she had gone back


into the pack. It is still a very big pack? You are right. Sometimes


it swimmers do have places in the race to make a move. She is now


drifting over to the left. The other two, Keri-Anne on the right,


has a Laser sharp eye for the line. If I was Melissa Gorman I would be


sticking with her. David days if -- David Davies has done this in the


past, David? I am just seeing Melissa Gorman making a break after


the end of the first lap. Sometimes they do that because they don't


like being in the pack so they will go to the front for a bit, have


some clear water and then maybe fall back into the pack. But as


Adrian said he looked as though she got to the front but did not know


where she was going. Looked up a few times that. It is surprising


for Hyde Park because it is a compact course. Citing shouldn't be


in issue here. Keri-Anne looks comfortable. She is not panicking,


there is a long way to go. She is in clear water. She is swimming out


to the side of the pack, going to a very good rhythm, and clear water.


13th on the 800 freestyle and is a very good swimming pool summer. I


wouldn't be surprised if she tails off a little bit towards the second


half of this race. Pretty much 30 minutes gone and they will be


almost a quarter of the way through this race. So about 2,500 metres


done. 7,500 to go! The Hungarian at the top. We have Melissa Gorman in


the white hat of Australia and then closes to us, Keri-Anne Payne of


Great Britain. There Hungarian doesn't mind using her elbows now


and again. On the left of your her mouth, and I'm really surprised


to see it at the top, Gorman, of those three leaders. You have to


save an awful lot of energy, just five people deep. It is outstanding.


Coming up to the feeding station again. Sometimes, they have spare


gobbles end there. -- goggles in in at all, and takes the


opportunity to carry on in a straight line. We were talking to


the team manager yesterday, he said, they weren't sure whether she would


come in. She is to the left of your shot, it looks like she may not


come in. She may try to put in some acceleration to create a gap.


may also try to swim away from the station. Anyone using her as their


sight, may end up so in a way from the feeding station -- swimming


away. They have to decide whether to swim


right across the field to get a drink. It looks like she will go


through. Mark Perry, the open water Performance Director. Looking


comfortable. The how on earth do you find your


bottle? They must take them out of the


water. There is the south African swimmer, the last to qualify. 19


years old. The final qualifier for qualify for the whole British team


in Shanghai at World Championship when she won it. They picked the


first 10 fastest swimmers in Shanghai to be part of the


programme. They followed it up with a qualification at swim in Portugal.


Keri-Anne was very close to that buoy. She seems to be the tightest


to the market. Like running the London Marathon, if you run right


on the line, but if you do not, you can end up doing nearly 27 miles.


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She does most of her training in the pool. There are some drills


they do, just to get used to arching their back a little bit.


They do some drills, using water polo strokes every length. It can


hurt your neck muscles. You put your arms straight out, then you


have to press almost with a straight arm, straight down, in


order to lift your head up, rather than bending your elbow. It uses


slightly different muscles than pool swimming. If you're doing most


of your training in a clear, controlled environment, it is a


slightly different way. Keri-Anne, looking pretty good. A yellow flag.


It looks like someone hasn't gone will save them a huge amount of


energy, but Keri-Anne likes clear water. No interference at all. That


is what she has got. David, any news on that yellow flag? I didn't


see who it was for. The pack is still very compact, maybe five


swimmers wide. I think it was for obstruction. Luckily, it was behind


Keri-Anne. It is definitely looking as if Risztov has decided to stick


with Keri-Anne, like a market in a football game. Keri-Anne looks


unfazed, moving out to clear water again. They will be heading towards


the arch to complete the split time. It has surprised me how wide the


pack is. Usually three swimmers wide. It is a free-for-all at the


moment. It certainly is. Gorman taking an interesting line weight


over on this side. That is the Spanish swimmer. Look at that,


really very wide. The timing bridge, there may be 100m away, they will


have to go a bit more narrow. On the far side of that leading group


is Keri-Anne. It is so tight. are coming to the front of the


stands, coming round for their second lap. Gan from Malaysia.


Again, the crowd is so big. Anderson, from America. She has


made a bit of a move here. 20 years old, trains in Los Angeles. It


looks like Anderson, she is quite new to open water swimming. She


will go in first, in the second lap. That was quickly. I thought it was


Gorman, but it is Anderson. We saw in the swimming pool, and American


going very quickly, breaking the record almost for the 800m


freestyle. First, it will be Anderson, second


will be Keri-Anne Payne. Keri-Anne it is still in a reasonably good


position. But I think Plan A was for her to be way out in front.


Anderson, clearly, made a very big move there. Gray, one of the


favourites at the start. It is pretty bunch. Graham, from Italy,


she won the World Championships in the 2010. Keri-Anne won in 2009 and


2011. 2009, 14 degrees, in Canada, the coldest it ever was. It was


freezing and it did not suit Keri- Anne. A tough summer. This is a bit


colder than a lot of open water swimmers are used to. But you can


for slightly below the water temperature they will be swimming


in. Here, it was expected to beat... That is Anderson. Here, it was


expected to be 19 degrees. They would sit in the water for 20


minutes at a time, to get their body used to the temperature. This


is a little ominous. Keri-Anne up on the right, Risztov on the left.


A little bit ominous. She has a very good finish. Still an awful


long way to go. Just look at Risztov. We were talking with David,


and the Brownlee brothers. We talked about their experience in


the lake. They talked about being at the feet of somebody else,


sometimes it is so dark you cannot see where the hands and feet are.


You can feel bubbles, the closer they are to you. A curious fact,


knowing where you are when you cannot see too much. Keri-Anne and


Risztov will be tried to feel around for the papal -- people in


front. Garcia, the Spaniard, in the middle of that group. Gan, from


Malaysia. Leading the third group. Anderson now been brought back into


the pack, very interesting. She had made a little break at the start of


that second lap. Then, getting caught back up again. It may not be


the way that Keri-Anne likes the twos when it but she is toughing it


out. On the track, you can do this. They do call this marathon swimming,


because it is pretty much the same as marathon runners's times. But,


it is difficult to get away from anyone. Anderson in the centre.


She'd get underneath. -- She dipped underneath. Being on the hip of a


summer -- swimmer. That is a better way -- place to be. That was an odd


way to do it, David? She was bunched up in the middle.


Normally you can flip up and roll over their legs, but she decided to


go down. Definitely looking as if those three are leading the pack.


Risztov, sticking to Keri-Anne, like Siamese twins.


It was interesting, I am not sure I would choose to do that. There she


was at the last drinks station, that is two laps now. We have been


talking about this for the last few days. We have both done half


marathons and stuff, and mind tucked one hour 35. In terms of


whether you take gel or a drink, I wouldn't go two hours without


anything. It is a tough one. They do have those little packets of gel


stuffed up the side of their swimming suits. It will also take


the taste of the pond a way. But then when the taste of the drink


has gone, you get the taste back again. The water is reasonably


fresh because of the heavy rain we have had. At this end of the course,


we are at the far end, it is slightly warmer. As the river feeds


this leg at the other end, it is fresher and colder water coming in.


Talking to Mark Perry, and they said they will swim a little bit


quicker up the other end of the leg because it is cold or! Sometimes in


the swimming pool when you make the water a little bit colder, it does


make sense. The confidence the team have, this is a quite tight open-


water swimming team would the sport of their coaches and they measure


the temperatures of the water. They measure the water flow and the


temperature every work. They can pride themselves on being the best-


prepared. Side by side, Keri-Anne and Eva Risztov. She is all over


the show, Keri-Anne has a clear line and Eva Risztov is all over


her. Referee, have a word, come on! She has got to swim straight.


have Keri-Anne and Eva Risztov leading. And then you have Martina


Grimaldi. We also have John Pechanova in there as well. --


Joanna put in over. I after about 48 minutes, still an hour and 10 or


so to go in this women's 10 kilometres open-water. Great


Britain's Keri-Anne Payne is looking good, other swimmers trying


to make breaks but have been drawn into the pack. But Keri-Anne at the


She has shoes -- huge support. Hannah Miley, you swim all sorts of


distances, would you give this a go? Don't tell my dad, you will


give him ideas. It is not something I have ever done, but I have never


tried. Whether I do it or not, depends on the occasion and what


whether it is. One day and night, but I wouldn't be as good as Keri-


Anne, it is too far for me. I would give it a shot if I was given the


opportunity. And much do you admire her? Huge amounts. It takes she


determination to swim around two hours on to a one-stroke. That is


why I do the medley because I like burying it. She is such a huge


inspiration. She is at the end of the competition and has had to stay


focused will stop we finished on the Saturday and we have been able


to relax and stay Folke -- watch a couple of the sports. But it is


great for the team. She is staying in a different hotel now, and you


guys can relax. You have watched a few other sports? Yes, I watched


the BMX, also the water polo and watch Usain Bolt when his 100m. And


Victoria Pendleton, and we have done our bit in the swimming pool


and we are ready to support the rest of Team GB. It has been an


amazing atmosphere. The support around the country is phenomenal.


You will know your swimming really well, how different is its watching


open water swim in and watching other people around Keri-Anne,


Perhaps hitting her in the face and kicking air? The swimming pool is


very structured. This is in the river. It is a bit of a bunfight,


but they get involved and get in there and swim for two hours, but


that is what they train for. Keri- Anne is such a nice person, one


would imagine she isn't as good at the physical stuff and insemination


things that go on? The closest thing you can get to that is the


warm ups. They are quite brutal. She is such a lovely person to meet


and to talk to, every athlete has their way of getting in the zones.


When she is in the zone, she is doing her job. She is swimming her


heart out. Great to talk to you lady and very good with the media,


but do not mess with her! She is very tough in the water. One of the


expressions is as tough as nails. You wouldn't want to mess with


Keri-Anne, not at all. She trains very hard at Stockport With Sean


Kelley. They really have been meticulous in the way they have


been training to make sure she is ready for this. Keri-Anne is the


spokesperson for the sport globally. Last year she was a woman up the


year the swimming false start she is an icon, somebody who brings a


great voice to the sport. Look at the people supporting this! Open


water swim Inc is great fun, I have done some of it where I live, it is


great. Get a wetsuit on, other weekend at 8:00am in the morning,


you don't halfway up! Beautiful. -- the you don't half wake up. You can


do breaststroke, you don't have to do racing. I think that was the


Argentinian flag. Look at that. Found it. I think the fact it is


bright pink it helps. I think Keri- Anne had some then. I am pleased,


it is a long-distance. You think, I will keep on going and I will be


fine. But if you make a mistake now, and then when you are 10 to 20


minutes from the end, and you should have fed, it is too late.


The American, Hayley Anderson swam right next to the pontoon, the


feeding station. All these poles are sticking out and had to swim


underneath all of them. Her coach was right at the end of it and she


had an easy take. Coaches can coach them from the pontoon as they go


past and have their drink. Hayley Anderson is quite young and you to


the sport. She is determined. 20 years of age and decided it is open


water. Even though she was the American College champion, at 500


freestyle, 41 metres, pretty much, she was the champion. She said she


swam through it almost just to at Trojan. Yes in Los Angeles,


where the Olympics was. On the right hand side, swimming all the


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Risztov, 26, this year's European Championships, she took silver


medal in the 1500m freestyle. She is trying to make a break. The


coming up to the halfway in this women's 10,000 kilometres open


water. Risztov is trying to stretch them out. She must have put in a


big drive. That is the referee's whistle. I think they are doing it


to the middle of the pack. It is the grave but at the back, somebody


in the middle of the pack -- it is the grey boat.


Risztov just getting caught again. The summer at the bottom of


Anderson, -- Risztov, is Anderson, working out which way to go.


can see the referee, holding up a cannot see it, which is a bit


disappointing. It looks like Eva Risztov has made the move and now


she is being covered by Hayley Anderson of the USA. Still


difficult to see, Angela Maurer is in there. Angela Maurer has


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