Mishal Husain and Rishi Persad present coverage of a busy morning at Eton Dorney, with canoe sprint heats and semi-finals all contested over the new Olympic distance of 200m.
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Good morning, and welcome to the Olympic Park which, last night,
witnessed history, as Usain Bolt claimed a unique sprint double. The
first man ever to retain both the 100 and 200 metre titles. It was a
memorable day for Great Britain as well, with three gold medals,
including the first ever in taekwondo. And today, two more
British fighters are hoping to continue that trend.
It's been an emotional journey for Sarah Stevenson, who's looking for
a second Olympic medal. Could she make it a gold this time?
Lutalo Muhammad finally has his chance at the arena, selected ahead
of world number one Aaron Cook. Will he prove the doubters wrong?
High hopes for Britain's boxers. This time, it's the men.
Can they follow in Nicola Adams' footsteps?
And it's another busy morning of canoe sprint. After a disappointing
few days, can Great Britain find inspiration on the water?
The action from Eton Dorney begins at 9.30, where we'll see Britain's
former world champion Ed McKeever, as well as Richard Jeffries and
Sarah Stevenson's last 16 contest begins at 10.30. Followed by Lutalo
Muhammed. They'll both have afternoon
quarter-finals, around 3.30, should they progress.
There's a double bill of sailing, if the wind blows in Weymouth.
Double medal hopes for Britain there in the 470 class.
Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips both feature in the semi-finals of
the BMX. And, no action in the Olympic
Stadium this morning. But the athletics tonight includes
Steve Lewis in the pole vault, Sophie Hitchon in the hammer. And
Lisa Dobriskey in the 1500 metre So, plenty for the home crowd to
cheer on tonight. Last night, though, wherever you were from, you
simply had to sit back and admire a sprinting legend.
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COMMENTATOR: The moment of truth This, the event where he burst onto
the scene as a junior when he was just 15. Winning the World
Championships. He has dominated the world of its printing -- sprinting.
Not only at 200, but also at 100. clean start. Bolt out of the blocks
well, he is already storming around the bend. Blake has a lot to do.
Look at Bolt go. As they come into the home straight. Here comes Blake,
running him down, but he's not going to catch him. Bolt is going
to do it again. Watch the clock, 19.32. Gold all the way. Blake
argue that he has no equal. He is just incomparable in the world of
Usain, congratulations, you wanted to come here and cement your
legend,, you have done that, the double double. Tell me what that
means. It is what I wanted, and I got it. I am very proud. I had a
rough season. I came here to do what I had to do. Is it all the
more special to celebrate with all these guys?. My coach is probably
going crazy. We have been working hard all season, and pushed each
other. We are happy. Finally, this year has not been the easiest of
build-ups. You said you were 95% fit, and yet you have still been
able to do this. Sum up what this means, in the context of the whole
season? It is hard. For me, it was hard. I am really dedicated to my
work and I know what London meant to me. For me, I'm happy. You are a
legend. Usain Bolt!
Couldn't have said it better myself. The first man to defend this title.
His fourth Olympic gold medal. No world records this time. What to a
remarkable light. So, two golds for Usain Bolt. And, with all the
Jamaican's on the podium, you wouldn't bet against medal number
three coming tomorrow night in the relay. A fantastic time of 19.32,
but no world record. That was left to Kenya's 800 metre star David
Rudisha. For those who hadn't heard of him before these Games, last
night ensured that was about to An COMMENTATOR: This man is a very
special indeed, he is so dominant David Rudisha, the hottest
favourite at these Games in track and field.
David Rudisha, as ever, loves to be in front. That is a phenomenal
opening. Can they hang on, they are starting
to fade. Look at that. It is all about David Rudisha. Already the
world record holder, already the world champion. Striding away to
become the Olympic champion, how quick but it be, watched the clock?
That is the world record! Unbelievable. The greatest ever
800-metre race anybody has ever run that I have ever seen.
This is the moment I have been waiting for, for a very long time.
To come here and break the world record is something unbelievable. I
had no doubt about winning, but I was waiting for a perfect finish.
Today, the weather was beautiful. David's father Daniel won a silver
for Kenya, in the 4x400m team relay. And he was hoping to compete there
too. But, with the early stages of that scheduled for yesterday
morning, it was probably best he saved himself for that stunning
performance last night. There's Great Britain's 4x400m team have
made it through to that. It takes place at 9.20.
Here's the full plan for the evening.
At 7.45, it's the men's sprint relays, with Britain in the first
heat, along with Jamaica. And around 8.40, it's the final of
the women's 4x100m. USA are hot favourites, despite their baton
issues at the last two Olympics. The world champions were top
qualifiers, despite resting double sprint medallist Carmelita Jeter,
and 200m champion Allyson Felix. And, as we mentioned earlier,
plenty of British interest in the stadium in the pole vault, hammer
Now over in Weymouth. Olympic sailing has reached its final stage.
And yesterday, there was disappointment, as the benign
conditions prevented any racing at all. That does mean a bonus double
bill today, as both Britain's 470 crews go in search of gold. Luke
Patience and Stuart Bithell should be setting off about midday, wind
permitting, with Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark in the women's race
about an hour later. Let's join I had better ask you for a weather
forecast, is it more promising? looks a lot more promising, the
direction of the winds should help the sea breezes build. Everyone is
pretty confident that racing will happen. A very exciting today for
Team GB, guaranteed two silver medals and in the hunt to upgrade
those two gold medals. We will see both of these 470 crews in action.
First, it is the men. They have to get one boat between them and the
Aussies. A great battle which we all laugh. So, we might see them
playing a round before the start, tried to get in front of each other,
to make sure they start before the other one. I spoke to them
yesterday, they said, we are going to attack the Aussies. The Aussies
are world champions. They were the favourites coming into this event.
But they are used to winning easily, they are not normally challenged
like this. They might be on the back foot.
If this is one of the smaller classes in the sailing competition?
Yes, it is double-handed lightweight. They are small, the
boats do not weigh very much. So it is very precise. It is hard to sail.
A what about Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark later on?
They have been on fire. They have done so well. They were pushed
together a year ago, and Hannah Mills stepped in. She was a
fabulous seller at youth level, a real talent at this level. She
didn't think she would go to the Olympics. Here she is on the last
day of the competition on equal points with the Kiwis. They are
confident, enjoying the Olympic Games, no sign of nerves.
You have been watching all of the sailing from the start. We know
about Ben Ainslie. What has the overall Great Britain performance
been like? It depends on today. They could be the top nation, with
three gold medals, two and silver medals. If not, perhaps the
Australians could be the top nation. Britain has been the top nation in
sailing, since Sydney, so they will be disappointed to lose that crown.
It is a big day in Weymouth, lots of anticipation. When you watch
them go out, do you wish you were out there racing again or are you
happy to be standing there, talking to us? It is hard work doing this
as well. I suppose I know what is behind it, how hard they have to
work, how much pressure there is on them. I do not miss that. But it is
a beautiful sailing day to day. To put you on the spot, to think we
might end up with two gold medals in sailing today? I really do.
Their first Olympic Games, Stuart Bithell and Luke Patience. They are
really confident. They have nothing Toulouse. I think the Aussies have,
there is a lot of expectation on the Australians. They could well
deliver. It is Hannah Mills's first Olympic Games. She is guaranteed a
silver. They will be more relaxed because of that. Two gold medals
Sailing begins in Weymouth around midday. Now, let's talk about
boxing because Nicola Adams from leads boxed her way to an Olympic
milestone yesterday with her flyweight gold becoming the first
the Olympic gold medal for women's boxing. Katie Taylor from Ireland
follow suit in the lightweight and COMMENTATOR: Nicola Adams
representing Great Britain has come out absolutely blazing. What a
stunning right cross from Nicola Adams. A legitimate knockdown, the
counter will be issued. The lead has increased further. Nicola Adams
has just made history. Olympic champion, representing
Great Britain - and Nicola Adams! I have been dreaming about this
since I was 12 years old. The moment is finally here and I have
my gold medal for Great Britain. was a fantastic performance, you
must be surprised at how well it went, especially the knockdown?
Definitely! I was very surprised. But this is what I worked for. We
got the tactics spot on. I have trained hard and worked hard.
Tactics have paid off. I got in there and got the points on the
board. All those years of wandering and having a bad injury and
thinking, will I be able to box. Now it seems like a dream, does it?
After my injury, I never thought I would box again. To think I have
come back and got a gold medal, I could not ask for more. This is
what dreams are made for. I would like to thank my family, my mum and
brother who have come here and supported. I spoke to your brother
before and asked him how he felt. He said, I never knew nerves like
this will stop but he needn't have worried? Absolutely not. Nicola
Adams is from leads, which means another medals for Yorkshire. Now
it is for the men, and it gets under way about 1pm at the ExCel
arena. Also, the BMX, and over the first two days we have seen it all.
Today it gets serious in the semi- finals. Shanaze Reade was the
Olympic favourite in Beijing, but finished 8th. Could 2012 bring the
gold medal to the goal from crew? - - girl.
To win the Olympic Games is everything to me. I want to be the
COMMENTATOR: She has crashed! Beijing made me part of what I am.
I have a fantastic support team. My coach has brought me back from the
bottom. I was in a bad place from the Olympics. It is about the
support team and getting the right people around you. That has been
the biggest key of how I got over Beijing and moved on and learn from
it, is the team around me. Beijing was a stop-off on the wake to the
Olympics and London. Now London is here, it feels right. Some other
athletes might be feeling the pressure, but I am excited. I have
been round the track and it is a good course. It suits everyone, it
has a bit of everything, technical and speed. It will make for great
racing. You have got to be so relaxed and calm at the start gate,
because if you are not things can go wrong. You have got to want to
go out and get out in front, but also be very calm. Become be hard,
but it is the final and everyone is lined up and all the other
competitors want to do the same thing. You have to learn to control
your mind. I think for a long time I did not think I was capable of
being an Olympic champion. It was a dream. I used to think, I am a fast
BMX rider but don't think I can pull it all together. There was
doubt in my mind. But now, if I am watching TV, and so much sport on
the TV, I can relate to the Olympic champions and I think I can do this
now and be the Olympic champion. Good luck to Shanaze Reade. She
starts at 3pm this afternoon with Liam Phillips shortly after that.
The canoe sprint races are almost upon us. At Eton Dorney both canoe
and Kayak heats are set to take place. We have Ed McKeever in the
200m Kay one. He is a former world champion. We have Richard and Helen
Reeves at Eton Dorney. We have perfect conditions for a
regatta. We have Helen Reeves, Athens bronze-medallist in canoeing.
A lot of our hopes in the 200-metre races a going. What are the chances
of Jon Schofield and Liam Heath? They have been successful since the
discipline was introduced as an Olympic category in 2010. They have
been on the podium in every race. We are holding they can hold on,
there is only one more race. What about the women's kayak single?
Jess Walker has already competed, but this is her a strong event?
has been training specifically over the winter and changed coaches. In
the K-For, the stroke rate is very high, so she will be looking to
come out this morning I used the experience she gained earlier in
the week. She needs to get out quickly on this first race and I
think it will give her confidence going into the semi-final. The 200-
metre races is not so demanding, but it is about explosive power?
Absolutely, they work on the gym on the power. Lifting tons of waits a
week. And they do need to get muscles going. They don't have the
opportunity to let it anything rest. They come out of the blokes --
blocks, start their stroke strokes and it is who can hold on the
fastest. Richard Jeffries, we saw him earlier in the week. He only
has one speed, which is very fast, but that is not good over 1,000m,
surely that will be a massive bonus for him? 200m is discipline and he
was here to compete in the 1,000m. He will be in his comfort zone
today. This is what he spends his time training to do. He will go out
there and try and execute it will stop he is someone who came through
the same talent spotting scheme Helen Glover did and she had gold
medal success in these waters? I don't think he will get a gold
medal, but he will be looking for the experience, for him it is about
Rio in 2016. Ed McKeever is in the Kayak single, 200m and he will be
first out. He has been likened to the Usain Bolt of canoeing? He is
the fastest man in a canoe. He came out all guns blazing in 2010 and
set a target. He will want to come out and show he is back on form. He
has a heat with the guy he was top of the podium at the European
Championships. He will want to go into the semi-finals which will be
more of a competition to him. haven't had a medal down here in
canoeing sprint, what do you think our chances are? We knew it was
going to be about Friday and Saturday for British canoeing. We
did hope we could get one somewhere else. Chances are great. We have
decay one and the K2. Both have not been of the podium since 2010.
McKeever goes at 9:37am. Also raising the nation's hopes.
They will be fast and furious and on the water. Whether it is the
career with the double ended blades and the canoeists with their
singles. This is the guide from Eton Dorney.
Canoe sprint, there are two distinct types. A canoe and Kayak.
The Kayak his race by one, two or for competitors. Known as K1, K2
and K four, and Kayak events are contested by men over distances of
201,000 metres. Women compete over 205 hundred metres. There are one
or two competitors are known as C1, and C2. It is contested over
201,000 metres. It is propelled from a kneeling position using a
single bladed pedals and using a stroke on one side. The first to
cross the finish line is a winner, but a Photofit to confirm results.
Dead heats during qualifying stages will see both competitors progress,
but they might be forced to do the but they might be forced to do the
race again if limited places. If you would like to get involved
: in terms of what you are about to see it is the shorter 200m you are
about to see. It is dominated by Germany and Hungary. But there was
a gold medal for Australia here so they, and we could see Great
Britain doing well. There will be a series of heats with the best
progressing to the semi-finals later. Let's start of a journey
from the Olympic Park over to where it will all be happening at Eton
Dorney, right over to the West of London. 25 miles West. It is the
home of the growing so you will have seen this stretch of water
from the start. Great Britain has done very well on this stretch of
water. We will be starting with the men's 200-metre kayak singles. On
the water, lookout for Ed McKeever, Great Britain's former world
champion. He will be going in the second of the three heats. Let's
join Helen Reeves alongside Andrew Championships and the European
Championships, but they off fast, explosive and buried exciting. We
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4th Olympic Games. He was a world for Ecuador. Murray Stuart, we are
told after his celebrations winning Australia so they, might be feeling
fragile. The Tunisian, finished 5th in the K1 500m at the World Cup in
hungry last year. Conditions, just perfect for racing this morning.
Tactics here, Helen Reeves is go out hard and hang on. Technique
does come into it but there is raw power? Absolutely, they will get
her strike-rate up very high. Then it will be about who can hold on to
the finish line. The first five go high. Canada, initially with the
lead. Siemionowski hanging with them. Maybe with something in
reserve. De Jonge takes it for maybe the Tunisian, Mrabet.
The De Jonge of Canada, winning that one, in just over 35 seconds.
It is about making sure you are in there, and getting a decent lane
for the semi-final. Those six going through. But Mrabet offered to
busier, missing out. An explosive start, they can't
afford to lose anything at the start of this 200 metres race.
Getting that stroke rate extremely high. And that drive through those
paddle blades. Almost three strokes a second as they power out. Then it
is about maintaining that speed. You can see Ed McKeever is one of
the quickest starters of the game, one of the lighter men. There are
more powerful men but it is about fastest 6th place going through to
the semi-final, so time is important. Siemionowski, the world
champion from Poland looking comfortable. I think he had some or
in reserve. In the semi-finals, will be looking for a decent lane
draw into the final. De Jonge going A couple more of these heat on the
way. This is really an intense sprinting distance.
Yes, indeed. I spoke to Ed McKeever, going for Great Britain in the next
heat. He said, aerobically, it doesn't require that much. But what
it does require is plenty of power, you need to be flying from the
start. Ed McKeever is the fastest man, the best in the world. He was
world champion and European champion, silver this year. He has
said that has made him more hungry to win the gold medal here at the
Olympics. He has put everything to one side, including his impending
marriage in September. He has led her to plan anything on her own, to
concentrate on winning a gold medal for Great Britain. It's not the
first time I have heard that kind of story. A few more days before he
can do that. How well does he have to do in this heat? He is almost
guaranteed a spot. What is important is you want to do well
because you want a decent lane draw in the semi-finals. There won't be
much easing down as you have seen from Usain Bolt. Because over 200
bidders, you have to go hard from the start and everyone is flat out.
You said yesterday, it was the Germans and Hungarians dominating
the longer distances. This is a little more shared, Poland
providing the main challenge to Ed McKeever. Later on, John Schofield
and Liam Heath have a huge chance. 90 strokes within that time. The
chance of something going slightly wrong will have a huge impact. We
know that Ed McKeever, Liam Heath and John Schofield have proven in
the past they are capable of being the best in the world and we hope
they can prove that today. Their heat is coming up in a moment.
Getting ready for that heat, let us join our commentators.
A roar from the crowd for this man in lane five. A real hope for a
gold medal, he hasn't been away from the podium in the last few
years. Du gus macro, almost one foot
taller than the keeper macro -- but with tremendous upper-body
strength. He has a fast start, as the slightly lighter man. He will
invariably be leading at 100 metres. He, the Siemionowski, and Ronald
Rauhe from Germany, they are the real medal contenders.
It is the first five, plus the fastest six, will go through. Tim
Hornsby has gone into the wrong lane, not the ideal start for the
first three strokes, that is what he is concentrating on, initially.
A roar from the largely British crowd. Ed McKeever leads at the
moment from no vac macro. Into the second half of the race -- Novak.
The Serbian, just moving up, alongside the cleaver macro. --
More to come from him. Job done again. He gets out so well.
jumped out from the start. You could see a little bit towards the
end, an attack coming through. He will be pleased. The Serbian won
the European Championship ahead of him earlier this year.
Just over 35 seconds. But pushed hard. You can see the power, the
boat swaying and jumping from side to side. They really use their legs
hard, driving everything. It is important to get out the connection
and that timing and to hold on to that good technique down the course.
He has a long reach, just five feet eight inches. He has won a couple
of World Cup events this year. European champion. Two years ago.
He has a fine pedigree. A fine hope for the home fans. Waving to the
crowd as he moves through to the semi-finals this morning. Looking
good. This fairly quiet man from the west Country. Once he gets in
the boat, a different beast. Just easing him into the semi-finals.
Siemionowski, also looking good. Expect it also Ronald Rauhe in the
next heat, and Beaumont, to figure for the medals. As we said, he
hasn't been off the podium at any level of competition in the last
three years. Announced in 2090 it would become an Olympic event. He
wasn't so strong over the longer distances. Using his speed in the
latter stages. The 200 metres has been a blessing for them. A new
Olympic best. He is safely through Very well done indeed, when in that
heat. A good start to the day at Eton Dorney for Great Britain. What
did you make of it? It was very impressive, just what he wanted.
Easing a fraction in the closing stages. He is the dominant force
over 200 metres. He looked very good from the start. Straightaway,
the start is vitally important, he has dominated. Chatting to him a
few days ago, he was saying he wanted to be explosive out of the
start, on top of every one. He was talking about taking on opposition,
how he views the opposition, you want to destroy the opposition. He
has got that in his armoury. He was the world and European champion in
2010. He remains the best among the world in the last 12 months. He
hasn't got the amount of gold medals he wanted in the last 12
months. But it is all about the London Olympics and the next 24
hours. What we have seen is an impressive start. The semi-finals
budget at 11:15am and he has put himself in end -- an excellent
position for a good lane. We are expecting to be on the podium for
Great Britain. 11:15am is the time of this semi-final. You can see how
much power goes into this. These athletes, at peak condition. Indeed.
I was thinking about perhaps taking up his bought myself but when I
look at the physique of these men, I am so puny in comparison, and do
not think I would get past 50m. The lactic acid would have destroyed me
at that point. They are in tremendous shape. It is all about
strength. Helen was saying it is about working out in the gym,
building up that explosive power. This is what they are good at over
these short distances. Extremely strong and powerful. It is the tide
of spot where you don't need to do lots of running or endurance
training. You need to be extremely strong. I don't think I'll be able
to do that. I do not know, I feel a potential 2016 Rio journey coming
white boat, for Germany, in a lane five. The man who has won medals at
the three Olympic Games. On the K2 with his partner. A force to be
recognised. The way they go in this final heat
in the 200 metres. Five to go through. Craviotto from Spain
making a promising start. Ronald Rauhe leaving himself a little to
do. Beaumont in the blue, for France, going strongly. Craviotto
taking them out. The final 60m. Ronald Rauhe being taken over. All
of those four go through. It was close at the end. Just six in this
race, everyone going through. The real winner, Craviotto, he took it
ease off too much. That was very close. When we get to the semi-
finals and the finals we will see a lot of that. It is a race that is
one by inches and feet. This is an indicator about the form people are
in. Cram Rio toe has had a lot of success with Perez. Using the
length of his arms as he was driving the pedal into the water up.
He was leaning forward more than some of the other athletes. Saving
some think that the semi-finals later on today. I am sure there is
plenty more in the lock-up. The those times. 35.55 to. About half a
second slower than Ed McKeever. -- 35.552.
That's the third of the heats. 11:15am is the time to see Ed
McKeever in his semi-final. He has been on fantastic form this morning
and we will have the canoe single heats coming up. Later, we will be
looking to taekwondo, because Sarah Stevenson and Italian Muhammad will
be in action. It yesterday is anything to go by, it will be worth
a watch. -- Lutalo Muhammad. A COMMENTATOR: Jade Jones ahead in
this Olympic final. Jade Jones of Great Britain has
something very special. The gold medal is getting closer and closer.
The countdown will begin. You little beauty! A teenage kicking
superstar from North Wales is the Olympic champion.
It feels crazy, it doesn't feel real. I have dreamt about it for
ages. It is amazing. The crowd have been amazing. You have won a use
the Olympic gold medal before, how does this compare? That was special
at the time, because I was a junior. But this is amazing. To win an
Olympic gold is special, but to my family been here, my friends. At
home they had pictures up, it has gone crazy. Jade Jones, Olympic
champion - congratulations! I can get used to hearing that.
deserves that success. It was a gruelling day for her, her first
fight was in the morning and a gold medal fight did not happen until
10:15pm. So a fantastic effort from Jade Jones, the first taekwondo
gold medal for this country. Idowu will be high hopes for Britain's
two fighters today. It represents the moment of truth for Lutalo
Muhammad and de taekwondo selectors who took the controversial decision
to select him and not Aaron Cook. don't think being selected over
anyone made much of a difference. But been selected for the home
Olympic Games, I am a Londoner, it is fantastic. I was elated, over
the moon when it was announced. I still am, I am excited going into
this. My preparation is going well and I feel I am ready to deliver
results. When we have met at tournaments or abroad, it has
always been very civil and friendly. Very courteous. We are both
athletes in the same weight category and we both do really well.
Obviously there is a respect for each other, but I have no problems
with him and I would like to think he has no problems with me. My
focus is winning the gold medal. I'm almost thinking beyond that, I
want to focus on the job at hand. It would mean the world to me and
it is what I have been dreaming about since I was a little buoy.
will be in action at 10:45am. We will have one of the most poignant
moments of London 2012 as Sarah Stevenson enters the ExCel to get
her taekwondo title hopes under way. She won a bronze in Beijing but has
struggled with fitness after suffering a cruciate knee injury in
February. It will be an emotional day for the world champion who
hopes to dedicate that any medal to her parents who both died last year.
In the name of all the competitors, I promise we shall take part in the
Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern
them. I cannot explain it, it was amazing.
It was very scary. Everyone asked me, you did not looked nervous at
all. My hands were shaking, my legs were shaking. You do still think of
yourself as a person who has had nothing and then all of a sudden
you are an inspiration. People say to me, because of Beijing do you
owe it to yourself to win, put everything right? No, it is a
competition like every other competition I have been two. But it
is my dream to win and I it will do my best and go for it. I cannot put
everything right, it is not my God given right to do that. It you
think an amazing mum and dad, they were amazing. They gave me
everything I needed, helped me to get everywhere I am. They kept me
grounded. Definitely kept me grounded! There was no getting
above my station, ever. 2011 the was horrendous. I use that now to
put things in perspective. If I am moaning about that, I say to myself,
this time last year, you had just lost your dad and you had been told
your mum was not going to be around. One specific day I had last year, I
went through with my husband. I stopped and I said to him, the
Olympics is nothing, taekwondo is nothing. I would quit, I wanted
someone to keep me the option to quit. I would swap it to keep my
mum and dad. This is a competition, just a competition. Hopefully this
will help me to do my best. I want to do my best on the day and had no
regrets and go for it. And I don't think I can lose, no matter what.
The incredible journey of Sarah Stevenson. She was the first person
who ever won a taekwondo Olympic medal for Great Britain, and has a
special place of being a trailblazer for her sport in this
country. We will be watching her as it begins at the ExCel at 10:30am.
Hopes for a gold medal for Sarah Stevenson, and later we will be
joined by two British women who won individual medals in dressage
yesterday. Charlotte Dujardin and also Laura Bechtolsheimer who won
the bronze medal. We will be welcoming them in a moment. Now
back to Eton Dory as Richard Jeffries goes in the men's canoe
single. Richard, I am getting my head around these different races.
Now it is the canoeists? Yes, the kayak his word the
canoeists sit in the Kayak and a pedal with a double bladed Kayak.
Canoeists have the single bladed pedal. Richard Jeffries, he was
disappointed in his race earlier in the week. But it is not his main
event, he said he was using it to gain some experience of the course.
Normally he competes in front of a couple of birds, but they have
thousands of people shouting at him. There is a huge contingent from the
Isle of Wight where Richard Jeffries is from. This is more his
event in the 1,000m, after he raced in the week, I asked him what it
was like. He said I only know one speed, and that is to go fast. Not
so good over the 1,000m. Richard Jeffries came through the same
talent spotting scheme as Helen Glover. Richard was heading towards
rowing, but did not cut its, so he was directed to canoeing. He has
proved to be quite adept at it. As Helen Reeves was saying, this will
be a stepping-stone to Rio. But we are hoping for a good showing from
Richard today. It is fantastic to see thousands of people out there
to support the canoe sprint events. This is the last couple of days of
this competition, so it later on, the semi-finals. How common is it
people move from one distance in people move from one distance in
these races to another? A number of the Great Britain athletes have
moved from 1,000m down to 200m. We saw Richard Jeffrey its in the
1,000m and is now in the 200. They do have their specialities. Most of
our specialists are over 200 and best medal chances are over 200m.
But we have athletes from other countries who have the option of
switching. It is something that happens often. We are hoping
Richard Jeffries approves of the 200m is his No 1 effort. He and the
others are out there on the water, getting ready and over to a
commentators. The noise there was for Richard
Jeffries. He may struggle, not in this heat, everybody goes through,
it is just about getting the numbers right for the semi-final.
Richard Jeffries looked more as I hoped for Rio been for years.
Sebastien Brendel who has won the 1,000m, the European champion in
this distance for the last three years as well. The Mexican, we are
still reeling from the last heat where we saw Mallon team them in a
coat from Azerbaijan, the current world champion finished 7th. In
that heat we are assured it is the first six to go through. Unless he
knows something, he is ill or injured, because he struggled badly.
So as we understand it, he is out already. But everybody in this heat
will go through. It is a chance to at the moment, he is been told to
go forward. He is just struggling, wasn't quite in the right line. He
tried to line himself back up. think he went into the wrong lane
as well as the American did before. He has got to reverse and do a
three-point turn and come back again. Maybe he is a little bit out
classed here. But everybody going through. You like to Bangor your
boat depending on which side you pedal on. The -- angle your boat.
You don't want to lose too much pace in trying to steer at the
start. Here we are in the second heat. About 40 seconds they will
cover this 200m. Richard Jeffries going out hard. At the moment it is
these three. Richard Jeffries is in third place at the moment. It
perhaps just about conserving a bit of energy. The German has a long
strokes. He is picking the pace up as he charged towards the line.
Just dips the stern. Richard Jeffries in third. He will be
pleased with that. He got out well and got himself in touch with the
top runners and held on. The winner is a class act in this discipline.
He will be going through to the semi-final and the final which
plate -- takes place tomorrow. Things will get more interesting in
through in a third. All six going through. See how difficult it is to
steady yourself in the start pocket. I am not quite sure he was event in
it when it went down. These canoes are incredibly difficult to get a
stable platform. The top guys make it look easy as they get that
balance between their front leg which is flat on the bottom of the
boat and the back leg kneels. Tremendous power and the lunch. We
have had it confirmed that the current European and world champion
from Azerbaijan is out. A big shock in the heats. Apart from that it is
business as usual. Everybody you would expect to go through and some
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temperature is lifting and there is And there we have the next lot of
the heats in the canoe competition. There is plenty going on at Eton
Dorney this morning, so we will be back there. At 11:15am there is the
semi-final involving Ed McKeever. Let show you more of a friend of
our morning show, Charlotte Bouchard than he won the individual
dressage competition. She was the last rider to go out in Greenwich
yesterday and needed to score over 88.196 to claim the individual
title in front of an expectant the end. 18 months ago this girl
had not ridden at serious international level. Here she is on
the edge of a potential individual pirouette, but she came out in time.
She goes in for the double pirouette and gets it. It will all
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rest on this line. She did the she needs to go for a bit more.
What a performance, what a temperament. She has really not
come from a background which would put her in this situation, but
sheer talent has been spotted. Here she has put a performance in which
Not just touching distance, it was a gold and that was her reaction
when she realised she had not only won the gold, but broke the Olympic
record with her horse Valegro. A very stirring routine with Land of
Hope and Glory and the Big Ben chimes. I am delighted to welcome
her back this morning. And your team-mate Laura Bechtolsheimer.
Congratulations, you won the bronze. How did it feel to be both on the
podium to get there? It was amazing. To do it the first time round was
very special. Obviously to do it again individually and to have the
gold and Laura to have the bronze was very special, very emotional.
It must have been. Do you help each other? Have you watched her routine
a million times. I got to watch her test because I had already finished,
so I was pretty emotional and had my fingers crossed so hard for her.
I had not seen the Dutch girl, but I hurt it was a good routine. I was
riding all of her changes with her and all of her pirouettes with her.
If anyone was going to win gold I wanted it to be a Brit. Charlotte
trains with Carl Hester and it was very emotional for all of us.
whole nation was thinking, how on earth do you get the horse to do
this? Talk us through it. Anyone out there who is thinking maybe
I'll have a go at a bit of freestyle Desai's. How do you do
it? It takes a long time. We have been riding these horses were a
very long time. I have had my horse for eight years. He was very good,
but you start at very low level learning how to control a horse and
do the basic movements. It takes years of training to get a horse
together to perform all of the Grand Prix movements. On the other
side of it they have to have the strength and the balance and the
co-ordination to physically perform those movements. They have to be
about nine or 10 years old. Why did you choose that music? The Lion
King takes me back to my childhood. And Kenya is my favourite country
and I have been there a few times on holiday and it makes me feel
happy and comfortable and I think it does the same for the horse.
have worked a lot with Valegro and he is incredible and we have heard
him named the Lionel Messi of dress size. You start training with the
basic movements and then you decide the music, do you put the medley
together? Yes, we get the chance to choose our own music. I was
competing at another championship and there was a British thing over
there and I had the great escape before some of my music over there,
which gave me the idea to have the British theme here. I thought it
would be great to have that music with the home crowd. You can have
music which people know as well. Obviously, it has to fit the horse.
The horse has to settle in with the music and it does not have too many
bass notes. So some horses do not like that? Yes, they can react a
little bit to the music. It depends on your horse. It depends what kind
of music you can take. When you say they can react, that means they get
thrown off kilter? Yes, they get tension and it upsets their
performance. We need to keep them relaxed and calm to be able to do
what we need to do. You decide on the music and then what happens? Do
you try it out and see if the horse takes to it? You try and write the
colour -- choreography that suits your horse. You have to perform all
of the Grand Prix movements, but you can choose what order you show
them in and you can add more funky stuff to make it more difficult
because you get marked out of difficulty as well. Once you have
got your routine sorted, you get someone to put their music together.
Is it about you particularly training and the team effort? Can
somebody else take the horse out and put him through his paces?
Most riders at the top would be able to get on your horse and do
the same. It will not work as well probably. Only the fact we have
been riding our horses for about eight years and they know us inside
out. Everybody rides differently and everybody has different buttons
and the horses have to adapt to each rider. Laura, you said
yesterday that your horse is coming to the end of its dressage live. It
is one of the older horses. Could it be back for Rio de Janeiro?
he might have another championship next year in him. I do not know. I
will see how he feels, he is 17 so another Olympics is out of the
question. You are looking for another horse? I have got some
young horses I am producing at home, so hopefully for Rio de Janeiro I
will have one too fell 1/2's big shoes. What happens next for you?
am at the same. I have other horses and I am very lucky to be able to
have another string of horses and hoped to go onwards and upwards and
hopefully again to be in the team with Laura and Carl Hester. I want
to ask you about the relationship. There is a bit of healthy
competition. He did not end up on the podium yesterday. Are you still
talking? Absolutely, he is great, he is so supportive. He has helped
me so much. I owe a lot to him. I have a great relationship with him
and I want to stay with him. He has been my inspiration from the start.
What better way to learn than to be with somebody like him. I have
still got so much more to learn. He is the person I want to learn with.
I think you can start at the teaching ends now, rather than at
the learning end up a your performance yesterday. One of the
things people have been asking Clare Balding a lot, and she knows
everything there is to know, is why do you wear a top hat? You do not
wear a top hat when you go out. is going to be a rule for wearing a
crash hat. I fell off and fractured my skull not through wearing a hat.
I was so lucky to escape from that. Now it is something I always do. I
feel unsafe without my hat on. People say you do not always need
it, but for me especially in these atmospheres, you never know what
can happen and I always stick with my crash hat. In is it time for you
to trade the pop across to mark I probably should set an example.
do not know, I fear it looks wrong wearing a crash helmet especially
with my tail coat. It is vanity really. Obviously I wear a crash
helmet when I am at home training and things like that. But I guess
it is a personal choice. I have to say I am quite relieved to see you
both here. You did tell Gary that you were off to a big party on the
river last night. It is great that you are still bright and early this
morning. Thank you very much and it So, it has all been very exciting
in those equestrian events, but it is now time to talk taekwondo. We
will be off to the ExCel shortly, because there are two British
fighters in the Arena today. Before we take you to today's action, he
The taekwondo competition area is eight metres square with a safety
boundary around the outside. Fights are contested over three two-minute
rounds with a minute's rest in between. If the score is tied after
three rounds, the fight goes into a sudden death 4th round. The scores
are reset to nil and the first point to score wins the contest.
The aim of taekwondo is to land kicks and punches to your
opponent's scoring zones. Moves are worth between one and four points
depending on the mode of attack. The referee oversees the action
which is scored by three judges. At least two judges have to call a
point in order for it to be valid. Competitors wear protective
equipment including a head guard and a chest protector. The chest
protector validates points when a powerful, accurate kick is
All athletes wear sensored socks which protect your feet and
register points. Points can also be recorded through penalties - half-
point penalties called Kyong-gos and full-point penalties known as
If you'd like to get involved in Olympic sports, go to
bbc.co.uk/sport for more So, for Great Britain, we are about
to see Sarah Stevenson and also Lutalo Muhammad. Before we show you
those, time to show you one of the really fantastic stand out
Olympians in this sport, and it is Steven Lopez of the United States.
He has been in action today against a Ramin Azizov of Azerbaijan, and
if he wins, he will be the most decorated Olympian in taekwondo of
Steven Lopez, the two-time Olympic champion. He is a figurehead in the
sport. He is facing the top seed from Azerbaijan. One more muddle
for Lopez of any colour and he will become the most decorated
competitor in taekwondo that the world has ever known. He had to
The first time he has been able to You won't always see the fireworks
and the explosive stuff straight away. Straight away they have got
into close range stuff. We talk before about having a metre of Matt
between you. These men here have about half of that distance here.
There are looking for options. They Lopez is just feeling his way into
this match here. It is very unusual for Steven Lopez to have a taller
opponent. He is noted as a head kicker when he gets into the right
The penalty going against the name of the American. As early as it is
in the match, those details can prove crucial, because Steven Lopez
is a master who used to win games The ability to win a plea is just
as important as the fantastic kicks we have seen. Ahead right on the
buzzer at the end of the first buzzer at the end of the first
round. His sister Diane just missed a featherweight medal yesterday.
His brother is the coach doing the talking now. This is Azizov talking
about that. He had a painful defeat in Manchester in May. It was 11-all
in the final, he stepped out of the ring for a second and was
Yes, defeated by Aaron Cook, the GB fighter, who has defeated both of
these men here. These guys are going to ruff House, Battle, Pickup
the knees. This is going to be a The second of three two-minute
rounds. As a Bijan's top seed Ramin Azizov is just a little subdued
here. The front leg, the leg closest to him, of Lopez, getting
picked up here. That was always There are deductions hanging over
Lopez realised the energy was wrong, conserved the energy, didn't throw
As expected, it is not going to be a high-scoring encounter just yet.
But Lopez is beginning to find the Azizov has a big, long, jabbing
left leg. Lopez goes over the shoulder with the the head shot,
doesn't score. He lacked concentration for a second and got
picked off. Ramin Azizov, good work picked off. Ramin Azizov, good work
there from him. Yes, they're very good round. He started it behind
The contest between two men who haven't embraced the final yet. It
is a shame that one of them has to go out so soon. I F -- I expect it
is a fair assumption that whoever wins this may well go on to the
final and bring the other back into You never know just how much this
can take out of the tank. There are a lot of other fighters there, let
Taylor Mohammed goes later on. They will be looking at this and be more
than grateful that the two men are having to fight the first match
And that closed the stance with the same league leg in front, it offers
Lopez is going to have to up the ante. Now we are going to see the
fighting style of Steven Lopez. He has a minute and a half to do
something. But if you rush in, you All the years of dominance,
training, superiority, great victories for Steven Lopez of
America, he is going to have to produce something here. He tries
It is hard to step on the gas. Which way will the. Go? Neither.
Lopez certainly working for that, looking for that. The centre
Azizov, he is going to get one this And the late charge expected from
Lopez just never came. Azizov too Yes, it is he who wins the battle
of the big guns right at the start Further indication perhaps that the
sun is beginning to set on the glittering career of Steven Lopez.
That was a victory for Azerbaijan, and a disappointment for Steven
Lopez. He could still get a medal if he goes through the repechage
round, we are not certain how this could work, but he does end up with
a bronze, he will become the most decorated Olympian in taekwondo
ever. But it is a big day for Great Britain in taekwondo, because we
will see both Lutalo Muhammad and Sarah Stevenson. Many Shashin is
watching it over at the ExCel arena. Many of the athletes involved in
London 2012, there are stories of inspiration and courage, and for
Sarah Stevenson, it is certainly no different, because after what she
has gone through, everybody will be cheering her on for the next four
fights potentially to see her claim gold. She will never want to go
through the year 2011 again, when she lost both her parents to cancer
within the space of three months. You could have forgiven her for
leaving the sport altogether, if not at least taking a break. But
she has been spurred on by her mum's quotes to her, one of her
final words was to go to London 2012 and try to win gold for me.
She says she is holding on to not grieving both her parentss' losses
quite yet until after 2012. Away from that, as if she has not had
enough to deal with, fitness concerns also for Sarah Stevenson,
because she suffered cruciate ligament injury back in February,
which meant she couldn't retain her European title in May, so she maybe
lacks a certain amount of match fitness, considering her last
competitive match was over 12 months ago in May 2011. Those are
her main concerns, but she puts it all in stark perspective. She has
got experience, and bags of it. This is her 4th Olympic Games. She
picked up bronze in Beijing in 2008, and victory at London 2012 will be
cheered on. And that bronze was such a
milestone for taekwondo in this country, because it was the first
ever Olympic medal in the sport that Great Britain had one. It will
be quite a gruelling day for her if she does progress all the way
through. The beginning end it is Yes, they came back with a record
haul of seven medals in the last world championships and Sarah got
the first medal for a Brit in Beijing, paving the way for Jade
Jones to come away with that dramatic gold last night and trade
paid tribute to Sarah in her interview. We are going through a
rich spell in taekwondo as far as GB medal hopefuls are concerned. I
think Sarah will be coming out shortly. She takes on a Paige
McPherson of the United States. Nobody will be more worthy of gold
than her. It is her 4th Olympic Games and she will be so desperate
to do theirs. We are looking down at the arena where will be seeing
the Sarah Stevenson who will come out in a moment for that fight
against Paige McPherson. It is looking absolutely packed. Yes, it
is. Massive support for taekwondo here. That is the cheering for
Sarah Stevenson. It goes against all the publicity that the sport
received in London in the run-up to London 2012 with Aaron Cook being
excluded and Lutalo Muhammad coming end. But they reckon he is a real
medal hopeful. I am looking over my shoulder and this could be Sarah
Stevenson entering the arena. There is incredible support for here. It
gets your hairs rising on the back of your neck, it is one of these
moments. With all that she has gone through, everybody is rooting for
her hair. There she is, walking into the arena, Sarah Stevenson,
Britain's big hope in this category of taekwondo.
This is the first lady of British taekwondo, despite Jade Jones'
Olympic medal. This is her American opponent, Paige McPherson, a 21
year-old marking her first Olympic Games. A quarter-finalist in last
year's Korean championships. It is barely 10 hours since those who
were here last night to watch Jade Jones filed out into the London
night full of their memories. Is this 29 year-old from Doncaster or
going to give this lot memories to take away with them today? The
American has gone through her routine this morning, braiding her
hair and reading passages from the Bible. Sarah suffered a cruciate
knee injury in February and there was a brief time when we wonder at
it she would be fit enough to take Here she is biting in the memory of
her mum and dad who are not here to watch her in the Olympics. Sarah
Stevenson is in red and in the blue is the American, Paige McPherson.
Paige McPherson will not be intimidated by her reputation. She
is a very strong athlete. If you kick to the body it is one point.
There are electronic sensor socks on the feet. There was a tech
enough -- technical hitch in one of the earlier fights. They were not
sure if the censors were working. You mentioned the knee injury, not
so much a physical rust, but more ring rust. Good flexibility from
the American. Those three points will steady her nerves. Sarah
Stevenson is still very much in this contest. She is Amen to two
young Jade Jones. Talking about nerves, she said she was shaking
like a leaf at the opening ceremony. She has got McPherson moving around
the ring. There have been good It is the American's round. They
kick to the head clocked up three. She sets the early pace. Silver
medallist at last year's Pan- American Games. She would not have
been happy to have been drawn against Sarah Stevenson. Twice a
world champion a decade apart. That was the moment she fell behind.
Clear contact. There is the three- time American Olympian. He will be
happy with the work of his charge. She hobbled on to the medals podium
in Beijing on crutches. She heard She was in floods of tears taking
the bronze. She has got her heart set on bronze four years later, but
she has got some work to do. The American has just stretched that
lead to five points. A couple of simple push kicks to the body
extends that league. It has been a tactical battle. There is an open
stance and a closed stance. If you have the same foot in front as your
opponent, it is a closed stance. But the open stance drawers in the
injured leg of Stephenson. She is struggling a little bit here.
top seed from Egypt today went out in the very first contest in the
first round. Now it is Sarah Stevenson's turn to give her
supporters some concern. Five points down going into the second
half of her opening encounter. an insurmountable lead at this
stage. Spinning kicks up to the head will give you four or five
points, but they are so difficult Good cover from McPherson. It is
just as important to drop the hands. Establishing a lead is important,
but maintaining it is equally soap. Sarah Stevenson weighing up how
close she can be without conceding Before her mother dive, she told
her daughter to go to London and win it for them. She has got a
tattoo that says, because of you. Paige McPherson is a tough, little
21 year-old. If she has got nerves, she is covering them up well.
has indeed. She has got the tactics right, but also mentally in terms
of dealing with this arena with the partisan crowd. Macpherson has
operated well in the distance. It is all about distance. Her legs,
That is her coach and her husband. She has got two minutes left to
save her Olympic bacon. Sarah Stevenson from Great Britain in the
red. From the States in the blue, Paige McPherson. Positive signs in
this opening exchange. Sarah Stevenson beginning to find her
range. She needs to get on with it, because time continues to take a
weight in this third and final round. Still she is four points
adrift. That was a back kick attempt, but a tribute to Paige
McPherson, her tactics and her timing has been spot on. She has
not been injured and she looks like that sitter of the two. Sarah
Stevenson was convinced that mist. She is going to pick up a penalty
because she put the appeal in herself. It needed to come from the
coach, Stephen Jennings, her husband, but she is prepared to
take the penalty to have a look at this video replay. If you watched
this yesterday, you will know how this works. The referee goes across
to the head of the team and he will go across to his two friends and
explain what they are looking for it. We are looking to see whether
Sarah Stevenson was hit on the head. I think that mist. The technical
delegate have fired cameras to look at. The appeal is successful, a
very good appeal. He has kept his wife Sarah Stevenson in the hunt at
these Olympics. It is time for Sarah Stevenson to go to work will
stop she will need to find a head shot of her own. Paige McPherson is
using the ring and moving around and covering well. She wants to and
she is right. An extended short kick from Paige McPherson. Explain
why they kick she put in two first and did not show up on the
scoreboard. If there is not enough power and sustained impact, it will
not register. It is not the domain of objective -- subjective scoring.
It is one of the vagaries of the sport that you can hit somebody in
the stomach and not get a point for it. It she has been brushed by an
American toe, she will concede three points. That is on the
shoulder. She has avoided it again. What did we do before it video
replays? We had controversy. It is because of Sarah Stevenson that we
have replaced. We all remember what happened four years ago. The
And for someone of Sarah's skills, The American is closing the ring
Sometimes the Hollywood ending doesn't happen. And after all Sarah
Stevenson's been through, it is not her morning. The American Page
Macpherson who fought brilliantly Macpherson who fought brilliantly
takes her place in the quarter- finals. And we may yet see Sarah
Stevenson fight for a bronze medal right at the end of the day, but
that would rely on Macpherson going all the way to the final, and she
is going to have to keep it up now. Jennings, the husband, and share --
Sarah Stevenson just sharing a hug there. Let's not get too heavy
about this, but it is one of the things that Sarah was talking about
ahead of these games. It is taekwondo, and after all she's gone
through, it is not the most important thing in the world, and
maybe that is running through her mind. Yes, you have to maintain a
bigger picture perspective here. The entire programme of taekwondo
was built on the back of her success, and youngsters like Jade
Jones have built on that. But when you have done you cruciate ligament
in February, this is a massive ask, and even somebody with her
recovering powers, it was just too much. Did she fight to her best, or
did the injury play its part, or was it just the American was just
too good? A definite combination of all of that. She couldn't have
given any more. Page Macpherson couldn't have fought any better.
That is why we have the result. was a glory night for British
taekwondo yesterday, and stare sit -- Sarah Stevenson might yet end up
Sarah is with us now. Very unlucky, not the opening fight you are
hoping for. There must admit, I did do near enough my best, and that is
all I can do. It has been hard, hard build up, so my aim was to
come here and go for it, and I felt like I did. That's it. Nobody would
have blamed you, you have done your best year for all that went on in
2011. Did they cruciate ligament injury spark? Not today. It has
been a mental fight every single day for the last 18 months, every
single day. And I did my best, and I just came here, my dad would want
me to be here, so I am here, and I know they would be proud. You do
realise you are a source of inspiration that everybody watching.
Taekwondo is not at the top of your priorities right now. To be here at
London 2012 is in itself a massive achievement, almost beyond words.
Yes. I would have been forgiven to quit and sit in a corner and cry,
but I am not a quitter, and I would never have quit. I have no regrets,
and I want to wake up tomorrow and have no regrets, and I think I
might be able to do that. Obviously I am a bit disappointed, but that
was my aim. There is a ray of hope, and there is the avenue of the
repechage for you. Yes, and I will keep going and hope she gets
The other man in the Aaron Cook selection school. Only David
Beckham commanded as many column inches as cook. This is lit J-Lo
Mohammed, and this is his opponent Low Otello Mohammed is an Olympian,
and he is fighting against Farkhod Negmatov from Tajikistan. He has
got that flexibility with the front leg, and the speed over the
shoulder. Negmatov is going to have to cover higher. That athleticism
that Muhammad brings, as we mentioned before, he is at full
strength. He has just come down a weight, and Negmatov is coming up
He is the attempted shot from Muhammad. They are both tall
The winner of this will be into the quarter-finals. There is the double
kick, two kicks consecutively in mid-air from Negmatov. He drops
And the dynamic quickness of Lutalo And the dynamic quickness of Lutalo
Muhammad, so important. It has been a nervy, cagey opening two minutes.
A young man who has had to put up with a lot. He got criticism which
didn't seem entirely fair, the selection decision wasn't his, but
he has had to put up with more than anyone looking forward to
representing his country. Aaron Cook was here yesterday to watch
Jade Jones when her gold medal. He is not here today. I think he has
got tickets from the basketball. He couldn't bear to be here today, but
this is Lutalo Muhammad's day. Negmatov's name was apparently last
year on the the top 10 list of Tajikistan athletes. He is
Tajikistan athletes. He is Muhammad's first-round opponent in
this Olympic taekwondo competition. This is the men's welterweight, 80
kg, around 12 and a half stone. 21- year-old Lutalo Muhammad hails from
He has found the range of his leg. But for the cover skills of
But as much as he is good in attack, Muhammad has to be resolute in
Negmatov knows that he cannot rush It is Negmatov trying to stepping,
the reverse turning kick there. A The referee let it go without a
Kyon-go, taekwondo's penalty. The sport is spoken in the language of
That left leg came chopping down on the head of the two cheeky Stan
He has been very good on defence. He has kept in that open stance,
giving Negmatov less chance to score. The coach will have to give
some good advice to his athlete here, because continually trying to
do the same thing again and again and expecting a different result
doesn't always played dividends. It hasn't been an easy introduction to
this arena for Muhammad. There was the attempted reverse. And there's
the chop. Just avoided by the the chop. Just avoided by the
merest of margins. I think that might have been worth a video
replay card. I think the toes just caught the the side of the blue hat.
I wonder where Utoeya Mohammad -- Lutalo Muhammad's dad Joseph is. He
brought his son into the sport when he was just three. He was around
It is tough watching at the moment, because Negmatov has his tactics
perfectly. This could come down to a Kyon-go match, come down to
As yet, the scoreboard is yet to be brought into operation, and it is
the final round. Negmatov is far from one of the favourites here,
but he is having a favourable round. Lutalo Muhammad, that was the Kyon-
go, both of them have got it. word from the referee to get on
with it. They came here to fight, and are trying to do that now.
There is the chop from a Muhammad, and he is ahead! That was the three.
Head shot, it has taken the best part of five minutes, but finally
the big moment belongs to Britain. But he needs to keep his wits about
him. What a perfect time to score it. He has a three-point advantage
over Negmatov, who will have to And the British League is now up to
A flurry of limbs, and we watch the clock ticked down, but the flurry
once again works in the Britain's favour. He is now six points clear
And he is heading into the quarter- finals. The young man at the centre
of a storm that was not of his making can now call himself an
Olympic quarter-finalist. Magic is beginning to rise again inside the
beginning to rise again inside the ExCel. It was a difficult opponent,
but he pawn on the pressure and stuck to his tactics, and that is
what made the difference. He really got his act together in that third
round. The first couple of rounds were, to be frank, pretty dull. As
soon as the referee told them to get on with it, he thought, right,
I will be the first to get on with it. That will do his confidence a
lot of good. He handled the occasion well. He is still a little
confused and over awed by the occasion, but the more time you
spend on the mat, the better you get. Negmatov got the tactics right,
but it was the flexibility in the end, the second kick, that was the
double tap shot that the British It was a bit of a trouble --
struggle in the end the 21-year-old Latika Muhammad, but he can
contemplate a place in the Olympic You left it late, didn't you?
but I am glad to have got through. I feel much more confident going
into the next round. You are looking a bit shocked by it all,
are you OK? Yes, it is OK, the a as fear is fantastic, but I feel a lot
better I have got it out of the way. Does that relieve come up with what
has gone on to the build-up to these Games? No, not at all. It is
like any other tournament and I do not feel any different. I am in the
quarter-final and hopefully I can progress. You talk about the
reception of the fans, it was a terrific reception. I am from east
London, born and bred and I want to give the crowd a gold medal. Well
done, Lutalo Muhammad. That was a decisive final few moments in his
bout. He is through to the quarter- final which will happen at about
3:45pm this supplement. Everything is packed into one day for all of
the fighters. If he gets through to the final, it will be tonight. He
will be hoping to emulate what Jade Jones did yesterday. Sarah
Stevenson in the women's fight still has the possibility of a
bronze medal if her opponent makes it through to the final tonight. We
will have to wait and see what happens there. Plenty of excitement
at the taekwondo. Just before we move on, we can remind you that
there will be no rest for at Manish Bhasin at the Excel centre because
they will be football continuing It is hard to imagine the football
season is almost upon us. It kicks off a week on Saturday on BBC One.
There are still three days of Olympic action to enjoy, so let's
get back to Eton Dorney. Next up in Only one drops out. Lane 34 China
is looking strong. The Spaniard is ahead, but Jess Walker is going
strong in lane three. Nice smooth, long strokes. The Spaniards takes a
lead in this race. Jess Walker came in third, I think. The Spaniard
takes the wind. Six go through. She looked very strong, almost a length
clear at the finish. She had a great start as well. We have
already commented about how important it is to get that great
start at the 200m and then get the pace up as quickly as you can,
generally hit it at 50m and then hang on. The Spaniard has been
world champion, but that was 2002 and 2005. Just getting in in third
place. Jess Walker is in fourth place and that gets a cheer from
the crowd as it is announced. The Spaniard looks very impressive
A good result for Jess Walker of Great Britain who is into the semi-
finals. William Heath and Jon Schofield are beginning their quest
for gold in the men's kayak double. They are European champions and
world silver medallists. They start their campaign in lane five of the
second heat and the top five will make it through to tomorrow's semi-
for the last three years, but this is a step up. The Belgians are more
1,000m specialists really. The second heat, the final heat in the
men's KT22 hundred metres. Five to looking to get away strong need.
They are out quickest at the moment. But Argentina are also going
strongly in yellow. Belarus are coming back at them and they are
leading as they come into the final 100m. And Belarus finishes strongly.
Liam Heath and Jon Schofield were in second place. Belarus are
looking strong, two very powerful figures. We will know more when we
come to the semi-finals. It is a tough competition out there with
Belarus. They are quite a contrast to our two, who are lighter and
smaller framed. I did not feel we got as good a start as we sometimes
do. They might look at that. Belarus with a couple of metres on
the British boat. It is Sarah Murphy to the K1, 200m. -- similar.
They get out very quickly and then hang on a little bit. There is a
difference in their physique as you Certainly fast and furious as we
imagined at the start of the day. We are now into the semi-final
phase of the day and there are lots of races in the next hour. Ed
McKeever's is about 11:20am. One of the voices you heard in commentary
was Helen Reeves. Over the course of these Olympics we have been
trying to tell the stories of the members of our BBC team and about
how they got into their particular I first got into canoeing through
my brother. He saw a programme on the television and decided he
wanted to have a go. Being a younger sister I got dragged to
gone -- along. When I got there I got about half a metre away from
the bank and burst into tears, so it was not the most successful
start to my canoeing Korea. The canal was only a couple of hundred
metres up the road, so I used to walk from my house to the canal,
but the older I got there more embarrassing this became an
particularly when I got to college age. It was not a cool thing to be
doing. There are ate a lot of very competent canoeist who took her
under their wing and saw her potential very quickly. My friends
at school thought I was crazy, but they were incredibly supportive and
would sit there with their umbrellas watching the car around
in circles. As time went on at they thought I was less crazy. Helen was
a very good all-round athlete anyway, so was always very well co-
ordinated and a very good runner. Once she got the basics she got
success very quickly. The Olympic experience was so much bigger than
I had anticipated. We had lots of talks about how it would be a
different experience and I did not believe half of it. I thought I
would just turn up and I would do what I do every time, but it was
just incredible. When you first go out into the stadium, there is this
big stand in front of you and I thought, Oh, my goodness, this is
all for us. The day I remember of the final I remember having this
massive rush of energy and I thought, this is it. The countdown
felt so slow. Then I went off the start and I hit the gate three. I
thought, I have to keep it together. There was a disastrous part where I
actually missed the gate. The commentators said there was no
chance of a medal. I ended up in fourth place. The end was nerve-
racking because of the way the results came. It was like a mistake,
so to finish 4th is good, but it is disappointing. Halfway through that
interview I heard a screaming noise from my physio and I looked across
and it had popped up that I was third. Do you want to chat with
them? I have got a medal somehow. From that point it was a roller-
coaster. Fantastic news, Helen Reeves has got the bronze medal and
the French are relegated into 4th. That felt like a gold medal to me.
If he would like to get involved in the sport, get along to the website.
That is Helen's story, the story behind her success and she is part
of our commentary team. Let's join we she Daz Rishi Persad.
Ed McKeever goes in the semi-finals of his event at 1123. One of his
big rivals is Poland. It came through the quickest in his heat
and was very impressive and is one of the outstanding 200m kayak
singles competitors in the world. The way he performed, the confident
manner in which he started, and he was able to ease off in the last
few metres and it suggests he is in great shape going into the semi-
finals. It has looked absolutely beautiful at Eton Dorney would be
the poor weather, but also are the conditions on the water difficult
with the wind today? It that you look behind me at the flags, they
are barely flattering. It is perfect conditions at Eton Dorney.
Lovely sunshine, hardly a breath of wind. It is perfect for a regatta.
When the canoeists go down to the start, because the races are over
200m, they are basically in a tunnel anyway and there is not that
much of an effect. It would not be too bad for the canoeists and
everything is set for some fast Now it is the turn of the canoe
sprinters. It is just about time for this next semi-final to begin,
so let's join Andrew Cotter and Helen Reeves.
Things start to get serious nerve. It is the first four -- four From H
rather new, and the atmosphere has been fantastic. They go down to
near silence at the start, and a drumbeat to ramp up the tension.
Lookout for the Spanish and the competitor is just leading ahead of
extremely tight finish. I think he just, just got it. It is very hard
to tell. This title may be settled by a matter of inches. We will
confirm that on a photo finish. We are actually getting our results,
which are unofficial, the Canadian getting it. It will be decided.
They went off very strongly at the start. De Jonge Just got it on the
Well, we will have more semi-finals from the Ecco Newsprint coming up,
but we are also keeping an eye on another watery seemed a Olympic
event, the men's open-water swimming, which is going to take
place once again in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Let's join Clare
Balding he was down there today. Thanks, Michelle. Again, taking
place in beautiful conditions, and with me is Keri-Anne Payne who
finished 4th yesterday. How are you today? I am gutted about yesterday,
to be honest. When you just work so hard and trained for so long, and
so much people have put time and energy into you, I feel gutted
about that. But this has not been a great season for me with injuries
and illnesses, and a change of coach as well, so I am really proud
of where I came. It is a brutal race. Look at Keri-Anne Payne's me,
all bandaged up. After the race she found it a bit of the struggle to
walk. I have never had a problem with my knees before, but I went
back to the hotel and laid down for five minutes, and when I got up and
started walking around, it hurt really badly. I don't know why.
They don't think it affected anything in the race. But it shows
how much your body is put through on a race like this, and things you
didn't feel worse or yesterday are absolutely killing me today.
have been discussing the things that happened, that you are still
having flashbacks to, and one of the moment was the Fien station on
lap three, trying to get over there to get your energy drink. Yes,
there is always a great moment in sport, a moment you have to do, at
the moment to me was that I had to go and feed. It is always part of
my plan. The the station wasn't in the best position, because
everybody had to be on the right to turn the corner, but the station
was on the left, so my choice was to feed or not and hope that I had
enough energy. So I made the choice to try to do that, and I was
getting pushed constantly, and I struggled to get across to the left,
and I missed the bottle the first time, and by the time I grabbed the
second time, the girls behind caught up and swam over me, and I
got kicked a couple of times and disorientated, and before I knew it
I had gone from first to 7th or 8th, and I had to work hard to get back
to a position where I was in fresh out. And I was -- you are not a
naturally aggressive person, are you? You are almost too nice for
this. Yes, we have done that some bits and pieces with a psychologist,
and am definitely a lover and not a fighter, so I try to get out in
front and be away from the pack fighting, but it is a great tactic
because it worked for the Hungarian yesterday. She was definitely the
best athlete on the day. But I did absolutely everything that I could
yesterday, and I was so close, 0.4 of a second away from a medal. I am
really proud of where I have come and how I got here. You have done a
terrific job, and they know how much the crowd lifted you back. You
will be part of the crowd today cheering on downfall. What you hope
for? I think the boys will be hoping a bit more of the race than
yesterday. We had the same conditions we did in Beijing, and
we were three minutes quicker, so I think everybody will be a bit on
age. We have pool swimmers in there, but also some big champions in
open-water swimming, so it'll be interesting to see which one takes
it out, and how fast the last lap will be. We are really looking
forward to watching it. Thomas alerts is probably the favourite.
Coverage starts on BBC Three at 3 o'clock.
That description of what it is like, so difficult for the athletes. We
go straight back to Eton Dorney, because this is going to be Ed
McKeever's semi-final in the men's four to go through to the file. De
Jong won the first semi-final. McKeever was quickest in the heats.
He goes in lane five for Great Britain. And they are away so
quickly. Ed McKeever has a good power-to-weight ratio that carries
him forward. He is setting the pace a little at Ed McKeever. Ed
McKeever is hanging on as they come into the final 50. In fact, his
lead is stretching a little. Ed Nikki Gregg takes a victory in the
second semi-final, and we will wait for exact confirmation of a time,
but he looked comfortable and strong. He is safely through to the
final and he has done it in winning style. Fantastic, he jumped out of
the bucket and got himself up and running. A real dominant
performance there from Ed McKeever. We were concerned about the form of
the world champion from Poland. And there is the time, just a fraction
slower than the first semi-final. Beaumont took second. The defending
world champion who had a wrist injury is in fact out. Not so
McKeever. Just look at the style here. Just dipping his head,
reaching forward and powering on. Sometimes he is a little more
ragged. There is plenty of raw power there. It is difficult to
make sure you keep the control and technique throughout the 200m.
Lactic acid starts kicking in with around 50m to go, and your arms are
just hanging on to get the last few years ago, silver last year in the
world championship. Szymanowski is out. McKeever, his work is done.
delight he was fighting with those guys, don't touch the boat.
Precious cargo. There is the confirmation. Ed McKeever is
through, just ahead of Beaumont. Ed McKeever is through to tomorrow's
Ed McKeever is just going to grab a drink before he comes to have a
chat with us here. He has had to wait a little bit. He went off with
the Great Britain commuting to Barcelona in preparation for this
event. They have missed being at a hotel with the rollers. But he said
that they were keeping an eye on what was going on, and it has
helped to inspire the team. Ed, we all just eulogising about that
tremendous effort. It seems you are coming to your peak? Yes, it is
good. We are coming back from a good training camp, feeling good
and looking forward to racing tomorrow now. You had to almost
keep yourself caged for the first few days, watching the other guys
compete. It has been really frustrating watching everyone else
go out and Great Britain winning so many medals, and it is just
annoying. Quickest time overall in the semis? Yes, and hopefully we
will see what happens tomorrow. Well done, and we will see what
happens tomorrow. Thank you very much.
A Ed McKeever, a strong performance from him in the morning's heat. His
final will take place at about half-past nine tomorrow morning, so
we will hope perhaps for an early middle from Great Britain. The
canoe sprint action will continue with the rest of those semi-finals
coming up over the course of the next hour.
And for that you were going to be in the capable hands of Matt Baker.
You have also got the sailing, haven't you? Thank goodness that
was cancelled yesterday because of light wind. That will be going off
at 12 o'clock, and our boys are guaranteed a silver. Can they beat
the Australians? First Olympics, so nothing to lose. Shirley Robertson
Mishal Husain and Rishi Persad present coverage of a busy morning at Eton Dorney, with canoe sprint heats and semi-finals all contested over the new Olympic distance of 200m, a fast start is essential.
Canoe sprint: 09.30 Men's kayak single (K1) 200m heats 1 09.51 Men's canoe single (C1) 200m heats 1 10.12 Women's kayak single (K1) 200m heats 1 10.33 Men's kayak double (K2) 200m heats 1 11.02 Men's kayak single (K1) 200m semi-finals 1 11.16 Men's canoe single (C1) 200m semi-finals 1 11.30 Women's kayak single (K1) 200m semi-final 1 11.44 Men's kayak double (K2) 200m semi-final 1
Canoe commentators: Andrew Cotter Helen Reeves.