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Welcome to the penultimate day of action from London 2012. It is the


day with more medals up for grabs than any other. And this is where


they can be won. We are heading to the Essex countryside as the bikes


head for the hills. Annie Last goes for Team GB at 12:30pm.


Can Brazil win their first Olympic medal? It is a 3pm kick-off at


Wembley as they take on Mexico. You can see that on BBC One.


Great Britain's men need to pick themselves up, they are playing for


the bronze today. But it will be tough against Australia. That is on


BBC Three at 3:30pm. At 7:30pm, Mo Farah will become the


first man to try and win the 10,000m and the 5,000-metre there


at the same Olympic Games. Ken Usain Bolt make it a triple to


make a fitting finale to the athletics competition.


Let's get it you up-to-date with what has been going on. A fantastic


day 15. The headlines: it all got off to a perfect start for a gold


medal for Ed McKeever in the sprint can move. It is now 26 gold medals


for Great Britain. It was a bronze for Britain


indicate to race, Liam Heath and Jon Schofield finishing third


behind an impressive Russian crew. Tom Daley is through to the ten-


metre platform diving final after an excellent performance in the


aquatic centre. He qualified in fourth place.


The men's modern pentathlon is under way, Samuel Weale and Nick


Woodbridge are both in 14th place. Next will be the 200m freestyle


swim. What a morning, and with a total of


11 medals on wheels, Great Britain have had more success than any


other nation at these Olympics. After glory on the track and road,


will the momentum continue? It is time to go Wrobel crunching.


Mountain bike. Mountain biking was developed in California in the


1970s and made its Olympic debut in 1996. The Olympic event is a cross-


country discipline in which riders won the goes CA's a rough and hilly


course with obstacles and technical challenges. Bikes are built for


speed, durability and comfort with either full suspension or front


suspension. In total, 80 athletes will compete for two gold medals.


And there are 50 riders in the men's event and 30 in the women's.


Each event begins with a mass start with starting positions been


predetermined by world ranking. The first across the line wins the gold


medal. Each lap of the course is 4.7 kilometres long, with each race


taking a minimum of 90 minutes to complete. During the race, the


riders are presented with optional routes. The more direct and


dangerous, or the safer but slower the route. In total, riders will


climb 1204 metres in the men's race, and 1032 metres in the MEN --


women's. If you have liked to get involved


in a Olympic sport. Today it is the women's race. There


are no heats are semi-finals, it is the first one over the line. 21-


year-old Annie Last is the first British woman to qualify for 12


years. Let's find out more about her.


This is the hardest cycling discipline for me. You have to have


the ability to focus for one hour and 45 minutes, beat yourself up


for an extended period of time and have the technical skill not to


make a mistake. You have to have the physical skill of the track


athletes. Then you have to put it all together in the race and cope


with the Olympic Games. Is it true you on this bike because of a dare


with your brother? Yes. My brother always used to do crossed races. I


used to get dragged along to his races, but I liked horse riding. He


said to me, if you do a cross race, I will ride a horse. I said, OK


then. It was a 10 minute race, then you get a good deed bag, some


freebies. I thought, I will do this again. Who are you looking out bar?


He will you be thinking you need to beat? You have Catherine Pendle.


And the winner of the last World Cup. The she is in her Fortes isn't


she? Yes, quite a bit older than me. You are 21, so this is a sport


where you can spend years picking up skill and nerve? Especially in


the women's field, there are a few older athletes who are exceptional.


The last a Olympic champion, Sabine Spitz was 37 when she won in


Beijing. You are going in on good form? He has come I will be on the


front line. The it is an advantage, but you have to keep up there?


has come here get placed according to your world ranking. I and 4th on


the grid. But then, you have to look after your position and go


around this loop to get onto the single track. It is going to be


hard for everyone. Come on, you can do it. I believe in you! It is a


massive victory she has made in the Olympics. It is the first British


woman to be placed in 12 years. Not only has she qualified, she has


worked the hardest I have ever seen in the last 12 months, and she is


in a great place. We have come to one of the trickiest parts, the


rock garden. It is a key part of the course, it could make or break


you raise? It is technical exception and it is moving into a


long climb, which is towards the back end of the course as well. If


you are behind someone, you might overtake them, so in this narrow


section you are in front of them. So to overtake on that, it is


tricky? It is. She is a phenomenal athlete, she is on form, she is fit,


will she be on the podium? My guess is, she will do the best she can do


and get the country behind her. Everybody who has seen on met her,


will be rooting for her. From the Olympic Park, we're off to


a rare breeds farm, run by the Salvation Army to see how the mind


to in biker can cope with the Essex coast. -- mountain biker. Helen


Skelton is down with Chris Boardman. Someone else who is handy on a bike.


I am concerned about the offshore wind, you can see how close it is


to the course. We heard the canoeists talking about the extra


challenge of the head wind. Will this be an issue? It shouldn't be,


because it is different. The canoeists are going in one


direction. On this course, riders are constantly changing position,


on they Chris? It is unusual, but because it is a natural


amphitheatre, and they are constantly changing direction, it


shouldn't have a bearing on the race. Essex is not known for its


gradients, but this course does take all the boxes... The guys have


done a fantastic job. It is an interesting course, it is a new


style and made it much smaller. Five kilometres in length so the


spectators get to see more. Because it is open, it is great for the


spectators because you can see right across the course. Annie Last,


it is not unrealistic to say she might be on the podium is it?


just a couple of weeks ago she was third in the World Cup and that is


her best result. She was only just behind the French goal, but it is


will be about the start, she needs to get off quick. She needs to


master the technical bits. The only way I can compare it is it is like


a staircase made of rocks. That is my mitigation and bear to mind as I


try to prove to you how tricky it That is its, pedal, pedal, pedal.


Just go over there, and stop. It is quite a drop. It is unbelievable.


You have a bit of a jump up on your left. It is horrendous. I dine out


on the fact I am hard. It is a fear factor. You start to shake a little


bit. They are scary obstacles, it is a tough sport. A imagine that is


why it is addictive, because of the agenda run? You do get a kick.


adrenalin. Come and aim towards the outside of this. Are you


comfortable? I am going off this bit, this sharp rock. The feeling


you have got now is nothing towards what the athletes are feeling. You


need to let that the bike ride. Imagine a roller-coaster, it never


quite stops, it is always flowing. Oh OK, let's do this. Poor your


brakes a bit. -- Paul your brakes. Let it roll in. I you're OK? Yes.


Are you sure? Yes, we got over it. I want to do it again because I


want to get it right. I am my own worst enemy. Get your sleeves down,


to protect your arms. Are you all right? I am, yes. What am I doing?!


Relax. Does that count as a success? A counts as finished.


you just saying that to stop me? it counts. You have done well, it


really well. I have been in the velodrome, I have ridden a road


bike plenty of times, and I have done things similar to that. I say


similar, never as intimidating as that. Prospector! Well done. --


respect. I wanted to carry on but Phil was on the verge of a heart


attack. He said, you have done your best. Hopefully we won't see any


accidents, there are plenty of medics around the course. It is


almost time for Annie Last to go for the gold medal. The first woman


to qualify for this mountain bike events the 12 years. It is time to


just seen the reigning Olympic champion. Julia press-out, who is


tipped to do well. Annie Last of Great Britain. How do you rate her


chances, Chris? She has a great chance, she was third in the World


Cup. She is looking to improve. She has ridden this course more than


any other rider, she has done more than 100 laps in training. We are


expecting good things. If it is a very close field here at Hadleigh


Farm. The start will be important. Technically Annie Last is great,


but she needs to get literally into the first corner first. If she can


do that she will have a great shot up at getting a medal. Three rows


watch? She managed to get into the first corner, they will do this


start a look before they go ensued the technical sections. Her coach,


Phil Dixon said he is expecting some crashes on the first technical


unforgiving. Most of them are using carbon fibre, which is the super-


strong, but if it falls sideways on to prop, it will crack. Annie, just


as they hit the first climb. Annie Last will be happy, this is exactly


the start she wanted, to get into this technical section, probably


the best technical Rivett in this field. Not physically the best. She


will expect to get caught back on the climb. The first crash there in


the middle section. She has survived getting hit by anybody


else. You can see how nasty it is. The field is spaced out so nicely.


You can see how they control does crashers, pushing the weight on to


the back wheel, trying to control it. Annie Last in front, looking


comfortable. The more technical, went down. There are several routes,


and easier route which is harder -- longer. The harder it is not for


the paint -- the paint heart it. That was the Polish Rider.


Dawidowicz. Straight back up. of different choices. You have to


hit that with speed, if you do not commit, it will be messy. All of


these riders will have trained harder on this course, it is so


quick and fast, these technical, hard sections, then a hard climb.


Just over one minute and 15, that will be the toughest part. They


will do almost one chronometer. It should be about one hour and 45


minutes. Some of the hardest raising you'll see in the mountain


bike. Some of the heart rate profiles go up to the threshold and


it stays there. It is not like a road race where you rest in the


slipstream. All the resistance from a mountain bike race is from the


ground. We have perfect weather, looking out over the Thames estuary.


But we have quite a lot of wind, 6.1 metres per second. It is easily


18 miles an hour, will that make a lot of difference? The nice thing


about this course, it is exposed, because it is set in this


amphitheatre, you thought the winds might allow a bit of a slipstream.


They are constantly changing direction. I don't they it will


have as much an effect as in a time trial or road race. Let us run


through the format. They have the six laps. One technical section.


One feed station. If they get a puncture, even 20 metres past the


technical section, they cannot turn round and go back. They have to do


another half a lap to get back there. Whether they run their bike


or ride it with a flat tyre, that is the rule. That is the only place


you can get technical help. They carry with them a small canister to


inflate tyres if they had a puncture, that will get them to the


finish area. Fundamentally, they have to sort it out themselves.


They are running the suspension four very hard today because of the


very rocky nature of this course. Such hard impact. You can be thrown


overt the top so they are running them harder than normally. They


Arif few people are running for suspension bikes.


It is a hard, compact race with obstacles. Despite those nasty


technical sections, it will be fast. A little bit of they pile up on one


of the switchbacks. A decent amount paper, is Catharine Pendrel. She is


having a good race at the moment. World champion and World Cup


champion, forced back in Beijing. She was bitterly disappointed,


desperately wants to win today. So, I think we will be watching her in


the mix. Annie still holding on to that lead at the moment. We can


expect them to take a little under 20 minutes for these lapse. The


first lap a bit longer because of this stopped loop. -- start loop.


Going through the feed sown. Starting to stretch out a lot.


Annie. Just behind Julie Bresset who leads. A group of six forming,


it was predicted it would quickly break. There is a little bit of


shelter. We just saw Catharine Pendrel down in about 10th position


coming through the first half lap split. Catharine Pendrel, right


down intend position at the moment. She has got herself caught up.


think she is getting back in touch with this group. The problem is in


passing. There are sections of this course which are narrow. Passing on


a climb, as we can see, it is energy expensive. Once you lose


your place, or make a mistake, it can be extremely costly. Beautiful


shops from out aerial camera. bunching up a little bit. --


beautiful shots. Julie Bresset was one of the favourites. Having a


chat with the British coach to see who is on form. She was second at


the recent World Cup, just in front of Annie Last. It is interesting to


see the age come down. Both very young. Put that in comparison with


Sabine Spitz who is 40 years old. This is the leap of faith they're


coming down here. That is a nasty section, you cannot believe


somebody will write down it. If you think the rocks don't look native


to Essex, they have imported 500 tons of Derbyshire of grit stone


and 3,000 tonnes of crushed rock to build this course. There are no


boggy sections, it is a hard and quick draining course. It is mostly


gravel and rock. This is not what Annie Last was expecting, she is


stretching them out on the physical section. That is a real surprise.


She was expected to excel in the technical section and be overhauled


on the climb. You can see here, we have a problem. Julie Bresset, she


just swerved over. Julie Bresset has got back on her bike. She knew


that Annie Last had a chance to get away. You can see what it costs on


that Klein, physically very demanding. This need is paying off.


She is staying clear of the traffic. Not getting caught up with any of


the other riders. Her technical ability is well suited to Racal's


matches, she has ridden well over 100 laps of this circuit in


training, in all weathers. She knows this course better than the


back of her hand and it is paying off. It is only early days. Annie


Last will be happy with this start. An hour and a half of racing is


long. Julie Bresset getting caught on a fence and cutting everyone off


by -- there. They had a test event here last


year and a lot of the riders asked for the course to be widened.


they did change the course and made it wider in sections. They also


gave more options on the technical section because everyone was


following the same line. These two are clear. There are some trials


bikes tracking them up hill. child's bike with the green


indicates how many laps far left. - the trials bike.


You can see the experience of those three. Nobody ready to push on,


working hard up this climb, happy to hold position. Nobody will go


around this course faster than Annie Last, she has already created


a gap. That is her strategy, forced the others to catch up. There isn't


really any slipstream. They have to concentrate so hard. Lose rock,


gravel, in the turns. The body is constantly taking a pummelling.


They are basing their muscles against the vibration all of the


time. They are so demanding. You can see it in the pulse rate. It


stays high it all of the way. You can see now the latter riders


struggling through those technical sections. This field is really


stretching out now. Well into their first lap as they go through the


technical zone for the second time. They will start to take bottles on


the next lap rather than carried it because weight is so important in


mountain-biking. Their air resistance is such a small part but


wait is critical. They will do anything including not putting


paint on the frame, to save weight. How much weight would you really


save without paint? It is about 60 grams. It depends on your colour


scheme, but Red Ed is heavier! Coming up, this is the final major


climb. Quite a short one, but it is a very steep descent which will


carry them round in to a very tight chicane littered with rocks.


usually goes according to the gridding. It becomes very clear who


is on top. Reflective of who is on form at the moment. Catharine


Pendrel just coming through. Annie Last has led. Apart from the end of


the start, where Julie Bresset came back on. That is a reasonable


margin. Catharine Pendrel, maybe 100 metres, she can close this gap,


the Canadian, desperately wants a result here. But how many times can


she keep closing the gap? Annie Last is not as physically capable


as the Canadian, but technically these gaps, physically? Sprinting


into that it will kill her, she needs to develop a rhythm. It means


they are not fully recovered at all when they climb. Coming through...


Starting the second lap, Julie Bresset Ertel in front. Catherine


Pendrel, and Sabine Spitz. Very little, separating the top five.


Sabine Spitz is the defending Olympic champion. She knows how to


deal with those pressures. It is a select group forming. There are


some others trying to get on terms. Unless they can get in front, which


I don't think is possible, eventually they will peel away from


the front group. It will swell on to this part of the course, about


10 riders keeping in touch. Annie Last taking matter very nicely.


was a fast first lap as well, considering they have the start


loop in there. They will and force the 80% rules. They don't want back


markers interfering with the race. After the first lap, they time it.


If anybody gets 80% behind, they will take them out as they come


through the finish area. If it takes 10 minutes to do a lap, as


soon as they are doing... Eight minutes back, they are out. I am


good at mathematics. Not really, I am glad you chose 10 minutes. They


know how important positioning is so they go into the red in the


first lap to get themselves in the right place on the course. You can


see the arms working down. So technical. The riders can get up on


the rocks if they want to a round the corner. It is Julie Bresset


still leading. In second we have Catherine Pendrel and Annie Last is


in third. Sabine Spitz, reigning a lot -- Olympic champion, opting to


go round the outside of the tree rather than the jump. The cameraman


could not decide which way to go. They are coming thick and fast


either side of him. This is a great course. What I like about it, and


risky sections of the course will reward with speed. If you are


prepared to take the jump over the rocks, it is faster than going


round the outside of the hill. risk, reward ratio, there is a


couple of options on every technical section. The higher skill


factor, the riskiest way is the shortest. Some of the big news at


the moment is one of the favourites, 39-year-old Norwegian, Dahle is in


20th place. She could have moved up a little bit, but that is the kind


of deficit you cannot get back against talent like this. It is so


costly to have to get back. There is no let up. Those graphics are


wrong, and the last is back out in front. Followed by Julie Bresset.


Catherine Pendrel just behind. Sabine Spitz coming into the frame.


Most of the favourites are where we expected them to beat. Katerina


Nash is giving a great ride. But they are closing up. A lot of


people had speculated it would form into tight groups early on. They


are basically stretching out and then coming back, stretching out


and coming back. But it is the same names. We are having to use the


same sections the from group are using to break a -- take a breather.


Then they get the next hard section they are out of breath. It will


catch up with you. You'll probably get away with it once or twice.


That is probably about 10 seconds now. Just coming to the bottom of


snake Hill. An evil little section of the course. Lots of switchbacks.


The rock across the course, forcing the riders to concentrate and think


about it were they are breaking. One set of rocks at just ice sex at


the middle of the course, so you have to go five-a-side of it. It


was one of the things they added, a couple of good over taking


positions. What a shot that is as they go up this long as climb on


the course. Just over a minute long. These four are stretching away.


Riders could physically bridge back up, then lose it again on the


descent. I think we are seeing the four riders who will be fighting it


out. You will be certain are one of them has gone off too hard and well


paid the price. Heat will be a factor today as well. The winds


keeping the temperature down slightly. 21 degrees already.


Another piece of information on the British rider, Annie Last. They


have just been in the Alps and have been doing a lot of downhill


training on a mountain bike with no rear suspension, to put the body


through its paces the the kind of battering they get off these rocks.


It may pay dividends later. There is a lot of pressure on these


riders. In this group, they cannot afford to make a mistake. The


smallest mistake will cost them so dearly if they dropped back. They


are all together at the front, the ones we expected, Annie Last is


still in touch. Catherine Pendrel is where she needs to be. They


won't be making a break, they will be happy to stay in this group. You


saw them take a bottle through the technical zone. They will take


maybe half a bottle. Because they go through it so frequently, they


will keep it on the bike and then drink it over the top of the small


climb. They will constantly take on bottles so they are not carrying


the weight of the water with them. We have a little game of mountain


bike musical chairs. Another group of three have just pulled


themselves up. One person makes a mistake and you can see the damage


will stop suddenly losing 30 metres. The second group of three riders


decided to sprint up and almost piled into the back of the leading


group. And what happens at the back, they will catch up, but we did see


before when Julie Bresset tried to pass. It is too narrow. They will


be happy to stay on the wheel. And they are not technically as good,


and they will lose the distance. Eventually they would just fall a


way. Every time a very hard training when they do those sprints.


They get you out of your comfort zone. That looks like Julie Bresset


Air France pushing. She was the favourite of the British coach when


I was talking to him yesterday. He said she is the one pushing at the


moment. It look slight Sabine Spitz, Catherine Pendrel and then followed


very closely by Katerina Nash and then the Russians. Rather than any


long, driving climbs they are very short climbs. It keeps their heart


rate absolutely Max out for the duration. Julie Bresset out in


front. Sabine Spitz is there. Be looks like Catherine Pendrel going


round the outside. She wants her taste of the lead. The Russian is


getting back on terms as well, she is a former bronze-medallist. Also


flag as an outsider. Paying a price for the very hard opening lap. But


she is still in touch. Sabine Spitz has taken the lead. And the last is


in 4th. They come down this a very, deceptively fast section 4 how


rough it is. You cannot afford to make a single mistake on surfaces


like this. So impressive. Sabine Spitz are opting to go round the


outside of the Little Rock Garden. Would you say, climbing is not


Annie Last's strong point? I was out on the bike with her this year,


and it was bad for my ego. Technically, she made me cry! She


is phenomenal. Technically she is good, there are stronger riders on


the climbs and it will be one skill verses another. Sabine Spitz wants


to thin this out as quickly as possible. She was looking for the


easiest sections through the rocks. A couple of times we saw Julie


Bresset on her tail while Sabine Spitz was looking around the side.


That is the choice you make. The technical sections are harder on


the body. You can see the tyre pressure being used. Catherine


Pendrel has opted for a softer pressure. It is slightly smoother


over the rocks. They cannot have them too soft or they can suffer an


impact punctured. What pressure, in range? Probably around five bar


maximum here, but more likely 3.5. It is a tubular tyres so there is


no in the Tube, it is encased in a circular section and they are glued


on to the rim. It gives you a faster ride. It is a very good view


of how soft it is. Annie Last is in 4th position, just in touch. She is


about to come into one of the sections that plays to her stance.


Catherine Pendrel and Sabine Spitz the leading down this section.


There is no let up at all. technical section again for the


second time on this lap. Then they have won, short, steep climb after


this and then they will come through for their second lap. Very,


very interesting race so far. will also see a difference in their


bikes. Some of them are using 29 inch wheels and the standard is 26.


The larger wheels roll faster and smooth out a lot of bumps, but


there is a higher rate penalty. They also added a rotational rates,


which is a disadvantage. So the bigger wheel does not get caught in


the small gaps? Riders can roll over the top of them. Does it


change manoeuvrability? It slows the handlebars down, I have been


out on both types. For you and I, 29 Inch would smooth it out. It


depends on your size as well. Also they have very small head tubes and


sloping down stems that to get over the fact the wheels are so big.


that to do with your riding position? Yes, they are still


deciding at the moment. Julie Bresset has signed a two year


contract with an elite sporting programme. France only give 10 of


those out a year. Under 23 champion last year. She is one of the


youngest. She is pulling away. Julie best setter with almost 30


metres gap, back down to Catherine Pendrel. Sabine Spitz is right on


through that section. She did what she needed to do, on that opening


lap. Perhaps paying a price that as everyone settles into their place.


The American, Georgia Gould, making a play here. I think she may have


come up, past Annie. Julie Bresset comes through first. Sabine Spitz


in the second,... She has really come through. Annie Last his 5th. -


- is fifth. A definite group of six which has broken out. Apart from


Dahle Flesjaa, all of the favourites are there. Everybody


taking a drink as they come through. You feel you need to keep the


pressure on but if you neglect taking a drink, you'll pay a


serious price later on. The slower speed is they don't get the cooling


effect of a road race. Russell temperature is so high in this race.


-- muscle temperature. She needs to take a breather. She


had a great start. Punchy slightly above her weight on the climb. --


Annie Last, straight down the middle. Kalentieva doing the same.


It is a lot easier following. But if the rider in front has a problem,


there is no way to stop. Georgia Gould, taking Catharine Pendrel.


Julie Bresset, in control. Sabine Spitz going with her. She has


certainly stretch the lead in those technical sections. Georgia Gould,


back in 5th. Julie Bresset is the key very comfortable in front.


is a very open course, unusual for him mountain-bike course. For the


spectators and out aerial cameras, it is making a difference. We can


follow all of the action in this race. A fantastic design. The site


is 122 years old. First bought by William Booth, the founder of the


Salvation Army, he turned 900 acres into his vision, helping unemployed


and marginalised people, getting back into the work force. It still


trains to hundred people a week out here. A beautiful piece of


countryside, been put to good use. I understand this will be open to


the public after the Olympics. idea is to add an awful lot more of


bike trails. It will be something to ride on the mountain bike


Olympic course. A definite bunching again of the top four. Julie


Bresset. Sabine Spitz. Georgia Gould has had a fantastic charge


from the end of the second lapse macro, now pushing hard. Catharine


Pendrel pushing hard. Annie Last has dropped back to sit position.


We have seen this group changing positions. In the next 10 minutes,


we will see the group which will contest the medals. Not necessarily


the ones who have been strong so far, it is about pacing your effort.


Sabine Spitz. She looks like she is in a good position. You can see it


in the body language, who is working harder. Who is waiting.


Sabine Spitz is not leading the race but she is constantly in touch.


She seems to have a little bit left in reserve. Julie Bresset will know


that. She looks good, the French rider. Riding with a lot of


experience for someone of such a young age. It comes with confidence.


With such a consistent season under your belt, she knows on paper she


has this in about, if she can write to her strengths. Sabine Spitz is


in her 4th Olympics. Georgia Gould has done a good job, benefiting


from being careful at the start, not going with that early charge


led by Annie Last. Riding her own race. She has bought herself up. It


is like a time trial, you are constantly on the limit. If you


overcook it, there is no way to recover. If you did go up harder on


the first lap, it will take a long time to recover the effort made.


Those six are pulling away. Two groups of three. Georgia Gould was


8th in Beijing, a little bit of the Olympic experience. Basic Olympic


disappointment goes a long way, a good motivator. Stretching out.


Julie Bresset of France seems to be Quebec this year. She got a third


place, just after that. She certainly has form, not the same we


have seen from Julie Bresset. She is looking comfortable. A long way


to go at the moment. The Julie Bresset, from France. I had a nasty


crash in the Tour de France. have seen physically mountain


bikers crossing over to road racing, it isn't something that will become


more prevalent? They tend to be very goodbye handlers when they


come across to the road. They often use it as a way of getting physical


conditioning, without actually doing the damage. Stretching out


now. Annie Last of Great Britain was leading for all of the first


lap, now 40 seconds in arrears. A good shot of Julie Bresset. On


Annie Last is sitting in 6th, at the end of that top group. Suddenly,


it's not just Sabine Spitz put in the pressure on Julie Bresset. More


pressure from Georgia Gould behind her. There bunching up on the climb,


Julie Bresset staying in charge in the technical section. Just to go


back, she is the dark horse, she hasn't been put dissipating in a


lot of the World Cups. Form is there. Starting to see those first


three stretch out. As we look at the aerial view. A good 10 seconds


to the next three. Still plenty of racing to go. Probably about 45


the right lines, it is different about race pace. You can train and


Chen but, when racing, it is not always the same. You can see them


slide the rear wheel, to line it up. To use the groove that is


developing on the course. Using the bombs to slow down and control


their descent. Very difficult for their road rider to come across to


mountain-biking. If you slide on a road bike it normally means it is


over. Here, it is a matter of course, for the wheels to be


constantly moving on the descent. Grinding their way. Another of


these punishing a sense -- ascents. Julie Bresset, reluctant to let


anyone else take the lead. Interestingly, these are very


slight riders because the power to rate is -- weight, is critical. But


they are on a par with track sprinters who are about power. They


don't have the sprint -- sustainability. Some of these girls


are 5 ft 3, 46: -- 46 kgs. They have to mix so many abilities. The


technical aspect of a motocross rider. Super efficient. The front


of a climber to get themselves over these climbs. It is like coming out


of the blocks as a 100-metre runner. An incredible mix of abilities.


Some beautiful slow-motion showing how hard these bikes are working.


full suspension but would give them a lot more control, but it soaks up


looking very smooth, and still very comfortable, she is not puffing at


all. Sabine Spitz is on Hotel, that group of three you can see -- on


her tail. Annie Last is back up into 4th place. She drove back


first lap so she didn't get caught in the traffic. She said she wanted


to be into the first bend, technically superb, leading the


field. She paid the price. She has had the confidence to back off and


let herself get back on terms. Now, starting to ride effectively a time


trial, moving back towards this front group. That is great, some


experienced choices. She will make it up on the technical sections.


She is on the back foot now, rather than resting on the flatter


sections, she will have to keep the pressure on, to close that gap.


Just coming round into the incredible pace. She has eased off


slightly, settling into the middle of the race. That puts them on the


front foot, if anyone is coming back, they have to drive hard,


whereas they have had a rest. It will be difficult for anybody, even


if they can make contact with these three. Julie Bresset keeps


producing daylight all the time, not technically a good climber.


Keeping a self in control. The others are using their slightly


superior physical ability to close gaps rather than make gaps. This


last vicious little climb before they drop down into the finish


arena. A short steep climb, then dropping off the back, on to the


rocks. Then, a little climb. And back through the finish. Julie


Bresset is making more of a gap now, pushing on again. She has sensed a


bit of daylight. They have a 20 one-second gap between the chasing


group, stretching it out. Georgia Gould is having a great ride.


timed that perfectly. Not one of the favourites here. But she has


ridden a very canny race. Not going Sabine Spitz closing it down. If


they get to the next technical section she might be able to


stretch that out a bit. She isn't puffing that much, she looks so


comfortable at the moment. Five or six seconds, we will get a clear


look enough. There is proper daylight. Julie Bresset, 45.46 is


her time. Then Sabine Spitz. Georgia Gould, the American. A big


gap going to Irina Kalentieva. An average of 30 miles an hour.


wall of attrition is taking its toll. We are an a hard way. -- war


of attrition. If Julie Bresset can hold this pace, it will be a very


fast time. It is a brutal first half of the race for stomp we can


expect them to back off slightly. Their bodies have taken such a


pounding over this time. So they're just coming through Deanes Drop.


Julie Bresset enjoying the isolation of being in front. Most


of these riders choosing two chain rings. We have a crash. She has


block Georgia Gould. We talked about this by the fact that Sabine


Spitz was not comfortable on the technical sections. Whilst it is in


great news for Sabine Spitz or Georgia Gould. It is no soft


landing. Georgia Gould did not try to pass or push on, she waited.


Dahle having a terrible ride, already in trouble. She has a


puncture and she has to get the bike round to the technical section.


They do carry a self inflating canister on their bikes. If she has


had more than one puncture, she may have used it. She might have to


abandon the race, she will be so disappointed. Be to is so sad to


see this legendary rider because it will probably be her last. She was


one of the favourites, she has just won the World Cup. She rode it on


experience, but she will be disappointed. She won the gold


medal in Athens in 2004, but missed out in Atlanta by one place. But


Sabine Spitz, she has got a lot of work to do now. She has got to


catch up. Close the gap on Julie Bresset. Georgia Gould, she is


having a fantastic day out. She was not one of the names, you spoke to


anyone around here, any of the pundits and people in the know, she


was not a name that it was mentioned. If you are going to


produce personal best performances, this is the time to do it. She is


driving on, she wants to go through. Sabine Spitz is slowing down.


think she knows she is not that good at the technical sections and


does not want to end up over the handlebars again. A lot of the


riders running harder pressure. They can press by about three to


four macro inches. If you are hitting some of those rocks, that


could be enough to see you go over the tops. And the last did a great


ride earlier on, but perhaps paying the price now. She is still in


touch. They will know that Sabine Spitz is there for the taking.


Esther Suss from Switzerland. What has happened to Catherine Pendrel,


she has dropped away? In such a hot day, and no cover, if you go off


really hard, you pay a terrible price. And I think that is what has


happened to Catherine Pendrel. It has not happened to Julie Bresset,


she is away. And driving home that advantage. She now has a very clear


view, backed down these switchbacks, just how much of the lead she has


extended. Georgia Gould almost a mirroring her. And then Sabine


Spitz coming round the switch back now. I think she is starting to


slow down, losing pace all of the time. Just starting the bottom of


this Snake Hill, you can see and there last -- Annie Last. Then you


have Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould. Be Julie Bresset exiting the top of


Snake Hill. The first six or seven riders spread over an entire


hillside. I think we can expect in the next lap or so, they will apply


the 80% rule and start to take out the back markers. It will be


between three and four minutes, I will have to go to a calculator to


tell exactly. But three of four minutes behind the leading rider,


you will be pulled out of this race. The don't want any interference


from the back markers, they don't want them getting in the way. A


little bit more over the top, and throw the bottle away. A great


souvenir for a spectator. It will be three minutes, I think, looking


at it. It is not much when you see the gaps appearing between the


front riders will stop I can see less than 15 riders being able to


complete this race. You can see the pounding on the muscles as they


come down these rocky sections. Georgia Gould in second place.


Going underneath the track. Over into the rabbit hole, as it is


known. If you have just joined us, this is the women's Olympic


mountain bike cross-country. Six laps, and we are just over halfway


through. Using the bankers -- banking root for start keeping the


momentum, it is much more important. Sabine Spitz is not giving up.


Sabine Spitz is in third place. The reigning Olympic champion, almost


41 years old. She is clinging to Georgia Gould, the American, who


was sat in the middle of the pack and caught up in traffic on the


first lap. But made a fantastic stride forward towards the end of


the second lap. She has been slowly reeling in Julie Bresset. But Julie


Bresset, making this looked very easy at the moment, looking very


comfortable. Very good, consistent all rounder. There is not one


section of her race which is weaker at the moment. The tyre choice, no


big knobbly tyres, you need more surface contact. They go for the


finer tread pattern to dig into the gravel. This course would have been


absolutely treacherous in the rain. You can see and bandage on Julie


Bresset's left-arm. Both of the French riders went down in practice


yesterday. So reminder of how treacherous it is. You can get skin


suits, it is a lighter way of of using clothing. No use for pockets


because they get regular feeding zones. And also there is


aerodynamics. Another great view of one of the technical sections as


Julie Bresset it drops into that. Picking her way through these it


may ease of boulders. Such sharp edges. If you go too hard, you miss


your line or put your tyre into one of those rocks, suddenly they huge


lead that Julie Bresset has extended, could be gone. You have


to remember, talking about Georgia Gould, she was second in the test


events on this course some time ago. Has been a little bit quiet since.


Competing largely in the US. That is why we have not seen too much of


her. Finishing very high in all of those events. As we go back to the


leader. How do you pick a line through that? Total commitment in


mountain biking. No hesitation. There is a line through the rocky


sections, but a few inches either side and you would be down. And if


you go down on there, the chances of the breaking bones is very high.


With Julie Bresset, you used to see a lot of riders getting over the


back wheel in those sections, but she committed a lot of her weight


forward to get the speed up? Yes, confidence, leaning forwards. They


are mock desperately steep, just a very rocky. -- not desperately


steep. Sabine Spitz has got back on terms. You can see in the styles,


Georgia Gould working hard just to stay in the wheel. It is not over,


you do see riders blowing in this race as you come to the second


third. Julie Bresset has set such an incredible pace. Without any one


pushing behind her, can she sustain it? Even when she was leading, she


was leading with maybe 5%, 10% left in the bank. Georgia Gould tried to


force on. She looks like she is puffing now. They is no where to


recover, there is no where to sit in the wheels. It is a visible


marker, the wheel in front but no shelter. She is struggling to stay


in touch. The heat will have an effect, they are sheltered in this


bit here. But such a low speeds, once you overheat, it is difficult


to recover. I think we will see some riders close to having heat


stroke before the day is out. Just over half-an-hour of racing. If you


are wearing lighter all whiter outfits. New talked about it with


some of the Italians are choosing to wear white instead of a


traditional blue-collar? The s, the simple white garment on a hot day


like this has got to be something of an advantage. Not much movement


at the top at the moment. Julie Bresset leads from Sabine Spitz.


Georgia Gould has had at fantastic couple of laps, but she is starting


to get tired. Camp Irina Kalentieva and Annie Last draw her in


question-marks Annie Last is nearly a minute behind Julie Bresset now.


I cannot see her getting back on terms. Julie Bresset looks in


control, her body language says, I am working hard but I am choosing


the pace I am riding at. We see Sabine Spitz, experienced rider,


did not panic or go with Georgia Gould, she just let the American


come back to her. Georgia Gould the dropping away, as the quadruple


Olympian, now she has made it to this London 2012 event. Sabine


Spitz is pulling away, a bit of a second wind for her. Julie Bresset,


coming down into this last little climb that carries her into the


finish straight. There is two laps to go from here and she has


reeled this in a little. She has been going OK in the World Cup. 6th


at Val d'Isere. In defending champion, she knows about pressure.


You can see Julie Bresset. At the top of the picture. I think Julie


Bresset is getting quicker. Another super-fast lapped. She is not


slowing at all. This gap is now becoming very serious. Sabine Spitz


is the most experienced defending champion, she knows about pressure.


There is nothing she can do about the young French woman. Over 30


seconds behind now. That is a big gap. Just over one hour and 40


seconds. Georgia Gould is tarring all the time. Kalentieva, she will


come through in 4th place. Sheikh is almost one minute off the pace.


Here is Annie Last entering the frame, really working hard. Gasping


for air. Esther Suss starting to close the gap, using Annie as a


marker. She has been during her in. pulling away. This course has found


everybody's their will. This one was a surprise, Catharine Pendrel


was the favourite for the event. She looked so dangers on the first


lap, then she has gently fallen down the pack. Unbelievably,


Dawidowicz, from Poland, who fell quite badly on the first lap in an


early section, has pulled herself back ahead of Catharine Pendrel.


She will be bitterly disappointed, reigning world champion. Recently


crowned 2012 World Cup champion. The favourite for the gold, well


down for a pack. Very wary of that section where she


fell. Nobody wants to go the easy but slower route. A lot of courage


to fall like that and persevere. In Russia and dealing with this level


of technical requirement on this descend with so much fatigue in


your legs, with more than one hour of racing behind you.


Your ability to concentrate as you become dehydrated becomes harder


and harder. Keeping your focus is a challenge. I don't think people


realise the demand on the muscles, it takes days to recover from a


race. The body takes such a pounding, as you try to hold the


bike rigid through all of those Rock Garden so. -- rock gardens.


Julie Bresset has had plenty of opportunity to see how much of a


lead she has stretched out over Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould.


That second place in the World Cup in Val d'Isere, she was on the way


to form, it wasn't her peak. A performance of her lifetime here,


riding with the charity, she has paced her effort -- riding with


maturity. Waiting for some daylight to appear, she hasn't pushed


herself into the red at all. Technically, she has been good.


Physically, I think she seems to have the endurance. Sabine Spitz


and Georgia Gould had the edge in the opening three laps, but she


hasn't slowed done. Kalentieva. Very composed and focused, as she


drives up here. We really didn't know, having skipped several World


Cups, how the Russian would perform here. It is a solid performance.


Some big gaps are forming now. waiting to see if Annie Last has


held off Esther Suss. Esther Suss has come through. A fantastic start


from Annie. She is young. She has chosen to compete in all of the


senior World Cups to get experience. She could have ridden as an under


23. And walked away with that. She has ridden with the best in the


world. She doesn't want to be compared with the younger riders.


Ranked 5th in the world at the moment. Plenty of time for her to


develop. Technically, she is already possibly the best in the


world. She just needs to bring that physical ability up. Julie Bresset,


23, is all there. Then 40, 32, 34. Not a young woman's game.


endurance side of it, the physical aspect of mountain biking is what


you can see now, this wonderful shot we have of the climb. It takes


years to build up the muscle mass. Technical skill is the first thing.


Endurance, that comes with time. Julie Bresset is ahead of her time.


Just 23 years of age. Annie Last is the youngest rider in the top 15 by


some margin. Julie Bresset takes a bottle from her team. She makes her


way out of the technical station. She is going through the rabbit


hole, the track goes underneath itself.


Sabine Spitz is chasing had done. Is the deficit to great? I think


the results are solidifying now. That is the split time. If Julie


Bresset does that at all, the German will be on top of her. This


race isn't over. We have seen with one mistake how much time you can


lose. I have seen it in World Cups this year. The lead changing hands


at the last moment, because of a crash. Even if it is not a mistake


from Julie Bresset. Mechanical malfunction, a puncture, anything.


Absolutely. Julie Bresset does have a good cushion. Potentially, to


deal with something like that. is exactly what she wants. She


could get away with that. A lot of riders are starting to experiment


with courses flight is using a single chain ring at the front,


selecting the right sprocket at the back. Most of choosing to go with


tulle -- dual chain rings. It saves on weight. It makes for faster


changes as well. And you are getting rid of an extra bit of


equipment. There's less debate about. One hand to change gear.


That is it. She is well into the closing stages of this race.


Probably about 20 minutes to go. You can see from her attacking


style, she is sensing, I can become Olympic champion, I can start to


push it home. That is a huge lead. A glimpse of that aerial view, she


is starting to drive that right. -- bike. There is hardly any rest


on this course. You are bouncing off the rocks, sticking to the line


you have seen in training. Or you are climbing hard up the banks. You


can see the wind in the grass. That is probably quite well from --


welcome. She is not slowing down, look how


quickly she has taken that on. great line through the rocks. You


cannot see unless you have a head on shot, there is a correct line


through, you have to be millimetre perfect or you get in trouble.


Using the berms which have built up on the corners. So far, close to


immaculate performance from Julie Bresset of France. The battle is


still not finished behind. Silver and bronze. Sabine Spitz. She hates,


she is not as comfortable on these sections as his Julie Bresset or


Georgia Gould just behind her. Quite unusual on this course. That


is a great shot taking the line through the rocks. A lot of this


course, you can see how open it is. There are pink tassels at the end


of the road, they must stay within them. Normally there are barriers


or tape but they wanted to keep it open for these 20,000 spectators.


They decided to mark the edge of the course, they cannot pass


outside or they will be disqualified. Here is Sabine Spitz


going through the leap of faith, that big downhill section letters


with rocks. We have seen their take some would-be easy routes come up


on the side of the course -- some of the easy routes. She is using


traditional 26 inch wheels, sharing that the jury is still out between


the 29th and 26 inch wheels. It is all about the legs.


Will we get a glimpse of the Russian, Kalentieva? She is behind


these two. Has she managed to reel them in at all? A battle for the


bronze medal. At the moment, certainly, the top three are very


settled. Just a glimpse, at the very back, Kalentieva of Russia.


Who knows now how far away she is from a medal. Sabine Spitz,


comfortably in silver. There is the New Zealand SAT test, Karen Hanlen,


stopping to jump off her bike and running through that section.


specifically this year. It is all about this one. Nothing about World


Cup, she has focused all her efforts on these Olympic Games, her


very first Olympic Games. It is not a bad one, really, is it? As good a


debut as you can get. You start to get the sensation now that it would


take an awful lot of bad luck to be able to slow her down even down to


arms and her knees. She has come so far since the bronze medal in the


under 23 race in 2009! She has romped through the field, what such


a mature experience, you would think she had been doing it for 20


years. There is an experienced rider, Emily Batty. And other rider


expected to become testing at least the top five and we have not seen


an awful lot of her. At the moment she is one of the few riders who


might have got into some technical difficulty at the start. She is in


25th out of the 30 that started. The judge shows you how hard this


course is. We have been looking at this woman here. Julie Bresset, lap


No. 5 and she is flying, one hour and 15 minutes, 45 seconds. She is


doing well. Holding the pace at 15 minutes a lap. She looks like she


is working harder, but that fatigue. It is affecting everybody. It is


all about consistency, mountain biking. She is maintaining the pace,


that is the incredible thing. waiting for Georgia Gould to


explode. She won't give in. An experienced Sabine Spitz in front


of her. I am wondering if it will come down to a sprint between those


two. Julie Bresset will have around a minute's lead. Julia best set is


out of the lead. The battle now is for bronze and silver as Irina


Kalentieva makes her way down. Not too far off the pace but she does


have a lot of work to do. She is finishing well. As she comes round


this corner she will be able to seize Sabine Spitz and Georgia


Gould on the hill in front of her. That is not an insurmountable


challenge. It will depend on Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould, maybe the


fight between them will take its toll and allow the Russians to get


back on terms. But she will have to do something special with just over


15 minutes of racing left. Esther Suss coming round that corner. One


lap remains. And the bell is ringing. Esther Suss, has taken the


5th. Julie Bresset already on the descent. A welcome bit of shade in


the trees. Just a few minutes, if she can keep it together, between


her and the Olympic title. Struggling a little bit on these


technical sessions and then grinding her way back to the German.


She will have to find something special. Julia prese leading,


Sabine Spitz, over a minute off the pace. Georgia Gould in third, Irina


Kalentieva enforced. Annie Last is in 7th. Alexandra Engen from Sweden


has made a huge surge at the last four Stock and then Tanja Zac will


-- coasting along the top of the rich as they drop into the trees.


It is almost 75% of this course is open. It is very different to


normal cross-country courses. is the leader, still looking well


on top a bit, showing no signs of cracking. Working hard but very


much in control. The cameraman and looking hopefully for another rider


behind her and then realising nobody was in sight. Georgia Gould,


such a good challenge for start she has to make the decision - that


does she have it in her to catch Sabine Spitz? I think if anything,


for the last few hundred metres, Georgia Gould has started to real


Sabine Spitz in false start she can smell a silver medal here at


Hadleigh Farm. I think it will come down to a sprint, perhaps? Working


hard now. They are both suffering, everybody is suffering at this


stage. Just a few minutes left. Can the American, Georgia Gould changed


the colour of the medal she is on course for. She is trying, she is


on the wheel of the American. driving so hard, you can see the


pain and determination on her face. Has been racing in America mostly


this year. But she wasn't on the list of favourites, so she is


excelling. You get the sense Sabine Spitz probably heard her breathing


down her neck and decided it was time to dig in and get going again?


A lot of the riders will have people from their country around


the course telling them what is going on. You will see boards at


the side of the track, showing them the information they need to know.


So, Georgia Gould is desperately trying to reel in Sabine Spitz. She


is making this look easy, isn't she? Nobody is going to touch this


23-year-old now. She stayed with the group and did not do anything


clever. Went to the front, took control and got the measure of them.


And then waited until it was the right time. Tested them a couple of


times up this climb. Sensed there was daylight and pushed on a bit


harder and nobody could respond. She just eased away, metronomic


lead. She has been so even paced on such a hard to rain. Such an


incredible skill. Julie Bresset concentrating, keeping her focus.


Dropping one bottle and keeping up the next. -- picking up the next.


She has had an almost perfect race, this 23-year-old? She has made no


mistakes we have been able to see. The battle for the bronze medal is


more in contention, but it is stretching out now. It has always


been Sabine Spitz putting the pressure on. Georgia Gould tried it


two laps to make a charge, but the German real had back in. Georgia


Gould will have to try something special if she wants that silver


medal. I think we saw they used her last reserves in that last lap.


Sabine Spitz sensed it coming and you don't do three Olympics and not


know how to deal with the pressure. She gritted her teeth, strengthened


her resolve and got stuck in. I think Sabine Spitz is desperate to


claim the silver medal. They are at the same pace for travelling, just


a 15 second gap between them. Sabine Spitz is putting on the


pressure. She does not want this to come down to a sprint. This is the


moment she is choosing to drive on. It is working. Georgia Gould will


know eight minutes of pain could be the difference for her between


bronze and silver. Mentally, she has got to dig deep and start


driving on these climbs. Been some real surprises, with Dahle not


being in the running, Catherine Pendrel, the favourites, not here


at all. She is the way down at the moment. And it wasn't through any


kind of mechanical problem, just off the pace. That was the surprise


for everybody. Irina Kalentieva almost 30 seconds off Georgia Gould


now. The medals seems safe, we know who is going to be in there. We are


just deciding who will take the silver and who will take the bronze


medal. Because this woman, has been emphatic. For almost an hour and a


half now, she has dominated this race. She let Annie Last set the


pace for the first lap. And then slowly started to assert herself,


pulling these three riders away. This Sabine Spitz and Georgia Gould


and then just a relentless pace she set at the front has seen her


extend. The last real, hard climb for her now. She knows when she


gets on the top, it is mostly running down to the finish. She can


afford to be careful and not take any chances. She can choose any way


through now, if she wants for star we can see a few of the coaches in


the finish area. A couple of them are starting to dance. Looking a


little bit nervous. It is going to be a charge for the minor places.


Everyone has enjoyed the day out. Beautiful Sunshine, a cool breeze


off the sea. Fantastic scenery. And in means you can see almost all the


way round for the five kilometres of this course. I imagine there


will be a large party preparing to get going in France. A two year


elite contract for Julie Bresset, and they will be immensely proud


with what she has done. Georgia Gould choosing be easier line, and


then switching back. I think she has conceded a shot at the silver


medal by making that choice. Not happy to take the hardest route,


and that probably cost two seconds which could be critical. The shot


of the rail camera, set up on the climb. We have had some fantastic


imagery. This is the best imagery we have seen off a mountain bike


race. Tracking the riders through the most critical climbs and


descents false start here is Julie Bresset, up the Breath Taker. She


is just going to Crest, then she has a winding descent that leads


her down through the technical zone for the last time. She will be


sensing of there is only two climbs to go. Coasting down 4 star Kishi


is still pushing on, you can see the wheels sliding into these


grooves false start you almost sense she is enjoying the descent.


For me, don't take any risks, you have got this in the bag. But she


is not taking her thoughts of the pressure. Georgia Gould a thumping


at the pedals. I think she has done the right of her life, the young


American. She just refuses to give in. Made a mistake when she chose


the easier line through the last rock section. Considering the form


she came in here on, she has done fantastically well. At 40 years old,


Sabine Spitz is an inspiration. To anyone who thought her elite level


sport was confined to people in their 20s and 30s! Julie Bresset


coming round. This is the last climb, a short, steep climb. Very


technical, those hairpin bends. It is a tight circle on which to turn


the bike. Some very evil tree roots. They are treacherous when it is wet.


They forced Samuel Weale to slide sideways. In these dry conditions,


not too bad. -- your wheel. This would have been different in the


rain forced on she has not let up, look how hard she is driving.


promise of an Olympic gold medal spurring her arm up this hill.


Along with the crowds at Hadleigh Farm. Already celebrating, a little


wave to the camera. She knows she has a big gap, she will have been


told by her team at the side of the road. How could that would have


helped. She is coming into the now. What a ride for the 23-year-


old, her first Olympic Games, and she will get a gold medal, that is


about as good as it gets. Enjoying this lap, effectively a lap of


honour, waving to the crowd. She knows she has time to spare.


Tactically and physically, the perfect race for Julie Bresset.


Around this last corner in front of the 20,000 strong crowd. She is


Bresset of France the gold medal. Here, at the mountain bike cross-


country. She is absolutely delighted. Such a consistent ride,


she didn't put a foot wrong the entire day. Moving up to the big


league. Watching her here, she barely looks like she is heaving.


Just behind, the silver and bronze medal race has been settled. Sabine


Spitz, the defending champion, showing as decency -- consistency.


Georgia Gould had pressured her but Sabine Spitz responded and got


stuck into this flat. She is happy with that, she knows she couldn't


have done anything else. Georgia Gould, also, she excelled today.


She showed real spirit. She didn't settle for a bronze medal, she


tried for silver. Worthy medalists, all three, well clear of the field.


A fantastic performance from Julie Bresset, Sabine Spitz and Georgia


Gould. The other riders are starting to make their way around


now. The Russian, colander macro, taking 4th position. And a


fantastic race from Esther Suss. She didn't start that well. She did


ever so well in the middle of that race, she reeled in back-to-front


pack. You can hear from the cheers that British rider Annie Last is in


the finishing area as well. Not quite getting herself into 6th


position. That goes to the Swedish everybody saluting the crowd. In


road racing, it is only the weather. They have been through such a


gladiatorial experience. Annie Last, coming into the finishing straight.


The first British rider since Caroline Alexander to qualify for


an Olympic spot. A fantastic race for the 21-year-old. She could have


stuck in the under 23 category but she stepped up. Riding with the


best in the world in the senior category to gain experience and


stretch herself. We will be hearing a lot more about Annie Last.


fantastic course. If you have enjoyed watching this, then


Hadleigh Farm will be open to the public, so make your way down here


and enjoy some mountain biking. 9th place for the Canadian.


favourite, finishing 3 1/2 minutes in arrears. One of the most


weather. The wind has kept it caught enough but the summer has


brought out the crowds. The atmosphere has been absolutely


fantastic. If it had gone the other way, it would have been a rough day.


20,000 tickets were sold, sold out. What a day out, largely because of


the weather, fantastic competition, a beautiful course they can see in


all directions. Davison takes 11th Annie, you powered through that


first lap, how much did that affect the rest of the race? I wanted to


get a good start, to make sure I got here on the first lap. -- got


clear. So that I didn't get stuck. Towards the end of the race, I


started to slip back a little bit. But I came today to get the best


out of myself. That is what I have done, I am really happy. Great to


finish smiling. How do feel when you see the field opening up, at


the end? There is so much to think about. You are thinking about where


you are putting your wheels, power, you are racing, try to stay with


them. It is about focusing on yourself and make yourself go as


fast as possible. You are 21, one of the youngest in the field, do


take some reassurance from that? Obviously. Julie Bresset is an


amazing rider. A lot of the top riders are a bit older. I have done


anything I can, I am in my best shape. I still have a long way to


go. I am looking forward to moving on and up words in the next few


years. You have earned herself a lot of fans. The family lived close


by, what is it like to ride it in front of them? This crowd,


unbelievable. To have that much support out there is incredible.


They have been great, an amazing experience. Congratulations, Annie.


I am certain this is not the last we will see of Annie Last. Fair


play to Annie. She finished smiling and had a lovely chat to us. A


great race. We will be back there tomorrow for


the men's race. Julie Bresset, such thing for an hour and a half in


that heat, then to lift her bike above her head. The new Olympic


champion. The Modern Pentathlon, the 200


metres swim. Those who achieve the time of 2 1/2 minutes will get


their points. After the fencing, willing macro and Nicholas


Woodbridge work in the 30th place. heat. That was a flying start in


for three hours. They are not coming in to this soaring event


Egyptians are strong in the swimming, as we will sit in the


now. He is third from the top in from Russia is coming back as well.


Sam will hopefully use Aleksander Lesun to drive him down this. They


behind him, the roar of the crowd, quite unfamiliar for Modern


Pentathlon eats. Samuel Weale, best time over the past 12 months.


He looks pleased with that. That will certainly help his position.


It is all about the time. That will give him a real feel-good factor it


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touch over Aleksander Lesun as he crowd in the Aquatics Centre.


final heat. Picturing the fastest heat. Looking out for Nicholas


Woodbridge in the centre of the picture. He turns in first place


after the first 50m. Being chased all the way. He will be aware of


who is on his shoulder, right beside him. He has got to make this


building up in here, as they approach the end of the third


turn him under one minute 30. This could be a new Olympic record.


Nicholas Woodbridge has now left him too much to do to get back.


He had swum under that Olympic time in the last 12 months, so it was on


the cards. We have seen an Olympic record equalled in the fencing and


beaten in the swimming. The Egyptian. He has broken his own


Olympic record he set in Beijing in 2008. A good start off the blocks


from Nick Woodbridge. There is the Egyptian driving through the water.


Taking over in the closing stages of the race. It was a beautifully


timed a swim. It is an Olympic record, it has just been confirmed.


This was always on the cards that the Olympic record would be broken


and that is the man who has done it. Interestingly, there are only three


athletes that have dipped under the two-minute mark. That maybe


explains how much the fencing takes out of you. Nick Woodbridge will


Those standings could change. They now go to Greenwich Park for the


equestrian. With the show jumping they have never seen the horse they


are about to jump on. They draw lots, so it will be interesting to


see what happens after the next round. With one more day to go of


these Olympic Games, it seems incredible how they have flown back.


But sometimes you have to slow things down to get a snapshot of


the iconic moments we have all witnessed.


What makes television at what it is, is its mastery of the moving


picture. But sometimes, what doesn't move at all can be moving.


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And again, the connection between the moving and the still. The


fastest mover of them all taking the still. The captured instinct.


Wasn't that beautiful? First thing this morning, just after 9:30am, Ed


McKeever was poised in the Kayak single 200m final. He was in search


of Great Britain's 26 gold medal of the Games. As the fastest qualifier,


he was in a great position to propel himself ahead of the rest of


tension. Miklos Dudas, the giant Hungarian. Hungary have brought an


army of fans. And they have been so successful in this sport. There


will be the customary during for the shortest man in the field. Ed


McKeever. He won his heat, won his semi-final but what a challenge he


will face from the Canadian. Quickest in the semi-finals. Then


we have the Surbean, the European champion. You know it is a good


race when Ronald rock only just tension. The waters of Eton Dorney


rippling gently but about to be churned up by the quickest paddlers.


The men's 200m individual kayak. The and as it is wonderful. Heavy


with hope for Ed McKeever. Britain might have a gold medal to


is powering on. He has such great strength. Ed McKeever holding on at


the moment as they come into the final 50m. He will have to work


hard. Still holding on, it is gold for Ed McKeever and Great Britain.


He becomes the Olympic champion. He went out fast and held on strong,


he was uncatchable. He has the gold medal. Absolutely fantastic, he


blew them away from the start as he powered away. Getting his stroke


rate a nice and height. He left everybody else waiting to catch up.


He will be absolutely delighted to top of what has been a fantastic


three years of competition since this 200m race has come in.


takes the acclaim from the crowd. Mark de Jonge comes home for the


bronze medal. The man who thought he wouldn't be here in the Olympic


Games after breaking his finger earlier this year. He takes the


bronze for Canada. Max Beaumont just missing out for France. But


they could not get near Ed McKeever. He had a comfortable lead and


maintained it. It was incredible. This is the start he is renowned


for, he just gets his top speed, arms propelling and using his


upper-body. You can see the rotation through his shoulders. He


uses his strength to drive those blades into the water. The focus


this man has is incredible and the has not been fazed by anything


during this Olympic competition. did not need a little surge because


often these races are settled by inches and not feet. But that was a


Hansen victory. That is what it means to become Olympic champion. -


- Hansen victory. What a performance from Ed McKeever. The


sprint King of Kayak. Ronald Rohr, who knows what it means to win at


the Olympic level. Confirmation of the result of. Mark de Jonge in the


bronze for Canada. Saul Rivero That is what is is all about, Ed


McKeever, you have just been part of the medal ceremony, what was it


like? You almost don't believe it into a you had your hands on it. I


am not sure I will sleep tonight. When the anthem is being played,


what things are you thinking about? Just trying to remember the words!


An enormous sense of pride, so thankful I could do it in front of


my home crowd. I imagine when an athlete is enjoying a moment like


that they imagine all the things that made it happen. The fact he


moved house, your parents support to do, your fiancee supporting you,


and you moving house to be near the training centre. I don't want to


disappoint you, I was just in the moment and enjoying it. You have


been called the Usain Bolt of canoeing, he has got gold medals,


you have got gold medals, what do you think of that? Just pleased I


could follow him in that respect. What does the future hold? We be


going to Rio? That is four years of training and pain. We will wait and


see. I will take a break now for the next few weeks, probably six


weeks up until my wedding. And then I will see how I feel. Some


exciting times, you had just won the gold medal, your birthday in a


couple of weeks and then your wedding. I am getting too old to


celebrate birthdays, but the wedding will be a good one. I love


the way you just keep touching it. I am making sure it is real. It is


out of this world, all well done. I'm sure it will dawn on him very


soon. Ed Nicky the getting the second Olympic gold medal in


history, the first was Tim Brabants. Now we have Liam Heath and Jon


Schofield pedaling over the same distance. Going into this race,


they had picked up a medal in every final they have been in this year.


today. We are ready for the final the customary British Rohr. 5th


quickest coming into the final. This is the per to beat.


Astonishingly powerful winning both the heat and semi-final by almost a


race in the 200m. It is very rare, might we have it here. In the heats


and the semi-finals suggested the Russians are the strong favourites.


Perhaps Belarus party fear as well. The lighter crew of Liam Heath and


Jon Schofield. The French pair, the world champions in lane two. The


No one is going to catch them. It is Postrigay and Dyachenko. Heath


and Schofield are just hanging on to silver. Great Britain get the


bronze medal. A fine effort, but Postrigay and Dyachenko dominated


the heats and a semi-final, and they have blown away the field in


the final. Bella a skip the silver medal and Great Britain get the


bronze. -- Belarus. They dominated through the heats and semi-finals,


and I said they had more to give, which they'd just demonstrated.


What a fantastic result for Great Britain. Jonnie Schofield's paddle


has given up the ghost. But Russia, imperious. Just a few feet between


Belarus and Great Britain. A great race from Heath and Schofield, we


could not have expected much more than that. They executed the start


really well, but here is the Russian crew. So powerful working


so well together. They did not give away anything. They dominated it


and they're really made sure the title was theirs. They have


dominated the World Cup events, they have won two out of the last


three. They were working in unison, they had a look across, then


celebrated crossing the line. I think perhaps it is the most


comprehensive victory we have seen in the can as sprinting. Absolutely.


We kind of half-expected it during the early stages at Eton Dorney,


but they did not give anyone else a chance. This is the confirmation of


Huge congratulations to Liam Heath and Jon Schofield, wrapping things


a beautifully at Eton Dorney. That takes her medal tally to 59. On to


diving, and Tom Daley struggled in the prelims last night. He had a


good night's sleep because this morning it was the 10m platform


finals -- semi-finals. His aim was open better than he did last night.


start we were hoping for, he was marginally short of vertical, but


it is a step up from last night. He may get over 80 points. It depends


how mean that judges are feeling. This is the second round dive. A


nice solid start, as opposed to shout about! Beautiful entry into


the water. There is still more to two and. -- two rounds. That is


another good one for him. A little bit loose as he entered the water,


but he keeps the splash down. Moving away from the diving board,


sneaking into the paid shape, -- bit low on the water, but he plays


the waiting game. This was good last night and it is better today.


He has been consistent. 81, 86, 84, this will be told that 85. -- will


Daley, the dive of the competition so far for this young man. This is


question! Make no mistake, he has responded in exactly the way he


needed to today. He went to bed last night, thinking, oh, My


goodness, what is it like? Now he has responded. He will definitely


be in the top five. It was a lot better than last night. I am


getting sharper, and it is hard to compete in the pre-lunch and the


semi-final when you know it does not count towards the medals, but


you need to do enough to qualify. That is the hardest part done, and


now I have done that I will give it Jake Humphrey has arrived. You


followed him yesterday, and he was looking shaky. Yes, it was strange


because he was really struggling. Before he went off, Leon Taylor


said he looks nervous up there. I am hoping that the fact he has had


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