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Fantastic to see those first medals for Great Britain at these Olympics.
Good morning and welcome. With Britain off the mark, it is over to
the boys to see if they can add to the medal tally. This morning it is
all about getting wet. We are on the banks of the Thames to see if
the growing class of 2012 can live up to the men's four that have gone
before. -- rowing. Then it is back to the pool for the 200 metres
freestyle women's heats, and for the men it is all about the
Waterfield go in search of Olympic glory in the synchro diving. And
this is how it is looking at the Olympic Park this morning. A
beautiful morning, perfect weather for the many people streaming into
the park. Tom Daley is going to be one of the highlights. If you are
out, get near a television for that. There is live sport under way at
Lord's. They are into the men's and women's individual draws in archery.
And they are busy with badminton at Wembley Arena. That is on BBC Three.
Horse Guards Parade, that is where the beach volleyball is coming up.
The men will be in action for Great Britain, facing Brazil. And back at
the Olympic Park, there is live poppy with the men's prelims taking
place at the Riverbank Arena. -- hockey. And there are plenty of
ways that you can keep across the Olympic action, using the BBC's
Board website and the red button. Plenty of choice on offer. And you
can stay with us and what it all unfold on BBC One. Coming up in the
next half an hour, we will hear from Tom Daley, the men's eight
rowing team, and we will take you on a tour of the Athletes' Village.
After a second gripping night in the Aquatics Centre, we are
starting with swimming. It was not quite the golden feeling of Beijing,
but Rebecca Adlington gave the home crowd plenty to cheer. All of the
crowd waiting to receive the defending Olympic champion, the
world record holder, Betty Addington.
Dominance when it from Camille Muffat. I cannot see anything else
happening. Those two women in the centre have gone out very fast
400 metres freestyle. Leading at the moment is the French athlete,
Camille Muffat. Coming back strongly is Allison Schmitt and
Rebecca Adlington going well at the bottom. She is starting to move
into the bronze medal position. Come on! This is not over. At the
last 15 metres. Bronze in the white hat is Allison Schmitt, getting the
silver. Gold to Camille Muffat. And at the bronze goes to Rebecca
Adlington! I am so proud that I have got a medal at a home Games.
Not many people can say that. The crowd are amazing. This is what I
wanted. This is what gets us from 4th to third and on to that podium.
That was Rebecca Adlington immediately after her swim last
night. Mark Foster, you were in the Aquatics Centre to see that happen.
She did an amazing time. At it was fantastic. She was faster than she
was in Beijing four years ago. There is so much as expectation on
baccy. It was a huge surprise that she won gold for in Beijing. We
knew it was going to be between her and Allison Schmitt and Camille
Muffat. Everybody was hoping and praying she could do the same thing
again. She was on the outside, doing her own race, in a sense. You
have to remember that her main event is the 800 metres freestyle.
To pick up a medal in that was a great moment for her. She has a few
days to get ready for the event that she really loves. Yes, the 800,
twice the distance. There is only two people, Rebecca Adlington and
Lotte Friis, who came behind her in that race. All her training is
geared to the 800 metres freestyle. It meant so much to her, with the
emotion coming out of her face, getting that medal at the Home
Games, and it is not a main event. It is her second event. I was
struck by every slimer. Every single one said that the crowd made
a huge difference. -- swimmer. it does make a huge difference. I
have been through three decades, but seeing the cool cats coming out,
and then they hear the roaring and they know it is for them, they
start to smile and you see the energy going through them. The
nerves turn into excitement. What can I do? What is possible for my
home crowd? I have been too many championships and when you hear
that noise, you try to say it is for you in your head, but when you
know it is for you, I wish that I was on the blocks again. I am sure
you do. The crowds are back at the Aquatics Centre because there are
more heats coming up. What are you looking out for? Women's 200
freestyle, 200 medley, Hannah Miley in the 200 medley goes again.
Michael Phelps is going in his favourite event, the 200 metre
butterfly. People are pinning a medal on him but on the back of the
400 when he came 4th and everybody was surprised, well, we were not
surprised he did not beat Ryan Lochte but it was not great at the
same time. Can you bounce back? When you see the 200 metres
freestyle, we have a good chance of getting a medal. We have to see how
the two girls go through. Caitlin McClatchey had the great freestyler.
It will be interesting. -- had a great freestyle. We have got a
fantastic view of the Olympic Park and inside his Clare Balding and
somebody who knows Rebecca Adlington very well.
Yes, Sharon. It is mayhem in the pool because there are so many
swimmers. What will Betty be doing? -- Rebecca Adlington be doing?
will be recovering. It is quite hard to go to sleep after
everything that happened last night. That medal will be under her pillow
and she will be checking it everyone's -- every once in a while.
You become fixated on slip but that is so difficult when your brain is
turning over on you and you are thinking about it. She will have
had to do a drug test, media calls, so today will be reflection,
resting, but because the 800 is the most important race for her,
focusing on that directly. She will get in the pool today. Absolutely.
She will probably do a couple of hours, at 7000 metres, fairly
steady, like you do! I can do that in my sleep! Ian Thorpe was talking
about getting back in the pool. He said he wanted to get back into
training was because it gave him passive thinking in the pool is one
place where your brain can rest while your body is doing the work.
You say that because it is so true but the pool is very busy at the
moment. In terms of what we are going to see tonight, we have got
the heats to go through yet. Hannah Miley, she is better at the longer
distance, but I am hoping that the energy created by Rebecca will
spread around the other swimmers and we will see them performing
above expectation. Yes, Hannah Miley is tiny in relation to other
swimmers. We are normally very tall. The 200, it generally you have to
be very tall and strong, which is why she specialises in the 400
metres. It will be a tall order. She is capable of making the final
but she has to have a really good morning swim. Those that have
already qualified for the final, Gemma Spofforth in the 400 metres
backstroke and Liam Tancock in the 50 metres backstroke. He goes over
100 tonight. It is hotting up in the Aquatics
Centre, thank you. It is not just about the swimming today because
Tom Daley is heading for the diving board before the first time in
London 2012. He is alongside Pete Waterfield in a synchronised ten-
metre platform final. After living four years in the media spotlight,
will it be the 18 year-old from Devon taking centre-stage?
From a height of 10 metres, it takes Tom Daley about 1.6 seconds
to hit the water. That is not a lot of time to make out what he does.
He is judged by those who know diving inside out and upside down
at normal speed. But for the rest of us, he has to be slowed down.
Only then do all the twists and turns of his life reveal themselves.
There is a sort of distortion to how we see the world of Tom Daley.
From the moment he looked up at the age of seven at that platform high
above Central Park pool in his home city of Plymouth and told his
father that up there was why he wanted to climb, ever since then he
has been this prodigy, falling gracefully, this one did child,
unable to escape analysis and scrutiny. -- wonder child. He began
to make an impact in international competition at the age of nine. He
was bullied at school. He went to the Beijing Olympics at the age of
14. Brilliant! A spat with his partner, Blake Aldridge, in a
synchronised event, became public knowledge. He became individual
World Champion at the 2009 World Championships in Rome. Yes! Come
Commonwealth Games and to won gold in the 10 metres synchronised with
Max Bruch. Rob, his companion, his film maker, his best mate his
father, aged 40, dived of a brain tumour. This year Tom Daley won the
individual platform at Eindhoven. His coach criticised him for
overdoing his media and commercial activities. In Mexico, he won the
last leg of the world series before the Olympics, plus bronze in the
synchronised with Pete Waterfield. But can he beat his arch-rival from
China in London? The twists and turns of being Tom Daley. Perhaps
we will never see him as he truly is at normal speed and we should
only worry that he does not go the way of some of the child stars, and
fall. But falling is what Tom Daley does and perhaps how we see him is
no more distorted than how he sees the world, from the hand stand on
the edge of the platform 10 metres up there. Perhaps we should simply
enjoy young Tom Daley and all that he does while it lasts. I think I
was nine when I drew this. It is meet doing a handstand in the
Olympics in London 2012. -- it is me. All 1.6 seconds of it.
Tom Daley, one of the people we will be looking out for at the
Olympics. His individual event does not happen until a week on Friday
so he will be competing throughout the Games. Mark Foster was in the
same team as him during the Beijing Games. Yes. In the aquatics, and
all championships, synchronised swimming and diving altogether. But
at this multi-sport event, the tower blocks will be full of
anything from athletes, swimmers and divers, and we hang around
together because it is wanting. I remember in Beijing going out for
the opening ceremony and seeing Tom Daley, this little 14 year-old, and
he was Little, and how much media coverage he got and how much
expectation was on his shoulders. When we have seen the death of his
father, it was frightening what was going on, but how he dealt with it,
how mature, World Champion at 15, that is no mean feat. He is wise
beyond his years. Absolutely. And in his event, throwing yourself off
a 10 metre diving board and hitting a mortar at 30 mph, I have jumped
off a 10 metre diving board and it hurts! -- hitting the water. It is
scary. And if anything goes wrong, you wipe out. Lots of pressure but
if anyone can do it, he can. He has been the poster boy of London 2012.
There is so much expectation on him, like Rebecca Adlington. It is not a
fun event for them, but they have a real shot of the medal in the
Tom Daley's partner in the synchro diving is Pete Waterfield. His
Olympic career goes further back. And, in fact, it was watching him
dive at Athens in 2004 that convinced Tom he should become a
diver. Clare's been speaking to a man who used to share the platforms
with Pete Waterfield, and is now COMMENTATOR: I love the way they
came out of that. They are Britain's first silver
medal in diving for up 80 years. We were together as a synchro
pairing for 15 years. This is his 4th Olympic Games. The pairing is a
relatively new one. Now, they are evenly matched with their strength,
they are a formidable team. Who can hold their nerve. You might say the
wrong thing to the person at the wrong time. It is the relationship,
to know when to stand back. Their performance is getting better, they
What you think about the quality and difficulty of the dives?
diving, you get the scores from the judge multiplied by the degree of
difficulty. Every single dive accounts, so it is about
consistency. A slight mistake could be it. It is a straight final. Six
dives. You know Tom Daley extremely well. We all know he has dealt with
the death of his father, how impressed have you been with how he
has focused on his training? It has always been his strength, dealing
with what ever life throws at him, success at an early age, he handles
it in a mature age which is why he is such an inspiration to everybody.
His second Olympic Games. Two chances at a medal, strong medal
chances. They compete in the individual event as well, as
competitors. Realistic hopes in the synchro? They can win a medal.
There are seven of teams. What an exciting contest.
3pm is when it happens. Pete Waterfield has had an
interesting and long career. silver medal from Athens eight
years ago. He has had a lot of injuries. The reason Leon Best
retired was because of back and shoulder injury. If you get it
wrong, it can hurt an awful lot. You have training, and you have to
look after yourself. With Leon Best giving up, Peter lost his main
diving partner. This has made the perfect pair. Age and youth as it
were. You can see how passionate Leon Best is about them. We will
see them in action later. We've been here three days,
enjoying this view of the Olympic Park. But we thought it was about
time we gave you a bit more of a tour of the place. Just on the edge
of the park is the Athletes' Village. So what is the experience
of staying there like? Sonali Shah has been shown around by Great
Britain hockey defender Dan Fox, just ahead of his team's opening
Hello, nice to meet you. Nice to Welcome to my bedroom. Three of us
in here, a couple of good luck cards, books. Teddy bears. All very
masculine! And we have a great view of the park. How did you get this
room? Is this a reminder of being a student again? A I got in trouble
yesterday, the cleaners and tidied up. Are there any parties?
Whereas the bathroom? If it is this way. A shower. Water everywhere.
What more can you ask for. Show us the living room. With none of us in
here, you cannot swing a cat. We And here, these are for you are in
All of this decking makes me feel on holiday. This is your first
Olympics, do first Olympics village, do first impression? It is Poland,
the food hall is amazing, incredible. From all around the
world. You can eat as much as you You are sharing a square with a lot
of other countries, are you making friends? I requested Sweden and
Denmark! Any particular reason? get on very well, don't tell my
girlfriend! Then you for showing me Dan Fox and the hockey team will be
in action against Argentina live on BBC Three tonight, from 7pm, hoping
to emulate Britain's women who got off to a great start with a 4-0 win
For what is Fife like in the Athletes' Village? That done a halt
is immense, food from all over the Games rooms, laundry services, you
can get your hair cut. It is like a mini village. People put their flag
outside so that people know where they are. And to find themselves on
their way back. How does it work with room sharing,
did you always share with another swimmer. You always have a room
mate. You can choose. Within the team, everybody gets on anyway. You
will spend probably fool weeks with them. We go on training camps
together. You do have a bond, you have swing in common -- swimming in
We were told off 12 years ago for mentioning parties because the
swimming is over in the first week. Do they sit inside? And wait for
the rest of the Olympics to finish? They let their hair done. As long
as they respect everyone else, which they do. The athletes start
action in the week number two. Unfortunately they don't get to
enjoy it as much as the swimmers. We have live rowing and swimming
coming up here on BBC One this morning. But if you do have to head
off to work, there's plenty of ways you can keep across our Olympic
coverage. The latest choice of viewing includes badminton on BBC
Three at the moment. With archery about to get underway on the
channel shortly. Via the red button, there's some
hockey action underway, with South Korea taking on New Zealand.
And also available, women's basketball, as Croatia play China.
If we can't tempt you with those, don't forget that all 24 streams
are available via the BBC website. Every sport, every session, every
day. Now it's time to head over to Eton
Dorney for the first time today. Great Britain's rowers have made a
very good start over the last couple of days. Today, the men's
four are on the water for the first time. John Inverdale is there,
alongside a man who knows a thing or two about that particular boat.
Good morning, it is one of those good to be alive mornings,
fantastic warm sun, packed stands, in readiness for the last two
British teams hitting the water today, Katherine Grainger and Anna
Watkins in the women's doubles gold. And the men, they are conscious of
the legacy. Something to aim at. The history books always dictate.
My last Olympics was in this, but yes, we have won the Olympics three
times running. And three are reigning Olympic champions in this
category. But actually, the Australians are favourite.
Something we overlook. We have to get our ambitions in perspective.
There are certain other British boats which have a better
opportunity. You would have to put them at a slight disadvantage with
the Australians. The Brits have one of, the Australians have won. In
conditions like this. I would say the Australians are a favourite.
Though the Australians and British art in action at 11am. There are
four British boats on the water, the men's eight in the repechage,
after they were beaten by the Germans. They have had an up and
down few months. The coach has been keeping a video diary over the past
nine months. Here is the inside story of the men's eight.
On and off the water, the most exciting of races. A very different
people led by one cox. A story of our 22 of the season. It starts
inside a gym. Everyone needs to get as fit as they can. The pressure is
constant. Thoughts of the Olympics are never far away. For it is
Christmas Day 2011. Isn't it? 6 am. We are having a nice little play
before everyone else gets up. I couldn't have put in a better
start to the Olympic year. There's only 200 days left. I am trying not
to count. 2012 arise and the head off to South Africa. But not
To be honest, the Olympic year has not got off to the best start. When
in Harley Street seeing a back specialist. The rest of the team
got off to South Africa for the training camp and I was left behind.
Were loads of us that have made the camp, things do not get any easier.
When we first started, the load was so much bigger than I was used to.
I remember what would now be considered standard days, not big
days, I would sit on the sofa and crash. Consuming more food than
average. 5000 eggs. Then time for the final trials, friends racing
against friends for a place in Team GB. For some it will be good news,
for the others, the end of a dream. At the six months behind closed
doors, the eight is finally announced with new faces and old. -
- after six months. We are at our first training camp in Italy just
after the crew was formed. It final preparations are made. For some of
us these are milestone moments. Happy birthday to you! Today I am
40. No big meal, no drinking, lots of sleep and I might even have
forced myself into the bath. That is brilliant! That is the Tour's I
have made and I am pretty happy with it. -- the choice. Only three
World Cups before the Games. Dan is ruled out with a bad back, and it
is a late change and we are frustrated. Without our stroke, we
head to Belgrade wanting to make a statement and we nearly did.
Another change. Things go better. We are getting closer, but not
quite there. And then to Munich. It is our last chance to prove we can
challenge for that gold medal in London. Polar and get gold,
Australia gets silver and huge disappointment for the bronze medal
for Great Britain. -- opponent gets We have just been smashed by people
that are not even that good. In the Austrian Alps, a good place for
hard work at altitude. Some honest words among the crew. But at least
there is some good news. It feels good to be finally coming away with
us again? Of course. Stan is back in the boat. He is the youngest
member but his return has put a As the days countdown towards
London, we swapped the snow-capped mountains for the Portuguese
sunshine. The training that we have done with this line dies is --
these nine guys is better than anything we have done before and we
cannot shy away that it could be good enough to win. The eight that
we have picked are the eight best to race in this boat. We have not
had the perfect season. It is not the season we would have asked for.
When it comes to the Olympics, you only have to win one race to beat
the Olympic champion and that is the final. That is definitely
achievable. Some fantastic for touch. Is that promotion or
relegation? He is the cox, not the coach.
People are always honest off camera, and everybody always talks about
the sacrifices. But it is a choice, really. It is. I made lots of
sacrifice is 325 years of international rowing. I do not
class them as sacrifices, that is what I do. It is what you want to
do and why you want to be. Would I have liked to go out clubbing a few
times? Probably. The reality is that on days like this, having the
chance to win Olympic medals, you have to put in that commitment. If
you think about the people that have put in commitment to their day
at work, it may not be as glamorous but you need to put it into get the
result. Greg Searle was integral to that piece and he is a key member
of the crew. We are going to talk about him over the next few days.
To come back at the age of 40 when you have not been very
competitively for some time, how much of an achievement is it to be
in the boat in the first place and what if he got a medal? In his day,
he was one of the best rowers in the world. He was outstanding. In
some ways, you can say that he has underperformed with an Olympic gold
medal and an Olympic bronze medal. To be out of the sport for 10 years,
to come back and win silver, repeat that the following year and then to
be here at the Olympics, if you look at his times and performance
so far, you would put our guys down took win silver. I think they can
win a medal. I think they can overturn the Germans on Wednesday.
In turns of medals, Greg Searle is in silver medal position when it
comes to the potential fairy-tale at the rare ring. In the gold medal
position undoubtedly is Katherine Grainger. Silver medal at Athens
and Beijing and desperately hoping to win her first gold medal at Eton
Dorney. When I started rowing at university I was really not very
good at all. I loved it, great fun, but there was never the sense that
I was destined for great things. I did not start rowing thinking I
would be an Olympic athlete. I just started because it was a great
thing to do, very sociable and a great bunch of people and I loved
it. There were always constant goals being set, moving on, moving
on. I have probably learnt that everybody is capable of so much
more than they know. People can set really high, ambitious goals, and
just going on that journey to achieve them, they will learn so
much about themselves and do things they never thought were possible.
We have been in a good place pretty much since we got the boat together.
It is very exciting to be in it. We have been hugely successful, never
beaten, we are the crew to go out and beat. Especially on your home
soil, everybody wants that. I think we have but the people that have
gone before us on pedestals and there have always been role-models
and people to look up to. People do not set out to be that successful,
but in pursuit of excellence in other ways, it you realise you are
then at that standard and you have become somebody that can show
people what can be done and it is a great journey to be on.
The next stage of that will be at 10:20am this morning, the first
race. If I turn to my left, they should be coming out of the boat
yard. Matthew Pinsent is waiting for them shall -- for them.
It is the first time a live television camera has been in a
boating area. It is a real privilege to be here. You can see
the dark blue tights and white T- shirts, Katherine Grainger and Anna
Watkins and their coach, just about to take to the water for their race.
You can see the bird tracks for of the cruise over there. -- boat to
racks for all of the crus. And over there, the rest area where they
chill out. If they can, they pick up their boat, it down the
gangplank, on to the pontoon and on to the London 2012 bridge into the
warm up late. It goes all the way back to the start. You can see in
the distance, two kilometres away, the start line of the Olympic
course. They raced down in this direction in front of that
fantastic crowd, the chance to race for an Olympic medal. It is the
first time that we have been allowed to have accrued down by the
boat yard. Another innovation has been that amazing camera that
sweeps down the course. We will head down to the start, because the
women's quad is there, the first of four boats in action over the next
hour and a half. Dan Topolski and Garry Herbert, good morning. Good
morning. We are really waiting for this. Anticipation has been
building all morning around the course as friends and family come
up to this side of it, the grandstand. A big race for Great
Britain, in lane number one. This is the repechage, the second
opportunity to get through to the green light, so we are racing now
in the repechage of the women's quad sculls. At the top of the
picture, Great Britain, New Zealand in two, Australia in three, United
States in four, Poland in five, China is six. It is incredible that
China are 6th, because they are the defending Olympic champions. They
did not come through their heat and they have to get through the hard
way. Lane six, the Olympic champions, with three of the boat
that beat Katherine Grainger in Beijing in 2008. In that crew, two
of the British crew currently racing in lane number one. Great
Britain in low number one and the Lane number one. The repechage is
the race of death. The first four will get through to the final.
Already in lane number one, watched the Bowers -- Great Britain are
starting to slip back. Great Britain have been dominant for such
a long time. We have got two Olympic silver medallists back in
the boat. You would expect them to be up here but they will find it
very tough to get back against these very competitive quads.
like that with a quarter of the race down, 1500 to go, it is
imperative that the British crew get back into the race. They are in
5th position with Australia racing through in first. Four will go
through to the main final, two will go out. Great Britain must not be
one of the two that go out but at the moment they are. The Australian
crew were 4th at the World Championships last year. The
British were 7th, winning the B final. They have strengthened this
year. Debbie Flood coming back into the boat. France's Horton in the
middle of that British court. -- Frances Houghton. Fabulous races,
they just need to move it on. The former World Champion from 2010 is
in the boat. No reason why they cannot get a month the mix. They
are slipping back into 6th. It is hard to understand. In that boat,
we have two the Libyans from four years ago who have been injured. --
a Olympians. It is immensely depressing for them. Australia
looking strong and collected as they pick up the water with their
skull tips. They pick it up and drive it through with the leg drive
and they look very relaxed and sure to qualify. We are at the critical
stage of the race for Great Britain. They go through the halfway mark.
They slip back into 6th. 1000 to go. If it stays like this, Great
Britain will not qualify for the Olympic final. The race leader's at
champions, in lane number six. China now making a move into third
position. The British, we know they have a sprint, when it all comes
together they race and they know how to race and they are going to
have to do that now if they have any chance of surviving in this
race. It is critical. There was a signed just then. They seemed to
galvanise and realise the position. Poland have slipped back. New
Zealand are still there. They are not going to catch China and the
United States and Australia, so they are racing Poland and New
Zealand for 4th place. USA is the world silver medallist from last
year. China still pushing on. These boats are rising up. We need
fireworks and we need them now. 500 to go. Great Britain are moving. It
will be a mad dash for the line. The British have moved from 6th up
to six. They are hunting China. -- up to 5th. They can do it but they
need a massive race. They are not going to catch Australia and United
States. There is a crack in the New Zealand boat. Great Britain now in
4th place. That was a very timely crack from New Zealand. That has
put them in last place and Great Britain have taken the opportunity
and pushed through. The British crew have been given a get out of
jail card on that. Coming up hard in a number one. Out front, the
United States of America, pushing on hard. They have been pushed hard
Australia and the United States of America, out in front. Here come
the British, charging to the line. This is for qualification spot.
have moved up into third place. 40 strokes a minute, closing in on
the two leading crews. USA, Australia. The British against the
position, that has been a fabulous last two hundred metres, a driver
for the line. They were definitely looking as if they would qualify at
the end. They know they still need a lot of work if they are to get
into the medals but they know they can do that.
Paul told New Zealand, they must have broken something in their boat,
I think that may kick-start them into doing a little bit more as we
The Chinese probably would have gone out, but shows you what field
it is, with New Zealand. Hopefully, the grant will help to
stir them. They need to be mentally strong. In the second half, we saw
that. If they hadn't actually qualified,
would that have any bearing on team morale? I do not think so. Because
they haven't been performing since they had been in this unit, they
didn't qualify for the final at the World Championships last year. So a
think that the team has accepted if they don't do very well it is not a
surprise. We all work two percentage times what each boat is
they stand. That was a great start. Here we go
with the men's eight. There is a lot at stake. One of the great
spectacles of any Olympic regatta, any Olympic Games. Were there is a
lot at stake. They know suddenly for one boat they will not be
involved in the grand showdown on finals when the men's eight final
will be. A huge chair -- cheer. For they have a great chance. We
have an opportunity to do something to worry the Germans. I expect our
team to win this but I am hoping they will do something a little bit
special in the first 1000, to set themselves up for Wednesday.
Qualification is not a problem, it is how they do it.
We saw that video diary, all that the men's eight, six off the start,
only four will qualify for the final. Great Britain have been
playing No. 4. Canada, the defending Olympic champions, lane
one. Poland in lane two. Australia beat Great Britain in Munich, the
last World Cup regatta. They are in lane three. Great Britain in a lane
four. This is an important race for Great Britain from a technical and
race for approach. They have gone out fast. They need to be quick out
of 500. If they have any chance of chasing Germany who are already in
the finals, they need to lead. We expect Britain to win this but they
need for themselves to laid down a lace -- a race plan. They have only
really been together for six weeks. Louloudis was injured. He hasn't
raced with the group bought season, in any of the World Cup. It was an
act of faith to put him in the stroke seat, untried.
They us is going to plan. Remember, it is about speed in the first 500,
and 1000. Their history of an Olympic gold medal in this event
has always been that the leader at 500 and at 1000 has always gone on
to win. The German group are through to the final, we know they
are quick, they go like a rocket and out of the start. Right now,
they are doing what they need to do, get out quick. It will hurt at this
stage, they need to keep pushing on. Can a debt in lane one. Great
Britain looking very smooth. -- Canada in lane one. They are at the
Olympic champions. They were humiliated and it -- it in the
first heat. Easing their way alongside the British. They are in
cruising mode, moving nicely, the flexibility to sprint further down
the track when they need to. Up to the halfway mark, 1000 to go.
through to the final. It is imperative from a psychological
point of view that Great Britain won this race. They will have to
win it. It will give them a good lane alongside Germany or the
United States who won the first heats. 12 years ago, when Great
Britain won in Sydney, they did it the hard way, they didn't have a
great heat, they had to fight through the repechage. Then they
flew into the final. Louloudis was at Eton College, who built this
rowing course and gave it to the Olympics. They will be very proud
of him as they lead this strong field through to the 1,500 metre
mark. Greg Searle, 40, 20 years on since he won a gold medal with you,
them, they get on so well. Speed now, two of birds of a length --
two thirds of a length. The British will have to be aware that Canada
will come back at them and will attack them harder. The Canadians
are going for a win. Watch out also for Australia in May number three,
they humiliated Great Britain in Munich six weeks ago. Here come the
Australia, the Olympic champions Canada. Surely Great Britain have
done enough to win this. 36 strokes a minute, still room for them to
sprint on. They are in a good position. Canada, 38 strokes a
minute, 39 strokes a minute. Canadians are driving, they can
sense blood. The British are holding on by the skin of their
Great Britain have done a job well final. What a great performance
from Great Britain, they to get right from the start, what a fight
back from Canada. Olympic champion at stuff. Ukraine, have right out
of it. Very pleasing for Great Britain. They looked the part, that
is another step forward. They set out to do something in the first
1000 metres. Then, they cruised home. A fantastic journey for Greg
Searle and his friends. We are now down to one race. They are through
to the final. Surely, 20 years on, you can't do it again, another gold
medal? Unbeaten world champions who have qualified already. And, the
United States. They won the opening heat and they looked outstanding.
We haven't seen them much at all. They have a very good crew. That
was an outstanding performance from look around, a job well done. They
have learned to get out quick. As we look down, we can get
How excited was that? Garry Herbert doesn't get excited! -- does get
excited! At the end, our great was slower. They made their point in
the first half. That is mentally what they were going to do.
Everyone was getting excited. It is an exciting race. The reality is,
they wanted to make a point in the first 1000. That will give them
great confidence. Louloudis, he hasn't been racing all season. His
second race of the season. There are nine in the boat, Louloudis is
at the stroke seat. He determines the rhythm of the boat. He has had
no competition. In the repechage, people think of having another
chance. They lost against the best boat a couple of days ago, Germany.
It gives them a lot of time. Being in a situation watching a repechage,
it is hard, the Germans would have found that hard to watch. If they
were watching that, what would they have learnt from their rivals?
is not going to be easy. They have won every race they have been in
for the last four years. They will not have it all their own way, they
know how strong Great Britain is. Things that might not go their way.
Our team can have a surprise and the Germans will know that.
Two more to come this morning at Eton Dorney, at 10:50am. First, the
the official checks. The heel restraints, they hold the heel of
the Rolling chute into the boat. So have the worst should happen and
anyone should turn upside down, you can get away and swim from the boat.
Every rowing boat has to go through that safety precaution, even at the
Olympics. Their coach has been talking to them in the last few
minutes. Going through the race plan, I'm sure. I always found the
opening round of the Olympic Games quite a tough race. If you are
favourite, you know you should win, you know you can beat the
opposition, but it's always difficult. It's always difficult to
execute your plan properly. So the accreditation comes off, you don't
have to race with your accreditation on, that can go to
your coach. The balls go into the water. Alleyne number goes into the
slot and a GPS data transmitter as well. -- a lane that number. Then
they get into the boat. There's an identity check, a facial
recognition that one of the officials will come over and say,
yes, that's definitely you, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins.
That is the end of the official interfering. They can then try and
ogres as best they can with the job in hand. -- they can try and focus
as best they can. They definitely can win this race. It's now a
matter of how they go and do it for Great Britain.
If we refer back to the women's quad race the 20 minutes or so ago,
when they were convinced something broke in the New Zealand boat, this
is effectively a Formula One rowing boat. There's a lot of technical
equipment in this, a lot of expertise has gone into its
formulation. There is always that concern, that's why it is so
important to have the back-up team to make sure everything is in
perfect condition and everything works before they hit the water.
There's quite a lot of adjustment and set up from that point of view.
Actually, they are very technically put together but are quite basic in
that whole process. It is the coach who will go through, clean the boat
down, give it a bit of Polish, I think Paul Thompson likes putting a
bit of vinegar on it to clean off all the grace from that side of it.
But there is very little that can go wrong with it. Probably what
happened in the women's quad is the blade got caught in the water and
the force of that then put so much pressure in the gate that you could
have moved the gate, and that was probably the breakage. What we have
internationally is the first 100m is a breakage rule. If something
breaks then, then you can have that replaced and start the race again.
Anything over that, that's it, you are out. Catherine and Anna Watkins
heading out, between here and there, is it a mental operation, just
getting yourself in the zone? is probably the easiest of the
whole of the preparation. It's something you've been out
practising day after day for the last two or three months, this is a
warm-up session before your main session. When you put your hands on
the boat and carry it down, that is when you are in your element.
You've practised and trained for it. What you can't practise is the
waiting around before that. The warm-up is something you feel quite
relaxed in. By last Olympics, I remember feeling quite laid back.
But it was hell until you put the boat on the water. They are on the
water when they race begins at 10:20am.
What a pleasure to watch the rowing this morning. Consistently strong
start from Britain's rowers at Eton Dorney. We will be back to see
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins and the men's four, which is at
10:50am this morning. Press your red button if you want to watch the
Horse Guards Parade, after yesterday's success for Zara
Dampney and Shauna Mullin. And there is men and women's judo on
offer. Britain's Sarah Clark is in action. Table tennis as well. Paul
Drinkhall is in the second match on Table 1 later this morning, and
We are going to be heading to the swimming, because the heats for the
women's 200 metres freestyle are coming up. Ahead of that, Mark
Foster is with me. It's all about the women in this next part of what
is happening in the Aquatics Centre. Who should be watch out for?
Rebecca Turner and Kate were catchy. She was the world champion in 2006
in Melbourne, then she had a bit of a lull, but his back to her best
again. It's going to be a tall order because you have Schmitt,
Pellegrini, sauce drum up. A very tough field. Federica Pellegrini
was in action, how has she been looking so far? The 400 was not
good. She used to have the world record at 200, but is not
performing particularly well here at the moment. I don't know whether
she bogeys on the 400 or the 200, on the 400, because of the times
done this year, maybe she thought she couldn't win that and would
concentrate on the 200. For our two girls, it's a case of making it
through to the top 16, making it through to the semi-finals, getting
another swim and then making it through to the final. If you do
best times you will give yourself Not long to go until those heats
get under way. Let's join Clare Balding and Ian Thorpe. I hope
being is not missing the comfort of our studio too much. I think he
will survive. A after last night, being on the late programme, I'm
pretty happy to be out of the studio and into the action at the
pool. What have you got in your bag? I've got my swimming back. I
have my costumes and goggles and I am tempted to get in. Would they
let you? I know that their new manager, so I think I could
technically speaking in, but I wouldn't feel right doing that.
think that would be pretty immense. Obviously he is an Australian
swimming legend with five gold medals to his name, but we've seen
Dawn Fraser, who was one of the Australians who helped light the
flame in Sydney. She's an iconic swimmer in Australia. She is. The
first woman to ever win three gold medals in consecutive Olympic Games.
Incredible. One of the biggest supporters of the Australian team.
One of the things which is terribly interesting about swimming is the
fact that very small swimmers can compete against a very big swimmers.
In the first of the heats for the 200 metres freestyle, Missy
Franklin, 17-year-old from America. She is 6 ft 1. She has women size
13 feet. She has, as you have, the physical attributes that have to be
such an advantage. Advantage, yes. Overall, I'd say yes to it being an
advantage but what I find really interesting at the moment is when
we saw the more petite swimmers, when they are under water they get
off the war, they have a higher frequency of kick. What they are
doing is they're able to manipulated more like a dolphin
than the larger swimmers, that actually have to take a glide
through. Then of the bride they have to introduce a larger cake
that creates more resistance and the water. Although the biggest
swimmers get their power off the wall, the smallest swimmers are
trying to qualify for semi-finals. Rebecca Turner, 19-year-old drains
in Sheffield. She was in the relay team last year. She won the British
trials in this pole. There is Missy Franklin. She comes from Colorado
and is very conscious that she is trying to improve the mood in
Colorado after the shootings bear. She was asked about it in a press
conference and dealt with the questions extremely well. Good luck
to her, but also good luck to had. -- hat. Really difficult for
the commentators with all of those white hats. The only red had in the
field right at the top, on the left-hand side, is Rebecca Turner,
who won the British Championships on the 200 metres freestyle. She
swam really well there. I'd love to see her get out and really go. It
looks like she is going with Popova solid job. -- Missy Franklin.
Pellegrini didn't look good. I think she has been struggling in
this competition. She changed cultures three times in the last
Last year, she didn't swim Lisbet led of the American Relate. She did
a faster time leading off that we laid and Federica Pellegrini in the
next lane to her, closer to us, did to win the individual title on this.
starting to come through. Pellegrini is going to win it.
Second Franklin. Popova in third. Didn't look as smooth as she
normally can do, but I think that will help the confidence, for sure.
Not so good time wires. About four Turner. That will not be good
enough to make the semis. Some very fast swimmers still to come.
Franklin, looking quite tired in McClatchey Yngling two. But Camille
Muffat, the new champion from last night, she goes in four. For me,
she is the favourite in this 200 metres freestyle event. Allison
Schmitt, the fastest in the world this year, she goes in the next
heat. Lane five has withdrawn. Heemskerk of Holland has withdrawn.
She was the fastest qualifier into the final in the world
championships last year. She was in eased off a little bit. The Chinese
lady in six, Wang The. We haven't any information on these two
Chinese women. And 18-year-old Linlin 6, 20-year-old in lane seven.
No real form internationally on 200 the favourite for the final, she
has some work to do if she's going to be in the semi. She's starting
to work pretty hard. Bronte Barratt also working hard. Muffat starting
to come back through. Rangelova in crowd starting to lift her, a
catchy putting herself in top-three position. This is very good for
McClatchey because she was a little bit down on the 100, but she's
starting to come through. His super finish. She wins. The crowd has
gone absolutely nuts. Very good swim. To make the semi-final of the
world championships last year it should be fine. But Muffat didn't
find a way to go. A very happy lady. Well done. Muffat might have been
It is interesting in the mornings because metals are not being swum
for, but as far as this crowd are concerned, they've seen a British
winner. The noise! It's fantastic, but support the swimmers are
receiving. First, especially, even if it second or third, the crowd
roars. What did you think of Pellegrini, the defending champion,
the world record holder, and Miss E Franklin in their heat.
seafront and was quite disappointing this morning. She
didn't look as comfortable as we've seen her in the past. Pellegrini
hasn't been swimming the best in this competition. This will give
That was a lovely smile, I guess it big -- it is because of this noise.
Yes, the crowd has been fantastic. I saw them raising last night and
it was fantastic, such an inspiration, and I used that this
morning for top it is fantastic for you coming back into form now when
it matters. You had such a great Commonwealth Games and then a
difficult few years and now you're looking as good as you ever have.
lot of credit goes to my coach. I had a really tough few years with
illness and injury and I am starting to come back now. I hope I
can progress into the semi-finals and do a good job tonight.
looks so chuffed with that. We will be back in the pool later, we have
Joe Roebuck, Hannah Miley, Michael Phelps.
Because thank you. What a lovely result for British swimming. She
did fantastically well. It was absolutely brilliant. Becky Turner
went first and she is probably in the 11th or 12th place at the
moment. The semi-finals his top 16. Five heats this morning, day... In
total about 40 swimmers and 16 will progress. If it is 400 of longer,
it goes to a straight final. McLetchie looked great there. But
she will make it through to the semi-finals. -- McClatchey. The
medals are not given out until the finals, but she is back to her best.
She was brilliant six years ago in the Commonwealth Games. She has
more experience now. Becky Turner, her first Games, and she is gaining
a lot of experience. A lot of swimmers in the British squad are
experiencing their first Olympics. We have a squad of 44 swimmers and
for 24 of them, it is their first Olympics. Seven Or in their third
Olympic Games. But the nice thing is, because it is one team and they
train together, there are different training camps throughout the --
throughout the year, they spend a lot of time together. It is
important that some of the more senior swimmers do well because for
the younger ones... When I was first in the team, Adrian Moorhouse
was in the team. As soon as your big dog does well, you get a lot of
strength from it. We are just hearing that Rebecca Turner has not
made it through to the semi-final. This is that whole process,
regardless of how they finished, you have to look at the overall
picture. It was a strong field. On paper, she was going to struggle to
make the top 16, but she had a decent swim. It is one of those
things, or when it comes to a championship, everybody expects you
to do your best times and in some cases you need that to progress.
That experience she gained there, first big major international meet,
in front of 17,000 people, it is daunting. We will get the detail
from Clare Balding later. Let's go straight back to Eton Dorney
because more of that rowing action is coming up.
Talking about the big dogs of the pool, the big dogs in the women's
rowing team are about to compete for the first time. Grange and
Watkins. How frustrating is it that they have been waiting and waiting
while some of its crews have had two races? It is not very nice, you
want to get out there and get a feel of the water and the
atmosphere. Sitting around is not very nice. But this is their time.
In terms of this race, is it about the time, the performance, what is
it? For our very, very relaxed a couple of days ago when I spoke to
them. They were talking about if the conditions were right, they
would not mind taking the Olympic record. It is in their grasp in
record. It is in their grasp in this heat. There they are. Let's
join the commentators. It has been a remarkable story for
Katherine Grainger. Since 1997, when she was in the women's eight
and getting a bronze medal, what a journey. She is now only two races
have jumped out of the start. A fabulous combination. They have
dominated this event over the last two years. They were first in the
2010 World Championships. Undefeated throughout the 2012
World Cup campaign. Right at the end, in that last World Cup in
Munich, up comes Australia putting together a quick crew. They are in
the next heat. It is not a foregone conclusion that Watkins and
Grainger will win this. The first two to qualify through to the final.
The British really have been sitting around for a number of days
so they will be eager to get all of those nerves out of the system.
They really have opened up a lead now from the start. New Zealand
tracking them a bit, but they have sprung out and now they will settle
into a good race pace. They will be glad to be on the course, opening
race. For Katherine Grainger, three times an Olympic silver medallist.
She had to try to make that a gold medal at her closing race if after
Three-quarters of a length up. The crowd are watching this on a
massive screen. Every time we see a clip of the British double, there's
a massive roar of applause. A steely look of determination from
Katherine Grainger. She nearly retired after that third silver
medal, which was such a disappointment in Beijing. She
thought she had had enough. But she was only 33. She just decided to
give it a go as a single and see whether there's a problem with
herself. She did so well and got a silver medal in the Silk -- single
sculls. She found that this combination with Anna Watkins was
made in heaven. It is a lovely combination. They are a great
double and a row with such strength and fluidity. New Zealand going
through the picture. Third at the World Championships last year. The
Czech Republic, Antosova sisters, they were 6th last year. We have
China in this line-up. None of these crews have come anywhere near
challenging the British dominance in this event over the last two
years. He for the previous Olympiad, New Zealand were dominant as well.
This is even more so. And even more dominant combination. Australia,
with Kim Crow having qualified for the single scull and the double
scull, she is doing both events, she is going to be the biggest
challenge in this event, probably. A nice tailwind as Katherine
Grainger and Anna Watkins have opened up a significant amount of
clear water over the chasing pack being led by New Zealand. We would
expect this, but for them it is more about putting in a good
performance over the whole course. They are keeping it up. They are
using the tail wind and not necessarily going for the world
record, but they want to lay down a marker. A significant statement to
say, if you're going to win, it will need an extraordinary
performance. This is great, this is fantastic. 35 strokes a minute,
that is keeping the pressure on. I would suspect they just want to lay
down a pretty important quick time. The camera is running right down
the course above the athletes. This is strong, this is confident. Just
pushing their legs and feet, driving the body back. It is a good,
strong, very effective stroke. Very well trained by Paul Thompson,
their coach. Katherine Grainger, 36 sculling. On the far side you've
got Paul Thompson, their coach, coming down. Look at the crowd as
we come up towards the 1,500m mark. 500 to go now. They have opened up
a significant gap. That is the expectation. Great Britain off
through. They are safely through 1,500, but they are using the tail
wind and pushing it along. Trying to make sure they keep their
distance. As she has done from the very first stroke, look at the
expression on Katherine Grainger. A woman on a mission. I can read out
her history of rowing, six World Rowing Championship gold medals,
three Olympic silver medals, all of which are completely irrelevant.
She is craving that last elusive medal that is not yet in the
collection, the Olympic gold medal. They are doing everything in his
opening heat to lay down a marker and say they are the ones to beat.
It will only be Australia who come out in the next heat that will get
anywhere near them. An impressive start from Granger and Watkins of
Great Britain. Nobody either side of them. An adoring crowd as they
come up to the last few hundred metres. They took a quick glance to
the right to look at the big screen. Katherine Grainger and her partner
Anna Watkins getting the biggest roar and appreciation from the
crowd. She has such a following and rightly so. A wonderful combination,
a fantastic person. There's now only one race to go, the Olympic
final. They've done absolutely everything asked of them. The crowd
are on their feet. The flags are going mad. Katherine Grainger and
Anna Watkins are into the Olympic final. One race remaining, that's
it. All focused on that. Even at 33 strokes a minute, without actually
having to race really hard, they produced the fastest Olympic time
ever. Totally dominant, fantastic performance and they got what they
wanted. That is laying down a very good market. Only two cruise to go
through. That is the second of the two big events, the women's pair
straight through qualifying for their final, joined by the women's
double. The two top women's boats qualifying for the Olympic final.
It is looking good in the women's team. Paul Thompson, the chief
coach. Meerkat the glorious pictures as the sun comes down on
Eton Dorney this morning. -- look at. They just looks so, so good.
When they could have just sat back, when they knew the race was won,
they wanted more. That is what the appreciation of his home crowd does.
They say thank you. Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger from Great
Britain, and New Zealand, through to the Olympic final. An Olympic
to the Olympic final. An Olympic best time, not bad. At that almost
felt like we were watching a great racehorse that was just cantering.
They seemed so relaxed last week when I saw them. They were ready.
They were talking about Olympic records in the heats if they had
the right conditions. They looked so relaxed and snood, probably the
best I have ever seen them skull. - - relaxed and smooth. The first
silver medal was a surprise. The second one was where they should
have finished. The third one was the disappointment because they
were joint favourites. This one they are favourites for. Fay are
looking a class above. -- they are. One more race for Katherine
Grainger in her career. We have one more race feature in a British crew
here, the men's four. Let's go back to the boatyard.
The last few seconds on the pontoon. Andy Hodge owned -- and Alex
Gregory in the boat, joined by a heat and Tom - joined by Peter and
Tom. Jurgen Rober and never says Now it is their moment to start
their Olympic campaign 2012. As the Garry Herbert phrase goes, we are
An awful lot of expectation on them. They're big enough to take that.
Yes, they know what they're capable of doing. There are really two
boats in this event, the Australians and themselves. The
Australians are probably the better technicians and our boat has a bit
more power in it. It comes down to who can produce it. We have the
Australian's first and then the Great Britain team after that. We
are back foot two more races at Eton on this fantastic morning.
There are worse ways of starting a mandate than this!
It is looking glorious bear, as it is at the Olympic Park. We will be
back for the rowing at about 10:50am. We've had news of who has
qualified so far in the heats that have taken place already, so let's
head back to Clare Balding. Some disappointment for Rebecca Turner.
Even more upsetting when you realise she will be missed out...
She will be lining up tonight. The big challenge is to be one of the
top eight. It is done on time rather than where you finish in the
semis, which is difficult because it's not about beating her next
door, it's about going as fast as you can. Absolutely. And we've seen
too many people at this competition is out by a smallest fraction.
People who were expected to make finals will finish in one of those
outside lanes, which mostly you don't want to be in. She will have
to have a tops win tonight to make it through to the final. Now we
look at the men's 200 metres butterfly. Joe Roebuck for Great
quickly, he's up in lane three with a green hat. Joe Roebuck in lane
Roebuck in the red cap, two from the top. Looking a little sluggish
out a little bit quickly and not pacing it well. I can't imagine he
looks like he is kicking someone. He does the second kick slightly
early. There are two kicks in butterfly, you kick when you go in
and then when you push your arms Roebuck. Stjepanovic still holding
on. I think he is playing into the going to be hurting like something
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds
time in these heats. It will just set you back. Stjepanovic putting
in the effort all the way through. That is not going to be good enough
for Joe Roebuck. The big dog in the men's 200 metres butterfly is the
defending champion, Michael Phelps, the world record holder. Tell me
about the way he swims butterfly, because there's something quite
interesting. I like seeing my goals Wim fly best when his face is
facing down. So when he takes a breath, he believes towards the
water. He comes out and takes a breath here, rather than lifting
his head up like this. He actually has a straight spine and bouncers
on top of the water. This is when he's at his very best. I noticed in
the 400 the other night that he was lifting his head slightly more than
I have seen him do of late. I'll be interested in this 200 fly to see
how he looks. To see if he has his The other conflict in this heat is
that Phelps is up against Tyler that Phelps is up against Tyler
Clary. He is his American team-mate who made the mistake of questioning
Phelps' achievements, saying he has done it all on talent and that he
hasn't had to train hard. Phelps was asked about this and he said,
yeah, Tyler came and sat on my bed and apologised. Phelps went, you
know, it doesn't really matter. Also lining up in this heat,
Roberto Pavoni from Great Britain. What an amazing thing to be in a
seven. He won the British trials in the 400 and was second on the 200
fly up. But he's got a really good chance of getting through to the
semi-final here. It's not been that quick so far at Phelps, well, he
tends to do just enough in the seats. Back in Athens, even in the
semi-final, that was very interesting with Great Britain's
Stephen Parry. I think you qualified faster than Phelps for
the final. Phelps in the middle. Doing enough. Pavoni, two from the
left. He was born and brought up about 20 minutes from here even
though he trains in Loughborough I expect him to start going. The
big guys tend to go at halfway. He's going well, but also going
well is Tyler Clary. Clary now leading Michael Phelps. It is only
a heat. All he has to do is make it through to the semi. It looks to me
as it Phelps is in better sprinting position than he is on the distance
races. He doesn't look that good at How interesting that Tyler Perry,
after all he had said, he gets out there and beats Phelps. I know it's
only the heats but it is a only the heats but it is a
statement. The it is. It's a statement he may regret in the
future. I say Michael Phelps, 14 gold medals. Clary, no gold medals.
That maintained, this was a very strong swim. We will be back in the
We will get Mark Foster's view on that particular heat shortly. Now
we are going back to Eton Dorney, it's time to see Great Britain's
flagship vote in action. Before that, Australia are going in the
there's been all the talking and waiting, but now is the moment.
Very much so. Everyone has talked about the class of the Australians.
Now we are going to see if they can produce it. I think they will win
quite comfortably. I would be looking at the time and comparing
it with the British group. There are literally two very fast boats
in the whole field. One is in this side of the draw and the other is
on the other. They both want to give an impression that they are
very much in control and going fast not a bad boat, Germany came 5th
last year. There's been a lot of war of words from the Aussie camp
out of the blocks in the first five strokes. Now they get going. The
first two or three strokes, very confidently done. They are away and
through to the semi-final. Great Britain doubling in the next heat.
relaxed they are, how long they are, how easy they take the stroke when
position. They took it quite steady in the first few strokes. They
think about long, loose and relaxed strokes. The Australian crew just
creeping out ahead now. We've got alongside them Serbia in 3, Canada
just slipping back. New Zealand in the semi-final. Australia just
easing away. See how well their boat runs. There's very little dig
at the finish of the stroke, so the boat just runs true and parallel to
the water, just straight over the top of the water. There is Drew
Ginn there. Joshua Duncan-Smith in Australian camp that since 1996,
when Drew Ginn first won his gold medal in the coxless four back in
Atlanta or, he won a gold at every Olympic Games that he has competed
at. He was injured back in Sydney. That 92 boat was known as the
Australians. They are out to almost a length at the halfway mark in
this heat of the men's heavyweight and lead the Aussies. They are in
the Australians always really spend a lot of time making sure that
there is great synchronicity in the boat, great accuracy in the way
they take their strokes, that they are very relaxed. They've got
beautiful ease of movement. They get out to a very good bit of
length there. They put the blades in the water and then they make the
impact. A very quick impact as they take the stroke. Allayed drive,
their bodies open up and then they finished off with the arms, the
arms, the biggest muscle group in the body, so that's just finishing
off the stroke. -- the weakest sprints for the line. -- pushes.
There are now just strolling. This is very, very easy, very impressive,
expression of confidence by this crew, they released on their
website a 62nd clip of them growing. -- or rowing. They looked good in
that, and they look good today. Australians always talking good
game. In this case, it is pretty justified because they look pretty
immaculate, pretty effortless. They will cruise to the line. Talking to
Jimmy Tomkins, the daddy of the Aussie men's team from years gone
by, he said Great Britain will be hard pushed to beat this crew. They
are not under any pressure right now. Powering up to the line. We
are seeing a demonstration of technique in this crew at the very,
very highest level. They will go through to the semi-final. The race
is on for second place. Germany are semi-final. The remainder will go
into the repechage. All of the talk and expectation, they are good, but
just how good remains to be seen. They go through to the semi-final
where they still will not meet Great Britain. The showdown will
come in the Olympic final. That was still an Olympic best time and they
were just cruising. They were hardly raising a sweat. They went
faster than anybody has ever gone at an Olympics. They took two or
three strokes off the start, a lot slower than their rivals, which is
a mark of the confidence they have, that they don't get flustered. This
is a class crew. Care little acknowledgement -- a little
acknowledgement. As they go off to wind down, Great Britain will be
next up. Australia with a new Olympic record. They have laid down
a pretty big benchmark for Great This dual is being billed as the
Ashes showdown, if you like. You feel like there are four Ricky
Pontings in that Aussie boat! There's a mix of experience in
there. In the girls' double as well, it is between the Brits and the
Aussies. It shows you the strength of the two countries. There are a
number of events where both countries are back lip get out.
There was an Olympic record. But the world record is held by our
four, 10 seconds quicker than they four, 10 seconds quicker than they
have just gone and done it. This is our quartet. We are... We are 2,500
metres away and you could hear the crowd on our microphones. Massive
support. When it comes to the final, that may well be the difference.
Any talk at the start or is it just calm and relaxed? Very little talk.
You put her hands on the boat about 35 minutes before the race. You're
warming up, you have to be on the stake boat two minutes before the
clocks,. The umpire will go through a roll-call of every country and is
normally silence. Maybe has shaken hands with the person in front of
you. Very little is said. It is sheer concentration. I don't
suppose this British team knows that the Australians have broken
the Olympic record, but that is orders. There are four boats, three
to qualify for the semi-final. Andy Hodge in that district seat, Tom
James, Peter Reed. There's been some changes in the seating order.
Peter Reed and Alex Gregory have swapped around. They believe they
have got a bit more speed out of that. This is still a class crew.
What a risk Jurgen Robles has taken. Hodge and Reed coming out of the
pair from last year. Coming into this four only to be met by a very
quick Aussie four. Remember that Jurgen Grobler has not lost this
event since he came to Britain and started working with Steve and
Matthew Pinsent. He is very talent -- canny and he is looking to try
and improve the boat speed by improving their technique. Hodge
and Reed were in the pair for three years together so they started to
roll in a different way to the way the other two, Alex Gregory and Tom
James, were rolling. They are trying to bring in ease of movement.
That is so they can allow the boat to travel between the strikes.
Through 500m. Be a good start from the British crew. They are
stretching out. They are getting length. Now you know they will be
confident and happy with the rhythm. The second 500 his rhythm for them.
A nice little insight into the boat. Very important that they got out
and lead. Some of these crews have led them in the first 250 metres in
previous regattas. A good start from Team GB. They are looking
confident, they are looking long and relaxed. He a lot of the
Challenge between Australia and Great Britain is that Australia
were very confident in Sydney that they would win a lot of gold medals
and Great Britain beat them in the eight and the four. Obviously the
Australians are after revenge. That has been hurting them for the last
12 years! Great Britain are moving their boat along very sweetly. That
looks very relaxed. That will be the key for Great Britain, to stay
relaxed, to stay long in the last six or 700 metres against Australia
when the chips are down and they are fighting for that place. We are
through the halfway mark and Great Britain have gone clear. All going
according to plan and on those bikes somewhere is the Jurgen
Grobler, the chief coach of the men's heavyweight team. He will be
pretty content. But he will know we are long way from the last 500m of
the Olympic final in terms of effort and what is required. The
most important thing is we have not seen them since Munich six weeks
ago. They have turned things around in terms of speed, but Australia
will also have done that. He imperative for Great Britain to get
the middle 1,000m nail hard in terms of rhythm, keeping for rhythm.
That is whether Aussies will be quick. Australia will have
sustainable rhythm where they don't have to work. To compare and
contrast this season, Great Britain have relied on power where
Australia have relied on technique. Now we are getting the great clash.
Great Britain are at a very comfortable 34 strokes a minute.
This is then cruising. They will be so glad to be racing finally
because a lot of the crews that are in the team will have already
raised their second races. At last they are out there feeling the
will go through to the semi-final. What has impressed me is that Great
Britain are getting right up to the catch. Watch how the blades going.
Great confidence in placing the blade, they are moving the boat
around and passed it. A wonderful shot as the sun comes down on Eton
Dorney. The British in the crowd really appreciating what they are
seeing. We will come up to this wall of noise. The hairs will be
rising on the back of their neck. Resisting all temptation to do a
little sprint. They don't need to, it is about containment. Don't
worry about the rest of the boats coming back. It is a job well done.
The time will be an irrelevant, to be honest. It would be nice to
match the Australian crew. But they have blown out the cobwebs, the
races on. In the heavyweight men's coxless four, the gold medal will
come down to two boats, Australia and Great Britain. Cruising home in
front of a crowd that is all behind them. That looks very impressive.
Over the line, Great Britain safely through. In second place, Romania.
Belarus in third. Great Britain and Romania get the two, with Belarus
in third. We did not see any fireworks, but we did not need to.
We saw good technique. Establish some rhythm. Three seconds slower
than Australia. Australia were not pushed either in any way. They were
just in their cruising pace. That allows their boat to travel faster
between the strokes. That is my concern, that the Australians have
a way of rowing that allows their boat to travel further between the
strokes because they are not pushing it. When the chips are down,
when the real pressure is on, we will see what changes. At the
moment, the speed at a very comfortable 33 off 34 is just
balancing a little bit in the Australian's favour. Andy Hodge is
saying yes, that's our first race, it was a good piece of rowing and
we're very pleased. This is the It is all set for Saturday morning,
11:30am. Ridiculously exciting and it is only Monday morning!
Delighted to be joined by Alex Partridge. Let's talk about your
race. If you were not cruising, you were certainly not racing. We had
to do something different and we did in the heat. The heat was a lot
of pressure, home Olympics, first time with this crew, and we did not
get everything right. We tried to do better today and we have got a
chance in the final. Steve was making the point that if the
Germans were watching, and they are the crew everybody is aiming at,
you certainly gave them a lot of food for thought. Good. The 8th is
the fastest boat in rowing and there's only one way to do it. The
Germans have done that for many years. You were asked what we would
do different. We showed we can take a step forward. Talking about
timings, as we see you in action here, if we move on to talk about
the coxless four with Steve, a three-second difference in times
between the Australians and the British. Does that matter? It is
always nice to have up -- an Olympic record. But Saturday is
important. Talking to Alex off-air, he says it is quite windy out there.
It has picked up over the last half an hour. I would not read anything
into that. We know it will be nip and tuck between the British and
the Aussies on Saturday. It doesn't make anything of the time. I'm
quite happy that the Australians have got that record because they
will think they are on target, everything is going their way and
our guys will ruffle them a little bit and I think that will help.
know the guys in the four extremely well. Is the rivalry with the
Australians friendly or his there son genuine legal? Think about
growing up is the respect each other enormously, but when it comes
down to racing, it is war. You want their blood. They are your worst
enemy. I have got some of my best friends in rowing, but if I
embracing them, I want nothing else In terms of the four, of a calm,
composed, are they up for the fight? Everybody is up for the
fight. Everybody wants nothing more than to win an Olympic gold medal.
That is what we are all here for. It is not just the four, it's
everyone. Yesterday, with the lightweight doubles, everyone has
got a chance. If you are in the final you have a chance. It's what
you do in that small moment of time. Everybody has now Road, the great
thing for the four and the women's double is that everybody has had a
competitive race, the COB birds have been blown away and the nerves
have gone. Everybody by and large have Road well. That must create
momentum. It's massive. Getting the first one out of the way, the
difference between today and two days ago is chalk and cheese. It
was intense, feeling the home crowd. Seeing everyone... The emotions are
quite overwhelming. The difference today is going out and being able
to know what's happening and your expectations. With that out of the
way, everyone performs a lot better. If I gave you one word to describe
how you are feeling about that final, what would that be? Excited?
Yes, excited. We've got a chance. This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity and we got to make the most of it. Having seen everybody
now, some boats are through to repechages, others are straight
through to finals. What is your general take on whether British
rowing team stands at the moment? I'm very happy. We haven't had the
best of seasons even though we've had some fantastic results, but
everything is coming together at the right time. Everyone is looking
very classy and relaxed. Even our boats that we weren't expecting
much of our next -- are stepping up to the mark. It could have all 13
boats in finals, and that would be very impressive. I hope to talk to
Kath Grainger and Anna Watkins at some point, they are still doing
The rowing finals don't start until Wednesday, still still a couple of
more days to go. This has been a consistently strong start for
British rowing across the different events. Lots of sport happening
Three. Paul Drinkhall will be in third round action. That is just
about to start. There is also British interest in the fencing.
Carina Lawrence is on now. There is weightlifting featuring men's 62 kg
category and also the British teenager Zoe Smith, his back in
We are going to head back to the Aquatics Centre. Let's have a quick
word about what we've seen so far. Two British swimmers, Pavoni and
Roebuck, were in that butterfly heat but it wasn't a good morning
for them. Not the best swim. Not all four, but we've seen it with
the likes of Michael Phelps. If you don't perform in the morning then
you can't Rick -- make it through to the next round. One of the
problems is at our British trials those two guys can cruise through
the heats, cruise through the semi- final. Whereas here, some people it
is the first race. They need to be up early in the morning. They need
to be doing the best times early in the morning. They are facing the
best in the world. It was a stacked field. Michael Phelps used to lead
it by a long wait. Don't get me wrong, he's not swimming at his
best at the moment but when he's like be struggling, he's down in
about a poor 9th place now. He is struggling. I saw it in the 400
individual medley. You heard Ian Thorpe talking about his stroke and
the way it looks, he looks heavy and clumpy. And he is the defending
Olympic champion. What does it take to do really well in the butterfly?
I held the world record for 50m butterfly, which is one... I could
never do four length. I always thought when I went from one lane
to the other, why go back, you've done it now. With butterfly, you
kick at the top of the stroke and at the bottom. So what is two to
one arm stroke. When your timing is that it makes a huge difference.
The timing needs to be spot-on. It's one of these events, when you
go out and get it wrong and go too hard, you see people suddenly
fatiguing at the end. It really is the hardest stroke. To me, it
Next, so the Allah and Hannah Miley are going to be involved in the
women's 200 metres individual We are going to catch up on the
heats that had been taking place. Mark was saying he couldn't do four
length and you said... Mark can't even do one-and-a-half lengths of
the pool. He touches the wall and is very lucky to get there.
Individual medley, the women's. We will see Hannah Miley. The first
heat involves Sophie Allen. This is her first Olympics. She trains at
the same club as James Goddard and David Carry. Also in here is
Pellissier coops, from Australia, who was part of the gold medal-
winning relay team. Yes, and she is swimming well. An interesting one
to look out for in lane four. are trying to qualify for the semi-
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of Australia. So good Ahmad underwater face. -- so good on that
She has had big injuries and illness. She's been trying to
recover. Every year we talk about an injury or illness for her. She
is a wonderful swimmer. It would be great to see her on a thick year
where she has a whole year of training behind her, which she has
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this year. Five gold medals at the in that breaststroke. Leverenz
getting caught up a little bit. She may hold on. Leverenz has got it.
Very similar to Rebecca Soni. They are trying to keep the arms out the
front. The elbows don't go off too enough for Sophie Allen, but it may
not be because the next heat is so hot. Hannah Miley, this is her
slightly weaker competition, but she is trying to make the semis and
ultimately the final. She is up against the defending champion,
Steph Rice of Australia. And also Ye. She swam the last leg of her
race are faster than Ryan Lochte did. Let's see how much speed she
Britain. This is the weakest Legard Hannah Miley's race. Ye, her
freestyle split on the 400 individual medley, the last 50 was
faster than the gold and silver- medallist from the men's 400-metre
medley. She went 28.9 on the last Olympics. Quite unbelievable. She
went on the backstroke, it's a world apart. She is doing this to
Steph Rice, who herself is awesome at backstroke. Steph Rice, the
defending Olympic champion, not being able to live with the pace. A
bit of a look over from Kirsty Coventry, good to see her back in
the water. A double silver- medallist and gold-medallist in the
Games in 2008. There is not a fault in any of her strokes. What a
freestyle that was faster than Ryan Lochte's, what hope is there for
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will be on here because her position, that should be good
enough. It should be. But I think she will find it tough to live with
this swimmer. I'm not even sure if she pushed it right at the end.
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her back in there. Coventry will Safely through to the semi-finals,
it will take quite a tough swim to get through to the final. The
Chinese girl is very good. She is. She's definitely the one to beat.
If I'm going to make a time, I reckon no one is going to go
anywhere near her. But who knows? Anything can happen. For me, to
swim that time this early in the morning is good. I'm really happy I
got through to the semi. That is one of my goals. The next is to try
to progress to the final. Everybody is going to be gunning for it now
and stepping up in the heats. I'm so much more relaxed and happy. It
feels good. I've just got to go out and enjoy it and enjoy this amazing
atmosphere. It will definitely take a sub 2.10 to get into the final.
It is. Anything can happen. That is what the amazing thing is about the
Olympic Games was a nothing ever goes according to I've got to keep
my options open and swim my own race. What have you done since the
100? Me and my dad went through it. Went through the splits and now our
focus is for the 200. We take each day as it comes and not let
anything linger. Both of us were happy with it. We can take
positives from that and hopefully improve on the 200. It's feeling
good. I've been wanting to seem what my spirits were. I certainly
put it out there. The answer to that is my breaststroke will
probably pay the price, but that's the medley for you. Regardless of
the 200, and we know that your stature doesn't always work in the
200 because they are usually big guys, but it's not the last of you.
We have Glasgow coming up in a couple of beers. Yes, my home turf.
If the act as a is going to be anything like this, it's a great
time to be a British athlete. I'm really looking forward to it and
that you for every one supporting not on the first page of that
graphic, she is through to the semi-finals. Hannah Miley not far
off Stephane rise's time. Her goals off Stephane rise's time. Her goals
to finish in the top eight and to keep enjoying it. It is difficult
for swimmers, they have so many different races, to recover and
savour this moment. Look, especially athletes at a doing
multiple events. We've seen how to have got to heats have become.
Recovery has become even more important than it ever has been.
The swimmers are getting down -- warming down, getting massages.
They are tired and they have to be aware of their bodies and how to
respond. How what Australia faring so far? Just one gold medal in the
women's relay. We are OK, just. We have picked up a couple of medals
here. But for the Australian public, this is not enough. We haven't done
well enough yet. There's a lot of people at home that will be really
on top of this and being quite harsh towards the team. It is
simply because we've had so much success in the pool that we have
become accustomed to this. Swimming in Australia is the number one. For
all of the Olympic disciplines, swimming is number one. It is. The
rest of the Australian Olympic team complain about the exposure of the
Australian swimming team has in comparison to the rest of the team.
I would say we have for more than half of the coverage and the rest
of the team gets what is left over. There's been complaints about that,
and it has been justified in the past because we win medals. We
don't say it, but that is what the press says. It will be interesting
if we did before here come the other parts of the team, if that
changes and we see a shift in Australian port -- sporting culture.
A in Britain, we are seeing a shift that swimming is becoming much more
high profile because of performances from the likes of
Becchio Adlington and Kerri-Anne Payne, Liam Tancock. -- Becchio
Adlington. You were impressed with Liam Tancock -- Tancock.
Tancock was fantastic. It was brilliant that he was able to plan
that race so well and swim it well. He uses ballet as part of his
training routine and you said you also did. Not ballet. Dance?
used the movements in training. Look at a ballerina, they are
perfect, brilliant athletes. This is what we look at. Good coaches
can recognise this in an instant. People will say you have to train
more like a ballerina. What does that mean? It means you need to do
every movement as perfectly as you possibly can and repeated 1,000
times. We will see how Liam Tancock get on tonight. Gemma Spofforth
will also be swimming this evening. At 3pm at the far end, we are going
to see the men's 10m synchro diving. Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield going
for Great Britain. With me in the studio is Mark
Foster. Ian Thorpe made his step -- disparaging comments about your
swimming! But he has got my T- shirt! He is right, a length and a
half. But I've got to say this. Ian Thorpe and myself raced once and I
won that race. He swam 50m, but I won it! I am fascinated by it the
competitive spirit. Let's talk about what happened this morning.
Fantastic to see Hannah Miley go through. Brilliant. It is not her
event. She is a small swimmer. She needs a bit more strength. I know
she does a massive amount of conditioning work, rock climbing.
Maybe they've gone down this route already and blunts some weights.
That is where speed comes from, straight. It was a great swim this
morning. I can't see anything but the gold medal for the Chinese
swimmer. She is any 16. She won the 200m individual medley last year at
the World Championships. She has been around for a couple of years.
What we have to remember, when you're that age, you do have huge
improvements. When you get older, you're just looking to get as close
to your best time as possible. Aquatics Centre has not
disappointed with anything we've seen so far, whether it has been
heats of the actual metal braces. The Aquatics Centre will continue
to be the focus later today, but let's go back to the rowing at Eton
Dorney. It has been an exciting morning and John and Steve have a
couple of happy rowers. Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins.
You can't stop grinning. It has been a long wait to get going.
Really pleased with the first event. You never know how the Olympic heat
will go. We are very happy and we have done now come down and wait a
few days for the final. We can see the closing stages. Steve said you
had spoken a couple of days ago about beating the Olympic record
and you did. Yes. I had forgotten and you did. Yes. I had forgotten
about the Olympic record. It was a total surprise because we were just
focused on doing our thing. It was a nice by-product. It was such an
imperious performance and every athlete we have spoken to over the
last 48 hours has said the last 500m, at the reception they've been
getting has been overwhelming. You took the decibel level to new
levels. You were so far clear and everybody knew how fantastic it was.
How much do you feel it? You can hear it, but you can feel it in
your body. It pulses through you. The crowds are sensational. We both
feel very, very lucky that we have this incredible support from all
this incredible support from all over the country and we are very
conscious of that. When you have it behind you, it does lift you like
nothing else. Because you were the panel to the team to Rome, you have
had a long time to wait. Some people had rowed twice before you
hit the water. How much were you desperate to get out there and do-
it-? We knew we had that challenge to deal with it. It has been a
difficult weekend watching everybody get started. We have been
following of thing closely. Everybody has been telling us that
the crowd is amazing and we were talking more year about what her
own crowd could be. It is really emotional when there are that many
people really wanting Team GB to do well and we want to do well for
them. When you were at the start a new were announced, there was a
massive cheer. Could you hear that? Theory but that is quite it is the
first 200m. -- the debate that is Once the 100m mark is gone, that is
when the crowd starts to come in and then you can sense it. The plan
for the next four day is? For feet up! It is hard. You get the
adrenaline high from having a great start. We can feel it! We are both
aware, we can enjoy it for a few hours and then you have to bring
everything back down. We need to improve, we need to be at our best
on Friday. The next few days is back to training and boring
lifestyle to get everything in place for Friday. Per it looked
very, very classy and smooth. Can you remember the other thing we
spoke about last week? David Beckham. Let us in on the secret.
had a chat with him on Friday night. He wishes you both the greatest of
luck. There's one point to that, you have to win gold. He has laid
down the rules. If they don't win, he wants nothing to do with them!
If they win gold, you will meet. wasn't that fast until now! My mum
will be ecstatic. Will he meet her mum. Her I'm sure I can raise that.
One more race in your entire career. Gosh! There's been rumours that
might not be the case. There was a certain man standing not far away
who announced his retirement a bit early. No athlete ever announces
their retirement in such dramatic fashion since. See you in Rio!
is very sad thinking there might just be one more race for us. We
just love doing it. It is magical. The joy is radiating off you!
Brilliant watch today and more power to your elbow on Friday.
Thank you. What a fantastic morning of rowing.
Katherine Grainger, three-time Olympic silver medallist. Let's
talk about sailing. Also traditionally one of Britain's
strong support. For competition is under way in Weymouth and following
it is double Olympic gold medallist by Shirley. Ben Ainslie was on the
water yesterday. K we did not get a gentle run. Two returning gold
medallists in action. Big Ben had two races yesterday and the crowds
that came out to see him, every time he turned a mark, a lot of
cheering. It was fantastic to watch. His first race, he did not start
that well. The crowd cheered and downwind, when he sailed away from
the wind, he seemed to have an extra gear. He caught up to second
place. In the next race, a very convincing second place as well.
The one thing that might concern him was the Danish man. He is out
to be to Danish record. The greatest sailor of all time is a
Danish sailor. Benn has a Danish sailor ahead of him. He is out
today it. Co also out yesterday was Iain Percy and D -- Andrew Simpson.
They won gold in Beijing. To do first-run they will be disappointed
with, they finished tenth. They had a photo-finish to finish second in
the next race. Today there's a lot of class itself. We have another
returning gold medallist, Paul Goodison. He won gold in the
single-handed class. A lot of action, it is hard to keep up, but
it will be an exciting day for Team GB in Weymouth. How was it looking
down there? This is one of those sports that brings in other parts
of the country. It is very different to London. Yesterday was
really sunny, per beach was packed, everybody had binoculars and the
big screen. For the first time in sailing history, we have a ticketed
area, a stadium. It has already been nicknamed Benson of this. They
were cheering them on. Everybody is supporting him. Thank you very much,
Shirley. That is live on BBC Three at midday if you want to make an
early start your viewing. Time to catch up on some judo because Sarah
Clark has been in action, hoping to Sarah Clark in her third Olympics.
The 34-year-old Geordie. Walking behind her smartly suited coach,
Billy Cusack. He is more at home in a tracksuit, I suspect! He is
dressed up because it is a big day. He trains Sarah at the Edinburgh
He trains Sarah at the Edinburgh club. She is a native of South
club. She is a native of South Shields. What an opponent. The
bronze medallist at this year's European Championships. The fourth
seed. She is expected to get a seed. She is expected to get a
medal. It could hardly be a tougher start for Sarah Clark, but she will
relish the challenge. She has to be careful that she doesn't circle.
Her opponent is very dangerous. Sarah will know that. Take the
fight in a different direction. Fighting in a different weight
division after the frustrations of Athens and Beijing. She has dropped
from 63 kg to 57. It has been done to give herself a better chance,
but it has meant a strict diet and a lot of hard work, but she has
made the weight and she is giving it all she has. That has to give
her strength advantage as well. Normally Sarah has the height
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riding a wave of support in this extreme it stanzas. -- stanzas.
It's a battle to who can get their of the most popular sports. They
made headlines on the front page of Shields, a big Newcastle supporter,
but she is based these days in Edinburgh, where she is coached by
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grip inside, keeping Sarah's attack away. A lovely switch! Sarah throws
herself on her own back there. scoreboard remains scoreless.
managed to stay on her front there, but a good attack and a good change
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in tactics to take it to the other those opening five minutes? Will
she be more or less confident than she was when she started? I think
Sarah has come back into it in that last two minutes. She started to
change direction. She started to try and counter Pavia per. She is
sitting on a penalty now. She has to go into this golden score
cleverly but she can't sit back, Clark claiming that she landed on
her chest. But the umpire of Britain's Sarah Clark. A third
Olympics. She is 34. We wonder Sarah Clark ending up being knocked
out of the Olympic judo competition after that bout against Pavia. In
the studio, we are having a bit of a lilac moment. Mac Baker is the
next presenter for the Olympics and we discovered we are dressed in the
same colour. I was watching you this morning and thought the colour
scheme was great. Use the Novak the gymnastics for the past few days.
I'm exhausted with the excitement. The qualification rounds have been
superb. To be honest, too many finals to mention but Great Britain
Mishal Husain, John Inverdale and Clare Balding host as events at Eton Dorney take the limelight. In particular, the men's four start their quest for a fourth successive Olympic gold, and Katherine Grainger and partner Anna Watkins begin their fight to add Olympic gold to their world title.
Twelve gold medals will be won over the next 15 hours on day three of the Games.
Rowing: 09.40 Women's quadruple sculls repechages 09.50 Men's eight repechages 10.00 Men's quadruple sculls repechages 10.10 Men's pair repechages 10.20 Women's double sculls heats 10.40 Men's four heats
Rowing commentators: Garry Herbert Dan Topolski
Swimming: 10.00 Women's 200m freestyle heats 10.25 Men's 200m butterfly heats 10.49 Women's 200m individual medley heats
Swimming commentators: Andy Jameson Adrian Moorhouse Sharron Davies.