BBC One: Day 9: 09.00-10.45 Olympics


BBC One: Day 9: 09.00-10.45

Mishal Husain presents coverage from the start of day nine of the Olympics, with 23 gold medals to be won. The day's events include the women's marathon and the men's 100m final.


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COMMENTATOR: You are up and Olympic champion!

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Great Britain win the Olympic title, they are on fire.

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We have done it! And, we have done Jessica Ennis is the Olympic

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champion. It is a perfect day. Could this be the greatest night in

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Mo Farah, for Great Britain, it is called -- gold!

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Wow, what a day, and what a 45 minutes for British track and field.

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Three gold medals in the stadium last night. And six overall in our

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most successful Olympic day in over 100 years. How do we follow that?

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Well, some more gold medals would Andy Murray gets a swift chance at

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revenge against Roger Federer. And, could it be double delight with

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Laura Robson? Ben Ainslie is chasing his fourth

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gold medal. It's D-Day today. Can he overcome the great Dane?

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Tonight is the night for Usain Bolt. Who will be the fastest man on the

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planet? Also this morning: We reflect on

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that golden night in the Olympic Stadium.

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And we talk to Britain's most successful rowing team ever. All 10

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gold medallists will be with us Here's the plan for today.

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The women's marathon gets underway at 11am. Sadly, no Paula Radcliffe

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there, after her injury. It's a historic day in boxing, with the

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first ever women's Olympic bout. It could be a golden hour after

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that. Andy Murray is on court at 2pm.

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The same time that Ben Ainslie hits the water at Weymouth.

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Thankfully there are so many Olympic channels that you won't

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miss a thing. More track cycling medal hopes

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today from 4pm. Ed Clancy, searching for another gold.

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And, in the stadium tonight, the most anticipated event of all: The

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men's 100 metres. The semi-finals will be pretty special, around

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7.45pm. And then, a couple of hours later, we will find out who is the

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So much to look forward to, tonight. But we're still trying to catch our

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breath, after that incredible night of athletics. After so much hype

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and expectation, Jessica Ennis rose to the challenge, and delivered

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heptathlon gold, in style. Here's COMMENTATOR: The whole stadium

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hoping that everything goes to plan and that she and Great Britain will

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wanted, just what we wanted, just what she wanted herself.

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6.40 metres, one step closer to the gold medal for Jessica Ennis.

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The belief is growing now, she 6.4 T8 beaters, the moment is

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getting closer. -- 6.48 metres. Jessica n'est looking calm and

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 48 seconds

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Also miles for the Olympic champion elect, just one event to go, and I

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cannot wait, neither can the nation. This could be a gold medal for

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not taking any chances, this is outstanding -- here goes Jess.

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Jessica Ennis it is the Olympic champion, the best all-round

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I am so shocked, I can't believe it. After the javelin, I knew I was on

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a good score for the medal, but I wouldn't let myself believe it

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until it had ended. I honestly can't believe, all of this hard

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work. The disappointment of Beijing. And everyone has supported me so

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much, I am so happy. I am just so shocked, everyone has supported me,

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I want to thank everyone here, and my family. I can't believe it. I am

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so happy. I had to give it everything at the

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end. I was only going to have one moment in front of a home crowd in

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London and I wanted to give them a show. I think I need to savour this

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moment and enjoy it, recover, and see how I feel tomorrow. There is a

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huge amount of pressure. I tried to stay focused on what I could do.

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The crowd helped me, I have done it, and can't believe I have done it.

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She did fantastically well. When she was here today, the cheers

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outside of the studio, fantastic. Sue Lulu lit up the stadium.

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- She really lit up the stadium. At the same time as Jess was lining up

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for that 800 metres, and being announced to the crowd, Greg

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Rutherford was preparing for his fourth jump. He already led the

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competition with eight metres 21. But this British record of 8.31

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metres extended his lead. And later, he was crowned Britain's first male

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long jump champion for nearly half COMMENTATOR: That is going to take

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some beating. A magical night, you are a Olympic

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champion. I don't think I will ever get bored of hearing that, the most

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amazing feeling in the world. Four years ago, I had a horrible time,

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my grandad, I couldn't cope in the final. I knew that I was in great

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shape, I have one of the best teams, my coach, my physiotherapist. I get

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support from the red tray Club in Bedford, the most amazing parents

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you could possibly have, a beautiful girlfriend. I can't tell

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you how hard everyone has worked for me, as well as myself, it has

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been a long process. I thought I was going to jump further than that,

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but I don't care, I'm Olympic champion.

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So the home crowd had two gold medals to enjoy. But could Mo Farah

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complete the hat-trick? If you don't know the answer to that,

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where have you been? But sit back, and enjoy the fantastic last two

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the sprint yet. It hasn't started. We have been waiting for this, when

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is it going to break, who is going to go first? It certainly hasn't

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started, Steve. To many in this group for comfort. It is about

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positioning yourself to move, for a last effort. Moffat is in

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contention. Kenenisa Bekele is not been a great place. Quickly moving

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up on the outside, now we have a race on, it will come down to a

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last lap sprint, there goes Mo Farah, with a response from

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Kenenisa Bekele. One lap to go, the bell rings. Is it a gold medal for

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Great Britain? Will Mo Farah have enough? Mo Farah tried to become

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the first Briton to win the Olympic title at 10,000m. He has a little

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bit of company, including his training partner. He is running

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magnificently now. Kenenisa Bekele on the upside. Looking for room on

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the inside. Moffat is kicking hard -- Mo Farah. Into the home straight,

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he is kicking again. It is going to be a glorious when ii win for Great

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stadium erupts. A three gold medals for Great Britain, what a night!

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The emotion comes pouring out. Galen Rupp and Mo Farah took on the

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Africans. Unbelievable. Victorious and happy, glorious. In all of this

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excitement, hang on, Tanya. We have sat and waited for many years for a

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British distance gold medal. I will say it again, gold medal at the

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Olympic Games. The waiting was you, but what a night to be British.

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The fortunately, our BBC presentation team remained

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Now you know what it is really like behind the scenes when a big race

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is going on! There's no doubt there will be fireworks tonight on the

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track as well. Usain Bolt lit up Beijing four years ago but until a

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few months ago the only question asked of him was how fast he could

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run. But now it's a question of whether he can run fast enough for

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PUP he is too relaxed to let his I've come into the championship,

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I'm not going to think about losing. I know what it takes. It is going

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to be gold for Jamaica! A new world record! I never worry about world

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Bolt is being beaten! When I lost those two races, I really sat down

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and took my time. I needed to think about it for myself and figure out

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what I needed to do. It definitely opened my eyes. This is going to be

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serious. Things like that happen. I just told myself I'm a champion and

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I know what I need to do. I've been here before. There's no reason not

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to train together. We are still friends, we are still cool, we are

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still competitors. We know the goal in hand. We are competing to see

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who is the best. I'm happy with everything and we haven't changed

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every -- anything between us. He is very competitive. He tries to be in

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front. He wants me to get used to him being in front, I don't know.

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Psychological games! Sometimes I compete with him to show I can

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compete whenever I want. Sometimes I just can't be bothered! It hypes

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up the Olympics a little bit more because people say, Usain Bolt will

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run this time. Now they are sitting back and watching what will happen.

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It is good for the sport. This could easily be one of the fastest

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Everything set for a night to remember. It is 7:45pm tonight for

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the 100m semi-final and the final is a couple of hours later. Six

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gold medals yesterday, what are the chances for Great Britain today?

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Andy Murray has a shot at two on Centre court this afternoon. He

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will take on the mixed doubles doubles seeds -- mixed doubles top

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seeds from Belarus. First it is him against Roger Federer and can't be

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only a month ago that he stepped up for his first Wimbledon final?

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Today it is the same place, at the same opponent, but hopefully not

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Championship Honda seven for Roger Federer. -- No. 7. A fabulous first

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Wimbledon final for Andy Murray. He's done himself proud, and his

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nation. I was obviously a very -- very disappointed a few days

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afterwards. It was always going to take a few days, if not weeks, to

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get over it. But because the Olympics is coming up, that gave me

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the motivation to get myself back on the practice court and get

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myself ready for that. Overall, it was a good tournament. There were a

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lot of players in the draw that would have taken the position I was

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in. I'm going to try this and it is The speech was tough, it was tough

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for me. I knew when I was walking up to the microphone that it was

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not going to be easy. In some ways it was nice having Roger there. He

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has been in that position before. He understands what it is like.

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Roger is 30 now! He is not bad for a 30-year-old! It is one of those

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things. Tennis players and all athletes cried lodes, all the time,

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but most of the time you can hold it back. You can get into the

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locker room and let go of it there, but when it is the Wimbledon final

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and you have to stay for the ceremony, there's a good 15 minutes

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until you have to speak. It is right about the time way you lose

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control of the emotions and I couldn't hold it back any more.

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Such an emotional day for Andy Murray. I can't believe it is only

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four weeks ago! Let's join Tim Henman at Wimbledon. A repeat of

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the Wimbledon final, what are the chances of a different result this

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time? I think there's a good chance. It is also the fact that Murray

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goes in as the underdog. Federer is the world number one and Wimbledon

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champion, but Dandy will have taken a lot of things away from that

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final four weeks ago. The start was important, he got off to a good

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start. If he can kick on from there, I think he has a good chance of

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winning gold in the singles and keep the momentum going for the

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mixed doubles. The fact it is such a short time since the last time

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they had a match like this might help him because the lessons are

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fresh? You could look at it like that. I don't think the time

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between the Wimbledon final and this match has much relevance. It

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is in the same place, it will be interesting to see whether we get

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any showers and if the roof is closed. When it does go indoors, as

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it did in the Wimbledon final, that favours Federer because he is so

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aggressive, he doesn't have to worry about the elements. Federer

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had a tough semi-final, he won 19- 17 in the third set. I'm sure there

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will be some soreness for him coming into the match. It is

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amazingly poised. Everyone can't wait for the action to start.

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frame of mind is Andy Murray in? brilliant frame of mind. He has

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done so well. It was a huge disappointment for him to lose in

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his first Wimbledon final, his fourth Grand Slam final, but to

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have a home Olympics just around the corner is a great way for him

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to respond. His performances have got better and better. The way he

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played against Djokovic in the semi-final, to women two sets, he

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was so aggressive, very proactive with his game, that is the way he

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needs to play against Federer. When you look at what happened last

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night four Team GB, there's a massive wave of optimism, huge

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momentum, and Murray wants to keep that going. He has got a huge day.

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This final and also the mixed doubles with Laura Robson. That is

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a big bonus. Murray doesn't really play a great deal of doubles in the

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big tennis events. But when there's an opportunity of competing for

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Olympic medals, you will take them. It has been an amazing couple of

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days for Laura Robson as well. She was an altar and it coming into the

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Olympic tennis, she got into the singles, then she was playing in

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the doubles and now she is in the mixed doubles gold medal match. The

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atmosphere here has been so good. It has been different from

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Wimbledon. A lot of people getting the chance to come to Wimbledon who

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haven't been during the championships. It has been a real

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Davis Cup atmosphere. I'm sure today will take it to new levels.

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What about Roger Federer? So incredibly successful, but the

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Olympic men's singles title has always eluded him. It has eluded

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him. He hasn't played it many times. He has an Olympic gold medal from

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Beijing so he's not done badly. I think he would like to add the

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singles gold medal to his CV. The way he is playing, the way he has

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played, I think he is the favourite. But I don't think Murray will worry

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about that. He has beaten him many times. They are very level in their

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head to head. It will be an interesting decider. Olympic tennis

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has come a long way because not that long ago a lot of the top

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players did not bother. That's right. It was a test event in 1984

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and it became a recognised event in 1998 -- 1988. Growing up, I was

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more focused on the Grand Slams. When the opportunity came to

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compete in the Olympics, I was ready to grasp it with both hands

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and was lucky enough to play in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens. For

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last few days have been great for tennis in the Olympics, watching

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Federer When The 4 1/2 hour battle in the semi-finals, and kissing the

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Swiss flag on his shirt, and seeing the emotion Murray has shown. It is

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in a great place. You were too modest to mention your silver medal

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in Atlanta! You will be back later, thank you. Thank you. Murray will

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start at 2pm. About 100 miles west of Wimbledon in Weymouth, there

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will be similar medal hopes for Britain's most decorated sailor.

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Ben Ainslie is looking for his fourth Olympic gold medal this

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afternoon, but standing in his way is Denmark's Jonas Hogh-Christensen,

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who leads by two points. We have seen all sorts of skulduggery today,

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and today it all comes to a head. There's a real atmosphere between

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these two. Ben Ainslie leads, he has overtaken Hogh-Christensen. Ben

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could become the greatest Olympic sailor of all time. Those guys had

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better watch out. The Dane has sailed quite possibly the best race

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of all. Ben Ainslie has got far out in front and he is now going to go

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for the Danish sailor. He this puts us equal going into the middle race.

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I am up for it and I enjoy those occasions. It is a good position to

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be in, it will be a fascinating race. Looking over at Hogh-

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Christensen. There was some interchange. I am angry. He doesn't

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want to make me angry. It is all set up. These are the latest

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standings. The lowest score claims Ben Ainslie just needs to finish

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above Hogh-Christensen and no worse than seven should Postma win. You

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can see how it on files on BBC free from 2pm. -- unfolds. Lots to look

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forward to this afternoon. There live sport is already under way.

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Including... The badminton on BBC Three. The

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men's singles bronze medal match. On the red button, you can find

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fencing. Great Britain against Egypt, the men's foil, for last 16.

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Also on the red button it is France against Russia in women's

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basketball. Lots more will be happening in the Basketball Arena

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later. Press your red button or go on the sports website. As we

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mentioned earlier, an historic day in the women's boxing because the

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first ever Olympic women's bouts are taking place at the ExCeL --

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ExCeL today. Natasha Jonas as was the first woman to qualify for the

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Olympics. Later on she will be I am always pliant -- proud to

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represent the country. They've She is just a local girl, but she

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is a genuinely lovely person. Always got time for everybody. All

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of the kids want a photograph taken with her and she never put anybody

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off. She makes time for everybody. Everyone looks up to her, everybody

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is inspired by her. She is driven. We are in Toxteth, the place where

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I grew up. It is not the stereotypical Liverpool that a lot

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of people think it is. There are parts of every city that are run

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London is massive for me as an athlete. Being the first woman to

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compete there for our sport, we are pioneers for the sport. It is

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massive for the athletes involved. You do feel that things should

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start to become more fair, and equal-opportunities in all sports.

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It was about time. We're happy that we are part of it. That is the

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local shop. It has got a picture of me up in there! We have a poster,

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we've always had her photograph up in the shop. We knew from a young

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age she would be somebody. Boxing is boxing, whether you are a man or

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woman. That is what we do. There are times when you have, which

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battle scars or a black guy. When you're walking down the Street with

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your boyfriend, people look and think he has done it. You try to

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We were at a boxing do a couple of weeks ago, and one of the lads came

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up with a boxing glove for her to sign. He was excited. I was

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thinking, my daughter! It she has done us all proud.

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We have had so many stand-out performances, but for these Games,

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they had struck a blow for women. This year, every national team have

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sent within as well as men to the When the modern Olympic Games were

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revived in 1896, women were perfectly welcome as spectators. At

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the turn of the century, British women still had no automatic right

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to inherit property, no right to divorce on the grounds of adultery,

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and then no right to vote. But on the playing-fields of Victorian

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England, the game was on and the goal was a quality. The there were

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schools like Roding, Cheltenham Ladies' College, they wanted to

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play games like their brothers. They played hockey, lacrosse,

:32:29.:32:36.

cricket. Because of the pioneering headmistress, they've really

:32:36.:32:39.

contributed to young women taking part in the Olympic Games today.

:32:39.:32:47.

they became women in the late 80 90s, they formed societies, like

:32:47.:32:52.

the Hockey Association, women were playing sport in public. The corset

:32:53.:32:58.

was being loosened. In the Paris Games 1900, for the first time they

:32:58.:33:03.

had a chance to shine. Only 2% of the entrance where women and they

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were only allowed to compete in golf and tennis, but the point was

:33:08.:33:13.

made. Women were making more demands in the political arena,

:33:13.:33:19.

fighting to vote. The last bastion was to be accepted in the world of

:33:19.:33:23.

sport. They were not going to be invited in by the RUC, so they have

:33:23.:33:29.

to push their way forward. progressive trickle of Paris showed

:33:29.:33:35.

little sign of becoming a flood. In 1904, just six women competed. In

:33:35.:33:42.

1912, women's swimming events were introduced. It would take a seismic

:33:42.:33:46.

event to rock the sporting establishment and the world at

:33:46.:33:54.

large. The eruption of World War in 1914 proved a catalyst for social

:33:55.:33:59.

change. In England, millions of women were drafted into the work

:33:59.:34:07.

force, agriculture, shipbuilding. In a state of emergency, when had

:34:07.:34:14.

earned a role in society and sport was at the heart of the action.

:34:14.:34:18.

More than 140 women's football teams were formed in Britain in

:34:18.:34:28.
:34:28.:34:28.

1939, some attractive and -- attracting massive support. Using

:34:28.:34:33.

FA grant, of women were doing athletics, swimming, things had

:34:33.:34:39.

changed. There was no way back after that. The participation of

:34:39.:34:47.

women at the Olympics was still a rarity. 65 of the 2000 competitors

:34:47.:34:52.

in the Antwerp Games were women. The Olympic movement has usually

:34:52.:34:58.

been forced to change, particularly in the 1920s. Women were looking

:34:58.:35:03.

for emancipation but the Olympic movement wasn't ready. A month

:35:03.:35:10.

after British women gained voting equality, the 1928 Amsterdam

:35:10.:35:14.

Olympic Games featured for the first time five women's athletics

:35:14.:35:19.

disciplines. 16-year-old Betty Robinson became the first female

:35:19.:35:29.
:35:29.:35:31.

Olympic track champion. Meanwhile, in the 800m final, the record shows

:35:31.:35:38.

that the German one, but the focus was elsewhere. The newspapers said

:35:38.:35:44.

the women collapsed, it was a terrible sight. It is just not true.

:35:44.:35:51.

This was the testimony of one American finalist. I think the

:35:51.:35:57.

women who won the race did OK. This collapse in business was a lot of

:35:57.:36:03.

nonsense. So sport was controlled by men of a certain parts of

:36:03.:36:08.

society. The reaction to seeing women in the sporting arena was,

:36:08.:36:15.

this isn't ladylike. It was much more about that than about worrying

:36:15.:36:21.

about their health, that was a red herring. The RAC decreed women

:36:21.:36:25.

should not run such distances and were banned from competing beyond

:36:25.:36:33.

two hundred metres until 1960. These superstars were lauded for

:36:33.:36:38.

their physicality and achievements, rather than their novelty. The

:36:38.:36:44.

Americans set the pace, one double gold-medallist was an imperious

:36:44.:36:51.

presence. And the first woman to swim the 100 yard free start in the

:36:51.:36:55.

under one minute. And Helen Stevens never beaten Ovett any sprint

:36:55.:37:02.

distance. In 1939, the world went dark again. The Second World War

:37:02.:37:06.

not only changed the course of history but also the course of

:37:06.:37:12.

women's lives. In emergency, they had led the way, and post war they

:37:12.:37:19.

wanted to maintain the sense of responsibility. In 1948, a mother

:37:19.:37:26.

of two came to embody that ethos, having spent the war in Nazi

:37:26.:37:32.

occupied Holland, and breaking the track records. Her arrival in

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London had a mixed response. was criticised, people saying she

:37:38.:37:45.

did should not leave her children. She had a hard time being accepted.

:37:45.:37:52.

Critics revised their views as she stormed to a gold medal in four

:37:52.:38:02.
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events. There was one last surprise. When her third child was born in --

:38:03.:38:10.

it became clear she had competed in London while pregnant. 19 40s

:38:10.:38:14.

austerity gave way to 1950s prosperity and the things were

:38:14.:38:21.

changing for Western women. In America, 35% of adult females were

:38:21.:38:26.

in employment by 1956, the ear of the first Australian Olympics when

:38:26.:38:33.

they celebrated Dawn Fraser. speak my mind and if I don't like

:38:33.:38:41.

something, I don't do anything I don't want to do. She proved sport

:38:41.:38:49.

could be for everyone. But men still dominated the IOC who

:38:49.:38:54.

wouldn't have a female member and a 1981. There was a lost generation

:38:54.:39:04.
:39:04.:39:06.

of sports women. Diane Leather. An example of how women missed out, a

:39:06.:39:10.

British athlete who runs under five minutes for the mile, she did that

:39:10.:39:15.

at the same time as Roger Bannister breaking the four minute mile, and

:39:15.:39:25.

yet who knows of her achievement? By the 1960s, times were changing.

:39:25.:39:31.

This was the era of demonstration, civil unrest, Women's lip. The

:39:31.:39:35.

advent of the contraceptive Pill meant that women could control

:39:35.:39:43.

their own fertility, and therefore their own destiny. As feminine --

:39:43.:39:51.

British women forged forward. First, this teenager from Huddersfield.

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was 19 and 16 days when I went there. To me, it was a dream. And

:39:57.:40:02.

never really thought about winning. But I never thought about losing. I

:40:02.:40:07.

just wanted to do my best. Her best was good enough for its gold medal

:40:07.:40:16.

and the world record. When I came back to Huddersfield, I had a civic

:40:16.:40:20.

reception, there were ladies in the front actually crying, I couldn't

:40:20.:40:25.

believe how much it meant to other people. Breaking these barriers

:40:25.:40:30.

down for Women. As you look back, you realise, yes, we were doing

:40:30.:40:38.

something right at the time. wasn't the only focus in 1960, a

:40:38.:40:48.
:40:48.:40:48.

fellow Yorkshireman took silver in the 100m. Tokyo 1964. An 800m

:40:48.:40:53.

victory had been a surprise for Great Britain, a plucky outsider

:40:53.:41:03.
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triumphing over the odds. Ann Packer! Mary Rand. The perfect

:41:11.:41:15.

combination of power and beauty. She became the first woman to leap

:41:15.:41:25.
:41:25.:41:26.

over 22 feet. COMMENTATOR: A beautiful jump.

:41:27.:41:33.

The ideal subject for the tabloid newspapers. When she found a

:41:33.:41:39.

celebrity admirer, her pop culture credentials were complete.

:41:39.:41:44.

I understand that Mick Jagger was asked if he could take someone on a

:41:44.:41:50.

date, who would he take? And he said, me. When you see footage of

:41:50.:41:57.

the 60s, I was part of that. these golden goals were genuine

:41:57.:42:02.

pioneers for female athletes and had a huge profile, driving TV

:42:02.:42:12.
:42:12.:42:13.

audiences and newspaper circulation. Hugely popular. The becoming voted

:42:13.:42:18.

as sports personalities of the Year. There was a growing appetite for

:42:18.:42:23.

women's sport but the battle was to be taken seriously. In this battle

:42:23.:42:31.

ground, there was no greater warrior than Billie-Jean King. She

:42:31.:42:38.

had won 10 of Grand Slam singles. The and she took part in the battle

:42:38.:42:48.
:42:48.:42:50.

of the senses. -- sexes. It connected women's sport to women's

:42:50.:42:55.

rights, sport was affecting society. I wanted to change people's

:42:55.:43:00.

attitudes with that much, I wanted us to never look back, for people

:43:00.:43:07.

to believe in themselves. As for the golden girl generation, Mary

:43:07.:43:15.

Peters was keeping the spirit alive. When I was young, watching

:43:15.:43:21.

athletics, she was the heart of the British team. She was a great

:43:21.:43:28.

athlete. In Montreal 1976, women's handball, rowing and basketball

:43:28.:43:33.

were added to the programme. And a woman aged the impossible,

:43:33.:43:43.
:43:43.:43:49.

He by the 1980s, women were reading the news and they were the news.

:43:50.:43:54.

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

:43:54.:44:04.
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compelling. Rivalry. Acrimony. And these incredible exploits. After

:44:06.:44:10.

nearly a century of Olympic competition, this was the decade

:44:10.:44:13.

that finally delivered the holy grail for female athletes, the

:44:13.:44:21.

marathon. By then, you already had great marathon runners. It wasn't

:44:21.:44:25.

as though they could argue the standard isn't very good yet. It

:44:25.:44:33.

was very good. 90,000 people greeted this victory in Los Angeles,

:44:33.:44:38.

the nearly 100 years have been the making.

:44:38.:44:42.

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

:44:42.:44:48.

marketing, it all meant your body was your brand. For women, that

:44:48.:44:55.

meant what it looked like was just as important as what it could do.

:44:55.:45:02.

Women in sport are judged on how they look. It is not right. We only

:45:02.:45:07.

have to look at the magazine covers to see what type of women make it

:45:07.:45:17.
:45:17.:45:21.

90 Nicky Forster -- saw the first woman from an Islamic nation

:45:21.:45:26.

winning an Olympic medal. Since then, there has been slow evolution

:45:26.:45:30.

rather than rapid revolution. The inclusion of female athletes from

:45:30.:45:34.

Saudi Arabia, Bruno and catarrh for the first time in London is a

:45:34.:45:41.

positive step. But several Muslim countries still repress sporting

:45:41.:45:46.

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

:45:46.:45:50.

London offers parity in sporting terms with men. It has been a long

:45:50.:45:55.

road to Olympic a quality. 42% of competitors in Beijing were women.

:45:55.:46:00.

London is hoping for the magic 50. I've already seen athletics change

:46:00.:46:05.

in my lifetime. I'm now seeing the opportunities that are available

:46:05.:46:10.

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

:46:10.:46:15.

in sport. I think that's a great thing. Women have taken great

:46:15.:46:19.

strides in society and particularly the Olympic Games, but there's

:46:19.:46:25.

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

:46:25.:46:27.

governing bodies and the International Federation. These are

:46:27.:46:34.

the places where women have to be so they can make more progress.

:46:34.:46:38.

chances are the British medal haul will have been dominated by women.

:46:38.:46:44.

What will matter to them is not their gender or their parents, but

:46:44.:46:47.

purely the quality of their performance and that is a positive

:46:47.:46:51.

and powerful message not just women in the pool or the track or the

:46:51.:46:59.

saddle, but to women in every Clare Balding looking back at the

:46:59.:47:03.

history of women in the Olympics. If you can catch up with it on the

:47:03.:47:08.

iPlayer, it will be there for some time. A fitting moment to welcome a

:47:08.:47:18.
:47:18.:47:18.

very full set of guests on the sofa. Welcome to the row was. -- rowers.

:47:18.:47:24.

It is great to see you here. You were relative newcomers to this

:47:24.:47:27.

golden group. They've had their medals for a couple of days longer

:47:27.:47:34.

than you, how does it feel? still doesn't really feel real. It

:47:34.:47:38.

feels more real this morning waking up and having a clear head, because

:47:38.:47:44.

yesterday was a bit hectic. It is amazing. It is real. You haven't

:47:44.:47:49.

been dreaming. It feels like we will wake up and it has been a

:47:49.:47:56.

dream. We're just trying to soak it up and live in a moment. And enjoy

:47:56.:48:00.

the moment. The wonderfully in -- wonderful thing is before this

:48:00.:48:05.

Olympics we had never had a British rowing gold. -- women rowing gold.

:48:05.:48:12.

How does it feel? It is a brilliant group. In the last few months we

:48:12.:48:17.

knew that the potential was there for the women to hit the gold rush,

:48:17.:48:21.

but it was always about performing in front of the home crowd, living

:48:21.:48:26.

up to expectations. I've been around for a long time and we've

:48:26.:48:32.

got so close to it in each Olympics. This time we struck oil. When you

:48:32.:48:37.

say it has felt different in the last few months, visit the training,

:48:37.:48:42.

all of you hitting your peak at the same time? I think so. We trained

:48:42.:48:45.

together throughout the year, but in the last few weeks we have been

:48:45.:48:50.

hammering each other in training. It has been fun. Me and Helen

:48:50.:48:54.

racing first, we were so excited to see these two groups coming down

:48:54.:49:03.

afterwards. How has it been for you? You had the responsibility of

:49:03.:49:06.

being with Katherine Grainger, so much attention on her? I enjoyed

:49:06.:49:14.

the whole journey. We were very aware of her career, we were

:49:14.:49:19.

watching from the sidelines. I have wanted to be in a boat with her

:49:19.:49:23.

since I first started rowing. My first goal was to get good enough

:49:23.:49:29.

to be selected in the same crew. To be able to be part of that story

:49:29.:49:36.

has been very special for me. As Heather said, all of our training,

:49:37.:49:45.

we've had these three cruise line up side-by-side. -- lined up. It

:49:45.:49:49.

has been really tough training and the results have come out. You've

:49:49.:49:54.

supported each other along the way. At the Luque. Each boat wants to do

:49:54.:49:58.

the best they can. But women go to the Olympics, we knew we would not

:49:58.:50:03.

be racing each other. We would be watching with Great Britain

:50:03.:50:06.

cheering us on. We know there's nobody cheering louder than our

:50:06.:50:10.

group because we know how hard we train and how much we put into

:50:10.:50:15.

every session. For same with a horde of Team GB rowing.

:50:15.:50:20.

fantastic to be part of that. Helen and her there have a special place

:50:20.:50:23.

because the first British gold other stunning few days came

:50:23.:50:28.

courtesy of them. It has been a whirlwind sense for them. Everyone

:50:28.:50:32.

has wanted to speak to them and there has even been an appointment

:50:32.:50:38.

at the Palace. They come up to the line. I wonder what is going

:50:38.:50:42.

through their minds. They are allowing themselves to think they

:50:42.:50:47.

are Olympic champions. Great Britain into the record books! They

:50:48.:50:53.

punched the air. They shake their heads. They are the Olympic

:50:53.:50:57.

champions and it couldn't go to more worthy women. Helen Glover and

:50:57.:51:05.

Heather Stanning, we stand up and salute you. You not only won

:51:05.:51:08.

Britain's first gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, you get to visit

:51:08.:51:13.

Buckingham Palace. We are so excited. It has been a whirlwind.

:51:13.:51:18.

This is so surreal. For the other thing is, you're not going in the

:51:18.:51:22.

tradesman's entrance, you are going through the front door. Wow. That

:51:22.:51:32.
:51:32.:51:34.

It looks slightly different from this side. It is massive! Your

:51:34.:51:37.

moment, when they put the gold medal around your neck, relive that

:51:37.:51:43.

moment. I was crying like a baby and she was singing the national

:51:43.:51:51.

anthem. I was concentrating on not breaking down too much to sing. We

:51:51.:51:58.

were stood in front of our friends and family and watching our flag go

:51:58.:52:08.
:52:08.:52:09.

up as the national anthem played This is the Grand Staircase. It is

:52:09.:52:14.

Grand! This is the staircase where if you're visiting head of state or

:52:14.:52:20.

King and Queen, you go to a state occasion. It is incredible.

:52:20.:52:26.

wouldn't want to be the window- cleaner! Definitely not! Dusting

:52:26.:52:36.
:52:36.:52:37.

Your race, you lead from start to finish. Yes. What was it like? As

:52:37.:52:41.

good as you thought it would be? And two more. The moment we

:52:41.:52:45.

realised we had won, there was a massive cheer from the crowd. It

:52:45.:52:49.

was phenomenal to have that many people shouting for you. What did

:52:49.:52:56.

you say to one another at that moment? She said to me, I'm sorry,

:52:56.:53:04.

because she knocked off my sunglasses! I said it's fine! I

:53:04.:53:12.

kept saying, we've done it, we've done it. I was in disbelief. These

:53:12.:53:15.

belong to Queen Elizabeth. They were commissioned for the

:53:15.:53:18.

coronation of Her Majesty the Queen and they would have been placed in

:53:18.:53:23.

Westminster Abbey. Lovely chandeliers in here. Reminds me of

:53:23.:53:28.

only Fools and horses! This is all part of the Royal Collection, the

:53:28.:53:34.

picture collection. Not a bad fireplace. There's a chance to

:53:34.:53:37.

think and reflect about what you did. How much have you been doing

:53:37.:53:43.

that? We see pictures of ourselves or see clips on television and you

:53:43.:53:47.

think it does me, that's us. We've had a few quiet moments, but not

:53:47.:53:54.

many. Have you got a scrapbook? I parents are keeping a scrapbook.

:53:54.:54:04.
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I think it has overflowed a bit and It is a fantastic song can have the

:54:25.:54:29.

last song I listen to before we went out compete. Why did you

:54:29.:54:33.

choose that? I really like it. Queen and country and the

:54:33.:54:43.

Commonwealth. It is an uplifting song. It gets you in the moment. Co

:54:43.:54:48.

little bit of something in the heart. It is lovely. A lot of gold

:54:48.:54:55.

in there. What a day. That is what can happen after you win a gold

:54:55.:55:00.

medal. Helen and Heather, have you bought Heather a new pair of

:55:00.:55:06.

sunglasses? It is a sore subject! haven't yet. I have asked a friend

:55:06.:55:10.

to see if he can get a diver to pick them up for me. Save you some

:55:10.:55:16.

money! He what is the feeling like? I have talked to a few Olympians

:55:16.:55:20.

and everyone says it is a life- changing moment. Is that how it

:55:20.:55:26.

felt for you from the start? not sure. The last few days have

:55:26.:55:30.

been life-changing. I don't know how long it will last and I'm

:55:30.:55:35.

really absorbed in it at the moment. I think reality will hit when the

:55:35.:55:38.

games finished and everyone goes back to their normal lives. We are

:55:38.:55:44.

enjoying everything at the moment. Being part of a successful sports

:55:44.:55:48.

team, there's nothing you can compare it to. As she went out for

:55:48.:55:53.

the first race, were you conscious of the weight or new? Everybody was

:55:53.:55:57.

thinking it was time for the first British gold. It was the elephant

:55:57.:56:01.

in the room. Our coach Robin Williams didn't mention it. We were

:56:01.:56:07.

both aware that we had an won a gold medal. I was looking at the

:56:07.:56:10.

BBC Sport website the day before and I had suddenly clicked on a

:56:10.:56:14.

link, my face popped up, and it said when will we win our first

:56:14.:56:21.

gold? I wish I hadn't seen it! sorry about that! Immediately I

:56:21.:56:24.

thought, it is something we had never considered that we would be

:56:24.:56:29.

in that position. We put it to the back of a or mind. We only first

:56:30.:56:33.

realised when the national anthem played and the crowd were singing

:56:33.:56:37.

behind us. We thought, that is the first time they had heard that this

:56:37.:56:42.

Olympics. It was a nice moment. Your new celebrity status,

:56:42.:56:46.

fittingly, you have even been to the National Lottery. And Preston

:56:46.:56:53.

important button. -- pressed in important button. Thank you form of

:56:53.:56:59.

your support and good luck. A you couldn't have imagined that a week

:56:59.:57:04.

ago. And absolutely not. My friends have been saying, I can't believe I

:57:04.:57:09.

saw you press the National Lottery button. What did that gold medal

:57:09.:57:13.

mean to the rest of you? You had your races to come, did it give you

:57:13.:57:21.

a boost? It really did. The whole spirit of the team was lifted. As

:57:21.:57:25.

soon as the first medals started coming in, we thought, we must be

:57:25.:57:31.

going OK, we must have been doing something right. It gave us

:57:31.:57:34.

confidence, seeing how happy they were and what it meant. You wanted

:57:34.:57:39.

to have the same feeling. If they can do it, we can do it, was that

:57:39.:57:48.

the sentiment? Yes. We watched their race quietly in our room. We

:57:49.:57:52.

knew the standard in the team so once one person could do it, you

:57:52.:57:58.

know everybody is at that standard. We didn't watch the medal ceremony

:57:58.:58:03.

because we thought it would set us off! It was a great start. None of

:58:03.:58:09.

us knew how well the whole regatta would end. The story Of An and

:58:09.:58:14.

Catherine has been especially compelling. After three silver

:58:14.:58:18.

medals for Katherine Grainger, she never gave up on her dream of gold.

:58:19.:58:28.

London was where that dream came At the age of 36, most people in

:58:28.:58:33.

sport are only looking one way, back on their career. Back on the

:58:33.:58:38.

days of promise. When the silver was but a start. When a second

:58:38.:58:43.

silver was still satisfactory. But a third silver was a sign that this

:58:43.:58:48.

Korea was stuck on silver. And that if you put yourself through this

:58:48.:58:53.

again, you would be 36. I have an Olympic gold medal and it is

:58:53.:58:59.

something I would dearly love. -- I don't have. One boat out of the

:58:59.:59:04.

whole GB regatta to win, we would pick this one. What if it all goes

:59:04.:59:10.

wrong? Fortified get a silver? Katherine Grainger is not like most

:59:10.:59:15.

people in sport. At 36 she was looking forwards to one last

:59:15.:59:23.

adventure. A life to be defined in the next six 1/2 minutes. It is a

:59:23.:59:29.

steely look of determination. The British crew in lane five of Nice

:59:29.:59:39.
:59:39.:59:41.

and quick. -- far off Nice and Surely now we are down to two boats

:59:41.:59:46.

in this final. Chasing the gold medal. We can't and will not

:59:46.:59:56.
:59:56.:59:56.

We are through the halfway mark in the final of the women's double

:59:56.:00:03.

sculls. If they can break free now, they are a way. Imagine what is

:00:03.:00:07.

going through their minds, the adrenalin must be coming through

:00:07.:00:17.
:00:17.:00:22.

OK, let us do this, let us finish the story. And the crowd opposite

:00:22.:00:32.

us are going wild. Perhaps the most important final here, on this whole

:00:32.:00:42.
:00:42.:00:48.

It has taken 12 long years, tons of support. The crowd is on its feet,

:00:48.:00:53.

there is a cacophony of noise. The whole of the media stand, we are

:00:53.:01:02.

applauding you, Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins. Dreams do come

:01:02.:01:12.
:01:12.:01:16.

true. At long, long last, Katherine Grainger is the Olympic champion.

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Katherine Grainger, at the age of 36, looking in whatever direction

:01:20.:01:26.

she likes. You promised me there would be tears of joy this time,

:01:26.:01:31.

you were right. It is worth the wait.

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We put you through all of those emotions again. There was silence

:01:36.:01:43.

from all of us, following that. What are your emotions over the

:01:43.:01:48.

last few days? Fine, until now, it is the first

:01:48.:01:56.

time I have seen that, it is moving. It has been incredible. We have

:01:56.:02:01.

worked for this for a long time. I have had a wonderful career of over

:02:01.:02:11.
:02:11.:02:12.

15 years. Were there are times when you thought, I am just not going to

:02:12.:02:19.

make it to London? No, not in the last four years. Beijing was the

:02:19.:02:25.

toughest. We were triple world champions going into that race. I

:02:25.:02:29.

think the biggest expectation was on ourselves, we knew what we could

:02:29.:02:35.

produce. We were disappointed on the day. I took time off after that.

:02:35.:02:42.

Then, I wanted to come back. As soon as I got back, I knew.

:02:42.:02:46.

Speaking to Denise Lewis in Sydney after she got her gold medal. Then,

:02:46.:02:53.

in Beijing, she said, you have to go for London. I would come out of

:02:53.:02:58.

retirement to delay home Games in front of a home crowd. I have no

:02:58.:03:03.

concept of what the crowd and the sport would be like. We have felt

:03:03.:03:07.

that the nation has been behind us. The team has been fantastic and

:03:07.:03:12.

supportive. You have had this relationship which has stood out,

:03:12.:03:20.

what you have done for each other, it has been beautiful to watch.

:03:20.:03:30.
:03:30.:03:31.

hadn't road together before Beijing. -- rowed. We first got a chance in

:03:31.:03:35.

training camp, in Portugal, we had a bit of magic from the first day,

:03:35.:03:40.

I could feel it. Once I talked about it, I knew she could feel it

:03:40.:03:48.

as well. From the first outing. And had been in the double with

:03:48.:03:54.

different partners for seven years. This double, the way that the boat

:03:54.:04:00.

moved, it was moving more than the amount of effort we put in. Without

:04:00.:04:07.

having to really explain it to each other. I believe it from that day,

:04:07.:04:13.

that it could be the boat to win the medal. That is why I was

:04:13.:04:17.

grinning throughout the race, I just knew it was good enough.

:04:17.:04:21.

did you know all the way along? we have talked about this a lot,

:04:21.:04:27.

people have asked, when did you know? I wasn't grinning until we

:04:27.:04:33.

crossed the line. Anything can happen over 2,000m. Our coach said

:04:33.:04:39.

he knew it within 30 strokes. Anna said she knew within half way. We

:04:39.:04:48.

knew that we were good enough to win. We were unbeaten. We are at

:04:48.:04:57.

our peak. But it is, can we deliver at that moment? I wasn't going to

:04:57.:05:01.

be confident and to we had crossed the line, even though the race had

:05:01.:05:06.

unfolded as we had wanted. It is a culmination of three wonderful

:05:06.:05:13.

years. In all honesty, every bit of my career, I have been with utterly

:05:13.:05:21.

fantastic people who have made a success. Without a shadow of a gate.

:05:21.:05:28.

Even at Steve Redgrave. He is someone who has meant a lot to you.

:05:28.:05:32.

The support, is that what he does for the whole team? We are

:05:32.:05:38.

incredibly lucky in the sport to have an incredible role model. For

:05:38.:05:44.

all sports. Heat is unbelievably generous with his time, experience,

:05:44.:05:50.

knowledge, he has been a massive supporter. When I was first in the

:05:50.:05:57.

team, he was still competing. He led by example them. He and Matthew

:05:57.:06:01.

trained so hard. Giving a top performers all the time. He

:06:01.:06:06.

recognises that in other people. He wants other people to enjoy that

:06:06.:06:15.

level of success. He Anna, fingers crossed, you want to be in Rio.

:06:15.:06:23.

Katherine, maybe? I do not know. Steve has joked about that. After

:06:23.:06:29.

his dramatic announcement in Atlanta. So, nobody has ever

:06:29.:06:34.

announced retirement publicly. calls from David Beckham we should

:06:34.:06:42.

know about? My phone is on meat! That has become quite a story. If

:06:42.:06:48.

David is happy to come along, we have some parties he could join in!

:06:48.:06:58.
:06:58.:06:58.

His wife is welcome, the rest of the Spice Girls. We have shown some

:06:58.:07:08.
:07:08.:07:09.

girl power. Let us show you the lightweight

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women's double sculls, where they were up against the world champions,

:07:12.:07:22.
:07:22.:07:25.

jumped out of the starting gate, in playing No. 6, closest to us,

:07:25.:07:35.
:07:35.:07:48.

Katherine Copeland and Sophie place, leading the Olympic final

:07:48.:07:54.

here at Eton Dorney. And they haven't even started their sprint.

:07:54.:08:00.

They can do this, they just have to believe. Now, they're digging deep,

:08:00.:08:08.

in full belief. Great Britain are moving away. Jo cole Lund and

:08:08.:08:18.
:08:18.:08:22.

Sophie Hosking -- Copeland. For look at the support on the far side.

:08:22.:08:28.

They are the Olympic champions! An incredible race, they go into the

:08:28.:08:33.

record books, they have been glorious here this morning at Eton

:08:33.:08:38.

Dorney. They can't believe what they have done. That is what it

:08:38.:08:48.

means to be Olympic champion. at her face, that is glorious.

:08:48.:08:54.

I can't believe this is real, that we have just one. I don't know. We

:08:54.:09:04.
:09:04.:09:11.

You did just when the Olympics. Kat and Sophie, have you recovered? It

:09:11.:09:15.

must have been a rollercoaster. went out last night, before I went

:09:15.:09:23.

to bed, we watched a bit back. We went to interviews. When I finally

:09:23.:09:28.

watched it, it is really special. The Sofi, this is your first

:09:28.:09:35.

Olympics? Yes. What an amazing way to start. Especially, a home

:09:35.:09:39.

Olympics. Watching Beijing made me realise how much I wanted to be

:09:39.:09:46.

here. The last four years has been about making sure of that that

:09:46.:09:55.

happened. I have to thank for Hester. She helped qualify the boat,

:09:55.:10:05.
:10:05.:10:07.

and without we wouldn't be here. Paul Reedy. He led the project for

:10:07.:10:14.

five years. Finishing but we did, it is amazing. So amazing, we want

:10:14.:10:20.

to relive the moment, particularly you, Kat, looking around. Were you

:10:20.:10:27.

concentrating so much, were you not sure you have actually won? We had

:10:27.:10:30.

talked in the race about never thinking about the outcome or

:10:30.:10:36.

finish, just think about getting to the next marker and staying in the

:10:36.:10:41.

present. I can't remember a lot of the race but I remember the last

:10:41.:10:51.

500 and we were in the lead. Don't mess it up now! I was in shock. We

:10:51.:10:57.

were leading, in the Olympics. I had persuaded by self it was

:10:57.:11:01.

another race. It was only when we crossed the line I realised the

:11:01.:11:08.

enormity of it. When did it sink in for you? Her I don't think it has

:11:09.:11:14.

yet, I keep remembering, and smiling to myself. It will take

:11:14.:11:20.

quite a few days. It is fantastic, and to share it with our friends

:11:20.:11:25.

and family. In it is a coming-of- age for the lightweight class of

:11:25.:11:30.

boats. Most of the medals in the past have been for the heavyweights.

:11:30.:11:36.

A I think so. The atmosphere in the team is fantastic. When you watch

:11:36.:11:43.

people trained as hard as our team do, day in and day out, it can only

:11:43.:11:48.

help to motivate you. When you see people winning, you want a part of

:11:48.:11:54.

that. Everyone is talking about it being his surprise, but it is not a

:11:54.:12:01.

surprise. You have been putting in work for years. This is the time

:12:01.:12:06.

when the public have seen it. I have watched everyone trained for

:12:06.:12:12.

years, it is not a surprise at all. Have you bought any stamps? My mum

:12:12.:12:21.

went online and bought so many. rest you, have you been out buying

:12:21.:12:31.
:12:31.:12:35.

stamps? Apparently, they sold out in Cornwall! It is amazing.

:12:35.:12:44.

Apparently, there is a gold postbox in your home town, Anna? Yes,

:12:45.:12:49.

people have been sending me pictures. I know exactly where it

:12:49.:12:56.

is, in the middle of the main street of my small town. Together,

:12:56.:13:02.

you have done something amazing for women's sport, particularly women's

:13:02.:13:08.

rowing. Is it your hope younger women will have a go? If absolutely.

:13:08.:13:16.

I worked as a PE teacher, and you see how inspired youngsters can get.

:13:16.:13:21.

Seeing females in sport on a home stage and world stage is really

:13:21.:13:27.

inspiring. I remember people coming into me when I was at school, and

:13:27.:13:33.

now I am here. We are keen to give that back, to go into schools and

:13:33.:13:43.
:13:43.:13:44.

share our experience. It is time for us to share out excitement.

:13:44.:13:50.

Like many people, I gave the sport up because of too many early

:13:50.:13:55.

mornings. But I should have carried on. It is never too late. I know

:13:56.:14:02.

you say that! You are all officially off duty.

:14:02.:14:07.

You are moving into the Athletes' Village to relax. What are you

:14:07.:14:14.

looking forward to? Watching some sport? We are really lucky, the

:14:14.:14:19.

first week is out of competition, focus and discipline. The second

:14:19.:14:25.

week's is less disciplined. We have got the greatest stage here, with

:14:25.:14:33.

the most amazing sporting events in history. And more historic moments

:14:33.:14:40.

to come and we can be front row spectators. You can relax. Well

:14:40.:14:50.
:14:50.:14:52.

deserved. Thank you, all you, it has been fantastic to have you all.

:14:52.:15:02.
:15:02.:15:04.

We had better give the men's for a bit of time. The class of 2012 have

:15:04.:15:14.
:15:14.:15:16.

Great Britain get the gold medal! Kid is going to be so close. --

:15:16.:15:24.

eights. Just! We are going to get it, we are going to get it. They

:15:24.:15:29.

are through. Great Britain from Australia. What a perfect day for

:15:29.:15:37.

the British coxless four. Here we go. It is going to be great. We are

:15:37.:15:41.

now a way, finally, after all the talk that has come out of the

:15:41.:15:47.

Aussie camp. The final of the men's heavyweight coxless four. Great

:15:47.:15:52.

Britain, the defending Olympic champions, the world champions.

:15:52.:15:59.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Great Britain have four of them.

:15:59.:16:03.

Now the confidence will start to build. It is Great Britain,

:16:03.:16:08.

Australia and USA. Great Britain in lane six, smooth and relaxed. This

:16:09.:16:14.

is the best we have seen them growing. This is starting to

:16:14.:16:20.

develop into a two boat race. The British are inching away. This is

:16:20.:16:24.

going to be like a heavyweight boxing match like no other in

:16:24.:16:30.

international rowing on the Olympic stage. Here comes the wall of sound.

:16:31.:16:35.

Great Britain stretching out. This is the brutal end of the race and

:16:35.:16:37.

is the brutal end of the race and this is where it will matter.

:16:37.:16:43.

Australia are still in this. The Australians asked charging, but the

:16:43.:16:47.

British will defend their Olympic title. We have done at! We have

:16:47.:16:53.

done it! We have done it in style! Great Britain, the Olympic

:16:53.:17:03.
:17:03.:17:05.

champions once more and it was just It doesn't feel real. It doesn't

:17:05.:17:13.

feel like we have just won the Olympics. I'm just very proud.

:17:13.:17:17.

blown away, I'm so relieved. The supporters incredible. It really

:17:17.:17:22.

lifted us and stop us making mistakes in the last 500. I'm proud

:17:22.:17:27.

of everyone, I'm proud of what we've done. I couldn't be happier.

:17:27.:17:33.

Building up to this there had been a lot of expectation. We have

:17:33.:17:36.

wanted this so badly for top the way we have gone about training in

:17:36.:17:42.

the last couple of months has been very intense. To actually put off,

:17:42.:17:47.

you're in disbelief. The last four years has been extremely difficult

:17:47.:17:53.

for all of us. We saw how much support, how much enthusiasm there

:17:53.:17:59.

is. It got louder and louder. The crescendo that came from this crowd

:17:59.:18:04.

was deafening. You had everything in your heart telling you you could

:18:04.:18:07.

do it. As soon as you crossed the line, it was silence because we had

:18:07.:18:13.

done it. What a fantastic croup in that men's four and they are with

:18:13.:18:20.

me now. -- crew. Congratulations to you. Fantastic to see you wearing

:18:20.:18:26.

your gold medals. 3 If you won gold medals in Beijing, but Alex, this

:18:26.:18:32.

is new to you. How are you? Great! I feel good this morning. You had

:18:32.:18:37.

so much expectation on you because this is the boat that in successive

:18:37.:18:42.

Olympics has delivered for Britain. This is the Steve Redgrave boat.

:18:42.:18:49.

is. He set a pretty high President. We take that into training every

:18:49.:18:56.

day. We trained like we want to win. Did it help or hinder you, or of

:18:56.:19:03.

that history? A bit of both. It gives you a lot of confidence. GB

:19:03.:19:07.

knows how to win this event and our expectation is so high that we want

:19:07.:19:12.

to get that gold medal. There's also a bit of extra pressure

:19:12.:19:19.

because people expect you to win. There's a history we have chosen to

:19:19.:19:24.

continue. Probably a bit of both. Pete, you were up against the

:19:24.:19:29.

Australians, the awesome foursome of the past. They talk a good game!

:19:29.:19:33.

We had to put up with that for a long time. We handled ourselves

:19:33.:19:38.

well and professionally, we did our talking underwater. We kept our

:19:38.:19:45.

focus very internal. These Australians are very classy. And

:19:45.:19:53.

Drew Ginn as one of the all-time greats in our sport. The rivalry is

:19:53.:20:00.

extreme. Everybody in England and Britain loves to hate the Aussies!

:20:00.:20:03.

It was always build up for a massive rivalry. We should

:20:03.:20:07.

commiserate because they are not having the best Olympics. It must

:20:07.:20:15.

hurt. Explain to me about the run- up to you four it as a crew. 3 If

:20:15.:20:18.

you were in the same boat in Beijing, but things were at shaken

:20:18.:20:26.

up for a while. After Beijing, everything resets. The Games is the

:20:26.:20:31.

end point of our lives. The next four years will pan out differently

:20:31.:20:38.

for us. Myself and Peter Winton to the pair. Alex had just come out of

:20:38.:20:43.

Beijing as a spare. T J went back to Cambridge. We took different

:20:43.:20:52.

parts. However, they all converged about six months ago when Jurgen

:20:52.:20:58.

satyrs down in a room. You your coach. A legend in his own right.

:20:58.:21:03.

Absolutely. His tenth gold medal as a coach, consecutive. A huge

:21:03.:21:11.

achievement. Meehan Pete have been fighting a Kiwi pair for three

:21:11.:21:17.

years. They ended up winning the gold medal. A very impressive gold

:21:17.:21:27.
:21:27.:21:27.

medal. Alex, world champion from last year, with TJ. Everyone gets

:21:27.:21:35.

their moment. This group is relatively recent. Yes. I've been

:21:35.:21:42.

in the four for the last three years. We've come together this

:21:42.:21:47.

year after coming into it as a pair. The team was shaken up a little bit.

:21:47.:21:53.

Katherine Grainger said that from the moment she started rowing with

:21:53.:22:01.

Anna Watkins, she knew. Is that how it felt for you guys? No! There

:22:01.:22:06.

were some things we did which were incredibly quick, previously, and

:22:06.:22:09.

then we got announced and our first couple of weeks in the boat were

:22:09.:22:14.

pretty horrendous. We had to do a lot of work to make it clicked. It

:22:14.:22:18.

takes a lot of time and effort and communication to make the team work.

:22:18.:22:22.

We had to do it the hard way. was the moment you thought it had

:22:22.:22:30.

clicked? Yesterday! You were talking about those crucial five

:22:30.:22:34.

weeks running up to it. That is when you want to feel it is coming

:22:34.:22:39.

together. Yes, the first three weeks about was -- three weeks of

:22:39.:22:46.

that was about hard work. The last two weeks was honing it. Alex is

:22:46.:22:49.

right, the last race was a masterpiece, that was when it came

:22:49.:22:56.

together. That final was epic. The combination of a lot of hard work.

:22:56.:23:01.

-- culmination. How much did the home crowd help you or could you

:23:01.:23:05.

have helped this result anywhere? It was enormous. We've been saying

:23:05.:23:09.

it all week. From the moment we turned up, even when we were at

:23:09.:23:15.

training sessions, we had people cheering us in the morning. The

:23:15.:23:20.

crowd lit up because they saw us. This was way before racing started.

:23:20.:23:26.

It just didn't stop. When you come into finals day, it is like rowing

:23:26.:23:31.

in the Coliseum. You feel the crowd before you even hear them. In your

:23:31.:23:35.

bones and your body. Just when you feel like dying and thinking you

:23:35.:23:39.

can't do it, they lift queue for up not distracting Atul? People talk

:23:39.:23:46.

about the level of noise. Brilliant. Big crowds can be a distraction,

:23:46.:23:50.

but we never thought that, we always felt relaxed. We felt at

:23:50.:23:56.

home and that everybody was on our side. I don't remember thinking

:23:56.:24:02.

that would be the case. From some of the TV pictures, even us, you

:24:03.:24:07.

kind of get an idea of what it takes out of you. You are

:24:07.:24:11.

professional athletes, you train at this incredible level, yet at the

:24:11.:24:16.

end of it, you are in pieces, understandably. How does your body

:24:16.:24:23.

feel? I am broken! Last night I was in bed by 11 o'clock. I was done.

:24:23.:24:33.

We were thinking you were out partying! That was them. Are you

:24:33.:24:36.

will going to carry on, do you think? I think I have a few more

:24:36.:24:43.

years in May. I will speak to the other guys. The what do you think?

:24:43.:24:48.

I don't know. There was a pretty awesome race to finish on if I do

:24:48.:24:52.

finish. I will never say never. You're never ever going to beat

:24:52.:25:00.

that. Well, I don't know, you might! Rio 2016. I'm keen. I love

:25:00.:25:09.

it. He I love the training, it is all worth it. I've got my employer,

:25:09.:25:13.

the Royal Navy, and they've been looking after me for a long time. I

:25:13.:25:17.

have to have a conversation with them at some point, but I hope I've

:25:17.:25:21.

made them proud and I hope we can carry on. What about those early

:25:21.:25:25.

gold medals that came from Helen and Heather, how much did that

:25:25.:25:31.

help? I nearly burst! I watched it from my bed. I was alone. I was

:25:31.:25:40.

welling up. It was extraordinary watching them. Our own finals were

:25:41.:25:47.

over four days. That first day, the girls, and then we saw the quad,

:25:47.:25:51.

the women's quad, and then an hour men's eight fighting for the gold

:25:51.:25:55.

medal and getting bronze. The emotions took me to pieces. You had

:25:55.:25:59.

to keep it together for the longest, until the very last day of the

:25:59.:26:05.

files. That was tough. The hotel got quieter and dinner -- quieter

:26:05.:26:13.

and quieter. It was pretty hard. We felt the pressure. The ones who had

:26:13.:26:18.

hoped to be in the same position as you and were not, Zac Purchase and

:26:18.:26:24.

Mark Hunter. Have you seen them? Were even seen them briefly. -- We

:26:24.:26:30.

have seen them. Training is everything. You can see how hard a

:26:30.:26:35.

year they have had. They fought incredibly hard yesterday, they

:26:35.:26:42.

gave it everything. They left everything on the water. To fall

:26:42.:26:49.

short tears you up as an athlete. We are not immune to that. We can

:26:49.:26:55.

all experience that. It is a terrifying thing to see. But we

:26:55.:27:00.

have a huge amount of respect for everybody in the whole team for

:27:00.:27:03.

what everyone has been through, but for those guys it is incredibly

:27:03.:27:08.

tough. Now the next few days for you guys? You can enjoy the

:27:08.:27:14.

Olympics. Are you moving into the village? Yes. I think so. We are

:27:14.:27:19.

moving in this morning. We don't plan anything be on the finals.

:27:19.:27:23.

probably have no head space to think of anything! I am sure there

:27:23.:27:29.

will be some good parties and things to go to. Fancy popping into

:27:29.:27:34.

the athletics tonight? Usain Bolt? If I can get a ticket! I like to

:27:34.:27:37.

think that with that around your neck, you have a good chance of

:27:37.:27:44.

walking in. You will probably not tempted to take off the medals.

:27:44.:27:50.

Thank you for coming in. I'm sure you're exhausted!

:27:51.:27:58.

A fantastic regatta overall, nine medals for Britain. In the next

:27:58.:28:02.

half an hour, the women's marathon is going to be getting under way.

:28:02.:28:06.

Let's set the scene for you. Know Paula Radcliffe because of that

:28:06.:28:11.

injury, but hopefully that will not spoil things for the crowds. We are

:28:11.:28:20.

taking you over to the Mall. This is where the finish will take place.

:28:20.:28:24.

Three British women are running. Plenty of people to cheer on. It

:28:24.:28:29.

doesn't look like they have got the best weather to be running in this

:28:29.:28:33.

morning. Let's join Steve Cram and Brendan Foster. I imagine you are

:28:33.:28:38.

still trying to come down from last night in the stadium. Does the rain

:28:38.:28:43.

affect your mood? It is fantastic weather for ducks. It is also good

:28:43.:28:47.

weather for marathon runners. It was a great night last night. I

:28:47.:28:50.

wish they had brought the cauldron down here because we could do with

:28:50.:28:57.

a bit of Fleet. It is not that cold, actually. These are perfect

:28:57.:29:07.
:29:07.:29:10.

conditions for distance running. Let's reflect on last night. You've

:29:10.:29:13.

been watching athletics and taking part in athletics for more years

:29:13.:29:17.

than you might care to remember. Will there ever be another night

:29:17.:29:22.

last night? That was the greatest night in British athletics. Fear

:29:22.:29:28.

any other occasion which has registered in the history books for

:29:28.:29:31.

athletics was when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in

:29:31.:29:34.

Oxford. There were a couple of hundred people there. I have met

:29:34.:29:39.

thousands of people who have said I was there. Last night there where

:29:39.:29:44.

80,000 people there and there will be 800,000 people telling us they

:29:44.:29:48.

were there that night. It was absolutely fantastic. Jessica Ennis

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is such a star. She carries herself brilliantly. Greg Rutherford, to

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win a gold medal, surprised if you, but to the insiders, they thought

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he had a real chance. And then our first gold medal at distance

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running in the Olympic Games. We started in 1912 with the 10,000m.

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We have never been able to win before and Mo Farah was just

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fantastic last night. Absolutely brilliant. Loads of people who saw

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that last night and hopefully they will say they want to join an

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athletics club. The sport itself has never been better than last

:30:26.:30:36.
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Used or Mo Farah when he walked out onto the track, I've never seen him

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jump up and down on the track, it seems as if our athletes are

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relishing the atmosphere in the stadium. I even saw Seb Coe, who

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obviously was a happy man afterwards. The you couldn't write

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that script, it is a real drama, it is live, it is for real. The thing

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about it, Mo Farah had a great chance, the Olympic champion was

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defending his title. We thought he wasn't as fit. He was nearly there.

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Eventually, Mo Farah came through. In his first 10,000m of the year.

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He has been promising so much. Four years ago, he was detected --

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dejected. He has been planning now, as speaking to his physiologist, he

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was having his recovery drinks, thinking about the 5,000. A quick

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thought about the women's marathon. Paula Radcliffe is and here, which

:31:54.:32:04.
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is a shame. Distant runners -- distance runners, not many have run

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at five Commonwealth -- a limpet J -- five Olympic Games. Sadly

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through an injury, she has had to pull out. There will be no sadder

:32:20.:32:26.

person in London. I just wish she could have been here. We're looking

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forward to that, in 20 minutes. And we will be back for the big events

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this evening. The terrain is really coming down,

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I know you said it is good for marathon runners. Steve and Brendan

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will be back in the Olympic Stadium tonight. And, at 9.55pm, we will

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witness the most hotly anticipated race of the Olympics, the 100m

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final. One tiny island Caribbean Island is once again expecting gold.

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And, like London buses, Jamaican sprinters appear to come in threes.

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First, there was Asafa Powell, then Usain Bolt burst onto the scene in

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dramatic style. And now there's a new kid on the block. Known as The

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Beast, Yohan Blake has being making Usain Bolt think twice about that

:33:11.:33:18.

"nailed on gold". There is a Jamaican sprinter the

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top of the athletics world. No, not Bolt, but the man who beat him

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twice, his training partner Johan Blake.

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It is wonderful. That is where the This is going to be the famous pose,

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after I won the Olympics! It is going to be a crazy one.

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I am finally, I have been working my whole life. I have been working

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for this moment. And it has come true. The sprinter they called The

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Beast is in peak form, he recorded the fastest time of the year, he is

:34:14.:34:24.
:34:24.:34:39.

The stage is set for the greatest race on earth. I feel a bit nervous,

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my first Olympics. I know I'm going to do good. Three gold medals. It

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is going to be a crazy one. The Olympics is wet it all begins.

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Everybody is going to be at the Olympics, the world is watching.

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The baby that is just born is watching. For me, the Olympics is

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everything. I would like to win a gold. I want to be positive to

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people. Not only to beat people, I want to motivate them, took up lift

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them, I want a better world. That better world means beating his

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training partner Usain Bolt, on the biggest stage.

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We are working for the same thing, we are from the same country. On

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the track, it is business. If he comes to me, I say, you're not

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doing this for the people, for the fans, for your family, you are

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doing this for yourself. This is what he said to me, to motivate me

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before a race. You can do it! No matter whether we win, lose or draw,

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we are still friends. Even if it is still business, we all want to win.

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A if he does Peter Bolt macro, it will change his life forever.

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are three Jamaicans in the Olympic final. I am ready to go. It is

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going to be a cracker. Probably the hottest ticket of the

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Olympics, happening right here in the Olympic Stadium. Steve Cram

:36:38.:36:43.

will be in the commentary box, just how tight will this be? It will be

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very tight. Blake is the man people are looking to beat but the

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Americans will be tough. Brian Bailey, the third best of the

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Americans, ran the quickest heat. Tyson Gay should be one to watch.

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If Usain Bolt doesn't get out, he doesn't have that cushion in Berlin

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and Beijing, he is not that much better at this year than everybody

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else, then I am expecting a close race. We had a close one in the

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women's 100. That was a fast race. 10.75, the quickest for the women's

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100m in Britain. We may not see a world record, but I am expecting a

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couple of 100th separating the first three.

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Usain Bolt still has this aura but it has gone a bit, that sense of

:37:45.:37:50.

invincibility isn't there any more. It will be a problem for him.

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Michael Johnson said, this is a different Usain Bolt. He is playing

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the kind of character we know and love, to the crowd, but he doesn't

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have the same relaxed nature. There is tension and worry and others are

:38:09.:38:14.

noticing that, particularly the Americans. Tyson Gay goes about his

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business quietly. If he gets out of the blocks quickly and Usain Bolt

:38:19.:38:28.

doesn't, it may be Tyson Gay or Blake. How has Usain Bolt not to

:38:28.:38:32.

you when you have been watching him in the stadium in his appearance

:38:32.:38:40.

as? Yesterday, he was almost trying to play the ball to Usain Bolt,

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playing up to the stereotype we know and love. But underneath I get

:38:44.:38:50.

a hint it is not as he would like it to be. It will be tough. It is

:38:50.:38:56.

about the first 20 metres. If you wind the clock back, in Rome at the

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end of May, he looked really good, heading back to his best. He has

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had plenty of problems. It is Blake who has gone on, and Tyson Gay. The

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balance has shifted. It may well be that Usain Bolt, if he can get out

:39:17.:39:21.

of the blocks. Yesterday, he mentioned he stumbled, he has been

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doing that a lot. The big race is just before 10pm. Before that, the

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semi-finals, we may even have an upset in there. It is not beyond

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the realms of possibility. Only two go through, and the two fastest

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losers. We may have a massive shock. As we did when he made a false

:39:46.:39:53.

start. Three very good Americans, three very good Jamaicans. And from

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Trinidad. Generally, though, I expect the top men to make it

:39:59.:40:05.

through to the final. Then, it is anyone's game.

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A fantastic night last night. What else should we now be looking out

:40:09.:40:17.

for? Crunch time for many of our athletes. Plenty of semi-finals.

:40:17.:40:22.

Christine Ohuruogu it is some want a lot of people are saying, can she

:40:22.:40:27.

do what she did four years ago? As we came into the Olympic Games, she

:40:27.:40:35.

had that really good race and we thought, she might be back. The

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Russian is very good. But it may well be that Christine Ohuruogu

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made do enough to make them worry, because they will be going out hard

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and she will be chasing a dent in the home straight. In the women's

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triple jump, like the men's long jump, it is very open.

:41:04.:41:09.

After last night, everyone in the British team must be on a higher.

:41:09.:41:17.

As you must be. You can tell from my voice, even after the event, you

:41:17.:41:22.

couldn't stop talking about it. As I was walking out of the stadium, I

:41:22.:41:27.

bumped into Seb Coe, Boris Johnson, the general public, lots of

:41:27.:41:36.

Athletic fans -- athletics fans, euphoric. It was like a big party.

:41:37.:41:46.
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I have woken up as if I have had a hand over, a great Hanover to have.

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-- hangover. Thanks Steve, we'll be back at the

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Mall in about 15 minutes time for the start of the women's marathon.

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Before that, there's chance to catch up on a bit of cycling from

:42:02.:42:09.

this morning. The BBC is covering the Olympics

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Mishal Husain presents coverage from the start of day nine of the Olympics, with 23 gold medals to be won. The day's events include the women's marathon, the men's 100m final and the debut of women's boxing in the Games. Ben Ainslie will be seeking a fourth successive sailing gold, and there is the possibility of Andy Murray contesting the men's tennis final.


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