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Welcome back. We are saddled up and ready to go to Greenwich Park.

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Nicola Wilson on opposition Buzz his first up for Great Britain and

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they are due to set off in a minute. pace. Certainly a very positive

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young man. It looked to me that horse ran into the water ditch on

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the approach and it is not deep so we got away with it. A couple of

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extra strides, but the horse is thinking and paying attention.

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jumping penalties and 43 the time. goes. Opposition Buzz. This is the

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4th championship, two Europeans and one worlds. They won the world's,

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but what can they do? This horse loves going cross-country. Normally

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they are good against the clock. This is an interesting round to

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watch now. Great line through the third. And listen to the crowd!

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They have gone wild. Opposition Buzz, I hope he appreciates the

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noise! This is the Japanese horse, refusing at the 14th fence. He goes

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a second time. You can only have three refusals on the course, so

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that is one of three used up. was disappointing because he was

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trying to be so careful. He just ran out of steam because he

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underpowered. It has been a steep learning curve for those rider. He

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went to Portugal in the spring. The Japanese have not got huge strength

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and depth. He needs to nurse the horse home. He is about halfway.

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Opposition Buzz now, it safely over spectacular backdrop of the City.

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Then this very steep downhill to the water combination.

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combination inside the time at the ever. 15 years old, grabbing hold

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of the bit. Looking controllable, and that is so important. You have

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got to have a horse that she can control the direction and speed. --

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you can control for direction and speed. He has been known to take

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control and gallop off. I think because at Greenwich Park there are

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not long, galloping stretches, so we are not seeing long, galloping

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stretches and she can keep him there than Nicola had planned but

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Linda. Sisters in the team, that horse that her younger sister is

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riding, which has never been seen before in the Olympic Games. Sweden

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were in 4th place on 128.2, 1.2 behind Britain, after the dressage,

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quickly over these fences. And this is Nicola Wilson in the Arena!

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Massive cheering. The horse loving it, look at the ears. She is just

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so pressing him. Just four seconds slower than Christopher Burton.

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This horse fits. If he can make ground on the top he just could

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make the time. That would be some start for Britain. This is the

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second quarter, fences 17 and 18. Quite the drop in. I think they

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will go to the left-hand side of this. Yes, a very big drop. It

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angles a bit left to go over the house. That is such a tricky step

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up, and narrow Chevron and we were concerned the horses would not read

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it properly and quickly enough. Opposition Buzz makes nothing of it.

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Nicola Wilson called in at late notice, first reserve after Piggy

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French. She had to withdraw two horses, so unlucky. Piggy French

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watching at home on television, our thoughts are with you. I am sure

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Japanese. He will not get home inside the time, but that will be a

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huge thrill for the Japanese and give them confidence for the rest

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because this would be there least Yes, but the most difficult part

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behind him. That brush corner is probably the most difficult.

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Opposition Buzz again. The Dow I say it, still looking full of

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running. -- dare I say it? Nicola Wilson patting him on the neck,

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keep it up! Many of the owners watching, often from the

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international teams. A huge party watching, nerves, biting of

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fingernails, doing a great job for They had an opportunity to improve

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earlier in the season and it seems to have worked. It is the sort of

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thing that means you have got to plan your route back. With all the

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weather it has not been easy to find the right combinations for

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this. My word, they have done a very good job. That is the last.

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Safely over. 20 jumping penalties and finishing with 40 time

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Richards, the first rider for New Zealand. Probably the least

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experienced part of the team. But very fast across the country in

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normal circumstances. Certainly set the fastest combination in the

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world, but Linda is very experienced and she has ridden in

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awe of the major championships. One year off because of injury last

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year. Keeping the pace off. Very fast through the arena, but the

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horse does not have the gallops right of Christopher Burton's

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thoroughbred. -- gallop stride. let's look at the time for Nicola!

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How close is she to 10 minutes? 9.33! One fence left. The crowd

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ducking under the branches all around the finish. She is inside at

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the last. She is going to be number two inside the time! Britain off to

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the start that they wanted! Well done Nicola Wilson. She has done it

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in four championships. That very definitely has given Britain the

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start that they wanted. An incredible start for Great

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Britain. Nicola Wilson 12 seconds under the time allowed a sono time

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penalties. The second rider for Great Britain will be Mary King in

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her 6th Olympics at 2 o'clock. You have to switch over to BBC Three

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for that. But earlier you missed seeing the men in action in the

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sailing, cruising into Saturday's final. Such a relaxed performance.

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John Inverdale caught up with the boys just after the race.

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Everybody seems very happy with that. What is your assessment of

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the race? It was a great starter for 10. We have been doing some

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excellent stuff in training. We think we have been going well but

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we have not really know. To get onto the water today and execute

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our race was fantastic. We are really pleased with how it unfolded.

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We felt in good controlled the whole way down. We are looking

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forward to the semi-final now. the Olympic debutant, how was it as

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her first Olympic experience? my first Olympic race it was just

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great. A great feeling out there. I feel calm and relaxed. I feel at

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home. As we walked in the morning, everybody was saying hello, good

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luck, cheers as we rode down the cause. Just incredible. Every

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interview I have seen from the British athletes so far have said

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the same thing. It makes such a difference to rear the shouting and

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cheering, so please keep it up. Compared to Beijing, how was that?

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Epic. I echo what Alex has just said. The crowd has been here when

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we are racing, when we are getting off the boat in the morning, doing

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our warm-up. It is an electric feeling. We practise so hard and so

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often. You have seen the journey and nothing can prepare you for how

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it feels of the start. We practise starting all the time and this up

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like a different boat, a different place, and we felt at home. -- this

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felt like. I know that it sounds corny, but we felt comfortable and

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the boat was moving underneath us and that lifted us through the

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first 1000 and made it a comfortable race. I am happy, I am

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enjoying it, and I think every man feels relaxed in the boat.

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about your health, all fine, Tom? will find out tomorrow! I am

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feeling great. My back is fine, my heart is fine. There will be

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another story just off the back of that. You are fine. Injured as

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Steve Redgrave smashers microphone in to face! The sorry. -- sorry.

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was a big change compared to what we saw in Munich. It was better

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than lucerne, when I thought the boat was moving quite well. There

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is a huge expectation on all the British athletes, but everyone that

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we have been interviewing has been relaxed. They have an easy

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relationship with it that is really good to see. Nobody is really

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panicking. Everybody is laid back. Everybody has got a deep in their

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eyes the seriousness of what will Did you watch the Australian

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performance? It looked like a pretty solid race. We know it's

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going to be a big fight. Like the guys have said, we've got the crowd

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on our side and you've got to put that in the back pocket, haven't

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you? The next few days, what? Training as usual this afternoon

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and tomorrow morning, preparing for the next race. It's on the second.

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Preparing for the semi-finals. We've got to stay calm and cool.

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Not worry about what is going on, what other crews have done today

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and focus on what we've been focusing on the past couple of

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weeks. I have the second what Steve Redgrave was saying about how

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relaxed orlop Team GB feels. At the gymnastics, I sense exactly the

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same thing. Such tense anticipation to get into the finals, the women

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yesterday, Beth Tweddle, the crowd carried her fruit. It got so

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excited that we put the men's four straight into the final. They do

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have to compete in the semi-final on Thursday. Now we are going back

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We've got two gone inside the time. Christopher Burton for Australia

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and great news for Britain, it is also to Nicola Wilson. Both inside

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the time. The time in general not proving easy to get. We are getting

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a sprinkling of stops, particularly from the less experienced countries.

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Now we are watching Gushchina riding her horse. One of the

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individual riders from Belarus. She has already had a refusal. That was

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at fence three. It has caused a few problems. It was a silly refusal

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because the horse is jumping so championship before. Belarus is one

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of the younger champion -- countries in the sport but they've

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front legs of the horse. It's a good idea to have it on the front

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legs but this horse has got it right up his chest. If he hits

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fences there, we are in trouble. The other problem of putting it on

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the horse's chest is it stops the skin breathing, so they are unable

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fence turn. He is a great jumping horse. He looks full of running. He

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is a little bit burly compared to some of the other horses. He's

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carrying quite a lot of condition. I hope she keeps enough energy in

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reserve for the latter part of the course. The penultimate fence for

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Richards. She had an injury. Mark Todd was working her horse and due

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to get married to temporise later in the year, but this will be a

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huge thrill at her first Olympics. She is going to be over the time.

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She certainly set out extremely positively. That is what makes

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Christopher Burton's ride so impressive because he never looked

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carried. He got inside the time. Richards has got along with just

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of the sharp angle that she was approaching that step. The worry is

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they don't read it and jump off to she's giving it plenty of time to

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get up these hills and conserve some energy. Korshunov, he was 74th

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after dressage. He is an individual for Russia. Russia, who in the past

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have had some good results in Championships, winners of European

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titles but never won an Olympic who has had a lot of experience in

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based in Britain for a number of years. She will have a lot of fans

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here. 12 years macro, a horse that Tina Cook had, she sold it on to

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was on another horse which didn't the first riders. This is the

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position so far. Two clear rounds from Australia and Great Britain.

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United States just added a few time competition really begins to unfold.

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That was good in the main arena. He had a really good line through

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there. One of the better ones. in on the left to give himself time

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does take time but the horses unfortunate. Out they go of their

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first Olympics. Belarus falls at the cricket ball basket. We could

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hear the basket crunch as she hid it. She just got too close and the

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horse hit it on the way up. It couldn't recover on landing. One of

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the biggest problems for riders falling off these days is their air

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vest explodes. Actually, he didn't get too close to it but he did

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leave his legs hanging and hit it rather hard. There was no way she

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could recover from that. The air vest is connected to the saddle of

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the horse. If you fall off, it releases from the saddle, there's

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an explosion as it fills with air very quickly. It is so tied around

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the Ryder, they feel winded. Sometimes the Ryder looks injured

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but in fact they can hardly breathe. But they do protect them. That was

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lost his back legs going into those logs. There is quite a turn to bat

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second element, and I think that's the teams will want to watch.

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did an amazing job to sit there, she didn't come off. If a horse

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loses his shoe on this beautiful ground, they've got no studs left

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in their feet, so slips like that can happen. I don't think that

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could have been called a fall. I don't think the shoulder and

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corners hit the ground together, so a lot. Horses could be sliding

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around on these terms. -- turns. They've done a fantastic job in the

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going here, it's all been managed for the last years since the test

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good lawn. But it does make it possible if you turned to quickly

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practising, in their shoes they have put in big studs to help them

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avoid slipping and sliding around the course. Some of them have been

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trying out different size and thickness of studs in the

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collecting ring. Working out the looks to be making good progress.

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This is where experience counts and judgment of pace. We haven't seen

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that in Olympics recently since the shorter format with no roads and

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tracks in the steeplechase. Back in 2004, the Athens Olympics, one of

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the first times that format took place. He is over a fence 21, seven

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fences from home. The horse is looking for love running. --

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room for error up in the last two the flower garden. But the horses

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are so opened up in their stride now that none of them are finding

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heading for the cricket ball basket, where the Belarus Ryder... He's

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been stopped, he's been held on the course. I wonder whether that is

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something to do with the fence. When the Belorussian hit the fence,

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they may have damaged the fence. I'm not certain of that. At the

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moment, Korshunov held on course. so they are holding up the course.

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It is 32 minutes until Mary King goes on Imperial Cavalier, which

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should be grit. Nicola Wilson found a great pass. She set out as the

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path finder and we have caught up with her to see what she made of

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her run. There was so much talk of the time

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being difficult to achieve, it does help when you are on a good horse.

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He is amazing, outstanding. He did not fail to give me the wow factor

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again today. He was unreal from start to finish. I am just so

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delighted, so relieved, and a little bit emotional. Who can blame

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you? You are the best pass find in -- path find in the world. What

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information have you brought back to the team? The information is

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that the team is phenomenal from start to finish. My watch beeps at

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every minute, and I could not hear it. I have to look over all the

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time, which was my first bit of information, how noisy everybody is,

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which is fabulous. Please carry on. But just where I was on the minute

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markers around the course, whether we had sticky moments, whether we

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slipped. But he did not slip once and I was over the moon with him.

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When you turned back, the amount of people that came rushing over to

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you, I was getting goose pimples over here. I know! It is lovely. It

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was like that all the way round the course. People screaming, shouting,

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hollering. I could hear it all the way round. Fantastic. You have done

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just what if we wanted. We are in perfect position now. Well done.

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Just look at the scenes behind us in front of the Olympic Stadium.

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There are so many people here. Such an atmosphere in the Olympic Park.

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Everybody grabbing their lunch. If you think that is the definition of

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 64 seconds

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an Olympic packed lunch, think Armitstead takes silver! There you

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have it, the last 24 hours in 60 seconds. We are going to be doing

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that every day, so you can always look forward to the Olympic packed

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lunch. At Greenwich Park, the three-day eventing is going

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incredibly well for Great Britain and we are keeping our fingers

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crossed for Mary King. Nicola Wilson has just done exceptionally

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well. We have seen a passion down there. In my eyes, there really is

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nothing like the connection between horse and rider and we are going to

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have a word with one of our commentators as he explains why he

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loves the export so much. -- the I started riding when I was about

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10. There was a kid the same age as me and he let my pony up and down

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the drive, shouting up, down, for rising trot. Then they let you

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loose going over the hills for an hour on the horse. It was a bit

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intimidating and scary but I was hooked from then on because I quite

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After that, I spend every possible minute that I could at the Ridings

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School. We did not really have the money to pay for lots and lots of

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lessons. If I hung around long enough and I did a lot of work at

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the stables, then at the end of the day we got to ride bareback and put

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the horses in the field, a mile away from the stables. When the

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owner of the stables was a way for the day, then a group of us used to

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make collars out of string and go and catch the ponies in the field

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and have raised his bare back. That was my introduction to riding. --

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races bareback. It may be hungrier that it was not handed to me on a

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plate and I had to work jolly hard for it. I loved making horses go

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better. I seemed to have a knack for it. Valley was one of the first

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people that ever sent me a horse to compete and ride. That was quite a

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long time ago. Certainly over 40 years. Then maybe we should not

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talk about that! You can see it in somebody, they have it or they have

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not, and you had it from the word go. Balance, hands, and very bold,

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that was the other thing. It is just really hard to explain. You go

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from being biscuit that his riding everybody and anybody's horses then

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you are part of the Olympics, in the British team. -- from being

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this Kate riding everybody and anybody's horses. That is

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remarkably good! That was the first one, Los Angeles. Getting the

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silver medal and standing on the podium was incredible. I think

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probably there were some tears shed, but it was one of the proudest

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moments of my life. This is a well deserved moment indeed for the

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Flying Scotsman himself. children with the Olympic medals

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after 88. The amazing. I do not know where time goes, really.

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are my grandchildren. Off you go. Do you want to sit on him? No?

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Whatever I am now, 58, I still have to pinch myself and think about

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what my life and career has been. Well I started, the humble

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beginnings, and how incredibly lucky I have been. I could get

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If you would like to get involved in Olympic sports, ago to the BBC

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That was a great story. Amongst all this Polish, it is nice to go back

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to the stable yard and feel the mark. It makes me feel at home! We

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saw the men before they cruised into the semi-final with no trouble

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at all earlier. John Inverdale has caught up with three rowers from

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the historic four that we are all in awe of. This is a coxless for,

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at least a coxless three. -- coccus four passed to talk about the three

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coxless three present. That is the best that I have seen that

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combination row. I hope they will step on through the regatta because

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the Australians also looked good. It is set up for a fantastic clash

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in the final, us against Australia for the gold medal for sure. James?

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There are two things that I think. Australia in the first heat, they

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will get another heat winner, so we could meet before the final, so

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they could be a semi-final showdown which could be interesting. The

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Brits look very good in the middle and better in the first minute than

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the Australians, which is what I was looking for in the heats. We

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both knew they would win their heats, but it was he went out most

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quickly from the blocks. Something for nothing from the blocks. They

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looked good, as did the Australians, I thought. But there was a rambling

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engine beneath our boat. -- rumbling. Who is ahead on points?

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Pretty even. Most people would put the Australians on top because they

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were the winners of the last race. But as James says, our guys have

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got the power. If this was turned round the other way, the winds,

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then there would just be one winner, but it is up for grabs. There is

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the inevitable media speculation, as against them, Britain against

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Australia, so there is an added something. How do their guides

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switch off over the next few days? -- the guys. Turn off the telephone,

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don't read the newspaper, turn off the television. You cannot do that.

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It was easier for us in the Foreign Olympics. In Sydney we were stuck

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with watching terrible Australian television. They were not talking

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about us. But these guys will have the BBC and the build up pieces and

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all of that. They will do well to avoid it all. This is a serious

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point, who did not have Twitter and everything, people are urging you

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every five seconds with good luck this, what about that? Some of us

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still do not have Twitter! Switch of the telephone, change the number,

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don't go on Twitter. It will all be great afterwards with a gold medal

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round your neck and that is all that matters. James? I think the

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big difference from them in Beijing and from us when we raced is the

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programme has changed. The four used to be in Group A, so you would

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be on the first I will stay. Now they are in the last day of four. -

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- you would be on the first finals day. They are champing at the bit.

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We were always racing for next day, and that is the difference. They

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have to wait around for the heat and then they have to wait around

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where everybody else is picking up medals and getting a drink.

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never had the strength to carry the flag. I may not have been asked. I

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turned my telephone off too early! I could have lit the flame if I had

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not turned it off! There were no mobile telephones in my day.

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Carrier pigeons! Are you more optimistic about their prospects

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today having seen both the races? No changes? Coming into the regatta,

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I would have put the Australians as marginal favourites. Now I think I

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would put us slightly ahead by the same amount, but we are talking

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tiny amounts. And as you say, it is all speculation. There is an old

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rowing is saying, it stops when the flag drops. We can talk about it as

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much as we like but until we see them racing side by side with the

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medals waiting for them at this end of the lake, we cannot know for

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sure. We will keep talking for the next few days. Thank you.

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It will be an anxious wait until Saturday. I am sure they will crews

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through the semi-final on Thursday as well. We are sure they can beat

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the Australians on Saturday. You are wearing a lovely shirt,

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Jake Humphrey! Michelle is same was wearing pink as well. Did you not

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get the email? This is the uniform! You are taking over on BBC One

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shortly. In did. It will be exciting. It has been so close. --

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indeed. Any time penalties this afternoon, and Mary King going

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shortly and Zara Phillips as well... 2 o'clock Mary King. Good

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knowledge! The time penalties will really affect the medals. We are

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looking forward to bringing people that. Also handball. People have

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been getting into handball these Games because Great Britain have

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not competed before. It is good and I like the action going on with the

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start ups. Britain's of -- women play Russia. And of course peat.

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is nice for them to sense the home crowd. There is so much pressure on

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Tom Daley and Pete. To get a medal would be amazing for them, it does

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not have to be gold. The home crowd will carry them through, if the

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gymnastics have been anything to go by. That will be amazing for you as

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well. That starts for us at 4:30pm. I am leaving now, to go to the

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