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Welcome back. We are saddled up and ready to go to Greenwich Park.
Nicola Wilson on opposition Buzz his first up for Great Britain and
they are due to set off in a minute. pace. Certainly a very positive
young man. It looked to me that horse ran into the water ditch on
the approach and it is not deep so we got away with it. A couple of
extra strides, but the horse is thinking and paying attention.
jumping penalties and 43 the time. goes. Opposition Buzz. This is the
4th championship, two Europeans and one worlds. They won the world's,
but what can they do? This horse loves going cross-country. Normally
they are good against the clock. This is an interesting round to
watch now. Great line through the third. And listen to the crowd!
They have gone wild. Opposition Buzz, I hope he appreciates the
noise! This is the Japanese horse, refusing at the 14th fence. He goes
a second time. You can only have three refusals on the course, so
that is one of three used up. was disappointing because he was
trying to be so careful. He just ran out of steam because he
underpowered. It has been a steep learning curve for those rider. He
went to Portugal in the spring. The Japanese have not got huge strength
and depth. He needs to nurse the horse home. He is about halfway.
Opposition Buzz now, it safely over spectacular backdrop of the City.
Then this very steep downhill to the water combination.
combination inside the time at the ever. 15 years old, grabbing hold
of the bit. Looking controllable, and that is so important. You have
got to have a horse that she can control the direction and speed. --
you can control for direction and speed. He has been known to take
control and gallop off. I think because at Greenwich Park there are
not long, galloping stretches, so we are not seeing long, galloping
stretches and she can keep him there than Nicola had planned but
Linda. Sisters in the team, that horse that her younger sister is
riding, which has never been seen before in the Olympic Games. Sweden
were in 4th place on 128.2, 1.2 behind Britain, after the dressage,
quickly over these fences. And this is Nicola Wilson in the Arena!
Massive cheering. The horse loving it, look at the ears. She is just
so pressing him. Just four seconds slower than Christopher Burton.
This horse fits. If he can make ground on the top he just could
make the time. That would be some start for Britain. This is the
second quarter, fences 17 and 18. Quite the drop in. I think they
will go to the left-hand side of this. Yes, a very big drop. It
angles a bit left to go over the house. That is such a tricky step
up, and narrow Chevron and we were concerned the horses would not read
it properly and quickly enough. Opposition Buzz makes nothing of it.
Nicola Wilson called in at late notice, first reserve after Piggy
French. She had to withdraw two horses, so unlucky. Piggy French
watching at home on television, our thoughts are with you. I am sure
Japanese. He will not get home inside the time, but that will be a
huge thrill for the Japanese and give them confidence for the rest
because this would be there least Yes, but the most difficult part
behind him. That brush corner is probably the most difficult.
Opposition Buzz again. The Dow I say it, still looking full of
running. -- dare I say it? Nicola Wilson patting him on the neck,
keep it up! Many of the owners watching, often from the
international teams. A huge party watching, nerves, biting of
fingernails, doing a great job for They had an opportunity to improve
earlier in the season and it seems to have worked. It is the sort of
thing that means you have got to plan your route back. With all the
weather it has not been easy to find the right combinations for
this. My word, they have done a very good job. That is the last.
Safely over. 20 jumping penalties and finishing with 40 time
Richards, the first rider for New Zealand. Probably the least
experienced part of the team. But very fast across the country in
normal circumstances. Certainly set the fastest combination in the
world, but Linda is very experienced and she has ridden in
awe of the major championships. One year off because of injury last
year. Keeping the pace off. Very fast through the arena, but the
horse does not have the gallops right of Christopher Burton's
thoroughbred. -- gallop stride. let's look at the time for Nicola!
How close is she to 10 minutes? 9.33! One fence left. The crowd
ducking under the branches all around the finish. She is inside at
the last. She is going to be number two inside the time! Britain off to
the start that they wanted! Well done Nicola Wilson. She has done it
in four championships. That very definitely has given Britain the
start that they wanted. An incredible start for Great
Britain. Nicola Wilson 12 seconds under the time allowed a sono time
penalties. The second rider for Great Britain will be Mary King in
her 6th Olympics at 2 o'clock. You have to switch over to BBC Three
for that. But earlier you missed seeing the men in action in the
sailing, cruising into Saturday's final. Such a relaxed performance.
John Inverdale caught up with the boys just after the race.
Everybody seems very happy with that. What is your assessment of
the race? It was a great starter for 10. We have been doing some
excellent stuff in training. We think we have been going well but
we have not really know. To get onto the water today and execute
our race was fantastic. We are really pleased with how it unfolded.
We felt in good controlled the whole way down. We are looking
forward to the semi-final now. the Olympic debutant, how was it as
her first Olympic experience? my first Olympic race it was just
great. A great feeling out there. I feel calm and relaxed. I feel at
home. As we walked in the morning, everybody was saying hello, good
luck, cheers as we rode down the cause. Just incredible. Every
interview I have seen from the British athletes so far have said
the same thing. It makes such a difference to rear the shouting and
cheering, so please keep it up. Compared to Beijing, how was that?
Epic. I echo what Alex has just said. The crowd has been here when
we are racing, when we are getting off the boat in the morning, doing
our warm-up. It is an electric feeling. We practise so hard and so
often. You have seen the journey and nothing can prepare you for how
it feels of the start. We practise starting all the time and this up
like a different boat, a different place, and we felt at home. -- this
felt like. I know that it sounds corny, but we felt comfortable and
the boat was moving underneath us and that lifted us through the
first 1000 and made it a comfortable race. I am happy, I am
enjoying it, and I think every man feels relaxed in the boat.
about your health, all fine, Tom? will find out tomorrow! I am
feeling great. My back is fine, my heart is fine. There will be
another story just off the back of that. You are fine. Injured as
Steve Redgrave smashers microphone in to face! The sorry. -- sorry.
was a big change compared to what we saw in Munich. It was better
than lucerne, when I thought the boat was moving quite well. There
is a huge expectation on all the British athletes, but everyone that
we have been interviewing has been relaxed. They have an easy
relationship with it that is really good to see. Nobody is really
panicking. Everybody is laid back. Everybody has got a deep in their
eyes the seriousness of what will Did you watch the Australian
performance? It looked like a pretty solid race. We know it's
going to be a big fight. Like the guys have said, we've got the crowd
on our side and you've got to put that in the back pocket, haven't
you? The next few days, what? Training as usual this afternoon
and tomorrow morning, preparing for the next race. It's on the second.
Preparing for the semi-finals. We've got to stay calm and cool.
Not worry about what is going on, what other crews have done today
and focus on what we've been focusing on the past couple of
weeks. I have the second what Steve Redgrave was saying about how
relaxed orlop Team GB feels. At the gymnastics, I sense exactly the
same thing. Such tense anticipation to get into the finals, the women
yesterday, Beth Tweddle, the crowd carried her fruit. It got so
excited that we put the men's four straight into the final. They do
have to compete in the semi-final on Thursday. Now we are going back
We've got two gone inside the time. Christopher Burton for Australia
and great news for Britain, it is also to Nicola Wilson. Both inside
the time. The time in general not proving easy to get. We are getting
a sprinkling of stops, particularly from the less experienced countries.
Now we are watching Gushchina riding her horse. One of the
individual riders from Belarus. She has already had a refusal. That was
at fence three. It has caused a few problems. It was a silly refusal
because the horse is jumping so championship before. Belarus is one
of the younger champion -- countries in the sport but they've
front legs of the horse. It's a good idea to have it on the front
legs but this horse has got it right up his chest. If he hits
fences there, we are in trouble. The other problem of putting it on
the horse's chest is it stops the skin breathing, so they are unable
fence turn. He is a great jumping horse. He looks full of running. He
is a little bit burly compared to some of the other horses. He's
carrying quite a lot of condition. I hope she keeps enough energy in
reserve for the latter part of the course. The penultimate fence for
Richards. She had an injury. Mark Todd was working her horse and due
to get married to temporise later in the year, but this will be a
huge thrill at her first Olympics. She is going to be over the time.
She certainly set out extremely positively. That is what makes
Christopher Burton's ride so impressive because he never looked
carried. He got inside the time. Richards has got along with just
of the sharp angle that she was approaching that step. The worry is
they don't read it and jump off to she's giving it plenty of time to
get up these hills and conserve some energy. Korshunov, he was 74th
after dressage. He is an individual for Russia. Russia, who in the past
have had some good results in Championships, winners of European
titles but never won an Olympic who has had a lot of experience in
based in Britain for a number of years. She will have a lot of fans
here. 12 years macro, a horse that Tina Cook had, she sold it on to
was on another horse which didn't the first riders. This is the
position so far. Two clear rounds from Australia and Great Britain.
United States just added a few time competition really begins to unfold.
That was good in the main arena. He had a really good line through
there. One of the better ones. in on the left to give himself time
does take time but the horses unfortunate. Out they go of their
first Olympics. Belarus falls at the cricket ball basket. We could
hear the basket crunch as she hid it. She just got too close and the
horse hit it on the way up. It couldn't recover on landing. One of
the biggest problems for riders falling off these days is their air
vest explodes. Actually, he didn't get too close to it but he did
leave his legs hanging and hit it rather hard. There was no way she
could recover from that. The air vest is connected to the saddle of
the horse. If you fall off, it releases from the saddle, there's
an explosion as it fills with air very quickly. It is so tied around
the Ryder, they feel winded. Sometimes the Ryder looks injured
but in fact they can hardly breathe. But they do protect them. That was
lost his back legs going into those logs. There is quite a turn to bat
second element, and I think that's the teams will want to watch.
did an amazing job to sit there, she didn't come off. If a horse
loses his shoe on this beautiful ground, they've got no studs left
in their feet, so slips like that can happen. I don't think that
could have been called a fall. I don't think the shoulder and
corners hit the ground together, so a lot. Horses could be sliding
around on these terms. -- turns. They've done a fantastic job in the
going here, it's all been managed for the last years since the test
good lawn. But it does make it possible if you turned to quickly
practising, in their shoes they have put in big studs to help them
avoid slipping and sliding around the course. Some of them have been
trying out different size and thickness of studs in the
collecting ring. Working out the looks to be making good progress.
This is where experience counts and judgment of pace. We haven't seen
that in Olympics recently since the shorter format with no roads and
tracks in the steeplechase. Back in 2004, the Athens Olympics, one of
the first times that format took place. He is over a fence 21, seven
fences from home. The horse is looking for love running. --
room for error up in the last two the flower garden. But the horses
are so opened up in their stride now that none of them are finding
heading for the cricket ball basket, where the Belarus Ryder... He's
been stopped, he's been held on the course. I wonder whether that is
something to do with the fence. When the Belorussian hit the fence,
they may have damaged the fence. I'm not certain of that. At the
moment, Korshunov held on course. so they are holding up the course.
It is 32 minutes until Mary King goes on Imperial Cavalier, which
should be grit. Nicola Wilson found a great pass. She set out as the
path finder and we have caught up with her to see what she made of
her run. There was so much talk of the time
being difficult to achieve, it does help when you are on a good horse.
He is amazing, outstanding. He did not fail to give me the wow factor
again today. He was unreal from start to finish. I am just so
delighted, so relieved, and a little bit emotional. Who can blame
you? You are the best pass find in -- path find in the world. What
information have you brought back to the team? The information is
that the team is phenomenal from start to finish. My watch beeps at
every minute, and I could not hear it. I have to look over all the
time, which was my first bit of information, how noisy everybody is,
which is fabulous. Please carry on. But just where I was on the minute
markers around the course, whether we had sticky moments, whether we
slipped. But he did not slip once and I was over the moon with him.
When you turned back, the amount of people that came rushing over to
you, I was getting goose pimples over here. I know! It is lovely. It
was like that all the way round the course. People screaming, shouting,
hollering. I could hear it all the way round. Fantastic. You have done
just what if we wanted. We are in perfect position now. Well done.
Just look at the scenes behind us in front of the Olympic Stadium.
There are so many people here. Such an atmosphere in the Olympic Park.
Everybody grabbing their lunch. If you think that is the definition of
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 64 seconds
an Olympic packed lunch, think Armitstead takes silver! There you
have it, the last 24 hours in 60 seconds. We are going to be doing
that every day, so you can always look forward to the Olympic packed
lunch. At Greenwich Park, the three-day eventing is going
incredibly well for Great Britain and we are keeping our fingers
crossed for Mary King. Nicola Wilson has just done exceptionally
well. We have seen a passion down there. In my eyes, there really is
nothing like the connection between horse and rider and we are going to
have a word with one of our commentators as he explains why he
loves the export so much. -- the I started riding when I was about
10. There was a kid the same age as me and he let my pony up and down
the drive, shouting up, down, for rising trot. Then they let you
loose going over the hills for an hour on the horse. It was a bit
intimidating and scary but I was hooked from then on because I quite
After that, I spend every possible minute that I could at the Ridings
School. We did not really have the money to pay for lots and lots of
lessons. If I hung around long enough and I did a lot of work at
the stables, then at the end of the day we got to ride bareback and put
the horses in the field, a mile away from the stables. When the
owner of the stables was a way for the day, then a group of us used to
make collars out of string and go and catch the ponies in the field
and have raised his bare back. That was my introduction to riding. --
races bareback. It may be hungrier that it was not handed to me on a
plate and I had to work jolly hard for it. I loved making horses go
better. I seemed to have a knack for it. Valley was one of the first
people that ever sent me a horse to compete and ride. That was quite a
long time ago. Certainly over 40 years. Then maybe we should not
talk about that! You can see it in somebody, they have it or they have
not, and you had it from the word go. Balance, hands, and very bold,
that was the other thing. It is just really hard to explain. You go
from being biscuit that his riding everybody and anybody's horses then
you are part of the Olympics, in the British team. -- from being
this Kate riding everybody and anybody's horses. That is
remarkably good! That was the first one, Los Angeles. Getting the
silver medal and standing on the podium was incredible. I think
probably there were some tears shed, but it was one of the proudest
moments of my life. This is a well deserved moment indeed for the
Flying Scotsman himself. children with the Olympic medals
after 88. The amazing. I do not know where time goes, really.
are my grandchildren. Off you go. Do you want to sit on him? No?
Whatever I am now, 58, I still have to pinch myself and think about
what my life and career has been. Well I started, the humble
beginnings, and how incredibly lucky I have been. I could get
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That was a great story. Amongst all this Polish, it is nice to go back
to the stable yard and feel the mark. It makes me feel at home! We
saw the men before they cruised into the semi-final with no trouble
at all earlier. John Inverdale has caught up with three rowers from
the historic four that we are all in awe of. This is a coxless for,
at least a coxless three. -- coccus four passed to talk about the three
coxless three present. That is the best that I have seen that
combination row. I hope they will step on through the regatta because
the Australians also looked good. It is set up for a fantastic clash
in the final, us against Australia for the gold medal for sure. James?
There are two things that I think. Australia in the first heat, they
will get another heat winner, so we could meet before the final, so
they could be a semi-final showdown which could be interesting. The
Brits look very good in the middle and better in the first minute than
the Australians, which is what I was looking for in the heats. We
both knew they would win their heats, but it was he went out most
quickly from the blocks. Something for nothing from the blocks. They
looked good, as did the Australians, I thought. But there was a rambling
engine beneath our boat. -- rumbling. Who is ahead on points?
Pretty even. Most people would put the Australians on top because they
were the winners of the last race. But as James says, our guys have
got the power. If this was turned round the other way, the winds,
then there would just be one winner, but it is up for grabs. There is
the inevitable media speculation, as against them, Britain against
Australia, so there is an added something. How do their guides
switch off over the next few days? -- the guys. Turn off the telephone,
don't read the newspaper, turn off the television. You cannot do that.
It was easier for us in the Foreign Olympics. In Sydney we were stuck
with watching terrible Australian television. They were not talking
about us. But these guys will have the BBC and the build up pieces and
all of that. They will do well to avoid it all. This is a serious
point, who did not have Twitter and everything, people are urging you
every five seconds with good luck this, what about that? Some of us
still do not have Twitter! Switch of the telephone, change the number,
don't go on Twitter. It will all be great afterwards with a gold medal
round your neck and that is all that matters. James? I think the
big difference from them in Beijing and from us when we raced is the
programme has changed. The four used to be in Group A, so you would
be on the first I will stay. Now they are in the last day of four. -
- you would be on the first finals day. They are champing at the bit.
We were always racing for next day, and that is the difference. They
have to wait around for the heat and then they have to wait around
where everybody else is picking up medals and getting a drink.
never had the strength to carry the flag. I may not have been asked. I
turned my telephone off too early! I could have lit the flame if I had
not turned it off! There were no mobile telephones in my day.
Carrier pigeons! Are you more optimistic about their prospects
today having seen both the races? No changes? Coming into the regatta,
I would have put the Australians as marginal favourites. Now I think I
would put us slightly ahead by the same amount, but we are talking
tiny amounts. And as you say, it is all speculation. There is an old
rowing is saying, it stops when the flag drops. We can talk about it as
much as we like but until we see them racing side by side with the
medals waiting for them at this end of the lake, we cannot know for
sure. We will keep talking for the next few days. Thank you.
It will be an anxious wait until Saturday. I am sure they will crews
through the semi-final on Thursday as well. We are sure they can beat
the Australians on Saturday. You are wearing a lovely shirt,
Jake Humphrey! Michelle is same was wearing pink as well. Did you not
get the email? This is the uniform! You are taking over on BBC One
shortly. In did. It will be exciting. It has been so close. --
indeed. Any time penalties this afternoon, and Mary King going
shortly and Zara Phillips as well... 2 o'clock Mary King. Good
knowledge! The time penalties will really affect the medals. We are
looking forward to bringing people that. Also handball. People have
been getting into handball these Games because Great Britain have
not competed before. It is good and I like the action going on with the
start ups. Britain's of -- women play Russia. And of course peat.
is nice for them to sense the home crowd. There is so much pressure on
Tom Daley and Pete. To get a medal would be amazing for them, it does
not have to be gold. The home crowd will carry them through, if the
gymnastics have been anything to go by. That will be amazing for you as
well. That starts for us at 4:30pm. I am leaving now, to go to the