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Silver for Great Britain - Team GB wins its fourth medal of the Games,

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in team eventing. Delight as Tina Cook secures second place for the

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team, which included the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips.

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Controversy over a 16-year-old Chinese swimmer after a record-

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breaking performance, but the head of the British Olympic Association

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says she's clean and deserves recognition. WADA have been

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absolutely specific and she's gone through the WADA programme and

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she's clean. That's the end of the story, and let us recognise that

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there is an extraordinary swimmer out there.

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Going for his fourth Olympic gold, but Ben Ainslie says he needs to

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improve on his performance so far if he's to reach his goal.

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Fighting in Syria's biggest city, Aleppo, continues with Government

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forces reportedly bombarding rebel- held areas.

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A massive power cut leaves more than half of India without

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electricity for a second day. And... She said she was a widow when she

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arrived. It was so like her own name Nora anyway, she felt she was

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meant to have been called that. The best-selling Irish novelist,

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Maeve Binchy, has died after a Good afternoon and welcome to the

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BBC News at One from the Olympic Park.

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Great Britain's equestrian team are facing their moment of truth this

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lunchtime as they compete in the final day on the cross-country

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course in Greenwich, with the chance to win the team eventing and

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individual gold. Mary King, Tina Cook, Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson

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and William Fox-Pitt have combined to take Britain into silver medal

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position going into the final day, with Cook fifth and King sixth in

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the individual standings. Joe Wilson is at Greenwich Park for us.

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By common consent it has been a huge success bringing the

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equestrian here to Greenwich. It is worth reflecting on what an

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achievement it is to get any medal Eventing we started with dressage,

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about discipline and control, and then cross-country, that was a test

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of stamina, and into show jumping, a supreme test of skill and holding

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your nerve. Britain starting the day with aspiration of gold.

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This was the rarest of occasions. Last minute nerves pacing. A

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misstride in show jumping and a medal is gone. For Zara Phillips,

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this way to destiny. So much attention on her, but she was part

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of a team as well as a family. One of five riders for Britain. The

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scores of the best three will decide the country's total. A clear

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round eluded her. A battle against the clock. So rapid, here she was

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too slow. Time faults as well on board High Kingdom. I had such an

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awesome round yesterday. He lost both front shoes so he is not

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feeling himself this morning, but I'm just disappointed for the team.

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I'm really chuffed to bits with him. Germany held the gold medal

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position at the start of the day and their riders seem to be staying

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strong. Mary King in her sixth Olympics made a perfect round. Next

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um Germany. A mistake for him and maybe the door would open... It

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didn't come. It was the gold medal performance

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But what about Great Britain? It all resisted on their last rider.

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Tina Cook approached the final test knowing an error could mean goodbye

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to silver. CHEERING

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She made it, one second too slow enough. Second place secure.

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Breathe again. Such drama. We've been watching it unfold. With us is

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Ruth Edge, an eventer who trained with them. What do you make of it?

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Silver, is that satisfactory or were there aspirations of more?

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They have done fantastic to get the seam silver. They were this silver

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position last night after the cross-country. To hold that

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position when the top four teams were so close is a brilliant

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achievement we were in shouting dustance of gold but the Germans

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were too strong today. I'm sure they'll be thrilled with silver.

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That's the end of the team competition eventing. There are

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still individual medals at stake. The individual positions, Mary King

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is in third, Tina Cook in fourth. What do you expect there? It is

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anybody's game, because the top four are within a fence. One fence

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down from the top two and Mary jumping clear could mean a gold.

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Tina jumped a great clear round with one time fault. She will be

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conscious to go a bit quicker in the next round. It is right down to

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the wire. What do you make of bringing the equestrian here? It

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was a big decision to make. We don't normally have a location like

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this for the equestrian in the Greenwich is a great It is not...

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We've got dressage and show jumping to come for the pure disciplines,

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but the atmosphere yesterday on the cross-country was phenomenal. The

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views and the fact that you can see the whole city behind is just

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absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much. As Ruth said equestrian goes

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on show jumping, and dressage and specific disciplines to come. This

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afternoon the individual medals will be decided. Mary King and Tina

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Cook. There could be more British medals before the end of the

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afternoon. Let's hope. So Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen has denied taking

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drugs to win her extraordinary gold in the 400 metres medley. She broke

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to world record on Saturday and swam the final length faster than

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the men's gold medallist, Lochte lock. But the chairman of the

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British Olympic Association, Lord Colin Moynihan, says she's been

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tested for drugs and is clean. She's the teenager that everyone's

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talking about. Ye Shiwen on top of the podium but under scrutiny. Her

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victory in the 400 metres was the most staggering of these Games,

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knock five seconds off her personal best and smashing the world record.

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In fact over the last length she was quicker than the men's gold

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medallist, Ryan Lochte, a feat in some eyes that was too good to be

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true. COMMENTATOR: Utterly extraordinary. An American coach

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called her performance sturk and under believable. Ye Shiwen has

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never failed a drugs test and she's hit barks saying my results come

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from hard work and training and I would never used any banned drug us.

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The Chinese people have clean hands. Olympic organisers are also

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disappointed by the comments. inevitably a sad result of the fact

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that there are people who dope and who cheat. But I equally think it

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is very sad if we can't applaud a great performance. Let's always

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give the benefit of the doubt to the athletes. Tonight Ye Shiwen

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will go for her second gold in the pool. She qualified for the final

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of the 200 metres nearly 2 seconds quicker than the rest. So how is it

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possible for someone so young suddenly to go so much faster? Such

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improvements can happen, according to one Olympic legend who was also

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a teenage sensation. At a young age it is possible to break your time

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or your best time by five or so seconds. When I was 15-year-old I

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swam 3.46. The following year I broke nit 3.41 a five second drop-

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off. Indeed Ruta Meilutyte also won gold having knocked seconds off her

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personal best here, so while China has had past doping problems, is

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all this suspicion sour grapes? Martin paish patience joins us from

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Beijing. What's response been in China? There's been a huge amount

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of anger here, particular in the country's equivalent of Twitter.

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Some wrote this was a case of sour grapes, that results spoke to

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themselves. I spoke to one of China's most prominent sports

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commentators and he said the reason the American coach made these

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suggestion was China was simply doing better than America in the

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pool. Martin, thank you. Let's look at the Olympics medals

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table so far. China lead the way Team GB are in 20th place.

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They are calling it Super Tuesday for the Olympic sailing in Weymouth,

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with eight of the ten class on the water. British sailor Ben Ainslie

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is hoping for a better day after admitting his performance left him

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frustrated in his quest for a fourth Olympic gold.

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This is the first time we've had so many of the sailors out on the

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water at one time. Why we are calling it Super Tuesday. There's a

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lot riding on this, because so far there is really been quite a mixed

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performance from our sailors. There are some great successes at the

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moment but also Ben Ainslie, a lot of worry about just how he's doing.

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We've got him back in action today. He's one of those out. I've been in

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the official venue looking at them starting the day.

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Last minute adjustments this morning. Alison young had a better

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day yesterday than Stevie Morris son and Ben Rodes in the 49er class.

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They had a disappointing start. Nick dech si on his way to the

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start of his first race of the Games. His wife, a double gold

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medallist, said he was ready. in the shape of his life. He is

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feeling confident. He's got good equipment. Remember they get

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supplied equipment. It is luck of the draw. In that class. Yes. He's

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feeling good about that. He knows what needs to be done. Despite key

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opponents getting into a tangle, some in the British team have

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failed to capitalise. This is a very, very big day for the British

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sailors. This is day three for a lot of them and it hasn't gone as

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well as they expected. It's a very big day. They've got to pull it off

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today. It's a long event1. 1 races for each class over at least eight

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days. The key is to be able to have continuity. You've got to accept

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that some days you are going to do better and other days not so well.

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In action today, Ben Ainslie under pressure to move up the leaderboard.

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His medal race is next Sunday, but this is a league table. So every

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race matters. By the end of today he will have sailed half his races

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and we'll have an idea as to whether he is on track to be the

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greatest Olympic sailor of all time. I tell you, Ben has just finished

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that fifth race. He's come fourth. Unfortunately, the Danish sailor,

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the one you saw in the tang on the as a result line, has won it again.

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It is look quite worrying there. However, the star class, Iain Percy

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and Andrew Simpson are doing well, top overoff. On the beach itself,

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these are the free screens, not to be confused with the ticket holders,

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who have turned up. Despite rain in the air they are enjoying it

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regardless. Chris, thank you.

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After history was made last night by Britain's men's gymnastics team

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as they won their first medal in 100 years, all eyes turned to the

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women's team this afternoon. It's the first time a British women's

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team has qualified for the final since 1994. Beth Tweddle and her

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team-mates will try to follow the men into the history books. It

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happen this is afternoon. They are up against stiff competition aren't

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they? They are. It is not a given that Team GB will get a medal today,

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because really first in the running are the US, Russia, China and

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Romania. They all did better in qualifying but still there is that

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home advantage and the fact that the crowd will be roaring for them.

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The person they'll be watching is Beth Tweddle. She's 27, three-times

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world champion. She's used to performing in front of the big

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crowds and taking away titles. She's seen as the inspiration to a

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new generation of young female gymnasts. She's very much the

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leader of the team. Also Rebecca Tunney. A lot of eyes on her. She

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is the youngest Team GB athlete, 15, only 4 foot 9. She's known as

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Twiggy to her team-mates. She obviously hasn't the same

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experience and her coach has said with the roar of the crowd she will

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either be overwhelmed or will deliver a storming performance. We

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will find out in just a few hours' A 17-year-old in Dorset has been

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arrested after sending allegedly malicious tweets to Tom Daley.

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After their diving yesterday he received a message on Twitter

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saying he let down his father who died last year.

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The British Olympic Association has called on the IOC to completely

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revamp the ticketing policy for future Games. There are still empty

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seats in sold-out events. The chairman of the BOA says ticketing

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is complex and now requires a huge amount of investment. Our Olympics

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correspondent James Pearce is in the Olympic Park. They've released

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thousands more tickets overnight, haven't they? They have. Some of

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the people you can see behind me here actually bought their tickets

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late last night, about 3,800 tickets for today were released

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last night. These are in accredited areas. The various sports governing

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bodies were asked if they thought they had spare seats and London

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2012 managed to sem some of those seats. They've sold 19,000 other

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seats for days during the Games. Those aren't accredited seats.

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These are contingency seats. They're trying to work out if they

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can sell seats which they wouldn't sell before, perhaps seats around

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the television cameras as well. They say they've got about 80,000

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seats they know they'll be able to sell over the course of the Games.

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Most of those tickets are going on sale fairly late at night. Last

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night it was about 11.30pm. London 2012 say they hope to put them on

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earlier. Anybody who wants tickets, and there are millions now going

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onto the website and trying to get tickets, the advice is to keep

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checking in. Particular in the evening, from about 8pm onwards

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there should be some tickets available. As far as what the

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British Olympic Association are saying, they're complaining about

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the way the ticket system has worked for years, that is that

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every country has its own allocation of tickets. The BOA want

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for future Olympics the IOC centralise that system, invest

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money in doing so and sell all the tickets centrally. If they do that,

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then the theory is it should be easier to work out which tickets

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aren't used and to make them more quickly available to the public.

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Thank you. It's just after 1.30pm. Our top

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story this lunch time: Team GB wins its fourth medal of the Games,

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silver in the equestrian eventing. Coming up: Despite the Olympic

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crowds, why some businesses are complaining that London is becoming

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like a Ghost Town. Later on BBC London, delays for

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spectators, after severe problems on the Central line, serving the

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Olympic Park. We'll have an update. We hear from the equine vet who's

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volunteered to look after competition horses through the

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In Syria the battle for control of Aleppo, the country's largest city,

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is continuing, with reports of more clashes between government troops

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and rebels. Meanwhile refugees continue to stream out of the city

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amid worsening conditions. Supplies of food and drirchinging water are

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running low. -- drinking water are running low.

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Our Middle East correspondent Jim Muir reports from neighbouring

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Lebanon. Syria's biggest city under attack by its own government. It

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has the fire power and it's using it. Artillery, tanks and helicopter

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gunships have all been in action, pounding areas taken over by rebel

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fighters. But the rebels remain defiant, attacking any regime

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targets or symbols they can. This is one of several police

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stations they managed to storm. There was heavy fighting for

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control here. The commander of Free Syrian Army rebel fighters in the

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area denied government claims that it's recaptured the Salaheddine

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quarter. He said the battle is going the other way.

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TRANSLATION: Within days, God willing, Aleppo will be liberated.

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We've already taken some areas. Once secured, we'll move on to the

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city centre until the whole of Aleppo is free.

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State television has given very little detail about what's

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happening in Aleppo, saying only that troops have inflicted heavy

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losses on what it calls armed terrorist groups. Some of the many

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civilians caught unawares by the sudden eruption of violence have

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been trying to get out of harm's way. Those who remain, face a harsh

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ordeal of danger, discomfort and privation in seering summer heat.

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American officials are watching closely, believing the fighting in

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the north heralds the demise of the Assad regime. This is a tragic

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moment, what's happening in Aleppo indicates the bankruptcy of Assad

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and the regime in dealing with this issue. Ultimately, there is no

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question in my mind that the issue is not whether Assad will step down

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but when. For many Syrians President Assad is already

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consigned to the scrap heap of history, but there may be a long,

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hard fight before that becomes reality.

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In India, a massive power cut has left almost half the country

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without electricity, officials say the grid in the north of India has

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failed for a second day while the grids in the east and north-east

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have now also collapsed. On Monday more than 370 million people across

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northern India were affected, bringing Delhi to a stand still. A

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power cut on an extraordinary scale. How are they coping? That's right.

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Some 600 million people are affected across 20 states in India.

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It's left much of the country at a stand still. Here in Delhi the Met

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row was affected. Delhi is slowing limping back, some power coming on

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here. Across India trains are stranded on the tracks. Many

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government workers have been told to go home. Traffic lights wnt even

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working, causing chaos on the roads in. Best Bengal we hear 200 miners

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are trapped after power in the lifts stopped working. They're not

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in immediate danger, but it presents some of the problems that

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this huge power cut has caused across the country. What are

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authorities saying there? How soon do they think they can get it

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solved? They are promising to restore power in the next few hours,

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but this is the second such power cut in 48 hours. Now, they say,

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they believe the cause of this is that many parts of India are using

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more power than they're entitled to, that's overloading the grid here.

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All this presents a wider problem - India is a growing nation and it

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simply doesn't have enough power to cope with that.

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Thank you very much. The best-selling Irish novelist

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Maeve Binchy has died after a short illness. She was 72. The former

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journalist was widely loved for her humorous take on Irish life. Her

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books war translated into 37 lang watches and over 40 million copies

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were sold. Our arts correspondent looks back at her life.

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Maeve Binchy's novels were warm, whity stories of friendship,

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Ireland and the ups, downs and flexities of women's lives. I think

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I write for women, because women do analyse every move and are

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interested in feelings. They are interested in aspects of it.

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Sometimes I get letters from young men saying to me, are women really

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as complicated as you say? I just love to clown around. I don't

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believe that. Circle of Friends was just one of a number of novels to

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be turned into a film. Minnie Driver played a typical Maeve

:23:26.:23:29.

Binchy heroin. It wasn't about getting rich, thin or married, it

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was about women taking control of their lives. You're really there,

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you know who you are, don't you? Well, yes. Course I do. On every

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page, her friends such as Jilly Cooper could feel her personality

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coming through. She was so warm and so kind and so funny. She's that

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rare thing, hugely popular and very, very good. Because usually it's won

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or the other. Everybody was proud of reading her books. They loved

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her. They thought she was a good writer. Her style was

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straightforward. She wrote as she spoke. The language and characters

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came from her life growing up near Dublin. The result - 16 novels with

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sales of around 40 million. These are only ipbs den talz. It's when

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people write and say there are real characters for them. That's what I

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want. She often worked sitting alongside her husband and fellow

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writer Gordon Snell. Her success was the pleasure she gave in that

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you could experience everything that live can give you through the

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eyes of someone compassionate and warm.

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Maeve Binchy, who has died at the age of 72.

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The extradition of Shrien Dewani to South Africa to face charges of

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murdering his wife Anni has been put on hold for further medical

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evidence to be obtained. Medical experts say Mr Dewani is suffering

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from psychatic disorders which mean he should not be put on trial. Our

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legal correspondent Clive Coleman is at Westminster Magistrates'

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Court. How much longer could this go on then? Well, what's happened

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this morning is that this has been adjourned until September 18. To

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explain why we're back at the Magistrates' Court, because it was

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a year ago here that Howard Riddle ordered the extradition of Shrien

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Dewani. He appealed that to the High Court... (inaudible) though it

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was in the interest of justice that he face those charges, it would be

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unjust if he was to be sent back in his current mental state. He has

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two defined psychiatric conditions - severe depression and post

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traumatic stress disorder. Because the High Court didn't have the

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power to adjourn the hearing, adjourn the proceedings, they've

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sent is back down here. This morning Mr Dewani's counsel say

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they wanted a one-year adjournment to allow a tentative recovery to

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continue. That wasn't allowed. We were told that only medical

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evidence had to be gathered by September 12.

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Rather grey and wet here today. But the crowds are pouring into the

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Olympic Park again this lunch time. With the influx of millions of

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spectators here and at other venues around the country, it's hoped it

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could prove to be a bumper month for the economy. But the signs are

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that that may not be happening, with visitors staying away from the

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shops and tourist attractions. We were told to expect an extra

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million visitors a day. The question is - where are they? This

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was Trafalgar Square and tourists were also thin on the ground down

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there on regent street this morning. And they weren't exactly pouring

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out of here either, in the heart of the West End. Vicky has had a stall

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on Oxford Street for more than 20 years. She says she's never seen it

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so quiet. Complete disaster. No other words to explain it really. I

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don't know what to say. It's terrible. Because the tourists

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simply aren't here? They're not here. The local people are not here.

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Everybody's been told to avoid Central London and they're doing it.

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It's not just about the medals. The Government is hoping for an

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economic bounce from these Games that hundreds of millions of pounds

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in extra spending will be generated. As ever, there will be winners and

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losers. The changing of the guard was

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pulling in the crowds today, but not all of our leading attractions

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are so busy. We've seen about a 30% to 35% reduction in the number of

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overseas visitors to central lnd attractions. That's partly because

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the kind of visitor you get during an Olympic year is different it a

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nrmal year. It's partly because people think it's going to be

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crowded here in London. But the pattern, it seems, is no different

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than any other Olympic Games. Athens, Beijing, Atlanta, even

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Barcelona saw people not arrive for the Olympic Games because they

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assumed that the city was devoted to being an Olympic city. All the

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warnings of travel disruption and difficulties have done their job,

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so far. But those who may be looking for an economic boost from

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these Games are now wondering if they've done it too well.

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Let's have a look at the latest Let's have a look at the latest

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weather now. Good afternoon. It wasn't the most

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appealing mornings to be heading out to Olympic Park. It did

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brighten briefly, now we are seeing drizzly outbreaks of rain. For the

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afternoon, I'm hopeful that the rain will eventually clear through

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to the north. We will be left with a lot of cloud and it is pretty

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cool as well. Partly thanks to the breeze, but obviously due to the

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covering of cloud across the UK as well. Scotland's faring well. We

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had a chilly start but lots of sunshine. Elsewhere, a lot more

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cloud around. Some breaks in the south. I'm hopeful to see sunshine

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for the south-west of England this afternoon. But more cloud to come

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for Wales and for Northern Ireland and the North West of England,

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perhaps heavier and more persistent rain. Scotland should remain dry

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throughout the afternoon and highs here of 17 or 18 are perfectly

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possible. For East Anglia and the south-east, still the possibility

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of some drizzly rain in the next few hours. We've still got the

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individual equestrian events this afternoon. I think we are looking

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at a relatively fine afternoon, patchy drizzle, not the storms that

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caused problems for the eventers in recent days. In terms of other

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events, perhaps the tennis most likely to be affected by light rain.

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The beach volleyball and hockey more redistillient. Looking to this

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evening, the skies should clear, the rain pushes north. Heavier

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across southern Scotland and Northern Ireland. Perhaps a couple

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of inches for Scotland. 50mm or so before we're through. By the end of

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the night more rain pushing into the west of the UK. The wind also

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strengthening as well. That could be a factor certainly for some of

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our Olympic events taking place mid-week. A much brighter start to

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the day on Wednesday for the south- east of England and East Anglia.

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More rain for Scotland and the totals are mounting. Heavier rain

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through the early part of the day in the west of the UK. Then showers

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pulling across into the East Midlands, east ang will and the

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south-east later. But all of that said, despite the wind and

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outbreaks of rain, we are looking at a milder day than day. Up to 24

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Celsius for example in the Olympic Park. The only problem we may see

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due to the weather tomorrow could be for the men's and women's time

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trial. We saw what the showers did during the weekend to the cycling

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events. Thursday's prospects - drier, brighter, showers for the

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south-west of England perhaps. But overall I think towards the end of

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the week our weather should become quieter in terms of rainfall, but

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it could be the wind that comes into play further. Find out more

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and the forecast for events you may be attending by looking at the

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website. That's all from me. It's 1.45pm, our top story: Zara

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Phillips has won a Silver Medal at the Olympics as part of the British

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team that took second place in the equestrian team eventing. Team GB

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