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


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


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


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


breaking performance, but the head of the British Olympic Association


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


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


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


there is an extraordinary swimmer out there.


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


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


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


forces reportedly bombarding rebel- held areas.


A massive power cut leaves more than half of India without


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


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


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


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


BBC News at One from the Olympic Park.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


By common consent it has been a huge success bringing the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


didn't come. It was the gold medal performance


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


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


to silver. CHEERING


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


achievement we were in shouting dustance of gold but the Germans


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


true. COMMENTATOR: Utterly extraordinary. An American coach


called her performance sturk and under believable. Ye Shiwen has


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


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


The Chinese people have clean hands. Olympic organisers are also


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


commentators and he said the reason the American coach made these


suggestion was China was simply doing better than America in the


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


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


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


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


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


frustrated in his quest for a fourth Olympic gold.


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


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


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


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


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


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


the official venue looking at them starting the day.


Last minute adjustments this morning. Alison young had a better


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


regardless. Chris, thank you.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


either be overwhelmed or will deliver a storming performance. We


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


arrested after sending allegedly malicious tweets to Tom Daley.


After their diving yesterday he received a message on Twitter


saying he let down his father who died last year.


The British Olympic Association has called on the IOC to completely


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


British Olympic Association are saying, they're complaining about


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


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


for future Olympics the IOC centralise that system, invest


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


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


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


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


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


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


crowds, why some businesses are complaining that London is becoming


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


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


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


volunteered to look after competition horses through the


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


is continuing, with reports of more clashes between government troops


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


amid worsening conditions. Supplies of food and drirchinging water are


running low. -- drinking water are running low.


Our Middle East correspondent Jim Muir reports from neighbouring


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


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


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


fighters. But the rebels remain defiant, attacking any regime


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


stations they managed to storm. There was heavy fighting for


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


area denied government claims that it's recaptured the Salaheddine


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


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


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


city centre until the whole of Aleppo is free.


State television has given very little detail about what's


happening in Aleppo, saying only that troops have inflicted heavy


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


civilians caught unawares by the sudden eruption of violence have


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


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


American officials are watching closely, believing the fighting in


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


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


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


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


but when. For many Syrians President Assad is already


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


hard fight before that becomes reality.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Thank you very much. The best-selling Irish novelist


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


want. She often worked sitting alongside her husband and fellow


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


you could experience everything that live can give you through the


eyes of someone compassionate and warm.


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


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


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


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


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


legal correspondent Clive Coleman is at Westminster Magistrates'


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


two defined psychiatric conditions - severe depression and post


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


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


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


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


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


evidence had to be gathered by September 12.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


economic bounce from these Games that hundreds of millions of pounds


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


losers. The changing of the guard was


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Barcelona saw people not arrive for the Olympic Games because they


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


warnings of travel disruption and difficulties have done their job,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


perhaps heavier and more persistent rain. Scotland should remain dry


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


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


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


individual equestrian events this afternoon. I think we are looking


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


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


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


The beach volleyball and hockey more redistillient. Looking to this


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


across southern Scotland and Northern Ireland. Perhaps a couple


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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