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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