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Olympics 2012 Day 12: what to watch

Another sensational day for GB yesterday – who will make headlines today?

By SportUK 07/08/2012 22:29

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What you might have missed:


Tim Brabants was unable to defend his Olympic crown in the men’s kayak single (K1) 1000m final. The doctor from Nottingham has been battling injury and scraped into the final but lacked the strength as he came in eighth. In the B final of the men’s canoe single (C1) Richard Jefferies came seventh.

10:44 Canoe Sprint


In the final of the women’s final kayak four (K4)  The TeamGB crew of Jess Walker, Rachel Cawthorn, Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers came in fifth after a tough lane draw.



Fresh from his 10,000m success Mo Farah cruised into the Olympic 5,000m final as he looks to add the Olympic crown to his world and European titles for the event. His team mate Nick McCormick failed in his bid to join him in the final as he just missed out on a fastest loser spot.


Women's hammer

In the women’s hammer TeamGB's Sophie Hitchon (pictured right) threw a British record of 71.98m and sits in fifth place after the first group of qualification. 19 women are left to throw and she faces an anxious wait to see if she's done enough to reach the final.


Women's 800m

Lynsey Sharp is perhaps the most controversially selected athlete at the games for GB yet she looked hugely confident in her heat with a second place finish.


Mens Pole Vault

Steve Lewis looked  very comfortable as qualified for the final of the men's pole vault. His vault of 5.5m was enough for him to qualify for Friday's final.


Men's Decathalon: Despair for Team GB's Daniel Awde as he has been forced to pull out with injury. He had set a personal best of 10.71 as he won his 100m heat but was obviously struggling with injury throughout the long jump.


Men's 110m hurdles: Andrew Turner, who finished his heat in 4th, just missed out on qualifying for the finals. Europe's only representative in the final, Lawrence Clarke, ran a superb race to finish just outside the medals in 4th.


Women's 1,500m: Lisa Dobriskey had a fantastic race, finishing 4th to take her through to the finals, but Laura Weightman had a less straightforward qualification. It was momentarily in doubt whether she'd make the finals, but her new personal best of 4:02 was enough to qualify her. Hannah England finished her heat 9th, failing to qualify.


Men's 200m: Crowd favourite Christian Malcolm finished an agonsing 3rd in the semi-finals, just missing out on a fastest loser place.


Women's long jump: After needing just one jump to qualify for the finals, Shara Proctor had a disappointing evening, finishing 9th.


Men's javelin: Mervyn Luckwell finished 16th in his heat, throwing 74.09m, not managing to make it through the final.


Nicola Adams won her match.Boxing

Nicola Adams is guaranteed at least a silver medal in the women’s fly division after she outclased India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte in the semi-final.


Team GB's captain Thomas Stalker lost an agonisingly close match 22-23 against Mongolia's Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg, which leaves him without a medal.



Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Scott Brash were unable to repeat their heroics of the team jumping as they narrowly missed out on medals with Scott Brash and Nick Skelton finishing the strongest in tied fifth place.



Shanaze Reade opener her Olympic campaign with a solid fifth place in the seeding run but will need to go improve in time for Friday's semi-finals.


Liam Phillips' 12th place was enough to see him into heat 2 of tomorrow's quarter-finals.



In the women's 470 class Hannah Mills and Sakia Clarke are in joint first place going into the medal race. They started the day with a disappointing 8th place in the ninth race  but were able to exploit a slip up from leaders New Zealand as they finished second in the 10th whilst the Kiwis slipped out to 18th. Now all that stands between them and gold is New Zealand and all they need to do is beat them.


In the  49er class, Team GB's crew of Stevie Morris and Ben Rhodes missed out on a medal as they came in fifth.


In a tantilisingly close best-of-five quarter-final with Russia, Team GB's women's elliott 6m team missed out on a place in the semi-finals, being defeated 3-2Team GB's hockey team lost of Argentina..


Women's hockey: Team GB had a fantastic run coming into this match against Argentina, but two goals in the first half from the South American side couldn't be clawed back, and the Brits lost 2-1.


Diving: In the women's 10m platform, Monique Gladding and Stacie Powell qualified as reserves for the final in 19th and 20th place.

08/08/2012 06:31

All these athletes, whoever they are, who have competed for their Country, are a clear demonstration to us all on how to show humility.


There is no swaggering, false, artificial celebrity status.


From an early school age, children in this Country, should be seriously encouraged and facilities provided, to become involved in a sport.  Commercial enterprise should be encouraged to back them.   Much healthier this than electronic pastimes.  


It`s four years to the next games, not too late for the youngsters to be involved.

08/08/2012 07:26
A country of just 60 million people can win 22 Gold out of a medal total of 48 to date ( and counting) a country of 1,000 million wins 34 Gold incredible achievement by Team GBR you ALL make us proud to be British thanks for all the hard work and all the heart stopping moments Beijing was great this has been stupendous !
What the Olympics has showcased to our youngsters is that sport is not all about football; that there are a wide variety of sports at which our youngsters can participate and, if they start to develop a talent for it, they should be encouraged to take it up and up to Olympic standard. What I totally diagree with is the notion of sport being non-competitive. Sadly some twisted ideology pervades with some school P.E. teachers so that, rather than nurture a talent in sport, they go down the 'all-inclusive' road. In doing so, they knock the competitiveness out of sport and more importantly out of the pupils under their charge. Need more proof?  Then just look at the statistic shown earlier which said that most Team GB Olympians come from (surprise, surprise)  public schools where competition is encouraged.

Britains' Olympians are an inspiration to everyone.  They have shown such skill and determination to suceed and even if they don't all win a medal they have competed at the highest level for their country and are just proud to be able to do that.


Congratulations to all the British team for being such good sportsmen and sportswomen.  They are all that's good about this country.

08/08/2012 09:59



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08/08/2012 13:38
What a privilege it has been to follow the achievements of our amazing athletes.  Determination, dedication, a will to win and total belief in their own abilities.  The patriotism they have shown has set an example to us all.

Let us all hope that it also sets an example to our over paid, swaggering, average at best soccer stars!  Then we may make an occasional semi final of a major tournament.

Well done team GB from all the Officers and Soldiers of my Battalion.
08/08/2012 09:45

Getting a bit boring now. These sad sad interviewers asking the competitors who don't win a medal what went wronge, how are you feeling. How are they feeling? How would you be feeling?

And if they win - this great British crowd were roaring you on, how much did that help you? NOT A BIT YOU PILLOCKS. They won because of all the hard work they put in over the past several years.  Unlike you lazy overpaid interviewers who are getting paid too much for askng the same questions over and over again.

How much lottery money has been pumped in during the past 4 years? How much has each medal cost us?


Surely this money would be better going agains the Health of our Nation so that everyone could benefit - not just the gifted few.

08/08/2012 07:46
Nigel: it depends on how you see things. For a tiny country like Saint Kitts and Nevis with a population of 53,000 looking at UK 22 gold medals with a population of 60 million I wouldn't mention it as an 'incredible achievement'.
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