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Olympics 2012 Day 11: what to watch

Two golds will take GB’s total past that of Beijing. Can they do it?

By Mike Robinson 06/08/2012 22:58


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  • Robert Grabarz rose to the occasion and took bronze in the men's high jump
  • Sir Chris Hoy won gold in the final of the Kierin.
  • Victoria Pendleton lost out to her old foe Anna Mears in the final of the women's sprint to take silver.
  • Laura Trott edged out Sarah Hammer from USA in the omnium, with a spectacular performance in the the last event to take gold.
  • Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee added two more medals for Yorkshire in the men's triathlon with a gold and bronze respectively.


What TeamGB are up to today:

Here's how TeamGB have got on so far:


Goldie Sayers has been coming back to form recently but failed to fly through qualification for the javelin.

GB have some decent male 110m hurdlers; Lawrence Clarke and Andy Turnerqualified for the semi-finals, but Andrew Pozzi pulled up in his heat and his Olympics are over.

The injury cloud surrounding Philips Idowu proved too much and he failed to qualify for the triple jump final.

Julia Bleasdale ran a personal best and Jo Pavey a season's best to qualify for Firday's final of the women’s 5000m. Unfortunately Barbara Parker, missed out.

Christian Malcolm, running in his fourth Olympics, qualified for the semi-finals in the men’s 200m but James Ellington missed out.

Shara Proctor qualified with just one jump in the women's long jump. 

Tiffany Porter came up just short in the women's 100m hurdles semi finals, finishing as the fastest woman not to make the final.

Fantastic performance from Andrew Osagie who qualified for the final of the men’s 800m with a personal best. 

Lawrence Okoye couldn't qualify for the last eight of the men's discus final after yesterday's heroics. 

Robert Grabarz cleared 2.29 and won a bronze medal by virtue of a great performance on count back. 

Abi Oyepitan and Margaret Adeoye never threatened to get out of their 200m semi finals and both are finished in their individual events.


Andrew Selby bowed at the quarter final stage of the men’s fly after being defeated by Robeisy Carrazana Ramirez from Cuba.   

Freddie Evans just edged out Canada’s Clayton Custio in the quarter final of the welterweight class, thus guaranteeing himself at least a bronze medal. 

Canoe Sprint

Rachel Cawthorn qualified for Friday's A final in the women’s kayak single (K1) 500m.  Abigail Edmonds and Louisa Sawers missed out on a place in the women’s kayak double (K2) 500m A final, but will compete in the B final.


Men’s KierinChris Hoy eased to victory in his final while Victoria Pendleton lost out to rival Anna Mears in the final of the women’s sprint and took silver and Laura Trott finished off her omnium with a fantastic sprint that edged gold.


Chris Mears finished ninth in the men's 3m springboard diving final.


Fresh from a GB gold yesterday, Richard HesterCharles HesterLaura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin picked up team gold today.


Team GB had a massive match in the men's hockey today, and a 1-1 draw against Spain meant that they qualified for the semi finals at the expense of their opponents.


An excellent day for Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell as they finished third in race 9 and third in race 10 in the men’s 470 class to sit second overall going into his medal race on Thursday.  

Nick Dempsey won the silver medal, Team GB's 43rd medal of these Olympics in the men’s RS-X. 

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark had an excellent day too in the female equivalent, finishing fifth in race 7 and second in race 8 to sit second overall too. 

GB were level against Russia at 1-1 in the quarter final of the women’s 6m Elliot when they stopped. 

Synchronised Swimming

In the final of the women’s duets Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici finished a very impressive ninth.


Alistair Brownlee put in a stunning performance to claim gold in the men’s triathlon. His brother, Jonathan, overcame a 15-second penalty to still finish in third place and take the bronze medal.

Water Polo

GB’s women lost 11-9 to Russia in the 5-8 quarter final.

07/08/2012 08:01
How amazing have our cyclists been, in fact all our Olympians, winners and losers have made us proud to be British. They have given their all and couldn't have given more. 
Go Team GB
07/08/2012 08:16
so so proud of our team gb your all amazing and makes us all proud to be british, xx
07/08/2012 08:57

Well done Team GB, at last British people who are excelling in their fields for the good of their country and their team.

No Lies, cheating, rip off or spin,  just pure talent and achievement.

Congratulations to you all...

07/08/2012 09:56
Is there no way we can stop these idiots hijacking this site to advertise dating agencies? There are sites for that, which I'm sure would love it if you filled them with comments about how well our athletes are doing ! Stick to the places you're wanted - this is not one of them.
07/08/2012 09:25
The importance of these performances cannot be overestimated in terms of international perception of the UK. As The Washington Post said, it reminds them why there is the word "Great" before "Britain". This is worth any number of hopeful trade delegations and whimpering diplomacy. It says that this is a nation with clout. 
07/08/2012 09:12

MSN please get your facts and names right!!!!!!

Team GB Equestrian won gold in SHOWJUMPING yesterday - today it is the turn of TeamGB DRESSAGE to go for gold they are;  Richard Davison, Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Bechtolsheimer.

Thay have a very good chance, already heading the team competition and are our best Olympic dressage team EVER.

Good Luck Guys and Girls!

07/08/2012 10:14
When you think how small our nation is compared to China, Usa, Russia etc. we're doing extremely well. And i for one am very proud to be British right now.
07/08/2012 10:48

The Olympics have so far been just wonderful and for someone like me who is not Sports orientated at all it has had me mesmerised at times and the huge events have just been magic.

So proud to be British and considering what a small island we really are compared to a lot of the other Countries involved, havent we done well?

What are we going to be doing when it all comes to an end in a weeks time?

07/08/2012 08:49
Fantastic results. Now perhaps the govenrment will put more money into the pockets of the poor who can dream but those dreams cost money. Help has been given this time more than previously but only because we host the games. Cycling benefited enormouslly because we hosted the European games and built new facilities. Two great success stories coming from investment. This must be a springboard to greater things not a case of "After the Lord Mayors Show"
07/08/2012 10:10
So proud to be british, but, I have to admit, I really wanted Usain bolt to win 100m! woooo, I love the Olympics!
07/08/2012 10:52
We are smashing it this year, would love it if we beat america, maybe 1 day and stop posting crap on this site go get a real job fattys.
07/08/2012 11:56
Philips Idowu is a disgrace...he knew he was injured yet took the place of someone who could have at the very least give it a go.....he looked like he was jogging instead of sprinting!
07/08/2012 10:03

@ Barry Skelhorn


Cant believe you can be so lacking in awareness & you think that  these olympics just happened overnite.  Two successive governments were involved, the planning started 15 years ago, many people had to be consulted & permissions sought. Positions had to be argued & contested. Who was lord mayor has nothing to do with it whatsoever.


The money came from (mostly) the National Lottery & government & sponsorship from international companies.


Now Barry, enjoy the success, enjoy great entertainment enjoy fantastic sporting achievement & stop knocking something that half the country is enjoying. Either that or go & live on a desert island where you can sart an argument with yourself whenever you want

07/08/2012 10:08
Totally agree with Paul, there are plenty of other sites to go on to pick up dates, leave this alone. 
07/08/2012 11:32
You've read about Kenny's interrogation? I suggest all cycle medals be presented in Trafalgar square.
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