GB showjumpers in medal contention
Nick Skelton and Ben Maher, pictured, put in an impressive performance in the showjumping
Great Britain's equestrian showjumpers remain firmly on course for a first Olympic medal since 1984 after Nick Skelton and Ben Maher inspired an impressive team performance at Greenwich Park.
Skelton, Maher and Scott Brash also comfortably made the latest individual competition qualifying cut, with a further reduction on Monday taking a field of 35 into Wednesday's final.
Team medals will be decided on Monday, and Britain lie equal second overnight with Switzerland, Sweden and Holland on four faults, three penalties behind surprise leaders Saudi Arabia.
If the quartet of Skelton, Maher, Brash and Peter Charles maintain their form under intense pressure on Monday, then British showjumping's 28-year Olympic medal wait could be over. And there has also been nothing to suggest so far that neither Skelton, who is riding in his sixth Olympics, nor Maher will not strongly contest individual medals as well.
Britain's last chance of a fencing medal came and went at the ExCeL - but how they gave it their best efforts against top seeds Italy. The Italians, Olympic champions six times, survived to the semi-finals by a 45-40 margin.
Richard Kruse, James Davis and Husayn Rosowsky had beaten Egypt 45-33 to reach the quarter-finals and after Laurence Halsted replaced Rosowsky were level 35-35. Kruse went into the last bout against Andrea Baldini trailing 38-40, but Italy's losing semi-finalist in the individual event saw them through.
Japan ended Great Britain's women's volleyball tournament on Sunday afternoon, seeing off the host nation 3-0, while Great Britain's last chance at a victory in the women's basketball tournament slipped away in the second half as they lost 78-66 to fellow strugglers Brazil.
Ed Ling hopes to sign off the Olympic shooting competition by securing more success for Great Britain. The 29-year-old from Somerset has given himself a chance to reach Monday's final of the men's trap, the event which will bring the curtain down on 10 days of competition at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici started off their Olympic synchronised swimming campaign with ninth place in the duet technical routine as the Russian domination showed no sign of abating, while Great Britain were knocked out of the women's water polo tournament after suffering a 7-9 defeat as they pushed Spain all the way in an enthralling quarter-final clash.
Mara Yamauchi's Olympic marathon lasted less than 10 kilometres on the rainy streets of London as Ethiopian Tiki Gelana took a surprise gold. A week after Paula Radcliffe withdrew from London 2012 with a foot problem, an injured Yamauchi stopped in tears on the side of the road around 9.4km into the race as she decided she could go no further.
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