Olympics 2012: Live Report

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Michael Phelps kisses his record 19th Olympic medal

Gold medalist USA's Michael Phelps kisses his gold medal after the podium ceremony of the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 in London

That's the end of today's Olympic action. Join us for more live coverage tomorrow. We'll leave you with our PHOTO OF THE DAY: American superstar of the water Michael Phelps with his 19th Olympic medal -- an Olympic record -- after he followed a silver in the 200m butterfly with a team gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

And our TWEET OF THE DAY has to come from Phelps too. @MichaelPhelps: "Number 18 and 19 for my career so far!!! Omg I'm speechless right now!"

Here's a recap of today's main events:

+ Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time, winning a record 19th medal in the pool while China's swimming sensation Ye Shiwen grabbed her second gold of the Games.

+ In the gymnastics arena America took gold in the women's team final -- their first gold medal in the event since 1996.

+ Defending champions Germany won the equestrian three-day eventing, with Michael Jung then becoming the first rider to hold the European, world and Olympic individual titles.

+ China won their third diving gold in three events when world champions Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao clinched the women's 10m synchro platform.


2255 GMT: Final score: Tunisia 63-USA 110.

Jim Slater sums it up: "Love hits two late three-pointers so looks like no injury worry there.

"Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love totalled 16 each to lead USA. Kevin Durant scored 13, Anthony Davis 12 and Russell Westbrook 11.

"Macram Ben Romdhane scored a game-high 22 points for Tunisia."

2250 GMT: Only a couple of minutes of play left and it's Tunisia 60-USA 104, the dream team completely dominating play.

2238 GMT: Results after third quarter: Tunisia 47- USA 85.

Carmelo Anthony is the top US scorer with 16, while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take 11 each.

2236 GMT: Back with the BASKETBALL and Love is back in the game. Jim Slater says: "I suspect knee could still be an issue. He (Love) leaps off the bench to walk forward and applaud a slam dunk by Anthony Davis, his first points of the Olympics and ones that gave every USA player points in the game. There's another one-handed jam with one minute to go in the third quarter... and yet a third."

2232 GMT: FOOTBALL: A quick break from the basketball for some women's football news... Great Britain enjoyed the finest success in their brief history as they beat female soccer superpower Brazil 1-0 to advance into the quarter-finals.

In front of a crowd of more than 70,000 at London's Wembley Stadium, Stephanie Houghton gave the hosts a dream start when she scored in the second minute what turned out to be the game's only goal.

2227 GMT: Anthony Davis, top NBA Draft pick in June by New Orleans, sees his first USA action in place of Love.

Tunisia challenge ended, it's 73-41.

2222 GMT: "USA's Deron Williams lost his left shoe while playing defence," Jim adds. "He kept going until the next whistle. A brief stop while he laced it back onto his foot.

"Carmelo Anthony's 2nd 3-pointer in 3 minutes and now Kevin Love layup 65-36 USA. But love limps over to the bench favoring his right knee. Not good for star rebounder....and for a US team already lacking in big men. Didn't look good."

2218 GMT: BASKETBALL: Back to the last main event of the night. USA v Tunisia back on the court for third quarter...

"Andre Iguodala scores a fast break layup to give USA 55-33 lead, capping a 9-0 run by the Americans to open the second half," reports Jim Slater.

"Looking good for the USA now but give Tunisia credit for going at them and packing it in on defence to make it tough."

2215 GMT: HOCKEY: The last of the women's hockey results just in... The day ended with Australia defeating Germany 3-1. AFP's Patrick Rowley reports: "Germany opened the scoring through Katharina Otte in the ninth minute, but Australia hit back with goals from Hope Munro (20th), Anna Flanagan (46th) and Fiona Boyce (53rd).

"Four teams – Argentina, Australia, Germany and USA – are now tied on three points each behind New Zealand."

2205 GMT: Half time scores: Tunisia 33 - USA 46.

2200 GMT: BASKETBALL: "U-S-A chant goes up with a minute to go and Kevin Durant's slam dunk a few seconds later brings loud cheers," reports Jim Slater.

"USA hit 19 of 34 shots in first half 56 percent, Tunisia 12 of 34 for 35 percent, Kevin Durant 9 and same guy (Macram Ben Romdhane) for Tunisia with 11.

"USA has a 23-18 rebounding edge, 10 turnovers by Tunisia to 7 by USA."

2155 GMT: While this is going on, the USA's Olympic team are still congratulating Phelps on his record medal haul of 19, after his butterfly silver and relay gold in the SWIMMING earlier.

Teammate Ryan Lochte tweets: "Congrats to Michael Phelps for making Olympic history again tonight. Glad I had the honor of competing on the same stage as you. "

2150 GMT: "Nice dunk by El Mabrouk earlier, James Harden driving bank shot to give USA 39-30 lead 2:48 to go timeout.

"Carmelo Anthony has scored 7, Russell Westbrook 6 to lead USA, Macram Ben Romdhane with 11 to lead Tunisia."

2144 GMT: USA reportedly has 12 NBA players compared to Tunisia's none. But Tunisia are doing pretty well regardless. Less than five minutes to go in second quarter, with Tunisia on 27, USA 33.

2137 GMT: "Some Tunisia flags flying and a few yells of encouragement for the unfancied Tunisia," adds Jim.

"Carlos Anthony three-pointer and a Russell Westbrook jumper and Tunisia calls timeout down 26-15 just 47 seconds into second quarter."

2134 GMT: "Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant four points each to lead USA," reports AFP's Jim Slater from the stadium.

"Amine Rzig, Mourad El Mabrouk and Macram Ben Romdhane five each to lead the African champions."

2127 GMT: Fifteen minutes in and USA have regained the lead: USA 19-Tunisia 15. US fans not happy though.

J T The Brick tweets: "This 1st quarter is an embarrassment for #TeamUSA basketball to Tunsia. A complete joke. Coach K should bench the starters."

2122 GMT: And we're off... Kobe Bryant starts the scoring with a bucket, but Amine Rzig returns with a three-pointer for Tunisia, giving them the lead.

8-4 Tunisia after 3 minutes.

2111 GMT: USA AND TUNISIA on the court now warming up with a few minutes to go to kick off...

2103 GMT: BASKETBALL: More details on that France v Argentina win: "France's Tony Parker went against Argentina's Manu Ginobili -- both are star guards for the NBA San Antonio Spurs," says AFP's Jim Slater.

"Parker scored 17 points while Nicolas Batum added 14 and Mickael Gelabale had 13 for the French, who pulled even with Argentina, Nigeria and Lithuania at 1-1 in Group A. Ginobili scored 26 points to lead Argentina.

"Parker -- wearing goggles over an eye injury -- had a nice drive for a layup past Manu late in the game that summed up the night. It was France's first victory over Argentina in five tries in Olympic and world championship competition."

2055 GMT:SWIMMING: That's it from the aquatics centre tonight. I'll leave you with comments from Chinese teenage wonder Ye Shiwen who claimed her second gold with a win in the 200m medley.

She has this to say about doping speculation surrounding her: "I didn't feel upset or sad about what the media have been saying about me. I felt calm, but it just encouraged me to prove myself."

2048 GMT: BASKETBALL: France beats Argentina 71-64. Next up, the US "dream team" v Tunisia.

AFP's Jim Slater will be following the action and hoping not to get caught on the "Kiss Cam". He sent this from the last match: "The Kiss Cam, long a standard at many NBA venues, has caused some consternation at the basketball arena. The cameras find two people who are supposed to kiss each other. Those who don't draw resounding boos from the other spectators.

"One woman begged off without the treatment for denying a kiss to the well-bearded gentleman seated next to her. Older couples got away with a peck on the cheek."

2041 GMT: HANDBALL: Results of today's men's matches: Serbia 23-Croatia 31; Tunisia 22-Iceland 32; Great Britain 19-Sweden 41; South Korea 19-Hungary 22; Denmark 24 -Spain 23.

2034 GMT: An emotional Phelps's mum is in the crowd, wiping away tears as the national anthem plays during the relay medal ceremony. Afterwards her son climbs up on a bench to give her a hug. Smiles all round from the US team.

2025 GMT: SWIMMING: The mighty Phelps, gracious in defeat to South Africa's Chad Le Clos in the 200m butterfly, tells BBC TV: "I've had the privilege of getting to know Chad and then I've been racing with him in the last year and we've done some shoots and stuff together. He's a hard worker and he's a very talented kid.

"I was on the other end of that finish four years ago. I can't be too upset. 1:53 flat is a decent time for me but the most important thing was coming back together with this relay and this group of guys.

"After the 400 free relay we obviously wanted to tie something together and we did it. First gold medal of the meet so I'm very happy."

2020 GMT: TENNIS: In another piece of Olympic history making, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga today won a record-breaking Olympic clash against Canadian Milos Raonic 6-3, 3-6, 25-23.

After the first two sets, they became embroiled in a gruelling 179-minute decider.The 48-game final set was the longest single set in Olympic history and took the total number of games to 66, shattering the previous record of 48 set by Fernando Gonzalez and Taylor Dent at the 2004 Athens Games..

2015 GMT: The official London 2012 Twitter account sums up Phelps's record: "Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze - Michael Phelps."

2008 GMT: "Michael Phelps captured his record 19th Olympic medal as he closed out America's 200m freestyle relay victory in just over a second outside the world record," reports AFP's Rob Smith.

"Phelps anchored the Americans to victory in 6m59.70secs to power away with the gold medal from France and China."

France took silver and China came in third.


2000 GMT: Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal spotted in the aquatics centre where the 4x200m freestyle relay is under way with USA taking the lead. Michael Phelps in the pool for the US team now, storming ahead....

1954 GMT: SWIMMING: "Chinese wonder Ye Shiwen clocked her second Olympic event record to claim the medley double at the London Games," reports AFP's Rob Smith.

"The 16-year-old, who startled the swimming world with her world record victory in the 400m medley on Saturday, swam 2m07.57secs to win her second gold at the Games.

"Australia's Alicia Coutts was second with American Caitlin Leverenz taking the bronze. Defending champion Stephanie Rice of Australia was fourth."


1946 GMT: HOCKEY: Full results of today's women's field hockey just in: Belgium 0-China 0; Netherlands 3-Japan 2; Great Britain 5-South Korea 3; South Africa 1-New Zealand 4; Argentina 0-United States 1.

1941 GMT: CHINA'S LIE SHENG WINS MEN'S FENCING FOIL GOLD. Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt takes silver, South Korea's Choi Byung-Chul Choi gets bronze.

1938 GMT: Phelps on the podium now collecting his medal. Manages a good smile, even though he can't be happy with silver.

Top of the podium Le Clos is absolutely overwhelmed by his win, struggling to hold back the tears as the South African national anthem plays.

1931 GMT: South African runner Oscar Pistorius congratulates his compatriot Le Clos on his 200m butterfly gold, tweeting: "2nd GOLD for SA! Well done to LeClos! 200m Butterfly in a time of 1:52.96, beating Phelps! That was Epic bud."

Our swim correspondent Rob Smith has this to say about the significance of the result: "Phelps has dominated the 200m fly for a decade. He owns the four fastest times in history and his world record of 1min 51.51sec is more than one second faster than the second-best performer in history. When he saw the result, he flipped his cap away in disappointment."

1923 GMT: SWIMMING: America's Allison Schmitt comments on her gold medal in the women's 200m freestyle -- an Olympic record at one minute 53.61 seconds. The 22-year-old finished almost two seconds clear of French 400m Olympic gold medallist Camille Muffat (1:55.58) and Australian Bronte Barratt (1:55.81).

She says: "I was just racing as hard as I could, I knew I had to kick it in such a strong field. When I looked up and saw 53 (time) on the scoreboard and first place next to my name I couldn't have been happier. I can't put into words how I feel right now, I am speechless."

1918 GMT: BASKETBALL: Two basketball matches tonight. Up now, running concurrently with the swimming, is France v Argentina. Then USA v Tunisia at 2115 GMT. AFP's Jim Slater, at the first match, says: "France misses 6 of first 7 shots and Argentina 4 of first 5.

"Lot of talk that this is a difficult arena for shooters. There is a lot of room behind the baskets with no spectators compared to NBA arenas. It's an unsual shape for spectators in upper deck as well as the entire arena will be dismantled after the Games. Worth seeing if shooting percentages rise next week for the knockout rounds at the North Greenwich Arena."

1910 GMT: Brazil's Cesar Cielo has qualified fith in the men's 100m freestyle for which he holds the world record. He says: "I think I can be better tomorrow. The first 50m was fast but I was saving energy. It was a complete change between morning and evening. I think I can be better in the final."

1905 GMT: Phelps came in a whisker behind Le Clos, with a time of 1:53.01 compared to Le Clos' 1:52.96. More details on the race from Rob Smith: "Chad Le Clos of South Africa scored a dramatic victory in the men's 200m butterfly final, as Michael Phelps levelled the all-time record for Olympic medals won.

"Chad Le Clos pipped Phelps with a last-gasp surge to touch home for gold, with the American superstar having to settle for silver. Phelps' silver medal took him level with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time with 18 medals."

1858 GMT: A tweet from the US Olympic Team: "Michael Phelps earned SILVER in the men's 200m butterfly final. He is now tied with gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most Olympic medals: 18!"

1853 GMT: SOUTH AFRICA'S LE CLOS WINS 200M BUTTERFLY GOLD. Phelps takes silver. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda takes bronze.

1851 GMT: Onto the men's 200m butterfly final...a big one for Michael Phelps...

1850 GMT: "American Allison Schmitt has swum an Olympic record in winning the women's 200m freestyle gold medal," reports Rob Smith.

"Schmitt set a cracking pace and was well clear to win in 1m53.61secs ahead of Camille Muffat of France and Australian Bronte Barratt.

"American teammate Missy Franklin missed out on a medal by one-hundredth of a second, while Italian defending champion Federica Pellegrini finished fifth."

1845 GMT: USA'S SCHMITT WINS WOMEN'S 200M FREESTYLE GOLD. France's Camille Muffatt takes silver, Australia's Bronte Barratt gets bronze.

1841 GMT: The second semi-final is won by America's Nathan Adrian, with Cuba's Hanser Garcia in second and Dutch swimmer Sebastiann Verschuren third.

"Magnussen is fastest into Wednesday night's final after American Nathan Adrian clocked 47.97secs to win the second semi-final," reports Rob. "Frenchman Yannick Agnel, bidding for his third gold medal of the Games, was seventh fastest into the final."

1836 GMT: "James 'The Missile' Magnussen clocked 47.63secs in winning the opening semi-final of the men's 100m freestyle," reports Rob Smith.

"In his best swim so far at the Olympics, the Aussie beat home Brazilian world record holder Cesar Cielo (48.17) and Russia's Nikita Lobintsev (48.38)."

1834 GMT: And Australia's Magnussen does it! He takes gold in the 100m freestyle semi-final, with Brazil's Cesar Cielo in second behind Russia's Nikita Lobintsev in third place.

1828 GMT: AFP's Rob Smith reports from the aquatics centre: "Minutes to go to the start of the fourth night of swimming with world champion James Magnussen bidding to get back on track in the 100m freestyle semis after Australia's medal-less flop in the freestyle relay on Sunday night."

1820 GMT: SWIMMING: We're gearing up now for another action packed programme in the pool. Coming up are the finals of the men's 200m butterfly and women's 200m freestyle, starting at 1830 GMT.

1815 GMT: TENNIS: India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna crash out of the Games after losing 6-3, 6-4 to France's Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau in the second round of the doubles. The pair were regarded as India's best hope for a tennis medal.

1810 GMT: TABLE TENNIS: China's Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia reach the women's singles final, guaranteeing China table tennis gold. China has a 100 percent record in the event, having won every Olympic women's singles title since table tennis first appeared in the Games at Seoul in 1988.

Top seeded Din ended the hopes of one of the sport's brightest stars, Ai Fukuhara of Japan before defeating Feng Tianwei of Singapore. Meanwhile Li Xiaoxia, followed a 11-5, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 win over the Qingdao-born twice former European champion, Li Jiao, with an 11-5, 11-4, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7 success against Kasumi Ishikawa, the fourth-seeded Japanese.

1755 GMT: Some more details on the scores in that women's gymnastics final... USA took gold with a score of 183.596 points giving them a comfortable advantage of 5.066 points over the Russians, some of whom were reduced to tears.

Victory was sweet for Jordyn Wieber, who failed to make the individual all-around final but played a key role in this triumph. Great Britain, unable to repeat yesterday's bronze medal-winning men's team success, finished in sixth place behind Canada, with Italy seventh and Japan last.

1745 GMT: GYMNASTICS: Retired US gymnast Shawn Johnson joins the chorus on Twitter in praise of America's women's team: "We. Won. One of the most iconic moments I'm sure to forever live in history."

1740 GMT: EQUESTRIAN: In some reaction from earlier events Michael Jung, who won gold in the eventing straight after helping Germany to team gold, has just one word to say: "Awesome!"

"You always dream that when everything goes perfectly you can win gold, but I never dreamed I'd have two," he says, grinning and clutching his two medals. "Now I'm going to have dinner with my family, and then party," he adds, since it's also his 30th birthday today.

1734 GMT: American athlete Allyson Felix has this to say on Twitter about America's golden girls: "Wow! Team USA women gymnastics just killed it! Gave me chills watching them! Huge Congrats!!!"

1727 GMT: "Fantastic routine from Raisman," says Tom Williams of the American 18-year-old. "Gold for USA! Tears for Russia, and a measure of redemption for the beaming (Jordyn) Wieber."

A tweet of congratulations from the US Olympic team: "Move over Magnificent Seven, hello Fab Five! The women's USA gym team has just won its second-ever Olympic team gold; first since 1996!"


The United States triumphed in the women's team gymnastics final to claim their first Olympic gold medal in the event since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Russia, runners-up to the US at last year's World Championships, finished second, with European champions Romania pipping 2008 Olympic champions China to the bronze medal.

1720 GMT: "Huge cheer for Beth Tweddle's uneven bars routine mid-way through Wieber's floor display, but she blocks it out superbly," says Tom of the British 27-year-old.

"Romania already sure of bronze, having edged out China on the vault."

Looks like it's a gold for the US.

1715 GMT: "Two bad floor routines from Russia's Anastasia Grishina and Kseniia Afanaseva, who falls badly on her knees. USA within touching distance," reports AFP's Tom Williams.

"Supreme floor routine from Gabby Douglas. Such confidence, such energy. USA getting closer. Wieber up next..."

1710 GMT: GYMNASTICS: We're on the final rotation now in the women's team final. Standings after third rotation: 1. USA; 2. Russia; 3. Romania; 4. China; 5. Canada; 6. Italy; 7. Britain; 8. Japan.

Retired US gymnast Shawn Johnson, clearly on the edge of her seat, tweets: "If we hit floor now........... Oh my goodness!"

1707 GMT: FOOTBALL: World champions Japan advance into the quarter-finals of the Olympic women's tournament after a goalless draw with South Africa in Cardiff.

Striker Kozue Ando and midfielder Asuna Tanaka wasted the best chances for Japan, now set for a last eight clash with Great Britain should the hosts beat Brazil later.

1705 GMT: A quick recap on today's events so far in case you've missed it:

+ First gold of the day was won by defending champions Germany in the equestrian three-day eventing with Michael Jung then becoming the first rider to hold the European, world and Olympic individual titles.

+ China won their third diving gold in three events when world champions Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao clinched the women's 10m synchro platform.

+ Australia's James Magnussen qualifies fourth-fastest from the men's 100m freestyle heats with France's Yannick Agnel, who is aiming for an Olympic sprint double gold, equal 12th fastest.

+ China hit back at doping claims concerning star swimmer Ye Shiwen after her performance in the 400m medley as she prepares to for a second gold in the 200m individual medley later.

+ Michael Phelps meanwhile aims to become the most decorated Olympic athlete in history in the 200m butterfly final later.

1655 GMT: ROYAL AFFAIR: British princes Harry and William made a surprise visit to the men's gymnastics final yesterday. Looks like they're in the Olympic Village today after watching cousin Zara in eventing earlier.

British swimmer Rebecca Adlington tweets: "Ahhh just met Prince William + Kate here in the village. Prince Harry was there too! All soo lovely. Was amazing :-) "

1650 GMT: "Mustafina scores 14.533. This is the USA's to lose now. Meanwhile, Romania's Catalina Ponor dazzles on the floor," adds Tom.

"Komova stumbles badly on landing from beam. Gold inches another step closer for the USA."

1645 GMT: "Solid set of beam performances for the USA. Pressure on Russia again," Tom Williams writes on Twitter.

Then: "Big wobble on the beam for Russia's Aliya Mustafina, but she stays on. Solid landing, but that was weaker than any of the Americans."

1636 GMT: GYMNASTICS: Our Tom Williams gives his assessment of the women's team final so far: "The United States started in impressive fashion on the vault, which is their strongest piece of apparatus, but Russia hit back on the uneven bars and the USA’s lead had been whittled down to 0.399 points by the halfway stage of the final.

"The British team is getting great support but they struggled on the balance beam and failed to convince on the floor, leaving them in seventh place after the second of the four rotations."

1631 GMT: TABLE TENNIS: World champion Ding Ning ends the hopes of one of table tennis' brightest stars to reach the semi-finals at her first attempt. She did that with a 15-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 win over Ai Fukuhara, the popular fifth-seeded Japanese player whose image features on the video game "Ikuze"!

1627 GMT: "Beth Tweddle's floor routine, to tune of 'Live and Let Die'. Small steps on landing after first two tumbles. She'll be disappointed," says Tom Williams of the British hopeful.

"USA's lead over Russia down to 0.399 points after second rotation."

1620 GMT: GYMNASTICS: "Great reception for (Britain's) Jennifer Pinches' Rolling Stones-soundtracked floor routine. Meanwhile, (America's Jordyn) Wieber gets 14.666 for her uneven bars display," reports AFP's Tom Williams from the women's final.

"USA's Kyla Ross scores 14.933 for her bars routine. USA's advantage being worn away."

1617 GMT: Kazakhstan's Maiya Maneza set a new Olympic record for her combined total of 245kg with her win in the women's -63kg class. She snatched 110kg and managed 135kg in the clean and jerk.

World champion Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia took silver with a total of 237kg (112, 125), while Canada's Christine Girard claimed bronze with 236kg (103, 133).


1605 GMT: GYMNASTICS: Standings after first rotation: 1. USA; 2. China; 3. Russia; 4. Canada; 5. Italy; 6. Romania; 7. Japan; 8. Britain.

USA and Russia now move to uneven bars, Britain to floor with Japan.

1600 GMT: BASKETBALL: Lithuania defeats Nigeria 72-53 for the men's team's first triumph at London. This leaves each team at 1-1 in Group A round-robin play after Nigeria opened with a 60-56 victory over Tunisia and Lithuania lost 102-79 to Argentina.

Lithuania, which has previously claimed bronze three times, will next meet France on Thursday while the Nigerians must face the US "dream team".

1555 GMT: GYMNASTICS: More from Tom Williams at the women's team final: "Poor start on beam for Britain - fall for Jennifer Pinches and a little stumble on landing from Hannah Whelan."

Then: "Two good vaults from Russia, with an Amanar from Viktoria Komova, but then Maria Paseka messes up her landing. Advantage USA."

1551 GMT: SOUTH KOREAN KIM JAE-BUM WINS MEN'S UNDER-81KG JUDO GOLD. Germany's Ole Bischof takes silver.

Ivan Nifontov of Russia claims a bronze medal with a win over Japan's Takahiro Nakai while Canadian Antoine Valois-Fortier gets the second bronze, beating American Travis Stevens.

1545 GMT: EQUESTRIAN: More details on the individual eventing results from earlier, won by Germany's Michael Jung... the British queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips put in a faultless round to briefly lead the standings. But she slipped down the rankings to finish a respectable eighth, four places above New Zealand's former double Olympic champion Mark Todd.

1540 GMT: GYMNSTICS: Women's team competition is under way. Tom Williams tweets: "Jordyn Wieber first up for USA on the vault, two days on from her qualifying heartbreak. Nails an Amanar. Great start for the Americans."

And then: "15.933 for Wieber's vault. Huge score, and that will settle her nerves. 15.966 for Gabby Douglas. US girls so strong on vault.

"And McKayla Maroney, the USA's vault specialist, produces the best vault of the bunch. 16.233 - that's the best vault we've seen. USA girls already excitedly hugging each other. They couldn't have asked for a better start. 48.132 their score after first rotation."

1536 GMT: SLOVENIA'S URSKA ZOLNIR WINS WOMEN'S UNDER 63KG JUDO GOLD. Silver goes to China's Xu Lili while world number one Yoshie Ueno takes bronze -- Japan's second women's medal of the Games.

1530 GMT: AFP's Tom Williams says America’s Jordyn Wieber is the one to watch in the women's team final:

"The reigning world champion was left in tears on Sunday after missing out on a place in the individual all-around final, but her displays will be key if the American women are to fulfil their ambition of claiming a first Olympic gold medal since Los Angeles 1984."

1526 GMT: BADMINTON: Ex-Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat will top off his career with a last 16 meeting with legendary Lin Dan, reigning Olympic champion.

"The 30-year-old Indonesian did that with a tenaciously chiselled out win over Pablo Abian, in which he had to save an early game point against the world number from Spain 34," reports AFP's Richard Eaton.

1520 GMT: BOXING: Yesterday saw tears in the women's fencing and today brings another unexpected display of emotion...French light flyweight Jeremy Beccu stood wiping his eyes as he appealed the judge's decision after being beaten 18-17 by Kazakh opponent Brzhan Zhakypov in the first round.

"I knew I had to also fight against the judges," said Beccu, who stood in the middle of the ring with his hands on his hips after the decision. "It's really unfair. I should have won. Nobody can convince me otherwise."

Such is sport...

1515 GMT: GYMNASTICS: AFP's Tom Williams, gearing up for the women's team final, reports: "British spectators arriving at the North Greenwich Arena were buoyed by the British men's stunning bronze medal success in the male team event on Monday, when Team GB claimed their first Olympic medal in a men’s team gymnastics final since 1912.

"Beth Tweddle and co face a stiffer challenge today however having only placed fifth in qualifying on Sunday.

"The United States start as favourites after dominating in qualifying, but with the American men having finished in a disappointing fifth place yesterday, their female counterparts will know that they are only one botched routine away from disappointment."

1505 GMT: Some tweets following today's French and German medal successes in the canoing and eventing respectively:

British ex-athlete Jonathan Edwards posts: "Just chatting with l'equipe journalist and he quips. 'you got the Games, we're getting the medals'. Have to admit quite amusing!!"

Former German tennis champion Boris Becker writes: "Germany finally has woken up at the Olympics...."

1500 GMT: JUDO: AFP's Barnaby Chesterman reports from the ExCel centre: "For the first time in this Olympics we have a repeat of the 2008 final as Kim Jae-Bum joins reigning champion Ole Bischof in the gold medal match. He dazzled in his semi win over Russia's Ivan Nifontov but can he reverse his Beijing defeat?"


China's Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao tallied 368.40 points from their five dives to win the event from Mexico, who took silver, and Canada, who finished with bronze.

1450 GMT: CANOE: Legendary French slalom canoeist Tony Estanguet seals his third gold medal with victory in the C1 class final at the Lee Valley Basin.

The 34-year-old who claimed gold in Sydne and Athens did it again ahead of Germany's Sideris Tasiadis and Slovakia's Michal Martikan.

1445 GMT: Turns out it is also Jung's 30th birthday today!

1440 GMT: EQUESTRIAN: Germany's Michael Jung wins the individual evening with a score of 40.60 ahead of Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt who took silver with 43.30 points.

It makes Jung the first rider to hold the European, world and Olympic individual eventing titles. The bronze medal went to his compatriot, Sandra Auffarth, with 44.80 points.

1430 GMT: FRANCE'S TONY ESTANGUET WINS CANOE GOLD -- for the third time.


1423 GMT: DIVING: China are leading the women's synchronised 10m platform final after two of five rounds, AFP's Rob Smith reports from the aquatic centre.

1408 GMT: Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips has just completed her showjumping round in the individual eventing to huge cheers from the British crowd.

She is seen as unlikely to be a medal contender in the individual event but is certainly drawing a lot of support from the home crowd -- and the members of her own family who are still there cheering her on.

1403 GMT: EQUESTRIAN: Following the earlier excitement in the team eventing which saw Germany snatch gold, the individual eventing title is now up for grabs on the same British-themed showjumping course in Greenwich.

1400 GMT: TENNIS: Some news from the Indian team. Leander Paes and Sania Mirza have been confirmed as the country's mixed doubles pairing following a highly divisive selection row.

Paes had demanded an assurance that he would be paired with Mirza and not Mahesh Bhupathi or Rohan Bopanna.

This follows a row over Bhupathi's refusal to play with Paes in the men's doubles. Mirza had previously admitted she was uncomfortable at being used as "bait" to keep Paes happy.

1344 GMT: Hancock, a US Army sergeant, retained the title he won in Beijing in the shooting event.

He beat Denmark's Anders Golding into the silver medal position while Nasser al-Attiyah of Qatar took the bronze.


1328 GMT: Shaherkani has only been involved in judo for two years and is not even a black belt.

Sounds like she could face a rough ride when she meets world number 13 Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico in the first round.

1324 GMT: JUDO: Some more coming through on Saudi judoka Wojdan Shaherkani who has been allowed to fight at the Olympics despite a row over whether her head could be covered.

"We can confirm the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the Saudi National Olympic Committee, under the auspices of the IOC, have reached an agreement whereby the athlete can compete," an official said.

"The judo federation will allow her to wear something on her head which will not compromise her safety and which I think they use for competitions in Asia."

The 18-year-old was one of a two-woman team sent from Saudi Arabia to the Olympics for the first time.

1315 GMT: AFP's Barnaby Chesterman has just spotted legendary Russian Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin down at the Olympic judo venue.

"The guy is just as huge, imposing and beastly as in his pomp!" says Barnaby of a man whose nicknames include The Russian Bear, Alexander the Great and The Experiment.

1258 GMT: SWIMMING: France's Yannick Agnel may have won gold in the 200m freestyle Monday and be among the favourites for the 100m freestyle, but he is remaining modest.

"Since last night, I feel like an alien! It is quite funny and cool," he told reporters.

Agnel is no slouch out of the pool either. He is working towards a masters degree in International Business at university in the southern French city of Nice.

1240 GMT: SWIMMING: Hot property Missy Franklin is clearly looking forward to her 200m freestyle final later on.

The American tweets: "My team had such an incredible prelims today! So proud and can't wait to watch and swim the final of the 200 free w/ @arschmitty tonight!:)"

Franklin, 17, won her first individual Olympic gold medal in the 100m backstroke final Monday.

1232 GMT: TENNIS: Over at Wimbledon, Venus Williams has kept her bid for a fourth Olympic gold on track by beating Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-3.

That sets up a last-16 clash with German seventh seed Angelique Kerber.

With bad weather persisting, the roof is being closed over Centre Court ahead of the clash between Andy Murray and Jarkko Nieminen.

1227 GMT: JUDO: Some shock news as top seed and double world champion Yoshie Ueno of Japan crashes out of the women's under-63kg. She lost in the quarter-finals to South Korean eighth seed Joung Da-Woon.

Joung now faces China's Xu Lili in the semi-final. The other semi pitches Mongolia's Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren against Slovenia's Ursula Zolnir.

1216 GMT: Despite the shortage of British medals so far, the country's Olympic chiefs are insisting they are not worried at this stage.

"We're doing absolutely fine overall as a team. We need to be patient. The medals and the gold medal performances will follow," said Colin Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Try telling that to Britain's medal-hungry press!

1206 GMT: Some figures just in on the number of spectators who have been watching the Games so far.

Local organisers LOCOG put the figure at more than two million for the first three days of the Olympics.

This is despite questions over the number of empty seats at venues which organisers have blamed on sponsors failing to take up their places.

1200 GMT: Britain's success means Zara Phillips is the first member of the British royal family to win an Olympic medal.

Her mother Princess Anne, who was in the crowd watching, competed in the 1976 Games in equestrian eventing but came away without a medal. Zara's father, Captain Mark Phillips, is a previous Olympic equestrian medallist.

New Zealand won the bronze medal in today's event.

1154 GMT: It's silver for Britain -- the crowd goes wild waving flags and cheering thanks to a strong, clean ride from Cook.

1152 GMT: The team eventing standings are currently Germany first, New Zealand second, Sweden third, Britain fourth and Ireland fifth, with Britain's Tina Cook on the course.

1150 GMT: Back at Greenwich, the team eventing is nearing the end, with New Zealand, Sweden and Britain battling it out for second place honours after Germany took gold.

1133 GMT: As the battle for silver and bronze continues in the team eventing, some JUDO news just in.

Saudi Arabia judoka Wojdan Shaherkani has been given the go-ahead to fight at the Olympics after a row over the wearing of a hijab was resolved, the IOC has told AFP.

The Saudis had threatened to pull the fighter out of the Games if she was forced to compete with her head uncovered but a compromise has been found.


1105 GMT: A few hours into today's action, here is a brief recap of what has happened so far.

+ Controversy lingers over Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen's freestyle leg in the 400m individual medley which propelled her to a new world record. After suspicions over doping were raised -- which have been strongly denied -- figures including British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan came out strongly to defend her. She goes for a second gold in the 200m individual medley later.

+ Australia's James Magnussen qualifies fourth-fastest from the men's 100m freestyle heats with France's Yannick Agnel, who is aiming for an Olympic sprint double gold, equal 12th fastest.

+ The team eventing is reaching a nail-biting climax at Greenwich Park. Germany started the day in the lead, ahead of Britain.

1052 GMT: Back to that rumbling controversy over the Chinese swimmer Ye's record-breaking performance earlier in the Games.

Colin Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, has told a press conference at the Olympic Park that for him, her clean dope tests are "the end of the story."

"WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) have come out and WADA have been absolutely specific -- she has gone through the WADA programme and she's clean," he said.

"Let us recognise that there is an extraordinary swimmer out there who deserves the recognition of her talent in these Games."

1047 GMT: Back to the SWIMMING, where the heats for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay have been taking place.

This from our correspondent Rob Smith: "The powerful American team dominated the heats, storming into the final as the fastest qualifier in 7m06.75secs.

"Their main rivals for the gold medal will be France, Germany and Australia.

"Britain gave their ever-hopeful supporters hope of a medal in the final with the fifth-fastest time."

1042 GMT: Huge cheers for Zara Phillips as she sets out on High Kingdom around the course. She hits the second fence and gets a time fault. That leaves the next two British riders needing to do some work to secure victory.

1035 GMT: Prince William, his wife Catherine and his brother Harry are also watching the equestrian team event. Their cousin Phillips is up very shortly. The course has a decidedly British theme, featuring jumps shaped like red post boxes and sailing ships, which could make her feel at home.

1020 GMT: EQUESTRIAN: Things are getting exciting down at Greenwich Park, where the team eventing is on to the final stage -- showjumping.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips is taking part and the horse-loving royals are out in force to support her.

Zara's mother Princess Anne -- herself a former Olympian -- is there, along with Camilla, wife of heir to the throne Prince Charles.

1014 GMT: SWIMMING: Back at the pool, we've got the results of the men's 200m breast stroke heats.

AFP's Rob Smith tells us: "Britain have had a much better day in the pool with Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis among the top qualifiers into the semi-finals.

"Hungarian world champion Daniel Gyurta was the fastest among the top-16 with 2min08.71secs with Jamieson second in 2:08.98 and Willis clocking 2:09.33. The roar was deafening in support of Jamieson and Willis.

"Japan's defending Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima was fifth fastest into the semis."

1004 GMT: London's public transport system has held up fairly well until now despite concerns about how it would cope with Olympic traffic -- but this morning, a key London Underground line serving the Olympic Park was closed due to a fire alert.

After several hours with no Central Line trains serving the park, the line has now reopened but spectators wanting to use it face severe delays.

0948 GMT: Further details from Rob Smith on those women's 200m butterfly heats.

He says: "American Kathleen Hersey, 12th-ranked heading into the Olympics, finished the fastest qualifier in the heats of the women's 200m butterfly in 2m06.41secs.

"Hersey showed out from China's world champion Jiao Liuyang (2:07.15) and Britain's Jemma Lowe (2:07.64), which brought a huge roar from the home crowd at the Aquatics Centre.

"China's world record holder and Olympic champion Liu Zige was 11th ahead of Australia's Jessicah Schipper."

0943 GMT: Fastest qualifier for the semi-finals in the women's 200m butterfly is US's Kathleen Hersey.

0935 GMT: We're now on to the women's 200m butterfly heats at the aquatic centre.

0928 GMT: More on the men's 100m freestyle heats. Rob adds: "Brazilian world record holder Cesar Cielo was 10th fastest with 48.67secs with Frenchman Yannick Agnel, bidding for the sprint double at the Olympics, equal 12th fastest with Australian James Roberts in 48.93secs."

0925 GMT: SWIMMING: News now from the heats for the men's 100m freestyle. AFP's Rob Smith reports: "American Nathan Adrian was fastest in the opening heats of the men's 100m freestyle in 48.19secs with Australian world champion James Magnussen fourth-quickest into the top-16 semi-finals tonight."

0920 GMT: Ye is in contention for a second gold in the 200m individual medley later on.

Jiang Zhixue, head of anti-doping at China's General Administration of Sport, told Xinhua news agency that Chinese swimmers had faced nearly 100 drug tests since arriving in London.

He added: "I think it is not proper to single Chinese swimmers out once they produce good results. Some people are just biased. We never questioned Michael Phelps when he bagged eight gold medals in Beijing."

0911 GMT: The debate over Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen's world record performance in the 400m individual medley continues this morning.

John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, has told The Guardian newspaper: "History in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I will put quotation marks around this, 'unbelievable', history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved."

But the 16-year-old has denied any wrong-doing and others are coming out to voice support.

Britain's former Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards said on Twitter: "I feel very uneasy about accusations being leveled at Ye Shiwen -- she's 16! I'd prefer to believe in brilliance until proven otherwise...

"In a country as populous as China, untapped potential mind blowing. Ye Shiwen may be simple Beijing legacy."

0845 GMT: The bad British weather has returned after several says of sunshine. AFP's Guy Jackson reports seeing lots of spectators huddling for warmth in the drizzle around the Olympic Park's Riverbank hockey area.

British spirits have also been dampened by the lack of a gold medal for the home team so far. Today's front page headline on the country's biggest-selling paper, The Sun, says: "Wanted Gold Medal... please can we have just one gold. Any sport. We're not bothered."

0831 GMT: Some news just in from British police. They have arrested a teenager over a tweet sent to British diver Tom Daley who, along with his partner, failed to win a medal in yesterday's 10m synchronised platform diving despite high hopes.

The tweet accused Daley of letting down his father, who died of cancer last year.

Daley later retweeted it to his own followers, saying: "After giving it my all... you get idiots sending me this..."

0820 GMT: Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has just tweeted his support for Franklin after her success last night winning the women's 100m backstroke.

The Canadian singer wrote: "heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. now im a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove".

If that doesn't give the 17-year-old a boost before her showdown with Muffat, I don't know what will!

0815 GMT: Here is a rundown of some of the main events to look out for today:

+ Magnussen begins his bid for Olympic Games 100m freestyle gold (from 0900 GMT)

+ Victory in the 200m butterfly would make Phelps the first man to win the same swimming event at three straight Games (from 1730 GMT)

+ Franklin goes head-to-head with France's Camille Muffat, who has already won gold in the 400m freestyle, in the women's 200m final (from 1830 GMT)

+ Eventing team and individual golds to be decided with Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, going for gold (from 0930 GMT)

WELCOME TO AFP'S Live Report on the 2012 London Olympics on Tuesday July 31. It's a grey and gloomy day in London but there is plenty of sporting action ahead to brighten things up.

Yesterday saw victory for China in events including artistic gymnastics and diving. The US's Missy Franklin grabbed gold in the women's 100m backstroke but Ryan Lochte failed to win a medal in the men's 200m freestyle won by Yannick Agnel of France.

There is more action poolside today as the US's Michael Phelps tries for his first gold in the 200m butterfly and Australia's James Magnussen starts his bid for the 100m freestyle title. Stay with us for all the action.