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That brings to an end our coverage from Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games – a memorable and groundbreaking day for sport...

The history books were being scrapped and re-written this afternoon when Enfield's Charlotte Dujardin and wonder horse Valegro set a new Olympic record to take gold in the individual dressage.

Then, 45 minutes later, a sporting landmark, a ‘Rocky-esque’ moment for Nicola Adams , who battled back from career threatening injuries to destroy the world number one to become the first female ever to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games.

Kenyan hero David Rudisha shattered  the world record to storm to 800m gold but Harlow's David Osagie set his own world record – the fastest time by an eighth-placed athlete - in a fast and thrilling race where every athlete bar one set either a personal or a national record.

And finally, Usain Bolt electrified the world once again to cement his place as the greatest ever Olympian by competing the heralded and never before achieved ‘double double’, with his 200m victory to add to Sunday’s brilliant defence of his 100m crown.

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Tim Ashton at the Riverbank Arena...

Great Britain will not get a shot at the hockey gold medal after being handed a lesson in how to play the game by the Dutch.
The masters in orange ran out 9-2 winners in a show of dominance and skill that Great Britain could not match – not even remotely.
Ashley Jackson scored GB’s only goal from a first half penalty corner but Great Britain went into the break 4-1 down.
The men in red, white and blue too the game to Holland immediately after the break and chances came their way – however, this only served to annoy the Dutch who counter attacked with blistering vengeance running in four goals in six minutes of all-out attack.
It was in danger of turning into a cricket score and indeed a ninth goal came on 60 minutes – Rob Moore got a consolation and the Great Britain fans taunted those in orange with ‘You’re not singing anymore’ – laughing in the face of adversity in more ways than one.
At the final hooter, the crowd applauded Great Britain’s efforts and, perhaps more so, the sheer excellence of the Dutch.
Great Britain face Australia on Saturday for a shot at a bronze medal.



The dream of an Olympic hockey gold medal is over, even though we still have 19 minutes to play. There is no coming back because the Dutch are 8-1 ahead having blown Great Britain away.

If this were a boxing match they would throw the towel in - this is about pride now and nothing else. Let's hope the crowd get behind the team - they deserve for even reaching this stage.


Erm...Make that 8-1.


I'm hoping my colleague Tim Ashton can explain what is going on at the Riverbank Arena - The Dutch are 7-1 up, leaving Team GB's gold dream in tatters...

At least everyone was watching Bolt.


As Bolt crossed the finishing line, he put his finger to his lips...That's how to hush your critics with two Olympic gold medals! Who could ever doubt him?


And it's a Jamaica clean sweep in the 200m - the peerless Bolt pushed all the way by Johan Blake, with Warren Weir third.



Usain Bolt confirms his legacy by doing the Olympic 'double double'!!


The view from the Riverbank Arena...

This Is Wiltshire: hockey


Settle down for the Bolt and Blake show...




Well, it has to be said that the crowd inside the Riverbank Arena has enjoyed Holland's excellent display of hockey even though it means GB are 4-1 down. Fast, fluent and frightening.

And, without tempting fate, dusk is falling and there is an orange hue in the sky - the omens are with the Dutch.

It will take a gargantuan effort to turn this one around.


Tim Ashton at Riverbank Arena:

Great Britain have it all to do at half-time at the Riverbank Arena as they trail the mighty Dutch 4-1 in this Olympic hockey semi-final.

The Dutch have bossed the game from the start, setting a blistering pace and, in truth, outplaying GB all over the park.

They raced into a 2-0 lead from two penalty corners – Roderick Weusthof the thorn in GB’s side on both occasions.

Ashley Jackson got the crowd on its feet burying GB’s solitary penalty corner after 17 minutes.

However, it was little reprieve as the Dutch, with good support in the crowd, hit back again when their third successful penalty corner was squeezed over the line by Mink van der Weerden.

The fourth goal was something to behold as an orange wave swept down the field on the break and a series of intricate passes ended with Billy Bakker netting from close range.

There are 35 minutes for GB to turn this game around, they did it against Australia........ Dare we believe?


Just 15 mins until that mouth-watering 200m final....Get the kettle on!



American Manteo Mitchell has revealed he just ran the last 200m of the men's 4x400m relay heats with a BROKEN LEG!  Give that man a medal right now!


Quick interesting fact for you - David Osagie 's 800m time would have won gold at the last three Olympic Games and is a world record time for eighth!



There's a couple of gold and bronze medal matches underway in the various events across the capital tonight - the USA lead in the women's football final but their water polo counterparts are behind to Spain.


And just as I posted that last update, the Dutch have regained their two goal advantage - 3-1 now - this is a huge test for the British boys.


Two quick goals in the men's hockey for....both teams. It's 2-1 to the Netherlands but Team GB are fighting back.


Not the start Team GB had in mind in the hockey semi final - the Dutch are 1-0 up.


The incredible David Rudisha has just smashed the world record to take a thoroughly deserved 800m gold medal - wow!

Harlow's David Osagie finished eighth - but no shame in a race where every athlete (bar one) set either a personal best or a national record!



It cannot be denied that, whatever the level of tension inside the Riverbank Arena this evening, there is a joyful rainbow of colour all around.

The evening sunlight is making the bright blue pitch with its bright pink edge really stand out - added with the orange of the Dutch kit and the bright white of the white GB shirts it is a cornucopia of colour.

The game is afoot - we're off.

Go Great Britain.


And back in the Olympic Stadium the athletes are warming up for the final of the 800m - including the fancied Kenyan David Rudisha  and, of course, Osagie .


And back to the here and now, reporter Tim Ashton has just taken his seat for the hockey semi final...

It's a fine evening at the Riverbank Arena as Great Britain prepare to take on the unbeaten Dutch for a place in the Olympic hockey final.

After GB scraped past Spain to reach this semi-final, Wimbledon Hockey Club's Ben Hawes said: "We have nothing to lose now, absolutely nothing.

"The spirit around Team GB is excellent and you cannot helped but be inspired by the guys on the track or in the velodrome bringing home gold medal after gold medal.

"It's infectious and we're definitely feeling that. Let's hope we can take the momentum into the semi-final."

Let's hope so indeed. The Dutch will not be easy opponents and there is a good spread of orange support in the crowd - the Brits have home advantage and there is a better spread of red, white and blue.

Which ever team can grasp this moment in time will face Germany in the final on Saturday. GB v Germany......?


She is the first female British rider to claim two Golds at an Olympics and she gave all the credit to her horse, Valegro. 

She said: "It's unbelievable. I’ve always known that my horse could achieve this but with the atmosphere and expectations, actually doing it is something else.

"It’s been amazing since I got the phone call to say I’d made the team, not many people get this chance and to come here with such a fantastic horse like Valegro and win doesn’t feel real.

"He felt a bit tired today but he gave me his all, he’s never let me down, he’s the horse of a lifetime."

Her winning score today - 90.089 per cent - was a new Olympic record.

This Is Wiltshire: Charlotte Dujardin with horse Valegro


But just before Osagie hits the track, let's look back at the other piece of British Olympic history created earlier today - Enfield's Charlotte Dujardin  who took gold in the individual dressage...


The Teddington runner tweeted earlier tonight...



Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come, but Team GB hasn't got off to the best start in the evening session with a tearful Lynsey Sharp finishing seventh in the 800m semi-final...So it's over to Andrew Osagie ...


And Jade Jones , who has swept all before her in the taekwondo so far, is in for the fight of her life at around 10pm tonight as she attempts to kick her way to Olympic glory.


The men's hockey team - featuring a host of London/Southern-based players - face off with the Netherlands for the right to play Germany for the gold, which would be Britain's first since 1988.


Harrow's Andrew Osagie could create a little bit of his own history by being crowned 800m champion in about 30mins. He is the first British man to reach the final for 20 years.


Usain Bolt will create history tonight and go down as the greatest sprinter of all time if he wins the 200m.

The Jamaican superstar could become the first man to successfully defend the 100m and 200m crowns at consecutive Olympic Games - a feat dubbed the 'double double'.

But he is up against his team-mate and training partner Johan Blake , who a few brave pundits have tipped to end Bolt's dominance.


Nicola Adams etched her name into the history books of, not just boxing, but sport when she became the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the final of the flyweight category.


Welcome back to our coverage of Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games, where, as I said at 8am, the buzz word has been 'history'.


After two golds for Team GB this afternoon, I need a rest!

But we'll be bringing you more live updates from the evening sessions as Team GB's men's hockey team aim to book a place in the final for a gold medal showdown with the old enemy, Germany!

And there's also the small matter of Usain Bolt vs Johan Blake in the men's 200m final...Make sure you join us later.


But sadly Martin Stamper has fallen at the final hurdle and won't battle for a gold in the men's taekwondo final.


A focus on Paddy Hasty: an Olympian and Tooting and Mitcham legend...

When Craig Bellamy scored for Team GB at Old Trafford against Senegal, he became the first British man to do so in an Olympic Football Tournament since Tooting & Mitcham United legend, Paddy Hasty.

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Jade Jones will be picking up either a silver or gold medal after reaching the final of the the 57kg taekwondo - What an afternoon!


Reporter Matthew Bass has been at the BMX event today - and now wishes he had saved up for a bike as a child...

When I was a kid, I always wanted a BMX bike.

For some reason they always seemed “cooler” than the standard mountain bike that every other chid had. There was definitely something that little bit special about a BMX.

I never got one.

“You’ve already got a bicycle” was the reply I would get from my parents when it got added annually to my birthday or Christmas present list.

Today I decided to go and see if the will to ride around on a two-wheeled frame that barely comes up to my waist is still there. Five minutes into the action, I can safely say I wish I’d saved up the money and bought one myself.

BMX is a relatively new Olympic sport having been added to the programme for the Beijing Games four years ago. It’s fast, frantic, action-packed and fuelled by adrenaline. In some ways, it is the perfect sport.

Glancing down from my position in the press seats, the course weaves its way back and forth with riders frequently catching air-time. As someone new to the sport, it looks a lot of fun but also something that requires nerves of steel.

And that is why the stands were full and I have no doubt they will be again whenever the next BMX competition rolls its way into London.

For some, BMX might be a touch too “modern” for the Olympic Games, a tournament that has history and tradition at its very heart. But as with everything, sport, hobbies and interests evolve.

BMX is a hugely popular sport and, for me, it is more than worthy of its place at London 2012 and beyond. In the years to come, it will be exciting to see what other sports find their way onto the calendar for the greatest show on Earth.

This Is Wiltshire: BMX course


Ireland's Katy Taylor has just been crowned Olympic boxing champion to add gold to her four world championships.



24 (karat) golds for Team GB now after that sensational performance by Adams - 51 medals in total for Britain with another four guaranteed in the boxing!





Adams punched the air at the final bell and becomes an Olympic legend - it's also Team GB's second gold medal in 45 minutes !


She's done it!

Remember I said at about 8am that the buzz word of the day was histroy? 

Haringey CPC's Nicola Adams  has just become the first female boxer to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games after dismissing the world number one Ren Cancan!


Wow - Adams just knocked Cancan to the floor! History beckons now, surely?



How many golds do you have to win and in what timeframe for it to be classed a 'gold-rush'? Because Nicola Adams is about to fight for a potentially groundbreaking gold.



London 2032 anyone? The Olympics could return to the capital within 20 years, according to Mayor Boris Johnson.

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Just to bring you up to speed else where, Liam Phillips is through to the BMX semi-finals and Britain's women finished eighth in its first ever outing in the water polo pool.


THOUSANDS thrilled to the sight of Damon Hill being ridden around Greenwich by a German as Britain picked up yet another gold.

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So Team GB now has 23 gold 13 silvers and 14 bronze medals - with more to come later today!



Enfield's Charlotte Dujardin has snatched Team GB's 23rd gold of London 2012 with a brilliant quintessentially British (now that's a mouthful) performance on Valegro in the individual dressage - and Laura Bechtolsheimer  takes home a bronze! Wow!


Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands has broken British hearts for now, knocking Laura Bechtolsheimer off the top spot and easing Barnet's Carl Hester out of the medals...It's all on Charlotte Dujardin now. Can she wrestle back that gold?


And the good news keeps coming for Team GB as Jade Jones has powered into the taekwondo semi-finals with another impressive display.


Liam Phillips grabs second place again behind Connor Fields in the BMX - if the third heat goes the same way, Liam will be in the semis.


Barnet-born Carl Hester  on Utopia glides into third place in the individual dressage. Only the Dutch can deny Team GB a gold. Hold on to your hats!


And Team GB's women synchronised swimmers are into fourth.


And Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris 'dance' their way into first place of the individual dressage final - only three riders left and two of them are also British!!



If you're not watching it already, Great Britain  is going for gold in the individual dressage. So far we've had horses 'dancing' to Phil Collins, Tainted Love and now The Lion King soundtrack. Oddest event of the Games so far, no question.


Greenwich fencer Husayn Rosowsky has thanked his university for giving him Olympics backing. CLick here for more.


Britain's Liam Phillips finishes second in the first run of his heat on the BMX track - now, are you ready for a bit of a Countdown-style working out?

There are four heats of five runs with points awarded based on placing. The two riders with the lowest scores after three heats make the semi-finals.

The others then battle it out for the final two places. Phew...




GB's women behind to Italy in the 7th/8th classification match in the water polo.



Britain's Liam Phillips is due to set off on his BMX at 3pm, as the competition reaches the knock-out phase.

And don't forget Haringey CPC's Nicola Adams has a date with destiny at about 4.30pm in the first ever female boxing medal final at the Olympic Games!


A post box in Cheam has been painted gold for Olympic cycling champ Joanna Rowsell .

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Reporter Mark Chandler has used his lunch break to nip to the London 2012 Olympic shop in the Olympic Park...

The queue for the London 2012 merchandise store has been immense for the whole Games, lined with people whose wallets haven’t been cleared out by £5 cornish pasties and £4.50 sandwiches.

I had a peak inside today when it was a bit quieter to have a look at all the 'souvenirs' available.

There were the inevitable stacks of Wenlock and Mandeville toys, mugs and other delights - including a giant Union Jack mascot for the princely sum of £50.

But the priciest item a appeared to be a GB shirt signed by ultimate Olympian Sir Chris Hoy.

It’s a bargain at £799 but if you have your heart set on it, the bad news is they’ve all sold out.

Rumour has it that a lot of these products could be marked down as the Olympics reaches its climax. Start queuing now.

Meanwhile, I’m off to play with my Wenlock monkey puzzle.

This Is Wiltshire: Olympic tat



After nearly two hours of swimming, Kerri-Anne Payne has narrowly missed out on a medal in the 10km open water freestyle. She finished fourth – a great effort but huge disappointment for her.


Continuing the 'musical' theme (see 1.36pm)...

The Olympic Games closing ceremony will reflect the nation as a whole, according to the man in charge of the music.

Click here to read more.


In other news, Oscar 'Blade Runner' Pisorius ' South African 4x400m relay team has been handed a reprieve after judges ruled a collision with the Kenyan team "severely damaged" their chances of progressing through an earlier heat. 

The team will now run in lane nine in the next round.


Keri-Anne Payne is still in the hunt for a medal in the open water freestyle, as they enter the final lap of the gruelling 10km race.


Martyn Rooney feels there is no reason why Team GB’s 4x400m relay team can’t climb onto the podium tomorrow after an impressive run in the heats this morning.

Rooney, from Croydon, ran the final leg alongside team-mates Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams and Jack Green as the quartet comfortably advanced to tomorrow night’s final.

They came home in a time of 3.00.38 but were narrowly pipped to first place by a strong finishing team from Trinidad & Tobago as Rooney eased up.

He apologised for what he called a “rookie mistake” but believes the squad can approach tomorrow’s final with confidence.

Asked if he felt they could get themselves onto the podium, he explained: “I think we have to. We have got to go in there believing we can.
“If we are in the mix after the first two legs, like we were today, there is no reason why we can’t beat these guys.”
He added: “It’s nice to be part of a squad – a very positive squad. We have all been having a good laugh together.

“I was pleasantly surprised when I got in front and it is definitely a great place to be in front of a home crowd.

“I am disappointed that I eased up quite early and the Trinidad guy, who I thought was falling away, dipped. It is a rookie mistake. I am disappointed that I didn’t win it for the team as the guys ran it so well.

“Tomorrow, they (the Bahamas and the United States) just ran 2.58 and there’s no reason why we can’t run quicker than that. We weren’t being pushed today. I definitely wasn’t being pushed.

“But I am excited about tomorrow and I am really proud of the guys for the job they have done.”


They may have been eliminated by Canada in the quarter-finals, but Team GB's women's football team are still reaching for the stars, apparently...



Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell have seen their assault on men's 470 gold postponed due to light wind on the south coast.

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For those of you watching the open water freestyle, no need to worry about the swans feeling the effects of all that energy drink that just spilled into the Serpentine when the swimmers grabbed their refreshments - the swans have been taken to a 'holiday camp' in Berkshire...You have to love the Olympics.


MARLOW's Rachel Cawthorn finished less than half a second out of the medals in the Canoe Sprint K1 500m final at Dorney Lake this morning.

Click here to read more.


Hopefully, fingers crossed, this will change later today but Team GB remain in third place in the medal table with 22 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze .



LOCOG has revealed 2m people have passed through the Olympic Park gates since the Games began, with 6.9m spectators watching events around the various venues in total.


Team GB’s men’s 4x400m relay team made light work of their first round race this morning as they eased into tomorrow night’s Olympic final.

The team, which includes Bromley’s Conrad Williams and Croydon’s Martyn Rooney, were always in a strong position in the first heat and produced a season’s best time of 3.00.38 to advance.

They were made to settle for second place however, as Rooney eased up ahead of the line, allowing the team from Trinidad & Tobago to take first place in a marginally quicker time.

The quartet produced the fourth fastest time across the two heats, with the Bahamas and the United States producing the quickest runs.

The quartet were not truly pushed in the heat however, and so will feel in confident mood to claim a medal when they return to the Olympic Stadium tomorrow.



Keri-Anne Payne dives into the Serpentine to begin her open water 10km charge!



Team GB - featuring Croydon's Martyn Rooney & Bromley's Conrad Williams - have qualified for the final of the men's 4x400m relay.


Cheam’s golden girl Joanna Rowsell  (right) celebrated her amazing cycling win with chicken nuggets and a cheeseburger - but even she had to join the back of the queue despite being an Olympic champion.

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This Is Wiltshire: Joanna Rowsell



Great start for Team GB athletes Martin Stamper and Jade Jones - who both won their respective first round Taekwondo match-ups.



MARLOW’S Alex Danson has vowed to give it everything to ensure the GB Women’s hockey team comes away with their first Olympic medal in 20 years.

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But it would take some real commitment to beat Michael Burn from Watford, who may be Team GB’s number one fan, having been to an event every day of the Games.

He said: “I’ve spent £3,000 on tickets, but that’s £1,000 for the opening ceremony and £1,000 on the closing ceremony.

“As to why I’m wearing this, my niece is actually a very good rower and there was an outside chance she’d be in the Olympic team.

“I might hang on to these clothes for Rio.”

This Is Wiltshire: Olympic Park



The Olympic Park feels a little quieter this morning but plenty of British fans were out in force.

Mike Dobbs and Nat McConell from Battersea were out in full-on Union Jack attire to watch the hockey.

This Is Wiltshire: Mike Dobbs and Nat McConell


Britain's Rachel Cawthorn finishes sixth in the canoe sprint women's kayak single 500m.



FIREWORKS will be sending off the Olympics with a bang in Woolwich on Saturday.

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This Is Wiltshire: The fireworks finale of last year's successful Friern Barnet Summer Show


Leader of Southwark Council, Councillor Peter John, is campaigning on Twitter to get Team GB's victory parade to come south of the river...


Charlotte Dujardin will be on the trail of double Olympic gold at Greenwich Park today as British equestrian's successful London 2012 campaign targets a rip-roaring finish.

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Enfield rider Ben Maher did not look for excuses after he was unable to follow up his team show jumping gold with a medal in the individual event yesterday.

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Former Olympians Audley Harrison and David Price are confident Anthony Joshua can secure his reputation as Great Britain's next super-heavyweight star by sealing gold at London 2012.

Joshua is one of five Team GB boxers to be guaranteed a medal after reaching the semi-finals of the Olympic boxing competition. Click here for more.


MP Greg Mulholland has written to the Royal Mail to ask the company to extend its post box painting scheme for Olympic gold medal winners after triple success in his constituency.

Click here to read more.


The athletics is already underway in the Olympic Stadium with the 110m hurdles of the decathlon.

Sadly Daniel Awde isn't lining up this morning after injury ended his challenge, but Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers AC's Willem Coertzen of South Africa has won the heat!


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Keri-Anne Payne will dive into the Serpentine today looking to upgrade her silver medal from Beijing and claim Britain's first swimming crown.

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No hold ups, with Transport for London currently reporting a good service on the Underground.



Day 13 in London is shaping up to be dry and bright - but this is still the British summer...


Apologies for Team GB's medal drought yesterday, we have been spoilt, but there's a lot to get excited about today...And the buzz word is history.

Harrow's Andrew Osagie could create a little bit of history by being crowned Olympic 800m champion after becoming the first British man to reach the final for 20 years.

Speaking of history, Nicola Adams is guaranteed a medal in the final flyweight category as the first ever female boxing medals are handed out today - but can she battle her way to gold?

British 10km open water world champion and Beijing silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne is in action at the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

A host of Londoners will line-up for Team GB's in the men's hockey semi-final against the Netherlands, hoping to go one better then their female counterparts who fell to Argentina last night.

There will also be a medal for our sailors - but which colour? And the British synchronised swimming team takes the stage.

Oh, and don't forget the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, will be vying to become the first man ever to successfully retain both his 100m and 200m titles.

But he will once again face his training partner and friend Yohan Blake in that huge 200m final tonight.


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