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WE’VE HAD OUR first taste of Athletics and the Olympic Stadium.

All we can say after day seven is: ‘More, please.’

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First up though is the uber-tough women’s triathlon in Hyde Park. Derry’s Aileen Morrison is in the field. If you’re by a TV watch out for her wearing number 28.

They’ve just plonked into the water — bang on schedule – to get the race on underway. While they’re at it, you can catch up with an interview we did with Aileen in May, after she claimed a podium finish in the ITU World Series in Madrid.

Attention, madames et monsieurs!

Do you know this family? A nice bunch they are, complete with Dad’s shirt matching the kids’ hair – in case they get lost presumably.

Well, that plan worked a treat. But they did lose their camera. Some good soul has found it and posted this pic of them in hope of returning it safely. Ah, the Olympic spirit.

Back to Hyde Park: the leaders have just taken their bikes out of T1, but Morrison is back in a bunch, around 35th position. Big bike ride coming up.

We’ve seen plenty of thigh-on-asphalt action as five or six cyclists hit the road, hard.

Gavin Noble knows what that feels like, he’ll get his turn on Tuesday.

Morrison managed to navigate through the wreckage safely. She’s down in 42nd position, over two minutes off the lead.

Transition number two – next up, a 10km run – is coming up in the triathlon. Morrison will need a seamless change to make it into the top 20.

Sanita Puspure is in rowing action at the minute, and doing very, very well at it. She leading her Single Sculls race by a full eight seconds at present.

Meanwhile, in the stadium, Tori Pena is in pole-vault action and there is the small matter of the Men’s 100m heats.

45.04 is the winning time for Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos , the world junior champion. But the story is Oscar Pistorius who tracked him all the way and came in second. History.

Over at the velodrome, Martyn Irvine is in third place after his flying flap 13.504 seconds.

World 400m Champion Kirani James with the quote of the day, so far. After cruising through his heat in 45.23 seconds he told the BBC:

“It’s all about going out there and conserving energy.”

In Eton Dorney, Sanita Puspure has indeed won her C final, placing her in 13th overall. The top two group will soon take to the water to decide the medals.

Ireland’s own Tori Pena has hit the crash mat from her pole-vault three times now, but she has also clipped the bar on the way each time. Her Olympic Games are over after being unable to clear the opening height of 4.10 m.

Aileen Morrison is on her way to the finish line in the triathlon… but well behind Lisa Norden and Nicola Spirig of Switzerland who cross the line together. Spirig will be awarded the gold, Erin Densham has claimed bronze.

Back in the stadium, Jessica Ennis has once again managed to whip the crowd into a frenzy. The  Sheffield heptathlete made it to 6.4 m on her long jump. Pressure? What pressure?

LaShawn Merrit, defending Olympic 400m champion, is out of this year’s games. His Achilles problem clearly never healed sufficiently to race, he was slow out of the blocks and pulled up after a slow 150 metres.

Afterwards he told the BBC: He’s gone through “countless hours of treatment” to get to the start line.

Adding, “I’m still young and I’ve got a long career ahead of me – I’ll be ready for the World Championships next year.”

The BBC commentators are beside themselves. In one sentence they managed to say both ‘You can almost hang the gold medal round [Jessica Ennis'] neck” and, “but let’s not count our chickens.”

Chickens, ducks, geese; there isn’t a fowl in London that isn’t accounted for. Ennis is on her way, jumping 6.48 just moments after the defending champion Nataliya Dobrynska meekly bowed out by jogging over the sand.

Now that the 400m heats are done, Brian Gregan is at home watching Conrad Williams running 46.12 to qualify at LaShawn Merrit’s expense and  wondering what might have been if the OCI had sent B standards.

Our own Stephanie Reilly is on the start line for her 3,000 metre steeplechase. Alongside her is a Turkish athlete with an unfortunate surname.

Come on. Allow us one childish giggle a day.

Heart in mouth moment as a green singlet went tumbling across a hurdle. It’s not Reilly, though. She is tucked safely in sixth position. Looking strong at the minute.

Steph Reilly still battling away, but has fallen behind of the leading pack of six. Seventh as the bell rings for the final lap.

Reilly comes in ninth place in a time of 9:44.77 – that won’t be enough to qualify her for the final.

The javelin portion of the heptathlon is next on the field.

As the third heat of the steeplechase comes to an end with Eilish McColgan trailing in behind Hiwot Ayalew, Yulia Zaripova and Mercy Njoroge; 13 heptathletes have thrown the javelin. Estonia’s Grit Sadeiko currently leads the way with 44.12 metres.

But wait… stop everything! There are some male 100m sprinters in the midst of their warm up. On first glance we can see eye-brow enthusiast Tyson Gay. he’ll be in the blocks in the first of the 100m heats which begins in around five minutes time.

We’re excited.

On yisser marks….

And BOOM! Tyson Gay wins his heat pulling up, his time is 10.08. Richard Thompson takes second, Gerald Phiri is third.

Here comes (bad boy) Justin Gatlin in heat two and he romps home in 9.97. Derrick Atkins is second with Trinidad’s Rondel Sorrillo taking the third automatic qualifying space.

If it’s only Usain Bolt you’re interested in, he’ll go in heat four. Then Powell, then Blake. Yes.

We’re being told – and by that, I mean loads of people are saying it on Twitter – that no man has ever ran a sub-10-second Olympic preliminary heat.

Justin Gatlin – two years after completing a four-year ban – is the first to do it. But Ryan Bailey goes one better, 9.88 in heat three.

This track is fast.

here comes another Bailey. This time it’s Daniel from Antigua. But nobody in the Olympic Stadium is watching him. All eyes are on lane seven where Usain Bolt is taking off his tracksuit and (eventually) his woolly hat.

They’re in the blocks.

Bolt mouths ‘number one, baby’ before getting down to business.

He takes the lead after 50 metres and slows to finish upright in 10.09 as Daniel Bailey and Britain’s James Dasaolu dip for second and third.

Awe seems to be the overwhelming reaction as Bolt canters his way across the line. Here’s The Guardian’s Barry Glendenning.

Asafa Powell follows up his countryman by wining heat five in 10.04 just ahead of Britain’s Adam Gemili and Churandy Martina.

Down in Weymouth, Annalise Murphy is in fifth place after one mark of race nine. Crucially, the Belgian (grrr, those Belgians!) leader Evi van Acker is down in 16th meaning Murphy is back in the projected overall lead.

We’ll bring you news of Martyn Irvine’s Omnium progress shortly, but first: it’s world champion Yohann Blake.

10 seconds flat for Blake, he wasn’t the fastest starter but he looked to be cruising for the final 50 metres. And he proves it by walking away barely in need of a breath.

Oh look, it’s Team GB’s Dwain Chambers. My, he’s fast. 10.02 seconds and first place in heat seven. Jimmy Vicaut of France and Trinidad’s Kevin Bledman come in second and third.

That’s all of the 100m action for now. The semi-finals will take place at 19.45 tomorrow evening. Just two hours before the final.

Patrick McCarry taking over from Sean for the next while. Cheers for all for feedback this morning – we got through that Olympic Breakfast together!

First bit of news for you is that Andy Murray and Laura Robson are through to the mixed doubles semi-finals after they beat Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur of Australia. It was 10-8 to the GB tennis players in the final set.

Martyn Irvine finished in ninth place, picking up nine points, in the Men’s Omnium 250m Time Trial this morning. He goes again in the 30km points race at 4.54pm.

Martyn Irvine lets fly at the Velodrome. (©INPHO/Photosport/Anthony Au-Yeung)

Paddy Barnes is the next Irish Olympian in action. Kenny Egan describes him as a ‘fiery character’ on RTE and remarks that his first 15 fights, as an 11-year-old novice, were loss. “All that has changed,” says Egan, who is wearing an amazing crushed velveteen, blue blazer with a lilac shirt. I trust this man.

(Credit: Rte.ie)

“Where’s Your Head At?” blasts out as Paddy Barnes hits the ring. Annalise Murphy finished third in Race 9 of the Laser Radial. She was 41 seconds back of the winner but well clear of her nearest rival, Kim van Acker, who finished eighth.

Jessica Ennis is in unreal form. Her javelin throw is a PB of 47.49m and she collects another glut of valuable points.

Looks pretty even in Round 1 – Barnes was on the receiving end of a nice combination but it didn’t cost too much. He leads 5-3 after the first round.

Barnes is tagging Thomas Essomba at will. He unloads about 16 shots in the first 10 seconds of the round then pauses midway through to get his shorts pulled up, nice and snug, by Billy Walsh.

The Belfast boxer keeps ducking down into the man from Cameroon’s midriff to disrupt him. He checks out of Round 2 with another flurry of blows. He now leads 11-7 with a round to go.

Barnes was happy to hang back in the final round as Essomba went for glory shots that never connected. The Irishman was the superior fighter and the final scorecard reflects it. Paddy Barnes wins 15-10 and is through to quarter-final. He will fight for a bronze medal, at least, next.

Michael Carruth says Barnes’ form on the big occasion has made a mockery of the world rankings. Mick Dowling is happy to see Barnes ‘popping in his jab’.

This man got on well today too:

Annalise Murphy is third after Mark 1 of her tenth race – the last before the double-points medal race on Monday. Her close rival – Evi van Acker of Belgium is just three seconds behind.

Time to fill you in on some other goings on at London 2012 – Usain Bolt has won his Men’s 100m heat in a time of 10.09. Victoria Azarenka wins tennis bronze for Belarus. Maria Sharapova is getting her final underway against Serena Williams.

Here is what Jessica Ennis told BBC after she extended her lead, albeit slightly, in the hepatathlon:

It has been a brilliant day. I was really anxious after having just a good day yesterday and I am made up to make those performance in the long jump and javelin.

I am so nervous but it helps having the crowd. There is a lot of pressure but it is with people wanting you to do well. I am not even thinking about the gold medal until I cross the line.

Paddy Barnes’ quarter-final bout will be on Wednesday evening at 8.45pm. He will fight Laishram from India, who beat his Mongolian opponent 16-11.

After Mark 4 of her race, Murphy is fifth in the Laser Radial – 45 seconds adrift of Marit Bouwmeester of The Netherlands.

Serena Williams has won the first set 6-0 against Maria Sharapova. No celebrations as he batters a ball past the Russian – she is in the zone and knows she has gold in sight. She will not tighten up, like she did at Wimbledon last month on her way to victory. 12 winners to Sharapova’s four.

(Credit: Eurovisionsports.tv)

Team USA have another Gold. Jamie Lynn Gray won the Women’s 50m rifle three positions Olympic shooting event. Her score of 691.9 was too good for Serbia’s Ivana Maksimovi (silver) and the Czech Republic’s Adela Sykorova (bronze).

There are 25 gold medals on offer in total today. Serena Williams looks like she will claim one as she leads 3-0 in the second set. I hope, for Sharapova’s sake, that she can win at least one game.

Annalise Murphy is seventh in Race 10 with a short spell to go. Unfortunately for the Dubliner, her three main rivals, Bouwmeester, Xu and Van Acker, are all ahead.

The USA are finally getting a tight game in the Men’s Basketball. They lead Lithuania 55-51 at the break. Carmelo Anthony has 14 points for the US while Linas Kleiza of the Toronto Raptors (a godawful NBA outfit) is the Lithuanian hero so far with 16 points, three assists and five rebounds.

Serena Williams wins Women’s Tennis Gold! She destroys Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. Dancing a jig and jumping all over Centre Court as the crowd acclaims a great champion.

(Credit: Eurovisionsports.tv)

Annalise Murphy finishes Race 10 in seventh. She is now in joint-third going into the final, medal race. She was briefly in eighth but battled back to get ahead of Paige Railey, finishing 2:21 behind Marit Bouwmeester of The Netherlands. Medal Race is on Monday at 1pm.

So Monday will hopefully be all about girl power for #TeamIreland as Murphy and Katie Taylor (2.30pm) both for medals.

Ger Owens and Scott Flanagan have finished in 15th after Race 5 in the 470 Sailing Class.

Here is how it looks in the sailing – the Women’s Laser Radial and Annalise Murphy will win gold if she can finish ahead of Van Acker, Bouwmeester and Xu. What a pleasant surprise her form has been.

South Korea have won their Team Table Tennis grudge match against North Korea. They won the Best of Five encounter 3-1 after Ryu Seung Min defeated Kim Hyok Bong.

Aileen Morison spoke to RTE Radio after her 43rd place finish in the Women’s Triathlon. Here is a snippet of what she had to say:

I’ve said all along that I have good races and bad races. Maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve had bad races before this, because I could really be completely inconsolable if this was my first bad race.

It wasn’t to be today. I will have good races again in the future. This isn’t going to dampen my spirits or (stop me) putting in every effort the next time.

Martyn Irvine is in action in the Men’s Ominium at around 4.54pm (points race). The elimination race follows and the individual pursuit, scratch race and time trial are on Sunday.

In the Men’s Basketball, LeBron James is exerting his considerable influence but the Group A game is still tight. 80-75 in the fourth quarter.

In the Women’s Trap, Italian shooter Jessica Rossi takes home the Gold. She defeats Zuzana Stefecekova, Delphine Reau and Alessandra Perilli, all of whom finished with 93 points (six points behind Rossi’s finals record). In the shoof-off, Stefecekova wins silver and bronze goes to Reau.

Rosannagh MacLennan of Canada (but there must be some Irish blood in thee) wins Gold in the Women’s Trampoline Final. It is a significant improvement on her bronze in the same event at Beijing 2008.

Gold! Li Xuerui of China beats Wang Yihan 21-17 in the final set to win a thrilling badminton final.

LeBron James puts the USA 92-86 ahead against Lithuania with just over four minutes left on the clock.

LBJ is take the twizzlers now. He has just reeled off seven points in quick succession, one sweet dunk and another fantastic three-pointer. He eventually finishes with 20 points for the match and the USA win 99-94.

Nothing but net. (eurovisionsports.tv)

A photo of that amazing Women’s Triathlon finish from earlier. Switzerland’s Nicola Spririg crosses the line just ahead Lisa Norden of Sweden. (©INPHO/Photosport Andrew Cornaga)

Kim Collins, the former World 100m Champion, has been booted off the St Kitts and Nevis team for spending the night with his wife in a hotel. Here is what he has told BBC Radio Five Live:

It ends on a really sad note. I should have been allowed to run. I don’t see what is the big deal, I am a grown man, I’m just about to become a grandfather. I did not come to London to watch the Olympic 100m final on TV. I could not get into the village, my accreditation was cancelled. I am not walking away, I was pushed out.

Paddy Barnes is on RTE talking about getting photos with Usain Bolt and Novak Djokovic, tweeting from the ring and getting into the last eight. He also sipped out of a water bottle with his Twitter handle emblazoned on it. Classic P Barnes!

(Credit: RTE Player)

World records be gone! The Velodrome track, and Team GB, smash another record in the Women’s Team Pursuit with a time of 3:14.682.

Cian O’Connor, with a clear round (joint first), and Billy Twomey, with four penalties, have both advanced to the next stage of the Individual Jumping at Greenwich Park. 15 riders did not make the cut. he action and adventure continues tomorrow from 11am.

Tonight we bid farewell to a legend. Allison Schmitt of USA, who has four London 2012 medals so far, joins Phelps for a dip.

Two national records were set on the track at Olympic Park earlier today – Jonathan Borlee of Belgium got home in 44.43 while Pavel Maslak set a new Czech Republic record in a time of 44.91. Both men qualified for the semi-finals, as did Oscar Pistorius who got a season’s best of 45.44.

Martyn Irvine is ready to set off in the Omnium 30km points race. Rob Heffernan is about to get his strut on – the 20km Walk is off and walking. 1:17.16 is the fastest PB (Vladimr Kanaykin of Russia) in the competing field. Heffernan’s best time ever is 1:19.22.

12 sprint over 120 laps of the Velodrome track for Irvine and co. Eloy Teruel Rovira of Spain takes the first but Irvine gets three points for Sprint 2. Joint third but early doors.

Mexico and Japan book their spots in the Men’s Football semi-finals. Brazil take on Honduras next before Team GB play South Korea at 7pm in Millennium Stadium.

Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao of China win Women’s Badminton Doubles Gold after a straight sets win. The Chinese dominate this sport. 1-0 to Honduras against Brazil in the Men’s Football.

Kate Walsh, captain of Team GB’s women’s hockey team, is back playing, three days after getting a plate installed in her broken jaw. Sterling effort but she can not stop her team from falling behind 2-0 to China after two penalty corners.

Irvine picks up another two points and 20 ‘lap points’ pushing him up to 25 overall and fourth position.

Champions tie-break in the Mixed Doubles Tennis as Andy Murray and Laura Robson take on the Germans. One-set all and first to 10, if they are ahead by two clear points, wins.

Rob Heffernan, who is down to compete in the 50km Walk next Saturday, is hanging on in there. He is third, only seven seconds behind Yusuke Suzuki of Japan, with seven kilometres gone. Irvine is in joint fifth with 22 laps to go of the Omnium points race.

Guaranteed medal for Andy Murray and Laura Robson as they advance to the Mixed Doubles Final. They win the championship tie-break 10-7.

Martyn Irvine finishes in joint fifth in the Omnium points race. He got another 20 ‘lap points’ in the closing stages to boost his final total to 47. Fine performance.

Heffernan is hanging on in fourth in the 2okm Walk but it has yet to break up. 10 seconds separate the Top 35.

Irivine is ninth overall after two of the six races. One more to go this evening. 10km time checks come in and Heffernan is down to 12th but only five seconds back.

Gold for United States in the Men’s Doubles Tennis as Mike and Bob Bryan defeat French duo Jo Wilfred Tsonga and Michael Llodra 6-6, 7-6.

Right old tussle for supremacy on the medal table. The United States have 47 at present and China have 48 – however the States’ 24 gold medals give them the edge. Team GB have 25 in total. That’s a good return on investment right now for the Exchequer.

Heffernan is in fourth after the 12km time-check. He is in a leading group of 14.

Brazil have equalised through Da Silva Leandro Damiao – it is 1-1 at half-time. Rob Heffernan is in 10th place with six kilometres to go – still within five seconds of the leader, Ding Chen of China. They are having a good day.

Rob Heffernan finishes ninth in the Men’s 20km Walk. He finishes with a season’s best time of 1:20:18. He was 53 seconds away from a bronze medal. Ding Chen of China wins Gold and Erick Barrondo gets silver. Zhen Wang gets bronze.

Heffernan was the third best European. Great effort from the Corkman.

Very reasonable request from Annalise Murphy’s camp on Facebook:

Turn ‘Murphy Mound’ green at Weumouth.

Great Britain’s women won the Team Pursuit Gold afterJoanna Roswell, Dani King and Laura Trott broke the world record to defeat the USA.

(Credit: London2012.com)

Martyn Irvine was eliminated fourth in the Elimination Race in the Omnium. That will damage his medal prospects.

All the Olympic focus in Great Britain for the past four years has been placed on the shoulders on Jessica Ennis in the Women’s Heptathlon. So far she has handled the pressure sublimely. Here is what Denies Lewis, winner of Heptathlon gold in 200, has to say to the BBC:

Jess is on the verge and on the cusp. Having to really dig deep in the long jump was incredible. She really used the crowd and it was priceless. She has a date with destiny – destiny to become the Olympic champion. She’s got enough of a lead and she can ‘enjoy’ the 800 metres.

Action starting to heat up at Olympic Park. Men’s 400m Hurdles semi-finals and Felix Sanchez romps the first. Dai Greene of GB is fourth. May not make it to the final as he only clocked 48.19.

Brazil lie in wait for the winners of GB and South Korea after they beat Honduras 3-2.

Javier Culson of Puerto Rico wins semi-final number two in a time of 47.93 and Angelo Taylor of USA is second.

Here is the starting line-up for Team GB’s match against South Korea:

Butland, Taylor, Richards, Caulker, Bertrand, Cleverley, Allen, Bellamy, Ramsey, Sinclair, Sturridge.

No captain Ryan Giggs in the first XI.

Michael Tinsley of the USA wins the last semi-final but there is good news for Dai Greene as his time is good enough to put the GB hurdler into the 400m Final.

The Women’s 50m Freestyle is complete and The Netherlands can celebrate again (they never need too much of an excuse). Ranomi Kromowidjojo rocks in another Gold as she sets an Olympic Record (24.05). She beats Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus and Marleen Veldhuis, another Dutch swimmer, gets bronze.

The Men’s 1500m Freestyle is away at the Aquatics Centre. Yang Sun leads after two lengths. He put in the best qualifying time. GB hopes come in the form of Daniel Fogg.

Shell-Ann Fraser Pryce and Carmelita Jeter have won their respective Women’s 100m semi-finals.

Yang Sun is two seconds faster than world record time at the 800m split. South Korea are bossing Team GB in the soccer at the moment.

Joanne Cuddihy is up next for Irish supporters. Her semi-final goes at 8.05pm.

Gold! What a performance by Yang Sun who annihilates the world record – touching the wall at 14:31.02 in the Men’s  1500m Freestyle. Ryan Cochrane of Canada comes in second, eight seconds back, and Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia gets the bronze.

Here comes Joanne Cuddihy

Joanne Cuddihy finishes fifth in her semi-final. She finished strongly but it may not be enough to advance.

Sanya Richards Ross crosses in a time of 50.07. Christine Ohuruogu from GB is next over the line. Cuddihy’s time was 51.88.

Greg Rutherford from Great Britain is leading the Men’s Long Jump and has just put in a leap of 8.21m to extend that lead.

The focus is on Olympic Park tonight but the swimmers are not finished amazing us yet. The USA win Gold in the Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay with Allison Schmitt leading her team home in a World Record time of 3:52.05. Australia were second and Japan third.

That is five London 2012 medals for Allison Schmitt.

It is all going off in the Men’s Football at Millennium Stadium – GB are 1-1 with South Korea but Jack Butland has pulled off some fine saves. Aaron Ramsey has scored one penalty for the home side and missed a second effort.

Men’s 4×100 Medley coming up. Can Michael Phelps sign off with a win in his, most proable, final swim. No Ryan Lochte here but Phelps is joined by the giant form of Matt Grevers.

Congratulations to Sandra, who unleashed the mother and father of discus flings to win Gold

Ian Thorpe on BBC tries to get to grips with the Phelps swansong/swim:

It is an era finishing. This is Michael Phelps’ last race. He should be marched around the pool for what he has accomplished. To be able to witness Michael Phelps in this race, just enjoy it.

Guess what? More Gold for Michael Phelps and Team USA. Nathan Adrian puts in a huge leg of the relay for his team after Phelps got his team the advantage. Japan get silver and it is bronze for Australia.

Medal number 22 for Michael Phelps. He can retire in peace and will win many Mr T dress-up competitions over the decades to come. Well done sir. He can expect another call from President Obama.

Missy Franklin was part of the Women’s 4×100 Medley team that clinched Gold for the USA. Phenomenal games for the young swimmer.

Jessica Ennis, gold awaits. 188 point lead from second place and the 800m run is coming up.

The pride of Sheffield, the pride of Great Britain, Jessica Ennis is the Olympic Champion.”

Holy heck that was brilliant. Ennis did not have to win that heat to claim Gold but with the whole Olympic Stadium cheering her on she hit the front and sprinted clear.

Rutherford jumps longer again. 8.31m – could be another Gold for GB.

The Men’s 10,000 coming up and, being simplistic, it is Farah against Bekele.

Greg Rutherford wins Gold in the Men’s Long Jump for Great Britain and that medal has come out of nowhere. The crowd are going ballistic!

Full-time at the Millennium Stadium and there is no separating GB and South Korea. One lap to go in the Men’s 10,000m.

GOLD number three on the track for Great Britain this evening! Holy goodness. Mo Farah, spurred on by the home crowd, sprints clear to win. Bekele can only get the bronze.

One last Final for you – the Women’s 100m – before I sign off. Unless Team GB go to penalties at the Millennium. That could never happen, could it?

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce retains her title and wins Women’s 100m Gold! She holds off the charging Carmelita Jeter and collapses to the track, overcome with joy. A nice mote to sign off on. Stay with us for Olympic Village – your wrap of all things gold and amazing on Day Eight. Laters.

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