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Team GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington had powered into the Olympic final of the 800-metres. Roared on by an enthusatic crowd in the aquatics centre the defending champion reached the showpiece as the fastest qualifier.
It’s really been another successful morning at Eton Dorney for Team GB’s Olympic rowers. GB’s men’s four finished almost a minute quicker than their Australian rivals to qualify fastest for Saturday’s final. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are fastest qualifiers for their lightweight double sculls final. In the women’s lightweight double sculls Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking are into their final after a winning semi.
Team GB’s number one double trap shooter Peter Wilson is in with a great chance of reaching this afternoon’s final. After the first round of qualifying he’s in a four-way tie for 1st place. However Richard Faulds is way off the pace down in 21st place.
Team GB’s lightweight four Peter Chambers, Rob Williams, Richard Chambers and Chris
Bartley claimed a silver medal in the Olympic rowing at Eton Dorney. The squad were involved in an incredible fight for the line as South Africa held off the British challenge to take gold, Denmark were fractionally further back to take bronze.
One of the disqualified Chinese badminton players has announced she’s quitting the sport. Yu Yang said her dreams have been “heartlessly shattered” after she was one of 8 players to be kicked out after deliberately throwing matches during the games. Chinese officials had earlier called on the team to make a public apology.
Team GB’s judo squad finally have something to cheer. Greenwich fighter Gemma Gibbons will have a shot at a gold medal fight this afternoon. She’s into the semi-finals in the under-78-kgs division at ExCeL.
Mothers watching the Olympics say they are relieved they can take their babies after a u-turn by organisers. Parents were angry when they were told their infants would not be welcome at
the Games without having their own tickets, even if they were just babes in arms. It would have meant that children not even conceived at the time their parents had bought their tickets would not be allowed entry.
And The shopping centre next to the Olympic Park is being closed to the public for the next two days. Organisers say Friday and Saturday will be the busiest days of the Games as the athletics get underway. As a result – the Westfield centre will only be open to Olympic ticketholders between 10:30am and 5:00pm.