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Olympic Review from the last 24 hours

4th August 2012
Posted by Gateway 97.8

Team GB’s judo squad has suffered another early defeat. Lichfield fighter James Austin lost his first-round contest against Japan’s third seed Takamasa Anai in the men’s under-100-kgs at the ExCeL Centre.

The action is hotting up at the Olympics rowing. Team GB’s men’s four finished almost a minute quicker than their Australian rivals to qualify fastest for Saturday’s final. In the women’s lightweight double sculls Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking are into their final. Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter are fastest qualifiers for their lightweight double sculls final.

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. She has qualified fastest for the final of her favourite event, and is hoping to add to the bronze she won in the 400-metres earlier this week.

There’s bad news in the fencing where the women’s team were crushed in double quick time by Italy in the semi-finals.

The shopping centre next to the Olympic Park is being closed to the public. Organisers say this weekend will be the busiest days of the Games as the athletics get underway. As a result, the Westfield centre will be Closed.

Team GB’s lightweight four, Peter Chambers, Rob Williams, Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley, have 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.

Ben Ainslie has closed the gap on the leader in the Olympic Finn sailing competition. He’s now three points behind Denmark’s Jonas Hogh-Christensen, after winning the first race of the day, and coming third in the second. There are two more races tomorrow, before the medallists are decided on Sunday.

Team GB win another two gold medals at the Olympics. Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott have won their canoe slalom final, with fellow Brits David Florence and Richard Hounslow getting the silver. Shortly after that, Peter Wilson won the double trap shooting.

Gemma Gibbons has won a silver medal for Team GB in the Olympic judo. It’s the first time a British player has claimed an Olympic honour in the sport since 2000. She lost in the final to American Kayla Harrison, but beat the reigning world champion in her semi. She broke down in tears, and could be seen saying “I love you mum”, in tribute to her mother, who died in 2004.

Great Britain’s Anthony Ogogo has caused a shock in the men’s middleweight boxing at the Olympics. He’s knocked out world number one Ievgen Khytrov to reach the quarter-finals of the event. Ogogo will now face German fighter Stefan Hartel for a place in the last 4 on Monday.

Britain have another gold at the Olympics. Rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins won the women’s double sculls. There was also a bronze for Alan Cambpell in the singles, and another bronze in the men’s pair for Will Satch and George Nash. Karina Bryant has taken bronze in the judo. Cyclist Victoria Pendleton has qualified for the second round of the keirin.

Andy Murray will play world number one Novak Djokovic for a place in the final of the Olympic tennis. Murray got past Nicolas Almagro in straight sets. Following that, Djokovic saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The winner of their semi-final is guaranteed a silver medal at worst.

Roger Federer’s through to the men’s singles final in the Olympic tennis after a marathon match with Juan Martin Del Potro. He came through 19-17 in the third set, and will now face Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic in the final. The Swiss has never won singles gold.

Britain have set a new world record in qualifying for the women’s team pursuit cycling. Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell have broken their own record. They clocked 3 minutes and 15-point-six-six-nine seconds at the velodrome. The semi-finals and finals are on Saturday.

Great Britain’s cyclists have won gold in the men’s team pursuit at the Olympics. Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy have retained the title they won in Beijing, joined by new recruits Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh. They set a new world record as they beat Australia in the final.

Britain’s Ben Ainslie has won the tenth and punultimate race in the Finn class sailing at the Olympics. It means he’s set up a medal race showdown on Sunday with Danish rival Jonas Hoegh-Christensen. Ainslie is bidding to win a fourth straight gold medal and fifth medal overall, becoming the most successful sailor in Olympic history.

John Lewis has started to charge people to view the Olympic Park from its flagship Westfield store in Stratford. The retailer says that all the profits will go to London charities, from people paying two pounds a time for access to its viewing gallery. Under-16s won’t be charged.

And on the busiest weekend of the London Olympics so far, spectators are dealing with problems with public transport. The Central line on the underground was suspended between Liverpool Street and Leytonstone due to a signal failure. That part of the track links central London to the Olympic Park in Stratford.