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Team GB hope for their first gold medal

1st August 2012
Posted by Gateway 97.8

70-thousand people saw Team GB’s women footballers beat Brazil 1-0 at Wembley in the Olympics last night. Steph Houghton got the goal, her third in as many games. Hope Powell’s team will take on Canada in Coventry on Friday night in them quarter-finals. The men play tonight, and a draw against Uruguay in Cardiff will be enough to see them through to the last eight.

Team GB hope for their first gold medal of the Olympics in the next hour. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are in red-hot form going into their pair final, having set a new Olympic record in their heat. After that, there’s the women’s quadruple sculls final, followed by the men’s eight. Later, Bradley Wiggins is the odds-on favourite to win the men’s time trial cycling.

America’s sports fans say they’re becoming increasingly frustrated by NBC’s refusal to show some Olympic events live. The network’s delaying some of the most popular sports for the U.S. prime-time audience – five to six hours after they have happened. Even the Opening Ceremony was delayed by NBC – which paid over 1-billion dollars for the rights.

Rail passengers are facing more delays this morning because of hold-ups at one of the key Olympic stations. Some passengers were stuck for around 30 minutes outside London Bridge due to what’s thought to have been a signalling problem. There have also been problems at Cannon Street station, again due to a signalling problem.

Barack Obama’s tweeted US swimmer Michael Phelps after he made Olympic history last night. Last night he brought his all time medal tally to a record 19 – one more than Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina in 1964. The US president wrote: “Congrats for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud”. Phelps replied “Thank you Mr. President. It’s an honor representing the USA, the best country in the world!”

Here is a list of the Olympic events at the London Olympics today, Wednesday 1st August 2012:

  • 10:10am – Rowing, women’s pair final (Helen Glover and Heather Stanning involved).
  • 10:20am – Rowing, women’s quadruple sculls final (GB team of Debbie Flood, Frances Houghton, Beth Rodford, and Melanie Wilson involved).
  • 10:30am – Rowing, men’s eight final (GB involved).
  • 11:00am – LOCOG/IOC daily briefing.
  • 12:00pm – News conference with Team GB athletics stars, including Jessica Ennis, at Olympic Park.
  • 12:30pm – Cycling road, women’s individual time trial final (Lizzie Armistead and
    Emma Pooley involved).
  • 2:15pm – Cycling road, men’s individual time trial final (Chris Froome, David Millar, Bradley Wiggins involved).
  • 3:00pm – Diving, men’s synchronised 3m springboard final (Chris Mears and Nicholas Robinson-Baker involved).
  • 3:15pm – Canoe Slalom, men’s kayak K1 final (Richard Hounslow potentially involved).
  • 3:30pm – Shooting, women’s 25m pistol final (Georgina Geikie potentially involved).
  • 4:00pm – Hockey, Team GB men face South Africa.
  • 4:15pm – Handball, Team GB women face Brazil.
  • 4:30pm – Gymnastics artistic, men’s individual all-around final (Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis involved).
  • 4:45pm – Basketball, Team GB women face Russia.
  • 4:45pm – Volleyball, Team GB women face Italy.