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Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish relegated

2nd August 2012
Posted by Gateway 97.8

It was so near but so far for Team GB’s lightweight four rowers at Eton Dorney. They claimed a silver medal but South Africa held on for gold in a titanic battle for the line. And swimmer Rebecca Adlington is the fastest qualifier for the final of the 800-metre freestyle.

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.

In judo Gemma Gibbons is into the semi-finals, Peter Wilson is well placed going into the double trap shooting final.

Team GB have claimed four more medals at the Olympics, Peter Wilson got gold in the double trap shooting. Just before that, there was canoe slalom glory for Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, with David Florence and Richard Hounslow ending second in that event. Earlier, there was a silver for the men in the lightweight four rowing.

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.

In the cycling, Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish have been relegated in the team sprint because of an infraction in a heat, and won’t contest a medal. There was a similar situation in the final of that event, with Germany upgraded at the expense of China. In the team pursuit, the GB men broke the world record in qualifying.

Sir Chris Hoy has won his fifth career Olympic gold medal. It’s come in the cycling, where he’s combined with Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes to win the team sprint. They set a new world record in beating France. It means Hoy is now level with Sir Steve Redgrave in the lifetime GB gold medal table.

Don’t forget to tune in to Gateway 97.8 tomorrow from 7am where we will be bringing all the latest from the London 2012 Olympics, as well as all the highlights. Including updates from our reporters every 20 minutes past each hour.

On Daytime, Laura Anderson will be bringing you live coverage of the men’s individual archery from Lords, on the final day of competition, and another big morning of rowing finals at Eton Dorney. Steve Gallant will have all the action of the Olympic track cycling and the latest from the tennis semi-finals. The attention turns to the Velodrome on Drivetime with Jack Sullivan, with two gold medals at stake. And The School’s Out Team bring you all the action of the athletics, swimming and football events.