DAY 11 IN A NUTSHELL
Ahead of the game: 48 medals, 22 gold. Great Britain have already surpassed their achievements in Beijing four years ago. After a slow start, the hosts have turned into a relentless winning machine. Four more golds today came in triathlon, cycling and equestrian – aptly enough, one of the winners was arguably Britain’s greatest Olympian.
If this was another glory day for Britain, one man stood out – Sir Chris Hoy. The 36-year-old’s keirin victory made him Britain’s most prolific winner of Olympic gold with six. Sir Steve Redgrave was on hand at the velodrome to congratulate him. The Scot says he is ’99.9 per cent’ sure it was his last Olympic appearance – not a bad way to bow out.
Normally you would expect the retirements of Hoy and women’s star Victoria Pendleton to leave a gaping void. But such is British cycling’s depth we may barely miss them at all. On the men’s side, 24-year-old Jason Kenny already has three golds to his name while teenager Philip Hindes put in a prodigious display in the men’s team sprint. The next generation of female riders is led by 20-year-old Laura Trott, who secured a thrilling omnium gold, her second of London 2012.
LEADING BRITS IN ACTION
Chris Hoy won gold in the men’s keirin, while Laura Trott took her second gold of the Games in an absorbing omnium competition that went right down to the wire.
Victoria Pendleton suffered disappointment in her final race before retirement, losing the women’s sprint final to Australia’s Anna Meares. Pendleton was disqualified from the first heat, which she won narrowly, for veering across her opponent, and was soundly beaten in the second. She has the consolation of a silver medal.
Britain’s equestrian team won their second gold of the Games as Laura Bechtolsheimer, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin claimed team dressage victory.
Alistair Brownlee produced a dominant performance to win the men’s triathlon in Hyde Park, with brother Jonathan finishing third after picking up a 15-second penalty for mounting his bike too early.
Nick Dempsey got the result he needed to clinch a silver medal in the men’s RS:X windsurfing at Weymouth. Bryony Shaw finished seventh in the women’s RS:X.
Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici finished ninth in the synchronised swimming duets, and Chris Mears took the same position in the men’s 3m springboard diving.
Robbie Grabarz won bronze in the men’s high jump after leaping 2.29m for a three-way tie for third place. Lawrence Okoye was 12th in the men’s discus final.
Andrew Osagie went through to the 800m final, Julia Bleasdale and Jo Pavey qualified for the women’s 5000m final, Lawrence Clarke and Andy Turner reached the men’s 110m hurdles semi-finals, and Christian Malcolm made the 200m semi-finals.
Shara Proctor was first in qualifying for the women’s long jump final.
Phillips Idowu failed to qualify for the triple jump final, Goldie Sayers was knocked out of the women’s javelin and Tiffany Porter did not make the women’s 100m hurdles final.
Britain’s men’s hockey team went through to the semi-finals after drawing 1-1 with Spain.
Rachel Cawthorn qualified for the K1 canoe sprint final.
Boxer Fred Evans guaranteed himself a medal in the welterweight division, beating Custio Clayton of Canada on countback after the bout ended 14-14. Andrew Selby lost his flyweight quarter-final 16-11 to Cuba’s Robeisy Carranzana Ramirez.
Sailing intermediate positions: Men’s 470 – 2nd, Women’s 470 – 2nd, Women’s Elliott – drawing 1-1 with Russia in best-of-five quarter-final.
Taoufik Makhloufi: Shortly after yesterday’s blog reported the Algerian’s disqualification from the 1500m for not trying in the 800m, he was reinstated. 24 hours later he is a gold medallist after racing to glory in the Olympic Stadium. Some turnaround.
ALSO A GOOD DAY
Russia: They have come good after a painfully slow start. Three more golds today have moved them to fifth in the medal table. A bit more like it from a sporting superpower.
Liu Xiang: A horrible repeat for the Chinese sprint legend. The 2004 Olympic champion and former world record holder hit the first hurdle with his lead leg and tumbled to the ground before being helped from the track with his dream of regaining the title in tatters. Four years ago, Liu pulled up in his heat.
GOLD MEDALS AWARDED TODAY
Triathlon – Men – Alistair Brownlee (GBR)
Equestrian – Team Dressage – Great Britain
Sailing – Men’s RS:X – Windsurfer – Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED)
Sailing – Women’s RS:X – Windsurfer – Marina Alabau Neira (ESP)
Gymnastics – Men’s Parallel Bars – Zhe Feng (CHN)
Gymnastics – Women’s Beam – Linlin Deng (CHN)
Gymnastics – Men’s Horizontal Bar – Epke Zonderland (NED)
Gymnastics – Women’s Floor Exercise – Alexandra Raisman (USA)
Synchronised Swimming – Women’s Duet – Ishchenko/Romashina (RUS)
Table Tennis – Women’s Team – China
Diving – Men’s 3m Springboard – Ilya Zakharov (RUS)
Cycling – Women’s Omnium – Laura Trott (GBR)
Cycling – Women’s Sprint – Anna Meares (AUS)
Cycling – Men’s Keirin – Chris Hoy (GRB)
Wrestling – Men’s 66kg Greco-Roman – Kim Hyeonwoo (KOR)
Wrestling – Men’s 96kg Greco-Roman – Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei (IRI)
Weightlifting – Men’s +105kg – Behdad Salimikordasiabi (IRI)
Athletics – Men’s High Jump – Ivan Ukhov (RUS)
Athletics – Men’s Discus Throw – Robert Harting (GER)
Athletics – Women’s 100m Hurdles – Sally Pearson (AUS)
Athletics – Men’s 1500m – Taoufik Makhloufi (ALG)
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Alex Chick will be writing from London 2012 throughout the Olympic Games.