Alex Chick

    Britain's two best remaining gold medal hopes go to work in the boxing ring. Welsh welterweight Freddie Evans takes on Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan, while super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua fights Roberto Cammarelle of Italy. A raucous ExCel crowd will be there to cheer them to the rafters.

    Boxing - finals from 13:30

    It might be a one-horse race, but it still counts as one of the highlights of the final day. The USA basketball team are as short as 1/33 to win gold in the final against Spain. But LeBron, Kobe and company have stuttered at times in this tournament -

    Read More »from Today at the Olympics – Day 16
  • Olympic review – Day 15

    Mo Farah crosses the line - pandemonium ensues

    Mo-mentous: Ed McKeever and Luke Campbell's gold medals thrilled, and Tom Daley's bronze was a joy - but this day belonged to Mo Farah. His 10,000m and 5,000m golds bookended the week of athletics perfectly, and his final evening heroics send the 80,000-strong Olympic Stadium crowd into raptures one last time. The Somali immigrant who made this country his home has risen to national hero status - London 2012 could not wish for a better standard-bearer. Arise, Sir Mo.

    Mo Farah completed a sensational long-distance double with gold in the 5,000m.


    Read More »from Olympic review – Day 15
  • Venue scoreboard: Earls Court

    Earl's Court - It's not the Olympic Stadium I watched the women's volleyball bronze medal match between Japan and South Korea on Saturday morning.

    ACCESSIBILITY/FACILITIES: 4/10 - Earls Court is ancient. After a fortnight of slick, modern Olympic venues the creakiness leaps out - especially in the top tier with its wooden seats. It is still perfectly functional, but whereas I was proud to think of foreign visitors at the other venues, this ramshackle place let the side down a little.

    VIEW: 9/10 - Volleyball is a great spectator sport. The playing area is just the right size, and the aim of the game is obvious even if the

    Read More »from Venue scoreboard: Earls Court
  • Anthony Joshua celebrates his semi-final victory

    The crammed pub between the DLR and ExCel said it all - this was not a normal Olympic crowd.

    With the notable exception of the beach volleyball, alcohol has not featured heavily at London 2012.

    Drinking at sporting events is a strong British tradition. For many, pre-match preparation for the football or rugby involves several pints and no food; no day at the Test match or Wimbledon is complete without quaffing overpriced plonk out of plastic cups.

    It seems we cannot view athletes at the peak of their physical powers without seriously impairing ours.

    The Olympics have been different. While

    Read More »from Drinking to British boxing success
  • Today at the Olympics: Day 15


    One of the highlights of any Olympics - the final night of athletics. The focus will be on Mo Farah's bid to complete a remarkable 10,000m-5000m double. It looks too close to call between Farah and the Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel. Also on the track - Jamaica's sprint heroes go in the 4x100m relay.

    Athletics - finals from 19:00


    The Olympics is where football gets put in its place, as it goes along in the background, largely unnoticed. But make sure you catch Neymar and company as a fine Brazilian team go for gold against Mexico.

    Football - men's final 15:00


    Read More »from Today at the Olympics: Day 15
  • Olympic review – Day 14

    Great Britain's hockey players celebrate their bronze medal

    Silver and bronze:
    There was no gold but still plenty of cheer for the hosts, who boosted their medal count with a number of successes. Britain landed two silvers in sailing and will get more of the same - at least - from Luke Campbell, Freddie Evans and Anthony Joshua after their progress to boxing finals. Bronze came from the women's hockey team, taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammed and boxer Anthony Ogogo.

    Aaron Cook said he "couldn't bear" to watch Lutalo Muhammed fight at the Olympics, but the world number one might know by now what happened to Britain's

    Read More »from Olympic review – Day 14
  • BMX sparkles through British woe

    Sport is a cruel business.

    At Beijing 2008, Shanaze Reade went into the inaugural Olympic BMX competition as a white-hot favourite.

    The 19-year-old trailed her French rival Anne-Caroline Chausson in the final, attempted a risky overtaking manoeuvre and fell.

    Four years she waited to put that wrong right. She was no longer the favourite for gold, but her semi-final times showed medal-winning pace.

    Her starts in all three heats impressed particularly - propelling her ahead of the pack and away from trouble.

    Then the final - her moment of redemption. The barrier dropped, and something strange

    Read More »from BMX sparkles through British woe
  • Hyde Park: Venue scoreboard

    HYDE PARK (men's 10km open-water swim)

    ACCESSIBILITY/FACILITIES: 9/10 - Hyde Park offered the best opportunities to watch for free in the triathlon and open-water swimming. I went on the quietest day, with no major British hopes in the 10km swim - though Dan Fogg came an impressive fifth. Nevertheless, thousands turned out and were stacked several deep on the south shore of The Serpentine. Paying spectators might have been unimpressed to find themselves further from the water than the freeloaders, as stands were placed behind a large carpeted area.

    VIEW: 6/10 - The nature of the sport is that

    Read More »from Hyde Park: Venue scoreboard
  • Today at the Olympics – Day 14

    Shanaze Reade is among the favourites for the women's BMX title, but with the gold medal being decided by a single race around the purpose-built track at the Olympic Park, it will be tough to predict a winner. Reade missed out on a medal in Beijing four years ago when she fell attempting a risky overtaking manoeuvre. Liam Phillips goes for Britain in the men's competition.

    Cycling - BMX semi-finals and finals - 15:00-17:00

    Having proven too good for Great Britain in the hockey semi-finals, Argentina look to secure their first Olympic title - it would be a

    Read More »from Today at the Olympics – Day 14
  • Olympic review – Day 13

    Nicola Adams lands a punch on Ren Cancan in her gold medal bout

    We thought Keri-Anne Payne represented Britain's best hope of a gold today, so when she finished fourth in the 10km open-water swimming it looked like we could draw another blank. Then Charlotte Dujardin, Nicola Adams and Jade Jones stepped up to propel the host nation to 25 golds. We're supposedly a nation that can only do sport sitting down - so how do you explain those golds in athletics, boxing, shooting, tennis, triathlon and taekwondo?

    Usain Bolt became the first man to win a 100m-200m double at successive Olympic Games with a

    Read More »from Olympic review – Day 13