Armchair Pundit

Olympic review – Day 13

Alex Chick

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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 brilliant run in the longer distance. His time of 19.32 was identical to that set by Michael Johnson in Atlanta 16 years ago - but Johnson didn't ease up. Had Bolt pushed to the line he might have broken his own world record of 19.19, but that is part of the Usain Bolt enigma - he looks like he isn't trying while running faster than any human in history.

There certainly was a world record in the 800m, where David Rudisha became the first man to break the 1:41 barrier. There is already talk of a Bolt-Rudisha showdown at 400m.

ExCel was in raptures when Nicola Adams struck boxing gold for Britain, but somehow the noise level went up another notch for Ireland's Katie Taylor. A national hero in her home country, Taylor won a close bout 10-8 against Sofya Ochigava of Russia to win Ireland's first gold of these Games.

Nicola Adams produced a masterful display to beat Ren Cancan in the flyweight final - the first-ever women's boxing gold.

Jade Jones
won Britain's first-ever taekwondo gold medal in the women's -57 category. Martin Stamper narrowly lost his bronze medal contest in the men's -68kg.

Charlotte Dujardin
secured gold in the individual dressage, with Laura Bechtolsheimer taking bronze.

Stuart Bithell and Luke Patience's final men's 470 race was postponed due to a lack of wind - it has been rescheduled for 12:00 on Friday. GB are guaranteed at least a silver.

Keri-Anne Payne came fourth in the women's 10km open water swimming.

Great Britain's men were slaughtered 9-2 by the Netherlands in their hockey semi-final and will play Australia in the bronze medal match.

Andrew Osagie ran a personal best but finished last in the men's 800m final. Lynsey Sharp failed to qualify for the women's 800m final. Great Britain qualified safely in the men's 4x400m relay.

Rachel Cawthorn finished sixth in the women's K1 500m.

Liam Phillips earned a spot in the men's BMX semi-finals.

Francesca Jones lies 21st after the first round of qualifying in the individual rhythmic gymnastics.

Great Britain are 11th after the first round of qualifying in the team rhythmic gymnastics.

Great Britain lie sixth after the team technical routine in synchronised swimming.

After winning the first Olympic women's boxing gold medal, on home soil, Adams was asked about her celebration plans: "I really just want to go to Nando's, actually."

Botswana: The southern African nation won its first ever Olympic medal courtesy of Nijel Amos, who pushed Rudisha all the way in the 800m.

Britain's men's hockey team.
There is no disgrace in losing to the Netherlands, but the second-half meltdown that led to an astonishing 9-2 scoreline in their semi-final was painful to behold. Not to worry, it's only Australia next in the bronze medal match. Let's hope they can pick themselves up.

American 4x400m relay runner Manteo Mitchell completed his lap despite breaking his leg halfway round.


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A flock of flying bicycles in the men's BMX quarter-finals

Canoe Sprint - Men's Canoe Doubles 1000m - Kretschmer/Kuschela (GER)
Canoe Sprint - Men's Kayak Fours 1000m - Australia
Canoe Sprint - Women's Kayak Singles 500m - Danuta Kozak (HUN)
Canoe Sprint - Women's Kayak Doubles 500m - Weber/Dietze (GER)
Swimming - Women's 10km Open-Water - Eva Risztov (HUN)
Equestrian - Individual Dressage - Charlotte Dujardin (GBR)
Boxing - Women's Flyweight (Under 51 kg) - Nicola Adams (GBR)
Boxing - Women's Lightweight (51-60 kg) - Katie Taylor (IRL)
Boxing - Women's Middleweight (60-75 kg) - Claressa Shields (USA)
Wrestling - Women's 55kg Freestyle - Saori Yoshida (JPN)
Wrestling - Women's 72kg Freestyle - Natalia Vorobieva (RUS)
Diving - Women's 10m Platform - Ruolin Chen (CHN)
Football - Women - USA
Water Polo - Women - USA
Athletics - Men's Triple Jump - Christian Taylor (USA)
Athletics - Men's 800m - David Rudisha (KEN)
Athletics - Men's 200m - Usain Bolt (JAM)
Athletics - Women's Javelin - Barbora Spotakova (CZE)
Athletics - Men's Decathlon - Ashton Eaton (USA)
Beach Volleyball - Men - Brink/Reckermann (GER)
Taekwondo - Women's Featherweight (49-57 kg) - Jade Jones (GBR)
Taekwondo - Men's Featherweight (58-68 kg) - Servet Tazegul (TUR)


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Alex Chick will be writing from London 2012 throughout the Olympic Games.

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