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Olympic review – Day 14

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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 -80kg taekwondo contender. Muhammed, controversially selected over Cook, went out tamely at the quarter-final stage - only to storm through the repechage and win his bronze medal match. GB Taekwondo will be mightily relieved after the hammering they received for snubbing Cook. But might it have been gold with the right man?

We've seen this one a few times before. Great Britain were disqualified from the 4x100m relay after fluffing their final changeover. This is the fourth time they have failed to get round in five Games. The exception - 2004 - they won gold. Given the near-impossibility of individual medals, why wouldn't Britain concentrate on honing their relay routine to perfection - and virtually guarantee themselves at least a bronze behind Jamaica and the US?

No such problems for the USA women's 4x100m relay team who shattered East Germany's 27-year-old World Record, lopping over half a second off that long-standing mark.

When the phlegmatic Swedes are moved to protest, you know an injustice is afoot. They have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the result of the women's triathlon. They say their athlete Lisa Norden was wrongly awarded silver as a photo finish could not separate her from Switzerland's Nicola Spirig. Sweden want two golds awarded. Have a look and see what you think.


Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell settled for silver after losing out to Australia in the men's 470 sailing. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were beaten in a straight fight with New Zealand in their final 470 race and also took silver.

Luke Campbell guaranteed himself at least a silver in reaching the men's bantamweight final where he will face John Joe Nevin. Fred Evans will go home with at least a silver medal after qualifying for the welterweight final, as will Anthony Joshua in the super-heayweight division. Anthony Ogogo takes bronze after losing his middleweight semi-final.

Great Britain secured bronze in the women's hockey with a 3-1 win against New Zealand.

Lutalo Muhammed won an unlikely taekwondo bronze - the -80kg athlete lost his quarter-final but came through the repechage to nick a medal. Sarah Stevenson suffered a shock first-round defeat in the women's -67kg.

Ed McKeever won his men's K1 200m canoe sprint semi-final, while Jess Walker qualified for the women's K1 200m final. Liam Heath and Jon Schofield also went through in the K2 200m, but Richard Jefferies was knocked out of the C1 200m.

Dan Fogg took a creditable fifth place in the men's 10km open water swimming at Hyde Park.

Great Britain did not qualify for the team rhythmic gymnastics final, and Francesca Jones missed out on the individual final.

Great Britain finished sixth in the team synchronised swimming.

Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips both suffered disappointment, finishing out of the medals in their respective BMX finals.

Great Britain's sprint relay team failed to qualify for the final after fluffing the final changeover to Adam Gemili.

Britain finished agonisingly out of the medals in the men's 4x400m relay, coming in fourth 0.13 behind Trinidad and Tobago.

Steven Lewis jumped 5.75m to come fifth in the men's pole vault, while Sophie Hitchon was 12th in the women's hammer.

Jo Pavey and Helen Bleasdale were seventh and eighth respectively in the women's 5000m. Lisa Dobriskey and Laura Weightman came 10th and 11th respectively in the women's 1500m

Tom Daley qualified 15th for the 10m platform diving, but Pete Waterfield went out.


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Sarah Stevenson cannot hit the target in her first-round taekwondo exit (AFP)

Sailing - Men's 470 - Belcher/Page (AUS)
Sailing - Women's 470 - Aleh/Powrie (NZL)
Swimming - Men's 10 km Open-Water - Oussama Mellouli (TUN)
Synchronised Swimming - Russia
Cycling - Women's BMX - Mariana Pajon (COL)
Cycling - Men's BMX - Maris Strombergs (LAT)
Wrestling - Men's 55kg Freestyle - Dzhamal Otarsultanov (RUS)
Wrestling - Men's 74kg Freestyle - Jordan Burroughs (USA)
Hockey - Women - Netherlands
Athletics - Men's Pole Vault - Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
Athletics - Women's Hammer - Tatyana Lysenko (RUS)
Athletics - Women's 5000m - Meseret Defar (ETH)
Athletics - Women's 4x100m Relay - USA
Athletics - Women's 1500m - Asle Cakir Alptekin (TUR)
Athletics - Men's 4x400m Relay - Bahamas
Taekwondo - Women's Welterweight (57-67 kg) - Hwang Kyung-Seon (KOR)
Taekwondo - Men's Welterweight (68-80 kg) - Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich (ARG)

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

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