Welcome to the third day of our live coverage of the
2012Olympic Games, where we'll keep you right up to date with all the
happenings throughout the day. We'll keep it light and informal, and we
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11:25pm - Let's round off the day with a few of your tweets. Keep them coming (#SSOlympics), and we'll hook up again in the morning around 11 for the swimmig heats. G'night....
- touching moment on the podium as the 100m-breaststroke gold medallist, 15-year-old Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, can't hold back the tears. Not surprising though, at that age becoming your country's first-ever swimming Olympic champion. Great to see the raw emotion from the youngster - think I've got a bit of dust in my own eye...
And looks like I found someone that agrees with me....
- women's 200m IM semis, and good news for Zimbabwe as Kirsty Coventry qualified eighth fastest for Tuesday night's final.
New superstar Ye Shiwen of China was top qualifier in an Olympic record of 2:08.39, with Australia's Alicia Coutts second a second and a half behind. Defending champion Stephanie Rice got through in sixth.
That ends tonights swimming programme.
- Chad le Clos
out in the first semi of the men's 200m butterfly, coming home in
second in a very tight heat. Should be through to final.
wins second semi after a great fourth length, but Le Clos, semi 1
winner Takeshi Matsuda third-placed Chen Yin are all faster than the US
legend, who goes to the final in fourth spot. He'll be next to Chad in
the final, a dream come true for the young South African who has
idolised him. Time to smash that idol, Chad... Tuesday night, 8:50pm, don't miss it.
- history made in the women's (is she allowed to win this category?!)
100m breaststroke as 15-year-old Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte
claims gold, becoming the youngest-ever swimmer to win the event.
The US's Rebecca Soni did her best to chase her own, but was
eventually 8/100s of a second back of the 1:05.47 winning time. Satomi
Suzuki motored into third.
Right, time for Chad le Clos (silent s, no invisible e) to
make his mark.
- keep the tweets coming, and we'll add the best of them right here.
Give them some original thought too - gotta stand out from the billion
minions on Twitter...
- the US continue their dominance in the men's 100m backstroke, with Matthew Grevers
going gold in 52.16 ahead of fellow countryman Nick Thoman. Ryosuke
Irie of Japan was third. Local hope Liam Tancock could only manage
fifth. No grieving in Matthew's camp tonight
- pretty decent shock in the women's 100m backstroke as Missy Franklin - who
swam in the 200m freestyle semis just minutes ago - chased down hot
favourite Emily Seebohm to clinch gold in 58.33. Aya Terakawa of Japan
- there is a new superstar in the men's game, and with a name like
that, he's straight from heaven. France's Yannick Angel
destroyed the field in the men's 200m freestyle, winning by a second
and a half in 1:43.14. Park Taehwan and Sun Yang were tied for second,
with Ryan Lochte trailing in fourth.
- women's 200m freestyle semis complete, with Australia's Bronte
Barratt fastest in 1:56.08. Muffatt was third, Pellegrini fourth and
Missy Franklin scraped in at eighth
- right, let's get under way. Here's the rundown for tonight:
20:30 - Women's 200m Freestyle semifinals
20:41 - Men's 200m Freestyle final
20:49 - Women's 100m Backstroke final
20:56 - Men's 100m Backstroke final
21:13 - Women's 100m Breaststroke final
21:30 - Men's 200m Butterfly semifinals (Le Clos,
21:51 - Women's 200m Individual Medley semifinals
- about an hour and a half until the swimming programme, so a quick
catch-up on some of the significant events of the afternoon. On top of
the tennis mentioned below, there were wins for Federer, Almagro,
Tipsarevic, Del Potro, Serena and Isner, while on the men's hockey
front Spain and Korea drew 1-1, while the Netherlands edged Olympic
giants India 3-2.
From an SA perspective, Gideon van Zyl lost in the round of 32
in the men's 73kg judo event, Alex Peternell came 28th in the men's
Equestrian Cross Country, and the badminton pair of Michelle Edwards
and Annari Viljoen lost to an Australian pairing in their group match.
Busy day for African
boxers, so a quick rundown. Wins for Samir Brahim
(Algeria, 52kg), Hesham Abedaal (Egypt, 52kg), and Yahia Elmekachari
(Tunisia, 81kg), but those whose hopes were KOd were Benson Njangiru
(Kenya, 52kg), Lukmon Lawal (Nigeria, 81kg) and Ahmed Barki (Morocco,
Catch up again in an hour - holding thumbs for Chad (no, not
- Crossing over to Wimbledon, and wins so far today for the likes of
Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Marin Cilic and Venus Williams. Roger
Federer, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters are still to come.
- Belly full, so quick catch up. Our hockey men went down
6-0 in the end to Australia, going out of their way to make our girls
feel better. Our Beach Volleyball pairing of Freedom Chiya and Grant
Goldschmidt went down 2-0 to a Latvian team, but I can't say anything
bad about that as the girl working behind me knows Grant.....
'South African' Alex Peternell is taking part in the
Equestrian Cross Country this afternoon (do voodoo dolls work with
horses?), our badminton ladies doubles team is an action at 4:20pm, and
we have quite a few African boxers in the ring throughout the course of
No medal chances for SA in the pool tonight, but we do have
Chad le Clos in the semis of the men's 200m butterfly just after 9:30pm.
- Hockey men are now 4-0 down with about 15 mins to go. On the archery
front, it's the end of the road for SA's Karen Hulzer, who
lost 6-2 to Italy's Pia Lionetti. In the women's rowing pairs, the SA duo of Naydene
Smith and Lee-Ann Persse were fifth in their heat and go through to
Final B, which determines places 7-12.
- Trying to kill a bit of time here until lunch arrives.... We had a
chat with SA legend Penny
Heyns yesterday, so read what she had to say.
Got some answers from Ryk Neethling to your questions as well, so those
Quick update - Australia lead SA 2-0 at halftime in the men's
- Just seventh in her heat for SA's Katheryn
Meaklim, so doesn't look like she'll be going through to
the women's semifinals of the 200m IM. A bit better for Zim's Kirsty
Coventry, finishing second in her heat in a pretty fast time.
All times in, and Coventry qualified second overall behind
'Yay She Won!' again, aka China's Ye Shiwen. That's the end of the
swimming for the morning. Oh, and SA are 1-0 down to Australia in their
men's hockey match with 10 minutes to go in the first half.
- Chad le Clos,
second in his heat, qualilfied fourth fastest for the men's 200m
butterfly semifinals (tonight from 9:30pm). Dinko Jukic was fastest in
1:54.79, with Tyler Clary second and Le Clos's heat winner Velimir
Stjepanovic third. Michael Phelps was fifth just behind Chad, and it
must be said the great American isn't looking in great form.
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The men's hockey team open their campaign at 11:45am against
Australia, so let's hope they weren't watching the women yesterday.
Argentina certainly wouldn't have been doing any crying over that
- Karin must have been out celebrating with Cameron last night,
finishing 7th in Heat 5 of the women's 200m. No semifinal spot for Ms
Prinsloo then. Favourites Miss Federica Pellegrini and Miss Missy
Franklin safely through.
Next swimmer up is Chad le Clos in his favourite 200m
butterfly, and don't forget you can watch it live on the site (click on
the big red LIVE VIDEO button at the top of the site. DStv subscribers
in sun-Saharah Africa only.
- Good morning! Hope that Cameron van der Burgh glow is still
noticeable on your faces today. Not many Monday mornings have felt this
Got some women's 200m freestyle heats to start us off, with
Karin Prinsloo providing SA interest. We also have Chad le Clos and
Katheryn Meaklim to come as well, so keep it here for results as they
And don't forget to keep us and everyone amused with your
tweets (#SSOlympics), and we'll add the best onto this page.
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