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Olympics - Day 14 UPDATES

Welcome to the 14th day of our live coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games, where we'll keep you right up to date with all the major happenings throughout the day, with the main focus around the athletics. We'll keep it light and informal, and we invite your tweets and Facebook comments throughout the day, so keep them coming. A couple of points:

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10:45pm - other results from Olympic Stadium tonight:.

- women's hammer throw, and Russia's Tatyana Lysenko won gold with 78.18m, with Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland 58cm back. Betty Heidler of Germany was a slightly controversial third, as initially her fifth throw wasn't measured for some reason, but later on they found the mark, measured it, and she jumped up into the bronze-medal position.
- great competition in the men's pole vault, and France's Renaud Lavillenie won with a new Olympic-record height of 5.97m, clearing it with his last jump while lying in the bronze position. The two Germans who had overtaken him at 5.91m with first-time clearances - Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe - were second and third.

10:27pm - stunning result in the men's 4x400m, as the Bahamas's Ramon Miller ran down Angelo Taylor of the US on the last leg to claim gold, going past him as if Taylor's parachute had deployed on the final straight. It was the first-ever athletics Olympic gold for the Bahamas.

Trinidad & Tobago were third, with SA - and Oscar's curtain call at these Games - down in eighth.

10:22pm - men's 4x400m up next, and Oscar will run the final leg for SA. LJ van Zyl will run the third.

10:02pm - It must be Christmas - a Turkey 1-2 in the women's 1 500m!

Extremely slow pace again meant it was all about the last 300m or so, and Asli Cakir Alptekin took the lead down the back straight and held on against the chasers before her teammate Gamze Bulut lived up to her name and shot past the others to claim silver. Maryam Jamal of Bahrain was third, with Ethiopia's Aregawi fifth and Kenya's Obiri in 12th. Turkey's first ever athletics gold at the Olympics.

9:40pm - stunning relay win for the women's US team, as they smashed the world record in the 4x100m.

Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter combined to run 40.82, which is make-a-cup-of-tea time under the old record of 41.37. It really was perfection in all the change-overs, and left the star-studded Jamaicans (41.41) in their wake.

Ukraine were in bronze, with the Nigerians - who have yet to win a medal at these Games - in fourth.

9:30pm - another result to bring you, and Spain beat Russia 67-59 in their semifinal of men's basketball, and go on to face the winner of tonight's Argentina v US clash in Sunday's final.

9:22pm - no double for Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, as she could only manage third in the women's 5 000m. Compatriot Meseret Defar was the winner, with Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot second.

Very slow race to start with, so it favoured those with the faster finishes, and while 10 000m-champion Dibaba tried to pick up the pace in the last third of the race, it wasn't enough and she was easily passed by her fellow Africans on the home straight.

8:54pm - second heat of the men's 4x100m, and the US laid down their challenge to the Jamaicans by posting a 37.38 to win the heat, which is a US record..

So contesting the 4x100m final on Saturday night will be the US, Jamaica (with Bolt), Canada, Japan, T&T, France, Australia and the Netherlands.

8:47pm - first heat of the men's 4x100m, and a Bolt-less Jamaica were far too quick for the pretenders with a 37.39. Second GB - but that is under review after a poor last changeover - and third Canada.

Confirmation is in - Great Britain disqualified for not changing the baton inside the demarcated area. Pity, a bit less noise tomorrow night.

8:25pm - second and final heat of the women's 4x400m, and the US and Russia were streets ahead of the rest. The home team GB were third, with Czech Republic from this heat and Nigeria from the previous one through as fastest losers.

8:12pm - the men's pole vault is under way, but the first of the action on the track was the opening heat of the women's 4x400m. Easy for the Jamaicans (Jamaican the rest look like tortoises...), with Ukraine second and France third, all going straight through. Nigeria in fourth are waiting on fastest-loser status.

6:30pm - around an hour and a half until run, jump, throw and vault time, so a quick re-cap of what's happened this afternoon:

- BMX for women: 1 Mariana Pajon (Colombia); 2 Sarah Walker (New Zealand); 3 Laura Smulders (Netherlands)
- BMX for men: 1 Maris Strombergs (Latvia); 2 Sam Willoughby (Australia) 37.929; 3 Carlos Zabala (Colombia)
- men's hockey, bronze-medal match: New Zealand 1 Great Britain 3
- Open Water 10km marathon: 1 Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) 1:49:55.1; 2 Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:49:58.5; 3 Richard Weinberger (Canada) 1:50:00.3; 12 Hercules Prinsloo (South Africa) 1:50:52.9

12pm - time to remind you that we're looking out for your tweets, so don't forget to include #SSOlympics and we'll get the best ones up right here and on TV. Here's a few from this morning already:

11:45am - first new update, and there will be no Bridgitte Hartley-type scenario in the women's kayak K1 200m sprint as Tiffany Kruger finished last in her heat this morning.

11:30am - good morning for the 14th time these Olympics, and while we probably won't match the heights of last night after Rudisha and Bolt's performances today, there is still plenty to look forward to.

From an African angle we have Oscar Pistorius and, um, three others running for SA in the men's 4x400m final after they were allocated a spot following the trip in the semis; Ethiopia's Dibaba will be looking to complete the 5 000-10 000 double in the shorter distance tonight and faces plenty of other African competition, and there's also the women's 4x100m relay final.

Elsewhere there's the men's basketball semifinals, the men's BMX finals, the men's football bronze-medal match and the women's hockey medal-classification games.

For the full day's schedule, CLICK HERE, but below we have the highlights:

20:00 - Men's Pole Vault final
20:10 - Women's 4 x 400m relay heats (Nigeria)
20:35 - Women's Hammer Throw final
20:45 - Men's 4x100m relay heats (Nigeria)
21:05 - Women's 5 000m final (Defar, Dibaba, Burka - Ethiopia; Kibiwot, Kipyego, Cheruiyot - Kenya)
21:40 - Women's 4 x 100m relay final (Nigeria)
21:55 - Women's 1 500m final (Obiri - Kenya; Aregawi - Ethiopia)
22:20 - Men's 4 x 400m relay final (SA)

18:00 - Men's semifinal - ESP v RUS
22:00 - Men's semifinal - ARG v USA

17:30 - Women's BMX final
17:40 - Men's BMX final

20:45 - Men's Men's Bronze Medal match - KOR v JPN

Women's Classification
09:30 - BEL v USA (11/12)
12:30 - CHN v AUS (5/6)
16:30 - Bronze Medal Match - NZL v GBR
21:00 - Gold Medal Match- NED v ARG

13:00 - Men's Marathon 10km (Prinsloo - SA; Metwaly - Egypt; Mellouli - Tunisia)

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