Olympics Day Four
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- Sturminster Newton's William Fox-Pitt is gunning for Dorset's first gold medal of the Games today. The three-day eventer is part of the Great Britain squad aiming to secure Team Eventing gold and they are nicely placed in the silver medal position ahead of the showjumping today.
- Elsewhere, Poole's Dan Hunter will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former Wessex team-mate Lucy Wicks when Team GB's volleyball men clash with Australia at 8pm. Wicks and the women secured the nation's first ever Olympic volleyball win by beating Algeria in the early hours of this morning.
- Sailors Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor go in the fifth and sixth races of the Elliot 6m class, while Sherborne's Andrew Simpson (Star) and Lymington's Ben Ainslie (Finn) are involved in races five and six of their classes down in Weymouth.
- In handball, Bournemouth's John Pearce and Sway's Dan McMillan are with Team GB as they prepare to take on Sweden in the Copper Box at 2.30pm.
- And in beach volleyball, Poole's Zara Dampney and team-mate Shauna Mullin will be looking to build on Sunday's maiden win over Canada when they take on Italy at 5.30pm on Horse Guards Parade.
All over at Earls Court... Aussies take the third set 25-20 and wrap up a 3-0 win. GB and Hunter did well but the Aussies very strong.
We'll be back tomorrow for a slightly less hectic day, featuring Lucy Wicks and the GB women's volleyball team and some more match racing from 'MacLush'....
The Aussies take the second set 25-18.... Look very good.
Australia take the opening set against Hunter's Team GB 25-15....
Tough loss this evening. Still in love with centre court though! Xxx— @Zara_Dampney 31 July 2012
Poole's Dan Hunter on court now for Team GB vs Australia men's volleyball....
Italy take the second set and the match 2-0.... Always a big ask for Dampney and Mullin, but played well.
Dampney and Mullin lose the opening set against Italy.... Very close throughout.
Superb atmosphere at Horse Guards Parade.... A great venue.
Poole's Zara Dampney and team-mate Shauna Mullin next up on Horse Guards Parade in the women's beach volleyball. They take on Italy.
Then, Poole's Dan Hunter will be in action for GB men's volleyball team against Australia at 8pm tonight.
That result puts 'MacLush' up to fourth equal in the standings with a 66 per cent win ratio.... All looking good for them and the quarter-finals.
YES! The Poole girls turn it around again and beat the French by six seconds! Superb from 'MacLush.....' That's two wins from two today and they will feel much happier.
It's gone back the other way: The French crew now lead by five seconds at the third mark..... :(
They've turned it around!! 'MacLush' now lead by three seconds at the second mark!
France lead the Britain match racing girls by seven seconds at the first mark....
The Poole match racing girls are about to take to the water in their second race of the day against France.....
McMillan, Pearce and the British handball team beaten 41-19 by Sweden....
To confirm, Percy and Simpson were second in Star race six, with the Brazilians taking the win.
Bournemouth's John Pearce and Sway's Dan McMillan in action in the Copper Box right now as GB take on Sweden in the men's handball.... Latest score in the second half is Sweden 25-10 Britain.
Percy and Simpson back up to second, and in front of the Brazilians, after rounding the third mark in the Star class....
Poole's match racers win their fifth class race, this time against Finland, by seven seconds.....
The match racers leading by six seconds at the third mark......
Ben Ainslie finishes fifth in the sixth Finn race, with Hogh-Christensen in second.... The Dane now leads the home favourite by an amazing 12 points in the overall standings and Ainslie faces a monumental task to defend his Olympic title.
'MacLush' extend their lead to 10 seconds at the second mark... Looking good.
'MacLush' leading Finland by small margin at the first mark in the match racing, which has just got under way
Ainslie now back in fifth at the fourth mark in the Finn race, with Hogh-Christensen up to second. Ainslie needs to do something here.....
Percy and Simpson slip back to fifth in the Star class's sixth race at the third mark and have been passed by the Brazilians.... As it stands, now just three points between the two crews!
'MacLush' about to get under way in the Elliott 6m match racing against Finland... Important day for the Poole trio
Simpson and Percy remain third at the second mark in race six of the Star....
Wow! Ainslie up to third with Hogh-Christensen in fourth at the third mark in the Finn class.... Much better from the Lymington man
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are third at the first mark of race six in the Star....
Ainslie sixth at the second mark with Hogh-Christensen remaining in fourth....
Ben Ainslie seventh at the first mark, with the Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen in fourth.... Ainslie really needs to better the class leader's result here.
Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy now under way in the second Star class race of the day... All go!
Ben Ainslie is about to get under way in the second Finn race of the day. Quite frankly, he needs the Dane to have an absolute nightmare here.....
"Equestrian" is now the top trending topic on Twitter....
Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy win race five of the Star class..... Now five points clear of Brazil in the overall standings
At the third mark in the Star clas, Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy have extended their lead..... Looking very good for the duo.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are now leading race five in the Star class after rounding the second mark....
Ben Ainslie fourth in race five of the Finn class.......
Huge congratulations to William Fox-Pitt, Kristina Cook, Mary King, Nicola Wilson and Zara Phillips winning silver in Team Eventing— @AndyHunt_TeamGB 31 July 2012
Ben Ainslie now fifth at the fourth mark in the Finn class.... The Lymington man continues to struggle and that gold medal is slipping away if the Dane keeps winning races.
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson now leading at the second mark in the Star class.....
SILVER MEDAL FOR FOX-PITT AND TEAM GB IN THE EVENTING!
Just the Swedish rider to go, and then Kristina Cook will complete her showjumping round in a bid to win Team GB and William Fox-Pitt a silver medal....
Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy are third in race five of the Star at the first mark.....
Ainslie now fourth at the third mark.... The Dane, who is leading the standings by miles, is leading the race.
Ben Ainslie third as they round the second mark in race five of the Finn class
Germany take the team eventing gold after Michael Jung goes clear in the showjumping.... Britain hoping to hold on to silver
Great round from Mary King - Fox-Pitt and Team GB now well on course for a silver medal in the team eventing!
Ben Ainslie under way in the Finn class now (race five)
William Fox-Pitt in action on Lionheart during the showjumping at Greenwich Park this morning
Race five of the Finn class is delayed down in Weymouth
Ben Ainslie due out shortly in race five of the Finn class (12.10pm), but first it is Sherborne's Andrew Simpson and skipper Iain Percy in the Star class (12pm).
The Poole match race girls are out against Finland at 2.35pm and then against France at 4.30pm.
Fox-Pitt top of the individual rankings after the first round of jumping. That will change but was a great round from the Sturminster Newton man.
SENSATIONAL! A double-clear for Fox-Pitt but just outside the time.... Superb stuff from Fox-Pitt!
Fox-Pitt doing his Showjumping round now....
Eventing showjumping now under way at Greenwich Park....
Its Game Day!!! Get me on the court!! #london2012 Xxx— @Zara_Dampney 31 July 2012
Eventing fans waiting for the action to start this morning as William Fox-Pitt and the GB equestrian team go for gold at Greenwich Park.
RT @legardj: For more about @GBRVolleyball women, visit the website http://t.co/o2f5yXaV to read about their story of resilience #GBVB— @lucywicks2 31 July 2012
Thank you everyone for all your amazing messages! I am slowly making my way through them but its bed time now! AMAZING feeling. Thanks— @lucywicks2 31 July 2012
@GordonDudman we LOVE the noise!! Thanks for coming to support. Amazing atmosphere at earls court even so late— @lucywicks2 31 July 2012
RT @holly_86: Forget medals! This is what it's about! Amazing! Congratulations @GBRVolleyball - you've made the nation volleyball lovers! @TeamGB #GBVB— @lucywicks2 31 July 2012
“@amz57: @GBRvolleyball I salute u,what a way to win ur first Olympic match,history has been made.Simply amazing! #legends #highfive" thanks— @lucywicks2 31 July 2012
RT @SooZAYSuz: Way to write your way into the history books of @TeamGB and Volleyball! AMAzing match @GBRVolleyball #GBVB #prideofthenation— @lucywicks2 31 July 2012
RT @tamsincormack: Soooooo proud of @GBRVolleyball and my little sis @lucywicks2 AMAZING victory tonight over Algeria you girls are AWESOME!Loved every minute!— @lucywicks2 31 July 2012
Good morning and welcome to day four of the London 2012 Olympics.... could have Dorset medal action today via William Fox-Pitt so it promises to be an exciting day.
Lucy Wicks was understandably delighted after GB's female volleyball team notched their first ever Olympic win last night.... It was a late finish and Lucy was up tweeting until 4am!