Alex Chick

Olympic review – Day 12

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Tears for Laura Bartlett, Laura Unsworth and Alex Danson following Britain's hockey defeat to Argentina

DAY 12 IN A NUTSHELL

Reality check: After Britain spent a week going medal crazy, this was our first day without a gold since last Tuesday, and our first without a medal since the opening Saturday. There were no particularly acute disappointments - just the realisation that life  after rowing and cycling may not be quite as spectacular. On the upside, boxer Nicola Adams guaranteed at least a silver, while the women's 470 sailing crew can also finish no worse than second.

LEADING BRITS IN ACTION

Great Britain and New Zealand are in a straight fight for gold in the final women's 470 race, but the women's Elliott crew lost out to Russia in the quarter-finals.

Nicola Adams is guaranteed at least a silver after qualifying for the women's boxing flyweight final. However, Tom Stalker lost his men's light-welterweight quarter-final 23-22 to Mongolia's Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg.

Great Britain's women's hockey team suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat to Argentina in their semi-final. GB will now play New Zealand for bronze.

Lawrence Clarke finished just out of the medals, coming fourth in the 100m hurdles final. Shara Proctor came ninth in the women's long jump final.

Mo Farah qualified for the 5000m final, Christian Malcolm did not reach the 200m final and Daniel Awde pulled out of the decathlon injured.

Steven Lewis reached the men's pole vault final, and Sophie Hitchon made it to the women's hammer final.

Lisa Dobriskey and Laura Weightman qualified for the women's 1500m final but Hannah England is out. Lynsey Sharp negotiated the first round of the women's 800m.

Tim Brabants finished eighth in the K1 canoe sprint final, Great Britain finished fifth in the women's K4 final.

Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Scott Brash finished out of the medals in the equestrian individual jumping event.

Shanaze Reade will be seeded fifth for the women's BMX; Liam Phillips was 12th in the men's BMX seeding run.

Stacie Powell and Monique Gladding narrowly missed out on the women's 10m platform diving final - both are reserves if any of the qualifiers drop out.

MISTY-EYED

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh beat Jennifer Kessy and April Ross to win an all-American Olympic beach volleyball final. It was the pair's third consecutive Olympic gold, and May-Treanor retired at the end of the match.

HOT TO TROTT

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Laura Trott celebrated her second gold medal with an evening at the beach volleyball with Prince Harry. Is love in the air? Probably not - just out of shot to the left is Jason Kenny. Also, Harry's a taken man.

GOOD DAY

Ireland: Cian O'Connor secured the country's first medal of London 2012 with bronze in the individual show jumping. He won a medal at Athens 2004, only to lose it when his horse failed a doping test. Also in the medals, boxing sensation Katie Taylor who reached the lightweight final.

BAD DAY

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South Korea's Lee Daehoon, whose defeat to Spain's Jose Gonzalez in the taekwondo -58kg category included this low blow.

GOLD MEDALS WON TODAY
Canoe Sprint - Men's Kayak Singles 1000m - Eirik Veras Larsen (NOR)
Canoe Sprint - Men's Canoe Singles 1000m - Sebastian Brendel (GER)
Canoe Sprint - Men's Kayak Doubles 1000m - Dombi/Kokeny (HUN)
Canoe Sprint - Women's Kayak Fours 500m - Hungary
Sailing - Men's 49er - Outteridge/Jensen (AUS)
Equestrian - Individual Jumping - Steve Guerdat (SUI)
Table Tennis - Men's Team - China
Wrestling - Women's 48kg Freestyle - Hitomi Obara (JPN)
Wrestling - Women's 63kg Freestyle - Kaori Icho (JPN)
Athletics - Women's Long Jump - Brittney Reese (USA)
Athletics - Women's 400m Hurdles - Natalya Antyukh (RUS)
Athletics - Women's 200m - Allyson Felix (USA)
Beach Volleyball - Women - Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh (USA)
Athletics - Men's 110m Hurdles - Aries Merritt (USA)
Taekwondo - Women's Flyweight (Under 49 kg) - Wu Jingyu (CHN)
Taekwondo - Men's Flyweight (Under 58 kg) - Joel Gonzalez (ESP)

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

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