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Live: Olympics in Weymouth and Portland
9:30am Thursday 2nd August 2012 in Weymouth and Portland Sailing Olympics and Paralympics 2012 News
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- Ben Ainslie goes into races seven and eight of the Finn Class today. A victory over Danish sensation Jonas Hogh-Christensen will revive his gold medal hopes.
- The Star men’s keelboat races will also begin from 12.10pm on the Weymouth Bay South course – Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are currently leading the fleet.
- The first Men’s 470 dinghy races, with Portland’s Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, will begin from 12pm on the Nothe course.
- The women’s Match Racing Round Robin events take place on the Nothe course from 2pm, with Dorset contenders Lucy and Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush.
- Portland Harbour will see the 49er class from 12pm, with Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, plus the RS:X windsurfing fleets.
- Bryony Shaw’s women’s races are set to begin at 2pm, followed by the men’s races featuring Nick Dempsey from 3.30pm.
- The second 470 men’s race of the day will be held on the Weymouth Bay South course, where the women’s 470 sailors, including Weymouth’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark will be undertaking a practice race.
#nothe2012 #WeymouthandPortland a fantastic day in Weymouth #Sailing #sailforgold #London2012 http://t.co/rItpBMhF— @Usborne_Gemma 02 August 2012
Nick Dempsey finishes 10th in race five of the RS:X
#RSXMen Race 5 has started, Dempsey tacks after the start heading for the right side of the course #sailing #sailforgold #GOTeamGB— @BritishSailing 02 August 2012
#RSXWomen - Finish - POL, ESP, UKR - Bryony Shaw (GBR) 8th #sailing #windsurfing #sailforgold— @BritishSailing 02 August 2012
More medals for Team GB! A gold and a silver in the canoe slalom.
GOLD MEDAL FOR DORCHESTER'S PETER WILSON IN THE MEN'S DOUBLE TRAP... SUPERB WORK! TEAM DORSET'S FIRST GOLD!
Dorchester's Peter Wilson opens up a four-point lead as we get to the business end of the men's double trap... Looking like a third gold medal for GB here.
Percy and Simpson finish third in race eight of the Star.... Brazilians in fourth so the Brits increase their overall lead by one point to seven.
It's really sunny everyone #cometoweymouth #olympicsailing http://t.co/hiUEDuQs— @DorsetEchoEmma 02 August 2012
Hogh-Christensen now leads Ainslie by just three points overall going into races nine and 10 tomorrow..... Going to be a gripping finish to this class.
Another win for the Match Race Girls who beat the Swedes. Surely enough to get them into the quarter-finals. Nine seconds was the winning margin.
@PatienceBithell about to start racing on the Nothe course #GoTeamGB #olympicsailing. Best of luck to Portland's contenders— @WeyOlympics2012 02 August 2012
#Star WIN for GBR in Race 7 Great work for Percy & Simpson #sailing #sailforgold #GOTeamGB— @BritishSailing 02 August 2012
#Sailing Despite Brazil rapidly chasing their tail, @IainPercy & @AndrewBSimpson are doing well in Men's Star on 56:44 (current 2nd place)!— @TeamGB 02 August 2012
RT @KatHughes470W: @AinslieBen Yes Ben! Brilliant work! @BritishSailing— @WeyOlympics2012 02 August 2012
RT @juliette_grace: Nice work @AinslieBen a bullet in R7 & he smashed it to finish 7 places ahead of the JCH & reduce the deficit to 4 pts. #BBC2012 #benandrita— @WeyOlympics2012 02 August 2012
Great day on the water for Morrison & Rhodes, 2 Wins in race 7 & 8 #sailing #sailforgold #GOTeamGB— @BritishSailing 02 August 2012
Sherborne shooter Peter Wilson has booked his place in this afternoon's Olympic final after topping qualification in the double trap.
The 25-year-old missed just seven shots out of a possible 150, scoring rounds of 48, 48 and 47 to lead the field at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Ainslie now trails Hogh-Christensen by just four points in the overall standings
First bullet for the regatta for @AinslieBen,amazing performance, he's come back 'all guns blazing' as @Sparky_rya predicted!#olympicsailing— @WeyOlympics2012 02 August 2012
In the Star, Simpson and Percy are second, with the Brazilian crew working their way through the fleet into fifth
Hogh-Christensen now up to sixth while Ainslie remains second.... The Dane is closing the gap again.
Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy third at the first mark in the Star class..... Main rivals Brazil back in 13th... Looking good.
@BritishSailing - great to see GB 470 boys Patience and Bithell in second place in their opening race— @stevenmorris20 02 August 2012
"@BritishSailing: #Finn Great start for Ainslie, leading the fleet! Big waves on course #sailing #sailforgold #GOTeamGB" come on Ben!— @danielleagiles 02 August 2012
Hogh-Christensen back in 15th now and looks shocked to the core....... This could be so huge for Ainslie if he can win this race.
#Finn DEN has capsized #sailing #sailforgold #GOTeamGB— @BritishSailing 02 August 2012
Team GB's lightweight men's four have just claimed silver in the rowing at Eton Dorney. It's the fourth silver for Great Britain.
great start from #benainslie leading race. Not as windy as was expected but big waves @BritishSailing Dane Hogh-Christensen seventh— @stevenmorris20 02 August 2012
The sun is out now! #cometoweymouth
Reporter Joanna Davis with the daily Olympic update from Weymouth seafront
A quick reminder from the media centre team at Weymouth Pavilion that regular updates of what's on in the borough for London 2012 at http://www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012/events
Some of our other Olympic stories around the site today:
British sailing team leader Stephen Park cannot understand why people are already writing off Ben Ainslie's chances of winning gold.
The 35-year-old came into London 2012 as over-riding favourite to top the podium, but has yet to overcome Jonas Hogh-Christensen in the Finn class.
Ainslie, who sits second in the standings, is now available with some bookies as far out as 6/1 to topple the Dane - odds which surprise Park given the three-time gold medallist's nous and experience.
''Personally, I would never bet against Ben,'' he said.
''Having said that, Jonas has been sailing incredibly well and has done an impressive job so far.
''I am sure he will come out all guns blazing today and give it everything he has got for the remainder of the regatta.
''You can be sure that he certainly won't let the gold medal slip away without a right old fight.''
Ainslie returns to the water after a rest day, along with Star fleet leaders Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson.
The Laser and Laser Radials are the classes off today, which comes at a good time for Paul Goodison in the former.
The Yorkshireman has been struggling with a back injury picked up in just the second race of the regatta.
Goodison impressed yesterday after a difficult second day and Park is proud by how the reigning gold medallist has risen up the fleet.
''Yesterday was good on a number of fronts,'' he said.
''In terms of sailing, he had a better day. He had a solid day and was a bit unfortunate in the second race not to do better due to a wind shift.
''I am also really pleased that the sports medics and physios managed to work their magic and get him back in a position where he is able to make decisions and not be continually wincing with pain.
''We're pleased we've got time now before he needs to sail again so he'll be back on that for that whole period.
''Hopefully he will be good to go for those final four qualifying races and then the medal race.''
View from the grandstand, getting ready for men's 470 race #nothe2012 http://t.co/gZpXxb01— @jwfw 02 August 2012
Race 1&2 for #470Men Patience & Bithell, first race at 12 on the #Nothe2012 course #sailing #sailforgold #GOTeamGB— @BritishSailing 02 August 2012
Best of luck to @ainslieben in the #finn #sailing later! Here's where #bigben started: http://t.co/J03xe8jf #TeamGB #London2012— @joininuk 02 August 2012
Can't wait to see @AinslieBen in Finn action,12pm on Weymouth Bay South course,he's expected to come out all guns blazing after his rest day— @WeyOlympics2012 02 August 2012
People watching in the boat park @AinslieBen just arriving. Huge day in sunny & windy conditions. #BBC2012 #Sailing http://t.co/ZU1BZXSL— @juliette_grace 02 August 2012
Here's what will be shown live on the giant screens at the free Weymouth & Portland Live Site on Weymouth Beach today:
Rowing – 9.30am to 12.50pm
Swimming – 10am to 12.10pm
Sailing – 12pm to 6pm
Cycling – 4pm to 6.30pm
Gymnastics – 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Swimming – 7.30pm to 9.05pm
It's the last day of nowhere island today at bowleaze cove and furzy cliff. It's open from 12pm to 5pm so if you haven't seen it yet, take a look! #cometoweymouth #weymouth #weymouth2012
Back up to the Nothe today for some more fantastic views of the #olympicsailing. The atmosphere is amazing, GO TEAM GB #sailforgold— @AdamGreaves 02 August 2012
Here's what the weather forecast looks like for today
Morning! We'll see if Ben Ainslie can revive his gold medal hopes today after a rest day yesterday. He's currently second and ten points behind Danish rival Jonas