LiveHampshire Olympians in action

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  • Southampton diving academy's Chris Mears finishes fifth in the 3m springboard synchro final.
  • Southampton's James Foad wins bronze in a thrilling men's eight final.
  • Rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover win the women's pairs to claim Team GB's first gold.
  • Southampton-born Melanie Wilson finishes sixth in the women's quadruple sculls final.


Southampton diver Chris Mears on Twitter after his diving final:


It's another gold for Team GB. Cyclist extraordinaire Bradley Wiggins produces a dominant display in the time trial. The Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same year...The BBC might as well send him their Sports Personality of the Year award now.


A very solid fifth place for Mears and Robinson-Baker in the final. They can be proud of that. China win the gold, Russia take silver, and USA claim the bronze.


And they do just that. They save their toughest dive until last - a 3.8 difficulty forward 4.5 somersault. It's a fine effort too and will score them 87.78 points. That might be good enough for them to hold onto fifth. The pair hug each other as they get out of the pool. The crowd boo, as they wanted more points, but Mears and Robinson-Baker will be satisfied with that performance.


And that's probably it for Mears and Robinson-Baker's outside medal hopes ahead of their last dive, as the Russians and Americans turn in superb final efforts. But let's see if they can finish well.


So, after a few slip-ups elsewhere, Mears and Robinson-Baker have climbed the standings a bit and are up to fifth place. They're about 15 points short of the medals, but this is a good performance from the duo. China are way out in front, but USA, Russia and Ukraine are in a real scrap for silver and bronze.


Round five, and Mears and Robinson-Baker produce their best dive of the competition so far. An inward 3.5 somersault with tuck, which is executed superbly, nets them 84.66 points.


The British pair remain seventh after round four, some 13 points off the medal positions. Too much to overcome, you would imagine.


Mears and Robinson-Baker come out for round four armed with a 3.4 difficulty dive - the forward 2.5 somersault and 2 twists. I'm sure you've all tried it. It's not bad again. A score of 78.54 keeps their consistent performance going, but they're not quite at the level needed to challenge for the medals.


That's round 3 done, and the British duo are down in seventh place with three dives to go. China lead ahead of Mexico and Russia.


Mears and Robinson-Baker up the difficulty to 3.3 with their third dive, a reverse 2.5 somersault with 1.5 twists. A big cheer from the crowd, and that's ok. A score of 77.22 from the judges. They'll be a bit outside the medals at the halfway stage, though.


Mears and Robinson-Baker tied for sixth at the end of round two, but just 1.2 points off second place. Leaders China are 4.2 points clear of them. Now the required stuff is out of the way, we're getting into the spectacular big dives.


Good news in the sailing. Stevie Morrison and Southampton-born Ben Rhodes moved to overall fifth in the 49er standings after a good day on the water.

The duo posted a fourth and second in Portland Harbour, although Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen continued to lead the way after a second and a first today.


Their reverse dive with pike nets them another score of 52.20. A solid opening two rounds for the pair, as they get ready to increase their degree of difficulty.


Mears and Robinson-Baker approach the diving board for round two.


That's round one of the diving over. Britain are sixth at the moment, with hot favourites China leading, although not much separating the divers right now. Another round of 2.0 difficulty dives coming up...


While we're waiting for the first round of diving to finish, Bradley Wiggins is heading off in the cycling time trial. And Wiggo fever is in full flow at Echo Towers this afternoon...two of the female staff are even sporting their own cut-out sideburns to show their support. The Olympics does strange things to people.


Nice start for the duo. They open up with a back dive with pike, and there's not much wrong with it, as they score 52.20. That's the first of two required dives, before we get into the more difficult optional ones.


Southampton Diving Academy's Chris Mears is ready to go in the 3m springboard synchro final alongside Nick Robinson-Baker...


An update on Southampton's hockey star Alex Danson, who was stretchered off in Team GB's 5-3 win over South Korea last night...British coach Danny Kerry says that the injury is "not thought to be serious". The women are back in action tomorrow in the group stage against Belgium.


The British crew look a bit disappointed with that. They really gave the Germans a good run for the first 1,500m, but their early efforts clearly hurt them in the last 500m. In the end, they were hanging on for bronze.


It's bronze for Foad and Great Britain. Germany pulled away in the last quarter to take gold, while the Brits faded. Canada overtook them for the silver. But James Foad can now call himself an Olympic medallist.


500m to go. It's practically neck and neck. The Germans have regained a lead of 0.2 seconds, though.


And Britain are taking the Germans on! They've nudged ahead. Can they do it? Can they?


At the halfway mark, Britain are just 0.4 seconds behind Germany. Right now it's those two who hold a decent lead over the rest of the field.


It's a strong start by Great Britain, who are a fraction of a second behind leaders Germany after the first 500m.


Just seconds after Heather Stanning and Helen Glover receive their gold medals, here goes James Foad in the men's eight. Britain are favourites for the silver, but can they beat the Germans and get the gold? They're off...


Wilson and Co cross the line in sixth, well back of the competition. That was always likely to be the case, after only just sneaking through their repechage into the final. Ukraine take gold, with Germany second and United States third.


And now it's time for Southampton's Melanie Wilson in the women's quad sculls final...


Glover and Stanning, who are about to become very, very famous, beat Australia by more than two-and-a-half seconds in the final. A wonderfully dominant performance.


It's a first gold of the Olympic Games for Team GB! And what an emphatic way to do it. Glover and Stanning demolish the competition in the final of the women's pairs. The crowd are going wild. Glover and Stanning look elated but, frankly, knackered. They hug each other and punch the air. Finally, Britain are underway. Can Southampton's Melanie Wilson and James Foad now follow suit...


Britain's first medal hopes of the day are off in the rowing. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning open up a big early lead in the women's pair. What a start to the day this would be...


Pete Waterfield has sent a good luck message to fellow Southampton Diving Academy member Chris Mears, who competes alongside Nick Robinson-Baker in this afternoon's 3m springboard synchro final:



Southampton women's hockey star Alex Danson, who was stretchered off with an ankle injury in Great Britain's 5-3 win over South Korea yesterday, has tweeted a message to her followers:



We've also got our sailors in action along the coast in Weymouth. Southampton's Ben Rhodes (49er) and former Solent University students Paul Goodison (Laser) and Kate Macgregor (Match Racing) will be continuing their campaigns out on the water this afternoon.


As well as the rowing, we have plenty of other Hampshire interest today. Southampton Diving Academy's Chris Mears is competing in the 3m springboard synchro final at 3pm, alongside Nick Robinson-Baker.

Winchester's Rob Moore is back in hockey action this afternoon, as the men's team look to build on their opening 4-1 win over Argentina when they take on South Africa in their latest group match at 4pm.

Saints midfielder Jack Cork is in Cardiff for tonight's Team GB football match against Uruguay, while Hart's Andrew Willis will be looking for a podium finish in the 200m breaststroke final at 7.30pm.


And here is our sports editor Simon Carter's story on how Foad himself is feeling ahead of today's final.


Ahead of the race, here are the thoughts of Foad's dad, Chris, who was also his first ever coach.


Then, at 12.30pm, it's the turn of one of Hampshire's top medal hopes, as Southampton's James Foad races in the men's eight final. Team GB will face some stiff competition, notably from the dominant German crew, but are among the favourites. Also in the men's eight boat with Foad is another Hampshire Olympian - Alton's Alex Partridge.


First up will be Southampton's Melanie Wilson , who is rowing in the women's quadruple sculls final. Wilson only just made it through the heats, after a nerve racking repechage, but will be hoping to find some better form today. She's due off at 12.20pm.


Good morning everyone and welcome along to our live blog. Team GB are still waiting for their first gold medal of the Olympics, but surely that will arrive today. Won't it? While most people's hopes are pinned firmly on cyclist Bradley Wiggins and his tremendous sideburns demolishing the rest of the field in this afternoon's time trial, we've got some Hampshire hopefuls looking to kickstart the gold rush before he gets the chance.


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