The Sports Matrix: Friday 10 August 2012


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Brilliant Bolt retains 200m title in Jamaican 1-2-3

Usain Bolt achieved the sprint double for the second successive Games, easing to the 200m title last night in a time of 19.32 seconds to go with the 100m title he won on Sunday. The 25-year-old, who also won the two races in Beijing four years ago, led a Jamaican 1-2-3 at the Olympic Stadium, leading compatriots Yohan Blake and Warren Weir home for the fifth Olympic gold medal of his career. Blake, above, was also beaten by Bolt in Sunday's race.

"I thought the world record was possible," Bolt said. "I guess I was fast but not fit enough. I could feel my back strain a little, so all I did was keep my form. I'm dedicated to my work and London meant so much to me." MORE



Equestrian: Individual dressage Charlotte Dujardin

Boxing: Women's flyweight Nicola Adams


Equestrian: Individual dressage Laura Bechtolsheimer

Muhammad defends GB place

Lutalo Muhammad says he is worthy of a place in GB's taekwondo line-up. "A lot of people didn't appreciate that, like Aaron [Cook, over whom he was controversially chosen], I'm a European champion," he said.   MORE

McIlroy opens with five under

Rory McIlroy made an impressive start at Kiawah Island, shooting a five-under-par 67. The 23-year-old enjoyed a bogey-free round but trailed the early clubhouse leader Carl Petterson after the Swede recorded a round of 66. page 49

Payne left without open-water medal

Britain's Keri-Anne Payne missed out on a medal by just 0.4sec in the 10km open-water race in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. She was in the leading pack for most of the race but failed to close on the first three, led by Hungary's Eva Risztov. MORE

Terry heads list of England absentees

Chelsea defender John Terry is to miss England's friendly with Italy next week as manager Roy Hodgson rests players who returned late to pre-season training. Ashley Cole, Joleon Lescott and Glen Johnson will also sit out the game in Berne. MORE

Flintoff: ECB and KP must sort it out

Andrew Flintoff has implored the ECB and Kevin Pietersen to settle their differences. "They need to get in a room, sort it out and move on," the former captain said. "What's important is that you come together on the pitch." MORE

Phillips qualifies for BMX semi-finals

Great Britain's Liam Phillips eased into the semi-finals of the men's BMX competition, finishing behind American Connor Fields in each quarter-final run. "To get through with the minimal amount of effort is very satisfying," the 23-year-old said. MORE

GB eventing success continues

Charlotte Dujardin won her second gold medal of the Games in Greenwich, taking the individual freestyle dressage title. The Briton beat Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen to top spot, while Laura Bechtolsheimer, also of Britain, took home the bronze. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

No one could have better represented her country or sex than Nicola Adams. She made boxing history but also delivered a fine one-two on behalf of personal freedom. MORE