The Sports Matrix: Monday 6 August 2012


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Lightning Bolt strikes again as Usain retains title

Usain Bolt easily defended his men's 100m title at the Olympic Stadium last night, the Jamaican winning in a time of 9.63sec – the second fastest time ever, and an Olympic record. Compatriot Yohan Blake took silver, while Justin Gatlin won bronze. Home interest ended at the semi-final stage, all three Britons losing in their heats earlier in the evening. James Dasaolu finished seventh in Heat 1, Dwain Chambers was fourth in Heat 2, whilst eighteen-year-old Adam Gemili, below, impressed in the third heat, finishing third and missing out on the final by four hundredths of a second. MORE


1980 A Wells (GB) 10.25sec

1984 Carl Lewis (US) 9.99 1988 Lewis (US) 9.92 1992 Linford Christie (GB) 9.96 1996 Donovan Bailey (Can) 9.84 2000 Maurice Gatlin (US) 9.87 2004 Justin Gatlin (US) 9.85

2008 Usain Bolt (Jam) 9.69 2012 Bolt (Jam) 9.63

Magic Murray wins gold and silver

Andy Murray secured two medals on a memorable day of tennis action at Wimbledon. The Scot overcame Roger Federer to win the singles title, before losing, with Laura Robson, in the mixed doubles final to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus. MORE

Ainslie rules the waves once again

Ben Ainslie became the greatest-ever Olympic sailor after securing the Finn title in Weymouth. He finished ninth in yesterday's final race. It was the 35-year-old's fourth straight gold medal and his fifth overall, overtaking the Dane, Paul Elvstrom.  MORE

Smith misses out by smallest margin

Louis Smith missed out on pommel horse gold by an agonisingly small margin, ceding top spot to Hungarian Krisztian Berki by virtue of a lower execution score. Both had scored 16.066 in the final. Briton Max Whitlock, 19, secured bronze. MORE

Ohuruogu forced to settle for silver

Christine Ohuruogu was unable to retain her women's 400m title last night, but recovered well to take a superb silver behind Sanya Richards-Ross. The Briton recorded a season's best time of 49.70sec, finishing 0.15sec behind the American winner. MORE

Clancy bronze extends fine form

Team GB's success on the cycling track continued as Ed Clancy secured bronze in the omnium. The 27-year-old rode superbly on the last ride of the multidiscipline event – a new addition to the Games – to finish third. MORE

Ennis: I have a few more years left

While admitting that topping her heptathlon win would be a tall order, Jessica Ennis has insisted she wants to carry on in the sport. "I am still only 26," she said. "I have a few more years left and I want to keep going." MORE

Greene hopes for improved show

Dai Greene hopes to perform better in tonight's 400m hurdles final than when progressing as one of two fastest losers from the semis. "That's no way to perform if you're world champion," he said. "I'm better than that." MORE

England hopes dampened by rain

England endured a frustrating time on the fourth day of the second Test with South Africa. Rain delays curtailed the action as the hosts posted 425, a six-run first-innings lead. South Africa's second-innings reply reached 39 for 0 by the close. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis has shown that if you have the will and the guts and the basic requirements of talent you can indeed set your own agenda.