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The Sports Matrix: Monday 6 August 2012
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
MOST RECENT OLYMPIC 100M WINNERS
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.
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