The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 8 August 2012


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Double tops for Trott and Hoy as Queen Vic downed

Twenty-year-old Laura Trott secured her second medal of the Games in the Velodrome, adding the omnium title to the women's team pursuit medal she claimed at the weekend. Sir Chris Hoy also enjoyed more success on the track, his victory in the keirin making him Britain's most decorated Olympian, but there was disappointment for the retiring Victoria Pendleton, above, who surrendered her women's sprint title to Australian Anna Meares in the last race of her career. MORE

Yesterday's gb medals


Alistair Brownlee

(men's triathlon)

Equestrian team dressage

Laura Trott (women's omnium cycling)

Chris Hoy (men's keirin cycling)


Nick Dempsey

(men's sailboard sailing)

Victoria Pendleton

(women's sprint cycling)


Jonathan Brownlee

(men's triathlon)

Robbie Grabarz (men's high jump)

Brownlee brothers dominate triathlon

The Brownlee brothers occupied two of the three podium places after the men's triathlon, with Alistair taking gold in Hyde Park. His younger brother, Jonathan, finished third and collapsed with exhaustion before collecting his bronze medal. MORE

Dempsey atones with sailing silver

Nick Dempsey made up for disappointment in Beijing four years ago by clinching silver in the RS:X windsurfing class. The 31-year-old, who finished fourth in 2008, held off Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynski to secure second position. MORE

Grabarz leaps to high jump bronze

Robbie Grabarz secured a bronze medal in the men's high jump last night, leaping over a height of 2.29m for a share of third. The Briton finished behind Russian winner Ivan Ukhov and second-placed Erik Kynard of the United States. MORE

Eventing gold breaks GB record

Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester gave Great Britain a 20th medal gold of the Games when they won the eventing team dressage. The win made it GB's best performance at an Olympics since winning 56 golds when hosting in 1908.

Reade ready to make amends

Shanaze Reade is determined to improve on her showing in the BMX four years ago when she starts her campaign. "I've had a love-hate relationship with the Olympics," she said. "But this time feels normal and relaxed." MORE

Arsenal complete Cazorla signing

Santi Cazorla outlined his desire to end Arsenal's trophy drought after signing for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £16m, from La Liga club Malaga. "There's a very good squad here and we want to fight for titles," the midfielder said. MORE

Pietersen England career nearing end

The end of Kevin Pietersen's international career could be imminent – perhaps before next week's final Test with South Africa. The England and Wales Cricket Board is standing firm over the batsman's participation in the IPL and other demands. MORE

Woods wary of more competition

Tiger Woods admits the competition to win majors is harder ahead of the US PGA. "There are so many guys with a chance," the American said. "If you just make the cut you are within nine shots of the lead. It used to be 14 or 15 shots." MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Chris Hoy gave them every-thing they could want and when it was over was the only man inclined to say it was enough. For everyone else, it could have gone on for ever. MORE