London Eye: De Vos refuses to be shaken or stirred by Bolt encounter


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The Belgian women didn't cause much of a frisson on the hockey pitch, with the only consolation of a 3-0 defeat to neighbours the Netherlands being the improvement on the last time the two played, when Belgium suffered an 18-0 thrashing.

But their captain, Charlotte de Vos, left a distinct air of intrigue behind in the post-match press conference when asked by the Belgian press about her Games encounter with Usain Bolt, with whom she has been seen in conversation during the Games.

The plot thickened when a confused translator thought De Vos had been asked about how she had "scored with James Bond". However, De Vos didn't entirely kill the intrigue when she addressed the Bolt issue. "He was just standing next to me," she explained. And had they exchanged phone numbers? "That's not a question to be answered," she replied. Perhaps the fastest man in the world had used the charm of everyone's favourite smooth-talking spy.

Italian fencer cuts a royal statement

The Welsh footballers in Stuart Pearce's side may not sing the anthem, but it appears that the Italian fencer Aldo Montano is either such a big fan of the royal family, or maybe the Sex Pistols, that he competed yesterday with the words "God Save The Queen" bleached into the back of his head.

The declaration did not inspire the former Olympic and world champion in the sabre individual to victory, though: he was defeated 15-13 by his fellow Italian, Diego Occhiuzzi, in the second round at the ExCel.

Hooker's nearest named and gamed

With a nod to David Beckham, who has the names of his children embroidered on his boots, the US volleyball player Destinee Hooker has written the names of her loved ones on the kit she is wearing at the Games, including "Steve" for her fiancé across her finger tape, and even "Mom and Dad" on her shoes.

Olympic number of the day: 4 The number of shooting medals won by China so far at the Games. The men's 10m air rifle final takes place today.

picture of the day: Jennet's the eel deal

Evoking memories of Eric "the eel" Moussambani's flailing but triumphantly received performance in 2000, the Turkmenistan swimmer Jennet Saryyeva received a rousing ovation at the Aquatics Centre yesterday, as she finished her 400m heat in last place, well over a minute after the winner. It wasn't all bad – it was a new national record.

"Just chillin! Not a lot I can do 3 days from my race , stay healthy, rest and rest some more. Excited about tonight more Olympic finals" - James Goddard, GB swimmer

"My last day with my team mates....!!!! Yeeezzzzz!!!@G_Rupp @, @djritzenhein" - Mo Farah, GB distance runner

"30 degrees, tail wind and full Olympic set up. I knew that I may never get these conditions again so made the most of them! Big day!!" - Steve Lewis, GB pole-vaulter