July 30, 2012: Shin Lam was left in tears after controversy in the fencing

Fencing: Distraught South Korean Shin Lam says 'I should have won' following clock controversy at London 2012

If there was a gold medal for most tears shed at these Olympics then Korean fencer Shin A Lam would have woken up with it alongside her this morning.

July 30, 2012: Shin Lam was left in tears after controversy in the fencing

Fencing: South Korean Shin Lam in tears amid major London 2012 controversy

South Korean fencer Shin Lam was in floods of tears at the ExCeL arena tonight after arguably the biggest controversy of the Olympics so far.

Andrew Willey was hit with a one-shot penalty for slow play at Troon eight years ago

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M4 motorway to remain closed after delayed repair works on Olympic route

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The panda was born to Shin Shin, a seven-year-old taken to Japan from China just before Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami last year

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A panda has been born at a Tokyo zoo for the first time in 24 years.

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So what will you do with your extra second tomorrow night?

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Carlton House can gain Group One glory in the Queen's colours

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Mayweather fights losing battle over jail food

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