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Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards will teach the celebrities to conquer the ski jump

August 2, 2012: Michael Phelps beats his old rival Milorad Cavic at the London Olympics to book his place in the semi-finals of the men's 100 metres butterfly

Michael Phelps books place in 100 metres butterfly semi-finals

Michael Phelps again outshone Milorad Cavic as the pair renewed their rivalry in the 100 metres butterfly.

Team GB gold medal hope Fran Halsall unhappy with performance despite reaching semi-finals in 100 metres freestyle

Fran Halsall and James Goddard both negotiated the first steps towards fulfilling their Olympic dreams, while the women's 4x200 metres freestyle - minus Rebecca Adlington - qualified for tonight's final at the Aquatics Centre.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning look a surefire bet today

Relax! Britain's first gold will arrive at 11.57am today

Rowing pair Glover and Stanning should break the drought – then watch GB go!

Allison Schmitt celebrates winning gold last night

Missy Franklin fades out as Allison Schmitt stays the course

Missy Franklin never took up Michael Phelps' offer of advice on how to endure the brutal realities of handling an exhausting multi-medal programme. It might have been worthwhile as the 17-year-old last night found herself swum out of the medals in the 200m freestyle.

The British men's gymnastics team with their bronze medals

London 2012: Officials says Team GB's medal haul has just begun

Olympic officials say that Britain will win more medals and that optimism remains high among among athletes despite the poor show so far.

Tom Daley looks on at the Aquatics centre where he and his partner finished fourth

Diving: Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield miss out on medal

Teen diving sensation Tom Daley and his partner Peter Waterfield today missed out on a medal despite being tipped for victory.

Liam Tancock ready for backstroke final but says it is an 'open event'

Liam Tancock is fully prepared for tonight's 100m backstroke final but says that any of the eight swimmers could win the event.

Miley was fifth in her favoured 400 metres individual medley on Saturday night and today the 22-year-old returned to post the 10th fastest time of two minutes 12.27 seconds in the 200m

Hannah Miley and Caitlin McClatchey ease into semi-finals

Hannah Miley and Caitlin McClatchey both safely negotiated their way through the heats of their respective events as the third day of action got under way at the Aquatics Centre.

James Lawton: No gold, but Becky shows all the virtues of a champion

Our Becky, the sporting superstar it has always been a little easier to think of in such familiar terms, couldn't break Britain's gold fever, at least not at the first time of asking here last night, but she surely made the country feel a whole lot better about itself.

James Lawton: Empty seats betray idea of the people's Games

Thank heavens for the thin red line of these Olympics, the soldiers who brought instant reassurance under the threat of a security meltdown and now, understandably enough, are seen as a better short-term option than cardboard cut-out spectators in the vital matter of filling the empty spaces.

Beth Tweddle topped qualifying in the uneven bars

James Lawton: Empty seats betray idea of the people's Games

This should not be about providing the corporates with more privileges

Rebecca Adlington on her way to bronze in the 400m freestyle final

James Lawton: It wasn't gold this time but Adlington showed all the virtues of a champion

She has the ability to go to the limit every day. It is possibly in her DNA

Jona Hogh-Christensen won both yesterday’s Finn class races

Ben Ainslie secures second-place finishes in opening Olympic sailing races

Three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie struck a satisfied figure after securing second-place finishes in both of today's opening Olympic sailing races.

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