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Ellen Gandy, Olympic swimmer
Ellen Gandy, Olympic swimmer

by Alex Hoad at the Olympic Aquatics Centre

9.55pm - The action is almost over for another busy day here at the Games.

TeamGB wrapped-up a 3-1 win over UAE and now need just a point from Wednesday night's final group game against Uruguay in Cardiff to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Tomorrow is another big day, we already know about William Fox-Pitt's assault on the cross-country course at Greenwich Park tomorrow afternoon.

However in the morning Tom Ransley and the GB men's eight will be in action in the repechage at Eton Dorney.

They are due-off shortly before 10am, looking for a top-four finish to secure a place in Wednesday morning's final, where World Champions Germany are already lying in wait for them.

It's also the day that Great Britain's men's hockey team begin their campaign, with Ashley Jackson certain to start as they face Argentina at 7pm.

I'll see you in the morning from Eton Dorney!

9.15pm - William Fox-Pitt was pleased with his day's work at Greenwich Park, and especially with his ride Lionheart's work too.

Click here to read his thoughts about pushing for a medal.

Meanwhile Team GB are heading towards a win against UAE, leading 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining at Wembley.

8pm - Ellen Gandy admitted she would have liked to have recorded a faster time after finishing eighth in her first Olympic final.

The race was won by American Dana Vollmer in a new World Record time of 55.98.

Gandy finished in 57.76 which was 0.10 slower than her semi-final appearance last night.

She will be back in the 200m butterfly on Tuesday morning, however.

Click here to read her reaction to her performance, and Vollmer's record.

Elsewhere Sean King and GB lost 13-4 to Romania in their first ever Olympic waterpolo match while Ryan Bertrand is on the bench for GB against the UAE at Wembley.

7.35pm - Ellen Gandy finishes eighth in the 100m butterfly final. Dana Vollmer won in a new World Record. Wow.

7.29pm - Great atmosphere here. Ellen is about to be introduced. What a reception it is too.

7pm - Good evening from the Aquatics Centre. You're right, I DO get around quick. Have to say the media shuttle system here in the Park is pretty fantastic.

We're here to see if Ellen Gandy can secure the first medal by a Kent athlete at these Games.

The 20-year-old from Bromley is in the final of the 100m butterfly which is due to start at 7.30pm - the first race of the night.

The Beckenham Swimming Club star - now based in Australia - will have her work cut out in an elite field, but has vowed to give it her all as a warm-up ahead of her strongest event, the 200m butterfly which gets under way on Tuesday morning.

American Dana Vollmer was the fastest qualifier and goes in lane four, with Australian Alice Coutts in lane five and Swedish teenager and World Record holder Sarah Sjostrom in six. Gandy is in lane one after qualifying seventh fastest from last night's semi-finals.

Elsewhere Sean King and the GB waterpolo team are trailing 9-2 to Romania in the third period. The GB team was only formed in recent years and so this will be very much a learning curve for them.

Meanwhile just hearing Ryan Bertrand has been left out of Stuart Pearce's starting line-up for the must-win clash with UAE at Wembley. Puzzling.

Live updates and piccies on twitter don't forget - @kentonline2012

6pm - Jen Wilson admitted to being 'devastated' after South Africa were thrashed 7-1 by a classy Argentina side in their opening game here at the Riverbank Arena.

Canterbury forward Wilson did however tee-up the lone goal for the South Africans, who need to recover quickly with NZ on the horizon on Tuesday morning.

Click here to read Wilson's reaction.

Elsewhere Sean King from West Wickham is in the GB waterpolo team set to start against Romania at 6.20pm and later Ryan Bertrand and TeamGB's footballers kick-off against the UAE at Wembley.

Me? I'm about to leg it over to the Aquatics Centre to see if Ellen Gandy can land Kent's first medal of the Games in the 100m butterfly at 7.30pm.

4.40pm - The eventing competition is finely poised after the completion of the dressage at Greenwich Park.

William Fox-Pitt was the final TeamGB rider out on Lionheart and his 44.1 penalty points were vital in keeping Britain in bronze medal position.

Germany lead with 119.10pts, Australia are second with122.10, Britain are next with127.00 with Sweden and NZ following with128.20 after a superb final performance by veteran Mark Todd.

Todd's under-40 score saw Fox-Pitt fall to 17th in the overall standings after the dressage.

The cross-country begins tomorrow lunchtime with the show-jumping to follow on Tuesday.

Meanwhile South Africa are losing 5-1 to Argentina at half-time at the Riverbank Arena.

William Fox-Pitt
William Fox-Pitt

4.20pm - William Fox-Pitt and Lionheart produce a fine dressage round with just 44.10 penalty points to lift Britain back into bronze medal position.

Germany and Australia lead the way with GBR in third and Sweden in fourth.

Fox-Pitt is joint-16th with one rider yet to complete the dressage stage.

4pm - Welcome to the Riverbank Arena. We're just minutes away from William Fox-Pitt's dressage round at Greenwich Park. The weather across the capital this afternoon has been biblical.

Thunder and lightning hampered Tina Cook's round earlier, but she still secured a top-10 place to boost Britain's prospects of an eventing team medal with Fox-Pitt (pictured) the only remaining Brit to complete the dressage phase.

Meanwhile Jen Wilson starts on the bench for South Africa against Argentina here at the Riverbank Arena, though there is a start for one-time Canterbury player Kath Taylor.

Argentina are among the medal favourites here in London and went 1-0 ahead early-on.

Sunday: 11.30am - Morning all. Big day today. Lots of our hopefuls in action (see below for details).

William Fox-Pitt is due off in the dressage at Greenwich Park this afternoon, but his teammate Zara Phillips has already put in a strong performance to enhance the chances of a GB medal in the team event.

Riding High Kingdom, Phillips made a rocky start but finished strongly to score 46.10 to take inidividual eighth with 40 of the 74 riders having completed the dressage.

Also in action today are Canterbury striker Jen Wilson in the South Africa women's hockey clash with Argentina at 4pm, while her teammates Nat Seymour and Abi Walker are reserves for GB who take on Japan at 7pm.

Also in action are former Beckenham SC member Sean King, representing GB against Romania in the water polo arena at 6.20pm.

There's also football action from Wembley as Gillingham's Ryan Bertrand and TeamGB prepare for a must-win game against the UAE (7.45pm kick-off).

Ellen Gandy, Olympic swimmer
Ellen Gandy, Olympic swimmer

And of course, tonight at 7.30pm, Bromley's Ellen Gandy (pictured) will 'go for it' in the final of the 100m butterfly at the Aquatics Centre. I've already got my ticket!

10pm - That's it for today folks, but there's plenty more sport to come tomorrow. The hockey programme gets underway with GB and South Africa both in action. There's GB football, water polo and equestrian from Greenwich Park, oh, and the small matter of Ellen Gandy's maiden Olympic Final tomorrow at 7.30pm. Join me here and on twitter @kentonline2012 tomorrow afternoon for more live updates from the Games.

7.55pm - Ellen Gandy is in the Olympic Final of the 100m butterfly.

The 20-year-old from Bromley's finished fifth in the second semi in a time of 57.66.

However due to the first semi-final being far slower, six swimmers from the second semi were in the top-eight fastest qualifiers, meaning Gandy will start in lane one for tomorrow night's final.

Click here to read Gandy vows to give it her all in Final.

7.15pm - GB eventually cruised to a 3-0 win over Cameroon to book their place in the last eight of the football competition.

Meanwhile William Fox-Pitt and the British eventing team lie unofficially in third place after the opening day of the team pursuit at Greenwich Park.

Mary King is ranked third in the individual event after the first day of the dressage section, while teammate Nicole Wilson is 15th.

Zara Phillips, Tina Cook and Fox-Pitt will complete tomorrow with the remaining stages over the next three days.

Ellen Gandy's 100m butterfly semi-final is coming up in the next half an hour.

6.15pm - GB women have one foot in the quarter finals of the football competition.

They lead Cameroon 2-0 at half-time in Cardiff and could have had more, striking the woodwork shortly before the break.

Orpington's Claire Rafferty is on the bench forGB, who beat New Zealand 1-0 in their tournament opener on Wednesday.

3.30pm - Back from Eton Dorney at long last. Great venue, glorious weather and a fantastic crowd.

Don't forget that Claire Rafferty's Team GB squad kick-off against Cameroon in Cardiff in less than two hours.

Following the 1-0 win over New Zealand, victory would all but make the result of the final group game against Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday night irrelevant, as the top two from each group go through, with the best third-placed teams also making the quarter-finals.

William Fox-Pitt's GB eventing team have begun their campaign with Nicola Wilson and Mary King putting them into a strong position on the first day of the team event.

King went second of the 51 competitors with a score of 40.90 in the dressage phase this afternoon aboard Imperial Cavalier.

Wilson sits 11th after scoring 51.70 this morning on Opposition Buzz, putting the British team into second spot.

Zara Phillips will go tomorrow morning, Kristina Cook at lunchtime with Fox-Pitt himself taking to the Greenwich Park course at 4.12pm tomorrow.

Follow me on twitter - @kentonline2012 - for the latest on Team GB's women footballers and Gandy throughout the evening.

11.45am - Ellen Gandy has booked her place in the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly on Saturday evening.

The 20-year-old Bromley star - who swam for Beckenham SC before moving to Australia with her family aged 16 - was second in her heat on Saturday morning in a time of 58.25secs.

The fastest 16 swimmers reached the semi-final, and Gandy's time was the ninth fastest - though it leaves her needing an improvement to reach Sunday night's final.

10.26am - Tom Ransley and GreatBritain take second place, two seconds behind Germany and now face a return in the repercharge on Monday morning.

Germany and Canada flew out of the blocks and Britain lay third after 500m of the 2,000m course, however they maintained a steady pace to overhaul the Canadians and close the gap on the Germans.

However despite rousing support in the final 500m by a packed grandstand, in the end the World Champions held on to cross the line in 5.25.52 with Britain just behind in 5.27.61.

Canada eventually faded to fourth behind Netherlands (5.28.99).

It means that Germany are through to Wednesday morning's final, where they will be joined by the USA, winners of heat one in a time more than two seconds slower than Britain.

The remaining six nations will race in the repercharge on Monday morning, with the first four going through to the final and the last two left to face-off to avoid the wooden spoon.

7.15am - Good morning and welcome to Eton Dorney and the first official day of the Games.

The opening ceremony has been and gone and, football notwithstanding, the real action gets underway today for our Kent athletes.

First up is Ashford rower Tom Ransley, who is part of the Great Britain men's eight who are widely fancied for a medal infront of tens of thousands of home fans this week.

The 26-year-old was born and raised in Ashford and attended King's School, Canterbury, before moving on to Cambridge University and the University of York.

Ransley (pictured) collected silver medals in the 2010 and 2011 World Championships and in the opening two World Cup Series events this season, with the German crew taking gold on each occasion.

The Germans are hotly tipped for gold at London 2012 too, and GB have been handed a tough task, being pitted against their fierce rivals in the second heat of the competition this morning.

Canada and the Netherlands are the other opponents in the sixth race of the day, due-off around 10.20am.

The winner of the heat will automatically qualify for Wednesday morning's final, while the other three will have to go into a repercharge race on Monday morning.

The top-four finishers in that race will secure a place in the final, with the fifth and sixth-placed teams left to battle it out for the wooden spoon on Wednesday.

One disappointment from a Kent perspective is that Herne Bay's Dan Ritchie suffered a knee injury in the lead-up to the Games and was not fit to take his seat in the men's eight.

Also in action this morning is TeamGB swimmer Elly Gandy, from Bromley.

The Beckenham Swimming Club star - now based in Australia after emigrating aged 16 - is also tipped for a medal in the 100m Butterfly, in which she is ranked fourth in the world.

Gandy's heat is at around 10.30am, with the second round tonight at 7.40pm.

Canterbury-born William Fox-Pitt and the GB Eventing team begin their competition at Greenwich Park today while Orpington's Claire Rafferty and the TeamGB women's football squad will face Cameroon in Cardiff (kick-off 5.15pm).

Don't forget you can keep up to date with all the live action by following me on twitter - @kentonline2012

Alex Hoad at the Games - Twitter button
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