@Ger I agree Ger. Can you imagine FIFA doing the same? No way.
@Ger @Pete It's gamesmanship. It happens all the time, in any group situation, when you know what's around the corner. It's happened in World Cups. Okay, they made it too obvious altogether and I suppose it went to a point of taking the game into disrepute. But as I said, we did the same in 1990.
Team Ireland's James Espey is way down in 42nd. Not looking good for him.
Annalise is still sixth with the Belgian in fourth. Lithuania, GB and USA make up top three.
Don't forget we have Eoin Rheinisch in the canoeing at about 13.40.
Or should that be kayaking?
Annalise is only 20 seconds behind Lithuania but doesn't have much time left
Annalise is catching the fifth but first four have pulled away. Unfortunately, her nearest rival, Evi Van Acker from Belgium is in second and catching GBR quickly. Remember, apart from Eoin Rheinisch, John Joe Nevin is around the corner at 2pm.
Seaton and McGovern still 18th after mark 5 in the 49ers
Van Acker of Belgium got the win with a flying finish. Not the result we wanted. Alison Young got finished second for the third time, with Lithuania third. Annalise sixth and given that she started so dreadfully, it was a brilliant effort and wouldn't affect her confidence at all.
Really looking forward to John Joe. He has a tough fight against that fella from Kazakhstan.
Further to the badminton story, all eight players had been charged by the Badminton World Federation/BWF with “not using one’s best efforts to win a match” and “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport”.
@Ger yeah, dropped off at the end. That's her discount hopefully. She lost it at the start and actually showed a lot of speed subsequently. Van Acker's late rally for the win we could have done without.
@Ger Don't be so despondent. It's only half time, as they say in football.
Toga's Boukpeti the early leader in the canoe slalom. Remember him? The French native, that snatched bronze from Eoin Rheinisch's grasp in the last run of the competition in Beijing.
@pete @Ger It's not even half time, as the medal race counts double. Showed plenty of speed there, wouldn't be too downhearted.
And at the top of the course is Eoin Rheinisch, splashing his face with a very concentrated look. Go Eoin!
Rheineisch is just about to go now.
Disaster for Rheinisch, missed a gate
Oh no! Rheinisch has just incurred a 50-point penalty for missing a gate and is out of the Olympics.
Had fallen almost two seconds behind Boukpeti and pushing hard, got caught in a drift down the eddy, meaning there was no way back. Good to see him smiling at the end but a sickener for one of the nicest guys in sport, who has had to endure a lot of agony (shoulder reconstruction for example) to make it here.
@Andrew He has been a brilliant ambassador for Ireland
Rain has stopped play in the tennis - there's a headline for you.
@Ger yeah but they must come off initially to cover the court and then regulate the temperatures etc....
It's a long way from the 31 degrees that had me scuttling around the huge Westfield Shopping Centre on the way into Olympic Park last Wednesday to buy some shorts!