1918: Nicely said, ML. More to follow on Oscar Pistorius in a few moments, for sure. As for Liu Xiang, the Chinese 110m hurdler is supposed to get going in round one on Tuesday. But he is being bothered by a foot injury, according to some reports.
1928: That is a first gold medal of London 2012 for Iran and it is five-time world champion Hamid Soryan who has delivered for his country in the Greco-Roman Wrestling competition. Soryan makes up for Beijing four years ago when he lost in the quarterfinals.
1947: Well that didn't take long. 9.82 seconds for USA's Justin Gatlin to be precise. Asafa Powell got off to a flier but faded and finished third in 9.94 with Netherlands' Churandy Martina second. Remember it's two fastest from each heat plus two fastest losers that qualify for the 9.50pm Final.
1952: Almost ready for the second of three Men's 100m Semifinals. Recognise any of these boys?
1954: Bolt, Bolt, Bolt, Bolt, Bolt. Have some of that, pretenders to the throne. The great man is not going to give up his crown easily. Usain Bolt just ran 9.87 and I'm not kidding, he's barely even running for the last 30 meters. USA's Ryan Bailey is second and qualifies for the final. Jeez.
2000: Running order for the third of the Men's 100m Semifinals:
2137: Stunning performance from the Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi, who wins the Men's 3000m Steeplechase in a time of 8:18.56, with France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad getting silver and Kenya's Abel Kiprop Mutai taking home bronze.
2140: We're 10 minutes away from the Men's 100m Final. If you're not at least a little bit excited about this race, there's a big possibility you don't actually belong on Planet Earth. Hit me with some last-gasp thoughts...
2148: Men's 100m Final lane line-up:
2 Richard Thompson TRI
3 Asafa Powell JAM
4 Tyson Gay USA
5 Yohan Blake JAM
6 Justin Gatlin USA
7 Usain Bolt JAM
8 Ryan Bailey USA
9 Churundy Martina NED
2150: We're about a minute away from getting under way in the Men's 100m Final. Approximately two billion people are thought to be watching this race. Usain Bolt's name gets a stunning ovation inside the Olympic Stadium. He's all smiles.
2151: They're on their blocks...
1046: More tears on the athletics track. Jamaican ones. More of that in a sec. But the heats are over for the women’s 100m hurdles. (Semis and final are on Tuesday night). GB’s Jessica Ennis pulled out due to a bit of a lie-in. (I made that up by the way but after winning the heptathlon she's taking a well-earned rest.) The heats began and ended with tears. The first race had Rahamatou Drame of Mali red-carded for fale-starting.
Heat 1 - Belarusian Alina Talay wins in 12.71 seconds.
Heat 2 – Austrian Beate Schrott wins in 13.09
Heat 3 - American Kellie Wells storms through in 12.69s
Heat 4 – Hard work but American and reigning Olympic champ Dawn Harper goes through behind Turkey’s Nevin Yanit (12.70). Ireland’s Derval O’Rourke is fourth and may go through as a fastest loser.
Heat 5 - LOOK HERE ALL AUSSIES. Sally Pearson lays down a massive marker with the quickest time of 12.57s. She looks good for gold.
Heat 6 – American Lolo Jones eases through in 12.68. But there's heartache for Jamaican Brigitte Foster-Hylton after hobbling over the line. She's out. Big shock and more waterworks.
1100:Ok, look speaking of Aussie comebacks I’ve got a confession to make. I’m one of them. One of the downtrodden from Down Under languishing at number 24 on the medal tally. I mean, we finished SIXTH in Beijing. So why the sluggish start in 2012? Any thoughts?
1103:The Women’s Table Tennis Semifinals are in full swing over at the ExCel Centre. China’s Ding Ning has taken the first two sets against South Korea’s Kim Kyungah. Now she looks set to claim the third, leading 8-3...
1114: Sprint, jog, sprint, run, stroll? Doing the two laps in the 800m...it's a grueller, a gut-buster...and the opening round for the men has begun in the Olympic Stadium. Any athletes out there who has insight into 800m tactics?
Danny. Danny. Danny. We were getting on so well. My hockey chat was a quick summary of things. Apologies for not providing more immediate context. A recap then - New Zealand are into the women's hockey semi-finals - but the goalless draw meant 2004 champions Germany cannot win a medal.
1306: DING DONG PING PONG. Amazing scenes in the table tennis where Japan are guaranteed their first ever medal in the event. And the heroes? Ai Fukuhara, Kasumi Ishikawa and Sayaka Hirano are through to the final of the women's team after beating Sinagpore 3-0. brilliant. Their opponents on Tuesday? It will be China after their 3-0 win over Singapore.