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GB Eyes More Medals As Games Draw To Close
The London 2012 Olympic Games will end tonight with a spectacular musical finale - but first Britain will be chasing another gold medal.
Boxers Welshman Fred Evans and Anthony Joshua, from London, were hoping to emulate Luke Campbell who won the bantamweight title at the ExCeL arena last night.
First up this afternoon was Welshman Fred Evans who had to make do with silver after being outpointed in the men's† welterweight final by Kazakhstan's Serik Sapiyev.
On Saturday Mo Farah claimed Britain's 28th gold medal of London 2012 as he was roared on to a stunning victory in the 5,000m final.
It followed the 10,000m crown he won last week and topped off another great day for British athletes which also saw diver Tom Daley secure a bronze.
Farah, who made history as the seventh man to complete an Olympic long-distance double, slapped his head after crossing the finish line before striking his trademark "Mobot" victory pose as the Olympic Stadium erupted in delight.
Dedicating his twin gold medals to his unborn twin daughters, the 29-year-old said: "It's a dream and everything has worked out well. The crowd were amazing, they made an unbelievable noise."
After receiving his medal Farah posed with sprinter Usain Bolt, who earlier secured his third gold of the Games as the Jamaican team set a new world record in the 4x100 metres relay.
To the delight of the 80,000 spectators, the world's fastest man gave photographers his version of the Mobot, while the British sportsman mimicked the Jamaican's "Lightning Bolt" victory pose.
At the Aquatics Centre 18-year-old Daley said he was "over the moon" at taking bronze in the 10m men's platform dive.
His only regret was that his father Rob, who died of brain cancer last year, was not there to share the moment.
"It's really tough not having him here," Daley said. "I wish he was here to be honest, but I know he's not, and to make up for it all my family and friends are here."
Canoeist Ed McKeever, dubbed the "Usain Bolt of the water", got Saturday off to a perfect start when he stormed to victory in the 200m kayak sprint at Eton Dorney.
Three-times European champions Jon Schofield and Liam Heath added bronze in the two-man 200m sprint.
Britain now has 63 medals† - 28 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze, its best haul since 1908 - and stands third in the medal table behind the US and China.
London 2012 has been hailed as absolutely fabulous by the president of the International Olympic Committee. Jacques Rogge said he was very happy with the event and very grateful to the organisers for their efforts.
He also praised the transport system and the volunteers and military who had helped out. "The atmosphere was fantastic," he added.
The Olympics will climax with the closing ceremony tonight with Games organiser Lord Coe urging the nation to "party, party, party" when the musical extravaganza gets under way.
The handover from London 2012 to the Rio 2016 team will take place along with the extinguishing of the flame, signalling the end of the Games.
The closing ceremony - called A Symphony of British Music - will celebrate music as one of Britain's strongest cultural exports over the last 50 years.
Artistic director Kim Gavin said: "We want it to be the best after-show party there has ever been."
The two hour and 45-minute grand finale starts with Elgar and Waterloo Sunset at 9pm.
Pop stars expected to perform include George Michael, the Spice Girls, the Pet Shop Boys, The Who, Jessie J and Tinie Tempah.
Ben Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history after winning his fourth consecutive gold at Weymouth, will carry the flag for Team GB at the ceremony.
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Britain will be chasing more gold medals. Apart from two boxers it mentions the rest of this report is about yesterday!1
I've really enjoyed these Olympics, but why oh why, with the fantastic music that Britain has produced over the years, is that line up so utterly awful? REALLY??!!?
With the exception of The Who, of course. Oh and George Michael's pretty cool. But otherwise...
Where is Gary Barlow and Take That, I agree with Emma, we have produced some fantastic music over the years, why do we have to summer Tinie Tempah etc.
Yeah, I mean The Spice Girls? Jessie J?
It's understandable why Gary Barlow won't be there - but the rest of Take That could have been!
Gary Barlow is mourning the death of his baby girl. Have a heart!
I think the boxing judges watched a different fight than I did because I thought Anthony Joshua had less points and should have lost.
I agree, there is something wrong with the judges decisions.
The Italian should have won on points. Perhaps if there had been more rounds Joshua may have proved himself. This fight has left a doubt in my mind.
ermm - have we cracked time travel?
got it wrong again Orange - or should it be lemon???
Seems Orange are about 5 days behind the times.
............IM CONFUSED.........WHERE AM I, WHATS HAPPENING, IS THE LIMPICS STILL ON ????? WOW WE MIGHT SEE THE SPICE GIRLS, AND GM, AND WHO??? SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD SHOW, CANT WAIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thought it ended last week. orange!!!!"
still cant get the hang of this current news thing ORANGE .
Well, that's something to look forward to then!!
And this is the banner headline! Do Orange/Sky use smoke signals to convey news? Carrier pigeon perhaps?
The sport headline on orange email page is still for Wimbledon so I am not surprised to see this!!!!!!! Orange are in a black hole perhaps!!!
This is like getting the news via the magazines in the dentist's waiting room! Apparently, Winston Churchill has died, btw!
If they can't get this right then there's not a lot of hope for the rest of Orange services is there?
why is this back then?i thought the olympics finished days ago.