LiveLondon 2012 Olympics live coverage: Day 2

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Summary

  • Live coverage of the woman's road race
  • Updates on London's Olympians including judo, hockey, swimming and football
  • Weather reports
  • Traffic and travel
  • Leave your comments below, tweet using #LondonersGames or email olympics@london.newsquest.co.uk

5:27pm

5:24pm

A view of the Stadium, Orbit, Water Polo and Aquatic Centres from our man in the park Matt Bass

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Stratford Park London 2012 Olympics

5:12pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Despite the torrential rain Lizzie was leading as they came into Richmond Park

Thanks to Rose Barling who sent in this picture.

Rose said: "Despite the torrential rain Lizzie was leading as they came into Richmond Park."

4:53pm

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault at the Olympic shooting venue - click here for more.

4:38pm

 

4:32pm

4:19pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Lizzie Armitstead acknowledges crowd after receiving her silver medal

Lizzie Armitstead acknowledges crowd as she receives her silver medal

4:17pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Winners of Olympics women's road race

The winners of today's women's road race wait to take their places on the podium.

4:13pm

Rowing: Double delight as Hosking and Copeland streak into semi-finals - click here to read more.

Read Sophie Hosking's personal profile here.

3:47pm

NEWS FLASH: The British Olympic Association and UK Athletics announced this afternoon that marathon athlete Paula Radcliffe is being withdrawn from Team GB due to medical reasons.

Freya Murray is the reserve for the women’s marathon who will be nominated for the place.

3:45pm

3:42pm

After all the excitement, Kingston Bridge is now empty but the town center is still full of soggy people - many heading towards the train station.

Here's a clip of the action in Kingston not long ago

3:39pm

Team GB gets a silver thanks to the hard work of Elizabeth Armitstead but she just couldn't catch race winner Marianne Vos in the battle for the line.

3:33pm

3:13pm

Thunder and lighting welcomed cyclists over Kingston Bridge to massive cheers. Everyone is soaking and now rushing to leave. Great atmosphere though!

3:08pm

Water Polo star Sean King from West Wickham obviously has a keen following...

 

3:05pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Glen Periera , 43, and son Jannai, 10, from Kingston

Glen Periera, 43, and son Jannai, 10, from Kingston have got a great spot for the road race sitting on a wall near Kingston bridge.

Mr Periera said: "We came yesterday and didn't have a great view so got here much earlier today. Its a once in a lifetime chance to see this and I've got the Olympic fever now."

3:02pm

The crowds in Esher are drenched, but the cyclists have just passed by to a roar of excited cheers.

Very different scenes to yesterday and a lot wetter, but still a fantastic day. They are now headed towards the spectators waiting outside Hampton Court Palace.

2:57pm

2:54pm

Kingston Bridge is packed now and there's a real buzz in the air.

Cheers are going through crowds already and the bikes are nowhere to be seen yet!

2:51pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Kingston bridge Olympics women's road race

The crowd becomes excited as a motorbike comes over Kingston bridge thinking the cyclists are on the way.

Turns out, it was just a motorbike - still a while to go yet.

2:47pm

2:20pm

With just over an hour until the women's road race is due through Kingston. The crowds are growing and excitment is building but umbrellas are up again for yet another rain shower.

1:53pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Ida Whead, 81, from Tolworth

Ida Whead, 81, from Tolworth has already staked out a viewing spot on the course.

She is a former Kingston nurse, was here yesterday and has slept out for 6 royal weddings.

She said: "We have to support them all rain or shine whatever the weather. It was fantastic yesterday, just brilliant, I had to leave my husband at home and get here early, Im only tiny so need a good view."

1:43pm

Ellen Gandy is delighted after booking her place in the final of the women’s 100m butterfly at the Aquatics Centre tonight.

Bromley-born Gandy, who turns 21 just after the London Olympics, finished fifth in the second semi-final yesterday (July 28) in a time of 57.66secs, which saw her qualify seventh fastest for the medal race.

A World Championship silver medallist in the 200m event last year, Gandy will return to the pool tonight chasing Olympic glory.

Click here for the full interview with Ellen.

1:39pm

Olympic debutant Zara Phillips showed great promise with the 10-year-old High Kingdom to record a dressage score of 46.10 penalties at Greenwich today. Click here to read the full report.

1:22pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Spectators heading over Kingston Bridge for Olympics women's road race
Pouring with rain in Kingston now but spectators are still heading over Kingston Bridge to bag a good spot. Lots arriving on their bikes too.

1:09pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: The Olympics road race cyclists have passed through Weybridge to huge cheers.

The cyclists have passed through Weybridge to huge cheers. Travelling behind a police convoy, the atmosphere was fantastic.

Even the officers got into the spirit with whistles and high fives. Some even leant out windows to get the spectators cheering.

Some riders are removing their arm warmers now and the sun is trying to make a reappearance.

1:05pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Aurora Gray-Pearson, 20 months, on nanny Pat's shoulders.

Aurora Gray-Pearson, 20 months, on nanny Pat's shoulders.

Mrs Pearson said: "I think it's inspirational for the children, they are the future and it's just great.

"It's once in my lifetime, but she might get to see it again."

12:59pm

All Saints Church in Kingston are offering lots of food and drink today, cups of tea and these gold medal biscuits are going down a storm.

There is also a bouncy castle and games for the kids on the lawn.

All proceeds will go to the church with all stalls manned by volunteers.

Volunteer Hillary said: "Everything is wonderful, its going so well,  lots of people are coming down and we will be back on Wednesday for the time trials."

12:58pm

If a cyclist draws 13 as their race number, they will wear it upside down as it's believed to take away the bad luck.

If you have some interesting Olympics facts, comment below and we will add them into the blog.

12:49pm

12:46pm

Vicky and Steve Clark with four-year-old daughter Isobelle from Kingston.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Vicky and Steve Clark with four-year-old daughter Isobelle from Kingston.

They watched the mens race yesterday in Richmond park but are hoping for a better view of the women today.

Mr Clark said: "We just walked in, its right on our doorstep. It went past so quickly yesterday we didn't really see much so hopefully it will be better today."

Isobelle said: "I'm really excited."

12:36pm

Walton resident Matthew Hicks, 28, is in Weybridge for the second time this weekend to watch the cyclists power through the town.

The sun is shining again and the umbrellas are being cautiously put down.

Mr Hicks said: "The weather isn't great, but it's the Olympics, in Weybridge, and you don't get better that.

"I'm just looking forward to seeing the women in their tight outfits - that's worth getting out of bed for."

12:34pm

 

12:29pm

A little bit of rain is not enough to put off the volunteers on their second day on the race route.

As the thunder booms, they are still all smiles at one of Weybridge's crossing points.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: A little bit of rain is not enough to put off the volunteers on their second day on the race route.
As the thunder booms, they are still all smiles at one of Weybridge's crossing points.
Pic l-r Carol de Burca, Ian Pettitt, Alan Spelling.

L to R: Carol de Burca, Ian Pettitt, Alan Spelling.

12:27pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Maltese terrier Buddy has donned a patriotic bow tie for today's Olympic cycling event.
He and owner Anita Whiting have a perfect viewing spot for the race at Hanger Hill, in Weybridge.

Maltese terrier Buddy has donned a patriotic bow tie for today's Olympic cycling event.

He and owner Anita Whiting have a perfect viewing spot for the race at Hanger Hill, in Weybridge.

12:25pm

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Kingston waiting for Olympics women's road race

With three hours to go Kingston is fairly quiet but at least the sun has come back out. Go Kingston volunteers are welcoming visitors at the station and are dotted around town giving out maps and information.

The same cannot be said for Walton though where it is pouring with rain.

12:14pm

The women's road race has just passed over Putney Bridge and a quick wheel change for Emma Pooley who had a flat back tyre.

12:07pm

Greenwich weightlifter is having some 'me' time before tomorrow's event...

12:05pm

And they're off!

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Olympics women's road race starting at The Mall

The women head off from The Mall at the start of the second road race of the weekend.

12:02pm

The women's road race is underway in the next few minutes - let us know where you're watching it and send us your pictures.

Get in touch by leaving your comments below, tweet us with #RoadRace or email olympics@london.newsquest.co.uk

11:53am

Crystal Palace handballer Kathryn Fudge still upbeat after Olympics defeat - Click here to find out what she had to say about last night's Group A opener against Montenegro.

11:33am

Go Team GB!

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Team GB women's road race

11:20am

And our reporter is packed and ready for the road race travelling through Kingston today...

 

11:17am

If you're new to handball perhaps you should check it out...

10:36am

The clouds are starting to move in over south west London now - keep an eye on the weather if you're off to the road race today...

10:32am

10:31am

Janine Sandell was delighted to come ‘home’ to London - here she speaks about Team GB's spirited defeat in yesterday's vollyball .

10:25am

10:14am

There was good news in the women's football last night though with Team GB booking their place in the quarter-finals with a comfortable win over Cameroon. If you missed the action read our report on the victory here.

9:46am

Team GB women’s first ever Olympic handball match ended in defeat as they lost out 31-19 to Montenegro in the Copper Box.

Read the full match report here

9:34am

 

9:31am

This evening we will be cheering on Bromley swimmer Ellen Gandy in the final of the 100m butterfly - and you can read the full report of Ellen's performance in last night's semi final's here.

9:14am

Southeastern have issued London Bridge rail passengers some advice when travelling today and tomorrow. Click here to read the full report.

9:06am

The weather forecast is not as bright as yesterday and looks to be quite an unsettled day. They've even predicted... dare I say it... rain.

8:59am

This morning we'll also be cheering on Dartford's Sophie Cox in the judo - look out for her at around 9.44am.

8:56am

Today's the women's turn in the road race. They get going at midday - let's hope Team GB can do better than yesterday.

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