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6:41am Saturday 28th July 2012 in Latest News
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So a good win for the women's Team GB footballers, 3-0 against Cameroon. No game time for Rafferty but Hope Powell will be happy.
We will have our fingers crossed tonight for the Team GB women's football team. Let's hope their good form continues and they can beat Cameroon at the Millennium Stadium.
Great Britain women's coach, Hope Powell, hails from Lewisham and also played for Millwall Lionesses and Croydon.
Orpington born Claire Rafferty is on the bench tonight but lets hope she's brought on and scores the winner!
And here are the winners. They aren't waiting for the bus home, they are about to collect their medals.
Veronica Williams was impressed by the athletes' speed during the race.
The 30-year-old mother of two from Potters Grove, New Malden, said: "It is very speedy, you only see them for a couple of seconds but we got to the front in the end so it was really nice for the children."
Daughter Katie, five, added: "I liked it - it was exciting."
And brother Henry, three, chipped in: "It was exciting when they went under the tunnel."
One family has caught the buzz as predicted.
The Ellis family spent the morning in Hampton Court before moving on to Kingston.
Mandy Ellis, 50, from Berrylands, said: "It was great and worth every bit of the wait.
"Maybe a big screen in town would have been good or a warmer up for the crowd [but either way] it was fantastic.
"We've definitely got the Olympic bug."
And in the vollyball, it's a whitewash for Team GB in their first game:
Great Britain 0 - 3 Russia
Former Richmond resident Kathy spent the day in Richmond Park. She said: "I was sat on the mound and all the cars and bikes went past. It was good, a very exciting atmosphere. The park is brilliant but to see it like this is brilliant. Unbelievable."
Christine Fleming has been reporting from Kingston today. She says the station is fine, trains are running on time and it does not seem too overcrowded.
High praise must go to the organisers in all the areas. Locog must be very pleased with how this has gone. Let's hope the support for the women's cycling tomorrow is as good. Lets see if spectators have caught the bug!
Here they come through Kingston in the final stages of the road race.
RT to show your support for @TeamGB in their pursuit of medals & their dreams, this is London 2012 & they are #OurGreatestTeam #TeamGBScarf— @TeamGB 27 July 2012
So no British medal winners in the cycling either:
Gold: Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan
Silver: Rigoberto Uran Uran of Colombia
Bronze: Alexander Kristoff of Norway
As crowds in Richmond Park were huddled around radios to hear what was happening, Kingston's crowds dispersed quickly and calmly after seeing the competitors come through.
A wonderful event - just a shame Cavendish could not get there.
Great scenes as the cyclists come across Kingston bridge. A really pretty route selection and a great advert for London and Surrey.
Nasty crash in Richmond Park after cyclist misjudged the corner. Looked painful.
Angela Gambril was on the corner when the then leader went down. She said: "They all came round the corner and he was right at the front but he came round the corner too quickly. It looked like he hurt his shoulder."
There are Mexican waves in Putney High Street adding to the exciting atmosphere. Looks like the cyclists will appear a little later than estimated.
Here they come! Exciting scenes in Esher but the Brits need to move.
VOLLYBALL: Team GB women are one set down to Russia at the moment and trailing by three points in the second.
Cycling stalwart Des Kay, from Kingston, has been keeping the crowds entertained in Richmond Park.
He said: "I have just been through the park and have been in the road a couple of times. People are clapping and you're treated like royalty.
The gap is 57 secs now. Gameplan still working. But the Brits have done so much work, do they have enough for the predicted sprint finish?— @londonersgames 28 July 2012
The GB cyclists, lurking at the front of the second group, are like terminators on two wheels. A little unnerving!— @PogalJoners 28 July 2012
Cyclists due in Esher and across the area in minutes. They are flying! Come on Team GB!
Rumours in the press box that this might be the biggest crowd ever at an Olympic event. #roadrace #5deep— @matthewcpinsent 28 July 2012
One group who can not wait for the cyclists to arrive are Sarah Cocks, 23, of Hinchley Wood, Rob Phillips, 31, of Surbiton Road, Kingston, and Sarah Barratt-Brown, 28, of Chalk Farm.
The trio have already seen the torch pass through London and said they would be going to any and all events they can.
Mr Phillips, who works with Olympic sponsor Visa, said: "We are going to go to every single event we can. The olympics are fantastic."
Miss Cocks added: "It wasn't until i watched the opening ceremony which was really good that I got excited - we even went out and bought these flags especially."
A safety steward in a yellow high visibility jacket is telling people they can not sit on the wall by the bend after Kingston bridge.
Not surprisingly people are not moving after all they staked out their prime spots hours ago and they only have to hold their ground for another half an hour.
Esher is buzzing. People are lining the road with flags, whistles and bunting.
There is a great feeling among everyone as they await the arrival of Team GB and their fellow athletes.
No sign of them yet, but they are due imminently
On Esher high street waiting for #2012LondonOlympics cycle ride— @Zed_M 28 July 2012
Waiting for the #cycling to pedal through Esher. Go team GB!— @PrivateCellar 28 July 2012
In esher waiting for the cycle raceeee(y) #london2012— @catherined_30 28 July 2012
Great atmosphere here in Esher, where I'm waiting for the road race to go by #paolympics— @PAlaurenturner 28 July 2012
Esher Green is getting into the spirit of things in true British fashion. Picnic blankets out and chilled beers to watch the events on the giant screen put up especially for the races.
Cyclists are due through Esher at 3.05pm, but who will be up in front?
Kingston bridge is filling up fast and there is a hushed murmur of excitement among the crowd, especially as Team GB are riding what appears to be a perfect race so far.
Judging by the bikes I'd say the cycling contingent has certainly arrived in Kingston.
Team GB weightlifters Jack Oliver and Zoe Smith from south east London are looking to the future - read the full article here .
Richmond Council has tweeted that cyclists are back on schedule, sorry about that, but I'd be there in good time anyway just to be sure.
Race on schedule! Due to re-enter the borough around 3.30pm. Come on GB! #London2012— @LBRUT 28 July 2012
Anyone after a detailed map of the Kingston leg of the Olympic cycle route should head to outside John Lewis where members of the Kingstonfirst team are handing them out for free.
All roads are now open from the Star and Garter, through Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington, although Bushy Park and Hampton Court are still closed, awaiting the cyclists' return.
Organisers in Kingston are telling people the cyclists may be 30 minutes earlier than anticipated, so take up your positions soon!
Once the cyclists are finished with the Box Hill circuit they will be zooming back into our areas. Below are a list of approximate times, but get there early to avoid disappointment.
Esher - 3.05pm
Hampton Court Palace - 3.10pm
Kingston Upon Thames - 3.15pm
Richmond Park - 3.20pm
Putney Bridge - 3.30pm
Fulham - 3.35pm
The Mall - FINISH 3.40pm
Mexican Angelica Camacho, left, who lives in Walton, and friend Marisol Lecuona, who is on holiday from Mexico City. Miss Camacho said: "I'm from Mexico so I wanted to cheer them on. "We only have one cyclist in the race and he was in the middle. "The atmosphere was amazing, everyone was very friendly. "I feel very excited for the games no and feel very patriotic."
@andrewthodge good luck to you and the rest of the @MoleseyBoatClub boys #london2012 #LondonersGames— @ealingroad 28 July 2012
An exhibition at Putney library in Disraeli Road is showcasing evidence of the area’s rich cycling history coinciding with the Olympics road race passing through the town.
This old photograph is from when Putney had its own velodrome situated between Hotham Road and Landford Road. Also on display is one of the veledromes programs dated 1896.
Ewan Wickham, 13, and sister Amy, 11, after the race came through Walton.
He said: "I thought it was fantastic. It was very fast as well.
"It looked like all of GB at the front.
"I'm watching the women's tomorrow as well.
"I'm going to watch the Olympics on TV but it's amazing to have it on your door step."
Here are some more people who helped make it happen.
Volunteers left to right: Geoff Thomas, Linda Robson, Stephen Moulds and David Holman.
Linda Robson, who is six months pregnant, was in the middle of a road behind a bollard as the cyclists stormed through.
She said: "I race myself and do iron man across Europe and rely on volunteers, so I wanted to do it during the Games.
"It was lovely to be in the middle of the cyclists. They came right past me because I was literally in the road.
"The cars came through first, and then the bikes at the same time and speed, which shows how fast they go. It was incredible."
Much like the opening ceremony last night, it's the hard work and dedication of people involved in the Games that make them so great.
Spelthorne Sergeant Josh Parish could not watch the race in Walton because he had to keep an eye on the crowd.
He said: "It was a once in a lifetime experience. I had to turn my back on the race to watch the crowd for threats and wasn't allowed to watch it.
"I don't finish until 7pm or 8pm so I won't be able to watch it on the TV either.
"It was a great atmosphere though and it's a lovely town to watch it in."
Nerves didn't get the better of Bromley's Ellen Gandy and she's through to the 100m butterfly semi final. Click here for the full report.
Kelly Edwards loses to Fukumi of Japan - but left arena with big smile on her face, greeted by flag-waving fans. Great atmos at the #judo..— @EllyOldroyd 28 July 2012
Anyone looking for examples of how best to celebrate the Olympics need look no further than Richmond, where hordes of people are brandishing beers, enjoying some food and waiting for the race to return.
Picnics are the order of the day and people have come prepared with step ladders, tents and blankets.
Can we do it all again tomorrow? Yes we can.
Good news! Both Fran Halsall (eighth overall) and Ellen Gandy (ninth overall) are through to tonight's semi final! #Swimming— @TeamGB 28 July 2012
Natalia Sheppard wins an epic against fellow Brit Sophie Troiano, Leading 10-9 with seven seconds left she scores two quick hits to win 12-9— @danscho1 28 July 2012
The crowds have just gone crazy for the cyclists in Walton. Small group of front runners, and the rest followed en masse a few minutes later. Incredible atmosphere and a wonder to behold.
The road race got off to a sunny start... Read more here
The cyclists are in Elmbridge, the helicopter is near Walton and spectators can hear announcements. They're getting close!
Great shot of the cyclists going though Putney
Dog on the route in Richmond, but thankfully nobody was affected. That could have been nasty.
The cyclists zoomed through Richmond Park and people are now leaving almost as quickly, either to enjoy the rest of the day or find another vantage point for later.
Bushy Park looked beautiful on television.
In Walton people are getting very excited, watching from car parks, balconies, shop rooftops and even from the top of a church spire.
Crowds in Richmond Park are doing London and Britain proud. Loads of enthusiasm and people have really made an effort to cheer them on! Small bottleneck at Richmond Gate, but no one seems to mind too much.
Road race leaders pass through Putney
Cyclists have been spotted in Richmond Park. I'm not convinced these are the Olympians though...
Team GB cyclists before the start of the road race - massice cheers for the Brits obviously.
Ambulance escorted through Walton. Do not forget to check road closures or leave your cars at home. Access is for emergency vehicles only down the route.
Games Maker Michael Foster, said he was "blown away" by the ceremony and felt "proud to British"
Putney has never seen anything like it. People are calling this The Tour de Putney. But all talk is of last nights "incredible" ceremony.
Team vehicles passing through Putney High Street, finalising tactics and strategy.
Spectators are three deep in Richmond Park now. Crowds are cheering police cyclists and motorcyclists, with one rogue cyclist tailing behind and high fiving those on the route for his own taste of Olympic glory.
The cyclists are off, and here's our view from a multi-storey car park in Walton.
Other crafty spectators have nabbed the top storey of one of the car parks to use as a viewing point.
The official start in the Mall is just two minutes away from here in Putney... flags are out and excitement mounts.
Here's a brief view of Richmond Park as spectators arrive to watch the road race.
Kelly Edwards will be taking part in the Judo shortly - click here to read her profile.
In Walton, Charlotte, 17, Debbie, 39, and Molly Read, 14.
Charlotte, fresh back from guide camp, said she was exhausted from guiding activities but could not miss the race.
She said: "It's quite a big deal having it in Walton. The opening ceremony was amazing, it really spurs you on to come and see it. We normally just watch at home on the TV, but we had to come down."
Thousands of people already lining the streets in Putney awaiting the mens road race.
Is it possible to be hungover from excitement? Cause I think I am. Thank actual God for bacon, the one thing keeping me awake right now.— @ZoePabloSmith 28 July 2012
The bunting is out at the Heart in Walton but the crowds are thin at the moment. Still just over an hour until Cavendish shows up, so plenty of time for everyone to arrive.
Parking at the Heart is open as normal for all those able to drive, although it is recommended people leave their cars at home.
Tim and Kat Hutton came down from Hertfordshire for the day and are leaving this evening.
Mr Hutton said: "We bought the sunglasses for an Olympics party three weeks ago.
"We didn't get any tickets so I guess had it not been for the Tour de France we wouldn't have come today. Thought we'd dip out toes in."
Tanks for all the good luck messages! Now ready to start the Olympics. Match tonight against Montenegro!— @NinaHeglund 28 July 2012
It seems the cycling fan's alarms have gone off now after last night's spectacular late night finish and people are all of a sudden streaming into Richmond Park by bike and on foot.
Reporter Rachel Bishop said excitement is building as people traverse the park to find a prime position.
There are a couple of hundred people in Richmond Park at the moment but it's all very spread out so there's still time to get a top spot!
From front to back: Clive Grimshaw, Emma Mckniff, James Clark-Grimshaw and Amanda, Derek and Karen Grimshaw.
Clive Grimshaw has picked up a prime position after arriving at 5.45am.
Clive said: "We are from Yorkshire and we stayed in Norfolk.
"We didn't know how many people would be here. We've come just for the day. It's the only way we could be involved in the Olympics and get to see what we want to see."
Rachel Bishop is in Richmond Park, where crowds are slowly building. Fifty thousand people are expected there today and tomorrow to watch the man's and women's road races.
The atmosphere is building inside Excel #Judo #london2012 http://t.co/KZXVK3wN— @BritishJudo 28 July 2012
Mark Cavendish presents Team GB with their first realistic chance of a gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games when the Olympic Road Race takes place today over a challenging 250-kilometre course.
World champion Cavendish is the pre-race favourite for a medal with the course well suited to his sprinting style.
The race begins at 10am, and depending on the pace is expected to finish on The Mall around 4.15pm.
The riders will take in nine circuits of a 15.5-kilometre which features the tough climb of Box Hill, and is the longest course ever used for the Olympic Road Race.
In case there is anyone in the country who did miss it - here's a round-up of last night's opening ceremony.
Club Captain of Molesey Boat Club, Andrew Triggs-Hodge is feeling the love this morning...
Walking into Dorney on 1st raceday with all supporters.Talk about being 60 million strong!I'm standing on the shoulders of a giant nation!— @andrewthodge 28 July 2012
LATE qualifier Nicola Wilson will be the first of the Team GB eventing team to compete. She had some nice things to say about Greenwich Park.
Thousands enjoyed the Olympic opening ceremony party on Blackheath Common last night. Click here to read more...
RT @ArethaThrows: Day 2 in the village another husky Janine Sandell #dawgsinlondon http://t.co/IT0aQeSN— @wapio3021 27 July 2012
The Olympics are a great way of reminding myself of all the countries that I didn't know existed.— @VINNYGUADAGNINO 28 July 2012
And if you're not interested in sport, Vinny has a different reason you might be interested in the Games.
The spectacular of last night's opening ceremony has hopefully got everyone into the spirit of things.
Loads going on today - the men's road race kicks off at 10am and you can also catch a bit of Judo, swimming, volleyball and rowing to name but a few.
Let us know what you'll be watching in the comments below and we'll feature a selection in the blog.