Olympics Day Four

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  • Sturminster Newton's William Fox-Pitt is gunning for Dorset's first gold medal of the Games today. The three-day eventer is part of the Great Britain squad aiming to secure Team Eventing gold and they are nicely placed in the silver medal position ahead of the showjumping today.
  • Elsewhere, Poole's Dan Hunter will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former Wessex team-mate Lucy Wicks when Team GB's volleyball men clash with Australia at 8pm. Wicks and the women secured the nation's first ever Olympic volleyball win by beating Algeria in the early hours of this morning.
  • Sailors Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor go in the fifth and sixth races of the Elliot 6m class, while Sherborne's Andrew Simpson (Star) and Lymington's Ben Ainslie (Finn) are involved in races five and six of their classes down in Weymouth.
  • In handball, Bournemouth's John Pearce and Sway's Dan McMillan are with Team GB as they prepare to take on Sweden in the Copper Box at 2.30pm.
  • And in beach volleyball, Poole's Zara Dampney and team-mate Shauna Mullin will be looking to build on Sunday's maiden win over Canada when they take on Italy at 5.30pm on Horse Guards Parade.

9:21pm

All over at Earls Court... Aussies take the third set 25-20 and wrap up a 3-0 win. GB and Hunter did well but the Aussies very strong.

We'll be back tomorrow for a slightly less hectic day, featuring Lucy Wicks and the GB women's volleyball team and some more match racing from 'MacLush'....

8:51pm

The Aussies take the second set 25-18.... Look very good.

8:23pm

Australia take the opening set against Hunter's Team GB 25-15....

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8:00pm

Poole's Dan Hunter on court now for Team GB vs Australia men's volleyball....

6:08pm

Italy take the second set and the match 2-0.... Always a big ask for Dampney and Mullin, but played well.

5:51pm

Dampney and Mullin lose the opening set against Italy.... Very close throughout.

5:30pm

Superb atmosphere at Horse Guards Parade.... A great venue.

5:15pm

Poole's Zara Dampney and team-mate Shauna Mullin next up on Horse Guards Parade in the women's beach volleyball. They take on Italy.

Then, Poole's Dan Hunter will be in action for GB men's volleyball team against Australia at 8pm tonight.

4:54pm

That result puts 'MacLush' up to fourth equal in the standings with a 66 per cent win ratio.... All looking good for them and the quarter-finals.

4:50pm

YES! The Poole girls turn it around again and beat the French by six seconds! Superb from 'MacLush.....' That's two wins from two today and they will feel much happier.

4:45pm

It's gone back the other way: The French crew now lead by five seconds at the third mark..... :(

4:40pm

They've turned it around!! 'MacLush' now lead by three seconds at the second mark!

4:36pm

France lead the Britain match racing girls by seven seconds at the first mark....

4:25pm

The Poole match racing girls are about to take to the water in their second race of the day against France.....

3:58pm

McMillan, Pearce and the British handball team beaten 41-19 by Sweden....

3:26pm

To confirm, Percy and Simpson were second in Star race six, with the Brazilians taking the win.

3:20pm

Bournemouth's John Pearce and Sway's Dan McMillan in action in the Copper Box right now as GB take on Sweden in the men's handball.... Latest score in the second half is Sweden 25-10 Britain.

2:59pm

Percy and Simpson back up to second, and in front of the Brazilians, after rounding the third mark in the Star class....

2:53pm

Poole's match racers win their fifth class race, this time against Finland, by seven seconds..... 

2:49pm

The match racers leading by six seconds at the third mark...... 

2:47pm

Ben Ainslie finishes fifth in the sixth Finn race, with Hogh-Christensen in second.... The Dane now leads the home favourite by an amazing 12 points in the overall standings and Ainslie faces a monumental task to defend his Olympic title.

2:46pm

'MacLush' extend their lead to 10 seconds at the second mark... Looking good.

2:43pm

'MacLush' leading Finland by small margin at the first mark in the match racing, which has just got under way

2:40pm

Ainslie now back in fifth at the fourth mark in the Finn race, with Hogh-Christensen up to second. Ainslie needs to do something here.....

2:40pm

Percy and Simpson slip back to fifth in the Star class's sixth race at the third mark and have been passed by the Brazilians.... As it stands, now just three points between the two crews!

2:28pm

'MacLush' about to get under way in the Elliott 6m match racing against Finland... Important day for the Poole trio

2:27pm

Simpson and Percy remain third at the second mark in race six of the Star....

2:23pm

Wow! Ainslie up to third with Hogh-Christensen in fourth at the third mark in the Finn class.... Much better from the Lymington man

2:22pm

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are third at the first mark of race six in the Star....

2:13pm

Ainslie sixth at the second mark with Hogh-Christensen remaining in fourth....

2:10pm

Ben Ainslie seventh at the first mark, with the Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen in fourth.... Ainslie really needs to better the class leader's result here.

2:05pm

Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy now under way in the second Star class race of the day... All go!

1:53pm

Ben Ainslie is about to get under way in the second Finn race of the day. Quite frankly, he needs the Dane to have an absolute nightmare here.....

1:52pm

"Equestrian" is now the top trending topic on Twitter.... 

1:32pm

Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy win race five of the Star class..... Now five points clear of Brazil in the overall standings

1:24pm

At the third mark in the Star clas, Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy have extended their lead..... Looking very good for the duo.

1:09pm

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are now leading race five in the Star class after rounding the second mark....

1:08pm

Ben Ainslie fourth in race five of the Finn class.......

1:06pm

12:58pm

Ben Ainslie now fifth at the fourth mark in the Finn class.... The Lymington man continues to struggle and that gold medal is slipping away if the Dane keeps winning races.

12:55pm

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson now leading at the second mark in the Star class.....

12:53pm

SILVER MEDAL FOR FOX-PITT AND TEAM GB IN THE EVENTING!

12:49pm

Just the Swedish rider to go, and then Kristina Cook will complete her showjumping round in a bid to win Team GB and William Fox-Pitt a silver medal....

12:47pm

Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy are third in race five of the Star at the first mark.....

12:41pm

Ainslie now fourth at the third mark.... The Dane, who is leading the standings by miles, is leading the race.

12:34pm

Ben Ainslie third as they round the second mark in race five of the Finn class

12:23pm

Germany take the team eventing gold after Michael Jung goes clear in the showjumping.... Britain hoping to hold on to silver

12:20pm

Great round from Mary King - Fox-Pitt and Team GB now well on course for a silver medal in the team eventing!

12:09pm

Ben Ainslie under way in the Finn class now (race five)

12:03pm

Bournemouth Echo: William Fox-Pitt in action during the showjumping phase of the three-day event

William Fox-Pitt in action on Lionheart during the showjumping at Greenwich Park this morning

12:01pm

Race five of the Finn class is delayed down in Weymouth

11:55am

Ben Ainslie due out shortly in race five of the Finn class (12.10pm), but first it is Sherborne's Andrew Simpson and skipper Iain Percy in the Star class (12pm).

The Poole match race girls are out against Finland at 2.35pm and then against France at 4.30pm.

11:03am

Fox-Pitt top of the individual rankings after the first round of jumping. That will change but was a great round from the Sturminster Newton man.

11:01am

SENSATIONAL! A double-clear for Fox-Pitt but just outside the time.... Superb stuff from Fox-Pitt!

11:00am

Fox-Pitt doing his Showjumping round now....

10:42am

Eventing showjumping now under way at Greenwich Park....

10:02am

9:53am

Bournemouth Echo: Great Britain fans waiting for the action to begin at Greenwich Park on day four of the equestrian competition

Eventing fans waiting for the action to start this morning as William Fox-Pitt and the GB equestrian team go for gold at Greenwich Park.

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Good morning and welcome to day four of the London 2012 Olympics.... could have Dorset medal action today via William Fox-Pitt so it promises to be an exciting day.

Lucy Wicks was understandably delighted after GB's female volleyball team notched their first ever Olympic win last night.... It was a late finish and Lucy was up tweeting until 4am!

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