Somali-born Briton Mo Farah wins gold in the men's 10,000m
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Watt misses out on gold
LONG JUMP: Australia's Mitchell Watt had to settle for silver in the men's long jump final after Great Britain's Greg Rutherford topped the field with an 8.31m effort.
Watt, who failed to score on three of his six jumps, produced an 8.16m on his last attempt and had a nervous wait before his medal was confirmed. Fellow Aussie Henry Frayne narrowly missed out on progressing to the final stage of the event.
Phelps gets one more for good measure
SWIMMING: Michael Phelps drew the curtains on his astonishing Olympic career with gold in the men's 4x100 medley relay alongside Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian. Phelps, who put the USA in the clear in the butterfly leg, finishes with 22 Olympic medals (18 of them gold) from three Games.
The Australian team of Hayden Stoeckel, Christian Sprenger, Matt Targett and James Magnussen took bronze behind the Japanese.
Meanwhile, Australia picked up silver behind the USA in the women's 4x100 medley relay. Leisel Jones, Alicia Coutts, Emily Seebohm and Melanie Schlanger were no match for the Americans, who broke yet another world record in the pool.
Coutts finishes with five medals in London, tying the Aussie record with Shane Gould (1972) and Ian Thorpe (2000), while Jones equals Thorpe's record for most career medals with nine.
In other results from the pool, China's Sun Yang broke his own world record to take gold in the men's 1500m freestyle, while Dutchwoman Ranomi Kromowidjojo set an Olympic record in the women's 50m freestyle.
Ennis brings the house down
HEPTATHLON: The Olympic Stadium erupted in cheers as local hero Jessica Ennis powered home in the 800m run to win gold in the women's heptathlon. Needing only a modest time to capture the event, Ennis crossed the finish line first in a time of 2:08.65 to send the 80,000-strong audience into ecstasy. The 26-year-old set a new British record of 6955 points, 327 clear of world champion Tatyana Chernova in second.
Farah's gold the cherry on top
ATHLETICS: Somali-born Briton Mo Farah wrapped up a big day for the hosts on the track with gold in the men's 10,000m final. Farah, who left war-torn Somalia for England as an eight-year-old, kicked past world record holder Kenenisa Bekele on the final lap to complete the best day for British athletics since 1908.
Meanwhile, Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce defended her women's 100m title in a time of 10.75sec, ahead of American Carmelita Jeter and teammate Veronica Campbell-Brown.
All of the usual suspects made it through the first round of heats for the men's 100m, with American Ryan Bailey (9.88sec) leading the way. Usain Bolt clocked a leisurely 10.08sec behind Jamaican teammates Yohan Blake (10.00sec) and Asafa Powell (10.04sec).
Finally, double amputee Oscar Pistorius made history by advancing to the men's 400m semi-finals. The South African, who was born without fibula bones and runs on carbon-fibre blades, placed second in his heat with a time of 45.44sec.
Aussie teen Steve Solomon, whose selection caused an outburst from overlooked teammate John Steffensen, won his heat in a personal best time of 45.18sec to also progress to the 400m semi-finals.
Serena pummels her way to gold
TENNIS: Serena Williams smashed Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-1 in the women's singles final to send another gold medal the way of the United States. Williams lost just 17 games in her six matches at the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Australia's tennis campaign came to a close as mixed doubles pair Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur fell in the quarterfinals to Andy Murray and Laura Robson. The British duo won 6-4 3-6 10-8.
Boomers seal up knockouts berth
BASKETBALL: Paddy Mills poured in 39 points as Australia smashed Great Britain 106-75, securing a place in the quarterfinals regardless of their result against Russia on Tuesday morning. The Boomers trailed by 10 points at half-time but were unstoppable in the final quarter, draining 40 points in 10 minutes to crush the hosts.
More medals at Eton Dorney
ROWING: Australia settled for silver behind Great Britain in the men's fours final, with Williams Lockwood, Drew Ginn, James Chapman and Josh Dunkley-Smith unable to catch the fast-starting Brits. Aussie Kim Crow took bronze in the women's single sculls behind Czech Miroslava Knapkova and Denmark's Fie Udby Erichsen.
Densham holds on for bronze
TRIATHLON: Australia's Erin Densham overcame a brutal sprint to the finish to take bronze in the women's triathlon behind Nicola Spirig (Switzerland) and Lisa Norden (Sweden). Fellow Aussie Emma Jackson finished in eighth place while Emma Moffat – who took bronze in Beijing – failed to finish after crashing in the bike leg.
Slingsby closes in on gold
SAILING: Australia may finally have a second gold medal on Monday thanks to Tom Slingsby, who is 14 points ahead in the men's laser class after a pair of victories overnight. The world champion needs to finish seventh or better in Monday's 10-boat finale to take the top prize.
Samuels doesn't make the grade
DISCUS: Australia's Dani Samuels was eliminated from the women's discus final in just three throws. The former world champion's best throw (60.4m) was two metres short of the required distance to move into the final eight. Croatia's Sandra Perkovic won gold with a 69.11m throw.
D'Arcy, Monk not heading home
Australian swimmers Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk have been discharged from the Olympic village but will be allowed to holiday in Europe with family and friends rather than return home.
Chef de mission Nick Green said earlier in the week the pair would be sent home on Saturday as planned, however that punishment has been relaxed after D'Arcy and Monk agreed to leave London and not return until the Olympics is concluded.
The pair attracted the ire of team bosses for a photo uploaded to Facebook that depicted them brandishing firearms at a shooting range in the USA.
I peed in pool, says Lochte
American swimmer Ryan Lochte has told a US radio station that he regularly relieved himself in the swimming pools at Olympic Park.
"I think there's just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go. (I didn't) during the races but I sure did in warm-up," Lochte said.
Lochte won five medals at the London Games, including two gold.
Collins kicked out for visiting wife
Former world champion sprinter Kim Collins will not compete in the men's 100m event after being caught visiting his wife in a hotel outside the Olympic village. Collins, who carried the flag for St. Kitts & Nevis, is said to have gone missing from camp several times in the past few days to see his spouse, infuriating team bosses.
"Even men in prison get their wives to visit," Collins bemoaned on Twitter.
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