The athletics finally kicked off yesterday and the 80.000 strong home crowd immediately had something to cheer about. Jessica Ennis participates in the heptathlon and she ran a super fast 100m hurdles. Other top stories were the epic semi-final battles in the tennis with Roger Federer’s game against Del Potro taking a mighty four and a half hours to get a winner. In the other semi-final British player Murray overcame Djokovic and he will play Federer for the gold. The swimming is coming to an end but not before another wonder swim by a youngster. 15-Year-old Katie Ledecky crushed local hearts by destroying the 800m freestyle field and leaving Britain’s darling Rebecca Adlington picking up a bronze instead of the hoped gold.
On a side note; the USA swim coaches accused 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen of being on performance enhancing drugs, cause there was no way she could swim that fast. I wonder what they’ll say about Ledecky after her stunning performance. And after the gold was in the bag British cyclist Hindes admitted he fell over on purpose to force a restart, is this not in the spirit of the games either, just like the badminton frauds? [50 photos total]

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Britain's Christopher Sherrington celebrates winning his men's +100kg elimination round of 32 judo match against Australia's Jake Andrewartha at the London 2012 Olympic Games (TORU HANAI/REUTERS) #
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Iraq's Safaa Al-Jumaili falls after failed attempt on the on the men's 85Kg group B weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Jack Green wears different coloured shoes as he starts his men's 400m hurdles round 1 event at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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Athletes compete in their women's 400m heat during the London 2012 Olympics Games at the Olympic Stadium (PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI/REUTERS) #
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Officials stand next to remote controlled car during men's hammer throw qualification at London 2012 Olympic Games (MAX ROSSI/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Valentino celebrates after defeating Britain's Taylor in their Men's Light (60kg) Round of 16 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MURAD SEZER/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins celebrate winning women's double sculls final A at London 2012 Olympic Games (BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS) #
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Jessica Ennis of Britain competes in her women's heptathlon 100m hurdles heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Jonathan Erdmann digs the ball against Czech Republic's Premysl Kubala and Petr Benes during their men's lucky loser beach volleyball match at Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Guam's Ricardo Blas Jr. looks up after winning his men's +100kg elimination round of 32 judo match against Guinea's Facinet Keita at the London 2012 Olympic Games (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Natallia Dobrynska of Ukraine, leads the field as she competes in her women's heptathlon 100m hurdles heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Oman's Shinoona Salah al-Habsi and Yemen's Fatima Sulaiman Dahman walk off the track with Andora's Cristina Llovera after their women's 100m preliminary at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS) #
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Athletes compete in the men's 400m hurdles heats as the Olympic flame burns during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (MAX ROSSI/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Ogogo celebrates winning his match against the Ukraine's Khytrov in the Men's Middle (75kg) Round of 16 boxing match during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MURAD SEZER/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Aliya Mustafina warms up before competing in the balance beam during the women's individual all-around gymnastics final in London (MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS) #
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Czech Republic's Hlavackova and Hradecka celebrate after defeating Huber and Raymond of the U.S. in their women's doubles semi-final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games (ADREES LATIF/REUTERS) #
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Athletes compete in their men's 3000m steeplechase heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (MAX ROSSI/REUTERS) #
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Belarus' Ihar Makarau fights against Cuba's Oscar Brayson during their men's +100kg repechage judo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games (KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS) #
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Athletes compete in the men's 3000m steeplechase round 1 heat in the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Legs of Canada's James Steacy are pictured during men's hammer throw qualification at London 2012 Olympic Games (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Gold medallist Eric Murray celebrates during the medals ceremony after winning the Men's Pair Final event during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Cuba's Leuris Pupo celebrates his gold medal won in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol shooting event at the London 2012 Olympic Games (SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS) #
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Brazil's Rafael Silva fights with South Korea's Kim Sung-min during their men's +100kg bronze medal judo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games (KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS) #
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An aerial view shows the Beach volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Park (JEFF J MITCHELL/REUTERS) #
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Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after defeating compatriot Kirilenko in their women's singles tennis semi-final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games (ADREES LATIF/REUTERS) #
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Netherlands' Ellen van Dijk looks around before the track cycling events at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (PAUL HANNA/REUTERS) #
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New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale celebrates winning gold in the men's rowing single sculls final during the London 2012 Olympic Games (JIM YOUNG/REUTERS) #
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Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France and gold medallist in the men's time trial, attends the track cycling events at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS) #
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Switzerland's Federer celebrates after winning his men's singles tennis semi-final match against Argentina's del Potro at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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New Zealand's goalkeeper Bindon is unconscious after USA's Morgan smashed her left knee into Bindon's head during their women's quarter final soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park in Newcastle (NIGEL RODDIS/REUTERS) #
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Egypt's Khalil K Abir Abdelrahman falls after failed attempt on the women's 75Kg group A weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games (DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh compete in the track cycling men's team pursuit first round heats at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS) #
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Turkey's Alben grabs a rebound against China during their women's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS) #
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Spain's players celebrate winning their women's preliminary round Group A water polo match against Hungary at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Water Polo Arena (LASZLO BALOGH/REUTERS) #
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Japan celebrates defeating Brazil in their women's quarter final soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Ed Clancy kisses the flag after the track cycling men's team pursuit gold final at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (PAUL HANNA/REUTERS) #
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Serbia's Djokovic is seen through Olympic rings as he returns to Britain's Murray in their men's singles tennis semi-final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Paolo Nicolai celebrates with supporters after defeating Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser of the U.S. during their men's round of 16 beach volleyball match at Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games (MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Victoria Pendleton stands on the podium with her gold medal after winning the track cycling women's keirin finals at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games (PAUL HANNA/REUTERS) #
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South Korea's Woo Young Won celebrates his team's victory at the end of their men's sabre team gold medal fencing competition against Romania at the London 2012 Olympic Games (DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS) #
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France's Llodra and Tsonga celebrate after defeating Spain's Ferrer and Lopez in their men's doubles tennis semi-final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games (ADREES LATIF/REUTERS) #
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Britain's Murray reacts during his men's singles tennis semi-final match against Serbia's Djokovic at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games (STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS) #
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Missy Franklin of the U.S. dives into the water to start the women's 200m backstroke final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre (JORGE SILVA/REUTERS) #
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Winner Katie Ledecky of the U.S. celebrates after the women's 800m freestyle final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre (JORGE SILVA/REUTERS) #
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South Korea's fencing team pose with their gold medals during the men's sabre team fencing competition victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games (DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS) #
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Germany's David Storl reacts after his throw in the men's shot put final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS) #
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Brazil's Cesar Cielo looks upwards after winning the bronze in the men's 50m freestyle final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre (JORGE SILVA/REUTERS) #
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Poland's Tomasz Majewski celebrates winning gold in the men's shot put final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba waves after she won the women's 10,000m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games (LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS) #

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