Live Commentary: Olympic swimming - day 14 as it happened

Live Commentary: Olympic swimming - day 14 as it happened
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Sports Mole brings you live text coverage from day 14 of the Olympic swimming.

Good afternoon and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of day 14 of the Olympic swimming.

London's Aquatics Centre plays host to the free routine final in the women's groups event of the synchronised swimming programme.

Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici led Team GB to sixth place in yesterday's technical routine phase, and their points haul of 87.300 will be carried over to today.

Russia are the favourites to take the gold medal after earning an impressive 98.100 during the previous round. China, Spain are Japan are among the favourites to make the podium with them.

Earlier today, Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia won the gold medal in the men's 10km marathon. You can read our report on that here.


4.13pmRussia's domination of the sport continues, but there were plenty of positives for Team GB to reflect upon. The future is certainly bright from synchronised swimming in the UK.

4.11pmAnd that concludes our coverage of the Olympic synchronised swimming. You can read our report on the final here.

4.00pmRussia win gold, China take silver, and Spain go home with bronze.

3.59pmThe judges award them 97.010 for a final score of 194.010. So...

3.57pmIt was another stunning performance. It's going to be incredibly close here!

3.55pmTheir theme is 'Butterfly'. They drift from one shape to another in fluid transitions.

3.53pmChina's performance will decide the medal positions. They are almost certain to knock Canada off the podium, but the colour of their medal could come down to a single point.

3.50pmThe Olympic champions look to be on course to retain their crown. They come away with 98.930 for a total of 197.030. An amazing swim!

3.48pmThey came into today as the leaders, and the dramatic shapes and inch-perfect synchronisation they are displaying here will likely consolidate that position.

3.47pmSome very unique choreography from them to brooding, drum-heavy music.

3.46pmThe Russians are up now. Their theme is 'The Lost World', which probably isn't a reference to the sequel to >Jurassic Park.

3.45pmThere we go - 96.920 for a total of 193.120. They are guaranteed a medal, but the what colour it will be depends on Russia and China.

3.42pmThere's a delay displaying their score. It's very tense here!

3.40pmThis is sure to score highly. They mimicked seas creatures during that stunning display.

3.36pmThe Spanish have gone with an ocean them for their routine. It's been dazzling so far. Great athleticism and teamwork from them.

3.35pmA 95.230 for them, giving 189.630 and moving them above Japan. They have a shot at a medal depending on what they top three do.

3.32pmThat will score high on artistry and technique for sure.

3.30pmImpressive strength on display here. They fling each other out of the water with graceful precision.

3.29pmCanada have gone with a circus theme complete with multi-coloured costumes and frilly swimming caps. It's certainly unique.

3.26pmThe judges award them 78.360 for a final score of 155.960. That will move them above Australia in the final standings, and they look truly delighted about that. Is there a rivalry between those countries that I'm not aware of?

3.24pmSome nice acrobatic movements from them, a few synchro errors though.

3.22pmThe Egyptians have gone with the theme of 'Survival of the Fittest', and that's quite appropriate for synchronised swimming as only the fittest can muster the kind of endurance needed to compete.

3.21pmThey propped up the rest at the end of yesterday. Whether they will stay in that position depends on what Egypt do, and they are up next.

3.18pmIt goes to show how versatile synchronised swimming is. The Aussies showed a lot of spirit there, and are awarded with 77.430 for their efforts. That gives them 154.930 overall.

3.16pm'Back in Black' has just kicked in. What a great tune. They tumble and turn in unison to it. A radically different routine to the two before it.

3.14pmAustralia are performing to music from AC/DC. Let's rawk!

3.13pmThe judges hand them an 93.830 for a total of 187.630. Their aim today is to overtake third-placed Canada. It remains to be seen whether that score will be enough to achieve that.

3.08pmThey twist and turn to a dream-like piano score. A far more subtle repertoire to Team GB's. I know which one I prefer.

3.07pmJapan are up next performing to the vague theme of 'Mysterious World'.

3.06pmThe judges award them 88.140 for a total of 175.44. While that is unlikely to make the podium, the crowd loved it!

3.04pmMore impressive somersaults, and smooth pattern changes!

3.02pmGreat interpretation of the music. The choreography is spectacular. This is sure to score high on artistry!

3.00pmThe home team have gone with a 'Peter Pan' theme for their routine. Amazing opening with Jenna Randall lifted into the air on the hands of one of her teammates!

2.58pmTeam GB will go first tonight. To recap, they take a score of 87.300 into today.

2.48pmThe action commences at the Aquatics Centre in around ten minutes. The podium is a big ask for Team GB today in the face of such tough competition, but we're confident that they'll go out with a bang.

2.08pmThe action gets under way at the Aquatics Centre from 3.00pm.

2.07pmScores will be carried over from yesterday's technical routine phase. You can read about how that played out here.

2.06pmNext up in the Olympic swimming is the free routine final in the synchronised swimming groups event, and we'll have all the action for you right here.

2.04pmIf you've just joined us, you can read summary of how the men's 10km marathon played out here.

1.51pmFogg came out of nowhere to come in fifth place! A good finish from him. His future looks bright!

1.50pmMellouli grabs gold, Lurz secures silver, and Weinberger bags bronze.

1.47pmThe Tunisian has a 25m lead now, but there's a scrap on for silver in bronze between Lurz, Weinberger, and Gianniotis!

1.43pmMellouli has a massive lead now. You could sail a boat through the space between the gap separating him and the chasing pack. He's not going to let this go now.

1.37pmLurz looks like he's running out of steam here. Weinberger has overtaken him and he's slipping off the pace fast.

1.33pmMellouli passes under the bridge at the end of lap five first. Lurz isn't far behind in second, and Weinberger has overtaken Gianniotis to take third. Fogg has moved up to 16th, and looks like he won't be making the podium.

1.31pmLurz is firmly in second place now, with Mellouli taking the pace up several notches in front. Gianniotis has upped his pace and is in third.

1.26pmLurz, Waschburger, and Weinberger remain among the chasing pack. Mellouli skips the drinks station, influencing many of the others to do the same.

1.21pmMellouli breaks for it and gets his nose in front. I think he'll open up a lead here, and the others will have to dig deep to catch him.

1.12pmFogg has slipped away and lies back in joint-22nd. What can he do in the penultimate lap?

1.10pmAnd at the end of lap four, Waschburger is still in the lead, Weinberger has fought back and is in second, and Mellouli is hanging back there in third, biding his time from the look of things.

12.25pmWe're at the halfway point now as the swimmers pass under the arch at the end of lap three. Waschburger holds on to the lead, Mellouli is in second, and Germany's Thomas Lurz has clawed his way into third. Fogg looks like he's conserving his energy back in sixth. I expect he'll make a break for it in this lap or the next.

12.47pmMazen Metwaly of Egypt is shown the yellow flag for obstruction.

12.44pmMellouli is back in the lead now as Weinberger drops back into third. Just over 45 minutes on the clock now.

12.40pmFogg is a clear four points off the pace. That isn't a great deal of time to make up.

12.38pmThe swimmers pass under the arch at the end of round two. Weinberger holds on to the lead, followed by Andreas Waschburger of Germany. American Alex Meyer is in third, while Fogg has slipped way back to joint-13th.

12.32pmJust over half an hour on the clock, and there's chaos at one of the drinking stations. Cups are flying everywhere as most of the swimmers opt to take on fluids. I think a couple of them took one to the face there.

12.19pmFogg is around one second off the lead, although that means very little at this early stage.

12.18pmThe swimmers pass under the arch to bring the first lap to an end. Richard Weinberger swims under before Mellouli. Fogg remains in third going into lap two of six.

12.17pmFogg is looking good in third place as the first lap draws to a close.

12.10pmMellouli has opened up a strong lead. His technique and reach are exceptional. Fogg remains thereabouts, in with that chasing pack.

12.07pmOussama Mellouli of Tunisia has pulled into the lead now. Team GB's Dan Fogg is looking good in second at this early stage.

12.05pmSpyridon Gianniotis of Greece (who was actually born in my home city of Liverpool) is setting the pace at the moment. He recorded one of the fastest times during qualifying, so expect him to be near the front come the end.

12.03pmPetar Stoychev of Bulgaria is one to watch today. He holds the record for swimming the English Channel.

12.00pmThey're off. Some of the swimmers didn't look ready there, they stalled before joining the pack in the water.

11.55amThe swimmers are about to take to the Serpentine. The weather is clement, perfect conditions for an open-water event.

11.55amThanks to This is Leicestershire for that quote.

11.54am"I've had a few training sessions in the Serpentine ahead of the marathon, but the 1500m has given me a lift towards it. The marathon is completely different, it's swimming still but it couldn't be any further away from swimming. It's going to be 25 guys tussling it out. It's going to be very physical and it can be quite cold.

"It's going to be very dirty and weedy, so it couldn't be any more different to swimming in the pools. Every course differs. This will be a six-lap race, there will be a few turns and zigzags so it could be very exciting and a lot can go on during the race."

11.51amFogg failed to keep up with the pace in the 1500m final, but has stated that his game plan was always to focus on 10km marathon. Here's what he had to say ahead of the Serpentine test...

11.48amYou can read about how that unfolded here.

11.44amWe've already seen Fogg compete at the Aquatics Centre where he took part in the men's 1500m freestyle. He even made it to the final of that event!

11.42amTeam GB's Daniel Fogg is in action, and he's looking to go one better than teammate Keri-Anne Payne, who came in fourth in the women's event yesterday. You can read our report on that here.

11.40amGood morning and welcome to our live coverage from day 14 of the Olympic swimming. First up today, it's the men's 10km marathon.


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