Cameron criticised

The International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has criticised UK Prime Minister David Cameron for not attending the Winter Olympics, reportedly describing it as a ‘missed opportunity’.

First gold medal for Spain

Marina Alabau Neira has won Spain’s first gold medal at London 2012 with victory in the women’s RS:X windsurfing in Weymouth. She led going into the medal race and won the finale with Finland’s Tuuli Petaja in silver and Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka in bronze.

No tennis medals for Spain

David Ferrer and Feliciano López lost there bronze medal match to the French pairing of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, the score 7-6, 6-2. It is the first time since 1984 in Los Angeles that Spain has not won an Olympic medal in tennis.

Spain out of Olympic football competition

There will be no Olympic gold to add to the World Cup and European Championships for Spain as a second successive defeat, this time a 1-0 loss to Honduras, means they are out of the Olympic men’s football competition. The Hondurans won thanks to Jerry Bengtson’s early goal and progress from Group D along with Japan, who beat Morocco 1-0.

The 1908 gold rush

The GB gold tally in the Beijing Olympics currently stands at 19, an excellent achievement by any standard, and there have been some memorable performances. However, the highest number of gold medals ever achieved by Great Britain during a Summer Olympics, and a total which is unlikely ever to be surpassed, is a staggering 56!

Another druggie

Ukrainian weightlifter Igor Razoronov has been disqualified from the Olympic Games after testing positive for nandrolone. Razoronov finished sixth in the 105kg category.

Ukranian athlete stripped of silver medal

Ukrainian heptathlete Liudmyla Blonska has had her Olympic silver medal taken away and faces a lifetime ban from the sport after failing a drugs test.

Four more positive tests – this time horses

Four more positive drugs tests at the Beijing Olympics, all relating to Capsaicin. Derived from chilli peppers, Capsaicin can have hypersensitising effects or act as a pain relief and, in both cases, can improve the performance of a horse.

Medallist tests positive

Heptathlon silver medallist Liudmyla Blonska has apparently tested positive for a banned substance.