Yuan-Yanquan spoil Daley party

London Olympics poster boy Tom Daley missed out on his first crack at a medal on Monday in the men's synchronised 10 metre platform, with Chinese favourites Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan winning gold.

Cao and Zhang, aged 17 and 18 respectively, were diving at their first Olympics, but took the title with 486.78 points.

Mexico's Ivan Garcia Navarro and German Sanchez Sanchez won silver with 468.9 points. American pair Nicholas McCrory and David Boudia took the bronze with 463.47 points. Daley and partner Pete Waterfield, who won a silver in the event in Athens, finished on 454.65 points.

Long, Li progress

China's world number three Chen Long survived an enthralling tussle with Thailand's
Ponsana in the men's singles badminton competitions, coming back from 15-10 down in the second set to win 21-12, 21-17 and advance to the knockout rounds at Wembley Arena, reports Reuters.

Compatriot and fellow world number three Li Xuerui joined Chen in the last 16, having demolished Spain's Carolina Marin 21-13, 21-11.

Home hopes Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier, however, after they were overhauled by German pair Michael Fuchs and Michel Birgit 11-21, 21-17, 21-14 to be bundled out of the mixed doubles.

Sabre gold for Szilagyi

It proved a triumphant time for the underdog in the men's individual sabre on Sunday as Hungary's Aron Szilagyi won gold after his path to the podium cleared with the early exit of the German and Russian top seeds.

Fifth seeded Szilagyi beat 14th seed Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy 15-8, matching the outcome between the two countries when London hosted the 1948 Olympics.

An emotional Nikolay Kovalev of Russia won the bronze medal over Romanian Rares Dumitrescu having already proved his mettle with a 15-12 victory over former world champion and top seed Nicolas Limbach of Germany.

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