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Sailing gold on hold for Mills and Clark as Britain draw medal blank on day 12

Published 18/08/2016

Great Britain's Mo Farah remains on track for his second gold of Rio 2016 after cruising through to the men's 5000m final
Great Britain's Mo Farah remains on track for his second gold of Rio 2016 after cruising through to the men's 5000m final

Team GB drew a rare blank on the medal front on day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

It was a case of so close yet so far at the sailing and, here, Press Association Sport rounds up the British action from around Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

:: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark's Olympic gold is on hold after light winds led to the postponement of the women's 470 medal race. The British duo merely have to complete the double-point finale without disqualification to top the podium. The pair, along with the men's 470 duo of Luke Patience and Chris Grube, will now finish their regatta on Thursday.

:: Mo Farah kept his bid for a fourth Olympic title on track as he coasted into the final of the 5,000 metres, coming home in third place after surviving a stumble. Andy Butchart will join him after qualifying on a day when Dina Asher-Smith finished fifth in the women's 200m final. Adam Gemili is through to the men's 200m showdown thanks to a fastest loser spot in the semi-finals, where Danny Talbot's personal best of 20.25 seconds was not quite enough. Cindy Ofili just missed out on a 100m hurdles medal, finishing fourth, with sister Tiffany Porter in seventh place.

:: Great Britain are through to the Olympic women's hockey final for the first time ever. They surpassed bronze medal successes, at Barcelona 24 years ago and London 2012, by beating semi-final opponents New Zealand 3-0 thanks to an Alex Danson double and Helen Richardson-Walsh's penalty strike. Holland, looking to seal a hat-trick of Games titles, await in Friday's final.

:: British showjumpers Nick Skelton and Ben Maher both qualified for Friday's individual Olympic final. Skelton collected five faults on Big Star around a huge course in searing heat, while his London 2012 team gold medal-winning colleague Maher picked up just one time fault aboard Tic Tac. The top 35 combinations after Wednesday's jumping go again on Friday morning, with the leading 20 after that contesting medals.

:: Charley Hull boosted Britain's hopes of a golden double in golf's return to the Olympics by carding an opening 68. After Justin Rose won the first gold medal for 112 years in the men's competition, Hull and team-mate Catriona Matthew were attempting to win only the second ever women's event in the Games. Hull is just three shots behind Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn after finishing three under par, with Matthew on level par after recovering from an early double bogey to shoot 71.

:: Liam Heath and Jon Schofield qualified for the A final in the men's kayak double 200m at the Lagoa. The London 2012 bronze medallists were in prime form as they moved into the final, securing qualification on Heath's birthday.

:: Savannah Marshall missed out on an Olympic medal after being beaten in the quarter-finals of the women's middleweight boxing competition. The 25-year-old dropped a split decision to Holland's Nouchka Fontijn in a re-run of their May World Championship semi-final, which her opponent also won.

:: Rajiv Ouseph was knocked out of the men's badminton singles in straight games by quarter-final opponent Viktor Axelsen, of Denmark. Ouseph, the 13th seed, went down 21-12 21-16 to an opponent ranked nine places above him.

:: Liam Phillips was 10th fastest in the BMX time-trial run, which determined seedings for Thursday's quarter-finals, while team-mate Kyle Evans was 21st fastest in 35.776.

:: Tonia Couch advanced from the preliminary round in the women's 10 metres platform competition - but Sarah Barrow is out. Couch accumulated 332.80 points to place fifth and qualify for Thursday's semi-finals, while Barrow scored 277.40 from her five dives to finish 23rd and exit the competition.

Coming up on Thursday:

:: Mills and Clark will finally have the chance to wrap up women's 470 gold, while Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, currently fourth, will be looking to force their way onto the podium in the 49er men's medal race.

:: Alistair Brownlee seeks to retain his London 2012 triathlon title with brother Jonny - bronze medallist four years ago - likely to be in hot pursuit.

:: Great Britain's first-ever Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones starts the defence of her London 2012 title in the women's -57kg category against Morocco's Naima Bakkal.

:: Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge have the chance to claim Great Britain's first Olympic medal in badminton since 2004 when they face Chinese duo Wei Hong and Biao Chai in the men's doubles bronze medal match.

:: Reigning Olympic flyweight champion Nicola Adams, who is guaranteed at least a bronze medal, faces China's Cancan Ren in the semi-finals.

:: Usain Bolt will be bidding for his second gold in Rio in a 200m final featuring Gemili, while Eilidh Doyle goes in the women's 400m hurdles final.

:: London 2012 medallists Heath and Schofield go for another a podium finish in the men's kayak double 200m final.

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