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Belfast hockey player Lewers helps power Team GB to the semis

Outside the boxing ring, Northern Ireland still has one medal hope — in the form of highly rated hockey player Iain Lewers.

Team GB are through to the semi-finals after surviving a close match against Spain.

A 1-1 draw secured a point — enough to see them through.

Ashley Jackson scored his fifth goal in as many games to give Team GB a lead first half lead.

Towards the end of the half GB began to find a rhythm and when Belfast-born Lewers drove a cross in from the right, a deflection by Harry Martin almost took keeper Francisco Cortes by surprise.

Earlier, high jumper Robbie Grabarz admitted he was “over the Moon” after completing a remarkable rise by taking a share of the Olympic bronze medal.

The 24-year-old — who nearly quit athletics to pursue a job doing up classic cars — had first-time clearances up to 2.29 metres before three failures at 2.33m sent him out of the competition.

Canadian Derek Drouin and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim had exactly the same record to share third place with the Briton. Grabarz is one of Britain's most unusual medal winners, leaving a university course he cannot remember the full name of, posing naked for a gay magazine and admitting to looking vacant all the time because he deliberately empties his head at night.

Meanwhile, Team GB's Nick Dempsey secured a windsurfing silver medal, after agonisingly missing out in Beijing.

In the morning, Phillips Idowu, the Beijing silver medallist who virtually disappeared in the run up to the Games following a row with his coach and doubts about his fitness, failed to qualify for the final of the triple jump.

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