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A good day in Beijing

A very good day -

Swimmer Rebecca Adlington teed up the rush with her second gold of the Games. . .Adlington took two seconds out of the longest standing world record in swimming. . .

The action moved to Shunyi Park in northwest Beijing, where the men's four maintained the recent tradition of British excellence in the rowing event. Steve Williams, Tom James, Peter Reed and Andy Triggs-Hodge staged a thrilling late surge worthy of Sirs Pinsent and Redgrave to claim gold. . . "There is no magic speech," said coach Jurgen Grobler as the four took to the water. "The magic comes from you."

. . .Over at the Beijing Velodrome, Britain's standing as the pre-eminent force in track cycling was rammed home three times over. Wiggins saw off New Zealand's Hayden Roulston to claim gold in the individual pursuit, while bronze went to Steven Burke.

Chris Hoy led home Ross Edgar in the keirin and Chris Newton took bronze in the points race. . .

The achievement was Britain's finest since London in 1908 when eight golds were won in a day.

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