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Best of the day

Youth and experience were both well represented on day 10 of the Games, check out our favourite moments.

By Graeme Mair - Twitter: @gmair 1.   Last Updated: 07/08/12 9:43pm

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The future just happened

Kirani James added the Olympic 400 metres title to the world championship crown he won last year.

The teenager - James turns 20 at the start of September - made all manner of history as he stormed away down the home straight to take victory in 43.94 seconds.

He is Grenada's first Olympic champion in any sport and became the 10th man, the other nine are Americans, to dip under 44 seconds for one lap.

American men had owned the 400 metres in recent times, winning the last six Olympic golds, but that dominance came to a halt in London with nobody from the Land of the Free even making the final.

"Grenada will be going crazy right now," said James, whose next target will be Michael Johnson's world record of 43.18 seconds.

Rolling back the years

Providing a contrast with James at the Olympic Stadium on Monday night was Felix Sanchez.

The 34-year-old from the Dominican Republic secured a second 400 metres hurdles gold medal to the one he collected in 2004.

And he did so in exactly the same time - 47.63 seconds - as in Athens eight years ago.

Sanchez dedicated the win to his late grandmother after running with a photo of her pinned inside his vest.

"No-one expected this," he said. "An lot of people said I should require but I stuck with it."

That he did so meant the dreams of his younger rivals were dashed, not least Britain's Dai Greene, the world champion, who finished fourth.

Generation game

Britain's 60-year wait for team showjumping gold was ended in the sunshine at Greenwich Park.

The quartet of Scott Brash, Peter Charles, Ben Maher and Nick Skelton thrilled the packed grandstands with victory in a gold medal jump off against the Netherlands.

It was a cross-generational triumph with Charles and Skelton both in their 50s, compared to the 20-somethings Brash and Maher.

"They've done great, the lads have done great. Absolutely brilliant," said Skelton.

King Kenny

Jason Kenny justified his selection ahead of defending champion Sir Chris Hoy as Britain's representative in the individual sprint.

Kenny, who took silver behind Hoy in Beijing, claimed the gold medal with a dominant 2-0 victory over France's Gregory Bauge in the final.

At 24, the Bolton cyclist already has three Olympic gold medals to his name - plus a silver - having also been part of GB's victorious team sprint line-up, alongside Hoy, in both Beijing and London.

Kenny said: "I hadn't even thought about it until we got into that last ride and then it suddenly dawned on me, the battle I had just to get here with Chris, knowing that you've got someone on the sideline that definitely wouldn't give that second sprint away, so I was thinking 'I'd better not mess this one up'.

The latest triumph takes the home nation's tally in the velodrome to five gold medals, with more chances of success to come on Tuesday.

Medal for Tweddle

Before Louis Smith and the men's team were making any impact at world level, Beth Tweddle was the original British gymnastics trailblazer.

At 27, Tweddle is the elder stateswoman of the team these days and knew London was her last chance to add an Olympic medal to her three world titles on the uneven bars.

She finished fourth in Beijing four years ago, denied a place on the podium by a minor error on her dismount.

And, although she again erred slightly in taking a step after landing, this time Tweddle had done enough for bronze, to much relief and delight in the North Greenwich Arena.

"It means everything. I just wanted to win a medal it didn't matter what colour," said the first British woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal since 1928.

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