Our Olympic hopes on Day 12

As the Olympics enters its final few days, there are plenty of athletes from the South hoping to push up Team GB's medal tally.

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Wrong postbox painted gold for Peter Charles

Great Britain's Peter Charles riding Vindicat celebrates winning the Gold medal after the Equestrian Team Jumping. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The Royal Mail has painted the wrong postbox gold in honour of Hampshire equestrian gold medallist, Peter Charles.

Following his success in the games on Monday the town of Alton was given a golden reminder of his performance.

However, Charles is from the village of Bentworth - four miles away. So a postbox there will also be going gold very shortly.

Canoeists fail to win a medal

Great Britain's Jess Walker, Rachel Cawthorn, Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers fail to finish in a medal position. Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

In the women's kayak four final Jess Walker, from Brighton, Rachel Cawthorn, from Guildford, Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers finished fifth, behind Hungary, who won gold.


Brabants loses in kayak sprint

Great Britain's Tim Brabants paddles in a men's kayak single 1000m heat. Credit: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

Norway's Eirik Veras Larsen won gold today in the kayak sprint as Tim Brabants, defending his Olympic crown, finished eighth.

World champion Adam van Koeverden finished second to claim silver, while Max Hoff from Germany won the bronze.

Brabants, from Surrey, came in to the Games struggling for full fitness following a serious tendon injury.

Drawn in lane one nearest the grandstand, the 35 year old had the support of the home crowd but fell well behind Canada's Van Koeverden as he surged in to an early lead.

But with 250 metres to go in the individual 1000 metre kayak sprint, Larsen edged in to first place to claim gold.

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