Olympics: Team GB aims to top Beijing golds

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Hopes are high that Team GB will equal or surpass the 19 gold medals won in Beijing later with cyclist Sir Chris Hoy among those hopeful of victory.

Sir Chris, going for a GB record sixth Olympic gold, and Victoria Pendleton, after third before retiring, compete in the last day of velodrome action.

Meanwhile, PM David Cameron has said the world must "never forget" the 11 Israeli athletes killed at Munich 1972.

He spoke at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack.

"As the world comes together in London to celebrate the Games and the values it represents, it is right that we should stop and remember the 11 Israeli athletes who so tragically lost their lives when those values came under attack in Munich 40 years ago," he said.

Mr Cameron said the 7 July London bombings, which killed 52 on London's transport system in 2005, meant the two countries shared "the same determination to fight terrorism and to ensure that these evil deeds will never win".

Israeli judo Olympic silver medallist Yael Arad lit one of 11 candles representing the victims of the attack
Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano - the widows of two of the killed teammates - were at the commemoration at London's Guildhall, which was also addressed by Labour leader Ed Miliband, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge.

The BBC's Jonathan Josephs said Mr Rogge had endured what would probably be his most uncomfortable event of London 2012, having rejected calls by the widows for a minute's silence at the opening ceremony.

On Tuesday Team GB's sportsmen and women will hope to add to medals won on Monday - which included:

Team GB showjumpers - Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles - won Great Britain's first showjumping gold since the 1952 Helsinki Games after a jump-off with the Netherlands
Cyclist Jason Kenny won gold by outclassing world champion Gregory Bauge in the final of the men's sprint
The most decorated GB gymnast in history, Beth Tweddle, 27, won bronze in the uneven bars final - her first Olympic medal in her final Games
Holly Bleasdale - disappointed to finish sixth in Monday's pole vault final - accepted a proposal of marriage from boyfriend Paul Bradshaw later in the day
Alex Morgan sealed a place in the Olympic women's football final for holders USA in the last minute of extra-time as they beat Canada 4-3 at Old Trafford
The Dominican Republic's Felix Sanchez was a surprise winner in the 400m hurdles - repeating his gold medal win in Athens 2004 with the same time of 47.63 seconds - while Britain's Dai Greene finished fourth
Also on Monday, two spectators dressed in full wrestling attire with Swedish flags painted on their faces, jumped from the stands on to the floor of the ExCeL Centre.

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The pair, who breached security after their countryman Johan Euren claimed bronze in the Greco-Roman super-heavyweight category, were escorted away by stewards.

Team GB, hoping to pass the 19 golds achieved in Beijing in 2008, stand third in the London 2012 medal table - behind China and the US - with 18 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze.

At the velodrome on Tuesday, Sir Chris and Pendleton will go for their second gold medals of the Games, in the keirin and the sprint respectively.

Fellow cyclist Laura Trott is going for gold in the omnium event while brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are strong contenders in the triathlon at Hyde Park.

And Britain's dressage team of Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin hold a narrow lead over Germany going into Tuesday's final round of the team event.

Other Team GB medal hopefuls include Robbie Grabarz, in the men's high jump final, and, in windsurfing, Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw are hoping for silver and bronze respectively.

Meanwhile, two Met Police officers are facing possible disciplinary action after a sticker used for marketing purposes - reading "I've met the Met" - was allegedly stuck onto a police van from a visiting force from Wales.



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