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didn't have that relationship. kate french, the new olympic champion here in tokyo 2020. the 30—year—old from kent took team gb's second gold medal in the modern pentathlon. but agony for britain's male sprinters, pipped to gold in the 4x100 metre relay in a photo finish. also on the programme.... northern ireland becomes the first of the home nations to begin mass vaccinations of 16 and 17 year olds. civilians flee the fighting in afghanistan as the taliban make further gains. the un warns the country is heading for "catastrophe," greece's prime minister cautions it'll be a difficult night ahead as wildfires threaten athens. and another milestone forjames anderson, but rain halts england's fight back against india in the first test. and coming up in the sport later in
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the hour on the bbc news channel... a twist in the harry kane saga. he says he's never refused to train for tottenham this week and will return to the club tomorrow as planned. good evening. team gb have been enjoying more success at the tokyo olympics, winning two golds on one of their most successful days of the games, taking seven medals in all. the cyclist laura kenny became britain's most successful woman olympian ever, winning the madison event in the velodrome with her partner katie archibald. kenny has now taken gold in three consecutive olympic games. our sports correspondent, natalie pirks, reports on her historic achievement. commentator: two special athletes who complemented | each other beautifully. when nine years of brilliance culminates in one record—breaking moment.
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joy for katie archibald, history for laura kenny, the first british woman to win gold at three successive olympics. the madison was a new olympic event for women, requiring tactics, endurance and speed — something this dream team have in abundance. so, away we go. but this lengthy relay race with a slingshot twist is a game ofjeopardy. a little bit caught in the traffic. and the dutch are down, the dutch are down! britain, meanwhile, were sailing serenely, winning sprint after sprint and with 20 laps left, it was britain's to lose. great britain, extraordinarily, claim maximum points yet again. winning ten out of 12 sprints with a 43 point margin, this wasn't merely a victory, it was an annihilation. they haven't put a foot wrong. they have dominated the race from start to finish. gold in tokyo — the cherry on the top of the gold katie archibald won in rio. i feel like i'm racing with a sister and i couldn't have done it if we didn't have that relationship. i'm just so glad. like katie said, i've never wanted to win a race so badly _
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in all my life and that was the one. well, that gold here injapan makes laura kenny the most successful female cyclist of all time from any nation and shejoins sir steve redgrave and sir bradley wiggins on five golds. she's not done yet, though, and she'll go for her sixth on sunday to match sir chris hoy and her husband, jason kenny. first, though, there's some time for reflection. the gold medal is going to go to laura trott! when she burst on the scene as laura trott in 2012, it was hard to believe she'd been born six weeks prematurely with a collapsed lung. two golds in the omnium and the team pursuit in london were swiftly followed by two more in the same events in rio. laura trott became laura kenny when she married jason shortly after rio. a year later, their son albie was born. through the beautiful chaos of becoming a mother to delivering a master class in composure today, britain's most successful female olympian isn't going anywhere yet. she has a long... i think a long career ahead of her still. this isn't, you know, we're talking as if this
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is the end of her career, her last games — it's not. you know, she'll be in paris, she could even be in two or three games beyond now. jack carlin claims the bronze medal! bronze forjack carlin in the men's sprint made this a successful day for britain in the velodrome and after 120 laps of biking bedlam, this now familiar step to the top of the podium became a coronation. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo. there were successes for team gb�*s athletes on the track too. laura muir won silver in the 1500 metres and there were medals for both the men's and women's ax100m relay teams. our sports editor dan roan watched all the action, begining with team gb�*s kate french, who took gold in the modern pentathlon. one of the olympics�* toughest and most curious events, the modern pentathlon, features a variety of disciplines. sitting sixth after the fencing round, britain's kate french stayed in contention during the swimming and then excelled at the show jumping, with competitors asked
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to ride a horse selected at random and givenjust 20 minutes to become familiar with the animal. with that scuppering some rivals�* chances, french sealed victory in the final round, a combination of running and shooting, becoming britain's second olympic champion in the event. kate french, the new olympic champion here at tokyo 2020. i don't know whatjust happened, i can't really believe it right now. i knew i could do it if ijust focused on my shooting and ran as hard as i could. yeah. that was team gb�*s 18th gold and 55th medal of what is becoming an increasingly successful games here in tokyo. but at this stage, their track and field athletes have only delivered two medals. here at the national stadium this evening, there was the prospect of some more. having chosen to focus purely on the 1500 metres here, laura muir knew this was her chance to reach the podium on such a stage for the first time.
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in the best performance of her career, the scot proved too strong for world champion sifan hassan, overtaking her with 200m to go. no—one was catching defending champion faith kipyegon, but a brilliant run insured muir took silver and smashed the british record. the relief at ending her near decade—long quest for a major medal clear to see. 0h! i've worked so hard, for so long. yeah. in the 4x100 metre women's relay, the british quartet, including dina asher—smith, had high hopes after breaking a national record in the semifinal. favourites jamaica dominated, but team gb managed bronze, a repeat of their performance in rio. but the most thrilling drama was still to come. richard kilty running a storming third leg to put britain on course for gold in the men's 4x100. but, in one of the most dramatic endings to a relay race,
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nethaneel mitchell—blake was overtaken on the line by italy's filippo tortu. replays showing team gb had been pipped to gold byjust one 100th of a second. we were unlucky, but this is unity, this is a team and we are in this together and we absolutely pulled it out as a quartet and everyone behind the scene to win an olympic silver medal, and in 20 years�* time when we are old and retired we will look back at this night as one of the best of our lives. no gold here, then, but still a successful night for britain�*s athletes, whether at middle distance or the sprints, showing they can mix it with the best. dan roan, bbc news, tokyo. with a look at some of the other memorable moments from the games in tokyo, here�*s andy swiss. rarely has bronze been quite so brilliant. for the third games running, a medalfor britain�*s women�*s hockey team. but, my, they had to work for it. they had been trailing india, but in the nick of time they turned it round. yes, they�*ve found the goal! grace balsdon�*s goal securing a 11—3 win. and after a difficult few years for the team, it was all the sweeter.
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if you�*d asked me a couple of months ago, would we come away with olympic bronze, i think i would have laughed at you. i think this last cycle has been so tough, we have stuck together and we�*ve come out with an olympic bronze medal. in the boxing, meanwhile, former taxi driver lauren price is en route to glory after she battled through her middleweight semifinal. price, who has played football for wales, is now guaranteed at least silver, and just listen to what it meant. cheering. yes! come on! what's tom making now? elsewhere, the return of britain�*s most famous knitter. tom daley says it helps him stay sane, but there was nothing woolly about his diving as he eased into the individual semifinals. but heading in the other direction, the athlete dubbed "spiderwoman", polish speed climber aleksandra miroslaw, setting a new world record. she scaled a 15 metre fall
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in just 6.84 seconds. the race to the top just doesn�*t get any quicker. andy swiss, bbc news. at the end of day 1a, team gb has moved into fourth position in the medals table with 18 golds. tomorrow is the penultimate day of the games with 3a medals up for grabs, including the women�*s marathon. the longer term trend for coronavirus infection rates has been down across the uk, except in northern ireland where case numbers are rising, according to the office for national statistics. the uk�*s national statistician has told the bbc, he expects the trend to continue downwards over the coming weeks. the news comes as northern ireland began vaccinating 16 and 17—year—olds. here�*s our health editor, hugh pym. a uk first — the start of vaccinations for all 16 and 17—year—olds. in northern ireland, teenagers in that age group came forward just two days after experts
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gave the go—ahead for the extension of the programme. yeah, ijust want everything back to normal. you�*re going to have to get it, so might as welljust get it now. at this theatre school in lincoln, those we spoke to said they were thinking hard about it. invitations to 16 and 17—year—olds to getjabbed in england, scotland and wales are going out from today. we talk about vaccine quite a lot, mainly because some people are quite, like, not sure whether to get it or not. i've seen things, like, - online and things like that, but at the end of the day, - i think they know what's right and i'm happy to get it. say if i wanted to go on holiday with my mates, i will have the vaccine. like, i�*m not going to miss outjust because i haven�*t had the vaccine. "don�*t miss out" is the message in a new drive in england to boost take—up of the vaccine among 18 to 30—year—olds. with reminders that to get into nightclubs from late september, proof of being double—jabbed will be required.
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the venues themselves will be promoting those messages. this central london nightclub, heaven, is even hosting a pop—up vaccination site on sunday. it�*ll be open right through from 12 noon till nine in the evening. the aim�*s still to reduce the spread of the virus. the office for national statistics survey of community infections, which covers people with and without symptoms, showed the first fall in uk cases last week since early may. in england, one in 75 people had the virus. in scotland, one in 120. in wales, one in 230, all of which were down. but in northern ireland, it was one in 55, an increase, though experts said the delta variant spread later than elsewhere. rates are still relatively high in many parts of the country, but i would have to say that the evidence very much is of a decline everywhere. i'm expecting a continued decline. not, i would suggest,
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incredibly steep, but i think we will see a continued decline. but he added things might change in september after the holiday season. the improving outlook has led to most restrictions being lifted in wales from tomorrow, though masks will still be required in many public places. all business will be able to open and all legal limits on meeting l people in indoor private spaces will be removed as well. - but alert level zero does not mean the end of coronavirus, _ and it very certainly does not mean a free—for—all. - public health experts say levels of the delta variant can remain high, even in people who are vaccinated while still offering strong protection against serious illness, another reminder there�*s still much to learn about covid and its spread. hugh pym, bbc news. the latest coronavirus figures
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show 31,808 new cases. there were nearly 32,000 new infections, in the latest 24—hour period, but that makes an average of 26,500 new cases per day over the last seven days, so the longer term trend, is still down. 92 deaths were recorded in the last 2a hours, that�*s an average of 85 a day in the past week. the number of people in hospital with covid is now 5,631. nearly 89% of adults in the uk have had theirfirstjab. and nearly 74% are now fully vaccinated. downing street says the prime minister will not self—isolate after a staff member who accompanied him on his recent visit to scotland tested positive for coronavirus. number ten says the trip was carried out in line with covid guidance. the united nations special envoy for afghanistan, deborah lyons, says the country
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is heading for "catastrophe" and she�*s calling on the un security council to issue an "unambiguous statement that attacks on cities must stop". her warning comes as zaranj, in the south west, became the first provincial capital to fall to the taliban, in the latest fighting with afghan government troops. our north america editorjon sopel is at the white house. these are very strong words indeed from the un? find these are very strong words indeed from the un?— from the un? and it all flows from the decision _ from the un? and it all flows from the decision of— from the un? and it all flows from the decision of joe _ from the un? and it all flows from the decision of joe biden _ from the un? and it all flows from the decision of joe biden to - from the un? and it all flows from the decision of joe biden to pull. the decision ofjoe biden to pull american troops out by september the 11th. the picture painted with unbelievably bleak, talking about afghanistan becoming another syria or like sarajevo, 1000 deaths and with the taliban using methods like stoning people to death again, beheadings and all the rest of it. so i think it�*s a very uncomfortable position that this administration, as a result of that decision and what might now flow from it. but
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what might now flow from it. but what happens now, joe biden is not going to reverse the decision, is he? ., , , ., ., going to reverse the decision, is he? .,, ., .,, going to reverse the decision, is he? ., .,, he? no but you are not seeing, as we saw on that — he? no but you are not seeing, as we saw on that warship, _ he? no but you are not seeing, as we saw on that warship, mission - saw on that warship, mission accomplished after the iraq war in 2003, america is not saying this is mission accomplished, this is very chaotic. i think if you are the family and you have lost loved ones in afghanistan and you are seeing the taliban retaking cities that yourson the taliban retaking cities that your son tried to help take over, your son tried to help take over, you are saying, well, what was it all for? that�*s a very uncomfortable question for everybody who has been involved in this over the past 20 years. if you are looking for a historical comparison, this isn�*t mission accomplished, this is more like a chaotic end of america�*s involvement in vietnam and that last helicopter flying out of saigon. it is a pretty and comfortable chapter. thank you. jon sopel live at the white house. energy prices will rise for millions of people in october,
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after the regulator said the price cap for some energy tariffs must go up to cover suppliers�* extra costs. it�*s the biggest increase since the price cap was introduced in 2019, and is set twice a year, affecting around 15 million households. the typical gas and electricity customer on the standard variable rate is likely to see their bill go up by £139, to £1,277 a year. with more, here�*s our consumer affairs correspondent, colletta smith. the burton clan are letting their hair down. alison and ashley are here with their mum and nine kids, but days out don�*t come cheap. it costs you a fortune to do a lot with them, yeah. especially when you've got a big family, as well. after spending extra through the summer holidays, things always get tight in the autumn. you know, that�*s how it goes. so the thought of even more on their energy bill is a scary one. you never hear any good news about it going down.
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we only ever hear about it going up. going up, yeah. is that how it feels? yeah, it does. that is definitely how it feels. yeah. and that�*s what will be happening from 1st october. the regulator says it�*s only fair that energy companies are allowed to raise prices. this will impact everyone on prepayment metres or the default standard variable tariffs. that�*s half of all households in britain. the price cap was introduced to put a limit on those really expensive rates at the top end, to make sure that we�*re not being ripped off, but it hasn�*t brought prices down overall. there are still plenty of ups and downs, and it�*s definitely not the best deal on the market. but energy companies say it has shielded people from constant rises. the cost of gas globally has trebled in the last 12 months. if it weren�*t for the price cap, it might add as much as another £200, £300 to bills compared to where we are today. with plenty of people
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still expecting to be working from home in the autumn, fuel costs are going to start racking up. citizens advice say nearly two million households are already behind on their energy bills. we�*re particularly concerned for people on universal credit. the government�*s planning to cut their benefit by £20 a week in the autumn, so they�*re going to be facing a perfect storm of rising energy bills and a decrease in their universal credit payments. with another two months to go until prices go up, there�*s still time to shop around for a better deal. colletta smith, bbc news, in warrington. wildfires are devastating parts of greece, burning close to the northern suburbs of athens. thousands of people have had to leave their homes as strong winds fan the flames, with several weather warnings covering large areas. the prime minister says his country is in the midst of an unprecedented environmental crisis as greece
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experiences a severe heatwave. our correspondent, bethany bell reports from athens. around athens, the hillsides are burning. people are desperately trying to put out the flames using whatever they can find. helicopters are bringing water to drop on the fires, but the scorching winds don�*t help. it�*s so dry here you can actually hear the parched branches crackle as they burn. emergency crews are struggling to stop the wildfires from spreading. this woman is trying to save her home. her husband�*s a firefighter, but she has no idea where he is. translation: i'm not leaving here, at least for as long as i can. - my house is behind here. you can see the roof.
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i�*m not leaving, whatever happens. the effects of the fires are devastating. villages have been burnt out, and dead animals litter the roads. and it�*s continuing. tonight, we watched as another blaze raged in the outskirts of athens. all day long, a fire has been burning on the other side of this mountain, and now it�*s coming over the hill. people have been told to leave this area as soon as possible, and we�*ve seen people pack up their cars and go. the air is full of smoke and ash. people here are desperately worried about what�*s going to happen to their homes. this man�*s house is up on that hillside. he managed to bring his family to safety. as the flames head towards his house, all he can do is watch. i cannot sleep.
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i have my mind there. i don't think that someone can sleep if he knows that maybe his only house will be destroyed. it was too dangerous to stay here. the police arrived to move people away. it�*s going to be a long night. people hoping against hope that their homes will be spared. bethany bell, bbc news, athens. there are fears grade inflation in england could see the number of top a—level results reach record highs next week. a former government adviser has told the bbc that almost half of students could get the highest grades. teachers have been asked to submit assessments for pupils for a second year in a row, after this summer�*s exams were cancelled because of the pandemic. here�*s our education editor, branwen jeffreys. quiet now, but next week, this college will fill with students. after months of anxious waiting... all those papers that we had to do.
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..these sixth formers will get their a—level and btec results. they�*re full of hope, but for isabel, who wants to study medicine, there�*s extra pressure. so i have been really worried about if the university i want to go to, what if they have too many students, too many people got the right grades? because that might mean i have to take a gap year or something else. it�*s been stressful. exams cancelled, teachers marking work instead. in the back of my head, i know that i did everything i could to get the grade that i want and the grades that i need, but, obviously, until i see the results, i will be nervous. being a btec, we kind of do know what we have got compared to, obviously, a—levels. and worries about how their grades will be seen. if there's a big jump, as there's expected to be with our grades this year, then that's really only going to exacerbate the issue, that lots of people think that a—levels and gcses are too easy, and my experience is that they're not, really.
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this year, grades will be higher overall. that�*s because they�*re based on teacher assessments of several pieces of work. it�*s completely different from a normal exam year, where some students would always have a bad day and do less well than expected. schools are being asked to make their own decisions... jon coles was a top adviser on england�*s grading system, but he resigned. today, he told me his concerns about a—level grade inflation. last year, we know they went up a lot, about a quarter of a—level grades are a and a�* in a normal year. last year, it was very nearly 40%. ithink, this year, we've been expecting it to be higher. i wouldn't be surprised if we saw 45—50% of a—level grades graded a to a�*. for teachers, working out grades has been a hugejob. the principal at this college says you have to accept it�*s different from exams. it will be slightly higher. i think it�*s about 4% higher here than last year. then, so be it.
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i think we need to be feeling very positive about the grades that our young people are getting this year, and not knocking them somehow because they haven�*t done examinations. for each student, their grades are a passport to an apprenticeship or into university. but a way back to results as normal will have to be found after this year�*s extra places for those who want to be doctors. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. there�*s been rain, runs and wickets on the third day of england�*s test with india at trent bridge. our sports correspondent, joe wilson, dodged the showers. there are special techniques required for cricketers touring england. how to hide the bat from drizzle — very useful this week. rishabh pant never keeps his powder dry for long. when he hits the ball to a fielder like this, it�*s a huge relief. one of five wickets in the innings for ollie robinson. now, you�*ll always remember when you watched england�*s most successful bowler in history.
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i took you to trent bridge. with this wicket, james anderson moved to the bronze medal position in the all—time list of the world�*s bowlers, kl rahul gone finally for 8h. but india were well ahead in the match. ravi jadeja saw to that. that�*s a six. what a shot that is! here comes a four. and there is a special way he celebrates getting to 50. wait for it... there. it is never bettered, although sometimes imitated. oh, good try. and india led by 95 and bowled again. england�*s second innings began shakily. india perhaps sensed that dom sibley was a little fortunate. there�*s been chat from both sides. some people will always find a way and a place to play cricket. england were 70 behind when this happened. to pause with the three final words — rain stops play. joe wilson, bbc news. that�*s it. now on bbc one, time
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for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello there. the weather story is a bit of a lottery over the next couple of days. generally we are stuck in repeat mode under an influence of low pressure, which is producing plenty of frequent, thundery showers. but that means that some of us will skip them altogether and others will see some torrential downpours, which will continue for much of the day. so, on saturday, most frequent showers first thing will be out to the west, and then these are likely to drift their way steadily eastwards, driven along by a brisk northwest—westerly wind. temperatures will struggle underneath the sharper showers, with gusts of wind in excess of 30—110 mph on exposed coasts and just a maximum of 20 degrees, 68 fahrenheit. the low pressure shifts a little bit further east on sunday. that means that perhaps central and southern parts of england away from that low will see fewer showers around, but generally the theme over the next few days is sunny spells and scattered showers
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and the temperatures disappointing for the early half of august. take care.
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this is bbc news. iam shaun iam shaun i am shaun ley with the latest i am shaun ley with the latest headlines. afghan officials say the taliban headlines. afghan officials say the taliban have captured their first have captured their first provincial capital since 2016, provincial capital since 2016, zaranj in nimruz province. zaranj in nimruz province. in another development, in another development, the militant group assassinated the militant group assassinated a close associate of the president a close associate of the president in the capital kabul. in the capital kabul. greece is bracing for a new wave in the us will be granted greece is bracing for a new wave of wildfires, as strong winds of wildfires, as strong winds whip up the flames which are thought whip up the flames which are thought to have been brought under control. to have been brought under control. an extreme fire warning has been an extreme fire warning has been issued as the flames engulf issued as the flames engulf the outskirts of athens. the outskirts of athens. china has reacted angrily china has reacted angrily to president biden�*s announcement to president biden�*s announcement
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that hong kong residents currently that hong kong residents currently in the us will be granted temporary safe haven. it described the decision as a gross interference in china�*s internal affairs. it�*s the last few days at the tokyo olympics. among the events, italy won the men�*s 4x100 metres relay in a very close finish with britain. and faith kipyegon retained the women�*s 1,500—metre title.


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