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Team GB hopes for more Olympic gold on 'Super Saturday'

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Published: 4th Aug 2012 03:27:01

Great Britain will be hoping for more golds as the Olympics enter "Super Saturday", one of the busiest days of the Games with 25 events to be won.

Team GB will hope to build on Friday's success, which saw seven medals won - three of them cycling and rowing golds.

In the athletics hoped are pinned on Jessica Ennis in the women's heptathlon and Mo Farah in the men's 10,000m.

Train companies say they are providing an additional two million seats to get spectators to venues this weekend.

The second day of athletics will see the world's fastest man, Jamaican 100m champion Usain Bolt, in action for the first time, while South African "blade runner" Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee to compete on the track at an Olympic Games.

With the 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium open, there will again be an estimated 200,000 people on the Olympic Park and transport bosses will be hoping Saturday passes as relatively smoothly as Friday did.

Friday was the toughest test so far for London's transport system since the Games began, but transport chiefs said that other than the closure of the Central Tube line for 45 minutes, there had been no major problems.

Motorists are being warned to avoid the Stratford area and the area near Hyde Park Corner, where roads will be closed because of the women's triathlon - and a men's triathlon rehearsal - at Hyde Park.

Friday's gold medal haul - the second day running on which Britain had won three golds - pushed the team up to fourth in the overall medal table.

Highlights included British rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins winning gold in the women's double sculls. Grainger had previously won three silvers at three Olympics.

The men's track cycling pursuit team beat Australia - in a new world record time - to win Great Britain's seventh gold medal of the Games. And minutes later, cyclist Victoria Pendleton won an eighth in the keirin at the Velodrome.

In other developments:

On Saturday, Team GB has gold medal hopes in athletics, triathlon, track cycling and rowing.

Jessica Ennis's bid for gold will conclude with the heptathlon 800m at 20:35 BST - she has a solid lead after her best day one score, while Greg Rutherford is aiming for gold in the long jump.

At 21:15 BST, Mo Farah will seek the first of his two potential medals in the 10,000m.

With the athletics in full swing, the Association of Train Operating Companies urged people to keep planning ahead as it expected the next few days to be the Games' busiest.

A spokesman said: "As Olympic excitement mounts, train companies are running huge amounts of extra seats from first thing in the morning until the early hours the next day to get spectators to venues, to line the streets or just to join in the fun and then safely home again."

He also thanked passengers for helping the rail network "to run smoothly" by avoid congested stations and staggering journeys.

Access to Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, which is next to the Olympic Park, will be restricted from 10:30 to 17:00 BST on Saturday to those with a Games ticket, staff or those using hospitality venues, to minimise congestion.

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