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tonight at ten — it's been a magic monday for team gb at the olympic games injapan. tom daley and matty lee narrowly beat the chinese to win the synchronised 10 metre platform event. for lee, it was olympic success at his first visit. for daley, it was gold at his fourth attempt, an emotional day for both. that moment, stood behind that rostrum over there and about to be announced as olympic champions. and then to hear the national anthem play. i was gone, i couldn't even sing! among the other winners was adam peaty — the first british swimmer to successfully defend
an olympic title. we'll have full details of team gb's impressive day — and we'll be looking at their prospects for the days ahead. also tonight... another fall in the daily number of covid cases in the uk — they've more than halved in the past nine days. the afghan army tries to contain the taliban, but high numbers of civilians have been killed or injured since the start of the year. and canterbury cathedral discovers that some of its magnificent stained glass is among the oldest in the world. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel. tom pidcock wins great britain's third olympic gold at the tokyo games with a dominant performance in the men's mountain bike cross—country. good evening. it's already being called magic monday — thanks
to the impressive achievements of britain's olympians injapan. three gold medals were won in the space of five hours, including one for tom daley and his diving partner matty lee. it was daley�*s fourth olympic attempt — and lee's very first. the swimmer adam peaty and the mountain biker tom pidcock also won gold medals. we'll have details of the day's competitions — and we'll be looking at team gb�*s prospects in the days ahead — but we start with delight for britain in the diving pool. our correspondent natalie pirks reports from tokyo. he is the olympic champion, at the fourth time of asking. i honestly can't believe it, he said, as he wiped away tears of joy. little wonder. this moment has been a long time coming for tom daley. so how do you prepare for the biggest final of your life? knitting, to calm the nerves, of course! fans at home needn't have worried. he and dive partner matty lee had ice in their veins and were second going into the penultimate dive.
and it is even better than good! that is awesome! but china are the world champions who had had a golden grip on this event for 21 years. they were untouchable. or so we thought. it's not going to be enough to topple tom daley and matty lee at the top of the standings. the ten metre platform is the height of two double separate buses. soon the british pair were driving their advantage home. the world's hardest dive for the world's most coveted prize. oh, yes! it's brilliant! the commentators were confident. the coaches were confident. and the scores meant the chinese pair had it all to do. it's going to have to be incredible, outstanding. it was exquisite. oh, my word! the tension was palpable as the british pair waited for their fate. not quite enough for the chinese and fourth time is a dream for tom daley and matty lee!
tom daley could be forgiven for telling his partner it's not always as good as this. finally, he felt the rush he had always dreamt of. i think we've just had that unstoppable mentality this year. and that's the first time i've ever been able to even think like that. that we are the ones to beat and they've got to come and get us. and it'sjust, i don't know, i still honestly can't believe what's happening. for matty lee, gold on his olympic debut is quite the story. but for tom daley, it's the hollywood ending to a story we've all been following since beijing. i'm going to the olympic games. he calls himself the grandad of the team. but he was once the baby. along the way, he lost his biggest cheerleader, his father robbie. claimed individual bronze in london. and another in synchro in rio. in between those games he came out and later married the film—maker dustin lance black. in 2018 their son robbie was born, changing his world. his career is worthy of a movie.
his oscar—winning husband watched it all play out, along with tom's mum debbie. cheering. yes! oh, my god! to have watched tom dedicate his entire self to this for the eight plus years we've been together, you know, i've wanted this for him so badly. and i think tom's probably cried this many times since i've known him. and last night was the most meaningful. god save the queen plays. tom daley had heard his fair share of olympic national anthems. for the boy that grew up on our screens and became a man, this time, finally, the moment was his. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo. team gb�*s first gold medal of the tokyo olympics was won by adam peaty,
who successfully defended his title in the 100 metres breaststroke. peaty has not been beaten in the 100—metres breaststroke in major competitions for more than seven years. this report from our sports editor dan roan contains some flashing images. commentator: look at that. no wonder there was a swagger. such is his domination of this sport, the sense was that all adam peaty had to do to defend his title here in tokyo was turn up. defeat was unthinkable. he's just so superior, adam peaty... but he still had to deliver when it mattered most. so he's got to hit the start here, adam peaty in the centre in the red hat. unbeaten in the 100—metre breaststroke for seven years, peaty began as the firmest of favourites, and, after a good start, it never really seemed in doubt. well, this is very good, this is where he needs to be at the 50. it's a lovely first 50 metres, one tenth of a second outside his own world record.
by the turn, his lead was established, the only question, whether he'd break his own world record. that proved beyond him, but peaty was in a class of his own. adam peaty is going to win a second gold medal at consecutive olympic games. look at this, utterly brilliant! adam peaty is the double olympic champion! fantastic swim! after so much expectation, a roar of relief. come on! minutes later, the 26—year—old telling me just how much it meant. the amount of blood, sweat and tears that have gone into this, the amount of preparation, the investment, time and energy, love — because we've been through a tough time. covid or not, vaccine or not, it doesn't matter. everyone has been through a tough time. the world's changed, and hopefully with this race, and the sport, and hopefully the gold medals that are about to follow with team gb, we can give everyone hope back home. adam peaty is the olympic champion. this, the first time ever a british swimmer has retained an olympic title. god save the queen plays.
victory has rarely felt so inevitable. so, great britain's banker at these games delivers again. in truth, it's become hard to imagine adam peaty not winning this, team gb�*s first gold medal here in tokyo, and the swimmer�*s remarkable domination of his event continued. the man isjust a machine. you know, the pressure and the expectation that has been on him by the nation, leading up to this olympics, include covid, and then include the fact that he becomes the first gold medallist, it has just been extraordinary. you need incredibly broad shoulders to be able to cope with that. watching on in the early hours back home in leicestershire, peaty�*s partner and baby son. i can't even find the words to describe it, because i don't think i've felt this kind of pride before. obviously, with george, there's a lot of pride, but it is so different, isn't it?
already swimming's best ever breaststroker, peaty�*s status among the greatest of olympians now secure. dan roan, bbc news, tokyo. two months ago, 21—year—old tom pidcock from leeds was recovering after breaking his collarbone. today he won gold in the mountain biking race, in his first appearance at the olympic games. our sports correspondent andy swiss looks at some of the other olympic highlights in tokyo today. his report contains some flashing images. the journey to olympic gold has rarely been bumpier. just two months ago, tom pidcock broke his collarbone in a training accident, but as he charged to the front in the mountain bike cross country, you would hardly have guessed it. the 21—year—old finished so far ahead, he had time to celebrate in style. tom pidcock, the finest young mountain biker around, he takes gold in tokyo. pidcock trained for tokyo's temperatures in a specially heated
tent at his home in leeds. and how those preparations paid off. yeah, it's incredible. i think everyone works so hard for the olympics, and now, yeah, i'm here. i'm olympic champion. it's unbelievable, really. lauren williams! another gold, meanwhile, proved agonisingly out of reach. lauren williams took up taekwondo after watching jadejones win in 2012. now, jones was watching her, and, with just ten seconds to go, williams led the final, but then, heartbreak. tries the head shot, over the shoulder. she gets it. a late comeback from croatia's matea jelic, and, in a flash, it was all over. so close for williams, and while silver was still some feat, she was left thinking of the gold that got away. it's not enough. i know it's not enough. i had her. i am very happy with how i performed all day. it's just a shame she got it in the last ten, but olympic silver medal,
it's not bad, is it? there was also british success in the triathlon, albeit after a dramatic start. a boat blocking about half the athletes. they all had to go again. but come the finish, there was delight for alex yee, the 23—year—old taking a superb silver. a bit bizarre, really. there's me that's doing this, i'm just a normal guy from south—east london, so, it's just crazy that, yeah, dreams really do come true. it's just amazing. in the skateboarding, meanwhile, teenage flicks are proving hard to beat... oh, there we go! victory forjapan's 13—year—old momiji nishiya. indeed, it was the youngest podium in olympic history. average age of the medallists, a mere 1a and a half. but the happiest person in tokyo today wasn't actually an athlete. after australia's ariarne titmus won the 400 m freestyle, her coach dean boxall produced an even more remarkable display. if there was a gold
medal for celebrating, it would surely be his! andy swiss, bbc news. it has been a remarkable day especially for team gb. we can talk to our sports editor dan roan in tokyo. what are your impressions now? it seems that monday mornings are not so bad after all. that was a performance by team gb that reminds everyone how special the olympics can be despite all the challenges the tokyo games have faced. very little in sport can compare when it is like that and is it evoked memories of the remarkable performance at london 2012 on super saturday when three of the six gold medals that they came in a remarkable hour at the olympic stadium. of course going into these olympics there was a sense perhaps that they could be a correction when it came to the number of medals that
britain won 67,27 it came to the number of medals that britain won 67, 27 gold medals in rio, a remarkable second—place finish but because of a shift from a win at all costs approach, the conditions here strengthening rivals there had been assumption that burton would struggle but that performance yesterday will give them belief that this can be once again a momentous olympics for them. i think also there were concerns because the time difference and the empty seats that people would struggle to engage with these games but it is difficult to hear the words of tom daley after the performance and see the emotion in his face and not be moved by what we saw here. plenty of gb medal prospects coming up in the coming hours in triathlon, in dressage, tae kwon do and in the pool as well and after one of the greatest days, few would bet against them adding to that medal haul. up to fifth place already. let's turn to the day's other main news. there's been another fall in the daily number
of coronavirus cases in the uk. new infections have more than halved since a recent peak nine days ago. possible factors are thought to be the schools breaking up for the holidays, the end of the euros football tournament and the warmer weather. what's not yet clear is the impact of lifting england's restrictions last monday, as our health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. another vaccines push in london's chinatown today. 88% of adults in the uk have now had at least one shot of the vaccine, and some believe early signs are emerging that the latest wave may be slowing. it was the start of the summer when things began to change. onjune1st, you can see there were around 3,000 coronavirus infections reported. they continued to rise sharply, until mid—july, when there were almost 55,000 infections a day. but, since then, you can see something unexpected has happened. and cases seem to be falling.
it's the first time there's been a sustained fall in infections without a national lockdown. it's thought the warm weather may be contributing to cases reducing. the end of the euros, when football fans gathered to watch the championships, is also thought to have helped. but what is interesting one leading scientist is the speed of the drop in cases, which he believes may mean the pandemic has been significantly weakened, because of our growing immunity. we are still likely to see increases in cases, come the autumn. but i think what we are seeing is that we are getting on top of this. we are at the point where we can start to look forward to thinking that this epidemic is behind us, but we're not there, we are not at that point yet, clearly. but hospitals are still under pressure. although admissions are nowhere
near the levels in the first two waves, the number of patients with covid—19 is continuing to rise. here in york, like many hospitals, they are working at full capacity. it is very good news to hear that community numbers may have started falling, but if you look at the hospital admission numbers, they are still rising exponentially. so, we are worried. it's difficult to predict what our peak will be this time. we are thinking around 90 patients at the peak, if the predictions are any good, but, yes, we are worried. pressure on hospitals is likely to ease if the drop in infections continues, and, as the vaccine is rolled out to more people, today's figures show covid cases have fallen for the sixth day in a row, and are now at their lowest level for three weeks. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. the latest government figures show 24,950 new infections
in the latest 24—hour period — which means an average of 36,125 new cases per day in the last week. 1a deaths were recorded in the last 2a hours, meaning on average 64 deaths were recorded every day in the last week. and according to the latest figures, more than 5,200 patients are in hospital with covid—19. that number is slowly rising. more than 88% of uk adults have now had theirfirstjab and more than 70% are now fully vaccinated. downing street has been unable to say how many of its new covid testing sites in england are now operating. the sites are intended to ease the problem of workers in key sectors, such as food distribution, having to self—isolate. the government says 500 sites will be set up this week, with 2000 sites planned in total. our correspondent caroline davies is here.
do caroline davies is here. we actually know what the of do we actually know what the state of these sites is right now? that do we actually know what the state of these sites is right now?- of these sites is right now? that is the big question _ of these sites is right now? that is the big question because - of these sites is right now? that is the big question because the - of these sites is right now? that is i the big question because the sooner the big question because the sooner the sights are set up, the easier it is for industries to reduce the impact of the number of pings they have had. the government have announced 13 more industries that will be getting these testing sites, that includes prisons, defence, energy, water and taking it up to 2000 test sites, we haven't had any confirmation from the government about how many of these are currently up and running but are expecting about 500 by the end of the week. this is a big rise. industry have been bashing down the door saying we are exempt, we should be part of these essential services. the balance for the government has been the fact they need to keep the country going but they don't want to give so many exemptions that it means the policy is pointless.
really interestingly, in the announcement adding an additional industries, the government cited a study saying the daily contact testing isjust study saying the daily contact testing is just as effective as controlling infection by isolating. this could be a sign for a moving from mass isolation potentially towards mass testing as a way of putting a break on the virus. two 1a year—old boys have been found guilty of the murder of 13—year—old olly stephens, who was stabbed in a park in reading injanuary. he'd been persuaded to go there by a 14—year—old girl, who's admitted manslaughter, and he was then attacked by two boys carrying knives. none of the guilty can be identified for legal reasons, as our correspondent andrew plant reports. olly stephens seen on a neighbour's camera. the 13—year—old schoolboy had no idea he was walking into a trap. olly�*s phone messages showed he had arranged to meet a girl at a nearby park that january afternoon. this beauty spotjust a few hundred
yards from his front door. but olly walked into an ambush. two boys, aged 13 and 1a, who he'd fallen out with on social media. in the attack, olly was stabbed once in the chest and once in the back. the two boys and the girl then ran away from the park, throwing away the knife as they fled. today the crown prosecution service said they had also deleted shared videos and messages to try to cover up the crime. but they said it was their digital footprint that had proved to be their undoing. passers—by called an ambulance and alerted olly�*s parents. they arrived just before olly died from his injuries in the back of an ambulance. the court was shown this film footage of one of the boys playing with a knife in his bedroom. the other also had pictures of knives. at the scene of the attack now, tributes to olly from neighbours who have been laying flowers and hanging messages. i feel sorry for the parents who have lost their son at an early age like this. he didn't even enjoy his youthful life and he's gone now.
so it's really sad. every time i come here, just taking a walk, i come and pay my respects to olly. olly�*s family said the callous and cold—hearted killing had devastated the family. their son, they said, was a precious gift. his death, the stuff of nightmares. the two boys, now both 1a, today found guilty of murder. the girl had previously admitted olly�*s manslaughter. they will all be sentenced in september. andrew plant, bbc news. the representatives of 51 nations met in london today, for what the uk government is calling "critical discussions", ahead of the climate conference in glasgow in november. the minister in charge of the talks believes richer countries need to deliver on their promises to provide funding to help poorer nations deal with climate change. back in 2009, the developed nations, the donor nations said that by the year 2020,
they would be putting forward $100 billion a year. i can't tell you how much of a totemic figure it is. it is absolutely a matter of trust. we must deliver on the 100 billion a year now. in afghanistan, high numbers of civilians — many of them children — have been killed or injured in the first half of this year, according to the united nations. as violence escalates, more than 1,600 civilian deaths have been recorded — a rise of nearly 50% compared with this time last year. government forces have been fighting taliban insurgents, who now control vast areas of rural territory following the withdrawal of most international troops. our correspondent secunder kermani sent this report. fighting has been flaring across afghanistan. as international troops pull out, afghan forces have been trying to hold back an intensifying taliban advance.
these brothers lived in ghazni province. when fighting erupted close to their home, their family tried to flee. the taliban stopped us, theirfather told me. they accused my sons of being soldiers. i went to get their id cards to prove they weren't, but by the time i got back, they had already been shot. this year has seen record high numbers of child casualties. this horrendous attack left more than 80 dead, mostly school girls. the un's warning violence could get even worse. unless there is a de—escalation in the conflict, we are very concerned that based on what we have seen in the past six months, we will see high levels and perhaps the highest on record number of civilian casualties. so far most of the taliban's advance has been in more rural areas but their focus is increasingly
switching to the more densely populated cities. with peace talks largely stalled, that means even more innocent lives are likely to be lost. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. canterbury cathedral — a place of christian worship for over a thousand years — is now believed to be the home of some of the oldest examples of stained glass in the world. some panels have now been re—dated using a new technique and experts say they were crafted in the middle of the 12th century. the cathedral authorities say it's a hugely significant find as very little was thought to have survived from the fabric of the early cathedral, as our science correspondent pallab ghosh reports. canterbury cathedral is among the oldest churches in england. inside, its stunning windows depict symbolic religious scenes. this series was thought to have been made in the 13th century, but some of the panels, including this one,
of the prophet nathan, have now been re—dated. for decades, historians have thought that some of these panels were made earlier than the others, because they're different in style. now, using a new technique, scientists have confirmed that not only are they much older, but they may well be among the oldest in the world. it's only come to light now because of this device, called a windowliser. it may not look like much, but it was developed by scientists to be used on location without damaging the glass. it shines a beam onto the surface, which causes the material inside to radiate. this radiation contains a chemicalfingerprint, from which the researchers worked out its age. we've been working on this detective story for some time, putting all the pieces in place, and then we finally get an answer, something new, that brings together science and art into one story. it's fantastic. these are all stories that were recorded at the time
they happened here. the discovery has astonished leonie seliger, who looks after the stained glass windows here. she believes that the re—dated panels could go back to the mid—1100s, and were in place during great historical events at the cathedral, including the assassination of the then archbishop, thomas beckett, who features in many of these windows. they would have witnessed the murder of thomas beckett, they would have witnessed henry ii come on his knees, begging for forgiveness, they would have witnessed the conflagration of the fire that devoured the cathedral in 1174, and then they would have witnessed all of british history. the cathedral contains a story of england's history, its artistry and its religious thinking. now, a new scientific discovery has given us a fresh perspective on the nation's past. pallab ghosh, bbc news,
canterbury cathedral. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello. the weather is looking quite turbulent and very wet at times over the next few days, with low pressure firmly in charge. certainly for tuesday, some scattered, heavy, thundery downpours, albeit with some sunny spells in between. cloud and showery rain to start the day across western and southern areas, a bit more sunshine further east. but as we go through the day, you'll see those showers popping up quite widely. some really heavy, thundery ones, particularly across north wales, the north midlands, northern england and up into scotland. temperatures in the best of the sunshine not doing too badly, up to 23 or maybe 24 degrees. the winds will be light, so where the showers do turn up, they will be very slow—moving, hence some places could see enough rain to give localised flooding. tuesday night into wednesday, we'll see some of those showers
continuing and more persistent rain developing across scotland. a very wet day across a good part scotland on wednesday. there could well be some problems with flooding. for northern ireland, for england and wales, it's sunshine and showers, and it stays unsettled and cooler as we head to the end of the week.
this is bbc news. the headlines — japan leads the medals table with eight golds at the tokyo olympics. it was 13 year—old momiji nishiya's victory in the women's street skateboarding which put them ahead. there's a rush of gold for team gb, too. tom daley and matty lee winning in the sychronised diving, one of three british golds on monday. president biden says the us combat mission in iraq will be over by the end of the year. he was speaking during a visit to washington by the iraqi prime minister, mustafa al—kadhimi. the un publishes new data indicating afghanistan has seen a record number of civilians killed in the first half of this year. more than 1600 deaths were reported, a third of them children.