London 2012 international digest - Day 10

A round-up of the latest news, views and gossip from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Admin error nearly cost Adams

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams
Adams was left out of the Olympic starting line-up by mistake

New Zealand officials admitted that an administrative error almost cost Valerie Adams a chance to defend her Olympic shot put title.

The 27-year-old was not included in the start list for Monday's qualifying round but luckily New Zealand officials spotted their mistake before it was too late.

Adams, an Olympics and three-time world champion, is one of the favourites for gold.

Bryan twins plot Rio farewell

Olympians Bob and Mike Bryan
Doubling up for Rio are American twins Bob and Mike Bryan

American tennis veterans Bob and Mike Bryan are already plotting how to defend their doubles title at the next Olympics.

The 34-year-old twins from California, who beat Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra to Olympic gold at Wimbledon, are now targeting the 2016 Rio Olympics as a fitting finale to their illustrious doubles career.

"We want to go to Rio," said Mike Bryan. "We're going to be 38-years-old, we're not the young guys any more, but the training starts today. We're going to get ready for it."

Bob agreed saying: "We've already put the pin on the calendar [for Rio] and that's going to be a good way to shut it down."

Cyprus claim first ever medal

Cyprus have won their first ever medal after Pavlos Kontides claimed silver in the men's sailing laser class.

Going in to London 2012, 80 nations had never won an Olympic medal but Cyprus have become the second to break their duck following Erick Barrondo's silver medal in the 20km walk for Guatemala.

"I guess back home they are waiting for me and when I get back there it will be huge celebrations," Kontides said.

"I still don't understand how huge an achievement this is for my country, being the first ever Olympic medal. It hasn't really sunk in."

Serena says tennis belongs in Olympics

Serena Williams
Serena Williams won singles gold as well as triumphing in the doubles with sister Venus

Women's singles and doubles champions Serena Williams insists tennis belongs in the Olympics after adding two more gold medals to her impressive collection in London.

The 30-year-old achieved the unique feat of a career golden slam in singles and doubles - meaning she has won all four grand slams and Olympic gold medals in both disciplines.

"Tennis really belongs in the Olympics," she said.

"To come to the Olympics is amazing and to have the chance to play and be mentioned along with all the athletics greats and all the swimming greats, all the gymnastic greats - it just means so much."