West Ham United are extremely proud of the exploits of its local athletes at this summer's Olympic Games.

East London has provided some of the stars of the games so far and all at the club are delighted with the successes seen to date.

The performances of the likes of Hammers fans Mark Hunter and Stuart Hayes and local ladies Christine Ohuruogu and Perri Shakes-Drayton have only served to motivate all at the club ahead of their Barclays Premier League return.

Sam Allardyce and the first-team squad posted a video to spur Hunter on ahead of his lightweight men's double sculls final on Saturday and he responded by adding a Silver medal to his Beijing gold. Hunter and partner Zac Purchase had to overcome a broken seat but powered on to a Silver after being pipped at the finish by Denmark.

The West Ham fanatic was soon followed onto the podium by Ohuruogu, who secured Silver after an inspired finish in the 400m. The 2008 Olympic champion looked beaten but rallied in the final 50 metres to surge home in second, coming agonisingly close to a second Gold medal.

Shakes-Drayton just missed out on a place in the 400m hurdles final on Monday night. Shakes-Drayton, who was born and raised in Bow, finished third in her semi-final, but at the age of just 23, it is likely she will only get better.

On Tuesday, Hammers fan Hayes played a vital role in helping the Brownlee brothers secure the Gold and Bronze medals in the men's triathlon. Hayes set the pace during the middle cycling stage of the race around central London, paving the way for Alistair to win and Jonny to secure third place.

Moore Than a Football Club