There’s a whopping 32 Gold Medal events today Live on Foxtel, including the moment of truth for Matthew Mitcham against Qiu Bo and Tom Daley.
Key events to watch & Aussies in action
ATHLETICS: Men’s & Women’s Race Walk *GOLD MEDAL EVENTS*
Saturday August 11 at 5.55pm AEST – live on LONDON 4
Men’s 50km race walk: Luke Adams, Nathan Deakes, Jared Tallent (final)
Sunday August 12 at 1.50am AEST – live on LONDON 5
Women’s 20km race walk: Regan Lamble, Beki Lee, Claire Tallent (final)
Australia will provide a full quota today for both the men’s 50km and women’s 20km walks, with our men the best prospects for a medal. Luke Adams, Nathan Deakes and Jared Tallent will undertake the 25 laps of the course at The Mall. Deakes is a former world title (2007) and world record holder, while Tallent claimed the 50km silver medal in Beijing, a week after getting the bronze in the 20km to become the first Australian athlete to claim two medals at the same Olympics since Raelene Boyle in 1972. He then picked up the bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. While Adams doesn’t have a world or Olympic medal to show, he is no slouch either, with Russia’s Sergei Bakhulin and China’s Si Tianfeng amongt the leading international prospects. Regan Lamble, Beki Lee and Claire Tallent will have ten laps of the course to contend with and Jared’s wife Claire may be the pick of our women’s contingent, but they will find it tough against the Russian trio of Olga Kaniskina, Elena Lashminova and Anisya Kirdyapkina and China’s Lui Hong.
ATHLETICS *GOLD MEDAL EVENTS*
Sunday August 12 from 3.55am AEST – live on LONDON 3, 4 & 5
Women’s high jump (final)
Men’s javelin: Jarrod Bannister (final)
Men’s 5000m (final)
Women’s 800m (final)
Women’s 4x400m relay (final)
Men’s 4x100m relay: Anthony Alozie, Tim Leathart, Andrew McCabe, Issac Ntiamoah, &Josh Ross (final)
It should be a terrific evening at the last night of the athletics. Barring a baton disaster in the heats, expect Usain Bolt to be back in action in Jamaica’s defence of the men’s 4x100m, possibly with another world record and his third gold medal of the Games. There’s a chance for Kenenisa Bekele (Kenya) to cement his place in distance running firmament in the men’s 5000m final, while two-time Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway), Vitezslav Vesely (Czech Rep), Vadims Vcasileuskis (Latvia) will make life tough for Jarrod Bannister in the javelin, although the Australian is not without some hope for a bold showing.
HOCKEY: Men’s Final *GOLD MDEAL EVENT*
Sunday August 12 at 4.45am AEST – live on LONDON 6
If it goes according to the book, the Kookaburras will be adding Olympic gold to their World Cup victory and swag of Champions Trophy titles.
DIVING *GOLD MEDAL EVENT*
Sunday August 12 at 5.25am AEST – live on LONDON 1
Men’s 10m platform: Matthew Mitcham, James Connor (semi-final>final)
It’s moment of truth for Matthew Mitcham, as he attempts to defend his Olympic gold medal in the men’s 10m platform. First, he must successfully negotiate the morning’s semi-final, with the final in the evening, and face off against China’s Qiu Bo and local poster boy Tom Daley.
GYMNASTICS Rhythmic *GOLD MEDAL EVENT*
Saturday August 11 at 10.25pm AEST – live on LONDON 3
Individual All-around: Janine Murray (final)
Rhythmic Gymnastics action continues with the Individual All-around competition at Wembley Arena. Defending gold medallist Evgenia Kanaeva and fellow Russian Daria Kondakova will be amongst the favourites and it will be tough for Australia’s Janine Murray
Saturday August 11 at 8.45pm AEST – live on LONDON 8
Women’s Elliott 6m: Olivia Price, Lucinda Whitt & Nina Curtis (medal race)
The head-to-head sailing event women’s Elliott 6m is making its debut in London and today’s finals should provide plenty of tense action, with hopes for a medal for the Australian trio of Olivia Price, Lucinda Whitty and Nina Curtis.
Other events to watch out for
BOXING Finals *GOLD MEDAL EVENTS*
Sunday August 12 at 5.25am AEST – live on LONDON 2
Men’s 49kg (final); Men’s 56kg (final); Men’s 64kg (final); Men’s 75kg (final); Men’s 91kg (final)
CANOE SPRINT *GOLD MEDAL EVENTS*
Saturday August 11 at 6.25pm AEST – live on LONDON 7
Men’s kayak single (K1) 200m: Murray Stewart (final)
Men’s canoe single (C1) 200m: Sebastian Marczak (final)
Women’s kayak single (K1)200m: Alana Nicholls (final)
Men’s kayak double (K2): Stephen Bird & Jesse Phillips (final)
CYCLING: Mountain Bike *GOLD MEDAL EVENT*
Saturday August 11 at 9.25pm AEST – live on LONDON 2
Women’s: Rebecca Henderson (final)
NB: Not all athletes may have yet qualified.