Nine has landed a world exclusive interview with Jamaica’s Usain Bolt which will air at 6:30pm.
Karl Stefanovic sits down with the most successful sprinter in Olympic history, Usain Bolt. In a one-on-one interview, the Jamaican superstar talks at length about his success, the hype surrounding him, the issues that matter most to him – and gives a stunning answer as to what he intends to do next. Plus, Olympic track legends Michael Johnson and Linford Christie join Australia’s golden girl Sally Pearson to relive the magic of London 2012 on the final day of the Games of the XXX Olympiad.
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Athletics from 8.00pm*
The final athletics event is expected to attract more than a million spectators as the men’s marathon winds its way through central London, passing landmarks such as the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. Australia will be represented by Michael Shelley, Martin Dent and Jeff Hunt. Favourites are Ethiopian Ayele Abshero and Kenyan Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich. Eddie McGuire and Rob de Castella will be at the microphone for Nine.
Brazil will be seeking to achieve a rare double when its men’s team, the 2004 Olympic champions, meet European power Russia in the gold medal final. Brazil’s women beat the United States in the women’s gold medal final yesterday – now the men aim to match them. The venue for volleyball is Earls Court.
Cycling: Mountain Bike
The men make their appearance at Hadleigh Farm in Essex for the final gold medal in the cycling cross-country event – the mountain bike. Three-time Oceania champion Daniel McConnell is Australia’s hope. The favourite in the 50-man field will be Frenchman Julien Absalon, who is aiming for a third consecutive gold medal in the event. Phil Liggett and Scott McGrory will be there for Nine
The world’s best rhythmic gymnasts take to the mats in the quest to win the coveted all-around gold medal.
The final five gold medals will be decided in men’s boxing events: 52kg, 60kg, 69kg, 81kg and plus-91kg.
With Chloe Esposito in sensational form, she has the chance to make history by becoming Australia’s first medallist in modern pentathlon. One of 36 women in the field, Esposito will begin an arduous 15-hour day with fencing, followed by a 200m freestyle swim, showjumping, and a combined event with running and shooting. Favourites will be triple world champion Amelie Caze of France and Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn of Germany.
12.30am London Live continues
Ken Sutcliffe takes us through the closing stages of competition from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
With their side packed with NBA superstars including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, the United States enters its gold medal final clash with Spain as a hot favourite. But Spain has its own NBA All-Stars in players such as Pau and Marc Gasol. The two teams played one of the great Olympic finals in Beijing, and this repeat clash is sure to be a blockbuster. John Casey and Andrew Gaze will be calling the shots on Nine.
The gold medal showdown between unbeaten Croatia and Italy will follow Montenegro and Serbia playing for the bronze medal. Defending champion Hungary will face Spain to decide fifth and sixth place.
The final elements of the women’s modern pentathlon will be the combined event, which involves a 3km run interspersed with 20 shots from the air-pistol. Chloe Esposito is Australia’s starter.
6.00am Closing Ceremony Exclusively Live on Nine
The Closing Ceremony celebrates and relives the magic of the London 2012 Olympic Games and hands over the honour of hosting the greatest sporting event in the world to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro, for the 2016 Olympic Games. The Olympic Flame, which has been burning in the Cauldron since the opening of the Games on Friday, July 27, is extinguished – a poignant and moving moment for all those involved in the Games and the audience at large, signalling the end of the Games. After an inspiring gold medal performance, sailor Malcolm Page has been named the Closing Ceremony flag-bearer for Australia. Eddie McGuire and Leila McKinnon will be at the Olympic Stadium with the colour and magic for Nine’s exclusively live coverage.
The Closing Ceremony is repeated at 9:30pm Monday night on Nine.