Day 5 of competition gets underway at London 2012.
This session may include:
The Kookaburras meet fierce hockey rival, Spain. The Aussies lost to Spain in the semis in Beijing, letting a 2-0 lead slip as Spain roared home with three goals. With captain Jamie Dwyer in tremendous form, this is a chance to prove the team is nearing its best form.
– Women’s 100m freestyle: Australia will be represented by two of its relay gold medal heroes from Day 1, Melanie Schlanger and Cate Campbell, in what promises to be an exciting showdown of the world’s fastest women.
– Women’s 200m breaststroke: Tessa Wallace and Sally Foster fly the flag for Australia. American Rebecca Soni, the World and Olympic champion and silver medallist in the 100m here the other night, is among the favourites.
– Men’s 200m backstroke: Australia will be represented by two Olympic debutants, Mitch Larkin and Matson Lawson.
– Men’s 200m individual medley: Michael Phelps is still seeking his first individual gold medal of London. His American team-mate, Ryan Lochte, will like his chances against the most decorated Olympian in history. Daniel Tranter and Jayden Hadler will represent Australia.
– Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay: Australia has won a medal in this event at the past four Games: silver in 1996 and 2000 and gold medals in 2004 and 2008. Individual bronze medallist Bronte Barratt will lead a team eager to defend its title and achieve a historic hat-trick.
The first three rowing gold medals will be decided at Eton Dorney.
In the women’s pair Australia’s Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait are ready to take up the challenge to the defending Romanians and a British duo desperate to win the host nation’s first gold.
In the men’s eight, Australia takes on the world’s best crews, with Germany expected to be strong.
Australia is also represented by Kerry Hore, Dana Faletic, Pauline Frasca and Amy Clay in the women’s quad scull.
The Opals face a crucial match against Brazil after an overtime loss to France in their last game. Lauren Jackson, Australia’s flag bearer in the Opening Ceremony, will lead the team. John Casey is at the microphone with dual Olympic medallist Rachael Sporn.
Hampton Court, one of two surviving palaces of Henry the Eighth, provides the backdrop for the women’s individual time trial, to be raced over 29 kilometres. Cyclists will compete against the clock on the roads surrounding this Tudor landmark near Richmond outside London, starting and finishing in the grounds of the palace. Australia has one starter,Shara Gillow.
In the men’s individual time-trial, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will be the star attraction on the road. Australia’s hopes rest with Michael Rogers, a three-time world time trial champion. The men begin and finish at the Palace, each starting in 90-second intervals, and tackle a 44km course.
Veteran Lalita Yauhleuskaya is competing at her fifth Games (two for Belarus, three for Australia) and she is a medal chance in the 25m pistol.
Australia’s other entrant is 20-year-old Hayley Chapman. Chapman’s father David is also in the Australian team and will take part in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol.
Indonesian-born Mark Anthony from Victoria is our hope in the judo. The triple Oceania champion will fight in the 90kg division, with the gold medal decider later in the day.
Jai Opetaia becomes Australia’s youngest boxing Olympian when he competes in the 91kg event. The world junior champion only turned 17 in June.
In the plus-91kg event, super-heavyweight Johan Linde from South Australia will be hoping to reproduce the form that saw him knock out Oceania champ Uaine Fa in the first 30 seconds of his Olympic qualifier in March.
Ibrahim Balla competes in the 56kg event.
*Times are for the East Coast unless stated.
*As with all major sporting events there can be unforeseen changes to the schedule and times are subject to change.