LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Weds 1st August

After mixed fortunes in the road cycling races on the opening weekend, the focus of attention from an expectant home nation returns on Great Britain’s cyclists to deliver in the men’s and women’s individual time-trials.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, who won two out of the three time-trials on his way to an historic first victory for GB in the race barely two weeks ago, will be the leading British gold-medal contender in the men’s race, while 2010 world time-trial champion and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Emma Pooley will carry the hopes in the women’s race.

Taking place around Hampton Court, the pan-flat course is set to be a pure test of concentration and speed. The women set off on the individual time-trial at 12.30pm, with the men following at 2.15pm.

Over on Dorney Lake, the first Rowing finals will take place and it could be a very special day for Team GB, with plenty of high hopes to deliver medals.

Britain’s women double sculls pairing of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who are unbeaten so far this year, are strong favourites to their country’s first ever women’s Olympic rowing title.

In potentially one of the biggest fairytale stories of these Games, can 40-year-old Greg Searle win Olympic gold for Britain after 10 years in retirement?

It will be tough – the men’s eight, in which he races, took two silver medals and a bronze in this year’s three World Cup races. Germany have won the last three world titles.

Searle will race in the final at 12.30pm on BBC One, 20 years after his first Olympic gold medal in Barcelona.

More excitement is expected at the North Greenwich Arena with the gymnastics competition, as Dan Purvis will carry British hopes in the men’s all-around gymnastics final from 4.30pm.

Its also another busy day inside the Aquatics Centre. There will be strong British interest in the men’s 200m breaststroke with Michael Jamieson, who set a new British record in his semi-final last night, and Andrew Willis battling for a place on the podium.

Sadly for GB supporters, Ellen Gandy, ranked fourth in the world in women’s 200m butterfly, failed to qualify for the final, but Gemma Lowe managed to secure a place in the race.

The evening’s swimming finals begin at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Staying on water, the men’s kayak canoe slalom final takes place at Lee Valley Water Centre, with GB’s Richard Hounslow possessing an outside chance of making it onto the podium.

As far as the team sports are concerned, Great Britain are in action in: women’s basketball (v Russia, 4.45pm), women’s handball (v Brazil, 4.15pm), men’s hockey (v South Africa, 4pm) , women’s volleyball (v Italy 4.45pm), and women’s water polo (v Australia 19:40).

Plus, Great Britain’s footballers need to secure victory over Uruguay to guarantee qualification into the knock-out stages (k/o 7.45pm).

Ensure you don’t miss an busy day of action live on the BBC. You can make your choice of Olympic viewing by pressing the Red Button on your digital remote, or by accessing the BBC’s Olympics channels or the BBC Sport website.

You can follow all the action from Day 5 at the London 2012 Olympic Games across the BBC. Details below:


Presenter: Bill Turnbull & Hazel Irvine

News round-up from the Games and beyond, plus a look ahead to today’s events.

9.00am-11.30am – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Mishal Husain, with John Inverdale, Clare Balding
Rowing & Swimming

Coverage of the opening events on day five of the Games, featuring swimming heats and rowing semi-finals. Clare Balding presents the swimming from the Aquatics Centre at 10.00, where the women’s 100m freestyle heats start the day’s live coverage, with Britain’s Fran Halsall looking to progress to this evening’s semi-finals.

John Inverdale and Steve Redgrave introduce the rowing at Eton Dorney, featuring the semi-finals of the 10.40 men’s quadruple sculls, 11.00 men’s pair and 11.20 men’s single sculls.

11.30am-1.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Matt Baker, with John Inverdale

All GB eyes will be on Eton Dorney for the first three rowing finals. The schedule features the finals of the 11.50 women’s pair, 12.10 women’s quadruple sculls and 12.30 men’s eight, with Britain expecting to be among the medals.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have high hopes of claiming the first-ever women’s rowing gold for Team GB after breaking the Olympic record in their heat of the women’s pair, while Greg Searle is in the men’s eight, 20 years after winning gold in Barcelona in the coxed pairs.

Coverage switches to BBC Two at 1.00pm, incl. women’s cycling individual time-trial (details below).

1.45pm-4.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Jake Humphrey, with Tanni Grey-Thompson

The focus turns to the men’s individual time trial, which takes place on the streets of London and Surrey, over a distance of 44km, starting and ending at Hampton Court Palace.

Two members of the strong British squad, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and runner-up Chris Froome, will compete in this race, which was won by Fabian Cancellara four years ago.

4.00pm-6.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Sue Barker

The men’s individual artistic gymnastics all-around final at at the North Greenwich Arena, starting at 4.30.

The 24-strong field from the qualifiers will compete on all apparatus – pommel horse, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar – with places in the individual apparatus finals at stake as well as the medals.

Team GB’s Kristian Thomas and Dan Purvis are scheduled to compete, following their impressive performances in the team all-around final, in which Great Britain claimed a bronze medal.

Coverage switches to BBC Two at 6.00pm (details below).

7.00pm-10.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Gary Lineker

All the action from this evening’s packed schedule at the Aquatics Centre, featuring the finals and semi-finals in seven swimming disciplines.

This evening’s agenda starts with the final of the men’s 200m breaststroke at 7.30, and includes the finals of the 8.09 women’s 200m butterfly, 8.17 men’s 100m freestyle and 8.57 women’s 4x200m freestyle relay. The semi-finals of the women’s 100m freestyle discipline are at 7.38, followed by the 7.47 men’s 200m backstroke, 8.24 women’s 200m breaststroke and 8.36 men’s 200m individual medley.

After Ellen Gandy’s surprising failure to qualify for the women’s 200m butterfly final, Team GB’s best medal hopes are in the 4x200m freestyle relay, with the likes of Rebecca Adlington, Joanne Jackson and Caitlin McClatchey among the squad.

10.40pm-12.00am – OLYMPICS TONIGHT
Presenter: Gabby Logan

In the company of star guests from the world of sport and beyond, Gabby Logan looks at the stories and personalities that have made the headlines on day four.

12.15am-1.00am – OLYMPIC SPORTSDAY
Presenter: Dan Walker

Final round-up of the day’s events, with guests from the world’s of Olympic sport and sports journalism.

1.00pm-1.45pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Matt Baker, with Tanni Grey-Thompson

Coverage of the 29km women’s individual time-trial, which starts and ends at Hampton Court Palace, with the first rider having begun at 12.30 over on BBC Three.

Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley are Britain’s two representatives in the time-trial, and Pooley will be looking to go one better than in Beijing four years ago, when she claimed the silver medal behind Kristin Armstrong of the USA.

6.00pm-7.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Sue Barker
Gymnastics, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis

Further coverage from across London, including the concluding stages of the men’s individual artistic gymnastics all-around final at the North Greenwich Arena, Great Britain v Russia in the women’s basketball at the Basketball Arena, and the latest badminton and tennis matches at Wembley Arena and Wimbledon respectively.

10.00pm-10.40pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Gary Lineker
Boxing, Basketball, Hockey

Further coverage from across day five of the Games, with six sports still in progress, including men’s boxing, women’s basketball and men’s hockey.

The last-16 bouts in the heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions are taking place at the ExCeL London, with Anthony Joshua hoping to have progressed for Britain at super heavyweight.

The women’s USA basketball team face Turkey in Group A at the Basketball Arena, and at the Riverbank Arena, South Korea take on Germany in the final men’s hockey match of the day.

9.00am-2.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Rishi Persad
Swimming & Cycling

First session on the fifth day of the Games, including the latest swimming heats and the start of the women’s individual road cycling time-trial.

The opening events of the day across London are the initial focus of attention, before the action shifts to the Aquatics Centre with the swimming heats, featuring the 10.20 men’s 200m backstroke, 10.47 women’s 200m breaststroke, 11.14 men’s 200m individual medley and 11.39 women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

The cycling starts at Hampton Court Palace at 12.30, with the competitors facing a 29km course before finishing at the same venue.

2.00pm-7.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Manish Bhasin
Canoe Slalom, Sailing, Hockey, Gymnastics

The Lee Valley White Water Centre is the venue for the first action in the semi-finals of the men’s K1 discipline, featuring Britain’s Richard Hounslow, with the final to follow from 3.15.

The sailing regatta in Weymouth is featured from 2.15, with the men’s laser and women’s RS-X among the events taking place, featuring Paul Goodison and Bryony Shaw respectively for Team GB.

The British men’s hockey team face South Africa in their second Pool A match at the Riverbank Arena from 4.00, hoping to claim a second victory after beating Argentina 4-1 in their opener, and the programme concludes with the climax of the men’s individual artistic gymnastics all-around final from 5.45.

7.00pm-11.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Jake Humphrey

Great Britain men’s side need to avoid defeat to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the football competition.

The sides are playing their third and final group encounter, having already faced Senegal and the United Arab Emirates, with the top two in the group progressing to the quarter-finals.

Team GB coach Stuart Pearce will be looking to experienced Welsh duo Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy to shine on home soil against quality South American opposition, with the Uruguayans aiming to emulate the recent success enjoyed by their national team. 

Plus, a look back at today’s earlier matches.


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09:00 – Men’s Individual – Last 32 Eliminations
09:26 – Women’s Individual – Last 32 Eliminations
09:52 – Men’s Individual – Last 16 Eliminations
10:05 – Women’s Individual – Last 16 Eliminations
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 8.55am-1.05pm
15:00 – Men’s Individual – Last 32 Eliminations
*Feat. GB’s Alan Wills & Simon Terry
15:26 – Women’s Individual – Last 32 Eliminations
15:52 – Men’s Individual – Last 16 Eliminations
16:05 – Women’s Individual – Last 16 Eliminations
LIVE BBC Olympics 17 – 2.55pm-7.05pm
Morning Session
09:00 – Singles (Last 16) / Doubles (QF)
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 / BBC Olympics 7 – 8.55am-11.10am
Afternoon Session
12:30 – Singles (Last 16) / Doubles (QF)
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 / BBC Olympics 24 – 12.25pm-3.40pm
        BBC Red Button (301) – 12.30pm-3.30pm
Evening Session
17:00 – Singles (Last 16) / Women’s Doubles (QF)
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 / BBC Olympics 15 – 4.55pm-9.10pm
Women’s Competition
Canada v France | Group B | Tip-off: 09:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 14 – 8.50am-10.55am
China v Angola | Group A | Tip-off: 11:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 14 – 11.05am-1.10pm
Australia v Brazil | Group B | Tip-off: 14:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 2.20pm-4.25pm
Great Britain v Russia | Group B | Tip-off: 16:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 4.35pm-6.40pm
        BBC Red Button (301) – 4.40pm-6.30pm
Croatia v Czech Republic | Group A | Tip-off: 20:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 7.50pm-9.55pm
United States v Turkey | Group A | Tip-off: 22:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 10.05pm-12.10am
        BBC Red Button (301) – 11.30pm-12.00am
09:00 – Women’s Prelim
10:00 – Women’s Prelim
11:00 – Men’s Prelim
12:00 – Men’s Prelim
LIVE BBC Olympics 11 – 8.55am-1.00pm
14:30 – Women’s Prelim
15:30 – Women’s Prelim
16:30 – Men’s Prelim
17:30 – Men’s Prelim GB’s Garcia-Thompson/Grotowski
LIVE BBC Olympics 21 – 2.25pm-6.30pm
20:00 – Men’s Prelim
21:00 – Men’s Prelim
22:00 – Women’s Prelim
23:00 – Women’s Prelim
LIVE BBC Olympics 11 – 7.55pm-12.00am
        BBC Red Button (302) – 10.45pm-12.00am
13:30 – Men’s Bantam (56kg) | Round of 16
14:30 – Men’s Heavy (91kg) | Round of 16
15:30 – Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) | Round of 16
LIVE BBC Olympics 13 – 1.25pm-4.40pm
20:30 – Men’s Bantam (56kg) | Round of 16
*Feat. GB’s Luke Campbell
21:30 – Men’s Heavy (91kg) | Round of 16
22:30 – Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) | Round of 16
*Feat. GB’s Anthony Joshua
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 8.25pm-11.40pm
        BBC Red Button (301) – 9.40pm-11.30pm
13:30 – Men’s Kayak (K1) | Semi Finals
*Feat. GB’s Richard Hounslow
15:15 – Men’s Kayak (K1) | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 1.25pm-4.20pm
12:30 – Women’s Individual Time Trial – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Emma Pooley & Lizzie Armitstead
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 12.20pm-1.50pm
14:15 – Men’s Individual Time Trial – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Bradley Wiggins & Chris Froome
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 2.05pm-4.35pm
15:00 – Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard | FINAL
Feat. GB’s Chris Mears / Nicholas Robinson-Baker
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 2.55pm-4.15pm
Men’s Individual Epee
09:00 – Round of 32
11:15 – Round of 16
12:30 – Quarter Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 8.55am-1.00pm
17:30 – Semi Finals
19:10 – BRONZE Medal Match
20:00 – GOLD Medal Match
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 5.25pm-9.30pm
Women’s Individual Sabre
*Feat. GB’s Sophie Williams & Louise Bond-Williams
13:10 – Round of 32
14:45 – Round of 16
15:40 – Quarter Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 15 – 1.00pm-4.10pm
18:30 – Semi Finals
19:40 – BRONZE Medal Match
20:30 – GOLD Medal Match
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 5.25pm-9.30pm
Men’s Competition
Brazil v New Zealand | Group C
Kick-off: 14:30 – St James’ Park
LIVE BBC Olympics 11 – 2.20pm-4.40pm
Egypt v Belarus | Group C
Kick-off: 14:30 – Hampden Park
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 2.20pm-4.40pm
Mexico v Switzerland | Group B
Kick-off: 17:00 – Millennium Stadium
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 4.50pm-7.10pm
South Korea v Gabon | Group B
Kick-off: 17:00 – Wembley Stadium
LIVE BBC Olympics 11 – 4.50pm-7.10pm
Japan v Honduras | Group D
Kick-off: 17:00 – City of Coventry Stadium
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 4.50pm-7.10pm
Spain v Morocco | Group D
Kick-off: 17:00 – Old Trafford
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 4.50pm-7.10pm
Senegal v United Arab Emirates | Group A
Kick-off: 19:45 – City of Coventry Stadium
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 7.35pm-9.55pm
        BBC Red Button (301) – 7.40pm-9.40pm
Great Britain v Uruguay | Group A
Kick-off: 19:45 – Millennium Stadium
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 7.35pm-9.55pm
16:30 – Men’s Individual All-Around – FINAL
*Feat GB’s Kristian Thomas & Daniel Purvis
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 4.25pm-7.25pm
Women’s Competition
Norway v South Korea | Group B | Start: 09:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 – 9.20am-11.05am
Montenegro v Angola | Group A | Start: 11:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 – 11.05am-12.55pm
France v Sweden | Group B | Start: 14:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 – 2.20pm-4.05pm
Great Britain v Brazil | Group A | Start: 16:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 – 4.05pm-5.55pm
Spain v Denmark | Group B | Start: 19:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 – 7.20pm-9.05pm
Russia v Croatia | Group A | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 16 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
Men’s Competition
Spain v Australia | Group A | Start: 08:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 8.20am-10.10am
Belgium v Netherlands | Group B | Start: 10:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 10.35am-12.25pm
New Zealand v India | Group B | Start: 13:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 1.35pm-3.25pm
South Africa v Great Britain | Group A | Start: 16:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 3.50pm-5.40pm
Pakistan v Argentina | Group A | Start: 19:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 6.50pm-8.40pm
South Korea v Germany | Group B | Start: 21:15
LIVE BBC Olympics 12 – 9.05pm-10.55pm
Men’s -90kg
Feat. GB’s Winston Gordon
09:30 – Elimination Round of 32
09:33 – Elimination Round of 16
09:35 – Quarter Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 9.25am-12.40pm
Women’s -70kg
*Feat. GB’s Sally Conway
09:30 – Elimination Round of 32
09:32 – Elimination Round of 16
09:34 – Quarter Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 9.25am-12.40pm
Men’s -90kg
14:02 – Repechage & Bronze
14:03 – Semi Finals
16:10 – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 1.55pm-5.00pm
Women’s -70kg
14:00 – Semi Finals
14:01 – Repechage & Bronze
16:00 – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 1.55pm-5.00pm
09:30 – Men’s Single Sculls – Semi Finals
*Feat. GB’s Alan Campbell
09:50 – Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Semi Finals
*Feat. GB’s Zac Purchase & Mark Hunter
10:10 – Women’s Pair – FINAL
*Feat. Helen Glover & Heather Stanning
10:20 – Women’s Quadruple Sculls – FINAL – Feat. GBR
10:30 – Men’s Eight – FINAL – Feat. GBR
10:40 – Men’s Quadruple Sculls – Semi Finals – Feat. GBR
11:00 – Men’s Pair – Semi Finals
*Feat. George Nash & William Satch
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 9.25am-1.20pm
12:00 – Men’s RS-X – Race 3
12:00 – Men’s 49er – Race 5
12:00 – Women’s Laser Radial – Race 5
12:05 – Men’s Laser – Race 5
12:45 – Men’s RS-X – Race 4
12:45 – Men’s 49er – Race 6
13:15 – Women’s Laser Radial – Race 6
13:20 – Men’s Laser – Race 6
14:00 – Women’s RS-X – Race 3
14:00 – Women’s Elliott 6m – Round Robin
14:45 – Women’s RS-X – Race 4
LIVE BBC Olympics 9 – 11.50am-6.10pm
Women’s 25m Pistol
15:30 – FINALS
*May feature GB’s Georgina Geikie
LIVE BBC Olympics 22 – 3.25pm-4.30pm
Morning Session
10:00 – Women’s 100m Freestyle – Heats
10:21 – Men’s 200m Backstroke – Heats
10:43 – Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Heats
11:06 – Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Heats
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 9.55am-12.10pm
Evening Session
19:30 – Men’s 200m Breaststroke – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Andrew Willis & Michael Jamieson
19:38 – Women’s 100m Freestyle – Semi Finals
19:47 – Men’s 200m Backstroke – Semi Finals
20:09 – Women’s 200m Butterfly – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Jemma Lowe
20:17 – Men’s 100m Freestyle – FINAL
20:24 – Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Semi Finals
20:36 – Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Semi Finals
20:57 – Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay – FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 7.25pm-9.45pm
Morning Session
10:00 – Men’s Singles – Quarter Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 9.55am-12.10pm
Afternoon Session
14:30 – Women’s Singles – BRONZE Medal Match
15:30 – Women’s Singles – GOLD Medal Match
LIVE BBC Olympics 14 – 2.25pm-5.10pm
Centre Court
Serena Williams (USA) v Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v Andy Murray (GBR)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 12.00pm-8.10pm
No. 1 Court
Roger Federer (SUI) v Denis Istomin (UZB)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Nadia Petrova (RUS)
Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)
David Ferrer (ESP) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 12.00pm-8.10pm
Court TBC
Incl. Laura Robson/Andy Murray (GBR, Mixed Doubles, R1)
LIVE BBC Olympics 23 – 11.30am-8.10pm
Women’s Competition
Dominican Republic v Japan | Group A | Tip-off: 09:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 18 – 9.20am-11.10am
Algeria v Russia | Group A | Tip-off: 11:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 18 – 11.20am-1.10pm
Serbia v Turkey | Group B | Tip-off: 14:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 18 – 2.35pm-4.25pm
Great Britain v Italy | Group A | Tip-off: 16:45
LIVE BBC Olympics 18 – 4.35pm-6.25pm
United States v China | Group B | Tip-off: 20:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 18 – 7.50pm-9.40pm
Brazil v South Korea | Group B | Tip-off: 22:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 18 – 9.50pm-11.40pm
Women’s Competition
Hungary v China | Group A | Start: 14:10
LIVE BBC Olympics 19 – 2.00pm-3.25pm
Italy v Russia | Group B | Start: 15:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 19 – 3.25pm-5.00pm
Spain v United States | Group A | Start: 18:20
LIVE BBC Olympics 19 – 6.10pm-7.35pm
Great Britain v Australia | Group B | Start: 19:40
LIVE BBC Olympics 19 – 7.35pm-9.00pm
10:00 – Men’s 77kg | Group B
*Feat. GB’s Jack Oliver
12:30 – Women’s 69kg | Group B
*Feat. GB’s Natasha Perdue
LIVE BBC Olympics 20 – 9.55am-2.10pm
15:30 – Women’s 69kg | Group A (MEDALS)
LIVE BBC Olympics 20 – 3.25pm-5.40pm
19:00 – Men’s 77kg | Group A (MEDALS)
LIVE BBC Olympics 9 – 6.55pm-9.10pm
Live coverage of selected events also on British Eurosport & Sky 3D
Highlights of the day’s events in 3D will be shown on BBC HD at 11pm

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