LONDON 2012: Olympics Watch – Sunday 12th August

London 2012 reaches its final day of competition, with the remaining 14 of the 302 gold medals set to be decided.

British hopes for success on the last day will come from the concluding men’s boxing finals at the ExCel Arena.

Of the seven men Britain entered into the boxing competition, three qualified for the gold medal bouts of their respective weight classes, and today will see Freddie Evans compete in the welterweight division and Anthony Joshua in the super heavyweight class.

European welterweight champion Evans is already only the second Welshman to win an Olympic medal, having secured bronze, but only Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan stands between him and gold.

Super-heavyweight fighter Anthony Joshua could give Team GB an explosive end to their most successful Olympic Games in over a century, as he faces defending champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy.

Starting the final day of action is the men’s marathon from 11am, with the Kenyans yet again starting as favourites to take the Olympic title.

London Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang is hotly tipped to take gold, closely followed by team-mate and double world champion Abel Kirui.

Another final day highlight will be the men’s mountain biking from Hadleigh Farm.

GB’s Liam Killeen will compete in his third Olympic cross-country mountain bike event, hoping to improve on fifth in Athens and seventh in Beijing.

France’s two-time defending Olympic champion Julien Absalon will try to become the first cyclist to win three Olympic titles in a specific event.

The US basketball side might not be quite the ‘Dream Team’ of 1992 but Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the rest have proved far too good for anyone in London up to now.

Spain provide the final opposition, as they did in Beijing four years ago, and in Pau Gasol they have “one of the top five players in the world”, according to US coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The men’s handball, men’s volleyball and men’s water polo titles will also be decided.

The very last gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games, despite having started on the Olympic Park some 10 hours earlier, will be awarded to the winner of the women’s modern pentathlon, which will come in Greenwich Park at around 6pm.

GB’s Mhairi Spence is the sport’s world champion. Can she come through a gruelling day of fencing, swimming, riding and a combined run-shoot finale to add the Olympic title?

Picking a favourite in modern pentathlon is tough, though – the sport is so unpredictable (particularly the showjumping, where riders are paired with horses at random) that the 26 year-old Scot will need to rely on a good start in the fencing and gain momentum from there.

Then after a short break, the build-up will begin to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Games as the city bids farewell to a spectacular Olympics, starting at 9pm.

Olympic Closing Ceremony CLICK HERE for full details of the BBC’s coverage

Ensure you don’t miss any of the action from the final day of the Games, all 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 the final day of the London 2012 Olympic Games across the BBC. Details below:


Presenter: Chris Hollins & Sian Williams

News round-up from the Games and beyond, plus a look ahead to tonight’s closing ceremony.

9.00am-10.45am – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Mishal Husain
Olympics Review

Mishal Husain presents a look back at last night’s action, which included the concluding session of athletics at the Olympic Stadium, and previews the final day of the Games.

There are still 15 gold medals to be decided today across 10 different sports, with London 2012 set to conclude this evening with the closing ceremony.

The fencing discipline in the women’s modern pentathlon is one of the events taking place this morning, as the competitors look to get off to a strong start, with the swimming, riding and combined events still to come.

The men’s volleyball bronze-medal match will feature the two losing semi-finalists, and the men’s 66kg and 96kg classes begin in the freestyle wrestling

10.50am-1.20pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Matt Baker, with Tanni Grey-Thompson

Coverage of the men’s marathon, which gets under way at 11.00. The race begins on the Mall, where it will also conclude 26.2 miles later, passing many of the London’s most famous landmarks on the way.

Britain is represented by Lee Merrien and Scott Overall, and the event was won four years ago by Kenya’s Samuel Wanjiru, who broke the Olympic record on his way to victory, with Jaouad Gharib of Morocco in second and Ethiopia’s Tsegay Kebede winning the bronze medal.

1.20pm-4.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Jake Humphrey, with Manish Bhasin

This afternoon’s concluding men’s boxing finals at the ExCeL London, where the last five divisions are decided.

Of the seven men Britain entered into the boxing competition, three qualified for the finals of their respective weight classes, and today will see Fred Evans compete in the welterweight division and Anthony Joshua in the super heavyweight.

The schedule begins with the flyweights at 1.30, followed by the lightweights at 1.45, welterweights at 2.15, light heavyweights at 2.45 and super heavyweights at 3.15.

4.00pm-7.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Gabby Logan, with Clare Balding
Modern Pentathlon

Conclusion of the women’s modern pentathlon at Greenwich Park, where the last medals of London 2012 will be decided, featuring the show jumping and combined events.

The fencing and swimming took place earlier in the day, and the show jumping is heading toward a climax, with the combined running and shooting event from 6.00.

Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence are Britain’s entrants, with Spence among the favourites after winning gold in the team and individual races in this year’s world championships, at which Murray claimed third in the individual discipline.

Presenters: Gary Lineker & Sue Barker
Commentators: Huw Edwards, Hazel Irvine, Trevor Nelson
Official Start: 9.00pm

CLICK HERE for full details of the BBC’s closing ceremony coverage

1.15pm-3.35pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Helen Skelton
Mountain Bike

Full coverage of the men’s mountain bike cross-country final from Hadleigh Farm in Essex, which gets under way at 1.30.

The riders are seeded on the starting grid according to their world ranking, and Liam Killeen is Great Britain’s representative.

The 30-year-old won the gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and is competing in his third Olympics.

9.00am-3.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Sonali Shah
Volleyball, Basketball, Modern Pentathlon, Wrestling

BBC Three’s begins its final day of Olympics coverage with men’s volleyball, wrestling and basketball, and women’s modern pentathlon.

The ExCeL London hosts the first action of the day in the early rounds of the men’s 66kg and 96kg freestyle wrestling.

The men’s volleyball bronze-medal match follows from Earls Court at 9.30, with the final this afternoon at 1.00. The bronze-medal fixture in the men’s basketball comes from the North Greenwich Arena at 11.00, and the women’s modern pentathlon swimming discipline is at 12.35 at the Aquatics Centre.

3.00pm-7.00pm – OLYMPICS 2012
Presenter: Rishi Persad, with Ore Oduba
Basketball, Handball, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Water Polo, Wrestling

Action from the men’s basketball final the North Greenwich Arena between the USA ‘dream team’ and Spain.

It came as no surprise when the USA won the gold medal four years ago in Beijing with their squad made up of NBA stars, but they were pushed all the way by Spain before triumphing 118-107.

Plus, action from the finals of the men’s handball, rhythmic gymnastics group all-around discipline, men’s water polo and men’s freestyle wrestling from 4.30.


CLICK on the icons below to find out more about each Olympic sport
11:00 – Men’s Marathon – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Lee Merrien, Scott Overall
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 10.50am-1.40pm
Men’s Competition
Argentina v Russia | Bronze Medal Match – Tip-off: 11:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 10.50am-1.10pm
United States v Spain | GOLD Medal Match – Tip-off: 15:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 2.50pm-5.40pm
20:30 – Men’s Fly (52kg) | FINAL
13:00 – Men’s Light (60kg) | FINAL
13:45 – Men’s Welter (69kg) | FINAL
Freddie Evans (GBR) v Serik Sapiyev (KAZ)
14:15 – Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) | FINAL
15:15 – Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) | FINAL
Roberto Cammarelle (ITA) v Anthony Joshua (GBR)
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 1.25pm-4.10pm
13:30 – Men’s Cross Country – FINAL
*Feat. GB’s Liam Killeen
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 1.25pm-3.40pm
13:30 – Group All-Around – FINAL Rotation 1
14:16 – Group All-Around – FINAL Rotation 2
LIVE BBC Olympics 7 – 1.25pm-3.25pm
Men’s Competition
Hungary v Croatia | Bronze Medal Match – Start: 11:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 9 – 10.50am-1.10pm
Sweden v France | GOLD Medal Match – Start: 15:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 9 – 2.50pm-5.40pm
Women’s Competition
*Feat. GB’s Mhairi Spence, Samantha Murray
08:00 – Fencing
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 7.50am-11.10am
12:35 – Swimming
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 12.30pm-1.10pm
14:35 – Riding
18:00 – Combined Event
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 2.35pm-6.50pm
Men’s Competition
Bulgaria v Italy | Bronze Medal Match – Tip-off: 09:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 9.20am-11.10am
Russia v Brazil | GOLD Medal Match – Tip-off: 13:00
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 12.50pm-3.20pm
United States v Australia | Classification 7th-8th – Start: 10:20
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 10.10am-11.35am
Spain v Hungary | Classification 5th-6th – Start: 11:40
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 11.35am-1.10pm
Montenegro v Serbia | Bronze Medal Match – Start: 14:30
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 2.20pm-3.45pm
Croatia v Italy | GOLD Medal Match – Start: 15:50
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 3.45pm-5.50pm
Men’s 66kg Freestyle
08:30 – Qualifiers
09:00 – Last 16
10:00 – Quarter Finals
10:30 – Semi Finals
Men’s 96kg Freestyle
08:30 – Qualifiers
09:00 – Last 16
10:00 – Quarter Finals
10:30 – Semi Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 8 – 8.25am-11.25am
Men’s 66kg Freestyle
12:45 – Repechage & BRONZE Medal Match
13:25 – GOLD Medal Match
Men’s 96kg Freestyle
12:45 – Repechage & BRONZE Medal Match
13:25 – GOLD Medal Match
LIVE BBC Olympics 11 – 12.40pm-3.25pm
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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