OLYMPICS LONDON 2012: Games day nine – Saturday August 4th
By Sportsbeat staff, London 2012
THE GOLDEN girl of British athletics, Jessica Ennis, looks to put all the pressure behind her as she looks to win gold in her debut Olympics.
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The Sheffield star sits in first place overnight and will be hoping for a strong day to claim another gold for the improving Team GB, while crowd favourite Mo Farah looks to seal his place as the one of the best long distance runners in British history.
More medal winning will be on the agenda for the great as Fran Halsall goes in the 50 metres freestyle final while the men’s four look to retain their Olympic title in the rowing at Eton Dorney – as will Olympic champions Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter in the men’s double scull.
The rest of the day will pan out as:
09.00 SHOOTING – Jennifer McIntosh shoots in the qualifying round of the three position 50m rifle, hoping to do better than she managed in the 10m air rifle. Also on the range is Charlotte Kerwood in qualifying for the women’s trap.
09.00 TRIATHLON – Helen Jenkins will be going for gold in the women’s triathlon. The reigning world champion will have the help of domestiques, who will race solely for her benefit and sacrificing their own personal goals.
09.30 HANDBALL – Great Britain’s men take on Tunisia in the Copper Box, hoping to register their first victory.
10.00 CYCLING – After smashing world records and winning gold, Team GB are on the track once more for the men’s sprints and omnium.
10.05 Onwards ATHLETICS – Action at the Olympic Stadium kicks off with the Women's Heptathlon long jump, in which Jessica Ennis, Louise Hazel and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will feature.
Then Holly Bleasdale and Kate Dennison will jump in Women’s Pole Vault qualifying round before Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, and Martyn Rooney run in the heats of the Men's 400m round one.
Barbara Parker and Eilish McCologan will compete in the Women's 3000m Steeplechase heats from 11.35 before Ennis, Hazel and Johnson-Thompson throw in the Women's Heptathlon javelin.
11:30 ROWING –Team GB look to continue their good form at Eton Dorney as they race in the Men’s Four Final. Shortly after it’s the turn of the women in the lightweight double sculls final. Their counterparts take to the water at 12.10 as they look to add to the medal haul.
11.30 VOLLEYBALL – Great Britain face Poland in their penultimate Pool A match and are still seeking their first win at this Olympics.
12.00 Onwards SAILING – At Weymouth, Paul Goodison sails in the Laser Men races nine and ten. Nick Dempsey will compete in the RS:X Men race seven followed by race eight.
In the turn of the women, Bryony Shaw is in action in the RS:X Women races seven and eight, and Alison Young in the Laser Radial Women races nine and ten.
Team GB then sail in the 470 Men Race five, Elliott 6m WMR Round Robin match 58, 470 Women race three, 470 Men race six, 470 Women race four and Elliott 6m WMR Round Robin match 66.
12.00 TENNIS – Wimbledon and Olympics singles finalist Andy Murray joins Laura Robson in the mixed doubles against Australian pair Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur on Centre Court after their match was delayed from yesterday.
13.25 Onwards BOXING – Third seed Thomas Stalker takes to the ring for his lightwelter round of 16 bout against India’s Kumar Manoj after a bye in the first round.
15.30 WEIGHTLIFTING – Peter Kirkbride begins his contribution to the Games in the men's 94kg Group B at the ExCeL.
16.00 HOCKEY – Team GB face China in their penultimate match in Women's Pool A and will be looking to continue their unbeaten record in the competition.
18.11 Onwards CYCLING – Looking for more medals at the velodrome, Great Britain’s women will look to qualify in the team pursuit first round ahead of the finals.
18.20 WATERPOLO – Great Britain face Hungary in the Men's preliminary round Group B and are still looking to secure their first points of the competition.
19.00 Onwards ATHLETICS – The evening session at the Olympic Stadium sees David Greene, Rhys Williams and Jack Green compete in the Men's 400m Hurdles semi-finals. Then in the men's 10,000m final Mo Farah and Christopher Thompson race for gold at 21.15.
For the women, Christine Ohuruogu, Shana Cox and Lee McConnell all run in the Women's 400m semi-finals as they attempt to progress to the next stage.
19.30 FOOTBALL – In their quarter final fixture, Great Britain men’s team face Korea at the Millennium Stadium as they look to continue their unmarred progress and set up a semi-final tie.
19.36 Onwards SWIMMING – Daniel Fogg swims in the Men's 1,500m Freestyle Final after qualifying seventh with a time of 15:14.77 minutes. Team GB then take to the pool for both the women’s and men’s 4 x 100m medley relay finals after qualifying seventh and fifth fastest respectively – Halsall will go in the 50m freestyle final.
20.00 BASKETBALL – Great Britain face Australia in the men's preliminary round Group B and will be hoping to clinch their first victory after narrowly missing out 79-78 against Spain in their previous match.
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