Team GB hopes - Day 13
August 9, 2012 06:59 am
Team GB go into day 13 of London 2012 with high hopes of medals in the dressage finale and here we look at all hopes of Team GB athletes on Thursday.
ATHLETICS: Andrew Osagie
The black belt in karate surprised himself by qualifying automatically for the 800 metres final behind world record holder David Rudisha, and although Rudisha looks in a different class, the other two medals are up for grabs.
CANOE SPRINT: Rachel Cawthorn
British hopes of a medal in the canoe sprint tomorrow at Eton Dorney rest with Cawthorn. The 23-year-old from Guildford, Surrey, races in the women's K1 500 metre final at 10.15am. Abigail Edmonds and Louisa Sawers line up in the B final of the women's K2 500 metres.
CYCLING: Liam Phillips
The 23-year-old from Burnham-on-Sea qualified 12th fastest for the BMX quarter-finals. Phillips won time-trial silver at May's World Championships before suffering a broken collarbone the following day but believes he is in the form of his life.
EQUESTRIAN: Charlotte Dujardin
British dressage star Dujardin already has an Olympic gold medal in the bag from the team competition, but she will start the individual freestyle to music event as favourite. Dujardin, the British record holder, is last to go in the final equestrian event of London 2012. The stage is set.
GYMNASTICS: Francesca Jones
Jones competes in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition which starts today. The 21-year-old is Britain's most experienced rhythmic gymnast and has taken part in three World Championships and two Commonwealth Games.
HOCKEY: James Fair
Great Britain men face Holland in their first Olympic semi-final since winning gold in 1988 and one of the main Dutch threats will be penalty corner specialist, and the tournament's six-goal leading scorer, Mink ven der Weerden so Cannock goalkeeper Fair is going to have to be on top form defending set-pieces.
SAILING: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell
The pair are mathematically assured of a silver medal but will be hoping to secure Great Britain's second sailing gold of the Games. Patience and Bithell have sailed fantastically throughout the regatta and face a straight fight with Australia's Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page to top the podium.
SWIMMING: Keri-anne Payne
Payne takes her place in the 10-kilometre open water event, contested in the Serpentine. The 24-year-old won the silver medal four years ago in Beijing and has twice been crowned world champion. British Swimming will be desperate for her to claim their first gold medal after a disappointing time in the pool.
TAEKWONDO: Jade Jones
Welsh teenager Jones won silver at the World Championships last year to add to her gold from the 2012 World Youth Olympics in Singapore. It would take a big effort to reach the under-57kg final, but the Flintshire fighter certainly has the ability to make an impact.
WRESTLING: Olga Butkevych
Ukraine-born Butkevych was controversially selected for Team GB after gaining citizenship in May. The 26-year-old came second in last year's test event but will do well to win medal in the -55kg freestyle after being handed a tough route to the final.
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