Team GB medal hopes - day 12
August 8, 2012 07:08 am
Team GB surpassed their Beijing haul yesterday by taking their gold medal tally to 22, with 48 accrued overall, and here we take a look at the top Brits in action on Wednesday.
ATHLETICS: Mo Farah
Farah starts his bid for a second Olympic gold when he lines up in the heats of the 5,000 metres. The 29-year-old is the reigning world champion and on a high after winning the 10,000m title in stunning fashion at the weekend.
BOXING: Thomas Stalker
Liverpool's Stalker will become the latest Team GB boxer to guarantee at least a bronze medal if the world number one comes through a tough light-welterweight bout against Mongolia's experienced Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg.
CANOEING: Tim Brabants
Brabants competes in the final of the men's K1 1000 metres after qualifying by just four hundredths of a second. After struggling with injury, the 35-year-old faces a tough task to retain the title he won in Beijing. Jessica Walker, Rachel Cawthorn, Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers compete in the final of the women's K4 500 metres.
CYCLING: Shanaze Reade
The 23-year-old Crewe rider crashed out when attempting a gold-medal-or-bust manoeuvre in Beijing on BMX's Olympic debut and is seeking to bounce back in London. The three-time world champion has had a challenging four years, but is ready to complete her collection with Olympic gold.
DIVING: Monique Gladding
Veteran platform diver Gladding will make her Olympic debut 18 months after she almost lost her life following a freak diving accident. The 30-year-old hit her head on the 10-metre tower at a meet in Russia and after plummeting unconscious into the water, had to be rescued from the bottom of the pool.
EQUESTRIAN: Nick Skelton
Skelton will lead the British charge for another showjumping gold after the spectacular team triumph at Greenwich Park yesterday. Skelton, 54, Ben Maher and Scott Brash have all qualified for the individual final, while bookies' favourite Skelton would become the first Briton to win an an individual showjumping gold in Olympic history if he triumphs.
HOCKEY: Beth Storry
Goalkeeper Storry is one of the best in the world and has played a key role for Great Britain and England over the last few years. Keeping a clean sheet will be important against Argentina in GB's first Olympic semi-final since 1996.
SAILING: Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes
The British duo head into the medal race with a fight on their hands to secure a podium finish. With gold and silver mathematically certain to go to Australia and New Zealand, bronze is the best they can hope for and they go in fifth, six points behind Denmark.
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