Team GB medal hopes - Day 8
August 4, 2012 06:06 am
After moving into fourth in the medals' table, Team GB will be hoping for another successful day, and here we look at the headline acts on day eight of the Olympic Games.
ATHLETICS: Mo Farah
Farah goes for gold in the final of the 10,000 metres after being pipped to the world title in Daegu last year, with the race due to start just 25 minutes after Jessica Ennis could also seal gold in the heptathlon.
BASKETBALL: Joel Freeland
The newly-signed Portland Trail Blazer has been in excellent form and had his best game yet with 25 points while battling Pau Gasol in the 79-78 loss to Spain. More of the same is needed against Australia.
BOXING: Thomas Stalker
Nothing but gold will satisfy world number one Stalker, the 2011 world silver medallist, who gets his light-welterweight campaign under way against India's experienced Manoj Kumar, whom he beat 24-18 en route to the final in Baku last year.
CYCLING: Jason Kenny
Selected ahead of defending champion Sir Chris Hoy, expectation will be high for Beijing silver medallist Kenny to deliver in the individual sprint. The 24-year-old from Bolton will be hoping to qualify well in the first of three days of competition in the event.
DIVING: Hannah Starling
Seventeen-year-old Starling will be the youngest diver in the three-metre springboard semi-final at the Aquatics Centre. Starling and fellow City of Leeds team-mate Becky Gallantree will attempt to reach Sunday's 12-diver final.
EQUESTRIAN: Nick Skelton
Skelton will begin his sixth Olympics campaign when the four-day showjumping competition starts at Greenwich Park in the morning. Skelton and his horse Big Star are strong challengers for an individual medal and he is also the spearhead of Britain's four-strong team.
FOOTBALL: Micah Richards
Much has been made of Richards' perceived lack of positional sense. However, entrusted with a central defensive role, the Manchester City man has been effective and needs to maintain those standards against South Korea in Cardiff.
GYMNASTICS: Kat Driscoll
Driscoll will bid to win Great Britain's first Olympic trampolining medal when she competes at the North Greenwich Arena. Until two years ago, the 26-year-old worked full-time in a high street bank, but she is now hoping to continue Team GB's medal rush and better the 10th-place finish by Claire Wright at the 2008 Games.
HANDBALL: Men's team
Great Britain men have had a rough introduction to life at the Olympic Games, suffering three heavy losses in their opening three matches, and it does not look like it will get much easier against Tunisia. Look out for Ciaran Williams.
HOCKEY: Crista Cullen
Great Britain's key defensive player in the absence of the injured Kate Walsh. Although she has played a slightly higher line in the last couple of matches, Cullen's role will be important as China have to go for the win to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
ROWING: Andrew Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory
Great Britain have won gold in the men's four at each of the last three Olympics and are desperate to extend that dynasty. Australia are the crew most likely to stand in their way.
SHOOTING: Charlotte Kerwood
Once voted one of the 100 most powerful women in the countryside - between Zara Phillips and Katie Price - 26-year-old Kerwood, from Sussex, goes for glory in the trap, looking to emulate Peter Wilson's success.
SWIMMING: Daniel Fogg
Fogg will compete in his first Olympic final when he goes in the 1,500 metres freestyle. The Loughborough ITC swimmer qualified fifth fastest as he became the new British face of the distance after double medallist Dave Davies failed to make it through.
VOLLEYBALL: Peter Bakare
A former stand-up comedian, actor and scriptwriter on the television show Skins, Bakare was given his first Games start against Italy and did not disappoint, going toe-to-toe with the world number fours and coming away with enormous credit. Britain play Poland at 11.30am.
WATER POLO: Ciaran James
James scored two goals against Olympic silver medallists the United States as Great Britain's men lost their third match of the Games. The 21-year-old from Bristol will hope to get on the scoresheet against Hungary.
WEIGHTLIFTING: Peter Kirkbride
The 24-year-old, from Kilmarnock, is the final member of Team GB's weightlifting quintet to take to the stage. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist from 2010 goes in the men's 94kg.
SAILING: Ali Young
The 25-year-old has impressed on her Olympic debut and sits fifth heading into the final day of fleet racing. Just two races remain before the medal race so she will be hoping to close the gap on the top three.
TENNIS: Andy Murray and Laura Robson
Murray and Robson will look to guarantee themselves a shot at a mixed doubles medal when they play their delayed quarter-final against the experienced Australian pair of Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur.
TRIATHLON: Helen Jenkins
The 27-year-old from Bridgend is the reigning world champion and will be helped by Vicky Holland and Lucy Hall in Hyde Park but there are a number of gold medal contenders.
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