Men’s and Women’s 100m Backstroke Finals
7.51pm and 7.58pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1
It’s hard for Team GB’s Liam Tancock. He’s been world champion and world record holder in 50m backstroke and he’s a great 80m backstroke swimmer.
But this race is 100m. He has the sprint power but for such an out-and-out sprinter that last part of the race can be a struggle. He’ll probably turn first. It’ll be a very exciting race and you can guarantee he’ll give it 100 per cent. I’m hoping the crowd will scream so loudly, they carry him for that last 20m. I would love to see him get a medal because he’s been a great ambassador for British swimming for a long time.
In the women’s final, Missy Franklin is the one to watch. She’s 17 years old, an all-American girl who’s still at high school, with size 13 feet and a lovely personality. She will race the 100m and 200m free, and the 100m and 200m back. She’ll also do relays to make seven races. She could be a superstar. Her main event is the 200m backstroke but she’ll be formidable here.
Britain’s hope is Gemma Spofforth, 24. She's the world record holder. She has suffered family bereavements and a cycling accident, but she finished her degree and now works in a crisis centre where she helps other people. Gemma’s been on an emotional rollercoaster and I don’t think she was convinced she would make the team, but she dug deep at the British trials and found something. Sharron Davies