Olympics 2012: What to Watch Today, Sunday 5 August

Ben Ainslie battles for gold, while Andy Murray plots revenge on Roger Federer - plus gymnastics medallists Louis Smith, Daniel Purvis and Kristian Thomas

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Olympics 2012: What to Watch Today, Sunday 5 August
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Mary Keitany

Athletics: Women’s Marathon

11:00am BBC1, BBC Olympics 3

The clear favourite is the Kenyan, Mary Keitany, who won this year’s London Marathon. Her main rivals - on a slightly curious course that comprises three laps, taking in the City of London, the Embankment and St James's Park - should be Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia, Lilia Shobukhova of Russia, Edna Kipligat of Kenya and Shalane Flanagan from the US. British hopes rest on Mara Yamauchi and Freya Murray.


Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson

Sailing: Star Medal Race

1:00pm BBC3, BBC Olympics 9

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in the Star (two-man keelboat) are returning gold medallists. They’ve either been first or second in everything for a very long time and they’re very comfortable in Weymouth, where the race is held. Percy has recovered from a back injury, they’ve got a new boat and they’re going fast. Unless something happens they’re guaranteed gold. Shirley Robertson


Kohei Uchimura

Gymnastics: Men’s Floor Exercise Final

2:00pm BBC2, BBC Olympics 4

Japanese athlete Kohei Uchimura is really dominant in every field and he will be looking to add to his collection of golds on the floor in his bid to become the best gymnast of the Games.

Most of the top men including the Germans and the Russians look pretty strong, but we will have British interest here, too, in both Daniel Purvis and Kristian Thomas. Christine Still


Louis Smith

Men’s Pommel Horse Final

3:41pm BBC2, BBC Olympics 4

Hungarian Krisztian Berki has won most competitions over the past four years so he’ll be the one to watch here. He’s hotly pursued by Britain’s Louis Smith, 23, who won bronze in Beijing in 2008 and will look to go one or two better. The two have already gone head to head at the Europeans where Berki came out on top. But Louis does have the most difficult routine on the circuit, so if he can give a flawless performance then he’s got a real chance of gold. Christine Still

Louis Smith: from X Factor contestant to Olympic gymnast


Golds Today

Golds today

Athletics Women’s Marathon 11am Tennis Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match From 12 noon; Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match From 12 noonWomen’s Doubles Gold Medal Match From 12 noon Shooting Men’s 50m Pistol Finals 12:30pm Badminton Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match 1pm Sailing Men’s Star Medal Race 1pm; Men’s Finn Medal Race 2pm Gymnastics Men’s Floor Exercise Final 2pm Badminton Men’s Doubles Gold Medal Match 2:15pm Gymnastics Women’s Vault Final 2:50pm Weightlifting Women’s +75kg Group A 3:30pm Gymnastics Men’s Pommel Horse Final 3:41pm Wrestling Men’s 55kg Greco-Roman Gold Medal Final 6:25pm; Men’s 74kg Greco-Roman Gold Medal Final 6:25pm Diving Women’s 3m Springboard Final 7pm Fencing Men’s Team Foil Gold Medal Match 7:15pm Athletics Women’s Triple Jump Final 7:35pm; Men’s Hammer Throw Final 8:20pm; Women’s 400m Final 9:10pm; Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase Final 9:25pm; Men’s 100m Final 9:50pm


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