Cycling: Women’s BMX Final
4:30pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1
Britain’s Shanaze Reade is a front-runner with the capacity to beat everyone — her biggest challenge may be herself. She was only 19 in Beijing, where she was put forward as a serious contender, but struggled to cope with the pressures of racing at that level. That’s the beauty of the Olympics though, because it throws up surprises.
Her main competition will come from Australia’s Caroline Buchanan, who was looking good at the world championships in Birmingham earlier this year, while Magalie Pottier from France is also very consistent.
Physically, though, Shanaze has the capacity to win gold, and if her head’s on her shoulders come the final, then she can smash the competition. Jamie Staff