Britain’s Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are unbeaten this year and enter this race as big favourites. It’s a cliché, but they’re really wonderful, down-to-earth girls. They have a chemistry that’s gone from strength to strength.
Before 2008 Helen wasn’t even rowing (Heather only began in 2006), but they soon burst onto the scene. In last year’s world championships they had a phenomenal race up to 1,750m, but didn’t have a final 250m sprint for the line. But this year they’ve put it all together and they look spectacular.
Barring a major equipment disaster, or the pressure getting to them — which it really shouldn’t; they’re professionals — there’s no reason why the new Olympic record holders won’t win Britain’s first ever women’s gold medal for rowing. Wednesday should be a very special day. Garry Herbert
She may have lost out in the road race but GB’s Emma Pooley is the specialist when it comes to the time trial; she has been the world champion, won a bronze last year and silver in the Olympic Games in Beijing. The problem for Emma is that the course is a pretty flat 18 miles (like the men’s it’s around Hampton Court) and she could do with a few testing hills — that’s more her style, so we’ll have to see. It’s a totally different course from the road race.
Judith Arndt of Germany is one of the dangers here. Also, Linda Villumsen, who rides for New Zealand although she was born in Denmark. Hugh Porter
Richard Hounslow will be competing for Team GB in both the canoe double and the kayaking. Of the two, he is weaker in the single kayak — where competitors carry a paddle with a blade at each end — and he will have to be at the top of his game if he’s going to get onto the podium.
To be fair to 30-year-old Hounslow, he has already done well, because he had to beat Campbell Walsh — who won silver at Athens in 2004 — in a qualifier just to get to the Games in the first place. To cap it all, he is upagainst a formidable field. Martin Cross
Gymnastics: Men’s Individual All-Around
4:30pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 5
World champion Kohei Uchimura from Japan will be the favourite. But the British could provide a surprise if they qualify for the all-around final. They won a brilliant bronze in the team event on Monday so we’d expect our men, including British champion Daniel Purvis (left), to be right up there.
From a British point of view we’ve certainly got a fighting chance, but for viewers in general it promises to be tremendously exciting. Each competitor performs on all pieces of apparatus, and cumulative scores dictate their finishing positions. Christine Still
Eddie Mair: why I’ll be watching gymnastics
“The gymnastics has no real peer. Are there more finely honed athletes? That stuff where they can hold themselves up on the rings, or swivel around on that horsey thing. I used to imagine that I, too, could manage that but I get breathless bending down to put on my trainers.”
Rowing Women’s Pair Final 10.10am; Women’s Quadruple Sculls Final 10.20am; Men’s Eight Final 10.30am Road cycling Women’s Individual Time Trial Final 12.30pm; Men’s Individual Time Trial Final 2.15pm Diving Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard Final 3pm Canoe Slalom Men’s Kayak Final 3.15pm Shooting Women’s 25m Pistol Finals 9.00am Table Tennis Women’s Singles Gold Medal Match 3.30pm Weightlifting Women’s 69kg Group A 3.30pm Judo Women’s -70kg Final 4pm; Men’s -90kg Final 4.10pm Gymnastics Men’s Individual Artistic All-Around Final 4.30pm Weightlifting Men’s 77kg Group A 7pm Swimming Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final 7.30pm Fencing Men’s Individual Epée, Gold Medal Match 8pm Swimming Women’s 200m Butterfly Final 8.12pm; Men’s 100m Freestyle Final 8.20pm; Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final 9.04pm Fencing Women’s Individual Sabre Gold Medal Match 8.30pm
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