Olympics 2012: What to Watch Tonight, Wednesday 1 August

Can GB get another gold? We have two contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke. And will the men's footballers match the women and beat Uruguay?


Swimming: Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final 


7:30pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 4

Scots swimmer Michael Jamieson broke the British record twice in succession yesterday on his way to the final, qualifying with the fastest time, while GB teammate Andrew Willis was only a quarter-second slower. The fastest in the world this year are the two Japanese, Kosuke Kitajima and Ryo Tateishi, but Willis and Jamieson are both great 200m swimmers with a good back end, so the race is still on if they’re behind at 100m, especially with the crowd at the Aquatic Centre roaring them on… 

Football: Men’s Group A – Great Britain v Uruguay

7.45pm BBC3, BBC Olympics 2

GB women boosted interest in Olympic football last night; now the men need to grab some of that momentum and take it into a tricky group decider against Uruguay. Defeat against one of the strongest teams in the competition – Uruguay have Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in attack – almost certainly means elimination. On the other hand, winning the game could put GB top of Group A, and in the same half of the knockout draw as Brazil. So keep an eye on the other Group A match, Senegal v UAE (BBC Olympics 3).

Before the kick-off, it’ll be another closely scrutinised performance of God Save the Queen – so far GB’s Welsh players have declined to join in, and now they’re at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Will the crowd sing?

Swimming: Women’s 200m Butterfly Final

8:12pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 4

Welsh swimmer Jemma Lowe, 22, is sixth fastest in the world this year at 200m. The sole Brit left in the event after Ellen Gandy’s shock exit, she’ll line up tonight as the field’s slowest qualifier, but she’s done all the hard work by getting to the final. And in 2011 Lowe set a personal best of 2:05.36, almost a second faster than Liuyang Jiao of China’s fastest qualifying time of 2:06.10, so anything can happen.

Everyone will be watching the Chinese current world champion, but Lowe has already proved she has the speed to challenge for a medal.

Fencing: Women’s Individual Sabre Gold Medal Match

8:30pm, BBC Olympics 1

Ukrainian Olga Kharlan was just 17 when she helped her sabre team win gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing. In the following four years she’s gone on to make a name for herself in the sport, defending her European title in June this year  – can she add to her collection by claiming victory in today’s gold medal match? American double Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis, Korean Jiyeon Kim and world champion Sofiya Velikaya of Russia all stand in her way.

Golds Today

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 3:30pm 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


Make sure you don’t miss a minute of the Games with our guide to watching the Olympics on TV.