Olympics 2012: What to Watch Tonight, Thursday 2 August

The focus is on swimming as Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps go for gold again - plus Fran Halsall for GB in the women's 100m freestyle

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Swimming: Men’s 200m Backstroke Final

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7:48pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1

Michael Phelps doesn’t compete in this race so his fellow American and great rival, Ryan Lochte, goes for gold — but the number one in the world this year is Ryosuke Irie of Japan, with Lochte half a second behind and another American, Tyler Clary, a little further back.

Don’t assume that if Lochte is swimming in an individual event, you can put the gold medal around his neck. Lochte beat Irie in the semi-final last night but Clary qualified fastest. Sharron Davies


Men’s 200m IM Final

8:19pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1

In terms of Phelps v Lochte there’s no real difference between this and the 400m individual medley. Ryan holds the world record in this one; Michael is the defending champion and won the US trials. But Ryan won the 400IM easily and was almost a second ahead of Michael in the semi-final. The medleys are going to be the most exciting races.

For Britain, James Goddard is sixth in the world at the moment and goes in lane one – Joseph Roebuck didn’t qualify.  James has been fourth at the Olympics (in the 200m backstroke). With so much attention on Lochte and Phelps, there is an outside chance he can sneak in for a medal. Sharron Davies


Women’s 100m Freestyle Final

8:37pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1

Britain’s Fran Halsall, 22, is looking really good. Fran was third in the world in the 100m going into the Games. She has a really good chance in both the 50m and 100m free but for her, the main event is this one. It has an amazing history. The winner is often perceived as the greatest sprinter. Fran is in with a shout. Sharron Davies


Unsung hero 

Luol Deng, 27, Great BritainBorn in Sudan, Deng fled the civil war, emigrating to Egypt then Britain. The 6ft 9in star grew up in south London but moved to America at the age of 14 and soon won a six-year, $50 million contract with the Chicago Bulls. Yet he is barely known here.

Great Britain’s basketball team take on Spain at 8:00pm, BBC Olympics 10


Golds today

Rowing Men’s Double Sculls Final 9:50am; Men’s Lightweight Four Final 10am; Women’s Eight Final 12:30pm Shooting Men’s Double Trap Finals 3pm Canoe slalom Men’s Canoe Double Final 3:18pm Table Tennis Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match 3:30pm Archery Women’s Individual Gold Medal Match 3:37pm Canoe slalom Women’s Kayak Final 3:57pm Judo Women’s -78kg Final 4pm; Men’s -100kg Final 4:10pm Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Individual All-Around Final 4:30pm Track Cycling Women’s Team Sprint Finals 5:59pm; Men’s Team Sprint Finals 6:15pm Fencing Women’s Team Foil Gold Medal Match 7:15pm Swimming Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final 7:40pm; Men’s 200m Backstroke Final 7:48pm; Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final 8:19pm; Women’s 100m Freestyle Final 8:37pm


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