Olympics 2012: What to Watch Today, Monday 6 August

Beth Tweddle goes for gold on the uneven bars, Paul Goodison defends his title in laser sailing and Jason Kenny rides in track sprint cycling

PICK OF THE DAY: Gymnastics Uneven Bars Final, 2:50pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1. After finishing fourth by a whisker in Beijing, can Beth Tweddle beat defending champion He Kexin and capture gold?


Equestrian: Team Jumping Finals

2:00pm BBC3, BBC Olympics 2

Equestrian is one of the few Olympic events in which men compete with women on equal terms. Britain’s four-man jumping team (and they are all men) is a blend of youth and experience, from Scott Brash, 26, in his first Games, to Nick Skelton, 54, a veteran of five.

There are six nations who could all win medals here and the showjumping is going to be key to their chances. Clear rounds always win medals, but after completing the cross country the day before it’s much more difficult for the riders, as the horses may be a bit stiff.

Team GB has not won a medal in this event since silver at Los Angeles in 1984, but we have a very good team and are in with a real chance. The Germans are probably favourites and the Kiwis have been going very well indeed, with the French and Americans also a threat. Says the BBC’s Mike Tucker: “Britain could easily leave empty-handed because they’re very close, but not quite there.” 

Sailing: Men’s Laser Medal Race

2:00pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 6

This is a single-hander, for men under 80kg. Everyone has the same equipment: you’re given a boat (the Finn is for 100kg men, so that’s more about strength). Paul Goodison for GB won in Beijing, but has a tough battle ahead with Australia’s Tom Slingsby, who is unbeaten in Weymouth. It’s all about being good at the venue. But Slingsby was the favourite in Beijing and he bombed. Shirley Robertson

Cycling: Men’s Track Sprint Final

5:43pm BBC1, 2, BBC Olympics 5

This is the match sprint, the cat-and-mouse race where riders try to outwit each other, and the new rules mean only one athlete from each country is eligible to compete. In Beijing, Chris Hoy won gold and Jason Kenny silver. They’ve since changed the rules so you’re only allowed to have one rider in the event – and Kenny will be that man.

There was some clamour that Hoy should be allowed to defend all three of his Olympic titles, but I believe they’ve made the right decision: if Hoy were to ride in the individual sprint, team sprint and keirin it might just take the top edge off his speed. Better to have fresher legs and a focused mind. The man for Kenny to beat is the defending world champion, Frenchman Grégory Baugé. Simon Brotherton

Unsung hero 

Mary Kom, 29, India: This 29-year-old mother of twin boys from Manipur will be her country’s first and only female boxer at the Games. A five-time world championship winner, she’s known as “Magnificent Mary”.

Golds today


Sailing Women’s Laser Radial Medal Race 1pm Shooting Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Finals 1:45pm Equestrian Team Jumping Finals Round 2 2pm Sailing Men’s Laser Medal Race 2pm Gymnastics Men’s Rings Final 2pm; Women’s Uneven Bars Final 2:50pm; Men’s Vault Final 3:41pm Weightlifting Men’s 105kg, Group B 3:30pm Shooting Men’s Trap Finals 4pm Track Cycling Men’s Sprint Final 5:43pm Wrestling Men’s 60kg Greco-Roman Gold Medal Final 6:25pm; Men’s 84kg Greco-Roman Gold Medal Final 6:25pm; Men’s 120kg Greco-Roman Gold Medal Final 6:25pm Weightlifting Men’s 105kg, Group A 7pm Athletics Women’s Pole Vault Final 7pm; Women’s Shot Put Final 7:15pm; Men’s 400m Hurdles Final 8:45pm; Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase Final 9:05pm; Men’s 400m Final 9:30pm