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Olympics 2012: What to Watch Tonight, Wednesday 8 August

The climax of the women's 200m, 400m hurdles, long jump and beach volleyball - plus the men's 110m hurdles and GB v Argentina in the women's hockey semi logo
Published: Wednesday, 8th August 2012 at 3:55 pm

Athletics: Women's Long Jump Final


8:05pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1

This is a tough final to call because there are some great Russians in this event, as well as Americans such as Brittney Reese.

Team GB have Shara Proctor, who switched nationality from Anguilla last year and didn't jump too well, I think due to the pressure caused by the press attention that resulted from that.

But Shara has since had a great indoor season and has carried that over to the outdoor season, where she broke the British record. She isn't a favourite for gold but she could well take a medal if it all goes well. Jonathan Edwards

Athletics: Women's 400m Hurdles Final

8:45pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1

A big disappointment for Team GB here: medal hope Perri Shakes-Drayton, a very popular figure within the athletics team, narrowly missed out on a place in the final.

In her absence, interest lies in the likely battle for gold between Natalya Antyukh of Russia and the USA's Lashinda Demus. Watch out too for Nigeria's Muizat Ajoke Odumosu: if she wins a medal she'll be the first competitor from her country to do so at London 2012.

Athletics: Women's 200m Final

9:00pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1

I can't see beyond America's Allyson Felix. She's looking awesome. What might give others a chance is that having already competed in the 100m (she was fifth in Saturday's final), when she gets to the 200m final she'll have run five races. So there's hope for the likes of Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, the current Olympic champion (she won in 2004 as well) who was third in the 100m. The winner of the 100m, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, also goes here.

British hopes Margaret Adeoye, Abiodun Oyepitan and Anyika Onuora failed to make the final. Darren Campbell

Beach Volleyball: Women's Final

9pm BBC3, BBC Olympics 2

It's an all-American affair on the sand at Horse Guards Parade, as April Ross and Jennifer Kessy take on Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor are much more experienced and have impeccable Olympic pedigree: if they prevail here it'll be three golds for them at three consecutive Games.

Read our guide to the rules and those hidden hand signals

Athletics: Men's 110m Hurdles Final

9:15pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 1

Heartbreak again for favourite Liu Xiang of China, who crashed out in the first round after hitting a hurdle, having been forced to withdraw through injury four years ago in front of a home crowd in Beijing.

In Liu's absence, reigning champion and world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba has a good chance to retain his title, with improving American Aries Merritt also likely to be in contention. British interest comes in the form of Andy Turner and Lawrence Clarke. Mike Costello

Unsung Hero

Helen Richardson, 30, Great Britain: A cricketer who was involved with England at youth level before switching to hockey. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Richardson, then 18, was the youngest person ever to represent Great Britain at the Games. Despite five bronze medals and one silver at world events, she's still waiting for her first medal at the Olympics.

Watch GB women's semi-final against Argentina, 8pm BBC Olympics 5

Alison Graham: Why I'll be watching taekwondo

"Taekwondo looks hard, fast and brutal. No wonder competitors are thoroughly padded and protected.
The aim is to give each other a good kicking and though the sport is a comparatively recent one - it was only incorporated for the first time in the Olympics of 2000 - it has a huge worldwide following for a sport whose roots lie in South Korean martial arts."

Women's -49kg Gold Medal Final, 10:15pm, BBC Olympics 7

Golds today

Canoeing Men’s Kayak Single 1,000m Finals 9:30am; Men’s Canoe Single 1,000m Finals 9:48am; Men’s Kayak Double 1,000m Finals 10:16am; Women’s Kayak Four 500m Finals 10:44am Equestrian Individual Jumping Final Round A 12 noon Sailing Men’s 49er Medal Race 1pm Table Tennis Men’s Team Gold Medal Match 1:30pm Equestrian Individual Jumping Final Round B 2:55pm; Individual Jumping Final Jump-Off 3:55pm Wrestling Women’s 48kg Freestyle Gold Medal Final 6:15pm; Women’s 63kg Freestyle Gold Medal Final 6:15pm Athletics Women’s Long Jump Final 8:05pm; Women’s 400m Hurdles Final 8:45pm; Women’s 200m Final 9pm Beach Volleyball Women’s Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match 9pm Athletics Men’s 110m Hurdles Final 9:15pm Taekwondo Women’s -49kg Gold Medal Final 10:15pm; Men’s -58kg Gold Medal Final 10:30pm

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


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