The good news is that as predicted yesterday Team GB are in uncharted territory. The bad news is that today is almost devoid of medal opportunities. Nevertheless…..
1. NICK SKELTON
After the triumph of the team showjumping , we now have the individual to consider. After his superlative performances thus far Nick Skelton has tightened his favouritism, He did o much to bring home the team gold , it would be fitting if he was amply rewarded today.
2. FARAH RETURNS
It’s the heats of the 5,000 an hopefully Mo Farah will be lining up an amazing double.
3. THE WORLD’S BEST ATHLETE
Ashton Eaton of the USA smashed the world decathlon record earlier this year and looks set to be one of the talking points of the games. He is simply incredible.
4. A SHOT AT REDEMPTION
Shanaze Reade in the women’s BMX started as hot favourite in Beijing but crashed out. Her heats start today , and we will find out what kind of form she is in.
5. CMON THE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
The atmosphere at the Riverbank Arena tonight will be electric as the ladies attempt to reach their first ever final . They play Argentina tonight who will start favourites but are definitely beatable.
6. MORE BOXING HOPES
In the afternoon Nicola Adams , our last remaining woman , has a tough fight against the Indian Mery Kom to reach the final. I shall be there tortured by my mixed loyalties. In the evening Tom Stalker has a winnable looking fight against an unfancied Mongolian , to become our fifth (5th !) semifinalist.
7. A SURPRISE MEDAL ?
Shara Proctor qualified for tonights long jump final with great confidence. Given that all the field events so far have been a bit messy with many people underperforming , a repeat performance may well be enough for a medal. Andrew Osagie did brilliantly to reach the 800m final and a medal is unlikely but not impossible.
Finally , check out German decathlete Pascal Behrenbruch who starts as third favourite today.