Day 8 Saturday August 13th.

Of course, this day in 2012 has been carved into British sporting folklore, as rowers, cyclists and athletes combined to win six gold medals for GB. Is today going  to be Super Saturday? Well if it is, we are going to experience unprecedented drama. Let us start away from the athletics.

Rowing          1506 Women’s Eight

We are strong second favourites for this race. Catching a US team widely thought to be unbeatable may be a stretch. But you never know.

Rowing           1527 Men’s Eight

This is tight. We were really good in qualifying. So were the Germans. The race has an “epic” feel about it,

Cycling            Womens Team Pursuit

The US started this as hot favourites. Then Team GB brilliance took over, and now we are. My feeling is that the US did not show their best in qualifying and that this will be mighty tight.

Cycling                      Women’s Keirin

Becky James, the 2013 world champ, got bronze at this years worlds. But at previous Olympic success has begat success for GB, and it would be no shock to see her contesting the major medals.

Swimming        Women’s 50m freestyle

The swimming team have been truly magnificent. So many have brought ther best to these games, and now Fran Halsall goes for glory with an outsdier’s chance.

Swimming          Mens 4 x 100 medley relay

Another race in which we start firm second favourites behind seemingly unbeatable Americans. Once more gold is unlikely, but not impossible.

 

And now we come to the small matter of the athletics. We are up for the same three golds that we were back in 2012.

Heptathlon

I can’t tell you with any confidence whatsoever who is going to win this heptathlon, though with her disappointing shot and 200m it seems unlikely to be Katarina Johnson Thompson. However, she is much the best long jumper in the competition. Will she bring her best form, or her 2015 form? I am worrried about her body language.

Jessica Ennis Hill  has been solid, and excellent in the high jump. I don’t think she will be leading going into the 800m, but she may well be able to catch up any lead.

Long jump, javelin, 800m. There is so much that can go wrong or right.The bookies have Ennis Hill as odds on. The reality is that it is much, much tighter than that.

Mens Long Jump

It is no easier to predict this. Greg Rutherford nearly blew his qualification, and has lost his favouritism tag as a result. He is, however, the only one in the field who has really done it when it matters. My heart says Greg. My head says that someone, no idea who, will jump over 8m 40 and take this.

Men’s 10,000 metres

Mo Farah is deservedly the strong favourite here. It remains a curiosity that there has been a lack of high quality Kenyan/Ethiopian opposition in recent years.

 

There is also Bolt, Gatlin, Schippers, Felix, Ohurougu. There is a small chance Desiree Henry could become the second British female sprinter to go under 11 seconds for the 100.

The increasingly distracted Andy Murray goes for a final place today.

I am struggling to keep it together

 

 

 

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