As predicted, yesterday was immense. Amidst all the deserved kudos for Jason Kenny and the remarkable Laura Trott, much credit must go to Jack Laugher and Amy Tinkler for overperforming, and to Robbie Grabarz whose fourth place in the high jump represents a splendid return back from terrible injury. In the interest of balance and honesty, he was one of very few British athletes who have brought their A game thus far.
It is going to be a quiet day, but one in which we may still finish ahead of the Chinese. We have a guaranteed gold in the sailing, they have as good as a guaranteed gold in the men’s team table tennis. This games has shown a massive capacity for surprise, but it is almost impossible to envisage another medal today. The biggest events ate……..
2100 Ladies Hockey semi – finals
GB go into their semi-final with a 100% win record thus far. Oddly, this record has rather overestimated their level of dominance, and they go into today’s semi final against New Zealand as very marginal second favourites. They will certainly need to be at their best to make history and reach the final.
1830 Women’s Middleweight boxing
Savannah Marshall attempts to win her first Olympic medal this evening. To do so she will have to outpoint a talented French fighter who starts favourite.
1405 Men’s 5000m heats
Mo Farah should qualify with ease. His biggest fear is Brendon Foster jinxing it.
0115 Women’s long jump
I’m obviously delighted that Lorraine Ugen and Jazmine Sawyers are in the final, but they will have to step up massively from their qualifying performances to figure in a high quality field.
0200 Mens 200m semi finals
This already feels like Bolt vs rest. Adam Gemili has an outside shot of reaching the final.
0230 Womens 200m final
This is the pick of today’s athletics. The Dutch are doing splendidly this year, and will be keeping everything crossed that Dafne Schippers can make up for her disappointing 100m. I think she can. Dina Asher Smith rode her luck to get here, and like a lot of British athletes does not seem to be at 2015 levels. Hoping she can be back to her best.
Also, Ashton Eaton aka the world’s greatest athlete, starts his bid for Olympic glory today. Medal hope Liam Phillips starts his BMX campaign, Rajiv Ouseph is up against it in the men’s badminton quarter finals.
As I said, quiet day. The track cycling is over. Gosh I will miss it.