So yesterday, much like the corresponding day in 2012, turned out to be entirely medalless. However we still have that guaranteed gold in the sailing, our athletes performed with great credit, and, best of all, our ladies’ hockey team were magnificent in securing a minimum of silver. Gemili in, Gatlin out. What is not to like?
Today has an intriguing mix of medal hopes.
1347 Men’s Kayak K2 200m
Spain start favourites, but the British pair are very much in the mix and it could well be an early medal today.
We go in the men’s doubles bronze medal play off match. Against the Chinese.
Jade Jones was one of the great GB gold medals in 2012, emerging from obscurity to claim fondly remembered gold. She is no longer an outsider, she is a seasoned veteran who starts favourite in an event which is notoriously hard to predict. Good luck to her.
1500 Men’s Triathlon
Along with the taekwondo, this race represents Britain;s best chance of gold today. Both Brownlees start along with Spanish rival Mario Mola. Brownlee A starts favourite but this is tough to call.
1520 Women’s 4 x 100 heats
The Jamaicans and US obviously start massive favourites here. But Gb have been very consistent in recent years and will be hoping to get their baton round without alarm.
Outside bet Liam phillips goes in the quarter finals of the men’s event.
1800 Nicola ADAMS
It’s GB against China again as Adams faces her vanquished 2012 foe Ren Cancan. Adams will have to step up from a slightly rusty quarter final performance.
In an intriguing night’s athletics, Ashton Eaton will expect to be crowned, Eilidh Doyle starts tonights 400m hurdles final as a rank outsider, and certainly expect the Canadian De Grasse to be the only 200m runner anywhere near Bolt tonight. Really hope that Gemili can come close to the British record.