Alex Chick

Today at the Olympics – day 8

DON'T MISS

Rowing has already supplied six medals, including two golds, and there could be more jubilation at Eton Dorney in Saturday's finals. Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase face a strong Danish crew in the men's lightweight double sculls, while the men's four take on their Australian rivals. The women's lightweight double scullers go into their final as favourites, looking to continue a superlative Games for the hosts' female rowers.

Rowing finals from 11:30

BIG NAMES IN ACTION

They don't get any bigger than Usain Bolt, who goes in the 100m heats. The Jamaican's first appearance on track gives us a chance to assess his injury status. Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis bids to convert her overnight lead into Olympic gold in the women's heptathlon.

Athletics - 10:00-13:00 and 19:00-22:00

MORE ESSENTIAL VIEWING

It is your last chance to see Michael Phelps in a swimming pool as he goes in the 4x100m medley relay. The great American retires after these Games.

Swimming finals from 19:30

THE LONDON 2012 VIBE

Confident: The steady flow of gold in rowing and cycling has seen the hosts climb to fourth in the medal table. Today sees three big medal chances in rowing finals, and the women's team pursuit cyclists who set a world record in qualifying.

WATER-COOLER CHAT

Andy Murray has spent the last few years coming agonisingly short of Grand Slam glory, but has now progressed to the Olympic final almost without anyone noticing. Almost. His straight-sets semi-final win over Novak Djokovic certainly grabbed the nation's attention, and there is still time to heap unrealistic expectations on him before Sunday's final against that man Roger Federer.

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS

Guam judoka Ricardo Blas Jr, who weighs in at 34st 5lb - that's more than the entire Japanese gymnastics team.

FRONT PAGE OF THE DAY

Front page appearances today by female athlete (big pics only): Victoria Pendleton 4, Jessica Ennis 3, Katherine Grainger 2.

LONDON WEATHER FORECAST

The usual mixed bag. Wet in the morning but improving throughout the day. Top temperature 20ºC.

ON EUROSPORT-YAHOO!

We've got comprehensive coverage of all the action throughout London 2012 - Olympic Games LIVE.

Our London Spy blog brings you the best left-field stories from the Games, from the shop charging £2 to look out of the window to an explanation of just who is the guy on the moped at the cycling.

I am reporting live from Eton Dorney, where an avalanche of British medals would be gratefully received - I'll be blogging about the venue later.

GOLD MEDALS AWARDED TODAY - BRITISH CONTENDERS IN BOLD

09:00 - Triathlon - Women — Helen Jenkins
11:30 Rowing - Men's Four - Great Britain
11:50 Rowing - Women's Lwt Double Sculls - Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking
12:10 Rowing - Men's Lwt Double Sculls - Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter
12:30 Rowing - Women's Single Sculls
12:45 Shooting Women's 50m (3x20)
14:00 - Tennis - Men's Doubles
14:00 - Tennis - Women's Singles
14:15 - Badminton - Women's Singles
15:00 - Shooting - Women's Trap
15:26 - Trampoline - Women's Individual — Katherine Driscoll/Bryony Page
15:45 - Badminton - Women's Doubles
17:00 - Athletics - Men's 20km Race Walk
17:42 - Cycling - Women's Team Pursuit - Great Britain
19:00 - Weightlifting - Men's 94kg
19:15 - Fencing - Women's Team Epee
19:30 - Athletics - Women's Discus
19:30 - Swimming - Women's 50m Freestyle - Fran Halsall
19:36 - Swimming - Men's 1500m Freestyle — Dan Fogg
19:55 - Athletics - Men's Long Jump - Greg Rutherford
20:07 - Swimming - Women's 4x100m Medley Relay - Great Britain
20:27 - Swimming - Men's 4x100m Medley Relay - Great Britain
20:35 - Athletics - Heptathlon - Jessica Ennis
21:15 - Athletics - Men's 10,000m - Mo Farah
21:55 - Athletics - Women's 100m - Abi Oyepitan

OTHER BRITS IN ACTION

19:00— Athletics Semis: Dai Greene (400m hurdles), Christine Ohoruogu (400m)
12:00-16:30 — Sailing Heats: Women's 470, Women's Elliott, Nick Dempsey (RS:X), Alison Young (Laser Radial), Bryony Shaw (RS:X), Paul Goodison (Laser), Men's 470
16:00 - Hockey Group: GB Women v China
10:00 and 16:00 — Cycling — Jason Kenny (Men's Sprint), Ed Clancy (Omnium)
19:30 — Football — Men's QF: Great Britain v Korea
21:30 — Boxing Last 16 — Tom Stalker,

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Alex Chick will be writing from London 2012 throughout the Olympic Games.