Team GB has hopes of a late gold rush

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On the final weekday of the Olympic Games, there are three medal opportunities on the track and two in the field events for Great Britain tonight.

There are two British runners in the final of the women's 5,000m at 8.05pm. Jo Pavey has been close to major success for years. She was fifth in the 5,000m at the Athens Olympics, fourth in the 2007 World Championship over 10,000m and then won silver at this year's European Championship at 10,000m.

Also competing is Julia Bleasdale, who finished with the seventh best time in qualifying of 15:02.00, her personal best.

Soon after at 8.55pm there are another two British runners in the women's 1500m. Lisa Dobriskey and Laura Weightman are both among the 13 finalists.

Then at 9.20pm the men's 4x400m relay team are racing, after their dramatic qualification yesterday morning. Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams, Jack Green and Nigel Levine ran the third quickest time in round one.

There are also two British finalists in field events. Steven Lewis is in the men's pole vault final at 7pm and Sophie Hitchon is in the women's hammer throw final at 7.35pm.

Although the track cycling is over there are two possible medals in the BMX. Shanaze Reade, who reached the final in Beijing, competes in the women's semi-final at 3pm, with a possible final at 4.30pm. Liam Phillips has the semi-final at 3.08pm with a final scheduled for 4.40pm.

There are two British taekwondo competitors today, too. Lutalo Muhammad starts at 10.45am and could have his final at 10.15pm. Sarah Stevenson, in the women's -67kg division, begins at 10.30am and may have a final 12 hours later.

Three British boxers will know today whether they win merely bronze or advance to the final for gold. Luke Campbell fights in his bantamweight semi-final at 2.15pm, Anthony Agogo at middleweight at 3pm and then Anthony Joshua at 10.45pm.

After Keri-Anne Payne's disappointment yesterday there is a British competitor in the men's 10km open water swim today, with Daniel Fogg in the race at 12pm.

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