Team GB: Spreading their net further in quest for more medals


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Halfway through the second week of the games, the range of sports in which Britain can win medals tomorrow is broadening.

The boxing finals are starting, and there is a British fighter in one of the three being held tomorrow: Nicola Adams fights in the women’s fly-weight (51kg) final against Chinese fighter Cancan Ren at 4.30pm, so is guaranteed the silver medal even if she loses. Adams has been a real success so far, beating Indian boxer Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte 11-6 in the semi-final this afternoon.

Before Adams’ final, Britain might well have had their first gold medallist of the day, in another challenging final. The women’s 10km marathon is an open water swim around the Serpentine in Hyde Park, in which Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne is competing. She won silver in this event in Beijing but the last two world championships since. The race begins at 12pm.

On the track, Britain has a surprise finalist in the men’s 800m. Andrew Osagie’s personal best is a few seconds behind the favourites, such as Kenyan David Rudisha, but he will compete with them tomorrow night at 8pm. Christian Malcolm might just make his way into the men’s 200m final at 8.55pm.

Today was not very successful for Britain in the canoe sprint but tomorrow they have another chance today: Rachel Cawthorn races in the women’s single kayak (K1) 500m final early this morning at 10.08am at Eton Dorney.

Also on the water, but at Weymouth, there is a British pair in the medal race of the men’s 470. Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell get under way at 1pm.

Back at the Aquatics Centre, there should be two British competitors in the women’s 10m platform diving. Monique Gladding and Stacie Powell should have their semi-finals this morning at 10am before a potential final at 7pm.

There are three British riders in tomorrow afternoon’s individual dressage grand prix freestyle. Laura Bechtolsheimer, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin all compete, starting at 3.20pm.

In wrestling, Olga Butkevych starts tomorrow morning in the women’s 55kg freestyle, with a potential final at 7.03pm. There are two British taekwondo competitors hoping to end tomorrow with medals: Jade Jones in the women’s sub-57kg and Martin Stamper in the men’s sub-68kg.