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Today at the Olympics – Day 5

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DON'T MISS
Great Britain will never get a better chance to break their gold medal duck than in the rowing finals. The action starts with the women's pair of Heather Stanning and Helen Glover (pictured), who set an Olympic Record in qualifying for the final, and are hot favourites to win Britain's first ever women's rowing gold. The men's eight also go, looking to end Germany's unbeaten run which dates back to 2009.

Rowing — finals from 10:10

BIG NAMES IN ACTION
After the agony of Saturday's road race, how much has Bradley Wiggins got left in the tank as he goes for time trial gold? Fabian Cancellara, the best time-trialler in the world, races despite sustaining multiple injuries crashing into a barrier in the road race. Also among Wiggins's biggest rivals is Germany's Tony Martin. Meanwhile, Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley go in the women's time trial.

Cycling — Individual Time Trial — 12:30 (women) and 14:15 (men)

MORE ESSENTIAL VIEWING
It doesn't get much more Olympic than table tennis, so why not dip your toe into the women's final featuring world champion Ning Ding against her Chinese compatriot Xiaoxia Li. The speed and skill will astound you.

Table tennis — Women's final — 15:30

WATER-COOLER CHAT
Ye Shiwen — how is she doing it?
The emergence of the 16-year-old Chinese swimming prodigy has lit up the London 2012 pool. It has also prompted a raging debate about how exactly she has got so good, so young, and made such dramatic improvements to her performance. Ye added a second gold to her personal tally last night, and will have to endure innuendo about doping for as long as leading US coaches are prepared to call her feats "impossible". Ye has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and the IOC hinted that she has submitted clean samples in London.

THE LONDON 2012 VIBE
Impatient: This is the day. This has to be the day. There's rowing and cycling — sports that we are undeniably brilliant at — and if we don't start winning gold medals, who knows if we ever will?

FRONT PAGE OF THE DAY
The Times has come up with some brilliant gatefold front pages and deserves credit for giving such prominence to women's table tennis. Certainly more credit than The Sun and Daily Mirror, which both offer cut-out-and-stick-on Bradley Wiggins facial hair.

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LONDON WEATHER FORECAST
A warmer day, but still largely cloudy with a chance of rain around lunchtime. Top temperature 22°C

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 a message to the Queen written on an Italian's head to a bronze lion spooking a horse.I will be at Lee Valley for the men's K-1 final, before venturing down to Horse Guards' Parade for some long-overdue beach volleyball action.

GOLD MEDALS AWARDED TODAY - BRITISH CONTENDERS IN BOLD
10:10 - Rowing - Women's Pair - Heather Stanning and Helen Glover
10:20 - Rowing - Women's Quadruple Sculls
10:30 - Rowing - Men's Eight - Great Britain
12:30 - Cycling - Women's Individual Time Trial - Emma Pooley, Lizzie Armitstead
14:15 - Cycling - Men's Individual Time Trial - Bradley Wiggins
15:00 - Diving - Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard
15:15 - Canoe Slalom - Men's Kayak Single - Richard Hounslow
15:30 - Weightlifting - Women's 69kg
15:30 - Shooting - Women's 25m Sport Pistol
15:30 - Table Tennis - Women's Singles
16:00 - Judo - Women's Middleweight (63-70 kg)
16:10 - Judo - Men's Middleweight (81-90 kg)
16:30 - Gymnastics - Men's Individual All-Around - Dan Purvis, Kristian Thomas
19:00 - Weightlifting - Men's 77kg
19:30 - Swimming - Men's 200m Breaststroke - Michael Jamieson, Andrew Willis
20:00 - Fencing - Men's Individual Epee
20:09 - Swimming — Women's 200m Butterfly
20:17 - Swimming - Men's 100m Freestyle
20:30 - Fencing - Women's Individual Sabre
20:57 - Swimming - Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay

OTHER LEADING BRITS IN ACTION

9:50 - Rowing Semis: Men's Lightweight Double Sculls, Alan Campbell (Single Sculls)
12:00 – Sailing Heats: Women's Elliott 6m, Men's 49er, Nick Dempsey (Windsurfing), Alison Young (Laser Radial), Bryony Shaw (Windsurfing), Paul Goodison (Laser)
14:00 - Tennis - Andy Murray v Marcos Baghdatis
16:00 - Hockey Group: GB Men v South Africa
19:45 - Football Group - GB Men v Brazil
20:30 – Boxing Last 16, Luke Campbell
23:15 – Boxing Last 16, Andrew Joshua

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