LONDON, England ● The end of the London 2012 Olympic Games may be nearing, but there is still plenty to be decided with 32 gold medals up for grabs on Day 15 across 15 different sports.
Eight of them are in Athletics, including in the men’s 5000m final, where Mo Farah will again have 80,000 fans trying to roar him on to a victory that would complete a remarkable double following his success in the 10,000m last weekend.
Farah is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele (Beijing 2008) by claiming the long-distance double, while Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel was the quickest of the qualifiers.
Former world champion Caster Semenya is among those in contention for gold in the women’s 800m final after posting the fastest time in the semi-finals, but Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo from Kenya and world champion Mariya Savinova of Russia will provide tough competition.
Focus then switches to the team events, as the women’s 4 x 400m Relay final is followed by the men’s 4 x 100m Relay final, with Jamaica looking to complete their dominance of the sprint events.
The finals of the women’s High Jump and men’s Javelin are also scheduled, while earlier in the day the Athletics programme begins with the men’s 50km Race Walk followed by the women’s 20km event.
Five golds are on offer for the men in the Boxing ring and another raucous atmosphere is guaranteed at ExCeL when Great Britain’s Luke Campbell takes on his old foe John Joe Nevin of Ireland in the Bantam Weight final.
In Basketball, France’s women appear in an Olympic final for the first time in their history but have a daunting task against a USA team who will be chasing a fifth straight Olympic Games gold, while Australia and Russia do battle for bronze.
The men’s Hockey also reaches its conclusion as Germany face the Netherlands in the final and Great Britain and Australia chase third place, while Brazil meet Mexico in the men’s Football final at Wembley with the South Americans – the world’s most successful international side – chasing a first Olympic Games title.
Brazil are also in the women’s Volleyball final against the USA, while Norway versus Montenegro is the gold-medal decider in women’s Handball.
Three more golds are on offer in the Wrestling plus two more in Taekwondo and four in the Canoe Sprint.
Great Britain’s Tom Daley and world champion Qiu Bo are aiming to claim Olympic gold for the first time in the men’s 10m Platform Diving.