Day 11: Tues 7th August


Day 11: Tues 7th August


It's a massive day in the Velodrome as Sir Chris Hoy looks to further build on his cycling immortality with a possible sixth Olympic gold medal.

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Day 11 Sporting Events

Tuesday 7th August


He won three gold medals in Beijing on his way to a knighthood; they consulted him when building the Velodrome; now Sir Chris Hoy can overcome Sir Steve Redgrave's haul of five golds to become Britain's greatest Olympian. Hoy takes place in the track cycling keirin event (he has a career record of 55 wins from 60 races) on a day that also sees Victoria Pendleton face her Australian arch-rival Anna Meares in the women's individual sprint, and Laura Trott go for glory in the exhausting combined omnium event. Brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownliee go head-to-head in the men's triathlon in Hyde Park while Britain are favourites to win the equestrian dressage team final at Greenwich Park. In the Olympic Stadium, watch out for 20-year-old, Croydon-born Lawrence Okoye, who is taking part in the discus event two months before taking a place to read law at Oxford University. GB's Robbie Grabarz is also a medal hope in the high jump, while Australia's Sally Pearson is favourite to beat defending champion Dawn Harper of the US in the women's 100m hurdles. With windsurfing axed from the Rio 2016 Games, Britain's Nick Dempsey is hoping to grab a farewell medal at Weymouth and Portland but will face stiff competition from Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberge. The first of two synchronised swimming medals the women's duet event is decided on Day 11 too.

Gold medals up for grabs: 21
Today's medal sports: triathlon, sailing, artistic gymnastics, synchronised swimming, table tennis, track cycling, wrestling, athletics, diving, weightlifting


Non sporting events on Day 11 around London

Tuesday 7th August


There's a chance to see film and theatre director Stephen Daldry (the man behind Billy Elliot, The Hours and more recently The Reader) who will be at the Criterion Theatre at 1pm today interview the two time 10,000 metre Gold medallist Haile Gebrselassie as part of the Playing the Games season. The new chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena, who made his Proms debut earlier this season, returns to the Royal Albert Hall to present a major world premiere of James MacMillan's Credo before offering his acclaimed reading of a sonorous yet dangerously eruptive Bruckner symphony. There's music of a very different sort when human beatboxer extraordinaire Shlomo appears at the London Wonderground in an afternoon show especially for kids; his four date run at this venue begins this afternoon at 3pm. The performances take place in the Spiegeltent outside the Southbank Centre where, in the evening, you can indulge in "the most divinely decadent" (The Telegraph) show in town, a mix of magic, live music and surrealism from headline act, Australia's finest circus troupe, Cantina. The Great British Beer Festival begins today. Olympia becomes Britain's Biggest Pub when it opens its doors for a five day festival featuring over 800 different real ales, ciders and foreign beers.







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