Day 7: Friday 3rd August

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Day 7: Friday 3rd August


The Olympic Stadium gets its first taste of competitive action as the athletics programme gets underway a week after the brilliant opening ceremony kicked off the Games.


Day 7 Sporting Events

Friday 3rd August


Jessica Ennis, Team GB's poster girl, performs in two of her favoured events the 100m hurdles and high jump as the women's heptathlon gets under way at 10.05am, giving the Olympic Stadium its first slice of competitive action. In a long and demanding day Ennis, who recently broke Denise Lewis's British record in one of the biggest heptathlon meetings of the year at Gotzis, also performs in the shot put and then, at 8.45pm, the 200m. Also on Day Seven, Rebecca Adlington is in action in the pool with the swimming 800m freestyle one of four medal events at the Aquatics Centre (the women's 200m backstroke features 17-year-old Missy Franklin, 'the female Michael Phelps' who boasts size 13 feet). Four rowing medals will be won by 11am in a busy morning at Eton Dorney, including Katherine Grainger's attempt to improve on her three Olympic silver medals with a gold in the women's double skulls alongside Anna Watkins. In the men's coxless pairs, it's all about New Zealand's most successful export since the All Blacks (and Flight of the Concords) as triple world champions Eric Murray and Hamish Bond hope to cap a three-year winning streak with the top spot on the podium. France are virtually guaranteed a judo medal at the ExCeL Centre with 6ft 8in judoka Teddy Riner, who has lost just two fights in four years. Fans at the Velodrome can expect a ding-dong battle between rivals Britain and Australia in the men's team pursuit.

Gold medals up for grabs: 22
Today's medal sports: rowing, shooting, badminton, archery, athletics, trampoline, judo, track cycling, fencing, swimming, weightlifting


Non sporting events on Day 7 around London

Friday 3rd August


Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes appears at BT House in Hyde Park at 11.15am today as part of BT London Live. On the main stage there's free music from Scottish singer Amy Macdonald (5.20pm), Dodgy (at 6.10pm) - who released their first album in 15 years in 2012 - and Liverpool rock band Cast, playing at 9.20pm. Feast arrives in The Quad outside Guy's Hospital today and continues until 5th August; head to southeast London for tasty morsels from Michelin starred restaurants and top quality street food. Or try the Southbank's excellent Real Food Market, usually on once a month, it's open every day during the Olympics from 12noon to 8pm. While there you can see the hugely influential electronic music producer and performer Laurie Anderson who presents her new show Dirtday! at Antony's Meltdown tonight. Continuing the foodie theme, Jimmy's Supper Club, a pop up (for the duration of the Olympics only) is a great spot to eat and socialise, just 100 metres from the Olympic Park. The White Building's Crate Brewery is another good choice, a brand new microbrewery and pizzeria cafe with views over the Olympic Stadium. Also nearby is Ronnie Scott's as the legendary jazz club swaps Soho for Stratford while the Olympics are on. Tate Britain stays open late tonight for "an exciting evening of experimental music", see the gallery exhibitions - Migrations, Another London and the Olympic and Paralympic Posters - and enjoy drinks at the pay bar until 10pm. For Prom 27, Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra present two works by composers Wagner & Bruckner at the Royal Albert Hall.

Last chance: Rio Occupation ends its 30 days in London with a Festival Finale in The Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey.

Sophie Wallace


Sophie Wallace

5th October 2015







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