Olympics 2012 – Ones to watch on Day 4
IRISH eyes will be firmly focused on the water today, both indoors and outdoors. Our best emerging medal hope sailor Annalise Murphy takes to the water this afternoon continuing in her medal quest. Meanwhile there are four finals in the aquatic centre tonight, and while there are no Irish competitors, the swimming finals always provide excitement for viewers at home.
All Irish eyes will be firmly focused on Dublin native Annalise Murphy as she takes to the water at Weymouth for the next two races of her medal quest. After winning both her races yesterday she has gotten off to a great start, with many commentators saying that if the wind blows strongly she is almost unbeatable. She takes to the water at noon and again just after 2pm.
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern also take to the water on the second day of the 49er class. They have also kept themselves in medal contention so far lying in sixth position.
SWIMMING FINALS (19.30):
MEN’S 4 BY 200M RELAY FINAL – This is one of the most exciting events in the Aquatic centre, as swimmers who are so used to an individual sport must come together as a team. The United States are hot favourites to take the title finishing almost three seconds ahead of the second placed French team in the heats. However the silver and bronze positions aren’t as clear cut, with the French, German, Australian and British teams all finishing within a second of each other in the heats, guaranteeing an exciting finish.
MEN’S 200M BUTTERFLY FINAL – Olympic record holder American Michael Phelps looks to further cement his place in history tonight. However if the times recorded in the heats are replicated tonight he could finish outside the medal positions.
WOMEN’S 200M FREESTYLE FINAL – Despite American Missy Franklin being hot favourite prior to the games, she just qualified from the heats in eight position. Australian Bronte Barret recorded the fastest time.
WOMEN’s 200M INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – All eyes will be firmly focused Chinese competitor Ye Shiwen, who has caused some disquiet over her performances so far in the games.