Six to watch

1. Athletics: Women’s pole vault final
Tuesday, from 4am

Who doesn’t like the pole vault? The 12-woman final features world record holder and defending champion Elena Isinbaeva, who cleared 5.05m in Beijing four years ago and then cleared that mark by one centimetre in 2009. Australia has representation with Alana Boyd getting through despite a few hiccups in the qualifying phase. It’s compelling viewing.

2. Athletics: Men’s 400m final
Tuesday, 6.30am

Plenty of selection drama around this event. For some time South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius has endured the debate over whether a man with carbon fibre prosthetic lower legs should be running in the Games. And Australia’s Steve Solomon has been caught in the cross-fire of John Steffensen’s barbs directed towards Athletics Australia in the lead-up to London. Both runners still need to progress from the semi-finals (run overnight).

3. Sailing: Men’s Laser Race
Monday, 11pm

Gold, gold, gold! It has to be! Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has virtually guaranteed himself a gold medal in the single-handed Laser class after winning both races on Saturday. The 27-year-old heads the standings after 10 races, ahead of today’s Laser class showpiece final. Expect nearly every Australian journalist within cooee of Weymouth and Portland to make a bee-line for the English coast to see an athlete on top of the podium.

4. Basketball: Men’s Australia v Russia
Monday, 6pm

The Boomers secured a quarter-final berth – barring the incredible, it will be against the United States – with an impressive come-from-behind victory over Great Britain on Saturday, just as every other green and gold outfit appeared to be imploding against the GBs. Australia was electrified by Paddy Mills when all seemed lost. The Boomers now meet the unbeaten Russians, a chance to find even more confidence before the US showdown.

5. Water polo: Men’s Australia v Greece
Monday, 8.20pm

With only one win from four games, it’s a do-or-die showdown for Australia’s men’s to determine if they reach the quarter-finals of their London campaign. The Sharks went down to Croatia 11-6 in their most recent match but Spain threw them a lifeline with an earlier win over the Greeks. It’s down to this: Greece v Australia for a top eight berth at the Games. Get your trunks and cap ready.

6. Hockey: Women’s Australia v Argentina
Tuesday, 6.15am

It’s all about knockout games today. Australia, New Zealand and Argentina head the group with one group match left, so the Hockeyroos’ clash against the Argentines could be elimination game with only the top two in each group going through to the semis. For the third-placed team, that’s the end of the medal hopes.

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