Day 12: Weds 8th August


Day 12: Weds 8th August


After days of sand and bikini action in Horse Guards Parade it's finally time for the final of the women's beach volleyball.

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Day 12 Sporting Events

Wednesday 8th August


The beach volleyball competition at Horse Guards Parade has proved a big hit in the London Games but sadly the women's event comes to its conclusion on Day 12 with a final that everyone expects to be between the Americans and the Brazilians. Also involving sand, the women's long jump final at the Olympic Stadium could well see a podium opportunity for GB's Shara Proctor. The big event of the athletics programme is the women's 400m hurdles final for which local girl Perri Shakes-Drayton is one of the favourites to take gold in her native east London. Not bad for a self-confessed Nando's chicken fanatic... Also in the Olympic Stadium, China's Liu Xiang will hope to take gold after heartbreak in Beijing when, as defending champion, he pulled up with a hamstring injury, while Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown is going for a third consecutive gold in the women's 200m. GB's Tim Brabants defends his K1 1,000m canoe sprint crown at Eton Dorney while Savannah Marshall could become Britain's first women boxing medalist in the 75km category at ExCeL, which also hosts the  men's table tennis final.

Gold medals up for grabs: 16
Today's medal sports: canoe sprint, equestrian, sailing, table tennis, wrestling, athletics, beach volleyball, taekwondo


Non sporting events on Day 12 around London

Wednesday 8th August


Performance artist and cabaret singer Joey Arias, icon of the underground New York scene, performs at Queen Elizabeth Hall for Antony's Meltdown, channelling legendary jazz and blues singer, Billie Holiday for this special London show. London-based singer-songwriter Tamara Schlesinger, member of the band 6 Day Riot, shows what she can do solo, performing from her new album The Procession, two days after its release, at The Old Queen's Head in Islington. Classical music fans can book in to see French sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque who are making a welcome return to The Proms following their three appearances in 2009, performing a piece written especially for them, between two classics: Shubert's Symphony No. 8; and Strauss' Ein Heldenleben accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. And a live orchestra accompany the English National Ballet's performance of Swan Lake at the London Coliseum, a traditional yet fresh and critically acclaimed version which runs for the duration of the Olympics.







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