Monday, the 10th day of the ongoing London 2012 Olympic Games, features some exciting contests in the track and field as well as gymnastics, shooting, cycling and wrestling.
The most watched event of the day will be the women's pole vault in the Olympic Stadium, with Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia attempting to secure her third consecutive gold medal.
Nevertheless, Isinbayeva, the current world-record holder, is only one of the 12 finalists and is expected to face stiff challenges from Germany's Silke Spiegelburg, Jennifer Suhr of the U.S. and UK's Holly Bleasdale.
Another exiting event of the day is the men's 400m hurdles final in which the host nation expects a medal from its team captain Dai Greene. But, he has to do much better than his semi-final performance to beat 2004 Olympic champion Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic and Javier Culson of Puerto Rica.
Monday's other events include the men's 400m, women's shot put and 3000m steeplechase. Three of the day's medal events are Artistic Gymnastics, including the finals of the men's rings and vault and the women's uneven bars.
Although Britain's Beth Tweddle, who incidentally is a three time world champion, is expected to do well in the women's uneven bars, she will have to beat title holder He Kexin of China, and Viktoria Komova for the gold.
In Hockey, Argentine and Australian women's teams will play each other for semi-final berths in the final round of matches in Pool B. A draw in the match would ensure Argentina's place in the next round, but Australia requires a win unless Germany beats New Zealand in their match.
In Group A of the women's hockey, China will meet Japan on Monday, while Britain take on defending champions Netherlands. China will advance into the next round as group runners-up if they beat Japan. But in that case, Britain needs at least a draw against the Dutch to qualify.
In the Shooting events, final of the men's trap as well as the men's 50m rifle three positions will end 10 days of competition at the Royal Artillery Barrack. The day's cycling events at the velodrome will be dominated by the men's sprint.
Three of the gold medals up for grabs on Monday are in the 60kg, 84kg and 120kg weight divisions in Greco-Roman wrestling. Further, the men's laser and the women's laser radial events in sailing will conclude on Monday. In women's football, semifinal matches between France and Japan as well as Canada and the U.S. will be played Monday.
Currently, China leads the medal tally in London with a total of 61 medals -- 30 golds, 17 silvers and 14 bronze closely followed by the U.S. with 60 medals (28 golds, 14 silvers and 18 bronze). UK is in third spot with 37 medals -- 16 golds, 11 silvers and 10 bronze.
by RTT Staff Writer
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