Olympics: What to expect on day four

Mark Todd and Campino are a strong medal chance at the 2012 Olympics overnight. Photo / AP
Mark Todd and Campino are a strong medal chance at the 2012 Olympics overnight. Photo / AP

A look towards day four of the 2012 London Olympics and which New Zealand athletes will be competing.

Kiwis in action - See when our athletes compete

The New Zealand eventing team head into the showjumping phase in fourth place which begins at 9.30pm. Mark Todd will then jump for a shot at gold in the individual event at around 2.30am. The 56-year-old could potentially end the day with his fifth and sixth Olympic medals.

Mahe Drysdale returns to the water in the men's single scull quarters at 10pm. He is one of five New Zealand boats on the water at Eaton with the men's coxless four and the women's lightweight double scull kicking things off in repechage races from 9pm. Emma Twigg is in action in the women's single scull quarters from 10.40pm followed by Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan in the s double scull semis at 11.20pm.

Over in the pool Glenn Snyders looks to make up for his disappointment of missing the 100m breaststroke final earlier in the week when he lines up in the 200m heats at 9.58pm. The men's 4x200m freestyle relay team of Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Steven Kent, Andy McMillan and Matthew Stanley also take the blocks at 10.02pm.

The women's Black Sticks look to build on their opening win against Australia when they face South Africa, ranked 12th in the world, from 9.35pm.

Seven New Zealand boats are in action in Weymouth from 11pm. Dan Slater sits in seventh in the Finn class after a victory in race three overnight will look to move up the rankings again while board sailor JP Tobin begins his quest for Olympic gold tonight.

The Football Ferns clash with Cameroon in their final group match at 6.45am. After losing their opening two matches 1-0, the Ferns need a victory to have any chance of reaching the playoffs as one of the two best third-placed spots.

New Zealand's hopes of breaking the medal drought all ride on the equestrian tonight and into the morning. A gold (Todd) and a bronze (team) are very possible.


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