Olympics: day-by-day guide to the unmissable events
If you don’t have the time or inclination to watch hour after hour, these are likely to be the key moments
Saturday 28 July: The Men's Road Race is the one to watch, with Tour de France cycling heroes Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, David Millar all supporting Mark Cavendish in his bid for gold. The race begins at The Mall at 10am with the riders expected to arrive back there for a sprint finish at around 4pm. The 250km route takes in south west London and Surrey and can be watched for free on most of the route. In the pool, Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte go head to head in the men's 400m individual medley at 8:10pm.
Sunday 29 July: Rebecca Adlington will hopefully be in action in the women’s 400m freestyle final at the Aquatic Centre at 8.15pm. She will face stiff competition from Italy's 400m freestyle world-record holder Fedrica Pellegrini. Cyclist Nicola Cooke will defend her Beijing title in the women's road race, starting at noon. Lizzie Armistead will be aiming to dethrone her.
Monday 30 July: The men's gymnastics team are in action but the main drama will be at the pool. Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield take part in the synchronised 10m platform diving, with the final starting at 3pm. In the 100m backstroke finals at 7.49pm and 7.56pm Gemma Spofforth and Liam Tancock will be hoping for glory.
Tuesday 31 July: Zara Phillips will participate in the three-day event at Greenwich, beginning at 10.30am. In the pool Michael Phelps will be after gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay at 8.47pm.
Wednesday 1 August: All eyes will be on the men's cycling time trial, from 2.15pm, with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome going for glory once again. At 8.09pm Team GB swimmers Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe will be after medals in the 200m butterfly final.
Thursday 2 August: In the velodrome Sir Chris Hoy will be hoping to repeat his Beijing gold medal success with Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the men's team sprint. Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish should also be in action in the women's final at 5.59pm. In the pool American superstars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will face off again in the 200m individual medley final. Fran Halsall will face up to 17-year-old Missy Franklin in the women's 100m freestyle.
Friday 3 August: A day for the female stars of Team GB. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis kicks off her campaign with the hurdles, her best event, at 10.05am. She will end her long day with a 200m sprint at 8.45pm. Victoria Pendleton competes in the women’s keirin at 6.38pm and Rebecca Adlington could be going for her second gold in the 800m freestyle at 7.45pm.
Saturday 4 August: The men's football quarter-finals begin at noon, and at 2pm it’s the women's tennis singles final, where Serena Williams will hope to win just four weeks after taking the Wimbledon title. Jessica Ennis continues her heptathlon campaign. The final event, the 800m, is at 8.35pm. At 9.15pm Mo Farah goes for gold in the men's 10,000m.
Sunday 5 August: A massive day. Sailor Ben Ainslie is in action at 2pm, which is also when the men's tennis final at Wimbledon begins, but the main event is in the evening at the Olympic Stadium. The moment the world will be waiting for comes at 9.50pm when Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell line up in the 100m final. Christine Ohuruogu will hope to warm the crowd up beforehand in the women's 400m at 9.10pm.
Monday 6 August: Beth Tweddle will go for gold in the uneven bars final from 2.50pm. LaShawn Merritt will hope to defend his 400m title at 9.30pm and before that at 8.45 Welshman Dai Greene will try to repeat his success in the 400m hurdles, which he won in 2008.
Tuesday 7 August: The Brownlee brothers go head to head in the men's triathlon from 11.30am. Victoria Pendleton will be chasing gold in the women's track cycling sprint final at 5.25pm, and at 6pm Chris Hoy is in action in the men’s keirin. In the Olympic Stadium, the prestigious men's 1,500m final is at 9.15pm.
Wednesday 8 August: The men's decathlon gets underway at the Olympic Stadium, but British fans may be more interested in veteran Tim Brabants's efforts in the kayaking at Eton Dorney from 9.30am.
Thursday 9 August: Keri-Anne Payne will take to the Serpentine as she bids for gold in the 10km swim. Some big names are in action at the Olympic Stadium where Phillips Idowu may or may not be taking part in the triple jump final from 7.20pm and at 8.55pm the star-attraction, Usain Bolt, will defend his 200m title.
Friday 10 August: Sarah Stevenson competes for honours in the taekwondo at the ExCel: her final is at 10.15pm. Shanaze Reade hopefully rides in the BMX final at 4.30pm. In athletics the men's 4x400m final is at 9.20pm.
Saturday 11 August: The team sports reach a conclusion this weekend. The men's football final is at 3pm at Wembley, and the hockey final begins at 8pm. However, Mo Farah is in action in the 5,000m final at 7.30pm and diver Tom Daley could grab the headlines in the 10m platform final at 8.30pm. If they make the final, Team GB will be praying they don't drop the baton in the men's 4x100m final at 9pm.
Sunday 12 August: The main event on the last day of competition is likely to be the basketball final, probably featuring USA stars like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The men's super heavyweight boxing final is at 3.15pm and after that it's back to the Olympic Stadium one final time for the closing ceremony from 7.10pm. ·