GB going for gold

Wiggins and rowers lead race to land first home gold

Last Updated: 01/08/12 8:20am

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Great Britain are looking to win their first gold medals at London 2012 on Wednesday with hopes high in the cycling, rowing and swimming.

Bradley Wiggins is aiming for his fourth Olympic gold when he takes part in the men's road cycling time trial, while Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are going for a win in the women's pairs rowing.

Swimmer Michael Jamieson is also in with a chance of a top podium finish after setting a new British record to reach the men's 200m breaststroke final where he will be joined by teammate Andrew Willis.


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Another Briton, Jemma Lowe, will compete in the 200m butterfly final.

Wiggins is looking to add to his recent success at the Tour de France, and a podium place in the 44km time-trial around Hampton Court would give him a record seventh Olympic medal, one clear of rower Sir Steve Redgrave, who has six.

Fellow Briton Chris Froome is also in contention for a medal, while Emma Pooley, aims for the podium in the women's 29km time trial alongside Lizzie Armitstead, who on Sunday claimed Britain's first medal of the Games with silver in the road race.

Glover and Stanning will be hoping they beat Wiggins in the race to deliver GB's first gold when they race in the women's pairs at Eton Dorney. A win would bring home Britain's first ever Olympic gold in women's rowing.

There are also medal chances for the men, with the final of the men's eight. A win here would be special moment for Greg Searle.

The 40-year-old came out of retirement in an attempt to become an Olympic champion for a second time, two decades after winning gold in Barcelona.

More of Team GB's competitors have now arrived at the Olympic village from their training camp in Portugal.

Among them was heptathlon medal hope Jessica Ennis, who arrived at the site just in time to meet royal visitors the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

She said: "We've watched loads (of Olympics) on TV back in Portugal and just seeing the crowds and the medals that we've won so far has been amazing.

"So to actually be here now feels really weird because we've been kind of set apart from it, but now we're in the village and we're part of it, it's very exciting."

Ennis will start her campaign for gold when the athletics begins on August 3.

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