Bolt returns, Pearson eyes hurdles gold

A Kenyan clean sweep could be on the cards in the 1500

Fresh from 100 metres glory Jamaica's Usain Bolt begins a highly anticipated 200m title defence at the London Olympics on Tuesday, while women's 100m hurdles world champion Sally Pearson is favourite to go one better than her silver in Beijing.

Australia's Pearson, who holds the event's fastest performance since 1992 (12.28 seconds), is likely to face competition from American duo Lolo Jones, best remembered for stumbling in the final as favourite in Beijing, and defending Olympic champion Dawn Harper.

The semi-finals start at 1915 local time with the final at 2100.

Bolt, who wowed the crowd on Sunday night by becoming the only man to cross the line first in two 100m finals, returns to the Olympic stadium bidding to become the first man to win two 200m golds and cement himself as unquestionably the greatest sprinter in history.

Kenya's Asbel Kiprop, the world's fastest man this year, will have one thing on his mind in London - to win the 1500m properly. The world champion has often expressed his dissatisfaction at taking Olympic gold in Beijing after Rashid Ramzi was stripped of his title for a doping offence.

A Kenyan clean sweep could be on the cards, with Commonwealth champion Silas Kiplagat and youngster Nixon Chebseba both in with a chance of a podium finish.

Gold medals will also be up for grabs in the men's high jump and discus finals, as well as final berths in the men's 800 metres and women's 200 metres.

Olympic Games schedule for Tuesday, August 7 (times GMT):

(0900) Women's javelin - qualification round
(0910) Men's 110m hurdles - 1st rd
(0945) Men's triple jump - qualification
(0955) Women's 5000m - 1st rd
(1050) Men's 200m - 1st rd
(1800) Men's high jump - final
(1805) Women's long jump - qualification
(1815) Women's 100m hurdles - semi-finals
(1845) Men's discus - final
(1855) Men's 800m - semi-finals
(1925) Women's 200m - semi-finals
(2000) Women's 100m hurdles - final
(2015) Men's 1500m - final

(1300) Women's quarter-final
(1515) Women's quarter-final
(1900) Women's quarter-final
(2115) Women's quarter-final

Beach Volleyball
(1700) Women's semi-final
(1800) Men's semi-final
(2100) Women's semi-final
(2200) Men's semi-final

(1930) Quarter-finals -- men's 52kg
(2030) Quarter-finals -- men's 69kg

(0830) Kayak Four K4 1000m mens, Canoe Double C2 1000m mens, Kayak Single K1 500m Women, Kayak Double K2 500m Women, Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men semi-finals, Canoe Double C2 1000m Men semi-finals, Kayak Single K1 500m Women semi-finals, Kayak Double K2 500m Women semi-finals

(0900) Men's 3m springboard - semi-final
(1800) Men's 3m springboard - final

(0900) Dressage Individual Grand Prix, Team Grand Prix

Track Cycling
(0900) Men's keirin
(1019) Women's omnium 3km individual pursuit
(1500) Women's sprint semi-finals
(1507) Women's omnium 10km scratch race
(1527) Women's sprint semi-finals
(1534) Men's keirin second round
(1544) Women's sprint semi-finals
(1553) Women's omnium 500m time trial
(1626) Women's sprint 1st final
(1648) Women's sprint 2nd final
(1657) Men's keirin final
(1723) Women's sprint 3rd final

Football - Men
(1600) Mexico v Japan - London
(1845) South Korea v Brazil - Manchester

Artistic Gymnastics
(1300) Apparatus finals - Men's parallel bars, Women's beam, men's horizontal bar, Women's floor

Handball - Women

Field Hockey - men
1st rd
(0730) South Korea v Netherlands (Group B)
(0945) Australia v Pakistan (Group A)
(1245) Argentina v South Africa (Group A)
(1500) India v Belgium (Group B)
(1800) Great Britain v Spain (Group A)
(2015) Germany v New Zealand (Group B)

(1100) 470 men's, 49ers
(1105) 470 women, 49ers
(1200) Men's windsurfing final
(1300) Women's windsurfing final
(1400) Women's Elliot 6m quarter-finals

Synchronised Swimming
(1400) Duets free routine - final

Table Tennis
(1000) Women's team bronze medal match
(1430) Women's team gold medal match

(1030) Men's final

(1200) Women's quarter-finals

Water Polo
Women's semi-finals - United States v Australia, Hungary v Spain (time to be decided)

(1430, 1800) +105kg men's

(1200) Greco Roman men's 66kg, men's 96kg

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