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Six events to watch: Saturday 28 July

All times below are AEST

1. Cycling: Men's road race. 7pm

Taking in six boroughs of London and chunks of the Surrey countryside, the 250km men’s event will give TV viewers their first chance of soaking up some of England’s best views. Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will receive overwhelming local support as Britain celebrates its champion. Australia will be well represented by Cadel Evans, Wiggins’s Tour teammates Michael Rogers, Simon Gerrans, Matt Goss and Olympic veteran Stuart O'Grady.

2. Swimming: Women's 400m individual medley final. 5.09am Sunday
Can Stephanie Rice defend her Olympic gold? The three-time gold medal winner broke the world record in Beijing in this event. But Rice has been afflicted by shoulder problems over recent years, and consequently her preparation for London has been sharply different to four years ago, when her 400IM triumph was the first of three golds. Rice's main opposition is set to come from American world champion Elizabeth Beisel.

3. Swimming: Women's 4x100m freestyle final. 5.40am Sunday
Australia's first gold medal in the pool may arrive here. Comeback queen Libby Trickett is in the mix for one of the four berths should Australia reach the final. Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie, Yolane Kukla, Melanie Schlanger and Trickett are in contention to represent the green and gold.

4. Basketball [Women]: Great Britain v Australia. Sunday 7.15am
After commuting to London in premium economy, the Opals get the chance to officially stretch their legs with their tournament opener against the host nation. Fascinatingly, Great Britain is coached by Olympics veteran and former Opals coach Tom Maher who is leading a fourth nation in his fifth Olympics campaign.

5. Archery: Men's Team Competition. 2.33am Sunday
Sport at Lord’s in July? No it won’t be cricket. Instead competition in the idiosyncratic sport of archery will take place in the idyllic surrounds of the famous and picturesque venue. Get used to the sight of archers propelling arrows instead of fired up pacemen sending thunderbolts down to batsmen. Today is the second day of competition with the men's team gold to be awarded.

6. Weightlifting: Women's 48kg. 12.30am Sunday
The pocket-sized women hit the stage today. Facial expressions always make for compelling viewing. Turkey's Nurcan Taylan set a world record in the clean and jerk at the 2010 world championships, lifting 121kg. Unfortunately the sport is tainted by doping offences and the 2004 snatch gold medallist will miss the games after being banned last month for testing positive to an undisclosed substance.