A NIGHT IN THE POOL
There are few more stunning spectacles at any Olympic Games than a night of crucial races in the Aquatic Center, and today sees the first of many mouth-watering evenings at London 2012. Here's what we've got, all times London Time, remember:
1930: Men's 400m Individual Medley Final
1940: Women's 100m Butterfly Semi-Finals
1949: Men's 400m Freestyle Final
2009: Women's 400m Individual Medley Final
2030: Men's 100m Breaststroke Semi-Finals
2050: Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final
1929: Well, MissThorpedo, you are in for a genuine treat over the next few minutes, because 14-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps is going up against his training partner and great friend Ryan Lochte in the 400m Individual Medley Final inside an expectant Aquatic Center. This could be the first monumental sporting moment of London 2012.
1932: Ryan Lochte walks out to big cheers in London, and a minute or so later the enormous frame of Michael Phelps emerges from the changing room. They obviously don't have to get wet on route to the pool like I do down my local baths. Phelps has monstrous headphones on. In the zone.
1934: Crumbs, the first final in the pool at London 2012 and it's probably the most highly anticipated of the entire meet. After 100m, of butterfly Ryan Lochte is ahead of Michael Phelps by 0.33 seconds...
1935: Not even a contest so far... Ryan Lochte's backstroke has given him an enormous lead of more than two seconds, and Michael Phelps is back in third and in serious trouble.
1936: After breaststroke, Ryan Lochte is now 2.63 seconds ahead and Michael Phelps is down in fourth - and Lochte is annihilating the field, ahead of world record pace at the moment...
USA 400m IM gold medallist Ryan Lochte:
"I put the work in, I know it's my time and I'm ready. I sure hope this is going to be my Olympics. I just go out there and have fun and do what I do, racing."
1953: Good point, Carri. Lots of life left in this meet for Michael Phelps, too. The women's 100m butterfly semifinals have taken place and now it's time for the men's 400m freestyle final - in which we expect the Chinese machine Sun Yang to go close to breaking the world record. Let's find out...
1956: This is the race South Korea's reigning Olympic champion Park Tae-hwan was reinstated to earlier on after initially being disqualified. At the halfway point this is a two-horse race, with Park 0.82 seconds ahead of Sun Yang, who has a quick finish in his locker...
2000: What a finish that was from the herculean Sun Yang, who finished only 0.07 seconds outside the world record, but Sun did break the Olympic record in winning China's first ever gold medal in the swimming pool at the Games. Park Tae-hwan came second, with USA's peter Vanderkaay taking bronze.
2010: The first medal ceremony takes place poolside, with USA's Ryan Lochte stood proudly atop the podium at the Aquatic Center in London. In a few moments we'll get the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final, where the host national hopes to win their first medal of the Games with Hannah Miley.
2016: Here we go in our third final of the evening, the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final, with USA's Elizabeth Biesel, Australia's Stephanie Rice and Great Britain's Hannah Miley all much-fancied to win medals.
2018: Right, we're halfway and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary is leading with USA's Elizabeth Biesel in second. Australia's defending champion Stephanie Rice is fading and Britain's Hannah Miley is gaining...
2024: That is a truly incredible finish from the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen, who might have just become a global superstar in the space of 4:28:43 - she has broken the world record with an astonishing swim. It's China's night in the pool, no doubt about that. USA's Elizabeth Biesel wins silver and China's Xuanxu Li bronze.
2030: China's Ye Shiwen just set the 2012 Olympic Games on fire. For a 16-year-old to swim like that... Almost defies belief. Anyway, there's other stuff going on besides in the Aquatic Center, starting with our 11th gold medal of the day...
2035: It's a clean sweep for Italy in the women's individual foil, with Elisa Di Francisca winning the gold medal, Arianna Errigo silver and the legendary three-time Olympic winner Valentina Vezzali bronze. Have some of that, say Italy to the rest of the world.
2044: A lot of love for Ryan Lochte, and rightly so. Could this be the 'Lochte Olympics' like Michael Phelps enjoyed four years ago? Anyway, the men's breaststroke 100m semifinals have taken place and South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh looks the man to beat, but Japan's 2004 & 2008 Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima qualifies for Sunday's final.
2050: Right then fight fans, we've got our last Final in the pool for the night - it's the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay race, and they are off and away. The Dutch are flying, China second, USA third...
2051: OK, we're halfway through (200m) and USA lead with Australia in second and hosts Great Britain third...