The ultimate guide to the London 2012 Olympics: Sportsmail's day-by-day planner
08:37 GMT, 27 July 2012
Welcome to Sportsmail's day-by-day London 2012 Olympic Games planner. This is the place to find out what's going on during the morning, afternoon and evening every day of the games, as well as which Brits can win – and when.
Day 1: Saturday, July 28
Who could win gold for GB Mark Cavendish (cycling), Hannah Miley (swimming)
With your breakfast: There should be plenty of medals for our rowing team and Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are among the favourites in the women's pair. They begin in the heats at 9.30am.
Late morning: This could be Britain's first gold medal. Mark Cavendish, hopefully still fresh after his Tour de France exploits, is the favourite for the cycling road race. It runs from 10am till 3.30pm.
Over lunch: There are few more stunning backdrops than the London skyline behind the equestrian events at Greenwich. The British team, including Zara Phillips, should do well and the gold medal eventing hopefuls get under way in the dressage from 10am.
Afternoon delight: He came so close 20 days ago but can Andy Murray go one better at Wimbledon and win gold The action in singles and doubles gets under way from 11.30am.
Late-night feast: The master v the pretender as Michael Phelps (14 Olympic gold medals) takes on fellow American Ryan Lochte (just the three) in the 400m individual medley final at the Aquatics Centre at 7.30pm.
Brit of the day: Hannah Miley (swimming): Scotland's Hannah Miley is a world championship silver medallist in the 400m individual medley and wants to go one better. The final is at 8.09pm.
Three more Brits to watch: Adcock and Bankier (badminton) – from 8.30am, Anthony Ogogo (middleweight boxing) – from 3pm, Women's football v Cameroon – 5.15pm
Golden girl: Hannah Miley could win a medal
Day 2: Sunday, July 29
Who could win gold for GB Rebecca Adlington (swimming)
With your breakfast: Alison Williamson is competing in her sixth Olympics – the archer won bronze in Athens in 2004 – and her bid for another medal begins at 9am in the women's team event, medal matches are from 5.30pm.
Late morning: Four years ago, Nicole Cooke won Britain's first gold medal. This time she might be helping fellow Brit Lizzie Armitstead cross the line first in the women's road race from noon. The pair haven't always got on but have patched things up for gold.
Over lunch: Ben Ainslie is already one of our greatest Olympians. Today he starts the quest for his fourth gold medal. The 35-year-old is the firm favourite in the Finn from noon.
Afternoon delight: The USA basketball team is already jam-packed with some of the most famous names in sport. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant's first test is at 2.30pm against France.
Late-night feast: She was the golden girl of the pool in 2008, winning the 400m and 800m freestyle. Now Rebecca Adlington wants more. It's the 400m first up for the 23-year-old. Expect a close race with the main challenge from Italy's Federica Pellegrini at 8.15pm.
Brits of the day: Women's hockey team: Four years ago they finished sixth – now they are favourite for gold. With Sportsmail columnist Alex Danson up front, they should win first up against Japan. (KO: 7pm).
Three more Brits: Georgina Geikie (shooting, 25m pistol) – 11.45am, Fred Evans (welterweight boxing) – from 3pm, Men's football v UAE – 7.45pm
Striker: Alex Danson from the women's hockey team
Day 3: Monday, July 30
Who could win gold for GB Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield (diving)
With your breakfast: They start early in the badminton at Wembley Arena, with matches from 8.30am. Londoner Rajiv Ouseph will play in the men's singles while Scotland's Susan Egelstaff competes in the women's.
Late morning: Scotland's Katherine Grainger has endured Olympic heartbreak in the past three Games, winning silver each time. Now she and double sculls partner Anna Watkins are the favourites. Heats at 10.20am.
Over lunch: Starting out as a gymnast Zoe Smith switched to weightlifting when she was 12. Now 18, she broke six British records at the Olympic trials in May and starts her quest for a medal in the 58kg class at 12.30pm.
Afternoon delight: He's been arguably the most talked about Brit at the Olympics. Now it's about beating the Chinese and winning medals. Tom Daley and partner Pete Waterfield go in the synchronised 10m platform at 3pm.
Late-night feast: Gemma Spofforth almost quit swimming a couple of years ago. Tonight she hopes to go for gold in the 100m backstroke final (7.49pm). Liam Tancock (100m backstroke final, 7.56pm)is also set to be in action.
Brits of the day: Women's basketball: They are ranked a lowly 49 in the world but Britain's team will be desperate to get out of Group B. A win over world No 11 Canada is a big ask but you never know. Start 8pm.
Three more Brits: Men's hockey v Argentina – 7pm, Women's water polo v Russia – 6.20pm, Andrew Selby (flyweight boxing) – 1.30pm
Leap: Julie Page from the women's basketball team (right)
Day 4: Tuesday, July 31
Who could win gold for GB Team eventing, David Florence (canoe)
With your breakfast: After winning four competitions on the spin, judo player Gemma Howell is a big medal hope. Her first bout will be at 9.30am. The final is 4pm.
Late morning: The Queen's grand-daughter Zara Phillips could be an Olympic champion in the final part of the team eventing – the showjumping from 10.30am.
Over lunch: Britain's David Florence has a great chance of winning gold in the canoe slalom. Semi-finals are at 1.30pm.
Afternoon delight: Tom Daley's best friend Tonia Couch is in the synchronised 10m platform with partner Sarah Barrow at 3pm.
Late-night feast: After silver medals at the past two Games, Brazil's women's football team want gold. They face Team GB at Wembley at 7.45pm.
Brit of the day: Rebecca Tunney (women's gymnastics team): Watch out for 15-year-old Tunney in the gymnastics team final at 4.30pm, she is the youngest member of Team GB.
Three more Brits: Richard Kruse (fencing, foil) – 10.30am start, final at 7.40pm, Women's hockey v Korea – 4pm, Alan Campbell (rowing, single sculls semi-final) – 9.30am
Young gun: Rebecca Tunney is Team GB's youngest
Day 5: Wednesday, August 1
Who could win gold for GB Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (women's pair rowing), Men's eight (rowing), Bradley Wiggins (cycling)
With your breakfast: Helen Glover and Heather Stanning could be the first Britons to win gold in rowing's women's pair. Final at 10.10am.
Late morning: George Nash and Will Satch compete in their first Olympics as a pair in the 11am rowing semi-final.
Over lunch: Tour de France hero Bradley Wiggins is seeking his gold medal hat-trick, this time in the men's road time trial. Starts 2.15pm.
Afternoon delight: Daniel Purvis, three-time national champion, has high hopes in the artistic gymnastics at 4.30pm.
Late-night feast: Ellen Gandy is set to be in the 200m butterfly final at 8.09pm.
Brit of the day: Fran Halsall (swimming): Fran Halsall could win three gold medals if all goes well. Her 100m freestyle semi-final is at 7.38pm.
Three more Brits: Men's eight (rowing final) – 10.30am, Women's water polo v Australia – 7.40pm, Men's football v Uruguay – 7.45pm
Triple: Fran Halsall could take three golds
Day 6: Thursday, August 2
Who could win gold for GB Fran Halsall (swimming), Men's and women's team sprint (cycling), Men's lightweight four (rowing)
With your breakfast: Richard Faulds won gold in double trap shooting in 2000. Standing in his way is team-mate Peter Wilson. Starts at 9am, continues until 4pm.
Late morning: The lightweight four in rowing are out to beat the Australians at 10am.
Over lunch: David Florence and Richard Hounslow can win a rare canoe slalom medal from 1.30pm.
Afternoon delight: Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton lead the respective team sprints from 4pm.
Late-night feast: Fran Halsall in the 100m freestyle final at 8.34pm. B
Brit of the day: Lizzie Neave (kayak): She won bronze at last year's Euro Championships and hopes to be in for another medal at 3.57pm.
Three more Brits: Oliver and Folkard (archery) – 9am, Men's team pursuit (cycling) – 4.42pm, Men's basketball v Spain – 8pm
On the up: Lizzie Neave won bronze at the 2011 Euro Championships
Day 7: Friday, August 3
Who could win gold for GB Men's team pursuit (cycling), Rebecca Adlington (swimming), women's pair (rowing)
With your breakfast: The face of the Games, Jessica Ennis, begins the heptathlon with the 100m hurdles at 10.05am.
Late morning: If Kath Grainger and Anna Watkins have come through the double sculls heats watch their bid for gold at 10.30am.
Over lunch: Ennis continues in the high jump, starting at 11.15am.
Afternoon delight: Victoria Pendleton bids for her least likely medal in cycling's keirin at 4pm.
Late-night feast: Rebecca Adlington defends her 800metres freestyle crown at 7.45pm.
Brit of the day: Dai Greene (athletics): The world 400m hurdles champion should easily win his 11.15am heat.
Three more Brits: Fran Halsall (50m freestyle) – 8pm, Larry Godfrey (archery) – 9am, Bankier and Adcock (badminton finals) – from 9am
If all goes well: Dai Greene should win his heat
Day 8: Saturday, August 4
Who could win gold for GB Jess Ennis, Mo Farah, Women's team pursuit (cycling), Men's four (rowing), Helen Jenkins (triathlon)
With your breakfast: Briton Helen Jenkins, who has won world championship and a multitude of other titles, will start as favourite for the triathlon – a 1.5km swim in the Serpentine, followed by cycling 40km around London's landmarks and, finally, a 10km run. Should keep you occupied for two-and-a-half hours, from 9am.
Late morning: Usain Bolt and Yohan 'the Beast' Blake, Jamaican training partners, make their first appearances in the Olympic Stadium and begin the most anticipated rivalry of the Games. But the 100m first round at 12.30pm should be a stroll in the Park for them and all the other serious contenders, including fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell and American Justin Gatlin.
Over lunch: Could we see a repeat of the Wimbledon's women's singles final today with Serena Williams lifting Olympic gold to emulate the achievement of sister Venus in Sydney 12 years ago Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka will be among those hoping to stop the American on the new-look colourful Centre Court from noon.
Afternoon delight: A youthful British team of Laura Trott, 19, Joanna Rowsell, 21 and Dani King, 23, set a world record to win the world cycling team pursuit title earlier this year. But the Australia quartet has also set a world record in 2012 and will be serious rivals for the first Olympic gold in this new event. Their moment of destiny should be in the finals at 5.42pm.
Late-night feast: Could we have a golden British trio to cap off Super Saturday Fran Halsall is set for the 50m freestyle final at 7.30pm, poster girl Jessica Ennis completes the heptathlon with the 800m at 8.35pm and then Mo Farah goes in the 10,000metres at 9.15pm. It could be the best day yet for Britain.
Brit of the day: Kat Driscoll (gymnastics): Kat Driscoll is not only Britain's No 1 trampolinist, she also has a very good chance of a medal. The 26-year-old from Kent comes in under the radar but is a world silver medallist. Qualification is at 2pm with the final at 3.26pm.
Three more Brits: Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson (long jump final) – 7.55pm, Holly Bleasdale (pole vault) – 10.20am, Men's football quarter-finals (we hope) – from midday
Day 9: Sunday, August 5
Who could win gold for GB Louis Smith (gymnastics) Ben Ainslie (sailing), Andy Murray (tennis)
With your breakfast: A leisurely start, seeing as it's Sunday: the women's marathon starts in The Mall at 11am, with the winner expected to pass Buckingham Palace and cross the line at around 1.15pm. Is Paula Radcliffe fit enough to end her Olympic hoodoo at last
Late morning: The men's singles gold-medal match starts at Wimbledon at noon. Andy Murray came so close in the all-white of The Championships earlier this month and will be looking to go one better in the red, white and blue of Team GB. But Roger Federer may stand in his way once again on Centre Court.
Over lunch: London 2012 welcomes the first women's boxers to the Olympic Games from 1.30pm. Britain's ground-breaking trio of Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall are all in with a chance of winning a historic first medal in the ring.
Afternoon delight: Split your time between the North Greenwich Arena, where there are gold medals to be won in the men's floor exercises (2pm) and the pommel horse (3.41pm), and Weymouth. Britain's Ben Ainslie goes for gold in the Finn from 2pm.
Late-night feast: At 9.50pm, it's the one everyone's been waiting for and the hottest ticket in town: the men's 100m final. Can the Americans stop a Jamaican 1-2-3 Can Yohan Blake repeat his victory over Usain Bolt in the Jamaican Olympic trials
Brit of the day: Christine Ohuruogu (athletics): The defending Olympic 400m champion was born just around the corner from the Olympic Park and has an uncanny knack of peaking at the right time for major championships. While Jess Ennis has been the poster girl of the Games, Ohuruogu has been quite happily preparing under the radar. The women's 400m final is at 9.10pm.
Three more Brits: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (Star class sailing) – 1pm, Yamile Aldama (triple jump) – 7.35pm, Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison (synchronised swimming) – 3pm
Peak: Christine Ohuruogu (right) always seems to come good at the right moment
Day 10: Monday, August 6
Who could win gold for GB Dai Greene (athletics), men's sprint (cycling)
With your breakfast: ‘Plastic Brit’ Tiffany Porter gets her campaign underway at 10.05am in the 100m hurdles.
Late morning: Britain’s David Florence, a silver medallist in Beijing, begins his bid for gold in the men’s canoe single (C1). The heats are at 9.54am and the semi-finals at 11.14am.
Over lunch: The equestrian team jumping final, including Team GB’s Nick Skelton, begins at 2pm. This will be his sixth Olympics.
Afternoon delight: Beth Tweddle, 27, may be almost a decade older than some of her competitors but the Briton is the world champion on the uneven bars. Her final is at 2.50pm, while cyclist Jason Kenny bids for gold in the men’s track sprint final at 5.43pm.
Late-night feast: World champion and Sportsmail columnist Dai Greene bids to win gold on the track in the men’s 400m hurdles final at 8.45pm.
Brit of the day: Paul Goodison (sailing): Goodison defends his title in the Laser class at 2pm.
Three more Brits: Holly Bleasdale (pole vault) — 7pm, Men’s basketball v China — 4.45pm, Women’s hockey v Holland — 7pm
Current holder: Paul Goodison will defend his title
Day 11: Tuesday, August 7
Who could win gold for GB Victoria Pendelton and Laura Trott (cycling), Team dressage (equestrian), Alistair Brownlee (triathlon)
With your breakfast: Sir Chris Hoy begins his bid for gold in the men’s keirin (the one where the sprinters all cluster for position behind a motorbike) from 10am.
Late morning: The men’s triathlon starts at 11.30am, with British brothers Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee strongly fancied.
Over lunch: British windsurfers Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw go for gold at 1pm and 2pm.
Afternoon delight: A cycling bonanza with Sir Chris Hoy in the men’s keirin final (5.50pm), Laura Trott in the women’s omnium (4.53pm) and Victoria Pendleton in the women’s sprint (5.26pm).
Late-night feast: Britain’s Robbie Grabarz will hope to feature in the men’s high jump final at 7pm.
Brits of the day: GB dressage team (equestrian)Team GB go in the dressage final at Greenwich Park from 10am.
Three more Brits: Phillips Idowu (triple jump heats) — from 10.45am, Men’s hockey v Spain — 7pm, Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison (synchronised swimming) — 3pm
Biggest stage: Charlotte Dujardin could be in the dressage final
Day 12: Wednesday, August 8
Who could win gold for GB Perri Shakes-Drayton (athletics), Tim Brabants (canoe)
With your breakfast: Dr Tim Brabants defends his kayak single 1,000m title at 9.30am and medal hopeful Mo Farah runs in a 5,000m heat at 10.45am.
Late morning: New world record-holder American Ashton Eaton bids for gold in the men’s decathlon. The 100m starts at (10.10am), long jump (11.10am) and shot put (12.50pm).
Over lunch: The sailing 49er skiff medal race, featuring Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, starts at 1pm.
Afternoon delight: Shanaze Reade, one of Sportsmail’s Magnificent Seven, can put the memories of crashing in Beijing to bed as the BMX begins at 3pm.
Late-night feast: A very good night on the track with the finals of the women’s 400m hurdles (8.45pm), women’s 200m (9pm) and men’s 110m hurdles (9.15pm).
Brit of the day: Perri Shakes-Drayton (athletics): The 400m hurdler clocked a massive personal best recently. The final is at 8.45pm.
Three more Brits: Nick Skelton (equestrian jumping final) — from noon, Monique Gladding (diving) — 7pm, Women’s hockey semi-final —3.30pm
Top form: Perri Shakes-Drayton set a huge personal best recently
Day 13: Thursday, August 9
Who could win gold for GB Savannah Marshall and Nicola Adams (boxing), Keri-Anne Payne (swimming)
With your breakfast: World silver medallist Jade Jones begins her bid for taekwondo gold in the -57kg class at 9.00am.
Late morning: Sprint canoeist Rachel Cawthorn is in the K1 500m final at 10.08am.
Over lunch: All eyes on Greenwich Park from 12.30pm where Britain have an embarrassment of riches in equestrian dressage.
Afternoon delight: Boxing finals that should include Nicola Adams (flyweight, 4.30pm), Natasha Jones (lightweight, 4.45pm), and Savannah Marshall (middleweight, 5.15pm).
Late-night feast: Ashton Eaton could be crowned decathlon No 1 after the 1,500m at 9.20pm.
Brit of the day: Phillips Idowu (athletics): We will know at last whether Idowu’s fit when the triple jump final starts at 7.20pm.
Three more Brits: Keri-Anne Payne (open-water swimming) — from noon, Goldie Sayers (javelin) — 9pm, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (470 sailing) — from 1pm
Up in the air: Phillips Idowu's fitness is being hotly debated
Day 14: Friday, August 10
Who could win gold for GB Shanaze Reade (BMX), women's hockey
With your breakfast: Can Lutalo Muhammad shrug off the controversy around his selection over world No 1 Aaron Cook and start his -80kg taekwondo campaign with a win at 9.15am World and European champion Sarah Stevenson has her first bout in the -67kg at 9am. Medal fights are later, from 8pm.
Late morning: Former K1 200m world champion Ed McKeever and K2 200m European champions Liam Heath and Jon Schofield go in the canoe heats from 9.30am with semi-finals from noon.
Over lunch: A veritable banquet on offer as four of Britain’s male boxers could be in semi-final action. Win and it is silver at least; lose and a bronze is for sure. Bantamweight Luke Campbell, light welterweight Tom Stalker and middleweight Anthony Ogogo should fight from 2pm onwards.
Afternoon delight: Threetime world BMX champion Shanaze Reade should race in the semi-finals at the Olympic Park from 3pm, then the final at 4.30pm.
Late-night feast: The basketball tournament gets serious for Kobe, LeBron and the rest of the all-stars on the USA team. They no doubt will be show boating during the group stages but the day’s second semi-final at 9pm should prove a sterner test for USA.
Brit of the day: Hannah England (athletics): Dame Kelly Holmes’s protege was off the pace on her recent return to competition from an achilles injury but she won silver at the world championships last year in the 1500m and should be a threat if fit. The final is at 8.55pm.
Three more Brits: Tom Daley (diving, 10m platform) — from 7pm, Daniel Fogg (open-water swimming) — from noon, Women’s hockey final (hopefully!) — 8pm
Potential: If fit, Hannah England could be a threat
Day 15: Saturday, August 11
Who could win gold for GB Mo Farah (athletics), Ed McKeever (canoe), Tom Stalker (boxing), Tom Daley (diving), Sarah Stevenson (taekwondo)
With your breakfast: The oddest sport at the Games begins at 8.45am, as men in the modern pentathlon fence each other in the first of five events. Later they swim 200m freestyle, showjump and finish with a combined shoot and run. Brits Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale are the ones to watch.
Late morning: Tom Daley should be in the 10m individual platform semi-final between 10am-noon, where he will get a good look at Chinese arch rival Qiu Bo before the final at 8.30pm.
Over lunch: Britain should be represented in the women's Elliott 6m final by the self-named Match Play Girls – a trio of sailors in one boat. The race starts at noon and lasts six hours, so put your feet up and hope Lucy Macgregor, her sister Kate, and Annie Lush can ride the Weymouth waves to victory.
Afternoon delight: Whoever is playing, you will want to watch the men's football gold medal match at Wembley from 3pm. It could be Ryan Giggs leading Team GB to glory or the talented samba boys of Brazil dancing their way to the top of the podium. Who would want to miss either
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Punchy: Anthony Ogogo (left) is one to watch
Day 16: Sunday August 12
Who could win gold for GB Mhairi Spence (modern penthathlon), Andrew Selby (boxing)
With your breakfast: How about a bit of freestyle wrestling with your cornflakes The men in the 66kg and 96kg classes begin their competitions at 8.30am, with finals from 12.45pm.
Late morning: Kenyans and Ethiopians will rule London's streets for a little over two hours when the marathon starts at 11am. Such is their strength, the two nations lay claim to 29 of the fastest 30 marathon athletes this year.
Over lunch: Our rhythmic gymnastics team hit the headlines earlier this year when they won an appeal against their exclusion from the Games, claiming qualification criteria had not been made clear enough. The group will want to prove a point by making the final, which runs from 1.30pm until 3pm.
Afternoon delight: It could be a boxing gold rush if all goes to plan for the team led by Rob McCracken. Medal prospects Andrew Selby (flyweight), Josh Taylor (lightweight), Fred Evans (welterweight) and Anthony Joshua (super heavyweight) will want to be in fights for gold from 1.30pm until 3.30pm.
Late-night feast: The final medals of London 2012 will be won in the women's modern pentathlon, which starts at 8am but doesn't end until 6.20pm. World champion Mhairi Spence and world bronze medallist Samantha Murray will be looking to finish with a flourish.
Brits of the day: Men's water polo team: Team GB have a men’s side at the Olympics for the first time since 1956 and they have targeted making it out of the group stage. Should they manage that they will likely be in the seventh-place play-off at 10.20am.
Three more Brits: Liam Killeen (mountain bike) — from 1.30pm, Scott Overall (marathon) from 11am, Lee Merrien (marathon) — from 11am
Leader: Mhairi Spence is the current world champion