Caster's 800m time has come - and Bolt looks to make history
ONLY five days of the Olympics remain, but they promise to pack plenty of drama.
Caster Semenya swings into action today in the 800m heats, but the real historic moment will come tomorrow night - when Usain Bolt will attempt to become the first man to retain the Olympic 200m crown.
A win means he would also be the first man to retain the 100m and 200m double.
Carl Lewis defended his 100m crown in 1988, but took silver in the 200m.
Tomorrow, SA has no fewer than two medal hopes in Bridgitte Hartley in the women's K1500m kayak sprint, and Sunette Viljoen in the women's javelin.
Semenya is scheduled to compete in the semifinals.
Friday sees Troy Prinsloo in action in the men's 10km open water swim, while Sifiso Nhlapo is looking for belated silverware in the BMX, having crashed off his bike in the final in Beijing four years ago.
Bolt returns to action on Saturday, this time in the 4x100m relay final. Jamaica will be overwhelming favourites to retain the title.
Semenya will hopefully be in the women's 800m final, which promises to be a tough race.
The field is likely to include defending champion Pamela Jelimo of Kenya, Ethiopian newcomer Fantu Magiso and Russia's world champion Mariya Savinova - and there are a few other runners capable of winning this contest. For British fans, the race of the night could be the men's 5000m.
The men's marathon brings the curtain down on the Olympics on Sunday, but only just. The first mountain bike racer will likely finish about 20 minutes before the marathon victor does. SA is well represented in both races, but the odds are better that SA will get a cycling medal, courtesy of Burry Stander.