What to watch at the Olympics: August 17-21


Here's the pick of the action in the third week of the Olympic Games in Rio.

August 17

Britain's Shara Proctor should be a strong contender for a medal in the women's long jump final, while team-mate Tiffany Porter will have similar aspirations in the 100m hurdles.

Shara Proctor
(Martin Rickett/PA)

The showjumping team medals are decided, with Great Britain defending the title won after a dramatic jump-off against Holland in London four years ago.

The taekwondo gets under way with Britain's Jade Jones out to defend her title in the 57kg category.

Jade Jones in action at the Olympics
(Andrew Milliigan/PA)

August 18

The Brownlee brothers will carry Britain's hopes in the triathlon with Alistair defending his title and Jonny also expected to do battle for a place on the podium.

England's Jonathan Brownlee leads during the cycle leg of the men's Triathlon race at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
(Peter Morrison/AP)

Injury permitting, Bolt will be a massive favourite to win the men's 200m, where Britain's Adam Gemili will look to give the Jamaican a real run for his money.

August 19

Former world champion Liam Phillips will hope to contest the BMX final and erase the memories of crashing at the same stage in London 2012.

Liam Phillips - BMX
(Tim Goode/PA)

The lightweight final in the women's boxing competition takes place, with Ireland's Katie Taylor the defending champion.

August 20

A busy day sees the medals decided in the women's golf event and the athletics programme also come to an end.

Farah will race for what he hopes to be a second gold of the Games in the 5,000m, while South Africa's Caster Semenya is shaping up to be a big favourite in the women's 800m. The last action sees the fast and furious 4x400m relays for men and women.

Mo Farah crosses the line to win the 5000m at the World Championships
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Away from the track, Britain's Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins and Vicky Holland will contest the women's triathlon, while diver Tom Daley faces the semi-finals and final of the men's 10m platform in his bid to improve upon a bronze at London 2012.

August 21

The latest edition of the 'Dream Team' will be expected to claim basketball gold for the United States for the sixth time in the last seven Olympics, with Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony the only players with previous Games experience after a flurry of withdrawals.

United States basketball team
(Mark Ralston/AP)