The big moments that will define the Olympic Games

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MANY will be glued to every minute, but if time is tight here are the events that can be classed as unmissable.

Athletics: Men’s 100 metres final, Sunday, August 5, Olympic Stadium

The most keenly-awaited race is again the men’s short sprint, featuring the remarkable Jamaican Usain Bolt.

The stage is set for Bolt, defending Olympic champion and world record holder over 100m and 200m, to make another sporting statement.

Cycling: Road race, July 28

Before the likes of Sir Chris Hoy launch bids for Velodrome gold, their road-racing colleagues will attempt to get the medals table moving for the hosts.

Hours after the Games are opened by The Queen, Isle of Man sprint king Mark Cavendish will mount his bike for a 250km tear along the roads of London and Surrey, starting and ending on The Mall.

Tennis: Finals at Wimbledon, August 4 (women’s final) and 5 (men’s final), All England Club

Roger Federer won an Olympic gold medal in doubles with Stanislas Wawrinka four years ago, but what more appropriate a setting than Wimbledon could there be for the Swiss maestro to end his wait for Games singles glory?

Great Britain’s Andy Murray will be hoping to finally have Wimbledon glory.

Athletics: Golden girl’s big moment, August 4, Olympic Stadium

Jessica Ennis is a phenomenal trainer, a fierce competitor, and stands to be the face of the Games.

On the second night of athletics competition, the 26-year-old from Sheffield athlete should be bang in contention for the heptathlon gold medal, which could come down to a race against the clock in the closing 800m, starting at 8.35pm.

The expectations on her shoulders are a factor, but Ennis has the recent form and the self-belief and will have the nation willing her on towards what could be a defining moment of the Games.