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Tuesday’s medals

A look at the medals to be handed out Tuesday at the London Olympics.

9 a.m. (streaming): Shooting, men’s skeet final.

10 a.m.: Diving, women’s synchronized 10-meter platform.

10:06 a.m. (NBC): Canoe, men’s single.

10:30 a.m.: Weightlifting, women’s 63kg.

11 a.m. (streaming): Judo, women’s 63kg, men’s 81kg.

11:30 a.m. (streaming): Gymnastics, women’s team final.

2 p.m.: Weightlifting, men’s 69kg.

2:40 p.m. (streaming): Fencing, men’s individual foil.

2:40 p.m. (streaming): Swimming, women’s 200 free, men’s 200 butterfly, women’s 200 IM, men’s 4×200 free relay.

Sir Roger weighs in on the Games

Earlier this month, Sir Roger Bannister, left, passed the Olympic flame at the track on which he ran the first sub-four-minute mile. (Lefteris Pitarakis -- Associated Press)

Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier and one of Britain’s most celebrated athletes, returned a call The Post made last week prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the London Games.

Bannister, 83, was featured in my “Chariots of Fire” piece and my Opening Ceremonies column. There was speculation that he would light the torch but, alas, Sir Roger wasn’t chosen.

We were secretly hoping he would trash Sebastian Coe for not letting him light the torch or be a part of the ceremony. But he’s way too classy for our muckraking tastes.

“No, not all,” Sir Roger said of the diss. “I carried the torch here [earlier] in Oxford, on the track that I broke the four-minute mile in 1954. I know Steve Redgrave [who brought the torch into the stadium] and I know Seb Coe well. I thought the whole presentation was terrific. They chose six young athletes who lit the torch and I have to say the ceremonies were absolutely satisfying.”

Sir Roger asked how we were enjoying the Games and added that he spent a memorable time in Washington in 1962. Taking a respite from his final neurological training at Harvard, he and his wife attended an inaugural ball for President John F. Kennedy. “We met Lyndon B. Johnson, then the vice president,” Sir Roger said. “A very good time indeed in Washington.”

This isn’t exactly boffo box office Olympic news, but when a guy calls you back and says, “Yes, Mike Wise, this is Sir Roger Bannister. From Oxford,” you kind of feel obliged to let the guy tell you what he had for breakfast if he wants. Besides, did he really think I knew a Sir Roger Bannister from, say, Fairfax?

Plus, I just like writing “Sir Roger.” Makes me feel like I’m covering something noble, instead of finding out what socks Robert Griffin III has picked out today.

He also asked me mail him copies of my article. I asked if he’d like them e-mailed as well. “Oh, no, I will wait for your correspondence in the mail,” he said. Gotta love an old-school bloke like that, right?

Swiss soccer player expelled for tweet

Switzerland's Michel Morganella, left, had unkind words on Twitter for the South Korean people after his team's match against South Korea. (Hussein Malla -- Associated Press)

Michel Morganella, a soccer player for Switzerland, has been expelled from the Olympics for posting, on Twitter, “an offensive and threatening message aimed at South Korean people after the Swiss team lost 2-1 to South Korea on Sunday,” the Associated Press reports.

Morganella, a 23-year-old defender, is the second athlete to be removed from the Games for sending an offensive tweet. Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled last week after she posted a comment mocking African immigrants.

Switzerland faces Mexico in its final group match on Wednesday.

Keeping tabs on Monday’s medals

John Orozco and the U.S. men's gymnastics team go for the gold on Monday (Dylan Martinez -- Reuters).

A look at the medals that will be handed out Monday.

9 a.m.-11:10 a.m.: Judo, women’s 57-kg, men’s 73-kg medal matches.

10 a.m.: Diving, men’s synchronized 10-meter platform.

10:30 a.m.: Weightlifting, women’s 58 kg/128 lbs.

11:30 a.m.: Gymnastics, men’s team final.

2 p.m.: Weightlifting, men’s 62 kg/137 lbs.

2:10 p.m.: Fencing, women’s individual epee, bronze medal match.

2:40 p.m.: Fencing, women’s individual epee, gold medal match.

2:43 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Swimming, men’s 200 free, women’s 100 backstroke, men’s 100 backstroke, women’s 100 breaststroke.