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Rio 2016 Olympics Day Four Update

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15 gold medals to be won; Murray and Konta in action; GB women in gymnastics all-round final; men’s rugby sevens begins; equestrian, diving, rowing and swimming medals to be won.

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS – DAY FOUR

Rowing: Team GB crews book final spots

Boxing: Tojibaev bt Cordina (GB); Joyce (Ire) v Selimov (9.45pm)

Canoeing: Single Slalom semi-final (5:30pm) and final (7:16pm) – GB’s David Florence

Gymnastics: GB in women’s all round final (starts 8pm)

Rugby Sevens: GB 31-7 Kenya; GB v Japan (9pm). New Zealand and Fiji also in action

FLORENCE COMING UP

The first of GB’s medal chances as we head towards the evening is David Florence, who is due to go in the semi-finals of the single slalom canoeing at 6.03pm. Get through that, and the two-time silver medalist will be in the final at 7.16pm…

MURRAY ON COURT

Centre Court is clear for Andy Murray to continue his singles’ campaign against Juan Monaco. The pair are knocking up as we speak, and we’ll keep you updated on the progress of the defending champion. Alternatively you can follow our much more detailed coverage of the match right here

BRITISH LATEST

Far better day for the Brits in the equestrian eventing as their four riders clear the show jumping course with just four penalty points between them. Too little, too late, in the wake of yesterday’s poor cross-country and it’s France who take team gold ahead of Germany and Australia. GB down in fifth.

Bad news from the judo, meanwhile, as Anna Schlesinger is beaten by Anicka van Emden in the last 16

CORDINA BOWS OUT

Wales’ Joe Cordina – a European gold medallist – became the latest British boxer to bow out of the Olympic Games as he came up short against Hurshid Tojibaev of Uzbekistan in the last 16 of the men’s 60kg category.

SEVENS

Great Britain get their mens rugby sevens campaign off to a flying start with a 31-7 win over Kenya.

All the spade work was done in the first half as Team GB came flying out of the blocks and built up a 24-0 half-time lead.

SEVENS

Great Britain have made made a flying start to their men’s sevens campaign by running in four tries in the first half of their game against Kenya to build a 24-0 lead.

COMING UP SHORTLY…

All go in Rio, and the next hour sees one or two GB big guns in action. The men’s rugby sevens team begin their campaign against Kenya, and both Andy Murray and Jo Konta are scheduled on court in the tennis. We’ll keep you posted…

CORDINA BEATEN AND OUT

The judges do agree, and Tojibaev wins on split decision. Called a draw by one judge, but Cordina becomes the latest Brit to bow out of the boxing

CORDINA-TOJIBAEV RD 3

Cordina starts the final round down on two of the three cards but continues to box off the back foot without throwing too many combinations. The odd classy counter surely won’t do it for him, and as Tojibaev continues with his lead lefts Cordina starts to hold. Tojibaev looks to have done enough – will the judges agree…?

CORDINA-TOJIBAEV RD 2

Tojibaev the more aggressive. He’s made to look crude a couple of times by Cordina’s slicker work, but the Welshman is pinned to the ropes once, then again as Tojibaev gets into range. Real clash of styles, and a low blow from the Uzbek earns him a point deduction! This one’s scored 10-9 to Tojibaev by all three judges, but the point deduction keeps Cordina in it.

CORDINA-TOJIBAEV RD 1

Quick start from the Uzbek as Cordina takes a look behind a low left hand. Cordina looking to counter and move, and there’s some joy for him as he makes Tojibaev miss only to take a couple of left hooks in succession. Good movement from Cordina, but a left-right combination from Tojibaev helps get him the 10-9 nod from two of the three judges with one the other way

CORDINA-TOJIBAEV

Here come the fighters – can GB’s European gold medalist make up for yesterday’s disappointments?

CORDINA CHALLENGE

Cordina is the only Welshman in the GB squad and will become the team’s first quarter-finalist if he can follow up his opening win over Filipino Charly Suarez

WE’RE OFF BOXING

Right, there’s one Brit and one Irishman in action in today’s boxing, and Team GB’s Joe Cordina is up in less than 10 minutes in the 60kg category. His opponent in the last 16 is Hurshid Tojibaev of Uzbekistan – stick with us for round-by-round coverage…

JUDO UPDATE

Good news, too, from the judo where Alice Schlesinger has made it through to the last 16 with victory over South Korea’s Ji-Yun Bak. She’ll be back on the mat this afternoon against Anicka van Emden of the Netherlands…

ARCHERY UPDATE

Some British involvement in the rowing reperchage still to come, and we’ll round that up for you later this afternoon, but more news of Naomi Folkard in the archery: she’s booked a spot in the last 16 with a second win of the day – a 6-0 success against Japan’s Kari Kawanaka

GB FOUR MISS OUT

Three from four isn’t bad, but that will be no consolation to the four lads who miss out on their coxless four final. Italy, France an new Zealand prove stronger on the day, and GB’s Bartley, Aldred, Clegg and Chambers are surprise casualties

IN THERE FIGHTING

The GB four are second at halfway behind Italy, but it’s a tight race. All still to..er…row for

CLEAN SWEEP FOR GB?

Three successful semi-finals so far for the GB rowers, now it’s the turn of Chris Bartley, Mark Aldred, Jono Clegg and Peter Chambers…

ANOTHER FINAL PLACE!

Not a bad day in the rowing at all for GB, this. Walton and Collins become the latest GB team to book their place in a final as they come in third behind Croatia and Norway. And there’s another chance coming up imminently for the men’s lightweight coxless four…

BRITS BATTLING

Back at Lagoa, Walton and Collins are now under way and in third place at halfway in their double sculls semi-final. Can they hang on for a place in the final?

GB QUALIFY

Sensational second half of the race from Grainger and Thornley, who put a poor season behind them to pull clear in second and qualify for Thursday’s final behind first-placed Poland. Real scrap for third ends with France taking the sixth final spot

HALFWAY UPDATE

The GB pair went out hard but hit halfway behind Poland in second, with Australia in third. Top three qualify for the final, remember…

GRAINGER/THORNLEY TO GO

Right, we’re ready for the second semi-final of the women’s double sculls and that means GB’s Grainger and Thornley. The good news for all medal hopefuls? World champions New Zealand will not be in the final – they were rowed into fourth in the first semi by Greece, United States and Lithuania…

GB INTO FINAL

South Africa pay for their quick start as Innes and Sinclair rein them in just past the 1500m mark and go on to qualify in second place. South Africa also through in third. New Zealand’s pair come home miles ahead for a 68th straight win – it’ll take some duo to challenge them in Thursday’s final…

KIWIS AHEAD…

No surprise to see Bond and Murray in front at halfway. South Africa going well in second and GB third…

BRITS OFF AND ROWING

Right, we’ve got home interest out there now as Alan Sinclair and Stewart Innes go in the second semi-final of the men’s coxless pairs. New Zealand’s Eric Murray and Hamish Bond the ones to watch here…

IRELAND’S PUSPURE OUT

Bad news for the Irish at Lagoa, in the meantime, as Sanita Puspure finishes fourth in her single sculls quarter-final to miss out on a semi spot by one place

GRAINGER IN ACTION

Will we be seeing a rerun of this scene come Thursday’s double sculls final? Katherine Grainger may be with a different partner four years on from London, but she has an Olympic title to defend – Grainger and Vicky Thornley are around half an hour from their semi-final…

ARCHERY DRAMA

We are into a shoot-off!

Folkard has been pegged back as her opponent Ika Rochmawati takes set four and 5 and each archer will have one arrow to register their score. A real test of nerve and skill.

Rochmawati steps up first and she hits a low to the left seven….big chance Folkard.

The Briton pins a 9 score to claim the win and a place in the next round.

SECURITY LATEST

This picture from today’s rowing reinforces the sad fact that security – as at any other big sporting event of modern times – remains a big issue, and news has emerged that the man in charge of security at special events in Rio was almost robbed after returning to his car as he left the opening ceremony on Friday night.

He was being accompanied by two undercover police officers and was confronted outside the Maracana stadium. It’s estimated there were five robbers, armed with knives, who were riding bikes. One was killed by an officer at the scene.

CRACKING ARROWS

Naomi Folkard pulls out a superb ten score in the archery, it gives her the first set against her Indonesian opponent.

It’s the best of five sets and each competitor has three arrows per set. You get two points for winning a set, when scores are tied each archer picks up a point. If we are all square at the end of five sets we have the drama of a single arrow shoot-off.

Folkard has also won the second set too, and showing superb nerve under pressure in her fourth Olympics a final arrow ten score gives her a share of the third set and a 5-1 lead (28-27; 27-25; 29-29). She needs just one more point for victory in her Round of 32 match.

DUTCH GYMNAST SENT HOME

A bit of overnight news from the gymnastics, and Dutchman Yuri van Gelder will not be competing in the rings final. The 33-year-old has been booted out by his own team after he admitted leaving the camp to go for a drink on Saturday night.

Maurits Hendriks, head of the Dutch Olympic team in Rio, said: “It is awful for Yuri, but this behaviour is unacceptable.”

GRAINGER COMING UP

We’ll take you back to the rowing in about an hour’s time, when Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley will go in the semi-finals of the women’s double sculls…

CAMPBELL QUALIFIES

Martin and Campbell both ease down inside the final 150m – the Brit goes through to Thursday’s semi-finals in second and Team GB are up and running for the day

ROWING LATEST

Alan Campbell won a bronze in London four years ago, but he’s got a bit to do in his single sculls quarter-final – well down on Croatia’s Damir Martin at halfway. The first three go through, mind, so he should be a safe bet for the semis

ACTION UNDER WAY…

Phelps will be going for his 20th gold in the small hours of tomorrow morning, but let’s get to the events currently under way in day four on Rio.

Conditions appear okay at Lagoa Stadium, where the quarter-finals of the men’s single sculls rowing are in full swing. Team GB’s Alan Campbell goes in the fourth of those races in around five minutes’ time. We’ll keep you posted…

PHELPS SPEAKS OUT

From one outspoken superstar to another and Michael Phelps – the most decorated Olympian of them all – has backed his American team-mate Lilly King’s tough treatment of Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova.

Efimova – cleared to compete after winning an appeal against a previous doping ban – has been jeered by spectators and was beaten by King in the 100m breaststroke final.

King made her feelings plain during the heats, wagging a finger at Efimova, and Phelps has offered his support…

“I think people should be speaking out more. You know I think (Lily) is right. I think something needs to be done.”

‘NO GUARANTEES ON DOPING’

It wasn’t all fun at Bolt’s press conference, mind you. The triple sprint champion was asked whether he could be certain all his Rio rivals are racing clean…

“In life nothing is guaranteed. For me going out there I never worry about that. I just go out there and compete. I think we’re going in the right direction, I must say. I think we’re weeding out the bad ones. We have to go through a rough time before we get to the good times.”


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