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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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?
MORE TO COME…
Don’t go anywhere, because John Collins and Jonny Walton are under way in the first semi-final of the men’s double sculls. Hang on…no they’re not…it’s a false start
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
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…
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…
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.
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…
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
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.”