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Rio Olympics Day 5 - SA Team schedule

2016-08-09 07:39

Rio de Janeiro - A list of South Africans in competition at the Olympic Games on Tuesday, August 9.  (SA time listed). 

RUGBY SEVENS

16:30 - Men’s Pool B: South Africa vs Spain
21:30 - Men’s Pool B: South Africa vs France

What to expect:

South Africa, second favourites for the tournament behind Fiji, get their Olympics under way with two easy-looking matches on paper. Although, Spain are here at the expense of Samoa so neither they nor France must be taken for granted. But, it should be two comfortable wins from two matches. 

SWIMMING

19:00 -  Men’s 200m Breaststroke (Heat 3): Cameron van der Burgh
19:05: Men’s 200m Breaststroke (Heat 4): Jarred Crous
19:17 : Men’s 4x200m Freestyle (Heat 1)
03:28 : Men’s 200m Butterfly, Final: Chad le Clos
4:03 and 4:12: Men’s 200m Breaststroke semi-finals: Cameron van der Burgh and Jarred Crous

What to expect:

After opening South Africa’s medal tally in the 100m breaststroke, Van der Burgh switches his sights to the 200m, which is far less familiar territory. Look for him – and Crous – to reach the semi-finals and from there on in a spot in the final will be first prize. 

FOOTBALL

01:00 - Women’s First Round, Group E: South Africa vs Brazil

What to expect:

As the cliche goes, there’s pride to play for. South Africa already have one foot on the plane after a 1-0 defeat to Sweden and a 2-0 loss to China. Whatever the result here they’re on the way home. And they end their campaign against the hosts, and their star, Marta. Can South Africa score their first goal of their Games? It would be nice. 

ROWING

15:00 - Men’s Pair, semi-final: Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling
17:00 - Men’s Four Repechage 1: David Hunt, Jonathan Smith, Vincent Breet and Jake Green

What to expect:

Murray and Bond might sound like a law firm but New Zealand’s Eric Murray and Hamish Bond are overwhelming favourites to win the gold medal. They are the reigning Olympic and world champions but South Africa have a shot at a place in the final and a medal. They finished second in tough rowing conditions in their heat to set up this semi-final, which features five boats. The South Africans finished a close up fourth in the May World Championships, with NZ and Britain in front of them. Both are in this semi-final but South Africa only need to finish in the first three of six to reach the final.

SAILING

18:15 - Laser Men, Races 3 and 4: Stefano Marcia

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