Rio Olympics Day 4 - Team SA schedule

2016-08-08 09:13
Chad le Clos (Getty)

Rio de Janeiro - A list of South Africans in competition at the Olympic Games on Monday, August 8. Times are Rio local and in brackets is SA time.


16:30 - Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (Heat 3): Kirsten McCann and Ursula Grobler
17:20 - Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls (Heat 4): James Thompson and John Smith
17:40 - Women’s Pair (Heat 2): Lee-Ann Persse and Kate Christowitz
18:20 - Men’s Four (Heat 3): David Hunt, Jonathan Smith, Vincent Breet and Jake Green

What to expect:

The wind played havoc with the schedule on Sunday, with the whole programme being postponed. All four South African boats from Sunday will compete on Monday, weather permitting. James Thompson and John Smith might be the ones to keep an eye on and with all the rowers in fine form, this could be the pick of the South African challenge in Rio. They are strong medal candidates, although Monday will be to qualify them for the semi-finals.



18.39 - Men’s 200m butterfly (Heat 2, lane 4): Chad le Clos
18.49 - Men’s 200m butterfly (Heat 4, lane 1): Sebastien Rousseau


03:21 - Men’s 200m freestyle (Final): Chad le Clos
04.10 and 04.19 - Men’s 200m butterfly (semi-finals): Potentially Chad le Clos and Sebastien Rousseau

Five things to know about the 200m butterfly:

1. Chad le Clos is bidding to become the only swimmer to retain his Olympic title in this event. The other is Michael Phelps.
2. Laszlo Cseh is the bookies’ favourite, at 12/10, followed by Phelps 17/10 and Le Clos 7/2. Cseh was silver medallist in 2008 and bidding to give Hungary its first gold in this event.
3. Phelps is bidding to become the first swimmer to win a medal in this event in four successive Olympics.
4. Cseh won the European title in May in 1:52.91, the fastest time since Phelps swam his world record of 1:51.51 in 2009.
5. If Phelps won he’d be the oldest winner of an individual event. He will be 31 years and 40 days on the day of the final, August 9.

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