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Screening guide for the Rio Olympics

This year’s magical Summer of Sport doesn’t stop. Starting on 5 August are the Rio Olympics so click to see our handy day-by-day guide to the standout events.

This year’s magical Summer of Sport doesn’t stop. Starting on August 5 are the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or in more common parlance, the Rio Olympics or Rio 2016. Our handy day-by-day guide to the standout events and the best British chances is below.


With the memories of London 2012 still fresh (well, fresh-ish) in the memory, the nation’s appetite for the Olympics is likely to be at fever pitch once more. This brings with it a number of opportunities for your pub/bar/venue. British sporting fans love soaking up the unique atmosphere that a bar offers when it comes to watching events like the Olympics.




If you can tap into this interest with some Latin-flavoured food promotions — keep the BBQ handy after the climax of Euro 2016 — and drinks specials, then your pub will be the go-to destination to watch the endeavours of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg Rutherford, Andy Murray, Laura Trott, Sir Bradley Wiggins and co.


The four-hour time difference between here and Brazil will make screening some events tricky, but with a full programme of sporting action during the afternoon and into the evenings there will be plenty of chances for your pub to shine.


So, from August 5 to August 21 what are the key events to watch out for? When is Usain Bolt running? And where are the best British medal prospects to be found?


All times are GMT and subject to change. For a comprehensive schedule of every event from heats to finals head here.






Aug 5: Opening Ceremony

Begins at 11.15pm. Expect much samba and bossa nova music. It might not match Danny Boyle’s memorable ode to the British spirit in 2012, but it’s bound to be big, bold and beautiful.


Aug 6

The men’s cycling road race (starting at 1.30pm) could feature three-time Tour de France champ Chris Froome and double Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas.

The first beach volleyball games get under way at 2pm on the iconic Copacabana Beach.


Aug 7

The women’s cycling road race (4.30pm) should feature World Champion Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley, as Armitstead looks to go one better than her silver medal at the 2012 Games.

100m breaststroke world record holder Adam Peaty is a serious bet for gold (swimming finals from 2am).


Aug 8

Diving partners Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow should be in with a shout in the men’s 10m platform synchronised final at 7pm.

In gymnastics the men’s artistic team final (8pm) sees a hotly-tipped GB team going for gold.


Aug 9

Equestrian team eventing final (2pm). Can Great Britain trade a silver at 2012 for gold this time around.


Aug 10

The first rowing finals could see the GB men in the quadruple sculls (12.30pm).

Cycling — men’s and women’s time trials (12.30pm): Chris Froome and Emma Pooley should star.

Team GB’s male gymnasts continue to shine as Max Whitlock goes for gold in the all-round individual event (8pm).


Aug 11

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 — the opening round begins at midday. Heavyweights Danny Willett and Justin Rose should all feature.

8pm — Gymnastics: Women’s all-round individual final, should include Claudia Fragapane and Simone Biles.

8pm — Cycling: Finals include men’s team sprint. Team GB will hope their 2012 dominance can continue in Brazil.


Aug 12

Our illustrious rowers will be going for a number of shiny golds from 12.30pm. Look out for the men’s lightweight double sculls, women’s lightweight double sculls, women’s pair and men’s fours.

The action finally begins on the track. The women’s heptathlon begins at 1.35pm with Jessica Ennis-Hill looking to retain her title. Katarina Johnson-Thompson is another medal hope.

Can Andy and Jamie Murray make it to the men’s doubles final? If they do, it will get underway at 4pm.

There are lots of finals on the cycling track this evening (from 8pm) — the men’s team pursuit with Bradley Wiggins hopefully lining up for the Brits — a notable highlight.


Aug 13

More medal opportunities on the cycling track with the women’s keirin and team pursuit finals from 8pm.

Can Greg Rutherford, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill emulate their London 2012 Super Saturday. All three will look to be in contention in their respective finals (12.50am: long jump — Rutherford; 1.55am: men’s 10km — Farah and 2.45am: heptathlon — Ennis Hill).


Aug 14

The final round in the men’s golf gets a jam-packed schedule underway at 11.30am.

Can Andy Murray keep hold of his Olympic crown in the men’s tennis final, or will his old nemesis Novak Djokovic win? From 4pm.

Louis Smith and Max Whitlock head a British charge in the gymnastics men’s pommel horse (6pm).

Back on the cycling track Jason Kenny will hope to feature in the men’s sprint (8pm).

It will be worth staying up to see whether Usain Bolt can threepeat in the men’s 100m final (2.25am).


Aug 15

Mark Cavendish looks to feature in the men’s omnium cycling final at 8pm.

Those staying up late should be rewarded with Kenyan 800m ace David Rudisha seeking to retain his title at 2.25am. Our Christina Ohuruogu already has one 400m gold (in 2008). Her final gets underway at 2.45am.


Aug 16

Will Giles Scott live up to his billing as the new Ben Ainslie? Find at 5pm as he sails in the men’s finn final.

Claudia Fragapane represents Team GB’s best chance of a medal in the women’s gymnastics floor final (6pm).

Cycling finals galore (from 8pm) — including women’s omnium, women’s sprint and men’s keirin. Should see Laura Trott, Becky James and Jason Kenny in action.

The men’s high jump final (12.30am) will see British medal hope Robbie Grabarz in action.


Aug 17

The British equestrian team will hopefully make the jumping final (2pm).

Shara Proctor is our best hope in the women’s long jump final (1.15am)

Tiffany Porter aims for the women’s 100m hurdles final (2.55am).


Aug 18

The irrepressible Brownlee brothers Alastair and Jonathan kick off their triathlon quest at 3pm.

Jade Jones will with luck be in action in the women’s taekwondo final at midnight.

Usain Bolt. 200m final at 2.30am. Enough said. Adam Gemili has to be a medal prospect for Team GB.


Aug 19

The women’s modern pentathlon heads into its final event at 4pm. British hopes will focus on Samantha Murray.

Liam Phillips will hope for BMX gold in the men’s final at 5.30pm.

The British women’s hockey team will hope to be in the final at 9pm.

Athletics — it’s relay time. The women’s and men’s 4x100m finals are at 2.15am and 2.35am respectively.


Aug 20

Nicola Adams will look to be in the women’s 51kg boxing final at 6pm.

The men’s football final kicks off at 9.30pm.

Mo Farah will hopefully line up in the men’s 5,000m final at 1.30am

The women’s and men’s 4x400m relay finals (at 2am and 2.35am) draw a line under the track programme.


Aug 21

The men’s marathon (1.30pm) is an archetypal Olympics watch.

Can the US basketball ‘Dream Team’ clinch the last high profile gold — the men’s gold medal match begins at 7.45pm.

Time, ladies and gentlemen please! The Closing Ceremony begins at 11.15pm.


The Olympics will be shown free-to-air and no events will be shown on BT Sport.