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Olympic Breakfast: The long walk awaits for Rob Heffernan

All today’s action heading into the final weekend of Rio 2016.

THROUGHOUT THE GAMES we’ll bring you all the info you need to set you up for the Olympic day ahead.

Source: Hotline Rings: Rio 2016/SoundCloud

Think of this slot as your balanced nutritional start to propel you through an intense sporting day ahead.

(All times are Irish, no gloating about your exotic location allowed).

Flying the Irish Flag

  • Rob Heffernan will lead a trio of Irish walkers in the gargantuan 50km walk which goes to tape at noon with Brendan Boyce and Alex Wright.

Brendan Boyce and Rob Heffernan watch the race Brendan Boyce and Rob Heffernan watch the 20k walk a long time ago (day 7). Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

  • Leona Maguire will hope to keep her run of form from round two rolling right into moving day as the women’s golf tournament gets tough. Stephanie Meadow will be in action there too.
  • Natalya Coyle is in the pool for swimming heat four of the Modern Pentathlon at 16.15, and she’ll be in four more events before the day is out.

Best of the Rest

  • Perhaps the most exciting track event of the Games closes the Olympic Stadium tonight. The men’s 4 x 100m relay goes at 02.35, just after the women (complete with the American women after their bizarre re-run) at 22.15.

Rio Olympics Athletics Morolake Akinosun completes the US women's relay re-run last night. Source: Martin Meissner

  • Away from the track, Germany and Sweden will contest the final of a terrific women’s football tournament at 21.30.
  • After putting Argentina to the sword on Wednesday night, Team USA meet the best damn basketball players Spain can offer in the second men’s semi-final at 19.30. Australia take on Serbia in the second semi at 23.00

This Should Be Good Too

  • If you’ve enjoyed the Brazilian atmosphere (in the sports where there have actually been crowds) so far, then get pumped for the men’s volleyball semi-final which pits the hosts against Big Bad Russia. Tune in from 02.15, or after the 4x100s.

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Twelve Mossely being declared the winner over Russia's Anastasiia Beliakova in the smi. Source: Frank Franklin II

  • Want to torture yourself with dreams of what might have been for Irish boxers at these Olympics? Yin Junhua takes on France’s Estelle Mossely in the women’s 60kg (AKA Katie Taylor’s division) at 20.00.

Here’s what you missed yesterday

Less than the blink of an eye! Sensational Barr finishes fourth in 400m hurdles final

‘It’s insane – I never thought I’d see the day’: Thomas raises the Barr in Rio

‘The best sprint performance we’ve ever had in the history of athletics’

Barr now lives with the rare agony of 4th, the best and worst place away from the podium

Bolt reigns supreme! Sprint king retains 200m crown in Olympic farewell

Gold and silver for Brownlee brothers in men’s triathlon as Keane finishes in 40th

Maguire back in medal contention with stunning second round in Rio

A league of their own: US women cruise to 4x100m final in bizarre relay re-run

Three athletes disqualified from Olympic Games after failing drug tests

Ticketing controversy: Pat Hickey denied bail in Rio

Pat Hickey taken from Rio hospital in a wheelchair

OCI wouldn’t be first to try and put me back in my box, says Ross

More questions for Olympic boxing after AIBA Executive Director is ‘reassigned’

Michael Conlan suggests Ireland are being punished for former judge’s Guardian revelations

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