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Olympic Breakfast: Harrington chasing a medal and Conlan steps on the canvas

This isn’t no ordinary Sunday of sport.

Michael Conlan gets his Olympic campaign under way today.
Michael Conlan gets his Olympic campaign under way today.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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

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

Pádraig Harrington played himself into medal contention with a 67 yesterday and is now four shots behind Australian Marcus Fraser (-9) in third as the tournament heads into its final day. Justin Rose leads the way for Britain on 12-under, just one shot clear of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. Seamus Power looks to be out of contention after a disappointing 74 yesterday left him one-under for the tournament. Action gets under way from 11am. Power tees off at 12.55pm and Harrington at 14.17.

Fionnuala McCormack, Lizzie Lee and Breege Connolly line up in the women’s marathon in Sambodromo from 13.30.

Greg Broderick, a controversial selection in the Irish equestrian team ahead of rising star Bertram Allen, will justify his selection when he gets going in the individual showjumping from 14.00.

World bantamweight (56kg) champion Michael Conlan gets his Rio campaign under way and there is plenty of pressure on the Belfast man’s shoulders as he is the last remaining Irish male boxing medal hope in Brazil. He will go toe to toe with Armenia’s Aram Avagyan from 15.30.

After impressing when finishing second in her heat, next up early on Monday morning for European bronze medallist Ciara Mageaan is the semi-finals of the 1,500m. She has been drawn in the first semi-final which is due to get under way at 01.30am on Monday.

It’s a rest day for the men’s 49er crew of Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton and the women’s 49er FX pair of Saskia Tidey and Andrea Brewster. Annalise Murphy also gets to rest up ahead of her Laser Radial medal race tomorrow.


Source: Hotline Rings: Rio 2016/SoundCloud

The best of the rest

Andy Murray is looking to defend the Olympic gold medal he won in the men’s singles in London but in his way stands a Grand Slam winner on the comeback trail in Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.

The former US Open champion has been plagued by injury but saw off Rafael Nadal in a semi-final tiebreak last night.

Murray, for his part, cruised into tonight’s decider with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Kei Nishikori.

The action in the gold medal match gets under way from 7pm with the bronze medal match starting at 5.30.

This should be good too…

The USA’s men’s basketball team are looking mortal for once, having been run close by Serbia and Australia already in Group A. Kevin Durant and Co take on Tony Parker’s France their final group game from 18.30. The French went down to the Aussies but have impressed in their other games and look well equipped to give the US a run for their money.

Source: Eric Gay

And finally, in case you missed it, here’s what happened yesterday

After a brave run, Mark English fails to qualify for Olympic final

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy well-placed to claim Olympic medal after super Saturday

More topless celebrations as Ireland’s Scott Evans qualifies for badminton knockout stages

Mo Farah falls, then takes gold in the 10,000m Olympic final

Pádraig Harrington shoots a 67 to fire himself into medal contention at Rio 2016

Steven Donnelly finds redemption, but no medal, as Ireland turn to Conlan and Taylor

“He didn’t know the half of what we were up to” – O’Donovans reveal rocky road to silver medal glory

McCurley’s Rio hopes over after defeat in keirin repechage

Treacy added to steeplechase final after Irish appeal proves successful

Puspure finishes Rio campaign on high with commanding ‘C’ final victory

Belfast’s Brendan Irvine becomes fifth Irish boxer to exit Rio 2016

Ledecky wins women’s 800m freestyle gold in world record

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