day 3

Olympic breakfast: Sailors, rowers and boxers among the Irish in action today

All the key details surrounding the must-watch events in Rio today.

OVER THE COURSE of the next 14 mornings, we’ll bring you all the info you need to set you up for the 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)

Annalise Murphy Annalise Murphy will be looking to put the heartbreak of London behind her as her Olympics gets under way today. Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

Flying the Irish flag

It’s a quiet enough day in terms of Irish competitors but those in action will mostly be taking to the water.

In the eventing, the Irish team of Clare Abbot, Jonty Evans, Mark Kyle, and Padraig McCarthy will take part in the cross-country part of the competition with a great chance of a medal as they currently sit fifth overall. That kicks off at 2pm.

After a bye at the first stage, Paddy Barnes gets his quest for a third Olympic medal underway when he takes on Samuel Carmona of Spain in the men’s light fly (49kg) last 16 at 3pm this afternoon.

James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

After the high winds of yesterday, Sinead Jennings and Claire Lambe finally get their Games under way in the women’s lightweight doubles sculls. Sanita Puspure goes in the quarter-finals of the women’s single sculls while the O’Donovan brothers will finally race in their heat after the abandonment of yesterday’s rowing.

The rowing begins at 3.30pm.

Also on the water will be Annalise Murphy in the women’s laser radial where she has a strong medal chance. She takes to the water for races one and two at 5pmFinn Lynch goes in the men’s version at the same time. 

The best of the rest

There will be some interest in the basketball as the USA take on Venezuela at 11pm tonight.

In swimming, there’s a heap of finals taking place with the men’s 200m freestyle, men’s and women’s 100m backstroke and the women’s 100m breaststroke among the highlights.

The last event will be the one to watch as Lilly King goes up against Yuliya Efimova who was only cleared to compete in Rio after appealing a doping ban. The evening session of swimming starts at 2am.

Rio Olympics Swimming Lilly King will hope to win the 100m breaststroke this evening. Lee Jin-man Lee Jin-man

If you like your weightlifting, the final of men’s 62kg event takes place at 2pm while there are also medals up for grabs in the men’s 10m air rifle.

The semi-finals of the women’s sevens tournament also kick off at 6.30pm.

This should be good too…

Jae C. Hong Jae C. Hong

Fencing is one of the less high-profile events, but it’s not necessarily less entertaining. The women’s sabre gold medal match at 9.45pm should be worth a watch.

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

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Two Annemiek van Vleuten (left) with eventual race winner Anna van der Breggen before the start of the women's road race. PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

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