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Olympic breakfast: Rowers, boxers and swimmers among the Irish in action today

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

FOR THE NEXT 16 mornings, 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)

European Aquatics Championships - Day Thirteen Shane Ryan is among the Irish athletes in action today. Source: John Walton

Flying the Irish flag

Ellis O’Reilly will be looking to make up for Kieran Behan’s disappointing result last night as she is up in the gymnastic qualifiers at 13.45 today.

Meanwhile, it’s day two of the Eventing from 14.00 onwards, with Clare Abbot, Jonty Evans, Mark Kyle and Padraig McCarthy all set to feature in the Equestrian Centre.

Following Sanita Puspura’s display yesterday, more Irish rowers will have their first taste of Rio action, with both the brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan and Sinead Jennings and Claire Lambe set to compete in the lightweight double sculls heats for men (15.20) and women (15.00) respectively.

Gymnastics - 2015 World Championships - Day Two - The SSE Hydro Ellis O'Reilly represents Ireland in gymnastics today. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

In the boxing, the first Irishman in action is Steven Donnelly — he takes on Algeria’s Zohir Kedache in the Men’s welter 69 kg at 16.15. Later on, at 21.30David Oliver Joyce faces Andrique Allisop of Seychelles in the Men’s light 60 kg

At approximately 18.03 and 18.17, in the swimming — after Nicholas Quinn competed yesterday – Fiona Doyle and Shane Ryan are set to make their Rio 2016 bows in the Women’s 100m breaststroke heats and the Men’s 100m backstroke heats respectively.

Finally, following their agonising loss against India yesterday, the Irish hockey team are in action again against the Netherlands at 22.00.

The best of the rest

There will be much interest in the women’s road race, which begins at 16.15, with controversial British World champion Lizzie Armitstead set to compete.

In swimming, Britain’s Adam Peaty will be looking to build on his astonishing world record feat yesterday in the men’s 100m breaststroke final, one of several swimming events taking place at 02.53 on Monday, while US teenage prodigy Katie Ledecky is among the other stars in action — she competes in the Women’s 400m freestyle heats at 18.28.

Rio Olympics Swimming United States' Katie Ledecky is set to compete in swimming. Source: Matt Slocum

Brazil and Neymar will have a chance to make up for their disappointing opening game. as they take on Iraq at 02.00 Monday in one of eight upcoming soccer matches.

In tennis, Andy and Jamie Murray are in action, as they take on Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci and André Sá in men’s doubles tennis at 21.00, while before that, Andy also competes in the singles at 17.45 against Viktor Troicki of Serbia.

This should be good too…

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day One Jitu Rai of India prepares to compete the men's 10-meter air pistol finals at Olympic Shooting Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics yesterday. Source: Eugene Hoshiko

Shooting is one of the less high-profile events, but it’s not necessarily less entertaining. The Trap Women’s Gold Medal Match at 19.45 should be worth a watch

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

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day One Christopher Froome, of Great Britain, left, races Daniel Martin, of Ireland, right, to the finish line in the last 250m of the men's cycling road race final along Copacabana beach at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Source: David Goldman

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