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Olympic breakfast: Swimmers, sailors and boxers among the Irish in action today

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

Updated at 15.02

FOR THE NEXT 12 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)

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Flying the Irish flag

Sanita Puspure is the first of the Irish team out today in Rio as she rows in the women’s single sculls quarter final at 1.10pm. She’ll be hoping to build on some fantastic performances by the other Irish rowers yesterday.

The Irish eventing team will be jumping tomorrow as the competition draws to a close. They’re still in contention and currently lie in eighth place in the team standings. It all kicks off at 2pm.

At 4pm, the Irish men’s hockey team will aim to get their first win against Germany after disappointing results against both India and The Netherlands. However, Craig Fulton’s men face a stern test as the Germans are the current Olympic champions.

We return to the pool at 5pm as Nicholas Quinn competes in the heats of the men’s 200m breaststroke. The Mayo man will take his place in lane 3 during heat 3 and he will be hoping to improve on a fourth-place finish in his 100m breaststroke heat last Saturday. If the Irish swimmer manages to qualify from his heat, he will be swimming again later that night at 3am for the semi-finals.

Nicholas Quinn Nicholas Quinn looks on after competing in the heats of the 100m breaststroke. Source: Andrea Staccioli/INPHO

Annalise Murphy will be back out on the water at 5.05pm for races 3&4 of the women’s laser radial discipline. She currently sits in a promising fourth place. Finn Lynch will take to the water just after the Dubliner for races 3&4 of the men’s laser class at 5.15pm. He currently lies in 21st place in the overall standings.

The final Irish participant of the evening will be David Oliver Joyce as he faces a daunting challenge in the form of number two seed Albert Selimov at 9.45pm in the 60kg last 16 in the boxing arena.

The best of the rest

All eyes will be on Simone Biles and the US women’s gymnastics team in the Rio Olympic Arena this evening. The world all-around champion will hope to lead the reigning champions to more gold medals in the event kicking off at 8pm.

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Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Two Simone Biles of the USA performs on the balance beam during the women's artistic gymnastics qualification. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

If you fancy something a little bit different, the women’s synchronised 10m platform final will also be taking place at 8pm. Six pairs, including divers from Great Britain and the US among others, will be fighting it out for the three podium places.

The highlights of the day at the swimming pool will be the women’s 200m freestyle final and the men’s 200m butterfly final later on tonight at 2.20pm.

The canoe single men semi-final and final will also be happening this afternoon with the semi-final starting at 5.30pm. 14 athletes will battle it out for the medals in the Whitewater Stadium if you fancy a change of scenery from the more popular sports.

This should be good too…

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day One A general view of the Carioca Arena 2, the venue for the judo competition at the Rio Olympics. Source: Markus Schreiber

There will be a number of medals handed out in the Judo with the gold medal contest in the women’s 63kg division and the men’s 81kg division due to take place sometime later this evening.

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

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