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Dublin: 9°C Wednesday 23 September 2020

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

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

Joe Ward takes instructions from Irish coach Zaur Anita.
Joe Ward takes instructions from Irish coach Zaur Anita.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

FOR THE NEXT 11 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 at the end of race 2 Annalise Murphy takes a break after finishing race 2 of the women's laser radial class in Rio. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Flying the Irish flag

The Irish rowers are out early today with Claire Lambe and Sinead Jennings taking to the water around 1pm for their semi-final in the lightweight women’s double sculls. Both women will be lining up in lane five for the second semi-final after finishing second in their heat on Monday.

Directly after the women’s semi-final, Paul and Gary O’Donovan will be taking part in the lightweight men’s double sculls at 1.10pm. The brothers were also highly impressive in their race on Monday as they beat stiff competition to win their heat.

With the eventing competition now over, the dressage grand prix will commence today and Ireland’s sole competitor in this event is Judy Reynolds with Vancouver K.  Day 1 of the grand prix kicks off this afternoon at 2pm.

Annalise Murphy will attempt to build on some magnificent results thus far when she races five and six of the laser radial class start at roughly 5pm. The Irishwoman currently commands a strong position in the overall standings sitting in second place.

Finn Lynch will be out on the water at the same time as he races in races 5&6 of the men’s Laser class at 5:05pm. The Carlow man is currently in 24th place with six races left to go in the regatta.

Finn Lynch in action in Guanabara Bay Finn Lynch sailing in race 2 of the men's laser class in Rio. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The last Irish competitor up today will be Joe Ward as he has to wait until tonight before he makes in Olympic debut in the men’s 81kg division. The Irishman is due to enter the boxing ring around 11.15pm when he faces Ecuadorian Carlos Andres Mina.

Fiona Doyle will also be hoping to make up for a disappointing result in the 100m breaststroke when she swims at approximately 5.47pm in the 200m breaststroke heats. The first-time Olympian will occupy lane three in heat one. If the Irish swimmer is successful, she will swim again in the semi-final at 3.11am.

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The best of the rest

The gymnasts will take centre stage at the Rio Olympic Arena today as the men’s all-around final starts at 8pm. After winning gold in the team all-around, Japan will have two competitors bidding for a medal.

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Three Kohei Uchimura will attempt to add another Olympic gold medal to his collection after winning gold in the men's individual all-around in London four years ago. Source: Dmitri Lovetsky

The US men’s basketball team are back in action again at 11pm tonight. The star-studded American team will be heavy favourites to beat the Australians, but the Aussies will be no pushover — their team includes NBA champions like Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut.

Chris Froome, Tony Martin and Kristin Armstrong are among the names competing in the men’s and women’s individual time trial. The women are set to hop on their bikes at around 12.30pm, while the men will start cycling at 2pm.

The men’s rugby sevens continues today with the highlight of the matches set to kick off at 3.30pm. South Africa and Australia take to the field in their Pool B clash with the South Africans yet to concede a single point in the tournament.

You’ll need to take in plenty of coffee if you intend on staying awake for the big races of the day in the swimming pool. The first of the medal races, the men’s 200m breaststroke, is due to take place 2.03am. The women’s 200m butterfly final and the men’s 100m freestyle final will occur at 2.54am and 3.03am respectively.

This should be good too…

Rio Olympic Games 2016 - Day Three China's Li Xiaoxia plays against Hong Kong's Lee Ho Ching. Source: Petros Giannakouris

The women’s table tennis semi-finals and medal matches will be taking place today with the semi-finals set to start at 2pm. Li Xiaoxia will be bidding to retain her title as Olympic champion if she gets through to the final, which will start at 1.30am.

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

From great to Greatest: Phelps and Ledecky’s golden night

Irish coaches ‘kept in the dark’ as Michael O’Reilly sent home in shame

‘Don’t start thinking you’ve a chance until the last race’: Flying start just the beginning, warns Annalise

Teenage prodigy Simone Biles leads US to gold

Bullets suspected in Olympic bus attack

Superb Katie Ledecky claims second gold in thrilling 200m freestyle

Stunning upset as Serena Williams sent crashing out of the Olympics

21 gold medals! Unstoppable Michael Phelps secures historic triumph in Rio

Complaints about French TV’s ‘racist’ Olympics coverage

Disappointment for Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce as he bows out of the Olympics

Olympic officials investigating after diving pool turns murky green overnight

‘He let the people of Ireland down’ – Dunne hits out at O’Reilly as banned boxer sent home from Rio

Four races down, 6 to go! Annalise Murphy positions herself as a genuine medal contender

Michael O’Reilly admits he took supplement that may have contained banned substance

Sonny Bill Williams ruled out of Olympics after New Zealand suffer shock defeat to Japan

Down but not out! Germany’s class tells but Ireland push Olympic champs all the way

‘I left everything in the pool’: Nicholas Quinn walks away from Rio 2016 with head held high after heat victory

Shane Ryan 2nd in 100m freestyle heat, but it’s not fast enough to qualify

Heartbreak for Ireland’s Sanita Puspure with fourth-place finish

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