Live blog – Rio Olympic Games day 3

08 August 2016

With Team GB now represented on the medal table thanks to performances such as University of Bath-based Jazz Carlin who claimed a fantastic silver medal at the Aquatics Stadium, day three is a chance to keep momentum building.

Rowing pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will finally get their Olympic Games title defence underway after weather conditions postponed their heats yesterday.

Meanwhile Natasha Hunt and Amy Wilson Hardy look to continue Team GB’s fine displays in the rugby sevens competition as they take on the might of the All Blacks in the semi-finals.

Swimmer Siobhan-Marie O’Connor will attempt to emulate fellow STV-based teammate Carlin when she competes in the 200m medley event this evening.

Who to watch today

Monday 8 August 2016
Sport Time* Stage Athlete(s) Event Venue Result
Rowing 16.30 Heats Helen Glover, Heather Stanning Women’s pair  Lagoa Stadium  1st, 7:05.05
Rugby 7s 19.00 Semi-final Natasha Hunt, Amy Wilson Hardy GB v New Zealand  Deodoro Stadium  7-25
Swimming 18.11 Heats Siobhan-Marie O’Connor 200m individual medley Olympic Aquatics Stadium  1st, 2:08.44
Rugby 7s 22.30 Bronze-medal match Natasha Hunt, Amy Wilson Hardy GB v Canada Deodoro Stadium 10-33
Swimming 03.36 Semi-finals Siobhan-Marie O’Connor 200m individual medley Olympic Aquatics Stadium  1st,

As it happened

4.40pm: Phew! Defending Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, unbeaten in the women’s pair since 2011, have to dig deep to win their heat in the closing stages after being given an almighty scare by Denmark. They will next race in the semi-finals on Wednesday afternoon.

6.15pm: Mightily impressive performance by Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who wins her 200m IM heat in 2:08.44. That’s the second-fastest time overall, 1.2 seconds clear of third place – her semi-final is scheduled for 3.36am.

7.22pm: Two crucial yellow cards, including one for Amy Wilson Hardy, prove costly as Team GB are beaten 25-7 by New Zealand in the women’s rugby sevens semi-finals. They can still win a medal, though – they face Canada, who they beat 22-0 in the group stages, in the third-placed match at 10.30pm BST. Keep fighting!

10.58pm: Bitter disappointment for Team GB in the women’s rugby sevens as they lose 33-10 to Canada in the bronze-medal match. A tough day after such great promise in the opening two days and the heartache is clear to see.

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