Live blog – Rio Olympic Games day 4

09 August 2016

An important day for University of Bath-associated athletes sees three individuals involved in proceedings on day four.

London 2012 Olympic finalist Vicky Thornley takes to the water in the women’s double scull rowing, looking to reach Thursday’s final with partner and defending champion Katherine Grainger achieved in the heats.

Andrew Willis is the last University of Bath-based swimmer to get his Rio Olympic Games underway as he competes in the 200m breaststroke this evening.

Willis, who beat a field including recent gold medallist Adam Peaty among others to qualify for the Games, will swim in lane five in heat four.

Finally, last night’s semi-final victor Siobhan-Marie O’Connor goes head-to-head with Katinka Hosszú from Hungary in the 200m individual medley final.

O’Connor set the fastest time in the semi-finals and will be hoping for a place on the podium.

Who to watch today

Tuesday 9 August 2016
Sport Time* Stage Athlete(s) Event Venue Result
Rowing 14.10-14.20 Semi-finals Vicky Thornley Women’s double  Lagoa Stadium  2nd, 6:52.47
Swimming 17.50 Heats Andrew Willis 200m breaststroke Olympic Aquatics Stadium 1st, 2:08.92
Swimming 03.08 Semi-finals Andrew Willis 200m breaststroke Olympic Aquatics Stadium  1st, 2:07.73
Swimming 03.29 Final Siobhan-Marie O’Connor 200m individual medley Olympic Aquatics Stadium  2nd, 2:06.88

As it happens

1pm: The last of the University of Bath-based athletes jet off to Rio – modern pentathletes Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke, Kate French and London 2012 silver-medallist Samantha Murray, whose competition starts on Thursday, August 18. Good luck all!

2.30pm: Absolutely brilliant from Vicky Thornley and Katherine Grainger who, after a difficult season, book their place in the women’s double scull final with a strong performance in the semi-finals, finishing runners-up to Poland in 6:52.47. Everything to play for now on Thursday!

6.20pm: Great job by Chemical Engineering graduate Andrew Willis, who wins his 200m breaststroke heat in 2:08.92 to progress to tonight’s semi-finals as third-fastest qualifier. He will be swimming shortly before training partner Siobhan-Marie O’Connor goes for gold in the 200m IM.

3.15am: Another fantastic swim by Andrew Willis who destroys his lifetime best to win his 200m breaststroke semi-final in 2:07.73 and progress to Thursday morning’s final as second-fastest qualifier.

3.35am: SILVER FOR SIOBHAN-MARIE O’CONNOR! What a swim from the 20-year-old, who is just three-tenths of a second away from winning 200m IM gold. Sensational! Full story here –

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