Live blog – Rio Olympic Games day 6

11 August 2016

Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher will make his Olympic debut on day 6 of the Rio Olympic Games.

The 24-year old faces Georgia’s Beka Gviniashvili, ranked 13th in the world rankings, at 14.35 in the round of 32.

The contest will be shown live on a big screen at Team Bath’s judo dojo hall, following which taster sessions will be available to members of the public.

A little later, University of Bath graduate Vicky Thornley will contest the women’s doubles rowing final alongside former Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger. The pair came second in both the heats and semi-final events on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

And swimmer Jazz Carlin begins her challenge for a second medal when she contests the 800m freestyle heats.

Who to watch today

Thursday 11 August 2016
Sport Time* Stage Athlete(s) Event Venue Result
Rowing 12.30 Semi-final Helen Glover, Heather Stanning Women’s pair Lagoa Stadium  1st, 5:26.32
Judo 14.35 Round of 32 Ben Fletcher -100kg (v Beka Gviniashvili) Carioca Arena 2  Lost, ippon
Rowing 15.04 Final Vicky Thornley Women’s double  Lagoa Stadium


2nd, 7:41.05

Badminton 15.55 Heats Heather Olver Women’s doubles (v Malaysia) Riocentro – Pavilion 4 Lost 21-17 24-22
Swimming 18.02 Heats Jazz Carlin 800m freestyle Aquatic Centre  3rd, 8:19.67

As it happened

12.37pm: A real statement of intent from defending champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning as they dominate their women’s pair semi-final from start to finish, winning by clear water from the United States as they storm into tomorrow’s final.

2.42pm: Despite a determined effort, an unfortunate Ben Fletcher bows out of his debut Olympic Games in the round of 32 after defeat to Beka Gviniashvili in the judo -100kg category. Full story

3.15pm: Incredible performance by Vicky Thornley and Katherine Grainger to win silver in the women’s double scull, only being denied a gold medal by Poland in the last few strokes of an absorbing race. Full story

6pm: Not the start that University of Bath graduate Heather Olver and partner Lauren Smith wanted in the women’s doubles badminton competition as they lose 21-17 24-22 to Vivian Kah Mun Hoo & Khe Wei Woon of Malaysia. Olver, who was coached by Pete Bush at Bath, said: “It’s disappointing. We’ve never actually beaten them but have always come close. We played well but we’re going to have to up it again for the next two matches.

“It’s just a shame we couldn’t have taken that second set and in the third anything could have happened. We played well but both knew that was a crucial match if we wanted to progress further.”

Olver and Smith face Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii of Indonesia at 3.30pm BST on Friday in their next Group C match.

6.25pm: Jazz Carlin finishes a fine third in her heat, and in the overall standings, to qualify for the 800m freestyle final as she bids for a second medal of the week. Full story

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