first_img4 August 2016The Summer Olympic Games begin on 5 August, with South African track starand official flag-bearer Wayde van Niekerk leading the South African team of 137athletes into the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the openingceremony.Over two weeks, a worldwide audience of more than 30 million will have tonavigate wall-to-wall sport action, and for any patriotic South African sport fan, it’svital to have the all the details of when athletes from the national team arefeatured.Here is a guide to important Olympic events featuring participants from TeamSouth Africa at Rio 2016. You can also check out the South African athletes’ socialmedia profiles to stay up to date with their preparations and send them some goodluck.Please note the time differences between Rio and South Africa – South Africa is five hours ahead of Brazil. All times in this guide are local South African times.Times and events are subject to change. Consult the official Rio Olympics 2016website or the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) website for moredetails about events and participants.Also check your television service provider for detailed schedules.You can follow all the South African Olympic action on Sascoc’s social mediaplatforms:Facebook,Twitter,andYouTube.Week 2Saturday, 13 AugustMen’s football. Quarter-finals01:00-05:00: Athletics. A big day as one of South Africa’s biggest hopefuls, multiple record-holder Wayde van Niekerk is in action in the heats for the men’s 400m. Long jumpers Stefan Brits, Luvo Manyonga and Rushwahl Samaai vie forposition in the men’s long jump heats.Rushwell samaai jumps another RIo qualifier, 8,34 to lead long jump. @SPORTATSABC pic.twitter.com/rhJEhA1xEs— UdoCarelse (@udocarelsesa) April 16,2016Alyssa Conley and Carina Horn run the women’s 100m heats, up against theworld’s best including the US’s English Gardner and London 2012 gold medallistShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica.Tweets by AC_Speedy 03:00-04:30: Swimming. The 100m butterfly final may feature Chad le Closagain, up against the US’s Michael Phelps. 14:00-18:00: The athletics afternoon session features Justine Palframan andTsholofelo Thipe running the women’s 400m heats, and Henricho Bruintjies, AnasoJobodwana and African 100m record holder Akani Simbine in the men’s 100m,challenging big guns Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, both from Jamaica. The men’s 100m final, the pinnacle of the Olympic athletics competition, takeplace on Monday, 15 August from 01:00.Sunday, 14 August01:00-05:00. Athletics. Today is jam-packed with most of the semi-final eventstaking place, including Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m semi-finals. Also happeningare the long jump finals and the men’s 800m finals, featuring Kenya’s DavidRudisha.South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka is in the men’s 10km track marathon, whileChristine Kalmer, Diana-Lebo Phalula and Irvette van Blerk (Van Zyl) participate inthe women’s road marathon. 04:00: Swimming marathon. Michelle Weber swims in the women’s 10Kmarathon this morning. Monday, 15 August01:00-05:00: Athletics. Men’s 400m and 100m finals, plus women’s 400m semi-finals. Depending on their success, South African athletes could feature in theseraces, including Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m final.14:00-17:00: Athletics. Godfrey Khotso Mokoena looks to start his campaign foranother Olympic medal in the men’s triple jump. He won a long jump silver medalat the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Tweets by mokoenajumper1 Wenda Nel is in the 400m hurdles heats.Thanks for helping me make my #RoadToRio such anexciting journey! Grateful for all the support! @NEWTONAGENCY @hpcRSA @NSWZA @Nike— Wenda Nel(@Wenda400mh) July 23,2016Tuesday, 16 AugustWomen’s football: Semi-finals01:00-04:00: Athletics. African Championships and African Games goldmedallist Antonio Alkana is in the men’s 110m hurdle heats.Thefamily of Antonio Alkana (26) who will be representing SA in the Rio Olympics sayshe’ll always be a champion. pic.twitter.com/C4bfiwfuba—Newsbreak (@Newsbreak_Lotus) July 18,201613:00: Open water marathon. Chad Ho looks to improve his 2008 Beijing ninthplace in the gruelling 10km swimming marathon. He is the current World Aquaticschampion in the 5km race, and is also the only South African Olympian withoutofficial sponsorship. He is being crowdfunded through online donations from fans. 14:00: Athletics. Anaso Jobodwana and Akani Simbine participate in the men’s200m.Wednesday, 17 AugustMen’s football. Semi-finalsSA’s javelin queen @Sunette_Viljoen is in fine shapeahead of the Rio Olympic Games.Read the @SaturdayStar tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/9rMykp3nNO—Sam Naik (@SamNaik01) June 17,201601:00-05:00: Athletics. Sunette Viljoen throws in thewomen’s javelin heats,looking to improve on her London 2012 fourth place and add an Olympic medal togo with her African Championships and Commonwealth Games golds.Lynique Prinsloo competes in the women’s long jump qualifiers, the first SouthAfrican to compete in the event since 1992.#LyniquePrinsloo believes in going for gold: https://t.co/OErP1nktp6 pic.twitter.com/gTAngJOnJ5—Varsity Sports (@varsitysportsSA) March 1,201612:00:Golf. Paula Reto and Ashleigh Simon tee off in the first Olympic women’sgolf tournament, which takes place over the next four days. 14:00: Athletics. Willem Coertzen competes in the men’s decathlon.Totally overwhelmed,cant describe the joy I am feeling right now!Rio herewe come!!!!— Willem Coertzen (@WillemCoertzen) July 14,2016Later in the afternoon, South Africa’s most promising medal hopeful, CasterSemenya (a silver medallist in London in 2012), begins her Olympic campaign in thewomen’s 800m heats.I’mfighting to be the best @nike #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/5SvVAwyuSz—Caster Semenya (@caster800m) July 23,2016She is coming off a highly successful season, becoming the first runner to winthe 400m, 800m and 1 500m titles at the South African National Championships, aswell as setting a new national record for the 800m in July.18:00: BMX racing. While London 2012 trailblazer Sifiso Nhlapo might have lostout on a place in the Rio team this year, Kyle Dodd is more than qualified to take upwhere he left off. As current South Africa champion, Dodd aims to bring home agold. He rides in the first round of races today, with the finals starting on Friday, 19August.Riois drawing closer and closer, excitement is definitely kicking in!!! #teamSArise— Kyle Dodd #216 (@Kyledodd211) July 24,201622:00-05:00: Athletics, including women’s long jump final, women’s 200m finaland men’s 200msemi-finalThursday, 18 August16:00: Triathlon. Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman participate in the swim,ride and run event.Dayin , day out , @Rio2016_en calling. #teamSArise#Sworks just under4weeks left . pic.twitter.com/0roVfEjLEU— Richard Murray (@RD_murray) July 22,2016Mycustom Rio @swiftbike #HyperVox is readyto roll in the streets of Copacabana !! ?? @Olympics ? James Garaghty pic.twitter.com/4r2DI6e6fH—Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) July 25,201622:00-05:00: Athletics, including women’s javelin final (possibly featuringSunette Viljoen), women’s 400m final and men’s 200m finalFriday, 19 AugustWomen’s football. Gold medal match13:00: Athletics. The men’s 50km walk marathon featuring South African MarcMundell. Anel Oosthuizen competes in the women’s 20km walk later in the day, at19:30.Trying out my new @saucony Type A6 shoes on my 18kmtraining session!Extremely satisfied! #road2rio @SauconySA pic.twitter.com/txuPWpWqa0—Anel Oosthuizen (@anel_oosthuizen) July 20,2016Saturday, 20 AugustMen’s football. Gold medal match16:00-19:00: Women’s triathlon, featuring past Olympic veterans Mari Rabie(Beijing 2008) and Gillian Sanders (London 2012).Hey everyone it’s #OlympicDaytoday! Join mein getting out there & getting active ??? pic.twitter.com/SQAOCRcaaN—Gillian Sanders (@gillcurrsanders) June 23,20168thplace for @marirabie at @worldtriathlon Hamburg! Could notbe prouder of our Stellenbosch ambassador! pic.twitter.com/Cvx6cKBCrC—S’Bosch Ambassadors (@SboschSA) July 16,2016Sunday, 21 AugustThe final day ofcompetition01:00-05:00: Athletics. A big highlight today is Caster Semenya possibly in thewomen’s 800m final. Other athletics events wrapping up today are the men’s 5000m final and the men’s marathon, perhaps featuring South Africans Lusapho April,Lungile Gongqa and Sibusiso Nzima.Tough long time trial this afternoon for @LusaphoApril ahead of a big trainingweek. #RoadToRio @teamsa16 @adidasZA pic.twitter.com/HMfoCNe5BQ—Team Lusapho (@teamlusapho) July 16,2016Lungile Gongqa of @Nedbank_RC finishing strong in 1stplace ???prep 4 Rio#DonLockMemorial #CrampNOT #RoadtoRio pic.twitter.com/94c7fEbNOw—Best 4 Sports (@best4_sports) June 5,[email protected]_Nzima confirms he is ready forOlympics after his CGA 10km cross country victory at 29:16 #CGA #xcountry pic.twitter.com/3l3Xk5gJvt—CGauteng Athletics (@CG_Athletics) July 2,2016The trio will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of Josia Thugwane, SouthAfrican marathon gold medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.17:30-20:00: Mountain biking.Alan Hatherly and James Reid have the last opportunity to add to South Africa’smedal tally when they both ride in the men’s cross-country event.This event was a particularly exciting highlight at the London Games in 2012where the late Burry Stander had South Africans on the edge of their seats with hisdynamic progress up the leader board during the race. While Stander could only geta hard-fought fifth place in the end, it was a great example of South Africansporting spirit.Hatherly and Reid will no doubt have Stander in mind during the race and gofor the gold in his honour. “Dreams do come true sometimes”Thanks toeveryone involved in every small part of this ?… https://t.co/CPUnzFF6B8 pic.twitter.com/ZGGgrycpGZ—James Reid (@james_reid01) July 14,201601:16: Closing ceremonyAppropriately the Rio Olympics closing ceremony begins at 20:16 in Rio, 01:16South African time, once again at the Maracanã stadium, where Brazil officiallybrings the Games to an end and hands off to Japan, which will host the 2020 Gamesin Tokyo.But not before Rio hosts the companion Paralympic Games, which begin on 7September.Source: Official Rio Olympics 2016 websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.infomateriallast_img

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