South African fans’ guide to Rio 2016 – Week 1 (3-12 August)

first_img2 AugustThe Summer Olympic Games begin on 5 August, with South African track star and official flag-bearer Wayde van Niekerk leading the South African team of 137 athletes into the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the opening ceremony.Over two weeks, a worldwide audience of more than 30 million will have to navigate wall-to-wall sport action, and for any patriotic South African sport fan, it’s vital to have the all the details of when athletes from the national team are featured.Here is a guide to important Olympic events featuring participants from Team South Africa at Rio 2016. You can also check out the South African athletes’ social media profiles to stay up to date with their preparations and send them some good luck.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 2016 website or the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) website for more details 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 media platforms:Facebook,Twitter, andYouTube.Week 1Wednesday-Thursday, 3-4 AugustFootballThe Games may not be officially under way yet, but the pool games for men’s and women’s football begin before the opening ceremony.Banyana Banyana play their first game against Sweden at 18:00 on 3 August, while the men’s team play hosts Brazil on 4 August at 12:00.See the dates below for the times of the remaining games.Friday, 5 AugustOpening ceremony – starts at 23:00The good news is that South Africa will feature early in the extended alphabetical team presentation, known traditionally as the Parade of Nations, as it is custom to use the host’s official language to determine the order. South Africa in Brazilian Portuguese is Africa do Sol, so the team will follow Greece – as originators of the Olympic Games – and Afghanistan.Keep a look out for Van Niekerk as the team flag-bearer and what the athletes will be wearing.Saturday, 6 August13:00: RowingThe rowing competition begins today and ends on 13 August. South Africa has qualified five boats for the men’s and women’s pair and four-person rowing categories. Team captains and pair rowers John Smith and James Thompson won gold in London in 2012.Included in the team are London veteran Lee-Ann Persse and newcomers Kate Christowitz, Ursula Grobler and Kirsten McCann.14:30: Men’s road cycling raceFeaturing South Africa’s Daryl Impey and Louis Meintjies. South African-born Chris Froome (the 2016 Tour de France winner) will be racing for Team Great Britain.The part I love most about SA ! pic.twitter.com/TEA9FX59dJ— Daryl Impey (@darylimpey) October 11, 2016Thanks @FuryFord4ways . . Amazing car?? pic.twitter.com/6SeMCDljtU— Louis (@LouisMeintjes) October 20, 2016…when you’ve smashed 2016 & you’re ready to take on 2017 ?? pic.twitter.com/cUyr8zY9j9— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) November 1, 2016 15:00 (throughout the day): Equestrian dressage, featuring Tanya Seymour18:00-21:00: Swimming heats400m freestyle featuring Myles BrownFeeling great! 16 days to go! #Rio2016 Thanks @NUTRITECHFIT #trainlikeapro pic.twitter.com/TYHQifm1va— Devon Myles Brown (@MylesBrown_swim) July 20, 2016400m individual medley featuring Michael Meyer and Sebastien RousseauGoldfish with the SA boys (?: @happy_hollydays) pic.twitter.com/uExolrmjH3— Sébastien Rousseau (@sebdrousseau) October 9, 2016Wildcat Michael Meyer qualified for the Olympics in the 400IM representing South Africa! #RoadToRio #ArizonaElite pic.twitter.com/YqELghNqv6— ArizonaSwimDive (@ArizonaSwimDive) April 14, 2016100m breaststroke heats featuring Cameron van der BurghSunday, 7 August00:00: Women’s football. Captain Janine van Wyk leads South Africa in their second game of the tournament, against ChinaHere is the 2016/17 kit for @Banyana_Banyana and @BafanaBafana . ????? @nikefootballza pic.twitter.com/ASSEOiJkgg— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) November 2, 201617:00: Women’s road cycling race featuring Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and An-Li Kachelhoffer.Not everyday that you get 3 National Champions on the podium in SA. #SomethingSpecial Well done @KimLeCourt pic.twitter.com/XdqwJY0rTD— An-Li Kachelhoffer (@anli_k) October 16, 2016Overwhelmed by all the lovely messages I’ve received! Grateful for all the love! For sure I will heal fast with all this support ? #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/NhX0i24RU4— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) October 25, 2016 18:00-21:00: SwimmingOlympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion Chad le Clos featuring in the 200m freestyle heats. Myles Brown attempting to qualify for the same event. Christopher Reid is in the 100m backstroke heatMe and @bigbertleclos freshly shaved for @MovemberRSA raising money for men’s health. Sign up and donate here: https://t.co/Z6yyEEnwWX pic.twitter.com/BLEaaAvLPA— Chad Le Clos (@chadleclos) November 2, 2016Alabama Swimming Goes Commando https://t.co/SlGmOjAYjm pic.twitter.com/26rsBgT0QB— SwimSwam (@swimswamnews) October 30, 201620:00-22:00: DivingvJulia Vincent is only the second South African to participate in an Olympic diving event. Vincent features in the 3m springboard competitionHere are the champs!The #Gamecocks earn the program’s 3rd SEC Title and first since 2011. #ForeverToThee pic.twitter.com/m7K8e17tyC— Gamecock W. Soccer (@GamecockWSoccer) October 23, 2016Monday, 8 August00:00: Men’s football. Coach Owen da Gama inspires South Africa in their second game of the tournament, against Denmark.17:00-21:00: Open water canoeing, featuring London 2012 bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley competing in the Women’s K-1 500m. Hartley was named the best female paddler in the world in 2015, so chances are good she can improve on her London success this year.The 2016 @umpethacanoe winners! Congrats @sbonelokhwela and @for_bridgitte (Photos: Anthony Grote/@GameplanMedia) pic.twitter.com/cdj5jTkDWc— KZNDeptSport&Rec (@KZNDSRSA) November 1, 2016Tuesday, 9 August03:00-05:00: Swimming. Men’s 200m butterfly semi-final, possibly featuring Chad le Clos and the US’s Michael Phelps rematch from London 2012. Also on the cards: the 100m backstroke final and 200m freestyle final; both could feature South African swimmers16:00-22:00: Sevens rugby. Pool matches featuring the Blitzbokke against Spain and France. The team takes on Australia on 10 August at 16:00 to battle for a place in the quarter-finals later in the day and then the final games on 11 August, from 16:00Hard at work again today are the #Blitzboks#[email protected]@[email protected]_en#teamSArisepic.twitter.com/5OcPdvptjY— Springbok Sevens (@Blitzboks) July 19, 201618:00-20:00: Swimming. 200m breaststroke heats featuring Cameron van der Burgh, and the men’s freestyle relay with South Africa represented by Van Der Burgh, Chad le Clos, Sebastien Rousseau and Christopher ReidWednesday, 10 August02:00: Women’s football. South Africa versus Brazil03:00-06:00: Swimming. A possible Chad le Clos in a 200m butterfly final, plus Cameron van Der Burgh in 200m breaststroke final, and a men’s relay final22:00: Men’s football. South Africa’s third game, against IraqThursday, 11 August13:00-22:00: Badminton. Jacob Maliekal tries to shuttlecock his way through the heats to earn a place in the playoffs later in the day. Heats are from 11-13 August, with the quarter-finals and semis later in the week. The men’s singles final is on 20 August.Congrats @JacobMaliekal on making South Africa so proud! It was an honour having you on #TopBilling! #badminton pic.twitter.com/TZgAVLBN6O— Topbilling (@SABC3Topbilling) August 18, 201612:00-21:00: Golf. The four-day men’s competition starts, with South Africans Brandon Stone and Jaco van Zyl participating. This is first time golf has been included in the Olympic Games since 1904In almost 12hrs my first #FinalSeries begins. Beyond excited I must be honest, not sure how I’m going to sleep tonight ?#TurkishAirlinesOpen pic.twitter.com/vujrMTbBX4— Brandon Stone (@BrandonMStone) November 2, 2016The face says it all #press pic.twitter.com/mJn2qAt0jj— Jaco Van Zyl (@JacoVanZylGolf) November 2, 201618:00-20:30: Swimming. The 50m freestyle heats feature Douglas Erasmus and Brad Tandy, plus Chad le Clos again in action in the 100m butterfly heats{LIVE} 1/2 Finale : 50 freestyle men with @Doug_E4 @Clement_Mignon #govorovandriu and #grechinandrey #mareswim pic.twitter.com/geb7sqRTZw— MareNostrum Swim (@MareNostrumswim) June 5, 2016 @bradtandy02 Best wishes for the Olympics #RoadtoRio #teamSArise ? pic.twitter.com/X1MkLiPZOF— MartiniArtGlass (@MartiniCoetzee) July 23, 2016Friday, 12 AugustWomen’s football. Quarter-finals03:00-06:00: Swimming. Brad Tandy, Douglas Erasmus and Chad le Clos in action in the semi-finals and finals of their respective events14:00-18:00: Athletics gets into full swing today, with South Africans Dominique Scott in the women’s 10km track event and Reinhardt van Rensburg in the 800m heats. Van Rensburg is a 2016 African Championships bronze medallist. Scott is coming off a successful two years in the United States, running for the University of Arkansas. She is the current 5 000m and 10 000m National Collegiate Athletic Association championSince I was a little girl I dreamed of running professionally…Thanks to @adidasrunning that dream is now a reality pic.twitter.com/lGf8zhYgeK— DOM • SCOTT-EFURD (@domscottrunSA) July 9, 201619:30: South African walkers Lebogang Shange and Wayne Snyman participate in the 20km walk race. Shange won gold at the 2015 African GamesCaster Semenya wins 800m #gold in 1:55.28 NR for South Africa.#Rio2016 #Athletics pic.twitter.com/cH5WhXzGGf— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 21, 2016Awesome day yesterday @Skechers_SA range presentation! Falling more in love with their shoes everyday! Thank you for having me! #blessed pic.twitter.com/BlURUUDf5i— Anel Oosthuizen (@anel_oosthuizen) October 29, 2016Source: Official Rio Olympics 2016 websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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