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Your guide to South Africans in action at the Olympics on 12 August 2016

By Daily Maverick Team 12 August 2016

Friday is full of action for South Africans at the Olympics with competitors in athletics, swimming, sailing, golf and rowing.

South Africa’s medal tally current sits at four with three silvers and one bronze medal. There’s a real chance of some more hardware being added to that tall if the rowing teams can keep up their good prowess.
Here’s what’s coming up on Friday:

Rowing

15:32: Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls, Final: Kirsten McCann and Ursula Grobler
15:44: Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls, Final: James Thompson and John Smith
16:04: Women’s Pair, Final: Lee-Ann Persse and Kate Christowitz
16:24: Men’s Four, final, David Hunt, Jonathan Smith, Vincent Breet and Jake Green

Athletics

15:26 and 15:46: Men’s 800m heats: Rynardt van Rensburg and Jacob Rozani. Also worth watching is world leading 800m runner David Rudisha, drawn in the same heat as Van Rensburg.
14:10: Women’s 10,000m final: Dominique Scott-Efurd
19:30: Men’s 20km walk final: Lebogang Shange, Wayne Snyman
From 2:05 (am), men’s 400m heats: Wayde van Niekerk (seven heats)
02:20 (am), men’s long jump qualifying round: Luvo Manyonga, Ruswahl Samaai and Stefan Brits
From 03:40 am: Women’s 100m, round one heats: Alyssa Conley, Carina Horn

Swimming

From 18:40: Men’s 1500m Freestyle Heats: Matthew Meyer
20:48: Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, Heats: South Africa
03:12 (am): Men’s 100m Butterfly Final: Chad le Clos
03:44 (am): Men’s 50m freestyle final: Brad Tandy

Sailing

Men’s Laser and 470 classes, Stefano Marcia and Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson (Laser off at 1.15 for his first race) and 470 at 1.15pm. Both classes are in action twice again, after Marcia had a break on Thursday after starting earlier in the week.

Golf

Jaco van Zyl, on level par, will tee off at 12:30 while Brendon Stone (first round 75, 12 shots off the pace) will tee off at 15:47. DM

Photo:  Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa winning the men’s 400m final during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, China, 26 August 2015. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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