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Olympics Today: Friday’s Schedule and Highlights Plus Day Six Recap

Your need-to-know guide on day seven of the Olympics.

12/08/2016 07:13 | Updated 12 August 2016

We’ve now had a seven days of the Olympics - and what a week it’s been.

If you missed last night’s action you’ve got lots to catch up on...

Rio 2016 Day Six Highlights

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Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner with their gold medals
  • Team GB rowers Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley took silver in the women’s double sculls, making Grainger the joint most decorated female British Olympian of all time (alongside 1920s tennis plater Kitty Godfrey Nee McKane).

  • GB’s men’s rugby 7s team were pleasantly surprised with a silver medal. They beat South Africa 7-5 in the semi-final but were beaten 43-7 by Fiji. This is the first time Fiji has ever won an Olympic medal, let alone a gold.

  • Canoeist David Florence came back from the disappointment of finishing last in the C1 final earlier this week to take silver in the C2 class alongside Richard Hounslow.

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Things looked a little uncertain for Andy Murray for a while 
  • Things looked a little hairy for a while when Andy Murray met Italian Fabio Fognini for the third round of the men’s tennis single. The Wimbledon champion managed to pull it back though, winning 6-1 2-6 6-3.

  • US Swimmer Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to medal in an individual swimming event with her gold in the women’s 100m freestyle.

  • Michael Phelps won his 22nd Olympic gold and in the fourth consecutive 200m individual medley title in 1:54.66 seconds. It’s his fourth gold of the Rio games. Sort of just feels like he’s showing off now, doesn’t it?

The Best Audience Member Of The Day Award Goes To...

This guy. Hands-down. 

Spine-Tingling Celebration Of The Games So Far

The disappointment of Team GB losing in the final of the men’s rugby 7s was softened slightly by the spoils going to Fiji.

The small Pacific Ocean island nation won its first Olympic medal of any colour, yet this was no upset. The team’s electric, free-flowing play has already secured the world title in a sport making its Games debut. 

And after running the team of English, Welsh and Scottish players ragged - the final score was an emphatic 43 to 7 - victory was savoured with a dignity seldom seen in Rio.

No fist pumps, no hysterics. Just a solemn song to prayer. Quite breathtaking.

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Team GB’s Justin Rose pulled this absolute corker out of the bag during the first round of the men’s event...

 Medal Table At Close Of Day Six

Team GB Ones to Watch On Day Seven

All times are in UK time.

  • The men’s team pursuit will see Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Steven Burke take to the track at the velodrome from 10.20pm.

  • Katarina Johnson-Thompson and London 2012 gold medal heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill will be taking part in the women’s event from 1.35pm with events stretching into the early hours. 

  • Helen Glover and Heather Stanning will be defending their London 2012 gold in women’s coxless pairs from 1.30pm.

  • Three Brits, Jess Andrews, Beth Potter and Jo Pavey, will be competing in the women’s 10,000m at 3.10pm.

  • Andy Murray faces American Steve Johnson in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles.

  • Double London 2012 gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin will be among the Team GB riders taking part in the dressage from 2pm.

The Best Of The Rest

  • Yet again, US swimmer Michael Phelps will be going head-to-head against South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, this time in the men’s 100m butterfly at 2.12am. We’re hoping for more scenes like this.

  • Other events taking place are: archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, track cycling, diving, equestrian events, fencing, football, golf, handball, hockey, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, trampoline gymnastics, volleyball, water polo and weightlifting.

We’ll be rounding up the win, fails and funniest moments of each day at the Rio 2016 Olympics. You can find it online or sign up for the Daily Brief email here.

 

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