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Olympics Today: Wednesday’s Schedule and Highlights Plus Day Four Recap

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

10/08/2016 07:13 | Updated 10 August 2016

Day five at Rio was all about the pool for Team GB, with more silver medals - and some alarmingly-coloured water... 

Rio 2016 Day Four Highlights

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Yep, that water is green
  • Andy Murray beat Juan Monaco of Argentina in the men’s singles but Serena Williams suffered a shock defeat 6-4, 6-3 to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, sending her crashing out of the competition.

  • Team GB opened their campaign in the men’s rugby sevens tournament by beating Kenya 31-7 and followed up with a 21-19 victory over Japan

  • Two-time Olympic silver medallist David Florence was disappointed in the men’s canoe slalom C1, finishing 10th and last in the final.

Biggest Mystery Of The Games So Far

There was general bafflement as the water in the Olympic diving pool turned bright green on Tuesday - just as a British pair were aiming for a medal.

The colouration had clearly changed dramatically since the men’s synchronised 10m platform event the previous day, which saw Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win bronze for Team GB. 

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The water in the diving pool was a bright shade of green

The bizarre scenes - unwelcome for Rio organisers who have been fending off criticism over pollution - unfolded as Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson were trying to match Daley and Dan Goodfellow’s heroics in the synchronised platform event. Alas, they ended up coming fifth.

There was speculation that the change in water colour could be down to algae, too much sun cream washing off divers or even urine, but officials have yet to explain the odd occurrence.

Read the full story here.  

Our Favourite Pre-Game Ritual Of The Games

The USA women’s team claimed a dominant victory in the women’s team gymnastics on day four, while Britain came fifth.

The Americans wowed with some incredible performances but the moment that stole our hearts was Laurie Hernandez’s moment of self-affirmation before she took to the beam...

Moment We’re Pretty Sure We Had Something In Our Eyes And Definitely Weren’t Crying

A Syrian refugee who fled by dinghy spoke of a “dream come true” after receiving a huge standing ovation when setting a personal best in the men’s 100m freestyle.

Rami Anis, 25, has taken a long journey from Aleppo to Brazil, escaping the bombings and kidnappings of his home country and ping-ponging across the Middle East and Europe.  At one stage, he rode an inflatable dinghy from Turkey to the Greek island of Samos with 40 others when the motor broke.

Now, after eventually reaching the Belgian town of Ghent and training nine times a week with former Olympic swimmer Carine Verbauwen, Anis has represented the Refugee Team, and his debut was one to remember as he recorded a personal best of 54.25 sec to huge cheers.

Astronaut Cameo Of The Games

Yep, that’s the second man to ever walk on the moon just enjoying a spot of swimming:

Baby Of The Games

US swimmer Michael Phelps’ son Boomer is winning hearts around the world and, frankly, we’re not surprised.

Medal Table At Close Of Day Four

    Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 9 8 9 26
2 China 8 2 6 17
3 Hungary 4 1 1 6
4 Australia 4 0 5 9
5 Russia 3 6 3 12
6 Italy 3 4 2 9
7 South Korea 3 2 1 6
8 Japan 3 1 10 14
9 France 2 3 1 6
10 Thailand 2 1 1 4
11 Great Britain 1 1 2 4

Team GB Ones to Watch On Day Five

All times are in UK time.

  • Chris Froome will be at it again, this time in the men’s cycling time trials, while Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley will also be hoping for glory. Event begin at 12.30pm.

  • Britain’s Andrew Willis will be hoping for a medal in the 200m breaststroke final, which begins at 2.03am tomorrow morning.

  • Max Whitlock will be hoping to move past the disappointment of the men’s team gymnastics when he competes in the individual event from 8pm.

  • Weightlifter Rebekah Tiler will be competing in the 69kg category from 4.30pm.

  • Steve Scott and Tim Kneale are competing in the shooting double trap event from 1pm.

  • World bronze medallists Jack Laugher and Chris Mears will be taking part in the men’s 3m synchro diving from 8pm.

The Best Of The Rest

  • Natsumi Hoshi, Japanese swimming rising star, will be hoping for gold in the women’s 200m butterfly from 2.54am.

  • The women’s table tennis final takes place from 12.30am.

  • Other events taking place are: archery, artistic gymnastics, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe slalom, road cycling, diving, equestrian events, fencing, football, handball, hockey, judo, rowing, rugby 7s, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo and weightlifting.

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