Rio 2016 Olympics: Day 1 TV Guide


After weeks and months of tumultuous build-up and controversy aplenty, the sporting action at the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro finally get underway on Saturday with 12 gold medals up for grabs on Day 1.

The men’s road race is set to take centre stage on the opening day with its course combining cobbles, steep climbs and the spectacular backdrop of Copacabana beach.

With the race unlikely to feature a sprint finish, Britain’s three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is among the favourites for gold, as is compatriot Adam Yates, who claimed the white jersey for best young rider at the Tour, while Spain’s Alejandro Valverde and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali should also be in contention.

As always at the Summer Games, the swimming programme is the main focus of the first week’s events and hopes are high for Team GB in the pool in Rio after a disappointing showing in front of their home crowd at London 2012.

World Championship silver medallist James Guy could be an early medal contender for Great Britain in the men’s 400m freestyle at the Aquatics Stadium on Rio’s main Olympic Park.

Elsewhere, there are crucial heats and qualifications for British athletes in rowing and gymnastics, while Great Britain’s women hockey team, who won bronze four years ago in London, start their tournament against arch rivals Australia.

Rugby sevens also makes its Olympic debut with the start of the women’s tournament at the Deodoro complex and Great Britain’s start their campaign for Olympic glory against host nation Brazil.

You can watch all the action from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Games across BBC TV, radio and online.

BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and Red Button will have all the action covered, with multiple live streams available online, connected TVs, mobiles, tablets and the BBC Sport app.


All timings/channels listed in the TV guide below are all subject to change.

Please check your electronic programme guide on the day for up-to-date listings.




Hazel Irvine presents live coverage of day one of the 2016 Olympics from Brazil.

Chris Froome will be hoping to make it a golden start for Team GB as he competes in the cycling road race.

The hilly Brazilian course is expected to play to Froome’s strengths as he looks to add to the time trial bronze medal he won four years ago in London.

There will be a 20-minute BBC News bulletin on BBC One at 6.00pm.



Presenter: Clare Balding

Clare Balding presents live coverage from day one of the Rio 2016 Olympics, featuring the men’s cycling road race.

Rugby sevens takes its Olympic bow with the women’s pool matches.

There will be a 20-minute BBC News bulletin on BBC One at 10.10pm, with continuous Olympics coverage continuing on BBC Two.



Presenter: Clare Balding & Mark Chapman

Clare Balding and Mark Chapman present continued live coverage of day one of the 2016 Olympic Games from Brazil.

Rugby sevens has been added to the Olympic schedule for Rio 2016, and day one sees Team GB’s women, widely tipped as medal contenders, begin their bid to make it a games to remember.

Britain’s gymnasts enjoyed a memorable games in London four years ago with four medals – the men’s bid to continue that success in Brazil begins with qualifying on day one.



 Presenter: Jason Mohammad

Jason Mohammad presents continued live coverage of day one of the 2016 Olympics.

Swimming takes centre stage in the evening session, with Britain’s James Guy hoping to turn 2015 World Championships 400m freestyle silver into Rio 2016 gold.

Elsewhere, Great Britain’s women’s hockey team, bronze medallists at London 2012, take on Australia.


09:15 – 12:00


Another chance to see coverage of Friday night’s opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



Presenter: Ore Oduba

Ore Oduba presents live coverage of day one of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Britain’s gymnasts were among the stars of the London 2012 show – winning four medals in all to vastly exceed expectations – and the men are in qualification action early on day one.

Fresh from their best ever performance at last year’s world championships, there are high hopes for Britain’s swimmers, some of whom will be in action in their heats early on day one in Rio.



 Presenter: Dan Walker

Dan Walker presents live coverage of day one of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

All eyes will be on reigning world champion Adam Peaty in the heats of the 100m breaststroke, an event in which the Briton holds the world record.

Rugby sevens has been added to the Olympic schedule and day one sees Team GB’s women, widely tipped as medal contenders, begin their bid to make it a Games to remember.

Alongside BBC TV’s main coverage on BBC One and BBC Four, you have the chance to become your own TV director and choose which event you want to watch at the touch of a button.

Full uninterrupted coverage of each individual session and event at the Rio 2016 Olympic can be accessed in a number of ways.

Selected events can be found via the BBC’s Red Button streams on TV – available via Freeview, YouView, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media – by simply pressing the red button on your remote control.

All 24 live streams featuring access to every Rio 2016 Olympic event are available via the BBC Sport website on all devices.

For a more detailed breakdown of the BBC’s digital offering via the Red Button/Online across all platforms and how to receive them, click here.

Click on the icons below to view a complete schedule for each Olympic sport

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