Rio 2016 Olympics: Day 7 TV Guide


Some of the biggest names in British sport will all be in action on the seventh day of competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with comprehensive coverage across BBC TV, Red Button and online.

Great Britain won their fourth gold medal of the Rio Games so far on Thursday when the men’s cycling sprint team retained their title, while earlier in the day Katherine Grainger became the country’s most decorated female Olympian after winning rowing silver.

There is more medal potential for Team GB on day seven with strong hopes in rowing, track cycling, equestrian and shooting.

ATHLETICS: Friday sees the start of the athletics as it makes it long-awaited debut at Rio 2016 with Great Britain’s star heptathletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson kicking off the first of their seven events.

Ennis-Hill’s defence of her heptathlon title begins at 1.35pm with the first of her seven events, the 100m hurdles, with the Olympic champion and her team-mate Johnson-Thompson set to complete four of heptathlon’s seven events on the first day of athletics in Rio’s Olympic Stadium, with the high jump, shot put and 200m to follow.

Other interest for GB on the first day of athletics comes in the morning athletics session, which includes the women’s 10,000m final at 3.10pm, featuring Britons Jess Andrews, Beth Potter and 42-year-old Jo Pavey in her fifth consecutive Olympic appearance.

TRACK CYCLING: Over the velodrome, the men’s team pursuit medals will be decided from 10.20pm, an event which in recent years has more often than not become a contest between Britain and Australia for gold.

GB took the title in 2012 and two of the team’s riders, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke, return for 2016 while Sir Bradley Wiggins returns from the road.

ROWING: British rowers could have a series of shots at gold on Friday from 1.30pm, led by Helen Glover and Heather Stanning as they defend their Olympic pairs title.

Both lightweight double sculls crews are world silver medallists, while the men’s coxless four finished third in the world last year.

EQUESTRIAN: Great Britain remain a world power in dressage, four years after taking team gold inside Greenwich Park, with Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro the stars of the show while Carl Hester also returns from London 2012, alongside Fiona Bigwood and Spencer Wilton.

Germany, the 2014 world champions ahead of Britain, may start Friday’s battle for team gold from 2.00pm as slender favourites.

SWIMMING: In the pool, US superstar Katie Ledecky’s signature event, the women’s 800m freestyle, reaches its climax at Rio’s Aquatics Centre at 2.20am, with the American a firm favourite for the title, while world bronze medallist Jazz Carlin will hope to reach the podium for GB.

American legend Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos could also once again go head-to-head in the final of the men’s 100m butterfly.

SHOOTING: 18-year-old British shooting sensation Amber Hill and 44-year-old team-mate Elena Allen represent Team GB in shooting’s skeet contest from 1.00pm.

Both have strong recent records: Allen is the Commonwealth champion and 2014 world silver medallist, while Hill became the sport’s youngest-ever World Cup winner in 2013 before taking gold at last year’s European Games.

BOXING: The first of Rio’s women’s boxing prelims begin on Friday from 3.00pm with Ireland’s Katie Taylor returning to defend her 2012 lightweight title, while the flyweight class also gets under way, featuring GB’s 2012 Olympic champion Nicola Adams.

Elsewhere, the Tennis reaches its first medal matches of the Rio Olympics from 4.00pm in men’s doubles, while in hockey, Great Britain’s men play Spain at 9.00pm, and earlier Germany meet the Netherlands in a rerun of the 2012 Olympic final, which was won by the Germans, at 5.30pm.

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.



Presenter: Jason Mohammad

BBC Two starts the day with a full replay of all the overnight action from day six, featuring a repeat of the swimming finals, where American Olympic legend Michael Phelps went head to head with compatriot Ryan Lochte in the men’s 200m individual medley.



Presenter: Hazel Irvine

Day six coverage begins on BBC Two at 1.00pm with the build-up to today’s key events and start of the opening day of athletics events at the Olympic Stadium.

Men’s discus qualifying takes place at 13.30, followed by the heptathlon 100m hurdles, with defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and fellow Team GB athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson hoping to make a positive start to the two-day event.



Presenter: Hazel Irvine

The opening live coverage on BBC One comes from the Olympic Stadium as the athletics competitions get under way.

The women’s shot put and men’s 800m qualifying events kick off proceedings at 14.05 and 14.10 respectively, before the heptathlon continues with the high jump at 14.50, and all eyes will be on Team GB’s defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Fellow British athlete Jo Pavey will be hoping to pull off a shock in the women’s 10,000m at 15.10 and improve on her previous seventh- and 10th-place Olympic finishes.

Plus, rowing finals at the Lagoa Stadium with the women’s lightweight double sculls at 13.52, the men’s lightweight double sculls at 14.04, the women’s pair at 14.24 and the men’s four at 14.44.

Later, the women’s 50m freestyle swimming heats at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium round off the coverage at 17.00.



Presenter: Hazel Irvine

Live coverage switches to BBC Two for an hour at 6.00pm, featuring live equestrian and swimming action along with highlights of the men’s 20km walk.

The team dressage grand prix continues at the National Equestrian Centre, with Great Britain hoping to retain their crown from the London Games in 2012.



Presenter: Clare Balding

The action resumes on BBC One at 7.00pm with Clare Balding presenting on-site at Rio’s Olympic Park.

The team dressage grand prix reaches its conclusion at the National Equestrian Centre, with Great Britain hoping to retain their crown from the London Games in 2012.

The women’s skeet final gets under way at 19.00 at the Olympic Shooting Centre, and there are swimming heats at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium including the men’s 4x100m medley at 19.10.



Presenter: Clare Balding

Live coverage switches to BBC Two at 8.00pm while Eastenders airs on BBC One, with further action from day six in Rio, featuring Track Cycling.

Clare Balding introduces coverage from the Rio Olympic Velodrome, as the women’s team sprint and men’s sprint time-trial qualifiers take place on day seven.

Team GB’s Jason Kenny will be looking to get through the qualifying stages and reach the final of the event he won in London four years ago.



Presenter: Clare Balding

Olympics action resumes on BBC One at 8.30pm with the second day of the track cycling events.

The Rio Olympic Velodrome takes centre stage, as the men’s team pursuit track cycling semi-finals get under way at 20.52.

The focus from a British perspective sure to be on four-time gold medallist Bradley Wiggins, who makes a return to the track after winning the time-trial on the road in London four years ago

Also, the women’s team sprint semi-finals follow at 21.17, before the session is completed with the men’s sprint quarter-finals from 21.30.



Presenter: Clare Balding

Coverage switches to BBC Two at 10.00pm with continued coverage of the day’s track cycling events.

The bronze-medal race and final of the women’s team sprint get under way from 22.00, with the men’s sprint repechages at 22.08 and men’s team pursuit final starting at 22.20, with Bradley Wiggins among those hoping to be involved for Team GB.



Presenter: Clare Balding & Mark Chapman

Clare Balding and Mark Chapman present a round-up of all the key action so far on day seven in Rio.

The medals are presented following the women’s team sprint and men’s team pursuit finals.

Bradley Wiggins was looking to cement his legacy as one of Britain’s greatest-ever sportsmen in the men’s event, having returned to the track following his victories in the Tour de France and the Olympic time-trial four years ago.

Plus, a round-up of the best action so far on day seven.

 Presenter: Jason Mohammad

Jason Mohammad introduces the final block of live coverage on day seven in Rio, which features two of the blue-ribband sports of the Olympics in Athletics and Swimming.

The first day of athletics events continues at the Olympic Stadium, with the first round of the women’s 1500m getting under way at 00.30. The heptathlon shot put takes place at 00.35, followed by women’s hammer qualifying from 00.40.

This will be followed by the first round of the men’s 400m begins at 01.05, with men’s long jump qualifying, featuring Greg Rutherford, at 01.20, and the women’s shot put final at 02.00.

Heptathlon’s final event of the day, the 200m, starts at 02.05, with Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson hoping to be in contention for Team GB.

The first round of the women’s 100m at 02.40 brings the day’s athletics proceedings to a close.

The Olympic Aquatics Stadium will also be the focus of much attention, where medals are decided in the women’s 200m backstroke at 02.03, the men’s 100m butterfly at 02.12, the women’s 800m freestyle – featuring Team GB’s Jazz Carlin – at 02.20, and the men’s 50m freestyle at 02.44. The action finishes with the women’s 50m freestyle semi-finals at 02.57.


Presenter: Ore Oduba

Ore Oduba introduces the opening live BBC Four coverage on day seven of the Games in Rio.

There will be action from the opening day of athletics as Team GB’s Jo Pavey will be hoping to pull off a shock in the women’s 10,000m at 15.10 and improve on her previous seventh and 10th-place Olympic finishes.

It is the second round of the men’s golf at the Olympic Golf Course, which is being played at the Games for the first time in more than a century.

There is tennis from the Olympic Tennis Centre at 16.00 with the men’s singles semi-finals and men’s doubles final, both of which could potentially feature Andy Murray, who won singles gold and mixed doubles silver at London 2012.

Women’s football and men’s hockey then follow with a football quarter-final potentially featuring USA at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia at 17.00, and Germany v Netherlands at the Olympic Hockey Centre from 17.30.



Presenter: Dan Walker

Dan Walker takes over at 7.00pm with further live coverage from day seven in Rio as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad continue.

The men’s archery semi-finals get under way from 19.55 at the Sambodromo, followed by the final at 20.43.

Great Britain face Spain in men’s hockey at 21.00 at the Olympic Hockey Centre, while the judo competition comes to a close with the women’s +78kg and men’s +100kg finals at Carioca Arena 2 from 21.20.

The men’s fencing foil final – won by the British team at last year’s European Games in Azerbaijan – takes place at Carioca Arena 3 from 22.30, while last-16 matches get under way at the Beach Volleyball Arena.

The evening’s action is completed by Ireland v Argentina in the men’s hockey from 00.00 at the Olympic Hockey Centre.

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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