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Olympic schedule for Thursday

Day Six of competition at South America’s first Olympic Games in Rio offers up 19 gold medals, including the men’s rugby sevens and women’s all around gymnastics titles. The first track cycling title of the Games is also up for grabs while there also golds awarded in women’s archery, canoeing, fencing and judo.

South Korea’s Ki Bo-bae, who won her second team gold on Saturday, will bid to become the first Olympic archer to win back-to-back individual golds.

Beach Volleyball
After two defeats, Brazilian male pair must win against Latvia to give themselves a fighting chance of making the knock out rounds

After the thrills and spills of the road events, the track cyclists get their first taste of action in Rio’s brand new velodrome.

Canoe Slalom
With the men’s double slalom canoe left off the docket for Tokyo 2020 and the future of the event in flux, the athletes who compete in the finals on Thursday may be the last.
Australia’s Jessica Fox is her country’s last hope to take home a medal in the slalom canoesport when she takes on the competition in Thursday’s semis and finals at Deodoro Whitewater Stadium.

Women’s team epee will give the United States’ Hurley sisters another shot at a medal, along with French and Brazilian fencers who performed well in the individual competition but came up short.

After more than 100 years, golf returns to the Olympic program but it has not all been a celebration with many of the men’s top ranked players saying no thanks to shot at a gold medal.

American Simone Biles will be looking to follow up her gold medal winning performance in the women’s team final by becoming the first gymnast in 20 years to win back-to-back world and Olympic all-around golds.

Judo fans will be hoping for a dream finals matchup between reigning gold medallist Kayla Harrison of the U.S. and local favourite Mayra Aguiar – the best rivalry in judo.

Men’s and women’s quad sculls and double sculls are four medal events slated for Thursday at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio.

Rugby Sevens
Fiji face giantkillers Japan and Britain take on South Africa in the semi-finals, with medals of all three colours to be won in later matches at the Deodoro Stadium as the inaugural men’s rugby sevens tournament reaches its climax.

China’s Du Li aims to become the first shooter to win two Olympic gold medals in women’s 50m rifle 3 positions on Thursday in a field heavy with previous medal winners from Serbia, Cuba and Poland.

Michael Phelps seeks to add to his three gold medals in Rio and his career total of 21, attempting to become the first swimmer to win the same event – the 200 metres individual medley – at four successive Olympics. Dutchwoman Ranomi Kromowidjojo takes on the Campbell sisters of Australia as she defends her title in the 100m freestyle, and there are more medals up for grabs in the men’s 200m backstroke and women’s 200 breaststroke.

Table Tennis
China’s domination of the sport is expected to continue in the men’s singles.

After play was washed out on Wednesday, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray are among those hoping to get on court on Thursday.

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