The Sports Week that Was and Will Be

August 5-12, 2016

It’s here. It’s here. The Rio Olympics will begin today with an Opening Ceremony that will last for approximately three hours till the wee hours of the morning. Technically, though, the Games have begun – with men’s and women’s football tournaments already underway, and with Argentina losing to Portugal, and hosts Brazil held to a draw by South Africa.

Here’s what events to specifically look forward to over the next seven days:

RIO OLYMPICS

Men’s Cycling Road RaceChris Froome, the three-time Tour de France champion will be competing. (August 6, Saturday)

Men’s 400m IM swimming finals – likely to feature Ryan Lochte. (August 6, Saturday)

Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay finals: An Australia v/s USA contest (August 6, Saturday)

Women’s 400m freestyle finals – likely to feature (definite winner) Katie Ledecky. (August 7, Sunday)

Men’s 100m breaststroke finals – with young Brit Adam Peaty looking for the gold. (August 7, Sunday)

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Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay – with the USA team likely to feature Michael Phelps in his first swim of the Games. (August 7, Sunday)

Diving: Men’s 10m platform synchroTom Daley, ladies and gentlemen. (August 8, Monday)

Men’s 200m freestyle final: Phelps v/s Lochte (August 8, Monday)

Men and Women’s 100m backstroke finals: Missy Franklin time. (August 8, Monday)

Gymnastic Women’s team final: USA favorites after gold in 2012. (August 9, Tuesday)

BIG TICKET: Women’s freestyle 200m final: Ledecky v/s Franklin (August 9, Tuesday)

Men’s 100m freestyle final featuring US gold medalist Nathan Adrian (August 10, Wednesday)

Women’s 4×200 freestyle relay with Franklin and Ledecky on one team. (August 10, Wednesday)

Rugby medal rounds (August 11, Thursday)

200m Men’s IM finals, with Lochte and Phelps. (August 11, Thursday)

200m Men’s backstroke finals, with Lochte (August 11, Thursday)

Women’s 100m freestyle finals (August 11, Thursday)

Men’s 100m butterfly finals, a Phelps favorite. (August 12, Friday)

Women’s 800m freestyle finals, a Ledecky favorite (August 12, Friday)

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Women’s tennis medal matches, with Serena Williams favored to repeat her London gold. (August 13, Saturday)

Women’s 100m Track final. Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Pryce is the favorite to win three in a row. (August 13, Saturday)

Women’s Heptathlon final, with Brit Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill returning after childbirth. (August 13, Saturday)

Men’s 10000m final, with Mo Farah favorite to win it again. (August 13, Saturday)

Swimming: Men and Women’s medley relays; USA have never lost (August 13, Saturday)

Men’s 1500m freestyle final, with China’s Sun Yang. (August 13, Saturday)

Tennis Men’s Singles Final, with Novak Djokovic looking to win his first gold medal. (August 14, Sunday)

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BIG TICKET: Men’s 100m sprint final, with Usain Bolt looking to make it a three-peat. (August 14, Sunday)

Men’s 400m final. Favorite: LaShawn Merritt (August 14, Sunday)

Men’s 800m final, Women’s 400m final featuring David Rudisha and Sanya Richards-Ross. (August 15, Monday)

Men’s High Jump Final (August 16, Tuesday)

Men and Women’s 110m Hurdles final (August 16, Tuesday)

Women’s 200m finals, featuring Allyson Felix (August 17, Wednesday)

Women’s long jump final (August 17, Wednesday)

Women’s Beach Volleyball final at Copacabana beach (August 17, Wednesday)

Men’s 200m FINAL – Usain Bolt’s last individual race of his Olympic Career (August 18, Thursday)

Men’s 4x100m final, between Jamaica, USA and Canada/Britain. Bolt’s final race. (August 19, Friday)

Women’s football final, USA favorites again (August 19, Friday)

Men’s football final (August 20, Saturday)

Men’s diving platform final (August 20, Saturday)

Men and Women 4x400m relay final (August 20, Saturday)

Men’s Volleyball final, with Brazil as favorites (August 21, Sunday)

Basketball Men’s Final, with USA as favorites again (August 21, Sunday)

Men’s Marathon (August 21, Sunday)

Boxing: Women’s middleweight Final, featuring Claressa Shields (August 21, Sunday)

CRICKET

Sri Lanka are currently destroying sub continental ducks Australia in the second Test of the series at Galle. They could perhaps be 2-0 up by next week, winning their first-ever Test series against the Aussies. Rangana Herath and Kusal Mendis, once again, are starring.

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West Indies battled gloriously in the second Test against India, losing only two wickets on the final day to draw it at Jamaica. All-rounder Roston Chase, in only his second Test, took five wickets and scored a brilliant century to deny the Indians an outright win. India’s bowling, as expected, was exposed on the fifth day, with bowlers like Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav showing their inconsistency. The third Test will begin at the Gros Islet on August 9th.

Pakistan are currently in the driver’s seat against hosts England in the third Test at Birmingham, with Azhar Ali scoring a century after England scored only 297 in their first innings. If Pakistan somehow manage to win this one – it is a long road ahead – they will be 2-1 up in a series nobody expected them to win, in the most alien conditions abroad.

 

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