Rio 2016 Olympics: What to watch at the Games on day 1 Saturday

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Rio De Janeiro | Updated: Aug 06, 2016 6:30 PM

Rio 2016 Olympics: The Rio Games get into full swing Saturday just hours after Friday night's opening ceremony. Here are some things to watch:

Rio 2016 Olympics: The fireworks are over, the samba on temporary hold - and now it's time for Olympic athletes to take center stage in Rio de Janeiro. (Reuters)Rio 2016 Olympics: The fireworks are over, the samba on temporary hold – and now it’s time for Olympic athletes to take center stage in Rio de Janeiro. (Reuters)

Rio 2016 Olympics: The fireworks are over, the samba on temporary hold – and now it’s time for Olympic athletes to take center stage in Rio de Janeiro. Dozens of competitions are being held Saturday in over 20 Olympic sports, ranging from archery to basketball, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, swimming and volleyball, among others. Twelve gold medals will be awarded. On Friday, Brazil laced its high-energy opening party for the games of the 31st Olympiad with a sobering message of the dangers of global warming. Graphic projections of world cities being swamped by rising seas set Rio de Janeiro’s otherwise fun and festive gala apart from other Olympic openers.

Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei De Lima has lit the cauldron at the Rio Games. De Lima was one of the suspected candidates after Pele revealed earlier Friday that health problems would keep him from attending the opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium. So 12 years later than he likely would have, De Lima got his golden moment. De Lima was leading the 2004 race at the Athens Games when a protester attacked and disrupted his run. De Lima wound up finishing third, but has been lauded for how he’s handled the incident. The Rio Games get into full swing Saturday just hours after Friday night’s opening ceremony. Here are some things to watch (all times local):

HOOPS

With the world hoping for a respite from recent tragedies, it’s perhaps fitting that two stricken nations face each other early on. Players readying for the 12 p.m. women’s basketball match between France and Turkey say they hope to present a unified front for those back home.

Later, the juggernaut of the USA men’s basketball team, led by Carmelo Anthony , plays China. Tip is at 7 p.m. Team USA aside, there are plenty of hoopsters from across the world to watch.

ROAD CYCLING

Medals will be awarded in men’s road cycling, an event starting at 9:30 a.m. and taking place on a six-hour grind of a course with twists, turns, climbs and striking views of the host city.

SWIMMING

Also Saturday, medals will be awarded in four swimming events. The men’s 400m individual medley final is scheduled for 10 p.m., and the men’s 400m freestyle final is at 10:30 p.m. The women’s finals for the 400m individual medley is set for 10:49 p.m. and the 4x100m freestyle relay final is at 11:24 p.m.
India’s schedule in Rio Olympics on Saturday

The Indian contingent’s schedule in the Rio Olympics today.

MEN’S HOCKEY:
(19:30 IST): India versus Ireland

ROWING:
(17:00 IST): Men’s Single Sculls (Dattu Bhokanal Single)

SHOOTING:
(17:00 IST): Shooting: 10m Air Pistol: (Jitu Rai,
Gurpreet Singh)
(17:00 IST): Shooting: 10m Air Rifle: (Apurvi Chandela,
Ayonika Paul)

TABLE TENNIS:
(17:30 IST): Men’s Singles (Achantha Sharath Kamal,
Soumyajit Ghosh) Women: (Manika Batra, Mouma Das)

TENNIS:
(23:00 IST): Men’s Doubles: Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna
Women’s Doubles: Sania Mirza, Prarthana Thombare

WEIGHTLIFTING:
(03:30 IST Aug 7) Weightlifting: Women: Saikhom Mirabi
Chanu 48kg.

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