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The third day of athletics brings us three finals, as the women's triple jump and men's 400m and 100m finals take place. 

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3rd day of competition - 14-15.8.

!!! All times are UK times!

00:55 WOMEN'S TRIPLE JUMP FINAL

 

This season's number one, reigning world champion Caterine Ibargüen is the favourite to win gold in Rio. The Colombian already came close at the games in London, but that time out Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova got the gold.

Rypakova isn't the Colombian's main challenger in Rio, as Yulimar Rojas has found some incredible form this season despite her tender age of 20. The youngster has also won the indoor world championship's this season. Rojas and Ibargüen have been in a league of their own this campaign, as they have the top 5 jumps this season.

Another medal hopeful is Paraskevi Papahrístou of Greece, who's season's best of 14.73 is an impressive result. However, otherwise Papahrístou has struggled for good results, as she hasn't managed to go over 14.5 metres since her record jump. Other athletes to get over the threshold include Patricia Mamona and Jamaica's Kimberly Williams. 

But wait, what has the experienced Olha Saladukha got to offer? The Ukrainians season's best is a measly 14.40, but the 2011 world champion and three-time European champion has shown that she can handle the pressure of the biggest stages.

Women's triple jump medal hopefuls in Rio and their odds:

Athletes listed in order of their season's best.

 

Athlete

Season's Best

Odds & Betting Site

To win gold

Odds & Betting Site
To win a medal

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Caterine Ibargüen (COL)

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02:00 MEN'S 400M FINAL

 

The men's 400m battle for medals looks to be a three-man show. LaShawn Merritt is coming to Rio with the season's best result, as he's the only man to go under 44 seconds this year with 43.97. However, he isn't the number one favourite to win gold, as that title goes to last year's world champion, Wayde van Niekerk. The South African has been incredibly consistent, as his last four results have all been under 44.3 seconds!

Alongside Merritt and Niekirk the third name most likely to grab a medal is reigning Olympic champion Kirani James, who has also been in inspired form recently. James has clocked 44.60, 44.23, 44.22, 44.15 and 44.08 in his last races. Merritt's last results have been 43.97, 45.05, 45.55, 44.39 and 44.66, although the results over 45 seconds came in the heats of his home championships, where he didn't need to exhaust himself.

Botswana's only 19-year old Baboloki Thebe could be the dark horse in Rio, if he manages to deliver his best possible performance when it really matters. The youngster's record time of 44.22 came as early as May, and he hasn't been able to reach those heights since.

Luguelin Santos who won silver in Rio hasn't been at his best this season, and will most likely not be making an impact on the podium places. The same applies to Thebe's countryman Isaac Makwala, who came fifth in last year's world championships.

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Season's Best

Odds & Betting Site
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02:25 MEN'S 100M FINAL

 

Definitely the single-most looked-forward to event of the Olympics, and not least due to the showmanship of Usain Bolt. Athletics' number one name is going for his third consecutive gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Bolt has won four major finals in a row.

However, everybody remembers what happened at last year's world championships... That time out Justin Gatlin was more than close to claim Bolt's scalp in the final, but the American got mixed in his strides right before the finish line. Still, Bolt only ended up winning by one hundredth of a second. Gatlin is yet again close to top form, so Bolt must be at his best if he's to continue his winning streak.

Last year's world championships bronze medal winner Trayvon Bromell has had a couple of decent races this season, so his name can be added to the favourites to be on the podium. Jimmy Vicaut of France should have won gold in the European Championships earlier this summer, but that abysmal performance didn't give a good account of the Frenchman's ability under pressure.

Yohan Blake, who won silver in London and Qatar's Femi Ogunode are also looking to make an impact on the podium places. The veteran Kim Collins, who has reached the respectable age of 40 has run 9.93 this season, so who knows what he might be capable of!

The bookies have also listed last year's surprise bronze medal winner Andre De Grasse as one of the potential medal winners in Rio. However, this season the Canadian has only managed 9.99, which isn't even close to the level required at the Olympics. In London it required an astounding 9.79 just to get bronze!

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Gatlin: 9.894 (9.80, 9.83, 10.03, 9.93, 9.88)
Bromell: 9.956 (9.84, 9.86, 9.94, 10.14, 10.00)
Vicaut: 9.994 (10.02, 9.96, 10.08, 10.03, 9.88)
Bolt: 10.020 (10.04, 10.15, 9.88, 9.98, 10.05)
Blake: 10.066 (9.95, 9.95, 10.26, 10.23, 9.94)
Ogunode: 10.078 (10.16, 10.11, 10.01, 10.09, 10.02*)
Ali Harvey: 10.094 (10.07, 10.04, 10.18, 9.92, 10.26)
Simbine: 10.156 (9.89, 10.05*, 10.25*, 10.27, 10.32)
Collins: 10.630 (12.08, 10.16, 10.13, 10.46, 10.32)

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Athlete

Season's Best

Odds & Betting Site
To win gold

Odds & Betting Site
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On the second day of athletics in Rio the fates of Olympic medals will be decided in the men's discus throw, long jump and in what promises to be a extremely entertaining 10 000m final. The entertainment doesn't stop until the small hours of the night, as the second day culminates with the women's 100m final!

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2nd day of competition - 13-14.8.

!!! All times are UK times!

Morning session:

14:50 MEN'S DISCUS THROW FINAL

 

The men's discus final looks to be an extremely tightly contested affair, as only 13 centimetres separate the best athlete from the fourth best this season. The biggest favourite to win is this season's leading man, Poland's Piotr Malachowski. Malachowski bitterly failed at the 2012 Olympics in London, as he eventually succumbed to fifth place. 

Malachowski's consistency is what separates him from the rest of the pack, as the Polish giant has thrown over 68 metres five times this season. The others to throw over that threshold this season have only achieved it once. After the disappointing Olympics, Malachowski has grabbed gold in both the world- and European championships, so the only thing missing from his trophy cabinet is the Olympic gold medal.

The Harting brothers of Christoph and Robert are without a doubt Malachowski's biggest challengers. Big brother Robert is the more consistent out of the two, as the experienced major competition visitor has thrown three times over 66 metres. Robert is also the reigning Olympic champion, and the German veteran won't be giving up his title without a fight.

Fourth in this season's standings, Fedrick Dacres does have the potential of springing a surprise, although the 68.02 he threw in April does seem like a bit of a lucky break, as the Jamaican has failed to through over 64 metres since. Both Philip Milanov and Spain's Lois Maikel Martinez can be ranked above him, as both men have reached over 65 metres regularly this season.

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Athlete

Season's Best

Odds & Betting Site

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Odds & Betting Site
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Evening session: 


00:50 Men's Long Jump Final

The reigning European, world and Olympic champion Greg Rutherford is arguably the biggest favourite to win gold in Rio, although the Brit hasn't quite reached the heights of previous seasons in terms of results. Rutherford's season's best of 8.31 is only enough for equal seventh place in this season's world rankings.

Number one this year, Jarrion Lawson broke the bank in early July with a jump of 8.58 metres. However, that jump was only barely legal in terms of wind assistance, and the American's general level has been significantly worse. In the competition that brought his record jump he also managed 8.32 and 8.20, although both of those jumps had too much wind behind them. 

Sweden's Michael Tornéus won silver in the European championships in Amsterdam, and soon after got a season's best of 8.44. Tornéus is more than capable of causing an upset. South Africa's Rushwal Samaai jumped his season's best of 8.38 as early as May, but the African also has a wind-assisted 8.40 from the end of June.

Meanwhile, the American Mike Hartfield has struggled for consistency, as he has only been a tad over 8 metres on average after his wind-assisted jump of 8.39 in June. Australia's Fabrice Lapierre could be a more potent candidate for a medal, as the Aussie has jumped between 8.18-8.31 in his last five competitions.

Another interesting name is Jeffrey Henderson, who completely failed at last year's world championships. The American's season's best is only 8.19 (19th best this year), but with a 2.9 wind assisting him he managed an astounding jump of 8.59 at the start of July.

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01:55 Men's 10 000m Final

The men's 10 000m final will most likely be a duel between Team GB's Mo Farah and the Ehtiopians. Four years ago in London Farah took gold in both the 5000m and the 10 000m, and the Brit is aiming to duplicate that achievement in Rio. Farah skipped the European championships in Amsterdam to focus entirely on the Olympics, and he has also competed rather scarcely all season. However, Farah's superiority on the 10 000m can be summed up easily, as he hasn't lost a race in over five years!

Recently Farah has found new and upcoming challengers from Ethiopia. At 22 years of age, Yigrem Demelash is coming to Rio as the leading man this season, as the youngster improved his record by six seconds in the Olympic qualifiers in his homeland. Three years older than his compatriot, Tamirat Tola might be more familiar from cross country, but this year he has the fourth and fifth fastest times on the 10k. Ethiopia's final name in their strong contingent is only 18-year old Abadi Hadis, whose season's best is just half a second slower than Tola's.

The best Kenyan's this year are nowhere to be found in the starting lists of the Olympic 10 000 metres. Two-time world championships bronze medalist Paul Tanui and the silver medalist from last year's world championships Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor are the strongest challengers to break the Ethiopia-Farax axis. Kamworor is yet to run a competitive 10k this season, but last season's he ran a staggering time of 26:52.65.

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02:35 Women's 100m Final

Nothing will be held back in the women's 100 metres. The final promises to be a cracker, as all the leading ladies this season are barely separated in their season's bests. The Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers took home the cold in her home European championships earlier this summer, and she has even billed as the favourite before the games. This is slightly surprising, given that her season's best is only good enough for sixth place in this season's standings.

The reigning world- and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is behind Schippers in eighth, but although the duo are far behind the rest in terms of their season's bests, they will still surely be strongly in contention for a medal. Fraser-Pryce in particular has been astounding in recent major competitions.

Another Jamaican, Elaine Thompson is world number one this season due to her fantastic time of 10.70 seconds. The 24-year old came second in the 200 metres at last year's wolrd championships, but she is yet to achieve any major success over the 100 metres. The same applies to English Gardner, who is currently second in this season's rankings.

Out of the other ladies the strongest name is USA's Tori Bowie, whose recent results have been stronger than those of the two women above her in this season's results, Ahouré and Bartoletta. Her average performance is in fact the best among the whole group! 

The five best results and their average of the best women over the 100m this season:

Bowie: 10.874 (10.78, 10.74*, 10.91, 11.03, 10.91)

Gardner: 10.884 (10.74, 10.74*, 10.90, 11.02, 11.02)

Thompson: 10.964 (10.70, 10.85, 11.38, 10.87, 11.02)

Bartoletta: 10.966 (11.02*, 11.21, 10.78, 10.79*, 11.03)

Ahouré: 11.014 (10.99, 11.08, 11.42, 10.78, 10.80*)

Schippers: 11.024 (10.94, 10.90, 10.96, 11.09, 11.23)

Fraser-Pryce: 11.078 (11.06, 11.03, 11.25, 10.93, 11.12)

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16 teams made it to the football tournament of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics through different kinds of qualifying tournaments. These 16 teams have been divided into four groups of four. Each team in each group plays each other once, just like in any other major football tournament.

The full schedule for the Olympic football tournament in Rio can be found here!

The only country to reach the tournament without any qualifying required was naturally Brazil, as they are the hosts. Otherwise all teams qualified via major youth tournaments across the globe.

For example, the four countries from Europe, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Sweden reached the Olympics by being successful in the 2015 U21 European Championships. All of the teams listed made the semi-finals then, with Sweden winning the tournament thanks to a victory on penalties over Portugal.

The teams that qualified for the Olympic football tournament and the qualifying tournaments:

The Olympic hosts: Brazil

South America U20 Championships 2015: Argentina

U21 European Championships 2015: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Portugal

Pacific Games 2015: Fiji

CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship 2015: Mexico, Honduras

U23 Africa Cup of Nations 2015: Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa

AFC U23 Championships 2016: Iraq, Japan, South Korea

CONCACAF-CONMEBOL Playoff Tournament 2016: Columbia

THE GROUPS FOR THE OLYMPIC FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

GROUP A:

Brazil

South Africa

Iraq

Denmark

GROUP B:

Sweden

Columbia

Nigeria

Japan

Group C:

Fiji 

South Korea

Mexico

Germany

GROUP D:

Honduras

Algeria

Portugal

Argentina

RIO OLYMPICS 2016 - TEAM SELECTIONS

The countries participating in the Olympic Football Tournament are allowed to name a squad containing 18 players. Each squad must have at least two goalkeepers.

The Olympic Football Tournament is for younger players, so teams most consist of mostly players under the age of 23. For Rio, this means players born in 1993 or after.

However, teams are allowed to name three over-age players to their squad. The over-age players in each squad have been marked with a *-symbol.

GROUP A:

Brazil's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
*Fernando Prass, Palmeiras
Uilson, Atlético Mineiro

Defenders:
Rodrigo Caio, São Paulo
Zeca, Santos
Luan, Vasco da Gama
Douglas Santos, Atlético Mineiro
Marquinhos, Paris Saint-Germain
William, Internacional

Midfielders:
Felipe Anderson, Lazio
Rafinha, Barcelona
Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk
Thiago Maia, Santos
Rodrigo Dourado, Internacional

Forwards
*Neymar, Barcelona
Gabriel Jesus, Palmeiras
Gabriel, Santos
Luan, Grêmio
*Douglas Costa, Bayern Munich

Manager: Rogério Micale

South Africa

Squad yet to be announced

Manager: Owen Da Gama

Iraq's preliminary squad for the Olympics

Iraq's preliminary squad contains 27 players

Goalkeepers:
Fahad Talib, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Mohammed Hameed, Al-Talaba
Mustafa Saadoun, Al-Naft
Karrar Ibrahim, Al-Minaa

Defenders:
Mustafa Nadhim, Naft Al-Wasat
Saad Natiq, Al-Jawiya
Dhurgham Ismail, Rizespor
Ali Adnan, Udinese
Ali Faez, Rizespor
*Ahmad Ibrahim, no team
Hamza Adnan, Al-Minaa
Alaa Ali Mhawi, Al-Zawraa
Mohammed Maan, Al-Naft
Hawbir Mustafa, MVV Maastricht

Midfielders:
Mahdi Kamel, Al-Shorta
Humam Tariq, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Bashar Rasan, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Ali Husni, Rizespor
Amjad Attwan, Al-Shorta
*Saad Abdul-Amir, Al-Qadisiyah
Ali Qasim, Al-Minaa
*Yaser Kasim, Swindon Town

Forwards:
Mohannad Abdul-Raheem, Al-Zawraa
Ammar Abdul-Hussein, Al-Minaa
Abdul-Qadir Tariq, Al-Talaba
Sherko Karim, Grasshopper
Ameer Sabah, Naft Al-Wasat

Manager: Abdul Ghani Shahad

Denmark's preliminary squad for the Olympics

Only eight players have so far been named in Denmark's preliminary squad.

Goalkeepers:
Jeppe Højbjerg, Esbjerg

Defenders:
Jakob Blåbjerg, AaB
Andreas Maxsø, Nordsjælland

Midfielders:
Mikkel Desler, OB
Casper Nielsen, Esbjerg
Frederik Børsting, AaB
Lucas Andersen, Ajax

Forwards:
Nicolai Brock-Madsen, Birmingham City
Yussuf Poulsen, RB Leipzig

Manager: Niels Frederiksen

GROUP B:

Sweden's preliminary squad for the Olympics

Sweden's preliminary squad contains 25 players.

Goalkeepers:
Andreas Linde, Molde FK

Defenders:
Ludwig Augustinsson, Copenhagen
Pa Konate, Malmö FF
Victor Lindelöf, Benfica
Adam Lundqvist, IF Elfsborg
*Alexander Milošević, Hannover 96
Joakim Nilsson, IF Elfsborg
Jacob Une Larsson, Djurgårdens IF
Noah Sonko Sundberg, GIF Sundsvall
Isak Ssewankambo, Molde FK
Sebastian Starke Hedlund, Kalmar FF

Midfielders:
*Astrit Ajdarević, Örebro SK
*Alexander Faltsetas, Djurgårdens IF
Alexander Fransson, Basel
Melker Hallberg, Hammarby IF
*Jiloan Hamad, 1899 Hoffenheim
*Abdul Khalili, Mersin İdmanyurdu
Robin Quaison, Palermo
Ken Sema, Östersunds FK
Muamer Tanković, AZ
Simon Tibbling, Groningen

Forwards:
Gustav Engvall, IFK Göteborg
Mikael Ishak, Randers FC
*Isaac Kiese Thelin, Bordeaux
Jordan Larsson, Helsingborgs IF

Manager: Håkan Ericson

Columbia

Squad yet to be announced

Manager: Carlos Restrepo

Nigeria

Only the three over-age players in Nigeria's squad have been announced.

Goalkeepers:
Daniel Akpeyi, Chippa United FC

Defenders:


Midfielders:
John Obi Mikel, Chelsea

Forwards:
Odion Ighalo, Watford

Manager: Samson Siasia

Japan's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Masatoshi Kushibiki, Kashima Antlers
Kosuke Nakamura, Kashiwa Reysol

Defenders:
Sei Muroya, F.C. Tokyo
*Hiroki Fujiharu, Gamba Osaka
Naomichi Ueda, Kashima Antlers
*Tsukasa Shiotani, Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Masashi Kamekawa, Avispa Fukuoka
Takuya Iwanami, Vissel Kobe

Midfielders:
Wataru Endo, Urawa Red Diamonds
Riki Harakawa, Kawasaki Frontale
Ryota Oshima, Kawasaki Frontale
Shinya Yajima, Fagiano Okayama FC
Shoya Nakajima, F.C. Tokyo
Yosuke Ideguchi, Gamba Osaka
Takumi Minamino, Red Bull Salzburg

Forwards:
Yuya Kubo, BSC Young Boys
*Shinzo Koroki, Urawa Red Diamonds
Takuma Asano, Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Manager: Makoto Teguramori

GROUP C:

Fiji's preliminary squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Shaneel Naidu, Dreketi
Misiwani Nairube, Ba
*Simione Tamanisau, Rewa

Defenders:
Filipe Baravilala, Suva
Jale Dreloa, Suva
*Samuela Kautoga, Ba
Anish Khem, Nadi
Praneel Naidu, Ba
Sakaraia Naisua, Suva
*Alvin Singh, Ba
Kolinio Sivoki, Lautoka
Antonio Tuivuna, Nadi

Midfielders:
Nickel Chand, Suva
Setareki Hughes, Suva
Savenaca Nakalevu, Rewa
Manasa Nawakula, Ba
Osea Turagabeci, Suva
Tevita Waranaivalu, Rewa

Forwards:
*Roy Krishna, Wellington Phoenix
Samuela Nabenia, Ba
Rusiate Matarerega, Suva
Napolioni Qasevakatini, Nadi
Iosefo Verevou, Rewa
Saula Waqa, Ba

Manager: Frank Farina

South Korea's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Kim Dong-jun, Seongnam FC
Gu Sung-yun, Consadole Sapporo

Defenders:
Sim Sang-min, FC Seoul
Song Ju-hun, Mito Hollyhock
Choi Kyu-baek, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC
Jeong Seung-hyun, Ulsan Hyundai
*Jang Hyun-soo, Guangzhou R&F
Lee Seul-chan, Jeonnam Dragons
Park Dong-jin, Gwangju FC

Midfielders:
Park Yong-woo, FC Seoul
Lee Chan-dong, Gwangju FC
Lee Chang-min, Jeonnam Dragons
Moon Chang-jin, Pohang Steelers
Ryu Seung-woo, Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Kwon Chang-hoon, Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Forwards:
*Son Heung-min, Tottenham Hotspur
*Suk Hyun-jun, Porto
Hwang Hee-chan, Red Bull Salzburg

Manager: Shin Tae-yong

Mexico's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
*Alfredo Talavera, Toluca
Gibran Lajud, Tijuana

Defenders:
José Abella, Santos Laguna
Érick Aguirre, Pachuca
César Montes, Monterrey
Carlos Salcedo, Guadalajara
Jordan Silva, Toluca
*Jorge Torres Nilo, Tigres

Midfielders:
Carlos Cisneros, Guadalajara
Rodolfo Pizarro, Pachuca
Víctor Guzmán, Pachuca
Érick Gutiérrez, Pachuca
Michael Pérez, Guadalajara
Alfonso González, Monterrey

Forwards:
Hirving Lozano, Pachuca
*Oribe Peralta, América
Erick Torres, Houston Dynamo
Marco Bueno, Guadalajara

Manager: Raúl Gutiérrez

Germany

Squad yet to be announced.

Manager: Horst Hrubesch

GROUP D

Honduras' preliminary squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Luis López, Real España
Harold Fonseca, Motagua

Defenders:
Kevin Álvarez, Olimpia
José Barralaga, Real Sociedad
Marcelo Pereira, Motagua
Allans Vargas, Real España
Jonathan Paz, Real Sociedad
*Johnny Palacios, Olimpia
Brayan García, Vida
Elder Torres, Real Monarchs

Midfielders:
Bryan Acosta, Real España
Rodolfo Espinal, Vida
Allan Banegas, Marathón
Darwin Espinal, Tampa Bay Rowdies
Michaell Chirinos, Olimpia
Jhow Benavídez, Real España
Óscar Salas, Olimpia

Forwards:
Alberth Elis, Olimpia
Anthony Lozano, Tenerife
Kevin López, Motagua
*Romell Quioto, Olimpia
Brayan Ramírez, Juticalpa

Manager: Jorge Pinto

Algeria's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
Abdelkader Salhi, ASO Chlef
Farid Chaâl, MC Alger

Defenders:
Réda Halaïmia, MC Oran
Raouf Benguit, USM Alger
Ramy Bensebaini, Stade Rennais
Houari Ferhani, JS Kabylie
Ayoub Abdellaoui, USM Alger

Midfielders:
Mohamed Benkhemassa, USM Alger
Ahmed Gagaâ, JS Kabylie
Rachid Aït-Atmane, Sporting Gijón
Haris Belkebla, Tours
Zakaria Benchaâ, MC Oran
Zakaria Draoui, CR Belouizdad

Forwards:
Oussama Darfalou, USM Alger
Zakaria Haddouche, ES Sétif
Abdelhakim Amokrane, ES Sétif
*Baghdad Bounedjah, Al Sadd SC
Saïd Benrahma, France Nice

Manager: Pierre-André Schürmann

Portugal

Squad yet to be announced.

Manager: Rui Jorge

Argentina's squad for the Olympics

Goalkeepers:
*Gerónimo Rulli, Real Sociedad
Axel Werner, Atlético de Rafaela

Defenders:
*Víctor Cuesta, Independiente
Emanuel Mammana, River Plate
Jonathan Silva, Boca Juniors
José Luis Gómez, Lanús
Lautaro Gianetti, Vélez Sarsfield
Alexis Soto, Banfield
Leandro Vega, River Plate

Midfielders:
Mauricio Martínez, Unión de Santa Fe
Giovani Lo Celso, Rosario Central
Leandro Paredes, Empoli
Joaquín Correa, Sampdoria
Santiago Ascacibar, Estudiantes
Lucas Romero, Cruzeiro
Manuel Lanzini, West Ham United

Forwards:
Cristian Espinoza, Huracán
Ángel Correa, Atlético Madrid
Luciano Vietto, Atlético Madrid
Giovanni Simeone, Banfield

Manager: Julio Olarticoechea

* = Over-age player.

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On the first day of athletics in Rio there a three gold medals up for grabs, as the women's shot put, men's 20km walk and women's 10 000m final all take place. The women's heptathlon also starts among the first events of the games.

Underneath each preview of a final you can find this season's leading results in the world from athletes appearing in the games. In addition to the results, we also cover the best odds for these athletes to achieve victory.

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1st day of competition - 12-13.8.

!!! All times are UK times!

Morning session:

13:35: Women's Heptathlon

The women's heptathlon in Rio will be one of the tightly contested events in recent history, as the ten best women this season are all competing for the medals in Brazil. However, two of these names are a class above from the rest - Team GB's Jessica Ennis-Hill and Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton.ll.

The reigning Olympic champion and two-time world champion Ennis-Hill has no equal in terms of competing at major events, and there's no reason why she wouldn't be bringing her A-game to Rio as well. However, the reigning champion has a real challenger from Canada, as the 27-year old Theisen-Eaton leads the way this season with a result of 6765 points. Ennis-Hill's season's best is just a measly 32 points less. 

Theisen-Eaton finished only tenth in London four years ago, but she has vastly improved over the last couple of years. The Canadian has had her two best results (6765 & 6808) during the past two seasons, while Ennis-Hill hasn't been able to reach those heights for four years - albeit this is partly due to the 2014 season when she was concentrating on her pregnancy and child.  

Third in the world rankings, this season's European champion Anouk Vetter is also a strong candidate for a podium place, although the battle for bronze is going to be brutal. Latvia's Laura Ikauniece Admidina skipped the European Championships, as she decided to focus solely on Rio, while her season's best is only four points worse compared to Vetter's. Carolin Schäfer, who is fifth in the world rankings was also absent from Amsterdam.

Behind the TOP5 there are still some names that deserve to be highlighted. Antoinette Nana Djimou from France finished fifth in London 2012 and has a season's best of 6458. She also claimed the silver in Amsterdam earlier this summer right behind Vetter. Team GB's Katarina Johnson-Thompson is also a potential medal candidate, although her season's best is only a disappointing 6304 points, which is good enough for 17th place in this season's rankings.

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Athlete

Season's Best

Odds & Betting Site

To win gold

Odds & Betting Site
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Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN)

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15:10 Women's 10 000m Final

There is only one favourite in the women's 10 000m final. Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana has been in a league of her own all season, as her best this campaign is over 20 seconds faster than that of the woman in second, Kenia's Alice Nawowuna. Ethiopia as a whole has been in cruise control of this event this year, as Nawowuna is the only non-Ethiopian in the Top 10 times this year.

Ethiopia's other two athletes in the Olympics are Gelete Burka and two-time Olympic gold winner Tirunesh Dibaba. Burka won silver at the World Championships a year ago behind Kenia's Vivian Cheruiyot. The bookies favour Cheruiyot quite a lot in the odds, as her time of 31:36.37 this season is far behind the other leading ladies. However, the two-time world champion and Olympic bronze winner in London shouldn't be counted out just yet.

11th in this season's times, UAE's Alia Mohamed Saeed is also looking to make an impact on the podium places, but the Ethiopians could end up being a tad too fast fer her. 

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18:30: Men's 20km Walk Final

The men's 20km walk promises to have a really entertaining battle for the podium places. The Japanese trio of Takahashi, Fujisawa and Matsunaga are the only men to have gone under 1:19.00 this season, but they can still be considered only challengers when it comes to the gold. The Japanese are overshadowed for example by Wang Zhen, winner of the bronze in London and the silver in last year's world championships. 

11th in the season's best rankings, reigning Olympic champion Chen Ding ran a new Olympic record of 1:18.46 in the games in London. The Chinese duo can yet again be considered favourites thanks to their vast experience, as the three Japanese men are yet to taste any kind of major success.

Lower in this season's rankings, the reigning world- and European champion Miguel Ángel López and Benjamin Thorne can also be highlighted. Neither of the two have come to Rio for a holiday, and the two men have their eyes firmly set on an Olympic medal, despite this season's results having been slightly underwhelming. 

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Evening session:

2:00: Women's Shot Put Final

The two-time reigning Olympic champion and quadruple world champion Valerie Adams is yet again the number one favourite to win gold in the Olympics. The New Zealand icon's merits speak for themselves, but this year Adams has two extremely tough challengers to overcome. 

China's Gong Lijiao holds the season's best result with 20.43, which is 24 centimetres better than the 20.19 Adams has managed. Lijiao won bronze in London four years ago, and grabbed silver in the world championships a year ago behind this season's third best shot putter, Germany's Christina Schwanitz. Adams didn't appear in last year's world champioships, which were held in Beijing. 

The five best results of the TOP3 this season:

Gong Lijiao: 19.73, 19.38, 19.74, 20.43, 19.77
Valerie Adams: 20.19, 20.05, 19.37, 19.63, 19.69
Christina Schwanitz: 19.92, 19.71, 20.14, 19.81, 20.17

The numbers show that Schwanitz is the most consistent athlete out of the three. However, Adams' last two results before the Olympics have been very impressive, whereas Lijiao hasn't even gotten close to the 20m mark.

These three women have been in a league of their own this season, but last year's bronze winner in the world championships Michelle Carter could have what it takes to challenge them. Carter was fifth in London 2012. Meanwhile, Hungary's Anita Márton was fourth in the Beijing world championships. 

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Season's Best

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Odds & Betting Site
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Michelle Carter (USA)

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The Rio Summer Olympics of 2016 begin with the opening ceremony on the 5th of August and conclude on the 21st of August, which gives us a full 16 days to enjoy the spirit of the Olympics. The BBC will naturally be broadcasting all events to UK viewers, and thanks to their expertise we're expecting yet another Games with top-class TV-entertainment.

The most viewed sport of the Olympics will without a doubt be athletics. We've compiled the full schedule for athletics in this article. There is also a lot of top-class football to be expected in Rio this summer, and the full schedule for the Olympic football tournament can be found here.

RIO OLYMPICS FULL SCHEDULE SPORT BY SPORT:

Shooting: 6th - 14th of August

Golf: 11th - 14th of August and 17th - 20th of August

Football: 3rd - 20th of August

Archery: 6th - 12th of August

Judo: 6th - 12th of August

Basketball: 6th - 21st of August 

Handball: 6th - 21st of August

Volleyball: 6th - 21st of August

Hockey: 6th - 19th of August

Canoeing: 7th - 11th of August (slalom) and 15th - 20th of August (sprint)

Fencing: 6th - 14th of August

Modern Pentathlon: 18th - 20th of August

Boxing: 6th - 21st of August

Wrestling: 14th - 21st of August

Weightlifting: 6th - 10th of August and 12th - 16th of August

Sailing: 8th - 18th of August

Cycling: 6th - 10th of August (road cycling), 17th - 19th of August (BMX), 20th - 21st of August (cross-country)

Table Tennis: 6th - 17th of August

Equestrian: 6th - 19th of August

Rugby: 6th - 11th of August

Rowing: 6th - 13th of August

Badminton: 11th - 20th of August

Taekwondo: 17th - 20th of August

Synchronized Swimming: 14th - 16th of August and 18th - 19th of August

Tennis: 6th - 14th of August

Triathlon: 18th and 20th of August

Diving: 7th - 10th of August and 12th - 20th of August

Swimming: 6th - 13th of August

Water Polo: 6th - 20th of August

Gymnastics: 6th - 21st of August

Athletics: 12th - 21st of August

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