Rio 2016 rundown: Today’s Olympic action (Day 6)
It was a relatively quiet day for the Danish competitors in Rio yesterday, with Jeanette Ottesen and Rikke Møller Pedersen making their finals and the men’s football team qualifying for the quarter-finals despite being thrashed 4-0 by Brazil.
Five days into the Olympics and Denmark still only has one medal. But that could very well change today with two solid chances popping up today in the rowing and swimming.
With 21 gold medals up for grabs, here are the pick of the events:
15:12-16:44 – Rowing: It’s go time for the rowers today with finals in the men’s quadruple sculls, coxless pairs, double sculls and coxless lightweight fours, as well as the women’s quadruple sculls and double sculls – all on TV2.
21:00 – Gymnastics: The men put on an exciting final last night in the individual all-around event, and tonight it’s the women’s turn.
23:21 – Cycling: The track specialists are oiled up and ready to pedal away in the men’s team sprints in the bronze and finals.
01:30 – Table tennis: The top batsmen are on display when the men’s singles wrap up their bronze and gold medal bouts.
04:01-04:18 – Swimming: There are more medals to be had in the pool tonight in the men’s 200m individual medley and the women’s 100m freestyle.
Søren Kjedsen and Thorbjørn Olesen have already teed off in the first 18 holes of the men’s golf on TV2 Zulu.
13:40 – 16:50: Rowing
It’s a big day for the Danish rowers and Denmark cold potentially secure its second medal here. Lærke Rasmussen and Anne Andersen will be trying to reach their first Olympic final in the semis of the women’s coxless pairs, while Anne Lolk and Juliane Rasmussen will try to get to the final of the women’s lightweight double sculls.
Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist are also aiming to qualify for the final in the men’s lightweight double sculls, but the big one today is the men’s coxless lightweight fours, where Jacob Barsøe, Jacob Søgaard, Kasper Jørgensen and Morten Jørgensen are hoping to live up to their nickname, ‘Guldfiren’ (‘The Golden Four’). All the rowing events will be on TV2.
Stine Nielsen got off to a rough start in the 10m rifle, but she’s back to make amends in the 50m rifle on dr.dk.
The feather experts are finally in action today with Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl playing their opener in the women’s doubles, while Viktor Axelsen makes his debut in the men’s singles.
Christinna Pedersen is back at it in the mixed doubles with Joachim Fischer while Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen open their silver medal defence in the men’s doubles.
16:36 + 19:57: Equestrian
The Danish equestrian team will be trying to follow up on their good start in the team dressage today on TV2 Sport.
The Danish sailors could really get their bows into the medal waters today with a bit of good wind. Sitting sixth overall, Jonas Høgh-Christensen is back at it in the men’s finn, while Allan Nørregaard and Anette Viborg will also try to improve their sixth place standing in the Nacra 17.
In the men and women’s windsurfing, Sebastian Fleischer and Lærke Buhl-Hansen will be out on the seas for three heats. All the sailing will be shown on TV2 Charlie.
Denmark could very well get its first medal in the pool today, but first Lotte Friis will kick off in the heats of the women’s 800 freestyle. Later on though, at 03:11, world record holder Rikke Møller Pedersen will be looking for her first ever Olympic medal in the women’s 200m breaststroke. All the swimming is on DR1.
The Danes are undefeated so far in the group stage, but they face their sternest test yet tonight when they battle Croatia on TV2.
22:15: Cycling (track)
The Danish team pursuit squad – consisting of Lasse Norman Hansen, Casper von Folsach, Casper Pedersen, Frederik Madsen and Niklas Larsen – enter qualification in the men’s 4,000m team pursuit on TV2 Sport.