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Who’s in action: Team SA’s Day 4 preview

Here is a breakdown of all Team SA’s representatives in action at Tokyo 2020 on Tuesday.
(All times in brackets denote SA times)

HOCKEY

Men’s Pool B, South Africa vs Belgium – 6.30pm (11.30am): No one was under any illusions when South Africa saw their group at these Olympics. They’re up against Great Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Canada. With two matches completed so far, South Africa have lost 3-1 to GBR and 5-3 to the Netherlands and now face a powerful Belgium unit. The scorelines haven’t done justice to South Africa though as they matched Great Britain for long periods and were actually 3-0 up against the Netherlands before the Dutch fight back.

CYCLING

Women’s Mountain Bike – 3pm (8.00am): Candice Lill lines up with 37 others riders for the women’s cross-country event over 24.4km. This is the second Olympics for the 29-year-old Capetonian who competed at London 2012. The 4.1km circuit (plus a 1.3km start loop) is located near the city of Izu, approximately 150km from Tokyo. The course was designed and built by South African Nick Flores, who also built the 2012 and 2016 Olympic courses and the Pietermaritzburg World Championship and World Cup course.

RUGBY SEVENS

Men’s Pool C, South Africa vs USA – 11.30am (4.30am): Having come through their first two games with maximum points, South Africa will look to finish their group unbeaten when they face the USA. They are familiar opponents on the World Sevens circuit and the South Africans, while favourites, will know they have a fight on their hands.

SAILING

Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight – Finn) 1.05pm (6.05am): Races one and two will be contested. Leo Davis flies the Team SA flag here

Men’s Skiff, 49er – 2.55pm (7.50am): There will be three races for Benji Daniel and Alex Burger

SURFING

Women’s quarter-finals – 9.24am (2.24am): Bianca Buitendag claimed the scalp of seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore from Australia in Monday’s third round and here she’s up against the 23-year-old Portuguese (Welsh mother, Portuguese father) Yolanda Hopkins for a place in the semi-finals.

SWIMMING

Women’s 100m breaststroke, final – 11.17am (4.17am): This is the moment that we have been waiting for. Tatjana Schoemaker takes to the water as the favourite to win gold – in fact, she’s favourite to win double gold – after having posted the fastest times in both the heats and the semi-finals. She also lowered the Olympic record to 1:04.82 in the heats and inflicted the first defeat on American Lilly King in the 100m since 2015. She’s the meat in a USA sandwich, racing in lane 4.

Men’s butterfly, semi-final – 11.35am (4.35am): Chad le Clos, the 2012 Olympic champion, is a little less fancied this time around but he’s a born racer and can never be written off. Le Clos, now a seasoned veteran, came through his heats with a scare, finishing fifth and qualifying 16th, the final spot, for the semi-finals. Today will be telling to see whether he is a genuine medal contender or not.

TRIATHLON

Women’s Individual, final – 6.30am (11.30pm Monday night): There are two athletes flying the Team SA flag in the event starting at Odaibe Marine Park. A big field of 56 have entered, with our eyes on Simone Ackerman and Gill Saunders. They aren’t among the favourites but both will be looking to put in strong performances.

WATERPOLO

Men’s Group A, South Africa vs USA – 10am (3am): The men take to the water against a powerful United States side that are ranked No9 in the world. In South Africa’s opening game they went down 21-2 to Italy, with the “spread” of the loss being 19 points. Although they can’t be expected to win this match, in what is their first Olympics since 1960, the South Africans will be wanting to set targets along the way. They won’t want to play negatively, but let the USA know that they were in a contest. Should SA keep the points margin down to 15 points they’ll consider this a big step forward in their progression.