Your guide to when Norfolk and north Suffolk’s Rio Olympics competitors will be in action

A general view of British House - home to Team GB during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Picture: Mike E

A general view of British House - home to Team GB during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Our guide to when some of Norfolk and north Suffolk's biggest names will feature at the Rio Olympics.

Action from the first day at Houghton House Trials 2016 at Houghton Hall - Pippa Funnell on Majas H

Action from the first day at Houghton House Trials 2016 at Houghton Hall - Pippa Funnell on Majas Hope. Picture: Matthew Usher

Saturday, August 6

Equestrian – Pippa Funnell MBE

Schedule: Eventing individual and team dressage events from 2pm today and then on consecutive days through to team jumping final at 2pm and individual jumping final at 6pm on Tuesday.


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Hopes: Two-time Olympic team silver medallist was called up as first reserve after Izzy Taylor's horse Allercombe Ellie picked up an injury in training. The 47-year-old, who left home at 16 to work at Little Palgrave Hall, near Swaffham, to train under Ruth McMullen and remained in Norfolk for around eight years, also won individual bronze at the 2004 Games in Athens. The Surrey-based rider will ride the late Carol Toliver's Billy The Biz.

Colin Oates during the team announcement at the British Judo Centre of Excellence, Walsall. Picture:

Colin Oates during the team announcement at the British Judo Centre of Excellence, Walsall. Picture: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire - Credit: PA

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Sunday, August 7

Judo – Colin Oates

Schedule: The under-66kg men's category gets under way in the round of 64 at 2pm UK time, with the gold medal final scheduled for 9.20pm.

Hopes: North Lopham's finest won a European Championship silver medal earlier in the year to boost his chances of success in Rio. The 33-year-old former Diss High School pupil finished seventh at London 2012 but won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Greal Britain's Emma Pooley during a Team GB Track Cycling event at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

Greal Britain's Emma Pooley during a Team GB Track Cycling event at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Cycling – Emma Pooley

Schedule: Women's road race starts at 4.15pm, followed by the time trial at 12.30pm UK time on Wednesday.

Hopes: Former Norwich High School for Girls pupil has been tempted back to Olympic cycling due to the hill course in Rio suiting her style, having won the Powerman Duathlon World Championship in 2014 and 2015. The 33-year-old helped Nicole Cooke win gold in the road race at Beijing 2008 and Lizzie Armitstead to silver at London 2012. Pooley will again support Armitstead in the road race, before trying to improve on her sixth-place finish in the time trial in 2012, an event in which she won silver in 2008.

Swimming – Chris Walker-Hebborn

Schedule: Men's 100m backstroke heats start from 8.16pm, with semi-finals from 3.12am later that night. Final follows on 2.38am on Tuesday, August 9.

Hopes: Selected to swim the 100m backstroke, the event the 26-year-old from Bury St Edmunds won gold in at the 2014 Commonwealths. Made his Olympics debut at London 2012, finishing 20th in the 100m backstroke, but finished fifth at the World Championships in Kazan last year and also helped GB win 4x100m mixed medley relay gold.

Monday, August 8

Sailing – Nick Dempsey

Schedule: RS:X men's races get under way on Monday, leading up to the medal race at 5.05pm UK time on Sunday, August 14.

Hopes: Will become the most successful windsurfer in Olympic history if he wins gold in Rio. Born in Mulbarton, where he still visits family, the Norwich City fan won silver at London 2012. The 35-year-old also won a bronze at Athens 2004 and finished fourth in Beijing four years later. Will become a five-time Olympian in Brazil.

Saturday, August 13

Athletics – James Dasaolu

Schedule: Men's 100m preliminary rounds start at 1.30pm, followed by the first round of heats from 4pm. The semi-finals follow from 1am on Monday, August 15, before the final at 2.25am. Men's 4x100m heats start at 3.40pm on Thursday, August 18, with the final at 2.35am on Saturday, August 20.

Hopes: Norwich-based parents Akintola and Abosede will be watching closely as their son looks to try and repeat the form which saw him become the second-fastest British 100m runner in history with a time of 9.91 seconds in 2013. The London-raised sprinter, a regular visit to Norfolk with his parents running a newsagent in Norwich, won European gold in 2014 and ran 9.93 seconds at the British Championships in Birmingham in June to book his place on the plane to Rio. Finished seventh in London 2012 semis.

Monday, August 15

High jump – Chris Baker

Schedule: Qualifying begins at 12.30am, with the final starting at the same time on Wednesday, August 17.

Hopes: First Olympics for the Dereham-raised 25-year-old, who heads into the high jump competition in high spirits after winning a share of European bronze in Amsterdam last month, with an outdoor personal best jump of 2.29m. The former Dereham Northgate High School pupil's jump ranked him joint 15th in the world.

Coaches

Iain Dyer – track cycling

Schedule: Track cycling team go for medals in their various events between Thursday and Tuesday, August 16.

Hopes: British Cycling head coach, the former Taverham High School pupil is looking to repeat the success of 2012 when GB topped the cycling medal table with a dominant nine medals (seven golds).

Danny Kerry – women's hockey

Schedule: Head coach will see his team start their Olympics with their Pool B opener against Australia at 11.30pm UK time today before a clash with India at 9pm on Monday. Matches against Argentina (4.30pm on Wednesday), Japan (11.30pm on Thursday) and United States (9pm on Saturday) follow.

If they qualify then GB's women will compete in the quarters on Monday, August 15, semis on August 17 and the bronze medal and gold medal matches on Friday, August 19.

Hopes: Kerry led GB's women to bronze at London 2012. Former pupil of King Edward VII School in King's Lynn has been named as permanent head coach through to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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