This Friday (12th August) the Athletics Programme
at the Rio Olympics finally gets underway at 9.30am GMT
(13.30 in Brazil), with the Discus Qualifiers for Men, followed five minutes later by the Women’s 100m Hurdles in the Heptathlon Event.
TV coverage is exclusive to the BBC on terrestrial channels,
and please note Brazil is 4 hours behind in time.
Two Morpeth Harriers will be in competitive action during the programme, which lasts for 10 days until Sunday 21st August.
Laura Weightman, who is competing in her second Olympics,
having finished ninth in the Women’s 1500m Final in 2012 in London,
hopes to improve on that this time round, when she competes in the same event for Team GB,
along with Scotland’s Laura Muir, who recently broke Kelly Holmes’s British Women’s 1500m record
at the Anniversary Games, held in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park.
Laura begins her 1500m competition on Friday evening, when she lines up in her first round heat.
Time of this event is 20.30 (Brazil Time), which is 12.30am GMT on Saturday.
If she manages to qualify from this, she will then line-up in a Semi Final,
which is scheduled for Sunday evening at 21.30 (Brazil Time), which is 1.30am GMT on Monday.
The Final of the Women’s 1500m is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 22.30 (Brazil Time),
which is 2.30am GMT on Wednesday.
Medal Ceremony for this event is 21.05 (Brazil Time) on Wednesday 17th,
which is 1.05am on Thursday 18th.
Morpeth Harriers other Olympic interests lie with Mongolian Men’s Marathon runner Serod Batochir,
who competes on the final day on Sunday 21st August at 09.30 (Brazil Time), which is 1.30pm GMT.
The Medal Ceremony for the Men’s Marathon takes place just prior to the closing Ceremony later in the day.
MORPETH HARRIERS WOULD LIKE TO WISH LAURA AND SEROD
ALL THE BEST IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COMPETITIONS,
AND ARE IMMENSELY PROUD OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS.