With a daylight to tour until Rio hoists the curtain on its opening ceremony, womens football makes a record-breaking start and the hasten is on to load empty seats
Welcome to the first of our everyday Olympics briefings, as Rio 2016 doesnt actually get underway, but starts closer to getting under way. Friday is the day to crack out the caxirolas or, if youre in the UK, to have your scathing well, its not exactly the Queen jumping out of a helicopter, is it? ways ready as the opening ceremony toots in government officials commencing from the Games.
Every day well bring you a catch-up of all the previous days highlightings, the coming daylights must-sees and anything else that catches our gaze. Id say it was an -AZ of “the worlds” greatest boasting episode, but until Zorbing is accepted as an Olympic sport, its merely the A( rchery) to W( restling, Greco-Roman ).
The big picture
In the unofficial start to the Games, theres already been some football, although not many spectators seem to have realised. We have our first enter of the Games, though, with the fastest goal in Olympic womens football biography tallied by Canadas Janine Beckie in the first hour against Australias Matildas.