3.41am – Golden hour for Olympic swimming final

Johannesburg, July 29 – Early birds and Olympic fans will unite tomorrow when the South African pair of Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett contest the 200m breaststroke final at the Tokyo Games – live on SuperSport and Showmax Pro at 3.41am.

It has been 21 years since a South African woman last won gold in the pool, but Schoenmaker is a hot favourite, having topped the qualifiers and set a new Olympic record. Corbett, too, is in supreme form and will be looking to reaffirm South Africa’s prowess in the 200m event.

The second round of the golf will also continue, just after midnight, to be followed by the women’s hockey team in a showdown against Germany. The SA men, who play Canada at 5.15am, shocked Germany on Thursday, so perhaps the women will take a cue from them.

Friday also signals day one of the athletics where South Africa has several medal hopes. The first session starts at 2am, but for those who can’t make it that early, there is another session that will deliver similar thrills on day eight of the Games.

First up are Sokwakhana Zazini in the men’s 400m hurdles and Dominique Scott in the women’s 5000m.