Rio 2016: Day 16 Preview

Rio 2016: Day 16 Preview

21 August 2016 / 01:18

Team GB will close off their most successful Olympic Games of the modern era at Rio 2016 with a medal on the final day with super heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce guaranteed to climb the podium no matter what happens.

After 15 days of glory for Team GB in Brazil, Day 16 sees three events with British interest and a medal coming in the boxing ring at Riocentro – the only question mark over which colour, gold or silver.

That is of course courtesy of Londoner Joyce, who has looked sublime in reaching the men’s super heavyweight final, where he will face big-talking Tony Yoka from France at 15:15 BST.

Joyce will indeed be the last of Team GB’s 366-strong squad to compete at Rio 2016 with the men’s marathon and men’s mountain bike cross country both set to start beforehand.

Team GB is represented by three men in the 26.2-mile marathon around the iconic streets of Rio – Scottish brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins as well as 26-year-old Tsegai Tewelde.

The marathon is set to start at 09:30 BST while three hours later Grant Ferguson will make his long-awaited Olympic debut in the men’s mountain bike cross country race at Deodoro.

The Hawkins brothers, Tewelde and Ferguson have all had to wait until day 16 of 16 to compete in anger and will all be looking to do their best on the day that the Olympic Flame passes over to Tokyo for the 2020 Games.

Joyce’s guaranteed medal will ensure Team GB are seen on the podium for 14 of the 16 days at the Games with the historic best ever maul haul of 65 won at London 2012 surpassed by the women's 4x400m athletics relay team on Day 15.

Team GB at Rio 2016: Day 16


Marathon: 09:30 Rio / 13:30 BST – Callum Hawkins, Derek Hawkins, Tsegai Tewelde


Men’s Super Heavy Final (+91kg): 15:15 Rio / 19:15 BST – Joe Joyce vs Tony Yoka (FRA)

Cycling – Mountain Bike

Men’s Cross Country: 12:30 Rio / 16:30 BST – Grant Ferguson

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