OLYMPIC GAMES: Guide to when Huntingdonshire’s sporting stars are in action in Rio

Louis Smith at the Olympic Village in Rio. Picture: Twitter/@louissmith1989

Louis Smith at the Olympic Village in Rio. Picture: Twitter/@louissmith1989 - Credit: Archant

The Olympics get underway tomorrow – and gymnast Louis Smith will be the first of the Huntingdonshire stars to grace the Games.

Smith and his Great Britain team-mates will be in action on the opening day in the individual and team qualification events.

The team finals are then on Monday with the individual apparatus finals on Sunday, August 14, when Smith will bid for a third Olympic medal on the pommel horse. He won bronze in Beijing in 2008 and captured silver four years later in London.

Former St Ives hockey star Hannah MacLeoad then enters the fray on Sunday as the Great Britain women’s side play their first fixture.

Huntingdon-born sailor Giles Scott takes to the water for the first time on Tuesday as he begins his bid for Finn class gold.

The 29 year-old, now based in Weymouth, is one of the favourites for glory in his first Olympics after winning four world titles and two European crowns in recent years.

Scott faces a 10-race schedule ahead of the decisive medal race on Tuesday, August 16.

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Ben Saxton, another sailing star with Huntingdon roots, has to wait until Wednesday, August 10, for the first race of the Nacra competition. He lines up with partner Nicola Groves for their debut Games appearances in an event included for the first time.

They will compete in a series of races culminating in the medal race on August 16.