Your Rio Olympic diary Sunday August 8

The International Olympic Committee's list of flag bearers for the opening ceremony almost required a magnifying glass to make out the names but one of our eagle-eyed correspondents spotted a curious error in Team GB's entry, where one 'Andy Murry' was fulfilling the role. Clearly being the reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion doesn't hold much sway with the Games' governing body.

Sunday, 7th August 2016, 7:44 am
Updated Sunday, 7th August 2016, 8:49 am
Olympic diary

One whisper doing the rounds in Rio involves a kayak and a submerged sofa. Intrigued? Apparently an as-yet-unknown kayaker capsized after colliding with the stray bit of furniture in training - more a case of DFS rather than DNF. It has taken Brazil by storm so much a Twitter account, @riokayaksofa, has appeared.


Journalists pride themselves on impartiality but for one member of the media in Rio that trait may be tested to the limit. German reporter Gabriele Pochhammer has a vested interest in eventer Mark Todd's progress because his horse, Leonidas II, was born in her stables. "I am so nervous already and I do hope that my horse will help the New Zealand team to win a medal," Pochhammer said.

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Togo's Akossiwa Claire Ayivon finished last in her women's single sculls heat, just hours after getting home from the opening ceremony. Keen to make the most out of life in Rio de Janeiro, the 19-year-old joined the Togolese contingent at the Maracana on Friday evening and on Saturday morning finished 1 minute 29.60 seconds behind the winner.


American Airlines flight 973 from New York to Rio was understandably packed on Friday evening as spectators and competitors alike - including Thailand's male golfers Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat - made the journey to Brazil. And any of those passengers annoyed at missing out on watching the opening ceremony were in for a pleasant surprise as the plane's in-flight entertainment system was able to show live coverage from the Maracana during taxi and take-off.


"Hey @CaroWozniacki I think we make a great couple, what ya think @McIlroyRory" - Irish boxer Paddy Barnes cheekily takes a snap alongside Rory McIlroy's former fiancee Caroline Wozniacki.