Anna Meares in action in France last month.
Anna Meares in action in France last month. Christophe Ena

Rio 2016: Five moments you won't want to miss

THE greatest sporting show on Earth begins Saturday morning in Rio.

Grab your copy of Friday's local paper for your bumper 24-page preview of the Olympic Games in Brazil - you won't want to miss it!

We'll highlight for you all the action you won't want to miss, and the times you'll be able to see it on your TV screen. It's the essential guide.

In 17 days of action, there will be plenty of highlights but here we pick our top five events.

Roma girl Emilee Cherry and the Australian women's sevens team will go into the Rio Olympics as Gold Medal favourites after taking out their maiden World Sevens Title.
Roma girl Emilee Cherry and the Australian women's sevens team will go into the Rio Olympics as Gold Medal favourites after taking out their maiden World Sevens Title. Karen Watson

1: Opening ceremony Saturday, August 6 (from 6am)

No one knows what to expect from the opening ceremony in Rio but one thing that we can be sure of is a carnival theme. Feathers and bare flesh will likely be on show and if rehearsals are anything to go by, then there are likely to be plenty of fireworks at the Maricana Stadium.

The identity of the one to light the Olympic flame has also not been revealed but a big favourite is Pele. The 75-year-old three-time football World Cup winner will surely play some part in the opening ceremony.

 Olympic swimmers Bronte and Cate Campbell will be competing for gold at Rio.
Olympic swimmers Bronte and Cate Campbell will be competing for gold at Rio.

2: Women's and men's 4x100m freestyle relay.

Sunday, August 7 (12.20pm), Monday, August 8 (from 12.50pm) The women's relay team won the only gold medal in a terrible Olympics in London four years ago for the Australian swim team.

Four years on and with sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell leading the way, the Aussies are a huge favourite to take the gold again.

The men also have the fastest man in the world in Cameron McEvoy and are a great chance to bring home the gold. As always the Americans will have a top relay squad, so expect another great battle between the old foes.

Usain Bolt.
Usain Bolt. Getty Images Sport - Mark Dadswell

3: Men's 100m final; Monday, August 15 (11.25am)

Arguably the most famous athlete on the planet, Usain Bolt, will be going for a seventh gold medal in the blue riband event of the track and field events. Bolt will be a raging favourite to win the 100m, even though his preparations have been interrupted by a hamstring injury.

Bolt lit up the Games in Beijing and London, expect the Jamaican to do the same again. In the past two Games he has won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay - a trifecta he is aiming to achieve for an unprecedented third time before retiring from Olympic competition

4: Anna Meares - final Sunday, August 14 (6.30am)

The Australian flagbearer at the opening ceremony has had a stellar Olympic career, winning two golds, a silver and two bronzes.

This looks likely to be Meares' last Olympics and she will be looking to go out with a bang.

The 32-year-old Queenslander will be looking to win another medal and her best chance of gold looks to be in the keirin.

Australia's Adam Gibson in action.
Australia's Adam Gibson in action. Ross Setford

5: Men's basketball Australia v USA Thursday, August 11 (8am)

Boomers stars Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills will be hoping to down the 2016 version of the US Dream Team, which will include Kevin Durant and Australian-born Kyrie Irving.

The Aussies are a genuine medal hope and this match up will tell us just how well they compare to the favourites.



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