RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, Sporting Alert – Jamaican swimmers Alia Atkinson and Timothy Wynter, as well as gymnast Toni-Ann Williams will kick-start the islands’ participation at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil on Sunday, and here are the times to watch them live in action.
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Getting the ball rolling first is Atkinson, who will compete in the heats of the Women’s 100m breaststroke, starting today at 12:51 pm ET (11:51 am Jamaica time.)
The 27-year-old enters at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium with strong hopes of winning a medal and she should have little difficulties navigating through the qualifiers.
“This is probably the most important one (Olympic Games), because I have the opportunity to do something special,” Atkinson said in the Jamaica Gleaner.
“The one thing I want to do is to know that I swam my perfect race.
“If I come out of the pool knowing that there is nothing that I could have done better, then I would have done what I set out to do,” she added.
“If that gives me a podium finish, then we will all be happy.”
Also in action in the pool will be Timothy Wynter, the Olympic debutant who takes part in the 100m backstroke heats, which will get going at 1:11 pm ET (12:16 pm Jamaica time).
The 20-year-old will go in heat one and enters has the second-fastest competitor in his race.
Before all of that, though, gymnast Toni-Ann Williams will create history when she takes the floor to compete in the artistic gymnastics inside the Rio Olympic Arena.
Williams will be the first Jamaican in action at Rio 2016, with her competition gets going at 8:45 am ET (7:45 am Jamaican time).
Artistic gymnastics will see athletes doing short routines – the uneven bars, floor exercise, beam, vault and individual all-around – ranging from approximately 30 to 90 seconds.
Williams will be the first Jamaican Olympic gymnast and she is excited about creating history.
The 20-year-old also noted that she will be doing her best to represent her country.
“Training has been good. I am getting to the gym twice a day and working on routines and polishing up, and I am really excited about the competition tomorrow,” Williams told the Jamaica Observer.
“It’s exciting; as soon as I step up to that floor history is made. No matter what happens in the result, Jamaica gymnastics has already won this far.”
She added: “I just want to tell the people to keep supporting because I am going to go out there and give my best, give my all, 100 per cent, and I just hope they give their 100 per cent supporting us.”