Wimbledon champion Andy Murray leads south west London Rio 2016 charge on day five

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray headlines the south west London Team GB athletes on day five in what will be a pivotal day of action in Rio.

The Brit faces unpredictable Italian Fabio Fognini in the last 16 at 5.45pm, and is a strong favourite to progress and continue his serene defence of the Olympic title.

Gold-medal favourites Moe Sbihi and George Nash go in the men’s four semi-final at 1.30pm, along with crew-mates Alex Gregory and Constantine Louloudis.

The fearsome foursome absolutely dominated their heat, and will be hugely confident of securing their place in Friday’s final. They need a top-three finish from six to advance.

In rugby sevens, GB’s men finish their pool stage at 4.30pm against New Zealand — who were humbled by an enterprising Japanese side in their opening game.

Nevertheless, they remain formidable opponents for Team GB, who include south west London residents Marcus Watson, Dan Bibby and Tom Mitchell as well as Harlequins player Ollie Lindsay-Hague in their ranks.

Both men’s and women’s hockey teams face important group stage matches on day five.

The women, who top group B after wins over Australia and India, take on Argentina at 5.30pm, with Surbiton players Giselle Ansley, Georgie Twigg and Hollie Webb hoping to help GB to a third win.

The men meet Australia in their fourth fixture, with a positive result crucial to their hopes of securing the top-four finish they need to progress.

Despite a morale-boosting 9-1 battering of hosts Brazil last night, GB lie in third after a mixed start — with a win, a draw, and a loss apiece.

Wimbledon players Michael Hoare, Ian Sloan and Henry Weir provide south west London interest.

Finally, Surbiton-born sailor Nicola Groves gets her campaign for gold underway in the first three races of the Nacra 17 mixed multi-hull class alongside partner Ben Saxton.

The event is being held for the first time at the Rio Olympics, and Groves was in bullish mood in the run-up to the games.

She said: “We’re definitely going to be aiming for the gold medal in Rio”.

An important day, then, for south west London athletes over at the Olympics. Good luck to them all!

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