Rio 2016 Olympics: What to watch on Tuesday including James Guy, Michael Phelps, Chad le Clos, William Fox-Pitt, David Florence, women's team gymnastics final and men's rugby sevens

 
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The British men's 4 x 200m freestyle team won gold at the World Championships last year (Source: Getty)

Great Britain has gold medal hopes in multiple events on Tuesday in Rio – including swimming, eventing, gymnastics and canoeing – without being strong favourite in any of them.

James Guy and the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay team stunned repeat winners the United States at last year’s World Championships and will look to repeat that feat in Brazil. Heats start around 6:15pm UK time, with the final at 3:38am on Wednesday morning.

Minutes earlier, Commonwealth champion Siobhan-Marie O’Connor goes in the women’s individual medley (Wednesday 3.29am).

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Elsewhere in the pool, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will attempt to avenge his London 2012 defeat to Chad le Clos in the men’s 200m butterfly (final 2.28am).

Le Clos vowed to defend his title despite his parents both battling cancer, while Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh is the form horse and could leave both men battling for silver.

William Fox-Pitt shoulders British hopes of preventing Germany from retaining their individual and team showjumping titles (from 2pm), less than a year after a fall left him in a coma.

Scottish slalom canoeist David Florence is perhaps the strongest Team GB fancy of the day. He has won successive silver medals at the last two Games but is the reigning world champion in the C-1 (final 7:15pm).

It would take a major shock to deny the United States gold in the women’s team gymnastics final (8pm) but Britain, who won bronze at the World Championships last year, harbour medal hopes.

The men’s rugby sevens team kick off their campaign against Kenya (4pm) and Japan (9pm), while sailor Giles Scott gets his bid to emulate countryman Sir Ben Ainslie in the Finn class underway (5pm).

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