Estonians in Rio, Day 1: Two top 10s and one express ticket to the A-finals ({{commentsTotal}})

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Photo: Estonian quadruple sculls team Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä, Kaspar Taimsoo and Allar Raja came in first place in their heat with a time of 5:51.71. Author: (Reuters/Scanpix)

During the first day of competition at the 2016 Rio Games, Estonian épée fencer Irina Embrich and cyclist Tanel Kangert both made it to the top ten in their respective events, while the four-man Estonian quadruple sculls rowing team earned an express ticket to their event's A-finals.

Rowing: Quadruple sculls

The Estonian men's quadruple sculls team, consisting of Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä, Kaspar Taimsoo and Allar Raja, got off to a good start on Saturday, coming in first place in their heat with a time of 5:51:71.

Both heats' top two teams will be proceeding directly to the A-finals; joining Estonia will be Ukraine, Australia and Poland.

Cycling: Men's road race

Two Estonians, Tanel Kangert and Rein Taaramäe, competed in the 241-kilometer (150-mile) men's road race. While Taaramäe eventually dropped out of the difficult race before crossing the finish line, Kangert came in 9th overall.

First place went to Belgian Greg Van Avermaet with a time of 6:10:05; Jakob Fuglsang from Denmark came in at a very narrow second, clocking the same official time as Van Avermaet.

Fencing: Women's individual épée

While Erika Kirpu won the opening match 5:4 against American Katharine Holmes, she thereafter lost 11:15 to Tunisian Sarra Besbes, currently ranked number two in the world. Irina Embrich likewise won her first match 15:3 against Ukrainian Kseniya Pantelejeva, but thereafter lost 12:15 to Chinese Yiwen Sun. Julia Beljajeva initially led Hungarian Emese Szász 4:1 in her opening match, however her opponent ultimately defeated her 15:11.

Embrich came in 10th overall, with Kirpu coming in 12th and Beljajeva 29th.

Sunday's sole Estonian competitor

Only one Estonian Olympian will be competing on Day 2 of the Games — swimmer Maria Romanjuk, who will be competing in the 100-meter breaststroke at 7:56 p.m.

"I would like to swim at my own level and if things go well, then an Estonian record could be set," Romanjuk told ERR. Romanjuk herself set the new Estonian record at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, last August with a time of 1:09:49.


*Note: All times listed in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) +0300 UTC.

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15:00Rio 2016: Competition Day Preview20:05 Basketball: Brazil-Lithuania
15:20Volleyball: Italy-France, Brazil-Mexico22:05Cycling: Women's road race
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