Rio 2016 – When to watch Stirling’s athletes

Ross Murdoch holding GB flag at Stirling University

There’s now just over a day until the Rio 2016 Olympics kick off, and we’re buzzing like a jar of wasps – to quote Glasgow 2014 hero Charlie Flynn.

We’re dead proud of our Olympians – swimmers Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott, Robbie Renwick and Craig Benson – as well as former sports scholars Colin Fleming, Catriona Matthew and Gordon Reid (who will take part in the Paralympics representing Team GB). Special shout out also to Honorary Graduate Andy Murray, who was recently asked to bear the flag for the Brits.

Ahead of the Games, we’ve pulled together the dates, times and events for all of Stirling’s athletes. Good luck to all our athletes!

NB: All times are UK times, and all post-qualifying round appearances depend on athlete progression. For a full Rio 2016 schedule, the BBC website has a calendar of all Olympic events.


Swimming has been an Olympic sport since Athens 1896 – and we’ve come a long way in 120 years. Swimmers will take part in 16 different events – including relays and individual competitions across four different strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. All swimming events will take place at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio.

Craig Benson and Duncan Scott talk tactics ahead of Rio 2016
Craig Benson and Duncan Scott talk tactics ahead of Rio 2016

Ross Murdoch

Ross won gold in the 200 metre breaststroke at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This time round, he’s competing at 100 metres.

  • 100m Breaststroke
    • Heats: Saturday 6th August, 7:04 pm
    • Semi-finals: Sunday 7th August, 03:08 am
    • Finals: Monday 8th August, 02:53 am
  • 4 x 100m Medley Relay
    • Heats: Friday 12th August, 7:48 pm
    • Finals: Sunday 14th August, 3:04 am

Craig Benson

Craig is competing at his second Olympics, having placed 6th in the 100m Breaststroke at London 2012.

  • 200m Breaststroke
    • Heats: Tuesday 9th August, 5:50 pm
    • Semi-finals: Wednesday 10th August, 03:03 am
    • Finals: Thursday 11th August, 02:03 am

Robbie Renwick

The veteran of two previous Olympic finals in 2008 and 2012, Robbie has said that only a medal will do at Rio 2016. Robbie is swimming in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay alongside Duncan Scott.

  • 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
    • Heats: Tuesday 9th August, 6:17 pm
    • Finals: Wednesday 10th August, 03:38 am

Duncan Scott

Duncan is competing in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay – an event in which he won silver at Glasgow 2014. A former gold-medal winning Youth Olympian, Duncan is competing at the same time as Robbie. He’s also competing in the 100m Freestyle:

  • 100m Freestyle
    • Heats: Tuesday 9 August, 5:02 pm
    • Semi-finals: Wednesday 10 August, 2:03 am
    • Finals: Thursday 11 August, 3:03 am
  • 4 x 100m Medley Relay
    • Heats: Friday 12th August, 7:48 pm
    • Finals: Sunday 14th August, 3:04 am


The order of play for tennis will be available on the evenings before each round. The BBC website will be updating their schedule daily.

Andy Murray

Honorary Graduate Andy Murray – winner of Wimbledon 2016, Team GB flag bearer and all-round nice guy – will be looking to retain his Olympic Gold after beating Roger Federer in THAT epic match at London 2012. He’ll be taking part in both the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles, along with brother Jamie.

Andy Murray holding Team GB flag Wimbledon London 2012

Colin Fleming

Former tennis scholar Colin will be battling it out in the Men’s Doubles with his partner Dominic Inglot.


Catriona Matthew

One of the finest golfers of her generation, Catriona studied at Stirling from 1986-1991 – graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Finance.

  • Women’s Stroke Play
    • Round 1: Wednesday 17th August, 11:30am – 7:30pm
    • Round 2: Thursday 18th August, 11:30am – 7:30pm
    • Round 3: Friday 19th August, 11:30am – 7:30pm
    • Round 4: Saturday 20th August, 11:30am – 7:30pm

BONUS: When Max & Lachie met Robbie & Craig

They’ve competed in front of thousands. Experienced all the pressures of an elite athlete. Now they face their toughest test.

Here’s what happened when 10 year old Lachie and 8 year old Max interviewed two of our Olympic swimmers – Robbie Renwick and Craig Benson – at the University of Stirling’s National Swimming Academy.

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