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Military bullet fired at equestrian press centre in Rio

A New Zealand official narrowly avoids being hit by a military bullet fired into a press centre set up for the equestrian event at Rio 2016.

A bullet has been fired at the equestrian press centre in Rio, narrowly missing a New Zealand official.

The bullet, which landed near the area where athletes speak to reporters, was identified as a 5.56m assault rifle round.

Nobody was harmed after the bullet pierced the plastic surface of the tent, which sits in the northern suburb of Deodoro.

Press reports suggest that Kiwi chief Diana Dobson narrowly avoided being hit, in what is a further headache for Rio security forces.

The opening day of the Games had already been overshadowed by a controlled explosion carried out on a suspect package near the finishing line of the men's road race.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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