Monaco: Eight track and field finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics will be staged in the morning to capture prime-time TV audiences in Europe, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Wednesday.
It will be the first time that athletics medal deciders have been switched to the morning since the 1988 Games in Seoul.
The decision means there will be 13 morning finals -- eight track and field plus the traditional early staging of the two marathons and the three walking events.
The move should boost viewing figures in Europe where the time difference is at least five hours.
Rio`s Olympics, the first in South America, will be held from August 5-21, 2016.