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Rio de Janeiro may have a penchant for late-night parties, but scheduling of events past midnight at next year's Olympic Games could be a real test of endurance for the world's greatest athletes.Academics and athletes fear the late hour could hinder performance and result in fewer world records and displays of athletic mastery at Rio 2016 as competitors struggle to adjust to training and sleep patterns.The schedule, partly the result of broadcast contracts, will see some swimming finals, beach volleyball and basketball matches run into the early hours. The study found that performance, as measured by a stamina test, for most athletes peaked in late afternoon and early evening while fading into the night and early morning.Despite swimmers generally being faster in the afternoon, Michael Phelps would go on to win eight golds and set seven world records.For some athletes the late nights are just another challenge that comes with the job.
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