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Paul Elvstrom, Olympic sailing legend, dies at 88

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Danish sailor Paul Elvstrom, the first Olympian to win individual gold medals at four Games, has died at age 88, according to the Denmark sailing federation.

Elvstrom won firefly gold at London 1948, then gold in a slightly different event, the finn, at Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956 and Rome 1960.

Since, five Olympians have won individual gold medals at four Games — Al Oerter (discus), Carl Lewis (long jump), Ben Ainslie (sailing), Michael Phelps (swimming) and Kaori Icho (wrestling).

Elvstrom also competed in the 1968, 1972, 1984 and 1988 Olympics, completing a 40-year span of Olympic competition at age 60 in Seoul.

His daughter, Trine, crewed for him in 1984 and 1988, making them the only father-daughter combination to compete together at an Olympics.

He was named Denmark’s greatest male athlete of the 20th century.

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WATCH LIVE: Boxing, BMX cycling, sailing, synchronized swimming and volleyball

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With the Olympics winding down there will be more medals on the line. On Thursday, the gold medal bout of the men’s light heavyweight division between Cuba’s Julio Cesar La Cruz and Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Niyazymbetov will be held, with there also being semifinal bouts in three other divisions. American Shakur Stevenson will not be fighting in the bantamweight semis however, as he’s advanced to the gold medal bout via walkover.

At the sailing venue they’ll once again look to hold the men’s and women’s 470 races that have been delayed due to weather, and there will also be medal races in the men’s 49er and women’s 49erFX competitions. The women’s volleyball semis, beginning with Team USA taking on Serbia in the afternoon and tournament surprise China playing the Netherlands in the nightcap, are also on Thursday’s schedule.

Lastly, the men’s BMX competition moves to the quarterfinal round and synchronized swimming begins the team portion of its competition with the technical routines.

WATCH LIVE: Women’s volleyball, semifinals — Noon Eastern


WATCH LIVE: Synchronized swimming, team technical routines — Noon Eastern


WATCH LIVE: Sailing medal races, men’s and women’s 470, men’s 49er and women’s 49erFX — Noon Eastern


WATCH LIVE: Cycling, men’s BMX quarterfinals — 12:30 p.m. Eastern


WATCH LIVE: Boxing, Men’s light heavyweight gold medal bout, women’s flyweight semis, men’s bantamweight semis, men’s middleweight semis — 1 p.m. Eastern

WATCH LIVE: Sailing, BMX racing, boxing and platform diving

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More medals will be handed out in sailing and boxing, with the men’s and women’s 470 races being held in sailing and the men’s welterweight gold medal bout on the boxing schedule. Also on the boxing schedule is the women’s middleweight division, which means defending Olympic champion Claressa Shields finally makes her debut in Rio with Iaroslava Iakushina of Russia being the opponent.

In cycling, BMX racing will get underway with seeding runs in the men’s and women’s brackets. All three medalists from London are back in the men’s competition, led by gold medalist Maris Strombergs of Latvia, and women’s gold medalist Mariana Pajon is back as well. Lastly, the preliminary rounds of the women’s 10m platform diving competition will be held, with China looking to continue its dominance of the diving events in Rio.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s and women’s 470 medal races, victory ceremonies — Noon Eastern


WATCH LIVE: Women’s BMX and Men’s BMX, seeding runs — 12:30 p.m. Eastern


WATCH LIVE: Men’s welterweight gold medal match, women’s lightweight semis, women’s middleweight quarters, men’s flyweight quarters — 1 p.m. Eastern


WATCH LIVE: Women’s 10m platform preliminary rounds — 2 p.m. Eastern