Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 8

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History will be made on Day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games when he first Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in women’s rugby.

Another first will come in women’s fencing, where first-time Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the first U.S. athlete to compete while proudly wearing her hijab, the head covering worn in public by Muslim women.

MORE: FULL Day 3 streaming schedule

Also, the men’s USA Basketball team is in action against Venezuela, and Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross return to the court for their second match in beach volleyball.

What to Watch: Day 3, Aug 8

8 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Fencing: Individual sabre

Team USA’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis looks to bounce back after missing the podium in London, and Muhammad will also make her debut on the pistes of Rio.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Gymnastics: Team final

The Chinese men topped the podium in the team final in London, besting the silver medalists and their rivals, Team Japan, by four points, while Great Britain took the bronze.  All three teams will hope to claim medals again in Rio, while the U.S. men will also hope to improve on their fifth-place finish from London.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Diving: Synchronized platform final

Returning to the event where he won bronze in London, Team USA’s David Boudia looks for an improved finish with new partner Steele Johnson, the young diver he has mentored for 10 years. The U.S. duo will have to best the heavily favored Chinese team of Chen Aisen and Lin Yue if they want to leave Rio with the gold.

3:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Austria

Known for his loud on-court antics and signature Mohawk, U.S. beach volleyball player Casey Patterson battles alongside veteran Jake Gibb as they take on Austria’s Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl on Day 3 in Rio.

6 p.m. EDT– WATCH LIVE — Men’s Basketball: Venezuela vs. United States

The United States faces a Venezuelan squad making their first Olympic appearance in the men’s tournament since 1992.

6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Rugby: Gold medal match

For the first time in history, an Olympic gold medal will be awarded for women’s rugby sevens.

9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Swimming: Day 3 Evening Session

Men’s 200m freestyle final

Women’s 100m backstroke final

Men’s 100m backstroke final

With both U.S. defending Olympic champions Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers out, Day 3 proves to be the Australian backstroke show: 2015 World Champions in the 100m backstroke Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin look to prove their mettle on an Olympic stage. The 200m freestyle is more of a wildcard, with 2012 Olympic champion Yannick Agnel of France, 2015 world champion James Guy of Great Britain, China’s Sun Yang and U.S. star Conor Dwyer all in contention.

11 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. China

The top U.S. team and No. 3 seed entering Rio, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross face off against China’s best: 17th seeded Fan Wang and Yuan Yue

12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

Chloe Covell

At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

Francesco Friedrich

A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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