Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 9

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With the world watching, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian hope to win the second-consecutive Olympic team final gold medal for the United States in Rio on Day 4 of the Games.

In soccer, the U.S. women have one more obstacle in group play as they go head-to-head with Columbia.

MORE: FULL Day 4 streaming schedule

Over on the beach, Brazil’s Larissa and Talita will have home field advantage against the U.S.’ Olympic first-timers Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat.

What to Watch: Day 4, Aug. 9

8 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Rowing: Quarterfinals and semifinals

Women’s rowing single sculls quarterfinals

Returning for her second Olympic games, Cambridge, Massachusetts, single sculler Gevvie Stone looks to improve upon her seventh place finish from London.

Noon EDT – WATCH LIVE – Canoe/Kayak: C1 final

Team USA’s Casey Eichfeld tries to mount the podium in an event historically dominated by European competitors. The last time a U.S. canoe athlete won a medal in C1 was at the 1972 Munich Olympics. James McEwan, father of Eichfeld’s C2 partner Devin, won bronze.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Diving: Synchronized 10m platform final

After being introduced at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the women’s synchronized 10m platform diving competition has been owned by the Chinese.  The U.S. team of Amy Cozad and Jessica Parratto hopes to hang with the world’s best in Rio.

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

The most anticipated gymnastics event of the Olympics pits the rest of the world vs. the American women, who have been on a unbroken winning streak since they won gold four years ago in London.]

With three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles, 2012 Olympians Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, and new stars Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, the U.S. is heavily favored to repeat as Olympic champions.

5 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Rugby: United States vs. Brazil

The U.S. brings a men’s rugby roster to Rio featuring a former track sprinter (Carlin Isles), an NFL safety (Nate Ebner) and a UK expat captain (Madison Hughes).

6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Soccer: United States vs. Colombia

The U.S. women close out their preliminary round matches against a Colombia team that’s had more success on the international stage since the 2012 Olympics, but will still need to have the ball bounce in their favor if they hope to advance past the group phase in Rio.

9 p.m. EDT ET – WATCH LIVE – Swimming: Day 4 Evening Session

Don’t miss:

Men’s 100m freestyle semifinal

Women’s 200m freestyle final

Men’s 200m butterfly final

Men’s 4x200m freestyle final

Katie Ledecky attempts to extend her reign in the 200m freestyle with an Olympic win, while Michael Phelps tries to reclaim his from South African Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly, after le Clos left Phelps stunned in London.

10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Mexico

Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena vs. Virgen/Ontiveros

Ten years after splitting up, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena reunited to form the top U.S. men’s beach volleyball team. Entering the Olympic tournament as the third seed, the U.S. men hope to beat Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros.

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

Under the lights on Copacabana beach and against the top ranked Brazilians, Olympic rookies Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat will be tested when they face off against Rio favorites, Larissa and Talita.

2022 Ironman Kona World Championships results

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2022 Ironman Kona World Championship top-10 results and notables (full, searchable pro and age group results are here) …

Pro Women
1. Chelsea Sodaro (USA) — 8:33:46
2. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) — 8:41:37
3. Anne Haug (GER) — 8:42:22
4. Laura Philipp (GER) — 8:50:31
5. Lisa Norden (SWE) — 8:54:43
6. Fenella Langridge (GBR) — 8:56:26
7. Sarah Crowley (AUS) — 9:01:58
8. Daniela Ryf (SUI) — 9:02:26
9. Skye Moench (USA) — 9:04:31
10. Laura Siddall (GBR) — 9:07:49
16. Heather Jackson (USA) — 9:22:17
DNF. Sarah True (USA)

Pro Men
Race is on Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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Chelsea Sodaro wins Ironman Kona World Championship, ends American drought

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Chelsea Sodaro was the surprise winner of the Ironman Kona World Championships women’s race, ending the longest American victory drought in the event’s 44-year history.

Sodaro, a 33-year-old mom to an 18-month-old, prevailed in an unofficial 8 hours, 33 minutes, 46 seconds on Hawaii’s Big Island.

“My mind is a little bit blown right now,” she said in a finish area interview 25 minutes later, standing next to her daughter, Skylar. “This is the culmination of things being right in my life and having perspective. … This is freakin’ incredible, but the greatest gift at the end of the finish line is my little 18-month-old.”

Sodaro was in fifth place after the 2.6-mile swim and 112-mile bike, then recorded one of the fastest 26.2-mile marathon runs in event history (2:51:45) to win by 7 minutes, 50 seconds over Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Swiss Daniela Ryf, who was eyeing her sixth Ironman world title, led after the bike but faded quickly on the run.

MORE: Ironman Kona Race Results

Sodaro, whose lone previous full Ironman was a second-place finish at June’s European Championships (reportedly in the second-fastest Ironman distance debut in history), became the first American to win in Kona since Tim DeBoom in 2002 and the first American to win the women’s race since Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser in 1996.

She is the first woman or man to win in their Kona debut since Brit Chrissie Wellington took the first of her four titles in 2007.

Sodaro (née Reilly) was an All-America runner at Cal, then placed 19th in the 10,000m at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

She turned to triathlon in 2017, made podiums on the World Cup circuit (just below the top-level World Series for Olympic hopefuls) and moved up to long-distance racing in 2018.

At the half Ironman distance, she was fourth at the 2019 World Championships, her last major championship start before the pandemic, pregnancy, childbirth and a move up to the full Ironman this year.

“I’m pretty stoked that I think I maybe get to take the rest of the year off and be a mom for a month or so,” Sodaro said.

The pro men’s race is Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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