Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 11

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Day 6 in Rio marks the return of golf to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence. Watch to see if PGA Tour pros Bubba Watson (USA), Henrik Stenson (SWE) and Rickie Fowler (USA), the top three qualifiers for the Olympics, can carve up Rio’s brand new championship course.

Also, men’s rugby will award gold, silver and bronze in the inaugual Olympic rugby sevens competition.

MORE: FULL Day 6 streaming schedule

Across town, Simone Biles is expected to compete for her first individual Olympic medal in the women’s all-around competition, while Kayla Harrison hopes to repeat her gold-medal-winning experience from London for the U.S. in judo.

Swimming fans will look forward to the final of the men’s 200m individual medley, where Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte could go head-to-head one last time, after Phelps edged out Lochte for gold at the last Olympic Games.

What to Watch: Day 6, Aug 11

6:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Golf: Round 1

With the guys named Day, Johnson, Spieth, McIlroy and Scott electing to stay home, look for a Bubba (Watson), Rickie (Fowler), Sergio (Garcia) and Henrik (Stenson) to make headlines in the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904


Men’s rugby

11:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Semifinals and placing

4:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Match


2 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Archery: Individual medal matches

South Korea’s Ki Bo-Bae looks to become the first woman to repeat as Olympic gold medalist in individual archery.


Beach volleyball

2 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Fendrick/Sweat (USA) vs. Ukolova/Birlova (RUS)

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) vs. Nicolai/Lupo (ITA)

Dalhausser and Lucena square off against Italy’s Nicolai and Lupo, the same team who, in 2012, knocked Dalhausser and partner Todd Rogers out of the Olympic tournament in London in the round of 16.


3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Gymnastics: Individual all-around final

All eyes will be on the U.S.’ Simone Biles as she enters her first Olympic all-around competition as the overwhelming favorite to leave Rio with gold.  2012 Olympic bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina, China’s Shang Chunsong and Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber could also be contending for a medal.


9 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Judo: -78kg Eliminations

3:40 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Judo: -78kg medal matches

World No. 1 Kayla Harrison attempts to defend her 2012 Olympic gold medal against judoka which includes her biggest rival, Brazil’s own Mayra Aguiar.


9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Stream Live Swimming: Day 6 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s Men’s 50m freestyle semifinals

Men’s 100m butterfly semifinals

Men’s 200m individual medley final

Women’s 100m freestyle final

For swimming fans, Day 6 in Rio could be a day to remember, if Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte can both make it into the men’s 200m individual medley final and have one last duel in the pool. The two U.S. swimmers account for six of the last nine Olympic medals awarded in the event (three gold for Phelps, two silver and one bronze for Lochte).


9:35 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Volleyball: Brazil vs. United States

The U.S. men’s team walks into volleyball-crazed Brazil to face the host nation on Day 6.  Expect a packed house at Maracanãzinho, known in Brazil as “the spiritual home of volleyball.”

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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