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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 12

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Track and field gets underway at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Day 7 with the world’s fastest women on the track in round one races of the 100m. Carmelo Anthony and Co. are back on the court against Serbia, while the first round of win-or-go-home games get started in beach volleyball and soccer.

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Later in swimming, Michael Phelps hopes to swim for his fourth-straight Olympic gold medal in the 100m butterfly, and expect 19-year-old Katie Ledecky to be in the pool for the 800m freestyle final, an event in which she currently holds the world record.

What to Watch: Day 7, Aug 12


3:27 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Archery: Individual medal matches

Appearing in his third Olympic Games, archer Brady Ellison attempts to win the first individual archery medal for the U.S. since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.


6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Basketball: USA vs. Serbia

Serbia is out to prove they belong in the field after eking into the Olympics via July’s last-minute Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Led by Nikola Jokic, who finished third in the NBA’s Rookie of the Year voting last season, Serbia has a monumental task ahead of them if they’re to upset the United States in their first Olympic appearance since becoming an independent nation in 2006.


10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Beach Volleyball: Men’s and Women’s Round of 16

Watch Team USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena attempt to exorcise Dalhausser’s London demons in Rio, after he and then partner Todd Rogers were eliminated in the Round of 16 in 2012.


12:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Field Hockey: Germany vs. Netherlands

In a rematch of the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Match, defending Olympic champs Germany take on the Netherlands in Pool B play.


6:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Golf: Round 2


2 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Shooting: Skeet final

U.S. skeet shooter, Kimberly Rhode, appears in her sixth straight Olympics ready to defend her 2012 gold from London.


WATCH LIVE — Women’s Soccer: Quarterfinals

Noon EDT – Game 1 – USA vs. Sweden

3 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – China vs. Germany

6 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – Canada vs. France

9 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Brazil vs. Australia


Tennis  — WATCH LIVE —

11 a.m. EDT – Centre Court

Men’s singles semifinal – TBD

Men’s doubles Gold Medal Match – TBD

11 a.m. EDT – Court 1

Men’s doubles Bronze Medal Match – TBD

Men’s singles semifinal – TBD


7:20 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Track and Field: Day 7 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s 400m Round 1 heats

Women’s shot put final

Women’s 100m heats Round 1

Michelle Carter, daughter of  three-time Super Bowl champ and 1984 Olympic silver medalist in shot put Michael Carter, leads the women’s U.S. shot put team in Rio.

Also, a strong field in the men’s 400m takes to the track, including Beijing Olympic champion, LaShawn Merritt (USA), reigning Olympic champion, Kirani James (Grenada), and 2015 world champion Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa).

Later, the fastest women in the world get to work to determine who will leave Rio with gold. U.S. standouts include Tori Bowie, English Gardner and Tianna Bartoletta.


9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Swimming: Day 7 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s 100m butterfly final

Women’s 800m freestyle final

Men’s 50m freestyle final

Women’s 50m freestyle semifinals

The stars come out for the U.S. on Day 7 of swimming with Michael Phelps looking to win the 100m butterfly for the fourth Olympics in a row (becoming the third four-time Olympic champion in a single event for the U.S.).

Katie Ledecky swims the 800m freestyle, the event that started it all for the young Olympian in London, and a race in which she has repeatedly broken the world record (often her own) since 2013. We should also mention Ledecky has not lost an 800m freestyle race since 2012.

And the men’s 50m freestyle — the breakneck event  dubbed the “Splash and Dash” — pits Americans Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin against the defending Olympic champion France’s Florent Manaudou.

Ehsan Hadadi, Iran’s first Olympic track and field medalist, has coronavirus

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Ehsan Hadadi, Iran’s lone Olympic track and field medalist, tested positive for the coronavirus, according to World Athletics and an Iranian news agency.

“We’ve received word from several Asian journalists that Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi has tested positive for coronavirus,” according to World Athletics. “[Hadadi] trains part of the year in the US, but was home in Tehran when he contracted the virus.”

Hadadi, 35, became the first Iranian to earn an Olympic track and field medal when he took silver in the discus at the 2012 London Games. Hadadi led through four of six rounds before being overtaken by German Robert Harting, who edged the Iranian by three and a half inches.

He was eliminated in qualifying at the Rio Olympics and placed seventh at last fall’s world championships in Doha.

Jordan Larson preps for her last Olympics, one year later than expected

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Whether the Tokyo Olympics would have been this summer or in 2021, Jordan Larson knew this: It will mark her final tournament with the U.S. volleyball team, should she make the roster.

“I’m just not getting any younger,” said Larson, a 33-year-old outside hitter. “I’ve been playing consistently overseas for 12 years straight with no real offseason.

“I also have other endeavors in my life that I want to see. Getting married, having children, those kinds of things. The older I get, the more challenging those become.”

Larson, who debuted on the national team in 2009, has been a leader the last two Olympic cycles. She succeeded Christa Harmotto Dietzen as captain after the Rio Games. Larson started every match at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

As long as Larson was in the building, the U.S. never had to worry about the outside hitter position, said two-time Olympian and NBC Olympics volleyball analyst Kevin Barnett.

“She played as if she belonged from the start,” he said. “They will miss her all-around capability. They’ll miss her ability to make everyone around her better. She’s almost like having a libero who can hit.”

Karch Kiraly, the Olympic indoor and beach champion who took over as head coach after the 2012 Olympics, gushed about her court vision.

“It’s a little dated now, but somebody like Wayne Gretzky just saw things that other people didn’t see on the hockey rink,” Kiraly said in 2018. “And I remember reading about him one time, and the quote from an opposing goalie was, oh my god, here he comes, what does he see that I don’t see right now? She sees things sooner than most people.”

Larson grew up in Hooper, Neb., (population 830) and starred at the University of Nebraska. She was a three-time All-American who helped the team win a national title as a sophomore. She had the opportunity to leave Nebraska and try out for the Olympics in 2008 but chose to remain at school for her final season.

She earned the nickname “Governor” as a Cornhusker State sports icon.

Larson helped the U.S. win its first major international title at the 2014 World Championship. She was also part of the program’s two stingers — defeats in the 2012 Olympic final and 2016 Olympic semifinals, both matches where the U.S. won the first set (and convincingly in 2012).

“It just gives me chills thinking about it now,” Larson said of the Rio Olympic semifinals, where Serbia beat the U.S. 15-13 in the fifth. “That team, we put in so much. Not just on the court but off the court working on culture and working on how are we best for each other. How can we be the best team? How can we out-team people? Certain teams have a better one player that’s a standout that we maybe didn’t have or don’t have. So how can we out-team the other teams? We had just put in so much work that was just heartbreaking.”

Larson and the Americans rebounded to win the bronze-medal match two days later.

“I don’t know anybody that didn’t have their heart ripped out. It was just a soul-crusher of a match,” Kiraly said of the semifinal. “More meaningful was what a great response everybody, including Jordan, mounted to the disappointment of that loss.”

The U.S. took fifth at worlds in 2018 and is now ranked second in the world behind China.

Larson spent the past club season in Shanghai. The campaign ended in mid-January. She hadn’t heard anything about the coronavirus when she took her scheduled flight back to California, learning days later that LAX started screening for it. Now, she’s working out from her garage.

Larson is in line to become the fifth-oldest U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball player in history, according Olympedia and the OlyMADMen.

Her decade of experience could go a long way to help the next generation of outside hitters, led by three-time NCAA champion and Sullivan Award winner Kathryn Plummer.

“If you’re coming into the USA program as an outside hitter, in the next year or the quad or the quad after that,” Barnett said, “the measuring stick is going to be Jordan Larson.”

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