Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 13

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The first round of elimination matches continues on Day 8 in beach volleyball and it’s moving day in golf as the men play their third Olympic round.

In rowing, what has become a U.S. dynasty in the women’s eight could continue with an 11th-straight world title if coxswain Katelin Snyder has the women in her boat working in unison.

The women’s singles tennis gold and bronze medal matches will be played, but it’s not the No. 1 seeded American competing on the final day. Look for Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who will run his first race in Rio in the first round of the men’s 100m in track and field.

MORE: FULL Day 8 streaming schedule

In the must-see moment of the day, Michael Phelps will have one last chance to grab another medal in Rio on Day 8 in the 4×100 medley relay. Gold or not, expect an emotional night by the pool for the most-decorated Olympian of all time after he swims his final Olympic race.

What to Watch: Day 8, Aug 13

6:30 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Golf: Round 3

9:20 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE –

Women’s Rowing: Single sculls final A

U.S. rower Gevvie Stone hopes to row for her first Olympic medal in the single sculls final in Rio.

Women’s Rowing: Eight final A

Team USA led by coxswain Katelin Snyder looks to extend the U.S. Olympic domination in the women’s eight.  The U.S. has won every world championship and Olympic gold medal since 2006. Boats from New Zealand and Great Britain pose the biggest threat to a U.S. Rowing three-peat in Rio.

10 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Beach Volleyball: Men’s and Women’s Round of 16

Men’s soccer — The knockout rounds start with the powerful Germans facing Portugal, and finishes with Neymar riding point for Brazil’s match against Colombia.

Portugal vs. Germany — Noon EDT

Nigeria vs. Denmark — 3 p.m. EDT

South Korea vs. Honduras — 6 p.m. EDT

Brazil vs. Colombia — 9 p.m. EDT

2 p.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Shooting: Skeet final

U.S. shooter Vincent Hancock could win his third-straight Olympic gold in skeet.

9 p.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Swimming: Day 8 Evening Session

Must see:

Women’s 50m freestyle final

Women’s 4×100 medley relay final

Men’s 4×100 medley relay final

Michael Phelps hopes to swim one last 100 meters of butterfly in an Olympic Games, bringing his unparalleled swimming career to a close in Rio.

11 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Tennis

Women’s singles gold medal match

Men’s singles bronze medal match

Women’s singles bronze medal match

Women’s doubles bronze medal match

Mixed doubles bronze medal match

10 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Track and Field: Day 8 Morning Session

7:30 p.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Track and Field: Day 8 Evening Session

Must see:


Women’s 400m Round 1

Men’s 100m Round 1

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and the USA’s Justin Gatlin begin their 2016 campaign to determine who walks out of Rio with the title “Fastest Man Alive.”


Men’s 400m semifinals

Women’s 100m final

Men’s 10,000m final

One of the shortest and one the longest races run on the 400m track will be decided on Day 8. The women’s 100m final could be Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s third trip in a row to the top of the Olympic podium, and in the men’s 10,000m final there is an expected battle between two friends: USA’s Galen Rupp and Great Britain’s defending Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

Brigid Kosgei

World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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Dmitriy Balandin, surprise Olympic swimming champion, retires

Dmitriy Balandin

Dmitriy Balandin, the Kazakh swimmer who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Rio Olympics, retired at age 27.

“Today I would like to announce the end of my sports career,” Balandin said last week, according to Kazakhstan’s Olympic Committee. “I am still inspired. A new phase of my life begins. I have a lot of cool projects in my head that will soon be implemented.”

Balandin reportedly has coaching aspirations.

In 2016, he won the Olympic men’s 200m breaststroke out of lane eight as the last qualifier into the final. He edged American Josh Prenot by seven hundredths of a second and became Kazakhstan’s first Olympic swimming medalist.

He followed that up with 11th- and 17th-place finishes in the breaststrokes in Tokyo last year.

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