Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 16

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Day 11 features some of Team USA’s most dominant women’s team members taking one more step toward the Olympic podium. On Copacabana beach, Day 11’s semifinals will set the stage for the men’s and women’s medal matches in beach volleyball.

In women’s basketball, the quarterfinals begin, where it’s expected the U.S. women, directed by head coach Geno Auriemma, will continue their defense of their 2012 Olympic title.

Track cycling’s women’s Omnium comes to a finish on Day 11 after three more races in Rio. Look for the U.S.’ Sarah Hammer, 2012 silver medalist, in the velodrome. After the sun sets in Rio, watch for Tori Bowie to make her Olympic debut in the first round of the 200m in track and field.

What to Watch: Day 11, Aug 16

8:30 a.m. EDT — WATCH LIVE — Track and Field: Day 11 Morning Session

Must see:

Men’s triple jump final

Men’s 200m Round 1

U.S. triple jump teammates Christian Taylor and Will Claye took home gold and silver in London, but Claye outjumped Taylor at the 2016 U.S. Trials, setting up a potential intrasquad showdown on the runway in Rio.


Women’s Basketball quarterfinalsWATCH LIVE

10 a.m. EDT– Game 1 – Australia vs. Serbia

1:30 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – France vs. Canada

5:45 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – USA vs. Japan

9:15 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Spain vs. Turkey


Women’s Track Cycling: Omnium WATCH LIVE

9:57 a.m. EDT – 500m Time Trial

3:10 p.m. EDT – Flying Lap

4:05 p.m. EDT – 25km Points Race

Derived from the Latin word meaning “all,” the Omnium is track cycling’s multi-race event. Cyclists race on the velodrome in six separate races with names like scratch, elimination, individual pursuit, time trial, flying lap and points over two days. Riders receive points at the end of each race.

Returning to the Olympics, London gold medalist Laura Trott of Great Britain will look to defend her title against London silver medalist Sarah Hammer of the U.S. in the Omnium.


Beach Volleyball semifinals WATCH LIVE

3 p.m. EDT – Game 1 – Larissa-Talita (BRA) vs. Ludwig-Walkenhorst (GER)

4 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – Alison-Bruno (BRA) vs. Meeuwsen-Brouwer (NED)

10 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – Nicolai-Lupo (ITA) vs. Krasilnikov-Semenov (RUS)

11 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Walsh Jennings-Ross (USA) vs. Agatha-Barbara (BRA)


1 p.m. EDT — WATCH LIVE —  Gymnastics: Event finals Day 3

Must see:

Men’s parallel bar final

Women’s floor final

Men’s high bar final

Defending Olympic champion Aly Raisman hopes to hold off her teammate Simone Biles, who won the floor title at the last three world championships, in the floor final.

Expect more high-flying acrobatics in the high bar final, where Netherland’s Epke Zonderland blew away the London crowd on his way to a gold medal in 2012. USA’s Danell Leyva and Sam Mikulak get a chance for individual redemption on the high bar while, on parallel bars, Leyva could contend for a medal on one of his best events.


Soccer — Women’s semifinals WATCH LIVE

Noon EDT – Game 1 – Brazil vs. Sweden

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


1 p.m. EDT  — WATCH LIVE — Synchronized Swimming: Duets free routine final

The field narrows as the top 12 synchronized swimming duets advance from the preliminary technical and free routine rounds into the final. Powerhouse Russia has dominated the event, winning every synchronized swimming duet gold this century; look for their Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina to win their fourth career Olympic gold medals.


5 p.m. EDT — WATCH LIVE — Men’s Diving: 3m springboard final

China’s Cao Yuan won synchronized 10m platform gold in London but in more recent years has switched his specialty to the 3m springboard. He Chao, also of China, is the reigning world champion on the event. He’s older brother, He Chong, won springboard gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The two of them will be a formidable opponent for anyone who’s looking to break China’s dominance over diving disciplines in Rio.


7:15 p.m. EDT — WATCH LIVE —  Track and Field: Day 11 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s high jump final

Women’s 200m semifinal

Women’s 1500m final

Men’s 110m hurdles final

For the U.S., the 200m will have a different look in Rio than it had in London.  Defending Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix did not qualify for the event at U.S. Olympic Trials, so look for first-time Olympian Tori Bowie in the women’s 200m semifinal.  Also, in the women’s 1500m final, Jenny Simpson hopes to break a 44-year gold medal drought for the U.S. in Olympic track and field events longer than 400m. To do it, Simpson will have to stay ahead of the favorite, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba.

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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