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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.

2022 Pan Pacific Championships canceled as swimming calendar shifts

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The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, a quadrennial major international meet, will not be held in 2022 “out of respect for the recent changes to the international sporting calendar,” according to a press release.

The Pan Pacs’ charter nations — the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan — agreed to the move. The 2026 event will be held in Canada, which was supposed to be the 2022 host.

The decision came after the 2021 World Championships were moved to May 2022, following the Tokyo Olympics moving from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The quadrennial multi-sport Commonwealth Games — which includes Australia and Canada, but not the U.S. or Japan — are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7, 2022.

“Organizing a third major championships in that window presented several challenges,” according to the Pan Pacs release.

Pan Pacs mark the third-biggest major international meet for U.S. swimmers, held in non-Olympic, non-world championships years.

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Boston Marathon canceled for first time after 123 years; virtual event planned

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The Boston Marathon, held every year since 1897, has been canceled as an in-person event for the first time. It will be held as a virtual race instead due to the coronavirus.

“While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon,” Boston Athletic Association (BAA) CEO Tom Grilk said in a press release.

The world’s oldest annual marathon had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14, it was announced March 13.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he first considered canceling the postponed marathon during a coronavirus surge in April.

“We were maxed out in our hospital emergency rooms,” Walsh said Thursday. “I realized that the downside of the curve, which we were on, the backside of the curve, is going to be going for some time. The concern of a second surge made me have some real reservations about can we have the marathon or not.”

Walsh said experts said a potential second surge would be between August and October. He held out hope to hold the race until talking with the BAA last week.

All participants originally registered for Boston will be offered a full refund of their entry fee and have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative, which can be run between Sept. 7-14.

More details, including entry information, will be announced in the coming weeks.

It’s the biggest alteration to the Boston Marathon, which was inspired by the marathon’s debut at the first modern Olympics in 1896. Previously, the biggest change came in 1918, the last year of World War I. The marathon was still held on Patriots’ Day in April but as a 10-man military relay race.

The original 2020 Boston elite fields included two-time U.S. Olympian Des Linden, the 2018 Boston winner who was fourth at the Feb. 29 Olympic Trials, where the top three earned Olympic spots.

London is the world’s other major spring marathon. It was rescheduled from April 27 to Oct. 4. Its original fields for April were headlined by the two fastest men in history — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele. It’s unknown if they will remain in the field, should London happen.

The fall major marathon schedule

Boston — Sept. 7-14 (virtual event)
Berlin — TBD (will not be held as planned on Sept. 27)
London — Oct. 4
Chicago — Oct. 11
New York City — Nov. 1

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