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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 17

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The world’s best women’s golfers tee off in round one competition to open Day 12 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Brazilian soccer fans hope to see their football hero Neymar pick up the slack for their eliminated women’s team. Also, quarterfinal action starts in men’s basketball.

In track and field, the decathlon begins. Defending gold medalist, USA’s Ashton Eaton, will begin to tackle all 10 events on his way to a second-consecutive Olympic title.

Also on the track, the women’s 200m final will be run in prime time. A race which will take on a new look for the U.S. team after London gold medalist Allyson Felix was unable to qualify for the event at U.S. Trials. Look for Mississippi speedster Tori Bowie to hold her own against the world in Rio.

What to Watch: Day 12, Aug 17

Men’s Basketball quarterfinals

10 a.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Australia vs. Lithuania

1:30 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Spain vs. France

5:45 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – USA vs. Argentina

9:15 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Croatia vs. Serbia


Women’s Beach Volleyball – STREAM LIVE

11:00 p.m. EDT – Gold Medal Match


6:30 a.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE –Women’s Golf: Round 1

The United States swept gold, silver and bronze the last time women’s golf was contended at the Olympics back in 1900 in Paris.  One hundred and sixteen years later, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko tops the women’s Olympic golf rankings, followed by Canada’s Brooke M. Henderson and South Korea’s Inbee Park.  Fourth on the list is Team USA’s Lexi Thompson who has won nine tournaments, including one major, since turning pro in 2010.  The U.S. team will also be represented by Stacy Lewis, ranked ninth, and Gerina Piller, ranked 13th.


Track and Field: Decathlon

8:30 a.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE –– 100m, Long jump, Shot put

4:45 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE –High jump

Ashton Eaton will run, jump, vault and throw for the U.S. in the decathlon in Rio. He is attempting to become the first person to successfully defend an Olympic decathlon title since Great Britain’s Daley Thompson in 1984.


Women’s Water Polo semifinals – STREAM LIVE

11:20 a.m. EDT – Italy vs. Russia

3:30 p.m. EDT– Hungary vs. United States


Men’s Soccer semifinals

Noon p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Brazil vs. Honduras

3 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Nigeria vs. Germany


Women’s Boxing 75kg Quarterfinal bouts

2:30 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Claresa Shields (USA) vs. Yaroslava Yakushina (RUS)

2:45 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Khadija Mardi (MOR) vs. Dariga Shakimova (KAZ)

3 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Li Quan (CHN) vs. Andreia Bandeira (BRA)

3:15 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Nouchka Fontijn (NED) vs. Savannah Marshall (GBR)

Look for defending Olympic gold medalist Claresa Shields to take her Flint, Michigan-made boxing style into the ring in Rio. A win in the quarterfinals will guarantee Shields a medal.


7:20 p.m. EDT WATCH LIVE — Track and Field: Day 12 Evening Session

Must see:

Decathlon – 400m

Men’s 200m semifinals

Women’s 200m final

Women’s 100m hurdles final

Look out for first place finisher at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Tori Bowie in the women’s 200m final. Also, Usain Bolt, LaShawn Merritt, Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin are all back on the track in the men’s 200m semifinals.

Lindsey Vonn and her dog to host Amazing Race-like series

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Lindsey Vonn and one of her three dogs, Lucy, will host “The Pack,” an “Amazing Race”-like series where dogs and their humans compete in challenges across continents.

The Amazon Prime show filmed earlier this year and will premiere later in 2020. Production included a team of veterinarians and dog experts to ensure “a positive experience for everyone.”

Twelve teams vie for a prize of $500,000, plus $250,000 for the animal charity of their choice.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion and female record holder with 82 World Cup wins, retired after the February 2019 World Championships, four shy of the overall victories record held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark.

She traveled the last few years of her career with Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that she got in Italy in January 2016. Lucy required German, Italian and American passports to accompany Vonn on the ski circuit.

Vonn previously adopted rescue dogs Leo, a brindle boxer to help her through recovery from knee surgery that kept her out of the 2014 Olympics, and Bear.

Vonn’s previous broadcast credits included a 2010 appearance as a secretary on “Law & Order,” two judge spots on “Project Runway” and an episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” in 2016.

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London Marathon mass event canceled; Kipchoge, Bekele still to race

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The London Marathon will not hold a mass participation race of 40,000-plus runners, but will have an elites-only event featuring the fastest marathoners in history on a different course.

Organizers announced that the World Marathon Major, previously rescheduled for Oct. 4 from April 26, will be restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Elite runners, including world-record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei and Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest man in history, will instead race but not on the usual route around London landmarks.

They will run on an enclosed looped in St. James’s Park in a “secure biosphere” without spectator access. Elite wheelchair racers, including past champions David Weir and Manuela Schar, will also compete.

Before canceling, London Marathon organizers planned to use Bluetooth and wideband ranging to monitor every participant’s distance from each other, though they did not specify if the event would have still included more than 40,000 runners.

If a participant spent more than 15 minutes within a specified distance of anyone else, and if somebody had informed organizers they contracted the virus within two weeks after the race, he or she would have been contacted.

“Despite all our efforts, the fantastic support from all of our partners and the progress that has been made on planning for the return of smaller mass participation events that are not on the roads, it has not been possible to go ahead with a mass socially distanced walk or run,” event director Hugh Brasher said in press release.

Four of the other five annual World Marathon Majors this year were canceled — Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City. The earliest major, Tokyo, was held March 1 with elite runners only.

Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion from Kenya, and Bekele, a three-time Olympic track champion from Ethiopia, were previously announced as headliners for London in the winter, before the pandemic.

Kipchoge lowered the world record to 2:01:39 at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. Bekele clocked 2:01:41 in Berlin last September. They are the only men to ever break 2:02 in a marathon. Kipchoge also clocked 1:59:40 at a non-record-eligible event in Vienna on Oct. 12 instead of racing a fall marathon.

Kipchoge has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

Bekele, the more accomplished track athlete with Olympic golds and world records at 5000m and 10,000m, has been a roller-coaster road runner.

Bekele owns two of the seven fastest marathons in history, recorded three years apart in Berlin. In between, he failed to finish two marathons and, in his last London start in 2018, clocked a pedestrian 2:08:53 for sixth place.

That was more than four minutes behind Kipchoge, who is undefeated in four London starts and has beaten by Bekele by at least 100 seconds in all four of their head-to-head marathons.

The Kenyan Kosgei took 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record on Oct. 13, clocking 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon.

The 2021 London Marathon will also be held in October to give a better chance of holding a mass race than in April.

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