WATCH LIVE: Usain Bolt runs in 200 semis; three women’s event finals

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Track and field continues Wednesday night, and while there are a host of events on the slate Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is once again the headliner.

Bolt will be running in the semis of the 200, with challengers such as Americans Justin Gatlin and LaShawn Merritt, Canada’s Andre DeGrasse and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake also looking to lock up a spot in Thursday night’s final. Jamaica swept the medals in this event four years ago, but it’s going to be a lot more difficult to pull that off in Rio. In addition to the 200 semis competition will begin in the men’s javelin, with reigning world champion Julius Yego and Americans Cyrus Hostetler, Sam Crouser and Sean Furey all looking to advance.

WATCH LIVE: Women’s long jump final, women’s 200 final, women’s 100 hurdles final, men’s 200 semis, men’s decathlon — 4:45 p.m.

There will also be three event finals taking place, the women’s long jump, women’s 200 and women’s 100 hurdles. Americans Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese are competing in the women’s long jump, with Reese looking to repeat as Olympic champion in the event. Russia’s Darya Klishina, the lone track and field athlete from her nation allowed to compete in Rio, is also part of the field.

Two of the three medalists in the women’s 100 are also running in the 200 final, as Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson will look to pull off the 100/200 double with American Tori Bowie (silver in the 100) among those looking to prevent that from happening. As for the 100 hurdles, there will be a new Olympic champion as none of the medalists from 2012 are running in Rio. Americans Nia Ali, Brianna Rollins and Kristi Castlin all advanced to the final, as did Germany’s Cindy Roleder, but Belarus’ Alina Talay (Roleder and Talay were 2nd and 3rd at last year’s Worlds in Beijing) did not.

Throughout the evening events in the decathlon will also be held, with American Ashton Eaton leading the competition through three events on 2803 points.

Dmitriy Balandin, surprise Olympic swimming champion, retires

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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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U.S. women’s basketball team scores most points in FIBA World Cup history

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SYDNEY — A’ja Wilson and the U.S. put on quite a show, breaking the World Cup scoring mark in a record rout of South Korea.

Brionna Jones scored 24 points and Wilson added 20 to help the U.S. beat South Korea 145-69 on Monday. Shakira Austin’s layup with 9 seconds left helped the Americans break Brazil’s record of 143 points set in 1990.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a team that can score the basketball like this,” Wilson said. “This is crazy, we put up 145 points. I think when you look at us and just knowing how talented we are, we just came together and we play together very, very well.”

The U.S. always has the most talented and deepest roster of any team in the World Cup with 12 WNBA stars on the roster. Still, the Americans had never come close to that sort of offensive output during it’s storied World Cup history. The previous team record was 119 points against Angola in 2014 and China in 2006. The scoring margin was also the biggest in U.S. history as well surpassing the 75-point win over Angola in 2014.

The win was also the 26th in a row in World Cup play for the Americans, who haven’t lost since the 2006 semifinals when they fell to Russia. The U.S. also won 26 in a row from 1994-2006. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 straight wins from 1959-1986.

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What started with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles has now been passed on to Breanna Stewart and Wilson. A legacy of excellence that doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon.

The U.S. (4-0), which has been playing stellar defense, was challenged by South Korea early. The teams were trading baskets for the first 8 minutes and it was tied at 21 before the Americans took control, scoring the final 11 points of the period.

Kahleah Copper came off the bench for the first time of the tournament and scored six points during that spurt. The Americans kept the streak going to start the second quarter, scoring nine of the first 11 points to put the game away.

By the time the game reached the half the U.S. was up 68-40, including scoring 44 points in the paint against the undersized Koreans.

“We were trying to get the ball inside,” Jones said. “We had an advantage there.”

The only suspense in the second half was how many records the Americans could break. They took down their own scoring mark on Sabrina Ionescu’s 3-pointer with 6:15 left in the game and kept putting up points with Austin’s layup capping off the contest.

Other records broken on Monday included the 62 field goals made, 36 assists and 94 points in the paint.

“Our size was a problem for them and I thought we shared the ball,” U.S. coach Cheryl Reeve said.

The Americans were well rested for the game after having their first day off of the tournament on Sunday.

Despite the rout, South Korea (1-3) can still advance to the quarterfinals with a win over Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Leeseul Kang, who had 37 points in a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, scored 10 points. Hyejin Park had 17 to lead the team.

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