Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 18

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On Day 13, the United States could have its first gold medal-winning woman in freestyle wrestling.

Team USA’s Adeline Gray went to the London Olympics as an alternate and training partner, where her weight class was not part of the program. All of that changed when the three-time world champion’s -75kg division was added for Rio. Easily qualifying at U.S. Trials, Gray showed she is on a mission to win gold in Rio all while becoming the face of women’s wrestling.

Beach volleyball concludes on Day 13 with the men’s gold medal match, while the women’s indoor volleyball competition stretches into the semifinals. Women’s basketball also sees two semifinal matchups on Day 13. USA is involved in three of those competitions (Sorry, Phil and Nick).

The decathlon concludes with the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the running of the 1500m. See if the U.S.’ Ashton Eaton has the stamina to finish at the top of his second Olympic decathlon podium.

What to Watch: Day 13, Aug 18

6:30 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Golf: Round 2

8:30 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Track and Field

Must see:

Decathlon – 110m hurdles

Decathlon – Discus

Women’s 4x100m relay Round 1

Men’s 4x100m relay Round 1

On Day 13, decathletes return to the stadium at the halfway point of their grueling event. Will Ashton Eaton of the United States hold onto his title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” or will someone new take gold in Rio?  Also, catch the round one races for the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay where it will be decided which nations will run in the finals for one of the most exciting contests in track and field.

The U.S. women set the world record for the event in London, and it’s looking like they may just do it again in Rio. Meanwhile, in the men’s round one 4x100m relays, watch for Jamaica, with star sprinter Usain Bolt, to cruise into the finals.

10 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Men’s Triathlon

London gold and bronze medalist brothers, Great Britain’s Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee return to the Olympics in the triathlon, but watch for Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya as he tries to capture his first Olympic medal, after sweeping the world championships from 2013 to 2015.

10 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Wrestling: -75kg qualifying

5:35 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Wrestling: -75kg finals

Women’s Freestyle – 53kg Bronze Medal Match 1

Women’s Freestyle – 53kg Bronze Medal Match 2

Women’s Freestyle – 53kg Gold Medal Match

Since its inclusion in 2004, a U.S. woman has not won an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. This summer the U.S. team brings three-time world champion Adeline Gray to Rio. Gray is ranked No. 1 in the world at -75kg and is a heavy favorite to be on top of the medal ceremony podium at the end of Day 13.

Women’s volleyball semifinals

Noon EDT – STREAM LIVE – USA vs. Serbia

9:15 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – China vs. Netherlands

Women’s basketball semifinals

2 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Spain vs. Serbia

6 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – France vs. USA

3 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Diving: 10m platform final

At the 2015 World Championships, the women’s 10m platform was the only Olympic diving discipline in which China’s divers did not claim gold. The top spot on the podium went to Kuk Hyang Kim of North Korea; China’s Ren Qian and Si Yajie were second and fourth, respectively. Reigning Olympic champion Chen Ruolin of China won’t be competing in this event, but look for Team USA’s Jessica Parratto and Katrina Young.

5:35 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Track and Field: Day 13 Evening Session

Must see:

Decathlon – Javelin

Decathlon – 1500m

Men’s 200m final

Men’s shot put final

The decathlon in Rio comes to a close with the running of the 1500m.  The men’s 200m final shapes up to be another battle on the track between Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and his U.S. counterpart Justin Gatlin. Also, in the men’s shot put final, see if Poland’s Tomasz Majewski can win his third-straight Olympic gold medal, or if the U.S.’ reigning world champion, Joe Kovacs, can be the spoiler.

Men’s Beach Volleyball

9 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Semenov/Krasilnikov (RUS) vs. Dalhausser/Lucena (USA)

11 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Alison/Bruno Schmidt (BRA) vs. Nicolai/Lupo (ITA)

2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the top hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw, scores

French Open Men's Draw
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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They could meet in the semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.

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