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)