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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 20

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Day 15 in Rio is a day of finals, with 39 events awarding medals on the next to last day of the Games in Rio.

Watch the gold medal games in women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s handball. In golf, the women’s competition concludes with the final 18 holes of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

MORE: FULL Day 15 streaming schedule

A night of track and field is also packed with finals which includes the women’s high jump, men’s 1500m and the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays.

One highlight for Team USA on Day 15 will be to see if two-time triathlon world champion Gwen Jorgensen can make it onto the podium in Rio after a disappointing race at the 2012 London Olympics where she caught a bad break when her bike got a flat.

What to Watch: Day 15, Aug 20

6:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Golf: Final round


10 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Triathlon

Must see:

Gwen Jorgensen

Sarah True

Katie Zaferes

The Olympic history for triathlon is comparatively short when compared to other disciplines.  After its introduction to the Olympic program in 2000 the United States has come away with just one medal in the event, silver in 2004.  Heading into Rio, an American is the favorite.  Gwen Jorgensen, who finished 38th in London after her bike got a flat, could be the first athlete to win Olympic gold in the event for the States.


Women’s Basketball

10:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Bronze Medal Game – France vs. Serbia

2:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Game – USA vs. Spain


Men’s Soccer

Noon EDT – WATCH LIVE – Bronze Medal Match – Nigeria vs. Honduras

4:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Brazil vs. Germany


1:15 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Boxing: Bantam 56kg final

Must see:

Shakur Stevenson (USA) vs. Robeisy Ramírez (Cuba)


10 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Diving: 10m platform semi & final

Must see:

David Boudia

Steele Johnson


Men’s Water Polo

4:50 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Croatia vs. Serbia


7:10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Track and Field: Day 15 Evening Session

Must see:

Women’s high jump final – Vashti Cunningham

Men’s 1500m final – Matt Centrowitz

Women’s 800m final

Men’s 5000m final – Mo Farah

Women’s 4x400m relay final – Allyson Felix

Men’s 4x400m relay final

A night of finals in track and field could include some of Team USA’s most notable track and field athletes. Look for the daughter of a former NFL quarterback (Vashti Cunningham, women’s high jump), the oldest American to ever run a race at an Olympic games, (41-year-old Bernard Lagat, men’s 5000m) and the final race of the Games for the girl nicknamed “Chicken Legs” (Allyson Felix, women’s 4x400m relay). Also, see if the USA’s 1500m specialist, Matt Centrowitz, can get on the podium in Rio after finishing fourth in London.


Women’s Volleyball

Noon EDT – WATCH LIVE – Bronze Medal Match – USA vs. Netherlands

9:15 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Match – China vs. Serbia


 

Mark Spitz takes on Katie Ledecky’s challenge

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Swimmers around the world took on Katie Ledecky‘s milk-glass challenge since it became a social media sensation, including one of the few Americans with more Olympic gold medals.

Mark Spitz, who won seven golds at the 1972 Munich Games, took 10 strokes in an at-home pool while perfectly balancing a glass of what appeared to be water on his head.

“Would’ve been faster with the ‘stache, @markspitzusa, but I still give this 7 out of 7 gold medals,” Ledecky tweeted.

Spitz joined fellow Olympic champions Susie O’Neill of Australia and American Matt Grevers in posting similar videos to what Ledecky first shared Monday.

In Tokyo next year, Ledecky can pass Spitz’s career gold-medal count of nine if she wins all of her expected events — 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles and the 4x200m free relay.

Then she would trail one athlete from any country in any sport — Michael Phelps, the 23-time gold medalist who has yet to post video of swimming while balancing a glass on his head.

MORE: Spitz puts Michael Phelps’ career in perspective

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Serena Williams, reclusive amid pandemic, returns to tennis eyeing Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams travels with “like 50 masks” and has been a little bit of a recluse since early March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me,” Williams said Saturday, two days before the start of the WTA’s Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., her first tournament since playing Fed Cup in early February. “I’m sure I’ll be OK, but I don’t want to find out.”

Williams, 38, has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. She faced life-threatening complications following her Sept. 1, 2017, childbirth that confined her to a bed for six weeks. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

More recently, Williams enjoyed “every part” of the last six months at home in Florida, her longest time grounded since her teens.

“I’ve been a little neurotic, to an extent,” on health and safety, she said. “Everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams is entered to play next week in Lexington and at consecutive tournaments in New York City later this month — the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open, the latter starting Aug. 31.

Williams is the highest-ranked player in the Lexington field at No. 9. Others include 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, older sister Venus Williams and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

She has been bidding ever since having daughter Olympia to tie Margaret Court‘s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, albeit many of Court’s crowns came before the Open Era and, notably at the Australian Open, against small fields lacking the world’s best players. Williams reached the last two Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals, losing all of them.

She showed her seriousness in committing early to this year’s U.S. Open by installing a court at home with the same surface. Three of the top 10 female singles players already said they will skip the U.S. Open due to travel and/or virus concerns, including No. 1 Ash Barty.

“Tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, so it was kind of easy to go back and just walk on my side of the court and have my hitter walk on his side of the court,” Williams said.

The French Open starts two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Williams was asked if she will fly to Europe for tournaments this autumn.

“I see myself doing it all, if it happens,” she said.

The Tokyo Olympics are too far away to make plans.

“We’ll have to kind of wait to see what happens in the fall,” she said. “One thing I have learned with this pandemic is don’t plan.”

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