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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 21

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It’s been real, Rio, so let’s send the Olympics off in style with a gold-medal finish to the Games.

Sunday brings us the final day, Day 16, beginning with wrestling and ending with a star-studded Closing Ceremony.

MORE: FULL Day 16 streaming schedule

USA gymnast Simone Biles will bear the flag for the Americans in the event, which hopefully sees the country throw a few more golds on the table.

That an outstanding Olympics for USA is currently set to end with the U.S. men’s basketball team scoop a gold medal is fitting for the tournament.

What to Watch: Day 16, Aug 21

7:30 a.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — wrestling

USA’s Frank Molinaro (65 kg) and Kyle Snyder (97kg) go for gold after waiting til the final day to open their Olympics.


8:30 a.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — Men’s marathon

American lunatics runners Galen Rupp, Mebrahtom Keflezighi, and Jared Ward hope to make their own bit of history for the USA in this grueling race.


8:30 a.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — Men’s volleyball bronze

Matt Anderson and the USA hope to leave Rio with a medal. Russia stands in the way.


9:30 a.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — men’s handball bronze

Poland looks for its first men’s handball medal since 1976 in a match-up against Germany.


10 a.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — – rhythmic gymnastics group final 


10:30  a.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE –men’s basketball bronze

Australia has finished fourth three times, and would love its first medal. Spain, meanwhile, is hoping to make it three-straight trips to the podium in men’s hoops.


11:30 a.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — men’s mountain bike final

American rider Howard Grotts starts 33rd, on the fifth line.


12:15 p.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — men’s volleyball gold

Brazil will make up for a lot of stumbles if it can leave the host nation with a gold win over Ivan Zaytsev and Italy.


1 p.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — boxing gold medals

USA boxer Claressa Shields looks to make it back-to-back goals when she fights the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn.


1 p.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — – men’s handball gold

France looks to make it three-straight Olympic golds versus a Denmark team that has never medaled, finishing fourth in 1984.


2:45 p.m. EDT — STREAM LIVE — – basketball gold

Klay Thompson and Team USA want to keep Olympic glory in America, having won two-straight gold and 15 of 20 overall. Standing in the way is a Serbia team who would love to etch its name in gold for the first time as an independent nation.

2018 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships broadcast schedule

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NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold combine to air daily live coverage of the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships from Thursday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Athletes will compete for national titles and spots on the team for the first Athletics World Cup in London next month. More details on Athletics World Cup qualifying here.

While veteran Olympic champions will miss the event, a new generation of sprinters headlines the entry lists. A full competition schedule is here.

Noah Lyles and Michael Norman, who were fourth and fifth in the 2016 Olympic Trials 200m as 18-year-olds, have been the most impressive U.S. male sprinters this season and go head-to-head for the first time in two years.

Sydney McLaughlin, who reached the Rio Olympic 400m hurdles semifinals as a 17-year-old, is entered in the 400m.

Olympic and world champions also scatter the distance races and field events, including Matthew Centrowitz and Jenny Simpson (1500m), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase), Christian Taylor (Olympic triple jump champ also entered in the 400m), Tianna Bartoletta and Jeff Henderson (long jump), Jenn Suhr (pole vault) and Michelle Carter and Ryan Crouser (shot put).

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Day Time (ET) Network Key Events
Thursday 2-11 p.m. NBC Sports Gold 100m first round, 10,000m finals
Friday 12:30-11 p.m. NBC Sports Gold 100m finals, 400m semifinals
11 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN, Gold
Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. NBC Sports Gold Finals: 400m, 1500m, 100m hurdles
4-6 p.m. NBC, Gold
Sunday 12:30-6 p.m. NBC Sports Gold Finals: 200m, 5000m, 110m hurdles
4-6 p.m. NBC, Gold

Allyson Felix among sprinters to miss USATF Outdoor Championships

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Olympic gold medalists Allyson FelixJustin GatlinTori BowieLaShawn MerrittBrianna McNealKerron Clement and Dalilah Muhammad are among the stars not entered in this week’s USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Christian Coleman, who took 100m silver at 2017 Worlds between Gatlin and Usain Bolt, will also miss the event.

Any athlete not on the current entry list will not compete.

Big-name absences aren’t shocking this year given it is the only year in the four-year cycle without an Olympics or world championships to qualify for at nationals.

Felix, Gatlin, Bowie and Coleman have all dealt with injuries or withdrawn from international meets this spring. Merritt hasn’t raced on the Diamond League circuit this season.

Felix, the American record holder with 25 combined Olympic and world outdoor championships medals, will not race at senior nationals for the first time since 2002, when she was 16 years old.

A new generation of sprinters will headline nationals, including Noah Lyles and Michael Norman in the 200m and Sydney McLaughlin in the 400m. Phyllis Francis, the world 400m champion, is entered in the 200m. Kori Carter, the world 400m hurdles champion, is in the 100m hurdles with world-record holder Kendra Harrison.

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