What to watch at the Rio Games on Tuesday
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO – Day 11 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, track and field, boxing, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch:
Track and field: After a day off, Usain Bolt returns to the track in his quest for more gold – in his favorite event, too: the 200 meters.
“I’m always confident going into the 200 meters,” said Bolt, who surged past Justin Gatlin to win the 100 on Sunday. “I think the 100 meters is always the hardest one for me. Going to the 200 now, I’m very confident.” Then again, the fastest man on the planet has never lacked for confidence. He runs in the ninth heat.
Also, American Christian Taylor will defend his triple jump title.
And the Jamaicans could go 1-2 in the 110-meter hurdles, with Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment the favorites. Devon Allen , the University of Oregon football/track standout, will have something to say about that.
Medals also will be awarded in women’s discus, the women’s 1,500 meters and the men’s high jump.
Basketball: The U.S. women’s team begins knockout play against Japan when the two teams play in the quarterfinals. The Americans have won 46 consecutive games in the Olympics and are three victories away from a sixth consecutive gold medal. They cruised through pool play, winning the five games by an average of 40.8 points.
The U.S. hasn’t faced Japan since the 1996 quarterfinals when the Americans won by 15 points.
In other quarterfinal games, Australia plays Serbia, Spain plays Turkey and France faces Canada.
Gymnastics: Simone Biles can wrap up her remarkable time in Rio with a fourth Olympic gold medal when she competes in the floor exercise.
Biles has already earned three golds and a bronze, though her chance to become the first female gymnast to capture five golds in a single Olympics ended when she wobbled during the balance beam final on Monday and ended up with bronze.
Biles is the reigning world champion in the floor exercise. Her biggest competition will come from teammate Aly Raisman, who captured gold in London four years ago. Biles and Raisman went 1-2 in the all-around competition last week.
Beach volleyball: Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross play for a spot in the gold-medal game when they meet Brazilian world champions Agatha and Barbara in the beach volleyball semifinals.
Walsh Jennings is going for her fourth gold, and Ross is looking to improve on the silver she earned when she lost to her fellow Americans in the London final.
Volleyball: The top-ranked U.S. women’s volleyball team , which went 5-0 in Olympic group play, faces Japan in a quarterfinal matchup as the Americans try to move one step closer to the first gold in program history.
Japan is arguably the best defensive team in this tournament.
Two-time reigning Olympic champion and host Brazil will take on a young China team, while the upstart Netherlands women – back in their first Olympics in 20 years and 4-1 in group play behind the Americans – face South Korea.
Boxing: Nicola Adams, the British flyweight who won the first gold medal in Olympic women’s boxing history, opens the slate with her first bout of the tournament. She faces Tetyana Kob of Ukraine.
Shakur Stevenson and Gary Russell have fights early in the day for an American team trying to make up for an 0-2 effort on Monday.
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