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What to watch at the Rio games on Sunday

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Day 9 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, gymnastics, tennis, golf, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):


The title of world’s fastest man goes on the block when Jamaican Usain Bolt, American Justin Gatlin and the other sprinters take to the track. The 100 meter final is at 10:25 p.m. following three rounds of semifinals that start at 9 p.m.

Bolt won his first heat of the games in 10.07 seconds Saturday. He’s still a favorite for an unprecedented third straight gold, despite a sore hamstring that forced him from the world championships last month.

Gatlin took Saturday’s fastest time in the heats.

Andrew Fisher, a Jamaican who competes for Bahrain, Jamaican Yohan Blake, Americans Marvin Bracy of Orlando and Trayvon Bromell and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre also qualified for the semis.

Marvin Bracy

The 400 finals, at 10 p.m., is shaping up to be a titanic showdown between LaShawn Merritt, Kirani James and Wayde van Niekerk.

Defending Olympic champion James ran the fastest time of the heats Friday. Merritt is the 2008 champion and van Niekerk is a South African who surprised those two to win the world championships last year.

Women take to the track for the 400 semifinals starting at 8:35 p.m. Shaunae Miller, of the Bahamas, has the fastest time in the event this year. Competition in the finals should include Americans Allyson Felix and Phyllis Francis.

For the first time in an Olympics, triplets will compete in an event. The Luik sisters from Estonia are part of the marathon field that heads out at 9:30 a.m.


Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles goes for her third gold in Rio when she competes in the women’s vault final at 2:47 p.m. The 19-year-old already has two golds during the games after leading the “Final Five” to the team title and becoming the fourth straight American woman to win the all-around last week. Biles’ biggest challenge will come from Russia’s Maria Paseka, who upset Biles at the 2015 world championships.

Rio Olympics Artistic Gymnastics Women

Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, competing in her record seventh Olympics , will also try to reach the podium. The 41-year-old captured silver on the vault in Beijing in 2008.

Two other members of the “Final Five” will attempt to add to their medal haul.

World champion Madison Kocian posted the top score during qualifying for the uneven bars, finals for which are held at 4:21 p.m. Gabby Douglas , the Olympic all-around champion in 2012, is also in the final, as is defending Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia.

British teammates Louis Smith and Max Whitlock will square off in the pommel horse final at 3:34 p.m. The field also includes American Alex Naddour and Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev, who was a narrow second to Japan’s Kohei Uchimura in the men’s all-around last week.

Americans Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton posted the top scores during qualifying on men’s floor exercise. Uchimura and Brits Whitlock and Christian Thomas are also in the group of eight finalists who start at 2 p.m.


The final day of tennis is headlined by the gold medal match between Britain’s Andy Murray and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro at 3:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. Rafael Nadal plays Japan’s Kei Nishikori for the bronze.

Andy Murray in action against Ivan Dodig

The women’s doubles gold will either go to Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland or Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia. They play at 12 p.m.

It’s an all-American mixed-doubles final at 2 p.m. Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram face Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock.


Britain’s Justin Rose made two eagles in the opening five holes Saturday on the way to a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson going into the final round at Olympic Golf Course. Play begins at 7 a.m. on the way to the awarding of golf’s first Olympic medals since 1904. Bubba Watson is three strokes out of the Bronze Medal.



The U.S. men’s team plays France at 2:15 p.m. and they’re being dogged by questions over where the dominating team of years past has gone. The U.S. has had two straight close games, against Australia and Serbia. France routed Venezuela on Friday.

At 12:15 p.m., the U.S. women play the Chinese. The Americans were out of synch Friday against Canada , but turned up the defense and still won.


Women’s quarterfinals start at 4 p.m. The draw was still coming together Saturday evening, but Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross were planning to be back out for a midnight match.

Republished with permission from the Associated Press.

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