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What to watch at the Rio games on Thursday

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Day 6 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, rugby, track cycling, swimming, fencing, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):

GYMNASTICS

American Simone Biles heads into the women’s individual all-around starting at 4 p.m. She won the world championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Aly Raisman, who also shared in the U.S. team gold Tuesday, is in Biles’ rotation. The two start on the vault.

United States' Simone Biles completes her routine on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
United States’ Simone Biles completes her routine on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women’s team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Keep an eye on Biles’ floor routine: It includes a move she created and which is named for her.

American Gabby Douglas is the defending Olympic champion, but will be on the sidelines Thursday.

A day earlier, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura added to his amazing record in the individual all around: He won the worlds in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was the defending gold medalist.

Japan's Kohei Uchimura celebrates his gold during the artistic gymnastics men's individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Japan’s Kohei Uchimura celebrates his gold during the artistic gymnastics men’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

SWIMMING

Two days after winning his 20th and 21st golds, Michael Phelps looks for another, at 11:01 p.m. He advanced to the final of the 200-meter individual medley as the top qualifier Wednesday and will swim right next to longtime rival Ryan Lochte.

Phelps will be seeking his fourth straight 200 IM title at the Olympics.

Earlier in the day, at 2:16 p.m., he swims in qualifiers for the 100 m butterfly, an event for which he holds the world record.

United States' Michael Phelps, top, and United States' Ryan Lochte compete in a semifinal of the men's 200-meter individual medley during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
United States’ Michael Phelps, top, and United States’ Ryan Lochte compete in a semifinal of the men’s 200-meter individual medley during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The gritty and seemingly unstoppable Katie Ledecky is also back in the pool, this time to qualify for the 800 m freestyle. Fans shouldn’t be too worried: Ledecky set the world record in the event in January. Oh, she also set the three prior world records. Heats start at 1:26 p.m. She earned her third gold of the games Wednesday night in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

United States' Katie Ledecky, right, swims the last leg in the final of the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
United States’ Katie Ledecky, right, swims the last leg in the final of the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Later, the world and Olympic record holding Americans look to qualify for the finals of the 4×100 meter medley relay in heats starting at 3:30 p.m.

Medals also will be awarded in the women’s 200 m breast-stroke finals, which starts at 10:17 p.m., and in the men’s 200 m backstroke final, which starts at 10:26 p.m.

GOLF

Golf tees off for the first time at the Olympics since 1904 as the men start their first round play at 7:30 a.m. at Olympic Golf Course. It’s a links-style layout stretching 7,128 yards and built in the hopes it can both challenge some of the world’s best in Rio and then grow the game in Brazil.

Fabrizio Zanotti, of Paraguay, hits on the 2nd hole during a practice round for the men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Fabrizio Zanotti, of Paraguay, hits on the 2nd hole during a practice round for the men’s golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The professionals in Rio include Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson. But officials here are still hoping a good show offsets the negative publicity that arose as the world’s top four players dropped out because of Zika worries.

The first tee shot will be struck by Brazilian Adilson Da Silva, who learned to play using tree branches for clubs.

Adilson da Silva, of Brazil, left, walks around the ninth green with his caddie, Andrew Edmondson during a practice round for men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Da Silva was 11, when he first caddied for Edmondson, a tobacco buyer who spent half his year in Brazil. Edmondson later brought him to Zimbabwe because of a strong junior golf program. Now that Da Silva is in the Olympics, Edmondson will caddie for him. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Adilson da Silva, of Brazil, left, walks around the ninth green with his caddie, Andrew Edmondson during a practice round for men’s golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Da Silva was 11, when he first caddied for Edmondson, a tobacco buyer who spent half his year in Brazil. Edmondson later brought him to Zimbabwe because of a strong junior golf program. Now that Da Silva is in the Olympics, Edmondson will caddie for him. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

RUGBY

Fiji's Semi Kunatani, left, scores a try as United States's Perry Baker, watches during the men's rugby sevens match at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Fiji’s Semi Kunatani, left, scores a try as United States’s Perry Baker, watches during the men’s rugby sevens match at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Powerhouse Fiji goes against surprising Japan at 2:30 p.m. and South Africa faces Great Britain at 3 p.m. to get to the 7 p.m. finals.

The Americans missed out by one kick Wednesday after New England Patriots player Nate Ebner scored on Fiji with just a minute to go.

United States's Nate Ebner, scores a try during the men's rugby sevens match against Brazil at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
United States’s Nate Ebner, scores a try during the men’s rugby sevens match against Brazil at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

TABLE TENNIS

The gold medal match for men’s singles table tennis is at 9:30 p.m. China’s Ma Long and Zhang Jike are both into the semifinals, and we’re sure to see how the subtleties of spin dictate the winner.

Zhang Jike of China plays against Koki Niwa of Japan during their table tennis quarter finals match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Zhang Jike of China plays against Koki Niwa of Japan during their table tennis quarter finals match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

At 4:30 p.m., Americans Philip Dalhausser and Nicholas Lucena take on Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy. One surprise this Olympics has been the progression of the Canadian players on the beach.

United States' Phil Dalhausser hits over the net against Mexico during a men's beach volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
United States’ Phil Dalhausser hits over the net against Mexico during a men’s beach volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

TRACK CYCLING

The men’s sprint team finals are being held starting at 6:25 p.m. and, aside from the athletes, the bikes just may be the stars of the show. Some high-tech equipment will be on display to help shave seconds off the clock.

Bradley Wiggins, center, of Great Britain, rounds the track with teammates during a training session inside the Rio Olympic Velodrome in advance of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Bradley Wiggins, center, of Great Britain, rounds the track with teammates during a training session inside the Rio Olympic Velodrome in advance of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

TENNIS

Much of the competition had to be pushed back on Wednesday because of rain.

Volunteers clear water off the field of play on the central tennis court following a rainfall that delayed matches in the tennis competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Volunteers clear water off the field of play on the central tennis court following a rainfall that delayed matches in the tennis competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

FENCING

The women’s team épée gold medal match is at 6:30 p.m. Hungary’s Emese Szasz took top honors in the individuals.

Hungary's Emese Szasz, right, and Rossella Fiamingo, of Italy, compete in the women's individual epee fencing gold medal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. Szasz won the gold. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Hungary’s Emese Szasz, right, and Rossella Fiamingo, of Italy, compete in the women’s individual epee fencing gold medal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. Szasz won the gold. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

VOLLEYBALL

Host Brazil plays the U.S. men at 10:35 p.m.

JUDO

Women and men compete for medals in the half heavyweight divisions (78 kg and 100 kg, respectively), with bouts taking place through the day. Japan swept the golds in the middleweight divisions on Wednesday.

Japan's Mashu Baker, above, competes against Georgia's Varlam Liparteliani during the gold medal match in the men's 90 kg judo competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Japan’s Mashu Baker, above, competes against Georgia’s Varlam Liparteliani during the gold medal match in the men’s 90 kg judo competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Earlier in the day, at 2:16 p.m., he swims in qualifiers for the 100m butterfly, an event for which he holds the world record.

Reprinted with permission from The Associated Press

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