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What to watch at the Rio games on Wednesday

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Day 12 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):


Expect a good showdown between Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Tori Bowie of the U.S. in the 200 meters at 10:30 p.m. following semifinals Tuesday night. Bowie is coming off a silver in the 100. There’s no worry about Allyson Felix, the reigning Olympic champ, because she didn’t qualify at Olympic trials.

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The American women are thinking sweep in the 100 hurdles at 10:55 p.m. This despite world record holder Keni Harrison not even making the team at trials. It’s that deep.

American Brittney Reese gets started in trying to defend her long jump title at 9:15 p.m.

Ashton Eaton of the U.S. kicks off the defense of his decathlon title. He’s trying to become the first to win back to back decathlon titles since Daley Thompson of Britain in 1980 and 1984.

And then, of course, there’s Usain Bolt as he takes another step toward another sweep in the sprints. The Jamaican was 3 for 3 in Beijing and again in London. And so far he’s 1 for 1 in Rio. Semifinals start at 10 p.m.


After meeting in the semifinals of the last three Olympics, the U.S. men’s basketball team and Argentina square off in the quarterfinals at 6:45 p.m. The Americans, challenged in their last three games, would fail to medal in the Olympics for the first time with a loss.

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Other games will see Australia vs. Lithuania at 11 a.m., Spain vs. France at 2:30 p.m. and Serbia vs. Croatia at 10:15 p.m.


Brazilian world champions Agatha and Barbara knocked off Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross to reach the gold-medal game against Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst at 11:59 p.m.

Walsh Jennings was going for her fourth gold, and Ross was looking to improve on the silver she earned when she lost to her fellow Americans in the London final.

The U.S. will face top-seeded Brazilian women Talita and Larissa at 10 p.m. in the bronze medal match.


Host nation Brazil will have its eyes on Neymar and company as they take on Honduras at 1 p.m. in the semifinals. It’s been a rocky road for the team – starting with two draws (South Africa, Iraq) but following with shutout wins over Denmark and Colombia. Honduras had two wins, a loss and a draw.

At 4 p.m., Nigeria and Germany play in the other semifinal. The gold medal match is Saturday.


The U.S. will face Poland in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. after the Americans won their final three pool-play matches following an 0-2 start. Canada, back in the Olympics for the first time since 1992, plays defending Olympic champion Russia in the opening quarterfinal at 10 a.m.


Italy takes on Olympic first-timer Iran at 6 p.m., while host Brazil advanced on the final day of preliminary play Monday and draws Argentina at 10:15 p.m.


Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho will attempt to become the first woman to win an individual gold at four consecutive Olympics. Five men have done it, including Carl Lewis and Michael Phelps (2016)


Top American boxer Claressa Shields fights for the first time in the tournament. Shields unexpectedly dominated the first Olympic women’s boxing tournament in London and won the gold medal. She’s a favorite to win another. Shields hasn’t lost a fight since London, winning two world championships and a Pan-American Games title. The fight is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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Uzbekistan fighter Shakhram Giyasov faces Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan at 4:30 p.m. for the men’s welterweight gold.

Republished with permission from the Associated Press.

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