What to Watch: Rio Olympics Day 3

What to Watch: Rio Olympics Day 3

Ibtihaj Muhammad

On Day 3 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games history will be made.  In women’s rugby, the first Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded.  In women’s fencing, first-time Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the first U.S. athlete to compete for the U.S. while proudly wearing her hajib, the head covering worn in public by Muslim women.

Also, the men’s U.S. basketball team is in action against Venezuela, and Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross return to the court for their second match in beach volleyball.

For a full rundown of the action in Rio check out the NBCOlympics.com streaming schedule.  Watch all of the events of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games live on NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and on connected set-top boxes.


6:00 pm ET
Men’s Basketball: United States vs. Venezuela 

The United States faces a Venezuelan squad making their first Olympic appearance in the men’s tournament since 1992. The game will feature a matchup of high school teammates as Venezuela’s best player Greivis Vasquez, a point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, and Kevin Durant square off. Both played for Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland.

Beach Volleyball

3:30 pm ET
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Gibb/Patterson (USA) vs. Huber/Seidl (AUT)

Known for his loud on-court antics and signature Mohawk, U.S. beach volleyball player Casey Patterson battles alongside veteran Jake Gibb as they take on Austria’s Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl on Day 3 in Rio.

11:00 pm ET
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Walsh Jennings/Ross (USA) vs. Wang/Yue (CHN)

The top U.S. team and 3 seed entering Rio, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross face off against China’s best and 17th seed in Rio, Fan Wang and Yuan Yue.


3:00 pm ET
Men’s Diving: Synchronized platform final

Returning to the event where he won bronze in London, Team USA’s David Boudia looks for an improved finish with new partner Steele Johnson, the young diver he has mentored for 10 years.  The U.S. duo will have to best the dives of the heavily favored Chinese team of Chen Aisen and Lin Yue if they want to leave Rio with the gold.


8:00 am ET
Women’s Fencing: Individual sabre
Blue piste | Red piste | Green piste | Yellow piste | Medal bouts

Team USA’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis looks to bounce back after missing the podium in London and first-time Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, best known as the first U.S. athlete to compete at an Olympics while wearing a hajib, make their debuts on the pistes of Rio. Action begins at 8:00 am ET on four pistes (Blue, Red, Green and Yellow) with the bouts for gold and bronze medals beginning at 3:00 pm ET.


3:00 pm ET
Men’s Gymnastics: Team final

The Chinese men topped the podium in the team final in London, besting the silver medalists and their rivals, Team Japan, by four whole points, while Great Britain took the bronze.  All three teams will hope to claim medals again in Rio, while the U.S. men will also hope to improve on their fifth-place finish from London.


6:00 pm ET
Women’s Rugby: Gold medal match

For the first time in history, an Olympic gold medal will be awarded for women’s rugby sevens.


9:00 pm ET
Day 3 Evening Session

Men’s 200m freestyle final
Women’s 100m backstroke final
Men’s 100m backstroke final

With both U.S. defending Olympic champions Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers out, Day 3 proves to be the Australian backstroke show: 2015 world champions in the 100m backstroke Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin look to prove their mettle on an Olympic stage. The 200m freestyle is more of a wildcard, with 2012 Olympic champion Yannick Agnel of France, 2015 world champion James Guy of Great Britain, China’s Sun Yang and U.S. star Conor Dwyer all in contention.

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