Rio Olympics viewer’s guide: Tuesday, Aug. 16
For those who have enjoyed the athletic brilliance of U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman over the past 10 days, the Olympic schedule on Tuesday offers one final opportunity to watch the all-around gold medalist (Biles) and silver medalist (Raisman) compete on a final apparatus. The women’s floor exercise highlights the gymnastic program (starts at 1:00 p.m. ET) at the Rio Olympic Arena, with Biles and Raisman as the heavy favorites. Medals will also be awarded in boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, diving, equestrian, sailing, weightlifting and wrestling on a busy day in Rio.
What to watch (all times in Eastern Standard Time)
• The morning track program (starts at 8:30 a.m.) includes the men’s triple jump final (Christian Taylor of the U.S. is the defending champion; teammate Will Claye is also a favorite) and women’s discus final (the favorite is Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic).
• In the final day of individual apparatus finals (starts at 1:00 p.m.), men’s gymnasts will compete in the parallel bars and high bar. Danell Leyva gets the call for the U.S. in the parallel bars and horizontal bar. Fellow American Sam Mikulak will be part of the horizontal bar group.
• The women’s soccer semifinals will be contested with host Brazil meeting Sweden (noon) and Canada taking on Germany at 3:00 p.m.
• Beach volleyball enters semifinal play with Larissa and Talita of Brazil taking on Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst ( 3 p.m. ET/PT).
• Gold will be handed out in the men’s 3-meter springboard final (finals start at 5:00 p.m. ET). China's Cao Yuan and He Chao and Russia’s Ilya Zakharov are the favorites.
• American track cyclist Sarah Hammer looks for the podium in women’s omnium after wining a silver in 2012 ( 5 p.m. ET).
• The undefeated U.S. women's basketball team begin knockout round play against Japan (5:30 p.m. ET)
• The highlight of the evening track and field program (begins at 7:30 p.m. ET) is the 110-meter hurdle finals where University of Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen is among the favorites along with Jamaicans Omar McLeod. Medals will also be given out in the men’s high jump and women’s 1500, where Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba is the big favorite. (Genzebe's sister Tirunesh won five Olympic medals.) Track and field's evening session also features women's javelin, women's long jump qualifying, the men’s and women 400m hurdles semifinals and the women's 200m semis. Americans Tori Bowie, Deajah Stevens and Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands are the ones to watch in the 200.
• Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross compete in the women’s beach volleyball semifinals against Brazil’s Bárbara Seixas and Ágatha Bednarczuk. The match is scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET.
By The Numbers
34.9 million: Viewers watching NBC between 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Monday night as Usain Bolt won the 100-meter race.
3: Career gold medals for Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain, who retained her Olympic individual dressage title on Monday riding Valegro. She becomes only the second British woman to win three Olympic gold medals, tying cyclist Laura Trott.
1: Dutch woman in the history of the Olympic Games to win an individual gymnastics medal. On Monday Sanne Wevers took gold in the beam, beating out Biles and fellow American Laurie Hernandez.
Pieces of Note
• From the New York Times: A multimedia graphic on how Usain Bolt came from behind again to win gold in the 100
• Golf.com’s Alan Shipnuck on the return of Olympic golf
• From The MMQB’s Peter King: How Ray Lewis helped Michael Phelps
• SI’s Grant Wahl on the Brazilian women’s soccer team
• Meet the photographer who took the photo of the Games (so far)
See Tuesday's Olympic television listings below for the afternoon and evening below, and be sure to check out SI.com’s comprehensive coverage of Rio 2016.
Note: Not all events listed below are live, but you can watch every Olympic event live on NBCOlympics.com.
8 a.m. ET
Canoe/kayak: Gold-medal finals. NBCSN
Track and field: Qualifying heats, men's triple jump finals, women's discus finals. NBCSN
Swimming: Men's 10km open water event. NBCSN
9 a.m. ET
Volleyball: Women's quarterfinals. USA
10 a.m. ET
Track and field: Includes coverage of the men's triple jump and women's discus finals. NBC
11 a.m. ET
Field hockey: Men's semifinal. USA
Badminton: Doubles semifinals. USA
Water polo: Men's quarterfinal (11:30 a.m.). NBC
Equestrian: Team jumping event, qualifying (11:30 a.m.). NBC
Track and field: Qualifying rounds. NBC
Soccer: Women's semifinal, Brazil vs. Sweden. NBCSN, Telemundo
Cycling: Track cycling. NBCSN
Canoe/kayak: Flatwater finals. NBCSN
Handball: Women's quarterfinal. MSNBC
Wrestling: Greco-Roman qualifying round, men's 66kg and men's 98kg. MSNBC
1 p.m. ET
Volleyball: Women's quarterfinal, Japan vs. USA. NBC
Synchronized swimming: Duet final. USA
Table tennis: Women's team bronze medal match, Singapore vs. Japan. USA
2 p.m. ET
Water polo: Men's quarterfinal, Brazil vs. Croatia. MSNBC
Water polo: Men's quarterfinal, Greece vs. Italy. MSNBC
Sailing: Finals. MSNBC
Diving: Men's springboard semifinal (2:45 p.m.). NBC
3 p.m. ET
Beach volleyball: Semifinal. NBC
Beach volleyball: Semifinal. USA
Soccer: Women's semifinal, Germany vs. Canada. NBCSN, NBC Universo
Badminton: Doubles semifinal. NBCSN
5 p.m. ET
Cycling: Men's keirin, women's omnium. CNBC
Volleyball: Women's quarterfinals, Russia vs. Serbia. CNBC
Basketball: Women's quarterfinal, United States vs. Japan (5:45 p.m.). NBCSN
7 p.m. ET
Field hockey: Men's semifinals. CNBC
Weightlifting: Men's superheavyweight (7:30 p.m.). NBCSN
Boxing: Men's lightweight gold medal bout, Robson Conceição (Brazil) vs. Sofiane Oumiha (France) (7:30 p.m.). NBCSN
Wrestling: Greco-Roman finals, men's 66kg and men's 98kg (7:30 p.m.). NBCSN
8 p.m. ET
Track and field: Men's high jump final; women's 1500m final; men's 110m hurdles semifinals. NBC
Gymnastics: Men's parallel bars final; men's high bar final; women's floor exercise final. NBC
Beach volleyball: Semifinal. NBC
9 p.m. ET
Volleyball: Women's quarterfinal, Brazil vs. China (9:15 p.m.). NBCSN
Table tennis: Women's team final, China vs. Germany. NBCSN