What to Watch: Rio Olympics Day 9

What to Watch: Rio Olympics Day 9

Usain Bolt runs in a 200m event

Day 9 has everything an Olympic fan could possibly want.  In the morning on centre court, catch the men’s singles gold medal match of tennis.  Later, the quarterfinals in women’s beach volleyball get underway, and the final round in men’s golf comes to a close with the first Olympic medalists being crowned in 112 years.

In gymnastics, the men’s and women’s event finals begin where Team USA’s Simone Biles on vault is a must-see.

If that wasn’t enough, under the lights at the Olympic Stadium in Rio, expect to see Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Team USA’s Justin Gatlin face off in the 100m in hopes of winning the title “Fastest Man in the World.”

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.


11:15 am ET
Women’s Basketball: China vs. United States

Led by Diana Taurasi’s 22 points in London, the U.S. women put up 114 points to China’s 66 in group play on their way to an unblemished gold medal-winning Olympic Games. Taurasi and Co. are back for Rio, which could be bad news for the Chinese squad.

1:15 pm ET
Men’s Basketball: United States vs. France

The United States and France meet in the final game of group play. France touts one of the most talented rosters in the tournament with NBA-ers Tony Parker, Nic Batum, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert leading the way. Talent aside, France features some of the best nicknames in the entire Games in Diaw (the Borista, Tea Time) and Gobert (French Rejection, Stifle Tower).

Beach Volleyball

Women’s Beach Volleyball: Quarterfinals
3:00 pm ET – Game 1 – Teams TBD – STREAM LIVE
4:00 pm ET – Game 2 – Teams TBD – STREAM LIVE
10:00 pm ET – Game 3 – Teams TBD – STREAM LIVE
11:00 pm ET – Game 4 – Teams TBD – STREAM LIVE

The women’s beach volleyball quarterfinals feature four games played throughout Day 9 beginning at 3:00 pm ET.


3:00 pm ET
Women’s Diving: 3m springboard final

China’s Shi Tingmao and He Zi, the 2015 World Championships gold and silver medalists, respectively, will battle for the 3m springboard Olympic crown against Team USA’s Kassidy Cook and Abby Johnston as well as a slew of other competitors like Italy’s Tania Cagnotto (fourth in London). He owns one Olympic medal, a synchro springboard gold from the 2012 Games, while Shi is making her Olympic debut.


6:00 am ET
Men’s Golf: Final Round

The first Olympic medals will be awarded in golf in over 100 years in Rio.


1:00 pm ET
Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics: Event finals

Men’s floor final
Women’s vault final
Men’s pommel horse final
Women’s uneven bars final

Four event finals in men’s and women’s gymnastics will be contested on Day 9.  Japan’s “Twist Prince” Kenzo Shirai is a favorite for floor gold after claiming the world title in 2015, while U.S. star Simone Biles could win the vault final with her combination of two high-difficulty vaults.  The women’s uneven bar final may be the closest of the day—at the 2015 World Championships, four different gymnasts tied for gold. In the pommel horse final two Brits, Max Whitlock and Louis Smith, will likely battle it out for pommel horse supremacy.


Centre Court
11:00 am ET
Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match – TBD – STREAM LIVE
1:00 pm ET
Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match – TBD – STREAM LIVE
3:00 pm ET
Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match – TBD – STREAM LIVE

Track and Field

8:30 am ET
Women’s Marathon

The U.S. has not won an Olympic gold medal in the women’s marathon since 1984, when the event made its Olympic debut. The U.S. sends Desiree Linden to Rio, along with best friends Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan. Cragg had the best time at U.S. Olympic Trials after competing at the 2012 Olympics in the 10,000m.

7:15 pm ET
Day 9 Evening Session

Women’s 400m semifinals
Men’s 100m semifinals
Men’s 400m final
Men’s 100m final

Appropriately, the most exciting 9 seconds in track and field will be run on Day 9.  The men’s 100m features an anticipated showdown between Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and his U.S. rival Justin Gatlin.  Since London, Bolt has been beaten just once in the 100m sprint, which was by the legs of Gatlin in 2014.  However, after pulling out of the Jamaican Olympic Trials with an injury, no one is certain how healthy Bolt will be in his fourth Olympics.


4:00 pm ET
Women’s Volleyball: United States vs. China

After coming home with silver in 2008 and 2012, both times losing out on gold to Brazil, the U.S. women are determined to finish on top in Rio.  In the last day of the group stage, the U.S. women must play five-time Olympic medalists China.

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