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What to Watch: Rio Olympic Games Day 8

Michael Phelps
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What to Watch: Rio Olympic Games Day 8

As Michael Phelps closes his Games in Rio, Usain Bolt begins his on the track

The first round of elimination matches in beach volleyball continues on Day 8, and it's moving day in golf as the men play their third Olympic round.

Look for Jamaica's Usain Bolt to run his first race in Rio in the first round of the men's 100m in track and field, which gets underway at 8:30 am ET.  

In the must-see moment of the day, Michael Phelps will have one last chance to grab another medal in Rio on Day 8 in the 4x100 medley relay. If Phelps and his U.S. relay teammates can win another gold, expect an emotional night by the pool for the most-decorated Olympian of all time after he swims his final Olympic race. 

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

Beach Volleyball

Men's and Women's Beach Volleyball: Round of 16

See if Team USA's Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena can exorcise the Thin Beasts' 2012 demons from London, where he and then-partner Todd Rogers were eliminated in the Round of 16. Eight games will be played throughout Day 8 beginning at 10:00 am ET, with the Brazilian No. 1-seed Alison and Bruno matched up against Spain's Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira. Similar to Dalhausser, Herrera has faced disappointment in the Round of 16 at the Olympics, losing in the first batch of knockout matches in both Beijing and London. The must-see women's match of the day features Switerland's Forrer/Vergé- Dépré against Germany's Ludwig/Walkenhorst. The Swiss duo pushed the top American team of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross into a three-set thriller, with the U.S. team eventually getting the win.

10:00 am ET
Alison/Bruno (BRA) vs. Herrera/Gavira (ESP)STREAM LIVE

2:00 pm ET
Forrer/Vergé- Dépré (SUI) vs. Ludwig/Walkenhorst (GER)STREAM LIVE

11:00 pm ET
Lucena/Dalhausser (USA) vs. Huber/Seidl (AUT)STREAM LIVE


6:30 am ET
Men’s Golf: Round 3

Australia's Marcus Fraser continues to lead after 36 holes in Rio. Belgium's Thomas Pieters sits just one off the lead with Sweden's Henrik Stenson two back in the third position. The highest American, Matt Kuchar, lowered his score for the tournament by one stroke (finishing 3-under after 36 holes) and ended the day tied for 14th. Meanwhile, U.S. teammate Bubba Watson climbed 24 spots on the leaderboard after a second round which included six birdies and an eagle.


2:00 pm ET
Men’s Shooting: Skeet final

U.S. shooter Vincent Hancock could win his third-straight Olympic gold in skeet.


9:00 pm ET
Day 8 Evening Session

Women’s 50m freestyle final
Women’s 4x100 medley relay final
Men’s 4x100 medley relay final

Day 8 will close the Olympic Games for Michael Phelps. He will look to swim one last 100 meters of butterfly in the 4x100 medley relay, bringing his unparalleled swimming career to a close. For the women of the 50m freestyle final, the hardest part of winning the race may be simply getting to the swimming venue on time. A bus taking some of the swimmers to the semis on Friday night took a wrong turn and ended up at the track and field venue instead of the pool. Barring any further transportation hiccups, look for Australian sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell and Team USA's 100m freestyle gold medalist in Rio, Simone Manuel, to gut it out in the ladies' "splash and dash."


Centre Court
Approx 4:10 pm ET, after the conclusion of del Potro (ARG) vs. Nadal (ESP) 
Women’s Singles Gold Medal Match
Monica Puig (PUR) vs. Angelique Kerber (GER)

Court 1
Approx. 3:45 pm ET
Mixed Doubles semifinal Match 1
Mirza/Bopanna (IND) vs. Williams/Ram (USA)

After IND vs. USA
Mixed Doubles semifinal Match 2
Mattek-Sands/Sock (USA) vs. Hradecka/Stepanek (CZE)

Track and Field

8:30 am ET
Day 8 Morning Session

Women’s 400m Round 1
Men’s 100m Round 1

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and the U.S.’ Justin Gatlin begin their 2016 campaign to determine who walks out of Rio with the title “Fastest Man Alive.”

7:30 pm ET
Day 8 Evening Session

Men’s 400m semifinals
Women’s 100m final
Men’s 10,000m final

When it comes to races run on the track, one of the shortest, as well as the longest, will be contested on Day 8.  The women’s 100m final could be Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s third trip in a row to the top of the Olympic podium, and in the men’s 10,000m final there is an expected battle between two friends for gold, USA’s Galen Rupp and Great Britain’s defending Olympic champion Mo Farah.

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