08/11/2016 16:12 EDT | Updated 08/12/2017 01:12 EDT

What to watch at the Rio Games on Friday

RIO DE JANEIRO — Day 7 of the Rio Games features medal action in swimming, track and field, track cycling, fencing, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):


Will Michael Phelps add even more gold to his Olympic career? We'll see when the men's 100 metre butterfly finals are held Friday at 10:12 p.m. Phelps has the world and Olympic (Beijing) records in the event and swims in the semifinals Thursday night just 33 minutes after the 200 individual medley final.

Speaking of golds, fellow American Katie Ledecky will be back in the pool — this time at 11:20 p.m. for the 800 freestyle, which she set a new Olympic record for on Thursday. She swam the 16-lap event in 8 minutes, 12.86 seconds Thursday, bettering the old mark of 8:14.10 set by Rebecca Adlington of Britain in 2008. Ledecky's time was nearly seven seconds faster than anyone else. She's seeking to complete a sweep of the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles for the first time since the 1968 Mexico City Games.

The superstar lineup Friday includes Katinka Hosszu of Hungary going in the 200 backstroke at 10:03 p.m. She qualified fastest Thursday and has already has won the 100 backstroke, along with the 200 and 400 individual medleys. Hilary Caldwell of Canada had the second quickest time of 2:07.40. Maya DiRado of the United States, who has won gold, silver and bronze at her first Olympics, was third fastest in 2:08.60.

American Missy Franklin , who holds the world and Olympic records (London) advanced to the semifinals with the 11th-fastest time of 2:09.36. She earned a gold medal as part of the 4x200 freestyle relay after swimming in the preliminaries but the games have been disappointing for her.

Men will swim for the gold in the 50 free at 10:44 p.m.


Track and field starts Friday and includes preliminaries for the women in the 100 metre.

There are five sprinters to watch: Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Americans English Gardner, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the two-time defending Olympic champion, is also in the field.

On the men's side, preliminaries start in the 800 metre and 400 metre. In the longer of the two, the man to beat is David Rudisha, though he did struggle in the Kenyan trials. He holds the world and Olympic records, both set at the London Games. He was the first athlete to run the event in under 1 minutes 41 seconds. His first heat is at 10:26 a.m.

In the 400, we'll get a first look at favourites American LaShawn Merritt, South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk and Grenada's Kirani James. Heats start at 9:05 p.m.

Meanwhile, two women will each be seeking a third consecutive gold .

At 11:10 a.m., Tirunesh Dibaba seeks another medal in the 10,000. She is already considered the greatest female distance runner in history with her five Olympic medals (three gold) and five world championship golds. The 31-year-old has fought back from major injuries several times in her career and just finished a yearlong break after the birth of her son.

At 10 p.m., New Zealand's shot putter Alerie Adams seeks a comeback from elbow and shoulder surgery. She was basically untouchable at major championships from 2007 to 2014, with four world and two Olympic gold medals to show for it. Adams is the second-best performer of the season, behind China's Gong Lijiao. Christina Schwanitz of Germany, who took over Adams' world title last year, could well be her toughest opponent on Friday

Also, medals will be given after the men's 20km race walk, which is at 2:30 p.m.


The dominating US teams are back on the court.

The men play Serbia at 7 p.m. While the U.S. is still the team to beat, they were tested in their last contest against Australia. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points on the night he became the U.S. men's Olympic career scoring leader.

The women take on Canada at 3:30 p.m. The three Olympic rookies on the American team have had an impressive start: Elena Delle Donne, Breanna Stewart and Brittney Griner have all had stretches when they have taken over games as the U.S. has won its first two contests in dominating fashion.

Canada clinched its second straight berth in the women's basketball quarterfinals Wednesday, beating Senegal 68-58 on Wednesday

In other action, China's men face Austalia at 2:15 p.m.


The U.S. women, coming off a rare draw against Colombia, continue into the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. against Sweden. And Brazil, featuring standout Marta , faces Australia at 11 p.m.

The other games will see China take on Germany at 4 p.m. and Canada against France at 7 p.m.


The men head into their second round with Australia's Marcus Fraser atop the leaderboard with an 8-under 63 at Olympic Golf Course , where wildlife has been abundant. Fraser has a three-shot lead over British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Graham DeLaet of Canada. It's the first time golf has been in the Olympics since 1904.


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