What to Watch: Rio Olympics Day 5

As competition continues in Rio, catch both men’s and women’s U.S. basketball teams on Day 5, and on the beach, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross play a preliminary match against Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré.

USA Rugby’s Men’s Eagles face off against the No. 1 team in Rio and two-time defending World Rugby Sevens Series champions, Fiji. In boxing, the undefeated New Jersey native Shakur Stevenson is expected to have his first fight, but the main event of Day 5 pits Japan’s Kohei Uchimura against the world in gymnastics.  Uchimura comes to Rio with a chance to become the first male gymnast to repeat individual all-around gold at an Olympics in over 40 years, something his countryman achieved at the 1968 and 1972 Games.

In swimming, expect to see Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Nathan Adrian in the pool for Team USA.

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.


2:30 pm ET
Women’s Basketball: United States vs. Serbia

Head coach Geno Auriemma leads his Olympic veterans and former UCONN Huskies Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, and Maya Moore in Rio.

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

The United States takes on their toughest opponent of the tournament thus far in Australia. The Aussies sport an NBA-studded lineup featuring players from the last three NBA champions: Matthew Dellavedova (2016), Andrew Bogut (2015) and Patty Mills (2014). DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Draymond Green will be put to the test as the Boomers possess one of the toughest frontcourts in the tournament in Bogut and the Detroit Pistons’ Aron Baynes.

Beach Volleyball

10:00 am ET
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Gibb/Patterson (USA) vs. Herrera/Gavira (ESP)

U.S. teammates Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson face Spain’s four-time Olympian Pablo Herrera Allepuz and his parter Adrián Gavira Collado.  Herrera comes to Rio hoping to better a pair of heartbreaking back-to-back ninth place finishes after losing in the Round of 16 in both Beijing and London.

8:00 pm ET
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Walsh Jennings/Ross vs. Forrer/Vergé-Dépré (SUI)

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings formed a new partnership with London silver medalist April Ross just moments after defeating her. Now on the same side of the net, the top U.S. women’s beach volleyball team looks for a win on Day 5 against Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré.


Men’s Boxing

Wichita’s Nico Hernandez will box against Carlos Quipo Pilataxi from Ecuador. You can watch the match on NBC.com by clicking here.


7:30 am ET
Women’s and Men’s Individual Time Trial

Team USA’s Taylor Phinney says there is “something a little bit wrong with us” when describing endurance cyclists who push the limits of what their bodies can do on two wheels. In time trial racing, riders pedal against the clock as they grind to the finish for a little more than 30 miles. In Rio they will face a course with challenging climbs. One hill features a 13% grade climb. That qualifies as steep for even the best riders in the world.

U.S. cyclist Kristin Armstrong is going for the Olympic three-peat in the women’s time trial, after taking gold in both Beijing and London in the women’s event. Watch cycling’s individual time trials for women (starting at 7:30 am ET) and the men (starting at 9:00 am ET) on Day 5 in Rio.


3:00 pm ET
Men’s Gymnastics: Individual all-around final

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura tries to become the first male gymnast to win back-to-back Olympic all-around titles since fellow countryman Sawao Kato did it at the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich Olympics. The U.S.’ Sam Mikulak has said publicly he wants to be the one to dethrone Uchimura, but after an Olympic Trials filled with mistakes, Mikulak will need to be at his absolute best to have a shot at gold.


12:30 pm ET
Men’s Rugby: Fiji vs. United States

The U.S. men’s rugby team takes on the No. 1 seed, Fiji, the two-time defending World Rugby Sevens Series champions.


9:00 pm ET
Day 5 Evening Session

Women’s 100m freestyle semifinals
Men’s 100m freestyle final
Men’s 200m individual medley semifinals
Women’s 4x200m freestyle final

U.S. sprinter Nathan Adrian won gold in London in the 100m freestyle by just 0.01 seconds, relegating Australia’s James Magnussen to silver. Magnussen didn’t qualify for the Rio 100m free, but that won’t make Adrian’s defense any easier with Aussie Cam McEvoy in the field. Also, the U.S. women led by Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin look to keep the streak alive in the 4x200m freestyle relay, where the U.S. has topped the podium at every Olympics since Barcelona ’92.

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