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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte battle for first time in Rio on NBC's primetime coverage Wednesday


Wed, Aug 10th 2016 08:45 am
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Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin lead U.S. in women's 4x200m free relay Wednesday

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross in action

Simone Biles seeks individual all-around gold on NBC Thursday night

NBC's primetime coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad continues tonight (8 p.m. ET/PT), and features a swimming showdown in the men's 100m freestyle final between 2012 gold medalist Nathan Adrian of the U.S. and Australian sprint star Cameron McEvoy, plus a favored American quartet in the women's 4x200m free relay, led by freestyle phenom Katie Ledecky and five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin. In addition, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, who both won gold Tuesday in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay, seek to advance in the men's 200m individual medley semifinals.

Wednesday's primetime coverage begins with beach volleyball as Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross return to action against Switzerland. Coverage continues with the individual all-around finals in men's gymnastics, where Japan's Kohei Uchimura - winner of every world and Olympic men's all-around title since 2009 - seeks to become the event's first back-to-back Olympic champion since compatriot Sawao Kato in 1972. Sam Mikulak, who has won four consecutive U.S. national titles, could contend for a medal as the top American in the event.

NBC's daytime coverage highlights Michal Smolen, 2015 World bronze medalist in men's K-1, in his quest to give the U.S. its first-ever Olympic medal in the men's canoe/kayak event, immediately followed by rowing finals at 3:45 p.m.

Diana Taurasi leads the U.S. women's basketball team against Serbia at 2:30 p.m., followed by the U.S. men's basketball team against Australia at 6 p.m. Gold medal finals on NBCSN include women's table tennis and men's fencing, as 2015 World silver medalist Daryl Homer attempts to give the U.S. its first medal in the men's individual sabre event since 1984.

USA Network hosts coverage of men's rugby when the U.S. faces Fiji at 3 p.m. Gold medal finals coverage shifts to MSNBC as 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glen Eller and two-time world champion Joshua Richmond compete in the men's double trap final in shooting.

On Wednesday, Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO simulcast live coverage of men's soccer between Mexico and South Korea at 3 p.m. Mexico looks to repeat after winning gold in London 2012.

Thursday, Aug. 11

NBC's primetime on Thursday kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/PT with women's gymnastics when three-time reigning world champion Simone Biles looks to become the fourth consecutive American to win Olympic gold in the individual all-around.

Swimming gold medal finals highlight Thursday's primetime coverage as Phelps and Lochte are expected to face off for the final time in their storied rivalry in the men's 200m individual medley final. Phelps also squares off with two-time reigning world champion Chad le Clos of South Africa in the men's 100m butterfly semifinals. In addition, Australian Mitch Larkin hopes to snap a U.S. winning streak dating back to 1996 in the men's 200m backstroke.

Thursday's daytime coverage begins with gold medal finals in rowing at 10 a.m., immediately followed by women's water polo as the U.S. takes on China. Daytime coverage continues with beach volleyball and gold medal finals in canoe/kayak at 2:30 p.m.

On NBCSN at 2:30 p.m., American Kayla Harrison aims to defend her 2012 Olympic title in women's judo, and the gold medal finals will be held in women's individual archery. Gold medal finals coverage continues on NBCSN with men's rugby at 5:30 p.m., followed by men's table tennis and women's shooting at 8 p.m.

Live coverage of golf's return to the Olympic program tees off with the men's first round at 6:30 a.m. on Golf Channel. The network will provide wraparound news coverage immediately prior to and following live coverage of the competition via "Golf Central Live From the Olympics" at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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