Rio Olympics TV, what to watch Thursday: Biles, Phelps look to extend U.S. dominance in gymnastics, swimming



In gymnastics on NBC during prime time, 19-year-old Simone Biles is heavily favored to become the fourth consecutive American woman crowned Olympic all-around champion. And in swimming, Michael Phelps duels compatriot Ryan Lochte in the men’s 200-meter IM final; a Phelps gold would make him the first swimmer to win the same individual event four times.



10 a.m.-noon: Rowing – Semifinals and Gold Medal Finals. Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. China (LIVE). Noon-2:30 p.m.: Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE). 2:30-5 p.m.: Women’s Beach Volleyball – Fendrick/Sweat (U.S.) vs. TBA (Russia) (LIVE). Men’s Beach Volleyball – Dalhausser/Lucena (U.S.) vs. Nicolai/Lupo (Italy) (LIVE). Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Gold Medal Finals. 8 p.m.-midnight: Women’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final. Swimming (LIVE): Men’s 50m Freestyle – Semifinals, Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Gold Medal Final, Men’s 200m Backstroke – Gold Medal Final, Women’s 200m Backstroke – Semifinals, Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Gold Medal Final, Women’s 100m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final, Men’s 100m Butterfly – Semifinals. 12:35 a.m.-1:35 a.m.: Women’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final. Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Gold Medal Final. 1:35-4:30 a.m.: Primetime Encore.


2-6 a.m.: Primetime Encore. 6-7 a.m.: NBC Late Night Encore. 8-9:45 a.m.: Women’s Archery – Individuals Eliminations. Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE). 9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Women’s Fencing – Team Epee Quarterfinals (LIVE). Women’s Judo – 78kg Elimination Round. Women’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final (LIVE). 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Men’s Rugby – Semifinals (LIVE). 2:30-5:30 p.m.: Women’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final (LIVE). Women’s Judo – 78kg Gold Medal Final (LIVE). Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE). 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Men’s Rugby – Bronze Medal and Gold Medal Final (LIVE). 6:30-8 p.m.: Women’s Field Hockey – U.S. vs. India (LIVE). 8 p.m.-midnight: Boxing – Elimination Matches. Men’s Table Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE). Men’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Brazil (LIVE). Women’s Shooting – Rifle, Three Positions Finals.


9-10:30 a.m.: Women’s Water Polo – Italy vs. Australia. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Men’s Table Tennis – Singles Semifinals. Badminton – Preliminary Round. 1-3 p.m.: Men’s Basketball – Brazil vs. Croatia (LIVE). 3-5 p.m.: Badminton – Preliminary Round. Men’s Handball – Brazil vs. Germany.


Noon-2 p.m.: Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round (LIVE). Women’s Water Polo – Spain vs. Hungary. 2-3:45 p.m.: Men’s Volleyball – Poland vs. Argentina (LIVE). 3:45-5 p.m.: Equestrian – Team Dressage Qualifying. Sailing.


5-8 p.m.: Women’s Fencing – Team Epee Gold Medal Final (LIVE). Cycling – Track Gold Medal Final.


5-6:30 a.m.: Golf Central Live From the Olympics. 6:30-9 a.m.: Men’s – 1st Round (LIVE). 9 a.m.-noon: Men’s – 1st Round (LIVE). Noon-3 p.m.: Men’s – 1st Round (LIVE). 3-5 p.m.: Golf Central Live From the Olympics. 11 p.m.-5 a.m.: Men’s – 1st Round Encore.


11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Tennis (LIVE). 1-3 p.m.: Tennis (LIVE). 3-5 p.m.: Tennis (LIVE). 5-7 p.m.: Tennis (LIVE).


11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.: Women’s – Belarus vs. Turkey (LIVE). 1:15-3 p.m.: Men’s – Brazil vs. Croatia (LIVE). 3-4:30 p.m.: Men’s – Brazil vs. Croatia Encore. 4:30-6 p.m.: Women’s – France vs. Brazil. 6-7:45 p.m.: Men’s – Nigeria vs. Spain (LIVE). 7:45-9:30 p.m.: Women’s – Japan vs. Australia. 9:30-11:15 p.m.: Men’s – Lithuania vs. Argentina (LIVE).


3-5 a.m.: Late Night Encore. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: News Recap. Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round. Boxing – Elimination Matches. 1-3 p.m.: Basketball. Boxing – Elimination Matches. Midnight-2 a.m.: TBA.


6-8 a.m.: Late Night Encore. 3-6 p.m.: Boxing – Elimination Matches. Volleyball. 6-8 p.m.: Basketball.