What to watch: Day 16 at the Olympics


Here’s a rundown of the key competitions to watch on Day 16 at the Olympics. The events can be live-streamed on NBC’s Olympics website.

Day 16 — Sunday, August 12, 2012

The men’s marathon takes place at 6 a.m. ET. After the untimely death of Beijing gold-medal  winner Sammy Wanjiru in 2011, the field is open. Team USA has a chance for its first gold medal in the event in 40 years behind Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 silver medalist and winner of the Olympic trials and 2009 New York Marathon.

Team USA basketball hits the court Sunday in a rematch of the 2008 gold-medal game against Spain at 10 a.m. ET. A victory would give the U.S. its 14th gold medal in men’s basketball. Team USA’s average margin of victory in the London Games is 35.7 points. Spain, a two-time silver medalist, advanced Friday by rallying from 11 points down against Russia.

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Sweden and France duke it out in men’s handball at 10:45 a.m. ET. France is attempting to become the first team to repeat as Olympic gold-medal winners. Hungary, seeking its first gold medal in the sport, won three straight Olympic silver medals between 1992 and 2004.

It’s been 16 years since either Italy or Croatia has medaled in men’s waterpolo, and the two will meet in the gold-medal match at 12:30 p.m. ET. In Atlanta, Croatia took home silver after losing to Spain, while Italy landed the bronze.

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At 4 p.m. ET, the world’s top two men’s volleyball teams clash. Top-ranked Brazil goes for gold after losing in four sets to the U.S. in 2004. Russia won silver in 2000, and bronzes in ’04 and ’08, but hasn’t taken gold since the former Soviet Union won it in 1980.

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