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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 8

Beach Volleyball - Olympics: Day 1

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: April Ross (2) and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States victory after the Women’s Beach Volleyball preliminary round Pool C match against Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Nicole Laird of Australia on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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History will be made on Day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games when he first Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in women’s rugby.

Another first will come in women’s fencing, where first-time Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the first U.S. athlete to compete while proudly wearing her hijab, the head covering worn in public by Muslim women.

MORE: FULL Day 3 streaming schedule

Also, the men’s USA Basketball team is in action against Venezuela, and Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross return to the court for their second match in beach volleyball.

What to Watch: Day 3, Aug 8

8 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE -- Women’s Fencing: Individual sabre

Team USA’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis looks to bounce back after missing the podium in London, and Muhammad will also make her debut on the pistes of Rio.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE -- Men’s Gymnastics: Team final

The Chinese men topped the podium in the team final in London, besting the silver medalists and their rivals, Team Japan, by four points, while Great Britain took the bronze. All three teams will hope to claim medals again in Rio, while the U.S. men will also hope to improve on their fifth-place finish from London.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE -- Men’s Diving: Synchronized platform final

Returning to the event where he won bronze in London, Team USA’s David Boudia looks for an improved finish with new partner Steele Johnson, the young diver he has mentored for 10 years. The U.S. duo will have to best the heavily favored Chinese team of Chen Aisen and Lin Yue if they want to leave Rio with the gold.

3:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE -- Men’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Austria

Known for his loud on-court antics and signature Mohawk, U.S. beach volleyball player Casey Patterson battles alongside veteran Jake Gibb as they take on Austria’s Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl on Day 3 in Rio.

6 p.m. EDT– WATCH LIVE -- Men’s Basketball: Venezuela vs. United States

The United States faces a Venezuelan squad making their first Olympic appearance in the men’s tournament since 1992.

6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE -- Women’s Rugby: Gold medal match

For the first time in history, an Olympic gold medal will be awarded for women’s rugby sevens.

9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE -- Swimming: Day 3 Evening Session

Men’s 200m freestyle final

Women’s 100m backstroke final

Men’s 100m backstroke final

With both U.S. defending Olympic champions Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers out, Day 3 proves to be the Australian backstroke show: 2015 World Champions in the 100m backstroke Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin look to prove their mettle on an Olympic stage. The 200m freestyle is more of a wildcard, with 2012 Olympic champion Yannick Agnel of France, 2015 world champion James Guy of Great Britain, China’s Sun Yang and U.S. star Conor Dwyer all in contention.

11 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE -- Women’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. China

The top U.S. team and No. 3 seed entering Rio, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross face off against China’s best: 17th seeded Fan Wang and Yuan Yue

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