Monday, August 15th, 2016


Tonight in Primetime – “Final Five” Teammates Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez Compete in the Women’s Balance Beam Gold Medal Final

American Sprinter Allyson Felix Aims for Gold in the Women’s 400m Final

Kristian Ipsen and Michael Hixon Represent the U.S. in Qualifying of Men’s 3m Springboard Diving

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 15, 2016 – Coming up tonight on NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:


  • Primetime coverage, which begins at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), includes live coverage of track and field, highlighted by Allyson Felix in the women’s 400m final, who hopes to become the most decorated woman in U.S. track and field history with a seventh career Olympic medal. Also on the track, Kenya’s David Rudisha attempts to become the first man in 52 years to repeat as 800m champion.


  • Gymnastics coverage includes men’s rings, men’s vault and women’s balance beam; the latter features Simone Biles, who has already won three gold medals at these Games, and newcomer Laurie Hernandez, who won gold as a member of Team USA. Primetime action will also showcase Americans Kristian Ipsen and Michael Hixon in qualifying for men’s 3m springboard diving.


Click here for a preview of tonight’s primetime action.

Following are highlights from today’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on NBC and the networks of NBCUniversal:


Analyst Sanya Richards-Ross on American sprinter Allyson Felix ahead of tonight’s women’s 400m final: “Allyson Felix will forever be one of the greatest all-around sprinters of all time. She has made it in the Olympics in the 100m, 200m, and 400m – so difficult to do. Whatever medal she gets, she’s already cemented her place in history.”

Analyst Craig Masback on Emma Coburn winning the bronze medal in the 10,000m steeplechase to become first American woman to medal in the event: “It was all about her courage. Going with that breakaway group so early in the race, keeping her wits about her as they pulled away from her, and pulling it together to move into third.”

Analyst Tim Hutchings on Coburn: “The culmination of years of application…Coburn has worked so, so hard for this. She’s raced very cautiously, very sparingly throughout this year, and to win a bronze medal for Coburn is absolutely brilliant.”

Analyst Trey Hardee on Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, who broke her own world record in the women’s hammer throw: “It’s official. You, me, the other seven billion people living on this planet – we’re living in the era of Anita Wlodarczyk…she is the greatest ever.”



Analyst Kevin Wong on the high winds for the men’s quarterfinal between the U.S. and Brazil, won by Brazil in three sets: “It’s chaos out here. It’s going to come down to the team that embraces that chaos more.”

Wong on the top-seeded Brazilian duo of Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt: “Had a rocky road through pool play, caused a rumble in Rio with a confrontation (against the U.S.) a couple rounds earlier than we expected. But with all of the pressure and all of the excitement, they really brought their ‘A’ game today.”



Analyst Kevin Barnett on the U.S. men’s straight set win against Mexico to go 3-2 in pool play, after starting out 0-2: “They are a far different team from those first two matches…they struggled for a match and a half. We’ve seen a good steady performance from the Americans since the middle of their second match.”



Analyst A.J. Mleczko on the improvements the U.S. women’s team has made since the London Games: “In the last four years, they’ve re-hauled and revamped their entire program, bringing in head coach Craig Parnham from Britain. Team USA’s Lauren Crandall said, ‘Three-and-a-half years ago, we started defining a culture and developing a family,’ and they have rebranded themselves as the most physically fit team in the world. What a difference it has made in their win-loss column.”



Play-by-play announcer Jim Kozimor on the men’s Malaysian 14th seeded team of Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem beating South Korea: “They have defeated the one seed! A mistake made by Korea, and Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem – the ‘V’ standing for victory. Malaysia victorious as they knock off the top seeds, the Koreans, Lee and Yoo.”



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-RIO 2016-