Rio Roundup: Day Six, Part One

One American pair bows out in women’s volleyball, but not without a fight

Americans Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat lost in three grueling sets to a Russian pair late Thursday afternoon at famed Copacabana Beach.  They were mostly struggling just to keep up, but it is a shame they will not be able to join top American seeds in Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross in the medal round.

Men’s rugby to decide gold later this evening

The semifinals at Deodoro Stadium had a few moments of drama, but in the end Fiji will win their first ever medal in Olympics history going back to when the tiny island nation first competed in 1952.

Fiji made little work against Japan winning easily 22-5, while the country that practically invented the sport in Great Britain had to come from behind edging out the second seed from South Africa, 7-5.  The South Africans came within five meters of winning in the final seconds before turning the ball over deep in their own end.  Also worth noting, every time a player goes in for a score and places the ball down, they have to kick it from their end of the field–no such things as chip shots like you used to see in the NFL on extra points prior to the rule change pushing PAT attempts after touchdown back ten yards to kick from the 20 instead of the 10.

Japan will take on South Africa for the bronze at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, and then about a half hour later–Fiji will lock horns with Great Britain for gold at around 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Of course, everyone is looking forward to potentially the last swimming showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.  They are both nowhere near the airplay that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady used to get every January during the AFC playoffs, but the feelings are eerily similar.

Enjoy the men’s volleyball match as Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are battling Nicola and Lupo from Italy.  That match is currently airing on NBC.

See you later tonight for Part Two recapping rugby and briefly the action in swimming and gymnastics.

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