How to Watch Rai Benjamin Hurdle for a Medal – NBC Los Angeles

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Rai Benjamin will be in pursuit of his first Olympic medal Monday when he competes in the 400m hurdles final.

He’ll need to edge some speedy competition to do it.

At the beach, April Ross and Alix Klineman take on Germany in a tough quarterfinal matchup. The Southern Californians are undefeated in Tokyo, sweeping their opponents in pool play before topping Cuba in a Round of 16 game.

In other Day 11 action, Simone Biles returns to competition and the women’s water polo team stacked with Southern Californians faces a must-win matchup with Canada.

Team USA faces off against an unexpected competitor: an origami turtle.

Rai Benjamin and Allyson Felix Chase Track Medals

USC’s Rai Benjamin has a shot at a medal when he competes in the final of the men’s 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics.

Benjamin, the world’s No. 2 in the event, faces a tough field that includes the reigning world champ, Norway’s Karsten Warholm. The 400m hurdles final is scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. PT.

Only four men have ever cracked 47 seconds in the event. On July 1, Warholm broke a 29-year-old record held by Kevin Young when he finished in 46.70 in his first race of the season, in Oslo.

The others to crack 47 are Samba Abderrahman, the Qatari who is also in Tuesday’s final and Benjamin, the American who ran 46.83 at Olympic trials in June.

Benjamin is a junior at USC. He transferred from rival UCLA with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Los Angeles’ Allyson Felix beings her quest for her 10th Olympic medal when she competes in the first round of the 400m dash. That heat is scheduled to begin at 6:01 p.m. PT

Click here to stream Day 11 track and field events live, starting at 5 p.m. PT.

“This whole hugging thing came out of a way for us to catch our breath a little bit more.” U.S. beach volleyball Olympian Alix Klineman explains how team hugs in the sport give athletes more time to rest between plays.

April Ross and Alix Klineman Face Germany in Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal

April Ross and Alix Klineman are back on the beach for a quarterfinal matchup with Germany in Tokyo.

Ross, of Costa Mesa, and Klineman, of Manhattan Beach, held off Olympic newcomers Cuba in their first Round of 16 test after going 3-0 in pool play. Ross and Klineman stormed back after trailing early in the second set to earn a hard-fought 21-17, 21-15 win. 

Ross and Klineman play Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch at 5 p.m. PT Monday. You can stream the match here. Ludwig was on the German team that defeated Brazil to win the gold medal in Rio.

Ross is a three-time Olympian who has already won silver and bronze. She paired with first-timer Klineman after parting ways with beach volleyball icon Kerri Walsh Jennings after they won bronze in Rio. 

The two have been playing together for three years and won silver at the 2019 World Championships.

Despite withdrawing from almost all gymnastics events at the Tokyo Olympics, Simone Biles has had perhaps the most closely watched and discussed week of any Olympian this year. From being a gymnastics favorite to becoming a champion for mental health, here’s a timeline of Biles’ week at the 2020 Olympics.

Simone Biles Returns to Olympic Competition

The GOAT of gymnastics is back.

Seven days after exiting the women’s team final, Simone Biles will return to the Olympic gymnastics stage. She will be competing with teammate Suni Lee in the final women’s event, the balance beam, which begins at 1:53 a.m. PT on Tuesday.

Biles left the team final last week and has since withdrawn from finals in the individual all-around, vault and floor exercise. Team USA has stepped up without Biles — Lee won gold in the individual all-around, MyKayla Skinner earned a silver medal in vault and Jade Carey brought home another goal in the floor exercise. 

Watch Biles and Lee perform on Peacock, or stream live.

Maggie Steffens became the all-time scoring leader in Olympic women’s water polo history as the U.S. beat the ROC on Thursday.

Women’s Water Polo Enters Elimination Round Against Canada 

The United States women’s water polo team finished the preliminary group stage with a 3-1 record as the club seeks its third straight Olympic gold medal. 

Southern California’s Mackenzie Fischer propelled Team USA with three goals in a 18-5 win over the ROC the last time the Americans were in the pool, while team captain and three-time Olympian Maggie Steffens, also from SoCal, moved to the top of the all-time Olympic water polo scoring list. 

The SoCal women’s water polo delegation includes Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach), Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach), Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach), Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Beach), Paige Hauschild (USC), Stephania Haralabidis (Corona del Mar), Ashleigh Johnson (Seal Beach), Amanda Longan (Moorpark), Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach), Maggie Steffens (Long Beach) and Alys Williams (Huntington Beach).

The U.S. will face Canada in the quarterfinals. Watch on the USA Network at 10 p.m. PT or stream live.

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