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A Trio Of Must-Watch Paralympic Events: Sept. 10

By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 10, 2016, 2:40 a.m. (ET)

Team USA added six medals to its Day 1 haul, and now ranks fourth in Rio with 14, three of which are gold, with more on the line on this first weekend day of the Games. If you’re looking for the “what to watch from Rio,” this is the place for the next nine days. The action can be viewed live on TeamUSA.org and broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Click here for a full viewing schedule.

Friday, Sept. 9


In London, with only a few years of judo competition to his credit, Dartanyon Crockett entered the 2012 Games as a relative unknown. Previously a national champion, he went on to earn bronze in London. The Cleveland native aspires to become an attorney in the future, but, today, and with four more years of experience since London, he’ll be competing for a medal on the third and final day of judo in Rio. Crockett’s men’s 90 kg. quarterfinals match (10:50 a.m.) will determine the semifinals (11:15 a.m.; 11:20 a.m.), while the bronze-medal matches are set for 3:30 p.m. and 3:40 p.m., followed by the gold-medal match (3:50 p.m.).


The grueling paratriathlon event makes its Parlympic debut today in Rio, as the men’s PT4 class begins at 9 a.m., followed by PT2 at 9:03 and PT1 at 10. 2012 Paralympic distance runner Christopher Hammer represents Team USA in PT4, two-time Paralympic swimmer Mark Barr in PT2 and three-time Paralympic marathoner Krige Schabort in PT1.


The first swims of the day belong to the men's 100-meter breaststroke SB7 with a pair of heats (8:30 a.m., 8:33 a.m.). Four-time Paralympian and two-time gold medalist Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a California native who made his debut in the Games at 16, swims in Lane 6 of the second heat, while teammate Evan Austin starts in Lane 3 of the first heat. Both will be looking to reach the late-afternoon finale, as the men's 100-meter breaststroke SB7 final is set for 4:30 p.m.

It has been two medals in two days of official competition for Jessica Long, and the now 19-time medal winner will be looking for No. 20 today in the women's 100-meter breaststroke SB7. She’ll be in Heat 1 (8:37 a.m.), while teammates Elizabeth Marks and Mallory Weggemann swim in Heat 2 (8:42 a.m.). They’ll all be after a spot in the main event: The women's 100-meter breaststroke SB7 final takes place after the men’s race, at 4:37 p.m.

Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, a United States Naval Academy graduate who lost his sight in an IED explosion, won two gold medals in London, and he’s back for more in Rio. He’s already one-for-one, having earned silver in the men's 100-meter backstroke S11 on Thursday. Friday promises another medal opportunity in the form of the men's 400-meter freestyle S11 final (6:52 p.m.). In all, Snyder will compete in five events in Rio.

Broadcast Schedule

On TV:

NBCSN    1:30-5 a.m.     Track & Field, Swimming, Judo, Track Cycling

Live Stream:

Track and Field
Track and Field 2
Track and Field 3
 8:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 4:20-7:30 p.m.
 8:25-10:45 a.m., 4:25-8:15 p.m.
Track Cycling
 8:55-11:45 a.m., 3:25-7:00 p.m.
Table Tennis
 7:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:55-8:15 p.m.
 8:55-10:30 a.m., 11:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:55-4:30 p.m.
 8:55 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:25-5:40 p.m.
Soccer 7-a-side
 8:50-10:20 a.m., 12:50-4:30 p.m., 5:50-7:20 p.m.
Wheelchair Basketball (Rio Olympic Arena)
 8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:05-6:15 p.m., 7:50-9:45 p.m.
Wheelchair Basketball (Carioca Arena 1)
 8:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2:35-6:45 p.m., 8:20-10:15 p.m.
Highlight Show  3:00-4:00 p.m., 10:00-11:00 p.m.