By Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics
The Kenyans look to sweep the marathon, USA Hoops faces Spain in a gold medal rematch, and 36 women draw on the history of warfare to win gold in modern pentathlon. Here’s what we’re watching on Day 16.
Men’s Marathon – The Kenyans are the world’s best marathoners, but they don’t want to just win, they plan to sweep. Emmanuel Mutai, Wilson Kipsang, and Abel Kirui can do just that, but Ethiopians Ayele Abshero and Dino Sefir, who each ran top five world times in 2012, and top Americans Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi plan to ruin the party.
Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game – Rematch! It’s been four years since the Redeem Team knocked off Spain to win gold for Team USA. Now the Brothers Gasol and their NBA teammates will look for revenge against Kobe and the gang. One problem: LeBron is four years older, wiser, and better. Also, Kevin Durant exists. Have fun Spain.
Men’s Handball Gold Medal Match – According to Jack McCallum, handball is the perfect mixture of soccer and basketball. According to us it’s the most exciting sport you’re probably not watching. France edged out Sweden 29-26 in the final game of group play, but both fought their way through the tournament to set up the rematch. We’ll take Sweden.
Women’s Modern Pentathlon – The basics of the modern pentathlon: you’re a solider in 1912 trapped behind enemy lines. You must use your skills of running, shooting, swimming, fencing, and horseback riding to fight your way back home. Why is this not the premiere event of the Olympics?! It’s the 100th anniversary of the event. Celebrate by watching.
Men’s Marathon – But seriously, watch the marathon.