4 to Watch: Team USA Women’s Basketball Team Plays in Semifinals

On Day 13 of the Olympic Games, Usain Bolt will run in the men's 200m finals, the women's basketball team will compete in the semifinals, Brazil and Italy will compete for the gold in men's beach volleyball and medals will be awarded in the women's diving 10m platform.

Here are four of the biggest Things to Watch during the Summer Games on Thursday:

1) Men's 200m Finals

Usain Bolt has won another gold medal!

The Jamaican sprinter won his eighth gold medal Thursday night, winning the 200m for the third time in a row. He finished in 19.78 seconds, defeating Andre De Grasse of Canada, who took silver at 20.02 seconds. France's Christophe Lemaitre won bronze in 20.12.

The Jamaican sprinter will run in the men's 200m final Thursday night. He easily qualified in the semifinals Wednesday. He ran alongside Canada's Andre De Grasse, who stared at Bolt until he caught the two-time Olympic champion's attention.

Bolt broke into a smile, after a photo of him looking back at the field in his 100-meter semifinal became an instant hit online.

Virginia native LaShawn Merrit qualified for the final but did not win a medal Thursday night. Team USA's Justin Gatlin did not make it to the final.

One of the big questions for Thursday was whether Bolt would crack the 19-second barrier. He holds the world record of 19.19 seconds and Olympic record of 19.30 seconds.

How to Watch: Stream the event live online at 5:35 p.m. News4 will air track and field coverage starting at 8 p.m.

2) Women's Basketball Semifinals

Team USA's women's basketball team beat France in the semifinals.

The U.S. had won 47 straight games in Olympic play and carried on their winning streak, winning on Thursday 86-67

With the starting point guard sidelined with a knee injury, the Americans were out of sorts for a half before finally getting it together to pull away. 

The team was led by Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore on Tuesday, beating Japan 110-64. Japan kept the score close in the first two quarters but fell far behind in the second half.

The team is hoping they will have someone special cheering them on: comedian Leslie Jones. They posted a video to Instagram asking the "Saturday Night Live" castmember to go to a game.

How to Watch: The game starts at 6 p.m. Stream it online or watch on NBC Sports.

3) Men's Beach Volleyball Finals

The bad news is that Team USA will not play in the men's beach volleyball finals. The good news is that it should be an exciting game.

Brazil's Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt beat Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo for the gold medal.

The final score of the match, which was played in a steady rain, was 21-19, 21-17.

The Brazilian men entered as the tournament's top seed, and a USA vs. Brazil final seemed likely. But Cerutti and Schmidt beat Team USA's Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, eliminating them in the men's quarterfinals.

How to Watch: The game starts at 11 p.m. Watch live on News4 or streaming online

4) Women's 10m Platform Final in Diving

China's Ren Qian, who is just 15 years old, will bring home a gold medal in women's 10m platform diving.

She placed first, with 439.25 points. China's Si Yajie won silver, with 419.40 points. Canada's Meaghan Benfeito took bronze, with 389.20 points.

Team USA's Jessica Parratto finished with 334.60 points. 

Parratto came in third in the preliminary. 

How to Watch: Stream the finals live online at 3 p.m. or wait to watch on News4 in prime time after 8 p.m. Or do both!

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