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    4 to Watch, August 17

    Here are four Summer Games events News4 is watching with particular interest on Wednesday, August 17. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016)

    On Day 12 of the Olympic Games, Usain Bolt will run in the men's 200m semifinals; a women's beach volleyball team will win gold; Team USA's men's basketball team will play in the quarterfinals and Tori Bowie will run in the women's 200m finals.

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

    1) Usain Bolt Runs in 200m Semifinals

    If all goes well, Jamaican track and field superstar Usain Bolt will be lining up for gold medal No. 8 on Thursday night.

    Bolt will run in the men's 200m final Thursday night. He ran in the semifinals Wednesday night, easily qualifying.

    Bolt 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 also qualified for the final. But Team USA's Justin Gatlin did not make it.

    One of the biggest questions is whether Bolt will crack the 19-second barrier. He holds the world record of 19.19 seconds and Olympic record of 19.30 seconds.

    Usain Bolt of Jamaica points to the sky before winning the Men's 100 meter final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 14, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    Photo credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

    How to Watch: Live coverage of track and field events starts on News4 at 8 p.m. You also can stream the events live in the app.

    2) Women's Beach Volleyball Finals

    Who are the world's best women's beach volleyball players?

    The gold medal finals will be played after 11 p.m.

    Team USA's Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won the bronze medal Wednesday night after losing late Tuesday to Brazil's defending world champions.

    Brazil's Talita and Larissa won the first set 21-17, and the U.S. won the second 21-17. The U.S. then took the deciding set 15-9.

     

    How to Watch: News4 will air live coverage of women's beach volleyball Wednesday night. You also can stream the events online.

    3) Men's Basketball Quarterfinals

    The U.S. men's basketball team is going to the semifinals!

    Team USA beat Argentina 105-78 on Wednesday night. Kevin Durant scored 27 points for the Americans.

    The win follows three close games, including narrowly defeating France 100-97 on Sunday. Winning by three for the second straight game, the U.S. improved to 5-0.

    The U.S. team will play Spain on Friday.

    How to Watch: The game will air live on NBC Sports at 5:30 p.m. You also can watch live online.

    4) Tori Bowie Runs in 200m Final

    Team USA runner Tori Bowie added to her medal count.

    The Mississippi native won a silver medal in the women's 100m and won a bronze in the 200m final Wednesday night. 

    Jamaica's Elaine Thompson won gold and the Netherlands' Dafne Schippers took silver.

    Bowie primarily was a long jumper until two years ago.

    How to Watch: Live coverage of track and field events starts on News4 at 8 p.m. You also can stream the events live in the app.