7 to Watch: Rio 2016 Olympics Final Day Highlights

NBC 7 looks over the schedule of events from the 2016 Rio Olympics for Sunday, August 21 and brings you seven moments to watch:


The first Olympics in South America will come to an end at Maracanã Stadium for the Closing Ceremony. The Mayor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, will receive the Olympic flag symbolizing the conclusion of the Rio Olympics and the start to the 2020 Summer Games. Many details are being kept under wraps but look for five-time gymnastics medalist Simone Biles to carry the U.S. flag at the ceremony for Team USA. Norwegian electronic musical Kygo is expected to perform. Brazilian soccer legend Pele, who had hoped to attend the Opening Ceremony before he was sidelined for ill health, could potentially make an appearance on Sunday.

HOW TO SEE IT: NBC will air coverage of the Closing Ceremony from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A one-hour special looking back at the defining moments of the game will air at 7 p.m.

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Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


The U.S. men’s basketball team has had to answer questions about being a disappointment in Olympic competition. But as the U.S. heads into a gold medal showdown with Serbia, who the U.S. defeated 94-91 earlier in the Games, they are the only undefeated team in the tournament at 5-0.

HOW TO SEE IT: You can see Team USA go for gold live on NBC's daytime coverage or live online at 11:45 a.m. PT.

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Day 14 DeAndre Jordan #6 of United States celebrates after slam dunking over Pau Gasol #4 of Spain in action during the United States Vs Spain men's basketball semifinal during the men's basketball tournament at Carioca Arena1on Aug. 19, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


A little less than 48 hours removed from a shocking loss to Italy in the semifinals, can a young American team rebound to take the bronze from a Russian squad that lost in three sets to Brazil?

HOW TO SEE IT: Catch Team USA take on Russia live on USA Network or live online at 5:30 a.m. PT.

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Aaron Russell of United States spikes at the Italy defense during the men's volleyball semifinal match on day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on Aug. 19, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Can Claressa Shields make history again? Don’t bet against her. The reigning Olympic gold medalist in the women’s middleweight division has run through her competition in Rio, leaving the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn as the only fighter who could end Shields’ dreams for a repeat.

HOW TO SEE IT: You can see Shields go for the gold on NBCSN or live online when boxing coverage begins at 10 a.m. PT.

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Claressa Maria Shields of the United States fights Dariga Shakimova of Kazakhstan in the women's middle semifinal 1 on day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro arena on Aug. 19, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Guor Marial, 32, may not appear at the podium but he's one to watch. South Sudan's flag bearer is competing in his second Olympics but for the first time representing his country, which gained independence in 2011. Marial reportedly lost 28 members of his family during Sudan's civil war and escaped slavery before being taken into the U.S. as a refugee.

San Diegans will be rooting for local Olympian Meb Keflezighi when the race kicks off at 5:30 a.m. PT.

HOW TO SEE IT: Watch live coverage on NBC or online.

Left, independent runner Guor Marial competes during the men's marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in London. Right, Marial smiles as he arrives at the Heathrow airport in London on August 3, 2012.


Frank Molinaro is America’s best chance at medaling in the freestyle wrestling final. Raised in New Jersey and the 2012 NCAA Champion at Penn State, Molinaro is ranked first in the United States at 65 kilograms.

HOW TO SEE IT: Catch Molinaro try to pin down a medal live online when coverage begins at 8:45 a.m. PT. NBCSN will also air coverage.

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Frank Molinaro and Aaron Pico compete during their freestyle 65kg championship match on day 1 of the olympic team wrestling trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 9, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa.


Australia and Spain were supposed to challenge Team USA for the gold medal. But both find themselves in the Bronze medal game. Australia was routed, 87-61, in the semifinals by Serbia, while Spain -- the two-time reigning Olympic silver medalists -- dropped a 82-76 decision to the Americans.

HOW TO SEE IT: See Australian Andrew Bogut go one-on-one with Spaniard Pau Gasol live on NBCSN or online at 7:30 a.m. PT.

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Andrew Bogut #6 of Australia rebounds during the USA vs Australia men's basketball tournament at Carioca Arena 1 on Aug. 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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