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Forthcoming Rio 2016: Best Swimmers, Gymnasts go Head to Head

Records are tumbling, cyclists are crashing, rowers capsising - the Rio Olympics have already delivered some thrilling sport and there is a...

Records are tumbling, cyclists are crashing, rowers capsising - the Rio Olympics have already delivered some thrilling sport and there is a lot more action to come on Monday when the world's best swimmers and gymnasts go head to head.

There are a host of gold medals to be won and an American fencer is also set to make history.
Will today's competition throw up some new sporting heroes and faces for the future?

Here are five highlights to watch on day three:

Some of the really big names in women's swimming begin their battles in the 200 meters freestyle event. U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky not feeling Rio 2016 pressure 02:24.
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American teenage sensation Katie Ledecky will be back in heats action as she seeks to follow up Sunday's record-breaking victory in the 400m freestyle.

In the shorter event, she will face stiff competition from Sweden's world champion Sarah Sjostrom (who broke her own world record in winning Sunday's 100m butterfly) and compatriot Missy Franklin -- herself a teen star at London 2012 -- and 2008 champion Federica Pellegrini of Italy.

Sun Yang will get another chance to win gold after losing out to Australia's Mack Horton in the 400m freestyle final. The controversial swimming star, who served a doping ban, broke down in tears after Saturday's defeat but won his 200m freestyle semifinal Sunday.

Katinka Hosszu will also be in action in the heats of the women's 200m individual medley. The Hungarian shattered the 400m medley world record Saturday, knocking off more than two seconds and leaving the rest of the field a long way behind.

Nicknamed "The Iron Lady," Hosszu had considered quitting after a disappointing London 2012, admitting to suffering depression. 

Hosszu may face a challenge from Britain's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, American Madeline Dirado and Australia's London 2012 bronze medalist Alicia Coutts.

Take time to marvel at some of the incredible feats of strength and balance that seem to defy the laws of physics.

The men's team competition looks like being a hotly-contested event after close qualifiers for the final. China led the way, with the U.S. second. Russia, Japan, Great Britain, hosts Brazil, Ukraine and Germany all join them in the battle for the medal places.

Saturday's qualifier was marred by a horrific injury to France's Samir Ait Said who broke his leg attempting a vault. Said landed awkwardly after doing two backward flips.

Ones to watch are Russia's David Belyavskiy, Briton Max Whitlock, American Sam Mikulak, and Japan's Kohei Uchimura -- widely considered as the greatest gymnast of them all.

His fans call him "Superman" and he is the reigning Olympic individual champion who also has 10 world championship gold medals in his collection.

Rugby sevens
The women's competition reaches a climax today with the semifinals and the medal matches.
World champion Australia takes on Canada, then New Zealand faces Great Britain for a place in the final.

It's the first time this fast and furious version of the game has featured at the Olympics, and before Rio got underway the Down Under rivals were expected to be in the hunt for bragging rights.

Australia dethroned New Zealand as world series winner, ending the Kiwis' run of three straight titles. Australian captain Sharni Williams played hockey before switching to rugby, and, according to the Australian Olympic Committee, is a qualified mechanic.

The men and women are both in action, with the United States the hot favorites to win both titles.

Having thrashed Senegal by a record 121-56 in their opening match, the U.S. women have a 42-game Olympic winning streak since winning the bronze medal at 1992.

Led by Brittney Griner, the Americans are aiming for their sixth straight gold in Rio - an era of domination exceeded only by the U.S. men's team from 1936 to 1968. 

The women's team faces Spain while the U.S. men -- who beat China 119-62 first up -- take on Venezuela. - Online Sources 

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