San Francisco Chronicle

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Here are three things to watch late Monday, early Tuesday at the Olympics (all times Pacific).

- — Mike Lerseth

1. Volleyball (9 p.m. !3 8): The Canadian men continue their quest for their first medal in the event with a quarterfin­al match against Russia. Canada has reached the medal round only once — losing a shot at bronze in 1984. The Russians — as either the Soviet Union or Russia — have won 10 medals, including three golds, but Brazil (three golds, two silvers in the past six Olympics) is the current king of the court. In their quarterfin­al match, the Brazilians — who won gold in 2016 as the hosts in Rio de Janeiro — play this year’s host, Japan (last medal: 1976).

2. Track and field (5 p.m., CNBC): A full day of competitio­n will have medals awarded in six events. Afternoon events include the women’s long jump and the men’s 400 hurdles. In the men’s pole vault, Christophe­r Nelson and KC Lightfoot represent the United States, which saw its top vaulter — 2016 bronze medalist and reigning world champ Sam Kendricks — pull out of the Games late last week after testing positive for the coronaviru­s. The day’s final event will be the women’s 200, where the Jamaicans — who swept the 100 — will again be heavy favorites.

3. Men’s soccer (1 a.m. Tuesday, NBCSN): Four continents are represente­d by the semifinal teams. In the first game, Mexico plays Brazil; host Japan plays Spain in the day’s second game. Soccer has been a part of the Games since 1900, but the four remaining teams have combined to win only three gold medals — one each for Brazil, Spain and Mexico. The good news for Japan? When Spain and Brazil won their golds, they did so on home turf: Spain in 1992 (Barcelona) and Brazil (Rio) four years ago. Mexico won its gold in London (2012).

 ?? Francois Nel / Getty Images ?? Eduardo Aguirre celebrates after scoring Mexico’s final goal in a 63 win over South Korea in their quarterfin­al match.
Francois Nel / Getty Images Eduardo Aguirre celebrates after scoring Mexico’s final goal in a 63 win over South Korea in their quarterfin­al match.

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