The Miami Heat’s LeBron James and Team USA will play in their sixth Olympic game Wednesday against Australia. The undefeated team beat France, Tunisia, Nigeria, Lithuania and Argentina. Their quarterfinal is scheduled for 5:15 p.m.
Brittany Viola and T’erea Brown, both Miami residents and University of Miami graduates, competed Wednesday. Viola, who is making her first Olympic appearance after two failed attempts and two ankle surgeries, dived in the women’s 10-meter platform preliminary round at 2 p.m.
Brown ran in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles but did not medal. She placed sixth with a time of 55.07 seconds. Brown raced with two other Americans and hoped to beat her personal record of 54:21.
Two other track stars also competed on the world’s biggest stage. Florida State University’s Maurice Mitchell competed in heat three of the men’s 200-meter semifinals at 3:10 p.m.
Sanya Richards-Ross, of Fort Lauderdale, competed in the 200-meter finals but did not medal. Richards-Ross qualified for the event Tuesday after winning a gold medal in the 400-meter Sunday.
Women’s sailing also features several races. Skipper Anna Tunnicliffe and the United States were knocked out of the chase for Olympic sailing medals and beaten by Finland 3-0. Tunnicliffe lives in Fort Lauderdale and trains in Coconut Grove.
Sarah Lihan, of Fort Lauderdale, raced with partner Amanda Clark twice Wednesday in race nine and 10 of the women’s 470. Clark and Lihan have reached the 470 medals race but can't reach the podium.