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    China's Wu Shuijiao (L) and USA's Nia Ali compete in the Women's 100m Hurdles Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 16, 2016.

    From a Philadelphia mom hurdling to silver to the USA Men's Basketball Team righting the ship in its first elimination game to a Philadelphia-born paddler coming up short for a medal, here's what to watch in Rio Wednesday.

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    Supermom Nia Ali Gets Silver in Hurdles 

    Philadelphia mother Nia Ali won the silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles Wednesday night, finishing with a time of 12.59 seconds. 

    Ali, a West Catholic grad, was part of an American sweep of the final. Brianna Rollins took home gold with a time of 12.48 while Kristi Castlin took the bronze with a time of 12.61.

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    Neptune, New Jersey native and Temple University's Ajee' Wilson's Olympic debut was a success Wednesday morning as she ran a season's best time of 1:59.44 to qualify  for Thursday night's semifinal in the Women's 800-Meters. 

    At 37, Maggie Hogan Paddles Hard, Just Misses Cut

    Born in Philadelphia and raised in Colts Neck, New Jersey, paddler Maggie Hogan now calls California and Oklahoma home. At 37, she competed in her first Olympics in Rio.

    After missing out on the semifinals in the Women's Single Kayak 200-Meter on Monday, Hogan hoped to have better results Wednesday in the 500-meter race.

    Hogan's time of 1:58.970 -- which actually was faster than a paddler in a another heat -- was the best time not to qualify for the semifinals, ending her Olympic journey.

    U.S. Men Spike Poland

    A trio of Penn State guys took a step closer to gold Wednesday afternoon as the U.S. Men's Volleyball Team beat Poland in the quarterfinals.

    After highs and low during the preliminary round, the team – featuring Nittany Lions Max Holt, Matt Anderson and Aaron Russell – entered their knockout round opener against Poland riding the high of three-straight wins.

    Max Holt of the USA men's indoor volleyball team.
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    The United States took the match in straight sets 25-23, 25-22 & 25-20. They will face either Iran or Italy in the semifinals Friday.

    Ashleigh Johnson, U.S. Water Polo Stop Hungary

    The U.S. women's water polo team pushed around Brazil for most of Monday afternoon. Led by Princeton's Ashleigh Johnson's six saves, the Americans carried a shutout into the fourth quarter.

    Facing a tough Hungary team for a second time Wednesday, the favored U.S. team didn't want to take anything for granted, especially a confident Hungarian team.

    Princeton's Ashleigh Johnson celebrates winning the Women's Water Polo Gold Medal match between the United States and Italy on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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    "Everybody's beatable," Hungary center back Orsolya Takacs said.

    Hungary proved to be beatable as the U.S. won 14-10 to stretch its win streak to 21 games.

    The U.S. is guaranteed as least a silver. They face Italy in Friday afternoon's gold medal match.

    Team USA Basketball Beats Argentina

    The United States defeated Argentina 105-78 Wednesday to advance to the semifinal round of the men's basketball tournament in Rio.
    Kevin Durant led the United States with 27 points, while Paul George chipped in with 17. The U.S. will play Spain in the next round.

    The United States defeated Argentina 105-78 Wednesday to advance to the semifinal round of the men's basketball tournament in Rio. Kevin Durant led the United States with 27 points, while Paul George chipped in with 17. The U.S. will play Spain in the next round.