The rules say the eight final slots are awarded to the top two finishers in each of the three semifinals, plus the two third-placed finishers with the fastest times.
CCTV America's Lucrecia Franco reports from Rio de Janeiro.
Police said Wednesday that Patrick Hickey is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the Olympics. Or more accurately, his mother Illena told a reporter about it, then the International Olympic Committee denied that any such thing had happened, then the 12-time Olympic medalist stood on the beach with NBC and provided all the harrowing details.
An Irish executive was arrested last week in the same investigation and four other executives are wanted in the probe. The company suspected is British hospitality provider THG Sports. They stopped to watch a TV screen showing a Brazilian boxer collecting a gold medal, strolled past street merchants hawking Olympic trinkets and listened to a band singing a Portuguese version of "Everything's Gonna Be Alright".
Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have already clinched the women's 470 gold and need only to sail the medal race to collect it.
The American women are thinking sweep in the 100 hurdles at 10:55 p.m.
Ma Long of China plays against Quadri Aruna of Nigeria during their Men's team table tennis first round match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.
Brazil took three of those games to Canada's two.
The U.S. men's basketball team dominated Argentina 105-78 to secure a spot in the semifinal round later this week.
The improved play of the soccer team comes as welcome respites for the beleaguered Brazilians, who have seen the Rio Games deal with distraction, disorganization and tragedy for the last two weeks.
The unbeaten USA (6-0) won 25-16, 25-23, 25-22 and has dropped just five sets all tournament. TV shots of Olympians competing under Rio's glorious, green mountains were interrupted by news that an overhead camera in Olympic Park had come crashing to the ground, injuring seven fans.
On the sand and on the court, the spikes will be coming hard and fast at the Rio Olympics.
Brazil's reigning world champions, Agatha and Barbara, dealt beach volleyball icon Kerri Walsh Jennings her first Olympic loss in 27 career matches, 22-20, 21-18, in front of a boisterous home crowd at the Copacabana venue. Walsh Jennings says losing on Tuesday night was "a awful feeling".
The Netherlands women's hockey team will try to become the first to win three consecutive Olympic titles, after they edged Germany 4-3 in a shoot-out in the semi-finals.
The hosts will hope to avenge a 7-1 World Cup humiliation to Germany in the men's final on Saturday, and German women's coach Silvia Neid highlighted the symphony between clubs and the national team for the country's continued success.
A German marathoner criticized for holding hands with her twin sister as they crossed the Rio Olympics finish line has been awarded a belated first place for a race in her home country.
Jamaica's star runner Usain Bolt qualified for the 200 meter sprint after logging a time of 19.78 in Wednesday's semifinal.