Sunday at the Olympic Games: Swimming and rowing are done. Gymnastics is back for a couple of days. Track and field is in full swing. We’ll see if the judges are as incompetent with women’s boxing as they are for men’s boxing. And it’s wrestling time.
WHAT HAPPENED SATURDAY
Tons of U.S. medalists. First the gold medalists:
- Michael Phelps goes out a winner along with medley relay-mates Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian.
- World record for Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt in the women’s medley relay.
- Serena Williams simply played at a level beyond mere mortals. She and Venus Williams play for women’s double gold on Sunday.
- Bob and Mike Bryan won men’s doubles in straight sets. Mike still has a shot at mixed doubles bronze.
- In the 50-meter three-position shooting, Jamie Gray was so far ahead by the last shot she would’ve won with a 7, which she could probably do with her eyes closed. Final shot? 10.8.
The other U.S. medalists and team wins:
- Galen Rupp hung with the Ethiopian-Kenyan crew and sprinted away for silver behind his training mate, Britain’s Mo Farah.
- At the velodrome, Sarah Hammer led a big comeback over Australia as the U.S. women rode to silver in the team pursuit.
- Carmelita Jeter broke up the Jamaican sweep with silver in the women’s 100.
- On the piste, Courtney Hurley got the sudden-death touch as the U.S. women took bronze in team epee.
- Will Claye flew to bronze in the long jump.
- The U.S. men’s rowing four took bronze behind the usual suspects of Britain and Australia.
- Beach volleyball players off to the quarterfinals: Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh Jennings and Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal.
- The U.S. men’s hoopsters survived a classic game against hot-shooting Lithuania, 99-94.
But U.S. teams suffered three bad losses. The field hockey team is eliminated from medal contention after a 3-2 loss to New Zealand. The men’s volleyball team was cruising past Russia and had match point before collapsing and losing the last three sets. Then the men’s water polo wasn’t in Serbia’s class.
It was a huge day for Britain in rowing and cycling. Let’s not talk about soccer.
MEDAL PROJECTION UPDATE
Britain won seven medals, six gold, on Saturday. They’re very happy about that. The only problem for me is that I projected them for 10.
But it seems Britain has an all-or-nothing theme going. They’re nine medals behind my projection now, but they have exactly as many golds (14) as I projected. That’s a good bit better than Australia, which is also nine medals behind my projection but has only one gold out of my projected seven. Ouch, mate.
With the USA’s huge day, they’re not only ahead of China in the medal count. They’re tied with China in my “underprojected” column. The leader is France, thanks to their startling prowess in men’s doubles.
Underprojected: France 5. Tied at 4: USA, China, North Korea, South Korea, South Africa. Tied at 3: Canada, Denmark, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia. Worth noting at 1: Guatemala. First Olympic medal in history today in the 20k race walk. And the guy issued a plea to stop gang violence. Applause.
Overprojected: Tied at 9: Australia and Britain. Tied at 4: Germany, Turkey, New Zealand. At 3: Brazil, Italy.
SUNDAY’S VIEWING RECOMMENDATIONS
Times ET. Everything’s available online. NBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports Network may occasionally hop around to other events — after today, I’m not sure I trust the TV listings at all. Names are U.S. athletes unless otherwise mentioned.
And my life has changed since finding NBC’s online Gold Zone, which hops around from event to event. But on Saturday, they were just simulcasting NBC. And after Saturday’s experiment of adding delayed broadcasts totally flopped — NOTHING was broadcast when they said it would be — I’m not doing that again. Just do what I do and flip through NBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports Network. (If you want boxing, try CNBC.)
4:00, NBC SN: Badminton, men’s singles bronze. China vs. South Korea.
5:00, NBC SN: Cycling, early track events.
5:30: Fencing, men’s team foil quarterfinals. USA vs. France. Semis at 7.
6:00, NBC: Track and field, women’s marathon. What can Shalane Flanagan do here? Picks: KEN-RUS-ETH
6:00: Equestrian, more jumping.
6:30, NBC SN: Badminton, men’s double bronze. Malaysia vs. South Korea
7:00: Sailing, six classes with two medal races.
- 8:00: Men’s Star. Medals pretty well set at Britain-Brazil-Sweden, though Sweden could move up. Picks: GBR-BRA-GER
- 9:00: Men’s Finn. The final showdown between Britain’s Ben Ainslie and Danish leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen. Picks: GBR-NED-ESP
7:00: Tennis, last finals. Check the schedule of play. Approximations follow.
- 7:00, NBC SN: Women’s doubles gold, Williams/Williams vs. Hlavackova/Hradecka. Picks: USA-USA-CZE
- 7:00, MSNBC: Men’s singles bronze, Novak Djokovic vs. Juan Martin del Potro
- 9:00, NBC: Men’s singles gold, Andy Murray vs. Roger Federer. Picks: GBR-SUI-SRB
- 9:00: Women’s doubles bronze, Huber/Raymond vs. Kirilenko/Petrova
- 11:00 (maybe on NBC SN at 12:15): Mixed doubles gold and bronze (Raymond/Bryan). Picks: USA-BLR-USA
7:30: Shooting, men’s 50m pistol. Picks: JPN-KOR-SRB
8:00: Badminton, finals.
- 8:00: Men’s singles, Lin Dan (China) vs. Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia). Don’t miss this. Picks: CHN-MAS-DEN
- 9:15: Men’s doubles, China vs. Denmark. Picks: CHN-KOR-DEN
8:00: Wrestling, morning session for men’s 55kg and 74kg Greco-Roman
- 8:00: Spenser Mango, 55 qualification round
- 8:09: Ben Provisor, 74 qualification round
- 8:27?: Mango, round of 16
- 8:45? or 8:54?: Provisor, round of 16
- 9:12: Mango, quarterfinals
- 9:48: Provisor, quarterfinals
- 10:24: Mango, semifinals
- 10:42: Provisor, semifinals
9:00: Gymnastics, apparatus finals.
- 9:00: Men’s floor exercise. Jake Dalton in action. Picks: JPN-CHN-ISR
- 9:50: Women’s vault. Fly, McKayla. Picks: USA-GER-VIE
- 10:41: Men’s pommel horse. No Americans. Picks: HUN-GBR-FRA
9:30: Boxing, women’s lightweight round of 16. Queen Underwood
9:45, MSNBC: Water polo, women’s quarterfinals.
10:00, NBC SN: Synchronized swimming, duet technical routine.
10:30: Weightlifting, women’s heavyweight. Been waiting to see Holley Mangold (the football player’s sister) and Sarah Robles? Here you go. Picks: RUS-CHN-KOR
11:00: Cycling, track session with early men’s and women’s sprint stages plus second day of two-day omnium.
- 1:15: Final race of men’s omnium. Picks: AUS-CAN-FRA
11:45, NBC: Basketball, U.S. women vs. China.
12:45 p.m., MSNBC (on at 12:15): Wrestling, men’s 55kg and 74kg Greco-Roman repechage, semis and finals
- 2:03: 55kg final. Picks: AZE-KOR-RUS-IRI
- 2:48: 74kg final. Picks: RUS-TUR-CRO-ARM
1:00: Fencing, men’s team foil, medal bouts. Gold at 2:15. Picks: CHN-ITA-FRA
2:00, NBC SN: Beach volleyball, women’s quarterfinals. May-Treanor/Walsh Jennings vs. Italy
2:00: Diving, women’s springboard final. USA’s Christina Loukas and Cassidy Krug qualified. Picks: CHN-CHN-USA
2:00, NBC: Water polo, U.S. women vs. Italy
2:00: Track and field, early stages of women’s 400 hurdles, men’s high jump, men’s 1,500 and men’s 400. Plus finals in:
- 2:35: Women’s triple jump. No Americans qualified for final. Picks: UZB-KAZ-COL
- 3:20: Men’s hammer throw. Kibwe Johnson strong in qualifying. Picks: HUN-RUS-BLR
- 4:10: Women’s 400. Sanya Richards-Ross time. Picks: USA-RUS-RUS
- 4:25: Men’s steeplechase. Two U.S. qualifiers. Picks: KEN-KEN-FRA
- 4:50: Men’s 100. (Semis are at 2:45.) Bolt, Blake and maybe Gatlin, Gay, Powell or Bailey. Picks: JAM-JAM-USA
3:00, NBC: Volleyball, U.S. women vs. Turkey
5:00, NBC: Beach volleyball, women’s quarterfinals. Ross/Kessy vs. Czech Republic
Plus women’s handball, men’s field hockey, team table tennis, men’s boxing.
Check the full schedule for time updates and results throughout the day: London2012.com
You know who actually has the best glance of how Americans are faring? Wikipedia.
STUFF I’VE DONE
Going to be self-serving today and show off some things I’ve done in my quasi-professional work today:
- The legacy of Michael Phelps
- Biggest surprises of Day 8
- Will Oscar Pistorius inspire people to pay attention to Paralympics
- Various traps
I’ll be doing this daily during the Games. As a reminder, you’ll also find my work at Bleacher Report, and I’ll be helping Trapit capture the best Olympic news sources. Follow @TrapitSports or all Olympic-related Trapit feeds on Twitter for more.
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