We are headed into the Olympics’ final weekend.
Fortunately, there will be plenty going on over the next couple days to take our minds off of the sad fact that the Olympics will soon be leaving us.
Then again, it will be hard for anything that happens Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to match what we saw yesterday: a masterful performance from Hope Solo in the women’s soccer gold medal match; another reason-defying run by Usain Bolt; a 17-year-old boxing champ; and a new world record in the 800 were a few of the many highlights.
Here’s a look back on what happened yesterday:
- The United States women’s soccer team avenged its loss to Japan in last year’s Women’s World Cup final to win a fourth Olympic gold medal (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012).
- The United States women’s water polo team, behind five goals from tournament leading scorer Maggie Steffens, won gold against Spain.
- Jamaican Usain Bolt took gold in the 200 meters, becoming the first sprinter ever to win both the 100 and 200 in consecutive Olympics. The Caribbean island nation swept the event, with Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Warren Weir taking silver and bronze, respectively.
- American runner Manteo Mitchell broke his left fibula during the opening leg of the men’s 4 x 400 relay (qualification round), and kept running. Mitchell ran a 46.1, which put him behind the other contenders but which was pretty good for a guy with a broken leg. The United States made up the time and finished second in the heat.
- American Ashton Eaton, who set a world record at the Olympic trials, ran away with the decathlon. Countryman Trey Hardee took silver.
- Kenyan David Rudisha won the men’s 800 meters with a world record time of 1:40.91.
- 17-year-old Claressa Shields from Flint Michigan won gold in the first ever women’s middleweight Olympic boxing tournament.
- Malaysian diver Pandelela Rinong took bronze in the women’s 10 meter platform and became the first Malaysian woman to win an Olympic medal. She is also the first Malaysian to win a medal in a sport other than badminton. China’s Chen Ruolin won gold, her fourth gold medal in platform diving.
- The United States women’s basketball and volleyball teams advanced to the gold medal round.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for today:
- American gold medal hopeful Jordan Burroughs wrestles in the men’s freestyle 75 kg tournament.
- The United States faces Manu Ginóbili, Luis Scola, and Argentina in the semifinals of the men’s basketball tournament. The Americans and Argentinians met Monday in group play. Argentina trailed by only a single point at the half before the USA pulled away in the third quarter.
- Carmeltia Jeter and Allyson Felix lead the United States women’s 4 x 100 relay team into a showdown against Jamaica. In the semifinal, with Jeter and Felix on the bench, the Americans recorded the second fastest time in Olympic history.
Here’s a look at today’s TV schedule and a list of medals that will be awarded today:
All times Central Daylight Time. Add one hour for Eastern time and six hours for London time.
9:00 a.m.: Synchronized swimming
10:00 a.m.: Canoe/kayak
10:30 a.m.: Swimming (open water)
10:45 a.m.: Canoe/kayak
12:15 p.m.: Swimming (open water)
12:30 p.m.: Rhythmic gymnastics
1:15 p.m.: Wrestling
2:00 p.m.: Track and field
2:30 p.m.: Wrestling
7:00 p.m.: NBC Primetime, featuring the track and field, men’s platform diving, BMX, and more (until 11:00)
NBC Sports Network
7:00 a.m.: Women’s field hockey, USA v. Belgium (for 11th place)
8:20 a.m.: Men’s water polo, USA v. Spain (for 5th–8th place)
9:20 a.m.: Taekwondo
9:45 a.m.: Wrestling
10:45 a.m.: Men’s basketball, Russia v. Spain (semifinal)
1:00 p.m.: Women’s field hockey, Great Britain v. New Zealand (bronze medal game)
2:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball, USA v. Argentina (semifinal)
5:00 p.m.: Men’s volleyball, Brazil v. Italy (semifinal, until 7:00)
9:00 a.m.: Men’s volleyball, Bulgaria v. Russia (semifinal)
11:00 a.m.: Men’s handball, Sweden v. Hungary (semifinal)
12:30 p.m.: Men’s water polo, Croatia v. Montenegro (semifinal)
1:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer, Japan v. South Korea (bronze medal match)
3:30 p.m.: Men’s handball, France v. Croatia (semifinal, until 5:00)
4:00 p.m.: Various sports, including women’s field hockey, men’s boxing, and taekwondo (until 7:00)
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Medals Awarded on Friday
Men’s beach volleyball
Women’s fly/51 kg
Women’s light/60 kg
Women’s field hockey
Men’s open water 10 km
Team, free routine
Women’s welterweight/67 kg
Men’s welterweight/80 kg
Track and Field
Women’s hammer throw
Women’s 5000 meters
Women’s 4 x 100 relay
Women’s 1500 meters
Men’s pole vault
Men’s 4 x 400 relay
Men’s freestyle 55 kg
Men’s freestyle 74 kg