Yesterday was a big day for American Olympians in the swimming pool, on the basketball court, on the gymnastics apparatus, in the lake, and on the judo mat.
Yes, the judo mat.
Plenty of exciting things happened Thursday. Here are some of the highlights:
- Judoka Kayla Harrison won the women’s 78 kg, becoming the first ever American to win gold in Judo.
- Gymnast Gabby Douglas became the third consecutive American woman (but only the fourth American woman ever) to win gold in the women’s all around. She is the only American woman to have won gold medals in both the individual and team all around competitions.
- Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte went one-two in the men’s 200 individual medley. Phelps became the first ever swimmer to win three consecutive gold medals in one event. Lochte also won a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke; American Tyler Clary won gold.
- American swimmer Rebecca Soni won gold and broke the world record—the world record she set Wednesday in the semifinals—in the 200 breaststroke.
- The United States men’s basketball team set all sorts of records in its 156–73 win over Nigeria. The Americans broke the record for points in a game (156), points in a half (78), three-point field goals (26), total field goals (59), and field goal percentage (71 percent). Carmelo Anthony broke the American individual single-game scoring record with 37 points.
And here’s what’s in store for today:
- Michael Phelps swims for his twenty-first Olympic medal in the 100 butterfly final.
- Missy Franklin competes in the 200 backstroke final; Cullen Jones and Anthony Ervin represent the United States in the men’s 50 freestyle final; and 15-year-old Katie Ledecky swims in her first Olympic final, the 800 freestyle.
- The United States women’s soccer team begins medal round play against New Zealand (8:15 a.m. Central on NBC Sports Network).
- The American women’s basketball team looks to stay undefeated in group play against the Czech Republic (4:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Network).
- American weightlifter Kendrick Farris contends for a medal in the men’s 85 kg.
- The elimination round begins in men’s and women’s beach volleyball.
- Roger Federer plays Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic plays Andy Murray in the semifinals of the men’s singles tennis tournament. Serena Williams takes on Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova faces countrywoman Maria Kirilenko in the women’s semis. The Williams sisters and the Bryan twins have semifinal matches in women’s and men’s doubles. (6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central on Bravo).
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.: Track and field
9:30 a.m.: Rowing
9:45 a.m.: Swimming
10:30 a.m.: Track and field
11:00 a.m.: Men’s beach volleyball
1:00 p.m.: Swimming
1:30 p.m.: Women’s water polo, USA v. China
2:45 p.m.: Rowing
3:00 p.m.: Cycling
3:15 p.m.: Track and field (until 4:00)
7:00 p.m.: NBC Primetime, featuring swimming finals, track and field, women’s (indoor) volleyball, and more (until 11:00)
NBC Sports Network
8:30 a.m.: Women’s soccer, USA v. New Zealand
10:15 a.m.: Archery
11:00 a.m.: Women’s soccer, Brazil v. Japan
12:45 p.m.: Shooting
1:00 p.m.: Boxing
1:30 p.m.: Women’s soccer, Great Britain v. Canada
3:15 p.m.: Weightlifting
4:00 p.m.: Women’s basketball, USA v. Czech Republic
6:00 p.m.: Beach volleyball (until 7:00)
8:00 a.m.: Gymnastics
9:30 a.m.: Woen’s water polo, Russia v. Australia
10:30 a.m.: Women’s handball, Russia v. Brazil (until 11:45)
12:45 a.m.: Women’s water polo, Spain v. Hungary
1:45 p.m.: Equestrian
2:45 p.m.: Badminton
3:15 p.m.: Table tennis (until 4:00)
4:30 p.m.: Beach volleyball (until 6:30)
4:00 p.m.: Boxing (until 7:00)
6:00 a.m.: Tennis (until 2:00)
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Medals Awarded on Friday
Men’s team pursuit (track)
Women’s keirin (track)
Men’s team sabre
Women’s +78 kg
Men’s +100 kg
Men’s single sculls
Men’s quadruple sculls
Women’s double sculls
Men’s 50 meter rifle, prone
Men’s 25 meter pistol
Women’s 200 backstroke
Men’s 100 butterfly
Women’s 800 freestyle
Men’s 50 freestyle
Track and Field
Men’s shot put
Women’s 10,000 meters
Women’s 75 kg
Men’s 85 kg