Happy Thursday, the day on which many of us in the United States hope to take revenge on Japan for what happened in last year’s Women’s World Cup.
It is Day 13 of the Summer Olympics. Most of the team sports tournaments are into the semifinals or finals of the medal round, and things are getting serious.
Here are some highlights from yesterday:
- The United States took gold and silver in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. Aries Merritt won the race and Jason Richardson (not to be confused with the basketball player) finished second.
- After winning silver at each of the previous two Olympics, American Allyson Felix won gold in the women’s 200 meters. Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took silver; and American Carmelita Jeter took bronze, her second medal of this games.
- Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive (and probably final) gold medal in women’s beach volleyball, remaining undefeated in Olympic play. American’s Jen Kessy and April Ross took silver.
- LeBron James posted the first ever triple double by an American in Olympic basketball play in the USA’s 119-86 win over Australia.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for today:
- The United States women’s soccer plays for gold against Japan in a rematch of last year’s Women’s World Cup final.
- Usain Bolt attempts to become the first ever athlete to win back-to-back gold medals in both the 100 and the 200.
- World record-holder Ashton Eaton, of the United States, takes a healthy lead into the second day of the decathlon. American Trey Hardee enters the day in second place.
- The USA plays for gold in women’s water polo. They take on Spain at 2:00 p.m. Central on NBC.
- The United States women’s basketball takes on future hall of famer (and Olympic all-time leading scorer) Lauren Jackson and Australia in a knockout round semifinal (10:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Network).
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
9:45 a.m.: Canoe/kayak
10:15 a.m.: Swimming (open water)
10:30 a.m.: Rhythmic gymnastics
11:15 a.m.: Track and field
12:00 p.m.: Swimming (open water)
12:15 p.m.: Rhythmic gymnastics
12:40 p.m.: Women’s water polo, Australia v. Hungary (bronze medal match)
2:00 p.m.: Women’s water polo, USA v. Spain (gold medal match)
3:00 p.m.: Men’s beach volleyball (gold medal match, until 4:00)
7:00 p.m.: NBC Primetime, featuring the track and field, women’s volleyball, women’s platform diving, BMX, and more (until 11:00)
NBC Sports Network
7:00 a.m.: Women’s soccer, France v. Canada (bronze medal match)
9:00 a.m.: Wrestling
9:45 a.m.: Taekwondo
10:30 a.m.: Women’s basketball, USA v. Australia (semifinal)
1:15 p.m.: Women’s soccer, USA v. Japan (gold medal match)
4:00 p.m.: Wrestling
5:00 p.m.: Men’s field hockey, Netherlands v. Great Britain (semifinal)
6:30 p.m.: TBA (until 7:00)
8:00 a.m.: Equestrian
10:00 a.m.: Men’s field hockey, Germany v. Australia (semifinal, until 11:30)
12:30 p.m.: Women’s handball, Norway v. South Korea (semifinal)
2:00 p.m.: Men’s beach volleyball (until 3:00)
4:00 p.m.: Taekwondo
5:00 p.m.: Women’s basketball, France v. Russia (semifinal, until 7:00)
4:00 p.m.: Various sports, including women’s handball, women’s boxing, and taekwondo (until 7:00)
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Medals Awarded on Thursday
Men’s beach volleyball
Women’s fly/51 kg
Women’s light/60 kg
Flatwater: men’s C-2 1000 meter
Flatwater: men’s K-4 1000 meter
Flatwater: women’s K-1 500 meter
Flatwater: women’s K-2 500 meter
Women’s 10 meter platform
Women’s open water 10 km
Women’s featherweight/57 kg
Men’s featherweight/68 kg
Track and Field
Women’s javelin throw
Men’s triple jump
Men’s 800 meters
Men’s 200 meters
Women’s water polo
Women’s freestyle 55 kg
Women’s freestyle 72 kg