It is Day 12 of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the day on which I find myself emotionally invested in a handball game between Iceland and Hungary (Hungary won by one point after two overtimes), and other people pay homage to top athletes by carving their likenesses into watermelon lanterns.
On a more serious note, seven athletes from Cameroon—the entire boxing team, swimmer Paul Edingue Ekane, and women’s soccer player Drusille Ngako Tchimi—have been reported missing.
Cameroonian sports reporter David Sandjo suspects that the athletes, upset about “insufficient government attention to their complaints, inadequate financing, poor preparation, and substandard infrastructure” may be seeking asylum somewhere in Europe.
Here are some highlights from yesterday:
- American gymnast Aly Raisman won the USA’s first ever gold medal in the floor exercise. Raisman, who tied for third in the all around last week but lost the bronze medal in a tiebreaker, also won a bronze medal yesterday in the balance beam, after judges adjusted her score.
- Australia’s Sally Pearson edged out American Dawn Harper in a photo finish for gold in the women’s 100 meter hurdles. American Kellie Wells took bronze.
- Both American women’s beach volleyball teams—Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings and Jen Kessy and April Ross—won their semifinal matches. They meet today for the gold medal.
- Sir Chris Hoy took gold in the men’s keirin (track cycling). Hoy now has six career gold medals, more than any other athlete from Great Britain.
- Australia’s Lauren Jackson (also of the Seattle Storm) became the all-time leading scorer in Olympic play, scoring her 536th point in a victory over China. (The previous record holder was Brazil’s Janeth Arcain.)
Here’s what’s on the schedule for today:
- Americans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings take on Americans Jen Kessy and April Ross in the women’s beach volleyball gold medal match.
- The top-ranked United States men’s basketball team begins knockout round play against Australia.
- The men’s basketball tournament features knockout round geographical rivalry games between Russia and Lithuania, France and Spain, and Argentina and Brazil.
- The top-seeded United States men’s volleyball team begins knockout round play against Italy.
- Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown goes for her third gold medal in the women’s 200. She’ll face Americans Sanya Richards-Ross and Allyson Felix and country woman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
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.: Equestrian
9:45 a.m.: Track and field
10:00 a.m.: Men’s volleyball, USA v. Italy (knockout round)
11:45 a.m.: Canoe/kayak (until 12:10)
1:00 p.m.: Women’s beach volleyball (bronze medal match)
2:00 p.m.: Track and field
2:50 p.m.: Men’s water polo, USA v. Croatia (knockout round)
3:50 p.m.: Cycling (until 4:30)
5:30 p.m.: Track and field (until 5:50)
7:00 p.m.: NBC Primetime, featuring the women’s beach volleyball gold medal match, track and field, women’s platform diving and more (until 11:00)
NBC Sports Network
8:00 a.m.: Men’s basketball, Russia v. Lithuania (knockout round)
10:00 a.m.: Men’s basketball, Spain v. France (knockout round)
12:00 p.m.: Men’s handball, Denmark v. Sweden (knockout round)
1:30 p.m.: Women’s field hockey, Netherlands v. New Zealand (knockout round)
2:00 p.m.: Men’s basketball, Argentina v. Brazil (knockout round)
4:00 p.m.: Men’s basketball, USA v. Australia (knockout round)
6:15 p.m.: Men’s handball, France v. Spain (knockout round)
8:00 a.m.: Men’s volleyball (knockout round)
9:45 a.m.: Men’s water polo, Serbia v. Australia (knockout round)
11:00 a.m.: Men’s water polo, Montenegro v. Spain (knockout round)
12:00 p.m.: Table tennis, men’s team final, China v. Hong Kong
12:30 p.m.: Men’s water polo, Hungary v. Italy (knockout round)
1:40 p.m.: Men’s volleyball, Russia v. Argentina (knockout round)
3:00 p.m.: Wrestling (until 3:45)
4:45 p.m.: Women’s field hockey, Argentina v. Great Britain (until 6:00)
4:00 p.m.: Men’s volleyball, Bulgaria v. Germany (knockout round)
5:30 p.m.: Men’s handball, Croatia v. Tunisia (knockout round)
6:00 p.m.: Boxing (until 7:00)
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Medals Awarded on Wednesday
Women’s beach volleyball
Flatwater: men’s K-1 1000 meter
Flatwater: men’s C-1 1000 meter
Flatwater: men’s K-2 1000 meter
Flatwater: women’s K-4 500 meter
Women’s flyweight/49 kg
Men’s flyweight/58 kg
Track and Field
Women’s long jump
Women’s 400 meter hurdles
Women’s 200 meters
Men’s 110 meter hurdles
Women’s freestyle 48 kg
Women’s freestyle 63 kg