The U.S. women’s soccer team takes on Japan in the gold medal game, hoping to avenge its loss in the 2011 World Cup. Track and field gold medals will be handed out in the men’s triple jump, men’s 800 meters, men’s 200 meters (featuring Usain Bolt), women’s javelin and men’s decathlon. The U.S. women’s basketball team, in search of its fifth straight gold medal, plays Australia in the semifinals.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.Synchronized swimming — teams technical routine (Live, 10 a.m.)Canoe/kayak — sprint gold medal finals in men’s canoe 1000-meter doubles, men’s kayak 1000-meter fours, women’s kayak 500-meter singles and women’s kayak 500-meter doubles (10:45 a.m.)Swimming — women’s 10-kilometer marathon (JIP, 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m.)Rhythmic gymnastics — individual all-around qualifying (11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m.)Track and field — qualifying runs include men’s 4×400-meter relay (12:15 p.m.)Women’s water polo — bronze medal match: Australia vs. Hungary (Live, 1:40 p.m.); gold medal match: United States vs. Spain (Live, 3 p.m.)Men’s beach volleyball — gold medal match: Brazil vs. Germany (Live, 4 p.m.)
8 p.m.-11:05 p.m.Track and field — gold medal finals include Usain Bolt in the men’s 200-meter dash, the decathlon, men’s triple jump and the men’s 800-meter runWomen’s diving — platform gold medal finalWomen’s volleyball — semifinal match: United States vs. South KoreaMen’s cycling — BMX quarterfinals.
12:05 a.m.-1:05 a.m. (Friday)Women’s volleyball — semifinal match: Brazil vs. JapanTrack and field — women’s javelin gold medal final.
8 a.m.- 8 p.m.Women’s soccer — bronze medal match: Canada vs. France (Live, 8 a.m.)Women’s wrestling — 55kg and 72kg weight division qualifying (Live, 10 a.m.)Taekwondo — qualifying-round bouts (10:45 a.m.)Women’s basketball — semifinal game: United States vs. Australia (Live, 11:30 a.m.)Women’s soccer — gold medal match: United States vs. Japan (Live, 2:15 p.m.)Women’s wrestling — 55kg and 72kg weight division gold medal finals (5 p.m.)Men’s field hockey — semifinal game: Netherlands vs. Britain (6 p.m.)
9 a.m.-6 p.m.Equestrian — individual dressage gold medal final (Live, 9 a.m.)Men’s field hockey — semifinal game: Germany vs. Australia (Live, 11 a.m._Women’s handball — semifinal match: Norway vs. South Korea (Live, 12:30 p.m.)Men’s beach volleyball — bronze medal match: Latvia vs. Netherlands (Live, 2 p.m.)Taekwondo — semifinal matches (3 p.m.)Women’s basketball — semifinal game: Russia vs. France (Live, 4 p.m.).
5 p.m.-8 p.m.Taekwondo — gold medal finals in women’s 57kg and men’s 68kg weight divisionsWomen’s boxing — gold medal finals in flyweight, lightweight and middleweight divisionsWomen’s handball — semifinal match: Spain vs. Montenegro
Noon-midnight: Women’s basketball — semifinal game: United States vs. Australia (Live, noon, replays at 2 p.m., 8 p.m.); semifinal game: Russia vs. France (Live, 4 p.m., replays at 6 p.m., 10 p.m.)
Women’s soccer — bronze medal match: Canada vs. France (Live, 8 a.m., replays at 9:45 a.m., noon); gold medal match: United States vs. Japan (live, 1:45 p.m., replay at 5:30 p.m.)
9 a.m.-3 p.m.Packaged Spanish-language coverage includes men’s beach volleyball, women’s diving, track and field, women’s volleyball and synchronized swimming
Rhythmic gymnastics is to Russia what beach volleyball is to the United States: The Olympic sport that just keeps giving one gold medal after another.
So Bethesda’s Julie Zetlin faces fierce competition when rhythmic gymnastics gets under way shortly at Wembley Arena.
Zetlin, 22, has already achieved her goal by qualifying for the London Games. She’s the only American among the 24 gymnasts vying for the individual all-around title.
Only 10 advance to Saturday’s final, and the next two days of qualifying will cull the field, with gymnasts performing with two of four mandatory apparatus each day.
Zetlin, whose mom was a junior champion in her native Hungary, competes with the ball and hoop today. Friday, it’s ribbon and clubs.
While wildly popular in Russia and throughout Eastern Europe, rhythmic gymnastics is tiny known and often mocked in the United States. But it’s a rigorous athletic discipline that incorporates dance, music and theatrics.
Russia’s Evgeniya Kanaeva, considered the sport’s queen, is favored to repeat as the individual Olympic all-around gold medalist. Her toughest challenge will likely come from compatriot Daria Dmitrieva. Russia has won the last three Olympic golds in the individual and group competitions.
Here are some rhythmic-gymnastics basics:
Routines are performed to music and must be 75-90 seconds long.
In addition to difficulty, routines are judged on their execution and artistry. The highest possible score is 30; 28 is deemed excellent; 26, good.
The term “ongoing relationship” is used to describe the rapport judges look for between the athlete and her apparatus during a routine.
In seamless motion, gymnast will toss, catch leap and pirouette while performing with the apparatus. Zetlin is an exceptional leaper, with a theatrical flair.
Following Tuesday’s training session at Wembley, Zetlin exulted: “I love it! The bright, shiny lights! It’s like I’m on Broadway!”
Defending gold medalist Ruolin Chen was the top diver in the platform semifinals, easily moving through to Thursday afternoon’s final (2 p.m. ET) by outscoring her next-closest competitor by almost 48 points.
Chen, 19, also won gold medals in the synchronized platform event here and in Beijing four years ago.
Meaghan Benefit of Canada was second in qualifying, followed by two Australians, Brittany Broben and Melissa Wu.
The top 12 divers in the semifinals advance to the finals. Americans Brittany Viola (15th) and Katie Bell (16th) failed to advance.
Germany won two golds in four sprint races Thursday at Eton Dorney, and Hungary won three medals overall.
Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela won gold in the canoe double 1000m, with brothers Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich of Belarus taking the silver and Russians Alexey Korovashkov and Ilya Pervukhin the bronze.
Germany’s other gold came in the women’s double kayak 500m, with Franziska Weber and Tina Etze edging Katalin Kovans and Natasa Doucev-Janics of Hungary. Karolina Naja and Beata Mikolajczyk of Poland were third.
World champion Danuta Kozak of Hungary won gold in the single kayak 500m, ahead of Inna Osypenko-Radomska of Ukraine, the gold medalist four years ago, and Bridgitte Hartley of South Africa.
Australia won the men’s kayak four, with Hungary winning another silver and the Czech Republic taking the bronze.
There were no Americans in any of the finals.
Terrence Jennings’s gold medal dream ended after just one match in the Olympics taekwondo tournament.
Jennings, a 26-year old Alexandria native, lost an 8-6 decision to Turkey’s Servet Tazegul in the tournament’s preliminary round Thursday morning. It was a tough draw for Jennings, as Tazegul is the world’s No. 1 ranked fighter and the reigning world champion in the 68kg category.
The two were even in Rounds 1 and 3 (4-4, 1-1), but Tazegul kicked his way to a 3-1 advantage in the decisive second round.
The Olympics aren’t necessarily over for Jennings. If Tazegul reaches the gold medal match, Jennings enters another tournament against other fighters who’ve lost to the finalists for a chance at a bronze medal.
Jennings qualified for the Olympics at the U.S. trials in March, unseating Mark Lopez, who won silver at the Beijing Games.
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