Welcome to Olympics Wednesday. (The first one anyway.) Today was the day Great Britain finally got its first Gold Medal of the Games. Can they add to their total as America and China continue to battle for the top spot?
Sport-wise, the schedule is very similar to yesterday's, but some of the notable events to watch out for are the Men's All-Around championship in Gymnastics and the first medal races in Rowing, where the host country expects to shine. (They have two Golds today, in Rowing and Cycling.) Other medals will be awarded in Canoe Slalom, Cycling, Diving, Fencing, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, and Weightlifting. The first medals even will be Rowing finals starting (around 6:00 a.m.) and the Road Cycling time trial at 7:30 a.m., but the action is already underway in some sports.
To get you started here's the U.S. TV schedule here, the full hour-by-hour schedule breakdown and a link to wear you can start watching at NBCOlympics.com. And don't forget to catch up on all of yesterday's news via all of The Atlantic Wire's Olympics coverage. Stay tuned...
All times listed are Eastern
3:30p.m.: Nathan Adrian wins the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 47.52, a world record. Australia's James Magnussen finished just .01 behind Adrian, and Canada's Brent Hayden finished third.
In the women's 200-meter butterfly, Liuyang Jiao wins with an Olympic record of 2:05.06.Spain's Mirela Belmonte Garcia finished second with 2:05.25 and Natsumi Hoshi finished third with 2:05.48.
In the men's 200-meter breaststroke, Hungary's Daniel Gyurta won with a world record 2:07.28. Great Britain's Michael Jamieson came in second and Japan's Ryo Tateishi finished third.
And America's Rebecca Soni gets a world record 2:20.00 in the 200-meter breaststroke in the semi-finals.
1:50p.m.: RESULTS: In the men's gymnastics all-around final, Japan's Kohei Uchimura won gold, Germany's Marcel Nguyen won silver, and the U.S.'s Danell Leyva won bronze. Leyva came back from a mistake on pommel horse by crushing high bar and climbing past four other competitors.
Before Leyva clawed his way back, he retreated underneath his favorite towel:
(Photo via Reuters.)
12:48 p.m.: Check out the neon green fencing shoes on American Seth Kelsey. They didn't help him though, as he just lost his semifinal in epee to Ruben Gascon Limardo.
12:27 p.m: After that flurry of medals this morning, let's check the medal standings again: China now leads in Golds (15), Silver (8) and total medals (27). The U.S. has 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 26 total medals, one behind China on the total. China is 4 for 4 in the Diving events thus far.
11:58 a.m.: Tough break for Great Britain watchers: Their field hockey, handball, and women's basketball teams are all playing at the same time. Right now, as a matter of fact.
11:53 a.m.: RESULT: Rim Jon Sim of North Korea (formally, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) wins the Gold in Women's 69kg Weightlifting. (That's the size of the lifter, in case you didn't know, not what they are picking up. Roxana Daniela Cocos of Romania wins Silver, and Maryna Shkermankova of Belarus is Brozne.
11:49 a.m.: Egypt just beat Belarus in Men's Soccer and will be advancing to the knockout stage. The country's entire league was shut down after a riot earlier this year killed more than 70 people, so this milestone is a huge boost to the country's struggling soccer program. Their team is also coached the former head of the U.S. soccer program, Bob Bradley.
11:39 a.m.: RESULT: That was quick! South Korean DaeNam Song defeats Cuba's Asley Gonzalez in overtime to win the 90kg Judo title. Earlier, Lucie DeCosse of France won the women's 70kg title over Kerstin Thiele of Germany.
11:38 a.m.: The men's 90kg Gold Medal Match in Judo is taking place right now, and the Men's All-Around in Gymnastics is under way.
11:30 a.m.: RESULT: China takes the top two spots in Women's Table Tennis, with No. 2-seed Li Xiaoxia winning Gold over countrywoman and No. 1-seed Ding Ning. Feng Tianwei of Singapore won the Bronze medal match.
11:15 a.m.: RESULT: South Korea's Kim Jangmi wins Gold in Women's 25m Pistol. Silver goes to Chen Ying of China and Bronze to Olena Kostevych of Ukraine.
11:05 a.m.: RESULT: China wins yet another Gold in diving. This time's it's Men's Synchronized 3m Springboard. Luo Yutong and Qin Kai take the top spot, Russia's Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov win Silver, and Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen of the U.S. win Bronze. China has won Gold in all four diving events thus far.
11:00 a.m.: RESULT: Bradley Wiggins gives Great Britain its second Gold Medal of the day, winning the Men's Individual Time Trial in impressive fashion. The win, which comes just 10 days after he became the Brit to ever win the Tour de France, is his seventh Olympic Medal and his fourth gold, making him the most decorated athlete in his country's history. Britain actually gets two medals in this event, as Christopher Froome wins the Bronze. Tony Martin of Germany gets Silver. Fabian Cancellara, who was one of the favorites, but was injured in the Road Race over the weekend, finished seventh and was clearly in pain at the end.
10:45 a.m: RESULT: Daniele Molmenti of Italy wins Gold in the Men's Single Kayak. Vavrinec Hradilek of the Czech Republic wins Silver and Hannes Aigner of Germany goes home with Brozne.
10:40 a.m.: After all the riders have passed the first interval, Bradley Wiggins has the fastest time in the cycling trail. Developing...
10:12 a.m.: All the male riders are now on the Time Trial course. Fabian Cancellara went last, and Tour de France Bradley Wiggins was right in front of him.
10:00 a.m.: So what's happening now that you need to know about? The men's cycling time trial is full swing as the final riders are about to enter the course. (That will be on live on the main NBC station.) There's a men's Synchronized Diving final just starting now. The men's Single Kayak final starts in 15 minutes. Today's Judo matches have reached the semi-final round. There's a Shooting final at 10:30, as well as the Gold Medal match in Women's Table Tennis. Plus, plenty of other early round games, matches, and tourney play in the all the usual sports. Pick what you love and go find it!
8:55 a.m.: Our favorite part of the time trial: When riders finish, those with the top three times have to sit and wait in these thrones. But if a cyclist who started behind them beats their time, then they have to move over or leave.
8:44 a.m.: RESULT: The Americans have another Gold. Kristin Armstrong wins the Individual Time Trial in Road Cycling. The 38-year-old cyclist won the same event in Beijing in 2008. Judith Arndt of Germany was Silver and Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia was Bronze.
8:30 a.m.: The badminton players who have been DQ'd are Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China (the defending world champions)' Greysia Poli and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and the teams of Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na; and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min Jung, both from South Korea. The are accused of not using their “best efforts” to win the matches. Frankly, we find this decision ridiculousness. The players are not accused of accepting bribes or gambling and were not "fixing" matches for financial gain. The round-robin format of the tournament (used for the first time in London) created a situation where losing gave the teams a technical advantage. You can't fault a smart, competitive athlete for trying to grab that advantage. The disqualification seems unwarranted to us.
It's not clear how the quarterfinals will proceed without these four teams. They may be replaced by team they had beaten earlier, or the tourney will simply be shortened.
7:59 a.m.: The Telegraph is reporting that the eight badminton players charged with throwing matches have been disqualified from the games. The ruling was made by the Badminton World Federation this morning. More details as we get them....
7:38 a.m.: RESULT: Germany pulls away from a fading Great Britain to win the Men's Eight rowing. Canada rallied for the Silver and the Brits managed to hang on and edge the U.S. for Bronze. One of the German gentlemen celebrates with the "Usain Bolt" pose, and nearly fell out of his boat doing it.
7:32 a.m.: Another shot of the British champions, Gold Medal in hand:
7:18: RESULT: Ukraine wins the Women's Quadruple Sculls by a full boat length. Germany takes the Silver and the United States gets a Brozne.
7:11 a.m: The home crowd goes wild!
6:59 a.m.: RESULT: Great Britain has their first Gold! Heather Stanning and Helen Glover cruise to a win in Women's Pairs rowing, giving the host country a much needed boost. Australia takes Silver and New Zealand gets the bronze.
6:50 a.m.: The Daily Mail takes a look at China's practice of selection children at a very young age and grooming them (some say "programming") to become Olympic champions. Some remarkable photos of young kids who do nothing all day, but train for their chosen sports.
6:06 a.m.: A quick clarification on the Rowing Finals. Each event has more than one Final. The A Final determines the medals and rankings of boats 1-6. The B final ranks 7 and lower. The B Finals have already been held for most even, but the A Finals (and the medal winners) are coming up soon.
5:37 a.m.: Badminton players from three countries, including China, South Korea, and Indonesia, are facing disciplinary hearings for intentionally losing matches. Oddly enough, the accusations do not involve gambling, but the simple fact that the Olympic tournament's round-robin format made losing preferable for some teams, since that wouldn't knock them out and they would face an easier match in the next round. Both a Chinese doubles team and their South Korea opponent were booed off the court after a lackluster performance that included many obvious intentional errors. Both teams had already qualified for the quarterfinals and winning meant playing the No. 2-seeded Chinese team early.
5:19 a.m.: Here are the current Medal Standings. Just like yesterday China still leads in the overal Gold Medal count with 13, but is tied with the United States for overall medals with 23. This promises to be a neck-and-neck battle throughout the Games, so the U.S. may gain an edge once the Track and Field portion starts on Friday, although some of China's own big sports (like badminton, table tennis, and diving) still have plenty of hardware to hand out too. France is in third with 4 Golds and the Koreas are each tied with Kazakhstan for fourth place. Host Great Britain has four medals, but no Gold yet.
5:13 a.m.: A note from yesterday: The US men's basketball team won by 47 points yesterday and didn't cover the spread.
4:58 a.m. WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULED EVENTS
- Archery: Individual elimination matches for men and women. (4:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.)
- Badminton: Sweet 16 matches for men's and women's singles. (4:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) Quarterfinal matches for women's doubles (Noon) and mixed doubles. (4:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.)
- Basketball: Women's Group Play. Notable games: USA-Turkey (5:15 p.m.); Canada-France (4:00 a.m.); Australia-Brazil (9:30 a.m.)
- Beach Volleyball: Men's and women's prelims. (All day.)
- Boxing: Round of 16 matches for men's Bantam, Heavy, and Super Heavy Weights (8:30 a.m. - all day.)
- Canoe Slalom: Men's Kayak Semifinals (8:30 a.m.) and FINAL (10:15 a.m.)
- Cycling: Men's and Women's Individual Time Trial FINALS (7:30 a.m.)
- Diving: Men's Synchronized 3m Springboard FINAL (10:00 a.m.)
- Fencing: Men's Individual Epee tourney: (Begins at 4:00 a.m.; GOLD medal match at 3:00 p.m.); Women's Individual Sabre tourney (Begins at 8:00 a.m.; GOLD medal match at 3:30 p.m.)
- Football: Men's Group Play. Matches of note: Brazil-New Zealand (9:30 a.m.); Great Britain-Uruguay (2:45 p.m.)
- Gymnastics: Men's Individual All-Around FINAL (11:30 a.m.)
- Handball: Women's Group Play (All day.)
- Field Hockey: Men's Group Play (All day.)
- Judo: Men's 90kg and Women's 70kg tournaments. (All morning. Gold medal matches begin at 11:00 a.m.)
- Rowing: FINALS of Women's Pair, Quadruple Sculls, and Men's Eight (Begin at 5:10 a.m.). Also Semifinals of Men's Single Sculls, Lightweight Double Sculls; Quadruple Sculls, and Men's Pair (Begins at 4:30 a.m.)
- Sailing: Multiple races and boats. Program begins at 7:00 a.m.
- Shooting: Women's 25m Pistol. (Qualifiers begin at 4:00 a.m. FINALS at 10:30 a.m.)
- Swimming: Today's races: WOMEN: 100m free; 200m breaststroke; 200m butterfly; 4x200m freestyle relay; MEN: 200m backstroke; 200m breastroke; 200m IM; 100m freestyle; Preliminary heats begin at 5:00 a.m.; FINALS begin at 2:30 p.m.)
- Table tennis: Men's singles quarterfinals (5:00 a.m.); Women's singles FINALS and Bronze medal match (9:30 a.m.)
- Tennis: Third-round singles matches; plus Doubles and Mixed Doubles (All day.) Match of note: Novak Djokovic-Lleyton Hewitt; Daniela Hantuchova-Caroline Wozniacki
- Volleyball: Women's Group Play. USA-China at 3:00 p.m. Brazil-Korea at 5:00 p.m.
- Water Polo: Women's Group Play. USA-Spain at 3:20 p.m.
- Weightlifting: Men's 77kg and Women's 69kg. Women's program begins at 7:30 a.m., men at 5:00 a.m. GOLD medal swill be awarded today.