The middle Friday of the Olympics means the end of swimming and the start of track and field. Is this the day the American take command of the medal board? Keep checking this page all day long for news and results.
The usual reminders: Here's the U.S. TV schedule here, the full hour-by-hour event schedule, and a link to where you can start watching at NBCOlympics.com. And don't forget to catch up on all of the The Atlantic Wire's previous Olympics coverage.
All times listed are Eastern
4:13p.m.: Michael Phelps getting his 17th gold medal for the 100-meter butterfly. We could put this photo on the homepage and it wouldn't be a spoiler, because people wouldn't know which of his many, many medals it is.
3:17p.m.: In what appears to have been a heated match, Angola beat Great Britain in handball 30 to 25.
3:00p.m.: RESULTS: Missy Franklin sets a world record to win the women's 200-meter backstroke in 2:04.06. Russia's Anastasia Zueva came in second and American Elizabeth Beisel came in third.
In the 800-meter freestyle, American Katie Ledecky wins gold in 8:14.63. Mirela Garcia Belmonte takes silver and Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington takes bronze.
2:11p.m.: The U.S.'s Alex Morgan collided with New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon in women's soccer today. more specifically, Morgan's knee collided with Bindon's face. Both women were send tumbling to the ground. The U.S. beat New Zealand in the quarterfinal match 2 to 0.
1:39p.m.: RESULTS: Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the semi-finals, 6 - 1, 6 - 2.
12:50 p.m.: If you're looking for another unique way to follow the Olympics check out this amazing Twitter list. The London organizers set up a stationary cameras at every venue and then linked each camera to its own Twitter account where they will occasionally tweet out pictures from their special perspective. It's one of the coolest new uses of technology we've seen at the Games.
12:40 p.m.: A British man thinks there needs to be a "fourth place" medal since it has gotten much harder to win one. So he started making his own for British Olympians who just missed out on the hardware.
12:34 p.m.: As the track and field program begins, check out why the sport had to invent a new kind of starting gun — because the sound of actual guns doesn't travel fast enough, so sprinters who were farthest away were at a measurable disadvantage.
12:27 p.m.: Between the triple jump, the steeplechase, the trampoline, and the Keirin (a cycling sprint that includes this weird motorized pace bike), the Olympics are definitely getting weirder by the day.
12:19 p.m.: Quick Midday Update. The U.S. women won their soccer match, 2-0. Jessica Ennis of Great Britain leads the Heptathlon after two events and broke the event record in the 100-meter hurdles. (There are two more events this afternoon and the conclusion is tomorrow. The next medal event is the Men's Team Pursuit at the Velodrome at 1:00 p.m.
11:58 a.m.: RESULT: Moments before that Roger Federer finally beat Martin del Potro, 3-6, 7-6, 19-17, in an epic semifinal. The third set alone took 163 minutes. Federer moves to the Gold Medal match where he'll face Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic, who play later today.
11:55 a.m.: RESULT: Kazakhstan's Svetlana Podobedova wins Gold in the 75kg Women's Weightlifting division. Silver goes to Natalya Zabolotnaya (Russia) and Bronze to Iryna Kulesha (Belarus).
11:23 a.m.: RESULTS: In the final matches of the Judo competition, Idalys Ortiz of Cuba wins Gold in women's +78kg and Teddy Riner of France wins the Men's +100kg. (He got Bronze in 2008.) There was a bit of controversy at the end of the Riner's match as Silver medalist Alexander Mikhaylin refused to shake his hand. (It seems Riner refused to shake his hand before the match, and then mostly refused to fight once he got an early point and held on to win.) Rafael Silva (Brazil) and Andreas Toelzer (Germany) get Bronze on the men's side. The other women's medals went to Mika Sugimoto of Japan (Silver), Tong Wen of China and Karina Bryant of Great Britain (Brozne)
11:19 a.m.: RESULTS: The final arrow shot at the 2012 London Olympics was a 10-point bullseye by Oh Jin Hyek of South Korea, giving him the Gold in Men's Individual. Takaharu Furukawa of Japan won Silver and Dai Xiaoxiang of China wins Bronze. That was five Chinese medals in the span of less than 10 minutes.
11:16 a.m.: RESULTS: Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei defeated another Chinese team of Xu Chen and Ma Jin to give their country Gold and Silver in Mixed Doubles Badminton. Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen of Denmrak won the Bronze Medal match.
11:03 a.m.: RESULT: Dong Dong of China (don't snicker) wins Gold in Trampoline, improving on his Bronze medal in Beijing in 2008. Dmitry Ushakov of Russia gets the Silver and Lu Chunlong of China is Brozne. That also moves China back on top of the medal standings at 19-18 over the U.S.
10:22 a.m.: This is a couple days old, but worth many more looks. The best kick save of the year ... in volleyball. (via Business Insider.)
10:06 a.m.: RESULT: Cuba's Leuris Pupo wins Gold in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, tying the finals world record. Vijay Kumar of India win Silver and Ding Feng of China gets Bronze. Russian shooter Alexi Klimov set a qualification world record earlier in the morning, but because the scores are wiped out before the final round, he misses a medal.
9:40 a.m.: Pistol shooters have the best head gear. (They're going for the gold medal right now. Online only.)
9:14 a.m.: Two big upsets to report. Im Dong-hyun, the legally blind South Korean archer who set the 72-arrow world record in the qualifying rounds, was beaten in his singles match against Rick van der Ven of the Netherlands. Also: Top women's doubles seed Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond of the United States are upset in the semifinals.
9:08 a.m.: Roger Federer and del Potro are headed to a third and final set in their semifinal match at Wimbledon. It's being broadcast live on Bravo.
9:00 a.m: RESULT: France eliminates Sweden in the women's soccer tourney.
8:23 a.m.: Women's all-around champ Gabby Douglas will not be on the cover of Wheaties. She'll be on the Corn Flakes box instead.
7:37 a.m.: RESULT: World champion Martin Drysdale of New Zealand win Gold in Men's Single Sculls. Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic wins Silver and Great Britain's Alan Campbell wins the host country another Bronze.
7:33: a.m.: RESULT: Sergei Martynov of Belarus sets a World Record in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone competition, wing Lionel Cox of Belgium gets the Silver and Rajmond Devevec of Slovenia takes the Brozne.
7:24 a.m.: RESULT: Great Britain adds a sixth Gold medal to its total as Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger win Women's Double Sculls. Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley of Australia take Silver and Magdalena and Julia Michalska of Poland get the Bronze.
7:14 a.m.: Early this morning, Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Shaherkani made history by becoming the first female athlete to represent her country in the Olympic Games. She took on Melissa Mojica in the opening round of the Women's Judo +78kg division. She was clearly overmatched (she was pinned just 80 seconds in), but her mere presence was still an inspiring moment, as fans gave her rousing cheers and chanted for her. If you want to watch the match, go to NBCOlympics.com, dial up the Mat (A) archive and skip ahead to 54:15 mark. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
6:58 a.m. RESULT: New Zealand's Eric Murray and Hamish Bond blow away the field in Men's Pairs, winning by almost three boat lengths. France's Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette win Silver and Great Britain gets another Bronze with George Nash and William Satch.
6:36 a.m.: RESULT: Germany blows away the field in Men's Quadruple Sculls, adding another Gold to its haul. Croatia holds off Australia for Silver.
6:07 a.m.: In addition to the Gold Medal events listed below, here are some other items of note on the schedule: Beach Volleyball and Soccer have reached the knockout stage, and tennis is winding down with today's semifinals. Today is also the last day for Archery and Judo; the next to last day for rowing and swimming, and the first of only two days for Trampoline. (Canoe Slalom ended yesterday.) Also today's 100m butterfly will likely be the last competitive race of Michael Phelps' outstanding career.
5:33 a.m.: MEDAL COUNT UPDATE: The U.S. had a huge day yesterday, tying China for Gold Medals at 18 and taking the lead in total medals with 37. Great Britain also moved up to fifth, with its fifth Gold. France has 6 and South Korea has 7. Three countries have four.
5:58 a.m.: MEDALS TO BE AWARDED TODAY: Men's Archery; Men's Shot Put; Women's 10,000m; Badminton Mixed Doubles; Men's Cycling Team Pursuit; Women's Cycling Keirin; Men's Team Sabre; Judo Heavyweights; Men's Single and Quad Sculls; Men's Pair Rowing; Women's Double Sculls; Men's 50m Rifle Prone; Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol; Women's 200m backstroke; Men's 100m butterfly; Women's 800m freestyle; Men's 50m Freestyle; Men's Trampoline, Men's 85kg Weightlifting; and Women's 75kg Weightlifting.
5:52 a.m. FRIDAY'S SCHEDULED EVENTS
- Archery: Final day of Men's Individual matches. Round of 16 (4:00 a.m.) all the way to the GOLD MEDAL MATCH at 10:30 a.m.
- Athletics: That means track and field! Day are divided into a morning and afternoon session. Events on Friday included: WOMEN: Preliminaries in Triple Jump; 100m; 400m; and Discus; plus the first day of the Heptathlon. MEN: Prelims in 400m hurdles; Hammer Throw; 3000m steeplechase; Long Jump, and 1500m. The only FINALS are Men's Shot Put (3:00 p.m.) and Women's 10,000m.
- Badminton: Semifinals in Men's (8:30 a.m.) and Women's (4:00 a.m.) Singles. The GOLD MEDAL MATCH in Mixed Doubles is at 10:00 a.m.
- Basketball: Women's Group Play. Notable games: USA-Czech Republic (5:15 p.m.); France-Great Britain (3:00 p.m.)
- Beach Volleyball: Both the men's and women's finally reach the knockout stage. Round of 16 matches. (All day)
- Boxing: Round of 16 matches for Men's Fly and Welter Weights (8:30 a.m. - all day.)
- Cycling: FINALS in Men's Team Pursuit (First round begins at 11:18 a.m.) and Women's Keirin (Begins at 11:00; Final at 1:30 p.m.) Also: Qualifying for Women's Team Pursuit (11:56 a.m.)
- Diving: Women's 3m Springboard preliminaries. (9:30 a.m.)
- Equestrian: Individual and Team Dressage, Day 2 of Grand Prix qualifying (6:00 a.m.)
- Fencing: Men's Team Sabre. (Begins at 6:30 a.m.; GOLD medal match at 1:45 p.m.)
- Football: Women's Quarterfinals begin. U.S.-New Zealand at 9:30 a.m.; Great Britain-Canada at 2:30 p.m.
- Handball: Women's Group Play (All day.)
- Field Hockey: Men's Group Play (All day.)
- Judo: Men's +100kg and Women's +78kg tournaments. (All morning. GOLD MEDAL matches begin at 11:00 a.m.)
- Rowing: FINALS of Men's Single Sculls, Men's Quadruple Sculls, Men's Pair, and Women's Double Sculls. (Begins at 4:30 a.m.)
- Sailing: Multiple races and boats. Program begins at 7:00 a.m.
- Shooting: Men's 50m Rifle Prone and Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Qualifiers begin at 4:00 a.m. FINALS at 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.)
- Swimming: Today's races: WOMEN: 50m free; 4x100 Medley Relay; 200m backstroke (FINAL); 800m freestyle (FINAL). MEN: 1500m freestyle; 4x100m Medley Relay; 100m butterfly (FINAL); 50m freestyle (FINAL); (Preliminary heats begin at 5:00 a.m.; FINALS begin at 2:30 p.m.) The 100m butterfly is likely the last race ever for Michael Phelps.
- Table tennis: First round matches for Women's and Men's Team competition. (5:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
- Tennis: Semifinal matches in Men's and Womens's Singles and Doubles. Also: Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals. (7:00 a.m. - All day)
- Trampoline: Men's Trampoline. Qualifiers at 9:00 a.m. and FINALS at 10:26 a.m.
- Volleyball: Women's Group Play. (All day).
- Water Polo: Women's Group Play. (All day)
- Weightlifting: Men's 85kg (2:00 p.m. and Women's 75kg (10:30 a.m.)