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Olympics: Track and Field Starts, Swimming Wraps Up

Swimming has two days left, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin are looking to capture a second gold. The men's shot put and women's 10000 highlight the finals on the first day of track and field.

Gold: Track & Field - Men's Shot Put - 3:30 p.m. (NBC Prime Time) Track and Field opens and the U.S. has an early chance for gold.  Reese Hoffa leads a strong American team, with Ryan Whiting and Christian Cantwell. The Americans have been favored for each of the last four Olympics, but haven't won gold since Randy Barnes in 1996. Canadian Duncan Armstrong is the current world champion.

Silver: Swimming - Women's 800 Meter Freestyle - 2:45 p.m. (NBC Prime Time) The penultimate swimming session will also include Michael Phelps in the 100 meter butterfly and Missy Franklin in the 200 meter backstroke, but Rebecca Adlington will be the focus of most in the venue as she tries to win Britain's first swimming gold in London. Adlington qualified first and is trying to rebound from bronze in the 400 freestyle which she was favored to win.

Bronze: Judo - Men's 100+kg - 11:10 a.m. (Live Feed) France's Teddy Riner took a bronze in Beijing, but he has dominated the sport, winning every world championship gold medal since 2007. The other thing that is notable about Riner is his size, 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds.

Also:

Women's Soccer in the quarterfinals against New Zealand 9:30 a.m. (NBCSN)

Women's basketball against the Czech Republic at 5:15 p.m. (NBCSN)

Women's volleyball tries to stay undefeated against Serbia at 3 p.m. (NBC Prime Time)

The women's water polo team concludes pool play against China at 2:40 p.m. (NBC)

Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain tries to rebound from Thursday's team spring disqualification in track cycling's most exciting event, the Kierin, makes its Olympic debut for the women at 1:38 p.m. (NBC)

The first track final is the women's 10000 meters.  Vivian Cheruiyot led a Kenyan medal sweep at the world championships last year, but defending Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia will be a major factor. NBC live at 4:25 p.m.

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain is the favorite in the women's heptathlon which will be contested throughout Friday and Saturday. Friday's events are the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. (NBC)

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John Gruber August 08, 2012 at 01:18 PM
we don't say "that umpire called him safe because it would be PC"
christie nicolle August 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM
John, o.k., i never watched a yankee game -- i already conceded i don't know enough to judge...i'm eating humble pie. Now, i think i have a crush on that Netherlands athlete from the hand pole who won Gold; i've never seen anyone like him -- a true master! Whatever his name he's Olympics personified.
John Gruber August 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
then stop saying athletes don't make religious jesters here because they do. All you need to do is turn on ESPN in the morning and you'll be proven wrong
Jim Medler August 10, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Religious jesters...now that's funny!
christie nicolle August 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Jim, don't forget the great Champion Usain Bolt with 6 Gold medals does "gestures" --some religious, some his own...either way, there's nobody like Bolt!!

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