Day 3: Lochte, Franklin chase medals, men’s gymnastics finals

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17-year old Missy Franklin wins her first gold medal in the 100 back; Matt Grevers sets Olympic record as the U.S. goes 1-2 in the men’s 100 back; Ryan Lochte fails to medal in the 200 free; Men’s gymnasts finish fifth; U.S. deats Brazil in women’s volleyball.

Get a full rundown in our viewer’s guide.

Miss anything? Read past live blogs: Opening Ceremony | Day 1 | Day 2

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MONDAY, JULY 30 (DAY 3)

NBC

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Swimming – qualifying heats (10 a.m., 1:45 p.m.)
Rowing – qualifying heats in men’s four, women’s double sculls (10:30 a.m.,
1:30 p.m.)
Canoe/Kayak – whitewater qualifying heats (11 a.m.)
Women’s volleyball – United States vs. Brazil (Live, 11:30 a.m.)
Women’s water polo – United States vs. Hungary (Live, 2:30 p.m.)
Beach volleyball – Americans Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in a qualifying
match (Live, 4 p.m.).
8 p.m. – midnight
Swimming:
Gold medal finals in men’s 200-meter freestyle,
Men’s and women’s 100-meter backstroke
Women’s 100-meter breaststroke
Men’s diving – gold medal final in synchronized platform
Men’s gymnastics – gold medal final in the team competition.
12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m.
Swimming – semifinal heats
Canoe/Kayak – whitewater qualifying heats.

NBC Sports Network

4 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Men’s field hockey – New Zealand vs. South Korea (Live, 4 a.m.)
Women’s beach volleyball – China’s Xi Zhang and Chen Xue vs. Switzerland’s
Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr (Live, 5 a.m.)
Badminton – American Rena Wang in action (6 a.m.)
Women’s volleyball – Serbia vs. South Korea (Live, 6:30 a.m.)
Equestrian – Individual and team cross country eventing (Live, 8:15 a.m.)
Men’s archery – Individual competition (12:45 p.m.)
Men’s boxing – Flyweight and light heavyweight elimination-round bouts
(1:15 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – Italy vs. Japan (Live, 3 p.m.)
Men’s shooting – 10-meter air rifle gold medal final (4:30 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – Angola vs. United States (Live, 5:15 p.m.)

MSNBC

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Women’s water polo – Spain vs. China (Live, 9 a.m.)
Women’s beach volleyball – Brazil’s Larissa and Juliana vs. Germany’s
Katrin Holwick and Ilka Semmler (Live, 10:30 a.m.)
Women’s water polo – Italy vs. Australia (Live, 11:15 a.m.)
Women’s basketball – Russia vs. Brazil (Live, 11:45 a.m.)
Table tennis – Qualifying round action (1:30 p.m.)
Men’s field hockey – Britain vs. Argentina (Live, 2 p.m.)
Weightlifting – Gold medal finals (Live, 3:30 p.m.)
Badminton – Doubles match featuring Americans Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach against Japan (Live, 3:45 p.m.)
Women’s beach volleyball – Austria’s Doris Schwaiger and Stephanie
Schwaiger vs. Australia’s Nat Cook and Tasmin Hinchley (Live, 5 p.m.)

CNBC

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Men’s boxing – Flyweight and light heavyweight elimination bouts.

Bravo

7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tennis – Early round play continues, including men’s and women’s
second-round singles action.

NBC Olympic Basketball Channel

4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball:
Croatia vs. China (Live, 4 a.m., Replay 8 a.m.)
Czech Republic vs. Turkey (Live, 6:15 a.m.)
France vs. Australia (Live, 9:30 a.m.)
Russia vs. Brazil (11:45 a.m., Replay 1:30 p.m.)
Britain vs. Canada (Live, 3 p.m.)
Angola vs. United States (Live, 5:15 p.m.)

Telemundo

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Packaged Spanish-language coverage includes swimming, beach volleyball,
women’s volleyball, tennis and boxing.

The masochism of watching men's team gymnastics in primetime

 

I went into watching the U.S. men’s gymnastics team with a heavy heart. I knew what was going to happen. But I watched anyway. Not because it was my job, but because I wanted to see how much I could take.

In the age of social media and news organizations, including the Post, breaking news the moment it happens, NBC’s prime time coverage hit yet another snag: potential viewers’ desire to avoid the masochism of watching their home team come up short — very short.

John Orozco’s tears after a failed pommel horse vault performance rip at your heart with or without the melodrama of primetime packaging. And, if you know it’s coming, it’s not something, when given the option of switching to any other channel, the average person may want to put themselves through. This is assuming, of course, you’re not from China.

Did you tune in to watch the men’s team gymnastics final knowing what was coming? Let us know in the comments.

Good night and good luck

It’s time for us to sign off, but please join us tomorrow night for Primetime commentary from Style’s Dan Zak and Monica Hesse.

Thanks to all of you who watched with us tonight and to Emi, Katherine and Fahima for a lively evening of Olympics coverage.

Bucked off the pommel horse

Dannel Levya

My love for gymnastics may not be enough to pull the U.S. men’s team out of what is proving to be a difficult night. Sam Mikulak stumbled on his floor routine; Dannell Levya fell off of the pommel horse; and Juan Orozco also had a weak pommel horse showing (the Bronx native is naturally my favorite from one fellow New Yorker to another).

Live blog investigation: Socks or onesies?

Okay, so are the pants male gymnasts wear socks or onesies, and why do they wear them? The Post’s Marie Elizabeth Oliver is on the case, but let us know what you think in the comments.

Seriously, folks, inquiring minds want — nay, need — to know.

UPDATE: After investigation, we’ve determined that the uniform pants are, in fact, stirrups. However, some sartorially savvy gymnasts, such as John Orozco (above) choose to match their socks to their pants. Sporty chic. –Marie Elizabeth Oliver

Who is that guy with the gray mohawk?

It’s Yin Alvarez, U.S. Olympic gymnastics team member Danell Leyva’s coach and step-father. He’s also a former gymnast.

From the Bleacher Report:

Alvarez has been Leyva’s coach since the youngster first started showing an interest in gymnastics at an early age. Alvarez and Gonzalez married in 2001 after spending years working together at their gym in Miami—where Leyva was their prized pupil.

his stepfather and coach also has the potential to be a star in London. Alvarez has become a viral sensation due to his over-the-top exuberance shown when celebrating a routine by Leyva.

Who does the dramatic piano music for the Olympics?

Any guesses? We have no clue.

 

Men's gymnastics don't include music?

Already hyperventilating because of my love for gymnastics, but never realized this – the men don’t do their floor routines to music? What about the potential dramatic musical interludes to somersault pairings they’re neglecting?

Hey, Lochte Nation

Lochte didn’t have his most impressive showing today. But we’re sure that we’ll see that Americana grill soon. Until then, here’s a look at how far he’s come.

Missy Franklin has arrived

Franklin’s performance is astounding; commentators are marveling at her skill. In her first individual race, she won the gold and smashed the previous best American time with 58.33 for the 100m backstroke. Everyone keeps marveling she can’t really be 17; she “must be 25.” Why 25? Is it a golden swimming age? Who knows; who cares. The girl can swim.

Also because we love Michael Ian Black:

 

How NBC made Twitter useless

If you haven’t heard, NBC is broadcasting the Olympics on a delay, storing up the footage they offer to cable subscribers live online like a squirrel hoarding nuts. This means, if we’re to stay true to NBC’s prime-time broadcast, we’re more than a little dated in our coverage.

On a normal breaking news story I’d be furiously scouring Twitter hunting for reactions to tonight’s games. But Twitter is a world of the immediate and, well, NBC’s taped coverage is not. So, NBC has officially made Twitter pretty much useless.

In the words of our own Chris Cillizza: “Congrats, or something.”

Ryan Lochte disappointed in fourth place slot

Ryan Lochte

In an event where he was the favorite, Ryan Lochte’s poor finish kept him from placing in either of the top three slots.

In the post race interview, he admitted his performance was “not exactly good” and did not meet his expectations, “I know I can go a lot faster, I just don’t know where I really fell off…I guess you live and learn.”

Missy Franklin up close and personal: 'I am so blessed'

In the special report, “Profiles in Speed,” the Washington Post got up close and personal with swimmer Missy Franklin:

Missy Franklin, Olympics breakout star

I know, I know ‘Call Me Maybe’ renditions have become sort of tiring…SORT OF. Here’s a goodie to get excited for Missy Franklin’s performance tonight, especially coming off of the heels of her first gold medal in London.

In Defense of Ryan Lochte's Bedazzled Teeth

Recently, Ryan Lochte was told that he could not take the medal stand wearing his diamond-encrusted American flag across his teeth.

Today, the U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball team is wearing some impressive jewelry. Misty May-Traynor and Kerri Walsh Jennings both wore gold necklaces and studded earrings during their match against the Czech Republic.

I can’t see a difference between studded earrings during competition and bedazzled teeth during the singing of one’s national anthem. If it’s truly a uniform issue, let’s be fair, Olympic Committee, and regulate every bit of bling, on and off the court.

Happy birthday Misty May-Treanor

Misty May-Treanor got the birthday present she was hoping for—a big victory over the Czech Republic.

According to the Associated Press, May-Treanor was holding a cupcake from Kerri Walsh Jennings’s mother as she walked off the court.

Happy 35th Misty!

After John McEnroe, beach volleyball: U.S. team beats Czech Republic

The best lead-in to women’s volleyball’s preliminary round would be, of course, tennis star John McEnroe interviewing the U.S. team’s Misty May-Traynor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings.

Game footage started with the U.S. team well ahead of the Czech Republic.

First, the not-so-requisite bikini/no bikini roundup: Both teams were suited in full, long-sleeves and pants. Notably, thanks to the sharp eyes of Style editor Marie Elizabeth Oliver, each team did the reverse of the other, with the Czech Republic wearing their bikini tops on the outside and the U.S. underneath. Here’s why that’s moderately significant.

At the end of round one, the U.S. held a firm lead: 14 to 21. Then, round 2 with another win 21 to 19.

In a straight-off-the-sand interview, Traynor was asked what kind of message she and Jennings wanted to send. Tryanor said flatly, “The right message.” The team has yet to lose an Olympic match.

Oh, and happy birthday, Misty May-Traynor.

Bob Costas Does Not Age

You know what they say: I get older, and Bob Costas stays the same age. Lighting? Make-up? Bob Costas, tell us your secret.

Deep Thoughts on Synchronized Diving: To shave or not to shave?

The answer is obvious with swimmers, but does shaving one’s legs affect men’s synchronized diving? The verdict is out. Take a look at Nick McCrory and David Boudia, Team USA divers. Boudia definitely shaves. MrCrory definitely does not. For a sport that emphasizes uniformity, its a curious distraction for the viewer.

China wins the gold for the 10m men's synchronizing platform diving

Tom Daley (front) and Peter Waterfield (back)

Okay, so I may not know how to swim, but I’ve got my protein bar in honor of tonight’s swimming races. Yet again, Bob Costas has impeccable broadcast enunciation, as Emi already thankfully called out, and the men’s synchronized platform final is looking promising for the night.

And after seeing this hilarious Olympic diving funny faces and NBC’s craziest Olympics faces (you’re welcome), I’m ready for anything.

China kicked off the night with the first dive with partners Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan.

Tom Daley, who at 18 could pass as a member of the British teen dream band “The Wanted,” is a standout along with his diving partner Peter Waterfield.

Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez of Mexico kill it in Round 4 after they successfully attempted the most difficult dive ever, a never before seen dive at the Olympics — four-and-a-half somersaults from a stand. The freeze frame play-by-play is amazing.

In the end: U.S. wins the bronze medal, Mexico wins silver and China wins the gold.

As a first time diving event watcher, must say I’m not disappointed in the least. Great way to start off the night folks!

Men's gymnastics final: Let's hope no one does this

An old piece of gold from the Web archives. And, yes, we’re trying not to spoil it for everyone. [Reddit]

Diving right in: Men's synchronized diving and gymnastics finals up first

Aaand, we’re off!

We start with the requisite close and wide shots of Buckingham Palace with it’s 40-odd bedrooms for the queen’s “ne’er do well cousins.” “Ne’er do well cousins” — really, Bob Costas?

Tonight’s line-up includes the men’s gymnastics final, and synchronized men’s diving final. Fahima will have your update on the men’s synchronized swimming, where we begin the evening’s events.

Sorry, commenter “nahieder,” no team handball.

Ryan Lochte throws a keg

VIEW GALLERY: Ryan Lochte's personal style

We’re on with the live blog for day three of NBC’s prime-time Olympics coverage — all the results you know and the coverage commentary you don’t. Your live bloggers in residence for the evening are Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), Fahima Haque (@fahima_haque) and me (@emikolawole).

We just finished watching Ryan Lochte throwing kegs backwards and picking up tires. Yes, that was the end of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The profile featured Lochte in various stages of his workout routine in the lead-up to the games. And then there was his shoe collection, color coordinated with just about every color of the rainbow, including green — the gold-medal swimmer’s favorite color. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Kayaker given two-second penalty -- by his mom

Mike Dawson did advance to the semifinals despite the penalty. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press)

New Zealand’s Mike Dawson received a two-second penalty during his semifinal run in kayak slalom. The judge that penalized him just happened to be his mother. Read the full account from the Associated Press here.

Do you think it’s fair for parents to judge sports their children compete in? Let us know.

CNN wrote about the unique situation before the Games.

U.S. women's basketball team routs Angola

Angel McCoughtry drives to the basket against Angola. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)

The American had an easy time with their preliminary round matchup with Angola in Group A, winning 90-38. Eleven different Americans finished in the scoring column. Candace Parker finished with a game-high 14 points and 12 rebounds. Seimone Augustus had 13 points to go with three rebounds and two assists.

Sonia Guadalupe (10 points) was Angola’s only player to finish in double-figures. Angola shot only 19.7 percent from the field.

The best photos from today's Olympics

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GALLERY: Click on the image above to see some of the photos from today at the Olympics.

U.S. women's basketball team keeps on rolling

Diana Taurasi takes a shot against Angola. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

After the third quarter the Americans have jumped ahead of Angola, 69-29.

Candace Parker has 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tamika Catchings has seven points and seven rebounds.

Polish duo drops U.S. men

Mariusz Prudel, left, and Grzegorz Fijalek celebrate their victory. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel of Poland defeated the U.S. pair of Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, 21-17, 21-18, Monday at Horse Guards Parade.

The result left both teams 1-1 in Pool D play.

The Americans will face unbeaten Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins in another Pool D preliminary on Wednesday.

“It is a big game against Latvia,” Rosenthal told the Associated Press. “We’ll be ready.”

U.S. women cruising vs. Angola

At halftime the U.S. women’s basketball team leads Angola, 41-18. The Americans outscored Angola 19-6 in the second quarter. Angola has made only four of its 17 field goal attempts in the contest.

Candace Parker has a team-high eight points and nine rebounds.

U.S. women's basketball team leads Angola

After the first quarter the U.S. women’s basketball team leads Angola, 22-12, in a Group A matchup. Candace Parker has four points and four rebounds for the Americans. We’ll have more updates as the game progresses.

Weightlifter earns gold for North Korea

Kim Un Guk celebrates a lift. (Hassan Ammar/Associated Press)

Kim Un Guk of North Korea took gold in the men’s 62-kilogram competition. He beat out Zhang Jie of China.

“The secret is nothing but the support and encouragement from our supreme leader chairman Kim Jong Un,” said Kim after winning, according to the Associated Press. Read the full account here.

Poland surprises U.S. men in beach volleyball

Sean Rosenthal of the U.S. team dives for a ball. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Americans Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb fell to Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek of Poland, 21-17, 21-18, in a Pool D match.

Gibb is a two-time cancer survivor. Read more about his battle with cancer here.

Lochte: 'Tomorrow I will be better."

Ryan Lochte just took to Twitter and addressed his finish in the 200 freestyle final. “Not so happy about that swim tonight… you live and learn. Tomorrow I will be better.”

Here’s a gallery that looks at Lochte’s unique style away from the pool:

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GALLERY: Click on the image above to see the bold style of Ryan Lochte.

U.S. men drop set to Poland in beach volleyball

The American duo of Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb find themselves behind after losing the first set, 21-17. They’re taking on Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek in a Pool D matchup. We’ll have more updates later in the match.

Thoman, Grevers enjoy a special moment

U.S. swimmer Matthew Grevers and teammate Nick Thoman enjoy their one-two performance in the men's 100 backstroke. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

After winning silver in the 100 backstroke, American Nick Thoman was quick to congratulate teammate Matt Grevers, who took gold. Thoman swam over to his teammate and gave him a giant, jubilant hug. “I looked up and saw the scoreboard, saw Matt next to me a couple lanes over, and he was just grinning like an idiot. So I had to go over and give him a big hug.”

“That’s amazing. I must be selfish,” Grevers said. “It took me a good 10 seconds to realize he got second.”

Emotions overwhelm Franklin after gold medal

Missy Franklin wipes away a tear during the medal ceremony. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

The 17-year-old Missy Franklin, possessed of her first career Olympic gold medal, announced that “It’s exceeding the expectations a hundred million times over.” Franklin’s thrilling performance in the 100-meter backstroke, overtaking Australian Emily Seebohm in the final 10 meters, firmly established  as formidable new champion. But the high schooler, still wet from the pool was struggling to grasp her achievement.

“I just won an Olympic gold medal and I don’t even know what to think now.”

Michael Phelps knows what to think. Passing through the mixed zone after winning his 200-meter butterfly heat, Phelps pronounced Franklin, “a force to be reckoned with.”

“She showed a lot tonight,” he said. “She’s tough.”

Phelps advances to 200 butterfly final

Michael Phelps reacts after his semifinal in the men's 200-meter butterfly. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

American Michael Phelps won his heat in the 200 butterfly semifinals. Phelps finished in 1 minute 54.53 seconds. He will be seeded fourth in the final. Takeshi Matsuda of Japan won the first semifinal in 1:54.25.

Lochte, Phelps discuss 200 freestyle

A twice-disappointed Ryan Lochte, beaten on successive nights in the final freestyle lap by 20-year-old Frenchman Yannick Agnel, first in the 4×100-meter relay Sunday and then in the 200-meter freestyle Monday, struggled to explain his failing form to the press as he passed through the international mixed zone. “Whatever happened last night, happened last night,” Lochte said. “…I have a couple races left,  so I just have to get over it and move on.”

Lochte’s American teammate Michael Phelps shed a little more light on the 200 free, after winning his own semifinal heat in the 200 butterfly. Phelps said he had predicted that the race was liable to be an extremely fast one, given that Agnel has swum some lightning times in the event this year. Phelps suspected it would take a time of around 1:43 to win. He was correct. Agnel led the race from the very start and won by more than a body length — in 1 minute 43.14 seconds. “It was an incredible swim,” Phelps said. He added of Lochte, “He’s a champion and he’ll be able to put a lot of energy into his other races.”

 

U.S. women hold off Hungary in water polo

Lauren Wenger, center, of the United States blocks a shot by Ildiko Toth, left, of Hungary. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

The U.S. women’s water polo team edged Hungary, 14-13, in a Group A preliminary round match. Maggie Steffens, 19, scored seven goals for the Americans. Read more about the win here.

Soni gets silver in 100 breaststroke

Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte enjoys her gold medal while silver medalist Rebecca Soni looks on. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

American Rebecca Soni took second place in the women’s 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1 minute 5.55 seconds. Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, who is only 15, secured gold in 1:05.47. American Breeja Larson was in second place at the turn but faded to sixth, in 1:06.96.

Grevers, Thoman 1-2 in 100 backstroke

Matt Grevers, top, and Nick Thoman kick off their 100 backstroke final. (Al Bello -- Getty Images)

Matt Grevers has stolen the medal limelight from Ryan Lochte, winning a gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke with an Olympic record time of 52.16. The 6-foot-8 Grevers, nicknamed the Gentle Giant, electrified the Olympic pool deck with his long strokes, which came just moments after Missy Franklin brought the place to roars with her own huge finish in the women’s 100 backstroke. American Nick Thoman took second in 52.92. Ryosuke Irie of Japan won the bronze.

Missy Franklin wins gold in 100 backstroke

Gemma Spofforth of Great Britain congratulates Missy Franklin, right, on her gold medal. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Missy Franklin, the 17-year-old multi-event phenom, has won her first gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Franklin barely defeated Australian Emily Seebohm down the stretch in a riveting finish and outtouched her with a time of 58.33 to Seebohm’s 58.68. Franklin’s time was 0.21 of a second off the world record.

Franklin, who is entered in seven swimming events in London, had the daunting task of swimming a semifinal in the 200 freestyle, not her best event, only 10 minutes before the backstroke. She looked as if she fought the water somewhat as she swam that heat in 1:57:57, a full second slower than her best time this year, but claimed only the eighth and last spot in the final.

But she appeared to have plenty left in the backstroke, catching Seebohm in the final 10 meters.

She had said earlier in the week, “If I can give 110 percent that will be enough for me.”

She also described how much she loves the final 25 meters of a close race: I love my last 25 because it hurts so much, ad I know when I’m pushing so hard that I’m leaving it all in the pool.”

Franklin, a high school senior who attended her prom and is looking at colleges, took several deep breaths and exhaled as she approached the medal stand, with ropes of hair still damp hanging over her shoulder. The 6-foot-1 teenager then waved her arms as she ascended the podium, towering over her fellow medalists.

Check out this video on what makes her so special:

Ryan Lochte off medal stand in 200 free

Ryan Lochte, the reigning world champion, failed to medal at all in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing fourth with a time of 1 minute 45.04 seconds. Yannick Agnel of France won the gold (1:43.14), Park Tae-Hwan of Korea won the silver (1:44.93) and Sun Yang of China won the bronze (1:44.93) and Sun Yang of China both finished in 1:44.93 to share the silver. It was Agnel who overtook Lochte in the final lap of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay Sunday night.

Lochte fails to medal in 200 free

American Ryan Lochte finished fourth in the men’s 200 freestyle. Yannick Agnel of France took gold. Agnel won in 1 minute 43.14 seconds. Lochte finished in 1:45:04.

We’ll have more soon.

Kobe enjoys himself at volleyball

Kobe Bryant is smiling while watching the U.S. women's volleyball team beat Brazil. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Read more about the U.S. women’s volleyball team’s win over Brazil here.

Men's gymnastics order shuffled

Japan, which originally finished fourth in the men’s team gymnastics competition, appealed the score of three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura on pommel horse. Its request was granted, moving the Japanese from fourth to second and giving them the silver medal. Britain moved down to the bronze medal, and Ukraine was bumped from the medal stand.

The United States’ fifth-place finish was unchanged, as was China’s gold medal performance.

U.S. women's volleyball beats Brazil

Brazil's Fernanda Ferreira, right, spikes the ball as U.S. player Jordan Larson attempts to block. (Kirill Kudry/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. women’s volleyball team easily dispatched its top rival, Brazil, Monday evening at Earls Court, taking a 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 decision in Pool B play.

The Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world, held off the second-ranked Brazilians in the fourth set, even as Brazil threatened to take the momentum in the match. The Americans lost the third set, and Brazil made a small run early in the fourth set.

But American Christa Harmotto made perhaps the most spectacular play of the match, ranging well wide of the court to desperately keep a ball alive, then re-entering play to finish the point with a spike. That gave the U.S. a 7-4 lead early, and though Brazil came back to pull within one several times, the Americans eventually pulled away.

The Americans are now 2-0 in Pool B play, and their next match is against China on Wednesday. They face Serbia and Turkey. The quarterfinals begin Aug. 7.

Solo stands by her criticism of Chastain

Hope Solo hasn't changed her mind. (David Moir/Reuters)

U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo isn’t backing down from her tweets that slammed former U.S. player Brandi Chastain.

According to the Associated Press, Solo believes the best commentators should work the Olympics, and Chastain is lacking in energy, excitement and passion. Read more here.

Should Solo apologize for her tweets? Or is her candor refreshing? Let us know.

Abby Wambach puncher suspended

Abby Wambach hit the deck after getting punched by Colombia's Lady Andrade. (Chris Clark -- Associated Press)

Lady Andrade, the Colombian soccer player who punched U.S. standout Abby Wambach during an Olympic match on Saturday, has been suspended two games by FIFA, USA Today is reporting.

Wambach ended up with two black eyes. The U.S. women conclude group play against North Korea on Tuesday.

U.S. men's gymnasts finish fifth

The U.S. men’s gymnastics team, which started the day with hopes of a Olympic gold medal, finished with no medal at all, ending up fifth.

China successfully defended its 2008 team gold with a dazzling showing, scoring 275.997 points, at North Greenwich Arena.

Britain was a surprising silver medallist, and Ukraine took bronze (271.526).

The U.S. was fifth (269.952) behind Japan.

John Orozco and the U.S. men's gymnasts came up short. (Mike Blake -- Reuters)

Sixth entering the final event, the United States needed a lights-out performance on their best event, the high bar, and a stumble or two by the Ukraine and Britain, the only nations they had a chance of overtaking.

John Orozco had a solid 15.333.

Jonathan Horton, who won silver on the apparatus at the 2008 Beijing Games, revived American medal hopes with a technically difficult routine that included several flips on release moves. But he was rewarded with just 15.200 points.

The deficit was too much for any one athlete to bridge, and Danell Leyva closed, earning 15.866.

Brazil takes third set off U.S. women's volleyball

Brazil enjoys getting back in the match. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Brazil’s women’s volleyball team still has much work to do, but it managed to stay alive in its match against the U.S. team, taking the third set, 25-22. The Americans still hold a two-sets-to-one advantage and need only to win one of the next two sets to take this Pool B match.

For the first time in the match, Brazil held the lead for much of a set. The Americans trailed 15-12 before ripping off four straight points. From there, the teams traded points. Brazil held leads of 19-18, 20-19, 21-20 and 22-21, with the Americans responding each time to pull even.

But when the Lindsey Berg couldn’t save a ball despite skidding across the floor, the Brazilians went up 24-22 and had set point. They finished it off when Thaisa, at 6-foot-4 their dominant player, converted what looked to be a broken point.

Germany holds eventing lead; U.S. in fifth

Great Britain's Zara Phillips competes in the cross country phase. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany retained its lead in the three-day eventing after the cross-country portion of the competition and Britain moved up from third to second place, in part because of a strong performance by the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips.

The Germans have 124.70 points and the Brits 130.20.

The Americans, seventh after the dressage, moved up to fifth place behind strong performances by Karen O’Connor, Boyd Martin and Phillips Dutton.

Medal hopes dim for U.S. men's gymnasts

The under-performing U.S. men’s gymnastics squad moves on to the high bar, its last chance for redemption, still in sixth after five of the six events. The starting order will be: John Orozco; Jonathan Horton, who won silver on the apparatus at the 2008 Beijing Games; and Danell Leyva.

Before their first athlete began, the U.S. team huddled on the gym floor with its coach.

Even with a lights-out performance by all three, it’s highly unlikely the Americans can claw their way into a medal.

China remains in first (232.164 points), with Japan (229.164) and Ukraine (225.825) behind. The United States has 223.553 points.

The American lineup for the parallel bars, their fifth event, included the country’s two best all-arounders, Leyva and Orozco.

Up first, Sam Mikulak competed with abandon, stuck his landing and thrust both arms toward the U.S. rooting section. Chants of “USA!” “USA!” rang out. He scored 15.266 for his efforts.

Orozco was next and acquitted himself well, getting a 15.133.

Leyva closed, delivering the top mark, as expected: 15.366

 

Queen doesn't advance, but shows heart

Caroline Queen won't be moving forward, but drew cheers from spectators. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Darnestown’s Caroline Queen drew cheers from the crowd at the Olympic kayak venue for her persistence and determination — if not her pure success. After missing Gate 21 on her second run, she paddled back and went through it, so as not to incur a major penalty.

Queen’s effort impressed the crowd, but it wasn’t enough; she finished 17th in qualifying; only the top 15 advanced.

“For me, sport is a lot about heart, and that was a heart moment,” she said.

Queen had no trouble with the gate on the first run.

“I nailed that on my first run, which is too bad,” she said. “I did the [upstream gate] a little differently because I took a two-second penalty on my first run…. [But] no regrets from this experience, that’s for sure.”

Williams sisters advance

Venus (pictured) and Serena Williams cruised in their first match. (Miguel Medina - AFP/Getty Images)

Venus and Serena Williams breezed into the second round of the women’s doubles tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea and Simona Halep.

The American duo, who won gold in Beijing and Sydney, were scheduled to open play Sunday but their match was postponed due to typically-wet conditions at the All England Club.

The Williams sisters were never broken on their serve and converted four of six chances against their opponents. Next up, a date with Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki.

London's loopy mayor

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, he of the exuberant hair and mouth, wrote a piece for the London Telegraph entitled “Here’s 20 Jolly Good Reasons to be Happy About the Olympics.” It’s better than Dickens. A couple of excerpts (in the original British):

“13. Tens of thousands of people are attending the BT Live Sites in Hyde Park, Victoria Park and elsewhere. They are being treated to sensational rock and pop acts, as well as zipwires, zorbing (which involves large plastic balls) and other entertainments of all kinds: hog-roasts, tumblers, chaps painted silver and making jerky movements – and it is almost all FREE!”

“16. The Olympics are proving to be a boost to tattoo parlours. Plenty of people seem to want their thighs inscribed with “Oylimpics 2012” and other ineradicable mis-spellings.”

By all means read to the end. Otherwise you might miss this one:

“19. As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is plashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers. The whole thing is magnificent and bonkers.”

U.S. women's volleyball dominating; Kobe watches

Brazil and the U.S. team square off. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The American women’s volleyball team lost the gold medal match to Brazil four years ago in Beijing. We’re still a long way from the medal rounds here in London, but the U.S. is cruising over its top rival at the moment.

The Americans won the second set, 25-17, to take a two-sets-to-none lead into the match’s late stages. A word of caution: The Americans lost the first two sets of their most recent match against Brazil, then came back to win. But Brazil would have to completely reverse its performance to duplicate that here.

Foluke Akinradewo, a powerful force at 6-foot-3, spiked the final point of the set after the Brazilians had fended off two set points. Oh, and it appears Kobe Bryant is in the house supporting the Americans.

Darnestown's Queen out in kayak event

A day after Bethesda’s Scott Parsons just missed advancing to the Olympic semifinals in the men’s kayak, Darnestown’s Caroline Queen also narrowly missed a semifinal slot, finishing 17th in the preliminary round of the women’s kayak Monday.

Only the top 15 advanced to Thursday’s semifinal round.

Queen, who was not expected to medal here, earned four seconds of penalties on a final run that was much slower than the first, forcing her to rely on the initial run to squeeze into the top 15. But her time — 117.05 seconds and 13th entering the second run — did not stand up.

She finished just more than seven seconds out of contention.

P. Railey's strong start on the water

American Paige Railey, shown with her brother Zach at a news conference before the Olympics, stands in fifth in the Laser Radial competition. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

American Paige Railey is fifth after the first two races in the Laser Radial competition. Both races were won by Annalisa Murphy of Ireland.

Paige’s brother, Zach, is in 13th place after four races in the Finn.

Zach Railey was 13th and 17th in Monday’s third and fourth races at Weymouth. The Finn  includes 10 races.

Jonas Hogh-Christensen remained in first place with second- and seventh-place finishes.

After the first two races in the men’s 49er, Denmark has a lead with finishes of second and fourth at the sailing venue at Weymouth and Portland.

Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Faith finished fifth and third in the two men’s Star races Monday at Weymouth, moving them to sixth in the overall standings after four of 10 races.

Iain Simpson and Andrew Simpson of Britain are in first after finishing second and third, respectively, on Monday.

The American pair of Erik Storck and Trevor Moore is in seventh after placing sixth in the first race and 10th in the second.

Sailors will race 15 times in the 49er before the 10 best teams advance to the medal race.

Rob Crane is 39th in the men’s Laser after finishes of 35th and 42nd on Monday.

Tom Slingsby of Australia is leading after finishes of second and first.

U.S. men's gymnasts make progress

John Orozco, left, and Sam Mikulak play catch-up. (Michael Steele -- Getty Images)

There are still three events left for the Americans — the vault, parallel bars and high bars. But with the U.S. men sitting dead last in the team competition, facing what appears an insurmountable deficit to salvage any medal hopes at all, it’s probably not too early to start the post-mortem.

First, a recap: The U.S. men were the top scorers in Saturday’s qualifications and entered Monday’s team final as favorites for gold. After three events, they have 131.156 points. China, the defending Olympic champion, has moved into first with 139.965 points. That’s a deficit of more than 8.500 points in a sport in which mere tenths of a point often decide silver and gold.

Could it be that China, which qualified sixth, was holding back? Could it be that the U.S. men, who weren’t expected to contend for gold, got overconfident after their impressive show in qualifications? Did they crumple under the expectations? It’s unclear, but such questions will surely be hashed out by Coach Kevin Mazeika.

We have time for an update, and the trend is only slight better.

On vault, where the Americans should have fared better, John Orozco managed just a 14.600; Sam Mikulak somehow earned a 15.965 despite stepping off the mat; and Jacob Dalton delivered a solid 16.066.

This has inched the Americans up at least two spots, ahead of Germany and France. But China and Japan remain a long way off. China’s lead is now more than nine points.

U.S. men's gymnasts' hopes all but lost

Sitting seventh among the eight nations vying for team gold after two rotations, the U.S. men’s gymnasts tried to redeem themselves on the rings.

But it only got worse.

Midway through the competition, the U.S men are dead last among the eight nations, more than eight points behind front-runner China, which is trailed by Japan and Great Britain.

While the United States will close the six-event competition with its strength, the high bar, it looks increasingly likely that the Americans, who started the afternoon as gold medal favorites, may be shut out of any medal at all.

Jacob Dalton went first, scoring a 15.330 that the Americans sorely needed. He was followed by Jonathan Horton, the lone returning member of the bronze medal-winning 2008 Beijing team. Horton managed a 15.266.

And John Orozco, who got off to a disastrous start on the pommel horse, was the Americans’ closer on rings. The rings are among the New Yorker’s strengths, but the key question, as Orozco stepped up to compete, was whether he could shake off his poor start. Orozco fared better than he did on pommel horse, but earned the weakest mark of the Americans, 14.958.

A word on the controversial event floor: As anyone watching the London Olympic gymnastics competition on TV well knows, the competition floor is blanketed in pink — a Pepto Bismol sort of pink that’s popular with few older than age 8 or 9. It’s particularly unwelcome to many of the male gymnasts who must perform against the sugary backdrop.

Making matters worse for competitors is the fact that the mats are cream-colored. Apparently that takes getting used to when competing on apparatus in which gymnasts fly through the air (still rings and high bar) because they need to be 100 percent certain of the floor’s location to stick their landings. But it’s tricky to distinguish the cream-colored mat from the white chalky bars or rings, several have said.

Sir Roger weighs in on the Games

Earlier this month, Sir Roger Bannister, left, passed the Olympic flame at the track on which he ran the first sub-four-minute mile. (Lefteris Pitarakis -- Associated Press)

Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier and one of Britain’s most celebrated athletes, returned a call The Post made last week prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the London Games.

Bannister, 83, was featured in my “Chariots of Fire” piece and my Opening Ceremonies column. There was speculation that he would light the torch but, alas, Sir Roger wasn’t chosen.

We were secretly hoping he would trash Sebastian Coe for not letting him light the torch or be a part of the ceremony. But he’s way too classy for our muckraking tastes.

“No, not all,” Sir Roger said of the diss. “I carried the torch here [earlier] in Oxford, on the track that I broke the four-minute mile in 1954. I know Steve Redgrave [who brought the torch into the stadium] and I know Seb Coe well. I thought the whole presentation was terrific. They chose six young athletes who lit the torch and I have to say the ceremonies were absolutely satisfying.”

Sir Roger asked how we were enjoying the Games and added that he spent a memorable time in Washington in 1962. Taking a respite from his final neurological training at Harvard, he and his wife attended an inaugural ball for President John F. Kennedy. “We met Lyndon B. Johnson, then the vice president,” Sir Roger said. “A very good time indeed in Washington.”

This isn’t exactly boffo box office Olympic news, but when a guy calls you back and says, “Yes, Mike Wise, this is Sir Roger Bannister. From Oxford,” you kind of feel obliged to let the guy tell you what he had for breakfast if he wants. Besides, did he really think I knew a Sir Roger Bannister from, say, Fairfax?

Plus, I just like writing “Sir Roger.” Makes me feel like I’m covering something noble, instead of finding out what socks Robert Griffin III has picked out today.

He also asked me mail him copies of my article. I asked if he’d like them e-mailed as well. “Oh, no, I will wait for your correspondence in the mail,” he said. Gotta love an old-school bloke like that, right?

U.S. women's volleyball takes first set

The U.S. team and Brazil greet each other before playing. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The U.S. women’s volleyball team opened its intriguing match with Brazil by winning the first set, 25-18.

Jordan Larson, who was superb throughout the set, finished it off with a tremendous spike the Brazilians couldn’t handle. Larson also finished off what could have been the key point in the set, a long rally that featured diving digs on both sides but ended with the Americans taking a 23-17 lead.

Olympic indoor volleyball matches are the best of five sets.

Joel Achenbach on the Olympics

Over at the Achenblog, The Post’s Joel Achenbach talks about his Olympic-viewing experience. He has some issues with it. Give it a read here.

Doubles canoe team out of running

Erid Hurd and Jeff Larimer have reached the end of the line. (Paul Hanna/Reuters)

The U.S. doubles canoe team of Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer missed qualifying for the semifinals Monday in heats at Lee Valley Whitewater Centre.

The top 10 pairs with the best times moved to Thursday’s semifinals; Hurd and Larimer were 12th.

Kynan Maley and Robin Jeffery of Australia had the top time in the heats. The Czechs and the British both got two boats through to the semifinals.

The top six boats in the semifinals move to the finals.

Swiss soccer player expelled for tweet

Switzerland's Michel Morganella, left, had unkind words on Twitter for the South Korean people after his team's match against South Korea. (Hussein Malla -- Associated Press)

Michel Morganella, a soccer player for Switzerland, has been expelled from the Olympics for posting, on Twitter, “an offensive and threatening message aimed at South Korean people after the Swiss team lost 2-1 to South Korea on Sunday,” the Associated Press reports.

Morganella, a 23-year-old defender, is the second athlete to be removed from the Games for sending an offensive tweet. Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled last week after she posted a comment mocking African immigrants.

Switzerland faces Mexico in its final group match on Wednesday.

Americans trail after pommel horse debacle

Things didn't go well for Team USA on the pommel horse. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

After a shaky performance on the floor relegated them to fifth among the eight nations vying for team gold, the U.S. men found themselves in the lamentable position of moving on to their worst event, the pommel horse.

For a team in need of a confidence boost, it was hardly ideal. And after all three Americans did what they could on the vexing apparatus, the U.S. stood in seventh.

Danell Leyva, the top qualifier for the coveted all-around medal, got things going. And his outing was rough, with Leyva coming off the apparatus before the routine was done. He chalked his hands, took a breath, and resumed. Leyva’s 13.4 score was a setback.

Sam Mikulak did his best to redeem the situation, traveling up and down the horse without a major break to earn a 14.500.

And John Orozco of the Bronx, also contender for the all-around title, closed. It was Orzoco’s first event in Sunday’s team competition, in which each country picks three of its five athletes to perform. And he’d no doubt like a do-over. Orzco sat on the horse early in this routine, made contact with the handles toward the end and performed off-kilter handstands—all major gaffes. His score of 12.733 was a major setback.

Defending Olympic champion China seized the lead after the second rotation, followed by Urkraine and Japan.

Leverenz, Kukors qualify for 200 IM semis

Caitlin Leverenz posted the third-fastest qualifying time in the 200 IM. (Al Bello - Getty Images)

American Caitlin Leverenz won her 200-meter individual medley heat to reach today’s semifinals.

Leverenz, the reigning NCAA champion at the University of California-Berkley, finished in a time of 2 minutes, 10.63 seconds for the third-fastest mark overall.

Fellow American Ariana Kukors (2:11.94) also moved on and will be slotted in the lane next to Leverenz in the second semifinal. China’s Ye Shiwen, who smashed the world record in Saturday’s 400 IM, posted the top qualifying time (2:08.90) and will also swim in the second semifinal heat.

The semifinals are scheduled to begin at 8:55 p.m. London time (3:55 EDT).

U.S. men take platform bronze

Nicholas McCrory and David Boudia float to a bronze medal. (Al Bello -- Getty Images)

The United States got its second medal in platform diving in two days when David Boudia and Nicholas McCrory won a bronze in the 10-meter synchronized platform event Monday at the Aquatics Centre.

The pair, which was fifth four years ago in Beijing, finished behind Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China and Ivan Garcia Navarro and German Sanchez Sanchez of Mexico.

The Chinese pair won easily, with 486.78 points. The Mexicans had 468.90 and the Americans 463.47.

Brits Thomas Daley and Peter Waterfield were fourth, less than nine points out of medal contention. Daley was 14 in Beijing and his youth made him a popular star and a medal hope for the host country at these Games.

Wieber's coach calls exclusion 'injustice'

John Geddert, left, wasn't happy that Jordyn Wieber was left out of the all-around finals. (Gregory Bull/Associated Press)

John Geddert, the coach of U.S. gymnast Jordyn Wieber, called it an “injustice” that the reigning world champion will not be included in Thursday’s all-around finals.

Teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas finished ahead of Wieber. International rules allow just two competitors per country in the finals. Read more here.

Do you think the rule limiting country’s to just two athletes in the finals is unfair? Let us know.

Isner reaches round of 16

John Isner, the top-seeded American in the men’s singles draw, advanced to the third-round with a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win over Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri.

Fittingly, Isner sealed the win with a massive ace – his 11th of the match – out wide on the ad court. He converted 88 percent of his first serve points and piled up 21 winners compared to just 11 unforced errors.

Isner will face the winner of Janko Tipsarevic and Philipp Petzschner in the round of 16, and, should he advance, a possible quarterfinal matchup with defending gold medalist Roger Federer.

Australian hits buzzer-beater in loss

Belinda Snell hits a long shot at the end of regulation to force overtime. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Belinda Snell just hit a Hail Mary shot from a good 10 feet behind half court, banking about a 55-footer off the glass to send Australia into overtime with France in the women’s Olympic basketball competition.

France had numerous opportunities to put the game away, including an uncontested layup in the final 10 seconds that went off the rim and two free throws with less than five seconds left.

When the second attempt missed, Snell got the ball and began dribbling up the left side of the court. She heaved the ball between two French defenders and the ball ricocheted off the glass for the tie.

The Main Press Center at Olympic Park erupted with noise when the shot went in, journalists jolted by the sound.

Alas, Australia lost in overtime, 74-70. Lauren Jackson looks like she’s getting old and nearing retirement, by the way. Just an observation from afar. After having seen her rip out Lisa Leslie’s hair extensions in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics, well, she just doesn’t look she has the same spunk anymore.

See video of the shot here.

U.S. men's gymnasts stumble on floor

The U.S. men’s gymnastics team opened its campaign for what would be its first gold team medal in a non-boycotted Olympics with a slight glitch on the floor.

As customary, the U.S. starting order was based on its coaches’ general consensus of their gymnasts’ ability — from good, to better, to best. On floor,  the Americans opened with Danell Leyva, then Sam Mikulak and closed with Jacob Dalton, the lone U.S. gymnast to qualify for the individual final on the floor event.

Leyva, of Miami, scored a 15.200, with no glaring missteps.

Mikulak, who competes at Michigan, started strong with a more technically difficult routine but was penalized for one under-rotation on the twisting double flip that closed his final tumbling pass. His score: 14.6.

Dalton closed with the same stunt and under-rotated ever so slightly to earn a 15.466.

While American fans were fixed on the floor, most in the crowd at the 20,000-seat O2 Arena were glued to the pommel horse, where Britain’s men started their medal quest.

Despite Britain’s better-than-expected showing in qualifications, the turnout at the O2 was poor (particularly in the high-priced lower tier) and will surely fuel the brewing controversy in London over the vast numbers of unoccupied seats at many Olympic venues.

It’s not that Londoners are indifferent to the Games; rather, most fans were shut out of the ticket lottery, with corporate sponsors grabbing up tickets that are going unused and tour groups gobbling up choice seats for package deals that never sold.

Eight nations are contending for team medals here this afternoon. Each chooses three athletes to compete on each of six mandatory apparatus. Because all three gymnasts’ scores count, a fall or significant stumble by any single athlete will cost his country dearly.

Roddick's patriotic kicks

Get a load of these puppies. (Suzanne Plunkett - Reuters)

Andy Roddick has been the face of American tennis for nearly a decade. In London, he’s displaying his national pride in the most prominent place possible – on his shoes.

Roddick took down Slovakia’s Martin Klizan in his opener earlier today with a 7-5, 6-4 win. Next up: world No. 2 Novak Djokovic.

Volleyball powers meet early

The U.S. women’s volleyball team is ranked first in the world and has a match record of 24-1 in 2012. But its opponent Monday afternoon is one of the teams that could challenge the Americans for the gold medal — Brazil, the gold medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games, in which it defeated the Americans in the final match.

The Brazilians are ranked second in the world now, just behind the Americans, and arrive at Earls Court in central London with high hopes. The arena, in the hour before the match, is littered with Brazilian flags as a packed house watches Russia and the Dominican Republic.

The American women are 3-0 against Brazil this year, but the last victory — earlier this month at the Women’s Pan American Cup — came in harrowing fashion. Brazil won the first two sets before the U.S. stormed back to win 28-30, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-11.

The match is due to start at 11:45 ET, but will likely be pushed back as Russia and the Dominican Republic are deep into a fourth set.

Browne ends U.S. boxing streak

Light heavyweight Marcus Browne became the first American fighter to lose here, dropping a 13-11 decision to Damien Hooper of Australia in a first-round bout Monday morning.

Browne led 6-5 after two rounds but Hooper outscored him handily in the final round. Olympic fights are three rounds, three minutes each.

The first four U.S. fighters had advanced to the next round. The United States does not have an entrant in the night card, which features the flyweights.

John Isner takes opening set

John Isner needed six set points to take the opener against Malek Jaziri. (Elise Amendola - AP)

John Isner and tiebreakers go together like peanut butter and jelly. So it’s no surprise the towering American had to go the distance once again in the first set of his second-round singles match against Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri.

But Isner’s experience – this was already his 38th tiebreaker of the year – coupled with his massive first serve helped him win it 7-6 to grab the first set.

The Greensboro, N.C. native has already surpassed his dismal showing at Wimbledon last month when he suffered a stunning first-round loss to unseeded Alejandro Falla.

Live boxing is ... not

So we were promised live streaming, yet as I write this, the boxing card has just started for the day on NBC’s live streaming feed. However, in “real life,” the morning card is nearly at an end.

NBC is not showing boxing live on any of its TV channels today. But that’s what streaming is supposed to be for. There have been delays in streaming since the games began — you can catch them just by watching a live results page and the streaming at the same time. But to label the feed “live now” is just not cricket.

By the way, American Marcus Browne lost to Damien Hooper of Australia in his men’s light heavyweight opener. Guess that one will be streamed in a few minutes.

Queen's granddaughter has clean ride

Zara Phillips rides High Kingdom in eventing, with her royal cousins watching. (John MacDougall -- AFP/Getty Images)

Zara Phillips, a member of Britain’s three-day eventing team, had a clean trip around the cross-country course at Greenwich Park that has troubled so many others. She had no penalties aboard High Kingdom, which will give a boost to the British team.

Phillips is the daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, who works with the U.S. eventing team. The 31-year-old is married to rugby player Mike Tindall.

Her cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and well as William’s wife Kate and Prince Charles’s wife Camilla were among the royals in attendance to cheer on Phillips.

Princess Anne is a former Olympian in equestrian and is president of the British Olympic Committee.

Queen 13th after first kayak run

Darnestown’s Caroline Queen posted the 13th-fastest time in the first run of the Olympic women’s kayak preliminaries Monday, putting herself in position to advance to Thursday’s semifinal round.

Queen, who finished 37th at last year’s world championships, managed a time of 117.05 on her run, 18.30 seconds out of the top spot held by Spain’s Maialen Chouraut. The paddlers in the top 15 — the best of two runs counts — advance. Queen competes again later Monday.

Bethesda’s Scott Parsons also was in 13th place after the first round of the men’s competition Sunday, but he finished 16th overall, missing a spot in the semifinal by just one place.

NBC skips terror victim tribute

olympic mascots

Gallery: Click on the above image to see highlights from Friday’s Opening Ceremonies.

Even before the games began in London, NBC was under fire for its pre-packaged, tape-delayed prime time presentation.

And now the network’s editorial decisions during the Opening Ceremonies — largely viewed as a success when they aired Friday night — are up for debate.

Rather than air a moving tribute to the victims of the 2005 London terrorist attacks, NBC elected to run a Ryan Seacrest interview with Michael Phelps. Read the full story here.

Malloy wins judo bronze

Marti Malloy, in blue, fights off Italy's Giulia Quintavalle on her way to a bronze medal in the under-57kg competition. (Franck Fife -- AFP/Getty Images)

Marti Malloy of the United States won a bronze medal in the under-57kg division, beating Italian Giulia Quintavalle by Ippon, which automatically ends the match.

Malloy won the match against Quintavalle, the gold medalist in Beijing, in 2 minutes 23 seconds.

Malloy had lost by Ippon in the semifinals to Romania’s Corina Caprioriu, but the losers of each semifinal take on the winners of the repechage matches – the second-chance competitions for those who lose in the quarterfinals – in bronze medal matches (judo awards two bronzes in each division).

Malloy won her quarterfinal bout against Irina Zabludina of Russia with a golden score, which happens when a three-period match ends in a tie. The first person to score in the extra session wins.

In the round of 16, Malloy needed 40 seconds to defeat Yadinys Amaris of Colombia, winning on an Ippon. Earlier, she beat Telma Monteiro of Portugal, 1-0, on a Yuko in the round of 32.

Equestrian course a tough ride

Royalty including Prince William and wife Kate, Prince Harry and step-mum Camilla were at Greenwich Park for the cross-country portion of the three-day eventing. The course was touted as scenic and difficult and it more than lived up to both billings.

Competition had to be stopped several times in the early going as horses, riders or both went to the turf. Seven riders were eliminated before the competition had reached the midway point.

Riders are judged on time and penalties, the number of fences hit or stops made, but most had to be happy just to come in still in the saddle. With 28 fences to maneuver, riders had to be cautious, and the sharp turns and hilly terrain made speed a problem. When you see Andrew Hoy and Ingrid Klimke nearly come off their horses, you know the course is hard — they are two of the very best in the world.

Karen O’Connor of The Plains, Va., is one who made it around the course in great shape, with only 5.60 penalty points. (By contrast, teammate Tiana Coudray had 25.60.) The United States had the lead very early in the competition but there were many riders to come.

Riders must be glad of their inflatable vests, which work like air bags to protect them when they take a tumble. The horses have to tough it out.

U.S. gymnasts go for gold

Danell Leyva, the top individual all-around qualifier. (Thomas Coexthomas -- AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. men’s gymnasts didn’t arrive in London as favorites to win the team gold medal. Matching their bronze medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Games would have been considered a success.

But after a dominant performance in Saturday’s qualifying, in which the U.S. men crushed the field (including defending Olympic champion China), the Americans are suddenly the men to beat when the team final is contested at the North Greenwich Arena this afternoon (11:30 a.m. ET).

The U.S. men have won the prestigious team gold only once — at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, which were boycotted by Russia.

Though attendance has been spotty as many Olympic venues, we’re expecting a raucous, packed house at the 20,000-seat arena known as the O2, with an overachieving British team in the medal mix, as well. The Brits outperformed Japan and China in qualifications to finish third, behind the U.S. and Russia.

In Monday’s team final, each country fields three athletes on each of the six mandatory events. Because all three scores count, a country is better served by having three technically and mentally solid performers on each apparatus rather than one or two high-strung superstars. And that ought to serve the deep, steady American squad well.

To recap, here’s how the nations finished in Saturday’s qualifying:

1. United States
2. Russia
3. Great Britain
4. Germany
5. Japan
6. China
7. Ukraine
8. France

The American men will open Monday’s competition with the floor routine, which is Jacob Dalton’s strong suit. From there, they’ll compete on the pommel horse, a historic weakness of U.S. men; still rings; vault (keep an eye on Sam Mikulak); parallel bars; and close with their strength, high bar, which is the specialty of Jonathan Horton and Danell Leyva, the top individual all-around qualifier.

Federer has easy time

Roger Federer cruised into the third round of the tennis competition at the All England club with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Julian Benneteau of France.

Later Monday, Federer will team with Swiss countryman Stanislas Wawrinka against Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda in the first round of the doubles competition.

Lawrence falls in women's epee

Rossella Fiamingo of Italy defeated American Maya Lawrence in the round of 16, 15-7, and advanced to the quarterfinals of epee at ExCeL South Hall.

Lawrence defeated Mara Navarria of Italy in the round of 32, 15-12. Her teammate, Courtney Hurley, had a difficult draw, facing Laura Flessel-Colovic of France, and lost in that round by the same score.

Susie Scanlan started in the round of 64 and was beaten by Olena Kryvytska of Ukraine, 15-13.

Hancock retains skeet lead

Vincent Hancock aims and fires. (Lars Baron -- Getty Images)

Olympic and world record holder Vincent Hancock of the United States led after three of five rounds in the skeet shooting Monday at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Hancock had the top score of 74. Three shooters were two shots back at 72 – Stefan Nilsson of Sweden, Anders Golding of Denmark and Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar.

American Frank Thompson was in eighth place, among a group of six shooters with 71s.

Delpopolo out of judo medal race

Nicholas Delpopolo of the United States lost his repechage match to Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal of Mongolia in under-73kg judo, losing his last chance at a bronze medal.

Delpopolo lost to Sainjargal on Yuko (accumulated penalties).

He’d earlier lost his quarterfinal to Ki-Chun Wang of Korea by Yusei-Gachi — a judges’ decision. But he still had a chance for a medal if he could win his repechage match, then fight for one of two bronze medals awarded in judo.

Delpopolo started his day by beating Chi Yip Cheung of Hong Kong, 2-0, then defeated Dirk van Tichelt of Belgium on a Yuko in the round of 16.

Malloy loses in judo, still can medal

Romania's Corina Carpioiu tries to contain American Marti Malloy. (Johannes Eisele -- AFP/Getty Images)

CORRECTION TO EARLIER POST: The United States has never won a gold medal in judo. There have been 10 silver and bronze medalists.

Romania’s Corina Caprioriu defeated America Marti Malloy by Ippon in the semifinals of the under-57kg division.

Malloy still has a chance for a judo medal, however. The losers of the two semifinals play the winners of the repechage rounds for the losers of the quarterfinals – clear as a bell? – and the winners of those two matches get bronze medals. Judo awards two bronze medals in each division.

Malloy won her quarterfinal bout against Irina Zabludina of Russia with a golden score, which happens when a three-period match ends in a tie. The first person to score in the extra session wins.

In the round of 16, Malloy needed 40 seconds to defeat Yadinys Amaris of Colombia, winning on an Ippon, which automatically ends the match.

Earlier, Malloy beat Telma Monteiro of Portugal, 1-0, on a Yuko in the round of 32.

London police misplace stadium keys

London police insist there was no security breach at Wembley Stadium, even though they seem to have misplaced a set of keys used on searches at the stadium.

Says the Associated Press: “Organizers of the London Olympics stressed that relevant locks have been changed and there was no security breach.”

Williams sisters on the court

Serena Williams is back on the court at the All England club, taking on Urszula Radwanska in the second round. Williams is up 3-1 in the first set.

Williams’s sister, Venus, is simultaneously playing her first-round match against Sara Errani of Italy. Williams leads, 4-2, in the first set.

Delpopolo not done yet, despite loss

Nicholas Delpopolo tries to fend off Ki-Chun Wang (Paul Sancya -- Associated Press).

American Nicholas Delpopolo lost in the quarterfinals of under-73kg judo to Ki-Chun Wang of Korea by Yusei-Gachi — a judges’ decision.

All is not lost, however. Delpopolo, along with the other three losing quarterfinalsts, moves into repechage — or second chance — rounds against each other. The winners of those two matches then compete against the losers of the two semifinals to determine the winners of the two bronze medals. (Judo awards two bronze medals.)

So Delpopolo still could be the first American to win a judo medal.

Delpopolo and Wang went into the golden score period — what we might call overtime — but when neither could manage a winning move, it was up to the judges.

Delpopolo started his day by beating Chi Yip Cheung of Hong Kong, 2-0, then defeated Dirk van Tichelt of Belgium on a Yuko in the round of 16.

Brazilian breaks medal after showering with it

Felipe Kitadai, who won a bronze medal in men’s 60-kilogram judo on Saturday, took his most cherished prize with him into the shower.

I’ll let the Associated Press take it from here:

“Kitadai told Brazil’s GloboEsporte.com that the part which holds the medal’s string broke and now he can’t wear it around his neck. He said there’s also a small dent on it.”

He wants a new one, though the IOC has no obligation to give him one.

Aly Raisman's parents on edge of their seats

What do Lynn and Ricky Raisman most resemble as they watch their daughter Aly perform her bars routine during the women’s gymnastics team competition?

a. Deck passengers on the Costa Concordia as it runs aground off Giglio.
b. Popcorn kernels in a popper.
c. A pair of willow trees in a gale.
d. Two scared kids at Space Mountain
e. Campers who have discovered snakes in their sleeping bags
f. Parents of a gold medal hopeful who has to grab a wooden pole with chalk on her hands.

U.S. judokas on a roll

American Marti Malloy won her quarterfinal judo bout against Irina Zabludina of Russia in the under-57kg division with a golden score, which happens when a three-period match ends in a tie. The first person to score in the extra session wins in what is called a golden score.

Both judokas scored on Yukos in the third period to end the match 1-1.

In the round of 16, Malloy needed 40 seconds to defeat Yadinys Amaris of Colombia, winning on an Ippon, which automatically ends the match.

Earlier, Malloy beat Telma Monteiro of Portugal, 1-0, on a Yuko in the round of 32.

In the men’s 73kg division, Nicholas Delpopolo also won his round of 16 match against Dirk van Tichelt of Belgium. Delpopolo won on a Yuko.

He’ll face Ki-Chun Wang of Korea in the quarterfinals.

Delpopolo won his first match against Chi Yip Cheung of Hong Kong, 2-0, with both points coming on Waza-ari moves.

No American has ever medaled in judo.

Roddick on the court

Andy Roddick, before the Games began. (Jewel Samad -- Agence France Presse)

American Andy Roddick is on the court at the All England club for his first-round tennis match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia. Roddick took the first set, 7-5, and is knotted at 4 in the second.

It’s Roddick’s first Olympics since 2004, when he lost in the third round. Roddick did not compete at the 2008 Olympics.

UPDATE: Roddick earned a 7-5, 6-4 victory. He’ll face Novak Djokovic, the world’s second-ranked player, in the second round.

Hancock has lead in skeet after two rounds

American Vincent Hancock led after two of five rounds in the skeet shooting Monday at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Hancock had the top score of 49. Four shooters posted 48s: Nikolaos Mavrommatis of Greece, Mostafa Hamdy of Egypt, Rory David Warlow of Britain and Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar.

American Frank Thompson was among a group at 47 and he was in ninth place going into the third round.

Keeping tabs on Monday's medals

John Orozco and the U.S. men's gymnastics team go for the gold on Monday (Dylan Martinez -- Reuters).

A look at the medals that will be handed out Monday.

9 a.m.-11:10 a.m.: Judo, women’s 57-kg, men’s 73-kg medal matches.

10 a.m.: Diving, men’s synchronized 10-meter platform.

10:30 a.m.: Weightlifting, women’s 58 kg/128 lbs.

11:30 a.m.: Gymnastics, men’s team final.

2 p.m.: Weightlifting, men’s 62 kg/137 lbs.

2:10 p.m.: Fencing, women’s individual epee, bronze medal match.

2:40 p.m.: Fencing, women’s individual epee, gold medal match.

2:43 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Swimming, men’s 200 free, women’s 100 backstroke, men’s 100 backstroke, women’s 100 breaststroke.

Ye dominates 200 medley heats

China's Ye Shiwen swims to victory in her 200 IM heat. (David Gray -- Reuters).

China’s Ye Shiwen, who raised eyebrows by swimming a faster freestyle leg in her world-record-setting victory in the 400 medley Saturday night than Ryan Lochte and several men in the 400 medley final, won the 200 medley heats Monday morning.

Ye finished her 200 IM heat in 2 minutes 8.90 seconds — 0.55 off the Olympic record but more than two seconds slower than the world record. South Africa’s Kirsty Coventry was second (2:10.51) and American Caitlin Leverenz was third overall in 2:10.63.

Ariana Kukors, the reigning world record holder in the event, finished with the seventh-fastest time in the heats of 2:11.94. About Ye, she said, “I definitely have her on my radar.”

“I’m very much looking forward to racing her,” Kukors said. “I’m going to be on the look out for her in the last 50.”

Americans miss finals; two match Olympic record

Americans Jonathan Hall and Matthew Emmons failed to qualify for the finals in the 10m air rifle Monday at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Niccolo Campriani of Italy and Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania both posted scores of 599, tying the Olympic record in the event set by Qinan Zhu of China in Athens. Zhu was 10th in qualifying Monday; only the top eight shooters move to the finals

Hall finished 27th and Emmons 35th.

VIDEO: Orozco, Lochte look for gold

Gymnast John Orozco and swimmer Ryan Lochte look to garner more gold for United States on Monday. A video preview:

U.S. men's four rows into semifinals

U.S. rowers Scott Gault, Charles Cole, Henrik Rummel and Glenn Ochal win their heat in men's four rowing (Chris Carlson -- Associated Press).

The U.S. men’s four team of Glenn Ochal, Henrik Rummel, Scott Gault and Charlie Cole advanced to Thursday’s semifinal by winning their heat Monday at Eton Dorney.

The Americans beat the Netherlands, Greece and Italy. The top three teams in each of three heats advanced to the semis. The others will row in the repechage on Tuesday.

Australia posted an Olympic best in winning its heat in 5:47.06. The U.S. time was 5:54.88.

Brits have Olympic best time in double sculls

Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger of Britain posted an Olympic-best time of 6:44.33 in Monday’s double-sculls heats at Eton Dorney.

Americans Sarah Trowbridge and Margot Shumway finished third in their heat, failing to automatically advance to Friday’s final. Instead, they’ll row in a repechage Tuesday.

Kim Crowe and Brooke Pratley won the second heat, which included Trowbridge and Shumway, who were more than seven seconds off New Zealanders’ winning time.

Men's pair rowing gets into semifinals

Thomas Peszek and Silas Stafford squeaked into the semifinals of the men’s pair rowing competition, finishing third in the repechage.

Only the fourth-place team in Monday’s repechage at Eton Dorney failed to qualify for the two rounds of semifinals on Wednesday.

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond of New Zealand had the fastest time in the heats¸ 6 minutes 8.5 seconds. Peszek and Stafford’s time Monday was 6:27.41.

U.S. quad-sculls teams have different results

The U.S. women’s quadruple-sculls team finished second in its repechage race Monday morning at Eton Dorney and moved into the medals final on Wednesday.

The Americans — Natalie Dell, Kara Kohler, Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli — finished a little more than a second behind the Australians. Britain and China also moved into final A.

The men’s quad-sculls team of Wes Piermarini, Alex Osborne. Peter Graves and Elliot Hovey were eliminated after finishing last in their repechage.

Malloy wins first judo match

Marti Malloy, in blue, scraps with Telma Monteiro of Portugal (Julian Finney -- Getty Images).

American Marti Malloy won her first match in under-57kg judo, prevailing 1-0 against Telma Monteiro of Portugal.

Malloy, who scored on a Yuko, advanced to the round of 16, where she’ll face Yadinys Amaris of Colombia.

Delpopolo advances in judo

Nicholas Delpopolo won his first match in under-73kg judo, defeating Chi Yip Cheung of Hong Kong.

Delpopolo won, 2-0, with both points coming on Waza-ari moves.

His next opponent, in the round of 16, is Dirk van Tichelt of Belgium.

Fellow America Marti Malloy also won her first match in the under 57kg, winning 1-0 against Telma Monteiro of Portugal. Malloy, who scored on a Yuko, also advanced to the round of 16.

Franklin inspired by Vollmer WR

Italy's Federica Pellegrini, left, and the United States' Missy Franklin embrace after their 200 free heat (Daniel Ochoa De Olza -- Associated Press).

Missy Franklin, 17, couldn’t understand why U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer didn’t burst into tears after setting a world record Sunday night in the 100-meter butterfly. Franklin did.

“I don’t know how she wasn’t crying,” Franklin said. “All of us were back there, like, bawling our eyes out….It’s so exciting watching my team do well.”

Franklin will get a chance for her first individual gold medal in Monday’s 100 backstroke final, but she will be challenged by Australian Emily Seebohm, who was faster than Franklin in the heats and semifinal round.

In Monday morning’s preliminary heats of the 200 freestyle, Franklin posted the third-fastest time, behind Italian Federica Pellegrini, who qualified in 1 minute 57.16 seconds, and U.S. teammate Allison Schmitt, the 400 free silver medal winner who came home in 1:57.33.

Franklin touched the wall in 1:57.62.

“It felt awesome,” Franklin said. “I definitely didn’t expect to be that fast this morning, so I’m really happy with that time… It’s a very stacked event, so no matter what happens it’s going to be a great semifinal and final.”

Leek eliminated in archery

Miranda Leek was eliminated in the individual competition by Pia Lionetti of Italy, 6-4, Monday morning at Lord’s Cricket Ground

The Iowa teenager won her first elimination match over Kateryna Palekha of Ukraine, 6-2, but Pionetti ended her run.

Clary edges Phelps in 200 fly heats

Tyler Clary in the 200 butterfly heats (Martin Bureau -- AFP/Getty Images).

The man who questioned Michael Phelps’s work ethic in a recent newspaper story swam faster than Phelps in the preliminary round of the 200-meter butterfly Monday morning at the Olympic aquatic center.

Tyler Clary, a U.S. teammate who swam with Phelps at the University of Michigan, posted the second-fastest time in the heats, 1 minute 54.96 seconds, trailing only Dinko Jukic (1:54.79). Phelps clocked the fifth-fastest time, 1:55.53.

“I felt fantastic,” Clary said. “That time was faster than I was at the trials, and I hurt a heck of a lot more at the end of the race at trials.”

A few weeks before the Games, Clary was quoted in a California newspaper saying it was a “shame” Phelps did not work as hard as other swimmers. Clary said Monday he “spoke about it” to Phelps in his room the day the story appeared and then apologized to the entire U.S. Olympic team for causing a distraction. That, Tyler said Monday, “put it to rest.”

“People are going to think and say whatever the heck they want,” Clary said. “It doesn’t bother me.”

Phelps, who last week said he told Clary he didn’t have to say anything to mend fences, said he was “pretty happy” with his morning swim. He insisted he hadn’t lost confidence despite finishing fourth in the 400 individual medley on Saturday.

“I don’t think it had anything to do with confidence,” he said. “I thought I was ready to swim fast. Once I got in the race, it just didn’t happen.”