London 2012 Olympics: Monday viewer’s guide

By Matt Brooks

The United States added two more gold medals to their London haul Sunday led by Dana Vollmer’s record-breaking performance in the 100-meter butterfly a record fifth straight medal for skeet shooter Kim Rhode.

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Gallery: Click on Dana Vollmer’s smiling face to see highlights from Sunday’s action.

Divers Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant grabbed silver as did the men’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay routine after Ryan Lochte failed to hold off hard-charging France on the final turn.

Twelve more gold medals are up for grabs Monday on another full day of action from the British Isles. How in the world will you keep track of it all? Consider this your guide.

Going for the gold

Here’s the list of sports that will hand out medals on Monday, along with their respective times and channels on NBC’s coverage platforms.

Diving – men’s synchronized 10-meter platform (10 a.m., streaming): One day after Johnston and Bryant nabbed the first diving medal for the U.S. since the 2000 Sydney Games, Nicholas McCrory and David Boudia will attempt to double the count.

National champion John Orozco and the U.S. have their sights set on gold. (Mike Blake – Reuters)

Gymnastics – men’s team final (11:30 a.m., streaming): After a decade of Chinese dominance, injuries and inconsistency from the defending gold medalists have the U.S. and others licking their chops ahead of today’s team final. National champion John Orozco will lead the way for the Americans, who topped Saturday’s qualifying session. He’ll compete in every event but floor exercise while Danell Leyva will anchor the team in four of the six events, including their finale on high bar. Jake Dalton (rings, vault, floor), Sam Mikulak (floor, rings, pommel horse and parallel bars) and two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton (rings, high bar) fill out the rest of the U.S. squad, which hopes to take full advantage of the struggles of China and defending silver medalist Japan.

Judo – women’s 57 kg, men’s 73 kg (11 a.m., streaming): No American has ever won Olympic gold but Marti Malloy will look to change that today. Her first battle is a tough one, but if she can get past world No. 2 Telma Monteiro of Portugal, her coach likes her chances of reaching the semifinals. On the men’s side, Nick Delpopolo has a bye into the second round where he’ll face Hong Kong’s Chi Yip Cheung.

Swimming – men’s 200-meter freestyle & 100-meter backstroke; Women’s 100-meter backstroke & 100-meter breaststroke (2:40 p.m. streaming): After a disappointing last leg in Sunday’s 4×100 final, Ryan Lochte goes for his second gold in the 200-meter freestyle while Missy Franklin begins her individual medal pursuit in the 100-meter backstroke. Matt Grevers and Nick Thoman could go head to head in the the men’s backstroke, an event in which Grevers owns the world’s top time this year. Americans Breeja Larson and Rebecca Soni will be in the thick of the medal hunt in the women’s 100-meter breastroke.

Fencing – women’s epee individual (2:40 p.m., streaming): Four years after her older sister was the lone American in the field in Beijing, 21-year-old Courtney Hurley will look to build on her team’s first-ever medal-winning showing at the 2012 World Cup with a run in the individual competition. Maya Lawrence and Susie Scanlan also represent the three-deep U.S. contingent. World No. 1 Yujie Sun, 19, and world champion Li Na are gunning for China’s first gold medal in the event since it was added to the Olympics in 1996.

Weightlifting – women’s 58 kg, men’s 62 kg (3:45 p.m., MSNBC)

Shooting – men’s 10-meter air rifle (4:30 p.m., NBC Sports): World champion Abhinav Bindra earned India’s first individual Olympic gold medal in this event four years ago and will look to defend his title against China’s Qinan Zhu and the rest of the field. Matthew Emmons, who won gold in the 50-meter prone in Athens, and Jonathan Hall will represent the U.S. (More on Bindra from The Times of India)

Best of the rest:

Destinee Hooker and the U.S. overpowered South Korea in their opener, but defending gold medalists Brazil present a much more daunting challenge. (Jeff Roberson/Associated Press)

Women’s basketball – USA vs. Angola (5:15 p.m., NBC Sports): After a rocky opener, the Americans should have little trouble staying atop the group in this matchup.

Women’s volleyball – USA vs. Brazil (11:30 a.m., NBC): The Americans look to avenge a loss in the 2008 gold medal match in this critical Group B matchup of unbeatens.

Men’s beach volleyball: USA vs. Poland (4 p.m., streaming): Sean Rosenthal and Jacob Gibb cruised past South Africa in their opener Saturday and will look to remain atop the table in Pool D.

Women’s beach volleyball – USA vs. Czech Republic (6 p.m., streaming): Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh dispatched their toughest Pool C opponent with a straight-sets win over Australia on Saturday. But the Czech Republic, currently tied atop the group, provide another opportunity to polish their play before the knockout rounds.

Women’s water polo – USA vs. Hungary (2:30 p.m., NBC): The defending silver medalist Americans open Group A play against the team that finished fourth in Beijing.

  • For a full look at today’s TV schedule check our listings here.

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