London 2012 Olympics: Tuesday viewer’s guide

By Matt Brooks

Welcome to Missy Franklin mania.

The 17-year-old multi-event phenom won her first gold medal in Monday’s 200-meter backstroke on a big day for USA swimming.

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Gallery: Click on the above image for highlights from all of Monday’s action.

But while Franklin and new men’s 100-meter backstroke Olympic record holder Matt Grevers were climbing the podium, Ryan Lochte was left to ponder another disappointing fourth-place finish in the 200 free.

Elsewhere the U.S. women’s volleyball toppled Brazil in a rematch of the 2008 gold medal match and Marti Malloy claimed a rare medal for an American in judo while the top-seeded men’s gymnastics collapsed in the team competition.

What magic does Tuesday have in store? You’re about to find out.

Going for gold

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

Eventing – team & individual jumping (5:30/9:30 a.m., NBC Sports): Germany leads the team rankings through the dressage and cross country portions with Great Britain just over five points behind in second. The U.S. team sits in fifth heading into Tuesday’s jumping final. In the individual competition, Britain’s Zara Phillips, better known as Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, is tied for 10th heading into the jumping competition.

American skeet shooter Vincent Hancock is out to defend his gold. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

Shooting – men’s skeet final (9 a.m., streaming): Defending gold medalist Vincent Hancock leads the field through three qualifying rounds. A 23-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army, Hancock has a two-point lead on Stefan Nilsson of Sweden.

Diving – women’s synchronized 10-meter platform (10 a.m.): Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao are aiming for China’s third straight Olympic gold.

Canoe – men’s single (10:06 a.m., NBC): Slovakian Michal Martikan (90.56), who won gold in Beijing, and Slovenian Benjamin Savsek (90.83) posted the top two qualifying scores heading into Tuesday’s semifinals.

Weightlifting – women’s 63 kg, men’s 69 kg (10:30 a.m./2 p.m.)

Judo – women’s 63 kg, men’s 81 kg (11 a.m., streaming): Two-time world champion Gevrise Emane of France dropped down from the 70 kg weight class and could challenge Japan’s Yoshie Ueno for the top spot on the podium. American Travis Stevens is a long-shot in a loaded field that includes defending gold medalist Ole Bischof of Germany.

Gymnastics – women’s team final (11:30 a.m., streaming): After an emotional night of all-around qualifying that left world champion Jordyn Wieber in tears and out of the finals, the U.S. must regroup to avoid the choke-job their male counterparts produced Monday.

Fencing – men’s individual foil (2:40 p.m., streaming): Americans Miles Chamley-Watson, Alexander Massialas and Race Imboden each have byes into the round of 32 – and all three are 22 or younger. No U.S. man has won an Olympic medal in his event since Albert Axelrod took bronze in the 1960 Rome Games.

Swimming (all streaming):

  • Women’s 200-meter freestyle (2:40 p.m.): Missy Franklin just squeaked into the 200 free final with the eighth and final qualifying time, but it’s hard to blame her for saving some energy for her gold-medal winning sprint in 200 back just 10 minutes later. Fellow American Allison Schmitt posted the second-best qualifying time and will be in lane 5.
  • Men’s 200-meter butterfly (2:49 p.m.): Michael Phelps must shake off his Day 1 disappointment to defend his gold (and world record) against defending bronze medalist Takeshi Matsuda and fellow American Tyler Clary.
  • Women’s 200-meter IM (3:43 p.m.): Caitlin Leverenz and Ariana Kukors have a shot to medal but can anyone stop China’s red-hot Ye Shiwen?
  • Men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay (3:51 p.m.): After he cost his team a gold medal on the final leg of Sunday’s 4×100 free relay, Ryan Lochte may get the chance to make amends. Lochte and Phelps teamed with Ricky Berens and Peter Vanderkaay to win gold with a world-record time of 6:58.56 in Beijing. But will Lochte even make the squad after his recent struggles?

Best of the rest

Men’s volleyball – USA vs. Germany (11:45 a.m., NBC): The American men (1-0) will look to keep pace with Brazil atop Group B.

Women’s soccer – USA vs. North Korea (12:15 p.m., NBC Sports): Will there be any further fall-out from Hope Solo’s Twitter offensive? Will lightning strike twice for the North Koreans?

Men’s water polo – USA vs. Romania (2:40 p.m., NBC): The Americans look to build on a strong opening win against Montenegro in a matchup of unbeatens. Peter Varellas had three goals Sunday to lead a balanced offense for the defending silver medalists.

Beach volleyball – USA men vs. Spain, USA women vs. Netherlands (4/6 p.m., NBC): Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers take on Spaniards Adrian Gavira Collado and Pablo Herrera Allepuz in a battle of Pool B unbeatens. On the women’s side, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy square off against the Dutch.

Men’s basketball – USA vs. Tunisia (5:15 p.m., NBC Sports): After an impressive showing in their tournament opener, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and company should have little trouble with Tunisia in their second Group A match. But an earlier tilt between France and Argentina (3 p.m.) could provide plenty of entertainment as longtime San Antonio Spurs teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili go head to head.

Tennis – (Bravo): Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams is a heavy favorite against Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the early session. Then Andy Roddick faces a daunting second-round matchup in world No. 2 Novak Djokovic.

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

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