London 2012 Olympics: Saturday viewer’s guide

By Lindsay Applebaum

Friday was all about USA Swimming at the London Olympics. First, 17-year-old Missy Franklin set a new world record in the 200-meter backstroke (2:4.06), collecting her third gold medal of the Games. Then Michael Phelps, competing in what is expected to be his final individual Olympic event, won the the 100-meter butterfly in 51.21 seconds to add another gold to his pile of medals (now 17 gold, 21 overall). And Bethesda’s own Katie Ledecky, at 15 years old the youngest American swimmer, absolutely crushed the competition to win the 800-meter freestyle in a U.S. record 8 minutes 14.63 seconds.

USA Swimming

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What’s in store for Saturday? Check out our guide below and find out.

Going for the gold

Here is the list of sports that will hand out medals on Friday, along with their respective times and channels on NBC’s coverage platforms (and for a full look at today’s TV schedule, check our listings here):

Badminton – women’s singles, doubles matches (8:30 a.m., streaming)

Cycling – women’s team pursuit finals (12:42 p.m., streaming): The U.S. team faces Australia in the first round at 11:11 a.m.

Fencing – women’s team epee (1 p.m., streaming): The American women take on Italy in the quarterfinals at 5:30 a.m.

Rowing – women’s single sculls, men’s lt. double sculls, women’s lt. double sculls, men’s four (4:30 a.m., streaming): The three-time defending champion Brits are favored in the men’s four, rowing’s most anticipated event.

Shooting – women’s 50m rifle (7:35 a.m., streaming), women’s trap (9:55 a.m., streaming): Kim Rhode already made history last week, when she won gold in skeet shooting to become the first U.S. Olympian from an individual sport to medal in five consecutive games. The 33-year-old looks to add a sixth medal to her collection — now three gold, a silver and a bronze — in the trap-shooting competition.

Swimming (all streaming):

  • Women’s 50m freestyle (2:30 p.m.): Jessica Hardy looks for her first individual medal.
  • Men’s 1500m freestyle (2:36 p.m.): First-time Olympian Connor Jaeger will compete in the final.
  • Women’s 4x100m medley relay (3:07 p.m.): Franklin goes for her fifth medal of these games.
  • Men’s 4x100m medley relay (3:27 p.m.): Can Phelps win another medal? (Obviously.)

Tennis:

Track and field (all streaming):

Carmelita Jeter is the favorite in the 100-meter final. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
  • Men’s 20km walk (12 p.m.): Trevor Barron set the U.S. record at the Olympic trials with a time of 1:23:00.10. The United States has never won an Olympic medal in the 20-kilometer race.
  • Women’s discus throw (2:30 p.m.): Stephanie Brown-Trafton looks to defend her gold medal from Beijing in 2008.
  • Men’s long jump (2:55 p.m.): Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin won the event at U.S. trials. Claye Will competes in his first of two events, the other being the triple jump.
  • Women’s 800m (3:35 p.m.): Britain’s Jessica Ennis has made it her race to lose with three events left.
  • Men’s 10,000m (4:15 p.m.): Galen Rupp set the meet record at U.S. trials and has much bigger goals than his 13th-place finish as the top American in Beijing.
    Women’s 100m (4:55 p.m.): Two-time silver medalist Allyson Felix and world champion Carmelita Jeter, the top sprinter at Olympic trials, are the U.S. stars to watch.

Trampoline – women’s final (10:26 a.m., NBC and streaming): Defending champion He Wenna of China is the favorite. Two-time defending national champion Savannah Vinsant will represent the Americans.

Triathlon – women’s event (4 a.m., NBC Sports and streaming): Laura Bennett looks for redemption after finishing fourth in Beijing. Americans Sarah Groff and Gwen Jorgensen will also compete.

Weightlifting – men’s 94kg (2 p.m., streaming)

Best of the rest

Men’s basketball - United States vs. Lithuania (9:30 a.m., NBC Sports and streaming)

Beach volleyball teams - U.S. women vs. Netherlands at 4 p.m., and U.S. men vs. Russia at 5 p.m. (streaming)

Track and field - Double amputee Oscar Pistorius looks to qualify for the 400m (5:35 a.m.; streaming)