London 2012 Olympics: Monday viewer’s guide

By Matt Brooks

Andy Murray finally gave the All England Club a hometown hero with his stunning thrashing of world No. 1 Roger Federer on Centre Court. But that was only one highlight on a day that also included a record-breaking sprint in the men’s 100-meter dash from the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt and a gold medal run from American Sanya Richards-Ross in the women’s 400 meters.

Andy Murray

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What’s on tap for today? American sweetheart Gabby Douglas is back in the spotlight in the women’s uneven bars final and pre-London celebrity Lolo Jones finally hits the track looking for redemption in the 100-meter hurdles. The U.S. women’s soccer team takes on Canada with a spot in the gold medal match on the line and U.S. men’s water polo faces Hungary in a rematch of the gold medal match from Beijing. And that’s just a sampling.

There are 20 gold medals up for grabs in eight sports today. Check out our viewer’s guide below to figure out what to watch and when.

Going for gold

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

Sailing – men’s, women’s one person dinghy (8/9 a.m., streaming): American Paige Railey heads into the women’s laser radial medal race in ninth place in the 10-boat field.

Shooting – men’s 50-meter rifle 3 positions, men’s trap (4/8:45 a.m., streaming): No American man has won gold in the 50-meter 3 position rifle since Lanny Bassham at the 1976 Montreal Games. Matt Emmons and Jason Parker look to end that streak on Monday. David Kostelecky of the Czech Republic will attempt to defend his gold medal in trap.

Gabby Douglas is back on bars in search of a third gold medal. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Gymnastics – men’s rings, men’s vault, women’s uneven bars (9 a.m., streaming): Sam Mikulak posted the fourth-best qualifying score on vault and will look to earn a spot on the podium for the U.S. one day after McKayla Maroney sat for silver in the same event. On the uneven bars, all-around gold medalist Gabby “the flying squirrel” Douglas goes head to head against silver and bronze medalists Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina of Russia.

Equestrian – team jumping (9 a.m.): The U.S. team of McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, Reed Kessler and Rich Fellers jump second in the competition. Ward and Madden helped the Americans win gold in Athens and Beijing and will be going for the three-peat.

Cycling – men’s sprint (12:43 p.m.): After helping Britain win team sprint gold in world record time, Jason Kenny will race for an individual medal. He’ll face Trinidad and Tobago’s Njisane Nicholas Phillip in the first heat. France’s Gregory Bauge and Australian Shane Perkins go head-to-head in the second semifinal.

Wrestling – Men’s Greco-Roman 60 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg (1:46 p.m., MSNBC): Adam Wheeler won the U.S. Greco-Roman medal in Beijing in the 96 kg weight class. And while that event doesn’t get underway until Tuesday, Americans Ellis Coleman (60 kg), Chas Betts (84 kg) and Dremiel Byers (120 kg) will try to get the U.S. on the podium today.

Track & field (all streaming):

  • women’s pole vault (2 p.m.): Jennifer Suhr, who owns the three best jumps in the world over the last two years, will try to turn her silver from Beijing into gold in London. Fellow American Becky Holliday and two-time defending champion Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia are also in the field.
  • women’s shot put (2:15 p.m.): Americans Jillian Camarena-Williams, Michelle Carter and Tia Brooks are chasing the first U.S. medal in the event since Earlene Brown took bronze at the 1960 Rome Games.
  • men’s 400-meter hurdles (3:45 p.m.): Can Kerron Clement, Angelo Taylor and Michael Tinsley give the U.S. a podium sweep? The trio posted the first, third and fourth-best times in their semifinal heats.
  • women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (4:05 p.m.): Defending gold medalist Gulnara Galkina of Russia could be pushed by Ethiopians Sofia Assefa and Hiwot Ayalew.
  • men’s 400-meter final (4:30 p.m.): Grenada’s James Kirani will be challenged by Trinidad’s Lalonde Gordon, who had the fastest time in the semifinals.
Weightlifting – men’s 105 kg (2 p.m., streaming): With the defending gold medalist not in the field, Russia’s Dmitriy Klokov will look to improve on his silver medal in Beijing and take the next step up the podium.

Best of the rest

Women’s soccer semifinals – USA vs. Canada (2:45 p.m., NBC Sports): The U.S. is eyeing a potential rematch last summer’s World Cup final against Japan, but they’ll have to get past Canada first. Since conceding a pair of early goals in their tournament opener against France, the Americans have not allowed another while scoring 10 of their own. Canada beat Britain 2-0 in its quarterfinal but will be an overwhelming underdog against the U.S. — which might explain its coach’s attempts to sway the referees ahead of the match.

Tony Azevedo and Team USA face Hungary in a rematch of the Beijing gold medal game (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Men’s water polo – USA vs. Hungary (10:30 a.m., NBC): It’s a rematch of the 2008 Beijing gold medal game, and one the Hungarians need to win to improve their seeding for the knockout stages. The U.S. team suffered its first defeat with a lackluster showing Saturday against Serbia and are currently second in Group B. At 2-2 overall, Hungary is fourth in the group but consecutive wins secured their spot in the knockout stages.

Men’s basketball – USA vs. Argentina (5:15 p.m., NBC Sports): Fresh off a their nail-biter against Lithuania, the Americans get their toughest test yet in their final Group A game against Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Argentina. After their scoring explosion against Nigeria, was Lithuania the wake-up call Kevin Durant, LeBron James and company needed heading into the knockout rounds?

Beach volleyball – USA vs. Latvia (2 p.m., NBC): Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal are not the American duo many expect to go for gold, but they’re the last team left. If they can get past Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, they’ll likely see top-seeded Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego of Brazil in Wednesday’s semifinals.

Men’s volleyball – USA vs. Tunisia (3 p.m., NBC): The Americans coughed up a two-set lead and suffered a devastating loss to Russia on Saturday, but winless Tunisia provides a prime opportunity for them to get their mojo back just in time for the quarterfinals.

Track & field – women’s 100-meter hurdles preliminary heats (5:05 a.m., streaming): Americans Kellie Wells (Heat 3), Dawn Harper (Heat 4) and Lolo Jones (Heat 6) try to earn a spot in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Tweets from our fleet across the pond:

In a sign the heavens are rooting for Andy Murray, the sun is out & Center Court’s roof is being retracted just before #Olympics men’s final

- Liz Clarke (@lizclarketweet)

 

Usain Bolt has run the three fastest times in the history of the 100 meter. Best sprinter ever, needless to say.

- Rick Maese (@RickMaese)

 

Between Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah at the track last night and Andy Murray today, London is shaking with sound. Awesome, flat-out awesome.

- Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy)

 

Mo Farah got his gold metal for the 10,000 m just now. About all 80,000 sang God save the Queen.

- Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy)

 

Sitting next to Julie Foudy at weightlifting. She’s pretty good at the clean and jerk — with a beer mug.

- Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx)

 

Yes!!!! Maria win Olympic bronze medal !!! We take to Moscow and make party!! Hahaha))))

- Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8)

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