Daytime Olympic coverage on WITN includes key qualifying heats in swimming, including the men’s and women’s 4x100 medley relays. Both are events that the U.S. has a good chance to win.
Today also includes live coverage of track and field’s women’s 10,000 meters. Sensational Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot looks to add her first Olympic title a year after winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Plus, you will also see important qualifying rounds in other track and field events, including the women’s 400m, featuring American Sanya Richards-Ross. Also today, tune in for live coverage of the U.S. women’s water polo team and beach volleyball.
Tonight, Michael Phelps hits the water for his final individual race – the 100m butterfly, which he memorable won in Beijing over Serbia’s Milorad Cavic by just .01 seconds – a margin undetectable to the naked eye.
Colorado phenom Missy Franklin is a heavy favorite in the 200m backstroke and figures to threaten the world record, while another teenager, Bethesda, Maryland native Katie Ledecky, who at 15 is the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic swim team, swims in the 800m freestyle, in which Great Britain’s reigning Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington is the favorite. The night also includes the men’s 50m freestyle. Known as the “splash and dash,” the fastest event in swimming is notoriously hard to predict, but Auburn-trained Brazilian Cesar Cielo has done his best to take the mystery out of the results, winning this event in Beijing as well as at the two world championships since. Chasing him will be 2008 relay gold medalist Cullen Jones and Anthony Ervin, the 2000 co-gold medalist in this event who remarkably returned to the top of the sport after a nearly decade-long absence.
On the first night of track and field, the U.S. has three strong medal contenders in the men’s shot put in Reese Hoffa, Christian Cantwell and Ryan Whiting– all of whom own world championship titles. Hoffa, who can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute, posted the world’s best throw at the Olympic Trials.
In women’s volleyball, Team USA, which faces an up-and-coming Serbia squad tonight, is favored for its first ever Olympic gold medal. It would be the second in a row for the team’s head coach Hugh McCutcheon, who coached the U.S. men to the Olympic title in 2008.
What’s on tap today on WITN from 10 am to 5 pm:
Swimming – Qualifying Heats
Track and Field – Women’s 10,000M Gold Medal Final (LIVE)/ Qualifying Rounds
Beach Volleyball – Elimination Round (LIVE)
Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. China (LIVE)
Rowing – Gold Medal Final
What’s on tap today on WITN in primetime, starting at 8 pm:
Swimming – Gold Medal Finals/ Men’s 100M Butterfly/ Men’s 50M Freestyle/ Women’s 200M Backstroke/ Women’s 800M Freestyle
Track and Field – Men’s Shot Put Gold Medal Final
Women’s Diving – Springboard Qualifying
Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Serbia
Men’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Gold Medal Final