Day Seven of the Olympics dawned with not much of a change in the medal count. China and the U.S. were still neck-and-neck with 30 and 29 overall medals, respectively. The Chinese, however, held a large lead in gold medals, with 17 to the Americans' 12. Japan was sitting well back in third with 17 medals, only two of which were gold, and host Great Britain had finally ended its golden drought with dual first-place finishes on Wednesday.
Day Six saw a race for the ages in the men's 100-meter freestyle, as Nathan Adrian of Team USA mounted a furious comeback to rein in current world champion James Magnussen — also known as "The Missile" — and win gold by .01 seconds. It was the first time an American had won the event since Matt Biondi took home the gold in 1988.
Other noteworthy happenings for Team USA on Wednesday included Danell Leyva rallying to win bronze in the men's all-around gymnastics final, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings dropping their first set ever in Olympic competition but coming from behind to beat the Austrian Schwaiger sisters anyway and two-time defending gold medalist Mariel Zagunis failing to even medal in women's sabre after losing in the bronze medal match.
Day Seven is shaping up to be another great one, for the Americans and otherwise, so below are some of the highlights to keep an eye out for. All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.
11:00 a.m., Bravo — Men's Tennis Quarterfinals, Roger Federer versus John Isner
John Isner's name may ring a bell — that's because he was part of the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010. Isner's match against Roger Federer, arguably the greatest player of all time, likely won't take 183 games as that match did, but it's worth a watch regardless. If women's tennis is more your thing, Maria Sharapova — who completed the career Grand Slam earlier this year at the French Open — will be taking on former World No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam champ Kim Clijsters shortly afterward at 1 p.m.
11:30 a.m., NBColympics.com (Live stream — will be shown on NBC in primetime) — Women's Gymnastics All-Around Final
The Fab Five is now down to the Dynamic Duo, as Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will duel each other for the individual all-around gold. Russia's Viktoria Komova is considered a strong contender for a medal as well, but it's not out of the question to expect Douglas or Raisman to make it three straight golds for the U.S. in this event, following Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008.
12:45 p.m., NBColympics.com (Live stream) — Men's Badminton, Lin Dan versus Sho Sasaki
Chances are you've either heard of the unfortunate badminton scandal that enveloped the competition or seen the comically awful attempts to throw a match. Here's your chance to see what badminton is actually supposed to look like when played correctly, when China's Lin Dan — the defending Olympic gold medalist and considered one of the greatest to ever play — takes on Japan's Sho Sasaki in the quarterfinals.
2:40 p.m., NBColympics.com (Live stream — will be shown on NBC in primetime) — Swimming Finals, including the Men's 200-Meter Individual Medley and the Women's 100-Meter Freestyle
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte go head-to-head for the last time in London, with Phelps looking for a measure of revenge after Lochte destroyed the field in the 400-meter individual medley, and Lochte looking to add to a medal haul that already includes two golds and a silver. On the women's side, Missy Franklin is back in the pool after swimming the lead-off leg for the gold medal-winning 4×200 freestyle relay team on Wednesday night. The 100-meter freestyle is the fifth of her seven planned events.
4:45 p.m., NBColympics.com — Men's Middleweight Boxing, Terrell Gausha versus Vijender Singh
His name may not be Floyd Mayweather Jr., but Terrell Gausha — the reigning U.S. national middleweight champ — is a force to be reckoned with regardless. Catch him in action as he takes on India's Vijender Singh in a pre-quarterfinal fight.
5:15 p.m., NBC Sports Network — Men's Basketball, USA versus Nigeria
After thrashing Tunisia so badly the opposing players wanted autographs after the game had finished, Team USA turns its attention to Nigeria. The Nigerians boast three current or former NBA players on their roster, including Al-Farouq Aminu and Ike Diogu, so they are no Tunisia. That being said, this should not be a close game.
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