Sunday, August 17, 2008

Day 10 PREVIEW: Gymnastics Event Finals, Trampoline, Table Tennis Highlight Day 10

As we enter the second week of these Olympic Games, the potential for great moments to occur exists in a variety of sports, among them table tennis, trampoline and the triathlon.

- Track and Field: Men's 400m Hurdles Final (10AM ET) and Women's Pole Vault Final (7:20AM ET), Same-Day Tape on NBC Primetime
More track and field continues at the Bird's Nest as several finals will take place on both the field and the track. The Men's 400m Hurdles final is destined to be the highlight of the night. After Dominican Republic's Felix Sanchez, the defending gold medalist, failed to qualify for the final (he didn't even qualify for the semi-finals), the field is wide open for anyone to take gold. This may turn out to be another Jamaica vs. United States showdown as both countries field medal contenders in this final. For the United States, defending world champion Kerron Clement as well as Angelo Taylor and Bershawn Jackson will try and capture the United States' first gold medal of the track and field competition. For Jamaica, look out for veteran hurdler Danny McFarlane, silver medalist in Athens, and Markino Buckley.

The women's pole vault final will again feature Russian and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva while American Jenn Stuczynski will try for the ultimate upset. The two have gone one-two several times this year, including at the world indoor championships. Finals will also take place in the womens' 800 meters, the men's long jump and men's 3000m Steeplechase.

- Gymnastics: Women's Uneven Bars Final (6:43AM ET), Same-Day Tape on NBC Primetime
The women's individual all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin will compete for gold in one of her signature events--the uneven bars. She received a 16.650 on this apparatus during the all-around final in her road to the gold medal. Standing in Liukin's way is China's Yang Yilin, the only athlete in the all-around that got a higher score than Liukin, with a 16.725. It could be another China vs. United States showdown at National Indoor Stadium.

The men's vault and men's rings final will also take place tonight at National Indoor Stadium. Liukin is the only American competing in tonight's indidvidual event finals.

- Table Tennis: Men's Team Final, China vs. Germany (7:30AM ET), LIVE Online, Delayed on USA Network (between 8AM-12PM)
The team event in table tennis was created to prevent countries like China from dominating the competition. While they may not sweep the medals, China is the overwhelming favorite to take gold in their signature event. Germany, who fought a tough battle against Japan in the semifinals, is looking for an upset of Olympic proportions in tonight's final.

- Women's Soccer: Semifinals, GER vs. BRA (6AM ET), USA vs. JPN (9AM ET), LIVE on MSNBC
The teams that will play for gold will be determined tonight in the semfinals of the women's soccer competition. In the first semifinal, Germany faces Brazil in a rematch of the Women's World Cup final, won by Germany 2-0. Then, Japan takes on the defending gold medalists United States in the second semifinal.


Stay with NOW Sports for the latest updates on the competition of Day 10 of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

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