Sunday, August 10, 2008

Day 3 PREVIEW: Hansen vs. Kitajima Highlight Action in the Pool

Time to get into the first weekday of these Olympics. It is now Monday morning and competition for Day 3 of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad will get underway shortly. Thirteen sets of medals will be given out today. Highlighting today's action is more events from the Water Cube, including the men's 100m breaststroke final and the Men's 10m Synchro Diving final.

- Swimming Finals: Brendan Hansen vs. Kosuke Kitajima in Men's 100m Breaststroke (LIVE on NBC, LIVE BLOG Coverage on NOW Sports)
Hansen is entered in only one individual event at these games after qualifying for only the 100m Breaststroke at the swimming trials last month. Kitajima is the overwhelming favorite as he looked consistently strong in the preliminaries and in yesterday's semifinals. While Kitajima is a threat to Hansen, his biggest rival may be himself. The world record holder placed third in his heat and performed poorly in the preliminaries. Meanwhile, look out for Norway's Alexander Dale Oen who swam an Olympic record time in the semifinals, a time of 59.16.

Three other finals will take place tonight as well, including the Men's 4x100 meter freestyle relay, an event whose world record was broken earlier today by the United States swimming team. The women's 100m butterfly final and women's 400m freestyle final will take place this morning as well in Beijing.

-Volleyball: Women's Preliminaries, USA vs. Cuba (LIVE on NBC Late Nite)
The United States women's volleyball team faces world volleyball power Cuba in their second preliminary round match, coming off a win over Japan on Saturday.

- Diving: Men's 10 meter Platform Synchronized Diving
Reigning world champions Lin Yue and Huo Liang of China dive for gold in front of the home crowd.


ON TV...
On right now on NBC, women's gymnastics and diving from Day 2 is being shown. Later today, finals from the Water Cube will be shown LIVE.

At 2AM on USA Network, the United States will face China in two sports: Women's basketball and women's water polo. Also, check out action between Brazil and Russia in women's volleyball.

Starting at 5AM, coverage will begin on MSNBC. Brazil will face Australia in preliminary action in women's basketball.

10PM - Swimming Finals
5AM - Women's Water Polo, USA vs. China

LIVE BLOGS are available at and continuous updates of Day 3 of competition will be available here at NOW Sport Daily. Enjoy Day 3 of competition and thanks for letting NOW Sports be part of your Olympic experience.

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