Monday, August 11, 2008

Day 4 PREVIEW: Action Packed Morning as Medals Are Awarded in Gymnastics, Swimming

This morning will be full of gold medal action as the medals are determined in the men's team competition in gymnastics and more finals take place in swimming.

ON TV...
NBC will be showing both the men's team final in gymnastics and the swimming finals LIVE in primetime starting at 8PM EDT. Live competition will begin at 10PM. Meanwhile, competition will be seen in the men's 10m synchro final in diving from the previous day and live preliminary round beach volleyball featuring Misty May and Kerri Walsh will be seen tonight too.

At midnight, the softball competition begins as the United States begins its gold medal defense against Venezuela, which can be seen live at midnight on CNBC.

At 5AM on MSNBC, the soccer competition resumes with the final round of preliminary play in women's soccer. The United States faces New Zealand in a must-win game. MSNBC will also provide preliminary competition in greco-roman wrestling which begins today.

- Artistic Gymnastics: Men's Team Final, 10:00PM
Thanks to persistence by NBC, the men's team final in artistic gymnastics will be shown live from National Indoor Stadium tonight in primetime in the United States as it takes place in the morning in Beijing. The United States will be seeking another medal after winning silver in Athens four years ago. However, the best they can probably do is win bronze as the competition is expected to be between the defending champions Japan and heavily favored host nation China.

- Swimming: Men's 200 meter freestyle final, 10:16PM
All eyes will be on Michael Phelps again as he competes in the final of the Men's 200 meter freestyle, an event which he is heavily favored in. Four years ago, this was the race to watch and Phelps finished with the bronze medal behind Ian Thorpe and Peter van den Hoogenbond. In Beijing, his biggest threat may be Korean upstart Taehwan Park, who said in a Xinhua News Agency report, "I will defeat Phelps tomorrow!" Alain Bernard made predictions before the men's 4x100 meter freestyle, and we all know what happened to him and his French team.

Also, finals will be contested in the Women's 100 meter backstroke, where American Natalie Coughlin is heavily favored. Gold medals will also be decided in the men's 100 meter backstroke and the women's 100m breaststroke.

- Canoe/Kayak Slalom Finals, 4:47AM
(Can be Seen on NBC Daytime starting at 10AM ET)
There is slated to be huge matchup between Tony Estanquet of France, who has won the last two Olympic C1 Slalom gold medals, and Slovakia's Michal Martikan, who thought he won gold in Athens before video evidence had shown his helmet had touched a gate. Estanquet is seeking a record third consecutive gold medal. Meanwhile, Martikan wants his first gold medal since winning it in Atlanta 12 years ago.

Also today, preliminaries continue in handball, basketball, volleyball, tennis and more. Stay with NOW Sports for the latest updates on the competition happening on Day 4.

10PM - Swimming Finals and Men's Team Final Gymnastics
2AM - Handball, Men's Preliminaries: China vs. France
7:15AM - Equestrian: Final Day of Eventing - Team and Individual Jumping

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