Friday, August 15, 2008

Day 8 PREVIEW: World's Fastest Man to be Decided in Men's 100m Final

Believe it or not, it's already time for track and field at these games, as we get into Day 8 of competition. It will be a very busy day of competition as 29 medals, the most medals awarded so far at these Games, will be contested in Beijing.

- Swimming: Men's 100 meter butterfly final, 10:10PM ET
LIVE ON NBC Primetime on the East Coast, LIVE BLOG on NOW Sports
American Michael Phelps will go for history (again) tonight by looking to tie Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in a single Olympic games. His biggest threat will be fellow American Ian Crocker, who lost to Phelps by five one-hundredths of a second in the final of this event in Athens four years ago. Three other finals will take place tonight as well, including the women's 200 meter backstroke and the men's 50 meter freestyle.

- Track and Field: Men's 100 meters finals, 10:30AM ET
Tape Delayed coverage on NBC Primetime Saturday
As the swimming competition slowly comes to a close, with the final morning of events to take place tomorrow, the focus slowly shifts to National Stadium--aka The Bird's Nest--for the Men's 100 meter final, to determine the fastest man in the world. Three men--Jamaica's Usain Bolt and veteran Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay--are poised to take the gold and all are former or current world record holders of the event.

- Men's Basketball: United States vs. Spain, 10:15AM ET
It's a battle of undefeated teams as the defending world champion Spain will face the powerful redeem team from the United States in what will be a true test for the Americans in their quest for gold. Lebron James and Kobe Bryant will have to matchup against Juan Carlos Navarro and Pau Gasol in this battle for the top spot in the pool.

- Tennis: Roger Federer Looks For Gold in Men's Doubles Final, 8AM ET
It will seem somewhat ironic that while James Blake eliminated Roger Federer in the singles quarterfinals, Federer will be playing for gold with his partner Stanislas Wawrinka in men's doubles the day after Blake was ousted by Fernando Gonzalez.

- Finals in badminton, rowing, sailing and track cycling
With 29 finals to be contested today, take your pick and explore the other Olympic sports that look to bring glory to the nations competing at these games. Great Britain is expected to medal in rowing and track cycling while the Chinese are expected to medal in badminton. In fact, today's women's singles final in badminton will be an all-Chinese affair.

Gold Medal Finals
Check with NOW Sports throughout the entire day (night) for the latest updates on what should be an ultra busy day of competition.

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