American Danell Leyva gave the high bar performance of his life to take the Bronze in the Individual All Around competition in Men’s gymnastics; swimmer Nathan Adrian won gold in the Men’s 100m freestyle; and the United States women defeated Australia to take the Gold in the 4×200 Relay. These were a few of the highlights of Day 5.
Tonight on NBC, defending champion Michael Phelps and world record holder Ryan Lochte will hit the lanes once again, head-to-head, to see who’s the fastest in the 200m IM – essentially, the fastest/sprint of medley events. Also, tonight a Women’s Gymnastics All-Around champion will be crowned, and Missy Franklin will look for her third gold (four medal overall) of the Games in the 100m Freestyle. Don’t miss out on all of the exciting competition – tonight is not one to miss on NBC!
Here’s what NBC has in store for tonight’s Day 6 lineup that airs from 8PM – Midnight ET/PT:
Women’s Gymnastics – All-Around Gold Medal Final
The Scoop: The last two Olympic all-around champions, Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008), both hailed not only from the U.S. but from the very same Texas gym. With Massachusetts-born Aly Raisman and Virginia’s Gabby Douglas, who trained for the Games in West Des Moines alongside four-time Beijing medalist Shawn Johnson, the U.S. has two gymnasts with gold medal potential. Tonight they’re expected to go toe-to-toe with a pair of talented Russian rivals, Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova.
Swimming – Gold Medal Finals
Men’s 200M Backstroke
Men’s 200M Individual Medley
Women’s 200M Breaststroke
Women’s 100M Freestyle
The Scoop: Tonight is the 200m individual medley, Round 2 of Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte. Phelps is the reigning Olympic champion and Lochte is the reigning world champion and current world record holder. Phelps nipped Lochte by less than a tenth of a second at Trials. It will be part of a very busy night for Lochte, who is favored for gold in the 200m backstroke that begins just 30 minutes before his clash with Phelps. For Lochte, who turns 28 the following day, there would be no better birthday present than a pair of gold medals. Meanwhile, swimming’s new sensation, 17-year-old Missy Franklin, dives in for the 100m freestyle, the fifth of seven events on her ambitious Olympic program. In the 200m breaststroke, Rebecca Soni is the reigning Olympic and world champion, and she has a chance to here to complete the first women’s breaststroke sweep in 16 years.
Men’s Beach Volleyball – Rogers/Dalhausser (U.S.) vs. Benes/Kubala (Czech Republic)
The Scoop: Beach volleyball, one of the Games’ hottest sports, comes to the heart of ceremonial London, at Horse Guards Parade. Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, “The Professor” and “The Thin Beast,” continue their gold medal defense.
Rowing – Women’s Eights Gold Medal Final
The Scoop: And in rowing, the U.S. women’s eight has won every world and Olympic title since 2006 and will attempt to build on its dynasty in the nation that helped give rise to competitive rowing nearly 200 years ago.
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