Michael Phelps managed to do it again winning Gold in the Men’s 100m butterfly. It was the final individual race of his Olympic career. It was his second three-peat of the games. Going into tonight, the superior swimmer has amassed 21 medals, with 17 of those being gold. Will he add one more to his collection?
Here’s the NBC lineup airing tonight from 8PM – Midnight ET/PT:
Swimming – Gold Medal Finals
- Men’s and Women’s 4 x 100M Medley Relays
- Men’s 1500M Freestyle
- Women’s 50M Freestyle
The Scoop: On the last night of swimming, Michael Phelps is back in the pool for the final time, leading Team USA in the medley relay, which the Americans have won every time they’ve raced. Phelps will swim the butterfly leg of the relay, a fitting bookend to an Olympic career that began 12 years ago in Sydney, when he swam the 200m butterfly as a 15-year-old. In the women’s medley relay, the Americans are strong favorites to overtake 2008 Olympic champion Australia and win gold, as they did at the 2011 World Championships. Teen sensation Missy Franklin is expected to anchor. And in the men’s 1500m, swimmers will swim nearly a full mile in pursuit of Olympic gold. Sun Yang, who was born in China but trains in Australia, is the world record holder.
Track and Field – Gold Medal Finals
- Men’s Long Jump
- Women’s 100M
The Scoop: At the Olympic Stadium, the USA-Jamaica sprint rivalry promises to heat up the London track. In the women’s 100m, Los Angeles native Carmelita Jeter, a first-time Olympian at 32, is the reigning world champion and the second-fastest woman ever over 100m. She’ll face a strong challenge from a formidable trio from Jamaica. In the heptathlon, Beijing silver medalist Hyleas Fountain, who grew up idolizing the great Jackie Joyner-Kersee, is looking to upgrade to gold in her second Olympics.
Beach Volleyball – Elimination Round
The Scoop: Team USA’s Misty May-Traenor and Kerri Walsh Jennings are back in action against Netherlands duo Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer.
Women’s Diving – Springboard Semifinals
The Scoop: In women’s springboard diving, Chicago’s Christina Loukas is looking to build on her fourth-place finish at last year’s world championships and reach the Olympic podium. While former Stanford star Cassidy Krug, who quit diving for a year after failing in her second attempt to make an Olympic team in 2008, defeated Loukas at Trials and, at 27, is diving better than ever before.
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