Gymnastics Comes to a Close; Lolo Jones Faces a Tall Task in Hurdles Final

Four gymnastics event finals are on tap today in London, with Ally Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber in action. The women's 100-meter hurdles highlights the track program.

Gold: Track & Field - Women's 100 Meter Hurdles - 4:00p.m. (NBC Prime Time) - No doubt, a great deal of the focus will be on Lolo Jones, the American who was on her way to a gold medal in Beijing before hitting the ninth of ten hurdles with her lead leg and finishing out of the medals.  However, Jones may be the third best American behind Kellie Wells and defending champion Dawn Harper, the two women who finished ahead of her at the Olympic Trials.  The favorite is Australia's Sally Pearson, the Beijing silver medalist and 2011 world champion.  Pearson lost only one race in 1988 and ran 12.28 last year, the fastest time in the world since 1992.  With the fast track in London, it should take a time under 12.4 seconds to win, and if the conditions are ideal the world record of 12.21 set by Yordanka Donkova of Bulgaria in 1988 could be threatened.

Silver: Gymnastics - Women's Floor Exercise - 11:23a.m. (NBC Prime Time).  The final day of artistic gymnastics begins at 9:00a.m. with event finals in parallel bars and high bar for men; and balance beam and floor exercise for women.  Ally Raisman of the United States was the top qualifier for the floor and Jordyn Wieber will be in the final eight as well.  The defending world champion is Ksenia Afanasyeva of Russia.  NBC censored her floor exercise from the team event in order to hoodwink the television audience into thinking that the American team was in more jeopardy during the floor exercise than they actually were.  Gabby Douglas and Raisman qualified for the balance beam final, where Viktoria Komova will be looking to win her first gold medal.  World champion Danell Leyva failed to qualify for parallel bars final, which looks to be a battle between China and Japan.  Leyva did qualify for the men's high bar final along with Beijing silver medalist Jonathan Horton.  Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands and Zhang Chenglong of China were the top qualifiers.  China's Zou Kai is the defending champion.

Bronze: Weight Lifting - Men's Super Heavyweight - 2:00p.m. (NBCSN @ 7:00p.m.)  The title of world's strongest man should be a battle between two Iranians, Behdad Salimikordasiabi, IRI and Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlaba, where weight lifting has become a national sport.

Also: Women's team events head into the medal rounds:

U.S. women's basketball team takes on Canada in the quarterfinals at 2:00p.m.

Both U.S. women's beach volleyball teams are in the semifinals, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings take on Xue & Zhang of China at 1:00p.m. (NBC Prime Time), while April Ross and Jenn Kessy fave the top seeded Brazilian duo of Juliana & Larissa at 4:00p.m. (NBC)

Sir Chris Hoy looks to capture his sixth career gold medal in the Keirin event in cycling.  The Keirin is a motor paced event with roots as a Japanese betting sport, leaving six cyclists in a mad sprint to the finish.  12:57p.m. (NBC @ 3:30p.m.)

The U.S. women's volleyball team takes on the Dominican Republic in a quarterfinal matchup at 2:00p.m. (NBC)

The U.S. women's water polo team faces Australia in the semifinals at 10:30a.m. (NBC)

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christie nicolle August 07, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Congrats to Ally Raisman for winning Gold -- + surprise to me, i thought Gabby did a superior performance compared to the Russian girl this time.


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