London Live Blog, Day 4: Phelps Goes for a Medal Record

Michael Phelps just competed for his 18th Olympic medal. Check here to see if he got it!

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It's Tuesday in London and our live blogging of the Summer Olympic action continues. Things are getting underway at the venues so keep checking this page for news updates and results as they happen.

Today's marquee event is the women's team gymnastics final, which begins at 11:30 a.m. But there are plenty of other podium opportunities with Gold Medals being awarded today in Canoe, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, and Weightlifting. Check the sport-by-sport schedule below for disciplines and times.

As always, you can see the (American) TV schedule here, the full hour-by-hour schedule breakdown here, and everything is available to stream online at

All times given are Eastern


5:15p.m.: Did you always want to see the Olympic rings turned into glasses on an ahtlete's face? Wish granted. Here's the Japanese gymnastics team with a perfectly placed NBC Olympics logo, tweeted by Ash Warner.

5:14p.m.: Michael Phelps with his 15th gold medal. There were reports he teared up on the medal stand. We are scrutinizing hi-def photos for evidence of tears and will post any detected.

(Photo via Reuters.)

4:09p.m.: RESULTS: Michael Phelps gets his 15th gold Olympic medal and his 19th Olympic medal, the most of any modern athlete! The U.S. won the men's x200-meter free relay with a time of 6:59.70, ahead of France at 7:02.77 and china at 7:06.30. Ryan Lochte gave the team a huge lead in the first leg, then Conor Dwyer swam well, then Ricky Berens added to the team's lead, and Phelps closed. He has three races to go.

3:45p.m.: Jordyn Wieber gets her gold:

2:58p.m.: RESULTS: Michael Phelps just missed winning gold in the men's 200-meter butterfly! He would have been the first male swimmer to win gold in the same event three Olympics in a row, and he almost had it. Phelps led at first, second, and third turn, but his timing was off in his last stroke before touching the wall. NBC's commentators called it a "rookie mistake." Chas Le Clos of South Africa won gold.

It's not the color Phelps might have wanted, but he's now tied Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina for the most Olympic medals at 18. This screengrab is from the last 25 meters:

2:45p.m.: RESULTS: Allison Schmitt breaks an Olympic record in the women's 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:53.61. Teenager Missy Franklin, who won her first gold yesterday, faded in the last 25 meters to finish fourth, NBC's Jason Devaney reports.

1:51 p.m.: RESULTS: Here are some other results to catch you up:

  • Men's Judo (81kg): GOLD: Kim Jae-Bum, South Korea; SILVER: Ole Bischof, Germany; BRONZE (Dual Bronzes): Ivan Nifontov, Russia, and Antoine Valois-Fortier, Canada 
  • Women's Judo (63kg): GOLD: Urska Zolnir, Russia; SILVER: Xu Lili, China; BRONZE: Yoshie Ueno, Japan, and Gevrise Emane, France
  • Women's Weightlifting (63kg): GOLD: Maiya Maneza, Kazakhstan; SILVER: Svetlana Tsarukaeva, Russia; BRONZE: Christine Girard, Canada 

1:49 p.m.: And while we were focused on that, Jo Wilfried Tsonga defeated Milos Raonic, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23, in the longest Olympic tennis match ever.

1:43 p.m.:

U.S. gymnasts, from left to right, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross react as they watch the screen that displays results declaring them winners of the gold medal during the Artistic Gymnastic women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

1:28 p.m.: If it's any consolidation to the Russian, Anastasia Grishina's fall was unlikely to make a difference. The U.S won by five points.

1:22 p.m.: RESULT: Alexandra Raisman nails her floor performance and the U.S. will have its first team Gold Medal since 1996. Russia will get the Silver and Romania the Bronze. Here are the final team standings.

1:18: Jordyn Wieber gets a 15.000. It's all but over.

1:14 p.m.: Douglas gets 15.066!

1:12 p.m: The U.S. needs at 40.31 points (less than 14 for each of the 3 athletes) to win Gold. Gabby Douglas goes first.

1:08 p.m.: Russia is now finished and leads with a score of 178.53. But China and United States have not started their final rotation.

1:05 p.m: A big fall by Russia's Anastasia Grishina on the floor exercise may have doomed her team's chances at Gold. She got a 12.4 while most of the top competitors are above 14.

12:56 p.m.: Russia will go first on the floor exercise.

12:54 p.m.: Three of the four events are now in the books and the U.S. has widened its lead over Russia. Romania has also moved into third after besting China in the floor exercise. That will be the final event for the top two teams.

12:42 p.m.: Our own Richard Lawson wonders about that whole "you have to pay cash money to the IOC to appeal a judge's decision" thing. Looks pretty shady.

12:28 p.m.: The team have no each completed two rotations and the Americans remain in first place, with a very slight edge over Russia. China is third, Canada is fourth. The U.S. and Russia are sharing rotations and both up on the balance beam next.

12:07 p.m.: For those following along at home: It's a little difficult to know just who is winning at any given point, since events are done in different orders and one team may sitting and waiting, while another is taking their turn. (For example, the U.S. team is listed fifth in the scoring, but they haven't started their second discipline yet, and Canada has.) Also, remember that while each team has five members, they only use the top three athletes for each individual event. The U.S. vaulters did an excellent job, with all three near or above 16 points. They are waiting for their shot at the uneven parallel bars now.

11:42 a.m.: The U.S. women are starting out on their best apparatus, the Vault. Jordyn Wieber, who missed out the all-around, nails her first attempt.

11:31 a.m.: Who's competing? Check out our earlier previews of the United States team and their biggest rivals ... in .GIF form!

11:30 a.m.: The Women's Gymnastics Team Final, one of the marquee events of any Olympics, is getting underway as we speak. It won't be on TV, so you'll have to follow online.

11:18 a.m.: Roddick dispatched easily by Djokovic. The medal round of Women's 63kg is underway. Gymnastics is starting soon.

10:52 a.m.: RESULT: China wins its second syncrhonized diving Gold in two days. Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao take the 10m women's platform. Mexico's team wins Silver and Canada takes Brozne.

10:44 a.m.: Tennis alert: Novak Djokovic leads Andy Roddick 4-2 in the first set of their match at Wimbledon. Live on Bravo now.

10:31 a.m.: RESULT: At the same time, Tony Estanguet of France wins Gold in Men's Single Canoe. Sideris Tasiadis of Germany is Silver, and Michal Martikan of Slovakia is Brozne.

10:25 a.m.: RESULT: Germans take Gold and Bronze in individual eventing, with Michael Jung (riding Sam, the horse) on top and Sandra Auffarth (and Opgun Louvo) in third. Sara Algotsson Ostholt of Sweden gets silver. Great Britain has three riders in the top eight, but no medals.

9:30 a.m: RESULT: American Vincent Hancock wins gold in men's skeet shooting, his second consecutive Gold medal in this event. The 23-year-old is a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He saw 150 clay targets over the three day competition and missed only twice. Anders Golding of Denmark wins silver and Qatar's Nasser al-Attiya won a shoot-out for the bronze.

8:53 a.m.: The men's skeet shooting final is about to start! Watch here.

8:29 a.m.: The U.S. men's basketball team is a 55-point favorite over Tunisia today, which might be the largest point spread ever placed on a basketball game. They beat the Dominican Republic by 54 in a pre-Olympic exhibition. Tunisian only managed 56 points in its first game against Nigeria.

7:57 a.m.: RESULT: We have the winners in the Team Eventing at the Equestrian stadium. (Eventing is a combination of dressage, cross country trial jumping, and show jumping.) Germany takes first, Great Britain is second and New Zealand is third. Yes, the British team include Zara Phillips, grand-daughter of the queen, cousin to Princes William and Harry. Her mother and father were both also an Olympians in the 1970s and 1980s. The top 25 riders now move on to the Individual finals, which will be decided later today.

7:45 a.m.: In case you missed it yesterday (or were confused by the complicated story), here's a breakdown of that Korean fencing protest from yesterday afternoon. Shin Lam was leading her semi-final match in women's epee with just one second left on the clock. Yet, her opponent was able to get in two simultaneous strikes and a third, match-winning strike without that final second left running off the clock. Shin refused to leave the podium for nearly an hour while he coaches lodged a formal protest, but her claim was denied and she was escorted from the arena in tears — while the crowd heartily booed the judges. Shin went on lose her bronze medal

7:25 a.m.: Some quick Olympic news from last night. During last night's tape-delayed primetime program NBC aired a promo urging viewers to tune into the next morning's Today show to see an interview with gold-medal winning swimmer Missy Franklin. The only problem was that Franklin's gold-medal winning race hadn't been broadcast yet. By inadvertently giving away the ending, the network is now actively undermining its own strategy of withholding big events (and the "surprise" results) from TV viewers until they can be shown in primetime.

6:30 a..m.: Here's the medal count as the day begins. China leads all nations with 9 golds, but is tied with the United States with 17 total medals. France, which has had a strong showing in swimming, is third with 7  total (3 gold) and North Korea is in fourth. In all, 37 nations have won at least one medal.

6:00 a.m. If you're new to rowing, here's how to pronounce "repechage." That's basically French for "loser's bracket," where competitors who fail to qualify in the intial heats, get a second chance to make the semi-final or final round.


  • Archery: Individuals showdowns for men and women. (4:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.)
  • Badminton: Group play in singles, doubles and mixed doubles (All day)
  • Basketball: Men's Group Play. USA plays at 5:15 pm. Other games of note: Australia-Spain (6:15 a.m.) and France-Argentina (3:00 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Men's and women's prelims (All day)
  • Boxing: Round of 32 matches for men's light fly and light welterweight. (8:30 - all day)
  • Canoe: Men's Single Semifinals and FINAL (Final begins at 10:00 a.m.)
  • Diving: Women's Sycrhonized 10m platform FINAL. 
  • Equestrian: Eventing finals; Individual and team. Today is jumping, which is the final of the three disciplines tested by eventing. Medals will be awarded around 8:00 a.m. (team) and 10:30.
  • Fencing: Men's individual foil tourney: (Begins at 5:30; Gold medal match at 2:40 p.m.)
  • Football: Women's Group play. Matches of note: USA-North Korea at 12:15 p.m. CAN-SWE at 9:30 a.m. GBR-BRA at 2:45 p.m.
  • Gymnastics: Women's team final begins at 11:30
  • Handball: Men's Group Play (All day)
  • Field Hockey: Women's Group Play (All day)
  • Judo: Men's 81kg and Women's 63kg tournaments. Gold medal matches begin around 11:00 a.m.
  • Rowing: Multiple rounds and multiple events beginning at 4:30 and lasting until about 8:00 a.m.
  • Sailing: Multiple races and boats. Begins at 7:00 a.m.
  • Shooting: Men's skeet. Qualifiers begin at 4:00 a.m. Finals at 9:00
  • Swimming: Today's races: Men's 100m free; 200m breaststroke; 200m butterfly; 4x200m freestyle relay; Women's 200m butterfly; 200m free; 200m IM. Preliminary heats in the morning. Finals begin at 2:30 p.m.
  • Table tennis: Men's and women's singles. Quarterfinals and semis.
  • Tennis: Second-round matches (All day). Match of note: Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic at noon.
  • Vollyball: Men's Group Play. USA-GER at 11:45 a.m.
  • Water Polo: Men's Group Play. USA-ROM at 2:40 p.m.
  • Weightlifting: Men's 69kg and Women's 63kg. Women's program begins at 10:30, men at 2:00. Gold medal will be awarded today.
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