It's Thursday in London, and we've got a lot of medals to hand out today and evne some new events that we haven't seen yet. Keep checking this page all day for news and updates.
The usual reminders: Here's the U.S. TV schedule here, the full hour-by-hour event schedule, and a link to where you can start watching at NBCOlympics.com. And don't forget to catch up on all of the The Atlantic Wire's previous Olympics coverage.
All times listed are Eastern
4:38p.m.: The American men are playing Brazil in volleyball right now. Check out this awesome dive:
Update: USA won 3 to 1.
4:02p.m.: RESULTS: In the women's 100-meter freestyle, the Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo wins gold with an Olympic record 53.00. Bulgaria's Aliaksandra Herasimenia takes second, China's Tang Yi third. Missy Franklin comes in fifth, teammate Jessica Hardy sixth.
3:27p.m.: RESULTS: Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lotche in the men's 200-meter individual medley. Phelps is now the only male swimmer to win a single even three Olympics in a row. He now has 20 Olympic medals.
3:19p.m.: RESULTS: American Rebecca Soni won gold in the women's 200-meter breaststroke with a world record time of 2:19.59. Japan's Satomi Suzuki came in second, Russia's Iuliia Efimova third.
3:13p.m.: RESULTS: American Tyler Clary wins the men's 200-meter backstroke in a surprise finish, with Japan's Ryosuke Irie winning silver and Ryan Lochte getting the bronze. Loche swam in 1:53.94, his exact same time that won the gold medal in Beijing, NBC News' Ryan Hurley reports. Clary won with an Olympic record 1:53.41, and Irie swam in 1:53.78.
1:38 p.m.: Ishanguly Meretnyyazov of Turkmenistan, the referee behind that awful boxing match we told you about earlier, has been kicked out of the Olympics "with immediate effect" for his ridiculous performance in the Satoshi Shimizu-Magomed Abdulhamidov match yesterday. (Shimizu knocked Abdulhamidov down six times in the final round, yet Meretnyyazov never issued a count and the match was initially awarded to Abdulhamidov.) A technical official from Abdulhamidov's home country, Azerbaijan, has also been sent home, and another referee was suspended for his controversial decision in a separate match.
1:34 p.m: RESULT: Meanwhile, Germany wins Gold in the Women's Team Sprint at the veldorome, best China in the final. Australia beat Ukraine for the Bronze.
1:17 p.m.: RESULT: In a great performance that will surprise few people, Gabrielle Douglas wins the Women's Gymnastics All-Around. Victoria Komova of Russian wins Silver. Russia's Aliya Mustafina and Alexandra Raisman of the U.S. actually tied for third, Mustafina wins Bronze due to a higher execution score. (Correction: The tie was broken by dropping the lowest apparatus score for each athlete, then comparing their totals.)
12:54 p.m.: 2012 has not been a huge year for World and Olympic record so far, but the velodrome has already seen several on its first day, with Great Britain's women's setting a World Record in Team Sprint, only to see it fall in the very next heat when it was broken again by China. And it's only qualifying. Look for a lot more records from that venue in the come days.
Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sancya
11:50 a.m.: MEDAL COUNT UPDATE: Those two table tennis medals move China back into the lead of the overall medal count with 32 to the USA's 31. They maintain their Gold Medal lead with 18. The U.S. has 14. Great Britain's two gold medals today moves them up the ladder to fifth overall and puts third place in reach by the end of the Games. They'll have to pass South Korea and France, who have also had strong showings so far.
1:44 a.m.: RESULT: Zhang Jike, the top-ranked player in the world, defeats Wang Hao to win Gold in the Men's Singles Table Tennis. (That's the third Silver medal for Wang.) Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany won the Bronze.
11:42 a.m.: RESULT: Emilie Fer of France wins Gold in Women's Kayak. Jessica Fox of Australia is Silver and Maialen Chourraut of Spain gets Bronze.
11:27 a.m.: For the record: We did not click on this link and we don't advise that you do either. But we know some of you can't resist so here you go.....
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11:25 a.m.: The Women's Gymnastics All-Around Final begins in 5 minutes. Here's our .GIFtastic preview.
11:22 a.m. RESULT: Tagir Khaibulaev of Russia wins Gold in the Mens' 100kg Judo match. He beat Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia who gets silver. Dimitri Peters of Germany and Henk Grol of the Netherlands both win Bronze.
11:10: RESULT: Kayla Harrsion becomes the first American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Judo. Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain wins Silver. Audrey Tcheumeo and Mayra Aguiar of Brazil both win Bronze.
10:59: RESULT: Just moments after Wilson's trap shooting win, Great Britain gets two more medals when they take both the Gold and Silver in Men's Double Canoe. (Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott were first, followed by David Florence and Richard Hounslow.) Slovakia wins Bronze with brothers Pavol and Peter Hochschorner.
10:55: RESULT: Ki Bo Bae of South Korea defeats Aida Roman of Mexico in a shoot-off to win the Gold Medal in Individual Archery. The match went down to one-arrow, closest-to-the-center showdown after they were tied at the end of their match. Earlier, Roman's countrywoman Mariana Avitia beat American Khatuna Lorig to win the Bronze.
10:39: RESULT: Peter Robert Russell Wilson (great Olympic name) wins Great Britain'S third Gold Medal of the London Games in Men's Double Trap shooting. Hakan Dahlby of Sweden wins Silver, but there will be a shootoff for the Bronze.
10:16 a.m.: Regarding the earlier posting about the Chinese diver: A Reddit user questions the Chinese translation, saying that the English articles are misunderstanding the meaning of the family. According to their take, the family did hide the mother's cancer until chemotherapy was finished and they did temporarily not tell her about her grandparents death when she was in training. But she did not find out about those things this week. So it might be an exaggeration, but the larger idea about the total dedication of the athletes still holds.
9:54 a.m.: Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons will face Kayla Harrison of the U.S. in the 78kg judo final. (The match will start at 11:00 a.m.) Neither country has ever won a gold in judo.
9:12 a.m.: The American women rowers celebrate their Gold in eights. AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
8:50 a.m.: Coming up at 9:00 a.m.: Archery quarterfinals, including American Khatuna "She taught Katniss how to shoot arrows for the Hunger Games movie" Lorig.
8:47 a.m.: Here's a fun gallery of Olympic images from Boston.com's The Big Picture.
8:17 a.m.: Here's a somewhat disturbing story from the Chinese camp. The family of Diver Wu Minxia has had a rough time of it the last few years, with her mother battling cancer and both her grandparents dying over a year ago. Unfortunately, Wu didn't know any of this because both of the secrets were withheld from her while trained for the games. She only found out after she won gold this week. Her story paints a depressing picture of the China's state-run athletics apparatus, where Wu began training for her diving at age 6 and left home to train full-time at age 16. The state has also reportedly sent congratulations to all of the Gold medal winners, but none of the silver and bronze.
This quote from Wu's father pretty much says it all: "We accepted a long time ago that she doesn't belong entirely to us. I don't even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."
7:38 a.m.: RESULT: The defending Olympic champions, the United States, wins Gold in Women's Eights. Canada takes the Silver. The Netherlands, which won Silver in Beijing, wins Bronze this time.
7:27 a.m.: Yu Yang, one of the eight badminton players expelled from the Olympics for lack of effort and a member of the No. 1-ranked Chinese duo has announced that she is quitting badminton forever. Yu apologized to fans for not following "the Olympic spirit," but blamed organizers setting up the rules they were playing by. Yu wrote on her blog that she and her partner were injured, "And we were just using the rules to give up the match in order to play better in the next knock-out round. Do you understand the pain athletes suffer?" She also said the sport's federation had "mercilessly shattered our dreams."
7:20 a.m.: RESULT: In one of the closest and hardest fought races we've seen in this Olympics (in any sport) South Africa edged out three other boats to win Gold in the Men's Lightweight Four. Great Britain stole the Silver from Denmark, which led almost the entire race but faded in the final 500m. Australia was in it the whole way but missed out on a medal in fourth.
7:00 a.m.: RESULT: New Zealand's Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan rally over the last 500 meters to beat Italy in the Men's Double Sculls. Slovenia takes Bronze and Great Britain finishes a disappointing fifth.
6:01 a.m.: It wouldn't be Olympic boxing without a horrendous officiating scandal that makes entire sport look ridiculous. In case you missed it yesterday, Japan's Satoshi Shimizu dominated Magomed Abdulhamidov of Azerbaijan in their 56kg match, with Shimizu's opponent going to the mat at least six times in the final round. Yet, each time Abdulhamidov went to the ground, the referee refused to issue a count, simply instructing the fighter to stand up and letting the match continue. When it was over, the judges awarded the fight to Abdulhamidov, prompting outrage from the crowd and the announcers who declared their own sport to be "a joke." Officials eventually overturned the decision on appeal, but not before boxing fans everywhere realized that the Olympic tournament is still overrun with corruption and incompetence.
5:33 a.m.: MEDAL COUNT UPDATE: China continues to lead in Gold (17); Silver (9); and Total Medals (30). The United States is second in the same categories. (12 Gold; 8 Silver; 29 Total). South Korea, France and North Korea are next in line. Notable that Japan has the third most medals with 17, but 11 of them are Bronze.
5:29 a.m.: MEDALS TO BE AWARDED TODAY: Women's Individual Archery; Men's Double Canoe, Women's Kayak, Men's and Women's Team Cycling Sprint; Women's Team Foil; Women's All-Around Gymnastics; Men's 100kg Judo; Women's 78kg Judo; Men's Double Sculls; Men's Lightweight Four; Women's Eight; Men's Double Trap; Women's 200m Breaststroke; Men's 200m Backstroke; Men's 200m Individual Medley; Women's 100m Freestyle; and Men's Singles Table Tennis. Check the schedule below for times.
4:58 a.m. THURSDAY'S SCHEDULED EVENTS
- Archery: Final day of Women's Individual matches. Round of 16 (4:00 a.m.) all the way to the GOLD MEDAL MATCH at 10:30 a.m.
- Badminton: Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles for both Men and Women (4:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
- Basketball: Men's Group Play. Notable games: USA-Nigeria (5:15 p.m.); Spain-Great Britain (3:00 p.m.); France-Lithuania (4:00 a.m.)
- Beach Volleyball: Men's and women's prelims and "Lucky Loser" matches. (All day)
- Boxing: Round of 16 matches for Men's Light and Middle Weights (8:30 a.m. - all day.)
- Canoe Slalom: Men's Double Canoe and Women's Kayak Semifinals (8:30 a.m.) and FINALS (10:15 a.m.)
- Cycling: Track cycling begins today with Women's and Men's Team Sprint (Qualifying at 11:00 a.m.; FINALS at 1:00 p.m.) Also: Qualifying for Men's Team Pursuit (11:42 a.m.)
- Equestrian: Individual and Team Dressage, Grand Prix qualifying (6:00 a.m.)
- Fencing: Women's Team Foil tournament. (Begins at 4:00 a.m.; GOLD medal match at 2:15 p.m.)
- Gymnastics: Women's Individual All-Around FINAL (11:30 a.m.)
- Handball: Men's Group Play (All day.)
- Field Hockey: Women's Group Play (All day.)
- Judo: Men's 100kg and Women's 78kg tournaments. (All morning. GOLD MEDAL matches begin at 11:00 a.m.)
- Rowing: FINALS of Men's Double Sculls and Lightweight Four and Women's Eight. (Program begins at 4:30 a.m.). Also: Semifinals of Women's Single Sculls, Men's Four; and Men's and Women's Lightweight Double Sculls. (Begins at 4:30 a.m.)
- Sailing: Multiple races and boats. Program begins at 7:00 a.m.
- Shooting: Men's Double Trap. (Qualifiers begin at 4:00 a.m. FINALS at 10:00 a.m.) Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Qualifiers. (5:30 a.m.)
- Swimming: Today's races: WOMEN: 800m free; 200m backstroke; 200m breaststroke (FINAL); 100m free (FINAL); MEN: 200m backstroke (FINAL); 200m backstroke (FINAL); 200m IM (FINAL); 50m freestyle; 100m butterfly. (Preliminary heats begin at 5:00 a.m.; FINALS begin at 2:30 p.m.)
- Table tennis: Men's singles semifinals (5:00 a.m.) and GOLD MEDAL MATCH (10:30 a.m.)
- Tennis: Men's and Women's quarterfinal matches (singles and doubles); plus first-round Mixed Doubles (All day.) Matches of note: Serena Williams-Caroline Wozniacki; Roger Federer-John Isner; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-Novak Djokovic
- Volleyball: Men's Group Play. (All day). USA-Brazil at 3:00 p.m.
- Water Polo: Men's Group Play. (All day) USA-Great Britain at 3:20 p.m.