If the Summer Olympics were a foot race, we'd all be moving into position for that final home stretch. That means competitions are moving toward their dramatic conclusions and the medals will be coming fast and furious in the coming days. Stay tuned to our live blog all day for news and results.
Once again: Here's the U.S. TV schedule, the full hour-by-hour event schedule, and the place where you can watch it all live online: NBCOlympics.com. Don't forget all of The Atlantic Wire's other ongoing Olympics coverage, too.
All times listed are Eastern
5:24p.m.: The women's beach volleyball final will be all American: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings vs. Jennifer Kessy and April Ross.
4:27p.m.: RESULTS: Very famous American hurdler Lolo Jones missed out on a medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Australia's Sally Pearson won with an Olympic record 12.35 time. Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells came in second and third with times that were personal bests for both, 12.37 and 12.48, respectively. Here's the finish:
(Photo via Reuters.)
4:13p.m.: Here's one of diving gold medalist Ilya Zakharov's dives, a reverse three and a half:
Silver medalist He Chong doing a front four and a half:
3:49p.m.: Gymnast Jordyn Wieber was competing with a stress fracture on her leg, Gymnastike reports. Wieber was hyped as the next all-around champion but didn't qualify for the all-around final or win an individual medal on floor. Her coach John Geddert says she might continue competing:
"She’s still a senior in high school. I think she’s got another good year before she goes off to college, so an individual worlds is certainly a realistic goal for her. Not fulfilling her dreams here might add a little fuel to the fire. You know, these kids are all bred from the same cloth. They all get a little bit hungry when they don’t achieve what they want to get done."
3:39p.m.: RESULTS: Russia breaks China's gold medal streak in diving with the victory of Ilya Zakharov in the men's 3-meter springboard. China's Qin Kai and He Chong came in second and third. American Troy Dumais came in fifth at his fourth Olympic Games. He earlier won a bronze with Kristian Ipsen in men's synchronized 3-meter springboard.
And since you all love divers' mid-air funny faces, here's bronze medalist He Chong:
1:38 p.m.: By the way, if you're wondering about Rafalca, the horse owned by Mitt Romney's wife, Ann: She came in 28 out of 32 competitors in Dressage and will miss out on the individual final. You decide what that means for American politics.
1:30 p.m.: Here's what's coming up at 2:00 p.m.: The start of the afternoon track and field session, which begins with the Men's High Jump Final; the Men's 3m Springboard Final; two Greco-Roman Wrestling Finals; the last weightlifting event of the Games; the finish of one men's soccer semifinal and the start of another; the U.S. volleyball team's quarterfinal against Dominican Republic; and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings are in a Beach Volleyball semfinal as we speak. Big afternoon today.
1:23 p.m.: MEDAL UPDATE: It's been a huge day for Great Britain so far. They've won four Gold medals today, blowing past their 2008 total and putting them solidly in third place on the big board. They added three others for a total of 46, one shy of their mark for all of Beijing. China has added seven medals to their total, including three Golds, widening their lead over the United States. The U.S. only has three today, two of them by gymnast Aly Raisman, though they will some chances in the Track and Field finals later.
1:10 p.m.: RESULT: Sir Chris Hoy comes flying back in the final turn of the final event of the 2012 cycling program, the men's Keirin, winning his sixth career Gold Medal, more than any British Olympian in history. (Rower Steve Redgrave won Gold in five consecutive Summer Games.) Maximilian Levy of Germany wins Silver and Simon van Velthooven (Australia) and Teun Mulder (Netherlands) share Bronze after tying in a photo finish.
12:52 p.m.: RESULTS: Meares wins the second race and takes Gold, with some brilliant tactics. (She came to full a stop during the race, forcing Pendleton to pass her too soon and wear herself out.) China (again!) gets Bronze with Guo Shuang.
12:47 p.m.: RESULT: China has won Gold in the Women's Team Table Tennis tourney. They beat Japan three-matches-to-none in the final. Singapore won the Bronze over South Korea earlier today.
12:38 p.m.: Pendleton actually won, but was ruled to have interfered with Meares coming down the stretch and was relegated. So she loses the first race, but has two more chances to come back.
12:32 p.m.: The Women's Cycling Sprint event is down to its final, best-of-three matchup between Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain (inside) and Anna Meares of Australia. This was how close they were in their first race:
12:23 p.m.: RESULT: Trailing American Sarah Hammer by two points in the Omnium (a track cycling "decathlon" of sorts, Great Britain's Laura Trott wins the time trial and the Gold Medal in the final heat of the event. Hammer takes Silver and Annette Edmondson of Australia is Bronze.
12:15 p.m.: RESULT: The U.S. women's water polo team beats arch-rival Australia, 11-9 in overtime, to advance to the Gold Medal match.
12:09 p.m.: RESULT: In the last gymnastics event of London 2012, Aly Raisman wins one more Gold for America in Floor Exercise. Catalina Ponor of Romania wins Silver and Aliya Mustafina of Russia gets the Bronze. China takes home the most gymnastics medals (4 gold, 8 total).
11:34 a.m.: RESULT: All the riders are finished now and with the last turn of the Dressage competition, Adelinde Cornelissen of the Nethernlands grabs Brozne for her country. Germany holds on to Silver and Great Britain, which had three of the top five scores, is officially Gold. That gives them 20, besting the mark they had in Beijing in 2008. The Top 18 riders from today will move on to the Individual Dressage final later this week.
11:26 a.m.: RESULT: The Netherlands snags a Gold medal in Gymnastics with Epke Zonderland winning the Men's High Bar. Fabian Hambuchen of GErmany is Silver and Zou Kai of (where else?) China takes Bronze.
11:25 a.m.: RESULT: Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina win the Duet competition in Syncrhonized Swimming. Ona Carbonell Ballestero and Andrea Fuentes Fache of Spain are the Silver Medalists and China adds one more Bronze to its total, thanks to Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou.
11:13 a.m.: It looks as though Great Britain is going to win the Team Dressage competition. Two riders still remain, but Denmark and the Netherlands are too far back to knock them out of the Gold spot.
10:34 a.m.: It appears that Americans protested Raisman's score and won, according to Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated. The extra points allows her to beat Ponor on a tiebreaker and she takes Bronze.
10:25 a.m.: RESULT: China goes one-two on the Women's Balance Beam as Deng Linlin wins gold and Sui Lu wins Silver. Romania's Catalina Ponor wins Bronze. Aly Raisman is fourth and Gabby Douglas is seventh.
9:30 a.m.: RESULT: Another Gold for China. Zheng Chenglong win men's Parallel Bars. They also get another bronze from Feng Zhe, while Hamilton Sabot of France wins Silver.
8:42 a.m.: The BBC is reporting that seven athletes from Cameron have disappeared in London, hoping to remain in Europe due to economic hardships int heir own country.
8:34 a.m.: RESULT: Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands wins Gold in the Men's RS-X sailing race. (The RS-X is windsurfing boards.) Great Britain adds another medal as Nick Dempsey wins Silver. Przemyslaw Miarczynski of Poland takes the Bronze.
8:17 a.m.: RESULT: British brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee dominate the men's triathlon taking Gold and Bronze, respectively. Javier Gomez of Spain wins the Silver. That's Great Britain's 19th gold medal, matching their total from 2008 in Beijing. Home field advantage is real.
7:43 a.m.: We're still having lots of problems with the NBC live streams today. Lots of failures and freezes and it's impossible to switch between multiple events at the moment.
7:25 a.m.: Here's a cool shot the Olympics automated camera-Twitter feeds:
7:09 a.m.: Morning Update: The men's triathlon (live on NBC Sports Network) has reached the cycling portion. Slovakia's Richard Varga was the first triathlete to finish the swim, but is now in a group with four others at the front of the cycling portion. At the stadium, Usain Bolt easily won his first heat in the 200 meters. The Bronze Medal match in Women's Table Tennis is in progress online.
6:01 a.m.: An emotional moment at the Olympic Stadium as Liu Xiang, one of China's most celebrated athletes and the 2004 Gold Medal winner in the 110m Hurdles, wiped out in heat and injured his leg. After heading into the tunnel on, Liu turned around hopped all the way down the track on his one good leg to kiss the final hurdle and "finish" what will likely be his final Olympic race. Then he was helped off the track by his fellow competitors and applause from the crowd.
5:46 a.m.: MEDAL COUNT UPDATE: It's the usual suspects at the top of the Medal Table this morning as China (31 Gold, 19 Silver, 14 Bronze, 64 Total) continues to hold the top spot over the United States (29 Gold, 15 Silver, 19 Bronze, 63 Total). Great Britain is solidly in third place with 18 Golds, 11 Silvers, and 11 Bronze. (40 Total). South Korea, France, Russia, and Italy make up the next group. Seventy Countries have won at least one medal and 38 have at least one Gold.
5:35 a.m.: MEDALS TO BE AWARDED TODAY: There are 21 Medal Events today and here's the list in chronologcial order: All times are approximate:
Team Dressage (5:00 a.m.); Men's Triathlon (6:30 a.m.); Men's RS-X (8:00 a.m.); Women's RS-X (9:00 a.m.); Men's Parallel Bars (9:00 a.m.); Women's Beam (9:47 a.m.); Women's Synchronized Swimming Duets (10::00 a.m.); Men's 3m Springboard (10:00 a.m.); Women's Team Table Tennis (10:30 a.m.); Men's Horizontal Bar (10:37 a.m.); Women's Floor Exercise (11:23 a.m.); Women's Cycling Omnium (11:53 a.m.); Women's Sprint Cycling (12:26 p.m.); Men's Cycling Keirin (12:57 p.m.); Men's +105kg Weightlifting (2:00 p.m.); Men's High Jump (2:00 p.m.); Men's 66kg Greco-Roman Wrestling (2:03 p.m.); Men's 96kg Greco-Roman Wrestling (2:48 p.m.); Men's Discus (2:45 p.m.); Women's 100m Hurdles (4:00 p.m.); and Men's 1,500m (4:15 p.m)
5:15 a.m.: TUESDAY'S SCHEDULED EVENTS:
- Athletics: Today's Events: The Morning session includes preliminaries in Women's Javelin and 5,000m; Men's 110m hurdles; Triple Jump; and 200m. Afternoon includes preliminaries in Women's Long Jump; Semifinals in the Men's 800 and Women's 200m; Semifinals and FINALS of the Women's 100m Hurdles; and the FINALS of the Men's High Jump, Discus, and 1,500m.
- Basketball: Women's Quarterfinals. Games begin with USA-Canada at 9:00 a.m.
- Beach Volleyball: Men's and Women's Semifinals. (Matches at Noon, 1:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m.)
- Boxing: Quarterfinals for Men's Fly and Welter weights (3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
- Canoe Sprint: Preliminaries and Semifinals of Men's Kayak Fours and Canoe Double; Women's Kayak Single and Kayak Double. Preliminaries begin at 4:00 a.m. Semifinals begin at 6:00 a.m.
- Cycling: Semifinals and FINALS in Women's Sprint (11:00 a.m.); the Men's Keirin event (First round at 5:00 a.m.; FINALS at 1:00 p.m.); and the FINAL day of Women's Omnium. (Races at 5:19 a.m.; 11:07 a.m.; and 11:53 a.m.)
- Gymnastics: Individual apparatus FINALS in Men's Parallel Bars (9:00 a.m.); Women's Beam (9:47 a.m.); Men's Horizontal Bar (10:37 a.m.); and Women's Floor (11:23 a.m.)
- Handball: Women's Quarterfinals. Matches at 5:30; 8:30; 12:00; and 3:30.
- Field Hockey: Men's Group Play (All day.)
- Sailing: MEDAL RACES in Men's (8:00 a.m.) and Women's RS-X (9:00 a.m.). Also: races in Men's and Women's 470; and Women's Elliott 6m. (Begins at 7:00 a.m.)
- Volleyball: Women's Quarterfinals. Matches at 8:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.; and 4:00 p.m.
- Water Polo: Women's Semifinals. United States-Australia at 10:30 a.m. Hungary-Spain at 2:40 p.m. (Also, the 5th-8th place matches at 9:10 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.)
- Weightlifting: The programs ends today with Men's +105kg at 10:30 a.m. and the MEDAL round at 2:00 p.m.
- Wrestling: Greco-Roman tournaments for Men's 66kg and 96kg; and 120kg. FINALS begin at 2:00 p.m.