She's just wasting everyone's time, y'all. The New York Times said so. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jon hopes this transmission gets through to Earth okay, having run off to Mars with Alex Morgan, who's now fighting over him with a scantily-clad babe named Dejah. Curiosity's internet access seems a little slow, and one might get the idea Mars is getting Olympic coverage on tape delay. Jon's a little confused, however, because he just realized he was giving a speech to the World Health Organization while wearing nothing but an orange safety vest, and the sky is green.)
No WTF today, mostly because I am pressed for time since life had the unmitigated gall to interfere with me today. Besides, it was a bit of a WTF day, as Team USA somehow managed to faceplant in two separate sports today (and maybe even a third, depending on whether you divide track and field into track and field) which they should have expected big things. On the flip side of the coin, we were treated to quite possibly the greatest exhibition in the history of a particular sport, and nobody who actually got to watch it is ever, ever going to forget it.
With that, here's your full recap of Day 10 and guide to day 11:
Athletics: Jason Young, Jarrod Rome, and Lance Brooks all failed to qualify for the final in men's Discus, and Khadevis Robinson missed out on the men's 800m semifinals though Nick Symonds and Duane Solomon did advance. Every other American in a heat advanced today, including Kellie Wells, Dawn Harper, and Lolo Jones (who recorded the second-fastest time today despite the New York Times comparing her to Anna Kournikova and suggesting Lolo's just wasting our time for marketing purposes) in the women's 100m hurdles; Shannon Rowbury, Jennifer Simpson, Morgan Uceny in the women's 1500m; Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Sania Richards-Ross in the women's 200m, all winning their heats; and T'Erea Brown, Lashinda Demus, Georganne Moline in the women's 400m hurdles.
Belarussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk won the gold in the women's shot put, with the silver going to Valerie Adams of New Zealand and the bronze to Russian Evgenia Kolodko. Michelle Carter finished in sixth, while Jillian Camarena-Willians and Tia Brooks failed to qualify for the final. Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic captured gold in the men's 400m hurdles. Javier Culson, who's technically American and all being from Puerto Rico, won bronze, but we don't get credit for that. Michael Tinsley won USA silver, while Angelo Taylor came in fifth and Kerron Clement eighth. USA GOLD was won by Jennifer Suhr in the women's pole vault; Becky Holliday finished ninth. Yarisley Silva of Cuba took silver, and Elena Isinbaeva brought home bronze for Russia.
Yuliya Zaripova of Russia won the gold in the women's 3000m steeplechase, followed by Tunisian Habiba Ghribi and Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia. Emma Coburn finished ninth, and Bridget Franek was 14th. Finally, the men's 400m was won by Kirani James of Grenada (and Alabama), with Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic claiming silver and Lalonde Gordon winning the bronze for Trinidad and Tobago.
Basketball: Men's group play concludes. In group B, Australia edged Russia 82-80, Great Britan rolled China 90-58, and Brazil prevailed over Spain 88-82; Russia, Brazil, Spain, and the Aussies are already on their way to the quarterfinals. In group A, Lithuania handled Tunisia 76-63 to join France, Argentina, and Team USA in the quarterfinals. France snuck by Nigeria 79-73 in a game where Tony Parker was held to three points, and Team USA stampeded across Argentina 126-97.
Beach Volleyball: Jason Gibb and Sean Rosenthal were knocked out in the men's quarterfinals, losing in three sets to Latvians Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins.
Boxing: IMPORTANT NEWS: Errol Spence's round of 16 loss to India's Krishan Vikas was overturned after a protest which was predicated on several fouls not being called against the Indian boxer. So Team USA still has a men's boxer alive.
In the women's bouts, american flyweight Marlen Esparza beat Karlha Magliocco of Venezuela 24-16 and Claressa Shields topped Swede Anna Laurell 18-14 in a heavyweight bout. The afternoon session consisted of the quarterfinals in men's lightweight, middleweight, and super heavyweight, and you already know Team USA's not involved.
Canoe/Kayak: The sprint events began today, with no Americans in any of today's four events, which included the heats and semifinals of the men's 1k K1, men's 1k C1, men's 1k K2, and the women's 500m K4.
Cycling: In men's sprint, Jason Kenny of Great Britain beat Gregory Bauge of France for the gold; the bronze went to Aussie Shane Perkins. In women's Omnium, Sarah Hammer took fifth in both the 250m Time Trial and the 20km Points Race -- which managed to place her first in the overall standings after those two events. She finished second in the Elimination race to Great Britain's Laura Trott, which was enough to pull Trott into a tie for the lead heading into tomorrow. The women's Sprint semifinals are now set.
Diving: Both Chris Colwill and Troy Dumais advanced after the men's 3m springboard qualification. They'll dive in the semis (and, hopefully, the final) tomorrow.
Equestrian: Rich Fellers riding Flexible and Mclain Ward on Antares both survived the final Jumping qualifier, and move on to Wednesday's final. Team USA finished tied for sixth in Team Jumping; Saudi Arabia won the bronze, while the British and Dutch had to go to a jump-off to settle gold and silver. The British won.
Football: Japan knocked off France 2-1 in the first women's semifinal, and then what may well be the greatest women's soccer game in history commenced. Canada took the lead on a Christine Sinclair goal at 22', and for the next half hour things looked dire. Then Megan Rapinoe levelled for the USA at 54'. Thirteen minutes later, Sinclair again gave Canada the lead; it only took three minutes for Rapinoe to answer, but just three minutes after that Sinclair completed the hat trick at 73' to put Canada up 3-2. At 80', Abby Wambach scored on a penalty to tie again, and then things got tense... for the next forty minutes, until a mere thirty seconds remained in the second period of extra time -- the game's 123rd minute -- when Heather O'Reilly struck a gorgeous cross into the box which Alex Morgan deftly headed into the net to give Team USA an absolutely thrilling 4-3 win.
Gymnastics: There was no American in the men's Rings final, which was won by Brazilian Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti. Silver went to China's Chen Yibing, and Matteo Morandi of Italy took bronze. Aliya Mustafina captured gold in the women's uneven bars, beating He Kexin of China and Elizabeth Tweddle of Britain; Gabby Douglas finished dead last. Sam Mikulak came in fifth in the men's vault, won by South Korea's Hak Seon Yang. Denis Ablyazin of Russia took the silver; the bronze was won by Ukrainian Igor Radivilov.
Handball: Men's group play concludes. In group A, Tunisia nipped Argentina 25-23 to advancing to the quarterfinals along with Iceland, France, and Sweden. Iceland drubbed Great Britain 41-24, and France defeated Sweden 29-26. In group B, Hungary disposed of Serbia 26-23, claiming the final quarterfinal spot. Denmark pipped South Korea 26-24, and Croatia beat Spain 30-25.
Hockey, Field: Likewise, women's group play comes to an end. In group A, Japan escaped China 1-0, sending the British to the semifinals along with the Netherlands. South Korea beat Belgium 3-1, and the Dutch beat the British 2-1 in a game rendered nigh irrelevant. In group B, New Zealand and Germany played a scoreless draw, which secured New Zealand's place in the semifinals. Argentina and Australia scrabbled to a scoreless draw, which sent Argentina on to the semis, and Team USA got completely humiliated by South Africa 7-0.
Sailing: Only five events today, but two medals:
- Women's Laser Radial Medal Race: Paige Railey finished sixth in the medal race, lifting her to a final eighth place finish. China's Xu Lijia won the final race, beating Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands and breaking their tie in the standings to claim the gold. Bronze went to Belgian Evi van Acker, who also finished third in the final race after starting the day tied for third.
- Men's Laser Medal Race: Tom Slingsby of Great Britain and Cypriot Pavlos Kontides were already guaranteed gold and silver when they woke up this morning, and their performance in the final reflected that as they finished in 9th and 10th. Rasmus Myrgren of Sweden only finished sixth in the final race, but that was enough to hold on for bronze. The race itself was won by Germany's Simon Groteluschen, who finished sixth overall.
- Men's 49er (14-15): Erik Storck and Trevor Moore finished their qualifying races with finishes of 8th and 17th; the day's performance was enough to knock them out of Wednesday's medal race, though even a pair of wins today would have barely qualified them. The gold and silver are already secured by Australia and New Zealand regardless of Wednesday's results; the real competition is going to be for the bronze, with six crews still mathematically in contention.
- Men's 470 (7-8): Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl posted 6th and 18th place finishes, leaving them in 17th place overall with two prelims left to run. They're still theoretically for a medal, but even getting to the medal race is going to be a tough task for the pair tomorrow.
- Women's Elliott (RR): the Spain-Denmark race from Saturday was postponed and rescheduled for today; Spain won, which had the effect of sliding the Spanish into third place over the Americans, and forcing Team USA into a semifinal match with the undefeated Australians should they get past Finland in tomorrow's quarterfinal.
Shooting: Jason Parker did not survive the qualification rounds for men's 50m 3-position rifle, but Matthew Emmons qualified in second place. His final round was fifth-best, slipping him to USA bronze behind South Korean Jonghyun Kim. The gold, and a new Olympic record for both qualification and the overall event, went to Italian Niccolo Campriana. In men's trap, Fehaid Aldeehani of Kuwait finished tied for third with Australian Michael Diamond before winning a shoot-off for the bronze; another shoot-off was required to determine the winner, and Croatian Giovanni Cernogoraz took the gold over Italy's Massimo Fabbrizi.
Swimming: Off the calendar until Thursday.
Synchronized Swimming: Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva placed 11th in the women's duets qualification free routine, and will move on to tomorrow's final.
Table Tennis: China took the second women's semifinal, rescheduled from yesterday, over South Korea in straight sets. In the men's semifinals, China halted Germany in four sets, while South Korea swept Hong Kong.
Volleyball: Men's group play ends; in group A, Australia beat Poland in four sets, Bulgaria swept Italy, and Argentina blanked the British; Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and Argentina are through to the quarterfinals. In group B, Russia whitewashed Serbia, Brazil swept Germany, and Team USA shut out Tunisia. Despite the loss, Germany joins Team USA, Russia, and Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Water Polo: In the only match that mattered as far as advancement to the quarterfinals, Australia easily handled the Greeks 13-8 and will join Croatia, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, and the USA in the quarters. In the other group A games, Croatia smoked Kazakhstan 12-4 and Italy knocked off Spain 10-7. In group B, Serbia drowned Romania 12-4, Montenegro crushed the British 13-4, and Team USA slipped up, losing 11-6 to Hungary.
Weightlifting: There was no American in the men's 105kg final, which was won by Ukrainian Oleksiy Torokhtiy. Navah Nasirshelal of Iran took silver, the bronze awarded to Poland's Bartlomiej Bonk.
Wrestling: Ellis Coleman was eliminated in the qualifications for the men's 60kg Greco-Roman event, losing to Ivo Serafimov Angelov of Bulgaria. The gold went to Iranian Omid Haji Noroozi, who defeated Revaz Lashkhi of Georgia in the final, Ryutaro Matsumoto of Japan shared the bronze with Russian Zaur Kuramagomedov. Chas Bettis won his qualification match in the 84kg against Keitani Graham of Micronesia, but bowed out in the 1/8 finals against Cuban Pablo Enrique Shorey Hernandez. Alan Khugaev of Russia beat Karam Ebrahim of Egypt for the gold; Damian Janikowski of Poland and Kazakhstan's Danyal Gajiyev shared the bronze (the first medal won by the Kazakhs this year that wasn't gold). In the 120kg, Dremiel Byers defeated Muminjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan in the 1/8 before falling to Turkey's Riza Kayaalf in the quarterfinals. Cuban Mijain Lopez Nunez beat Keiki Nabi of Estonia for gold; the bronze was shared by Kayaalf and Sweden's Johan Euren
MEDAL COUNT: The leaderboard looks familiar. China's in front with 64 medals, followed by the USA with 63. Russia's in third with 42, the British have 40, and then it's a big drop to Japan in fifth with 28. China also leads in gold with 31, the USA second with 29; then it's Britain at 18, South Korea at 11, and France with 8. Italy and Russia have broken free of the Kazakh shackles with seven, the Kazakhs still at six.
Tomorrow (all times Central):
Remember, all events available live streaming if you can get it to stop buffering. The broadcast details I give here are TV-specific. They also don't necessarily imply coverage of any particular competitor or team matchup unless specified.
Athletics: Tomorrow's slate, including two items directly relevant to our interests:
- 4:00am: Women's Javelin Qualification (Brittany Borman, Kara Patterson, Rachel Yurkovich)
- 4:10am: Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 (Jason Richardson, Jeff Porter, Aries Merritt; also, K-State's Jeffery Julmis competes for Haiti)
- 4:45am: Men's Triple Jump Qualification (Christian Taylor and long jump bronze medalist Will Claye)
- 4:55am: Women's 5000m Round 1 (Julie Culley, Molly Huddle, Kim Conley)
- 5:50am: Men's 200m Round 1 (Isiah Young, Maurice Mitchell, Wallace Spearmon)
- 1:00pm: Men's High Jump Final (Jamie Nieto, Jesse Williams, and K-State's Erik Kynard)
- 1:05pm: Women's Long Jump Qualification (Brittney Reese, Janay DeLoach, Chelsea Hayes)
- 1:15pm: Women's 100m Hurdles Semifinals (Kellie Wells, Dawn Harper, Lolo Jones)
- 1:45pm: Men's Discus Final (no Americans)
- 1:55pm: Men's 800m Semifinals (Nick Symonds, Duane Solomon)
- 2:25pm: Women's 200m Semifinals (Carmelita Jeter, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross)
- 3:00pm: Women's 100m Hurdles Final
- 3:15pm: Men's 1500m Final (Matt Centrowitz and Leo Manzano)
(tape delay: NBC 9-9:30am, 10:45-11am, 11:30am-noon, Primetime, and Late Night)
Basketball: The women's quarterfinals get underway, with Team USA facing Canada at 8am, Australia-China at 10:15, Turkey-Russia at 2pm, and France-Czech Republic at 4:15. (All games LIVE on NBC Specialty; USA-Canada NBCSN 8am, FRA-CZE NBCSN 4:15pm)
Beach Volleyball: The women's semifinals feature Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi at noon, while Jennifer Kessy and April Ross take on Brazilians Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva at 3pm. In the men's semifinals, Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego of Brazil meet Latvians Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins at 11am, and Belgians Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann take on the Dutch pair of Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil at 5pm.
Boxing: The quarterfinals in men's fly at 2:30 and men's welterweight at 3:30. Errol Spence, whose prior loss was overturned as noted above, faces Russan Andrey Zamkovoy at 4pm. (tape delay: CNBC 4-7pm)
Canoe/Kayak: Four more sprint events begin today. The men's 1k K4 heats are at 3:30am, with semifinals at 5:01, and the Men's 1k C2 is at 3:46 and 5:09. Neither event has American participation. The women's 500m K1 heats are at 4:07, with Carrie Johnson racing for the USA; the semis are at 5:30. No Americans in the women's 500m K2, though, which starts at 4:35, semis at 5:51. (LIVE: NBCSN 4-5:30am; tape delay: NBCSN 7:30-8am)
Cycling: Men's Keirin is today, with the first round at 4am, repechages at 5:19, the second round at 10:34, and the final at 11:57. No American rider in the event. Sarah Hammer continues her quest for the women's Omnium, with the 3k Individual Pursuit at 4:19, 10km Scratch at 10:07, and the medal-deciding 500m Time Trial at 10:53. The women's sprint semifinals are at 10am, with the finals at 11:26; no American here either. (LIVE: NBC 10:30-10:45am, noon-12:15pm)
Diving: Chris Colwell and Troy Dumais compete in the semifinals of the men's 3m springboard at 4am, with the final slated for 1pm. (tape delay: NBC 12:15-1pm, Late Night)
Equestrian: The individual dressage first round is tomorrow, with Jan Ebeling aboard Rafalca competing at 4:45am, Tina Konyot and Calecto V at 5:25, and Steffen Peters and Ravel at 5:52. Those three individual performances will also comprise Team USA's effort in the Team Dressage final. (LIVE: NBCSN 9:45-10:30am joined in progress)
Football: Mexico faces Japan at 11am in the first men's semifinal; South Korea meets Brazil at 1:45pm in the other. (Both games LIVE on NBC Specialty AND NBCSN)
Gymnastics: An America-free men's parallel bars final begins at 8am, followed by Gabby Douglas and Alex Raisman in the women's balance beam at 8:47. Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton go for gold in the men's horizontal bar final at 9:37, and Raisman is joined by Jordyn Wieber in the women's floor final at 10:23. (tape delay: NBC Primetime)
Handball: Women's quarterfinals include Brazil-Norway at 4am, Spain-Croatia at 7:30, Russia-South Korea at 11, and France-Montenegro at 2:30pm. (LIVE: Russia-South Korea NBCSN 12:45-1:45 joined in progress; tape delay: NBCSN 10:30-11am, 12:45-1:45pm.)
Hockey, Field: In group A, Australia meets Pakistan and Great Britain faces Spain in what are effectively quarterfinals as the winners of those matches move on to the semis. Argentina plays South Africa, and it doesn't matter. In group B, the Netherlands and Germany have advanced; the Dutch play South Korea, India takes on Belgium, and Germany squares off with New Zealand. (LIVE: South Korea-Netherlands NBCSN 3am)
Sailing: Tomorrow's events:
- Men's RS-X Medal Race: Dorian van Russelberge of the Netherlands is already assured of gold; Britain's Nick Dempsey, Germany's Toni Wilhelm, and Przemislaw Miarczynski of Poland will fight it out for the other two medals.
- Women's RS-X Medal Race: Spaniard Marina Alabau Neira just needs to finish in eighth place or better to win the gold; four others are capable of taking it from her should she finish in last place, and six others are in contention for silver and bronze.
- Men's 470 (9-10): McNay and Biehl try to claw back into the top ten, while the British and Australian crews hope to just go ahead and clinch gold and silver today -- though it's very likely they still won't know which of the two they're getting until Thursday's final.
- Women's 470 (7-8): Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan will try to avoid a repeat of Saturday's debacle and remain in position to compete in the medal race.
- Women's Elliott Quarterfinals: Team USA takes on Finland in a quarterfinal race at 9:05am. Australia meets the Dutch at 9, France-Spain is at 9:30, and Russia races the British at 9:35.
(Not televised today.)
Shooting: The gunplay has concluded for this Olympiad.
Swimming: Off day.
Synchronized Swimming: Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva compete in the women's duets finals at 9am. (tape delay: MSNBC 3-3:45pm)
Table Tennis: The bronze medal match in women's team is at 5am, with Singapore taking on South Korea. At 9:30, it's Japan meeting China for the gold. (tape delay: MSNBC 1-1:40pm)
Triathlon: The men's triathlon begins at 5:30am, with Manuel Huerta and Hunter Kemper competing for the USA. (LIVE: NBCSN 5:30-7:30am)
Volleyball: In the women's quarterfinals, it's Japan-China at 7am, Russia-Brazil at 9, USA-Dominican Republic at 1pm, and Italy-South Korea at 3. (LIVE: Japan-China and Russia-Brazil back-to-back MSNBC 8am; USA-Dominican Republic NBC 1pm, Italy-South Korea MSNBC 4:30pm joined in progress)
Water Polo: It's time for the women's semifinals, with Team USA meeting Australia at 9:30am and Hungary facing Spain at 1:40pm. Placement games will also take place, namely Italy-China at 8:10 and Russia-Great Britain at 12:20. (LIVE: NBC 9:30-10:30am; MSNBC 1:40-3pm)
Weightlifting: There is no American in the men's +105kg final, which begins at 9:30am and concludes at 1pm. (tape delay highlights: NBCSN 6-7pm)
Wrestling: Two men's Greco-Roman events tomorrow, both beginning with qualifications at 7am, 1/8 finals at 7:30, quarterfinals at 8:30, semifinals at 9, and repechage/bronze matches at 11:45. Justin Lester will face Tsutomu Fujimara of Japan in the 1/8 finals of the 66kg event, which concludes at 1:03pm. The 96kg final is at 1:48; no American is competing in this weight class. (tape delay: MSNBC 3:45-4:30pm)