(Jon sits, staring blankly at his monitor. He seems listless; perhaps even comatose. Slowly, he lifts his hand to the desk, and clicks a button, then lapses back into torpor.)
Today's Olympic WTF?: "WTF happened with the official finish of the Heptathlon the Saturday?" As you may recall, Germany's Lilli Schwarzkopf was initially disqualified in the final event, the 800m, for breaking lane too early. That disqualification seemingly gave Russia's Tatyana Chernova the silver and Lyudmyla Yosypenko of Ukraine the bronze, and left Austra Skujyte in fourth, a mere 19 points off the medal stand. That's how things stood when we went to bed Saturday night, but apparently sometime before the medal ceremony IIAF and IOC officials took another look at things and rescinded Schwarzkopf's DQ. That gave her back the silver that she'd seemingly had yoinked away from her, dropping Chernova to bronze and Yosypenko to a hearty congratulations and a "good job, good effort". So what actually happened? The officials got confused. It wasn't Schwarzkopf who broke lane, but the runner one lane further to the outside. Even at that, upon review the officials decided the infraction wasn't enough to disqualify anyone at all.
Here's your recap of Day 12 and guide to day 13:
Athletics: In field event qualifications, Brad Walker was the only American to qualify for the men's pole vault final, as Jeremy Scott fell just short on placement due to prior misses and Derek Miles failed to even clear the starting 5.20m mark. None of the American women -- Jessica Cosby, Amber Campbell, and Amanda Bingson -- were able to advance in the women's hammer throw, nor were Cyrus Hostetler, Sean Furey, or Craig Kinsley in the men's javelin. Shannon Rowbury and Morgan Uceny qualified for Friday's women's 1500m final; Jennifer Simpson did not.
On the track, all three Americans will be in the men's 5000m final as Lopez Lomong, Galen Rupp, and Bernard Lagat all qualified. Alysia Johnson-Montano, Alice Schmidt, and Geena Gall all move on to the semifinals of the women's 800m tomorrow as well. In the men's 200 semis, only Wallace Spearmon advanced to the final as Isiah Young and Maurice Mitchell came up short.
Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt won their semifinal heats in the 110m hurdles, but Jeff Porter failed to advance. In the final, they won USA GOLD and silver when Merritt outran Richardson and the bronze medalist Hanlse Parchment of Jamaica. In the women't long jump, it was USA GOLD and bronze; Brittney Reese topped Russian Elena Sokolova and teammate Janay DeLoach. Lashinda Demus grabbed USA silver in the women's 400m hurdles, finishing behind Russian Natalya Antyukh; Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the bronze. Georgeanne Moline was fifth, T'Erea Brown sixth. Closing the medal events, Allyson Felix led another USA GOLD and bronze performance in the women's 200m, beating Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and teammate Carmelita Jeter to the tape. Sanya Richards-Ross was fifth.
Finally, Ashton Eaton is tearing apart the decathlon after day one, holding a completely stupid 220-point lead over teammate Trey Hardee. Canada's Damian Warner's currently 55 points back of Hardee in third, and the pack narrows behind him. K-State alum Darius Draudvila, competing for Lithuania, didn't have a great day; he's currently 18th, but even that that he's almost closer to the bronze medal than Warner is to Eaton, and by that I mean "he would be closer if only he'd thrown the shot put three inches further." So, yeah, Eaton's got a bit of a lead.
Basketball: The men's quarterfinals begin, with Russia ending Lithuania's historic run of never in their entire history as an independent nation missing the medal round by knocking them off 83-74. Spain eliminated France 66-59, Argentina kinda tiptoed by Brazil 82-77, and Team USA absolutely steamrolled Australia 119-86.
Beach Volleyball: The all-American women's final -- which obviously means USA GOLD and silver -- went to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings, who beat their teammates Jen Kessy and April Ross in straight sets. The bronze medal was won by Brazilians Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva, preventing the Chinese from another medal as they beat Chen Xue and Xi Zhang 2-1.
Boxing: Hey, guys, look! USA Boxing finally has a medal! Two, in fact, though only one is official at the moment. Marlen Esparza lost 10-8 to China's Ren Cancan the women's fly semifinals, thus earning USA bronze along with India's Chungneijang Hmangte, who lose 11-6 to Briton Nicole Adams. In the lightweight class, Ireland's Katie Taylor defeated Mavzuna Chorieva 17-9 and Russia's Sofya Ochigava won a 17-11 decision over Brazilian Adriana Araujo; Chorieva and Araujo win bronze. Claressa Shields won her middleweight semifinal bout against Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova 29-15 to ensure at least a silver tomorrow; her opponent will be Russian Nadezda Torlopova, who won 12-10 and consigned China's Li Jinzi to bronze along with Volnova. The men's fly, light welterweight, light heavyweight quarterfinals were also today, and I'm still not bothering until the semifinals because I'm just that petty.
Canoe/Kayak: Erik Veras Larsen of Norway won the men's 1k K1, with Canadian Adam van Koeverden taking silver and German Max Hoff the bronze. Germany's Sebastian Brendel captured the men's 1K C1, David Cal Figueroa of Spain winning the silver and the bronze going to Canada's Mark Oldershaw. In the men's 1k K2, the Hungarian pair of Rudolf Dombi and Roland Kokeny were a mere .053 seconds swifter than Fernando Pimenta and Emanuel Silva of Portugal; Germans Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle earned bronze. Finally, Hungary took gold in the women's 500m K4 with Germany winning the silver and Belarus the bronze. There were no Americans in any of today's events.
Cycling: Brook Crain crashed in the seeding run for women's BMX, and did not finish; Alise Post grabbed the eight seed. Both will still compete in Friday's semifinals, however. In the men's seedings, Connor Fields was 4th, Nic Long 7th, and David Herman 15th; they too all advance.
Diving: Brittany Viola and Katie Bell both advanced in the preliminaries for women's 10m platform, and will dive tomorrow.
Equestrian: Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, riding Nino des Buissonnets, won the gold in the individual jumping final, with Gerco Schroder and London of the Netherlands taking silver and Ireland's Cian O'Connor aboard Blue Loyd 12 earning bronze. American Rich Fellers on Flexible finished eighth and took part in the final jump; McLain Ward on Antares tied for 29th, coming up short of the final event.
Football: Off day before the medal matches.
Handball: Hungary shocked medal favorites Iceland 34-33 in overtime in the first men's quarterfinal this morning. France edged Spain 23-22, Sweden knocked off Denmark 24-22, and Croatia slipped by Tunisia 25-23.
Hockey, Field: In the women's semifinal round, Japan took ninth place with a 2-1 overtime win over South Africa, and Germany claimed seventh by beating South Korea 4-1. The Dutch defeated New Zealand 2-2 (3-1 in a shootout) in the first semifinal, followed by Argentina getting revenge for the Falklands with a 2-1 win over Great Britain.
Sailing: Three events today:
- Women's 470: Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan finished 17th and 9th in today's final pair of preliminary races in Women's 470; that leaves them in ninth place overall, and they will race in Friday's medal race, though they've got no chance of medaling. New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are assured of gold and silver in some form, and whichever crew has the better finish Friday gets the gold since they finish the 10-race preliminaries dead even at 33 points each. France, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Australia remain mathematically alive for bronze, though it's the Europeans with the reasonable shot to medal.
- Men's 49er: Australian's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen only needed to finish the race to take the gold in men's 49er, and they did, finishing fourth. The same was true for New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke for the silver; they finished second. Denmark's Alan Norregaard and Peter Lang finished third, which was enough (by two places) to claim the bronze ahead of race winners Nico Delle Karth and Nikolaus Resch of Austria.
- Women's Elliott: Finland eliminated the USA 3-1 to move on to the semifinals, as did Australia over the Netherlands. Spain swept France, while Russia needed a fifth race to dispose of Great Britain.
Swimming: Off day.
Synchronized Swimming: Off day.
Table Tennis: China swept South Korea to claim the gold in men's team. Germany took the bronze, three sets to one over Hong Kong.
Taekwondo: In the women's -49kg event, China's Wi Jingyu took gold with a win over Spain's Brigitte Yague Enrique. Croatian Lucija Zaninovic and Chanatip Sonkham of Thailand shared bronze. In the men's -58kg, it was Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain earning the gold by beating Daehoon Lee of South Korea; the bronze medals went to Russia's Alexey Denisenko and Oscar Munoz Oviedo of Colombia.
Volleyball: In the men's quarterfinals, Brazil swept Argentina, Italy stunned Team USA 3-0, Russia blanked Poland, and Bulgaria shut out Germany.
Water Polo: Men's quarterfinals here as well, with Montenegro beating Spain 11-9, Serbia upending Australia 11-8, Italy nipped Hungary 11-9, and Croatia absolutely flattened Team USA 8-2.
Wrestling: American Clarissa Chun defeated Zhao Shasha of China in a 48kg qualifying match, then lost to Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan in the 1/8 stage; as Stadnyk reached the final, Chun then went to the repechage, defeating Poland's Iwona Matkowska, before defeating Ukrainian Irini Merleni to win USA bronze. Carol Hyunh of Canada took the other bronze, while Stadnyk lost the gold medal match to Japan's Hitori Obara. In the 63kg class, Elena Pirozhkov lost in the 1/8 stage to Latvian Anastasija Grigorjeva, who was then eliminated in the quarterfinals to ensure Pirozhov's day was done. Russian Lubov Volosova and Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia shared the bronze; Japan's Kaori Icho completed the Japanese gold-medla sweep of the day with a win over China's Jing Ruixue.
MEDAL COUNT: Today, the USA kicked China's asses, winning the overall medal count 11-4 and the gold tally by one. That leaves the USA out in front 81-77 overall; Russia's third with 52, the British fourth with 48, and then a long fall to fifth and sixth where Germany and Japan have 32 and 31 respectively. China still leads in golds 36-34, but there's a couple of basketball teams that should close that gap nicely. Britain's third with 22, followed by South Korea at 12 and Russia at 11.
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:
- 3:00am: DECATHLON: 110m Hurdles (Ashton Eaton and Troy Hardee; also, K-State alum Darius Draudvila competes for Lithuania)
- 3:30am: Women's High Jump Qualification (Brigetta Barrett, Chaunte Lowe, Amy Acuff)
- 3:55am: DECATHLON: Discus Throw
- 5:35am: Men's 4x400m Relay Round 1 (US squad TBD)
- 6:55am: DECATHLON: Pole Vault
- 12:30p: DECATHLON: Javelin Throw
- 1:20am: Men's Triple Jump Final (Jason Richardson, Jeff Porter, and Aries Merritt)
- 1:30pm: Women's 800m Semifinals (Alysia Johnson-Montano, Alice Schmidt, and Geena Gall)
- 2:00pm: Men's 800m Final (Nick Symonds and Duane Solomon)
- 2:20pm: Women's 4x100m Relay Round 1 (US squad TBD)
- 2:55pm: Men's 200m Final (Isiah Young, Maurice Mitchell, and Wallace Spearmon)
- 3:00pm: Women's Javelin Throw Final (no Americans)
- 3:20pm: DECATHLON: 1500m (FINAL)
(tape delay: NBC 11-11:45am, Primetime, and Late Night)
Basketball: Team USA takes on Australia in the first women's semifinal at 11am. At 3pm, Russia meets France in the other. (Both games LIVE on NBC Specialty, USA-AUS NBCSN 11am, RUS-FRA MSNBC 3pm; tape delay: repeats on NBC Specialty, USA-AUS at 1pm and 7pm, RUS-FRA at 5pm and 9pm)
Beach Volleyball: The men's bronze medal match pitting Latvians Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins against Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil of the Netherlands is at 1pm; the gold medal match will be at 3pm with Brazlians Alison Cerutta and Emanuel Rego facing Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann. (LIVE: NBC 3pm, which NBC claims is the bronze madal match, so there's a problem; tape delay: NBC Primetime, where NBC claims they'll be showing the gold medal match.)
Boxing: The finals in women's fly, lightweight, and middleweight are tomorrow at 10:30, 10:45, and 11:15am respectively. The fly final pits China's Ren Cancan against Great Britain's Nicola Adams; Russian Sofiya Ochigava takes on Katie Taylor of Ireland in the lightweight final, and the middleweight bout features American Claressa Shields against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova. (tape delay: CNBC 4-7pm)
Canoe/Kayak: Finals in the men's 1k K2 at 3:30am, the men's 1K K4 at 3:48, the women's 500m K1 at 4:08, and the women's 500m K2 at 4:35. No Americans in the water. (tape delay: NBC noon-12:30pm)
Cycling: David Herman, Connor Fields, and Nic Long compete in the men's quarterfinals at 9am. (tape delay: NBC Primetime)
Diving: Brittany Viola and Katie Bell compete in the semifinals of the women's 10m platform event starting at 4am. The final starts at 1pm. (tape delay: NBC Primetime)
Equestrian: The individual dressage final starts at 6:30am, with Steffen Peters riding Ravel for the USA. (LIVE: NBC 8-10am)
Football: Canada takes on the French for the bronze at 7am, followed by Team USA going for gold against Japan at 1:45pm. (LIVE: Both games air on both NBC Specialty and NBCSN at 7am and 1:30pm. The bronze medal game will be replayed on NBC Specialty at 8:45am and 11am; the gold at 4:30pm.)
Gymnastics: Qualifications for the individual all-around start at 6am with Julie Zetlin repping the US. The group all-around competition begins at 8:50; Team USA is not a participant.(tape delay: NBC Late Night)
Handball: Norway takes on South Korea in the morning women's semifinal at 11am, while Spain clashes with Montenegro at 2:30pm in the other. (LIVE: MSNBC 11am-12:30pm.)
Hockey, Field: Early in the morning in men's action, we've got the 9-10 placement game between Argentina and New Zealand at 2:30am, and the 7-8 game at 5:30 between South Korea and Pakistan. At 9:30, the Germans meet Australia in the first semifinal, followed at 2pm by the Netherlands and Great Britain. (LIVE: MSNBC 10-11am; tape delay: NBCSN 5-6:30pm)
Sailing: Tomorrow we've got the sail-offs for 5th-8th place in women's Elliott with the USA against the Dutch and France against the British, and the medal race in Men's 470, featuring the British/Australian showdown for the gold and a scrum for the bronze. (Not televised today.)
Swimming: At 6am, the women's 10k Marathon begins with Haley Anderson swimming for the USA. (NOT QUITE SURE IF LIVE: NBC 10:45-11am, 11:45am-noon)
Synchronized Swimming: The technical routine for the team competition starts at 9am; Team USA did not qualify for the Olympics. (LIVE: NBCSN 9-9:45am)
Table Tennis: Sorry, kids, no more ping-pong.
Taekwondo: Women's -57kg and men's -68kg weight classes tomorrow. As they did today, the women's preliminaries kick off at 3am, with quarterfinals at 9, semifinals at 11, repechage and bronze medal matches at 2pm, and the gold medal match at 4:15; the men's bouts take place 15 minutes after each of those listed times (i.e., they alternate). In the men's bracket, Terrence Jennings faces Turkey's Servet Tazegul in a preliminary at 3:15am; Diana Lopez will meet China's Hou Yuzhou at 6:30am in the preliminary round of the women's event. (tape delay: MSNBC 12:30-1:30pm)
Volleyball: Team USA takes on South Korea in the first women's semifinal at 9am, followed by Brazil-Japan at 1:30pm. (LIVE: USA-KOR NBC 9am, BRA-JAP MSNBC 1:30pm)
Water Polo: In the morning, the 7-8 placement match between Italy and Great Britain is at 8:30, followed by the 5-6 game between China and Russia at 9:30. Australia gets after Hungary in the first semifinal at 12:40pm, and then Team USA takes on Spain at 2pm. (LIVE: Semifinals back-to-back on NBC from 12:30-3pm)
Wrestling: Two women's Freestyle events tomorrow, both beginning with qualifications at 7am, 1/8 finals at 7:25, quarterfinals at 8:25, semifinals at 9, and repechage/bronze matches at 11:45. The 55kg event, in which Kelsey Campbell will enter at the 1/8 stage against Japan's Saori Yoshida, concludes at 1:03pm; Ali Sue Bernard meets Swede Jenny Fransson in the qualifying round of the 72kg, with the final at 1:48. (tape delay: NBCSN 9:45-11am, 1-1:30pm, 4-5pm)