El Tri is Coming It was not a good day for fans of the US soccer team. In the men's gold medal match, Mexico scored just 29 seconds in, and added another in the 75th minute to seemingly sink Brazil. However, Brazil wouldn't give up, and Hulk scored in the 91st minute to make it 2-1. A few minutes later, right at the end of the match, it looked like Brazil would tie it up when Oscar was found in the box wide open. Unfortunately, Oscar somehow missed the wide open header, and the match ended immediately after. What's disconcerting for US fans is that this was an under-23 tournament primarily. While our top rivals Mexico won the thing and showed how dangerous they will be in the future, we didn't even qualify, and in fact choked away our oppoturnity to do so. It's not a good comparsion.
Today in Handball In the women's gold medal match, Norway faced off against tournament Cinderella Montenegro. The goalie for Montenegro was fantastic, saving 40% of shots faced (very good for handball), but it wasn't enough. The favored Norwegians led throughout and won the match and the gold medal 26-23. Montenegro can console themselves with the fact that they won their first Olympic medal as an independent nation.
In the bronze medal match, Spain defeated South Korea 31-29 in double overtime.
There was one other team sport final today. Germany defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in men's field hockey. I note this because the Dutch coach's name is Paul van Ass. Seriously.
Modern Pentathlon Update Because I know you care, the men's modern pentathlon was today. How it works is after the fencing, swimming, and show jumping parts, the field sets off on a combined cross country run with stations to shoot at 5 targets with a laser gun. The start is staggered based on the amount of points earned the first three events, with the leader going first and everyone else going on at certain intervals. David Svoboda of the Czech Republic started the run first, followed immediately by Zhongrong Cao of China. Cao was the better shooter this day, but Svoboda ran him down in the end and took the gold medal. Cao won the silver, Asia's first ever medal in modern pentathlon, and Adam Marosi of Hungary took the bronze. America Dennis Bowsher finished 32nd.
Medal Count Update USA! USA! It's obvious now that we will win the medal count, regardless of whether it's total medals or gold medals. The US leads China 102-87 in total medals, and 44-38 in golds. Great Britain remains third place in golds with 28, while Russia remains third in total medals with 78. A fuller analysis of the medal count will come tomorrow.
On Tap Tomorrow It's the final day, and you better get up early, since everything starts early in order to be done i time for the closing ceremonies. Since there isn't much left, here's the entire schedule for tomorrow (all times Eastern).
Team USA and Spain play for the gold medal in men's basketball at 10:00 am, a rematch of the Beijing final. I don't think I have to tell you what's at stake there. Argentina and Russia will play for bronze at 6:00 am.
The men's marathon traditionally concludes track and field, if not the entire Games themselves. The latter won't happen, since it's starts at 6 am, but it's still a symbol that it's almost over. Will Kenya finally win gold in an event you'd think they'd dominate?
Handball concludes with the men's gold medal game between France and Sweden at 10:00 am. Hungary and Croatia play for bronze at 6:00 am. The men's volleyball gold medal game pits Russia and Brazil at 8:00 am, and men's water polo has its gold medal match at 10:50 am between Croatia and Italy.
Gold medal boxing bouts in the flyweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight, and super heavyweight classes begin at 8:30 am. The men's mountain bike race begins at 8:30 am as well, as does the team rhythmic gymanstics competition if you are interested for some reason. Wrestling ends with the men's 66 kg and 96 kg freestyle classes. The gold medal matches are expected to start a little after 9 am.
Finally, 16 days after the women's 10 meter air rifle awarded the first Olympic medals of the 2012 Games, the final medals of the Games will come in the women's modern pentathlon. The competition takes most of the morning, but the final running/shooting combination that will decide the winner will start at around 1:00 pm eastern. The closing ceremonies begin around 4:00 pm eastern and will be streamed online by NBC if you are interested and can actually get the site to work.
Day 15 Olympic Recap