Recapping an Active Day 11 at the Olympics [SPOILER ALERT]
In the afternoon, Great Britain continued its dominance in track cycling on what was the final day in the velodrome. Sir Chris Hoy won his British record sixth Olympic gold by winning the men's keirin (that's the race where they are paced by a scooter for 6 laps, then sprint for 2). Then, Laura Trott came from behind on the last event of the six event omnium to win the gold over American Sarah Hammer. Hammer had a 2 point lead on Trott going into the last event, a 500 meter time trial. However, Trott won the time trial while Hammer finished 4th, giving Trott a one point win. Looking deeper though, it's obvious Trott deserved to win. While Hammer was consisted and finshed in the top five in every event and won one, Trott won three events and was top three in two more. Only a 10th in the points race by Trott even made this a contest.
The only blemish for the hosts in cycling today was the women's sprint, where Australia's Anna Meares beat her rival Victoria Pendleton in the final.
One of the my favorites parts of the Games is discovering sports you don't see in the interim, and for me this time around, it was track cycling. I'll miss it.
Diving Upset China had been dominating the diving competition so far, going five for five in gold medals. All expectations were they'd made it six in men's springboard. However, Ilya Zakharov of Russia had two great dives to end the competition, allowing him to upset the two Chinese, Qin Kai and He Chong.
Today in Handball It was women's quarterfinals day and everyone came to play, which each match being within three goals. Norway scored six of the final seven goals to beat Brazil 21-19. Spain defeated Croatia 25-22. South Korea held off a late run from Russia to win 24-23. Finally, in the big upset of the day, Montengero beat France, who hadn't lost a game in pool play, 23-22. Making it a bigger heartbreak for France was that they lost on a penalty shot called with no time left on the clock.
Medal Count Update Despite not winning on the diving board for once, China continues to pick up medals seemingly everywhere and thus continues to lead the United States: 73-70 in total medals, and 34-30 in gold medals. Great Britain and Russia are tied for third with 48 medals, but Team GB has many more golds than Russia, 22-10. Kazahkstan won a bronze medal in wresting yesterday, which I mention because that's their first non-gold medal of the Games. Their first six medals all came from the top step of the podium.
On Tap Tomorrow The women's 200 meter finals headlines with the track and field slate, aka Jamaica vs. the United States Part 3. Medals will also be awarded in the men's 110 meter hurdles, women's 400 meter hurdles, and the women's long jump. Tomorrow also marks the men's 200 semis, and the first day of the decathlon. With world record holder Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee, the US has two great chances to win the competition.
Women's beach volleyball concludes with the gold medal match. Either Misty May and Kerri Walsh will win their third straight gold, or April Ross and Jen Kessy will become the new it girls of the beach.
Team USA basketball face Australia in the men's quarterfinals, starting at around 5:15 pm eastern. The other three matches are Russia-Lithuania, France-Spain, and Brazil-Argentina. The other team sports with quarterfinal action tomorrow are as follows:
Men's handball: Iceland-Hungary, Spain-France, Sweden-Denmark, Croatia-Tunisia
Men's volleyball: Argentina-Brazil, USA-Italy (11:00 am eastern), Poland-Russia, Bulgaria-Germany
Men's water polo: Spain-Montenegro, Australia-Serbia, Italy-Hungary, Croatia-USA (3:00 pm eastern)
Women's field hockey has its semifinals between Netherlands-New Zealand and Argentina-Great Britain.
Elsewhere, women's boxing holds its semifinals. Claressa Shields and Marlen Esparaza will fight for the United States. Cycling moves from the track to BMX. Finally, we say goodbye to equestrian and table tennis and hello to taekwondo.