Olympics 2012: What to Watch Monday

Staff Writer
Highlights from Sunday's action, plus what's worth watching today

Because the Olympics are too HUGE to watch them all...we're breaking down each day’s broadcast coverage to bring you an action-packed daily blueprint that is sure to capture the drama and pageantry, the inspiring successes and (hilarious, we hope) disappointments that make the Olympics so special. So grab the remote control, pull up an easy chair and let the games begin!

The naysayers were put to rest last night when Jamaica's Usain Bolt set a new Olympic record—9.63 seconds—on his way to winning the 100m dash. Fellow countryman Yohan Blake crossed the line 0.12 seconds later, and American Justin Gatlin won bronze, in 9.79 seconds. Tyson Gay finished fourth...and wept.

Britain's Andy Murray thrilled his hometown crowd in a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Swiss phenom Roger Federer in the gold medal match of men's singles tennis. It was a huge win for Murray, who'd previously lost three Grand Slam finals to Federer, including Wimbledon just last month.

Sanya Richards-Ross finally struck gold in the women's 400m, running 49.55 seconds. Britain's Christine Ohuruogu came in at 49.70, and American DeeDee Trotter took bronze in 49.72. It was vindication for the injury-prone Richards-Ross, who struggled to a bronze in Beijing.

Serena and Venus Williams won their third tennis doubles gold medal yesterday, taking down the Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4. With the win, Serena doubled in singles and doubles, repeating Venus' 2000 Sydney Olympics feat.

Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius (South Africa) failed to qualify for the 400m finals, but was still celebrated as a hero by both spectators and fellow competitors.

Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana ran sub-5:30 miles for 26.2 straight miles to win gold—and set an Olympic record—in the women's marathon. Americans Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher ran near-PRs to finish 10-11, respectively.

In the men's steeplechase, Evan Jager (USA) finished a disappointing sixth. It was won by (surprise!) Kenyan Ezekial Kemboi in a time of 8:18.56.

Track & Field—Women's 100m Hurdles Qualifying Heats (10-10:30am, NBC)
This is your first chance to see Lolo Jones in action at this Olympics. Need we say more?

Gymnastics—Apparatus Finals (8pm-12am, NBC)
Individual event finals in men's rings and vault, plus women's uneven bars (where Gabby Douglas hopes to earn her third gold of the London Games).

Track & Field—Men's 400m Hurdles (8pm-12am, NBC)
Three of eight finalists are American, including Kerron Clement, Angelo Taylor and Michael Tinsley.