Olympics 2012: What to Watch Sunday
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!
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The Mexican men's soccer team won gold in a 2-1 David and Goliath match against Brazil.
Usain Bolt struck a third time, leading Jamaica to gold over Team USA in the men's 4x100m relay.
Under-23 world champion Julie Bresset simply rode away from the competition in the women's mountain bike final, finishing more than a minute ahead of defending gold medalist Sabine Spitz (Germany). Team USA's Georgia Gould took bronze.
The American women's basketball team routed France 86-50 in the gold medal final, winning their fifth straight Olympics.
As expected, the American women's 4x400m relay team dismantled the competition, beating second-place Russian by nearly 3.5 seconds. See the photo finish:
Sanya Richards-Ross brings home the women's 4x400m relay gold.
Kenyan-born American runner Bernard Lagat missed medaling in the men's 5000m by less than a second. British superstar Mo Farah—training partner of American Galen Rupp—won the race in 13:41.66.
Brazil beat Team USA 3-1 in the women's volleyball final, then celebrated in a way that the American women found distasteful (picture somersaults and lots of silly girl dancing—even on the podium).
WHAT TO WATCH SUNDAY
Track & Field—Men's Marathon (6-9am, NBC)
U.S. Track & Field is one medal away from its 2012 goal of 29 medals. Now it's up to Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdiraham to see if they can make the top three over the 26.2-mile race and deliver for Team USA.
Cycling—Men's Mountain Bike (8:30-10am, MSNBC) *This is NOT on broadcast.
Frenchman Julien Absalon, the two-time defending Olympic champ, is the heavy favorite in this rolling race over London's manmade mountains.
Basketball—Men's Final (10am-12:30pm, NBC)
In a rematch of the Beijing final, Team USA aims to once again overcome Spain's size with speed and raw, NBA-grown talent.
Wrestling—Men's 96kg Freestyle Final (2:45-4pm, NBC)
Coached by 2004 gold medalist Cael Sanderson, two-time NCAA champion Jake Varner goes for his own gold—and a sweet $250,000 bonus from USA Wrestling—in today's final against Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine.
Closing Ceremony (8:30-11:58pm, NBC)
The Spice Girls are reuniting for this bonanza. Need we say more?