Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics
American fencer Mariel Zagunis looks to win her third straight gold in sabre and Beijing champ Kristin Armstrong looks to defend her time trials title against Evelyn Stevens. Here’s what were watching on Day 5.
Men’s Gymnastics All-around – Kohei Uchimura is the man to beat after taking silver in Beijing four years ago. Americans John Orozco and Danell Leyva could fill the other two spots on the podium if they don’t fall apart like the men did at team finals Monday. They walked in as favorites and left in disappointing fashion, finishing fifth to the Chinese.
Women’s Fencing: Individual Sabre – American flagbearer Mariel Zagunis goes for the three-peat in women’s individual sabre. After winning improbable back-to-back golds she walks into London the favorite over Ukrainian Olga Kharlan and Russian Sophia Velikaia. Zagunis has quickly become the face of a sport few paid attention to prior to her success.
Road Cycling: Women’s and Men’s Time Trial – American Kristin Armstrong looks to defend her Beijing gold in the time trial, but will get stiff competition from compatriot upstart Evelyn Stevens. On the men’s side, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and fellow Brit Mark Cavendish look to rebound from a disappointing finish in the road race.
Men’s 3m Springboard Synchro Diving – Beijing gold medalist Qin Kai and new partner Luo Yutong are almost assured gold, but the American odd couple of 19-year-old Kristian Ipsen and 32-year-old veteran Troy Dumais could sneak into the medals if they nail a relatively easy dive list and hope the Russian pair misses in their attempt of the toughest.
Tennis Mixed Doubles – After an 88-year absence from the Olympics, mixed doubles makes a triumphant return when Americans Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond face Sara Errani and Andreas Seppi of Italy and Brit Andy Murray pairs up with Laura Robson, hoping to win gold for the home team when they face Czechs Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka.
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