By Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics
Phelps swims for his 22nd medal in the last race of his career, Misty and Kerri dig in for the knockout round, and a Golden Slam is on the line at the All England Club. Here’s what were watching on Day 8.
Men’s 400m IM Relay – Michael Phelps swims for his 18th gold Saturday in the final race of his Olympic career. He’s aiming for his third three-peat in as many days when he swims the butterfly leg of the relay, which the American’s are favored in. Three of the men, Phelps, Nathan Adrian, and Matt Grevers, won individual gold in their respective stroke.
Women’s Beach Volleyball – Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings lost the first set of their shared Olympic career Wednesday night, but fought back for the three-set victory against the Austrians. Now the back-to-back champs will take on the Dutch duo of Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel, who took the other American pair to three sets in prelims.
Women’s Tennis Finals – Serena WIlliams and Maria Sharapova square off for the Olympic Title Saturday on the All England Club’s famous grass, and both have a shot at becoming only the second woman ever to complete the career Golden Slam. Williams won at Wimbledon a month ago and has beat Sharapova every time they’ve met since 2004.
Men’s 10,000m – For British Eyes Only! Mo Farah was born in Somalia, lives in Oregon, but runs for Team GB and looks to win the 10,000m after taking sivler at the world championships last year. Back-to-back Olympic champ and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia has been injured for two years, but says he’s now healthy enough to win.
Women’s Triathlon – American Gwen Jorgensen will dive into the eerie water of London’s Hyde Park with 55 other women to start one of the most grueling events on the Olympic schedule. She’ll swim roughly a mile, then bike 40,000 meters, and finally run another 10,000 meters on the same course she took silver on during a test event last year.