USA Hoops faces its toughest test, Emmons aims for redemption, and the U.S. men look for revenge against the kings of water polo in a rematch of Beijing’s gold medal game. Here’s what we’re watching on Day 10.
Men’s Basketball: USA vs. Argentina – USA Hoops faced their first real test against Lithuania Saturday, but Monday’s matchup against Argentina, who the U.S. beat by only six in a tune-up, will be even tougher. Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola play an aggressive style that could cripple the U.S., but Kevin Durant and Co. should be better prepared.
Men’s Shooting: 50m Three-position rifle – Matt Emmons looks for redemption in an event he’s twice failed to win when gold was all but a lock in his final round. In 2004 Emmons took aim at the wrong target, dropping him to eighth. In ’08 his gun went off early and he missed medaling again. Still the favorite, Emmons will hope his aim is true on Monday.
Men’s Water Polo – The U.S. men face off in a 2008 gold medal game rematch against Hungary, a country as dominant at water polo as any country is at anything. They’re going for their fourth straight and tenth overall gold in the sport, but the U.S., led by captain Tony Azevedo, will hope for revenge against the juggernauts who are surprisingly 2-2 in group play.
Men’s 400m Hurdles - Three American men will compete for the 400m hurdles podium Monday night, with Angelo Taylor coming in as a three-time Olympic gold medalist, Kerron Clement entering as the double world champion, and Michael Tinsley as the unknown upstart who could surprise the field, as could young Brit David Greene.
Women’s Gymnastics: Uneven Bars – For British Eyes Only! Gabby Douglas may be the new queen of gymnastics after winning the all-around, but Beth Tweddle is a two-time world champ in uneven bars and should win gold if she can hit her routine. If not, Russia’s Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina will be ready to take her top spot on the London podium.