By Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics
American teams fight for the title in women’s beach, Felix hunts for gold in the 200m Final, and China looks to sweep table tennis for the second straight Olympics. Here’s what we’re watching on Day 12.
Women’s Beach Volleyball – Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings will go for the three-peat against compatriots Jen Kessy and April Ross in the women’s title match. The Athens and Beijing champs have only lost one set in their Olympic careers together, but will have a tough time against the 2009 world champs who upset the top seed.
Women’s 200m – American sprinter Allyson Felix has won back-to-back silver, but is finally the favorite for gold in London. She breezed into the finals and will face off against compatriot Sanya Richards-Ross, who is looking to pull the 200m/400m double like Michael Johnson did in 1996. Two-time gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown will also be a factor.
Men’s 110m hurdles – After Athens champ Liu Xiang of China failed to make it past hurdle one for the second straight Olympics, the field is open for Americans Jason Richardson and Aries Merrit, who can both run sub-13 seconds. They’ll face Beijing champ and world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba who hasn’t looked like himself for most of 2012.
Men’s K-1 1000m Canoe/Kayak – For British Eyes Only! Tim Brabants of Team GB won gold in Beijing, but barely scraped into the finals as Canadian Adam van Koeverden led the pack. He’ll be the favorite heading into the final, but will face stiff competition from Germany’s Max Hoff and Norway’s Eirik Larsen, who both finished sub-3:30 in the semis.
Table Tennis Men’s Team Final – China swept all five badminton golds and is looking to sweep table tennis for the second straight Games with a win in the men’s team finals. They’re facing a strong South Korean team, but should still make short work of them since Chinese teammates Zhang Jike and Wang Hao won individual gold and silver.
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