Olympics 2012 TV Schedule: Top Events You Can't Miss on Day 7 in London
Every single day of Olympic competition is chock full of exciting action, but Day 7 promises to be one of the most intriguing days of these London Games. With swimming continuing, track and field events getting started and countless other competitions taking place, it will be tough to keep track of everything as it occurs.
None of the top gold-medal events will be shown live in the United States due to the time difference, but all of them can be seen on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Primetime. It may not be ideal since it is difficult to avoid hearing the results over the course of the day, but there will be plenty worth watching later on.
Here are the three biggest events that you simply can't miss on Day 7 as all of them are sure to bring you to your feet.
Men's 100-Meter Butterfly
Michael Phelps' Olympic career is winding down, and the 100-meter butterfly could possibly represent his last chance to win a gold medal. Phelps has owned this event as he holds the world record, is the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist and posted a strong time in the heats.
He won't be able to blow away the field by any means, however. Not only will he have to deal with South Africa's Chad le Clos, but old nemesis Milorad Cavic of Serbia is a tough obstacle as well.
Le Clos shocked Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly as he came from behind to beat the greatest Olympian of all time by a fraction of a second. Cavic is the swimmer who nearly ended Phelps' quest for eight golds in Beijing as he led Phelps in the closing stages of the 100-meter butterfly before Phelps made a miraculous stretch for the wall and won by one one-hundredth of a second.
The London race could be similarly close, and it will be interesting to see if Phelps can come out on top again.
Men's Shot Put
Which Day 7 event are you most excited to watch?
Track and field gets started on Friday, and we won't have to wait long to see some medals handed out as the men's shot put final is scheduled to take place. This is an event that could very well be owned by the Americans as Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa have better personal best and season best throws than anyone else in the competition.
Cantwell was a silver medalist in Beijing, and at least one American man has won a shot put medal in each of the past seven Olympics. Cantwell is the slight favorite, but his American teammate in the form of Hoffa will be looking to knock him off.
Hoffa was the Olympic trials champion heading into Beijing, but he finished a disappointing seventh when the throws truly counted. He will obviously be desperate for redemption, and that should make for a competitive contest.
There are plenty of other contenders who could be in the mix as well, but this one will be all about Cantwell vs. Hoffa.
Women's 200-Meter Backstroke
Team USA has been a dominant force in swimming as it always is, but it will truly have a chance to flex its muscles in the women's 200-meter backstroke as teen sensation Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel are the co-favorites in the event. Franklin may have a slight edge, but it would be easy to see either coming out on top, and a gold-silver finish appears quite likely.
Backstroke is arguably Franklin's best discipline, as she won gold in the 100-meter back on Monday, but Beisel may be better in terms of stamina, as evidenced by her 400-meter individual medley silver medal. Franklin and Beisel will technically be going head-to-head, but that friendly competition will only benefit Team USA.
Perhaps Franklin vs. Beisel doesn't generate as much buzz as Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte, but it should be a marquee women's duel in the pool.
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