2012 Summer Olympics: 5 Biggest Events on Day 9 in London

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IAugust 5, 2012

2012 Summer Olympics: 5 Biggest Events on Day 9 in London

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    Day 9 of the 2012 Summer Olympics is sizing up to be a sizzling one.

    With there being track and field, gymnastics, tennis, beach volleyball and basketball action, just to name a few, viewers have a lot of options as to what they would like to watch.

    However, there are five marquee events on tap for today that everyone needs to tune in to.

    Here are the five biggest events of Day 9 at the Olympics in London. 

No. 5: Men's Floor Exercise Final

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    This past Wednesday, Kohei Uchimura cemented himself as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, when he finished this Olympic cycle by going 4-of-4 in major competitions in the all-around event.

    Uchimura looked unstoppable that day and made zero major mistakes en route to an easy gold medal. 

    Sunday gives viewers a chance to watch him compete for a floor exercise gold, where he will face stiff competition from defending Olympic champion Zou Kai and silver medalist in the all-around, Marcel Nguyen.

    American athlete Jake Dalton also figures to be in the conversation for a medal, considering that he placed fourth in qualifications.

    Action begins in the morning at 9 ET.

No. 4: Women's Vault Final

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    Many gymnastics pundits and enthusiasts have said that United States team member McKayla Maroney will take home the gold medal if she sticks her landing.

    This is probably true, considering that Maroney has the highest starting difficulty of all her competitors. In the team final, she hit a basically perfect vault that scored a 16.233.

    While Maroney is the clear favorite in the event, Romanian Sandra Izbasa and Russian Maria Paseka should factor into the equation for gold if the American does fall, and for the silver and bronze medals in general.

    In any case, it's always great to see a young Olympian performing in an event that they are flat-out dominant in.

    Tune in at 9:50 a.m. ET to see Maroney vault into glory.

No. 3: Men's Tennis Gold- and Bronze-Medal Matches

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    Both the gold- and bronze-medal matches on the men's side are tantalizing matchups that are must-see TV.

    For the bronze medal, reinvigorated Juan Martin Del Potro takes on Novak Djokovic. Del Potro lost to Federer in the semifinals of the tournament in three sets, with the decider stretching to 23-21.

    To end men's singles action comes a rematch of the Wimbledon final a few weeks ago. Andy Murray, who has somehow gained loads of confidence over the past few weeks, will look to exact revenge on Roger Federer, who beat him in four sets to win his seventh Wimbledon title.

    The bronze medal match is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. ET, while the gold will start at 9 a.m. ET. However, the gold could be moved further back if other matches extend longer. 

No. 2: Women's 400-Meter Track and Field Final

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    The 400-meter is considered one of the most grueling track and field events, just because it requires endurance and sprinting ability in the same race.

    American Sanya Richards-Ross has long been a contender to win gold, but fell short in Beijing when she faded down the stretch during the race.

    Richards-Ross settled for the bronze medal, but won the 4x400-meter relay along with her teammates. This time, she is chasing individual glory.

    It won't be an easy fight for the American sprinter, considering that reigning world champion Amantle Montsho is in the field, along with Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills, who had the leading time in the semifinals.

    Tune in at 4:10 p.m. ET to see if Richards-Ross can finally pick up that elusive individual gold medal.

No. 1: Men's 100-Meter Final

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    When it comes down to it, there is no better event than the 100-meter men's final.

    Crowning "The World's Fastest Man" has always been an electrifying final, including the one in 2008, when Usain Bolt beat the world record, even though he celebrated prematurely.

    In 2009, nobody posed a threat to Bolt, and he cruised in the World Championships, cutting his world record to 9.58 seconds.

    However, able competitors have risen, including countryman Yohan Blake, the reigning world champion and winner of the 100-meter at the Jamaican trials.

    Watch out for Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, both of whom are looking for redemption in their own ways.

    The one problem that could impede all of these great competitors from competing with each other is if they do not qualify for the final.

    Semifinal action begins at 2:45 p.m. ET, while the final closes the night at 4:50 p.m. ET.