Olympics 2012 TV Schedule: Top Events to Watch on Day 12

Adam Friedgood@AfriedgoodContributor IIIAugust 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  LeBron James #6 and Kevin Durant #5 of the United States react while taking on Tunisia during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Day 12 of the 2012 Olympic games brings a ton of exciting matchups.

Some of these events will be individuals or teams competing for gold or bronze medals.

Others are just another chance for these athletes to advance to the next round of their respective tournament in hopes of eventually reaching the medal rounds.

Here are the top, can’t miss, events on NBC on Day 12.


Men’s 200m Semifinal: 3:55 pm

The two male runners everyone wants to watch will be competing once again in the 200m Semifinal. 

These two are, of course, Jamaican standouts Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.

Heading into the Olympics, many people felt Blake had overtaken Bolt because of his dominance at the 2011 World Championships.

Bolt, however, proved to everyone that he is still the fastest man on the planet, winning the 100m gold medal in classic Usain Bolt fashion.

Both racers were on top of their Heat during Round 1 yesterday, but it is hard to judge who will come out on top in the Finals since neither needed to push themselves at all.

Expect to see both Jamaicans cruise to easy victories again tonight in their Semifinal races.


Men’s Basketball Quarterfinals: USA vs. Australia: 5:15 pm

Team USA hasn’t looked nearly as dominant in the last two games of group play as they did during their first three.

They are taking on an opponent in Australia though who didn’t have a great showing during group play. Australia finished with a 3-2 record and was led by a point guard, Patty Mills, who only played in 16 games in the NBA last season.

Mills has been a scoring machine during the Olympics, averaging 20.2 points per game, but he should be no match for the USA's trio of point guards—Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook.

If the Team USA wing players—LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony—take over the game and score at will like we know they are capable of, this should be another blowout victory for the Americans on their way to the Semifinals.


Women’s 200m Final: 4:00 pm

The women’s 200m Final is really a battle of the Americans. 

The three USA runners who will be competing in this event are Sanya Richards-Ross, Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix.

Sanya Richards-Ross has been the most dominant women’s runner in the London so far. Richards-Ross has a gold medal in the 400m and has finished first in every qualifying and Semifinal race along the way.

Carmelita Jeter has also won a medal here in London, taking home the silver in the 100m. Felix also reached the Finals of the 100m race, but fell just short of earning a medal.

The three Americans, who each finished in the top-five in the Semifinals, will be looking for a clean sweep during the Finals tonight. Two Jamaican runners, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will be looking to spoil this dream, however.

Do not miss this race, as it is sure to go down to the wire.


Women’s Beach Volleyball Finals: USA vs. USA: 4:00 pm

A battle of the Americans will be taking place in the gold medal match of the women’s beach volleyball tournament.

The two-time gold medal champs, Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh Jennings, will battle USA foes April Ross and Jen Kessy to see which team goes home with the gold and which will take the silver.

The defending champs are as confident as ever after only being defeated in one set so far during the Olympic games.

Yet the other USA duo is feeling pretty good about themselves as well since they just knocked out the No. 1 ranked team in the world from Brazil.

This three-peat will certainly not come easy for May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings, but you better believe they’ll be on their game in most likely their last Olympic match as a team. 


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