SI's Daily Olympic Briefing: Aug. 9
LONDON -- He has changed our perception of what is possible, and today Usain Bolt can become the first man in history to win the Olympic 100 and 200 meters in consecutive Games. Do not bet against Superman. Bolt's main competition for the men's 200 final (3:55 p.m.) will be his countryman Yohan Blake, but as SI.com's
The men's 200 is the global highlight of a mega-day in London, especially for U.S. fans. Across the city, American teams can win gold, including a rematch of the most recent Women's World Cup final (Japan-U.S.) and the U.S. women's water polo team taking on Spain. Medals will also be awarded in boxing, canoe sprint, diving, sailing, swimming, taekwondo, and wrestling.
Prelims include women's high jump qualifying (4:30 a.m.), men's 4x400 relay opening round (6:35 a.m.) and women's 4x100 relay round (3:20 p.m.). The last time the U.S. won a medal other than gold in the 4x400 relay was silver in 1952. Since then, the U.S. has won 11 golds.
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