2012 Olympics: 5 Can't Miss Events for Aug. 8

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Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings go for their third straight gold

<p> Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings go for their third straight gold in today's beach volleyball final.</p>

Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 8, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:

1. Women's 200m Finals
The U.S. Big Three in the women's sprints — Carmelita Jeter, who won silver in the 100m; Sanya Richards-Ross, gold medalist in the 400m; and Allyson Felix, a two-time silver medalist in the 200 — have made their way through qualifying and will vie for a U.S. medals sweep in this thrilling event.

2. Women's Beach Volleyball Finals
It's an all-American final match, as Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings don the bikinis for what could be the last time in Olympic competition to take on April Ross and Jennifer Kessy. The veteran duo will have their hands full, but look for May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings to add to their legend with another gold.

3. Men's Decathlon
The unofficial title of World's Greatest Athlete is up for grabs, and Americans Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee will have a say, especially considering that Eaton set the world record in the U.S. Olympic trials. On tap today: 100 meters, the long jump, the shot put, the high jump and 400 meters

4. Men's Water Polo: U.S. vs. Croatia
The American men have their backs against the wall, having lost their last two matches and facing the tournament's top team, the Croatians, who have yet to lose a match in these games. The U.S. hasn't claimed gold in this event since 1904.

5. Men's Basketball: U.S. vs. Australia
The Aussies figure to offer little resistance to Team USA, although the Yanks have run hot and cold during these games. The best player Oz can muster is likely Patty Mills, a backup for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers.

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