2012 Olympics: 5 Can't-Miss Events for Aug. 9

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are the favorites in today's 200-meter dash in London.

<p> Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are the favorites in the 200-meter dash in London on August 9.</p>

Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 9, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:

1. Men's 200m Finals
This 19-second thrill ride offers Usain Bolt another occasion to state his case as history's greatest sprinter. After practically cartwheeling to the finish line in the preliminaries, Bolt should maintain focus through the entire race this time in an attempt to stave off countryman and sidekick Yohan Blake and become the first sprinter to defend his gold medal in the 200. Wallace Spearmon is the only American in the race and will be among those battling for bronze.

2. Men's Decathlon
Ashton Eaton of the United States set a world record in the U.S. trials, and he holds a 220-point lead over countryman Trey Hardee heading into the final five events of this grueling two-day test — 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m run.

3. Women's Soccer Finals: U.S. vs. Japan
The largest crowd ever to watch a women's match in the soccer-mad nation of Great Britain will gather to watch the U.S. and Japan battle for gold. The theme for the Americans is redemption after losing to Japan in last year's World Cup final.

4. Women's Water Polo Finals: U.S. vs. Spain
After surviving a coaching blunder and beating Australia — he called a timeout with one second left when the U.S. didn't have the ball, allowing Australia to tie with a penalty shot — the U.S. women will try to earn a first-ever gold medal in this event as they battle unbeaten Spain.

5. Women's Volleyball
The U.S. indoor women will try to follow the lead of their bikini-clad sisters on the beach as they face South Korea in a semifinal match. Surprisingly, the Americans have never won gold in this event. In the other semifinal, Brazil faces Japan.

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