Another packed day — Phelps' farewell, the all-out sprint of the 50m, the start of track and field, and much more. Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 3, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:
Brazil’s 20-year-old samba sensation Neymar is a rock star in shin guards.
Clearly the premier footballer at the London Olympics, the electrifying striker entered the tournament surrounded by unchecked hype. Legendary Brazilian star Pele set the tone by declaring the Mohawk-ed wunderkind as the world’s best player — ahead of reigning two-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
Carmelo Anthony of Team USA drives to the basket past Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan during a record-setting afternoon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. Anthony had 37 points in a 156-73 win. The 83-point margin of victory was the largest in Olympic history.
The men’s 100m dash is arguably the highest profile event during the Olympics and the most watched 10 seconds in all of sports. The winner earns the label “world’s fastest man” and instant stardom. This race could very well be the most exciting 100m dash in history, with the five fastest men in history -Blake, Bolt, Gatlin, Gay and Powell- competing against each other in a well-matched field where anyone could win.
U.S. rowers Mary Whipple, Caryn Davies, Caroline Lind, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Taylor Ritzel, Esther Lofgren, Zsuzsanna Francia and Erin Cafaro celebrate after winning the gold medal for the women's rowing eight in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Gabby and Aly, Rafalca and our last glimpse of Lochte vs. Phelps highlight today's slate from London. Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 2, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:
Rick Reilly of ESPN has unleashed a Twitter debate today over a timely topic: Is Michael Phelps a slam-dunk choice as the greatest Olympian of all time? Swimming commenter Rowdy Gaines says it's not even a debate, while Reilly points to the accomplishments of discus thrower Al Oerter — gold medals in four straight Olympic Games — as opening the subject up to discussion.
Michael Phelps has accumulated so much precious metal, he could rent a wing at Ft. Knox. With his gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, Phelps set an all-time record with his 19th Olympic medal (15 of them of the gold variety, and nine of those 15 individual medals).
Some of the top Olympic finals will be held over the next week, starting with Thursday's 200m backstroke and concluding on August 9th when the men's decathlon. All eyes will be on Usain Bolt on August 5th as he goes for gold in the 100m dash. Can the American duo of Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin knock him off?
Athlon previews and predicts five of the Olympics top upcoming events.