Day 6 of competition from Thursday, August 2. The Games run through August 12. See all the action as it unfolds here.
Great Britain’s Christopher Tomlinson competes in the men’s long jump qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
South Africa’s captain Austin Smith, left, advances the ball forward with Roc Oliva of Spain in pursuit during the men’s hockey match.
Casey Stoney of Great Britain goes down in the penalty box during the women’s football quarter final match between Great Britain and Canada in Coventry, England.
Krishan Vikas of India, left, in action with Errol Spence of United States, right, during the men’s welter (69 kilogram) boxing match.
Poland’s Adrian Edward Zielinski poses on the podium with his gold medal after winning the men’s 85 kilogram group A weightlifting event.
China’s Xu Chen, left, and Ma Jin, right, play against China’s Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei (not pictured) during the mixed doubles gold medal match.
Nicholas Willis of New Zealand and Yoann Kowal of France compete in the men’s 1500-meter round 1 heats at Olympic Stadium in London.
Woo Young Won of South Korea celebrates after defeating Romania to win the gold medal in the men’s sabre team fencing.
Adrian Edward Zielinski of Poland celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal after the men’s 85 kilogram weightlifting final.
Reese Hoffa of the United States competes in the men’s shot put final.
Marc Salles of Spain celebrates after scoring a goal during the men’s hockey match against South Africa.
Sweden’s pivot Hanna Fogelstrom, left, jumps to shoot during the women’s preliminary group B handball match against Spain.
Emilie Heymans of Canada competes in the women’s 3-meter springboard diving preliminary round on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on Friday, August 3, in London.
Daniele Lupo of Italy spikes the ball during the men’s beach volleyball round of 16 match between the United States and Italy on Friday.
Italy’s Aldo Montano, left, fences against Russia’s Alexey Yakimenko during the men’s sabre bronze medal match as part of the fencing event on Friday.
Italy’s Flavio Cannone, center, and China’s Dong Dong, up, train before the men’s trampoline final of the artistic gymnastics event on Friday.
Lyudmyla Yosypenko of Ukraine competes in the women’s heptathlon shot put on on Friday.
Russia’s Nadezda Bazhina competes in the preliminary round of the women’s 3-meter springboard diving event on Friday.
Renata Costa of Brazil blasts a shot over the bar as goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto of Japan looks on during the women’s football quarter final match between Brazil and Japan on Friday.
Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro reacts after losing the men’s singles semi-final match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer on Friday.
Turkish guard Isil Alben, center, jumps with the ball during the women’s preliminary round basketball match between Turkey and China on Friday.
Italy’s Paolo Nicolai dives for the ball during the men’s beach volleyball match against Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser from the United States on Friday.
China’s Wu Minxia competes in the preliminary round of the women’s 3-meter springboard diving event on Friday.
Italy’s Aldo Montano and teammates celebrate winning the bronze medal after the men’s sabre bronze medal match against Russia on Friday.
Aldo Montano of Italy reacts after winning the bronze medal by defeating Russia during the men’s sabre team fencing on Friday.
From left, Ezinne Okparaebo of Norway, Verena Sailer of Germany and Myriam Soumare of France compete in the women’s 100-meter on Friday.
Great Britain huddles up before the women’s basketball preliminary round match against France on Friday.
U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin competes in the women’s 200-meter backstroke final on Friday.
Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during his men’s singles semifinal round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on Friday.
France’s Teddy Riner, right, fights Russia’s Alexander Mikhaylin to win the gold in the men’s over 100-kilogram judo final on Friday.
French boxer Alexis Vastine shows off some fancy footwork during his welterweight bout against Tuvshinbat Byamba of Mongolia.
Bethania de la Cruz de Pena, left, of the Dominican Republic spikes the ball as Britain’s Savanah Leaf, center, and Ciara Michel defend during women’s volleyball action.
Brazil’s Alexandra Nascimento shoots during a women’s preliminary handball match against Russia.
Russia’s Natalya Zabolotnaya competes in the women’s 75-kilogram weightlifting final.
Tianwei Feng of Singapore competes during the women’s team table-tennis match against Poland.
American Sydney Leroux, right, celebrates with teammates Lauren Cheney, center, and Carli Lloyd after scoring against New Zealand during the women’s football quarterfinal match.
Competition gets under way in the men’s Finn sailing in Weymouth, England.
U.S. player Serena Williams makes a return against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their women’s singles semifinal.
Brazilian guard Joice Rodrigues, second from right, vies with Canadian forward Lizanne Murphy during a women’s preliminary round basketball match.
Yasuhiro Ueyama of Japan competes in the men’s trampoline event.
Croatia’s Andrea Penezic, right, grabs the face of Bojana Popovic of Montenegro during the women’s handball preliminaries.
Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro reacts after his singles semifinal match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer.
Britain’s James Tindall, center, makes a move during the men’s field hockey match between Britain and Pakistan.
A ball appears in the net of a goal during the women’s preliminary handball match between Russia and Brazil.
Egypt’s Khalil Mahmoud K Abir Abdelrahman fails to complete a lift during the women’s 75-kilogram weightlifting final.
Britain’s Ben Ainslie competes in the men’s Finn sailing.
Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, left, and Ai Fukuhara compete against a U.S. team in the women’s team table-tennis action.
Rick Van Der Ven of the Netherlands competes during the men’s individual archery semifinal.
Russia’s Ekaterina Gnidenko puts on her gloves as she prepares to compete in the women’s cycling-track keirin qualifying event.
Japan’s Masaki Ito competes in the men’s trampoline event.
Pawel Fajdek of Poland competes in the men’s hammer throw qualification.
Montenegro pivot Suzana Lazovic jumps to shoot during a women’s preliminary handball match against Croatia.
China’s Tong Wen celebrates her victory in the women’s over 78-kilogram judo bronze medal match.
Minxia Wu of China competes in the women’s 3-meter springboard diving preliminary round.
Britain’s Hannah Mills, left, and Saskia Clark compete in the women’s sailing 470 opening series.
Russia’s Ekaterina Gnidenko warms up before the women’s cycling-track keirin event.
Lidia Valentin Perez of Spain competes in the women’s 75-kilogram weightlifting final.
Ihar Makarau, left, of Belarus competes with Cuba’s Oscar Brayson during the men’s over 100-kilogram judo repechage match.
Canadian Custio Clayton gets ready for a welterweight match against Australia’s Cameron Hammond. Clayton took the contest 14-11.
Corine Franco of France and Marie Hammarstrom of Sweden battle for the ball during a women’s football quarterfinal match.
Cuba’s Oscar Brayson is victorious in the men’s over 100-kilogram judo bronze medal match.
Italy’s Vincenzo Picardi, right, is on the receiving end against Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia during a flyweight match.
Sophie van Gestel of the Netherlands takes a breather during a women’s beach volleyball match against Brazilian opponents.
Britain’s Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins celebrate after winning gold in the women’s double skulls.
Tania Cagnotto of Italy competes in the women’s 3-meter springboard diving preliminary round.
Spectators take cover during the dressage preliminaries at Greenwich Park in London.
Helen Langehanenberg of Germany rides Damon Hill in the dressage grand prix.
Italy’s Yuri Floriani, left, and Kenya’s Brimin Kiprop Kipruto compete in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the women’s heptathlon high jump.
Fans cheers Australia’s players as they leave the court after defeating Russia in a women’s basketball preliminary round.
Brazil’s Maria Suelen Altheman, in white, competes with Kazakhstan’s Gulzhan Issanova during the women’s over 78-kilogram judo repechage match.
Regina George of Nigeria shows off some colorful footwear before the women’s 400-meter heats.
Malaysia’s Chong Wei Lee takes a swing in the men’s singles badminton semifinal.
Fans take in the Olympic atmosphere on Day 7 at Eton Dorney, the rowing venue in Windsor, England.
Cameroon’s Madias Dodo Nzesso Ngake competes in the women’s 75-kilogram weightlifting event.
France’s Laura Georges, left, battles for the ball with Caroline Seger of Sweden during the women’s football quarterfinal match.
Algeria’s Samir Brahimi kneels in prayer following his loss in the men’s flyweight boxing match to Misha Aloian of Russia.
Malaysia’s Chong Wei Lee celebrates winning the men’s singles badminton semifinal against Long Chen of China.
Yuegu Wang, left, and Jiawei Li of Singapore face off against Polish competitors during a first-round match in women’s team table tennis.
The Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova casts a shadow on the court as she warms up before a women’s double tennis semifinal against Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.
Sara Ramirez of Spain gets a point against China’s Guo Yue during a table-tennis match.
An aerial view shows the beach volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade in London.
China’s Wen Tong, in white, and Idalys Ortiz of Cuba compete in the women’s over 78-kilogram judo event.
Australia’s Suzy Batkovic, center, reacts after losing the ball under pressure from Russia’s Irina Osipova during a women’s basketball preliminary round.
Fans take shelter from the rain, while the Olympic Cauldron remains aflame at Olympic Stadium.
From left, Cristina Llovera of Andorra, Shinoona Salah Al-Habsi of Oman and Diane Borg of Malta compete in the women’s 100-meter heats.
The ball gets served during a men’s beach volleyball match between Switzerland and Poland.
France’s Blandine Dancette jumps to shoot during a women’s preliminary handball match between South Korea and France.
Italy’s Libania Grenot, center, checks out the scoreboard after the women’s 400-meter heats.
Koji Murofushi of Japan in action during the men’s hammer throw qualification.
Sarah Cowley of New Zealand competes in the women’s heptathlon high jump.
France’s Mariama Signate, left, vies with South Korea’s Ryu Eun Hee during a women’s preliminary handball match.
Fatima Sulaiman Dahman of Yemen competes in women’s 100-meter heats.
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray of New Zealand celebrate after winning gold in the men’s pair at the Olympic rowing regatta.
Uzbekistan’s Sherzodjon Yusupov celebrates during the men’s 85-kilogram weightlifting event.
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins of Great Britain celebrate after winning gold in the women’s double sculls final.
Britain’s Amy Smith reacts after competing in the women’s 50-meter freestyle swim-off.
Journalists try to keep their equipment dry with rain covers at the Olympic Stadium.
New Zealand’s Eric Murray, left, and Hamish Bond celebrate with their gold medals during the ceremony for the men’s pair at the Olympic rowing regatta.
Japan’s Mika Sugimoto salutes the mat after winning the women’s over 78-kilogram judo quarterfinal.
Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek dives for the ball during a beach volleyball match.
Italy’s Aldo Montano awaits a decision during the men’s saber team fencing quarterfinal against Aliaksandr Buikevich of Belarus.
Athletes compete in the women’s 400-meter heats at Olympic Stadium.
Marlena Wesh of Haiti rejoices after competing in the women’s 400-meter heats.
France’ s Alexandra Lacrabere, in white, shoots over South Koreans Eun Hee Ryu, left, and Im Jeong Choi during a women’s handball preliminaries match.
Sweden’s Lisa Dahlkvist, right, vies with France’s Louisa Necib during a women’s football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
Italy’s Aldo Montano celebrates gaining the qualifying point against Aliaksandr Buikevich of Belarus during the men’s saber team quarterfinals.
Russian guard Becky Hammon, left, vies with Australian center Elizabeth Cambage during a women’s preliminary round basketball match.
Bronze medalists Magdalena Fularczyk, left, and Julia Michalska of Poland celebrate their medals during the ceremony for the women’s double sculls final.
Russian center Irina Osipova, left, faces off with Australian center Elizabeth Cambage, center, during a women’s preliminary round basketball match.
Jennifer Oeser of Germany competes in the women’s heptathlon 100-meter hurdles heat.
The Olympic Cauldron burns at the Olympic Stadium.
Xin Wang of China competes in the women’s singles badminton semifinal at Wembley Arena.
Athletes leave the blocks at the start of the women’s 100-meter heat.
From left, Brazil’s Sheilla Castro, Fabiana Claudino and Paula Pequeno attempt to block during a women’s preliminary pool volleyball match between Brazil and China.
Britain’s Amy Smith gets ready to compete in the women’s 50-meter freestyle heat.
Daniel Fogg of Great Britain makes a turn in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle.
American Ariel Hsing competes in the women’s team first-round table-tennis match.
Jessica Ennis of Great Britain wins the women’s heptathlon 100-meter hurdles heat.
Tahmina Kohistani of Afghanistan competes in the women’s 100-meter heat.
Ewa Palies of Great Britain goes up for a shot during the women’s handball preliminaries match against Angola.
Poland’s Karolina Tyminska, left, competes in the women’s heptathlon 100-meter hurdles heat.
Papua New Guinea’s Steven Kari gestures while competing during the men’s 85-kilogram weightlifting event.
Gonzalo Peillat of Argentina battles with Matthew Butturini of Australia during a men’s hockey preliminary match.
Reese Hoffa of the United States competes in the men’s shot put qualification.
Warren Potent of Australia competes in the men’s 50-meter rifle prone shooting qualification.
Hungary’s Barna Bor reacts during an over 100-kilogram judo contest match.
Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the women’s heptathlon 100-meter hurdles heat.
Marco Fortes of Portugal competes in the men’s shot put qualification.
From left, Jennifer Oeser of Germany, Louise Hazel of Great Britain and Jessica Samuelsson of Sweden compete in the women’s heptathlon 100-meter hurdles heat.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands competes in the women’s 50-meter freestyle heat.
Paula Pequeno of Brazil celebrates a point in the first set against China during women’s volleyball.
Jolien Sysmans of Belgium dives into the water at the start of the women’s 50-meter freestyle heat.
Angolan goalkeeper Cristina Direito tries to make a save during a women’s preliminary handball match against Great Britain.
Oman’s Shinoona Salah Al-Habsi, left, and Diane Borg of Malta compete in the women’s 100-meter heats.
- Michael Phelps is expected to end his Olympic career in the 4×100-meter medley relay
- Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt begins his defense of his 100-meter Olympic crown
- In basketball, Lithuania takes on the United States and Russia faces off with Spain
- After a controversial week, women’s badminton ends with the gold-medal match
(CNN) — Track and field competition revs up on Saturday, but not before swimmers — among them, the most decorated Olympian of all time — make one final splash in the pool. Here are five things to look for Saturday at the 2012 London Games:
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1) Swimming: Phelps caps historic Olympic career
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Sometime around 8:30 p.m. in London, the career of Michael Phelps will come to an end when he watches a teammate finish the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay. He’ll likely end his career with 22 medals, 17 or 18 of them gold, after winning the 100-meter butterfly on Friday. Other swimming finals set for Saturday are the women’s 50-meter freestyle, the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay and the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle.
Swimming begins at 7:30 p.m. London time (2:30 p.m. ET) and could wrap up an hour later.
2) Track and field: World’s fastest men and women burst out of the blocks
You remember Usain Bolt, don’t you? Well, in the past year he’s been overshadowed by teammate Yohan Blake, who won the world championship (after Bolt false started) and also beat the defending Olympic champ and preening world record holder in the Jamaican trials in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. After the men run heats in the morning, the women will run the 100-meter final on Saturday night. The top qualifiers so far are American Carmelita Jeter and Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart and Veronica Campbell-Brown.
And for those who prefer a slower pace, the men’s 20-kilometer race walk final will roll in late in the afternoon.
Track and field competition starts at 10 a.m. (5 a.m. ET) and continues much of the day, capped by the women’s sprint final just before 10 p.m.
3) Men’s basketball: Can Lithuania contain Team USA?
Lithuania will try to keep the United States under 150 points on the basketball court — and, if they have their way, end the modern-day Dream Team’s undefeated run so far this Olympics. The Americans scored an Olympic-record 156 against Nigeria on Thursday, on the same day the Lithuanians lost to France 82-74.
Linas Kleiza, who plays in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors, leads Lithuania (1-2) in scoring. But a matchup earlier Saturday between two undefeated teams, Russia and Spain, is expected to be more competitive.
The Russia-Spain game tips off at 11:15 a.m. (6:15 a.m. ET), and the U.S.-Lithuania tilt is at 2:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET).
4) Badminton: After disqualifications, competition comes to close
Women’s doubles badminton comes to an end with a Chinese duo playing for the gold medal — but not Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli. They were among eight players booted from the tournament this week for trying to lose their match. Four of the players that benefited from the dismissals, Canadians Michelle Li and Alex Bruce and Russians Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina, will play for bronze, while the gold medal contest pits China’s Yunlei Zhao and Qing Tian against Japan’s Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa.
Medals also will be awarded Saturday in the women’s singles competition, where three of the four contenders are from China.
The bronze medal women’s double match will be at 10:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. ET), with the gold medal contest a 3:45 p.m. (10:45 a.m.).
5) Tennis: Serena and Sharapova square off on Centre Court
America’s Serena Williams and Russia’s Maria Sharapova are no strangers to the All-England Club, with the former boasting five Wimbledon titles and the latter one in their careers. On Saturday, the two battle on the court’s famed grass for Olympic gold. They will be followed on Centre Court by the men’s gold medal doubles match between twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States and Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga. Mike Bryan better hope it’s a quick contest: He’s scheduled to play in a mixed doubles semifinals match with Lisa Raymond just 30 minutes after his other contest is set to end.
The gold medal women’s singles match is scheduled to start around 2 p.m. (9 a.m.), followed by other contests.