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Olympic Daily Preview - Tuesday, July 31st

Jordyn Wieber hopes to shake off Sunday's all-around disappointment and lead the U.S. women's gymnastics squad to its first team gold medal since the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

The reigning world champion in the all-around, Wieber notched the fourth-best all-around score in the women's qualifiers, but did not make the cut for the individual event because she finished behind teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. Rules state that a country can send no more than two gymnasts to an individual event.

Wieber was still a big part of a Team USA showing that saw the group notch the highest score in qualifications. They finished just ahead of medal hopeful Russia as well as third-place China, which won gold in Beijing four years ago.

Great Britain qualified fifth, while China slide at eighth.

Michael Phelps could break the all-time Olympic medal record Tuesday with two possible finals on tap. Phelps qualified for the 200-meter butterfly final, a race he's won in each of the last two Olympics, and is also expected to race in the 800 freestyle relay. He has 17 career medals, two shy of breaking the current overall Olympic record of 18 set by Larisa Latynina, a Russian gymnast who competed in the 1950s and 60s.

The other swimming finals Tuesday are in the women's 200 free and women's 200 individual medley. Missy Franklin, the 17-year-old rising star who won her first Olympic gold medal Monday night, is racing in the 200 free.

Following Sunday's victory over France, paced by 22 points and nine rebounds from Kevin Durant, the United States will play its second game of the London Games Tuesday in what is expected to be a rout of Tunisia.

France, meanwhile, will look to rebound against Argentina, while contender Spain looks for its second victory of the tournament against Australia. Also in action, China does battle with Russia; Lithuania clashes with Nigeria and host Great Britain takes on Brazil.

As one of five teams already secured a spot in the women's soccer quarterfinals, the United States can secure first place in Group G with at least a draw against North Korea at Old Trafford. France, meanwhile, can qualify for the quarters with a win over Colombia.

In Group E, Great Britain and Brazil have already locked up the top two spots and the winner of Tuesday's encounter at Wembley Stadium takes first place. New Zealand and Cameroon also battle in group play.

A victory by Canada over Group F opponent would push it into the quarterfinals as long as Japan drops its meeting with South Africa.

The Olympic tennis competition continues Tuesday with second-round action, highlighted by a men's singles match between Serbian Novak Djokovic, a five- time grand slam winner, and American Andy Roddick. Also, Andy Murray, the host nation's gold medal hope, takes on Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

In women's singles, Russian Maria Sharapova faces Great Britain's Laura Robson. World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus has a second-rounder against Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, while American Venus Williams continues her quest for a fourth gold medal vs. Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak.

Venus will also be in action in women's doubles with her sister, Serena. They are the defending gold medalists in that competition and play Germans Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki in a second-round match.

In second-round play in men's doubles, the American Bryan brothers -- Mike and Bob -- are in action. The Swiss duo of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka also play.

U.S. medal hopeful Vincent Hancock looks to claim gold for a second straight Olympics as the men double-dip in men's skeet with day two of qualification before the finals later in the morning. Hancock marked on 74 out of a possible 75 in the first day of the qualifiers to top the field by two points.

Medals also will be awarded in women's 10-meter synchronized diving and China's Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao will try to win their country's third gold in as many diving events here in London.

The first medal of canoe slalom will be handed out on Tuesday, when Slovakian two-time Olympic champion Michal Martikan goes after the fifth medal of his career in men's canoe single. Martikan won gold in the 1996 Atlanta Games as well as in Beijing four years ago. He has also silvered twice.

He could be pushed by Great Britain's David Florence, who picked up a silver in Beijing.

Germany's Ingrid Klimke and Sweden's Sara Algotsson-Ostholt share the individual eventing lead in equestrian heading into the final day. Germany has the team lead, too, but only by a narrow margin over Great Britain with Sweden a close third after Monday's cross country portion.

Klimke and Algotsson-Ostholt both have 39.30 penalty points. New Zealand's Mark Todd, chasing a third individual gold medal and first since 1988 at the age of 56, is in third place with 39.50 points and only jumping remaining Wednesday.

Men's 81kg and women's 63kg are the next two judo medals to be handed out, while weightlifting will see gold awarded in the men's 69kg and the women's 63kg. Individual men's and women's archery events continue on Tuesday and fencing will award medals in men's individual foil.

Table tennis will see both sides engage in quarterfinals action before the women get things started with semi action.

The men are set to take Earls Court for volleyball action and hit the water for water polo. The United States will take on Romania in the water and Germany in volleyball. Men's handball will also feature six events tomorrow.

Women's field hockey resumes on Tuesday with six matches as the U.S. takes on Argentina, while Great Britain is matched up with Korea.

The men's boxing tournament will continue with the start of the light welterweight and light flyweight competitions.

Tuesday's rowing schedule features a number of men's and women's races, as well as men's and women's badminton, sailing, beach volleyball.