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Olympic Daily Preview - Wednesday, August 1st

A day after the women captured team gold, the United States men's gymnasts will try to add some hardware on Wednesday in the all-around competition.

The U.S. failed to medal in the men's team competition Monday despite posting the top score in qualifying. Dannell Leyva also had the top all-around score in qualifying and is aiming to become just the second male gymnast from the United States to win all-around gold.

Paul Hamm was the first, taking the title at the 2004 Athens Games. Leyva will try to shake off his fall on the pommel horse from Monday.

Teammate John Orozco also qualified for Wednesday's event.

Russia's David Belyavskiy will push Leyva and try to win Russia's first all- around medal since 2000.

One of the marquee swimming events at the Summer Games will have its final on Wednesday. A day after he set all-time Olympic medal record, Michael Phelps isn't a part of it. Top qualifier James Magnussen of Australia, Nathan Adrian of the U.S. and world record holder Cesar Cielo of Brazil will be among the eight swimmers in the final of the men's 100-meter freestyle.

Japan's Kosuke Kitajima will try to win the men's 200-meter breaststroke for the third straight Olympics, which would make him the first male swimmer to win the same individual event in three consecutive games.

Also Wednesday, Americans Kathleen Hersey (the fastest qualifier) and Cammile Adams women's will go in the final of the 200-meter butterfly and medals will be given out in the women's 800-meter free relay.

The U.S. women's basketball team isn't expected to have any trouble with Turkey after winning its first two games here by an average of 38.5 points. The other games Wednesday are Canada against France, China versus Angola, Australia against Brazil, Great Britain against Russia and Croatia versus the Czech Republic.

World champions Qin Kai and Luo Yutong give China an excellent chance win the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard Wednesday and continue the country's dominance in Olympic diving. The Chinese have already swept the first three events here after winning seven of the eight gold medals in Beijing.

A pair of fencing golds will be handed in the men's epee and women's sabre events. Mariel Zagunis -- the U.S. flagbearer at the opening ceremony -- is the two-time defending Olympic champion in the women's sabre and has been ranked No. 1 in the world for the past four years.

Rowing will hand out its first medals of the 2012 Olympic Games on Wednesday in three events: women's pair and quadruple sculls as well as men's eight.

The U.S. has a boat in each event and its eight team will try to improve on its bronze medal from Beijing, four years after winning gold. Both the U.S. and Germany qualified for the final directly from heats.

The women's pair of Sara Hendershot and Sarah Zelenka will try to prevent Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning from claiming the first female Olympic gold medals in their country's history. The host duo looked strong in setting an Olympic record during the qualifying.

The U.S also got a boat into women's quadruple sculls by qualifying out of the repechage.

The men's kayak single will hand out gold tomorrow, with Slovenia's Peter Kauzer, a two-time world champion, taking aim at his first Olympic medal. His biggest threat figures to be German Hannes Aigner.

Both the semifinal and final of the kayak single are slated for Wednesday.

Cycling is back in action, too, with individual time trials for men and women. Great Britain has a very good chance at gold with Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, who used strong time trials to win that prestigious event. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara is the defending champion, and Germany's Tony Martin is the reigning world champion, but both are hampered by injury. Taylor Phinney represents the United States and should be competitive.

In the women's time trial, Germany's Judith Arndt is the defending world champion and is among the favorites. She should face challenges from Dutch star Marianne Vos, the women's road race winner, along with American Kristin Armstrong, the gold medalist four years ago in Beijing. Great Britain's Emma Pooley, New Zealand's Linda Villumsen and Canada's Clara Hughes will also be in the hunt for a medal.

The women will shoot for gold in the women's 25-meter air pistol and Olena Kostevych of the Ukraine will try for a second medal at these games. Kostevych won bronze in the 10m air pistol on Sunday.

In boxing, the men's heavyweight and super heavyweight classes begin competition. There will also be round of 16 action in bantamweight, where American Joseph Diaz Jr. meets Cuban Lazaro Alvarez Estrada, the world No. 2.

The tennis tournament continues Tuesday with third round action for men's and women's singles, as well as quarterfinal action in women's doubles. The American Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, will be central figures in the tournament, as they both have singles matches and will look to move into the semifinals in the doubles draw.

Men's singles play features Great Britain's Andy Murray against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, while Swiss Roger Federer faces Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. American John Isner also plays.

In more women's singles, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka faces Russia Nadia Petrova, and Maria Sharapova takes on German Sabine Lisicki.

Additionally, men's doubles has second round play and mixed doubles pairs will contest the first round.

The men's soccer tournament with the eight games on the final day of group play. Japan and pre-tournament favorite Brazil have already qualified for the quarterfinals, while Spain and the United Arab Emirates have been eliminated from medal contention.

Weightlifting medals will be awarded in the men's 77-kilogram and women's 69kg categories.

There are also two medal events in judo Wednesday with the women battling for 70-klikogram gold and the men will compete in the 90kg weight class.

Meanwhile, the first table tennis medals will be handed out Wednesday in women's singles. Two Chinese players, Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia, will vie for the gold while Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa and Singapore's Feng Tianwei play for the bronze.

With group play all wrapped up in badminton, the knockout stages begin. Men's and women's singles have round of 16 matches, while mixed and women's doubles hold quarterfinal matchups.

The American beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh- Jennings returns to the sand, as preliminary round matches for women and men continue. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings are the two-time defending gold medalists.

The archery competition will stage elimination rounds in the women's individual event on Wednesday before handing out medals on Thursday.

Group play continues in the women's volleyball, men's field hockey, women's handball, and women's water polo tournaments. Sailing has more preliminary races in a number of classes.