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5 things to watch for Thursday at the Olympics

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 2, 2012 -- Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT)
Yana Dementieva, foreground, Anastasiia Kozhenkova, Nataliya Dovgodko, and Kateryna Tarasenko of Ukraine celebrate their win after the women's rowing quadruple sculls final in Windsor, England, on Wednesday, August 1. Check out <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/31/worldsport/gallery/olympics-day-four/index.html' target='_blank'>Day 4 of competition</a> from Tuesday. The Games ran through August 12. Yana Dementieva, foreground, Anastasiia Kozhenkova, Nataliya Dovgodko, and Kateryna Tarasenko of Ukraine celebrate their win after the women's rowing quadruple sculls final in Windsor, England, on Wednesday, August 1. Check out Day 4 of competition from Tuesday. The Games ran through August 12.
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Day 5: The best photos of the Olympics
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • U.S., Russian gymnasts compete for individual title
  • More swimming, highlighted by Ryan Lochte vs. Michael Phelps one more time
  • Dressage competition has a U.S. political connection
  • Chinese look for more medals in table tennis semis, final

(CNN) -- Gymnastics once again takes center -- or is it centre? -- stage Thursday when the women compete in the individual all-around. Here's what to look for in that and other top events:

1) Gymnastics: A new queen

With world champion Jordyn Wieber excluded from the women's individual all-around competition because she finished fourth, but third among Americans, in a qualifying system that allows only two people per nation, the United States still has the favorite for gold. Gabby Douglas led the Americans to the team title when she finished second in the vault, third on the floor, fourth on the balance beam and sixth on the uneven bars. Viktoria Komova of Russia was the top scorer in the qualifying round. They will be matched against each other in first rotation along with Aly Raisman of the United States and Aliya Mustafina of Russia.

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The individual all-around starts at 4:30 p.m. London time (11:30 a.m. ET)

2) Swimming: The second big showdown

Michael Phelps, the most famous U.S. swimmer ever, will be in Lane 3. Ryan Lochte, who was supposed to be one of the big winners in these Games, will be in Lane 4. It's the Showdown, part II. On Saturday, Lochte won the first head-to-head meeting between the two stars, though Phelps didn't even medal in the 400-meter individual medley. But Lochte also swims in the 200-meter backstroke final just a half hour before the 200-meter individual medley. Should Phelps win the event, he would be first male swimmer to accomplish the feat in three consecutive Olympics.

Phelps cements legacy

The 200-meter individual medley final starts at 8:19 p.m. London time (3:19 p.m. ET)

3) Equestrian: Ann Romney's horse set to take part in the Games

Ann Romney, wife of the soon-to-be Republican nominee, will be on hand to see her horse Rafalca compete in dressage. Mitt Romney will be traveling from Boston to Colorado for campaign events. Commentators seem to think the Republican candidate has a better chance in his race than Rafalca, ridden by Jan Ebeling, has in her event.

Photos: Day 5 at the Olympics

The individual dressage competition starts at 11 a.m. London time (6 a.m. ET) while Ebeling is scheduled to ride Rafalca about an hour later.

4) Volleyball: Battle of unbeatens

Men's world No.1 Brazil will face the United States in a rematch of the Beijing Games final, which the U.S. won in a thrilling four sets. Each side has won its first two matches without losing a set.

The match takes place at 8 p.m. London time (3 p.m. ET)

5) Table Tennis: They don't play to lose

While controversy may have hit the badminton courts, table tennis has rolled on. But world champ Zhang Jike has not been without his own controversy in the past. In 2004 he was bumped from the Chinese national team for violating team rules. He came back with a new attitude and now has a chance to become the fourth male grand slam winner. He plays Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany in one semifinal while countryman Wang Hao plays Chuang Chih-Yuan of Taiwan. The winners meet later in the day for the gold medal.

Badminton player quits

Table tennis semifinals begin at 10 a.m. London time (5 a.m. ET).

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