Olympic Swimming Preview: Milorad Cavic Renews Rivalry With Michael Phelps

The most famous individual swimming race of the 2008 Beijing Olympics came in the 100 meter butterfly, when former Cal swimmer Milorad Cavic of Serbia challenged the bid by Michael Phelps of the United States for eight gold medals in eight events. It looked like Caivc was going to dethrone Phelps in this event as he led down the stretch, but Phelps closed and closed, then just out-touched Phelps at the wall to win in dramatic fashion.

Cavic is back, and so is Phelps. Both of them will be the favorites in this event, although Phelps probably has a decent edge over his Serbian counterpart. Cavic will also be swimming in the 50 meter freestyle heats, so he'll be doing double duty. Phelps also has the 200 IM final and his highly anticipated duel with Ryan Lochte, so don't expect any world records to be dropping tomorrow.

Here's the Olympic schedule for Thursday's events (ET, although the NBC events will be televised on both coasts at the same times). All events will be streamed live online at NBCOlympics.com.

4 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's Basketball: France vs. Lithuania (4 a.m.), Brazil vs. Russia (11:30 a.m.)
  • Women's Field Hockey: USA vs. Australia (5:45 a.m.), China vs. Netherlands (8:45 a.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: Serbia vs. Germany (7:15 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (10:30 a.m.)
  • Men's Table Tennis: Semifinals (1:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Archery: Individual Gold Medal Final (2:20 p.m.)
  • Men's Boxing: Round of 16 Bouts (Lightweight and Middleweight Classes, 3 p.m.)
  • Men's Shooting: Double Trap Gold Medal Final (4:45 p.m.)
  • Men's Basketball: USA vs. Nigeria (5:15 p.m.)

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Bravo)

  • Singles Quarterfinals, Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals, Doubles Semifinals

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Men's Water Polo: Montenegro vs. Serbia (9 a.m.), Romania vs. Hungary (10:30 a.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: Poland vs. Argentina (11:45 a.m.)
  • Equestrian: Dressage Qualifying (1:30 p.m.)
  • Men's Handball: Serbia vs. Denmark (2:30 p.m.), Sweden vs. Iceland (5 p.m.)
  • Badminton: Semifinals (4 p.m.)
  • Women's Judo: 78 kg Gold Medal Final (4:30 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Swimming: Qualifying (10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m.)
  • Canoeing: Whitewater, Men's C-2 Gold Medal Final (10:15 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (11:30 a.m.)
  • Cycling: Track Gold Medal Finals (12:45 p.m.)
  • Men's Water Polo: USA vs. Great Britain (1:20 p.m.)
  • Rowing: Gold Medal Finals (2:20 p.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: USA vs. Brazil (3 p.m.)

5 - 8 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Boxing: Round of 16 Bouts (lightweight and middleweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Swimming: Gold Medal Finals (Women's 200m breaststroke, 100m freestyle; Men's 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying
  • Women's Rowing: Eights Gold Medal Final

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Women's Canoeing: Whitewater, K-1 Gold Medal Final
  • Table Tennis: Men's Singles Gold Medal Final

Check out SI's complete medal tracker here.

Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games. For more on the 2012 Olympic Games, make sure that you check out SB Nation's dedicated Olympics hub.

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