Things to watch: Sunday, Day 2

Updated: August 15, 2004, 7:39 AM ET
By Steve Woodward | Special to

A look at what to watch on Sunday, the second full day of competition:
(*NOTE: Event times below may vary from TV times. Many events will be shown on air in tape delay.)

What Why

Jenny Thompson, at 31 the reigning queen of American swimming, attempts to build her legacy in the 100 meter butterfly -- and try to capture an elusive individual Olympic gold (she had eight in relays coming into Athens). The most decorated U.S. Olympian among women faces the Netherlands' world-class swimming machine, Inge de Bruijn.

Relay madness gets started when the torrid Australia-USA rivalry is revived in the men's 4x100 freestyle relay. Ian Thorpe is back for the Aussies, but this time the United States has a new weapon in 19-year-old record-crusher Michael Phelps.

When/Where: 100 fly final, 12:25 p.m. ET; men's 4x100 free relay heats at 5:37 a.m., final at 1:34 p.m. ET; Olympic Aquatic Centre.

No pool will be around for heat relief, but the Aussies and Americans also have rivalry-fueled business to attend to in softball. Both teams won their Olympic openers Saturday. The Australians recorded a 4-2 victory against Japan; the U.S. rolled over the Italians 7-0.

Keep this in mind: The U.S. women won gold in Australia four years ago (the Aussies were the bronze finishers) without its latest star, Jennie Finch. The Americans have won 71 consecutive games.

When/Where: 10 a.m. ET, Olympic Softball Stadium.

Women's gymnastics
Sunday sets the course for women's gymnastics. The United States, coming off a 2003 world championship, will put Mohini Bhardwaj, Courtney Kupets, Courtney McCool and Carly Patterson on the line for the all-important qualifying session.

The four will compete to determine the USA's placement among the top eight advancing nations for the team competition; the top 24 all-around competitors (two max per nation); and the qualifiers for individual apparatus events.

"I think these girls are well prepared," coach Kelli Hill said. "We've been here for several days now and Athens has been an absolutely wonderful place. The Village is great and we feel like we are home."

When/Where: Four qualifying rounds will be held, from 3 a.m.-3:15 p.m. ET; Olympic Indoor Hall.

Men's basketball
Team USA is hoping the excitement in Athens will be confined to the basketball court. While completing its tune-up schedule in Istanbul last week -- with a pair of games against Turkey -- the city was gripped by fear after two hotels were rocked by terror-style bombs.

When Larry Brown's group plays Puerto Rico on Sunday -- ahead of a super-charged contest against Greece on Tuesday -- it will have only played six previous games together. The team was 5-1 on that 11-day, four-nation tour that started in Jacksonville, Fla.

The three-time defending Olympic champs are in Group B of this tournament, joined by Angola, Australia, Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico.

When/Where: 1 p.m. ET, Helliniko Indoor Arena.