Coming Up: Women's soccer match could get record audience

Alex Morgan #13 of the United States celebrates with her team-mates after scoring the winning goal in extra time during the Women's Football Semi Final match between Canada and USA, on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on August 6, 2012 in Manchester, England.) Stanley Chou/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) Usain Bolt is poised to become the first man to win back-to -back Olympic 200-meter titles Thursday when track and field events resume in London.

Also Thursday, the first Olympic gold medals ever in women's boxing will be awarded at the ExCel arena. U.S. middleweight Claressa Shields, at just 17, is the Americans' lone hope of a boxing championship at the London Games.

She will fight in the title bout against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova after all nine U.S. men were eliminated in the first Olympic medal shutout in U.S. men's boxing history.

But all eyes Thursday will be on women's soccer teams from Japan and the U.S. as they meet for the first time since last summer's World Cup game. The rivals meet Thursday at Wembley Stadium, and London organizers already are saying that Wembley could break an attendance record for an Olympic women's soccer match.

Penalty kicks were all that separated the Americans and Japanese that World Cup day in Frankfurt, Germany. Japan twice rallied from behind in the 2-2 game, then won 3-1 on penalty kicks to pull off the upset.

The victory provided a much-needed morale boost for a nation still suffering from the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. And the defeat has spurred the Americans to try harder at the Olympics.

"I think the fact that we lost the World Cup and the way that we did gives us even more passion and desire to go out and perform tomorrow," American Wambach said Wednesday. "The truth is, this is going to be a great day, a great day for soccer, a great day for women's sports, and something that hopefully we'll be able to remember for the rest of our lives and hopefully it's in a good way."

  • CBS News Staff

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