It’s a busy day in Tokyo as athletics join the fray, more swimming medal races take place in prime time and the USWNT enters the knockout stage. Check out the top USA-centric events on the deck below. See more medal events and TV news here.
What: 100m women, high jump men and more foreplay
When: Thursday, 8 p.m. to midnight; Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
TV: NBC (Thursday screening) and streaming
Sha’Carri Richardson would have been one of the first athletes to take center stage in track and field without her suspension. The women’s 100-meter preliminaries are featured in the first Tokyo event block, along with several other events. The first medal-winning event is the men’s 10,000-meter final to close the Friday morning session.
What: Women’s 200 breaststroke, men’s 200 backstroke, women’s 100 freestyle, men’s 200 medley finals, plus semi-finals and playoffs
When: Thursday, 9:30 p.m. (semi-finals and finals); Friday, 6 a.m. (rounds)
Television: NBC and streaming
Americans Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ryan Murphy, Bryce Mefford, Abbey Weitzeil and Michael Andrew will collect medals in the evening session. The morning heats include the 50-meter freestyle men and women, the next appearance of Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel. Follow tonight’s action on our swim blog.
What: USA vs Netherlands (quarter-finals)
When: Friday, 7 a.m.
Television: NBCSN and streaming
A rematch of the 2019 World Cup final pits the USWNT against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in Tokyo. The Americans won this last major meeting 2-0 in France.
What: US vs. Japan
When: Friday, 12:40 a.m.
TV: United States and streaming
The women face the hosts after beating Nigeria in their opener. A victory would probably ensure the passage of the favorites for the gold medal in the knockout stage. If you missed it, here’s Joe Vardon’s story on their opener.
What: US vs. Israel
When: Friday, 6 a.m.
TV: NBCSN (delayed, 10:30 am) and streaming
A team full of former MLB stars and current hopefuls, led by longtime Los Angeles Angels boss Mike Scioscia, begin their quest for gold in baseball’s first Olympic appearance since 2008.
What: April Ross and Alix Klineman against the Netherlands; Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne vs Qatar
When: Thursday, 8 p.m. (Ross / Klineman); Friday, 9 a.m. (Gibb / Bourne)
TV: CNBC (Ross / Klineman), NBCSN (Gibb / Bourne) and streaming
The American teams end the day in beach volleyball. Both teams are already stuck in the knockout phase.
What: 2nd round men
When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
TV: Golf Channel and streaming
Americans Xander Sc Chaudele and Patrick Reed are five strokes ahead at the start of the second round. Austrian leader Sepp Straka starts at 8:25 pm Other notable starting times: Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy, at 7:25 pm; Reed, 7:41 p.m .; Sc Chaudele, 9:14 p.m. Justin Thomas, 9:25 PM If you missed it, check out Joe Vardon’s story about the insanely high stakes for two of the South Korean players.
What: USA vs. Australia and USA Quarterfinal Match
When: Thursday, 9:30 p.m. (US-Australia); Friday, between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. (quarter-finals)
TV: CNBC (US-Australia), USA (quarter-finals) and streaming
After two victories the day before, the American women’s rugby team has secured a place in the knockout stage and faces the formidable Australia for first place in the group. The quarter-final matches, yet to be determined, follow one another on Friday from 4.30 am to 6.30 am.
Women’s water polo
What: United States vs. ROC
When: Friday, 2:30 a.m.
Television: CNBC and streaming
After suffering their first Olympic defeat since 2008, the Americans return to the pool to face the ROC in their last group game. The favorites for the gold medal have already reserved a place for the knockout stage.
What: US vs. Brazil
When: Thursday, 10:05 p.m.
TV: CNBC (delayed, Thursday, 10:55 p.m.) and streaming
On track for a quarterfinal berth, the United States men face Brazil in their fourth of five group games.
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