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Top events for July 29-30: Track and field begins, USWNT enters quarterfinals and more swimming medal races

It’s a busy day in Tokyo as track and field joins the fray, more swimming medal races go down in prime time, and the USWNT enters the knockout stage. Check out the top U.S.-centric events on deck below. See more medal events and TV info here.

Track and field

What: Women’s 100m, men’s high jump and more prelims

When: Thursday, 8 p.m.-midnight; Friday, 7-9 a.m.

TV: NBC (Thursday session) and streaming

Sha’Carri Richardson would’ve been one of the first athletes to take center stage in track and field if not for her suspension. The women’s 100-meter prelims are featured in the first block of events from Tokyo, along with several other events. The first medal event is the men’s 10,000-meter final to close the Friday morning session.


What: Women’s 200m breast, men’s 200m back, women’s 100m free, men’s 200m IM finals, plus semis and heats

When: Thursday, 9:30 p.m. (semis and finals); Friday, 6 a.m. (heats)

TV: NBC and streaming

Americans Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Ryan Murphy, Bryce Mefford, Abbey Weitzeil and Michael Andrew go for medals in the evening session. The morning heats feature the men’s and women’s 50-meter freestyles, the next appearance for both Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel. Follow tonight’s action at our swimming blog.

Women’s soccer

What: United States vs. Netherlands (quarterfinals)

When: Friday, 7 a.m.

TV: NBCSN and streaming

A rematch of the 2019 World Cup final pits the USWNT against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in Tokyo. The Americans won that last big-stage meeting 2-0 in France.

Women’s basketball

What: United States vs. Japan

When: Friday, 12:40 a.m.

TV: USA and streaming

The women take on the hosts after beating Nigeria in their opener. A win would likely assure the gold-medal favorites’ passage into the knockout stage. If you missed it, here’s Joe Vardon’s story on their opening game.


What: United States vs. Israel

When: Friday, 6 a.m.

TV: NBCSN (delayed, 10:30 a.m.) and streaming

A team full of former MLB stars and current prospects, managed by longtime Los Angeles Angels boss Mike Scioscia, starts its quest for gold in baseball’s first Olympic appearance since 2008.

Beach volleyball

What: April Ross and Alix Klineman vs. 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

U.S. teams bookend the day’s action in beach volleyball. Both teams are already locked into the knockout stage.


What: Men’s second round

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

TV: Golf Channel and streaming

Americans Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed are five shots off the lead as the second round begins. Leader Sepp Straka of Austria tees off at 8:25 p.m. Other notable tee times: Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy, 7:25 p.m.; Reed, 7:41 p.m.; Schauffele, 9:14 p.m.; Justin Thomas, 9:25 p.m. If you missed it, check out Joe Vardon’s story on the incredibly high-pressure stakes for two of South Korea’s players.

Women’s rugby

What: United States vs. Australia and United States’ quarterfinal game

When: Thursday, 9:30 p.m. (U.S.-Australia); Friday, between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. (quarterfinals)

TV: CNBC (U.S.-Australia), USA (quarterfinals) and streaming

After two wins the previous day, the U.S. women’s rugby team has secured a place in the knockout stage and faces formidable Australia for the top spot in the group. The still-TBD quarterfinal matchups are one after another Friday from 4:30-6:30 a.m.

Women’s water polo

What: United States vs. ROC

When: Friday, 2:30 a.m.

TV: CNBC and streaming

After suffering their first Olympic loss since 2008, the U.S. women return to the pool to face the ROC in their final group game. The gold-medal favorites have already booked a spot in the knockout stage.

Men’s volleyball

What: United States vs. Brazil

When: Thursday, 10:05 p.m.

TV: CNBC (delayed, Thursday, 10:55 p.m.) and streaming

Tracking well for a quarterfinal berth, the U.S. men take on Brazil in their fourth of five group games.

(Photo: Kirby Lee / USA Today)