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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)