Tokyo (AFP) – It will be another busy day at the Aquatics Center with five synchronized men’s swimming and diving finals starting Thursday, the fifth day of coverage of the Tokyo Olympics.
The Americans play beach volleyball, both men and women, and the American volleyball team faces Tunisia. There is a complete men’s soccer roster and an all-around champion in men’s gymnastics will be crowned.
Here are some things to look at (all times east):
Katie Ledecky is chasing another Olympic medal in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay as the Tokyo Olympics draw to a close. Ledecky, a five-time gold medalist in these games, was looking forward to breaking the all-time record of eight gold medals won by an American woman.
A silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle slowed his pursuit.
Caleb Dressel, who had already won gold in Tokyo, went for the second time in the men’s 100m freestyle. Medals will also be awarded in the men’s 800m freestyle, men’s 200m breaststroke and women’s 200m butterfly. Coverage of the Swimming Finals begins at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.
American divers begin the competition with the 3-meter synchronized jump final.
Michael Hickson and Andrew Capobianco won the silver medal at the Rio Games and sought their first gold in Tokyo.
Capobianco was also included in the men’s 3m single jump during the week. The event is last simulcast at 2 a.m. on USA Network with a prime-time appearance on NBC.
gymnastics for men
Two evenings after an exciting men’s gymnastics final that turned into a three-way duel between Russia, Japan and China, the three superpowers will meet again in the all-around final.
The Russians beat the Japanese with the gold medal in the team race behind 2019 world champion Nikita Nagorny. Nagorne and teammate Artur Dalaloyan will face rising Japanese star Daiki Hashimoto for an individual gold medal.
The 19-year-old Hashimoto scored the best result in the playoffs. China’s Sun Wei and Xiao Ruoting are sure to be in the squad to win a medal. The competition will be part of NBC’s prime-time coverage.
The first medal races will be held at the Sea Forest Waterway after the rowing day was rescheduled due to bad weather.
Jeffrey Stone and Christy Wagner will compete in the women’s double rowing final. Stone, a three-time Olympic medalist and 2016 silver medalist in individual rowing, has come out of retirement and postponed ending her medical residency by nearly three years to get another Olympic medal. The final will be his last race.
Two-time champion Anders Weiss leads the United States in the men’s four-star final. The events will be broadcast live on CNBC at 8 p.m. with additional coverage of the BMX Racing quarter-finals and women’s fencing semi-finals.
For the late crowd
USA Network has a full list of events that lasts until 2 a.m. and includes five live events.
The US men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams go head-to-head, with Kelly Claes and Sarah Spoilel facing Kenya, while Phil Dalhauser and Nick Lucena face Argentina in a pool game.
The US men’s water polo team plays against Italy and the women’s rugby playoffs continue live. Women’s table tennis semi-finals will also be shown.
The US men’s basketball game against Iran will be broadcast on NBCSN.
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