What to Watch on Day 8 at the Tokyo Olympics – NBC Los Angeles

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Day 2 of track and field competition will feature one of the most exciting events of the Olympics.

Set the alarm or stay up late, because the women’s 100m dash is scheduled for early Saturday morning (California time). But before the headline event, several other events are scheduled in track and field Friday into Saturday.

In other action, U.S. swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky set their sights on more medals, the U.S. men return to the basketball court, and Team USA faces the Russian Olympic Committee in women’s volleyball.

Meet the stars of Team USA’s track and field team for Tokyo 2020.

Women’s 100m Highlights a Big Day on the Track 

The race that will crown the world’s fastest woman takes place on Day 8 of the Tokyo Olympic Games. While it is certainly the most high-profile race of the evening, there are plenty of noteworthy events happening in track and field.

The first track and field session of Day 8 in Tokyo begins at 5 p.m. PT with heats in six events: women’s 400m hurdles, women’s discus throw, men’s pole vault, men’s 800m, women’s 100m hurdles, and the men’s 100m. American pole vaulter and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks is no longer competing after testing positive for COVID-19. Team USA’s medal hopes in the men’s 100m rest on the shoulder of Trayvon Bromwell, who won the 100m final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials.

The second session begins at 3 a.m. PT Saturday and will include the marquee race of the day: the women’s 100m. American Sha’carri Richardson was supposed to go to Tokyo a medal favorite in the event, but will no longer compete after being suspended one month for failing a drug test at the U.S. Olympic Track and field trials. 

Teahna Daniels, Javianne Oliver and Jenna Prandini all qualified to race in the women’s 100m. They will carry the burden of trying to win the United States’ first legal gold since Gail Devers triumphed in 1996. Marion Jones was stripped of the 2000 title for doping offenses.

Watch the first session in NBC’s primetime coverage, or stream live at 5 p.m. PT. 

Stream the second session live at 3 a.m. PT. 

Caeleb Dressel earned his first individual Olympic gold medal and set a new Olympic record in the 100m freestyle on Wednesday.

Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky Try to Continue Team USA Dominance

Swimming events are drawing to a close soon, with Day 8 being the penultimate day for swimming competition in Tokyo. There will be four more medals up for grabs: men’s 100m butterfly, women’s 200m backstroke, women’s 800m freestyle and the mixed 4x100m medley relay. 

Caeleb Dressel will have a busy night. The four-time gold medalist will be competing in three different races on Friday night: men’s 100m butterfly final, men’s 50m freestyle semis, and the 4x100m mixed medley relay. 

The mixed medley relay is the first ever mixed-gender swimming race in Olympic history. Dressel swam the butterfly leg in the finals of the 2019 Worlds and will also participate in the Olympic final as well. Regan Smith, Andrew Wilson, Tom Shields and Abbey Weitzeil swam for Team USA during the prelims.

Katie Ledecky looks to add to her impressive collection of Olympic medals in the women’s 800m freestyle final. Ledecky is the defending Olympic champion in the race, winning gold in Rio and setting a new world record. 

Watch live in NBC’s primetime coverage, or stream live at 6:30 p.m. PT.

Kevin Durant is currently 6 points behind Carmelo Anthony for the record in Olympics career points. He will likely reach the top spot in his next game on Saturday.

U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Has a Matchup With the Czech Republic

The U.S. men’s basketball team came to Tokyo struggling to find a rhythm in exhibition play. Those struggles continued as they lost their opening matchup to France 83-76, snapping a 25-game Olympic win streak.

Team USA seemed to get back on track Wednesday night against Iran, winning by a score of 120-66 and earning their first win of the Tokyo Olympics. 

Next up for Team USA in preliminary Group A play is the Czech Republic at 5 a.m PT on Saturday. Kevin Durant has a chance to surpass Carmelo Anthony as the all-time scorer in United States men’s Olympic basketball history. Durant currently sits five points shy of the record (336 points) held by Anthony. 

Watch on Peacock or stream live.

The U.S. women’s volleyball team beat Turkey in a fifth-set tiebreaker on Thursday.

Undefeated U.S. Women’s Volleyball Faces the ROC

The U.S. women’s volleyball team takes on the Russian Olympic Committee at 7:05 p.m. PT Friday. Team USA has won the first three of its five total group-stage matches, while ROC is 2-1.

Most recently, the team won bronze in 2016 and silver in both 2012 and 2008, but Jordan Larson, Jordan Thompson and Co. have a good chance at winning their first gold in Tokyo. Thompson has been the team’s leading scorer through its first three matches.

Players with Southern California ties include Kim Hill (Pepperdine), Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach) and Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress).

Stream live here. 

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