Team USA continue their medal hunt on day 15 of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Saturday 7 August (Fri. evening and early Sat. morning in the U.S.).
Day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the penultimate day of action at the Games in 2021, is a huge one for the sports fans in the United States. Team USA are competing in 13 events handing out medals on Saturday 7th August (Friday evening & early Saturday in the U.S.)
There are four team gold medals available including the men’s basketball, baseball, and women’s water polo, plus the women’s individual Stroke Play in golf, and there could be an early athletics medal with the women’s marathon in Sapporo.
Who should you keep an eye and how should you follow their them in action? Read on for more.
Team USA: Who to watch on Saturday 7th August (and evening of Friday 6th August in the U.S.)
The U.S. men’s basketball team are one win away from their fourth consecutive gold. Standing in their way are France at 11.30am JST (22:30 Friday night in New York).
It's a rematch against a touch French opposition, who have won their last two encounters with the U.S., at the 2019 World Cup and the Tokyo Games opener.
In the pool, the women’s U.S. team will be up against Spain in the water polo gold medal match at 16:30 JST.
Look out for Maggie Steffens, considered one of the best water polo players in the world, as she leads the chase for a third Olympic title.
At the Yokohama Baseball Stadium, Team USA will play host Japan for its second gold medal in the country’s Olympic baseball history at 19:00 JST, that’s 6 a.m. ET.
Nelly Korda holds the lead going into the final day in the women's stroke play event, with sister Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson, and Danielle Kang all still in with a chance ofa medal on what could be a thrilling round four.
It’s an early start for the women’s marathon too in Sapporo.
U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials winner Aliphine Tuliamuk, who travelled to Tokyo with her daughter Zoe, born on January 16, leads the chase for medals alongside Sally Kipyego and Molly Seidel. The race begins at 6am JST (5pm Friday EST)
At the Olympic stadium, Vashti Cunningham will be looking to better her bronze from the 2019 world championships in the women’s high jump from 19:35 JST.
The American trio of Emily Sisson, Alicia Monson and Karissa Schweizer will line-up for the women’s 10,000m final at 19:45 JST while Cole Hocker is Team U.S.’s sole finalist in the men’s 1500m slated for 20:40.
The women and men’s 4 x 400m relay finals are scheduled for 21:30 and 21:50 JST respectively, with Allyson Felix in with a chance of a record 11th Olympic medal.
Team USA could boost their medal haul from the wrestling mats at the Makuhari Mess Hall, when old rivals Kyle Snyder faces and Abdulrashid Sadulaev of ROC in the final of the men’s 97kg freestyle. Synder beat Sadulaev at the 2017 world championships finals, while 'The Russian Tank' got his revenge at the 2018 edition. That final is scheduled from 11:00 JST.