Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky in the pool


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It’s another big night in the pool for the United States, as both Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky have a chance to add to their already-impressive medal collection.

The two biggest American stars will be in primetime on Friday night (Saturday morning in Japan) and will highlight the penultimate day of swimming in Tokyo.

Elsewhere at the Olympics, track and field is underway, tennis is reaching a conclusion, and the US men’s basketball team has another chance to get on track.

Here are the Olympic events that will take place on Saturday, July 31.

Swimming: 9:30 PM (Friday), NBC

The first final of the night is the 100m butterfly final (9:30 PM), which Caeleb Dressel is expected to dominate, though Hungarian star Kristov Milak could have a chance. Then, Ryhan Whyte and Phoebe Bacon are the Americans to watch in the women’s 200m backstroke final (9:37 PM). Right after, the women’s 800m freestyle (9:46) should be another Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus showdown, and 15-year-old Katie Grimes – the youngest American Olympian – could be in the mix. Finally, the US has a team in the mixed 4×100 medley relay (10:43 PM).


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Track and Field: 7:00 AM (Saturday), NBC/Peacock

The first final tomorrow morning is the men’s discus throw (7:15 AM), and Daniel Stahl from Sweden is a heavy favorite. After that, the mixed 4×400 relay race will take place (8:35 AM), and Alica Schmidt, dubbed the “world’s sexiest athlete,” will take part. The last final of the morning will be the women’s 100m dash (8:50 AM), the event Sha’Carri Richardson was considered a gold medal contender in before a controversial marijuana suspension.

Bronze medal men’s singles tennis match: 2:00 AM (Saturday), Olympic Channel

Novak Djokovic had a chance to make history as the first man in the history of tennis to win the Golden Slam – all four Grand Slam tournaments and a gold medal in the Olympics. However, he fell to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, and will now have to settle for bronze if he can beat Pablo Carreño Busta.

Novak Djokovic in his loss against Alexander Zverev.
Novak Djokovic in his loss against Alexander Zverev.
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US baseball vs. South Korea: 6:00 AM (Saturday), NBCSN

The US rolled in their first game against Israel, winning 8-1 behind a home run and a double from Tyler Austin. In the second game of the tournament, the Americans will face South Korea, who also won their opening match against Israel.

US men’s basketball vs. Czech Republic: 8:00 AM (Saturday), Peacock

After scuffling in their first game against France and losing in upset fashion, the US men’s basketball team blew out Iran. Can they get another huge win against the Czech Republic and rediscover their mojo before the knockout stage?



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