2020 Tokyo Olympics: How, When to Watch This Weekend’s Major Events

by Suzanne Halliburton

Grab your remotes. The Tokyo Olympics is hitting its viewing stride as swimming and gymnastics makes way for track and field.

Outsider has you covered. We’re here to give you some tips on some top events coming up this weekend at the Tokyo Olympics.

There’s one day left of swimming, with the Tokyo Olympics giving us Caeleb Dressel as a new star while cementing Katie Ledecky’s legendary status. Ledecky already is finished with her Tokyo swimming schedule. But she’ll be on hand to cheer her American teammates. Dressel swims for gold in the 50-meter freestyle and he’ll anchor the American team in the 400 medley relay. If he wins the 50, Dressel will join Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz as the only American male swimmers with at least three individual gold medals in one Olympics.

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Check Out American Women Basketball Team and Its Run at Tokyo Olympics

The American men’s basketball team already played Saturday. But check out the women. They take on France, Sunday at 11:40 PM, Central. How’s this for dominance? The women’s team hasn’t lost a game since 1992. That’s 51 straight games.

Men’s golf finishes its Tokyo Olympic run, Saturday. American Xander Schauffele goes for gold, with the final round starting at 5:30 Central. Schauffele is 14 under. He owns a one-stroke lead over Hideki Matsuyama. Japan is cheering mightily for Matsuyama, who won this year’s Masters back in April. Great Britain’s Paul Casey and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz are tied for third at 12 under.

Casey thinks golf isn’t as appreciated as much as it should be at the Tokyo Olympics.

“I think it gets knocked quite a bit, doesn’t it?” Casey told reporters. “It’s like why do we need it, all this kind of stuff, but the guys that are here are very aware what this means to one person. It will be three medals, but to the gold medalist tomorrow it’s massive.”

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Sunday Is Loaded With Gymnastics, Track

Sunday also gives Tokyo Olympics fans another chance to watch gymnastics. Word broke late Friday that Simone Biles still wasn’t able to compete. She withdrew from Sunday’s individual finals in the vault and uneven bars.

Still, even without Biles, there is a wonderful competition. But American audiences will need to wake up early if you want to watch live, Sunday. The men’s floor exercise starts at 3 a.m. followed by the women’s vault 44 minutes later. Next comes the men’s pommel horse at 4:44 a.m, then the uneven bars at 5:27.

You might want to set your alarm to watch Suni Lee, the surprise winner of the women’s all-around title. Lee is from St. Paul, Minn, and she’s a gold medal favorite on the bars, her best event. Belgium’s Nina Derwael should be her main competition.

Lee will return from the Tokyo Olympics as one of the most well-known athletes in the country. She said she’s picked up 800,000 followers on Instagram since the Olympics started. Just wow.

“It’s been incredible,” Lee told reporters. “It’s just been insane. All my social media platforms have been blowing up. My phone is blowing up non-stop.”

Meanwhile, track will crown the world’s fastest man very early Sunday. The 100 meters final is set for 7:50 a.m. Then 14 hours later, you can check out the finals of the women’s 100 hurdles. The Tokyo Olympics also will award gold medals in men’s high jump and women’s triple jump.

So, if you’re a fan of the Tokyo Olympics, there is non-stop action all weekend. Lucky you.