Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Kenyan Jepchirchir wins marathon, plus diving, boxing and more – live! | sport
And now to Team USA! UNITED STATES! UNITED STATES! Lots of medals for them on day 15. Here are some highlights:
10:30 p.m. EDT: men’s basketball final
After stumbling in warm-up matches before heading to Tokyo and also in the first game of the tournament’s group stage, the US hoops team seems to be back on track. They are unbeaten in their last four Olympics and have won those competitions with an average of 35.5 points. Now they are ready to face France, the talented team that dominated them in their first game in Tokyo, in the final, and the United States will have to have learned from their mistakes. That said, France won with thinner margins en route to the gold medal game, and the United States is gelling with their full roster finally accustomed to playing together, so the odds are in favor of the Americans.
3:30 a.m. EDT: women’s water polo final
Water polo is perhaps the most grueling sport in the Olympics – although the 50km race seems pretty brutal – and American women are playing Spain for gold. Women’s water polo made its debut at the 2000 Games, and since then the United States has played all but one of the finals and won the last two gold medals, edging Spain in 2012 and Italy in 2016. They are heavily favored in Tokyo and have won every major international tournament they’ve participated in since 2014, but suffered a loss to Hungary in a group match, their first Olympic loss since 2008.
6:35 a.m. EDT: women’s high jump final
Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, was the only American to advance to the high jump final, and she has a good chance of winning a medal. Cunningham, 23, has previously won national championships and a world indoor title; in 2019, at the last world championship, she finished third in the high jump.
7:40 a.m. EDT: Men’s 1500m final
Cole Hocker represents one of the last two chances for the US men’s track team to win an individual gold medal in Tokyo – and he has a good chance of doing so. Hocker, 20, is competing in his first Olympics and he won the 1500 at the NCAA Championship this spring. At the Olympic trials he edged out reigning gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz, who made the team but failed to reach the final.
6 a.m. EDT: men’s baseball final
Baseball, which was back on the Olympic program this year for the first time since 2008, won’t return to Paris in 2024, so Saturday’s action will mark some kind of end, or pause – and there is no better game to finish on than the United States team against Japan. The United States haven’t won gold since 2000, and Japan have never won gold, but both teams have dominated so far in Tokyo. They’ve met once before on Monday when Japan won 7-6 in extra innings, and if Saturday’s game is even almost as exciting, it will be a memory to remember.