Marin County pitcher Joe Ryan and the United States baseball team will face host nation Japan in the gold medal game early Saturday. Additionally, Team USA basketball, with Warriors star Draymond Green, coach Steve Kerr and Oakland native Damian Lillard, is also aiming for gold. Here are the best events to watch Friday and Saturday:
Team USA faces Japan in baseball gold medal game
The United States are in search of the first Olympic gold medal awarded since 2008. They will face Japan, who were the only team to beat them in the pool, at 3 am Saturday.
Marin County product Joe Ryan helped the Americans defeat South Korea in the semi-final of the title game. By reaching the gold medal game, Eddy Alvarez became the third American to win a medal at the Summer and Winter Olympics, and he will look to win that gold.
The US baseball team won their only gold in 2000 when they surprised a favorite Cuban team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
The game will air live on NBCOlympics.com at 3 a.m. and air on USA Network at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
Men’s basketball faces France for gold
The United States team, along with Warriors Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr, will meet France again in men’s basketball, but this time for a gold medal. After losing the opening game of the Olympic tournament to France, the US team dominated the competition, beating Iran, the Czech Republic, Spain and Australia.
During the tournament, Kevin Durant passed Carmelo Anthony for most points in team history. The United States has won gold at every Olympic Games since 2008 and will look to continue their Olympic streak.
Durant will look to lead American men to gold starting at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
The game can be streamed live.
Team USA looks to add more track and field medals in 4x400m relay
In what will be the last full day on the track, Team USA will seek a podium finish in the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays.
In what will be the final race in Allyson Felix’s historic Olympic career, Team USA will look to send one of the most decorated Olympians in history with one final medal to add to their collection.
Team USA are the reigning champions of the event and will be the favorite for the gold medal after their blistering qualifying time of 3:20:86. Kendall Ellis, Lyann Irby, Wadeline Jonathas and Kaylin Whitney made up the qualifying quartet, while Felix is set to make the final on Saturday at 5.30am.
Other athletics finals on Saturday include: the women’s high jump, the women’s 10,000-meter run, the men’s javelin throw and the men’s 1,500-meter race.
Coverage begins at 3 a.m. Watch on Peacock or stream live.
American golfer Nelly Korda goes for gold
Despite a strong push from Australia’s Lydia Ko in the third round, American golfer Nelly Korda leads the women’s Olympic golf tournament before the final round of play on Friday night.
Korda finished Round 3 early Friday morning at age 15 after a weather delay. The Indian Aditi Ashok remains in second place at under 12.
Ko and fellow Australian Hannah Green are currently tied for third with Dane Emily Kristine Pederson and Japanese Mone Inami.
Korda, the world’s No.1 golfer, had nine birdies and an eagle about to shoot nine under par in the second round.
Olympic officials hope to qualify for the final 18 of the 72-hole tournament on Saturday in Tokyo even though weather delays are expected.
The gold medal will be awarded in women’s golf on Friday starting at 3:30 p.m. on Golf Channel.
The 2021 Olympic Games Women’s Golf Tournament can be streamed live.
Start of the women’s marathon in Sapporo
The women’s marathon will be one of the flagship track events on Friday as the women’s race kicks off at 3 p.m. on USA Network. The marathon was moved from northern Tokyo to Sapporo as temperatures were expected to be around 5-6 degrees cooler. However, a heat wave in the northern prefecture of Japan will put the temperature on race day at around 34 degrees Celsius, while temperatures in Tokyo will likely be cooler, between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius. Japanese officials have also strongly discouraged fans from attending the outdoor event due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Nonetheless, the women will face the heat and deserted roads of Sapporo in search of marathon gold on Friday. For Team USA, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Molly Seidel and Sally Kipyego are registered on the field. All three will run their first Olympic marathon, although Kipyego has already won a silver medal in the 10,000m event at the London Olympics in 2012. For Tuliamuk, it will be his first race since the birth of his daughter. in January 2021. She won the U.S. Marathon trials in March 2020, about a week before the country was shut down due to COVID-19.
The women’s marathon can be broadcast live.