Devon Allen on the track tonight, sport climbing medals – and how to watch the men’s basketball semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics – NBC New York
On Day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics, there is no shortage of must-see action. The U.S. women’s national soccer team seeks a medal after another disappointing performance as Kevin Durant and the U.S. men’s basketball team move closer to gold.
The first medals in sport climbing are awarded (it’s a brand new Olympic sport this year) and two Americans compete for the podium. And of course there’s another thrilling track and field slate with fan favorite Grant Holloway and Devon Allen, known for his recent dance moves, in a jam-packed men’s 110-meter hurdles final.
Without further ado, here are our 4 to watch on day 13:
DON’T MISS THE PROMOTION: For a full overview of all of the day’s events in Tokyo, visit Streaming schedule page for NBCOlympics.com. See every event live there, in the NBC Sports app and the connected set-top boxes and Catch the highlights in prime time on NBC.
1. USWNT takes bronze against Australia
The US women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to Canada in the semi-finals on Monday, missing the chance to play for gold in the second consecutive Olympic Games.
The US women’s soccer team wants to recover from a painful semi-final defeat against Canada in the bronze medal game against Australia.
After winning four of the first five gold medals in the history of women’s Olympic football, Team USA have now failed to make it to the finals in consecutive games. The United States were in a goalless duel with Canada until Jessie Fleming defeated Adrianna Franch in the 74th minute with a penalty for the only goal of the game.
HOW TO SEE: Catch the action on the USA Network or stream it live online right here starting Thursday at 4 a.m. ET.
Now Megan Rapinoe, New Jersey’s Carli Lloyd and the rest of the USWNT are turning their attention back to Australia. The Americans needed a round robin game to win or draw against Australia and picked up one point in a 0-0 draw with the Aussies on July 27th.
It’s not gold, but after missing the podium together at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the USWNT will be hungry on Thursday. Sweden and Canada play for the gold medal Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET. Watch it here.
MORE: See the best soccer goals from the Tokyo women’s tournament
2. Fan favorite Grant Halloway, Ryan Crouser Chase Track and Field Gold
Team USA’s Grant Holloway, Devon Allen and Daniel Roberts all qualified for the men’s 110m hurdles semi-finals. The three Americans will compete against each other on Tuesday evening to fight for gold in the final.
There are three finals on the program for the athletics action on Wednesday evening: the men’s triple jump, the men’s shot put and the men’s 110-meter hurdles.
Grant Holloway leads a group of three American men into the final over the 110m hurdles. He set the fastest time in qualifying at 13:02, just 0.22 seconds behind the world record time set by American Aries Merritt in 2012. He is supported by his teammates Devon Allen, who made some headlines, and Daniel Roberts.
Three Americans will also compete in the men’s shot put final. World and Olympic record holder Ryan Crouser is the favorite, while Joe Kovacs and Payton Otterdahl were the last two qualifiers.
HOW TO SEE: Catch the action from the first session on NBC in prime time or stream it live here from 8:00 p.m. ET.
Don’t miss the second session on Peacock or find it live here starting Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.
Two Americans take part in the men’s triple jump final. Will Claye (# 2) is the top placed athlete in the finals while Donald Scott is # 5. Clayes personal best (18.14 m) is 0.05 m longer than the Olympic record.
On Wednesday evening there are also decathlon races for men, heptathlon races for women, high jump qualification for women and round 1 of the 4×100 meter relay for men and women.
Athletics returns with another session early Thursday, in which the final will take place in the women’s pole vault and the men’s 400m. In addition, there are races in the women’s 4x400m relay and the men’s 1500m relay, while the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon crown their champions.
MORE: Devon Allen celebrates half victory with dance after 110m hurdles
3. US men’s basketball fights Australia in the semifinals
The USA men’s basketball team reached the semi-finals after defeating Spain. Kevin Durant led the lead for the US but avoiding a stellar performance from Spaniard Ricky Rubio was no easy task.
Team USA are two wins away from their fourth straight gold medal in men’s basketball, and their next test is in the semi-finals against Australia.
After a worrying opening defeat against France, the US men have lined up three straight wins against Iran, the Czech Republic and Spain. Kevin Durant, the newly appointed Olympic top scorer in US men’s basketball, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum are among the standouts for the USA in four games.
HOW TO SEE: Catch the action on Peacock or stream it right here starting Thursday at 12:15 p.m. ET.
Australia are unbeaten in the semi-finals on Thursday. Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Co. went 3-0 in the group game before giving Argentina a one-sided 38-point quarter-final defeat on Tuesday. Australia are aiming for their first ever men’s Olympic basketball medal.
The winner of the USA-Australia team will face the winner of Slovenia-France on Friday, August 6th, while the two losers will play for bronze on Saturday, August 7th.
MORE: Argentina’s veteran Luis Scola receives a tearful ovation
4. Colin Duffy tries to reach the 1st Olympic sport climbing podium
After sport climbing made its Olympic debut on Tuesday, American climbers Colin Duffy and Nathaniel Coleman will fight for the first Olympic gold medal in the sport on Thursday.
Two Americans will try to run to the top of the walls – and the standings – at Tokyo’s Aomi Urban Sports Park on Thursday.
Team USA’s Colin Duffy and Nathaniel Coleman are among the eight athletes competing in the first ever Olympic sport climbing final. Duffy finished third overall in qualifying after finishing sixth in speed, fifth in bouldering and second in the lead.
Coleman, however, was eighth overall and the final qualifier for the final. He finished 10th in speed, 11th in bouldering and fifth in leadership.
HOW TO SEE: Watch all the action live online right here starting Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Frenchman Mickael Mawem topped the rankings in qualifying, while Japanese Tomoa Narasaki Tomoa finished second.
The action begins with the Speed Finals on Thursday at 4:30 a.m. ET, moves to the Bouldering Final an hour later, and begins the Lead Finals at 8:10 a.m. ET. While the climbers compete in three different disciplines, the medals are awarded to the top three in the overall ranking.
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