What to watch Friday morning at the Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo 2020

Stephenie Mcpherson, of Jamaica reacts after winning ahead of Allyson Felix, of United States a women’s 400-meter semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Each day of the Tokyo Games, NBC Olympics will provide a rundown of the biggest athletes and the biggest events to watch across a variety of sports. Every single event can be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, and many can also be seen on the television networks of NBC. For even more events, visit the Olympic schedule page to find listings for specific sports or TV networks.


Spots in the gold medal match for women’s volleyball are on the line. The United States, which is still dealing with injuries to two key players, goes against Serbia in the first semifinal. If the U.S. wins that match, they would play the winner of Brazil vs. South Korea in the final.

Semifinal: Brazil vs. South Korea

  • Start Time: 8 a.m. ET
  • TV Channel: USA
  • Live Stream: Watch


Semifinal: Japan vs. France

  • Start Time: 7 a.m. ET
  • Live Stream: Watch


Sport climbing’s first Olympics comes to a close with the women’s combined final. During the qualifying round, American Brooke Raboutou earned the second-highest score in bouldering, which helped her advance to the final despite lower scores in lead (8th place) and speed (12th place).

In sport climbing, athletes compete in a trio of disciplines: speed, bouldering and lead. To get an overall score, their placings in each discipline are converted into points and multiplied together. The lowest overall score wins. 

Women’s Combined Final

  • Start Time: 4:30 a.m. ET
  • Live Stream: Watch


A dominant Swedish women’s soccer team seeks an Olympic title five years after losing the gold medal match against Germany in Rio and taking home silver. This time, they’ll meet Canada, the team that won its semifinal 1-0, dropping the U.S. into the bronze medal match it won over Australia. 

Beforehand, Mexico and host nation Japan square off for the bronze medal in the men’s tournament. 

Men’s Bronze Medal Match
Mexico vs Japan

  • Start Time: 5 a.m. ET
  • Channel: USA
  • Live Stream: Watch

Women’s Gold Medal Match
Sweden vs Canada

  • Start Time: 8 a.m. ET
  • Channel: USA
  • Live Stream: Watch


Team USA’s Gable Steveson will wrestle for gold in the men’s freestyle 125kg final against Geno Petriashvili of Georgia. Steveson, who won an NCAA title for the University of Minnesota earlier this year, is named after wrestling legend Dan Gable.
Wrestling Finals

  • Start Time: 5:15 a.m. ET
  • TV Channel: Olympic Channel
  • Live Stream: Watch


Jessica Springsteen and the U.S. jumping squad head into the team qualifier looking to right the ship after a disappointing individual event. All three riders downed the same tricky oxer and didn’t make the final. 

In Rio, the Americans won silver in team show jumping, but only return two riders (McLain Ward and alternate Kent Farrington) and zero horses from that team. Laura Kraut is back 12 years after her last Olympic appearance, when she was part of the team gold-winning U.S. squad alongside Ward in Beijing. 

Competition from the Europeans is always fierce in equestrian events, but expect some noise from a Swedish team packed with power. All three Swedish riders went clean in the individual qualifier and final to make the jump-off, including newly minted back-to-back silver medalist Peder Fredricson

Team Show Jumping Qualifier

  • Start Time: 6 a.m. ET
  • Live Stream: Watch


Action on the track begins to wind down, and there will only be one session of track & field events on Day 14. After two men’s 4×400 relay heats, the women’s javelin throw final will be contested, the men’s 5000m final will set off, and medals are on the line in the women’s 400m and 1500m. Among the prominent Americans racing for medals will be Allyson Felix in the women’s 400m.

The 4x100m relay finals will close out the session. The U.S. women made their final, but the men did not advance out of their heat after a surprising sixth-place finish.

Track Finals

  • Start Time: 6:50 a.m. ET
  • Live Stream: Watch

Field Final

  • Women’s Javelin Throw (7:50 a.m. ET / Watch)

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