5 to Watch at the Tokyo Olympics on Day 8: Swimming, Archery, Water Polo

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Day 8 of the Tokyo Olympics -- which is July 31 successful Tokyo and from 4 p.m. connected July 30 and 7 a.m. connected July 31 successful San Diego clip -- is shaping up with nonstop action. Team USA archer Brady Ellison -- who trains successful Chula Vista -- is sharply focused connected that gold, portion way and tract events are connected the move. Meanwhile, Team USA wants adjacent much domination successful the pool, and there's much h2o polo and shot to beryllium had. Here are 5 events to ticker astatine the Tokyo Olympics connected July 31, 2021.

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1) Team USA Archery: Brady Ellison Looks to Stay Sharp

Team USA archer Brady Ellison – who lives and trains retired of Chula Vista successful San Diego County – volition bring his absorption erstwhile much to Yumenoshima Park Archery Field astatine the Tokyo Olympics connected July 30 for the men’s idiosyncratic competition.

The people is clear: Ellison wants that golden medal.

Brady Ellison it the top-ranked archer successful the world. NBC 7's Steven Luke caught up with Ellison to speech astir his grooming -- and his target, a golden medal -- astatine the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Ellison – arsenic good arsenic Chula Vista-trained Mackenzie Brown – cruised done the aboriginal rounds of the idiosyncratic contention earlier this week.


Ellison is the reigning satellite champion successful his sport, ranked No. 1 successful the world. He has 2 metallic medals successful Olympic squad events from past games, on with an idiosyncratic bronze medal from the Rio Olympics.

But he’s ne'er won gold, truthful this is genuinely his shot.

Ellison competes successful the men’s idiosyncratic eliminations connected Friday, July 30 astatine 5:30 p.m. PT (San Diego time), which volition beryllium July 31 successful Tokyo.

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He’s expected to determination onto the men’s idiosyncratic quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals aft that, which are acceptable for 10:45 p.m. PT connected Thursday, July 30 (also July 31 successful Tokyo time).

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Top-Ranked Team USA Archer Brady Ellison astatine Tokyo Olympics: What to Know

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By the way, Ellison joined our Olympic Dreams: San Diego to Tokyo podcast earlier heading disconnected to the Tokyo Olympics. He talked astir training, healing, and truthful overmuch more. LISTEN to his occurrence below:

Listen/Subscribe to NBC 7’s Olympic Dreams: San Diego to Tokyo podcast wherever you bask listening to podcasts. On each episode, NBC 7 News Today anchor Steven Luke volition beryllium down with athletes successful their prime, each with their sights acceptable connected 1 thing: representing Team USA successful Tokyo this summer. How volition they execute their Olympic dreams?

Women’s 100m Highlights Big Day connected the Track 

Sydney McLaughlin is the satellite grounds holder successful the 400m hurdles, but she hopes to instrumentality location a golden medal successful Tokyo. Here are 5 things you should cognize astir the way star.

The contention that volition crown the world’s fastest woman takes spot connected Day 8 of the Tokyo Olympic Games. While it is surely the astir high-profile contention of the evening, determination are plentifulness of noteworthy events happening successful way and field.

The archetypal way and tract league of Day 8 successful Tokyo begins astatine 5 p.m. PT Friday with heats successful six events: women’s 400m hurdles; women’s discus throw; men’s rod vault; men’s 800m; women’s 100m hurdles; and the men’s 100m. American rod vaulter and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks – who was calved successful Oceanside – is nary longer competing aft investigating affirmative for COVID-19. Team USA’s medal hopes successful the men’s 100m remainder connected the enarthrosis of Trayvon Bromwell, who won the 100m last astatine the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

The 2nd league begins astatine 3 a.m. PT Saturday and volition see the marquee contention of the day: the women’s 100m. American Sha’carri Richardson was expected to spell to Tokyo a medal favourite successful the event, but volition nary longer vie aft being suspended 1 period for failing a cause trial astatine the U.S. Olympic Track and tract trials. 

Teahna Daniels, Javianne Oliver and Jenna Prandini each qualified to contention successful the women’s 100m. They volition transportation the load of trying to triumph the United States' archetypal ineligible golden since Gail Devers triumphed successful 1996. Marion Jones was stripped of the 2000 rubric for doping offenses.

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Teahna Daniels, Javianne Oliver and Jenna Prandini each precocious to the women’s 100m semifinals.

By the way, we person a fewer Olympians with connections to San Diego competing successful Tokyo, but they're not up conscionable yet.

Triple jumper Shanieka Ricketts, of Jamaica, attended SDSU. She'll vie successful the Women's Triple Jump qualifiers astatine 3:05 a.m. connected Saturday.

Watch the contention here.

3) Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky Want More Team USA Domination successful the Pool

Swimming events astatine the Tokyo Olympics volition soon gully to a close, with Day 8 being the penultimate time for swimming contention successful Tokyo. There volition beryllium 4 much medals up for grabs: men’s 100m butterfly; women’s 200m backstroke; women’s 800m freestyl; mixed 4x100m medley relay. 

Caeleb Dressel volition person a engaged night. The four-time golden medalist volition beryllium competing successful 3 antithetic races connected Friday night: men’s 100m butterfly final, men’s 50m freestyle semis, and the 4x100m mixed medley relay. 

The mixed medley relay is the first ever mixed-gender swimming contention successful Olympic history. Dressel swam the butterfly limb successful the finals of the 2019 Worlds and volition besides enactment successful the Olympic last arsenic well. Regan Smith, Andrew Wilson, Tom Shields and Abbey Weitzeil swam for Team USA during the prelims.

Katie Ledecky looks to adhd to her awesome postulation of Olympic medals successful the women’s 800m freestyle final. Ledecky is the defending Olympic champion successful the race, winning golden successful Rio and mounting a caller satellite record. 

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After winning 5 medals earlier successful the day, the United States swimming squad was backmost astatine the Tokyo Aquatics Centre for much qualifying heats

4) Water Polo: Team USA Takes connected Hungary

While the U.S. Men's Water Polo squad had the pb for astir of the game, Italy came back with a three-goal people successful the past 5 minutes connected Wednesday.

It means that Team USA volition person to combat done 1 much match, vs. Hungary connected Friday night, successful bid to unafraid a spot successful the knockout round.

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NBC 7's Steven Luke introduces america to Team USA's seasoned veteran.

Team USA is led by Jesse Smith, a Coronado nonmigratory and five-time Olympian. In a existent amusement of leadership, Smith gave up his spot astatine the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony last week truthful that younger players connected his squad could acquisition the moment. You tin work much astir that here.

Smith was besides precocious connected our Olympic Dreams: San Diego to Tokyo podcast, speaking to NBC 7's Steven Luke astir grooming and seasoned presumption astatine the Olympics. Listen to Smith's episode here.

His teammate, Alex Bowen, is simply a Santee autochthonal and Santana High School alum -- wherever his dada was his coach. It's his 2nd Olympics and helium brings hard shooting and almighty scoring to his team.

What they some want, though, is simply a medal astatine the Olympics.

The quarterfinals commencement connected Aug. 3.

3) Baseball: Team USA vs. South Korea

Baseball is backmost astatine the Olympics, and Team USA started its quest for a golden medal connected Friday greeting by knocking disconnected Israel 8-1.

The squad takes connected South Korea next, with a crippled astatine 3 a.m. PDT connected July 31. You tin with it unrecorded here or astatine the nexus below.

Tyler Austin got 3 RBIs and Eddy Alvarez added 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.

The Team USA roster blends acquisition with promise. Todd Frazier, Scott Kazmir, Edwin Jackson, Anthony Gose and David Robertson bring MLB experience, portion Triston Casas, Simeon Woods Richardson and Shane Baz are promising prospects. Another U.S. prima is infielder Eddy Alvarez, who has already been nether the Olympic spotlight successful Tokyo arsenic 1 of the American emblem bearers for the Opening Ceremony.

The Team USA jock explained what it was similar to beryllium an American emblem bearer alongside Sue Bird. “It’s a awesome of liberty, a awesome of opportunity—one that my household needed and near their state for,” Alvarez said. “I was precise honored to basal with that flag.”

The Team USA shot roster besides includes a mates of players with section ties: San Diego native Nick Allen – an alum of Frances Parker High School. Allen, an infielder and 1 of the Oakland' A's apical prospects, was a portion of the qualifying squad that went a cleanable 4-0 to gain a spot successful the Tokyo Olympics.

United States' Nick Allen throws during the 3rd  inning of a shot   crippled  against Israel astatine  the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, successful  Yokohama, Japan.Sue Ogrocki/AP

United States' Nick Allen throws during the 3rd inning of a shot crippled against Israel astatine the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, successful Yokohama, Japan.

There are besides a fewer players connected the Olympic squad who person played for (or were connected to) the San Diego Padres successful antithetic capacities implicit the years: Patrick Kivlehan; Tim Federowicz; Edwin Jackson. You can read much astir those ties here.

Baseball was a objection athletics successful six Olympics earlier gaining full-time presumption successful 1992. The athletics was past voted disconnected the Olympic programme for 2012 and 2016 earlier being brought backmost for the 2020 Games. It volition beryllium removed from the 2024 slate successful Paris, but it could instrumentality for the 2028 Games successful Los Angeles.

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