5 to Watch: Cal Swimmers Murphy, Mefford in Finals, USNWT in Quarters

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A brace of Cal swimmers Thursday purpose to proceed stacking up medals for Team USA successful the pool, competing successful the 200m backstroke final; the U.S. women's shot squad is into the quarterfinals; and the way and tract contention gets underway. Here's what to ticker for successful the adjacent 24 hours:

Ryan Murphy, Lilly King among US swimmers backmost for much medals

Thursday night's swimming slate offers Team USA different accidental to predominate the podium with finals successful 4 events: the women's 200m breaststroke, men's 200m backstroke, women's 100m freestyle and men's 200m idiosyncratic medley.

The men's 200m backstroke last volition diagnostic Americans Ryan Murphy and Bryce Mefford, some of whom swam for Cal. Murphy is coming disconnected a bronze medal show successful the 100m backstroke, portion Mefford looks to physique connected awesome swims successful the heats and semifinals.

Lilly King volition person her sights acceptable connected golden successful the women's 200m breaststroke aft claiming bronze successful the 100m breaststroke, an lawsuit wherever she owns the satellite record. She volition beryllium joined by chap American Annie Lazor successful the final. South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker is the swimmer to bushed aft she acceptable an Olympic grounds successful the lawsuit connected Wednesday.

Abbey Weitzeil reached the last for the women's 100m freestyle. She already has a bronze medal successful Tokyo arsenic portion of Team USA's 4x100m freestyle relay.

The past last of the league is the men's 200m IM featuring Michael Andrew, who posted the fastest clip successful 200m IM qualifying. Chase Kalisz, who won golden successful the 400m IM, failed to suffice for the 200m IM final.

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Thursday's league besides includes semifinals successful the men's 100m butterfly and women's 200m backstroke.

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Ryan Murphy.

USWNT battles Netherlands successful women's shot quarterfinals

The U.S. women's nationalist team made it into the shot quarterfinals acknowledgment to a gully against Australia connected Tuesday.

The USWNT, which placed 2nd successful Group G, knows however unsafe the quarterfinal circular tin be. The squad fell to Sweden successful the circular of 8 astatine the 2016 Rio Olympics, failing to medal for the archetypal clip successful Olympic history. The Americans had brought location golden successful each 4 anterior Games.

The squad has already flooded adversity successful Tokyo, though. The U.S. followed up a stunning 3-0 opening decision to Sweden with a comfy 6-1 triumph implicit New Zealand earlier drafting Australia to unafraid a quarterfinals berth. Now, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Co. crook their attraction to fending elimination and winning the U.S. different gold.

The Netherlands has been an violative unit successful Tokyo. The Dutch women topped Group F with 7 points and scored 21 goals successful 3 games. The quarterfinal tilt kicks disconnected astatine 4 a.m. Friday.

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The U.S. women's shot    squad  celebrates successful  their crippled  against New Zealand

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The U.S. women’s shot squad precocious to the quarterfinals aft tying with Australia 0-0. The quarterfinals are scheduled to statesman July 30.

Track and tract contention gets disconnected and running

The way and tract contention successful Tokyo begins with a afloat time of action.

The archetypal league begins astatine 5 p.m., with heats successful six events: men’s precocious jump, men’s steeplechase, men’s discus, women’s 800m, men’s 400m hurdles and women’s 100m. JuVaughn Harrison (men’s precocious jump), Athing Mu (women’s 800m) and Rai Benjamin (men’s 400m hurdles) are among the U.S. medal contenders who volition statesman their events.

The 2nd league begins astatine 3 a.m. Friday and volition spot the archetypal way and tract medals of the 2020 Olympics awarded. The league features women’s 5000m heats, women’s triple leap qualification, women’s changeable enactment qualification and 4x400m mixed relay heats. Keturah Orji (women’s triple jump), Jessica Ramsey (women’s changeable put), Raven Saunders (women’s changeable put) and a star-studded women’s 4x400m relay squad that has won six consecutive Olympic titles header the Team USA participants.

The nighttime concludes with the men’s 10,000m final. Grant Fisher, Woody Kincaid and Joe Klecker volition beryllium competing for the U.S.

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Hurdler Rai Benjamin was fixed the accidental to enactment successful the 2016 Rio Olympics, but a ft wounded held him back. Now helium is returning for Tokyo 2020, acceptable to vie against immoderate of the fastest runners retired there.

Team USA faces Japan successful women's basketball

The U.S. women's hoops squad puts its 50-game Olympic winning streak connected the enactment against Japan successful a Group B matchup astatine 9:40 p.m. Thursday.

The Americans handled Nigeria by a people of 81-72 successful their opener connected Tuesday. A'ja Wilson led the complaint with 19 points and 13 rebounds, portion U.S. emblem bearer Sue Bird dished retired 13 points portion being held scoreless.

Team USA is aiming for its seventh consecutive Olympic gold. The squad hasn't been beaten connected the Olympic signifier since the semifinals astatine the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Japan bushed France 74-70 successful its archetypal Group B contest. Saki Hayashi scored a game-high 12 points for the big nation.

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 Sue Bird #6 of the USA Basketball Womens National Team smiles during USAB Womens National Team signifier    astatine  the Mendenhall Center connected  July 17, 2021 successful  Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sue Bird volition beryllium 1 of the emblem bearers for the United States during the Opening Ceremony.

2020 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson led Team USA women’s hoops to a triumph implicit Nigeria.

Rowing competitions adjacent with men’s and women’s 8 finals

The U.S. rowing squad volition beryllium seeking medals successful 2 of the sport’s biggest races: the men’s and women’s 8 finals.

The U.S. women’s 8 won the 2nd vigor with the third-fastest wide qualifying time. If the squad wants to triumph its 4th consecutive Olympic gold, it volition person to bushed beardown competitors from Romania, Canada and New Zealand. Romania acceptable a world-best clip of 5:52.99 successful the repechage race, portion Canada besides bushed the erstwhile world-best people successful the aforesaid race. New Zealand, meanwhile, won the archetypal vigor of the event.

The U.S. men’s 8 finished 2nd successful its vigor and 3rd successful the repechage race. The squad is looking for its archetypal Olympic medal since 2008 and archetypal Olympic golden since 2004. Standing successful its mode are Germany, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

After dealing with weather-related rescheduling earlier this week, the men’s and women’s 8 finals are the past 2 rowing races astatine the Tokyo Games. The last rowing league begins astatine 3:45 p.m. Thursday besides includes finals for men’s and women’s azygous sculls.

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Liam Corrigan (right, successful achromatic hat) and Austin Hack (black visor), some of Old Lyme, volition beryllium rowing with the U.S. squad successful the men's 8 successful the Tokyo Olympics.

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