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What do you get when you have a world record holder, the gold medalist of the Rio Olympics and a first-time Olympian ready for her first final?
Another wild day on the track in Tokyo.
One day after the Norwegian Karsten Warholm and Rai Benjamin from Team USA delivered a race for eternity in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, the women’s final has what it takes to become another classic. It shows the world record holder Sydney McLaughling and the woman who owns gold in Rio, Dalilah Muhammad.
Other events to watch on Day 12 include the US-Australia women’s basketball quarter-finals and competitive games for the US in men’s water polo and women’s volleyball.
Running obstacles can tire even the most dedicated athlete. So the sport can only be explained with Legos. Dalilah Muhammad from Team USA explains the 400 meter hurdles with everyone’s favorite building blocks.
Three US athletes compete in a highly anticipated 400m hurdles final
One of the biggest showdowns of the entire Tokyo Games will take place in the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday evening.
American superstars Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad, a USC graduate, will compete in the women’s 400m hurdles final. McLaughlin came to Tokyo with the world record in this event, while Muhammad won the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The two have not disappointed in Tokyo either. McLaughlin posted the best semifinal time in the event on Tuesday with a 53.03 mark. Muhammad won her run with the second best overall time of 53:30.
American Anna Cockrell, another USC graduate, will also compete in the finals after finishing second in Tuesday’s third semifinals. Nevertheless, all eyes will be on the battle between the world record holder and the reigning Olympic champion.
The race is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. PT.
While the women’s 400 meter hurdles will be the only final Tuesday Night’s athletics session also includes men’s decathlon events, women’s heptathlon events, the men’s javelin qualification and the men’s semi-finals over 110 meter hurdles.
Athletics turns around and has another session that starts at 2:30 p.m. CET Wednesday. There are finals in the obstacle course for women, hammer throw for men, 800m for men and 200m for men. There is also action in the men’s decathlon, the women’s heptathlon, the women’s 1500m and the women’s 400m.
Watch the Wednesday night session on NBC’s prime time coverage or stream it live. Watch or stream the second session on Peacock.
The U.S. women’s volleyball team came from behind to beat Italy before the quarter-finals.
After fighting through the preliminary round, the USA will play against the Dominican Republic in the volleyball quarter-finals
The US women’s volleyball team faced adversity in the preliminary round and the path to the quarter-finals is not going to be any easier.
Team USA went down 4-1 in round robin action when faced with apparent ankle injuries to two marquee players in Jordan Thompson and Jordyn Poulter. First place in Pool B earned the team a quarter-final title against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday at 9 p.m. PT.
Thompson’s availability for Wednesday’s quarter-final game is uncertain, although the team is hoping she can return at some point in the elimination rounds. Poulter ended Sunday’s comeback win against Italy and watched the rest of the game in a wheelchair.
The Dominican Republic lost their first three games in Tokyo but turned the game around with wins against Kenya and Japan and secured a place in the quarterfinals.
Watch or stream live on NBC.
Men’s water polo quarter-finals begin with the US and Spain
The U.S. men’s water polo team has to recover if it is to keep its medal hopes alive.
Losing three times in a row, Team USA are back in the quarterfinals after missing the round at the Rio Olympics. The Americans play against Spain on Tuesday at 10 p.m. PT.
Head coach Dejan Udovicic’s squad won their first two games in Tokyo, defeating Japan at 15:13 and overtaking South Africa 20: 3. Those two wins gave the US enough to move forward as the team followed suit with consecutive losses to Italy, Hungary and Greece to finish the group game.
Alex Obert, Alex Bowen and Max Irving were among the US offensive contributors. The team will need every offensive they can get against an undefeated Spanish team that only scored 31 goals.
Players with Southern California connections on the team are Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach / UCLA), Ben Hallock (Westlake Village), Hannes Daube (Long Beach / USC), Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles), Marko Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes / USC) and Max Irving (Long Beach / UCLA).
Watch or stream live on CNBC.
Team USA’s women’s basketball defeated France in a preliminary round match 92-83.
Team USA predicts Australia in the quarter-finals of the women’s hoops
American women’s basketball has won 52 consecutive Olympic competitions since 1992. Now the team is three more wins away from a seventh consecutive gold medal.
Team USA beat Nigeria, Japan and France 3-0 in the group stage. A’ja Wilson was the top scorer on her Olympic debut with over 20 points per game, while Breanna Stewart averaged a double-double in three competitions.
The Americans are turning their attention to Australia, which entered the Olympics with the second best chance of winning the tournament. Tipoff is on Tuesday at 9:40 a.m. PT.
Without Liz Cambage, Australia lost their first two games to Belgium and China before qualifying for the quarter-finals with a 27-point win over Puerto Rico. However, the US will not take the match lightly after losing to Australia on July 16 in an exhibition with a score of 70-67.
Watch the game on the USA Network or stream it live.