Olympics 2021 live updates – USA mens hoops goes for gold; marathoner Molly Seidel wins bronze – ESPN

We’re entering the final weekend of the Tokyo Olympic Games and there is some big hardware left to be awarded.

Friday evening starts with the women’s marathon and the final round of the women’s Olympic golf tournament. Despite struggling in the third round, American Nelly Korda still holds a 3-stroke lead.

Knitting fans, or fans of knitters, will get one more chance to see British diver/elite knitter Tom Daley, who competes in the 10-meter platform dive.

That, however, is all appetizer to the main course: the men’s basketball gold-medal game. Kevin Durant and Team USA will face Evan Fournier and France (10:30 p.m. ET). This is somewhat of a revenge game for the Americans, who lost the Olympic opener to the French.

For Jerry Colangelo, the retiring architect of USA Basketball, this game is a culmination and maybe a coronation.

Here’s the best of all the action in Tokyo:

Surprise medal for Team USA

Team USA’s Molly Seidel ran her first marathon ever in February 2020 — at the U.S. Olympic trials. A year and a half later, she is the Olympic bronze medalist at Tokyo, finishing at 2:27:46. Kenya went 1-2 — Peres Jepchirchir won gold with a 2:27:20 finish, followed by Brigid Kosgei. The women’s marathon race was moved to earlier in the morning on Saturday in Sapporo, Japan, due to heat and humidity.

Seidel is the third American woman to win a medal in Olympic marathon, joining Deena Kastor (bronze, 2004) and Joan Benoit Samuelson (gold, 1984).

Relay redemption?

The U.S. men have not had a great run in Tokyo, but the men’s 4×400-meter relay final (8:50 a.m. ET) will give Team USA a chance at redemption. In the heats, the U.S. preliminary squad of Trevor Stewart, Randolph Ross, Bryce Deadmon and Vernon Norwood finished at 2:57.77 to win their heat and automatically advance to the final. They will face Jamaica, Netherlands and Italy, who will all look to make the podium.

Repeat relay?

For the women’s 4×400, defending champion USA heads into the relay final (8:30 a.m. ET) as a clear favorite, winning its heat in 3:20.86, the fastest time of the entire prelim heats. Ten-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix is expected to join the team for a chance to win her 11th Olympic medal.

Gold on the pitch

Defending champion Brazil will take on Spain for a shot at the gold medal at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday. Spain is coming off a 1-0 semifinal victory over Japan, while Brazil beat Mexico 4-1. In 2016, Brazil won the gold medal in a penalty shootout against Germany.

USA nears three-peat

Team USA has the chance to win three straight Olympic gold medals in women’s water polo when it takes on Spain at 3:30 a.m. ET. The U.S. topped Group B, then beat Canada in the quarterfinals and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the semifinals. Spain boasts of a similar path, finishing at the top of Group A and beating China and Hungary en route to the final.

Does gold run in the family?

USA high jump star Vashti Cunningham, the 23-year-old daughter of former Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings star Randall Cunningham, is positioned to be a medal contender when the women’s high jump final begins (6:35 a.m. ET). Her 1.95-meter jump in the prelim round automatically qualified her for the finals. She finished first at U.S. Olympic trials in June, and the month before that, she set a personal record with a jump of 6 feet, 7½ inches.