The final round of the Olympic golf tournament kicks off the ninth day of action in Tokyo. Fans can watch live on the Golf Channel starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Team USA’s Xander ScHotele is still leading the pack after the third round, reaching 3 under on par. It is 14 cents for the whole tournament. Japanese Hideki Matsuyama and Briton Paul Casey climbed the rankings on Saturday. Casey is tied for third with Mexican Carlos Ortiz. Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is in a three-way tie for fifth place.
The top three contenders will leave last, at 10:09 p.m. ET.
Also on the program: athletics qualifications and finals and gymnastics event finals.
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While the United States has only one medal in track and field so far – a bronze medal in Saturday’s mixed 4×400 relay – the finals are just beginning.
In the women’s shot put, which will be held at 8:35 p.m. ET, American Raven Saunders is the favorite after finishing atop the qualifying standings. An NCAA star in Mississippi, Saunders threw 19.22 yards to advance to the final and gained the attention of many on social media for his unique face mask.
On Sunday morning, the United States will also see the finals in the men’s high jump, women’s triple jump and men’s 100 meters. Trayvon Bromell, who ran a 9.80 in the 100 at the US Olympic Trials, has gold medal potential. The qualifying heats for the event will take place shortly after the finals.
Team USA’s Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes, college stars at UCLA and USC respectively, pitched the round of 16 in women’s beach volleyball, the tournament’s first playoff round.
The young duo will face Canadians Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley at 8 p.m. ET. Neither the United States nor Canada faced each other in the preliminaries. Sponcil and Claes won their three preliminary matches.
A controversy has erupted in Tokyo over the sport’s long-standing requirement to wear bikini bottoms while playing. It’s not the only sport at the Games with criticized dress codes for women.
On the men’s side, action kicks off at 11 p.m. ET with Phil Dalhausser and Nicholas Lucena of the US against Qataris Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younousse. The American duo lost a game in the preliminaries against the Netherlands.
Meet Richard Torrez Jr. in the Olympic Village and he’ll likely show you a magic trick. He took a deck with him to strike up a conversation with other athletes.
The super-heavy American boxer, who graduated from high school as a major in his promotion, comes from a family of boxers. His father and grandfather were both boxers, and his father even fought for the US team, although he didn’t make it to the Olympics. Torrez Jr. was invited to train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee training facility in 2017.
Tyrell Biggs was the last boxer to win a medal for Team USA in the super-heavyweight division in 1984. Torrez Jr. is one lap away from the medal race after beating his opponent in the first round on Thursday. He will step into the ring at 6:06 am ET Sunday for his quarterfinal fight against Cuban Dainier Pero.
– Josh Pierre