2021 Olympics schedule: Road cycling, shooting and men’s volleyball top events to watch on Friday’s Tokyo list


The first full day of Olympic competition in Tokyo gives you plenty of chances to finally see medals being awarded. But there is also a chance to see everything that happens during the Games.

Here’s our list of the best things to watch Saturday live from Tokyo. All of the events below are listed in Eastern Time, with odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.

The best Friday Olympic events


Men’s Road Race, 10 p.m. ET Friday

It looks like the Tour de France, but it’s only a day, and the first to cross the line wins gold. The race is just over 145 miles, and through a beautiful road which should be fun for the fans to watch at home. And you can check in and out, because it will probably take about six hours.

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar is the betting favorite at +400, while Americans Brandon McNulty (200-1) and Lawson Craddock (400-1) are unlikely to face teams of up to five riders.


Female sword, male saber, 5 a.m.

The Sword is the funniest fencing event to watch because you can touch any part of your opponent to score a point. If you are new to fencing it is easy to follow as the whole ground lights up when someone scores a point.

Romania’s Ana Maria Popescu is chalk at +330 for women, while Sanguk Oh of South Korea is a big favorite at +120 to survive the One Day Slice.


Men’s Air Pistol, 2:30 a.m., Women’s 10m Air Rifle, 9:45 p.m. ET

You should watch all sports at least once every Olympics, so knock it out early. Nickolaus Mowrer is America’s best chance for men at +2200, with Mary Carolynn Tucker at +750 the fourth pick among women.

Men’s volleyball

United States against France in Pool B, 8 a.m.

They are an American team with a view to a medal, and TJ DeFalco is the new star of the sport internationally after winning two NCAA titles at Long Beach State. France is at +600 to win the gold medal, with the United States at +650. Both teams should advance to the quarter-finals, but it’s a good test ahead.

Women’s 3×3 basketball

USA vs France 04:55, USA vs Mongolia 08:00

Seattle Storm’s Katie Lou Samuelson had been training with Team USA for months, but was left at home due to health and safety protocols. Jackie Young takes her place, but she’s been out of the program for quite a while. Let’s see how she pairs up with Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and Kelsey Plum.

Young and Plum are teammates with the Las Vegas Aces, and Team USA remains the favorite in the new sport at +110 to take gold in Tokyo.

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