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Best events to watch on Saturday’s Olympics slate

We take a look at Saturday’s events on the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics schedule

Cyclists Juan Esteban Guerrero of Colnago CM Team celebrating victory during the SUB-23 Qualifiers Colombian National Road Race Bicycle Championship in Pereira, Colombia on June 19, 2021. Photo by: sebastian Osorio Castro/Long Visual Press/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The first full day of Olympic competition in Tokyo gives you plenty of chances to watch some medals finally be awarded. But there’s also a chance to see everything else that’s happening during the Games as well.

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

Friday’s best Olympics events

Cycling

Men’s road race, 10 p.m. ET Friday

Looks like the Tour de France, but it’s just one day, and the first across the line gets the gold. The race is a smidge over 145 miles, and across a beautiful route that should be fun to watch for fans at home. And you can check in and out, because it will likely take about six hours to complete.

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar is the betting favorite at +400, with Americans Brandon McNulty (200-1) and Lawson Craddock (400-1) not expected to contend against teams that can have as many as five racers.

Fencing

Women’s epee, men’s sabre, 5 a.m.

The epee is the most fun of the fencing events to watch because you can touch any part of your opponent to score a point. If you’re new to fencing, it’s easy to track as the entire floor lights up when someone scores a point.

Romanian Ana Maria Popescu is the chalk at +330 for the women, while Sanguk Oh of South Korea is a big favorite at +120 to survive the one-day bracket.

Shooting

Men’s air pistol, 2:30 a.m., women’s 10m air rifle, 9:45 p.m. ET

You should watch every sport at least once every Olympics, so get this out of the way early. Nickolaus Mowrer is the US’s best chance for the men at +2200, with Mary Carolynn Tucker at +750 the fourth-choice amongst the women.

Men’s volleyball

USA vs. France in Pool B, 8 a.m.

This is a US team with a shot at a medal, and T.J. DeFalco is the newest star of the sport at the international level after having won two NCAA titles at Long Beach State. France is +600 to win the gold medal, with the USA at +650. Both teams should make the quarterfinal round, but this is a good test early.

Women’s 3x3 basketball

USA vs. France 4:55 a.m., USA vs. Mongolia 8:00 a.m.

Katie Lou Samuelson of the Seattle Storm had been training with Team USA for months, but she was left home due to health and safety protocols. Jackie Young takes her place, but she hasn’t been a part of the program for quite awhile. Let’s see how she fits with Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, and Kelsey Plum.

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

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