San Francisco Chronicle
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
Here are three things to watch late Saturday, early Sunday at the Olympics (all times Pacific).
1. Swimming (6:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC): Caeleb Dressel is expected to kick off the last day of action at the pool by winning the 50meter freestyle. He also figures to be in the 4x100 medley relay, another event in which the Americans are heavily favored. In the women’s 50 free final, the Australians could dominate with Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell. Stanford alum Simone Manuel took silver in the event in 2016, and it’s the only individual race she qualified for at these Games. The other finals are the men’s 1,500 and women’s 4x100 medley. 2. BMX freestyle (6:10 p.m. Saturday, CNBC): The first medals in the new Olympic sport will be awarded. Hannah Roberts, a 19yearold from Michigan, entered the Games as a heavy favorite to win gold. The threetime world champion could become the youngest American to medal in cycling since 1912. Perris Benegas, a 26yearold from Reno who was the 2018 world champion, also qualified for the Games. The Americans also have a world champion on the men’s side: Justin Dowell, a 21yearold from Virginia Beach, Va., won the title in 2018. 3. Gymnastics (1 a.m. Sunday, Peacock): Competition resumes with individual events: women’s vault and uneven bars and men’s floor and pommel horse. Simone Biles announced Saturday that she has withdrawn from the vault and uneven bars finals. She said she’s experiencing “the twisties,” a phenomenon where gymnasts get lost midair during stunts. Teammate Suni Lee could win her second gold of the Games in the uneven bars, after winning the allaround in Biles’ absence. American Jade Carey qualified second in the vault behind Biles.