The 4 best things to watch Monday night from Tokyo Olympics


From an epic finish in the men's synchronized diving finals to what promises to be a epic finish in the swimming finals headlined by a couple of Americans, Monday night is filled with top-level action at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

Elsewhere, Team USA put up a valiant performance on the high beams in the men's gymnastics finals with a fifth-place finish, but it was always going to be an uphill battle against the international powerhouses that took the top three spots. 

Here are the best four things to look out at the Tokyo Olympics on Channel 4 WRC-TV on Monday!

1. Men's Synchronized Diving - Final

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

How it went down

The men's synchronized diving finals are always among the best competitions at every Olympics. Each and every diver not only has to execute their dives perfectly without a splash, but rely on their teammates to do the same. The drama with each spring of the boards becomes must-watch television.  

Despite leading for the first three rounds, a few late splashes cost China the clean sweep of the diving podiums at the Tokyo games, British pair Tom Daley and Matty Lee took home the gold. Daley's gold medal will fill out an increasingly impressive trophy collection back home. His husband -- American-born Dustin Lance Black -- has an Oscar for screenwriting. 

Daley has been a main fixture in British diving, finally getting over the top and onto the top podium with the help of Olympic debutant, Lee. Ultimately, China's fourth-round slip ups paved the way to gold for the Brits. 



Gold: Great Britain's Thomas Daley and Matty Lee

Silver: China's Yuan Cao and Aisen Chen

Bronze: Russian Olympic Committee's Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev

Team USA: Did not qualify

2. Gymnastics - Men's Team Final

Time: 9:00-9:30 p.m.

How it went down

Though Team USA's valiant effort wasn't good enough to earn a place on the podium with a round left to go, the dramatic finish between Japan, China, and the Russian Olympic Committee makes this event more than worth the watch. 

Veteran Sam Mikaluk led Team USA to a strong start, following up a fourth-place finish in the qualifying rounds with a great effort from teammates Yol Moldauer and newcomer Brody Malone. Team USA kept itself in contention, albeit a good distance behind the top-three, getting through 17 of 18 routines without a major error. The top countries never had the calamitous mistake on any of their routines Team USA had hoped for to sneak into the podium spots. 


Gold: Russian Olympics Committee's Denis Abliazin, Nikita Nagornyy, David Belyavskiy, and  Artur Dalaloyan

Silver: Japan's Kazuma Kaya, Wataru Tanigawa, Takeru Kitazono, and Daiki Hashimoto

Bronze: China's Wei Sun, Chaopan Lin, Ruoteng Xiao, and Jingyuan Zou

Team USA: 5th Place finish

3. Swimming (LIVE)

After two replays, the bevy of swimming finals on Monday night is headlined by a couple midwestern Americans -- Lilly King in the women's 100-meter breaststroke and Ryan Murphy in the 100-meter backstroke. 

King, an Indiana native, set the world record for the 100-meter breaststroke in 2017 but trailed fellow national teamer Lydia Jacob, an Arkansas native, in the qualifying rounds. Murphy, an Illinois native, set the world record for the 100-meter backstroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is coming off a third-placed finish in the qualifying rounds. 

After that, the women's backstroke will certainly be an event to keep an eye on. The record was set three-straight heats on Sunday, so it's likely another will be set for whoever is to win the final. The only East Coaster competing on Monday night will be Connecticut native Kieran Smith, who will look for his second medal after collecting bronze in the men's 400-meter freestyle. In the 200-meter freestyle, Britain's Duncan Scott will be the favorite. 

Time: 9:30-11:35 p.m.


Swimming – Finals (LIVE) Men’s 200m Freestyle Women’s 100m Backstroke Men’s 100m Backstroke Triathlon – Women’s Final

4. Women's Triathlon - Final

The best comes last as you'll have to wait to see the local tie on Monday night. Katie Zaferes, from Carroll County, Md., won the 2019 World Triathlon Series and is joined by fellow Team USA teammates Summer Rappaport and Taylor Knibb. 


Zafares, 32, was named the 2019 Triathlete of the Year after securing gold in the final just 15 days after suffering facial injuries at a competition in Tokyo Olympic Qualification event. No stranger to overcoming adversity, the Maryland native will look to lead her younger teammates to Olympic glory on Monday night.