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How to watch swimming at Tokyo Olympics: Schedule, channels and more

Team USA Swimming: Anita Alvarez and Lindi Schroeder of Team United States compete in Artistic/Synchronized Swimming
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The 2021 Tokyo Olympics swimming events may have been all about Caeleb Dressel, but they're not over just yet. The Artistic Swimming (or Synchronized Swimming) as we used to call it, events are still taking place, and Team USA is still competing for medals in the duets section.

Tokyo Olympics swimming key dates and times

August 4 @ 6:30 a.m. ET — Duet - Free Routine Final
• U.S. — Watch live on NBCOlympics.com, select events rebroadcast on USA and NBCSN via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch on Discovery+
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

At the moment Team USA's Anita Alvarez and Lindi Schroeder are in 13th place, after gaining a score of 86.5333. Currently, the Russian team of Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko have a the lead with 97.9000 points, after performing a spider-themed routine. 

Japan's duo of Yukiko Inui and Megumu Yoshida have a fourth place ranking after scoring 93.9333. Japan has yet to take a gold medal, but they did earn bronze for both Team and Duet at Rio de Janeiro.

But, yes, for those confused here, the Rio Olympics were the last time we referred to synchronized swimming as "artistic swimming. The aim was to make the name of the event greater reflect its artistic nature.

Of the services you will want for these games, Peacock will help you see highlights at night, while Sling TV and Fubo TV can help you catch games on tape-delay.

How to watch swimming at the Tokyo Olympics from anywhere in the world

The Olympics is a global event and can be viewed in almost every country on Earth. However, if you're not in your home country and can't watch the Tokyo Olympics' swimming events with your usual services — or you want to watch in your native language — you're not out of luck. 

With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well.

We think speed, security and simplicity make ExpressVPN second to none. During our tests, we saw fast connection times, and we're impressed by the service's ability to access more than 3,000 services spread out across 160 locations in 94 countries. View Deal

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.

How to watch swimming at the Tokyo Olympics live in the US

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Anyone who wants to watch swimming from the Tokyo Olympics live ... well, you're going to have to be up late (the live schedule is below), and have a cable login, because NBCOlympics.com requires one. Games will also air on NBCSN and USA, sometimes at reasonable hours (though often rebroadcast on tape delay).

Of course, the nightly coverage on Peacock will likely include updates as well. 

USA and NBCSN are part of the $35 per month Sling TV Blue package, and Olympics-watchers will want the Blue package, which also has NBC. The Olympic Channel is also available as a $11 per month add-on. 

Sling is one of the best streaming services alongside our other recommendation for Olympics viewing: Fubo TV, which has 100-plus channels (many more than Sling), including all of the above networks. 

In addition to the Olympics live streams, Peacock also has huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.View Deal

Cheaper Live TV

Sling TV: You can get NBC, USA and NBCSN in the Sling Blue package, which is $35/month — plus the Olympic Channel in the Sports Extra package ($11 per month extra).View Deal

Fubo TV has NBC, USA, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel all its base $65 per month package. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. Fubo's dozens of channels include local networks like ABC. View Deal

How to watch swimming at the Tokyo Olympics in the UK

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To watch every event live, you'll want to subscribe to Discovery Plus, which is offering coverage of every event at Tokyo 2020; all of the Olympics swimming events will be on the service. 

Discovery is currently offering a three-day free trial of the service, with full subscriptions available for £6.99/month or £29.99/year after that. Plus, the service is available to stream through a multitude of devices include Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and apps for iOS and Android.

The BBC iPlayer has been the go-to source for all Olympics coverage for those in the U.K., but things have changed.

The BBC won't have the monopoly on Olympics coverage in the U.K., with the IOC having sold the main European rights to the Discovery network. As a result, the BBC's coverage, though still good, is limited to no more than two live events at one time. 

Americans abroad could just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch swimming at the Tokyo Olympics live in Canada

How to watch swimming at the Tokyo Olympics live in Canada

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Details aren't exactly strong here. Sportsnet, CBC and TSN are sharing coverage of the Olympics, and so we've got some, but not all, of the details you may need.

That said, TLN has most of the games, though judging by the schedule they will be on tape-delay. 

Again, Americans visiting their friends in the great white north could just use Peacock, Sling, Fubo and other services, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch swimming at the Tokyo Olympics live in Australia

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Down Under, Aussies can watch the Olympic swimming matches for free on the 7Plus network's streaming service — which has practically everything in the Olympics. Just add 14 hours to the Eastern times listed below to figure out when games start in AEST. 

Currently out of the country? Use ExpressVPN to access your paid-for services.

Tokyo Olympics swimming schedule

(all times listed in Eastern)

  • Tuesday, August 3 @ 6:30 a.m. — Duet - Technical Routine Prelims (2:15 p.m. replay on NBCSN)
  • Wednesday, August 4 @ 6:30 a.m. — Duet - Free Routine Final
  • Friday, August 6 @ 6:30 a.m. — Team: Technical Routine Prelims
  • Friday, August 6 @ 7:30 a.m. — Team Technical Routine (broadcast on USA)
  • Saturday, August 7 @ 6:30 a.m. — Team: Free Routine Final (replay @ 10:30 a.m. on NBCSN).
Henry T. Casey

Henry is an editor writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.