How to watch Garrett Scantling compete in Olympic decathlon


Three years ago, Garrett Scantling was out of sports. Tonight, his quest for one of sports’ biggest prizes begins.

Scantling left a job in finance in 2018 in Jacksonville, and returned to sports — he had made big marks in both track and field and football both in Jacksonville and at Georgia. He went back to the decathlon, a grueling 10-event course that will reveal the “world’s greatest athlete.”

Tonight, Scantling and his fellow competitors take on the first three events: the 100-meter dash, long jump and shot put. 

Back and ready to go: After giving up on sports, Garrett Scantling set to soar at decathlon in Tokyo Olympics

Among his toughest competition are fellow Americans Zach Ziemek and Steven Bastien, along with Canada’s Damian Warner, the top-ranked decathlete in the world and 2016 bronze medalist; Germany’s Nicklas Kaul and Estonia’s Maicel Uibo.

Also among Floridians competing tonight into early Wednesday:

  • Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson (USA), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (Great Britain), Tiffany Chan (Hong Kong), Maria
    Torres (Puerto Rico) and Daniella Darquea (Ecuador) are Florida-based golfers aiming for a women’s golf medal beginning today with Round 1.
  • Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson of Fort Lauderdale and the USA women’s volleyball team take on the Dominican Republic at midnight in the quarterfinals.
  • Sylvia Fowles of Miami and the U.S. women’s basketball team takes on Australia in that sport’s quarterfinals early Wednesday morning.
  • FSU’s Katrina Young begins her journey in 10-meter platform in the preliminaries.
  • Cory McGee, a former Florida Gators star, competes in the 1500-meter semifinals in track and field.

Sunshine State stars: There are more than 100 Olympic athletes who are either from or trained in Florida. Here’s a list.

How to watch Olympic men’s decathlon

When: starting at 8 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Aug. 3

Where: NBC

Online: Peacock (7-day free trial for Premium), and NBC Sports app (cable subscription required)

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