The USA collected a handful of medals on Tuesday, highlighted by 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby winning the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.
Wednesday might as soon as once more be one other huge day within the pool for Crew USA, as Katie Ledecky will try and be the primary lady to win Olympic gold within the 1,500-meter freestyle because the race makes its women’s Olympic debut. Ledecky enters the race because the world report holder with a time of 15:20.48.
One other gold medal first will come within the finals of 3×3 basketball. Crew USA will face France within the ladies’s semifinal, and a win would put them in the gold-medal match in a while within the evening.
In males’s basketball, the U.S. crew of NBA stars will look to regroup from their disappointing opening-game loss to France after they tackle Iran.
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TOKYO – The Italian males’s 4 took bronze of their race on the Olympic regatta after making a last-minute change when considered one of its members examined constructive for COVID-19.
Bruno Rosetti, the boat’s two-seat, examined constructive from a pattern taken on Tuesday, July 27, which was confirmed the morning of the competitors, World Rowing introduced. The opposite three rowers, Matteo Castaldo, Matteo Lodo and Giuseppe Vicino examined adverse on Tuesday and once more earlier than the race.
Not one of the different Italian rowers examined constructive. World Rowing mentioned further precautions are being taken with the crew.
Rosetti was changed by Marco Di Costanzo from the Italian males’s pair. Collectively, the 4 crossed the end line with a time of 5:43.60, .84 seconds behind first-place Australia and .47 behind second-place Romania.
Di Costanzo’s seat within the pair might be crammed by spare Vincenzo Abbagnale after they compete within the semifinal on Wednesday afternoon.
— Olivia Reiner
TOKYO – The U.S. did not medal within the males’s 200-meter butterfly Wednesday for the primary time since 1988.
However the ladies’s occasion is shaping as much as be a totally totally different story.
Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith cruised to the highest two spots of their semifinal warmth Wednesday, every besting the remainder of the sphere by roughly 2 seconds. Flickinger clocked the second-fastest time within the semifinals at 2:06.23, behind China’s Yufei Zhang, who received the opposite semifinal warmth in 2:04.89.
Flickinger and Smith will return to the pool for Thursday’s closing with hopes of including to the person medals they’ve already received in Tokyo. Flickinger received bronze within the 400-meter particular person medley Sunday, whereas Smith adopted with a bronze of her personal within the 100-meter backstroke Tuesday.
— Tom Schad
TOKYO – On the primary day of finals on the Olympic regatta, the American crews failed to position on the rostrum.
The U.S. ladies’s double sculls duo of Gevvie Stone and Kristi Wagner took fifth within the Olympic regatta at Sea Forest Waterway. Stone, 36, and Wagner, 28, crossed the end with a time of 6:52.98, 11.95 seconds behind the winner Romania. A U.S. boat has by no means received a medal within the ladies’s occasion on the Olympics.
A 3-time Olympian, Stone received the silver medal within the ladies’s single on the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Newton, Massachusetts, native additionally raced the one on the 2012 London Olympics, putting first within the B closing and seventh total. Her father, Gregg Stone, coaches the ladies’s double. Wagner is competing on her first Olympic and senior nationwide crew.
The U.S. males’s 4 of Clark Dean, Michael Grady, Anders Weiss and Andrew Reed took fifth in of their race. With a time of 5:48.85, the 4 crossed the end line 6.09 seconds behind first-place Australia.
Only one member of the boat had earlier Olympic expertise – Weiss raced the boys’s pair on the 2016 Rio Olympics and positioned fifth within the B closing. Dean and Reed had been members of the boys’s 4 that certified the boat for Tokyo by ending fifth on the 2019 World Rowing Championships.
Regardless of a scarcity of American medals, there have been a plethora of thrilling races on Wednesday. Within the first 4 A finals, the first-place boats set Olympic bests – Romania within the ladies’s double sculls, France within the males’s double sculls and Australia within the ladies’s and males’s 4. Within the males’s quadruple sculls, the Netherlands set a world report. And within the ladies’s quad, China additionally set a world report.
4 extra U.S. boats stay within the hunt for a medal – the ladies’s single, pair, eight and the boys’s eight.
— Olivia Reiner
TOKYO — Katie Ledecky, essentially the most versatile swimmer at these Olympic Video games, disappointingly didn’t win a medal, ending fifth, Wednesday morning within the ladies’s 200-meter freestyle.
Ledecky swam the 200 in 1:55.21, finishing 1.71 seconds behind Australian Ariarne Titmus, who received in an Olympic report 1:53.50, and claimed her second gold medal of those Video games.
Siobhan Haughey took silver adopted by Penny Oleksiak of Canada.
Ledecky had slightly greater than an hour earlier than her 1,500 closing later Wednesday.
Ledecky, already essentially the most adorned feminine swimmer in historical past, received the silver medal within the 400 freestyle Monday together with her second-best time ever, crushed solely by the swim of a lifetime by Titmus.
This was only the start of a rare morning for the 24-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland. It’s the first time ladies have been allowed to swim the 1,500 on the Olympic Video games. Ledecky was the sturdy favourite for the gold medal in that occasion.
— Christine Brennan
TOKYO — Kara Lawson has spent five years in coaching, a career that has taken to her to an NBA bench and presently the helm of the Duke Blue Devils’ ladies’s basketball program. Her identify has additionally been floated within the NBA head-coaching rumor mill.
However the former WNBA All-Star really began her teaching profession within the 3-on-3 format.
“As my 3-on-3 duties grew,” Lawson informed USA TODAY Sports activities through video name. “I additionally turned a 5-on-5 coach on the identical time.”
It was in her first 12 months teaching 3-on-3, 2017, Lawson helped lead the U-18 3-on-3 crew to gold on the World Cup in China. USA Basketball then requested her to educate the U-18 males’s facet. Extra success adopted, and she or he started working with G League and WNBA gamers in her first publicity to the senior squads.
Ultimately, Lawson turned the official “adviser” – 3-on-3 groups do not have official coaches like 5-on-5 groups do – for the ladies’s 3-on-3 Olympic crew.
On the Tokyo Olympics, the crew has been a brilliant spot for Crew USA. The roster of 4 received their first six video games earlier than dropping to host Japan. By then, they’d secured the very best report in group play and a bye into the semifinals towards France, which can happen Wednesday at 4 a.m. EDT. The gold- or bronze-medal contest will happen later that day.
“I really feel like we’ve gotten higher all through the event and we’ve put ourselves in place to win, similar to three different groups,” Lawson mentioned.
The mentality heading into medal day?
Win two, win gold.
— Chris Bumbaca
Steffen Peters, a 56-year-old equestrian rider, turns into the oldest U.S. Olympic medalist since 1952. U.S. will get silver behind Germany in crew dressage. Peters has participated in 4 Olympic, successful a crew bronze medal on two events (in 1996 and 2016).
For the U.S., it was the finest end in crew dressage because the 1948 London Video games, when the nation additionally received silver.
TOKYO – A distraught Simone Biles pulled out of the Olympic crew closing on Tuesday, leaving in the course of the competitors after struggling to land a vault.
“After the efficiency that I did, I didn’t wish to go into any of the opposite occasions second guessing myself, so I believed it was higher if I took a step again and let these women go on the market and do the job they usually did simply that,” Biles mentioned.
She mentioned she has been making an attempt to deal with the stress of competing on the Tokyo Olympics.
“I used to be nonetheless scuffling with some issues,” Biles mentioned of competing Tuesday evening.
“Remedy has helped rather a lot in addition to medication. That’s all been going very well. Everytime you get in high-stress conditions, you form of freak out and don’t know actually know learn how to deal with all of these feelings particularly on the Olympic Video games.”
Biles left the competitors flooring moments after she struggled to land a vault that’s second nature for her. On the crew’s first occasion, she shockingly bailed on an Amanar – considered one of her harder vaults – and simply barely landed a one-and-a-half.
A visibly upset Biles talked with considered one of her private coaches, Cecile Landi, and the crew physician, Marcia Faustin. Although she placed on her grips to organize for uneven bars subsequent, she left the competitors flooring.
When she returned, she took off her grips and placed on her warm-ups.
“This Olympic Video games I wished it to be for myself,” Biles mentioned preventing again tears. “I got here in and felt like I used to be nonetheless doing it for different individuals. That simply hurts my coronary heart that doing what I like has been form of taken away from me to please different individuals.”
— Rachel Axon
USA softball loses the gold medal to Japan, simply because it did the final time softball was within the Olympics 13 years in the past.
USA women’s soccer plays Australia to an unimpressive scoreless tie, transferring on within the Olympics however not wanting excellent within the course of.
All of that unhealthy information occurred inside lower than 4 hours Tuesday night on the Tokyo Olympic Video games. Three of the mainstays of the American Olympic effort, three of essentially the most dependable U.S. success tales, all struggled on the identical time.
This wasn’t the best way it was presupposed to be. Ladies’s sports activities are the spine of the U.S. Olympic crew, significantly ladies’s crew sports activities. Ladies make up a majority of the U.S. Olympic crew for the third consecutive time. Ladies normally are the most important stars of Crew USA, because of Title IX, the 49-year-old legislation that opened the floodgates for ladies and women to play sports activities similar to their brothers had for generations. It’s not a shock then that the Olympics are the Tremendous Bowl for feminine athletes.
For the reason that 1996 Atlanta Olympics, American ladies’s crew sports activities have principally thrived on the Olympic Video games. However in Tokyo, it seems that for a few of the nation’s finest ladies athletes, it was simply that form of a day.
— Christine Brennan