Olympics 2021 Live: Latest Results and Medal Count in Tokyo


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Current time in Tokyo: Aug. 7, 11:37 p.m.

Allyson Felix taking the baton from Sydney McLaughlin in the women’s 4x400-meter relay on Saturday.
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TOKYO — Allyson Felix has won her 11th Olympic medal, making her the most decorated American Olympian in track and field, surpassing the 10 medals won by Carl Lewis.

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A stacked team of Sydney McLaughlin, Felix, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu won the gold medal on Saturday night in the 4×400-meter relay, continuing an American winning streak in the event that has been unbroken since 1996.

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The American team was full of luminaries, present and future. McLaughlin, who turned 22 on Saturday, and Muhammad, 31, joined forces after going head-to-head this week in the final of the 400-meter hurdles, a classic race in which McLaughlin edged Muhammad at the line to break her own world record. Mu, a 19-year-old phenomenon from New Jersey, had won the 800 meters with a dominant performance days before.

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And there was Felix, of course, the grande dame of United States track and field, just one day removed from winning the bronze in the 400 meters. Felix, 35, has said that these will be her final Olympics, and she ensured that they were memorable.

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Time

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United States

3:16.85

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Poland

3:20.53

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Jamaica

3:21.24

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Canada

3:21.84

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Britain

3:22.59

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3:23.74

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Belgium

3:23.96

8
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Cuba

3:26.92

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The American men followed suit by winning their 4×400-meter race.

The performance came two days after the Americans failed to make the final of the 4×100 relay race thanks to a flubbed baton pass. A loss in the 4×400 would have been a one-two punch of disappointment, given the unmatched depth that the United States has long had in sprinting.

The Americans were the defending champions in the event and had won it at eight of the last 10 Olympic Games. Saturday night’s win made that nine out of 11.

The U.S. team included two of the top five finishers in the individual 400-meter race, Michael Cherry and Michael Norman, and the second-place finisher in the 400-meter hurdles, Rai Benjamin.

Norman put the Americans in the lead on the second leg. Bryce Deadmon stretched it to five meters, and Benjamin carried it home for a 1.48-second win over the Netherlands. Botswana took the bronze.

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Total
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United States

36 39 33 108
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China

38 31 18 87
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Russian Olympic Committee

20 25 23 68
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Britain

20 21 22 63
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Japan

27 12 17 56
The Japanese celebrating after their win against the United States.
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Back after a 13-year absence from the Olympics, the baseball gold medal came down to a showdown between the two biggest baseball countries in the world: the United States and Japan.

And in a close contest on Saturday night, top-ranked Japan prevailed, 2-0, to claim an award that was curiously missing from its list of accomplishments. It was the baseball mad archipelago’s first gold medal in the six trips to the Olympics since 1992, when the sport was first officially played in the Summer Games.

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Before now, Japan had come close just once — winning a silver medal in 1996 — and claiming bronze medals in 1992 and 2004.

On a humid Saturday night at Yokohama Baseball Stadium, Japan outlasted the United States on the strength of its pitching, led by Masato Morishita. The 23-year-old right-hander tossed five scoreless innings and struck out five, vexing his opponents with a low 90s fastball and an array of darting breaking balls.

The cadre of Japanese relievers that followed did much of the same.

Nick Martinez, 31, the United States’ starting pitcher, held his own. But his lone mistake loomed large: a third-inning solo home run surrendered to third baseman Munetaka Murakami. After Murakami made contact, Martinez spun around and grimaced when the ball landed in the center-field seats.

Beyond the blast, the game was a pitchers’ duel. The United States threatened in multiple innings, but Japan’s pitchers wriggled out unscathed each time.

Japan, finally, added some breathing room in the eighth inning, taking a 2-0 lead when Masataka Yoshida singled and Tetsuto Yamada scored from second base following a wild throw home from center fielder Jack Lopez. Before Yamada had sneaked his hand across home plate past a futile tag attempt, Japanese players were bouncing up and down in front of the dugout.

During the Olympics, the Japanese national baseball team was one of the host country’s most followed squads.

Although no fans were allowed inside the stadium, a sizable crowd of national team staff, Olympic volunteers and media members sat in the stands Saturday night to watch the baseball powerhouses play. And much like they had on other game days, a smattering of fans stood outside the stadium to snap photos of and welcome the Japanese players as they arrived by bus in the afternoon.

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Olympic baseball is taken seriously here. The country’s top professional league, the Nippon Professional Baseball league, paused its season so that its best players could play in the Summer Games. Yokohama Stadium is home to the BayStars.

Major League Baseball, unlike its Japanese counterpart, carried on and didn’t allow players on its 40-man rosters to compete in the Olympics. Still, the United States squad — made up of unemployed veterans in their late 30s and young prospects still a few steps from reaching the big leagues — was one of the best in the Olympic tournament.

The silver medal in baseball was the first for the United States. It won the gold in 2000 and bronze in 1996 and 2008.

Saturday was the last chance for baseball players across the world to compete on the Olympic stage. Booted from the permanent Olympic program following the 2008 Games, the sport had returned to the program because of host Japan’s ardent love of the sport.

Neither baseball nor softball will return for the 2024 Games in Paris. They are, though, widely expected to return for in 2028 in Los Angeles.

Earlier in the day, the Dominican Republic defeated the 2008 gold medal winners, South Korea, 10-6, to win a bronze medal, the first baseball medal in the country’s history.

That Sifan Hassan was even attempting to medal in three taxing events was a unique feat of endurance — something no athlete has accomplished
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TOKYO — At the end of 24,500 meters of hard running in six races over nine days, Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands stood alone before tumbling to the track, disbelief etched across her face.

On Saturday, Hassan won the women’s 10,000 meters at the Tokyo games to pull off an extraordinary feat, winning medals in three grueling events: the 1,500, the 5,000 and the 10,000 meters.

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Ethiopia

In her final event of the Olympics, Hassan outkicked Kalkidan Gezahegne of Bahrain, who was second, and Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, who drifted to third. Gidey holds the world record in the event, but even she was no match for Hassan, who finished in 29 minutes 55.32 seconds.

Hassan, 28, was about 24 hours removed from winning the bronze in the women’s 1,500 meters on Friday night. She had tried to push the pace in that race before faltering late as Faith Kipyegon of Kenya defended her title from the 2016 Olympics. Afterward, Hassan said she was pleased.

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“I tried my best,” she said, “but I couldn’t do more than this.”

That she was even attempting to medal in three taxing events was a unique feat of endurance — something no athlete has accomplished. Consider, too, that she had fallen in her semifinal heat of the 1,500 meters on Monday — on the final lap, no less.

She bounced back up and methodically worked her way past the pack to win. Later that day, she raced away from the field the 5,000 meters to claim her first gold of the Games.

On Friday, after her third-place finish in the 1,500, Hassan acknowledged that she was “stressed every day.” And tired. So very tired. She was relieved, she said, that she had only one race left to focus on. In a way, her mind was uncluttered for the 10,000 meters. It showed.

The race quickly turned into a battle of attrition in hot and muggy conditions. Three runners dropped out before the race was halfway over. With 13 laps remaining, just seven runners out of a field of 29 remained in the lead pack.

Then five. Then four. As the carnage played out, Hassan tucked herself behind Gidey and Hellen Obiri of Kenya, just ahead of Gezahegne in fourth. Eventually, Obiri succumbed to the elements and the tempo, and dropped off the back, too.

On the first turn of the final lap, Hassan pulled herself onto the right shoulder of Gidey, and sprinted away — straight toward history.

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High

Jump

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Russian Olympic Committee

Women’s

10,000m

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Netherlands

Men’s

Javelin

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India

Men’s

1,500m

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Norway

Women’s

4×400m

Relay

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United States

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4×400m

Relay

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United States

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Marathon

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Vashti Cunningham had one goal coming into the Tokyo Games.

At 23, she had won national championships and an indoor world title. An Olympic medal, preferably gold, was next in sight for the athlete whose father and coach, Randall Cunningham, was an N.F.L. quarterback for 16 seasons. Her mother, Felicity Cunningham, was a ballerina with the Dance Theater of Harlem.

But Cunningham could not get higher than 1.96 meters, six centimeters below her personal best. She hit the bar on her final attempt at two meters and that was that.

Cunningham could do no better than sixth.

The gold medal came down to a three-way battle between Nicola McDermott, an Australian who screamed at the top her lungs before making each attempt in the final rounds, Mariya Lasitskene of Russia, a former world champion, and Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine, the reigning world champion.

Lasitskene prevailed with a jump of 2.04 meters, with McDermott in second and Mahuchikh in third.

Ashleigh Johnson, the U.S. goalkeeper who is often considered the best in the world, saved 11 of 15 shots.
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TOKYO — The U.S. women’s water polo team won its third consecutive Olympic gold medal on Saturday, routing Spain, 14-5.

The United States took a 6-1 lead, and after a brief Spain flurry, led by 7-4 at the half. But Spain failed to score at all in the third quarter, and the game was essentially over.

Maddie Musselman led the balanced scoring attack with three goals. There was also a goal for Maggie Steffens, the captain and for years the best player in the women’s game, who along with Melissa Seidemann captured her third gold.

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“It wasn’t just one player,” Steffens said. “It wasn’t two players. You look up on there and we had different people getting blocks, different people getting huge goals here, different people guarding.”

The United States played lockdown defense, getting bodies in front of many of Spain’s shots before they even reached the goal. Ashleigh Johnson, widely considered the world’s best goalkeeper, played nearly all of the game and saved 11 of the 15 shots that reached her.

“Her presence, you can feel it, even when you’re on offense,” Musselman said of Johnson. “You hear her voice everywhere you are.”

The path to the title was not as easy as expected.

Coming into the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. team looked close to unstoppable: Between the 2016 and 2020 Games, it amassed a record of 128-3. Spain was also the Americans’ opponent in the last two world championship finals. The United States won those games, 11-6 and 13-6.

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But the Americans suffered an unexpected group play loss to the eventual bronze medalists, Hungary, 10-9. The team shot just 29 percent that day; in the final, that figure was a more characteristic 54 percent.

The team had expressed concern going into the Olympics, since the pandemic had limited its games against top opposition.

Coach Adam Krikorian said before the Games that it was “tough when you’re just competing against each other,” and that he sometimes had trouble motivating the players: “We’ve had so much success, and it’s natural for us to relax a little bit.”

If the players relaxed a bit against Hungary, it was out of their systems for the final, which looked like the kind of romps followers of the team have been seeing for years.

Nelly Korda won the gold medal in women’s golf by one shot.
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Nelly Korda of the United States held off a final-round challenge from Japan’s Mone Inami and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko to claim the gold medal in women’s golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Her victory, six days after Xander Schauffele won the gold in men’s golf, gave the United States a sweep of the tournaments at the Tokyo Olympics.

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United States

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Japan

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New Zealand

Korda, the world’s top-ranked women’s golfer, had led after the second and third rounds, and closed with a two-under-par 69.

But Inami and Ko both shot six-under 65s on Saturday, methodically slicing into the 23-year-old Korda’s advantage and taking the race for the gold to the day’s final holes.

Inami, 22, birdied the 17th hole to pull even with Korda with a hole to play, but she then bogeyed the final hole, dropping her one shot off the lead. That left Ko, 24, who was also a shot behind, as the only challenger for the gold medal, but she finished with a par that was promptly matched by Korda.

Korda, who won her first professional major at the Women’s P.G.A. Championship in June, left the 18th green with a broad smile, but for Inami and Ko, the day was not over: They immediately headed for a playoff to determine who would claim the silver medal, and who would get the bronze. That second competition lasted a single hole: Inami made par and finished second when Ko recorded a bogey.

Korda’s older sister, Jessica, also played for the United States at the Tokyo Games. Jessica Korda finished in a tie for 15th, then returned to the 18th hole to embrace Nelly after her victory.

Jessica Springsteen riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve in the show jumping team final at Equestrian Park in Tokyo.
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TOKYO — For all the accolades he has won over the years, an Olympic medal has always eluded Bruce Springsteen. Perhaps that’s because rocking out still isn’t an Olympic event.

But another Springsteen has now accomplished the feat, after Jessica Springsteen, Bruce’s daughter, and the rest of the U.S. equestrian show jumping team won the silver medal on Saturday night.

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Laura Kraut went first for the United States and had a clear ride with no faults. Springsteen was next, and had four faults after her horse, Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, knocked down a rail. The anchorman, McLain Ward, had four faults as well.

The team’s total of eight faults was good for a tie for first with Sweden, which also had eight faults. That meant there would be a jump-off for gold.

Each team sent its three riders over an abbreviated course. All six jumped it without a fault, but Sweden’s total time was faster by 1.3 seconds.

“I was disappointed to have the four faults,” Springsteen said before the jump-off. “But I thought my horse jumped the rest of the course absolutely beautifully.”

SAITAMA, Japan — It was not always pretty, but in the end, the United States men’s basketball team ascended to the heights they were always expected to reach. Overcoming a slow start to the Olympic tournament, the Americans dispatched France, 87-82, with relative comfort in the final game on Saturday morning at Saitama Super Arena to win their 16th gold medal in the event.

In front of a sizable crowd — not of fans, but of national team staff, Olympic volunteers and journalists — the United States looked far more cohesive and confident than when they lost to France in the opening game of competition.

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22

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27

16

87

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18

21

24

19

82

That contest had exposed some of their early issues as a team — namely, a lack of familiarity as a group. But they had none of those problems on Saturday morning.

Kevin Durant, once again, was the focal point and main driving force of the team, scoring 29 points to go with six rebounds. Jayson Tatum contributed a strong performance of his own, finishing with 19 points.

The Americans built an 8-point lead heading into the final quarter and withstood a number of runs from the French to close the game. France cut the lead to 85-82 with 10.2 seconds remaining, giving them a glimmer of hope. But Kevin Durant sank two free throws to effectively seal the result.

Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for France before fouling out in the finals seconds of the game.

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya won the women’s marathon by 16 seconds.
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Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya broke away late in the race to sprint to the gold medal in the women’s marathon.

Jepchirchir was among a large pack of runners that held together on Saturday morning until the late going. She went on to defeat another Kenyan runner, Brigid Kosgei, the world-record holder, who earned the silver medal, and Molly Seidel of the United States, who claimed the bronze.

Jepchirchir won by 16 seconds, in 2 hours 27 minutes 20 seconds.

Officials moved the race in 2019 to Sapporo, 500 miles north of Tokyo, in a futile attempt to escape the sapping heat and humidity that have smothered the Summer Games.

Seidel, running only her third marathon, won a surprise bronze in 2:27:36. She became the third American woman to win a medal in the Olympic marathon. Joan Benoit Samuelson won the inaugural race at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and Deena Kastor took bronze at the 2004 Athens Games.

Hours before the start, the marathon was moved up an hour to 6 a.m. to slightly moderate the effects of a record heat wave on Hokkaido, the northern Japanese island where Sapporo is. But it was swampy at 78 degrees Fahrenheit, with 82 percent humidity.

The race began with many of the runners wearing hats and sunglasses and trying to find narrow areas of shade at a cautious pace. Fifteen of the 88 entrants dropped out.

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Kenya

2:27:20

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Kenya

2:27:36

+0:16

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United States

2:27:46

+0:26

4
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Ethiopia

2:28:38

+1:18

5
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Belarus

2:29:06

+1:46

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Germany

2:29:16

+1:56

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Bahrain

2:29:36

+2:16

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Japan

2:30:13

+2:53

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Canada

2:30:59

+3:39

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2:31:14

+3:54

The winning time was the second slowest of the 10 women’s Olympic marathons, but time did not matter on Saturday. Survival mattered. Winning mattered.

Ice baths for the Olympic runners were set up in first aid and recovery areas inside Odori Park in Sapporo, where the marathon began and ended, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Fourteen water supply tables were set up along the course, nine of them supplied with bags of crushed ice. Ambulances were to follow the runners during the race, the newspaper reported.

Officials say that Tokyo’s expansive testing regimen for athletes and others, combined with mask wearing and social distancing, kept the Games “safe and secure.”
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On the eve of the Olympic closing ceremony, Tokyo 2020 organizers claimed victory against a virus that delayed and almost derailed the Games, calling their measures a model for other major international events.

Brian McCloskey, a leading health adviser to the Games, said that Tokyo’s expansive testing regimen for athletes and others, combined with mask wearing and social distancing, kept the Games “safe and secure” and prevented transmission of the coronavirus between international arrivals and the Japanese public.

“By following basic public health measures and by layering on top of that the testing program, we have shown that it is possible to keep the pandemic at bay,” McCloskey, the chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Independent Expert Panel, said at a news conference on Saturday. “And that is a very important lesson from Tokyo to the rest of the world.”

Olympic organizers on Saturday reported 22 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the Olympic bubble to slightly more than 400. McCloskey said that organizers had tested more than 600,000 people.

No athletes were among the new cases, reflecting organizers’ relative success in walling off competitors from the outbreak raging in the rest of Japan, which on Friday reached a milestone of one million coronavirus cases.

At least 409 people connected to the Games have tested positive since July 1, including 32 athletes, according to organizers. Most of the infections have occurred among Japanese nationals, including contractors and others working at Olympic venues.

McCloskey said that organizers were in talks with national teams and Japanese officials to develop a system for testing athletes and personnel after the Games concluded to monitor potential infections in the coming weeks.

The pandemic caused the Games to be postponed from last year. Weeks before the opening ceremony, an outbreak fueled by the highly infectious Delta variant prompted emergency restrictions in Tokyo and other parts of Japan. The measures have done little to slow the spread of the virus, as Tokyo and Japan both had record numbers of daily cases in recent days and officials warned that the outbreak was severely straining the health system.

Some experts say that the Games, despite their near-total lack of spectators, have contributed to a feeling of pandemic fatigue in Japan and encouraged people to let down their guard, allowing the virus to spread. McCloskey disputed that idea, saying there was no evidence of a link “between the Games and the way in which the Japanese people are or are not behaving.”



Athletes who have tested positive for the coronavirus

Scientists say that positive tests are expected with daily testing programs, even among the vaccinated. Some athletes who have tested positive have not been publicly identified, and some who tested positive were later cleared to participate in the Games.


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Anna Chernysheva

Russian Olympic Committee

Karate

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Aug. 3

Walid Bidani

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Algeria

July 30

Sparkle McKnight

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Paula Reto

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Andwuelle Wright

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July 29

Germán Chiaraviglio

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Sam Kendricks

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July 28

Bruno Rosetti

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July 27

Mohammed Fardj

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Evangelia Platanioti

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July 26

Jean-Julien Rojer

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Samy Colman

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Jon Rahm

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Djamel Sedjati

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Bilal Tabti

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Bryson DeChambeau

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July 23

Finn Florijn

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Jelle Geens

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Belgium

Simon Geschke

Road cycling

Germany

Frederico Morais

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Portugal

July 22

Taylor Crabb

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Reshmie Oogink

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Netherlands

Michal Schlegel

Road cycling

Czech Republic

Marketa Slukova

Beach volleyball

Czech Republic

July 21

Fernanda Aguirre

Taekwondo

Chile

Ilya Borodin

Russian Olympic Committee

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Russian Olympic Committee

Amber Hill

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Candy Jacobs

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Youcef Reguigui

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Pavel Sirucek

Table tennis

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Sammy Solís

Baseball

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Sonja Vasic

Basketball

Serbia

Hector Velazquez

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Mexico

July 19

Kara Eaker

Gymnastics

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Ondrej Perusic

Beach volleyball

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Katie Lou Samuelson

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July 18

Coco Gauff

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Kamohelo Mahlatsi

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South Africa

Thabiso Monyane

Soccer

South Africa

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Dan Craven

Road cycling

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Alex de Minaur

Tennis

Australia

July 14

Dan Evans

Tennis

Britain

July 13

Johanna Konta

Tennis

Britain

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Milos Vasic

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Serbia

July 2

Hideki Matsuyama

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Michael Cherry came in fourth in the 400 meters.
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TOKYO — The Americans’ efforts at the Tokyo Games have produced results that might be the envy of the world but have fallen short of their recent lofty standards. The U.S. Olympic team is in danger of losing the gold medal race in a Summer Olympics for the first time since 2008.

Poised to win about 106 medals based on the final rounds of competition through Sunday, it will slip back to roughly on par with the London Games in 2012, when it won 104 medals. The team won a record 121 medals in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, and 46 of them were gold, two fewer than the mark the Chinese set for gold medals in 2008 in Beijing.

The blame for the shortfall can be spread around. The track team won 32 medals in Rio but had just 22 heading into the final night. American men have not won a gold medal in the speed events that have long been their bread and butter.

The U.S. women’s soccer team, the two-time defending World Cup champion, settled for a bronze medal. Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast ever, missed the bulk of the meet as she battled mental stress. American rowers failed to make the Olympic podium for the first time since 2008.

With the slip in American dominance, several other countries, notably Japan and China, have surged.

Japan, with 51 medals through Friday night, surged past its tally of 41 medals, including 12 gold, won in Rio. In these Games, it has 24 gold. After eight years of backtracking, China’s Olympic sports machine has returned: With 36 golds compared with 31 for the United States, the Chinese have a shot at winning the gold medal race for the first time since 2008.

Bethany Shriever, left, and Kye Whyte celebrated after winning gold and silver in their Olympic events.
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When Bethany Shriever secured the gold medal in the women’s BMX racing final, it was in an event in which she was not even projected to be a finalist. The win last week was Britain’s first Olympic gold in the event.

But it wasn’t just that Shriever, who was racing against the two-time defending Olympic champion Mariana Pajon of Colombia, was an unlikely contender to make the final, let alone claim gold. It’s that without some help from a GoFundMe page she set up in 2017, Shriever might not have even made it to Tokyo.

“The chances would be very, very, slim,” she said.

Shriever, 22, grew up participating in the British Cycling program, honing her skills in a sport where she was often the only girl at the track — something she took note of almost instantly, she said.

“I would just be training with boys pretty much,” she said. The number of competitors participating in boys’ races, particularly as she joined bigger events, always greatly outnumbered those in the girls’ races.

Shriever’s breakout moment came when she captured the junior world title at the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, S. C. But within months, Shriever was questioning her future in BMX. In a budget review after the 2016 Rio Games, UK Sport, the government body that invests in Olympic and Paralympic sports in Britain, cut funding to the women’s BMX program and announced it would finance only the men’s program in its journey to Tokyo.

“It was questioning things like, ‘Why haven’t we got the same chances as the men?’” Shriever recalled feeling at the time. “I wanted to get to the top and be able to earn a living from doing this.”

So Shriever decided to stay home in Essex with her family and take a second job as a teaching assistant helping children. She worked three days a week, and headed straight to the track or the gym afterward. “There were nights when I couldn’t put everything into training because I was just so knackered from work,” she said, adding that her employer was flexible with her schedule, giving her half days or allowing her time off for competitions. Her parents ferried her to races.

As the Olympic cycle began in 2019, Shriever knew that to earn enough points to get to Tokyo, she needed a better solution. She calculated what it might cost to hire a coach and to compete in various races before setting up a GoFundMe page for 50,000 pounds, or just about $70,000. She managed to raise nearly 20,000 pounds, which she said was used up almost immediately because of two events in Australia.

“That decision opened a lot of eyes that I did need help and I did have the potential to compete in the Games,” she said about launching a GoFundMe.

By midsummer 2019, Shriever had rejoined the British Cycling program. She did so with the help of a coach from British Cycling and a push by the program to get UK Sport to reinvest in disciplines whose budgets had been cut.

Shriever won all three of her heats in Tokyo and then the final, screaming on her bike as she crossed the finish line. In two weeks, Shriever will be competing for another first-place finish at the 2021 UCI BMX World Championships in Papendal, Holland.

Shriever is still the only woman on her six-member racing team, which includes Kye Whyte, who won the silver medal in the men’s event and was cheering from the sidelines as she made history. In addition to Shriever’s and Whyte’s medals, Charlotte Worthington won gold in the BMX women’s freestyle, an event that made its debut in Tokyo.

Women have come a long way in BMX, Shriever said, with more getting involved despite the obstacles they have to overcome to get the same opportunities as men. There is still work to do, she said, but she feels hopeful about the future.

“We are going in the right direction, for sure,” Shriever said.


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