Tuesday featured a 1-2 punch for the Americans that stole the show on the track. But as the Olympics near the final weekend, it’s the USA and China in a dead heat for the overall medals race. Only four days left.
Great Britain (44)
Great Britain (13)
*Medal Count Accurate as of Midnight ET (Aug. 4)
Iron Sharpens Iron
Sydney McLaughlin Sets World Record in 400M Hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad Wins Silver
The women’s 400-meter hurdles were Team USA’s shining track and field event on Tuesday in Tokyo as Americans Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad took gold and silver, respectively, in a must-see finish. McLaughlin topped her own world record of 51.90 seconds by nearly a half-second (51.46) while Muhammad came in at a personal-best 51.58 seconds. Muhammad was the reigning gold medalist in the event from 2016, but McLaughlin now owns the title of the world’s fastest female hurdler.
“Iron sharpens iron. People can call it whatever they want to call it; it’s two great athletes pushing each other to be better. There’s no animosity or hard feelings. It’s just two people trying to be their best. We wouldn’t be able to have these world records go back and forth without one another.” — Sydney McLaughlin
Other Olympics Highlights
Gymnastics: Simone Biles Takes Bronze in Beam Finals
Team USA gymnast Simone Biles returned to the Olympic action on Tuesday for one more go in her final event after withdrawing last week due to mental health challenges known as “the twisties.” She delivered a stellar performance in the balance beam finals, taking home the bronze on her way out of Tokyo.
Women’s Basketball: USA Crushes Australia (79-55)
The USA women’s basketball team absolutely thrashed Australia on Wednesday morning behind Breanna Stewart’s 23-point night. Stewy went 8-for-10 from the field, including five rebounds and three blocks. Team USA’s Olympic win streak is now at 53 games. They’ll face Serbia in the semifinals on Thursday.
Track & Field: 19-Year-Old American Makes History in 800M
American Athing Mu dominated the women’s 800-meter race on Tuesday with a blistering time of 1:55.21. The 19-year-old earned her first gold medal, and she became the first American woman to win gold in the 800-meters since 1968.
Men’s Baseball: USA def. Dominican Republic (3-1)
The USA baseball team staved off elimination on Wednesday morning with a 3-1 win over the Dominican Republic. Red Sox prospect Tristan Casas opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the 1st inning. The USA added an insurance run from Tyler Austin in the 5th. The U.S. advances to the semifinals on Thursday (6:00 am ET) against the loser of South Korea and Japan (in action this morning).
Men’s Soccer: Brazil & Spain Advance to Finals
Two iconic futbol countries will meet in the finale this weekend after a pair of scintillating semifinals matches on Tuesday. Spain knocked off Japan (1-0) thanks to Marco Asensio’s extra-time winner (115’). A few hours later, Brazil sent Mexico packing with a penalty-kick shootout victory (0-0, 4-1 PKs). Both Spain and Brazil will face off on Saturday (7:30 am ET) for the gold medal.
Women’s Volleyball: USA Beats Dominican Republic (3-0)
The United States volleyball squad is into the semifinals after a straight-set victory over the Dominican Republic Wednesday morning. Team USA will await the winner of Serbia and Italy for Friday’s semifinals, but they’ll be without injured starters Jordyn Poulter and Jordan Thompson.
*Not all links to highlights due to late-morning schedule.
Day 2: Free Agency Tracker
DeMar DeRozan (Bulls) and Carmelo Anthony (Lakers) Find New Homes
Day 2 of NBA free agency brought another star to Chicago and a reunion in Los Angeles. The Bulls — one day after adding Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso — landed another guard in DeMar DeRozan via sign-and-trade. Add those three with Zach LaVine and that’s a loaded backcourt. Meanwhile, the Lakers’ veteran signings continued with the addition of Carmelo Anthony. Melo and LeBron James will get to team up for the first time in their careers. The news keeps rolling in. More free agents to come, but here’s the latest:
NBA Free Agency Tracker
SG DeMar DeRozan → Bulls
Contract: 3 Yrs, $85 Million
SF Carmelo Anthony → Lakers
Contract: 1 Yr, TBD
C Andre Drummond → 76ers
Contract: 1 Yr, Veteran Minimum
SF Rudy Gay → Jazz
Contract: 2 Yrs, $12 Million
PG Patty Mills → Nets
Contract: 2 Yrs, $12 Million
C Robin Lopez → Magic
Contract: 1 Yr, $5 Million
PF Markieff Morris → Heat
Contract: 1 Yr, TBD
Simone Biles returned to the Olympics on Tuesday morning for the balance beam final after withdrawing from competition due to a mental health block. Her decision highlighted the importance of athletes’ mental health, and she says this bronze medal means more than all her golds. (NBC News)
Kevin Durant is many things — his business and philanthropic efforts are vast — but first and foremost he is a basketball player. This isn’t a job. This is his life. He is, perhaps, the ideal leader for this less-than-ideal USA Basketball roster competing under less than ideal circumstances here at the Tokyo Olympics. (Yahoo! Sports)
When a sports legend moves on, it creates a void, and we are seeing that in Tokyo. Usain Bolt is gone from the track program, Michael Phelps retired from swimming post-Rio, and the Olympic beach volleyball tournament is taking place without Kerri Walsh-Jennings for the first time since 1996. The next wave of talent is now emerging. (FOX Sports)
2nd Round (6:30 pm ET)
Track & Field
Multiple Events (8:00 pm ET)
Men’s Basketball (Semifinals)
USA vs. Australia (12:15 am ET)
All Team USA events will air live on Peacock / NBC or tape-delayed on NBC affiliates.
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