It’s starting to appear as if the chances of seeing Simone Biles compete again in gymnastics in Tokyo are dwindling. Biles withdrew from the floor exercise final, leaving just the balance beam final as a possibility.
MyKayla Skinner, competing in Biles’ place on the vault, won the silver medal Sunday, and Suni Lee added a bronze for the U.S. on uneven bars.
American Fred Kerley capped off an exciting day of finals in track and field, taking silver in the 100-meter dash. The former 400-meter specialist proved that he is among the best in the world at short sprints as well. U.S. Trials champion Trayvon Bromell failed to qualify for the final, which left the field wide open, and Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs took the gold.
Golfer Xander Schauffele has no previous major victory experience, but he is a gold medal winner. Schauffele survived Rory Sabbatini’s Olympic-record round to win by one stroke and become the second men’s golfer alive with a gold medal, five years after Justin Rose of Great Britain won it in 2016 at the Rio Games.
In swimming, Caeleb Dressel added two more gold medals to complete his Tokyo Olympics with five by winning the 50-meter freestyle and then shortly later helping the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay team set a world record.
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Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas shatters triple jump world record
TOKYO – Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas saved her best jump for last.
On Rojas’ sixth and final jump, she propelled herself 51 feet, 5 inches to break a 26-year-old world record. The previous record of 50 feet, 10¼ inches was held by Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets. She set the mark in 1995.
Rojas knew it was a great jump when she hit the sand. She immediately got up and started celebrating while eagerly waiting for the scoreboard to display the distance of her jump. When the distance was posted, she was elated with emotion.
The 25-year-old triple jumper was part of a record-breaking competition. Second-place finisher Patricia Mamona of Portugal set a national record (49 feet, 3 inches) and bronze medalist Ana Peleteiro set a national record (48 feet, 9½ inches) for Spain.
American Keturah Orji placed seventh with a triple jump of 47 feet, 10½ inches.
Fred Kerley wins silver in men’s 100 meters behind Italy’s Jacobs
TOKYO — For more than a decade, one man reigned supreme in the men’s 100-meter dash. He swept Olympic gold medals and world championships, racing at a legendary level that no one else could match.
Now, Usain Bolt is retired, and his absence at the Tokyo Olympics gave way to a deep, determined field, all fighting for his title as the fastest man in the world.
Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs was the one who took it Sunday.
Jacobs took gold in the first Olympic 100-meter final of the post-Bolt era, finishing with a time of 9.80 seconds. American Fred Kerley took the silver in 9.84, and Andre De Grasse of Canada finished third to earn the bronze in 9.89.
Trayvon Bromell, who was considered the favorite in Tokyo, bowed out in the semifinal round. The U.S. has not won gold in the men’s 100 since Justin Gatlin in 2004.
U.S. weightlifter Kate Nye wins silver
TOKYO — American weightlifter Kate Nye had to settle for a silver medal in the 76kg division Sunday but not without some controversy.
Nye, the 22-year old first-time Olympian from Oakland Township, Michigan, appeared to have successfully cleared 114 kg on her third and final snatch attempt, one of the two components of the competition and a lift that momentarily put her in the lead.
But just moments after she left the stage hugging her coaching team, the jury called for a video review of the lift. After a long deliberation, they threw out the attempt, judging her to be in violation of a rule by releasing the bar while it was still above her shoulders.
That bumped Nye back down to her second snatch at 111 kg, leaving her far behind Neisi Dajomes of Ecuador, who created some separation from the field with a 118 kg lift on her third attempt.
Nye easily secured second place with a personal best 138-kg lift in the clean-and-jerk but needed Dajomes to stumble to have any chance at the gold. She did not, easily clearing 140 kg on her second attempt to put the competition out of reach. On her third attempt, Dajomes put an exclamation point on her dominance with a 145 kg lift.
Two record breakers from Kentucky to meet in 100-meter hurdles final
TOKYO — Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn made a massive statement in the third semifinal heat of the women’s 100-meter hurdles.
The former Kentucky Wildcat ran a 12.26 to break the Olympic record, which was previously held by Sally Pearson of Australia. Pearson ran a 12.35 at the 2012 Olympics.
Camacho-Quinn’s time instantly made her the favorite in the 100-meter hurdles final on Monday in Tokyo.
Before Camacho-Quinn’s record-breaking performance, world record holder Keni Harrison overcame what she called three “fake false starts” before her heat got going.
Harrison, who also ran track at Kentucky, finished second in her heat with a time of 12.51 to automatically qualify for the final. Britany Anderson won the heat in 12.40.
Camacho-Quinn’s Olympic record means two former Kentucky track stars own the two most prestigious records in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. The two will meet in the finals in what will be a highly-anticipated event.
Wrestling: Gray moves on to gold medal match, Hafizov in repechage
MAKUHARI, Chiba, Japan — Five-time world champion Adeline Gray can add a new achievement to her resume: Olympic medalist.
Gray pounded her way into the Tokyo Olympics gold-medal finals with a tight 3-2 victory over Aiperi Medet Kyzy of Kyrgyzstan. Gray will face 2014 World champion Aline Rotter Focken of Germany in Monday’s gold medal match.
This is Gray’s second Olympic appearance after placing seventh at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. By making the finals, she becomes the sixth U.S. wrestler to earn an Olympic medal in women’s freestyle since the sport joined the Olympic program in 2004. The only U.S. woman wrestler to win an Olympic gold medal was Helen Maroulis in 2016.
In Greco-Roman, U.S. wrestler Ildar Hafizov was pulled back into Monday’s repechage round at 60 kg, after the athlete who beat him on Sunday morning, Luis Orta Sanchez of Cuba, earned a spot in the gold-medal finals.
Hafizov will face 2018 World champion Sergey Emelin of Russia in the repechage round on Monday morning. If Hafizov beats Emelin, he would compete in the bronze-medal match.
Suni Lee wins bronze on uneven bars
Suni Lee now has a medal of every color.
Lee won a bronze medal on the uneven bars final Sunday, finishing 0.700 behind gold medalist Nina Derwael of Belgium. This adds to her gold in the all-around and silver in the team competition.
Lee is one of the world’s best on uneven bars, with one crazy-difficult routine and one slightly-less-crazy-difficult routine. What makes both of those routines so impressive is that she connects skills together, giving herself not even the slightest break to reset or gather her energy before she does the next hard move.
On Sunday, however, she missed most of those connections. It was clear from the start of her routine that she was just slightly off, and that’s enough to throw everything out of whack. Her routine wound up with a 6.2 difficulty score, six-tenths lower than her hardest routine – which she did in both the team and all-around finals.
Lee still has another chance to add to her medal collection, having qualified for Tuesday’s balance beam final.
American favorite Trayvon Bromell fails to reach 100-meter final
TOKYO — Americans Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley are moving on to the 100-meter final.
But Trayvon Bromell, who entered as the favorite, is out.
Bromell came in third in his semifinal heat, in a photo finish at 10 seconds flat. The top two in each heat qualified for the final, as well as the next two fastest overall.
An extraordinarily fast third semifinal, in which the top four finishers all ran 9.90 seconds or faster, ensured that Bromell would be left out.
The 26-year-old won the U.S. Olympic trials by a clear margin and had the two fastest times in the world this year. He battled injuries for several years after the Rio Olympics.
Baker and Su Bingtian of China recorded the fastest semifinal time of 9.83, with Bingtian barely winning the heat.
— Tom Schad
U.S. boxer Richard Torrez Jr. advances to semifinals
TOKYO — Richard Torrez Jr., the American super heavyweight boxer, secured an Olympic medal Sunday night with a victory over Cuba’s Dainier Pero in a quarterfinal bout.
Torrez won by split decision, 4-1, and advanced to the semifinals, which guarantees him at least a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games.
He will become the first U.S. boxer to win an Olympic medal in the super heavyweight division since Riddick Bowe claimed a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Games.
“I’m not here to be a medalist,’’ Torrez said. “I’m here to be a gold medalist. That’s my goal, that’s my ambition. …I’m not going to be happy unless I do that.’’
The last U.S. boxer to win a gold medal in the super heavyweight division was Tyrell Biggs in 1984.
On Wednesday, the 22-year-old Torrez will face 29-year-old Kamshybek Kunkabayev of Kazakhstan in the semifinals at Kokugikan Arena.
Kunkabayev, who won the silver medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2017 and 2019 world championships, turned pro in 2020 and has won all three of his pro fights by knockout.
On Sunday, Torrez, a southpaw, came out aggressive against the Cuban, who was the quicker boxer. But Torrez threw more punches and set the pace.
Midway through the second round, a cut opened near Torrez’s left eye. As blood streamed down his face, an official examined him before allowing the fight to continue.
The cut did not appear to bother Torrez as he slugged away. He lost the first round on the cards of four of the five judges. He won the second round on the cards of three of the five judges.
Then came Torrez’s strong finish, with all five judges awarding him the third round.
“I firmly believe that I’m the most conditioned super heavyweight there is,’’ he said. “I firmly believe that. I’m not one to toot my own horn much I’m not one to say I’m the best ever, but I can tell you that I’m the best conditioned.’’
— Josh Peter
U.S. men’s foil team wins bronze
TOKYO — The U.S. men’s foil team has bronze again.
Four years after ending an 84-year Olympic podium drought in Rio, the Americans finished third in the Tokyo Olympics.
The team of Alex Massialas, Race Imboden and Gerek Meinhardt beat Japan 45-31 in the bronze-medal match. The Americans beat Germany in the quarterfinal earlier Sunday before falling to Russia, 45-41, in the semifinals.
Nick Itkin fenced in the United States’ first match, but Imboden replaced him on the second rotation.
The United States’ team bronze in Rio was its first medal since 1932. The same three fencers combined to win the bronze from Tokyo, just the fourth team foil medal in the country’s history
— Rachel Axon
Britain’s Max Whitlock wins gold on pommel horse
TOKYO — Britain’s Max Whitlock now has a six pack.
Whitlock won his sixth Olympic medal, and third gold, on pommel horse Sunday night. It’s his second consecutive gold on his signature event, making him the first man since Zoltan Magyar in 1980 to defend his Olympic title on pommel horse. Whitlock also has bronzes from the all-around in Rio, as well as the team competition and pommel horse in London.
Whitlock was first up on pommel horse. His routine was fluid, his legs a blur as he worked his way back and forth across the pommel horse. He had a form break as he pressed into the handstand on his dismount, one of his legs bending wide. But his routine is packed with so much difficulty — he has a 7.0 D score, two-tenths higher than anyone else — that the error didn’t matter.
Still, he had to wait for seven more competitors to go. When the score of the last, Kohei Kameyama of Japan, posted, Whitlock leaned his head back in relief. He then grabbed a British flag and wrapped it around his shoulders.
Lee Chih Kai of Tapei won the silver medal and Japan’s Kazuma Kaya got bronze. American Alec Yoder was sixth.
— Nancy Armour
MyKayla Skinner wins silver in vault as replacement for Simone Biles
TOKYO — U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner, competing in place of Simone Biles, won a silver medal Sunday in women’s vaulting.
Only four Americans previously medaled in the event, including gold medalist Biles in 2016. Biles dropped out of the Tokyo final for mental health reasons and was replaced by Skinner in the eight-woman final at Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
Skinner, 24, competed first, scoring 14.916 after her Cheng (15.033) and Amanar (14.800) vaults.
Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade won the gold medal at 15.083, adding to her all-around silver. The bronze went to South Korea’s Seojeong Yeo (14.733).
— Jeff Metcalfe
Title of world’s fastest man to be settled on track
TOKYO — Day 3 in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium features four finals.
On the track, the crown for world’s fastest man is available.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse, a USC product, enters the night with the best time (9.91) in the men’s 100 meters through the opening round.
All three Americans — Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Trayvon Bromell made it to the semifinal round. However, Bromell narrowly made it to the next stage. Bromell ran a 10.05 and surprisingly didn’t earn a top-three automatic spot. He had to rely on his time to get through to the semifinal.
Bromell entered the Olympics with the top 100-meter time (9.77) in the world this year. His 9.77 in June also made him the seventh fastest man in the event’s history. He’s hoping to reignite that speed on the track tonight.
In the men’s high jump, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim is the favorite. The 2019 world champion is seeking his first ever Olympic gold medal. Russian Olympic Committee’s Mikhail Akimenko figures to be his fiercest rival. Akimenko won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.
Americans JuVaughn Harrison and Shelby McEwen are also competing for a spot on the podium.
It will be the final night in the women’s triple jump as well. Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas is the No. 1 ranked triple jumper in the world this year. She leaped 48 feet, 5½ inches to advance to the final. The reigning Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia and Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts are also serious contenders for gold in the women’s triple jump.
One final in the field already ended. China’s Lijiao Gong picked a good occasion to establish a new personal best.
The glide-technique shot putter tossed 67 feet, 6¼ inches to win gold in the women’s shot put. American thrower Raven Saunders, wearing her trademark mask, finished second with a mark of 64 feet, 11¼ inches. New Zealand’s Valerie Adams’ mark of 64 feet, 4½ inches was good enough for third.
Gong, the 2019 world champion, had the five best throws of the competition.
— Tyler Dragon
Artem Dolgopyat gives Israel its first-ever gymnastics gold
TOKYO — Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat gold medal on floor exercise is a historic one.
Dolgopyat gave Israel its second gold medal ever at the Summer Olympics on Sunday, and its first medal of any color in gymnastics. When the last gymnast’s score was announced and it was clear Dolgopyat had won, members of the Israeli delegation, who had come prepared with Israeli flags, erupted in cheers. Israeli media members also cheered.
Rayderley Zapata of Spain won the silver, and China’s Xiao Ruoteng took bronze. American Yul Moldauer lost his rhythm on a flare sequence and finished sixth.
Dolgopyat and Zapata actually finished with the same score, a 14.933. The first tiebreaker is the execution score, and they were tied there, too, with 8.433. But Dolgopyat had 0.100 more in difficulty, and that gave him the gold – as well as a piece of history.
— Nancy Armour
CT Pan wins seven-player bronze medal golf playoff
After the first hole of the bronze-medal playoff in men’s golf, Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama – second and third, respectively, entering Sunday’s final round – were out after making bogey on 18. The playoff then moved to the par-3 10, with Cheng Tsun Pan (Chinese Tapei), Mito Pereira (Chile), Sebastian Munoz (Colombia), Rory McIlroy (Ireland) and Collin Morikawa (USA) still alive.
All five remaining players made par on 10 and moved to 11.
Pereira had a fine look at birdie that did a 270-degree spin around the cup. Then McIlroy just missed his manageable birdie attempt that also lipped out.
Morikawa’s approach shot reached within a foot of the pin and he tapped his birdie in, as did CT Pan, who also had an attempt within three feet.
Munoz bogeyed to join the elimination party, as Morikawa and Pan headed back to 18 for the fourth playoff hole.
On the fourth playoff hole, Morikawa’s second shot landed deep in a bunker and he could not recover for a much-needed up-and-down par, while Pan saved par after his second shot also failed to reach the green.
— Chris Bumbaca
Xander Schauffele wins Olympic men’s golf tournament
KAWAGOE, Japan — No previous major victory experience was necessary to win a gold medal at the Olympics. American Xander Schauffele proved it all weekend.
Schauffele, 27, has finished in the top 10 at all four majors in his young career (with top three finishes in every event but the PGA Championship). Now he’s the second men’s golfer alive with a gold medal, five years after Justin Rose of Great Britain won it in 2016 at the Rio Games, where the sport returned to the Olympic program for the first time in more than a century.
The sport’s inclusion was predicated on the fact the best players in the world would participate. While the 60-man field for these Tokyo Olympics became diluted due to positive COVID-19 tests from top-10 players Bryson DeChambeau (United States) and Jon Rahm (Spain), several notable names vied for a medal.
And Schauffele stood on top at the end with a 4-under 67 in Sunday’s final round to finish 18-under-par for the tournament.
— Chris Bumbaca
American Krysta Palmer wins bronze in 3m springboard diving
TOKYO — U.S. diver Krysta Palmer took bronze in the women’s individual three-meter springboard final, marking the first time the U.S. has medaled in the women’s event since 1988.
In her first-ever Olympic individual final, Palmer finished with a score of 343.75 points. She was 39.75 points behind first-place Shi Tingmao and five points back from second-place Wang Han, both of China.
Palmer’s best dive of the day came in the third round on a reverse two-and-a-half somersaults pike, which scored 73.50 points ranked second overall.
Palmer, 29, qualified for a spot in the finished when she finished in fifth place with a score of 316.65 points in the semifinal. She also competed in the women’s synchronized three-meter springboard with partner Alison Gibson, where she finished last in eighth place. Palmer was the 2019 national champion in three-meter synchronized diving.
U.S. diver Hailey Hernandez, 18, took 10th place in the final with a points total of 288.45. She qualified when she took 10th in the semifinal with a score of 291.60.
— Olivia Reiner
American into wrestling semifinals
Top-seeded Adeline Gray is into the Olympic wrestling 76kg semifinals after picking up a pair of wins Sunday.
Gray pinned Tunisia’s Zaineb Sghaier in the first period of her first bout before earning a 6-4 victory over Turkey’s Yasemin Adar in the quarterfinals.
Gray will take on Kyrgyzstan’s Aiperi Medet Kyzy in the semifinals.
— Jace Evans
Rory Sabbatini sets Olympic golf record
The 45-year-old Rory Sabbatini, the oldest competitor in the 60-man golf field, set an 18-hole Olympic record by shooting a 61 on Sunday.
Sabbatini, who was born in South Africa and represented Slovakia, the home country of his wife and stepson, put himself into medal contention by shooting 10 under par. He entered the final round seven back of the leader, Xander Schauffele of the United States.
Sabbatini, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour but without a triumph since the 2010 Honda Classic unless you count the 2019 Slovak Open, attained Slovakia citizenship via marriage to Martina Stofanikova, who served as his caddy.
French boxer refuses to leave ring after DQ
TOKYO – A French super heavyweight boxer sat on the Olympic ring apron in protest for about an hour after he was disqualified from his quarterfinal bout because of an intentional headbutt.
Mourad Aliev reacted with outrage when referee Andy Mustacchio disqualified him with four seconds left in the second round Sunday. The referee determined Aliev had intentionally used his head to clash with British opponent Frazer Clarke, who had significant cuts near both of his eyes.
After the verdict was announced, Aliev sat down on the canvas just outside the ropes and above the steps leading down to the arena floor. He remained there unmoving, and French team officials came up to speak with him and brought him water.
“This was my way of showing that the decision was so unfair,” Aliev said through a translator. “I wanted to fight against all that injustice, and honestly today, also my teammates had unfair results. I trained my whole life for this, and I came into here, and because of one referee’s decision, I lost. It’s over.”
After more than 30 minutes, boxing officials emerged and spoke with Aliev and the French team. Aliev left the apron, and everyone went inside the Kokugikan Arena.
About 15 minutes later, Aliev returned to the arena and resumed his protest in the same spot for about 15 more minutes. He finally left for good, but not before ripping the referee and the oversight of the temporary Boxing Task Force running the Tokyo tournament.
“I would have won, but it had already been written that I was disqualified,” Aliev said. “I prepared my whole life for this, so getting mad about this result is natural.”
Aliev and Clarke were engaged in close fighting throughout their two rounds, and Aliev did appear to lean into his punches zealously. Clarke, who clinched a medal with the win, thought the decision was fair.
“I felt there was a couple of heads going in there,” Clarke said. “Whether it was intentional or not, that’s not for me to say. … I told (Aliev afterward) to calm down. You’re not thinking with your head. You’re thinking with your heart. I know it’s hard, but the best thing to do is go back to the changing room.”
Aliev protested vocally and emphatically immediately after the bout, yelling to the mostly empty arena: “Everyone knows I won!” Aliev claimed he hadn’t been warned by the referee about his aggressive, headfirst fighting before his disqualification, although some ringside observers thought he had.
Aliev refused Clarke’s attempts to calm him in the ring. Aliev won the first round on three of the five judges’ scorecards in what was a close fight.
Aliev’s protest didn’t interrupt the tournament since his bout with Clarke was the final fight of the afternoon session, which meant the next bout wasn’t scheduled for more than three hours.
— Associated Press
Raven Saunders wins silver in women’s shot put
Raven Saunders of the United States won the silver medal in the women’s shot put.
Gong Lijiao of China won her first Olympic gold medal with a personal best of 20.58 meters. Saunders’ top throw was 19.79.
Gong, the reigning two-time world champion, produced two efforts over 20 meters on her last two attempts at the Olympic Stadium to cement her victory.
Veteran Valerie Adams of New Zealand won a bronze medal in her fifth and likely last Olympics. The 36-year-old Adams is a two-time Olympic champion and in Tokyo became the first woman to qualify for five Olympic finals in the shot.
Saunders’ silver was the second medal won by the U.S. so far in track and field after the 4×100-meter mixed relay team won the bronze on Saturday night.
— Associated Press
Hammer throw gold-medal favorite competing on broken foot
TOKYO — U.S. hammer thrower and Olympic gold-medal favorite DeAnna Price revealed Sunday that she is competing with a fracture in her right foot.
Price advanced to Tuesday’s final in the women’s hammer throw, but her best throw was more than 25 feet shorter than what she achieved at the Olympic trials in June. She said she fractured the talus bone in her right foot, near the ankle, while throwing last month and the injury prevented her from training for three weeks.
“Just to make it through, I’m really happy,” Price said through tears. “I’m hoping just to put a couple more things together, and represent well.”
Price said the injury has been mentally challenging to work through in the leadup to Tokyo, and it remains physically painful. She’s been taping the foot but the pain is inevitable, she said, because it’s the foot she uses to drive and generate power.
“It’s just like, ‘OK, can’t do anything about it.’ You just grin and bear and it and you just keep pushing through it,” she said. “Luckily the pain isn’t as bad as what it has been, so to me, it’s already a blessing.”
Fellow U.S. hammer throwers Brooke Andersen and Gwen Berry also advanced to the final. Team USA has never won an Olympic medal in the event.
— Tom Schad
Simone Biles withdraws from Olympic floor exercise final
TOKYO — The chances of seeing Simone Biles compete again at the Tokyo Olympics are dwindling.
Biles announced her withdrawal from the floor exercise final Sunday, a day before it is to be contested. She had already withdrawn from the all-around, as well as the event finals for vault and uneven bars, which are scheduled for Sunday.
The last event final, for balance beam, is Tuesday, but a decision on her availability for it has yet to be made. Biles will be replaced in the floor final Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova.
Biles came to Tokyo as the biggest star of these Olympics, projected to win a record five gold medals. She pulled out of the team competition Tuesday after one event, saying mental health concerns were manifesting themselves in “the twisties,” a loss of air awareness.
— Nancy Armour
US men set world record in 4×100 medley relay; Caeleb Dressel wins fifth gold
TOKYO — The United States men continued their dominance in the 4×100 medley relay with a world-record performance at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
The Americans were led by Caeleb Dressel who finished his remarkable Tokyo Games with a fifth gold medal, swimming butterfly in the final relay of the meet. He won gold in the 50-meter freestyle earlier in the day.
The U.S. men finished in 3:26.78, beating the previous world record by .50 seconds.
The relay opened with Ryan Murphy on backstroke, followed by Michael Andrew, who finished his breaststroke leg with the Americans in second behind Great Britain. Dressel then regained the lead and Zach Apple closed it out, anchoring the freestyle leg.
The U.S. has never lost the men’s medley relay at the Olympics. The only time it has not won gold was in 1980 when the entire team boycotted the Moscow Games.
The U.S. finishes the swimming competition with more medals than any other country, including 30 overall and 11 golds. Australia win 20 overall and nine golds.
— Peter Barzilai
Australia edges U.S. in women’s 4×100 medley relay
The American women couldn’t hold off Australia in the 4×100 medley relay, with Cate Campbell racing to the gold in the final freestyle leg to win in 3:51.60.
The United States won silver, .13 of a second behind the Aussies. Abbey Weitzeil fought to the finish but touched in second in 3:51.73.
Emma McKeon, who swam the third leg Sunday, won her seventh Olympic medal in Tokyo, with four gold and three bronze. She is the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Games.
Bobby Finke completes swim distance double
TOKYO — American Bobby Finke made it a stunning distance double at his first Olympics, winning the gold medal in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle. It’s the first time an American has won Olympic gold in the event in 37 years.
The 21-year-old University of Florida swimmer won a surprising gold earlier this week in the men’s 800 freestyle. Sunday morning Finke used a late surge to win the 1,500 in 14:39.65, followed by Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk, who took silver, 1.26 seconds back.
— Roxanna Scott
Caeleb Dressel wins third individual gold
TOKYO — American Caeleb Dressel made it 3 for 3 Sunday morning on the final day of the Olympic swimming competition, winning the men’s 50-meter freestyle for his third individual gold medal of these Games.
Dressel won in 21.07 seconds, setting an Olympic record, followed by Florent Manaudou of France in 21.55. Brazil’s Bruno Fratus won bronze.
Dressel, who won the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly earlier in the week, also won a gold in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He had one more event remaining, the men’s 4×100 medley relay, which the United States has never lost at the Olympics.
— Christine Brennan
American woman wins silver at BMX freestyle
TOKYO — American Hannah Roberts exulted and wept after her spectacular first run Sunday in the women’s BMX Freestyle final at the Tokyo Games.
She looked golden with a score of 96.10, 10 points higher than the score of any of her competitors after the first runs were complete at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.
“…It might have been one of the best runs I’ve ever done,’’ Roberts said. “I was obviously super stoked.’’
Then came the second runs.
Charlotte Worthington of Great Britain became the first woman to land a 360 backflip in competition. She scored 97.50, claimed the gold medal and relegated Roberts to the silver medal.
Each rider got two 60-second runs, with only the top score counting. On Roberts’ second run, the final run of the competition, she stopped riding after landing her second trick.
She limped to the medal ceremony, wore a walking boot to a press conference and explained she’d injured her foot on the second day of practice and hurt it again on her second run. But, no excuses.
“Charlotte did some crazy things,’’ Roberts said.
Among the crazier things involving Worthington is that in 2018 she was working in the kitchen of a restaurant rather than competing full time. But that year, Worthington said, she attended some BMX contests and learned Great Britain was assembling an Olympic team.
Worthington eventually became part of that team and headed to the Tokyo Games with hopes of landing a 360 backflip. She pulled out of the trick on her first run, which resulted in a score of 38.60.
“To go into the second run, you’re constantly in and out of, ‘Can I do it? Is it the right time? Is it not?’ ” she said. “But I just had to have faith in it being ingrained in my body, the amount of work that we’ve put into it.
“So going out there the second time, I was just ready to give it my all again. And once I landed that trick, I knew I was on. I was pretty much zoned out for the rest of the run.’’
— Josh Peter
Canada knocks out Sponcil, Claes in women’s beach volleyball
TOKYO – Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes, ranked No. 3 in the world in beach volleyball, lost in the Olympic round of 16 Sunday at Shiokaze Park.
Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson, ranked No. 16, won 22-24, 21-18, 15-13 after being down a set and 10-4 in the second.
“We made more than enough opportunities for ourselves to win,” Claes said. “Fought through that first, up in the end and we let them back in. Everybody is good out here so letting that door open just a little and here we are, we lost.”
Canada led 12-11 in the third set when a Sponcil serve was called out. The U.S. challenged the call and at first was successful only for a further review to go Canada’s way.
Down 14-11, Sponcil and Claes held off two match points before losing the third on a Wilkerson winner.
“I thought it (Sponcils’ serve) was in,” Claes said. “It sucks, but it shouldn’t have come down to that third set. We did such a good job in the second then just let them back in.”
— Jeff Metcalfe
Americans look to add to medal count in track and field
While the U.S. has only one medal so far in athletics — a bronze from Saturday’s mixed-gender 4×400 relay — finals are just beginning.
In women’s shot put, which has its final at 8:35 p.m. ET, the United States’ Raven Saunders is a favorite after finishing atop the rankings in qualifiers. An NCAA star at Mississippi, Saunders threw 19.22 meters to put herself through to the finals and caught the eyes of many on social media for her unique facemask.
Sunday morning stateside will also see men’s high jump, women’s triple jump and men’s 100-meter finals. Trayvon Bromell, who ran a 9.80 in the 100 at the U.S. Olympic trials, has gold-medal potential. The qualifying heats for the event will occur shortly behind the finals.
Elimination round for women’s, men’s beach volleyball begin
Team USA’s Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes, college stars at UCLA and USC respectively, set off the round of 16 for women’s beach volleyball, the first elimination round of the tournament.
The young duo is facing off against Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley at 8 p.m. ET. Neither of the U.S. nor Canada’s two teams faced each other in the preliminaries. Sponcil and Claes won all three of their preliminary games.
Controversy has arisen in Tokyo over the long-standing requirement in the sport to wear bikini bottoms while playing. It’s not the only sport at the Games with criticized dress codes for women.
On the men’s side, action starts at 11 p.m. ET with Phil Dalhausser and Nicholas Lucena of the U.S. against Qatar’s Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younousse. The U.S. duo lost one match in the prelims against the Netherlands.
American boxer Richard Torrez Jr. has tricks up his sleeve
Run into Richard Torrez Jr. in the Olympic village, and he’ll probably show you a magic trick. He’s been carrying a deck around with him to spark conversation with other athletes.
The American super heavyweight boxer, who graduated from high school as valedictorian of his class, comes from a family of boxers. Both his father and grandfather were boxers, and his dad even fought for the U.S. team, though he didn’t make it to the Olympics. Torrez Jr. was invited to train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee training center in 2017.
Tyrell Biggs was the last boxer to medal for Team USA in the super heavyweight division back in 1984. Torrez Jr. is one round away from medal contention having bested his opening round opponent on Thursday. He’ll head into the ring at 6:06 a.m. ET on Sunday for his quarterfinal bout against Cuba’s Dainier Pero.
— Josh Peter
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Olympics 2021 live updates: Fred Kerley wins silver medal in men’s 100