Tokyo Olympics live updates: U.S. takes both 4×400 relays, basketball wins fourth straight gold

The US men’s basketball team faced France for the second time at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, only this time, there was gold on the line

A historically dominant force in international basketball, the United States had struggled in Tokyo – and even before it In July, it lost exhibition matches against Nigeria and Australia Then in the opening game of Olympic pool play, it lost 8376 to France

After a semifinal win over the Aussies, though, something finally clicked for the American squad Milwaukee Bucks star Jrue Holiday and Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, who were busy with the NBA Finals during the US exhibitions, have supplemented an offense that’s been carried by Olympic veteran Kevin Durant

The US defeated France in the rematch Saturday, 8782, to win the gold medal

Zach Lavine and Jayson Tatum celebrate during Team USA’s win over France
The United States has now won 16 gold medals since men’s basketball was added to the Olympic slate in 1936 and five of the six this century USA Basketball’s only blemish was a loss to Argentina in the 2004 semifinals in Athens before the team came back to beat Lithuania for bronze

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US men win 4×400 relay
TOKYO – The US men’s track and field team got their first medal on the track on the ninth day of competition

The men’s 4x400meter relay team featuring Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and Rai Benjamin cruised to a relatively comfortable victory to earn a gold medal Their goldmedalwinning time was 2:5570

– Tyler Dragon

Japan shuts out USA for baseball gold
TOKYO — Japan defeated the United States 20 on Saturday at Yokohama Baseball Stadium to win the country’s first Olympic gold in baseball

US starter Nick Martinez, who has pitched in Japan’s professional league since 2018, fired six gutsy innings with seven strikeouts, five hits and one walk allowed to keep the US in the ball game

All tournament, the US offense had done enough to support its pitching staff – which entered Saturday’s contest with the best team ERA (218) in the field – came up empty on the competition’s final day

– Chris Bumbaca

US super team wins women’s 4×400 gold
TOKYO — With a starstudded foursome of Sydney McLaughlin Allyson Felix Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu, the US continued its reign of dominance in the women’s 4×400 relay, cruising to gold in a time of 3:1685

Team USA has now won gold in the women’s 4×400 relay in seven consecutive Summer Games dating back to 1996 It hasn’t gone home with worse than silver since the event was added to the Olympic program in 1972

– Tom Schad

Vashti Cunningham misses out high jump medal
TOKYO — Vashti Cunningham placed 13th at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as an 18yearold firsttime Olympian Her jump was 6 feet, 2 inches Cunningham improved in her second Olympics, but her dreams of making the podium fell just short

Cunningham placed sixth in the women’s high jump on Saturday

“I don’t really know what happened out there,” Cunningham said after the competition “It just wasn’t my day”

Cunningham was one of the favorites to reach the podium in Tokyo The 6foot1 Cunningham placed third at the 2019 world championships She finished first at this year’s Olympic trials, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches to win the event

Russian Olympic Committee’s Mariya Lasitskene won the event with a jump of 6 feet, 8¼ inches Australia’s Nicola McDermott got the silver medal (6 feet, 7½ inches) and Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine finished third (6 feet, 6¾ inches)

Cunningham is coached by her father, Randall, a former NFL AllPro quarterback The fourtime Pro Bowler was in the stands coaching his daughter throughout the high jump competition

– Tyler Dragon

American wrestlers make history with another medal
TOKYO — Sarah Hildebrandt has won bronze in the 50kg weight class, giving US wrestlers nine medals, their most at a nonboycotted Olympics

The Americans had won eight medals at both the Barcelona and Atlanta Games This is also the most the United States has won since Athens, when they claimed six

The bronze salvages what had been disappointed for Hildebrandt in the semifinals, when the 2018 world silver medalist led 70 only to lose to China’s Sun Yanan in the closing seconds In the bronzemedal match, Hildebrandt wrestled Ukraine’s Oksana Livach, who’d had to go through the repechage phase earlier in the day

Livach took the first point But Hildebrandt went up 21 at the buzzer for the halfway point, and dominated Livach from there She won 121, and burst into tears when the match ended

– Nancy Armour

Jumpoff! Springsteen, USA get silver in equestrian
TOKYO – The US jumping team took Olympic silver after narrowly losing a jumpoff to Sweden

The Americans and Swedes were tied with eight in penalties after the final here, sending their six riders to jump a rearranged course for gold All riders got through clear, but the Swedish team edge the Americans by 13 seconds

In the final, Laura Kraut led off the US team with a clear round to start before Jessica Springsteen took four in penalties after Don Juan van de Donkhoeve clipped the fourth jump

– Rachel Axon

US baseball squanders chances
YOKOHAMA, Japan – The US has threatened in backtoback frames but has nothing to show for it through six innings in the goldmedal game

Nick Allen roped a single to right and Morishita plunked ninehole hitter Jack Lopez on the next pitch for a good chance in the fifth With the lineup turned over for the third time, Alvarez fell behind 02 but battled back to work the count full On the sixth pitch, Alvarez grounded out to shortstop, ending the United States’ best chance against Morishita

In the sixth, reliever Koudai Senga walked Tyler Austin to lead off the inning, then hit Eric Filia with two outs He fell behind Jamie Westbrook 30 before the count went full and Westbrook popped out in foul ground to the catcher

Japan loaded the bases via two singles and a walk against Martinez in the fourth, but a force play at home and a threepitch strikeout of Ryosuke Kakuchi got him out of trouble Martinez struck out the side in the fifth and has seven on the day

– Chris Bumbaca

New Olympic record in men’s 1500
TOKYO — American Cole Hocker finished sixth in the men’s 1500meter final at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, setting a new personal best but still finishing three seconds behind the winner, Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway

Ingebrigtsen set a new Olympic record and recorded one of the 20 fastest times ever at the distance, crossing the finish line in 3:2832 Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot finished second in 3:2901, and Josh Kerr of Great Britain was right behind him in 3:2905 to win bronze

Hocker’s time was 3:3140

Though the 20yearold Oregon student finished off the podium, his sixthplace finish served as an impressive end to a lengthy, successful season Hocker won the 1500 at the NCAA championships in June, then returned to win it again at the US Olympic trials He was the only American to qualify for the final

– Tom Schad

Japan takes early lead
Munetaka Murakami drove a ball to left field with one out in the third that just made it over the 15foot fall to give Japan a 10 lead in the third US starter Nick Martinez had retired five in a row until that point with a pair of strikeouts (three total)

Masato Morishita, Japan’s starter, also has three strikeouts in the first three innings

Chris Bumbaca

US baseball team rematches with Japan in gold medal game
In the meeting between the two group winners earlier this week here at Yokohama Baseball Stadium, they battled backandforth in the early innings before Triston Casas’ threerun home run broke a 33 tie But Japan quickly cut the lead to 65 and US reliever Scott McGough allowed a Japan rally with two outs in the ninth to force extra innings

The US couldn’t score a run in the top half of the inning, and catcher Takuya Kai lined a ball to the rightfield wall for the walkoff hit

Japan starter Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched seven seasons with the New York Yankees, didn’t make it out of the fourth inning yet fared better than the American starter, Tampa Bay Rays prospect Shane Baz The 22yearold was chased after 2⅔ innings, forcing manager Mike Scioscia to lean on his bullpen heavily in the first matchup

Of course, there will be a short leash for both pitchers tonight, and a allhandsondeck approach is expected given the stakes

The US is seeking their first gold medal since the 2000 Sydney Games, where they were managed by Tommy Lasorda Japan is looking for its firstever Olympic baseball gold

Chris Bumbaca

Starting lineups for US vs Japan gold medal baseball game
The United States baseball team is set to play Japan in the gold medal game

The starting lineup for the United States (away team):

2B Eddy Alvarez

DH Tyler Austin

1B Triston Casas

3B Todd Frazier

RF Eric Filia

LF Jamie Westbrook

C Mark Kolozsvary

SS Nick Allen

CF Jack Lopez

P Nick Martinez

In Martinez’s first start of the tournament, which the US won 42 over South Korea, he fanned nine over five innings and allowed one earned run The former Texas Rangers righthander has pitched the last three seasons in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League

The starting lineup for Japan (home team):

DH Tetsuto Yamada

SS Hayato Sakamoto

LF Masataka Yoshida

RF Seiya Suzuki

1B Hideto Asamura

CF Yuki Yangita

2B Ryosuke Kikuchi

3B Munetaka Murakami

C Takuya Kai

Masato Morishita, 24, will get the ball for Japan He was the 2020 NPB Rookie of the Year The righthander allowed two earned runs over five innings and picked up the win as Japan defeated Mexico 74 on Saturday

Chris Bumbaca

Women’s water polo team wins gold medal
TOKYO — The US women’s water polo team, as dominant a team as any the United States has sent to these Olympics, became the first women’s team in the sport to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals with a 145 victory over Spain on Saturday afternoon

The Americans relied on a stifling defense to shut down Spain, led by goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson Time and again, Johnson, who in 2016 became the first AfricanAmerican woman to make the US Olympic water polo team, swatted away Spain’s shots on goal

In the second half, Spain did not score until the final two minutes, after the Americans had cleared their bench and Johnson had been replaced by US reserve goalie Amanda Longan

The United States is the only nation to win a medal at each Olympics since women’s water polo was added to the Games in 2000 in Sydney

Christine Brennan

American Nelly Korda wins women’s golf tournament
KAWAGOE, Japan – After a brief suspension of play in the final round due to a severe storm, US golfer Nelly Korda won gold in the women’s golf competition

Korda, 23, finished with a 2underpar 69, dropping her to 17under for the tournament After settling for a double bogey on the par3 seventh, Korda rebounded with three consecutive birdies She stalled on holes 14 through 17, making par on each, and Japan’s Mone Inami birdied the 17th to grab a share of the lead

On the final hole, Inami bogeyed and Korda finished with par, which was enough to claim gold in her first Olympics Korda finished one shot ahead of Inami and Lydia Ko, who were headed to a playoff to decide the silver and bronze medals In the playoff on the 18th, Inami made par and Ko bogeyed, earning them silver and bronze, respectively

With Korda’s victory, the US completes a sweep in the Olympic golf competition One week ago, Xander Schauffele won the men’s golf tournament, finishing 18 under through four rounds

Olivia Reiner

US men’s basketball team wins gold medal
SAITAMA, Japan — After all of the doubts and naysayers, the US men’s basketball team has won its fourth straight gold medal at the Olympics, dating back to the Beijing Games

The US led France, which topped the Americans during group play in Japan, all game and won Saturday at Saitama Super Arena, 8782

Kevin Durant, without scoring in the fourth quarter until he hit free throws with 88 seconds to go, led all players with 29 points Jayson Tatum racked up 19 points while guards Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday carried the US late and finished with 11 points apiece

Rudy Gobert had 16 points for France, but only three of those came after halftime Evan Fournier added 16 points of his own

France makes a run
Including Nice Batum’s 3pointer that ended the third quarter, France put together a 102 run that brought them within 7367 The only US basket of the fourth quarter is a Bam Adebayo jumper US coach Gregg Poopovich called timeout with 6:28 left in the game

Frank Ntilkina’s 3pointer, his first points of the game, made it 7370 before Adebayo hit another short jumper Jure Holiday stole a pass and went the length of the floor to make the lead five, and Damian Lillard nailed a jumper from the corner to suddenly make it a ninepoint game France cut it back to a sixpoint deficit with less than four minutes remaining

Chris Bumbaca

Team USA takes lead into fourth quarter vs France
Outside of Kevin Durant (27 points), the guard play is picking up for the US between Damian Lillard, who made another three and is up to seven points, and Jrue Holiday Jayson Tatum brought the lead back to 10 with his second 3pointer of the game Meanwhile, Guerschon Yabusele converted his third 3pointer of the quarter

Four quick points came from Zach LaVine, one down low from a Draymond Green feed and another from Durant on a pass to the right corner on a fast break Tatum’s fastbreak dunk after another France turnover gave the US its biggest lead at 7157 with 1:18 left in the third

France stopped the bleeding a bit and Nicolas Batum made a 3pointer as the buzzer sounded to make it 7163 USA going into the fourth quarter

Play briefly suspended in final round of women’s golf tournament due to weather
KAWAGOE, Japan – Play has been suspended at Kasumigaseki Country Club in the final round of the women’s golf competition due to a severe storm approaching

American Nelly Korda is currently sitting in first place at 17under in the tournament with two holes remaining in the final round Japan’s Mone Inami is one stroke behind in silver position and India’s Aditi Ashok and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko are tied for bronze two shots behind Korda

Officials said there will be an update on the status of play at 1 pm local time Play was suspended at 12:26 pm local time

It was decided that play would resume at 1:15 pm local time

Olivia Reiner

Kevin Durant going off for Team USA
Kevin Durant is pumped up, and he has every reason to be A jumper from the left elbow extended the US lead over France to six before Jrue Holiday scored inside Using a screen, Durant dribbled right and pulled up to make his third 3pointer of the game, which stretched the lead to 11 (5645) for the US

Guerschon Yabusele drilled a 3pointer in the opening seconds of the second half to make it a twopoint game before Damian Lillard answered for the US with his own to extend the lead back to five prior to Durant’s minirun Yabusele made another three with about six minutes left to cut it to an eightpoint game

Chris Bumbaca

US men’s basketball team leads France at halftime of gold medal game
The US is 20 minutes away from its fourth straight gold medal in men’s basketball, but France has hung around and trails just 4439 at halftime

Kevin Durant (21 points) and Jayson Tatum (11 points) have provided the bulk of the US offense Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert is up to 13 points for France Tatum leads all players with a +/ of +10

The US has done a much better job taking care of the ball, winning the turnover battle 102

Of course, in the two teams’ meeting during group play, the US led by eight at halftime before a disastrous third quarter in which France outscored them 2511

Chris Bumbaca

Mike Tirico briefly takes over playbyplay duties in gold medal game
Mike Tirico, NBC’s primary host for the Olympics, briefly took over playbyplay of the broadcast from the studio after the NBC feed of the men’s gold medal basketball game airing in the US apparently lost audio

A threepoint play from Kevin Durant gave the US its largest lead of the game at 3526, and he then nailed a 3pointer from the left corner to make the lead 12 Evan Fournier was then called for a technical and Durant made the free throw to give him 19 points with more than four minutes to go before half

Chris Bumbaca

France hanging around vs US men’s basketball team
Big baskets inside against a smaller US lineup by Moustapha Fall (four points) has kept France close

Jayson Tatum (3of4 from the field) is off to one of his best starts of the tournament with seven points and three rebounds in sixplus minutes

France called timeout and the US led 3024 with 6:26 until halftime

Chris Bumbaca

Team USA leads France after first quarter
Draymond Green and Zach Lavine were the Americans’ first substitutions for Damian Lillard and Bam Adebayo The US started hitting shots, but Kevin Durant is having a tougher time with Rudy Gobert in the paint

Khris Middleton and Jayson Tatum were next off the bench and the first US three, via Durant, tied the game at 15 Durant was fouled on his next attempt from behind the arc and nailed all three free throws Beautiful ball movement on the ensuing French possession led to a Nic Batum three Tatum followed with a three of his own and the US led 2218 after the first quarter Durant already has 12 points

Chris Bumbaca

USA Basketball off to slow start against France in goldmedal game
As a team, the US started 2for8 from the field and missed their first seven 3pointers Things haven’t gone much better on the other side of the floor, as France worked inside for a couple of dunks Evan Fournier nailed a three and coach Gregg Popovich called timeout with the US trailing 104 and 5:28 left

Chris Bumbaca

France vs USA goldmedal basketball game begins
SAITAMA, Japan – The gold medal game between the US men’s basketball team and France has tipped

The starting lineups for both teams for the game at Saitama Super Arena:

For the United States: Kevin Durant, Jrue Holiday, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Bam Adebayo

For France: Nicolas Batum, Nando de Colo, Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, Guerschon Yabusele

US distance runner competing against two of fastest women in world
TOKYO — Emily Sisson didn’t mind the heat at the US Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon in June when she cruised to a victory in the 10,000meter event

The Arizona native finished with a time of 31:0381 in 80degree heat at the trials in a race she said she wouldn’t have changed Now, with high temperatures in Tokyo, she’s poised to finish top 10 against some of the world’s fastest distance runners

Sisson will compete against the Netherland’s Sifan Hassan, who already won the gold in the 5,000meters, and Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey The two runners each reset the world record in the event within a threeday span Gidey’s time of 29:0103 is the record going into event finals in Tokyo

The 29yearold Sisson originally tried to make the US marathon team in February 2020 but dropped out after running with the leaders for more than 20 miles

The women’s 10,000meter race will air at 6:45 am ET on Saturday

Jeff Metcalfe

Women lead the way for Team USA in Tokyo
TOKYO —Time and again at the Tokyo Olympic Games, US athletes have climbed onto the medal podium to be rewarded with gold, silver or bronze In an historic first, nearly 60 percent of those US medalists have been women

If US women were their own country, they would be fourth in the Olympic medal count, ahead of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France and nearly 200 other countries, and behind only the entire US team, China and the Russian Olympic Committee

Of Team USA’s 99 medals heading into the final weekend of the Games, 59 have been won by women, nearly twice as many as the 35 won by men (Five of the medals have been won in mixed events featuring male and female athletes)

That means 596 percent of all US medals have been won by women If that number holds through the last events of these Olympics, it will easily surpass the previous best result for American women, which was winning 558 percent of the medals at the 2012 London Olympics

Rachel Fattal (4) is defended by Nadezhda Glyzina (12) of the Russian Olympic Committee during the semifinals The US women’s water polo team is seeking its third consecutive gold medal
The US is guaranteed at least three more medals from American women, with US women’s basketball, water polo and volleyball playing for gold in the next two days On Saturday at 3:30 am ET, the US women’s water polo team faces Spain in the goldmedal match Later Saturday night, the US goes for its seventh consecutive gold medal in women’s basketball when it takes on Japan at 10:30 pm ET The US women’s volleyball team has a chance to win its first ever Olympic gold medal when it meets up with Brazil Sunday at 12:30 am ET

Christine Brennan

US diver Jordan Windle made it from Cambodian orphanage to Olympics
Left outside a Cambodian orphanage as a child, Jordan Windle was adopted at 18 months old by his Jerry Windle and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jerry Windle put Jordan in his first aquatics class at 7yearsold The campers had a chance to jump off the one meter diving board, and even at a young age, Jordan caught people’s attention The head of the aquatics program, Tim O’Brien, son of former Team USA diving coach Dr Ron O’Brien, said Jordan needed to be put in a diving program

Jordan would move multiple times to train under different coaches, who were all delighted when their former protégé made the US Olympic team Now, he’s competing for a chance at an Olympic medal in Tokyo

Men’s 10meter platform diving semifinals began at 9 pm ET, and the finals are scheduled for Saturday at 2 am ET

Molly Seidel wins bronze in women’s marathon
Molly Seidel continues to impress After a stunning performance to qualify for Team USA, Seidel ran another gutsy race Saturday, hanging with the lead pack and holding on to win bronze in the Olympic marathon It was just the third marathon Seidel, 27, has ever run

Seidel crossed the finish line third in 2:27:46 on a muggy morning in Sapporo Kenyans Peres Jepchirchir and Brigid Kosgei finished first and second, respectively Seidel becomes just the third American woman to ever medal in the women’s marathon Joan Benoit won gold in the event in 1984, and Deena Kastor took bronze in 2004

It’s an incredible accomplishment for a fourtime NCAA champion in cross country in track, for whom the marathon is still a relatively unfamiliar distance

Fellow American Sally Kipyego finished 17th Aliphine Tuliamuk, who won Olympic trials, dropped out of the race about halfway through, with her team citing an injury in a post on social media

Tom Schad

Molly Seidel, of the United States, celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Jessica Springsteen set for Saturday’s equestrian finals
Bruce Springsteen and the EStreet Band may have resumed their residency on Broadway, but all eyes are on the daughter of “The Boss,” Jessica, as she competes in the Olympics She’ll have one last chance to medal alongside teammates McClain Ward and Laura Kraut in the equestrian team jumping finals on Saturday at 6 am ET

Ward and Kraut already have four career medals between the two of them but they are looking for another with Springsteen The team qualified after a trio of nearly perfect runs around the course in qualifiers, good enough for fifth out of the 10 teams that advanced

Jessica Springsteen, riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, competes during the equestrian jumping team qualifying at the Tokyo Olympics
Tuliamuk drops out of marathon due to injury
Aliphine Tuliamuk dropped out of the women’s marathon Saturday due to injury, according to a post on social media from her team

Tuliamuk, 32, won the US Olympic marathon trials in early 2020 She dropped out of Saturday’s race a little before the halfway point, roughly 12 miles into the 262mile race Her running team, HOKA Northern Arizona Elite, wrote on Twitter that her hip “has been bothering her these last two weeks”

“She tried her best to get it right but couldn’t fix it,” the club wrote “More to come when we have details”

Fellow American Molly Seidel was still with the leaders at the 15mile mark, while Sally Kipyego was slightly behind, in 9th

Tom Schad

Banner day for wrestling family
It was an incredible week for the Kawai family as sisters Risako and Yukako won gold medals in wrestling The 26yearold Risako won the women’s 57kg freestyle wrestling gold while Yukako won gold in the women’s 62kg Risako Kawai won the gold medal at 62kg at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Jace Evans

Canada’s Quinn becomes first openlytransgender Olympic gold medalist
Besides being the country’s first Olympic or World Cup title, Canada’s win over Sweden in the women’s soccer goldmedal game cemented a more important piece of history

Quinn, a Canadian midfielder and one of the first openly transgender athletes to compete at the Olympics, is now a gold medalist Their win is a momentous one for trans representation and acceptance

“That’s such a huge thing for me, just making sure kids know that they have a place in this sport,” Quinn said after the game “Sports bring me so much joy, so hopefully I can pass that message along and be a role model for younger folks, seeing that they can be themselves and they can also have a place here and they can be Olympic champions”

While the International Olympic Committee has long had rules allowing for the participation of transgender athletes at the Games, the Tokyo Olympics are the first at which any have competed New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard also competed in Tokyo

Nancy Armour

Women’s marathon moved up due to excessive heat
The women’s marathon, originally scheduled to start at 7 am Saturday in Tokyo, was pushed up to 6 am due to high temperatures creating dangerous running conditions

The race will be broadcast live at 5 pm ET Friday on USA

Climate change is becoming an increasing issue in sports Competition times at the US Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon were altered as temperatures soared above 100 degrees In Tokyo, a caddy for US golfer Lexi Thompson had to relinquish his duties because of heat exhaustion

Aliphine Tuliamuk, the US marathon champion, Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego and Molly Seidel will all race for the United States Tuliamuk was one of the Olympic athletes who fought for breastfeeding mothers to be able to bring their children with them to Tokyo after originally not being allowed to

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