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🏅USA stars earn multiple medals in Track & Field during Tokyo Olympics

August 04, 2021
Source: ESPN Stats & Info/Twitter
Source: ESPN Stats & Info/Twitter

Women’s 400m hurdles: The last three times Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad raced against each other, they broke the 400m hurdles world record (WR)…and they did it again in Tokyo.

  • With McLaughlin’s previous WR record set at 51.9 seconds, McLaughlin came from behind last night to finish in 51.46 seconds and claim the gold, while Muhammad won the silver, finishing in 51.58 seconds. Damn.

Men’s 200m: In another race featuring three U.S. runners, Kenny Bednarek claimed silver in the 200m final, sprinting ahead of the favorite Noah Lyles, who earned the bronze. And 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton finished just off the podium in fourth. Now we can’t wait to see what Team USA does together in the upcoming relays

Special Edition: Quick Hits August 4th, 2021

August 04, 2021
Source: Loic Venance/AFP
Source: Loic Venance/AFP

🛹Skateboarding: It was another battle of the teens in last night’s park event final. British 13-year-old Sky Brown finished with a bronze, behind 12-year-old silver medalist Kokona Hiraki and 19-year-old gold medal winner Sakura Yosozumi, both of Japan. 

😷COVID-19: After a quiet few days, COVID-19’s back on its bullsh!t. The Greek artistic swimming team (aka synchronized swimming) has been ruled out of the final due to an outbreak in their team, and ROC karate athlete Anna Chernysheva has also tested positive

🏃‍♂️Track & Field: The last three times Americans Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad raced against each other, they broke the 400m hurdles world record (WR)…and they did it again in Tokyo. McLaughlin came from behind last night to finish in 51.46 seconds and claim the gold, while Muhammad won the silver, finishing in 51.58 seconds. Damn.   

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Team USA Olympic Updates

August 04, 2021
Source: Team USA Basketball/Twitter
Source: Team USA Basketball/Twitter

🏀Basketball: After some close calls in the group stage, the U.S. women came to play in their first elimination game. Breanna Stewart helped to silence the doubters, scoring 23 points in Team USA’s 79–55 rout of Australia.

  • The women will face Serbia in Friday’s semifinals, but first the men have their semifinal vs. Australia, tomorrow at 12:15 a.m. Ball is life, baby.

🏃‍♀️Track & Field: It was a jam-packed morning on the track. Courtney Frerichs earned silver (her first Olympic medal) in the 3,000m steeplechase, while Allyson Felix ran a season-best time in the 400m semis to advance to Friday’s final. Do we hear a 10th (!!!) Olympic medal? 

🏐Volleyball: Despite missing stars Jordyn Poulter and Jordan Thompson due to injury, women’s indoor volleyball coasted through the quarters with a straight sets win over the Dominican Republic. And there’s even more good news: Poulter and Thompson are recovering well and could play in Friday’s semifinal. Let’s go. 

⚾️Baseball: Hey Google, play “On to the Next One” by Jay-Z. Thanks to a two-run home run from Boston Red Sox prospect Triston Casas, Team USA baseball defeated the Dominican Republic 3–1 yesterday. The U.S. is now just one win away from the gold medal game, but they’ll have to defeat South Korea in tomorrow’s 6 a.m. ET semifinal first.   

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Simone Biles returns to the Olympic competition floor

August 03, 2021
Source: TODAY/Twitter
Source: TODAY/Twitter

The win: Following an early exit from the team event and withdrawals from the all-around competition and three other individual events to take care of her mental health, Biles competed in the women’s balance beam event early this morning. Her decision paid off in the form of a bronze medal. 

  • It was Biles’ seventh career Olympic medal, tying her for the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history, and could be her last if she decides to retire before Paris 2024...but we’re holding our breath

Zoom out: It goes without saying that Biles prioritizing her mental health has been the story of the Olympics so far. Yet again — despite the backlash they knew they would face — a Black, female athlete has forever changed the way we view the mental aspects of sports.  

Team Canada: Unfortunately, Biles’ win edged Canadian and friend of The GIST Ellie Black off the podium. Black finished fourth on the beam, a personal best.  

🏅🏀🏐🏊‍♀️

Team USA Updates

August 03, 2021
Source: USA Basketball/Twitter
Source: USA Basketball/Twitter

🏀Basketball: Team USA men’s basketball’s Kevin Durant, who was recently crowned the all-time leading scorer, added another 29 to his total as he helped lift his squad past world No. 2 Spain with a convincing 95–81 quarter-final win earlier this morning. 

  • Meanwhile, the U.S. women will face Australia in tomorrow’s 12:40 a.m. ET quarter-final. Reminder: the Opals stunningly defeated Team USA in a pre-Olympic exhibition game last month. Sounds like revenge to us.

🏃‍♀️Track & Field: Team USA Track & Field is proving age is nothing but a number. Yesterday, 34-year-old Brittney Reese won silver in the long jump, her third career medal at her fourth and final Olympics. Then 19-year-old Athing Mu claimed gold in the 800m this morning, becoming the first American woman to win the event since the 1968 Games. Incredible.

  • And Gabby Thomas added a bronze to the medal total with her third-place finish in the 200m. Wicked fast and wicked smaht

🏐Beach Volleyball: Only one Team USA beach volleyball duo remains, and they’re putting on a show. April Ross and Alix Klineman upset Germany’s Laura Ludwig (the defending Olympic champion) and Maggie Kozuch in straight sets yesterday. HYFR. Team USA will face Switzerland in Wednesday’s 8 p.m. ET semifinal.

🤽‍♀️Water Polo: The U.S. women handily defeated Canada 16–5 in the quarter-finals early this morning. All-time women’s water polo leading-scorer Maggie Steffens had three goals, including two in the first two minutes. Next up, a semifinal matchup with ROC, Thursday at 2:30 a.m. ET. Just keep swimming.