5 to Watch

5 to Watch: Dressel, Ledecky Take Gold; Race For Title of Fastest Woman in the World

Katie Ledecky, of United States, poses after winning the gold medal in the women's 800-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
AP Photo/David Goldman

American swimming stars were back in the pool Friday night with both Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel winning another gold medal. Plus the track and field events were in full swing.

Jamaica wins gold, silver and bronze in women's 100m event

Dalilah Muhammad of Team United States competes in round one of the Women's 400m hurdles heats on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Dalilah Muhammad of Team United States competes in round one of the Women's 400m hurdles heats on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

The race that crowns the world’s fastest woman took place on Day 8 of the Tokyo Olympic Games. While it is certainly the most high-profile race of the day, there are plenty of noteworthy events that happened in track and field.

The first track and field session of Day 8 in Tokyo began Friday night with heats in six events: women’s 400m hurdles, women’s discus throw, men’s pole vault, men’s 800m, women’s 100m hurdles, and the men’s 100m. American pole vaulter and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks is no longer competing after testing positive for COVID-19.

For the men's 100m, American Fred Kerley finished in third with a time of 9.97, Ronnie Baker finished in eighth with a time of 10.03 and Trayvon Bromwell finished in twelfth with a time of 10:05. All three have qualified for the men's 100m semifinals.

Team USA’s medal hopes in the men’s 100m rest on the shoulder of Trayvon Bromwell, who won the 100m final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials.

Three US hurdlers advanced to semis in women's 400m - Sydney McLaughlin, the world record-holder in the event, Dalilah Muhammad, the reigning champion and previous record-holder and Anna Cockrell.

The second session happened at 6 a.m. ET Saturday and included the marquee race of the day: the women’s 100m. American Sha’carri Richardson was supposed to go to Tokyo a medal favorite in the event, but didn't compete after being suspended one month for failing a drug test at the U.S. Olympic Track and field trials.

Teahna Daniels came in sixth with a time of 10.98 and was qualified to run in the women's 100m final later Saturday morning. She was the only American to qualify for the final.

Team USA’s Teahna Daniels, who replaced Sha’Carri Richardson after her suspension, came in seventh place.

In the final, Jamaica took all top three spots with Elaine Thompson-Herah coming in first, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce coming in second and Shericka Jackson coming in third.

Daniels came in seventh.

Watch a replay of the first session here. A replay of the second session can be found here.

Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky win gold in swimming events

Swimming events are drawing to a close soon, with Day 8 being the penultimate day for swimming competition in Tokyo.

Four more medals were up for grabs, with Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky getting gold in both of their respective events.

Ledecky won gold in the women’s 800m freestyle final. She said she's not done; she plans to compete in the 2024 Olympics.

Dressel took gold in the 100m butterfly, breaking his own world record with a time of 49:45 seconds.

The mixed medley relay is the first-ever mixed-gender swimming race in Olympic history. Dressel swam the butterfly leg in the finals of the 2019 Worlds and will also participate in the Olympic final as well. Regan Smith, Andrew Wilson, Tom Shields and Abbey Weitzeil swam for Team USA during the prelims.

Ledecky is the defending Olympic champion in the 800m freestyle race, winning gold in Rio and setting a new world record.

See a replay of all of last night's swimming action by streaming it here.

U.S. men’s basketball wins against Czech Republic

Jul 28, 2021; Saitama, Japan; USA player Kevin Durant (7) and USA player Draymond Green (14) high five as they play Iran during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Saitama Super Arena.
Kevin Durant and Team USA bounced back against Iran after a tough loss to France.

The U.S. men’s basketball team came to Tokyo struggling to find a rhythm in exhibition play. Those struggles continued as they lost their opening matchup to France 83-76, snapping a 25-game Olympic win streak.

Team USA seemed to get back on track Wednesday night against Iran, winning by a score of 120-66 and earning their first win of the Tokyo Olympics.

On Saturday, Team USA won against Czech Republic.

Kevin Durant, a two-time gold medal winner, scored 23 points to lead the United States to a 119-84 win over the Czech Republic to close out pool play at the Tokyo Olympics.

Durant also surpassed Carmelo Anthony as the all-time scorer in United States men’s Olympic basketball history.

You can replay all the action here.

U.S. women’s volleyball drops match to ROC

USA's Jordan Thompson reacts after getting injured in the women's preliminary round pool B volleyball match between USA and Russia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on July 31, 2021.
JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images
USA's Jordan Thompson reacts after getting injured in the women's preliminary round pool B volleyball match between USA and Russia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on July 31, 2021.

Team USA was unable to remain perfect in pool play, losing to the Russian Olympic Committee in three sets. The loss is disappointing, but with three wins in pool play, the United States is already assured a spot in the quarterfinals.

The defeat wasn't the only loss for Team USA -- superstar Jordan Thompson left with an apparent injury. Thompson landed hard on her ankle from a block early in the second frame and was immediately removed from the game. She was evaluated on the sidelines through the remainder of the second set, but left the court when it concluded.

The U.S. is on a quest to win Olympic gold in Tokyo, something the program hasn't done in the 57 years that volleyball has been featured at the Games. In fact, no other country has won more women's volleyball Olympic medals -- three silver and two bronze -- without taking home a gold.

Watch a replay of the game here.

Palmer, Hernandez advance to 3m springboard final

Hailey Hernandez dives
U.S. diver Hailey Hernandez sails through the air in Friday's Olympic springboard preliminaries

Krysta Palmer enters the women's 3m springboard final in fifth place. Palmer tallied 316.65 points on five dive attempts.

Her fifth and final dive attempt might have been the most impressive as Palmer scored a 3.4 degree of difficulty along with 71.40 dive points for a forward 2.12 somersaults dive with two twists.

Palmer will attempt to be the first American woman to win an individual diving event since 2000.

American Hailey Hernandez also qualified for the final scoring 291.60 points on her five dive attempts.

The women's 3m springboard final will take place on Sunday morning at 2 a.m. ET.

Watch a replay of the 3m springboard diving here.

Contact Us