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Sunday was another big day at the Tokyo Olympics with American swimming superstar Katie Ledecky getting her first silver medal. Women's skateboarding made its debut with a Connecticut skateboarder just missing a medal, and one of many former UConn stars in Tokyo continues to keep her team's unbeaten streak alive.

Dolson continues to dominate in 3x3

UConn great Stefanie Dolson and the USA women's 3x3 basketball team remain the only undefeated squad in the tournament. After wins against Romania and the Russian Olympic Committee Sunday and Italy on Monday, the team will look to continue its success in Tokyo with a game against China.

Dolson has been a force in the early match-ups in a sport that made its debut in the Olympics this year.

The game against Italy began early Monday and Team USA stayed unbeaten with a 17-13 win.

Watch the highlights here.

The U.S. took on China at 8 a.m. ET Monday and won 21-19.

Old Saybrook native places fourth in women's skateboarding finals

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 21: Alexis Sablone of Team United States practices on the skateboard street course ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 21, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Skateboarding is one of new sports at 2021 Olympics Summer Games . (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Old Saybrook's Alexis Sablone has placed fourth in the women's skateboarding finals.

Sablone, who was one of three Americans competing, was the only person from Team USA to make it into the finals. Taking eight out of 20 qualified, she took the final spot.

The 34-year-old first made a name for herself in the skateboarding world in 2002. Since then, Sablone has won three X Games gold medals, two silver, and two bronze, according to her team bio. She is also currently the only pro female on several all-male teams, including Converse and Alltimers Skateboards.

Mariah Duran and Alana Smith also represented Team USA on Sunday. Duran has won three X Games medals, including gold in the 2018 street event. Smith only has one X Games medal, but it was a historic one. Back in 2013, Smith claimed silver in the park event at just 12 years old, becoming the youngest medalist in X Games history.

You can watch the highlights of the competition by clicking here.

US Men's Gymnastics team comes in fifth place for third straight Olympics

Samuel Mikulak of Team USA competes on parallel bars during Men's Qualification on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
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Samuel Mikulak of Team USA competes on parallel bars during Men's Qualification on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

The US Men's Gymnastics Team has finished in fifth for a third straight Olympics.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) earned gold with 262.500 points. Not far behind was Japan earning silver with 262.397 points and China earning bronze with 261.894 points. The US came in fifth with 254.594 points.

Team USA had the fourth-best score in team qualifying, but finished just behind fourth-place finishers Great Britain by just over a point.

Brody Malone, Sam Mikulak, Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus competed for Team USA.

When Sam Mikulak placed 6th in his first major competition, he looked to the winner and said to himself: "I want to beat that guy," which motivated him to strive to be the best.

Team USA has not won a medal in the event since 2008.

You can catch the competition again during NBC’s primetime coverage.

Katie Ledecky, men’s 4x100m freestyle relay highlight swimming finals

Michael Andrew of Team United States competes in heat five of the Men's 100m Breaststroke on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
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Michael Andrew of Team United States competes in heat five of the Men's 100m Breaststroke on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Four more swimming medals were awarded Sunday night, as finals got underway for the women’s 100m butterfly, men’s 100m breaststroke, women’s 400m freestyle and men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Katie Ledecky, of the United States, swims in the final of the women's 400-meters freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Katie Ledecky won her first medal in Tokyo, taking the silver in the women’s 400m freestyle. The six-time Olympic medalist set the world record in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics and had the fastest time in Sunday’s qualifying.

Ledecky finished the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:55.28, good for first out of all four heats. She now will wait and compete in the heats for 1500m freestyle to punch her ticket to those semifinals.

The U.S. men repeat as gold medalists in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Two-time Olympic medalist Caeleb Dressel made his Tokyo debut in the event.

Torri Huske was a top contender in the women's 100m butterfly after finishing with the fourth-fastest time in qualifying on Saturday. But Huske just missed a medal by 0.01 seconds in a very close race.

Michael Andrew was in the mix in the men’s 100m breaststroke after posting an impressive third-place time in qualifying, but he did not place during the finals.

Sunday’s swimming slate also included semifinals in the men’s 200m freestyle, women’s 100m breaststroke, men’s 100m backstroke, and women’s 100m backstroke.

Ridgefield's Kieran Smith will be swimming for another medal after qualifying second for the 200-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Kieran Smith of Team United States competes in heat five of the Men's 400m Freestyle on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Can Team USA remain unbeaten in softball vs. Japan?

United States' Ali Aguilar (2) reaches first base for a single past Mexico's Victoria Vidales during the sixth inning a softball game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan.
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United States' Ali Aguilar (2) reaches first base for a single past Mexico's Victoria Vidales during the sixth inning a softball game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan.

Arguably America’s strongest team through the first weekend of play, the U.S. softball team will continue to remain undefeated after a game against the host country on Sunday.

Team USA has won against Canada, Mexico, Italy, and Australia so far. The win over Japan put the team at a perfect 5-0. The only time Team USA has gone undefeated through the entire tournament was at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The team went undefeated in the group stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics before falling to Japan in the gold medal game.

The offense has only posted seven runs so far in Tokyo, but it has been backed up by tremendous pitching. Monica Abbott gave up the first run of the Games to Australia on Saturday night.

You can watch a recording of Sunday’s game here.

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