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Olympics Live Updates: Katie Ledecky, Men's Gymnastics Results originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
On Day 3 of the Tokyo Olympics, American swimmers added to their medal count, the U.S. softball team is headed to the gold medal match with an undefeated record and the men’s rugby team opened with a pair of wins. Here’s all the action:
Team USA finishes fifth in men’s gymnastics team final
The U.S. men’s gymnastics team missed out on a medal in the team event for the third straight Olympics after finishing in fifth place at Monday’s final.
Team USA, made up of Brody Malone, Sam Mikulak, Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus, had the fourth-best score in team qualifying but finished just behind fourth-place finishers Great Britain by a little over a point.
The Russian Olympic Committee won gold, edging host nation and defending Olympic champions Japan by just .103 points. Japan claimed silver and China won bronze.
Katie Ledecky advances to women’s 200m freestyle semis, 1500m freestyle final
Katie Ledecky had two more events on her schedule Monday morning with heats in the women’s 200m and 1500m freestyle.
Ledecky put together the fastest time in the women’s 200m freestyle heats with a mark of 1:55.28, just fending off Canada’s Penny Oleksiak. Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, who beat Ledecky Sunday night in the women’s 400m freestyle final, won the fourth heat with a time of 1:55.88.
Allison Schmitt, who set the Olympic record at the 2012 London Games, put up a time of 1:57.10. It was the 12th-best time out of the competitors.
Ledecky then finished first in the qualifying heats for in the Olympic debut of the women’s 1500m freestyle with a time of 15:35.35. Fellow American Erica Sullivan also advanced in the women’s 1500m freestyle, concluding her heat with a time of 15:46.67.
U.S. swimmers advance to semifinals
Kate Douglass punched her ticket to the semifinals of the women’s 200m individual medley, finishing first in the heats with a time of 2:09.16. Alex Walsh also advanced, coming in fourth with a time of 2:09.94.
Both Zach Harding and Gunnar Bentz advanced in the men’s 200m butterfly. Harding finished fourth overall with a time of 1:54.92, while Bentz’s time of 1:55.36 was good for 11th.
Hidilyn Diaz earns Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal
Hidilyn Diaz lifted two Olympic records — and an entire country — on Monday.
The Philippian weightlifter earned the nation its first gold medal in its 97-year Olympic history during the women’s 55kg final. She set Olympic records with a 127kg (279.99 pounds) clean and jerk along with a 224kg (493.86 pounds) total in the final.
Diaz previously ended the Philippines’ 20-year Olympic medal drought with a silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. That win was the Philippines’ first Olympic medal won by a woman in any sport.
Paige McPherson just misses second Olympic taekwondo medal
Paige McPherson lost in the bronze medal match of the women’s 67kg taekwondo tournament on Monday. McPherson led 5-4 Egypt’s Hedaya Wahba heading into the third round, but Wahba dominated the final round by a 14-1 score.
McPherson, a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, was competiting at her third Games. Wahba took home her second career Olympic medal after claiming a bronze at the 2016 Rio Games.
Troy Isley wins preliminary bout in middleweight boxing
Troy Isley defeated Vitali Bandarenka of Belarus 5-0 in his Round of 32 bout in Olympic men’s middleweight boxing. All five judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Isley, who will face Gleb Bakshi of the Russian Olympic Committee on Thursday in the Round of 16.
Isley is one of three Americans making history as the first professional boxers to represent the U.S. at the Olympics.
Timothy Lam eliminated from badminton men’s singles
American Timothy Lam lost his second Group A match in the men’s singles badminton tournament to South Korea’s Heo Kwang-hee on Monday. Lam’s first defeat came on Sunday against Japan’s Kento Momota, the top-ranked player in the world.
The 23-year-old lost both matches in straight sets.
Team USA rugby moves to 2-0 with win over Ireland
The United States men’s rugby team jumped out to a 12-0 lead over Ireland on Monday and never looked back, leading the entire game and winning 19-17.
It was the second victory in Tokyo for Team USA. On Sunday, the Americans defeated Kenya 19-14 in a comeback victory. Captain Madison Hughes scored right at the death to clinch the win for Team USA.
Novak Djokovic closer to ‘Golden Slam’ after Olympics win
Novak Djokovic beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the men’s singles tournament on Monday. The win puts Djokovic one step closer to a “Golden Slam,” which is earned by winning all four majors and an Olympic title in the same year.
The Serbian stands third all time with 11 Olympic men’s singles match-wins, trailing just Andy Murray (12) and Roger Federer (13).
Team USA stays perfect in 3×3 basketball, clinches semifinals berth
The United States women’s 3×3 basketball team stayed perfect on Monday by beating Italy 17-13 and China 21-19, advancing to 6-0 in Tokyo and clinching a bye to the semifinals.
Stefanie Dolson led Team USA with six points and seven rebounds against Italy, while Kelsey Plum led the way with 10 points against China. The Americans conclude pool play with Japan on Tuesday morning.
Great Britain shocks Chinese duo in men’s 10m synchronized diving
Great Britain’s Tom Daley and Matty Lee came back from an early deficit to claim the gold medal in men’s 10m synchronized diving, cutting off China’s chance to sweep the set of eight diving events for the first time.
The Chinese duo of Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen were favored to win Monday’s event, and in the end only narrowly fell 470.58 to Great Britain’s 471.81.
The Chinese pair led through the first four rounds of the event and posted the highest score of the final round, but a strong overall performance from Daley and Lee boosted them to the top of the podium.
Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock takes men’s mountain bike gold
Tom Pidcock stormed to the finish line to win in Great Britan’s first gold medal in the men’s cross-country mountain bike race. Mathias Flueckiger of Switzerland took the silver medal, while David Valero Serrano claimed bronze.
Pidcock narrowly avoided disaster on the opening lap when Netherlands’ Mathieu van der Poel fell, but he recovered and looked in control throughout the race. Van der Poel later would pull out of the race on lap five.
Flueckinger and Nino Schurter of Switzerland set the pace before Pidcock took his first attack at the end of the second lap. Pidcock fractured his collarbone earlier this summer when he was hit by a car, but overcame the injury to win the Olympic race in an incredible turnaround.
South Korea defeats Chinese Taipei for gold in men’s team archery
South Korea made quick work in the gold medal match, defeating Chinese Taipei 6-0 to win the country’s sixth gold medal in the event.
The trio of Kim Je Deok, Kim Woojin and Oh Jinhyek was the top ranked team coming into the event. After a bye, the South Koreans defeated India in the quarterfinals, bested Japan in a shootout 5-4 in the semifinals before winning gold by beating Chinese Taipei.
While it is the first gold medal for Kim Je Deok and Oh Jinhyek, it is the second for Kim Woojin, who won gold in 2016.
The United States lost in the quarterfinals to Japan 5-1, who defeated Netherlands for the bronze medal.
Vincent Hancock grabs third career gold in men’s skeet shooting
Vincent Hancock continued his dominance in the men’s skeet shooting event, winning gold for the third time in his career.
Hancock finished with an Olympic record score of 59, besting Jesper Hansen of Denmark and Abdullah Alrashidi of Kuwait.
The four-time Olympian previously won gold in 2008 and 2012. Hancock is the only shooter to ever win the event multiple times.
Zachary Lokken finishes seventh in men’s canoe slalom
Zachary Lokken saw his hopes to medal in the men’s canoe slalom vanish after Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis pushed Great Britain’s Adam Burgess out of first place.
Lokken finished seventh with a 15:45 time.
Slovenia’s Benjamin Savšek won his first Olympic gold medal after finishing sixth at the 2016 Rio Games and eighth at the 2012 London Games. Czech rower Lukáš Rohan took the silver medal while Tasiadis claimed the bronze.
Amber English takes gold in women’s skeet shooting
Amber English became just the second American to win the women’s skeet shooting event, taking the gold with an Olympic record score of 56.
English defeated Italy’s Diana Bacosi by one point. Bacosi was the reigning gold medal winner of the event from 2016.
The native of Colorado Springs missed just two of her final 30 targets, propelling her to the gold medal win.
Japan knocks out USA in men’s team archery quarterfinals
The U.S. men’s archery team will not defend its 2016 silver medal.
The Americans fell to Japan in the quarterfinals of the men’s team event 1-5. Jacob Wukie, Jack Williams and Brady Ellison dropped the first set 52-55, tied in the second set at 53 and dropped the third set 53-55.
Japan will now move on to face South Korea in the first semifinal game while Chinese Taipei will go up against Netherlands to decide the two countries in the gold medal match.
Luka Doncic scores second-most points in a single game in Olympic basketball history
Luka Doncic finished with 48 points in Slovenia’s blowout win over Argentina, which put him in a tie for the second-most points scored in a single game by a player in Olympic history. He shares that mark with Ed Palubinaskas of Austria.
Doncic finished seven points away from tying the Olympic record of 55, which is held by Brazil’s Oscar Schmidt.
The star of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks had 17 points after the first quarter and 31 points at the conclusion of the first half. His performance led the way for Slovenia’s 118-100 win.
In U.S. surfing head-to-head, Kolohe Andino beats John John Florence
Americans Kolohe Andino and John John Florence were matched up in Round 3 of men’s surfing. Andino advanced with a score of 14.83 to Florence’s 11.60. He will next face Kanoa Igarashi of Japan in the quarterfinals.
U.S. men’s volleyball falls to ROC
The U.S. men’s volleyball team lost its second game in Pool B to the Russian Olympic Committee, three sets to one. The U.S. is now 1-1 after beating France in straight sets in the opening match.
The team is back in action on Tuesday at 10:05 p.m. ET, taking on Tunisia. Stream live here.
Two 13-year-olds go 1-2 in women’s street skateboarding
Some of the youngest competitors at the Tokyo Olympics came up big in women’s street skateboarding. Momiji Nishiya of Japan won the gold with a score of 15.26, and Rayssa Leal of Brazil grabbed the silver. Both of them are only 13 years old.
Nakayama Funa, 18, came up with the bronze despite scoring no points on three of her five tricks. American Alexis Sablone, 34, was just short of the podium after being in strong medal position after the two runs and the first trick.
Regan Smith sets new Olympic record in 100m backstroke
Regan Smith made history, setting a new Olympic record with a 57.86 time in the women’s 100m backstroke semifinals.
Smith finished first in her heat ahead of fellow teammate Rhyan White. Smith looks to contend for a gold medal in the event.
U.S. men take gold in 4x100m freestyle relay
The U.S. won the 4x100m freestyle relay in a time of 3:08.97. The Americans had a .20-second lead going into the final leg, and Zach Apple pulled away from the pack to secure the gold.
Italy finished second in 3:10.11, and Australia was .11 behind to capture the bronze.
U.S. men’s rugby wins first match
The U.S. men’s rugby team defeated Kenya, 19-14, in their opening match of Pool C. Madison Hughes had a game-high seven points, and Carlin Isles added five points.
U.S. softball walks it off to finish preliminary round undefeated
In its last match of the preliminary round, the U.S. softball team earned a walk-off win when Kelsey Stewart hit a solo home run. Japan had nabbed the early 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Americans equalized in the sixth.
The U.S. had already advanced to the gold medal round before the game began and has now finished the preliminary round a perfect 5-0.
Ariarne Titmus beats Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle
Katie Ledecky had to settle for silver in her first final of the Tokyo Olympics, as Ariarne Titmus of Australia took the gold in 3:56.69. Ledecky was about six-tenths of a second behind at 3:57.36 and held the lead for most of the race until Titmus overtook her in the last 100m.
Li Bingjie won the bronze, more than two seconds behind Ledecky and Titmus.
Titmus’ coach caused a sensation with his exuberant celebration of his swimmer’s win.
Adam Peaty of Great Britain defends his gold in 100m breaststroke
Great Britain’s Adam Peaty won the 100m breaststroke for the second straight Games. The silver went to Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands, while Italy’s Nico Martinenghi took bronze.
For the second straight race, the highest American finish was fourth by Michael Andrew. The other U.S. swimmer in the race, Andrew Wilson, tied for sixth.
American Torri Huske just misses podium in 100m butterfly
Eighteen-year-old Torri Huske finished fourth in the 100m butterfly, just one-hundredth of a second out of bronze medal position.
Maggie MacNeil of Canada took the gold, followed by Zhang Yufei of China and Emma McKeon of Australia. Only 14 hundredths separated the top four swimmers.
Caroline Marks, Carissa Moore advance to surfing quarterfinals
In Round 3 of women’s surfing, both Americans advanced to the quarterfinals. Caroline Marks had the highest score of the round so far with an impressive 15.33 to beat Japan’s Mahina Maeda. Marks next faces Brisa Hennessy from Costa Rica in the quarterfinals.
Carissa Moore had a slow start, scoring less than one point on each of her first three waves, but she recovered to score 10.34 to 9.90 for Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich. Moore will face Silvana Lima of Brazil in her next head-to-head.
Gymnast MyKayla Skinner ‘heart broken’ after missing out on finals
MyKayla Skinner, who was competing as an individual in the women’s gymnastics competitions, failed to qualify for the all-around final or any of the apparatus finals, bringing an abrupt end to her gymnastics career. The 24-year-old had announced earlier this month that she would retire after the Olympics.
She shared that she was “heart broken” but “humbled and blessed” to have an Olympic experience:
Read more about Skinner’s impressive career here.
Kevin McDowell has best-ever finish for an American in the triathlon
Kevin McDowell finished sixth in the men’s triathlon, marking the best finish by an American since the event was added to the Olympics in 2000. He finished 50 seconds behind Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway, who had a time of 1:45:04. Alex Yee of Great Britain and Hayden Wilde of New Zealand claimed the silver and bronze, respectively.
Two-time defending world champion Vincent Luis once again finished off the podium in his third Olympics.
Medalists can pose without masks
The International Olympic Committee has encouraged athletes to wear masks at all times when they’re not competing, including on the medal stand. But on Sunday, the IOC relented, stating that athletes can remove their masks for 30 seconds after the anthem of the gold medalist is played, so that photographers can get shots of the medalists without masks.
Check back for more updates as the events get underway
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