The USA took revenge on France, which defeated the Americans in the group game. Team USA drove a 9-2 run that was crowned by a Tatum 3-pointer that put the lead back in double digits.
– #TokioOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 7, 2021
There’s a lot more hardware to be given away. Allyson Felix and Vashti Cunningham, daughter of former NFL star Randall Cunningham, are also among the track stars with chances for gold medals.
Here’s the best action in Tokyo:
US basketball stays at the top of the podium
Kevin Durant showed up again in a gold medal game.
Durant led Team USA with 29 points while Jayson Tatum scored 19 as the Americans held on to beating France 87-82 to win Olympic gold for the fourth straight games.
CONGRATULATIONS MEN !!! @usabasketball 🥇
– LeBron James (@KingJames) August 7, 2021
The US led up to 14 but saw their lead reduced to three with 10 seconds remaining. Durant then freezes the game with two free throws.
Korda wins gold in a wild final round
Not even a tropical storm could stop Nelly Korda from winning gold at the Olympics. Not even Japan’s Mone Inami, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, and India’s Aditi Ashok.
The American Korda, who remained calm, relaxed and collected in all four rounds of the women’s golf tournament, came under the finish line at 17. She smiled and waved after her gold medalist – not a big celebration, but rather a confirmation that she deserved to be there.
But she wasn’t the only one at Kasumigaseki Country Club to say so. After Korda double bogeyed on the seventh hole and ended up in a three-way tie with Ko and Ashok, she hit the reset – the three-birdies-in-a-row reset – to take a three-stroke lead take.
– Olympic Golf (@OlympicGolf) August 7, 2021
Korda held the lead at 17, but with two holes to be played, the tournament officials blew the horn and interrupted the game due to thunderstorms. Inami was one stroke behind in a solo runner-up, while Ashok and Ko, the 2016 silver medalist, were tied for third place with 15 unders.
The delay lasted 45 minutes and when play resumed Inami dropped her birdie putt on 17 to share the lead with Korda. But that didn’t last long as she bogeyed the final hole while Korda dealt with a par.
Inami took the silver medal in a playoff, while Ko took bronze. – Charlotte Gibson
Surprise medal for Team USA
Molly Seidel. from Team USA ran her very first marathon in February 2020 – in the US Olympic trials. A year and a half later, she is third in the Olympic Games in Tokyo with 2:27:46. Kenya went 1-2 – Peres Jepchirchir won gold with a 2:27:20 finish, followed by Brigid Kosgei. The women’s marathon has been postponed to Saturday morning in Sapporo, Japan due to the heat and humidity.
“It takes 10 years to become an overnight success.” – marathon runners
“Hold my Beer.” – Molly Seidel #TeamUSA
– des_linden (@des_linden) August 6, 2021
After Deena Kastor (bronze, 2004) and Joan Benoit Samuelson (gold, 1984), Seidel is the third American to win a medal in the Olympic marathon.
The US men didn’t have a great run in Tokyo, but the men’s 4 × 400 meter relay final (8:50 a.m. ET) will give Team USA a chance at redemption. In the heats, the US preliminary team of Trevor Stewart, Randolph Ross, Bryce Deadmon and Vernon Norwood finished with 2: 57.77 minutes to win their preliminary and automatically move into the final. You will face Jamaica, the Netherlands and Italy, all of which will try to reach the podium.
In the women’s 4×400, defending champion USA is the clear favorite in the season finals (8.30 a.m. ET) and wins his heat in 3: 20.86, the fastest time of all heats. Ten-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix is expected to join the team to win her 11th Olympic medal.
Gold in the field
Defending champions Brazil will face Spain at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday to win the gold medal. Spain beat Japan 1-0 in the semi-finals, Brazil defeated Mexico 4-1. In 2016, Brazil won the gold medal on penalties against Germany.
USA approaches Drei-Torf
Team USA has the chance to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in women’s water polo when they face Spain at 3:30 a.m. ET. The US won Group B, then beat Canada in the quarterfinals and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the semifinals. Spain pride themselves on a similar path, finishing Group A in the lead and beating China and Hungary en route to the finals.
Does gold run in the family?
US high jump star Vashti Cunningham, the 23-year-old daughter of former Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings star Randall Cunningham, is positioned as a medal contender at the start of the women’s high jump final (6:35 a.m. ET). Her 1.95 meter jump in the preliminary round automatically qualified her for the final. She finished first in the US Olympic Trials in June, and the month before that she set a personal record with a jump of 6 feet, 7½ inches.