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USA at Tokyo Olympics 2021: summary, results and medal count - 4 August

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 04: First-placed Canada's Andre De Grasse celebrates after winning the men's 200m final during day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo Ben Stansall - Pool/Gett

Tokyo Olympic Games: Day 12 as it happened

Results and headlines

- Andre De Grasse wins gold in the men's 200m

First gold for Team Kenya as Emmanuel Korir wins the 800m final

- Peruth Chemutai wins gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase

- USA Women's Basketball beat Australia 79-55

- Purrier advances to Olympic final in women's 1,500-meter race

Delaney and Young advance to women's Diving finals

- USA goes 1-2 in 400m hurdles as Sydney McLaughlin breaks world record

- Medal table on Day 12

- Karsten Warholm smashes 400m hurdles world record, US’ Rai Benjamin wins silver

- Yosozumi Sakura (JPN) wins skate park gold, 12 year-old Hiraki Kokona takes silver

 - Elaine Thompson-Herah completes historic sprint double

- USA's Mu, 19, wins women's 800m gold, sets national record

- Gabrielle Thomas takes bronze in women's 200m

- USA's Chris Nilsen wins silver in men's pole vault

- Team USA trio through to men's 200m final

- Simone Biles wins bronze in women's beam final

- Tokyo Olympics 2021: competition schedule

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Serbia-US, Brazil-Korea in women's volleyball semis

Brazil have beaten the ROC 3-1 in the last women’s volleyball quarter-final, to set up a last-four clash with South Korea on Friday. The United States will take on Serbia in the day’s other semi-final.

Men's beach volleyball quarter-finals complete

Qatar’s Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan have beaten Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo 2-0 in the final quarter-final of the men’s beach volleyball tournament, setting up a semi-final against the ROC’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy tomorrow.

Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sorum will taken on Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Edgars Tocs in the day’s other semi.

France through to basketball semis

In the women's basketball tournament, France have beaten Spain 67-64 to join Japan, Serbia and the United States in the semi-finals. The US face Serbia on Friday at 12:40am EDT, while the French will take on Japan on Friday at 7am EDT.

WR for Talakhadze as Georgian takes weightlifting gold

Georgia's Lasha Talakhadze has won gold in the men's +109kg weightlifting competition, his lifts adding up to a world-record total of 488kg.

Andre De Grasse takes gold in the 200m

Canada's Andre De Grasse wins gold in the men's Olympic 200m.

Kenny Bednarek takes silver. Noah Lyles bronze. Erriyon Knighton finishes fourth.


Men's 200 metres

Erriyon Knighton, the 17-year-old sprinter, could win an Olympic medal before graduating from high school!

Wojciech Nowicki wins the men's hammer for Poland!

Chemutai takes gold!

Peruth Chemutai has won a gold medal for Uganda in the Women’s 3000m steeplechase.

Chemutai became the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic gold medal in any sport when she triumphed in the women's 3,000m steeplechase.

The 22-year-old clocked a time of 9:01.45 to finish over three seconds ahead of American silver medallist Courtney Frerichs with Kenya's Hyvin Kiyeng taking the bronze.

Emmanuel Korir wins gold for Kenya!

Emmanuel Korir deservedly wins gold in the 800m. 

Rotich takes silver for Kenya, with Dobek of Poland taking bronze.

Difficult conditions for golfers

World number one Nelly Korda carded an opening 67 but Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom holds the lead after the first day of the women's golf event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Korda, who won the Women's PGA Championship in June, acknowledged how she had also found the conditions difficult.

"I think the mental aspect of it is probably the hardest, just because you have to keep yourself hydrated and you kind of lose it a little out there," said the 23-year-old, whose round included six birdies.

"Like when I was teeing up some balls, I definitely felt a little light-headed, but I kept myself in it."


Sprint queen Thompson-Herah blocked on Instagram over TV rights

(Reuters) - Not even the fastest woman in the world can outrun Tokyo 2020 Olympics broadcast rights holders, with gold medallist sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah saying she had been blocked on Instagram for posting videos of her victorious 100 and 200 metres races.

The Jamaican sprinter defended her Olympic titles from the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics over the two distances in Tokyo, making it four Olympic gold medals from two Games.

But her attempt to share her Tokyo competitions with her 310,000 followers on Instagram backfired.

"I was blocked on Instagram for posting the races of the Olympic (sic) because I did not own the right to do so. So see y'all in 2 days," the sprinter wrote on Twitter.

Thompson-Herah is due to compete in the women's 4x100 metre relay on Thursday and, should Jamaica qualify for the final, on Friday. She had won a silver medal with her teammates in Rio.

The International Olympic Committee said the removal of unauthorised content on social media was an automatic process.

"Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) have the exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympic Games," the IOC told Reuters.

(Photo by David J. Phillip / AFP)


Torrez through!

Jalolov will face America's Richard Torrez Jr in the battle to claim gold.

Torrez impressively stopped Kamshybek Kunkabayev of Kazakhstan in round two of their semi-final bout and the 22-year-old believes that winning a gold medal is his destiny.

"I feel like I'm supposed to be here. I feel like it's meant to be," he said. "I'm just going to keep doing all I can to be on that gold medal podium."

No American has fought in the final at the weight limit since Riddick Bowe back in 1988. He lost out to Lennox Lewis, who was representing Canada.

(Photo by Buda Mendes / AFP)

Purrier advances to final!

Vermont runner Elle Purrier St. Pierre has qualified for the Olympic final in the women's 1,500-meter race.

Jessica Hull breaks the Australian 1500m record

Peaty congratulates Brown

David Taylor is going for gold!

Tokyo Olympics: When I was 13, I was playing RuneScape! – Peaty congratulates Sky Brown


Tokyo Olympics: When I was 13, I was playing RuneScape! – Peaty congratulates Sky Brown

Adam Peaty hailed the achievement of 13-year-old Sky Brown, who claimed bronze for Team GB in the women's park skateboarding event at Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday.

Peaty enjoyed a stellar time in the pool in Japan, winning two gold medals and a silver, becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title in the process thanks to his victory in the men's 100m breaststroke.

The 26-year-old has now returned home to Britain, having confirmed he will take a break from the pool ahead of a gruelling schedule in 2022.

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It runs in the family!

What is the longest race in the Olympics?


What is the longest race in the Olympics?

As at every Olympic Games since Los Angeles in 1932, the men's 50km race walk has taken the prize as the longest race at the competition. In terms of miles, the men's race walk covers a distance of 31, some five miles longer than the marathon. Yohan Diniz of France holds the current world record in the event, his 3:32:33 in Zurich in 2014 beating the previous mark set by Russia's Denis Nizhegorodov in May 2008. The Olympic record is held by Jared Tallent of Australia, who set a time of 3:36:53 at London 2012.

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Women's golf may be reduced to 54 holes

Olympic Games organisers have warned that the women's golf tournament may be reduced to 54 holes due to extreme weather in Japan.

A decision will be made at the end of tomorrow's second round. A poor weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday coupled with high temperatures has lead to organisers warning that the tournaments could be shortened.

USA Diving 

Delaney and Young advance to finals.

Alternative Tokyo Olympics Medal tables: how would countries rank according to other factors?


Alternative Tokyo Olympics Medal tables: how would countries rank according to other factors?

There have been no surprises with the medal count leaderboard at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. The USA currently leads the medal count race with 76 medals (at time of publication), followed by China with 69 medals, the Russian Olympic Committee (52 medals), Great Britain (45), Japan (39), Australia (35), Germany (30), Italy (29) and France (24).

It’s of course no coincidence that all of these countries are also some of the world’s largest economies with large populations. Undoubtedly, there is an intrinsic link between economic wealth and Olympic sporting success.

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Olympic debut for sport climbing


Sweden and Canada ask for women's gold-medal match to be moved

Reuters - Sweden and Canada have asked Olympic organisers to move what is expected to be a hotly-contested women's gold-medal soccer match on Friday at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium to later in the day to avoid the sweltering heat of the Japanese summer.

Trackside temperatures at the athletics stadium hit 40 degrees earlier this week, and with the women's medal game due to take place at 1100 local time (0200 GMT), both sides have expressed concerns for player welfare.

"I myself have been in contact with (soccer governing body) FIFA today and written to them, so that's about where the situation is today," Marika Domanski Lyfors, the head of Sweden's women's team, told reporters.

"It is primarily about the players' health we're thinking about and trying to change the time of the game. There's a pretty big difference between playing in the afternoon or evening, and we are very much exposed to the warmth and heat," she said.

The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) said it had also written to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) together with Canada to see if the game could be moved.

"If we have to play at 11 o'clock in the morning then we are prepared, but it would clearly be much better to for the performance and the game to have the possibility to play it later. Canada have exactly the same opinion," Domanski Lyfors said.

Photo: Reuters / Mike Segar 

Richard Torrez aiming for gold

Gold for Australia!

It's gold for Australia in the Men's 470 sailing!

Sweden win a silver medal and Spain take the bronze.

How many Olympic medals has the USA volleyball team won?


How many Olympic medals has the USA volleyball team won?

The Tokyo Games in October 1964 was a landmark for volleyball at the Olympics - it was in the Japanese capital that the sport made its Olympic debut with events programmed for both men and women. A total of 10 teams took part in the men’s event and six in the women’s event - including the USSR, who had not lost a single game in the previous 12 years. So it was a massive shock when Japan’s women’s team beat them 15-11, 15-8, 15-13 to win gold - a moment that was watched and celebrated by the entire nation, reportedly 94.5% of all households with a television set had tuned in to watch.

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USA Women's Basketball beat Australia 79-55

USA Women's Basketball have defeated Australia 79-55, advancing to the Olympic semi-finals.

The US Women's National Team remains undefeated in the Olympic quarter-finals since it first competed in 1976.

US a game away from gold medal match

The US women's volleyball team is on to the quarters after defeating the Dominican Republic in strtaight sets. They now await the winner of Serbia vs Italy which will start in a two and a half hours.

USA up big in basketaball quarters

Team USA is dominated the opening ten minutes of the women's basketball quarterfinals against Australia. Breanna Stewart set the pace in a quarter the Americans took 26-12. USA women's hasn't lost a game in the Olympics since the summer of the Dream Team  in Barecelona

13 year old Sky Brown on getting the high score in skateboard park heats:

“It feels insane. It’s just unbelievable to be here, and getting a good score and getting up high on the rankings is just crazy. I’m just so happy.”

Japan takes gold as youngsters fill podium in women's skate park final

The hosts go gold-silver, and two teenages phenoms takes bronze top cap a fantastic debut park competition. Yosozumi Sakura scored a remarkable 60.09, topping 12-year old Japanese sensation Hiraki Kokona who was just a point away from gold. Thirteen year old Brit Sky Brown had a medal winning final run to finish with a 56.47 and take home bronze.

Midway through round one in women's golf

Almost everyone is into their back nine in the first round of the women's golf tournament. Those who teed off early are in the clubhose now, and Madelene Sagström (SWE) is the current leader at -5. World number one Nelly Korda is the leader in the house at -4

Spot in semis at stake for Team USA

The US women's volleyball team is getting set to take on the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals from the Ariake Arena. USA is only behind China in the oddmakers eyes as they sit second favorites to win gold. South Korea beat Turkey in the opening quarterfinal matchup, Team USA will be looking to join them in the semis, but have to get past a DR team that lost just once in group stages.

Women's hockey has one finalist

The Netherlands is on to the gold medal match after thumping Great Britain 5-1 in the semis. Two rapid fire goals in the second quarter were enough put the Dutch in a comfortable advantage to cruise through the second half. They will now await the winner of Argentina and India.

Remarkable running in the men's and women's 400m hurdles.

USA double dip in 400m hurdles

Team USA goes one-two in the women's 400m hurdles. Sydney McLaughlin is the new Olympic champion breaking the world record in the biggest race of her life. She came into the final already holding the world record, but she bested her old record with a time 51.46.

American Dalilah Muhammad gets the silver by posting 51.58, only the second woman to ever break 52 seconds in the 400m hurdles. Femke Bol finished third at 52.03 taking home broze.

Holloway flashes into finals

American Grant Holloway is number on in the world when it comes to the men's 110m hurdles. He passes through the semis with the best time in any of the three heats at 13.13. Fellow American Devon Allen was right behind with a semifinal time of 13.18

Starlet Sky Brown shining

The two Brit youngsters have completed their heats with differing success. Bombette Martin is out after her first run, but Sky Brown scored a 55.26 and leads heat 3.

Dream start for Damian

Quite the start to the men's decathlon for Canadian Damian Warner. After tying a career best 100m in the opening event, he sets a new Olympic decathlon record in the long jump with a distance of 8.24m

Flurry of goals has NED up on GB

The Netherlands lead Great Britain in the seminfinals of women's field hockey. After a scoreless first quarter the Dutch team scored two goals in a matter of minutes to put the game on it's head. There is still plenty of time for a comeback for the Brits, seven minutes remain in the second quarter

10k swim before breakfast

These are your first medal winners of Day 12 from Tokyo. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) won gold in the 10k marathon swim, while Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED) finished just a second behind, and Kareena Lee (AUS) got bronze

McLaughlin and Muhammad spotlighted

Just an hour to go before we head over to the National Stadium for the the Women's 400m hurdle.

First round for the women of the links

Round 1 of the women's golf tournament started in the early hours of Day 12. There is still a handful of athletes yet to tee off, but it's Bianca Pagdanganan (PHI) and Inbee Park (KOR) have the early lead at -2. World numer 1 Nelly Korda (USA) is off to a good start, she -1 thorugh the first seven holes.

First of ten events over in men's decathlon

The marathon slate of the men's decathalon is in action, with the first event having been wrapped up by Canada's Damien Warner. After tying a personal best with a 10.12 100m sprint he is in the early lead at 1066 points.

Sky Brown introduces herself to the world

Great Britain phenom Sky Brown will make her Olympic debut at 13 years old in the women's park skateboarding heats going on at the moment.

Kick, Push from the Tokyo skate park

The first heat of the women's park skateboarding competition is underway with the prelims ending in a few hours time, and the final starting shortly after at 11:30 pm ET.

Men's decathlon to start T&F Day 12


We have a loaded day ahead of us from Japan's National Stadium where the track and field slate will be highlighted by the final of the women's 400m hurdles.


Volleyball has reached the quartfinal stages

Volleyball of both, beach and indoor varieties will be starting shortly as the ROC take on Norway in the quarters of the men's beach volleyball. Under the roof it's South Korea and Turkey starting the quarterfinal day in women's volleyball.

Day 12 already in action

It's stil early in Tokyo, but there is plenty going on as the sun rises over the Olympic Village. Round one of the women's golf tournamnet has teed off and the women's 10k swim has already been completed as Ana Marcela Cunha takes home the gold with a time of 1:59:30.8

Gold medal run in women's 400m hurdles

There are two names that stand out coming into the final race in the 400m hurdles. Sydney McLaughlin is the world record holder after becoming the first woman ever to finish in under 52 seconds.  Dalilah Muhammad was the previous record holder, and is the defending  Olympic champion coming into tonight. The gun will sound at 10:30 pm ET.

Day 12 has begun from Tokyo

Here's a run down of all the action from a busy Day 12 from Tokyo. Seventeen gold medals will be awarded by days end inculding the women's 400m hurdles.

Phelps speaks out over athletes' mental health

Following the decision of Simone Biles to withdraw from four of her scheduled events in Tokyo, US swimmer and Olympic legend Michael Phelps has spoken about the pressure on athletes.


Ross becomes last woman standing

US beach volleyball player April Ross - the London Games silver and Rio bronze medallist - and partner Alix Klineman beat Germany in the women's quarter-finals on Tuesday, becoming the last woman standing with Olympic medals to her name.

The victory underscored the strength of the United States, who along with Brazil have earned the most medals from the sport since its debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

On Tuesday, Ross played a pivotal role in the 44-minute-long match with a 21-19, 21-19 sweep against German pair Laura Ludwig - Rio gold medallist - and partner Margareta Kozuch.

With the help of 1.95-metre tall Klineman who earned three block points in the match, Ross scored most of the attack points while demonstrating receiving techniques, or digs, as occasional rain eased the scorching heat.

"That's a super strong German team. I think it was just trusting in our ability as a team, what we do and we did a lot of preparations and kind of stuck with what we want to do. Yeah, trusted ourselves in each other," Ross told reporters.

"We just go into every match, ready to battle ... We just have to work really, really hard and the level is just higher in every competition," she added.

Since 1996, the United States have won a total of ten Olympic medals from the sport including six golds. Brazil have won three golds and ten other medals.

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Skateboarder Nishiya becomes Olympics' second-youngest gold medallist


Skateboarder Nishiya becomes Olympics' second-youngest gold medallist

Nishiya, at the age of 13 years and 330 days, became the second-youngest Olympic gold medallist after American diver Marjorie Gestring took the top prize in the 1936 Games (13y 268d).

Her triumph completed a clean sweep for host nation Japan in the street event of the skateboarding – a sport introduced for these Games – after Yuto Horigome's success in the men's competition at Ariake Urban Sports Park.

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Skateboarding takes center stage again

One of the new events at the Olympics has been one of the most keenly contested with Japan's Momiji Nishiya claiming gold in the women's street skateboarding competition, becoming the second-youngest champion in Olympic history.

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Anita Wlodarczyk

Poland's Wlodarczyk wins third straight hammer gold medal

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk won a third straight Olympic gold on Tuesday, dominating the women's hammer throw final and further cementing her status as the greatest of all time in the event.

The world record holder threw her first attempt into the net but recovered for her best performance of the season, launching the hammer 78.48 metres in the fourth round to become the first woman to win an individual Olympic athletics event three times in a row.

Wlodarczyk has been a force of nature in the event since winning the first of her four world titles in 2009. She missed the 2019 World Championships in Doha due to surgery for a knee injury.

"I feel good. I was dreaming of becoming the queen of the hammer throw," she told reporters. "I have been injured and came right back from it and won an Olympic medal."

It was the second athletics gold for Poland in Tokyo, after their 4x400m mixed relay team won on Saturday.

Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP

Olympic Games Day 12: welcome

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 12 of the Olympic Games from Tokyo, where track and field events will continue, Team USA face off against Australia in the women's basketball quarter-finals and the US have three runners – Noah Lyles, Erriyon Knighton and Kenneth Bednarek -  in the eagerly anticipated 200m final along with much, much more.

Stay with us throughout the day or pop back and forth to check out how things are progressing. We'll make sure we're on top of the action for you...