Olympics Live Updates: Schauffele Wins in Golf; U.S. Swimmers Finish With 30 Medals

Current time in Tokyo: Aug. 01, 6:00 p.m.

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TOKYO — The center weekend of any Olympics is at all times an enormous one. Swimming wraps up, monitor will get going, and the staff occasions method their knockout phases. And it looks like the deluge of occasions on the Tokyo Games hits a peak on Sunday.

It all received began with Caeleb Dressel of the United States winning his fourth gold medal of the Games in the 50-meter freestyle. Emma McKeon of Australia received her third gold in the ladies’s 50 free. In an uncharacteristically thrilling 1,500-meter freestyle, Bobby Finke of the U.S. got here from behind in the final 50 meters to win.

The United States has by no means misplaced a males’s medley relay in any Olympics it has competed in, and regardless of a problem from Britain, the Americans received it once more in Tokyo, setting a world document and incomes Dressel one more gold medal, his fifth. Australia received the ladies’s medley, edging the U.S., and making McKeon solely the second lady to gather seven medals in one Olympics.

In golf, Xander Schauffele of the United States won the first gold medal for the United States since 1904 (it needs to be famous that golf was not held on the Games between 1904 and 2016). Rory Sabbatini, a South African taking part in for Slovakia, the nation of his spouse’s beginning, was second.

You already noticed the BMX riders race; on Sunday, they did methods on their bikes in the freestyle competitors, which is new to those Games. Charlotte Worthington of Britain received the ladies’s competitors, with Hannah Roberts of the United States second. Logan Martin of Australia received the boys’s occasion.

The first monitor last of the day was ladies’s shot put. Gong Lijiao of China received gold, and Raven Saunders of the United States took silver.

In the primary tennis last of the day, the Czech staff of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland in ladies’s doubles. Later, Alexander Zverev of Germany faces Karen Khachanov of Russia in males’s singles. And a Russian staff will win blended doubles: both Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev or Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.

Duke Ragan of the United States clinched a males’s featherweight boxing medal with a 3-2 win in his quarterfinal.

In yachting, the Laser occasions concluded with Australia successful the boys’s gold and Denmark the ladies’s. The Chinese divers Shi Tingmao and Wang Han went 1-2 in ladies’s springboard diving, with the American Krysta Palmer in third.

And nonetheless to come back on Sunday for these of us right here in Tokyo (Saturday night time into Sunday for these in the United States):

The gymnastics occasion finals started at 5 p.m. in Tokyo, Four a.m. Eastern. The ladies contest the vault and bars, and the boys the horse and the ground train. Although eligible, Simone Biles won’t compete.

In the Tokyo night, early Sunday morning U.S. time, monitor finals embrace the boys’s excessive bounce with Ju’Vaughn Harrison of the United States beginning a excessive jump-long bounce double, and the at all times glamorous males’s 100 meters to spherical out a stellar day on the Games.

Xander Schauffele won the Olympic tournament by one stroke.
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Xander Schauffele of the United States received the gold medal in males’s golf on the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, edging a crowded group of pursuers to win by a single stroke.

Schauffele got here into the 18th gap with a one-shot lead over his closest rival however, after a poor tee shot, he was pressured to put up. He then landed a wonderful short-iron shot 4 toes from the cup. When he made his putt for par, the gold medal was his.

It was the primary American gold medal in golf since 1904, a yawning hole defined by the game being dropped after these Games and returning solely in 2016.

Schauffele held off Rory Sabbatini, a South African taking part in for Slovakia, his spouse’s native nation, who blistered the course with a last spherical 10-under 61 that was adequate for the silver.

The battle for the bronze was an uncommon seven-way playoff. Several main champions have been in that group, together with Rory McIlroy of Ireland, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Collin Morikawa of the United States.

Two gamers have been knocked out with bogeys on the first playoff gap, and three extra after Morikawa and C.T. Pan of Taiwan birdied the third.

It was the comparatively unheralded Pan who received the bronze, although, with a par on the fourth playoff gap after Morikawa discovered the sand.

The U.S. men entered the 4x100-meter medley relay as underdogs but powered past favored Britain to set a world record.
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TOKYO — The medals, dozens of them, arrived in singles and in bunches, in brief races and lengthy ones, in medleys and relays. But day-after-day, it appeared, the United States and Australia tossed a couple of extra on the pile. Sunday was no totally different.

Emma McKeon of Australia turned the second lady to win seven medals in a single Olympics, and Caeleb Dressel and Bobby Finke of the United States added extra gold medals to the American haul on a frantic last day of the swimming competitors on the Tokyo Aquatics Center.


















The United States completed the meet by successful the boys’s 4×100-meter medley relay in world-record time, extending an American unbeaten streak in the occasion. The victory additionally gave Dressel, who received the boys’s 50 freestyle in Sunday’s opening race, his fifth gold medal of the Games.

Dressel, 24, turned solely the fifth American to win 5 golds in a single Games, becoming a member of an inventory that features among the biggest Olympians in the nation’s historical past: the speedskater Eric Heiden and the swimmers Mark Spitz, Matt Biondi and Michael Phelps. (Phelps achieved the feat 3 times.)

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“I’m proud of myself,” Dressel mentioned afterward. “I feel like I reached what my potential was at these Games, and it was really fun racing.”

The American swimmers completed the Olympic meet with 30 whole medals, down from the 33 they received in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. And their last whole of 11 gold medals fell wanting the 16 they took house from the final Games.

In some methods, then, the staff has seemed like a gaggle in transition. Afterward, the coaches mentioned they hoped their younger athletes had gained invaluable expertise for the following Olympics, now solely three years away.

“Of course we’d love to have more golds here, just like we’d love to have more medals in general,” mentioned Greg Meehan, the ladies’s staff coach. “I think we had four fourth places.”

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McKeon, 27, had began the day figuring out {that a} top-three end in her two races — the 50 free and the 4×100 medley relay — would make her solely the second lady, after the Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952, to win seven medals at a single Olympics. By day’s finish, she had won gold in both.

In her first race, McKeon emerged from a extremely aggressive area to take gold in the ladies’s 50 freestyle, ending with a time of 23.81 seconds, an Olympic document. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden was second (24.07 seconds) and Pernille Blume of Denmark, who received gold in 2016, took third (24.21). Abbey Weitzeil, the one American in the ultimate, completed final.

Later, in the ladies’s 4×100 medley relay, Australia received the gold medal with a time of three:51.60. The American ladies, who received gold in the occasion on the 2016 Games, settled for the silver. Canada took the bronze.

McKeon erased a small U.S. lead along with her butterfly leg, and Cate Campbell delivered the ultimate contact after a strong closing freestyle. While McKeon picked up her seventh medal — and her fourth gold — in the race, Campbell collected her fourth. She completed the Games with three golds and a bronze.

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McKeon mentioned the day had felt surreal. “To be in that kind of company, it’s an honor,” she mentioned of tying a document for medals at a single Games. “And I know I’ve worked hard for it.”

Her whole ran Australia’s medal depend to 20, with 9 golds, that means that the Aussies and the Americans collectively had received practically half of the medals accessible (50, of 105) and greater than half the golds.

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Wedged between among the superstars of the game, Finke, 21, had been a relative unknown earlier than this month. On Sunday, he received his second gold medal by prevailing in the boys’s 1,500-meter freestyle after an intense three-man showdown with Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine and Florian Wellbrock of Germany.

Finke hung shut for many of the race after which propelled himself into the lead along with his last flip. Finding a brand new gear after 29 relentlessly regular laps, he beat his rivals to the wall. He completed in 14 minutes 39.65 seconds, a physique size forward of Romanchuk (14:40.66) and Wellbrock (14:40.91).

His victory, and Katie Ledecky’s in the ladies’s occasion, gave the United States a sweep of the grueling 30-lap swimming marathons, the longest races in the competitors.

“I don’t know how I’m going to be able to process things,” Finke mentioned afterward. “I came into to this meet not really expecting to medal for anything.”

Dressel had entered the meet with a lot greater expectations. He opened the session by successful his fourth gold medal of the Games with a lung-busting dash to victory in the 50 free. Diving off the blocks, he surfaced in the lead and by no means gave it up — or took a breath — as he completed in 21.07 seconds, an Olympic document. Florent Manaudou of France completed second in 21.55 seconds, and Bruno Fratus of Brazil (21.57) got here in third.

When Dressel realized that he had received, he flexed his left bicep after which hustled out of the pool to arrange for the day’s last race, the 4×100 medley relay.

Dressel had entered the pool Sunday having already received three gold medals on the Games, in the 4×100 freestyle relay, the 100 free and the 100 butterfly. His time in the 100 butterfly, 49.45 seconds, was additionally a world document.

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History was on the road in the ultimate occasion, the boys’s 4×100 medley relay. The American males entered the competitors having received gold in each Olympics they’d competed in — they didn’t take part in 1980, when the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics — and saved the streak alive with a world document, successful simply in 3:26.78.

Despite their dominance, the Americans had entered the race as underdogs. The Americans had practically missed the ultimate, in reality, qualifying seventh with a distinct set of swimmers. That left the group that strode onto the deck for the ultimate — Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, Dressel and Zach Apple — in an outdoor place, in Lane 1, however with a better-than-outside shot.

Dave Durden, the top coach of the boys’s staff, mentioned he knew the staff had a shot when he checked out splits from the earlier world-record time and noticed that every of the American males was individually able to beating them.

“All we wanted them to do was swim at their level,” mentioned Durden, who added that Dressel’s earlier swim had freed him mentally to carry out properly in the relay.

Murphy, the world-record holder in the 100 backstroke, staked the Americans to an early lead, earlier than Adam Peaty of Britain, the world’s quickest man in the breaststroke, instantly erased the benefit by the race’s midway mark.

But the Americans have been simply too deep. Dressel powered again in the butterfly, and Apple saved the United States streak alive with a robust closing freestyle leg. Britain received the silver and Italy took the bronze.

After a grueling week and a half of swimming, and an Olympic cycle that lasted 5 years as an alternative of 4, Dressel joked that he was able to go house.

“I’m going to take a little break here,” he mentioned, laughing. “I’m pretty over swimming, guys.”

Simone Biles, center, with teammate Jordan Chiles during the individual all-around gymnastics final on Thursday.
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Simone Biles has withdrawn from her third particular person equipment last of the Olympics, leaving just one occasion the place she will be able to select to compete.

Biles on Sunday withdrew from the ground train last, which was scheduled for Monday, U.S.A. Gymnastics mentioned in an announcement. She had beforehand mentioned that she would not compete in the uneven bars or vault finals, that are scheduled for Sunday night time.

Her final potential occasion in the Tokyo Games can be the steadiness beam, and U.S.A. Gymnastics mentioned she would decide quickly.

“Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone,” the group mentioned in an announcement.

MyKayla Skinner, one other American, will take Biles’s place in the vault last. On the ground train, Jennifer Gadirova of Britain will transfer into Biles’s spot.

Biles, probably the most adorned gymnast in historical past, was anticipated to repeat as all-around champion, however she withdrew from the all-around and the staff last final week, citing psychological well being points. She mentioned that she was not mentally ready to compete and that she was additionally coping with a standard gymnastics drawback of her shedding bearings whereas performing daring maneuvers in the air.

She exited the staff last after the vault, and was in the stands to observe her teammate Sunisa Lee win the all-around. Lee was the fifth straight American lady to win that occasion, following Carly Patterson in 2004, Nastia Liukin in 2008, Gabby Douglas in 2012 and Biles in 2016.

Lee’s subsequent likelihood at a medal shall be on Sunday in the uneven bars, her greatest occasion.

Emma McKeon of Australia during the women’s 50-meter freestyle final at Tokyo Aquatics Center on Sunday.
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TOKYO — The most adorned Olympic swimmer in Tokyo is … Caeleb Dressel? Katie Ledecky?

Nope. It is Emma McKeon of Australia, whose haul of seven medals ties her for the document by any feminine Olympian, set in 1952 on the Helsinki Games by the gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya of the Soviet Union.

McKeon’s seventh medal got here in the 4×100 medley relay and made her the primary feminine swimmer to win that many at a single Games. She joins Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi as the one swimmers with seven or extra (Phelps has the document, with eight golds on the 2008 Beijing Games).

Australia set an Olympic document in the race with a time of three:51:60, edging out the United States in a stroke-for-stroke last lap. Canada received bronze.

She received the 50 free in a time of 23.81, an Olympic document.

“I never thought that I would win a 50 freestyle because I have been training for the 200 my whole life,’’ she said afterward. “If I put it altogether I knew I could win. It’s very surreal. I think the whole week I’ve been kind of keeping my emotions just at a certain level because I knew I had so much more racing to do. It’s very surreal to be in that kind of company.”

McKeon’s tally:

  • 4×100 freestyle relay (gold, world document)

  • 100 free (gold, Olympic document)

  • 50 free (gold, Olympic document)

  • 100 butterfly (bronze)

  • 4×200 free relay (bronze)

  • 4×100 blended medley relay (bronze)

  • 4×100 medley relay (gold, Olympic document)

She received 4 medals on the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, giving her 11 medals in whole and making her probably the most adorned Australian Olympian ever. Her 5 gold medals in Rio and Tokyo are tied with the swimmer Ian Thorpe for probably the most in Australian historical past.

Alexander Zverev of Germany skilled what he referred to as the proudest second of his profession on Friday when he upset Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the boys’s singles Olympic tennis event.

He is trying to do one higher Sunday, when he takes on Karen Khachanov of Russia for the gold medal.

It appears to be like like a mismatch on paper. Zverev is ranked fifth in the world and practically received the United States Open final yr. He made the semifinals of the French Open and is now a mainstay of the second week of Grand Slams. But it was not way back that Khachanov, 25, was thought of probably the most promising younger Russian participant — a glitzy group that included Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev. Khachanov has come on recently, reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, and he appears to be like like a much better participant than his No. 25 rating.

This is a battle of two gamers absolutely able to successful Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal can be an enormous step for both of them.

Shi Tingmao of China competing in the 3-meter springboard event on Sunday. She won gold, and her teammate Wang Han took silver.
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They make it look straightforward: crisp gymnastics by way of the air, knifing affect with the water and barely a splash upon entry.

But diving is a grueling sport, requiring years of coaching from a younger age. Some divers undergo from broken to their eyes, like indifferent retinas, from fixed affect with the water. And for all that coaching, an Olympic efficiency comes down to a couple seconds of twists and turns. There isn’t any margin for error.

On Sunday, Shi Tingmao of China received gold in the 3-meter springboard occasion. Her teammate, Wang Han, took silver, underlining China’s dominance of this precision sport, in which perfection have to be achieved in a pair seconds. Krysta Palmer of the United States rounded out the medals with bronze.

Shi, a 29-year-old veteran who began her athletic profession at age 6 as a gymnast earlier than switching to diving 5 years later, unleashed an inward 2 half somersaults pike for her first dive and capped it with a ahead 2 half somersaults 1 twist pike for her fifth and last dive. Her rating of 383.50 dominated the rankings, with Wang scoring 348.75.

At the 2016 Rio Games, Shi captured gold in each the 3-meter springboard and the 3-meter synchronized occasions.

Diving routines unfold so rapidly that they seem like a video on fast-forward. The judges should make nearly equally speedy verdicts on the athletes’ performances.

The Chinese Olympic diving staff, nurtured in state coaching services from early elementary college age, has dominated the competitors for years.

In Tokyo, they’ve struck gold in the ladies’s synchronized 3-meter occasion, the ladies’s synchronized 10-meter platform occasion and the boys’s synchronized 3-meter occasion. The solely gold that has eluded the squad to date was in the boys’s synchronized 10-meter platform occasion, in which they took silver.

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand returned to weight lifting in 2017 after a break of more than a decade.
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TOKYO — When Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weight lifter from New Zealand, makes her first try in the ladies’s heavyweight competitors on Monday, she is going to develop into the primary overtly transgender feminine athlete to compete on the Olympics.

Yet she is going to accomplish that amid a debate over whether or not she needs to be on the Games in any respect.

Athletes, advocates for girls’s sports activities and fair-sport campaigners have questioned whether or not Hubbard, who competed in males’s competitions earlier than quitting the game greater than a decade in the past, has an unfair benefit. Others imagine the Games’ binary classes fail to account for a various group of athletes.

Hubbard, who hardly ever speaks to the information media, declined a request for remark. But in 2017, she advised Radio New Zealand that she didn’t see herself as a flag bearer for transgender athletes.

“It’s not my role or my goal to change people’s minds,” Hubbard said. “I would hope they would support me, but it’s not for me to make them do so.”

The New Zealand Olympic committee has shielded Hubbard since she arrived in Tokyo. Kereyn Smith, secretary-general of the committee, referred to as Hubbard “quite a private person” and mentioned she wished her lifting to be the main target.

“She’s an athlete,” Smith mentioned in an interview on Friday. “She wants to come here and perform and achieve her Olympic dream and ambition.”

Supporters of transgender athletes cheered her arrival.

“This moment is incredibly significant for the trans community, for our representation in sport and for all trans people and nonbinary kids to see themselves and know that sport is a place for them,” mentioned Chris Mosier, a race walker who in 2020 turned the primary overtly transgender man to compete in a U.S. Olympic trials.

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. during the Women's 800m Freestyle swimming final on Saturday.
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Katie Ledecky of the United States swam to her second gold of the Games in the ladies’s 800 meters, a victory made all of the extra satisfying as a result of it was on the expense of her rival Ariarne Titmus of Australia. Caeleb Dressel of the United States received his third gold medal, setting a world document in the 100-meter butterfly.

But there was disappointment for the U.S. swimmers in the brand new blended medley relay: Ryan Murphy had the staff in the lead after the opening backstroke leg, however they pale on the breaststroke and butterfly, all the best way to final place at one level. Dressel’s freestyle anchor might pull them to solely fifth. Britain received the occasion.

In track and field, Elaine Thompson-Herah defended her title in the 100-meter dash and led a Jamaican sweep of the rostrum with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson. Poland received the primary mixed-gender 4×400 relay, adopted by the Dominican Republic and the United States.

More mixed-gender events on Saturday: Spain received in lure capturing, with tiny San Marino in second and the United States third. Earlier, Alessandra Perilli had received San Marino’s first-ever medal in the person occasion. Now she has two.

In the blended triathlon relay, Britain beat the United States for gold, and France stunned Japan in the judo staff competitors.

The United States males’s basketball staff beat the Czech Republic, 119-84, and superior to the quarterfinals. The U.S. baseball staff defeated South Korea, 4-2, and received its group.

Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain defeated Novak Djokovic to win the bronze in males’s tennis. Djokovic withdrew from his bronze medal blended doubles match. The ladies’s tennis gold medal went to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

And nobody bounced higher than Ivan Litvinovich of Belarus in males’s trampoline; Dong Dong of China was second for his fourth profession medal in the occasion.

Elaine Thompson-Herah, center, defended her gold medal in the 100-meter dash after overtaking the two-time former champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, left.
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TOKYO — Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica on Saturday repeated because the Olympic champion in the ladies’s 100 meters, outsprinting a area that included Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a two-time former champion.

Thompson-Herah completed in 10.61 seconds, breaking Florence Griffith-Joyner’s Olympic document by a hundredth of a second in a time that made her the second-fastest lady in historical past.

It was a Jamaican sweep of the medals: Fraser-Pryce took silver in 10.74, and Shericka Jackson received bronze.

Fraser-Pryce had been in search of her third Olympic gold in the occasion after successful back-to-back titles on the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She received bronze in the 100 meters on the Rio Olympics in 2016, ending behind Thompson-Herah and Tori Bowie of the United States.

On Saturday, Thompson-Herah edged forward of Fraser-Pryce about midway down the monitor and held her off, triumphantly elevating her left arm as she crossed the end line. She then fell to the monitor in obvious disbelief.

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Teahna Daniels, the lone American in the race, completed seventh.

The last on Saturday was lacking two notable figures: Sha’Carri Richardson, the U.S. champion, who’s serving a monthlong suspension for testing positive for marijuana, a banned substance; and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, who was suspended by antidoping authorities on Saturday for testing optimistic for human development hormone.

A deep pool of talent remained. Thompson-Herah appeared to ship a message by successful her semifinal warmth in 10.76 seconds, regardless of slowing a couple of meters from the end.

Fraser-Pryce, in the meantime, got here by way of her semifinal warmth in 10.73. Both runners appeared primed for a showdown. They delivered.









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The ladies’s 100-meter last was preceded by the first mixed-gender 4×400 relay in Olympic historical past. In a stunner, Poland received gold in a good end with the Dominican Republic in second, and the United States in third.

And in first-round heats of the boys’s 100-meter sprint, all three Americans — Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley and Ronnie Baker — made it by way of to the semifinals, although Bromell, one of many favorites to win gold, labored to a fourth-place in his warmth and superior primarily based solely on his time.

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