There’s good news and bad news for U.S. athletes in Tokyo.
The good news? It was a big night in the pool for American swimmers.
Caeleb Dressel added two more gold medals to complete his Tokyo Olympics with five by winning the 50-meter freestyle and then shortly later helping the men’s 4×100-meter medley relay team set a world record.
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TOKYO — U.S. hammer thrower and Olympic gold-medal favorite DeAnna Price revealed Sunday that she is competing with a fracture in her right foot.
Price advanced to Tuesday’s final in the women’s hammer throw, but her best throw was more than 25 feet shorter than what she achieved at the Olympic trials in June. She said she fractured the talus bone in her right foot, near the ankle, while throwing last month and the injury prevented her from training for three weeks.
“Just to make it through, I’m really happy,” Price said through tears. “I’m hoping just to put a couple more things together, and represent well.”
Price said the injury has been mentally challenging to work through in the leadup to Tokyo, and it remains physically painful. She’s been taping the foot but the pain is inevitable, she said, because it’s the foot she uses to drive and generate power.
“It’s just like, ‘OK, can’t do anything about it.’ You just grin and bear and it and you just keep pushing through it,” she said. “Luckily the pain isn’t as bad as what it has been, so to me, it’s already a blessing.”
Fellow U.S. hammer throwers Brooke Andersen and Gwen Berry also advanced to the final. Team USA has never won an Olympic medal in the event.
— Tom Schad
TOKYO — The chances of seeing Simone Biles compete again at the Tokyo Olympics are dwindling.
Biles announced her withdrawal from the floor exercise final Sunday, a day before it is to be contested. She had already withdrawn from the all-around, as well as the event finals for vault and uneven bars, which are scheduled for Sunday.
The last event final, for balance beam, is Tuesday, but a decision on her availability for it has yet to be made. Biles will be replaced in the floor final Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova.
Biles came to Tokyo as the biggest star of these Olympics, projected to win a record five gold medals. She pulled out of the team competition Tuesday after one event, saying mental health concerns were manifesting themselves in “the twisties,” a loss of air awareness.
— Nancy Armour
TOKYO — The United States men continued their dominance in the 4×100 medley relay with a world-record performance at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
The Americans were led by Caeleb Dressel who finished his remarkable Tokyo Games with a fifth gold medal, swimming butterfly in the final relay of the meet. He won gold in the 50-meter freestyle earlier in the day.
The U.S. men finished in 3:26.78, beating the previous world record by .50 seconds.
The relay opened with Ryan Murphy on backstroke, followed by Michael Andrew, who finished his breaststroke leg with the Americans in second behind Great Britain. Dressel then regained the lead and Zach Apple closed it out, anchoring the freestyle leg.
The U.S. has never lost the men’s medley relay at the Olympics. The only time it has not won gold was in 1980 when the entire team boycotted the Moscow Games.
The U.S. finishes the swimming competition with more medals than any other country, including 30 overall and 11 golds. Australia win 20 overall and nine golds.
— Peter Barzilai
The American women couldn’t hold off Australia in the 4×100 medley relay, with Cate Campbell racing to the gold in the final freestyle leg to win in 3:51.60.
The United States won silver, .13 of a second behind the Aussies. Abbey Weitzeil fought to the finish but touched in second in 3:51.73.
Emma McKeon, who swam the third leg Sunday, won her seventh Olympic medal in Tokyo, with four gold and three bronze. She is the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Games.
TOKYO — American Bobby Finke made it a stunning distance double at his first Olympics, winning the gold medal in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle. It’s the first time an American has won Olympic gold in the event in 37 years.
The 21-year-old University of Florida swimmer won a surprising gold earlier this week in the men’s 800 freestyle. Sunday morning Finke used a late surge to win the 1,500 in 14:39.65, followed by Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk, who took silver, 1.26 seconds back.
— Roxanna Scott
TOKYO — American Caeleb Dressel made it 3 for 3 Sunday morning on the final day of the Olympic swimming competition, winning the men’s 50-meter freestyle for his third individual gold medal of these Games.
Dressel won in 21.07 seconds, setting an Olympic record, followed by Florent Manaudou of France in 21.55. Brazil’s Bruno Fratus won bronze.
Dressel, who won the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly earlier in the week, also won a gold in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He had one more event remaining, the men’s 4×100 medley relay, which the United States has never lost at the Olympics.
— Christine Brennan
TOKYO — American Hannah Roberts won the Olympic silver medal Sunday in women’s BMX Freestyle at the Tokyo Games.
Roberts, 20, exulted and wept after a spectacular first run replete with difficult aerial tricks. She earned a score of 96.10, putting her in the lead heading into the second and final run at Ariake Urban Sports Park.
But Charlotte Worthington of Great Britain scored a 97.50 on her second run and, with the top scoring run of the finals, captured the gold medal.
Early in her second run, Roberts abruptly stopped riding after an aerial trick, thereby conceding the victory to Worthington.
A native of Buchanan, Michigan, Roberts entered her first competition at the age of 12 and followed in the footsteps of her cousin Brett Banasiewicz, a retired professional BMX rider.
She won the won the inaugural BMX Freestyle World Championship in 2017 and won it again in 2019.
— Josh Peter
TOKYO – Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes, ranked No. 3 in the world in beach volleyball, lost in the Olympic quarterfinals Sunday at Shiokaze Park.
Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson, ranked No. 16, won 22-24, 21-18, 15-13 after being down a set and 10-4 in the second.
“We made more than enough opportunities for ourselves to win,” Claes said. “Fought through that first, up in the end and we let them back in. Everybody is good out here so letting that door open just a little and here we are, we lost.”
Canada led 12-11 in the third set when a Sponcil serve was called out. The U.S. challenged the call and at first was successful only for a further review to go Canada’s way.
Down 14-11, Sponcil and Claes held off two match points before losing the third on a Wilkerson winner.
“I thought it (Sponcils’ serve) was in,” Claes said. “It sucks, but it shouldn’t have come down to that third set. We did such a good job in the second then just let them back in.”
— Jeff Metcalfe
While the U.S. has only one medal so far in athletics — a bronze from Saturday’s mixed-gender 4×400 relay — finals are just beginning.
In women’s shot put, which has its final at 8:35 p.m. ET, the United States’ Raven Saunders is a favorite after finishing atop the rankings in qualifiers. An NCAA star at Mississippi, Saunders threw 19.22 meters to put herself through to the finals and caught the eyes of many on social media for her unique facemask.
Sunday morning stateside will also see men’s high jump, women’s triple jump and men’s 100-meter finals. Trayvon Bromell, who ran a 9.80 in the 100 at the U.S. Olympic trials, has gold-medal potential. The qualifying heats for the event will occur shortly behind the finals.
Team USA’s Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes, college stars at UCLA and USC respectively, set off the round of 16 for women’s beach volleyball, the first elimination round of the tournament.
The young duo is facing off against Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley at 8 p.m. ET. Neither of the U.S. nor Canada’s two teams faced each other in the preliminaries. Sponcil and Claes won all three of their preliminary games.
Controversy has arisen in Tokyo over the long-standing requirement in the sport to wear bikini bottoms while playing. It’s not the only sport at the Games with criticized dress codes for women.
On the men’s side, action starts at 11 p.m. ET with Phil Dalhausser and Nicholas Lucena of the U.S. against Qatar’s Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younousse. The U.S. duo lost one match in the prelims against the Netherlands.
Run into Richard Torrez Jr. in the Olympic village, and he’ll probably show you a magic trick. He’s been carrying a deck around with him to spark conversation with other athletes.
The American super heavyweight boxer, who graduated from high school as valedictorian of his class, comes from a family of boxers. Both his father and grandfather were boxers, and his dad even fought for the U.S. team, though he didn’t make it to the Olympics. Torrez Jr. was invited to train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee training center in 2017.
Tyrell Biggs was the last boxer to medal for Team USA in the super heavyweight division back in 1984. Torrez Jr. is one round away from medal contention having bested his opening round opponent on Thursday. He’ll head into the ring at 6:06 a.m. ET on Sunday for his quarterfinal bout against Cuba’s Dainier Pero.
— Josh Peter