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5 To Watch: USWNT Rebounds, US Wins 3×3, 1st Medals Awarded

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The first full day of competition at the Tokyo Olympics got started right after the pageantry of the Opening Ceremony.

Team USA’s biggest teams are taking the field, with the U.S. Women’s National Team looking to bounce back in soccer and the U.S. softball team downing Mexico, 2-0, for its third straight shutout win.

The first medals of the games were handed out in shooting. Medals will also be awarded shortly in weightlifting, archery, judo, fencing and taekwondo.

And it’s possible that some fencers with Philadelphia-area ties take one of the medals home.

Here is what (and when) to watch on the first full day of action in Tokyo.

USWNT gets back on track after thumping New Zealand

New Jersey native Carli Lloyd and the U.S. Women’s National Team recovered from their 3-0 opening game loss to Sweden with a 6-1 thumping of New Zealand.

Lloyd and Julie Ertz, wife of Philadelphia Eagle Zach Ertz, were both back in the starting lineup. It was another New Jersey native, though, who got things going for the US as Tobin Heath’s pass split the Kiwi defense and found Rose Lavelle, who tucked the ball away to give the US the lead.

 

It was all one-way traffic from there, with four offside calls the only thing keeping the US from scoring 10 goals.

3×3 basketball makes Olympic debut in Tokyo

The women’s 3×3 basketball tournament kicked off with the U.S. downing France in front of First Lady Jill Biden.

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Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson, Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray, Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum and Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young make up the inaugural Team USA 3×3 roster. Young was named a replacement for Seattle Storm guard Katie Lou Samuelson, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

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China wins the gold medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Less than 24 hours after the Tokyo Opening Ceremony, the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics was awarded.

Chinese sport shooter Yang Qian won the gold medal in the women’s 10m air rifle final. Qian had 251.8 points, narrowly edging silver medalist Anastasiia Galashina of the Russian Olympic Committee (251.1 points).

American Mary Tucker finished sixth with 166.0 points after putting up 631.4 points in the qualification round.

Watch live online, or during TV coverage on NBCSN (12 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. ET) or NBC10 (10:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET).

Mary Tucker of the Kentucky Wildcats competes during the Division I Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championship held at the French Field House on the Ohio State University campus on March 13, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.American shooter Mary Tucker

On guard! US fencers bring Philly area flair to Olympics as medals will be awarded

Fencing competition at the Tokyo Olympics got off to big start.

Penn State alum Andrew Mackiewicz competed in Men’s Sabre, losing out to Kim Jung-Hwan of South Korea.

Team USA continues win streak in softball tournament

After going 2-0 to start the Olympics, the U.S. softball team made it three in a row with another shutout win early Saturday morning. The Americans beat Mexico, 2-0.

Cat Osterman delivered once again for Team USA, pitching a one-hit shutout for her second win of the Tokyo Games. The U.S Olympic softball team will look to stay undefeated against Australia at 9:00 p.m. ET at the Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

Watch live at 1:30 a.m. Saturday ET on NBCSN, or stream online.