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5 to Watch: Who's the World's Fastest Woman? USA Adds to Swimming Gold

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Teahna Daniels Javianne Oliver Jenna Prandini

American’s Caleb Dressler and Katie Ledecky took home more gold in swimming, Jamaica can lay claim to having the world’s fastest woman and two triathletes with Philly ties took home Olympic silver.

Here are 5 to Watch and how to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the live Olympic action.

Jamaica crowns world’s fastest woman

Elaine Thompson-Herah is the world’s fastest woman after winning Olympic gold in the 100m final as Jamaica’s competitors took all three podium spots.

Meanwhile, it was a disappointing end to the 4x400m mixed relay for Team USA, which earlier had a disqualification overturned.

The Americans were the presumptive favorites, but were edged out in the end, taking an unexpected bronze.

Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky continue Team USA domination in the pool

Caeleb Dressel had a busy night. The four-time gold medalist took gold in the men’s 100m butterfly final, came out on tom in the 50m freestyle semis and even had time to race as the USA put on a losing effort in the 4×100 mixed medley relay. 

The mixed medley relay was the first ever mixed-gender swimming race in Olympic history.

Meanwhile, Katie Ledecky made history by becoming the first female swimmer to reach six individual gold medals after winning the 800m final for the third consecutive time. What’s more, she put to bed any speculation about possible retirement.

 

U.S. men’s basketball routs Czech Republic as Durant makes history

The U.S. men’s basketball team came to Tokyo struggling to find a rhythm in exhibition play. Those struggles continued as they lost their opening matchup to France 83-76, snapping a 25-game Olympic win streak.

Team USA seemed to get back on track Wednesday night against Iran, winning by a score of 120-66 and earning their first win of the Tokyo Olympics. 

The momentum carried over as the US beat the Czech Republic in a 119-84 thumping.

The biggest talking point, though, was Kevin Durant, who during the course of the game became the U.S.’s all-time leading scorer.

U.S. women’s indoor volleyball loses winning streak

The U.S. women’s volleyball team had its winning streak snapped as it fell in straight sets to the Russian Olympic Committee. The loss was compounded by an injury to superstar Jordan Thompson, who fell hard on her ankle and had to leave the game.

NJ’s Pearson, Villanova’s Rappaport take silver in mixed triathlon

New Jersey native Morgan Pearson and Villanova grad Summer Rappaport took silver in the inaugural mixed triathlon relay, with Pearson impressing at the end to overtake his French counterpart and synch second place for Team USA.

Pearson came in 42nd in the men’s individual event, while Rappaport finished 14th in the women’s event. Team USA’s squad is rounded out with Kevin McDowell and women’s bronze medalist Katie Zaferes.

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