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4 to Watch: Gymnast Suni Lee Wins Gold, Ledecky Pushes Team USA to Silver in Relay

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Team USA took home gold in swim events, and Suni Lee bested all competitors in the much-anticipated women’s gymnastics all-around.

For a complete rundown of the day’s events in Tokyo, visit the streaming schedule page for NBCOlympics.com. Watch every event live there or on the NBC Sports App, and catch the highlights in primetime on NBC.

Here’s what else you need to know about.

Suni Lee takes gold in women’s gymnastics individual all-around final

Suni Lee dominated the women’s gymnastics all-around on Thursday, winning the U.S. a gold medal for the fifth Olympics Games in a row. Lee and Jade Carey handily carried the torch after teammate Simone Biles dropped out of the women’s gymnastics all-around earlier this week, placing first and eighth overall.

Caeleb Dressel wins gold in electrifying men’s 100 free

Caeleb Dressel of the United States starts in his men's 100-meter freestyle semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.Caeleb Dressel of the United States starts in his men’s 100-meter freestyle semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

Caeleb Dressel delivered a monumental, Olympic-record effort in the men’s 100m freestyle for his first individual gold medal, adding it to three other gold medals from swimming relays, including one at the Tokyo Games.

Dressel lead a packed field in the final for one of swimming’s quickest and most intense events, the men’s 100m freestyle. The 24-year-old American won the event at the last two world championships and is the third-fastest 100m freestyler of all time.

 

American swimmer Bobby Finke also took home a gold medal with an amazing late surge in the first-ever Olympic men’s 800m freestyle final.

In the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay, Team USA beat out heavy favorites Australia with a gutsy 1:53.76 anchor leg by Katie Ledecky. The only thing more shocking than that outcome is the fact that it did not result in a gold medal. China emerged as the winners, the U.S. took silver and bronze went to Australia.

Medals were also on the line in the men’s 200m breaststroke and women’s 200m butterfly.

Wednesday’s action also included semifinals for the women’s 100m freestyle, men’s 200m backstroke, women’s 200m breaststroke and men’s 200m individual medley.

Watch live in NBC’s primetime coverage, or stream live here.

US finishes fourth of women’s team foil event

The United States fell to Italy in the women’s team foil bronze medal match by a score of 45-23. The trio of Kiefer Lee, Sabrina Massialas and Nicole Ross lost eight out of the nine sets against Italy. Lee, who won the gold medal in the women’s individual foil, did not win any of her three sets.

Team USA beats Turkey in women’s volleyball

After winning its first two sets in dominant fashion, it appeared the U.S. women’s volleyball team was set to cruise to yet another Olympic victory in Tokyo.

But then the tables turned. The U.S. blew its two-set lead before rebounding in nail-biting fifth-set tiebreaker to defeat Turkey 25-19,25-20, 17-25, 20-25, 15-12, in a match that took just over two hours.

We work so hard to be a collective group of 12,” American Annie Drews told NBC’s Heather Cox. “And I really think that shows in these big moments. We take a big deep breath, we make eye contact and we play for each other.”

Drewes led the Americans with five points in the tiebreaker.

The win was the Americans third straight victory in Pool B and ensures then a spot in the quarterfinals. Italy also is undefeated in Pool B. The Americans previously defeated Argentina and China, the defending Olympic champion. Team USA is seeking its first gold medal in women’s volleyball.

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