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Athletes from the D.C. area continue to shine at the Tokyo Olympics.

Prince George’s County’s Kevin Durant will continue to play for Team USA in the men’s basketball semifinals against Australia, after Virginia’s Grant Holloway took silver in the 110m hurdles final.

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 to watch at the Tokyo Olympics.

Team USA Men’s Basketball Advances to the Gold Medal Game

Patty Mills of Australia is fouled by Draymond Green of Team USA during the semifinal game of the men’s basketball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

Team USA is two wins away from its fourth straight men’s basketball gold medal, and its next test comes against Australia in a semifinal contest at 12:05 a.m. ET on Thursday.

After a concerning opening loss to France, the U.S. men have strung together three straight wins over Iran, the Czech Republic and Spain. Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum are among the standouts for the U.S. through four games, with Durant scoring a team-high 29 points in a quarterfinal win over Spain on Tuesday.

Australia is unbeaten coming into Thursday’s semifinal contest. Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Co. went 3-0 in group play before handing Argentina a lopsided, 38-point quarterfinal loss on Tuesday. Australia is seeking its first ever Olympic men’s basketball medal.

 

The winner of Team USA-Australia will play the winner of Slovenia-France in the gold medal game on Friday, Aug. 6, while the two losers will play for bronze on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Shot Put, Pole Vault Golds Headline Four-Medal Day in Track and Field

(From L) Third-placed Jamaica's Ronald Levy, first-placed Jamaica's Hansle Parchment and second-placed USA's Grant Holloway celebrate after competing in the men's 110m hurdles final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo on August 5, 2021.(From L) Third-placed Jamaica’s Ronald Levy, first-placed Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment and second-placed USA’s Grant Holloway celebrate after competing in the men’s 110m hurdles final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo on August 5, 2021.

The United States continued its domination in Track and Field in Tokyo on Thursday, this time turning in golden performances in the field events.

Katie Nageotte took the gold medal in in the women’s pole vault, and Ryan Crouser dominated the men’s shot put for his second consecutive gold medal. Grant Holloway added a silver in the men’s 110m hurdles, and Joe Kovacs finished second in the shot put, behind Crouser. 

In all, the U.S. has won 20 medals in track and field in Tokyo. The closest to Team USA? Jamaica, with seven. 

In the shot put, Crouser beat his own Olympic record, throwing the shot put 23.30 meters on his final attempt to take the gold. New Zealand’s Tom Walsh won bronze, which he also took in 2016, making it a repeat across the board on the winner’s podium. It is the first time that has happened in a track and field event in Olympic history.

In the pole vault, Nageotte cleared a 4.9-meter vault, beating Russia’s Anzhelika Sidorova and Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw, who both cleared 4.85 meters. It was the third time the U.S. won gold in the event. 

Holloway finished second to claim silver in men’s 110m hurdles, posting a time of 13.09 despite being the overwhelming favorite to win it all. The world champion blazed to the quickest time in the hurdles semifinals, but was unable to hold on to the top spot in the final. Hansle Parchment of Jamaica won gold in the upset, posting a time of 13.04, and handed Holloway his first loss of the year. Jamaica also won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The U.S. advanced in the women’s 4x100m relay, finishing second overall with a time of 41.90. Team USA, which comprised of Javianne Oliver, English Gardner, Teahna Daniels and Aleia Hobbs finished ahead of Team Jamaica. The heats were missing the star power of Allyson Felix, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and reigning women’s 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Unfortunately the men did not fare as well. Team USA, which included Trayvon Bromell, Ronnie Baker, Fred Kerley and Cravon Gillespie, finished sixth in Heat 2 (eighth overall) with a time of 38.10.The U.S. men’s team hasn’t medaled in the 4x100m relay since earning silver in 2004.

Vashti Cunningham was the only member of Team USA to advance in women’s high jump. Cunningham automatically qualified after posting a jump of 1.95m on her third and final attempt. She placed 13th in high jump at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and is a favorite to win it all at Tokyo.

Team USA’s Will Claye finished fourth in men’s triple jump. His longest jump was 17.44m on his third attempt. The two-time silver medalist looked to claim gold for the United States with the absence of two-time Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor, who did not compete due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Portugal won gold with a jump of 17.98m on his third attempt.

 

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Beats Australia to Win Bronze

USA's forward Carli Lloyd, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's bronze medal football match between Australia and the United States at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima city, Ibaraki prefecture on Aug. 5, 2021.USA’s forward Carli Lloyd, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s bronze medal football match between Australia and the United States at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima city, Ibaraki prefecture on Aug. 5, 2021.

U.S. women’s soccer is back to the Olympic podium.

The team wasn’t standing atop the perch it expected, nor were the medals around the players’ necks the color they hoped, but they made an important return to the podium after failing to get there in 2016 for the first time.

It was two of the team’s gold-medal winning veterans who helped get them there Thursday. Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd each scored two goals to lead the U.S. to a 4-3 win over Australia in the bronze medal game at the Tokyo Olympics.

It was the first bronze medal for the USWNT. The U.S. won gold in four of the first five Games since women’s soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996, taking silver during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

That history of sheer dominance is what made the team’s quarterfinal loss to Sweden during the 2016 Rio Olympics so stunning and the return to the medal podium so necessary, even if not for gold.

It was fitting that Lloyd, who became the team’s all-time leading scorer in what could be her final Olympic game, and Rapinoe, who stressed the importance of winning a medal even if its not the color the team wanted or expected, were the two players who found the back of the net.

Nathaniel Coleman Wins Silver in Inaugural Sport Climbing Event

American Nathaniel Coleman took the silver medal in the first ever sport climbing competition in Olympics history.

Nathaniel Coleman of the United States celebrates during the sport climbing men's combined final on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Aomi Urban Sports ParkNathaniel Coleman of the United States celebrates during the sport climbing men’s combined final on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Aomi Urban Sports Park

Coleman finished with 30.00 total points to finish second. In sport climbing, the lower the points, the better, so Coleman finished two points behind Alberto Gines Lopez of Spain, whose 28.00 won the gold. 

Austria’s Jakob Schubert won the bronze with 35.00 points.

American Colin Duffy, who ranked fourth entering the finals, slipped to seventh, with 60 total points.