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Tokyo Updates: US Wins Silver in Gymnastics Team Event After Simone Biles Exits

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USA Gymnastics won a silver medal in the women’s team event without Simone Biles on Tuesday. Elsewhere, Carissa Moore won the gold medal in the inaugural Olympic women’s surfing competition, the U.S. women’s soccer team tied Australia and Team USA was upset by Japan in the softball gold medal game. Scroll down for the latest news on Simone Biles and more from the Tokyo Olympics:

Team USA wins silver in women’s gymnastics team final; Simone Biles pulls out of event

Team USA earned silver in the women’s gymnastics team final following the exit of Simone Biles.

Biles withdrew from Tuesday’s final due to a medical issue, according to a statement from USA Gymnastics. The organization said she will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.

Biles bailed out of her Amanar in the vault and only completed a 1.5 twist on a 2.5-twisting Yurchenko, then stumbled backward on the landing. She had previously posted the best score in the vault during the all-around qualifiers.

“Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape,” she told Hoda Kotb on “TODAY” after her withdrawal. “Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see.”

 

The Russian Olympic Committee won gold and Great Britain won bronze. The U.S. had won gold in the event at the last two Olympics, while ROC earned silver in both Olympics. Italy and Japan placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Team USA shut out by Japan in softball gold medal game

For the second time in Olympic history, Japan has upset the U.S. in the softball gold medal game.

Team USA, which went undefeated in round-robin play, only had three hits.

The Japanese had a runner in scoring position in each of the first four innings before finally converting on an infield single in the fourth inning.

Japan added a second run in the top of the fifth inning.

U.S. women’s soccer advances to quarterfinals after tie with Australia

The United States women’s soccer team is headed to the quarterfinals after tying Australia 0-0 in its final game of group play. 

With the tie, the United States finished second in Group G, going 1-1-1 in its three group games. The team won the tiebreaker over Australia based on goal differential, with the United States’ goal differential of +2 being better than Australia’s -1.

In the match, Alex Morgan had a goal called back after VAR determined that she was offside. That was as close as the two sides would get to scoring. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stopped the two shots she faced. 

The quarterfinals for women’s soccer begin on Friday, July 30.

Steffen Peters makes US Olympic history in equestrian dressage team grand prix special

The U.S. equestrian team took home silver in the dressage team grand prix special.

In the process, Steffen Peters, 56, became the oldest U.S. Olympic medalist since 1952.

Tuesday’s outcome tied for Team USA’s best Olympic result in the event. The U.S. also earned silver in 1948.

The team of Peters, Adrienne Lyle and Sabine Schut-Kery totaled 7,747 points. Germany won gold with 8,178 points and Great Britain won bronze with 7,723 points.

Caeleb Dressel, Regan Smith return to pool for swimming heats

Caeleb Dressel posted the second-fastest time of Tuesday’s men’s 100m freestyle heats, trailing Italy’s Thomas Ceccon. It was Dressel’s second race in Tokyo after he helped Team USA win gold in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Regan Smith made a quick turnaround after winning bronze in the women’s 100m backstroke Monday night. Smith and fellow American Hali Flickinger dove in for the women’s 200m butterfly heats, posting the No. 4 and No. 2 times, respectively.

Elsewhere in swimming, American Nic Fink posted the fourth-fastest time in the men’s 200m breaststroke heats, the U.S. posted the fifth-fastest time in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay and American Robert Finke placed third overall in the men’s 800m heats.

 

Delante Johnson wins Round of 16 welterweight boxing bout

Delante Johnson defeated Ablaikhan Zhussupov in his Round of 16 welterweight boxing match. 

The judges scored the contest 4-1 in favor of Johnson. The 22-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio, previously beat Argentina’s Brian Agustin Arregui in the Round of 32. 

Johnson will next fight Roniel Iglesias of Cuba in the welterweight boxing quarterfinals.

US men’s rugby team falls to Great Britain in quarterfinals

Team USA fell to Great Britain in the men’s rugby quarterfinals on Tuesday by a score of 26-21. The U.S. jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first five minutes of the contest before Great Britain took over in the second half.

Stephen Tomasin, whose yellow card in the second half helped spark Great Britain’s run, took accountability following the loss.

The Americans will battle Canada in the fifth-place final at 9 p.m. ET.

Carissa Moore wins first women’s surfing shortboard gold medal

Carissa Moore won the first women’s surfing shortboard event in Olympic history, taking down South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag, 14.93- 5.463 in the gold medal match.

The beginning of the match was low scoring as each surfer looked for the right opportunity to score points. But with just 20 minutes left in the match, Moore called her shot, scoring a 7.33 on her second wave to pull ahead of Buitendag. 

Feeling the pressure, the South African surfer scored a 2.40 to try and close the gap, but Moore remained calm, nailing a 7.60 on her next wave to erase her previous score and win the historic gold.

Parratto and Schnell win first ever U.S. medal in women’s synchronized 10m platform

The duo of Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell took the silver medal in the women’s synchronized 10m platform with a score of 310.80. 

It’s the first ever medal for the United States in that diving event. 

China’s Chen Yuxi and Zhang Jiaqi won the country’s sixth consecutive medal in the event, while Mexico’s Gabriela Agundez Garcia and Alejandra Orozco Loza won the bronze.

American duo claims silver in mixed 10m air rifle

Mary Tucker and Lucas Kozenisky won silver in the mixed 10m air rifle, giving the United States its fourth medal in shooting of the Tokyo Olympics.

Tucker and Kozenisky fell just short of China’s Yang Haoran and Yang Qian in the gold medal match.

The medal marks the second gold for China’s Yang Qian after she took the first gold of the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 10m air rifle. Yang Haoran won bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle.

It’s the fourth medal for the United States in shooting for the Tokyo Olympics. William Shaner won gold in the men’s 10m air rifle, while Amber English and Vincent Hancock each took gold in skeet shooting.

Caroline Marks misses out on bronze in surfing

Caroline Marks just missed out on a medal in women’s surfing, losing in the bronze medal match to Japan’s Amuro Tsuzaki. 

Marks finished with a total score of 4.26, while Tsuzaki came out on top with a total of 6.80. Tsuzaki scored a 5.00 on her first wave to propel her to the bronze.

 

A’ja Wilson shines as U.S. women’s basketball beats Nigeria

It didn’t take long for A’ja Wilson to make a splash at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 2020 WNBA MVP scored 19 points to help the U.S. women win their 50th straight Olympic game, a 81-72 victory over Nigeria.

Despite a slow start in the first quarter, Team USA took over in the second, going on a 20-0 run heading into the half.

The U.S. scored 26 points in the third quarter, but Nigeria refused to give up. Led by Ezinne Kalu, Nigeria went on a 12-0 run to start the fourth but in the end it was  Chelsey Gray who stepped up to close out the win for the Americans.

Brittney Griner was the second-leading scorer for the U.S. with 13 points, followed by Diana Taurasi (10), who played in her 33rd career Olympic game. Brianna Stewart and Sylvia Fowles scored nine points each in the win. 

Team USA dealt first loss in women’s 3×3 basketball

The U.S. women’s 3×3 basketball team lost its final game of pool play to host nation Japan by a final score of 20-18. Stefanie Dolson finished with a team-high seven points, while Japan’s Mai Yamamoto scored eight points.

Team USA had already secured its spot in the semifinals before the game. The team closes out pool play with a 6-1 record overall.

17-year-old American kayaker narrowly misses slalom final

Evy Leibfarth, 17, one of the youngest Americans competing in Tokyo, narrowly missed securing one of the 10 qualifying spots for the final of the women’s kayak single (K-1). She finished 12th in Tuesday’s semifinal with a time of 112.73, less than a second behind the 10th finisher.

Seven-time individual world champion Jessica Fox of Australia, who won a silver at London 2012 and bronze at Rio 2016, had the fastest time at 1:03.33, more than three seconds quicker than her nearest competitor, though with one two-second penalty. She will seek her first Olympic gold in the final when the event picks up just an hour after the semifinal races concluded.

Leibfarth, a native of Bryson City, North Carolina, will have another chance to medal when she competes in the first-ever  women’s canoe single (C-1), making its debut at the Tokyo Olympics after having been a men’s event for the past 30 years.

Osaka is knocked out in women’s tennis

Just a few days after lighting the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, Naomi Osaka has been knocked out of the Olympic women’s tennis tournament in the third round. Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic defeated No. 2 Osaka in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

The Olympics were Osaka’s first competition in two months. She had withdrawn from the French Open after winning her first match, citing mental health struggles. She also opted not to play at Wimbledon.

Vondrousova, currently ranked No. 42, will play the winner of the match between Spain’s Paula Badosa and Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in the quarterfinals.

 

The top three seeds have now all been eliminated, including No. 1 Ash Barty of Australia and No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka.

Dalhausser, Lucena get first win in men’s beach volleyball

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena defeated Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Morais Filho two sets to one. The Americans’ third and final match of pool play is Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET against an Argentine pair, Julian Amado Azaad and Nicolas Capogrosso.

U.S. women’s volleyball moves to 2-0 in pool play

In women’s volleyball, the U.S. secured a straight-sets victory for the second match in a row, defeating China 29-27, 25-22, 25-21. The Chinese, defending Olympic champions from 2016, have now lost their first two games of the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans next face Turkey on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. ET in their quest for gold after getting the bronze in Rio and the silver in 2012 and 2008. 

U.S. men’s water polo cruises to second victory

The U.S. men’s water polo dominated South Africa in its latest match, winning 20-3. The Americans made 56% of their 36 shots, while the South Africans went 3 of 27. Next up in Group A pool play is Italy at 1 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Jacoby stuns King in the 100m breaststroke

American Lydia Jacoby pulled a huge upset over the highly favored Lilly King in the 100m breaststroke. Jacoby won the gold in 1:04.95. King, the defending Olympic champion, was half a second behind. Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa captured the silver.

Gold medal favorite Ryan Murphy lands third in 100m backstroke

Ryan Murphy finished third in the men’s 100m backstroke, not able to follow up his gold medal in Rio. His time was 52.19. ROC swimmers Evgeniy Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov came in first and second.

Bronze for Regan Smith in the 100m backstroke

Regan Smith came in third in the women’s 100m backstroke with a time of 58.05. Kaylee McKeown of Australia won the gold and set a new Olympic record of 57.47.The other American, Rhyan White, finished fourth.

Kieran Smith fails to medal in 200m freestyle

After winning the bronze in the 400m freestyle, Kieran Smith couldn’t follow it up with another medal, finishing sixth in 1:45.12. British swimmers Dean Thomas and Duncan Scott finished 1-2, and Fernando Scheffer of Brazil took the bronze.

Katie Zaferes wins bronze in the women’s triathlon

American Katie Zaferes placed third in the women’s triathlon to claim the bronze medal Monday night, posting a time of 1:32:32 in the rainy finish. It was Team USA’s third Olympic medal in the women’s triathlon.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy won gold, posting a time of 1:55:36. It is Bermuda’s first Olympic triathlon medal, won by Duffy in her final Olympic appearance. Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown won silver, finishing with a time of 1:34:32 in her Olympic debut.

Caroline Marks advances to women’s surfing shortboard semifinals

U.S. surfer Caroline Marks is only a few more waves away from Olympic history.

Marks defeated Costa Rica’s Brisa Hennessy, 12.50-6.83, in the women’s surfing shortboard quarterfinals. 

Marks, who had the highest score of any competitor in Round 3 will look to become the first women’s surfing gold medalist. She will face Bianca Buitendag of South Africa in the semifinal round.

April Ross and Alix Klineman cruise for second straight win

In wet and windy conditions, the U.S. beach volleyball duo of April Ross and Alix Klineman swiftly took care of Spain in their second preliminary match at Shokaze Park.

 

Ross and Klineman won the first set over Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo 21-13, and took the second set 21-16 to earn the victory.

Ross and Klineman will play the Netherlands on Friday in their final match of pool play.

Andino is out in surfing quarterfinals

Kolohe Andino lost in the surfing quarterfinals to Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi. Although Andino had strong scores on two of his eight waves, he couldn’t overcome five scores of less than one point each, finishing with 11.00 to Igarashi’s 12.60.

Weather impacts schedule in several events

Tropical Storm Nepartak has caused several Olympic events to be postponed. In rowing, double sculls, four and quadruple sculls — for both men and women — were rescheduled to Wednesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET (stream live here). Archery’s individual elimination rounds have also been affected by weather for the first time ever.

In surfing, however, the waves from the storm are just what the athletes crave. Organizers moved up the medal events for both men and women from Wednesday to Tuesday. The men will take to the waves at 1:15 a.m. ET, followed by the women.

Pink offers to pay fine for Norway’s beach handball team

Last week, the Norwegian beach handball team was fined for wearing elastic shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the 2021 European Beach Handball Championships. Now, pop star Pink is rallying behind the team and offering to pay the 1500 euro fine.

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