Tokyo Olympics live updates: Lydia Jacoby strikes gold in women’s 100 breaststroke, Naomi Osaka upset

Written by on July 27, 2021

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Ledecky will get silver, two US golds in skeet, Biles again on Tuesday

Katie Ledecky earned her first medal of the Tokyo Video games, nevertheless it wasn’t gold. On Tuesday, do not miss girls’s gymnastics, seaside volleyball and swimming.

Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY

Day 4 on the Tokyo Olympics will probably be headlined by one of the anticipated occasions of 2021 — the girls’s gymnastics workforce closing.

Nevertheless, an upset win for Alaskan teen Lydia Jacoby within the girls’s 100-meter breaststroke offered an early spotlight in Tuesday’s motion. Jacoby edged U.S. teammate Lilly King, the defending champion within the occasion from the 2016 Video games in Rio. King ended up getting bronze, one in every of three on the day for American swimmers.

One other upset occurred on the Ariake Tennis Park Centre Court docket as No. 2 seed and Olympic cauldron lighter Naomi Osaka misplaced in straight units to Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-4. Osaka had dominated within the first two spherical of the Video games, however racked up 32 unforced errors in her loss on Tuesday.

After a not-so spectacular qualifying spherical, the Simone Biles-led U.S. girls’s gymnastics workforce will look to reclaim its standing as heavy favorites and win a 3rd consecutive workforce gold medal early Tuesday within the U.S. (6:45 a.m. ET).

Workforce USA may also safe one other gold medal in softball after a walk-off win towards Japan on Monday — the identical workforce they are going to face within the gold medal recreation at 7 a.m. ET. U.S. softball may also look to avenge a gold-medal loss within the 2008 Olympics to Japan, the final time the game was a part of the Summer time Video games.

In the meantime, the out of doors occasions might all face climate implications as tropical storm Nepartak is anticipated to hit Japan on Tuesday.

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TOKYO – Two issues appeared clear via the primary two days of Naomi Osaka’s quest to win an Olympic gold medal. The primary was how a lot it meant to her to be representing Japan, which bestowed her the dignity of lighting the Olympic flame on the Opening Ceremony. The second was that her tennis appeared as much as the event.

However that’s the wonderful factor about sports activities. Every part we expect we all know can change within the blink of a watch.

Identical to that, Osaka’s run is over after a surprising 6-1, 6-4 loss to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, persevering with the pattern of excessive seeds bowing out early within the girls’s singles draw.

Primarily based on almost each issue possible, it could have been arduous to see this coming. Vondrousova, a 22-year previous lefty, surprisingly made the French Open closing in 2019 however has only one WTA title to her identify. Her kind currently has been inconsistent at greatest, having fallen to No. 42 after a stint within the high 20.

This was Osaka’s first event since withdrawing from the French Open, citing the necessity to take a break for her psychological well being. Her focus now will flip to defending her U.S. Open title later this summer time, however in some ways, her complete yr had been constructed round making an attempt to win a gold medal in Tokyo.

Now that dream is gone, opening up the sphere paying homage to the 2016 Olympics when longshot Monica Puig took gold.

— Dan Wolken

American surfer Carissa Moore will compete for an Olympic gold medal Tuesday after profitable her semifinals warmth.  

Moore, a four-time world champion, defeated Amuro Tsuzuki of Japan by a skinny margin. 

She’s going to face South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag, who defeated American Caroline Marks within the different semifinals warmth. 

The highest-ranked girls’s surfer on the planet, Moore, 28, entered the competitors as the favourite.  

Earlier within the day, she received her quarterfinals warmth towards Silvana Lima of Brazil. 

American surfer Caroline Marks will compete for an Olympic bronze medal Tuesday after developing quick in her semifinals warmth.  

Marks, 19, misplaced to Bianca Buitendag of South Africa at Tsurigasaki Browsing Seashore. 

Marks, a local of Florida, will face the loser of the semifinals warmth between fellow American Carissa Moore, a four-time world champion, and Amuro Tsuzuki of Japan. 

Earlier within the day, Marks received her quarterfinals warmth towards Brisa Hennessy of Costa Rica.

— Josh Peter

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TOKYO – Alaskan teen Lydia Jacoby pulled off the upset within the girls’s 100-meter breaststroke, changing into the primary American girl to win gold in swimming in these Olympics.

She beat U.S. teammate Lilly King, who was chasing her second consecutive Olympic gold medal within the breast.

Jacoby received in 1:04.95 adopted by Tatjana Schoenmaker from South Africa and King, who took bronze. 

King, 24, brashly predicted eventually month’s U.S. Olympic trials that American girls might win each particular person race at these Olympics. 

She additionally famously referred to as out Russia’s twice-suspended Yulia Efimova, slapping the water in celebration after defeating her in Rio in 2016.

— Christine Brennan

The U.S. males’s rugby workforce fell to South Africa 17-12 to complete second in Pool C after posting a 2-1 file in round-robin play.

The U.S. will play Nice Britain within the quarterfinals Tuesday at 5 a.m. ET. Nice Britain received silver within the 2016 Olympics, which marked the return of rugby sevens to the Olympic docket after 92 years.

The opposite quarterfinal matches are New Zealand-Canada (4:30 a.m. ET), South Africa-Argentina (5:30 a.m. ET) and Fiji-Australia (6 a.m. ET).

Fiji are the reigning gold medal winners. The U.S. didn’t qualify for the quarterfinals in 2016.

— Jim Reineking

TOKYO — Ryan Murphy fell in need of his purpose of repeating as Olympic champion within the males’s 100 meter backstroke as Russian Olympic Committee swimmers Evgeny Rylov (51.98 seconds) and Kliment Koleskinov (52.00) took gold and silver forward of him on Tuesday. 

Murphy swam a 52.19 to say bronze, regardless of getting into the ultimate with the highest time of 52.24, 5 one-hundredths of a second forward of Koleskinov. 

The College of California-Berkeley graduate additionally received gold within the 200-meter again and the 4×100 medley relay in Rio, his first Olympics. He can nonetheless repeat within the 200-meter backstroke as qualifying heats start on Wednesday. 

— Chris Bumbaca

TOKYO – American Regan Smith, the previous world-record holder within the girls’s 100 backstroke, received the bronze medal Tuesday morning on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Present world-record holder Kaylee McKeown of Australia received gold in 57.47 seconds adopted by Canadian Kylie Masse in 57.72. McKeown’s time was an Olympic file.

Smith was third in 58.05.

Smith, 19, one in every of 11 youngsters on the U.S. Olympic swimming workforce, essentially the most since 1996, set the Olympic file in qualifying Monday in 57.86 seconds. She was the third swimmer to do it right here, following Masse and McKeown. They’re the one three swimmers in historical past to interrupt 58 seconds. 

— Christine Brennan

TOKYO – The second-seeded U.S. girls’s seaside volleyball duo of April Ross and Alix Klineman stay undefeated (2-0) in pool play on the Tokyo Olympics. 

The pair simply defeated Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan of Spain in straight units below wet and windy circumstances at Shiokaze Park.

“When it is windy it’s important to play slightly decrease, there’s simply particulars it’s important to change. You possibly can’t play the identical means you all the time play, nevertheless it’s a part of seaside volleyball. We’re used to it.” Baquerizo McMillan mentioned. 

However the Spaniards’ preparation for the poor climate didn’t meet their match. 

The People took the primary set 21-13 on a press release ace by Ross, simply because the rain was beginning to decide up. The drizzle continued via the second set, however the U.S. pair completed off the sport with a 21-16 set. 

Subsequent up, Ross and Klineman will face Sanne Keizer and Madeleine Meppelink of the Netherlands on Friday.

— Alex Ptachick

TOKYO – Monitor coach Alberto Salazar has been completely banned by the U.S. Middle for SafeSport for sexual and emotional misconduct.

Salazar has 10 days to attraction the choice, which was handed down Monday. The SafeSport heart doesn’t reveal particulars of investigations.

In 2019, a handful of runners, together with Mary Cain, Kara Goucher and Amy Yoder Begley, revealed that they’d been emotionally and bodily abused whereas working with Salazar as a part of the Nike Oregon Venture workforce.

In January 2020, SafeSport briefly banned Salazar. The choice Monday makes it a everlasting ban, pending any attraction.

— Related Press

On the age of 13, Momiji Nishiya made historical past on Monday as Japan’s youngest Olympic champion when she received the gold medal within the girls’s avenue skateboard competitors.

Nishiya edged one other 13-year-old, Rayssa Leal from Brazil, on the Ariake City Sports activities Park. USA TODAY Sports activities appears again on this historic efficiency with seven memorable images of Nishiya’s profitable quest for gold.

Flora Duffy made historical past by profitable gold within the girls’s triathlon Tuesday as she made Bermuda the least-populated nation to ever win an Olympic gold medal.

The win additionally made Duffy the primary individual from Bermuda to win a medal of any variety on the Olympics since Clarence Hill in 1976. Bermuda has an estimated inhabitants of 63,903, in response to World Financial institution. For reference, your entire inhabitants would give you the chance to suit contained in the 65,00Zero seat Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Duffy broke the file held by Liechtenstein, who received gold within the 1980 Winter Olympics in alpine snowboarding.

Duffy held on to the victory with a time of 1:55:36. She beat out silver medalist Georgia Taylor-Brown of Nice Britain, who completed with 1:56:50. Katie Zaferes of the U.S. received bronze with a time of 1:57:03.

That is the Olympics of the sudden, and that features the U.S. girls’s gymnastics lineup for Tuesday’s workforce closing.

Grace McCallum will compete on uneven bars and steadiness beam moderately than Jordan Chiles, regardless of Chiles scoring larger on each occasions all yr. The shock transfer follows Chiles’ struggles in qualifying, because the People completed second for the primary time because the 2010 world championships.

McCallum and Simone Biles will compete on all 4 occasions whereas Chiles will do vault and flooring train and Suni Lee will do uneven bars and steadiness beam. Groups should depend all three scores on every occasion, which means the selection of McCallum over Chiles shouldn’t be insignificant.

Chiles had been essentially the most reliable of the U.S. girls this yr, not counting a single fall in her first 4 meets. That’s 32 occasions, for these conserving monitor. She outscored McCallum on each bars and beam on the U.S. Traditional in Could, Day 1 of the U.S. championship and each days of Olympic trials.

However Chiles had a tough day in qualifying, falling twice on beam and dragging her toes throughout the mat throughout uneven bars. The People dropped her rating on every of these occasions.

The lineup determination will put further scrutiny on nationwide workforce coordinator Tom Forster, who initially mentioned the choice committee would use scoring potential to decide on the Tokyo workforce. However he went in rank order as an alternative, choosing McCallum over Skinner regardless of Skinner giving the U.S. a higher-scoring workforce.

Requested to elucidate his reasoning, Forster mentioned the gold medal wasn’t going to be determined by tenths of some extent. 

“Our athletes are so robust that I don’t suppose it’s going to return all the way down to tenths of some extent,” he mentioned final month. “We didn’t really feel prefer it was value altering the integrity of the method merely for a few tenths.”

— Nancy Armour

The primary-ever Olympic browsing competitors has confronted challenges from Mom Nature all through the qualifying rounds, and the finals are actually being condensed attributable to risky climate and surf circumstances. 

Tokyo organizers made the choice to run each the boys’s and ladies’s finals again to again on Tuesday morning moderately than working one closing Tuesday and one Wednesday,

To this point, waves have been few and much between for the Olympians competing in Tsurigasaki, Japan, however an impending storm is probably going to supply higher surf circumstances on Tuesday.

In accordance with Kurt Korte, the official forecaster for the Olympic browsing competitors, the storm is anticipated to fire up waves as much as seven toes excessive, however excessive wind speeds might result in overly-choppy waters. The surf is anticipated to die down by Wednesday in Japan, so the browsing competitors is making the most of the small however promising window to offer athletes a aggressive closing.

— Emily Adams

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