Friday night at the Olympic Games. What could be better?
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After beginning her career 4-for-4 in Olympic individual competition, Katie Ledecky earned her first-ever silver medal in individual competition in the 400-meter freestyle. Her first gold medal of this year’s Olympic Games came in the inaugural women’s 1,500-meter freestyle.
Now she’s golden again. She won her third straight gold in the 800-meter freestyle on Saturday in Tokyo, which gives her six individual gold medals during her career, the most by a woman in the pool. She has seven golds overall.
From the pool to the track, where for the first time in Olympic Games history, the 4x400m athletics mixed relay will take place. The mixed relay is one of seven new mixed male/female team events. The team will be composed of four athletes, two women and two men, racing with one another.
There was some early issues with the American team and they were disqualified for an illegal pass only to be reinstated and allowed to run in the final.
Here’s all the best from the Olympic action:
Dressel, Ledecky do it again with gold medals
After winning his first individual gold in the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday, Caeleb Dressel won the 100-meter butterfly on with a world record swim of 49:45. Hungary’s Kristof Milak picks up silver, followed by Switzerland’s Noe Ponti for bronze. Dressel is yet to lose a final race at the Tokyo Games.
About 30 minutes after breaking the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, Dressel finished first in the semifinal of the 50-meter freestyle in 21:42, stamping his place in tomorrow’s final, which gives him an opportunity to go 4-for-4 in gold medals this Olympics.
Katie Ledecky three-peated in her marquee event, the 800-meter freestyle, with a 8:12:57 swim. She is the first to win three in a row in the event. Australia’s Ariarne Titmus followed 1.26 seconds behind Ledecky for silver in the 800, while Italy’s Simona Quadarella finished third.
The Americans missed out on making the podium in the women’s 200-meter backstroke, as Australia won the gold (Kaylee McKeown) and bronze (Emily Seebohm) medal, while Canada’s Kylie Masse picked up the silver. — Aishwarya Kumar
Biles out of two individual events
Team USA takes silver in first mixed relay triathlon
Great Britain won the gold with a time of 1 hour, 23 minutes and 41 seconds, and the U.S. finished 14 seconds behind for the silver in the first ever Olympic triathlon mixed relay.
U.S women cruising in hurdles heats
Clayton Murphy finds some space in 800
Pool play perfection for U.S. beach volleyball women
Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil went 3-0 in women’s beach volleyball pool play, joining the team of Alix Klineman and April Ross with a perfect mark. This is the first time since the 2012 Olympics that both USA women’s beach volleyball teams went 3-0 in pool play. In that Olympics the U.S. won gold (Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings) and silver (April Ross and Jen Kessy).
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