Another night, another full slate of surprises and triumphs at the Tokyo Olympics.
The biggest stunner came in tennis, where Japan’s Naomi Osaka — who lit the Olympic torch just days ago and was the tournament’s No. 2 seed — was ousted.
The U.S. women’s basketball team began its quest for a seventh consecutive gold medal with a win over Nigeria. Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi — who both boast four gold medals to their names — have never lost in Olympic competition. Elsewhere, Team USA grabbed four more medals in the pool across four individual finals, led by Lydia Jacoby’s gold in the 100-meter breaststroke.
From the pool to the basketball court, we’ve got you covered with updates from all of tonight’s action:
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Team USA women’s basketball wins opener
The U.S. defeated a better-than-expected Nigeria team 81-72. And while Sue Bird did not score in the game, she finished with 13 assists and eclipsed the century mark for her Olympic career.
Naomi Osaka out of Olympics
Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the Games by ousting Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-4, just days after the four-time Grand Slam winner thrilled the host nation by lighting the Olympic torch. The second-seeded Osaka joins No. 1 overall seed Ashleigh Barty and No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka on the list of women’s seeds already out of the tournament.
Since tennis returned to the Olympic program in 1988, this is the earliest that both of the top two seeds in women’s singles have been eliminated. In each of the previous instances, at least one of the top two seeds reached the quarterfinals.
Vondrousova was a +475 underdog against Osaka (-650) at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.
Team USA goes gold-bronze in 100m breaststroke
Alaska’s Lydia Jacoby took gold in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:04.95 and teammate Lilly King joined her on the podium after taking the bronze.
At 17, Jacoby is the youngest U.S. athlete to win gold at these Games so far. The only younger USA swimmers to win an individual gold in the past 20 years are Katie Ledecky (15) and Missy Franklin (17). Jacoby got an Alaskan-sized response from her home state.
Team USA picked up a pair of bronze medals in the 100-meter backstroke. First, it was Regan Smith on the women’s side before Ryan Murphy finished behind a pair of ROC athletes for the men. Russian Evgeny Rylov won the gold, ending a Team USA streak of 12 straight gold-medal finishes in men’s individual back.
Tom Dean of Great Britain won the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:44:22, just fractions of a second ahead of countryman Duncan Scott. Team USA’s Kieran Smith finished sixth.
When you get interviewed by your two triplet brothers — as 400-meter individual medley silver medalist Jay Litherland did — there’s probably going to be a question about your underwear.
Triathlon: Bermuda earns first gold ever; U.S. takes bronze
Flora Duffy, who splits her time training between Boulder, Colorado, and South Africa, won the first gold — and only second medal ever — for the island nation of Bermuda. Bermuda’s only other medal was a bronze in boxing by Clarence Hill in 1976.
Duffy crossed the line in 1 hour, 55 minutes and 36 seconds, 1:14 ahead of Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown, who recovered from a flat tire for the silver medal.
Katie Zaferes of the United States took the bronze 1:27 behind Duffy.
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Celebrating Tom Daley’s gold from afar
Great Britain’s Tom Daley won gold in synchronized diving with partner Matty Lee yesterday in Tokyo, but it’s worth revisiting for the reaction from his husband and mom watching together from afar.
Afterward, Daley talked about winning a gold medal while his son could watch.
Don’t beat the typhoon, be the typhoon
Following the Russian Olympic Committee’s gold medal in men’s gymnastics, gymnast Nikita Nagornyy got a little spicy. From the Olympic pool report:
Wild waves in Japan
Carissa Moore of the United States reached the gold medal match against South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in the first surfing finals in Olympic history. Caroline Marks of the United States also had a chance for the bronze.
Australia earned the first surfing medal in Olympic history as Owen Wright defeated Gabriel Medina for the bronze. Ferreira Italo of Italy was set to compete with Kanoa Igarashi of Japan in the men’s gold medal event.
Where would you skate?
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