Tokyo Olympics Day 14: U.S. successful in semis

Posted at 12:30 AM, Aug 06, 2021

In a wildly coincidental bit of scheduling, two U.S. women's teams faced Serbian teams in semifinals at the same time Friday.

Neither contest was particularly close.

The basketball result was predictable, with the USA leading by double digits most of the way as Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart posting double-doubles. (STORY)

Volleyball was also a rout, which was a bit more surprising. Serbia was the defending silver medalist, having beaten the USA along the way, and won the world championship in 2018. The U.S. team has won medals in the three straight Olympics and won the 2021 Nations League, but Jordan Thompson's injury has made the team more vulnerable. It didn't show on Friday, with the USA breezing to a 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 win to reach the final. (STORY)

At the same time, boxer Keyshawn Davis stepped up for his lightweight semifinal bout. He had a slightly tougher time than the women's teams but still took a clear-cut win to earn a chance to fight for gold. (STORY)

Already claiming gold: the beach volleyball pair of April Ross and Alix Klineman, who made quick work of their opponents in the morning. Ross won her third career medal of a third color with a third partner. (STORY)

Also claiming gold in dramatic fashion: wrestler Gable Steveson. (STORY)

Most of the rest of the Day 14 action is taking place after sundown in Tokyo. Take a peek at the schedule to see what you want to watch.

SEE MORE: Ross/Klineman defeat Australia to win gold

Track and field

The race walkers were first up on the day, with the men embarking on their 50k amble at 5:30 a.m. Tokyo time and Poland's Dawid Tomala crossing the finish line at 9:20 a.m. for the win. The event's future is in doubt, having been dropped from the 2024 schedule. (STORY

Italy's Antonella Palmisano won the women's 20k walk. Fellow Italian Massimo Stano won gold at the same distance earlier in the Games. (STORY)

The women's javelin will occupy the Olympic Stadium infield this evening while a series of finals go on the track — men's 5000m, women's 400m, women's 1500m, and the women's and men's 4x100m relays.

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On a dramatic night on the mat, U.S. wrestlers won and lost on last-second takedowns.

Gable Steveson took gold at 125kg at the buzzer, turning a one-point deficit into a two-point win in a back-and-forth match.

Sarah Hildebrandt was less fortunate, losing a semifinal bout she controlled until the last minute.

Kyle Dake won bronze over rival Frank Chamizo in a convincing performance.

And the U.S. will get at least one more medal on Saturday, as Kyle Snyder will wrestle for gold. Hildebrandt will also have a chance to work her way toward a bout for bronze.


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Around the Games

Women's soccer: Sweden faces Canada in the final, which was rescheduled to the evening to avoid the heat of the day.

Men's soccer: Mexico takes on the host nation for bronze.

Handball: The women's final will be set today after the semifinals: France vs. the Norway-ROC winner.

Water polo: Greece which has never taken a medal in men's water polo, beat Hungary, which has won nine golds, and will face the Serbia-Spain winner.

Field hockey: The Netherlands and Argentina face off for gold. Earlier, Great Britain held off India 4-3 for bronze.

Golf: The USA's Nelly Korda cooled off a bit in Round 3 but has maintained a three-shot lead while organizers keep an eye on the weather. (STORY)

SEE MORE: Low scores and high heat in Round 3 of women's golf event


Beach volleyball, women's: Gold - Ross/Klineman (USA), Silver - Clancy/Artacho del Solar (AUS), Heidrich/Verge-Depre (SUI) 

Boxing, men's heavyweight: Gold - Julio Cesar La Cruz (CUB), Silver - Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (ROC), Bronze - David Nyika (NZL), Bronze - Abner Teixeira (BRA)

Cycling, women's madison: Gold - Kenny/Archibald (GBR), Silver - Dideriksen/Leth (DEN), Bronze - Khatuntseva/Novolodskaya (ROC) 

Cycling: men's sprint: Gold - Harrie Lavreysen (NED), Silver - Jeffrey Hoogland (NED), Bronze - Jack Carlin (GBR)

Field hockey, women's: Gold - Netherlands, Silver - Argentina, Bronze - Great Britain

Karate, men's kata: Gold - Kiyuna Ryo (JPN), Silver - Damian Quintero (ESP), Bronze - Ali Sofuoglu (TUR), Bronze - Ariel Torres (USA)

Karate, women's 61kg kumite: tbd

Karate, women's 75kg kumite: tbd

Modern pentathlon, women's: Gold - Kate French (GBR), Silver - Laura Asadauskaite (LTU), Bronze - Sarolta Kovacs (HUN)  

Soccer, women's: Gold/Silver tbd (Canada vs. Sweden), Bronze - United States

Sport climbing, women's: Gold - Janja Garnbret (SLO), Silver - Miho Nonaka (JPN), Bronze - Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)

Table tennis, men's team: Gold - China, Silver - Germany, Bronze - Japan

Track and field, men's 50k walk: Gold - Dawid Tomala (POL), Silver - Jonathan Hilbert (GER), Bronze - Evan Dunfee (CAN)

Track and field, women's 20k walk: Gold - Antonella Palmisano (ITA), Silver - Sandra Arenas (COL), Bronze - Liu Hong (CHN)

Track and field, women's javelin: Gold - Liu Shiying (CHN), Silver - Maria Andrejczyk (POL), Bronze - Kelsey-Lee Barber (AUS)

Track and field, men's 5000m: Gold - Joshua Cheptegei (UGA), Silver - Mohammed Ahmed (CAN), Bronze - Paul Chelimo (USA)

Track and field, women's 400m: Gold - Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH), Silver - Marileidy Paulino (DOM), Bronze - Allyson Felix (USA)

Track and field, men's 1500m: Gold - Faith Kipyegon (KEN), Silver - Laura Muir (GBR), Bronze - Sifan Hissan (NED)

Track and field, women's 4x100m relay: tbd

Track and field, men's 4x100m relay: tbd

Wrestling, men's 74kg freestyle: Gold - Zaurbek Sidakov (ROC), Silver - Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau (BLR), Bronze - Kyle Dake (USA), Bronze - Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (UZB)

Wrestling, men's 125kg freestyle: Gold - Gable Steveson (USA), Silver - Geno Petriashvili (GEO), Bronze - Amir Zare (IRI), Bronze - Taha Akgul (TUR) 

Wrestling, women's 53kg: Gold - Mukaida Mayu (JPN), Silver - Pang Qianyu (CHN), Bronze - Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (BLR), Bronze - Bolortuya Bat-Ochir (MGL)

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