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Tokyo Olympics live updates: USWNT tied after half; Lilly King, Ryan Murphy lead swimming charge

  • July 30, 2021

The USWNT is currently on the field against the Netherlands in the Olympic quarterfinals. The game is a rematch of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, and the intense contest heading into extra time after regulation ended in a 2-2 tie. After an early exit at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the USWNT is looking for redemption.

The U.S. women’s basketball team continued its dominant Olympic performance against Japan in group play, defeating the home team 86-69. A’ja Wilson led the American squad, notching her second double-double of the Games.

Track and field is finally underway at the Tokyo Olympics as opening qualifying rounds began Friday morning. At the 2016 Games in Rio, the U.S. led all countries with 32 track and field medals.

In swimming, two-time Olympic gold medalist Lilly King, who won bronze in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke earlier this week, took home silver in the 200 breaststroke final, with teammate Annie Lazor getting bronze. In addition, Ryan Murphy claimed a silver in the men’s 200 backstroke.

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USWNT, Netherlands heading to extra time

YOKOHAMA, Japan – We’re headed for overtime!

Alyssa Naeher saved a penalty kick in the 81st minute of the USWNT’s quarterfinal match against the Dutch, diving to her left and blocking Danielle van de Donk’s shot with her hands. The ball rolled past the edge of the goal, ending the threat from the Netherlands. The U.S. women had scored twice in a three-minute span late in the first half, only to have Vivianne Miedema tie the game in the 54th with her 10th goal of the Olympic tournament.

The teams will play two 15-minute halves. If the game remains tied, it will go to penalty kicks.

The winner of the game plays Canada in the semifinals Monday.

–Nancy Armour

Exciting track and field final 

TOKYO — The first track and field Olympic final didn’t disappoint.

In hot and humid conditions, Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega accelerated in the final lap and crossed the finish line with a time of 27:43.22 to win the men’s 10,000 meters. Barega is the first track and field gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics.

Ugandan pair Joshua Cheptegei (27:43.63) and Jacob Kiplimo (27:43.88) finished second and third, respectively.

American Grant Fisher’s time of 27:46.39 was good enough for fifth.

–Tyler Dragon

Netherlands ties it up against USWNT

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Vivianne Miedema strikes again.

The Dutch forward scored her Tokyo-high 10th goal in the 54th minute, threading the ball through Julie Ertz’s legs to tie the quarterfinal against the U.S. women 2-2. It was Miedema’s second goal of the game, having put the Netherlands on the board first in the 18th minute. But the USWNT scored two in three minutes to take a 2-1 lead in the 31st.

The winner of this game plays Canada in the semifinals Monday.

–Nancy Armour

USWNT responds quickly

YOKOHAMA, Japan — That turned quite quickly.

After giving up an early goal in their quarterfinal match against the Netherlands, the U.S. women scored twice in three minutes. Lynn Williams and Sam Mewis were responsible for both goals. In the 28th minute, Williams juked a defender and served the ball into the box where Mewis, her teammate on the NWSL’s Carolina Courage, headed it home.

In the 31st, Mewis got the rebound off a Tobin Heath corner kick and headed it backward, where Williams brought it down with her foot and shot past Sari Van Veenendaal for the go-ahead goal.

The game is a rematch of the 2019 World Cup final. The USWNT beat the Dutch 2-0 to win its fourth title.

USWNT has surprise lineup for quarterfinal vs. Netherlands

YOKOHAMA, Japan — This isn’t the lineup most would have expected for the U.S. women’s must-win game against Netherlands.

Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle are on the bench for the Friday night’s quarterfinal match. Lynn Williams is starting up top for the reigning World Cup champions along with Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath. Sam Mewis, Julie Ertz and Lindsey Horan are in the midfield.

The Americans have looked lackluster so far at the Tokyo Olympics, being held scoreless in two of their first three games and playing for a draw against Australia in their final Group G game. They can’t afford another anemic effort, and perhaps this is coach Vlatko Andonovski’s way of shaking things up.

But it’s a big gamble. The Dutch have become one of the sport’s powerhouses, winning the European title in 2017 and losing to the Americans in the final of the 2019 World Cup. They lead the Olympic tournament with 21 goals, and Vivianne Miedema is the top scorer with eight goals.

Should the U.S. women win, they would play the winner of Brazil-Canada in the semifinals Monday.

— Nancy Armour

called into question the Russian gold medalist’s victory.

“It is a huge mental drain on me … that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean,” Ryan Murphy, one of the captains of the U.S. Olympic swimming team, told reporters in the mixed zone after winning the silver medal behind Russia’s Evgeny Rylov.

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Russian Olympic Committee, the U.S. finished group play 3-1 and will advance to the quarterfinals, which take place Tuesday. 

the U.S. women’s basketball team had a tough time putting away Japan on Friday in its second game of pool play. Though the final score ended up 86-69, this was essentially a 10-point game for the entire second half until a couple 3-pointers for the Americans finally broke it open with fewer than three minutes remaining. 

Japan proved tough to defend with its ball movement and spacing, continually generating open looks from the perimeter. Early in the game, Japan made those shots in flurries and actually led 30-28 after the first quarter.

Ultimately, Japan couldn’t keep up that pace and finished 10-of-38 from the 3-point line.

Team USA led 49-40 at halftime but couldn’t extend its lead beyond that, largely due to 17 turnovers – which was also a problem in the Americans’ 81-72 win over Nigeria.

Unsurprisingly, the U.S. dominated in the post where Brittney Griner had 15 points (7-of-11 shooting) while A’Ja Wilson finished with 20 points (9-of-15) and 10 rebounds.

The U.S. concludes group play against France on Monday. 

— Dan Wolken

having the “twisties” on all four events, something she’s never experienced before, and it raises new doubts about whether she’ll be able to compete again at the Tokyo Olympics.

Biles posted two videos of her trying to do her uneven bars dismount Friday on her Instagram story, and it’s clear she is not her usual self. She is supposed to do a double twisting somersault and, in the first video, she gets through a half twist before suddenly dropping out of the air and landing flat on her back. In the second, she makes it 1½ times around.

In both videos, she is landing on mats placed over a pit filled with foam blocks. In competition, however, she would have to do her skills on a hard, unforgiving surface. 

The videos on Biles’ account were removed within an hour of when they were posted.

— Nancy Armour

U.S. swimmer violates COVID protocols

TOKYO — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Friday afternoon that swimmer Michael Andrew’s decision not to wear a mask in the mixed zone at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre is a “violation” of COVID-19 protocols and that it is reviewing the matter with USA Swimming and “will take action as needed.”

Andrew, the highest profile unvaccinated American Olympian, did not wear a mask in the mixed zone after finishing a disappointing fifth in the men’s 200-meter individual medley Friday morning. Every other U.S. swimmer has worn a mask everywhere journalists can see them at the swimming venue except for when they are in the water competing and for a moment after the medal ceremony when they are told to briefly take off their masks for an official photo.

USA TODAY Sports shared the news and a photo of Andrew on Twitter, and then received this comment from the USOPC: 

“Not wearing a mask is a violation of the covid mitigation protocols put in place by both the USOPC and TOCOG (the Tokyo Olympic organizers) – protocols we have been adamant in following as a delegation. We are currently reviewing this matter with the National Governing Body and will take action as needed.”

— Christine Brennan

was awake and awaiting further medical evaluation after crashing during a semifinal heat Friday at the Olympics, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. BMX racing team. 

There was no information on Fields’ injuries, said Angelina Palermo, the spokesperson. 

Fields, 28, was taken off the course on a stretcher, loaded into an ambulance and transported to a hospital. 

The crash took place on the first turn of the race. Fields was in second place when his front wheel appeared to catch the back wheel of the leader, France’s Romain Mahieu.  

Fields tumbled to the ground and two other riders fell over him. 

— Josh Peter

pole vaulter Sam Kendricks announcing Thursday that he tested positive and will not be able to compete here.

The Olympic positives come as cases of coronavirus are surging in Japan. The country eclipsed 10,000 daily cases for the first time on Thursday, with a record 3,177 coming from Tokyo. The capitol city set a new record for a third consecutive day and eclipsed 3,000 cases for the first time, The Japan Times reported.

Olympic organizers have said they do not see a connection between cases from the Games and the increasing cases in Japan because participants are restricted to their accommodations and Games venues.

“We have been implementing robust counter measures on COVID-19 in that respect,” said Masa Takaya, spokesman for the organizing committee. “We are delivering the safest possible environment from most perspectives, from the perspective of participants and also from the perspective of the people in Japan.”

— Rachel Axon

Russian ends Ryan Murphy’s reign (again) in men’s backstroke

TOKYO – Russian Evgeny Rylov set an Olympic record in 1:53.27 in the men’s 200-meter backstroke, beating American Ryan Murphy by .88 of a second. 

The 24-year-old Russian has swept both the 100 and 200 back in Tokyo and has a silver in the 4×200 free relay.

Murphy was the defending Olympic champion in the 100 and 200. In the 100 back in Tokyo, Murphy won bronze, finishing behind Rylov and Russian teammate Kliment Kolesnikov.

— Roxanna Scott

USA’s King, Lazor take silver, bronze in women’s 200 breaststroke

TOKYO – American Lilly King won silver in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke Friday morning, finishing second to South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker, who set a world record in 2:18.95.

King finished .97 of a second behind Schoenmaker. American Annie Lazor, King’s training mate in Indiana, won the bronze.

won his first individual Olympic gold Thursday, in the 100 free. He won in 47.02 seconds, an Olympic record and the fastest time in the world this year.

enters Tokyo as one of the key athletes ushering a new era of U.S. track and field.  

“It’s a crazy time, so much change. I think it’s really important and really cool to be a part of it. It’s kind of just this new wave and kind of this new generation,” McLaughlin said. “It’s kind of pushing the boundaries as much as possible.”

— Tyler Dragon

Lee’s family and friends watching her finish in first place at the Tokyo Games. 

Lee responded to the footage, which has received millions of views, on Thursday, calling her loved ones “the people i do it all for.”  

“I LOVE YOU ALL,” she shared.  

declaring Friday “Sunisa Lee Day” in her honor.

— Marina Pitofsky

Outspoken Sandgren aware of how polarizing tennis fans can be

TOKYO — If nothing else, Tennys Sandgren is honest about the position he finds himself in as the last hope for American tennis to avoid being shut out from the medal stand at the these Olympics, something that hasn’t happened since 1920, when no Americans entered the tournament.

“To be fair, we probably shouldn’t even be playing,” Sandgren said, referring to himself and doubles partner Austin Krajicek, who only made the U.S. team because the highest-ranked American men decided that playing an ATP 250 event in Atlanta this week would be a better use of their time.

But regardless of how they made it here, Sandgren and Krajicek could very well leave with a bronze medal. They face New Zealand’s Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus on Friday for third place.

And yet, Sandgren understands as well as anyone that a lot of tennis fans – a lot of American tennis fans – will be actively rooting for him to lose Friday.

— Dan Wolken

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