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Tokyo Olympics live updates: Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky win gold; Simone Biles out of two event finals

  • July 31, 2021

Caeleb Dressel, who already has two golds in these Olympics, could break his own world record when he swims in the final of the 100-meter butterfly to kick off the day’s swimming events. 

During Friday’s semifinals, Dressel set a new Olympic record with a time of 49.71, just over two tenths of a second off from the world record he set in 2019. The two-time Olympian is the only man to have ever broken 50 seconds in the event. Hungary’s Kristof Milak had the second-fastest time in the semis, racing a 50.31. 

Dressel won his first individual gold in Tokyo in the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday and added another gold in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. 

Katie Ledecky, meanwhile, will compete in her final individual race of the Games in the 800-meter freestyle. She’ll attempt to three-peat in the event, having won gold in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. Ledecky already won silver in the 400-meter freestyle, gold in the first-ever Olympic 1500-meter freestyle and anchored the silver-winning women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

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Simone Biles will skip the event finals for vault and uneven bars, still not ready to compete again after losing her sense of where she is in the air. The announcement was made Saturday morning in Tokyo.

Biles also has qualified for Monday’s floor exercise final and Tuesday’s balance beam final. A decision on her availability for those two events has yet to be made.

women’s 800-meter freestyle for the third consecutive Olympic Games.

Ledecky won in 8:12.57, beating silver medalist Australian Ariarne Titmus by 1.26 seconds. 

With the victory, Ledecky, 24, closed out her 2020 Olympics with two golds and two silvers. She has said she is going to keep swimming to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

–Christine Brennan

United States a silver medal in the event’s Olympic debut.horses used for equestrian competitions at the Olympics make it to the host cities? Just like their riders, they fly business class, and it took 19 planes to transport over 300 horses to Tokyo. 

The U.S. team, which consists of 12 Olympic and Paralympic athletes along with coaches, groomers, doctors and more, flew first to Europe for their pre-export quarantine before heading to Tokyo. Each horse’s groomer and vet has to bring a month’s worth of supplies with them. Team USA is known for overpacking. 

Horses don’t have any more trouble flying than humans, though. Some like it more than others, and they’re tended to during the entirety of the flight.

–Gabriela Miranda and Rachel Axon

Zaferes finished third in the women’s individual event on Monday. 

Team USA has won five World Championship medals since this triathlon discipline was formalized in 2009, including gold in 2016 and silver in 2020. France is the three-time defending world champion. Australia and Great Britain will be other teams to watch. 

Schauffele is likely the best shot Team USA has for a medal in men’s golf. 

Schauffele’s fellow Americans, Patrick Reed and Collin Moriwaka, are 8-shots back from the lead. 

The first two days of the Olympic tournament have been marred by bad weather, with stoppages occurring due to storms in the area.  

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