Climbers, skateboarders, and boxers were among the 12 Team USA medalists on Thursday at the Tokyo Olympics. The performances nearly doubled the United States’ medal count lead over second-place China.
Team USA now has 91 medals after a dozen podium appearances on Day 13 of the 2020 Summer Games. China won four medals on Thursday, bringing its total to 74. With 58, the Russian Olympic Committee is third.
In both 2016 and 2012, Team USA won the most medals at the Summer Games.
The men’s shot put medal run began on Thursday with a first- and second-place finish. Ryan Crouser won the gold medal with a distance of 22.30 metres. On both of his attempts, he broke the Olympic record.
American Joe Kovacs won silver in the men’s shot put with a throw of 22.65 metres. Tomas Walsh of New Zealand finished third.
Later in the track and field competition, Team USA’s Grant Holloway took silver in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Hansel Parchment and Ronald Levy of Jamaica won gold and silver medals, respectively.
Holloway’s time of 13.09 seconds was only.05 seconds slower than Parchment’s.
American Katie Nageotte won the final medal of the day in track and field with a gold in the women’s pole vault. She captured the event with a height of 4.90 meters.
Team USA went on to claim another gold medal in the women’s 200-meter single canoe sprint. Nevin Harrison won with a time of 45.932 seconds. Canada finished second, followed by the Ukraine.
In skateboarding, Team USA’s Cory Juneau won bronze in the men’s park final. Australia’s Keegan Palmer won the event. Brazil’s Pedro Barros won silver.
Boxer Duke Ragan added another silver medal to the Team USA total. He lost to Albert Batyrgaziev in the men’s 52 to 57-kilogram featherweight gold medal bout.
“Hell of a run! Went 4-1 in my first ever Olympics,” Ragan tweeted Thursday. “Definitely worth every second of it.
“Blessed to share the ring with some of the best fighters in the world. My family, friends, and supporters, I appreciate you all for the love, encouragement and support.”
In soccer, the United States Women’s National Team beat Australia 4-3 in the bronze medal match. Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd scored two goals apiece in the win.
Sweden takes on Canada in the women’s gold medal match Friday in Yokohama.
Nathaniel Coleman became the first American in history to medal in sport climbing. Coleman claimed silver in the men’s combined lead final. Spain’s Alberto Gines Lopez won gold. Austria’s Jakob Schubert won bronze.
In wrestling, Team USA won three more medals. In the men’s 86-kilogram final, David Taylor defeated Iran’s Hassan Yazdanicharati to win gold. Wrestlers Thomas Gillman and Helen Maroulis both won bronze medals.
In the men’s 57-kilogram bronze medal match, Gillman defeated Iran’s Reza Artinagharchi. In the women’s 57-kilogram bronze medal match, Maroulis defeated Mongolia’s Khongorzul Boldsaikhan.
In non-medal events, Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Durant scored a game-high 23 points to help the United States men’s basketball team beat Australia 97-78 in the semifinals. The United States will face France in the gold medal game on Saturday in Saitama.
No. 1 golfer Nelly Korda tied an Olympic record with a 9-under par 62 in the second round of the women’s tournament. She is four strokes ahead of the field heading into the third round. The tournament will be held in Saitama until Saturday.
In a baseball elimination game, Team USA defeated South Korea 7-2. The victory secured the Americans’ place in the gold medal game against Japan on Saturday in Yokohama.
Joe Ryan, the Minnesota Twins’ No. 8 prospect, pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and one run.
Women’s beach volleyball and women’s water polo also advanced to the finals for Team USA. In their beach volleyball semifinal, Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman defeated Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich.
Team USA beat the Russia Olympic Committee 15-11 in the water polo semifinals.
Australia’s gold medalist Keegan Palmer performs in the men’s park skateboarding final on August 5. Photo by Keizo Mori