On Wednesday in Tokyo, track athletes won the majority of Team USA’s medals at the 2020 Summer Games. On Day 12, Japanese skateboarder Kokona Hiraki, 12, became the youngest Olympic medalist in 85 years.
With 79 medals, Team USA maintains its lead in the medal count. China is second with 70 medals, but it leads the Games with 32 golds. The Americans have the most second-place finishes in history, with 31.
Sydney McLaughlin brought in the first of six U.S. medals Wednesday when she clocked a world-record time of 51.46 seconds in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. She finished just ahead of teammate Dalilah Muhammad, who won the silver.
Femke Bol of the Netherlands claimed bronze.
Team USA’s Courtney Frerichs scored another medal in the next final. Frerichs claimed silver behind Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng earned bronze.
The Americans missed the podium in the men’s hammer throw and 800-meter race, but claimed two spots in the men’s 200-meter race, the final track event of the day.
Canada’s Andre de Grasse won the event with a national-record time of 19.62 seconds. Americans Kenneth Bednarek and Noah Lyles earned silver and bronze, respectively. Team USA’s Erriyon Knighton placed fourth.
In boxing, Team USA’s Richard Torrez Jr. advanced out of his men’s super heavyweight +91-kilogram semifinal. Torrez beat Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek Kunkabayev.
Torrez will fight Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov in the men’s super heavyweight +91-kilogram gold medal bout Sunday at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.
China’s Gu Hong beat American Oshae Jones in a welterweight 64 to 69-kilogram boxing semifinal. Jones leaves the Olympics with a bronze medal.
In sailing, Team USA finished fourth in the men’s two-person dinghy race. Australia won that event. Sweden and Spain earned respective silver and bronze medals.
Bryce Wettstein of Team USA finished sixth in the park final in women’s skateboarding. Sakura Yosozumi of Japan won that competition.
Hiraki became the youngest Olympic medalist since Denmark’s Inge Sorensen won bronze in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke at the 1936 Summer Games.
Sky Brown of the United Kingdom took bronze in the park final. Brown, 13, is the youngest Summer Olympian in British history.
In a men’s baseball elimination game, Team USA defeated the Dominican Republic. Triston Casas led the Americans into the semifinals by going 1 for 3 with a two-run homer.
Team USA battles South Korea on Thursday in Yokohama, Japan for a chance to play in the gold medal game.
In women’s basketball, Team USA beat Australia 79-55 in a quarterfinal. WNBA star Breanna Stewart scored a game-high 23 points for the Americans.
On Friday, Team USA takes on Serbia for a chance to play in the championship game.
Spain defeated Team USA 12-8 in a men’s quarterfinal of water polo.
Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden shot a 5-under par 66 in the first round of the women’s tournament, taking a one-stroke lead. Nelly Korda of Team USA and Aditi Ashok of India are tied for second place at 4-under par.
The tournament will be held at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, Japan, until Saturday.
Brooke Raboutou of Team USA also qualified for the women’s sport climbing final. Sport climbing, along with skateboarding, surfing, and karate, will make their Olympic debuts at the 2020 Summer Games.
The United States’ Colin Duffy shouts out after the lead qualification of men’s sports climbing on August 3. Photo by Keizo Mori