Gymnasts, swimmers, a triathlete, and a surfer were among the 11 medalists for Team USA on Tuesday at the 2020 Summer Games. The performances aided the Americans in retaking the lead in the medal count on Day 4.
The Americans began the day four medals behind China in the overall standings. In Tuesday’s events, Team USA won two gold medals, five silver medals, and four bronze medals.
Team USA’s four-day total now stands at 25 medals. China has the second-highest number, with 21. Japan and the Russian Olympic Committee are tied for third place with 18 points each.
The Americans’ medal run ended in drama at Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Center. Team USA won a silver medal in the women’s gymnastics team final, but the rest of the events could be won without star gymnast Simone Biles.
Biles withdrew from the competition after her first rotation on the vault and stated that her return is “day-to-day.” She is not hurt, but she cited “stress” from the Games as the reason for her early departure.
“No injuries, that’s why I took a step back,” Biles told reporters. “I didn’t want to do something silly and get injured. I thought it was best if I there girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did.”
Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles, and Sunisa Lee finished the competition with the second-best score, trailing only the Russian Olympic Committee’s gold medal squad. The United Kingdom took bronze in the women’s team final.
Lee tied Belgium’s Nina Derwael for the highest overall score on bars, with a 15.400. She totaled the second-highest score on on the balance beam. Chiles posted the third-highest score on vault.
Triathlete Katie Zaferes won the first medal for Team USA on Day 4. She claimed bronze with a time of 1:57:03 in the women’s individual race. Bermuda’s Flora Duffy won the women’s triathlon. Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown placed second.
Carissa Moore went on to win Team USA’s first gold medal in surfing in Chiba, Japan. In the gold medal match at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, she defeated South African Bianca Buitendag.
On Day 4, swimmer Regan Smith won the first medal for swimming. In the women’s 100-meter backstroke, she finished third. Kaylee McKeown of Australia won the event, followed by Kylie Masse of Canada.
Ryan Murphy won another bronze medal in the next swimming competition. In the men’s 100-meter backstroke, he finished third behind Russian Olympic Committee teammates Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov.
Lydia Jacoby, 17, won Team USA’s first gold medal of the day in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke swimming final. South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker won silver. Team USA’s Lilly King finished third for bronze.
Team USA also claimed silver medal in the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving final. China and Mexico won gold and silver, respectively.
Later Tuesday, Japan beat Team USA 2-0 the gold medal softball game. Canada beat Mexico 3-2 in Tuesday’s bronze medal game.
Team USA added another silver medal to its Summer Games total with a second-place finish in the equestrian dressage team grand prix special. Germany won that event. Great Britain claimed a bronze medal.
Mary Carolynn Tucker and Lucas Kozeniesky led Team USA to a silver medal in the 10-meter air rifle mixed team final. China won gold and the Russian Olympic Committee won bronze in that event.
In non-medal events, the United States Women’s National Team secured a spot in the knockout rounds of soccer tournament with a 0-0 draw with Australia. The Americans face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals Friday in Yokohama, Japan.
In the preliminary round, Team USA’s women’s basketball team defeated Nigeria 81-72. Team USA was led by A’Ja Wilson, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Brittney Griner led the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
In the preliminary round of the women’s beach volleyball tournament, Team USA’s April Ross and Alix Klineman defeated Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan 2-0.
In their men’s preliminary match, Americans Philip Dalhausser and Nicholas Lucena defeated Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Morais Filho.
In the women’s 3×3 basketball tournament, Japan defeated Team USA in pool play. On Wednesday, Team USA will face France in a semifinal game to determine who will meet in the gold and bronze medal games for women’s 3×3 basketball.
The Olympic swimming competition resumes Wednesday in Tokyo and will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 9:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday.
Team USA has nine gold medals in total, which is tied with China for second-most at the Games. Japan leads all countries with ten gold medals.