Olympic gold goes to the United States’ 3×3 basketball team, but men’s gymnasts fall short of the podium.

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Team USA won six medals, including two golds, on the fifth day of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday. The haul culminated in a title game victory over the Russian Olympic Committee in women’s 3×3 basketball.

The United States maintained its lead in the medal count, with 31 total for the Games. China comes in second place with 27 medals. The Russian Olympic Committee has the third-most medals, with 23.

Stefanie Dolson of the WNBA scored a game-high seven points to help Team USA win the first gold medal in 3×3 basketball, which is now an Olympic sport for the first time.

Kelsey Plum chipped in five points in the 18-15 win. Allisha Gray and Jacquelyn Young scored four and two points, respectively, for Team USA.

Team USA went 6-1 in pool play and beat France in the women’s 3×3 basketball semifinals Wednesday in Tokyo. China beat France in the bronze medal game Wednesday at Aomi Urban Sports Park. Latvia beat Russia in the men’s gold medal game. Serbia claimed the bronze medal in men’s 3×3 basketball.

Earlier Wednesday, Andrew Capobianco and Michael Hixon led Team USA to a silver medal in the men’s synchronized diving 3-meter springboard final. China won that event. Germany placed second.

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Team USA swimmers added a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal to its haul to start the fifth day of the Games. Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass claimed respective silver and bronze medals in the women’s 200-meter individual medley.

Japan’s Yui Ohashi won that event.

Team USA star Katie Ledecky won a gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle. American Erica Sullivan finished second in that event, followed by Germany’s Sarah Kohler.

Team USA’s men’s gymnasts failed to win a medal for the second-consecutive event as Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto won gold in the men’s individual all-around final.

China’s Ruoteng Xiao and Nikita Nagornyy of the Russian Olympic Committee won silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Team USA’s 11 gold medals are the third-most at the Games, behind Japan’s 13 and China’s 12.

In non-medal events, Team USA defeated Iran in the preliminary round of the men’s basketball tournament in Saitama, Japan, on Wednesday. Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers with 21 points in the 120-66 victory.

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Saturday in Saitama, Team USA will face the Czech Republic in its final preliminary round men’s basketball game.

Spain, the Ivory Coast, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Egypt, Korea, and Mexico advanced to the men’s soccer quarterfinals.

Tennis’ top men’s players, including Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Alexander Zverev, advanced to the quarterfinals. Women’s semifinalists include Belinda Bencic, Elina Svitolina, Marketa Vondrousova, and Elena Rybakina.

Team USA’s Tennys Sandgren and Austin Krajicek defeated Germany’s Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets to advance to the semifinals of the men’s doubles tournament.

Team USA also picked up group stage victories in men’s volleyball, women’s badminton, boxing and men’s beach volleyball. The Americans placed sixth in men’s rugby sevens after a fifth/sixth-place game loss to South Africa.

 

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