Team USA began Day 8 of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo with a silver medal in the triathlon. On Saturday, the Americans won two gold medals in swimming and two bronze medals in track and field and shooting.
The five podium appearances increased Team USA’s Olympic medal total to 46, tying them for the most medals at the Games with China. China won six medals on Saturday, giving it an Olympic record of 21 gold medals. France also won six medals on Day 8, but is currently ranked eighth in the medal count.
The first Americans to reach the podium on Saturday were Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell, Taylor Knibb, and Morgan Pearson. Their time of 1:23:55 was fast enough to win a silver medal in the mixed relay triathlon at Odaiba Marine Park.
Great Britain won gold and beat Team USA by 14 seconds. France finished third.
Team USA went on to win bronze in the 4×400-meter mixed track relay Saturday in Tokyo. Vernon Norwood, Trevor Stewart, Kendall Ellis and Whitney Kaylin helped the Americans finish third in that event. Poland and the Dominican Republic claimed respective gold and silver medals in the relay.
Jamaica swept the women’s 100-meter final in track. Elaine Thompson-Herah won the gold medal with an Olympic-record time of 10.61 seconds. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson finished in second and third place, respectively. American Teahna Daniels finished seventh.
In swimming, Team USA’s Caeleb Dressel won his third gold medal of the Games with a win in the men’s 100-meter butterfly. Dressel’s time of 49.45 seconds set a world record.
Katie Ledecky claimed her second gold and fourth overall medal of the Games with a victory in the women’s 800-meter freestyle final. American Katie Grimes, 15, finished fourth in that event.
Team USA added its final medal of the day with a third-place finish in shooting. Madelynn Ann Bernau and Brian Burrows teamed up to claim the gold medal in the trap mixed team bronze medal match. Spain beat San Marino in the gold medal match.
In tennis, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic beat Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the women’s singles gold medal match Saturday in Tokyo.
In the bronze medal match, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine defeated Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan. Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic to win the bronze medal in the men’s singles tournament.
In non-medal events, Team USA defeated South Korea to go 2-0 in the baseball tournament. The victory Saturday in Yokohama, Japan, gave the Americans (2-0) the top seed in Group B of the double-elimination tournament.
In basketball, Team USA defeated the Czech Republic 119-84 thanks to Brooklyn Nets forwards Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics forwards Jayson Tatum.
Durant finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. He surpassed Carmelo Anthony to become Team USA’s all-time leading scorer.
Tatum had a game-high 27 points in the victory. In Group A, Team USA (2-1) is second to France (3-0).
In soccer, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and Spain won their quarterfinal matches on Saturday, advancing to the men’s tournament semifinals.
Rafa Mir of Spain scored three goals in Spain’s 5-2 victory over Ivory Coast. In a penalty shootout, Japan defeated New Zealand. Egypt was defeated 1-0 by Brazil. Mexico ended the day with a 6-3 win over South Korea.
In golf, Xander Schauffele of the United States shot a 3-under par 68 in the third round to maintain a one-stroke lead over the field in the men’s tournament. Schauffele enters the final round at 14-under par.
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan shot a 4-under par 67 in the third round and is now 13-under par through three rounds. Paul Casey of the United Kingdom and Carlos Ortiz of Mexico are tied for third at 12-under par.
Rory McIlroy of Ireland is tied for fifth place. Collin Morikawa of Team USA is tied for 17th place. Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas, both Americans, are tied for 38th place.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica (R) celebrates after winning the women’s 100-meter race during the Tokyo Summer Olympics on July 31, where she won gold and set an Olympic record. Photo by Richard Ellis