Team USA topped the podium seven times on Friday in Tokyo, thanks to outstanding performances by track stars, wrestlers, and a karate expert. The Americans have won 19 more medals than second-place China through Day 14.
China has 79l after winning five medals on Friday. With 62, the Russian Olympic Committee is third. The Olympic Games come to an end on Sunday.
Team USA began Day 14 with a gold medal on the Shiokaze Park sand volleyball court. In the women’s final, April Ross and Alix Klineman defeated Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy in straight sets.
The Americans then turned to the wrestling mat, where Gable Steveson won gold and Kyle Dake earned bronze. Steveson beat Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili in the men’s freestyle 125-kilogram gold medal match.
Steveson trailed the three-time world champion 8-5 with seven seconds left in the match. He rallied with two dramatic late two-point takedowns to earn gold.
Dake beat Italian Frank Chamizo Marquez in the men’s freestyle 74-kilogram bronze medal wrestling match.
Later Friday, Ariel Torres became the first American medalist in karate in Olympics history. Torres earned a bronze medal in the men’s kata. Kata includes demonstrations of form as athletes perform a series of offensive and defensive movements while targeting a virtual opponent.
Japan’s Ryo Kyuna won gold in the men’s kata. Spain’s Damian Quintero earned silver. Turkey’s Ali Sofuoglu also earned bronze.
Team USA went on to win three more gold medals in track and field. The first was won by Paul Chelimo, who finished third in the men’s 5,000-meter run. Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won gold with a time of 12:58.15. Mohammed Ahmed of Canada came in second.
Allyson Felix, a five-time Olympian, made history by winning the Americans’ second medal of the day in track. Felix, 35, won bronze in the women’s 400-meter race to earn her tenth Olympic medal. She is now the most decorated woman in track and field history.
In the event, she set a season-best time of 49.46 seconds. The Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo won gold in 48.36 seconds. Silver went to Mariledy Paulino of the Dominican Republic.
Felix can become the most decorated American track athlete in Olympics history if she places in the 4×400-meter relay Saturday.
The Americans won their final medal of the day in the women’s 4×100-meter relay final. Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, Jenna Prandini and Gabrielle Thomas teamed up for that second-place finish.
Jamaica won gold in the event with a national record time of 41.02 seconds. Great Britain earned bronze.
In soccer, Canada beat Sweden 3-2 in penalties in the women’s gold medal match Friday in Yokohama, Japan. Julia Grosso scored on the game’s final penalty attempt to seal Canada’s first soccer gold medal since the men’s team won at the 1904 Summer Games.
Team USA earned the bronze medal in the women’s soccer tournament with a win over Australia on Thursday in Kashima, Japan.
In non-medal events, Team USA beat Serbia 79-59 in women’s basketball semifinal to advance to the gold medal game. Brittney Griner and Chelsea Gray paced Team USA with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Breanna Stewart posted 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Japan beat France 87-71 in the other women’s semifinal. Team USA battles Japan in the gold medal game at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday on NBC.
In boxing, American Keyshawn Davis beat Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov by unanimous decision in a men’s 57 to 63-kilogram lightweight semifinal to advance to a gold medal bout. Davis faces Cuba’s Andy Cruz in the finale Sunday in Tokyo.
In golf, Nelly Korda of Team USA carded a 2-under par 69 to maintain her lead in the women’s tournament. Through three rounds, Korda is 15-under par and three strokes ahead of the field.
The final round of the women’s tournament begins at 5:30 p.m. EDT on NBC’s Golf Channel on Friday.
In the semifinals of the volleyball tournament, Team USA’s women’s team defeated Serbia 3-0. The United States will face Brazil in the gold medal match on NBC at 12:30 a.m. EDT on Sunday.
United States’ gold medalists April Ross (L) and Alix Klineman arrive for the women’s beach volleyball medal ceremony on August 6. Photo by Keizo Mori