In a wildly coincidental bit of scheduling, two U.S. women's teams faced Serbian teams in semifinals at the same time Friday.

Neither contest was particularly close.

The basketball result was predictable, with the USA leading by double digits most of the way as Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart posting double-doubles. (STORY)

Volleyball was also a rout, which was a bit more surprising. Serbia was the defending silver medalist, having beaten the USA along the way, and won the world championship in 2018. The U.S. team has won medals in the three straight Olympics and won the 2021 Nations League, but Jordan Thompson's injury has made the team more vulnerable. It didn't show on Friday, with the USA breezing to a 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 win to reach the final. (STORY)

At the same time, boxer Keyshawn Davis stepped up for his lightweight semifinal bout. He had a slightly tougher time than the women's teams but still took a clear-cut win to earn a chance to fight for gold. (STORY)

Already claiming gold: the beach volleyball pair of April Ross and Alix Klineman, who made quick work of their opponents in the morning. Ross won her third career medal of a third color with a third partner. (STORY)

Also claiming gold in dramatic fashion: wrestler Gable Steveson. (STORY)

Track and field

Allyson Felix won her 10th and perhaps most surprising Olympic medal, taking bronze in the women's 400m. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas defended her title. (STORY)

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce now has eight medals, and Elaine Thompson-Herah has three gold medals in the Tokyo Olympics thanks to Jamaica's win in the 4x100m relay. The U.S. women took silver. (STORY)

But Jamaica was denied in the men's 4x100m, finishing a startling fifth while Italy continued its remarkable track and field success with the win. (STORY)

In the men's 5000, world record-holder Joshua Cheptegui took gold, while the USA's Paul Chelimo earned a medal for the second straight Olympics with a bronze. (STORY)

The Netherlands' Sifan Hassan, whose attempt to win the 1500/5000/10,000 triple was nearly derailed by a fall in the 1500m prelims a few hours before winning the 5000m, took bronze in the 1500m final. (STORY)

China's Liu Shiying needed just one throw to win the women's javelin. (STORY)

The race walkers were first up on the day, with the men embarking on their 50k amble at 5:30 a.m. Tokyo time and Poland's Dawid Tomala crossing the finish line at 9:20 a.m. for the win. The event's future is in doubt, having been dropped from the 2024 schedule. (STORY

Italy's Antonella Palmisano won the women's 20k walk. Fellow Italian Massimo Stano won gold at the same distance earlier in the Games. (STORY)



On a dramatic night on the mat, U.S. wrestlers won and lost on last-second takedowns.

Gable Steveson took gold at 125kg at the buzzer, turning a one-point deficit into a two-point win in a back-and-forth match.

Sarah Hildebrandt was less fortunate, losing a semifinal bout she controlled until the last minute.

Kyle Dake won bronze over rival Frank Chamizo in a convincing performance.

And the U.S. will get at least one more medal on Saturday, as Kyle Snyder will wrestle for gold. Hildebrandt will also have a chance to work her way toward a bout for bronze.


Around the Games

Women's soccer: Canada won the gold medal in an epic game that nearly went until midnight in Japan, winning a penalty shootout marked by many misses after a 1-1 draw.

Men's soccer: Mexico beat Japan 3-1 in the bronze medal game. (STORY)

Handball: We'll have an unofficial gold medal rematch, as the ROC beat Norway in the semifinals and perennial power France overcame a tough challenge from Sweden. In 2016, Russia beat Norway, which had won the previous two Olympic finals, in the semifinals in overtime and then beat France in the final. (COVERAGE)

Water polo: Greece which has never taken a medal in men's water polo, beat Hungary, which has won nine golds, and will face defending champion Serbia. (COVERAGE)

Field hockey: The Netherlands and Argentina face off for gold. Earlier, Great Britain held off India 4-3 for bronze. (COVERAGE)

Golf: The USA's Nelly Korda cooled off a bit in Round 3 but has maintained a three-shot lead while organizers keep an eye on the weather. (STORY)


Beach volleyball, women's: Gold - Ross/Klineman (USA), Silver - Clancy/Artacho del Solar (AUS), Heidrich/Verge-Depre (SUI) 

Boxing, men's heavyweight: Gold - Julio Cesar La Cruz (CUB), Silver - Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (ROC), Bronze - David Nyika (NZL), Bronze - Abner Teixeira (BRA)

Cycling, women's madison: Gold - Kenny/Archibald (GBR), Silver - Dideriksen/Leth (DEN), Bronze - Khatuntseva/Novolodskaya (ROC) 

Cycling: men's sprint: Gold - Harrie Lavreysen (NED), Silver - Jeffrey Hoogland (NED), Bronze - Jack Carlin (GBR)

Field hockey, women's: Gold - Netherlands, Silver - Argentina, Bronze - Great Britain

Karate, men's kata: Gold - Kiyuna Ryo (JPN), Silver - Damian Quintero (ESP), Bronze - Ali Sofuoglu (TUR), Bronze - Ariel Torres (USA)

Karate, women's 61kg kumite: Gold - Jovana Prekovic (SRB), Silver - Yin Xiaoyan (CHN), Bronze - Merve Coban (TUR), Bronze - Giana Lotfy (EGY) 

Karate, women's 75kg kumite: Gold - Luigi Busa (ITA), Silver - Rafael Aghayev (AZE), Bronze - Stanislav Horuna (UKR), Bronze - Gabor Harspataki (HUN) 

Modern pentathlon, women's: Gold - Kate French (GBR), Silver - Laura Asadauskaite (LTU), Bronze - Sarolta Kovacs (HUN)  

Soccer, women's: Gold - Canada, Silver - Sweden, Bronze - United States

Sport climbing, women's: Gold - Janja Garnbret (SLO), Silver - Miho Nonaka (JPN), Bronze - Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)

Table tennis, men's team: Gold - China, Silver - Germany, Bronze - Japan

Track and field, men's 50k walk: Gold - Dawid Tomala (POL), Silver - Jonathan Hilbert (GER), Bronze - Evan Dunfee (CAN)

Track and field, women's 20k walk: Gold - Antonella Palmisano (ITA), Silver - Sandra Arenas (COL), Bronze - Liu Hong (CHN)

Track and field, women's javelin: Gold - Liu Shiying (CHN), Silver - Maria Andrejczyk (POL), Bronze - Kelsey-Lee Barber (AUS)

Track and field, men's 5000m: Gold - Joshua Cheptegei (UGA), Silver - Mohammed Ahmed (CAN), Bronze - Paul Chelimo (USA)

Track and field, women's 400m: Gold - Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH), Silver - Marileidy Paulino (DOM), Bronze - Allyson Felix (USA)

Track and field, men's 1500m: Gold - Faith Kipyegon (KEN), Silver - Laura Muir (GBR), Bronze - Sifan Hissan (NED)

Track and field, women's 4x100m relay: Gold - Jamaica, Silver - United States, Bronze - Great Britain

Track and field, men's 4x100m relay: Gold - Italy, Silver - Great Britain, Bronze - Canada

Wrestling, men's 74kg freestyle: Gold - Zaurbek Sidakov (ROC), Silver - Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau (BLR), Bronze - Kyle Dake (USA), Bronze - Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (UZB)

Wrestling, men's 125kg freestyle: Gold - Gable Steveson (USA), Silver - Geno Petriashvili (GEO), Bronze - Amir Zare (IRI), Bronze - Taha Akgul (TUR) 

Wrestling, women's 53kg: Gold - Mukaida Mayu (JPN), Silver - Pang Qianyu (CHN), Bronze - Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (BLR), Bronze - Bolortuya Bat-Ochir (MGL)


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