In Tokyo on Saturday, two of USA Swimming’s top stars returned to the pool. Caeleb Dressel won his third gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics, this time in the men’s 100-meter butterfly, breaking a new world record in the process.
Then it was Katie Ledecky’s time in the pool for her final Olympic swim. Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle for the third time in a row to add to her tally of Olympic medals.
While the swimming was going on, we learned more about gymnastics superstar Simone Biles’s condition, as she will not compete in the vault and unbalanced bar event finals on Sunday. Her presence in the finals of the balance beam and floor exercises is still up in the air.
Thinking forwards, the 100-meter dash final will be held at Olympic Stadium on Saturday night, Japan time, with the title of world’s fastest woman on the line.
In the women’s 100m, Olympic track history might be established
TOKYO: During a track and field competition on Saturday, the title of fastest woman alive will be decided. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica are competing in the women’s 100 metres. On the track, both ladies have a chance to make history.
Fraser-Pryce has a chance to make history by becoming the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals in the women’s 100 metres. The 34-year-old has previously won two Tokyo Olympic medals. At the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, she won gold in the women’s 100 metre dash.
Thompson-Herah, a local Jamaican, dethroned Fraser-Pryce at the 2016 Olympics, won the event in 10.71 seconds. If Thompson-Herah wins successfully, she will become the only woman to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the 100 metres, joining Fraser-Pryce, Gail Devers, and Wyomia Tyus.
Both of them will face stiff opposition from the field’s other sprinters, particularly Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast. Ta Lou’s 10.78 was the quickest time from the first round and set an African record. The first 4×400 mixed-gender race will also crown a champion.
Baseball in the United States finishes group play against Korea
At 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, the US baseball team will meet Korea to round off the first round. Both sides enter the game with a 1-0 record, with Korea beating Israel 6-5 and the US team winning Israel 8-1.
This was the United States’ first Olympic title since 2008, when baseball was last featured in the Olympics. Joe Ryan, Brandon Dickson, Anthony Carter, and Ryder Ryan combined to strike out nine batters, and the three relievers following Ryan allowed only two hits.
Novak Djokovic does not win a medal at the Olympics
TOKYO: Novak Djokovic, the world number one, arrived to the Tokyo Olympics hoping to add to his three Grand Slam championships this year. Instead, he will leave the men’s singles competition without a medal.
A disappointed Djokovic lost a second period of at least 3, this time to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, a day after his startling semifinal loss against Alexander Zverev.
Along with his two semifinal performances at the US Open in 2017 and 2020, Carreno Busta, who is ranked No. 11 in the world, believes that earning a bronze medal here is the most significant achievement of his career.