Olympics 2021 updates – Gold medal game at stake for U.S. mens hoops, USWNT seeks bronze, plus more track action in Tokyo – ESPN

It’s a big track and field day for Team USA at the Olympic Games. The U.S. women advanced to the final of the 4×100-meter relay for a chance at their third straight Olympic gold. Then, USA’s Ryan Crouser broke the Olympic record twice in two attempts, sitting pretty on top of the list to take home a back-to-back gold medals in shot put.

Meanwhile, USA men shocked the world by failing to qualify for the final of the 4×100-meter relay, finishing sixth in their heat.

On the court, there’s a spot in the gold-medal game on the line as Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and U.S. men’s basketball face Australia — the same country the U.S. women’s hoops team defeated on Tuesday night — in a semifinal matchup at 12:15 a.m. ET.

Then, in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the USWNT takes on Australia in the women’s soccer bronze-medal match. … If Team USA vs. Australia wasn’t already a rivalry, it is now.

From the plethora of track events (men’s triple jump final, men’s shot put final and men’s 110m hurdles final, to name a few) to when Megan Rapinoe & Co. take the pitch, we’ve got you covered with updates on all the action from Tokyo:

Crouser breaking his own records

In a commanding performance worthy of a defending champion, USA’s Ryan Crouser won back-to-back Olympic gold in the men’s short put, setting an Olympic record in his first throw …

… second throw …

… and final throw, at 76 feet, 5 1/2 inches, the second-best in the history of the sport.

Upset alert

In a shocking turn of events, USA’s Grant Holloway, the current world champion in the 110-meter hurdles, was denied an Olympic gold medal by Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment, who ran a 13:04 race. It’s also a 1-3 finish for Jamaica, with Ronald Levy picking up the bronze. This is Parchment’s first Olympic gold medal; he won a bronze in the same event in 2012.

U.S. men fails to qualify in relay

The U.S. men’s 4×100-meter relay team failed to qualify for the finals, coming in sixth in the semifinals.

Team USA’s performance caught the attention of the legendary Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, who called the performance “a total embarrassment.”

A-Team moves to finals

The USA’s A-Team beach volleyball duo of April Ross and Alex Klineman will play for the gold medal after they cruised to victory against Switzerland 21-12, 21-11 in the semifinals over Switzerland. They will face Australia in the finals (Thursday, 10:30 p.m. ET).

Whether they win gold or silver remains to be determined. What is certain: They have the support of Mr. T.

Bronze wheels

American Cory Juneau, who squeaked into the final in the eighth spot out of qualifying, took bronze in the Olympic debut of men’s park skateboarding. He joined Jagger Eaton, who took bronze in men’s street, as the only American medalists in the sport’s Olympic debut. The first skater to drop in the finals, Juneau, 22, put together his cleanest and most technical run of the contest, and his 82.15 set the bar for the remainder of the competition.

But 18-year-old Australian Keegan Palmer took gold with a 95.83. Palmer, who was born in San Diego and lives in Encinitas, California, earned the first medal in skateboarding for Australia. Brazilian Pedro Barros, 26, the most successful park skater in history, took silver with a second-run score of 86.14.

USA relay team vying for three-peat

In the women’s 4×100-meter relay, Team USA advanced to the finals after finishing second in the heats at 41.90, just behind Great Britain’s 41.55. USA has won gold in the past two Olympics. Great Britain and Jamaica, which finished third, all finished on the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Game recognize game

Shaun White won three Olympic gold medals in snowboarding, but the 34-year-old legend had a chance to see what a Summer Games medal is like when he posed for a photo with skateboarding gold medalist Sakura Yosozumi and silver medalist Kokona Hiraki.

Dressin’ Dressel

Same pose, just many years later. Caeleb Dressel observed Throwback Thursday only how he could: with the four gold medals he won in Tokyo.