The United States Women’s National Team has one more game to go to win an Olympic medal in football, and its semi-final opponent is familiar.
After a quarter-final game that ended in a penalty shootout, the USWNT will start against Canada at 4 am ET Monday for a chance in the gold medal game. Canada went from its quarter-final against Brazil 4-3 on penalties after ending regulation time and extra time in a goalless draw.
If the USWNT wins, they will advance to their sixth Olympic final, having only missed one since the sport was added in 1996. The USWNT could be the first team to win back-to-back World Cup titles and Olympic, after winning the trophy at the 2019 World Cup.
In the action ended on Monday, Keni Harrison of the United States was second in a photo finish behind gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.
And the US women’s beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman continued their quest for gold on Monday with a straight-set victory over Cuba.
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TOKYO – As the US women’s basketball team heads to the knockout stages of the Olympics, at least they won’t be accused of having no competition this time around.
On the contrary, the three group games were surprisingly difficult for the United States, including Monday’s 93-82 victory over France. In all three, the United States were pushed deep into the fourth quarter before finding another late gear to sideline the game.
Heading into the quarter-finals on Wednesday, the situation for Team USA looks very different from that of the 2016 Olympics, where their closest game was 19 points. This time around, it looks like the world is ready to challenge the Americans after six straight gold medals. In fact, beating them, however, will likely prove to be much more difficult.
The US women’s basketball team are once again in the middle of a tough fight as they try to end the group game 3-0, leading France just 50-44 at halftime.
This has been a common theme at the Olympics so far, as the USA team were in a late semi-closed game against Nigeria, only pushed Japan off in the final two minutes and are now challenged. by France despite shooting 57% from the field in the first half.
USA coach Dawn Staley will almost certainly focus on strengthening the USA’s defense in the second half – France just had too many easy glances on the rim – and kicking the ball inside on offense. France have no answer for the size of the Americans and as a result the USA team scored 17 of 25 inside the 3-point line.
Guard Diana Taurasi appeared to injure her wrist at the start of the match and came out immediately. After sitting on the bench for quite a while, she came back for a stretch late in the half but registered just 5 minutes in the first half.
Skylar Diggins, who had only played a few minutes in the first two games, returned to the rotation and played for five and a half minutes. She apparently hasn’t been feeling well the last few days.
TOKYO – The US women’s volleyball team defeated Italy in five sets, 21-25, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16, 15-12 on Monday in their final group match at the Games Tokyo Olympics. They are currently ranked first in Pool B with four wins and one loss and are assured of a place in the quarter-finals.
For the United States, Annie Drews led the scorers with 22 points. The Italian against Paola Egonu finished with 28 points.
In the second set, the American lost setter Jordyn Poulter when she rolled her right ankle after trying to block. She left the arena floor in a wheelchair and did not return to the action.
Poulter’s ankle injury is the team’s second this week – in their loss to the Russian Olympic Committee on Saturday, the American team lost the start to Jordan Thompson with a rolled right ankle. Thompson’s status for the quarterfinal is unclear.
Team USA will play their quarter-finals on Wednesday, August 4 against a nation yet to be determined. They are looking to improve on their bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The United States is chasing their first gold in the sport.
TOKYO – It’s not a real rivalry unless you can actually win a game every now and then.
The USWNT semi-final against Canada is billed as the latest in a long line of grudge matches between the otherwise friendly neighbors. Which, apart from that grueling semi-final encounter at the London Olympics, it really isn’t.
The USWNT faced the Canadians more than any other opponent – 61 times before the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans have won 51 of those games and the teams have drawn seven times.
Even when they look beatable, the Americans have a knack for turning the tide once the knockout games have started. See the 2011 World Cup. And the 2015 World Cup.
And, of course, the London Olympics – when the USWNT rallied to tie Canada three times before Alex Morgan scored in extra time in overtime to give the Americans the win.
Harrison was fifth in the men’s long jump. His mark was 26 feet 9 inches.
The LSU product was in third place midway through the competition but was overtaken by two other competitors.
Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou won the event at 27 feet, 7¼ inches. Cubans Juan Miguel Echevarría and Maykel Masso placed second and third.
Harrison competed in the men’s high jump final the day before. He was seventh in the event with a jump of 7.70.
Harrison was the first American since Jim Thorpe in 1912 to compete in both the long jump and the high jump at the Olympics.
Harrison won silver in the 100-meter hurdles final at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, finishing second with a time of 12.52 seconds. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico took gold in 12.37 and Jamaican Megan Tapper was third.
The United States won all three medals in that event at the 2016 Rio Olympics – although Harrison was not one of them.
She arrived at the United States Olympic Trials in 2016 as a prohibitive favorite, not only to make the Olympic team, but potentially to win gold. And then, heartbreak: she finished sixth in practice, her Olympic dreams shattered.
Harrison set a new world record, 12.20 seconds, the following month. And she explained how, for five years, the agony of missing that 2016 Olympic team fueled her.
TOKYO – For almost everyone, falling on the last lap of a 1,500-meter race would be a disaster.
Hassan overcame a fall at the start of her final lap to win her preliminary 1,500-meter race on Monday – tripping over another runner who had fallen in front of her, jumping to her feet and covering the final 300 meters in 43.7 seconds. And it might not even be the most impressive achievement of his day.
Hassan is entered in the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 at the Tokyo Olympics, an attempt to shoot what would be an incredible triple. And Monday will probably be the hardest day of her schedule. After Monday’s 1,500 meters, she will be back in less than 12 hours to run the 5,000-meter final, with a medal on the line.
TOKYO – The US beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman may be able to do more than win a gold medal at the Tokyo Games.
They are surely capable of setting an unofficial hugging record – that is, if they haven’t already broken the record.
Ross and Klineman kiss after every point, so Monday was 74 hugs in their 21-17, 21-15 victory over Cubans Lidinny Echevarria Benitez and Leila Consuelo Martinez in the round of 16 at Shiokaze Park.
“It’s so funny because we didn’t invent the beach volleyball hug,” Ross said, noting that the Brazilian teams were hugging each other as well.
But the Americans took him to a new level, engaged in a hug – preceded by high fives or low fives – after every point.
As they advance to the quarter-finals, after going 3-0 in the preliminaries, Ross and Klineman kissed 323 times in competition at the Tokyo Games.
Ross added, “I think it brings us together energetically and we even talk for a second. Some people hold hands, others hold arms and we kiss. ”
Two weeks after missing the Rio 2016 Olympics, Keni Harrison set a world record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.20.
The former University of Kentucky athlete, now in the school’s hall of fame, won the NCAA title in the 60m and 100m hurdles in his senior year in 2014-15 and has honored as National Track Athlete of the Year. Several other former Wildcats, including compatriot Sydney McLaughlin, also compete in Tokyo.
Harrison made the United States team with a time of 12.47 in the Olympic trials. She finished second behind Britany Anderson of Jamaica in her semi-final to advance to the medal round. The Olympic record is 12.35 set by Australian Sally Pearson at the London 2012 Games.
The event will be broadcast live at 10:50 p.m. ET, following the men’s long jump final at 9:20 p.m. ET.
Team USA will face Japan in one of two games on Monday of the quarterfinal round of the Olympic baseball tournament (8 a.m. ET).
Former New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will start for Japan. The MLB two-star pitched for the Yankees for seven seasons before returning home and signing with the NPB’s Rakuten Golden Eagles.
On the mound for the United States is right-hander Shane Baz, 22, who was a Pittsburgh Pirates first-round pick in the 2017 Draft and now throws for the Tampa Bay Rays Class AA team. .
The last time the two nations met on the international stage, the United States beat Japan 4-3 in the 2019 WBSC Premier12 Super Round. However, Japan won this tournament.
In Monday’s other quarter-final match, Israel will face Korea in a rematch of their first-round clash, which Korea won 6-5 in 10 innings. Israel eliminated Mexico 12-5 on Sunday, while Korea rallied to defeat the Dominican Republic with a 4-3 victory.
In their final round robin game, Team USA will face France at 11:40 pm ET. The women hope to have better success against France towards the quarter-finals than their male counterparts.
Team USA won their opener against Nigeria 81-72 on July 26. Then on Thursday she was propelled to an 86-69 victory over Japan by Aj’a Wilson and Brittney Griner.
The US women’s No. 1 beach volleyball team play their first playoff game at 7 p.m. ET.
April Ross and Alix Klineman will face Lidy Echevarria Benitez and Leila Martinez, the Cuban duo who lost two of their three prelims before defeating the Netherlands in straight sets in the Lucky Loser Round. The Americans won in the preliminaries.
Ross and his former partner Kerri Walsh Jennings won bronze in Rio. These are Klineman’s first Olympics.
On Saturday, the other pair from the United States, Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, lost 2-1 to Canada, knocking them out in the round of 16.
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