5 to Watch: First Medals in Swimming, 2 Olympic Sports Debut and the Gymnastics GOAT

It's a day of firsts at the Tokyo Olympics, as the first medals in swimming are handed out and skateboarding and surfing make their Olympics debuts (watch for Alana Smith who lives in Fort Worth).

Plus, we look ahead at the Olympic action happening overnight and early Sunday, including the gymnastics GOAT and Team USA beginning the quest for gold.

Team USA Brings Home Medals From the Pool

Claire Curzan (left) and Torri Huske (right) during each of their respective U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb.
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Claire Curzan (left) and Torri Huske (right) during each of their respective U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb.

In the men’s 400 individual medley on Saturday evening, Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland became the first Americans to medal in Tokyo. Kalisz took home gold with a time of 4:09.42 and Litherland earned the silver medal with a time of 4:10.28.

Australia's Brendon Smith came in third place with a time of 4:10.38.This is the first time the U.S. has placed first and second in the 400-meter individual medley since Michael Phelps and Erik Vendt did it in 2004, when Phelps won his first Olympic gold medal.

American swimmer Kieran Smith placed third in the men's 400m freestyle final to add a bronze medal to Team USA's count. Smith finished with a time of 3:43.94 behind gold medalist Ahmed Hafnaoui from Tunisia and silver medalist Jack McLoughlin from Australia.

Smith claims the first medal for Team USA in the men's 400m freestyle since their bronze medal in the 2012 London Games.

Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the women's swimming 400m individual medley.

The pair extended an impressive streak of American women winning a medal in the 400 IM at every Olympics since 2004. Weyant and Flickinger finished behind gold medal winner Japan's Yui Ohashi.

Simone Manuel stayed neck-and-neck with Canada's anchor in the final stretch of the women's 4x100m freestyle relay to earn a bronze medal for Team USA.

Australia took home the gold in a dominant win that broke the world record, and Canada finished second for the silver medal.

The U.S. team went with three new participants -- Manuel, Erika Brown and Abbey Weitzeil -- in the final, with Natalie Hinds as the only swimmer to compete in both heats and the final round.

American Nyjah Huston Disappoints While Japan's Yuto Horigome Wins First-Ever Skateboarding Gold

Nyjah Huston skateboarding
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In this June 6, 2021 photo, Nyjah Huston, of the United States, competes in a Street Skateboarding World Championships final, a qualifying event for Tokyo Olympic Games, in Rome. Skating is one of four debut Olympic sports, along with karate, surfing and sport climbing.

American medal hopeful Nyjah Huston shockingly did not medal after only landing one trick in his final five attempts; a disappointing result for the four-time world champion. The other medal favorite, Japan’s Yuto Horigome, lived up to the hype heading into these games.

Horigome entered the men's street competition at the 2020 Tokyo Games as one of the best street skaters in the world. The Japan phenom scored 37.18 points nailing four tricks 9.50, 9.35, 9.30, and 9.03 to secure his gold medal before most of the other skaters attempted their final trick.

American Jagger Eaton won bronze with a 35.35 score, adding to Team USA’s impressive day 2 medal count.

Simone Biles’ Holds the Lead in Women's Gymnastics All-Around

Simone Biles does a stance
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Simone Biles, of the United State, trains on the floor exercise during an artistic gymnastics practice session at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

It should come as no surprise that after the United States completed its women's gymnastics qualifying round, the leader in the all-around is Simone Biles.

With a score of 14.133 on floor exercise, 14.066 on beam, 14.966 on vault and 14.566 on uneven bars, Biles finished with a score of 57.731. Just behind her is U.S. teammate Sunisa Lee, who topped Biles on beam with a 14.200 and uneven bars with a 15.200. Lee also scored a 13.433 on floor and 14.333 on vault for a total of 57.166.

The 24 gymnasts with the top cumulative individual scores advance to the individual all-around final, with a limit of two gymnasts per country.

Team USA’s qualification will also be shown on NBC on Sunday night at 6 p.m. CT.

Team USA Men's Basketball Drops First Olympic Game Since 2004

United States' Bam Adebayo, from left, Keldon Johnson, and Jayson Tatum, walk on the court
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United States' Bam Adebayo, from left, Keldon Johnson, and Jayson Tatum, walk on the court during a men's basketball practice at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Saitama, Japan, Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Team USA opened pool play against France, looking to extend their 24-game win streak at the Olympics.

However, France went on a 16-2 run towards to end of the fourth quarter and handed the U.S. its first loss since 2004. Evan Fournier led all players with 28 points, and Rudy Gobert added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Team USA struggled from 3, going 10-for-32. They were outscored 46-31 in the second half.

Next up, Team USA will play Iran and the Czech Republic in pool play. 

The game will be shown on NBC’s afternoon coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT.

Four American Surfers Advance to Third Round

Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks
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Kolohe Andino (left), Carissa Moore (center) and Caroline Marks (right) ride waves during training at the Tokyo Olympics at Tsurigasaki beach in Ichinomiya, Japan.

Team USA surfers Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, Kolohe Andino and John John Florence all advance to the third round of the first-ever Olympic surfing event.

Olympic surfing competition is taking place at Shidashita Beach, which is about 40 minutes outside of Tokyo.

Marks and Andino are Southern California natives. Moore and Florence hail from Honolulu.

You can catch highlights when NBC's Olympics coverage begins at 7 a.m. CT Sunday.

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