5 to Watch: Medal Race Heats Up in Swimming, 3×3, Synchronized Diving and More

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There's plenty of action Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning as Team USA hopes to add to the medal count. There are finals in swimming and synchronized diving, while women's 3x3 basketball competes in the semifinals, men's basketball tries to get back on track and women's water polo takes on Hungary.

Ledecky Wins Gold in 1500 as US Swimmers Earn 4 More Medals

The U.S. swim team picked up four medals for a second straight night on Tuesday, headlined by Katie Ledecky's win in the women's 1500m freestyle. Erica Sullivan secured a silver medal in the same final, while Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass finished second and third respectively in the women's 200m individual medley.

Ledecky made history as the first-ever women's 1500m freestyle Olympic gold medal winner, finishing in 15:37.34. She now has six career Olympic golds. Sullivan posted a time of 15:41.41 to give Team USA the top two finishers in the 1500m freestyle. Germany’s Sarah Köhler (15:42.91) earned the bronze.

Fellow American Erica Sullivan took the silver medal, and German Sarah Köhler earned bronze.

Team USA's Gunnar Bentz, who calls Austin home, finished seventh in the men's 200m butterfly final. Bentz took to social media ahead of the race to express excitement and announce his retirement.

US Men’s Basketball Team Routs Iran; Kevin Durant on Brink of History

After losing to France in their opening game at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the USA men’s basketball team beat Iran 120-66.

The Dream Team is back!

Well, let's not jump to conclusions based on one game, but the U.S. men's basketball team's 120-66 win over Iran on Wednesday felt like a throwback performance by a team and country accustomed to global domination and lopsided Olympic victories. It came on the heels of the team's stunning opening loss to France on Sunday, the United States' first since 2004.

Dallas Wings' Allisha Gray and Team USA Win Sport's First Gold Medal

Team USA took home the gold medal in the women’s 3x3 basketball event after defeating ROC on Wednesday

Allisa Gray of the Dallas Wings is one of the four members of the U.S. women's 3x3 basketball team who won gold and made history.

For future trivia questions asking who won the first Olympic gold medal in women's 3x3 basketball, the answer will be: Gray, Stefanie Dolson, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young of the United States of America.

The quartet of WNBA players led the U.S. to an 18-15 victory over the Russian Olympic Committee in the first-ever women's 3x3 basketball gold medal game on Wednesday.

U.S. Women Lose First Olympic Water Polo Match in 13 Years

Madeline Musselman of the United States attempts to control the ball during a preliminary match between Hungary and the United States.
Madeline Musselman of the United States attempts to control the ball during a preliminary match between Hungary and the United States.

The United States women's water polo team on Wednesday suffered its first loss in Olympic competition since 2008 when it fell 10-9 to Hungary in group play.

The United States was a big favorite to win its third straight gold medal coming into Tokyo

Even with the loss, the Americans remain in good position to advance to the knockout round. The team faces the ROC on Friday.

Mike Hixon, Andrew Capobianco Win Silver for US in Men's Synchronized 3m Springboard Final

U.S. divers Michael Hixon and Andrew Capobianco won a silver medal in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

The American duo of Andrew Capobianco and Michael Hixon took home the silver medal for the United States in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard. China took home gold.

The two Americans finished with a score of 444.36. It is the third straight Olympics that the U.S. has medaled in the event. It is the second medal in the event for Hixon, who won silver in 2016 with then-partner Sam Dorman.

It is the first Olympic medal for Capobianco, who is competing in his first Olympics this year. 

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