Texas Connects Us to several Olympians who advanced to gold medal games in women's volleyball and basketball, plus two more medals in track and field.
Team USA Volleyball US Women's Volleyball Beats Serbia to Advance to Gold Medal Match
Coppell's Chiaka Ogbogu and the United States women's indoor volleyball team will play in the gold medal match after a semifinal win over Serbia early Friday morning.
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Team USA beat Serbia in straight sets, winning the first frame 25-19, the second 25-15 and the third 25-23.
The U.S. will face the winner of Brazil-Korea's semifinal game in the gold medal match on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. CT.
Allyson Felix Becomes Most Decorated Track and Field Athlete
Allyson Felix earned the title of most decorated female Olympian in track and field history Friday morning, winning her 10th Olympic medal in the Women's 400m final.
Felix crossed the finish line in 49.46 seconds. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won gold (48.36 seconds), while Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic won the silver medal (49.20 seconds).
The 35-year-old mother passed Jamaica's Merlene Ottey, who won nine Olympic medals (six golds and three silvers) and tied Carl Lewis for most track and field medals by an American.
Felix’s bronze highlighted a three-medal day for the Americans on the track.
The Americans added a silver in the 4x100m relay, when the team of Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels (University of Texas at Austin), Jenna Prandini and Gabrielle Thomas (University of Texas at Austin) finished second to Jamaica.
Paul Chelimo started the day with a bronze medal in the men’s 5000m, finishing behind Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed.
Another Texas Connection: Texas Tech University's Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego competes in the women's marathon starting at 5 p.m. CT.
You can stream the marathon online or watch live on USA or see it during NBC's primetime coverage.
US Women's Basketball Beats Serbia, Will Play for Gold
The U.S. women's basketball team is one win away from a seventh straight gold medal.
After a 79-59 win over Serbia in the semifinals, Team USA advances to face the winner of Japan and China in the final on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. CT. The team will look to tie the U.S. men's basketball team's record for most consecutive gold medals in a team sport.
The U.S., which won its 54th straight game, held Serbia to 30 percent shooting in a strong defensive performance.
Baylor University's Brittney Griner finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Chelsea Gray added 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting to lead the United States.
Duncanville's Ariel Atkins landed the team the final basket.
April Ross, Alix Klineman Win Beach Volleyball Gold
The United States’ top women’s beach volleyball pair took down Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy in straight sets in Thursday night's gold medal match. Ross and Klineman took the first set, 21-15, before sealing gold in the second set, 21-16. The victory completes a perfect 7-0 run to the top of the podium for Ross and Klineman, as they became the second American pair to ever go undefeated at the Olympics. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings accomplished the feat three times (2004, 2008, 2016).
Ross and Klineman rolled through the preliminary round, dropping just one set total across three matches. That dominance carried over to the knockout rounds, where they won all four of their matches in straight sets.
Ross, who won silver in 2012 and bronze in 2016, completed her Olympic collection with the elusive gold. In doing so, the 39-year-old topped former teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings’ record as the oldest woman to ever medal in Olympic beach volleyball. Klineman, 31, was making her Olympic debut.
Climbing GOAT: Garnbret wins Olympic gold in climbing
Janja Garnbret of Slovenia lived up to her billing as the world's best female climber. The 22-year-old Slovenian dominated at the Tokyo Games and won two of three disciplines to earn Olympic gold during the first-ever Olympic women’s sport climbing final.
Garnbert finished fifth in the speed discipline and then topped two of three "problems" to win bouldering.
The six-time world champion finished with five points to beat Miho Nonaka of Japan by 31 points. Akiyo Noguchi of Japan had 48 points to take the bronze.
American Brooke Baboutou finished in fifth place.