Tokyo Olympics Day 2 Roundup: Expected and unexpected U.S. medals

Tokyo Olympics Day 2 Roundup: Expected and unexpected U.S. medals
Posted at 5:44 AM, Jul 25, 2021

Each day of the Tokyo Games, NBC Olympics will provide a roundup of news from a variety of sports. Catch up here on all the storylines and must-see highlights you may have missed while you were sleeping.

The United States’ medal drought lasted only one day, as former Georgia teammates and longtime training partners Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland finished 1-2 in the 400-meter individual medley.

Elsewhere, as expected, a young American won gold in another sport beginning with “s.” But it was in shooting, not skateboarding. 

And fencing. And taekwondo.

Like skateboarding, surfing made its Olympic debut Sunday in Tokyo.



Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Kalisz led through much of the race and won by a comfortable margin of 0.86 seconds. Litherland spent most of the race in fourth place but flew down the last 50 meters in 27.96 seconds to edge out Australian Brendon Smith.

Medal results: 
Gold: Chase Kalisz (USA)
Silver: Jay Litherland (USA)
Bronze: Brendon Smith (AUS)


SEE MORE: Chase Kalisz wins 1st Tokyo swim gold, Litherland silver

Women’s 400 individual medley: Japan’s Ohashi Yui and American Emma Weyant spent the last half of the race in first and second with few challengers. Behind them, Hali Flickinger chased down Hungarian legend Katinka Hosszu, who wound up fading to fifth.

Medal results:
Gold: Ohashi Yui (JPN)
Silver: Emma Weyant (USA)
Bronze: Hali Flickinger (USA)

Women’s 4x100 freestyle relay: Australia took down the world record with a time of 3:29.69, more than three seconds ahead of the rest, but the more surprising finish in the overall pecking order of international swimming may be Canada taking silver by 0.03 seconds ahead of the U.S. team. Still, the United States kept alive its streak of winning a medal in every Olympics it has contested since 1912. Simone Manuel took the anchor leg after Erika Brown, Abbie Weitzeil and Natalie Hinds. It’s also a 10th career medal for Allison Schmitt, who was in the prelims with Catie DeLoof and Olivia Smoliga.

Medal results:
Gold: Australia
Silver: Canada
Bronze: USA

Men’s 400 freestyle: A stunner! Tunisian teenager Ahmed Hafnaoui won his country’s first Olympic medal in the event, surprising an accomplished group of swimmers from Lane Eight and leaping into an exultant celebration. U.S. swimmer Kieran Smith barely untouched a gaggle of swimmers for bronze. 

Medal results
Gold: Ahmed Hafnaoui (TUN)
Silver: Jack McLoughlin (AUS)
Bronze: Kieran Smith (USA)

SEE MORE: Abrahamson: Tunisian teen's golden joy exactly what world needs right now


It doesn't change the medal outlook, at least not yet, but the ROC posted a higher score in qualification than the mighty U.S. women in a shocker. 

Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee will be in the all-around, as expected.

Final qualification results will be in later this morning.

SEE MORE: Biles, Lee advance to all-around final despite Team USA's shaky performance in qualifications


If you’re reading this now, you haven’t missed the tough opener for the U.S. men vs. France. That’s at 8 a.m. ET.

Final scores
Czech Republic 84, Iran 78
Italy 92, Germany 82
Australia 84, Nigeria 67
United States vs. France


Horigome Yuto saved his best tricks for last in the first-ever skateboarding competition, winning the men’s street competition in the city in which he grew up. Jagger Eaton took bronze for the U.S., while favorite Nyjah Huston slipped a couple of times after going big with his second run.

Medal results
Gold: Horigome Yuto (JPN)
Silver: Kelvin Hoefler (BRA)
Bronze: Jagger Eaton (USA)  

SEE MORE: Horigome, Hoefler, Eaton receive first skateboarding medals


Like Ginny Thrasher in Rio, 20-year-old collegian Will Shaner surprised everyone with an air rifle gold medal. Shaner took a comfortable lead after 10 shots and never came close to relinquishing it. 

Medal results
Gold: Will Shaner (USA)
Silver: Sheng Lihao (CHN)
Bronze: Yang Haoran (CHN)


SEE MORE: Young U.S. shooter Will Shaner takes air rifle gold


Teenager Caroline Marks and highly regarded veteran Carissa Moore advanced with ease from their respective heats on the first day of women's surfing at the Olympics. 

Kolohe Andino also flew through his first competition, while John John Florence survive and advanced.

SEE MORE: USA duo Marks and Moore advance to Round 3 of women's surfing competition


The U.S. team escaped against traditional rival Australia, which took the game to an extra inning and grabbed a 1-0 lead on some uncharacteristic wildness from Monica Abbott. But Amanda Chidester kept the Americans unbeaten with a two-run walk-off single.

Japan also remained unbeaten with an extra-inning win.

Final scores
United States 2, Australia 1 (8 innings)
Japan 1, Canada 0 (8 innings)
Italy vs. Mexico

SEE MORE: Abbott's 13 strikeout, 8-inning gem keeps USA softball unbeaten



American 18-year-old Anastasija Zolotic became the first U.S. woman to win gold in a taekwondo event and did so with a series of dominating scores:11-4, 17-9, 28-5 and 25-17.

Medal results, women’s 57kg
Gold: Anastasija Zolotic (USA)
Silver: Tatiana Minina (ROC)
Bronze: Hatice Ilgun (TUR)
Bronze: Lo Chia-Ling (TPE)

Medal results, men’s 68kg
Gold: Ulegbek Rashitov (UZB)
Silver: Bradly Sinden (GBR)
Bronze: Shuai Zhao (CHN)
Bronze: Hakan Recber (TUR)


Foil fencer Lee Kiefer has been knocking on the door of Olympic success for a while, taking fifth in London and 10th in Rio. On Sunday, she nearly bowed out in the Round of 16 against Canadian Eleanor Harvey, falling behind 8-4 in a fight to 15 points. Even after struggling back to 10-10, she gave up the next two hits. A deadlock at 12-12 seemed to last an eternity, and Harvey scored once again to move two hits from victory. Kiefer responded with three straight to advance.

Her next two bouts were, strangely for an elimination tournament, progressively easier. She beat Japan's Ueno Yuka 15-11 despite giving up three straight hits at 14-8. She virtually ran the ROC's Larisa Korobeynikova off the piste, scoring seven straight points to go up 8-1 and cruising to a 15-6 win to seal at least a silver medal.

The gold medal bout against another Russian, Inna Deriglazova, was almost as difficult as the bout against Harvey, but Kiefer never trailed en route to a 15-13 win and the first gold for the U.S. fencers in Tokyo.

Medal results, women's foil
Gold: Lee Kiefer (USA) 
Silver: Inna Deriglazova (ROC)
Bronze: Larisa Korobeynikova (ROC)

Medal results, men's epee
Gold: Gergely Siklosi (HUN)
Silver: Romain Cannone (FRA)
Bronze: Igor Reizlin (UKR)


Volleyball: The U.S. women swept Argentina on a lopsided day of competition.

Italy 3, ROC 0
United States 3, Argentina 0
Serbia 3, Dominican Republic 0
China vs. Turkey
Japan vs. Kenya
Brazil vs. South Korea

Water polo: The U.S. men took a difficult win over Japan, while the tiny country of Montenegro took a big win. 

Italy 21, South Africa 2
Greece 10, Hungary 9
United States 15, Japan 13
Montenegro 15, Australia 10
Serbia vs. Spain
Croatia vs. Kazakhstan

Archery: Dominant archery nation South Korea won the women’s team gold medal with a 6-0 win over the ROC, which earlier knocked out the U.S. 6-0.

Medal results
Gold: South Korea
Silver: ROC
Bronze: Germany

Diving: No surprise. China won a diving medal, this time in women’s synchronized springboard. Canadian Jennifer Abel took her second medal in the event, taking silver nine years after earning bronze in London. The U.S. pair of Alison Gibson and Krysta Palmer shared first place after the first two of five dives but posted the worst score in the eight-team field on each of their next two on their way to an eighth-place finish. 

Medal results
Gold: Shi/Wang (CHN)
Silver: Abel/Citrini Beaulieu (CAN)
Bronze: Hentschel/Punzel (GER)

Judo: U.S. judoka Angelica Delgado won her opener in the 52kg class with a hip throw in the “golden score” session, then lost by armbar to Hungary’s Reka Pupp in the round of 16.

It was a great day for the Abe family of France, as siblings Uta and Hifumi won gold. 

Medal results, women’s 52kg
Gold: Abe Uta (JPN)
Silver: Amandine Buchard (FRA)
Bronze: Chelsie Giles (GBR)
Bronze: Odette Giuffrida (ITA)

Medal results, men’s 66kg
Gold: Abe Hifumi (JPN)
Silver: Vazha Margvelashvili (GEO)
Bronze: An Baul (KOR)
Bronze: Daniel Cargnin (BRA)

Cycling: Austrian rider Anna Kiesenhofer broke away from a chase group to ride the last 10 kilometers on her own. Coryn Rivera had the top U.S. finish in seventh, 1:46 back.

Medal results
Gold: Anna Kiesenhofer (AUT) 
Silver: Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) 
Bronze: Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA)

Shooting (women): Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was heard for the first time as the ROC, the umbrella for Russian athletes, took its first gold medal of the Games. Neither American entry qualified for the final.

Medal results, women’s 10m air pistol
Gold: Vitalina Batsarashkina (ROC)
Silver: Antoaneta Kostadinova (BUL) 
Bronze: Jiang Ranxin (CHN) 

Weightlifting: World record-holder Li Fabin of China wasn’t able to improve upon that mark but won gold with Olympic records of 172kg in the clean and jerk and 313kg total. Chen Lijun did the same, not breaking his own world record but taking two Olympic records with a 187kg clean and jerk and a 332kg total. Chen had to withdraw in Rio due to apparent leg cramps. That's three gold medals in three weightlifting events for China so far.

Medal results, men’s 61kg
Gold: Li Fabin (CHN)
Silver: Irawan Eko Yuli (INA)
Bronze: Son Igor (KAZ)

Medal results, men’s 67kg
Gold: Chen Lijun (CHN)
Silver: Luis Javier Mosquera (COL)
Bronze: Mirko Zanni (ITA)

Soccer: Argentina opened a busy evening of men’s soccer with a shutout win. In a much bigger surprise, Brazil followed up its 4-2 win over Germany with a 0-0 draw against Cote d'Ivoire.

France held off South Africa on a hat trick by Andre-Pierre Gignac, a 35-year-old forward who plays professionally in Mexico, and a stoppage-time winner by Montpellier midfielder Teja Savanier.

Argentina 1, Egypt 0
Honduras 3, New Zealand 2
France 4, South Africa 3
Brazil 0, Cote d’Ivoire 0
Spain vs. Australia
Romania vs. South Korea
Japan vs. Mexico
Germany vs. Saudi Arabia

3x3: Kelsey Plum had 12 points, outscoring Romania by herself in a 22-11 win to keep the U.S. unbeaten ahead of a showdown with the ROC, which is also 3-0.

Scores (women)
Japan 19, Mongolia 10
Italy 22, Romania 14
ROC 21, Mongolia 5
China 22, Italy 13
United States 22, Romania 11
Japan vs. France
China vs. France
ROC vs. United States

Scores (men)
Belgium 21, ROC 16
Serbia 15, Poland 12
Latvia 18, China 17
Serbia 21, Belgium 14
Poland 21, ROC 16
Netherlands 21, Japan 20
Netherlands vs. China
Latvia vs. Japan

Field hockey: China’s women’s team managed to fend off Japan with a fourth-quarter goal.

Scores (women)
Germany 2, Great Britain 1
China 4, Japan 3
Australia 3, Spain 1
New Zealand 3, Argentina 0

Scores (men)
India vs. Australia
Spain vs. New Zealand
Japan vs. Argentina
South Africa vs. Netherlands

Handball: The women’s competition got underway, with the host nation falling by 11 while the ROC and Brazil played to a draw. Sweden had a surprisingly easy time with Spain.

Netherlands 32, Japan 21
ROC 24, Brazil 24
Montenegro 33, Angola 22
Norway 39, South Korea 27
Spain 31, Sweden 24
Hungary vs. France

Tennis: The U.S. got an easy win in women’s doubles, with Bethany Mattek-Sands and Jessica Pagula winning 6-1, 6-3 over Poland’s Magda Linette and Alicja Rosolska. In men’s singles, Marcos Giron advanced with a three set win over Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos. In women’s singles, Jennifer Brady bowed out in the first round.

Beach volleyball: Two-time Olympic medalist April Ross and Alex Klineman opened up with a two-set sweep of China’s Xue Chen and Wang Xinxin. In men’s play, Brazil’s Bruno and Evandro needed three sets to beat Chilean cousins Marco Grimalt and Esteban Grimalt. Americans Jake Gibb and replacement player Tri Bourne play at 9 a.m. ET.

Boxing: Lightweight Keyshawn Davis took a 30-27, 30-27, 30-25 decision to advance to the round of 16. Ginny Fuchs took a closer decision in women’s flyweight, winning 3-2 over the ROC’s Svetlana Soluianova.

Badminton: U.S. player Beiwen Zhang swept Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina, while Timothy Lam lost a pool-play match to Japan’s Kento Momota.

Canoe/Kayak: U.S. canoe/kayak slalom athlete (she does both) Evy Leibfarth, making her Olympic debut at age 17, advanced in 15th place in the women’s kayak. Zachary Lokken advanced with a fourth-place finish in men’s canoe despite compiling 58 penalty seconds in the second run.

Rowing: The big story on the water is the water, where officials are already taking steps to avoid nasty weather on Tuesday by postponing several races to Wednesday and Thursday.

Sailing: With three races down in the men’s and women’s windsurfer classes, U.S. sailor Pedro Pascual stands ninth and Farrah Hall is seventh. Paige Railey was disqualified from the second race in Laser Radial and is 42nd. Charlie Buckingham was ninth in the first Laser race; the second was postponed.

Equestrian: Adrienne Lyle has posted one of the top scores in dressage, still in progress..

Table tennis: In a battle of the ages, 17-year-old South Korean Shin Yubin beat 58-year-old Luxembourg player Xia Lian Ni in a match that went down to the last of seven games.