It’s day 9 in Tokyo and the last day of a lucrative place for Team USA: The pool. With five finals tonight, Team USA has won at least 26 medals, including eight golds at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Tonight’s action is highlighted by Caeleb Dressel, one of the biggest stars in these games. Dressel already has three gold medals, including an Olympic record in the 100-meter freestyle and a world record in the 100-meter butterfly, along with his 4×100-meter relay gold. Tonight he takes part in the always wild 50 meter freestyle final and 4×100 relay.
Elsewhere, gold medals are awarded in tennis and golf, and the day in Tokyo is concluded by anointing the fastest man in the world title to the winner of the 100 meters on the course.
Here are the best of the Olympic action:
Kiwis celebrate in style
– #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) 31 July 2021
New Zealand wins its first gold medal in Olympic Rugby Sevens with a 26-12 victory over France in the final of the women’s competition at Tokyo Stadium.
Katie Ledecky is saying goodbye to the Olympic Village, but it’s not the end of the road for the 24-year-old swimmer. She plans to try to compete in the Paris Olympics in 2024 “and maybe even after that.”
Thank you, Tokyo, and thank you all for the tremendous support this week and through the years! I could hear you all! 🥳
Bring back 2 gold, 2 silver and numerous memories to the USA❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/XpXx7oDELQ
– Katie Ledecky (@katieledecky) 31 July 2021
With a ‘broken freakin’ neck ‘
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle celebrated the 25th anniversary of winning a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
25 years ago WWE legend Kurt Angle won Olympic gold with a broken neck 👏 pic.twitter.com/QKPvQFGp8e
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 31 July 2021
On this day 25 years ago, I won the Olympic gold in freestyle wrestling. #metabrokenfreakinneck 😆No better way to spend my 25th birthday than with my beautiful family …… My wife and kids said I should buy a boat now. We will see 😃# 25your gold #olympic # 1996 pic.twitter.com/y89Ruk3ct8
– Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) 31 July 2021