It was a terrific sequel to what was considered the “best race in Olympics history,” where Norway’s Karsten Warholm narrowly edged American Rai Benjamin by less than a quarter of a second to win Olympic gold.
There was no lack of action Wednesday in Tokyo.
It began with a thunderous win in the women’s 400 meter hurdles. Americans Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad both medaled, with McLaughlin narrowly beating Muhammad, the 2016 gold medalist, to win the gold and break her own world record with a time of 51.46 seconds.
The two medals helped prop the United States’ running total of 79.
McLaughlin’s world record was just a taste of what Day 12 of the Olympics had to offer.
The U.S. women’s basketball team kept its Olympic winning streak alive after dominating Australia 79-55 behind Breanna Stewart’s 23 points. The team will roll into the semifinals against Serbia as it looks to claim its seventh consecutive gold medal on the back of a win streak that dates to the 1992 Olympics.
Pitcher Scott Kazmir threw five scoreless innings to help lift USA Baseball over the Dominican Republic to advance to their semifinals.
On the volleyball court, the U.S. overcame injuries and like the USA Baseball team, beat the Dominican Republic. The win, which came in straight sets, positions the U.S. against Serbia in the semis on Friday.
Money for medals: As it turns out, there’s more to medaling in the Olympics than standing on the podium and soaking in the moment. Many athletes get paid thousands –or more – if they medal in an event.
Young stars: Women’s park skateboarding brought the youngest Olympic medalists since 1936. Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, 12, became the nation’s youngest Olympic medalist ever when she won silver. In third was Great Britain’s 13-year-old skater Sky Brown.
To keep watching the Olympics as the schedule winds down, check out Day 13’s schedule.
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