Olympics 2021 updates - Gold medal game at stake for U.S. men's hoops, USWNT seeks bronze, plus more track action in Tokyo


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Do winners in the Olympics get paid?

At the Tokyo Olympics, American athletes will receive $37,500 for each gold medal, $22,500 for each silver medal and $15,000 for each bronze medal, according to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). 11Alive.com WXIAYes, Olympians from some countries get paid more than US athletes for winning medals

When is last day of Olympics?

Tokyo 2020 will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 8, with several events, including volleyball, boxing, and the men's marathon all scheduled for the final day of competition. The last event of the Tokyo Olympic Games will be the men's water polo final at 4:30 p.m. in Tokyo (3:30 a.m. EST). TIMEWhat to Know About the Tokyo Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony

How much does a gold medal winner get?

The U.S. only pays out $37,500 to gold medal winners, $22,500 for silver, and $15,000 for bronze. The U.S. payout structure is similar to other countries in the Americas like Brazil and Chile, which offer financial incentives in the tens-of-thousands range. Slate MagazineSome Countries Offer Their Olympic Medalists More Than Glory

Why was Emma Coburn disqualified in Olympics?

Falls short of capturing another medal A subsequent fall on one of the barriers by Coburn on the final lap dropped her to a 14th place finish with a time of 9:41.50. She was later disqualified for stepping on or inside the rail lining of the track. Crested Butte NewsEmma Coburn struggles at Tokyo Olympics on August 4 – The Crested Butte News

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Meanwhile, USA men shocked the world by failing to qualify for the final of the 4x100-meter relay, finishing sixth in their heat.

On the court, there's a spot in the gold-medal game on the line as Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and U.S. men's basketball face Australia -- the same country the U.S. women's hoops team defeated on Tuesday night -- in a semifinal matchup at 12:15 a.m. ET.

Then, in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the USWNT takes on Australia in the women's soccer bronze-medal match. ... If Team USA vs. Australia wasn't already a rivalry, it is now.

From the plethora of track events (men's triple jump final, men's shot put final and men's 110m hurdles final, to name a few) to when Megan Rapinoe & Co. take the pitch, we've got you covered with updates on all the action from Tokyo:

In a commanding performance worthy of a defending champion, USA's Ryan Crouser won back-to-back Olympic gold in the men's short put, setting an Olympic record in his first throw ...

... and final throw, at 76 feet, 5 1/2 inches, the second-best in the history of the sport.

GRANDPA, WE DID IT!@RCrouserThrows is GOLDEN! #TokyoOlympics x @TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/OcAtJjKmVV

In a shocking turn of events, USA's Grant Holloway, the current world champion in the 110-meter hurdles, was denied an Olympic gold medal by Jamaica's Hansle Parchment, who ran a 13:04 race. It's also a 1-3 finish for Jamaica, with Ronald Levy picking up the bronze. This is Parchment's first Olympic gold medal; he won a bronze in the same event in 2012.

The U.S. men's 4x100-meter relay team failed to qualify for the finals, coming in sixth in the semifinals.

Team USA's performance caught the attention of the legendary Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist, who called the performance "a total embarrassment."

The USA team did everything wrong in the men's relay. The passing system is wrong, athletes running the wrong legs, and it was clear that there was no leadership. It was a total embarrassment, and completely unacceptable for a USA team to look worse than the AAU kids I saw .

The USA's A-Team beach volleyball duo of April Ross and Alex Klineman will play for the gold medal after they cruised to victory against Switzerland 21-12, 21-11 in the semifinals over Switzerland. They will face Australia in the finals (Thursday, 10:30 p.m. ET).

Whether they win gold or silver remains to be determined. What is certain: They have the support of Mr. T.

Let's go @AprilRossBeach and @alixklineman (The A-Team)! Don't let Up, Next Stop Gold! I am Watching and Rooting, Go USA Go! #Olympics @TeamUSA @usavolleyball @USAVBeach #Gold

American Cory Juneau, who squeaked into the final in the eighth spot out of qualifying, took bronze in the Olympic debut of men's park skateboarding. He joined Jagger Eaton, who took bronze in men's street, as the only American medalists in the sport's Olympic debut. The first skater to drop in the finals, Juneau, 22, put together his cleanest and most technical run of the contest, and his 82.15 set the bar for the remainder of the competition.

But 18-year-old Australian Keegan Palmer took gold with a 95.83. Palmer, who was born in San Diego and lives in Encinitas, California, earned the first medal in skateboarding for Australia. Brazilian Pedro Barros, 26, the most successful park skater in history, took silver with a second-run score of 86.14.

Let 'em know! Cory Juneau is an Olympic medalist! 🇺🇸🥉 #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/lmdwWcTmWJ

In the women's 4x100-meter relay, Team USA advanced to the finals after finishing second in the heats at 41.90, just behind Great Britain's 41.55. USA has won gold in the past two Olympics. Great Britain and Jamaica, which finished third, all finished on the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Shaun White won three Olympic gold medals in snowboarding, but the 34-year-old legend had a chance to see what a Summer Games medal is like when he posed for a photo with skateboarding gold medalist Sakura Yosozumi and silver medalist Kokona Hiraki.

These girls are so inspiring !!Congratulations Sakura Yosozumi 🥇 Kokona Hiraki🥈and Sky Brown🥉 pic.twitter.com/qOnZTfJrAN

Same pose, just many years later. Caeleb Dressel observed Throwback Thursday only how he could: with the four gold medals he won in Tokyo.

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Watch: Athing Mu's family goes nuts watching her win gold medal

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COVID-19 has restricted fan attendance at the Summer Olympics this year. So NBC has been compensating by placing cameras at the homes of family and friends of competitors. That’s how we’ve seen some fun video reactions, such as this one.

Here is a look at the reaction from Mu’s family and friends as Mu progressed towards a first-place finish at the Olympic Stadium.

TRENTON, NJ: STAND UP!@athiiing's family and friends go wild watching her earn @TeamUSA its first gold medal in the women's 800m final in 53 years. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/dUGPvk1jTK

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 4, 2021

Mu, who is from Trenton, N.J., finished with a time of 1:55.21. The 19-year-old is the first US winner in the women’s 800m since Madeline Manning in 1968.

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