Archery, swimming, water polo – NBC 7 San Diego
Day 8 of the Tokyo Olympics – which is July 31 in Tokyo and 4pm July 30 to 7am July 31 San Diego time – gave us non-stop action. Team USA archer Brady Ellison – who trains in Chula Vista – is focused heavily on that gold medal, while the track and field events are on the move. Meanwhile, Team USA wants even more dominance in the pool, and there’s more water polo and baseball to do. Here are five events to watch at the Tokyo Olympics on July 31, 2021.
1) Team USA Archery: Brady Ellison looking to stay sharp
Team USA Archer Brady Ellison — who lives and trains in Chula Vista, San Diego County — lost to Turkey’s Mete Gazoz 7-3 in the men’s individual archery quarterfinals on Saturday morning.
Brady Ellison is the highest ranked archer in the world. NBC 7’s Steven Luke caught up with Ellison to talk about his training — and his goal, a gold medal — at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Ellison – as well as Chula Vista-trained Mackenzie Brown – made it through the early rounds of individual competition earlier this week.
His loss means Ellison returns to the United States without a medal.
Ellison, who is America’s best archer, started the match losing the first set 27-26 and splitting the second set, 28-28.
Ellison won the third set 28-27 but dropped the final two sets to be out of contention for a medal. Gazoz shot a perfect 30 in the final set, hitting 10s on all three arrows
Ellison is the reigning world champion in his sport, ranked No. 1 in the world. He has two silver medals in the Olympic team events from previous games, as well as an individual bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
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By the way, Ellison joined our Olympic Dreams: San Diego to Tokyo podcast before leaving for the Tokyo Olympics. He talked about training, healing and much more. LISTEN to his episode below:
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2) Women’s 100m highlights Big day on the track
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Teahna Daniels clocked a personal best 10.98 to finish third in the final run of the women’s 100m semifinals.
Jenna Prandini, who replaced Sha’Carri Richardson in the women’s 100m semifinal, finished fourth and will not advance to the final. Prandini crossed the finish line in 11.11 seconds behind Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, Switzerland’s Ajla Del Ponte and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson Herah.
Nigeria’s Sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been suspended and is now barred from the Olympics, after testing positive for human growth hormone. She was scheduled to compete in the women’s 100m semi-finals on Saturday.
Okagbare tested positive in an out-of-competition test on July 19, but the Athletics Integrity Unit didn’t find out until Friday.
Okagbare had previously run the 100m, which she won in 11.05 seconds to advance to the semifinals.
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Teahna Daniels, Javianne Oliver and Jenna Prandini all qualified for the women’s 100m semi-finals.
3) Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky want more Team USA dominance in the pool
Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky highlighted another strong night for Team USA swimming. In Dressel’s first of three Olympic races on Friday, he won gold in the 100m butterfly with a time of 49.45 seconds, bettering his own world record. Meanwhile, Kristof Milak of Hungary took silver and Noe Ponti of Switzerland took bronze.
Kaite Ledecky won the 800m for the third consecutive time, giving her six individual gold medals in her career, the most of any swimmer. Ledecky has 10 medals in total but could add to his collection in the future.
“It wasn’t my last race,” she said after the race, of a future Olympics. “I’m going at least 24, maybe 28, we’ll see. I just knew it was my last swim here.
In the women’s 200m backstroke, Australia’s Kaylee McKeown won gold to sweep the women’s backstroke events in Tokyo. Americans Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon placed fourth and fifth respectively.
In the first mixed 4x100m medley relay, the Americans chose Ryan Murphy (backstroke), Lydia Jacoby (breaststroke), Torri Huske (butterfly) and Dressel (freestyle). Although Murphy gave the United States a big lead in the first leg, the Americans fell behind as the race progressed. Jacoby swam admirably despite his now famous rose-colored goggles falling off.
Great Britain took gold, China silver and Australia bronze. Team USA finished fifth.
After winning five medals earlier in the day, the United States swim team returned to the Tokyo Aquatics Center for more qualifying rounds.
4) Water polo: the American team faces Hungary
The United States men’s water polo team’s offense died down early in the second half, leading to an 11-8 loss to Hungary.
USA led 4-3 in the first half but then allowed six unanswered goals to Hungary. That goal drought ended with Alex Obert’s goal bringing the United States to 9-5 with 6:20 remaining. Luca Cupido followed with a goal on the ensuing possession to make it a three-goal game.
A Hannes Daube goal with 3:08 remaining cut the deficit to 9-7, but Krisztian Manhercz responded with a goal to cut the lead to three and nearly seal the victory.
Manhercz scored a game-high three goals. Bowen and Ben Hallock each scored two goals for the United States
With both Group A teams having already qualified for the quarter-finals, but with a seeding still in play, the United States fell to 2-2 and Hungary improved to 3-1.
NBC 7’s Steven Luke introduces us to the seasoned Team USA veteran.
The American team is led by Jesse Smith, a Coronado resident and five-time Olympian. In a true show of leadership, Smith made way for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics last week so that the young players on his team could experience the moment. You can read more about it here.
Smith was also recently on our Olympic Dreams: San Diego to Tokyo podcast, speaking to NBC 7’s Steven Luke about training and being an Olympic veteran. Listen to Smith’s episode here.
His teammate, Alex Bowen, is from Santee and a former student of Santana High School – where his father was his coach. It’s his second Olympics and he’s bringing hard shooting and powerful scoring to his team.
The quarter-finals begin on August 3.
5) Baseball: Team USA vs. South Korea
The United States baseball team won Group B with a 4-2 win over defending Olympic champions South Korea on Saturday at Yokohama Stadium in Tokyo. The United States will now face host nation Japan in the next leg.
Both teams entered Saturday’s game with 1-0 records at the Olympics after beating Israel in their series openers.
Team USA’s offense was stifled by South Korean starter Ko Young-pyo for three innings before Boston Red Sox prospect Triston Casas hit a two-run homer to take the lead in fourth inning.
Tyler Austin had three RBIs and Eddy Alvarez added two doubles and two RBIs.
The Team USA roster combines experience and promise. Todd Frazier, Scott Kazmir, Edwin Jackson, Anthony Gose and David Robertson bring their MLB experience, while Triston Casas, Simeon Woods Richardson and Shane Baz are promising prospects. Another American star is infielder Eddy Alvarez, who has already been in the Olympic spotlight in Tokyo as one of the American flag bearers for the opening ceremony.
The Team USA athlete explained what it was like to be an American flag bearer alongside Sue Bird. “It’s a symbol of freedom, a symbol of opportunity, a symbol that my family needed and left their country for,” Alvarez said. “I was very honored to stand with this flag.”
The Team USA baseball roster also includes a few players with local ties: San Diego native Nick Allen – a former high school Frances Parker. Allen, an infielder and one of Oakland A’s top prospects, was part of the qualifying squad that went a perfect 4-0 to earn a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.
There are also a few Olympic team players who played for (or were related to) the San Diego Padres in various capacities over the years: Patrick Kivlehan; Tim Federowicz; Edwin Jackson. You can read more about these links here.
Baseball was a demonstration sport in six Olympics before gaining full-time status in 1992. The sport was later dropped from the Olympic program for 2012 and 2016 before being brought back for the 2020 Games. It will removed from the 2024 slate in Paris, but he could return for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.