The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are in full swing with the first weekend officially in the books. There has been a tremendous amount of excitement throughout the Summer Games thus far and there will be plenty more to come.
On the third day of the Tokyo Olympics, swimming dominated the landscape with multiple Americans earning medals. In addition, fans saw the Tokyo debut for star gymnast Simone Biles and the rest of the United States in qualifying for the all-around competition. Here's a closer look at what happened and what is still to come for America at the Games.
Swimming took center stage with some of the United States' biggest stars making their debuts in the pool. In her first final of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Katie Ledecky came up just short in the 400-meter freestyle as she earned a silver medal. Ledecky finished in 3:57.36, which was less than a second behind her rival, Australia's Ariarne Titmus. The American swimmer held the lead for the opening 300 meters, but Titmus was able to pass Ledecky on that lap to help secure the victory.
American swimmer Caeleb Dressel was able to get off on the right foot. He helped the United Sates win a gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay. As a country, the United States finished with a time of 3:08.97 ahead of silver medalist Italy and bronze medalist Australia. The Americans were led by Zach Apple, who had the best time of any of the four swimmers with a 46.06 anchor.
The United States men's basketball made its much anticipated debut at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, but it wasn't exactly the performance that the Americans expected. They were upset by France, 83-76. The stunning loss snapped a 25-game winning streak by the Americans, the team's first loss since the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Evan Fournier paced France with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting while Rudy Gobert chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday led the way for the Americans with 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the defeat. In addition, Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo scored 12 points and secured 10 rebounds for the United States. The big story for the United States was their inability to hit shots down the stretch.
The softball gold medal game for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is officially set. On Sunday, the United States softball team defeated Japan, 2-1, on a walk-off home run from Kelsey Stewart. Both the United States and Japan had clinched a spot in the gold medal contest prior to Sunday's matchup, but the win earns the Americans the chance to bat last in Tuesday's gold medal game. It also will be a rematch of the gold medal game from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The United States women's gymnastics squad participated at the Games on Sunday but it may not have been the start that many expected. The Russian Olympic Committee pulled off an upset in qualifying as they posted a top score of 171.629 -- a full point ahead of the United States' total of 170.562. This marks the first time that the Americans are trailing in the team standings since the 2010 world championships.
Olympic legend Simone Biles did top the all-around, while teammate Sunisa Lee came in second place.
Sunday brought a little bit of history when it came to Olympic skateboarding. Japanese skateboarder Momiji Nishiya, 13, won the gold medal in the street event on the women's side after Yuto Horigome won the men's event. Brazil's Rayssa Leal, who was also just 13, earned the silver medal. Both Nishiya and Leal became the youngest ever medalists for their respective countries.
Notable Olympics events for Day 4, July 26
- Swimming finals - Men's 200m freestyle, Women's 100m backstroke, Men's 100m backstroke, Women's 100m backstroke: 9:30 p.m. ET