TOKYO – Katie Ledecky made more history for America in the pool. Same for Caeleb Dressel.
Ledecky won the 800m freestyle, ending her grueling Olympic program with a third straight victory in a race she has not lost since 2010. Dressel won his third Tokyo Games gold medal with a world record in the 100m butterfly.
Ledecky, 24, became the first female swimmer to earn six individual gold medals in her career. She won two gold and two silver in Tokyo.
Dressel still has some work to do.
The world’s greatest swimmer entered the men’s freestyle semifinals with a top time of 21.42s. But Dressel missed out on another medal opportunity when he had to push America to fifth with the anchor leg of the new 4x100m mixed medley.
The Australian women added another gold when Kaylee McCain won the backstroke events with a win in 200. Britain’s team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin claimed gold in the new mixed relay with a world record. 3:37.58.
Former Central League MVP Tetsuto Yamada opened it with a three-run homer in Yokohama, and Hayato Sakamoto went deep from former big league pitcher Manny Banuelos. Yamada finished with four RBIs.
Joy Meneses, 29, had three RBIs for Mexico in Double-A with Boston and 2018 International League MVP, including a two-run homer in the eighth from Cama Taira.
Novak Djokovic is crashing out of the Tokyo Olympics without a medal.
It was Djokovic’s third loss in two days and came less than 24 hours after losing to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals. This ended his bid for the Golden Slam, winning all four Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold in the same year.
Djokovic, who lost to Serbian partner Nina Stojanovic in the mixed doubles semi-finals on Friday, played a total of 16 sets in seven matches over four days.
He was due to be back on the court later on Saturday for a final in Tokyo. She and Stojanovic were to face the Australian pair of Ash Barty and John Peer for the bronze medal in mixed doubles. But Djokovic withdrew from that match citing a left shoulder injury – handing Australia the bronze medal.
oh so close
Xander Schauffele is 18 holes away from a gold medal, and the podium is still a long way off.
Schauffele, a 27-year-old American golfer whose mother was raised in Japan, ended on a strong note, reaching within 3 feet of a 9-iron for a birdie and a 68 at Kasumigaseki Country Club. Maintain a one-shot lead.
The Japanese star finished just behind Hideki Matsuyama and then posted a 67 after a rain-delayed second round finish 7-under 64. Joining him in the final group is Paul Casey, who scored 66 in his bid to keep the Olympics. Gold medal with Britain in golf.
Justin Rose won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, marking golf’s return to the Olympic program after a 112-year absence. It came down to Rose and Henrik Stenson in Rio. This time eight players got separated by three shots.
BMX rider Conor Fields was transferred from the intensive care unit at a Tokyo hospital to the high-level care wing a day after a horrific accident during the semi-finals of an Olympic race, which left him motionless on the asphalt.
The 28-year-old from Las Vegas had a brain hemorrhage in the accident, and an Olympic neurosurgeon was on standby when he needed surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. But the most recent CT scans showed no additional brain injury, USA Cycling said in a statement, and doctors are confident that Fields will not require surgery.
Fields, a gold medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Games, also sustained a collapsed lung and broken ribs in the accident.
Another domination was China in the diving pool, taking the top two places in the semi-finals of the women’s 3m springboard.
In the replay of the preliminaries, defending Olympic champion Shi Tingmao posted the highest score on five dives and teammate Wang Han finished second. The pair had already won the 3m synchronized event together.
Xi took the lead with 371.45 points. Wang (346.85) and Canadian Jennifer Abel (341.40) were also close to the leader, stamping China as a huge favorite to earn their fourth diving gold in five events at these Games.
Americans Krista Palmer and Hailey Hernandez also finished in the top 12 to advance to Sunday’s final, where the score would be cleared and the final standings settled with another five more dives.
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