Dressel, Ledecky Dominate While Djokovic Loses Out On Medal

Jonathan Grant | July 31st, 2021

It was quite a night, a banner night, if you will, for the American team in the pool in Tokyo. Two of the biggest stars that Team USA boasts showed just why they are considered so highly as they went out and dominated proceedings. Caeleb Dressel set a world record time in the 100m butterfly to win gold. Katie Ledecky also ruled the roost in her race on the day, winning a third straight gold medal by dominating the 800m freestyle. She has not lost in the event since 2010, so it would have been quite the surprise if someone managed to knock her off. On the golf course, local hero Hideki Matsuyama made his move up the leaderboard in round three.

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He will start the fourth and final round only two shots back of leader Xander Schauffele. Carlos Ortiz, out of Mexico, is in between them. It would be quite the popular win for Matsuyama, not only because he is Japanese but also because he has been recovering from Covid and is lacking energy compared to his opponents. On the tennis court, Novak Djokovic’s Olympic Games did not go to plan. Having been denied a chance to play for the gold, he went down in the bronze medal match as well, losing to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic, said to be nursing a shoulder injury, threw his racket at one stage in anger. On the field, the rugby sevens field that is, the New Zealand women’s team took down France 26-12 to claim the rugby-crazed nation’s first-ever gold medal in the sport. The men had previously fallen in the final to age-old rivals Fiji, so this will take a bit of the bad taste out of their mouths.

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