In the latest installment of Tokyo Olympics action, Australian superstar Ariarne Titmus upset Katie Ledecky in the 400-meter free -- which was seen as Ledecky's toughest race -- and men's swimmer Caeleb Dressel earned his first gold medal of the Games, in the 4x100 relay.
Women's skateboarding was also awarded its first-ever Olympic gold. Meanwhile, U.S. softball defeated Japan in a preview of what could be to come in the gold-medal game later this week when the two teams face off again. And in the early hours of Monday morning, the U.S. men's gymnastics team attempted an upset of its own: After a fourth-place finish in qualifications, the Americans aimed for the podium in team finals.
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Upset in men's gymnastics
The Russian Olympic Committee team edged home team Japan for gold by just a little over a tenth of a point. And it came down to ROC's Nikita Nagorny on the very last routine. The 2019 world all-around champion saved an early pass from going out of bounds, then stuck his half-in half-out dismount on floor to clinch the win. The U.S. team, led by Sam Mikulak's parallel bar score of 15.000, placed fifth, one spot below its finish in prelims.
ROC has won #gold in #Gymnastics - men's team at #Tokyo2020 #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 26, 2021
🗣️ LET'S GO! @Yul_Shin0122 off to a great start on pommel horse. 👊@teamusa x #TokyoOlympics— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
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What a Team Final!— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 26, 2021
The 🇺🇸 men's artistic team pulls in with a 5th-place finish! Congratulations on a huge day in Tokyo, fellas!
Next up, the All-Around Final for Brody (@brody1700) and Sam (@SamuelMikulak) on Wednesday! #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/TbuJvf1V2E
Titmus dethrones Ledecky
The highly anticipated showdown between Australia's Ariarne Titmus and five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky ended in the slimmest of margins. Ledecky swam her second-fastest time of her career, 3:57.36 -- behind only the world and Olympic record she set at the Rio Olympics -- and still lost to Titmus, who came in at 3:56.69. Her silver medal finish marked the first time Ledecky has not won gold in an Olympic individual event.
Australia's Ariarne Titmus wins the Olympic gold medal in the women's 400m free.@KatieLedecky gets the silver, earning her first Olympic medal of these #TokyoOlympics.— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
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As Titmus touched the wall, her coach was thrilled -- to say the least.
when the preworkout kicks in #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/xkU7zyF0gG— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
Ledecky had to turn around quickly for her 200-meter heat and set an Olympic record for the 1,500-meters.
Good morning from @katieledecky. 🌞— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
She wins her heat in the 200m freestyle. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/fjYiq267P3
It's an OLYMPIC RECORD for @katieledecky as she wins her heat in the 1500m freestyle.— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
15:35.35 #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/jw29Dfu1FP
She will race for gold in the event Tuesday night.
Brazil's top cheerleader
Dani Alves, 38, is one of Brazil's most famous footballers and has enjoyed a remarkable career at the top of the sport. Now, he is using his social media platforms with a combined 47 million followers to call for greater support for the country's athletes at Tokyo 2020.
If his social media accounts are to be believed, Alves, who captained Brazil to a 4-2 win over Germany in its Tokyo 2020 pool stage opener on Thursday, is loving life in the Olympic Village. He was inspired by 13-year-old skateboarder Rayssa Leal's silver medal and sent her a message of congratulations via Instagram, but he also used the platform to call for further investment in Brazil's athletes.
"I take advantage of this beautiful image [Rayssa Leal skating her way to the podium] to raise my voice in support of Brazilian sport," his post said. "We need to invest more in our sports and our athletes.
"You can't always win on courage alone, but if that's the way it has to be, then we're all in, body and soul. Congratulations to little giant @rayssalealsk8 for her great performance and for being such an example to our young people.
"And I'm not here for the applause.... I will applaud all the athletes who are here representing our nation and our people with great honour and love for our country!!"
-- Tom Hamilton
And here's Leal crushing it as a 7-year-old.
A loss, then a proposal
For Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice, the sting of Olympic defeat was quickly parried by a stroke of love.
Perez Maurice had just been beaten in the women's saber when her longtime coach and partner Lucas Guillermo Saucedo turned the loss into a surprise marriage proposal.
While Perez Maurice was speaking to reporters, Saucedo held up a handwritten note asking "Do you want to marry me?" in Spanish. She accepted.
Dressel and U.S. men's relay team win gold
Caeleb Dressel gave the U.S. an early lead in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Italy won silver, while Australia snatched bronze.
GOLD FOR TEAM USA!@TeamUSA owns the men's 4x100m free relay to secure the GOLD 🥇 #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/CISVBhIdMZ— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
One former swimmer you might have heard of was impressed ...
when you find an extra fry at the bottom of the bag@MichaelPhelps #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/qqpJIcU1Ap— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
Read more: Dressel is ready for his star turn
Elsewhere in the pool ...
Regan Smith set an Olympic record in the women's 100-meter backstroke during her semifinal heat.
OLYMPIC RECORD.— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
Regan Smith sets a new Olympic record and is off to the final in the women's 100m backstroke along with teammate Rhyan White. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/t2yMkfGZjN
Skates like teen spirit
Japan swept street skateboarding's Olympic debut. With her win, 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya of Osaka became the fifth-youngest gold medalist in Olympic history. Brazilian Rayssa Leal, who is also 13, took silver, and 16-year-old Funa Nakayama of Toyama, Japan, took bronze. The future of women's street skating is bright.
What were you doing at 13?
Japan's Momiji Nishiya and Brazil's Rayssa Leal have two things in common:— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
They are both 13 years old and they are both Olympic medalists.#TokyoOlympics | #OlympicHERstory pic.twitter.com/uuMckwPLuS
How it started: How it's going: pic.twitter.com/CgnwTnBXEn— Olympics (@Olympics) July 26, 2021
Alexis Sablone, 34, a three-time X Games gold medalist with a master's degree in architecture from MIT, was the only American in the final and finished just off the medal podium in fourth. -- Alyssa Roenigk
In a duel between American surfers, California's Kolohe Andino eliminated Hawaii's John John Florence to advance to the quarterfinal. The two shared a nice moment in between heats.
Cooling off before the next heat. 🥶@usasurfteam x #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/kycDzpVQn6— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 26, 2021
Osaka cruises into third round
Four-time Grand Slam champ Naomi Osaka of Japan needed just 65 minutes to see off 49th-ranked Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland to reach the last 16.
And the crowd goes wild!
Despite failing to manage a hit for the first five innings, Team USA softball tied Japan in the sixth inning and won 2-1 in the seventh, thanks to a walk-off home run off Kelsey Stewart's bat. The same two teams, which were undefeated headed into Sunday's game, will meet in the gold-medal game scheduled for Tuesday evening Tokyo time. Cue: pandemonium.
The walk-off homer for @usasoftball sent Delaney Spaulding's family into a FRENZY! 🎉🎉🎉 #TokyoOlympics #OlympicHERstory pic.twitter.com/RqcNw9v4ca— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
Moves like Jagger
When summer meets winter ...
Jagger Eaton's moves earned him @TeamUSA's first skateboarding medal...— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
But can @AdamRippon name them? #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/ARlxpPS132
Doncic puts on a show
A debut to remember -- for both player and country. Luka Doncic led Slovenia to a blowout win over Argentina, 118-100, in the nation's first appearance in Olympic basketball. The NBA star ended the game with 48 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists -- the first player to score more than 40 points at the Olympics since Brazil's Oscar Schmidt in 1996.