Kevin Durant: two-time NBA Finals MVP, three-time Olympic Games gold medalist. Allyson Felix is now the most decorated track athlete in American history. She won gold with Sydney McLaughlin, Athing Mu and Dalilah Muhammad. The medal gives Felix 11 and breaks a tie with Carl Lewis.
In basketball, Durant scored a game-high 29 points while Jayson Tatum added 19 off the bench as Team USA beat Rudy Gobert and France 87-82 for its fourth straight gold medal.
The U.S. exacted revenge on France, which defeated the Americans in group play. Team USA went on a 9-2 run, capped by a Tatum 3-pointer, that pushed the lead back to double figures.
KD's 3 gives @TeamUSA an 11-point lead over France.@TeamUSA x #TokyoOlympics— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 7, 2021
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Here's the best of all the action in Tokyo:
A relay gold and a record for Felix
Allyson Felix's legendary Olympic career came to a close Saturday with a gold medal in the 4x400 meters as part of a star-studded American team.
With 11 medals, Felix is now the most decorated American track and field athlete in Olympic history -- having surpassed Carl Lewis. She had taken the record outright for most Olympic medals by a woman in the sport Friday by earning the bronze medal in the 400 meters.
She was joined on the team by Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu, with Mu crossing the finish line in 3:16.85 minutes -- nearly 4 seconds ahead of second-place Poland. McLaughlin, who won gold in the 400-meter hurdles earlier this week, gave the U.S. an early lead during the first leg, and Felix increased it as the second runner.
Jamaica won the bronze medal.
THE U.S. WOMEN'S 4x400M RELAY WINS 🥇!pic.twitter.com/Box15jpZaj— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 7, 2021
THE MOST DECORATED AMERICAN TRACK AND FIELD OLYMPIAN EVER. 🥇🥈🥉@allysonfelix | #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/clZUbEvPPo— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 7, 2021
Read more: Felix's grit, more than speed, made her a legend
Japan takes first baseball gold
In a masterful game of pitching and small-ball hitting, Japan defeated the United States 2-0 to win the gold medal in baseball. It's the country's first gold in baseball.
It's baseball glory for #JPN! At Yokohama Stadium, Japan defeat USA for their first Olympic #gold in the sport!#StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | #Baseball | @WBSC pic.twitter.com/XIgiBg6T4B— Olympics (@Olympics) August 7, 2021
Japan could be holding the crown for a while. The sport's return to the Olympics was on a provisional basis. Baseball will not be played in the 2024 Paris Games.
Read more: Japan can finally celebrate a baseball gold
USA basketball stays atop the podium
Kevin Durant showed out in a gold-medal game again.
Durant led Team USA with 29 points while Jayson Tatum scored 19 as the Americans hung on to beat France 87-82 to win Olympic gold for the fourth straight Games.
CONGRATULATIONS MEN!!! @usabasketball 🥇— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 7, 2021
The U.S. led by as many as 14 but saw its lead cut to three with 10 seconds remaining. That's when Durant iced the game with two free throws.
Jrue Holiday and Damian Lillard both scored 11 points for the Americans, who got revenge after losing to France in pool play.
Read more: When USA needed a hero, KD answered
Read more: Damian Lillard's golden summer
Track and field finals
Men's 4x400 relay
Moments after Felix and the American women dominated their race, their male counterparts followed suit and earned the gold in the 4x400 as well.
The team, made up of Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and Rai Benjamin, finished in 2:55.70 -- almost a second-and-a-half in front of the Netherlands, which took the silver and set a national record. Botswana notched the bronze medal.
TEAM USA GETS ITS GOLD! 🥇— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 7, 2021
Your men's 4x400m relay winners. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/vfOjn2Q3FY
And it's another relay gold for @TeamUSA!#USA take #gold in the men's 4 x 400m relay after a thrilling final!@WorldAthletics | #StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/Z7QCZAT1aC— Olympics (@Olympics) August 7, 2021
Women's 10,000 meters
The Netherlands' Sifan Hassan's quest to win the "triple" was halted Friday with a third-place finish in the 1500 meters, but her Olympics still concluded with a gold medal in the 10,000 meters on Saturday.
Also the champion in the 5,000 meters, Hassan leaves Tokyo with two gold medals and a bronze. After crossing the finish line in 29:52.32 minutes on Saturday, Hassan raised her arms in victory and then fell to the ground. After logging over 15 miles of competition during the Games, Hassan had to crawl to get off the track and then lay on the side covered in ice packs.
WHAT A RACE! 🙌— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 7, 2021
Sifan Hassan leaves the #TokyoOlympics with three medals:
🥇 10,000m@OnHerTurf x #OlympicHERstory pic.twitter.com/biZFIIGn6F
Sheer relief 😌 pic.twitter.com/ksIC7LVZVF— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) August 7, 2021
She had been open about the toll participating in the three races was taking on her body when speaking to the media Friday.
"The last couple of days have been very stressful, and it has taken lots of energy from me," she said.
The 28-year-old is the reigning world champion in the 10,000 meters, and she was part of a lead group of three runners for much of the race. She used her trademark kick down the final stretch to separate herself from silver medalist Kalkidan Gezahegne of Bahrain and bronze medalist Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia.
Hassan is just the second woman in history, and the first since 1948, to win a medal in three individual track races during a single Olympic Games. -- D'Arcy Maine
Korda wins gold in wild final round
Not even a tropical storm could stop Nelly Korda from winning gold at the Olympics. Not even Japan's Mone Inami, New Zealand's Lydia Ko and India's Aditi Ashok.
Korda, who remained calm, cool and collected during all four rounds of the women's golf tournament, finished at 17 under. The American flashed a smile and waved after her gold-medal-clinching putt -- no huge celebration, but rather an acknowledgement that she deserved to be there.
But she wasn't the only one at Kasumigaseki Country Club making that case. After Korda double-bogeyed the seventh hole, putting her in a three-way tie with Ko and Ashok, she hit the reset -- the three-birdies-in-a-row reset -- to take a 3-stroke lead.
An American sweep! 🇺🇸🇺🇸@NellyKorda wins 🥇 and joins @XSchauffele atop the podium in #Olympics #Golf @USAGolf | @TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/HBVo6zZPl7— Olympic Golf (@OlympicGolf) August 7, 2021
Korda held the lead at 17 under, but with two holes to play, tournament officials blew the horn, suspending play due to thunderstorms. Inami was 1 stroke back in a solo second, while Ashok and Ko, the silver medalist in 2016, were tied for third at 15 under.
The delay lasted 45 minutes, and when play resumed, Inami drained her birdie putt on 17 to share the lead with Korda. But that didn't last long, as she bogeyed the final hole while Korda finished with a par.
Inami claimed the silver medal in a playoff, and Ko took the bronze. -- Charlotte Gibson
Read more: Korda's calm dominance
Surprise medal for Team USA
Team USA's Molly Seidel ran her first marathon ever in February 2020 -- at the U.S. Olympic trials. A year and a half later, she is the Olympic bronze medalist at Tokyo, finishing at 2:27:46. Kenya went 1-2 -- Peres Jepchirchir won gold with a 2:27:20 finish, followed by Brigid Kosgei. The women's marathon race was moved to earlier in the morning on Saturday in Sapporo, Japan, due to heat and humidity.
"It takes 10 years to become an overnight success." - marathoners— des_linden (@des_linden) August 6, 2021
"Hold my beer." - Molly Seidel #TeamUSA
Seidel is the third American woman to win a medal in Olympic marathon, joining Deena Kastor (bronze, 2004) and Joan Benoit Samuelson (gold, 1984).
Three-peat for USA water polo
For the third straight Olympics, USA women's water polo has the gold medal. Ashleigh Johnson was a rock star in goal as Team USA won 14-5 vs. Spain. It's the largest margin of victory in a gold-medal game in Olympic history.
In the run to her third gold, Maggie Steffens reset the record book. She now owns the record for Olympic career scoring with 56 goals.
The women of @USAWP defeated 🇪🇸 14-5 - the largest margin of victory ever in Olympic gold medal matches.— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 7, 2021
This is a really dominant team. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/CrUHuI2epT
2012, 2016 and now 2020.— Olympics (@Olympics) August 7, 2021
The #USA have made it three #Gold medals in a row in women's water polo!#StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | @fina1908 | #WaterPolo pic.twitter.com/94PdVtj5EY
Gold on the pitch
Defending champion Brazil will take on Spain for a shot at the gold medal at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday. Spain is coming off a 1-0 semifinal victory over Japan, while Brazil beat Mexico 4-1. In 2016, Brazil won the gold medal in a penalty shootout against Germany.
Does gold run in the family?
USA high jump star Vashti Cunningham, the 23-year-old daughter of former Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings star Randall Cunningham, is positioned to be a medal contender when the women's high jump final begins (6:35 a.m. ET). Her 1.95-meter jump in the prelim round automatically qualified her for the finals. She finished first at U.S. Olympic trials in June, and the month before that, she set a personal record with a jump of 6 feet, 7½ inches.