The final day of competition at the Olympic Games is here. After record-breaking days in the pool and on the track, history-making feats and inspiring moments, the Games come to a close in Tokyo.
The final day of action started with the men's marathon winding through the streets of Sapporo, Japan, where Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won his second consecutive gold medal in dominant fashion, beating the field by more than a minute.
Then came the evening's main event: the women's basketball gold-medal game, which saw the United States take care of Japan for its seventh consecutive gold medal. Japan's first-ever shot at gold was derailed in a 90-75 defeat, with Americans Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each winning an unprecedented fifth gold medal.
While the Team USA women's hoops team added to its gold-medal count, the U.S. women's volleyball team got gold for the first time, dominating Brazil in a three-set sweep. That win also vaulted the Americans past China in the overall gold-medal standings, which they clinched when Chinese boxer Li Quan lost her gold-medal match to Great Britain's Lauren Price.
In other boxing, American Keyshawn Davis fell short against Cuban rival Andy Cruz in the lightweight gold-medal bout, the latest in a string of closely contested matchups between the two fighters.
Here's the best action from the last night in Tokyo:
Best moments from the closing ceremonies
The parade of athletes has begun!— Olympics (@Olympics) August 8, 2021
The athletes walk in together to celebrate everything they have given these past few weeks.
Alone we are small but together we are giants!#StrongerTogether | #ClosingCeremony | #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/YvACHlXcUE
Bonjour, France!— Olympics (@Olympics) August 8, 2021
The #FRA national flag is raised, an invitation to the world to attend the next Olympic Games! @Paris2024, we can't wait to see what you have in store in just three years' time.#Paris2024 #ClosingCeremony #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/Q4nNnxFmDt
Let's get it started!— Paris 2024 (@Paris2024) August 8, 2021
Les Jeux Olympiques de #Paris2024 commencent !
Ouvrons ensemble un nouveau chapitre des Jeux.
Together, let's write a new chapter of the Olympic Games.
From the bottom of our hearts ❤️— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) August 8, 2021
Thank you 🔥 pic.twitter.com/NVcUUPkfer
USA women's indoor volleyball makes history
Looking to win its first-ever Olympic gold medal, the U.S. women's volleyball team entered Sunday's match against Brazil focused on making history.
The team won the first four points in commanding fashion -- and never looked back.
The American squad put on a dominant performance at Ariake Arena, winning in straight sets -- 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 -- in just 82 minutes. Andrea Drews and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley combined for 29 points.
"People say we're going to be under so much pressure because we've never won the gold medal," said the United States' Jordan Larson. "But we're under no pressure because we've never done it. Why not go out swinging?" -- D'Arcy Maine
so 𝙨𝙣𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙮— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
Bartsch-Hackley gets it over the block, and USA wins the first set.#TokyoOlympics x @USAVolleyball x @TeamUSA
📺 USA, continuing at 1:30a ET on NBC
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USA passes China in gold medals
With three gold medals -- team golds in women's indoor volleyball and women's basketball and Jennifer Valente's cycling gold -- the United States ended the Olympics with 39 golds, one more than China's 38. The Americans already had clinched the top spot for overall medals.
USA boxer Richard Torrez Jr. takes silver
American super heavyweight boxer Richard Torrez Jr. fell to Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov by decision to take the silver medal. Torrez won the first round but couldn't overcome a dominant second round by Jalolov.
Boxer Keyshawn Davis gets silver
United States lightweight boxer Keyshawn Davis fell just short of gold, losing to Cuba's Andy Cruz.
Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird made history by winning their fifth women's basketball gold medals with Team USA, which won its seventh straight gold by beating Japan 90-75.
A brief list of basketball players who have five Olympic gold medals ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/sFFF0PT4lx— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
The two vets, who won their first golds for Team USA in Athens in 2004, helped get the Americans out to a big lead Sunday.
Brittney Griner also did quality work for the Americans, scoring 30 points to help extend Team USA's Olympic winning streak to 55 games.
Bird and Taurasi might not be done with Olympics hoops quite yet, though.
Cycling to gold
The United States' Jennifer Valente rode to gold in the women's omnium, putting the U.S. at 38 gold medals, at that point tied with China for tops of any country.
Ingebrigtsen sets Olympic record
Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen ended his Olympics with an epic performance, as the 20-year-old raced to gold in the men's 1,500-meter run with a time of 3 minutes, 28.32 seconds.
Another gold from the track is going to Norway!— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
An Olympic record for 20-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the men's 1500m! #TokyoOlympics
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Kipchoge goes back-to-back
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge ran it back for gold, literally, in the men's marathon in Sapporo, pulling away down the stretch to win his second consecutive gold medal. Kipchoge's winning time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds was more than a minute better than the silver medalist, Netherlands' Abdi Nageeye.
Here's Kipchoge putting a bow on his dominant performance.
The battle for silver and bronze was also pretty epic.
"We can BOTH be Olympic medalists!"— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
What a finish for silver and bronze in the men's marathon between Nageeye, Abdi, and Cherono! #TokyoOlympics
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The marathoner's philosophy
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