Another night, another jam-packed slate of Tokyo Olympic action. Tuesday morning, Simone Biles made her return and earned a bronze in the balance beam. On the track, Americans are dominating. Erriyon Knighton, the 17-year-old track star, zoomed into the 200-meter final along with fellow American Noah Lyles. Athing Mu, 19, won gold in the 800-meter final.
On the track, American Rai Benjamin broke the previous world record in the 400-meter hurdles but was outdone by Norway’s Karsten Warholm, who became the first person to break 46 seconds in the event.
Benjamin’s fellow countrymen and women are off to steady starts as well. Five-time Olympian Allyson Felix and world champion Noah Lyles cruised to the semifinals of the women’s 400 meters and men’s 200 meters, respectively.
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) August 3, 2021
Felix, competing in her fifth and final Olympic appearance, moved one step closer to becoming the winningest women’s track and field athlete of all time, winning her heat in 50.84 seconds.
The A-Team — the American duo of April Ross and Alix Klineman — continued its quest for Olympic gold with a 21-19, 21-19 win over Germany in the beach volleyball quarterfinal.
And because days and nights pretty much blend together at this point, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Simone Biles returned to the competition floor alongside all-around champion Suni Lee in Tuesday morning’s balance beam final, taking bronze.
As always, we have you covered with updates from the Games as it’s all happening:
Gold for Athing Mu
GOLD AND BRONZE!!!!@athiiing wins 🥇 and sets a pending new American record in the women’s 800m in 1:55.21, and @TheROYALlife21 ran a brilliantly strategic (and personal best) 1:56.81 to clinch 🥉! #TeamUSATF #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/kUflawkezN
— USATF (@usatf) August 3, 2021
Athing Mu won the women’s 800-meter race and is just the second American woman to win the event. Mu is the first since Madeline Manning in 1968. At the age of 19, Mu is the second-youngest male or female winner of the Olympic 800-meters.
Historic feat for Thompson-Herah
Elaine Thompson-Herah completes the double-double! 🥇
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 3, 2021
Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah won gold in the women’s 200 meters after winning gold in the 100m earlier in the games. She completed the sweep in the 100 and 200m in consecutive Olympic Games.
The only male or female to complete the 100m/200m sweep in consecutive games is fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, who did so in three consecutive games (2008, ’12, ’16). She also joins Usain Bolt as the only track athletes to win the 200m in consecutive games.
American Gabby Thomas won the bronze in the 200.
Americans flying on the track
.@ErriyonK is 17 years old and an Olympic…