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Olympics 2021 ICYMI: KD passes Melo, a new fastest woman, world record for Caeleb Dressel

Let’s keep these Olympic Games going. On Saturday, Kevin Durant surpassed Carmelo Anthony as the highest-scoring player in U.S. Olympic men’s basketball history as Team USA crushed the Czech Republic.

We’ve also got a new fastest woman in the world.

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After beginning her career 4-for-4 in Olympic individual competition, Katie Ledecky earned her first-ever silver medal in individual competition in the 400-meter freestyle. Her first gold medal of this year’s Olympic Games came in the inaugural women’s 1,500-meter freestyle.

Now she’s golden again. She won her third straight gold in the 800-meter freestyle on Saturday in Tokyo, which gives her six individual gold medals during her career, the most by a woman in the pool. She has seven golds overall.

Elsewhere in the pool, Caeleb Dressel struck gold and a world record in his first of multiple races on the day.

Here’s all the best from the Olympic action:

Durant passes Melo

Team USA advanced out of pool play after beating the Czech Republic 119-84. In the game, Kevin Durant passed Carmelo Anthony as the all-time leading scorer in Team USA basketball history. Anthony, one of America’s best Olympians, was a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medal winner. He had 336 points in his Olympic career.

Durant is playing in his third Olympics.

The new @TeamUSA men’s Olympic scoring leader, @KDTrey5!#TokyoOlympics x @usabasketball pic.twitter.com/ft0u3LLH1o

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

And new! @KDTrey5 has passed Carmelo Anthony to become the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team’s all-time scoring leader! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/xqSXMfMGrx

— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 31, 2021

Here’s the top five scorers in U.S. Olympic history:

  1. Kevin Durant (354 points)

  2. Carmelo Anthony (336)

  3. LeBron James (273)

  4. David Robinson (270)

  5. Michael Jordan (256)

The fastest races on the planet

We’ve got a new fastest woman on the planet. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters, pointing at the scoreboard even before crossing the line in 10.61 seconds Saturday to defend her title and lead a Jamaican sweep of the medals.

We have a new WORLD’S FASTEST WOMAN. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/KSryQgX2cQ

— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 31, 2021

NEW OLYMPIC RECORD!@FastElaine defends her #Olympics 100m title – running the second fastest time EVER. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/9UA0ABtuEu

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

.@ronnie_baker14 was CRUISING in the first round. 💨 @usatf x #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/sQ4PjEHIdK

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 31, 2021

Digging the long balls

After crushing Israel to start the baseball tournament, Team USA won again Saturday morning, defeating Korea.

That’s just not fair. 😯#TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/rXjVU7F4h7

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 31, 2021

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

WHAT A PLAY! ⚾️@USABaseball ends it in style. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/5T9p7vsTjs

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

Read more: The has-beens and not-yets of Team USA baseball

Athing Mu doing Athing Mu things

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 31, 2021

Read more: ‘Eat or be eaten:’ Mu primed for stardom

Schauffele, Matsuyama battling in golf

The third round of the Olympic golf tournament got pretty wild. Five players held a share of the lead at some point. American Xander Schauffele didn’t play his best round until a birdie on his final hole of the round put him atop the leaderboard at 14 under.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is close behind. The Masters champion is 1 stroke behind Schauffele heading into the final round (Sunday, 5 p.m. ET).



Katie Ledecky discusses her Olympic journey after winning gold in the 800-meter freestyle for team USA.

Dressel, Ledecky do it again with gold medals

World Record medal reactions from Caeleb Dressel’s family=pure. ❤️ #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/eM3gL5iQWQ

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

After winning his first individual gold in the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday, Caeleb Dressel won the 100-meter butterfly with a world record swim of 49.45 seconds. Hungary’s Kristof Milak picks up silver, followed by Switzerland’s Noe Ponti for bronze. Dressel has yet to lose an individual final race at the Tokyo Games.

About 30 minutes after breaking the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, Dressel finished first in the semifinal of the 50-meter freestyle in 21.42, stamping his place in tomorrow’s final, which gives him an opportunity to go 3-for-3 in individual gold medals this Olympics.

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

KATIE. LEDECKY. pic.twitter.com/FeCoCYDVlo

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

Katie Ledecky three-peated in her marquee event, the 800-meter freestyle, with a time of 8:12.57. She is the first to win three in a row in the event. Australia’s Ariarne Titmus followed 1.26 seconds behind her for silver, while Italy’s Simona Quadarella finished third.

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 31, 2021

The Americans missed out on making the podium in the women’s 200-meter backstroke, as Australia won the gold (Kaylee McKeown) and bronze (Emily Seebohm) medals, while Canada’s Kylie Masse picked up the silver.

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

Simone Manuel missed the cut in the 50-meter freestyle, the only individual event she’s competing in in Tokyo, finishing 11th. Teammate Abbey Weitzeil finished fourth to make the final. Emma McKeon of Australia had an Olympic record swim to finish first.

— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 31, 2021

A U.S. squad led by Dressel finished fifth in the first mixed 4×100 medley at the Olympics. Great Britain swam a world-record race at 3:37.58 to win gold. China finished second, followed by Australia. — Aishwarya Kumar

Plus, there’s this:

Hey Caeleb Dressel, Aunt Ruth and Uncle Rick wrote you a song 🎶@TeamUSA #TokyoOlympics @USASwimming pic.twitter.com/PVeDb3qDZ8

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

Biles out of two individual events

After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars. She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam. pic.twitter.com/kWqgZJK4LJ

— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 31, 2021

The latest from Team USA gymnast Simone Biles.

Team USA takes silver in first mixed relay triathlon

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

A HISTORIC medal for @usatriathlon! The mixed relay triathlon team captures silver at the #TokyoOlympics. pic.twitter.com/PMOj2BnGN6

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 30, 2021

Great Britain won the gold with a time of 1 hour, 23 minutes, 41 seconds, and the U.S. finished 14 seconds behind for the silver in the first ever Olympic triathlon mixed relay.

U.S women cruising in hurdles heats

— USATF (@usatf) July 31, 2021

That’s our defending Olympic champion right there. 👏@usatf x #TokyoOlympicspic.twitter.com/4enc2QdB43

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 31, 2021

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

And it’s all in the family for Great Britain.

Solid start for sisters @cindyofili and @tiffofili to automatically qualify for the 100m hurdle semi-finals.#TeamGB pic.twitter.com/QpkwzNMZvR

— Team GB (@TeamGB) July 31, 2021

Clayton Murphy finds some space in 800

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

Pool play perfection for U.S. beach volleyball women

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021

Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil went 3-0 in women’s beach volleyball pool play, joining the team of Alix Klineman and April Ross with a perfect mark. This is the first time since the 2012 Olympics that both U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams went 3-0 in pool play. In London, the U.S. won gold (Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings) and silver (April Ross and Jen Kessy).

Boxing begins to award medals

It’s a bronze medal for #ITA’s Irma Testa in the women’s featherweight category – the first #Boxing medal of #Tokyo2020!@coninews pic.twitter.com/RRJ8xjZKkj

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 31, 2021

Badminton glory

When you become #GUA’s first-ever #badminton Olympic semi-finalist 🥺 pic.twitter.com/vqdOFPlOdv

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 31, 2021

Everyone loves a trampoline

Volume up for a treat 🍭 #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/nBKFFw1tS0

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 30, 2021

Power of sports

brb crying 😭 sports are so important!! FEMALE ATHLETES ARE SO IMPORTANT!!! https://t.co/r5K1VSGQmX

— On Her Turf (@OnHerTurf) July 31, 2021

Future Olympian

If you can see it, you can be it. #FutureOlympians (🎥 daddy3girlz/TT) pic.twitter.com/X35WJzlky6

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 30, 2021