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

Let’s keep these Olympic Games going. What could be better? Kevin Durant has passed 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.

Saturday morning starts with Team USA baseball and men’s basketball, and on the track, we’ll see the women’s 100-meter semifinals and finals and the men’s heats.

Here’s all the best from the Olympic action:

Durant passes Melo

Team USA advanced in pool play after beating the Czech Republic. 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.

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

Kevin Durant

  • Carmelo Anthony (336 points)

  • LeBron James (273)

  • David Robinson (270)

  • 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.

    Digging the long balls

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

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

    Athing Mu doing Athing Mu things

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    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 in the round. 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).

    Dressel, Ledecky do it again with gold medals

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    A USA 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:

    Biles out of two individual events

    The latest from Team USA gymnast Simone Biles.

    Team USA takes silver in first mixed relay triathlon

    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

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

    Clayton Murphy finds some space in 800

    Pool play perfection for U.S. beach volleyball women

    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 USA women’s beach volleyball teams went 3-0 in pool play. In that Olympics the U.S. won gold (Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings) and silver (April Ross and Jen Kessy).

    Boxing begins to award medals

    Badminton glory

    Everyone loves a trampoline

    Power of sports

    Future Olympian

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