Katie Ledecky, of the United States, swims to the gold medal in the women’s 800-meter freestyle final in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
By Demetrius Dillard
Special to the AFRO
Adding to her list of Olympic accomplishments, Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle with a time of eight minutes, 12.57 seconds to become the first female swimmer to earn six individual gold medals in her career. Over her time competing in the Tokyo Olympics, the 24-year-old has totaled two gold medals and two silver, culminating a series of dominant performances in the Olympics.
Ledecky has reportedly hinted at a return in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
Caeleb Dressel swam to a world-record 49.45 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly on his way to a third gold medal in Tokyo.
Jayson Tatum scored 27, Kevin Durant contributed with 27 points, eight rebounds and assists to decimate the Czech Republic, 119-84, on Saturday morning. As a team, the U.S. shot 61.6 percent from the field and forced 15 turnovers to advance to the Group A quarterfinals.
Zach LaVine registered 13 points and five assists while Jrue Holiday added 11 points and three steals for Team USA, who erased an early 25-18 deficit before unleashing an offensive onslaught. Blake Schlib led the Czech Republic with 17 points.
The U.S. Olympic baseball team defeated Korea, 4-2, to improve to 2-0 in Group B competition in the opening round. Infielder Triston Casas hit a home run and had two RBI to lead the Americans on offense. Nick Allen was 1-for-3 and also recorded a homer to go with an RBI.
Starter Nick Martinez allowed four hits and one earned run to go with nine strikeouts to help guide Team USA to the win.
U.S. Olympic boxer Keyshawn Davis notched a TKO of France’s Sofiane Oumiha in a round of 16 match on Friday after forcing the referee to call a stoppage resulting from a right hand to the chin.
The 5-foot-8 lightweight from Alexandria, Va., advances to the quarterfinals in his weight division with the victory, and is scheduled to fight again on Aug. 2. His opponent has not yet been determined.
Medal count: As of Saturday afternoon, China is on top with 46 medals (21 gold, 13 silver, 12 bronze), the U.S. also totals 46 but has 16 gold medals, 17 silver and 13 bronze, and the Russian Olympic Committee has 37 (11 gold, 15 silver, 11 bronze).
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