Tokyo Olympics

4 to Watch: Team USA Finishes Fifth in Men's Gymnastics Team Final

In more Day 3 action at the Tokyo Olympics, Team USA faces Japan in softball, more medals are up for grabs in swimming and women's skateboarding makes its Olympics debut.

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Newport Beach's Sam Mikulak and Team USA missed out on a medal in the team event for the third straight Olympics after finishing in fifth place at Monday's final.

Team USA had the fourth-best score in team qualifying but finished just behind fourth-place finishers Great Britain by a little over a point.

This is to be Mikulak's third and final appearance at the Olympics.

Other Day 3 highlights include Team USA's matchup with Japan in softball, high-stakes swimming events and the Olympics debut of women's skateboarding.

Gymnast Sam Mikulak is a high-flying act on the horizonal bar, also known as the "high bar." But can he find success explaining the event using Legos?

Gymnast Sam Mikulak Looks to Go Out on a High

Most of Southern California was sleeping when the U.S. men's gymnastics team vaulted into the team finals.

Team USA finished fourth in the all-around qualifying competition on Saturday, but the missed out on a medal in the team event for the third straight Olympics after finishing in fifth place at Monday's final.

The Russian Olympic Committee won gold, supplanting host nation Japan as Olympic champions. Japan claimed silver and China won bronze.

Team USA was seeking its first medal in the event since 2008.

Team USA’s Women’s Softball team walked off with a win against Australia, 2-1, moving them to 4-0 overall in the Olympic tournament.

Team USA Walks It Off in Gold Medal Game Preview

In what was a preview of the gold medal game, the United States took on Japan (4-1) in softball Monday and remained perfect in Tokyo.

The U.S. (5-0) won 2-1 on a seventh-inning home run to right from Kelsey Stewart.

The two teams meet again Tuesday with a gold medal at stake.

Team USA has defeated Canada, Mexico, Italy and Australia before the match-up with the host nation.

The only time Team USA has gone undefeated through the entire tournament was at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The team went undefeated in the group stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics before falling to Japan in the gold medal game.

U.S. softball players with Southern California connections include Aubree Munro (Brea), Bubba Nickles (UCLA), Dejah Mulipola (Garden Grove), Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga), Janie Reed (Placentia), Ally Carda (UCLA) and Rachel Garcia (Palmdale/UCLA).

Turns out Southern California athletes are not the only ones whose talents are being showcased at the Tokyo games. John Cádiz Klemack reports for NBC4 News on July 21, 2021.

Momiji Nishiya Wins Women's Skateboarding Street, USA's Alexis Sablone Finishes Fourth

At just 13 years old, Japan's Momiji Nishiya skated into history Sunday night by winning the first-ever women’s Olympic street skateboarding event in Tokyo. Nishiya helped the host nation sweep both the street competitions after Yuto Horigome won gold in the men's event the previous day. Nishiya made more history in addition to winning the events Olympic debut; she also became one of the youngest Olympic gold medalists ever.

American Alexis Sablone finished fourth after scoring 13.57 points, just missing the podium. Sablone, a seven-time X Games medalist (winning in 2015, 2012 and 2010), grew up in Connecticut and started skateboarding at the age of 10.

The women’s street event took place a night after the inaugural Olympic men’s street skateboarding competition was filled with spills. SoCal's Jagger Eaton took bronze for the U.S., but Laguna Beach's Nyjah Huston disappointed with a seventh-place finish.

There was three Americans competing: Mariah Duran, Alexis Sablone and Alana Smith. Duran has won three X Games medals, including gold in the 2018 street event. Sablone has six X Games medals, highlighted by three street golds.

Smith only has one X Games medal, but it was a historic one. Back in 2013, Smith claimed silver in the park event at just 12 years old, becoming the youngest medalist in X Games history.

The three Americans had to contend with favorites like Japan’s Aori Nishimura, Brazilians Pamela Rosa and Rayssa Leal.

Katie Ledecky, Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay Highlight Swim Finals

In one of the most anticipated events of the night, Katie Ledecky had to settle for silver in her first final of the Tokyo Olympics.

Ariarne Titmus of Australia took the gold in 3:56.69 in the 400m free. Ledecky was about six-tenths of a second behind at 3:57.36 and held the lead for most of the race until Titmus overtook her in the last 100m.

Ledecky, a six-time Olympic medalist, set the world record in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics and had the fastest time in Sunday’s qualifying.

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty won the men's 100m breaststroke for the second straight Games. The silver went to Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands, while Italy’s Nico Martinenghi took bronze.

Four swimming medals will be awarded Sunday night, as finals also get underway for the women’s 100m butterfly and men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

In the women's 100m butterfly Maggie MacNeil of Canada took the gold, followed by Zhang Yufei of China and Emma McKeon of Australia. Only 14 hundredths separated the top four swimmers.

Eighteen-year-old American Torri Huske finished fourth in the 100m butterfly, just one-hundredth of a second out of bronze medal position.

Two-time Olympic medalist Caeleb Dressel made his Tokyo debut in the 4x100m freestyle relay and added a gold to his collection. The U.S. men repeated as winners in the event, holding off Italy (silver) and Australia (bronze).

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