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It has been 17 years since a then-18-year-old Allyson Felix sprinted to the first medal of her illustrious Olympics career.
On a night when the track stars will shine in Tokyo, 35-year-old Felix made history by winning her tenth Olympic medal when she competed in the 400m dash. The race was one of several high-profile track and field finals on Day 14 of the Tokyo Olympics.
In other action, the Southern California team of Alix Klineman and April Ross challenged for gold in beach volleyball, and the U.S. women's volleyball and basketball teams competed in high-stakes semifinals.
Team USA Legend Allyson Felix Chases a Tenth Olympic Medal
Allyson Felix was 18 years old when she won her first Olympic medal, taking home silver in the 200m dash at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Seventeen years later, Allyson Felix earned the title of most decorated female Olympian in track and field history, winning her 10th Olympic medal in the Women's 400m final.
Felix crossed the finish line in 49.46 seconds. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won gold (48.36 seconds), while Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic won the silver medal (49.20 seconds).
The 35-year-old mother passed Jamaica's Merlene Ottey, who won nine Olympic medals (six golds and three silvers) and tied Carl Lewis for most track and field medals by an American.
“You get older,” said Felix, “and it seems like it’s harder.”
The Jamaican women went a level above the American men in the 100m, sweeping the podium. Still, the American women come into the 4x100m final as the two-time defending Olympic champions and set the record at the 2012 London Games
Maggie Malone is the United States’ lone competitor in the women’s javelin final after she posted the second-best overall result in qualifying, trailing only Poland’s Maria Andrejczyk. Malone is making her second Olympic appearance and attempting to become the first American woman to medal in the event since 1976.
Paul Chelimo, who posted the second-fastest overall time in the men’s 5000m heats, will be joined by fellow American William Kincaid in the final, while there are no American racers in the women’s 1500m final.
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Undefeated April Ross and Alix Klineman Win Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball
Costa Mesa’s April Ross and teammate Alix Klineman are Olympic champions!
The United States’ top women’s beach volleyball pair took down Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy in straight sets in Thursday night's gold medal match.
The American duo is a perfect 6-0 in the tournament so far, losing only one set along the way. Ross and Klineman enter the final off the heels of a semifinal win over Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich.
A U.S. pair has stood atop the podium in three of the last four Olympics, but Ross had yet to claim a gold medal.
Team USA Tips Off Against Serbia in Women’s Basketball Semifinal
The U.S. women’s basketball has looked like a team determined to win its seventh straight Olympic gold medal so far in Tokyo.
The formula for the U.S. women's basketball team was simple: defend the ball, defend their gold.
With the team's most complete defensive performance of the Tokyo Olympics in a 79-59 win over Serbia in the semifinals, Team USA is now one win away from capturing a seventh straight gold medal.
The U.S., which won its 54th straight game Friday, advances to face the winner of France and Japan on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET, with a chance to tie the U.S. men's basketball team's record for most consecutive Olympic golds in a team sport.
After trailing heading into the second quarter of Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchup against Australia, Team USA took charge on its way to a 79-55 rout. The victory extended the team’s 53-game Olympic winning streak dating back to 1992 and put the team two wins away from another gold medal. Breanna Stewart continued her scorching Tokyo run with a game-high 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
Next up for Dawn Staley’s squad is a semifinal contest against Serbia, which went 2-1 in Group A play and handled China 77-70 in the quarterfinals. Serbia was looking for its second straight Olympic medal after earning bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
U.S. Volleyball Team Faces Serbia in Women’s Semifinals
The U.S. women’s volleyball team has overcome plenty of adversity in reaching the semifinals in Tokyo.
The United States women's indoor volleyball team will play in the gold medal match after a semifinal win over Serbia early Friday morning.
Team USA beat Serbia in straight sets, winning the first frame 25-19, the second 25-15 and the third 25-23.
Two of the team’s top players, Jordan Thompson and Jordyn Poulter, went down during pool play with apparent injuries. Without two stars, the squad grouped together for a dominant quarterfinal win over Cuba on Wednesday. Andrea Drews stepped up at the net with 21 points, while Micha Hancock took Poulter’s spot as the facilitator and collected 37 assists.
Friday’s match is a rematch of the semifinals in Rio. Serbia got the better of the U.S. last time, winning a tight contest in the fifth set. Serbia claimed silver, its first Olympic women’s volleyball medal, after falling to Brazil in the championship match.
Players with Southern California ties include Kim Hill (Pepperdine), Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach) and Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress).