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What do you get when you take a world record holder, the Rio Olympics gold medalist and a first-time Olympian ready for her first final?
Another wild day at the track in Tokyo.
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A day after Norway's Karsten Warholm and Team USA's Rai Benjamin delivered a race for the ages in the men's 400m hurdles, the women's final was another classic. It featured world record holder Sydney McLaughlin and the woman who own gold in Rio, Dalilah Muhammad.
Three U.S. Athletes Compete in a Highly Anticipated 400m Hurdles Final
One of the biggest showdowns of the entire Tokyo Games took place at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night.
American superstars Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad, a USC grad, squared off in the women’s 400m hurdles final. McLaughlin came into Tokyo with the world record in the event, while Muhammad won the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
McLaughlin took the gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday night, and set a world record of 51.46 seconds to do it.
Reigning Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad from the United States came in second for the silver medal.
Fellow American Anna Cockrell, another USC grad, was disqualified from the women’s 400m hurdles final at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday night.
It was revealed that Cockrell committed a violation by running into the wrong lane. The violation was confirmed by NBC after the live broadcast of the event had finished.
While the women’s 400m hurdles will be the only final on Tuesday night, the track and field session also features men’s decathlon events, women’s heptathlon events, men’s javelin qualification, and men’s 110m hurdles semifinals.
Track and field turns around and has another session beginning at 2:30 a.m.PET on Wednesday. There will be finals in the women’s steeplechase, men’s hammer throw, men’s 800m and men’s 200m. On top of that, there will be action in the men’s decathlon, women’s heptathlon, women’s 1500m and women’s 400m.
U.S. Women’s Volleyball Shuts Out Dominican Republic 3-0 in Quarterfinals
Despite being without setter Jordyn Poulter and opposite hitter Jordan Thompson, the United States women’s volleyball team handled the Dominican Republic with relative ease, winning 3-0 in the quarterfinal matchup.
The U.S. led the entire time in the first two sets, winning 25-11 and 25-20. In the third, the Dominican Republic kept it close, cutting it to just a 17-16 lead for the U.S. But the Americans went on an 8-3 run to close out the set, winning 25-19 and advancing to the semifinals.
Andrea Drews was sensational on the attack, securing 21 points on 36 attempts to finish with attack points. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley added 13 points and Haleigh Washington had seven attack points and two blocks.
The U.S. will face the winner of Serbia and Italy in the semifinals. That match will take place Friday, Aug. 6 at 8 a.m. ET.
Watch on NBC, or stream live.
U.S. Men's Water Polo Falls to Spain in Quarterfinals
The U.S. men's water polo team weren't able to advance to the semifinals of the Olympic tournament, falling to Spain 8-12.
Hanes Daube scored three goals in the loss while Alex Bowen, Ben Hallock and Luca Cupido each netted one goal a piece.
Alex Obert was the second-leading scorer with two goals.
Team USA Routs Australia, Advances to Semifinals
The U.S. women's basketball team, after its 53rd straight win, is two victories away from a seventh straight gold medal.
Team USA got off to a fast start against Australia en route to a 79-55 win in its quarterfinal matchup.
Breanna Stewart had a game-high 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Brittney Griner added 15 points and eight rebounds.
The U.S. advances to face Serbia, which defeated China 77-70 in the quarterfinals, on Friday at 12:40 a.m. ET.
Watch the game on USA Network, or stream live.