Olympic tennis was love at first sight in the first round of the women’s competition, as Ash Barty, the world’s No.1 player, was beaten by Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo. Barty’s loss comes just two weeks after his win at Wimbledon and was in part the product of unforced errors. Barty only hit his first serve 54 percent of the time and was credited with 55 unforced errors against 13 by Sorribes Tormo. Sorribes Tormo won 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets.
The early days of Olympic skateboarding became a proud moment for the Olympic host country, as Yuto Horigome of Japan took home gold, beating Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler (silver) and Jagger Eaton of the United States (bronze). Eaton took over for the United States as Nyjah Huston, who had been among the favorites to fight for gold, was seventh after missing four of his five attempt at tricks.
Sunday marked a historic day for the United States and for Anastasija Zolotic, as the 18-year-old from Largo, Fla., Won her first-ever gold in women’s taekwondo in the United States. Zolotic won 25-17 over Russia’s Tatiana Minina to claim the featherweight title. After a very marked first round, Zolotic was able to gradually push back his opponent with two-point body kicks.
Zolotic was only the fourth American to reach a final in Taekwondo, and only the second woman. The US taekwondo team’s previous two Olympic medals were due to Steven Lopez, who won gold in 2000 and 2004.
The swimming heats were dominated by Katie Ledecky, who qualified fastest for Monday’s 400m freestyle final, as she finished her heats in 4: 00.45, beating China’s Li Bingjie (4: 01.57) and the Australian Ariarne Titmus (4: 01.66). Ledecky, the event’s world record holder, managed to take the lead over Titmus in Monday’s final in what has been billed as a showdown between two of women’s swimming’s biggest stars.
As Titmus finished third in their qualifications, Australia was able to set a new Olympic record after the fastest time in women’s 100m backstroke history fell three times. After the record was first broken by Canada’s Kylie Masse and American Regan Masse, Australia’s Kaylee McKeown set a time of 57.88 seconds to be the fastest qualifier, breaking the previous record for the world established by compatriot Emily Seebohm in 2012.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, the United States won a brace, with Chase Kalisz winning his first-ever gold in the 400m individual relay in a time of 4: 09.42. He was flanked by compatriot Jay Litherland, who clocked 4: 10.28 to beat Australia’s Brendon Smith for the silver.
In total, the Americans won six medals in the men’s and women’s swimming, with Kieran Smith winning bronze in the men’s 400m freestyle and Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger winning silver and bronze in the women’s 400m individual medley. These events were won respectively by the Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui and the Japanese Yui Ohashi.
Gymnastics got off to an unusually uneven start for the US women’s gymnastics team as the fiery group of the US finished second to Russia in Sunday’s qualifying. This is the first time since the 2010 World Championships that the United States has failed to finish first in the qualifying or team finals.
The American’s performance was slow and sloppy by their standards, with Grace McCallum, Suni Lee and Jordan Chiles all committing their own misadventures. Even Simone Biles looked bad, as two separate mistakes cost her three tenths of deductions.
The good news for the USA team is that their slate will be cleared on Tuesday as the score will start all over again in the team finals.
Biles, meanwhile, advanced to the individual finals in each of the four events.
Here are some highlights from the Olympics so far and the schedule of events for Day 3 (all Eastern hours):
Day 3 – July 25
- Men’s (66kg) and Women’s (52kg) Judo Medal Rounds – 4 hrs
- Men’s football group match – Brazil vs Ivory Coast – 4:30 a.m.
- Swim Series – 6:00 a.m. – Katie Ledecky swims in the 400m freestyle qualifying series at 7:20 a.m. in this swim window
- Men’s and Women’s Fencing Medal Rounds – 6:50 a.m.
- Men’s basketball preliminary round – United States vs France – 8:00 a.m.
- Softball Opening Round – United States vs. Japan – 9 p.m.
- Swimming finals – 100m butterfly women, 100m breaststroke men, 400m freestyle women, 4x100m relay men – 9:30 p.m.