It’s Tuesday, the fourth official day of competition for Tokyo 2020. The United States and Japan are tied for the lead in gold medals, with eight each. China is next with six and the Russian Olympic Committee with 5. The United States has the most medals overall at 19.
Tuesday big ticket: Many major medal events take place throughout the day, starting with swimming. Lydia Jacoby of the United States, Evgeny Rylov of Russia, Kaylee McKeown of Australia and Tom Dean of Britain all won gold medals.
The first-ever Olympic surfing competition will conclude later today, while at night Simone Biles and the US women’s gymnastics team will seek to retain their crown in the team competition.
The full program is available here.
A storm is coming: Tropical Storm Nepartak is expected to make landfall north of Tokyo on Tuesday evening local time, delivering up to 150 millimeters (5.9 inches) of rain in some areas. Tokyo is expected to receive up to 25 millimeters (1 inch) of precipitation in some areas through Wednesday, along with gusts of tropical storm force winds.
While the storm will be a boon to surfers – the finals were brought forward a day due to the weather – it could put a damper on other outdoor activities, like archery and softball. However, Nepartak could provide much-needed relief from the sweltering heat that plagued the athletes at the start of the Games.
Full day for Team USA: The women’s gymnastics team is just one of many top US teams and athletes competing on Tuesday. The United States women’s softball team will face Japan in tonight’s gold medal game, and the United States women’s football team will face Australia – their first game since the tournament opened. with a shock defeat against Sweden.
The much-loved US women’s basketball team will also make their Tokyo 2020 debut today against Nigeria. The Americans, led by American flag bearer Sue Bird and goaltender Diana Taurasi, are aiming for their seventh consecutive gold medal. Bird and Taurasi each have four gold medals.