It's Day 9 in Tokyo and the final day of what has been a lucrative location for Team USA: The pool.
Team USA had a spectacular last day in the pool. Caeleb Dressel started it by swimming an Olympic record 21.07 to take gold in the 50-meter freestyle. As soon as he took off from the diving board, there was no looking back for the sprint star.
Right after, Bobby Finke, who sprinted the last 50 meters of the 800-meter freestyle, came out and did exactly the same in the 1,500-meter freestyle. He hovered in fourth place before he bolted late for his second long-distance gold -- becoming the first American swimmer in 37 years to win the 1,500-meter freestyle event.
The brilliant day for Team USA continued with the women's 4x100-relay throwing down a near-perfect race. Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Abbey Weitzeil missed the gold by 0.013 seconds and finished second to Australia.
The last race of the day was the men's 4x100-meter medley relay -- a race the U.S. has never lost. Swimming in lane one, Ryan Murphy started with the backstroke, followed by Michael Andrew with the breaststroke, Caeleb Dressel in the butterfly and Zach Apple finished the race strong in the freestyle.
Team USA's quartet swam a world record 3:26:78 race to win the gold.
Elsewhere, gold medals will be awarded in both tennis and golf, and the day in Tokyo will be capped by annointing the fastest man in the world title to the winner of the 100 meters on the track.
Here's all the best from the Olympic action:
Caeleb Dressel finishes off his individual Olympics run in perfect fashion, winning the 50-meter freestyle in the last session of swimming with an Olympic record of 21.07. France's Florent Manaudou finishes second and Brazil's Bruno Fratus picks up bronze.— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 1, 2021 — #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 1, 2021
Bobby Finke has another gear. After sprinting to the finish line in the 800-meter freestyle, Finke repeated the same in the 1,500-meters He sprinted for his second individual Olympic gold medal, recording the second-fastest time in U.S. swimming history in 14:39:65. Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk finishes second, and Germany's Florian Wellbrock finishes third.
"It means the world to me. I was just trying to hold on and try to get the hand on the wall." In the 800-meter freestyle, he shaved 5.71 seconds off his personal best in 2021 to break an American record and win the Olympic gold. In the 1,500-meter, he took 9.05 seconds off his personal best in 2021 to win the Olympic gold. With Finke's win, the United States wins golds in both the men's and women's 1,500-meter freestyle.
This is the first win for Team USA in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle in 37 years.August 1, 2021 August 1, 2021 — #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 1, 2021
Carrying on a golden tradition
Team USA's Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel and Zach Apple swim a world record race to win the 4x100-meter medley relay in 3:26:78. This is a race the U.S. has never lost. Great Britain grabbed silver, followed by Italy.— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) August 1, 2021 August 1, 2021
Silver for Saunders
With a throw of 64 feet 11.25 inches (19.79 meters), 25-year-old American Raven Saunders earned a silver medal in the shot put.August 1, 2021 August 1, 2021
Australia's McKeon sets Olympic record
Australia's Emma McKeon continues to flourish in Tokyo, winning the women's 50-meter freestyle with an Olympic record swim of 23.81. This is her sixth Olympic medal in Tokyo, her third gold. Sweden's Sarah Sjöström finishes second, and Denmark's Pernille Blume picks up bronze.— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 1, 2021
Australia took the gold in the women's 4x100-meter relay on the final day of swimming in Tokyo. USA's Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Abbey Weitzeil finished in seceond place -- just 0.013 behind the gold medalists
USA and Australia were neck to neck for most of the race. Australia's finishes with an Olympic record swim of 3:51:60. Canada picks up bronze. Australia's McKeon, who was a part of the relay race, wins her second gold of the night -- and seven Olympic medals overall in Tokyo.
McKeon is only the second woman to win seven medals at a single Olympics, tying a record set in 1952 and now has the most Olympic medals of any Australian Olympian.
The future is bright
Today's aqautic events may have played a part in inspiring the next generation.July 31, 2021
The sweep is complete
Team USA swept the top three positions to advance to the finals in two separate events -- women's hammer throw and 3,000m steeplechase.August 1, 2021
That's our Team 🇺🇸! All three advance to the Women's 3000m Steeplechase final. @emmajcoburn (9:16.91)@courtfrerichs8 (9:19.34)@val_constien (9:24.31)#TeamUSATF #JourneyToGold #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/D4OLuVe8FW— USATF (@usatf) August 1, 2021
Pedal to the medal
American cyclist Hannah Roberts won silver in the Olympic debut of the BMX Freestyle.August 1, 2021
We can relate
"OMG THEY'RE PLAYING MY SONG." - the horse at the club pic.twitter.com/xRNJ5N6acE— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021
Kiwis celebrate in styleJuly 31, 2021
New Zealand claimed its first-ever gold medal in Olympic Rugby Sevens with a 26-12 victory over France in the final of the women's competition at Tokyo Stadium.
Katie Ledecky bids farewell to the Olympic Village, but this isn't the end of the road for the 24-year-old swimmer. She plans to try to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics "and maybe beyond as well."
Thank you, Tokyo, and thank you all for the tremendous support this week and over the years! I could hear you all! 🥳
Bringing 2 Golds, 2 Silvers, and countless memories back to the USA❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/XpXx7oDELQ
With a 'broken freakin' neck'
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle celebrated the 25th anniversary of winning a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
25 years ago, WWE legend Kurt Angle won Olympic gold with a BROKEN NECK 👏 pic.twitter.com/QKPvQFGp8e— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 31, 2021
On this day 25 years ago, I won the Olympic Gold in freestyle wrestling. #withabrokenfreakinneck 😆No better way to spend my 25 year anniversary than with my beautiful family......My wife and kids said I should buy a boat now. We shall see 😃#25yearsofgold #olympics #1996 pic.twitter.com/y89Ruk3ct8— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) July 31, 2021