Staff USA is aiming for the primary medal on Sunday

After being excluded from medal competitions on the first day of the Tokyo Olympics, Team USA will attempt to break through on Sunday.

The first medals are to be awarded in swimming, with the Americans Emma Weyant and Chase Kalisz among the gold favorites in the 400-meter individual situation final for women and men.

The US men’s basketball team takes on action in their version of the billiards game against France. Meanwhile, skateboarding and surfing will debut as official Olympic sports.

And Simone Biles will make her Tokyo debut when the gymnastics women’s qualifying round begins.

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TOKYO – Chase Kalisz, a protégé of Michael Phelps who won silver in the men’s 400 individual medley at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has again managed to win gold to give the United States their first medal at that Olympics To give games.

US teammate Jay Litherland took silver.

Kalisz, 27, of Bel Air, Maryland, swam the challenging 400 IM, 100 yards of all four strokes, in 4: 09.42.

The long-time gold medal favorite at this event, the Japanese Daiya Seto, shockingly failed in qualifying on Saturday evening and made a wide-open final.

– Christine Brennan, USA TODAY

TOKYO – USA beach volleyball couple April Ross and Alix Klineman won their first round game in Pool B against Chinese Chen Xue and Xinxin Wang.

Ross and Klineman won in straight sets. They took the lead early in the first set and never looked back and won the game 21:17. China narrowly held the second set, but Ross and Klineman were able to score a narrow 21:19 win and finish the game in a total of 44 minutes.

“It’s a really good Chinese team. We really studied them carefully since they were the first game in the Olympics. It feels really good to take this win, ”said Ross after the victory. “I am very happy with it.”

The next game of the American beach volleyball duo will take place on July 27 at 9:00 am against the Spaniards Elsa Baquerizo and Liliana Fernandez

– Tyler Dragon, USA TODAY

TOKYO – A member of the US delegation tested positive for coronavirus, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced on Sunday.

It was the only confirmed positive result among 1,038 US delegates.

The International Olympic Committee announced 17 new COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday. Three were not based in Japan, including one athlete. The remaining 13 positive results were from Tokyo 2020 contractors.

– Rachel Axon, USA TODAY

TOKYO – French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered a terrible injury at the Rio Olympics that horrified anyone who saw or heard it. Five years later he competes in Tokyo and is the epitome of the Olympic spirit.

“When I got here, I had some flashbacks from Rio. But then I realized that I had to move forward, ”said Ait Said on Saturday after he had qualified for the Still Ring final. “I gave everything I had and thought of my family, especially my father. I will give everything to have a gold medal. At least a medal. “

– Nancy Armor, USA TODAY

Pro hoops fans from the 1990s and early 2000s will feel a touch of nostalgia while watching NBC’s coverage of Olympic basketball in Tokyo. The theme song, Roundball Rock, which the network used for the NBA on NBC from 1990 to 2002, is featured on both men’s and women’s basketball television shows.

“Roundball Rock” was composed by John Tesh and became synonymous with the Chicago Bulls teams of the Michael Jordan era and its frequent national fame extended to the Los Angeles Lakers championships with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.

(The subject even led to a 2013 Saturday Night Live skit with Jason Sudeikis as Tesh.)

The first (re) appearance of the Olympics will come when Team USA meets France on Sunday (8 a.m. ET) in the Olympics opener.

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