USA Step Up Olympic Medal Hunt
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Thu 05th August 2021 | 01:30 AM
Tokyo, Aug 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Aug, 2021 ) :The United States are eyeing a quadruple gold medal haul spearheaded by hurdler Grant Holloway in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Thursday, while the men's basketball tournament reaches the semi-final stage.
Host nation Japan are performing strongly with 21 golds, six ahead of fourth-placed Britain.
Ten flights of hurdles stand between Holloway and a first Olympic gold medal for the Floridian, the dominant sprint hurdler in the world this year who is aiming to reclaim the title for the USA after Omar McLeod took it to Jamaica five years ago in Rio.
Triple jumper Will Claye could bound out to the Americans' second track and field title of the day.
The Americans will expect a fourth in the men's 400m with Michael Norman under pressure to restore pride after the US 100m and 200m runners came up short.
- Australia's hoop dreams - In Saitama, Durant and his teammates cannot afford to lower their guard against an Australian team with experienced NBA players of their own including Patty Mills and Joe Ingles.
"We've been to this stage many a time and haven't crossed the line. But we've bottled those experiences up, and I think we're well prepared for this moment and for this stage to make the next step," San Antonio Spurs point guard Mills said.
The women's keirin and men's omnium are the next events up.
In the women's equivalent on Wednesday, 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki's bronze medal made her the first person to win an Olympic medal before her 13th birthday since French rower Noel Vandernotte in 1936.