Updated 7:46 PM ET, Thu August 5, 2021
It’s the final week of the Tokyo Olympics, and these Games have been filled with amazing performances and some unexpected results.
On Thursday, the Bahamas’ Steven Gardiner ran a season’s best time of 43.85 seconds to win gold in the 400 meters. The United States’ Ryan Crouser defended his shot put crown and set an Olympic record in the process. And Australia’s Keegan Palmer closed out the skateboarding competition with gold in the park event.
Earlier this week, Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah became the first-ever woman to win the 100 and 200 meters at consecutive Olympic Games. And world records were shattered in both the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, with Norway’s Karsten Warholm and the United States’ Sydney McLaughlin winning gold.
American swimmer Caeleb Dressel has won the most gold medals in these Olympics (five), and Australian swimmer Emma McKeon has won the most medals in all (seven). Only one other woman in history, Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya, has won seven medals at a single Olympics.
Simone Biles and her struggles with “the twisties” dominated the headlines in gymnastics, but she bounced back to win a bronze on the balance beam. And when she couldn’t defend her individual all-around title, teammate Suni Lee stepped up and became the fifth straight American to win the event.