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Team USA won gold in the Men's Basketball. Image: USA Basketball/Twitter

On Day 15, the penultimate day of Tokyo 2020, the best teams in the world battled it out for some of the final medals of the Games.

On the penultimate day of competition in Tokyo, the best teams in the world battled it out for some of the final medals of the 2020 Games. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

USA best at basketball

Team USA has won its fourth consecutive Olympic men’s basketball gold medal, defeating France 87-82 in Tokyo.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points on the way to his third Olympic gold, while Jayson Tatum had 19 points, and Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday each scored 11.

After a strong tournament, including a tight semi-final win against Slovenia, France battled hard but came away with Silver.

In the bronze medal match, Australia has claimed its first medal in men’s basketball with a 14 point victory over Slovenia. The Boomers debuted 65 years ago at the Olympic Games and finally in their 15th campaign take away a medal.

Check out our recap of the Boomers bronze medal here.

Yuan continues Chinese diving dominance

China has won seven out of eight Diving gold medals, capped off today with a brilliant performance from 10m Platform diver Cao Yuan.

Cao finished with a total of 582.35 points, including a perfect score for his reverse three and a half somersaults in the tuck position.

He also became the first diver to win Olympic gold across three different diving events, adding the Men’s 10m Platform to his 3m Springboard gold in Rio and Synchronised 10m gold medal in London.

The only gold medal China did not take was in the Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform, which was won by Great Britain’s Tom Daley and Matty Lee.

China placed first and second in all of the individual events, an incredible effort and dominant performance once again from the nation.


Nelly nails it for USA

The United States took a clean sweep in Golf at this Olympic Games with Nelly Korda following in the footsteps of Xander Schauffele and winning Gold.

Korda was the clear leader heading into the final round on Saturday, but the American did show some signs of nerves double-bogeying the seventh hole. She recovered quickly with three birdies and was back on her way.

Nelly Korda won Gold for Team USA in the Women’s Golf. Image: LPGA/Twitter

The weather threatened the final day’s play and a short delay came at an inopportune time, slowing some player’s momentum in the last holes including Australia’s Hannah Green.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and Japan’s More Inami were tied at 16 under after the four rounds, but on playoff hole Inami took Silver and Ko settled for Bronze.

Choong holds on for gold

Joe Choong of Great Britain sprinted home in the closing leg of the laser run, holding off a late surge from Ahmed Elgendy of Egypt, to claim a gold medal in the modern pentathlon.

After the showjumping, Choong took a 12-second lead into the last event ahead of South Korea’s Jung Jin-hwa.

Jung Jin-hwa was pipped for bronze by countryman Jun Woong-tae, while Elgendy came from 13th, with a 50-second handicap to almost take gold from Choong.

Choong also achieved an Olympic Record, earning 1482 points across the five events.


The win follows Kate French’s victory in the women’s modern pentathlon on Friday. French also set a new Olympic Record with 1385 points, beating Chloe Esposito’s Rio 2016 record.

ROC clean sweep in Artistic Swimming

Russian Olympic Committee has won Gold in the Artistic Swimming team event, with a combined score of 196.0979.

After Friday evening’s technical routine scored 97.2979, ROC was well-placed. Its free routine was even better on Saturday and scored an enormous 98.8000.

Svetlana Romashina had already taken gold in the duet competition with Svetlana Kolesnichenko. The pair were also a part of the team performance, and Romashina earned her seventh Olympic medal with the team’s gold.

The ROC finished five points ahead of silver medallists Ukraine, while host nation Japan won bronze.


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Sweden steals the win

Sweden stole the Equestrian Team Jumping gold medal from the United States, time the only thing separating the two teams in a jump-off.

The two teams could not be separated after the three rounds of jumping, both on eight penalties at the conclusion of the final. In a jump-off, neither team was penalised, but Sweden completed the course in 122.90 to the United States 123.20.

Belgium secured bronze, its second-ever medal in this event with 12 penalties.

France was well placed going into the final round, and only needed to complete the run with two or less faults to secure the gold medal. However, it missed a jump and had two refusals, leaving it in eighth instead.


Hosts add Baseball gold

Japan has won baseball gold on home soil, the nation’s first gold medal in the sport. The host nation scored a run in each of the third and eighth innings to contribute to the historic victory.

Munetaka Murakami scored first with a home run in the third, while Tetsuto Yamada was able to run home thanks to the USA throwing error in the eighth.

Through a strong group stage, the USA only had trouble against Japan, falling to a 6-7 loss. It attempted to reverse this result in the gold medal match and fought hard but was unable to score, going away with Silver.

The Dominican Republic took bronze with a 10-6 win over Korea.

After a 13-year absence from the Olympics, it was an exciting return for the sport in 2020. In impressive fashion, the home country managed the double gold across the Women’s Softball and the Men’s Baseball with 2-0 victories against the USA in both.

Japan wins double gold, taking out the Women’s Softball and Men’s Baseball in its home Olympics. Image: Tokyo2020/Twitter

France double up

France has won gold in two team sports on the penultimate night of Tokyo 2020, taking out the Men’s Handball and Men’s Volleyball competitions.

In the Men’s Handball Final, France defeated Denmark 25-23 to become Olympic champions for the third time in four Olympic Games.

It wasn’t easy in the volleyball either, however, France came out on top in a five-set thriller against ROC (25-23 25-17 21-25 21-25 15-12). France had a strong start and pushed out to a two-set lead, but ROC came back fighting determined to make sure France earned the gold.

France got it done for its coach Laurent Tillie, who is leaving Les Bleus after this Olympic campaign.


Brazil backs up Rio

Brazil has backed up its gold medal in Men’s Football from Rio 2016 with another gold medal in Tokyo. The match was slightly less thrilling as it didn’t make it to penalties, however, it did require extra time for Brazil to score the winner.

Matheus Cunha scored first for Brazil in the second minute of added time, but it was Spain who hit back in the 61st minute through Mickel Oyarzabal. At the end of 90 minutes, the two teams could not be split.

The winner came three minutes into the second period of extra time, Malcom scoring in the 108th minute to put Brazil in front. Brazil was able to hold on for a 2-1 victory and collect its second Men’s Football gold medal.


Chopra makes history

India has won its first-ever Olympic Gold in Athletics with Neeraj Chopra taking out the Men’s Javelin.

Chopra’s second throw was his best, at 87.58 metres and he held on for the win as three competitors behind him each threw season bests.

Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic came close on his fifth throw, with an 86.67, but fouled his final attempt to take gold from Chopra.


For all the athletics action, check out our full recap here.

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