The final day of competition at the Olympic Games is here. After record-breaking days in the pool and on the track, history-making feats and inspiring moments, the Games come to a close in Tokyo. After the events, the Olympic closing ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. ET Sunday.
But first, we’ve got medals to hand out.
Saturday’s action started with the men’s marathon winding through the streets of Sapporo, Japan, where Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won his second consecutive gold medal in dominant fashion, beating the field by more than a minute.
Then came the evening’s main event: the women’s basketball gold-medal game, which saw the United States take care of Japan for its seventh consecutive gold medal. Japan’s first-ever shot at gold was derailed in a 90-75 defeat, with Americans Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each winning an unprecedented fifth gold medal.
While Team USA’s women’s hoops team added to its gold medal count, the U.S. women’s volleyball team got gold for the first time, dominating Brazil in a three-set sweep. That win also vaulted the Americans past China in the overall gold medal standings, which they clinched when Chinese boxer Li Quan lost her gold-medal match to Great Britain’s Lauren Price.
In other boxing, American Keyshawn Davis fell short against Cuban rival Andy Cruz in the lightweight gold-medal bout, the latest in a string of closely contested matchups between the two fighters.
Here’s the best action from the last night in Tokyo:
USA women’s indoor volleyball makes history
Looking to win its first-ever Olympic gold medal, the U.S. women’s volleyball team entered Sunday’s match against Brazil focused on making history.
The team won the first four points in commanding fashion — and never looked back.
The American squad put on a dominant performance at Ariake Arena, winning in straight sets — 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 — in just 82 minutes. Andrea Drews and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley combined for 29 points.
“People say we’re going to be under so much pressure because we’ve never won the gold medal,” said the United States’ Jordan Larson. “But we’re under no pressure because we’ve never done it. Why not go out swinging?” — D’Arcy Maine
The U.S. women’s indoor volleyball team wins its first-EVER Olympic gold medal!
#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
The women of indoor @USAVolleyball win their first Olympic gold medal EVER!#TokyoOlympics x
#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
The victory gives the United States 39 gold medals, one more than second-place China, to clinch first place for gold medals.
Bartsch-Hackley gets it over the block, and USA wins the first set.#TokyoOlympics x @USAVolleyball x @TeamUSA
USA, continuing at 1:30a ET on NBC Sports App
#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
If you need me, I’ll be watching this slide on repeat for the rest of the night #OlympicHERstory |
On Her Turf (@OnHerTurf) August 8, 2021
ONE. SET. FROM. GOLD.#TokyoOlympics x @USAVolleyball x @TeamUSA
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#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
Boxer Keyshawn Davis gets silver
United States lightweight boxer Keyshawn Davis fell just short of gold, losing to Cuba’s Andy Cruz.
#USA’s Keyshawn Davis wins silver in the men’s #Boxing lightweight category!
Olympics (@Olympics) August 8, 2021
Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird made history by winning their fifth women’s basketball gold medals with Team USA, which won its seventh straight gold by beating Japan 90-75.
The Golden Gals!
With 5 gold medals EACH, @DianaTaurasi and @S10Bird have the record for most gold medals in Olympic basketball history.
Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 8, 2021
A brief list of basketball players who have five Olympic gold medals
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The two vets, who won their first golds for Team USA in Athens in 2004, helped get the Americans out to a big lead Sunday.
Swish, swish.@DianaTaurasi hits it! #TokyoOlympics x @TeamUSA
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Birdie with the 3.
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Brittney Griner also did quality work for the Americans, scoring 30 points to help extend Team USA’s Olympic winning streak to 55 games.
She blocks, she shoots, she scores.
6’9″ @brittneygriner is a force to be reckoned with. #TokyoOlympics x @TeamUSA
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#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
‘@BrittneyGriner continues to shine tonight!#TokyoOlympics x @TeamUSA
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A gold medal game performance for the record books for Brittney Griner.
NBC Sports (@NBCSports) August 8, 2021
Bird and Taurasi might not be done with Olympics hoops quite yet, though.
“See you in Paris.” -@DianaTaurasi@Paris2024 |
#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
Cycling to gold
The United States’ Jennifer Valente rode to gold in the women’s omnium, putting the U.S. at 38 gold medals, tied with China for tops of any country.
Raced straight to GOLD!
Jennifer Valente claims the gold medal in women’s omnium.
Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 8, 2021
Ingebrigtsen sets Olympic record
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen ended his Olympics with an epic performance, as the 20-year-old raced to gold in the men’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 3 minutes, 28.32 seconds.
Another gold from the track is going to Norway!
An Olympic record for 20-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the men’s 1500m! #TokyoOlympics
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Kipchoge goes back-to-back
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge ran it back for gold, literally, in the men’s marathon in Sapporo, pulling away down the stretch to win his second consecutive gold medal. Kipchoge’s winning time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds was more than a minute better than the silver medalist, Netherlands’ Abdi Nageeye.
Here’s Kipchoge putting a bow on his dominant performance.
Eliud Kipchoge goes BACK-TO-BACK in the Olympic men’s marathon! #TokyoOlympics
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The battle for silver and bronze was also pretty epic.
“We can BOTH be Olympic medalists!”
What a finish for silver and bronze in the men’s marathon between Nageeye, Abdi, and Cherono! #TokyoOlympics
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#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
The marathoner’s philosophy
“I don’t believe in limits.”
Get inspired by marathon record holder @EliudKipchoge, the running philosopher.#Tokyo2020 | #StrongerTogether |
Olympics (@Olympics) August 7, 2021
Backing it up
As the Olympics come to a close, here’s an alternative, fun look at the action in Tokyo.
The @Olympics, but in reverse.
#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 7, 2021
Shot-putting in real life
Gold medalist Ryan Crouser is the best in the world at shot put, but how does that relate to everyday life? Crouser shows us by shot-putting things.
Ok, we all agree that 2x gold medalist @RCrouserThrows is really good at shot putting.
But how good is he at shot putting random objects?
#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021

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