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Texans In Tokyo: BMX Racer Connor Fields Crashes, U.S. Women's Basketball Dominates & More

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A couple of Texans had shots at medaling on Thursday evening and Friday morning, but both missed the mark. Still, the U.S. leads all nations with 41 total medals. China is close behind with 38 medals, 18 of which are gold.

Here's a look at everything you need to know about the Texans in Tokyo on July 30:


Tokyo Olympics Archery
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United States' Mackenzie Brown reacts during a women's individuals quarterfinal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Mackenzie Brown was the Lone Star State's lone archer at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She competed in three events: the women's team, mixed team and individual.

Though Brown did not medal in any of the events, she did compete for bronze in the individual event. She was defeated by Mexico's Alejandra Valencia 7 to 1.


Tokyo Olympics Baseball
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United States' Tyler Austin, right, celebrate with Eddy Alvarez after hitting a home run in the third inning of a a baseball game against Israel at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The U.S. Men's Baseball team defeated Israel 8 to 1. First baseman Tyler Austin,who plays professionally in Japan, made a significant impact by hitting a home run in the third inning.

The team will play South Korea next. A win in their second game could propel the team into the elimination round of play.


Tokyo Olympics Basketball
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Japan's Saori Miyazaki (32), center, is blocked by United States' Brittney Griner (15), second right, during women's basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

U.S. Women's basketball tallied their 51st consecutive win Thursday. The streak dates back to the 1992 games in Barcelona. And the victory places the team squarely atop the hierarchy of global women's basketball.

Former Baylor Bear and Houston native Brittney Griner chipped in with 15 points, 5 rebounds and a tough defensive effort.

Read more about the game's results here.

Also, fans of the Dallas Mavericks First Team All-NBA player Luka Dončić can watch the Slovenian team take on Spain at 3:20 a.m. CT on Saturday. And Team U.S.A. men's team squares off against Czech Republic at 7 a.m. CT on Saturday.


Tokyo Olympics BMX Cycling
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Medics prepare to carry away on a stretcher Connor Fields of the United States after he crashed at the first bend in the men's BMX Racing semifinals at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Connor Fields, the U.S. defending gold medalist in BMX racing, had a brutal crash in the semifinals of his event and left the venue in an ambulance.

"We can confirm that Connor Fields is awake, stable and awaiting further medical evaluation. He will remain in the hospital under observation," said Dr. Jon Finnoff, the chief medical officer for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

The 28-year-old was in the third heat of the semifinal, where groups race over a bumpy course with jumps. He started with two excellent rides before crashing.

Read the full story here.


Tokyo Olympics Swimming
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Simone Manuel, of United States, swims in a women's 50-meter freestyle heat at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Simone Manuel, the Sugar Land resident and two-time Olympian, returned to the water on Friday.

Manuel placed second in her heat in the women's 50m freestyle race.She'll be swimming in the semifinal tonight at 7:37 p.m. CT.

Manuel also anchored the 4x100 free relay team that won bronze earlier in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.


Tennys Sandgren, Austin Krajicek
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The United States doubles team of Tennys Sandgren, left, and Austin Krajicek celebrate during the men's doubles bronze medal match of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Plano resident and former Aggie Austin Krajicek and his doubles partner Tennys Sandgren were America's last shot to medal in a tennis competition. But the duo fell to New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus in the men's doubles bronze medal match Friday in Tokyo.

Track and Field

Teahna Daniels
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Teahna Daniels, of United States, gestures ahead of her heat of the women's 100-meters at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Track and field events are underway, and Texas has connections to loads of athletes competing.

Racing in the Men's 100 meters, and hoping to take Usain Bolt's title of "World's Fastest Man,"are TCU graduate Ronnie Baker and Baylor grad Trayvon Bromell. Representing the women in the 100m is UT grad Teahna Daniels. Daniels won her heat on Thursday.

Elsewhere in track and field, the American mixed 4x400m won their first race but were later disqualified for handing the baton over outside the changeover zone. Aggie Bryce Deadmon was a part of that team.

Texas Tech grad Benard Keter competed in the 3000m steeplechase event. He placed sixth and will move onto the final on Monday.

Mansfield long jumper Jasmine Moore fouled her first two triple-jump attempts during Friday’s qualifying rounds. That means she's failed to land in the top 12 and won't participate in Sunday’s final.

Texas A&M star Athing Mu won her heat in the 800 meters, and she's poised to win gold for the U.S. She'll have to beat Houston native Raevyn Rogers to claim Olympic glory, though. Rogers won her heat yesterday too.

There are several other track and field stars with ties to Texas who've yet to compete, like Gabrielle Thomas who may be the world's fastest woman to run the 200 meters. Here are the folks you may want to look out for this weekend:

  • Melissa González, women's 400m hurdles Friday 7 p.m. CT.
  • KC Lightfoot, men's pole vault Friday 7:40 p.m. CT.
  • Bryce Hoppel, men's 800m Friday 8:30 p.m. CT.
  • Steffin McCarter, men's long jump Saturday 5:10 a.m. CT.
  • Athing Mu, women's 800m Saturday 7 a.m. CT.
  • Raevyn Rogers, women's 800m Saturday 7:10 a.m. CT.


The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated Turkey 3-2 Thursday evening. Coppell native and UT Longhorn Chiaka Ogbogu is a part of this team.

They play next on Friday night at 9:05 p.m. CT. They'll face off against the Russian Olympic Committee.

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Hady Mawajdeh has been a reporter, producer, and digital editor at KERA since 2016. He is the creator and the co-host of KERA's first narrative podcast, Gun Play. And prior to his work in engagement, he also reported on arts and culture, social justice, and gun rights for the newsroom.