The Tokyo Olympics is coming to a close with the closing ceremony.
Like competitions during the Games, fans were not present for the event due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, for the seventh time in a row, the US women’s Olympic basketball team defeated host nation Japan by a score of 90–75 to win the gold medal.
At half-time, the US was leading 50–39 and the Americans have continued to lead since then, with Brittany Griner scoring a high of 30 points.
Players Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi won their fifth basketball gold medal with Sunday’s win. He won his first title in 2004 in Athens.
The US women’s volleyball team also won the gold medal on Sunday. The American team was in possession of three silver medals and two bronze, but no gold, until their 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 victory over Brazil.
Also on Sunday, American Jennifer Valente snatched gold by winning the women’s omnium, a multirace, cycling event. World champion Yumi Kajihara of Japan won the silver, while 38-year-old Dutch cyclist Kirsten Wilde won the bronze.
“You’ve made me very proud,” US President Joe Biden told a group of US Olympic athletes in a virtual meeting held on Saturday evening, telling himself and First Lady Jill Biden.
The president invited Olympians to come to the White House in the fall so “I can brag to you more.”
“You remind us what a wonderful country we are,” he told the group.
The expected star of this year’s Olympics was gymnast Simone Biles, who withdrew during the competition citing mental health issues. Biden told her, “You had the courage to say, ‘I need some help… I need some time.'”
He also praised Biles for his return to sports.
“And guess what, you’re back on that damn beam,” Biden said. “Doing a flip on the four-inch beam is my idea to go into the cleanse.”
On Saturday, the US won the gold medal in the women’s 4X400m relay.
Poland grabbed the silver medal in this event, while Jamaica took the bronze.
Sidney McLaughlin, Delilah Muhammad, Athing Mu and Alison Felix continued to dominate the event, winning the gold with a comfortable time of 3:16.85.
The victory gave American Alison Felix her 11th Olympic medal in track and field – more than any other woman in history and more than any American track and field Olympian. She set a medal record for the first time by winning a bronze medal in the women’s 400m event on Friday night.
Felix, 35, began his career as a US Olympian at the 2004 Athens Games.
Earlier on Saturday, Kenya’s Perez Jepchirchir battled high heat and humidity to win Olympic gold in the women’s marathon in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds.
Her teammate was Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, who won the silver medal in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 36 seconds. America’s Molly Seidel finished third in a time of 2 hours 27 minutes 46 seconds.
In an effort to avoid the extreme heat and humidity, Olympic organizers started the women’s marathon an hour ahead of schedule at 6 a.m. local time.
However, at the start of the race, the skies for the runners were clear and the temperature was 25 °C and the relative humidity was about 82%. By the end of the race, the temperature had reached around 30 °C.
Fifteen of the 88 athletes did not complete the race, which was held in Soporo, a coastal city about 1,100 km north of Tokyo.
On Saturday afternoon, the US men’s basketball team defeated France 87–82 to claim their fourth straight Olympic gold medal and 16th medal overall.
American Kevin Durant, who played for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA, was the game’s high scorer with 29 points.
France had defeated America in the first round of the Olympic competition.
Israel won gold in the individual all-around rhythmic gymnastics final on Saturday, ending more than two decades of Russian dominance in the event.
Lenoy Ashram narrowly defeated three-time world champion Russian Dina Averina to win 107.800, 0.150 points ahead of Averina, despite a mistake in her closing ribbon routine.
The United States claimed the gold medal in Olympic golf on Saturday when Nelly Korda registered a one-stroke victory in the women’s event. Japan’s Mone Inami won the silver medal in the playoffs along with New Zealand’s Lidia Ko, finishing with bronze.
America’s Xander Schauffele won the gold medal in the men’s competition last Sunday.
Some information for this article has been obtained from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.