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USA Gets Historic Volleyball Gold, Women Snare 7th Straight in Basketball Ahead of Closing Ceremony

It's been an unprecedented Olympics in Japan for so many reasons -- but there are a few more marquee championships up for grabs before the Closing Ceremony

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It's the final day of competition at the Tokyo Olympics, which will wrap on Sunday with a dazzling Closing Ceremony devoid of spectators in the host nation's Olympic Stadium. It was an epic run for a number of high-profile USA athletes -- and an inspiring run for so many others whose names were less known before Japan.

Before that, though, there's plenty of action on Day 16. The women of USA basketball picked up their seventh straight Olympic gold Saturday night before two American men try to end the nation's golden boxing drought.

And the U.S. women's volleyball faced Brazil in the final for the third time in the past four Olympics. Was this the time they finally reached the top of the podium?

Without further ado, here are our 4 to Watch on Day 16:

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1. Closing Ceremony Ends Tokyo Olympics in Dramatic Fashion

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicked off on Friday, Japan unveiled an opening ceremony unlike any games before. From a moment of silence for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic to unique callouts to Japanese culture, here are the top 10 moments from the Olympics opening ceremony.

All things must end and the Tokyo Olympics is no different.

The two-week global competition, which was played under unprecedented circumstances and limitations due the COVID-19 pandemic, will come to its natural conclusion on Sunday in Japan.

The Tokyo Olympics saw American swimmers Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel dominate in the water, as well as gymnasts Suni Lee and MyKayla Skinner step up to the mat for Simone Biles. And that was just the first week.

During the second week in Tokyo, Team USA was equally busy -- collecting gold medals in men’s basketball, water polo, golf and the women’s 800m race.

As of Saturday morning, Team USA was over the 100-medal threshold for Tokyo -- the most medals of any nation competing at this year’s Summer Games -- and sat just four gold medals behind China.

MORE: Opening Ceremony kicks off 2020 Tokyo Olympics


2. USA Scores 7th Straight Gold in Women's Basketball

U.S. women’s basketball advanced to the gold medal game after defeating Serbia 79-59.

The U.S. women’s basketball team won its seventh straight gold medal on Saturday night, matching a record set by the U.S. men between 1936 and 1968. The final score over Japan was 90-75.

In winning a silver in its home Olympics, Japan takes home its first-ever medal in women’s basketball.

Even on a team with many Olympic veterans, six of the players were not alive the last time the U.S. didn’t win gold, when they took home bronze from Barcelona in 1992. Meanwhile, Team USA’s most experienced players, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, made history by becoming the first Olympic basketball players – male or female – to win five gold medals.

MORE: France takes down Serbia to win basketball bronze


3. U.S. Women's Volleyball Team Snares Historic Win

Team USA women’s volleyball gets revenge over Serbia in the semifinals and advances to the gold medal game.

A spike by Jordan Larson gave the U.S. women's volleyball team its first ever gold medal.

Team USA defeated Brazil in straight sets, winning 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 to take gold.

Andrea Drews had a team-high 15 points, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley added 14 and Larson finished with 12.

The win also put the United States in front of China in the gold medal count at the Tokyo Olympics, giving the U.S. 39 to China's 38. 

MORE: Argentina claims bronze with five-set win over Brazil


4. USA's Torrez Jr. Gets Silver in Super Heavyweight Boxing

American Richard Torrez Jr. is heading to the super heavyweight boxing final on Thursday after beating Kazakhstan in the semifinals. As Torrez Jr. is guaranteed to take home the gold or silver medal, the California native will be the first American to medal in the category since 1988.

United States boxer Richard Torrez Jr. earned silver after falling to Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov 5-0 in the super heavyweight gold medal bout.

Torrez had a chance to win the first U.S. gold medal for Team USA since Andre Ward won silver in Athens in 2004 and be Team USA's first super heavyweight champ since 1984.

American boxer Keyshawn Davis took silver after falling to Cuban boxer Andy Cruz 4-1 in the men's lightweight gold medal match on Saturday.

Davis' run to the match included a knockout of No. 1 seed Sofaine Oumiha of France in the preliminary round and a win over Hovhannes Bachkov of Armenia in the semifinal match.

The United States has now completed its competitive events at the Tokyo Olympics.

MORE: Britain's Whittaker initially unhappy with silver medal


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