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4 US Swimmers Medal; Simone Biles Out of the Gymnastics Team Finals

Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles earned the top all-around score in qualifying, but there’s work to be done if she wants to come out on top in the women’s team final, which begins at 6:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Simone Biles of Team United States competes on vault during Women's Qualification on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
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The Tokyo Olympics, delayed by the pandemic and opened under oppressive heat, is due for another hit of nature’s power: a tropical storm arriving Tuesday morning in Japan that is forecast to disrupt at least some parts of the Games.

The Olympic archery schedule has been altered for Tuesday due to expected high wind and rain from a forecasted typhoon.

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The morning sessions involving first- and second-round matches are officially delayed until noon local time at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field. But the afternoon session has been postponed.

Meanwhile, the cardboard beds in Tokyo’s Olympic Village have finally broken. After a slew of videos showing Olympians making unsuccessful attempts to crack their cardboard beds, someone finally succeeded.

Here's what else is happening:

US Gymnastics Wins Silver in Final, Simone Biles Exits

Team USA earned silver in the women's gymnastics team final following the exit of Simone Biles.

Biles withdrew from Tuesday's final due to a medical issue, according to a statement from USA Gymnastics.

The organization said she will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 27: Simone Biles of Team United States walks off the floor during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Biles bailed out of her Amanar in the vault and only completed a 1.5 twist on a 2.5-twisting Yurchenko, then stumbled backward on the landing. She had previously posted the best score in the vault during the all-around qualifiers.

The Russian Olympic Committee won gold and Great Britain won bronze. The U.S. had won gold in the event at the last two Olympics, while ROC earned silver in both Olympics.

Italy and Japan placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

After Simone Biles withdrew from competition the athletes from Russia took home gold in the women’s team gymnastics event.

Team USA shut out by Japan in softball gold medal game

For the second time in Olympic history, Japan has upset the U.S. in the softball gold medal game.

Team USA, which went undefeated in round-robin play, only had three hits.

The Japanese had a runner in scoring position in each of the first four innings before finally converting on an infield single in the fourth inning.

Japan added a second run in the top of the fifth inning.

United States' Cat Osterman pitches during the first inning of a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Softball Update:

Four Americans win swimming medals

The U.S. swim team took home four more medals on Monday night, headlined by Lydia Jacoby's surprising victory in the women's 100m breaststroke.

The 17-year-old beat out reigning Olympic champion and fellow American Lilly King, who finished third, for the gold medal. King was one of three Team USA members to claim bronze Monday, along with reigning Olympic champ Ryan Murphy in the men's 100m backstroke and Regan Smith in the women's 100m backstroke.

Lydia Jacoby won gold in the 100m breaststroke while teammate Lilly King took home the bronze medal.

Jacoby pulled a huge upset over the highly-favored King in the 100m breaststroke. Jacoby won the gold in 1:04.95. King, the defending Olympic champion, was half a second behind. Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa captured the silver.

"I was just trying to feel good and feel happy going into it, and I feel like I did that," Jacoby said.

Murphy failed to follow up his gold medal in Rio, placing third in the men's 100m backstroke.

"Being third in the world is no shame, but obviously you want to go out and win," Murphy said. "That was the best I had today. Hats off to the Russian guys, who did great."

Regan Smith competes during the women's 100m backstroke preliminaries at the Tokyo Aquatics Center, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo.
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Regan Smith competes during the women's 100m backstroke preliminaries at the Tokyo Aquatics Center, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo.
When the pandemic hit, Smith deferred her enrollment at Stanford, stayed home with parents in Minnesota, and kept herself entertained with TikTok. Now, she’s a contender for the gold medal in the 100m backstroke.

A'ja Wilson shines as US Women beat Nigeria, 81-72

It didn't take long for A’ja Wilson to make a splash at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 2020 WNBA MVP scored 19 points to help the U.S. women win their 50th-straight Olympic game, a 81-72 victory over Nigeria.

Despite a slow start in the first quarter, Team USA took over in the second going on a 20-0 run heading into the half.

The U.S. scored 26 points in the third quarter, but Nigeria refused to give up.

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Led by Ezinne Kalu, Nigeria went on a 12-0 run to start the fourth but in the end it was  Chelsey Gray who stepped up to close out the win for the Americans.

Brittney Griner was the second-leading scorer for the U.S. with 13 points, followed by Diana Taurasi (10), who played in her 33rd career Olympic game.

Brianna Stewart and Sylvia Fowles scored nine points each in the win. 

The U.S. next meets hosts Japan on Friday before tangling with France to finish group play on Aug. 2.

2020 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson led Team USA women’s basketball to a win over Nigeria.

U.S. women’s soccer advances to quarterfinals after tie with Australia

The United States women’s soccer team is headed to the quarterfinals, after tying Australia 0-0 in their final game of group play. 

With the tie, the United States finished second in Group G, going 1-1-1 in its three group games. The U.S. won the tiebreaker over Australia based on goal differential, with the its’ goal differential of 2 being better than Australia's -1. 

In the match, Alex Morgan had a goal called back after VAR determined that she was offside. That was as close as the two sides would get to scoring. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stopped the two shots she faced. 

The quarterfinals for women’s soccer begin on Friday, July 30.

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KASHIMA, JAPAN - JULY 27: Emily Van Egmond #10 of Team Australia battles for possession with Julie Ertz #8 of Team United States during the Women's Football Group G match between United States and Australia on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kashima Stadium on July 27, 2021 in Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
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