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Day 9 Olympic roundup: Dressel's epic swim, golf gold, Biles back?

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 8/1/2021 Jay Busbee

There's a whole lot going on every day at the Tokyo Olympics. Here, we'll keep you up-to-date with everything you need to know.

Olympic story of the day: Caeleb Dressel's golden triumph

Caeleb Dressel has done what only three male swimmers have done before him: win five gold medals at one Olympic Games. He's done so with style, flair and a rare determination that puts him at the pinnacle of a very small club. Henry Bushnell dives deep on what makes Dressel such a fascinating, intimidating, driven Olympian. 

“It is a lot different here. It's a different type of pressure,” Dressel says of the Olympics. “I'm pretty aware of that now. I'll stop lying to myself. It means something different. I mean, an event that happens every four years, for a race that happens in 40-something seconds, or 20-something seconds. You have to be so perfect. Your whole life boils down to a moment that can take 20, 40 seconds. How crazy is that?”

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a man standing on a stage: Caeleb Dressel has had a very good Olympics. (Al Bello/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Caeleb Dressel has had a very good Olympics. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Blazing speed

The 100-meter sprint is one of the Olympics' marquee events, and with good reason; like the heavyweight championship in boxing, it's a barometer for naming the very best in the world — in this case, fastest man and woman. A day after Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah set an Olympic record on the women's side, Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs pulled off a stunner, winning the first post-Usain Bolt 100m in 9.84 seconds to claim Italy's first-ever gold medal in the event. American Trayvon Bromell struggled in the qualifying events and didn't even reach the final. 

Raven Saunders carries a heavy weight, and then throws it

Raven Saunders, silver medalist for Team USA in the shot put, isn't just competing for herself. As Shalise Manza Young writes, she's competing to represent the Black and LGBTQ+ communities and to destigmatize mental health challenges. 

"Inspired as a girl by Venus and Serena Williams to bring her full self to the spaces she aspired to reach," Young writes, "Saunders was introduced and walked onto the infield at Tokyo Olympic Stadium Sunday wearing oversized mirrored shades, her short natural hair colored green on one side and purple on the other, and with her now-famous Hulk face mask strapped in place."

After her silver medal performance, she offered the highest-profile protest yet at the Olympics, raising her arms in an X formation during photos — not during the anthem — to represent "the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet."

X gonna get gold 

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Xander Schauffele hasn't quite managed to win a major yet in golf, but he's done something no other American major winner has — win an Olympic gold medal. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods ... none of them did what Schauffele did on Sunday following a triumphant performance at Kasumigaseki Country Club. (To be fair, golf wasn't contested from 1908 to 2012, but still.) Schauffele held off hard-charging Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia, and watched Chinese Taipiei's C.T. Pan win a seven-man playoff. Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, defending Masters champion, started the day a stroke behind Schauffele but wasn't able to keep pace. 

Meanwhile, back at the gym

Could Simone Biles return for one final event at the Tokyo Games? That's the word of MyKayla Skinner, one of Biles' best friends on the team. Biles only has the balance beam remaining on her slate; she withdrew from all other team and individual events, citing mental health concerns. Meanwhile, Sunisa Lee's dream Olympics continue, as she won a bronze medal on the uneven bars to go with her gold and silver. 

Not going anywhere

French boxer Mourad Aliev screamed, kicked his mouthguard and shook a TV camera before sitting in for an hour-long protest of his disqualification. His was the last match of the session. 

"It's totally unfair," Aliev said after the fight." "I was winning the match. I was just stopped without any warning and they just told me that 'you lost' — just like that. So I think it was an act of sabotage ... I prepared my whole life for this event. So getting mad for something like that is natural."

Photo of the day

Stephen Parry standing in front of a crowd: (Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports (Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP via Getty Images)

Canada's Nicholas Hoag looks like he's in a world of hurt as Poland's Fabian Drzyzga, Mateusz Bieniek and Michal Kubiak line up against him in a preliminary volleyball match. 

Last lap

a sign on a beach: (NBC Sports) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports (NBC Sports)

In or out? You make the call, and once you do, learn how this call very well could have obliterated the medal hopes of the U.S. women's beach volleyball team

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