TOKYO — The biggest news of Wednesday came from beyond the competition floor as it was announced that Simone Biles would not compete in the individual all-around gymnastics competition because of a mental health issue.
Katie Ledecky started her day with a crushingly disappointing fifth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle. But an hour or so later she got her first gold of the Games in her best event, the 1,500 freestyle. This was the first time women had raced that distance at an Olympics. The British won the 4×200-meter men’s freestyle relay, with the Americans, who led for nearly half the race, fading to fourth.
The United States women captured the first-ever gold medal for three-on-three basketball, defeating Russia, 18-15.
The U.S. men’s five-on-five basketball team bounced back from an opening loss to France with a commanding win over Iran, 120-66.
The U.S. women’s water polo team never loses. And yet it did, to Hungary, 10-9. Both teams will advance to the playoffs, though, and perhaps a rematch looms.
Joy for Fiji, which repeated as champions of the men’s rugby sevens competition. Seven-dollar bills for all!
Primoz Roglic of Slovenia had a disappointing Tour de France but got a measure of consolation with a gold in the cycling time trial. Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands won the women’s event.