Tokyo Olympics: USA relay distress, Crouser & Nageotte win gold

Katie Nageotte


There were tears of joy for pole vaulter Katie Nageotte after she won gold

Team USA were reeling from an “embarrassing” relay display and a shock defeat for hurdler Grant Holloway on a rollercoaster day in Tokyo – where they also celebrated shot put gold and a guaranteed basketball medal.

Their 4x100m men’s team failed to reach the final, with American sprint great Carl Lewis saying they had done “everything wrong”.

That defeat was followed by world champion and overwhelming favourite Holloway being beaten by Jamaican Hansle Parchment in the men’s 110m hurdles final.

But American spirits were lifted by Ryan Crouser beating his own Olympic record to defend his shot put title, a pole vault title for Katie Nageotte, and news that BMX rider Connor Fields was set to be released from Thursday less than a week after a crash that left him with a brain bleed.

The United States are second behind China in the medal table and will add to their tally after the men’s basketball team reached Friday’s…