Key moments from the Olympic Games: Day 8

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Key moments from the Olympic Games: Day 8

Each day, ABC News will give you a roundup of key Olympic moments from the day’s events in Tokyo, happening 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. After a 12-month delay, the unprecedented 2020 Summer Olympics is taking place without fans or spectators and under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky bring home the gold, make history

Rising superstar Caeleb Dressel dominated the field in the Men's 100m butterfly, setting a new world record of 49.45 seconds. Meanwhile, established super star Katie Ledecky won the 800m freestyle yesterday and with it became the first female swimmer to win six individual gold medals in the Olympics. The wins were each their third gold medal at the 2020 Games, Dressel now has four total Olympic gold medals for his career while Ledecky has now won seven.

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PHOTO: Katie Ledecky of Team United States competes in the Women's 800m Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Katie Ledecky of Team United States competes in the Women's 800m Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Caeleb Dressel, of United States, celebrates wining the gold medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
PHOTO: Caeleb Dressel, of United States, celebrates wining the gold medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)

Simone Biles withdraws from individual vault and uneven bars finals

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of the individual finals competitions for vault and uneven bars after withdrawing from individual all-around finals earlier this week. "She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam,” USA gymnastics said in a statement.

Team USA’s MyKayla Skinner, who finished with the fourth-highest score during qualifications, will replace Biles.

MORE: Simone Biles withdraws from vault, uneven bars competitions

PHOTO: Simone Biles is seen at training on July 22, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
PHOTO: Simone Biles is seen at training on July 22, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
PHOTO: Mykayla Skinner of Team United States competes on uneven bars during Women's Qualification on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Mykayla Skinner of Team United States competes on uneven bars during Women's Qualification on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

COVID-19 cases at Tokyo Olympics rise to 246, cases in Tokyo area set new record high

There were 21 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 among people at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, all from games concerned personnel or Olympic contractors. The total now stands at 246, according to data released by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.

The surrounding city of Tokyo reported 4,058 new cases on Saturday, a 7-day average increase of 217.0%, according to data released by the Tokyo metropolitan government.

PHOTO: People are seen in the streets of Harajuku shopping area during the state of emergency, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan July 31, 2021. (Androniki Christodoulou/Reuters)
PHOTO: People are seen in the streets of Harajuku shopping area during the state of emergency, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan July 31, 2021. (Androniki Christodoulou/Reuters)
PHOTO: Spectators gather to watch the Men's BMX Freestyle seeding event from a nearby bridge on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Spectators gather to watch the Men's BMX Freestyle seeding event from a nearby bridge on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

Djokovic leaves Olympics empty-handed after withdrawal from bronze medal match

What could have been a historic Olympics for Serbia's Novak Djokovic has resulted in frustration and injury. Djokovic's dreams of achieving a Golden Slam were dashed after a loss to Alexander Zverev yesterday, and the world's top-ranked tennis player lost again today in the bronze medal match to Pablo Carreño Busta, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

Afterward, Djokovic was due back on court for his bronze medal match in mixed-doubles but withdrew from the match citing a left-shoulder injury, according to The Associated Press.

PHOTO: Serbia's Novak Djokovic smashes his racket during his Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's singles tennis match for the bronze medal against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Serbia's Novak Djokovic smashes his racket during his Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's singles tennis match for the bronze medal against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts after being defeated by Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, in the bronze medal match of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)
PHOTO: Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts after being defeated by Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, in the bronze medal match of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

BMX freestyle makes Olympic Debut

The 2020 Olympic Games has been a monumental moment in the history of action sports. Not only have surfing and skateboarding made it to the world’s largest stage, but the cycling discipline has also expanded to include BMX freestyle for the first time. Preliminary rounds were held today, with Team USA's Hannah Roberts topping the women's division in the park competition. The finals in are park scheduled for tomorrow’s events.

PHOTO: Costa Rica's Kenneth Tencio Esquivel competes in the cycling BMX freestyle men's park seeding event at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Costa Rica's Kenneth Tencio Esquivel competes in the cycling BMX freestyle men's park seeding event at the Ariake Urban Sports Park during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Justin Dowell of the United States makes a jump in the men's BMX Freestyle seeding at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Ben Curtis/AP Photo)
PHOTO: Justin Dowell of the United States makes a jump in the men's BMX Freestyle seeding at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Ben Curtis/AP Photo)

More scenes from today's action:

PHOTO: Piotr Lisek of Poland reacts after competing in the men's pole vault on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Aleksandra Szmigiel/Reuters)
PHOTO: Piotr Lisek of Poland reacts after competing in the men's pole vault on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Aleksandra Szmigiel/Reuters)
PHOTO: Members of the French women's track cycling team round the track during a training session inside the Izu velodrome at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Izu, Japan. (Thibault Camus/AP Photo)
PHOTO: Members of the French women's track cycling team round the track during a training session inside the Izu velodrome at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Izu, Japan. (Thibault Camus/AP Photo)
PHOTO: France's Chloe Valentini jumps to shoot during the women's preliminary round group B handball match between Russia and France of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Daniel Leal-olivas/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: France's Chloe Valentini jumps to shoot during the women's preliminary round group B handball match between Russia and France of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Daniel Leal-olivas/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Carey McLeod of Jamaica competes in long jump on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Aleksandra Szmigiel/Reuters)
PHOTO: Carey McLeod of Jamaica competes in long jump on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Aleksandra Szmigiel/Reuters)
PHOTO: Sheila Chajira of Team Kenya puts a fend on Ghislaine Landry of Team Canada in the women's on July 31, 2021 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Sheila Chajira of Team Kenya puts a fend on Ghislaine Landry of Team Canada in the women's on July 31, 2021 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PHOTO: An underwater view shows Mexico's Aranza Vazquez Montano competing in the women's 3m springboard diving semi-final event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Francois-xavier Marit/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: An underwater view shows Mexico's Aranza Vazquez Montano competing in the women's 3m springboard diving semi-final event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Francois-xavier Marit/AFP via Getty Images)

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