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Hoosiers to watch at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, Aug. 1

Indianapolis native Alec Yoder will go for gold in the men's pommel horse final Sunday morning.
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Alec Yoder competes on the pommel horse during the men's U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials Thursday, June 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

TOKYO, Japan — More than 600 athletes are representing the United States at the Tokyo Olympics and a number of them are from Indiana.

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Here are the Hoosier athletes to watch on Sunday, Aug. 1 (Note: All dates and times listed are in eastern time):

Nick Itkin and Gerek Meinhardt — Fencing

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Unites States Foil team celebrate defeating Japan Foil team during the men's Foil team bronze medal competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Nick Itkin, a current student at the University of Notre Dame, and Gerek Meinhardt, a four-time Olympian and University of Notre Dame graduate, were two of the Americans competing in the men's foil team fencing event.

The U.S. lost in the semifinals early Sunday morning, falling 45-41 to the Russian Olympic Committee team, but came back in the bronze medal match to beat Japan 45-31. 

The medal for Meinhardt means he and his wife, Lee Kiefer, will both take home fencing medals from Tokyo.

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In the team competition, each team has three members and one in reserve, competing in a round-robin format. There are nine sets of three-minute rounds with a maximum of five points for each round. The first team to score 45 points, or the team with the highest score after all nine rounds, is the winner. The other team is eliminated.

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Nik Itkin of the United States competes against Peter Joppich of Germany in the men's Foil team quarterfinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Earlier, Itkin placed 12th in the individual foil tournament in Tokyo, losing to Kirill Borodachev, of ROC, 15-13, while Meinhardt finished 17th, losing to Vladislav Mylnikov, of ROC, 15-11.

Meinhardt also won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Games in the foil team event.

Alec Yoder — Gymnastics

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Alec Yoder of the United States looks at the score after performing on the pommel horse during the artistic gymnastics men's apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Indianapolis native Alec Yoder fell short of a medal in his first Olympics in the men's pommel horse final.

Yoder qualified for the medal round of the pommel horse with a score of 15.200 during qualifications on July 24.

In the final, Yoder posted a score lower than his qualifying performance - 14.566 -  good for sixth place in the final standings. 

Max Whitlock of Britain defended his Olympic title with the top score of 15.583 points. That is the highest of any male or female gymnast on any event so far at the Tokyo Games.

Lee Chih Kai of Taiwan took silver and Kazuma Kaya of Japan took the bronze with a 14.900, also lower than Yoder's qualifying score.

Annie Drews — Volleyball

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Annie Drews

Elkhart native and Purdue University graduate Annie Drews joins the U.S. women's volleyball team for her first Olympics. 

The U.S. beat Italy in five games in their final game in Pool B of the preliminary round at 10:05 p.m. ET. Drews scored the most points for Team USA in the win, finishing with 22 points.

Team USA previously defeated Argentina, China and Turkey but lost to ROC.

Quarterfinals for women's volleyball begin Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

Preliminary rounds of volleyball will be available to stream on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports mobile app.

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