Hong Kong's Lee Ho Ching, Doo Hoi Kem and Minnie Soo Wai Yam secured bronze at the women's team event on Thursday after a close 3-1 win over the German team. The Hong Kong trio dashed and hugged in a circle as they earned Hong Kong's first medal in the team event. German pair Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja took a lead against Hong Kong's Lee and Doo in the opening doubles match, prevailing 3-1.
Japanese medal contender Miho Nonaka is regrouping before the women's final after a tough bouldering round during climbing qualifiers on Wednesday in the sport's Olympic debut. Nonaka came out strong in the intial speed round, a vertical sprint up a 15 metre wall, ranking fourth with a time of 7.55 seconds. In bouldering athletes attack a series of obstacles along a low wall.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has yet to talk to any Belarussian team officials involved in the case of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who took refuge in Poland https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/belarus-sprinter-tsimanouskaya-leaves-polish-embassy-tokyo-police-2021-08-03 this week after refusing to return to her homeland from Tokyo. The committee also said it was waiting for a report from the Chinese team https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/ioc-asks-chinese-team-report-cyclists-mao-zedong-badges-2021-08-03 on why two of its medallists appeared on the podium wearing badges featuring the head of the country's former leader Mao Zedong, in a potential breach of Olympic rules on the display of political paraphernalia. Belarus sprinter Tsimanouskaya caused a furore on Sunday when she said coaches had ordered her to pack and go to the airport before she had even competed.
The 36-year-old finished third in the K1 200m in Tokyo on Thursday, his fourth Olympic medal after successes at London 2012 and Rio five years ago.