But Anna Kiesenhofer's victory in the women's road race on Sunday takes some beating. They will not forget Kiesenhofer in a hurry, however, after she ambushed their plans for an orange procession in the foothills of Mount Fuji with a fairytale ride. So unexpected was her gold medal that when Dutch three-times world champion Annemiek Van Vleuten crossed the line at the Fuji International Speeedway one minute and 15 seconds later she assumed she was the winner.
Giles claimed bronze on her Olympic debut, Britain’s first medal of the Games.
There aren't any fans to watch the Olympic weightlifting in Tokyo this year, so that job effectively falls to the bored volunteers with little else to do after spectators were banned from venues. One official told Reuters that organisers hadn't reduced the number of volunteers because they didn't want to cause disappointment.
World record holder Kaylee McKeown was the fastest qualifier in the women's 100m backstroke at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, setting a new Olympic record with her time of 57.88 seconds. McKeown's effort in the sixth heat was the third time the Olympic record had fallen during the session after Kylie Masse of Canada and American Regan Masse also broke it. Masse posted 58.17 in the fourth heat to break the previous Olympic Record of 58.23 set by Australian Emily Seebohm in 2012.