Norway began their quest for a record-equalling third Olympic gold medal in women's handball with a 39-27 victory over Asian powerhouse South Korea on Sunday, while Brazil frustrated the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in a 24-24 draw. Rio 2016 bronze medallists Norway dominated the opening half of their Group A clash - a rematch of the Barcelona 1992 final which the Koreans won for the second of their two gold medals - surging ahead 18-10 after hitting the post several times. The European champions raised their level after the break as the latest encounter between the two most decorated teams in the women's game threatened to turn into a thrashing, before South Korea staged a comeback only to fall short in the end.
Tunisia's Ahmed Hafnaoui not only stunned swimming superpowers with his gold medal performance in the 400m freestyle - he didn't quite believe the result himself. Michael Phelps hailed Hafnaoui for his "unbelievable swim," saying the 18-year-old Tunisian's shock victory was a great example of how swimming at the Tokyo Games was likely to have a series of wide open races. "The difference between these Olympics and the past, in my opinion, is that every single person in the final has a chance of winning gold – it doesn't matter if you are in lane one, eight or four, everyone is close," said Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.
The pair were due to make their debuts in the Games when the men’s event starts on Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
German world number one Isabell Werth and her two team mates topped each of their three groups at the Olympic equestrian dressage qualifiers on Sunday to make Tuesday's team final ahead of Britain and Denmark. Team dressage medals will be awarded on Tuesday and individual dressage medals on Wednesday, with the three countries strong contenders in both. "It's always very important that you have a strong field and that you have strong competitors because then you push each other to top performances," Werth said when asked about the rivalry between Germany and Britain.