• All dressed up with no one to help, Tokyo volunteers sit in for spectators
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    All dressed up with no one to help, Tokyo volunteers sit in for spectators

    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.

  • Olympics-Swimming-McKeown quickest in 100m backstroke qualifying
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    Olympics-Swimming-McKeown quickest in 100m backstroke qualifying

    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.

  • Olympics-Tennis-Nishikori upsets fifth seed Rublev on home soil
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    Olympics-Tennis-Nishikori upsets fifth seed Rublev on home soil

    Japan's Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round of the men's singles at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, triumphing over fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-4 on home soil. Nishikori, who won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said he was happy to be back playing high-level tennis after struggling with injuries in recent years. The 31-year-old, who was competing in his fourth Olympics, said he drew on his Games' experience to help him secure victory over Rublev, who was competing as a representative of the Russian Olympic Committee.

  • Olympics-Weightlifting-Li's 'flamingo' amuses audience
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    Olympics-Weightlifting-Li's 'flamingo' amuses audience

    The flamboyant Li Fabin pulled off his signature one-legged "flamingo" on his opening clean and jerk lift on Sunday as he made it two out of two Olympic weightlifting gold medals for China. Li made the audience laugh when he avoided a loss of balance by lifting his right leg in the air briefly as he made his lift, and he joined in the laughter himself after releasing the bar. "It was a momentary mistake, I almost lost my balance, but I had been working on this scenario in training," Li told a news conference.