Australian hotshot Kaylee McKeown pointed her finger at the timing board, pulled the trigger then coolly blew away the 'smoke' after powering to her second gold medal at the Tokyo Games with a perfectly timed 200m backstroke swim. McKeown's father died of cancer last year and she has a tattoo on her foot which reads: "I'll always be with you". While she looked well off the pace as Canada's Kylie Masse went out all guns blazing over the first 150 of the race, McKeown did not panic and surged down the final stretch to overhaul her rivals and touch first in 2:04.68.
World champion Dalilah Muhammad, world record-holder Sydney McLaughlin and European indoor champion Femke Bol stayed on course for a gripping Olympic showdown in women's 400 metres hurdles as athletics entered day two of competitions in Tokyo. It was another busy morning of running, jumping and throwing at the oval-shaped Olympic Stadium on a stifling day though a bit of cloud cover brought some respite for the athletes and those present as the session progressed. Before the day's competition started, there was bad news for Nigerian sprinter and 2008 Olympics long jump silver medallist Blessing Okagbare, who bowed out of the Tokyo Games after failing a doping test.
Two days after winning San Marino's first ever Olympic medal by claiming the bronze in women's trap, Alessandra Perilli assured herself of a second one at the Tokyo Games on Saturday, and this time it could even be a gold. Perilli partnered Gian Marco Berti to shoot 148 of the 150 targets and book their place in the gold medal match of the new trap mixed team event at the Asaka Shooting Range. They will take on Spaniards Fatima Galvez and Alberto Fernandez who also shot 148 and finished first via shoot-off.
France secured a comfortable win over Iran in Olympic men's basketball on Saturday to qualify for the quarter-finals and remain undefeated in the preliminary round. Real Madrid's Thomas Heurtel led with 16 points in France's 79-62 victory at the Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo. "The focus really was more about us and trying things out," Evan Fournier, who plays for the NBA's Boston Celtics, said about France's decisive win.
The top-ranked Russian Olympic Committee team counts individual silver medallist Sofya Velikaya and gold medallist Sofia Pozdniakova among its members. Velikaya has won four Olympic medals in her career - the fourth the silver from the individual event held on Monday. Although Tokyo is her first Olympic Games, Pozdniakova won gold at the same event, carrying on her family's legacy of fencing medals from her father Stanislav Pozdnyakov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee and five-time Olympic fencing medallist.
Nethra Kumanan is hoping her performance as the first woman to represent India in sailing at the Olympics will inspire others to follow in her wake, despite a tough debut at the Tokyo Games. The 23-year-old finished 35th of the 44 competitors in the Laser Radial class, well outside the top 10 finish required to take part in Sunday's medal race, but she told Reuters that she was pleased with her overall performance, despite some nerves. She took a brief hiatus form the sport after missing out on qualification for the Rio Games, but returned with Tokyo in her sights.
Spain and New Zealand reached the quarter-finals of the women's hockey tournament at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, while China were knocked out of the Games as they failed to survive the group stages. The Spanish side cruised past home team Japan with a 4-1 victory after recovering following a 6th minute goal by Japanese striker Kanon Mori. Maria Lopez Garcia, the captain of the Red Sticks, said the team were extra motivated in the match after coach Adrian Lock returned to the pitch following a COVID-19 quarantine.
TOKYO (Reuters) -The post-Usain Bolt era in the men's Olympic 100 metres began on Saturday in Tokyo with Dorian Keletela, who is competing as part of the Olympic Refugee team, advancing to the next round with a personal best 10.33 seconds. On Saturday, amid stifling temperatures that hovered above 30 degrees Celsius, sprinters took the track as they began their attempts to succeed world-record holder Bolt. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he moved to Portugal in 2016 following the death of his parents due to conflict in his homeland and ran a personal best 10.33 to advance to the next round later on Saturday.
Hannah Roberts, tipped as a favourite to win the first women's BMX freestyle gold at the Olympics, had a more productive pandemic than most people. In the past year alone, 19-year-old Roberts bought a home and married her wife Kelsey, all while training for the delayed Tokyo Olympics, where BMX freestyle made its historic debut on Saturday. Roberts earned an average score of 87.70 between her two runs, putting her at the top of the pack ahead of fellow American Perris Benegas and Nikita Ducarroz of Switzerland.
Simone Biles has pulled out of a further two Olympic events at the Tokyo Games, with the United States announcing on Saturday morning that she will miss Sunday’s vault and uneven bars finals. The 24-year-old four-time Olympic champion from Rio de Janeiro had performed well enough six days ago to qualify for five finals, but caused a sensation earlier in the week when she pulled out of both the team and all-around finals. She had said that she needed to put her “mental health first” and had admit
TOKYO (Reuters) -France will take on New Zealand for the women's Olympic rugby sevens gold medal after both countries edged through thrilling semi-finals at the Tokyo Stadium on Saturday. New Zealand needed extra time to squeeze past Fiji 22-17 while France outscored Britain four tries to three in a 26-19 win. The two winners meet later on Saturday with Britain and Fiji to tussle for bronze.
TOKYO (Reuters) -American BMX racer Connor Fields suffered a brain bleed during a horror crash in Friday's Olympic event but has been moved out of intensive care, his team confirmed on Saturday. Fields went down hard in a first-corner crash during the semi-final runs and was treated by the side of the circuit before being rushed to Tokyo's St. Luke's International Hospital. "The doctors reported that Fields sustained a brain hemorrhage at the venue," USA Cycling said on Saturday.
"Maybe they thought I was joking but I wasn't," said Pearson, who was wholly robbed of his confidence after the rough individual race, during which he felt awful. The quartet - with its de facto leader Katie Zaferes, who picked up bronze in the women's individual event earlier this week - were part of a history-making moment at the Games, as it introduced the mixed-gender event for the first time, with Britain picking up the gold. "We all believed in each other and Katie, you could tell she wasn’t just saying that," said Pearson, standing with team mates Taylor Knibb and Kevin McDowell, who finished an impressive sixth in his individual race.
TOKYO (Reuters) -American Kendra Harrison stayed on course to become the first world record holder to win Olympic gold in the women's 100 metres hurdles in 33 years by safely qualifying through her heats on Saturday. Bulgaria's Yordanka Donkova held the world record when she triumphed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the feat has not been repeated since. A few weeks after failing to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games at the U.S. Olympic trials, Harrison set the world record of 12.20 in London.
Contenders for the men's 800 metres qualified comfortably to the semifinals on Saturday, as they began their mission to become the new Olympic champion amidst the oppressive heat at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. A new winner is set to emerge in Tokyo for the first time since 2012, after double Olympic gold medallist Kenyan David Rudisha's persistent injuries denied him the chance to defend his title, kicking the race wide open. Botswana's 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos, who boasts this year's world leading time of 1:42.91, advanced to Sunday's semifinals by winning his heat with a 1:45.04.