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Asher-Smith will run in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in Tokyo.
Japan's Naomi Osaka powered through her opening match at the Tokyo Games on Sunday as world number one Ash Barty stumbled out of the tournament after a lacklustre, error-strewn performance. Osaka, who is aiming to become only the fourth singles player since 1988 to win Olympic gold on home soil, admitted to having the jitters but showed no signs of pressure in dismantling China's Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-4 on Centre Court. "I felt really nervous being in Japan and playing here for the first time in maybe two years, and for it to be my first Olympics," Osaka told reporters.
The pair were due to make their debuts in the Games when the men’s event starts on Thursday at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
The performances of Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes also caught the eye.
Hundreds of residents braved Japan's scorching summer heat to gather along the streets of the Olympic women's cycling road in Fuchu, on the outskirts of Tokyo, on Sunday, resisting calls to avoid the Games due to the threat of COVID-19 infection. Ignoring those requests, and those of volunteers bearing signs dissuading people from gathering, residents such as 72-year-old Komuro Masaka said it could be their only chance to see an Olympic event. The race started at 1 p.m. local time (0400 GMT) and spans a total of 137km across the greater Tokyo area, passing near a shrine and shopping centre in Fuchu.
Ahmed Hafnaoui, an 18-year-old Tunisian swimmer, delivered one of the biggest shocks in Olympic aquatic history on Sunday morning by winning gold in the men’s 400m freestyle just three years after he had finished eighth in the Youth Olympics. Swimming from lane eight in the final, Hafnaoui had set a personal best to qualify for the final and then improved again by more than two seconds to beat the Australian Jack McLoughlin and American Kieran Smith into second and third place. Hafnaoui, who bec
Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer caused one of the biggest shocks in Olympic road racing history with an audacious victory in the women's race as the Dutch favourites paid for a tactical meltdown on Sunday. The 30-year-old Kiesenhofer was allowed to build up a lead of around 10 minutes in a five-rider group that escaped right at the start of the 137km route into the hills west of Tokyo. She then went solo on the approaches to the Fuji International Speedway circuit with around 40km remaining as the favourites, including reigning world and Olympic champion Anna Van der Breggen, failed to organise a proper chase.
Osaka ended an eight-week break from tennis with a 6-1 6-4 win two days after lighting the Olympic flame.
Australia won the 4x100 women's freestyle relay Olympic gold for the third time in a row, beating their own world record by three seconds and helping take the sting out of a disappointing first day of finals in the pool. The quartet of sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Meg Harris and Emma McKeon took 0.36 seconds off their previous best of 3:30.05 set in April 2018, with a world record of 3:29.69. Ecstatic with their performance, team members made a show of presenting their gold medals to each other after the ceremony.
Andriantsitohaina brothers Eric and Tojonirina realised the first of their weightlifting dreams by competing together at the Tokyo Games and say they will now focus on their next target -- helping younger athletes win Madagascar's first Olympic medal. The brothers, who make up a third of Madagascar's six-strong athletic delegation in Tokyo, competed in the 61kg and 67kg events on Sunday, taking the stage wearing the red and black of their country's flag, with matching knee pads bearing their names and flag. Coached by their father Rakotomalala Maurice Andriantsitohaina, Eric, who stands 1.60m tall, and Tojonirina, who is 1.65m, have enjoyed the Games experience, posting photos on Instagram of them together in Tokyo, sitting on the Olympic rings.
No matter how many times Olympic athletes are told they should be proud of their silver medals, for many of them, second best can never be good enough. American Chase Kalisz knew he could do better than his silver in the 400m medley at Rio but he had to wait five years for the chance to prove it. The 27-year-old took the gold on the opening day of the medal events at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre with a swim of 4:09.42, leading an American one-two with Jay Litherland collecting silver.
China claimed its first diving gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, keeping its winning streak in the sport rolling in the women's events. Aiming for a clean sweep of all eight diving golds on offer in women's and men's events, the Asian powerhouse claimed the women's 3 metres synchronised springboard tile with Shi Tingmao and Wang Han leading the five-round final from the very start, finishing on 326.40 points. China has now won each of the five Olympic titles in the women's synchronised 3 metre springboard since the event made its Olympic debut in 2000.
Egypt may not have a strong badminton team but its two female representatives at the Tokyo Games have plenty of moxie. Doha Hany, 23, is competing in three events: women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles - a feat virtually unheard of in the sport. And when her compatriot Hadia Hosny, 32, isn't playing international badminton, she's a member of Egypt's parliament, attends the University of Cairo and coaches children in the sport.
Mandy Bujold won a lengthy fight outside the ring to punch her ticket to the Tokyo Olympics but the Canadian flyweight ultimately ran out of steam on Sunday, going down to Serbian Nina Radovanovic in the opening round. Bujold was among the top flyweights in the world before taking maternity leave in 2018 but after qualifying events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was left with no other option but to seek legal help. An International Olympic Committee boxing task force decided to use results from three tournaments over an 11-month period between 2018 and 2019 to determine Tokyo boxing berths, during which time Bujold was not competing.
Naomi Osaka said she was feeling refreshed and ready to play, following a dominant 6-1 6-4 win over China's Zheng Saisai in the opening round of the Tokyo Games - her first victory since taking a mental health break two months ago. The Japanese four-time Grand Slam champion had not played a competitive match since the French Open in May, when she withdrew after being fined for skipping the mandatory post-match press conferences on mental health reasons. Osaka said she appreciated taking time away from the court ahead of the Games in Tokyo, where she was chosen to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony on Friday night.
Slovenia's Benjamin Savsek led the men's Olympic canoe slalom after the first run at the sun-baked Kasai slalom centre on Sunday, with Germany's Ricarda Funk ahead in the women's kayak. The men's canoe slalom has been dominated by France and Slovakia for decades with the title going to one or the other since the Atlanta Games in 1996. Matej Benus, 33, who took silver in Rio five years ago was second with American Zachary Lokken third after a strong first run down the man-made whitewater course.
Japan's judoka siblings, Uta Abe and her older brother Hifumi, both advanced into semi-finals at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, handily beating their opponents as they chase gold medals on the same day, the first such feat in the sport in Olympic history. The advance of the Abe siblings came a day after the triple world champion judoka Naohisa Takato secured Japan's first gold medal with victory over Taiwan's Yang Yung-wei on Saturday.
Patrick Sandoval pitched 8 1/3 no-hit innings and Shohei Ohtani had two doubles and scored a run to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night in Minneapolis. Sandoval, who entered the contest with a 3-13 career mark, kept the Twins off-balance with a changeup while registering a career-high 13 strikeouts. Brent Rooker lined a first-pitch slider down the right field line to break up the no-hitter in the ninth and then came around to score one out later when Josh Donaldson lined a double to left off reliever Raisel Iglesias.
Murray will concentrate on doubles with Joe Salisbury.
Japanese fencing sisters Rio and Sera Azuma crashed out in the preliminaries of the individual women's fencing on Sunday, putting an end to their dream of winning individual medals at the Tokyo Games. Rio, 22, and Sera, 21, were both introduced to the sport by their mother, who had also competed at international levels. "I just want to say I'm so sorry I lost, when you had supported me for so long," Sera said in a message to her mother as she buried her face in a towel to stem her tears.