Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting
The PA news agency keeps track on the star names whose dreams of competing in the Japanese capital have already been curtailed by the virus.
The 24-year-old battled through the repechage to win bronze.
Defending champion Charline Picon of France got off to a strong start in the women's RS:X windsurfing class and Switzerland's Mateo Sanz Lanz scored two victories in three races as the sailing program of the Tokyo Olympics got underway on Sunday. The sweltering heat and weak, unpredictable winds at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour caused some problems during the day, with competitors forced to take shelter under umbrellas from the strong afternoon sun as they waited for the winds to pick up.
The Simone Biles show got underway at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, but it did not live up to advance billing as the American's Olympics campaign experienced a rocky start. Biles was expected to launch an all-out assault on the podium and record books in Tokyo but might not even match her five-medal effort at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with the 24-year-old in danger of missing out on the finals of two individual apparatus, the beam and asymmetric bars. By simple accounting alone, Biles is already one of the all-time greats as she owns a combined 30 Olympic and world championship medals.
The Doncaster 22-year-old trailed his Chinese opponent Shuai Zhao by seven points before summoning a series of scoring shots.
Tokyo, host of the summer Olympics, is bracing for a storm that has begun to disrupt competition schedules this week, though the surfers have taken the predicted rougher weather in their stride. Japan's hot, wet and unstable summer weather patterns have been a persistent concern ahead of the Games, which are being held under a COVID-19 state of emergency a year after the pandemic delayed the sports extravaganza. So far, tropical storm Nepartak does not look set to bring devastation to the nation's capital - indeed it is forecast to weaken by the time it dumps on Tokyo around Tuesday.
With no race radio available the chasing group at the end were not aware of mathematician Kiesenhofer’s early breakaway.
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
TOKYO (Reuters) -Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer caused one of the biggest shocks in Olympic road racing history with an audacious solo victory in the women's race as a quartet of Dutch champions paid for an apparent communications 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, seemingly unaware of exactly what was happening ahead.
Osaka ended an eight-week break from tennis with a 6-1 6-4 win two days after lighting the Olympic flame.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Australia won the 4x100 women's freestyle relay Olympic gold for the third time in a row, beating their own world record 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.
TOKYO (Reuters) -For street skaters, run-ins with neighbours and security guards are annoyingly commonplace. In Japan, where Yuto Horigome won https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/skateboarding-horigome-wins-first-olympic-gold-skateboarding-2021-07-25 the first ever Olympic gold awarded in skateboarding, the discipline is still widely considered as a public nuisance. In an example of the sport's odd position in Japanese society, countless white posters that read "SKATING BANNED" were duck taped to a boundary fence on the edge of the Ariake Urban Park on Tokyo's waterfront, shielding locals from the athletes competing in skateboarding.