TOKYO OLYMPICS: What you need to know right now
– Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka withdrew on Tuesday, allowing gymnastics superstar Simone Biles to fight for her maiden Tokyo gold and become the most decorated female Olympian.
Here’s the lowdown on the Tokyo Games:
In the third round of women’s single, Osaka lost 6-1 6-4 to Czech Marketa Vondrousova after making 18 unforced mistakes, three twice her opponent’s.
“I definitely felt under pressure this time,” she remarked. “I believe it’s because this is my first Olympics and it’s a bit overwhelming.”
The Japanese superstar lighted the cauldron on Friday night to start the Tokyo Games, her first event since withdrawing from the French Open in May due to depression. more
SPIKE COVID-19 TOKYO
Officials stated Tuesday that Tokyo had 2,848 daily coronavirus cases, the most since the epidemic began, and that hospitals had been instructed to prepare additional beds.
On Sunday, over 21% of Tokyo’s 12,635 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. A government advisory council sees 25% as a signal for countermeasures.
The Olympics have been linked to 155 cases. more
SPECTATORS GAMES FIND FANS
Boxing had Uzbeks with drums. Flag-waving Chinese applauded so loudly during table tennis that the host team felt like an away team.
The Olympics may be without fans, but national delegations have filled the void left by coronavirus quarantines.
Outside of Tokyo, photos published on social media showed big and tiny groups celebrating Olympians despite epidemic limitations.
Hundreds gathered in a Hong Kong retail center to see fencer Cheung Ka Long get his award.
NBC presented footage of jubilant supporters cheering in an Alaskan gymnasium as Lydia Jacoby, 17, won the women’s 100m breaststroke.
After Tom Dean led Britain to its first Olympic swimming one-two finish in 113 years, footage from Maidenhead, west of London, went viral.
GERMAN GYMNASTS THE TOWN TALK
In a country where schoolgirls nearly always wear skirts and high heels are still compulsory in certain jobs, the full-body costumes of Germany’s Olympic gymnasts have struck a chord in Japan.
The outfits sparked significant debate and appreciation on Japanese social media, with some women sharing unpleasant tales from their past. more
STREAK IN CHINA
Chen Yuxi and Zhang Jiaqi won their sixth Olympic gold medal in the women’s 10 meters synchronized platform.
The young combo finished with 363.78 points, more than 52 ahead of second-placed Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell of the United States. more
Swimming-British and Russian guys shine as Aussie ladies do more
Surfing-Ferreira and Moore win historic gold more
Brits win first two skiff races
Taiwan’s Kuo wins 59kg gold read more
China sweeps new team events L8N2P30D6
Cycling-Neff wins Swiss mountain bike sweep L8N2P3254
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