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Mixed-Gender Relays Make Their Olympic Debut  

In Tokyo, men and women are teaming up in a series of mixed-gender events that are making their Olympic debuts.

What to know about soccer at the Tokyo Olympics   10%

A soccer juggernaut will face some challenges on the women's side, but in the men's Olympic tournament, expect the unexpected in Tokyo.

Sightseeing Olympic athletes lose accreditation  

Two Georgian silver medallists are told to leave the Olympic Games for taking a sightseeing trip in Tokyo.

Olympics Updates: Elaine Thompson-Herah Is (Still) the Fastest Woman in the World   -10%

Simone Biles dropped out of the vault and uneven bars gymnastics finals. Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel won more golds in swimming. Novak Djokovic left the tennis tournament empty-handed.

China pulls ahead on gold medals as American Kendricks out for COVID-19   10%

(Adds links and details) By Simon Evans and Mitch Phillips TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) - The rivalry of economic powerhouses China, Japan and the United States played out in an Olympic swimming pool on Thursday, where a world record in the women's freestyle relay put the Chinese ahead by one gold medal at the Tokyo Games.

Elaine Thompson-Herah leads Jamaica's 100 sweep in record-setting time  

Elaine Thompson-Herah led a Jamaican sweep in women's 100 meters in Olympic-record time for her second gold medal in event. World record now in sight?

Olympics: Daniel Alves and the True Value of a Gold Medal   6%

The Olympics may be a major championship for women’s teams, but they remain an afterthought for the men.

Thompson-Herah defends 100m Olympic title  

Elaine Thompson-Herah became the second-fastest woman in history as she beat fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to retain her Olympic 100m title.

Simone Biles thanks fans for making her realize 'I'm more than my accomplishments'   -2%

After withdrawing from multiple Tokyo Olympics events due to mental health strain, Simone Biles posted gratitude on social media for the support she has received.

Yasmeen al-Dabbagh: Saudi Arabias fastest woman takes on the Tokyo Olympics  

Yasmeen al-Dabbagh, Saudi Arabia’s fastest woman, is representing the Kingdom at the Tokyo Olympics in Japan’s capital this year.Al-Dabbagh will be running at women’s 100-meter race at the Olympics on

Katie Ledecky's love for swimming set to shine on in the City of Lights  

Katie Ledecky, the only woman to win six individual swimming golds, plans to swim at the Paris Games and isn't closing the door on the L.A. Olympics.

Brilliant Barega strikes gold as Olympic athletics underway   57%

Ethiopian distance runner Selemon Barega stormed to a brilliant 10,000m victory to claim the first gold medal of a spectator-less Olympic athletics competition at the Tokyo Games Friday.

Gymnast Biles's Olympics in doubt after second pull-out over mental health   -14%

U.S. superstar Simone Biles pulled out of a second Tokyo Olympics gymnastics competition to protect her mental health Wednesday, raising serious doubt over her participation in the rest of the Games.

Elaine Thompson-Herah takes stunning Olympic gold in womens 100m   43%

  • Fraser-Pryce takes silver, Jackson bronze, in Jamaican sweep
  • Great Britain’s Daryll Neita finishes eighth in final

As the greatest women’s 100m race reached its denouement, Elaine Thompson-Herah burned past her greatest rival and then raised her left arm in victory salute. There were hints of Ben Johnson in Seoul, but then the clock flashed up the winning time, 10.61sec, and another name from the 1988 Olympics came to mind: Florence Griffith Joyner.

Incredibly, Thompson-Herah had, after 33 years, broken the American’s Olympic record. And when she talked about potentially downing Griffith Joyner’s world record of 10.49, such talk did not appear quite as fanciful as it would have done a few moments before.

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Djokovic bows out at Olympics losing to Zverev, ending Golden Slam bid   30%

There will be no Golden Slam for Novak Djokovic.The top-ranked Serb lost to Alexander Zverev of Germany 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 Friday in the semifinals of the tennis tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.Djokovic

With Osaka out, Matsuyama has become the Japanese story of the Games   -2%

The superstar golfer is playing for a gold medal in his home Olympics, in a near silent setting and less than a month after contracting COVD-19.

France captures Olympic gold in first-ever mixed team judo   8%

France claimed the judo gold medal in the first mixed team event ever held in the Games on Saturday, beating Japan 4-1 in the final and helping their heavyweight legend Teddy Riner add to his collection of Olympic medals.

Blessing Okagbare, Nigerian Runner, Suspended Over Drug Test   -12%

Ten other athletes from Nigeria were told they did not meet out-of-competition testing requirements leading up to the Olympics.

The latest on the Tokyo Olympics   50%

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are underway after the Games were delayed for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Follow here for the latest news on the Summer Olympics.

Tokyo 2020: Ian Thorpe inspires legions of new fans with Olympic commentary  

Star won five gold medals during glittering career

Biles pulls out of Olympic vault, uneven bars finals   -10%

American gymnast Simone Biles has withdrawn from event finals for vault and the uneven bars at the Tokyo Olympics, USA Gymnastics said on Saturday.

The Olympic sports you're likely to play   33%

With the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2021, there’s cheer and fervour in the air for world-renowned athletes who compete against each other. The sportsmanship displayed is admirable and has kept everyone hooked onto the television. While watching our heroes on-screen fight to make their country proud, we also tend to dream about the possibilities of reaching the esteem podium ourselves. Hence, here is the Olympic sport you are most likely to play, based on your zodiac sign.

IRGC member winning medal in Tokyo Olympics a catastrophe: Iranian activists   12%

A member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) won the country’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, drawing mixed reactions from Iranians. A group of Iranian activists

Tokyo Olympics in pictures   -12%

A games like no other, as the world comes together for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Biles withdraws from second Olympic gymnastics event to focus on mental health   2%

Simone Biles abandoned the defence of her individual all-around Olympic crown on Wednesday, a day after her shock withdrawal from the women’s team final over mental health concerns.

South Africa: Tatjana Schoenmaker Strikes Olympic Gold and Smashes World Record   25%

[Daily Maverick] The swimming sensation earned South Africa's first gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games by storming to a world record in the 200m breaststroke on Friday.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: day eight in pictures   55%

The best images from the eighth day’s action in Tokyo, including swimming, judo, athletics and tennis

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Tokyo Olympics: Triathlon mixed relay gold for Learmonth, Brownlee, Taylor-Brown & Yee   51%

Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee produce a superb performance to win gold in the first Olympic triathlon mixed relay.

Tokyo Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith reveals she tore her hamstring at British Olympic trials   -16%

Team GB's Dina Asher-Smith tells BBC Sport she tore her hamstring during the British Olympic trials after she failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 100m final and pulled out of the 200m.

Olympians Are Dominating TikTok. Here's How To Follow Along   -26%

TikTok is owning the 2020 Olympics as athletes share highlights and behind the scenes updates from Tokyo with each other and followers at home.

Tokyo Olympics: The medal winners' flowers that pay tribute to 2011 disaster   35%

More than 5,000 bouquets are being handed to athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games - and have a special significance, with flowers from areas devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Coronavirus: Tokyo posts record cases; police block Sydney anti-lockdown protest   12%

Newly reported Covid-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, the metropolitan government said, exceeding 4,000 for the first time and overshadowing the Games.The record comes a day after Japan decided to extend states of emergency to three prefectures near Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka to the end of August in light of the recent spike in infections.Amid intensifying concerns, Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday they had revoked…

Today at the Olympics: Team GB double up with triathlon and swimming relay golds   40%

Two mixed relay successes took Great Britain’s tally of golds in Tokyo to eight.

Tokyo Olympics: Can the India mens hockey team end 41 years of hurt?   30%

India once dominated hockey with 11 Olympics medals, but have won nothing since 1980. As the knockout stage begins, Namita Singh explains the chances of success for the world‘s no 4 team in Tokyo

New COVID-19 cases near 2,000 in Tokyo a day before Olympics open   16%

Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games.Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the

Iranian defector on verge of medal after three taekwondo wins   60%

Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh is one victory away from winning the Refugee Olympic Team’s first-ever medal after three impressive wins and a loss in the Tokyo Games’ taekwondo tournament.For the

Simone Biles wins all of my medals | Maeve Higgins   30%

My heart soars imagining how much anguish will be sidestepped by girls and women who pay attention to Simon Biles’ wise words

This week was not the first time I watched Simone Biles in action and thought “Wow, I wish I could do that!” It was, however, the first time I thought I might actually be able to. I myself am a writer, making me the natural opposite of an athlete. As I slump in front of my laptop and watch her flip and twist and fly through the air, I am dazzled. But when she tells a barrage of cameras and microphones that she is withdrawing from the women’s team final mid-competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games to focus on her mental wellbeing? I am awe-struck. I sit up immediately and listen carefully to what she says, on her social media and during press conferences, and I learn over and over that you’re allowed to step back when you need to. I see from her demeanour that it’s an extremely difficult thing to do, but that it is possible. No matter how much pressure you’re under you can simply state your needs, make your health a priority and fundamentally not feel you must do what everyone else wants you to do. Forget about the Yurchenko double pike vault, it is that move – the defensive retreat, the protective step back – that wins her all of my medals.

Of course that’s a corny thing to say, and in any case I don’t have any medals except a battered one from my summer of 93 read-a-thon. Besides, Simone Biles stopped needing to win medals to prove her greatness a long time ago, although that has not stopped her from winning them. During the 2019 World Championships she won five gold medals and became the most decorated gymnast in World Championship history. She is a once in a lifetime athlete, perhaps the best there’s ever been. Even in all this week’s furore, herself and her team won silver medals, an achievement as much hers as her three team-mates. The others were extremely clear on that, with one of her teammates, Jordan Chiles stating: “But at the end of the day, we did though,” she said. “This medal was definitely for her because if it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t be here where we are right now.”

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