Olympics latest: Belarus officials stripped of accreditation



TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics are well underway after a long journey filled with controversy and an unprecedented one-year postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proceedings officially began with the opening ceremony at the National Stadium, a mostly subdued affair mixed with joyous moments like a high-tech drone show, and capped by tennis star Naomi Osaka lighting the Olympic cauldron.

We’re tracking the latest medal count.

Read our breakdown of the events to watch.

Here are the latest developments:

Friday, Aug. 6 (Tokyo time)

8:30 p.m. Japan falls to Mexico in the soccer bronze medal match, by a score of 3-1.

5:20 p.m. Tokyo reports 4,515 new COVID-19 cases, down from yesterday’s 5,042.

3:00 p.m. International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach says he feels the Tokyo Games have been a success and that Japan has embraced them, thanks in part to the Japanese team’s medal haul. 

“Of course also the very strong performance of the Japanese athletes has contributed to this success,” he says. “This we can conclude with how the Japanese people are supporting and embracing these Olympic games. This isn’t just a feeling, this is underlined by the evidence that as of today, 9 out of 10 people have watched at least parts of the Olympic Games today.”

12:16 p.m. The Indian women’s hockey team loses the bronze medal match 4-3 to Great Britain.

11:00 a.m. Tokyo 2020 reports 29 new COVID infections among Olympics-related personnel, bringing the total cases to 382. No athlete was included in the new cases. The total number of screening tests is now more than 570,000, with the number of arrivals from overseas at 42,410 as of Wednesday.

10:34 a.m. Two Belarus Olympic officials involved in attempting to send sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya home from the Tokyo Olympics have had their Games accreditation revoked and have been removed from the athletes’ village, the IOC says.

Belarus athletics head coach Yuri Moisevich and team official Artur Shumak have been taken out of the athletes village.

Thursday, Aug. 5

9:36 p.m. Taiwanese karateka Wen Tzuyun wins bronze in the women’s kumite 55kg division alongside Bettina Plank of Austria. It is the fifth medal in a women’s event for Taiwan at these Games. Ivet Goranova of Bulgaria defeats Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine for the gold.

9:35 p.m. Japanese wrestler Risako Kawai claims a gold medal in the women’s freestyle 57kg division over Iryna Kurachkina of Belarus, who takes silver. Bronze medals go to Helen Louise Maroulis of the U.S. and Evelina Georgieva Nikolova of Bulgaria.

8:09 p.m. India’s Ravi Kumar Dahiya settles for silver after losing to the Russian Olympic Committee’s Zavur Uguev in the men’s freestyle 57 kg wrestling final.

8:06 p.m. Spain’s Sandra Sanchez wins the women’s karate kata final, beating Japan’s Kiyou Shimizu, who picked up silver. Hong Kong’s Grace Lau Mo-sheung took bronze.

It was the city’s second bronze of the day, after the women’s table tennis team beat Germany 3-1. Hong Kong has so far won 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals, making the 2020 Tokyo Olympics its most successful ever.

7:38 p.m. The women’s Olympic football final between Sweden and Canada has been moved to a later kick-off following a request from both countries, Sweden’s FA says in a statement. The game had been due to kick off at 11 a.m. local time in Tokyo but met complaints due to the mid-day heat and will now be played at 9 p.m.

6:52 p.m. Australia’s Rugby Sevens players have been reprimanded for drunken behaviour on a flight home from the Tokyo Olympics and for damaging their rooms in the Japanese capital, Rugby Australia says

Rugby Australia will also foot the bill for the damage to beds and walls and for leaving the rooms in the athlete’s village in an unacceptable state. Rugby players and rowers had damaged rooms in the village while celebrating the end of their competitions. The rowers have since apologised.

5:03 p.m. Tokyo reports a daily record of 5,042 new coronavirus cases, jumping from the previous record of 4,166 posted a day earlier despite being under a state of emergency. Experts predict the seven-day average for the capital will top 10,000 on Aug. 18.

4:40 p.m. China’s Quan Hongchan wins the gold in the women’s 10m platform diving, with compatriot Chen Yuxi claiming the silver and Australia’s Melissa Wu the bronze.

3:50 p.m. The Philippines is assured of at least a silver medal as Carlo Paalam advances to the final bout in the boxing men’s flyweight division, defeating Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka in five rounds. The Philippines will also get a bronze in boxing men’s middleweight, after Eumir Marcial was defeated by Ukrainian Oleg Khyzhniak.

12:20 p.m. The Indian men’s hockey team wins the bronze medal match 5-4 against Germany, ending its 41-year medal drought. The team has a glorious past in the Olympics, with a record 11 podium finishes including eight golds, but its last prize came way back in 1980. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates the squad on Twitter.

11:00 a.m. The Tokyo Organizing Committee reports 31 new COVID-19 infections among Olympics-concerned personnel. That brings the total cases to 353. An artistic swimming athlete from Greece residing in the Olympic Village is included in the new count.

10:00 a.m. Karate makes its debut as an Olympic sport. Men and women will be competing in kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) events. Proponents of the martial art, which originated in Okinawa, have been pushing for inclusion in the Olympics for decades. But it will not be included at the Paris 2024 Games, and the future prospects are uncertain.

Wednesday, Aug. 4

11:04 p.m. The Japanese women’s basketball team scores a surprising berth in the semifinals after edging Belgium 86-85. Rui Machida hands out 14 assists, her last one coming on the game-winning 3-point shot with 16 seconds remaining. Japan meets France, which defeated Spain 67-64.

The U.S. women roll past Australia 79-55. The Americans advance to the other semifinal against Serbia, which eliminated China 77-70.

10:40 p.m. Japan’s baseball team advances to the gold medal game, defeating South Korea 5-2 in the semifinals as Tetsuto Yamada drives in 3 runs. Japan plays the winner of Thursday’s game between the U.S. and South Korea.

10:10 p.m. Japanese wrestler Yukako Kawai wins the gold medal match in the women’s freestyle 62kg division. She defeats Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, who wins the silver medal.

8:36 p.m. The Indian women’s hockey team loses 2-1 to Argentina in the semifinals and will face Great Britain in the bronze medal match on Friday.

7:13 p.m. Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is on her way to Austria and can count on the country’s support, Reuters reports, citing the Alpine country’s interior ministry. “We can confirm that Kristina Tsimanouskaya is expected in Vienna this afternoon coming from Tokyo,” the ministry said in an emailed statement. “According to the information we have, it is planned that she will travel on to Warsaw later today.”

India’s Ravi Kumar Dahiya advances to men’s freestyle 57kg wrestling final after defeating Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the semifinals.   © Reuters

6:45 p.m. India’s Ravi Kumar Dahiya advances to men’s freestyle 57kg wrestling final after defeating Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the semifinals. With this, he is guaranteed to get at least a silver. It is the second time an athlete representing the South Asian country has made it to the finals of men’s freestyle wrestling in an Olympic Games, after another won silver in London 2012.

6:00 p.m. Japan warns that coronavirus infections were surging at an unprecedented pace as new cases hit a record high of 4,166 in Tokyo on Wednesday, overshadowing the Olympics and adding to doubts over the government’s handling of the pandemic.

3:45 p.m. Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain settles for bronze after losing to Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli in the semifinals of the women’s welterweight category. Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised her in a tweet: “Her tenacity and determination are admirable.”

1:15 p.m. Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi, 19, won gold in the women’s park skateboarding event in the discipline’s debut at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, 12, took silver, while Britain’s Sky Brown, 13, won bronze.

12:20 p.m. India’s Neeraj Chopra goes through to the final of the men’s javelin with his first throw of the morning at 86.65 metres, while world leader Germany’s Johannes Vetter also advanced.

12:10 p.m. The IOC says it received a written report from Belarus’s National Olympic Committee on the case of Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, the Belarusian athlete who was pulled from the Tokyo Olympics over the weekend by her team against her will.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams tells a press briefing that its disciplinary commission will “establish the facts” in the case following the receipt of the report earlier in the day and will also hear from two Belarusian officials who have allegedly been involved in the incident.

Tsimanouskaya left Tokyo for Austria on Wednesday, after seeking refuge at the Polish embassy. Tsimanouskaya had been scheduled to board a flight for Warsaw, where the government has offered her a humanitarian visa. Instead, she departed on an Austrian Airlines flight scheduled to land in Vienna. A member of the Belarusian community in touch with Tsimanouskaya said diplomats had changed her flight due to security concerns.

Belarusian Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya who took refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo, looks on while boarding a flight to Vienna at Narita International Airport, east of Tokyo, on Wednesday.   © Reuters

11:00 a.m. Tokyo 2020 reports 29 new COVID infections among Olympics-related personnel, bringing total cases to 322. Three artistic swimmers from Greece residing in the Olympic Village were included in the new cases, while an athlete not staying in the village was also positive. The total number of screening tests is now more than 500,000, while arrivals from overseas was 42,183 as of Monday.

Organizers reports that five of 12 Greek artistic swimmers and team officials, who were staying at the village, tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. Of the seven who tested negative, some have already been designated as being close contacts, while the status of the others is still being determined. All seven were moved out of the village into a holding facility on Tuesday.

10:30 a.m. The IOC is waiting for a formal explanation from the Chinese National Olympic Committee as to why two gold medallists wore badges featuring the head of the country’s former leader Mao Zedong on the podium at the Games. The Chinese have said they will provide a report “soon” and assured the IOC there would be no repeat.

Tuesday, Aug. 3

10:36 p.m. Japan falls to Spain in the men’s soccer semifinals, losing 1-0 in extra time. Japan will play Mexico in the bronze medal match.

Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto poses with his gold medal from the horizontal bar event.   © Reuters

8:00 p.m. Daiki Hashimoto of Japan wins gold in the horizontal bar, the final gymnastics event of the Games.

6:40 p.m. China nabs its third gold and silver medals in gymnastics, delivered by national balance beam champion Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing. Simone Biles, the most decorated U.S. gymnast, returns to Olympic competition with a bronze medal.

5:40 p.m. China’s Zou Jingyuan wins gymnastics gold in the men’s parallel bars, his specialty. Lukas Dauser of Germany wins silver and Ferhat Arican takes the bronze, Turkey’s first gymnastics medal. Zou earns the highest score in artistic gymnastics at these Games.

5:30 p.m. Tokyo reports 3,709 new COVID-19 cases for Tuesday, with seven deaths and 112 severe infections.

1:30 p.m. Sena Irie wins Japan’s first gold medal in women’s boxing, defeating world champion Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines.

11:48 a.m. The IOC is investigating the events surrounding Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya‘s request for asylum. Spokesperson Mark Adams says a report is expected later today from the Belarus Olympic committee. “The actions we’ve taken together with our partners should hopefully give confidence not only to Belarusian athletes but to all athletes that their concerns are taken seriously by the IOC,” Adams says.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says Tsimanouskaya, who took refuge in the Polish embassy after refusing her team’s orders to fly home from the Olympic Games, is in a “safe situation.”

11:00 a.m. Tokyo 2020 reports 18 new COVID infections among Olympics-concerned personnel, bringing the total to 294. An artistic swimming athlete from Greece residing in the Olympic Village is included in the new cases. The total number of screening tests is now more than 480,000, and the number of arrivals from overseas was 41,997 as of Aug. 1.

12:45 a.m. The Japanese women’s basketball team will play Belgium in the quarterfinals Wednesday, advancing to the knockout rounds by defeating Nigeria 102-83 in the final group game.

China, unbeaten in three group games, faces Serbia in the quarters, while the defending champion Americans meet Australia.

Monday, Aug. 2

10:58 p.m. Japan’s baseball team edges the U.S. 7-6 in 10 innings, as Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks catcher Takuya Kai drives in the winning run in the second round game. Both teams remain alive for the gold medal.

9:50 p.m. Chen Long of China captures the silver medal in men’s singles badminton, falling to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen 2 games to 0 in the gold medal match. Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting wins the bronze medal, rolling past Kevin Cordon of Guatemala 2-0.

Separately, China’s female cyclists defeat Germany for the gold medal in the team sprint final after setting a world record in an earlier heat.

Chinese track cyclists Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi beat Germany’s Lea Sophie Friedrich and Emma Hinze, and Russian Olympic Committee’s Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiia Voinova to win gold in the women’s team sprint.    © Reuters

9:15 p.m. A Belarusian athlete at the Tokyo Olympic Games has been granted a “humanitarian visa” by Poland, a senior official of the European country tweeted on Monday, after she expressed her desire to defect and entered the Polish embassy. Read more here.

6:59 p.m. Canada defeats the U.S. 1-0 in the women’s soccer semifinals. The Canadians face Sweden for the gold medal, while the Americans meet Australia for the bronze.

6:45 p.m. Mai Murakami adds a first individual gymnastics medal to Japan’s haul, tying for bronze with Angelina Melnikova of Russian Olympic Committee in the gymnastics floor event final. Jade Carey took another gold for the U.S., while Italy’s Victoria Ferrari won silver.

5:58 p.m. Simone Biles will compete in Tuesday’s balance beam final, the last women’s event on the Tokyo Olympics gymnastics schedule, officials confirm. It will be the first time for her to compete in Tokyo following her withdrawal from last Tuesday’s women’s team final after her opening vault, citing mental health issues.

5:47 p.m. Liu Yang led a China one-two in the men’s gymnastics rings event final at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, claiming a slim victory over compatriot You Hao. China’s Wang Zhouyu also wins gold in the women’s 87 kg weightlifting category. And in more good news for China, its women cyclists broke their own team sprint world record with a time of 31.804 seconds to beat Lithuania in the first round.

Greysia Polii, left, and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia pose after winning the badminton women’s doubles gold medal match.   © Reuters

3:30 p.m. Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia win the women’s doubles gold medal in badminton. This is the first gold of the Tokyo Games for the Southeast Asian country. China’s Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan settle for the silver after a match that ended 21-19 21-15.

11:00 a.m. Tokyo 2020 reports 17 new infections among Olympics-related personnel. No athletes were included. That brings the total number of cases to 276. The cumulative number of screening tests is now more than 450,000. The number of arrivals from overseas was 41,458 as of 31 July.

People are seen inside the athletes’ village in Tokyo on Thursday.   © Reuters

Sunday, Aug. 1

11:09 p.m. Chen Yufei of China edges Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying for gold in women’s singles badminton after three close games: 21-18, 19-21, 21-18. The silver medal for Tai is Taiwan’s first Olympic podium finish in badminton by either a man or woman. China wins its record fifth Olympic gold in women’s singles.

P.V. Sindhu brings home the bronze for India, defeating He Bingjiao of China in two games. Sindhu, the reigning world champion, won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

10:15 p.m. In a stunning upset, Italian sprinter Lamont Marcell Jacobs captures gold in the men’s 100-meter dash, with a time of 9.80 seconds. American Fred Kerley wins the silver medal with a time of 9.84 seconds, while Canadian Andre de Grasse earns bronze. The three previous gold medals in the event were won by Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt.

9:50 p.m. U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee, already the first Hmong American to win an Olympic title, adds to her medal haul with a bronze in uneven bars. Nina Derwael wins Belgium’s first-ever Olympic gold in artistic gymnastics, while Anastasiia Iliankova earns silver for the Russian Olympic Committee.

Max Whitlock of Great Britain wins the pommel horse event, just ahead of silver medalist Lee Chih-kai of Taiwan. Japan’s Kazuma Kaya takes the bronze.

6:40 p.m. Rebeca Andrade nabs Brazil’s first gold medal in women’s gymnastics in the vault event. Mykayla Skinner of the U.S. wins the silver and Yeo Seo-jeong gets the bronze for South Korea.

In a day of firsts, Germany gets the gold medal in men’s singles tennis. Alexander Zverev defeats Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee team in two sets.

5:50 p.m. Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung fends off Collin Morikawa of the U.S. to take the men’s golf bronze on the fourth playoff hole, after a long day in sizzling heat.

Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan celebrates after winning the bronze medal in men’s golf.   © Reuters

5:40 p.m. Artem Dolgopyat captures Israel’s first gold medal, winning the gymnastics floor exercise. China’s Xiao Ruoteng gets the bronze with South Korea’s Ryu Syung-hyun in fourth place.

5:30 p.m. The dramatic playoff for the men’s golf bronze is now down to Collin Morikawa of the U.S. and Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan, after five players fail to keep pace.

5:05 p.m. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama misses out on the golf bronze, while the playoff continues with Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung still in the hunt.

4:15 p.m. The final round of men’s golf is a wild one. Xander Schauffele of the U.S. wins the gold while Rory Sabbatini, representing Slovakia, takes the silver. But the race for bronze comes down to a seven-man playoff, including Japanese Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama and Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung.

4:10 p.m. Shi Tingmao of China wins the gold in the women’s 3m springboard diving. Her compatriot Wang Han takes the silver, followed by Krysta Palmer of the U.S. with the bronze.

2:50 p.m. China’s Chen Long moves on to the badminton men’s singles final after defeating Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, 21-16, 21-11.

12:45 p.m. The Philippines is set to secure at least a bronze medal after boxer Eumir Marcial quickly defeated Arman Darchinyan of Armenia in the men’s middleweight quarterfinal.

Eumir Marcial of the Philippines embraces Arman Darchinyan of Armenia after winning their fight.   © Reuters

11:00 a.m. Six Olympic personnel had their accreditations revoked after violating the COVID-19 playbooks, Tokyo 2020 Games director-general Toshiro Muto says. Eight other individuals were temporarily suspended while 10 were issued strict warnings for similar violations.

Organizers report eight new coronavirus cases in the Olympic community, raising the total to 250 since July 1. Only one person remains in hospital with the virus.

Saturday, July 31 (Tokyo time)

10:40 p.m. The U.S. men’s basketball team overcomes a sluggish start to beat the Czech Republic, 119-84, to advance to quarterfinals.

10:10 p.m. Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan beat Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China to win gold in badminton men’s doubles.

Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan beat Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China to win gold in badminton men’s doubles.   © Reuters

9:30 pm. Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic wins women’s tennis singles gold, defeating the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. Vondrousova, who in the third round upset home favorite Naomi Osaka, takes silver. In the bronze-medal match, Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine beats Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4.

8:21 p.m. The Russian Olympic Committee wins the gold medal in the women’s team sabre fencing competition.

7:53 p.m. Two male judokas from Georgia have been ejected from the Games for leaving the athletes village to go sightseeing in violation of COVID-19 protocols, Kyodo reports citing a spokesperson for the country’s Olympic committee. This marks the first time that participants of the Olympics have been stripped of accreditation since the Games began on July 23.

7:28 p.m. France wins the Olympics judo gold medal in the first mixed team event in Tokyo, defeating Japan in the final.

Axel Clerget of France celebrates after beating Shoichiro Mukai of Japan in the judo mixed team final.   © Reuters

6:42 p.m. World No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia will leave the Olympics without a medal for the third time straight after pulling out of Saturday’s mixed doubles final with a shoulder injury, according to an official statement from the organizer.

6:29 p.m. An unnamed Kenyan male sprinter has tested positive for a banned substance, Team Kenya said in a statement. He will be provisionally suspended and will not take part in qualifiers on Saturday.

6:24 p.m. New Zealand beats France 26-12 to win gold in the Rugby Sevens women’s competition.

6:05 p.m. China’s Lyu Xiaojun wins the gold medal in the men’s 81 kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday but fails to break his own world record.

5:00 p.m. Tokyo reports 4,058 new COVID-19 cases — the first time the number has topped the 4,000 mark. Just how much, if anything, the Olympics have to do with it is an open question.

3:21 p.m. The organizers of Tokyo Games say they have revoked a Games-concerned personnel’s accreditation due to violation of Playbook rules. The person in question was staying at the Olympic Village but left for sightseeing. The organizers decline to provide more detail. This is the first known breach of the whereabouts protocol since the Olympics began.

2:20 p.m. Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines beats Irma Testa of Italy in women’s featherweight boxing semi-final, clinching at least a silver medal and putting the country on the brink of its second gold medal at the Tokyo Games. Another semi-final match in the weight class is due later in the day between Japan’s Sena Irie and Karriss Artingstall of the U.K.

Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines reacts after winning her fight against Irma Testa of Italy in the women’s featherweight boxing semi-final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on July 31.    © Reuters

11:20 a.m. Tokyo 2020 reports 21 new cases among Olympics concerned personnel. That brings the total number to 241 from July 1. No athletes were included in the new cases. The total number of screening tests is now more than 380,000.

10:58 a.m. Kaylee McKeown of Australia wins the gold medal in the women’s 200m backstroke. Kylie Masse of Canada won the silver and Emily Seebohm of Australia took the bronze.

Kaylee McKeown of Australia reacts after winning gold in women’s 200m backstroke in Tokyo 2020 Olympics on July 31.    © Reuters

Friday, July 30

10:48 p.m. The Japanese women’s soccer team falls to Sweden 3-1 in the quarterfinals. Mina Tanaka scores Japan’s goal in the first half. Sweden has won four consecutive matches.

The U.S. eliminates the Netherlands on penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 draw over 120 minutes. Megan Rapinoe hits the clinching shot for the Americans in a battle of medal favorites.

Canada also advances to the semifinals, edging Brazil on penalty kicks after a scoreless 120 minutes. Australia upsets Great Britain 4-3, scoring two goals in extra time.

9:15 p.m. Chinese duo Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen defeat Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia in the men’s badminton doubles semifinal.

8:30 p.m. Taiwanese duo Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin defeat Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the men’s badminton doubles semifinal.

8:28 p.m. Japan wins the gold medal in the men’s team epee fencing competition, defeating the Russian team led by its National Olympic Committee in the final. It is the first time for Japan to grab the gold in this sport, and it brings the 17th gold medal to the host country. The tally is a new record, higher than both the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Masaru Yamada, Satoru Uyama, Koki Kano and Kazuyasu Minobe of Japan celebrate after winning gold in the men’s team epee fencing event. (Photo by Rie Ishii) 

7:35 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declares an expanded state of emergency in the capital’s neighboring prefectures, as well as Osaka. At a news conference, he stressed that people from overseas who are involved in the Olympic Games “do not have contact with the Japanese people,” adding that the events are not the cause of spreading infections. “We continue to ask people to watch the Games on TV,” Suga said.

6:42 p.m. India’s PV Sindhu has reached the women’s badminton singles semifinals after defeating home favorite Akane Yamaguchi in straight games by 21-13, 22-20. Sindhu won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

6:35 p.m. Japanese judoka Akira Sone wins a gold medal in the final of the women’s judo +78 kg category, defeating Idalys Ortiz of Cuba.

5:05 p.m. South Korea’s An San wins the gold medal in the women’s individual archery. Reuters reports that she is the first archer to win three golds at a single Games, including team events.

South Korean archer An San — winner of three gold medals — in action.   © Reuters

3:30 p.m. China takes gold and silver in women’s trampoline gymnastics, with Zhu Xueying beating Liu Lingling for the top prize. The U.K.’s Bryony Page takes the bronze.

3:25 p.m. Eighth-ranked Japan has guaranteed a medal in the men’s team epee fencing event, defeating South Korea in the semifinals, Reuters reports.

Fresh from their win over top-ranked France in the quarterfinals, Japan cruised to a 45-38 victory in the semis. The medal will be the third in Japan’s fencing history, and the first in the epee discipline.

2:45 p.m. South Korea’s Kim Min-jung wins the silver in women’s 25m pistol shooting, after a close contest with gold medalist Vitalina Batsarashkina from the Russian Olympic Committee team.

China’s Xiao Jiaruixuan claims the bronze.

South Korea’s Kim Min-jung reacts during her silver medal performance in the 25m pistol shooting.   © Reuters

2:15 p.m. French heavyweight judoka Teddy Riner suffers a shock defeat to Tamerlan Bashaev of the Russian Olympic Committee team in the men’s judo +100 kg division, ending his gold medal hopes in the quarter-finals, Reuters reports. The 32-year-old double Olympic champion, one of the biggest names in the sport, was aiming for a third consecutive gold to match a record held by Japanese great Tadahiro Nomura.

1:45 p.m. Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain is assured of at least a bronze medal after she defeats Chen Nien-chin of Taiwan in the quarterfinals of the women’s welterweight category. Since all semi-finalists are awarded, she is set to bring India another medal following weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s silver in the women’s 49kg competition last Saturday.

Lovlina Borgohain of India celebrates after her fight against Chen Nien-chin of Taiwan.   © Reuters

1:10 p.m. Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino win Japan’s first badminton mixed doubles Olympic medal, a bronze. The pair defeat Hong Kong’s Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet.

Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan celebrate winning their bronze medal match.    © Reuters

12:45 p.m. Two unnamed Australian track and field athletes and one athletics team member will be kept separate from their team for the rest of the Tokyo Olympics, after contact with infected U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, Reuters reports citing Team Australia. The Australians will be able to compete, however, as long as they test negative.

Kendricks, a double world champion, tested positive and was forced to drop out of the Games. The entire Australian athletics team then briefly went into quarantine on Thursday after the trio had a short encounter with him. The team was cleared shortly afterward.

11:35 a.m. Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey brings home her second medal of the Olympics after winning the silver in the women’s 100m freestyle swimming. She breaks her second Asian record this week with a time of 52:27. Hong Kong has so far bagged one gold and two silvers at the Tokyo Games — its biggest medal haul in history. Haughey also won the silver in the 200m freestyle.

In the 100m event, Emma McKeon of Australia wins the gold while compatriot Cate Campbell takes the bronze.

11:30 a.m. Chinese swimmer Wang Shun wins the gold in the men’s 200m individual medley.

11:20 a.m. Tokyo 2020 on Friday reported 27 positives cases among people involved in the Games. Three of them are athletes, and two of the three reside in the Olympic Village. Total tests at airports reached 39,853 while the number of total screening tests is approaching 350,000, according to organizers.

10:30 a.m. Hong Kong police are launching an investigation into booing of China’s national anthem in a shopping mall during a broadcast of the city’s first Olympic gold medal win in 25 years earlier this week, Reuters reports.

More than 100 people gathered on Monday to watch Edgar Cheung Ka-long win the Olympic men’s individual fencing title. Police say they fielded complaints that some people booed during the award ceremony when China’s national anthem was played, according to local media. Some shouted “We are Hong Kong,” South China Morning Post reported on Friday.

Thursday, July 29

10:15 p.m. World No. 1 women’s singles table tennis player Chen Meng of China survives a tough gold medal match against compatriot Sun Yingsha, winning 4-2.

World No. 1 Chen Meng of China paddles for gold in the women’s singles final.   © Reuters

10:04 p.m. Sunisa Lee becomes the first Hmong American to win an Olympic title, capturing the gold medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition. The Hmong ethnic group hails primarily from Southeast Asia and parts of China.

Lee edges Rebeca Andrade of Brazil, who wins the silver. Angelina Melnikova, representing the Russian Olympic Committee, takes the bronze. Japan’s Mai Murakami finishes fifth. It remains uncertain whether American Simone Biles will compete in the individual event finals, which begin Sunday.

Lee’s family in the U.S. state of Minnesota celebrated the win with other members of the Hmong American community.

Sunisa Lee of the U.S. competes on the balance beam in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.   © Reuters

9:25 p.m. Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling has missed out on the 100m butterfly final, meaning he will be unable to defend the title he won at Rio 2016. “The time just didn’t reflect everything that we have done this year, sometimes that is just how it is, it is hard to digest,” Schooling tells reporters, according to Reuters. “You live to fight another day though, and I sure as hell don’t want it to end like this.”

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling was unable to make it out of the 100m butterfly heats after winning gold in Rio.   © Reuters

9:20 p.m. Japanese table tennis player Mima Ito recovers from her semifinal disappointment to win her bronze medal match, defeating Singapore’s Yu Mengyu 4-1.

7:55 p.m. Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic sends Kei Nishikori packing on his way into the semifinals, easily winning 6-2 and 6-0. This ends Japan’s hopes for a singles medal after Naomi Osaka’s earlier defeat.

7:45 p.m. Aaron Wolf of Japan wins the gold medal in the men’s -100 kg judo, beating Cho Gu-ham of South Korea in the final. This comes shortly after judoka Shori Hamada’s win for Japan on the women’s side.

7:15 p.m. Sun Yingsha beats Japan’s Mima Ito by four games to none in the semifinal of women’s singles table tennis, setting up an all-China final. The world No. 3 Sun will face top-ranked Chen Meng, who easily dispatched Singapore’s Yu Mengyu 4-0 as well.

Japan’s Shori Hamada, in blue, takes down Madeleine Malonga of France in the women’s -78 kg judo final. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara) 

6:55 p.m. Japanese judoka Shori Hamada wins the gold medal in the women’s -78 kg category, beating Madeleine Malonga of France. Japan is up to 14 golds according to the Olympics website’s latest table.

6:30 p.m. Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond is one shot off the lead after the opening round of the men’s golf tournament, at -7. Austria’s Sepp Straka leads the pack at -8.

Japanese medal hopeful and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, coming off a case of COVID-19, was six shots off the pace at -2. He said he felt the lingering effects of his illness as the day wore on, according to Reuters. “It was very difficult,” Japan’s first major winner was quoted as saying. “Towards the end, mental side and focus faded away from me.

Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand competes in the first round of the men’s golf tournament.   © Reuters

5:00 p.m. Tokyo’s COVID-19 surge shows no signs of stopping: New cases in the city hit a record of 3,865 on Thursday, the metropolitan government announces, up from 3,177 on Wednesday.

4:55 p.m. European microstate San Marino has won its first Olympic medal ever, with shooter Alessandra Perilli claiming the bronze in the Women’s Trap Final.

4:25 p.m. U.S. double world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks and Argentina’s German Chiaraviglio have been ruled out of the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, Reuters reports. Members of Australia’s team, meanwhile, have been placed in isolation as a precaution.

“Members of the Australian track and field team are now undergoing testing procedures in line with Australian Olympic Team protocols,” the Australian Olympic Committee says in a statement. Australian media reports say all 63 members of the team are in isolation after pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall trained with Kendricks.

1:35 p.m. Indonesia’s Rahmat Abdullah has taken many by surprise by winning a bronze medal in the men’s 73kg weightlifting. He had competed in a division with lower weight entries, Reuters reports, on the advice of his father and coach who said it would make him “more comfortable and relaxed.”

“I am so happy, the plan worked,” he is quoted as saying, adding that injuries forced his father to give up his Olympic dream in 2004. “Today I’ve won the medal for both of us, I dedicate this to him,” Abdullah says.

Reuters explains that weightlifting competitions comprise two sessions, Group A and Group B, on the same day. Group B sessions feature athletes who have registered lighter weights.

Rahmat Abdullah of Indonesia competes in the men’s 73kg weightlifting competition.   © Reuters

12:55 p.m. China sets a world record in the women’s 4x200m freestyle swimming to grab the gold. The team’s time of 7:40.33 comfortably beats Australia’s previous record of 7:41.50 at the 2019 world championships, according to Reuters.

11:45 a.m. Chinese swimmer Zhang Yufei wins the gold in the women’s 200m butterfly, setting an Olympic record. Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger of the U.S. follow with silver and bronze.

11:40 a.m. Olympic organizers deny that Tokyo’s record spike in COVID-19 infections this week is due to the Games, and that Olympic infections are adding strain on Japan’s medical system. “As far as I know there are no infections spreading to the Japanese public from the Olympic movement. There is not a single severe case among our stakeholders,” says IOC spokesperson Mark Adams.

Thirty-four new Olympic-related cases were reported today, bringing the total to 193 since July 1, out of 39,000 arrivals and 310,000 tests. Two Olympic stakeholders are in hospital, according to IOC medical director Richard Budgett, but officials would not say whether they have the coronavirus.

11:00 a.m. Izaac Stubblety-Cook of Australia wins the gold medal in the men’s 200m breaststroke.

Earlier, New Zealand rowers Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler take gold in the double sculls — the first top finish by Kiwi athletes at the Tokyo Games.

Grace Prendergast and Jackie Gowler of New Zealand celebrate in their boat with their gold medals on July 29.   © Reuters


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