Tokyo Olympics 2021 latest results and medal table
Simone Biles withdrawls from competition, citing mental health reasons
Day six of Tokyo 2020 saw Great Britain claim two medals in a matter of minutes in canoe slalom and shooting.
Mallory Franklin became only the second British woman to win a medal in Olympic canoe slalom by taking silver in the C1 class with Matt Coward-Holley claiming bronze for Great Britain in the men’s trap shooting.
In less positive news, Great Britain experienced an upset in rowing by taking fourth place in the women’s pair. New Zealand won its first gold medal for the Olympics in the race, which took place early Thursday morning.
Elsewhere, three athletes have tested positive for Covid in the past 24 hours, officials said, including two pole vaulters. The entire Australian athletics team were forced into isolation as a precaution, on the eve of the athletics programme beginning, but have since been given the all-clear.
Golf has returned to the Olympics for the second time since 1904 with the golfers teeing off in the early morning for the first round of the event. Brit Justin Rose won gold in the men’s competition during the 2016 Rio Olympics, but it is Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood in action for Team GB this time around.
All of this comes with the Olympics still reeling over Simone Biles deciding to withdraw from the women’s all-around gymnastic final, but she was on hand to support her Team USA teammates from the stands with Sunisa Lee taking gold.
Tokyo Olympics: What’s happened so far today at the Games?
- Mallory Franklin won a historic silver medal in the inaugural women’s canoe slalom final, as Australia’s Jessica Fox beat her to gold
- Matt Coward-Holley won GB’s second medal in 30 minutes as he secured bronze in the men’s trap shooting final
- With Simone Biles supporting in the stands, the USA’s Sunisa Lee won gold in the women’s individual all-around final
- Jessica Gadirova finished 10th, GB’s highest ever position in the event, while her twin sister Jennifer was 13th
- US world-champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks is out of the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19
- Three Australian athletes are self-isolating but the rest of the athletics team were given the all-clear after a brief scare
- Helen Glover’s rowing comeback came to an end as she and Polly Swann finished fourth in the women’s pairs
- GB missed out on further medals in the pool but the USA’s Caeleb Dressel won his first individual gold with an Olympic record
- The GB women’s rugby sevens team led New Zealand 21-0 but lost 26-21 after a sensational comeback from the medal favourites
- GB’s women’s hockey team were defeated 1-0 by Netherlands, while the men’s side drew 2-2 with the same opponent
- Novak Djokovic thrashed Kei Nishikori, while Belinda Bencic set up a final against Marketa Vondrousova in the women’s competition
- The men’s individual golf tournament got underway, as Austria’s Sepp Straka set the early pace in the sport learning to love the Olympics
Coming up tomorrow
- Dina Asher-Smith will be in action as the athletics begins, with the men’s 10,000m final the opening highlight – click here for the full athletics schedule
- There is plenty of GB medal interest in the swimming, with Duncan Scott in the 200m IM final, Luke Greenbank in the 200m backstroke, Abbie Wood and Molly Renshaw in the 200m breaststroke and Anna Hopkin in the 100m freestyle
- GB’s footballers play Australia in the women’s quarter-finals. Kick-off is 10:00am BST
- GB will be hoping to win their first rowing gold medals in the men’s eight and women’s single sculls, where Victoria Thornley is in action
- Kye Whyte and Bethany Shriever will be aiming to reach the BMX finals, both the semi-finals and final take place tomorrow
- In the rugby sevens, GB’s women’s team complete their group stage against Kenya and could play their quarter-final match later in the day
- Novak Djokovic faces Alexander Zverev in the men’s singles semi-finals, Pablo Carreño Busta faces Karen Khachanov in the other semi-final
- Gold medals will also be won in archery, badminton, canoe slalom, fencing, judo, shooting, table tennis and trampoline gymnastics
Tokyo Olympics: Why do gymnasts use honey?
Viewers who have tuned into the gymnastics competition at theTokyo games have been thrilled by the skill and athleticism on display.
They may also have noticed something unusual being stored next to the parallel bars during the men’s competition.
More details below.
The sweet substance is used by male athletes – but not in the women’s competition
Tokyo Olympics: Who is Team USA’s youngest competitor Katie Grimes?
She is the youngest American Olympian at the Tokyo 2020 games and has been called the future of Team USA swimming.
And in her first ever Olympic swim, 15-year-old Katie Grimes finished second in her 800m freestyle heat, just two seconds behind teammate Katie Ledecky.
More details below.
Las Vegas swimmer was called the ‘future’ of her sport but has now made first final
‘You’re a f***ing fighter’: Triathlete cheers on competitor who came last in Tokyo Olympic final
A triathlete has gone viral for consoling a crestfallen competitor after she came in last during the women’s final at the Tokyo Olympics.
Triathlete Lotte Miller of Norway walked over to Belgium rival Claire Michel on Tuesday after the event to console the athlete when she came in last.
Danielle Zoellner has the story.
Belgium’s Claire Michel finished last during the women’s triathlon final
Team USA basketball star Damian Lillard continues twitter feud with journalist
The NBA player is in Tokyo playing on the American team in the Olympic competition.
But Lillard has still found time to argue with Henry Abbott of TrueHoop, who has been reporting on Lillard potentially leaving the Portland Trailblazers before the new season starts.
Team GB swimmers struggle not to laugh at relay ‘third leg’ question
British swimmers Tom Dean and Matthew Richards were being interviewed on the BBC when host Clare Balding made an accidental double-entendre, which was not lost on the amused athletes.
“Matt, you’re 18 years old, it’s your first Olympics, and you swam — honestly, your third leg was just phenomenal,” Balding said innocently of his swim in the 4x200m gold medal victory.
And the moment was certainly enjoyed by Twitter users.
Joe Ryan will pitch first baseball match in Tokyo for Team USA
The United States play their first Olympic match against Israel, who lost their opener to South Korea 5-6.
The American team includes former MLB All-Star Todd Frazier, and former Winter Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez, who was a minor league player for the Miami Marlins.
Alvarez medalled in short track speed skating at the 2014 winter games.
Britain in the box seat for first triathlon mixed sprint relay at the Olympics
Having collected two silver medals in the individual events, Britain can further cement their place as the most successful country in Olympic triathlon history by winning the Games’ first-ever mixed relay event on Saturday.
Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown’s second places in the individual events took the country’s overall medal haul to seven since the sport joined the Games in 2000.
Two of those were Alistair Brownlee golds and while his younger brother Jonny was unable to add to his silver and bronze after finishing fifth, he gets a final chance to stand on top of the podium as part of a formidable looking British squad.
With either uber-swimmer Jess Learmonth, ninth in Tuesday’s race, or 2016 bronze medallist Vicky Holland completing the quartet, the British will be the team to beat.
The race format features teams of two men and two women, who each complete a short-course race of 300 metres swim, 6.8km bike and 2km run before tagging their team mate to take over.
“Relay leg selections are so important and is what makes the relay so exciting to watch,” elite coach Blair Cartmell told the tri247.com website. “I do believe GB (Britain) have the strength and expertise to hold anyone off, but there has to be no mistakes and staying calm under pressure.”
Neither individual champion – Flora Duffy of Bermuda or Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway – will get a chance to add to their haul as their countries did not qualify.
Tokyo 2020: ROC silver leaves American rower with ‘nasty feeling’
American rower Megan Kalmoe said she was left with a “nasty feeling” after watching the Russian duo of Vasilisa Stepanova and Elena Oriabinskaia take home a silver medal in the women’s pair on Thursday.
Russian athletes are barred from competing at major international events with their flag and anthem until 2022 but they are competing in Tokyo under the name “ROC”, an acronym for the Russian Olympic Committee.
The ban is aimed at punishing Moscow for providing global anti-doping authorities with doctored laboratory data that could have helped identify drug cheats.
“Seeing a crew who shouldn’t even be here walk away with a silver is a nasty feeling,” Kalmoe, who reached the B final with Tracy Eisser, wrote on Twitter.
“Really disappointing overall and I feel for the other athletes in the A Final. Big love to all my friends and frenemies who gave it everything out there.”
Kalmoe, who won a bronze medal in quadruple sculls at the 2012 London Games, and Eisser went up against Stepanova and Oriabinskaia in the semi-final where the Russian duo placed second and the Americans placed fifth.
The top three finishers in each semi-final moved on to the A final, meaning the Americans would not have advanced even if the Russians were absent.
Tokyo 2020: Australian athletics team resume normal activity after isolation
The Australian athletics team has been allowed to resume normal activities at the Tokyo Olympics following a period of isolation.
Three members were deemed to be a close contact with American world-champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who tested positive for Covid-19.
The three athletes, including Australian pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall, soon underwent PCR testing following a brief casual contact with Kendricks, who has been ruled out of the Games.
While waiting for test results, teammates remained in their rooms in line with AOC COVID protocols, though all three tests were returned as negative.
There were 54 members of the track and field team (41 athletes and 13 officials) permitted to leave after more than two hours in their rooms.
But now only the three team members tested this afternoon will be in isolation and will undergo daily testing.
They can also resume training, subject to strict protocols that limits contact with others.
Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said: “Once again, abundant caution and our strict protocols continue to keep the Team safe. We will continue to be very thorough in our observance of the Tokyo playbooks and our own additional measures.
“We want every Australian athlete to be in a position to have their Olympic moment. We will continue to be vigilant,” Mr Chesterman concluded.