July 24 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

By Matias Grez, John Sinnott, Ben Westcott, Brett McKeehan and Adrienne Vogt, CNN

Updated 12:11 a.m. ET, July 25, 2021
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8:35 a.m. ET, July 24, 2021

Pole vaulter's teeth "all messed up" after training accident

From CNN's John Sinnott

Harry Coppell competes during the Mens Pole Vault Final during the Muller British Athletics Championships in Manchester, England, on June 27.
Harry Coppell competes during the Mens Pole Vault Final during the Muller British Athletics Championships in Manchester, England, on June 27. Ashley Allen/Getty Images

Training for an Olympic event is a tough business. It takes hours, days, years of dedication to reach the top of your game as you look to enter the Games in peak condition.

You also look to cover every eventuality ... but a pole vault bar landing on your front teeth during training just days before you compete probably wasn't an eventuality Harry Coppell had ever envisaged having to contend with.

Coppell will be up against world record holder Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis in the pole vault, which starts on July 31.

The Briton is putting a brave face on the accident.

Ouch ...

The dental repair work looks quite an extensive job ...

3:10 a.m. ET, July 24, 2021

China wins another gold medal, this time in women's weightlifting 49kg

From CNN's Jill Martin

China's Hou Zhihui stands on the podium after winning Gold in the women's 49kg weightlifting competition on July 24.
China's Hou Zhihui stands on the podium after winning Gold in the women's 49kg weightlifting competition on July 24. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

China has a second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, with Hou Zhihui winning the women’s weightlifting 49kg final with an Olympic record total of 210 kilograms.

Hou also holds the world record that she set in April.

On Saturday, she set the Olympic record in the snatch round with 94kg and in the clean and jerk she set an Olympic record with 116kg.

Zhihui competes in the women's 49kg weightlifting competition on Saturday.
Zhihui competes in the women's 49kg weightlifting competition on Saturday. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

These weight categories are new at the Olympic Games, meaning that the top result in each event is an Olympic record.

Silver went to Chanu Saikhom Mirabai of India and Windy Cantika Aisah of Indonesia took bronze.

3:27 a.m. ET, July 24, 2021

Two Georgian tennis players to miss Olympics because of paperwork not filed

From CNN's Jill Martin

Georgia's Ekaterine Gorgodze reacts during the Women's Tennis Grand Prix WTA 500 tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, on April 21.
Georgia's Ekaterine Gorgodze reacts during the Women's Tennis Grand Prix WTA 500 tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, on April 21. Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Despite having qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, two women’s tennis players from Georgia will miss the Games because of unfiled paperwork, according to a press release from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Oksana Kalashinikova and Ekaterine Gorgodze had qualified for the Olympics in women’s doubles.

However, the players weren’t included on the revised entry list for the Olympic Games published by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on July 16.

Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia returns the ball during the women's doubles semi-final match at the 2021 WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy tennis tournament on March 20, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia returns the ball during the women's doubles semi-final match at the 2021 WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy tennis tournament on March 20, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Mike Kireev/NurPhoto/AP

The ITF informed the players July 17 that neither the Georgia Tennis Federation nor the Georgian National Olympic Committee submitted their entry.

Kalashinikova and Gorgodze appealed to the CAS Ad Hoc Division on Wednesday, but a CAS panel dismissed their application.

“In coming to its conclusion, the Panel found that the Applicants were not nominated by the GNOC for entry into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and that in the absence of an official nomination, the ITF did nothing wrong in adopting the Revised Entry List on 16 July 2021,” the CAS release said.
“The consequence, however unfortunate for the two athletes, can only be the dismissal of their petition.”
2:13 a.m. ET, July 24, 2021

Olympic protests are nearly as old as the Games themselves. So why are officials so hesitant to allow them?

From CNN's Leah Asmelash

The Tokyo Olympics -- after a long delay -- are finally happening.

The opening ceremony formally kicked off the Games on Friday and sporting events are underway. There's nothing but excitement in the air, according to IOC Athletes' Commission Chair Kirsty Coventry. In her statement Tuesday, Coventry painted a rosy picture, saying: "The Village is looking great, the athletes are super excited. We've been hearing some very positive experiences from athletes I must say."

But there's also plenty of controversy. Most notably, Japanese citizens have shown rising animosity toward the Games as Covid-19 infections sweep the country, with some protesting even as the opening ceremony took place. Multiple athletes from different countries have already had to self-isolate after coming into contact with the virus -- even though most sports have yet to hold their first event.

That's not all. The Games have also become entangled in a debate over the right of athletes to protest, a topic that's become so inflamed that dozens of athletes, academics and professors around the world signed a letter Thursday pushing for the IOC to amend its longstanding rules and allow athlete protest.

"We believe the global sport community is at a turning point in matters of racial and social justice," the letter read, "and we call on you as leaders in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements to make a stronger commitment to human rights, racial/social justice, and social inclusion."

Read more here:

12:25 a.m. ET, July 24, 2021

Algerian Olympian withdraws from Games due to potential matchup with Israeli competitor

From CNN's David Close

Fethi Nourine
Fethi Nourine (International Judo Federation)

An Algerian judo athlete, Fethi Nourine, says he chose to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics rather than face an Israeli competitor.

Nourine told Echourouk TV: “I decided to withdraw out of conviction, because this is the very least we can offer the Palestinian cause. This is my duty. My goal in withdrawing is to send a message to the whole world that Israel is an occupation, a lawless country, a country without a flag.”

Nourine was scheduled to face Mohamed Abdalrasool from Sudan in the men's 73 kg class.

According to Reuters, if Nourine defeated Abdalrasool, the Algerian would have met Israel's Tohar Butbul in the following round. Butbul had a bye in the Round of 64.

CNN's Taylor Barnes and Aqeel Najim in Baghdad contributed to this report.

12:10 a.m. ET, July 24, 2021

The first day of the 2020 Olympics begins with gold for China and more Covid-19 cases

It's Saturday, July 24 -- the official first day of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Here's what you need to know.

New Covid-19 cases announced: The global pandemic postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by a year, and even though the Games have now finally started, Covid-19 is still creating difficulties for athletes and organizers.

There have been 127 Covid-19 cases related to the Olympics as of Saturday, with another 17 new infections announced in the previous 24 hours. Although Tokyo 2020 officials haven't revealed which nationalities have been affected, some athletes and teams are making the announcements themselves.

One example is Dutch rower Finn Florijn, whose Olympic dreams were crushed after he tested positive for Covid-19 in Japan on Friday. In a statement released by the Dutch team, Florjin said his Olympic journey was "over in an instant."

"Glimmers of hope": The Olympics Opening Ceremony went without a hitch on Friday night, including a breathtaking drone show, John Lennon's "Imagine" and of course the traditional parade of athletes through the Olympic Stadium.

Amy Bass, a professor of sports studies in the US, said the event offered "glimmers of hope" for what has been a troubled Olympics so far.

The Olympic flame was lit by Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, a choice Games organizers said was meant to reflect a "message of diversity and inclusion." In a tweet, Osaka said lighting the Olympic flame was "undoubtedly the greatest athlete achievement and honor I will ever have in my life."

What's on schedule: The opening day of Tokyo 2020 started with a bang, as the first official gold medal of the Games went to Chinese athlete Yang Qian in the women's 10m air rifle.

Plenty of other events are scheduled for Saturday, Friday night US time, including the start of the swimming, table tennis and water polo competitions. Medals for cycling, fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting are also expected to be handed out on Saturday.

The full Olympics schedule can be found here.

12:08 a.m. ET, July 24, 2021

China has won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics

From CNN Sport's Jill Martin

China's Yang Qian celebrates with her gold medal after winning the women's 10m air rifle on Saturday, July 24.
China's Yang Qian celebrates with her gold medal after winning the women's 10m air rifle on Saturday, July 24. (Danny Lawson/PA Images/Getty Images)

China’s Yang Qian has won gold in the women's 10m air rifle, the first medal event of the 2020 Olympic Games. Yang’s 251.8 points is a final Olympic record.

Russian Anastasiia Galashina clinched the silver medal. Russian athletes aren’t competing under their national name at the Olympics due to continuing sanctions over doping. They are officially recognized as members of ROC, an abbreviation of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Switzerland’s Nina Christen earned bronze.

12:02 a.m. ET, July 24, 2021

A look at some of the Covid-19 measures being implemented in the Tokyo Olympic Village 

From CNN's Jacob Lev

Athletes walk through the Tokyo Olympic Village on Wednesday, July 21.
Athletes walk through the Tokyo Olympic Village on Wednesday, July 21. (Michael Kappeler/dpa/Getty Images)

The Tokyo Olympics are officially underway, but concerns surrounding the pandemic still remain.

At least 22 athletes have seen their dreams of competing in the Games dashed after testing positive for Covid-19, forcing them to withdraw from the competition. Some tested positive after they landed in Japan, while some did before coming.

Here's a look at some of the Covid-19 measures implemented at the Olympic Village and Games venues:

  • Organizers announced this month that the Tokyo venues will not have spectators due to the city's coronavirus state of emergency.
  • The Olympic Village, containing 21 residential buildings, will house about 11,000 athletes and is prepped with Covid-19 testing and health centers.
  • There are signs reminding residents to wear face masks and keep at least one meter (about 3.3 feet) away from each other.
  • Athletes will be contact-traced and tested for Covid-19 daily.
  • If athletes test positive, they will be taken to an isolation facility outside the Olympic Village, and will not be able to compete.

CNN's Seamus Fagan, David Close and Jill Martin contributed reporting to this post. 

11:58 p.m. ET, July 23, 2021

A two-time Tour de France winner, this 22-year-old is determined to claim his first Olympics gold

From CNN's John Sinnott 

Tadej Pogacar celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the 20th stage of the Tour de France in Saint-Emilion, France, on July 17.
Tadej Pogacar celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the 20th stage of the Tour de France in Saint-Emilion, France, on July 17. (Daniel Cole/AP)

Cyclist Tadej Pogacar is having a stellar 2021.

The 22-year-old Slovenian has just won his second Tour de France and on Saturday will attempt to win the gold medal in the Olympics road race.

He's the first Olympian in CNN’s Athlete of the Day series during the Summer Games.