July 26 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

By Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, July 27, 2021
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10:32 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Japan stuns China to win historic mixed Olympic table tennis gold

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok

Japan's Mizutani Jun and Mima Ito react during their table tennis mixed doubles gold medal match against China on July 26.
Japan's Mizutani Jun and Mima Ito react during their table tennis mixed doubles gold medal match against China on July 26. The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP

Japan’s mixed doubles pair of Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito claimed their country's first ever Olympic table tennis gold medal with a dramatic victory over China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shinwen on Monday.

It was the first time the mixed doubles event had been played at the Olympics and Monday’s finale didn’t fail to disappoint.

Mizutani and Ito came back from 2 sets down to win 4-3, clinching the final set 11-6.

Victory for the pair ended years of incredible Chinese dominance in the sport.

China had won every Olympic title in the table tennis since South Korea’s Ryu Seung-min triumphed in the men’s singles competition at the 2004 Athens Games.

Mizutani and Ito’s victory sees Japan end Monday top of the Olympics medals table with eight gold medals, one more than the United States.

10:12 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Here's who took home the 21 gold medals won on Monday

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

The Olympics are in full swing in Tokyo, with 21 gold medals won on Monday. You can track the medal count here.

Here's who walked off a winner:

Archery 

  • Men's Team: Republic of Korea

Artistic Gymnastics

  • Men's Team: Russian Olympic Committee (ROC)

Canoe Slalom

  • Men's Canoe: Benjamin Savsek, Slovenia

Cycling Mountain Bike

  • Men's Cross-country: Thomas Pidcock, Great Britain

Diving

  • Men's Synchronized 10m Platform: Great Britain

Fencing

  • Women's Sabre Individual: Sofia Pozdniakova, ROC
  • Men's Foil Individual: Cheung Ka Long, Hong Kong, China

Judo

  • Women's -57kg: Nora Gjakova, Kosovo
  • Men's -73kg: Shohei Ono, Japan

Shooting

  • Women's Skeet: Amber English, United States
  • Men's Skeet: Vincent Hancock, United States

Skateboarding

  • Women's Street: Momiji Nishiya, Japan

Swimming

  • Women's 100m Butterfly: Margaret MacNeil, Canada
  • Men's 100m Breaststroke: Adam Peaty, Great Britain
  • Women's 400m Freestyle: Ariarne Titmus, Australia
  • Men's 4 X 100m Freestyle Relay: United States

Table Tennis

  • Mixed Doubles: Jun Mizutani/Mima Ito, Japan

Taekwondo

  • Women's -67kg: Matea Jelic, Croatia
  • Men's -80kg: Maksim Khramtcov, ROC

Triathlon

  • Men's Individual: Krisitan Blummenfelt, Norway

Weightlifting

  • Women's 55kg: Hidilyn Diaz, Philippines
10:03 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Daughter of Russian Olympic Committee president wins fencing gold

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok

The Russian Olympic Committee's Sofia Pozdniakova celebrates after winning the Sabre Individual Fencing Gold Medal Bout on July 26.
The Russian Olympic Committee's Sofia Pozdniakova celebrates after winning the Sabre Individual Fencing Gold Medal Bout on July 26. Julian Finney/Getty Images

Sofia Pozdniakova, daughter of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Stanislav Pozdniakov, secured a gold in the individual women's sabre fencing competition on Monday.

Two-time world champion Pozdniakova, who was making her Olympic debut, defeated ROC teammate Sofya Velikaya 15-11 in the final.

For 36-year-old Velikaya it was a third Olympic silver medal after she finished runner-up at London 2012 and Rio 2016. 

Pozdniakova follows in the footsteps of her father Stanislav who previously won 4 Olympic gold medals in the sabre competitions – 3 coming in the team competition at Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 200, respectively, and 1 in the individual competition at Atlanta 1996.

Pozdniakov was appointed President of the Russian Olympic Committee in May 2018.

Remember: Due to a ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency for doping non-compliance, Russian athletes are note competing under their country's name, flag and national anthem at major international sporting events until Dec. 16, 2022. They are officially recognized as members of ROC.

9:49 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz wins the Philippines' first ever gold medal

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

The Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz competes in the 55kg weightlifting event on July 26.
The Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz competes in the 55kg weightlifting event on July 26. Luca Bruno/AP

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has won the Philippines' first ever Olympic gold medal after she won the women's 55kg event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, setting an Olympic record with a total mark of 224 kg.

Prior to Diaz's gold, the Philippines had claimed 10 Olympic medals (3 silvers and 7 bronzes). She won the silver medal in the women's 53kg event at the 2016 Rio Games. 

The Philippines captured their first medal of the Summer Games.

Liao Qiuyun of China took silver with 223 kg and Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo won bronze with 213 kg. 

9:49 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Hong Kong fencing athlete wins gold medal — the city's first in 25 years

From CNN's Eric Cheung in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Edgar Cheung celebrates after winning against Italy's Alessio Foconi in the individual foil qualifying bout on July 26.
Hong Kong's Edgar Cheung celebrates after winning against Italy's Alessio Foconi in the individual foil qualifying bout on July 26. Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong fencing athlete Edgar Cheung has won the city's first gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 25 years, beating Italy's Daniele Garozzo at the men's foil finals.

Cheung beat Garozzo — who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics — by 15 to 11 on Monday night local time in Tokyo, becoming the first Hong Kong fencing athlete to win a medal at the Olympics.

Speaking to the media after the victory, Cheung said he still could not believe his win.

"We must persist, and we should not give up easily," he said. "I want to thank all Hong Kong people for their support."

Hong Kong has now won two gold medals at the Olympics, the first of which was won by windsurfer Lee Lai-shan in 1996.

9:05 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

The Russian Olympics Committee clinches the gold in men's gymnastics

The Russian Olympic Committee celebrates after winning gold during the Men's Team Final on July 26.
The Russian Olympic Committee celebrates after winning gold during the Men's Team Final on July 26. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Russian Olympic Committee has captured the gold medal in men's all-round gymnastics.

Nikita Nagornyy, Denis Abliazin and Artur Dalaloyan and David Belyavskiy together scored a total of 262.500, which is the top mark.

Japan claimed the silver with a total of 262.397, and China took the bronze medal with a score of 261.894.

What is the Russian Olympic Committee? Due to a ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency for doping non-compliance, Russian athletes aren’t competing under their country's name, flag and national anthem at major international sporting events until Dec. 16, 2022. They are officially recognized as members of ROC, an abbreviation of Russian Olympic Committee.

8:34 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Olympic champion Tom Daley hopes his gold medal can provide "hope" to LGBT community

From CNN's Ben Morse, Rebecca Wright and Will Ripley

Team Great Britain's Tom Daley ended his long wait to top an Olympic podium after winning the men's synchronized 10-meter diving competition with his partner Matty Lee on Monday.

In December 2013, Daley came out on YouTube and almost eight years later, the Briton says he is proud of the LGBT representation that he has witnessed at the Games.

"When I was a little boy, I felt like an outsider, and felt different. And I felt like I was never going to be anything, because who I was wasn't what society wanted me to be," he said.

He said that he hopes they don't feel "so frightened and scared and alone."

"To be able to see out LGBT people performing at the Olympic Games, I hope [that] can give young kids hope," he said, adding that he hopes they are "able to see that no matter who you are, where you come from, you can become an Olympic champion, because I did."

Daley’s husband, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, posted a video on Instagram of him screaming and celebrating the win from Canada as they watched the live event from afar. The couple have a three-year-old son together.

In comments after the event, Daley said he also felt he’d grown since becoming a husband and father.

“My husband, he said to me that my story wasn't finished, and that my son ... needed to be there to watch me win an Olympic gold medal,” he said.

Read more about Tom Daley here:

8:44 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Nora Gjakova earns a Judo gold for Kosovo

From CNN's Aleks Klosok

Kosovo's Nora Gjakova celebrates after defeating France's Sarah Leonie Cystique in their -57kg judo final match on July 26.
Kosovo's Nora Gjakova celebrates after defeating France's Sarah Leonie Cystique in their -57kg judo final match on July 26. Vincent Thian/AP

Kosovo’s Nora Gjakova further extended the country’s golden Olympic judo record by winning the women’s under-57kg final on Monday.

Two-time world champion Gjakova defeated France’s Sarah-Léonie Cysique to claim her maiden gold medal.

Gjakova’s gold is Kosovo’s second of the Tokyo Games after Distria Krasniqi’s victory in the women’s under-48 kg category on Saturday.

It’s Kosovo’s third Olympic medal in total since the country made its debut at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Majlinda Kelmendi earned the country’s first historic gold in the women's under 52kg at Rio 2016. 

Defending champion Kelmendi, though, was eliminated in her first round contest in Tokyo on Sunday.

7:10 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

The Olympics are in full swing. Here's what you need to know

Japan's Aori Nishimura competes during the street prelims on July 26.
Japan's Aori Nishimura competes during the street prelims on July 26. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Here are some highlights from the first Monday of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (in 2021).

Big surprises and upsets:

In the performance of a lifetime, Austria's Anna Kiesenhofer won the cycling gold medal, after she raced so far ahead that she was out of sight of the other cyclists. She only took up the sport in 2014 and does not have a professional contract at the moment.

Tunisia's Ahmed Hafnaoui shocked the swimming world by winning gold in the 400m freestyle. During the preliminary round, he qualified in 8th place with the slowest qualifying time of all finalists.

The US men's basketball team, flush with NBA stars, lost its first game to France. The French used the size of three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and a magnificent performance from fellow NBAer Evan Fournier to shock the Americans, who could not capitalize on multiple attempts to close out the game.

Some firsts:

Anastasija Zolotic became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in Taekwondo and Fencer Lee Kiefer is the first US woman to win gold in individual foil.

At just 13, Nishiya Momiji of Japan, is now one of the youngest gold medal winners in Olympic history, after she won the women's street skateboarding event. She is just months older than the current female record-holder, American diver Marjorie Gestring, who was 13 years and 267 days old when she won gold at the Berlin Games in 1936.

What's on tap today in Japan:

  • Swimming: Britain's Adam Peaty won the 100m breaststroke gold, while Ariarne Titmus beat American great Katie Ledecky in the women's��400m freestyle final.
  • Rugby sevens: Rio 2016 winner Fiji beat host Japan 24-19 in the morning, while New Zealand, another favorite, took care of business against South Korea 50-5. A second round of matches will be held starting at 4:30 p.m. in Japan.

Covid-19 continues to loom large:

The Games have been overwhelmingly unpopular among the Japanese public, according to polls. But the mood appears to be shifting as Japan brings in gold medals.

Meanwhile, Tokyo continues to report a rising number of daily new coronavirus cases, with at least 153 cases linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, organizers said Monday.

The full schedule can be found on the Olympics website here.