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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8:39 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Tokyo reported more than 1,400 new Covid-19 cases, nearly double of last Monday's number

From CNN's Chandler Thornton

Tokyo reported 1,429 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, nearly doubling the amount of new cases from the previous Monday when the capital reported 727 new cases, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

This daily jump is the highest increase reported on a Monday, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported. Mondays typically see lower daily increases of new cases.

Meanwhile, at least 153 cases have been linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, organizers said Monday.

8:10 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Are Japan’s gold medal wins softening the country’s mood at the Games?

From CNN's Emi Jozuka, Blake Essig and Daishi Kusunoki in Tokyo

Minoru Omori told CNN that festival-loving Koto ward in Tokyo had been looking forward to the Olympics.
Minoru Omori told CNN that festival-loving Koto ward in Tokyo had been looking forward to the Olympics. (Emi Jozuka/CNN)

Polls have consistently shown that the Games have been overwhelmingly unpopular among the Japanese public amid health and safety concerns.

Still, the mood appears to be shifting as competitions kick-off and Japan brings in gold medals.

IOC official Mark Adams said nearly 70 million watched the opening ceremony, with the Olympic broadcast services saying it was the most-watched event in Japan over the past decade.

Even though the buzz and excitement is a far cry from what you would expect for a city hosting the Olympics -- people are trying to experience the Games in any way possible.

Minoru Omori, a shopkeeper in Tokyo’s Koto ward -- home to ten Olympic venues -- was elated when he found out Tokyo had been chosen to host the 2020 Summer Games.

His district decked out Tokyo 2020 banners and posters and was expecting a tourist boom, but then the pandemic struck.

He told CNN he was happy the event hadn’t been cancelled but that the spectator ban in the capital was for the best.

I’ve been glued to the TV every night because I enjoy watching the Olympics and following the wins and the upsets," Omori told CNN.
I think the athletes have been training hard for this moment. Just being able to see their effort makes me happy, and I think Tokyo did a good job in pulling all this off.
8:44 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

South Korean dominance in archery continues as men’s team secures gold

From CNN's Aleks Klosok

South Korea’s Kim Je-deok celebrates winning the gold medal in the archery team competition on July 26.
South Korea’s Kim Je-deok celebrates winning the gold medal in the archery team competition on July 26. (Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

South Korea claimed gold in the archery men's team event on Monday, extending their reign and winning the country's third archery gold at the Tokyo Games.

The men’s team dominated Chinese Taipei in Monday’s final with a 6-0 clean sweep victory.

Five of the last six men’s team Olympic titles have been won by South Korea -- the only exception was Italy breaking their winning streak at London 2012.

The country has already swept two gold medals in archery, with the women's team tying the longest gold streak in Olympic history with nine medals.

Kim Je-deok secured the mixed title with An San.

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

Americans sweep both skeet shooting gold medals today and set new Olympic records

From CNN's Jacob Lev and CNN’s Aleks Klosok in London

USA’s Vincent Hancock celebrates winning gold in the men's skeet on July 26.
USA’s Vincent Hancock celebrates winning gold in the men's skeet on July 26. (Alex Brandon/AP)

American skeet shooters Vincent Hancock and Amber English captured a gold medal in their respective events and set new Olympic records.

English, a first-time Olympian, won her gold after earning 56 points, beating Italy's Diana Bacosi in a dramatic final. China's Wei Meng claimed bronze.

Hancock, who also won gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012, missed only one shot all series to score an Olympic record of 59 points. Denmark's Jesper Hansen won silver and Kuwait's Abdullah Alrashidi won bronze. 

English and Hancock's wins give the United States seven gold medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and 14 medals overall.

USA’s Amber English during the skeet finals on Monday, July 26. 
USA’s Amber English during the skeet finals on Monday, July 26.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Their victories follow William Shaner's, who won the Men's 10m rifle for Team USA on Sunday.

9:50 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Tom Pidcock claims first ever mountain bike cross-country Gold for GB

From CNN's Aleks Klosok

Great Britain’s Thomas Pidcock celebrates winning the gold medal in the mountain bike cross-country race on July 26.
Great Britain’s Thomas Pidcock celebrates winning the gold medal in the mountain bike cross-country race on July 26. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Tom Pidcock secured Great Britain’s first ever mountain bike cross-country Gold medal with a dominant display.

The 21-year-old, who gained 26 positions on the first lap before moving to the front, never relinquished his lead, clocking a time of 1:25:14.

“It’s nothing like any other race. The Olympics just transcends any sport," Pidcock said after winning gold.
"You compete and represent your country and everyone in your country is behind you, no matter what sports they like. It’s just national pride, it’s unbelievable.”

The rider, who broke his collarbone after being hit by a car in training in June, beat Switzerland’s Matthias Flückiger by 20 seconds, with bronze going to Spain’s David Valero Serrano.

Pidcock's victory delivered GB’s third gold medal of the Games.

“It’s been a such a hard time coming here from crashing and breaking my collarbone and that’s just unbelievable," he added.
“I know that my mum and girlfriend are crying at home. It’s sad that they can’t be here but I'll see them when I get home.”
9:51 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Austria's Anna Kiesenhofer on her cycling gold medal: "I dare to be different"

From CNN's Aditi Sangal and Coy Wire

Austria's Anna Kiesenhofer competes in the women's road race on Sunday, July 25.
Austria's Anna Kiesenhofer competes in the women's road race on Sunday, July 25. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Anna Kiesenhofer secured Austria's first cycling gold medal since 1896 with a shock win.

The 30-year-old broke away from the leading group more than 40 kms from the end, and spent much of the rest of the 147-kilometer course so far ahead of the chasing pack that she was out of sight of the other cyclists.

As an athlete you want to win ... But also, I know well, realistically, I'm not supposed to win here. So, it was just yeah, incredible, I couldn't believe it even crossing the line I couldn't believe it," she told CNN.

The Austrian, who doesn't currently have a professional contract, only took up the sport in 2014, turning professional three years later.

Kiesenhofer isn't just an accomplished cyclist — she has a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, England, and a Ph.D in applied mathematics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.

She credits her win to her ability to be unpredictable, she said.

In part, it's because I dare to be different. I have a different approach, and this means that I'm also unpredictable. And that's exactly, yeah, what happened yesterday. People didn't think I might win," she added.

Kiesenhofer gave the performance of a lifetime to eclipse a field of big names and win the race, finishing in just under four hours.

She explained her strategy ahead of the race.

"When I'm riding hard, there's not enough blood and oxygen in my brain to do math," she said. "In the lead up to a race, just an analytical mindset that makes me approach the race differently.
"So I really make a plan, I think about what power am I going to put out and at [what] point of the race, how I have to plan my nutrition and so on."

Kiesenhofer said she was thinking of her students and her family, who would be watching.

"I know that students are always googling the name of their teacher ... I've had students following my cycling and wishing me good luck when they knew a race was coming up," she said.
"My family, I knew they were watching. I visualized them in front of the screen already from the start of the race. I knew they were getting up at 6 a.m. in Austria to watch me. My mother had actually prepared for weeks, like 'how do I set up the livestream.'"

Watch the interview:

8:39 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Dutch tennis player drops out after testing positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo

From CNN's Gawon Bae and Chandler Thornton

Netherlands' Jean-Julien Rojer returns a shot during a doubles first round tennis match on July 24.
Netherlands' Jean-Julien Rojer returns a shot during a doubles first round tennis match on July 24. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Dutch tennis player Jean-Julien Rojer has tested positive for Covid-19, according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

This ends the Olympic player's campaign along with his partner Wesley Koolhof.

"Rojer and his partner Wesley Koolhof have been withdrawn from the men's doubles event, and their opponents Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus of New Zealand receive a walkover into the quarterfinals," the ITF said in a statement Monday.

"We wish Jean-Julien a speedy recovery," the statement added.

Rojer is the fourth athlete from the Netherlands' team to test positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo, according to CNN reporting.  

Other Dutch athletes that tested positive include skateboarder Candy Jacobs, rower Finn Florijn and taekwondo athlete Reshmie Oogink.

4:12 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Athletes can take their masks off for a photo on the Olympic podium, IOC says

From CNN's Chandler Thornton

USA's Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Bowen Becker and Zach Apple pose with their gold medals on the podium after the 4x100m freestyle relay swimming event on July 26.
USA's Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Bowen Becker and Zach Apple pose with their gold medals on the podium after the 4x100m freestyle relay swimming event on July 26. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

Masks are a "must-have" on the podium at. Tokyo 2020 but athletes will be allowed to take them off for 30 seconds for a photo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided, according to spokesman Mark Adams.

The adjustment to the IOC's stance for Olympic athletes wearing masks on the Olympic podium was made after discussions, Adams added at Monday's press briefing.

"And I think everyone would appreciate one, that the risk is very, very, very, very low and two, that's completely understandable," Adams said.

This comes after Adams told reporters during an off-camera interview that there were no relaxations around mask rules for anyone at the Games.

8:43 a.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Tom Daley and Matty Lee win GB gold in men's synchronized diving

From CNN's Ben Church

Britain's Tom Daley and Matty Lee hug after winning the synchronized 10m platform diving final on Monday, July 26.
Britain's Tom Daley and Matty Lee hug after winning the synchronized 10m platform diving final on Monday, July 26. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Great Britain's Tom Daley and Matty Lee edged out hot favorites China to win gold in the men's synchronized 10m platform diving, with a score of 471.81.

Daley — a national hero in Britain since making his Olympic debut as 14-year-old in 2008 — had tears in his eyes as he finally added gold to the bronze medals he won at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

His partner Lee was making his Olympic debut, but the British divers produced an impeccable performance in order to end China's winning run in the discipline that extended back to 2000.

China's impressive duo of Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen clinched silver with a score of 470.58, whilst Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev of the Russian Olympic Committee won bronze with a score of 439.92.