July 27 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

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2:38 a.m. ET, July 27, 2021

Owen Wright, who overcame traumatic brain injury, wins first-ever Olympic surfing medal

Australia's Owen Wright competes during the men's final on July 27.
Australia's Owen Wright competes during the men's final on July 27. (Yuki Iwamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia's Owen Wright has won the first-ever Olympic medal given out in surfing, winning the bronze medal match — an incredibly impressive feat considering that he had returned to the sport after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2015.

Wright's injury came after wiping out at a competition in Hawaii about seven years ago. He missed the 2016 season while recovering, but made a full recovery the next year.

Wright said he "teared up" upon his win, according to the Olympic Channel Podcast.

Japan's Kanoa Igarashi and Brazil's Italo Ferreira will face off for the gold later today.

1:57 a.m. ET, July 27, 2021

The creative way Philippines gold medal winner Hidilyn Diaz trained during lockdown

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is now a household name in her home country after becoming the first-ever Philippines athlete to win an Olympics gold medal.

Her path to Olympic glory was, like her peers, upended by the pandemic. When the Philippines went lockdown, Diaz was forced to get creative while training. She posted videos of herself training with broomsticks, weights and water bottles late last year.

2:50 a.m. ET, July 27, 2021

Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka loses in third round to Marketa Vondrousova

From CNN's Jill Martin

Japan's Naomi Osaka wipes her face after losing her third round match against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Japan's Naomi Osaka wipes her face after losing her third round match against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on Tuesday. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

Four-time major champion and world no.2 Naomi Osaka lost to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the third round of women’s tennis singles at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.

Osaka was considered a favorite to win the tournament in her home country, but is out earlier than expected after an underwhelming showing, finishing with 32 unforced errors.

This is the first time the 23-year-old Japanese superstar has lost on a hard court before the quarterfinals since the 2020 Australian Open, when she lost in the third round to American Coco Gauff.

Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan, and was given the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron to officially open the Games.

Vondrousova, a 2019 French Open finalist, advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 win. The 22-year-old will next face either Spain’s Paula Badosa or Nadia Podoroska of Argentina.

Read more here

12:03 a.m. ET, July 27, 2021

It's a big day in Tokyo. Here's what to look for at the Olympics on July 27

It's Tuesday, Tokyo 2020's fourth official day of competition. The US and Japan are tied for the lead in the gold medal tally, with eight each. Next is China with six and the Russian Olympic Committee with 5. The US has the most medals overall, with 19.

Big-ticket Tuesday: Plenty of major medal events are taking place throughout the day, starting with swimming. America's Lydia Jacoby, Russia's Evgeny Rylov, Australia's Kaylee McKeown and Great Britain's Tom Dean all won gold medals.

The first-ever Olympic surfing competition will conclude later in the day, while at night, Simone Biles and the American women's gymnastic team will look to retain their crown in the team competition.

The full schedule can be found here.

A storm is coming: Tropical Storm Nepartak is expected to make landfall north of Tokyo on Tuesday evening local time, delivering up to 150 millimeters (5.9 inches) of rain to some regions. Tokyo is forecast to get as much as 25 millimeters (1 inch) of rainfall in some areas through Wednesday, along with gusty tropical storm-force winds.

While the storm will be a boon for surfers – the finals were brought forward a day because of the weather – it could put a dampener on other outdoor activities, like archery and softball. However, Nepartak could provide much-needed relief from sweltering heat that has affected athletes at the start of the Games.

Full day for Team USA: The women's gymnastics team is just one of several marquee American teams and athletes competing Tuesday. The US women's softball team will take on host Japan in the gold medal game tonight, and the US women's football team takes on Australia – its first match since opening the tournament with a shock loss to Sweden.

The heavily favored US women's basketball team will also make its Tokyo 2020 debut today, facing off against Nigeria. The Americans, led by US flag-bearer Sue Bird and star guard Diana Taurasi, are going for their seventh straight gold medal. Bird and Taurasi have four gold medals each.

11:26 p.m. ET, July 26, 2021

5 fresh Covid-19 cases have been identified in the Olympic Village

From CNN's Chandler Thornton

Five new Covid-19 cases were reported from the Olympic Village Tuesday, according to Tokyo 2020 organizers. 

Two were athletes residing in the village. Tokyo 2020 is not revealing the names or nationalities of those who test positive for coronavirus.

So far, 21 cases have been identified in the Olympic Village, organizers said. A total of 160 Covid-19 cases tied to the Olympics have been identified so far.

11:18 p.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Four swimming medal events took place Tuesday morning in Tokyo. Meet the winners

American swimmer Lydia Jacoby competes in the 100m breastroke final on July 27.
American swimmer Lydia Jacoby competes in the 100m breastroke final on July 27. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

Great Britain makes a splash: British swimmers Tom Dean and Duncan Scott finished first and second respectively in the men’s 200m freestyle – the highest British finish in the event ever. Britain's previous best in the men's 200m freestyle was Robert Crenshaw's fourth at the 1900 Olympics, with compatriot James Guy achieving the same result in the 1916 Games.

Brazil's Fernando Scheffer came in third in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Kaylee McKeown sets a record, then nails her interview: The 20-year-old Australian set the Olympic record for the women's 100m backstroke to win gold, just a month after she set the world record in the same event.

The adrenaline was clearly flowing when she was interviewed by Australia's 7 News after her big win. When asked by the network if she had a message for her mother Sharon and sister Taylor, who were watching, she responded: "“F*** yeah!", before realizing she swore and covering her mouth. Then she followed it up with a celebratory "Woo!"

Her mother jokingly said "I'll have a word to her later," in an interview with 7 News.

Canada's Kylie Masse clinched silver and American Regan Smith took home bronze.

The Russians dethrone the Americans: Russian swimmers Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov finished first and second respectively in the men’s 100m backstroke final – the first time Team USA failed to win gold in the event in more than two decades.

American Ryan Murphy, who won gold in the event at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and holds the world record, collected bronze.

Alaska's first Olympic swimmer wins gold: Lydia Jacoby, 17, was an unexpected winner in the women's 100m breaststroke.

Jacoby is the first-ever Olympic swimmer from Alaska. She went to high school in Seward, a picturesque city in the south of the state with a population of fewer than 3,000 people.

South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker claimed silver, while bronze went to Lilly King of the US.

11:51 p.m. ET, July 26, 2021

How America's surfing team feels ahead of the finals today

From CNN's Will Ripley in Chiba prefecture, Japan

Carissa Moore feels the aloha spirit. John John Florence is finding it harder to surf Chiba prefecture's smaller waves than the ones he's used to in his home of Hawaii. And Caroline Marks is just trying to live in the moment.

All three spoke to CNN's Will Ripley about their experiences in the first-ever Olympic surfing competition.

Watch more here:

11:30 p.m. ET, July 26, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines' first-ever Olympic 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 clinched the Philippines' first-ever Olympic gold medal after winning the women's 55 kg event in Tokyo, setting an Olympic record with a total mark of 224 kg.

Prior to Diaz's gold, the Philippines had claimed 10 Olympic medals — three silvers and seven bronzes. Diaz took silver in the women's 53 kg event at the 2016 Rio Games. 

It was also the first medal of the Summer Games for the Philippines.

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

11:11 p.m. ET, July 26, 2021

These are the athletes who've had to drop out of the Olympics because of Covid-19

From CNN's Seamus Fagan, David Close and Jill Martin

Competition began at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo last Wednesday, more than a year after the pandemic delayed the original start date.

But with Covid-19 still spreading in Japan, organizers have been forced to take unprecedented measures to keep competitors and the public safe.

Athletes who contracted the coronavirus have seen their Olympic dreams dashed. Some tested positive in Japan, some before coming.

Here are the athletes who have publicly dropped out due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Team USA:

  • Bradley Beal – Men’s basketball (Placed in health and safety protocol but hasn’t publicly disclosed a positive Covid-19 test)
  • Taylor Crabb – Men’s beach volleyball
  • Kara Eaker – Women’s gymnastics
  • Coco Gauff – Women’s tennis
  • Katie Lou Samuelson – Women’s 3x3 basketball
  • Bryson DeChambeau — USA Golf

Team Czech Republic:

  • Barbora Hermannova – Women’s beach volleyball (Ruled out because her partner Sluková-Nausch tested positive for Covid.)
  • Simon Nausch – Coach, women’s beach volleyball
  • Ondrej Perusic – Men’s beach volleyball
  • Michal Schlegel – Men’s cycling
  • Pavel Širuček – Men’s table tennis
  • Markéta Sluková-Nausch – Women’s beach volleyball

Team Great Britain:

  • Dan Evans – Men’s tennis
  • Amber Hill – Women’s shooting
  • Johanna Konta – Women’s tennis

Team Mexico:

  • Hector Velazquez – Baseball
  • Sammy Solis – Baseball

Team Netherlands:

  • Finn Florijn – Men’s rowing
  • Candy Jacobs – Women’s skateboarding
  • Reshmie Oogink — Taekwondo

Team South Africa:

  • Kamohelo Mahlatsi – Men’s football
  • Thabiso Monyane – Men’s football

Team Australia:

  • Alex de Minaur – Men’s tennis

Team Chile:

  • Fernanda Aguirre – Women’s taekwondo

Team Portugal:

  • Frederico Morais – Men’s surfing

Team ROC (Russian Olympic Committee):

  • Ilya Borodin – Men’s Swimming