July 30 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

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Great Britain wins mixed 4x100 meter swimming relay

James Guy of Great Britain swims in the mixed 4x100-meter medley relay on July 31.

Great Britain won the Olympics’ first-ever 4x100 meter mixed medley relay, breaking the world record with a time of 3:37.58

The British were among the favorites to win the event. China took silver and Australia clinched bronze.

Team USA was considered a medal contender ahead of the race, but finished fifth. The Americans’ chances were hurt after breaststroke swimmer Lydia Jacoby’s goggles fell off.

This was the final medal event for swimming on Saturday in Tokyo.

Team USA is supporting its swimmers with passion and lots of noise

American Katie Ledecky leads Australia's Ariarne Titmus and Italy's Simona Quadarella during the 800m Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Some of the loudest, most raucous crowds at the Tokyo Olympics can be found inside the Tokyo Aquatics Centre – and Saturday has been no exception.

While fans aren’t allowed inside, fellow athletes are. They’ve been cheering on their compatriots from two tiers of seating on one edge of the pool in the absence of spectators. Some are socially distanced, others are not. 

The loudest have got to be Team USA. They’ve brought along sticks and are putting them to good use. Chants of “USA” and “Caeleb Dressel” rang out as the American swimmer took to the pool and delivered a world record time of 49.45 seconds to take gold in the 100 meter butterfly.

Dressel’s sportsmanship was on display, too, at the end of that race, as he raised the arm of Hungary’s Kristof Milak, who finished second, into the air.

There was another chance for the US supporters to celebrate shortly afterward. Katie Ledecky took gold in the 800 meter freestyle following a great battle with her Australian rival, Ariarne Titmus, who claimed silver.

Katie Ledecky wins women's 800 meter freestyle

Katie Ledecky competes in the 800m Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 31.

American Katie Ledecky has won her third Olympics gold medal in a row in the women’s 800 meter freestyle in her final race of the Tokyo Games.

Ledecky, considered the world’s best female distance swimmer, led the race entire way. The 800 meter freestyle is one of her best events – she set the world record in the event at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Ledecky’s biggest rival, Ariarne Titmus of Australia, took silver. Italy’s Simona Quadarella took bronze.

Breaking news: Simone Biles withdraws from vault and uneven bars finals

Simone Biles is seen Tuesday during the team all-around competition in Tokyo.

Simone Biles will not compete in the event finals for two of the four individual women’s gymnastics events, vault and the uneven bars, USA Gymnastics said.

Biles, arguably the world’s greatest gymnast, has pulled back from Olympic competition in Tokyo to focus on her mental health. She explained in a series of Instagram posts that she has the twisties, a mental block in gymnastics where competitors lose track of their positioning midair.

USA Gymnastics said Biles will be evaluated daily to determine whether she can compete in the final two individual disciplines, floor and balance beam.

Women’s vault and bars finals are scheduled for Sunday, the women’s floor final is Monday, and the beam final is Tuesday.

Australia's Kaylee McKeown takes home gold in women's 200 meter backstroke

Australia's Kaylee McKeown celebrates after winning gold in the 200-meter backstroke on Saturday

Australian Kaylee McKeown has won gold in the women’s 200 meter backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics.

McKeown edged out the competition with a time of 2:04.68.

Canada’s Kylie Masse collected silver in 2:05:42 and Australian Emily Seebohm clinched bronze in 2:06:17.

Earlier this week: McKeown, 20, set the Olympic record for the women’s 100 meter 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.

Caeleb Dressel wins gold in men's 100 meter butterfly with a world record

The United States' Caeleb Dressel, left, celebrates with Hungary's Kristof Milak after they finished 1-2 in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday.

American Caeleb Dressel has won the gold medal in the men’s 100 meter butterfly, breaking his own world record in the process.

He finished in 49.45 seconds.

Hungary’s Kristof Milak took silver, setting a European record. Switzerland’s Noe Ponti took bronze.

Crowds line the streets of Tokyo for mixed triathlon for a rare chance to watch Olympic competition

Large crowds of spectators lined the streets to watch the mixed triathlon event in Tokyo Saturday morning, using the opportunity of the roadside event to take in the Olympics.

Fans have been banned from attending Olympic events as part of raft of public health measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, as Tokyo remains under a state of emergency.

However, the streets around the roadside areas have not been blocked to the public. Instead, police officers lined the route asking people to leave the Odaiba area – but not everyone listened.

Volunteers held signs saying “we ask that you refrain from spectating roadside.”

The men’s and women’s triathlons earlier in the week also saw small numbers of spectators, but the crowds were much larger for today’s race – likely because it’s the weekend.

Great Britain’s Jessica Learmouth, Jonathan Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee dominated the race to take gold in the event’s debut. The US took the silver medal and France the bronze.

Great Britain wins gold in the first-ever Olympic triathlon mixed team relay

Members of team Britain celebrate on the medal stand after winning gold medal in the mixed relay triathlon on July 31.

Great Britain won gold in the first triathlon mixed team relay event in Olympics history, finishing with a time of 1:23:41.

The US won silver with a time of 1:23:55. France, the winners of the last three mixed relay world titles, claimed bronze with a time of 1:24:04.

Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee and American Katie Zaferes made history thanks to the introduction of this new event. They have just become the first athletes to win multiple triathlon medals in a single Olympic Games. 

The win gives Great Britain its seventh gold medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 25th medal overall. 

Mixed-gender sports make debut at Olympic Games

Athletes from Brazil, Great Britain, Italy and Netherlands compete in the mixed 4x400-meter relay heat on July 30.

Mixed-gender sports is the big new theme at Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Women and men will compete alongside one another in a host of events making their debut, including judo, archery and shooting.

This weekend’s schedule includes the mixed 4x400-meter in athletics, 4x100-meter in swimming, and, happening right now, the triathlon relay.

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach is in attendance to watch the event debut.

As Olympic bosses try to boost TV viewing figures, they hope mixed-gender events will reinvigorate interest among younger audiences.

Catch up: Here's what you missed during Friday's Olympic events

Day seven of the Tokyo Games wrapped up with the host country securing its highest-ever gold medal tally and the debut of a new Olympic event.

In case you missed it, here’s everything you need to know about Friday’s events:

  • Japan: The host country secured a record-breaking 17th gold medal of the Tokyo Games on Friday, surpassing the country’s previous tally of 16 gold medals at Tokyo 1964 and Athens 2004. The 17th gold came in the men’s team épée – Japan’s first-ever gold medal in fencing.
  • New event: The 4x400-meter mixed relay made its Olympic debut Friday, but not without controversy. Team USA was reinstated for the event after it was disqualified following an erroneous baton changeover in the heats. The event — featuring teams of two men and two women competing against each other in any order they choose — will continue Saturday.
  • Tennis: With an Olympic semifinal loss, tennis superstar Novak Djokovic lost his shot at the “Golden Slam,” which is when a tennis player wins the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, the US Open and the Olympics in one calendar year.
  • State of emergency: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended the state of emergency for Tokyo amid the Olympic Games as the city added another 3,300 new Covid-19, following three consecutive days of record numbers.
  • Women’s gymnastics: Simone Biles said in a series of Instagram stories she still has the “twisties,” and it’s affecting all of her individual events. The superstar American gymnast posted videos of herself struggling with her dismounts on the uneven bars and answered questions about having the “twisties” — the mental block that can cause gymnasts to lose control of their bodies midair.
  • Arrest in Hong Kong: Hong Kong police arrested a man after he allegedly booed the Chinese national anthem while watching an Olympics award ceremony inside a shopping mall, authorities said Friday. The 40-year-old man was accused of “insulting” the anthem when watching a live stream of an award ceremony on Monday, which showed Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung winning the first gold medal for the city in 25 years.

Team USA reinstated for the Olympic 4 x 400 meter mixed relay

USA's Elija Godwin, left, and Lynna Irby compete in the mixed 4x400m relay on July 30.

The US’s 4 x 400 meter mixed relay team has been reinstated and will compete in tomorrow’s final.

The team was disqualified earlier today from the inaugural 4 x 400 meter mixed relay following an erroneous baton changeover in the heats. The event — featuring teams of two men and two women competing against each other in any order they choose — is making its debut at the Games. 

The American team, comprising Elija Godwin, Lynna Irby, Taylor Manson and Bryce Deadmon, is hotly tipped for a medal since they won gold at the 2019 world championships.  

Reigning world champions Team USA disqualified from inaugural Olympic 4 x 400 meter mixed relay

From left, USA's Taylor Manson, Lynna Irby and Bryce Deadmon look on after the 4 x 400m mixed relay on July 30.

Team USA was disqualified from the inaugural 4 x 400 meter mixed relay on Friday following an erroneous baton changeover in the heats.

The discipline, featuring teams of two men and two women competing against each other in any order they choose, is making its debut at the Games. 

The American team, comprising Elija Godwin, Lynna Irby, Taylor Manson and Bryce Deadmon, had been hotly tipped for a medal having won gold at the 2019 world championships.  

The American quartet had finished fastest in the first heat but were later disqualified from the event for handing the baton over outside the designated changeover zone.

The team said it didn’t have the chance to practice hand-offs due to Covid-19.

“Covid is in play and we do have to be a lot more careful than the year before. But like I said before, we come out and we get as prepared as possible. Mistakes happen. We are human, we can make mistakes, and if at the end of the day we get DQ-ed (disqualified), I’ll hold my head up high, because I know we competed our best. I’m proud of all of our guys and girls,” Godwin said. 

The 4 x 400 meter mixed relay final is set for Saturday.

Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega defeats Joshua Cheptegei to win 10,000m gold

Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega won the men’s 10,000m gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday after a thrilling sprint on the final lap.

Barega moved to the front of the lead pack with 400 meters to go and kicked clear in the closing stages, finishing in a time of 27:43.22 ahead of Ugandan duo Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo.

With temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius and the humidity levels high, any chances of a fast time seemed slim, even with world record holder Cheptegei in the field.

The 21-year-old Barega joins a prestigious list of Ethiopian runners to win Olympic gold, notably Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie. 

Between those three, Ethiopia has won six of the last eight 10,000m titles at the Olympics, with the other two going to Great Britain’s Mo Farah. 

Barega’s previous best result of his career was a silver medal in the 5,000m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 30: Selemon Barega of Team Ethiopia celebrates winning gold in the Men's 10,000 metres Final on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Selemon Barega wins 10,000m gold at the Tokyo Olympics despite Uganda's tactical approach

Hong Kong police arrest man for booing Chinese national anthem when watching Olympics

People react as they watch Siobhan Bernadette Haughey of Hong Kong swim in the women's 100-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Friday, July 30.

Hong Kong police have arrested a man after he allegedly booed the Chinese national anthem while watching an Olympics award ceremony inside a shopping mall, authorities said on Friday.

The 40-year-old man was accused of “insulting” the anthem when watching a live stream of an award ceremony on Monday, which showed Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung winning the first gold medal for the city in 25 years.

When the Hong Kong flag was raised and the March of the Volunteers was played through a live stream, the man – who identified himself as a journalist – was accused of “insulting” the anthem, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of breaking the National Anthem Ordinance, which came into effect in June last year. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment.

Some background: Since the handover in 1997, Hong Kong athletes have been competing in the Olympics under the name of “Hong Kong, China”. While Hong Kong uses its regional flag in the games, the Chinese anthem is played when the city’s athletes win gold medals.

Cheung was the first person to win a gold medal for Hong Kong at the Olympics since the handover. A second gold medal was previously won by windsurfer Lee Lai-shan in 1996, during which the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, was played.

During a press briefing on Friday, a police officer said the arrest was made after the man allegedly booed the national anthem and chanted slogans to insult the country. Police said the man also displayed a British Hong Kong colonial flag, adding his goal was to incite hatred and politicize the Olympic Games.

Police also said they found the man carried about 10 British Hong Kong flags with varying sizes, adding they will continue to investigate if anyone present at the shopping mall violated the national security law.

Denmark's Simone Christensen put plans to be a surgeon on hold to be an Olympic BMX racer

Simone Christensen of Denmark competes in the BMX semifinals on Friday.

Everything seemed straightforward. Denmark’s Simone Christensen had completed her bachelor’s degree in medicine and was about to start her master’s program.

But then a coach offered the Danish rider the chance to train at the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Switzerland, which provides athletes with specialized training and development.

That changed everything.

“I tried to mix it up with having my study on the side, but I just couldn’t because for a master, you need to go to the hospital and work, and obviously being in Switzerland, that’d be a little hard,” she told the Games’ official website.

Christensen, who had already competed in the Rio 2016 Olympics, began BMX racing nearly two decades ago. With the new training offer, she put her studies on hold.

“I would go to Switzerland for two years, train towards the Olympics, and then come back to Denmark and be a bit more of, I guess a normal person,” she said.

But as the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the Tokyo 2020 Games, Christensen’s two-year plan was disrupted, and she called it “quite a big slap in my face.”

However, 27-year-old does not regret the choices she made.

The 2020 women’s BMX racing gold was eventually claimed by Great Britain’s Bethany Shriever, while Christensen’s hero, Colombian BMX racer Mariana Pajon, won the silver.

Japan secures highest-ever Olympic gold medal tally for the country

Team Japan celebrate after winning the men's team épée final in Chiba, Japan, on Friday.

Japan secured a record-breaking 17th gold medal of the Tokyo Games on Friday, surpassing the country’s previous tally of 16 gold medals at Tokyo 1964 and Athens 2004.

The 17th gold came in the men’s team épée – Japan’s first-ever gold medal in fencing.

 Japan defeated the Russian Olympic Committee 45-36 in the final. South Korea picked up the bronze medal.

Alexander Zverev told Novak Djokovic "he's the greatest of all time" after beating him

Novak Djokovic, left, and Alexander Zverev embrace after the match on July 30.

Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic shared a warm embrace and exchanged a few words after their epic semifinal match at Tokyo 2020.

Germany’s Zverev came out on top in the three-set match, winning 1-6 6-3 6-1 to guarantee himself an Olympic medal.

The 24-year-old is considered one of the biggest talents of tennis’ emerging generation and clearly has immense respect for the man he has been trying to dethrone at the top of the sport.

“I know that he was chasing history, is chasing the Golden Slam and was chasing the Olympics, but in these kind of moments me and Novak are very close.

“Of course I’m happy that I’ve won, but at the end of the day I know how Novak feels.”

Djokovic’s quest to become the first man to complete the ‘Golden Slam’ – winning all four grand slams and Olympic gold in the same calendar year – has come to and end but Zverev wasn’t too sympathetic.

“I feel sorry for Novak, but he’s won 20 grand slams, 550 masters series or whatever, you can’t have everything,” he said.
“He’s the greatest player of all time, he will win the most grand slams out of anybody on tour, but I’m also happy that I’m in the final.”

Zverev will now face Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee in the final for a chance to win Germany’s fourth gold of Tokyo 2020.

“Obviously, yeah, it’s an amazing feeling knowing that you’re going to bring the medal back to your house, back home to Germany,” he said.

“It’s incredible beating the best player in the world undoubtedly right now and in this season. 

“It seemed it was impossible to beat him at this event, so I’m very happy right now. But yet there’s still one match to go.”

4x400m mixed relay makes Olympic debut

Competitors race to hand off their batons during the first round of the 4x400m mixed team relay on Friday.

There’s a new addition to this year’s track and field program at the Olympics: a 4x400m mixed team relay.

The heats have just taken place, with Poland, Netherlands, Jamaica, Great Britain, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and Spain all qualifying for the final. Dominican Republic and the United States were both disqualified.

It was a welcome boost for the atmosphere inside the stadium, with some runners shouting encouragement to their teammates from the sidelines.

The men and women can compete in any order, but most teams opted to put male runners in the first and fourth legs, and female runners in the second and third.

Nigeria mixed it up in the first heat, going man, woman, man, woman. It didn’t exactly pay off though - their runners finished last.  

Sunisa Lee has "been dreaming" of a gold medal since forever, her sister says

Shyenne Lee celebrates during a watch party in Oakdale, Minnesota, after her sister Sunisa Lee of Team USA won gold in the women's all-around gymnastics final in Tokyo, on July 29.

Gold medalist Sunisa Lee’s family erupted in cheers as they watched the US gymnast win the all-around individual women’s event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Her sister, Shyenne Lee, says they didn’t expect gold.

“Oh my god, it was crazy,” she said about the moment Lee won. “We were just in awe. We are so proud of her. We didn’t expect gold. That’s just something that she’s been dreaming about forever. And it was just unreal.”

Lee’s parents are “super proud,” she said.

“They’ve been living the gymnastics life forever, too,” she added. “I know that everything they’ve done for Suni to get here was well worth it.”

With anti-Asian sentiment and violence rife in the United States, Lee’s sister says it has felt dangerous.

“My dad just wants all of us to stay safe, not get too involved in like arguments. Just trying to be more in than out because you never know what’s out there,” she said.

After Lee won, she connected with her family in Minnesota over FaceTime. However, her sister says she does not remember what they talked about in that moment of sheer adrenaline.

“It was so much adrenaline going around. But I think she was saying, ‘Oh, I wish you guys were here,’ and I was just telling her to breathe because I can tell like, watching her, like she holds in her breath and she can’t breathe. So I was like, ‘Girl, you did it! Now is your time to breathe.’ And I was just saying how proud I am of her. But it was a really good moment,” she told CNN.

Judo legend Teddy Riner secures bronze medal; Czech Lukas Krpalek picks up gold

From left: silver medalist Guram Tushishvili of Team Georgia, gold medalist Lukas Krpalek of Team Czech Republic, bronze medalist Teddy Riner of Team France and bronze medalist Tamerlan Bashaev of Team ROC pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men’s judo +100kg event on July 30.

French judo legend Teddy Riner ended his Tokyo Games with a bronze medal in the men’s +100kg, but it was the Czech Republic’s Lukas Krpalek who took home the gold. 

Krpalek becomes a two-weight champion having won the -100kg title at Rio 2016. 

The Czech defeated Georgia’s Guram Tushishvili by ippon in Friday’s final.

For Riner, his result matches the bronze he won at the Beijing Games in 2008.

The Frenchman had been hoping to win three consecutive gold medals to equal the record held by Japanese judo great Tadahiro Nomura.

Tamerlan Bashaev of the Russian Olympic Committee claimed the other bronze medal.

Empty seats at the first day of track and field events

A general view shows empty stands during the first of the women’s 5,000m heats at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Friday.

Today marks the first day of track and field events at the National Stadium.

Despite fans being unable to attend events in Tokyo amid the pandemic, some of the smaller venues have generated a lively atmosphere by allowing athletes and support staff to fill the stands.

Here, however, the 68,000-seat stadium feels cavernous, and most of the noise is coming from the stadium announcers. There’s a small cluster of people in the stands on the back straight, and the announcer encourages them to show their support for the triple jumpers competing in front of them.

After heavy rain earlier in the day, it feels muggy and humid as the track events begin. The first of the women’s 5,000m heats is underway with Dutch star Sifan Hassan, who (for two days!) held the 10,000m world record earlier this year, in action.

Starting slowly, Hassan makes her way through the field on the final lap and wins the heat in a time of 14:47.89.

The first track and field medal is up for grabs later on as the men’s 10,000m final begins at 20:30 local time.