August 1 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

By Ben Morse, Joshua Berlinger and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 2, 2021
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3:58 p.m. ET, August 1, 2021

Belarusian sprinter in Tokyo: "I am afraid that I might be jailed in Belarus"

Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is seen at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, on August 1. 
Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is seen at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, on August 1.  (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya said she fears arrest if she returns to her home country, in an interview with Belarusian sports news site Tribuna on Sunday.

Timanovskaya is currently in limbo in Tokyo after what she described as an attempt to forcibly return her to Minsk.

“I am afraid that I might be jailed in Belarus,” she said, speaking from Tokyo’s Haneda airport. “I am not afraid of being fired or kicked out of the national team. I'm concerned about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus. I didn't do anything, but they deprived me of the right to participate in the 200 meter race and wanted to send me home.”

Timanovskaya did not detail exactly what she feared she would be jailed over, but her fear of reprisal comes after she spoke out against national sporting authorities.

In an Instagram post on July 30, she said that she had been included on a list to compete in the 4x400 meter relay without her consent.

Timanovskaya told Tribuna that she was “outraged” and that doing so was “a complete disrespect” because it is a distance she had never competed in before. After recording a video on Instagram venting her frustrations, she said that “they [team officials] started calling me with threats and demanding to delete the video if I want to go ahead in sports."

"At first, I refused to delete it for a long time, but then I did it, so that they stop calling me," she said in the video.

Timanovskaya told the news site that an official from her national team went to her room on Sunday afternoon and told her to report to the airport in a matter of hours. After that, she said a psychologist came to speak with her in a way she described as “nonsense.”

She said she deliberately packed her belongings slowly while she was checked on every 10 minutes to see if she was ready to leave, and in the meantime, she corresponded with her husband and relatives.

“We thought about what to do, where to apply. We decided that I would come to the airport, and then I would go to the police. That is what I finally did,” she told Tribuna.

She said Yuri Moisevich, the head coach of the national athletics team, told her that “this issue is no longer at the level of the federation [of athletics], neither at the level of the Ministry of Sports, but at a higher level. That I should be eliminated from the Olympics, returned home, because I am in the way of the team performing.”

In response to a statement from the Belarusian National Olympic Committee alleging that she was withdrawn from the competition due to doctors’ evaluation of her “emotional and psychological state,” she said: “No doctors came up to me. No one examined me.”

She added: “I have a good psychological state, even despite the fact that such a situation was going on. I am holding up normally, I have no health problems, no traumas, no mental issues. I was ready to run.”

 

7:46 p.m. ET, August 1, 2021

Katie Ledecky cements her status as Olympic legend

From CNN's Coy Wire and Homero De La Fuente

US swimmer Katie Ledecky competes in the 800m freestyle final on July 31.
US swimmer Katie Ledecky competes in the 800m freestyle final on July 31. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Katie Ledecky added two gold and two silver medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to seal her legendary status as she became the only US Olympian in history with six individual golds.

Ledecky sat down with CNN to talk about her path to the games and what she’s looking forward to when she gets back home.

“I’m just going to enjoy spending time with my family and friends and telling them all the stories and can’t wait to get back to the U.S and just give them a big hug,” said Ledecky. 

The 10-time Olympic medallist, who became the fourth swimmer in history to win gold in an individual discipline in three-straight Olympics, also talked about how she deals with the stress that comes with her success.

“I try to just stay focused on my own goals and try not to let expectations get to me too much, swimming is not the only thing I enjoy doing, I’m passionate about other things as well,” Ledecky says. “There’s so much more to life than swimming and the Olympics and the people around me remind me of that.”

 

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11:15 a.m. ET, August 1, 2021

Sunday saw 26 gold medals awarded at the Tokyo Olympics

China's Chen Yufei holds her singles badminton gold medal on August 1.
China's Chen Yufei holds her singles badminton gold medal on August 1. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy took home two gold medals in a thrilling day of track and field, with Gianmarco Tamberi winning in men's high jump and Lamont Marcell Jacobs edging out the competition to earn the country's first ever men's 100m crown.

Here is a full list of the gold medal winners from Sunday:

Artistic Gymnastics

  • Men's Floor Exercise: Artem Dolgopyat, Israel
  • Women's Vault: Rebeca Andrade, Brazil
  • Men's Pommel Horse: Max Whitlock, Great Britain
  • Women's Uneven Bars: Nina Derwael, Belgium

Athletics

  • Women's Shot Put: Gong Lijiao, China
  • Men's High Jump: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi, Italy
  • Women's Triple Jump: Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela
  • Men's 100m: Lamont Marcell Jacobs, Italy

Badminton

  • Women's Singles: Chen Yufei, China

Cycling BMX Freestyle

  • Women's Park: Charlotte Worthington, Great Britain
  • Men's Park: Logan Martin, Australia

Diving

  • Women's 3m Springboard: Shi Tingmao, China

Fencing

  • Men's Foil Team: France

Golf

  • Men's Individual Stroke Play: Xander Schauffele, United States

Sailing

  • Men's One Person Dinghy-Laser: Matt Wearn, Australia
  • Women's One Person Dinghy-Laser Radial: Anne-Marie Rindom, Denmark

Swimming

  • Men's 50m Freestyle: Caeleb Dressel, United States
  • Women's 50m Freestyle: Emma McKeon, Australia
  • Men's 1500m Freestyle: Robert Finke, United States
  • Women's 4 X 100m Medley Relay: Australia
  • Men's 4 X 100m Medley Relay: United States

Tennis

  • Women's Doubles: Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic
  • Men's Singles: Alexander Zverev, Germany
  • Mixed Doubles: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Andrey Rublev, Russian Olympic Committee

Weightlifting

  • Women's 76kg: Neisi Patricia Dajomes Barrera, Ecuador

10:08 a.m. ET, August 1, 2021

Winning 100m gold medal a "dream" for Lamont Marcell Jacobs

From CNN's Ben Morse in London

Lamont Marcell Jacobs celebrates becoming the first Italian man to ever win the men's Olympic 100m gold medal.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs celebrates becoming the first Italian man to ever win the men's Olympic 100m gold medal. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

"It’s a dream, a dream, it is fantastic. Maybe, tomorrow, I can imagine what they are saying, but today it is incredible."

Those are the words Lamont Marcell Jacobs used to describe his thoughts in the aftermath of his stunning 100m gold medal victory.

Jacobs shocked the athletics community to claim the Olympic 100m crown, becoming the first Italian man in history to do so.

Speaking to the media afterwards, he thanked his family who he says have "always supported him."

However, in the seconds after he crossed the line and became Olympic champion, it was Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi who was the first there to congratulate him.

Tamberi had just won his own gold medal minutes before and was in the perfect position to celebrate with his compatriot.

And Jacobs believes it was the perfect way for the pair to celebrate their moments on the biggest stage.

“When I got to Gianmarco, we support each other. We all know his story -- he could have won in Rio (2016) but he had an injury but being here together is something spectacular. I believe in him and believed in myself.”

9:57 a.m. ET, August 1, 2021

Dual gold medal winners in men's high jump reflect on their victory, injuries

From CNN's Fernando Alfonso in Atlanta

Joint gold medalists Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy celebrate on the track following the high jump final at the Olympic Stadium on August 1.
Joint gold medalists Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy celebrate on the track following the high jump final at the Olympic Stadium on August 1. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Following a thrilling end to the men's high jump, joint gold medal winners Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar shared their mutual appreciation for one another and the obstacles they overcame to compete in Tokyo.

“It is unreal, it is crazy. I am so happy, man. It was the only thing missing (from his high jump career). Now, I am complete, I am so happy," Barshim said. "It is amazing, man. To share it with Marco is an amazing feeling. It is a great feeling. I’m really happy."

Barshim battled back from an ankle injury while Tamberi suffered career-threatening injuries.

"After my injuries, I just wanted to come back, but now I have this gold, it's incredible. I dreamed of this so many times," Tamberi said. "I was told in 2016 just before Rio, there was a risk I wouldn't be able to compete anymore. It's been a long journey."

Both Tamberi and Barshim had tried, and failed, to clear 2.39m in Tokyo.

They both had identical records after clearing 2.37m, so both agreed to share the gold medal and the title of Olympic champion.

Both set season-best records as they pushed each other to the gold.

Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus won bronze on countback having also cleared 2.37m.

9:49 a.m. ET, August 1, 2021

Belarus Olympian asks IOC for help against “forcible” return to Minsk

From CNN’s Seb Shukla, Krystina Shveda & Taylor Barnes

Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya is escorted by police officers at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on August 1.
Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya is escorted by police officers at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on August 1. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Kristina Timanovskaya, a Belarusian sprinter competing in Tokyo, released a video Sunday calling for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to help her avoid being returned to her native country. 

“I was put under pressure and they are trying to forcibly take me out of the country without my consent. I ask the IOC to intervene,” she says in the short video released on social media.

It appeared online after Timanovskaya was told she will no longer be able to compete for Belarus and must return to Minsk immediately, according to Anatol Kotau of the Belarus Sports Solidarity Foundation.

The group represents Belarusian athletes repressed by Belarusian authorities.

Kotau, who is in direct contact with Timanovskaya, said that at around 3 p.m. Tokyo time on Sunday, representatives of the Belarus national team came to the Olympic village and asked her to “pack her belongings as a decision had been made for her to return to Minsk.”

Speaking to CNN by phone, Kotau said that Timanovskaya is currently at Haneda International Airport police station.

According to Kotau, Timanovskaya was scheduled to be on TK0199 to Istanbul, departing at 10:50 p.m. local time.

Kotau added, as soon as Timanovskaya arrived at the airport, she approached a Japanese police officer and said she would like to apply for political asylum.

In an Instagram post on July 30, she said that she had been included on a list to compete in the 4x400m relay without her consent. “I would never in my life begin to react so harshly if they would come up to me in advance, explain the situation and find out if I can run 400m and I am ready? But they decided to do everything behind my back despite the fact that I tried to find out this information but was only ignored.”

The International Olympic Committee told CNN in a statement: “The IOC has seen the reports in the media, is looking into the situation and has asked the NOC (National Olympic Committee of Belarus) for clarification.”

CNN has reached out to the Belarus Olympic Committee for comment. CNN has also tried to reach Timanovskaya herself. CNN has received no comment from either party.

 

9:44 a.m. ET, August 1, 2021

World record breaker Rojas knew she "had that distance in her legs" beforehand

From CNN's Ben Morse in London

Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas celebrates after setting a new world record in the triple jump on August 1.
Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas celebrates after setting a new world record in the triple jump on August 1. (Vegard Wivestad Grøtt/Bildbyran/Reuters)

As she landed in the sand and realized what she'd achieved, Yulimar Rojas raised her hands aloft in celebration and the tears came not long afterwards.

The Venezuelan triple jumper had just smashed a world record which had stood for 26 years as she flew an astonishing 15.67m.

She'd already broken the Olympic record on her first jump but was able to go one step further just minutes later.

And afterwards, she told the media that she knew she "had that distance in her legs" beforehand.

“I am lost for words, I can’t describe this feeling and this moment," she said. "Gold medal winner, with an Olympic record, and a world record ... Wow. It is a fantastic night.

“I was looking for it, I knew we had that distance in my legs to get it today. I was failing a bit in the technical aspect, but the last jump was one to give everything, and it was like that.

"I focused on giving my best, enjoying and it came out.

“It makes me happy. I have to enjoy it now and live the experience.”

Rojas broke a record that had stood since 1995 set by Ukrainian Inessa Kravets.

9:01 a.m. ET, August 1, 2021

Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins gold in the men's 100 meter final

From CNN's Fernando Alfonso in Atlanta

Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins the 100m final on August 1.
Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins the 100m final on August 1. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs has won gold in the men's 100 meter finals with a time of 9.80.

American Fred Kerley won silver with 9.84 and Canadian Andre De Grasse took home the bronze with 9.89.

Big night for Italy: Just minutes before the 100m final, Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim were joint Olympic champions in the men's high jump after both failed to clear 2.39 meters.

They both had identical records after clearing 2.37m, so both agreed to share the gold medal and the title of Olympic champion.

8:53 a.m. ET, August 1, 2021

Joint Olympic champions in men's high jump

From CNN's Ben Morse in London

Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim react after winning the gold medal in the high jump on August 01.
Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim react after winning the gold medal in the high jump on August 01. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

In what was a heartwarming scene, there were joint Olympic gold medal winners in the men's high jump.

Both Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim tried, and failed, to clear 2.39m.

They both had identical records after clearing 2.37m, so both agreed to share the gold medal and the title of Olympic champion.

Both set season-best records as they pushed each other to the gold.

Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus won bronze on countback having also cleared 2.37m.