August 3 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

By Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, August 4, 2021
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3:53 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

Catch up: Here's why Simone Biles withdrew from the women's gymnastics team finals

From CNN's Alyssa Kraus

Simone Biles stand on the mat during the warm up prior to the artistic gymnastics balance beam final.
Simone Biles stand on the mat during the warm up prior to the artistic gymnastics balance beam final. Ashley Landis/AP

World-renowned gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles withdrew from the women's gymnastics team finals last week over mental health concerns.

Here's everything you need to know about Biles' decision:

The withdrawal:

  • Biles withdrew midway through the women's team finals after leaving the field to be attended to by the trainer. After visiting a trainer, Biles returned to the arena, but did not warm up for uneven bars. Instead, 20-year-old Jordan Chiles took Biles' place.
  • From the sidelines, Biles supported her teammates — chatting with them and cheering after each routine. Biles was a lively presence, jumping up and down in support of her teammates.
  • When asked what she told the rest of the team when she withdrew, Biles said she told them, "you have done all the training, you can do this without me, and it will be just fine."

The results:

  • Team USA took silver in the women's team finals, settling with a score of 166.096. The Russian Olympic Committee edged out Team USA to win gold with a score of 169.528.
  • According to Biles, she was "proud" of her teammates. "For me, I’m proud for how the girls stepped up and did what they had to do. I owe this to the girls, it has nothing to do with me. I am very proud of them," she said.
  • In an Instagram post, Biles said she was "inspired" by Team USA's performance in the finals. The gymnast wrote, "I’m SO proud of these girls right here. You girls are incredibly brave & talented! I’ll forever be inspired by your determination to not give up and to fight through adversity! They stepped up when I couldn’t. thanks for being there for me and having my back! forever love y’all."

Mental health:

  • Biles broke down in tears as she addressed the media following the competition. “Whenever you get in a high stress situation you kind of freak out," she said. “I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and wellbeing."
  • Biles also said those competing are "not just athletes, we’re people at the end of the day."
  • As Biles began to prepare for the team finals, she took to social media to describe the pressure she faces as a world-renowned gymnast. In an Instagram post, Biles said competing often leaves her feeling as if she has "the weight of the world on my shoulders." Biles said she tries to "brush it off and make it seem like the pressure doesn't affect me," but described the Olympics as "no joke."

3:51 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

How fourth place at Rio 2016 motivated Malaika Mihambo to take gold in Tokyo

From CNN's Matias Grez

Germany's Malaika Mihambo competes in the Long Jump final on August 3.
Germany's Malaika Mihambo competes in the Long Jump final on August 3. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

It's often said that fourth is the worst place to finish at the Olympics.

That's exactly what happened to Malaika Mihambo five years ago in Rio, but the German long jumper doesn't view it as a bad experience.

Instead, she finally knew what she needed to do to win a medal at the Olympics.

Fast forward to Tokyo 2020 and Mihambo is now the Olympic champion, jumping seven meters with her final attempt to leapfrog American Brittney Reese in silver and Nigeria's Ese Brume in bronze.

“Taking the fourth place that day, it didn’t feel like I missed something, it was me showing my best," she said after taking gold on Tuesday.

"I had a new PB that day, so it was really good and the others were far above seven metres. 

I knew I got the right place and it was not that I wasn’t hungry for it or the fact that I missed something."

“This year was just knowing that I’m in a good shape, but I’ve had some tough months with my approach, finding backup, jumping with a shot approach, now going back to the lunge.

“So (this year) was more about finding my inner strength, to trust in myself that I can be really good, that I can compete at a high level, so it was totally different than 2016.”

Mihambo had a nerve-racking wait before her Olympic crown was confirmed and could only watch on and hope that Reese wouldn't surpass her marker with her final jump.

“It was really tough, it was kind of horrible," Mihambo said. "I had the position where you did all that you could and then you have to wait and see what the other girls are doing.

It was really intense moments."

Mihambo is CNN Sport's Athlete of the Day:

3:07 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

Simone Biles and Team USA arrive ahead of Tokyo 2020 balance beam final

Simone Biles and Team USA arrive at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on Tuesday.
Simone Biles and Team USA arrive at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on Tuesday. (Blake Essig/CNN)

Simone Biles has arrived with Team USA at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo ahead of the women's balance beam final.

It is the superstar's last chance to win an individual medal at this year's Games after she withdrew from competition during the women's team final last week, citing mental health concerns.

Biles has since spoken about experiencing 'the twisties,' but is currently warming up ahead of the last event in the women's artistic gymnastics schedule.

On Monday, USA gymnastics confirmed that Biles, bidding for her fifth Olympic gold medal, will be joined by compatriot and close friend Sunisa "Suni" Lee in Tuesday's final.

2:27 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

Team USA beats Spain to reach men's basketball semifinals

Team USA's Kevin Durant dives for a loose ball against Spain during the second half of their men's basketball quarterfinal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on Tuesday.
Team USA's Kevin Durant dives for a loose ball against Spain during the second half of their men's basketball quarterfinal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on Tuesday. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Team USA beat Spain, the second-ranked team in the world, 95-81 to reach the semifinals of the men's basketball competition.

Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets superstar and all-time points leader for Team USA, led the Americans with 29 points.

The game was tied 43-43 going into the half, but Team USA pulled away in the fourth quarter despite a 38 point-outburst from Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio.

The US will next face the winner of the Australia-Argentina quarterfinal, which takes place later Tuesday in Tokyo.

1:57 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

Here's 3 of the best freebies for Tokyo 2020's gold medalists

From journalist Lauren Lau

The Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz reacts after winning Olympic gold in the 55-kilogram weightlifting competition on Monday, July 26.
The Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz reacts after winning Olympic gold in the 55-kilogram weightlifting competition on Monday, July 26. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

Winning an Olympic medal can come with serious perks. Here are some of the best freebies given to stars of Tokyo 2020:

Hidilyn Diaz, Philippines: The 30-year-old weightlifter won the Philippines' first-ever gold medal — and she'll be getting a new condominium and free flights for life on AirAsia Philippines and Philippine Airlines.

Edgar Cheung, Hong Kong: Cheung, 24, won Hong Kong its first gold in 25 years. The MTR corporation, which runs the city's subway, is giving him free rides for life.

Mirabai Chanu, India: The 26-year-old weightlifter won her country's first medal of the Tokyo Olympics by taking silver in women’s 49kg weightlifting. Dominos India offered to treat her to free pizza for life.

1:13 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

Japan's Sena Irie wins historic women's boxing gold medal

From CNN's Gawon Bae

Japan's Sena Irie, right, celebrates defeating Philippines's Nesthy Petecio to win the women's featherweight 60-kg final boxing match on Tuesday.
Japan's Sena Irie, right, celebrates defeating Philippines's Nesthy Petecio to win the women's featherweight 60-kg final boxing match on Tuesday. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Japanese boxer Sena Irie clinched featherweight gold on Tuesday — the country’s first-ever Olympic women’s boxing medal.

Irie defeated the Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio by a unanimous 5-0 decision.

Great Britain’s Karriss Artingstall and Italy’s Irma Testa both took bronze.

Japan has now won 18 gold medals at Tokyo 2020, its most ever in a Summer Games.

1:00 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

Karsten Warholm trained like a "maniac" before shattering the 400 meters hurdles record

Norway's Karsten Warholm celebrates winning the gold medal in the 400 meters hurdles final on Tuesday.
Norway's Karsten Warholm celebrates winning the gold medal in the 400 meters hurdles final on Tuesday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Norwegian runner Karsten Warholm said he had a "special feeling" on Monday. The kind he'd felt as a 6-year-old, but an excitement that had eluded him until the day before the biggest race of his life.

"I’ve spent thousands of hours thinking about this," he said, adding that he'd been training like "a maniac."

Warholm already held the world record in the men's 400 meters hurdles before the Olympic final Tuesday. Then he smashed his previous best, becoming the first person ever to run the event in under 46 seconds.

"It’s by far the biggest moment of my life," he said. "It defines everything, all the hours I put in, everything that my coach has been working for."

The race was one of the Games' most exciting events to date. World Athletics called it the "the highest quality 400 meter hurdles race in history." Second-place finisher Rai Benjamin also managed to beat Warholm's previous world record, but had to settle for silver.

Norway's Karsten Warholm leads in the 400 meters hurdles final on Tuesday.
Norway's Karsten Warholm leads in the 400 meters hurdles final on Tuesday. (Petr David Josek/AP)

Warholm said he didn't touch a single hurdle and, coming to the race's final stretch, he "found another gear."

"The Olympic gold medal is what everybody talks about. I knew this race was going to be the toughest of my life, but I was ready," he said. "It’s just so big. It’s almost like history here."

Tough loss for Benjamin: The silver medalist was in tears on the track after posting the second-fastest time in the event in history, only to come in second.

Benjamin said he was "full of emotion."

"Knowing that you want to be the best, this is what it costs. It’s hard. It hurts. But it is what it is," he said. "I have worked so hard. This is what matters. I got a medal but it just hurts to lose."

Benjamin said he plans to spend some time with his family but then come roaring back.

"Next year, man, I’m coming, I can tell you," he said. "I'm a dog. I’m a fighter. It’s my first Olympics. I made some mistakes that cost me, but it’s all right. I’ll fix it."
1:20 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

IOC to launch formal investigation into Belarus sprinter situation

From CNN's Gawon Bae

Belarus athlete Kristina Timanovskaya walks with her luggage inside the Polish embassy in Tokyo on August 2.
Belarus athlete Kristina Timanovskaya walks with her luggage inside the Polish embassy in Tokyo on August 2. (Yuiki Iwamura/AFP/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it will launch a formal investigation into the situation with Belarus sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya, spokesman Mark Adams said in a news briefing Tuesday.

"We have decided to launch, not surprisingly, a formal investigation which will be led by the IOC Administration. We need to establish the full facts, we need to hear everyone involved, that obviously can take time," Adams said.

Adams reiterated the IOC has spoken to Timanovskaya again and she "reassured us once again she's feeling safe and secure." He said the IOC has requested a report from Belarus' National Olympic Committee.

Timanovskaya received a humanitarian visa from Poland on Monday, hours after she refused to board a flight out of Japan. She said she was being forced to return to Belarus against her will and that she feared she would be arrested upon returning.

Earlier Monday, Reuters reported that Timanovskaya had been seen entering the Polish embassy in Tokyo.

12:14 a.m. ET, August 3, 2021

Tokyo prefecture is under a heat illness alert

From CNN's Michael Guy

The entire Tokyo prefecture is under a heat illness alert on Tuesday, with the maximum temperature forecast to reach up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) on each of the next three days.

But the heat index values will be even higher, and the temperatures will feel as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) or more.

Because of these conditions, Japan's Meteorological Agency may issue a code red heat alert, the highest level on the scale. Heat stroke alerts have been issued as a result through this forecast period for the prefecture as well.

The stifling heat and humidity has made it difficult for athletes competing outdoors in events like tennis and distance running.