August 5 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

By Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021
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2:21 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

Meet the Tokyo super fan cheering for Olympians

From journalists Aline Sauvegrain Tanabe and Hanako Sasaki in Tokyo

The fan cheers for athletes every morning near the Olympic Village in Tokyo.
The fan cheers for athletes every morning near the Olympic Village in Tokyo. Hanako Sasaki for CNN

The thousands of athletes competing in Tokyo at the Olympics may not have family and friends there to cheer them along, but they do have a dedicated 57-year-old Japanese man's support.

Every morning since the eve of the Games, the office worker gets up, goes to a street corner near the Olympic Village and holds a sign that says: “Even if you don’t get a medal, you’re still the BEST!! So believe in yourself!"

Then, he goes to work.

The man, who declined to give his name, told CNN he decided to cheer on all the athletes because he thought the media coverage of the Games that he saw was too focused on the winners.

"Only few athletes can win the medals," he said. "I just want everyone to relax and do their best."

The man said he's gone out every morning in the hopes of motivating competitors from around the world.

"Some athletes react to my placard with a thumbs-up. I feel connected to them and it makes me really happy," he said.

The man said he thought media coverage of the Games was too focused on the winners.
The man said he thought media coverage of the Games was too focused on the winners. Aline Sauvegrain Tanabe for CNN

2:13 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

Team USA routs Australia in the second half to advance to men's basketball gold medal game

America's Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against Australia's Jock Landale during the first half of their quarterfinal basketball game on Thursday.
America's Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against Australia's Jock Landale during the first half of their quarterfinal basketball game on Thursday. Charlie Neibergall/Pool/Getty Images

The American men's basketball game will play in its fourth consecutive gold medal game at the Olympics after beating Australia 97-78.

The game started off close, and Team USA looked in danger during a second quarter that saw them down by as many as 15 points. However, the Americans ended the half with an 8-0 run to bring the game within two.

Then they came out swinging in the second half, looking like the gold medal-favorite most expected them to be, outscoring the Australians 32-10 in the third quarter.

The Americans, on Saturday Japan time, will play the winner of the other semifinal, France vs. Slovenia.

1:48 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

Carl Lewis on US men's relay: "It was a total embarrassment, and completely unacceptable"

American Cravon Gillespie reacts after the United States finished sixth in a semifinal of the 4x100 meters relay on Thursday.
American Cravon Gillespie reacts after the United States finished sixth in a semifinal of the 4x100 meters relay on Thursday. Francisco Seco/AP

American track and field legend Carl Lewis excoriated some of Team USA's men's sprinters on Twitter, calling their performance an "embarrassment."

"The USA team did everything wrong in the men's relay," Lewis, a nine-time gold medal winner, said.

Though Lewis did not name which relay he was referring to, his tweet came at about the same time the US team failed to qualify for the final of the men's 4x100 meters relay.

The Americans have won that event a record 15 times at the Olympics, but have not medaled since Athens in 2004.

Here's what Lewis said:

Lewis won two of his Olympic gold medals as a member of the US' 4x100 meters relay teams at the Los Angeles 1984 and Barcelona 1992 Games.

1:28 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

The Izu Velodrome is Tokyo 2020's only indoor venue where fans can watch the Olympics live

From CNN's Emiko Jozuka in Izu, Japan

Fans watch track cycling at the Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on Wednesday.
Fans watch track cycling at the Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on Wednesday. Odd Anderson/AFP/Getty Images

Fans arrived at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka prefecture in shuttle buses on Wednesday to catch the action at the track cycling venue roughly two hours from Tokyo. 

Since Monday, they've been among the first at these Summer Games to watch sessions at a closed-door venue.

With Tokyo under a state of emergency due to the pandemic, all events in the Japanese capital are being held without fans. In all, spectators are banned from attending 97% of all Olympic events, forcing most of the Japanese public to watch the Games at home.

But Shizuoka is not under a state of emergency, so it is allowing fans to fill up 50% of the 3,600-seat velodrome.

Many at the venue Wednesday waved Japanese flags and snapped photos. They said they were excited to experience the Olympic spirit in person.

"These Olympics are like no other and are taking place under unprecedented circumstances. The Games are happening now, and the fact that I can even attend an event is a memory that I'm going to hold on to forever," said ticket-holder Joji Muramatsu, a Shizuoka resident.
Fans are allowed to take up 50% of the 3,600-seat Izu Velodrome's capacity.
Fans are allowed to take up 50% of the 3,600-seat Izu Velodrome's capacity. Emiko Jozuka/CNN

Others, however, weren't as lucky. 

Kazuyoshi and Hiroko Fujita missed out on tickets. They said they booked seats on a shuttle bus taking people to the velodrome as they hoped to enjoy the Olympic mood around the venue. However, they could only gaze at the velodrome from a distance.

"We thought we'd at least be able to see some of the decorations inside, but we were told this was as far as we could come," Hiroko Fujita said from a small hill beside the velodrome. 
"We remember watching the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo as school kids, and now that we're retired, we'd been looking forward to attending an event," she said.
Kazuyoshi and Hiroko Fujita missed out on tickets.
Kazuyoshi and Hiroko Fujita missed out on tickets. Emiko Jozuka/CNN

1:09 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

Hong Kong wins its fourth medal of Tokyo 2020, adding to best-ever Olympic performance

Hong Kong's Minnie Soo Wai-yam hugs her teammates after they won bronze in team table tennis on Thursday.
Hong Kong's Minnie Soo Wai-yam hugs her teammates after they won bronze in team table tennis on Thursday. Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong won bronze in women's team table tennis with victory over Germany in Tokyo on Thursday.

It's the city's fourth medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, adding to its biggest haul of medals from a single Games.

Fencer Edgar Cheung took home the city's first gold medal in 25 years with his win in the men's foil final, while swimmer Siobhan Haughey won two silver medals.

Hong Kong had four Olympic medals in total heading into the 2020 Olympics.

1:02 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

America's Nevin Harrison, 19, wins gold in women's canoe 200 meters

From CNN's Jill Martin

American Nevin Harrison holds her up gold medal after winning the canoe single 200 meter final on Thursday.
American Nevin Harrison holds her up gold medal after winning the canoe single 200 meter final on Thursday. Lee Jin-man/AP

Team USA’s Nevin Harrison won the gold medal in women’s canoe single 200 meter competition on Thursday in Tokyo.

The 19-year-old won the world championship in this event when she was 17. She’s the first woman representing the US to win a gold medal in Olympic canoe sprint.

Canada’s Laurence Vincent-Lapointe took silver, with bronze going to Ukraine’s Liudmyla Luzan.

Harrison competes in the canoe single 200 meter semifinal on Thursday.
Harrison competes in the canoe single 200 meter semifinal on Thursday. Lee Jin-man/AP
12:30 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

With battles on the court, pitch and sand, USA vs. Australia is one of the biggest rivalries of Tokyo 2020

American Sylvia Fowles vies for the ball with Australian Cayla George in their quarterfinal game on August 4.
American Sylvia Fowles vies for the ball with Australian Cayla George in their quarterfinal game on August 4. Aris Messinis/Pool/Reuters

Tokyo 2020 is turning into a battle for bragging rights between Team USA and the Aussies.

The US and Australia are facing off against each other in four different team sports in three days, an unusual coincidence due to both nations' strong performance in those events.

The Americans took round one when the US women's basketball team beat the Australians in the quarterfinals.

Thursday will see both country's men's basketball teams play each other in the semifinals. Then the Australian and American women's football teams will face off in that competition's bronze medal match.

The new rivalry concludes (for now) with beach volleyball on Friday morning, when Australians Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar take on Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman.

12:35 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

Australia's Keegan Palmer wins final skateboarding gold of the Olympics

Australia's Keegan Palmer reacts during the park skateboarding final on August 5.
Australia's Keegan Palmer reacts during the park skateboarding final on August 5. Ben Curtis/AP

Australian Keegan Palmer won the gold medal in the men's park, the final skateboarding event during the sport's inaugural Olympic competition.

Palmer turned in two incredible runs of his three tries, scoring 94.04 and 95.83 out of 100. Each of those would have been a high enough score to win gold.

Brazil's Pedro Barros won silver with an 86.14 and the US' Cory Juneau took bronze with 84.13.

This was the only skateboarding competition in which Japan didn't win. The Olympic host took five of the 12 medals handed out in Tokyo.

Palmer competes in a preliminary heat for park skateboarding on Thursday.
Palmer competes in a preliminary heat for park skateboarding on Thursday. Marijan Murat/dpa/Reuters
2:52 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021

India's 41-year wait for a men's hockey medal is finally over

Members of India's mens field hockey team celebrate after defeating Germany for the bronze on August 5.
Members of India's mens field hockey team celebrate after defeating Germany for the bronze on August 5. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The wait is over.

India's men's hockey team — the most successful in the history of the Olympics with eight gold medals — is finally back on the podium at the Games.

The team claimed bronze with a 5-4 victory over Germany at the Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo on Thursday to end a winless run stretching back to Moscow 1980, when they won the last of their golds.

There were tears and hugs on the field after the match as the players and their Australian coach Graham Reid celebrated the historic moment.

Team India has won four medals at Tokyo 2020 overall and is aiming to surpass its best Olympic haul of six medals at London 2012.

Despite being the world's second-most populous country, a lack of funding and proper infrastructure have prevented India from becoming an Olympic powerhouse.

At the same time, many athletes choose to play cricket, a non-Olympic sport that enjoys much bigger fanfare in the subcontinent. However, the number of Indian Olympians has, in recent years, risen steadily as the government invests more in sports and athletics.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to congratulate the team on their win.