Another day full of athletic feats and achievements has been etched into history at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
If you're just reading in now, here are some of the highlights and key storylines from Thursday's Games:
- India pays tribute: India's men's hockey team, the most successful in the history of the Olympics with eight gold medals, dedicated its bronze medal to the doctors and frontline workers of the coronavirus pandemic, team captain Manpreet Singh said. Several players in the team acknowledged the tough times they have been through as they trained in the southern city of Bangalore away from their families.
- China makes history: China’s Quan Hongchan, who at age 14 is the country’s youngest athlete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, secured a stunning gold in women’s 10 meter platform diving. The diving sensation produced two perfect-10 dives in a dominant display. Quan becomes the second-youngest female ever to win gold in the event after her compatriot Fu Mingxia took the title at the 1992 Barcelona Games at the age of just 13.
- Burkina Faso collects some hardware: Hugues Fabrice Zango made history by clinching Burkina Faso's first-ever Olympic medal and his success came on the same day the country celebrates its independence day, no less. His distance of 17.47 meters was enough to secure bronze in the men's triple jump, behind Portgual's Pedro Pichardo in gold and China's Zhu Yaming in silver.
- Infections increase: Tokyo reported 5,042 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, its highest-ever daily increase since the pandemic began. This is the capital's second consecutive day of a record increase, topping Wednesday's figure of 4,058 new cases.
- Cycling to victory: Team Great Britain's Matt Walls won a gripping gold medal in the omnium cycling event. The 23-year-old put in a dominant display in his Olympic debut to claim Britain's first track cycling gold at Tokyo 2020.
- Taking home the bronze: The United States Women’s National Team looked more like the squad that won the World Cup in 2019, as it defeated Australia 4-3 to win the bronze medal in the women’s football. Megan Rapinoe scored a spectacular Olimpico goal — a goal straight from a corner kick — in the eighth minute to open the scoring for the US.
- New Olympic record: Kenya’s Abel Kipsang posted a new Olympic record time in the men’s 1,500 meters semifinals. The 24-year-old ran 3:31.65 in the second semifinal, surpassing the previous record set by compatriot Noah Ngeny in the men’s 1,500 meter final at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
- Spanish champion: Spain’s Sandra Sánchez won gold in the inaugural women’s karate “kata” competition with victory over Japan’s Kiyou Shimizu. Sánchez, ranked No.1 in the latest women’s kata world rankings, also becomes Spain’s oldest-ever Olympic champion at 39 years and 323 days old.
- Bahamas takes home the gold: Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas ran a season’s best time of 43.85 seconds to win Olympic gold in the men’s 400 meters. A dominant performance sees the 25-year-old add to his 2019 400-meter World Championship crown.
- Leaping to victory: American Katie Nageotte overcame her early struggles at the opening height to win gold in the women’s pole vault. Nageotte missed her first two attempts at her opening height of 4.50 meters but cleared it on her third.
- Big day for Belgium: Belgium won the Olympic men’s hockey gold medal with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Australia. A tense final finished 1-1 in regulation time before Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch earned hero-status, saving three Australian penalties as the Red Lions prevailed 3-2 in the penalty shootout. Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam also became just the second athlete ever to win back-to-back women's heptathlon titles after securing the gold medal.