August 6 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

By Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal, Ben Morse, Ben Church and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
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12:39 p.m. ET, August 6, 2021

USA's Gable Steveson earns last-second victory to win gold in men's 125kg freestyle wrestling

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

USA's Gable Steveson celebrates winning the 125kg freestyle wrestling gold medal in dramatic fashion over Georgia's Geno Petriashvili on August 6.
USA's Gable Steveson celebrates winning the 125kg freestyle wrestling gold medal in dramatic fashion over Georgia's Geno Petriashvili on August 6. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

USA's Gable Steveson defeated Georgia's Geno Petriashvili to win the gold medal in the men's 125kg final on Friday. 

Trailing 8-5 with just 10 seconds remaining in the match, Steveson staged a dramatic comeback, scoring five points -- the last on a move coming with under just a second left on the clock -- to capture the gold medal in a movie-like ending.

The Georgian corner challenged the call without success, as officials confirmed the last-second victory, even adding a point for a final score of 10-8. 

The 21-year-old, who celebrated with his signature backflip, reacted to the last-second victory saying, "I looked at the clock, and it was like point three. And I was like, 'No way!' My head was just like flush with everything, my face was like, stunned."

"Everybody talks about bringing home a gold medal. And I did it," he added. 

After the win, Steveson was asked what he was going to do with the $250,000 USA Wrestling awards its competitors for winning gold, he said, “I’ll buy my mom a Louis Vuitton purse. She’s back at home breaking a sweat watching me wrestle, so she deserves something nice.”

Steveson is the first American freestyle heavyweight to win the gold since Bruce Baumgartner in 1992. 

Petriashvili won the silver, while Amir Hossein Zare of Iran and Taha Akgal of Turkey each earned a bronze. 

4:32 p.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Tropical storm could impact Tokyo this weekend

From CNN's Allison Chinchar and Taylor Ward

The Olympics have already been plagued by one tropical system when Nepartak made landfall during the first week. Now another, Tropical Storm Mirinae, is set to impact the final weekend. Events such as rowing were postponed two days due to the storm. 

The center of the storm is expected to pass just southeast of Tokyo on Sunday morning.

For now, it looks like the majority of the rain will be Saturday night into the first half of Sunday. Some showers and scattered storms could linger into the evening for the closing ceremony. Winds will be a bit gusty, especially the first half of Sunday, but it shouldn’t be too bad as Mirinae is expected to remain a mid-range tropical storm.

The Closing Ceremony takes place Sunday at 8 p.m local time (7 a.m. ET).

Heat, humidity and tropical systems have been the nemesis of athletes during these Olympic Games, and the closing weekend will bring more of the same.

While heat and humidity in July are common, these levels were above average. Tropical systems can also happen in July, but traditionally the peak months in Japan are August and September. 

Why this is a dangerous combination: It’s not just the temperatures but also the humidity. When both are high, conditions can be oppressive for athletes.

When your body gets too hot, you sweat to cool off. But if the sweat cannot evaporate, the body cannot regulate its temperature. You need evaporation in order to effectively cool your body. 

When the relative humidity is high, the rate of evaporation from the body decreases, according to the National Weather Service. In other words, the human body feels warmer in humid conditions.

To find cooler temperatures, the Olympics marathon events are taking place this weekend in Sapporo. Sapporo, about 500 miles north of Tokyo, can be as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit cooler.

Here's Saturday's forecast for the women's marathon:

11:28 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Canada wins first-ever gold in women's football

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

Teammates celebrate with Canada's Julia Grosso after she scored the winning goal against Sweden in the gold medal football final on August 6.
Teammates celebrate with Canada's Julia Grosso after she scored the winning goal against Sweden in the gold medal football final on August 6. (Kiichiro Sato/AP)

It took two periods of extra-time and drama-filled penalties, but Canada's Julia Grosso buried the game-winner against Sweden to capture the first-ever gold medal for the country in women's football. 

Stina Blackstenius scored the first goal to put Sweden ahead in the first half. Canada drew level on a Jessie Fleming penalty in the second half to force the game into extra time. 

After two hard-fought extra periods, it came down to the wire in the penalty shootout, but Sweden's Jonna Andersson had her attempt saved, opening the door for Grosso's winner. 

The match was the first-ever women's football Olympic final to be decided by penalties. 

With the gold, Canada's Quinn becomes the first out trans and non-binary athlete to win a medal. 

The United States' women's team defeated Australia in the bronze medal match on Thursday. 

11:12 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

It's "more than just me running out there": Allyson Felix reflects on motherhood and Olympic success

From CNN's Elise Hammond

USA's Allyson Felix reacts after winning the bronze medal in the 400m on August 6.
USA's Allyson Felix reacts after winning the bronze medal in the 400m on August 6. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

After winning bronze in the 400 meter race and becoming the most decorated female track and field Olympian of all time, Allyson Felix is reflecting on her journey to Tokyo – through motherhood and a pandemic.

Felix, who is 35-years-old, said that winning a medal as a mother was something she felt like she could accomplish.

"I feel like I have come a long way from all the other Games. This one is just different," she said. "Sometimes, it sounds like a cliche, but it honestly is more than just me running out there."

Felix said that she is "not too wrapped up in winning more medals" but was just focused on coming back to the Games to compete.

"Earlier today, I looked through some of the videos again of things that we had taped when I was in hospital with ‘Cammie’ (her daughter Camryn), and on the comeback trail – those really, really hard moments – and that’s what I tried to tap into," she said.

Being an older athlete, Felix said she was trying to be more vulnerable and transparent during this Olympics. She said that is something that is not shown as much, particularly with older athletes, so she wanted to share some of her own struggles.

“I think, a lot of times, I tied my work to what happens at these championships and I didn’t want to do that this time around," Felix said. "Obviously, I always run for gold but I just wanted to have joy no matter what happened tonight."

11:05 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

China topples Germany for gold medal in men's team table tennis

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

From left, gold medallists China's Fan Zhendong, Ma Long and Xu Xin pose with their medals during the team table tennis medal ceremony on August 6.
From left, gold medallists China's Fan Zhendong, Ma Long and Xu Xin pose with their medals during the team table tennis medal ceremony on August 6. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

China's Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong and the legendary Ma Long defeated Germany's Patrick Franziska, Timo Boll, and Dimitrij Ovtcharov, 3-0, to win the gold in the men's team table tennis final. 

Ma won the last match against Boll -- 11-5, 11-9, 11-13, 11-7 -- to clinch the gold for China.

With the victory, Ma wins a record fifth career gold, the most ever for a table tennis athlete. 

Germany wins the silver medal, while host nation Japan won the bronze. 

10:32 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Italy narrowly wins gold in men's 4x100m relay by .01 seconds over Great Britain

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

Italy's Filippo Tortu, bottom, finishes first in the 4x100 meter relay final on Friday.
Italy's Filippo Tortu, bottom, finishes first in the 4x100 meter relay final on Friday. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Italy has won the men's 4x100m relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by the narrowest of margins.

Headlined by newly crowned world's fastest man Lamont Marcell Jacobs, the Italians finished .01 seconds in front of Great Britain to win the gold medal in a time of 37.50 seconds. 

The gold medal is the fifth for Italy in track & field at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Great Britain captured the silver medal in 37.51 seconds, while Canada finished in third in 37.70 seconds for the bronze.

Tortu crosses the finish line ahead of Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.
Tortu crosses the finish line ahead of Great Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. David J. Phillip/AP
10:25 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

China’s Liu Shiying wins javelin gold with first throw

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok

China's Liu Shiying competes in the javelin throw final on August 6.
China's Liu Shiying competes in the javelin throw final on August 6. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Liu Shiying is the new women’s Olympic javelin champion after her first attempt in Friday’s final was enough to secure the gold medal.

The 27-year-old, who threw a season’s best 66.34 meters, adds the Olympic title to her Asian Games gold and 2019 World Championship silver medal.

China have now won 36 gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

 "It means a lot to me and my country. I want to thank everyone, my team, my country and also my parents," Liu said. “2020 was a very difficult year for me because of the injury and of the pandemic, but I got all the support and encouragement from all of them," she added.

She also said she was "very satisfied" with her performance.

"The most difficult thing for me was to have a breakthrough on my mind, although I improved my technique. But I didn’t have the opportunity to perform and get a better form (before)," she said.

Poland’s Maria Andrejczyk won silver with a throw of 64.61 meters with Australia’s Kelsey-Lee Barber taking bronze with 64.56m, her best performance of the season.

10:05 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Elaine Thompson-Herah wins third gold in Tokyo as Jamaica seals women's 4 x 100 meter title

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok

From left, Jamaica's Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Briana Williams and Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrate after winning the gold medal in the 4 x 100-meter relay on August 6.
From left, Jamaica's Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Briana Williams and Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrate after winning the gold medal in the 4 x 100-meter relay on August 6. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Elaine Thompson-Herah won her third gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Jamaica set a new national record to win the women’s 4 x 100 meter title on Friday. 

Friday’s gold is Thompson-Herah’s fifth gold medal overall – the only woman to win more is American Allyson Felix with six golds.

The Jamaica quartet of Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Briana Williams posted a time of 41.02 seconds.

Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Shericka Jackson finished 1-2-3 in the women’s 100 meter final last Saturday.

With gold, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce become just the fourth female athlete to win at least eight Olympic medals. 

The United States, who had been bidding to win gold in this event for a third consecutive time, ran a season’s best time of 41.45 to claim silver.

Great Britain won bronze in 41.88 seconds.

9:50 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Friday is the hottest day in Tokyo of the year

From CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward

South Korea's Kim Sunwoo, left, cools her head with an ice pack during the modern pentathlon on August 6.
South Korea's Kim Sunwoo, left, cools her head with an ice pack during the modern pentathlon on August 6. (Marijan Murat/Picture Alliance/Getty Images)

Tokyo reached 34.8° C — or 94.6° F — on Friday, the hottest day of the Olympics so far and the hottest day of the year.

The heat combined with oppressive humidity yielded a heat index over 40° C, which is 104° F, through the afternoon.  

This year's average high temperature during the games has been 33° C, or 91° F, two degrees above the average temperature for this time of the year — and, notably, two degrees above what the average max temperature would have been if the games were held on schedule last year.