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USA at Tokyo Olympics 2021: medal winners, athletes and results, 24 July

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Cycling - Road - Men's Road race - Medal Ceremony - FSW - Fuji International Speedway - Shizuoka, Japan - July 24, 2021. Gold medallist Richard Carapaz of Ecuador celebrates on the podium with silver medallist, Wout van Aert of

Tokyo Olympic Games: Day 1 as it happened

This Day 1 feed has now closed (but feel free to scroll down and see how it all happened!). If you want to see what's happening right now, head to our Olympic section and see what's live right now. 

Coming up:

- 8pm ET | Women's beach volleyball (prelimnary stages)

- 8 pm ET | Women's handball (preliminary rounds)

- 8:30 pm ET | Women's hockey (pool matches)

- 9:00 pm ET | Women's softball (opening round)

Medal events: 18

Archery (women's team) cycling (women's road race), diving (women's 3m synchro), fencing (women's foil, men's epee), judo (women's -52kg, men's -66kg), shooting (women's 10m air pistol, men's 10m air rifle), skateboarding (men's street), swimming (men's 400m medley, men's 400m free, women's 400m medley, women's 4x100 free relay), taekwondo (women's -57kg, men's -68kg), weightlifting (men's 61kg, men's 67kg).

Results and headlines

- China's Qian wins first gold medal at Tokyo 2020 in women's 10m air rifle

- USA beat New Zealand in Women's soccer (full match)

- Richard Carapaz takes gold in the Men's road race

Vito Dell'Aquila defeats Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi to win men's taekwondo

- Korea Republic edge the Netherlands to collect Archery gold (mixed)

- Opening ceremony off with a bang (read more)

- Holocaust joke sees opening ceremony director fired (read more)

- Tokyo Olympics 2021: competition schedule

Scroll through some of our selected Olympics articles:

Tokyo Olympics is well and truly up and running. It has been a fantastic opening to the Games with all 11 medal events on Day 1. There is plenty to look forward to over the next 24 hours.

Sunday, 25 July - Day 2

Medal events: 18

Archery (women's team), cycling (women's road race), diving (women's 3m synchro), fencing (women's foil, men's epee), judo (women's -52kg, men's -66kg), shooting (women's 10m air pistol, men's 10m air rifle), skateboarding (men's street), swimming (men's 400m medley, men's 400m free, women's 400m medley, women's 4x100 free relay), taekwondo (women's -57kg, men's -68kg), weightlifting (men's 61kg, men's 67kg).

We'll be back later for all the action from Day 2. Thanks for joining!


Italy's Vito Dell'Aquila defeated Tunisia's Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi to win the men's taekwondo -58kg category gold medal on Day 1 of the Olympics.

South Korean Jang Jun and Russian Mikhail Artamonov claimed the bronze medals.

GB beat hosts Japan

Great Britain’s women’s soccer team moved into the knockout rounds earlier today with a 1-0 win against hosts Japan.


Volleyball - Men's Pool B

ROC vs Argentina

(Photo: Reuters)

First gold medal at Games

Reuters - Naohisa Takato delivered the first gold medal of the Tokyo Games for a host nation desperate for Olympic glory by winning the men’s 60 kg judo, a sport born in Japan 140 years ago.

The win against Taiwan’s Yang Yung-wei left Takato openly weeping on the mat, and stood in contrast to the lack of fans in an empty arena at the Nippon Budokan.

“This is heavy. It makes me feel like dreaming,” Takato, who was later all smiles, told reporters when asked about the gold medal that was put around his neck.

Japan beat Belgium in 3x3 basketball.   

Adam Peaty advances to the men's 100m breaststroke semi-finals

Adam Peaty set an early benchmark but home hope Daiya Seto suffered a shock on a busy first day of swimming at Tokyo 2020, one that saw Australian duo Brendon Smith and Emma McKeon shine.

Peaty has not been beaten in a 100m breaststroke race since 2014 and is aiming to lower his own record time of 56.88 seconds, which was set at the World Championships two years ago.

The dominant 26-year-old posted a 57.56 in a solid start to his Games, qualifying fastest ahead of Dutch rival Arno Kamminga (57.80). 

Murray through 

Andy Murray is through to the second round of the men's doubles with his partner Joe Salisbury. 

Murray and Salisbury beat France's Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to reach the second round of the men's doubles.

The British duo won 6-3 6-2 in just one hour and 15 minutes at Tokyo's Ariake Tennis Park.

Simone Biles planning complicated vault at Tokyo 2020

Team USA's Simone Biles will attempt the Yurchenko double pike vault in the Women's event in Tokyo - in spite of the concerns of her coach Laurent Landi.

The Yurchenko double pike vault is a routine that has historically only been completed by men, consisting of a roundoff onto the springboard, a back handspring onto the vault and two backflips midair before landing. 

British pair advance

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski advance to round two of the doubles after beating Argentina's Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 13-11 in a deciding set tie-break.

Pogacar takes bronze in the Olympic Road Race.

Van Aert takes silver, Pogacar, bronze in a photo finish. Couldn't have been much closer.


Richard Carapaz becomes the first Ecuadorian and the second South American to win gold in the Men's road race.

We are back at Fuji Speedway. Three laps of the curcuit left. Carapaz out in front, 33 seconds ahead.

Carapaz attacks, McNulty cannot respond, 5.5km to go...

McNulty and Carapaz have broken away and extended their lead to 52 seconds, 14.5km to go!

Tadej Pogacar and Michael Woods lead the the breakaway group, the peloton at 9 seconds, 36.9km to go...

Manuel Selman

Team Chile's Manuel Selman rides a wave during a free training session of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, in Chiba.


Aleksandr Kartsev of Team Russian Olympic Committee pictured competing in the parallel bars event today.

Cycling road

Overcast in west Tokyo, Mount Fuji not visible today unfortunately. We have around 58km to go in the Men's road race.  

Tokyo Olympics: Chinese shooter Yang Qian takes first gold medal of Games


Tokyo Olympics: Chinese shooter Yang Qian takes first gold medal of Games

Yang Qian became the first gold medallist at Tokyo 2020. The Chinese shooter won the women's 10-metre air rifle despite saving her worst shot of the competition for last. 

Read the full story here:

Polychronis Tzortzakis leading road race

The Greek leads a pack of six that are 14:30 seconds in front of the peleton. There are stll 115 km to go and one final climb.

Murray and Salisbury smash through first round

Brits Murray and Salisbury crushed the second seeded French pairing of  Mahut and Herbert 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round. Murray is no stranger to this stage.

Women's water polo heavy favorite USA open vs. hosts

The United States is about to hit the pool for a women's water polo Group Stage match up against hosts Japan.

Nourine withdraws before meeting Israeli Batbul in second round of men's Judo

An Algerian judoka is on his way home after being suspended for withdrawing from the Tokyo Olymics.

Fethi Nourine was set to take on Israeli Tohar Butbul in the men's under-73 kg division, but the Algerain said that because of his political support for Palestine he would not meet Batbul in the second round.

After the suspesion was handed out Nourine's coach, Amar Benikhlef, who was also suspended said “We were not lucky with the draw. We got an Israeli opponent and that’s why we had to retire. We made the right decision.”

Road race sees first crash

A crash in the back of the pack halfway up the second of three climbs. Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) fell to the pavement, as did Giulio Ciccone (ITA) and Gregor Mühlberger (AUT).

Another gold coming, this time in 10m air rifle

The final round of the men's 10m air rifle is about two hours away, and we will see another gold awarded here in Day 1.

French President Emmanuel Macron was at the Judo Arena in Tokyo, and apparently he and his security team were holding up a bit of traffic.

Swiatek through on straight sets

2018 Youth Olympic and last years French Open winner Iga Swiatek is through after a straight sets win in her opening match. The Polish champ defeated German Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-2.

One of GB's stars starts up his Olympics

Andy Murray's Olympics are underway, as his double match with Joe Salisbury has just started. The Brits' match against Frenchmen Nicholas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert started a few minutes ago, with the British winning the opening game.

Aussie golfer Cam Smith will tee off his Olympics in a few days, but as you can see he is more than ready. Rocking the mullet with AUS printed on each side of his head.

Road race tightens up

The gap has closed on the break away pack of eight that led by as many as 9 minutes in the men's cycliing road race. There are just under 200 km to and two more climbs remain.

Yang Qian put her own medal on after winning gold in the 10m air rifle. Due to covid protocols the athletes will be mandated to put their own medals on throughout the Olympics.

Roglič top pick in odds makers eyes

The favorite for the men's road race is favourite is Primož Roglič (Slovenia) with odds of 8/1. Alejandro Valverde (Spain) is second favorie with 25/1 odds.

su poya

Smutty Spaniards disappointed

In the Taekwondo -49kg, Su Po-Ya has crashed out in the round of 16, losing to Japan's Yamada. This has caused great disappointment in Spanish speaking countries apparently, where her name sounds like the phrase 'his willy'. It even ended up being a trending topic on Twitter in Spain. 


The men's cycling road race is underway, and here is a run down of the grueling track

China's Yang Qian with a Day 1 gold medal

How long is the Olympic cycling road race? Distance and route


How long is the Olympic cycling road race? Distance and route

Brutal course, brutal heat

The 126 riders are out on the tarmac for the Men's Road Race. It's extremely hot, and very humid out there. And the race is a gruelling 234km, involving five big climbs, as the cyclists make their way around Mount Fuji (which is still technically an active volcano, though it hasn't erupted since 1707). Expect the race to take around six hours, so we should have a winner around 4am Eastern.

China's Qian the first gold medalist

The first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics goes to China's Yang Qian. Qian won the women's 10m air rifle after posting a new FInal Olympic Record 251.8 points.

First Gold on it's way

The final round of the Women's 10m air rifle is underway and the winner will be awarded Tokyo 2020's first gold medal.

Another athlete to miss Olympics due to Covid

Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais has tested positive for Covid and will be unable to compete in the first ever Olympic Games that will feature surfing.

Morais sits just outside the world Top 10, and had this to say about the crushing news “This is likely the saddest video I’ve ever had to post. In 2019 I qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that were postponed because of Covid-19. And now, because of the virus I won’t be able to compete nor represent my country,” 

The ROC has won the inaugural 3x3 basketball game.

The opening game of the women's tournament started with the Russian side opening up a big lead early, but the Japanese team battled back only to come up short in the final seconds.

The Youngest ever

Dimitrios Loundras, is the youngest athlete to ever compete in the olympics. The Greek won bronze in a team event at the age of 10 in 1896.

Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza is 12 years old, and is making her Olympic debut as the youngest athlete in these Olympic Games.

Her first round match didn't go as planned as she lost to Austrian Jia Liu, but you get the feeling she's got time to turn around her Olympic legacy.

First gold will be handed out soon

The first gold meda of the Tokyo Olympics will be awarded to the winner of the women's 10m air rifle. The Qualifying round in over and the final round in coming up later today.

3x3 is underway in the Olympics

The Women's 3x3 Basketball tournament is just moments away from making it's Olympic debut with ROC and Japan making history.

Duestad with a Qualifying record in the 10m air rifle

Jeanette Hegg Duestad has just set teh new Qualifying Olympic Record in the women's 10m air rifle. She shot 632.9 topping the top 8 who move on to the final round later today.

The other seven are: PARK Heemoon (KOR), Mary Tucker (USA), KWON Eunji (KOR), Oceanne Muller (FRA), YANG Qian (CHN), Nina Christen (SUI), and Anastasiia Galashina (ROC).

German Geschke out of cycling road race with Covid

German cyclist Simon Geschke has tested postive for Covid and will be out of action in the men's road race.

The German tested postive early yesterday morning, and a later test confirmed the results of the prior test.

Geschke was understandably devastated saying, "I feel fine physically but emotionally it's a really terrible day for me."

Reuters are reporting trouble out of South Korea

A South Korean TV network has apologised after using inappropriate images and captions to describe countries during the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on Friday. The broadcaster, MBC, used images of pizza to describe Italy, an upheaval for Haiti, Chernobyl for Ukraine, salmon for Norway, when athletes from those countries entered the stadium for the opening ceremony. In its captions broadcasting the ceremony, the network referred to the Marshall Islands as 'once a nuclear test site for the United States', and Syria as the country that has 'a civil war going on for 10 years'. In the opening ceremony shorn of glitz and overshadowed by a pandemic but defined by hope, tradition and gestures of diversity, Japan's global superstar Naomi Osaka on Friday lit the Olympic cauldron to mark the start of the world's biggest sporting event. After its use of offensive images and explanations prompted criticism online, MBC issued an apology saying: 'Inappropriate images and captions were used to introduce some stories. We apologised to those countries including Ukraine and our viewers'.

Beach volleyball favorites

Coming into the Women's Volleyball tournament Agatha and Duda of Brazil are the favorites to take home the Gold.

On the Men's side, Mol and Sorum are tabbed as the early favorites to win it all.

Rowing down the live stream

As of now the TV coverage has been exclusively zoned in on the men's and women's rowing which started early this morning in Japan.

Let the Games begin

Badminton, beach volleyball, handball and volleyball are all just about set to start on this early Saturday morning from Japan.

The beach volleyball opener is underway

Japan and Czech Republic are about to begin the opening match in the Women's volleyball tournament.

The hosting side will not be playing in front of local fans, but will surley get a big boost competing in an Olympics on their home soil.

Djoker headlines Day 1 in Men's Tennis

The preliminary rounds of Men’s and Women’s Boxing will begin at 10 am, the same time that the first round of Men’s and Women’s tennis will begin.

Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic headlines the opening slate of matches early Saturday morning as he takes on Hugo Dellien from Bolivia.

Former president Barack Obama has tweeted his support for the USA team

Softball returns, 3x3 debuts, and the first medal of the Olympics, a full day to come on Saturday in Tokyo. 

Disney volleyball

Have a look at Boxi Park, where the US Beach Volleyball team trained prior to traveling to Tokyo.

The US swimming team will display their youthful squad in tonight's heats.

 Men's and Women's 400m individual medley, Men's and Women's 400m freestyle, Women's 4x100m relay will begin at 9:30 p.m.

3x3 Basketball makes long awaited debut

One of the new sports to be included to this edition of the Olympics, the 3x3 basketball tournament, will make its debut today as Pool Round starts up for the men and the women at 9:15 pm ET. The Russian Olympic Committee will take on Japan in the women’s bracket, while the men tip off over an hour later, with an opening match between Poland and Latvia.

Morning full of gymnastics in Tokyo

One of the tops draws in the Olympics Games every four years is gymnastics, and the Men’s qualifiers will start at 9 pm.

Volleyball to get us underway in Day 1

Day 1 action will start at 8 pm ET, and 9 am in Tokyo. The preliminary phases of the Men’s and Women’s beach volleyball tournament will begin at 2 am ET, as Japan takes on Czech Republic in the opening slot of the women’s tournament while the Netherlands and the Unites States kick things off on the men’s side. 

Tokyo Olympics 2021 cycling schedule: dates and times for road race, track, mountain and BMX


Tokyo Olympics 2021 cycling schedule: dates and times for road race, track, mountain and BMX

From the roads to the mountains to the track, and let’s not forget the BMX stars, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have a feast of cycling in store for us.

Here's what is coming up this weekend and thereafter on two wheels.

Let the Tokyo Games begin

Japan's Emperor Naruhito opened the Tokyo Olympics on Friday with a subtle departure from the script his grandfather used in 1964, a shift reflecting the solemnity of the Games being held in the shadow of a pandemic.

Unlike his grandfather, Emperor Hirohito, who used the word "celebrate" in declaring the Games open, the 61-year-old Naruhito opted for a more neutral Japanese word closer to "commemorate".

The Olympic charter states the exact wording to be used by a head of state when opening the Games, and there had been wide speculation that Naruhito would make the slight change.

The head of the Imperial Household Agency said late last month that Emperor Naruhito "appears concerned" about the possibility the Olympic Games could cause the coronavirus to spread as feared by many members of the public.

While the 61-year-old emperor's concern was framed as the official's impression rather than something he explicitly expressed, the rare revelation into the monarch's thinking stirred speculation he had worries about the holding of the Olympics during the pandemic.

The Tokyo Olympics have been greatly complicated by the covid-19 pandemic and battered by a series of scandals. Public opinion polls consistently show that a majority of Japanese are against holding the event during the pandemic.

The head of the International Olympic Committee met with the emperor on Thursday and assured him organisers were doing their utmost not to bring infections into the country.

The 1964 Tokyo Games were enthusiastically embraced in Japan and abroad, and heralded a new era for the nation after it emerged from the devastation of World War II and was on its way to becoming an economic powerhouse. The Oxford-educated monarch attended the ceremony without Empress Masako or other members of the imperial family, after organisers banned spectators.

In 1964, Emperor Hirohito was accompanied by Empress Nagako when he declared the Games open. The emperor has no political power but is widely respected as a figurehead in Japan.

Opening ceremony Tokyo Olympics 2021: country order, performances, flag bearers...


Opening ceremony Tokyo Olympics 2021: country order, performances, flag bearers...

From fireworks to rhythmic traditions to a sombre reflection on those lost to covid-19 in the last 18 months, the Olympics opening ceremony touched a chord with many.

This is how we brought you it live.


Olympic Games Day 1: welcome

Hello and a very warm welcome to you as we gear up for an event-full few hours in Tokyo.

Earlier today we saw the stunning, if somewhat restricted, opening ceremony - we'll recap more on that in a moment, and we've already had some preliminary action in some sports.

But after seeing all those enthusiastic athletes walking around the stadium, it now really feels like we're underway, so let's start building up to the latest events...


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