USA at Tokyo Olympics 2021: Simone Biles, medal winners, athletes and results, 27 July
Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Day 4: as it happened
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Day 4 medal count: 22
Results and headlines
- ROC take team gold in Women's Artistic Gymnastics
- Simone Biles out for Team USA due to a 'medical issue'
- Japan beat USA to softball gold medal
- Brazil's Italo Ferreira wins the inaugural men's Olympic Surfing title
- Gold for America's Carissa Moore in women's surfing final
- USWNT into quarter-finals (match report)
- Synchronised diving gold for China's women, USA with silver
- 17-year old American Lydia Jacoby surprises with a gold, winning the 100m breaststroke at her first Olympic Games
- ROC wins gold and silver in men´s 100m backstroke, Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov break US dominance in the event
- Australia's Kaylee McKeown sets a new Olympic record as she wins the 100m backstroke in 57.47
- Britain claim gold and silver in the 200m men's freestyle, with Tom Dean taking gold and Duncan Scott grabbing silver
- Triathlete Flora Duffy makes history by winning Bermuda's first-ever gold
- Tokyo Olympics 2021: competition schedule
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Tokyo Day 4: Biles and Osaka out early
That's about it from us for today with the events in Tokyo having wrapped up. There was more gold joy for Japan in softball with the hosts beating the USA 2-0 in the final but Naomi Osaka suffered a shock third round exit in the women's singles against unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova. Team USA had to settle for silver behind the ROC in the gymnastics team final after Simone Biles withdrew and it remains to be seen if she will be able to participate in the other events she is scheduled for.
In the pool, the day belonged to 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby, who beat fellow US swimmer and defending Olympic champion Lilly King to 100m breaststroke gold. Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus set up another clash of the titans on Wednesday as both swimmers progressed to the final of the 200m freestyle, which will take place on Wednesday.
Japan take softball gold
Japan won the first Olympic softball gold since 2008, the last time it was included at a Games, with a 2-0 victory over the USA in Tuesday's final.
Germany defend team dressage gold
The dominant German team ensured a clean sweep of golds stretching back to London 2012 when Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Dorothee Schneider and Isabell Werth successfully defended gold in the team dressage event. The USA took silver with GB claiming bronze.
Team USA will assess Biles after withdrawal
Following Simone Biles' retirement from the team final competition, in which USA took silver behind the ROC team, Team USA have said they will continue to assess their star on a daily basis to determine if she will be able to compete in any of the other five events she is scheduled to participate in.
When Russia is not Russia
Following the ROC's gold medal win people have, once again, been asking us about the background to the team name and flag.
Here's a summary to help you out.
Gymnastics: ROC win gold, US silver
The headline news for Team USA was the withdrawal of their star performer Simone Biles but it's been impressive stuff from the ROC team who take gold with a total of 169.528 points.
Team USA came in second with a delighted British team taking the bronze ahead of Italy.
Here how the final table stands.
As we reported earlier, the USA's Carissa Moore claimed Olympic gold medal glory on surfing's Games debut as she dazzled in waters made choppier than normal by the nearby tropical cyclone.
Born in Hawaii, where she still lives, and a former student of the Punahou prep school that was also attended by Barack Obama and Michelle Wie, Moore added to her four world titles with the Tokyo 2020 top prize.
Climbing, a sport with a long history, is making its Olympic debut at the Toyko Games. Of course, what we’re seeing is a reduced, more manageable version of the pursuit, far from the feats of those who’ve scaled the Himalayas or the north face of the Eiger. Competitors must climb a wall featuring hand and footholds.
It’s a challenging and attractive event; an urban, youngster’s sport, just as skateboarding and 3v3 basketball are. Not so urban (or perhaps it is, given that many beaches are an extension of the city) but equally notable for being a sport popular among the youth is surfing. Together with karate, these are the new events in Japan. At the next Olympics, in Paris in 2024, we’ll also see break dancing.
For many purists, such additions have no place at the Olympics. I don’t share that belief.
AS director Alfredo Relaño makes the case here for the Games keeping up with the times.
Soccer: USWNT into quarters
The USWNT are through to the quarter-finals together with group winners Sweden after their 0-0 draw earlier today.
Opponents Australia finish third, and must now wait to find out whether four points will be enough to take them through as one of the two best third-placed teams.
Here's how it happened.
Gymnastics: Biles update
initial reports were that Simone Biles had pulled out through physical injury but we've since had an official statement:
"Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."
Equestrianism: US, GB and Germany in the medal positions
Great Britain are in the silver medal position after two groups of riders in the Olympic dressage team final. Germany are still leading after some impressive riding from world number one, Isabell Werth, adding 83.3% to the scoreboard with Bella Rose.
Britain’s Lottie Fry scored 76.85% on Everdale after Carl Hester had already achieved plus-78% on En Vogue.
The USA have moved past Denmark into the bronze medal spot, with the Danish team ahead of the Netherlands in fifth, Spain in sixth, Sweden in seventh and Portugal in eighth.
Gymnastics update: Biles out for Team USA
She came into this Olympics as one of the stars to watch, looking to make more history.
The breaking news is devastating for her, her team, and her fans as she has had to pull out of the artistic team event through injury. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.
Gymnastics: Women's Team - as it stands
Much of our focus right now, like most of those following the Olympics, is on the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
This table gives you an overview of how the teams are performing in the early stages of the team competition and I'll be dipping in and out with updates as it progresses.
If you want solid coverage then Andy is your man. Join him here.
Gymnastics: Poor start from Team USA
McCallum steps out of bounds, Biles does Yurchencko one-and-a-half instead of Amanar and doesn't plant the landing, and there's plenty of work to do if the US women's team are going to take the top prize today.
Follow all the action with Andy Restrepo.
The women's artistic gymnastics team all-around competition is about to start with superstar Simone Biles looking to do better today after a disappointing qualifying round.
For the first time since 2010, the American women's gymnastics team failed to qualify in the first position.
Rugby sevens: Team GB beat Team USA
It looked like an impressive scalp was coming the way of the US men's team against the Brits as they lead by 21-7 at half-time.
But a stunning second half performance from the 'special friends' across the Atlantic saw Team GB head into the semi-finals against New Zealand.
Some questionable refereeing decisions, and a sin-bin, saw a final score of 21-26.
All medals count
Always looking to make the headlines, Piers Morgan started a fiery debate on Twitter claiming that Olympians should not celebrate anything other than gold medals.
He should maybe read this great story about the Australian surfer who had to learn to walk – then surf – again after a devastating injury.
Now he has a bronze medal in the sport’s Olympic debut and Piers still has very little to brag about, although he'll keep trying.
Surfing: Carissa wins gold in style
Carissa Moore has won the first women's Surfing gold medal in Olympics history!!!
What a performance! There are tears!
Women's football: USWNT ready for Aussie test
The Matildas are looking to tame the potentially rampant US side and you can follow all the action live with the inimitable Will Allen at the commentary wheel.
Diving: China continue to dominate in women's 10m synchro
A little earlier today, China earned their second diving gold in Tokyo as Chen Yuxi and Zhang Jiaqi blew their opponents away in the women’s 10 metre synchronised platform, extending their country's winning streak in that event to six Olympic Games.
The teen duo were in another league throughout the competition at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, finishing with 363.78 points, more than 52 ahead of second-placed Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell of the United States.
China has an unbeaten record in the event, which was introduced in 2000, while Parratto and Schnell's medal was America's first.
Mexico's Gabriela Agundez Garcia and Alejandra Orozco Loza took bronze with 299.70.
Surfing: early lead for Moore
Update: It's only getting better for Carissa who moves further ahead. Currently it's 14.93 to 5.63 and the gold medal is looking pretty certain.
It's looking good for the US surfer on the waves of Tsurigasaki Beach who takes an early lead of 10.73 to Buitendag's 1.53.
Surfing: US hope Moore charming the locals
American surfer Carissa Moore is getting herself ready for the gold medal match-up against South Africa's Bianca Buitendag, and I've got a close eye on it.
In the meantime, here's a lovely video of Moore giving a speech in Japanese, a language she studied at school. Foresight of how to make friends and influence the local support, eh!?
Surfing: Ferreira rides the waves to gold
Italo Ferreira has done it!! The current WSL world champion (held in 2019), is the inaugural surfing Olympic champion and Brazil has its first gold medal of these Games.
He comfortably beat Kanoa Igarashi in the final and the celebrations afterwards with his team just shows how much this means to him. It's an absolute outpouring of emotion that you just can't help get carried along by, a bit like those big waves he has been riding. Brilliant stuff!
Tsuzuki wins bronze in women's surfing
Japan's Amuro Tsuzuki has taken bronze in the women's surfing competition, ahead of the USA's Caroline Marks.
Wright wins bronze in men's surfing
Owen Wright has claimed bronze in the men's surfing competition, the Australian clinching his place on the podium after beating Brazil's Gabriel Medina in the third/fourth-place match.
Canada snatches its first Olympic medal in softball!
The team's bronze is a great step up from their best finish of fourth place in Beijing in 2008.
Japan's Osaka shocked out of third round in women's tennis
Japan's great hope for tennis gold Naomi Osaka was beaten in the third round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tennis singles tournament in a blow to home spirits.
The world number two was swiped aside 6-1 6-4 by Czech Marketa Vondrousova in an early shock on Day Four of the Games.
The tennis event has now lost both of its top draw cards after world number one and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty was beaten in Sunday's first round.
Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron on Friday to open the Games, seemed out of sorts on the Tokyo blue courts and never settled into a rhythm as Vondrousova never looked back.
World #1 Carissa Moore of the US is up against Bianca Buitendag of South Africa in the women´s surfing finals!
Moore's teammate Caroline Marks will battle it out with Japan's Tsuzuki Amuro for the bronze.
Finals match-up in men's surfing coming very soon!
Japan's Kanoa Igarashi goes up against Brazil's Italo Ferreira.
Igarashi edged out Gabriel Medina of Brazil in the semis, while Ferreira outscored Australian Owen Wright.
How does Greek tennis Olympian Stefanos Tsitsipas keep his head of hair so healthy?
From the horse's mouth...
China outshoots ROC to win first mixed team air pistol gold medal!
Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei beat the ROC team by a narrow margin.
Surfing's Olympic debut continues to make waves!
We're all eager to see those flashy, splashy performances!
Lydia Jacoby bags a gold in the 100m breaststroke for Team USA!
The 17-year-old is the first swimmer from Alaska to qualify for an Olympics, and win an Olympic medal!
Kaylee McKeown seals first Olympic gold with a new record!
The 20-year-old has set a new Olympic record in the 100m backstroke.
Britain claims gold and silver in the 200m men's freestyle!
First-time Olympian Tom Dean grabs the gold.
USA surfers Moore and Marks in action
The USA women surfers are in action this evening with Caroline Marks facing Costa Rica's Brisa Hennessy in the quarter-finals (9pm ET), with Carissa Moore up afterwards at 9:36pm against Brazil's Silvana Lima.
The US men, John John Florence and Kolohe Andino, are already out...
Storm off Japan continues to threaten Olympic Games
A storm off Japan's east coast remained a threat to the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, despite not battering the host city with devastating winds and rain as initially feared.
Wind and rain sweeping Tokyo Bay delayed the start of the women's triathlon early in the morning, and the storm could threaten two medal games for softball later in the day, after organizers moved the surfing medal events a day earlier than scheduled.
Japan's hot, wet and unstable summer weather patterns have been a persistent concern for the Games, which opened on Friday, compounding difficulties for an Olympics being held under a covid-19 state of emergency.
Tokyo was forecast to receive up 31.5 mm (1.2 inches) of rain over 24 hours from tropical storm Nepartak, now forecast to make landfall in the north early Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Congratulations to Bermuda for its first-ever gold!
Flora Duffy's victory at the women's triathlon is such an inspiring Olympic moment!
US women top Russians, China in gymnastics medal chances
Although the start of the women’s artistic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics was disappointing for the usually dominant US team, the Americans still have the most medal opportunities of any country.
The Russians, competing as the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as part of sanctions due to several doping scandals, qualified for Tuesday’s team final ahead of the Americans after an off day for US star Simone Biles.
But the US women’s qualifying efforts earned them 11 medal attempts at the Tokyo Games, the maximum possible. That includes the team event, two in the all-around and two in each of the four apparatus finals.
ROC could earn at most 10 medals since they qualified only one gymnast to the balance beam finals, and China have the next highest medal chances at seven.
Coming up today- a battle between record breakers at the women's pool!
The three fastest swimmers in the history of the women's 100m backstroke- Australia's Kaylee McKeown, American Regan Smith, and Canada's Kylie Masse are going for the gold at today's final.
Carissa Moore has been riding waves since she was just four years old; she will be taking part in the first ever surfing event to be held at an Olympic Games with the competition getting underway on Day 4. .
Diaz wins first ever Olympic gold for Philippines
Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz became her country's first ever Olympic gold medallist on Monday, winning the women's 55 kg category for weightlifting at Tokyo 2020.
In her fourth Olympics, the 30-year-old lifted a combined weight of 224 kg, an Olympic record.
"I am 30 years old and I thought it would be like going down, my performance, but I was shocked I was able to do it," Diaz said in a post-match interview.
Philippines' presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a written statement that Diaz brought pride and glory to the Philippines.
"Congratulations, Hidilyn. The entire Filipino nation is proud of you," he added.
USWNT in final group game thriller
After a 3-0 defeat in their opener against Sweden and a 6-1 victory against New Zealand in their second game, it's down to the wire for the USWNT in Tokyo.
Battle of the record breakers looms in the Tokyo pool
Tuesday's women's 100m backstroke final will be a battle of the record breakers with Australia's Kaylee McKeown going for gold against American Regan Smith and Canada's Kylie Masse.
The trio are the three fastest swimmers in the history of the event, all having held the world record, with McKeown the current owner.
They showed their form in Sunday's heats with Masse setting an Olympic record before Smith took it from her and then McKeown went even faster.
In the women's 100m breaststroke, American Lilly King faces a tough challenge to the defence of her title with South African Tatjana Schoenmaker in the prime lane four after qualifying fastest.
World record holder King's old Russian foe Yulia Efimova is also in the final.
The pair made headlines at Rio 2016, when King wagged her finger at the previously suspended Russian and branded her a drug cheat. That clearly still rankles Efimova.
"I'm rooting for Tatjana Schoenmaker," Efimova told Russian media. "If I don't win myself, then let Tatjana win."
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Biles in quest for six golds
Simone Biles will continue toward her goal of securing six golds in Tokyo today but where does the US star rank among the all-time medallists at the Games? We take a look.
Olympic Games Day 4: welcome
Hello and a very warm welcome to you as we gear up for Day 4 of competition in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Day 3 provided plenty of medal action with host nation Japan leaping to the top of the table after winning a total of eight golds. The USA are in second place with seven gold medals, followed by China in third with six golds.
Day 4 features 22 medal events and Japan and the US will be hopeful of more success in the women’s softball final. Meanwhile, Team USA will be in action in gymnastics with Simone Biles continuing her quest to win six golds in Tokyo while the USWNT take on Australia in their final group game.