USA at Tokyo Olympics 2021: summary, results and medal count - 28 July
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Day 5 as it happened
Day 5 round-up:
That's pretty much it for today so thanks for joining us. It was a special day, once again, in the pool where we saw the likes of Ledecky and Titmus collect golds, while today also saw the withdrawal of Simone Biles from tomorrow's all-round final.
Medals at stake today:
Artistic gymnastics: all-around final (men) - Japan win gold
Basketball (3x3): medal matches - USA women and Latvia men win gold
Cycling: time trials - Van Vleuten (NED) and Roglic (SLO) win gold
Diving: synchronized 3m springboard final (men) - China win gold
Equestrian: individual finale - Von Bredow-Werndl (GER) wins gold
Fencing: sabre team (men) - Korea win gold
Judo: -70kg (women), -90kg (men) - Polleres (AUT) and Bekauri (GEO) win gold
Rugby sevens: medal matches (men) - Fiji win gold
Swimming: 200m individual medley (women) - Ohashi (JAP) gold, 1500m freestyle (women) - Ledecky (USA) gold, 200m freestyle (women) - Titmus (AUS) gold, 200m butterfly (men) - Milak (HUN) gold, 4x200m freestyle relay (men) - Team GB gold
Weightlifting: 73kg (men) - Shi (CHN) wins gold
Simone Biles pulls out of Olympics all-around gymnastics final
Roglic wins cycling time trail
Katie Ledecky wins first gold in first-ever 1500m freestyle for women
USA defeats Iran in basketball, 120-66
Water Polo: USA beaten by Hungary
New world records set in quadruple sculls- The Netherlands for men, China for women
Kristof Milak of Hungary takes gold and sets Olympic record in men's 200m butterfly
Australia's Ariarne Titmus wins second gold with Olympic record in women's 200m freestyle
Social media flooded with messages of support for Simone Biles after her withdrawal from team event
Scroll through some of our selected Olympics articles:
Changing attitudes: From Daley Thompson to Tom Daley
Hearing Daley’s words - and as proof that the world does generally move in the right direction - I recalled a T-shirt worn by another Briton, a man with a very similar name, the prodigious decathlete Daley Thompson, in 1984. "Is the world's 2nd greatest athlete gay?" it read.
Things have moved on a bit since then, but not as much as we'd like...
AS director Alfredo Relaño reflects on the Brit's message of hope.
Changes made to tennis schedule in Tokyo
The start time for the Olympic tennis event will be moved back four hours from 11am to 3pm from Thursday after several players struggled in the soaring heat and humidity on Wednesday.
Spain's Paula Badosa was forced to withdraw from her quarter-final against Marketa Vondrousova and taken from the court on a wheelchair after suffering from heatstroke at Tokyo 2020.
Brazil beat Saudi Arabia
In the Tokyo Olympics men's football competition, Brazil beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 after being held 1-1 at half-time Everton striker Richarlison scored a brace for the Brazilians.
Germany and Ivory Coast shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in the other match in Group D.
Photo: Reuters/Phil Noble
Emma McKeon with personal best
Australia's Emma McKeon smashed the women's 100m freestyle Olympic record in the preliminary heats with a personal best time of 52.13 seconds.
She broke the 52.62 set by Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom.
South Africa vs Mexico: Tokyo Olympics soccer
Gold for South Korea
South Korea win gold in the men’s team sabre!
South Korea beat Italy 45-26, with Aldo Montano going down 5-0 to Oh Sanguk and 5-1 to Kim Junghwan.
Paula Badosa was forced to withdraw from her quarter-final against Marketa Vondrousova and taken from the court on a wheelchair after suffering from heatstroke at Tokyo 2020.
Tuesday saw heavy downpours in the Japanese capital, but the hot and humid conditions from earlier in the week returned early on Wednesday with temperatures at times going above 30 degrees Celsius.
Tokyo daily covid-19 cases top 3,000 for first time
Covid cases continue to rise in Tokyo, where the Olympics is into its fifth day of competition.
Tokyo recorded over 3,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time, less than a week after the Olympic Games began.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government recorded 3,177 cases of covid-19, a record number in a single day just 24 hours on from the 2,848 on Tuesday, which represented the previous high.
Japan's capital remains under a state of emergency while the Games take place. Another 16 Olympics-related cases were announced by Tokyo 2020 organisers on Wednesday, taking the total to 169.
Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Masa Takaya told a news conference: "As a city resident myself and as an organiser, my heart hurts that case numbers are rising."
Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
Kevin Durant said United States' confidence-boosting victory against Iran at the Tokyo Olympics was down to playing with freedom and becoming more selfish.
Team USA's 25-game winning run in the men's basketball at the Games was ended by France last week but they responded with a 120-66 victory against Iran on Wednesday.
That loss to France followed exhibition defeats to Australia and Nigeria in the build-up to the event, leading to questions over the cohesion of the record 15-time gold medalists.
Who are the US track and field athletes?
The Team USA squad is made up of experienced headliners such as five-time Olympian Allyson Felix (400m) and 44-year-old Abdi Abdirahman (marathon) combined with 19 collegiate first-timers.
Team USATF’s youngest athlete is 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton, who turned pro in 2021 after his junior year of high school. Knighton set two world junior records last month at Hayward Field in Oregon.
Fiji win gold!
Fiji have won gold for the Men's Rugby Sevens at the Games. The defending champions beat New Zealand 27 - 12.
US gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of Thursday’s women’s individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics “to focus on her mental health”, USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday.
USA Gymnastics said that the 24-year-old would undergo evaluation to determine if she will be able to take part in the upcoming individual events starting on Sunday. She has qualified to compete in all four: beam, uneven bars, vault and floor exercise.
Covid-19 cases rising in Tokyo
Covid-19 cases in Tokyo are now rising faster than at any time in the pandemic but Japanese authorities are resisting renewed calls for the Olympics to be suspended, according to Sky News.
The Japanese capital reported 2,848 cases on Tuesday, which is a record number and 149% higher than the previous week's average.
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has encouraged people to work from home in Tokyo and avoid non-essential outings but insisted there was no need to consider suspending the Olympic Games.
Roglic wins gold!
Primoz Roglic wins gold in the time trial, more than a minute ahead of the Netherlands' Tom Dumoulin. Australia's Rohan Dennis takes the bronze.
Simone Biles will not participate in women's all-around final
USA Gymnastics confirmed to Tokyo 2020 that six-time Olympic medallist Simone Biles will not participate in Thursday's (29 July) women's all-around final.
"After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health," read a statement from the governing body. "Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals. Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around."
"We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many," the statement concluded.
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury beaten in tennis doubles
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury’s medal hopes were ended by a quarter-final loss to Croatians Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in the men’s doubles.
Murray boasts a remarkable Olympic record having struck gold in the tennis singles at the last two Games. However, a hat-trick of Olympic firsts has proven beyond him. The Scot and Joe Salisbury lost their doubles quarter-final in a tight affair.
The Croatians went on to win 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 10-7.
China see off the USA and Germany
China see off the USA and Germany in the sixth edition of the men's synchronised 3 metre springboard diving competition.
USA women defeated by Hungary
United States women’s water polo team have suffered their first Olympic defeat in 13 years.
Biles withdraws from individual all-around competition
Reuters - Simone Biles, who shocked the world by pulling out of the team all-around competition in the Tokyo Olympics, has also withdrawn from the individual all-around competition, USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday.
Biles would be evaluated to see if she can take part in individual apparatus competitions still ahead, the statement said. Her place in the all-around would be taken by Jade Carey.
USA defeats Iran, 120-66
Damian Lillard hit seven 3-pointers to account for all 21 of his points, leading the United States basketball team to a 120-66 win over Iran.
The United States bounced back from an 83-76 loss to France in their Olympic opener on Sunday.
Kevin Durant is 6 points from becoming the all-time leading scorer in men's USA basketball history entering the 4th quarter.
Simone Biles: "Put mental health first because, if you don't, you're not going to succeed as much as you want to.”
Defending champion Fiji is set to fight it out with New Zealand for the Rugby Sevens gold!
Argentina and Britain will be battling for the bronze medal.
Is Simone Biles competing again in Tokyo?
Simone Biles shocked the world when she dropped out of the Team Final and left much unknown as to whether she will return to the games.
After a terrible crash in the Rio 2016 Games, Annemiek van Vleuten goes on to win the gold in Tokyo.
Social media has been flooded by messages of support for Simone Biles, after her surprising withdrawal from the gymnastic team finals.
You're not alone, Simone!
The Netherlands' Annemiek van Vleuten wins the gold in the women's individual time trial.
Marlen Reusser of Switzerland gets the silver medal and Anna van der Breggen, also of the Netherlands, bags the bronze.
Britain dominates the men's 4x200m freestyle and wins the gold!
ROC wins the silver, Australia bags the bronze, and the US is left out of the podium.
Team USA's Katie Ledecky finally gets her gold in the debut of the women's 1500m freestyle!
Her teammate Erica Sullivan comes in second in a US 1-2, while German Sarah Kohler wins the bronze.
It's China's turn to set a world record in rowing, winning the gold in the women's quadruple sculls!
Poland wins their first medal of the Olympics and gets on the board with a silver, while Australia claims the bronze.
The Netherlands sets a world record with a gold in the men's quadruple sculls!
Britain takes their first rowing medal with a silver, while Australia brings home the bronze.
Hungarian Kristof Milak takes the gold and sets an Olympic record in the men's 200m butterfly!
Japan's Honda Tomoru takes the silver, while Italy's Federico Burdisso earns the bronze.
Australia's Ariarne Titmus wins her second gold with an Olympic record in the 200m freestyle!
She edged out Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong who came in second, while Canadian Penny Oleksiak won the bronze.
Team USA's Katie Ledecky came in fifth.
Australia takes another rowing gold, clinching the men’s four in record time.
Romania and Italy come through to take silver and bronze!
Rowers are on fire with yet another Olympic best time, this time from Australia, the winners in the women's four!
Team Netherlands wins the silver, while the Ireland crew takes the bronze.
Another Olympic record set as France gets the gold in the men's double sculls!
The Netherlands comes in second while China places third in the 2,000-meter race.
Romania wins the gold in the women’s double sculls event!
The Romanian pair finish with an Olympic record.
New Zealand wins the silver, while the Netherlands takes the bronze.
Medals are up for equestrians today!
Dressage events are won depending on both the movements of the horse, and the position of the rider.
Athletes have been competing in harmony with their horses at the Olympics for more than a century.
Will we get to watch Simone Biles again in Tokyo?
After the drama of the gymnastic legend pulling out of the team event, there are still hopes that Biles will return for her other events on Thursday.
Volleyball: U.S. down China as world champions Serbia beat Japan
The United States dealt China a second consecutive straight sets defeat in women's volleyball on Tuesday to leave the defending Olympic champions in danger of missing out on the knockout stages.
The Americans, bronze medallists at Rio in 2016, have won five Olympic medals in the event but never gold. Their 29-27 25-22 25-21 victory moved them to the top of Pool B without dropping a set, having beaten Argentina in their opener.
Jordan Thompson, the Americans' 24-year-old opposite hitter who is competing in her first Games, impressed again, top-scoring with 34 points to set a Tokyo 2020 record.
"We wanted to serve tough and stick with a solid block setup. We tried to have a short memory when we made mistakes or China made a great kill," Thompson, who also made four blocks and hit two aces, said.
"China is a legendary team with some of the best players in the world. They pushed us, they'll be back."
China, who were stunned in straight sets by Turkey in their first match, are fifth in Pool B without a point. Only the top four qualify for the quarter-finals.
Katie Ledecky going for two golds in the pool today, starting with a showdown with rival Ariarne Titmus of Australia.
The 200m freestyle race is expected to be tight, but Ledecky of Team USA is the clear favorite to win the 1500m.
Follow all the action from the Sapporo Dome as South Africa and Mexico go head to head with top spot in Group A on the line in the Tokyo Olympic soccer tournament.
Cycling: History-chasing Ganna is rider to beat in time trial showpiece
World champion Filippo Ganna has swept the majority of individual time trials in the past few seasons but only an Olympic gold in Wednesday's event can cement his place among the all-time great sprint specialists.
The Italian rider has an opportunity to join Spain's Miguel Indurain and Swiss Fabian Cancellara as an Olympic gold medallist in the time trial while still in possession of the world crown in the event.
Ganna, nicknamed 'La Bestia' - the beast - did not make the cut for Italy's Rio 2016 lineup, but has since picked up 10 professional time trial wins - including the 2020 world title on home soil and five Giro d'Italia stages.
Competing three days after his 25th birthday, Ganna cannot expect plain sailing when he rolls down the ramp at the Fuji International Speedway.
In the face of her shocking withdrawal from the gymnastic team finals, Simone Biles congratulates her teammates for bagging the silver.
She thanks them for stepping up when she couldn't and for having her back.
Five man Argentina stun South Africa
Argentina lost the experienced Gaston Revol to an early red card against South Africa, but battled on with six men to lead 14-7 at the break as the electric Marcos Moneta bagged a brace of tries.
They held on despite finishing the game with five players after a late yellow card.
"We had a tough match, but we demonstrated what a team is. We thought of every little thing that we have left behind to be here, we are missing our families and friends, and with the pandemic it has been all the more difficult," Moneta said.
Dominant Duffy wins famous gold for Bermuda
Flora Duffy achieved instant national hero status when she won Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medal on Tuesday after delivering a dominant run leg for an emphatic victory in the women's triathlon on a stormy Tokyo course.
Duffy, 33, was part of a group of seven who broke clear at the start of the 40km bike but then stamped her authority on the race with a fantastic performance over the 10km run to finish in one hour, 55.36 minutes.
Georgia Taylor-Brown overcame a flat tyre near the end of the bike leg to chase back strongly and finish second, 74 seconds behind, bagging another silver for Britain after Alex Yee's in the men's race on Monday.
Katie Zaferes, world champion in 2019, won bronze for the United States to fully justify her discretionary selection after struggling for form.
The victory, in her fourth Olympics, caps a wonderful career for Duffy, as she becomes her country's second Olympic medallist after Clarence Hill took a heavyweight boxing bronze in 1976.
Round two of the Katie Ledecky v Ariarne Titmus rivalry lights up the pool at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday as the U.S. great seeks to add two more gold medals to her career collection of five.
Biles says gymnastics not everything, 'we also have to focus on ourselves'
In the end, Simone Biles decided to pull out of the Tokyo 2020 team gymnastics finals on Tuesday because things just did not feel right after her vault, saying mental health is more important than sports.
Biles, who wrote on her Instagram just a day before about feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders, decided that rather than risk injury - and a medal for the rest of the team - she needed to just stop.
"It's like fighting all those demons and coming out here. I have to put my pride aside. I have to do it for the team," she told reporters after the team competition, in which her teammates stepped up and took silver, one member only having a brief time to warm up before her routine.
"And then at the end of the day, it's like 'you know what, I have to do what is right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and my well-being,'" she said.
Olympic Games Day 5: welcome
Hello and a very warm welcome to you as we gear up for Day 5 of competition in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Day 4 provided plenty of drama with US gymnast Simone Biles pulling out of the team final but she hopes to participate in the individual events. Host nation Japan maintain their grip on top of the overall medal table after winning a total of ten golds. The USA are in second place tied with China both with 9 gold medals.
Day 5 features 23 medal events and Japan and the US will be hopeful of more success in the swimming pool and TEAM USA men's basketball will be looking to bounce back from the opening loss as they face Iran.