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Toyko Olympics: Day 7 as it happened

Tokyo Olympics Day 7:

Headlines:

- Japan wins 17th gold to set new record

- Team USA disqualified from mixed 4x400m relay

- USA advance to Women's soccer semi-finals

- Djokovic's Golden Slam dream ends

- Team USA's Ryan Murphy wins silver in the men's 200m backstroke

- Tatjana Schoenmaker breaks world record in women's 200m breaststroke, King and Lazor win American 2-3

- Djokovic reacts to Biles and Osaka: "Pressure is a privilege" Full story here.
- Take a look at the latest medal count

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Day 7 comes to an end

That's all from us on Day 7 at the Tokyo Olympics.

We'll be back later with all the action from Day 8.

There is plenty to look forward to with 21 medal events. 

Saturday, 31 July - Day 8

Full schedule

Archery (men's individual), athletics (men's discus, mixed 4x400m relay, women's 100m), badminton (men's doubles), fencing (women's team sabre), judo (mixed team), rugby sevens (women), sailing (women's RS:X, men's RS:X), shooting (trap mixed team, women's 50m rifle 3 positions), swimming (men's 100m fly, women's 200m back, women's 800m free, mixed 4x100m medley relay), tennis (women's singles), trampoline (men), triathlon (mixed relay), weightlifting (men's 81kg, men's 96kg).

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USA advance to semi-finals

The USA are into the semi-finals at the Olympics where they will face Canada. Megan Rapinoe scored the decisive spot-kick to send the US through on penalties against the Netherlands. 

Japan set new gold medal record

Japan claimed their 17th gold medal at 2020 Tokyo, the men's fencing team beat ROC 45-36 in today's épée team event to register the host nation's best ever figures at the Summer Games. Japan has now beaten its all-time record of 16 Olympic gold medals which it managed twice - at the 1964 Tokyo Games and against in Athens in 2004. Their overall medals count stands at 28 so far - just nine away from the 37 medals it won in 2004 (16 gold, nine silver, 12 bronze).

Mixed relay

Team USA disqualified from mixed 4x400m relay

Team USA, the favourites to win gold in the mixed 4x400m relay track event, have been disqualified for running outside of the the takeover zone during the baton exchange.

Progressing to Saturday's final from today's heats are Poland, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Jamaica, Belgium, Ireland, Spain and Germany.

Riner picks up Judo bronze

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Teddy Riner claimed the bronze medal in the men's +100kg Judo event, beating Japan's Hisayoshi Harasawa. The French judoka misses the chance  to equal the Olympic record of three straight gold medals set by Japan's Tadahiro Nomura from 1996 to 2004. 

Khachanov

Khachanov sets up final meeting with Zverev

ROC's Karen Khachanov saw off Spain's Pablo Carreño Busta with a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 win in today's semi-final. The 25-year-old, who made the Wimbledon quarter-final this month, outgunned the Spaniard - ranked 14 places higher at number 11 - in one hour and 19 minutes on Center Court.

"I play tennis for these moments, I practice for these kind of matches and you know, when you get there, when it's paying off, it's just a pure pleasure to be here," Khachanov said. "These are the kinds of memories that will stay forever."

Khachanov will play fifth-ranked Alexander Zverev in the gold medal match at Ariake Tennis Park on Sunday.

Another gold for Krpalek

World Judo champion Lukas Krpalek beat Georgia's Guram Tushishvili in the men's +100kg judo final. The 30-year-old adds another goal medal to the one he won in the -100kg category at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Djokovic's Golden Slam dream over

Novak Djokovic's chances of lifting the fabled Golden Slam were left in tatters after the Serbian lost1-6, 6-3, 6-1 to Germany's Alexander Zverev who advances to the Men's final where he will meet ROC's Karen Khachanov.

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Hong Kong's Haughey bags 'bonus' silver

Hong Kong had to wait nearly 70 years to get its first Olympic swimming medal but its second came only two days later after Siobhan Haughey secured her second silver of the Tokyo Games in the 100m freestyle final on Friday.

The 23-year-old psychology major had already made history for Hong Kong by reaching an Olympic swimming final, finishing second in the 200m on Wednesday.

On Friday she swam the 100m free in 52.27 seconds, just 0.31 seconds behind Australian winner Emma McKeon.

Haughey said her main focus had been the 200 so bringing home a medal in the shorter race was "a bonus".

"All I wanted to do today was to have fun. The fact that I came away with another medal again, it is so surreal," she said.

The 200m freestyle is always my main event, so this is just a bonus."

Residents of Hong Kong, which first competed at the Olympics as a British colony in 1952, have closely followed Haughey's progress at the Games and after celebrating her historic swim earlier in the week many gathered on Friday morning hoping she would give them more reason to celebrate.

Hundreds watched in shopping malls, which were streaming the race live, and others in bars and restaurants to view the final. Youth swimming groups had set up screenings at their training facilities.

At one shopping mall in the city's Kowloon district, some residents burst into tears after her performance, local media showed. Many said it provided a sense of camaraderie after the widespread protests in 2019.

"I want to celebrate the moment with all the Hongkongers. It's really amazing because she made new history of Hong Kong," said student Joey, according to public broadcaster RTHK. Haughey, whose mum is from Hong Kong and father is Irish, will also race in the 50m freestyle heats on Friday night.

China medal rush in badminton

Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping took gold in an all-China mixed doubles final with compatriots Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong picking up silver. 

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"Pressure is a privilege" - Djokovic on Biles and Osaka

Novak Djokovic defeated hometown favorite Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals to advance to the next round of the tennis Olympic tournament. The Serbian player is in search of the “Golden Slam” and he was asked about athletes like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka suffering from mental health issues. 

World discus champ Stahl bags finals spot with just one throw

Sweden's world champion Daniel Stahl needed just one attempt to qualify for the men's discus final as track events got underway on Friday.

Stahl, 28, has finished as world leader in each season since 2016 and arrived in Tokyo with a season-leading throw of 71.40 metres and with three of the four longest throws of 2021.

His opening throw on Friday came at 66.12m and it was enough to move him past the qualification mark for Saturday's final.

"It was a relaxed throw. My goal was to make the finals so I did it," Stahl said. "My goal was to just make what was needed for the final and I did it so I'm very happy."

Two remote-controlled miniature buses ferried the discus across the field under overcast conditions at the mostly-empty Olympic Stadium as the first day of competition in athletics kicked off at the Tokyo Games.

Lithuanian Andrius Gudzius, the 2017 world champion, came in second at 65.94 while Slovenian medal hope Kristjan Ceh, who is second behind Stahl in the 2021 leaders' list, came third overall with a throw of 65.45.

Simone Biles speaks out

The US star gymnast, who pulled out of the both the team and individual finals, has explained her decision.

"I don't think you realise how dangerous this is on a hard/competitive surface," she wrote. "Nor do I have to explain why I put my health first. Physical health is mental health."

The female athletes of Team Canada are absolutely rocking the Tokyo Olympics!

Badminton

Badminton athletes have begun to battle for medals in Tokyo; and with recent upsets, the finals can be anybody’s game.

Matches over the past week have been a saga of upsets and near-upsets, attributable to a large extent to the exceptional conditions wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Missed and canceled international tournaments due to the pandemic have cut the number of points players accumulated, kept them from scoping out the competition, and given younger, unknown players extra time to catch up to their heroes.

"The ranking list has been in an emergency state due to COVID," said Steen Pedersen, Danish former national head coach. "They're uncertain where their opponents stand."

One of the biggest upsets in badminton history took place on Wednesday when men's singles world number one Kento Momota was demolished by a player 37 ranks below him. A day later, the top men's pair Indonesia's Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo were knocked out in the quarter-finals, as were women's doubles number one team Japan's Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota.

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The Australian Olympic Team has given an update on the condition of their athlete Saya Sakakibara, who crashed in the BMX semifinal.

We are glad she's all right!

The Netherlands' Niek Kimmann overcomes a fractured knee to bag the gold in the men's BMX final.

Britain's Kye Whyte gets the silver, Colombian Carlos Alberto Ramírez wins the bronze.

Britain's Bethany Shriever wins the gold in the BMX women's final on her Olympic debut!

She edges out Mariana Pajón of Colombia by a mere 0.09 seconds. Merel Smulders of the Netherlands takes home the bronze.

China's Wang Shun bags the gold in the men's 200m individual medley, setting a new Asian record.

Britain's Duncan Scott gets the silver while Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland takes the bronze in the last final in the pool for the day.

South African Tatjana Schoenmaker smashes the world record to win gold in the 200m breaststroke!

Team USA clinches a 2-3 finish, with Lilly King getting the silver, and Annie Lazor taking the bronze.

Team USA's Ryan Murphy gets the silver in the men's 200m backstroke.

Rowing races wrap up for the Summer Games with a gold for Team New Zealand in the men's eight.

Germany takes the silver, Britain settles for the bronze.

Canada wins the gold in the women's eight. New Zealand bags the silver, while China clinches the bronze after passing Australia.

It's the men's turn in the single sculls final, where Stefanous Ntouskos clinches the gold and becomes Greece's first rowing champion!

Ntouskos sets a new Olympic record. Kjetil Borch of Norway at second place, Damir Martin of Croatia at third.

It's the eighth and last session of rowing, and it kicks off with Emma Twigg of New Zealand finally getting the gold in the women's singles sculls in her fourth Olympics!

Twigg bags her long-sought-after medal with an Olympic best time. ROC's Hanna Prakatsen wins the silver, Austrian Magdalena Lobnig takes the bronze.

Today's men's singles semi-final tennis matches feature Karen Khachanov (ROC) vs. Pablo Carreño (Spain) and world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia) against Alexander Zverev (Germany).

Olympic rowers are getting ready to race! More medals to be won on the water today.

Olympic Village

A Tale of Two Cities: In the Olympic 'bubble' and the Tokyo outside

The Tokyo Olympics is running a village for athletes and coaches where more than 80% are vaccinated against the coronavirus, testing is compulsory and movement is stringently curtailed.

None of that is true for the giant Japanese capital that surrounds the Olympic "bubble".

The athletes’ village and Olympic press center represent a huge, strict COVID-19 control zone for the more than 50,000 competitors, coaches, staff and journalists. Meanwhile, outside the fence, host city Tokyo - despite laboring through its fourth coronavirus lockdown as infections spike to record highs - is leading something like life as pandemic-normal.

Participants traveling to the Olympics are tested for the coronavirus before boarding their flights, upon arrival and regularly after that. Organizers have administered nearly 275,000 tests, with athletes screened daily and journalists tested before events and every four days in the press center.

Newly-minted Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee sends her love to all those who have cheered her on.

Ready for today’s Olympic action? Medals up for grabs in Athletics, Swimming and Tennis on Day 7!

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Check out Team USA's athletics roster

With track and field making its entrance at Tokyo 2020 on Day 7 of the Games, we take a look at the USA's roster for the Olympic athletics competition.

Photo: Antonin Thuillier/AFP

Sunisa Lee

Gymnastics gold-medallist Lee inspired by watching Biles

One of the stand-out names of Day 6 was Sunisa Lee, who won gold in the women's all-around gymnastics final in the absence of Simone Biles, who had pulled out due to mental-health reasons.

Lee paid tribute to Biles after her triumph, telling reporters: "It sucks that I couldn’t have Simone on the floor with me, but just to have her in the arena was very helpful because she is an inspiration to me and someone I look up to."

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Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martínez

Tokyo Olympics Day 7 live updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 7 of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the most notable addition to the schedule is the athletics, which gets underway at the Japan National Stadium.

In total, Day 7 will witness 27 different sports, with 21 gold medals up for grabs.

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