USA at Tokyo Olympics 2021 live updates: Women´s 100m final, USA Basketball, medal count, results, today 31 July

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Tokyo Olympic Games Day 8 live

"I didn't know it (the light show) was going to happen but it is what it is, you just refocus and you get going. I think (it was) more the wait, it was long, but it is what it is, it was okay".

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sprinter, Team Jamaica

Bencic sweeps past Vondrousova

Belinda Bencic beat Marketa Vondrousova 7-5 2-6 6-3 in the gold-medal match of the women's singles to inch Switzerland up the medals table and into 14th. Ukraine's Elina Svitolina claimed bronze after beating Elena Rybakina in just under two and half hours out on centre court at Ariake Tennis Park.

Poland win first ever 4x400 metres mixed relay

Poland scored an upset win in the inaugural Olympic 4x400 metres mixed relay on Saturday, with Dominican Republic picking up silver and the United States winning bronze.

The Polish team, comprised of Karol Zalewski, Natalia Kaczmarek, Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and Kajetan Duszynski, put on a gutsy performance inside the fan-free Olympic Stadium after posting the fastest time in Friday's heats.

It was the first Olympic medal for all four team mates, who cheered and embraced as anchor leg runner Duszynski crossed the finish line in a time of three minutes 9.87 seconds.

Team USA were the favourites after winning the event at the 2019 World Championships but almost did not make the final after they were disqualified for exchanging the baton outside the changeover zone in Friday's first round. Organisers later reinstated them, citing an official's error.

New women's Olympic record for 100m

Here's a happy Elaine Thompson-Herah pictured by the scoreboard showing her time of 10:61 seconds, a new Olympic record!

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New women's Olympic record for 100m

Here's a happy Elaine Thompson-Herah pictured by the scoreboard showing her time of 10:61 seconds, a new Olympic record!

Stahl takes discus gold

Sweden's Daniel Stahl won the men's discus gold medal on Saturday. Simon Pettersson made it one-two for Sweden by claiming the silver ahead of Austria's Lukas Weishaidinger.

Elaine Thompson-Herah sets new Olympic record in Women's 100m final.

Jamaica finished first, second and third in the women's 100m finalElaine Thompson-Herah pipped compatriots Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, crossing the line on 10:61 - a new Olympic Record, shaving 0.01 off the previous record (10:62), set by Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988! It was the second fastest time over 100m in history, beating Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's registry of 10:63 set in Kingston last month.

ROC see off France to win women's sabre team event

ROC added to their gold medal tally at Tokyo 2020 after the women's fencing team beat France 45-41 in today's sabre team final.

Riner and France strike gold

Teddy Riner will have to find some more space on his mantelpiece for his third Olympic gold medal (his second at Tokyo 2020 and fifth Olympic medal overall) as France beat Japan 4–1 in the judo mixed team final.

Riner, along with team mates Clarisse Agbegnenou, Axel Clerget and Sarah Leonie Cysique won their respective contests at Nippon Budokan on Saturday while Germany and Israel won bronze after winning their respective contests against the Netherlands and ROC 4-2 and 4-1.

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Christen sets new Olympic record

Nina Christen claimed gold in the women's 50m rifle three positions event, and set a new Olympic record in the process. The Swiss super sharp shooter scored 463.9, taking the record from her opponent in the final ROC's Yulia Zykova.

ROC's Yulia Karimova, a gold medalist in the same event at the 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships, collected the bronze.

New Zealand take gold, Fiji beat GB to bronze in Rugby Sevens

New Zealand won the women's Rugby Sevens event, beating France 26–12 in today's final at Tokyo stadium.

Fiji made history by taking bronze after winning their match with Great Britain 21-12. It's Fiji's second medal at Tokyo 2020, following on from the gold medal the men's team won in the same event.

Brazil land first tennis gold

Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani have made history by winning Brazil's first-ever tennis Olympic medal.

Dressel steps up in absence of Phelps

In their first Olympics since 23-times gold medallist Michael Phelps retired, the United States swimming team needed Caeleb Dressel to deliver, and with three gold medals, so far, he has certainly not let them down.

On Saturday, Dressel powered to the 100m butterfly title, adding to his success in the 100m freestyle and his gold medal from the 4x100m freestyle relay.

He has a chance of winning two more golds in Sunday's final session when he starts as favourite in the 50m freestyle and will be part of the men's 4x100 medley relay team.

Should he end with five golds he would match Phelps's haul from his last Games in Rio and surpass the four golds the American great won in London.

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Japan slug Mexico 7-4 to advance to quarter-finals

Japan on Saturday slugged past Mexico 7-4, earning themselves a day off before the quarter-finals begin while sending their opponents into an elimination game against Israel.

Mexico in the first inning brought home the game's initial run with help from a wild pitch and a single, but they never led again.

Masato Morishita, 23, Nippon Professional Baseball's fourth-best pitcher this year by earned-run average, gave up two runs on five hits over five innings. His bullpen largely closed the door on Mexico from there.

Tetsuto Yamada hit a two-run blast into the first row in left field in the fourth inning to put up Japan 5-1, and team mate Hayato Sakamoto took a fastball down the middle to the fourth row in left two innings later to extend the lead.

Sebastian Elizalde of Mexico pounded a two-run homer in the eighth to almost the same spot as the other long balls, giving Japan a late scare.

Mexico relied on pitchers, young and old, who have played professionally in their home country.

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Peaty says Team GB medal success is all down to belief

Adam Peaty summed up the secret to Britain's swimming success in one word "belief" after helping bring home 4x100m mixed medley relay gold in world record time at the Tokyo Games on Saturday. The quartet of Kathleen Dawson, Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin smashed China's previous mark by 0.83 seconds as the event made its Olympic debut and the women joined the men on the podium.

Britain have now taken four golds from the Tokyo pool, and seven medals, matching their best haul at the 1908 London Games. They can add to the tally in the men's 4x100 medley final on Sunday.

"One word has changed the whole team and it's 'belief'," declared Peaty, who swam the second breaststroke leg with an astonishing split of 56.78 and now has three career Olympic golds. "We've got champions who believe we can win. We have champions who believe we can get world records. If you've got more belief, you can build everything around that. We've shown it now. We were a second under the world record nearly. I never thought I could be a three-time gold medal winner being a breaststroker. I just want to jump, I have so much energy."

Spain beats San Marino in the mixed team trap final to win its first gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics!

San Marino's silver is their second-ever medal at the Olympics.

The United States wins the bronze.

New Zealand will face France in the women's rugby 7s gold medal finals after their dramatic extra-time win over Fiji.

The French beat Great Britain in the second semi-final.

Fiji will battle Great Britain for the bronze medal before the finals match.

Filipina Nesthy Petecio wins a split points decision against Italy's Irma Testa in the women's featherweight semi-final!

This means Petecio will fight for gold or silver.

There are no bronze-medal bouts in Olympic boxing, so Testa wins bronze for Italy.

Katie Ledecky's swimming record is certainly one for the books!

BMX Freestyle

The inaugural BMX Freestyle Olympic event's first day of competition rounds off with the seeding runs for both men and women.

Hannah Roberts and Perris Benegas, both of Team USA, have taken the top two seeds in the women's competition.

World Champion Logan Martin of Australia takes the top seed, while Japan's Nakamura Rim is second.

Britain wins the first-ever mixed 4x100m medley relay!

The exciting tactical race wraps up the medal events for swimming for the day, with China coming in second, and Australia finishing third.

Team USA's MyKayla Skinner will step in for Simone Biles in the gymnastic vault finals, and is looking forward to the challenge.

Simone Biles will not compete in the vault and uneven bars finals.

Team USA's Katie Ledecky clinches the gold and retains her title in the 800m freestyle!

Her rival in the Tokyo Games, Ariarne Titmus of Australia wins the silver, while Italy's Simona Quadarella gets the bronze.

Caeleb Dressel breaks his own world record as he grabs the gold in the men's 100m butterfly!

US swimming star Katie Ledecky competes in her last individual event for the Tokyo Games, the 800m freestyle.

Will she add to her already impressive collection of medals?

Team USA bags the silver medal in the first-ever triathlon mixed relay event!

Britain gets the gold, while France gets the bronze.

Day 8 promises to be a nail-biter! 

More medals to be handed out in swimming and athletics.

The debuting triathlon mixed relay kicks off Day 8 of the Tokyo games!

In this inaugural event, each athlete will have to swim for 300m, cycle for 8km and run for 2km before tapping the hand of their teammate to pass the relay.

The race usually lasts less than 90 minutes, with each member taking around 20 minutes to do their part.

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How many olympic medals has Allyson Felix won in her career?

Allyson Felix, the American sprinter who has specialized in the 200m sprint for 10 years, before adding other strings to her running bow, has been a consecutive world champion between 2005-2009.

Can she add her 10th all-time medal at this summer’s Olympics?

Diana Velayos brings you more on this incredible athlete.

4x400m mixed relay: US team disqualified...then reinstated

Many people's favourites for Olympic gold, the US mixed relay team has been reinstated after originally being disqualified and will now compete in the final.

What was seen to have been an illegal baton pass between Lynna Irby and Elija Godwin had stunned everyone as the chances of them being DQ'd was made real.

But after an appeal news of the reinstatement came through and now Allyson Felix has an opportunity to win her record-setting 10th Olympic medal, right now sitting level with Jamaican Merlene Ottey for the most for a female Olympian.

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USA at Tokyo Olympics 2021: track and field, Caeleb Dressel, medal count, results, today 30 July

From Alexander Zverev ending Novak Djokovic’s “golden slam” dream, to 200m backstroke silver medalist Ryan Murphy claiming that the race was “probably not clean”, to a British one-two in BMX racing and Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega taking gold in the first track event, the men’s 10,000m, another day closed with plenty to talk about.

Here's how we took you through Day 7 in Tokyo.

Tokyo Olympics Day 8 live updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 8 of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where some of the most popular events get going at the Japan National Stadium, those of track and field.

In total, Day 8 will see 21 gold medals won and that includes the women's 100m sprint.

Stay with us throughout the day or pop back and forth to check out how things are progressing. We'll make sure we're on top of the action for you...

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