Tokyo Olympics live updates: Swimmers collect USA’s first medals on Day 2 of Summer Games

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Olympics: Disappointing day 1 for US, tomorrow Simone Biles, browsing

U.S. athletes didn’t medal on opening day for first time since 1972 Video games. On Sunday we’ll see Simone Biles compete in Tokyo for the primary time.

Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY

After getting shut out within the medal occasions on Day 1 of the Tokyo Olympics, Crew USA broke by in a giant means on Sunday.

The primary medals have been awarded in swimming, with the Individuals claiming six, led by Chase Kalisz’s gold within the males’s 400-meter particular person medley.

The U.S. males’s basketball group will get into motion of their model of pool play Sunday towards France. In the meantime, skateboarding and browsing made their debuts as official Olympic sports activities.

And Simone Biles makes her debut in Tokyo as the ladies’s qualification spherical begins in gymnastics.

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Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, the 2021 U.S. Open champion, is not going to take part within the Tokyo Olympics after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

Rahm needed to take 4 PCR assessments in the UK earlier than coming to Tokyo. He failed three consecutive assessments, the Spanish Olympic Committee confirmed to USA TODAY Sports activities.

Information of Rahm’s withdrawal got here only some hours after American golfer Bryson DeChambeau met the identical destiny.

Will Shaner held off Chinese language shooters Haoran Yang (229.4) and Lihao Sheng (250.9) and set an Olympic file and secured a gold medal with a last spherical rating of 251.6 within the males’s 10m air rifle.

Shaner, a 20-year-old College of Kentucky shooter, received Crew USA’s first Olympic gold medal within the occasion.

— Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY

TOKYO – The world has seen Naomi Osaka in the course of an issue over press conferences, on journal covers, in a Netflix documentary and on the most important Olympic stage attainable lighting the torch for the opening ceremony in her dwelling nation of Japan.

What we haven’t seen a lot of recently is Osaka on the tennis courtroom.

As she demonstrated on Sunday, it’s typically an awesome look. 

Again on arduous courts, Osaka powered to a 6-1, 6-Four first spherical victory over Zheng Saisai of China and left little doubt about her kind as she begins one of the vital pressure-packed tournaments of her profession.

— Dan Wolken, USA TODAY

TOKYO — When is a Russian athlete not a Russian athlete? Right here, on the Olympics. And on Twitter.

Because of a two-year ban from worldwide competitors for operating a years’ lengthy doping scheme that lined a number of Olympics, Russia shouldn’t be competing within the Tokyo Video games. Russian athletes compete beneath the designation of the Russian Olympic Committee, or ROC, the federation that places ahead the group in each different Video games. They’re sporting the nation’s colours, however its flag and anthem are banned throughout ceremonies.

Formally, its nation code, RUS, has been changed with ROC – together with on Twitter.

The web site pairs a rustic’s flag with its code in hashtags. So the celebrities and stripes seems if you sort #USA and the Union Jack with #GBR.

No such luck with #RUS, however sort in #ROC and also you get the crimson, white and blue flame above the Olympic rings.

— Rachel Axon, USA TODAY

TOKYO – The photographs the swimming medalists posed for atop the rostrum look identical to another Olympics – and that’s the issue.

With the primary swimming medals awarded after the 400 particular person medley on Sunday morning, Individuals Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland – the gold and silver medalists, respectively – huddled near Australian Brendon Smith for a photograph, all unmasked.

Requested whether or not coronavirus prevention measures had been relaxed, the Worldwide Olympic Committee was clear: No.

“There isn’t a rest and we’d urge and ask everybody to obey the principles,” stated spokesman Mark Adams. “No matter stakeholder you’re – us, the IOC, media, athletes, everybody – it’s not a pleasant to have. It’s a should have.

“We perceive. We’re all right here, there’s a variety of pleasure. And naturally, if you win a medal, we really feel for the athletes. There are issues sadly that we’ve needed to make stricter.”

Adams added that reminders are going out day by day that each one Video games members should adjust to the measures meant to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus.

— Rachel Axon, USA TODAY

TOKYO —  Greater than a half-century after it first rose to reputation on the streets of Southern California, skateboarding made its Olympic debut Sunday in Tokyo.

In becoming trend, an American was on the rostrum.

Jagger Eaton received bronze within the males’s road self-discipline at Ariake City Sports activities Park.

Japan’s Yuto Horigome received gold and Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler took silver.

The clear favourite within the occasion had been American Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion and one of many world’s hottest skate boarders. Huston reached the ultimate however worn out on 4 of his 5 trick makes an attempt, successfully eliminating him from medal rivalry. 

— Tom Schad, USA TODAY

TOKYO – World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, contemporary off a triumph at Wimbledon, was knocked out of the ladies’s singles draw on the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday by Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Utilizing her pace and protection to frustrate Barty, who typically misfired when attempting to finish factors with winners, Sorribes Tormo superior to the second spherical with a 6-4, 6-Three victory that ranks as the perfect of her profession.

Sorribes Tormo, ranked No. 48, final beat a top-10 participant in February of 2020, simply defeating Naomi Osaka 6-0, 6-Three in a Federation Cup qualifier match on clay in Spain. She received her first WTA title in March in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The loss ranks as a serious disappointment for Barty, the 25-year outdated Australian who had received 27 of the final 29 matches she had accomplished this season (she was compelled to retire in two resulting from accidents.)  Barty’s loss opens up the highest half of the draw, the place Ayrna Sabalenka of Belarus and up to date French Open champ Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic are actually the favorites to advance to the ultimate. 

Osaka, who anchors the underside half of the draw because the No. 2 seed, is subsequent up on Heart Court docket.

— Dan Wolken, USA TODAY

TOKYO – The American swimmers capped Day 1 of finals with six medals within the pool, with the ladies’s 4×100 freestyle relay including bronze within the final race of the morning.

Australia set a world file, pulling away over the ultimate 300 meters to win in 3:29.69, breaking its earlier world file of three:30.05, set in 2018. 

Canada received the silver medal in 3:32.78, adopted by the USA in 3:32.81.

Bronze medalists for the Individuals are Erika Brown, Abbey Weitzeil, Natalie Hinds and Simone Manuel in addition to those that swam within the preliminaries Saturday. These swimmers have been Catie DeLoof, Allison Schmitt and Olivia Smoliga.  

Schmitt now has 9 Olympic medals in her profession, with the 200 free developing Monday.

— Jeff Metcalfe, USA TODAY

TOKYO — In a scoreless extra-inning contest, Monica Abbott surrendered a bases- loaded stroll within the prime of the eighth, marking the primary time an opponent scored towards the U.S. in 4 video games throughout these Olympics. The deficit to Australia didn’t final lengthy, as Amanda Chidester plated two runs with a single within the backside half of the inning for a 2-1 walk-off victory to maneuver the U.S. to 4-Zero in group play.

Additional-inning guidelines dictate an computerized runner on second, and Australia loaded the bases towards Abbott, who allowed her sixth free cross of the sport to place the U.S. in a 1-Zero gap.

Main off the underside of the eighth, Haylie McCleney reached on an infield single, with auto runner Ally Carda remaining at second. Janie Reed moved each runners into scoring place with a sacrifice bunt earlier than Chidester laced one up the center to win it.

Abbott struck out 13 and delivered 126 pitches. She’d gone 15⅔ innings with out permitting a run, with two saves in aid of Cat Osterman towards Italy and Australia. Abbott led the best way in a 1-Zero victory over Canada on Thursday.

The U.S. will face rival Japan on Monday within the last recreation of the round-robin.  

— Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY

TOKYO — Individuals Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger added to the swimming medal haul within the girls’s 400-meter particular person medley. Weyant received silver and Flickinger bronze behind gold medalist Yui Ohashi of Japan, who received in 4:32.08.

Weyant completed in 4:32.76, .68 seconds behind Ohashi. The 19-year-old American will attend the College of Virginia this upcoming college yr.

Flickinger, 27, is a two-time Olympian who moved to Arizona after the 2019 world championships to coach with Arizona State swimming coach Bob Bowman. She was seventh within the 200 butterfly on the 2016 Rio Olympics and can swim in that occasion once more in Tokyo.

Weyant and Flickinger are the primary U.S. girls to medal on the Tokyo Video games.

— Jeff Metcalfe, USA TODAY

TOKYO — Bryson DeChambeau is not going to be representing the US within the males’s golf competitors on the Tokyo Olympics after testing optimistic for COVID-19. 

USA Golf introduced the information Sunday morning in Japan, late Saturday night time within the U.S. The 2020 U.S. Open champion might be changed by Patrick Reed as one in every of 4 American golfers within the area of 60. 

“I’m deeply upset not to have the ability to compete within the Olympics for Crew USA,” DeChambeau stated in a press release by USA Golf.  “Representing my nation means the world to me and it’s was an incredible honor to make this group. I want Crew USA the perfect of luck subsequent week in Tokyo. I’ll now concentrate on getting wholesome, and I look ahead to returning to competitors as soon as I’m cleared to take action.” 

DeChambeau examined optimistic previous to touring to Tokyo as a part of the ultimate testing protocol. 

— Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY 

Nice Britain’s tennis star Andy Murray, who has received the final two gold medals in males’s singles, surprisingly withdrew from the match Sunday — hours earlier than he was set to play a first-round match towards Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Murray stated in a press release he suffered a quad pressure and, on the recommendation of group medical doctors, has determined to concentrate on doubles with accomplice Joe Salisbury. The pairing received its first-round match on Saturday, upsetting the French group of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert, which was seeded No. 2.

— Dan Wolken, USA TODAY

TOKYO – American Kieran Smith received a medal in his Olympic debut, ending third within the 400-meter freestyle.

Smith, 21, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and the College of Florida was in medal place for many of the race at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on the primary day of swimming finals.

He held onto the bronze medal place over the ultimate 200 meters, ending in 3:43.94, and giving the U.S. males their third swimming medal of the day.

Tunisa’s Ahmed Hafnaoui handed Australia’s Jack McLoughlin to win gold in 3:43.36. McLoughlin, who led from 200 to 350 meters, was runner-up in 3:43.52.

Smith additionally received on the U.S. Olympic Trials final month over Jake Mitchell, who additionally made the Olympic last, ending eighth in 3:45.39.

— Jeff Metcalfe, USA TODAY

TOKYO — Chase Kalisz, a Michael Phelps protege who received the silver medal on the 2016 Rio Olympics within the males’s 400 particular person medley, has finished it once more profitable gold to offer the US its first medal of those Olympic Video games.

U.S. teammate Jay Litherland took silver. 

Kalisz, 27, from Bel Air, Maryland, swam the difficult 400 IM, 100 meters of all 4 strokes, in 4:09.42.

The longtime gold-medal favourite on this occasion, Japan’s Daiya Seto, shockingly didn’t advance out of Saturday night time’s qualifying, making a wide-open last.

— Christine Brennan, USA TODAY

TOKYO – USA seaside volleyball pair April Ross and Alix Klineman received their opening preliminary Pool B match vs. China’s Chen Xue and Xinxin Wang.

Ross and Klineman received in straight units. They took an early lead within the first set and by no means appeared again, taking the sport 21-17. China stored the second set shut, however Ross and Klineman have been in a position to squeak out a slender 21-19 win, closing out the match in a complete of 44 minutes.

“It’s a extremely good Chinese language group. We studied them actually arduous, being the primary match of the Olympics. It feels actually good to get that win,” Ross stated after the preliminary victory. “I’m extraordinarily proud of it.”

The American seaside volleyball duo’s subsequent match might be towards Spain’s Elsa Baquerizo and Liliana Fernandez on July 27 at 9 a.m.

— Tyler Dragon, USA TODAY

TOKYO – A employees member within the U.S. delegation has examined optimistic for coronavirus, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee stated Sunday.

It was the one confirmed optimistic amongst 1,038 U.S. delegates.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee introduced 10 new COVID-19 optimistic circumstances on Sunday. Eight have been non-residents of Japan, together with two athletes. Organizers have introduced 132 circumstances since July 1.

— Rachel Axon, USA TODAY

TOKYO — French gymnast Samir Ait Mentioned suffered a ugly harm on the Rio Olympics that horrified anybody who noticed or heard it. Competing in Tokyo 5 years later, he’s the epitome of the Olympic spirit.

“Once I arrived right here, I had some flashbacks from Rio. However then I noticed I’ve to go ahead,” Ait Mentioned stated Saturday, after qualifying for the nonetheless rings last. “I gave all the things I had, serious about my household, particularly my father. I’ll give all the things I’ve to have a gold medal. A minimum of a medal.”

– Nancy Armour, USA TODAY

Professional hoops followers from the 1990s and early 2000s will really feel a twinge of nostalgia throughout NBC’s protection of Olympic basketball in Tokyo. The “Roundball Rock” theme tune the community used for the NBA on NBC from 1990-2002 might be featured on its males’s and ladies’s basketball telecasts. 

Composed by John Tesh, “Roundball Rock” grew to become synonymous with the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls groups and its frequent nationwide publicity prolonged into the Los Angeles Lakers’ run of championships with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. 

(The theme even spawned a 2013 Saturday Evening Stay skit that includes Jason Sudeikis as Tesh.)

The primary (re)look of the Olympics will come when Crew USA meets France in its Olympic opener on Sunday (eight a.m. ET).


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