Tokyo 2020 Live Updates: U.S. Athlete Hints at Russian Doping, Suni Lee Celebrates Historic Gold Medal

Live Updates

Team USA is celebrating a historic gold medal won by gymnast Suni Lee and Olympic records broken as the team competes on day 7 of Tokyo 2020. The team continues to collect medals in swimming and basketball. World-class gymnast Simone Biles continues to sit out, telling reporters she was continuing to struggle with the "twisties."

American and British athletes have also hinted at possible doping in the Russian Olympic Committee team after losing in the men's swimming. Meanwhile, Japan expanded the COVID-19 state of emergency to three areas surrounding the Olympic host city as Tokyo reports over 3,000 new daily cases.

Key moments

US Women's Soccer Shootout
Alyssa Naeher #1 of Team United States saves the fourth penalty from Aniek Nouwen #4 of Team Netherlands (not pictured) during the Women's Quarter Final match between Netherlands and United States on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at International Stadium Yokohama on July 30, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Getty Images/Francois Nel

US 4x400 mixed relay team reinstated after disqualification call was overturned

The U.S. mixed 4x400 relay team has been reinstated after being disqualified for what officials said was an illegal baton pass between Lynna Irby and Elija Godwin.

BREAKING NEWS: The U.S. 4x400M Mixed Relay team has been reinstated and will compete in Saturday's final.

— USATF (@usatf) July 30, 2021

The team appealed and the decision was overturned. The team will compete in the finals Saturday.

This decision could give Allyson Felix a chance to win her record-setting 10th Olympic medal. While Felix was on the track for the qualifying race, she was part of the mixed 4x400 team that won the gold at the 2019 world championships.

Simone Biles describes how the twisties affecter her performance in Tokyo

During a Q&A on her Instagram, Simone Biles described how suffering from "the twisties" led her to withdraw from the team and individual all-around finals in Tokyo.

When twisting, Biles said she "literally cannot tell up from down."

"It's the craziest feeling ever, not having an inch of control over your body," she wrote. "What's even scariest is since I have no idea where I am in the air, I also have no idea how I'm going to land or what I'm going to land on—head/hand/feet/back."

Biles also responded to accusations that she selfishly quit the competition.

"I didn't have a bad performance and quit," she wrote. "I've had plenty of bad performances throughout my career and finished the competition. I simply got so lost my safety was at risk, as well as a team medal."

She added that she doesn't have to explain why she put her physical and mental health first.

"My mind and body are simply not in sync," she wrote. "I don't think you realize how dangerous this [routine] is on hard/competition surface."

Biles is unsure when she will fully recover.

"You have to take literally day by day, turn by turn," she added.

Read the full story about Biles' battle with the twisties here.

Simone Biles Suffers Twisties
Simon Biles of USA fells before retiring from the event during the gymnastics artistic Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Ethiopia, Uganda win first track and field medals in Tokyo

Ethiopia's Selemon Barega of Ethiopia won the first track and field gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics with a victory in the men's 10,000-meters race.

Barega finished in 27 minutes, 43.22 seconds to upset world champion and world-record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda.

Cheptegei took the silver medal and his Ugandan teammate Jacob Kiplimo finished with a bronze in third.

The first #athletics gold medal of #Tokyo2020 goes to... Ethiopia!

Congrats to Selemon Barega of #ETH who has just won the men's 10,000m.@WorldAthletics | #StrongerTogether | @Tokyo2020

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 30, 2021

China continues to dominate in table tennis

Ma Long defended his Olympic title in men's table tennis with a win over Chinese teammate Fan Zhendong.

This marks the fourth straight Olympics that China has won gold and silver in the men's singles.

#CHN take the top spots in the men’s singles #tabletennis category!

It’s a second consecutive #gold for Ma Long!

He becomes the first ever man to win back-to-back Olympic titles in this event.#StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | @ittfworld

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 30, 2021

Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov earned a bronze medal with a win over Taiwan's Lin Yun Ju. This is his fifth medal, tying the record for most Olympic medals won by a man in table tennis.

China also dominated on the women's side. Chen Meng beat her Chinese teammate Sun Yingsha on Thursday to take gold in women's singles.

Chinese women have won every gold in singles.

US women's soccer advances to semifinals

Team USA defeated the Netherlands in a dramatic finish to move to the women's soccer semifinals.

In regulation time, Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams scored and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had a clutch pentaly kick save to keep the score 2-2.

After maintaining the tie through extra time, it all came down to a shootout.

The U.S. went 4-4 on penalty kicks with goals from Rose Levelle, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe. Naeher made two huge saves to secure the win for Team USA.


— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 30, 2021

US 4x400m mixed relay team disqualified for baton error

Team USA's 4x400-meter mixed relay team was disqualified from the inaugural Olympic event over a baton handoff error.

The team, comprised of Elija Godwin, Lynna Irby, Taylor Manson and Bryce Deadmon, were favorited to win gold in Tokyo.

But despite finishing fastest in the first heat, the team was later disqualified from the event for handing the baton over outside the designated changeover zone.

"COVID is in play and we do have to be a lot more careful than the year before," Godwin said. "But like I said before, we come out and we get as prepared as possible. Mistakes happen. We are human, we can make mistakes, and if at the end of the day we get DQ-ed [disqualified], I'll hold my head up high, because I know we competed our best. I'm proud of all of our guys and girls."

US women's water polo advances, Maggie Steffens breaks all-time scoring record

The U.S. women's water polo team had a big win to close out group play in Tokyo.

Team USA defeated the Russian Olympic Committee 18-5. With a record of 3-1, the U.S. has a bye to the quarterfinals on August 3.

Maggie Steffens scored four goals and became the all-time leading scorer in Olympic women's water polo history. She has 49 career goals so far.

The USA Women closed out group play with a flourish at #Tokyo2020 defeating ROC 18-5. @maggiesteffens scored 4 goals and broke an #Olympics record. @SHaralabidis added four more, @paigehauschild three, plus 16 saves for @theAshJohnson.

RECAP: #waterpolo

— USA Water Polo (@USAWP) July 30, 2021

Team USA baseball secured first win in Tokyo

Team USA baseball defeated Isreal 8-1 in their opening game in Tokyo Group play.

Tyler Austin helped the U.S. get ahead early with a two-run home run in the third inning, while Team USA opening ceremony flag bearer Eddy Alvarez had two RBI doubles to extend the lead later in the game.

The United States will take on South Korea on Saturday.

Hey 🌎, we here 😤#ForGlory🇺🇸 #TeamUSA #Olympics #Tokyo2020

— USA Baseball (@USABaseball) July 30, 2021

Team USA swimmers congratulate competitor on her record-breaking victory

In a display of true Olympic sportsmanship, two U.S. swimmers congratulated their South African competitor after she broke a world record in the women's 200-meter breaststroke final.

South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker won gold and set a new world record for the event with a time of 2:18.95.

Lily King and Annie Lazor swam over to embrace an emotional Schoenmaker and her South African teammate Kaylene Corbett, who finished fifth.

"You did amazing, congratulations you did it," Lazor said to Schoenmaker.

King and Lazor finished in second and third place, earning a silver and bronze medal, respectively.


— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 30, 2021

Could Canada face the U.S. at soccer semi-finals?

Canada has just managed to defeat Brazil 4-3 on penalties in the women's soccer quarter-finals.

The team will face one of two opponents - whoever wins the USA v Netherlands match the - USA are currently winning 2-1 up in the first half.

Simone Biles thanks teammates and friends for 'an amazing support system'

Empty stands on first day of track and field events

The 68,000-seat national is largely quiet as the discus and track running events get underway.

The first track and field medals are up for grabs later at the men's 10,000m final, which begins at 7.30am ET.

Danijel Furtula competes at empty stadiu
Bartlomiej Stoj competes in empty Olympic stadium
USAs Mason Finley competes in empty stadium

Novak Djokovic loses tennis semi-finals

The Serbian tennis champion's defeat to Germany's Alexander Gerzverev ends his bid for a Golden Slam - winning all four major tennis tournaments and the Olympics.

Novak Djokovic loses tennis Golden Slam opportunity
Serbia's Novak Djokovic has lost against Germany's Alexander Zverev at the Tokyo 2020 tennis semi-finals Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images

Lightning delays rugby sevens matches

Organizers said that Fiji v Australia and USA v GB will be delayed by 30 minutes each as a "precautionary measure" due to bad weather.

Fiji v Australia will kick off at 5.30am ET

USA v GB will kick off at 6am ET

BMX athlete 'awake, stable, and awaiting further medical evaluation' after crash

Team USA's Connor Fields was injured in a horrific crash after being slammed into the turn coming off a jump, hit by two other riders.

Medical staff rushed to treat him before taking him out of the competition on a stretcher. The 28-year-old qualified for the finals despite the crash, but was not able to race.

As most of you saw in today's BMX race, @connorfields11 suffered from a crash in the third round of the semifinals.

We can confirm that he is awake, stable, and awaiting further medical evaluation. He will remain in the hospital under observation.

Thinking of you Connor ❤️

— USA Cycling (@usacycling) July 30, 2021

Tokyo reports 3,300 new COVID cases in latest 24 hours

City officials reported the new infections - still high but ending a three-day leap to record numbers. The Japanese government plans to extend Covid-19 states of emergency to four prefectures.

The city recorded 3,865 cases yesterday and 2,848 on Wednesday - both figures still well above the peak of the country's pandemic in January.

How are COVID tests conducted at Tokyo 2020?

About 30,000 people are being asked to spit into plastic vials at the Olympics in a critical daily routine, according to organizers. That adds up to a half-million saliva samples collected for athletes, who get tested daily, as well as other venues.

The samples of collected spit - lots of it - are stored and identified by a barcode ready for preliminary tests. Those with dubious results go through another round of testing, with athletes and staff praying for the best.

U.S.A. and G.B. athletes suggest competition "not clean" during men's 200-meter backstroke final

British bronze medalist Luke Greenbank expressed his frustration "having known that there's a state-sponsored doping program going on and feeling like maybe more could be done to tackle that".

He was backed up by silver medalist Ryan Murphy who, asked if he thought the competition was clean, said:

I don't know if it was 100 percent clean and that's because of things that have happened over the past...there is a situation – and that's a problem.

The interview was awkward, with both athletes stood each side of the Russian gold medalist Evgeny Rylov. "I have always been for clean competition," he said, "from the bottom of my heart I am for clean sport. I've devoted my entire life to this sport. I don't even know how to react to that."

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Team USA hopes to win more golds today and keep itself in the top three on the medal table, competing against hosts Japan and top gold scorers China.

The team currently has the most medal overall, with 14 golds, 16 silvers and 11 bronzes so far.

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