Tokyo 2020 Live Updates: Simone Biles Announces Return as COVID Cases Spike

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Simone Biles will return to the Tokyo 2020 competition for the balance beam finals on Tuesday after she withdrew from the team and three other individual events due to health issues. Teammate and gold medal winner Suni Lee will also join Biles for beam.

Team USA had an impressive showing on the track despite the rain delays. Valarie Allman won gold in women's discus and Keni Harrison earned silver in the 100m hurdles in an upset loss to Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. Three women qualified for the 400-meter hurdles and two qualified for pole vaulting.

After her silver medal win, U.S. shot putter Raven Saunders is under investigation for an apparent protest gesture on the podium.

As of Saturday, Tokyo reported a record high of 4,058 new COVID-19 cases. Tokyo remains under a state of emergency.

China still leads the medal count with 29 after day 11 of competition in Tokyo. The United States is close behind with 22, following by Japan at 17 and Australia at 14. The U.S. has 64 medals total so far, including 25 silver and 17 bronze.

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Caleb Dressel's gold medals in Tokyo have earned him nearly $188k

Team USA swimming star Caeleb Dressel will leave Tokyo with more than national glory.

His five gold medals have earned him $187,500 thanks to Operation Gold Award.

According to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) website, the "Operation Gold Awards are designed to reward athletes for top-place finishes in a sport's most competitive senior international competition of the year."

"Resources are delivered either directly to the athlete or through their National Governing Body to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and economies of scale," the website said.

Man of firsts. 🥇

Caeleb Dressel x #TokyoOlympics

— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) August 1, 2021

Read More: Caeleb Dressel at Tokyo 2020: How Much Has the Swimmer Made From Olympic Gold Medals?

U.S. pole vaulter failed to qualify after broken pole led to hip injury

Team USA pole vaulter Sandi Morris is out of medal contention after an accident with her pole forced her to leave the competition with an injury.

During her jump, the pole broke and it extended her hip flexor, Morris said in a tweet.

"I felt it immediately when I stood up after the break and I knew for certain something was very very wrong when I tried to run down the runway for another attempt," she wrote.

She felt a shooting pain down her leg and cramping in her quad. Despite the pain, Morris made one other attempt but did not clear the 4.55-meter height to qualify. She was unable to complete the third attempt.

"I can walk away from today [and] know I gave it all I had," she added. "I just need to heal now."

Morris won silver in the 2016 Rio Games and was among the favorites to win gold in Tokyo.

I’m devastated… but I’m going to be ok.

I am so thankful for the outpouring of love from friends, fans and family.

Screenshot for more details. 🖤

— Sandi Morris, OLY🇺🇸 (@sandicheekspv) August 2, 2021

Team USA in the quarterfinals for women's basketball, volleyball

The U.S. women's basketball team remains undefeated in Tokyo, maintaining their Olympic dominance.

After defeating France 92-82, Team USA has advanced to the quarterfinals against Australia Wednesday.

Team USA has won 52 straight games in the Olympics.

3-0! It's on to the #Tokyo2020 quarterfinals!
🇺🇸 #USABWNT @_ajawilson22 22 PTS, 7 REB@breannastewart 17 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST@tinacharles31 15 PTS, 5 AST

— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 2, 2021

Women's indoor volleyball will also advance to the quarterfinals. The U.S. beat Italy in five sets to win their pool. Unfortunately, the team lost Jordyn Poulter and Jordan Thompson to rolled ankles.

"They really stayed together," coach Karch Kiraly said. "I look back and our substitute box is getting very lonely back there. There's only three or four players there. So it's getting to be a bit of an adventure. But our team played with great heart and played together."

The U.S. Women 🇺🇸 come back to win the 4th set v Italy 🇮🇹 25-16. WE ARE GOING 5⃣!

Annie Drews leading U.S. scoring with 18 points. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley has 14.

Micha Hancock still setting for U.S. Jordyn Poulter watching the match from a wheelchair on the sidelines.

— USA Volleyball (@usavolleyball) August 2, 2021

American beach volleyball duo April Ross and Alix Klineman will play in the quarterfinals against Germany. The match will air live at 8:00 p.m. ET Monday night.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn wins Puerto Rico's second-ever gold medal

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn became the second Puerto Rican to ever win a gold medal and the first to win for track and field.

Camacho-Quinn won the women's 100-meters hurdles with a time of 12.37 seconds, upsetting American world record holder Keni Harrison by 0.15 seconds.

I did it 🥺❤️🥇

— Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (@JCamachoQuinn) August 2, 2021

In her semifinal heat, Camacho-Quinn set a new Olympic record with a time of 12.26 seconds.

Jamacia's Megan Tapper finished third.

After a comeback win earlier in the day, Sifan Hassan wins gold in 5,000m

Less than 12 hours after falling in the 1,500-meters heat, Dutch track star Sifan Hassan won gold in the 5,000-meters race.

"I am an Olympic champion. How did that happen? I am super happy. I cannot believe it, especially after what happened this morning," Hassan said in a release from her agent. "I thought it wasn't going to happen. But these last two rounds I stuck around with them. And now I am an Olympic champion. I am really happy".

Hassan fell during the 1,500-meters qualifier but came back with a full-out sprint to win her heat.

Hassan will have time to rest before competing in the second round of the 1,500-meters Wednesday and the finals Friday. She will also compete in the women's 10,000-meters Saturday.

Never give up!

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands tripped with one lap to go in a preliminary heat of the women's 1500m but got back up to continue the race.

She ended up winning her heat to advance. #TokyoOlympics

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 2, 2021

U.S. baseball loses to Japan

Team USA baseball lost to Japan 7-6 in extra innings.

Japan will play South Korea in the semifinals Wednesday.

The U.S. will play again Tuesday in the Round 2 repechage.

Final in extras.#TeamUSA's next game will be at 11 p.m. ET Tuesday.

— USA Baseball (@USABaseball) August 2, 2021

China smashes Olympic record, U.S. earns bronze in women's weightlifting

It was a record-breaking day in women's 87 kg weightlifting

In her gold medal performance, China's Li Wenwen set an Olympic record in the snatch (140kg) and clean and jerk (180kg) to post a new Olympic record total of 320kg.

Emily Campbell became the first British woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal with silver, posting a total of 283 kg.

Sarah Robles becomes the first American woman to win two Olympic medals in weightlifting.

Robles took bronze in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. In Tokyo, she earned her second bronze medal with a total of 282 kg.

Pumped up. 🥉@roblympian becomes the first American woman to win two Olympic weightlifting medals. #TokyoOlympics

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 2, 2021

Transgender weightlifter Laural Hubbard also competed in this event. She failed in all three of her attempts, ending her historic medal bid.

Sweden and Canada will play for gold in women's soccer final

Canada and Sweden will play for the gold in the women's soccer finals in Tokyo.

Sweden defeated Australia 1-0 in the semifinals Monday. The Swedes earned a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Games after a loss to the Americans in the finals

The United States will play Australia for the bronze on August 5.


Canada 🇨🇦 vs Sweden 🇸🇪

Women’s soccer Olympic gold medal game.

Friday, 11am in Tokyo.

Thursday, 10pm ET in Canada. @CBCOlympics #Tokyo2020

— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) August 2, 2021

Valarie Allman wins gold for Team USA in discus

Team USA's Valarie Allman won gold in women's discus.

Allman had an impressive showing in her Olympic debut, with a 68.98-meter distance on her first throw.

Germany's Kristin Pudenz earned silver and Cuba's Yaime Perez finished in third with bronze.

American record holder @vallman123 wins GOLD, the first of Tokyo Olympic Games for #TeamUSATF, in the Women's Discus with an undeniably impressive 68.98m on her first attempt! #JourneyToGold

— USATF (@usatf) August 2, 2021

IOC investigating gesture from Raven Saunders as possible violated protest rules

After winning a silver medal in Tokyo, American shot putter Raven Saunders, a 25-year-old Black, LGBTQ athlete, raised her arms in an "X" over her head on the podium. She told NBC that it represented "the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet."

"Shout out to all my black people. Shout out to all my LGBTQ community. Shout out to all my people dealing with mental health," Sunders said after her win.

Let them try and take this medal. I’m running across the border even though I can’t swim 😂

— Raven HULK Saunders (@GiveMe1Shot) August 1, 2021

Now, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it is looking into a gesture as a possible violation of rules banning protests on medal podiums.

"We are in contact obviously with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC)," IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said during a press briefing Monday. "We are also in touch with World Athletics. We are not surprisingly looking into the matter and we now will consider our next steps."

The USOPC showed their support of Sunders, saying "Saunders' peaceful expression in support of racial and social justice that happened at the conclucion of the ceremony was respectful of her competitors and did not violate our rules related to demonstration."

Read the full story here.

3 American women qualify for the 400m hurdles

Despite the rainy conditions on the track in Tokyo, Team USA had a strong showing in the women's 400-meter hurdles semi-finals.

Three American women qualified for the finals.

Reigning champion Dalilah Muhammad won her heat with a 53.30 time. She looks to repeat her 2016 gold medal win.

Sydney McLaughlin, the current world record holder in this event, posted the fastest time in the semis with a 53.03 finish.

Anna Cockrell came in second in her heat with a 54.17 time.

In heavy rain, @GoSydGo posts the fastest time of the women’s 400m semis with a 53.03. Reigning Olympic champ Dalilah Muhammad runs 53.30 to win her respective heat. Anna Cockrell (54.17) makes the final too out of Heat 3.

Big things to come in the final as they clash once again

— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) August 2, 2021

Adeline Gray earns silver in women's wrestling

Team USA's Adeline Gray took second after in the women's 76 kg freestyling wrestling finals against Aline Rotter Focken of Germany.

As time ran out in the hard-fought battle, Gray could not overcome a 7-3 deficit.

Gray, a five-time world champion and 2016 Olympian, walks away from Tokyo with a silver medal.

Add Olympic medalist to her resume.@AdelineGray secures silver at 76kg. #TokyoOlympics

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 2, 2021

Belarusian athlete given humanitarian visa to Poland, foreign affairs minister confirms

Kryscina Tsimanouskaya a Belarusian athlet is already in direct contact with Polish diplomats in Tokyo. She has received a humanitarian Visa. Poland will do whatever is necessary to help her to continue her sporting career. 🇵🇱 always stands for Solidarity.

— Marcin Przydacz (@marcin_przydacz) August 2, 2021

First ever trans athletes compete at Tokyo 2020

Canada's Quinn will be the first openly trans and non-binary athlete to be guaranteed a medal after the women's football team defeat Team USA at the semi-finals earlier.

Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand is currently competing in the women's +87kg weightlifting.

Belarusian athlete to seek asylum in Poland

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya plans to flee to Poland after alleging that officials tried to force her to return home, where she feared for her safety. The athlete is applying for a visa at the Polish embassy in Tokyo, according to Vadim Krivosheyev of the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation.

Her apparent forced removal from the Games began after she criticized how officials were managing her team. Tsimanouskaya was due to run in the 200-meter heats on Monday but was put in the 4x400 relay even though she has never raced the event.

READ MORE: Belarus Sprinter Says She Was Forcibly Removed From Olympics for Criticizing Coaches

'Heartbreaking but hard-fought': Team USA soccer team congratulates Canada

Heartbreaking but hard-fought. Good luck to Canada in the final.

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) August 2, 2021

Jade Carey wins gold on women's floor exercise

The American gymnast won the gold medal in the women's floor exercise with a score of 14.366.

Jade Cares takes gold in womens gymnastics
Jade Cares takes gold in womens gymnastics
Jade Cares takes gold in womens gymnastics

Piers Morgan: Simone Biles 'has taken my advice'

UPDATE: Simone has taken my advice and will compete in tomorrow’s Beam final.
Good luck, Champ @Simone_Biles 👍

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 2, 2021

Canada beats USA in women's soccer semi-final

Canada's women's soccer team will advance to the final against Sweden or Australia.

The match was 0-0 until shortly before the end of the game, with Canadian Jessie Fleming scoring a penalty at 74 minutes.

Australian cyclist's handlebars fall off

Alexander Porter was forced out of the men's track cycling team pursuit qualifying event after a crash where his handlebars fell off.

Alexander Porters handlebars fall off at Tokyo
Alexander Porters handlebars fall off at Tokyo

China wins raft of gold medals in shooting, weightlifting, cycling

Chinese athletes have taken gold medals in weightlifting, shooting, and cycling in the past hour. In the men's 50m rifle 3 positions - the last shooting final of the Games - Zhang Changhong set a new world record of 466.0 points.

In the women's under-87kg weightlifting, Wang Zhouyu lifted 270kg to get the gold - 120 snatch plus 150 clean and jerk.

Chinese duo Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi raced ahead of Germany to get gold in the track cycling final, setting a new world record time of 31.85.

Over 2,000 new COVID cases after record numbers

Tokyo officials reported 2,195 new daily infections on Monday after nearly double that over the weekend. On Saturday, a record 4,058 new COVID cases were reported.

Today's figure is a drop but is the highest ever be recorded on a Monday, suggesting the infection rate continues to intensify.

At Tokyo 2020, there have been at least 281 cases linked to the Games, according to organizers.

Simone Biles makes a return after several days out

The gymnast was suffering from the "twisties", which left her unable to perform due to pressure.

We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to watch you both!

— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 2, 2021

0-0 at half time in USA v Canada soccer semi-final

The teams remain drawn at half-time in the dramatic USA v Canada women's soccer match.

Team USA is hoping to take gold and secure its place in the final against either Sweden or Australia.

Germany sets stunning world record in cycling

The team has set a new world record in the women's team pursuit during qualifying.

Franziska Brausse, Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein, and Mieke Kroeger smashed Team GB's record by almost three seconds, completing 16 laps in 4:07.307.

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Team USA hopes to keep the top place in the Tokyo 2020 medal table, hoping to take a raft of gold medals in the next 48 hours.

One of these is hoped to be in soccer, where the U.S. Women's National Team is taking on Canada in the semi-final.

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