Tokyo 2020 Live Updates: Swimming, Gymnastics and Table Tennis Among Day 4 Events

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Team USA has had a mixed start to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

U.S. champion Katie Ledecky came in second to Australia's Ariarne Titmus in the 400-meter freestyle final. But Ledecky bounced back with strong performances in the 200-meter freestyle and 1500-meter freestyle.

The women's gymnastics finished second in qualifying for team finals behind the Russian Olympic Committee. Simone Biles qualified for all four individual event finals—the uneven bars, beam, floor, and vault—as well as the all-around.

Caroline Marks also had a strong showing in the first-ever surfing event, earning the highest score of the day among male and female competitors.

After Day 3 of the Olympics, the U.S. has 14 medals—seven gold, three silver and four bronze.

Their gold medals include history wins in men's and women's shooting, women's fencing and Taekwondo. Team USA also earned its first medal, a bronze, in skateboarding.

Tokyo itself continues to suffer a resurgence in COVID cases, averaging over 1,000 each day in the past week.

Follow Newsweek's live blog for all the latest news on Team USA and Tokyo 2020.


Carolina Marks
Caroline Marks of Team United States surfs during the Women's Round 3 heat on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach on July 26, 2021 in Ichinomiya, Chiba, Japan. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is on track to become the first man to complete the Golden Slam in Tokyo.

The Serbian tennis star made it through the third round Monday, defeating German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3.

In order to win a Golden Slam, a player must win all four majors – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open – as well as a gold medal at the Olympics.

Steffi Graf is the only person to win this title in 1988.

Djokovic has won the first three major championships of the year and will have to wait for the U.S. Open at the end of the summer.

"I am full of confidence and motivated to represent Serbia in the best possible way," Djokovic said according to "I am yearning for a medal in Tokyo, hopefully gold, and then I'll go to New York aiming to complete it all."

R3 #идемооо ⏩🇷🇸🙌🏼🔥 @OKSrbije #TeamSerbia

📸 Kopatsch/Sato/Sidorjak #Tokyo2020 #Olympics

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) July 26, 2021

Japan upset China in mixed doubles table tennis finals

Japan pulled off a major upset over China in mixed doubles table tennis Monday.

Mizutani Jun and Ito Mima interrupted the People's Republic of China's long gold medal streak. This was the first time China has not won gold in singles, doubles or team table tennis since 2004.

China's Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen got off to a good start, winning the first two games 11-5 and 11-7. Japan fought back to win the third, fourth and fifth games 11-8, 11-9 and then 11-9 again. After China won game six 11-6, it was a battle for the deciding game seven. Japan took a decisive 8-0 lead and held on to win the gold 11-6.

China finished with silver and Chinese Taipei filled out the podium with bronze.

#Gold for the hosts! #JPN

Mizutani Jun and Ito Mima win the mixed doubles #tabletennis gold medal!#StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | @ittfworld

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 26, 2021

Cancer survivor sets U.S. record in triathlon

Cancer survivor Kevin McDowell set a U.S. Olympic record in the triathlon. McDowell finished sixth, the highest finish for an American in Olympic triathlon history.

"I was so sick. I didn't know what would happen, but I was so passionate about this sport," McDowell said. "To be up here being in contention at the Olympic Games, I'm living the dream."

McDowell finished with a time of 1:45:54.

10 years after his cancer diagnosis, Kevin McDowell finishes in 6th-place at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

It's the best finish of any American man in Olympic triathlon history.

Congratulations, @KMcDowell1! #TokyoOlympics #TokyoUnited #Tokyo2020 #Triathlon

— USA Triathlon (@usatriathlon) July 25, 2021

U.S. surfer Caroline Marks earns highest score of any male or female competitor

Team USA's Caroline Marks,19, won her round 3 heat in Olympics surfing, defeating Japan's Mahina Maeda Monday.

Marks scored 15.33, the highest of any male or female surfer. She earned an 8.0, the strongest single wave score of the day.

She will face Costa Rica's Brisa Hennessy in Heat 2 of the quarterfinals.

U.S. surfer @Caroline_Marks3 is making waves 🌊

She set the highest score in round 3 of the women's Olympic surfing competition and has advanced to the quarterfinals. #TokyoOlympics @usasurfteam

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021

Fellow Team USA surfer Carisa Moore managed a close 10.34 – 9.90 win against Peru's Sofia Mulanovich.

Due to wave conditions from Tropical Storm Nepartuk, the surfing medal bouts have been moved ahead from Wednesday to Tuesday.

German women's gymnastics team wears unitards to protest sexualization of sport's uniform

The German women's gymnastic team decided to wear full-body unitards during the qualifying competition Sunday to protest the sexualization of women in the sport.

"We sat together today and said, OK, we want to have a big competition," gymnast Sarah Voss said, according to the Associated Press. "We want to make sure everyone feels comfortable and we show everyone that they can wear whatever they want and look amazing, feel amazing, whether it is in a long leotard or a short one."

Male gymnasts unusually wear longer, looser-fitting shorts or fully unitards during different events, while women wear bikini-cut leotards.

The Tokyo Olympics are the first Games since Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics national team doctor, was sent to prison for sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts. At his sentencing, athletes described how the culture of the sport allowed for the abuse and objectification of young women and girls.

Germany's women's gymnastics team wore unitards at the #Olympics to fight discomfort and sexualization.

Some athletes say the sport's culture can promote objectification, and leotards can be a barrier for religious/cultural reasons:

"Everybody... should decide what to wear."

— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 26, 2021

This comes after Norway's women beach handball team was fined 1,500 euros for "improper clothing" after they wore shorts instead of mandated bikini bottoms during their bronze-medal match in the European Beach Handball Championship.

According to the official rules, "female athletes must wear bikini bottoms" that have "a close fit" and are "cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg" with a side depth of no more than 10 centimeters. Male players wear shorts.

American singer Pink offered to pay the fines for the Norway team, calling the rules "sexist."

Pink offered to pay fines for Norway's women's beach handball team after they were punished for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms, which players say are impractical.

The European Handball Federation fined them for "improper clothing" even though men also wear shorts.

— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 26, 2021

Russian Olympic Committee edges Japan for gold in men's gymnastic team finals

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) took gold in the men's artistic gymnastics. This is the first Russian team win since 1996.

Japan finished second to take silver and the bronze went to China.

The U.S. men's team finished fifth behind Great Britain.

Team USA's Brody Malone and Sam Mikulak will compete in the men's all-around finals are Wednesday where Team USA still has a chance to medal.

Four U.S. men also qualified for the apparatus finals August 1-3: Malone on high bar, Mikulak on parallel bars, Yul Moldauer on floor exercises and Alec Yoder on pommel horse.

What a Team Final!

The 🇺🇸 men’s artistic team pulls in with a 5th-place finish! Congratulations on a huge day in Tokyo, fellas!

Next up, the All-Around Final for Brody (@brody1700) and Sam (@SamuelMikulak) on Wednesday! #Tokyo2020

— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 26, 2021

Luka Donic dominates in Olympic debut with 48 points

Dallas Mavericks and Slovenia star Luka Donic dominated during his Olympic debut in Tokyo.

He dropped 48 points, tied for the second-most scored in a single game. His scoring, as well as his 11 rebounds and five assists, helped lead Slovenia to a 118-100 win over Argentina.

There's debuts...and there's @Luka7Doncic in Olympic Games. 48 PTS the most in a game in the last 33 years, tied 2nd most all-time 🔥#Tokyo2020 #Basketball

— FIBA #Tokyo2020 (@FIBA) July 26, 2021

Read more about Donic here.

Oldest female gymnast retires after failure to qualify for vault in Tokyo

Oksana Chusovitina, the oldest females gymnast to compete at an Olympic Games, has announced her retirement after failing to qualify for the vault final in Tokyo.

Chusovitina, 46, has competed in eight consecutive Olympics since her debut in 1992.

"It was really nice. I cried tears of happiness because so many people have supported me for a long time. I didn't look at the results, but I feel very proud and happy. I'm saying goodbye to sports," the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) quoted her saying.

Standing ovation and not a dry eye in the house for the #ArtisticGymnastics legend Oksana Chusovitina 🇺🇿 as she takes her final @Olympics bow. The 46-year-old today became an 8⃣-time Olympian, competing on Vault for the last time at @Tokyo2020 ❤️#Tokyo2020 #Olympics

— FIG (@gymnastics) July 25, 2021

Chusovitina has won 32 medals, nine of which are gold, and represented several teams throughout the decades, including the Soviet Union, Germany and Uzbekistan.

Read the full story here.

Dawn Staley makes history as U.S. women's basketball's first Black head coach

U.S. women's Olympic basketball team coach Dawn Staley has come full circle as the team's first Black head coach.

Staley won gold medals as a player on the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams and helped the U.S. win gold as an assistant coach in 2008 and 2016. She also led South Carolina to its first women's basketball NCAA national championship in 2017.

"I think it is fitting she is the first Olympic head coach who is a Black coach because she has put in an awful lot of time with USA Basketball," national team Director Carol Callan told the Associated Press.

But Staley said she is more focused on winning the team's seventh consecutive gold medal than on the pressure of her historic position.

"We got a job to do. It's not about me at all," Staley told AP. "I never get ahead of myself when it comes to that. I am enjoying the journey. I'm very aware of what's happening around me."

The significance of Staley's role, however, is not lost on her team.

"Representation matters," forward A'ja Wilson told AP. "It's one of those things where if you can see her, you can be her."

Wilson played for Staley at South Carolina and is making her Olympic debut in Tokyo.

"I feel like this one is very personal," she added. "Coach Staley is my second mom and I'd do anything for her. That's what I feel like right now."

The USA women's basketball team has won six-straight Olympic gold medals and head coach Dawn Staley has been a part of FIVE of them 👀

🥇 Three as a player ('96, '00, 04)
🥇 Two as an assistant coach ('08, '16)

Basketball icon 🙌 @dawnstaley

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 18, 2021

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins first-ever gold medal for Philippines

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz earned the first gold medal for the Philippines after winning the women's 55 kg weightlifting event in Tokyo.

Diaz, 30, set an Olympics record for lifting a combined weight of 224 kg in her fourth Olympic Games.

THIS IS OUR MOMENT: #PHI's first-ever #Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz salutes the Philippine flag as the national anthem Lupang Hinirang is played for the first time in the Games

— Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) July 26, 2021

A tearful Diaz stood on the podium as the Philippine national anthem played for the first time in Olympic history.

Diaz won a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Hidilyn Diaz
Gold medallist Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz stand on the podium for the victory ceremony of the women's 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. Vincenzo PINTO/AFP via Getty Images

Women's 3x3 basketball, softball remain undefeated

Team USA's women's 3x3 basketball remains undefeated in Tokyo after wins over Italy and China Monday.

Kelsey Plum scored 10 points, including the game-winning 2-point shot, and Allisha Gray had two huge blocks in the 21-19 win over China.

Team USA (6-0) will face Japan (4-2) Tuesday to finish out the preliminary round. The USA has already secured a spot in the semifinals late this week.

#3x3 Semifinal Berth Secured

— USA Basketball 3x3 (@usab3x3) July 26, 2021

Women's softball has also won all of its games. They will play for a gold medal after Kelsey Stewart hit a walk-off home run to wins over Japan.

Team USA will face Japan again in the final game Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET. The two powerhouses met in the last softball gold medal game in 2008 when Japan won 3-1.

More of this, please and thanks.@USASoftballWNT x #TokyoOlympics

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 26, 2021

USA swimming earns 8 medals so far in Tokyo

After two days, USA swimming has a total of eight medals in Tokyo.

Team USA won its first two medals in the men's 400-meter individual medley. Chase Kalisz earned gold and Jay Litherland finished right behind him to snag the silver medal.

The men's 4x100 freestyle relay also earned gold for Team USA.

Katie Ledecky took silver in the women's 400 freestyle, losing to her Australian rival Ariarne Titmus by 0.67 of a second.

Ledecky won both of her heats in the women's 200-meter freestyle and 1500 meter freestyle Monday. She set a new Olympic record in the 1500m with a time of 15:35.35.

Regan Smith set an Olympic record in the women's 100-meter backstroke and secured a top seed heading into the event finals.

Olympic record in the semifinal.


We stan @reganesmith4. #TokyoOlympics

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 26, 2021

Team USA has earned two gold, three silver and three bronze medals so far in Tokyo.

Jagger Eaton earns Team USA's first medal in skatebaording

Teenagers dominated skateboarding's inaugural Olympic competition in Tokyo.

Momiji Nishiya, 13, won gold for Japan in women's street skateboarding with a score of 15.26. Fellow 13-year-old Rayssa Leal of Brazil earned silver with a score of 14.64 and 16-year-old Funa Nakayama of Japan won bronze with a 14.49 score.

Jagger Eaton made history, earning Team USA's first medal in skateboarding. He took bronze in men's street skateboarding.

Shredding straight to the history books 💯@jaggereaton x #TokyoOlympics

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 25, 2021

In case you missed it - Monday morning's top events

  • Tokyo reports 153 COVID-positive Olympics staff
  • Team USA sets two Olympic records at skeet shooting
  • U.S. tops medal table after seven gold medals
  • "Magic Monday" for Team GB sees flurry of golds

Are you finding love at the (digital) Olympic Village?

Viral TikTok videos are showing people changing their location on Tinder to the Olympic Village in an attempt to get the attention of athletes looking for love.

Following a 1,850 percent increase in Tinder users Passporting themselves into the Village during the 201 Winter Games, it appears this year's Games are the exact same.

READ MORE: Tinder Users Change Their Location to the Olympic Village to Date Athletes


I was on swim team until I was 12 so we'll have that in common

♬ Into The Thick Of It! - The Backyardigans

Tokyo reports over 1,400 new COVID cases

City officials reported 1,429 on Monday for the past 24 hours - nearly double the number of new cases from Monday last week.

It is the highest increase reported on a Monday, but a lower daily increase compared to the previous several days.

Meanwhile, at least 153 cases have been linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in total, organizers said Monday.

Team Japan gets level with Team USA

Both Olympic teams now have seven gold medals after Japan's victory in the lightweight judo final. Team USA still leads overall, however, with 14 medals to Japan's 11.

China is now in third with six golds but leads in medals overall with 15 so far. The U.S. remains at the top of the table.

Jill Biden cheers on Team USA

World judo champion denied Olympic title

Lasha Shavdatuashvili was hoping to defeat Team Japan's Shohei Ono at the lightweight final just now but fell short.

Ono continues his reign as Olympic champion.

Lasha Shavdatuashvili denied Olympic judo champion title
Japan's Shohei Ono (white) and Georgia's Lasha Shavdatuashvili compete in the judo men's 73kg final at Tokyo 2020 Franck Fife/Getty Images

Team GB's Tom Daley and Matty Lee take gold in 10m diving

Great Britain's Tom Daley and Matty Lee edged defeated China to win gold in the men's synchronized 10m platform diving, with a score of 471.81. Daley had tears in his eyes after adding gold to the bronze medals he won in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

His partner Lee, making his Olympic debut, produced a stunning synchronized and ended 21-year China's winning run, with Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen just short of the British pair with a score of 470.58.

Dreams do come true 🥇🥇#TeamGB

— Team GB (@TeamGB) July 26, 2021

USA v Italy women's basketball - Team USA wins

Team USA has won 17-13 during the 10-minute match against Italy, with a strong performance from American Kelsey Plum helping secure victory.

Team USA secures basketball victory at Tokyo
Team USA secures basketball victory at Tokyo

Dutch tennis player drops out after testing positive for COVID-19

Jean-Julien Rojer's campaign alongside doubles partner Wesley Koolhofhas will come to an end due to the virus, according to a statement from the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Rojer and his partner Wesley Koolhof have been withdrawn from the men's doubles event, and their opponents Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus of New Zealand receive a walkover into the quarterfinals. We wish Jean-Julien a speedy recovery.

Team USA basketball team thanks fans ahead of match against Ireland

Madison Hughes told fans their support "drives us on the field" and said the team wants to "make you proud and do our best for you" at Tokyo 2020.

For the early risers - USA v Ireland starts at 5.30am (ET).

.@USARugby is a big fan of the #TeamUSA fandom.

🔜 🇺🇸 vs. 🇮🇪 | 5:30am ET on @CNBC

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 26, 2021

U.S. athletes continue to set records in shooting

Team USA has won its second gold medal in the skeet - and its second Olympic record - with American Vincent Hancock winning his third Olympic title after waiting nine years.The 32-year-old shot 59 out of a possible 60 targets, defeating Denmark's Jesper Hansen who hit 55.

The Olympian will be celebrating his comeback after falling to 15th place in Rio 2016. It comes after Amber English set a new Olympic record after winning gold at the women's skeet final on Sunday night (ET).

26 July - #Shooting - Men's Skeet

🥇Vincent Hancock🇺🇸
🥈Jesper Hansen🇩🇰
🥉Abdullah Alrashidi🇰🇼#UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #Olympics

— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 26, 2021

Can Team USA win the battle for gold medals?

Team USA has is currently in the top spot on the medal table with seven golds, with China and Japan following closely behind with six golds each. Can the U.S. keep the top spot? The data shows it is more than possible.

The United States has won the most medals—and most gold medals—at each of the past two Olympics (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and is the only country to amass at least 1,000 gold medals in the history of the modern Games.

China had the second-most medals in 2016 - a whopping 50 medals behind the U.S. - but only 20 fewer gold medals. In London, Team USA had an eight-medal advantage in golds over China and just 13 more overall medals.

The last time the Americans did not win the gold medal battle was 2008, when China led the way with 48 golds to 36 by the Americans. In other words: the chance of a Team USA win in gold medals - and possible overall - this year is very, very likely.

READ MORE: Can the US Beat China in Medals Race at Olympics? China Takes Early Lead

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Day three of Tokyo 2020 is well underway after a set of record-setting triumphs and shocking defeats for Team USA, which currently sits top on the medal table with seven golds, three silvers, and four bronzes.

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