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Wang Shuang scored four goals, including an 83rd-minute equalizer from the penalty spot, to give China a 4-4 draw with Zambia on Saturday in the group stage of the women's Olympic soccer competition. Barbra Banda scored three goals for Zambia, her second hat trick in as many games for a team making its first Olympic appearance. Wang scored in the sixth minute to give China the early lead, but Racheal Kundananji tied it for Zambia in the 15th.
Distria Krasniqi beat Funa Tonaki in the women's 48-kilogram judo final on Saturday night, depriving Japan of its first gold medal in its home Olympics and winning Kosovo's second-ever medal. Krasniqi won on a throw with 20 seconds left, scoring a waza-ari and claiming a title that moved her to tears moments later. Although Krasniqi was the top seed, she was severely challenged by the 4-foot-10 Tonaki, who beat a series of difficult opponents to reach the final.
Koji Abe has never been to a football match before, but on Saturday he'll see his first and become one of the few in Japan to watch the Olympics in person.
Former world number four Kiki Bertens bid farewell to her career as a singles tennis player on Saturday after a tough three-set defeat to Marketa Vondrousova in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics. Bertens, who will end her career as the 21st-ranked player, told Reuters she had no regrets about bringing the curtains down, having made the decision in part due to a lingering Achilles injury for which she underwent surgery last year. In her best showing at a Grand Slam, Bertens reached the semifinals of the 2016 French Open before losing to Serena Williams.
The Tokyo Olympics will go down in history as a Games almost devoid of spectators, but cycling fans on Saturday got the rare chance to see the athletes in person on the first day of full-fledged competition. With the Japanese capital in its fourth COVID-19 state of emergency as infections surge, the organisers this month banned spectators https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-set-declare-state-emergency-tokyo-area-through-aug-22-minister-2021-07-08 from all but a handful of stadiums and asked the public https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/tokyo-organisers-ask-public-stay-away-road-cycling-triathlon-events-2021-07-09 to stay away https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/japan-arranging-opening-ceremony-without-spectators-except-vips-paper-2021-07-06 from cycling, marathon and other outdoor events.
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Tonga struggled to assemble a team but still beat the Cook Islands 54-10 on Saturday in a qualifying match for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. With its Europe-based players unavailable, Tonga used 17 new caps in tests against New Zealand and Samoa this month, then named six more in its lineup to play the Cook Islands in Saturday’s Oceania qualifier at Pukekohe, south of Auckland. Tonga will go on to play whoever becomes Asian champion — Hong Kong, Malaysia or South Korea — in an Asia-Pacific qualifying match for a place beside South Africa, Ireland and Scotland at Pool B in France.
Ecuador's Richard Carapaz won Olympic gold in the men's cycling road race on Saturday, timing to perfection a tactical, final descent after a tough 234-kilometre course worthy of a mountain stage of the Grand Tour.
Sri Lanka's head coach Mickey Arthur ordered the national squad off social media on Saturday after disgruntled fans launched a campaign to boycott players following a string of defeats overseas.
London is being cleaned as rubbish and bin bags are collected following first Friday night in more than a year-and-a-half after Covid restrictions were lifted.
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. first lady Jill Biden watched their countrywomen tangle on the 3x3 basketball court at the sport's Olympic debut in Tokyo on Saturday, with the Americans pulling out an upset victory. Macron and Biden are among the few dignitaries attending the delayed Games, with Japan and much of the world still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Macron and Biden wore face masks and, after a brief greeting, the first lady sat one row behind him in accordance with social distancing norms.
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At least six people were injured due to Typhoon In-fa in Okinawa, Japan, on July 23.This footage, by Yoshimi Senaha, shows strong winds and police and firefighters responding to a downed tree.Japan’s Meteorological Agency said that by July 24, the storm had wind speeds of 89 miles per hour as it moved away from the Okinawa region. Multiple storm warnings were in place for Saturday. Credit: Yoshimi Senaha via Storyful
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged Singapore's senior citizens get vaccinated against COVID-19, stating that it is "very safe".
Several people were arrested as thousands of anti-lockdown protesters took to the streets of Sydney’s central business district on Saturday, July 24.This footage, released by police, shows protesters clashing with mounted police officers.Demonstrators were marching in response to COVID-19 restrictions, which were in put place across greater Sydney after a spike in infections. In the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday, July 23, 163 new cases were recorded in New South Wales. Credit: State of NSW (NSW Police Force) via Storyful
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Over 100 years ago, a small strip of Manhattan Beach was one of few places that welcomed people of color. That was stripped away by agitated white residents. Today the land could soon be returned to the original family who provided this oasis for Black beachgoers.
A pair of little-known teenage taekwondo fighters defeated gold medal contenders on the first day of the Tokyo Games tournament on Saturday, highlighted by Spaniard Adriana Cerezo Iglesias's upset of China's two-time Olympic champion Wu Jingyu. Even with form hard to judge coming into the Games with most international competitions wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cerezo Iglesias's win over the 34-year-old Wu in the women's -49kg event was a massive shock. "I couldn’t believe it," said 17-year-old Cerezo Iglesias, who was leading 33-2 at the end of two rounds and won by 'point gap'.
Japanese judoka Funa Tonaki reached the final in her 48kg class on Saturday, leaving her just one bout away from winning her country's first Tokyo 2020 gold medal later in the day. Tonaki, a one-time world champion making her Olympic debut, won a nailbiting semi-final with an ippon - judo's equivalent of a knockout - by pinning beat Ukraine's Daria Bilodid in Golden Score overtime. Japan's triple world champion Naohisa Takato, a bronze medallist at the Rio 2016 Games, meanwhile reached the semi-final in his 60kg class.