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There aren't any fans to watch the Olympic weightlifting in Tokyo this year, so that job effectively falls to the bored volunteers with little else to do after spectators were banned from venues. One official told Reuters that organisers hadn't reduced the number of volunteers because they didn't want to cause disappointment.
World record holder Kaylee McKeown was the fastest qualifier in the women's 100m backstroke at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, setting a new Olympic record with her time of 57.88 seconds. McKeown's effort in the sixth heat was the third time the Olympic record had fallen during the session after Kylie Masse of Canada and American Regan Masse also broke it. Masse posted 58.17 in the fourth heat to break the previous Olympic Record of 58.23 set by Australian Emily Seebohm in 2012.
Ira Brown rose above his rough upbringing to make his dream of playing sports professionally a reality. Will a gold medal soon become one, too?
Japan's Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round of the men's singles at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, triumphing over fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-4 on home soil. Nishikori, who won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said he was happy to be back playing high-level tennis after struggling with injuries in recent years. The 31-year-old, who was competing in his fourth Olympics, said he drew on his Games' experience to help him secure victory over Rublev, who was competing as a representative of the Russian Olympic Committee.
The flamboyant Li Fabin pulled off his signature one-legged "flamingo" on his opening clean and jerk lift on Sunday as he made it two out of two Olympic weightlifting gold medals for China. Li made the audience laugh when he avoided a loss of balance by lifting his right leg in the air briefly as he made his lift, and he joined in the laughter himself after releasing the bar. "It was a momentary mistake, I almost lost my balance, but I had been working on this scenario in training," Li told a news conference.
- Shaner set a new Olympic record with a score of 251.6 -The 20-year-old is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Kentucky -The silver medal winner, Sheng Lihao of China, is only 16 years old -Shaner's victory was the first gold medal ever won in this event for the United States -His win is the second gold medal for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics, following a win by Chase Kalisz in the men's 400-meter individual medley
Canada pitcher Danielle Lawrie - among several players who came out of retirement to chase gold in softball's return to the Olympics https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-2020-softball-preview-idCAKCN2E72ZU - turned away from home plate on Sunday, leaned back and took one of the biggest breaths of her life. In a frantic three seconds moments earlier against Japan, she had thrown apart her arms to signal confusion over what pitch to throw, heard her catcher yell "change up," twisted into an unusual wind-up and thrown a strike before the 20-second pitch clock could expire and send home a run that would eliminate Canada from gold contention. Now back in control, Lawrie added two more strikes to force an extra inning.
Li Fabin embraced his inner flamingo with a unique stance on the way to winning an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting on Sunday. Li stood on one leg while lifting 166 kilograms — nearly three times his own body weight — with his right leg sticking out in his opening clean and jerk in the men's 61-kilogram category. It's a specialty for Li, who said it helps him correct his balance if a lift is in danger of going wrong.
For someone who suffers from fear of contamination, the decision to travel to the Tokyo Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic was not easy for United States boxer Virginia Fuchs. But the dream of winning an Olympic gold medal convinced the 33-year-old flyweight boxer to make the long trip. Fuchs, fondly called "Ginny the pirate" by her team mates, took the first step towards achieving her goal when she defeated Russia's Svetlana Soluianova by 3-2 on points in her opening bout on Sunday.
House owner Kittichai Boodchan woke up in the middle of the night after hearing the sound of the wall cracking and kitchen appliances crushing. He saw a three-meter tall elephant using its head to break into his house and eating food that it could find on the kitchen counter."He ate cooking oil and some of the sauce from bottles," said house owner Kittichai Boodchan who has seen the same elephant, paid a visit before in June. He added that he plans to move out of the national park area in the eastern part of Thailand due to fear for his family's safety.The local authority has promised to repair the house following the incident.
Olivia Attwood suggested that recouplings on 'Love Island' are an endurance test for contestants and producers.
The Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an "unpreventable strike" if needed, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula. "We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it," Putin said speaking at a navy day parade in St Petersburg. Putin's words follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Crimea waters.
France got their Olympic men's soccer campaign back on track as Teji Savanier netted a stoppage-time winner in their 4-3 victory over South Africa on Sunday while defending champions Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Ivory Coast. Les Bleus, hammered 4-1 by Mexico in their Group A opener, trailed 3-2 with 10 minutes left but striker Andre-Pierre Gignac converted an 86th-minute penalty to complete his hat-trick before Savanier's late goal. Brazil banged in four goals in their opening victory over Germany in Group D but their attack failed to fire against a resolute Ivory Coast side, managing only four shots on goal.
Kylie Masse, Regan Smith and Kylie McKeown now have the three fastest times in Olympic history.
Playing with 10 men for most of the game, Brazil held the Ivory Coast to a 0-0 draw on Sunday in the group stage of the men's Olympic soccer tournament. Brazil is the defending Olympic champion after winning on home soil at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi was sent off in the 79th.
Jade Jones, Britain's twice Olympic taekwando champion, said the absence of her family at the scaled-down Tokyo Games contributed to her shock first-round defeat on Sunday. Jones's hopes of a third Olympic gold were dashed after a loss to Rio bronze medallist Kimia Alizadeh, who is competing in the Refugee Olympic Team. "I just felt like I put too much pressure on myself going into it and I really did feel it, more than I expected on the day," Jones told reporters.
The Springboks will be seeking to defy history after losing the first Test against the British and Irish Lions at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Canada's Mandy Bujold lost her only Olympic bout, but she won a far greater victory before even coming to Tokyo.
Patty Mills scored 25 points and Australia opened its quest for a first Olympic medal in men's basketball by beating Nigeria 84-67 on Sunday. Australia matched its best finish by finishing fourth at the Rio Games in 2016 but is capable of going further this time with a veteran roster full of NBA players. The Australians, ranked third in the world, pulled away in the fourth quarter of a game that had been evenly matched between teams with the most NBA players outside of the U.S.
When Annemiek Van Vleuten crossed the line with her arms in the air at the Fuji International Speedway, the Dutchwoman thought she had won the women's Olympic road cycling race on Sunday. Only a few moments later, however, an emotional Van Vleuten realised she had finished second behind Austrian Anna Keisenhofer by a healthy margin of one minute and 15 seconds. "Oh Ruud, I was completely wrong," Van Vleuten told her soigneur Ruud Zijlmans after the finish.