Simone Biles surprised everyone when she pulled out of the gymnastics team final after struggling to land a vault, but for a short time, the world only knew her departure was due to a medical issue.
(Reuters) -Sixteen-year-old Viktoria Listunova won the women’s artistic gymnastics all-around title at both the European and Russian Championships earlier this year. However, despite placing sixth overall in the qualifying round on Sunday, the Russian Olympic Committee athlete will not get the chance to try for another all-around crown at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There is a long list of athletes who over the years have been left out of Olympic finals because of the two-per-country rule, first introduced at the 1976 Montreal Games for apparatus finals.
Simone Biles exited the women's gymnastics team final early on Tuesday night in Japan — after briefly leaving the competition floor following a botched showing on the vault, her first event
At an Olympics aiming to set the highest level of television standards, the head of broadcasting at the Tokyo Games is trying to banish overly sexualized images of female athletes. “You will not see in our coverage some things that we have been seeing in the past, with details and close-up on parts of the body,” Olympic Broadcasting Services chief executive Yiannis Exarchos said Monday. Gymnasts from Germany sent a message against uniforms they believe exploit their sexuality by competing in Tokyo wearing unitards that covered their legs to the ankle.
Shohei Ono made two of his first three opponents cry when he returned to judo at the Tokyo Olympics after 18 mysterious months away. Loud, body-shaking sobs emanated from the men who had to walk behind Ono in defeat through the otherwise hushed halls of the Budokan, giving voice to the anguish of extraordinary athletes whose lifetimes of preparation had still left them unequipped to survive four minutes against Japan's elusive judo superstar. Turkey's Bilal Çiloğlu, the world's No. 9 lightweight, screamed and put his fists to his head after Ono pinned him helplessly to the tatami for an ippon, his wails echoing down the corridors.
"I hated him," said Viktor Hovland. As chemistry goes, this wasn’t exactly what one would expect from Olympic countrymen.
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No, women are not required to wear bikinis to play beach volleyball at the Olympics. “I have always felt like when you get somebody drawn in, however you get them into beach volleyball, they fall in love with the sport,” said American April Ross, a three-time Olympian. Beach volleyball has been one of the most popular sports at the Summer Games since it was added to the program in 1996.
The differing treatment of a black female athlete and a white male in the run-up to the Olympics show the double standards that permeate sport The US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson (left), who was suspended for a positive test for marijuana, and Alen Hadzic, an alternate on the US fencing team who has faced accusations of sexual assault. Photograph: Getty Images In seemingly less time than Sha’Carri Richardson’s world-stopping, 100m triumph at the US trials, the matter of her Olympic-disqualifyin
For Austrian Liu Jia, reaching the last 16 of the women's singles table tennis event has left her facing a dilemma -- she is still in the running to win a medal at the Tokyo Games but her success is delaying a reunion with her 10-year-old daughter. The 39-year-old has beaten a number of younger rivals en route to the last 16, including Syria's Hend Zaza -- who at 12 was the youngest athlete competing in Tokyo -- and 20-year-old Puerto Rican paddler Adriana Diaz. "It seems like I'm bullying the young players," Liu said, after beating Diaz 4-0 in the third round on Tuesday.
“It’s mind blowing how unfair it is."
As Simone Biles made a surprising exit from the womens team final in gymnastics, she made sure to stop and give her teammates a message.
Although the start of the women’s artistic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics was disappointing for the usually dominant U.S. team, the Americans still have the most medal opportunities of any country. But the U.S. women’s qualifying efforts earned them 11 medal attempts at the Tokyo Games, the maximum possible. ROC could earn at most 10 medals since they qualified only one gymnast to the balance beam finals, and China have the next highest medal chances at seven.
Damian Lillard was nearly flat on his back, trying to save a possession the U.S. couldn't afford to lose. Lillard's stumble with 17 seconds left was one of the lasting images of the Americans' 83-76 loss in their Olympic opener. “I think we are more than capable of doing it,” Lillard said.
The IOC claimed it punished Russia for its vast doping scandal. Try telling that to the four guys in Russia colors who just won the men's gymnastics competition.
The U.S. gymnastics team took silver in the womens team event after Simone Biles withdrew from the competition after the first event.
Momiji Nishiya and Rayssa Leal are having better summers than most 13-year-olds.
Japan had upended the top-seeded French earlier in the tournament, and went on to serve the only defeat to a United States team brimming with WNBA talent. "It was a really hard, really tough game," said France's Laetitia Guapo. After the final whistle, Stephanie Mawuli of Japan was overcome with emotion before being embraced by her teammates.
Admit it: Hearing about air rifle at the Olympics conjures up images of athletes firing wooden-stocked, pump-action BB guns at ominous cowboys and targets that spin when hit. The guns used in the air rifle events at the Tokyo Olympics are the most precise implements at the Games, elaborately designed hardware firing wadcutter pellets within millimeters of a target 10 meters away. “Really, what they are is just air rifles that are a regular 1.77-caliber that shoot lead pellets with compressed air,” USA Shooting national rifle coach Dan Durben said.