Tokyo Olympics Live Updates: Track and Field Results, Simone Biles and Events Schedule

The Olympic Games are set to start in just three weeks, and the sports fans in Tokyo are eagerly awaiting the start of the events. The Olympics began in ancient Greece and have been held every four years since, and will continue until the 2020 games. From August 5th to the 15th, the biggest sporting event in the world will take place.

The Olympics are coming in less than a month, and there are so many exciting stories to tell. Let’s get this party started with some quick updates from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner, and we all know that the buzz around the Games hasn’t died down yet. But what about the entire world watching from Tokyo? The official medal count is waiting to be announced for a few days, but we already know who is going to win the gold for the host city.

Tokyo time is 1:27 p.m. on August 3rd.

Here’s what you should be aware of:

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Credit: The New York Times/Doug Mills

TOKYO, JAPAN — Rai Benjamin of the United States and Karsten Warholm of Norway have been circling each other in previous years as they competed for the title of best 400-meter hurdler in the world.

Under the oppressive noon heat at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Warholm shattered his own world record to earn his first Olympic gold medal, edging off Benjamin.

Warholm completed the race in 45.94 seconds. Benjamin also broke the world record with a time of 46.17 seconds. Third place went to Alison dos Santos of Brazil.

In the months leading up to the Games this summer, Warholm and Benjamin both appeared hell-bent on establishing themselves as the greatest in the world. In June, during the United States Olympic trials, Benjamin came within.05 seconds of breaking the event’s long-standing world record, which was established by Kevin Young when the United States won Olympic gold in 1992. Benjamin’s time was already the second-fastest in history.

One week later, Warholm eventually broke Young’s record by running 46.70 seconds in front of an adoring crowd at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, establishing himself as the slim favorite in Tokyo.

When Warholm, 25, and Benjamin, 24, ended up in the same semifinal heat on Sunday, it gave a glimpse of what was to come. Both men took it easy to the finish line, with Warholm finishing less than a tenth of a second ahead of Benjamin in preparation for Tuesday’s final.

Nonetheless, their passion was enticing – it was their first meeting since Warholm defeated Benjamin to defend his world title in 2019.

Only two of the competitors who have collaborated to make the 400-meter hurdles one of the showpiece events of the Games — and must-see TV for those watching at home — are Benjamin and Warholm.

Last week, Warholm was asked whether he believed another world record would be required to win the gold medal.

“Perhaps someone else will do it,” he speculated. “I’ve completed my task.”

On Tuesday, he did it again, breaking his own world record in front of an empty Olympic Stadium.

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Simone Biles, center, said she would compete on Tuesday.

Simone Biles, seen in the middle, said that she will participate on Tuesday. Credit… The New York Times/David Mills

TOKYO, JAPAN — This has the potential to be the most thrilling moment of the Olympics. The balancing beam, the last women’s gymnastics event, takes place on Tuesday. Simone Biles has said that she is ready to compete again for it. It begins at 5:50 p.m. Tokyo time, or 4:50 a.m. Eastern time. This is the occasion for which you should stay up late or get up early and master online streaming.

U.S.A. Gymnastics revealed Biles’ decision on Monday afternoon, just before the start of the floor exercise final, which she chose to miss, and almost a week after she withdrew from the team final after her vault. She claimed it would have been hazardous for her to attempt to execute her complex and daring acts since she had lost her capacity to judge her position in the air in relation to the ground in interviews that night.

“We are ecstatic to announce that two American athletes will compete in the balance beam final tomorrow – Suni Lee and Simone Biles!! I can’t wait to see both of you!” In a statement, USA Gymnastics stated.

The United States men’s basketball team will play Spain in the quarterfinals, a difficult opponent with recognizable names such as the Gasol brothers and Ricky Rubio. If the US loses, like it did against France earlier in the Games, it would be the first time the country has failed to earn a medal. The game starts at 1:40 p.m. in Tokyo, which is 12:40 a.m. in the United States.

Brittney Reese in the women’s long jump, Gabby Thomas in the women’s 200 meters, Athing Mu in the women’s 800 meters, Rai Benjamin in the men’s 400 hurdles, and Chris Nilsen in the men’s pole vault are among the American competitors on the track.

The United States’ April Ross and Alix Klineman continue to make progress in beach volleyball. Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch of Germany were their quarterfinal opponents, and the Americans triumphed in two sets on Tuesday morning.

In the boxing semifinals on Tuesday, Duke Ragan of the United States, who is two victories away from a gold medal, competes.

Alix Klineman and April Ross celebrated during the quarterfinal.

During the quarterfinals, Alix Klineman and April Ross were ecstatic. Credit… The New York Times/Chang W. Lee

April Ross and Alix Klineman, a beach volleyball pair from the United States, are in the semifinals.

On Tuesday morning, Ross and Klineman defeated Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch of Germany in two tight sets, 21-19, 21-19, in 44 minutes. They will play the Swiss pair of Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich in the semifinals, who defeated Brazil 21-19, 18-21, 15-12 in a tight match.

Ross has medaled in each of the past two Olympics, and he and Klineman are in excellent shape to do so again if they win at least one of their next two matches. Their semifinal is set to take place on Thursday. Of course, winning the semifinal would guarantee a spot in the gold medal match, which would be preferable than pursuing the bronze as a semifinal loss.

After mainly playing indoor volleyball, Klineman, 31, moved to beach volleyball in 2017 and joined up with Ross, 39. Ross won silver with Jennifer Kessy in 2012 and bronze with Kerri Walsh Jennings in 2016.

Allyson Felix has more medals in track and field — nine — than any other American woman.

Allyson Felix has won more medals in track and field than any other American woman, with a total of nine. Credit… The New York Times/Alexandra Garcia

Allyson Felix, a 35-year-old American sprinter, won her heat in the 400 meters in 50.84 seconds on Tuesday morning in Tokyo, advancing to the event’s semifinals on Wednesday.

The six-time Olympic gold medalist told The New York Times Magazine in June that she was looking forward to participating, despite the fact that she would have understood if the Olympics had been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

“I’d go to any length to compete. That’s how important the Olympics are to me. “I am who I am,” she said. “At the same time, I’m aware that a pandemic is underway. We’ve already had a lot of deaths, and I don’t want to add to that.”

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Felix will also compete in the women’s 4×400-meter relay in Tokyo, where she has three gold medals. The qualifying heats for the event start on Thursday, and the final will be held on Sunday.

Felix has won more medals in track and field than any other American woman, with a total of nine. However, as she has gotten older, she has gained more recognition for her efforts off the track. Camryn’s traumatic delivery in 2018 prompted her to speak out for racial equity in maternal health care. And a 2019 New York Times essay she wrote attacking Nike, her sponsor at the time, for its maternity policy — which the business later changed — cemented her reputation as a proponent of women’s equality in sports.

In June, she spoke with The New York Times Magazine about her feud with Nike, how her attitude toward the Olympics has evolved since she was a child, and how her religion has helped her put her career in perspective.

Simone Biles on the balance beam during team qualifying.

During team qualification, Simone Biles competed on the balancing beam. Credit… The New York Times/David Mills

The balance beam final will conclude the women’s gymnastics competitions in Tokyo on Tuesday, and Simone Biles will compete for the first time since withdrawing from the team final a week ago.

It’s Biles’ last chance for an individual medal after she qualified for every final but withdrew from the all-around, vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise due to a mental block that prevented her from competing safely.

She will compete against her teammate Sunisa Lee, who won gold in the all-around and bronze on bars in the qualifying round; China’s Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing, who were first and second on beam in the qualifying round; and Romania’s Larisa Iordache, who is seeking redemption after years of injuries.

In the United States, how to watch

  • The action starts at 4:50 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday and can be seen live on the NBC Olympics website, Peacock, or the NBC Sports app.

  • NBC will air a tape-delayed program at 8 p.m. Eastern time, which many fans will choose to watch.

Biles, 24, will compete in her first apparatus final at these Games, and it’s unclear if she’ll repeat her qualifying performance, which had a 6.5 difficulty rating. If she could avoid the huge stumble she suffered on her full-twisting double back dismount, she’d be a serious gold candidate. However, since her mental barrier is related to twisting, she may choose for a double pike dismount, which will reduce her difficulty by 0.4.

Lee, 18, said before the Olympics that she hoped to win a medal on the balance beam, and she may be able to do so: In the qualifying round, she earned the third-best score of 14.2. But, with so many talented gymnasts in the final, she can’t afford to make any mistakes. She scored 14.133 in the team final, just missing out on her qualifying mark, and 13.833 in the all-around final after almost losing her balance on her first skill.

Biles and Lee will compete against six other athletes. Chenchen, 16, qualified first and is in Tokyo as a result of her beam routine – she won the World Cup series on beam to qualify for the Olympics as an individual, rather than as part of the Chinese team. With a score of 14.933, she outperformed the rest of the competition, owing in part to a difficulty score almost half a point higher than any other qualifier.

Sifan Hassan winning the women’s 5,000-meter final. Now she’s aiming for the 1,500- and 10,000-meter races.

The women’s 5,000-meter final was won by Sifan Hassan. She now intends to compete in the 1,500- and 10,000-meter events. Credit… The New York Times’ James Hill

TOKYO, JAPAN — Track and field athletes spent the first half of the year attempting — and breaking — a buffet of world marks. No one should be shocked if more of them collapse in the days ahead when the Games’ runners and jumpers take center stage. Despite the lack of spectators, Olympic Stadium will be packed with excitement.

From July 30 to August 8, there will be ten days of competition, culminating in the men’s marathon in Sapporo, approximately 500 miles north of Tokyo, where organizers anticipate cooler weather.

The finals are usually held at night, but some are held during the day so that they may be televised in prime time in the United States. Finals in the men’s and women’s 1,500 meters, the women’s 10,000 meters, and many relays will be held during the last two evening sessions on Aug. 6 and 7. The relays are always thrilling, and the Americans have done well in them when they have been able to keep the baton.

Who should you keep an eye on?

  • On the women’s side, two Americans, Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin, are expected to resume their battle in the 400-meter hurdles, with an Olympic gold on the line. McLaughlin finished first in the US trials last month, breaking Muhammad’s global record. Muhammad, on the other hand, is the reigning Olympic and world champion, and her techniques are pure art.

  • Karsten Warholm of Norway, fresh off his own world-record effort, faces Rai Benjamin of the United States, who holds the third-fastest time in history, in the men’s 400-meter hurdles final tonight.

  • Allyson Felix, 35, the great dame of American track and field, must be included on any list like this. Felix, a six-time gold winner, will participate in her fifth and last Olympics in the 400 meters.

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 34, of Jamaica, has previously won two Olympic gold medals in the women’s 100 meters. She’s aiming for another gold medal, this time in the 200 meters. In 2012, she was awarded silver.

  • Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands is doing something really daring: she has joined the 1,500, 5,000, and 10,000 meter races. And if she can survive several rounds after winning the 5,000, she may well be the favorite in the following races.

  • Mondo Duplantis, who is 21 years old, owns the global pole vaulting record. He was born and raised in Louisiana, but now represents Sweden, his mother’s homeland.

Raven Saunders, who won silver in the shot-put, said her gesture on the medal podium was “for oppressed people.”

Raven Saunders, who won silver in the shot put, stated on the gold platform that her gesture was “for persecuted people.” Credit… Getty Images/Ina Fassbender/Agence France-Presse

Raven Saunders, the American shot-putter who made history by raising her arms and crossing them in the shape of an X shortly after receiving her silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, said Monday that American athletes had been planning their protest for several weeks in defiance of International Olympic Committee regulations.

Saunders claimed the plotting took place via a group text message with players from several sports, in an interview Monday night. The X was chosen as the group’s emblem because it symbolizes solidarity with persecuted people.

She made the gesture after the awards were presented and the Chinese national song had been sung for the winner, Gong Lijiao, during a picture opportunity following the event.

Saunders informed reporters as she walked away that her deed was “for oppressed people.”

“I wanted to show respect for the national anthem,” Saunders said.

During the medal ceremony for the foil competition on Sunday, Race Imboden, an American bronze medallist in fencing, wore a black X with a circle around it on his hand. Saunders said that he was a member of the organization that planned the protest. She wouldn’t disclose who else was involved since she didn’t want to put anybody under any obligation to act a particular way.

Gwen Berry, the American hammer thrower who protested the American flag at the U.S. track and field trials in June and said she planned to make a statement during the Olympics, is set to compete on Tuesday. Noah Lyles, an American sprinter who often wears a black glove and raises his fist on the track before to races, is one of them.

The International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic authorities are at odds over free expression after Saunders’ gesture. The I.O.C. is debating what to do if the Americans refuse to sanction an athlete for breaching regulations prohibiting protests on the medal platform.

Elaine Thompson-Herah setting an Olympic record while winning the women’s 100-meter gold medal.

Elaine Thompson-Herah established an Olympic record in winning the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter dash. Credit… The New York Times/David Mills

TOKYO, JAPAN — When Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won the women’s 100 meters on Saturday night, the clock just beyond the finish line flashed 10.60 seconds and the letters “NEW OR,” which meant “new Olympic record.”

Thompson-Herah had not only defended her Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash that she had earned in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but she had also done so by breaking Florence Griffith Joyner’s 1988 Olympic record. (The official time for Thompson-Herah is 10.61.)

One day later, Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy won the men’s 100 meters in an even more astonishing time of 9.80 seconds, becoming the race’s surprise winner and displacing Usain Bolt as the world’s fastest man. Before blazing to the quickest time in an Olympic final by a guy who wasn’t called Bolt, Jacobs was poorly recognized.

After their races, both athletes were beaming. Andrea Vallauri, worldwide manager for Mondo, the Olympic track supplier, also wore a shirt and trousers and sat in a seat overlooking the track.

He is in charge of providing the quickest track in the world to the world’s fastest runners. And the world records on his surface are already under jeopardy.

Records and personal bests have fallen since Friday, the opening day of the track and field competition. In the women’s 100m final, six women raced under 11 seconds, including Shericka Jackson, who finished third in 10.76 seconds, the quickest third-place finish ever in an Olympics. Jacobs, an unknown sprinter who had previously concentrated in the long jump, set a European record in the men’s 100 final on Sunday.

The early indications from the track competition have been a different kind of Olympic success for Vallauri. Mondo, which has already created 12 Olympic tracks, spent almost three years developing the surface that would be used in Tokyo, road testing several versions, procuring supplies, and experimenting with various types of rubber. Along the process, Mondo polled athletes for their preferences, which was akin to a taste test of a new soft drink formulation.

According to Vallauri, the business got unanimous responses. “The athletes gave the same feedback,” he added. “This one,” she says.

Heavy rain fell during the women’s pole-vault qualifying rounds on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, heavy rain occurred during the women’s pole vault qualifying rounds. Credit… The New York Times’ James Hill

Here are some highlights from Monday night’s televised coverage in the United States. All timings are in Eastern Standard Time.

FIELD AND TRACK Brittney Reese and Tara Davis of the United States compete for gold in the women’s long-jump final, which airs live on NBC at 9:50 p.m. Rai Benjamin of the United States tries to go past of Karsten Warholm of Norway, the current world record holder, in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 11:20 p.m.

GYMNASTICS At 9:30 p.m. on NBC Primetime, Jade Carey of Team USA competes for gold in the women’s floor final against gymnasts like as Rebeca Andrade of Brazil and Angelina Melnikova of Russia.

VOLLEYBALL The US women’s team takes against Italy at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports.

WRESTLING The men’s and women’s bouts will be shown live on NBCOlympics.com. Kayla Miracle will compete against Long Jia of China at 11:20 p.m. in the freestyle 62-kilogram quarterfinals.

BASKETBALL At 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, A’ja Wilson and the United States women’s team face France. Peacock will broadcast the men’s quarterfinal match versus Spain at 12:40 a.m.

At 1 a.m., the WATER POLO USA Network will air the quarterfinal match between the US women’s team and Canada.

SAILING On NBCOlympics.com at 2:30 a.m., Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis compete for gold in the mixed multihull — Nacra 17 event.

Jade Carey had qualified for the Olympics as an individual, not with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.

Jade Carey had qualified for the Olympics as an individual rather than as a member of the United States women’s gymnastics team. Credit… The New York Times/Hiroko Masuike

TOKYO, JAPAN — Jade Carey bounced back from a poor performance in the vault final by winning the gold medal on the floor exercise the following day at the Tokyo Olympics.

Carey flipped and twisted her way to the top of the podium with what she termed “the greatest floor performance I’ve ever done in my life,” with a routine that was more challenging than her colleagues’.

Vanessa Ferrari of Italy took silver, while Mai Murakami of Japan and Angelina Melnikova of Russia tied for bronze.

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Carey hugged her coach, Brian, who is also her father, when she realized she had won. The two had embraced on the competition floor the day before, but it was out of sorrow.

Carey, 21, of Phoenix, stumbled during her run-up to her first vault in the vault final on Sunday. She had intended to do a Cheng, which entails a half turn onto the vault and one-and-a-half twists, but she didn’t complete the half turn or twists. Her poor performance on the vault destroyed her hopes of winning a medal. She was in tears when she exited the tournament.

“Yesterday was very difficult for me,” Carey added, describing the day as “a sort of fog.” She said that after she returned to the team’s hotel, her American colleagues, particularly Simone Biles, had given her a pep talk. “Let it go and go on,” Biles said. It occurred, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

“For tonight, I just had to let it go,” Carey said.

Carey, on the other hand, had one opportunity to redeem himself at these Games, and he seized it.

Carey placed third in the floor exercise in qualifying, behind Ferrari, who was first, and Biles, who was second. Biles chose not to compete in the final, but she stated on Monday that she will compete in the balance beam final on Tuesday, which would be her last event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Maggie Astor contributed to this story.

The date has been changed to August 2, 2021.

The first vault attempted by Jade Carey was incorrectly named in a previous version of this article. It wasn’t the Yurchenko 212, but a Cheng.

The United States’ World Cup-winning women’s soccer team can now only hope for a bronze medal at these Games. On Monday, the squad fell 1-0 to Canada in the semifinals. It was a measure of retaliation for Canada, who had fallen to the United States in a classic semifinal at the 2012 Olympics.

Jade Carey of the United States earned the gold medal in the women’s floor exercise event, the first for the United States in an individual event. Carey had stumbled in the vault final and so missed out on a medal.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won the women’s 100-meter hurdles, defeating world record holder Kendra Harrison of the United States. It was Puerto Rico’s second Olympic gold medal, after Monica Puig’s victory in women’s tennis in the 2016 Games. It was Puerto Rico’s first gold and second medal in track and field, after Javier Culson’s bronze in the men’s 400 hurdles in 2012.

With a victory against France, the US women’s basketball team completed a 3-0 group stage, but France remained within 14 points and progressed as well.

New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard became the first openly transgender woman to participate in the Olympics. She, on the other hand, failed to raise a weight in three attempts.

Anna Cockrell, second from left, running in a women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinal heat.

Anna Cockrell, second from left, competes in a semifinal heat of the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Credit… Getty Images/Patrick Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a break from training camp on Monday and met to review game film. It wasn’t just any game, though: they were watching the Tokyo 2020 Games, particularly the women’s 400-meter hurdles, an event in which Anna Cockrell competes, and whose brother, Ross Cockrell, is a cornerback for the squad.

Ross Cockrell sat calmly in his red mask as he watched his sister fight on the global stage in Tokyo, his chest rising and falling quickly under his Buccaneers sweatshirt. He leaned forward in his seat, focusing intently, then pumped his fist as his sister crossed the finish line in the rain, timing 54.17 seconds to progress to the finals.

Anna Cockrell wrote in all capitals, “Y’all got me weeping in the village dining hall,” with a video of her brother and his teammates cheering her on from their training camp in Florida.

It was “wonderful” for Ross Cockrell to be able to see his sister participate in the Olympics, and he even attributed his practice performance, in which he intercepted three passes, to Anna.

“I was really feeling the magic she had,” Ross Cockrell recalled, “to watch her go out there and perform as well as she did in bad weather and adverse circumstances, and then go out and practice and do my thing.” “I believe she sent it to me.”

Anna Cockrell is making her Olympic debut in Tokyo. She spoke about her mental health problems in an interview after the US Olympic trials in June, when she placed third and won a ticket to Tokyo.

Between tears, Cockrell, who received her master’s degree from the University of Southern California in May, said, “In 2019, I was very sad, I didn’t want to be here anymore.” “To be standing here as an Olympian today is too much for me.”

In a commencement speech she gave at her undergraduate ceremony from U.S.C. in May 2019, Anna Cockrell, 23, opened up about her depression, which she has battled since her sophomore year of high school, describing how her perfectionism led her to suffer in silence to avoid appearing weak or having to ask for help. She started to allow people in after suffering an injury during a competition in the spring that she thought would ruin her season, she said.

Cockrell also wrote a letter to her 21-year-old self in the Players’ Tribune leading up to her first race in Tokyo, concluding it with words of encouragement for herself and those suffering with mental health problems.

Cockrell wrote, “No matter what happens out here, I am significant, I am worthy, I am respected, and I matter.” “And you, too.”

The Rio Olympics is just around the corner , and we are all excited to see the best athletes in the world compete for the coveted gold medals. It’s a dream come true for many of us, but there are plenty of athletes who will be missing in action, not because of injury or illness, but because they simply weren’t invited to the event.. Read more about olympic medals by country 2021 tokyo and let us know what you think.

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