July 23 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Aditi Sangal, John Sinnott, Matias Grez, Melissa Mahtani and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:17 AM ET, Sat July 24, 2021
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1:41 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva is recovering after fainting from the heat

From CNN's Radina Gigova

Archer Svetlana Gomboeva is treated for heat exhaustion in the women's individual ranking round during the Olympic Games at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field on July 23, in Tokyo.
Archer Svetlana Gomboeva is treated for heat exhaustion in the women's individual ranking round during the Olympic Games at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field on July 23, in Tokyo. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva is recovering after fainting from heatstroke at the Olympics on Friday, her team said in a statement.

Gomboeva was seen by doctors after fainting, who gave her water to drink and then sent her to rest. She will return and continue competing at a later date, the statement said.

"Everything is normal," the Russian Olympic Committee said. "She is feeling well."

The incident was not altogether surprising, as the Tokyo Olympics are forecast to be one of the hottest Summer Games in decades. While the average high temperature in Tokyo during the period of the Olympics is 86-88 degrees Fahrenheit (30-31 degrees Celsius), temperatures in recent years have approached as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) in the city.

In early 2019, the International Olympic Committee both acknowledged and addressed some of the hot weather concerns by moving the marathon and various outdoor events to the cooler northern city of Sapporo — which is located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of Tokyo. However, temperatures in Sapporo were forecast to hit highs of 87 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius) over the next week, according to CNN Weather.

Gomboeva is representing the Russian Olympic Committee. Russian athletes aren’t competing under their national name at the Tokyo Games due to sanctions over doping. The official Russian team was banned from taking part in the 2020 Olympics by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for not complying with the organization's investigations.

1:27 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Meet the 44-year-old marathon runner competing in Tokyo, his fifth — and possibly final — Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics are finally happening and Abdihakim “Abdi” Abdirahman is ready — despite new rules, no fans, and many protests against hosting the Games during a pandemic.

He’s sympathetic to concerns about keeping residents, athletes and their support staff safe during the massive 16-day event.

He also really wants to compete in the marathon — the race he’s been training for, for over a year. Qualifying for the Games was hard, and staying healthy and in shape during a pandemic was arguably even harder.

Read more about Abdirahman's journey:

12:54 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Tokyo's expensive new Olympic Stadium will be mostly empty for the opening ceremony

From CNN's Will Ripley in Tokyo

Tokyo's skyline goes as far as the eye can see, but from the air, the $1.5 billion stadium built for the 2020 Olympics stands out in the Japanese capital's urban sprawl.

It can hold nearly 70,000 people, but for Friday night's opening ceremony, most seats will be empty. Organizers said only about 950 VIPs will attend.

CNN toured Tokyo via helicopter to see the stadium from above. Watch here:

12:35 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

The first Olympic record of Tokyo 2020 has been set

From CNN's Jill Martin

An San (left) of South Korea competes in the women's individual ranking round at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field on July 23.
An San (left) of South Korea competes in the women's individual ranking round at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field on July 23. Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images

The first Olympic record of the Tokyo 2020 Games has been set. An San of South Korea scored a record 680 in the women's archery individual ranking round. 

She shot 36 10s and 16 Xs to break the previous record held by Lina Herasymenko of Ukraine, who scored 673 at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

12:23 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

110 Covid-19 cases in Japan are linked to the Olympics

From CNN's Chandler Thornton in Hong Kong

Authorities have identified 110 Covid-19 cases tied to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the event's organizers said Friday.

Three of those new cases were reported from Tokyo's Olympic Village, one of whom was an athlete. Twelve cases have now been identified in the village, according to Tokyo 2020.

One other athlete was reported to have contracted the virus Friday but was not a resident of the village, according to organizers. The remaining new cases were identified as media, contractors and Games staff.

Tokyo 2020 is not revealing the names or nationalities of those who have been infected.

12:14 a.m. ET, July 23, 2021

Protesters and fans gather in Tokyo as Olympic torch relay reaches final leg

From CNN's Emi Jozuka, Blake Essig and Daishi Kusunoki in Tokyo

Anti-Olympics protesters gathered in Tokyo ahead of Friday's opening ceremony.
Anti-Olympics protesters gathered in Tokyo ahead of Friday's opening ceremony. Emiko Jozuka/CNN

Anti-Games protesters and Olympics fans gathered Friday in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building as the Olympic torch reached its final destination ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday.

Dozens of protesters held “no Olympics anywhere” signs, chanted “get out IOC” and banged on tambourines, demanding the Games be called off amid a heavy police presence.

“I came here today because I still don’t think it’s too late for the Olympics to be canceled,” said Namaeshi, an anti-Olympics protester. “We are concerned about the Covid-19 cases increasing in Tokyo.”
Protesters gather outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building on Friday.
Protesters gather outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building on Friday. Emiko Jozuka/CNN

Overhead, other members of the public gathered on a bridge overlooking a main road leading to the building, hoping to catch a glimpse of the torch.

A significant portion of the Japanese public opposes holding the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic. Japan has struggled to rein in new cases and Tokyo remains under a state of emergency due to Covid-19.

The final stretch: The ceremony marking the torch’s final destination in Tokyo will be held behind closed doors. Takako Kobayashi, an 80-year-old who saw the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games on television, said she had ventured out of her home to try and see the torch.

“We are living in very difficult times but I’m quite excited about the Olympics,” Kobayashi said. “It’s sad but this Olympics is so different to the 1964 Summer Games. Back then Japan’s economy was growing. It’s not like that now. I hope coronavirus goes away soon.”
10:20 p.m. ET, July 22, 2021

This is the weather forecast for the opening ceremony

The Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony will officially kick off the Olympic Games — delayed by a year because of the pandemic.

The ceremony will start at 8 p.m. local time in Japan, which is 7 a.m. ET.

The weather is forecast to be pleasant for the ceremony, with a temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).

10:20 p.m. ET, July 22, 2021

Fans will be able to attend less than 12% of Olympic venues

Spectators will only be able to attend less than 12% of Olympic venues during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

Just five of the 42 total Olympic venues across Japan will be open to fans. Tokyo is home to 25 of the venues, with the rest in seven other prefectures.

Tokyo venues and three prefectures near the capital — Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama — will not have spectators.

Miyagi, Ibaraki, and Shizuoka prefectures with a total of five venues can be filled to 50% of capacity with a maximum of 10,000 spectators.

10:11 p.m. ET, July 22, 2021

Here's how to watch the Olympics opening ceremony today in the US

From CNN's Alyssa Kraus

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony officially kicks off the Games today. The ceremony will take place in the early hours of US Eastern time due to Tokyo's time difference.

What's the time difference? Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of US Eastern Time, so many of the events — including the opening ceremony — will be replayed each day on NBC in the US. However, if you want to watch the events live, many will be held during the early morning in US Eastern Time.

When can I watch the ceremony? The event will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Japan on Friday, which is 7 a.m. ET.

If you miss the live broadcast, the roughly four-hour opening ceremony will also be replayed at 7:30 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the Olympics in the US? NBC, its sister cable networks, its dedicated site NBCOlympics.com and the company’s new streaming platform, Peacock, will broadcast the Olympics.

In linear form, coverage will spill across NBC and eight other Comcast-owned cable channels, including USA, CNBC, NBC Sports Network and Telemundo. The menu will total more than 7,000 hours encompassing 35 sports, with NBC serving as the home for highlights and top events.

Read more about how to watch the Olympics: