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Lydia Jacoby, 17, is the the first American Olympic swimmer from Alaska. She just won gold

American swimmer Lydia Jacoby celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke final on July 27.

American swimmer Lydia Jacoby has won the gold medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

Jacoby, just 17, was not expected to win the event. She beat South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker, who clinched silver, and Lilly King of the US, who collected bronze.

Jacoby is the first-ever Olympic swimmer from Alaska.

She went to high school in Seward, a small, picturesque city in the south of the state with a population of fewer than 3,000 people.

Russian swimmers take gold and silver in the men's 100m backstroke

Russian swimmers Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov celebrate after finishing first and second respectively in the 100m backstroke final on July 27.

Russian swimmers Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov have finished first and second respectively in the men’s 100m backstroke final.

American Ryan Murphy, who won gold in the event at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and holds the world record, collected bronze.

US men had won six consecutive Olympic golds in the event before the Tokyo Games.

Australia's Kaylee McKeown had a particularly passionate reaction after winning gold in the pool

Australia's Kaylee McKeown celebrates after winning the 100m backstroke on July 27.

Australia’s Kaylee McKeown has won gold in the women’s 100m backstroke, setting an Olympic record with a time of 57.47 seconds.

It is the first Olympic medal of McKeown’s career, and the adrenaline was flowing in the 20-year-old’s post-race interview with CNN affiliate 7 News Australia.

When asked by the network if she had a message for her mother Sharon and sister Taylor, who were watching, she responded: ““F*** yeah!”, before realizing she swore and covering her mouth. Then she followed it up with a celebratory “Woo!”

On 7 News, her mother said “I’ll have a word to her later,” while laughing.

Canada’s Kylie Masse clinched silver and the United States’ Regan Smith bronze in the event.

McKeown set the world record for the women’s 100m backstroke in June with a time of 57.45 seconds.

Cancer survivor Kevin McDowell made US history at the Olympics

America's Kevin McDowell dives into the water to start the individual triathlon on July 26.

Kevin McDowell finished sixth in the men’s individual triathlon on Monday, the highest finish ever by an American man in the event at the Olympics.

The achievement is harder fought than most people realize, since McDowell was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 2011.

McDowell attributed some key advice to getting through chemotherapy.

“One lady came up to me and said listen, live your life as normal as possible. Don’t sit down and think poor me, what am I missing, all this stuff, and think of all the things that are taken away, but change the perspective to what can I do – not what can’t I do –through chemo and cancer,” McDowell said. 
“Honestly that got me through my cancer battle,” he added. “Focus on the positives not the negatives.”

McDowell next competes in the mixed triathlon relay on Saturday.

Flora Duffy wins Bermuda's first ever Olympic gold medal

Bermuda's Flora Duffy competes during the Women's Individual Triathlon on July 27.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy has won the women’s triathlon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The victory earns Bermuda’s first ever Olympic gold medal. A four-time Olympian who finished eighth at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Duffy won with a winning time of 1:55:36.

Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown took silver while Katie Zaferes of the US earned bronze.

This is the second-ever Olympic medal in Bermuda’s Games history. Heavyweight boxer Clarence Hill earned the bronze medal at the 1976 Games in Montreal.

These are the athletes who've had to drop out of the Olympics because of Covid-19

Competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo began Wednesday, more than a year after the original start date after the Games were delayed due to the pandemic.

But with Covid-19 still spreading unchecked in Japan, organizers have been forced to take unprecedented steps to keep competitors and the public safe.

Athletes who contracted coronavirus have seen their Olympic dreams dashed. Some tested positive in Japan, some before coming.

These are the athletes we know who have publicly dropped out due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Team USA:

  • Bradley Beal – Men’s basketball (Placed in health and safety protocol but hasn’t publicly disclosed a positive Covid-19 test)
  • Taylor Crabb – Men’s beach volleyball
  • Kara Eaker – Women’s gymnastics
  • Coco Gauff – Women’s tennis
  • Katie Lou Samuelson – Women’s 3x3 basketball
  • Bryson DeChambeau — USA Golf

Team Czech Republic:

  • Barbora Hermannova – Women’s beach volleyball (Ruled out because her partner Sluková-Nausch tested positive for Covid.)
  • Simon Nausch – Coach, women’s beach volleyball
  • Ondrej Perusic – Men’s beach volleyball
  • Michal Schlegel – Men’s cycling
  • Pavel Širuček – Men’s table tennis
  • Markéta Sluková-Nausch – Women’s beach volleyball

Team Great Britain:

  • Dan Evans – Men’s tennis
  • Amber Hill – Women’s shooting
  • Johanna Konta – Women’s tennis

Team Mexico:

  • Hector Velazquez – Baseball
  • Sammy Solis – Baseball

Team Netherlands:

  • Finn Florijn – Men’s rowing
  • Candy Jacobs – Women’s skateboarding
  • Reshmie Oogink — Taekwondo

Team South Africa:

  • Kamohelo Mahlatsi – Men’s football
  • Thabiso Monyane – Men’s football

Team Australia:

  • Alex de Minaur – Men’s tennis

Team Chile:

  • Fernanda Aguirre – Women’s taekwondo

Team Portugal:

  • Frederico Morais – Men’s surfing

Team ROC (Russian Olympic Committee):

  • Ilya Borodin – Men’s Swimming

These are the key Olympic events to watch tonight in the US

The 2020 Summer Olympics — which were delayed a year for the Covid-19 pandemic — are underway in Tokyo. While Japan is 13 hours ahead of the US East Coast, you can watch some events live and NBC broadcasts tonight.

Here’s a look at some of the events we’re watching this evening:

  • Beach Volleyball: Team USA’s April Ross and Alix Klineman will face Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo of Spain. The events airs at 8 p.m. ET on USA and also streams live.
  • Swimming: Ryan Murphy (men’s 100m backstroke) and Lilly King (women’s 100m breaststroke) are competing. Swimming finals kick off at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC and on live streams.
  • Surfing: Both the men’s and women’s surfing competitions move into the quarterfinals (subject to change depending on wave conditions.) Quarterfinals and semifinals start at 6 p.m. ET. Live streams will be as follows: men’s quarterfinals at 6 p.m. ET, women’s quarterfinals at 8:20 p.m. ET, men’s semifinals at 10:45 p.m. ET and women’s semifinals at 12 a.m. ET.
  • Women’s basketball: Look for Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Breanna Stewart. The US women’s basketball team is favored to win a seventh-straight gold medal in Tokyo. Heading into Tuesday morning, you can watch the United States vs. Nigeria at 12:40 a.m. ET on USA.

Japan stuns China to win historic mixed Olympic table tennis gold

Japan's Mizutani Jun and Mima Ito react during their table tennis mixed doubles gold medal match against China on July 26.

Japan’s mixed doubles pair of Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito claimed their country’s first ever Olympic table tennis gold medal with a dramatic victory over China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shinwen on Monday.

It was the first time the mixed doubles event had been played at the Olympics and Monday’s finale didn’t fail to disappoint.

Mizutani and Ito came back from 2 sets down to win 4-3, clinching the final set 11-6.

Victory for the pair ended years of incredible Chinese dominance in the sport.

China had won every Olympic title in the table tennis since South Korea’s Ryu Seung-min triumphed in the men’s singles competition at the 2004 Athens Games.

Mizutani and Ito’s victory sees Japan end Monday top of the Olympics medals table with eight gold medals, one more than the United States.

Here's who took home the 21 gold medals won on Monday

The Olympics are in full swing in Tokyo, with 21 gold medals won on Monday. You can track the medal count here.

Here’s who walked off a winner:


  • Men’s Team: Republic of Korea

Artistic Gymnastics

  • Men’s Team: Russian Olympic Committee (ROC)

Canoe Slalom

  • Men’s Canoe: Benjamin Savsek, Slovenia

Cycling Mountain Bike

  • Men’s Cross-country: Thomas Pidcock, Great Britain


  • Men’s Synchronized 10m Platform: Great Britain


  • Women’s Sabre Individual: Sofia Pozdniakova, ROC
  • Men’s Foil Individual: Cheung Ka Long, Hong Kong, China


  • Women’s -57kg: Nora Gjakova, Kosovo
  • Men’s -73kg: Shohei Ono, Japan


  • Women’s Skeet: Amber English, United States
  • Men’s Skeet: Vincent Hancock, United States


  • Women’s Street: Momiji Nishiya, Japan


  • Women’s 100m Butterfly: Margaret MacNeil, Canada
  • Men’s 100m Breaststroke: Adam Peaty, Great Britain
  • Women’s 400m Freestyle: Ariarne Titmus, Australia
  • Men’s 4 X 100m Freestyle Relay: United States

Table Tennis

  • Mixed Doubles: Jun Mizutani/Mima Ito, Japan


  • Women’s -67kg: Matea Jelic, Croatia
  • Men’s -80kg: Maksim Khramtcov, ROC


  • Men’s Individual: Krisitan Blummenfelt, Norway


  • Women’s 55kg: Hidilyn Diaz, Philippines

Daughter of Russian Olympic Committee president wins fencing gold

The Russian Olympic Committee's Sofia Pozdniakova celebrates after winning the Sabre Individual Fencing Gold Medal Bout on July 26.

Sofia Pozdniakova, daughter of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Stanislav Pozdniakov, secured a gold in the individual women’s sabre fencing competition on Monday.

Two-time world champion Pozdniakova, who was making her Olympic debut, defeated ROC teammate Sofya Velikaya 15-11 in the final.

For 36-year-old Velikaya it was a third Olympic silver medal after she finished runner-up at London 2012 and Rio 2016. 

Pozdniakova follows in the footsteps of her father Stanislav who previously won 4 Olympic gold medals in the sabre competitions – 3 coming in the team competition at Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 200, respectively, and 1 in the individual competition at Atlanta 1996.

Pozdniakov was appointed President of the Russian Olympic Committee in May 2018.

Remember: Due to a ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency for doping non-compliance, Russian athletes are note competing under their country’s name, flag and national anthem at major international sporting events until Dec. 16, 2022. They are officially recognized as members of ROC.

Hidilyn Diaz wins the Philippines' first ever gold medal

The Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz competes in the 55kg weightlifting event on July 26.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has won the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal after she won the women’s 55kg event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, setting an Olympic record with a total mark of 224 kg.

Prior to Diaz’s gold, the Philippines had claimed 10 Olympic medals (3 silvers and 7 bronzes). She won the silver medal in the women’s 53kg event at the 2016 Rio Games. 

The Philippines captured their first medal of the Summer Games.

Liao Qiuyun of China took silver with 223 kg and Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo won bronze with 213 kg. 

Hong Kong fencing athlete wins gold medal — the city's first in 25 years

Hong Kong's Edgar Cheung celebrates after winning against Italy's Alessio Foconi in the individual foil qualifying bout on July 26.

Hong Kong fencing athlete Edgar Cheung has won the city’s first gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 25 years, beating Italy’s Daniele Garozzo at the men’s foil finals.

Cheung beat Garozzo — who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics — by 15 to 11 on Monday night local time in Tokyo, becoming the first Hong Kong fencing athlete to win a medal at the Olympics.

Speaking to the media after the victory, Cheung said he still could not believe his win.

Hong Kong has now won two gold medals at the Olympics, the first of which was won by windsurfer Lee Lai-shan in 1996.

The Russian Olympics Committee clinches the gold in men's gymnastics

The Russian Olympic Committee celebrates after winning gold during the Men's Team Final on July 26.

The Russian Olympic Committee has captured the gold medal in men’s all-round gymnastics.

Nikita Nagornyy, Denis Abliazin and Artur Dalaloyan and David Belyavskiy together scored a total of 262.500, which is the top mark.

Japan claimed the silver with a total of 262.397, and China took the bronze medal with a score of 261.894.

What is the Russian Olympic Committee? Due to a ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency for doping non-compliance, Russian athletes aren’t competing under their country’s name, flag and national anthem at major international sporting events until Dec. 16, 2022. They are officially recognized as members of ROC, an abbreviation of Russian Olympic Committee.

Olympic champion Tom Daley hopes his gold medal can provide "hope" to LGBT community

Team Great Britain’s Tom Daley ended his long wait to top an Olympic podium after winning the men’s synchronized 10-meter diving competition with his partner Matty Lee on Monday.

In December 2013, Daley came out on YouTube and almost eight years later, the Briton says he is proud of the LGBT representation that he has witnessed at the Games.

He said that he hopes they don’t feel “so frightened and scared and alone.”

Daley’s husband, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, posted a video on Instagram of him screaming and celebrating the win from Canada as they watched the live event from afar. The couple have a three-year-old son together.

In comments after the event, Daley said he also felt he’d grown since becoming a husband and father.

“My husband, he said to me that my story wasn’t finished, and that my son … needed to be there to watch me win an Olympic gold medal,” he said.

Read more about Tom Daley here:

Britain's Tom Daley and Matty Lee hug after winning the synchronized 10m platform diving final on July 26.

TV star. Lover of crochet. And now after four Olympics, Tom Daley has elusive gold medal

Nora Gjakova earns a Judo gold for Kosovo

Kosovo's Nora Gjakova celebrates after defeating France's Sarah Leonie Cystique in their -57kg judo final match on July 26.

Kosovo’s Nora Gjakova further extended the country’s golden Olympic judo record by winning the women’s under-57kg final on Monday.

Two-time world champion Gjakova defeated France’s Sarah-Léonie Cysique to claim her maiden gold medal.

Gjakova’s gold is Kosovo’s second of the Tokyo Games after Distria Krasniqi’s victory in the women’s under-48 kg category on Saturday.

It’s Kosovo’s third Olympic medal in total since the country made its debut at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Majlinda Kelmendi earned the country’s first historic gold in the women’s under 52kg at Rio 2016. 

Defending champion Kelmendi, though, was eliminated in her first round contest in Tokyo on Sunday.

The Olympics are in full swing. Here's what you need to know

Japan's Aori Nishimura competes during the street prelims on July 26.

Here are some highlights from the first Monday of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (in 2021).

Big surprises and upsets:

In the performance of a lifetime, Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer won the cycling gold medal, after she raced so far ahead that she was out of sight of the other cyclists. She only took up the sport in 2014 and does not have a professional contract at the moment.

Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui shocked the swimming world by winning gold in the 400m freestyle. During the preliminary round, he qualified in 8th place with the slowest qualifying time of all finalists.

The US men’s basketball team, flush with NBA stars, lost its first game to France. The French used the size of three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and a magnificent performance from fellow NBAer Evan Fournier to shock the Americans, who could not capitalize on multiple attempts to close out the game.

Some firsts:

Anastasija Zolotic became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in Taekwondo and Fencer Lee Kiefer is the first US woman to win gold in individual foil.

At just 13, Nishiya Momiji of Japan, is now one of the youngest gold medal winners in Olympic history, after she won the women’s street skateboarding event. She is just months older than the current female record-holder, American diver Marjorie Gestring, who was 13 years and 267 days old when she won gold at the Berlin Games in 1936.

What’s on tap today in Japan:

  • Swimming: Britain’s Adam Peaty won the 100m breaststroke gold, while Ariarne Titmus beat American great Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400m freestyle final.
  • Rugby sevens: Rio 2016 winner Fiji beat host Japan 24-19 in the morning, while New Zealand, another favorite, took care of business against South Korea 50-5. A second round of matches will be held starting at 4:30 p.m. in Japan.

Covid-19 continues to loom large:

The Games have been overwhelmingly unpopular among the Japanese public, according to polls. But the mood appears to be shifting as Japan brings in gold medals.

Meanwhile, Tokyo continues to report a rising number of daily new coronavirus cases, with at least 153 cases linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, organizers said Monday.

The full schedule can be found on the Olympics website here.

All three Olympic women skateboarding medalists are teenagers

When the three athletes on an Olympic podium have a combined age of 42, you know — in the words of English rock band The Who — that the kids are alright.

That was the case as women’s street skateboarding made its bow at the Olympics, with 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya of Japan taking gold ahead of Brazil’s Rayssa Leal — also 13 — and 16-year-old Funa Nakayama, also from Japan.

If organizers wanted to engage a younger audience by adding skateboarding to the Olympic program, then it was mission accomplished at Tokyo’s Ariake Urban Sports Park.

“I’m simply very, very delighted. I am so happy,” Nishiya told reporters, adding that she felt her success had “nothing to do with her age.”

Full report below:

(LtoR) Brazil's Rayssa Leal (silver), Japan's Momiji Nishiya (gold) and Japan's Funa Nakayama (bronze) pose during the medal ceremony of the podium ceremony of the skateboarding women's street final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Sports Park in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Jeff PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

Teenage kicks at the Olympics' first women's skateboarding final as 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya takes gold

Tokyo reported more than 1,400 new Covid-19 cases, nearly double of last Monday's number

Tokyo reported 1,429 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, nearly doubling the amount of new cases from the previous Monday when the capital reported 727 new cases, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

This daily jump is the highest increase reported on a Monday, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported. Mondays typically see lower daily increases of new cases.

Meanwhile, at least 153 cases have been linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, organizers said Monday.

Are Japan’s gold medal wins softening the country’s mood at the Games?

Minoru Omori told CNN that festival-loving Koto ward in Tokyo had been looking forward to the Olympics.

Polls have consistently shown that the Games have been overwhelmingly unpopular among the Japanese public amid health and safety concerns.

Still, the mood appears to be shifting as competitions kick-off and Japan brings in gold medals.

IOC official Mark Adams said nearly 70 million watched the opening ceremony, with the Olympic broadcast services saying it was the most-watched event in Japan over the past decade.

Even though the buzz and excitement is a far cry from what you would expect for a city hosting the Olympics – people are trying to experience the Games in any way possible.

Minoru Omori, a shopkeeper in Tokyo’s Koto ward – home to ten Olympic venues – was elated when he found out Tokyo had been chosen to host the 2020 Summer Games.

His district decked out Tokyo 2020 banners and posters and was expecting a tourist boom, but then the pandemic struck.

He told CNN he was happy the event hadn’t been cancelled but that the spectator ban in the capital was for the best.

South Korean dominance in archery continues as men’s team secures gold

South Korea’s Kim Je-deok celebrates winning the gold medal in the archery team competition on July 26.

South Korea claimed gold in the archery men’s team event on Monday, extending their reign and winning the country’s third archery gold at the Tokyo Games.

The men’s team dominated Chinese Taipei in Monday’s final with a 6-0 clean sweep victory.

Five of the last six men’s team Olympic titles have been won by South Korea – the only exception was Italy breaking their winning streak at London 2012.

The country has already swept two gold medals in archery, with the women’s team tying the longest gold streak in Olympic history with nine medals.

Kim Je-deok secured the mixed title with An San.

Americans sweep both skeet shooting gold medals today and set new Olympic records

USA’s Vincent Hancock celebrates winning gold in the men's skeet on July 26.

American skeet shooters Vincent Hancock and Amber English captured a gold medal in their respective events and set new Olympic records.

English, a first-time Olympian, won her gold after earning 56 points, beating Italy’s Diana Bacosi in a dramatic final. China’s Wei Meng claimed bronze.

Hancock, who also won gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012, missed only one shot all series to score an Olympic record of 59 points. Denmark’s Jesper Hansen won silver and Kuwait’s Abdullah Alrashidi won bronze. 

English and Hancock’s wins give the United States seven gold medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and 14 medals overall.

USA’s Amber English during the skeet finals on Monday, July 26. 

Their victories follow William Shaner’s, who won the Men’s 10m rifle for Team USA on Sunday.

Tom Pidcock claims first ever mountain bike cross-country Gold for GB

Great Britain’s Thomas Pidcock celebrates winning the gold medal in the mountain bike cross-country race on July 26.

Tom Pidcock secured Great Britain’s first ever mountain bike cross-country Gold medal with a dominant display.

The 21-year-old, who gained 26 positions on the first lap before moving to the front, never relinquished his lead, clocking a time of 1:25:14.

“It’s nothing like any other race. The Olympics just transcends any sport,” Pidcock said after winning gold.
“You compete and represent your country and everyone in your country is behind you, no matter what sports they like. It’s just national pride, it’s unbelievable.”

The rider, who broke his collarbone after being hit by a car in training in June, beat Switzerland’s Matthias Flückiger by 20 seconds, with bronze going to Spain’s David Valero Serrano.

Pidcock’s victory delivered GB’s third gold medal of the Games.

“It’s been a such a hard time coming here from crashing and breaking my collarbone and that’s just unbelievable,” he added.
“I know that my mum and girlfriend are crying at home. It’s sad that they can’t be here but I’ll see them when I get home.”

Austria's Anna Kiesenhofer on her cycling gold medal: "I dare to be different"

Austria's Anna Kiesenhofer competes in the women's road race on Sunday, July 25.

Anna Kiesenhofer secured Austria’s first cycling gold medal since 1896 with a shock win.

The 30-year-old broke away from the leading group more than 40 kms from the end, and spent much of the rest of the 147-kilometer course so far ahead of the chasing pack that she was out of sight of the other cyclists.

The Austrian, who doesn’t currently have a professional contract, only took up the sport in 2014, turning professional three years later.

Kiesenhofer isn’t just an accomplished cyclist — she has a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, England, and a Ph.D in applied mathematics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.

She credits her win to her ability to be unpredictable, she said.

Kiesenhofer gave the performance of a lifetime to eclipse a field of big names and win the race, finishing in just under four hours.

She explained her strategy ahead of the race.

“When I’m riding hard, there’s not enough blood and oxygen in my brain to do math,” she said. “In the lead up to a race, just an analytical mindset that makes me approach the race differently.
“So I really make a plan, I think about what power am I going to put out and at [what] point of the race, how I have to plan my nutrition and so on.”

Kiesenhofer said she was thinking of her students and her family, who would be watching.

“I know that students are always googling the name of their teacher … I’ve had students following my cycling and wishing me good luck when they knew a race was coming up,” she said.
“My family, I knew they were watching. I visualized them in front of the screen already from the start of the race. I knew they were getting up at 6 a.m. in Austria to watch me. My mother had actually prepared for weeks, like ‘how do I set up the livestream.’”

Watch the interview:


Dutch tennis player drops out after testing positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo

Netherlands' Jean-Julien Rojer returns a shot during a doubles first round tennis match on July 24.

Dutch tennis player Jean-Julien Rojer has tested positive for Covid-19, according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

This ends the Olympic player’s campaign along with his partner Wesley Koolhof.

“Rojer and his partner Wesley Koolhof have been withdrawn from the men’s doubles event, and their opponents Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus of New Zealand receive a walkover into the quarterfinals,” the ITF said in a statement Monday.

“We wish Jean-Julien a speedy recovery,” the statement added.

Rojer is the fourth athlete from the Netherlands’ team to test positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo, according to CNN reporting.  

Other Dutch athletes that tested positive include skateboarder Candy Jacobs, rower Finn Florijn and taekwondo athlete Reshmie Oogink.

Athletes can take their masks off for a photo on the Olympic podium, IOC says

USA's Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Bowen Becker and Zach Apple pose with their gold medals on the podium after the 4x100m freestyle relay swimming event on July 26.

Masks are a “must-have” on the podium at. Tokyo 2020 but athletes will be allowed to take them off for 30 seconds for a photo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided, according to spokesman Mark Adams.

The adjustment to the IOC’s stance for Olympic athletes wearing masks on the Olympic podium was made after discussions, Adams added at Monday’s press briefing.

“And I think everyone would appreciate one, that the risk is very, very, very, very low and two, that’s completely understandable,” Adams said.

This comes after Adams told reporters during an off-camera interview that there were no relaxations around mask rules for anyone at the Games.

Tom Daley and Matty Lee win GB gold in men's synchronized diving

Britain's Tom Daley and Matty Lee hug after winning the synchronized 10m platform diving final on Monday, July 26.

Great Britain’s Tom Daley and Matty Lee edged out hot favorites China to win gold in the men’s synchronized 10m platform diving, with a score of 471.81.

Daley — a national hero in Britain since making his Olympic debut as 14-year-old in 2008 — had tears in his eyes as he finally added gold to the bronze medals he won at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

His partner Lee was making his Olympic debut, but the British divers produced an impeccable performance in order to end China’s winning run in the discipline that extended back to 2000.

China’s impressive duo of Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen clinched silver with a score of 470.58, whilst Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev of the Russian Olympic Committee won bronze with a score of 439.92.

Surfer Stephanie Gilmore finds solace in Serena Williams' longevity after shock defeat

Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore reacts after losing her round 3 heat, eliminating her from the competition, on July 26.

Decorated Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore suffered an upset in her round of 16 clash against South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag on Monday.

Few would have expected Buitendag to stand a chance against the world No. 5, but some indecision from Gilmore proved costly.

The 33-year-old chose to pass up on a wave, Buitendag rode it instead and posted a decisive score of 7.10 — surfers are ranked using their two highest scores.

“I was so fired up, yesterday was such a good heat,” Gilmore said. “I was feeling really confident, really strong. Bianca is a really tough opponent. Both of us are probably the tallest girls in the whole event, so it was a really level playing field.

“Her backhand is really strong. I let her get that wave on the priority, and she got the highest heat score. I looked at that wave and was like, it doesn’t look that good. I let her have it. She turned it into a seven (point score), that was the most frustrating for me.

“I should’ve taken that wave and just kinda held that control of the situation. It’s a tough one. I still had a good five minutes in the end to try and make it, but I just couldn’t do it today.”

Gilmore, who will be 36 when the Paris Olympics are held in 2024, says athletes like Serena Williams remaining competitive at an older age is providing her with motivation.

“(I’m) super disappointed that I couldn’t make it happen, but there’s always Paris (in 2024),” she said. “I’m only 33 and there’s plenty of amazing female athletes who get up into their forties. Look at Serena Williams, she’s still doing so well. So there’s plenty of time.

“To come here and to be an Olympian is very special but to not get the result I wanted I’m really thinking, ’what did I do wrong, what can I do better and how do I get back?”

"Yeah, whatever," says Ariarne Titmus after beating Katie Ledecky to claim 400m freestyle gold

Ariarne Titmus, left, of Australia wins the final of the 400m freestyle ahead of Katie Ledecky, of the United States, on July 26.

The women’s 400 meter freestyle final was one of the most hotly anticipated races at these Tokyo Games — and it certainly delivered on the drama.

Ariarne Titmus fought her way back to overtake two-time defending Olympic champion Katie Ledecky and earn Australia’s first gold in this event since 1972.

However, despite the intense pressure the two swimmers must have been feeling, 20-year-old Titmus remained remarkably calm — both during and after the race.

“Coming into the race my mind was very clear,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking about splits or that kind of thing, I just swam intuition — the training that I’ve done, my body just knew what to do. I just tried to stay composed.

“Honestly, I didn’t even look at the time. I just saw ‘one’ against my name, and once I saw that I was just kind of, like, ‘yeah, whatever.’ But it’s a PB so that’s good.

“I do feel pressure, but I feel like I do a good job at kind of eating it all up and using it. I’ve been very relaxed at this meet, more relaxed than I thought I would be. I was way more nervous swimming at trials than I was tonight.

“This is what we work for, I’m at the Olympic Games. I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as I can. As much as this isn’t a normal Olympics with the Covid protocols, I’m still having great fun. For me, tonight was just being out there in a race, it’s the best part about swimming.

“I was excited that to win this event. I had to beat a great champion [Ledecky] and that makes it even more satisfying. She has done unbelievable things for this sport, and especially middle-distance swimming.

“I feel like if people back home can enjoy this moment like I can, I’m really happy that I’ve brought some joy to the country during a tough time.”

The 24-year-old Ledecky was full of praise for her opponent and said they had “both helped each other” over the past few years.

Despite not taking home the medal she wanted, the US superstar said standing on the Olympic podium is “not something I take for granted.”

“It’s just great for this event, and all the freestyle events, to have had some really great competitors in the field,” she said.

“We’ve only raced a handful of times, I guess probably on average once a year over the last five years. Each race is always a tough race and that’s something that motivates you in training.

“When we meet up it’s always a great race. I hope we have many more great races this week and in the future.

“Of course you always want to hear your national anthem, but I’m proud of how I swam and how I got to that point. It’s not an easy journey, it’s never an easy journey to the podium, and so it’s not something I take for granted, being up there.

“I think I just came into this race very much at peace with the work that I’d put in to get to this point.

“That’s the biggest win of all. I just knew, no matter the outcome, that I was going to put up a fight, and put up a great race, and I’m glad I did. Even if I didn’t I was still going to be happy for whoever won gold.

“I just felt a lot of joy and happiness and love coming into this race, and just kind of carried that with me. That’s the biggest win of all.”