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July 28 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

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  • Simone Biles dropped out of the women’s individual all-around competition to focus on her well-being. It’s unclear if she’ll compete in other events.
  • Biles and Naomi Osaka are changing the conversation around the Olympics and mental health.
  • Japan is leading the medal count, but can the hosts keep up their surprisingly dominant performance?
  • Australia’s Ariarne Titmus won her second swimming gold while the US’ Katie Ledecky dominated the first-ever women’s 1500-meters at the Olympics.

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American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks is out of the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19

Sam Kendricks is seen during the US Olympic Track and Field Team Trials on June 21 in Eugene, Oregon.

American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks has dropped out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after he tested positive for Covid-19, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed on Thursday morning in Japan.

The 28-year-old athlete, a US Army reservist who won bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics, has been transferred to a hotel and placed in isolation in alignment with the local rules and protocols, the USOPC further said in a tweet.

“Sam is an incredible and accomplished member of Team USA and his presence will be missed,” the organization added.

Nearly 200 Covid-19 infections are now linked to the Games

The number of Covid-19 cases linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has risen to 198, according to Tokyo 2020 organizers on Thursday.

Four new cases were reported from Tokyo’s Olympic Village, bringing total infections connected to the village to 24. 

Three of the new cases were identified as athletes and were all residents of the village.

The other new cases were identified as Games-related personnel and contractors. 

While the Games have kept case numbers relatively low, Tokyo itself reported a record day of new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, adding more than 3,000 new infections, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

China's Zhang Yufei wins gold in women's 200-meter butterfly with Olympic record

China's Zhang Yufei celebrates winning gold in the 200-meter butterfly on July 29.

China’s Zhang Yufei won gold in the women’s 200-meter butterfly on Thursday in Japan, setting an Olympic record with a time of 2:03.86.

She beat USA’s Regan Smith, who took home the silver with a time of 2:05.30. USA’s Hali Flickinger won bronze with a time of 2:05.65.

USA's Caeleb Dressel wins 100-meter freestyle with Olympic record time

The United States' Caeleb Dressel reacts after winning gold in the 100-meter freestyle on July 29.

Caeleb Dressel has won the men’s 100-meter freestyle final with a time of 47.02 seconds, an Olympic record.

It’s Dressel’s first individual Olympic gold medal. He previously had earned three relay gold medals, including the men’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay earlier in these Games.

Australia’s Kyle Chalmers takes the silver medal in 47.08, while Russian Kliment Kolesnikov won bronze in 47.44.

Australia's Izaac Stubblety-Cook sets Olympic record to claim men's 200-meter breaststroke gold

Australia's Izaac Stubblety-Cook reacts after winning gold in the 200-meter breaststroke on July 29.

Australia’s Izaac Stubblety-Cook has won gold in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke, setting an Olympic record with a time of 2:06.38.

Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands won silver with a time of 2:07.01, while Finland’s Matti Mattsson earned his country’s first medal of the 2020 Olympics, winning bronze with a time of 2:07.13.

The Russian Olympic Committee’s Anton Chupkov, the world record holder in the event, missed out on the podium, finishing fourth with a time of 2:07.24.

Stubblety-Cook’s triumph gives Australia its sixth gold medal and 16th total medal of the Tokyo Games.

Simone Biles says huge support has made her realize she's "more than my accomplishments and gymnastics"

Simone Biles blows a kiss while watching the men's All-Around Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Simone Biles acknowledged the “outpouring love & support” she’s received since announcing she would not compete in the women’s individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her well-being.

It remains unclear if Biles, the five-time Olympic medalist, will compete in other events.

“[T]he outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,” Biles tweeted.

Read the tweet:

Hot and humid week ahead for Olympic athletes

Kim Si Woo of South Korea walks past a fan spraying mist during golf competition in Kawagoe, Japan, on July 29.

Tokyo is experiencing a hot and humid first week of the Olympics, but the high temperatures are not unusual for Japan’s capital in mid-summer.

The average high temperature for late July in Tokyo is 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit). Over the past five days, highs have ranged from 29.8 to 34.4 degrees Celsius (86 to 94 F) — an average of roughly 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F) above usual high temperatures.  

Compounding the heat is the usual high humidity. Humidity values have ranged from 66% to 84%, making it feel much hotter, and limiting the body’s ability to cool down through sweat and evaporation.

Though Tokyo is not officially in a heat wave, the hot weather is having an impact on Olympic athletes, particularly in the tennis. Organizers said Wednesday they are pushing back matches so they will begin later in the day.

It came after Spain’s Paula Badosa was forced to retire from her women’s singles quarterfinal match and left the court in a wheelchair due to heatstroke on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Russian Olympic Committee player Daniil Medvedev told the chair umpire that he could finish his men’s singles third-round match — but wanted to know whether the International Tennis Federation would take responsibility if he died.

What athletes can expect in the next week: The forecast in Tokyo is for more of the same — temperatures will continue to be in the low 30s in degrees Celsius (86 to 92 F) over the next seven days, potentially reaching 33 to 34 degrees Celsius (92 to 93 F) over the weekend. There are not currently any heat advisories in effect for the Greater Tokyo region, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. 

USA's Bobby Finke wins gold in men's 800-meter freestyle

US swimmer Robert Finke reacts after winning gold in the 800-meter freestyle swimming on July 29.

American swimmer Robert Finke won gold in the men’s 800-meter freestyle event on Thursday morning in Japan with a time of 7:41.87.

This is the first time the event has been held at the Olympics.

Finke, who goes by Bobby, beat Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, who took silver with a time of 7:42.11. Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk won bronze in 7:42.33.

Italy wins gold in lightweight women’s double rowing

Italy's Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini react after winning gold in the lightweight rowing double sculls on July 29.

Italians Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini have won gold in the lightweight women’s double sculls rowing event.

The 2021 European champions in the event edged out the field by 14-hundredths of second with a time of 6:47.54.

The triumph gives Italy its second gold medal and 17th total medal at the Tokyo Games.

Ireland wins first Olympic rowing gold

Paul O'Donovan, left, and Fintan McCarthy of Ireland celebrate after winning gold in the Men's Lightweight Double Sculls in Tokyo on July 29.

Ireland’s Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan have won the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal in rowing during the men’s lightweight double sculls event, finishing with a time of 6:06.43.

Germany claimed silver with a time of 6:07:29 and Italy took bronze in 6:14:30.

It’s Ireland’s first gold medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and second medal overall of this Games.

Prior to the Tokyo 2020 Games, Ireland had won nine Olympic gold medals, all in individual events in athletics, boxing and swimming.

O’Donovan, alongside his brother Gary O’Donovan, won silver in this event in Rio in 2016, which was Ireland’s first medal in Olympic rowing. Other athletes representing Ireland to have collected multiple Olympic medals are swimmer Michelle Smith (four), hammer thrower Pat O’Callaghan (two) and boxer Paddy Barnes (two).

Congratulatory tweets have already started to roll in for the Irish team, including this one from Skibbereen Rowing:

New Zealand wins its first gold medal of the Games

New Zealand's Grace Prendergast (left) and Kerri Gowler celebrate winning gold.

New Zealand won its first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with victory in the women’s pair rowing.

Duo Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler took gold with a time of 6:50.19 on Thursday morning in Japan. It’s also New Zealand’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the event.

The Russian Olympic Committee took silver with a time of 6:51.45, and Canada earned bronze with a time of 6:52.10.

Former Olympian Apolo Ohno says the mind of an athlete can be "the world's strongest prison"

Former speed skater Apolo Ohno won eight medals at the Winter Olympics.

American former skating star Apolo Ohno has lent his support to gymnast Simone Biles, saying the world should support athletes “when they need it most.”

Biles decided to bow out of the women’s individual all-around competition to focus on herself, prompting waves of support from fellow Olympians like eight-time medalist Ohno.

“The mind is the greatest asset or sometimes it’s the world’s strongest prison. At first glance, you see someone who is the ultimate performer when we often like to portray them as invincible and all of the ideas we want to see from a superhero figure,” Ohno told CNN tonight. 
“When we forget they’re human we forget they have bad days and we always support athletes when they win and they are champions. When we see them on the stage, we always wish we can or they would like to be. We should also support them when they need it most.”

Croatia's Sinkovic brothers take gold in rowing men's pair

Martin Sinkovic (left) and Valent Sinkovic celebrate their victory.

Croatian brothers Martin Sinkovic and Valent Sinkovic have added to their career Olympic medal haul, winning gold in the rowing men’s pair final.

The brothers had won two medals each at the past two Olympic Games heading into Tokyo 2020.

They won gold together in the double sculls in 2016, and they were part of Croatia’s boat to win silver in the quadruple sculls in 2012.

Romania took silver, while Denmark earned bronze.

Biles and "the twisties": How fear impacts the mental health and physical safety of gymnasts

American gymnast Simone Biles performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics final on July 27.

The twisties are a mysterious phenomenon, where suddenly a gymnast is no longer able to do a twisting skill she’s done thousands of times before.

Your body just won’t cooperate, your brain loses track of where you are in the air. You find out where the ground is when you slam into it.

This is what Simone Biles said she experienced in morning practice.

When Biles scratched most of the Olympic team final, she said it was not because of a physical injury, but her mental health. This doesn’t mean she felt sad, or didn’t have her heart in it to compete. It means that her psychological state put her at significant physical risk. If her brain wouldn’t play along with what her body knows how to do, she could be seriously injured.

Flipping and twisting at the same time can be extremely disorienting, you can’t just watch where you are with your eyes. You have to feel it. This is proprioception, a sense of where your body is in space and what it’s doing.

In gymnastics, this is called “air sense.” And Biles is famous for how good hers is.

“She’s always had incredible air sense, which is what you need in this sport,” her former coach Aimee Boorman told Houstonia magazine in 2015. “She doesn’t crash very frequently. Other kids, you’ll just see them splat, or get lost in the air. That doesn’t happen with her.”

Her natural talent is why her missed vault is so stunning. But her decision to scratch makes a lot of sense. When the twisties set in, it’s hard to know when they’ll go away. But Biles’ decision to protect herself marks a shift from the old way gymnastics worked in the US.

“We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we’re human, too,” she said. “So, we have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 25: Simone Biles of Team United States competes on balance beam on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Simone Biles and 'the twisties': How fear affects the mental health and physical safety of gymnasts

Former Olympic gymnast says Biles' decision "demonstrates that we have a say in our own health"

American gymnast Dominique Moceanu competes during the beam event at the1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Dominique Moceanu, a member of the 1996 Olympic gold medal gymnastics team, commended Simone Biles’ decision to bow out of the women’s individual all-around competition to focus on herself.

“I was 14 y/o w/ a tibial stress fracture, left alone w/ no cervical spine exam after this fall. I competed in the Olympic floor final minutes later. @Simone_Biles decision demonstrates that we have a say in our own health—’a say’ I NEVER felt I had as an Olympian,” Moceanu tweeted along with a video of her Olympic performance.

She went on to say, “In our sport, we essentially dive into a pool w/ no water. When you lose your ability to find the ground—which appears to be part of @Simone_Biles decision— the consequences can be catastrophic. She made the right decision for the team & herself.”

Simone Biles' sponsors stand by her after she withdraws from Olympic events

USA's Simone Biles blows a kiss whilst watching the Men's All-Around Final on July 28.

Simone Biles’ sponsors offered statements of support Wednesday following her decision to pull out of Thursday’s individual, all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old champion cited mental health concerns as the reason for her earlier withdrawal from Tuesday’s team competition during interviews with reporters in Tokyo. Biles may still compete in next week’s individual event finals. 

Athleta chief brand officer Kyle Andrew said the sports apparel company stands by Biles and supports her well being “both in and out of competition.” Biles signed an endorsement contract with Athleta earlier this year after ending her contract with Nike.

“Being the best also means knowing how to take care of yourself,” Andrew told CNN Business via email on Wednesday. “We are inspired by her leadership today and are behind her every step of the way.”

On Tuesday, Biles said she was going to take the rest of the Olympics “one day at a time” as she looks to add to her haul of four gold medals won at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Visa, another athlete sponsor, recognizes Biles’ “incredibly brave decision,” said senior vice president of Global Sponsorship Strategy Andrea Fairchild. The decision “shows how Simone is able to inspire both on and off the mat.”

Biles is one of the 102 Olympic athletes Visa sponsors in conjunction with its Team Visa program. “We wish her well in the days ahead,” Fairchild added.

Protein shake brand Core Power tweeted Wednesday morning that Biles is “showing us all that her courage and strength extend well beyond the mat.”  

“We’re in awe of you today and every day,” the company added on Twitter along with a goat emoji – a reference to GOAT, or greatest of all time.

Core Power told CNN Business it has partnered with Biles for the last six years and that she has been one of its brand ambassadors since 2016. The company launched a new ad campaign featuring Biles on June 29.

“We’ve supported her physical recovery with Core Power protein shakes, and as a company we unequivocally support her full and complete health,” the company said via email.

Team USA sponsor United Airlines didn’t immediately respond Wednesday morning to a request for comment. The company told the sports news site Sportico that it has been proud to partner with Biles for years and continues to support her.

Uber Eats, which featured Biles in its “Tonight I’ll be eating” commercials late last year, said Wednesday that it also stands by her.

“She has shown true strength both inside and outside of the gym, setting an incredible example for athletes around the world,” the company said.

Tennis star welcomes later match times amid hot weather: "The conditions are really brutal"

Serbia's Novak Djokovic attempts to keep cool between games on July 28.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Wednesday described playing conditions at the Tokyo Games as “really brutal” but welcomed the decision by organizers to push back match start times amid hot and humid conditions in the Japanese capital. 

“I’ve played tennis now professionally for 20 years, and I’ve never faced this kind of conditions in my entire life on a consecutive daily basis,” Djokovic said, in comments posted by Tokyo 2020.

“I did experience certain similar days, one day in Miami or New York, or sometimes it happens here and there, but it’s one or two days, and then it passes. Here is every single day. So, it’s really draining players’ energy, and you just don’t feel yourself,” Djokovic added.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Wednesday that tennis matches at the Ariake Tennis Park will begin at 3 p.m. (local) from Thursday after some players expressed dissatisfaction with and felt the effects of the playing conditions.

“In my opinion, it should have been done a few days earlier. But it is what it is. It’s better than starting at 11 a.m. It’s not just in my opinion. I’ve spoken to six out of eight quarterfinalists in men’s singles and everyone is in favor of starting later because the conditions are really brutal,” he said.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was speaking after he and compatriot Nina Stojanovic secured victory in the first round of the mixed doubles tournament.

23 gold medals were won on Wednesday. Here's where things stand.

USA's Kathleen Ledecky holds her gold medal after winning the 1500m freestyle swimming event on July 28.

Japan is currently leading the Olympics with 13 gold medals, but China and the United States are not far behind in second and third with 12 and 11 gold medals respectively. You can keep up with the count here.

Here’s a look at the winners on Wednesday:

Basketball 3 X 3

  • Women’s: United States
  • Men’s: Latvia

Artistic Gymnastics

  • Men’s All-Around: Daiki Hashimoto, Japan

Cycling Road

  • Women’s Individual Time Trial: Annemiek van Vleuten, Netherlands
  • Men’s Individual Time Trial: Primoz Roglic, Slovenia

Diving

  • Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard: Wang Zongyuan/Xie Siyi, China

Equestrian

  • Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle: Germany

Fencing

  • Men’s Sabre Team: Republic of Korea

Judo

  • Women’s -70 kg: Chizuru Arai, Japan
  • Men’s -90 kg: Lasha Bekauri, Georgia

Rowing

  • Women’s Double Sculls: Romania
  • Men’s Double Sculls: France
  • Women’s Four: Australia
  • Men’s Four: Australia
  • Men’s Quadruple Sculls: Netherlands
  • Women’s Quadruple Sculls: China

Rugby Sevens

  • Men’s: Fiji

Swimming

  • Women’s 200m Freestyle: Ariarne Titmus, Australia
  • Men’s 200m Butterfly: Kristof Milak, Hungary
  • Women’s 200m Individual Medley: Yui Ohashi, Japan
  • Women’s 1500m Freestyle: Katie Ledecky, United States
  • Men’s 4 X 200m Freestyle Relay: Great Britain

Weightlifting

  • Men’s 73kg: Shi Zhiyong, China

If you're watching in the US, these are the Olympic events you won't want to miss tonight

As athletes head into the fifth official day of the Olympic Games, it can be difficult to keep track of each event due to the 13-hour time difference.

Here are some of the Olympic sports you may not want to miss that are playing on NBC channels tonight:

  • Archery: The men and women’s individual preliminary rounds will be held at 8:30 p.m. ET.
  • Beach Volleyball: The US women’s team will face Kenya at 8 p.m. ET, while the US men’s team will also play against Argentina at 10 p.m. ET.
  • Cycling: Both the men’s and women’s quarterfinals in BMX racing will take place tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Fencing: The preliminary rounds for the women’s team foil competition will be held at 9:50 p.m. ET.
  • Field Hockey: Several matches in the men’s preliminary rounds will be held tonight, the first of which begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.
  • Golf: The first round of men’s individual stroke play will take place at 6:30 p.m. ET.
  • Rugby: The women’s rugby tournament will include six matches, with the first beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Swimming: Several swimming events are on the agenda tonight, some of which will result in medals. The events begin at 8 p.m. ET.

For other events being broadcast this evening, view NBC’s schedule here.

US wins the first ever gold medal in women's 3x3 basketball

From left, Jacquelyn Young, Stefanie Dolson, Kelsey Plum, and Allisha Gray of Team United States celebrate victory and winning the gold medal in the 3x3 Basketball competition on July 28.

The United States won the first ever gold medal in women’s 3x3 basketball after defeating the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) 18-15 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Americans lost just one game en route to the Olympic title.

Team USA claimed their 11th gold medal of the Summer Games and the nation’s 31st medal overall.

The ROC took silver and China won bronze. 

Daiki Hashimoto takes Japan’s gold medal tally to 13 with all-around gymnastics win

Japan's Daiki Hashimoto competes in the artistic gymnastics all-around final on July 28.

Daiki Hashimoto ensured Japan held onto its Olympic men’s gymnastics all-around crown with a nail-biting victory on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old clinched gold with a strong high bar routine to narrowly edge him past China’s 2017 world all-around champion Xiao Ruoteng.

Hashimoto ended with a total score of 88.465 compared with Ruoteng’s 88.065 – a difference of just 0.400.

Hashimoto had big boots to fill after Kohei Uchimura, Olympics all-around champion at London 2012 and Rio 2016, opted not to defend his title in Tokyo.

Russian Olympic Committee’s Nikita Nagornyy, the reigning world all-around champion, took bronze finishing on 88.031 points.

China's Shi breaks own world record on the way to weightlifting gold

China's Shi Zhiyong celebrates after winning the gold medal and setting a new Olympic record in the 73kg weightlifting event on July 28.

China’s Shi Zhiyong put in a scintillating performance to break his own world record on the way to winning gold in the men’s 73kg weightlifting event on Wednesday.

Shi lifted 166kg in the snatch and 198kg in the clean and jerk, respectively, which combined for a new world and Olympic record total of 364kg.

The total of 364kg surpasses the world record of 363kg which Shi set at the 2019 World Championships.

Shi’s lifts in the snatch and clean and jerk are also new Olympic records.

Venezuela’s Julio Ruben Mayora Pernia sealed the silver medal with Rahmat Erwin Abdullah of Indonesia securing the bronze.

What it's like navigating the sometimes confusing maze of Olympic venues

CNN’s Will Ripley is on the ground at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Today, he gives us a first-hand look at what it’s like trying to navigate the sometimes confusing maze of venues:

With no fans in the stands for the first time in Olympic history, you’d think finding your way around Tokyo 2020 would be relatively simple. You’d be wrong.

Navigating the confusing labyrinth of cavernous venues – and actually getting into the right event – can feel like an Olympic sport in itself.

CNN’s Scott Reeves and I had a pair of coveted tickets to the men’s artistic all-around gymnastics final. Our car dropped us off about 30 minutes early. 

We followed the only other people we saw and went through a multi-layered security check. We scanned our credentials, showed our tickets, walked up three flights of stairs and ended up – at a volleyball court.

The first two volunteers we asked had no idea where the gymnastics were being held. We eventually realized we were in the wrong building: the Ariake Arena. We needed to find the Ariake Gymnastics Centre (not to be confused with the Ariake Sports Center, Ariake Tennis Park or Ariake Urban Sports Park).

After crossing the street, walking around nearly the entire perimeter of the venue and going through another security and ticket check, we followed the signs down a series of eerily empty hallways. 

Entire areas were blocked off with little or no explanation of where to go – and only a handful of other people to follow, who were often just as confused as we were. Eventually, we entered what we thought was the press seating area, and almost walked directly out onto the main gymnastics floor – 15 minutes into the competition.

A polite volunteer finally pointed us in the direction of our seats, saying with a chuckle:

“Sorry. It’s confusing. You’re not the first.”

Tokyo's high temperatures force tennis organizers to push back match start times

Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee is tended to during a third round men's tennis match on Wednesday.

Matches at the Tokyo Olympics will now begin later in the day due to hot and humid conditions in the Japanese capital, tennis organizers announced on Wednesday.

Matches at the Ariake Tennis Park, which had started at 11 a.m. local time until Wednesday will now begin at 3 p.m. local time from Thursday.

The decision had been made “in the interests of player health and welfare,” and following “extensive consultation” with athletes, referees, medical experts and other key stakeholders, among others, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in a statement.

The ITF reiterated that male and female players could request ten-minute breaks during play should temperatures exceed 30.1 degrees Celsius (86.2 degrees Fahrenheit).

Wednesday’s announcement comes after some players said they were feeling the effects of the weather conditions. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Olympic Committee player Daniil Medvedev told chair umpire Carlos Ramos that he could finish his men’s singles third-round match against Fabio Fognini – but wanted to know whether the ITF would take responsibility if he died.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Paula Badosa was forced to retire from her women’s singles quarterfinal match against Czech Marketa Vondrousova due to heatstroke.

"A particularly challenging time": President of World Athletics Seb Coe on mental health at Tokyo 2020

World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe speaks to reporters in Tokyo on July 27.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe says Tokyo 2020 has shone a spotlight on the pressure elite athletes are under when competing at the Olympic Games.

His comments come after superstar athletes Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka both said they experienced mental health issues when struggling to perform at their best this week.

“It has its challenges at the best of times, but we also accept the challenges are now more profound, given the year-and-a-half of the restrictions and some of the challenges they had to confront around training and lockdown,” Coe told reporters.
“This is a particularly challenging time for all competitors.”

Coe, a four-time Olympic medalist, said the fact families weren’t able to travel to Tokyo has contributed to athletes’ struggles and says federations must step up and provide that missing support structure.

“The advice I would give any athlete is reach out,” he said.
“Reach out to your colleagues, reach out to your friends. Don’t be afraid to show vulnerability. It’s a badge of honor in a way to want that help.”