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  • US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles will compete in Tuesday’s balance beam final, after having previously pulled out of events citing mental health concerns.
  • A Belarusian sprinter has asked the International Olympic Committee for help because she fears she will be forcibly returned to the authoritarian state.
  • The US Women’s National Team missed its chance for gold in football after losing to Canada 1-0 in the semifinals.
  • Covid-19 cases are surging in Tokyo as the Olympics heads into its final week.

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Karsten Warholm smashes world record to win the men's 400 meters hurdles

Norway's Karsten Warholm celebrates after winning the gold medal and breaking a world record in the 400 meter hurdles final on Tuesday.

History was made on the track Tuesday morning in the men’s 400 meters hurdles final.

Norway’s Karsten Warholm took gold, setting a world record of 45.94 and breaking the 46-second mark for the first time.

American silver medalist Rai Benjamin pushed Warholm all the way, clocking in at 46.17 — easily inside the previous world record of 46.70, set by the Norwegian on July 1. Before that, the 400 meters hurdles world record hadn’t been broken since 1992.

According to NBC, three of the four fastest times ever in the event were run in the Tokyo final.

Germany's Malaika Mihambo wins gold in women's long jump

Germany's Malaika Mihambo competes in the women's long jump final on Tuesday.

Germany’s Malaika Mihambo leapt from third to the top of the leaderboard on her final attempt, winning gold in women’s long jump.

Brittney Reese of the US wins silver. The 34-year-old now has a record three Olympic medals in women’s long jump, which equals American Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s one gold and two bronze and German Heike Drechsler’s two golds and one silver.

Reese won the gold in this event at London 2012 and took silver at Rio 2016. She’s also a four-time world champion.

Nigeria’s Ese Brume won bronze.

Boxer Samuel Takyi wins Ghana's first Olympic medal in nearly three decades

The United States' Duke Ragan, right, exchanges punches with Ghana's Samuel Takyi during their men's featherweight 57-kg semifinal boxing match on Tuesday.

Samuel Takyi lost to America’s Duke Ragan in the boxing semifinals, but the Ghanaian featherweight will return home with bronze — Ghana’s first Olympic medal in 29 years.

The last time Ghana won a medal was in football at Barcelona in 1992, when the team took bronze.

Takyi, 20, is Ghana’s first boxing medalist since Prince Amartey won bronze at the Munich Games in 1972.

Nearly 300 Covid-19 cases have now been linked to the Tokyo Olympics

The number of Covid-19 cases linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has risen to 299, according to Games organizers Tuesday. 

Of 18 new cases reported Tuesday, one was identified as an athlete, with the remaining infections found in contractors, Games-related personnel and one member of the media.

The athlete that tested positive Monday was a resident of Tokyo’s Olympic Village, bringing the total number of cases reported from the village to 29. Organizers identified the athlete as a Greek artistic swimmer.

Tokyo 2020 maintains that the Games are not behind the recent surge in infections in Tokyo and Japan, which have seen multiple days of their highest increase of new cases in the past week.

Slovenia crushes Germany to advance to men's basketball semifinals

Slovenia's Luka Doncic dribbles past German players in the men's quarter-finals match on Tuesday.

Luka Doncic and the Slovenian men’s basketball team beat Germany 94-70 to reach the mens’ semifinal.

Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks superstar, nearly turned a triple-double with 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Zoran Dragic led all scorers with 27 points.

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen made history with his badminton gold

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen waves to the crowd during a medal ceremony on Monday.

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen made history in Tokyo on Monday, becoming the first player from outside of Asia to win Olympic gold in men’s singles badminton in more than 20 years.

Axelsen’s fellow Dane Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen, who took gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996, was the last non-Asian winner.

Here’s who has taken gold in the event since:

  • 2000: Ji Xinpeng, China
  • 2004: Taufik Hidayat, Indonesia
  • 2008: Lin Dan, China
  • 2012: Lin Dan, China
  • 2016: Chen Long, China

Axelsen won bronze in the event at Rio 2016.

The words you'll need to know to watch these new Olympic sports 

The Tokyo Olympics have marked the return of fan-favorite events like swimming and gymnastics. But viewers also are being treated to a number of sports — such as karate, skateboarding and sport climbing — new to the Games.

And to better understand and enjoy these sports, casual viewers may need to learn some new sports terms.

Here are some of those sports terms:

Sport climbing: Three types of sport climbing events will take place in Tokyospeed climbing, where two climbers compete to make it to the top of a wall first; lead climbing, where athletes climb as high as they possibly can within a specified time, and bouldering, where climbers follow fixed routes within a specified time. Common phrases you might hear mentioned across the three events include:

  • Problem: A climber’s term for a bouldering route.
  • Crux: The crux of a climbing route is considered its most difficult section.
  • Crimp: A small climbing hold, done by wrapping the thumb over the index finger in a kind of pinching motion.
  • Bridging: A climber in a corner might spread their legs so that each foot touches a separate wall. A bridge refers to a climber’s legs, and bridging refers to the act of balancing by doing the splits.
  • Dyno: Short for dynamic, it describes a difficult move that involves jumping between holds and breaking contact with the wall completely.
  • Deadpoint: The moment in a dynamic move where the climber grabs a hold while moving between upwards acceleration and falling back down to the ground.
  • Flag: Sticking a leg out against a wall for balance.
  • Smearing: A climbing move that employs the wall, rather than holds, on a route. It involves smearing a foot down a wall to gain momentum in the absence of a foothold.
  • Pumped: A sign that a climber is weakened or in pain. It refers to bulging forearms that are pumped full of blood during a more grueling climb.

Skateboarding: This sport is new to this year’s Olympics. The men and women’s street events were held last week, with the park events taking place this week. Unlike street skating, where skaters navigate stairs, handrails, benches and other obstacles typically found in urban streetscapes, the park events feature riders tackling a hollowed-out course of curves and bowl-shaped ramps. Here are some key skateboarding terms to keep in mind, according to the San Francisco Exploratorium’s skateboard science glossary.

  • Deck: The flat part of the skateboard a rider stands on.
  • Bail: When a skateboarder falls or decides in mid-air to not land a trick.
  • Bank: Any kind of incline used for a trick.
  • Fakie: Skating backwards.
  • Goofy-footed: Riding with the right foot at the front of the board (instead of the left foot, which is more common).
  • Grind: Scraping the board’s axles on any kind of railing or curve.
  • Ollie: A jump that starts with the rider tapping the tail of the board on the ground. It’s the basis of most tricks in skateboarding.
  • Kickflip: A variation of the Ollie where the skater kicks the board into a spin before landing on it.
  • Noseslide: Sliding the underside of the nose end of the board across the edge or lip of an obstacle.
  • Tailslide: Sliding the underside of the board’s tail end across the edge of an obstacle.

Read more sports terms here.

Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn gushes after Daddy Yankee praises her historic Olympic win

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico celebrates as she finishes first in the 100-meter hurdles final on August 2.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico, the country’s second woman to win an Olympic medal, has much to celebrate today — not only did she win gold in the 100 meter hurdles, she also got a shoutout from reggaeton star Daddy Yankee.

“Congratulations on that gold medal. Thank you for representing our island so highly. Worthy representation!” Daddy Yankee said in an Instagram post, which was translated from Spanish.

Daddy Yankee’s surprising mention stunned Camacho-Quinn, who tweeted, “Do yall understand how that feels?”

Camacho-Quinn won the women’s 100 meter hurdles, with a time of 12.37 seconds. 

She claimed Puerto Rico’s first medal of these Olympics. It’s the country’s second-ever Olympic track and field medal, and its first gold medal in a track and field event.  

China headlines Monday's Olympic gold medal winners

Cuba's Luis Orta Sanchez celebrates winning gold in the Greco-Roman 60-kilogram final on August 2.

Monday saw a blitz of Chinese success as the country won five of 20 gold medals up for grabs, including men’s rings, women’s team cycling sprint and both weightlifting finals of the day.

Here are the latest winners of gold at this year’s Olympics:

Artistic Gymnastics

  • Men’s Rings: Liu Yang, China
  • Women’s Floor Exercise: Jade Carey, United States
  • Men’s Vault: Shin Jea-hwan, South Korea

Track and Field

  • Men’s Long Jump: Miltiadis Tentoglou, Greece
  • Women’s 100-meter Hurdles: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Puerto Rico
  • Women’s Discus Throw: Valarie Allman, United States
  • Men’s 3000-meter Steeplechase: Soufiane El Bakkali, Morocco
  • Women’s 5000 meters: Sifan Hassan, Netherlands

Badminton

  • Women’s Doubles: Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu, Indonesia
  • Men’s Singles: Viktor Axelsen, Denmark

Cycling

  • Women’s Team Sprint: China

Equestrian

  • Eventing Jumping Team: Great Britain
  • Eventing Individual Jumping: Julia Krajewski, Germany

Shooting

  • Men’s 25-meter Rapid Fire Pistol: Jean Quiquampoix, France
  • Men’s 50-meter Rifle 3 Positions: Zhang Changhong, China 

Weightlifting

  • Women’s 87kg: Wang Zhouyu, China
  • Women’s +87kg: Li Wenwen, China

Wrestling

  • Men’s Greco-Roman 60kg: Luis Orta Sanchez, Cuba
  • Men’s Greco-Roman 130kg: Mijain Lopez Nunez, Cuba
  • Women’s Freestyle 76kg: Aline Rotter Focken, Germany

History-making Turkish athlete hopes Olympics medal will ease wildfire pain

Turkey's Yasemin Adar celebrates after defeating Kyrgyzstan's Aiperi Medet Kyzy for the bronze in the 76kg freestyle wrestling match on August 2.

Turkey’s Yasemin Adar said she hoped her medal success at the Tokyo Games would bring “a glimpse of hope” to people back home currently experiencing serious wildfires.

Adar became her country’s first woman Olympic medalist in wrestling on Monday after winning bronze in the women’s freestyle 76kg category.

“I am thrilled that it’s the first for Turkey, and as a Turkish woman, I am very proud. I am very excited, very honored to be representing my country, and it means a lot more because our country is going through some rough times with the wildfires in many cities,” Adar said in comments posted by Tokyo 2020.

For the second straight day, more than 1,100 people have been evacuated by sea from the tourist hotspot of Bodrum to escape Turkey’s forest fires burning along the Mediterranean coast.

The death toll has increased to at least eight people killed on Sunday, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

According to the Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, 111 fires have started across the country since July 28. Six fires are still burning in three different cities, the ministry said.

“My tears are a mixture of joy and sadness because of what is going on in Turkey. My biggest happiness is to give Turkish people a glimpse of hope and happiness with my medal,” Adar added.

You can read more about the wildfires here.

American Valarie Allman wins women's discus gold in Olympic debut

American Valarie Allman celebrates after winning gold in the discus throw on August 2.

In her Olympic debut, American Valarie Allman won the gold medal in women’s discus at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 68.98 meters on her first attempt.

This is the first gold in this Olympics for US Track and Field.

The US secures its 22nd gold medal of the Summer Games and the nation’s 64th overall.

Germany’s Kristin Pudenz threw a personal best 66.86 meters to take silver and Cuba’s Yaime Perez earned bronze with 65.72 meters.

Olympic records tumble as China’s Li Wenwen wins gold with a dominant display in weightlifting

China's Li Wenwen celebrates during the +87-kilogram weightlifting event on August 2.

China’s Li Wenwen posted a series of new Olympic records on the way to a dominant gold in the +87kg weightlifting category on Monday.

The 21-year-old set an Olympic record in the snatch (140kg) and clean and jerk (180kg) to post a new Olympic record total of 320kg.

Emily Campbell became the first British woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal with silver, posting a total of 283kg, with United States’ Sarah Robles taking bronze with a total of 282kg.

"Without coffee, I would never be Olympic champion": Sifan Hassan completes first step of quest for unprecedented treble

Sifan Hassan of Netherlands reacts as she wins gold in the 5000-meter final on August 2.

Sifan Hassan obliterated the rest of the field to win gold in the women’s 5000 meter final and complete the first leg of her historic treble attempt.

The Dutch runner is aiming to become the first athlete in Olympic history to win the 1500 meter, 5000 meter and 10000 meter gold at a single Games.

Hassan broke away from her competitors on the final lap and never looked like she was in trouble, finishing almost two seconds ahead of Kenya’s Hellen Obiri in second to claim her first Olympic title.

Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay clinched the bronze medal.

Hassan also becomes the first Dutchwoman to win an Olympic medal in a long distance event.

It’s been an action-packed day for Hassan, who fell earlier on Monday in the 1500 meter heats and had to make up more than 20 meters on the field before eventually winning the race.

“I can’t believe it. I used all my energy this morning and I was kind of tired,” she said after winning gold. “I couldn’t believe what happened. It was terrible when I tripped.

“I felt terrible afterwards and I never thought I am going to be Olympic champion.

“It has been an amazing day. When I fell down and had to jump up, I felt like I was using so much energy. I couldn’t believe the feelings in my legs. All the energy seemed to leave me.

“I was so scared I wasn’t going to do it.”

Morocco's Soufiane El Bakkali wins men's 3000 meters steeplechase gold

Morocco's Soufiane El Bakkali celebrates winning gold in the 3000-meter steeplechase on August 2.

Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali won the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase gold in 8:08.90 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. El Bakkali finished fourth in this competition at the 2016 Rio Games

The 25-year-old becomes the second man to win an Olympic medal for Morocco in this competition – after Ali Ezzine won bronze in 2000.

Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma took silver and Kenyan Benjamin Kigen earned bronze. 

Kenya was looking to win the men’s 3000m steeplechase for the 10th straight time.

Sweden to meet Canada in women’s football gold medal match after semifinal win

Sweden will meet Canada in the women’s football gold medal match after a 1-0 semifinal victory over Australia on Monday.

Striker Fridolina Rolfo struck the decisive winner in the 46th minute to send Sweden into their second successive final. 

Sweden will bid to go one step better than the 2016 Games when they lost 2-1 to Germany in the final.

Australia will face the United States in Thursday’s bronze medal match.

Sport is "for all people," says Laurel Hubbard, the first out transgender woman to compete at an Olympics

Laurel Hubbard of Zealand reacts during the women's weightlifting +87kg event on August 2.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has affirmed that “sport is something for all people, it is inclusive, accessible,” said New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard, the first out transgender woman to compete at an Olympics.

She also thanked the International Weightlifting Federation.

“They have been extraordinarily supportive. I think that they, too, have shown that weightlifting is an activity that’s open to all the people of the world,” she said after the event.

The 43-year-old said she is not “entirely aware” of the controversy surrounding her participation.

Some background: Hubbard has been eligible to compete in the Olympics since 2015, when the IOC issued new guidelines allowing qualifying women to compete in women’s events provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before their first competition.

World record holder and defending Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk out of 400 meters event

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa looks at the scoreboard after failing to qualify for the final during the men's 400 meters semi-finals on August 2.

World record holder and defending 400 meters Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk won’t defend his title at the Tokyo Games after finishing fifth in the 400m semi-finals on Monday.

The South African needed to run 44.62 seconds to make Friday’s final as a fastest loser but could only manage a time of 45.14 seconds.

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala and the Netherlands’ Liemarvin Bonevacia will go through to Friday’s final as the two fastest losers, having qualified with times of 44.59 and 44.62 respectively.

Makwala and Bonevacia will join the three semi-final winners and runners-up.

Van Niekerk had set the world and Olympic record in the 400m at the 2016 Games in Rio with a blistering time of 43.03 seconds.

Laurel Hubbard becomes first out transgender woman to compete at an Olympics

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand celebrates after a lift in the women's +87kg weightlifting event on August 2.

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard became the first-ever out transgender woman to compete in the 125-year history of the modern Olympics when she took part in the women’s super-heavyweight +87kg category on Monday in Japan.

Hubbard failed in all three of her attempts in the snatch, ending her bid for a medal. She was up against nine other athletes in the competition, with China’s world record holder, Li Wenwen, the favorite to win gold.

Hubbard competed in men’s weightlifting competitions before coming out in 2013.

Some background: She has been eligible to compete in the Olympics since 2015, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued new guidelines allowing qualifying women to compete in women’s events provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before their first competition.

There is debate in the scientific community as to whether androgenic hormones like testosterone are useful markers of athletic advantage. 

Supporters ​of Hubbard’s inclusion at the Games have welcomed the decision as a sign of ​respect for fundamental human rights, while critics have questioned the fairness of transgender ​women competing against cisgender women.

In 2018, Australia’s weightlifting federation sought to block her from competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, but organizers rejected the move.

Meanwhile: Hubbard is the first transgender woman to compete in the Games, but she is the second transgender athlete. Hubbard’s entry in the history books comes alongside Canadian footballer Quinn, who is the first trans and non-binary athlete to compete in the Olympics. Quinn is also the first trans athlete who is guaranteed a medal at Tokyo 2020 after Canada’s semifinal win over the US on Monday.

South Korea's Shin Jea-hwan wins gymnastics men's vault gold

South Korea's Shin Jea-hwan competes in the artistic gymnastics men's vault final on August 2.

South Korea’s Shin Jea-hwan has won the gold medal in gymnastics men’s vault, earning the country’s second ever gold in this event after Yang Hak-seon won at the 2012 London Games.

Denis Ablyazin of the Russian Olympic Committee took silver to become the second gymnast to win three medals in the men’s vault.

Bronze went to Armenian Artur Davtyan, who won Armenia’s first Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics.

Belarus Olympian Kristina Timanovskaya received a humanitarian visa from Poland, her husband entered Ukraine

Kristina Timanovskaya of Belarus is pictured running in the women's 100m competition on Friday, July 30.

The husband of Belarus Olympic sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya has entered Ukraine, Ukranian interior ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko told CNN Monday. 

Shevchenko could not confirm when or how Timanovskaya’s husband, Arseni Zdanevich, entered Ukraine. 

Some background: Timanovskaya was set to compete in the women’s 200 meters at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, but said representatives of the Belarus national team tried to forcibly send her back to her home country after she criticized its national sporting authorities for entering her into the 4x400m relay without her consent.

Meanwhile, she has now received a humanitarian visa from Poland, Polish Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz said on Twitter Monday. Timanovskaya was filmed entering the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday, hours after she refused to board a flight out of Japan. 

“Poland will do whatever is necessary to help her to continue her sporting career. [Poland] always stands for Solidarity,” Przydacz tweeted.

US Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher tweeted in support of the Olympian, thanking Japanese and Polish authorities for helping Timanovskaya.

Openly trans athlete Quinn guaranteed a medal at Tokyo 2020

Canada's midfielder Quinn, left, is marked by the United States forward Lynn Williams during the women's semi-final soccer match on August 2.

Canada’s semifinal win over the US in the women’s soccer competition means midfielder Quinn has become the first openly trans and non-binary athlete guaranteed to win a medal at an Olympic Games.

Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand is currently competing in the women’s +87kg weightlifting category. She could become the first transgender woman to officially medal.

Canada, who beat the USA 1-0 in Monday’s semifinal, will face either Australia or Sweden in the final on Friday.

Great Britain wins first team eventing gold medal in 49 years

Oliver Townend of Great Britain competes during the eventing jumping team final and individual qualifier on August 2.

Great Britain’s Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen won gold in the eventing team competition on Monday, which is also the country’s first gold in the discipline in 49 years.

Townend, Collett and McEwen emulate the gold last won by Great Britain at the 1972 Games in Munich.

Great Britain’s eventing title takes their total gold medal tally at the Tokyo Games to 11.

Australia secured the silver medal, improving on their third place in Rio 2016, and defending champion France claimed the bronze medal.

US gymnast Jade Carey wins gold in women's floor exercise

The US' Jade Carey competes during the women's floor exercise final on Monday.

American gymnast Jade Carey won the gold medal in the women’s floor exercise with a score of 14.366 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The 21-year-old said she dedicated the medal to her father and that it was a “dream come true.”

“Everything I have ever worked for paid off tonight,” she told reporters after the event. “I have worked so hard my whole life for exactly this moment.”

Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari took the silver, her first Olympic medal in her fourth appearance at a Games.

Angelina Melnikova of the Russian Olympic Committee and Japan’s Mai Murakami tied for the bronze.

Murakami won Japan’s first-ever medal at this event.

The US women's soccer team misses out on gold after semifinal loss

Canada's Jessie Fleming scores a penalty during the women's semifinal match against the United States on Monday.

In a major upset, the US Women’s National Team lost to Canada in the Olympic semifinal on Monday in Japan, ending their bid for the gold medal.

Jessie Fleming’s penalty gave Canada a 1-0 win over the world champions.

The US women were trying to become the first reigning World Cup champion to win Olympic gold but will now play in the bronze medal match.

The United States' Carli Lloyd reacts after being defeated 1-0 by Canada.

Canada will play the winner of Australia vs. Sweden for the gold medal on Friday.

China's brilliant Olympic day continues with gold and silver in gymnastics men's rings

You Hao, left, and Liu Yang of Team China display their medals following the men's rings competition on August 2.

China continued its excellent Olympic Monday as gymnasts Liu Yang and You Hao won gold and silver in the men’s rings event at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Liu finished with a score of 15.500, ahead of You’s 15.300.

It was China’s fourth 1-2 finish in a men’s artistic gymnastics event, after the men’s vault and men’s floor exercise in 1984 and the men’s rings in 2008.

This is China’s third Olympic gold medal in this event – Li Ning in 1984 and Chen Yibing in 2008 both won the rings.

Bronze went to defending champion Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece.

Australian cyclist's handlebars break off bike mid-race

Australia's Alexander Porter reacts after crashing during the men's track cycling team pursuit qualifying event in Izu, Japan, on Monday.

Australian cyclist Alexander Porter got a nasty shock during qualifying in the men’s team pursuit.

While riding at the back of the four-man group, Porter’s handlebars collapsed under his hands, leading him to fall face first into the track at high speed.

Fortunately, the 25-year-old appeared to avoid serious injury and was checked over immediately by medical staff, but he was left with visible graze marks on his nose.

Australia will have the chance to start their run again and try to qualify for the medal races.

China sets a world record in women's team sprint cycling

Zhong Tianshi and Bao Shanju of China compete during a qualifying heat for women's track cycling team sprint on Monday, August 2, in Izu, Japan.

China broke its own women’s team sprint world record on Monday with a stunning performance in the heats.

The Chinese pair of Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi secured a world record time of 31.804 seconds.

Bao and Zhong’s time beat the 32.034 seconds set by Zhong and Gong Jinjie at the 2015 world championships.

Gong and Zhong won the Olympic title in 2016 – the first and only gold medal for China in a cycling event.

Tokyo reports more than 2,000 new Covid-19 cases after a record weekend

Spectators gather to watch the triathlon relay on Saturday, July 31, in Tokyo.

Tokyo reported 2,195 new Covid-19 cases Monday, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

On Saturday, the city reported a record 4,058 new Covid-19 cases.

While Monday’s figure is a drop from over the weekend, it is the highest number of cases to ever be recorded on a Monday, according to local media.

On Friday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the extension of Japan’s Covid-19 state of emergency to the end of August, while expanding the restrictions to cover four new prefectures – three of which surround Tokyo.

There have been at least 281 cases linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, according to organizers.

Simone Biles to take part in Tuesday’s balance beam final

Simone Biles is pictured competing on balance beam on July 25.

US gymnast Simone Biles will take part in Tuesday’s balance beam final, USA Gymnastics confirmed in a tweet on Monday.

A tweet from the organization read: “We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to watch you both!”

Biles participated in gymnastics qualifications on July 25 and then completed the United States’ vault rotation in the women’s team final on July 27 before withdrawing from competition, citing mental health concerns.

Biles did earn a silver medal as part of the US team’s second place finish in the team final.

The 24-year-old, who won four golds in the 2016 Rio Olympics, subsequently withdrew from four individual finals at the Tokyo Games – the all-around, vault, uneven bars and floor.

Tuesday’s balance beam will be her last opportunity to secure an individual medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.