Belgium win men’s hockey gold after dramatic shootout victory over Australia
From CNN’s Aleks Klosok in London
Belgium won the Olympic men’s hockey gold medal with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Australia on Thursday.
A tense final finished 1-1 in regulation time before Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch earned hero-status, saving three Australian penalties as the Red Lions prevailed 3-2 in the penalty shootout.
Thursday’s victory is only Belgium’s second ever Olympic gold medal in a team sport -- they had previously won gold in men’s football on home soil at the 1920 Games in Antwerp.
For Australia, the wait for a men’s gold medal goes on -- they last claimed the crown at the 2004 Games in Athens.
India took the bronze earlier on Thursday after a thrilling 5-4 victory over Germany, giving the country its first Olympic medal in the sport since the 1980 Games in Moscow.
8:55 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021
Katie Nageotte raises the bar to win gold in women's pole vault
From CNN's Homero De La Fuente
American Katie Nageotte overcame her early struggles at the opening height to win gold in the women’s pole vault at Tokyo 2020.
Nageotte missed her first two attempts at her opening height of 4.50m but cleared it on her third.
She would then clear 4.70m on her second attempt, before cruising through the 4.80m and 4.85m at the first try.
The 30-year-old then cleared the winning height of 4.90m on her second attempt to win the gold.
The Russian Olympic Committee's Anzhelika Sidorova cleared 4.85m but failed her final attempt at 4.95m to win the silver medal.
Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw cleared 4.85m but missed on her attempt at 4.90m to take home the bronze.
Nageotte joins Jenn Suhr (2012) and Stacy Draglia (2000) as the only American women to win gold in pole vault.
8:43 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021
World champion Steven Gardiner becomes Olympic champion with gold in men’s 400 meters
From CNN's Aleks Klosok
Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas ran a season’s best time of 43.85 seconds to win Olympic gold in the men’s 400 meters on Thursday.
A dominant performance sees the 25-year-old add to his 2019 400m World Championship crown.
Gardiner becomes just the fourth world champion to win the Olympic gold medal in this event, after Michael Johnson (1996 and 2000), Kirani James (2012) and Wayde van Niekerk (2016).
Colombia’s Anthony José Zambrano collected silver.
With bronze, Kirani James becomes the first man to win three Olympic medals in this event, having won gold in 2012 and silver in 2016.
8:07 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021
Spain’s Sandra Sánchez becomes first Olympic champion in women’s kata
From CNN's Aleks Klosok in London
Spain’s Sandra Sánchez won gold in the inaugural women’s karate “kata” competition with victory over Japan’s Kiyou Shimizu on Thursday.
Sánchez, ranked No.1 in the latest women’s kata world rankings, also becomes Spain’s oldest ever Olympic champion at 39 years and 323 days old.
She surpasses Spain’s previous oldest champion -- track cyclist Joan Llaneras was 39 years and 91 days old when he won gold in the men’s track cycling points race at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Six-time European champion Sánchez also defeated Shimizu in the women’s kata final at the 2018 world championships in Madrid. The Spaniard won with a score of 28.06 to Shimizu's 27.88
Hong Kong's Grace Lau Mo-sheung and Italy's Viviana Bottaro won the bronze medals.
7:47 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021
Abel Kipsang sets new Olympic record during men’s 1,500 meters semifinals
From CNN's Aleks Klosok in London
Kenya’s Abel Kipsang posted a new Olympic record time in the men’s 1,500 meters semifinals at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Thursday.
The 24-year-old ran 3:31.65 in the second semifinal, surpassing the previous record set by compatriot Noah Ngeny in the men’s 1,500m final at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s world record of 3:26.00, set in Rome in 1998, still remains the time to beat.
World champion Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya and Norway’s highly rated star Jakob Ingebrigsten were the other notable names to qualify for Saturday’s final.
7:07 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021
Olympic marathon events to take place in hot and humid conditions this weekend
From CNN's Taylor Ward and Eryn Mathewson
In an attempt to find cooler temperatures, the men's and women's Olympic marathon events are taking place this weekend in Sapporo, roughly 500 miles (800 km) north of Tokyo.
Unfortunately, the high temperatures that are impacting Tokyo are spreading throughout the entire country, even into Hokkaido.
The women’s marathon takes place Saturday morning while the men race Sunday. This weekend, Sapporo will see morning low temperatures of around 25° C (77° F) and afternoon highs of 32-34° C (90-93° F). These temperatures are 5-7° C (9-13° F) above normal for early August.
Despite the fact that the races take place in the morning hours, temperatures during both races will likely be between 27-30° C (80-86° F).
In addition to the heat, relative humidity values between 70 and 80% will make it feel even warmer.
A long road: The hosting of the Olympic Games has been a marathon effort for both organizers and competitors, with a myriad of challenges and hurdles to overcome by hosting a global sporting event in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although Tokyo could be his final Olympics, the American is hoping to give his best in Sunday's race.
“It's been a difficult time … I'm just going to go out there and give it my best. I'm just going to worry about what I can control.”
6:29 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021
USWNT edge past Australia in thrilling bronze medal match
From CNN's Homero De la Fuente and Ben Morse
The United States Women’s National Team looked more like the squad that won the World Cup in 2019, as it defeated Australia 4-3 to win the bronze medal in the women’s football at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Megan Rapinoe scored a spectacular Olimpico goal -- a goal straight from a corner kick -- in the eighth minute to open the scoring for the US.
Australia’s Sam Kerr leveled the scores minutes later, but Rapinoe scored her second before the halftime break to put the US ahead.
39-year-old Carli Lloyd scored a brace of her own to give the U.S a three-goal lead. With her two goals, Lloyd passed Abby Wambach to become the all-time leading scorer in USWNT Olympic history.
Caitlin Foord and Emily Gielnik scored in the second half to cut the USWNT's lead to one but it would be too little, too late.
The bronze medal is the first in USWNT history. They’ve previously won four gold medals in 1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012.
6:24 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021
CNN goes inside Simone Biles’ “secret gym” outside Tokyo
From CNN's Bex Wright in Tokyo
Around an hour’s drive from Tokyo, a university campus surrounded by rice paddies was the unlikely setting behind Simone Biles' Olympic comeback.
CNN was given exclusive access to the Ogawa Gymnastics Arena at Juntendo University, where the Team USA gymnast secretly trained over several days last week to get back into form to compete on the balance beam.
She won a bronze medal in the event on Tuesday, her seventh Olympic medal.
Biles had earlier pulled out of the all-around team event and the majority of individual events after a shaky performance on the vault, saying she was struggling with mental health issues and “the twisties” -- when gymnasts feel lost when they’re flying through the air.
Team USA had contacted the facility via Professor Kazuhiro Aoki of Juntendo University to ask if Biles could train there discreetly away from the capital.
"Working with Team USA and helping get Simone back on her feet, if we were even a small part of that, I think it was a big success and it makes me very happy,” Aoki told CNN.
Last week, Biles posted a series of videos on her Instagram account showing her struggling to find her form and crashing into landing pads while practicing dismounts on the uneven bars.
The gymnastics coach at the arena said he tried to help Biles beat what she described as her “demons.”
“It looked like she was suffering,” coach Wataru Kawai said. “I was hoping I could do something to help her.
“She was trying to do things that she wasn’t able to do,” Kawai added. “She was really trying to figure out what was wrong."
Biles said Wednesday on Twitter she would “forever be thankful” to Juntendo “for allowing me to come train separately to try to get my skills back.”
The Japanese, she wrote in her tweet, "are some of, if not the sweetest people I’ve ever met."
Simone also left a thank you message on the whiteboard of the Ogawa Gymnastics Arena.
The staff there said they will never wipe it off.
6:01 a.m. ET, August 5, 2021
Britain's Matt Walls wins gripping omnium cycling gold
From CNN's Ben Morse in London
Team Great Britain's Matt Walls won a gripping gold medal in the omnium cycling event.
The 23-year-old put in a dominant display in his Olympic debut to claim Britain's first track cycling gold at Tokyo 2020.
Walls led the overall rankings heading into the final event, having won the opening scratch race, and finishing third in the tempo race and second in the elimination race.
He eventually finished on a total of 153 points.
New Zealand’s Campbell Stewart took silver with Rio 2016 champion Elia Viviani finishing in bronze.
Walls becomes the third British medal winner in this event, after Ed Clancy won bronze at the 2012 Games in London and Mark Cavendish secured silver at the 2016 Games in Rio.