August 6 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

By Joshua Berlinger, Aditi Sangal, Ben Morse, Ben Church and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
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3:04 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

USA’s Nelly Korda leads after 3 rounds of women's golf tournament

From CNN's Jill Martin and Ben Morse

American golfer Nelly Korda plays her shot on August 6.
American golfer Nelly Korda plays her shot on August 6. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

American Nelly Korda, ranked No. 1 in the world in women’s golf, will enter the final round of the women's golf tournament at the Olympics with a three-shot lead at 15-under par.

Korda, after shooting a 9-under-par 62 in Thursday’s second round, shot a 2-under 69 on Friday.

The 23-year-old won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her first major title back in June.

India’s Aditi Ashok is in second at 12-under after shooting a 3-under 68 in round three. There’s a four-way tie for third place at 10-under par with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, Australia’s Hannah Green, Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen and Mone Inami of Japan.

Korda, who says she is proud of the "fight" she's displayed over the first 54-holes at Tokyo's Kasumigaseki Country Club, admitted she has found herself at times dreaming of winning that gold medal.

"Oh yeah, yeah. I feel like everyone does it, for sure," she told reporters after her third round.

"That is when you take a step back and (tell yourself): 'You know, there's still 18 holes, there's still a lot that can happen.' I mean, today, I wasn't hitting it well, and just because I was making these par putts (she maintained a lead), but tomorrow could be different."

She added: 

"I try to remind myself, even though I think about it, I quickly shake my head and I'm like, 'no, no, we are not there yet, we still have a long way to go'." 

The final round has been moved up to start at 6:30 a.m. local time on Saturday due to inclement weather -- an hour earlier than it was previously scheduled.

3:03 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

IOC says 90 percent of Japanese people have watched parts of the Olympic Games

From CNN's Gawon Bae in Seoul

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said nine out of 10 people have tuned in to watch parts of Tokyo 2020 in the host country. 

"Overall, I would also like to thank very much of the people of Tokyo and Japan," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a press conference Friday. 

Bach thanked the Japanese and Tokyo governments, Tokyo 2020, and Japanese athletes for the "success of the Olympic Games."

"This, we can conclude from how the Japanese people are supporting and embracing these Olympic Games and there again, this is not a feeling ... because as of today, nine out of 10 Japanese people have watched at least parts of the Olympics Games to date," Bach said.

2:28 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

The budding friendship between Chinese and American gymnasts is warming hearts

From CNN's Jessie Yeung in Hong Kong

American gymnast Simone Biles smiles as China's Tang Xijing embraces teammate Guan Chenchen at the balance beam final on August 3.
American gymnast Simone Biles smiles as China's Tang Xijing embraces teammate Guan Chenchen at the balance beam final on August 3. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Between the trade war, military tensions and coronavirus finger-pointing, it's been a rough few years for US-China relations.

But the Tokyo Olympics has allowed athletes from both countries to demonstrate what their governments haven't for years: friendship.

On Tuesday, Chinese gymnasts Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing won gold and silver respectively in the women's balance beam final, while US gymnastics star Simone Biles claimed bronze. Both Chinese gymnasts are first-time Olympic medalists.

The win was particularly significant for Guan as the 16-year-old identifies Biles as her hero, according to her biography on the Games' website.

After the results were announced, a beaming Biles embraced Guan. Her US teammate and all-around Olympic champion Sunisa Lee, who had loudly cheered on Guan during her routine, also hugged Guan. Afterward, Lee posted on Instagram that she was "so proud" of Guan, and retweeted a video of Guan's dismount from the beam, captioned, "I love her (so much)."

The enthusiastic celebration and the warmth exchanged between the teams — so rarely seen now as US-China relations and public sentiment sour — quickly went viral online.

"We feel the same! This is what it means," tweeted the official Chinese Olympic Committee, along with a heart emoji and a photo showing the celebration between the four athletes.

Even the nationalist Chinese tabloid Global Times chipped in, saying in an article Lee's "sincere and joyous reaction touched viewers around the world."

And many on the Chinese social media platform Weibo praised Biles and Lee for their sportsmanship, arguing the kind of camaraderie they shared with Guan and Tang embodies the true spirit of the Olympics.

"No matter where you are from, what race you belong to, what beliefs you have, people in international society should unite together, making human life better," said one Weibo user, according to state media. "I see that hope at the Olympic Games. These athletes give us a good example."

Editor's Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN's Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here.

2:19 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

USA women's basketball team advances to 7th consecutive Olympic gold medal game

From CNN's Jill Martin

The United States' Breanna Stewart plays in a basketball semifinal against Serbia on Friday.
The United States' Breanna Stewart plays in a basketball semifinal against Serbia on Friday. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Once again, Team USA's women's basketball team will play in the gold medal game at the Olympics.

The American women defeated Serbia 79-59 in the semifinals Friday to reach their seventh consecutive gold medal game. They've won every gold since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and boast a 54-game winning streak in Olympic play that dates back to the bronze medal game in 1992.

Brittney Griner — a star in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury — led Team USA with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Americans will await the winner of Japan and France, who will play later Friday in the second semifinal.

The gold medal game will be held Sunday in Tokyo. Should the US win, WNBA stars Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and Diana Taurasi, Griner's Mercury teammate, will become the first athletes to win five gold medals in any team sport in Olympic history.

1:48 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

USA advances to women's volleyball final as team aims for first Olympic gold

From CNN's Jill Martin

Team United States celebrates after defeating Team Serbia during their volleyball semifinal match on Friday.
Team United States celebrates after defeating Team Serbia during their volleyball semifinal match on Friday. (Toru Hanai/Getty Images)

The United States — with three silvers and two bronzes — has won the most Olympic medals in women's volleyball without winning gold.

But the Americans earned the chance to change that in Tokyo as they reached the final with victory over Serbia on Friday.

It was a rematch of the two teams' Rio 2016 semifinal. Five years ago, Serbia won in five sets and went on to win the silver medal. This time, the US beat Serbia in straight sets: 25-19, 25-15, 25-23.

The US has finished on the podium at each of the past three Olympics, with silver in 2008 and 2012, and a bronze in 2016.

The second semifinal will take place later Friday between Brazil and South Korea. The gold medal match is scheduled for Sunday.

1:35 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Team Australia calls on its athletes to show "respect" after drinking incident

Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Committee, speaks to the media on August 2.
Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Committee, speaks to the media on August 2. (James Chance/Getty Images)

Australia’s Olympic Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman called on the country's athletes to be more respectful following reports of Olympian misbehavior.

Earlier this week, a group of Australian athletes were criticized for their purported "excessive alcohol consumption" and "loud and disruptive" behavior on their flight home from Tokyo.

Chesterman said he has relayed the importance of "mutual respect" to Australia's Olympic delegation.

Here's what Chesterman had to say at a news conference Friday:

"I think the message which I've preached always is mutual respect. We have great respect for the athletes. We have worked really hard to make sure that they have everything that they need. And we've worked really hard with the sports to make sure that they've got everything that they need for the athletes as well. And we also then say that there's a need for mutual respect back to the overall team as well. And everybody gets that. There was a group of people who made a mistake and they are obviously fully aware of that. And we continue to work with our team, remind our team of the overall commitment that they have to the Australian Olympic team and I'm very pleased to say that so far everyone understands that. It's an honor to be part of this team. And they're very proud to be a part of it. And we want to finish off these Games really well."
12:57 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Meet the Jamaican women who swept the Olympic podium for the 100 meters sprint

From CNN's Coy Wire in Tokyo

The Jamaican trio of Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson finished 1-2-3 in the women's 100 meters in Tokyo. On Friday night in Japan, they have a chance to take the 4x100 meters relay title.

The three Olympians spoke to CNN about the legacy of sprinting in Jamaica, and why the island is responsible for some of the most dominant runners in the sport.

Watch their interview here:

12:19 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Great Britain wins women's field hockey bronze after victory over India

From CNN’s Heather Law and Sara Turnbull

Great Britain's field hockey team celebrates after winning the women's bronze medal match by defeating India 4-3 on Friday.
Great Britain's field hockey team celebrates after winning the women's bronze medal match by defeating India 4-3 on Friday. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)

Great Britain defeated India 4-3 to win the women’s field hockey bronze medal on Friday.

India scored three goals to wrap the first half, and Great Britain answered in the third quarter to tie the game.

Great Britain then scored another goal during the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, paving the way to a place on the podium.

The result left India’s women’s team just short of replicating what India’s men’s team had done a day earlier. On Thursday, India’s men’s field hockey team won bronze, giving the country its first Olympic medal in the sport since the 1980 Games in Moscow.

12:01 a.m. ET, August 6, 2021

Tokyo 2020 has just 3 days to go. Here's what you need to know

There's still plenty of competition left as the Olympics head into their final weekend. But a storm, hot weather and rising coronavirus cases loom over the forthcoming finale of the Tokyo Games.

Covid-19's surge continues: Tokyo reported 5,042 cases Thursday, a new-single day record for Japan's capital. Doctors and public health experts have increasingly voiced concerns the Olympics is contributing to the spike in infections, though Japanese leaders disagree.

“The flow of people in Tokyo’s downtown has not increased compared to the time before the opening of the Olympics. I don’t think the Olympics has led to the increase of infection," Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference Friday.

Though the Olympics draw to a close Sunday, experts will likely be unable to analyze the Games' effect on Covid-19 cases for at least two weeks due to the virus' incubation period.

Belarus coaches forced to leave Games: The International Olympic Committee has revoked the accreditation of two Belarusian coaches allegedly involved in trying to force sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya to return home against her will.

The Olympic body said it decided to remove the two coaches to safeguard "the wellbeing of the athletes of the NOC (National Olympic Committee) of Belarus who are still in Tokyo and as a provisional measure."

Hasan's quest continues: Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands will go for her second gold medal in tonight's women's 1,500 meters final. She already won the 5,000 meters race and is set to compete in tomorrow's 10,000 meters final, too. No woman has ever won all three races in a single Olympics

Football gold, delayed: Team Canada and Sweden will play the women's football final in Yokohama, near Tokyo, tonight. The match was delayed from its initial 11 a.m. local start time due to stifling heat and humidity, which has affected many of the athletes competing outdoors — and could pose concerns for the men's and women's marathons this weekend.

The races are taking place in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, where temperatures are usually cooler than Tokyo. Despite an early morning start, temperatures on Saturday for the women's marathon will likely be between 26-28 degrees Celsius (79-82 degrees Fahrenheit). It will be slightly cooler Sunday, when the men run, with a forecast of about 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). Relative humidity values both days are expected to be between 70% and 80%, making it feel even warmer outside.

A tropical depression heading toward Tokyo could bring a much-needed respite from the heat, but also threatens to rain out Sunday's closing ceremony. However, the forecast for the storm is still uncertain.

Medal tally: China leads the way with 34 gold medals, followed by the US with 30 and Japan with 22. The Americans top the total medal table with 92. China is second with 74 and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in third has 58.

What's on tap:

  • Athletics: It's an action-packed penultimate night of competition at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Medal events begin at 8:50 p.m. Tokyo time with the women's javelin throw, followed by three races: the men's 5,000 meters final, then the women's 400 meters and 1,500 meters finals. The night wraps with both the men's and women's 4x100 meters relay finals.
  • Basketball: The US takes on Serbia and Japan plays France in the women's semifinals.
  • Boxing: Cuba's Julio la Cruz fights for a second consecutive Olympic gold against the ROC's Muslim Gadzhimagomedov. La Cruz, who won light-heavyweight gold at Rio 2016, has moved up to heavyweight this time around.

The full Olympic schedule can be found here.