ROC's Svetlana Romashina captures seventh career gold medal after artistic swimming team win
From CNN's Wayne Sterling
Svetlana Romashina claime her seventh Olympic gold medal after the Russian Olympic Committee won the women's artistic swimming team free routine with a total score of 196.0979 points.
The 31-year-old becomes the seventh woman to win at least seven gold medals in a summer sport at the Olympic Games.
Romashina is also the fourth athlete to win at least seven Olympic gold medals without ever claiming silver or bronze, after track and field athletes Usain Bolt of Jamaica (eight) and the USA's Ray Ewry (eight) and swimmer Caeleb Dressel (seven).
China finished with 193.5310 to take silver and Ukraine had 190.3018 to claim bronze.
9:42 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
Tokyo reports more than 4,500 new coronavirus cases
From Arthur Syin in Tokyo and Hannah Ritchie in London
Tokyo reported 4,566 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
It’s the fourth day in a row that Tokyo has reported over 4,000 new daily infections.
The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in Japan surpassed the 1 million mark on Friday, with cases now totaling 1,002,287.
Tokyo 2020 reported 22 new Covid-19 cases linked to the Olympic Games Saturday, increasing the total number of cases from the Games up to 409 since July 1.
The Tokyo metropolitan area is currently under a state of emergency, which will stay in place until August 31.
9:45 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen takes gold in men's 1500m, setting a new Olympic record
From CNN's Hannah Ritchie
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen won the gold medal in the men’s 1500m on Saturday, setting Olympic and European records with a time of 3.28.32.
Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya won silver and Josh Kerr of Great Britain took home bronze.
Ingebrigtsen’s victory marks the first time a European has won gold in the event since Spain’s Fermin Cacho in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Cheruiyot had been leading the race and was the pace setter for most of the event, with Ingebrigtsen trailing close behind.
The 20-year-old Norwegian overtook Cheruiyot during the final lap to claim gold and set the new Olympic record.
8:17 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
These are the Olympic events you won't want to miss today
From CNN's Alyssa Kraus
Medals will be awarded in basketball, football and more on Saturday.
Here are some events to check out. Remember, Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time.
Basketball: The final games in both men's and women's basketball will be held on Saturday. The gold medal match for women's basketball is at 10:30 p.m. ET. If you're interested in the men's gold medal match, the US men's team's game will be replayed on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. after originally airing on Friday.
Rhythmic Gymnastics: At 10 p.m. ET, eight countries — each with five gymnasts — will compete in the group all-around final.
Football: The final football match of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics started Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET. In the men's gold medal match, Brazil and Spain face off from International Stadium Yokohama.
Track and Field: The final events in track and field will be held throughout the day on Saturday. Medals will be awarded in the men's and women's 4x400m relays, women's high jump, men's 1500m, women's 10,000m and men's javelin. Medals are set to be awarded at the men's marathon at 6 p.m. ET.
Volleyball: Several key matches in both men's and women's volleyball are taking place on Saturday. The men's gold medal match starts at 8:15 a.m. ET. The women's bronze medal match will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET, with the women's gold medal match being held the following day.
Sifan Hassan wins second distance gold at Tokyo 2020
From CNN's Ben Church
Sifan Hassan won the women's 10,000 meters on Saturday to complete a golden double on the track at Tokyo 2020.
Hassan took home her first gold medal of the Games on Monday when she came first in the 5000m event, and went on to claim her second medal in the 1500m on Friday when she won bronze.
Despite her packed schedule, the Dutch runner was able to race clear of Bahrain's Kalkidan Gezahegne and Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey, who finished second and third respectively.
The three women were well ahead of the rest of the field but Gidey, who led the initial breakaway group, struggled to stay with Hassan, who waited for the perfect moment to launch her sprint finish and win in a time of 29:55.33.
Hassan had come into Tokyo 2020 dreaming of winning an unprecedented Olympic treble but she still made history by winning medals in all three events.
No one in Olympic history has completed a medley of medals across both the middle and long-distance events in a single Games before.
Hassan, who was born in Ethiopia, fled to the Netherlands in 2008 as a refugee and has lived there since she was a teenager.
She has raced a total of 24,500 meters in just eight days this Olympics.
7:21 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
Meet Japan's Olympic pin obsessives
From CNN's Megan C. Hills
Shlomi Tsafrir has over 100,000 pieces of Olympic memorabilia in his shop. Collecting and selling them is his full-time job -- one which sees him scouring overseas auction houses and even designing pins for Olympic delegations.
"Almost every drawer, every cupboard you open in this house, something Olympic will pop up," Tsafrir said. "Even though I cannot speak English, I can communicate through pins. Each pin has a story.
However, Tsafrir is one of the many pin traders left disappointed this year as the pandemic has damaged his chances of making sales and collecting new designs.
With virtually all spectators banned, there are few opportunities to make in-person trades.
Read more about the world of Olympic memorabilia HERE.
6:11 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
How Abdi Abdirahman’s journey to Olympic competition echoes the world’s trek to the Games
From CNN's Eryn Mathewson
At 44, Abdi Abdirahman is the oldest American runner to make an Olympic marathon. And like many athletes competing at Tokyo 2020, his journey to the Games hasn’t been easy.
The Team USA runner has escaped a civil war, thrived in a country he wasn’t born in, and managed to qualify for his fifth Olympics -- while also navigating a global pandemic.
But he’ll tell you that it was all worth it.
“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,” Abdirahman previously told CNN.
Scheduled for the last day of the Games on August 8, the 26.2-mile course runs through Sapporo -- a city that sits about 500 miles north of Tokyo, near the tip of Japan. It was chosen to host the marathon over Tokyo because its temperatures are slightly cooler than than the capital.
Just a few months earlier, Abdirahman spoke of potentially going for a sixth Olympics in 2024. But as Tokyo approaches, his tone has changed a little.
“It’s been a great ride. Everything good has to come to an end at some point.”
No matter where Abdirahman places in Sapporo, he’s already accomplished something few people ever will. Read more about it HERE.
5:35 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
USA wins third-straight women’s water polo gold
From CNN's Wayne Sterling
The United States won gold in women’s water polo for the third-straight Olympics after routing Spain 14-5 behindMadeline Musselman’s hat-trick on Saturday.
Here are the impressive stats accompanying that victory:
The win for the Americans is the largest margin of victory in the history of water polo gold medal matches.
The US is the only nation to have medaled in each of the last six editions of the women’s tournament at the Olympics (three golds, two silvers and a bronze).
Margaret Steffens and Melissa Seidemann become the first women to win three Olympic gold medals in water polo.
"I have the chills right now. I don't think it's fully sunk in yet. I'm just proud of this moment," said Steffens.
Second-placed Spain, meanwhile, is the second nation to lose multiple finals in women’s water polo tournament after the US in 2000 and 2008.
Hungary claimed bronze by beating the Russian Olympic Committee 11-9.
4:53 a.m. ET, August 7, 2021
The fastest marathon runner of all time is looking to cement his legacy at the Olympics
The men's marathon is perhaps the headline event on the final day of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. The pre-race favorite is 2016 champion and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, a man who some say has redefined the realms of human potential over 26.2 miles.
Having set the world record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds at the 2018 Berlin Marathon, Kipchoge went on to run the first ever marathon in under two hours in Vienna in 2019. That feat, part of the INEOS 1:59 challenge, isn't recognized as an official record due to the use of a race car and pacemakers, alongside other performance-enhancing technology.
Kipchoge, one of Kenya’s six gold medalists in 2016, has been hailed for his determined, dedicated mindset when it comes to marathon running.
One filmmaker who spent time with the 36-year-old even likened his lifestyle to that of an ascetic monk. You can read more about that here.
A win in Sapporo on Sunday would cement Kipchoge’s legacy as the greatest marathon runner of all time, but he will have to overcome hot weather and a field that includes the reigning marathon world champion Lelisa Desisa and last year’s London Marathon winner Shura Kitata.