Tokyo Olympics news LIVE: All the latest action as Team GB look to add to their four golds and 13 medals overall
After being pushed back by a year due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Tokyo Olympics is finally here.
The Games will be like none other seen in the past, with fans prohibited from the venues with Tokyo under a fourth state of emergency.
With fans absent it’s the athletes that will take centre stage. And the action is now officially underway, with a jam-packed schedule to complete until the closing ceremony brings an end to the Games on August 8.
With the Olympics taking place in Japan, a large proportion of the action will take place between midnight and 3pm BST for UK viewers.
But not to worry, as Sportsmail will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and updates right through until the closing ceremony on August 8.
‘Don’t worry. It makes me awake’: German Martyna Trajdos defends her coach after he violently shakes and slaps her before Olympic judo bout… as she insists she needs bizarre ritual to feel ‘fire her up’
German judo athlete Martyna Trajdos has defended her coach for violently shaking and slapping her across the face before her Olympic fight in Tokyo. Trajdos was competing against Hungarian Szofi Ozbas in the round of 32 for the women’s 63kg category on Tuesday. As she strode towards the mat, Trajdos stopped and turned to face her coach, Claudiu Pusa. He then grabbed her shoulders and shook her back and forth (right) before giving a fierce slap to her left and right cheek (left).
HENRY DEEDES: These Olympics really are pure gold! Yes, they were risky, but after so much gloom, they are cheering up a nation
HENRY DEEDES: Just days ago, the Tokyo Olympics looked set to be the most underwhelming Games in history. Outside the competitors – who had already been forced to wait a year – or the ever-rapacious International Olympic Committee, nobody seemed to want them to take place at all, not least the nation fated to host them. Barely 20 per cent of the Japanese are double-jabbed, and many were understandably terrified of the horrors such a busy event would wreak on their country. On top of all that, in the run-up to these Games, it seemed that everything was going wrong.
Matthew Coward-Holley gunning for fairytale gold in Tokyo Olympics in the men’s trap shooting – after his dream of becoming a professional rugby player ended when he broke his back twice as a schoolboy
DAVID COVERDALE IN TOKYO: If his career had panned out how he hoped, Matthew Coward-Holley may have been playing for the Lions in South Africa. Instead, the 26-year-old is representing another British team on overseas soil, just grateful he is able to participate in sport at all. Coward-Holley competes for Team GB in the men’s trap on Thursday morning and the world champion admits ‘gold is definitely the aim’. But the shooter has only found his way here after his dream of becoming a professional rugby player ended when he twice broke his back as a schoolboy. ‘The first time it happened was at school rugby training when I was 13,’ recalls Coward-Holley. ‘I hit the ground a bit funny and ended up with two cracked vertebra and a slipped disc. I couldn’t do any sport for 18 months.
Ed Clancy is bidding to join an elite list of British legends by winning a record FOURTH gold at his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo… but Sportsmail’s brand new columnist admits ‘it is going to be more difficult than ever’
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY DAVID COVERDALE IN TOKYO: Survey the list of Britain’s greatest Olympians and among the knights, dames and household names is a man who could go unnoticed even in his home town of Holmfirth. Not that Ed Clancy would have it any other way. The unassuming Yorkshireman is the most successful team pursuit rider in history and is attempting to win a record fourth gold at his fourth Games (right, winning gold in Rio) – something only four Team GB athletes have ever achieved. So it is reasonable to ask why the 36-year-old has never received the recognition of British Cycling’s other superstars.
Team GB gymnasts BEAM at brilliant bronze at the Tokyo Olympics! British quartet of Alice Kinsella, Amelie Morgan and 16-year-old twins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova rejoice after fulfilling a ‘dream we never thought would come true’
IAN HERBERT IN TOKYO: The Kinsella family have a particularly fine relationship with Japan. Alice, the British Olympic gymnast, will leave these shores with a bronze medal. Her father Mark, the former Charlton Athletic midfielder, was a key part of the Republic of Ireland’s football team that graced the 2002 World Cup here. Which of the two was more significant, Alice was asked on Tuesday night. ‘Mine, of course,’ she grinned. ‘It’s an Olympic medal!’ She still couldn’t quite believe that the women’s gymnastics team she was a part of had clinched a last-gasp bronze. They are the first GB women’s team to win a gymnastics medal since 1928 – when there were so many of them making up the numbers it seemed more like an exhibition event.
A British bromance pays off in the pool! How great mates Tom Dean and Duncan Scott spurred each other on to historic Team GB gold and silver in 200m freestyle
DAVID COVERDALE IN TOKYO: This time, Duncan Scott had no problem sharing a stage with the winner of the gold medal. In fact, there was no one he would rather have stood next to on the podium than his room-mate and close friend, Tom Dean. It was at the 2019 World Championships in South Korea where Scott caused a stir by refusing to join Chinese drug cheat Sun Yang on the platform after claiming the bronze medal behind him, leading to an ugly exchange. Two years on and in the same 200metres freestyle event, there could not have been more love by the side of the pool, as two Brits shared hugs, handshakes and history. Not since Henry Taylor and Thomas Battersby in 1908 – when the competition took place in an outdoor pool on an athletics field – had there been a British one-two in Olympic swimming. But four monarchs, 20 prime ministers and 113 years later, Dean and Scott wrote their name into the record books in Tokyo, continuing the gold rush started by Adam Peaty, who was watching from the stands.
Iranian defector wins silver medal in judo at Tokyo Olympics and dedicates it to Israel, saying thank you in Hebrew
Mollaei (pictured), 29, won the silver medal representing Mongolia in the men’s 81kg judo final on Tuesday, but lost out on claiming gold to Japan’s Takanori Nagase (top and bottom right). The judo world champion, who trained in Israel with their national judo team in the months before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, thanked the country in Hebrew as he dedicated his first ever Olympic medal to Israel. Mollaei defected to Germany after he disobeyed a direct order from Iran’s minister to withdraw from the 2019 Judo World Championships in Japan to avoid fighting Israel’s Sagi Muki.
Olympics organisers tell winners NOT to bite their medals on the podium as they pose for photographs – because they are actually made of recycled mobile phones!
The Tokyo 2020 organisers took to Twitter to remind the athletes that ‘the medals are not edible,’ because they’re made from recycled electronic devices donated by the Japanese public. ‘So, you don’t have to bite them… but we know you still will,’ the cheeky tweet read. Japan’s Tokyo 2020 Medal Project took two years of national effort to collect enough gadgets to produce the roughly 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals that will be given out at the Olympics. Among the athletes to taste victory are Team Great Britain’s Adam Peaty (left), Team USA’s Anastasija Zolotic (inset) and Team GB’s Tom Daley and Matty Lee (right).
Japan’s PM says there is no need to suspend the Olympics despite Tokyo seeing record number of Covid-19 infections four days after Games began
Japan’s prime minister has said there is no need to suspend the Olympic Games despite the host city Tokyo seeing a record number of Covid-19 cases four days after they began. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to avoid non-essential outings but said the Games would not be halted after the Japanese capital reported 2,848 cases. The toll exceeded Tokyo’s previous record of 2,520 daily cases in January and brought the city total of over 200,000 since the start of the pandemic. ‘First of all, thanks to the restrictions on vehicles, and through measures such as remote-working, with the cooperation of the public, the flow of people has been decreasing,’ Yoshihide Suga said. ‘Because the flow of people is decreasing, we’re not worried’, he added, blaming the highly contagious delta variant for the surge.
Team GB clinch bronze in the dressage team final in Tokyo as flawless favourites Germany saunter to victory again and the USA take silver… but Charlotte Dujardin wins a record-equalling fifth Olympic medal
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI IN TOKYO: They danced and pranced and after the prancing and dancing was done we had the familiar scene of Charlotte Dujardin wearing an Olympic medal. An historic one, actually. But perhaps it was a shade less shiny than expected. Of the five she now has, this latest disc, acquired in the team dressage alongside Carl Hester and Lottie Fry, was the first bronze.
Nothing wrong with bronze, of course – there are 11,326 athletes at these Games and most would walk blindfolded and barefoot through the stables to get a bronze. A bronze that ties her with Katherine Grainger as Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, no less. Incredible performer. But equally she has tended to trade in higher currencies and so there was a slight whiff of surprise at the Equestrian Park in Tokyo.
Team GB secure their first women’s team gymnastics medal in 93 YEARS as foursome including 16-year-old twins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova produce stunning fightback from seventh place to land bronze
The team of Alice Kinsella, 20, 16-year-old twins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova and Amelie Morgan, 18, (left to right in team photo, left) impressed throughout and moved above Italy in the final round. The Britons totalled 164.096, with the Russian Olympic Committee taking gold and the US team settling for silver. It is an amazing accomplishment for the GB team, particularly for the Gadirova twins, who began gymnastics at six years old in 2011 because their mother wanted them to have an outlet for their energy. Right: Jennifer impresses on the beam. Inset: Jessica takes to the floor
Team GB women’s football side secure top spot in Group E after Caroline Weir’s late equaliser clinches draw with Canada – setting up a quarter-final meeting with Australia at the Tokyo Olympics
TEAM GB 1-1 CANADA: Caroline Weir’s late equaliser earned Team GB a 1-1 draw with Canada and top spot in Group E. The substitute’s deflected effort booked a quarter-final with Australia on Friday at the Olympics. Adriana Leon’s second-half opener looked to have earned Canada top spot before Weir, who had already hit the bar and post, struck.
Bianca Walkden secures consolation bronze medal for Team GB in taekwondo +67kg class after defeating Poland’s Aleksandra Kowalczuk… having earlier suffered a devastating last-second loss in the semi-final which dashed gold medal hopes
DAVID COVERDALE IN TOKYO: Bianca Walkden held aloft a Union flag and performed a cartwheel on the mat. It was, as she later confessed, all for show. ‘I feel a little bit dead inside and it’s killing me,’ admitted the tearful 29-year-old. These were not the usual musings of a medallist. But then again, bronze is not the usual colour of champions and Walkden is one of those all right, with three successive world taekwondo titles to her name. ‘It’s a medal, just not the colour I wanted, trained for or expected to get,’ she said. ‘I might paint it a different colour when I get it home. No one has to know.’
Swashbuckling Fiji Rugby Sevens team has had to contend with Covid-19 and a devastating cyclone in the past year… but the reigning Olympic champions have improved since Rio and will take some stopping after easing into Tokyo 2020 semi-finals
IAN HERBERT IN TOKYO: Their Pacific Island nation (pictured) has had a brutal reckoning with Covid and a devastating cyclone in the past year and the team in some ways have held things together, even agreeing after some initial uncertainty to wear jerseys encouraging their rugby-obsessed nation to vaccinate. They don’t generally do public talking, though when captain Jerry Tuwai leaned across a crash barrier to speak yesterday, you could see why they have become to Sevens what the All Blacks have been to XVs rugby for so long. ‘Before, we were not Olympic champions but now we are and all the teams are gunning for us and expectations from our home island is really high,’ Tuwai said. Was this team as strong as the one which took gold in Rio, he was asked. ‘If we lose here we are not a better side,’ he said. ‘That’s why we are here – to defend our gold medal.’ They beat Team GB (left) in the group stage, in what might be a dress rehearsal for the final.
Prince Albert of Monaco goes solo in Tokyo: Royal watches swimming events alone while Princess Charlene shares a video of their romantic wedding song from South African bolthole where she’s been for months
Prince Albert, 63, cut a casual figure in a striped short-sleeve polo shirt and navy shorts as he took in the action at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on day four of the Olympics (left). Monaco is represented by a six-strong team of athletes competing across five disciplines – athletics, swimming, judo, rowing and table tennis. Meanwhile Princess Charlene, 43, who is living in South Africa and has not been seen in Monaco since January, shared a video of their romantic wedding song on Instagram yesterday (inset). Right, Charlene in South Africa in June.
USA women progress to the quarter finals at the Tokyo Olympics after the top-ranked struggle during goalless draw against Australia
The United States looked out of sorts in a game which Australia dominated possession. However, a goalless draw was enough to send them the top-ranked side to the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics. Australia still have a chance of qualification as one of the best third-placed teams.
Morocco heavyweight Youness Baalla channels his inner Mike Tyson as he shockingly tries to BITE New Zealand’s David Nyika – but somehow AVOIDS being disqualified before losing a unanimous points decision
Morocco boxer Youness Baalla channeled his inner Mike Tyson as he shockingly attempted to bite New Zealander David Nyika’s ear during their heavyweight fight. Baalla somehow avoided being disqualified, with the referee appearing to miss the incident but was eliminated anyway as Nyika claimed the victory. The shameful actions from Baalla was comparable to Tyson’s infamous bite on Evander Holyfield in their blockbuster heavyweight fight in 1997.
Team GB’s Liam Broady reaches the third round of men’s singles tennis in Tokyo after beating the world No 12 Hubert Hurkacz in another three-set epic to seal the biggest win of his career and keep his medal hopes alive
Broady found himself up against Wimbledon semi-finalist Hurkacz as he looked to keep his hopes of a medal alive, and progressed in brilliant fashion after the epic. Having taken the first set 7-5, Broady was then dragged into a nail-biting decider after the big-hitting Hurkacz, representing Poland, rallied back. But the 27-year-old ensured he remains the only Briton still standing in the singles in Japan after triumphing in the third set 6-3. He will now face Jeremy Chardy of France next, and the victory marks a superb result after his late call-up to the showpiece. Broady, ranked 143rd, had been the last man into the draw but followed up on his marathon first-round win over Francisco Cerundolo to record a career highlight.
Great Britain complete astonishing comeback from 21-0 down to beat the United States in the Rugby Sevens to advance to the semi-finals where they will play New Zealand
Great Britain made it hard for themselves but showed character to come from behind to advance to the semi-finals of the Rugby Sevens at the Tokyo Olympics. The British team who went into the match as favourites against the United States were stunned after they found themselves 21-0 down. But a brilliant comeback saw them win the game 26-21 to move to the semi-finals where they will play New Zealand.
It’s Taekwond-woe AGAIN for Team GB as Bianca Walkden suffers last-second defeat to cost her a shot at Olympic gold… and BBC pundit Lutalo Muhammad WALKS OFF after seeing another last-gasp collapse to follow Lauren Williams and Bradley Sinden
Muhammad, who won the silver medal in taekwondo for Great Britain at Rio 2016, struggled to hide his disappointment as he watched Walkden miss out on reaching the 67kg women’s final in agonising fashion. The 30-year-old Brit has been a revelation as a pundit for the Tokyo Games so far and his latest display of emotion will have only endeared himself to viewers. But for Muhammad, it was as if history was repeating himself considering how he suffered a similar last-second defeat in his gold medal match in Rio 2016, which saw him walk off the studio set in disbelief on Tuesday morning.
‘Stitching has kept me sane!’ Olympic champion Tom Daley knits Tokyo 2020 gold medal case – after emotional triumph in the 10m synchronized platform alongside Matty Lee
Olympic champion Tom Daley has knitted an emotional keepsake to forever remind him of his first gold medal at Tokyo 2020 – a customised gold medal pouch. The British sportsman, 27, broke down in tears as he and diving partner Matty Lee triumphed in the 10m synchronized platform event on Monday – his first gold medal in four Olympic games.
Ban? What ban? Russian athletes rack up victories and leap into fourth spot in the Olympic medal table in total mockery of the country’s so-called suspension for doping
Viewers of the Tokyo Olympics could be forgiven for forgetting that Russia is officially banned from the competition as Russian athletes, kitted out in red, white and blue, continue to rack up medals. Russia was banned from several major international sporting events over mass doping dating back to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, but 335 athletes from the country who have proven they are untainted by the scandal have been allowed to participate in Tokyo under a neutral flag. Known as the ROC – the Russian Olympic Committee – the team bears a strong resemblance to a regular Russian team and was placed fourth in the medal table, behind the United States with 22, China with 21, and Japan with 17, as of Tuesday morning. Russia has a long history of Olympic success and athletes competing as the ROC have so far won 16 medals – five gold, seven silver and four bronze. But at medal ceremonies, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 is played instead of the national anthem and the Russian flag is nowhere to be seen, having been banned from any Olympic venue outside the Olympic Village. However, the trikolor is clearly distinguishable on ROC athletes’ kit. Russia has acknowledged issues in its implementation of anti-doping policies but denies running a state-sponsored doping programme.
Which Chelsea stars want out? Thomas Tuchel admits some of his players ‘want to maybe leave’ the club this summer after having loanees from last season back and with several senior stars short on game time
The European champions have a number of players who have returned from loan spells, with other players who might wish to look elsewhere after struggling for game time last season. Tuchel will give everyone a chance but will have some big calls to make before the summer transfer window shuts on August 31.
Team GB’s Evie Richards drops from second to seventh as she finishes outside the medals in the women’s Olympic mountain bike race, with Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff claiming gold 18 months on from rupturing her SPLEEN in a horror crash
Richards, making her Olympic debut, surged forward in the early stages, jumping from 14th on the grid to third on lap one and then edging her way forward to second as riders struggled on a course made slippy by the passage of heavy storms earlier in the day. But as her Trek Factory team-mate Neff rode a race of her own, building a lead of more than a minute midway through the 20.5km race, the 24-year-old Richards gradually dropped back into a battle for the minor places as Sina Frei and Linda Indergard gave Switzerland a lock-out of the podium places.
‘I want to stay forever’: AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie insists he wants to remain at the San Siro for his whole CAREER despite links with a transfer to Liverpool and Tottenham
The Ivorian’s contract with the Italian giants is set to expire next summer in 2022, leading to speculation that Premier League sides including Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were interested in pouncing for him. But Kessie (left) told Gazzetta dello Sport that he sees his long-term future at the San Siro (right), and is keen to negotiate the terms of a new deal once he gets back from the Tokyo Olympics. He said: ‘I’m proud to have chose Milan and it is not my intention to leave. Indeed, I want to stay forever. When I come back from the Olympics, I’ll fix everything. I just want Milan. Sporting director Paolo Maldini knows my thoughts. I want to be the ‘President’ of Milan for life.’
Kimberley Woods left in tears after missing out on medal in canoe slalom K1 after poor run sees her finish last for Team GB in the final… as Ricarda Funk takes gold for Germany and Australia’s Jess Fox forced to settle with bronze
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN TOKYO: Kimberley Woods missed out on landing a medal in her debut Olympic Games in the canoe slalom K1 final after finishing bottom of all the runners following a disastrous run. Woods, ranked 16th in the world, reached the final with the sixth fastest time from the semi-final and had hoped to earn a medal having recorded her best time of the season during the run where she looked to have hit top form at just the right time. But it deserted her in the final, picking up four penalties, one being the hammer blow of 50 seconds deducted from her time after missing going through gate 17 just over halfway through the course. (Pictured: Kimberley Woods is consoled by her team after being left in tears, left and inset; Ricarda Funk celebrates gold for Germany, top right, as heavy favourite Jess Fox could only claim bronze for Australia, bottom right)
Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson finish second from BOTTOM in women’s 10m synchronised doubles diving final for Team GB… with China continuing their 100 per cent Olympic gold medal record in the event in Tokyo
The British duo were in last place after the first round, but after recovering and with a helping hand from Germany, Malaysia and Canada in the final round. Japan also missed out on the medal thanks to a disappointing final dive but the USA took home a silver medal while Mexico claimed the bronze.
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