Olympics Live Updates: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Defeats the Netherlands in Penalty Kicks


Current time in Tokyo: July 31, 3:26 a.m.

Megan Rapinoe stood in triumph after her winning kick in the penalty shootout.
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — The United States women’s soccer team beat the Netherlands in a penalty shootout on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics, leaning on its veterans to deliver a thrilling and resilient moment in a tournament journey that had previously been marked by defeat and frustration.

Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. team’s steely and outspoken veteran forward, delivered the winning kick that beat the Netherlands, 4-2 in the shootout, after the teams played to a 2-2 tie.

Rapinoe, as is her custom, struck a victory pose after converting her kick, and was soon engulfed by her teammates. But it was goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher who had truly saved the game, making several big stops long before the shootout — including a late Netherlands penalty kick that could have sealed the Americans’ second straight medal-free exit from the Games — and then stopping two more Dutch penalty attempts in the shootout.

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“There’s no one else I’d rather have in the net than her,” midfielder Rose Lavelle said. “She’s saved us so many times.”

The game, played in an empty stadium so quiet that the few reporters and spectators inside could hear the players shouting out defensive assignments and words of encouragement, was a collision of two of the best women’s teams in the world, and a rematch of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final.

The Dutch had been the highest-scoring team in the Olympic tournament, raining 21 goals in three group-stage games, and they took the lead on Friday through a quick-turn shot by their star striker, Vivianne Miedema.

But the United States, seemingly annoyed by surrendering a goal in a game it had dominated, quickly answered with goals three minutes apart by Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams.

Miedema scored her second early in the second half — her 10th goal of the tournament — and then the fight was really on. The Dutch pressed forward again and again, but the United States fought off one wave of attacks after another, thanks several times to acrobatic saves by Naeher, their quiet Connecticut-born goalkeeper.

But without a goal, the game went to penalties, and that was where Naeher made all the difference.

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She set the tone from the start, stopping Miedema on the first attempt with a dive to her right. Her teammates, sensing an opening, stepped up one after another and went for the kill. Rose Lavelle. Alex Morgan. Christen Press.

When Naeher made her second stop, on Aniek Nouwen, with another dive to her right, it set the stage for Rapinoe. Everyone in the stadium, it seemed, knew what was coming next.

“I just try to be calm,” Rapinoe said, explaining her mentality during a shootout. “I say to myself, the worst that’s going to happen is that we lose the whole thing.”

Granted a chance to win the game, to play the hero’s role that Naeher would almost certainly reject, she grabbed it: Taking a deep breath, she drove a rising shot into the top right corner of the goal. When it hit the netting, she jumped in the air and landed firm on her feet, her arms across her chest, a smile on her face and with her team — now racing to swallow her in a hug — in the semifinals.

The Americans will play Canada on Monday, their gold medal hopes still alive. That game will be in Kashima, and the United States will arrive with a newfound sense that maybe, just maybe, a tournament that started badly can end the way the Americans planned all along.

Novak Djokovic had been playing well all year until losing to Alexander Zverev of Germany.
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Novak Djokovic’s dream of a Golden Slam is over.

Alexander Zverev of Germany stormed back from a set and a service break down to beat Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 ranked men’s player, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, in the semifinal of the Olympic tournament.

Djokovic was attempting to win all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic gold medal in a calendar year. He had won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon and came to Tokyo looking for the fourth jewel. The United States Open takes place at the end of the summer.

Djokovic appeared to be on cruise control when he broke Zverev’s serve to get to within three games of the match in the second set. Zverev swatted a ball through the stadium roof in frustration and looked destined to meet with a quick end like Djokovic’s first four victims in Tokyo. He had not lost a set at the Olympics and said he was getting better with each match.

But with little to lose, Zverev began unleashing his booming serve and setting up a crushing forehand to take control of the match, just as Djokovic started inexplicably spraying his shots off the court.

Zverev said he felt that even though he was down in the match he did not feel like he was playing poorly. Rather, he was playing Djokovic’s game, getting into rallies with him instead of swinging through the ball and using his superior power to control the points.

With the flick of a switch, Zverev had Djokovic on his heels, pushing him farther and farther into the back of the court.

Djokovic tried to slow Zverev’s momentum with a long bathroom break between the second and third set, as he has done in tense moments in the past, but it didn’t work, and in the two-of-three set format he did not have the cushion afforded by the format of three-of-five set matches at Grand Slam tournaments.

After Zverev reeled off seven consecutive games with seeming ease, sprinting to 4-0 lead in the deciding set, Djokovic faced a mountain too difficult even for a player who had already staged several stunning comebacks in the first three Grand Slams this year.

As a final insult, Zverev broke Djokovic’s serve for a third time in the last set to take the match. He grabbed his face in disbelief and embraced the Serbian champion at the net when it was over, then stared at the sky wondering what had just happened.

“I was thinking that I had a medal for Germany and this is probably the proudest moment of my career,” Zverev said. “The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world.”

Zverev said as he embraced Djokovic at the net, he had nothing but praise for the player who has 20 Grand Slam titles and had a 6-2 record against him entering the match. He told him that he would go down as the greatest player in the history of the sport, that he would win the most Grand Slams, and the most Masters titles and spend more weeks as the top player in the world than anyone.

“I knew he was chasing a Golden Slam but you can’t win everything,” Zverev said. “I told him he was the greatest player of all time, but I’m sorry.”

Djokovic is scheduled to play Pablo Carreño Busta in the bronze medal match on Saturday.

Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa, center, set a world record in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke.
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TOKYO — American dominance in the Olympic pool is an old story at this point, a snowball forever rolling downhill, even if the pitch of the slope varies slightly from year to year.

The United States team’s grinding success continued Friday, with American swimmers adding two silvers and a bronze to their growing haul at the Tokyo Games. The medals widened the U.S. advantage on its rivals in the pool but fell short of the golds they covet most of all, a development that had one American claiming his race was tainted by doping.

Ryan Murphy won a silver in the men’s 200-meter backstroke and then caused some fireworks in his news conference when he questioned whether his race, won by a Russian, was drug-free, given Russia’s history of doping in sports.

“I don’t know if it was 100 percent clean,” Murphy said, “and that’s because of things that have happened in the past.”

Earlier, Lilly King and Annie Lazor earned silver and bronze in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, beaten to the wall by a South African, Tatjana Schoenmaker, who set a world record in the event and then burst into tears.

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Americans now have captured 24 swimming medals overall heading into the final two days of competition, compared with 14 for their biggest rival, swimming-mad Australia. The United States most likely will not match its high-water mark of 2016, when the team won 34 medals, 16 of them gold, but it should get within spitting distance of that total.

Friday morning’s finals brought three more.

In the 200-meter breaststroke, Schoenmaker, racing as the favorite, lived up to expectations by beating King and Lazor and claiming both a world record (2 minutes 18.95 seconds) but also South Africa’s first gold of the Games.

Schoenmaker, the silver medalist in the 100-meter event, methodically reeled in King in the final, coming off the turn flying and nudging ahead of King on the strength of a relentless kick. She beat King to the wall by nearly a second.

Lazor, whose father died earlier this year, took the bronze by four-hundredths of a second. After the race, she and King swam over to congratulate Schoenmaker, who did not initially realize she had broken the world record. When she did, she gasped, and Lazor raised her rival’s arm in triumph.

In the 200-meter backstroke, Evgeny Rylov of Russia won a two-man duel with Murphy of the United States and won in an Olympic record of 1 minute 53.27 seconds. Rylov took control of the race on the second turn, stretching his lead to a half-second at the halfway mark and finishing about a half-body ahead of Murphy, who was the defending Olympic champion in the event.

Rylov won by 0.88 of a second, but after the race, Murphy dove into the fray of whether Russian athletes should be allowed to compete at the Games, given the country’s history of state-sponsored doping. Russia’s athletes are competing as representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee in Tokyo, and all who were cleared to race had to go through a rigorous clearing process before being allowed to participate.

Still, Murphy directly questioned whether his race was free of doping. He took care not to directly accuse Rylov, who was seated four feet to his left, of cheating, but referred more generally to Russia’s doping history.

Rylov chose not to address Murphy’s comments, saying only that he was a supporter of clean sports and that he had followed all the procedures that were required for him to swim at the Olympics. Murphy then clarified that he was not making a direct accusation but did not back away from his statements.

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“I do believe there is doping in swimming,” he said. “It is what it is.”

Earlier, Australia had its own chance to shine in the 100 freestyle final. With Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon swimming next to one another in lanes 3 and 4, and a crowd of their green-and-yellow-clad teammates and coaches packing one section of the empty arena, the race quickly turned into an Aussie celebration.

McKeon won easily, setting an Olympic record of 51.96 seconds and becoming only the second woman ever to break 52 seconds in the event. She finished more than a quarter of a second faster than Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong. Campbell took the bronze, just ahead of Canada’s Penny Oleksiak.

The last final of the morning was the men’s 200-meter individual medley, which gave the Americans yet another medal chance in the form of Michael Andrew.

Andrew, 22, turned professional at 14 and was home-schooled, in part, to maximize his training opportunities, and he was right on the pace for the first three-quarters of the race.

He led after the butterfly leg, gave up the lead to Shun Wang of China on the backstroke leg, then reclaimed it by the end of the breaststroke. But Andrew appeared to run out of gas coming out of the final turn, and Wang proved too much, steaming past him with a water-churning freestyle leg. So did Duncan Scott of Britain, who took the silver, and Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland, who captured the bronze. Andrew finished fifth, behind Daiya Seto of Japan.

Andrew said he missed the roar of the crowd he had experienced at the U.S. trials last month, a cacophony that he said had powered him through the final push. His meet is not over, though. He has another chance to win a medal on Sunday, when he is expected to swim in both an individual final and a relay.

“I’ve got the 50 and the relay, and I’m feeling fast,” Andrew said.

Australia will not catch the U.S. in overall medals, but the country has already achieved a big improvement over 2016, when it won only three gold medals and 10 overall. McKeon’s gold was Australia’s sixth in swimming in Tokyo — the same number won by American swimmers — and the weekend holds the promise of more for both countries.

Simone Biles, second from left, watched the women’s all-around from the stands on Thursday.
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TOKYO — With only two days left until the gymnastics apparatus finals begin at the Tokyo Games, Simone Biles still hasn’t announced whether she will compete in them. But she said on Instagram on Friday that she was still struggling with a mental block that gymnasts call “the twisties” that in part prompted her to withdraw from the team final and the all-around.

“Literally can not tell up from down,” she wrote in an Instagram story. “It’s the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body.”

Biles, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, wrote that she “seriously cannot comprehend how to twist,” and noted that this disconnect between her mind and body is scary and has happened before, but only on the vault and floor exercise. “This time it’s literally on every event,” she wrote.

Since backing out of the all-around that teammate Sunisa Lee ended up winning on Thursday, Biles has left the Olympic training venue for a gym in Tokyo that has soft landings, including a foam pit. Taking it easy with training and progressing in little steps as she tries to regain her twisting skills and confidence will be key to her bouncing back to normal, coaches say.

“It’s kind of like going into a slump where you can’t hit the curveball,” said Jess Graba, Lee’s coach. “Sometimes your brain just doesn’t fire right, so it takes time to get back to normal.”

Biles might be running out of time. Her next events are the uneven bars and vault on Sunday, the floor exercise on Monday and the balance beam on Tuesday.

On Instagram, she said there was no telling how soon she could overcome the mental block so that she could regain her ability to sense her body position midair in relation to the ground. She said that she would evaluate herself “day by day, turn by turn,” but that in the past it has taken her two or more weeks to recover.

She said she would not be performing any twisting skills during her post-Olympic gymnastics tour, called the Gold Over America Tour.

Her mental block began, Biles said, on the morning after qualifying — Monday in Tokyo, one day before the team final. The problem became clear during team finals, when the U.S. team was on the vault, its first apparatus of the night, and Biles lost herself in the air, high above the competition floor. She backed out of performing 2½ twists and ended up doing 1½ twists, bounding forward on the floor after her landing.

Afterward, she consulted with her coach and team doctor before removing herself from the finals, leaving her teammates to compete on their own. They won the silver medal, and it was the first time the U.S. team hadn’t won the team event in an Olympics or a world championships since 2010.

Addressing why this phenomenon happens to gymnasts, Biles wrote in a postscript in tiny letters on Instagram that it “could be triggered by stress I hear but I’m also not sure how true that is.”

Mexico’s baseball team after upsetting the United States in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Tokyo in November 2019.
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TOKYO — Mexico has produced a long list of baseball stars including Fernando Valenzuela, Bobby Ávila and Vinny Castilla.

None of them played in the Olympics.

Baseball has been absent from the Games for 13 years, and Mexico had never qualified for the tournament when it was played.

That changed on Friday, when Mexico made its Olympic debut against the Dominican Republic at Yokohama Stadium, instilling a sense of national pride back home and hope that baseball could assume a higher profile there as well.

“It’s a gift for a lot of us here now,” Oliver Perez, 39, who has pitched for eight major-league teams across 19 seasons, said in Spanish. “And it’s a big opportunity. We know there’s a lot of talent, and this type of tournament lifts up Mexican baseball.”

Mexico lost the opener, 1-0. But even to reach this point, the team had to navigate a winding, at times bumpy road. During an Olympic qualifying tournament in November 2019, Mexico upset the rival United States during pool play and again in extra innings during the bronze medal game to earn a spot in the Tokyo Games.

But from that joyous moment to its Olympic debut, the team has contended with internal drama and a coronavirus scare days before leaving for Tokyo.

It has been a crash course, particularly for general manager Patricio Perez, who said he was still juggling his duties overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Mexican league while in Japan and sleeping little. He has relished it nonetheless.

“It’s a historic moment,” Perez said in Spanish. “I’m a believer that right moments do exist, and we’re in the right moment.”

Hong Kong’s Siobhan Bernadette Haughey after she won silver in the final of the women’s 100-meter freestyle swimming event.
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TOKYO — The light red flag with the five-petaled bauhinia flower does not represent a country. But Hong Kong, the Chinese territory where political and civil rights have been battered in recent months, is enjoying its strongest-ever showing at the Tokyo Olympics, capturing gold in fencing and two silvers in swimming.

The three-medal haul is the first time that Hong Kong, which was returned to Chinese rule by the British in 1997, captured more than a single medal at the Olympics. On Friday, the swimmer Siobhan Haughey won her second silver of the Games, in the women’s 100-meter freestyle, following a victory in the 200-meter freestyle event on Wednesday.

But out of the pool and off the fencing piste, Hong Kong’s fortunes have not been as bright. The territory was promised significant political freedoms for the 50 years after its handover to China, but Beijing has clamped down. Most of Hong Kong’s top opposition politicians are in prison or in exile. Last month, the biggest pro-democracy newspaper was forced to shutter.

On Tuesday, the first person to be tried under a tough new national security law was found guilty of terrorism and inciting secession. He was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison for driving a motorcycle into police officers while carrying a protest flag.

Beijing’s crackdown has targeted contemporary art, civics lessons in high schools and children’s books featuring a dozen fluffy sheep.

“Currently, many Hong Kong people probably feel unhappy and full of negative emotions,” said Tse Ying-suet, who played in the bronze medal match in badminton mixed doubles on Friday. “I think athletes winning Olympic medals brings Hong Kong people some hope and joy.”

Tse and her partner, Tang Chun-man, went on to lose against a Japanese pair, but she thanked people in Hong Kong who had flocked to malls and other public spaces to watch the badminton contest live.

“I feel very happy that so many people got together to support Hong Kong athletes,” Tse said.

The Hong Kong police said on Thursday that they were investigating whether people who had gathered to watch Cheung Ka-long’s fencing final at a mall had breached the national security law and another law when they booed as the Chinese national anthem played at his victory ceremony.

Joy Dong contributed research from Hong Kong.

Connor Fields of the United States went down holding his hip after a crash during the men’s BMX semifinal on Friday.
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TOKYO — There can be a grim randomness to a BMX race, even at the Olympics. No matter how well a cyclist rides, a crash, a bump or even a small skid can kill the chance for a medal.

Connor Fields of the United States, the defending gold medalist, was in excellent position after finishing third and first in his first two semifinal heats. But near the lead again in the third heat, he clipped the wheel of the rider in front and went down in a nasty three-bike crash.

Medical personnel attended to Fields for several minutes before he was carried from the track on a stretcher and taken to a hospital. A U.S. Olympic official said Fields was “awake and awaiting further medical evaluation.” Even though he didn’t finish the heat, he would have had enough points to race in the final had he been fit to.

The men’s winner was Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands, the world champion in 2015 who finished a disappointing seventh at the Rio Games a year later. Kimmann made headlines this week after crashing into an official who had wandered onto the course during a training run.

“The last weeks, I’ve felt in the best shape ever,” Kimmann said. “Of course, there was a lot of pressure, but I was confident. And then I hit that official, and I felt like my dream was over. But luckily, with painkillers, that dream was still alive.”

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On the women’s side, Bethany Shriever of Britain managed to transcend the randomness, winning all three of her heats and then the final. As she completed her 44-second run, her countryman Kye Whyte, fresh off a silver medal in the men’s race, vociferously cheered for her, then lifted her off the ground in a bear hug as she put her hands to her face in disbelief.

Shriever, who was not even a projected finalist, had turned to crowdfunding to support her career in 2019 after the British sports authorities decided to focus their financing on male BMX riders because their results had been better.

“I kept my cool today, kept it simple, and it worked,” she said.

Crashes in both the first and third women’s heats ended the hopes of Alise Willoughby of the United States, the reigning silver medalist; her third-place finish in the second heat was in vain.

The races were delayed for 45 minutes after a downpour soaked the track. A dozen workers valiantly used industrial blow dryers and squeegees to sop up some of the moisture. But riders said they did not think the wetness contributed to the crashes.

Canada, top, won the women’s eight rowing gold.
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The United States rowing team had two final chances on Friday to win a medal in rowing at the Tokyo Games, but both of its boats came up short, ending an era of success at the Olympics that has lasted for more than a century.

The last time the United States failed to make the podium in rowing in an Olympics was in 1908.

“This might go without saying, but change is clearly necessary,” Amanda Kraus, chief executive of U.S. Rowing, said in a statement sent Friday via text. “This is a disappointing moment indeed, first and foremost for rowers themselves and the individuals who coached and cared for them.”

The U.S. team’s men’s and women’s eight-oared boats raced in the finals on Friday at Sea Forest Waterway, with the American women hoping to extend their phenomenal Olympic gold medal streak that began at the 2008 Beijing Games. But that three-time Olympic champion boat, which for years was so strong that it could win with different combinations of rowers filling the seats, finished fourth, more than 3½ seconds behind the winning Canadian team.











The New Zealand eight won the silver medal, and the Chinese boat won the bronze. Both of those rowing teams are on the rise, with Friday’s medals their first in the women’s eight.

“The young group of girls who have been coming though had just added so much new life to our boat,” Kelsey Bevan, the four-set for New Zealand, said at a news conference. “Yeah, I think this is only the start of the program.”

New Zealand’s women finished their race, put away their boats and returned to the racecourse to see the men’s eights competition, which was the final rowing event of the Games. It would be a great day for New Zealand rowing: their men’s team was rocketing down the course and won the gold medal.

Earlier in the day, Emma Twigg, the single sculler from New Zealand, won the gold medal after consecutive fourth-place finishes in her past two Olympics. With a gold medal around her neck now at her fourth Summer Games, Twigg said she is a perfect example of how persistence can pay off.

“If you believe in yourself and keep going and dreaming, this can be the result,” she said.

Sunisa Lee during her balance beam routine in the all-around final.
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TOKYO — The best thing Sunisa Lee is looking forward to now that she is the Olympic all-around gymnastics champion isn’t her instant fame as one of Team U.S.A.’s biggest stars. It’s packing up her things less than a week after she arrives home in Minnesota from the Tokyo Games so she can head to college.

Lee, who on Thursday became the fifth straight American woman to win the Olympic all-around, must report to Auburn University by Aug. 11, she said, eight days after she is scheduled to compete in the balance beam final in Tokyo. After years of long, grueling days at the gym, she can’t wait to be just another college freshman, meeting new friends, going to classes and living in a dorm with other students who may or may not recognize that she is a newly minted Olympic gold medalist.

“I do want to go to college and have fun and kind of get away from this elite atmosphere because it’s so crazy,” she said in a video call with reporters on Friday. “And I know that college is going to be way better.”

She will compete in gymnastics on a scholarship at Auburn, where things might be familiar to her: Jeff Graba, the twin brother of her current coach, Jess Graba, leads the women’s program. What is most appealing to Lee, though, about college gymnastics is that is known to be much more fun — and certainly easier — than elite gymnastics. Unlike most other college athletes, who dream of the professional ranks while they are students, elite gymnasts who compete in college do so after establishing themselves at the highest level of the sport.

Right now, college would also give Lee’s battered body a much needed break. She fractured her left ankle last year and it still hurts because it hasn’t healed completely.

Yet Lee, 18, doesn’t want to leave her current life behind. She is hoping to participate in at least some of Simone Biles’s Gold Over America Tour, which is a post-Olympic tour starring female gymnasts. She said she is trying to make it work because she doesn’t want to miss too many classes.

And she would like to compete at the world championships in Japan in October and isn’t counting out the 2024 Paris Games.

We’ll have to see, though, because it just seems like a lot of time to continue gymnastics,” she said of the next Olympics, which are only three years from now. “But, yeah, it’s definitely something that I’m thinking about.”

She would be 21 during those Games in Paris.

Ma Long of China celebrates winning his match against Fan Zhendong on Friday.
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In another table tennis showdown between two players from China, Ma Long, 32, emerged victorious and took the gold medal in men’s singles on Friday night at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, repeating his performance at the Rio Games in 2016.

Ma’s victory came a night after his female teammate, Chen Meng, 27, won gold in the women’s singles. Given that Ma played his teammate Fan Zhendong, 24, it was a foregone conclusion that China would make a clean sweep in the top two medal categories of both singles events.













To distinguish between the two players from the same team, Ma wore a black uniform imprinted with a large purple dragon on the front, while Fan wore a royal blue shirt and shorts with a yellow wave sweeping across it. Inside the largely empty gymnasium, every grunt by the players and every cheer by their supporters rang out across the floor.

In a fiercely contested match, Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany ultimately overpowered Lin Yun Ju of Taiwan and won the Bronze medal, meaning there was no geopolitical matchup on the medals podium.

Ma beat Fan, who came into the Olympics ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation, in six games. Watching from the stands were Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, and several members of the Chinese team.

The Chinese have long been a table tennis powerhouse. Except for the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, China has won gold in every men’s singles table tennis event since 1996. The Chinese men have not been quite as dominant as the women, whose gold medal lock stretches all the way back to 1988, when the sport was introduced at the Olympics.

Joe Ryan pitches as the United States faces Israel on Friday.
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TOKYO — The United States opened its play in the Olympic baseball tournament as expected, with a win.

Ranked fourth in the world, the United States toppled Israel, 8-1, with an all-around performance from its roster at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Joe Ryan, formerly a top Tampa Bay Rays prospect who was traded to the Minnesota Twins while in Tokyo for the Olympics, allowed just one run and struck out five over six innings.

On offense, the United States was powered by designated hitter Tyler Austin, who smashed a two-run home run, and second baseman Eddy Alvarez, who had two hits and scored two. They combined to drive in five of the United States’ runs.

The United States, the team most expected to challenge top-ranked Japan for the gold medal, will play South Korea on Saturday. Isreal, the lowest ranked team in the tournament, at No. 24, is 0-2 and awaits the start of double-elimination play.

Sifan Hassan won the first-round heat of the 5,000 on Friday, launching her possible bid at a triple gold. 
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TOKYO — Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands could try to do something unprecedented at the Tokyo Games: win the women’s 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters. To do so, she would need to run multiple heats in multiple events, including five races in six days next week if she successfully plows through the rounds.

She launched her bid at a possible triple gold on Friday night by winning her first-round heat of the 5,000 and securing a spot in Monday night’s final.

She raised her hands in muted celebration as she crossed the finish line.

“I was celebrating getting into the final,” Hassan said. “That is a lot of pressure.”

Asked whether she had decided to compete in all three events at the Olympics — something that’s been widely speculated — she said: “Not yet. I have to talk to my coach.”

Elise Cranny and Karissa Schweizer of the United States also made it through to the final.

“It was a tough field out there, and I got really pushed around,” said Schweizer, who was bleeding from her shins after getting spiked.

Hassan, 28, has emerged as one of the most dynamic and versatile runners in the world since the 2016 Olympics, when she placed fifth in the 1,500 meters while failing to advance through her qualifying heat of the 800 meters. She signaled her meteoric rise at the 2019 world championships by winning both the 1,500 and 10,000 meters. She broke the mile world record later that year.

In June, Hassan set another world record, this time in the 10,000 meters, only to have it broken two days later by Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia. Gidey is among the athletes who will challenge Hassan in Tokyo.

Hassan was coached by Alberto Salazar until 2019, when he was banned for four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for violating rules governing banned substances. This week, Salazar was permanently barred from participating in track and field.

And in the final event of the opening day of competition at Olympic Stadium, Selemon Barega of Ethiopia held off a pair of athletes from Uganda, Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo, to win gold in the men’s 10,000 meters. Barega scorched the final laps to edge out Cheptegei, the world-record holder in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, by 0.41 seconds.

Grant Fisher of the U.S. finished fifth.

It was the first time someone other than Mo Farah of Britain won the 10,000 since 2008. Farah, who doubled as the 5,000- and 10,000-meter champion at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, failed to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

At least 26 Olympic athletes, including six from the United States, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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Outside the Olympic bubble, Japan’s coronavirus outbreak continued to worsen on Friday, as health officials reported more than 10,000 new daily infections. It was the first time the country had surpassed that mark since the pandemic began.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that the government would expand a state of emergency to four areas besides Tokyo, and that the restrictions in the capital would be extended until the end of August — past the conclusion of the Olympics and into the start of the Paralympic Games.

Athletes who have tested positive for the coronavirus

Scientists say that positive tests are expected with daily testing programs, even among the vaccinated. Little information on severity has been released, though public reports suggest that cases among athletes have generally been mild or asymptomatic. Some athletes who have tested positive have not been publicly identified.

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Michal Schlegel

Road cycling

Czech Republic

Marketa Slukova

Beach volleyball

Czech Republic

July 21

Fernanda Aguirre



Ilya Borodin

Russian Olympic Committee


Russian Olympic Committee

Amber Hill



Candy Jacobs



Pavel Sirucek

Table tennis

Czech Republic

July 20

Sammy Solís



Sonja Vasic



Hector Velazquez



July 19

Kara Eaker


United States

Ondrej Perusic

Beach volleyball

Czech Republic

Katie Lou Samuelson

Three-on-three basketball

United States

July 18

Coco Gauff


United States

Kamohelo Mahlatsi


South Africa

Thabiso Monyane


South Africa

July 16

Dan Craven

Road cycling


Alex de Minaur



July 14

Dan Evans



July 13

Johanna Konta



July 3

Milos Vasic



With just a little over a quarter of the Japanese population fully vaccinated, the Delta variant has been able to take root. More than three-quarters of cases in Tokyo are now being caused by that highly contagious version of the coronavirus.

Tokyo and Japan at large have reported record numbers of new infections in recent days, fueling questions about whether the Games are contributing to the surge. Organizers say there is no evidence of that.

The organizers on Friday reported 27 new coronavirus infections among people connected to the Games, the highest daily count reported so far. A total of 225 people with Olympic credentials have tested positive since July 1, including 26 athletes. But more than half of the Olympics-related cases are among people who live in Japan.

Still, experts suggested that the presence of the Games in Tokyo was having the psychological effect of making members of the public believe they could relax, even if they are under an emergency declaration.

Fumie Sakamoto, an infection control manager at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo, said, “there might be some psychological influence because every day what we see on TV is we watch the Olympic Games, and it’s hard to imagine that we’re in the middle of the biggest wave of infections in Tokyo.”

An San of South Korea competing in the mixed team archery event, in which she won gold with her teammate Kim Je-deok on Saturday.
Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

SEOUL — South Korea’s female archers have been a dominant force, winning every women’s team competition since the event was first introduced at the 1988 Seoul Games.

In Tokyo on Friday, An San, 20, won gold in the women’s individual competition, beating Elena Osipova of Russia, 6-5. It is her third gold medal of these Games, after South Korea’s wins in the women’s team and mixed team events over the weekend. An also toppled a 25-year-old record last week when she scored 680 in the individual qualification round.

Despite An’s achievements on the international stage, some South Korean social media users have been attacking her — not for her performance at the Olympics, but for her short haircut.

Thousands of online commenters have accused her of being a feminist, a word that often has more radical connotations in South Korea, where some people associate the label with hating men.

“Are you sure An San isn’t a feminist,” one commenter wrote on Instagram. “She meets all the requirements to be one.”

On one of An’s Instagram posts, a user asked why she had cut her hair.

“Because it’s comfortable,” she replied with a smirking smiley face emoji.

Members of the South Korean women’s volleyball and air rifle teams with short hairstyles have been subjected to similar abuse during the Games.

High-profile figures are often targeted by anti-feminists in South Korea, and An has been in the spotlight because of her Olympic success, said Lee Wonjae, a professor of social network analysis at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea weighed in on Friday evening, releasing a statement congratulating An on her third gold medal in Tokyo. “Her pride is our pride,” he said, praising her “steely” focus during the competition. He also mentioned her struggle to overcome discrimination, in an apparent reference to the anti-feminist posts.

An’s supporters have flooded the Korea Archery Association’s message boards, calling for it to protect the Olympic gold medalist. The Korean hashtag #women_shortcut_campaign has been trending on Twitter, with users uploading photographs of their own hairstyles in support of An and other women who choose to cut their hair short.

In a statement earlier on Friday, a spokesman for the Korea Archery Association said that the group was asking the public to refrain from commenting on the controversy over An’s haircut. “We will do everything to support our athlete,” he said, adding that further scrutiny would be of no help to An during one of the most important competitions of her life.

Choe Sang-Hun contributed reporting.


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