Olympics Live Updates: Men Face Off in Skateboarding Park Final

Current time in Tokyo: Aug. 5, 9:59 a.m.

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Japan has now received all three gold medals in skateboarding. The fourth and remaining occasion, males’s park, kicked off on Thursday morning in Tokyo (Wednesday evening in the United States).

Men’s park is a wide-open contest that guarantees high-flying acrobatics, excellent for tv. American expertise runs deep: Heimana Reynolds from Hawaii and ranked No. 1 in the world; No. 2 Cory Juneau, who hails from California; and Zion Wright of Florida. Each of those males would possibly win a medal — or none in any respect. A trio from Brazil may intervene, or possibly Oskar Rozenberg of Sweden.

Rune Glifberg of Denmark will get consideration as a result of, at 46, he seems to be like most everybody else’s dad. He received an X Games medal in 1995, earlier than most Olympic skate boarders have been born.

Skateboarding, making its debut on the Olympics, was added with the hope that it could instill the Summer Games with a jolt of youthful insurrection. But for these with greater than a passing familiarity with names like Tony Hawk Nyjah Huston and Yuto Horigome, it probably looks lots like different main skate contests, such because the Dew Tour or Street League Skateboarding.

There are two distinct disciplines on the Games: road, which was accomplished on the finish of July, and park. Both are judged by a panel, and every have their very own certified athletes. If you watch snowboarding on the Winter Olympics, consider them a bit like slopestyle and halfpipe — variations in the setting that characteristic barely several types of acrobatics.

Park is supposed to evoke a swimming pool. It is a deep and unsymmetrical bowl of steep drops and contours. Athletes will navigate it in a single nonstop stretch for 45 seconds, or till they fall. They will launch and spin excessive over the bowl’s lip and drop again into the pool to assemble pace to do it once more. A panel of judges will rating every athlete’s three runs, and the perfect rating is the one one which counts.

In park, as in the road competitors, the fields of 20 males and 20 girls (that includes not more than three per nation in every self-discipline) will every be decreased to eight finalists, who will come again later in the day and begin over once more.

All skateboard competitions can be held at Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo, an outside venue constructed particularly for these occasions.

Because of the time zone distinction, the competitions begins on Wednesday night on the East Coast and finish after midnight. They’ll be broadcast on NBC, CNBC or the USA Network.




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The U.S. women’s soccer team, once a tournament favorite, now hopes to win the bronze medal game.
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TOKYO — A complete victory over Spain appears to have righted the ship for the American males’s basketball crew. The United States superior to a semifinal at 1:15 p.m. Tokyo time, 12:15 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, towards Australia, a crew that beat the Americans in an exhibition recreation final month.

The U.S. girls’s soccer crew can’t be blissful to have lost its own semifinal, however a comfort bronze remains to be out there if the Americans can beat Australia in a match that begins at 5 p.m. in Tokyo, Four a.m. Eastern.

In monitor and discipline, a number of Americans are in the combination for medals in the boys’s shot-put, and Grant Holloway may carry residence triple leap gold in the morning session (Wednesday evening U.S. time). At evening, the boys’s 400 meters is the spotlight.

Nevin Harrison of the U.S. carries the nation’s canoe/kayak hopes in the 200-meter canoe race, the place she is the reigning world champion.

April Ross and Alix Klineman have superior once more in seaside volleyball and can now play in the semifinal.

Also on Thursday, the primary golds in climbing and karate can be awarded.

TOKYO — Sydney McLaughlin needed a world record of 51.46 seconds to beat her fellow American and rival Dalilah Muhammad in the 400 hurdles.

Andre de Grasse of Canada raced to the men’s 200-meter gold, with Americans inserting 2-3-Four behind him, and Emmanuel Korir of Kenya received the boys’s 800.

Sakura Yosozumi, 19, of Japan won the park skateboarding occasion, defeating two of the youngest rivals on the Games, Kokona Hiraki, 12, of Japan and Sky Brown, 13, of Britain.

The U.S. girls’s basketball crew had no problem in its semifinal, cruising previous Australia, 79-55. Breanna Stewart led the crew with 23 factors. The U.S. baseball crew defeated the Dominican Republic, 3-1, and is 2 wins away from a gold medal.

Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil received the ladies’s marathon open-water swimming competitors.

And Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia lifted essentially the most weight in the boys’s tremendous heavyweight division and set a few world data in the method — 491 kilos in the snatch and a large 584 kilos in the clear and jerk.

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah after winning the women’s 100-meter final on Saturday.
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Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who made historical past in Tokyo by turning into the primary lady to win gold in the 100 and 200 meters in consecutive Games, was quickly blocked from posting to Instagram on Tuesday afternoon after sharing a video of her Olympic races.

“I was blocked on Instagram for posting the races of the Olympic because I did not own the right to do so. So see y’all in 2 days,” she stated on Twitter on Tuesday.

However, she regained permission to put up hours after her tweet. “My block is cleared,” she posted on an Instagram story on Tuesday evening, together with two hugging face emoji.

The International Olympic Committee owns the mental property related to the Olympic Games, restricting what athletes and other credentialed personnel can share to their social media accounts, together with some photographs or movies from the Games.

A spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s father or mother firm, confirmed that it eliminated a video however that Thompson-Herah’s entry was mistakenly suspended.

Instagram removes content material when it’s reported by the individual or group who owns the rights, the spokesperson stated.

Thompson-Herah set a Jamaican report for the ladies’s 200 meters with a time of 21.53 seconds and an Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters with a time of 10.61 seconds, breaking the American Florence Griffith Joyner’s mark of 10.62 from 1988.

Her subsequent race can be Thursday when she competes in the ladies’s 4×100-meter relay.

Max Irving of the U.S. water polo team during a match against Greece in the preliminary round.
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Here are some highlights of U.S. broadcast protection on Wednesday night and in a single day. All occasions are Eastern.

TRACK AND FIELD A spread of operating finals airs tonight on USA Network, together with the girls’s pole vault, the boys’s shot put, the boys’s triple leap and the boys’s 110-meter hurdles. Look out for Grant Holloway, the American who dominated the 110-meter hurdles to safe his Olympic berth in Tokyo. The motion begins at Eight p.m.

SKATEBOARDING Japan has won all three gold medals so far in skateboarding. Fans can catch the fourth and remaining occasion, males’s park, at 11:30 p.m. on CNBC. The preliminary spherical in the occasion airs at Eight p.m. on the community.

WATER POLO The younger U.S. males’s crew, which incorporates several first-time Olympians, fell to Spain in the quarterfinal. NBCSN has the replay beginning at Eight p.m.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL Norway takes on Russia in this replay of the boys’s quarterfinal, which airs at 9 p.m. on NBCSN.

BASKETBALL Breanna Stewart scored 23 points in the United States’ 79-55 rout of Australia in the ladies’s quarterfinals, serving to to carry the Americans one step nearer to their seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal. A replay of the sport begins at 10 p.m. on NBCSN. The U.S. males’s crew is hitting its stride after a defeat of Spain on Tuesday. With Kevin Durant leading the way, the crew faces Australia in a semifinal; the sport streams stay at 12:15 a.m. on Peacock and NBCOlymics.com.

CANOE/KAYAK Coverage of the ultimate races begins at 1:15 a.m. on CNBC.

Amber Ruffin on the set of her show earlier this year.
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Amber Ruffin, comic and host of “The Amber Ruffin Show” on Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform, added a twist to post-match interviews with athletes as a part of her on-the-ground protection of the Games from Tokyo.

“The interviewers ask stressful questions like, ‘Do you know that everyone’s counting on you?’” Ruffin stated in a gruff voice in one video, wagging her finger on the digital camera.

But not Ruffin. Her fashion hit a barely lighter word.

“Question number one: Do you know you did an amazing job?” Ruffin requested athletes together with Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Cales, two American seaside volleyball gamers, as they left competitors venues.

Ruffin additionally spoke with gamers from Canada, Kenya and Switzerland, injecting her questions with some feel-good comedic aid that elicited laughs from all the athletes.

Ruffin, a former author and performer on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” was covering her first Olympics. In addition to her exit interviews, Ruffin additionally featured segments like “Athletes Tell Jokes” and even competed in her personal Olympic occasion she dubbed “artistic weight lifting.”

Ruffin is just not the one one making the Olympics funnier. The comic Leslie Jones is utilizing Twitter and Instagram to share her real-time reactions to virtually each occasion, infused with the identical enthusiasm and fervour she brought to past Olympics and to “Game of Thrones.” And the comic and actor Kevin Hart and the rapper Snoop Dogg, who’re co-hosting a highlights present on Peacock, lately went viral for his or her commentary on one of the Games’s equestrian events in which they describe how a horse is doing the crip stroll via its routine.

Ryo Kiyuna competing at the karate world championships in Madrid in 2018.
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TOKYO — Every metropolis that hosts the Olympics pushes for occasions common in its nation to be included in this system, and Tokyo isn’t any totally different. The Japanese organizers efficiently lobbied for baseball to return after an absence of a dozen years and for browsing to make its debut.

The International Olympic Committee additionally signed off on the Japanese organizers’ request to include karate as a medal sport, an improve from the cameo it made as an indication sport on the 1964 Tokyo Games.

Thanks in half to Hollywood motion pictures, karate is probably the perfect recognized of the martial arts. But it varieties the idea of quite a few different martial arts, together with taekwondo, and has a large following throughout the globe.

But it has its roots in the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, the place it was developed centuries in the past. It is becoming, then, that one of many gold medal favorites in the three-day event that begins Thursday is Ryo Kiyuna, an Okinawan. A 3-time particular person world champion, Kiyuna will compete in the boys’s kata portion on Friday, and if he meets expectations, he would be the first Okinawan to win an Olympic gold medal.

“Since karate has finally been selected as an official event at the Tokyo Olympics, I would like to show the world what karate is all about, both as a representative of Japan and as a representative of Okinawa,” he told Jiji Press last year.

Casual observers of the game are in all probability accustomed to kumite, the place two fighters face off and attempt to hit and kick their opponents to attain factors.

Kata, in contrast, consists of the constructing blocks of karate carried out towards an imaginary opponent, conventional features of the martial artwork that purists relish. In kata, athletes carry out alone, demonstrating a series of offensive and defensive moves. Karateka select from amongst 102 katas, or strategies, which are authorized by the World Karate Federation.

The seven judges base 70 p.c of a rating on technical proficiency, which incorporates focus, respiratory, timing and stances. The different 30 p.c is predicated on athletics, together with power and pace.

Kiyuna has dominated the kata world in latest years, the one karateka to obtain an ideal rating, one thing he did in 2019. Now 31, he started working towards karate at 5, impressed to affix a pal from kindergarten. He began profitable competitions, and studied under Tsuguo Sakumoto, a karate master from Okinawa. By 2014, Kiyuna overtook his biggest rival, Antonio Díaz of Venezuela. His important competitors on the Tokyo Games is Damián Quintero of Spain, who was runner-up to Kiyuna on the previous two world championships.

According to Masahiro Ide, who runs a karate fan newsletter, Kiyuna has distinctive pace, sharpness and power and correct strategies.

“His moves are so strong that the judges can feel his power just from his appearance, which allows him to get high scores,” stated Ide, who expects Kiyuna to win a gold medal. “He is also good at pulling power from within himself.”

Unfortunately for karate followers, the game won’t be on this system on the Paris Games in 2024. Supporters of karate hoped its inclusion in Tokyo would enhance the game’s recognition a lot the best way taekwondo benefited from being added to the Olympic program on the Sydney Games in 2000.

For now, the game will get loads of publicity in Tokyo this week, with Kiyuna and Okinawa as two of the principle points of interest.

“The Japanese feel that karate is theirs, and they want to regain dominance,” stated Sherman Nelson Jr., a karate analyst for NBC Sports. “The world caught up. The sport is a melting pot. Everyone has to adapt.”

Noah Lyles, left, finished third in the men’s 200 meters, while his teammate Kenny Bednarek finished second. 
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TOKYO — Noah Lyles, the American sprinting star, was lower than an hour faraway from racing to a bronze medal in the boys’s 200 meters on the Tokyo Games on Wednesday when he opened up about his psychological well being and the challenges he had confronted over the previous 12 months.

He spoke about coping with despair. He spoke about looking for assist in remedy. He spoke concerning the pressures of his occupation. And he cried as he spoke about his youthful brother, Josephus, whose personal Olympic dream as an expert runner presently lives via Noah as a result of he didn’t make the Olympic crew.

“Sometimes I think to myself, this should be him,” Noah Lyles stated via tears.

For Lyles and lots of others competing in Tokyo, the Olympics have doubled as a form of catharsis. In reality, Lyles’s uncooked show of emotion was hardly uncommon: Many athletes right here have been outspoken concerning the burdens of performing in the wake of the most daunting 18 months of their lives, a interval shadowed by the pandemic and racial strife — and a yearlong postponement of the Games themselves.

Simone Biles, the world’s biggest gymnast, withdrew from a number of competitions, citing the stress of the previous 12 months as one of many causes she had lost the ability to control her body as she tumbled via the air.

Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked tennis participant who had dominated his sport for months, cracked in his semifinal match, hurling his racket into the stands and smacking a substitute towards a fence put up. After that loss, after which after lacking out on the bronze medal, he was as distraught as he had been in years.

Members of the U.S. girls’s soccer crew, a reasonably indomitable pressure getting into the Olympics, fell in the semifinals and spoke of dropping the enjoyment they often really feel after they step onto the sphere.

Lyles, 24, has been one of the crucial celebrated stars in American monitor and discipline since he received a pair of gold medals on the 2019 world championships. But he has additionally routinely used his platform to share his struggles with nervousness and despair, and it was no totally different for him in the wake of profitable his first Olympic medal.

“I knew there was a lot of people out there like me who’s scared to say something or to even start that journey,” he stated. “I want you to know that it’s OK to not feel good, and you can go out and talk to somebody professionally, or even get on medication, because this is a serious issue and you don’t want to wake up one day and just think, you know, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore.’”

For a very long time, he stated, monitor was a form of oasis for him. School was tough for him when he was younger, and operating was an outlet. But over the course of the pandemic, a few of that enjoyment disappeared. He took anti-depressants on and off, and he was additionally profoundly affected by the police killings of unarmed Black folks.

Before leaving for Tokyo, he broke down crying in entrance of his girlfriend, he stated, “just talking about how hard it was to get through this year.”

Lyles had at all times informed himself that he would go away the game behind if he ever misplaced his ardour for it, he stated. But whereas he in the end selected to proceed to coach and compete, he was decided to not let monitor management his life. In the method, he stated, he sought extra steadiness. He pointed to his pursuits in music, artwork and style.

“Even if this doesn’t go right in track, I still have a life outside of it,” he stated. “I have places that I can go. I am not defined by being an Olympic bronze medalist, or a gold medal world champion, or the high schooler who went pro. That’s not who I am; I’m Noah Lyles.”

He was at his most emotional, although, when he addressed his relationship together with his brother, Josephus, a sprinter who fell in need of making the U.S. Olympic crew this summer time. When they have been kids, Noah Lyles stated, it was truly his brother’s dream to compete on the Games.

“This wasn’t even my dream,” Lyles stated as he sobbed. “I just wanted to tag along because I loved my brother, and I wanted to do this together. And it’s taken us so far, and I feel like he should be here.”

In the 200-meter remaining, staged in an empty stadium, Lyles completed behind Andre De Grasse of Canada and Kenny Bednarek, Lyles’s American teammate. Lyles referred to as his bronze medal “boring.”

“I didn’t win,” he stated. “But at the same time, it’s a great achievement.”

Adam Ondra has won a number of indoor climbing championships but has struggled in the Olympic event, in which different disciplines have been combined.
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In sport climbing’s first look on the Olympics, eight males have superior to the ultimate, scheduled for Thursday in Tokyo.

Adam Ondra of the Czech Republic, extensively thought-about the perfect indoor and out of doors climber in the world, is amongst them. The largest query is whether or not he can convert that expertise right into a gold medal in the Olympics’ model of sport climbing.

Outdoors, on actual rocks, Ondra has scaled essentially the most tough routes ever climbed all over the world. Indoors, on pretend obstacles and holds, he has received a slew of world championships and World Cup occasions.

But that is totally different, in loads of necessary methods. Mainly, climbing’s entry into the Olympic program got here with a compromise: Different disciplines have been mixed into one medal occasion.

Ondra completed 18th out of 20 in the pace portion of the qualifying round on Tuesday and would possibly end final in the ultimate. Because the scores are mixed to find out the winners, that deficiency may cost him a medal.

Some of his rivals have managed to seek out good rhythm on the pace wall, none greater than Tomoa Narasaki of Japan, a boulder specialist who managed to complete second in the pace qualifier. But others who appeared to have a very good shot at a medal have been knocked out in the qualifying spherical, together with Alex Megos of Germany, Jongwon Chon of South Korea and Kai Harada of Japan.

Nevin Harrison began her Games on Wednesday, winning her qualifying heat in 44.94 seconds and moving on to a semifinal.
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TOKYO — When Nevin Harrison first tried canoe racing at age 12, turning into an Olympian was not the very first thing on her thoughts. Staying out of the water was.

By age 17, she was going quick sufficient to be a world champion.

There are sports activities the United States is sweet at and sports activities that it isn’t. It is fairly secure to say that canoeing and kayaking match in the second class.

At the final world championships in 2019, out of 30 occasions just one American even superior to a remaining. That paddler was Harrison, who received the gold medal in the 200-meter canoe race. Suddenly the United States, of all locations, had canoeing’s brightest younger star.

Harrison is by far the largest American title in the game, and the one canoe or kayak sprinter of both gender to qualify for these Games.

She started competitors on Wednesday, profitable her qualifying warmth in 44.94 seconds and transferring on to a semifinal that begins Thursday morning in Tokyo (8:51 p.m. Eastern). Assuming all goes properly, she is going to line up for the ultimate hours later, at 10:57 p.m. All races can be streamed stay on Peacock and NBCOlympics.com, and the finals can be broadcast on CNBC at 1:15 a.m.

Harrison, now 19, was a standout in soccer, softball and monitor whereas rising up — sports activities extra typical for a younger American with athletic expertise. But misfortune made her flip her focus to canoeing. She started feeling hip ache at age 14. Hip dysplasia was recognized, a situation in which the hip socket doesn’t join accurately with the thighbone. “A doctor said there was no way I was going to compete in sports again,” she stated. “That was super devastating for me. I had only ever hoped to be an athlete.”

Running and sports activities that concerned operating have been arduous on her hip, so she turned her focus to canoeing. Once she mastered staying in the canoe, she began getting higher. Her upward trajectory to world champion at 17 was dizzying.

“It was nothing short of crazy,” she stated. “I couldn’t really believe it; things were happening so fast.”

Women’s canoeing was added to the Games for the first time in Tokyo, and her occasion, the 200 meters, is the person race that’s being contested.

The race, the shortest in canoe/kayak, lasts nearly 45 seconds. But it isn’t an all-out sprint. “It’s similar to the 400 meters in track,” she stated, one other occasion that takes roughly 45 seconds. “It’s a sprint, but there’s a little bit of strategy because you can’t quite go 100 percent for 45 seconds.”

“People have different strategies,” Harrison stated. “I tend to go really hard for the first 50, the second 50 just try to keep it up and try to stay ahead (if I am ahead), and then in the last 100 build up to top speed.”

The Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya at the airport in Tokyo. She flew to Poland, which offered her and her husband asylum.
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When Belarusian Olympic officials went to the sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya’s room after she complained publicly about her coaches, the top of the nationwide crew made it clear they’d an order for her to return residence — and it got here from the highest.

That’s as a result of, like a lot else in Belarus, sports activities is a family-run enterprise. That household belongs to President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, who has held sway with authoritarian energy in the Eastern European nation for 27 years.

Timanovskaya refused and defected in an Olympic scandal paying homage to the Cold War. On Wednesday, she arrived in Poland, which had provided her and her husband political asylum.

Her state of affairs, although, has make clear an anachronistic dictatorship the place no sphere of life can evade politics, and the ruling household more and more cracks down ruthlessly on any whiff of dissent.

If not for the drama, it’s seemingly that few in the Olympics would have paid a lot consideration to Belarus, which, in contrast to the previous Soviet Union to which it as soon as belonged, is hardly a gold medal powerhouse. But the defection has drawn international consideration to yet one more of the numerous methods the Lukashenko household wields its energy: sports activities.

“For Mr. Lukashenko, sports is a propaganda tool just as it is for any dictator in any totalitarian system,” stated Alexander Opeikin, the manager director of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund, a gaggle that opposes the federal government.

“Lukashenko always perceived the awards of athletes, medals of athletes at the Olympics, as his own medals.”

But if using sports activities as a propaganda device has a protracted historical past, so do the embarrassing defections which have punctured the aura of invincibility fastidiously cultivated by authoritarian governments.

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