Olympics Live Updates: Warholm Shatters World Record in Hurdles; Simone Biles to Compete in Beam

Current time in Tokyo: Aug. 3, 1:58 p.m.

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TOKYO — Rai Benjamin of the United States and Karsten Warholm of Norway had spent current years circling each other as they vied for the title of world’s best 400-meter hurdler.

On Tuesday, below the oppressive noon solar at Olympic Stadium, Warholm obliterated his personal world file to win his first Olympic gold medal, edging Benjamin, who completed second.

Warholm completed in 45.94 seconds. Benjamin additionally went below the prevailing world file in 46.17. Alison dos Santos of Brazil was third.

In the run-up to the Games this summer time, Warholm and Benjamin had every appeared decided to assert himself because the world’s finest. At the U.S. Olympic trials in June, Benjamin got here desperately shut to breaking the occasion’s longstanding world file, coming inside .05 seconds of the mark that Kevin Young had set in successful Olympic gold for the U.S. in 1992. As it was, Benjamin’s time was the second-fastest in historical past.

One week later, Warholm lastly did it: He ran 46.70 seconds in entrance of an adoring crowd at Bislett Stadium in Oslo to break Young’s file and set himself up as the favourite — by the slimmest of margins — in Tokyo.

Warholm, 25, and Benjamin, 24, provided a touch of a preview once they wound up in the identical semifinal warmth on Sunday. Both males eased via the end line — Warholm lower than a tenth of a second forward of Benjamin — as they conserved vitality for Tuesday’s closing.

But their warmth was tantalizing nonetheless — their first time going head-to-head since 2019, when Warholm edged Benjamin to defend his world championship.

Benjamin and Warholm are solely two of the athletes who’ve mixed to make the 400-meter hurdles one of many marquee disciplines on the Games — and must-see TV for these watching from house.

Last week, Warholm was requested whether or not he thought it could take one other world file to win the gold medal.

“Maybe someone will else will do it,” he mentioned. “I’ve done my job.”

He did his job once more on Tuesday, shattering his personal world file in an empty Olympic Stadium.





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Kevin Durant and the U.S. men’s basketball team lost to France in their opening game of the Olympics.
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SAITAMA, Japan — Now issues get critical.

The United States males’s basketball staff opens Olympic knockout-round play towards Spain on Tuesday afternoon at Saitama Super Arena.

Spain is the No. 2-ranked staff in the world and will present a stiff take a look at for the Americans, who’re ranked No. 1 however have produced a string of shaky performances in the final month.

After two exhibition losses earlier than the beginning of the Games, the United States began its Olympic marketing campaign with a loss to France. The Americans largely cruised via their subsequent two contests — towards far weaker opponents, Iran and the Czech Republic — and had a while to set up some rhythm as a gaggle.

That progress now will get put to the take a look at in at this time’s quarterfinal matchup. The loser might be out of the working for a medal.

Simone Biles, center, said she would compete on Tuesday.
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TOKYO — Well, this has the potential to be probably the most thrilling second on the Games. The closing girls’s gymnastics occasion, the stability beam, takes place on Tuesday. And Simone Biles says she is prepared to return to competitors for it. It will get underway at 5:50 p.m. Tokyo time, 4:50 a.m. Eastern. If there’s any occasion to keep up late or get up early and grasp web streaming for, that is it.

Biles’s choice was introduced by U.S.A. Gymnastics on Monday afternoon simply earlier than the beginning of the ground train closing, which Biles elected to skip, and almost every week after she withdrew from the team final following her vault. In interviews that evening, she mentioned it could have been harmful for her to strive to carry out her sophisticated and daring routines as a result of she had misplaced the flexibility to gauge the place she was in the air in relation to the bottom.

“We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow — Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to watch you both!” U.S.A. Gymnastics mentioned in an announcement.

The U.S. males’s basketball staff faces a quarterfinal with Spain, a tricky opponent with acquainted faces just like the Gasol brothers and Ricky Rubio. Should the United States lose, because it did to France earlier in the Games, it’s going to have failed to win a medal for the primary time. The recreation is at 1:40 p.m. in Tokyo, 12:40 a.m. Eastern.

The observe lineup contains many American contenders: Brittney Reese in the ladies’s lengthy bounce, Gabby Thomas in the ladies’s 200 meters, Athing Mu in the ladies’s 800, Rai Benjamin in the lads’s 400 hurdles and Chris Nilsen in the lads’s pole vault.

April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States proceed to advance in seashore volleyball. Their quarterfinal opponents have been Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch of Germany, and the Americans received in two units on Tuesday morning.

And Duke Ragan of the United States, who is 2 wins away from a gold medal, fights in the boxing semifinals on Tuesday.

Alix Klineman and April Ross celebrated during the quarterfinal.
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The American seashore volleyball duo of April Ross and Alix Klineman are rolling into their semifinal.

Ross and Klineman beat Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch of Germany on Tuesday morning in two shut units, 21-19, 21-19, in 44 minutes. In the semifinals, they may face the Swiss staff of Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich, which received a intently contested match with Brazil, 21-19, 18-21, 15-12.

Ross has received a medal in the final two Olympics and, with Klineman, is in good place to accomplish that once more in the event that they win a minimum of one among their subsequent two matches. Their semifinal is scheduled for Thursday. Of course, successful the semifinal would lead to an look in the gold medal match — a much-preferred choice to chasing the bronze as one of many semifinal losers.

Klineman, 31, switched to seashore volleyball in 2017 after largely taking part in indoor volleyball, and teamed with Ross, 39. Ross received silver in 2012 with Jennifer Kessy and bronze in 2016 with Kerri Walsh Jennings.

Allyson Felix has more medals in track and field — nine — than any other American woman.
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The American sprinter Allyson Felix, 35, received her warmth in the 400 meters in 50.84 seconds on Tuesday morning in Tokyo to simply advance to the semifinals of the occasion, which might be held on Wednesday.

The embellished observe star, who has six golds and is working in her fifth Games, instructed The New York Times Magazine in June that she was trying ahead to competing, despite the fact that she would have understood if the Olympics had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would do anything to compete. That’s what the Olympics mean to me. That’s who I am,” she mentioned. “At the same time I understand that a pandemic is going on. We have had so much loss of life, and I don’t want to contribute to any more.”



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Felix can also be working in the ladies’s 4×400-meter relay in Tokyo, an occasion in which she has received three golds. Qualifying heats for that race start Thursday, with the ultimate on Sunday.

Felix has extra medals in observe and area — 9 — than some other American girl. But as she has grown older, she has additionally earned elevated consideration for her work off the observe. The troublesome beginning of her daughter, Camryn, in 2018 brought about her to communicate out for racial equality in maternal well being care. And a 2019 column she wrote for The Times criticizing the maternity insurance policies of Nike, her sponsor on the time — which the corporate subsequently improved — established her as an advocate for girls’s equality in sports activities.

She talked to The Times Magazine in June about her conflict with Nike, how her perspective on the Olympics had modified since she was a youngster, and the way her religion had helped her put her profession in perspective.

Simone Biles on the balance beam during team qualifying.
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The girls’s gymnastics occasions in Tokyo will wrap up on Tuesday with the stability beam closing, and Simone Biles will be competing for the primary time since withdrawing from the team final every week in the past.

It is the final shot at a person medal for Biles, who certified for each closing however pulled out of the all-around, vault, uneven bars and ground train due to a psychological block that she mentioned prevented her from competing safely.

She might be up towards her teammate Sunisa Lee, who won gold in the all-around and bronze on bars; Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing of China, who have been first and second on beam in the qualifying spherical; and Larisa Iordache of Romania, who’s searching for redemption after years of injuries.

How to watch in the United States

  • LIVE: The competitors begins Tuesday at 4:50 a.m. Eastern time and might be livestreamed through the NBC Olympics site, Peacock or the NBC Sports app.

  • TAPE DELAY: Many followers will favor to stream a replay or watch the tape-delayed broadcast on NBC at Eight p.m. Eastern time.

Biles, 24, might be competing in her solely equipment closing at these Games, and it’s not clear if she is going to do the identical routine she did in the qualifying spherical, which had an enormous issue rating, 6.5. That would make her a robust medal contender if she averted the big stumble she had on her full-twisting double again dismount. Because her psychological block relates to twisting, although, she could swap to a double pike dismount, which might decrease her issue by 0.4.

Lee, 18, mentioned earlier than the Olympics that she wished to win a medal on beam, and she or he may: She had the third-highest rating, 14.2, in the qualifying spherical. But with so many robust gymnasts in the ultimate, she has no room for error. She didn’t fairly match her qualifying mark in the staff closing, scoring 14.133, and she or he scored 13.833 in the all-around closing after almost dropping her stability on her first ability.

Biles and Lee are up towards six different rivals. Chenchen, 16, certified first, and is in Tokyo due to her beam routine — she received the World Cup collection on beam to make the Olympics as a person, separate from the Chinese staff. She blew the remainder of the sphere away with a rating of 14.933, thanks largely to an issue rating almost half a degree greater than that of some other qualifier.

Sifan Hassan winning the women’s 5,000-meter final. Now she’s aiming for the 1,500- and 10,000-meter races.
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TOKYO — Athletes in track and field spent the primary half of the 12 months taking intention at — and shattering — a smorgasbord of world information. No one can be shocked to see extra of them fall in the approaching days, when runners and jumpers take middle stage on the Games. Despite the absence of fans, Olympic Stadium might be stuffed with drama.

There are 10 consecutive days of competition, working from July 30 via Aug. 8, when the men’s marathon will punctuate the festivities in Sapporo, about 500 miles north of Tokyo, the place organizers anticipate cooler climate.

The finals are usually at evening, although a couple of are set for noon to allow them to be broadcast to a prime-time viewers in the United States. The closing two nighttime periods, on Aug. 6 and seven, might be filled with finals, together with the lads’s and girls’s 1,500 meters, the ladies’s 10,000 meters and several other relays. The relays are sometimes thrilling, and the Americans have been fairly good at them — at any time when they handle to hold onto the baton.

Who to watch

  • On the ladies’s aspect in the 400-meter hurdles, two Americans, Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin, are seemingly to renew their rivalry with an Olympic gold at stake. At the U.S. trials final month, McLaughlin broke Muhammad’s world record to end first. But Muhammad continues to be the defending Olympic and world champion, and her mechanics are pure artistry.

  • The males’s 400-meter hurdles closing tonight pits Karsten Warholm of Norway, contemporary off his personal world-record efficiency, towards Rai Benjamin of the United States, who owns the third-fastest time in historical past.

  • Any listing like this wants to embody Allyson Felix, 35, the grande dame of U.S. observe and area. Felix, a six-time gold medalist, is ready to compete in the 400 meters in her fifth and final Olympics.

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, 34, is already a two-time Olympic champion in the ladies’s 100 meters. She hopes to win yet one more gold, this time in the 200 meters. She received the silver in 2012.

  • Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands is planning something truly audacious: She is entered in the 1,500 meters, the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters. And after successful the 5,000, she may simply be the favourite in the subsequent races, if she will survive a number of rounds.

  • At 21, Mondo Duplantis holds the pole-vaulting world record. He grew up in Louisiana however competes for Sweden, his mom’s house nation.

Raven Saunders, who won silver in the shot-put, said her gesture on the medal podium was “for oppressed people.”
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Raven Saunders, the American shot-putter who delivered the first political demonstration on the podium on the Tokyo Olympics when she raised her arms and crossed them in the form of an X shortly after receiving her silver medal, mentioned Monday that American athletes have been planning their protest in defiance of International Olympic Committee laws for a number of weeks.

In an interview Monday evening, Saunders mentioned the planning befell over a gaggle textual content message with athletes in a number of sports activities. The group determined that the X can be their image, and that it represents unity with oppressed folks.

She made the gesture because the ceremony concluded, throughout a session for photographers after the medals have been handed out and the Chinese nationwide anthem had been performed for the winner, Gong Lijiao.

As Saunders left, she instructed reporters that her act was “for oppressed people.”

“I wanted to be respectful of the national anthem being played,” Saunders mentioned.

Race Imboden, an American bronze medalist in fencing, had a black X with a circle round it on his hand in the course of the medal ceremony for the foil competitors on Sunday. Saunders mentioned he was a part of the group concerned with the planning of the demonstration. She declined to say who else was concerned as a result of she didn’t need to put stress on anybody to behave in a sure approach.

On Tuesday, Gwen Berry, the American hammer thrower who turned away from the American flag in the course of the U.S. observe and area trials in June, and has mentioned she was planning protest statements on the Olympics, is scheduled to compete. So is Noah Lyles, the American sprinter who usually wears a black glove and raises his fist on the observe earlier than his races.

Saunders’s gesture has led to a standoff over free speech between the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic officers because the I.O.C. grapples with what to do if the Americans refuse to penalize an athlete for violating guidelines limiting demonstrations on the medal podium.

Elaine Thompson-Herah setting an Olympic record while winning the women’s 100-meter gold medal.
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TOKYO — The clock stationed simply previous the end line flashed 10.60 seconds and the letters “NEW OR,” that means “new Olympic record,” when Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica received the ladies’s 100 meters on Saturday evening.

Thompson-Herah had not solely retained the 100-meter Olympic title she received in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, however she had additionally accomplished so by shattering Florence Griffith Joyner’s Olympic file set in 1988. (Thompson-Herah’s official time is 10.61.)

One day later, Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy produced an much more beautiful time — 9.80 seconds — to win the lads’s 100, turning into the shock winner of the race to supplant Usain Bolt because the world’s quickest man. Jacobs was little recognized earlier than storming to the quickest time in an Olympic closing by a person not named Bolt.

Both runners beamed after their races. But so did an nameless determine dressed in a shirt and slacks in a seat overlooking the observe: Andrea Vallauri, worldwide supervisor for Mondo, the Olympic observe provider.

He is liable for supplying the world’s quickest runners with the world’s quickest observe. And his floor already has world information below risk.

Since Friday — the primary day of the observe and area competitors — information and private bests have tumbled. Six girls ran below 11 seconds in the ladies’s 100 closing, together with Shericka Jackson, whose 10.76 was the quickest third-place end at an Olympics. On Sunday, Jacobs, an unheralded sprinter who had specialised in the lengthy bounce till 2018, set a European file in the lads’s 100 closing.

For Vallauri, the early indicators from the observe competitors have been an Olympic triumph of a unique type. Mondo, which has now designed 12 Olympic tracks, spent virtually three years arising with the floor in use in Tokyo: street testing totally different variations, sourcing supplies, experimenting with totally different sorts of rubber. Along the way in which, Mondo requested athletes for his or her desire, the equal of a style take a look at of a brand new recipe for a well-known tender drink.

The solutions the corporate acquired, Vallauri mentioned, have been unanimous. “The feedback from the athletes was the same,” he mentioned. “This one.”

Heavy rain fell during the women’s pole-vault qualifying rounds on Tuesday.
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Here are some highlights of U.S. broadcast protection on Monday evening. All occasions are Eastern.

TRACK AND FIELD The Americans Brittney Reese and Tara Davis contend for gold in the ladies’s long-jump closing, which begins stay at 9:50 p.m. on NBC. In the lads’s 400-meter hurdles, at 11:20 p.m., Rai Benjamin of the United States seems to be to get forward of Karsten Warholm of Norway, the present world-record holder.

GYMNASTICS Jade Carey from Team U.S.A. goes for gold in the ladies’s ground closing, competing towards gymnasts together with Rebeca Andrade of Brazil and Angelina Melnikova of Russia, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Primetime.

VOLLEYBALL At 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports, the U.S. girls’s staff performs Italy.

WRESTLING NBCOlympics.com will livestream the lads’s and girls’s matches. At 11:20 p.m., Kayla Miracle will tackle Long Jia of China to strive to advance to the freestyle 62-kilogram quarterfinals.

BASKETBALL A’ja Wilson and the U.S. girls’s staff tackle France at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. At 12:40 a.m., Peacock will air the lads’s quarterfinal recreation towards Spain.

WATER POLO USA Network will broadcast the quarterfinal match between the U.S. girls’s staff and Canada at 1 a.m.

SAILING Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis compete for gold in the blended multihull — Nacra 17 competitors on NBCOlympics.com at 2:30 a.m.

Jade Carey had qualified for the Olympics as an individual, not with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.
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TOKYO — Jade Carey redeemed herself from a disappointing efficiency in the vault closing to come again the subsequent day on the Tokyo Games and win the gold medal on the ground train.

With a routine that was harder than those carried out by her friends, Carey flipped and twisted her approach to the highest of the rostrum with what she referred to as “the best floor routine I’ve ever done in my life.”

Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari received silver and two gymnasts tied for bronze: Mai Murakami of Japan and Angelina Melnikova of Russia.





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After realizing that she had received, Carey gave her coach, Brian — who can also be her father — a giant hug. The day earlier than, the 2 had hugged on the competitors ground, however out of disappointment.

In the vault closing on Sunday, Carey, who’s 21 and from Phoenix, tripped throughout her run-up to her first vault. She had deliberate to do a Cheng, which includes a half flip onto the vault and one-and-a-half twists, however didn’t do the half flip or the twists. Her low rating for that vault ruined her possibilities for a medal. She left the competitors in tears.

“Yesterday was really tough for me,” Carey mentioned, calling it “a kind of a blur.” She mentioned her U.S. teammates, particularly Simone Biles, had given her a pep speak as soon as she returned to the staff’s lodge. Biles instructed her: “Let it go and move on. It happened and you can’t do anything about it.”

Carey added, “For tonight, I just had to let that go.”

But Carey had one likelihood to bounce again at these Games, and took it.

In qualifying, Carey completed third on the ground train, behind Ferrari, who was first, and Biles, in second. Biles elected not to compete in the ultimate, although she introduced Monday that she would take part in the stability beam closing on Tuesday — her final potential occasion on the Tokyo Games.

Maggie Astor contributed reporting.


An earlier model of this text misidentified the primary vault tried by Jade Carey. It was a Cheng, not the Yurchenko 2½.

The finest that the World Cup-winning U.S. girls’s soccer staff can do at these Games now could be a bronze medal. The staff lost to Canada, 1-0, on Monday in the semifinal. It was a measure of revenge for Canada, which misplaced a traditional semifinal to the U.S. on the 2012 Games.

In the ladies’s ground train occasion, Jade Carey of the United States won the gold medal, the primary in a person occasion for the U.S. Carey had tripped in the vault closing, dropping an opportunity at a medal.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won the women’s 100-meter hurdles, beating Kendra Harrison of the United States, the world file holder. It was solely the second Olympic gold medal for Puerto Rico, following Monica Puig’s win in girls’s tennis on the 2016 Games. It was Puerto Rico’s first gold in observe, and its second medal in the game, after a bronze in the lads’s 400 hurdles for Javier Culson in 2012.

The U.S. girls’s basketball staff accomplished a 3-Zero group stage with a win over France, which stayed inside 14 factors and in addition superior.

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand became the first openly transgender female athlete to compete on the Olympics. However, she failed to carry a weight in three tries.

Anna Cockrell, second from left, running in a women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinal heat.
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On Monday, members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a break from coaching camp and gathered to watch some recreation tape. But it wasn’t simply any recreation they have been watching: It was the Tokyo 2020 Games, particularly the ladies’s 400-meter hurdles, an occasion that includes Anna Cockrell, whose brother, Ross Cockrell, is a cornerback on the staff.

Ross Cockrell, whose chest quickly rose and fell below his Buccaneers sweatshirt, sat quietly in his purple masks as he watched his sister compete on the world stage in Tokyo. With simply seconds left in the race, he leaned ahead in his seat, concentrating intensely, then pumped his fist when his sister crossed the end line in the rain, clocking in at 54.17 seconds, to advance to the finals.

“Y’all got me crying in the village dining hall,” Anna Cockrell tweeted in all caps, sharing the video of her brother and his teammates cheering her on from their coaching camp in Florida.

Ross Cockrell mentioned that having the ability to watch his sister compete in the Olympics was “amazing,” and even credited his performance at practice, in which he had intercepted three passes, to Anna.

“To see her go out there and perform as well as she did in adverse weather and adverse situations, and then go out to practice and do my thing, I was just feeling the magic she had,” Ross Cockrell mentioned. “I think she passed it along to me.”

Tokyo is Anna Cockrell’s Olympic debut. In an interview following the U.S. Olympic trials in June, the place she completed third and earned her ticket to Tokyo, she talked about her struggles with psychological well being.

“In 2019 I was super depressed, I didn’t want to be here anymore,” Cockrell, who graduated from the University of Southern California together with her grasp’s in May, said between sobs. “To be standing here today as an Olympian is more than I can take.”

Anna Cockrell, 23, opened up about experiencing despair, which she has battled since her sophomore 12 months of highschool, in a graduation speech she gave at her undergraduate ceremony from U.S.C. in May 2019, describing how her perfectionism led her to undergo in silence to keep away from seeming weak or having to ask for assist. After sustaining an harm at a contest that spring that she feared may finish her season, she lastly started to let others in, she mentioned.

Leading up to her first race in Tokyo, Cockrell additionally printed a letter to her 21-year-old self in the Players’ Tribune, ending it with phrases of affirmation to herself and to others who may be coping with psychological well being points.

“No matter what happens out here, I am important, I am worthy, I am valued and I matter,” Cockrell wrote. “And so do you.”

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