Soccer-U.S women stunned in semi-final loss to Canada
Canada stunned the World Cup-winning United States on Monday, handing them a shock 1-0 defeat in the semi-finals of the women’s Olympic football tournament with Jessie Fleming grabbing the winner with a 75th minute penalty.
In the gold medal match, Canada will face the winner of the other semi-final between Australia and Sweden which is being played later on Monday.
Gymnastics-Carey wins floor gold to make amends for vault flop
American Jade Carey produced a series of high-flying tumbling combinations to win gold on the floor exercise at the Tokyo Games on Monday, while Mai Murakami became the first Japanese woman to win an individual Olympic gymnastics medal.
The absence of 2016 floor champion Simone Biles from the final due to mental health struggles had left the field wide open and Carey made the most of her opportunity to grab gold with a score of 14.366 points.
Biles to compete in balance beam, Belarus athlete enters Polish embassy
Simon Biles will compete in the balance beam competition, officials said on Monday, in what would be the U.S. superstar gymnast’s last chance for gold in Tokyo after pulling out of other events citing mental health issues.
Biles, who shocked the world last week when she withdrew from the team and several individual events, has brought athletes’ mental health into the spotlight at a pandemic affected Games which has had its share of controversy.
Volleyball-U.S. beat Italy in full-set battle despite Thompson’s absence
The United States defeated Italy in a see-saw five-set battle at the Ariake Arena on Monday to finish on top in Pool B of the women’s volleyball preliminaries, overcoming the absence of injured ace spiker Jordan Thompson and another injury.
Thompson, who sat out the match after spraining her ankle on Saturday, watched as setter Jordyn Poulter suffered the same injury during the third set and was taken off the court in a wheelchair.
The world number-one team eventually prevailed in the close match, winning 21-25 25-16 25-27 25-16 15-12, and moving on to the quarter-finals.
Weightlifting-NZ’s Hubbard becomes first transgender Olympian, but exits early
New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard made history on Monday by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games, but she suffered disappointment with an early exit from the women’s +87 kg final after three no lifts in the snatch.
At 43, Hubbard was the oldest competitor in the weightlifting event in Tokyo, in which her inclusion had ignited a fierce debate about fairness for women and about gender identification and inclusivity.
Shooting-Zhang sets rifle 3P world record, Quiquampoix wins rapid gold
China’s Zhang Changhong grabbed the last shooting gold of the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, putting the icing on the cake with a world record score in the men’s 50-metre rifle three positions event.
The 21-year-old aggregated 466 points to eclipse compatriot Yang Haoran’s 2018 mark of 465.3 and become the event’s youngest Olympic gold medallist.
Equestrian-Britain win team eventing gold after decades in 2nd place
Britain’s Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen on Monday won team gold in equestrian eventing at the Tokyo Olympics, bringing the top medal back to Britain for the first time since 1972 and after decades of the country coming second.
Australia claimed the silver medal, improving on their third place in Rio 2016, and defending champions France took bronze.
Hockey-Netherlands women join India, Argentina in semis
The Netherlands beat New Zealand 3-0 on Monday to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s Olympic hockey tournament, joining India and Argentina in the last four.
Lidewij Welten, Frederique Matla and Lauren Stam scored for the Dutch, the 2016 silver medallists who are now set for a showdown against the winners of the match between Spain and Britain.
Cycling-China break world record in women’s team sprint
China’s women broke their own team sprint world record with a time of 31.804 seconds to beat Lithuania in the first round at the Olympics on Monday.
The Chinese pair of Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi bettered the 32.034 mark set by Zhong and Gong Jinjie at the 2015 world championships.
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