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Day 13 of Tokyo 2020 is underway with Team GB’s Matt Walls winning gold in the men’s omnium.

The 23-year-old produced a dominant display across the four events to win Great Britain’s first gold in the velodrome and a first-ever Olympic title in the men’s event after Mark Cavendish finished second in Rio and Ed Clancy third in London.

Earlier, Great Britain’s Liam Heath won a bronze medal in the men’s K1 200m with the defending champion clocking 35.202 seconds to finish third behind Hungary’s Sandor Totka, with Italian Manfredi Rizza taking silver.

In the athletics Team USA’s favourite Grant Holloway, who had been undefeated for 24 races in a row, lost in dramatic fashion to Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment, who snatched the men’s 110m hurdles gold. And there was more American disappointment in the men’s sprint relay heats, with the USA 4x100m team failing to progress to the finals but Dina Asher-Smith returned to help Great Britain’s women qualify with a new national record.

Holly Bradshaw claimed bronze in the pole vault final with the medals in the heptathlon also decided. Katarina Johnson-Thompson didn’t get one, however, after being forced to pull out with injury on Wednesday with Belgian Nafi Thiam retaining her title from Rio.


Marathon race walkers hit 35km mark

The Olympians wandering through Sapporo for the men’s 50km race walk have ambled 35km, leaving just 15 more to go.

Poland’s Dawid Tomala is currently in the lead.

The men have been walking for over two hours.


Olympic organisers apologise after announcing Ukrainians as Russians

The mix-up happened during the French language announcement as Marta Fiedina and Anastasiya Savchuk stepped onto the podium to receive their medal.

Organisers quickly apologized to the artistic swimming duo, and insisted that it was an honest error and not a politically weighted statement.

“The French language calling out should have said Team Ukraine. However, it said ROC instead,” said Masa Tanaka, a spokesperson for the Tokyo organising committee.

Russia and Ukraine have been involved in a border dispute over the Crimean peninsula since 2014, when Moscow invaded and annexed the region.

The two countries have been involved in fight over Crimean peninsula since 2014


For transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, the best victory was being herself

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard made history this week as the first openly transgender woman in history to compete at the Olympics.

Ultimately, she didn’t win. But in the end, winning a medal was less important than being authentic.

“All I’ve ever wanted to be is myself,” she told reporters. “I’m just so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to come here and be me.”

Laurel Hubbard never wanted the attention that fell upon her


Simone Biles thanks Japanese gym that helped her train after ‘twisties’ crisis

Simon Biles has thanked the Japanese gym that let her train privately in the lead-up to her bronze medal beam comeback in Tokyo.

The Team USA star secretly trained at the Junetendo University gym after she pulled out of a string of events at the Olympic Games as she struggled with the “twisties” and concentrated on her mental health.

“I’ll forever be thankful for Junetendo for allowing me to come train separately to try to get my skills back. The Japanese are some of, if not the sweetest people I’ve ever met,” she tweeted.

Team USA star used Junetendo University for secret training sessions in Tokyo


Round 3 tees off in women’s individual golf

Round 3 has begun in the women’s individual golf event in Tokyo.

Sixty golfers are on the course, including the United States’ Nelly Korda and Great Britain’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff.


US diver Jordan Windle thanks adoptive father who saved him from Cambodia orphanage

Team USA diver Jordan Windle has reflected on the profound impact his adoptive father has had on his life.

Jordan, 22, was born in Cambodia in 1998. When his father, Jerry Windle, adopted him two years later, Jordan was malnourished and fighting infection in a Cambodian orphanage.

“He was two years old but he was 16 pounds. I didn’t know if he would live or die,” Jerry recalled. “I promised him that I would do everything that I could, that he wouldn’t ever have to suffer again. I would make every sacrifice I could as a parent to get him every opportunity.”

Now, Jordan is set to compete in the men’s 10-metre platform diving competition this weekend in Tokyo. The Olympian says he will be doing so for his father, whom he credits for his accomplishments.

22-year-old was adopted by his father when he was 18 months old


Tom Daley finishes knitting his Olympic-themed cardigan

After much anticipation, Tom Daley has treated fans to a first look at the fruits of his labour after he was spotted knitting at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Olympic gold medalist sent the internet into a frenzy last weekend when he was photographed knitting a purple “doggy jumper” while watching the women’s 3m springboard final on Sunday 1 August.

In a video posted to Instagram on Thursday, 5 August, the swimmer gave fans a 360-degree view of the finished garment.


In historic first, men’s shot put podium was exactly the same this year as it was in 2016

In a bizarre quirk of history, an Olympic podium this year was exactly the same this year as it was at the last Olympics.

The gold, silver, and bronze winners at Thursday’s men’s shot put event were literally the same people, representing the same countries, as the men’s shot put in 2016.

Experts marveled at the strange coincidence on Twitter.


Day 14 begins with men's 50km race walk

Day 14 of the Tokyo Olympics has gotten off to a non-running start, as 59 speed walkers take to the streets of Sapporo for the 50km men’s race walk. So far, China’s Luo Yadong is in the lead, but there are still many kilometers to go.


Olympic gold winner Lionel Messi is leaving Barcelona

International soccer star and Olympic champion Lionel Messi is leaving Barcelona after contract negotiations broke down, the team has announced in a statement.

“Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations),” Futbol Club Barcelona said. “As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona.”

Mr Messi won a gold medal while playing for Argentina at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The Argentine has failed to agree on a new contract at the Nou Camp after his previous deal expired

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