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04 August 2021

Alexander Zverev wins gold in men's singles tennis at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev beats Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-1 to win the men’s singles gold at the Tokyo Olympics. He became the first German man to win singles Olympic gold.

The 24-year-old, who has yet to win a Grand Slam title, was in stunning form in the 79 minutes express contest to become the first German man to win a single Olympic gold. Zverev became only the second German to win Olympic singles gold, matching Steffi Graff's achievement at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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USA beats Mexico in extra-time to clinch 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup in Football.

In football, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Mexico 1-0 in extra time, to be crowned champion of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup on August 01, 2021. This is the seventh Gold Cup title for the USA.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the biennial international men’s football championship organized by CONCACAF, the football ruling body in North America, Central American, and the Caribbean.

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.

  • Golden Ball Award: Héctor Herrera (Mexico)
  • Golden Boot Award: Almoez Ali (Qatar)
  • Golden Glove Award: Matt Turner (United States)
  • Young Player Award: Tajon Buchanan (Canada)
  • Goal of the Tournament: Bobby Decordova-Reid of Jamaica
  • Fighting Spirit Award: Bryan Tamacas (El Salvador)
  • Fair Play Award: United States


03 August 2021

Esteban Ocon wins Hungarian GP 2021.

Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault/ France, has won the Hungarian Grand Prix 2021, held on August 01, 2021, at the Hungaroring in Mogyoród, Hungary. This is the maiden F1 race win for Esteban Ocon. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin-Mercedes/Germany) came second. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) finished third.

With this win, he took the Formula One championship lead from Max Verstappen. Hungarian Grand Prix was the eleventh round of the 2021 Formula One World Championship.

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02 August 2021

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah breaks Flo-Jo's Olympic record.

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner's 33-year-old Olympic record in the women's 100 meters.

Thompson-Herah set the new record of 10.61 seconds on Saturday as she took home gold in Tokyo. Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo, had held the record of 10.62 since the 1988 Seoul Games.

Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Thompson-Herah's rival, won the silver medal after finishing the event in 10.74 seconds. Shericka Jackson, also from Jamaica, took the bronze medal with a time of 10.76.

Thompson-Herah now has two Olympic titles in the women's 100 meters after winning gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

However, Griffith Joyner's 100 meters world record of 10.49 seconds, set at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials, still stands.

Griffith Joyner's world record of 21.34 seconds in the women's 200 meters also stands.

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Italy's Marcell Jacobs wins men's 100m gold at Tokyo Olympics.

Marcell Jacobs claimed a stunning upset victory in the Olympic 100 metres final on Sunday (Aug. 01), becoming the first Italian to take the most coveted title in athletics and doing it with a huge European record of 9.80 seconds.

American Fred Kerley took silver in a personal best 9.84 with Canada's Andre de Grasse repeating his bronze of 2016 in 9.89.

Jacobs had fired a warning with a European record of 9.84 in the semi-finals to become the first Italian ever to make the final but in the most wide-open showdown for decades, he still seemed an outsider.

After Briton Zharnel Hughes had been disqualified for a false start, racheting up the tension, Jacobs got an explosive start and maintained his form for an incredible win.

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01 August 2021

Isuru Udana announces retirement from international cricket.

Isuru Udana, the Sri Lanka paceman, announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, 31 July.

The 33-year-old has played 56 matches for Sri Lanka, picking 45 wickets, and was part of the home series against India, in which Sri Lanka secured the T20I series 2-1, while losing the ODIs by the same margin.

Udana said he was stepping aside and making way for the young players coming through.

Udana debuted for Sri Lanka in 2009, but only became a mainstay of the side in the latter half of the last decade. He was also a handy batsman, scoring a half-century in both ODIs and T20Is. The latter was a particularly fiery knock – a 48-ball 84* against South Africa in 2019.

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31 July 2021

Former England bowler Mike Hendrick passes away.

Former England and Derbyshire bowler, Mike Hendrick has passed away. 

He played a major role in two of England’s Ashes-series victories and took 87 wickets in 30 Tests for his country between 1974 and 1981. Hendrick, who took 770 wickets in 267 first-class matches and 35 wickets in 22 ODIs, was also the first professional coach of Ireland.

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30 July 2021

Six new sports will be at the Tokyo Olympics, the most since 1920.

An amazing six new sports will be contested at the Tokyo Olympics. That’s the most new additions to an Olympics since 1920, when 11 sports entered the mix.

Two of the sports added to the Tokyo Games are the closely related baseball and softball that were featured at the Olympics as recently as 2008, before being dropped in 2012 and 2016. 

But the other four are complete newcomers to the game and they are; karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. All six will join Olympic favorites like track and field, swimming, and gymnastics.

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29 July 2021

Turkmenistan takes home the nation's first ever Olympic Medal.

Turkmenistan is the newest nation to join the all-time Olympic medal count, following a standout performance in the women's 59kg weightlifting competition at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Polina Guryeva, 28, lifted 96 in the snatch, combined with a 121 in clean and jerk for a total score of 217.

That score was enough to pull ahead of all but one of her 14 opponents, earning Guryeva the silver medal and Turkmenistan's first podium finish in the nation's history.

The gold medal went to Chinese Taipei's Kuo Hsing-chun, who set Olympic records in all three categories; snatch (103), clean and jerk (133) and total (236).

This is the seventh Olympic Games that Turkmenistan has competed in as its own independent nation. Prior to 1996, Turkmen athletes competed on teams with the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the 1992 Unified Team.

Prior to Guryeva's trailblazing accomplishment, the last country to win its first Olympic medal was Jordan, following Ahmad Abughaush's taekwondo tournament victory in 2016.



Judo legend Clarisse Agbegnenou wins gold for France in women’s -63kg.

France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou is one of the greatest champions in the history of judo and she proved that again when she beat the reigning Olympic title holder in the women’s -63kg class at Tokyo 2020. It was arguably her sweetest victory.

In a re-run of the Rio 2016 final, the five-time world champion and three-time European champion took sweet revenge on Slovenia’s Tina Trstenjak, who beat her five years earlier into silver.

The 28-year-old came out fighting from the start and did not relent until the judo -63kg crown was hers at the Nippon Budokan in Japan’s capital on 27 July.

But Trstenjak did not give up without a fight. The bout went to a golden score and it took a waza-ari for Agbegnenou to take down the 30-year-old, who is also reigning European champion.

The French judoka screamed and wept with delight at the end of the bout and even lifted her opponent in the air as her monumental achievement sunk in: she had now won every major title in her class.

In the bronze medal matches Italy’s Maria Centracchio, 26, beat the Nederland’s Juul Franssen. It was a tough battle which went to a golden score before Centracchio overpowered the 31-year-old with an ippon.

The second bronze was awarded to 2020 Pan-American champion Canada’s Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, 27, who beat silver medallist in that Games, Venezuela’s Anriquelis Barrios, 27. It was another golden score, but this time it ended in a waza-ari.



28 July 2021

Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines' first Olympic gold medal for weightlifting.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history Monday 26 July 2021 becoming the first athlete from the Philippines to win gold at the Olympics.

The 30-year-old set an Olympic record, lifting a combined weight of 224 kilograms, to clinch the top spot in the women's 55-kg class in Tokyo.

Prior to Diaz's gold, the South East Asian nation of roughly 108 million had claimed just 10 Olympic medals -- 3 silvers and 7 bronzes.

Diaz, who won silver at the 2016 Games in Rio, achieved a personal best to beat off strong competition from world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China, who took silver with 223 kg, and Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo, who won bronze with 213 kg.

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BCCI announces schedule for IPL 2021 Phase 2.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed the timetable for the remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), which will be held in the UAE later this year.

The 14th season of the leading franchise Twenty20 cricket competition, which was postponed in May this year due to the pandemic’s surge across India, will resume on the 19th September in Dubai with a clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

The IPL will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the Kolkata Knight Riders will play Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on the 24th September when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings.

A total number of 31 matches will be played over 27 days, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, ten in Sharjah and eight in Abu Dhabi. Dubai will host the IPL final on 15th October.

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27 July 2021

13-year-old Momiji Nishiya becomes Japan’s youngest Olympic champion.

Momiji Nishiya made history at the age of just 13 on Monday 26 July 2021 as she became the first women’s Olympic street skateboarding champion.

A day after Yuto Horigome won the men’s competition for the host nation, Nishiya doubled up for Japan as she triumphed ahead of Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, also 13.

The sport, making its Olympic debut, has already taken these Games by storm and the sight of these two youngster battling it out for gold only added to the drama at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

Nishiya finished with a score of 15.26 compared to 14.64 for Leal, who was looking to become the youngest ever Olympic champion but instead had to settle for being the youngest medallist in 85 years.

Japan’s Funa Nakayama, 16, completed an all-teenage podium with a score of 14.64.

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26 July 2021

Who are the youngest and oldest athletes at Tokyo, and who has been to the most Olympics?

Who is the oldest Olympian?

Australian Mary Hanna, 66, is the oldest athlete to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

This is Hanna's seventh Olympics, competing in dressage.

She has represented Australia at five previous Games, starting in Atlanta in 1996.

The oldest Olympian ever was Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who was 72 when he competed in shooting at the 1920 Olympics in Belgium.

Who is the youngest Olympian?

Syria's Hend Zaza is the youngest competitor of the Tokyo Olympic Games at just 12 years old.

The table tennis prodigy is the youngest Olympian since 11-year-old figure skater Beatrice Hustiu competed at the 1968 Winter Olympics.

The youngest Olympian ever was 10-year-old gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who won bronze in a team event at the birth of the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.

Who has been to the most Olympic Games?

Nino Salukvadze, 52, from Georgia will have been to the most Olympic Games out of all the athletes at Tokyo.

A gold, silver and bronze medal-winning shooter, Salukvadze has competed in eight Olympic Games — this will be her ninth.

Salukvadze has competed in every Olympics since Seoul in 1988.

She and her son Tsotne Machavariani were the first mother and son to compete at the same Olympics when they represented Georgia in the pistol events at Rio in 2016.

The athlete who has been to the most Olympics is Canadian equestrian Ian Millar with an unmatched 10 games between 1972 and 2012.

Who has won the most Olympic medals?

Germany's "dressage queen" Isabell Werth, 52, is the most decorated Olympian to attend the Tokyo Games.

Werth has won six gold and four silver medals and holds the most Olympic medals for an equestrian athlete.

She will be riding Bella Rose 2 at Tokyo.

The Olympian with the most medals in history is US swimmer Michael Phelps with a total of 28, of which 23 are gold.



First 5-time woman Olympian lifter.

Papua New Guinea's Toua becomes first 5-time woman Olympian lifter.

When women's weightlifting was introduced as an Olympic sport in 2000, Papua New Guinea's then 16-year-old Loa Dika Toua became the first-ever female Olympian lifter. On Saturday (Jul 24) in Tokyo, the now 37-year-old athlete did it for the fifth time.

Her achievement in returning to the Games in Tokyo 2020 after previously lifting in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics. 

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25 July 2021

Team USA starts off summer Olympics with no medals.

Team USA is off to its worst Summer Olympic start in nearly 50 years, having not won a single medal on the first day of competition for the first time since 1972. 

Saturday 24 July 2021 marked a disappointing day for the American’s competing in archery, cycling, fencing, judo, air rifle and pistol shooting, taekwondo, and weightlifting, with not a single athlete taking the podium to receive a medal. 

The last time Team USA walked away without any hardware on the first day of the Summer Olympics was at the 1972 Munich Games, USA Today reported. They previously failed to medal on day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics as well. 

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Team USA wins its first medals of the Tokyo Olympics.

Chase Kalisz, who won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men’s 400 individual medley, won gold Sunday (25) to give the United States its first medal of these Olympic Games.

U.S. teammate Jay Litherland took silver, .86 of a second behind Kalisz. Australia's Brendon Smith won bronze.

Kalisz, 27, from Bel Air, Maryland, swam the challenging 400 IM, 100 meters of all four strokes, in 4:09.42.

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24 July 2021

The first gold medal of the 2020 Olympics was officially won Saturday (24) in Japan.

China's Qian Yang earned gold in the women's 10-meter air rifle to take home the long-awaited first medal. The 21-year-old is a rising star in the sport.

She defeated Russian Anastasiia Galashina -- competing under the Russian Olympic Committee moniker -- in the final. Nina Christen took the bronze for Switzerland.

The first medal events took place Saturday in Tokyo, with opportunities to win in archery, men's cycling, fencing, judo, shooting, taekwondo and women's weightlifting.

Although the opening ceremony just took place Friday, competition has been underway for several days, including in soccer, softball, baseball and shooting. Competition will continue through Aug. 8, when the closing ceremony will be held.

The United States won the most medals during the last Summer Olympics in 2016, coming home with 121, 46 of which were gold. China and Great Britain followed shortly after the U.S., taking home 70 and 67 medals, respectively.

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Guinea reverses decision to pull out of Tokyo Olympics.

The West African country of Guinea has reversed an earlier decision to pull out of the Olympics and will send a delegation of five athletes to the Tokyo Games.

Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow made the announcement after national and international outcries that followed an earlier declaration that Guinea would not send athletes to Tokyo, blaming the coronavirus and its variants.

Guinea had announced late Wednesday that it was canceling its participation to protect the health of its athletes.

Only days before the statement, Guinean Olympic committee secretary general Ben Daouda Nassoko had told The Associated Press that funds had been released for the delegation to go to Tokyo.

Fatoumata Yarie Camara, a freestyle wrestler, was one of the five athletes affected by the decision.

Guinea has participated in the Olympics 11 times but has never won a medal. North Korea is the only country to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics, also citing concerns related to COVID-19.

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23 July 2021

Tokyo Olympics 2020 kick off amid pandemic fears.

The most troubled Olympics in modern history finally get under way in Tokyo on Friday 23 July 2021, struggling to emerge from the clutches of Covid-19 after a one-year postponement and following a build-up marred by scandal and controversy.

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics began in a nearly empty stadium with pink fireworks bursting into the air after a countdown. 

The event was taking place before just a few hundred officials and dignitaries, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, US First Lady Jill Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country will host the next Games in 2024.

The Olympics have faced opposition in Japan over fears the global gathering of 11,000 athletes could trigger a super-spreader event.

Organisers have put strict virus measures in place, banning overseas fans for the first time ever, and keeping domestic spectators out of all but a handful of venues.

Athletes, support staff and media are subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, including regular testing and daily health checks. 

Polls have consistently found a majority of Japanese are against the Games, with opinion ranging from weary indifference to outright hostility.

But there was plenty of enthusiasm outside the Olympic Stadium in the hours before the ceremony, as hundreds of people gathered hoping to soak up the atmosphere and watch the fireworks expected during the extravaganza.

Traditionally a highlight of any Summer Games, featuring the parade of nations and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, Tokyo’s opening ceremony has been drastically pared back.

Fewer than 1,000 dignitaries and officials were present at the stadium, and in a sign of how divisive the Games remain, several top sponsors including Toyota and Panasonic did not attend.

A few hundred protesters demonstrated against the Games outside the stadium as the ceremony began.

Tokyo is battling a surge in virus cases, and is under emergency measures that means bars and restaurants must shut by 8pm and cannot sell alcohol.

But Olympic officials have put a brave face on the unusual circumstances, with IOC chief Thomas Bach insisting cancellation was never on the table.

“We can finally see at the end of the dark tunnel,” he said this week. “Cancellation was never an option for us. The IOC never abandons the athletes.”

There are also hefty financial incentives in play. Insiders estimate the IOC would have been on the hook for around $1.5 billion in lost broadcasting revenues if the Games had been cancelled.

The pandemic has not been the only hiccup in preparations though, with scandals ranging from corruption during the bidding process to plagiarism allegations over the design of the Tokyo 2020 logo. 

The controversies kept coming right up to the eve of the Games, with the opening ceremony’s director sacked on Thursday for making a joke referencing the Holocaust in a video from 1998.

Back in the sporting arenas, a new generation of Olympic stars are looking to shine after a decade dominated by the likes of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.

US swimmer Caeleb Dressel could target seven gold medals, and in track and field, 400 metre hurdlers Karsten Warholm of Norway and the USA’s Sydney McLaughlin are among those hoping to emerge as household names.

Gymnastics meanwhile will see Simone Biles attempt to crown her dazzling career by equalling Larisa Latynina’s record of nine Olympic gold medals.

New Olympic sports will also be on display in Tokyo, with surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate all making their debut.