Skateboarder Nishiya Momiji, 13, simply turned one of many youngest gold medal winners ever
The Olympics started solely on Friday, and already the Video games have given us a number of unbelievable moments and surprises. Here is what it’s worthwhile to know on the primary Monday of Tokyo 2020 (in 2021).
Is the Japanese public getting on board with the Video games? The Japanese authorities’s resolution to trudge ahead with the Olympics was not a preferred one at dwelling. A petition to cancel the Video games netted 350,000 signatures in Might. Earlier than the Video games formally kicked off on Friday, almost eight out of 10 (78%) individuals in Japan stated they didn’t assume the Olympics ought to have gone forward as scheduled, in keeping with an Ipsos Mori survey.
However has the spirit of the Olympics confirmed contagious? Japan faired significantly nicely through the first weekend of competitors, netting 5 gold medals — together with the first-ever skateboarding gold. Solely China, with six, has extra.
Some individuals have taken to turning up outdoors occasions, though they will’t get in. And greater than 70 million individuals within the nation tuned in to observe the opening ceremony, in keeping with Yiannis Exarchos, the CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Providers.
“Curiosity within the Video games is booming,” he stated. “Till at present, I believe greater than 80% of all Japanese have watched some a part of the Video games.”
Large surprises and upsets: It is solely been a couple of days, and already the Olympics have given us the feel-good tales of triumph and human achievement they’re recognized for.
Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer turned in the efficiency of a lifetime to eclipse a discipline of massive names and win the ladies’s highway race. She solely began the game in 2014 and doesn’t have knowledgeable contract in the intervening time.
Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui shocked the swimming world by profitable gold within the 400m freestyle. Through the preliminary spherical, he certified in eighth place with the slowest qualifying time of all finalists.
The US males’s basketball workforce, flush with NBA stars, misplaced its first recreation to France Sunday night time. The French used the dimensions of three-time NBA Defensive Participant of the Yr Rudy Gobert and a powerful efficiency from fellow NBAer Evan Fournier to shock the People, who couldn’t capitalize on a number of makes an attempt to shut out the sport.
Another firsts: Anastasija Zolotic turned the primary American lady to win Olympic gold in Taekwondo and Fencer Lee Kiefer is the primary US lady to win gold in particular person foil.
What’s on faucet at present in Japan:
- Swimming: Britain’s Adam Peaty gained the 100m breaststroke gold, whereas Ariarne Titmus beat American nice Katie Ledecky within the ladies’s 400m freestyle ultimate.
- Skateboarding: The first gold is on the road within the ladies’s avenue ultimate.
- Rugby sevens: Rio 2016 winner Fiji beat host Japan 24-19 within the morning, whereas New Zealand, one other favourite, took care of enterprise in opposition to South Korea 50-5. A second spherical of matches will probably be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Japan.
The complete schedule could be discovered on the Olympics web site right here.