After being pushed back by a year due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Tokyo Olympics is finally here.
The Games will be like none other seen in the past, with fans prohibited from the venues with Tokyo under a fourth state of emergency.
With fans absent it’s the athletes that will take centre stage. And the action is now officially underway, with a jam-packed schedule to complete until the closing ceremony brings an end to the Games on August 8.
With the Olympics taking place in Japan, a large proportion of the action will take place between midnight and 3pm BST for UK viewers.
But not to worry, as Sportsmail will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and updates right through until the closing ceremony on August 8.
The diver who didn’t dive, the swimmer who couldn’t see and the rowers who simply sank! Viewers might have been wowed by amazing athleticism at the Tokyo Olympics, but these ten unfortunate fails have had us glued to our screens!
With the second week of the Tokyo Olympics now well underway, viewers watching at home have had plenty of action to enjoy and achievements to marvel at. The Great Britain team are already in double figures for gold medals, with particular success in the swimming pool led by the likes of Adam Peaty and Duncan Scott. Records have fallen across a number of sports and events as the finest athletes in the world put their talent on display. But even the very best can have off-days. And while we all enjoy watching incredible feats of athleticism, sometimes things going wrong can prove to be just as engrossing.
Team GB’s Tom McEwen earns a silver medal in the individual eventing but Oliver Townend and Laura Collett miss out on a podium place… as Germany’s Julia Krajewski takes gold
McEwen took silver in the individual competition on Toledo De Kerser after a faultless clear round. Julia Krajewski took gold while Team GB’s Oliver Townend and Laura Collett missed out on medals. Collett had eight faults when the final two fences in her round dropped, finishing ninth.
How Laurel Hubbard was a promising weightlifter as a teenage boy long before transitioning and aiming for Olympic glory as a woman
Shy teen Gavin Hubbard led his school boy’s weightlifting team to glory long before most of his fellow female Olympic competitors were even born (pictured: as Gavin with his parents, left; and before his transition, inset top; and at school as a boy, inset bottom; and following her transition, right). Today, having gender transitioned and become Laurel Hubbard in 2012, she is hoping to claim a medal for New Zealand in the women’s 87+kg event in Tokyo. She stunned the world in 2017 when she burst onto the scene after a 16-year hiatus from the sport which she said she had taken up as a boy to appear more masculine before the pressure of living as a man became too much to bear. Hubbard was born in 1978 to Diana Reader and breakfast cereals tycoon and former Mayor of Auckland Richard ‘Dick’ Hubbard. Students from her 1994 graduating class remember her only as ‘Gavin’ – an academic and quiet student who spent most of his days training in the gym at the exclusive $22,000-a-year Saint Kentigern Boys’ College.
Great Britain win team eventing GOLD for the first time since 1972 after strong showjumping display on final day of competition… and individual medals could follow today
Great Britain’s eventers took a glorious gold medal in the team competition in Tokyo. The trio of Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen prevailed in the final showjumping round after going into the day with a near impregnable lead of 17.9 penalties. Even though that was cut to 13.9 at the end of the night, it was still enough for glory. McEwen was first up in the showjumping, and produced a clear round to get the team off to the perfect start.
Gadirova twins miss out on gymnastics floor medals as USA’s Jade Carey performs scintillating routine to take gold in Simone Biles’ absence
As expected, an American triumphed in the women’s floor final – it just was not the one we thought it would be. With hot favourite Simone Biles sitting this out, thanks to ongoing mental health issues, Phoenix’s Jade Carey made the most of her chance, delivering a faultless performance at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. The 21-year-old was a tough act to follow. Next up was Britain’s Jessica Gadirova. Who had qualified in fifth place. After a slight early stumble, she recovered well, to score 14.000.
Team GB keep their gold medal hopes in the men’s cycling team pursuit alive after Australia suffered a horror crash following a handlebar failure… but world champions Denmark set the pace with an Olympic record time
Team GB are still in with a chance of securing a gold medal in the men’s team pursuit after finishing fourth in qualifying. The quartet of Ed Clancy, Ethan Hayter, Ollie Wood and Ethan Vernon (bottom right) recorded a time of 3:47.507, which is a British record, but they were two and a half seconds behind world champions Denmark, who finished in top spot with a time of 3:45.014. With Italy in second and New Zealand in third, Britain took the fourth qualifying spot but they were made to wait for confirmation of their progression. Australia were given the opportunity to race again after Alex Porter (left) dramatically fell off his bike due to a handlebar failure before Britain’s ride.
Rafael Nadal chides old rival Novak Djokovic for angrily hurling his racket into the stands during Olympic defeat, calling his reaction ‘strange’ and reminding him he’s ‘an example for many children’
Djokovic has a habit of losing his temper in matches and was thrown out of last year’s US Open after unintentionally striking a line judge with a ball. Nadal admitted that the Serbian, who last month drew level with him and Roger Federer on 20 grand slam triumphs, has an unusual way of dealing with his emotions on the court but put his outbursts down to his competitive nature.
Olympic champion Tom Daley reveals he was making a DOG SWEATER in THAT viral knitting snap at the Tokyo 2020 women’s diving final
Tom Daley has revealed he was making a dog sweater in the viral photo of him knitting in the stands during the women’s diving final at the Tokyo Olympics. The diver, 27, is fresh off his first-ever Olympic gold medal in the men’s synchronised 10m platform last week, and decided to get out his needles and wool during the Women’s 3m Springboard Final at the weekend.
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard CRASHES out of Olympics after making history as the first trans woman to compete in a solo event
Laurel Hubbard, 43, who gender transitioned in 2012, was competing in the 87kg+ category but failed to record a single valid Snatch lift in Tokyo (pictured: Hubbard beams as she thanks the small crowd after crashing out, left; and dropping her third and final attempt, right). Hubbard’s appearance at the Games on Monday night was mired in controversy – not least because she was well-backed to batter most of her opposition and pick up a medal. She took no questions after her exit but in brief comments thanked Japan for hosting the contest and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its role in what she said was making sport accessible to all. ‘I’m not entirely unaware of the controversy which surrounds my participation at these Games,’ Hubbard said. ‘And as such, I would particularly like to thank the IOC, for I think really affirming its commitment to the principles of Olympism and establishing that sport is something for all people, that it is inclusive and is accessible.’ Hubbard overbalanced on her opening weight of 120kg, taking the bar behind her shoulders. Her second effort of 125kg was ruled invalid on a majority decision by the referees, while the third attempt was almost a repeat of the first, ruling her out of medal contention. The Kiwi made a parting salute and put her hands together in prayer and mouthed ‘thank you’ as she left the stage at Tokyo’s International Forum. Chinese woman-mountain Li Wenwen twice broke the Olympic record to take gold, while Team GB’s Emily Campbell landed Britain’s first ever women’s weightlifting medal as she took silver. Sarah Robles of the US had to settle for bronze.
Team GB star Adam Peaty insists ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’ as he hits back at critics of his decision to take a break from swimming to protect his mental health ahead of ‘war of attrition’ leading up to Paris Olympics in 2024
British swimmer Adam Peaty has been dismayed by some of the reaction to his announcement that he is set to spend a month away from the pool in order to prioritise his mental health. Peaty won two golds and a silver at Tokyo 2020, including retaining his men’s 100 metres breaststroke title, as Team GB claimed a record eight swimming medals, eclipsing their previous best of seven at the 1908 Games. The 26-year-old from Uttoxeter pointed out that the next three years leading into Paris 2024 will be a ‘war of attrition’ with World and European Championships and the Commonwealth Games all to come in 2022.
Laura Kenny and Team GB secure qualification in women’s cycling team pursuit by going second fastest – after Germany smash world record by nearly THREE seconds
Team GB remain on course to retain their gold medal in the women’s cycling team pursuit after qualifying for the first round by going second fastest. Germany set a stunning pace early on in qualifying after breaking the world record by nearly three seconds with a time of 4:07.307. The team of Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald, Elinor Baker and Josie Knight set off on an excellent pace to try and eclipse Germany’s time but despite starting brightly, struggled late on before finishing second, with four teams advancing from eight in a bid to land a gold medal.
Canadian diver Pamela Ware scores a 0.0 after landing FEET-FIRST in the three-metre springboard as she pulls out of her routine at the last second
Pamela Ware was making her Olympics debut in Tokyo when she misstepped on her approach to the springboard, causing her to plummet into the water with her feet hitting the surface first. Ware was diving to book her place in the three metre springboard final but horribly miscued the jump with a difficulty of 3.5.
Team GB’s medal push in sailing 49er category delayed after lack of WIND saw all events postponed – with men’s crew still in with a chance of collecting gold and women’s pair having a top three finish in their sights
A lack of wind saw all sailing events at the Tokyo Olympics postponed on Monday. Six races were scheduled at Enoshima Yacht Harbour but all were delayed and then eventually called off for the day, with no prospect of conditions improving. Medals had been due to be decided in the women’s and men’s 49er class, but those races will now be held on Tuesday, wind permitting.
Source: Daily Mail UK