Olympics Live Updates: Gymnastics Continues; U.S. and Canada Face Off in Soccer Semifinal

Current time in Tokyo: Aug. 02, 8:00 a.m.

Megan Rapinoe, right, and other U.S. players celebrating after she scored the winning penalty kick to defeat the Netherlands. The U.S. team now will play Canada.
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TOKYO — The U.S. women’s soccer team lost a game, tied another and needed penalties to beat the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. But the team remains alive, with a semifinal game against Canada on Monday at 5 p.m. Tokyo time, 4 a.m. Eastern.

Three more gymnastics event finals will also be contested at that time, with the potential highlight being Jade Carey of the United States in the women’s floor exercise.

A full plate of track includes the long jump and steeplechase for men, and the discus, 100-meter hurdles and 5,000 meters for women. The long jump and hurdles are Sunday night, U.S. time, with the other events in the early hours on Monday.

The U.S. beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman, still undefeated in Tokyo, plays in a round of 16 match against Lidianny Echevarria Benitez and Leila Consuelo Martinez Ortega of Cuba on Sunday night U.S. time.

And the U.S. men’s baseball team faces Japan at 6 a.m. Eastern; the loser won’t be eliminated but will have a much shorter path to the gold medal.


Because of an editing error, the headline on an earlier version of this article misstated the soccer team that the U.S. women will play. It is Canada, not the Netherlands.

Medals were awarded on Sunday in the men’s and women’s BMX freestyle events.
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TOKYO — The middle weekend of any Olympics is always a big one. Swimming wraps up, track gets going, and the team events approach their knockout stages. And the deluge of events at the Tokyo Games seems to have reached a peak on Sunday.

The fastest man in the world is Marcell Jacobs of Italy. He won gold in the 100-meter dash with a time of 9.80 seconds. Fred Kerley of the United States won the silver.

Caeleb Dressel of the United States won his fourth gold medal of the Games in the 50-meter freestyle. Emma McKeon of Australia won her third gold in the women’s 50 free. In an uncharacteristically exciting 1,500-meter freestyle, Bobby Finke of the United States came from behind in the last 50 meters to win.

The United States has never lost a men’s medley relay in any Olympics it has competed in, and despite a challenge from Britain, the Americans won it again in Tokyo, setting a world record and earning Dressel yet another gold medal, his fifth. Australia won the women’s medley, edging the U.S., and making McKeon only the second woman to collect seven medals in one Olympics.

In golf, Xander Schauffele of the United States won the first gold medal for the United States since 1904 (it should be noted that golf was not held at the Games between 1904 and 2016). Rory Sabbatini, a South African playing for Slovakia, the country of his wife’s birth, was second.

In gymnastics event finals, Rebeca Andrade, the all-around silver medalist, won gold in the women’s vault, while MyKayla Skinner of the United States won the silver. Nina Derwael of Belgium won the uneven bars, with Sunisa Lee of the U.S. third. Artem Dolgopyat of Israel won the men’s floor exercise, and Max Whitlock of Britain won the pommel horse.

You already saw the BMX riders race; on Sunday, they did tricks on their bikes in the freestyle competition, which is new to these Games. Charlotte Worthington of Britain won the women’s competition, with Hannah Roberts of the United States second. Logan Martin of Australia won the men’s event.

The first track final of the day was women’s shot put. Gong Lijiao of China won gold, and Raven Saunders of the United States took silver.

In tennis, Alexander Zverev of Germany defeated Karen Khachanov of Russia, 6-3, 6-1, to win the men’s singles. The Czech team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland in women’s doubles. And Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev won an all-Russian mixed doubles final.

The featherweight Duke Ragan of the United States clinched a men’s boxing medal with a win in his quarterfinal, as did the super heavyweight Richard Torrez. Katherine Nye won a silver, the first medal at the Games for the United States in weight lifting.

In yachting, the Laser events concluded with Australia winning the men’s gold and Denmark the women’s. The Chinese divers Shi Tingmao and Wang Han were 1-2 in women’s springboard diving, with the American Krysta Palmer in third.

Adeline Gray of the United States advanced to a gold medal wrestling match with a 3-2 victory over Aiperi Medet Kyzy of Kyrgyzstan. The United States earned a second consecutive bronze medal in men’s team foil fencing, defeating Japan.


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Kristina Timanovskaya, a Belarusian sprinter, said she sought protection in Japan after the Belarus Olympic Committee tried and failed to forcibly deport her, following an Instagram post in which she criticized her coaches for registering her for the wrong event.CreditCredit…Issei Kato/Reuters

A Belarusian sprinter said on Sunday that she was under the protection of the Japanese police after her country’s Olympic Committee tried and failed to forcibly deport her after she criticized her coaches for registering her for the wrong event.

The sprinter, Kristina Timanovskaya, announced on Sunday night via Instagram that she had sought protection in Japan because she feared for her safety in Belarus, where the country’s strongman leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, in power for 27 years, has sought to stifle any dissent.

“I am afraid that in Belarus they might put me in jail,” Ms. Timanovskaya told the independent Belarusian news portal Zerkalo.io. “I am not afraid that I will be fired or kicked out of the national team, I am worried about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus.”

The Belarusian National Olympic Committee, which is run by Mr. Lukashenko’s eldest son, Victor Lukashenko, said on Sunday that it had withdrawn Ms. Timanovskaya from the Games because of her “emotional and psychological state” after consulting with a doctor.

Ms. Timanovskaya denied being examined by any doctors and said she was in good physical and psychological health. She said she had been forcibly removed from her country’s team because “I spoke on my Instagram about the negligence of our coaches.”

In a video taken at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, she asked the International Olympic Committee for support. In a statement, the I.O.C. said it was researching the situation.

“The I.O.C. has seen the reports in the media,” the statement said, and “is looking into it.”

Ms. Timanovskaya, 24, was to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time this summer in the 200-meter sprint. But she said was informed that she would be running the 4×400-meter relay race because some team members had not taken enough antidoping tests to qualify for the event.

Simone Biles, center, with teammate Jordan Chiles during the individual all-around gymnastics final on Thursday.
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Simone Biles has withdrawn from her third individual apparatus final of the Olympics, leaving only one event where she can choose to compete.

Biles on Sunday withdrew from the floor exercise final, which was scheduled for Monday, U.S.A. Gymnastics said in a statement. She had previously said that she would not compete in the uneven bars or vault finals, which are scheduled for Sunday night.

Her last potential event in the Tokyo Games would be the balance beam, and U.S.A. Gymnastics said she would make a decision soon.

“Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone,” the organization said in a statement.

MyKayla Skinner, another American, will take Biles’s place in the vault final. On the floor exercise, Jennifer Gadirova of Britain will move into Biles’s spot.

Biles, the most decorated gymnast in history, was expected to repeat as all-around champion, but she withdrew from the all-around and the team final last week, citing mental health issues. She said that she was not mentally prepared to compete and that she was also dealing with a common gymnastics problem of her losing bearings while performing daring maneuvers in the air.

She exited the team final after the vault, and was in the stands to watch her teammate Sunisa Lee win the all-around. Lee was the fifth straight American woman to win that event, following Carly Patterson in 2004, Nastia Liukin in 2008, Gabby Douglas in 2012 and Biles in 2016.

Lee’s next chance at a medal will be on Sunday in the uneven bars, her best event.

The saving grace of these strange Olympics: Tokyo’s 24-hour convenience stores, or conbini, as they are known in Japan.
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TOKYO — Noodle joints, skewer shops, sushi counters. Those of us who are here covering the Games stare at it all through tinted glass on languid bus rides from one Olympic venue to another.

This is for good reason. Japan is in a state of emergency. Coronavirus cases are on the rise. Unleashing thousands of foreigners like me, an American journalist, into a city — to its restaurants and bars and stores — would be imprudent. But we do need to eat.

Enter the saving grace of these Olympics, the glue holding the whole thing together: Tokyo’s 24-hour convenience stores, or conbini, as they are known in Japan. They have quickly become a primary source of sustenance — and, more surprisingly, culinary enjoyment — for many visitors navigating one of the strangest Games in history.

All of us — athletes, team staff members, officials and journalists — are largely prohibited from venturing anywhere but our hotels and the Olympic venues. Trips outside this so-called bubble cannot exceed 15 minutes.

We can’t traverse the galaxy of food outside the Olympic limits, but a conbini contains a culinary world unto itself, a bounty of bento boxes, fried meats, sushi, noodles galore and all manner of elaborate plastic-wrapped meals and rare snacks.

In the lobby of the main press building, a Lawson store heaves each day with multinational crowds scavenging for their next meal.

The 7-Eleven outside my hotel hums with activity long after midnight, as people returning from late events gaze, frozen by choice, upon unending rows of ready-to-eat foodstuffs, looking to match component parts into a perfectly bespoke meal.

Even athletes have been spotted carrying overstuffed shopping bags of snacks.

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