07/27 00:18 CDT Olympics Latest: Superstar surfers dethroned at Tokyo Games
Olympics Latest: Superstar surfers dethroned at Tokyo Games
TOKYO (AP) --- The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under
heavy restrictions after a year's delay because of the coronavirus pandemic:
Two superstar surfers have been dethroned at the Olympics, where their sport is
making its debut.
Hometown hero Kanoa Igarashi of Japan landed an incredible 360 aerial reverse
on the beach he grew up on. The nearly-perfect maneuver sent him flying for
seven seconds above the water and scored him a 9.33, enough to defeat Brazilian
Gabriel Medina, the world's top-ranked surfer.
Bianca Buitendag of South Africa chose to wait out the clock again to pull off
yet another major upset, this time against American phenom Caroline Marks, who
simply could not catch a good enough wave.
The finals now come down to Igarashi and the dominating Brazilian Italo
Ferreira, and Buitendag against American Carissa Moore, the reigning world
The U.S. women have fallen to Japan 20-18 in their final pool-play game in
Despite the loss, the Americans will head into the knockout round as the top
seed after compiling a 6-1 record over four days. The semifinals and medal
games for the sport's Olympic debut are set for Wednesday.
With the score of Tuesday's game tied at 17, Japan's Mio Shinozaki made a
2-pointer to give her team the lead for good.
Serbia's men were 6-0 coming into Tuesday and have locked up a spot in the
The U.S. men did not qualify for the tournament.
Japan's tennis superstar is out of the Tokyo Olympics.
Naomi Osaka lost to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the
Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the Tokyo tournament.
The second-ranked Osaka, who was born in Japan and grew up in the United
States, struggled with her usually reliable groundstrokes.
The 42nd-ranked Vondrousova produced a series of drop-shot winners and other
crafty shots that drew Osaka out of her comfort zone.
Osaka won her opening two matches in straight sets following a two-month
mental-health break. But conditions were different Tuesday with the roof closed
because it was raining outside.
Naomi Osaka has lost the opening set of her third-round Olympic tennis match
against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.
Vondrousova won 6-1 against the host country's superstar.
Osaka won her opening two matches in straight sets following a two-month
mental-health break. But conditions are different Tuesday with the roof closed
because it's raining outside.
Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron in Friday's Tokyo Games opening ceremony.
The 42nd-ranked Vondrousova was the 2019 French Open runner-up.
The U.S. women's volleyball team has handed defending gold medalist China its
second straight-set loss.
The Americans won a tight first set 29-27 on their fourth set point before
taking the final two sets 25-22 and 25-21. They improve to 2-0 so far in Tokyo
after sweeping France in the opener. The U.S. won bronze in 2016 and is seeking
its first gold medal in the sport.
China is still seeking to win its first set this tournament having been swept
in the opener by Turkey. The Chinese went 2-3 in pool play in 2016 before
rallying to win the gold.
Jordan Thompson led the Americans with a game-high 34 points.
Pang Wei and Jiang Ranxin have added to China's medal haul in shooting,
defeating Russians Artem Chernousov and Vitalina Batsarashkina to earn gold in
10-meter air pistol mixed team.
Pang and Jiang won the gold medal match 16 rounds to 14, each earning their
second medal of the Tokyo Olympics. Pang and Jiang each took bronze in the
individual 10-meter air pistol.
China has won seven medals in eight shooting events, including two golds.
Medals are presented on a tray due to COVID-19 protocols, so Pang and Jiang
took the medals off the presenter's tray and placed them around each other's
Ukrainians Oleh Omelchuk and Olena Kostevych beat Serbia's Zorana Arunovic and
Damir Mikec in the bronze medal match.
A typhoon is bringing wind, rain and cooler temperatures to the Tokyo Games.
Archery, rowing and sailing have adjusted their Tuesday schedules, but so far
no other sports have had to make changes.
In U.S. terms, the typhoon is just a mid-grade tropical storm. And it's
actually been a boon for surfers, who are getting big waves for their final day
It's a big change from the first three days of the games, where athletes
sweltered in intense heat. An archery competitor collapsed from heatstroke and
tennis players and skateboarders have complained that the heat is affecting
Brazilian men and American women are leading the final day of competition in
surfing, which is making its Olympic debut.
Following the quarterfinals, Brazilians Gabriel Medina and Italo Ferreira will
face off against hometown hero Kanoa Igarashi of Japan and Australian Owen
In the women's game champion Carissa Moore of the U.S. and Japan's Amuro
Tsuzuki will face off in the semifinals. The young American phenom Caroline
Marks will go up against Bianca Buitendag of South Africa.
Moore seems to have finally found her footing after struggling the first two
days to find momentum in a modest beach break that's unlike the big waves back
home in Hawaii.
She predicted yesterday that her teammate Marks, who grew up in Florida would
be the woman to beat.
The finals will be held later Tuesday, weather permitting.
Alaska has an Olympic swimming champion.
Seventeen-year-old high schooler Lydia Jacoby gave the United States a victory
in the women's 100-meter breaststroke, knocking off teammate and defending
Olympic champion Lilly King.
Jacoby was the first swimmer from the state ever to make the U.S. Olympic
Now, she's heading back to Anchorage with a gold medal, rallying to win in 1
minute, 4.95 seconds.
South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker claimed the silver in 1:05.22, while King
gave the Americans another medal by taking the bronze in 1:05.54.
The American men have lost a backstroke race at the Olympic pool for the first
Russian athletes swept the top two spots in the 100-meter back, with Evgeny
Rylov claiming the gold medal in 51.98 seconds and teammate Kliment Kolesnikov
taking the silver in 52.00. The defending Olympic champion, American Ryan
Murphy, settled for the bronze in 52.19.
It was the first backstroke defeat for the U.S. men at the Olympics since the
1992 Barcelona Games. They won 12 straight golds at the last six Olympics,
including Murphy's sweep of the 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the 2016 Rio
But the streak finally ended at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Kaylee McKeown has given the Australian women another swimming gold medal.
McKeown backed up her status as the world record-holder in the women's
100-meter backstroke with a winning time of 57.47 seconds. That's just off the
mark she set this year of 57.45.
The silver went to Canada's Kylie Masse in 57.72, while former world
record-holder Regan Smith of the United States settled for the bronze at 58.05.
Coming into the Olympics, Australia had not an individual women's title since
2008. Now they have two, with McKeown's gold coming after Ariarne Titmus'
victory Monday in the 400 freestyle.
Britain has gone 1-2 in the men's 200-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Aquatics
Tom Dean captured the gold in 1 minute, 44.22 seconds, while teammate Duncan
Scott picked up the silver in 1:44.26. The bronze went to Brazil's Fernando
Scheffer at 1:44.66.
American Kieran Smith settled for a sixth-place showing after capturing a
bronze in the 400 free.
Defending champion Sun Yang was banned from the Tokyo Olympics for a doping
violation. He is serving a more than four-year ban, though he could be eligible
to return for the 2024 Paris Games.
The American "A-Team" of April Ross and Alix Klineman have guaranteed
themselves at least one more beach volleyball match at the Tokyo Olympics.
The U.S. women beat Spain 21-13, 21-16 on Tuesday morning for their second
straight win. With one more game in the preliminaries left, they can do no
worse than a three-way tie for first, which would be broken during a "lucky
loser" matchup after the round-robin.
Ross, a three-time Olympian who has already won silver and bronze, and
first-timer Klineman will play the Dutch team of Sanne Keizer and Madelein
Meppelink on Friday.
Flora Duffy has won the Olympic women's triathlon, earning Bermuda's first
Olympic gold medal and its first medal of any kind since 1976.
Duffy is a two-time former world triathlon series champion. She's competing in
her fourth Olympics and is one of just two athletes representing Bermuda in
The start of the race was delayed 15 minutes because of storm conditions around
Tokyo Bay. Duffy pumped her arms over her head as she finished the swimming,
cycling and running course in 1 hour, 55:36 minutes.
The 33-year-old Duffy had never finished higher than eighth in her previous
three Olympic triathlons. Bermuda hadn't medaled at the Olympics since boxer
Clarence Hill's bronze in heavyweight boxing in Montreal.
Great Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown won the silver medal and American Katie
Zaferes won bronze.