Naohisa Takato claimed victory over Yang Yung-wei of Taiwan in the men's under 60-kilogram judo final Saturday, winning Japan's first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics.
Japanese leukemia-survivor Rikako Ikee and her teammates failed to reach the final in the women's 4x100 freestyle relay at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, when Daiya Seto a gold medal favorite in the men's 400 individual medley suffered a shock defeat in his heat.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Saturday that Japan will pass on its experience of hosting a "safe and secure" Olympics -- being held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic -- to France, host of the 2024 Summer Games.
China's Yang Qian won the women's 10-meter air rile Saturday to capture the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics.
Japan's defending individual all-around Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura did not advance to the men's gymnastics apparatus finals Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics.
MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPICS
- The conspicuous absence of the word "celebrating" in the Japanese version of Emperor Naruhito's opening declaration for the Tokyo Olympics reflects a public deeply divided over whether the games should be going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Japan's Daiya Seto, a gold medal favorite in the men's 400-meter individual medley, failed to qualify for the event's final at the Tokyo Olympics at on Saturday.
- After more than six hours on the bike, Richard Carapaz emerged victorious from an incredibly challenging men's Tokyo Olympic cycling road race on Saturday, the Ecuador rider best navigating the heat and mountainous 234-kilometer course.
- Seventeen more people linked to the Tokyo Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19, including one athlete, bringing the total since the beginning of this month to 123, games organizers said Saturday.
- Foreign journalists now in Tokyo for the Olympics have been jumping on the opportunity to join local tours quietly arranged for them by the organizing committee and the metropolitan government amid their COVID-19 restrictions.
- Japanese badminton star Kento Momota has had a rollercoaster journey to the Tokyo Games, but the 26-year-old is determined to pay back those who have supported his Olympic quest after a gambling scandal cost him a place in Rio de Janeiro four years ago.
- When Rui Hachimura carried the flag for the Olympic host country during the opening ceremony on Friday he showed the world Japan's changing face, one that demonstrates the country is finally embracing a new identity and moving away from its long and well-guarded history of homogeneity.
- Mima Ito and Jun Mizutani got off to a winning start as mixed doubles table tennis made its Olympic debut on Saturday, the dynamic Japanese duo cruising to a 4-1 win at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
- Japan's Akane Yamaguchi made a winning start to the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, easing to a 2-0 victory over Pakistan's Mahoor Shahzad in the badminton women's singles event.
GAMES IN PHOTOS
Tennis player Naomi Osaka is pictured after lighting the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo on July 23, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo