Japan swept Thursday's judo events at the Tokyo Olympics, with Shori Hamada winning a gold medal in the women's under 78-kilogram event and Aaron Wolf claiming the men's under 100-kg title at Nippon Budokan.
Mai Murakami posted the best finish by a Japanese woman in the Olympic individual all-around gymnastics when she finished fifth on Thursday behind Tokyo Games gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the United States.
Local hope Kei Nishikori bowed out of the Tokyo Olympic tennis tournament Thursday with a 6-2, 6-0 loss to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the men's singles quarterfinals.
Japanese swimmer Daiya Seto kept alive his hopes of winning a Tokyo Games medal Thursday, advancing to the final of the men's 200-meter individual medley, his final event, along with countryman Kosuke Hagino.
Japan's daily total of COVID-19 cases topped 10,000 for the first time on Thursday, with Tokyo experiencing surging infections, casting a pall over the Olympics.
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- The Japanese women's rugby sevens team lost the first two games of their Olympic tournament on Thursday, continuing the host nation's poor Tokyo Games in the sport.
- Fresh off her victory at the U.S. Women's Open last month, Yuka Saso, the first Filipino major golf tournament winner, has no time to rest on her laurels.
The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Thursday reported 24 more COVID-19 cases associated with the games, the highest daily count since infections began being compiled from the start of this month.
- Recently crowned table tennis mixed doubles Olympic champion Mima Ito added a women's singles bronze to her Tokyo Games medal haul with a 4-1 win over Singapore's Yu Mengyu on Thursday.
- Rui Hachimura outscored Slovenia's generational talent Luka Doncic on Thursday, but Japan's effort was largely a one-man show as the hosts were demolished 116-81 in their second straight Tokyo Games basketball loss.
- Sepp Straka, the 161st ranked player in the world, tied an Olympic record with an 8-under-par 63 and was sitting with a two-shot lead when the Olympic men's golf tournament was interrupted by weather on Thursday.
- Maya Yoshida is gunning for men's soccer gold at the Tokyo Games, but the Japan captain is also helping the host nation develop an emerging generation of players during the Olympic tournament.
- Japan's reigning world champions Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara crashed out of the badminton women's doubles at the Tokyo Games on Thursday in a 21-14, 14-21, 28-26 quarterfinal defeat to South Korean pair Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong.
- Japanese golden girl Yui Ohashi won the women's 200-meter individual medley final on Wednesday in a time of 2 minutes, 8.52 seconds, her second IM title of the Tokyo Olympics.
- Japan's Daiki Hashimoto claimed the men's gymnastics individual all-around gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, staging a dramatic comeback to finish ahead of China's Xiao Ruoteng and Russian Nikita Nagornyy.
- Men's badminton singles top seed and world No. 1 Kento Momota was knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday night, meaning another of Japan's biggest stars and gold medal hopes has fallen to the wayside at these games.
- Fresh off her victory at the U.S. Women's Open last month, Yuka Saso, the first Filipino major golf tournament winner, has no time to rest on her laurels. Representing the Philippines in her Summer Games debut, the 20-year-old has her eyes set on giving it her best shot in what she feels is going to be a "memorable" Olympics for her.
- Latvia and the United States won the right to call themselves the inaugural Olympic 3x3 basketball champions as the discipline's experiment at the Tokyo Games ended with two thrilling finals Wednesday.
- The International Tennis Federation said Wednesday it will move the daily start time of all Tokyo Olympic matches back to 3 p.m. to avoid the worst of the heat.
- Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics women's all-around gymnastics final, USA Gymnastics announced on social media Wednesday.
- Japanese actor Naoto Takenaka pulled out of his scheduled performance in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics at the last minute over concerns his comedic depiction of a blind man more than three decades ago could draw a backlash, his management agency said Thursday.
- People who volunteered for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics but whose stints have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic have joined a project to sing the anthems of 204 countries and regions taking part in the Summer Games.
- Tokyo Games organizers on Wednesday admitted to throwing away approximately 4,000 bento boxes full of food that was to be fed to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony.
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