Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic won the women’s tennis gold medal in the singles tournament on Saturday at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Bencic beat Czech Marketa Vondrosova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to win her first major title.
Poland stunned the United States in the Olympic debut of the 4×400 mixed relay event. The Dominican Republic won the silver and the Americans who competed without Alison Felix took the bronze.
Qatar won its first Olympic title on Saturday when Faris Al-Bakh won the gold medal in the men’s 96kg weightlifting category. He lifted 177kg in the snatch and 225kg in the jerk for a total of 402kg. Keydomar Vallenilla took second place for Venezuela.
The Fiji women’s rugby team defeated Great Britain to claim the bronze medal and achieve a historic victory. The 21-12 victory of the Fijian athletes made them the first woman in their country to win Olympic medals.
In swimming, American Caleb Dressel set a world record on Saturday and won his third gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics by winning in 49.45 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly.
American Katie Ledecky became the first swimmer to win gold in the 800-meter freestyle at three consecutive Olympics. The 24-year-old phenom said she is looking forward to competing in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
He left Tokyo with a collection of medals and gold in the 800 and 1500 meter races, as well as silver in the 400 and 4 x 200 relays.
Ivan Litvinovic won the gold in the men’s vault final. The 20-year-old Belarusian scored 61.715 points, while China’s Dong Dong won the silver with 61,235 points, and New Zealand’s Dylan Schmidt won the bronze.
Simone Biles makes mental health a talking point at the Tokyo Games
Athletes from many sports have spent the past two days recounting their own battles while giving their support to Biles.
American gymnast Simone Biles will not be competing in the uneven bars and jump final on Sunday. USA Gymnastics has not said if Biles will compete in the finals of the floor exercise and balance pack next week.
Biles retired from the team and singles competitions earlier this week, saying he had mental health issues and had difficulty maneuvering through the air. He posted on Instagram: “You literally can’t tell the top from the bottom.”
And the Olympics announced, on Saturday, 21 new cases of coronavirus among those associated with the Olympics, bringing the total number to 246, including 26 athletes.
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