France have beaten Japan to win gold in the first-ever Olympic judo mixed team event, surprising the powerhouse host nation with four wins in the final five bouts. Clarisse Agbegnenou, Alex Clerget and Teddy Riner all won their bouts before Sarah Leonie Cysique clinched it with a narrow victory over fellow lightweight Tsukasa Yoshida. The 4-1 margin of victory meant pound-for-pound judo superstar Shohei Ono didn’t even get to compete in the final, since he was scheduled for the sixth bout. Germany and Israel won the bronze medals from the 12-team field.
The International Testing Agency says it has provisionally suspended Kenyan sprinter Mark Odhiambo after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid. Odhiambo has been removed from the men’s 100m heats. The agency says he is challenging the suspension with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He tested positive in a sample given on Wednesday in Tokyo for methasterone, according to the agency. The positive test was reported Saturday by the Olympic testing laboratory in Tokyo hours before Odhiambo was due to compete.
New Zealand have beaten France 26-12 to win the women’s rugby sevens title. It was a gold medal five years in the making for a New Zealand line-up that lost the 2016 final to Australia when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro. Top-ranked New Zealand entered the tournament as the world sevens series and World Cup sevens champions but had some close calls on the way to the final. The Black Ferns were pushed to golden-point extra time by Fiji in the semi-finals before winning 22-17. Fiji beat Great Britain 21-12 to win bronze.
Mete Gazoz of Turkey has won the men’s individual archery title at the Tokyo Games. It is the first gold medal won by a country other than South Korea, who went four for five in archery during the Games. Gazoz beat Mauro Nespoli of Italy 6-4 for Turkey’s first Olympic medal in archery. Takaharu Furukawa of Japan won the bronze.
Novak Djokovic is leaving the Olympics without a medal in singles. The top-ranked Serb lost 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 to Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in the bronze-medal match of the tennis tournament. It was his third defeat in two days. The loss comes less than 24 hours after Djokovic was beaten by Alexander Zverev of Germany in the semifinals to end his bid for a Golden Slam. Djokovic also lost in the mixed doubles semifinals on Friday with partner Nina Stojanovic. Djokovic was due back on the court later for another bronze-medal match in mixed doubles. He and Stojanovic will face the Australian pair of Ash Barty and John Peers.
China won their 20th gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics when Lu Yunxiu edged Charlie Picon of France in women’s windsurfing. Lu finished the competition with 36 points to Picon’s 38. Emma Wilson of Great Britain took the bronze in sailing’s first medal of the Tokyo Games. China leads all countries with the 20 golds, followed by Japan with 17 and the United States with 16.
Nina Christen of Switzerland has won women’s 50m three-position rifle for her second medal of the Tokyo Olympics. Christen pumped her fist after a 10.2 on her final shot and had an Olympic-record 463.9 points to beat Russian Yulia Zykova by 2.0. Russian Yulia Karimova earned her bronze of the Games.
American BMX racer Connor Fields has been moved out of critical care unit at St. Luke’s International hospital a day after suffering a brain haemorrhage during a horrific qualifying crash at the Tokyo Olympics. Fields was injured during his third qualifying run when he slammed into the first turn and was hit by two other riders. The 28-year-old from Las Vegas was taken by stretcher to an ambulance. USA Cycling says Fields spent the night in the ICU and doctors reported no additional bleeding or injuries. USA Cycling staff have been in contact with his family to navigate his care options. Fields will remain in the hospital until cleared.
Great Britain have claimed swimming gold in the new 4x100m mixed medley relay with a world record of 3 minutes, 37.58 seconds. The silver went to China in 3:38.86, while Australia took the bronze in 3:38.95. The relay is a new event where men and women compete together and it can be hard to tell who’s winning. The American swimmers were fifth, ending Caeleb Dressel’s bid to win six gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Katie Ledecky has closed out her Tokyo Olympics with another gold medal. Ledecky became the first female swimmer to capture six individual gold medals in her career with a victory in the 800m freestyle. Ledecky led all the way in a race she hasn’t lost since 2010. But she was pushed hard by Australian rival Ariarne Titmus, who claimed the silver. The bronze went to Italy’s Simona Quadarella. Ledecky finished the Tokyo Games with two golds, two silvers and a fifth-place finish in the 200m free. She lost her first two individual match-ups with Titmus, but finally beat her in the 800.
USA Gymnastics says Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the Olympic event finals in the vault and uneven bars. She continues to be evaluated daily to determine whether she’ll compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam. Biles said she was putting her mental health first when she withdrew from the gymnastics team event after one rotation. The US women won silver there. She also decided not to compete in the all-around. American Sunisa Lee won gold in that event.
The Australian women have claimed another gold at the Olympic pool. Kaylee McKeown completed a sweep of the backstroke events with a victory in the 200m butterfly. Her winning time was 2 minutes, 4.68 seconds. The silver went to Canada’s Kylie Masse in 2:05.42, with another Australian, Emily Seebohm, claiming the bronze in 2:06.17.
Great Britain won gold in the triathlon mixed relay, making them the most successful national team in the history of the sport. The US took silver and France claimed bronze in the mixed relay at Odaiba Marine Park. Georgia Taylor-Brown, Jessica Learmonth, Alex Yee and Jonathan Brownlee made up the team that gave GB their third triathlon gold and eighth overall medal, bettering Switzerland’s record. Taylor-Brown and Yee both also medalled in the individual contests earlier in the week, bringing home silver in the women’s and men’s events, respectively.
American Caeleb Dressel won his third gold medal with a world record in the 100m butterfly. Dressel led right from the start and held off Hungary’s Kristof Milak to win in 49.45 seconds, breaking the mark of 49.50 that he set two years ago at the 2019 world championships. Milak earned the silver with a blistering 49.68. The bronze went to Switzerland’s Noe Ponti.
Hong Kong’s rising star Siobhan Haughey has withdrawn from the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle because of a hip injury. The 23-year-old swimmer earned silver in the 100m freestyle on Friday, to go with the silver she won in the 200m free two days earlier. They are the first swimming medals won by Hong Kong.
Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended after a positive test for human growth hormone. She was due to run in the semi-finals of the women’s 100 meters at the Olympics on Saturday. The Athletics Integrity Unit said Okagbare tested positive in an out-of-competition test on July 19. The AIU says it was only informed of the finding on Friday, after Okagbare had already run in the 100-meter heats at the Tokyo Games. The AIU informed Okagbare of the finding and her provisional suspension on Saturday morning. Okagbare won her heat in 11.05 seconds at the Olympic Stadium to progress to the semis.