Dina Asher-Smith: Tearful Team GB sprint star pulls out of Olympic 200m with hamstring injury
Day nine of the Tokyo Olympics will see Max Whitlock go for gold on the pommel horse, Duncan Scott chase history in the pool, Rory McIlroy try to close out a medal on the golf course and reveal Usain Bolt’s successor in the men’s 100m final.
The 100m final is scheduled for 1.50pm BST and Canada’s Andre de Grasse was quickest in the heats. America’s Trayvon Bromell has the world lead time but couldn’t show it on Saturday evening and has some improvements to make, while Britain’s Zharnel Hughes is hopeful of a final spot.
There will be plenty of eyes on the gymnastics where Whitlock goes for gold (10.30am) and the women’s vault final (9.45am), which will be an entertaining show despite the absence of Simone Biles.
In the early hours USA’s Caeleb Dressel will look to clinch his sixth Olympic gold medal and fourth in Tokyo in the men’s 50m freestyle final. Then he will race in the 4x100m medley against a strong British quartet in Duncan Scott, Adam Peaty, Luke Greenbank and James Guy in what is expected to be one of the biggest showdowns of the Games (3.30am). Scott can become the first British Olympian to win four medals at a single Games.
Follow all the latest news, results and medals below.
Tokyo Olympics: Team USA wins thrilling men’s 1500m freestyle
USA’s Bobby Finke dramatically picked up the pace in the final stretch of the men’s 1500m freestyle to storm ahead of the competition and take gold.
Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk took silver and Germany’s Florian Wellbrock finished third despite being in the lead throughout almost the entire race.
Shweta Sharma1 August 2021 03:07
Tokyo Olympics: All eyes on USA’s Olympic swim king Caeleb Dressel on day 9
Florida’s 24-year-old Caeleb Dressel has continued to dominate the pool by winning his fourth gold medal today and he will again swim for another medal in the medley relay later.
His emotional reactions chime with an Olympic Games which will be remembered for its most famous athletes opening up to the world.
Lawrence Ostlere in Tokyo has more:
Shweta Sharma1 August 2021 02:57
Tokyo Olympics: Emma McKeon wins women’s 50m freestyle
Australia’s Emma McKeon has won another gold medal, winning the women’s 50m freestyle.
She broke her own Olympic record, clocking 23.81 to touch the wall.
Sarah Sjöström (SWE) took silver and Pernille Blume (DEN) wins bronze.
Shweta Sharma1 August 2021 02:52
Tokyo Olympics: Caeleb Dressel wins his fourth gold in men's 50m freestyle
Team USA’s star swimmer Caeleb Dressel has got his fourth gold at the Tokyo Olympics and his sixth Olympic medal overall.
He touched the wall in an Olympic record time of 21.07, ahead of France’s Florent Manaudou and Brazil’s Bruno Fratus who took bronze.
All eyes will be on Dressel again for his next performance in the pool in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.
Shweta Sharma1 August 2021 02:44
Viral video shows Suni Lee’s family exploding with joy as she wins gold
The footage captures hundreds of her friends and family on Thursday as they gathered to watch in Oakdale, Minnesota – painfully early at 5.30am – during a live stream of Ms Lee’s individual all-around competition.
The Minnesota community nervously watched the broadcast and erupted in celebration as 18-year-old Ms Lee became the first-ever Hmong American Olympian to win a gold medal.
Nathan Place31 July 2021 22:41
The Olympics’ newest star: a cockroach
During a women’s field hockey match, an apparently distracted cameraman turned his attention to a large cockroach crawling along a beam. For a few bizarre seconds, the insect was broadcast all over the world.
Footage of the moment quickly went viral.
“That roach did not need that much screen time,” one Twitter user commented.
Nathan Place31 July 2021 22:28
Olympic athletes show off their worst injuries
Being a champion takes an enormous toll on the human body. From bleeding hands to bulging leg veins to a literal broken neck, several Olympic athletes have revealed the physical wear and tear they went through to compete on the world stage. Check out our roundup of the most gruesome examples here.
Nathan Place31 July 2021 22:12
If you noticed the pink masks worn by some members of the US fencing team, there’s a reason for those. Three of the American fencers wore the masks to protest the participation of a teammate, Alen Hadzic, who is accused of sexual assault in the Olympics.
Mr Hadzic is an alternate on the men’s épée team in Tokyo despite at least three complaints having been made by women against him. He has denied the accusations, calling them “untruths.”
Nathan Place31 July 2021 21:26
A look ahead to Day 9
The Women’s Badminton final will take place on Sunday, Day 9 of the Olympics
(AFP via Getty Images)
Sunday, 1 August is set to be a busy day at the Tokyo Olympics. Day 9 will feature a number of important events, including the finals in Women’s Vault, Men’s High Jump, Women’s Badminton, Men’s Fencing, and many others. Check out the full schedule here.
Nathan Place31 July 2021 20:53
Bill Maher faces criticism for complaining the Olympics are too “woke”
Comedian Bill Maher faced scorn online after he complained that the Olympics, which brings men and women from across the world together to compete, was “out-woke-ing the Oscars.”
Mr Maher made the comments during the opening monologue of his HBO show, Real Time.
Graig Graziosi31 July 2021 20:37