Tom Daley: last Olympic chance for teenage sensation turned crocheter

The diver stepped into the spotlight as a small, smiley youngster and, after 13 tumultuous years, he heads to Tokyo for his fourth Olympics

Tom Daley was only 13 the first time I interviewed him in April 2008. “He is small and smiley,” I wrote, “with flashing braces on his teeth and an engaging way of setting you at ease within minutes of meeting him. He likes playing on the Wii far more than football and, one day, he wouldn’t mind becoming a Blue Peter presenter. In the meantime Daley is the new European diving champion who takes his lucky monkey with him wherever he competes around the world.”

Daley was preparing for his first Olympic Games amid giddy national interest. Thirteen years later, he and his husband are proud parents and Daley is about to compete in his fourth Olympics. He has won two medals, lost a few more, while suffering doubt and grief alongside his emergence as one of the few British sportsmen to have come out publicly.

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Refugee Team’s Kimia Alizadeh stuns GB’s double Olympic champion Jade Jones

  • Jones, 28, suffers shock first-round defeat in taekwondo
  • Briton still has medal lifeline by chance of bronze in repechage

The Refugee Team athlete Kimia Alizadeh caused a stunning shock on the second morning of the Tokyo Games, knocking out Great Britain’s double Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones in the first round at Makurahi Hall.

Alizadeh, who became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal when she took bronze at Rio 2016 behind Jones, subsequently left her homeland to train in Germany, a decision which led to a period of inactivity that meant she was not seeded in the women’s -57kg category.

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Japan’s Yuto Horigome wins first ever Olympic gold medal in skateboarding

Japan’s Yuto Horigome has won the first ever skateboarding competition at the Olympic Games, taking gold in men’s street in the city where he learned to skate as a kid and where his sport is often frowned upon.

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Tokyo Olympics: US TV audience for opening ceremony falls to 33-year low

NBC’s broadcast attracts 17 million viewers, a drop of 37% from 2016, when 26.5 million watched Rio opener

NBC’s broadcast of the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony drew 16.7 million viewers, the smallest US television audience for the event in 33 years, according to preliminary data.

Friday’s audience reflects a steep drop, despite difficult comparisons with previous opening ceremonies, when viewers had fewer streaming options.

Related: Olympic fever finally hits Japan on first day of competition at Tokyo 2020

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Britain’s Max Whitlock overcomes jitters to make Olympics pommel horse final

  • Gymnast admits to ‘nerve-racking’ qualification
  • Japan’s Kohei Uchimura exits after peeling off horizontal bar

Max Whitlock was not quite at his best as he stepped up to the pommel horse on Saturday afternoon. In the second half of his routine, he suffered a notable form break then fought hard to maintain his rhythm. But what is most important in the tense qualification round where medals can only be lost, not won, is that he managed to do so.

He finished with a score of 14.900, advancing to the pommel horse final in fifth place and he was satisfied: “Qualifications is a nerve-racking event, the hardest one, because the rest of the Olympic Games rides on that,” said Whitlock. “I’m really, really pleased with my events today.”

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Ruthless USWNT hit six against New Zealand to revive Olympic campaign

  • Olympics Group G: New Zealand 1-6 USA
  • Americans recover from opening defeat to Sweden

The United States women’s national team rebounded from their opening loss with a 6-1 rout of New Zealand in front of the first lady on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics.

With the United States leading 2-0 at the break, Jill Biden arrived in time to watch the team put the game away in the second half at Saitama Stadium.

FLOTUS in the house! Thank you for your support, @DrBiden! pic.twitter.com/h3YVeXyrWH

A thing of beauty, those @LindseyHoran headers

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Goals at world championships? @alexmorgan13 knows a thing or two about that

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Chernobyl for Ukraine, pizza for Italy: South Korean TV apologises for Olympic images

  • MBC sorry for ‘inappropriate images and captions’
  • Syria and Haiti summed up by war and unrest

A South Korean broadcaster has apologised after using offensive images to depict several countries during the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday.

MBC displayed photos and facts about each country as athletes walked out during the parade of nations. Most of them varied from inane to odd: Great Britain’s athletes were accompanied by a photo of the Queen, and El Salvador, where the cryptocurrency is legal tender, was summed up by a bitcoin symbol.

South Korean broadcaster MBC used images to "represent" each country during the #Tokyo2020 Opening Ceremony.

Italy: pizza
Norway: salmon
Haiti: upheaval
Ukraine: Chernobyl pic.twitter.com/KpUXATuZld

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Unbeatable Simone Biles’s only competition at Olympics is herself | Bryan Armen Graham

Iconic American gymnast is reaching her peak while becoming a voice for change and Tokyo 2020 may not be her last Games

Simone Biles was widely hailed as the best gymnast in history before she had even competed on the sport’s biggest stage. Born three months short of the age cut-off for the London Games, she had already piled up three straight all-around titles and 14 overall medals at world championships, including 10 golds, when she touched down in Brazil five years ago for her Olympic debut.

Somehow, the 4ft 8in, 105lb sprite from suburban Houston managed to realise the impossible expectations that preceded her, fulfilling her long-held promise with four gold medals in seven unforgettable days at the Arena Olímpica do Rio. Already a superstar in the parochial world of gymnastics, Biles became a household name overnight.

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Mallory Franklin: ‘Women have had less opportunity – this is about making history’

Britain’s most successful female canoeist has finally had her C1 class made an Olympic event: now she must handle the pressure

Mallory Franklin is far too polite to name the individual who delivered disparaging remarks about the expansion of women’s canoeing in the Olympics. She is perfectly happy to articulate the response, though.

“Eilidh Gibson [a British international canoeist] wrote me a letter off the back of a few negative comments that had been made by someone who used to be in the canoeing community,” Franklin explains. “When I read that letter, it hit me; what people see in me. It made me understand what it meant to her that I am doing this. I wanted to do this for all of the C1 women.”

Related: Welcome to the women’s Olympics, where GB’s brightest stars are female | Alexandra Topping

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Surf’s up: a watershed moment for boarders at the Tokyo Games

Forty competitors will paddle out into Tsurigasaki Beach on the morning of 25 July hoping to grab the first Olympic surfing medals

“We want to take sport to the youth,” said the IOC president, Thomas Bach, when announcing in 2016 that surfing would make its Olympic debut in Tokyo. Was that an expression of genuine altruism? Or an attempt at staying relevant to a generation that has become tired of traditional offerings? Or perhaps further evidence of the rampant commercialisation of the Games? It was probably a bit of all the above, but the first appearance at a Games is undeniably a watershed moment.

When the 40 competitors – a gender-equal cohort of 20 men and 20 women – paddle out into the waters off Tsurigasaki Beach on the morning of 25 July it will mark the culmination of a decades-long campaign by the International Surfing Association.

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‘Stop the Olympics’: hundreds protest outside Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony – video

Hundreds of protesters carrying placards that read 'Lives over Olympics' gathered outside Japan's National Stadium where the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was being held. The Games, to be held largely without spectators and opposed by many in Japan, are going ahead a year later than planned amid sharply rising coronavirus cases. Tokyo recently recorded a six-month high in new Covid cases and the city is in a state of emergency because of the virus. 

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Living legends and young pretenders: Olympians expected to shine in Tokyo

Dominant figures in their chosen sports will aim for more glory in Japan while new events will help to create fresh global stars

Biles is more than an athlete. She is one of the Olympic movement’s brightest stars of all time: a role model away from her sport and, inside the arena, a gymnast who consistently pushes the boundaries of what seems humanly possible. Following her four gold medals at Rio, she is aiming to become the first female gymnast in more than 50 years to win consecutive all-around Olympic titles.

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10 Quick Questions: how much do you know about the Olympics?

Next up for Guardian Australia’s new Saturday quiz series, sports writer Geoff Lemon tests your grasp of the Games

That special time has come around again: Olympic time. Like Christmas but more expensive, even when the quadrennial is sliced up pro rata. Speaking of slicing up, anyone get the feeling that the IOC boss, Thomas Bach, would make a good Bond villain? As Tokyo’s Games are held with a modern pentathlon pistol held to the city’s head, hearing Brisbane’s name announced for 2032 sounded less like congratulations and more like handing down a carceral sentence. An Olympic Games costs the venue billions, but the IOC always sucks out a fat profit. Maybe that’s why the terminology is “host cities”.

But running! Jumping! Competitively pretending that we know a lot about taekwondo or solo kayaking! Ben Johnson going faster than the speed of sound! Or was that the sound of speed! Equestrian showjumping departure parties with all the trimmings! Exciting new young persons’ sports, like climbing and skateboarding! The Olympics are hip, they’re cool, they have a battery-powered boombox on their shoulder.

What device was used to light the Barcelona cauldron with airborne fire in 1992?

Slingshot

Bow and arrow

Javelin

Racing pigeon

On their Sydney 2000 show The Dream, Roy and H.G. recast the three mascots as Sid, Ollie, and:

Douchebag

Plonker

Wanker

Dickhead

How fast was Ben Johnson’s disqualified world record in the 100 metres final at Seoul 1988?

9.69 seconds

9.79 seconds

9.89 seconds

9.99 seconds

After gold in 1992 and 1996, The Oarsome Foresome signed on for which fruit-based promotional campaign?

Goulburn Valley Gold - tinned fruit

SPC, Easy as 1, 2, 3 - tinned fruit

Bananas, Make Your Body Sing - the banana lobby

Where’s the Cranny, Granny? - Sunraysia cranberry juice

In the 2016 Rio Olympics, US gymnast Simone Biles won gold in which three disciplines?

Floor, vault, beam

Floor, vault, uneven bars

All-around, floor, beam

All-around, vault, floor

In 1896 at Athens, Australia’s lone representative Edwin Flack collapsed while leading the marathon chasing a third gold medal. When a Greek spectator rendered assistance, a delirious Flack:

Promised him a knighthood

Offered to obtain him citizenship

Punched him to the ground

Tried to seduce his wife

In what Sydney swimming event did Eric ‘The Eel’ Moussambani compete?

50 metre freestyle

50 metre butterfly

100 metre freestyle

100 metre breaststroke

At Tokyo in 1964, swimmer Dawn Fraser landed in hot water after stealing Emperor Hirohito’s:

Olympic commemorative fountain pen

Olympic commemorative flag

Favourite bathrobe

Heart

Usain Bolt’s 100 metres gold in Beijing 2008 was hampered by what?

A bad night’s sleep.

An untied shoelace.

A mid-race hamstring cramp.

Deep existential angst about the pointlessness of running fast in a straight line for the hollow applause of the masses.

Which of these lines did Bruce Macavaney not say while calling Cathy Freeman’s 400 metres gold in Sydney 2000?

“Away, Freeman out well, a mighty roar surrounds the stadium.”

“Mary’s having a good run. This is where Cathy exploded in Atlanta.”

“Cathy lifting. Goes up to Graham. Takes the lead. Looks a winner.”

“This is a famous victory. A magnificent performance. A champion becomes a legend.”

10 and above.

Congratulations. You’re so good at the Olympics that you’ve been selected to travel to Tokyo immediately to fill Australia’s vacancy in the equestrian showjumping team. Party responsibly!

9 and above.

Congratulations. You’re so good at the Olympics that you’ve been selected to travel to Tokyo immediately to fill Australia’s vacancy in the equestrian showjumping team. Party responsibly!

8 and above.

Very good. On the rare occasion that this subject rolls around at trivia night, you will light up the round and wow your team. Try to pull your weight on Guess the Song in the meantime.

7 and above.

Very good. On the rare occasion that this subject rolls around at trivia night, you will light up the round and wow your team. Try to pull your weight on Guess the Song in the meantime.

6 and above.

Not bad. You’ve watched a few hours of Olympic Games over the years, probably because you lost the remote and couldn’t be bothered with the rhythmic gymnastics required to extricate it from down the back of the couch.

5 and above.

Not bad. You’ve watched a few hours of Olympic Games over the years, probably because you lost the remote and couldn’t be bothered with the rhythmic gymnastics required to extricate it from down the back of the couch.

4 and above.

Not bad. You’ve watched a few hours of Olympic Games over the years, probably because you lost the remote and couldn’t be bothered with the rhythmic gymnastics required to extricate it from down the back of the couch.

3 and above.

Uh oh. No bluffing here. You’ll have to come up with other ways to make meaningless small talk with distant colleagues and acquaintances.

2 and above.

Uh oh. No bluffing here. You’ll have to come up with other ways to make meaningless small talk with distant colleagues and acquaintances.

1 and above.

Uh oh. No bluffing here. You’ll have to come up with other ways to make meaningless small talk with distant colleagues and acquaintances.

0 and above.

Uh oh. No bluffing here. You’ll have to come up with other ways to make meaningless small talk with distant colleagues and acquaintances.

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At least 100 of 613 US athletes unvaccinated as Tokyo Olympics begin

  • USOPC is ‘quite happy’ with number of vaccinated athletes
  • Vaccination is not required for athletes competing at Games

About 100 of the 613 US athletes arriving in Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief said hours before Friday night’s opening ceremony.

Medical director Jonathan Finnoff said 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated.

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