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19 hours ago - Sports

Anastasija Zolotic first American woman to win taekwondo Olympic gold

Team USA's Anastasija Zolotic celebrates winning against Russia's Tatiana Minina in the taekwondo women's -57kg gold medal bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP via Getty Images

Anastasija Zolotic defeated Tatiana Minina 25-17 in the women's 57-kg taekwondo division final to win gold for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Saturday.

Of note: The 18-year-old is the first American woman to win gold in taekwondo. "It really hasn't sunk in yet," she told reporters after her win. Zolotic's was the fourth U.S. gold of the day, after swimmer Chase Kalisz, shooter Will Shaner and fencer Lee Kiefer. 

Go deeper: Iranian defector defeats Iranian in taekwondo at Tokyo Olympics

Updated 23 hours ago - Sports

Gymnast Suni Lee makes historic debut at Olympics

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor event of the artistic gymnastic women's qualification at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Loic Venance

When Sunisa "Suni" Lee steps up to the mat at the Tokyo Olympics, she'll be thinking of her father's pep talks even as he watches from thousands of miles away.

The big picture: The 18-year-old made history this year when she became the first Hmong American to be named to a U.S. Olympic team. Even more special was her dad's presence in the crowd at the Olympic trials — it was only the second time he watched her compete in person since a 2019 accident paralyzed him from the chest down.

Updated 23 hours ago - Sports

When to watch Simone Biles, the G.O.A.T, at the Olympics

Simone Biles at the Olympic qualifications. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

When Simone Biles is at her best, analysts, commentators and many athletes agree that the only person she is really competing against is herself.

The big picture: Even with the uncharacteristic errors made during Sunday's qualifiers, the G.O.A.T. — aka the Greatest of All Time — is a force to be reckoned with in and out of competition, and at this year's Olympics, Biles is looking to make history — again and again.

Jul 25, 2021 - Sports

Team USA Men's basketball suffers first Olympic loss since 2004

Evan Fournier of Team France looks to drive past Devin Booker of Team USA on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The U.S. men's basketball team suffered a stunning 83-76 loss to France in its opener at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

Why it matters: The loss marked the end of Team USA's 25-game streak that dates back to the Athens 2004 Games.

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Jul 25, 2021 - Sports

Axios at the Olympics: Water polo and diving on Day 2

Team USA's Ben Stevenson and Japan's Yusuke Inaba on July 25. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

TOKYO — Sunday was a chance to venture beyond my comfort zone of softball and soccer.

Behind the scenes: I decided to check out the U.S. men’s water polo team, since I flew over to Japan with them. They managed a nice come-from-behind victory over Japan, with the only downside being spilling an entire bottle of water in my backpack.

Jul 25, 2021 - Sports

U.S. fencer Lee Kiefer wins women’s foil final, makes history

Lee Kiefer celebrates after winning in the women's foil final on July 25. Photo: MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. fencer Lee Kiefer made history Sunday when she defeated defending champion Inna Deriglazova of Russia, 15-13, in the women’s foil final Sunday.

Why it matters: Kiefer's win marks Team USA's first Olympic gold medal in women's foil and it's third in fencing. Kiefer is a three-time Olympian who is ranked No. 5 in the world.

Updated Jul 25, 2021 - Sports

Swimmer Chase Kalisz first American to win Olympics gold medal

Chase Kalisz of Team United States celebrates after winning the Men's 400m Individual Medley Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Swimmer Chase Kalisz became on Sunday the first Team USA Olympian to win gold at the Tokyo Games.

The big picture: The Rio 2016 silver medalist's winning time in the men's 400 meters Individual Medley Final was 4 minutes 9.42 seconds. His teammate Jay Litherland took silver .86 seconds later.

Jul 25, 2021 - Sports

Tennis star Naomi Osaka wins on Olympics debut

Naomi Osaka of Team Japan plays a forehand during her Women's Singles First Round match against Saisai Zheng of Team China on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Naomi Osaka's Tokyo Olympic Games are off to a winning start, after Japan's tennis superstar beat China's Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in the first round Sunday.

Why it matters: It's the women's world No. 2's first match back after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon Grand Slam tournaments for a mental health break — triggering global conversations about mental health in sports.

Jul 25, 2021 - Sports

Golfer Bryson DeChambeau will miss Olympics after testing positive for COVID

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States on the 18th tee during Day Two of the 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 16 in Sandwich, England. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Tokyo Olympic Games, USA Golf announced late Saturday.

What he's saying: "I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau said in a statement.

Jul 25, 2021 - Sports

Iranian defector defeats Iranian in taekwondo at Tokyo Olympics

Refugee Olympic Team's Kimia Alizadeh celebrates after winning her Women's -57KG Round of 16 match against Great Britain's Jade Jones at Makuhari Messe Hall at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan Sunday. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images

Kimia Alizadeh narrowly missed winning the Refugee Olympic Team's first Games medal, in the bronze match — hours after defeating a two-time Olympic gold medalist and also the favorite to win the 57-kilogram taekwondo division Sunday.

The big picture: Alizadeh, Iran's Rio Games bronze medalist who defected to Germany last year, defeated Iranian friend Nahid Kiyani 18-9, then Great Britain's Jade Jones 16-12 and then contest favorite Zhou Lijun, of China, 9-8.