07/24 23:45 CDT Olympics Latest: Olympic tennis players to get longer breaks
Olympics Latest: Olympic tennis players to get longer breaks
The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy
restrictions after a year's delay because of the coronavirus pandemic:
The International Tennis Federation is giving Olympics players extra time
during breaks in play after facing criticism for staging matches during the
highest heat of the day.
The federation says change of ends and set breaks have been extended by an
extra 30 seconds and will now be one minute, 30 seconds.
Temperatures have risen above 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) for a second straight
day at Ariake Tennis Park.
Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev had asked for longer breaks to bring the Olympics
into line with regular tour events.
The federation says it will consider suspending play if temperatures keep
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic and Medvedev both questioned why matches Saturday
were not moved into an evening session.
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--- An Iranian defector beat an Iranian opponent in taekwondo, then upset a
two-time gold medalist
Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh has shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade
Jones at the Tokyo Games, beating the British champion 16-12 in the round of 16.
Alizadeh, a bronze medalist in Rio de Janeiro, won twice for the Refugee
Olympic Team to advance to the Tokyo quarterfinals.
She beat Iranian opponent Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in her opening bout before her
massive upset of Jones, who was attempting to become the first three-time
Olympic taekwondo gold medalist.
Alizadeh is competing for the Refugee Team after defecting to Germany shortly
after becoming the first Iranian women to win an Olympic medal in 2016.
Top-ranked Ash Barty has been upset by 48th-ranked Spanish opponent Sara
Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Tokyo tennis tournament.
It was Barty's Olympic singles debut. She won a doubles match with Australian
teammate Storm Sanders on Saturday.
The defeat comes 15 days after Barty won Wimbledon for her second Grand Slam
The U.S. women's volleyball team's quest for its first gold medal ever is off
to a fast start.
The Americans swept Argentina in their opening match, winning 25-20, 25-19,
The U.S. won silver medals in 2008 and 2012 and then bronze five years ago in
Rio de Janeiro.
But they are still aiming for that elusive first gold medal in the sport and
figure to be one of the top contenders in Tokyo along with China.
Jordan Thompson led the way in the opener with 20 points as she dominated at
Two-time defending champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the singles tennis
tournament in Tokyo.
Organizers did not immediately say why the British player pulled out shortly
ahead of his scheduled opener against ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of
Canada on Center Court.
Max Purcell of Australia will play Auger-Aliassime instead.
Organizers said Murray remained in the doubles tournament with partner Joe
Salisbury. Murray and Salisbury beat the second-seeded French team of
Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.
Murray has a total of three Olympic medals. He also won a silver in mixed
doubles at the 2012 London Games with Laura Robson.
Australia has set the first swimming world record of the Tokyo Games in the
women's 4x-100-meter freestyle relay.
The Aussies touched in 3 minutes, 29.69 seconds, breaking the mark 3:30.05 that
they set in 2018.
The winning team included sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, who took the lead
and anchor legs.
They were joined by Meg Harris and Emma McKeon.
Canada was second in 3:32.78, while the American took their sixth medal of the
night with a bronze in 3:32.81. Simone Manuel swam the anchor leg for the U.S.
Russian shooter Vitalina Batsarashkina has won gold in women's 10-meter air
pistol at the Tokyo Olympics, five years after taking silver at the Rio Games
Batsarashkina shot an Olympic-record 240.3 points, finishing 0.9 ahead of
Bulgaria's Antoaneta Kostadinova.
China's Jian Ranxin took bronze after matching Greece's Anna Korakaki's
three-year-old record of 587 points to lead qualifying.
Georgia's Nina Salukvadze made history by becoming the first athlete to compete
in nine Olympics and announced her retirement to Russian media after failing to
qualify for the finals.
Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving the United
States for Tokyo and will miss the Olympics. He'll be replaced by Patrick Reed.
DeChambeau, last year's U.S. Open champion, becomes the highest-profile athlete
to test positive for the virus. He says he is "deeply disappointed not to be
able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA."
Reed was scheduled to undergo testing Sunday and Monday to clear himself to
compete in Tokyo. The the first round at the Kasumigaseki Country Club is set
for Thursday. Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, is now the only two-time
Olympian in the sport, which was reintroduced to the program in 2016.
Yui Ohashi has given Japan its first swimming gold medal at the Tokyo Aquatics
With a dazzling breaststroke leg, Ohashi romped to victory in the women's
400-meter individual medley, touching first in 4 minutes, 32.08 seconds.
Her performance made up for the disappointment of the previous night, when gold
medal favorite Daiya Seto didn't advance to the final of the men's 400
The United States continued to pile up medals, with Emma Weyant taking silver
and Hali Flickinger the bronze. The Americans have earned five of a possible
nine medals from the first three swimming finals, including a gold by Chase
Kalisz in the men's 400 individual medley.
Swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia was the surprise winner in the men's
400-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Games.
Australia's Jack McLoughlin settled for silver after leading much of the race,
and Kieran Smith grabbed another Olympic medal for the Americans.
It is the third swimming medal for the U.S. after Chase Kalisz won the first
American medal of the Tokyo Games, taking gold Sunday in the men's 400-meter
Jay Litherland won the silver on the same race, rallying on the freestyle leg
to take the silver.
Chase Kalisz has won the first American medal of the Tokyo Games, taking gold
Sunday in the men's 400-meter individual medley.
Jay Litherland made it a 1-2 finish for the powerhouse U.S. team, rallying on
the freestyle leg to take the silver. Brendon Smith of Australia claimed the
Kalisz, a protege and former training partner of Olympic great Michael Phelps,
touched first in 4 minutes, 9.42 seconds.
Litherland was next in 4:10.28, just ahead of Smith (4:10.38).
Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman have cruised to a straight-set victory
over China in their Olympic beach volleyball opener.
Ross is making her third appearance in the Summer Games with her third
different partner. She's already won a silver medal and a bronze. Klineman is
making her Olympic debut. They're among the favorites for the gold medal in
The Americans won the first set 21-17 and then took the second 21-19 over Xue
Chen and Wang Xinxin.
Ross and Klineman play Spain on Tuesday.
The American men's team of Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne play their first match on
Sunday night. Bourne was a late substitute after Gibb's original partner,
Taylor Crabb, tested positive for COVID-19 when he arrived in Japan. They'll
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