TOKYO (AP) – The latest news on the Tokyo Olympics, which are being held under heavy restrictions after a year of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic:
According to NBC, about 17 million people in the United States watched the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, down 36% from the start of the Games in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
Nielsen says the 17 million includes people who watched the ceremony live on NBC or online when it aired Friday morning and those who saw an edited version on NBC in prime time that night.
NBC was unable to determine how many people watched live and how many saw the prime-time version. The 26.7 million who attended the Rio opening ceremony included both viewers and online viewers.
Nine years ago, when the Summer Olympics were held in London, the Opening Ceremony drew a record American audience of 40.7 million people.
It’s hard to say how the slow start to the Tokyo Games reflects less interest in the Olympics, which have been delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or profound changes in the way Americans watch television. With the explosion of streaming as an alternative, live TV ratings have fallen sharply over the past five years.
Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt won the men’s triathlon in one hour, 45 minutes and four seconds, 11 seconds ahead of Briton Alex Yee.
New Zealander Hayden Wilde finished third.
Blummenfelt is the first Norwegian to win a medal in the triathlon, which combines swimming, cycling and running. He finished 13th at the Rio Games in 2016.
Blummenfelt was fifth after the 1,500-meter swimming and 40-kilometer cycling race before setting off for victory on the final stage.
Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee, who won silver in Rio and bronze in London in 2012, was sixth.
Defending champions Fiji opened the Olympic men’s rugby sevens competition with a 24-19 victory over Japan.
The much-favored Fijians scored in the opening 30 seconds of the tournament, with Jiuta Wainiqolo scoring the first points after Japan failed to control the ball from the kick-off.
The Fijians nearly doubled the lead, but Wainiqolo’s one-handed pickup attempt saw Japan captain Chihito Matsui cover three-quarters of the field to equalize for the hosts.
The Fijians regained the advantage but, after the halftime siren sounded, Fiji-born Japanese Lote Tuqiri crossed to give the hosts a surprising 14-12 lead at the break.
Japan, surprise semi-finalists when rugby sevens made their Olympic debut in 2016, extended the margin to seven points at the start of the second half before Fiji responded with two tries and refused one afterwards. the full-time mermaid to achieve victory.