Expect another busy day in Tokyo on Thursday as the capital of Japan hosts Day 6 of the 2020 Games.
Here’s what you need to know:
Biles and “the twisties”: The focus continues to be on American gymnast Simone Biles, who has dropped out of the women’s individual all-around to focus on her well-being. It is not known if she will attend other events. Biles was praised for her courage in putting her mental health first.
The conversation has now turned to “the curvy” and how fear affects the mental and physical health of gymnasts. When Biles pulled out, that meant his psychological condition put him at significant physical risk.
“We need to protect our minds and our bodies, rather than just going out there and doing what the world wants us to do,” Biles said.
The heat is taking its toll: Another sweltering day is forecast in the Japanese capital and athletes can expect similar heat and humidity for the next week. Hot weather has an impact on Olympic athletes, especially in tennis. Organizers said on Wednesday they were postponing matches to start later in the day.
It came after Spain’s Paula Badosa was forced to withdraw from her women’s singles quarter-final match and wheelchair-bound off the pitch. due to heat stroke. And Russian Olympic Committee player Daniil Medvedev told the chair umpire he could finish his third round match in the men’s singles – but wanted to know if the International Tennis Federation would take responsibility if he died.
Morning of the premieres: Men’s individual golf got the ball rolling on Day 6. In rowing, Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan won Ireland’s first-ever Olympic rowing gold medal in the men’s lightweight pair. . And New Zealand won their first Tokyo 2020 gold medal with a victory in women’s pairs rowing. Meanwhile, American Bobby Finke won gold in the men’s 800-meter pool freestyle – his first Olympics and a first for the event at the Games.