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After a one-year wait, the first medal of the 2020 Olympics went to China, the U.S. women's water polo team breezed through its opener, and the scenic men's cycling road race featured a thrilling finish that nearly saw the first U.S. medal of the summer.
The first medal awarded in the Games is in the women's 10-meter air rifle. Where U.S. teen Ginny Thrasher grabbed the spotlight with her win in 2016, fellow American Mary Tucker shot impressively but did not earn a medal. China's Yang Qian won a thriller to become the Games' first gold medalist.
As the sun rose on the East Coast of the United States, Americans were still waiting for their first medal of the Games. And when the sun rose on the West Coast, they were still waiting. This is the first time since 1972 that the U.S. has not won a medal on the first day of competition.
Stephanie Dolson dominated inside as the U.S. women took a bit of time to get accustomed to the physical new Olympic discipline but took a comfortable 17-10 win. The team returned to action later Saturday and defeated Mongolia, which just missed a buzzer-beater in an opening loss to Italy.
The U.S. failed to qualify for the men's competition, in which Serbia won its first two games.
Final Scores: Women
ROC def. Japan 21-18
China def. Romania 21-10
ROC def. China 19-9
Japan def. Romania 20-8
Italy def. Mongolia 15-14
USA def. France 17-10
USA def. Mongolia 21-9
France def. Italy 19-16
Final Scores: Men
Latvia def. Poland 21-14
Serbia def. China 22-13
ROC def. China 19-9
Serbia def. Netherlands 16-15
Belgium def. Latvia 21-20
Poland def. Japan 20-19
Netherlands def. ROC 18-15
Japan def. Belgium 18-16
Young American Brandon McNulty won no medal but perhaps an enhanced reputation after hopping into breakaways up and down the slopes of Mount Fuji, literally.
The pro teammate of Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar broke away with his colleague and Canadian Michael Woods on a fearsome climb late in the race, only to be hauled back by a dwindling band of elite riders. On the descent, he and Ecuadorian Richard Caparaz, an accomplished rider in grand tours whose Giro d'Italia triumph was chronicled in a recent Netflix documentary, gained more than 40 seconds on the rest of the field.
Caparaz stayed out in front and won a solo breakaway. McNulty fell back and was just nosed out in a bunch sprint for the silver and bronze.
An eight-cyclist breakaway gained an advantage of 20 minutes early in the men's road race on the course in the mountains highlighted by Mount Fuji and a few groups of fans who were allowed to gather because the event ventured well outside Tokyo.
Gold: Richard Carapaz (ECU)
Silver: Wout van Aert (BEL)
Bronze: Tadej Pogacar (SLO)
The U.S. women quickly forgot about their opening loss to Sweden, breaking open their game against New Zealand to win 6-1. Rose Lavelle opened the scoring in the ninth minute, Lindsey Horan made it 2-0 just before halftime, and two own goals sandwiched around strikes by Christen Press and Alex Morgan provided the final margin.
U.S. groupmates Sweden got two goals from Fridolina Rolfo and a terrific showing from penalty-saving Hedvig Lindahl to double up Australia 4-2 and improve to 2-0 for the tournament.
Zambia's Barbra Banda continues to make her case as the breakout star of this tournament, scoring her second hat trick in as many games and securing a memorable 4-4 draw with China for the Olympic debutants.
Canada rode two goals from Manchester City's Janine Beckie to a 2-1 win over Chile.
Canada 2, Chile 1
China 4, Zambia 4
Sweden 4, Australia 2
Great Britain 1, Japan 0
Netherlands 3, Brazil 3
United States 6, New Zealand 1
Cat Osterman gave up just one hit in six innings, Monica Abbott struck out the side for the save, and Ali Aguilar had drove home two runs in the third inning as the U.S. women beat Mexico 2-0.
Earlier in the day, Canada routed Australia 7-1 to take hold of third place in the pool.
Japan matched the U.S. team's unbeaten run with its third straight win.
As it stands now, the first USA-Japan game might mean very little because the top two teams advance to the gold medal game, while the next two play for bronze. But Canada, which has outscored opponents 11-2 and held the U.S. to one run, is lurking.
Canada 7, Australia 1
United States 2, Mexico 0
Japan 5, Italy 0
Two-time men's all-around champion Kohei Uchimura, specializing on the high bar in his fourth Olympic appearance, lost his grip on the bar and fell, ending his hopes of winning a medal in his home country.
Meanwhile, the U.S. men qualified to team finals in fourth with a score of 256.761 and will try to capture the nation's first team medal since the Beijing Games.
Three-time Olympian Sam Mikulak was a favorite to advance to high bar finals and challenge for a medal, but the veteran struggled throughout his routine and scored a 12.866, finishing well outside the top eight gymnasts who made the cut. Mikulak did put up an impressive 15.433 on parallel bars to qualify to that event final in fifth, and if he finishes on the podium, it will be his first Olympic medal.
Three other Americans qualified to event finals: Brody Malone on high bar, Yul Moldauer on floor and specialist Alec Yoder on pommel horse. Mikulak and Malone will represent the U.S. in the men's individual all-around final. Japanese gymnast Daiki Hashimoto totaled the highest all-around score of qualifications with an 88.531, followed by Russian star Nikita Nagornyy, who posted an 87.897.
Andy Murray, the 2012 and 2016 men's singles champion who has struggled with injuries in recent years, teamed with Joe Salisbury to defeat second-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-2.
Novak Djokovic easily won his first men's singles match.
Americans Jessica Pegula, Tennys Sandgren, Alison Riske and Tommy Paul all lost. The only U.S. players to win on Day 1 were the doubles team of Rajeev Ram and Frances Tiafoe.
The heavily favored U.S. women scored 13 unanswered goals in the first half to pull away to a 25-4 win over Japan. The host nation, making its Olympic debut, was level with the U.S. at 3-3 but could get only put one more shot past goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson, who stopped 15 of 19 shots.
Maggie Steffens scored five goals to raise her Olympic career total to 42, five shy of the record held by Italy's Tania Di Mario. Stefania Haralabidis also scored five times.
Spain also won by a wide margin, while the ROC and China played a thriller.
United States 25, Japan 4
Australia 8, Canada 5
Spain 29, South Africa 4
ROC 18, China 17
In the men's extra lightweight division (60 kg/132 lbs) Takato Naohisa won Japan's first gold medal of these Olympics. The victory also marks his second Olympic medal after he won bronze in the same event in Rio.
Yang Yung Wei won silver and became the first person from Chinese Taipei to win an Olympic medal in judo.
In the women's extra lightweight class (48 kg/125 lbs), Distria Krasniqi won only the second medal ever for Kosovo. The first was Majilinda Kelmendi in Rio, also in judo.
Medal results, women’s 48kg
Gold: Distria Krasniqi (KOS)
Silver: Funa Tonaki (JPN)
Bronze: Daria Bilodid (UKR)
Bronze: Urantsetseg Munkhbat (MGL)
Medal results, men’s 60kg
Gold: Naohisa Takato (JPN)
Silver: Yang Yung Wei (TPE)
Bronze: Yeldos Smetov (KAZ)
Bronze: Luka Mkheidze (FRA)
A routine day of early heats was shaken up when Japanese swimmer Seto Daiya, the defending world champion in the men’s 400m individual medley, did not qualify to the final.
The second-seeded U.S. team fell in a tiebreaking shootout to Indonesia in the first round of the mixed team event. South Korea later claimed the gold medal in the first edition of mixed team archery in Olympic history, defeating the Netherlands in the final.
After Yang's win in the women's air rifle, Iranian Javad Foroughi comfortably won the men's 10-meter air pistol.
Medal results, women’s air rifle
Gold: Yang Qian (CHN)
Silver: Anastasiia Galashina (ROC)
Bronze: Nina Christen (SUI)
Medal results, men’s air pistol
Gold: Javad Foroughi (IRI)
Silver: Damir Mikec (SRB)
Bronze: Pang Wei (CHN)
China's Hou Zhihui set an Olympic record to win the women's 49 kg class. American Jourdan Delacruz was unable to complete a lift in the clean and jerk.
Gold: Hou Zhihui (CHN)
Silver: Mirabai Chanu Saikhom (IND)
Bronze: Aisah Windy Cantika (INA)
Hungary’s Aron Szilaghi became the second fencer in Olympic history to win three gold medals in the same individual event with his triumph in the men’s sabre.
U.S. hopeful Eli Dershwitz lost to the eventual bronze medalist in the men’s sabre round of 16. The only other U.S. fencer to get that far in the two events running on Saturday was Kelley Hurley, who lost 12-11 in her bout.
Medal results, women’s epee
Gold: Sun Yiwen (CHN)
Silver: Ana Maria Popescu (ROM)
Bronze: Katrina Lehis (EST)
Medal results, men’s sabre
Gold: Aron Szilaghi (HUN)
Silver: Luigi Samele (ITA)
Bronze: Kim Jung-Hwan (KOR)
Young athletes ruled the mat on Day 1. Adriana Cerezo Iglesias, born in 2004, upset two time Olympic gold medalist Wu Jingyu of China on her way to the final. South Korea’s Jang Jun, who took bronze in men’s flyweight, was born in 2000.
Medal results, women’s flyweight (49 kg)
Gold: Panipak Wongpattanakit (THA)
Silver: Adriana Cerezo Iglesias (ESP)
Bronze: Abishag Semberg (ISR)
Bronze: Tijiana Bogdanovic (SRB)
Medal results, men’s flyweight (58 kg)
Gold: Vito Dell’Aquila (ITA)
Silver: Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi (TUN)
Bronze: Jang Jun (KOR)
Bronze: Mikhail Artamonov (ROC)
The powerhouse U.S. women’s eight and the U.S. men’s four won their heats to advance to the finals. The U.S. men finished second to world champion Germany and must work its way through the repechage.
The U.S. men had to wait a while and finished their opener after midnight Japan time, but their straight-set win over France was worth the wait.
Italy 3, Canada 2
Brazil 3, Tunisia 0
ROC 3, Argentina 1
Japan 3, Venezuela 0
Iran 3, Poland 2
USA 3, France 0
U.S. boxers Duke Ragan and Delante Johnson advanced with split-decision wins, while Yarisel Ramirez bowed out on a unanimous decision despite winning the second round.
Spain scored two late goals and made a last-second defensive stop to beat European rival Germany, while Sweden shook off an upset bid from Bahrain.
U.S. dressage rider Sabine Schut-Kury advanced.
U.S. players Liu Juan (women’s singles) and Nikhil Kumar (men’s singles) each won twice to advance through the bracket.
The host country enjoyed a successful day with all of its single players and doubles teams winning their openers.
Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, taking one more shot at a medal at age 41 (each), lost a pool-play match to the Netherlands.