Latest Summer Olympic games News

EXPLAINER: What Olympic host Japan’s COVID ‘emergency’ means

Aug. 05, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is playing host to the Tokyo Olympics. But the capital, as well as other populous areas, are in the middle of a government-declared “state of emergency” to curb surging COVID-19 infections. What does that state of emergency mean? How is it enforced? We break it down...

Olympics Latest: Portugal's Pichardo wins triple jump gold

Aug. 05, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Pedro Pichardo of Portugal has won the men’s triple...

Crouser sets Olympic record, defends shot put title in Tokyo

Aug. 05, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ryan Crouser broke his own Olympic record on his way to defending his shot put title Thursday on a hot day in Tokyo. On his last attempt, Crouser went 23.30 meters (76 feet, 5½ inches) to earn the first track and field gold medal for the American men at...

Tokyo beach volleyball DJ and MC do the work of 12,000 fans

Aug. 04, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic beach volleyball venue in Rio de Janeiro reverberated with the cheers of 12,000 fans, who infused the arena with a samba-dancing spirit that spilled out of the stadium onto Copacabana beach. This time, there is only a master of ceremonies, a...

American A-Team will play Aussies for beach volleyball gold

Aug. 04, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When Stanford indoor volleyball star Alix Klineman moved over to the beach to team up with two-time Olympic medalist April Ross, she knew she was signing up for a lot of extra work. And a lot of extra pressure. “There’s been a big...

With painful foot, Nadal tops Sock at Washington in return

Aug. 04, 2021 23:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were moments, to be sure, when Rafael Nadal played quite like someone competing for the first time in nearly two months and dealing with a left foot injury he acknowledged afterward was painful. The shaky serving. The consecutive netted forehands...

US women's volleyball team forms strong bond with '80 squad

Aug. 04, 2021 22:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese-style lanterns hanging in the rooms of the U.S. women's volleyball players at the Olympics provide much more than light. Those lanterns symbolize the strong bond that has formed between the team that built the foundation for USA Volleyball...

Marathon man: Swimmer Mellouli looks ahead to Paris at 40

Aug. 04, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — After a rough run-up to his sixth Olympics, Ous Mellouli is already looking ahead. Still fit and motivated at 37, the Tunisian swimmer would be 40 at the 2024 Paris Games. Can he imagine competing against athletes half his age? ...

Another planet: Wellbrock romps to win in swimming marathon

Aug. 04, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — All behind Florian Wellbrock, there was the sort of carnage that epitomizes open water swimming. One athlete carted off on a stretcher. Another taking an elbow to the eye. Wellbrock didn’t have to worry about any of it. He was...

US BMX rider Fields released from Tokyo hospital after crash

Aug. 04, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

MISHIMA, Japan (AP) — BMX rider Connor Fields was released from St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo on Thursday, five days after a horrific crash in his semifinal race at the Tokyo Olympics left him with a brain bleed and other injuries. Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, the...