Sparkling gold distracts from Covid and scandals

Qian Yang of Team China wins the gold medal during the 10m Air Rifle Women’s event on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Asaka shooting range on July 24, 2021 in Asaka, Saitama, Japan.

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Sport stretched out over Tokyo on Saturday as the Olympic Games finally started, but the shadow of Covid-19 and the controversy have never been far away on the day of the inauguration.

China has made a claim warning how Yang Qian grabbed the Games’ first gold, the morning after the Japanese one global tennis superstar player Naomi Osaka had lit the Olympic cauldron to officially open the extravagance delayed by the pandemic.

That moment had ended an opening ceremony of pomp and mass in scene in a strangely silent stadium.

But while the ceremony had been like none before, day one of sport has offered a lot more familiar feeling.

Despite the absence of spectators, world elite athletes ran, rode, fought and swam like a craving-for business-as usual the atmosphere began to build.

The sight of an athlete, eyes sparkling with joy, would always be welcome one for organizers, and 21-year-Old Chinese shooter Yang provided it, keeping his nerve in the women’s 10-meter rifle competition to review Anastasiia Galashina.

Crumpled under pressure

The Russian collapsed under pressure on her final shot, shot 8.9, by far his worst shot of the day, and the worst score any of the finalists entered.

“I got too nervous, restrained on too long, “he said.” My thoughts weren’t … in the right place. I lost focus. The explanation is very simple.

“I have had mixed feelings, joy and bitterness at the same time. But now I am happy made a mistake. Nothing serious. He will do it allow learning something is a lesson for the future. “

Yang was thrilled and mentioned her prime motivation: “It’s the hundredth birthday of the Communist Party of China, “he said.” I’m so glad this gold medal is a … gift in my country. I’m so proud. “

With 11 gold medals up for grab on day one, organizers hope that the sport will distract from the flow of embarrassing gaffes and Co

vid-19 troubles that marked the event, postponed of a year.

But there was no need to ignore it global pandemic, as the organizers said one more the athlete tested positive for the virus, carrying the total number of cases reported to 123.

Preparing for the typhoon

The organizers are also Preparation for a typhoon, having already rescheduled on Monday rowing competitions to integrate them in the schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

But while the rowers look forward to the skies, the surfers … who start they competitions on Sunday – should benefit from bigger waves.

At 12, Syrian Hend Zaza is the youngest athlete in competition in Tokyo but its table tennis tournament era over in a flash when he lost to Austrian Liu Jia.

Twelve-year-old Hend Zaza of Syria, the youngest competitor in Olympic Games in Tokyo, in action against Jia Liu of Austria in the preliminary round of the women’s singles in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Youngest Olympian since 11-year-old Spanish rower in 1992, Zaza marks it milestone moment taking a selfie with Liu, 39 years old more of three times her age.

Zaza won the Olympic qualification of West Asia tournament in Jordan last year, becoming the first Syrian canoeist a qualify for the Olympic Games.

“Attempt hard regardless of the difficulties you are having and you will reach your hope, “he said.

3×3 basketball tournament made his debut and the hosts were well beaten by the Russians in the women’S opener.

“From the streets to the Olympics” is the motto of the event, pronounced three out of three, as basketball tries to grow global appeal.

All eyes Sara on Tadej Pogacar later as 22-year-old Slovenian attempts of win the Olympic road race less than a week after claiming hers second next title in the Tour de France.

The road of 234 km race, including a climb on the iconic Mount Fuji, it was set to finish on the Fuji International Speedway circuit.

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