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The 2020 Summer Games started on July 23, and for many Americans, it’s been exciting to watch athletes all over the world compete on center stage. The last day of the Summer Games, though, is soon, on August 8. If you want to know about who won so far at the 2020 Summer Games, read on to be in the know.
A win for the Philippines
The Philippines took home its first Olympic gold medal of the year on Monday. Placing second at Rio in 2016, female weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, 30, was the first woman from The Philippines to win an Olympic medal. This year, Diaz placed first over world-record holder Liao Qiuyun of China.
China vs. China in men’s table tennis
After a China vs. China gold medal match in table tennis, Ma Long brought home his second consecutive first-place win. Long took home his historic fourth gold medal, which set a new world record for Olympic men’s table tennis.
The USA defeated Australia 97 to 78 in men’s basketball and advanced to the upcoming gold medal match. Kevin Grant scored 23 points in the game. Meanwhile, Slovenia took a tragic loss while going up against France, losing by one point 90 to 89. Look out for the exciting gold medal event where the USA will play France on August 7th.
Aquatics and kayaking
Florian Wellbrock of Germany finished 25 seconds before silver in men’s marathon swimming. Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha took the gold in the women’s 10k swim. Sandor Totka of Hungary won a gold medal in the men’s 200m kayak.
USA’s Nevin Harrison won the gold medal in women’s 200m canoe. New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington won gold in the women’s 200m kayak. Team Australia took the gold over Germany and the Czech Republic in the men’s double 1000m kayak sprint.
In the athletics category, Pedro Pichardo of Portugal won gold in the men’s triple jump, Hansel Parchment of Jamaica took home gold in the men’s 110m hurdles, and Italy’s Massimo Stano took first place in the men’s 20km race walk. Canada’s Damien Warner won the Men’s 1500m decathlon. For the women’s pole vault, the gold medal went to Katie Nageotte from the USA. The winner of the women’s heptathlon 800m was Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam.
Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas defended his title as 400m world champion Thursday with a time of 43 seconds. Majestically pulling away from the group in the final stretch, Gardiner made the competition seem like mere practice.
Effects of COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are happening under a government-declared state of emergency. The state has requested that businesses, especially those that serve alcohol, close for the time being so that there are fewer risks of crowds gathering in celebration. Athletes and officials have been diagnosed with the virus despite several official precautions. There have been 387 Olympics-related COVID diagnoses since July 1.
Be on the lookout for upcoming events in artistic swimming, race walking, javelin throw, men’s 5k, women’s basketball semifinals, boxing, cycling, hockey, and handball.
Have you been watching the 2020 Summer Games? What games are you excited to watch? Sound off in the comments!