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How to Watch Simone Biles Compete in Balance Beam on Tuesday
08/02/2021 6:55am

Simone Biles has been taking her status day by day since she first withdrew from the gymnastics team final last week. One day ahead of the last possible event she could join in Tokyo, her team was finally able to deliver good news.We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow Suni Lee AND Simone Biles Cant wait to watch you both USA Gymnastics announced early Monday morning.How can I watch Simone Biles in the balance beam eventTo watch Biles return to competition and the rest of the gymnastics events, click the links below.Event finals for womens gymnastics: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 4:53 a.m. ET StreamShe is slated to compete third in the womens individual balance beam final.More Simone Biles CoverageSimone Biles3 hours agoSimone Biles Returns to Tokyo Olympics to Compete in Balance BeamSimone BilesJul 31Simone Biles Praised by IOC President Thomas Bach: Olympic Spirit at its Best&039Who is competing for Team USA in balance beamBiles finished seventh in qualifiers with a 14.066, while Lee finished third at 14.200 meaning they will both have a chance to earn a medal in the final womens gymnastics event.Who is expected to win womens balance beamA pair of Chinese gymnasts, Chenchen Guan and Xijing Tang, will be the ones to beat after leading the July 24 qualifiers with scores of 14.933 and 14.333, respectively.Romanias Larisa Iordache 4th in qualifiers and Canadas Elsabeth Black 6th in qualifiers will also be ones to watch.Yufei Lu of China, who came in fifth, ahead of Biles, will not compete due to gymnastics rule limiting just two competitors per country in the final.Will Simone Biles compete in any other Olympics eventsAfter qualifying for every possible event womens gymnastics offers an achievement she didnt even reach in her record-shattering 2016 Olympics Biles had gradually withdrawn from every other event before balance beam.Since balance beam is the final event in the womens gymnastics lineup this year, this will be her last opportunity to win an individual medal in Tokyo. She earned a silver medal as part of the U.S. teams all-around performance.In Sundays vault, Mykayla Skinner who initially wasnt anticipating having a chance to compete in the event took advantage of Biles absence, stepping in and winning a silver medal for the U.S. team.

Track and Field Day 4: Sydney McLaughlin highlights 400m Hurdles Semifinals
08/02/2021 6:28am

Day 4 of track and field action at the Tokyo Olympics will feature U.S. superstars Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad as they look to clinch a spot in the womens 400m hurdles final. Gabby Thomas, Jenna Prandini and Anavia Battle will attempt to reach the womens 200m final against two of the fastest women alive in Jamacias Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly Ann-Fraser Price.Heres what to look for as Day 4 begins in Tokyo.Womens 400m Hurdles SemifinalsWorld record holder Sydney McLaughlin returns to the track in the womens 400m hurdles semifinal. McLaughlin easily crossed the finish line ahead of the competition in her Round 1 heat Friday with a time of 54.65 seconds.Reigning champion Dalilah Muhammad will also look to clinch a spot in the final and defend her title from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Muhammad ran a 54.97 time in Round 1.American Anna Cockrell will also have a shot to give the U.S. three women in the 400m hurdles final in the third heat. Watch the womens 400m hurdles semifinals live starting at 7:35 a.m. ET.Womens 200m SemifinalsGabby Thomas advances to 200m finalAmerican Gabby Thomas will compete with the fastest women in the world in the womens 200m final.Thomas finished third in the second heat crossing the finish line in 22.01 seconds while Namibia Christine Mboma finished second with a time of 21.97.However, Thomas ran the fourth-fastest time of all competitors, clinching a spot in the final.Jamaicas Elaine Thompson-Herah, who earned the title of fastest woman alive after winning the womens 100m, coasted to the finish line first in Thomas heat with a personal best time of 21.66.Jenna Prandini eliminated as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price coastsJenna Prandini wont be heading to the womens 200m final. The American finished fifth in the first semifinal heat running a time of 22.57.Fraser-Price, who won the 100m silver medal just two days earlier won the heat with a time of 22.13 seconds.Anavia Battle also finished fifth in her heat with a time of 23.02 and However, they will face some stout competition including the fastest woman alive, Elaine Thompson-Herah who will run in Thomas heat at 6:32 a.m. Watch the womens 200m semifinals live starting at 6:25 a.m. ET.Womens Discus FinalAmerican Valerie Allman looks likely to challenge for a medal. The 26-year old broke the American record at a three-competitor meet in August 2020. She could become the first American to win a medal in womens discus. She will have to beat out Croatias Sandra Perkovic who enters the event as the two-time defending Olympic champion.Watch the womens discus final live starting at 7:00 a.m. ET.Mens 400m SemifinalsMichael Norman and Michael Cherry will attempt to make the mens 400m final. Norman entered 2019 as the favorite for the world title but failed to qualify due to an injury. As long as hes healthy, Norma is expected to contend for gold in Tokyo.Cherry won two 4x400m relay titles at the world championships in the mens 4x400m and the mixed relay.

Rapinoe on USA Loss: ‘We Didn't Have That Juice. It Sucks'
08/02/2021 6:09am

Megan Rapinoe didnt mince words after the United States womens soccer team lost to regional rivals Canada 1-0 in anOlympic semifinal on Monday in Kashima, Japan.Its terrible, Rapinoe told NBCsMarisa Pillawhen asked how she felt about the loss.Obviouslynot our best game. Not our best tournament. We didnt have it today. Too many errors from us. I felt like the space was there for us. We just couldnt get into it.We never want to lose to Canada. I dont think Ive ever lost to Canada. Still a lot to compete for. Thats what I told the girls. Its not the color we want but theres still a medal on the line. It sucks.Indeed, the American women had not lost to Canada in 20 years but this was a fortnight of unusual errors and omissions from the two-time defending World Cup champions.They entered the Olympics having not lost, period, in 44 matches. They hadnt been shutout in four years.In Tokyo, they lost twice and were shutout three times. And now bronze is their best hope.So what happenedI feel like we havent had our joy a little bit, Rapinoe said.It hasnt flowed for us. it hasnt been easy. We tried to find it. Its not for lack of effort. It just didnt click for us. I dont know if its roster rotation but our rosters deep as hell. We just didnt have that juice that we normally do. Not even close to our best performances that Ive seen over the years or even under Vlatko this year. We didnt expect it to be easy. Its all the best teams in the world and everythings on the line. We couldnt unlock it.Cameras caught Rapinoe comfortingCarli Lloyd, who wascrouched on the turf after the final whistle, the USWNT legend rumored to be retiring after the games.Weve been in this long time together, Rapinoe said.Were both closer to the end than the beginning. Weve shared so many happy moments on the field. Not many sad but weve had a few. One of the greatest players to pull that jersey on. We want to send everyone out on the best note but we werent able to do that.

Olympic Sprinter Plans to Seek Asylum in Poland After Refusing to Return to Belarus
08/02/2021 5:30am

An activist group says a Belarusian sprinter is applying for a visa at Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday and plans to seek asylum in Poland after alleging that officials tried to send her home from Japan.Vadim Krivosheyev of the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation told The Associated Press that the group has bought athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya a ticket to Warsaw for Aug. 4.The foundation is an activist group that has been supporting Tsimamouskaya. She contacted them for help to avoid what she feared was a forced deportation to Minsk. The foundation said she believed her life would be in danger if she returned to Belarus after she criticized her team officials. She said shed been put in the 4400 relay despite never racing the event.Tsimanouskaya said in a filmed message distributed on social media that she was pressured by Belarus team officials and asked the International Olympic Committee for help.I was put under pressure and they are trying to forcibly take me out of the country without my consent, the 24-year-old runner said.Tsimanouskaya summoned Japanese police at Haneda Airport and did not board a flight departing for Istanbul. Foreign ministry officials arrived later at the airport, Alexander Opeikin, a spokesman for the BSSF, told the AP.I explained the situation to a police officer of how I was taken from the Olympic Village, Tsimanouskaya said in a statement released by the BSSF. Now I am in a secure situation and am figuring out the question of where I will spend the night.Belarus neighbor, Poland, where many critics of the Minsk regime have come to live, offered help to Tsimanouskaya. Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said on Twitter that Tsimanouskaya has been offered a humanitarian visa and is free to pursue her sporting career in Poland if she so chooses.The Belarus National Olympic Committee has been led for more than 25 years by authoritarian state president Alexander Lukashenko and his son, Viktor.Both Lukashenkos are banned from the Tokyo Olympics by the IOC, which investigated complaints from athletes that they faced reprisals and intimidation in fallout from protests since last August after the countrys disputed presidential election.A spokeswoman for the Belarus Olympic team did not respond to a request for comment.Tsimanouskaya was due to run in the Olympic 200-meter heats Monday.

Jade Carey Tumbles to Olympic Floor Title
08/02/2021 5:22am

For those trying to keep track at home,Jade Careycompleted nine flips and and six twists in the floor routine that won her gold.The 21-year-old nailed all four of her tumbling passes, which included a double-twisting double layout, a front layout step out to a double-twisting double tuck, a full-twisting double layout and a full-twisting double tuck. She didnt debut the laid-out triple-double, but she didnt need to. Her difficulty score was already the highest of the eight gymnasts in the event final without it, and the extra risk could have cost her a medal.The floor exercise final was Careys last shot at making an Olympic podium. She qualified to Tokyo as an individual specialist through competing in international World Cup events, and she was not a part of the four-member team that collectively claimed silver.SEE MORE: With Simone Biles withdrawal, Jade Carey enters womens all-around finalAfter 2016 all-around, vault and floor championSimone Bileswithdrew from those individual events, Carey took her spot in the all-around competition and became the gold medal favorite on her two best events. She finished eighth in the all-around and had an unusual mistake during her run toward the springboard in the vault final, resulting in her finishing eighth on that event as well.But Carey rebounded well on floor to win her first Olympic medal and extend the American winning streak that began whenAly Raismanwon gold on the event in London. Her score of 14.366 was .166 higher thanItalianVanessa Ferraris, who won silver.The gold raises the total number of medals Team USA has won in womens artistic gymnastics during these Games to five.


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US gymnast Jade Carey shines at Tokyo Games with floor performance
08/02/2021 5:23am

The 21-year-old from Arizona bounced back from a frightening stumble during the vault final on Sunday to give a medal-winning performance.

Canada beats US women in soccer semifinals
08/02/2021 5:13am

Canada will go on to face the winner of the late semifinal in Yokohama between Sweden and Australia.

Simone Biles to return for balance beam finals
08/02/2021 5:08am

Biles had withdrawn from every other individual final so far as she deals with a mental block that in gymnastics is referred to as the twisties.

Banged-up US women's volleyball team heads to quarters
08/02/2021 2:59am

The U.S. womens volleyball team finished pool play with a tense, five-set win over Italy, heading into the quarterfinals in good form.

'A team' onto women's beach volleyball quarterfinals against reigning gold medalist
08/02/2021 2:50am

April Ross and Alix Klineman won in straight sets against Cuba Monday morning in Tokyo. They face Germans Laura Ludwig and Maggie Kozuch next.

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