imageTokyo (CNN) As soon as the gun sounds at the start of his first Olympic 5,000-meter race, Jamal Mohammed knows his nerves will disappear.

“It’s always like that,” Mohammed told CNN Sport.”You can’t really stay nervous after the gun goes; you just focus on running and following others.” In the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics, Mohammed has been taking his preparation for the 5,000-meter heats on Tuesday one step at a time.Sometimes, however, he pauses to reflect on where he’s come from and where he is now.In 2010, Mohammed left the Sudanese province of Darfur for Israel, undertaking a three-day journey that meant crossing the unforgiving landscape of Egypt’s Sinai Desert on foot.After his father was killed by the Janjaweed, the government-back militia operating in Sudan, he had been forced to work from a young age to support his family.Now settled in Tel Aviv, Israel, Mohammed has built a new life and a career in running.Read More Having joined the Alley Runners, a club specifically designed to support the city’s disadvantaged communities, seven years ago, on Tuesday he faces the biggest race of his life in Tokyo where he will compete for the Refugee Olympic Team.Mohammed competes in the men’s 5,000-meter heats at the 2019 World Athletics Championship.

At the Rio Olympics, where the refugee team debuted in 2016, 10 athletes competed under the Olympic flag.In Tokyo, the team has grown to 29 athletes competing across 12 different sports.”I’m going to compete for 80 million people around the world who left their countries to go to find a better place for them and help them achieve their goals,” Mohammed tells CNN Sport .Marathon man’s remarkable journey to Tokyo 2020

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“There are a lot of reasons why refugees left their countries.It makes me so proud to represent these people and let them know anything is possible.They are also able to achieve their goals.

Anything can come true one day.” Mohammed’s preparation for the Olympics over the past month has involved a two-week training camp at altitude in Italy and 10 days in Doha, Qatar, to convene with the Refugee Olympic Team.

Since the start of last week, he’s been based at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, completing the final training sessions before his race.

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Syrian refugee swimmer ‘representing millions’ 03:27 A ‘politicized’ issue The Refugee Olympic Team, established by the International Olympic Committee, is comprised of athletes from 11 different countries, living and training in 13 host countries.This year, with the Games taking place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, their stories and their inclusion in the Olympic movement feel more relevant than ever, according to Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).”We’ve all shared hardship and deprivation and separation from loved ones; we’ve all lived through a sort of collective exile,” Grandi tells CNN Sport.

“All these young men and women, in addition to Covid, have behind them a history of deprivation, separation from loved ones, real, physical exile.Somehow they carried a double symbolism in that entrance in the Olympic Stadium (for the Opening Ceremony of the Games).” Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard competes in weightlifting on Monday, August 2.She is the first openly transgender woman to compete in the 125-year history of the Olympics.Hide Caption 1 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The United States’ Carli Lloyd leaves the field after the Americans lost to Canada in a semifinal match on August 2.The US team was trying to become the first reigning World Cup champion to win Olympic gold.

Hide Caption 2 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Runners compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on August 2.Hide Caption 3 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics This photo, taken underwater, shows Greece’s Evangelia Papazoglou and Evangelia Platanioti competing in artistic swimming on August 2.Artistic swimming used to be called synchronized swimming at the Olympics.Hide Caption 4 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Jade Carey, a US gymnast who won gold in the floor exercise, places her medal over the neck of her father and coach, Brian, on August 2.Hide Caption 5 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Kyrgyzstan’s Akzhol Makhmudov, top, competes against Tunisia’s Lamjed Maafi in Greco-Roman wrestling on August 2.Hide Caption 6 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics India’s Neha Goyal embraces Navneet Kaur after a 1-0 win over Australia in a field hockey quarterfinal on August 2.Hide Caption 7 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade poses with her medals on August 2.

During these Games, she won gold in the vault and silver in the individual all-around.Hide Caption 8 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn leads the field on her way to a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles on August 2.It’s Puerto Rico’s second-ever gold medal and its first in track.

Hide Caption 9 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Dutch runner Sifan Hassan celebrates after winning her 1,500-meter heat on August 2.Hassan won despite falling down at the beginning of the last lap.She tripped over another runner but got up and raced past the field.Hide Caption 10 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Polish table-tennis player Natalia Partyka, who was born without a right hand and forearm, eyes the ball during a doubles match on August 2.In the foreground is South Korea’s Choi Hyo-joo.Partyka has competed in both the Olympics and the Paralympics.Hide Caption 11 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou competes in the long jump on August 2.

Both he and Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria had a top jump of 8.41 meters, but Tentoglou won the gold medal because his second-best jump was longer than Echevarria’s.Hide Caption 12 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Spain’s Lara Gonzalez throws the ball as Russian handball player Daria Dmitrieva blocks her during a match on August 2.Hide Caption 13 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Chile’s Humberto Mansilla competes in hammer throw qualifications on August 2.Hide Caption 14 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Italian sprinter Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins the 100-meter final at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday, August 1.He finished the race in 9.8 seconds, winning the first 100 final since the retirement of three-time champion Usain Bolt.Hide Caption 15 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics From left, the United States’ Caeleb Dressel, Brazil’s Bruno Fratus, Great Britain’s Benjamin Proud and Italy’s Lorenzo Zazzeri swim the 50-meter freestyle final on August 1.

Dressel went on to win with an Olympic record time of 21.07 seconds.He won five golds in Tokyo.Hide Caption 16 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics British diver Tom Daley, who has a whole Instagram account devoted to his hobby of knitting and crochet, works on a new creation while watching the women’s 3-meter springboard final on August 1.On his Instagram Stories, he revealed he was making a “jumper,” or sweater, for a French bulldog.Daley picked up the hobby during the pandemic.Hide Caption 17 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade won gold in the vault on August 1.Earlier in these Olympics, she won silver in the individual all-around.Hide Caption 18 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts after winning his gold-medal tennis match on August 1.

He defeated Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1.Hide Caption 19 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The United States’ Isaiah Jewett, left, and Botswana’s Nijel Amos help each other to their feet after falling during an 800-meter semifinal on August 1.They embraced and went on to finish the race together.Hide Caption 20 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Field hockey players from Spain warm up before their match against Belgium on August 1.Hide Caption 21 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics During the medal ceremony for the women’s shot put, the United States’ Raven Saunders lifted her arms above her head and made an X with her wrists.When the silver medalist was asked what the gesture meant, she explained that “it’s the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.” Saunders has been outspoken in the past about her desire to destigmatize mental health.”Shout out to all my Black people.

Shout out to all my LGBTQ community.

Shout out to all my people dealing with mental health,” she said.

“At the end of the day, we understand it’s bigger than us and it’s bigger than the powers that be.” Joining Saunders on the podium were China’s Gong Lijiao, center, and New Zealand’s Valerie Adams.It is Gong’s third Olympic medal and her first gold.Hide Caption 22 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics China’s Fan Yilin competes in the uneven bars final on August 1.Hide Caption 23 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Dutch sailor Kiran Badloe jumps into the water to celebrate after winning gold in the men’s RS:X category on August 1.Hide Caption 24 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas celebrates after setting a new world record in the triple jump on August 1.

On her last jump of the night, she jumped 15.67 meters, breaking a record that had stood since 1995.It is Rojas’ first Olympic gold medal.

Hide Caption 25 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics French boxer Mourad Aliev refused to leave the ring after he was disqualified in his bout against Frazer Clarke on August 1.His protest lasted about an hour.He was disqualified for what the referee determined was an intentional headbutt.Hide Caption 26 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Australian swimmer Emma McKeon dives into the pool at the start of the 50-meter freestyle final on August 1.She won her third gold in Tokyo and set an Olympic record time of 23.81 seconds.Hide Caption 27 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The United States’ Raven Saunders competes in the shot put on August 1.

Saunders, who stood out with her eye-catching mask and her green and purple hair, won the silver.Hide Caption 28 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Georgia’s Iakobi Kajaia, left, takes on Russian Sergei Semenov in a Greco-Roman wrestling quarterfinal on August 1.

Kajaia won the match.Hide Caption 29 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Divers warm up ahead of the women’s 3-meter springboard finals on August 1.Hide Caption 30 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, left, and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi embrace after they both won gold in the high jump on August 1.They agreed to share the medal after they both cleared 2.37 meters but failed to clear 2.39.Hide Caption 31 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics From left, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, the United States’ Bobby Finke, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk, Germany’s Florian Wellbrock and Great Britain’s Daniel Jervis race the 1,500-meter freestyle on August 1.

Finke won the gold after racing down Romanchuk and Wellbrock in the final 50 meters.Finke also won gold in the 800-meter freestyle earlier in these Olympics.Hide Caption 32 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US golfer Xander Schauffele hits a tee shot during the third round on Saturday, July 31.

He went on to win gold, holding off Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini by one stroke.Hide Caption 33 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Members of the Dominican Republic’s volleyball team line up before a match against Kenya on July 31.

Hide Caption 34 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates after winning gold in the 100-meter dash on July 31.

She set an Olympic record time of 10.61 seconds as she defended her title from 2016.Hide Caption 35 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Jamaica dominated the 100 meters, winning all three medals.Behind Thompson-Herah were Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson.Fraser-Pryce won this event in 2008 and 2012.

Hide Caption 36 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic serves to the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova during the gold-medal tennis match on July 31.

Bencic won 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.Hide Caption 37 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Poland won the Olympics’ first-ever mixed relay in the 4×400 meters.From left are Kajetan Duszynski, Natalia Kaczmarek, Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and Karol Zalewski.Hide Caption 38 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Members of France’s track cycling team train inside the Izu Velodrome on July 31.

Hide Caption 39 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US diver Hailey Hernandez competes in the 3-meter springboard on July 31.Hide Caption 40 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japan’s Shoichiro Mukai, left, and Germany’s Eduard Trippel compete in team judo on July 31.Hide Caption 41 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American swimmer Caeleb Dressel competes in the 100-meter butterfly on July 31.He finished in 49.45 seconds, winning gold and breaking his own world record in the process.Hide Caption 42 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Russian fencers celebrate after winning gold in the team sabre event on July 31.

Hide Caption 43 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Sweden’s Armand “Mondo” Duplantis competes in the pole vault on July 31.He holds the world record in the event.Hide Caption 44 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Dutch field hockey players run from sprinklers after pre-match warmups on July 31.Hide Caption 45 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Kenya’s Mercy Moim spikes the ball during a volleyball match against the Dominican Republic on July 31.Hide Caption 46 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Spanish tennis player Pablo Carreño Busta celebrates after he defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic to win bronze on July 31.Hide Caption 47 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Members of New Zealand’s rugby team hug after defeating France to win gold on July 31.Hide Caption 48 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US swimmer Simone Manuel leaves the pool after failing to qualify for the 50-meter freestyle final on July 31.

In 2016, Manuel became the first African American woman to ever win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming.Hide Caption 49 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The United States’ Katie Ledecky leads Australia’s Ariarne Titmus during the 800-meter freestyle on July 31.

Ledecky won the event for the third straight Olympics.Titmus took the silver.Hide Caption 50 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The United States’ Kendra Harrison races a 100-meter hurdles heat on July 31.Hide Caption 51 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Team Israel celebrates winning the bronze in the judo mixed-team event on July 31.France won the gold and Japan won the silver.Hide Caption 52 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Lydia Jacoby’s goggles fell off while the American was competing in the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay on July 31.

The US team finished fifth in the event.Great Britain won the gold.Hide Caption 53 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Great Britain’s Charlotte Worthington competes in BMX freestyle on July 31.She would go on to win gold.Hide Caption 54 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth competes in the mixed relay triathlon on July 31.Great Britain won gold in the event, which was the first of its kind in Olympics history.Hide Caption 55 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The world’s top-ranked tennis player, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, reacts during his semifinal match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev on Friday, July 30.Zverev won 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, ending Djokovic’s quest for a “Golden Slam.” Djokovic has already won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon this year.

He was looking to add an Olympic gold and then a US Open title later in the year.The only person in history to win all five in one calendar year was Steffi Graf in 1988.

Hide Caption 56 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US players celebrate after they defeated the Netherlands in a penalty shootout July 30 to advance to the semifinals in women’s football.Hide Caption 57 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Swimmers compete in the 1,500-meter freestyle on July 30.Hide Caption 58 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A robot shoots a free throw during halftime of a women’s basketball game between Belgium and Puerto Rico on July 30.

Hide Caption 59 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Dominican baseball players Gustavo Nunez, left, and Julio Rodriguez collide as Rodriguez catches a ball during their 1-0 win over Mexico on July 30.Hide Caption 60 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega won the 10,000 meters on July 30 after a thrilling sprint on the final lap.Hide Caption 61 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Australian diver Esther Qin competes in the 3-meter springboard event on July 30.Hide Caption 62 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Athletes compete in the Olympic debut of the 4×400-meter mixed relay on July 30.Hide Caption 63 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Lea Yanitsas, a goalkeeper for Australia’s water polo team, tries to block a shot during a match against Spain on July 30.Hide Caption 64 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Russian rugby player Anna Baranchuk reaches for the ball during a match against New Zealand on July 30.Hide Caption 65 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Morocco’s Mohamed Tindouft falls while competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on July 30.

Hide Caption 66 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker is congratulated by some of her fellow competitors — from left, American Lilly King, American Annie Lazor and South African Kaylene Corbett — after winning gold in the 200-meter breaststroke on July 30.She broke the world record, finishing with a time of 2:18.95.Hide Caption 67 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US gymnast Sunisa “Suni” Lee competes on the balance beam during the individual all-around final on Thursday, July 29.Lee is the fifth straight American to win gold in the event going back to the 2004 Olympics.Hide Caption 68 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The Czech Republic’s Jiri Prskavec reacts after winning gold in the kayak final on July 30.Hide Caption 69 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Australia’s Saya Sakakibara receives medical attention after a crash in the BMX racing semifinal on July 30.She was leading the race when she went down.

American BMX racer Connor Fields was also injured in a semifinal race.Hide Caption 70 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Indonesian badminton players Apriyani Rahayu and Greysia Polii react after winning their quarterfinal match on July 29.Hide Caption 71 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics From left, US gymnasts Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles and MyKayla Skinner cheer for teammate Suni Lee after her gold-medal performance on July 29.

Biles, the defending champion, withdrew from the event because of mental-health concerns.Correction: This caption has been updated to include Grace McCallum, who was previously misidentified by Getty Images.Hide Caption 72 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics British field hockey players prepare to defend a penalty corner during a match against the Netherlands on July 29.Hide Caption 73 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American swimmer Caeleb Dressel, top, competes in the 100-meter freestyle final on July 29.With an Olympic record time of 47.02 seconds, he won his fourth career gold medal and his second in Tokyo.

He won the race by just .06 seconds.Hide Caption 74 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American gymnast Suni Lee takes a selfie with silver medalist Rebeca Andrade, center, and bronze medalist Angelina Melnikova after winning the individual all-around on July 29.Andrade is the first Brazilian to ever medal in women’s gymnastics.Melnikova is Russian.Hide Caption 75 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Tunisia’s Mohamed Hammed picks an arrow during archery competition on July 29.

Hide Caption 76 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US beach volleyball player Sarah Sponcil stretches out for a ball during a match on July 29.Hide Caption 77 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US swimmer Katie McLaughlin places a silver medal around the neck of teammate Katie Ledecky after the 4×200-meter freestyle relay on July 29.

The International Olympic Committee created a contactless medal ceremony, asking athletes to put their medals on themselves.Some athletes have been putting the medal on their teammates.Hide Caption 78 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Canadian fencer Eleanor Harvey, left, competes against France’s Ysaora Thibus in a foil team quarterfinal on July 29.Hide Caption 79 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Italy’s Cristina Chirichella serves the ball during a match against Argentina on July 29.Hide Caption 80 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Brazil’s Bruna de Paula is defended by Spain’s Lara González Ortega during a preliminary round handball match on July 29.Hide Caption 81 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japanese golfer Rikuya Hoshino tees off to start his first round on July 29.

The Olympic golf is taking place at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Japan.Hide Caption 82 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics From left, the United States’ Bobby Finke, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk and Germany’s Florian Wellbrock dive in the water at the start of the 800-meter freestyle final on July 29.Finke won gold after a late rally.Hide Caption 83 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics China’s Sun Yingsha waits for a serve from Japan’s Mima Ito during a table-tennis semifinal on July 29.

Sun won to advance to the final.Hide Caption 84 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics BMX racers compete in the women’s quarterfinals on July 29.Hide Caption 85 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Spain’s Cristina Ouviña, center, is defended by a group of Serbian players during a preliminary round basketball game on July 29.Hide Caption 86 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japanese badminton player Arisa Higashino, top, hits a shot toward China’s Huang Dongping in a mixed-doubles semifinal on July 29.

Hide Caption 87 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US swimmer Katie Ledecky celebrates after crushing the field in the 1,500-meter freestyle on Wednesday, July 28.It was her sixth career gold medal and her eighth Olympic medal in all.Hide Caption 88 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Ledecky led the field for most of the 1,500-meter freestyle, and she finished the race more than four seconds ahead of silver medalist Erica Sullivan, a fellow American.Hide Caption 89 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japanese gymnast Daiki Hashimoto competes during the individual all-around on July 28.Hashimoto won the gold.Hide Caption 90 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev receives medical treatment during his third-round singles match on July 28.Midway through the match, the Russian — known for his dry humor and sarcasm — approached the chair umpire to ask what would happen if he died.Medvedev went on to win the match over Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

Hide Caption 91 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Poland’s Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski compete in the 49er sailing competition on July 28.Hide Caption 92 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Serbia’s Dusan Domovic Bulut, left, competes for the ball with Belgium’s Rafael Bogaerts, center, and Thibaut Vervoort during a 3-on-3 basketball game on July 28.Serbia won the game for a bronze medal.Hide Caption 93 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American divers Michael Hixon, left, and Andrew Capobianco compete in the synchronized 3-meter springboard event on July 28.They won silver.China’s Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi won gold.Hide Caption 94 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics From left, Jacquelyn Young, Stefanie Dolson, Kelsey Plum and Allisha Gray celebrate after they won gold in 3-on-3 basketball on July 28.This was the first year that 3-on-3 was an Olympic event.

Hide Caption 95 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Swiss cyclist Marlen Reusser competes in the time trial event on July 28.Hide Caption 96 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Fiji players celebrate after winning gold in rugby sevens on July 28.Hide Caption 97 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Kazakhstan’s Bekzad Nurdauletov gets hit by Russian boxer Imam Khataev during their light-heavyweight match on July 28.Khataev won 4-1.

Hide Caption 98 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Chinese weightlifter Shi Zhiyong celebrates July 28 after winning gold in the 73-kilogram weight class.He lifted 166 kilograms in the snatch and 198 kilograms in the clean-and-jerk, setting a new world record total of 364 kilograms.Hide Caption 99 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japan’s baseball players celebrate a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dominican Republic on July 28.It was the first baseball game of these Olympics.

Hide Caption 100 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japan’s Megumi Murakami competes in a beach volleyball match on July 28.Hide Caption 101 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A crowd watches equestrian action on July 28.Hide Caption 102 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Australia’s Ariarne Titmus swims her way to gold in the 200-meter freestyle on July 28.She also set a new Olympic record, finishing in 1:53.50.

It is her second gold of these Olympics, as she also won the 400-meter freestyle.

Hide Caption 103 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Egyptian fencer Ziad Elsissy celebrates a team sabre win on July 28.Hide Caption 104 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US gymnast Simone Biles wears her warm-up gear after she pulled out of the team all-around competition on Tuesday, July 27.Biles withdrew after stumbling on the vault, Team USA’s first apparatus of the night.

She cited mental-health concerns for her withdrawal.”I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being,” she told reporters.Hide Caption 105 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A tattoo of the Olympic rings is seen on the back of South African swimmer Brad Tandy on July 27.Many of this year’s athletes are sporting a wide range of ink.Hide Caption 106 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A man sits among rows of empty seats as he watches table tennis at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on July 27.Hide Caption 107 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US gymnast Simone Biles performs on the vault during the team all-around event on July 27.She stumbled on the landing and withdrew right after that, saying she wasn’t in the right frame of mind to compete.”It just sucks when you’re fighting with your own head,” she told reporters.

Hide Caption 108 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics An underwater view shows the United States’ Delaney Schnell, left, and Jessica Parratto after a dive in the the synchronized 10-meter platform event on July 27.Hide Caption 109 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Turkish archer Yasemin Anagoz competes on July 27.Hide Caption 110 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics French slalom canoeist Marie-Zélia Lafont competes in the K-1 semifinal on July 27.Hide Caption 111 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japan’s softball team celebrates with head coach Reika Utsugi after winning the gold-medal game against the United States on July 27.Japan won 2-0.Hide Caption 112 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Russian gymnast Viktoria Listunova performs on the balance beam during the team all-around competition on July 27.She won the gold medal along with her teammates Vladislava Urazova, Angelina Melnikova and Lilia Akhaimova.Russian athletes at these Olympics are officially recognized as members of ROC, an abbreviation of the Russian Olympic Committee.

That’s because in 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from all international sporting competitions, including the Olympics, for doping non-compliance.Russian athletes can’t compete under their country’s name, flag and national anthem until December 2022.Hide Caption 113 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics German table-tennis player Timo Boll serves during a match on July 27.Hide Caption 114 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun reacts after winning gold in the 59-kilogram category on July 27.Hide Caption 115 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A man in Yokohama, Japan, walks past the Olympic rings lit up at dusk on July 27.Hide Caption 116 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The United States’ Carissa Moore celebrates after she won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in surfing on July 27.Hide Caption 117 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American Regan Smith swims the final of the women’s 100-meter backstroke on July 27.She won the bronze.

Hide Caption 118 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American Haleigh Washington, left, spikes the ball during a volleyball match against China on July 27.The United States won in straight sets, 29-27, 25-22, 25-21.Hide Caption 119 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Norway’s Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen compete in the 49erFX sailing competition on July 27.

Hide Caption 120 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US diver Jessica Parratto cries after she and teammate Delaney Schnell won a silver medal in the synchronized 10-meter platform event on July 27.Hide Caption 121 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Estonian fencer Katrina Lehis, left, squares off against Italy’s Mara Navarria in the team epée semifinals on July 27.Hide Caption 122 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Russian swimmer Evgeny Rylov wears a cat-themed mask as he waits to receive his gold medal on July 27.Rylov won the 100-meter backstroke.Hide Caption 123 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira competes in the gold-medal final on July 27.

He won gold despite his board breaking on his first wave.Hide Caption 124 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka reacts during her third-round loss to the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova on July 27.Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony, had 32 unforced errors in the match.It’s the first time she has lost in a hard-court tournament since the 2020 Australian Open.Hide Caption 125 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Lydia Jacoby, left, is congratulated by fellow American swimmer Lilly King after winning the 100-meter breaststroke on July 27.Jacoby, 17, is the first-ever Olympic swimmer from Alaska, and she was not expected to win the event.

King, a race favorite who won the event at the 2016 Olympics, finished with the bronze this time.Hide Caption 126 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Brazil’s Ana Paula Rodrigues Belo attempts to shoot during a handball match against Hungary on July 27.Hide Caption 127 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Bermuda’s Flora Duffy celebrates after she won gold in the triathlon on July 27.It’s the first-ever Olympic gold medal for an athlete representing Bermuda.Hide Caption 128 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics From left, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú, the United States’ Alex Walsh and China’s Yu Yiting take part in a semifinal race for the 200-meter individual medley on July 27.Walsh won the race.

Hide Caption 129 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics France’s Endy Miyem is defended by Japan’s Himawari Akaho during a basketball game on July 27.Japan defeated France 74-70.Hide Caption 130 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Russian swimmer Evgeny Rylov celebrates after winning the 100-meter backstroke on July 27.His countryman Kliment Kolesnikov won the silver.Hide Caption 131 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Members of the media are pictured in the foreground as Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, bottom left, and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo play a badminton match against Taiwan’s Lee Yang, top left, and Wang Chi-lin on July 27.Hide Caption 132 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics South Korean fencer Kang Young-mi, right, is congratulated by her teammates after they defeated the United States in the epée quarterfinals on July 27.Hide Caption 133 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US water polo player Johnny Hooper takes a shot during the team’s 20-3 win over South Africa on July 27.

Hide Caption 134 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics From left, Russian gymnasts David Belyavskiy, Artur Dalaloyan, Nikita Nagornyy and Denis Ablyazin react after winning gold in the team all-around on Monday, July 26.Hide Caption 135 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japanese table-tennis players Jun Mizutani, left, and Mima Ito celebrate their dramatic victory over China in the mixed-doubles final on July 26.Mizutani and Ito came back from two sets down to win 4-3, clinching the final set 11-6.The win ended years of Chinese dominance in the sport.China had won every Olympic title in table tennis since South Korea’s Ryu Seung-min triumphed in the men’s singles competition at the 2004 Athens Games.

Hide Caption 136 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz reacts after winning the 55-kilogram weightlifting competition on July 26.It’s her country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal.Prior to Diaz’s gold, the Philippines had claimed three silvers and seven bronzes.Diaz won one of the silvers in the 2016 Olympics.Hide Caption 137 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The sun sets in Tokyo on July 26 as Belgium plays the Netherlands in a men’s 3-on-3 basketball game.The event is making its Olympic debut this year.Hide Caption 138 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Volunteers sit in mostly empty stands during archery competition on July 26.Hide Caption 139 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The Czech Republic’s Lukas Rohan competes in a canoeing semifinal on July 26.

Hide Caption 140 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Fencers Sofia Pozdniakova and Sofya Velikaya, both representing the Russian Olympic Committee, compete against each other in the individual sabre final on July 26.Pozdniakova, a two-time world champion and daughter of Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdniakov, defeated Velikaya 15-11.Hide Caption 141 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Spain’s Adrian Gavira Collado waits for a serve during a beach volleyball match on July 26.Hide Caption 142 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung looks at his gold medal after beating Italy’s Daniele Garozzo in the men’s foil final on July 26.It was Hong Kong’s first gold at the Summer Olympics in 25 years.Hide Caption 143 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus edges the United States’ Katie Ledecky to win the 400-meter freestyle on July 26.It’s the first Olympic medal for Titmus, the defending world champion in the event.Ledecky won the event at the 2016 Olympics, where she set a world record that still stands today.

Hide Caption 144 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Three US swimmers — from right, Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni and Bowen Becker — celebrate after winning the 4×100-meter freestyle relay on July 26.Not pictured is teammate Zach Apple, who swam the anchor leg.Hide Caption 145 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japanese skateboarder Momiji Nishiya grinds a rail during the women’s street competition on July 26.The 13-year-old won gold in the new event, a day after fellow Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome won gold on the men’s side.She is one of the youngest gold-medal winners in Olympic history.She is just months older than the current female record-holder, American diver Marjorie Gestring, who was 13 years and 267 days old when she won gold at the Berlin Games in 1936.Hide Caption 146 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Iran’s Meisam Salehi spikes the ball during a volleyball match against Venezuela on July 26.

Hide Caption 147 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics British divers Tom Daley, left, and Matty Lee compete in the synchronized 10-meter platform event on July 26.They won the gold.Hide Caption 148 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt lies on the ground wrapped in finish-line tape after he won the triathlon on July 26.

On the right, silver medalist Alex Yee of Great Britain hugs bronze medalist Hayden Wilde of New Zealand.Hide Caption 149 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Norway’s Richard Andre Ordemann is kicked in the face by Jordan’s Saleh Elsharabaty during a taekwondo bout on July 26.Elsharabaty won 5-4.Hide Caption 150 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The US softball team celebrates its 2-1 win over Japan on July 26.

The two teams will meet again in the gold-medal game July 27.

Hide Caption 151 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Eldric Sella Rodriguez, a middleweight boxer with the Refugee Olympic Team, lies on the ground after being knocked down by the Dominican Republic’s Euri Cedeno Martinez on July 26.

The fight was stopped in the first round, and Cedeno Martinez was declared the winner.Hide Caption 152 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Athletes dive into the water at the start of the men’s triathlon on July 26.A broadcast boat prevented all swimmers from starting, forcing a restart.It was the first-ever call of its kind in an Olympic triathlon.Hide Caption 153 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japan’s Hifumi Abe celebrates after winning gold in judo on Sunday, July 25.Hide Caption 154 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The Tokyo 2020 logo is reflected in the backboard as France’s Evan Fournier rises for a shot on July 25.France upset the United States 83-76 in what was both teams’ opening games.The US team hadn’t lost an Olympic game since 2004.

Hide Caption 155 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Chinese weightlifter Chen Lijun celebrates on July 25.He won gold in his 67-kilogram weight class after lifting 187 kilograms — an Olympic record — in the clean-and-jerk.

His total lift of 332 kilograms edged Colombia’s Luis Javier Mosquera Lozano by one kilogram.Hide Caption 156 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten celebrates after completing the road race on July 25.She thought she had won the gold medal, not realizing that Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer had broken away from the pack and finished first.Cyclists race without earpieces at the Olympics, and that played a part in her confusion, she said.But she was still “really proud” of her silver medal.Hide Caption 157 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US equestrian Adrienne Lyle rides Salvino in the dressage competition on July 25.

Hide Caption 158 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Great Britain’s Adam Peaty competes in a semifinal of the 100-meter breaststroke on July 25.Peaty, the world-record holder in the event, went on to win gold in the final.He also won the event at the 2016 Olympics.Hide Caption 159 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US gymnast Simone Biles stumbles on a balance beam dismount during the qualification event on July 25.She still qualified for the event finals, and the United States finished second in qualification for the all-around.”Obviously, there are little things we need to work on, so we’ll go back and practice and work on that just so we can do our best performance at team finals (on Tuesday), because that’s what matters,” Biles said.

Hide Caption 160 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American Anastasija Zolotic celebrates after winning gold in taekwondo on July 25.She is the first US woman to win Olympic gold in the event.Hide Caption 161 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Staff members prepare for judo competition at the Budokan arena in Tokyo.Hide Caption 162 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Spanish judoka Alberto Gaitero Martin is bandaged during his bout against Ukraine’s Georgii Zantaraia on July 25.

Hide Caption 163 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics China’s Zhang Changning spikes the ball in a preliminary-round volleyball match against Turkey on July 25.Hide Caption 164 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Mexico’s Dallas Escobedo warms up before a softball game against Italy on July 25.Softball is back at the Olympics for the first time since 2008.Hide Caption 165 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American gymnast Simone Biles performs on the vault during the qualification round on July 25.The team all-around final is Tuesday, and the Americans will look to defend the gold they won at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.Hide Caption 166 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics American swimmer Chase Kalisz celebrates after winning gold in the 400-meter individual medley on July 25.

It was the first medal for the United States in this year’s Olympics.Hide Caption 167 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira rides a wave during an early heat on July 25.This is the first year that surfing is in the Olympics.Hide Caption 168 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japan’s Naomi Osaka hits a forehand during her first-round match against China’s Zheng Saisai on July 25.

Osaka won 6-1, 6-4.Hide Caption 169 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Kimia Alizadeh, a taekwondo athlete representing the Olympic Refugee Team, kicks Iran’s Nahid Kiyani Chandeh during her first match on July 25.Alizadeh was born in Iran and became the country’s first female athlete to win an Olympic medal when she won bronze at the 2016 Games.But she defected last year amid searing criticism of the regime in Tehran.

Alizadeh defeated Chandeh 18-9.Hide Caption 170 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Marina Nekrasova, a gymnast from Azerbaijan, competes on the uneven bars during the qualification round on July 25.Hide Caption 171 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Italy’s Alessandro Velotto moves the ball during a water polo match against South Africa on July 25.Hide Caption 172 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japan’s Yuto Horigome competes in street skateboarding on July 25.

Horigome went on to win the first-ever Olympic gold medal in skateboarding.Hide Caption 173 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Hungarian fencer Flora Pasztor, left, competes against Algeria’s Meriem Mebarki on July 25.Hide Caption 174 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty, the world’s top-ranked player who won Wimbledon earlier this month, reacts during her first-round loss to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo on July 25.

Sorribes Tormo won 6-4, 6-3.Hide Caption 175 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Australian swimmers celebrate together after they won gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay on July 25.

They also set a new world record (3:29.69).Clockwise from left are Meg Harris, Emma McKeon, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell.Hide Caption 176 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics German beach-volleyball players Julia Sude and Karla Borger play Switzerland’s Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich in an empty Shiokaze Park on Saturday, July 24.Hide Caption 177 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Hend Zaza, the youngest Olympian this summer, competes in table tennis on July 24.The 12-year-old Syrian was knocked out in the preliminary round, losing 4-0 to Austrian Jia Liu.Hide Caption 178 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Fans wait at the finish of the men’s cycling road race on July 24.The Fuji International Speedway, in Oyama, Japan, is one of the five Olympic venues open to fans this year.

Hide Caption 179 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Nigerian gymnast Uche Eke competes on the horizontal bar on July 24.Hide Caption 180 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Chinese fencer Sun Yiwen celebrates with her coach Hugues Obry after winning gold in the épée on July 24.Hide Caption 181 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Chinese weightlifter Hou Zhihui competes on July 24.She set an Olympic record in her 49-kilogram weight class, lifting 94 kilograms in the snatch round and 116 kilograms in the clean-and-jerk.Hide Caption 182 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics China’s Yang Qian, the first gold-medal winner of these Olympics, celebrates on July 24.

She finished first in the 10-meter air rifle.Hide Caption 183 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Badminton players compete amid rows of empty seats on July 24.Hide Caption 184 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A staff member picks up the mouthguard of Great Britain’s Peter McGrail during a boxing match on July 24.

Hide Caption 185 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Cyclists compete in the men’s road race on July 24.Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz won the race after breaking away in the final 10 kilometers.Hide Caption 186 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics During a break in his first-round match, Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev cools down with a mobile air conditioner and a towel with ice cubes.”It was some of the worst (heat) I’ve ever had,” he said after he beat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik.

Hide Caption 187 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron at the end of the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23.Hide Caption 188 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Fireworks go off after Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron.Hide Caption 189 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics An overhead view of Osaka lighting the cauldron.The cauldron was designed in the shape of a cherry blossom.

Hide Caption 190 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The Olympic flag is raised near the end of the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 191 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Live performers pose as the triathlon pictogram during the opening ceremony.There are 50 sports taking place this year in the Tokyo Olympics, and all of their pictograms were acted out by the performers.Hide Caption 192 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, makes a speech during the opening ceremony.

At left is Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.Hide Caption 193 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japanese jazz composer Hiromi Uehara plays the piano during the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 194 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The Olympic flag is carried toward the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony.

Hide Caption 195 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Japan’s Emperor Naruhito delivers a speech and formally opens the Olympic Games.

Hide Caption 196 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Members of the Refugee Olympic Team march during the parade of nations.Hide Caption 197 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua made headlines for going shirtless at the 2016 and 2018 opening ceremonies, and he was at it again in Tokyo.

He will be competing in taekwondo.Hide Caption 198 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Athletes from the United States march during the customary parade of nations.

Hide Caption 199 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics During one portion of the opening ceremony, there were 1,800 drones flying over the stadium to form a globe in the night sky.As the glowing drones soared over the stadium, performers sang “Imagine” by John Lennon.Hide Caption 200 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Athletes from various nations sit during the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 201 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Athletes from Team Norway take part in the parade of nations.Hide Caption 202 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The Olympic teams from every country watch performers on stage.

Hide Caption 203 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics US athletes hold an American flag during the parade of nations.Hide Caption 204 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Russian athletes pose for a photo during the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 205 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A police officer is seen in the mostly empty stadium on July 23.Organizers said that for the opening ceremony, only 950 VIPs would be present in a stadium that can seat nearly 70,000 people.Hide Caption 206 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics French athletes march during the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 207 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A member of Egypt’s delegation enters the stadium during the parade of nations.Hide Caption 208 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics British flag-bearers Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi lead out the team during the opening ceremony’s parade of nations.

Sbihi, a rower, made history as Great Britain’s first Muslim flag-bearer.Hide Caption 209 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Greece’s athletes march into the stadium to kick off the parade of nations.Hide Caption 210 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Dancers take part in the start of the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 211 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics People perform during the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 212 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The Japanese flag is carried during the opening ceremony.After the Japanese National Anthem was sung, a moment of silence was called to remember the global victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.Hide Caption 213 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A performer acts during the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 214 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics The start of the ceremony reflected the isolated training that many athletes had to do during the pandemic.

Hide Caption 215 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, takes part in a moment of silence during the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 216 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A lone performer is seen during the start of the opening ceremony.Hide Caption 217 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics A police officer gestures toward a small group of people who were protesting the Olympics outside the National Stadium on July 23.A significant portion of the Japanese public opposes holding the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic.Hide Caption 218 of 219 Photos: The best photos from the Tokyo Olympics Fireworks explode over the stadium as the opening ceremony got underway.

Hide Caption 219 of 219 In Europe, the pandemic has exacerbated the migrant crisis .Humanitarian organizations say that pushbacks at borders in countries such as Greece, an absence of sea rescues in the Mediterranean, and unhealthy quarantine arrangements have created huge challenges.Restrictions on movement, as well as the closure of transport routes and processing centers, have made travel harder and more dangerous.”The refugee issue, the migration issue, the issue of people on the move out of different necessities has become so politicized, so manipulated by unscrupulous politicians,” says Grandi.”And very often, these people move because they flee from war, from persecution.

And in the case of migrants, which is a different group of people, they flee because of very hard necessity.”All these people have been portrayed wrongly as people that come to threaten affluent societies, steal jobs, weaken values, bring insecurity — in a very negative way.Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics American gymnast Simone Biles is the defending Olympic champion in the individual all-around, and if the high-flying 24-year-old wins in Tokyo she will be the first woman to repeat since Vera Caslavska in 1968.Many consider Biles to be the greatest gymnast of all time.Over the past few years, she has astounded us with never-before-seen moves; there are now four original skills that are named after her.And earlier this year she became the first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike vault in competition.

Hide Caption 1 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Naomi Osaka (Japan): Osaka, one of the biggest stars in tennis, recently made headlines when she withdrew from the French Open, citing her mental health.The four-time major winner also sat out Wimbledon.But the 23-year-old will be competing in her home country for the Olympics.Hide Caption 2 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Katie Ledecky (United States): Ledecky was one of the biggest stars of 2016, winning five Olympic golds and setting two world records — one in the 400-meter freestyle and one in the 800-meter freestyle.

She was the first swimmer since 1968 to win the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyles at the same Olympics, and she will be looking to defend all of those titles in Tokyo.She will also be favored in the 1,500-meter freestyle, which is making its debut this year on the women’s side.Ledecky, 24, has broken 14 world records during her illustrious career.Hide Caption 3 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Nyjah Huston (United States): Skateboarding makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, and Huston is one of the sport’s icons.The 26-year-old, who has nearly 5 million followers on Instagram, has won three of the last four world titles in the street category.He’s also won the most street medals in X Games history.Hide Caption 4 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Noah Lyles (United States): Lyles, center, is the current world champion in the 200 meters and many people’s favorite to win the event at the Olympics, which Usain Bolt won in each of the past three Games.

Bolt’s retirement also opens the door for a new 100-meter champion.Lyles, 23, was expected to compete in that event, too, but he finished seventh at the US Olympic trials and failed to qualify.The winner of that race, Trayvon Bromell, is now among the favorites there.Hide Caption 5 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Stephanie Gilmore (Australia): Surfing makes its Olympic debut this year, and the highly decorated Gilmore will be one of the favorites on the women’s side.The 33-year-old has won more world titles — seven — than any of her competitors.

She’ll be looking to beat out American Carissa Moore, the current world champ.Hide Caption 6 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Laurel Hubbard (New Zealand): Hubbard will be the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics.

Hubbard, 43, competed in men’s weightlifting competitions before transitioning in 2013.She has been eligible to compete in the Olympics since 2015, when the International Olympic Committee issued new guidelines that allow any transgender athlete to compete as a woman provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before their first competition, according to Reuters.

Hide Caption 7 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Allyson Felix (United States): Felix kisses her daughter, Camryn, at the US Olympic trials in June.Felix, 35, is the only female track-and-field athlete to win six Olympic gold medals, and she also has three silvers.If she wins a medal in Tokyo, she would stand alone as the most decorated female track star in Olympic history.Over the past few years, Felix has been an advocate for change, whether it be taking part in Black Lives Matter protests or standing up for maternal protections in contracts.

This is her fifth Olympic Games.

Hide Caption 8 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Caeleb Dressel (United States): Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has called it a career.But Dressel might be the next big thing in men’s swimming.The 24-year-old has already got two Olympic gold medals, and he’s the world-record holder in the 100-meter butterfly.

He’ll be racing in that event as well as the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle.Hide Caption 9 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Janja Garnbret (Slovenia): Sport climbing is one of four sports making their Olympic debut this year, and Garnbret, 22, is one of the best sport climbers on the planet.The 2019 World Cup champion is heavily favored to win gold.Hide Caption 10 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Shi Tingmao (China): China’s diving teams have been dominating Olympic competitions since 1984, taking home 40 gold medals out of a possible 56.

Shi, 29, won two golds in 2016 and will look to add to that tally before calling it a career.She’s owned the 3-meter springboard events since 2015, rarely losing an event.Hide Caption 11 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Sky Brown (Great Britain): The 13-year-old skateboarder lives up to her name, soaring through the air when she competes in the park event.Sky, Britain’s youngest-ever summer Olympian, is ranked third in the world in park skateboarding.Her Olympic qualification finished an inspiring comeback story: Last year, she fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during training.Sky also was born in Japan.Her mother is Japanese and her father is British.Hide Caption 12 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Simone Manuel (United States): Manuel made history in 2016 when she became the first African American woman to win gold in an individual swimming event.

She won’t be able to defend her crown in the 100-meter freestyle, as she wasn’t able to qualify this time around, but she will be competing in the 50-meter freestyle.The 24-year-old also medaled in two relays in 2016.Hide Caption 13 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya): Kipchoge, the only person to complete a marathon in under two hours, is a legend in the sport.The 36-year-old won Olympic gold in 2016 and is one of the favorites to win in Tokyo.Hide Caption 14 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Hend Zaza (Syria): At 12 years old, Zaza is expected to be the youngest Olympian in Tokyo — and the fifth-youngest person ever to compete in the Olympics.The table-tennis player actually qualified in February 2020 when she was just 11.

Because of the country’s civil war, she hasn’t been able to enter many tournaments, her coach has said.Hide Caption 15 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Zhu Ting (China): Zhu is the captain of China’s indoor volleyball team, which won Olympic gold five years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

The 6-foot-6 outside hitter is 26 years old, but she’s already considered one of the greatest volleyball players of all time.Hide Caption 16 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica): Fraser-Pryce, right, is looking to become the first woman to win the 100-meter dash at three different Olympics.The 5-foot-1 “Pocket Rocket” finished third in 2016 after winning gold in 2008 and 2012, but she rebounded to win the event at the 2019 World Championships.And in June, she clocked a time of 10.63 seconds, which is the second-fastest 100 time ever for a woman.If the 34-year-old wins gold in Tokyo, she would be the oldest person to win an individual Olympic sprint.Hide Caption 17 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Ryo Kiyuna (Japan): Kiyuna is from the island of Okinawa, which is considered the birthplace of karate, and he is one of the favorites to win gold as the sport appears at the Olympics for the first time.The 31-year-old competes in the kata event, which is a solo discipline where the athletes demonstrate various forms.Hide Caption 18 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Kevin Durant (United States): Team USA has dominated men’s basketball since 1992, when NBA players were first allowed to play and the “Dream Team” became a global phenomenon.

The Americans have won the last three gold medals and six of the last seven — only coming up short in 2004.Durant, 32, is one of two returning players from the team that won in 2016, and he’ll be looked to for leadership and scoring.Durant led the team in scoring in 2016, and he averaged 34.3 points in the NBA playoffs this year.Hide Caption 19 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Masahiro Tanaka (Japan): For the first time since 2008, baseball is back at the Olympics.

Unfortunately, baseball-crazy Japan will not be able to cheer on the national team in person, as all Olympic spectators have been banned because of Covid-19.Tanaka, a former New York Yankee who made two All-Star teams, now plays professionally in Japan with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.The 32-year-old is one of the most well-known names on a team that includes pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, shortstop Hayato Sakamato and outfielder Seiyka Suzuki.Major League Baseball players are not competing in Tokyo.

Hide Caption 20 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Ariarne Titmus (Australia): The biggest threat to Katie Ledecky’s dominance in the pool could be Titmus, a 20-year Australian nicknamed the “Terminator.” Titmus defeated Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle two years ago at the World Championships.Ledecky was battling a stomach virus at the time, but Titmus has only gotten better since then.She nearly broke Ledecky’s 400-meter world record in June, finishing just .44 seconds off the pace.Hide Caption 21 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Megan Rapinoe (United States): The US women’s soccer team is packed with superstars, including Rose Lavelle, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

But it’s impossible to take your eyes off Rapinoe, who scored the game-winning goal in the 2019 World Cup final and was named the tournament’s best player.The 36-year-old has also been an outspoken advocate for equality and inclusivity.Hide Caption 22 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Karsten Warholm (Norway): Warholm broke a 29-year-old world record this summer when he finished the 400-meter hurdles in 46.70 seconds.It was the longest-standing record in men’s track.

Warholm, 25, has dominated the event over the last few years, winning the last two world titles.Hide Caption 23 of 24 Photos: 25 athletes to watch in the Tokyo Olympics Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird (United States): If the US women’s basketball team wins gold — as it has in every Olympics since 1996 — then Taurasi, left, and Bird will become the first basketball players of any gender to win five Olympic gold medals.The two guards are two of the greatest women’s basketball players of all time.Taurasi, 39, is the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.

Bird, 40, is the league’s all-time leader in assists.Hide Caption 24 of 24 “Refugees bring enormous contributions, help build nations, help make economies more prosperous, bring diversity to societies.I think we need to look at it in this way.And this is the deepest and most important message of this team.” The Refugee Olympic Team is yet to win its first Olympic medal.

Kimia Alizadeh, who previously competed for Iran, came the closest after winning her first three taekwondo fights in Tokyo.

She then lost her next two, including the bronze medal fight.”It would be an incredible message of achievement, of hope in the future for millions and millions,” says Grandi of what a medal would mean for one of the team’s athletes.”There are 82.4 million refugees and displaced people around the world; this is their team, too.” Even without a medal, the very presence of these athletes’ at the Olympics — and the journeys they have taken to get here — is enough to inspire.Mohammed has his own goals for the Games: run a time of 13:30 in the 5,000 meters and qualify for the final.”It’s like a dream come true (to be here),” he says.”I’m just waiting for event day to pull on my kit and give it all my best.I’m really feeling good.”.

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