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Olympics notebook: China leads medal standings after Day 1

Field Level Media
25 Jul 2021, 02:55 GMT+10

China won three gold medals and four overall to lead the medals table after the first full day of competition Saturday at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

It was three women who took the honors for China: fencer Yiwen Sun (epee individual); shooter Qian Yang (10m air rifle); and weightlifter Zhihui Hou (49 kilograms).

In all, 11 gold medals were awarded on Day 1, including one to host nation Japan, won by Naohisa Takato in the 60 kg judo competition.

The United States did not medal on Saturday, marking the first time since Munich in 1972 that the Americans didn't take home an opening day medal in the Summer Games, according to Olympics historian Bill Mallon.

In other Olympics news:

--Team USA got off to a bad start in the singles portion of the tennis tournament, with four players losing on the first day of competition.

On the women's side, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland eliminated Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3. Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu, ranked No. No. 168 in the world, upset No. 36 Alison Riske 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-4. Among the men, Aslan Karatsev of Russia defeated Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-2, and Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain ousted Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 6-2.

The remaining three Americans -- Frances Tiafoe, Marcos Giron and Jennifer Brady - are scheduled to play Sunday in Japan.

--A record 121 current or former NBA and WNBA players are competing in the Olympics.

The traditional men's and women's tournaments include 65 players from the NBA, plus 51 from the WNBA. Five WNBA players -- four current and one former -- are participating in the inaugural 3x3 basketball tournament.

Outside of the U.S., Nigeria has the most current NBA players on its roster with eight, followed by Australia with seven and France with six.

-- Ecuador's Richard Caparaz overtook Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia on the descent in the men's road race to win the gold medal on a solo breakaway in 6:05:26.

The silver medal went to Wout van Aert of Belgium, with Pogacar finishing third for bronze.

--Field Level Media

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