Olympic Games-Women triumph in Tokyo as Biles shines a light on mental health at the Games | Olympic Games
While the Olympics still digest the superb exit of American gymnast Simone Biles from the team event, the women’s champions caused a sensation in Tokyo on Wednesday as Ariarne Titmus of Australia, Katie Ledecky of the United States and Yui Ohashi of Japan all won gold in swimming.
Their powerful display underscored how women have become the most influential figures in the first week of the Tokyo Games, at a time of growing concern about the immense pressure on athletes and the fact that that they are receiving sufficient support for mental health.
The Games are being held without spectators and under a state of emergency in Tokyo, measures unprecedented in the history of the modern Olympic Games. Tokyo on Tuesday recorded a record 2,848 new cases, the highest since the start of the pandemic and local governments in three prefectures near Tokyo are expected to experience a new state of emergency, media reported.
Simone Biles sent shockwaves through the Summer Games on Tuesday when she dropped out of tag team competition on her opening jump after receiving a low rating.
The 24-year-old said the pressure to live up to expectations and her pursuit of a record gold medal left her with no choice but to give up for her own sanity.
She did not rule out a return to competition from Thursday’s all-around competition, where she would defend her Olympic title.
Her retirement from the team event came hours after tennis superstar Naomi Osaka lost in her Olympic singles event on Tuesday, her first tournament since her retirement from Roland Garros in May, when she said ‘she had suffered from depression for almost three years.
“We could do more” on the mental health of athletes, spokesman for the International Olympic Commission Mark Adams told reporters on Wednesday.
He said mental health remains a big issue and it was an issue the organization had been working on for some time.
In the pool on Wednesday, the women once again stole the show. Ariarne Titmus won a second gold medal in Tokyo, her first Olympics. Nicknamed the “Terminator”, she accelerated in the final meters to finish ahead of Ledecky, whom she beat a second time after winning the 400m freestyle on Monday.
“I’m from a small town in Tasmania and it shows that if you believe you can do something, you can do it 100% if you work for it,” she told ABC News in Australia.
American Ledecky won gold in the 1,500 freestyle, the first time the event was held for women. Diversity is a priority for the Tokyo Olympics with women’s events added in other sports including boxing.
Swimmer Yui Ohashi also won her second gold in the 200m medley after winning the 400m medley on Sunday.
The pandemic continued to loom over the Olympics, especially after the host city announced a record high https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/olympic-host-tokyo-asks-more-hospital- beds-covid -19-infections-rise-media-2021-07-27 of daily COVID-19 cases Tuesday.
Although Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has shut down any possibility of canceling the Olympics late Tuesday, organizers will likely remain on high alert for any major breaches of his bubble, which athletes and others involved in the Games avoid. any public contact.
Organizers have so far reported 169 Games-related COVID-19 cases, a tiny number considering the tens of thousands of people who turned out for the event.
Governors of three prefectures close to the host city are likely to ask the government to declare a state of emergency for their regions, media said.
The Japan baseball team warmed up Wednesday morning under partly cloudy skies in disaster-stricken Fukushima before a game against the Dominican Republic for