Good morning, it's 7:30 a.m. Pacific on Saturday, and midnight is approaching in Tokyo. Here's what you missed while you were sleeping, as the first full day of the Games got underway.
Three things to know
1. China won the first gold medal of the Games when Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in women's 10-meter air rifle. The Chinese scored golds in weightlifting (Hou Zhihui, women's 49 kilogram) and fencing (Sun Yiwen, women's epee individual), bringing their total to three after the Games' first slate of finals. Seven other countries have one gold medal, including host Japan. The U.S. is awaiting its first medal, which could be won by Davis native Nyjah Huston in skateboarding's Olympic debut tonight (men's street final, 8:30 p.m., NBC).
2. The first medals of the Olympics are one thing. We would be remiss to not mention the first meme of the Olympics. That honor went to … the boyfriend of the mother of U.S. basketball player and flagbearer Sue Bird. Harry Dank briefly appeared on the Opening Ceremony telecast and went viral as it aired in primetime in the U.S., still trending on Twitter this morning.
Need to know more about Sue Bird's mom's boyfriend, Harry Dank. pic.twitter.com/tzyUJlLAAl
— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) July 24, 2021
Party on Harry Dank pic.twitter.com/w3ihMbK9Tr
— Mark Arnold (@moronicmark) July 24, 2021
Gonna tell my kids this was Harry Dank. pic.twitter.com/xEz4hgRn4O
— David Marshall (@FunmanDave) July 24, 2021
The guy who wanted to steal the show vs the guy who actually did. Just give Harry Dank the gold. pic.twitter.com/OZHlzm93Iv
— Alisun Jane (@AlisunJane) July 24, 2021
Pretty sure 'Harry Dank' is a name I've seen on a sativa at the local dispensary. https://t.co/rPTvKrfvAt
— Chris Mack (@THEChrisMack) July 24, 2021
3. COVID-19 has claimed its first Olympic competition: Czech beach volleyball player Marketa Slukova tested positive this week, forcing a cancellation of her match with teammate Barbora Hermannova against Japan's Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishiibeing, The Associated Press reports. The Japanese were awarded a victory by default in what would have been the tournament's opening match. Olympics-related COVID cases in Japan has reached 127, including 14 athletes.
Christen Press (Stanford) scored her first Olympic goal in the U.S. women's 6-1 win over New Zealand.
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 24, 2021
Maggie Steffens (Danville, Stanford), water polo: Scored five goals in the U.S. team's historic rout of Japan, 25-4. The Americans set records for the number of goals, the most goals in a half (14 in the first half) and the margin of victory. Aria Fischer (Stanford) added four goals, while Makenzie Fischer (Stanford) and Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, Stanford) each scored once.
Monica Abbott (Salinas), softball: Struck out the side after Cat Osterman's six innings of one-hit ball to give the top-ranked Americans a 2-0 victory over No. 5 Mexico — their third consecutive one-hitter to open the Games.
Kara Kohler (Clayton, Cal), rowing: Won her heat in single sculls (7:49.71) by 2.15 seconds to advance to the quarterfinals 7 p.m. Pacific tonight.
Quote of the night
"I had maternal feelings. It was less about the sport side of this game and more the human side."
— Austria's Liu Jia, 39, to the New York Times after defeating 12-year-old Hend Zaza in the opening round of the women's singles table tennis tournament, sending the youngest Olympian home. Liu, who has a 10-year-old daughter, hugged Zaza after the match.
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