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Tokyo 2020 Live Updates: Suni Lee Celebrates Historic Gold Medal, COVID State of Emergency Widened

Newsweek logo Newsweek 7/30/2021 Ewan Quayle
a person holding a plate of food: Suni Lee poses with her gold medal during the podium ceremony of the artistic gymnastics women's all-around final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games © Getty Images/Martin Bureau Suni Lee poses with her gold medal during the podium ceremony of the artistic gymnastics women's all-around final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Team USA is celebrating a historic gold medal won by gymnast Suni Lee and Olympic records broken as the team competes on day 7 of Tokyo 2020. Caeleb Dressel and Bobby Finke led the U.S. to five medals in swimming, missing out on a crucial sixth to Team GB, while the women's basketball team secured a comfortable victory against Japan despite a shaky performance.

World-class gymnast Simone Biles continues to sit out, telling reporters she was continuing to struggle with the "twisties" and later posted videos on her Instagram showing her struggling to complete somersaults in training.

Meanwhile, Japanese officials are seeking to expand the COVID-19 state of emergency to three areas surrounding Olympics hosts city Tokyo as the country suffers record daily cases. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said the recent surge in cases isn't related to the Olympics but has come under increasing pressure from health officials and protesters to end the event early.


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About 30,000 people are being asked to spit into plastic vials at the Olympics in a critical daily routine, according to organizers. That adds up to a half-million saliva samples collected for athletes, who get tested daily, as well as other venues.

The samples of collected spit - lots of it - are stored and identified by a barcode ready for preliminary tests. Those with dubious results go through another round of testing, with athletes and staff praying for the best.

British bronze medalist Luke Greenbank expressed his frustration "having known that there's a state-sponsored doping program going on and feeling like maybe more could be done to tackle that".

He was backed up by silver medalist Ryan Murphy who, asked if he thought the competition was clean, said:

I don't know if it was 100 percent clean and that's because of things that have happened over the past...there is a situation – and that's a problem.

The interview was awkward, with both athletes stood each side of the Russian gold medalist Evgeny Rylov. "I have always been for clean competition," he said, "from the bottom of my heart I am for clean sport. I've devoted my entire life to this sport. I don't even know how to react to that."

Team USA hopes to win more golds today and keep itself in the top three on the medal table, competing against hosts Japan and top gold scorers China.

The team currently has the most medal overall, with 14 golds, 16 silvers and 11 bronzes so far.

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