Olympics

Staff Reporter. @Reuters. Two of the biggest names of the Tokyo Olympics - Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka - went out of their respective events on day four at the Games. USA gymnast Biles pulled out of the women's team final on Tuesday. The 24-year-old left the arena after scoring…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. The Blitzboks will head into their final pool game against the USA high in confidence after clinching a hard-fought victory over Kenya to make it two wins from two on day one of the Olympic Sevens on Monday. South Africa should feel pleased with their results on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tatjana Schoenmaker swam so fast Sunday night she nearly swam out of her cap. She did, though, swim into an Olympic record. The South African attacked the penultimate heat of the women’s 100 breaststroke in preliminaries of the Tokyo Olympics, clocking in at 1:04.82 to take down…
Staff Reporter. Teji Savanier scored the match-winning goal in stoppage time and Andre-Pierre Gignac added three more to give France a 4-3 victory over South Africa on Sunday in the group stage of the men's Olympic football tournament. After a scoreless first half, Kobamelo Kodisang's goal put South Africa in…
Staff Reporter. @GettyImages. Golfers Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm are out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19. American DeChambeau had not yet travelled to Japan, where he was set to make his Olympic debut. Spain's world number one Rahm has tested positive for the second time…
Staff Reporter. World number one Ashleigh Barty was stunned by Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain in the first round of women's Olympics singles in Tokyo. Australian Barty, who won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July, cut a frustrated figure in her 6-4 6-3 loss to 48th-ranked Sorribes…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. It was a challenging opening day for Team SA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday. Stefan De Bod was the only rider of the three South Africans to finish the men’s road race, while there were struggles for the men’s pairs and men’s four rowers, while…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. There were early gold medals for China, Iran and South Korea on a sweltering opening day of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Athletes complained about exhausting conditions given the combination of high temperatures and humidity, with several tennis players asking for matches to be moved to start later…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics exploded into life on Friday night with a dazzling opening ceremony held at the National Stadium in Tokyo. Despite Covid-19 restrictions which meant that the ceremony was closed to the public, things went off smoothly as a global audience tuned in to watch…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GettyImages. The honour fell to Naomi Osaka to light the flame, the beacon of hope the Olympics attempts to be. It marked the official opening of Tokyo 2020, a year later than planned, and in the midst of a global pandemic. Perhaps as expected, Friday's opening ceremony…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eduardo Aguirre of Mexico scores his side's fourth goal in an Olympic match against France on July 22, 2021, at Tokyo Stadium. (Kyodo). Japan edged past South Africa 1-0 in their men's soccer opener at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. The match went ahead after enough South…
Staff Reporter. SASCOC has announced that Olympic swimmer Chad le Clos and national women's hockey goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande have been named as the two flagbearers for Team SA at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Friday night. The ceremony will officially launch the global sporting showpiece. In…
Staff Reporter. Spain were held to a goalless draw by Egypt in the opening game of the Olympic men's football competition despite the inclusion of Euro 2020 young player of the tournament Pedri. A frustrating result for Spain was compounded by an ankle injury to Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos as…
Staff Reporter. United States forward Megan Rapinoe said they "got bopped" and did "dumb stuff" as they lost their opening match to Sweden at the Olympic Games. The world champions were stunned 3-0 in Tokyo with striker Stina Blackstenius scoring twice, before substitute Lina Hurtig added a third for Sweden.…
Staff Reporter. @GettyImages. Zambia women's football team had an Olympic debut they will never forget - for good and bad reasons - as they faced European champions the Netherlands. Despite conceding 10 goals against the 2019 World Cup runners-up, the world's 104th-ranked side had plenty of reasons to be cheerful.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Rescheduling the Tokyo Olympics "caused sleepless nights" but must go ahead "to give hope" for the future, says International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. Bach says cancellation "was never an option" despite the difficulties involved in hosting the event amid the Covid pandemic. The opening ceremony for…