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Tokyo Olympics 2020: day three – in pictures

The best images from the third day’s action in Tokyo including mountain biking, basketball, diving and hockey Continue reading…

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ROC gymnasts edge out Japan in thrilling Olympic men’s team final

Gap between winners and runners-up just 0.103 pointsGreat Britain delighted with excellent fourth placeFor what felt like beyond an eternity, all Nikita Nagornyy could do was stand on the light blue borders of the floor and wait for his turn. First he …

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: day two – in pictures

The best images from the second day’s action in Tokyo including volleyball, surfing, gymnastics and skateboarding Continue reading…

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Simone Biles leaps into Olympics action but USA’s gap over rivals narrows

Biles leads all around qualifiers but US make minor errorsShifting picture of women’s gymnastics landscape emergesAs Simone Biles walked off the podium following her opening floor routine of her Tokyo Olympics, she laughed bitterly to herself. She had …

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Britain’s Max Whitlock overcomes jitters to make Olympics pommel horse final

Gymnast admits to ‘nerve-racking’ qualificationJapan’s Kohei Uchimura exits after peeling off horizontal barMax Whitlock was not quite at his best as he stepped up to the pommel horse on Saturday afternoon. In the second half of his routine he suffered…

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Unbeatable Simone Biles’s only competition at Olympics is herself | Bryan Armen Graham

Iconic American gymnast is reaching her peak while becoming a voice for change and Tokyo 2020 may not be her last GamesSimone Biles was widely hailed as the best gymnast in history before she had even competed on the sport’s biggest stage. Born three m…

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Simone Biles: how she breaks the boundaries of gymnastics

How the Olympic favourite and superstar gymnast pulls off one of the most difficult – and dangerous – moves in her sportSimone Biles’s iconic status is not afforded just because she is the gold medal favourite going into the Tokyo Olympics and the domi…

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Simone Biles’ desire to innovate is frustrated by her own insular sport | Tumaini Carayol

The WTC’s refusal to properly reward new skills is in danger of creating a world where gymnastic routines are tediously similarIn the final fleeting month before the Olympics two of the best gymnasts in the world showed for the first time similar uneve…

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Uzbek legend Oksana Chusovitina set for one final attempt at Olympic glory | Tumaini Carayol

An astonishing Olympic career that began in 1991, and has spanned four different teams, is poised to come to a close in JapanSo much can happen in the sporting world across four years alone, but throughout the Olympic cycles in recent memory, during a …

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Max Whitlock: ‘You’ve got 60 seconds and it’s done – you don’t get a second chance’

Britain’s double Olympic champion is dominant on the pommel horse where his mental strength and risk-taking set him apartThe last time Max Whitlock competed in a major final with a medal on the line, disaster nearly struck. Whitlock started his routine…

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‘She knows how I feel’: teamwork inspires Gadirova twins to the top

Jennifer and Jessica, 16, are both in Team GB gymnastics squad and can’t wait to share a floor with US superstar Simone BilesAs Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, Britain’s most promising young gymnasts, conduct their final preparations before their first …

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‘Inexcusable’: FBI badly mishandled Larry Nassar case, DoJ watchdog says

Watchdog report raises questions over FBI’s handling of caseFBI acknowledges ‘inexcusable’ conduct during investigationThe FBI made numerous serious errors in investigating sexual abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Lar…

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‘The cat got fed instead of us’: Simone Biles discusses her childhood hunger

US gymnastics star speaks about going hungry as a childBiles, 24, is favored to make history at Tokyo OlympicsSimone Biles and her family have opened up about her time in foster care and the process of being adopted by her grandparents in the latest ep…

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Simone Biles overcomes rocky night to lock down US Olympic team spot

Biles joined by Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallumLee posts higher all-around score than Biles in surpriseSimone Biles’ Olympic encore is finally here.The reigning world and Olympic gymnastics champion locked up her spot in Tokyo by easily winni…

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Simone Biles overcomes rocky night to lock down US Olympic team spot

Biles joined by Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallumLee posts higher all-around score than Biles in surpriseSimone Biles’ Olympic encore is finally here.The reigning world and Olympic gymnastics champion locked up her spot in Tokyo by easily winni…

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Becky Downie left out of British gymnastics squad for Tokyo Olympics

Silver medallist allowed extra trial after family tragedySister says ‘not a shock after way been treated this year’Becky Downie, who spoke out last year about “an environment of fear and mental abuse” at British Gymnastics, has been controversially lef…

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Simone Biles dazzles to claim seventh US gymnastics title with stunning ease

24-year-old easily beats challenge of Sunisa LeeBiles expected to win back-to-back Olympic gold in TokyoSimone Biles looks ready for Tokyo. The 24-year-old claimed her seventh US title on Sunday night, delivering another stunning and stunningly easy pe…

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Pain, sweat and smiles: World Sports Photography Awards 2021 – in pictures

With sport mothballed for the best part of the last 12 months, the awards criteria was extended to allow entries from across the past 25 years for any of the 26 categories. The competition is intended for professional and semi-professional sport photog…

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Pain, sweat and smiles: World Sports Photography Awards 2021 – in pictures

With sport mothballed for the best part of the last 12 months, the awards criteria was extended to allow entries from across the past 25 years for any of the 26 categories. The competition is intended for professional and semi-professional sport photog…

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Pain, sweat and smiles: World Sports Photography Awards 2021 – in pictures

With sport mothballed for the best part of the last 12 months, the awards criteria was extended to allow entries from across the past 25 years for any of the 26 categories. The competition is intended for professional and semi-professional sport photog…