The disappointment of losing the Olympics final in a split decision weighed more on Ben Whittaker than the joy of achieving something not many get to do – stand on an Olympic podium. He later realised what he missed.
Granted, the Olympic title is arguably not the most coveted accolade in the sport – though it has picked up in significance since Beijing 2008. But not winning it would have hurt Novak Djokovic nonetheless.
It was always going to be a hard task for Sharath to take on a player with many tags – The Dictator, The Dragon, The Captain, The Greatest Of All Time, and his name translates to ‘horse dragon – and even more accolades.
After taking 16 shots in the women’s 10m air pistol qualification event at the Asaka Shooting Range, Manu Bhaker's gun started to malfunction. It was not the start to her maiden Olympic campaign that the teenager had hoped for.
The 26-year-old’s playing style involves no small degree of deception. She uses a long-pimpled rubber to slow down the pace in rallies, find an opening, switch racquet faces, and increase the tempo with a single shot to throw off the opponent. In the first two games it was the second part of her game that she didn’t follow.
The background score during the Parade of Nations might have taken some viewers back to the past, or even the present, when punching buttons to clear a level in a Japanese video game was the favourite pastime.
The data showed that when commentators praised a darker-skinned athlete, it was more to do with the player's athleticism. For lighter-skinned players, it was more to do with intelligence, leadership, mentality and work ethic.
The International Olympic Committee has published Sport-Specific Regulations (SSR) which specify what happens if an athlete tests Covid-19 positive at the Tokyo Olympics. A look at the regulations for different disciplines.
With a Junior Grand Slam title under his belt, Banerjee’s route to the professional stream is clear. But with Columbia University lined up next year, he’s still contemplating his decision to enter the US college tennis stream.
Korda’s two daughters Jessica and Nelly are star golfers, the latter the current World No.1. And his youngest child, Sebastian, on Friday reached the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championship, on debut.