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Simone Biles says Naomi Osaka inspired her to focus on mental health

Simone Biles

Simone Biles has credited Naomi Osaka for her decision to pull out from the gymnastics team final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, saying the tennis star inspired her to “focus on my mental health.”

Why this matters: Biles’ exit has raised awareness on how mental health is equally important to physical health, especially among athletes in high-stress environments such as the Games. Last month, Osaka dropped out of the French Open to give herself a break from social anxiety and “long bouts of depression.”

‘Goddess of weightlifting’ wins first gold medal for Taiwan in Tokyo, sets three Olympic records

Kuo Hsing-chun

Kuo Hsing-chun, known as the “goddess of weightlifting,” won the first gold medal for Taiwan and set three Olympic records during her set on July 27. 

Setting Olympic records: Kuo, 27, competed in the 59 kilograms (130 pounds) weightlifting event and set three Olympic records, but fell short in trying to break the world record she originally set in 2019, according to Taiwan News

Japan, Great Britain’s women’s soccer teams take the knee to protest racism and discrimination

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Players from Japan and Great Britain’s women’s soccer teams reportedly dropped to one knee before their match at the Tokyo Olympics on July 24.

Why this matters: American footballer Colin Kaepernick first “took the knee” in September 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. Since then, the gesture has been used to call attention against racism, discrimination and social injustice, most recently in the height of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd.

Japan’s Jun Mizutani, Mima Ito ‘take revenge’ on China’s gold medal streak in mixed doubles table tennis

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Japan received its first gold medal in table tennis mixed doubles as the host country’s team smashed China’s winning streak.

A surprising turn of events: Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito bested China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen with a 4-3 final score at the mixed doubles grand finals at the Tokyo Games on Monday, Associated Press reported.

Naomi Osaka advances into Olympics third round feeling ‘refreshed and happy’

Naomi Osaka Olympics

Naomi Osaka is back on the court, and she’s already won the first two matches in the beginning days of her Olympics debut in Tokyo.

On to the third round: Representing Japan in the Games, Osaka faced off against China’s Zheng Saisai on Sunday and defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-4 in Ariake Tennis Park’s Centre Court. In the second round on Monday, she defeated Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic, 6-3, 6-2.

China’s weightlifter showcases one-legged ‘flamingo’ lift before winning Olympic gold

Li Fabin

China’s Li Fabin showcased his signature move and broke two Olympic records when he won the gold medal for weightlifting on Sunday.

One-legged stunt: The 28-year-old Chinese weightlifter pulled off a one-of-a-kind lift that had him momentarily standing on just one leg during his opening clean and jerk lift in the men’s 61-kilogram (around 134 pounds) category, reported the Associated Press.