Japanese Horigome Iuto won gold at the first Olympic skateboarding competition.
The 22-year-old slowly started in the men’s street competition, finishing in sixth place in the qualifications. But he was the best in the final, where he scored four of the five tricks to achieve the highest overall score.
Horigome then said he felt he had nothing to lose and skated as aggressively as possible.
The native of Tokyo won a crowded field where the American star Nia Huston was also. The favorite for the gold medal fell several times in the finals and finished in seventh place.
Another sport debuted at the Olympics on Sunday. Qualifications for surfing competitions for men and women were held in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.
Meanwhile, in swimming, Japan’s Ohashi Yui won gold in the women’s 400m medley. The 25-year-old recently struggled with injuries and illness. But she reached victory on Sunday, finishing more than half a second ahead of her closest rival.
Ohashi then said she had no idea she would stand on the podium and thanked her teammates for their support.
American Chase Kalisz won gold in the men’s competition. He took silver at the same event in Rio, but this time he was better. It is the first gold for the USA in Tokyo.
In the women’s 400m freestyle relay, Australia set a world record by winning gold. Canada won silver, while the United States finished bronze.
When Simone Biles – a four-time Olympic medalist, multiple world champion and probably the greatest gymnast of all time – withdrew from the team and all-round events at the Tokyo Olympics, it was headline news across the United States and the world.
The American, who survived the sexual assault, spoke about the importance of preserving our mental health and the need to “protect our mind and our body”, adding: “We are people, at the end of the day”.
Biles’ decision drew praise from many, but there were others who accused her of using mental health as an excuse to perform below standard.
For many athletes, past and present, Biles ’honesty could change the way mental health is treated in sports.
Mental and physical health are equally important ‘
Sam Kuek, winner of the 2016 Olympic Hockey Medal, speaks on BBC TV
“As the story unfolded yesterday, I became increasingly frustrated. I would see these headlines appear that say Biles is weak, not mentally strong enough to cope with the pressure.
“On social media, people accused her of using it as an excuse to get out of the vault because she didn’t do so well. I think that’s absolute nonsense.
“She said that she was not in a good mental mood to go and work well enough and that she could inflict some damage on herself. Every sports person knows that if you go in a semi-full state, you will cause yourself an injury: nothing more than in gymnastics.
“She laid the groundwork for so many athletes and people around the world to say,‘ At this point, from the inside, something was wrong. ’She had the courage and the courage to withdraw from the event.
“We are talking about mental health and physical health. Both are equally important.
“To the people who accuse her of not being a team player: in my opinion, she could no longer be a team player. She recognized that the moves she made could not be performed and get the points needed for gold.
“Simone could have hidden in the background. But she didn’t. She put on her tracksuit, got out and got up, applauding her teammates.
“It’s a champion for me.”
“This could make a big difference in gymnastics.”
Neil Wilson, former British gymnast and bronze medalist in 2016, on BBC Radio 5 Live
“As athletes, especially Simone Biles, attention and confirmation come from being superhuman. I always call her a female Hercules and she will definitely feel all that pressure.
“This could make a big step forward in gymnastics when it comes to mental health, because I would say that I am not mentally capable of performing the biggest event as the biggest star.
“I’m so proud of her. I wish her all the best and hope she’s well and I send her a lot of love.”
‘This is a huge step’
British gymnast Sam Oldham, bronze medalist in London 2012, for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
“What Simone Biles has done is huge. Stopping and saying ‘something is wrong, I need help’ is a huge step. And to do it on the world stage at the Olympics, it takes courage and bravery.
“Saying ‘I put my mental health first, it comes before the Olympics’ is a huge, positive message for all young children who are now growing up and who will have aspirations and dreams of going to the Olympics.”
“No one is preparing you for the Olympic champion”
Chris Mears, who won the gold 3-meter springboard for the UK in 2016, on BBC TV
“I can connect with Simone. She feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. She feels like she didn’t make it and she probably feels very confused and doesn’t know what’s up or down.”
“After winning gold in Rio, it was so amazing. It was like all your craziest dreams came true. Then I collapsed. I didn’t know how to handle it.
“Nobody teaches you how to become an Olympic champion. I fell into a pretty deep depression. The therapy helped me.
“As a man, I say we don’t talk enough about mental health. It’s starting to happen, but it’s so important. A lot of women are more open to talking about things. Men, let’s go ‘okay, guys, we’ll be fine.’
“My stepmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was really hard. I knew I had to be with her and it was a big turning point for me.”
I’m impressed Simone ‘
Helen Richardson-Valsh, winner of the 2016 Olympic Golden Hockey, on BBC Radio 5 Live
“Simone was and is amazing, but she continues to get up and be even more amazing. What she did [by withdrawing from the team finals] was amazing.
“The health of your athlete is the most important thing. The conclusion is that it is not about the medals they bring home, but about their physical and mental health.
“I also suffered with my mental health, so I thank Simone Biles for what she did, putting her mental health first and getting up and the courage to do it. She really needs a lot of courage to say what she says right away.”