The 8th day of the Tokyo Olympics was marked by several incidents as well as new achievements.
French boxer Mourad Aliev refuses to leave the boxing ring after being disqualified at the Kokugikan arena. He was angry when the referee judged that he headbutted his opponent. He removed his mouthguard, punched a television camera and made an offensive hand gesture.
“It’s so unfair — I won the game,” the 26-year-old told a group of reporters, after finally leaving the hour-long protest. “I prepared myself all my life for event this.”
US athlete Simone Biles withdraws from gymnastics competition. Previously, he also announced that he would withdraw from the final on Monday (2/8) as he battles mental health issues.
Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs became the first men’s 100m champion in the Olympics since the Usain Bolt era on Sunday (1/8).
Emma McKeon of Australia became the first women’s swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympics, when she won gold in the 50m freestyle and 4x100m relay.
Caeleb Dressel helped Team USA add to its medal tally and cement its dominance in men’s swimming when it won its fifth medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. [vm/lt]