Tokyo Olympics 2020: The Best Moments From The Games
- Hidilyn Diaz brings the Philippines' first-ever gold medalHidilyn Diaz brings the Philippines' first-ever gold medal
- The future of skateboarding is brightThe future of skateboarding is bright
- Swimmer Siobhan Haughey and cyclist Sarah Lee make history for Hong KongSwimmer Siobhan Haughey and cyclist Sarah Lee make history for Hong Kong
- South Korea extends their winning streak in archerySouth Korea extends their winning streak in archery
- Panipak Wongpattanakit bags gold for ThailandPanipak Wongpattanakit bags gold for Thailand
- Suni Lee makes history in gymnasticsSuni Lee makes history in gymnastics
- Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra wins gold medal for IndiaJavelin thrower Neeraj Chopra wins gold medal for India
- Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik bring glory to their homelandAaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik bring glory to their homeland
- Carissa Moore clinches gold medal in surfingCarissa Moore clinches gold medal in surfing
- Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi share gold medal in high jumpMutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi share gold medal in high jump
- Raking in gold on home soilRaking in gold on home soil
- Boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam defy expectationsBoxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam defy expectations
- Yang Qian wins first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 OlympicsYang Qian wins first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
- Huang Hsiao-wen wins Taiwan's first Olympic boxing medalHuang Hsiao-wen wins Taiwan's first Olympic boxing medal
- Simone Biles bows out gracefully and returns with a medalSimone Biles bows out gracefully and returns with a medal
- Diver Tom Daley finally wins goldDiver Tom Daley finally wins gold
- For the love of sportsFor the love of sports
From historic wins to displays of sportsmanship—relive the best moments from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
This year's Olympic Games is unlike any other. The world held its breath on how the delayed Games will take place. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics saw the power of sport and hope—with Olympians making history, showcasing sportsmanship and friendship.
Not able to catch up throughout the entire Games? You can still relive the best moments from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with our summary below.
Hidilyn Diaz brings the Philippines' first-ever gold medal
Weightlifter and Gen.T honouree Hidilyn Diaz brought pride to the Philippines as she clinches the country's first-ever Olympic gold medal in almost a century. Diaz finished with a total of 224kg, lifting 127kg in the clean and jerk—which she admitted the first time she ever successfully done so—to finally bring home the gold medal.
The four-time Olympian previously bagged a silver medal from the Rio Games in 2016, ending the Philippines' 20-year medal drought.
The future of skateboarding is bright
Skateboarding made its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and with that, perhaps the youngest roaster of Olympians. At 13, Japan's Momiji Nishiya made history as Japan's youngest gold medallist and the first-ever women's skateboarding gold medalist. In tow is 13-year-old Brazilian skater, Rayssa Leal who won silver and fellow Japanese skater, Funa Nakayama who is only 16 years old.
Over the women's park skateboarding event, gold medalist sakura Yosozumi is just 19 years old, silver medalist Kokona Hiraka is 13 while Great Britain's Sky Brown is 13 years old. The future of women's skateboarding is bright.
Swimmer Siobhan Haughey and cyclist Sarah Lee make history for Hong Kong
Hong Kong has seen its best performing Olympics ever with the city's medal haul totalling six. Star swimmer and Gen.T honouree Siobhan Haughey brought home Hong Kong's first-ever medal in swimming but she didn't just do it once but twice—first in the 200m freestyle and the other in the 100m freestyle. Haughey is the first Hong Kong athlete to win multiple medals at a single Olympics.
Congratulations to #HKBU student Sarah Lee Wai-sze on her bronze medal in the final of the Women's Sprint at the Tokyo Summer #Olympics, which was held today in the Izu Velodrome. pic.twitter.com/a7Rg4Qg86i— Hong Kong Baptist University (@hkbaptistu) August 8, 2021
Hong Kong cyclist and Gen.T honouree Sarah Lee also makes history for the city when she bagged a bronze medal from the women's track cycling sprint event, becoming the first Hong Kong athlete to win multiple medals from two different Olympics—first in London and in Tokyo.
South Korea extends their winning streak in archery
South Korea has always been a powerhouse in archery—with nine straight Olympic gold medals to their name. The country extends its winning streak in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when Kang Chae-young, Jang Min-hee and An San claimed their personal first gold medals at the women's archery event.
At the first-ever archery mixed team event. An San also won her second gold medal.
Panipak Wongpattanakit bags gold for Thailand
World number one taekwondo star, Panipak Wongpattanakit brought home a gold medal for Thailand from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, becoming the first-ever Olympic gold for the country in taekwondo. Wongpattanakit previously won a bronze medal from the Rio 2016 Games.
In 2019, she was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year award by World Taekwando during the 2019 Taekwondo Gala Awards.
Suni Lee makes history in gymnastics
Sunisa "Suni" Lee made history as the first Hmong American Olympic gymnast and claimed the gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. With this, she extends the US' 17-year winning streak.
The star gymnast delivered a stunning performance and flaunted her spectacular routine in the uneven bars, one of the most difficult events in women's gymnastics.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra wins gold medal for India
Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra nabbed the country's second-ever gold medal and its first-ever in the sport. The "golden boy" is also the first track and field athlete to win an Olympic gold medal for India, after Norman Pritchard who previously won two silver medals from the 1900 Olympics.
Chopra's historic triumph seals the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as India's best-ever Olympic medal haul, totalling seven.
Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik bring glory to their homeland
Malaysian badminton duo Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik brought glory to their homeland when they smashed their way to a podium finish at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The duo had the weight of clinching a medal for Malaysia after their team mates had already bowed out of the game.
The two faced three-time world champions Mohamad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia and managed to bring home Malaysia's first-ever Tokyo 2020 Olympics medal.
Carissa Moore clinches gold medal in surfing
Carissa Moore's win in surfing has been celebrated as reclaiming the sport for Native Hawaiians. Moore wore a white and yellow plumeria—commonly associated with Hawaii—next to her ear during her post-win interviews.
Moore is the only Native Hawaiian Olympic surfer to compete in the sport, which made his historic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The surfing superstar won her first World Surf League title when she was just 18 years old, defeating four-time champion, Stephanie Gilmore. She became the youngest person to win a surfing world title and bagged the title again in 2013 and 2015. January 4 is declared Carissa Moore Day in Hawaii and Moore was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in 2014.
Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi share gold medal in high jump
Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco shared an Olympic gold medal in the high jump event after the two-star athletes simply couldn't outdo one another. Reigning world champion, Barshim asked the official if they could share the medal.
This rare moment garnered attention online as a symbol of sportsmanship and friendship.
Raking in gold on home soil
Japan managed to get 27 medals from the Olympics but even more historic is they managed to bring home a ton of gold medals—on home soil. Some of the sports are ones that the country is known for including baseball.
They also made history by nabbing gold medals in sports that made their debuts including skateboarding and karate, the latter perhaps being the first and last time to be seen in the Games. Softball also made its return to the Games and Japan managed to win gold on home soil.
Boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam defy expectations
It's no surprise that the Philippines, a boxing-crazed nation that boasts the likes of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, is sent its "dream team" for this year's boxing event at the Olympic Games. And what a dream team it was—with three of the boxers bringing home medals and adding to the country's best-ever Olympic performance.
But even more incredible is the expectations that boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam defied. Petecio made history as the first female boxer to win an Olympic medal for the country, previously dominated by all male boxers and the sport itself being male-dominated. Petecio also flew the flag for the LGBTQ community saying she is proud to be a member and dedicates part of her win to them.
🗣️“The #silver medal symbolises what I went through because when I was a young boy, I was a scavenger and I collected junk and garbage.— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) August 7, 2021
"I know this medal is made out of recycled materials, and I can identify with it." - Carlo Paalam🇵🇭
Meanwhile, Paalam's journey from metal scrap scavenger to Olympic medalist certainly inspired many. Paalam started boxing at just seven years old to support his family, and when he won his first boxing match, he bought rice. When he received his silver medal, he added that it reminded him of his humble beginnings.
Yang Qian wins first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
China's Yang Qian made history when she won the first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Games in the women's 10m air rifle competition. She later won another gold medal at the 10m air rifle mix team competition. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is the 21-year-old's Olympic debut and it's safe to say that her Olympic career is off to a stellar start.
Huang Hsiao-wen wins Taiwan's first Olympic boxing medal
Boxer Huang Hsiao-wen made history for Taiwan and boxing when she clinched a bronze medal in the flyweight category—bringing home Taiwan's first-ever medal in the sport. Even more stunning is that this is Huang's Olympic debut.
Huang's win contributes to Taiwan's stunning medal tally this year, their highest number ever with a total of 12 medals.
Simone Biles bows out gracefully and returns with a medal
Decorated gymnast Simone Biles has certainly been the talk of the Tokyo 2020 Games. After dominating the sport in Rio in 2016, it's expected that she could've easily taken home all five gold medals at every gymnastic event from the Olympics. Following a mistake during her vault in the team final, Biles decided to withdraw from five of her six events to prioritise her mental health.
This further draws attention to the issue of mental health of athletes, following tennis superstar Naomi Osaka's exit from the French Open a few months back. Despite her withdrawal, Biles stayed with her team and managed to win a bronze medal in the one event that she continued on.
Diver Tom Daley finally wins gold
British diver Tom Daley finally won his long-awaited gold meal in the men's 10m synchronised platform diving together with teammate, Matty Lee. The 27-year-old Olympian now has four Olympic medals under his belt, clinching bronzes at the London 2012 Games and Rio 2016 Games as well as another bronze from the 10m platform diving.
The British diver also became an internet sensation when he was capturing knitting sweaters and scarfs near the diving pool in between rounds. He even knitted a "cover" for his gold medal.
For the love of sports
This year's Games will be memorable in many ways. But more so than winning a medal, athletes have showcased the spirit of sportsmanship, friendship and more importantly, gracefully enjoying the sport that they love.
Kiribati's weightlifter David Katoatau became a social media sensation when he danced his way out, despite not winning a medal. Katoatau is one of the three Olympians representing Kiribati and has been dancing at weightlifting competitions for years.
His positive spirit, despite not bringing home a medal, is to let more people know about Kiribati, "I use weightlifting and my dancing to show the world," he said in an interview with Reuters. He also added that he wanted to draw attention to the island nation, which is on the brink of sinking.
This will be known as the "Margielyn Didal seal approval" 🇵🇭🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/tWolMAQykq— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 26, 2021
Over at the skateboarding, Filipino skater Margie Didal has won the hearts of the internet during the women's street final. Didal finished eight but made history as the first Filipino skater to compete in the Games, with the sport making its debut.
Despite her falls, Didal smiled and gave thumbs up to tell say that she's okay. She also cheered for other skaters and strikes a friendship with silver medalist, Rayssa Leal that won the internet. Didal's attitude shows that as long as you love what you do, you win a medal in people's hearts.
Moments after 15-year-old Misugu Okamoto fell and missed out on a bronze medal, her competitors raised her on their shoulders and cheered her on. This is what sports are all about ❤️ pic.twitter.com/avbLDY0p4F— ESPN (@espn) August 5, 2021
Also in skateboarding, at the women's park finals, Japan's Misugu Okamoto fell during her final run for a medal finish. Her fellow competitors lifted the 15-year-old onto their shoulders and carried her off, displaying a heartwarming act of camaraderie.