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  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Artistic Swimming: Russia Still Going Strong a Year Before the Games

    The 2019 World Championships in Gwangju once again demonstrated Russia's relentless dominance in artistic swimming. Led by the two Svetlanas — Kolesnichenko and Romashina — the squad won all nine events in which they competed, making them the sure favourite for the discipline's two gold medals (team and duet) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
    18 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Russian Federation, Artistic Swimming, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Water polo: Italy and the United States at the top of their game on the road to Tokyo 2020

    A well-established hierarchy was maintained in water polo at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships held in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. In the men's competition, European teams continued to dominate, with Italy taking the gold by beating Spain 10-5 in the final. In the women's division, the United States, who won gold medals at the Olympic Games London 2012 and Rio 2016, maintained their rule by taking a third consecutive world title.
    17 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Water Polo
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Sweden's all-time top female swimmer Sarah Sjöström on the road to Tokyo 2020

    At the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Sarah Sjöström became the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming when she set a new world record in the 100m butterfly, with a time of 55.48 seconds. Will she be able to maintain her reign in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020? This question was answered after the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju.
    16 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Sweden, Swimming, Tokyo 2020, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Riders praise Tokyo set-up as equestrian legend Jung wins test event

    The Tokyo 1964 Olympic equestrian centre has been given a stunning facelift, while the Bay-side cross-country route is beautiful. The riders can’t wait to get to grips with it again next summer. 
    15 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Equestrian, Tokyo 2020 test events
  • News | YOG

    #YOGWatch: YOG athletes scale new heights in July

    Former Youth Olympic Games athletes continued to light up the world stage in July. Here, Olympic.org takes a look at some of the most eye-catching performers…
    15 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, YOG
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Ninety-nine years ago, the Olympic flag was flown for the first time

    A symbol of new-found peace after the global conflict of 1914-1918 which had left Europe in ruins, the Games of the VII Olympiad in Antwerp in 1920 were the setting for exploits by legendary champions, but also an opening ceremony that made its mark in the history of the great sports gathering imagined by Pierre de Coubertin. The Olympic flag was flown for the first time, and Belgium’s Victor Boin pronounced the first athletes’ oath.
    14 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Chinese divers soar en route to Tokyo

    At the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, which were also the qualifiers for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, China overwhelmingly dominated the diving events, taking home 12 gold medals out of 13. It completed its plunder with nine silver medals and one bronze. Australia won the 3m mixed duo event, taking advantage of the last-minute forfeit by China's Yang Hao, who preferred to focus on the 10m final scheduled for the same day.
    13 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, People's Republic of China, Diving, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Legacy

    Athens 2004: Olympic legacies in the Greek capital

    Fifteen years ago the Olympic Games Athens 2004 were considered a “homecoming”: Greece was the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games and host of the inaugural Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896. Despite challenges related to the post-Games use of some of the Olympic venues, the Games did not disappoint their hosts: they created wide-ranging benefits, some of which the Greek capital continues to enjoy to this day.  
    13 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Legacy, Athens 2004
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Tokyo Bay provides stunning setting for 2020 rowing test event

    The Sea Forest Waterway, a rare saltwater international regatta course, proved a huge hit at the World Rowing Junior Championships, a test event for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, concluding in fine style in the Japanese capital on Sunday. 
    12 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Rowing
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Marathon swimmers test out Tokyo’s stunning setting

    A total of 35 elite-level swimmers – 22 men and 13 women – lined up for the Tokyo 2020 marathon swimming test event on Sunday, as preparations for next year’s Olympic Games continue to gather pace. 
    12 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Marathon Swimming
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