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Olympics 2021 live updates: Golf begins at the Games, Caeleb Dressel goes for gold again, plus more from Tokyo

Are the Olympics a fifth major? Depends on whom you ask. Either way, golf — which came back to the Games in 2016 after a 112-year absence — starts in Tokyo at 6:30 p.m. ET tonight.

American and newly-minted Open champion Collin Morikawa tees off at 9:25 p.m. ET. Also in the field is reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, who will try to add a gold medal for the host country. Not in the field are a few names, including U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau, both out after testing positive for COVID-19.

In the pool, Team USA will resume its quest for all the hardware with athletes competing in the men’s 800m freestyle final, men’s 200m breaststroke final, women’s 200m butterfly final, men’s 100m freestyle final (Caeleb Dressel’s first medal event since earning gold in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay) and women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final.

From golf to rowing, you already know we got you covered with all the action:

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Hideki Matsuyama announces his presence

The first round of Olympic men’s golf has teed off in Tokyo and Japan’s favorite son, reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, is going for gold in his home country. And it seems like he’s ready to roll.

Meanwhile, the Team USA contingent has a superfan, one that’s won a gold or two in the past.


Do you even lift, bro?

China’s Shi Zhiyong certainly does. Zhiyong, who competed in the 73kg class, broke his own world record with a lift of 364 kg (802.48 pounds) en route to winning the gold. Not only that, but Shi added some flair to his lift.


Thrill of victory

Who says there’s no emotion in badminton? Not us, and certainly not Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon, who gave us a perfect display of what the Olympics means with this reaction to upsetting Hong Kong’s Angus Na Ka-long.



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