Tokyo Day 1: USWNT defeats New Zealand, Michael Andrew shows out in Olympic swimming debut & more

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(FILE) Michael Andrew of the United States prepares to compete in the Men’s 50m freestyle final during Day Eight of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center on June 20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Gymnastics, swimming, and soccer saw some major highlights on day one at the Tokyo Olympics.

Seven-time Olympic medalist Kohei Uchimura fell of the high bar, his only event in Tokyo, during men’s gymnastics qualification. The Japanese star finished his routine and scored a 13.866, missing out on the final. 

Veteran Sam Mikulak nailed his parallel bars routine during the men’s qualification session at the Tokyo Olympics, earning a 15.433 and qualifying for the final. The three-time Olympian is seeking his first medal.

Michael Andrew took care of business in his long-awaited Olympics debut, winning his heat and advancing to the next round in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 58.62.

American Emma Weyant qualified as the top seed to the women’s 400m IM final by nearly two seconds. In her heat, she blew past a combined eight Olympic medals in swimming icons Katinka Hosszu and Mireia Belmonte.

After stunningly losing 3-0 to Sweden in their first match in Japan, the U.S. Women’s National Team rebounded with a six-goal performance against New Zealand.

Stay with KNWA’s Japan 2020 page for the latest updates from Tokyo.

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