Heat Warnings Continue For Tokyo

Heat Warnings Continue For Tokyo

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50 min agoHeat warnings continue for TokyoFrom CNN’s Taylor Ward

American golfer Danielle Kang throws water on her neck to cool off in round 1 of the golf individual stroke play on Wednesday, August 4. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty ImagesTokyo reached 34.5 degrees Celsius (94 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday – the hottest day of the Olympics so far and just 0.2 degrees Celsius shy of their hottest day so far this year.

The hottest day so far in Tokyo this year was 34.7 degrees Celsius on July 19. 

Heat warnings remain in place Thursday as the temperature will once again peak around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) with high humidity levels making it feel like over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Temperatures are expected to be slightly lower Friday and over the weekend (32 to 33 degrees Celsius) thanks to increasing cloud cover and rain associated with Tropical Depression 14.

1 hr 36 min agoSimone Biles thanks Japanese gym where she secretly trained to regain her Olympic formFrom CNN’s David Close

Simone Biles has tweeted thanks to a Japanese gym for allowing her to privately train while she attempted to regain her gold medal form after withdrawing during the women’s artistic gymnastics team final at the Summer Olympics.

While thanking those at the Juntendo University in a Wednesday tweet, Biles retweeted a story first published in the Wall Street Journal. The report says Biles and her team asked the facility if she could discretely use the gym in an attempt to overcome her struggle with “the twisties,” a mental block in gymnastics where competitors lose track of their positioning midair. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that university professor Kazuhiro Aoki got a phone call about 12 hours after Biles removed herself from the team final, asking to use the school’s gym for a “gymnast.”

According to the report, during a four-day period, Biles practiced for hours behind locked doors working on moves she previously performed with precision.

Last week: Biles posted a series of videos on her Instagram account showing the four-time Olympic gold medal winner struggling to find her form and crashing into landing pads while practicing dismounts on the uneven bars.

Biles said Wednesday she would “forever be thankful” to Juntendo “for allowing me to come train separately to try to get my skills back.”

The Japanese, she wrote in her tweet, “are some of, if not the sweetest people I’ve ever met.”

After not competing as originally planned in four individual finals at the Tokyo Olympics – the all-around individual competition, the vault, the uneven bars and floor – Biles returned on Tuesday to claim the bronze medal in the women’s balance beam final. It was her second medal at these Summer Games and her seventh Olympic medal overall.

1 hr 42 min agoTropical storm to impact Tokyo this weekendFrom CNN’s Taylor Ward

A developing tropical system near Okinawa, Japan, is likely to impact Tokyo and the Olympics over the weekend. 

The system is currently known as Tropical Depression 14 and is likely to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 12 to 24 hours. 

The system is expected to peak as a moderate tropical storm and should not become a typhoon (equivalent to a hurricane in the Atlantic basin). Rain and wind are likely to impact the Tokyo area Saturday, especially by the afternoon, and last through early Sunday afternoon.

There is still uncertainty with the degree of the impacts. If the storm makes landfall near, or just west of Tokyo, the rain will be heavier, but the current forecast is for the storm to pass slightly south and east of Tokyo early Sunday. 

The Olympics closing ceremony takes place Sunday at 8 p.m local time (7 a.m. ET).

5 hr 39 min agoCatch up: Here’s what happened at the Olympics on WednesdayCanadian sprinter Andre De Grasse lies on the track after winning the 200-meter final on Wednesday, August 4. It’s the first Olympic gold for De Grasse, who now has five medals in all. Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersAnother day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is in the books. If you’re just reading in now, here are some of the highlights and key storylines from Wednesday’s Games:

Georgian weightlifter breaks own world record to win gold: Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze broke his own world record to win a stunning gold medal in the men’s +109kg weightlifting. The 27-year-old set world and Olympic records in the snatch (223kg) and the clean and jerk (265kg) to post a new eye-popping total of 488kg. Talakhadze’s total of 488kg at the Tokyo Games surpassed the previous record of 485kg, which the Georgian set at the 2021 European Weightlifting Championships in Moscow in April.Canada’s Andre De Grasse wins 200 meter gold medal: Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse finally got his hands on an Olympic gold medal after winning the 200 meters final. The 26-year-old also has one silver and three

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