In the second issue of the vlog for Channel One, Olympic champion Elena Vesnina showed how, together with Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov and Andrei Rublev, she exchanged badges with members of other national teams, and also shared training footage before the first round of the Olympic tournament.
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A Russian archer passed out during a qualification event Friday due to intense heat in the Tokyo area.
Svetlana Gomboeva collapsed after her final round while she was checking her scores, and needed help from the medical staff and her teammates, making for a scary situation hours ahead of the Opening Ceremony.
Gomboeva regained consciousness quickly, per Reuters, before leaving the arena on a stretcher.
"It turns out that she couldn't stand a whole day out in the heat," coach Stanislav Popov said, via Reuters.
"This is the first time I remember this happening. In Vladivostok, where we were training before this, the weather was similar. But humidity played a role here."
Temperatures in Tokyo reached about 86 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Gomboeva said later that she was recovering and traveling back to the Olympic village. She placed 45th of the 64 archers in the qualification event, and is set to compete later in the Games.
“I feel OK, my head hurts a lot,” she wrote on her Instagram story, via Reuters. “I can and I will shoot!”
The Russian team doctor said that she had officially suffered a sunstroke.
Plenty of other athletes struggled to keep cool throughout the event, something organizers have been working to assist with leading up to the Games. Per The Associated Press, organizers already moved several racing events out of Tokyo to cooler nearby cities as a precaution.
“It’s very hot here and the asphalt is really baking,” Gomboeva’s teammate Ksenia Perova said, via The Associated Press. “Of course there are also nerves, but the main reason is still the weather.”
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Four years ago, Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova watched as the United States women’s gymnastics team steamrolled its way to the team gold medal, winning by an outrageous 8.209 points.
The U.S. was a juggernaut. There was nothing Melnikova, then 16 years old, could do except grow determined to make the next time different.
Well, the next time is here, and while the Americans should remain the favorite to win Tuesday’s team title, it was Melnikova and her Russian teammates who posted the top team score in Sunday’s qualifying, not the United States.
Russia recorded a score of 171.629 to the United States’ 170.562. That’s a 1.067 advantage. Although the scores do not carry over, the Russians clearly should be confident that they can take down the mighty Americans in what would be a monumental upset.
“We hope that,” Melnikova told the media Sunday with a translator. “We’re also going to struggle and fight. We have to. That’s the expectation for us.”
The U.S. scored highest in qualifying in both of its consecutive team gold medal performances — in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and London in 2012 — and every world championship since 2010.
While the Americans still are capable of winning gold, perhaps even handily, this was not a particularly impressive performance on Sunday. There were underperformances throughout. Even Simone Biles wasn’t perfect. Both Grace McCallum and Sunisa Lee were below their typical standards on the floor.
Then there was Jordan Chiles, who struggled throughout and had to be consoled by Biles after stumbling on her beam dismount. She finished with a disappointing 53.698, in 40th place overall.
As expected, Biles and Lee qualified for the all-around competition, which will take place on Thursday. BIles posted the highest score of qualifying with a 57.731. Lee was third at 57.166, trailing Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade.
Biles, in particular, is capable of much higher, although she still qualified for all four individual finals: floor, vault, bars and beam. She has a chance, albeit unlikely, to win six gold medals.