Osaka Makes Much-anticipated Return, Biles Targets Olympic History
Tokyo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jul, 2021 ) :Japan's Naomi Osaka, star of the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony, returns from her self-imposed tennis exile on Sunday as US legend Simone Biles sets about equalling the all-time record for gymnastics gold medals.
Other highlights on day two, with 18 gold medals in play, include the men's 400m individual medley swimming final, after Japanese world champion Daiya Seto's shock exit in the heats, and the women's final featuring Hungarian medal machine Katinka Hosszu.
The first Olympic skateboarding champion will be crowned, with America's Nyjah Huston and Japan's Yuto Horigome fierce rivals in the men's street competition, while surfing also makes its Games debut.
The Ariake Gymnastics Centre will be the setting as Biles, 24, starts her bid to become the first woman in more than half-a-century to retain the all-around title.
"I just hope that kids growing up watching this don't or aren't ashamed of being good at whatever they do," she said in a recent interview.
The inaugural men's surfing could be spectacular with a tropical cyclone set to whip up big waves at Tsurigasaki Beach, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Tokyo.
Brazil's Italo Ferreira, who learned to surf standing on the foam boxes his father sold fish from, will start as one of the favourites.