Djokovic’s Debut and Chinese Joy on Day One in Tokyo

After five years of waiting, the atypical Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games kicked off on Friday. The day one was marked by excitement, golds, shocking starts and the debut of sports stars.

The first gold medal available at these Games went to China, a country that is a great candidate to take the first place in the medal table. It was a woman who achieved this feat: we are talking about Yang Qian who obtained the best results in the women’s 10m air rifle final.

In tennis, world number one Novak Djokovic is keeping his dream of becoming the first male to win the Golden Slam alive as he beat Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 in his Tokyo debut.

However, the Serb became the second tennis player (after Russia’s Daniil Medvedev) to question the match schedules due to weather conditions.

“Humidity is brutal… I agree with him 100%,” said Djokovic. “To be honest, I don’t understand why they don’t start matches at, say, 3pm,” he added.

The biggest shock of the day came from legendary Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura. The seven-time Olympic medallist was unable to qualify for the final on his favourite apparatus: the high bar.

On the other hand, cyclist Richard Carapaz won the second gold medal in the history of his native Ecuador.