Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus edits American Katie Ledecky to win the 400-meter freestyle on Monday July 26. This is the first Olympic medal for Titmus, the reigning world champion in this event. Ledecky won the event at the 2016 Olympics, where she set a world record that still stands today.

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Updated 11:31 PM ET, Sun July 25, 2021

Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus edits American Katie Ledecky to win the 400-meter freestyle on Monday July 26. This is the first Olympic medal for Titmus, the reigning world champion in this event. Ledecky won the event at the 2016 Olympics, where she set a world record that still stands today.

David J. Phillip / AP

It’s a year later than expected, but the 2020 Summer Olympics are finally here.

The competition is underway in Tokyo, and the first medals were presented on Saturday.

The opening ceremony took place on Friday and thousands of athletes from over 200 countries were in attendance. But the stadium seats were mostly empty. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only a small number of officials and dignitaries were able to attend.

Tokyo is still in a state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic which delayed the Games by a year, and no spectators are allowed at any of the city’s Olympic venues. Only five of Japan’s 42 Olympic venues will be open to fans. Some athletes have already had to withdraw from the Games due to positive Covid-19 tests.

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