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From left to right, the American Caeleb Dressel, the Brazilian Bruno Fratus, the Briton Benjamin Proud and the Italian Lorenzo Zazzeri swim the final of the 50 meters freestyle on Sunday August 1st. Dressel took the victory with an Olympic record of 21.07 seconds. (Clive Rose / Getty Images)

The swimming events wrapped up in Tokyo 2020 with the United States and Australia dominating Sunday morning Japan time. Covid-19 cases are increasing rapidly. And many more gold medals are up for grabs today.

The two worlds of Tokyo: Saturday saw Olympic records fall and new crowned champions on another exciting day of action. But outside of Tokyo’s stadiums, fields and racetracks, the city is struggling to tackle what could be the most devastating wave of Covid-19 the Japanese capital has seen to date.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said on Saturday it had identified 4,058 more coronavirus cases, a new single-day record and more than three times the 1,128 infections reported the previous Saturday.

Tokyo has broken its single-day case record four times this week. Nationally, records have fallen three times this week, including Saturday, when 12,341 new infections were reported.

The so-called Olympic “bubble” appears to have held up, without a major outbreak so far. But there’s still a week to go until the closing ceremony, and the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down.

End of swimming: The swim ended Sunday at Tokyo 2020 with five medal events, all won by the United States or Australia. American Caeleb Dressel has added two more gold medals to his record – he will leave Tokyo with five gold medals in total.

Australia’s Emma McKeon also won two gold medals on Sunday. She won seven medals at these Games, including three gold. According to NBC, she is only the second woman to win seven medals in a single Olympics, a feat that Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya had previously achieved.

Other gold medals Sunday morning:

  • Charlotte Worthington of Great Britain in the women’s freestyle BMX.
  • Logan Martin of Australia in the men’s freestyle BMX.
  • Gong Lijiao of China in the women’s shot put.

Update of the number of medals: China leads all countries with 22 gold medals, followed by the United States with 19 and Japan with 17. The Americans lead the total with 52.

Here’s what’s coming later:

  • For the first time since 2004, a men’s 100 meters final will take place without Usain Bolt.
  • Tennis awards its final medals in men’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
  • Men’s and women’s gymnastics have two individual events each starting at 5 p.m. Tokyo time (4 a.m. ET). The women will compete in the vault and uneven bars, and the men in the floor and pommel horse exercises. Simone Biles will not compete.

The full Olympic program is available here.


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