11 Funny Moments at the Tokyo Olympics in Pictures
The 32nd Summer Olympics took place in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8. This was the first time the games were postponed. Previously, the Olympics were canceled during emergencies, but never postponed.
More than 11,000 athletes took part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The most number of athletes hailed from the national teams of the United States, Japan, and Australia.
In terms of the number of gold medals won, the United States won the most (39), followed by China (38), and Japan (27).
See what these competitions were like through the emotions of some athletes. Often it was a lot of fun (and sometimes not so much).
1. The ball hitting Thailand's Orawan Paranang's face when she competed against Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa during her women's singles round 3 table tennis match at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 26, 2021.
2. Russian gold medallist Evgeny Rylov, wearing a tiger-print face mask and posing with his medal after the final of the men's 200m backstroke swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 30, 2021.
3. Vlatko Cancar, #31 of Team Slovenia, and Chris Goulding, #4 of Team Australia, positioning themselves as Jaka Blazic, #11, drove for the basket, a hand blocking his face, during the second half of the Men's Basketball bronze medal game on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 07, 2021, in Saitama, Japan.
4. The Netherlands' Simone Van De Kraats dipping her face in the pool ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's water polo quarter-final match between the Netherlands and Hungary at the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre in Tokyo on August 3, 2021.
5. A podium usher holding signs for when athletes can remove their face masks at a ceremony after the women's 10km marathon swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo on August 4, 2021.
6. Jean Patry, Nicolas Le Goff, and Trevor Clevenot of France ganging up on Michal Kubiak of Poland during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Men's Quarter-Final Volleyball match between France and Poland at Ariake Arena on August 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
7. USA's Damian Lillard dribbling his way past the reach of Australia's Matt Dellavedova in the first half of a semi-final game at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on August 5, 2021.
8. Ahmed Tijan, #2 of Team Qatar, pouring water on his face after defeating Team Latvia during the men's bronze medal match on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
9. Brazil's gold medalist Douglas Luiz throwing his face mask in the air as he celebrated on the podium during the medal ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's football competition at Yokohama International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on August 7, 2021.
10. USA gymnast Simone Biles FaceTiming with family after winning the Bronze Medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Women's Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 3, 2021.
11. South Korea's coach Woo Young Kim (R) fanning Kwon Eunji under her face mask during the 10m air rifle mixed team qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Asaka Shooting Range in the Nerima district of Tokyo on July 27, 2021.