TOKYO – Day four of Tokyo 2020 brought six Ivies their first day of Olympic action, five Ivies their Olympic debuts and one Ivy in contention of a bronze medal.
Two Ivy basketball players made their Olympics debut in the early hours of Sunday morning at Saitama Super Arena. Former Columbia hooper Maodo Lo took the court first with Team Germany. Germany out-scored Italy in the first and third quarter, but could not keep a steady rhythm resulting in a 82-92 loss.
Shortly after, former Yale guard Miye Oni stepped into Saitama Super Arena with Team Nigeria in the first round of pool play against Australia. Nigeria left the first quarter tied at 23 points with Australia, but could not keep the momentum going leading to a 67-84 loss. Lo and Oni will face each other next in a Germany vs. Nigeria match up on Tuesday, July 27 at 9 p.m.
Madison Hughes, a former Dartmouth rugby player and captain of the USA men’s rugby sevens team, started off competition strong with a 19-14 win over Kenya in the first round of pool play. Hughes and Team USA will see Ireland and South Africa on Monday, July 26 at 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Penn’s Connie Hsu made her Olympic debut representing Chinese Taipei in women’s tennis doubles. Hsu and her partner fell to the No. 1 seeded Czech Republic in the first round.
Additionally, two Princeton fencers made their first Olympic appearance on the strip. Mohamed Hamza took Egypt to quarterfinal 3 in a battle against Czech Republic’s Alexander Choupenitch in the men’s individual foil. Eliza Stone faced Azerbaijan’s Anna Bashta in a round-of-32 match in the women’s individual saber. Both Hamza and Stone will appear on the strip again in the respective team events. Stone will compete on Friday, July 30 at 9:00 p.m. in the women’s team saber and Hamza will compete on Saturday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. in the men’s team foil.
Brown softball product Janet Leung and Team Canada faced off against Japan in hopes of staying in gold medal contention. In extra innings, Canada dropped a 0-1 contest to Japan. Team Canada will shift their focus towards winning a bronze medal. Leung will continue pool play against Italy on Monday, July 26 at 1:30 a.m.
Out on the water, Columbia’s Jake Buczek and his Canadian men’s 4- boat secured a fourth-place finish, while Yale’s Andrin Gulich and Paul Jacquot finished fifth in their Swiss boat in repechage 1. Buczek will face Gulich and Jacquot in the B final on Tuesday, July 27 at 7:40 p.m.