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Two emotions, two tears: Tokyo 21


Nepalnews
2021 Jul 31, 8:08, Tokyo
Photo Via Olympic Website

An equestrian hugging his horse. A surfer slumped over his board. A judoka raising her fists in jubilation while her opponent, prone on the mat, buries her face in her hands.

The Tokyo Olympics have focused attention on athletes’ mental health as never before, whether it is Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka struggling to live up to the hopes of her home country or American gymnast Simone Biles saying she wasn’t in the right “headspace” to compete.

Yang Yung-wei, of Taiwan, reacts after his loss to Naohisa Takato, of Japan, in a men's 60kg judo gold medal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo. (Photo Via AP)
Yang Yung-wei, of Taiwan, reacts after his loss to Naohisa Takato, of Japan, in a men's 60kg judo gold medal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo. (Photo Via AP)

Others cried tears of joy, like Katie Ledecky after winning gold in the 1,500-meter freestyle. Or tears of sadness, like Taiwan’s Yang Yung-wei after settling for silver in the men’s 60kg judo competition. And for some who fought through the sweltering temperatures in Tokyo, like the Chilean women’s soccer team after a loss to Japan, there seemed to be no more energy left to cry.

These Associated Press photos capture the athletes’ emotions as they celebrate their wins, mourn their losses or just collapse in exhaustion from the effort.

Simone Biles, of the United States, watches gymnasts perform at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. Biles says she wasn't in right 'headspace' to compete and withdrew from gymnastics team final to protect herself.. Photo Via AP
Simone Biles, of the United States, watches gymnasts perform at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. Biles says she wasn't in right 'headspace' to compete and withdrew from gymnastics team final to protect herself.. Photo Via AP

n Tokyo. Biles says she wasn't in the right 'headspace' to compete and withdrew from the gymnastics team final to protect herself.

Photo Via AP
Photo Via AP

Turkey's Hande Baladin celebrtates a point during the women's volleyball preliminary round pool B match between China and Turkey at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. 

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