Fireworks explode over Tokyo’s National Stadium at the end of the Olympics’ closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8. The word “arigato,” seen at left, means thank you in Japanese.
The Olympic cauldron closes, extinguishing the Olympic flame at the end of the closing ceremony.
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony.
The national flags of Japan, Greece and France fly during the closing ceremony. Greece is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. France will host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The Olympic flag is folded after being lowered during the closing ceremony.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who won the gold medal in the marathon, listens as his country’s National Anthem is played during his medal ceremony. The medal ceremonies for both the men’s and women’s marathon took place during the closing ceremony. And that meant two playings of the Kenyan National Anthem, as Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir won gold in the women’s event.
Jets conduct a flyover next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. While the closing ceremony was held in Tokyo, a celebration was held in Paris. The French capital will be hosting the next Summer Games in 2024.
Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, makes a heart gesture as he delivers a speech at the closing ceremony. In his speech, Bach thanked the athletes and the Japanese people for their hard work and sacrifices in staging the most logistically challenging Olympic Games in history. “We did it together,” he said.
Athletes watch performers take part in the closing ceremony. Because of Covid-19 protocols, all athletes were required to leave Japan within 48 hours of their competition, so there were fewer athletes at the closing ceremony than there were at the opening ceremony.
Polish athletes take pictures as they attend the closing ceremony.
The flags of each participating nation are brought into the stadium for the closing ceremony.
Dignitaries applaud at the beginning of the closing ceremony.
The Japanese flag is brought into the stadium at the start of the closing ceremony.
Fireworks explode over the National Stadium.
Linoy Ashram, a rhythmic gymnast from Israel, won gold in the individual all-around on Saturday, August 7.
Brazil’s Hebert Sousa, center, celebrates after he knocked out Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak to win the middleweight final on August 7. Khyzhniak was leading the first two rounds when Sousa caught him in the chin with a left hook.
Kazakhstan’s Sergey Ponomaryov, left, crashes with Malaysia’s Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom during a keirin race on August 7.
Chinese diver Cao Yuan competes in the 10-meter platform event on August 7. He won the gold and became the first athlete to win Olympic gold medals in three different diving events. He won gold in the 3-meter springboard in 2016, and he won gold in the 10-meter synchronized event in 2012.
Cuban boxer Julio César La Cruz poses with his gold medal after winning the heavyweight final on August 6.
Alina Harnasko, a rhythmic gymnast from Belarus, competes in the individual all-around on August 6.
The United States’ Paul Chelimo dives over the finish line to win a bronze medal in the 5,000 meters on August 6. He finished just ahead of Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli.
Team Italy competes in artistic swimming on August 6.
The United States’ Breanna Stewart plays against Serbia in a basketball semifinal on August 6. The Americans won 79-59.
Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, left, celebrates after defeating South Korea’s Jang Woo-jin to win a bronze medal in table tennis on August 6.
The Czech Republic’s Adam Ondra, left, celebrates after he defeated France’s Mickael Mawem in the sport climbing speed finals on August 5.
The United States’ Joe Ryan pitches to South Korea’s Park Hae-min during a semifinal baseball game on August 5. The Americans won 7-2 to clinch a spot in the final against Japan.
The United States’ Zach LaVine scores against Australia during a basketball semifinal on August 5. The Americans won 97-78 and will play France in the gold-medal game.
Decathletes rest on the track following the 1,500 meters on August 5.
Great Britain’s Lois Toulson dives off the 10-meter platform on August 5.
Cuba’s Cristian Nápoles competes in the triple jump final on August 5.
Turkey’s Eray Samdan, left, takes on Azerbaijan’s Firdovsi Farzaliyev as karate made its Olympic debut on August 5. Samdan won 7-1 and went on to earn a silver medal.
Great Britain’s Jason Kenny competes in track cycling on Wednesday, August 4.
Ukraine’s Marta Fiedina competes in artistic swimming’s duet final on August 4. She and Anastasiya Savchuk won the bronze. The gold was won by Russians Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina.
Spanish decathlete Jorge Ureña competes in the high jump on August 4.
Singaporean swimmer Li-Shan Chantal Liew grabs a drink while competing in the 10-kilometer open-water event on August 4.
Sweden’s Armand “Mondo” Duplantis competes in the pole vault final on August 3. He would go on to win the gold.
Spain’s Alberto Ginés López competes in sport climbing on August 3. He would go on to win gold.
US gymnast Simone Biles is congratulated by coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi as it became evident that Biles would earn a medal on August 3. Biles now has seven Olympic medals, tying her with Shannon Miller for the most by an American gymnast.
German sailors Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel jump into the water as they celebrate winning bronze in the 49er category on August 3.
Athletes compete in a 400-meter heat on August 3.
Japan’s Sena Irie, right, celebrates after defeating the Philippines’s Nesthy Petecio to win the women’s featherweight final on August 3.
South Africa’s Kyle Blignaut competes in the shot put on August 3.
This photo, taken underwater, shows Greece’s Evangelia Papazoglou and Evangelia Platanioti competing in artistic swimming on August 2. Artistic swimming used to be called synchronized swimming at the Olympics.
Runners compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on August 2.
Kyrgyzstan’s Akzhol Makhmudov, top, competes against Tunisia’s Lamjed Maafi in Greco-Roman wrestling on August 2. Makhmudov went on to win a silver medal.
Cyclists from New Zealand competes in a team pursuit heat while China’s Zhong Tianshi, left, takes a break on August 2.
India’s Neha Goyal embraces Navneet Kaur after a 1-0 win over Australia in a field hockey quarterfinal on August 2.
Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn leads the field on her way to a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles on August 2. It was Puerto Rico’s second-ever gold medal and its first in track.
Chile’s Humberto Mansilla competes in hammer throw qualifications on August 2.
Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade poses with her medals on August 2. During these Games, she won gold in the vault and silver in the individual all-around.
Polish table-tennis player Natalia Partyka, who was born without a right hand and forearm, eyes the ball during a doubles match on August 2. In the foreground is South Korea’s Choi Hyo-joo. Partyka has competed in both the Olympics and the Paralympics.
The United States’ Isaiah Jewett, left, and Botswana’s Nijel Amos help each other to their feet after falling during an 800-meter semifinal on August 1. They embraced and went on to finish the race together.
Field hockey players from Spain warm up before their match against Belgium on August 1.
China’s Fan Yilin competes in the uneven bars final on August 1.
Dutch sailor Kiran Badloe jumps into the water to celebrate after winning gold in the men’s RS:X category on August 1.
French boxer Mourad Aliev refused to leave the ring after he was disqualified in his bout against Frazer Clarke on August 1. His protest lasted about an hour. He was disqualified for what the referee determined was an intentional headbutt.
Georgia’s Iakobi Kajaia, left, takes on Russian Sergei Semenov in a Greco-Roman wrestling quarterfinal on August 1. Kajaia went on to win a silver medal.
Divers warm up ahead of the women’s 3-meter springboard finals on August 1.
Members of the Dominican Republic’s volleyball team line up before a match against Kenya on July 31.
Thompson-Herah crosses the finish line first in the 100 meters. Fraser-Pryce, center, won this event in 2008 and 2012.
Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic serves to the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova during the gold-medal tennis match on July 31. Bencic won 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
US diver Hailey Hernandez competes in the 3-meter springboard on July 31.
Japan’s Shoichiro Mukai, left, and Germany’s Eduard Trippel compete in team judo on July 31.
Russian fencers celebrate after winning gold in the team sabre event on July 31.
Sweden’s Armand “Mondo” Duplantis competes in the pole vault on July 31. He holds the world record in the event.
Dutch field hockey players run from sprinklers after pre-match warmups on July 31.
Kenya’s Mercy Moim spikes the ball during a volleyball match against the Dominican Republic on July 31.
Spanish tennis player Pablo Carreño Busta celebrates after he defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic to win bronze on July 31.
The United States’ Keni Harrison races a 100-meter hurdles heat on July 31.
Team Israel celebrates winning the bronze in the judo mixed-team event on July 31. France won the gold and Japan won the silver.
Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth competes in the mixed relay triathlon on July 31. Great Britain won gold in the event, which was the first of its kind in Olympics history.
US players celebrate after they defeated the Netherlands in a penalty shootout July 30 to advance to the semifinals in women’s football.
Swimmers compete in the 1,500-meter freestyle on July 30.
A robot shoots a free throw during halftime of a women’s basketball game between Belgium and Puerto Rico on July 30.
Dominican baseball players Gustavo Nunez, left, and Julio Rodriguez collide as Rodriguez catches a ball during their 1-0 win over Mexico on July 30.
Australian diver Esther Qin competes in the 3-meter springboard event on July 30.
Lea Yanitsas, a goalkeeper for Australia’s water polo team, tries to block a shot during a match against Spain on July 30.
Russian rugby player Anna Baranchuk reaches for the ball during a match against New Zealand on July 30.
Morocco’s Mohamed Tindouft falls while competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on July 30.
The Czech Republic’s Jiri Prskavec reacts after winning gold in the kayak final on July 30.
Indonesian badminton players Apriyani Rahayu and Greysia Polii react after winning their quarterfinal match on July 29.
British field hockey players prepare to defend a penalty corner during a match against the Netherlands on July 29.
American gymnast Suni Lee takes a selfie with silver medalist Rebeca Andrade, center, and bronze medalist Angelina Melnikova after winning the individual all-around on July 29. Andrade is the first Brazilian to ever medal in women’s gymnastics. Melnikova is Russian.
Tunisia’s Mohamed Hammed picks an arrow during archery competition on July 29.
US beach volleyball player Sarah Sponcil stretches out for a ball during a match on July 29.
Canadian fencer Eleanor Harvey, left, competes against France’s Ysaora Thibus in a foil team quarterfinal on July 29.
Italy’s Cristina Chirichella serves the ball during a match against Argentina on July 29.
Brazil’s Bruna de Paula is defended by Spain’s Lara González Ortega during a preliminary round handball match on July 29.
Japanese golfer Rikuya Hoshino tees off to start his first round on July 29. The Olympic golf is taking place at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Japan.
From left, the United States’ Bobby Finke, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk and Germany’s Florian Wellbrock dive in the water at the start of the 800-meter freestyle final on July 29. Finke won gold after a late rally.
China’s Sun Yingsha waits for a serve from Japan’s Mima Ito during a table-tennis semifinal on July 29. Sun won to advance to the final.
BMX racers compete in the women’s quarterfinals on July 29.
Spain’s Cristina Ouviña, center, is defended by a group of Serbian players during a preliminary round basketball game on July 29.
Japanese badminton player Arisa Higashino, top, hits a shot toward China’s Huang Dongping in a mixed-doubles semifinal on July 29.
Ledecky led the field for most of the 1,500-meter freestyle, and she finished the race more than four seconds ahead of silver medalist Erica Sullivan, a fellow American.
Poland’s Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski compete in the 49er sailing competition on July 28.
Serbia’s Dusan Domovic Bulut, left, competes for the ball with Belgium’s Rafael Bogaerts, center, and Thibaut Vervoort during a 3-on-3 basketball game on July 28. Serbia won the game for a bronze medal.
American divers Michael Hixon, left, and Andrew Capobianco compete in the synchronized 3-meter springboard event on July 28. They won silver. China’s Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi won gold.
Swiss cyclist Marlen Reusser competes in the time trial event on July 28.
Fiji players celebrate after winning gold in rugby sevens on July 28.
Kazakhstan’s Bekzad Nurdauletov gets hit by Russian boxer Imam Khataev during their light-heavyweight match on July 28. Khataev won 4-1.
Japan’s Megumi Murakami competes in a beach volleyball match on July 28.
A crowd watches equestrian action on July 28.
Egyptian fencer Ziad Elsissy celebrates a team sabre win on July 28.
A man sits among rows of empty seats as he watches table tennis at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on July 27.
An underwater view shows the United States’ Delaney Schnell, left, and Jessica Parratto after a dive in the the synchronized 10-meter platform event on July 27.
Turkish archer Yasemin Anagoz competes on July 27.
French slalom canoeist Marie-Zélia Lafont competes in the K-1 semifinal on July 27.
German table-tennis player Timo Boll serves during a match on July 27.
Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun reacts after winning gold in the 59-kilogram category on July 27.
A man in Yokohama, Japan, walks past the Olympic rings lit up at dusk on July 27.
American Regan Smith swims the final of the women’s 100-meter backstroke on July 27. She won the bronze.
American Haleigh Washington, left, spikes the ball during a volleyball match against China on July 27. The United States won in straight sets, 29-27, 25-22, 25-21.
Norway’s Helene Naess and Marie Ronningen compete in the 49erFX sailing competition on July 27.
Estonian fencer Katrina Lehis, left, squares off against Italy’s Mara Navarria in the team epée semifinals on July 27.
Brazil’s Ana Paula Rodrigues Belo attempts to shoot during a handball match against Hungary on July 27.
From left, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú, the United States’ Alex Walsh and China’s Yu Yiting take part in a semifinal race for the 200-meter individual medley on July 27. Walsh won the race.
France’s Endy Miyem is defended by Japan’s Himawari Akaho during a basketball game on July 27. Japan defeated France 74-70.
Members of the media are pictured in the foreground as Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, bottom left, and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo play a badminton match against Taiwan’s Lee Yang, top left, and Wang Chi-lin on July 27.
South Korean fencer Kang Young-mi, right, is congratulated by her teammates after they defeated the United States in the epée quarterfinals on July 27.
US water polo player Johnny Hooper takes a shot during the team’s 20-3 win over South Africa on July 27.
The sun sets in Tokyo on July 26 as Belgium plays the Netherlands in a men’s 3-on-3 basketball game. The event is making its Olympic debut this year.
Volunteers sit in mostly empty stands during archery competition on July 26.
The Czech Republic’s Lukas Rohan competes in a canoeing semifinal on July 26.
Fencers Sofia Pozdniakova and Sofya Velikaya, both representing the Russian Olympic Committee, compete against each other in the individual sabre final on July 26. Pozdniakova, a two-time world champion and daughter of Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdniakov, defeated Velikaya 15-11.
Spain’s Adrian Gavira Collado waits for a serve during a beach volleyball match on July 26.
Iran’s Meisam Salehi spikes the ball during a volleyball match against Venezuela on July 26.
British divers Tom Daley, left, and Matty Lee compete in the synchronized 10-meter platform event on July 26. They won the gold.
Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt lies on the ground wrapped in finish-line tape after he won the triathlon on July 26. On the right, silver medalist Alex Yee of Great Britain hugs bronze medalist Hayden Wilde of New Zealand.
Norway’s Richard Andre Ordemann is kicked in the face by Jordan’s Saleh Elsharabaty during a taekwondo bout on July 26. Elsharabaty won 5-4.
The US softball team celebrates its 2-1 win over Japan on July 26. The two teams will meet again in the gold-medal game July 27.
Japan’s Hifumi Abe celebrates after winning gold in judo on Sunday, July 25.
Chinese weightlifter Chen Lijun celebrates on July 25. He won gold in his 67-kilogram weight class after lifting 187 kilograms — an Olympic record — in the clean-and-jerk. His total lift of 332 kilograms edged Colombia’s Luis Javier Mosquera Lozano by one kilogram.
US equestrian Adrienne Lyle rides Salvino in the dressage competition on July 25.
Staff members prepare for judo competition at the Budokan arena in Tokyo.
Spanish judoka Alberto Gaitero Martin is bandaged during his bout against Ukraine’s Georgii Zantaraia on July 25.
China’s Zhang Changning spikes the ball in a preliminary-round volleyball match against Turkey on July 25.
Mexico’s Dallas Escobedo warms up before a softball game against Italy on July 25. Softball is back at the Olympics for the first time since 2008.
American gymnast Simone Biles performs on the vault during the qualification round on July 25. The team all-around final is Tuesday, and the Americans will look to defend the gold they won at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira rides a wave during an early heat on July 25. This is the first year that surfing is in the Olympics.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka hits a forehand during her first-round match against China’s Zheng Saisai on July 25. Osaka won 6-1, 6-4.
Marina Nekrasova, a gymnast from Azerbaijan, competes on the uneven bars during the qualification round on July 25.
Italy’s Alessandro Velotto moves the ball during a water polo match against South Africa on July 25.
Hungarian fencer Flora Pasztor, left, competes against Algeria’s Meriem Mebarki on July 25.
German beach-volleyball players Julia Sude and Karla Borger play Switzerland’s Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich in an empty Shiokaze Park on Saturday, July 24.
Hend Zaza, the youngest Olympian this summer, competes in table tennis on July 24. The 12-year-old Syrian was knocked out in the preliminary round, losing 4-0 to Austrian Jia Liu.
Fans wait at the finish of the men’s cycling road race on July 24. The Fuji International Speedway, in Oyama, Japan, is one of the five Olympic venues open to fans this year.
Nigerian gymnast Uche Eke competes on the horizontal bar on July 24.
Chinese fencer Sun Yiwen celebrates with her coach Hugues Obry after winning gold in the épée on July 24.
China’s Yang Qian, the first gold-medal winner of these Olympics, celebrates on July 24. She finished first in the 10-meter air rifle.
Badminton players compete amid rows of empty seats on July 24.
A staff member picks up the mouthguard of Great Britain’s Peter McGrail during a boxing match on July 24.
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron at the end of the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23.
Fireworks go off after Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron.
An overhead view of Osaka lighting the cauldron. The cauldron was designed in the shape of a cherry blossom.
The Olympic flag is raised near the end of the opening ceremony.
Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, makes a speech during the opening ceremony. At left is Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.
Japanese jazz composer Hiromi Uehara plays the piano during the opening ceremony.
The Olympic flag is carried toward the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito delivers a speech and formally opens the Olympic Games.
Members of the Refugee Olympic Team march during the parade of nations.
Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua made headlines for going shirtless at the 2016 and 2018 opening ceremonies, and he was at it again in Tokyo. He would be competing in taekwondo.
Athletes from the United States march during the customary parade of nations.
During one portion of the opening ceremony, there were 1,800 drones flying over the stadium to form a globe in the night sky. As the glowing drones soared over the stadium, performers sang “Imagine” by John Lennon.
Athletes from various nations sit during the opening ceremony.
Athletes from Team Norway take part in the parade of nations.
The Olympic teams from every country watch performers on stage.
US athletes hold an American flag during the parade of nations.
Russian athletes pose for a photo during the opening ceremony.
A police officer is seen in the mostly empty stadium on July 23. Organizers said that for the opening ceremony, only 950 VIPs would be present in a stadium that can seat nearly 70,000 people.
French athletes march during the opening ceremony.
A member of Egypt’s delegation enters the stadium during the parade of nations.
British flag-bearers Hannah Mills and Mohamed Sbihi lead out the team during the opening ceremony’s parade of nations. Sbihi, a rower, made history as Great Britain’s first Muslim flag-bearer.
Greece’s athletes march into the stadium to kick off the parade of nations.
Dancers take part in the start of the opening ceremony.
People perform during the opening ceremony.
The Japanese flag is carried during the opening ceremony. After the Japanese National Anthem was sung, a moment of silence was called to remember the global victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A performer acts during the opening ceremony.
The start of the ceremony reflected the isolated training that many athletes had to do during the pandemic.
Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, takes part in a moment of silence during the opening ceremony.
A lone performer is seen during the start of the opening ceremony.
Fireworks explode over the stadium as the opening ceremony got underway.