Here’s what is happening at the Tokyo Olympics today, July 24.

Rower says conditions in Tokyo share the difference between the Jordan Canal and the Great Salt Lake.

Kathleen Noble from Salt Lake City competes for Uganda in a two-man singles at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, emphasized the solidarity on Friday during his opening speech in Tokyo. Governor Spencer Cox and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall express this.

Earlier this week, they sent Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike a letter of support for hosting the Games in Tokyo amid the coronavirus crisis.

“We respect the obstacles you faced and the sacrifices you made during the global pandemic,” the letter reads. “And we are confident that your entire nation will gain a renewed spirit from these games by bringing humanity together at this important point in our world history.”

While no other Olympic host country has ever faced something like the pandemic, neither is Japan the first to hold the Games amid uncertainty.

In the letter, Cox and Mendenhall noted that Salt Lake City faced its own challenges in hosting the 2002 Winter Games, just five months after 9/11

“We too faced great uncertainty when our nation was attacked,” wrote Cox and Mendenhall. “The people of our country and our city have persistently, sometimes against great resistance, made sure that we could use the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as a platform to create a spirit of unity by welcoming the athletes of the world. It’s a unique role that only the games can play! “

Utah has been selected as the next host of the United States Winter Olympics and is expected to compete in either 2030 or 2034. Cox has brought renewed energy and support from the state to the effort since taking office this year.

ROWING: Kathleen Noble says Tokyo is a crossroads between the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake

Kathleen Noble from Salt Lake City took third place in her hope run of the women’s individual race in the race for Uganda on Friday evening. She described the race as “bad” but said that even a good race would probably not have improved her position and would have allowed her to reach the quarter-finals.

“I would put it in the bad race category today,” she said, noting that it started to be blown into the buoys. “As for the quarter-finals, I think if I had done my best I could have got it. Even in my best form, it should have had a really good race. “

Noble completed the 2,000 meters on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo in 8 minutes and 36.01 seconds. That was 18.71 seconds behind Cuban Milena Venega Cancio, who won the heat. Venega Cancio will move into the quarter-finals together with Wing Yan Winne Hung from Hong Kong (8: 23.58).

Noble moves into the E / F semi-finals, which will take place on Saturday at 6 p.m. MDT. The fourth and fifth placed in the preliminary run, Claire Ayivon from Togo and Esraa Khogali from Sudan, also advance to the E / F semi-finals.

Noble said conditions on the waterway were much calmer than she expected, somewhere between the plains of the Jordan River Surplus Canal and the Whitecaps of the Great Salt Lake, which she was on with the Utah crew for more than a year prior to the Games trained.

She attributed the generally smooth water to the organizers of barriers erected to reduce chopping on the water. The same barriers had to be cleared of oysters just before the races, after they unexpectedly began to sink under the creatures’ weight.

“I didn’t see any mussels,” said Noble.

Well, at least none of the double-shelled kind.

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