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Heat and humidity at the close of the Olympics. See which Latin Americans got medals. Why do Olympic divers shower and use those little towels between jumps? This is a special edition of our newsletter 5 things about the Olympic Games. | Sports | CNN



Heat and humidity at the close of the Olympics.

See which Latin Americans got medals.

Why do Olympic divers shower and use those little towels between jumps?

This is a special edition of our newsletter 5 things about the Olympic Games.

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Heat and humidity at the close of the Olympic Games

Heat, humidity and tropical systems have been the nemesis of athletes during these Olympics, and the closing weekend will bring more of the same.

Although heat and humidity in July and August are common, these levels were above average. 

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Latin Americans who won medals 

Latin American athletes won several medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

Here we introduce you to each of them.

Cuba and Brazil lead the regional group, followed by Ecuador, with two historical golds.

Venezuela celebrates the unprecedented gold of Yulimar Rojas.

This week Colombia obtained important silver medals, Mexico was left with bronze in soccer.

And in Argentina the silver of the Leonas stood out in field hockey.

Colombia and Cuba celebrate new medals 1:16

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The best images of the Tokyo Olympics

Heading into the last hours of Tokyo 2020, these Olympic Games have left stories of overcoming, self-care and empathy, beams of lights in the middle of a fierce pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down.

Check out this selection of the best photos of athletes in action during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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Spain's Marta Perez congratulates Britain's Laura Muir on her second place in the 1,500m (Credit: BEN STANSALL / AFP via Getty Images)

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The Canadian artistic swimming team shines underwater (Credit- FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT / AFP via Getty Images)

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American Allyson Felix wins the 10th Olympic medal (Credit: INA FASSBENDER / AFP via Getty Images)

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Las Leonas, Argentina's women's hockey team, poses with their silver medal (Credit: Clive Mason / Getty Images)

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Cuban Julio La Cruz with his gold medal in boxing at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: THEMBA HADEBE / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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Sandra Arenas from Colombia won the silver medal in the 20-kilometer march in Tokyo 2020. (Credit: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP via Getty Images)

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The young Australian Keegan Palmer won the gold in skateboarding after an incredible performance (Credit: LOIC VENANCE / AFP via Getty Images)

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Laurine van Riessen from the Netherlands is transported on a stretcher after colliding with Britain's Katy Marchant on track cycling in Tokyo (Credit: GREG BAKER / AFP via Getty Images)

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Jordan's Abdel Rahman Almasatfa (left) competes against Frenchman Steven Da Costa in karate at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP via Getty Images)

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Alberto Ginés, from Spain, is the first Olympic climbing champion (Credit: Maja Hitij / Getty Images)

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Colombian Anthony Jose Zambrano celebrates his second place in the 400m final at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ANTONIN THUILLIER / AFP via Getty Images)

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Chinese teenager Quan Hongchan achieved a perfect double qualification in the 10-meter platform final at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: OLI SCARFF / AFP via Getty Images)

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Megan Rapinoe (left) celebrates with defender Kelley O'Hara after winning bronze in women's soccer at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: TIZIANA FABI / AFP via Getty Images)

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Britain's Sky Brown, 13, competes in skateboarding at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: LOIC VENANCE / AFP via Getty Images)

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Australian Genevieve Gregson was injured in the obstacle course at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP via Getty Images)

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Georgia's Lasha Talakhadze breaks a world weightlifting record at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP via Getty Images)

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Las Leonas, the Argentine women's hockey team, celebrate their triumph in the semifinal at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Dan Mullan / Getty Images)

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Cuban Arlen López celebrates his gold medal in boxing at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: BUDA MENDES / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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Britain's Tom Daley weaves on the grandstand as he watches the women's trampoline competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Clive Rose / Getty Images)

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Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas poses with her gold medal after winning the women's triple jump in Tokyo (Credit: Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

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Norway's Karsten Warholm (left) reacts after breaking the world record in 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP via Getty Images)

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After retiring from some tests, Simone Biles shone again at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

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The Argentine volleyball team celebrates a historic victory against Italy (Credit: YURI CORTEZ / AFP via Getty Images)

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The rhythm of the taiko drums accompanies the Olympic competitions in Tokyo (Credit: LUIS ACOSTA / AFP via Getty Images)

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American forward Megan Rapinoe congratulates Canadian midfielder Jessie Fleming after the women's soccer semifinals in Tokyo (Credit: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP via Getty Images)

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Ecuadorian Tamara Yajaira Salazar Arce poses with her silver medal at the Olympic Games (Credit: MOHD RASFAN / AFP via Getty Images)

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Cuban Luis Alberto Orta Sanchez poses with his gold medal after the triumph in Greco-Roman wrestling in Tokyo (Credit: JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images)

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The Cuban Mijaín López Nuñez with his gold medal after the triumph in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games (Credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

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France's Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos in the artistic gymnastics floor event (Credit: MARTIN BUREAU / AFP via Getty Images)

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Zhang Jiaqi and Chen Yuxi of China during a synchronized jump at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP via Getty Images)

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Katrina Lehis (right) celebrates with her team after beating her opponent from South Korea (Credit: MOHD RASFAN / AFP via Getty Images)

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Russia's David Belyavskiy on the horizontal bars during the men's artistic gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: LOIC VENANCE / AFP via Getty Images)

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Sunisa Lee of the United States at the artistic gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP via Getty Images)

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Canada's Maude G Charron in action during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Credit: VINCENZO PINTO / AFP via Getty Images)

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Portugal's Rodrigo Torres in Fogoso, his horse, during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Credit: BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP via Getty Images)

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Japan's Ito Mima during competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Steph Chambers / Getty Images)

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Yufei Lu from China during artistic gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP via Getty Images)

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American Oshae Lanae Jones (in red) and Mexican Brianda Tamara Cruz Sandoval during a fight this Tuesday at the Olympic Games (Credit: UESLEI MARCELINO / AFP via Getty Images)

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Colombian Mercedes Isabel Pérez Tigrero during competition at the Olympic Games this Tuesday (Credit: CHRIS GRAYTHEN / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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South African Selvyn Davids receives a 'tackle' from Argentine Marcos Moneta during the rugby match at the Olympic Games (Credit: Dan Mullan / Getty Images)

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Uruguayan Alain Aprahamian (in white) and Swede Robin Pacek compete in judo at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images)

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Peruvian José María Lucar Jaimes hits German Ammar Riad Abduljabbar during a fight this Tuesday at the Olympic Games (Credit: UESLEI MARCELINO / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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The reaction of the family of Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz after winning his Olympic gold (Credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)

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Mexicans Alejandra Orozco (left) and Gabriela Agundez won bronze in synchronized diving.

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Tennis player Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Games (Credit: FRANCK FIFE / AFP via Getty Images)

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Germans Patrick Hausding and Lars Rudiger in full springboard synchronized jump competition (Credit: OLI SCARFF / AFP via Getty Images)

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Russia's Madina Taimazova competes against Japan's Chizuru Arai in judo during the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: FRANCK FIFE / AFP via Getty Images)

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Argentina won the bronze medal in rugby at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after beating Great Britain 17-12 (Credit: Dan Mullan / Getty Images)

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Photographers react to the fall of Venezuelan José Carrasco Angulo during the volleyball competition at the Olympic Games (Credit: ANGELA WEISS / AFP via Getty Images)

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Hungary's Andras Szatmari (left) competes against Germany's Max Hartung during the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP via Getty Images)

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Georgia's Lasha Bekauri coach reacts during competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Credit: JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images)

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Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa is transferred in a wheelchair after having to abandon the match against Czech Marketa Vondrousov at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: David Ramos / Getty Images)

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Russian swimmer Evgeny Rylov in full competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP via Getty Images)

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The fall of French midfielder Alexis Beka Beka during the game against Japan at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: MARIKO ISHIZUKA / AFP via Getty Images)

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A nice image from the day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Credit: PETER PARKS / AFP via Getty Images)

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Japan's Daiki Hashimoto in a men's artistic gymnastics event at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP via Getty Images)

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Simone Biles withdrew from competition at the Olympics

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China's Wei Sun competes on the horizontal bars at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP via Getty Images)

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Mexico striker Henry Martin reacts after scoring his team's third goal against South Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Credit: ASANO IKKO / AFP via Getty Images)

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Colombian Rigoberto Uran during a cycling competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: INA FASSBENDER / AFP via Getty Images)

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María Belén Bazo German, from Peru, during a windsurfing competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Phil Walter / Getty Images)

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Argentina's Julieta Jankunas at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images)

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American swimmer Caeleb Dressel poses with his gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP via Getty Images)

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The Brazilian Mayra Aguiar celebrates her bronze medal with the German Anna-Maria Wagner, the French Madeleine Malonga, who won the silver and the Japanese Shori Hamada, who won the gold in the judo competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images)

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Mexican shooter Jorge Martín Orozco Diaz talks to his coach after being eliminated from a test at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Colombian Mariana Pajon during a competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Argentina's Ana Gallay reacts to the Chinese team's Fan Wang during a competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

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Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov falls to the ground after losing the table tennis semifinals against Chinese Ma Long at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: JUNG YEON-JE / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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American Kathleen Ledecky (left) competes in the 800-meter freestyle during the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP via Getty Images)

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Brazilian Rebeca Andrade during an artistic gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: LOIC VENANCE / AFP via Getty Images)

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After retiring from various competitions, Simone Biles will return to participate in the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: LOIC VENANCE / AFP via Getty Images)

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American Sunisa Lee poses with her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

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Hungarian goalkeeper Blanka Biro fails to save a goal during the handball match against Russia at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP via Getty Images)

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Rebeca Andrade, 22, gave Brazil the first medal in history in gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

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Yu MengYu of Singapore during a table tennis match at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP via Getty Images)

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Luis Scola, from Argentina, hugs Spanish Pau Gasol Saez after a basketball game at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP via Getty Images)

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An image of an athlete in full competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP via Getty Images)

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Japan's Shota Yamada is removed from competition on a stretcher at the Olympic Games (Credit: MARTIN BUREAU / AFP via Getty Images)

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Japan's Monica Okoye and American Jewell Loyd fight for the ball during a basketball tournament at the Olympic Games.

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Julio Rodriguez (right) of the Dominican Republic collides with Gustavo Nunez (left) during a baseball game in which they faced Mexico in the Olympic Games (Credit: KAZUHIRO FUJIHARA / AFP via Getty Images)

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Colombian Mariana Pajon celebrates her silver medal in BMX at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: JEFF PACHOUD / AFP via Getty Images)

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Novak Djokovic loses the semifinal and says goodbye to his Golden Slam dream (Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

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Italy's Domenico Acerenza in the 1500m freestyle competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT / AFP via Getty Images)

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Argentine players celebrate after defeating New Zealand in hockey competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: MARTIN BUREAU / AFP via Getty Images)

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Canada's goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe saves the ball during a match against Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: PHILIP FONG / AFP via Getty Images)

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Colombian Katerine Ibarguen during the triple jump competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP via Getty Images)

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Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands claimed a spectacular victory in the 5000 meters after a fall (Credit: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images)

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The moment of Sifan Hassan's downfall (Credit: Matthias Hangst / Getty Images)

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American Jade Carey poses with her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

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Brazilian Rebeca Andrade poses with her gold medal and silver medal (Credit: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

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An underwater view of Belarusians Vasilina Khandoshka and Daria Kulagina during the artistic swimming competition (Credit: FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT / AFP via Getty Images)

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An underwater view of Italians Linda Cerruti and Costanza in the artistic swimming competition (Credit: FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT / AFP via Getty Images)

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Las Leonas, the Argentine women's hockey team, celebrate their triumph in the quarterfinals in Tokyo (Credit: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP via Getty Images)

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Czech Miroslav Trunda on his horse Shutterflyke during a competition in Tokyo (Credit: BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP via Getty Images)

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Argentines Matías Sánchez and Agustín Loser celebrate their victory against the United States in volleyball (Credit: YURI CORTEZ / AFP via Getty Images)

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American Jade Carey during the artistic gymnastics final competition (Credit: JEFF PACHOUD / AFP via Getty Images)

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American Tamyra Marianna Stock Mensah (in red) fights Ukraine's Alla Cherkasova at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images)

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Artur Davtyan of Armenia during the men's artistic gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: LOIC VENANCE / AFP via Getty Images)

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America's Brittney Griner (left) and France's Sandrine Gruda (right) during the preliminary rounds of women's basketball in Tokyo (Credit: THOMAS COEX / AFP via Getty Images)

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Brazil celebrates their triumph over Mexico and progresses to the soccer final at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP via Getty Images)

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Harrie Lavreysen (right), from the Netherlands, is congratulated by Britain's Jason Kenny after winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP via Getty Images)

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Maggie Malone of the United States competes in the javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: BEN STANSALL / AFP via Getty Images)

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Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk celebrates after her participation in the hammer throw in Tokyo (Credit: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP via Getty Images)

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The Russians Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina during the artistic swimming competition for which they won the gold.

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Mutaz Essa Barshim of the Qatar team and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi asked to share the gold medal in the high jump (Photo by Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

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Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates her gold medal in the 200m at the Tokyo Games (Credit: INA FASSBENDER / AFP via Getty Images)

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Argentina's Luis Scola (left) after the match against Australia in the basketball quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP via Getty Images)

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American gymnast Simone Biles competes in the balance beam final, in which she won bronze.

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Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse after winning the final of the 200 meters.

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Briton Jason Kenny during the track cycling competition.

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Sydney McLaughlin finishes just ahead of compatriot Dalilah Muhammad, breaking her own world record in the 400m hurdles.

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Kenyan Emmanuel Korir (left) crosses the finish line just ahead of his compatriot Ferguson Rotich and wins gold in the 800 meters.

Kenyan runners have won the 800 meters in the last four Olympics.

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Cuban Arlen López celebrates after winning the boxing final in the light heavyweight category against Britain's Benjamin Whittaker.

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China's Chen Yuxi competes in the preliminary round of the women's 10-meter springboard event.

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Sky Brown, the youngest British athlete to compete in a Summer Olympics, takes part in the skateboarding final.

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Argentina's María Noel Barrionuevo celebrates after scoring in the hockey semifinal against India, which the South American team won.

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Canadian Damian Warner (center), gold medalist, French Kevin Mayer (left), silver medal, Australian Ashley Moloney (right), bronze medalist for the men's decathlon at the Tokyo Olympics (Credit: ANTONIN THUILLIER / AFP via Getty Images)

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American Katie Nageotte celebrates after winning the pole vault final in Tokyo (Credit: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP via Getty Images)

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Mexico's Rut Castillo Galindo during an artistic gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei wins gold in the men's 5,000 meters (Credit: INA FASSBENDER / AFP via Getty Images)

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Greece surprises and qualifies for their first water polo final (Credit: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP via Getty Images)

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The Japanese Ryo Kiyuna is the first Olympic male karate champion (Credit: ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP via Getty Images)

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Was your country better or worse in Rio or Tokyo?

Some Latin American countries have had dominant shares in these games, while others have struggled a little harder to get into the Olympic medal table.

Here we show you how the medal table of the countries in the region is going so far, and also how the Latin American athletes did in the last Games in Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004.

8 impressive records set at Tokyo 2020 1:06

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Why do Olympic divers shower and use those little towels between jumps?

Spectators at the Tokyo Olympics are apparently a bit baffled by the behavior of athletes at Olympic diving or diving events.

Divers often get out of the water after a dive and immediately take a quick shower next to the pool, even if they are already wet.

They are then dried with small towels, although they will get wet again on the next dive.

"Why do divers bathe after every dive?"

It's been one of the top Google searches for the Olympics in the last week.

This is the explanation.

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The world champion of diving is Mexican 1:09

And to finish...

Tom Daley drives internet users crazy thanks to his sweater

Tom Daley drives the internet crazy with his 1:17 sweater

El atleta británico Tom Daley, quien ganó la medalla de oro en la competencia de clavados de 10 metros sincronizados, presentó el suéter que ha tejido durante los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020.

Source: cnnespanol

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