Romania cannot participate in the weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics after the country's governing body (FRH) was given a one-year ban by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for past doping cases on Thursday. The ban was issued for five anti-doping violations made by Romanian athletes in 2012. Those included Romania's team of four - Florin Croitoru, Gabriel Sincraian, Razvan Martin and Roxana Cocos - that was disqualified from the London 2012 Olympics after various banned substances were found in re-testing of their samples.
Simone Manuel failed to qualify for the final in the women's 100 freestyle, an event she won at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
For a young woman who came into this week's Australian Olympic swimming trials plagued by questions about a lingering shoulder injury, freestyler Ariarne Titmus has not only blown away the cobwebs but blown away any shred of doubt that she will be a major force at next month’s Tokyo Games. The overriding feeling at the South Australia Aquatic Centre is that this has been the best domestic Olympic trials for 20 years and 20-year-old Titmus is prima facie evidence of why Australia can anticipate a substantial medal surge in Tokyo. Titmus comes too with a strident mental resolve and is very much the real deal.