Tokyo 2020: Athletics Recap – Tuesday August 3

Norway's Karsten Warholm who broken the World Record in the men's 400 Hurdles. [email protected]/Twitter.

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Seven Heaven for Mihambo

In the first medal event of the day, Germany’s Malaika Mihambo won the Gold in the Women’s Long Jump final with a season best of 7.00m.

Ahead of her final jump Mihambo was sitting in the Bronze medal position however took the lead.

Brittney Reese of the United States won the Silver and Nigeria’s Ese Brume won Bronze, both tying on 6.97m however, Reese won on countback with her second highest score of 6.95 beating Brume’s 6.90.

Warholm King of the Hurdles

Karsten Warholm of Norway has become the first man to ever run the 400m Hurdles in under 46 seconds, saving his record breaking performance for this morning’s final.

Warholm time of 45.94 smashed his previous World Record which he set in July this year at 46.70.

It was a blistering performance from the Norwegian who had the USA’s Rai Benjamin right on his tail, however follow the pair clearing the 10th and final hurdle, Warholm charged away to claim victory.

The US’s Benjamin put in an incredible run also with a time of 46.17 which also beat the previous World Record. The American walked away with the Silver medal.

Brazil’s Alison dos Santos was the Bronze medal winner with a time of 46.72.

Women’s 400m heating up ahead of semi-finals

The women’s 400m heats took place this morning with six heats to determine the 24 women who would progress to the semi-finals tomorrow.

In the first heat, 2016 Rio Gold medallist, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas sent a message to her fellow competitors winning the heat with a time of 50.50, qualifying second fastest.

In the third heat, the United States Allyson Felix won her heat with a time of 50.84. An incredible performance from Felix is 35 years of age and competing in her fifth Olympics games.

The fastest qualifier was Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic who put in a strong run with a time of 50.06. Paulino won a Silver medal in the 4x400m mixed event however will be looking for her first individual medal.

Men’s 110m Hurdles heats kick off the night session

The men’s 110m Hurdles were the first event of the night session, with 24 athletes moving on to the semi-finals.

In the first heat, Jamaica’s Ronald Levy set an impressive time of 13.17 to win the heat and provide a high benchmark for his competitors to beat. In the end, Levy qualified second fastest.

The fastest qualifier was Grant Holloway (USA) who ran a 13.02. He will be one of the favourites to win the event having run a season best of 12.81 early this year, just shy of the World Record time of 12.80.

Australia’s Nicholas Hough also raced in the same heat as Holloway and finished in third with a time of 13.57 which was good enough to progress to the semi-final’s tomorrow morning.

Duplantis raises the bar in Pole Vault

Sweden’s Armand Duplantis has won the Gold in the Men’s Pole Vault with a huge 6.02. Duplantis landed all of his jumps on his first attempt even the 6.02m Gold winning jump.

While he had secured Gold with no other competitor able to match his score, he attempted to break his own World Record of 6.18m with a 6.19m jump however was unable to succeed.

His 6.02m jump was just short of the Olympic Record which stands at 6.03.

Christopher Nilsen (USA) won the Silver clearing a top height of 5.97 which was also a personal best for the American.

Brazils Thiago Braz who currently holds the Olympic Record was unable to defend his Gold medal crown from Rio, winning the Bronze with a 5.87 jump.

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Włodarczyk hammers in Olympic three-peat

Anita Włodarczyk has won her third consecutive Gold medal in the Women’s Hammer Throw, with a throw of 78.48m.

Włodarczyk who threw her winning score on her fourth attempt had to watch on as China’s Wang Zheng threw a 77.03 which look as though it would contest her score until it landed just short.

Zheng walked away with the Silver medal while Poland got a second woman on the podium with Malwina Kopron winning Bronze, throwing 75.49m.

Włodarczyk, the current World Record and Olympic Record holder has now cemented herself as the GOAT in the event with Gold in London, Rio and now Tokyo as well as being a four-time World and European Champion.

Włodarczyk made further history becoming the first woman to ever win an induvial women’s athletics event three times in a row.

Men’s 200m Final locked in

The Men’s 200m semi-finals did not disappoint with all three semi-final heats producing extremely close races.

17-year old Erriyon Knighton (USA) won the first heat with a time of 20.02. Rasheed Dwyer was the other man to qualify running at 20.13.

It was a photo finish in the second heat with Canada’s Aaron Brown and Liberia’s Joseph Fahnbulleh both finishing with times of 19.99 (.982). In third place was Noah Lyles (USA) who was .001 second slower with a time of 19.99 (.983). All three men will race in the final.

The two quickest qualifiers both raced in the final semi with 100m Bronze medallist Andre de Grasse (CAN) having the quickest time of 19.73 and in the process setting a new National Record. Kenneth Bednarek (USA) finished with a time of 19.83.

Double USA podium in the 800m

Athing Mu of the United States has won Gold in the women’s 800m final with a time of 1:55.21 to edge out Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson who ran a time of 1:55.88.

Mu led the majority of the race however would have been concerned with the fast finishing Hodgkinson who came from sixth place to claim Silver in the final 400m.

Fellow countrymen Raevyn Rodgers won the Bronze with a time of 1:56.81, getting the USA two women on the podium.

All the athletes should be happy with their race with both Mu and Hodgkinson setting National Records and from third place down to seventh all setting new Personal Best times.

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule was looking strong after the first 400m sitting in second place just 0.1 seconds behind Mu however appeared to use too much of her energy early, slowing considerably, finishing in eighth.

Thompson-Herah does the double in back to back games

Elaine Thompson-Herah has won the Women’s 200m final and her second Gold of the games after winning the 100m earlier this week.

Thompson-Herah took just 21.53 seconds to run the 200m setting a new National Record in the process.

The sprint queen has now won the 100 and 200m in both the 2016 Rio games and now in Tokyo.

Namibia’s Christine Mboma set the new World U20 Record with a time of 21.81 which earned her the Silver medal. Meanwhile, the United States Gabrielle Thomas came third with a time of 21.87 to earn Bronze.

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Ben is a die-hard sports fan who enjoys watching all sports. Based in Adelaide he covers F1, Basketball and Combat sports with a particular interest in MMA. He is also part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coverage. He is currently studying Journalism at Deakin University.

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