Day 14 was a day full of medals, as the competition starts to wind down with just a couple of days left. Keep up to date with all the happenings at Tokyo 2020 through The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and Olympic Central.
Women’s Beach Volleyball
Both the Bronze and Gold Medal matches were exciting, but failed to have the tension that was hoped, after thrilling Semi Finals.
In the Bronze medal match, the Swiss pair of Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich beat the Latvian duo of Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka in straight sets, 21-19, 21-15. The Latvians had no answer for Heidrich’s net play, with her three blocks leading the match.
The Gold medal match pitted Aussies Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy against the USA team of April Ross and Alix Klineman. The Aussies were unable to get on top of the Americans, who dominated at the net as they won in straight sets, 21-15 and 21-16.
It was the first time the American duo had teamed up at major international competition, and the success at Tokyo 2020 likely holds them in good stead going forward.
In the Men’s Bronze Medal Match, Mexico scored early with Sebastian Cordova converting an early penalty. Cordova then had a hand in the lead doubling, with the assist to Johan Vasquez in the 22nd minute.
Cordova also had a hand in the third goal, with another assist, this time for Alexis Vega as Mexico took a 3-0 lead, before Kaoru Mitoma pegged one back. The late goal was simply consolation as Mexico ran out winners and claimed the bronze medal for the Men’s Football competition.
The Women’s Football Gold Medal Match was one of the most dramatic of the tournament. Stina Blackstenius opened the scoring for Sweden, before Jessie Fleming levelled in the second half for the Canadians. Despite the best efforts of the Swedes, they were unable to find the back of the net again through the rest of the match, as they had 24 shots on goal.
After 120 minutes, the teams could not be separated, and were forced into a penalty shootout for the gold medal. The penalty shootout struggled to separate the teams as well, as it was 2-2 after five attempts each. Despite the best efforts of Hedvig Lindahl for Sweden, and Stephanie Labbe for Canada, it all came down to Julia Grosso’s ability to net the sixth penalty for Canada to give them the win on penalties.
Canada took a dramatic gold in heartbreak for Sweden, after a dominant tournament for the Swedes.
Women’s Hockey also came to an end today, with the Bronze medal match between India and Great Britain early on in the day. The match started slow, with a scoreless opening quarter.
It heated up with five goals in the second quarter, including all three of India’s goals. While Great Britain were down at the half, they scored a goal in each of the remaining quarters, including the match winner by Grace Balsdon to secure bronze over India.
In the Gold Medal Match, Argentina took on the Netherlands. In a similar slow start to the bronze medal match, with a scoreless opening quarter as both teams found their rhythm. Then a flurry of goals with the Netherlands put them 3-0 up in a matter of minutes.
Argentina got one back with Agustina Gorzelany scoring from a penalty corner in the shadows of half time, but the Argentinians never got closer than 3-1, as Netherlands controlled the second half to take the gold medal.
Men’s Team Table Tennis
In the Men’s Team Table Tennis, Japan and Korea faced off for the bronze medal. Japan took three of the four matches, including a decisive victory in the doubles to kick things off. While Youngsik Jeoung took one match for the Koreans, it wasn’t enough to defeat the Japanese team, who took bronze 3-1 across the competition.
China was able to continue its dominant streak in the Table Tennis in the men’s match, with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Germany. Ma Long took another gold medal to make it two gold medals at Tokyo 2020, and four total for the Chinese team, with seven medals all up, in what has been comprehensive domination.
The Women’s Sport Climbing final was the first chance for a woman to claim a medal at the event debuting at the Olympics. Slovenian Janja Garnbret rose to the challenge, with a dominant performance. She won the Lead climbing component to put the exclamation point on the victory as she secured that first medal.
The host nation was well represented, with Miho Nonaka taking silver, and Akiyo Noguchi taking bronze, on countback ahead of Poland’s Aleksandra Miroslaw, whose poor bouldering cost her a medal.
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Karate had three competitions end today. In the Men’s Kata, the two bronze medals went to Ali Sofoglu of Turkey, who defeated Korea’s Park Hee-jin, and the USA’s Ariel Torres, who defeated Venezuela’s Antonio Diaz. The Gold Medal was taken by hometown hero Ryo Kiyuna, who scored 28.72 to beat out Damian Quintero (ESP) who scored 27.66 for his Kata.
In the Women’s Kumite (61kg), Jovana Prekovic (SRB) became the first Women’s Kumite gold medallist, as she defeated Yin Xioayan (CHN) to take gold in a scoreless bout. She was awarded the gold by Hantei. The two finalists defeated Merva Coban (TUR) and Gian Farouk (EGY), who each won bronze for their competitions.
The Men’s Kumite (75kg) was won in a points decision, where Luigi Busa (ITA) overcame Rafal Aghayev (AZE) 1-0 in the Gold Medal bout. His score came on a Yuko after one minute of the bout. The finalists had each defeated Stanislav Horuna (UKR) and Karoly Gabor Harspataki (HUN), who took home a bronze medal each, after being beaten in dominant fashion by the winners.
The Women’s Modern Pentathlon wrapped up today, with the swimming, showjumping and the laser run. With defending champion Chloe Esposito not at the games, it was a chance for Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania to resolve the heartbreak of Rio and claim gold.
Unfortunately for her, it wasn’t to be, as Kate French’s lead was too much to overcome for the Lithuanian. Despite an Olympic record for the Laser-Run section, she wasn’t able to catch the Brit, who took gold, with Sarolta Kovacs filling out the podium with bronze.
The Women’s Madison was the first medal event of the day, and Great Britain took a comprehensive victory, with Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald dominating the field.
They were well ahead of the Danes and the team from the ROC, who were still ahead of the field. It was an exciting return of the event to the Olympics, and will be hotly contested by the men tomorrow.
In the Men’s Sprint, Jack Carlin (GBR) dominated Denis Dmitriev (ROC) to take bronze. The Gold Medal Sprint was contested between two Dutchmen, and the favourite Jeffrey Hoogland took first blood. Harrie Lavreysen took the remaining two sprints in an upset, to claim gold over his countryman.
The Women’s 53kg Freestyle competition reached its apex today, as Mayu Mukaida (JPN) fought back from 0-4 down, to win 5-4 to take gold ahead of Pang Qianyu (CHN). It was a gripping encounter that all turned in the final two minutes.
Bolortuyaa Bat-Ochirn (MGL) was dominant in her bronze medal matchup, as Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (BLR) took the other bronze medal match.
At the other end of the spectrum, Gable Dan Stevenson (USA) won gold in the Men’s 125kg Freestyle, with a last-second takedown to take gold from Geno Petriashvili (GEO). Petriashvili’s challenge to the call was unsuccessful, and he was forced to settle for silver.
Young gun Amir Hossein Zare (IRI) and Taha Akgul (TUR) took the bronze, each with a strong performance in their respective bronze medal matchup’s.
In the Men’s 74kg Freestyle, Zaurbek Sidakov (ROC) defeated Belarus’ Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau to take the gold medal, with a 7-0 final score. Bekzod Abdurakhimonov (UZB) and Kyle Douglas Dake (USA) each took the bronze medals in the competition.
The Athletics action continued, with thrilling races, like the Men’s 4x100m Relay, where Italy took gold over Great Britain by 0.01s, and the Men’s 5000m, where Joshua Cheptegei found a way to bring home gold for Uganda.
The Women’s Javelin netted bronze for Aussie Kelsey-Lee Barber and the Women’s 1500m final had two Australian women, in Jessica Hull and Linden Hall.
For all the athletics action, check out our full recap here.
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